Believe/Practice/Choose - The Gift of Self Care: 21 Tips for Your Self Care Tool Belt

Believe Practice Choose

Are you exhausted from taking care of an elderly parent or sick family member? Do you need to recharge and reclaim your life? Do you need reminders to put your oxygen mask on first before helping others? Author Carole MacLean has been in those shoes and found a way out. Her personal experience caring for her parents during the end of their lives and as a hospice patient advocate motivated her to share these quick tips and self care tools for taking back your life. Do you feel depleted from your job, parenting, or just from getting older? If so, this book is for you - and anyone who is ready to believe in, practice, and choose their personal self care journey.

What readers are saying about Believe, Practice, Choose - the Gift of Self Care:

"This book is that little voice telling you everything is going to be okay, relax, breathe. Even when you don't believe that's possible, especially then."-Joni Zander, Road Guide and Creator at TheGalavan

“This therapeutic gem of a book is like a conversation with a close friend.  With an open hearted sharing of her personal path, Carole offers her readers a helping hand to self-care.  Her practical steps have helped me move forward with positivity after the toll of changes wrought by the Covid pandemic.  I predict you also will add this book to your list of gratitudes!" - Linda J., Arizona

"This book is such a great tool to use over and over... I read through it quickly and then I go back often to do the deeper dive based on what I am dealing with at that time… it is such a great way to give yourself some love and kindness... I love how it is put together. It is simple yet thought provoking. I'm ordering this book for Christmas presents….21 days of tips we all need!"  Kathy R., California

"I got the book in the mail yesterday and immediately sat down with it. It is so beautiful and so well written. The author writes with compassion and the desire to improve the lives of others. I could not limit myself to one tip a day, but I also saved some to enjoy later. Sort of like getting a box of chocolates."- Emily D., California

"After reading Believe, Practice, Choose, I ordered one last night for my cousin and another one today for my daughter-in-law. Everybody needs this book!" - Sue S., Texas

"Right after I finished Believe, Practice, Choose - the Gift of Self Care, I sent it to my sister. I enjoyed hearing the author's personal anecdotes and I loved the quotes included throughout. Then I went on one of the websites mentioned in the book and took my first online yoga class. I was motivated!" - Julie M., North Carolina

"I love reading the inspirational pages and practices in Believe, Practice, Choose the Gift of Self Care. I don't go in page order, trusting that the page I open to will be just the one that resonates." - Christine M., Arizona

"I just finished your amazing book. Before reading it, I was stuck and not finding time for myself, but I have recommitted to ME and this book was a BIG part of my morning routine for the past three weeks! Believe, Practice, Choose is so good and so spot on! Thank you for sharing this with the world!!! - Debbie S. , Arizona

"I love this book. I keep it next to me on my nightstand so I can choose at least 1 self care tool for the next day. Each of these steps has me turn inward and calm myself." - Gloria C., California

"The author provides tips and guidelines on how to believe in yourself and practice self care by providing personal experiences that many of us can relate to. I found this book to be very helpful!" - Christine P., North Carolina

"Believe, Practice, Choose: The Gift of Self Care by author Carole MacLean inspired me to FINALLY take the leap and begin utilizing these simple but essential practices in both my personal and professional life. Having been an organizational leader and social worker for over 45 years I know from numerous studies that putting new habits in place can literally be formed within 21 days. This book gives those of us in the social service sector just exactly the right start to taking care of ourselves as we provide help to others each and every day." - Leslie M., California

"It's the perfect whisper for a weary heart or season of life. It's simple and powerful. Reminders and nudges to encourage and inspire the way forward one choice at a time. Thank you, Carole, for showing us that self-care can be done in the nooks and crannies of living. You provide the thinking for me with all the ideas you share. We only have to choose!" - Reggie A., Minnesota

What People Are Saying About Self Care Affirmation Journal, the companion journal to Believe, Practice, Choose:

"So often I have found journals to be 'too much'. That is, I fill out a few pages, then life calls and I seldom get back. Together with her book "Believe, Practice Choose" this makes a perfect gift for anyone who needs to have some tools handy for getting through a difficult time, such as illness, or grief. Self-care is often the last thing that I attend to in such times and something as simple as this journal is perfect to do that in a gentle way. I am grateful for Carole's sensitivity to the difficulties that get in the way of self-care, and leads me with sensitivity to take care of no. 1. I plan to gift both the journal and the book to loved ones often." - Ardis M., Maine

Carole MacLean

Carole MacLean left the corporate world of banking to raise her daughter and open a direct sales business. She moved her aging parents from Ohio to California to help them through cancer, Alzheimer’s, and the maze of the medical world. Her support of her parents through the end of their lives, and later her volunteer work as a hospice advocate, led her to write the book "Believe, Practice, Choose the Gift of Self Care." She has been published in local anthologies through the Tri-Valley Writers Club in Pleasanton, California, and is a regular contributor of The Community Book Project with Donna Kozik. Ms. MacLean lives in Oregon. She volunteers for her local hospice, sings with the Threshold Choir, conducts women’s retreats, and blogs about self care at