One week I am talking about coaching techniques and the next bikini season. It's called balance.
"Unsubscribe. Not in this text chain," is what I texted when one of my best gal pals started talking about her cellulite and swimsuit season.
I knew what would happen next. Every woman, including myself, starting in on what was wrong with their body.
Women who have birthed babies. Women who have successful careers. Women who are making a difference in the world. Women who have so much value in the world outside of their body.
Strong. Smart. Kind. Funny. Powerful Women.
This wasn't the first time as a woman I've participated in this convo but hopefully the last.
Every time we chatter about being fat or having cellulite or ugly legs or fat arms or whatever else we make up in our minds, our brain and psyche take note. Not just note but in a big ole sharpie.
I am sure if I could track the time and energy I have spent with negative thoughts about my body, I could go back to my early 30s. It makes me sad to think about the energy and mind space I and so many women have spent obsessing and berating our bodies instead of showing up in all our awesomeness.
And what we miss out on because we aren't perfect. Pool parties. Sleeveless dresses. Shorts. Memories with friends and families. And even if we don't miss out we can be so preoccupied with the thoughts we miss the moments.
I can't do it anymore and I can't let you either. Not on my watch.
Come back to this statement every time you start down a rabbit hole of all the reasons you don't like your body.
I am grateful for my body because..
Ask yourself again and again until it shuts up the voice that tells you “You aren't enough”.
Because you are more than enough and you deserve to feel it.
Fellow coach Kevin Huntting and I are bringing our Friday reflections to YOU! As coaches who do the work with themselves and their clients, our weeks bring great insights that have to go beyond ours. In this episode we share a personal and professional insight including creating a DONE List and finding your zone. I would love to hear your insights. Message me here!
One of my goals in Q1 was to receive my COR.E Dynamics Leadership Specialist certification which I did! It may sound like a lot of hullabaloo to you but what it means is I have more tools and knowledge to better serve you!
In COR.E Dynamics we talk about how influencers like spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, social and environmental are factors that can work for you or against you.
They can enhance or distract your energy.
They are the stressors that take our joy away.
When performance is not at peak, one of these is off.
My environment has been less than ideal this year and I know I'm not alone. We moved back from Norway. Had three adults working from home. And the biggest stressor for me was not feeling like I had a space of my own.
I managed this by making the space I had as good as I could but definitely had some "poor me" thoughts and got snippy when people came to eat their dinner in my office aka the kitchen table.
But today I got my office back and a little bit of groove. While I'll miss my little brother I already feel a sense of relief to have privacy, space and a place of inspiration to bring my fullest energy. It wasn't terrible working this way the past3 months but it definitely wasn't ideal and was probably more of a drain than I realized.
What are you tolerating in your environment?
What could you do today to make your environment work for you?
How might you alter the factors, that are less than ideal and under your control, to change?
We'll be talking about the other influencers in the upcoming months so get ready!
It's hard to believe we are entering Q2 of 2021 in just two days. Corporate measurements die hard.
Having markers in our life to check in with ourselves is incredibly valuable and necessary. Otherwise days, weeks and months can go by before you know it.
I am sure you set out the beginning of the year with some goals, accomplishments, life changes, etc., that you wanted to make. Let this serve as a check in for what that was for you.
Where are you with what you set out to do?
On track? Forgot what track you were on? What track are you talking about?
Whatever your answer is, it's the right answer. You're right where you need to be.
Aware of where you have been and making a choice of where you want to go.
Personally, I check in weekly and monthly to ensure I'm on track. Have things changed since the beginning of the year? Absofreakinlutely. I got thrown off kilter with some things and had opportunities that changed my course. I didn't beat myself up or stay stuck on a certain thing happening or not happening but adapted and adjusted staying true to my intentions.
Life happens. Let it happen with no judgment. Then adjust and adapt.
Use the next week to think through where you are and where you want to go.
If you need to scrap the plan, scrap it. If you need to keep at it, keep at it. If you need to back off a little, back off.
Just don't give up on whatever it is you want. You deserve it. I'll always be here for a check in on that.
Katie and I were in conversation this past weekend about a decision we need to make. We have been going back and forth and hemming and hawing and round and round. You get the idea.
Then she said "I think the problem is we are playing defense, not offense and that's just now who we are".
Look at the coach getting coached.
In sports there is a saying "Offense sells ticket but defense wins championships," but so often in life we live in defense mode which rarely leads us to a win.
In this case we totally were. We were in a place of defense. Waiting for stuff to fall in place. Hoping things may change. Not wanting to make a call.
We weren't thinking offensively. We weren't making moves even if we had to redirect later. We weren't taking the power back in this situation. We were letting it happen TO us not making it work FOR us.
