Category Archives for "What’s Most Important"

Mar 12

Does Something Deserve More Attention?

By Jen Regan | What's Most Important

There are so many great things that deserve our focus. Our loved ones, our health, growing and learning, our finances, etc. There are also a number of “good” things that need our attention, as well. Many times the “good” things get more attention than the GREAT things because the great things take effort and devotion. Spending time on the GREAT things gives us long term results and not always a short term boost of happiness. Do you want the BEST things to get your focus today? Let’s look at one way we can do that.

Intentionality

The GREAT and BEST things in life don’t just happen.

  • Our muscles don’t stay strong when we don’t do something...move and exercise.
  • Our relationships don’t thrive when we don’t do something...take an interest in others.
  • Our finances don’t grow when we don’t do something... save and invest.

These are just a few examples from our everyday life. There is nothing here we do not already know. Why is it that these, and other important areas of our lives, fall to the wayside so easily?

First, I think it feels good to be busy. When we are busy in life, we feel like we are contributing, we feel like we are accomplishing, and we feel like we are needed. The good feeling we get from being busy encourages us to say “yes” to a lot of things and our calendars fill up with a lot of “good” things.

Second, being intentional in the BEST and GREAT areas of our lives requires time to think, time to plan, time to invest and don’t always give us instant gratification. 

When we look at these two things together, we see that our calendars fill up with “good” things. We find that we no longer have time to think about the most important areas of our lives. We don’t have time to create a plan to improve the GREAT areas of our lives. We don’t have time to be intentional and therefore the most important areas in life do not get the investment needed to keep them in a thriving state.

Small Steps To Start On Today:

Do you have any areas in your life today that need your investment to move towards a healthier place? What is that area for you today?

Do you have time to invest in that area of your life? Time to think, plan and execute?  

If you do not feel like you do, can you identify another area in your life that is less vital and cut back the time you spend on it? What is the area you can cut back on and how do you plan on doing that?

Being intentional means being deliberate. Being deliberate requires time to think. When can you take time to think and be deliberate to move forward on the area you have identified?

Being deliberate requires a plan. If you let the flow of life direct your day, you will not end up where you want to be. When can you take time to create a plan to move forward?

Being deliberate requires action! What reminders can you set up to make sure you stay focused and not pulled off course? Write out your plan on your calendar so that it gets your priority. When other things come up, you can see that your time is already scheduled for your BEST and GREAT area. How do you plan to make things happen?

If any of this makes you feel overwhelmed or stressed, step back and take one step at a time. But be sure to keep your BEST/GREAT desire at the forefront so that you continue to move in the right direction. We have so many things in our lives that can pull us off course.

Don’t wait for perfection, otherwise you will be waiting a long time, if not forever. There is an individual I know who has wanted to accomplish one big project for years now. They have it set in their mind that it must be done one perfect way...but they never have the time and energy to make that perfect way happen. I am learning that we have to be open to new and less perfect ways of doing things in life in order to move forward. Perfection can be a barrier.

I believe with everything in me that we want the BEST areas of our lives to be GREAT! Let’s work today on adding some intentionality into our lives and see those BEST areas move forward in the way we want them to.

My Daily Walk With Jesus: Growing my relationship with God is one of my BEST areas in life. I take time to think about it often. I have a plan that I work to implement every day, and I make changes as I feel God directing me. I am far from perfect, but thankfully, God does not require perfection or we would all be in trouble. He just wants a relationship. That, I can do!

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Mar 04

Where do we go from here?

By Jen Regan | What's Most Important

Compared to a year ago, our daily routines have changed quite a bit. Our running around, out and about, has surely been impacted and our time at home looks a lot different. We tend to think about the negative changes, but our lives have been altered for the better in many ways, too. Our time at home has allowed for focus on our families. But just as quickly as life has changed in the past, our focus can change as well. What do we need to do to keep our focus where we want it to be?

To stay focused on what is most important to us...

Those areas will require our effort. Think of the times when you completely zone out. You gaze off into some far off place and your mind and body shuts down for a few seconds. Zoning out does not require any effort. Pulling yourselves back to life and whatever needs your attention, requires effort. It may require pulling ourselves off the couch to exercise or putting down our phone to listen to the details of your child’s day. The effort will feel hard at times, but it is worth every ounce of it. What area of your life could use some extra effort today?

