(Enrolments have now closed).
The Take Care Project is about something simple, which many of us (including myself) forget from time-to-time- that if we’re not taking care of ourselves, we can’t be of service to others, and we’re also doing ourselves a complete disservice. Many of us (again, my hand’s going up here) think we have established a grounded, nourishing self-care practice, but realise one day that it’s really not serving us, or maybe our needs have changed since we first started trying to actively take care of ourselves.
In a way, it’s a sad state of affairs that many of us are so busy in taking care of others that we’ve put ourselves last, but these few weeks are all about carving out time, devotion and ritual just for us. Can you remember the last time you did that?
Is this course about CFS?
The honest answer is no, not really, but hopefully the sense of community we’ll establish and that you’ll discover in the private course Facebook group might support you if you’re going through CFS fumbles and are feeling a little frustrated.
This course is really about sharing daily self-care practices, keeping each other going throughout the duration of the course and maybe rediscovering some practices and habits that we’d forgotten we enjoyed.
I will encourage all members in the Facebook group to keep any comments or input upbeat and practical (and not really related to CFS specifically). Members will also be free to share articles and images that they feel add to the vibe of the community- we’re all supporting each other and I can’t wait for you to help me out as well.
To find out the inspiration behind the course, why I haven’t given myself or anyone that much notice (hint: this idea was gifted to me rather than being truly my idea) and why the time has to be now, click on the 6-minute audio below.
I have to admit, this idea came to me when I least expected it- in the shower (don’t all the best ideas?!) When I normally think of ideas, I’m very quick to write them off (click here for more on this!) and convince myself that they won’t work. This little baby, however, has stuck and will not let go of me. This course is also being launched and put into action within the space of a week. The idea came to me in Tokyo and a week to the day later, here we are. I’m sure a lot of people would advise me that I need to spend a little more time on marketing the course, but the Take Care Project seems to have others ideas.
On a purely selfish note, this course is also for me, and I will be a very active participant in the group. Quite frankly, I can’t wait to get started!
Why ‘Take Care’?
This was the title that was given to me, and it doesn’t seem to want to be changed.
My Mum always tells me to “take care” or “take great care”, and has always said this from an early age. I’ll admit that it used to really annoy me when I was growing up, as I thought it meant she didn’t entirely trust me, but this little nugget that we seem to say to each other often without thinking has been playing on my mind a lot recently (the audio above will give more reasons why).
It’s not a throwaway phrase or conversation filler. It’s a way of life, a grounded and authentic way of being. It means that if we look after ourselves properly and whole-heartedly, we allow others to do the same. It’s not just a glib, string of words- it’s a philosophy.
This may seem grandiose and a bit over-the-top, but there is so much depth in these two little words.
I’m opening up an exclusive, private Facebook group, in which we can all interact and post any articles, images or thoughts which might be of use to others. I will lead a daily ‘check-in’, in which we can share how we have gone about and respected our need for self-care every day.
However, this is not a competition, and it’s important not to get too bogged down in this. This is about just doing one thing a day (a few things if you like) to ground you in your own self-care practice. Sometimes I get it right, and sometimes I’m so far past it that I only realise I’ve been neglecting myself a few days down the line. I’m not perfect, and therefore, this group will be about embracing our vulnerabilities and sharing our thoughts and difficulties with each other with courage, love and understanding.
There will also be a few worksheets, and exclusive audio and videos to dive into, but I promise you will not be bombarded. You don’t even have to participate in the Facebook group if you don’t want to. It’s all about reestablishing your own needs and respecting yourself enough to let them play out in whatever way is authentic and real for you.
I will definitely not be a shining example of how to do things (a full-time teaching job sometimes gets in the way of a solid morning routine, for example), but I hope that my efforts and the efforts of those around you will give you permission to really look after yourself (without the guilt).
Enrolments are now open and will close at 6pm AEST on Monday 30th March. Enrolments have now closed.
I know this isn’t a lot of time to make up your mind, but I’d love you to be a part of the Project if you’re intrigued.
The course will run from Tuesday 31st March until Friday 17th April (2½ weeks of establishing lasting wellbeing practices and support).
As this is a brand-new, ‘let’s see how this goes’ course, the price just covers administration and my time creating resources and answering questions.. There are no hidden catches, I’d just love you to be there!
Early Bird Price (ends Friday 27th March at 6pm AEST): $27 AUD This offer has expired.
Normal Price (after 6pm AEST on 27th March): $37 AUD Enrolment has now closed.
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Whether I see you over in the Facebook group or not, thank you so much for making it this far and for supporting the blog. I really hope that the results of this project will help in some way in the future.
Lots of love, Katie xxx