It’s time to pause, reflect, release, and move-on…

What exactly is it?

A Mid Summer Guided Self-Care Journal and Workbook.

In this Check-In you will be prompted to reflect on:

• Favorite summer memories from years past

• Discernment of core feelings

• Explore how to re-create them

• When & Where you’ve felt most alive, safe, in-tune

• Explore how to re-connect with those feelings this season

• Acknowledging disappointments, fears, and anxieties

• Explore ways to release those fears and anxieties

• Daydream about a more ease-full life

• Reflect on your summer self-care up to this point


Especially the ones we live in

“Design is coming to grips with one’s real lifestyle, one’s real place in the world. Rooms should not be put together for show but to nourish one’s well-being.” — Albert Hadley

… and beauty is a privilege.

I have the privilege of being a homeowner, the privilege of being married to a partner who understands and supports my need for beauty, and the creativity and resources to create beautiful spaces for myself.

creating, curating beautiful spaces in our home brings me peace and also creates a sense of safety and serenity from the outside…


Even if you’ve never done New Moon work before

“The moon is queen of everything. She rules the oceans, rivers, rain. When I am asked whose tears these are; I always blame the moon.” — Lucille Clifton

New moons offer us the opportunity to go deep, to get soul-level clarity. They are excellent times for simple ritual like this one and even for simply visualizing what you want to be next for you as you fall asleep underneath her sacred shrouded self.

July’s New Moon is in Cancer.

Cancer is a water sign whose symbol is the crab. It is ruled by the moon and tends…


How PTSD turns a luxury into a nightmare

“I must stop remembering… The more I remember, the greater my agony. These thoughts stuttered in my mind… I must be more watchful, I told myself. I must shut them out. I couldn’t always keep this up.”― Sonali Deraniyagala

After hitting publish on yesterday’s post I found myself unable to sit still. My anxiety had me feeling like I was climbing out of my skin. So uncomfortable.

I took the dog and went on a walk.

Not my normal, gentle, hey-I’m-living-in-a-disabled-body kinda walk — this was a WALK. You know, at a…


Writing through a PTSD & depression flair-up

“It’s a war within yourself that never goes away.” — unknown

I’m not ok.

I haven’t been ok for a while now. In truth, it’s been getting steadily worse.

I think it all started when my body over-reacted to getting the first Covid vaccine shot back in mid-March. My system reacted as though it had been exposed to gluten for nearly four weeks. That means four weeks of extra fatigue, pain, and best-of-all, endless diarrhea — yep, multiple times a day for over 22 days.

It wasn’t fun.

My gut is slowly healing…


Dear Medusa…

I wonder…

A word after a word after a word is power.” — Margaret Atwood

Dear Medusa,

Today I learned that Jellyfish are named after you, and I fell in love with jellyfish for the first time.

I wonder, did she turn your beautiful hair into snakes as punishment to cause other’s to fear you and thus abandon you, or more to cause you to live in fear from them thereafter?…

I wonder, did he even just for one second allow the truth of his violation against you, his destruction of you, to come into the forefront of…


Healing really can happen

“‘I think no more of taking a wife than I do of buying a cow,’ was one of Heber Kimball’s delicate remarks. made from the stand in the Tabernacle to a congregation of several thousand. Most of his hearers thought even less of it, for they would have had to pay money for the cow; and as for the other, he had only to throw his handkerchief to some girl, and she would pick it up and follow him. - Ann-Eliza Snow

I grew up in a very, very conservative religion — like a Young Earth…


An exercise in clarity

I stand for Kindness, because it matters.

I stand for Honesty, because without trust we’ve got nothing but fear.

I stand for Love, it really does make the world go round.

I stand for Inclusion, because, as the Rev. Jesse Jackson said, “When everyone is included, everyone wins.

I stand for Intuitive Living, because we all hold Truth deep within our cells.

I stand for Spiritual Action AND Connection, because thoughts and beliefs without action are empty half-formed things.

I stand for Owning & Telling Our Stories, because our stories matter and, as Anne Lamott so…


And why timing matters

“You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” -Louise L. Hay

Loving ourselves while living in a culture focused on tearing us down, is a sacred and sometimes scary act of devotion. The healing journey towards completely unconditional self-love is a lifelong one. It never ends, it is, indeed, a practice.

How you speak to yourself matters — often more than any outside voice you hear throughout your daily adult life. Our inner voices are shaped by our child and young adulthood. The first voices…

Katherine Grace

Writer. Editor. Survivor. Katherine Grace is the author of Releasing Relationships. www.graceandmagic.com

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