Posted by: Michelle Pape on Feb 27, 2018
Is your calendar busting at the seams? Are you a doormat when it comes to allowing people to take your time? Are you busy just to be busy?
We are living in a scary time. Everyone I meet is busier than the last. Stressed, exhausted and overwhelmed.
We live in a world where it has become expected and acceptable, for people to steal our time. Couple that with a calendar filled with kid’s sports practices, business meetings, community volunteer activities and all the other commitments we’ve made, it’s only natural to feel like our time is under a constant state of attack. Let’s not forget to add the guilt so many of us carry if our time or attention is on our work instead of our family or on our family instead of our work. It’s no wonder we struggle to find or make time for ourselves.
But here’s the deal, I am a big believer that if you do not protect your calendar, that it will be abused. So try these tips to protect your calendar and defend your time.
Posted by: Sarah Noble on Feb 14, 2018
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I would like to propose a new idea. Over the years I have spent numerous hours planning the ways to show my loved ones how much I care. I have surprised my kids with crepe paper streamers from their bedroom doors, balloons, stuffed animal gifts and candy. I have printed verses from love songs, made hand-written cards, organized special dinners and the list goes on, but in all of these years, I have never once thought about what to get myself. Social protocol would say this holiday is meant to show and tell others how we feel about them but as busy wives, mothers, sisters, friends - we rarely spend time loving ourselves. Don’t you think we should change that?
Posted by: Nichole Winter on Jan 19, 2018
Say goodbye to your goals.
Standards are the key to accomplishment.
We can’t deny it. As the New Year arrives, we set new goals and proclaim our new year’s resolutions. Maybe you bought a new planner and pretty pen, colorful new workout clothes, or even a new recipe book because surely these things are the key to your success. (If only it were that easy.) Nevertheless, it does not take long and the excitement starts to fizzle. For a few this tends to be a yearly pattern. So what is the key? Your standards could be the missing link to achieving your goals year after year.
So let’s shift our thoughts and plans from setting goals to raising our standards.
Posted by: Michelle Pape on Jan 8, 2018
You are worth an investment. Yes, I am talking to you.
I know that if you are reading this you are typically the person to put your own priorities on hold when a deadline is looming, a friend is in need, your coworker needs help or a family member is sick. When something needs to be sacrificed, you are the first to bend.
Posted by: Sarah Noble on Jan 4, 2018
I did it it! I survived the Holiday season.
Does anyone else feel like come January 1st they deserve a medal for the shear number of tasks juggled leading up to and through the Christmas holiday? In all seriousness - things at work are already extra busy and finding time to be a loving wife and caring mother is a challenge. Balancing our daily lives while navigating the shopping, the baking, the kids concerts, the parties and don’t forget the decorating is not for the faint-of-heart.
Posted by: Nichole Winter on Nov 29, 2017
Have you ever started an exercise routine and quit shortly after, telling yourself you’d get back into it eventually? What about a household project that you’ve procrastinated and justified because the holiday season is coming and you have shopping to do? The one thing that could be holding you back from your goals could be something you aren’t even consciously aware of. We do this on a daily basis. We make excuses!
Posted by: Michelle Pape on Nov 13, 2017
What do the world’s most successful individuals all have in common that allows them to be so influential? What is it that makes an athlete, musician, or public speaker have the ability to perform in front of people, or a business professional the ability to continue producing innovation after innovation? These individuals hold a strong belief in themselves, confident that they possess the characteristics necessary to do what they do and do it well. They believe they can succeed, no matter the setback. But how do they possess such confidence?
Posted by: Nichole Winter on Oct 27, 2017
At some point in your career, you will be faced with the challenge of overcoming resistance. It’s that moment when there are a hundred things going on and you need more than 24 hours in a day to finish them all. It becomes harder to stay focused and the urge to quit grows stronger. It can throw you off-track at any moment.
Posted by: Michelle Pape on Oct 19, 2017
Have you ever left the house and somehow ended up at work, but don’t remember how you got there or what happened in between? Like clockwork, you have a routine you follow that is almost thoughtless. You get stuck in a limiting pattern of behavior and feel like you always get the same results. Self-sabotage is the vehicle and you’re in the driver’s seat.
Posted by: Nichole Winter on Sep 27, 2017
We're pleased to feature Nichole Winter as a guest blogger for Next Monday! Look for more information and inspiration from this traveler, wife, mom, entrepreneur, fitness lover, business owner, and coach. She's a go-getter in all areas of life. I'll let you get to the good stuff below - enjoy!