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Mentoring with Geraldine

Ep 201 – What Would Be Your Ted Talk?

What message do you want to get across? What do they see from the outside? 

In this episode, Geraldine talks about sharing our unique message, views and stance with people whose values align with ours. Not just your elevator pitch this time, but rather more – what would your Ted Talk be called?

Ep 200 – Big Picture or Little One?

How important it is to look at the big picture as well as the little picture?

What are those small tasks that contribute towards that big picture? 

Doing small things consistently and with purpose can make a real difference, one you’ll not notice initially, but see when you look back on your week. 

In this episode, Geraldine talks about the big picture and how to break them into bite-sized tasks and create systems for your big picture to achieve your goals.

Click here to join the September Challenge: https://www.geraldineheadley.com/gssc

EP 199 – Mojo or No Mojo?

Have you lost your mojo? Do you wake up and go, “Where did I leave my Mojo?” How do you get back on track? 

In this episode, Geraldine talks about getting back your mojo and finding support for you and your business so you can get your day starting and running just right!

Click here to join the September Challenge: https://www.geraldineheadley.com/gssc

Ep 198 – Let’s Talk Big Pictures in Business- Lesley Bergstrom

What do you need to bring into your business to give it the energy it needs, so you can achieve your goals? By giving yourself permission to take the next step and do the next thing you can change the landscape of your business and your goals. 

Geraldine and guest Lesley Bergstrom, spiritual teacher and sun shaman with 25 years experience dive into the big pictures in business, and what it feels like bringing visualisation and meditation to your business landscape.

https://www.thejourneydrum.com/

Get a taste for content in this podcast:

Host: Geraldine Headley

Guest: Lesley-ann Bergstrom

Lesley: 

“Do the work to carry their load and allow them to do it – allow them to show up for themselves. These are such deep belief concepts that we have.  Because as kids – we are empaths as kids because we are trying to support others – we’re trying to be loved more, and if you are more empathic, that’s your language of love.  You see what’s needed, and you step in and provide. The problem with the belief system is that often, we give too much of our own energy to do that”. 

Geraldine:

“Yeah, that’s just it, isn’t it.  We’ve got to make sure that when we do our job, we get our clients to do their job too, and do their part”. 

September Challenge:

Welcome to September.  

In the Facebook Group “Strictly Education & Support” we’re currently involved in the “Get Sorted September” challenge – why don’t you come over and join us?

As long as you join before the 20th, then you’ll be in it, to win it.  

There’s a Challenge Tracker, and if you win on the Challenge Tracker, then you win a 1-to-1 with me 🥳. 

So maybe, just maybe, I’ll see you over in the group, and I’ll see you in the challenge.

For now, you enjoy the podcast, and hope to see you soon.

Podcast Introduction:

 

Mentoring with Geraldine is a bite-sized practitioner podcast for naturopaths, nutritionists, herbalists, and practitioners. Responding directly to the needs of the practising natural therapist.  With interviews, herbal discussions, something business, something clinical … you’ll get the variety you need to enjoy and stay motivated in practice.

 

So thanks for joining me today. Don’t forget to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast for our episodes. If you’d like more support, get in contact and I look forward to working with you soon.

 

Episode Introduction: Getting to know Lesley

Geraldine: It’s a lovely afternoon, and it’s clearly a beautiful afternoon in Perth, because Leslie is sitting outside, the birds are singing, she’s had galahs going overhead. It’s lovely. 

It’s drizzling, and horrible and cold in Adelaide – we can only dream of sunshine.

So Lesley, introduce yourself. Tell everybody, what do you do? 

I mean, you’re a Naturopath – I’ve known you for 5 years now.  But you do lots of other things as well. And so tell us about what you’re doing, and what you do. 

Lesley:  Yes, so I’m a Naturopath and a Herbalist. I also run something called Journey Drum Meditation, and I have been doing this for a very, very very long time.

It all started because of my intuitive gifts. I am really intuitive and I was seeing things about people. I used to get messages and feelings and intuitions. So I always looked for a teacher who could explain it to me, and I could never find one.

So I gathered so much information, where I eventually got to the point where I could start explaining what I wanted to know. And I found the more you empower yourself in your life and the more you understand yourself, the more you heal.

Most of my students – which has been really surprising to me – say: It’s healed their trauma – which has been surprising because we’ve never directly spoken about it.  And what I’ve found as well is that I’ve become a master at symbolism. It’s like dream interpretation. It’s like conscious dreaming, in a way.

Guided Meditations:

So mostly how my work works, is that I take people on guided meditations, into a landscape, and it really depends on what our intention is. We have a look at that landscape, and we come back and we interpret it, a little bit like dreams.  

It gives you so much insight into:

  • what is going on in your life
  • what your energy is like
  • what your energy is bringing up
  • how you interact with others
  • where your path may even go 
  • where you have come from
  • how that’s influenced you 

There are so many layers. And so I’ve developed courses around it, and am kind of growing that.

Geraldine:  It is amazing – I’ve done journeys with you, and I know who my spirit guides are – I’ve done all of the things.  I’m not particularly woo-woo, as I’m sure everybody would agree. I’m quite clinically focused and clinically based. But I feel really supported when I do the visualisations and everything else with you. 

And today we thought we would talk more around that aspect in our businesses, because you are combining your jobs – you’re combining your modalities. And that is something that a lot of people struggle with when they come out to practice – combining their past life, with their current knowledge and making that one thing.

There’s a lot of: “How do I do that?”

Combining your Old Life with your New:

Geraldine: So I was a nurse.  It was easy to bring it into Naturopathy, but it was really hard to interpret and get people to do what I needed them to do, because of my nursing behaviours.  (As in) The way I was trained to just tell people to do things, and you assumed they did them, and off they went, and you never saw them again.

So I trained as a Coach because I needed to change the way I behaved and spoke to people. So I had to do those things.  But then my coaching course is just a coaching course, like you said, with yours.  You know so much, and then you have to figure it out for yourself, so that you can teach it – the same with my coaching course. I did a year’s coaching course. But it taught you to be a coach – it didn’t teach you to be a Naturopathic coach, or to coach your Naturopathic clients.

So I had to weave this newfound knowledge into my business.  And then I had to weave the next thing into my business, or not. You know, I did kinesiology – I rubbish at it, so I do muscle tests, but I don’t do any of their theology. I couldn’t work it in there. I did it. I really enjoyed the course, but it didn’t work. 

The hypnosis, for example – people want hypnosis, but I know they need Naturopathy, so I’ve had to know how to meld the two together. 

And lots of people have other background knowledge that they have to meld into their business. And you have to figure out where your business is going. 

And so you’ve got a course coming up – and you’ve got a workshop coming up: “Journey to Success”.  And the workshop, very interestingly, starts on the 4th, and then on the 5th we’ve got a challenge coming up in “Strictly Education & Support”.  

