Ann Arbor Women's Workshop Series :: March 2017 | Ann Arbor Detroit Metro Professional Home Organizer
Last November I reached a point of desperation. Although I wanted to make my health a priority, I just couldn’t get it together. So I did a bit of research and reached out to a health coach in my area for help. And what I was found was both motivation and a like-minded friend.
After my initial consultation with Liza, I felt heard, empowered and motivated to start making more time for myself. I quickly realized that though our businesses are different, our approaches are similar and our values alike.
Liza patiently listened as I brought her into my weekly routine goals and high hopes for consistent grocery shopping, meal prepping, and exercising. I even got to the point of putting these things on my calendar but still wouldn't follow through with the appointments with myself.
After a few minutes she paused and asked me ever-so-gently, “are you cancellable?” I stopped and thought for a moment. If I wouldn’t cancel on a client, why would I cancel on myself?
I recognized then and there that it was a matter of valuing myself, loving myself, and caring for myself. I was quick to care for others' needs and dreams, but was lagging behind on my own. If caring for myself doesn't show up on my calendar, I'm kidding myself. That can be in the form of home upkeep, health choices, social life or more. In the effort to grow my business and increase in areas that are fun & exciting to me, I had lost some basic priorities along the way and needed that nudge to remember how valuable I am, too. Valuable enough that I will show up for myself!
Through my relationship with Liza, I’ve started practicing taking care of myself in new ways, and I realized many of our clients wrestle with this same struggle. In an attempt to get our jobs done, our to-do lists checked off and our people taken care of, oftentimes we neglect ourselves. This can lead to a martyrdom mentality, in which we become so focused on what we’re doing for others that we ignore ourselves. This is both dangerous and unhealthy.
I’ve found the more I take care of myself, the more I have to give (and that’s ultimately what I want to be about). Taking care of your physical body and home helps create space to better serve those around us. Oftentimes we must begin by stepping back to identify where we want to go, or in other words, our end goal.
Next weekend will begin what we are calling the Month of Margin. I’m co-hosting a three-part workshop series with health coach, Liza Baker and this is precisely where we will begin. Our hope is to facilitate honest conversations to empower each other to take care of our homes and our bodies. Through our community coaching approach, we will help you identify how you feel now and how you want to feel tomorrow.
After identifying our long term goals, we will spend our time working through three steps - declutter, organize, and increase productivity. In the end, whatever system you have in place to facilitate productivity in your home and health should exist to serve you, not the other way around. Our goal is to equip you with the knowledge and tools necessary to create a plan (and schedule) that works best for you.
For more information, visit the event page on Liza’s website and don’t be afraid to reach out with questions or comments. Participants can enroll in one, two or three workshops, although those who attend all three will be entered to win a grand prize. Think makeover - for your kitchen, your meal plan, and your life.
I hope you will consider joining us next month as we journey together toward a healthy body and home.