Category Archives for "Baby Steps"

Jul 16

Where Has All This Work Gotten Me?

By Jen Regan | Baby Steps

I talk a lot about baby steps and how they are important in the process of getting better at whatever you set out to accomplish. Baby steps are all we can muster up at times, but do they really get us anywhere?

The beginning of last year, I visited a physician in order to try to figure out why I had a bad reaction to almost every piece of food I consumed. She ran a few tests and tried out a few philosophies on me just for me to end up in worse shape than when I started. From April through July I was in a tremendous amount of back pain and discomfort. I stopped working out at the gym because it hurt so bad. Luckily, I was able to continue to ride my bike with no pain. I spent most of my time resting on my hot pad with no energy and more questions than answers. In July, after more tests and additional doctor visits, we were able to make one step forward to resolve my back pain, but it continued to point back to food and my original symptoms still persisted. I was thrilled to be able to keep biking and training for a ride I had been dreaming about for years. In September, I was able to ride 75 miles on the first day of the Bike MS bike ride, but once bike season was over, I rested more and more and day by day I lost muscle tone and more energy. As the new year approached, I knew I needed to gather up the courage to step back into the doctor’s offices to try to figure out what was going on with my body. This past February (one year later) I stepped into the offices of multiple specialists. Test after test revealed I was healthy as can be. I rode on the roller coaster of being thankful for being healthy, then sad and upset that I still did not have any answer. As we approached the end of the recommended tests, my Allergist said “if all else fails, we can run one more test to see if anything shows up.” It was in that test where  the answer and diagnosis was revealed. I am allergic to a substance called linalool. It was exciting to have an answer and a possible direction to provide some relief. My excitement dwindled quickly when I learned that linalool is found in almost EVERYTHING! It is in almost all spices used in everyday cooking, except for salt and garlic. Think about that for a second. Even black pepper contains linalool. It is in almost every fruit and many vegetables, and was in almost every household product I used for cleaning, deodorizing or moisturizing. It felt like a ton of bricks had hit me. Fast of today, I consume the same 15ish foods over and over again each day. Eating any prepared foods at restaurants, friends & family or prepackaged foods is not an option if I don’t want to have a reaction. Since March, when the reality of my diagnosis sunk in and when my husband had his heart attack, John and I have been focusing on the motto “get a little bit stronger every day”.

I share my story because I would not have been able to get through any of it if it weren't for waking up each day and focusing on one baby step at a time.

  • Baby steps can get you started when you don’t feel like it.

  • Baby steps can help you achieve long term dreams and goals.

  • Baby steps can keep you going when life is messy.

  • Baby steps can help you improve your health.

  • Baby steps can help you get a little bit stronger every day.

I understand, baby steps don’t feel like enough at times, but if you keep taking them, one by one, you will eventually make the progress you desire. The journey is not always pretty, and the results are not always what you expect, but through perseverance, you will keep moving forward  towards where you want to be.

I am going to keep going - to be a little bit stronger each day. I hope you will join me in the journey. Let’s see where our baby steps will take us!

My Daily Walk With Jesus: God is the author of baby steps. It has been His daily guidance that has helped me to know which baby steps to take. I have been reading His Word, reading from Christian authors I have grown to trust, and tried to stay quiet enough to hear His voice. God has a great plan for each of us. Let Him be the author of your baby steps.

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Jun 11

A Little Bit Better Each Day

By Jen Regan | Baby Steps , Can Do Attitiude , Overcoming Obstacles

What are you struggling with today? Many of you are in the high risk category for Covid-19. You are struggling with staying home even though you know it is the right thing. Many of you are now transitioning back to work outside of your home and figuring out how to provide for your family's needs. Each of us are extremely resilient. No matter what we face today, we can work to make it better each day as we move forward.

