Category Archives for "Perseverance"

Oct 22

Five Things To Help You Through The Months Ahead

By Jen Regan | Perseverance

We are used to making adjustments, we do it everyday within the ebb and flow of life. Making quick adjustments is our specialty, but changing our lives for weeks, months or even a few years is not quite as easy. That is what the Covid-19 pandemic is requiring of us. What then can we do to reduce our pandemic fatigue?

I am a simple chick with simple ideas, but they are practical. I want you to walk away from each blog post with simple action steps you can take to live your BEST life, and today is no exception. If you are struggling with depression from isolation from loved ones, you may need a little bit more than my simple suggestions to get you through. Please seek professional help if you need someone to work with you through this challenging time.

I have good and bad days as we move through this pandemic, and it does feel like little frustrations can escalate into big ones easier these days. The reality is, this pandemic is taking up real estate in our minds and our emotions.

Because I am obsessed with feeling my BEST, I ask myself “what can I do to reduce pandemic fatigue and focus on other, beneficial things?” Here is what I am trying:

  • I’m trying to focus on what I have and not on what I don’t. There are a number of things that usually have my excitement and attention that are out of the question right now. When those things come to my mind, I don’t ignore them, I simply remind myself “not now”. Then I bring my mind back to all that I am able to focus on today, which is quite a bit. I focus on being grateful for what I do have and what I can do. All of this applies to your kids, too. Coach and help them to focus on the good that is right in front of them, even if it is different right now.

  • I keep a routine in my day, even when I don’t feel like it. This time in our lives is going to make us stronger. We are having to persevere in ways we are not used to. But persevere is exactly what we are doing. Whatever you have determined to be most important to you, keep it as most important. Keep exercising, continue having quality time with those you love, always take care of yourself. Let’s keep going even when we don’t feel like it.

  • I have planned ahead with hobbies and projects. Winter is very different from Spring, Summer and Fall. We have more time inside and less daylight. Plan now for the days, weeks and months ahead. I have planned different options to keep variety in my life. I have books to read, and supplies for different types of hobbies. If I get tired of one, I have something to fall back on. Plan now.

  • I have to be okay with having a frumpy day every once in a while, that is life, pandemic or not. I have a dear friend who reminds me that it is okay to feel those feelings. Feel them and move on with my day. That is what I try to do. When I have my routine, like I mentioned previously, I move on with what is next. Some days I feel rotten the whole day, other days I start to feel better as I keep going. Either way, it is okay to have a rough day here and there.

  • Accept that our lives are going to be altered well into 2021, if not most of it. I do not tend to focus on worst case scenarios, and I am not going to do it here either, but continuing to think that life is going to get back to “normal” any time soon is setting ourselves up for disappointment. Let's work to accept this time for what it is and make the best of it. It is a process, but one worth pursuing.

2020 has not gone as we imagined it would, but life's still good. Let’s focus on the good and continue to persevere, one day at a time.

Daily Walk With Jesus: I am working through a daily devotional by Oswald Chambers called My Utmost For His Highest. One of the themes of the devotional is that we live most of our lives living in the valley, plugging away at our everyday lives. He reminds me that the exciting  “mountain top” experiences we have in life are rare. This is not what is emphasized in our world today. We are told everyday we deserve to have mountain top experiences. God is showing me that He wants me to focus on and enjoy the simple tasks of life. It is in the simplicity and quiet that I find Him and learn what He wants me to learn.

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Aug 27

When Life Is Not Easy…Be Kind To Yourself

By Jen Regan | Keep It Simple , Perseverance

Life is not easy right now. The time of the year that is normally filled with excitement, energy and new beginnings is marked with starts, stops, continual changes, and uncertainty. As one facet of life changes, everything has to adjust with it. Just when you feel like you have a plan to move forward, it all changes again. What can you do to take care of yourself through it all?

For many, you are dealing with the beginning of a school year with kids going back to school. For others, you are dealing with health issues, job changes or death in your families. Each one of these life events requires a tremendous amount of time and energy. Yet somehow, we feel like we can pile it on and keep moving through life as normal. I’m like, you, I try. But I soon find myself exhausted, frustrated and emotionally drained.

Wouldn’t it be so much better if you gave yourselves a break during this transition time? 