With “Journey to Success”, that’s around business as well, isn’t it?  It’s around making sure that you’ve got what you need. So tell us more about your workshop, and what’s coming up on the 4th. 

An Insight into Working with Lesley:

Lesley: I’m really excited to present this – it’s kind of a taster of my work and it gives you the opportunity.  I know so many naturopaths, we work for ourselves.  Some of us work in shops or we work for bigger companies. There’s so many different things and ways you can do Naturopathy or herbalism or nutrition. 

And what’s really useful, I’ve found with my journey and my visualisation, and meditating on the business, is that I’ve been guiding a few of my students into their workplace or their business. And it’s been really fascinating to see what has shown up for them. 

For instance, I had one work colleague and she was talking. She really had this clash with a colleague at work, and they had a more senior position.  And she couldn’t figure out what the clash was – what was the energy going on? So we did a meditation around it. And it really became fascinating from her viewpoint of what a Manager’s role was, and what she thought they were expecting of them.

And just from kind of unravelling her symbols, in the story. So, sometimes we use animals, every animal carries an element. So let’s just say, often I will get people to say like: 

“Close your eyes. What animal are you?”

 And they go:

“I’m a giraffe” or “I’m a mouse”. 

And then I’m like:

“OK, close your eyes. Think of the other person. What animal are they?”

“They’re a bird” or “They’re a fish”

And then it becomes fun when we start unpacking the symbolism, like:

A bird sees the world very differently to a giraffe or a mouse. They have different perspectives, different viewpoints. They value different things. 

And when I start to explain – if they’ve said their boss or colleague is like a bird – and I start explaining how birds view the world and how that compares to how they view the world, we have a real giggle.

What is fun about that is, even though we are all human we have different perspectives of the world.  We see things differently.  And so, you can start to value that person’s perspective on the way that they come to it. 

 

Translating this into your Business World:

When we look at just journeying into your business, and a fun thing … 

I kind of take you into a landscape, and what you get is unique to you 

… how you see the world. 

So we kind of unplug that and have a look at

… how do you see the world? 

… how do you experience it?

And then we going with an intention of like:

  • Where is your business?
  • What’s going on? 
  • And what do you most want to focus on in your business right now? 

So just off the top of my head, say, for example:

You see this little sapling tree, in your journey.

And you are really focused on this sapling tree. 

So now anything can come up in a person’s journey.

But let’s just say for instance it’s sapling tree.

 

Then we kind of figure out “well what does that mean?” 

So your business is the sapling tree. 

What does it need? 

Does it need more water, which is emotional support and nourishment from you.

Are you giving it enough attention?

Is it neglected? 

Is the soil depleted and dry? 

Is it getting the nutrients it needs?

 

I mean, you can even see how we can journey a client’s energy.

Or we can get a client to have a look at their landscape as well. 

I do this now and again with clients too, and they will do visualisations with me, and from just the symbolism, I know exactly what’s going on in their life.

So the fun thing about doing this meditation on your business is, you’ll kind of see:

Where is your business going? 

What is fun when I do it for my own business … sometimes the path is a bit harder, before I get to my end goal. Or how long is it going to be before I get to my end goal. 

I get a really good perception of that. 

Like:

  • What obstacles will I have before I get to where I’m going? 
  • What else do I need to bring into my business landscape to support it – to give it the energy that it needs? 
  • What else do I need to bring into my energy, to give me more energy and support, so that I can achieve my goals. 

I’m sure this is painting a whole picture for you as I’m talking.

So we kind of look at the symbolism from that, and also we have to look at your energies:

  • Are you tactile?
  • Are you visionary? 
  • Are you auditory?
  • Are you kinesthetic?

And how to really understand your energy – because after all, our consciousness creates our reality.  What you see, is what you’re going to get.  And we all know that if we have a low energy day, we cannot be motivated to do Facebook posts, or talk about anything, or be stuffed to do anything. So we have to factor ourselves, and nourish ourselves first.

Geraldine: Absolutely. With these visualisations on our business, we can then – you did it with a colleague – and the point is, we can do these with our clients as well. We can totally bring visualisations into our business. 

And I was doing visualisations before I trained in hypnosis. So I’ve been doing visualisations for quite a long time.  Because I learned about them on the coaching course – they didn’t fit in the way the coaching course suggested they should – but it fitted in. 

Because people would come and they’d be really stressed, and you have to get to the bottom of the stress. And they’re trying to do all of the things – they’re trying to parent the children – work full time – do all of the things. And so I found the visualisations were really, really good for them. 

So when do you put visualisations into practice – into your consults?

Channelling Energies:

Lesley: For me it’s useful – as you said, with a visualisation, you can help a person plug into their body – notice where they’re carrying their stress, how they breathe through it, where they are carrying it in their body. 

But when you take that upper level, and you use symbolism, you can also then start to see: 

  • Is it just that person in the way that they see things?
  • Or is there somebody else?
  • Or are there other energies? 
  • Or is it inherited from the family?
  • Is it even before that – ancestral? 
  • When you look at different cultures, they have such specific belief systems.

So in the visualisation that I do, you start to learn the language of symbols. 

So you can really see the layers of that. Even when I get a client to do a visualisation, sometimes it’s so clear that their gut is out of balance – because I start to see the nutrients in their journey or the elements that they are lacking. 

So it’s really, really fascinating. I’m kind of teaching you a language of symbolism that you can use with visualisation.  And to just help a client step out of where they’re going. 

I mean like some cultures, they’ll go:

“I’ve got a stomach ache”

… where they’re actually really stressed, and you wouldn’t know it. 

And some people are so clamped close, because they are so self-protective of their energy.

It’s like, how can you get them just to relax?

And sometimes I can do it in the simplest thing, like just visualising someone to hold a rose.. And to just like:

“How heavy is that rose?” 

“What colour is that rose?” 

“How big or small is it?”

“Does it have patterns?”

“Can you feel the prickles on the stem?“

And you notice how you start engaging with that person’s senses, and them when I tell them to recall that back to me, I can interpret the rose – it’s open-ness, it’s colour, if they’re tactile – I can interpret all those symbols, as well about what’s going on in that person’s life. Just from that image of a rose in their hand, and how they experience it. 

Does that make sense?

Geraldine: Yes, and you teach that as well. So it’s not like you are just doing it – you teach it as well. 

So, I mean, what’s great about having other modalities .. I mean, a lot of people just want to be a Naturopath:

“It’s all I want to be. I’m going to quit my job and I’m going to be a Naturopath”

And I think we have to remember – I’ve never suggested that people just be a Naturopath … and when I say ‘just’, I don’t mean ‘just’ as a nothing, I mean ‘just’ as in single, ‘just’ doing the one thing. A lot of people are in denial about their incredible skills and gifts from their past jobs, and their past who they are.

