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Why you need a mastermind right now

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If you have been involved in the business world, you may already be familiar with the idea of a mastermind. If you aren’t let me break it down for you. In its simplest terms, a mastermind is a group of people that are coming together to support, promote growth, and influence each other to achieve their dreams and goals.

While the term and idea initially come from the business world, it has many uses and different types of groups. A mastermind for parents can help support not only work and business goals, but also can help make you a better parent, give you a sounding board when you need advice, help you achieve your perfect routine, and hold you accountable for what you say you are working on. A mastermind group will become a close-knit circle of trusted friends that you can come to for advice and support.

Top 5 reasons I love masterminds

  1. Accountability
  2. Fresh perspectives
  3. A sounding board and feedback
  4. Wisdom and knowledge outside of your own
  5. Connection, community, and friendship

Parents have it rough. More than any other group, I think we take on so much. And too often we are doing it alone. We crave that community, but sometimes it is really hard to find those other individuals. If you are anything like me, you find that many people who aren’t parents don’t understand that there is so much connection between your parenting world, work world, business world, and whatever other worlds you are involved in. There isn’t a time where you are not a parent, and there isn’t a time that your other goals don’t have to align with your parenting goals. This is why I really enjoy masterminds that are made up of parents. Who else is going to understand if you tell them you had to change your goal around for the week because your kid pooped in a potty chair, or because there was a meltdown about cup colors? A good mastermind will be understanding, but will still push you to come up with a plan to get back on track.

Did you know that by February most people have given up on any resolutions they had made at new years? Is this you? If you are tired of waiting to achieve your dreams, but never following through, or if you feel like you want more from your life but don’t know how to do it, a mastermind is perfect for you. If you feel like your life is going pretty good and want to share and support others, a mastermind is for you.


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Why we stay awake for the New Year

 

I always meet the new year with a significant amount of excitement and let-down. As it approaches, I tend to see the new year as a big deal. It is the start of something new. A new beginning. A chance to try again. That idea is exciting, possibly even life-changing. I get very hyped-up about it.  But there is always somewhat of a letdown.

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As my daughter exclaimed at 11:56 pm on New Year’s Eve “I’m going to bed”.

Ringing in that moment of the new year has never been quite as exciting as I anticipate. It’s like your birthday when you are a kid, you wait and wait, and then on your birthday, you don’t feel any older. You are still you, there is no moment or spark that happens that you can say now you are one year older.

New year’s eve is the same. There is no moment where your new life starts. The old year will pass and the new year will come in. But you will be there, still the same person you were.

There isn’t magic at midnight.

The magic isn’t in that one minute change over. It happens slowly. The changes come the next day when you decide that you want to lose weight or quit working so hard. It comes in a week when you are sweating at the gym trying to fulfill your resolutions. It comes in a month when you find a new friendship because you decided that you would have a more positive attitude. It comes throughout the year when you make memories with your family.

So why not go to bed? Why do we feel the need to stay up to watch the moment when one year comes to an end and another one starts?

There is a quote going around on Facebook from Brad Paisley

“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.”

I think, like me, many have excitement and anxiety over endings and beginnings. The middle is where most of us are comfortable. It might be messy, but it is easy. There isn’t any build-up or anticipation of the blank pages. There isn’t the set-up and work we must do to dive into a story.  There also isn’t any of the climaxes of the end of the story. There is just the everyday, normal, easy to deal with, plot points. The groundwork is down, the ending isn’t here yet. Life just goes on. And this is both comfortable and depressing all at the same time.

I think so many of us fall into “survival mode” that by the time Christmas comes and goes, we start to realize that we aren’t living the life we want. We, literally, are just surviving. The new year gives us a reason to dream big once again. We want to stay up and mark that moment. For us dreamers and goal setters, this moment, however fleeting and unimportant it may seem, holds all the power of successful beginnings.

As a mom, I frequently feel like I have failed. In that moment of the New Year, we are a blank slate. We haven’t screwed anything up, or let anyone down yet. We haven’t forgotten about ourselves. We just are. We are at the start of that 365-day story. Ready to write that very first word.

But the truth is, we can’t live that way. We can’t forget and start over again. And really, why would we want to? Each year is not its own book. The lessons the past year brought were important. They also hold your motivation as to why you want things to go differently. This is why I believe it is also important to look back and acknowledge the past year. Be grateful for the things that came to you and be mindful of the things you want to change. Only then will you be ready to make the big changes you want to see in yourself.

So, whether you stayed up in anticipation of the new year or if you just went to bed, let’s acknowledge our stories of the last year and start writing this year.


 

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Happy New Year From My Family To Yours

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One Scary Thing Per Day

I would like to take a second to share this video with everyone.

As an extremely shy kid as well, I have let fear stop me from a lot of things in my life. Even now as a stubborn, outspoken adult, I find that I am stopped by things that scare me.

I love her idea of “one scary thing per day” even if it is just as small as saying hi to someone. By continuously pushing our comfort zones we become more and more brave.

I would like to take this time to affirm a challenge for myself. I commit to doing one scary thing a day for the next month. That is my goal. If it goes well (which why wouldn’t it). I’ll make it a commitment of one more month. Then another. I will help my kids face their one scary thing a day and encourage them to keep going.   I encourage you to join me.