I like to look at it as going into “maintenance mode”. Instead of pushing things forward, I simply work at maintaining the status quo for a while. You know, it’s okay. 

  • Instead of having the perfect meals for my family, I default to the easier, simpler snack and meals.

  • Instead of my normal exercise routine, I keep moving by taking a walk by myself or with loved ones.

  • Instead of trying to do everything myself, I ask for help with laundry, dishes, picking up the house, taking out the trash.

  • Instead of having a clean house, I have a clean enough house for the time being.

What are you going through right now? What can you do to go into “maintenance mode” for this time of change in your year? Remember, it is just for a short time. It will get you through to the other side and give you the break you need. The alternative is exhaustion, and I don’t want that for you, nor do the people that love you.

You deserve a break, but you are the only one who can give it to yourself. Give yourself the gift of a break today.

My Daily Walk With Jesus: I have learned that God is all for rest, especially when life gets difficult. Through many of the ups and downs with my health, He is the first to remind me to slow down and be kind to myself. Yes, He does allow difficulties in our lives, but He is also the first to say “be still and know that I AM.” Regardless of what we are going through, He is with us. Let’s lean on Him today.

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May 14

Small Changes Count, Big Time!

By Jen Regan | Perseverance

Do you know you have rocked out living and managing a whole new life for the past two months? When you are faced with a challenge, you rise to it. Yes, we all have had rocky days, but we have persevered and made things work. Are there any changes that you have made that have improved your life? If so, let’s not let those things go. Let’s hold on to them as we move into the weeks, months and years ahead!

As silly as it sounds, I have learned that I do not need to go to the store every other day. I have a grocery store and many other stores a stone's throw from my home. Before Covid-19,  I would not plan ahead at all and I would run to the grocery store whenever I needed something, which was often. Over the past two months I have learned to enjoy planning ahead and stocking up my pantry for weeks instead of days. 

This is one simple thing, but it is something that has improved my life and brought many benefits. Yes, it was initially out of necessity, but I added it to my plate with grace. Now, I want to keep it as a habit in my life.

What new things have you rocked out over the past few months? Are there any you have enjoyed and want to continue into the future? If it helps,  write them down now. Writing helps us commit to them and think about how we can keep them going. It’s also nice to put them in a place where they can be used as reminders.

You are continuing to tailor your life by taking small steps in the right direction, day after day. You are making your life more of what you want it to be!

Let’s see every small change as a gift that makes our lives better! Let’s keep doing the best we can as we march into the future.

My Daily Walk With Jesus: My daily walk with Jesus improves every single day. He teaches me something and loves me as I try to learn. He is truly the model of a patient teacher.

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Apr 09

I Admire Your Creativity

By Jen Regan | Perseverance , What's Most Important

One thing I love seeing during this time of staying at home, is the creativity that each of you are employing in life. If the grocery store is out of bread, you have been making bread from scratch. When you were asked to wear a mask when you go out, you have taken what you have in your home and made it work. It also makes me think about how we may have stifled some of our creativity in the past, when we have had everything we needed at our fingertips.

One other area you have become very creative in, is your use of time. Many things have been added to your plate. Working from home, homeschooling kids, making three meals a day, and making sure there is enough food in the house to keep your family fed. Spring is here, so there is yard work that needs to get done, and I don’t know about you, but with more activity at home, my house is messier too.

You are making it work though, in your own creative way.

I want you to be very proud of yourself for adjusting and adapting very quickly to your stay at home reality. You have made it work. I know it may not be pretty all the time, but you are being creative every day with your time and the resources you have on hand.

As we move through these weeks and months ahead, and we start to transition to what is next, let’s use that same creative power to create the life we are really happy with.

  • Are you loving the home cooked meals? Are they helping you eat better and feel healthier? Do you enjoy the time with family? How can you make sure those meals continue in the future and not allow “life” to pull you away from them?

  • Are you enjoying getting out for a walk with your loved ones or with your pup? How can you make sure those continue? More daylight in the summer sure does help.

  • Are you enjoying planning out your day, working through your plan and not having to run in twenty different directions each day? How can you continue that in the future?

  • Are you enjoying the phone calls and connection you are having, even though it is from a distance? How can you continue to prioritize connection in the future?

What else are you enjoying about this time of staying home? How can you use your “creative muscles” in the future to keep doing those most important things?