Those areas must get our time. It is almost impossible to think about other people, plan out how we can help them and implement that plan if we do not have time set aside to do so. The time I am referring to is often called “margin”. Think of your life as a sheet of paper with everything that you are involved in listed on that sheet of paper. The margin is the “white space” that is left over. If we do not have any “white space” left on our paper and in our lives, there will be little to no time left to focus. You may be running around getting a lot done, but are you getting the BEST things done? You know the feeling. When we run around crazy busy, we feel as though it is hard to focus on anything well. As life transitions once again, with the administration of vaccines, we will have choices to make with regards to our time. How will you choose to spend your time?

We must be intentional. There are more and more distractions trying to lure us in every moment of every day. Intentionality requires thinking, planning and implementing. The good things in life just don’t happen on their own. We have to be intentional about removing distractions and intentional about making great things happen in the areas that are most important to us. What area of your life could use more intentionality today?

We must be willing to say “no” to the other stuff. We have more opportunities than ever before and many of them are really good opportunities. But remember, whenever we say “yes” to one thing, we in turn say “no” to something else. We only have so much time in the day. When I say “yes” to my game on my iPad (which is not bad in and of itself), I am saying “no” to conversation with my husband, John. What do you need to say “yes” to today? Does that mean you have to say “no” to something else less vital?

When our life is threatened, it seems to give us a fresh perspective… a clearer focus. We have all had to face a life threatening pandemic this past year. John almost lost his life when a blood clot formed in his heart and caused a heart attack. I can also list four people within John and my immediate circle of family and friends who have been diagnosed with Breast Cancer this past year. It is during these times when all of the “other stuff” of life does not seem to matter as much and the most important things come into focus.

Life is starting to transition back to what we used to define as normal. I want to ask you, what do you want your “normal” to be as you move forward? What good things came out of spending more time at home? What do you want to stay focused on? What do you need to do today to ensure it happens?

Whatever you decide, it is within your control to make it happen! I think our future looks brighter than ever!

My Daily Walk With Jesus: I have been challenged this past year to focus more on God and His plan and focus less on me and my plan. This has required saying “yes” in the areas that God is leading me and “no” to everything I want right now. It has required my time, effort and intentionality, and it has been worth it. I have experienced God’s love like no other time in my life and have learned a great deal. God loves us and loves our families. He wants us to love Him first and then to love those around us. He has given us the responsibility to love and care for our spouse and children first and foremost. Life is not always easy, but we are loved and things are never out of God’s control. 

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Jul 30

Home Is Where Your Heart Is

By Jen Regan | What's Most Important

Your home is a wonderful place to be, but even with the most positive mindset, your four walls can feel like they are crowding in on you at times. Home is where the good stuff happens in life. You spend time with those you love, you share conversations, meals, fun times and disappointments. Home is the heart of your life and the lives of those you love. How can you make it a place you love to live...day in and day out?

I love my home. It is not the grandest, nor the smallest, it is just right for John and I. Over the past year I have spent a lot of time at home working through medical issues, healing my body and most recently, prioritizing my husband’s life and health. When I spend time at home, my priorities become aligned. I am reminded of what is most important to me.

Yet, it feels hard to stay at home sometimes.

I find I get a little stir crazy when I hear about and see others going on vacations, attending parties, and coming and going all day long, when that is not my reality. I find myself comparing my life at home with theirs. I was told once that comparison either makes you arrogant or depressed. Well, comparing my life at home with other’s lives can bring me down.

One way to love our life at home more, is to not allow ourselves to compare our lives with others.

I find I become more peaceful at home when I focus on what I do have, my numerous blessings. I have time for healthy eating, exercise, time with those I love, and work I care about. 

Once I focus my attention on what I do have, it feels pretty good.

I find I love my space more when I make it my own. I love a clutter free, organized space. When my home reflects that, I enjoy spending time there. When it is filled with stuff and in disarray, I feel bogged down and unsettled.

What is one way you can make your home reflect who you are? What changes can be made for those you love to feel more connected with their space?

What baby steps can you take today and this week to find more peace and contentment with your life at home? I have to work on not comparing myself with others.

Spending time at home is a wonderful thing, but like many wonderful things, it takes some effort to find peace and contentment. Let’s move towards feeling good at home one day at a time.

My Daily Walk With Jesus: One more benefit of spending time at home is having distraction free time with God. I am thankful for the time I set aside for God in the mornings. But I am equally appreciative of the calming voice I hear all day long as God directs me in my day. I have a much harder time hearing His voice when I am out and about. Home is where the heart is!

