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Patricia Anne Raskin is the Founder & Creative Director of Anne Sylvain, a line of limited edition luxury leather accessories based in Seattle. Since its launch in 2012, Anne Sylvain has been featured in luxury boutiques throughout the U.S., in local and national magazines and newspapers, and on local and international TV.
This month’s topic, “Self-care and Self-compassion” is near and dear to Patricia’s heart. Though she has been an artist since she was very young, Patricia worked for over 15 years as a corporate lawyer prior to starting Anne Sylvain. Dissatisfied and longing to fulfill her lifetime dream of pursuing her art every day, Patricia says, “Only by granting myself a very large dose of self-compassion was I able to make the switch from lawyer to designer.” Happier than ever, she has never looked back.
Carla Moreno is a Huffington Post contributor, arts educator, tour guide, and adventurer. She holds a Bachelor’s in Music and Master’s in Music Education from the University of North Texas. Through her creative passions of storytelling and video documentaries, Carla believes her life purpose is cultivating a framework for dialogue and understanding on issues of life, the arts, culture, and social justice.
It’s in those moments when our world feels like it’s spiraling out of control that we need self-care the most, but sometimes it can be difficult to pinpoint what that means exactly, then figure out how to achieve it. We know that we have to take care of ourselves through exercise, meditation, long walks, bubble baths, deep conversation, healthy meals, luxurious naps and sleeping in for an extra hour, but it is all too easy to fall into the trap of crossing self-care off of the to-do list.
To practice self-care, you must also practice self-love. Be intuitive. How are you feeling in this moment? What do you need to do to feel better, more whole? Be compassionate toward yourself and the ways you’ve, perhaps, veered away from your purpose. Forgive yourself for your mistakes. Love yourself for your resilience.
There’s a certain bravery required in taking the time to love ourselves. It’s hard to let go of the time we’ve lost to fear, insecurity, and days we’ve lost to our autopilot. But when we dig deep, the courage to love is always there.
Join us for our March Crave Fuel event as we explore what it means to LOVEyourself.
I want people to know that they are NEVER alone no matter how dark the situation. There is someone in your exact position, this very moment, experiencing what you are going through, feeling what you feel. Everyone has struggled at least once in their lifetime. That commonality binds us together whether that be illness, relationships, or financial woes. Whatever your struggle may be, know that you are not alone and to NEVER give up!
This is the 2nd time I have been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Due to severe side
effects to toxic chemotherapy, Dr’s have decided to stop treatment. Pull out the tubes…stop the chemicals. ITS TIME TO TRY SOMETHING NEW! I packed my bags and headed to The Gerson Institute in Mexico for a 2 week stay to learn about “Natural Healing“. I decided to use my site to show my journey to, from, and beyond the clinic doors. My wish is to provide information that I found to show people who find themselves in my situation, not to give up hope and realize the power they have over their lives by the simple nutrients they find at their dinner table.