Archive for the ‘Self-Care’ Category

January 30th, 2016 by Celia

2016: A Year of House Plants

scented geranium
This year I intend to reacquaint with and revive my house plants. They are in desperate need of assistance.


Is it strange that I make New Years’ resolutions for my plants? If you consider that our house plants are a reflection of ourselves and our home life, then no, it’s not weird at all.

above: pineapple scented geranium (wintering over inside)


  • plants in the south-facing window seat
  • Spanish thyme (also wintering over inside)
  • African violet
  • Monstera
  • coleus (wintering inside) with an un-known plant in front
  • Paphiopedilum Raisin Pie, an orchid hybrid

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June 11th, 2014 by Celia

Spring Emergence: How to Come Out of Hibernation




Spring is almost over in Portland!
It’s only fitting to burst out of the bubble of winter conservation mode and be an active part of the world around us. Everywhere I look, I see insects waking up, flowers blooming, trees leafing out, rainbows across the blue-grey rain clouds, birds signing their spring song.
This winter was a major time of hibernation and rejuvenation for me, where I completely turned inward and made my inner life, my health and my home the highest priority. As soon as March came around, I knew it wouldn’t be long until that feeling of cocooning transformed into cabin fever. Through April and May, these feelings just multiplied!
Here are some things learned to help me get into spring mode.

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October 2nd, 2013 by Celia

Reflect and Appreciate; Strategies for Daily Life



It’s crazy to think how much has changed in the last 4 weeks.

I am transitioning away from being a student, although I can’t yet say that into what exactly. It’s still a while until I’ll be able to practice Chinese medicine. So until then, I am making the most of my ‘vacation’ and adjusting the best I can to life after school.

It’s quite different on the other side of school. Time moves oddly, for one. For some of my graduated classmates I have talked to, these past few weeks found them aimless and accomplishing seemingly little with our unstructured time. There were definitely times when I almost went down that rabbit hole of thinking I haven’t done enough, but I made a concerted effort to avoid those feelings of doubt and uncertainty and embrace the freedom that surrounds me.

Clear intentions and reflection has been the key. I start my day with a hearty breakfast, then curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and my notebook. Talk about luxury! Read the rest of this entry »

September 18th, 2013 by Celia

Preserving Summer with Homemade Fragrant Rose Elixir


This summer I grew a variety of roses called Grand Dame, which I chose because of its old fashioned rose fragrance, and all of it’s bright pink petals were either used as tea or made into an elixir. Rose elixir is one of my most favorite herbal extracts. An elixir is an herbal extract, using half alcohol and half sweetener. They couldn’t be easier to make or use, and once you try your hand at making an elixir you will see what I mean. Read the rest of this entry »

August 6th, 2013 by Celia

4 Weeks ‘Till Graduation and the Art of the Pre-Vacation


Technically I have 4 weeks of school until I graduate. But the vacation state of mind starts now!

Post-graduation time isn’t really a vacation. It is the start of the next chapter of my career and life. There is a bureaucratic loophole for all of us students which I intend to apply full therapeutic advantage to: it takes about 3 months for our license to practice acupuncture and East Asian medicine to be issued. I am going on 2 actual vacations during that time, so starting a part-time job isn’t feasible. It has been declared by every ounce of my spirit to be a vacation. Read the rest of this entry »