Over a year ago, I had a really bad episode of back pain, which I found out later, was caused by a reaction to food. Now, fourteen months later, I am still trying to climb out of the downward spiral the reaction had on my whole body. This week I am trying to focus on getting a little bit stronger and a little bit better each day. I want to be back, good as new, but I have to take one step at a day at a time.

Whatever you are struggling with today, would it help for you to work towards getting a little bit better at it each day, instead of focusing on the final result you desire? It is super hard, I know, but it is the right way forward. Each day that we get a little bit better will eventually add up, and we will make good progress. We tend to look at the final result we desire and expect that result immediately. But that is not how things work a lot of the time. Good, important things take time and many days of getting better and better to get there.

What are you struggling with today? (Write it down)

How can you approach this challenge to focus on getting a little bit better each day? (Write this down too)

What are the next steps you can take to make it better? (And this too!)

We each step up to challenge after challenge in life. As we do this, let’s also remember to give ourselves some grace and rest in the midst of it all. All of our challenges take energy. Let’s also lean on each other for love and support. Let’s make sure our tanks are not only full, but that we have some energy in reserve as well. 

Remember, our Simple Life is to be intentional about setting aside time and space and establishing boundaries in order to put our family first at home.

You are amazing and you step up to each challenge in life. Keep moving forward in your beautifully simple day.

My Daily Walk With Jesus: I’m being a spoiled brat this week. I want many things right now and I am not getting them right now. In fact, I don’t know if it will be days, months or years before some of my hopes and dreams come to life. I do not understand God’s timing, but I do know it is perfect. I just struggle with accepting that day in and day out. He wants me to focus on each day and getting a little bit stronger and better each day. It is hard, because I want more, now.

Apr 23

The Simplest of Reminders

By Jen Regan | Baby Steps

I don’t know about you, but one day I am happy and motivated, the next I am depressed and ready for life to get back to “normal”. Some days everything seems to run smoothly, others are a crap shoot from the moment my feet hit the floor. One thing I do know is that no matter what kind of day I am having, one thing works in every steps!

Baby steps work with ongoing projects. Be it for work, for home or helping your loved ones with their projects, dividing the big project into smaller pieces helps us feel like we are moving forward and making headway. 

Baby steps work with daily tasks and chores. Many of you are working with your kids with schoolwork and we are all having to keep up on more housework with more traffic in, out and around your home. Keeping up with groceries and meals can get overwhelming. Take it one step at a time and know that one step is perfect. We will feel like we “should” be able to get more done, but you have taken on so much more this past month.

Baby steps work when you are trying to make the best of this time and focus on good habits. You may have a day every once in a while that you slip a little, but take it one day at a time and be proud of what you can do, baby steps.

Baby steps help us give grace to those we are with and work with during this time. Know that it helps everyone to take baby steps. Allow your kids to take baby steps. Allow your co-workers to take baby steps. Allow your spouse or significant other to take baby steps. We all need some love and grace. Baby steps will provide that.

You know all of this, so it is a simple reminder to take it easy on yourself, take one step at a time, and take each day as it comes.

My daily walk with Jesus: You guessed it, God is the author of baby steps. He teaches me slowly and lovingly. Through my prayer time, Bible reading and devotion, I learn something new each day. It all moves me forward to love God and others more.

If you are going through particularly devastating times right now, baby steps will get you through each day. I have a free booklet to help you. Click here and download a free copy in my Resource Shop.

Apr 02

Come Out Better Than You Went In

By Jen Regan | Baby Steps

I am extremely fortunate right now. My household income has not changed, my husband, immediate family and I have not gotten Covid-19, and my husband and I are able to stay safe at home. Because I am so blessed at this time, I didn’t feel like I had the right to compose a blog post when so many people are suffering. What I did come to realize though, is there are many of you that are in the same place as I am today, and we are still working through our own “stuff”. So I write this post for you today.

I ask myself, and I ask you, what do you want to get out of this time in life? Each of our lives look different, so this is individual to you, but let me throw out a few things for us to chew on. 

