Put the Fun Back into Life

Jul 22, 2021

The dark and dusty attic was full of old furniture, holiday decor, and boxes.  Over 40 years of memories stored in these rafters.  I opened a box to find my childhood journals.

 

I opened the pink journal on top and read “Another LONG day in the car.  Almost 8 hours!” 

 

HA!  These were my tales from a two-week journey from Northern California to Yellowstone National Park.  My summers were defined by the family road trip.  Dad would start each day with his checklist of our must see/do for the day.  

 

  • Wake up at dawn
  • Drive into the park - don’t miss the bison
  • Checkout Old Faithful
  • Relax a bit at Old Faithful Inn
  • Move onto Morning Glory Pool
  • You get the idea….

 

Have you ever thought about how much of your vacation style is shaped by the trips you took as a child?  

 

Fast forward to my Tahitian honeymoon a decade later.  I awoke on my first day in paradise and hightailed...

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Reflection Prompts that Get Results

Jul 08, 2021

What will you keep, improve, start or stop doing?

 

I answer this question very early every Sunday morning.  I don’t always have all the answers but just spending time pondering that question has given me some amazing breakthroughs.

 

I’ll share one with ya.  I registered for an online summit a few weeks back but it fell on a weekend.  I wasn’t sure how I could attend but not take myself away from my family 100%. I decided to book a road trip that same weekend and planned our drive times around the zoom calls.

 

Did I get to attend every speaker I wanted to listen to? NO! 

 

But I did get to attend.  I made some amazing connections, picked up a ton of knowledge, and my kids were blissful when they hit the beach.

 

It was a hail mary effort I threw together at the last moment but when I reflected back, it was the perfect solution for a virtual weekend conference.



Are you ready to harness the power of reflection?...

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How to Design a Task List that Eliminates Distraction and Enables Hyperfocus

Jul 01, 2021

Yesterday I lost my shit.

 

In two weeks we should be in paradise (AKA Hawaii) but we still hadn’t booked our COVID tests. I delegated it to my husband but he didn’t seem to give it the same level of importance it was currently occupying in my brain.

 

I pulled out my laptop determined to finally check this off my list.  In just a few mouse clicks, I realized all the free appointments were gone.  Putting this off was now going to cost us.

 

I was grumpy, irritated and felt rushed.  I finally found the best option and got hubby on board to complete the online paperwork.

 

My temper tantrum was 100% a result of a mismanaged task list. I fell off track with managing my list.  This is a reminder for me and hopefully it helps you too.

 

To-Do List Like a Boss

 

The first step is to find a system for organizing tasks that works for you. I’m not going to get into that here but I recommend finding one that works for your ...

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It's Time to Stop Waiting for the Right Moment

Jun 17, 2021

Why you should make a Life Plan instead.

Think back to the last time you took a big trip. You spent time planning what to do, how to get there, and who will be along for the journey. Most of us have limited vacation time. While you may want to travel the world, you narrow your trip to just a few places you can see during the time you have.

Now stop for a minute and think. Have you ever applied this planning to your life?

I remember meeting with a school counsellor in both high school and college to discuss my career path, but let’s be honest while you think you know everything at 18 years old it’s a far cry from reality.

If I could turn back time, I would spend time writing (or refining) a Life Plan at the start of each year instead of a New Year’s resolution I will toss out before February.

What’s a Life Plan?

It’s a concept I discovered thanks to the brilliant Michael Hyatt. A life plan starts with the end in mind. You think about how you...

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Stop the Small Talk, Gain Back Your Time

Jun 10, 2021

You know that sinking feeling when you realize you’re in a conversation with no end in sight?

Instead of focusing on what’s said, your mind is running through your To-Do list for the day.

I realized last week that I lost about 30 minutes of my most productive time chatting with our carpet cleaner. Working from home allows for lots of time saved, but contactors and home maintenance workers can sabotage your productivity.

Small Talk Within Reason

I tend to be the type to pretend that I’m not home when the doorbell rings (thank goodness for video doorbells). On the occasion when I need to let someone into the house, I’m always polite. Probably too polite, which is what gets me in trouble. However, I genuinely appreciate the value of good help, and I think a few minutes of niceties go a long way.

