Hi everybody! I wanted to share a little bit with you about some upcoming changes that are happening in my business and in my life.
Like many of you, I’m experiencing ZOOM “fatigue” and am continuously finding ways to cope with this.
I realized the other day that I spent 75% of my waking hours engaged in some kind of screen activity or another. And it’s taking its toll in many ways.
Yet, because virtual contact is the safest way to connect with others these days and because I firmly believe that “some” contact being better than “no” contact, I remain fully committed to finding ways to stay engaged virtually with others.
If my options are “disconnection and isolation” versus “virtual connection and contact”, I’ll stay connected virtually over feeling isolated.
What some of you might find interesting is that even though I am an introvert and love my alone time to recharge, I am also a feeler and get energized by deep and meaningful connection with others.
So, I am finding that since my reserves run out more quickly due to all the computer and screen time and virtual connecting with others, I don’t have as much left over when my days are done.
The one thing that this pandemic and all my “Zoom fatigue” has caused me to do is to reflect more deeply on where I am putting my time and energy so as to be more intentional with my efforts.
And what I have remembered about myself is that I want to “do less” while “showing up more”.
So, what does this mean?
First of all, I’m going to be sending out less emails. You might get an occasional email here or there from me when something really juicy needs to be shared, but overall, I’m going to roll back the amount of emails to once or twice a month.
As far as my social media posts and efforts, I’m going to reduce the number of platforms that I post to and again, follow the “less is more” equation. I’ll still do videos and Facebook lives, but the frequency is going to change.
For the meantime though, I’m going to close all my Facebook groups and just focus on my business page and email list until I get more clear on how I want to move forward with a facebook group down the road.
My Facebook business page is where I’ll post videos and Facebook “lives” and such, just so you know.
Less is more you know?
Two and a half years ago, I dove into the “online” swimming pool and began to build an online presence.
The promise that I made to myself two and a half years ago was that I would dive whole heartedly in these efforts, learn what I could, experience what opportunities came my way and experiment with building an online presence to see what I could learn in order to help me get more clear about how to move forward.
Go all in. 150%.
And then when my time was up, I’d pull back, re-evaluate and reflect on these experiences and use them to guide me in my next steps.
And that time is now.
I’m excited to change some things up and refocus on what feels really important and essential right now: supporting myself and others through my work that I do in my therapy practice and business.
In order to provide the level of care and fidelity that I want to bring to my work, I’m going to do less so that I can show up more.
That said, I’m not disappearing entirely from the online scene.
I’ll be around, just in a more refined, substantial and clear way.
In the meantime, in order to not miss out on any of the really “good stuff”, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve “liked” and follow my Facebook business page.
I also encourage you to sign up for my email newsletter if you haven’t yet.
This will ensure that you stay informed about any upcoming events, programs, offerings or free supports that I continue to create and share.
To sign up, you’ll have to go to my website, scroll to the bottom of the page and enter your email to sign up if you haven’t yet.
Bottom line is, what I really hope that you take away from this today is how much I really appreciate each and every one of you.
YOU are what makes this community great.
I appreciate all the participation in my Facebook groups and my virtual summits, reading my newsletter and responding. I just love all the personal comments I get back from you all in my email. A big thanks to those of you who read and share my, blog posts, emails and so on.
I plan to continue to do these things, just in a much more scaled back and focused approach. Less is more.
I’m focused on scaling back what I do so I can be more present in what I choose to do.
So, stay tuned. There's lots more to come.
Stay safe and be well.
I don’t know about you, but these days, it’s easy to feel stretched thin. There are just so many things going on in the world, responsibilities, tasks, it sometimes feels like it’s impossible to keep up.
And that makes me want to just unplug and take some time for myself.
Many people feel guilty for focusing on themselves and not taking care of everyone else’s responsibilities/needs.
Ever wonder why this happens?
You tend to feel guilty for taking breaks if you’re burned out. And most people get burned out because there is something about being busy, too busy in fact, that actually serves an important, albeit unconscious, purpose in their lives.
The constant feeling of stress and feeling like you can’t catch up can make you feel like there’s something you should be doing, instead of taking a break.
And guess what this does…? It distracts you from having to feel something more uncomfortable that is requiring your attention deep down inside of you.
It’s true. Keeping busy, especially when the busy-ness is having a deleterious effect on you is always about staying away from having to deal with some underlying issues demanding your attention.
The work will always be there. It’s not going anywhere. Not balancing rest with work absolutely hurts you in the long run. So take breaks!!
And how do you avoid that feeling of guilt for taking a break or taking some time off?
Deal with your underlying issues causing you to stay so busy all the time. And since these underlying issues reside in a place where there are no words, you’re going to need some help accessing them.
Talking about your problems is radically different than actually accessing them, dealing with them and clearing them out.