  • I think we obviously want to stay healthy during this time, but I think we always want to become healthier. Is that true for you? If so, what small steps can you take to move forward? I think that many of us are finding that we used the “I’m too busy” excuse, but now with the possibility of a more flexible schedule, we are facing the fact that it is just hard, period. When things are hard, let’s break them down into baby steps. Many small steps will move us in the right direction.
  • We want to be productive. 
  • We want to be grateful.
  • We want to be helpful.
  • We want to enjoy close relationships.
  • We want to stay positive.
  • We want financial stability.
  • We want peace and comfort.
  • We want to come out of this time better than when we went into it.

Do you have any more you want to add to the list? What does each of the above look like for you? How can you move forward, little by little, to make them a reality?

What do you think about waking up each morning, while you have your morning cup of coffee, asking yourself “what small steps can I take today to move forward?” What are my “must do’s” for today? What are my “wanna do’s” for the day?

I have been taking this approach, I have found it to be very helpful and I have something that could help you to do it, too. Before Covid-19, I was working on a free booklet to help individuals who were struggling with difficult health issues. I named it Living Through Devastating Times: Your Personal Baby Steps To Get You Through Today. I had no idea how relevant it would become for the times we are living in now. The awesome thing is, the principles work in all challenging situations. I have been using it daily, and I invite you to download it and use it as well. I will place a link to my resource shop at the end of this post.

Living Life Together - Consider one more small baby step. Ask yourself daily “what can I do to touch base and encourage someone today?” We all need a little bit more love right now!

Let’s come out of this challenging time better than when we started, one step at a time!

My Daily Walk With Jesus - UGGGHHH! The Bible says not to worry about tomorrow, today has enough worries of its own. That is hard, but it's what I have been trying to do. Don’t get me wrong, my mind is constantly going to “what if this” and “what if that” but I am trying to catch myself, then remind myself not to worry about tomorrow. God is in control of all of this. He loves each one of us so very much. He will give us our “daily bread” each day, and show us what we should do, if we lean and rely on Him. One day at a time.

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Mar 19

How To Manage Life In Devastating Times

By Jen Regan | Baby Steps

Today, many of you are going through very tough times in life. Some have family members in the hospital with serious conditions, others are working through your own pain, physical, emotional and spiritual. Devastating times are a part of life because death is a given. As much as I wish I could remove the pain from your life, I can’t. What I can do is help you walk through the challenging times one day at a time, one step at a time.

As you may be experiencing challenging times, the world around you does not stop when you are struggling. It keeps moving and expects you to keep up when your heart is hurting and you feel like you have more on your plate than you can handle. 

I was supposed to publish this blog post last Thursday. However, on Thursday morning, just after nine o’clock, I received a call from my husband informing me that he was having chest pains at work. The plans for my day changed immediately. He was rushed to the hospital and into the Cardiac Cath Lab. By the time I had arrived, they informed me that he was having a procedure done. What procedure they were performing, I did not know. I headed to the waiting room with one of John’s close co-workers along with his mom and waited for news. We soon found out that John had a blood clot that caused 100% blockage in one of the main arteries of his heart. Many people do not survive such an event, but today was John’s (and my) lucky day. I had no idea how important this blog post was going to be for me personally when I originally wrote it.

Baby steps have gotten me through in the past, and they are getting me through right now. I wake up each day knowing I have to push through because there are things that must get done. I know, baby steps don’t feel like enough at times, but when life dishes out hard stuff, baby steps are likely all we can handle. They are a lifesaver.

With you in mind, I have put together a booklet called Living Through Devastating Times: Your Personal Baby Steps To Get You Through Today. This practical booklet is short and simple, because that is exactly what you need right now. But there is power in its simplicity. It helps you take one day at a time, one baby step at a time, to keep moving through this time in your life. It encourages you to try to live your best, whatever that looks like for you today.

