Own Your Time

planning Jun 20, 2018

Being fabulous and crushing your goals takes time and commitment, we all know that.  But sometimes we breeze over that “time” concept.  We know we have to do the work and we have every intention of doing it but somehow time seems to get away on us.  

We get bogged down by emails, spending time in meetings or get sucked into things that seem urgent but aren’t really important.  Before you know it, you are looking at your day, the week or even the month wondering where it went.  You feel like you’ve barely made any progress toward your goals, or worse you feel stuck.  Taking control of your time is where you start to turn things around.

Set Boundaries

We need to set boundaries when it comes to our time.  If we don’t, then things get added into our schedules, we find ourselves saying “yes” to things that we really don’t want to do and we feel too tired and overwhelmed to do the work that really matters....

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Lowered Expectations...Really?

perspective Jun 13, 2018

I remember the skit on Saturday Night Live, to be honest, I remember the sing-song intro to it a lot more than any of the actual skits.  The tune stuck with me (just like the Juicy Fruit one) and I think of it every now and then.

I’m usually reminded of it when my husband, Matt suggests that life would be so much better if people just lowered their expectations (specifically me).  Wait - what?!?!  Sorry buddy, but I’m here to live a kick-ass life and for that, I shall raise expectations.

Right?  Wrong!

You see the problem with expectations is that they revolve around the future, which you can’t control.  So… maybe… Matt is on to something here.  For a goal setting, listing making, gettin’ shit done kinda gal like me, this concept seems very counterintuitive.  How does one lower their expectations and still achieve great things? 

Lowering expectations doesn’t mean lowering your standards.  A...

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Follow Your Nose & Don’t Worry About The Birds

business goals you Jun 06, 2018

Since the weather has been nice, Sue Ellen (our Puggle) and I have decided to get out for a few more walks.  As a Puggle, she is half Pug and half Beagle and believe me when I tell you that she has the Beagle nose.

A great deal of time during our walks is spent sniffing, which of course becomes annoying but hey, I guess it’s her walk too.  As I was watching her I realized that despite the fact that there were birds chirping in the trees and others hopping along on the ground, she didn’t care.  Instead, that Beagle nose was persistent and laser-focused in following all of those delicious sniffs.

Are You Distracted By The Birds?

Sue Ellen knows what matters to her and doesn’t bother with whatever else is going on.  She isn’t distracted by a bird flying from branch to branch.  If it’s not in her path, she doesn’t see it.  I imagine this is an easier task for a dog that eats the same kibble every meal, however, I still...

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The Problem With Enoughism

perspective you May 30, 2018

The first problem is that it’s a made-up word but go with me on this.  Do you ever say things like “Ok, that’s enough for today” or “I’ve done enough” and close your computer or leave the office?  That’s not unusual, right?  But what about this, do you ever hear your kids fighting and tell them “That’s enough!” or if your Partner is pissing you off you tell them “I’ve had enough!”?

We use that word in many different sentences but to me, the word “enough” has more of a negative connotation.  It feels like I am either referring to the bare minimum, picture meeting eating a piece of broccoli and proclaiming “That’s enough vegetables for today!”.  Or, I’ve hit the maximum, now picture me downing half a dozen cupcakes “ok, I’ve had enough”. 

Are You Enough?

If we kept to using “enough” to describe the bare...

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What You Mean to Others

family love you May 23, 2018

Goodbye Grandpa

This past weekend my Grandpa Jack passed away.  As an ageing man battling illness, it wasn’t a shock but the news was still unexpected.  These days when someone dies we don’t have to wait a week to read it in the paper, instead, we can share it almost immediately on Social Media.

Sure, social media has it’s positive and negative attributes but I think in this case it’s a positive thing.  I believe it serves two purposes when someone passes away.  One, it’s a quick way to share the news with the many people in our lives and people whom the person knew.  Two, it’s an opportunity to see what that person meant to so many people.

Comments Can Be Mini Eulogies

As I scrolled through the various comments on both my Dad and Uncle Ian’s post it was very clear that my Grandpa played a great many roles in his lifetime.  For many, he was a storyteller.  You may describe it as “journalist” or...

