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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Let True Freedom Ring

Posted by Donna Vail on July 04, 2013  /   Posted in Entrepreneurship, Inspiration, Learn More, Lifestyle, Live More

July4thFireworksToday we celebrate the 4th of July in the States. While we will have our cookouts, swimming, and fun with family and friends, it's also important to be ever mindful about our freedom and the work each one of us has to do on a daily basis to maintain it. It's not only about what happens with the people who serve the country in the military but what each one of us does every day in the comfort of our homes as we work, raise our families and move throughout the day.

We must at all times stay inspired to love more, live more and learn more. The relationships that we build and the unconditional love we share (or don't share) in our home doesn't stop there. It reverberates out into the world now and through the generations. Love is the most important ingredient that can make the difference in what is lived and learned.

Next, it takes a lot of living by being conscious with all that we do, always improving ourselves and seeking to experience more that expands our love and understanding. And it is when you love more and live more that you will learn more. Most importantly but not only reading, also listening to audios, letting go of what no longer serves you, aligning with your highest values and learning from others as well as your experiences. This is living inspired. This is living true freedom.

What will you do today to create the lifestyle of true freedom you desire? While you are having fun and spending time with your loved ones today think about this. Get your plan in motion.

Creating the lifestyle of true freedom for you and your family will be one of the most important things you ever do in life. Don't let it pass you by. Today as well as every day counts. What we do in our home reverberates out into the community, the state, the country and ultimately the world. Take care of you and your family, and in doing so you are taking care of the world. Let freedom ring around the world.

What does the lifestyle of true freedom look like to you? Please share your thoughts on this by leaving a comment below.

If you're serious and want guidance and coaching through the process, getting you there faster, email me at donna@donnavailinternational.com. None of us do it alone. Get started today.

Stay inspired to love more, live more and learn more!

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 while the oldest is in college. Get free tips and resources from Donna Vail at: www.donnavailinternational.com

Teach Your Children How to Interrupt

Posted by Donna Vail on May 08, 2012  /   Posted in Entrepreneurship, Work Life Balance

Teach Your Children How to Interrupt

By Donna Vail

Is there a buzzer on my chair? It seems as though every time I sit down to focus on work my children need me to get them something or want to tell me about their play. Has this every happened to you? They mean well and just want more of you, unable to comprehend what you are working on and the needs of your work. Help them manage better by teaching them how to interrupt.

Explain to them in simple terms what you are working on. Tell them you have some work that requires all of your attention and other work can be interrupted or done while they are playing around you. Show them how to know when you are in your uninterruptable work by tying a scarf or ribbon the door handle. During this time you will be working on your work, if they have something to tell you, have them make a note so as not to forget to talk to you about it later. If they are younger they can tell an older sibling, care provider or draw a picture to remember. Promise a time after you complete your work session (keep it to 30m-1hour at a time unless you have your spouse or an adult care provider) you will give them your undivided attention to catch up on what happened while working. Be sure you put this allowance of time in your calendar.

Your uninterrupted work sessions are more possible when you have a spouse, babysitter or older children to watch younger children. Be extremely disciplined during this work session, maximizing your time. Save all things such as personal email and surfing the Internet for interruptible time. As you honor yourself to stick-to your plan, you will feel more productive and satisfied in your work. You will also have the peace of mind that your children are well cared for.

Make sure your children understand that they can come and get you or call you for emergencies or very important matters. Anything that can wait, you will check in with them at the end of your session.

Moms Inspired to Action:

  • If your children or old enough practice role playing for different scenarios so they clearly understand what can wait and what an emergency is.
  • Plan uninterrupted work at multiple times during the day or week. If you don’t have a sitter, use sleep time when they go to bed, nap or before they rise as your quiet time.
  • Don’t plan uninterruptable work sessions back to back leaving your children for long extended sessions unless you have an appropriate family member or care provider to care for your children.

When is your best time to work uninterrupted? Does this require you to get a baby sitter or help from family? Please share in a comment below.

Are you tired, overwhelmed, experiencing burnout or know there’s an easier way? Trial and error can take a lot of time. If you would like a more systematic approach and support that includes the details to help you produce real change fast, I recommend joining the Mentor Mastery Inner Circle. It’s easy. It’s affordable.  Get started today at www.donnavailinternational.com/inner-circle.html.