It starts by having you move the million things that are on your mind and get them down on paper. Keeping all of those thoughts and tasks rumbling around in your mind uses energy that you are in short supply of. It then walks you through deciding what small steps you can handle today. It is simple, but makes a profound difference.

Living Life Together: If you know someone who is going through a challenging time in life, will you forward this information to them? This booklet is absolutely no good just sitting on my website or out on Social Media. There are so many who are hurting that could use some guidance and encouragement. We are all in this life together and we need each other more than ever. Let’s keep living life together!

You want to live the best life you can, even in the midst of the challenges you face. Download your copy below, to help organize your thoughts and know how to move forward each day, one baby step at a time.

My daily walk with Jesus:  For the many years that I have written this blog, I have talked very little about my relationship with Jesus Christ. I have shared that God is #1 on my priority list, but have not shared what that looks like, each day of my life. Many of my readers may not be interested in this focus of my life, and that is why, from here on, I will place it at the end of my post. You can read up until that point and walk away with great stuff for the week. But there are many of you who will enjoy reading it, and some of God’s Word as well. 

I love Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NLT). It says “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.”

I am not a Bible Scholar. But I do read God’s Word every day and try to live it out the best I can, in my “non-perfect” way. This past week I thank Jesus for a peace that surpasses all understanding. I can not explain it in any other way. I had peace as I was sitting in the waiting room at the hospital. I did not know what the doctor was going to tell me when he walked in the door. As I brought my husband home from the hospital, we both said we had peace about life and our future, even with all of the worries of our world right now. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIRV) says “Don’t worry about anything. No matter what happens, tell God about everything. Ask and pray, and give thanks to Him. Then God’s peace will watch over your heart and your mind. He will do this because you belong to Christ Jesus.” That hit the nail on the head!

Each day I get up, read God’s Word, ask Jesus for my next baby steps, and most of the time I feel a clear direction. When I don’t, I get up and start moving and ask for Him to guide my steps as I move, and He does. That is my encouragement for you today. Focus on these two Bible verses. Let’s lean on God and on each other, and we will get through our challenging times one day at a time, one baby step at a time.

Aug 29

One Thing To Do When You Need A Little Motivation

By Jen Regan | Baby Steps , Planning

Are you feeling a little unmotivated? You know “you should” be doing something, but it is hard to pull the energy together to do it? Feeling unmotivated is draining, but the opposite is true, too. When we have a plan of attack and we are moving forward, it feels great! How then can we boost our motivation? I know one thing that can help.

I recently had the blahs. Along with my blahs, I had unexpected aches and pains, veterinarian appointments for my dog, car repairs and computer issues that popped up. I felt like everything was fighting against me and my motivation. My energy was plummeting. There was one area that I felt like I was on track, and that was my training for an upcoming bike ride. Even though it was hard to keep going, I was able to. I asked myself what it was that was keeping me going, in the hopes that I could do the same in other areas of my life. 

My motivation came from the commitment to a deadline. Eight months ago to the day, I signed up for this bike ride. A few months after that I announced it to friends and family as I start to fundraise. Every time I do not want to go for a ride, I know I have to. I have committed and my deadline is fast approaching.

It is easy for us to think of deadlines when it comes to work, but it is more challenging to think of them when it comes to our personal lives. Setting deadlines is a matter of being intentional about moving forward and setting ourselves up to succeed.

If you need to get moving in an area of your life, here are some baby steps to take and their benefits:

  1. Decide on one area to move forward in. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. We all tend to have multiple areas that we “feel” we need to move forward in. The problem with focusing on all of them is, we can become paralyzed by the sheer volume of the things we need to do. That does not mean you have to ignore all of the other areas of your life. Let’s simply focus on one area of your life today and we can add more in the future when the timing feels right. What is the one thing you want to move forward on today? Write out a simple statement. Some examples may be:

    • I want to sell my house in the next year.