And by taking those with them and/or learning one or two things new … I was one of these people who would learn a new modality every year, for years and years and years, and would always just fall back on Naturopathy, and think: “Why did I learn kinesiology?”

But introducing things into our business, like visualisation, it’s really easy to introduce them, as long as we know how to do them.  As long as we understand that verbal, that:

“How am I going to discuss the rose with the client?” 

“How am I going to remember all of the aspects, you know, smell, taste, touch?” 

“What does it sound like even – you are holding the rose – there are sounds behind it.” (it might not be the rose makes any sound, but it could be bird song in the back)

 Knowing all of those things and asking those questions.  And they come from – as with you – what you were doing before you were a Naturopath.

We Learn from our Experiences:

Lesley:  Don’t you find too … you might have been drawn to kinesiology because you experienced it. When I’ve experienced something myself, I can relate it to my own life … I mean, most of us became Naturopaths because of health issues, or because of something else going on in our lives – we’ve got direct experience. I know so many Naturopaths who have overcome their own illnesses, through Naturopathy. That’s why I teach the way I do, because I’m very experiential – I need to experience something, and then if it works for me, and it’s so useful – it’s a useful tool, then I will share it with everybody else.

Geraldine: It’s really interesting, when we think about bringing things into our business, and expanding our business, and making our business how we want it to be. Because often our  dreams don’t align with the reality of what we’re doing to reach that dream.  Because often we just hold ourselves back.  

Holding Ourselves Back:

And we’ve had lots of discussions about holding yourself back:

  • Not allowing yourself to take that next step
  • Not giving yourself permission to take the next step, and do the next thing. 
  • And instead that word ‘procrastination’.

There’s a lot of: 

“Are we procrastinating or are we just actually avoiding?” 

Procrastination is the word of overwhelm, I feel. 

  • And sometimes we just avoid things. 
  • And when we’re avoiding, and putting off … 
    • what is it? 
    • who is it that’s holding us back?

 

And that’s where visualisation for ourselves, for our clients – working in that other space, really supports what we’re doing, and how we do things as well, and our connections. 

 

So with your journey to success … so you’ve got this workshop on the 4th. 

How long is the workshop? What are you going to do? What’s going to happen? 

 

Lesley’s Upcoming Workshop:

 

Lesley: So in the workshop,I’m actually going to do a pre recording, of the guided visualisation. And when people sign up, they get the link, and they’ve got a whole week to do the visualisation. So what’s useful about that is, you can actually do it a few times. 

I will have questions at the end of that, and then you just write down what you saw, felt, heard in your visualisation. So you’ve got a week to do that. You can just do it once, or you can do it a few times. And then we’re going to catch up for our “Live” class to discuss your visualisation – what you saw, felt, heard – and then I’m going to help you unpack your symbol.

So I’ll also get everybody to email me all the questions I’ve asked – their answers. So I can obviously gain insite into your journey and then give a holistic view of what it means. 

Positive Experiences:

It’s been amazing. I mean, I just remember the other day, someone actually sent me a message saying a journey I did with them 3 years ago – I did a journey into their future – how they were holding onto that as a lifeline, because how much of that has come true in the last 3 years? … just on a guided visualisation, and it really blew my mind. 

And it was all about their business, and where they were going, and what they would achieve. And it was so hard to see, where they were at, but their journey gave them this feeling of how they would feel at that. And the ups and downs of their landscape – and there would be challenges, but there would be great times. And there were such specific things in their visualisation that they held onto – and it helped them pull through really hard times.

So that was so exciting for me to see. And they had to come back and tell me:

“Oh my God, you’ve got no idea how profound that one visualisation was for me”.

Geraldine: Yeah. It’s amazing. I’ve had a few clients, with very similar sort of story. The visualisation – the realisation at the end of the visualisation is phenomenal, when they’re sitting in the room and they are like:

“Oh my God. Oh, that just changed everything. It’s made it all so clear”

And I can see what I’m doing, and what they’re doing, and how I can move forward. 

I mean, I had one lady. 

At the end of her visualisation – it was her 2nd or 3rd – she came and said: 

 

“I want to do a visualisation today”. 

 

And I was like:

 

“Ah, we weren’t actually going to work on visualisation today. We were going to do these other things. But that’s cool. – that’s what you want to do. Let’s do it”. 

 

And at the end of the visualisation, she said:

 

“Yeah, we’re going to move to Melbourne. I’ve been feeling it since the last one, and I just wanted to confirm”

 

I hadn’t prepared a visualisation, because I’d had no intention of doing one in that session.

So I used a combination of her first 2 visualisations, in this third one. And so it was amazing because she was able to go:

“OK, I can really see now. I know what’s happening and I know that it can’t change here, and we’re going to move to Melbourne”.

I was like “OK”

She said:

“I work for Telstra, so that’s fine. I can work for them in Melbourne, as easily as I can work here for them, and the whole family are going”

And I was like: “OK. Yeah”. 

Lesley: And how many decisions do we make on an emotional feeling? I mean, they say, you look at marketing … people make like 80% of their decisions based on their feelings. And I know as a woman, I base so much of my decisions on my intuition now, because I’ve learned to trust it – it tells me what’s right or wrong for me. How to do we learn that?  How do we grow that?  And it’s so useful in practice.  

How many people choose herbs by what feels right for that person, once you know them well. Even foods – you just have a feeling about things, don’t you?  The better you get to know them, you start having a feeling for what’s right for that person.  

Where do our new ideas come from, that land for you?  It’s about knowing your product – knowing your information. But you rely on your body as well, to feel what’s coming from this person – what’s going on with them.  And this just adds a whole other layer. It’s so fascinating to start to be able to use it, but start with yourself, with your business. Start there – that’s the best way. Because it will really land for you, on how useful it can be. 

Geraldine: Yeah. Because your workshop is on the 4th of September. 

And then on the 5th of September, we’ve got the Challenge in The Academy, which is going to be a nice easy one.  Because I know with challenges, you never get things done. They’re so intense, and everybody falls off the end. So these are every other day. So everybody gets a break.

Getting Motivated in Spring:

Lesley: It’s lovely with Spring now – there’s more motivation now to get things done. And I love listening to your stuff because it reminds me.  We often forget things – we need to tick the list, tick the boxes of what we need for our business, to make it tick over smoothly. 

And I always love the ideas you bring. I still go back and look at those. You know, your little tips in what you give to help our businesses run smoothly.  Because it’s a whole other thing – managing a business – never mind treating patients.

Geraldine: Oh yeah, totally. It’s two jobs as it is, anyway. You’re seeing clients, you’re running your business, you’re doing all the background stuff, and people who don’t run their own business don’t understand. 

