The Power of Daily Self-Care Practices to Transform Your Life

Our daily lives are consumed by the responsibilities we hold, our work, our family needs, the commitments we have made to others, and our routines.  We often don’t make it onto our own daily lists.  How often have you skipped doing something for yourself because someone asked you for something?  You may have traded the time and energy you would have given to yourself for something else.  That task could have been a priority, but did you go back and adjust your schedule to fit yourself in somewhere else?  Likely not.  This is something we are all guilty of – we forget to treat ourselves with the same care with which we treat others.

We are taught that rewards need to be earned, and that to do something for yourself you need to have earned the right first.  The truth is that how we treat ourselves gives others permission to treat us that way too.

When we give to self, we give ourselves and the world the message that we see our own worth and value who we are. Like any other habit, when we start giving time and energy to self, it somehow becomes feasible to be doing this every day.  An open diary with a bunch of pink roses above it. On the left page the words self-care, on the right page, the words, Make yourself a priorityEverything readjusts to accommodate this time for ourselves when we decide to take the first step of committing to it.

Put yourself on your list first:  Every day, commit at least ten minutes a day to yourself by doing one thing that brings you joy and serves you.  This could be reading a book, meditating, taking an early morning walk, spending time focusing on your dreams, or doing things that allow you to grow to your next level.

Spoil yourself as you would want someone to spoil you:  Instead of waiting for someone to spoil you, or justifying why you are doing something special for yourself, give yourself permission to pamper yourself.  Doing something for yourself is the best form of self-care. There never needs to be a reason to practice self-love, so why wait for someone else to care for you?  Show yourself the love you want to receive.

Joy is your birthright:  This life is meant to filled with joy. We can either keep waiting for the world to give us joy, or we can claim it for ourselves.   Joy begins within by caring for self, and as we do so, we begin to recognize our own worth and value our well-being.  We show the world how we wish to be treated, and the world responds accordingly.

What are you doing for yourself each day?  Share below.

Many Blessings,




This debut memoir chronicles a woman’s spiritual exploration and growth as she overcame a disturbing childhood and helped others heal.

Brought to America from the Dominican Republic as a youngster, Molina-Marshall should have led a happy life. Her father was a diligent worker, and his large family wanted for nothing. But the author recounts that her dad had a drinking problem and was a serial philanderer. Molina-Marshall’s long-suffering mother left him for a woman. Then it was all downhill for the bright, 12-year-old girl, who was shuttled between foster care and relatives. According to the author, she was sexually abused by the husband of one of her siblings. This resulted in Molina-Marshall becoming alienated and moody. By 15, she simply tried to survive. In her favor were grit and a restless intelligence. She quit school, rented a room, and found a factory job. Time went by, and for a while she was happily married. Yet when her husband left her, her life truly began. She turned to religion for answers but decided that blaming God for her woes was a cop-out. 

In this absorbing and moving memoir, Molina-Marshall’s vivid storytelling is fearless. She frankly discusses the truths she discovered and the indignities she suffered. These admissions are disclosed with a touch of resignation and plenty of bite. However painful, everything she experienced was a lesson, and she bravely realized that she was part of the problem: “The fear of being hurt, rejected, or abused often led to me feeling lonely and misunderstood. No one knew the agonizing pain I felt being trapped in my thoughts and anger. I was becoming my biggest threat.” 

The author skillfully recounts her intricate spiritual journey. To deal with her psychic wounds, she searched for an inspirational system. Her open-mindedness led her to the interfaith concept—cherry-picking from various religions and spiritual movements, yoga, and Indigenous beliefs as a way of finding peace. Along with her female partner, she built a therapy practice, making use of every spiritual element that aided her and others. The road was bumpy, and she found that women of color in same-sex relationships were not welcomed everywhere. To do good works—and finally live on her own terms—she effectively overcame bigotry.

An engrossing, cathartic account of empathy and success through determination and confidence.

Pub Date: May 3, 2022   |    ISBN: 978-0-578-38315-6  |   Page Count: 264    | Publisher: From Trauma to Triumph  |   Review Posted Online: June 13, 2022