I used to watch my kids play, now I play with them.
When did I finally wake up? I was 38 years old and had just had my 3rd child. We were on house number 3 and I was climbing the corporate ladder. From the outside, someone might say we had it all. But I was tired, sluggish, basically got myself going on coffee rushed through the commute, worked all day at a job that at the time was inspiring and I was on a mission. I'd come home it would be dinner time, the kids were home from school and just a life of chaos. Finally, 10:30 p.m. and I'm heading into bed and setting my alarm for 4:30 a.m. to start again.
Whew! It's exhausting just thinking about it. Weekends are where it really hits me. The time I could engage in running and playing with the kids in the park or at the house or going for a bike ride and all I wanted to do was sleep and catch up from the week.
And then I met someone that introduced me to the process of making small simple changes. The first started with proper hydration. The best formula for how much water you should drink is ½ your weight in ounces. So, if you weigh 150 lbs., you should drink 75 ounces of water throughout the day. Dehydration is responsible for dozens of physical symptoms and illnesses, as is mineral deficiency. Consuming ionic minerals along with increased amounts water not only enhances hydration but will help raise your body’s pH and improve overall health, help manage weight, curb appetite, improve digestion, sleep, skin tone, and much more.
When you give your body what it needs on the inside, the outside starts to change. Your lose some weight you gain some energy and confidence. I lost 25lbs and it's been 10 years and I continue to keep it off. My kids are older now and as am I and it's been 10 years since I've continued small changes and choices. I'm still active with my kids. We ski, boat, golf and are involved in lifestyle activities together. It all started with one small decision, one small choice.
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Every morning I drink water. This consistent practice in my life has helped me lose weight, keeps my skin clean and I know has slowed the aging process down. Pure hydrating water awakens my mind and cleanses my body of toxins. For my health, I want clarity, energy, wellness from the inside out that keeps me vibrant and alive. I love spending time with my family and enjoying experiences with them in life. Find your clarity, feel better and have more energy. Women Life Connected is building a community and we want to be able to reach you. We believe our connection will empower women to achieve more in the design of their own lives.
How would you define “success” in your life?
One that makes my top of list is “Let Your Success Be Measured by How Much Fun You’re Having.” I’ve always been one to chase the next good time and while life takes different turns in the road the one constant I’ve truly enjoyed is spending time with people and working towards a goal. You may think I’m talking about career and climbing a corporate ladder or starting your business and many other leadership roles but today I share with you setting goals as a family.
As a family, we enjoy experiences together. We recently took a vacation to Mexico and one of the experiences we had was deep sea fishing. We encountered some rough waters and (one of us) shared extra bait that came in the form of unsettled breakfast over the side of the boat (a little sea sick) but we did catch 9 fish - a very successful morning according to our Captain. To watch the smiles on my kids’ faces and to experience it together is something I’ll never forget. This is just one of many experiences we’ve had together.
It’s a practice in our house to write down goals. Goals like experiences we want to have. And then to take steps in that direction to make those things happen. Here’s how we implement our goal setting in individual and family forms: At the beginning of each year we take a few minutes to share what our highs of the year were; it’s a good time to reflect and practice gratitude for what we’ve been able to do. I write these down in our family journal and place the name of each of us by our highs of the year. We then write down things we want to accomplish or improve on personally. Usually 3-5 things is plenty and younger kids 2-3. We have a mid-year check point to see how we are doing. And we share in open family settings in a supportive way. It’s a great practice to establish goal setting.
And as a parent and adult leader in the family, we practice the use of a vision board. We include on our white board our short term goals, mid-term goals and long term goals that we want to achieve and experience. We write down things we want to purchase, places we want to go, personal achievements and vocation goals. These sit in our private space where we frequently if not daily are able to look at those goals. And then each day or week, we are taking a step towards those big dreams and goals. It’s not enough to focus on the destination and only hold happiness to the final goal. Life is a journey with some milestones and experiences along the way.
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We create our life by design and not by default.
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How do you feel?
Women are always on a mission for getting it all done. How do you get it all done?
Many of us seek out ways to squeeze more out of the 168 hours we have in each week. And we realize that some hours are more productive than others. What’s the difference? Did we instantly create more time?
The key to getting more out of our time is to manage our energy.
We have all had experiences with time.
When I go to the DMV each minute can become excruciating just watching time go by. On the other hand, gliding down the ski slopes my time is magically suspended.
The difference has to do with our energy and enthusiasm rather than the amount of time.
Here’s an invitation to help you manage your energy.
Know your high energy times.
