Keep First Things First

I know I have been particularly horrible about keeping up with my blogging lately. I have so many excuses, justifications and capitulations to offer, but I’ll spare you.

The fact of the matter is that my apparent abandonment of the blogging process is due more to a flurry of activity that has diverted my attention, rather than a total disinterest in the activity.

I actually enjoy blogging but when it becomes a requirement, it feels mechanical. So it is easy to put aside when other things in life begin to press you for closure.

One important change  is that after years of just talking about doing it or doing it part-time, I finally tapped into my entrepreneurial spirit (who knew I had one?) and took the plunge by growing my consulting business with a long-time friend. Developing that part of my life called for lots of soul-searching and we made some tough decisions to make sure we continue to grow.

In addition, I realized I was shifting my focus on work again instead of family and that’s a big no-no.

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

So, the last few weeks has been about putting some order back into life. Prioritizing people and functions that matter and make sense. We get so caught up sometimes in what we are supposed to do we don’t stop to think whether it still makes sense to do it.

One of the ways I remind myself about how to get back to basics is simply by reading. I just started re-reading the book The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz where you learn that the first agreement is “Be Impeccable With Your Word”.

A client called last week asking for advice on implementing a work-life balance program at his business and it hit me that the essence of teaching others is to actually be good at it yourself. That is, I needed to make sure I was applying the advice I give to clients at home.That is “Say what you mean, mean what you say”. And that goes for blogging, too.

So for now, Miguel and I are now in heated conversation every night. No doubt a blog post will come of this new pass at Ruiz’s book, but for now, I will get busy responding to your Jedi Office Hours questions and going about doing my jobs: mommy, wife, daughter and business owner – in that order.






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