Work Life Balance


Posted by Donna Vail on November 25, 2016  /   Posted in Academics, Conscious Parenting, Learn More, Live More, Love More, Work Life Balance


It’s that time of year again when we wrap up our Thanksgiving and start looking to the holidays then the New Year. I know you’re going to be busy with the holidays coming up but while you’re busy with that, thoughts will be flowing about getting a strong start back into the New Year. Making changes that will give you more power. Switch it up so you’re not so overwhelmed. Glad to have the distractions of the holiday but know you’ll have to face the everyday ordinary struggles and challenges. I think of it as doing surgery on yourself. That’s way too painful. And, so is trying to see just what’s stopping you or letting go of what’s no longer serving you.

How do I know? Because I’ve had to do and continuously do a lot of work with my own share of mentors. In fact, I always have a mentor I am working with to help me build the life I truly want to build. They help me see the pot holes in the road, face what I avoid, navigate what’s stopping me and show me the way that’s simpler and more graceful.

Experiencing an outgrowth, I realize how important it is for moms to have the support they need. We’re doing the toughest and most important job in the world. Unfortunately, we don’t always have the support we need. That’s why I’ve put together New Year – Smart Start Coaching. It’s more than 75% off! I’ve kept you in mind knowing that you’ll be busy during the holidays so I’m setting you up with an audio program to keep you thinking in the direction you want to go and then getting into the coaching sessions first thing in January. Click here all the details where you can learn more.

Hurry! This offer ends Monday, November 28th, midnight CST.

Don’t forget, this makes a great gift for mom! I’m making 2017 about giving moms what I wish I would have had when my children were little. Look forward to sharing the journey and time together.

If you have questions, send me an email at

Here’s to your success and joy!

Peace and love,

How to Increase Focus and Let Go of What’s Stopping You

Posted by Donna Vail on September 13, 2016  /   Posted in Conscious Parenting, Entrepreneurship, Live More, Work Life Balance

How to Increase Focus and Let Go of What’s Stopping You

At the end of the day are you feeling stressed, burned out, out of focus or exhausted, barely able to finish out the high demands of the end of the day? Is it hard to wake up in the morning, when you don’t even feel rested, knowing the demands of the day will press you once again? That’s because you’re either/and/or trying to do too much, you’re overbooked, on sensory overload and multi-tasking.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Parents are carrying a heavy load with taking care of the basic necessities, work, parenting, homeschooling, and life. This is something most people are challenged by. Unless we’ve been taught how to manage effectively, the challenges arise so we can navigate better. It’s not about you being good enough or smart enough, a lot of it is about how we’re wired, our environment and navigating in a respectful way. Respectful to others  but first to ourselves.

Our brains can only manage so much however with our great technology and innovations making it easier to be plugged in 24/7. Thus, it becomes easier to get run down, have unreal expectations and feel defeated. Before we even realize it we’re reaching for more. We’ve become addicted to multiple stimuli and the adrenaline rush experienced every time we get stimulated by our devices or multi-tasking or split-attention. Our adrenaline bank is not for day to day over-stimulation, it’s for emergencies, and to keep you safe for a quick response when needed.

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How to Create a Strong Foundation for the Long-Term Success of Your Homeschool and Life

Posted by Donna Vail on July 18, 2015  /   Posted in Events, Learn More, Work Life Balance

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How to Create a Strong Foundation for the Long-Term Success of your Homeschool and Life

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In homeschooling our children, so much focus is placed on what curriculum to use and how to teach them everything they need but this is just skimming the surface. With a short sighted focus such as this, we can be left with burnout, schedules that irritate already stressful relationships and that dreaded constant nagging worry, “Am I doing enough? Will they have what they need?”

Then we’re met with all the other moms that keep up the pace and accept all the stress as part of the bargain, so you think you should as well. But do they really keep up the pace? And what about all the pain and anguish they’re not telling you? Are you showing up but deep down inside you’re stressed, lonely, wanting to care for yourself, do right by your children and find freedom from the worry and guilt?

I know because I’ve stood in that very spot before, actually several times . I’ve been right where you are. Deeply convicted but just can’t seem to bring it all into a flow that lasts. The only difference between you and me is that I’ve found the way out and discovered it doesn’t have to be stressful, lonely or riddled with worry and guilt. I work with moms all the time in this very spot; lonely, stressed and wanting to be the best mom for their children. I’ve helped them transform their life into the life they love to live.

“I loved every minute of working with Donna and in her training modules. As a result of working with Donna, I am much calmer. I feel that my children and I will be able to live our dreams of homeschooling. I feel that they will be well equipped, if not more equipped, for their lives as adults.” -Tina Brown, mom of 2, Utah

Join me for this full training in the top three areas that will transform you and your homeschool in a way that creates a strong foundation for the long-term success of your homeschool. In the process, it will spill over into all areas of your personal and professional lives as a family. I look forward to serving you and seeing you flourish.



Do What You Love Mommy

Posted by Donna Vail on May 10, 2015  /   Posted in Conscious Parenting, Lifestyle, Love More, Work Life Balance

mothers dayAs a busy mom with a busy family, moms can sometimes be the last to get their refill on energy, have space to think and time to be still, eat a warm meal, or have a break between fixing things, solving other peoples issues, and cleaning up messes. When our day begins, our feet hit the floor running. I myself am one to keep going all day until time to tuck myself.

