Time for Beginnings

How are you doing?

It’s May and we are still in quarantine! I enjoyed Mother’s Day with cards and phone calls, although I would have preferred to hug my children and grandchildren!  My birthday is this month and it looks like it will be  unconventional. How are you doing?

I am concerned about two things; your mental state and your financial situation.

First, if you are feeling emotionally upset and worrying every day, you are not alone.

Your mind will focus on whatever you ask it to. If you are continually worrying, it will help focus your attention on whatever is bringing you down. If you are focusing on what you are grateful for and what brings you joy, your mind will steer you in that direction.  What can you focus on that will lift your spirits?

Is it your family, those flowers that just sprung up in your garden or the neighborhood, or is it that call that you just had with a close friend? Write your own list of at least 10 things you are grateful for and refer to it every day. Add more as you think of them. Notice how your mind shifts to a more positive place.

If you have been housebound, is there a way for you to get more exercise into your day?  Maybe you already have a plan. If not, just taking a walk around your neighborhood can help. Even driving to a place where you can observe nature, can be a mind freeing event. Certain smells can make us happy like the warm aroma of fresh baked cookies or an essential oil like Wild Orange that is invigorating.

Second, many people are unemployed and unable to get through to their state’s unemployment web sites.

If you are in a financial bind right now, call your creditors as soon as possible and talk to them about your situation. Many will defer payments because of COVID 19. In the case of your home mortgage, there are various ways that your bank may be able to help. Many will defer your payments, lengthening the time of your loan.

I want to suggest possible ways for you to get money right away. Think about your current skills and see if you can find ways to bring in added income.

I have found a couple of reputable sites where you can find jobs where you can work from home that have free information and also have further paid options.

 

The first is called Flexjobs. When you click on the link you will find the top 100 companies who hire for remote jobs and also a guide you can download to help you.

The second is Virtualvocations.com where you can browse for telecommuting jobs.

When looking for online work, also Google the company or offer and check for reviews and background.

If you have always wanted to start your own business or write a book, now is the perfect time.

I would love to have a conversation with you and make a Joyful Career Blueprint that you can begin immediately. You can  schedule a time to talk by clicking here:

https://calendly.com/choosejoy/discoverysession

I want you to know I care and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Navigating Life With COVID 19

Ways to manage your family and your life during this stressful time.

Spring is here and I am reflecting on how fast our lives have changed in the past few days. We are living in uncertain times being quarantined in our homes and/or also using social distancing. A lot of you are feeling isolated, wondering how to maintain your finances, and manage your children at the same time.

What if you could have access to life’s challenges and business support whenever you wanted?

Because of my unique background of being a certified life coach and career strategist with over 30 years

of work experience between the fields of business and education, I am equipped to help you handle

the complexities of life right now involving your family life and your career challenges.

When we work together people feel encouraged and find strategies to help them maintain a positive mindset which is crucial to their business, health, and relationship success.

It is my great desire to be a source of encouragement to you. If you are struggling and exhausted,

I would like to invite you to schedule a time on my calendar so we can talk about a career/life management strategy tailored to you and your family.

You can schedule a time to talk here:

https://calendly.com/choosejoy/discoverysession

If you would like, we can schedule a virtual in-person meeting, just let me know by sending me an email at [email protected]

Please take a look at the COVID 19 Toolkit I have put together for you below.

Sending you peace and blessings!

COVID 19 Toolkit

If you think you or someone you love has COVID 19:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html?s_cid=+fb_covid_19&fbclid=IwAR1lwYYbgUy8PiYEVHPUEnmrc0RqZIMfMQ7UH0KimbRS1NzkDUnDlbTqApU

Here are 55 ideas for what to say to encourage your children:

https://beenke.com/parenting/build-confidence-55-positive-things-to-say-to-your-child/

For preschool children through 2nd grade, I invite you to visit Sammythecentipede.com.

I have free coloring pages there along with my books on children’s health. Children also love making

their own Sammy with Pom-poms and googly eyes.

For the parents of Children K-8. You will find printable packs of formal lessons in Reading and Math here:

https://www.curriculumassociates.com/supporting-students-away-from-school

For families who need activities to keep the fun going, try this list of 110 to choose from:

https://familyeguide.com/boredom-busters-110-fun-at-home-activities-for-families-kids-2/

If you have a small business and are struggling during this time, Mike Michalowicz is offering this recession proofing advice:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/MikeMichalowicz/Downloads/The-Recession-Response-Plan.pdf

Grocery shopping savings:

https://parheliafinance.com/save-money-on-groceries/

If you have been thinking of starting your own business during this time, I would be happy to discuss

that with you. I can also guide you through publishing a book.

https://calendly.com/choosejoy/discoverysession

Part time jobs online:

https://parheliafinance.com/online-jobs-that-pay-weekly/

Stay safe and well and know that I am here for you!

Maria

 

Life Lessons and What I Learned From Fishing

I just watched a segment about an interview with Maya Angelou and how her mother and grandmother shaped her life. She spent her early years with her grandmother and so did I.

My mother died when I was eight leaving my two sisters and I with my father who had to work in the city to support us. We went to live with our grandparents in a small country town. That was great for me because I had always loved to go there. My grandpa would read wonderful story books to me and cook my favorite foods.

As I grew older, I would test the limits as I tended to be a bit of a brat. My grandma taught me respect for people and why it was important to love them and Jesus too.

My grandma loved learning and always had a book open at the kitchen table. She was a great role model. Perhaps the best education she could have given me was through lengthy discussions about all kinds of things. Health, books, what was happening in the world. Her inspiration provided the confidence that I could accomplish anything that I set my mind to. The only requirements were that these things be positive.