And it really helps if we’ve got a little bit of woo–woo going on – not a lot – we don’t need a tonne of woo-woo going on, but it helps to have that other aspect as well, going on – to be able to figure out, this little bit extra, this other way of looking at things, and visualisations for yourself, or with others, they’re great. 

They help move your clients – move you forward, as well. Once you start doing them – once you start trying them out. We’ve got to get our ducks in a row, business-wise, but we also have to get our ducks in a row, in a mental space, as well – in a mindful space.

Starting simple things like journaling … so I’ll start journaling once a month, for 24 hours, and then I’ll stop doing it again. Then I’ll be like “turn over a new leaf – start journaling again” & I’ll be like: “Nah”, and it doesn’t happen. So anyway, there we go, there’s my honest moment there, everybody. 

Reach for the Tools When you Need Them:

Lesley: Don’t you find you reach for those things, when you feel like you’ve hit the crossroads. And it’s like: 

“What is next?” 

I’m the same when my life is hard, it’s when I meditate the most.  It’s like, I need to step out of this stress, and I need a broad perspective.

I find sometimes walking is really meditative for me. I have all these ideas, information lands, like the shower. Even when I do yoga, it can land. 

This could be a great start to your challenge. And that’s people at crossroads … 

  • “Do I need to focus on this area more in my business?” 
  • “Or should I do groups” 
  • “Or should I do 1 on 1?”
  • “Or what kind of program should I offer?”

This will give them more clarity on what area most suit them.

Geraldine: Absolutely. And that’s what you need. 

You need know: 

  • where you’re going
  • where you’re headed
  • what your dream is
  • what your goals are
  • what is it that’s out there for you, that makes your life, and your business work 
    • the best way it can
    • and the calmest way 
    • and it is the easiest way 

But at the same time, our job’s are never easy. 

We’ve all got an empathy-suck going on, the entire time. 

We’re just like endlessly empathy-sucked by our clients. 

 

On Being an Empath:

Lesley: As Naturopaths and healers, we are empaths, because we feel empathy for others. That’s why we stepped into the service industry. That’s why we want to help on the level that we do, because we have this passion for service. And that’s part of what I teach as well. It’s like, what is yours and what is somebody else’s, and be really clear about allowing them to be where they’re at, and not looking at your belief systems, and having to carry that load – having to carry them across the line. Where you are asking your clients to step up, and do the work – to carry their load …

And allow them to do it – allow them to show up for themselves. These are such deep belief concepts that we have. Because as kids – we are empaths as kids because we are trying to support others – we’re trying to be loved more, and if you are more empathic, that’s your language of love.  You see what’s needed, and you step in and provide. The problem with the belief system is that often, we give too much of our own energy to do that. 

Expectations of Clients:

Geraldine: Yeah. That’s just it, isn’t it?  We got to make sure that when we do our job, we get our clients to do their job too, and do their part. And that is a huge problem, because people don’t necessarily do – they’re expecting that magic pill. And we often behave like we are the magic pill, and we have the magic pill, and they’re not doing their part of the bargain.

The odd client I have, you know, nothing’s changed. Why has nothing changed? I can’t understand why nothing’s changed. It always comes out of their mouths towards the appointment, when I’m feeling dreadful, like:

“Well you know, I haven’t done anything. I haven’t achieved anything” 

And they’ll turn and go:

 “Oh, no, I decided not to get the product”

Or “We haven’t used the product, because of what I Googled” 

And it’s just like:

“Well, great. Why are you here? If you can do it all with Google? Bye”

And of course you’ve lost a load of your confidence, and strength, because you are thinking”

“I’m rubbish. I’m terrible. I haven’t achieved anything”

 And of course, no, it’s nothing to do with you. They’re not pulling their weight – they’re not doing their half of the bargain, and you are just giving all of that empathy, and all of that support, and they’re not doing their bit – and they have to do their bit too. 

And that’s part of the consult process – that’s part of making sure that we can get it done – work it out, and get them working, and doing what we need them to do, for success.

Lesley:  Boundaries and expectations, isn’t it? And it’s about us getting clear about what does the client need? And being clear with them, about what we require of them, to show up and work with us.  Because it’s a working relationship.

Signing Off: 

Geraldine: Now – I think it’s probably time to go, isn’t it – we’ve been on here quite a while.

Lesley: I’m looking forward to your challenge. It’s going to be good. I need it – I’m starting new things. I need to tick some boxes as well. So I’m hoping to get clear in my visualisation about what I need next, and then using your challenge to help me action it. That’ll be fun.

Geraldine: Yeah, it’ll be really good. We look forward to your workshop on the 4th of September and the start of my Challenge on the 5th. And it’s just getting ‘ducks in a row’ people – it’s “Get Sorted September” coming up.

It’s been great having you on, Lesley. And thank you all very much. And thank you all for us everyone. We look forward to seeing you all again, when we see you again.

Lesley:  Awesome. Thank you G. Bye.

Geraldine: See ya. Bye. 

Thanks so much for joining me today. Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast, for the weekly episodes. If you’d like even more support and learning, then The Academy is for you. Here, you’ll find part 2 of the herbal discussions, more clinical learning, and case studies, to support your clients in practice. Bye for now.

 

Ep 197 – The Room in Your Mind

What is it about that room in your mind that is stopping you from completing everything? Do you feel overwhelmed or overloaded by all the ‘things’ you have to do? 

Today Geraldine talks about the room in your mind and how you can chunk it down and clean it out, so we can keep our lives running smoothly and with synchronicity

Get a taste for content in this podcast:

 

“What is it – that one thing that’s blocking me, that’s stopping me …that if I just get on and do that, and get it done, get it sorted, I can move onto the next thing?  What is it about that bedroom of my mind that is stopping me from completing everything? Is it that the Lego needs tidying up – all those little wee bits, just need picking up, and putting in a basket – and that can actually be sorted out later.  So it might be that all of your financial papers (all of the bills and invoices and everything else), they all just need putting in one place.”

 

September Challenge:

 

Welcome to September.  

In the Facebook Group “Strictly Education & Support” we’re currently involved in the “Get Sorted September” challenge – why don’t you come over and join us?

As long as you join before the 20th, then you’ll be in it, to win it.  

There’s a Challenge Tracker, and if you win on the Challenge Tracker, then you win a 1-to-1 with me 🥳. 

So maybe, just maybe, I’ll see you over in the group, and I’ll see you in the challenge.

For now, you enjoy the podcast, and hope to see you soon.

Podcast Introduction:

 

Mentoring with Geraldine is a bite-sized practitioner podcast for naturopaths, nutritionists, herbalists, and practitioners. Responding directly to the needs of the practising natural therapist.  With interviews, herbal discussions, something business, something clinical … you’ll get the variety you need to enjoy and stay motivated in practice.