I think mom’s middle name is give, it’s just what we do because we wouldn’t have it any other way. We love and are grateful for our families beyond measure. But unfortunately if we let ourselves go too long, always giving and never receiving, we become out of balance. I used to be very nervous about such talk of receiving more. In fact, any attention on me or special occasions were difficult to receive without feeling like I should be doing the work. I had all kinds of justifications and beliefs to support myself always giving and never receiving. Letting myself be the one is who always up all night, doing it all, being there for everyone, serving everyone else first, eating lukewarm meals, basically trying to be super mom but never admitting it because it’s not super, it’s just what I do.

Then I ran out. I crashed. I burned. I almost died. It was cumulative over the years. Even though I had taught my children to help and my husband and I did a lot of partnering, I still sacrificed myself to everyone else. In my mind there was no way I could take for myself. I was simply unwilling to fully receive.
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Daily Practices for Moms to Generate More Energy

Posted by Donna Vail on May 21, 2013  /   Posted in Live More, Love More, Work Life Balance

Moms are busy people. That goes without saying and to accomplish all that you need to do in a day it’s important that you have a sustainable and steady flow of energy. So how is your energy level?

On a scale of 1-10, what is your current energy level? How has your physiology been lately? How do you feel? Have you had the energy levels to significantly move you forward in the direction you want to go?

Most people operate at about a 5, but you deserve to be at an 8 or 9. Your spouse and children deserve you to be at an 8 or 9 or higher. If you’re lacking sustained energy, then it’s time to generate the energy you need, for fulfilling your purpose and I’m not talking about caffeine boosts or power drinks.

Generating good energy should be one of your top goals. Having sufficient energy to get through your day, accomplishing your goals and having enough left over to also enjoy your family is paramount to living a balanced life. Now let’s explore how to generate a healthy energized body.

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Instead of Goals, Make a Commitment

Posted by Donna Vail on May 08, 2013  /   Posted in Inspiration, Live More, Work Life Balance

Ocean-View2-Cap-JulucaThis morning as I read my perpetual daily calendar on living inspired it read:

“Instead of goals, make the commitment to live joyfully in the moment. Stop dreaming about the future and get back to the only thing you have now. Decide to live fully in the present.”

This is a bit challenging for me because I’m a visionary, a dreamer and am often looking to the future. I’m a mom, always looking ahead for my children and staying a step ahead in my day.

I have my plan and my goals for the next six months on my calendar already. But does this keep me from living in the present? It could if that’s all I focus on and am living in this moment for some future fulfillment, not fully present in the now. It could if I was single minded in getting to the goal no matter what, pressing my way through life to get to my goal with disregard for others as well as how I look at those unexpected turns in the road that show up to benefit me. What I have learned by studying the highly successful as well as spiritual practices of being present, is how to come to a nice balance between the two and be committed.

I took time to work on my goals and think about what I will have wanted to have accomplished this year because my time to make a difference is finite even though I know that I’m always right on time and in everything I do I am growing and making a difference. Trust me, this is not about being double minded but rather on purpose and inspired. So I have gone through my process of determining my highest values, linking all that I do to my life purpose and setting up a rhythm that honors me fulfilling my life purpose while living present today, in this moment.

Here are a few tips to help you find a balance between being present and accomplishing your intentions:

  • Continually use your top five highest values as a guide in all that you do as you fulfill your life purpose.
  • Align all that you do with your top five highest values to be more in the flow and dissolve stress, seeing fully how it’s all contributing to your life purpose.
  • If you have a goal you intend to reach align it with your highest values and make a commitment to infuse it in your everyday living.
  • Only keep one to three goals at a time so you can focus and accomplish them while living inspired rather than pressed and always running at break neck speed.
  • Create a family rhythm instead of a strict schedule, allowing for inspiration to flow and space for being present in the moment.
  • Set up what you need to do to accomplish in your goals as every day habits or way of living rather than checklists and jobs to do.
  • Slow down to the speed of life so you can hear the whispers of inspiration guiding you and then take inspired action.
  • Take time to be the observer as you go through your day and redirect yourself when you notice you’re drifting away from the present moment.
  • Understand that your commitment is being fulfilled even when you’re playing, resting, eating, cooking, sleeping and being with the ones you love.  You’ll return to your great work inspired, energized and with new ideas.


I could never ask anyone not to dream for this is what carries us forward into our greatness and for the dreamer it’s where you go to create. Really, it’s all about having a careful balance so you can aspire to your dreams while being fully present in the now. It’s what our humanness is all about. Be extremely grateful for everyone in your presence, what you have now and all that is showing up for you, no matter how big or how small. It all counts and is an overflow of love for your highest good.

I am grateful for you taking this moment here with me. May you find that peaceful place where love can flow and everyone can grow.

Let’s support each other! It’s time for you to set yourself up for living in the present moment. What’s your favorite way to bring presence into your day?

Please share by leaving a comment below on my blog. Sometimes we have days when we just need to know we’re supported and not hanging out on a limb.

Thank you for sharing this path and leaving your comments  to engage and share the inspiration.

Peace and love,


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About Donna Vail

Donna Vail, Education and Parenting Specialist, is founder of An Inspired Education and the Mentor Mastery Inner Circle, the proven step-by-step program dedicated to maximizing the success in the human potential through homeschooling and life mastery for the whole family. She creates educational programs for homeschool children, “after-school” study programs for public schooled children and personal development for moms, while homeschooling her five children. Get free tips and resources from Donna Vail at:


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