We do that a lot in life. We are paralyzed to make the wrong move so we don't. We stay on defense waiting for clarity to come to us as opposed to going out and seeking it. We would rather play safe than move forward without certainty.
What are you playing defense on in your life?
For us, we have put a plan in place and moving forward. Things may change and our plans may shift but we'll move forward offensively because remember "you'll miss 100% of the shots you never take". *I told you I liked sports quotes.*
Still struggling with making moves and feeling stuck? You don't have to go it alone. Email me and let's team up to get you the progress you want!
This is Rusti and he lives in Norway and is living the dream. I have this printed and up on my wall in the office because it brings me joy and I am super intentional about putting things in my daily life that bring me joy.
I was on a call the other day with a friend (Hi C!) and she mentioned how she was taking a mental joy day. I literally said, “Wait. What? Did you say a mental joy day?”
Where has this concept been all my life?!!
Not a mental health day but a mental joy day. She was taking a day to go do something that provided her joy.
A proactive approach to mental health
What would a mental joy day be for you?
What is one thing you can do this week that fills you with joy?
What is one thing you can start implementing into your week that may serve no other purpose than it lights you up and bring you joy?
And let me stop you right here, you do have the time. I can promise there is some time in your week (even if it’s not significant) that you can use to reconnect and create space for you.
This should be an easy task. Schedule something that brings you joy but it is so often put on the back burner. I hear excuses like “I don’t have the time” or I hear the underlying message of “I don’t deserve to because I haven’t “earned” it.
This is not the truth.
Whether a printed photo of an alpaca or a day doing your favorite thing. Make your mental joy day a staple so that you can build a life that requires less mental health days.
In celebration of love month, we are going to talk all things self-care. Self-care for the body. Self-care for the heart. Self-care for the mind.
Self-care can feel a little fluffy, abstract and indulgent. But when you check out the definition below it is anything but those.
We care for our homes. We care for our kids and pets. We care for our friends and family. We care for our clothes and cars but often we don't care for ourselves with the same intention.
Self-care is less about massages (which count too) and more about setting boundaries and protecting your energy.
Self-care is implementing preventative and maintenance practices as opposed to responding with self-care when things get hard.
Self-care is doing what you need to be your best self in whatever form that looks like.
Today's homework is taking inventory on your current beliefs about self-care and how you currently work self-care into your daily life. Here are some questions to ask yourself.
What is my definition of self-care?
How am I implementing self-care in my daily life?
Do I respond with self-care when things are bad or do I lead my life with it?
On a scale of 1-10 how important is self-care to me?
Am I honoring that importance in the way I show up for myself?
We are going to dig in this month and put some structure around self-care so that you can continue to kick ass in your life without the burn out and frustration.
Self-care is 100% necessary for us to show up as ourselves and live our truest life. You deserve it.
I am reading Stacey Abrams book, Lead from the Outside, and this line has been playing over and over in my mind since I read it.
“Don’t stop yourself with logic of possibility. Logic is a seductive excuse for setting low expectations. Its cool rational precision urges you to believe that it make sense to limit yourself. And when your goal means you’ll be the first, or one of the few, as I desired, logic tells you that if it were possible, someone else would have done it by now.”
... a seductive excuse
... cool rational precision
... makes sense to limit yourself
... if it were possible
Logic man.. What a buzz kill.
The things that make life bold and worth it and exciting are not often backed by logic.
What is ONE thing you would do if logic didn’t get in the way?
If logic didn't take over you mind and tell you why it doesn't make sense, and why you shouldn't and question if you could even do it, what would you do?
Maybe it's a big audacious goal like leaving your job and doing your own thing or maybe it's applying for a job that "you just may not be totally qualified for" or maybe its making a life choice that is different than anything you have done before.
Don't let your logic talk yourself out of what you want for your life. If the idea is in your heart, you have all you need to figure out how to make it happen.
We know the how. It just sometimes scares us. This is what I work with clients on everyday.
Don't let your idea, your heart, your passion be snuffed out from logic.
As one of my clients said when I sent to him, "The World is often ruined by logic."
We have enough things trying to ruin the world these days, don't let logic ruin yours.
So many people both in Norway and in the U.S. would ask “Aren’t you excited to be home?” I would say “Yes” and carry on but for some reason that answer never rang true for me. It wasn’t that I wasn’t looking forward to seeing family and friends and my puppies and the sun and Tex Mex. I definitely was so I couldn’t figure out why that question irked me.
And then I realized in the year of being away I never had the thought of not being “home”. Norway was home. It felt like a disservice to not give this place that welcomed us with open arms the credit it deserved.
