ENewsletter: May 24, 2012

 Renee Trudeau & Associates

Dear Friend:

What is your intention for this summer?

Do you plan to slow down and enjoy expanses of unscheduled time with your family? Is there a work or creative project you want to complete by the end of August? Do you want to reconnect with those you love and start living more in the present? Maybe you’re exhausted and need to pull out your calendar and schedule periods for rest and renewal? Or, perhaps you’re looking forward to the summer months as an opportunity to try something new or reflect on any course corrections you need to make before fall?

If you’ve ever had the experience of waking up on Labor Day and realizing your summer was not quite what you had envisioned, you know how key it is to enter this season with intention.

One of the most popular tools from my first book, The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-Balance Your Life (click here to read two sample chapters) is the Nine Ways to Say No list from Chapter Four on Managing Your Energy, Setting Priorities and Saying No.

We have a finite amount of energy.

In addition to being overscheduled and overworked, most of us waste a lot of energy through endless hours in front of the TV, lost in cyberspace or engaging in unnecessary conversations. One highly effective way to harness your attention and energy so you can focus on what really matters, is to say “no” to those things that are non-essential and to the “shoulds.”

It’s like exercising---the more you practice saying no, the stronger you become. Here’s some helpful language from my book to support you in this new skill:

Nine Creative Ways to Say No

  1. Just No: “Thanks, I’ll have to pass on that.” (Say it, then shut up.)

  2. The Gracious No: “I really appreciate you asking me, but my time is already committed.”

  3. The “I’m Sorry” No: “I wish I could, but it’s just not going to work right now.”

  4. The “It’s Someone Else’s Decision” No: “I promised my coach (therapist, etc.) I wouldn’t take on any more projects right now. I’m working on creating more balance in my life.”

  5. The “My Family is the Reason” No: “Thanks so much for the invite, but that’s the day of my son’s soccer game, and I never miss those.”

  6. The “I Know Someone Else” No: “I just don’t have time right now. Let me recommend someone who may be able to help you.”

  7. The “I’m Already Booked” No: “I appreciate you thinking of me, but I’m afraid I’m already booked that day.”

  8. The “Setting Boundaries” No: “Let me tell you what I can do …” Then limit the commitment to what will be comfortable for you.

  9. The “Not No, But Not Yes” No: “Let me think about it, and I’ll get back to you.”

(This list is adapted in part from Work Less, Make More—Stop Working So Hard and Create the Life You Really Want, by Jennifer White.)

The next time you are considering a new work, family or volunteer project or commitment, remember that while important, it will take away time and valuable energy from that which matters most. Pause, reflect on how you really want to experience the next three months and ask yourself what you need to release so you can begin to move back into the driver’s seat and reclaim your life.

I would love to hear your intentions for this summer and encourage you to find some quiet time this weekend (or perhaps consider taking a retreat) to reflect on what you really want to experience over the coming months. Please share your intentions on our Live Inside Out Facebook community!

This summer, I’ll be working on finishing up my new book Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Experience Peace in Everyday Life (New World Library, March 2013) in June and then going on some adventures with my ten-year-old son in July. I can’t wait!

Please let us know how we can support you; view our services here. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Warmly—Renee and the RTA Team (Sara, Sarina, Angela, Brooke and JaneMarie)  info@reneetrudeau.com  512-459-6700

P.S. Did you meet Nora, the winner of our $2700 Year-of-Self-Care Retreat Giveaway? Make sure and visit The Journey to hear her story and read highlights from the more than 350 women that shared responses to “What does self-care mean to me.” We loved this community event—thanks to all who participated!

Upcoming Events and Training:

  • May 1-31 Personal Renewal Group Online Facilitator Membership Are you a therapist, coach, parent or birth educator, leadership consultant or women's empowerment advocate who loves supporting women and helping them nurture their emotional well-being? Join an international community and facilitate self-renewal groups/retreats for women based on the award-winning The Mother's Guide to Self-Renewal. Learn more. Or, click here to find a Personal Renewal Group in your area. Spring special! Enter 50 OFF in the coupon code field to receive $50 in savings through 5/31/12.
  • May 1-31  DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN NOW: Live Inside Out Teleclasses. Listen in the comfort of your home or office to Renee’s recent Life Balance Teleclasses. Download these inspiring, interactive calls; themes include: The Power of Self-Care, Owning Your Personal Power and Staying Connected to Your Partner. Free for a limited time.

  • June 8 Friday 9:00-1:00 p.m. Envision, Align, Expand: Empowered Entrepreneur Small Business Retreat with Renee Trudeau. Casa de Artistas, Austin, TX. Take some time for reflection and to pause, pull back and plan before you leap! Gain clarity and focus on how/where to direct your energy, explore how to leverage your brilliance and diversify revenue streams. Enjoy guided support and leave inspired, focused and ready to move into your business, confident and clear. Led by small business coach, entrepreneur and author Renee Trudeau at a small, quiet, private retreat center in Austin. Details/register. This fills quickly, so register today!

  • June 22-24 Friday-Sunday, A New Way of Being: Women's Self-Renewal Retreat, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, The Berkshires, MA. Tap into the transformative power of self-care to nourish your body, heart and soul. Learn to integrate self-renewal strategies into your daily life, slow down and access your Wise Self and step into a New Way of Being. Led by nationally-recognized career/life balance expert, Renee Trudeau at beautiful Kripalu. Ideal for women in career/life transition. Details here. Complete packages start at $795.

  • New Way of Being™: Let Go, Embrace Flow and Love Your Life A national telecourse for men and women led by Renee Trudeau. Are you done with overwork, overwhelm and ready to discard your old habitual ways of working and being? Would you like to de-clutter, simplify, learn to leverage the power of self-care and step into a more spacious, free work/life flow? Join Renee as she supports, guides and coaches you into a new way of being and helps you access greater peace and harmony in your everyday life. REGISTER HERE (Class downloads/materials will be sent to you via email).

  • I CHOOSE LOVE Global PSA You’re invited and encouragedto take part in the I CHOOSE LOVE global Public Service Announcement. Learn more about how to get involved in this free, grassroots initiative and why choosing love over fear could radically transform your life! Learn more.

  • Private Customized Retreats: Renee is masterful at creating/facilitating empowering half, full day or weekend workshops or retreats for companies, organizations and groups. You can learn more about private retreats here or about her speaking/workshop topics, here. Email Sara Bogan, events manager at sara@reneetrudeau.com or call 512-459-6700 to check Renee’s availability.

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