Category: Define & Protect My Roles

5 tips to keep control of your holiday schedule

Snow is falling and the air is crisp. The sound of Christmas music already rings through department stores. Ready or not, the holiday season is underway. And if you have not already experienced a boost in activity, life is about to get very busy. We can let the busyness of the holidays rule us or we can remain in control of our schedule and create a season full of memories and purposeful activities. Here are five steps we can take to remain in control of our schedules during the holidays and avoid stress and Christmas chaos. 1. Make a...

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Why you are looking for life balance in the wrong place

Wish you could find a balance between life, work and family? You are not alone. Moms everywhere tell me they crave that balance too. JaLesha Olson,a mother of three boys, describes the lack of balance as a feeling of guilt and being overwhelmed: “Whatever it is I have been neglecting or avoiding is always at the back of my mind. I start to feel inadequate, like I can’t do it all or get it all done.” Often when we imagine a balanced life, we think everything will be equal and transitions from one activity to another will be smooth, as if...

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Free yourself by mastering the art of Defining Your Roles

My yellow daffodils are finally blooming. I’ll take it as a sign the long, cold winter is drawing to an end and spring is finally here. But with the breath of the new season comes additional activities and responsibilities that seemed to hibernate during the winter months. Our family calendar just went from empty to bursting at the seams. All of a sudden we have soccer games, work events, conferences, meetings, doctor appointments and play dates. The bustle of activity is a welcome change, but as the calendar starts to fill up, we feel overwhelmed. And overcoming that sense...

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Empower Yourself to Say NO Respectfully with this Formula

I heard Christmas music in a department store today and realized the holiday season is already upon us — ready or not. The holidays can bring increased family time and wonderful memories, but they can also increase your stress level as your calendar fills up with concerts and parties and holiday obligations.   Why say no According to the Mayo Clinic, “stress relief can be as straightforward as just saying no … saying yes isn’t healthy. When you’re overcommitted and under too much stress, you’re more likely to feel run-down and possibly get sick.” We’ve talked before about how to handle...

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Scaling Back The Over-scheduled Mom

This is an excerpt from the MOMentity article published yesterday in Motherhood Matters on KSL.com. Somewhere along the line of mothering past and mothering present, we mothers decided we can do it all. We simultaneously focus on family responsibilities, work obligations and community service. We can locate every lost backpack, kiss away each owie, and answer four questions at once — all while taking mental note of the items missing from the pantry. We strap our children into their car seats and booster seats and drive them from ballet to soccer to piano. We volunteer in the classroom, manage a...

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