OHMYGAWD -Are you finally f *cking ready to liberate your mind, body, and mother-lovin' soul?
Good, then let me tell you about what's going on here at Crystal McLain Creative.
But, before we dive into all of that, let me first tell you, I'M SO GLAD YOU'RE HERE.
You being here, right now in this very moment, means that you care about yourself, and your wellbeing.
And that, my friend, is pretty badass.
It’s badass folks like you that I’m looking to serve.
Alright, let’s dive in…
So, I really wanted to live a life that was healthier and more fulfilling, but I sucked at self care.
At least, that's what I thought.
I was on a hamster wheel, chasing one golden goose after another, trying to create health, balance, and happiness in the shit-show I called, my life.
I tried a bunch of different exercise programs, supplements, and self-help products but...nothing. Nothing changed. Nothing worked. And I always found my way back to the ol' self sabotage routines.
But, oddly enough, one day I noticed that something had magically shifted. I noticed I felt a bit more emotionally balanced, mentally clear, and physically energized. It was a sense of freedom I'd never experienced before.
Dude, what happened?
My friend, I discovered that I'd created Self Care Independence.
Hi! I'm Crystal McLain, Licensed Clinical Massage Therapist and Self-Care Coach, and it's my mission to provide affordable, practical, and creative self care resources that empower people for a lifetime. ...I know, that's a tall order.
So, what changed?
How did I go from a place of self destruction to a place of self empowerment?
How did I go from wanting to sleep my life away to being stoked about each new day? How did I become a person who uses words like, 'stoked'?
Well, in 2008 I was going through some...times (but let's be honest, my ENTIRE LIFE had been a series of 'times'. Trauma, drama, and unhealthy habits were my modus operandi). Anyway, I needed to make some drastic changes in my life. And one day, I was having a casual conversation with a friend about possibilities for my future when they asked me, "have you ever considered becoming a massage therapist?"
I had not.
But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense.
For starters, I loved the idea of being my own boss...this girl has control issues and loves her independence.
But secondly, the reality is, I'd experienced first hand how beneficial therapeutic massage can be. Massage was my first step to reversing some damage after a neck injury. It also got the ball rolling with a little self awareness. *wink-wink, nudge-nudge
But, if I'm honest, I wasn't exactly the poster child for healthy living when I signed up for the massage gig.
I had a long list road blocks that kept me from living well, mainly a handful of addictions, low self esteem, zero boundaries, and a host of physical ailments. So in order to not feel like a total fraud (and manage my business successfully), I decided to clean up my lifestyle just a little bit.
If I was going to become a facilitator in people's healing, maybe I should make a few healing choices for myself... Mmmhmm...
And that's kind of how this whole Self Care Independence thing started - with a few small changes that would support the life I wanted.
Self-Care Independence isn't just a random list of personal grooming tips or affirmations. And it's not a weight-loss program, cleanse, or fitness challenge (not that there's anything wrong with those things).
Self-Care Independence is a set of skills used to confidently manage your meat suit, wrangle your mind, and create balance in your life like a boss.
Self Care Independence is being able to show up and live life confidently, intuitively, and authentically.
So, here's the thing.
All too often we try using self care tools or routines that appear to be working for other people. But what really matters are YOUR NEEDS, and what's going to fulfill them.
Biologically speaking, we’re basically all the same. So that means fundamentally our needs are similar. But our conditioning, personalities, and abilities are all quite different.
That means how we go about meeting our needs will vary.
In order to create practical, productive, and long-lasting self care routines that we're ACTUALLY motivated to follow through with, we first need to practice creating Self Care Independence.
When you have Self Care Independence you can:
- Prioritize your wellbeing
- Recognize what's lacking in your life
- Set practical + authentic self-care goals
- Confidently navigate the wellness world
- Love yourself unconditionally
And how you CREATE Self Care Independence is by:
- Cultivating a positive, growth mindset.
- Gaining self awareness, and body consciousness.
- Finding direction and purpose in life.
- Finding authentic motivators so you will take ACTION.
- And creating support systems so you can thrive.
So, what about you? Are you ready to THRIVE? If so, great. Let me tell you more...
Alright, I'm gonna get real here.
I have been on a personal wellness journey for a MINUTE, so I know first hand how challenging this whole self care thing can be, especially when you're starting in a 'not-so-healthy' place. DOUBLE especially if you're typically resistant to change.
But, I also know how possible it is, and how REWARDING it is when you start investing in yourself.
I also know how lonely and overwhelming the whole process can feel. And that's why I created CMC. I wanted to offer a place where people could drop in and explore the wellness world freely, curiously, and confidently.
Not only that, but I wanted to make the whole experience affordable and fun, and offer practical and creative self care resources.
I'm here to strip away the bullshit that comes along with mainstream society's idea of "wellness", and help you find your freedom through Self Care Independence.
I've been rocking it in the health and wellness field since 2009, and have worked with literally hundreds of folks facilitating their mind-body healing. And nothing brings me greater joy than sharing all the secrets I've learned personally and professionally - and witnessing the results.
I'm a total nerd, so most of what I offer is deeply rooted in cognitive science and straight-up biology. But c'mon, I'm a massage therapist named CRYSTAL, so you can expect a little bit of fanciful woo to be thrown into the mix. I'm a relentless optimist who loves to laugh, and I swear like a friggin' pirate.
If any of this sounds like your jam, I'd love to invite you to explore all that I have to offer.
There's a few ways you can start creating Self Care Independence:
1. Sign up for the Newsletter
Subscribers will receive weekly updates that include journal prompts, product updates, giveaway alerts, and other inspiring tidbits.
2. Join My Friends With Perks at Patreon!
Since I believe self care should be affordable, and I'm all about people helping people, I've created a Patreon Membership. Starting at just $5/month you can support my work AND snag some sweet bennies like:
- Weekly Journal Prompts, with a look into my PERSONAL, vulnerable. entries
- Mindfulness Exercises + Self-Care Tutorials
- Direct Blog + Podcast Updates with Member-Only Content
- All of my Digital Guides, Tools + Kits for FREE!
- Regular Personal Check-Ins
- An invitation to my private Instagram group
- And more!
3. Sample the goods.
Not ready to commit? I totally get it. I'm cautious about what I sign up for, too. If you're curious, and want a sample of what I'm all about, you can check out these other goodies that I have to offer:
- I've got a bunch of self care FREEBIES you can explore.
A PODCAST to trigger your inspiration button.
- I offer lots of goodies in my self care SHOP
- And I've got a fun community over at INSTAGRAM
I love you.
I appreciate you.
Thank you so much for being here.
I hope to see you soon!