Without some sacred days off you miss the opportunity to recharge and absorb creativity and inspiration
I know how hard you work on your business. On manifesting your passion, your heart’s mission and soul’s purpose.
I know how hard you work, because I do the same in my own business, tenderly nurturing my goals along by scheduling everything in my calendar: the day-to-day client work, my writing and blogging, short-term and long-range business and program development. And by showing up for everything in my calendar with dedication and humility and gratitude.
I know how hard you work, because I support passionate businesswomen like you in my coaching practice. I hold the space for you and help you create the structure as you…
- discern and declare your goals
- develop your action plans, make them schedule-able chunks, schedule them and show up for them
- create your marketing strategies so that you are engaging with and communicating with your ideal clients
- bring your heart-centered offers and programs to your tribe
- thrive and succeed as you do what you know you are meant to do in the world
I even have a motto for showing up for your gorgeous business in a highly accountable way:
I schedule my life, and I live my schedule, and when life happens, I am accountable
This is a powerful way to be. Having a calendar that reflects everything you are called to do, be, experience, touch, taste, have, feel, create, contribute and give in your life creates a structure for the magnificent manifestation of your mission and purpose. And when life happens, as it does (flat tire, power outage, family crisis), making sure everyone who needs to know is informed that things have changed and have been rescheduled is the secret key to having a workable life.
Just like I counsel my clients, I include some downtime in my calendar. Time for the things that give me pleasure (decluttering my home office, gardening, walking by the bay or the ocean, spending time in the redwoods. But here’s something I notice: It’s harder for me to leave big chunks of open unaccounted-for time in my schedule than it is to fill it up. And sometimes I just gotta have some unscheduled days.
This doesn’t seem to be something I can plan for in my schedule (kinda defeats the purpose, I think), but is something I can plan for in my heart. This weekend I did exactly that.
I had some work planned—I always do!
- A business astrological reading—rescheduled.
- An hour of my ongoing decluttering project—I skipped this week.
- My wonderful monthly WordPress Meetup group—skipped that too.
- Homework for a class I’m in—rescheduled.
What did I do instead? Well, I did write this article. And another one that was due tomorrow. And…I read a book. Took a nap, maybe two. Took my daughter out to dinner and a movie. Worked out at the gym—twice. Watched a marathon of cooking shows (my big vice!). And I’m about to join my neighbors for dinner.
Downtime. Sacred downtime. I’d love to hear how you keep yourself balanced, and how you give yourself time to restore and recharge. Please share a comment below.
I’m extremely grateful.
- I’m grateful that I’ve learned the art of being loving and gentle with myself.
- I’m grateful for a sunny summer Sunday nap.
- I’m grateful for a good book.
- I’m grateful for an upcoming date this week, so nice to have that energy of getting to know someone going on in my life.
- I’m grateful for my visit with my daughter. I found myself revealing more to her about my journey to becoming a mother. Increasing honesty and intimacy, so powerful.
- I’m grateful for the community gathering I stumbled upon at Whole Foods yesterday. I heard a duo sing a beautiful rendition of “Norwegian Wood”, a song I hadn’t heard in a long time and that’s so beautiful.
I found this so interesting: When they finished playing “Norwegian Wood”, I could hear “You Won’t See Me” in my head. Which is the next song on the album Rubber Soul. Amazing. I haven’t listened to that album or either of those songs in many years, and yet I still know the song order! I guess it’s true, the music you hear when you’re in your late teens/early twenties is the music that stays with you forever.
- I’m grateful for my community, for smiles and conversations with people I meet.
- I’m grateful for the long days and long hours of light as we ramp up to the Solstice.
Solstice blessings to all!