I have not traded in my man card. I am a red-blooded, all American male. I was born in the middle of the last century, well before Dr. Phil, Oprah, love languages, Enneagrams, skinny jeans, or metrosexual defined the “new” masculinity. I’ve lived the “Big Boys don’t cry” legend, and the Marlboro Man’s leather-tough veneer was the model for all things macho. Charles Atlas showed us skinny guys we didn’t have to take sand kicked in our faces at the beach anymore. I’ve been around, so I have an idea what makes us tick. [continue reading…]
Photo by Ben White
Do you feel tired and overwhelmed during the holidays? Do you desire more joy and peace this season?
For many years, I expected my holidays to be perfect. I wanted my calendar to be full of holiday activities and commitments. I thought being busy would achieve my high expectations (yes, perfectionism!). I feared I would miss out and disappoint others by not participating.
Trying to make everything absolutely perfect was exhausting, frustrating, and didn’t leave time for enjoyment. I was tired, overwhelmed, and unable to experience the joy and peace I really desired. Now, I’m learning how to practice self-care that meets my needs.
It’s important to decide what YOU need to do for yourself. You can make the right choices because you deserve self-care. You are worth it!
Here are 3 of my favorite tips to help you: [continue reading…]
Over the past few months, I’ve had an opportunity to practice my own self-care in the middle of an unexpected family crisis. This season is requiring I provide care for my aging Mother and actively participate in the “sandwich generation”.
In August, my 83 year-old Mom fell and fractured a lower vertebrae. She is in early stage dementia and was moved to a nursing facility for rehab. In September, Mom fell again and broke her neck, resulting in a major setback to her recovery.
As Power of Attorney, I’ve been spending significant time coordinating her care, handling her finances, and making future living arrangements. It’s been a struggle to care for myself and maintain my quality of life. [continue reading…]
The Simple Show is an excellent weekly podcast from Tsh Oxenreider on a variety of topics. Episode 42 with Erin Loechner offers great self-care suggestions, including establishing routines, managing work with kids, surviving vs. thriving, and acknowledging the season of life you are in.
Balancing your needs with the demands of career and family requires being to take care of yourself. Here are 25 Self-Care Tips from Gentle Living for your body and soul. My favorite is #25: “Just be You. You are Perfect. You are Enough. You are Invaluable.”
I was blessed with several different careers and 35 years of employment. However, after working for large organizations, I decided to start my own small business. It’s been stimulating since I enjoy a challenge, especially when I’m learning and giving back.
In early 2015, I developed a detailed plan for what I planned to accomplish. First, complete my Certified Coach training. Next, prepare a Business Plan and ideas for marking strategies. Next, develop and launch my Every Season Coaching website. Each month, I was able to acknowledge and celebrate my progress.
With my Type A personality, I’m motivated to establish and achieve my goals. Which brings me to June, 2015… [continue reading…]
“As women and leaders, we can easily become too focused on being everything for everyone.” From Karen Harmon with Propel Women, this excellent article about Burnout: The Struggle Is Real, shares wisdom learned while trying to be the perfect woman, wife, mother, friend, and leader.
What happens when you forget your intrinsic value? In a “Marie TV” episode, Marie Forleo suggests what to do if you are questioning your worth in this world and feeling useless and alone.