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Episode 11: Subscribing to Self-Care

Description: Extra! Extra! Dr. Boogren wants the Squad to subscribe to some relaxing self-care this week.


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Transcription: Welcome to episode 11 of our second season of Self-Care for Educators. I'm your host, Tina Boogren. This week's invitation is to enjoy a magazine. I love magazines. I, I love ... You guys know by now--I'm a broken record--I love to read. I love to read novels. I love to read non-fiction. I love to read education books. I love to read all of it. And I also love to read magazines.

I love the trashy ones. I love the serious ones. I love everything in between. Something about reading a magazine just brings me immense joy. The magazines that I currently subscribed to are ... Let's see, I get Mindful. I get the Oprah magazine, that I think is quarterly now. And, we get the New Yorker, which totally stresses me out, because I love it. But, it ... Every week ... I think it's weekly. Oh. And, I just can't keep up. So, I have a pile of New Yorkers, but I love, love, love to read the New Yorker. And then, I get Runner's World, and we get a cycling magazine.

I just, there's something that brings me such joy. And, I think that this has been true for my entire life. I think this, if I trace this back, it goes back to childhood and I remember magazines. And, I remember getting my own magazine, you know, in my own name, which would have been what, Bop? And, Seventeen when I was not close to 17. Whatever those, those magazines are. And, I loved them, and I still love them. I actually, one of my travel rituals for vacation is when we're at the airport, getting ready to take off for a little time away. One of my favorite things to do is to go stock up on magazines. I read them on the plane. I read them on vacation, especially if we're by some sort of water. I associate reading magazines and water connected to each other.

There's just, I don't know. There's something that brings me such joy about looking at the pictures, pulling ... I rip things out that I want to hold onto. So, I'll pull out articles, pass those along to someone else. Fold them up and stick them right in my journal. I used to love, in fact, I haven't done this for a long time, but I used to love to cut out images, right? Use those to create some sort of vision board or something that, that just is inspirational in some ways. There's just so many uses for magazines.

And, I was just thinking, as I'm recording this, it's the weekend. And, I have this little pile of magazines, and my husband asked me what I wanted to do today. He was watching football, and I was like, I have a stack of magazines to get through, and it made me smile. So, I thought, oh, that's a great invitation for the squad. In fact, I'd love to know what magazines bring you joy? Do you subscribe to any magazines? What are your favorites? I know common ones that people ... Real Simple. That's one that I buy oftentimes, or maybe we've got some of you that actually know who the people are in People magazine or Us Weekly. I don't, you guys, I'm too old now. I don't even know who those people are. I still like to look though.

But just, just what, how do you feel about magazines? Which are your favorite? Do you subscribe to any? Do you ... This is another thing I like to give it as gifts. So, I give in the last few years I've given my grandmother the large print edition of Reader's Digest, and a little side note on that ... For some reason, I don't know if I clicked a button, but not only does she get the large print version of Reader's Digest, but it comes to me, as well. And, for some reason, it's like this connection with my grandma that I love when I receive it. I always flip through it and just feel that connection.

So magazines, that's it. And, I think that's maybe all our brain can handle right about now, as things are crazy. Think of reading a magazine as a little, a little bit of self-care, a little escape. Set aside some time for it. You know, one of the things that we've talked about before, and that I mentioned all the time is taking 15 minutes a day that's just ours to do something that we love and maybe you want to take your 15 minutes, and you want to flip through a magazine. You want to pull out images that speak to you. You're going to pass along an article that you think someone else would love. You're going to subscribe to a magazine, or you're going to give a magazine as a gift.

They're usually, oftentimes, there's great deals, and it's a pretty cheap gift that you can give to someone else, maybe even a child in your life. There's something so amazing about getting something with your name on it in the actual mail. So that's it. That's what I want you to do. I want you to read a magazine, no judgment on what magazine it is. We love them all here. We love them all.

As always, I'd love for you to jump in the Facebook group. Tell us what you think. Give us a recommendation.

As always, a huge thank you to Brooke for making this happen. Thank you to Solution Tree and Marzano Resources for this job I get to do that. Oh, I just love every single day. And, as always the biggest shout out to you. Oh my bad-ass self care squad. So grateful for you. I'm so grateful for the Facebook group and your incredible contributions. I'm so grateful for those of you that show up here week after week and who recommend my podcast to others. Oh, I just, my gratitude is just absolutely immense. So, here's to you. Here's to magazines. Have an amazing week.

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