I love a quote I saw on social media posted by Becoming Minimalist. It said “In the rush to return to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to.” - Dave Hollis

We have a lot on our minds right now, that is no doubt. But in between the busy moments, let’s recognize what we are really enjoying and make a plan now as to how we can have more of that in the future.

Living Life Together:  Ask a friend this week “what is one thing that you are doing while you are staying home that you would love to continue afterwards?” Share your thoughts with them too. I would also love to hear your ideas. Feel free to comment below, that way all of us can share great ideas from each other.

You are doing great! Living a very creative and BEST life. Keep going, you’ve got this!

My Daily Walk With Jesus: I read God’s Word each morning, pray and read a devotional. I ask God to direct my steps, and He does. I try to continue to learn what His voice sounds like and listen to it. It is not fancy, but it is perfect. I keep moving one day at a time, one step at a time.

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Mar 26

Become More Than You Ever Dreamed Possible

By Jen Regan | Perseverance

I believe that at the center of the universe there dwells a loving spirit who longs for all that’s best in all of creation, a spirit who knows the great potential of each planet as well as each person, and little by little will love us into being more than we ever dreamed possible. That loving spirit would rather die than give up on any one of us.” - Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers) 1

This quote is packed with so many great things, but the part that hits my heart is that this loving spirit (I know to be God) “little by little loves us into being more than we ever dreamed possible.”

This is incredibly true to my life. Life has not gone as I had planned, if fact, the theme I would give to my life is “wait”. Waiting has been one of the hardest things for me to do. I’m a doer, a person who likes to move forward, set goals and accomplish them. Waiting has been a real struggle for me. This past year when my body was not cooperating with my timetable, I had to wait. I have to admit though, that it has been in my time of waiting that the loving spirit of the universe has taught me the most. I can say through the waiting, I have, little by little, been loved into being more than I ever could have dreamed of. It is in the waiting that we can find great opportunity, if we are willing.

Many of us feel like we are in a waiting game right now, and we are. I have been so proud of all of you for being the best you can be during this time of waiting. Being our best means expressing our emotions, good and bad, then taking a deep breath of perspective, knowing we can and will make it through.

I want you to know today, that whatever happens during this time in our lives, the spirit of the universe (God) has allowed it. Little by little He will love us into being more than we ever dreamed possible. That loving spirit did die for us, so that we all can live. Turn to Him today! His arms are wide open.

Living Life Together: We need each other more now than ever. Let’s ask ourselves “who could I call or touch base with today?” It will bring joy to both their day and yours! Also remember the free resource I have available on my website. I have been using it daily, along with other friends, to clear our minds and help us create a realistic plan for our day, when life is anything but normal. I’ll place a link at the bottom of this post so you can pass it on to those who could use it.

We can live our best lives right now, and every day. What does that look like for you? Do what it takes to make it happen.

My daily walk with Jesus: I start each day with Jesus. I pray the prayer that He gave us to pray, The Lord’s Prayer. It starts by acknowledging that God is Holy, that His Will is good and will be done on earth. I ask Him to provide what I need to get through today (my daily bread). I admit that I fall short everyday and need forgiveness, and others in my life need forgiveness too. And lastly to keep me from temptation, and remove me from the evil in the world.  I have found this prayer to be a perfect way to start each day. I think about each phrase as I say it, and really put my heart and soul into it. I then end each day in thanksgiving for God’s Will being done, even when it is not necessarily what I wanted. God has a bigger picture in mind, and I have to trust that He knows what is ultimately best. I look at how I had fallen short and ask for forgiveness. I pray for a good night's sleep and look forward to the next day when I get to do it all over again.

Click here to get my latest free resource: Living Through Devastating Times: Your Personal Baby Steps To Get You Through Today 

1 Fred Rogers, Life’s Journey According To Mister Rogers (New York: Hachette Books, 2005), 17

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Feb 20

Want To Add More Beauty And Ease Into Your Life?

By Jen Regan | Perseverance

Every month or so, my friend Allison and I talk on the phone across the miles, catching up on life and always encouraging each other. Our phone calls are always a source of joy and encouragement for me. Last night I asked Allison a deep question and her answer helped me out so much.

