Art, D.I.Y. Therapy, Empowering Discussions, Journal Prompts

Surround Yourself With….

Surround yourself with loving words, thoughts, and actions. Just like I surrounded this pine tree with protective pine cones.

– What do I need to do to feel loved and supported?

– Do I have loved ones who support me?

– If not, how can I support myself?

Self-care means diving deep into our mental, emotional, and physical health. You can do this with journaling, meditation, and creativity. Do what feels healthy. Set boundaries with your addictions. If you need extra help, reach out to a loved one or mentor. Don’t hide when you need loving support. Ask for it.

Trunk of pine tree surrounded by carefully laid out pine cones in a circular pattern by Leah Oviedo

Peace and hugs, Leah

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Radical Magazine

Radical Self-Care in Activism: Issue Seven

Looking for an inspiring, thoughtful magazine to read? Issue seven of Radical is here.
This issue boasts seven contributors of art and poetry. They are Inisa Fajra, Gia M. Hamilton, Jacq, Iris Orpi, Jasmine Farrell, Amanda Kizemart and Leah Oviedo.
Our theme is self-care in activism this issue. Whether you are creating sustainable change on the streets, a home, or work, it is vital to practice a self-care routine so you don’t burn out. I hope this issue inspires you to love yourself unconditionally and take a moment every day to rejuvenate your heart and mind. You are worth it. You can download the new issue on Patreon.com.
 Read past issues of Radical in the post area at Patreon.com/Loviedo or Impoweryou.org/radical. Follow us on Facebook.com/radicalzine. Peace and hugs, Leah

I’m an artist and writer on a mission to bring healing arts into the mainstream. 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“.

 

Poetry

Poetry: Rewritten Life

Most days I wake up ready for the world. Some days I wake up exhausted from trying to create a life that I own. Either way, I’m only here today. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. So, I feel all the things, try my best to release what doesn’t support me, allow my friends to have their own space,  and give myself hugs each day. I love myself because I am finally making my dreams a reality and I have learned so much.

  • Be a writer.  Check.
  • Be an artist. Check.
  • Learn how to heal truama. Check.
  • Lean how to grieve healthily. Check.
  • Learn how to be my own best friend. Check.
  • Learn how to play guitar. Check.
  • Travel to a foreign country by myself. Check.

I still have a lot to learn, but I can feel pride in knowing what I have learned so far. As the song lyrics go, I don’t know where I’m going, but I know where I’ve been. For you, I hope today you wake up feeling ready for the world. I’ll hold space for you, but you need to hold space for yourself.

I dedicate this poem to all my friends and family who are trying. I love you….

 

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I’m an artist and writer on a mission to bring healing arts into the mainstream. 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, Poetry

Four Actions to Cultivate Body Positivity

Every time I walk past issues of Cosmo and other “women’s” magazines, I cringe. Mainstream media has become a teeny bit better about showing different body types, but are still full of ads and articles that body shame, in a sneaky way. I flipped through Cosmo and saw a page encouraging women to not shave their vaginal area. Yet they made sure to sneak in an advertisement for a new razor. Since February is about love (and African-American history), here are four actions you can take to encourage body positivity and self-care.

 You are the only person who can love yourself unconditionally. The choice is up to you. Below are a few practices to guide you.

  1. Start recording compliments. Every time someone, even your parents, compliment you on anything, write it in your journal. Or if you don’t have a journal start writing the compliments on paper and see how many you can collect in a week. The trick with this is that you must read the compliments later. Set a reminder on our phone to read those compliments every 7 days. Do it now! Put this book down and set a reminder to start collecting compliments. Then set a reminder a week from now and set a reminder to read the compliments.
  2. Find or take a photo of yourself when you look your best. Hang that picture up where you can see it daily and remind yourself that you look good! If you don’t have a good photo or your camera sucks, get a professional picture taken or ask one of your friends who can has a good camera.
  3. Stop the butt cycle. Yes, the stinky butt cycle. You know when someone compliments you and you reply, “thank you, but…”? That’s a stinky butt. Stop yourself from saying that. Each time you say that, pinch yourself. When you receive a compliment the only thing you need to say is “Thank you”.
  4. Surround yourself with people who support you. If you have friends or family that put you down, then you need some distance. If someone is consistently hurtful, then you need to cut those ties temporarily or permanently.

