As we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, we are reminded that the campaign isn’t for just one day. It runs all year long and we can must continually pledge to move from talk to action within our own spheres of influence. Collectively, we can make change happen. Collectively, we can each help to create a gender equal world. THE THEME FOR 2020 The 2020 theme for International Women’s Day is #EachforEqual. Therefore, this theme is about collective individualism. We are all parts of a whole. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviors and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society. Above all, we can all choose to be #EachforEqual. An equal world is an enabled world. And we can challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements. WHY IT MATTERS International Women’s
That’s right – reclaim your time and reduce overwhelm. Tell me this – are you happy with how you spend your time? Or does a sense of overwhelm regularly dominate your week? Maybe you often feel one step behind because there aren’t enough hours in a day? How often does the word ‘busy’ seep into your conversations and mindset? You can read about the perils of falling into the trap of ‘busy, busy, busy’ right here. Overwhelmed Schedule = Underwhelmed Soul One of my fave influencers is Dr. Libby and she asks: “Is your overwhelmed schedule leading you to live your life with an underwhelmed soul? And do you long to change this?” Change doesn’t come easily but I can’t believe that anyone is happy jeopardizing their well-being for a lifestyle of chaos and constant overwhelm.
People (okay women mostly) cringe when you offer up an ultimate guide to saying no. And reaction to the coaching course I’m taking has been interesting too. People are intrigued by my belief that the tools taught in this course are transformational, but hesitation creeps in when I divulge the name of the course – Playing Big. I get it! In fact, I wavered at first because at this stage in my career, I’m not keen to reinvent myself and become a rock star. But here’s the thing. You know the woman that is smart and insightful? She oozes confidence and capability. She’s got it together. She can tackle anything. She’s trustworthy and reliable. Well, the way you look at that woman? Someone looks at you that way. In fact, many people do. THE TRUE
The new year hits hard and fast, doesn’t it? Even so, I love the feel of January. It’s like starting a new book with endless plot possibilities. The reality is that life gets faster all the time. We always want to be moving forward. Never stagnant. But one of the most valuable planning tools to determine what you want to create and where you want to put your energy is to hit pause and reflect. In looking back, you can celebrate your successes, ponder what didn’t work so well and then set the stage to move forward. It doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, here are three questions to kickstart that reflection process for you. What did you accomplish in 2019? What didn’t work so well and why? Bonus tip: this isn’t negative but rather, a sign
Setting goals is a hot trend. And not setting goals is a hot trend. No matter whether you follow the mainstream adages or not, there is no denying that it’s a good feeling to start the new year with a clean slate and some direction of what you want to achieve. But for all the good intentions, New Year’s resolutions often fall flat with very few people actually achieving goals set at this time of year. In fact, a Forbes article claimed that University of Scranton research suggests just eight per cent of people achieve their New Year’s goals. One problem is that people succumb to pressure to kick off lofty goals on January 1 and therefore, those objectives are often not grounded in reality. We are a society compelled to achieve more and more but it’s
FEATURE STORY – Pique Newsmagazine, May 30, 2019 People are re-visiting their relationship with alcohol in a trend that sees lifestyle choices reimagined By Cathy Goddard Jules Taggart started questioning how much she was drinking after she had two children and starting to work from her San Diego home-office. Because it was more difficult to get out, the 38-year-old digital marketing expert fell into a pattern of having wine at the end of her workday. “Every morning I would wake up with a foggy head and say to myself that I wasn’t going to drink that day,” Jules says. “And then five in the afternoon would roll around and I’d pour a glass of wine and keep going until it wasn’t unusual to drink an entire bottle of wine in an evening.” She shared her