    • I want to start walking every day.

    • I want to go through every closet in my home.

    • I want to quit smoking.

    • I want to lower my blood sugar to ____.

  2. Decide on a realistic date of completion. Setting a deadline is key. If you do not set a deadline, the item goes back into the category of “I should”. Setting a deadline moves it into the category of “I am doing it!”. It is important to push yourselves a little with your deadline. We don’t want much room for procrastination. We don’t want to set an unrealistic goal either. I don’t know about you, but if I get off course, I can tend to give up completely. What is your deadline?

  3. Figure out your first few baby steps, or line out the entire project. Whatever feels right to you. Sometimes it helps to write out your “must dos” and your “wanna dos”. Our “must dos” are the things that are essential for your success. Your “wanna dos” are not essential, but things you would like to do. Putting a list together can direct your baby steps and it can dump everything out of your brain. Sometimes we carry so many things around in our brains, it can be overwhelming. What are your first few baby steps?

  4. Start moving. You have a plan, now it’s time to work your plan. Now it’s time to put one foot in front of the other and start to make things a reality. 

  5. Share your commitment with someone you do not want to let down. Life is so much better when we do it together. Sharing your plan with someone adds a little boost to our motivation. It is also great to have someone you can share your progress with. Someone who will be excited for you and someone who might even join you. I share my plans with a few close friends as well as my counselor. I also love to hear what they are up to so that I can check in on them and cheer them on. Who can you share your plans with? Who can you cheer on today?

We want to live energized life, and there is nothing that zaps our energy more than lack of motivation and lethargy. Today’s the day to add some energy to your life by setting a deadline, committing, taking a step forward and having fun doing it with someone close to you!

Here’s to finding that motivation we need to make things happen and ROCKIN’ OUT some goals!

Aug 22

How To Adjust, When Your Body Tells You A Change Must Be Made

By Jen Regan | Baby Steps , Overcoming Obstacles , Prioritizing Yourself

Has your body been telling you to slow down, get moving, or it’s time to make some other needed changes? We can cruise along in life for quite some time feeling good, bet inevitably an adjustment needs to be made. Life might be dishing out a little extra stress. You may have received a medical diagnosis, or your work has had you sitting a lot and your body is craving some movements. Is your body asking you to make some adjustments today?

I have tornado dreams. I live in the midwest, and even though I don’t have an extreme fear of tornadoes, I certainly have a fearful respect for them. I have found when life starts to get a little bit too stressful, my body communicates that I need to make some adjustments, My body does that through tornado dreams. There have been many times when I have felt like I was holding life together just fine, but my body was telling me differently. There have been times when I have been surprised to have a tornado dream, but once I sit back and think about it, I can usually see that something has been causing me stress. 

If your body (or doctor) is asking you to make some adjustments today, chances are it is a little bit stressful. We all live very busy lives and adjustments take extra time and energy we do not have. How do we move forward to a place of feeling better?

  • Take a deep breath, take a moment to yourself and even allow yourself to cry. It is important to love yourself and take care of yourself mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Your body may need a release when stress hits and I have found the above to be helpful.

  • Gather information. This may be as simple as recognizing stress and asking yourself what you need to do to make adjustments. This could also be learning about the medical condition you have been diagnosed with. Maybe meeting with a nutritionist to help guide you. Taking a little bit of time to learn and see what others have done to succeed is a great start. Take small chunks of time if you need to. Try not to let your lack of time keep you from this step. Something might have to give for this week to allow you to focus on you. 

  • Break it down into small action steps. Once you have started to gather your information, it’s time for action. Decide what actions step you need to take first, and maybe a few more steps after that. Write them down, or put them on your calendar. Keeping them inside your mind, which already has a lot to keep track of, might not work the best. Once you start moving forward, it is a great idea to keep a journal right from the start. Document what is working and what is not. Over time it is hard to remember all of the details and it can be helpful to look back, sometimes just to see how far you have come.

