Category Archives: Self-Care Sanity

What do you do when you see the orange cones?

A joke here in South Dakota is that in the summer the state bird is the Crane. As in ‘construction crane’. It is so true!

We need to utilize the nice summer days to get the bulk of construction completed. In particular, the roads. It seems everywhere I go in Sioux Falls or on the Interstate there are those beautiful orange cones. When they come into sight I know I’m going to be sitting awhile.

I always have 3 choices:

  1. Stay home and not go anywhere
  2. Drive my normal route and go through the construction which will make the drive at least twice as long.
  3. Learn a new route to avoid construction.

They are all valid choices. But, here are the issues with #1 and #2: If you choose one of those it can be extremely frustrating and it will seem like you are going nowhere. At least with #2 you eventually get there but with #1 you never get to your destination.
I like #3. Learn a new route, see a part of the city that is just 1-2 blocks off the main road, and have no frustration.

In fact, I love #3!

These choices are true in your life as well. If you want to make changes and live a fuller and richer life there are 3 choices:

  1. Do nothing
  2. Keep doing the same things over and over and never get different results.
  3. Learn a new way to live

Again, I love #3!

  • Do you want to eat healthier but buy the same food at the store?
  • Do you want to grow your business but spend 1/2 the day on Facebook?
  • Do you want to fit into a different size of clothing but are not implementing movement into your daily routine?
  • Do you want to have positive, encouraging friends but keep hanging out with the negative nellies?
  • Do you want to start new habits but never get past day 3 in implementing the new habit?

 

I could go on and on but that list is not particularly fun to read!

I’m going to assume you want to choose choice #3 for your life. Great!

Pick one area in your life (career/business, family, relationships, faith, health, personal growth, finances, or home environment). Now decide what one small thing you can change.

Could you?

  • Drink more water
  • Walk up and down your stairs 3 times
  • Set a timer for Facebook
  • Reach out to someone who always makes you feel better and set a date to get together
  • Put a new habit in your calendar as a recurring appointment
  • Decide on a time each day for meditation or devotions
  • Organize a small kitchen drawer
  • Read an online article on a subject you are passionate about

See, it’s not that hard!

The challenge I see is even keeping up with small changes. It can be so easy to go back to the same route.

Let today, Wednesday, July 26, 2017 be your dividing line in the sand. No more of the same – it’s time to learn a new route.

I love helping in every area of life but in particular self-care. Very, very few people are taking the time for themselves.

The results are stress, low self-esteem, exhaustion, etc.

Let’s turn this around.

Join me this Thursday, July 27 at 11 AM Central (Noon ET, 10 AM Mountain, 9 AM Pacific) in my Clear the Desk Movement Facebook group for a live presentation on Self-Care Sanity.

Put the date and time in your calendar and then pop into the Clear the Desk Movement page at that time and I’ll be there live.

Not a member of the Clear the Desk group yet? Go to the page and ask to join.

I will not only give you tips and actions steps to have self-care be a part of your normal routine but also invite you to join me for 90 days in my DESIRE Personal Empowerment Program.

I’ll take over now

My birthday was a few weeks ago and Bruce and I took the family (minus our girls who need to move back to Sioux Falls!), plus his parents, out for dinner.

About halfway through the dinner I noticed a lady at a nearby table get up and she was choking. Her husband was patting her on the back, which was getting them nowhere, and then he tried to do the Heimlich Maneuver. It wasn’t going well.

Bruce’s back was to this couple so he didn’t see what was going on. When I realized what was happening I started shouting to Bruce, and even though he had no ideas why I was shouting “Get up, get up!”, he shot out of his seat and I pointed to the couple. Bruce saw the situation, walked quickly over, said something to the man, performed the Heimlich perfectly, and whatever the woman was choking on popped out of her mouth.

Bruce came back to the table and continued eating. The whole thing just took a few seconds and Bruce was so calm I wondered, ” Did this really happen?”

The next day I asked him if he felt panicked when he saw the woman choking.

“No.”

“Did you worry if you could help her?”

“No.”

“What did you say to the husband?”

“I’ll take over now.”

Seriously. Isn’t this the kind of man you want in an emergency? I sure do!

I’ll take over now.

We need to have people in our life that can take over AND we need to know when to let them take over. That can be hard and our pride can get in the way.

That husband didn’t know who Bruce was, he didn’t know Bruce was trained for a situation just like this, and he could have kept trying to help his wife which would not have been a good outcome.

What do you need help with? What do you need to turn over to someone else who does it better and will give you a more successful outcome?

Is it time to lose the pride and gain success? If not now, when?!

Are you ready? I’m waiting here ready to take over!

It may be time to take stock of your life and career. If things aren’t going so well – or everything stays the same and you find life lacking some luster –  is it time for a new way to look and do things?

My DESIRE Personal Empowerment Program changes – well, it changes everything.

This is a personal 1:1 program with me for 90 days and only women who are truly ready for amazing results are accepted.

This is for you if you are ready to take stock of where you are, what makes your heart sing, and take the first steps to brighten up your life.

This is for you if you are ready to detox obstacles and energy suckers that are getting in your way and you want a fresh start.

This is for you if you want to set healthy new habits to support your fresh start and set achievable goals based on the vision you have for your life.

Is this you? E-mail me at Elizabeth@ElizabethHagen.com  or call me at 605-310-5764 and we will set up a time to find out.  If you are not where you want to be now is your time – it really is!

Turn around

I popped on Facebook and I saw the memories option on my home page. I love that feature of Facebook.

As I was scrolling through the past posts I saw this picture I took 5 years ago. 5 years!
I feel like I’ve blinked and the time has passed.