 

So thanks for joining me today. Don’t forget to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast for our episodes. If you’d like more support, get in contact and I look forward to working with you soon.

 

Episode Introduction: Overwhelm

 

Hello, everyone. Welcome to “Mentoring with Geraldine and the Bite-Sized podcast”. 

How the devil are you? 

 

So today I thought I would talk about overwhelm and …. we totally all have it, don’t we?

It affects us all, at different times, and in different ways. 

 

Overwhelm – Making it Real:

 

I always equate it, back to years and years ago, my father was visiting from New Zealand ( 15 years ago, something like that), and my son’s room (or my daughter’s room – I can’t remember which child) – the room was really messy. 

 

And I said: 

 

“Come on, we have to tidy up your room, tidy up your room”. 

 

And my father turned around and said:

 

“You know what? I think it’s got to the point in there, that he doesn’t know where to start, and he needs help”.  

 

And that stopped me in my tracks. It’s ridiculous. Isn’t it? 

 

I mean, clearly, things get to a point where you can’t do it by yourself, and you need support.  But it just stopped me. 

 

And then at the time, I was running my own business, but not really. It was small. The kids were little. I think it must have been my son, because I think my daughter was very little. 

 

And so my business was very small. My business was just ticking over, with a few clients. 

I paid for our holidays every year – that’s the money that I put aside to pay for our travelling. 

 

And here I was blasted by this: “It’s too big to figure out where to start” comment.  

And I think that that is something that is totally relatable in our own business – in small business. 

 

Does this Sound Familiar?

 

  • We don’t know where to start
  • And so sometimes we avoid starting, by doing other things
    • and we call that procrastination 
  • Whereas it’s not …
    • Because you are doing other things  
      • those other things still need to be done!  
  • But we often have this huge elephant in the room 
    • that we can’t decide how to start on that object. 

 

So for me, at the moment, The Paediatric Online Mastery Course, I’ve had to put it off, because I had Covid, and I was down for a couple of months. I really couldn’t work. 

I mean, I did work, but I wasn’t at full capacity, so I couldn’t do all of the other things I normally do.  

 

And it keeps going on the back burner – it keeps being pushed out a month. 

It’s normally delivered in August. Well, it’s clearly not now, is it? 

And so it’s been pushed out to October,and it needs to change as well. 

So that’s another motivator

 

So I’ve got a motivator, on one hand … 

  • that it does need changing, and that things need tidying up  
  • It needs a new landing page

 

So I know all the things it needs, but on the other hand …

  • I actually want to do some private study – I want to do some pathology study 
  • I want to do some study into regulations

 

(These are) things that you guys need to know – so that I can have these things on my website – and deliver them to you for free so that you’ve got them.

 

Because everybody has been saying:

 

“Oh, I need CBD points. I need CBD points”. 

 

But to have those for next year (because you’ve all just done your CPD for this year, if you are a mid-year one, or it’s coming up for December). So I’ve got a lead in for these things. 

 

So that means I need: to create – to develop – so that it’s there for you.

And these things will take time.  

 

Are you Stuck in the Overwhelm Zone?



And it’s the same with our clients, and with our business. 

What is it that we put off with our clients? 



For me, it was always the financials – that paperwork, specifically. 

So once I got myself a bookkeeper, it just changed my universe. 

I just had so much more space in my brain to do things … 

Because I wasn’t worrying about dates, and whether I’d done things!

(I mean, I pay every bill as soon as it comes in – that’s something I do – as soon as the bill comes in, I pay it immediately, because I don’t want to forget anything. I don’t want people to have to remind me. And we’re all small businesses and it’s really rude if we don’t pay a small business.  Fine – I don’t mind leaving Telstra until the ‘pay me by’ date, but everything else gets paid immediately).  

 

We’ve got this overwhelm around certain things in our lives, and certain parts that we are doing. And other things just seem to flow. 

 

We get up and we cook the dinner every night, don’t we, for example – it doesn’t matter who we are. We participate in the creation of food for ourselves. 

 

We participate in the creation of stuff for our daily activities – of daily living – as they’re called in medicine.  

 

But what is it that is stopping your flow, right now? 

And how big is that thing?

And how can you chunk it down? 

 

Like my son’s bedroom:

We went in and we started with the lego. I (said): “Let’s just do the Lego first”. 

 

What is the one thing that you can do right now that will help you in your business?  

What is the one thing, that if you got that done, everything else would just be a little bit easier? 

 

Get Sorted September Challenge 

(link below to join -it’s free)

 

So we’ve got the: “Get Sorted September” challenge coming up.

 

We’re going to do some of these things. 

We’re going to do some big picture work.

But we’re going to do some small activities as well, so that we can really think about: 

 

“What is it – that thing?” 

“… that one thing that’s blocking me – that’s stopping me?”

“… that if I just get on and do that, and get it done, get it sorted 

“… I can move on to the next thing”. 

 

What is it about that bedroom of my mind that is stopping me from completing everything? 

  • Is it that the Lego needs tidying up – all those little wee bits, just need picking up, and putting in a basket – and that can actually be sorted out later.  
  • It might be that all of your financial papers (all of the bills and invoices and everything else) – they all just need putting in one place
    • Nothing else needs doing. 
    • It might be something really simple like that. 
  • It might be researching something
  • It might be putting stuff on social media  

 

???

What is it, that is your block, in the bedroom of your mind 

that is stopping you from getting out and doing these things 

and reducing your overwhelm 

by finding that thing

??? 

 

If it’s Quick – Deal with it Now:

 

There’s another little rule. 

(and I don’t know who’s it is – somebody, a coach …). 

They said that:

 

“If you can do it in under 5 minutes, do it! (so that it’s off your plate)“ 

 

That’s like paying a bill, isn’t it? 

That takes you about 2 minutes to pay a bill. 

So that’s the sort of thing we want. 

 

What is it, and if we can do it really, really quickly – do it!,

Don’t put it on the back burner, because the things that take longer, we have to delegate them time.  

And that might be another thing. 

 

Planning your Time:

 

Maybe you need to plan your time. 

For the things you hate! 

 

That’s what I was originally doing with all my invoices and paperwork. 

I would do them on a Tuesday morning. It was in my calendar. 

It would say do accounts in my calendar at 9:00am on a Tuesday morning … 

  • and often I would try and do something else
  • often I would put it off 
  • and then it would become a bigger problem, and a bigger problem, and a bigger problem 
  • until I sat down and said: 

 

“No, I’m going to do this now. I’m going to spend this time”

 

But we can avoid doing that (avoiding the yuk jobs)…

If we can see what the sticking point is

where the problem is 

so that we can overcome that problem

 

I work with a lot of people, and for everyone in The Academy

I go over this all the time! 

