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My End of Year Doctoral Horror Story

  Hey guys! Ms. Duggan is back! I know it’s been awhile since I updated my blog but as you know I was working in Italy as a mental health clinician on an archaeological dig site. Don’t worry you will get ALL the details later. I’m finally back at work and getting back to my normal busy life and things are going well so far. But around the time I got back into the swing of things I had a major doctoral catastrophe! (Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my latest YouTube video “My Doctoral Horror Story” where I am looking at the camera with a terrified look.) While I was away, I was still enrolled in two courses that had been going pretty well. I actually finished one while I was in Italy and received an A in the course.   The other course had one last assignment due that I planned to finish once I got back to the states. However, to my surprise it was due while I was in Italy and I was totally not prepared to finish it. (Figure 2: This is a photo of Ms. Jay, an African American male fashion

Adult Daily Living Skills: Ms. Duggan Makes a Brown Sugar Scrub

 

So if you’ve been following my blog and/or YouTube you know I like to indulge in a little self-care from time to time and I even consider it to be an independent living skill. You may have seen my videos on at home manis/pedis and a virtual painting classes where I take a little time out for myself to do something fun. I am actually teaching a course on domestic violence right now and this past Saturday we spoke about self-care. Self-care is typically not thought of as much when talking about domestic violence but it is a major component in recovering from the traumatic events that DV brings.


Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my latest YouTube video on ADL: Ms. Duggan Makes a Brown Sugar Scrub with a picture of Coconut Oil, Peppermint Oil, and Brown Sugar. I also have a picture of the scrub on my hands.



As I was going over my PowerPoint, I thought to make a self-care item for my class as a special surprise. I saw a recipe for a DIY scrub that I had the materials for so I thought I would give it a shot. The Brown Sugar Scrub that I made only had three ingredients: Brown Sugar, any kind of oil (I used Coconut Oil), and the optional use of an essential oil (I used Peppermint), which made it pretty easy to follow. I mixed all of these items up in a bowl and placed them in individual plastic jars that I bought from Michael’s. The scrub itself felt very moisturizing and smelled amazing! I even added a personalized label that read “Hey Queen! Have you practiced your self-care today?” with a list of the ingredients used to make the scrub.

Figure 2: This is a picture of the scrub on my hands. It is brown with white pieces of Coconut Oil.

 

What’s your idea of self-care? Are you into making DIY items? If so, what do you typically make? Drop down in the comments and let me know! Be sure to check out my latest YouTube video and tell me what you think of the scrub!

 

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