“How are you? Can I get you anything? OK, here’s where we need help.”

Sound the Alarms

When you’ve gone beyond the small talk, and the...

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You Know What You Have to Do - Now Put It on Your Calendar

Jun 03, 2021

It’s Tuesday morning after a 3 day weekend.  There’s an anxious knot in the pit of my stomach for the short week ahead.

 

Part of life balance is taking the time to soak in those LOONG 3 day weekends but fit my work into a shortened week.  Time to lean heavy on my calendar.

 

“What gets scheduled gets done” Michael Hyatt

 

This is important during any week but even more important today.  

 

Here’s a breakdown of my calendar process.

 

  1. For me it starts with my personal yearly review.  I spend time reconnecting with my life plan.  
  2. Next I set goals for the year that connect to the plan and commit those goals to a quarter during my year. There are times when goals have to roll from one quarter to the next but that’s a post for another day.
  3. Finally I take those quarterly goals and break them into weekly tasks that are put into my calendar.  
  4. I review my calendar each day to make...
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Your Ideal Week, Exploring Planning’s Super Power

May 27, 2021

Do you wonder how you’ll ever find the time to work on your big project? You’re ready to be more than just a Mom.

 

You’re not going to believe this but there’s a tool to find time for whatever it is that you want in your life.  It’s simple but not always easy.

 

It’s called the Ideal Week. It’s a downloadable template that will move your life from reactive to proactive.  It’s your life.  OWN IT!

 

The purpose is to find an intersection between your dreams and your realities.

 

Here’s what mine looks like today.

Steps to Create Your Own

  1. Do a brain dump of everything that is and you would like to have in your schedule. Include all your tasks and habits.
  2. Print out the template and use a pencil to time-block in all the actionable items (I make a lot of edits along the way)
  3. Recheck for happiness.  This is your ideal week, so make sure the week you have planned out makes you smile. Yes that...
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How to Break Down Goals Without Losing Your Mind

May 13, 2021

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” Steve Jobs

 

Thanks, Steve, but what if you don’t know how to go after those BIG dreams? 

 

We talked about how to set goals for your dreams. Now let’s dive deeper into the action plans for your achievement goals (not habits).  The steps you need to take to bring yourself closer to living out those dreams.

 

Often we feel lost and overwhelmed with anxiety with the thought of sitting down to tackle those big dreams. This is because you don’t have a clear path to your dream.  How do you face this unknown? I want to share with you a tested method I picked up from Jessica Abel.

 

Start with the Questions

First, write down all the questions that occur to you in a short brainstorming session.   

You could use a journal, a digital notebook or any other means of capturing info that works for you. (NOTE: keep this list handy so...

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On Discipline vs Motivation

May 06, 2021

Monday hit me like a ton of bricks. 

 

Motivation had been my friend when I read the book Miracle Mornings.  I was intrigued because I’ve always been a morning person.  After reading, I set my alarm even earlier.  Motivated to capture the day and “maximize my potential.”

 

I sprung out of bed for the first week (even on the weekends). Then the next Monday hit. I had spent the weekend as I usually would.  Spending time with family and friends.  Staying up later to enjoy more time, but then still bounding out of bed at 5am.

 

Seizing the day seemed like a much less worthy cause. Motivation ghosted me on that morning.

 

I realized if I wanted to continue with the morning routine I was loving, I was going to have to call on more than motivation to push me out of bed. 

 

Let’s look at the definitions:

MOTIVATION

(noun): the act or an instance of motivating, or providing with a reason to act in a...

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How to Set Realistic Goals Today & Make Progress Tomorrow

Apr 29, 2021

“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.” — Walt Disney

 

Walt definitely knew how to dream. The more remarkable thing is that he made those dreams come to life.

 

How do we dream BIG like Walt without slipping into the world of fantasy?

 

Start with Your Why

If you’ve created a life plan, tie your goals back to the areas of your life that need the most attention.  

 

No life plan? That’s ok. (Although I HIGHLY recommend it). Wherever you want to focus your goal, think first about why. You’re going to have to dig deep here.  It must be tied to your values.  What really matters.

 

“If the heart doesn’t find a perfect rhyme with the head, then your passion means...

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