  • Move forward slowly and steadily. Remember, sprinting off the starting line feels great, but we can also fizzle out quickly. Slow and steady is a great philosophy and has shown to work in situations that require effort over time. 

  • Shift your mindset to self care. It is your heart to serve and take care of others, but many times this means we get the leftovers if there are any. Start to think about self care and its importance. When you take care of yourself, you can take care of others with more energy and vitality. Try to shift your mind to love yourself and love taking care of yourself. 

  • Celebrate each small accomplishments. One of the things that stinks about taking care of yourself is that you do not get many accolades for doing it. Like it or not, we all like to be told we are doing well. Learn to build celebration into your life for yourself. 

You are an amazing woman, but life does throw you some curveballs at times. Adjustments need to be made and your body needs to be taken care of. Keep moving forward one small step at a time and before you know it, you will be well on your way to feeling better.

Here’s to moving forward the best we can, even when adjustments need to be made!

Aug 08

How To Increase Your Enjoyment And Be Present In All You Do

By Jen Regan | Baby Steps , Keep It Simple , Planning

You are an amazing woman, working hard each day to take care of those you love, give your all to the work you perform and do your best to take care of yourself in the process. Your day is packed to the gills and sometimes as the day comes to a close, you are simply glad the day is over. Your day was not characterized by enjoyment and being present. The questions is, how can you change that in the midst of your already busy life?

I want to live the best possible life I can live. For some reason, I feel that everything in life should go smoothly all of the time. As you may suspect, this belief has caused me a lot of grief, because, that is simply not how life works. There is something deep inside of me that strives for it every single day though. It is a blessing and a curse all at the same time. But because of it, I am always asking myself “what can I do to make my day and life better?”

Like many of you, I am a planner and kind of addicted to checking things off my “to do” list. This is great, but it does cause some other issues. When my focus is on the completion of a task, my focus is not on enjoying the process and being present in the moment. Can you relate? So, as I always do, I ask myself if this is something I want to change, and it is. Then I start to figure out how to make it happen. Here is what I have found:

  • Start with a plan. Start your day with a well formed, realistic plan, which includes your “to do” list. This may require some organization and planning ahead of time. At the end of each day, I take a few minutes to plan out my next day. What this plan does is it allows me to “work my plan” the next day.

  • Focus solely on each of your tasks or appointments. While you are doing dishes, train your mind to think only about that. It’s a great time to be grateful for the food you have been blessed with. When you are at an appointment, give the other person all of your attention. Really listen and engage. If you are like me, this takes some training, because my mind likes to wander on to what is next. Keep bringing your mind back to what you are doing right then.

  • Increase enjoyment by recognizing the positive things in each moment and task. We all have a choice whether to focus on the positive things or the negative ones. I understand, there are some days when it feels like EVERYTHING has gone wrong. On most days though, we can find some positive things to focus on. The beautiful sunrise when we are stuck in traffic. Reminding yourself that you are getting stronger when you are sore after a workout. Spending a little extra time at home with your little one when they are not feeling well.

Once you invest in these principles, you can apply them to your every day and every moment. Enjoyment and being present usually doesn’t “just happen”. We can add more into our lives by thinking and planning ahead, working our plan, then enjoying one project at a time.

Here’s to focusing on one thing at a time to increase our enjoyment and presents.

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Aug 01

Is It Possible To Take A Break In August?

By Jen Regan | Baby Steps

In the Midwest, August is a time to head back to school. The store shelves are filled with school supplies, doctor appointments are made for school physicals, and new schedules are figured out to accommodate school activities, transportation needs on top of your work schedule. It is a great time of getting back into a routine, but it can be a lot added to your already busy schedule.

A friend of mine recently bought me a book about enjoying the journey of life. One area it discussed that challenged me was the concept of pushing less in life and easing through life more. It’s kind of ironic, but it takes some effort for me to be intentional about easing myself through life, but I have to say that it has been quite a nice experience.

