Wow! Summer turned to fall turned to winter in seemingly moments this year. In July and August, I spent 40 days waaay up north in www.extremetour.org). Between tour stops, Real Life E® speaking engagements, and personal travels, I’ve stepped foot in 15 states and inspired over 1,000 individuals in the last four months. (For a complete listing of recent talks see below.), living in a log cabin and participating in all kinds of with Tentmakers. Then in September, I joined the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour (
I’ve enjoyed the grand adventure but found the constant swirl of activity really tiring. So this month, I’m taking time to develop a crystal clear focus on what I really want. Also, I’m making decisions that will enable me to have a more balanced life where I not only achieve professionally but also personally, in terms of family, friends, and faith.
How about you?
Are you feeling energized? focused? 100%? Do you have the emotional capacity to anticipate the holidays and look forward to time with family and friends or do you just want to crawl into bed and sleep for a week?
If you’re feeling burnt-out, I hope you’ll join me on the journey of returning to brilliance, starting today. See below for tips on how to get back-to-balance.
May your heart be merry and light!
Real Life E® Tips:
1. Stop everything for a minute—or five. Turn off your computer, or if you’re driving, turn off the music and cell phone.
2. Take a quick status check. How are you feeling physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually? Do you feel whole? Are you at a high energy level?
3. If you’re not at 100%, what would fill you up and revive you? If you’re feeling pretty good, where would you like to grow?
4. Think about this week’s schedule. Do you have any time to add energizing activities? If yes, schedule them in right now (i.e. call a friend to schedule dinner or commit to going to the gym). If not, what would need to change so you would have time to do things that fill you up and rejuvenate you? Decide what you will NOT do in the coming week or two so that you can replenish your energy and your passion for life.
You are worth it! When you take care of yourself, you have the capacity to enjoy life to the fullest!
Testimonial from 2008 National CEO Conference:
“When I sat in your workshop, surrounded by other strong women, and you gave me that opportunity to talk about how great a role model my Mom is, and you spoke about embracing what you have as a woman–I felt empowered again as a young female entrepreneur.”
–Tara J., High Heels: How to Advance in Business Without Losing Your Skirt™
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Up-and-Coming Real Life E® Talks:
My spring 2009 calendar is filling up with speaking, training, and coaching events around the country. Please contact me if you would like to book me to present at your conference or event.
Recent Real Life E® Talks:
September 30, 2008:
Spoke on “Think Inc: How to Thrive in Uncertain Times with an Entrepreneurial Mind™” to all Wells Fargo employees. About 75 attended at the conference center in Des Moines and 180 participated in the Webinar.
October 9, 2008:
at Women’s Day Out event put on by Principal Financial Group representatives. Presented “Oops Did I Do That?!: Tales of an Accidental Entrepreneur™” to Des Moines women of all ages.
October 25, 2008:
Gave a workshop on the “Wilderness 40″ young adult leadership training program at the half-day conference put on by Tentmakers in Edina, Minnesota.
November 8, 2008:
Presenting “High Heels: How to Advance in Business Without Losing Your Skirt™” at the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization (CEO) national conference in Chicago, Illinois. CEO is the nation’s top college entrepreneurship organization and the conference is expected to draw over 1,000 students from across the country.
Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour Events:
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Facilitated the panel discussion at a Hamilton County Alliance sponsored Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour event. The crowd included about 200 Indiana high school students, teachers, and community members.
September 11, 2008:
Shared my story of becoming an accidental entrepreneur and facilitated the panel discussion at an event in Maysville, Kentucky, for over 400 high school and college students.
September 21, 2008:
Shared my story of going from valedictorian to laid off employee and the lessons the experiences taught me before facilitating a panel discussion at in Pennsylvania.
September 23, 2008:
Facilitated the panel discussion at in front off about 100 Ohio high school and college students and community members, attending the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour.
September 25, 2008:
Shared my story of becoming an accidental entrepreneur and facilitated the panel discussion at Stark State College in front of about 200 students and faculty with the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour.
October 6, 2008:
Emcee and panel discussion facilitator at Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour event at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, in front of an audience of about 150.
October 8, 2008:
Emcee and panel discussion facilitator at for Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour event with about 75 college students.
October 28, 2008:
Shared my story of becoming a Midwest entrepreneur and facilitated the panel discussion at Marshalltown, Iowa event.
November 5, 2008:
Spoke about being a young female entrepreneur and moderated the workshop and panel discussion at an event with high school and college students at the .
November 17, 2008
Explained how I’ve found ways to succeed as an entrepreneur and as an individual and helped put on the workshop and panel discussion at the in .