Selfcare with Vicky and Jen [edited]

Happy Friday afternoon. I'm in Portland meeting with Paula, Kayce and our PR team. I was supposed to be in Portland for a BPS team meeting, but my flight canceled and so I'm at home. The rest is still true … There are so many exciting things on the horizon for Big Picture Scrapbooking and I just wanted you to know how much we appreciate our students and the BPS community. Have a wonderful weekend!


In preparation for my interview next week with Vicky and Jen,  I've been listening to some of the What Really Matters podcasts (hosted by … you guessed it, Vicky and Jen.) I came across one in particular that I really enjoyed listening to. I share it with you in the spirit of Wellness.

It's called Simple Self Care and it's an interview with Karly Randolph Pitman, founder of


Karly teaches and shares so many of the philosophies that I believe and aspire to in my own life. She talks about the confusion between true self care vs. self indulgence. Women often hold themselves to extreme expectations and deny themselves any kind of imperfection — then when they are too far spent they indulge in shopping or a spa visit or some other kind of indulgence and call it self care. Self care is not the same as self indulgence. Self care is taking care of yourself and your needs first (not in a selfish way) so that you can be available in appropriate and authentic ways for the people you love most. Self care is accepting that you are an emotionally driven human being, often prone to intense feelings. Self care is allowing yourself to accept these emotions, ride them out and learn from them.  Self care is NOT comparing your body or beauty or energy levels to others or even a former self. Self care is mothering and nurturing and living from your strengths and getting the support and help you need to strengthen weak areas of your nature and personality.

Good, good stuff. I hope you have a listen.

I'm headed up to make my Ginger Bunny dough and put it in the fridge. Here's answers to a couple of questions:

1. Each recipe makes enough dough for about 5 or 6 big cookies. I'm going to use these bunny cookies this year as place cards at our Easter dinner (our friends and neighbors the Rosales are coming :)) so I'm making a double batch. You can of course make your pattern smaller if you want to get more from a single batch!

2. I mentioned that the cookies help my kids find their baskets. I suffer from grammar usage issues. What I meant was these cookies help my kids identify their baskets once they are found. The Easter Bunny comes, puts the cookies in each child's basket and then hides them. As the kids search for and find hidden baskets, they know not to "give away" a basket's location if the cookie does not have their name on it. Hope that is a clearer explanation!

Since I didn't fly to Portland, I went to yoga this morning. It was so HARD. I had a wonderful sense of how much stronger I am though in one year's time and I haven't even been all that consistent. I am really learning to LOVE YOGA. I'm feeling happy and energetic and hopeful that I'll take this "gift" of a day and clean up my studio and do some creating! I also get to see my Clark's soccer game now. So many good things in life to be grateful for.


  1. Thanks for the new links to explore and especially ones that will inspire me. Have a blast making the cookies for your family. You are so blessed to still have little ones. Wishing you and your family many happy times this Easter weekend.
    from the wet and gray side of the state…. tj09

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  3. Isabel Roberts says:

    Thank you for sharing this podcast (Self Care with V&J). I listened to it this afternoon and I really needed it. Perfect timing. :)

  4. Stacy,
    Thank you so much for your kind words about my work at First Ourselves. I love meeting a kindred spirit, another woman who appreciates the journey of loving and caring for ourselves, of honoring our emotions, and loving and caring for each other, in beautiful, authentic interdependence.
    All the best to you.
    In sisterhood,
    Karly Randolph Pitman

  5. Thanks for answering my question Stacy, and although it was a mis-wording on your part, it gave me the most brilliant idea to use for my ginger bunnies I will make this afternoon. I figure that if I write each of the kid’s names on the bunnies, I can use each letter of their name as clues as far as hiding their basket goes. One of my sons is named Ethan. So I thought that I would have him first look somewhere in the house that starts with “E” such as in entertainment center, “t” as in toaster, “h” as in humidifier, “a” as in afghan, and “n” as in napkin holder. Each spot having a cute decorated note stating that they found the spot and to keep going until they reach the last letter of their name, and then find their basket. So thanks for inspiring a new idea to use with your ginger cookie recipe. Happy Easter!

  6. Stacy, thanks very much for passing along this wisdom. As I listened to Elder Oaks’ conference talk on self-sacrifice, I wondered how that fit with the concept of “filling the well” – replenishing ourselves. I think this idea of self-care vs. self-indulgence is exactly right. We all need to take care of ourselves. No need to feel guilty when I scrapbook family memories or get my hair cut or go for a walk at twilight or get a good night’s sleep! Thanks for sharing this insight. Off to listen now.

  7. Thank you so much for this inspiring post. It is exactly what I needed to hear right now.

  8. I have really learned to love yoga, as well. It has made me feel stronger, too!! I missed it last week due to spring break vacation with the family and can’t wait to get back on Tuesday! Even on my days where I didn’t get a run in, yoga helps me feel like I worked my body out. I felt guilty taking the yoga class at first, but realized I needed it for me!! :)

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