It did not matter that I was a girl. It never occurred to me that I would not be capable of pursuing my ambitions. I did not know what I wanted to do when I grew up so she gave me good advice to take business classes so I would be able to at least support myself. She taught me how to cook, how to sew, and how to comparison shop and make a budget. I was independent early. She had taught me well.

Even though she did all of these great things, I somehow felt that at times I did not live up to her expectations. She was not overly affectionate.

My grandfather, on the other hand provided the balance of unconditional love that I needed. He would tell me as an awkward teenage girl that I looked good. I always felt that he loved me for me. He would make sure that my car ran well and nothing squeaked for longer than he could find the can of WD-40 to fix it.

He took me fishing and taught me “to never let go of the pole”.

Some times that is how it is in life. When you start something, you have to have the persistence to keep going even when it isn’t easy. Resilience. Persistence. Resourcefulness. These are the qualities that are going to keep us in the game of life when it is easy and when it is hard.

Think back on your own life and you will see that it was likely the hard times in your life that have shaped you more than the easy ones. We can pass these traits on to the next generation when they see us in action.

If you would like help with your life balance and career, please schedule a time on my calendar. I would love to speak with you. https://calendly.com/choosejoy/discoverysession

What Will 2020 Be Like For You?

When was the last time you asked yourself the question, “What do I want?” The answer to this question is very important because it will help guide you in the direction you want your life to take. It is hard to focus with all the distractions that pull at our lives.

You get to manage social media, work challenges, home life, children, shopping for groceries, cleaning the house, arranging schedules, meetings, relationships, the person who is driving you crazy …did you know you are remarkable?

The new year is a perfect time to ask yourself what you truly want. Maybe you have been frustrated with your career and other life choices. The new year is a great time to take action.

Design a Career You Love for the New Year with this special offer designed for your busy life!

I know you are busy and I want you to have a great start to the new year. This self-guided format including a personal conference with me will be available on your time. I am offering you the opportunity to experience The Joyful Career Roadmap at a special rate…

AND because you are part of my community, you will also receive 3 months of laser coaching. These are meetings that you schedule with me according to your needs.

To attend the free webinar that will give you 3 Game Changers for the New Year, an attendance gift, and tell you about The Joyful Career Roadmap special offer, please visit this link:

https://fccdl.in/E8XXkq8Q1J

I am looking forward to hearing from you!

Let’s make 2020 your best year ever!

The Circle of Friendship

December is here and we will be thinking about friends and family more intently for the next month than we do at other times of the year. It is time to connect and reconnect and be thankful for the people in our lives.

Some times we don’t really know the impact we have on each other just living our daily lives. Last week I received a text from next door neighbor telling me that she was no longer going to pursue her wreath making business. She said she wanted to gift us a wreath for being such good neighbors. 

I thought she had wreaths already made and was going to give us one of them. Instead, she gave me the color selection and asked me to pick the colors. She even wanted to know if I would like to look at it before she put it together to make sure it was how I had envisioned it. I told her to surprise me and I was sure it would be beautiful. 

When we met for the unveiling, she gave me the gorgeous wreath you see in the picture and I was thrilled and so proud to display it on our house! This is the way that I want to help you in changing your career.

I am here to help you design your career so that it will fit into your life the way that you want it to. I am inviting you to click here for a free webinar to get you started.

Does Your Work Bring You Joy?

Here we are and it’s Labor Day Weekend!  Whew!  Enjoy the last parts of summer with your family and friends. Take a minute to reflect on all that you are thankful for as well.  This summer I was able to spend time with my grandchildren, ride in a hot air balloon, and help my husband with finishing up on the home improvement projects before the rainy weather comes.

I just attended the annual Kickoff Meeting for my local chapter of Soroptimists. This is in international organization and the name means “Best for Women”. We raise money to help many community organizations and provide scholarships to help girls attend college.

This started me thinking that when women are happy, the world is happy. Women are the heart of their families, help in their communities, and work with each other to make this world a better place. It doesn’t matter what kind of work we do, we make a difference.

Since this is Labor Day, I looked up some statistics about how we are getting paid in the workplace. We are still below men, earning about 80% of what they do. While we are working, I believe we should be able to contribute with joy and have financial freedom.

If you are not feeling joyful in your work, you are ready to shift to a different type of work, or are running a small business, I can help you.  We can work on mindset and strategies that will get you moving forward.  I would love to speak with you, just click on this link to schedule a time.

The purpose of The Women’s Career Transformation Network is to not only support you in your work choices but to help you live a joyful life. I would love to hear from you.  Choose joy!

 

Are You Having Fun Yet?

Fun is important!

Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in the day to day of work and family that we forget that we are supposed to take some time to have fun!  What have you done this summer that is fun for you?

Having fun is good for you!  Scientifically, it reduces cortisol that produces stress and increases serotonin that leads to better physical and mental capacity. Enjoying yourself builds up reserves for when you need to be calm.

When you are out playing or doing things you love, you get the benefit of greater energy, memory and focus, and sounder sleep. We also need connection with other people. This has become more and more evident since the invention of cell phones. We have to be careful to remember that we actually need to put them down and go have some fun with other people.  Laugh, dance, or sing!

Here are some ideas for you!

1. Go outside – to the beach or the ocean.
2. Invite friends over to your backyard or the park for BBQ.
3. Play board games with your family or go on a walk together.
4. Plan a girls’ night out or in.
5. Have a neighborhood potluck.
6. Feature karaoke at your next event or party.
7. Pick a new place you have never been before to explore.
8. Visit the library or a museum.
9. Go get ice cream to share!
10. Get a bottle of bubbles and go for it.

Stay tuned for fun messages that I will be sending soon!

If you need more fun in your life and career, I would love to speak with you. Click here for my calendar.