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It Starts With Trash

 Not being able to walk anywhere without seeing litter causes a great sadness to well up inside of me. It’s a small, but weighted sign of how humanity continues to disrespect our ecosystem; the ecosystem that feeds and waters us; the ecosystem that gives us a home. It’s a sign of the disregard we give to other life, both the “savage” animals we domesticated and hunt, and our own species. It is a metaphor to how we treat women’s bodies as things that we use, step on, and step over on our way to consumer pleasure. I could go on and on about all the litter and consumption metaphors for selfishness and hate that terrorize our world, but do I really need to?

When I pick up trash it feels good, but it’s also a painful reminder of all that is sick in our world. Is there even a reason to hope?  Most days I think not…. And you thought this was just another post about environmental pollution.

Who else feels  walks through their neighborhood picking up litter?

 

P.S. Next week I will be starting a 30 day self-care challenge so be sure to subscribe to my blog to join!


I’m an artist and writer with a focus on art therapy. If you would like to support my heart work, please consider becoming a monthly patron on Patreon.com/Loviedo. For $1 a month*, you can fund programs like my D.I.Y. Therapy: Healing Depression E-course, my monthly “Radical” e-zine and other creative healing projects, like “Cultivating Radical Self-Love: A Collaboration of Healers, Artists & Writers“.

*You can also receive art in the mail for only $12 a month.

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New Video: Using Breathing to Calm Anxiety

When I was deep in my depression I had anxiety almost daily. It stopped me from doing simple things and big things like going to work, applying for jobs or college, and seeing friends. A usual anxiety attack would have me silently crying in bathroom stalls or pulled over on the side of the road in traffic. I felt a lot of shame about my anxiety attacks and never told anybody the reason why I wasn’t able to spend time with them or follow through on my goals and dreams.
Once I started recovery work for depression I learned methods to control my anxiety. I am proud to say that I haven’t had an anxiety attack in years. So, if you often feel anxious I hope this video helps you.  If you would like more support, check out my free online course D.I.Y. Therapy: Healing Journey to help ease depression. If you feel called, please share what methods have helped you calm your anxiety in the comments below.
On another note, I’m elated to announce that four new patrons have joined and we are inching closer to my first goal of $200 per month. Reaching that goal will allow me to both share my online course with more people who need it and pay contributors for the bi-monthly publication of Radical.

What methods do you use to calm anxiety?

 


I’m an artist and writer with a focus on art therapy. If you would like to support my heart work, please consider becoming a monthly patron on Patreon.com/Loviedo. For $1 a month*, you can fund programs like my D.I.Y. Therapy: Healing Depression E-course, my monthly “Radical” e-zine and other creative healing projects, like “Cultivating Radical Self-Love: A Collaboration of Healers, Artists & Writers“.

*You can also receive art in the mail for only $12 a month.

Art

Summer Solstice Mandala – New Art

Summer is blooming with vibrant colors; vines travel up tree trunks, flowers burst with nectar and the sun shines brighter than usual. Let’s celebrate the summer with gifts from mother nature. What better way than to make a little magic with the plants that are overflowing in our backyards, forests, valleys and canyons.

You can receive postcards or prints of this piece by becoming a patron of my work on Patreon.com/Loviedo.  You can also buy prints on Redbubble.com.


I’m an artist and writer with a focus on art therapy. If you would like to support my heart work, please consider becoming a monthly patron on Patreon.com/Loviedo. For $1 a month, you can fund programs like my D.I.Y. Therapy: Healing Depression E-course, my monthly “Radical” e-zine and other creative healing projects, like “Cultivating Radical Self-Love: A Collaboration of Healers, Artists & Writers“.

Empowering Discussions

Countdown: Two Days More

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Are you a fan of my art, my writing, the D.I.Y. Healing course, the zine Radical or my self-defense classes? Consider becoming a patron of my art for as little as $1 per month. Check out my page, https://www.patreon.com/loviedo on Patreon. As a patron of $12 or more, you can receive art in your mailbox each month.

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Three Days and Five Reasons

It’s almost August and I am just past the halfway point to meet my goal on Patreon! Want to help me meet my goal?
 
Did you know that you can support my writing, art and healing projects for $1 a month? Here are five projects you can support by becoming a patron.
 
1. “Cultivating Radical Self-Love” the free book collaboration I edited and published last year.
2. “D.I.Y. Therapy” the totally free online course to help ease depression.
3. “Radical” a free magazine that focuses on self-care and mental health while promoting a global village of independent artists and writers.
4. Free self-defense classes for women, youth and our LGBTQIA community.
 
Want to join me? Patreon.com/loviedo
Thank you for reading!
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Four More Days and Counting

Four more days to reach my goal!
 
For years I let my lack of self confidence stop me from pursuing a career in art and writing. Over the last year I proved to myself that I am capable of my dream career. So now nothing is stopping me.
 
This week I submitted my first essay to the New York Times. It may or may not be published, but I know my work is good enough to try. I have always wanted to do this, but was waiting to be a “great” writer. But that was my version of waiting to be perfect, which nobody is. So, I said to hell with waiting and put my work out there with the possibility of rejection.
 
Last October I started a Patreon page to support my work. It funds my free online course to ease depression and funds my free zine Radical, which focuses on mental health and supporting independent artists. Currently I have a goal of $200 per month on Patreon. I am just past the halfway mark for this goal. I am counting down to end of the month to ask for fans of my work to pledge between $1-$50 each month and become patrons of my work. Want to join and help me reach my goal before August? In return you can receive art in the mail each month. https://www.patreon.com/loviedo
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Forgetting to Be Present in My Self-Care Practice

I admit to failing in my self-love practice. I’ve been focusing on what I don’t have and what is unwanted in my life instead of focusing on what is present. A good friend called me out on what I was saying and doing. She has also been through recovery, and said that for her practicing being present on a daily basis is necessary. She is spot on. I’m always asking people if they are practicing self-care regularly. But am I? Yes and no. I practice mindfulness and positive affirmations daily, and remember to eat healthy and move my body. That’s not enough though. I need to think in the present each day. Solely from her reminder about being in the present, my mood changed. On my walk home I focused on what I have and felt the heaviness that was pushing me down lighten quite a bit.
I journal throughout the week too and that is often when I have a breakthrough thought. These aren’t always huge “Ah-Ha!” moments, but they are breakthroughs when I feel muddled. When I journal, I write everything that comes to mind and eventually it all connects together. I highly recommend journaling.
So the next time you feel stuck, do something; journal, talk with a friend, read a favorite book, break out your self-care tools and find something that helps.
 If you want to dive deeper into self-care or are searching for new tools and resources, check out my free D.I.Y. Therapy E-Course. You can go at it on your own, or sign up for free and have weekly lessons emailed to you.

I’m an artist and writer with a focus on art therapy. If you would like to support my heart work, please consider becoming a monthly patron on Patreon.com/Loviedo. For $1 a month*, you can fund programs like my D.I.Y. Therapy: Healing Depression E-course, my monthly “Radical” e-zine and other creative healing projects, like “Cultivating Radical Self-Love: A Collaboration of Healers, Artists & Writers“.

*You can also receive also receive art in the mail for a higher contribution.