I Dropped The Ball

Balls.text

It’s been a long time since I’ve shared.

As working women I know you can relate to juggling too many balls.  The feeling of just too much – that something has to give. My blog was a ball I chose to drop. 

I dropped it with a choice to be kind to myself. Full stop.

 

But now I’m back.

I have clarity and intention.

My mission is to be back in service to women just like us.

Women who want to:

  •        Thrive at work and in life but too often feel like we are failing at both.
  •         Do what we have been avoiding with increased confidence.
  •         Expand our networks in ways that add value to us and work within our schedule
  •         Connect with other like-minded women in relevant and productive ways
  •         Stop feeling like we are alone.
  •         Learn and leverage how others navigate similar scenarios

Sure, but why does it feel like such a challenge sometimes? 

Because this is life and our lives are full.  

And…it is the ONLY life we have to live.

What I now know is that the details around us are not going to change, just how we choose to navigate them can. 

But, we don’t know what we don’t know. 

Which leads me to my mission.  

My mission is to be an outlet for women, just like us. To plug into and to create the change we desire.  To leverage the experiences of other women in service of each other. I have some exciting new projects on the go that I CAN’T wait to share!

But in the meantime…

I just wrote a Huffington Post article titled: Is Status Quo Killing You? .

A great place to start is choosing to do things differently. To start taking inspired action. To get out of your own way, #GOOYOW, so you can live a life that brings you way more fun, joy, and success. 

Until the next time!

Best wishes, me.

Advertisements

How to Lower Your Frustration

I grew up with a ‘fire in my belly’, of course only on display around my family.

I am proud and grateful to say that for the most part my fire has been extinguished, but definitely gets ignited by triggers.

Triggered by things like how someone is responding, or not to me; when things are not going as planned; etc.

The little annoyances that we experience or encounter over the course of our day.

What is it for you?

What is something that is frustrating you right now?

Scream.text

Continue reading

Stop Fueling What You Don’t Want

I was reminded of this as I lay inside the MRI machine, feeling the solution being pumped through my IV and causing a wave of nausea to overcome me.

Getting sick wasn’t an option.

I knew I couldn’t move.

I also knew that if I kept focusing on the nausea and getting sick…I would.

Focus.text

Continue reading

3 Ways to Get Unstuck, No Matter How You Got There

pano

My world was rocked by our recent trip to Africa.

It was a combination of the elephants, rhinos, hippos, zebras, warthogs, etc… that were just in feet from us, and the connections we made with some exceptional human beings both big and small.

Memories and experiences we will never forget. You can find the Kenya 2016 album on my personal Facebook page.

The small humans that had such an impact on us were the kids from my father’s project hannehowardfund.org.  These kids have all grown up in a Nairobi slum, an environment that is hard to imagine until you physically see one, some are orphans, yet in spite of their realities these children were humbling.

They are hard working, welcoming, grateful, strong, joyous and fun. These kids penetrated my heart.

They have the same dreams and aspirations as our kids, but didn’t have the great fortune of being born in a country like ours.

It’s a combination of all of the above that left me feeling stuck. Questioning “What am I doing with my life?”

No matter what causes these feelings, I know I am not alone.

Feeling like we are spinning our wheels, questioning ourselves…. feeling stuck.

Here are 3 Steps to Move Past Stuck:

1. Talk about it.

Sometimes we can’t figure it out alone. It may sound cliché but talking about it helped me so much.  Find a friend or three or four, who will listen, without judgment and just share.  I found that even hearing myself say things out loud was helpful, let alone hearing another person’s perspectives.

2. See the bigger picture:

It’s literally about lifting ourselves out from only focusing on the moment. Choosing to see the larger picture and how things fit together helped me gain a perspective I was blind to earlier on.  It’s like I was only focusing on the 2 missing pieces of my rich and beautiful 1,000 piece puzzle.

3. Be ok with it, because this too shall pass:

A wise friend shared a metaphor that really resonated about being an explorer.

That you have to trust in the direction you are heading, accepting that it’s never a straight line. Sometimes it’s smooth sailing and other times there are stormy seas that literally knock you over.  No matter what the conditions, you just can’t give up.  If you do, you’ll never get there.  If you turn back, you’ll never know.

So needless to say, the combination of these three has brought me back.

No longer feeling stuck.

The irony, is that none of the details around me changed, just how I chose to navigate them that did.

The same will hold for you.

 

Session Update:

I’m am hosting a 5 week, virtual, P.O.W.E.R Toolkit program for women who know that they need to create change. Women who are done doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome.

This TOOLKIT program is for you if:

  • You would benefit from being held accountable to create the change at work or in life that you know you’ve been thinking about.
  • You are ready to learn how to replace the limiting habits that are keep you stuck with ones that enable you to thrive.
  • Connect with other like-minded women and leverage their perspectives.

Details:

  • Start date: March 22nd.
  • Every Tuesday from 12-1 EST.
  • Investment $200
  • Here’s the LINK for more information
  • Email me with any questions victoria@yourpoweroutlet.com

 

There’s No Such Thing as Balance

The word balance sets us up for failure.

We can’t possibly do everything, let alone well, no matter how hard we try.

I say it’s not about balance.

It’s about choice.

Giving ourselves permission to make choices…and be good with them.

Windows.text

Continue reading

Why It’s Okay to Lose Your Sh#t

There’s no other word for what transpired this morning.

I lost it.

I have been really intentional over the past few weeks about being patient, even venturing into the unknown territory of meditation…which I’m actually digging.

I wasn’t born patient.

My entire life I have had a short fuse around my family, never in public or towards anyone else.

Needless to say, I know that it’s an excuse to say I have a short fuse and be okay with it.

To allow my habitual bad habits to continue.

HeadOnWheel.text

Continue reading

3 Blind Spots that Limit Your Success

I would never have agreed that I was playing it safe or small.

I would have pushed back, knowing that I was doing my best. Working hard and being really intentional at work and in life.

Despite the fact that I’ve always taken action, expanded my comfort zone, I can now see and own that I was still playing it safe.

I was standing in my own way, unaware of my own blind spots.

BLACK.dot.text

Continue reading