This picture makes me smile and cry at the same time.

Cry because I miss my dad. Smile because I’ve had wonderful years with mom and I know mom will see dad soon. I see him waiting in Heaven’s door and mom just needs to turn around and walk to him.

We are told so often to look ahead. Don’t look back. I totally agree – usually! But, sometimes the answer is behind us rather than in front of us.

  • If you are struggling, turn around and look at your past successes and duplicate how you obtained them.
  • If you’ve forgotten the goals you set for 2017, turn around and look at t your vision board and write down actions steps to achieve them.  It’s not too late. No vision board? You need to talk to me!
  • Gotten off your movement and healthy eating plan? Turn around to when you were active and ate healthy and do it again.
  • Office a disorganized mess? Think back to when it was organized and you had systems. They were good systems and they worked. Turn around to see what they were and set them up again.
  • Wasting time with people who drag you down? Turn around and walk away. There are so many awesome, positive people to spend your time and be lifted up.

Do you desperately want to turn around and enjoy life but you are tired, stressed out and overwhelmed? Look over the information below and talk to me about hanging out for 90 days and together we will get you totally turned around and facing the right direction!

Let’s turn you around

It may be time to take stock of your life and career. If things aren’t going so well – or everything stays the same and you find life lacking some luster –  is it time for a new way to look and do things?

My DESIRE Personal Empowerment Program changes – well, it changes everything.

This is a personal 1:1 program with me for 90 days and only women who are truly ready for amazing results are accepted.

This is for you if you are ready to take stock of where you are, what makes your heart sing, and take the first steps to brighten up your life.

This is for you if you are ready to detox obstacles and energy suckers that are getting in your way and you want a fresh start.
This is for you if you want to set healthy new habits to support your fresh start and set achievable goals based on the vision you have for your life.

Is this you? E-mail me at Elizabeth@ElizabethHagen.com  or call me at 605-310-5764 and we will set up a time to find out.  If you are not where you want to be now is your time – it really is!

 

 

Just a little help might be nice

alex-climbing-wall-1Addilynn and Alexander were thrilled when their parents got them a fabulous swing set with a climbing wall! What could be better?

I know in a matter of weeks Alexander will be doing this by himself. But, for right now, he needs a little help.

Have you ever felt that way in your life or business? You could use just a little help right now? You know you’ll be ok in the future but, for right now, you need some help.

This was true for me with:

  • Learning computer programs
  • QuickBooks
  • Giving webinars and teleclasses
  • Designing Mind Maps
  • Discovering the ins and outs of being a professional speaker
  • Marketing
  • Parenting
  • …the list could go on and on!

Where could you use help? Please don’t be afraid to ask. That’s the issue. So often we struggle along on our own only to find if we had just asked – we’d be much further than we are right now.

Live and learn!

Confidence-bookIn 2011, I started looking back at my life and all I had learned. I started typing up the stories associated with the events and lessons learned and it became something I am very proud of – The Confidence: Now is Your Time – 30 Days to a More Extraordinary You book. This book has helped many give themselves the permission to be who they were created to be.

Just a little help – that’s all you need! The answers are in this book. Get one for yourself and one for a friend!

It’s on you

The chalkboard in the entry way at my Kosama gym has a new message every week. I love seeing what it will be.

summer-bodiesThis one made me laugh! But, it is so true. It’s really all about planning ahead.

We plan ahead for lots of things:

  • Vacations
  • Family reunions
  • Holidays
  • Work events

It’s easy to justify the time it takes to plan larger items. But, what about planning things for yourself? For just you?

Is the time it takes to plan and then actually do a little bit harder to justify?

Well, enough of that, I say!

When I talk about self-care sanity in my presentations. I ask the audience to write down one thing they will do for themselves in the next 3 days. Most of the audience looks at me with the ‘deer in headlight’ type of stare. Only a few in each audience write something down with ease. It is a foreign concept to so many to plan something for themselves. If this is you, let’s change it, shall we?self-care-calendar

Because of the types of stares I would get so often during a talk I put together
Self-Care Sanity eBook. In the eBook I give 31 ideas of things you can do just for you. On the last page they are all listed in a calendar format. Easy peasy.

Summer bodies are made in the winter. Self-care is made by acting on your own. Not waiting for someone else to suggest something. Your self-care is on you.

self-care-coverWould you like the Self-Care Sanity eBook?
Yes? Perfect! Join my Wednesday Wisdom newsletter and you will receive the eBook as my gift to you.

Self-Care Sanity: Idea #31 – The Gift of Love

31-dadWhen I grew up the words “I love you” were seldom heard.

It wasn’t that I wasn’t loved but I believe with my parent’s generation these words were not said easily.

With my children I made sure it was the exact opposite. I told them all the time they were loved.

To this day, even though they are adults, we don’t end a phone conversation without saying “I love you.”

I am so happy to say that toward the end of my dad’s life he had no trouble sharing his love for me. We had some priceless times together when he was in hospice.

Today I ask you to reach out to as many people as you can and let them know how much your love them. This is quite easy to say to some people – but what about the harder ones? Is today the day?

What are you waiting for?

Self-Care Sanity: Idea #30 – The Gift of Holding Hands

30-handsSometimes the best way to practice self-care is the simplest.

Reach out today and hold someone’s hand.

Yes, it’s that simple.

The most precious hand for me to hold is the hand of my 91-year old mother. Recently she had a very bad fall and has been in the hospital and every day I hold her hand.

We are blessed to still have her with us.

Whose hand will you hold today?

What are you waiting for?

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