Most nights, I set my alarm in the 5:00 a.m. range– but usually snooze until about 5:30 a.m. if I haven’t committed to a workout or teaching a class.
These mornings where I can grab myself a cup coffee, sit down at my desk while Dave is still sleeping, and put on a beautifully calming diffuser blend (today is Rosemary & Lemon, 3 drops each) are my absolute favourite. I’ve learned to savour this hour or two of clear thinking & visionary planning + creating for my wellness business.
To be honest, I usually get more focused work done in this hour than in all of my afternoons combined. By 2pm I start to lose my focus & fresh ideas—and often head home from my shared workspace early or take a break from my home office to head outside in nature for a walk.
I am super grateful that my schedule allows this, as I know it’s not the norm in the workplace—but I definitely had to figure this one out the hard way. By trying all sorts of jobs, and experimenting with my happiness levels in each one– experiencing the perks, and challenges of working on someone else’s schedule.
Here’s what I’ve figured out about my ideal work flow, from the past decade having over 20+ jobs under my belt:
• I love getting to know people, talking to new humans every day (online or in person), connecting people together in like-minded communities
• I need to be on my feet part of the day—movement is key to me staying sharp
• Working 8 hours in a row does not work for me, my body, my mind, or anyone I come into contact with—with each passing hour, I can feel my vibration sinking and when it’s time to call it quits, I need to move on
• I am really out of alignment when I wear ‘office’ clothing
• I love to work EARLY in the morning, in the NORMAL morning, and a bit in the EVENING and on the WEEKENDS if there’s something fun or creative
• To re-iterate: in the afternoons, I need to move around. I have to take Abby for a walk, go for a run, do some shopping, clean the house, dance to music—otherwise, I start becoming unproductive and reach for too many stimulants.
• Being in artificial light makes me feel weird and queasy
• I crave new projects, new tasks, learning opportunities, development, coaching, mentorship, community and healthy habits daily.
Do you want to hear something really honest?
I’ve always know in my heart that all of this WAS possible in a job. Which is way I swam through the waves to find exactly what I’m doing now, which is running my online community called Visionary Life for wellness entrepreneurs (click to join!). The income flows through my doTERRA business, allowing me to coach men & women every day using the exact skills I received to launch and grow my business.
I’m really thankful that I tuned into these qualities—because I am 100% certain that if you’re not totally aligned in your job and in how your job makes you FEEL & ACT on a daily basis, than your whole life is affected.
There are people who spend 75% of their waking hours at work. Some, more like 50%. Either way, that is a LOT of time to be out of alignment in your life. That’s a lot of energy required from you to be away from your true purpose. And there are so many repercussions to not putting yourself, your family, and your strengths above all else.
I recently heard a friend & mentor of mine, Geralyn Power, say something that really rang true with me. She spoke on how insane and unidealistic it is for families to wake up, rush around to pack lunches and prepare homework and presentations, and then separate for the majority of the day– only to come home feeling exhausted, stressed, and burdened with even more unnecessary evening plans. Is that what freedom looks like? Is that how I want to live the rest of my life? Is that our new normal in raising kids? Is it not okay to crave something different from my life?
These are all thoughts that are flowing through my brain right now.
I want to leave you with an exercise that really helped me in aligning my career path to where it is today…
First, grab your closest pen & paper. Write down 5 things that you’ve learned about your ‘ideal work flow’ and the conditions in which you thrive with respect to your job or ideal job.
Now—circle one of those that is MOST important to you.
Journal on WHY this habit is important & what you can do to ensure it is implemented in your life, daily. Would that require a conversation with your boss? Would you need to begin looking for a new job? Or perhaps just starting your own side business to express that.
I’d love for you to send it to me, once you’re finished. Just click here.
If I can provide a free nugget of wisdom to you, I’ll respond back with a few of my fave resources for making it happen!
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