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Jan 16 2018

CTL Episode 48–Deep Dive into Self-care with Leah Boden

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Show Notes-

This week on Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie and co-host Leah Boden chat about their own self-care routines. They also discuss what to do when you struggle to get the time or space to really take care of your own needs.

Leah’s morning routine:

  • Get up before the rest of the family
  • Read the Bible
  • Journal/Gratitude journal
  • Coffee
  • Go for a walk or jog

Tips for when you struggle to make the time for self-care:

  • Find what rhythms and routines fit your current life stage and your family’s needs so that you can carve out time to also take care of yourself.
  • Self-care looks different depending on what else is going on in your life right now.
  • Let go of your ideas of “perfect” self-care, and just do something simple to feed your soul.
  • Set an alarm for five minutes earlier in the morning, or even for a set time in the afternoon, and just spend a few minutes reading the Bible.


It is worth having a conversation with your loved ones about how to help you create space and time for you to do some things that are restorative to you.

Know what is life-giving for you, and make those things a priority.

The danger of “pretend rest” as opposed to REAL resting.

Self-care also involves knowing what is good for you even if it doesn’t come naturally.


Some ideas for self-care:

—pretty planning

—gratitude journalling


—meal planning

—washing your face every night

Current Lovelies-

MacKenzie: cuddling up in her cozy blanket before bed every night.

Leah: adding live plants to her home and caring for them.

Find The Hosts-

You can find Leah at her websites and as well as Instagram and Facebook.

You can find MacKenzie on Instagram, Facebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course!

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