About Donna Vail

Donna Vail is an education-parenting specialist, coach, mompreneur, homeschooling mother of six children, author and founder of An Inspired Education. She helps families create a lifestyle of true freedom by balancing education, work and life through self-education, entrepreneurship and inspiration. She is a highly sought after consultant for her successful guidance and resources that enable parents to let go of traditional parenting and education models, creating a lifestyle of learning where the whole family flourishes. You can find more of her resources at http://www.donnavailinternational.com

Genius Ways for Kids to Pay Their Way Through College

Posted by Donna Vail on April 20, 2012  /   Posted in Academics, Entrepreneurship

Book: Kidpreneur –Genius Ways for Kids to Pay Their Way Through College by Dallas Crilley

Recommended by Donna Vail

A friend of mine saw on our local morning show a story about a 7-year-old-girl, Greer Gates of www.myjewelsofhope.com who was practicing what she learned from Kidpreneur, a book writeen by Dallas Criley. She makes and sells bracelets to raise money to cure cancer supporting a close family friend.

When I found out that the book Kidpreneur was written by a local 15 year-old I knew I had to get it. It’s an easy read with tons of fabulous stories and ideas. As soon as it arrived, my 13 year-old daughter read it from cover to cover in one sitting. She’s already started her list of 50 ways to make money and last I checked is up to 23. As her creative ideas are churning she already landed a cat sitting job. The book is suggested for 11 and up and I highly recommend it for all children. Imagine the difference in their lives if they begin college with entrepreneurial experience and money in the bank. It’s life changing.

Click here to get your copy of Kidpreneur


Have you got a favorite resource for entrepreneurship for kids? Please share in a comment below.


About Donna Vail  

Donna Vail is an education-parenting specialist, coach, mompreneur, homeschooling mother of six children, author and founder of An Inspired Education. She helps families create a lifestyle of true freedom by balancing education, work and life through self-education, entrepreneurship and inspiration. She is a highly sought after consultant for her successful guidance and resources that enable parents to let go of traditional parenting and education models, creating a lifestyle of learning where the whole family flourishes. You can find more of her resources at http://www.donnavailinternational.com

How to Travel Smart as a Homeschooler and Entrepreneur

Posted by Donna Vail on July 13, 2011  /   Posted in Entrepreneurship, Lifestyle, Work Life Balance

Family traveling by airplane

How to Travel Smart as a Homeschooler and Entrepreneur

By Donna Vail

The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it. –Rudyard Kipling

Whether you’re traveling for fun or business it’s going to take a little extra planning and packing when you add children to the mix. If Dad and Mom are working parents, entrepreneurs or employees, you’ve got to travel like a pro. By focusing in on important items and being well organized as well as prepared your trip will be fully enjoyed. Here are a few tips on how to bring it all together so there’s plenty of time for fun and exploration.

  1. Have all your travel plans and schedules well prepared. Prior to traveling be sure you’re signed up for frequent flyer programs to maximize all your travel. Do this ahead of time so you don’t have to do it in the busy airport. Also have your travel days calendared. Note what days are for traveling and if there are any days you have to be at meetings when combining work and pleasure. Then you can plan the rest of the time for fun and recreation. If you’re traveling for vacation only, be sure you have done as much work ahead of time or have it covered so you don’t have to work while on family vacation. Use technology wherever possible to get the work done for you while you’re at the beach playing with the kids. Contact anyone who’d you would like to meet while in the area and plan a lunch or even shared family-to-family time.
  2. Pack it all, pack it light. It’s easy to pile on the stuff when it comes to children so take into consideration what you will really need. So many times I have over packed only to carry it home again unused. If you’re anywhere that has access to a washer and dryer you will be able to pack lighter. For the little ones, you’ll have to pack extra changes of clothing in case anything gets soiled. Work with your children well before the trip and make lists of what to take. Have each child prepare his own list, then moms or dads, go over the list and talk about what might be missing. Depending on your child’s age, have them pull everything from their list and make a stack then have you review it to be sure nothing is forgotten. Pack it together or do a quick-check once it’s in the bag. Pack one bag of toiletries that can be shared. Personal items can be placed in each child’s personal bathroom bag such as toothbrush or hairbrush. Each family member can be responsible for their own book bag of goodies they want to bring such as books, puzzles, games, decks of cards, paper for drawing, snacks and a water bottle. Remember to include in your suitcase your cell phone charger, laptop wires and other device chargers.
  3. Lighten your load and go paperless. There are travel management sites like TripIt.com you can use to access all of your travel information for your flight, car, hotel, etc. You can also use a program such as Evernote.com to store any additional information you may need while away. This way you can access it from your smartphone, laptop, tablet or just about anything you have that can access the Internet. If you’re bringing your work with you Evernote.com is a fabulous tool that allows you to put all those files online so you can access them from anywhere, anytime. Now you don’t have to carry so much in your bags. If you like to read a lot consider bringing an e-reader along rather than a stack of books. I love my Kindle and look forward loading stacks of books on it for plenty beachside reading and tanning. Remember, packing light will help you have more energy by not wearing you down.
  4. Explore educational options. Take plenty of time before your trip to gather information about your destination. Contact the Chamber of Commerce or the State Departments of Tourism. Are there any historical sites, museums, zoos, National Parks, factory tours, performing arts, music and visual arts, education centers or local attractions? Check out books from your local library or do research online about the history of where you’re going. Can you learn a foreign language or even popular words if it’s a shorter trip? Be sure you take along addresses and stamps to mail postcards. Even though we are using GPS or smartphones to navigate, get a map and show the children the route and talk about geography along the way. Take along nature journals, cameras, video cameras and journals to document the trip.
  5. Set up home away from home. Is there anything light you can bring from home to help you feel more at home, especially if you’re taking a long trip? Your personal pillow, a small blanket, or a candle. Be sure to include in you’re packing any medications, remedies, and first aid kit. Choose a hotel, suite or even rental condo or house where you have room for everyone including a small refrigerator and even a way to cook simple meals. This will help keep the children happy and healthy to have a few meals cooked at “home away from home” rather than eating out the whole time. Be sure to bring favorite foods and snacks or locate a local store as you travel that carries these items.