We were a part of a community. We made long-lasting friendships. I had a library card.
We were safe, loved on and felt a strong sense of belonging. And if that’s not home, I don’t know what is.
The physicality of “home” has always felt arbitrary to me. As a child, I split time between my parent’s homes and then as an adult have moved, started over and created a home again and again.
Home isn’t a place. It’s a feeling.
It’s a surreal feeling to feel like nowhere is home but everywhere is as well. I wouldn’t change it for the world. It lends itself to a sense of adventure and opportunity and stretches you in so many ways. It’s a comforting feeling to know you can go anywhere and create a home for yourself. It’s not without heartache because whenever you leave home, a part of your heart never leaves.
So yes while I am excited to be home in Texas, I miss my home in Norway.
What a blessing to be able to call so many places home. And that is something that rings true.
Movers have come. Cleaners are here. Bags are packed. Goodbyes for now are being said.
It's hard to believe our time here is coming to an end. My thoughts feel all over the place and my heart feels just as scattered.
I am feeling sad. I am feeling grateful. I am feeling anxious. I am feeling excitement. I am feeling awed. I am feeling cheated. I am feeling blessed. It's fair to see I am feeling a smorgasbord of feelings.
Notice I said I am feeling. I am not any of those things. They don't define WHO I am just what I am feeling as I show up for my life with an open heart.
We love to judge our emotions. We feel sad and then we judge ourselves for feeling sad and then we judge ourselves for judging ourselves for feeling sad and so on and so on. Stop that. Feel the feels.
When you recognize you are more than the emotions you feel, they don't have as much power over you. They don't feel as permanent. You have more control of them.
They don't define WHO you are, just WHAT you feel.
This year I have done a lot of work around this. 95% of the time I am a joyful, optimistic person and this year brought up a lot of challenging emotions for me. Instead of ignoring them I noticed the more I welcomed "negative" emotions like anger, sadness, bitterness, instead of ignoring and pushing them down, the quicker I was to process whatever it is that is bringing them up.
I know I am not alone in this. It's been a topsy turvy year for us all. It's totally normal to feel whatever it is you are going through.
Do you allow yourself to feel emotions without judgment?
Do you welcome the "good" and the "bad" emotions that come up for you?
Give yourself the space with no judgment to feel those. It's OK. It's a sign you are showing up for your life.
If there is one thing you can count on every year around this time, along with all of us saying "How in the World is it already December?", it's the fact that for some reason we forget about the power of choice when it comes to the Holidays.
It's like poof, we are Men in Blacked and we must do ALL THE THINGS.
We HAVE to travel to relative's house. *Think pre 2020*
We HAVE to buy all the presents.
We HAVE to put the Elf on the Shelf up.
If I had a dollar for every time I heard (said) a version of one of these, I could have funded the COVID-19 vaccine and we would all be living our best life.
There is a lot of pressure around the Holidays but we have a choice in how we show up.
I am here to tell you. You are a grown adult who can choose what their Holidays look like.
If it is sucking the life out of you, you have a choice to not do it. Will you have to maybe let some people down or have difficult conversations? Most likely. And that may be something you aren't willing to do. That too is a choice. You have the power.
"Geez Holly, we haven't heard from you in a month and you're' all tough lovey."
And since this year is like no other you have the opportunity to let old habits that don't serve you die hard and make an empowered choice of what a meaningful and joyful holiday will look like.
I understand the loss of what you'll miss but (knock on wood) you'll only have one once-in-a-lifetime, world-wide pandemic Holiday season so make it your own.
It's your choice.
Gratitude/Thankfulness/Appreciation are some of my highest values.
I guess you could say it’s in my DNA. I come from a family that shows thanks and appreciation in all ways. We have even been known to send a Thank you card for a Thank You card which I can even admit is a bit extra.
Personally and globally, this year has been one like no other. Moments full of absolute joy and moments of absolute sadness. Sometimes living in the same moment or coming some quickly after each other you wonder what just happened.
There is such beauty in this. That we can coexist in a space that is joyful and sad. That we can laugh and cry. That we can be sad for what we lost and grateful for what we have. Our emotions and experiences don’t exist in silos and neither should our gratitude.
Last night we spent Thanksgiving with an amazing family we have become friends with here. We went around the table and shared what we were thankful for. I said I was grateful to be so sad about leaving Norway because it means I had such a special experience that it will be hard to say, “See ya later!”. That although it is bittersweet to leave, I am so grateful for the sadness because it showed how meaningful this experience has been for me.
Their 8-year-old daughter followed me and was grateful for deviled eggs. Me too, girl. Me too.
We can be thankful for sadness and deviled eggs. The space exists for both.