Spinning Head, Spinning Plates…

Greetings again.

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I keep working toward more consistent posting here. But it’s been tough. Maybe you can relate? I frequently find myself pulled in so many different directions; it’s hard to stay on target. It can feel like my head is spinning.

I think it’s mostly about balance, but we can lose track… and, if we lose balance, everything can crash. Self-care is an essential part of this balancing act we call Life.

For the past few months, I’ve pushed myself hard. Work–writing and editing for clients AND my own writing projects, learning new business applications, admin stuff, travel, work-retreats, reclaiming my office from disarray, trying to keep up with the household chores, and oh, yea–taking care of myself

Have you heard about this awful strain of flu that’s been going around this winter? Maybe you or a family member or friend has dealt with it? It’s bad, right? Take care of yourselves out there. 

Just in this last week of January 2018, at last–I’m recovering from the nasty, relentless flu-bug. Ugh! It seems mine ran a similar course, as many folks I’ve heard about. I battled it for three weeks. Now the realization dawns on me, I unwittingly let myself get run-down. Not getting enough quality rest, ultimately put me behind for a bit. It cost me the time I could have been editing, writing or cleaning my office. I lost sight of balance. My advice: Don’t lose sight of balance in your life.

Among my many business tasks of late–I’m learning things like MailChimp, how to build my list, and using LeadPages–but it can be confusing. I’m not sure yet how to bring them together, or how best to utilize them for my business. Have you experienced this–trying to figure it out and not knowing if you’re doing it right? There’s a lot to take in, right? Head-spinning, I tell you. I’ve also learned it’s Ok to ask for help. Again–balance! And I have a clever friend…  Continue reading “Spinning Head, Spinning Plates…”

Still Here…

Hi,

I’m still here. Things have been super busy. Today, I’m sharpening a presentation I’ll be giving at an upcoming retreat, polishing a potential handout for talks, packing to drive to the retreat, prepping for an afternoon client, tackling a mile-long “to-do before you go” list, and decided to do a quick update for you. I’ll post more after I return.

We just returned from a lovely vacation, although the travel back pushed the toxic overload I deal with–kind of over the edge. But I’m recovering. It’s merely taking a bit longer than I’d like. It’s reminding me of the importance of self-care and rest. Sometimes pushing harder isn’t the answer. Sometimes a little more rest is what will put you ahead.

I’ve added a couple of affiliate links (see the sidebar on the blog and the footer of all the pages). I highly recommend the writing software, “Scrivener.” It’s writing software made by writers FOR writers. It has a terrific trial period that only ticks away on the days you actually use it. Then it’s a modest little, one-time investment.

I’ll pop out of here now and go tackle more of my to-do list and get it “to-done!” Thanks for stopping in. More stuff later.
Be Well,
~Paula

New Pro Photos

I went to Tucson, for my business mastermind retreat. I know– what am I? Crazy? Tucson. . . Arizona? In July? But there was an incredible bonus for attending this one– a professional photo shoot! Natalie hired professional photographer, Eric Auffhammer, of Eternity Fine Portraits. He did a terrific job for all of us. I’m very happy with the ones I chose out of the many he took. It was hard to pick! 

If you’re in the Tucson, AZ area and you need professional photos done, he is the photographer you want. Heck, I believe he sometimes travels other places to do jobs. Contact him and find out. 

Anyway, I drove to Tucson. It was a nice road trip. I learned a ton of great stuff during our daily classes, got new professional photos done, and came home wiser. I made some massive forward movement after returning home.

Oh– and there was another great bonus, for a weather geek like me. Tucson has some incredible monsoon thunderstorms in the late afternoons and evenings. . . even into the night. Magnificent thunder and lightening. OMG. I took my big Nikon with me, but never really had the time or the place to set up to get the shots. Maybe next time. 

The next one is scheduled for November. It’ll be the last one of our mastermind retreats, and it will begin wrapping things up. The end of a productive and exciting year. I’m looking forward to it.

Be Well,
~Paula

Building a Biz — Not for Sissies!

The business building process has been arduous! It’s tough reining in the distractions, and learning to schedule– everything. Because, if it doesn’t get scheduled, it basically won’t get done. It’ll slip through the cracks.

While I had started “Taking Back Wellness” back in late 2012, it was mostly just a vague concept which was going to be my sharing of research and resources. But it morphed a few times. Then I earned my Holistic Health Coaching Certification, and TBW morphed again.

This past April-May brought the formation of my new LLC.
Taking Back Wellness, LLC, dba Holistic Wellness Writers was officially born. In May I was introduced to the Acuity Scheduler system, and in May and June, I learned how to use it. I learned how to set it up to take payments, create various “appointment types,” and how to create intake documents which clients fill out before they schedule. Wow!

Oh, yeah. And a writer is supposed to write! HA! When? <Sigh> Breath. . . Breath. Yes, soon. I need to brainstorm on. . . 50 or so topic titles, and start writing on them. Yes. Soon. I have to chuckle at the irony. I spend so much time editing for others, I end up crowding out my own writing time. Yes– finding balance is another skill to hone.

I’ve been learning various business-type processes and techniques, bringing into focus many new concepts, and doing the inner-work necessary for building a healthy entrepreneurial mindset– all while continuing to work with clients.

If you are of a vintage to remember the Ed Sullivan Show, perhaps you remember the dude who used to spin plates on poles. His name was. . . Erich Brenn (I had to look it up). Anyway, look him up and watch. It’s how I frequently feel as I work to master all the tasks which go into building a business and morphing into a successful entrepreneur.

So many “scary” new things to learn, try, and implement. But you move through the spooky stuff and just do it anyway. I look at it mostly as an adventure. I look back at where I was (or wasn’t), in a business sense, and I’ve come so far from where I was a year ago. My health stuff still needs work– a work in progress, but all things in time. I wonder what the next year will bring with it.

I’ll keep at it.
Be Well,
~Paula