How much time do you spend working on your masterpiece: Everything that is you, mind, body, and soul?

Over the past year, the need to work on our masterpieces, via self-care, has emerged. This is easier said than done. If you’re like me, it’s difficult to find the right balance between focusing on others and prioritizing yourself.

I’ve come to realize that self-care is a journey, not a destination! A grand gesture, like a long, relaxing vacation is nice, but the benefits are temporary. I’ve found that making small steps, regularly, towards self-care is an effective way for me to work on my masterpiece.

In this workshop, I’ll share with you a continuous improvement approach to self-care. You will not only learn the steps, but you’ll begin your self-care journey with hands-on practice, both individually and in groups.

Remember, all journeys are different, and bound to have peaks and valleys. In this workshop, you will learn and practice techniques to handle the ups and downs along the way.

If you are ready to work on your masterpiece, don’t miss this workshop. You’ll learn everything needed to proudly exclaim “I’m still working on my masterpiece!”


Outline/Structure of the Workshop/Game

Outline of Workshop:


  • Megan's Intro
  • Connection Activity: Introductions and Partner Discussion
    • How do you focus on others in your day-to-day life? Do you feel like you focus on yourself enough?
  • Intro Concepts:
    • You are a Masterpiece
    • We work on our Masterpieces via self-care
    • What is Self-Care
    • Why is Self-Care Important

(8 Min)

Continuous Improvement Approach to Self-Care

Step 1: Self-Retro – Analyze where you are today

    • Concrete Practice Activity: Self-Retro. Answer questions, analyzing your current self-care state and where you’d like to go, on a worksheet. Share with your partner.
    • Note: I’ll explain to participants that the self-retro can be done without a questionnaire, anywhere, anytime. The questionnaire is designed to get people thinking about the type of questions to ask during a Self-Retro.

(5 Min)

Step 2: Select a small self-care goal and a time box

    • Concrete Practice Activity: Select a small self-care goal and time box. First working independently, on a worksheet. Draw a picture of success. Share the picture with your partner.

(6 Min)

Step 3: Work to achieve the goal

    • Concrete Practice Activity: Write down how you will achieve the goal. Pair up and tell your partner. Exchange contact info, check up on each other.

(5 Min)

Step 4: Handle the ups and Downs Along the Way

    • Celebrate Success
      • Concrete Practice Activity: As a table group, using a flip chart, list ways you can celebrate success.
        Embracing Failure and struggles
    • Embrace failure, learn from it, and move On
      • Technique: Creating and Using an “Oh well” statement… Like “How Fascinating…”
        • Something you tell yourself when you fail, to remind yourself. Accept failure, learn from it, and move on.
        • This is not a white flag. You didn’t ruin the whole plan. Learn from it and move on.
      • Concrete Practice Activity: Working individually, create an "Oh Well Statement"

(8 Min)


  • Conclusion Activity: Ball Toss Take-Away Summary
    • As a big group, sand in a circle. Whoever has the ball tells the group one thing they learned that they will be using in the next week.
    • Note: If the group is too large, we will break into several large circles, instead of just one. The point is to hear what others learned because maybe they thought of something you and your partner or table group didn't
  • Closing Comments

(8 Min)


(5 Min)

Learning Outcome

After attending this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Recall the 4 steps of a continuous improvement approach to self-care
  • Apply this approach as a sustainable self-care solution
  • Conduct a self-retrospective to evaluate your current state and self-care needs
  • Celebrate success when self-care goals are achieved to stay motivated
  • Embrace failure and use it as a learning experience to continue improving

Target Audience

Anyone who focuses on others, in their day-to-day life

Prerequisites for Attendees


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