We’re at a unique and unprecedented time in history. And my observation is that it’s challenging all of us to slow down a bit and hit the pause button as we re-examine our life and career direction.
One of the things that I most enjoy about my job is the opportunity to travel around the world and speak at conferences/workshops to men and women of all ages about the topic of life balance.
One of the questions I often get (after I answer “what is it?” and “how do I find it?”) is why is this topic so huge right now? Pick up any national publication—from Fast Company to Real Simple-- and you’ll find frequent references to balance.
I believe the convergence of six factors have brought this issue to the forefront, including:
· 9/11 and other acts of terrorism—how people view life/work/family time changed forever after this tragedy
· 68% of all families are now dual-income
· parenting our parents and the sandwich generation (caring for your parents and your kids)
· a volatile and uncertain economic and employment climate
· digital overload: we've become a 24/7 culture, it’s difficult to “unplug”
· globalization: working at “off hours” and living farther from family support
(Read more here about my strategies/insights for enhancing life balance from the inside-out.)
I share this perspective, not to elicit stress, but to encourage you to be gentle with yourself and realize how much is going on right now for all of us--collectively and individually.
Your July Self-Care Challenge: One of the most powerful ways to nurture yourself and help you feel more grounded is to get clear on what your self-care “non-negotiables” are. For some, it may be in the physical realm—8 hours of sleep a night, running three times a week, only eating out once a week—and for others it may be in the emotional or spiritual area— meditation/prayer every morning, a date with your partner every two weeks, scheduled time for play this summer, journaling before you go to bed at night or a weekly painting class. This month I challenge you to pause. Notice what things consistently fuel and replenish you. And then carve out some time to share your top three self-care non-negotiables with someone close to you.Or, email us, we’d love to hear what feeds you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE Personal Renewal Group (PRG) Self-Care Teleclass: Would you like some support in coming up with your top three self-care non-negotiables and are you interested in being in a community with others who want to focus on reconnecting with who they are? Listen to this recent PRG Sampler Class that I led for women around the world and join us in September (date TBA) for our FREE monthly class via telephone. Sign up here to register.
Take good care--Renee
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- July 23: 6:00 - 8:30 pm, Finding Your "Career Mojo": A Workshop for Professionals in Career Transition (Austin, TX) Empowering, supportive, resource-packed and led by national career/life-balance expert Renee Trudeau. Strategically map out your next steps, gain clarity and focus and find work that is a “fit” for you. Register by July 10th and receive a DIY Job Search Toolkit (a $99 value). Click here for more details.
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