Journaling Challenge!

Have you ever practiced self-care by journaling?

As someone who has gone from obese and depressed with an eating disorder, to a genuinely healthy athlete with type 1 diabetes, I can tell you without a doubt that finally choosing to nurture my mental and emotional health as a top priority in my life absolutely not only changed my physical body for the better, it changed my mindset and spirituality for the better as well.

Choosing to be mindful and PRIORITIZING how I care for my emotional health is so incredibly empowering, and allows me to feel much more confident in my day to day diabetes management decisions.

The act of journaling, getting all the stuff that is circling around in your head OUT onto paper, is by far one of the most effective practices of self-care regarding emotional health that I’ve ever experienced, both with myself and countless clients over the years.

In this short video, we are focusing on why journaling is so therapeutic, and how to get started without getting in your own way!

Challenge Action Items:

1. Choose to give yourself the gift of mental/emotional self-love and self-care today by committing to journaling ONE time this week. Pick the parameters that suit you, such as “I will journal for X amount of minutes OR X amount of pages one or more times this week,” and schedule it in your calendar! Don’t get caught up in the details and let go of all expectations… JUST LET IT OUT!

2. Comment below and share how many minutes or pages you journaled this week! The more you share, the more you are helping and encouraging other people to step out of their comfort zones and give themselves the gift of self-love.


With Love, Daniele 🙂

End of Summer Love – 1 Day Challenge

The summer is coming to a close, and as always, it’s a great time to consciously take time to express self-love and gratitude for the good in our lives.

In this video, we are focusing on the GOOD that diabetes has brought into our lives, and how recognizing these things allows us to feel stronger and more empowered. We take it a step further and after recognizing the good in ourselves, intentionally choose to recognize the good in others as well.

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer

Challenge Action Items:

1. List 3 ways that diabetes has added value to your life to practice self-love. Watch the video for suggestions if you can’t think of any!

2. Choose to give 3 genuine compliments to other people today to consciously practice spreading love to others.

3. Comment below and share one of the ways diabetes has added value to your life, and/or how it felt to choose to be present and find things you enjoy about others and share those compliments with them.

…Remember, you are much stronger than you think you are!

“There’s More to the Story” with Mindy Bartleson

When someone is inspired by how far they’ve come through a life filled with challenges, and finds the courage to share their personal experiences with major adversities with the outcome of helping others better deal with their struggles, I think it is worth encouraging and celebrating.

That’s why I pledged to my good friend Mindy’s Kickstarter campaign, and encourage you to do so as well if this is a subject that is meaningful to you or someone you love.

Take a look at the great prizes she’s offering for pledges!

Mindy is writing an honest book about the ups and downs of growing up with a variety of chronic illnesses and mental health struggles. Here’s a little of what she had to say about the experience:

“I’m focusing on the fact that yes these things can suck, but it doesn’t mean you can’t do it. I want to balance the positive with the negative of life experiences with honesty. I also wanted to talk about it all together- the type 1 diabetes, PCOS, endometriosis, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, (other diagnoses), loss, and more- because like the title of my blog says- “There’s More to the Story”.

Check out her campaign by clicking HERE
Read her deeply personal words about this experience HERE