I shared with Allison how I always want things in life to go fast and easy, but they RARELY seem to ever go that way. I try to think positively as much as I can, so to say that life rarely goes the way I want (fast and easy) seems negative, but is “fast and easy” realistic?

Allison reminded me that our culture stresses the quick and easy fix. Marketers sell us on the idea that their product or service will change things overnight so that we will buy their stuff NOW. They know that in our busy lives, a quick and easy solution is desirable because we are so limited on time. 

BUT, this idea of quick and easy seems to bring me a lot of frustration because it is rarely how life really works. Yes, we can order Amazon and get it as quickly as a few hours, but finding a diagnosis to a health issue takes time. Learning how to make changes in our lives and seeing results, take time. Building a strong relationship takes time. Creating a habit of ongoing exercise takes time. Seeing the growth of finances happens over time. 

I try my hardest to think for myself, but this concept of quick and easy has permeated itself into my life. Allison shared with me the visual image of the four seasons. The more we talked about nature we described it as slow, conducted with ease, flowing, organic. 

So I ask myself today, how would my life change if I started to remove the idea of fast and easy and embrace the idea that life really is a slow, beautiful process?

Now, there is no doubt we have to go to work in this fast paced world. We have deadlines that are imposed on us. What if we identify the fact that we do have control over our thoughts, attitude and actions and try to move with more ease where we can in life?

Spring is on it’s way! Join me in seeing the beauty. As you see the flowers pop through the ground and bloom, slowly and beautifully, allow it to be a reminder for us to do the same in our lives.

Live Life Together: My life was enriched by my time with Allison on the phone this week. I encourage you to find someone in your life who you can spend quality time with. If you do not have someone right now, pray that God brings that person into your life. He answered that prayer for me years back when I felt very alone. Also know that friendships require your investment of time, they just don’t happen (fast and easy). Start to invest in other people and see what friendships grow out of that time together. It is a slow, beautiful process that is worth every minute.

Here’s to embracing the slow beautiful nature of life and saying “no” to the fast and easy life that marketers want us to buy into.

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Feb 06

Life Transitions Can Be Hard

By Jen Regan | Perseverance

Have you ever been in a place in life where you were not sure what was next? This can be especially true during times of transition. Maybe your youngest child is gaining more independence, has started school and is able to do more for themself. Maybe your child has started college and you find yourself with an empty nest. Maybe you have been caring for a loved one who has now passed away. Life transitions can be hard. Let’s look at a few small manageable baby steps we can take to get us through these challenging times.

Be kind to yourself. Transitional times in life have emotional strings attached to them. Experiencing those emotions is okay and many times very healthy. I feel guilty when I am not doing something or going somewhere, but staying still for a moment in time is important during transitions. Take a deep breath of fresh air and take care of yourself.

Revisit what is Most Important to you. As you think about what is next in life, ask yourself if you can transition some of your time to another area that is Most Important to you? Has there been an area of life that has been neglected? What could use a little bit more attention? Focusing on what is Most Important brings life to our lives!

Take one step and see where it leads, then take another. Sometimes during times of transition we can feel stuck, not knowing what to do or where to go next. An old friend of mine, who is a retired navy officer, one told me “You can only steer a ship that is moving.” It is so true! If you take one step forward it gives you a new perspective and helps you see the next step, then the next. If you have no idea where to start, take one step by taking a walk. While you are walking, think about one more step you can take. The key is to move and not get stuck.

Be patient. This is not my favorite thing to do, quite honestly, but life transitions take time. As you work through the previous steps, keep going. Keep moving forward even in the smallest of ways. Before you know it, you will have moved through your time of transition and on to whatever is next in life.

Live life together! One thing I know as, I have gone through the twists and turns of life, is that isolation can be one of the worst things. If you need to, force yourself to spend time with people who love and encourage you. You never know, they may share the key that will spark a great idea for your life.

Here’s to moving through transitions, taking care of ourselves, staying focused on what is Most Important, taking one baby step at a time, together!

Sep 05

Is There Something Weighing On Your Mind?

By Jen Regan | Can Do Attitiude , Perseverance , Prioritizing Yourself

What is weighing on your mind today? Life has a tendency to throw us curve balls in big and small ways every single day. The challenge is, how do we work through those challenges each day while keeping up with life? 