Here in the busy time of year, I want to challenge you to be easy on yourself, and ease through life a little. 

Most of “easing” is a mindset. When I get up in the morning and start to get all ramped up about my day and all I need to get done, I…

  • Stop myself, take a few deep breaths.

  • I make sure I write down the tasks I need to complete. This frees up my mind.

  • I focus on only one thing. I ask myself “what is the first thing I need to get done?’

  • When I am done, I ask myself what is next?

Instead of getting ramped up about all I have to do, I take it easy focusing only on one thing at a time.

It takes some practice and constant reminders because, if you are like me, we get ramped up really easily. The more you ease through life though, the more addictive it is. It feels great! 

One Warning: Watch out for the feeling of guilt. When you start to ease through life, guilt wants to make you feel like you “should” be moving faster. You will hear the voice in your head say “Only busy people are productive and get things done.” Well I will tell you, I have gotten a ton done during my “easing” experiment. I simply feel more relaxed, focused and purposeful. I will trade in guilt any day for those feelings.

I challenge you this August, as life tries to start ramping back up after summer, to be intentional about staying in the summer mode of “easing through life”. You will still get a great amount of things done, but feel great while you are doing them.

Here’s to an awesome August and saying “no” to the hustle and bustle it has brought in the past.

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Jul 13

It’s Kept Me On Course Through The Twists And Turns Of Life

By Jen Regan | Accomplishing Goals , Baby Steps , Overcoming Obstacles , Perseverance , Planning , What's Most Important

In the spring of 2011 I decided to change the direction of my career. Since then, life has been anything but a straight line or an easy path. I have had health issues, the decline and passing of my Dad, business starts and stops and a lot of physical pain. Through everything, there has been one thing that has kept me focused on my career goal and prevented me from getting off course. Here’s my story.

It all started when I picked up a book about Life Coaching. I had never heard of such a thing, but it was more common on the East and West Coast. I knew immediately it was what I wanted to do. I love encouraging others to move forward towards whatever life they want to live or goals they want to accomplish. I researched different certifications and quickly had a phone call set up with an organization out of Oregon. I took my first step which was to be coached myself. I could not give what I had not experienced for myself. I loved it and as part of the Life Coaching process, I created a Life Plan. 

My Life Plan forced me to think about the future in detail, which was not something I was used to doing. I had to decide what was most important to me and what I wanted my life to look like many years in the future. This process was very eye opening to me because the current reality of my life was that I was very unhealthy in a lot of ways. If I continued on the road that I was on, my future did not look very rosey. Basically, if I didn’t want that to be my future reality, A LOT WAS GOING TO HAVE TO CHANGE!.

I had back issues, I ate horribly, I did not exercise like I should and my stress management was not that great. At my current rate, I was not going to make it to live a long life, and if I did, I would not be active and vibrant. There was so much I had to change that I quickly felt OVERWHELMED! And I wanted to change careers on top of this?

My Life Coach, Joy, introduced me to the idea of Baby Steps. She taught me that there was ALWAYS something I could do to move forward, even if it was in the smallest of ways. That is what I did, but along with all of these changes, the twists and turns of life made things even more challenging.

Within the next year I changed jobs, lost my job, studied for and finished my Life Coaching Certification, had a major surgery (which appears to have triggered autoimmune issues in my body), started a business with my husband, John, and set out on my goal to become a Life Coach. Through the twists and turns, I kept my Life Plan in front of me and it kept me moving forward.

I spent the next few years coaching a handful of amazing women. It was great to be a part of the changes they experienced in their life. Overall though, most busy women were not interested in having a Life Coach. This made me sad for them and made me question whether this was a viable career. I did not meet a woman who did not love the concept and they all agreed that they could benefit from it, but I ran into two walls. 

