Hey there, amazing readers! Welcome back to the “We Ain’t Normal Show,” where real-life meets authenticity. I’m your hostess with the most, Charmaine Fuller, and let me start by wishing you all a fantastic new year. I appreciate each one of you, whether you’re a loyal listener or a newcomer. Thank you for being here with me.
Today, I want to share some of the struggles I’ve faced entering this new year, which has been quite different from my usual energetic approach. Normally, I’d dive into the new year with plans, visions, and excitement. However, this time around, life threw a curveball, especially for those working the nine-to-five grind.
As someone who teaches about managing time, energy, and focus, it hit hard when I found myself struggling to maintain focus. It’s ironic, right? Teaching others these skills but facing challenges myself. The reality is, life changes, and with those changes come moments of struggle in managing time and focus.
No matter how much I planned, how meticulously I organized my goals using my trusty planner, it felt like time slipped away. Despite having just three key tasks a day, geared towards my ultimate goal of leaving the nine-to-five, the struggle was real. Returning to a full-time job after having more flexibility before was an adjustment, and it affected my energy levels.
In the midst of planning and trying to stick to routines, I found myself on the sofa, unwinding with a TV show, Designing Women, a personal favorite. It felt good in the moment, but deep down, I knew I was veering away from my life goals. This led to a sense of guilt, questioning why I wasn’t pulling the energy needed to meet my objectives.
Life’s demands piled up – a full-time job, supporting my son’s online schooling, work at the month-end chaos as a bookkeeper, and more. Balancing it all became overwhelming. Amidst this chaos, I learned valuable lessons that I want to share with you, my incredible community.
Embrace the Distraction: Sometimes, distractions are necessary. Distinguish between distractions that hinder progress and those that provide a mental break. It’s okay to indulge in something you enjoy, whether it’s a show, snacks, or a guilty pleasure. Recognize the difference between “Shiny Object Syndrome” distractions and moments when your mind needs a breather.
Connect with Your Community: Don’t underestimate the power of community. Whether it’s your friends, a supportive group, or a community of like-minded individuals, sharing your experiences can be transformative. Engage with your community, seek support, and be open to new perspectives. It’s amazing how conversations with others can offer insights and rejuvenate your spirit.
Reconnect with Your Vision: When life gets overwhelming, take a step back and revisit your vision. Why did you embark on this journey in the first place? Reconnect with your “why” and identify smaller steps to incorporate into your life, even when things are hectic. Clarity is an ongoing process, not a one-time achievement. Embrace the cycle of clarifying, simplifying, and organizing your goals.
Remember, progress matters more than perfection. You’re not alone in facing challenges, and it’s okay to pivot, be flexible, and prioritize self-care. In moments of overwhelm, be kind to yourself, celebrate victories, and recognize that each day brings accomplishments, even if they’re not on your initial to-do list.
As I navigate through my own journey, I’m excited to share more insights, collaborations, and resources with you this year. Stay tuned for upcoming classes and partnerships, and if you haven’t already, join my newsletter at thecharmlife.me for exclusive content and community updates.
Thank you for being part of this incredible journey. I look forward to hearing from you and sharing more empowering moments together. Until the next episode, take care, and remember, you’re doing better than you think. Bye for now! 🌟
“Remember, progress matters more than perfection. In moments of overwhelm, be kind to yourself, celebrate victories, and recognize that each day brings accomplishments, even if they’re not on your int ital to-do list.” ~ Charmaine
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