Self-Care Gift Exchange Photos and Our Patreon for the Next One!

Hi readers!

It’s Shannen, the editor of The Strange is Beautiful :)

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! I learned a lot on how to improve the next one and am excited to launch our Patreon to raise money for it. 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 and working full-time! The Patreon will allow me to pay a staff – my current womxn of color staff xoxox – to help me work it, as well as pay 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 your support so far! We hope we can bring you another Self-Care Gift Exchange with your help!

If you’re able, please donate to our Patreon and receive gifts such as self-care reminder texts, encouraging penpals, self-care or self-love date night gift baskets, and trauma informed yoga. Even $2 will help!


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

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

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