The first obstacle was that they were already crazy busy, they simply did not have the time to add in Life Coaching Sessions or the time to make the changes they wanted in their lives. The second obstacle was one of finances. It is my heart to help what I call “us normal women”, but us normal chicks don’t have a lot of extra cash. It was also hard to spend money on something they felt they should be able to do on their own. I Completely understood.

The question for me was, what do I do next? I still had a heart to help women focus on what is most important in their lives and not get pulled off course with the busyness of life. I decided to take my obstacles head on. I decided to write a book because I figured everyone could afford a book. HeeHee, this makes me laugh! I have never been good at proper english, grammar or spelling. I had NO EXPERIENCE with writing anything much less a book. What was I thinking? 

Baby Steps were my answer. I had to take one Baby Step at a time to move forward. It suddenly became clear that this is how all of us, with busy lives and overwhelming tasks, need to move forward. Baby Steps was the answer to the second obstacle.

Let’s fast forward A FEW YEARS! Yes, A few years and more of life’s twists and turns. I was not making the money I needed to with Life Coaching and it was time for me to go back to work full time as a bookkeeper. My dreams and my book were put on hold for one full year. At my year mark, I decided I was going to get back to working on my book, but life’s twists and turns decided differently. Finally I started getting up crazy early every Sunday morning to take baby steps towards writing my book. It was still my heart’s passion to help very busy women live the best life they can, focused on the best things. 

In November of last year (2018) I talked to my husband about taking a year off of work to concentrate on my book and that is what I did, but the twists and turns of life continue. This year I have been diagnosed with another autoimmune condition. My body decided it did not like food so I had to go on an elimination diet. At one point I could eat 15 things total. To put that in perspective, if you go out to eat, had a hamburger with everything on it, french fries and an unsweet iced tea, that totals about 15 things. My body decided to have reactions to food, one that caused severe back pain for almost 3 months. 

Why am I sharing all of this? It is because through the past 8 years my Life Plan has kept me on track. Today, I am still moving toward the future that I defined 8 years ago. I am still focused on what I have defined as most important to me. I am still learning, growing and taking baby steps toward my goal every single day. I have a picture of my future that I want to make a reality. That picture is my Life Plan.

This is why I have created my Life Planning Class that I am now making an Online Course. 

  • I know one of the obstacles that you face is time. With this in mind, I am giving participants access for 4 months so that you can work through the 4 lessons at your own pace.

  • I also know that money is tight, but I felt $69.00 per participant was doable and a great investment in your future. 

It is my heart’s desire that you know what you want your future to look like and that you keep moving towards that future no matter what life throws your way!

Registration is only open for one week - So Mark Your Calendars!

(Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - Tuesday, July 30, 2019)

A Work At Your Own Pace Online Course: How To Achieve Your Ideal Life!

This online course will:

  • Provide direction and more focus in the areas of life that are most important to you.

  • Help you define what you want your future to look like, not allowing others to define it for you.

  • Create a plan that will get you from here to there, even when the twists and turns of life try to get you off course.

  • Establish Small Action Steps that will fit into your busy day and keep you moving in the right direction.

The Details:

  • This online course contains 4 time released Lessons, one published each Thursday, on the first four Thursday of August 2019. (1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd)

  • Each Lesson will contain a quick Video Lesson with Action Step Instructions and Worksheets for you to work on before you move on to the next lesson.

  • You will have access to the course for 4 MONTHS which will allow you to work at your own pace! I believe in a NO STRESS ZONE! (Access from August 1, 2019 - November 30, 2019)

Work Towards Your Ideal Life for $69.00 per participant!

  • Registration is only open for one week! Wednesday July 24, 2019 - Tuesday, July 30, 2019 so mark your calendar!

  • There are only 25 "Seats" Available for the course. First come first serve!

  • Please note that this course is non-refundable.

August is a great time to pull out the school supplies and invest in an amazing future! Register at starting July 24, 2019!

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