Remember to make it fun and take time to relax. If that means just lying around and not being on the run the whole time, then enjoy it. That is what vacations are for, taking it easy. Enjoy the simplified living and know you will return refreshed and rejuvenated.

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” –Lao Tzu

Parents Inspired to Action:

Review the list above and create your own personal travel checklists.

Get a map and chart your course early so you can gather information ahead of time and plan educational activities to do together as a family.

Make your list of items to buy before the trip and get them well in advance so packing and trip preparation can all go smoothly.



Children Inspired to Action:

Plan a trip with your children. If it’s for fun, choose a destination together. It’s a good idea to include them in all the research before you commit to a particular location.

Help your children create their own checklists for packing. Let them include a couple of their own personal items.

What can you have your children do to help you prepare for the trip? Older children can concentrate on more involved tasks or take responsibility in helping younger siblings.
Wondering how you can incorporate the guidance of a mentor to get the results you're looking for in your own homeschool and life? What do you need specifically to get the results you want? What can you let go of and what do you need to keep in your homeschool and everyday living? I know it’s important to you to be sure all your bases are covered. If you would like a more systematic approach with the details to help you produce real change fast, I recommend setting up a “Get Acquainted Call with Donna”. Send an email with Get Acquainted Call with Donna in the subject line and you’ll be scheduled for a free one-on-one with me. Email: support@donnavailinternational.com

Think peace, live love.


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Ask Donna Vail: How can I balance working from home and homeschooling?

Posted by Donna Vail on June 03, 2011  /   Posted in Entrepreneurship, Lifestyle

Donna Answers This Week’s Question:

Q: I work from home with my husband and this is our first year to homeschool. Can you make any recommendations on how I can balance working from home and homeschooling? Do you have any particular resources or tools that you use?

A: The first thing I would address is implementing self-education in the home rather than standing in front of your children teaching. This will reduce many of your struggles and free up more time. Other key factors are creating a schedule that honors everyone in the home and allows you time to focus on work. Also the work needs to be batched so you can streamline the workload and be more effective in less time. Create time that you can work uninterrupted and time to do tasks that can survive interruptions. Find ways you and your husband can help each other with the workload. If you have a seminar or phone call can he be with the children and visa versa? And finally, determine a cut off time so you are not working "all" of the time. When children know you have off all day Thursdays or you're done at 5 they look forward to this time and it becomes higher quality time to share as a family as you are fully present. Get creative and make it work for your unique situation.

You may be interested in joining the free call I am giving to my Inner Circle this next week:

Have you been working hard? Working from home can be tricky when balancing work and family activity. Add homeschooling to the mix and you’re in a whole new ball game. I run into snafus at times myself, opportunities to learn how to work smarter rather than harder. I’ll be hosting another free call on June 9th : How to Homeschool and Work from Home. I’m especially excited about this call as I’ll be sharing my secrets on schedules, managing work and balancing child rearing all day every day. None of which would be complete without my list of resources and tools. I will also include Q&A time on the call to answer your important questions. This is a free bonus call for all Inner Circle members so if you haven’t joined yet, please be sure to connect with us before then. Once you join the Mentor Mastery Inner Circle you will receive all the call in details, resources and recording after the call. I’d love to have you on the call. http://www.donnavailinternational.com/inner-circle.htlml

Love more, live more and learn more.

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