I received a medical bill in the mail today. I knew it was coming, but I kind of hoped that insurance had taken care of the whole amount and I was good to go. That was NOT THE CASE! I am trying to move on about my day, like writing this blog post, but it is still weighing on my mind.

The Amount of this medical bill was a surprise, but many of you are dealing with much bigger issues. Issues that are going to take up a good amount of time, effort and energy. 

If you are like me, you feel you can pile that BIG CHALLENGE on you shoulders and keep going. Afterall, that is what you do, right? Life does not stop or slow down for us, it keeps moving and we feel like we need to stay on pace with it.

I want to challenge you today to approach your new challenges a little bit differently.

Allow some give and take in your life.

Would you consider your life to be busy? I know very few women that would answer that as “no”.

If your life is already busy, and you have a new challenge added to it, would you consider looking for something on your schedule to remove to prevent overload?

I don’t think we realize how much work it is to take on a new challenge. I just read this interesting fact. “A 2010 Study started by making the point that anytime we have something on our mind, it’s literally using up energy - even though it accounts for only about 2 percent of your body weight, your brain uses up 20 percent of your energy. 1

Today, whatever challenge has come your way, your mind is using energy to work through it, even as we go about our busy day. 

I encourage you today to remember that you only have so much energy to expend. If you have had to add more onto your plate, consider loving yourself enough to find something to remove, even if it is temporary.

We want to live an amazing life. Giving and taking is a huge part of that. Let’s not forget that challenges require energy, and energy can be in short supply. 

What is weighing on your mind today and do you need to make some adjustments to make room for it?

Here’s to cutting back when we need to, and keeping our energy tanks full!

If you could use a friend to encourage you at this point in your life, take a moment to reach out to a dear friend. Life is so much better lived together.

1 Michael Bungay Stanieer, The Coaching Habit (Toronto ON Canada: Box Of Crayons Press 2016) 48.

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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!

Jun 28

How To Keep Going, When It Is The Last Thing You Feel Like Doing

By Jen Regan | Baby Steps , Perseverance

Summer is such a fun time filled with so many great activities. Those activities can be pretty exhausting and sometimes make us fall behind in other important areas of life. How do we continue to move forward with what is important to us when it is the last thing we feel like doing?

I don’t know about you, but I have felt like that sweet puppy this week. I came off of a great trip with family and knew I had to get back on track in a number of areas of my life. I soon found myself tired and really unmotivated. Moving forward felt like the last thing I wanted to do, but I knew I had to. UGGGHHH!

Here are a few quick things I had to do for myself this week, and I hope you will do the same for you.

Be easy on yourself. I really thought I was going to hit the ground running, but that did not happen. I had a plan for my week, which was very ambitious, and threw that out the window very quickly. I moved forward in small ways and gave myself grace in the other areas. Beating ourselves up does not accomplish much. Do what you can and love yourself for taking small steps forward!

Allow yourself to rest. I don’t know about you, but the fun eventually catches up with me and I need some rest. Summer is a great time for fun, but it is a great time for rest too. Enter the NO GUILT ZONE and enjoy a nap, sleeping in or going to bed early. Your body will thank you and you will wake up more energized!

Don’t get overwhelmed by ALL THAT YOU HAVE TO DO, but ask yourself “what one small thing I can do to move forward?” It’s a mental game, I know, but it works. When you wake up not feeling like doing anything, deciding on one small thing to do is much easier than thinking about the full laundry list of things that MUST GET DONE. I don’t know about you, but I can muster up the energy to tackle one small baby step and before I know it, I am ready for another.

Think about how you will feel when you have finished your small steps or goal. This week I needed to get back to training for a big bike ride I have in September. The last thing I felt like doing was getting out to ride. I had to intentionally stop all of the thoughts that kept reminding me of how tired I was and how I really didn’t feel like riding. I had to fill my mind with thoughts of how good I would feel when I had accomplished my goal for that day. Thoughts of being tired can make us more tired. Thoughts of accomplishment can give us a little boost, and it worked!

If you are tired and unmotivated this week, love yourself, get some rest, take things one at a time and think good thoughts. You got this!

Encourage a friend this week:

If you know someone who needs a reminder to take care of themselves, rest and take baby steps, touch base with them and encourage them to do so.

Life is so much better when we live it together and encourage each other.

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