This time of year is review season in the corporate world, and for many of us, even if we are not part of the corporate world, it’s timely to consider a mid-year review of our own too.
If like me, you feel the year has been slipping past because you’ve been so busy, it might be time to pause and reflect. This time of year is an ideal time to do this. With the first six months of the year behind us, now is a good time to look back on the goals we set for the year and to consider how we are progressing towards them.
When we are feeling overwhelmed by life, taking time to celebrate can be the furthest thing from our thoughts.
During significant transitions, at our peak parenting times (when our children need us the most), or simply when life is hectic and we are literally running from activity to task and back again; life can feel overwhelming. It’s at these times when the busy-ness of life and our commitments can feel too much.
This is when it’s okay to celebrate.
The term self-care gets bandied around a lot. I too am guilty of talking about self-care, and have written a few previous posts about self-care for mothers and why it’s valuable and necessary. And whilst it’s a concept with increasing usage, that doesn’t diminish it’s importance.
Self-care is especially important when we are going through a time of significant change. Whether the change was wanted or unwanted, the need for self-care and self-compassion at these times is crucial.
However, when we are not experiencing significant transition, self-care and making time for what that entails, can feel like effort we cannot justify. As busy mothers we can find lit self-care is a low priority. One of our most popular excuse is we just don’t have time. However, daily self-care need not require a large time commitment.
There are many times in our lives when we desire to find joy by letting things go. Possibly the most challenging and yet potentially most rewarding, is the joy of letting go during major life transitions.
Life transitions are an opportunity to let go of your own limitations, expectations and the constructs that keep you playing small. Discarding the beliefs that stop you doing what you want to do. Times of significant life change are ideal to reconsider what you truly desire and let go of everything else.
Creating a bucket list is a popular thing to do. But I must confess, until a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t have one. And I hadn’t given the creation of one much thought either, until a comment from a friend let me know that an experience I had recently, was on her bucket list. It got me thinking; maybe I should create a bucket list.
But first I needed to find out, what exactly was a bucket list and what was the benefit of one?
Self-sabotage can occur when we are attempting to change a habit or improve ourselves (hello new year’s resolutions!). Just like when we are in a time of transition and are needing and wanting to make changes in our life, we can, unfortunately be our own worst enemy.
This time of year, when we are just a few weeks into the New Year, the resolutions we made a couple of weeks ago can already be starting to feel a little challenging. Regardless of how deeply we desire to change and feel better, we can find ourselves resisting change, or worse; actively sabotaging our own efforts to either seek support or make positive changes in our lives.
What do I mean by self-sabotage? Continue reading
It’s okay to be kind. Kindness is what everyone is talking about (along with mindfulness), right? Everyone from your boss, your friends and the Uber driver is talking about kindness, and it seems like kindness is having a moment. But surely, we should all be kind, all of the time?
It’s a question every parent of a toddler faces multiple times a day. But it’s also commonly asked of us in adult conversations too. Whether we are a corporate high-flyer, a stay at home mum, a working mum, or any other combination, it’s hard to escape the question; ‘What is your why?’
There are particular smells that remind us of things, experiences, places, and people. Scent triggers are highly emotional and can be found in the most unusual circumstances.
The sniff of a certain perfume, the scent of the freshly mown lawn, the strong chlorine smell of the local public pool… All of these can evoke very powerful, and at times overwhelming, memories.
What is a joy break? Read on and I’ll explain.
When we are super busy (whether we are enjoying ourselves or not), one of the best things we can do for our own well-being is take a break. Whilst this may seem obvious, I have found only a few of us remember to do it. I put myself in the category of those who frequently forget!