Overwhelmed, overbooked, and underappreciated?

October 29, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Overworked and overbooked? Say bye-bye to stress. Life coach and creator of Artizen Coaching, Jennifer Lee, has some balancing act advice for busy moms.

What's the myth about balance?

The myth about balance is that it's an ideal, static state where all aspects of your life are equal. Actually, balance is about consciously choosing how you spend your time and energy so you're focusing on what matters most to you and enjoying more flow in your life.

What are the results and benefits of balance?

When you're living a more balanced life based on conscious choices you'll feel more empowered and more at ease. You'll have more energy and mind space to focus on the things that are most important to you.

How can we get more balance?

1. Say yes to something for you and no to something for someone else.

Moms are so used to doing thing for other people. So first, do something you've been wanting to do for yourself but haven't had time for. To make room for that, say no to an outside obligation.

2. Ask for help - make at least one request of someone today.

You can't do everything all by yourself, so delegate a task to a family member, friend or colleague. Often times they want to help, but they need guidance.

3. Have a quiet place to recharge. Create your own personal sanctuary.

Have a space in a quiet room just for you and decorate it with candles or inspiring quote. Spend at least 5 minutes a day here to center yourself.

4. Change the channel. Gain a fresh perspective that will support you.

Instead of focusing on what's going wrong in the world, choose a new outlook that helps you move forward and stay positive and grounded.

5. Have a compelling vision for your balanced life. Make a portable vision board and carry it with you in your purse.

When you're clear about the life you want, it's easier to take action in alignment with that vision. An example of a pocket-sized collaged vision book is featured in Joyce Schwarz's book "The Vision Board: The Secret to an Extraordinary Life."

About Jennifer Lee
Jennifer Lee is the founder of Artizen Coaching and the creator of the Unfolding Your Life Vision Kit. As a certified coach, artist, writer and yogini, she inspires professional and entrepreneurial women to awaken their inner muse and live life in full color. Before pursuing her own passions full-time, Jennifer consulted for 10 years at companies including Gap and Accenture where she managed change and coached executives. She grew her coaching business in her "spare time" and decided to flee Corporate America after realizing she needed to stop living her own dream "on-the-side."

Jennifer holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from UCLA, an M.A. in Communication Management from USC's Annenberg School for Communication and earned her coaching certification through the Coaches Training Institute. She is a featured coach in the book "The Girl's Guide To Kicking Your Career Into Gear" and a featured artist in "The Vision Board: The Secret to an Extraordinary Life." Visit www.artizencoaching.com to find out more.


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