Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you. ~ John De Paola
I LOVE what I do! As the creative force behind a wellness brand and busy wellness coach I get to do what I love every day AND make a living at it! But, sometimes, probably because I love it so much, I work too much!
WHAT??? You may be saying… “Jen, you are always telling us to make sure we keep things in balance, to take breaks, to rest, and most of all NOT TO WORK TOO MUCH!” Yes, that is true! And for the most part I do follow my own advice. But January is huge month in the wellness biz. I’m launching three new programs and this blog is becoming a full online magazine! Woot Woot!
In other words, Peaceful Living Wellness and its newest division, Empowered Through Peace, has a lot going on this month. And for that, I am super excited and grateful!
Plus, my dear mother, whom I love and adore. But, who can also sometimes forget to check with me about things, scheduled herself for knee replacement surgery this month! Bless her heart, she did this with the full expectation that I would take her to her surgery and help get her settled in the rehab center, and visit her in the rehab center, and take care of her cat, and water her plants, and…and…and… 🙂 Yet, she forgot to check with me about the timing of this elective surgery. Sigh…
There are many reasons people find themselves in a situation where they are doing way too much! Maybe it’s work. Maybe it’s kids. Maybe it’s parents. Maybe it’s all of the above. This happens to way too many of us! It’s really one of the main reasons my coaching clients come to me: They are overwhelmed and exhausted by thier schedules. But, it is NOT sustainable. As humans we can keep a very hectic schedule, just not for long. Our bodies will start to break down. We will sustain deleterious physical, mental and emotional effects of stress.
The challenge is to be mindful enough – to pay close enough attention to our minds and bodies – that we recognize the effects our hectic schedule is having on us. When we are very, very busy this can be hard to do because we are not taking the time to check in with ourselves.
Is your stress due to your overly hectic schedule?
A SIMPLE SELF-ASSESSMENT CHECKLIST
I am really good at recognizing the signs and symptoms of doing too much! And I want to share my knowledge with you all. Here is a simple checklist to do just that:
I want to encourage and inspire people to go deeper with their inner peace AND deeper with their inner strength!
Happy New Year!
2019 is going to be an AMAZING year! I am making BIG changes here at Peaceful Living Wellness!
And with these changes I am inviting you to JOIN ME on a journey to not only go deeper in finding peace and balance in your life, but also to build INNER STRENTH and CONFIDENCE on that foundation of peace!
Okay, okay, I know… lot’s of CAPS above 🙂 And honestly, I’m not trying to be annoying – LOL. It’s just that I am so excited about what’s going on here at PLW and how my team and I are going to be bringing you more peace, more joy, more balance, more inner strength and more overall EMPOWERMENT!
“Celebrate who you are in your deepest heart. Love yourself and the world will love you!
~ Amy Lee Mercree
Besides your birthday or anniversary, when was the last time you celebrated yourself? And then, even on your birthday, did you really celebrate yourself? Or did you underplay it and tell everyone, “thank you, but it’s not a big deal?”
I want you to close your eyes and go back to a time in your life, perhaps your childhood, where you were really excited about your birthday or another special occasion that was centered on you!
“We are human beings, not human doings.” ~ Deepak Chopra
My friends it’s time for another love letter. I write these letters to you out of love and care for your health. And when I talk about health and stress together I am always talking about both Emotional AND Physical health!
It is actually a dear friend of mine who prompted this letter. I won’t throw her under the bus by calling her out by name, but here’s how our conversation went:
My alarm did not go off this morning, so I woke-up late. Because it was pouring rain my teenage son asked me to take him to school instead of riding the bus. My daughter forgot her flute and asked me to drop it by the school for her… This was just the beginning of my morning. (more…)
Dear Chronic Worrier,
It’s time for another one of my “love letters” to the world. I’ve written love letters before about giving up one’s addiction to being busy and making sure you put the oxygen mask on yourself first . This love letter is written in the same vein. Just like being busy all of the time has harmful effects on your health, so does chronic worry.
I have lived my entire life with a woman who is a self-admitted chronic worrier. Hi Mom ☺ I tease her that her love language is worry.
While I can be more lighthearted about it now, that was not really the case when I was growing up. My mom’s worrying about everything takes its toll not only on her, but on those around her as well.