Lately, parenting a kid with chronic illness has seemed to swallow my energy for capturing my reflections. I’ve come to a surprising place where I prefer to let them slip through my fingers. Remarkably, since late September I’ve let myself off the hook from all but the bare essentials in my business. I simply haven’t had the energy for work as I knew it.
Instead, I’ve been investing in more quality time with my kids, managing my kids’ care and my household, sleeping on a regular basis, exercising regularly(!) again, reading more of what others have written, eliminating my email backlog, connecting with my clients, and expanding my ways of knowing by participating in workshops on Buddhism, Shamanism, and painting. And oh – along the way, my team and I completely overhauled my website. (Let me know in the comment section what you think of it).
I’ve also further narrowed my understanding of my preferred work going forward. My ideal client is a leader, expert, educator, consultant, or other creative professional who delivers services based on her knowledge and know-how. She may be self-employed or employed by someone else. She probably has a graduate degree. She likely takes care of kids or other family members in addition to her work responsibilities. She is committed to her expansion but currently she’s feeling overwhelmed or constantly time-crunched. She wants to shift to feeling joy and ease at home and work but doesn’t know how to get there. This is who I’ve benefitted most in my recent years of personal coaching, and who I believe I’m meant to serve going forward. Know such a person? Please send her my way.
It’s been critical for me to step back from work, expand my knowledge, and take care of myself these past several weeks so that I can continue to be of use to others. I expect this phase to continue for a while more.