4-H News – Nancy Lambert – 1-5-17
Pooch Power Dog SPIN Club to Meet,
4-H Handbook Cover Contest,
& a special release from University of Illinois Extension; Is Caring for Oneself Self-Indulgent?”

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Pooch Power Dog SPIN Club to Meet

Pooch Power SPIN Club will hold a meeting on Tuesday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Cheri White’s shop. Now is the time to join this fun SPIN (Special Interest) club for the new 4-H year. If you plan to exhibit your dog in the 2017 Saline County 4-H Dog Show, you can enroll and sign up for your dog project through Pooch Power.
Club members will learn about dog care, breeds, and general dog knowledge, as well as obedience, showmanship, and agility. Leader, Cheri White, will also invite guest speakers to the club meetings. The club will meet once a month until May, when the regular weekly Dog Obedience classes begin.
Call the Extension office at 618-252-8391 if you are interested in joining Pooch Power.
Please bring a lawn chair to the meetings.

4-H Handbook Cover Contest

It is time to begin thinking about your entry for the 2017 4-H Handbook Cover Contest. The contest is open to all Saline County 4-H members. We are asking that entries be turned in to the Extension office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2017. The entry rules are:
1. Submit original design on white paper only (8 X 11 inches).
2. Leave 1-inch margins on all sides.
3. Use ONLY black ink or black marker.
4. Use the words “Saline County 4-H” and the year “2017” somewhere on the     design.
5. Put your name on the front of your entry.
6. Entry should reflect 4-H in Saline County.
7. If you want to use a clover in your design, we request that you use the     official 4-H emblem. Contact the Extension office and we will print out a     page of 4-H clovers for your use.
8. One entry per 4-H member may be submitted.
9. Only entries received by the deadline will be considered.
Please include your name, club, and age with your entry. Remember, not only will the winning design be the cover of our Saline County 4-H Handbook, the winner will receive a monetary prize to be awarded at Achievement Night in October. Good Luck!

Is Caring for Oneself Self-Indulgent?

(The following is a special release from University of Illinois Extension.)
One of my favorite quotes about self-care comes from poet laureate Audre Lorde -”Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation.”
Personally, I was raised with the belief that putting oneself first was considered being selfish. As an adult, I realize how this deep-seated belief has shaped my relationship with self-care. What has helped me make self-care a more regular part of my life is making it a daily practice. Let’s thing about the word practice. Here are a couple of definitions:
* Repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill so as to     acquire or maintain proficiency in it.
* Carry out or perform (a particular activity, method, or custom)
Yes, self-care is something we don’t have to be perfect at. It’s a practice! Some days and weeks we will be better than others and that’s okay. What I find helpful is consistently scheduling time for self-care.
I’m not talking hours at a time here either. Literally 10-15 minutes a day can make a difference you will feel. Early morning seems to work best for me as then I can’t run out of time, it won’t get too late, and I can’t talk myself out of it. Most days this looks like 15 minutes of meditation or writing. I challenge you to take a “self-care 15” two or three days in the coming week. Think of it as self-preservation.
As I still struggle with the idea of self-care being self-indulgent, the word of Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh inspire me – “Here and there are people who know how to take good care of themselves, who live joyfully and happily. They are our strongest support. Whatever they do,