I talk about this all the time! 

Because I think it’s something that’s a problem for us all!  

You’re not alone – it is totally a problem for us all. 

 

I’ve woken up this morning, and it’s not even 8.30 yet, and I’m on here because it came to me (I was in the kitchen, and it came to be about my father saying that about my son), and I thought that’s a really good analogy. 

 

Remember the House Analogy – Chunk it Down

 

We have rooms in our brains – we have rooms in our house – we have rooms in our lives, and things within those rooms. 

A whole house is a big picture. 

How do I clean my house? It’s massive! 

Let’s chunk it down. 

How do I clean my room? 

Let’s chunk it down. 

How do I clean the cupboard? 

 

And it’s the same in our business?  

How can I study for that exam? 

I need to chunk it down. 

How can I learn more about this thing – how can I learn more about Essential Polycythemia and yet still have time to see the client later? 

How can I learn more about this problem, and still do the other thing? 

 

We have to give ourselves time.

Chunk it down.  

If it’s a quick thing, do it immediately. 

If it’s something that’s a slower thing, think about it. 

How am I going to do this? 

How can I chunk it down? 

How can I reduce the pressure on me to complete it? 

 

Signing Off:

 

So that’s what I’m leaving you with this morning. 

And if you’ve got all the way to the end, don’t forget to like, and subscribe, and leave a review.  That would be lovely, if you wouldn’t mind. 

So have a beautiful rest of day, whatever time of day it is for you. 

And I look forward to seeing you on the next cast. 

Bye.

 

Thanks so much for joining me today. Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast, for the weekly episodes. If you’d like even more support and learning, then The Academy is for you. Here, you’ll find part 2 of the herbal discussions, more clinical learning, and case studies, to support your clients in practice. Bye for now.



Ep 196 – Stress in Business

How do you handle stress in your business and personal life? If we think about ourselves as a battery that needs charging, then how will we charge ourselves? How can we avoid burnout and overwhelm? How can we support ourselves in the never-ending cycle of small business? 

In today's episode, Geraldine discusses ways to reduce your stress and deal with overwhelm in business.

Click here to join the September Challenge: https://www.geraldineheadley.com/gssc

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Episode 196: Stress in Business

Get a taste for content in this podcast:

 

“We all have different ways of managing our stress, but sometimes we’re in denial about that stress, and how stressful running your own business can be. We need help, and we need support. We need systems, and that’s the only way to avoid the stress”. 

September Challenge:

Welcome to September.  

In the Facebook Group “Strictly Education & Support” we’re currently involved in the “Get Sorted September” challenge – why don’t you come over and join us?

As long as you join before the 20th, then you’ll be in it, to win it.  

There’s a Challenge Tracker, and if you win on the Challenge Tracker, then you win a 1-to-1 with me 🥳. 

So maybe, just maybe, I’ll see you over in the group, and I’ll see you in the challenge.

For now, you enjoy the podcast, and hope to see you soon.

Podcast Introduction:

Mentoring with Geraldine is a bite-sized practitioner podcast for naturopaths, nutritionists, herbalists, and practitioners. Responding directly to the needs of the practising natural therapist.  With interviews, herbal discussions, something business, something clinical … you’ll get the variety you need to enjoy and stay motivated in practice.

 

So thanks for joining me today. Don’t forget to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast for our episodes. If you’d like more support, get in contact and I look forward to working with you soon.

 

Episode Introduction: Stress Management

 

Hello, everyone and welcome to “Mentoring with Geraldine and the Bite-size podcast”. How are you today? 

 

Well, today I thought let’s talk about stress management

We all have a bit of stress don’t we?

  • Stress has changed over the last couple of years. 
  • Things have changed dramatically in 
    • how we want to show up 
    • how we want to be in business
    • what we want to do 

If you’ve been stuck at home a lot with family, how you work with family has changed, how you want to be with your loved ones, has changed. 

It’s really interesting. 

The dynamics and the changes that we’ve all gone through over the last couple of years. And it doesn’t matter where you are.

 

Some people did it really tough. 

The Victorians did it really tough. 

They took one for the team, and how they managed, nobody knows!

But they had to manage, and they’ve totally worked out different ways of being, and different thought processes, just as the rest of us have, but in different ways, different timelines, and all the rest of it.

 

So I thought let’s talk about the stress management of ‘now’. 

Because it’s different to the stress management while we were going through all of that lockdown, and everything else, isn’t it?

It’s very different, how we’ve come out the other side, and we still haven’t finished with it. I’ve only just got over Covid – I’ve still got a little bit of Long Covid, tagging along – a little bit of exhaustion.

I’m lacking a bit of clarity that I had in the past, and there’s stress associated with that. 

 

There’s stress associated with illness, as we know from our clients. And it’s great…

  • We tell our clients they need to exercise 
  • But they need to relax 
  • They need to deep breathe
    • This is how you do square breathing 
    • Choose your colours
    • Find 7 things … 
    • … all of the stress systems that are out there 
  • Eat well 
  • Slow down, take a break … 

 

We All Have Stressors

 

But for us – those of us running a business and doing something else as well – none of you are just doing one thing.

Nobody is just doing one thing. 

We all run a household. 

We are the man about the house or the woman about the house, we run a household.

We’re single – we’ve got a family – we run a household – we’re doing another job. 

There’s always another job. 

It might just be feeding yourself, if you are single, and you might find that a chore.

We all find different things a chore. 

 

And so stress management for us is different.

For every person it’s different.

 

Boundaries are So Important:

 

For every person who has a small business, it’s a big deal, and we try to ignore it.

But it takes stress home with us – and we have to place those boundaries. 

There have to be those boundaries in place. 

Otherwise, we really end up suffering – with the stress of it all – with everything that we’ve got to do – all the external parts of our business, as well as the internal parts. 

 

Lots of us are introverts, and here we are online doing all these things. 

 

“Oh yeah, Geraldine – you’re not an introvert”. 

 

We all have an introverted aspect to our personality. 

Even the person that you think is the most outgoing, still has an introverted aspect somewhere. They want to relax somehow, and be away from people. 

 

I find social media to be quite difficult, and yet I’m on there all the time!

Or so you’d think, but it’s actually very controlled (the amount of time that I spend on social media). 

 

My iPhone at the end of each week tells me how long I’ve been on everything. 

And then I touched on it differently the other week, and it gave me this huge breakdown of everything that I touch on my phone, which games I play, what I open first.

 

So Gmail, I open first – so I don’t open social media first.

Social media is a relatively long way down the list. 

It shows that I only watch TikTok on a Sunday evening. 

It’s very rare that I’m caught watching TikTok any other time. 

And my TikTok does not have dancers on it – it’s all political.