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Jun 25

Do You Have A Plan For You And Your Family’s BEST?

By Jen Regan | What's Most Important

Many families are headed out on the road this summer to have some fun and step away from our unusual life over the past few months. If you are traveling any distance at all, you will more than likely use a roadmap of some kind. Probably one that is built into your phone. Road maps are important, not only to tell us when it’s time to take action, like get off at an exit, but they are just as useful in telling us to stay on the current course. There is nothing more annoying than our phones repeatedly telling us to turn when we know it isn't time to turn. Each day of our lives can be filled with those same annoyances and stresses if we do not know what we want  for our own lives and the lives of our loved ones. If you don’t have a roadmap, now’s a great time to create one.

We focus back on what matters most when we face turbulent times and uncertainty. I think, now more than ever, we know what, and who, is most important to us.

Once we know what matters most, how do we ensure that those people and things get the time and attention they deserve? After all, you can tell what is most important to us by looking at our calendar. What fills our time?

When you know what is most important, it is time to decide what you want and need for yourself and for your loved ones, on an ongoing basis, in order to truly live your BEST. 

Take some time to think about that and start to write your thoughts down. It will be the beginning of your roadmap.

Once you know what is wanted and needed, knowing what to say “yes” to in life becomes clearer. Say “yes” to the things that promote great health in all areas of your life. Saying “yes” to things such as healthy relationships, physical health, spiritual health, and even financial health.

Your roadmap will also help you know what to say “no” to. We all have an itch for life to get back to the way it used to be, but was that life all that it was cracked up to be? Many lives were filled with running from activity to activity, never having time for a meaningful conversation and dinner together at home.

We all want to fit in and we all want to give those we love everything they want, but those things are not always the BEST.

As a child, I was on the swim team at the local pool during my summers off of school. I did pretty well, but I was always out swam by the other year around swimmers. I begged my  parents to allow me to be a part of the nearby year around team, but they said no. My parents had financial goals and my desire to win a swim race (which was all I really wanted) did not warrant spending the money. In addition, my mom would have had to drive me 30 minutes each way plus stick around for my swim practice and meets. Spending time in this way was not a priority for my parents and my family. My parents said “no” to year around swimming for me, but said yes to dinners together, family time, unrushed homework time, a slower pace and healthier finances.

When we say “yes” to something, we are in turn saying “no” to something else. Let’s say “yes” to the right things!

What/who is most important to you?

What is the BEST for you and them?

What are you going to say “yes” to and what are you going to say “no” to?

You have the control and power to make these important decisions. We have seen, through the past few months, that great things are possible at home.

My Daily Walk With Jesus: I’m not going to lie, I have been struggling with the “non eventful” life I am living right now. I crave excitement, but that is not life right now. That is not my BEST life right now. I want things, but the timing is just not right at the moment. I am trying to find contentment in my everyday life and tasks. After all, life really is good.

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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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Jan 30

How To Stay Focused On What’s Most Important In 2020

By Jen Regan | What's Most Important

My Online Life Planning Course is up and running on my website! I am so excited about this because Life Planning has been one thing that has kept me focused in the midst of life’s challenges. Isn't it hard to stay focused sometimes when life gets messy? Life wants to pull us in many different directions and having a Life Plan can keep us focused as we persevere through and out the other side of challenging times.

My life has been focused on a lot of “good” things in the past. In fact, probably too many good things. My time was filled with so many “good” things that I was missing out on some of the BEST things. My Life Plan made me ask myself the hard questions about what is truly most important to me in life. Then I had to ask an even harder questions, “Am I spending my time on the BEST things?” For many years, I have to admit, I was not. Creating my life plan opened my eyes to all of this and set me on a course to spend my time and energy on the BEST things. I want the same for you!

At first I had so many things to change, it was overwhelming. That is when I learned that taking small manageable baby steps was the key to my success. No matter how busy life was, I could fit in a few small baby steps that would help me focus on the BEST things. It was a process, but now I can look back over the years and see how far I have come. You can make the same progress, you just need to get started and move forward step by step.

Life has not turned out 100% as I had planned, but I do have a constant picture of the future that I work towards. I keep that picture in my mind no matter what twist or turn life sends me. There have been times when I had to take baby steps, like my friend Connie would say, “as small as a gnat’s a%$, but I could still say I was moving forward in the way that was right for me.