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Connecting Physical & Mental Health

health & wellness May 16, 2018

Health & Wellness

Two words that are full of definitions.  Typically when we talk about health and wellness the first thing that comes to mind is salads and sweating.  We think our health is all about eating nutritious food and getting to the gym.  And if we do those things, that will lead to “wellness”.  

It’s not a bad start but there is so much more to it than that.  Conversations about diets and what we should or shouldn’t eat tend to dominate the narrative.  There is always a new gym opening or a new strategy for working out.  It’s great to try new things and have different approaches but it’s not just the food and how much boob sweat you accumulate.  We need to broaden the conversation.

Mental Health

Our mental health is just a critical as our physical health and it is very much connected to our physical health.  I personally believe that I gain just as much physically and I do mentally when...

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Lessons From Mum

family kids May 09, 2018

High Heels & Dance Floors

We were getting ready to go to my 2nd Cousins’ wedding and my Mum was fastening my white patent shoes on and told me I wasn’t to take them off.  I didn’t really question it or think much of it but as I grew older I realized that wasn’t an instruction, it was life advice.  

I would hear it many times over the years, “never take your shoes off on the dance floor” and it would even become a joke among my friends.  But the truth was, it wasn’t about the shoes at all, it was a metaphor for life.

Never Compromise The Look Or Yourself

My Mum loved to dress my sister and me in cute clothes, unfortunately, they were usually matching… (jk Mum, I loved it).  We both had long, long hair and she was great at braiding, pigtails and ponytails.  We always looked nice, even if we didn’t leave the house.  

My Mum taught us to take care of ourselves from head to toe and how to present...

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Just Say No

business perspective May 02, 2018

Do you ever feel guilty when you say no?

It can be really hard to say no to a good cause or a good friend or an opportunity at work.  So we end up saying yes to a lot of things and that leads us to feeling overwhelmed.

It can be hard to say no because sometimes we question what someone might think of us for saying no or perhaps you fear we won’t be asked again.  Another reason we say yes, is because we feel like we should say yes to whatever is asked of us.  Or, maybe you feel like saying no means you don’t care.  But that’s not true!  

Saying no means you DO care!

It means you care about the things you’ve said yes to already.  Maybe you’ve said yes to being at home in the evenings with your kids and in order to do that you have to say no to a volunteer opportunity.

Maybe you’ve said yes to building your business so you need to see no to another opportunity that would take that focus away.

Think about this:  If...

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Post Conference Download

business Apr 25, 2018

Learning and growing are so important, as well as planning and brainstorming.  It allows us to expand our thinking and try new approaches.  You may integrate your learning through industry conferences or workshops.  For planning and brainstorming it could be meetings with your team members or key stakeholders.

All of these things are awesome and we tend to generate a lot of great ideas and maybe some new initiatives but how do you manage the information download?

Download & Reboot

Typically a computer or phone will download the updates and then restart.  Makes sense for an operating system but personally, I prefer to do it in the other way around.  More like coffee I suppose… percolate then perk up.

I just finished a 4-day workshop full of great information.  The ideas were flowing, there were plenty of “ah ha” moments and great conversations.  And now my brain is fried.  Each night, Matt would ask me “How was...

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Time Blocking vs. Task Lists

planning Apr 18, 2018

When it comes to planning ahead, I’m your gal!  I think it’s really important to plan for the upcoming week and for each day.  Usually, when you think of planning, you think “scheduled”.  Of course, there are many things in our lives that are scheduled but there are also things that are not time bound.  There are things we do that are more task oriented.

So how do you manage your task list with your scheduled appointments?  Should you schedule everything in, even a 2-minute task?  Do you just wing it?  What if you don’t know how long it will take?

Task Focused vs. Time Focused Activities 

Task-focused activities are things that we need to get done but that aren’t married to a specific time of the day.  It may be something that doesn’t take much time, like posting on social media or replying to an email.  It could be something that takes much longer (writing a blog post or doing month...

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