Sylvia Hall

creative/entrepreneur

This Blue Sky

being a momSylvia HallComment
blue kansas city sky

What did we do today?

Well, after typing out a bit of it, I realized: my highly personal kids would likely prefer I not share all of this. Or any of it, really.

And therein lies the personal blogging block I’ve had for some time.

When I first started blogging, my son was in the womb, and daughter was just an idea. ;)

I could write whatever with little consequence!

Now, so much of what I write and experience is about me as a mom, navigating these mucky waters. Growing a business is a breeze, compared to growing children in this world.

And I wonder: is there a way to cathartically share my own experiences without exposing the people who want to stay out of the lime light?

I’ve been back at it with daily writing in my journal but every time I think of “firing up” my personal blog again, I feel a certain energy of excitement.

Is it just nostalgia? Or is it another one of those nudges, guiding me along the path?

They sky today isn’t blue at all. But on the day I took this photo it was, and hopefully soon, it will be again.

Sylvia

My Book of Poems and About Blogging

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First of all, can I just say...I was writing blog posts before it was 'big business.'

I was writing blog posts before it was even cool.

I was writing blog posts when it was a way to connect with other like-minded people.

It was social before there was social (media).

But a few years ago, I was reading through my old posts... cringing.

And, in a thoughtless act of embarrassment, I deleted the whole thing.

Yep, I regret that. Because it was such a cool (even if embarrassing) documentation of my life. 

 

Now, I write most of the posts for our Lifted blog, and this blog has kinda become stagnant. I'm no longer coaching and no longer offering workshops, because Lifted gets all of my work-love and attention.

But when I think back to the old way of blogging, I feel so nostalgic.

It was my morning ritual to wake up, grab some breakfast, and then feast over the latest posts of my blogging friends.

Now that I'm working pretty much full-time on Lifted, I am committed to carving out creative-time that keeps my cup full.

My favorite way to refuel and stay "tuned in, tapped in, and turned on" ...is writing. (Quote credit, to Abraham... ;) 

I write around 3 pages in my journal daily, I'm working on a Lifted book, and I'm also working on a second book of poems because writing those little shots of inspiration make me really happy.

This is Real Life: Love Notes to Wake You Up

Speaking of which, my first book of poems, This Is Real Life was recently re-published and the new design and size are simply perfect.

The most thrilling thing of all, is that my book was republished by Maurice Basset, who is perhaps best known for publishing Steve Chandler's amazing books. #fangirl

So if you're peeking in to see what's been going on, now you know. 

Lots of energy, attention, and LOVE over at Lifted, plus writing.

Writing, always. 

xo,

Sylvia

 

 

 

 

The Work/Life Balance Hoax

Kansas City Life Coach, Kansas City SpeakerSylvia HallComment

I gave a talk a couple of years back about work/life balance.

Well, that’s what they asked me to talk about. And I did... I talked about it...

 

I talked about how work/life balance is a hoax, and how striving for it sets us up for failure.

 

I recall someone at the end raising their hand in a confused sort of way: “So... no balance?!” she asked. "Nope. No balance."

the work/life balance hoax

Instead, I suggested...

 

Clarity.

Clarity around what matters most to you.

 

Priorities.

Priorities in regards to what is a must… and what is a could… or worse yet, a should.

 

Agreements.

Agreements are healthier than expectations. They take the emotion our of the deal, and put the focus on choices and not personalities.

 

We cannot balance work and life.

 

We can’t put our roles into compartments and then be an employee or a business owner in one scheduled lot of time and then be a mom or friend, or whatever else in the other section of time.

You are the employee and the dad. Or the mom and the business owner. Or any other combination of possibilities.

 

You are not your roles. But your clarity about what matters most to you, and how you prioritize your agreements matter.

 

Create healthy agreements to experience a deeper satisfaction...

Work/Life Harmony

 

- Sylvia 

 

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