Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

In October I did something I never in my life thought I would do. I became a consultant with Rodan + Fields. Network marketing. What!!??

Along with this decision came some fears, doubts and insecurities…
Am I really trading the last 4 years of becoming a life coach to sell skin care?
Why?
What the hell am I doing?
Am I “one of those people” who are just trying to sell something?
Will my friends start to hide from me?

However, as I’ve been engaging in this pretty wonderful opportunity I realize I’m not trading anything.I’m implementing everything I know–every bit of my experiences are coming into play. Like my friend Pam Slim says, it’s all about the body of work.

Why am I doing this? Because it’s fun!! It’s giving me an opportunity to get out of my basement, off the computer, to actually talk to people in person and on the phone, and to make an income that we’ve needed as I was struggling to find my place in the world with my coaching business. It’s also helped me gain clarity and confidence in what I am doing as a coach and to fully see the clear picture of what I am already putting out there.

Am I “one of those people”? No, I’m me, and it’s just one more way I’m putting myself out there into the world.

I’m passionate about sharing everything I love. What you see is what you get with me. I’ve always done that. I share TV shows, pictures of my kids, my dogs and cat, my husband. I share quotes that resonate and touch me that day or that hour and offerings, as well as tips for the week. I do this because I want to see these same things from people that are important to me. I now share Rodan + Fields business opportunities along with before and after pictures because having skin issues that are being resolved makes a difference in lives. For me, no longer going to bed with coconut oil slathered on my face, trying to get it to stop hurting is wonderful. And being able to make some extra $$ while washing your face and talking about it is pretty dang awesome.

Are my friends hiding from me? No. They are supporting and loving and sharing. Even my husband goes to work and talks skincare with the guys.

In the honor of being bold I’m asking you to consider new opportunities, tokeep the door open, not to shut it because of what others might think or how you may be judged, be open to what feels fun, exciting, a little uncomfortable and yet is calling you.

You never know what’s on the other side unless you step in and give it a shot.I would also love for you to like my business page, to check out Rodan + Fields, to give it, me and yourself a chance because growing this and a team of amazing people is what is driving me today and every day.

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Too many pokers in the fire??

Too many pokers in the fire…this has been the topic of conversation around here this week.

Some call it shiny object syndrome or Squirrel (from the movie Up).

I talked with a friend about this last year, when I was feeling pulled in all different directions. Feeling like I had my hand in many different things, but wasn’t doing any of them well, just getting frustrated because the results I wanted to see weren’t there.

My friend Michael pointed out that was exactly what I was doing….just spinning wheels. So he gave me some suggestions:

  1. Pick 1 or 2 things you feel the most drawn to
  2. Focus your time and energy there
  3. Get clear on the why behind. Like I always say, knowing why this is important to you helps move towards it
  4. Get some clarity around what you want the end result to look and feel like, so that you can call it finished and then move on to the next thing
  5. Set a time frame and then create a plan to work backwards from-be sure to includes funds, resources, help, etc.

When you accomplish one thing in it’s entirety it’s rewarding and fuel to move on to the next.

Life Coach Tip of the Week — Too many pokers in the fire??

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Staying Out of Hibernation

This time of year I want to hibernate, to eat warm filling food, take early baths and cuddle on the coach for the night. I tend to become a withdrawn, sad and lonely.

I recently discovered that this is actually called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) it’s a type of depression that impacts millions of people each year. It generally kicks in as the hours of daylight get shorter and can last till early spring. Apparently, 60-90% of folks with SAD are women.

I noticed the signs already this past week and decided to be proactive because while it is nice to hibernate I also really want to stay mentally physically and spiritually healthy.  So today I wanted to share some tips on how to do this—some of the tips came from Kris Carr’s blog.

  1. Take vitamin D-if we’re not getting the sunshine we need to supplement
  2. Get exercise.  If you’re not a gym type person, get creative with it. Run and up and down the stairs of your house if you can, do sit ups while watching a favorite TV show….
  3. Go outside anyway, bundle up….breathe in the fresh air. This brings up both your serotonin and dopamine levels, which both play a star role in your joy factor.
  4. Try to get the recommended 8 hours of sleep but not more….make yourself get up and get moving.
  5. Get out of the house, and not just for drinks and dinner -If you get that cooped up, bored feeling over the winter months, shake it up. Is there somewhere locally you can go to…the library the coffee? I worked from Winan’s for 3 hours yesterday. Start a new hobby.
  6. Reach out to others– friend time always soothes the soul and yet it’s so easy to resist reaching out when we feel like crap. Plan something to look forward to, meet up, watch a movie together, make a game night.
  7. Pay attention to what you’re eating. Crap food creates crap thoughts, sleep and health. Yet, when we’re blue we often go crazy with the crap. Reconsider what comfort food is or may be.

And, I can share all of these things but I am not good at doing this alone. I need accountability, need encouragement, ideas, support and cheerleading. I decided to start a Facebook group for anyone who can relate and wants/needs support as well. We’ll check in and share our successes, challenges, ideas, thoughts, insight, etc.

Anyone who’s interested can email me or send a Facebook friend request. You also may want to consider creating your own sort of group with close friends online or off.

Life Coach Tip of the Week — Out of Hibernation

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