2016: Simplify, Streamline, Self-Care (part 3)

STOP!!!!  Stop what you are doing right now!

Take a deep breath. 

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How did that feel?  Pretty great, right? Take another one. A slow, deep breath.  Remind yourself to simply breathe and take a second to step away from everything.

Close your eyes and take another deep breath.

 You’ve got this. 

When I feel myself starting to tense up and my shoulders slowly creeping toward my ears, I remind myself to stop, take a moment. Breathe. Remember, to breathe.

Previously, I’ve talked A LOT about self care in a series called “Love Yourself”.  However, it’s soooo important that I’m going to rehash it now.

Take at least a little time out of every single day to…you guessed it…

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Do something (literally ANYTHING) for yourself.

We get so consumed in the tasks we “have” to do every day that we simply forget to take care of ourselves.  We forget that in order to care for our families, help other people, or be successful at work, that we first have to take care of our selves.  We have to make sure our proverbially batteries recharge at some point so they don’t shut down and power off entirely.

Self-Care can be ANYTHING!!!

It can be anything that helps you to recharge, unwind, relax, find yourself, or however you like to look at it. It just has to be something for YOU! No one else. JUST YOU!

Can it help someone along the way… sure, maybe. But, it has to help you!

How do I self-care: Jogging, baths, reading, cooking (when I WANT TO), playing piano (for fun), wine, drawing, watching Netflix with my husband, writing, going to the dog park (with the dog), taking pictures, organizing my closet, writing a blog post, shopping for home decor, taking a nap, calling my sister, yoga/pilates, coffee dates, meditating, coloring, massages, traveling, etc.

I want to know…

How do YOU self-care?

2016: Simplify, Streamline, Self-care (part 2)

Welcome back!!  

In my previous post, I divulged the 3 major words Rachel and I elected to describe our goals for the new year that I have also adopted personally.

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I took on simplify in my last post.  Streamline is a little trickier. It’s not a terribly fun or pretty word, but it is definitely essential in both the future of our company and my future personally.

streamline (verb): to make (an organization or system) more efficient and effective by employing faster or simpler working methods.

There aren’t many extra hours (or even extra minutes) in any given day.  A lot of things get done at the last minute (or never) because there feel like there is no time.  There are a lot of ideas that never even get started because I’m always playing catch-up.

By taking a little time to find the methods/systems that work best for me and my company, I can become more efficient and effective thus creating more time and space in my life to do more of what I love and start on some new and amazing projects.

Action Step: 

  1. Find my groove – figure what routine will work best for me & stick to it!! 
  2. Delegate, ask for help, employ assistance
  3. Reassess current method and find what can be cut, changed, moved, & shifted.

 

What are your thoughts on streamlining??

Love Yourself: How do you self care?

This morning I made one of the best decisions I have made in a while. When I stepped outside to let the dog out, the sun was shining. It was cold, yes, but the sun was bright, smiling, and warm. I decided to take advantage, throw on my running shoes and head out for a short jog.

I grabbed my fleece, my ear band, and sunglasses and hit the road!  And it felt GREAT!

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I didn’t go very far, very fast, or hit any personal records, but simply getting outside, clearing my head, and being active got my day off to an amazing start.   I didn’t realize how much I missed just jogging outside.  For me, that is a form of self care.  I don’t just mean in the physical sense of taking care of myself.  It’s also emotional and mental self care.

It has been a crazy busy few weeks and there are no signs of slowing down!  I’m excited for what is to come in the next couple months but it is going to mean a lot of long days and some sleepless nights. I know that also means making self care a priority.  I cannot be at my best if I don’t take time for myself.

Taking time for yourself is one of the best things you can do for everyone else.  You cannot care for others if you don’t take care of yourself.

 

So, how do you self care?

 I’ve talked about other ways I take care of myself in these posts:

http://www.onagoodnote.net/finding-balance-physical-wellness/

http://www.onagoodnote.net/find-balance-pt-2-taking-time-away/

http://www.onagoodnote.net/5-quick-tips-for-avoiding-burnout/

 

 

 

LOVE Yourself Financially & Value Your Services

Working in a client-centered field, my primary concern is generally the well being and satisfaction of the individuals I work with.  I want to make sure that their needs are met, that they are happy with the services they receive, and that they will continue to return in the future.    I try to be reasonable, fair, and understanding in all of our dealings, taking into account the human side of my work.  At the end of the day though, I have to remember that I am running a business and that I have to take care of myself and my needs.  I have to take care of myself financially so that I can continue to keep my doors open and provide the same level of services my clients are used to receiving.

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I have to remind myself:

This is not only my passion, but my profession, my company, my livelihood.

When figuring out how much I’m going to charge my clients, how much I want to pay my employees, how much I’m willing to pay in rent, I have to take a moment for reflection.

What is my bottom line?  What do I need to be paid? Am I making a profit? Do I want to be able to take a vacation this year? How many hours am I willing to work to make this happen?  What work can someone else do?  How many hours am I actually working and what am I getting paid for?

After asking that crucial series of questions, I can start to develop my rates and policies.   I start to value myself and my services more and feel more justified in all of my practices.  It is easy to get caught up in worrying what everyone else thinks and lose track of what is important to you.

STOP!  Take a second a value yourself! YOU are a leader, a professional, and a critical part of your clients’ lives.  You cannot do what is best for them if you aren’t doing the best for yourself.

If valuing yourself and your services more means raising rates, charging for missed lessons, hiring an employee to take on part of your load, paying yourself more, or anything else, DO IT!  Do what it takes to make your work work for you.

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LOVE Yourself: A New Blog Series

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I have had some seriously concerning conversations recently with music instructors, therapists, business owners, friends, family, students, and parents alike and have a few things we need to chat about.  Originally, everything was going to fit into one quick post about about loving yourself, your body, your business, and self care, but the more I talked with people these past couple weeks the more I realized I need to write a series.  I’m going to tackle this topic from a variety of angles over the next few weeks and hope that you will follow along on the journey.

Some of the topics I want to touch on include:

  • Self Care
  • Financial Stability
  • Better Business Practices
  • Loving the Skin You Are In
  • and Burn Out

Do you have an ideas for this upcoming series?  Anything you want to hear more about?  Is there something YOU need to say?? Comment below or on my social media sites!  I’d love to include you in this new adventure!

Stay Tuned for the first post SOON!!!