Self-care: Michelle puts it in writing

Last fall, we had the chance to catch up with Michelle Lucas, and we were out of breath when we did. This isn’t someone who sits still waiting to be interviewed for a blog post. Michelle, whom we first knew as a writer of Christian romantic fiction in her high school days, has since graduated high school, taken a few jobs, and advised us to get our heads straight and reinvest in our Instagram account. We have obeyed.

Michelle is no stranger to the power of social media to help reach goals. She told us last September that she started a secret Instagram account about a transformation she’s undergoing in her own life. (Here’s her non-secret account, @sheldorado96, where you can request to follow her and show her some love.) That led to a short trip down Self-Care Lane, and we are excited about following up with her and on our own to bring more self-care posts to this blog in the near future. Since we’re still very interested in her writing – and hope to see a best seller from her soon – we asked whether writing was part of her transformation and self-care regimen. We were excited to learn – and so very happy to announce – that it is.

At first, she told us that she writes captions that are sort of like mini blog posts on her transformation account. (If you all play your cards right, we’ll press her to tell us her handle so you can follow her and encourage her on her journey. Positive affirmations welcome.) When we caught up with her again in October, she let on that she also writes to relieve stress, a major component of her (any) self-care measures. For those of you wondering how you can incorporate writing into your self-care routine, here are a few things Michelle shared with us last October:

– She generally writes in her journal twice a week, though that can increase when she’s under a serious amount of stress.

– She writes for at least 20 to 30 minutes, and that might also be longer as needed. She writes for however long it takes to relieve the stress.

– She doesn’t necessarily feel completely relieved after writing, though she does experience “giant change” emotionally.

– While writing doesn’t fix everything that’s stressing her out or niggling at her, it goes a long way to get her head sorted, to help her think more clearly, to prioritize matters, and to gain focus one thing at a time.

– It is the process of writing – including the act of writing and reflection on what’s written – that actually provides the most help for her.

– Sometimes taking a walk or having a bubble bath complements the writing process as a means of using physical activity or total relaxation to redirect negative thoughts.

As we explore some self-care topics on this blog, we’ll certainly be revisiting the conversation we shared with Michelle, and she has agreed that we can check in with her in the coming months to share her progress with readers. For instance, we’ve heard an unconfirmed report that she’s recently started her dream job, so maybe she’ll tell you more about that once we’ve gotten her attention again. In the meantime, we’ll soon share more of our exchange with her from last fall and parts of a personal narrative she wrote, so you’ll hear from this self-motivated dynamo in her own words.

For now, Happy Women’s History Month. Comment below to send words of encouragement to Michelle and to leave names of other inspiring women we should be interviewing in the coming weeks, months and years.