Our Self-Care Gift Exchange 2016 Photos

In 2016 I held our first ever online Self-Care Gift Exchange for anxiety and depression. With 158 participants, thanks to @n0pales  and @nalgonapositivitypride for sharing my post, it was a success! It was a blessing to be able to read all of our stories and current struggles with mind obstacles, and a joy to partner you all with someone who best matched what you both needed.

Back then, I ran everything myself, and was able to because I was living with my parents and on winter vacation from college. Now, I’m living on my own, am working but am low-income. I hope to fundraise soon to be able to pay my current womxn of color staff  to help me run the next one, as well as for a Self-Care Gift Exchange site that will help things go smoother.

Below are photos from our 2016 Self-Care Gift Exchange. Thank you so much for all who participated! We hope we can bring you another Self-Care Gift Exchange in the near future.

Sending you positive vibes,
Shannen
Founding Editor-in-Chief
The Strange is Beautiful

 

Another ✨✨Self-Care Gift Exchange repost @cherrychola #TheStrangeisBeautiful A post shared by The Strange Is Beautiful (@thestrangeisbeautiful) on

✨✨The last of the emailed gifts will be sent tonight !! Mailed gifts are still being sent this week and next week ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~✨✨Last step of the gift exchange is to post a photo of the gift you receive and tag us + hashtag #TheStrangeisBeautiful. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Here’s another #Repost @vanessa_beverages with @repostapp ・・・ Participated in @thestrangeisbeautiful self-care gift exchange and received the most precious package last week. I posted up this lovely handwritten letter on my wall, and it’s a great way to wake up every morning. So happy we are all taking the time to take care & connect with each other. It is so necessary and about damn time. #thestrangeisbeautiful #giftexchange #selfcare A post shared by The Strange Is Beautiful (@thestrangeisbeautiful) on

Another repost of a Self-Care Gift Exchange gift! Don’t forget to post a photo when your gift arrives with the hashtag #TheStrangeisBeautiful ✨✨ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #Repost @jonnotthin with @repostapp ・・・ It came❣. Super cute vinyl type sketch pad that has a place to write what you were listening to while you were creating it. I was more than happy to join this gift exchange because sometimes we all need encouragement, or just a reminder to take care. For years I battled with eating disorders and I knew in starting to workout again it could trigger me. The words of encouragement on the back of this painting were exactly what I needed to hear. #thestrangeisbeautiful Thank you @thestrangeisbeautiful for doing this gift exchange #selfcare A post shared by The Strange Is Beautiful (@thestrangeisbeautiful) on


Sending you positive vibes,
Founding Editor-in-Chief
The Strange is Beautiful
Shannen

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Shannen is a Peruvian-American writer, musician and yogi.
Learn more about her here. 

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