My Life Planning Course will have you looking back on the life you have lived thus far. There is a lot of good stuff to learn from our past. It has you look forward into the future and think about what you want that to look like. It then walks you through creating a plan to move you forward in filling the gap between here and there and gets you moving in the right direction.

If you have never gone through the Life Planning process, I encourage you to prioritize it sometime in 2020. It has the potential to set you off in a great direction for your future.

I am making my Life Planning Course available all of the time. It is there on my website ready for you when you are ready to jump in. Once you sign up, I give you 6 MONTHS access to the course, so you can work at your own pace and go back to review the materials at your leisure. I have provided a link at the end of the post to my Resource Shop if you feel now is the right time to get started!

Living Life Together: Is there a dear friend that would like to go through the Life Planning Course along with you? I have had a number of groups go through it together and doing it together is priceless. 

You live a busy life, wouldn’t it be great to know that you are busy on the BEST things in life? That is what I want for you as well.

Here’s to living our BEST, giving our BEST and invest in being our BEST!

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Jan 09

What Do You Want MOST?

By Jen Regan | What's Most Important

Every Thursday I head up to our local rec center with a friend for a lunchtime spin class. I tend to get there about fifteen minutes early, so I head up to the elevated track to walk some laps. As I walk and get warmed up I can’t help but read a quote that is strategically placed on the wall just as I round a corner. The quote digs past my surface feelings and hits my heart and soul every time I read it.

“Discipline is choosing between what you want NOW and what you want MOST.”

What I want now is a scrumptious mocha from Starbucks with a slice of their lemon pound cake! What I really want now is to go home and take a nap instead of going to my spin class. What I really want now is to forget that looming deadline and go get a mani pedi.

As you know, there is nothing inherently wrong with any of the things listed above. The real question is, “Will the things we want NOW keep us from obtaining what we want MOST?”

As I was preparing to write this blog post, I asked myself, “What do I want MOST?” The first thing that came to mind was “I want my husband and I to be happy.” My husband and I do not have kids, but if we did, they would be included in that statement. This prompted another question. “What does John and I need to be happy?” As I thought about this question I started to fill a piece of paper with the answers.

I wrote things like:

  • I want John and I to have a great relationship, now and in the future.

  • I want to follow God’s will for my life each day, now and in the future.

  • I want my body to be healthy, now and in the future.

  • I want great relationships and family and friends, now and in the future.

  • I want a safe, comfortable home, now and in the future.

In other words, I want my cake and eat it, too. I want great things NOW and MOST. 

I guess the question comes down to “What are the really great things in life?” 

Is it having the mocha and pound cake at Starbucks, or is it controlling your blood sugar, maintaining a healthy weight, and pinching pennies for the new car you will need soon? Some days it could be Starbucks, but most days, maybe not.

If you had to answer the question “What are the really great things in life?” how would you answer it? What would fill your page?

I want each of us to live a great life NOW and in the future, but in order to have both we have to go after the really great things in life. The things that matter MOST!

One of the greatest ways you could spend your time during these colder days of January is to sit down and ask yourself the questions “What are the really great things in life for me?” Fill up a page with your thoughts. Then ask yourself if there is anything you are doing right now that might be heading you in the wrong direction or holding you back from that great life? Stay in the NO STRESS ZONE and think about small manageable baby steps you can take to start heading towards the great life you want to live.

Living Life Together: Encourage a friend to go through the above exercise as well. Spend some time talking things through together. Support each other, encourage each other, lament your struggles together and laugh together. We all have room to grow and improve. It is so much nicer to do it with a friend!

Here’s to living a great life now and in the future, focusing on the best things in life!

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Oct 24

Wow, That Sounds HARD!

By Jen Regan | What's Most Important

Recently I heard Dr. Tim Elmore speak. He talked about many things that are great in our world today, but also shared some unintended consequences to some of them. Two weeks ago I share the first one, how our world is very fast paced today. The unintended consequence is that sometimes we start to think that “slow” is a bad thing. This week I want to touch on another great thing about our world which is how everything we need is very convenient. Convenience is AWESOME, but it can create an unintended consequence.

Sometimes, before we know it, we get so used to things being convenient and easy that we can accidentally slip into seeing anything that is “hard” as a bad thing.

There are so many areas in my life where I don’t want things to be hard. It was hard to pick just one to use as an example. A HUGE areas that I LOVE convenience is with my food. The food industry has made EVERYTHING convenient. We have yogurt in “to go” packages, every kind of protein or snack bar, breakfast, lunch and dinner that can be zapped in the microwave. Even our fruit is already sliced for us and given to us in individual sized packages. These things are great for a fast paced world, right?