This is an excerpt from the new book, Cultivating Radical Self-Love: A Collaboration of Healers, Artists and Writers. Download the free e-book version at https://www.patreon.com/posts/book-launch-self-16085856

If you want to learn more about body positivity and find support, I highly recommend the following resources for creating body positivity: 

The Love Warrior Community: http://www.lovewarriorcommunity.com  

Rae Across America: https://www.facebook.com/RaeAcrossAmerica

Peace and hugs, Leah


I’m an artist and writer on a mission to bring healing arts into the mainstream. If you would like to support my heart work, please consider becoming a monthly patron on Patreon. As a patron, you can use and fund projects like my D.I.Y. Therapy: Healing Depression E-course, my monthly Radical e-zine, future books and other creative healing projects, like “Cultivating Radical Self-Love: A Collaboration of Healers, Artists & Writers“.

Radical Magazine

FREE: February Issue of Radical: Power is Personal

What’s Your Power? That’s the theme for February. In celebration of a lovely month there is plenty of self-love in this issue!

Inside you will -hopefully- discover inspiration about harnessing your inner power for healing and growth from guest writers Inisa Fajra and Iris Orpi.

This is the first issue where I have included a lesson from my D.I.Y. Therapy E-course. Each month I will share a new lesson. My vision for this zine is to share healing tools along with fantastic artists who have messages about healing,  personal power, individual rights, equality, and freedom.  Download your free copy on Patreon.com/Loviedo

*Call for submissions: If you would like to submit art or writing to a future issue, use the Contact page. The theme for March is growth. The theme for April is Peace. The last date to submit is February 19th.

Read previous issues on the Radical Zine page.


I’m an artist and writer on a mission to bring healing arts into the mainstream. If you would like to support my heart work, please consider becoming a monthly patron on Patreon. As a patron, 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

The Self-Love Diet Challenge Returns: Create Your Self-Love Manifesto

The Eight Annual Self-Love Diet Challenge is here and I highly recommend joining. You can join on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/294159054322293/ or sign up on their website: http://www.lovewarriorcommunity.com/31-day-self-love-diet-writing-challenge

I have participated in past years and appreciate how the challenge keeps me focused on self-care. After the holiday season I feel so good in January by completing each practice. Below is my manifesto for the 2018 challenge. I hope it inspires you!

 

Dear Universe,

This morning I wake up with sunshine in my mind, even if it is cloudy and grey outside.

I walk through the day knowing that I am in control of my reaction to everything. Healthy food and plenty of water fuel my body, helping my brain keep me in a balanced mood. I am aware of doubts that make me feel uncertain about my choices. I remember that my brain works in a way to make it easy for these thoughts to grow. I am a creature of habit. When negative thoughts invade, I know that I created those thoughts. Knowing this reminds me that I am powerful. This knowledge means that I can choose positive thoughts to motivate and inspire myself. I, like everybody, am powerful. Consciousness is my tool and my shield.

Today and every day, I choose to live in the present; to plan for my future, but not worry about it.

Today and every day, I search for compassion, knowledge, inner peace and peace on earth.

Today and every day, I know that I am surrounded by love from family and friends, from strangers who open their hearts to strangers.

My self-love manifesto is a deep knowing that I am in control This wisdom comes from my intuition, from centuries of wisdom passed down in my DNA. I remember that like everybody, am the result of ancestors lost to memory, of atoms dancing, of the same energy that is the universe. Remembering this, I love myself unconditionally because I am perfectly imperfect.

Peace and hugs, Leah


I’m an artist and writer on a mission to bring healing arts into the mainstream. If you would like to support my heart work, please consider becoming a monthly patron on Patreon. For as little as $1 a month, you can fund programs like my D.I.Y. Therapy: Healing Depression E-course, my monthly “Radical” e-zine and support future creative healing projects, like “Cultivating Radical Self-Love: A Collaboration of Healers, Artists & Writers“.