Let’s face it. The world as we know it has changed for the foreseeable future. Schools are closed. Essential services are the only businesses allowed to function. Covid-19 has ravaged much of Asia, Europe, and has made its way into the cities of North America.
As parents, business leaders, and teachers, we have been left scrambling to bring some sense of calm into the chaos. Many of us have had to face the new reality of online remote learning, while balancing the needs of our own children and job responsibilities.
Today, I speak with Stefanie Szewczyk, a fellow mom, virtual assistant, and project manager about the realities of working from home, how to schedule your day for optimal productivity, how to be kind to yourself in the process, and learning how to give your children what they need in this difficult time.
Please enjoy our conversation, as we attempt to bring calm to the chaos.
Sharon and I discuss how to overcome perfectionism, how to set realistic goals, how to overcome the tough stuff in your life, and how to support those going through difficult challenges.
Hope you enjoy!
What you believe about yourself dictates everything about your life; your success level, your perceived failures, and your quality of life.
Are you struggling with perfectionism, people pleasing, and believing you’re not enough? Do you feel like a failure despite your successes? Do you have a video playing over and over in your head of something that broke your heart? Are you living in shame of your shortcomings? Are you stuck in unhealthy relationships?
Do any of these sound familiar?
WHAT IF YOU COULD…
- Let go of the past, so that you can heal and move forward?
- Accept your uniqueness, so that you feel more confident?
- Learn to make decisions based on your core values, so that you trust yourself?
- Set healthy boundaries, so that you have relationships that feel good?
- Forgive yourself for your past mistakes, so that you can love yourself?
HOW WE’LL WORK TOGETHER & COURSE DETAILS
In this 8 week course I’ll personally walk you through each step. This is a live, private coaching program.
- Week 1 – We identify what’s got you stuck. We “clean out” your purse from the junk you’ve been holding onto. (the lies)
- Week 2 – You decide who you’ll be when you let go of the past and create a new vision for yourself.
- Week 3 – We talk about your thoughts, triggers and managing your emotions.
- Week 4 – Define your values and deal breakers.
- Week 5 – How to create confidence and feel good in your skin
- Week 6 – How to practice self grace
- Week 7 – We focus on your purpose and unique gifts
- Week 8 – We put it all together and choose what you want in your purse!From the desk of Sharon Hughes’ :
“I understand first hand how hard it is to break unhealthy mindset patterns and to believe you deserve more.
I suffered through years of silence, hiding the shame of what I’d been through, until I realized I didn’t have to believe the lies anymore and that I deserved to be free, happy and loved.
Identity coaching is about helping you uncover what you believe about yourself and taking steps to stay in truth, while letting go of lies.
Some of the things I went through are; an abusive past that included physical/emotional abuse, abandonment, homelessness, parental abduction and date rape. Yeah, it’s a lot…but I made it through these dark times and so can you.”
I’m a certified Life Coach and certified in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing/Management.
You don’t have to struggle anymore, there’s help and there’s hope.
Listening starts with silencing yourself, quieting the desire to respond,
and truly leaning-in with the intention of developing a deeper understanding.
It turns out WORDS and SWORD also share the same letters.
Think on that for a minute.
#smallactbigimpact #kindsight101 #beimpeccablewithyourword #wordsmatter #silent #listen #empathy #kindness #understanding
Scott Perry is the ceo of Creative on Purpose, which helps people like you see and step into possibility in endeavors that make a difference. I met him as a coach on Seth Godin’s Akimbo workshops and was struck by his generosity, work ethic, and ability to connect authentically.
Scott believes that making things better requires leaning into challenges with curiosity, commitment, courage, and collaboration. In our conversation, we explore the notion that everyone has access to their own creativity, that we are better together, and that great learning isn’t exclusive to the classroom. You can find his books, courses and work by typing Creative on Purpose in google.
Monique Gray Smith is a mixed heritage woman of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry and a proud Mom of fifteen year old twins. She is an award-winning, best-selling author and sought after consultant. Some of her books include: Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, Speaking our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation, You Hold Me Up, What Fills My Heart with happiness, and Tilly and the Crazy Eights. Her books remind the reader of the power of the human spirit and that love is medicine. She is well known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity and focus on resilience. We explore the concepts of
- istening to your intuition,
- being patient in allowing success to happen in a slow way,
- the power of gratitude,
- the gift of cookie people in our lives,
- and how to give a heartfelt territorial acknowledgement that doesn’t just “tick the box.”
- You can find Monique Gray Smith by typing her name in google.
Monique believes in the strength and resilience
of Indigenous peoples worldwide.
Monique Gray Smith is a mixed heritage woman of Cree, Monique Gray Smith is a proud Mom of fifteen year old twins. She is an award-winning, best-selling author and sought after consultant. Monique’s first published novel, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience won the 2014 Burt Award for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Literature.