Now let’s look at food on the flip side, preparing and eating food that requires cutting, measuring, mixing, simmering, and more than five ingredients. I have always enjoyed baking, but cooking, not so much. If a recipe has more than five ingredients, I get lost and give up. IT’S HARD. It’s not convenient! But what is truly right? Convenience is not bad in and of itself, but more and more research is coming out that pre-packaged food with lots of preservatives may not be the healthiest for us. The term “clean food” is talked about more and more, but “clean” food is not always convenient food. 

Our world promotes speed and convenience, but the benefit of slow and hard might look like:

  • A family sitting down for a healthy dinner together. (That sounds hard!) Having conversations about what is on each of their minds. (That sounds nice!)

  • Asking everyone to leave their screen of choice at home (That is hard!) and head out on a hike or an adventure of choice. (That sounds nice!)

  • Turning off the TV and peel yourself off the couch (That’s hard after a long day of work) and stay strong through exercise. (This will keep you strong and healthy for the long term, which is nice!) Wow, I have been struggling with this one lately!

Our world is an amazing place to live, but slowing things down and embracing some good things, even though they are hard, will make life better in the long run.

Does this sound overwhelming? Just remember, you and I can’t do everything. We have to pick and choose the things that are the BEST for us and those we care about. 

Are you going to embrace some slow in the midst of the fast pace? Are you going to plan out something hard, knowing the long term benefits of it? I have found both to be well worth it.

Let's Do It Together!  Following through on things that are HARD is not easy. Whatever you try to tackle, share your plans with a friend. Help and encourage each other through the process.

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Jul 25

How Constant Distractions Mess With Your Mojo, And What You Can Do About It

By Jen Regan | Keep It Simple , What's Most Important

Have you ever had a day where you were constantly interrupted? Just as you were getting going on something important, someone or something popped up to pull you away from it? You just got some good mojo going and KAPOW! You get pulled off course.

I have known for a long time that I do not work well with distractions. I worked for a not-for-profit where we utilized volunteers in as many roles as we could to get the most accomplished. One of the HUGE blessings we had was a number of retired ladies who would come in and answer the phones for us. Having them remove the constant interruption of the phone ringing allowed me to dive in a get a lot of work done.

Just recently I started to notice myself easily distracted again, and because of it, not staying focused on my work. The culprit was the phone again, but instead of phone calls breaking my concentration, it was my need to constantly check to see if someone messaged me to “liked” my post.

About the same time, I came across a book that sounded intriguing. It is called Digital Minimalism, Choose a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport. I love the concept of minimalism in my life, and I loved the definition he gave in the description of the book. “Minimalism is the art of knowing how much is just enough.” I love that definition because it means we each decide what works best and what amount of anything we want in our lives. How much is just enough for you?

In the book, Cal walks the reader through a process of figuring out what amount is just enough, but then challenges them to remove the rest. He suggests going on a 30 days “digital diet” (my description) to see what you are fine living without and what you might like to add back in.

After just a few weeks on my digital diet, I have been blown away by the results. 

  • First, I have been more relaxed than I have been in a long time.

  • Second, I have gotten to the point where I started to feel bored, but then an amazing thing happened. I looked around at all of the things I always wanted to get done but never have time, and I started to work on them.

  • Third, I have been able to accomplish some amazing things at work, things that I have been dreaming about doing for years. 

There are so many VERY IMPORTANT people and areas of our lives that deserve so much of our focus. In our busy lives, it is hard to find time for all of them. We ask ourselves, how can I fit it all in? How can I take care of others, my job, my home and my own health? It is hard to fit it all in. 

One of the solutions is to always look at the non-essentials that we can remove to fit in the essentials. My eyes were opened by my experiment with cutting back on my phone checking.

If you are asking yourself “how can I find more time to focus on what is most important to me?” I highly recommend Digital Minimalism, Choose a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport. I do not get any kickbacks for recommending this book. He has simply made me a believer that minimalism works just as well for my smartphone as it does in the rest of my life.

Here’s to living an AMAZING life FOCUSED on all that is important to you!

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Live Your Life On Track - Module 3

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Work At Your Own Pace Online Course

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.

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  • This online course contains 4 time released Lessons, one published each Thursday, on the first four Thursday of August 2019. (1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd)
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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 JenRegan.info starting July 24, 2019!

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