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Make YOU a priority

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

At the beginning of the year, I made the choice to make some changes in my life. Both professionally and personally. I naturally tend to be quiet, until you get to know me. Once you get to know me, good luck shutting me up, LOL! Not sure how, when or why…but somewhere along the way, I lost my confidence. Well come to think of it, I think I know where I lost it…when I started gaining weight. I have been so self-conscious about MY weight that I allowed it to change my true self. I imagine that people are just talking about big I am. Is this happening? Probably not! But my overactive imagination would tell you otherwise.

Professionally, I have joined some learning and development groups. I am putting myself out there and getting to know people. I have spoken with many of these people over the phone and via email but they couldn’t have picked me out of a lineup until now. I could get on the elevator and not make eye contact, I would ride in silence staring at my phone. I am making effort to say hello and make conversation with people.

In my personal life as much as I wanted and had a strong desire to be active on this site, I couldn’t. I always made the same excuse…I don’t have time! But in reality, I had time…this just wasn’t a priority. I had time before bed when I was sitting on my phone playing games. I had time when I was checking out Facebook. I had time when I was sitting down watching The Big Bang Theory. I made those things a priority. We all have time. It just boils down to what is a priority for YOU! I have now given myself permission to put myself 1st. In order to be an effective wife, mother and friend I NEED to make myself a priority.

When I joined the Winter 5% Challenge, I was excited to join and initially very active. I was placed on the Cloverleaf team. But illness plagued me and made it very difficult to participate and yeah, maybe some of the "I don't have time" excuse reared its ugly head. The Cloverleaf Leaders didn’t give up on me. They were so supportive and so encouraging. As a result, I decided to put myself out there to be a leader for the Spring 5% Challenge. I am nervous and excited at the same time. This is a terrific group and I hope to be as good a leader as the ladies before me.

If you are interested in joining the 5% challenge, it is not too late! Join! It is a great time to get involved and get active! And the challenges are fun...no matter what team you are placed on! I have included the link for that below!

There is a great TED Talk by Laura Vanderkam on How to gain control of your free time. If you have time I encourage everyone to watch it. I will post the link below. Let us make SMART goals this round.

S-Specific
M-Measurable
A-Achievable
R-Reasonable
T-Time Bound



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  • BETZYGIRL
    emoticon What a great blog! I'm so glad you decided to put yourself out there and be a leader! I look forward to being on the Cloverleaf team with you and getting to know you. Together emoticon
    1473 days ago
  • DNJOYS
    emoticon Glad to have you on our leadership team. Priorities need to be intentional. I find myself slipping back into old habits that reflect old priorities and have to make an effort or slide backwards. emoticon
    1478 days ago
  • DESKJOCKEY925
    Carol, this is so exciting!
    How empowering to take a conscious step to make changes for yourself - I love it !! emoticon

    I have absolutely no doubt that you will do great as a leader.
    And, most likely, make a pretty large impact on some other team-mates who are looking to make changes themselves.

    I'm a big fan of the TED Series, too. We sometimes schedule lunch and learn sessions around them with our Womens' Network Group at work. The one you mention sure is a great topic! I also like the presentation by Sheena Iyengar on Choosing. Check it out if you get a chance.
    1478 days ago
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