Since then, Monique has had 5 books come out, including Speaking our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation. Speaking our Truth has won numerous awards, is a a Canadian Best Seller and a finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award.
It continues to be used across the country as a tool to educate the hearts and minds of both young and not so young readers. Monique’s latest release, Tilly and the Crazy Eights is an adult novel about an epic road trip that reminds the reader of the power of the human spirit and that love is medicine.
Monique is Cree, Lakota and Scottish and has been sober and involved in her healing journey for over 28 years. She is well known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity and focus on resilience.
What if we issued user-manual that made it easier for people to work with us? It’s almost certain that conflicts and misunderstandings would decrease and productivity would increase.
That’s exactly what Dr. Adam Grant decided to do, after receiving some negative feedback from members of his team. He decided that it would be helpful for those around him to provide him with some specific feedback about his strengths and his blind spots.
It turns out that the user manual was a brilliant document that enabled people to interact with Grant in an effective, productive manner. Many people and companies have adopted this strategy in their businesses and organizations.
What if we took this approach with school? It’s possible we could do this with our colleagues, with our students, even with our administration to amplify connections.
Here’s how you can start.
Here are the questions that Dr. Grant suggests you should reflect on the following three questions: ask when creating your own personal User Manual:
- What are my strengths? How can someone bring these out in me?
- What are my weaknesses? What tends to bring those out?
- What are some of my “bright spots” (the spots that are strengths I might tend to see)?
Think of 5-10 people who work, live, and play alongside you and ask them to answer some questions about you. These should be you genuinely like and trust. You could send out a google doc or a quick email to see what comes back.
- Reflected Best-Self: Ask 15-20 colleagues to contribute stories of times when you were at your best.
- Next, analyse the stories and find common themes. What activates my being at my best?
- Ask these colleagues to reflect on the following questions about you:
- What are my blind spots?
- Triggers that bring out the worst in me?
- What do you wish you knew about me when we first started working together?
Take all of this information and put it into a one-pager that highlights your strengths, stretches (with triggers), and ideal communication style.
Written by Morgane Michael #smallactbigimpact #kindsight101
Have you ever wondered which small shifts in your classroom practice could make the most impact?
In Part One of my interview with Inclusion Coach, Kristin Wiens, we discuss the transformative and creative use of visuals in the classroom including specific tips and tricks for amping up your effectiveness in the classroom.
We talk about what an inclusion coach’s role involves and what educators need more than ever.
We touch on the fact that EA’s are the unsung heroes in education and Kristin’s Educational Assistant ground-breaking training program.
Finally, we explore the importance of developing unconditional positive regard for those we serve in the classroom and community, but most importantly how to foster self-compassion for ourselves.
Kristin is the Special Education Inclusion Coach at School District 62 in Victoria, B.C. Canada. Passionate about Inclusion, Visuals, UDL, Self-Reg, Mindfulness, and Creativity. She is also a Speaker & Author of My Gratitude Jar.
In our second part of the interview, we focus on her work with activist and musician, Raffi, talk about the 9 principles of child-honouring, explore her collaborative online course with Raffi, and highlight her beautiful book, The Gratitude Jar. You won’t want to miss that conversation!
Please see the show notes for links to her amazing free visuals and gratitude Jar Reading at northstarpaths.com. You can follow Kristin on twitter at kwiens62 or on Instagram @kristin.weins .
North Star Paths http://northstarpaths.com/
The Gratitude Jar Book : http://northstarpaths.com/childrens-books/
Millions know Raffi for his work as a children’s entertainer whose string of gold and platinum-selling recordings in North America includes his classic “Baby Beluga” song with its beloved melody and lyrics. But a very interesting piece of Raffi’s story is not as well known: Raffi’s pioneering commitment to honouring his young fans changed the way we came to view music made for children. Founding his own record label, Troubadour, then folk musician Raffi set out on a path that rescued children’s recordings from bargain bin pricing and sub-par production values.
In 1976, with help from Ken Whiteley and Daniel Lanois, Raffi made sure that his recordings met the highest standards. Raffi convinced retailers that parents would pay regular price for quality music for their children, and he was right. Teachers, parents and kids took an immediate liking to the kind of songwriting and recording Raffi offered, perhaps because of the respect that was obvious in his material and the playful delivery that always clicked with the kids. Soon, the media were knocking at Raffi’s door.
Because of his belief that children should not be exposed to too much television viewing and that they should not be directly marketed to, during his thirty-year career as a superstar of kid’s music Raffi refused all offers for commercial television shows and commercial endorsements. Even recently, when approached by a Hollywood production company to do a film based on “Baby Beluga,” he declined when told that the film’s marketing would include direct advertising to children. This is only one of a series of lucrative deals Raffi and Troubadour have declined over the years.