Oh, and while I have you, taking care of your mind and body is so incredibly important during these stressful times. So here are some free resources I’ve created just for you!
Get ahead of the upcoming flu season and download my free guided imagery, Boosting Your Immune System! It’s a powerful tool to help create safety and protection on a cellular and molecular level from any viruses, illness, or toxins. And it’s incredibly relaxing.
Or if visual journaling is your thing, check out my free resource, Scribble Your Way to Sanity, an interactive and experiential livestream designed to help you make sense of all the emotional and mental mayhem currently going on in the world.
Either way, take care of yourself during this time, and DO NOT feel bad about doing so.
So…I'm not usually the kind of person that sends out emails to promote programs or services from others. It's not that there aren't some incredible resources out there, it's just that I'm not interested in selling anything to anyone.
That said, I couldn't resist sending this email out about a program that I personally have participated in multiple times and can get 100% behind to support.
Especially these days.
It is incredibly important, now more than ever, to take care of your mental and physical health. Did you know that these things are not mutually exclusive?!?!?!?
These days it may seem like it’s difficult to manage keeping both in check, but boosting your physical immunity is essential step in taking care of your mental and emotional health.
Whether you approach wellness from a physical standpoint or from a mental or emotional perspective, both avenues are portals to deeper emotional healing.
One of the easiest ways to support your physical immunity is putting some time and attention towards how you fuel your body. (Yea, I’ve been doing the *pandemic eating* too…)
To that end, my friends Tess Masters (The Blender Girl) and Karen Kipp (The Juice Goddess) have the most amazing 14-day cleanse that they lead four times a year, and the next live group starts soon on November 6th.
Forget what you’ve heard about “cleanses”. You will not be doing anything extreme, like starving yourself with wilted lettuce leaves and food that tastes like wet cardboard, and being hungry all the time. And you also don’t need to purchase any expensive supplements!
The Decadent Detox is very different. This cleanse is gentle and super effective to help improve digestion, get better sleep, gain more energy, and lose weight.
And here's the best part: this 14-day cleanse is a LIVE-guided program.
So, Tess and Karen participate in the cleanse with you (and the other participants) around the world in real time. So, essentially, you have two personal health coaches available to you for two weeks!
For those of you who don’t know this about me, my background before mental health, was in physical education and nutrition.
I’ve seen a lot of health and nutrition programs, and let me say that the quality of this program is unparalleled: the quality of the recipes, the health information, and the support.
They pour time, energy and attention into every single person with such a high level of knowledge, care, and enthusiasm. That is the secret sauce, and why people get such amazing results.
I LOVED doing this program. In fact I love it so much I’ve done it six times now over the past couple of years!!! You can check out exactly what is included in the 14-Day Cleanse here! Take a peek, you won’t regret it.
When you take care of your body, you are taking care of our emotional well-being as well. Your body is our truest source of information about your feelings and if your body is trying to tell you something, listen and take action to address it.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get healthy and end this crazy year on a strong note. I want to see each and every one of you living your best, healthy, strong life!
Being a business owner and working for yourself seems to be a hot topic in 2020. In the age of social media, most of what you see is a highlight reel, not the whole picture.
People don’t share their lows or their worst days on social media, and it creates a false perception that their lives are perfect.
As a business owner myself, I can tell you that’s just not the reality. It’s not the reality for any regular person, but as a business owner, there is a lot that is left off of social media.
Now, I am in no way discouraging you from becoming a business owner or working for yourself - it’s talked up so much for a reason! But it’s better to be aware of some of the struggles you may face ahead of time, so you can be prepared and have an easier time overcoming them.
I mean, that’s really what my Facebook community - The Rite Type Coaching Group is all about, business owners helping each other out. We’d love it if you joined!
You may go on Instagram and see tons of people working for themselves, living their best life, at least that is how it’s portrayed on social media. But that didn’t exactly happen overnight.
Working for yourself often means starting from scratch, and building from the ground up, which can sometimes take a long time before it becomes profitable.
One of the greatest things about working for yourself means unlimited vacation and flexible working hours! But sometimes, that means that the balance of work and life becomes very blurred and hard to gauge.
Sure, you can take a week off whenever you like, but if you’re running the entire business by yourself that means you may need to work double hours the week before or after, just to keep things running.
Flexible working hours are great for if you’re the kind of person who likes to work in blocks of time, take a break, and continue working. Keep in mind though, that the “working hours” definition gets kind of messy, and you may find yourself working at odd hours that you normally wouldn’t.
Again, I don’t want to discourage you from starting a business or working for yourself; it absolutely comes with many benefits. However, like anything else, it also comes with challenges, and it’s always helpful to start something knowing those challenges upfront.
And even if you have faced some of these challenges already, just know that success is not possible without some sort of growth opportunity. Trust me though, it will all be worth it in the end!
Kate is an INFJ-3 on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Enneagram.