So I catch up on world politics on my TikTok, and my daughter shows me cats on hers.

 

We all have different ways of managing our stress. 

Sometimes we’re in denial about that stress

and how stressful running your own business can be. 

We need help and we need support. 

We need systems, and that’s the only way to avoid the stress

 

Make Time for Yourself:

 

We should be doing things like waking in the morning, and journaling, and meditating. 

And what is really good about those things is, when we think about them … 

If you wake up in the morning and think:

 

“Oh, I haven’t got time to journal. I haven’t got time to journal”. 

 

… it actually means that – yes, you probably should be journaling! 

Because why haven’t you got the time?

 

  • What is it that you need to remove, or change, or replace, 
    • so that you have got the time for you? 
    • so that you have got the time for your partner? 
    • so that you have got the time for your children? 
    • so that you have got the time for your animals? 
    • So that you have got the time for you and the things that you need to do? 
  • Where is that time going?

 

How do you Track your Time?:

 

So lots of coaches and mentors, they will say:

 

“Get a time diary. What are you doing every 20 minutes of the day?”

 

And if it’s too much to try and do every 20 minutes, either cut it down to 15, so that you’re doing it more regularly, or expand it to every half an hour. 

But don’t say, what should I do in the hour.

Because in the hour, you might have spent 45 minutes doing social media, and then you do 15 minutes of sitting down, writing the blog, and then you’re like:

 

“Oh, how long was I on social media for? 

How long was I writing the blog for?

I don’t know, because it’s an hour.”

 

So we really need to break it down into – the longest period would be half an hour – 20 minutes is good – or 15 minutes if you think, well, I can’t do it.

And then you can really decide: what it is that you’re doing. 

 

How are you spending your time? 

What you’ll discover, and what I discovered the first time I tried to do it, I was like:

 

“I haven’t got time to do this”. 

And so I did it over a week, because I would find: 

  • I’d be able to do it for a couple of hours 
    • and then I’d go off on a tangent
    • I’d forget I was doing it 
    • or I’d go out 
    • or I had to go and pick up children, or something. 
  • So it was just like 3-hour blocks were gone, because I had to run all over the place, and do things
  • So I didn’t have those – that time would become something else – so it’s kind of crossed out – there would just be a line through it, saying school run or whatever it was 

 

So I had to do it over a whole week, rather than over a 24 hour period. 

Because normally it’s recommended to do a 24 hour period – see how you go. 

 

But I had to do it over a whole week, because there would be huge gaps. 

  • It would just say school because I’d be like: “Well I did like 300 things!”
  • I tried to drive here – do that – do this – do that – do the other thing.. as I dropped off – picked up – went to the sports – then came back.
  • You know what it’s like – those of you with children.  
  • They need running everywhere. 

 

Figure out the Best System for you:

 

So it’s a really good idea to chart out – use whatever system you want. 

You can use a spreadsheet – and you can use a spreadsheet on your phone.

 

Don’t use an app, because there’s a lot of tracking of these apps, as it turns out.

I keep seeing that on Tik Tok.

Don’t use period apps. 

Don’t use those apps, because they’re tracked. 

And, and so that’s ‘Big Brother’ watching, and all the rest of it. 

 

  • So it’s a good idea with these (systems)
    • if it does go on a piece of paper 
    • or that does go on a spreadsheet on your phone
    • that is therefore in Google sheets, if you’ve got Google Workplace 
      • that’s supposed to be behind firewalls 
      • and not part of anybody else’s information 



Schedule in You-Time as Well:

 

So when we think about: 

 

“How am I spending my time?” 

“How could I use it more productively, but 

How can I enjoy the things that I’ve got on there?”

 

I like going on to Tik Tok. 

I like hearing all the politics. 

I like watching these people. 

 

I found myself on American TikTok quite a bit, or in an Australian American Tik Tok, where one lot is saying the other doesn’t exist. The Americans are saying the Australians don’t exist. Australia’s not there. It’s not really a place. 

And Australians are saying: “Yes, we’re actually upside down” and showing pictures of everything upside down and saying “Yeah, we are on the other side of the world”, especially for the Americans who don’t understand what gravity is. 

 

I enjoy that time.

I enjoy watching that. 

I find it fun. 

So it’s designated to a time so that I know I’m going to enjoy that time. 

 

It’s like in the mornings, I have a coffee – I have a dirty chai every day. 

I really enjoy that dirty chai – I make it and I sit down and I enjoy it. 

This morning, I discovered we didn’t have any oak milk or almond milk or anything else.

I make it with a nut milk alternative. 

And so I didn’t have any, so I had to go to the supermarket, and the supermarket that I go to is Foodland. 

If you’ve not been to Adelaide, then you don’t know what a supermarket is really. 

So we have the best supermarket in the world. It literally is. 

It wins awards, being the supermarket in the world.

And there’s a cafe and I go in there and there’s all the organics.

 

And so I went this morning and I had my Almond Dirty Chi made for me.

I then went and got all the ingredients for muesli, because I was like: “Oh, well I’m getting my oat milk and everything else”. 

So I did all those things. So it was a bit different this morning, but …

Normally that time with my chai – it’s like I say to my clients: 

 

“If you’re going to drink coffee, make it worthwhile”.

“If you are going to eat cake, enjoy the cake”. 

 

Don’t think to yourself it’s a guilty pleasure, but I don’t see why there is guilt. 

If you’re going to enjoy something, enjoy it properly, relax and take that moment and enjoy that moment properly. 

 

And if you know what you are doing with your time, and how you’re spending your time, And if you allocate time to enjoying yourself – time on TikTok, or getting a massage, or whatever it might be …

 

I allocate my massage.

I see a massage therapist – I might see them every 6 weeks or so.

I designate those things in my diary and they absolutely can’t be changed. 

They are everything to me. 

 

And so we have to think to ourselves:

 

“How can I fit these things in to support myself

 … to support my stress levels, or reduce my stress levels, and to feel good”

“How am I going to do these things?” 

“How am I going to make my life fulfilling as well as supporting others?” 

 

Clients are empathy suckers. 

It’s as simple as that. 

So we have to have time when we can be replenished. 

 

If you think of yourself as a battery, you need charging – simple as that.

You’ve gotta be charged. 

And if you don’t charge, then you’re stressed – you’re exhausted

And everything just becomes too much! 

 

I’ve particularly noticed my level of exhaustion or battery depletion over the last 2 months since I’ve had Covid.  I’m exhausted every afternoon. I have to really think about how I’m going to use my energy – how I’m going to spend my time – where I’m going to put my energy.

 

 I’m now thinking:

 

“OK. I need to work with other people who are going to do more for me 

– who are going to run my Facebook ads for me 

– who are going to do these things for me 

– who are going to help me do things 

– not just get me to do them 

– not just say, “Yes, this is how you do it off you go”

–  I need more support” 

 

And that’s something that has become very plain.