Most of us have certain time of the day and certain tasks that feel effortless. You may be fired-up first thing in the morning or have bursts of creativity after dinner. When are the times when you just seem to be most efficient and feel energized? When are the points in the day where you’re dragging and in need of coffee, or even a nap?
Take advantage of high-energy times by either focusing on important, creative work that requires you be at your sharpest, or using that time to knock out those tasks you hate doing-when you’re at your most efficient and can get them done quicker.
Take time throughout the day to recharge to be at our best. Take a couple of micro breaks, grab some water, a light snack or take a quick brisk walk. I love a quick lunch break walk. It may feel like you don’t have time, but you’ll likely come back with additional focus and energy that may make up for the time you took.
Research tells us 90 minutes is about how long our brains can stay focused. After that, we’re going to be less effective until we take that break.
Know yourself and what recharges you. Are you an extrovert who needs face time with other people? Do you need time alone to process information? Does physical activity help you refocus? Find your ways that help you get your energy back, and then integrate them throughout the day as you can.
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Author: Audrey Adkins
Slight shift will change the trajectory
Balance in my life? Who has time for that?
I am often reminded that what works for some people does not necessarily work for others; and that one person’s idea of balance may not constitute anything remotely balanced from another person’s perspective.
To start, what does it mean to be balanced?
To me, it means that you have a handle on the various elements in your life and don’t feel that your heart or mind are being pulled too hard in any direction. More often than not, you feel calm, grounded, clear-headed, and motivated.
How do you find your balance?
The elements in life that require the most balancing can be divided into two categories: internal and external. Oftentimes, people focus on one more than the other.
For example, you may find that you focus on external things, like work, relationships, and activities, and that you pay very little attention to what is going on inside your heart and mind. On the other hand, you may find that you spend so much time being self-reflective that you miss out on the experience of living.
Other people may be fairly balanced between the two but might want to balance out some specific elements within each category; so I created this little outline to help us better understand the beneficial components on both ends of each spectrum.
Internal (Mind, Heart, Health)
• Mind: Challenging yourself intellectually vs. creating opportunities for your mind to rest
• Heart: Giving love vs. receiving love
• Health: Eating, drinking, exercising properly vs. resting and treating yourself to some extra yummies
External (Work, Social, Family, Fun)
• Work: Pushing yourself to achieve goals vs. seeing the bigger picture and enjoying the ride
• Social: Satisfying your social desires vs. taking time for yourself
• Family: Fulfilling your familial responsibilities vs. creating healthy boundaries
• Fun: Allocating time for things you enjoy doing vs. making sure you don’t overdo it
As you can see, both ends of each spectrum are actually positive; but if either side is taken to an extreme, something that is intended to be positive can end up being detrimental. It’s helpful to check in with yourself to see if you feel balanced.
If you feel pulled in any one direction and uneasy about it, these steps from Jasnim Tanjeloff may help you get your life aligned:
Take some time to really look at your life, your state of mind, and how you’re feeling. Be honest with yourself and notice the areas of your life that you’re neglecting.
Notice if you’re leaning more toward an internal or external focus, or if there are areas within each category that you would like to be more balanced.
3. Set Goals.
Look at the outline to help you decide which ways you want to balance your life. Make a list.
4. Plan Tasks.
Make a list of daily, weekly, and monthly tasks that you will need to do to achieve each of these goals. What have you tried in the past? Did it work? If not, what can you do differently?
What is the most important thing you’ve accomplished in the past? How did you stay focused toward this goal? How did you handle your fears, doubts, anxieties, worries, and negative self-talk? How does it feel to know that you accomplished the goal in spite of these parts of yourself?
What is your inner “stuff” that will try to keep you from sticking to your plan (fears, worries, doubts, negative self talk)? Can you specify the things you will say to yourself to push you off track? (For example: “Just one more bite, I’ll start eating better tomorrow”) Make a list.
What do you need to remember in those times? What are things you can say to that self-sabotaging part of yourself? Be kind to yourself. Balance won’t feel good if you’re cruel to yourself in creating it!
Is there a person or a tactic you can use to keep yourself supported, motivated, and focused in those hard times? I highly recommend connecting and sharing your inner process with someone. Find someone who can help you challenge your inner demons, and celebrate your little accomplishments.
Just like accomplishing any goal in life, it takes time and effort to overcome your habitual patterns and create new ones. If you stay on track with this detailed and intentional process for three whole months, then there is a good chance you will create new habits to enjoy a more balanced life going forward!
Author: Audrey Adkins
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