Work Life Balance

12 OFFICE DESK HACKS TO IMPROVE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY (Infographic)

Posted by Donna Vail on May 08, 2017  /   Posted in Work Life Balance

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Successful working moms know, your space has a great influence on you, your energy and how your day goes.

When you're balancing between taking care of your children, homeschooling, working, family and running a household, you need all systems to support your success. This includes having an inspiring environment from which to work.

It's amazing how making a few changes, being more organized and what seems like little things can make for big differences in your productivity. Here's a few of the things I've done to set myself up for success.

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BLACK FRIDAY – CYBER MONDAY TO A SMART START

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

BLACK FRIDAY - CYBER MONDAY SMART START SPECIAL!

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 Read More

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.

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Do What You Love Mommy

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