I need to change the way I do things. 

 

So, next year, The Graduate Mastery Program is going to be formatted differently. 

There’s going to be an intensive period, and then there’s going to be the group work.

So that they just slot in with the other things that I won’t be changing. 

 

Be Open to Change to Support Ourselves:

 

So we have to make sure that we are willing to change.

We have to make sure that we’re willing to look after ourselves, and think about it, in the long term. 

 

Think about how can we support ourselves? 

How can we do things for ourselves to support us, in that longer timeframe

 

So in The Academy in November, we have the virtual retreat. 

This is every year – we have the virtual treat.

 

This year we’re going to have 3, but we (normally) have 2 longer activity days. 

The third one is in September this year – we’re going to have a 3 hour session on ‘Discovery Calls’ and getting your clients back, and speaking to your clients.

But that’s sort of an extra 1

 

The 2 big ones at the beginning of the year. 

We have “Programs in Practice” and that’s a study day. 

Then we have implementation following that.

That is getting your program set up in your practice

That’s figuring out what it’s going to be – who your avatar is – doing all the things to have that program set up.

It’s $47 a month to be in The Academy

So it’s really cheap.

You could just go ahead, pay for somebody’s really expensive course, do that. 

They’ve literally done the courses that I have done, to be delivering what I am delivering. So same, same, different, different, however you want to do it.

 

Anyway it’s all there. 

So we do “Programs in Practice” at the beginning of the year.

It’s all there for the rest of the year – it’s just that I deliver it live then, and I’m there making sure those people who want to be doing that at this point in time, that I’m supporting them through it, and they get an extra appointment with me, if they’re doing it.

 

Then at the end of the year, every November, we have virtual retreats. 

So we’re onto our 3rd one now. 

The 1st one was hilarious, because every year (I can’t send it to people in New Zealand, and I’ve never tried to send it to WA) but I send out a smudge stick. 

 

So Louise Kerwin makes smudge sticks for me.

And the first lot she made were really big, because that’s how she normally makes them. 

So she made these smudge sticks and they were huge. 

I was like: “How am I going to send these things?” 

And I ended up getting cylinders for everybody’s gifts, and I put them all in the cylinders, and I had to make everything exactly 5 kilos, including the cylinder, so that it could be posted at a particular price in the cylinder. 

 

And I sent to however many people I sent them to, and it was a nightmare. 

Not only the day that I had to pack them, because I had to pack and send them within 2 weeks ….but this particular day was the only day I could do it.

And they were re-tarmacing the road outside my house, which is also my office. 

And so I’d ended up in the morning – because they came by at 7.30 in the morning – so the night before I’d put everything into the boot of the car. 

And then when they came and knocked on the door – I’d parked the car in another street, like two streets over.  

And then when I’d done what I needed to do, and then walked to the car, and proceeded to drive to the post office. 

And in the car park at the post office, I packed everything into the envelopes, stuck everybody’s address labels on that, and then went in to the post office with all of these bags of cylinders to be posted around the world – around Australia, and to New Zealand and the UK, and all sorts of places. 

Some made it – some didn’t – some people never got theirs – but I definitely posted to everyone.

 

Then last year we’d made smaller ones, and they all went into squashy envelopes. 

And this year they’re even smaller. 

They are the perfect size this year, and they will all fit into the squashy envelope. 

There’s always lots of things in there, and this year it’s going to be on the theme of self care.

 

Because stress is big 

and we’re not caring for ourselves

We seem to think now – that we’ve had this break of 2020 – when we had our designated “you have to be closed down” breaks – and that we’ve had our rest. 

 

And yet I think we need to look again and say to ourselves:

“I learned a lot in 2020

… about myself, 

… about my business, 

… about how I was doing things”. 

 

And for me, I ignored it through 202, and it was only because I got Covid in 2022, and I’ve now been having afternoon ‘nana naps’ every day for the last 2 months that I’m like:

 

“Hmm, things need to change in the way I work”.

“Things need to be different” 

 

And I need to activate those changes, rather than just thinking about it, or being overwhelmed by it, and ignoring it. 

 

So my challenge to you, if you choose to accept it, is:

  • to make yourself a little spreadsheet 
    • or use diaries available online 
      • (you can just download them, and use them, that have times on them) 
    • and to say: 
      • What are you doing?
      • How are you spending your time? 

 

You know, if you do 24-48 hours, great. 

You might have to spread it out over numerous days, because there are big gaps where it’s just like, “I can’t be stopping the car every 20 minutes to write down:, ‘drove one child to ballet, the other child to ballet at a different place, gymnastics’ or something”.

 

So if you should choose to accept the challenge – I strongly suggest that you do – especially if you’ve got things in your diary (such as my Tuesday morning finances, where I would actively do something else).

 

So it’s like on a Tuesday, every week, it comes up at 1230 in my diary, #Training Tuesday, but at 12.30 on a Tuesday, I’m always doing something else.

So it always happens on a Thursday. 

 

We can have things in our diaries and then we need to reassess and go:

  • Is this really the right time?
  • Is this the right day? 
  • Is this the right way? 

 

For me … 

  • “do finances on a Tuesday morning” 
    • which never happened 
  • culminated in”get a bookkeeper”. 

So I have Marie’s bookkeeping and she’s great because it’s all online.

There is Karen – she’s another one in New Zealand that I know of, if people need a mobile bookkeeper. 

 

So I will tag both of them in the footnotes of this, so if you need a bookkeeper and a mobile one here in Australia who understands about GST-free consults and all the rest of it, then Marie’s bookkeeping.

 

And if you are in New Zealand, then Karen is a great online bookkeeper as well. 

So you don’t actually have to do it yourself. 

They do it for you, which was a major stress relief for me. 

 

We Need to Practice What we Preach:

 

So we know how to help our clients with stress.

We do it all the time.

But are we helping ourselves? 

 

And I want you to really think about how you are helping yourself get through stress, right now.  And what you’re doing with your time, and how you can allocate it better, so that that battery of yours doesn’t become empty, and you’re able to refuel on a regular basis.

Don’t let it run out like a Tesla in the middle of the desert.

 

Signing Off:

 

So I’ll leave it there today. 

It was lovely catching up with you, and I look forward to seeing you on the next one. 

And you know, the usual things – you’ve made it to the end – if you can, I’d love a 5-star review and a comment. That would be absolutely brilliant because that supports me in my small business, just like I’m trying to support you in your small business.

I’ll see you soon. 

Bye. 

 

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Links as promised:

 

Australia: Maree’s Mobile Bookkeeping: https://www.mareesmobilebookkeeping.com.au/

 

New Zealand: KD Bookworks: https://www.kdbookworks.co.nz/