My Self Care Journey

Another long one…sorry. 

So I’m a list maker. Every summer I make a list of goals for the start of the school year. Some short term, some long term. I always re-evaluate in the new year and usually by the next summer there’s about 50% checked off. But many items get carried over year to year. I’m a work in progress. πŸ˜ƒ 

When I returned to Shanghai in the fall, I gave myself a goal to lose 50 pounds by June. I had lost 20 pounds before Christmas but have proudly put back on 6 of those pounds after a decadently gorgeous Christmas break. But it’s not just about the weight that has crept slowly on, but I haven’t felt completely in sync for some time….succeeding in some areas but never really feeling purposeful or that I had a place in Shanghai for Michelle Smith-Antle. Not Julia and Georgia’s mom or Glenn’s wife. This really is the journey to my best self.  

In the Fall,  I did make some really positives changes to my health but didn’t follow through on some goals and never really had a solid plan for success. Well now I have a solid plan and I’m going to chronicle it here. I figure it will help keep me accountable. 

I will feature companies/products and teachers that I use and love. I’m starting a 28 day Body Awakening cleanse on Thursday as the kick off. I really love their products and did their shorter 5 day cleanse last fall and use their supplements daily. Check them out at  I’ll be finished just in time for my 41st birthday. Perfect time to start a cleanse AND finish one. I’m also going to try some new services like TCM and acupuncture. I’ve been wanting to since I moved here. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences with you. 

Here is my list for January 2017!

– Every weekday morning before waking up the girls, mediate and do sun salutations

– Complete 28 day Body Awakening cleanse starting January 12

– Add turmeric paste to my daily supplements

– Exercise 6 days a week (Combo of swimming, yoga, Pilates, Zumba)

– Write a gratitude journal

– Complete fitness test and body evaluation at Origym! So scared but I have to do it. I have NEVER done one of these….ever. 

– TCM and acupuncture 

– Take better care of my skin

– Improve my posture

– Complete full medical

– After 28 day cleanse, drink more fun cocktails! Gotta stop my love affair with beer. 😜😜

That’s it. Thanks for being part of my process. I’m keeping it real here, folks. 

Only joy, only love,




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I am a Canadian from Newfoundland and Labrador who has done a lot of moving around and has some pretty amazing experiences. I currently live in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada with the love of my life and partner in crime and our two beautiful and incredibly special daughters. (Totally biased but I'm cool with that). I started this blog because I wanted a space to share the people, places and things that bring me joy and give me a good laugh. Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy! Only joy, only love. Michelle xo

4 thoughts on “My Self Care Journey”

  1. I really enjoyed reading your raw reflection of the journey you have started and will continue. I look forward to following you on your road to your best self. Please let me know if I can help in anyway. I too spent the last two years discovering who I was post divorce. I was no longer a wife and my only identity was “just Lorenzo’s mom”. It has been an amazing two years of self discovery and self love. I am so proud of you and know that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. Get it Girl!


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