Sleep- Mom’s Secret Addiction

Sleep. I love Sleep.  I’m sure most people wonder *IF* I ever sleep.  When I ever sleep.  Actually, Sleep is one of my favorite things in the world.  It helps you get well when you’re sick. It restores your energy, and sometimes the world is just a better world after a good nap.  I think that Sleep is my own sort of secret addiction.  It’s part of what keeps me sane when the world tilts off its axis, as it tries to do on a regular basis. Sleep has some amazing restorative powers.  Have you ever looked at your face

5 Tips for Keeping Sane in the Face of Insanity

Sometimes life comes really fast.  Sometimes it’s like a fun house, gone mad, or a roller coaster ride that seems impossible to get off of.  Keeping sane in midst of the insanity is not always easy to do, and many times is downright impossible.  This week, I’ve been balancing work, Girl Scout Cookies, my Concentration for Duke, and a Dad who is very sick.  It’s like being in a tornado and on a roller coaster at the same time.  What’s a woman to do? How do I go about Keeping Sane? This Too Shall Pass The first thing to remember

Are You Addicted to Busyness? Take the Busyness Test.

~by Rebecca Schaeffer~ We shame people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, but as a culture, we’ve actually normalized and even praised our common Addiction to Busyness. We expect successful people to be busy, so we present a persona of busyness in order to be perceived as successful. This “busyness,” writes author Tim Krieder in a NY Times Op-Ed, “serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness… Obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day.”  Sound familiar? In case

Sharpen the Saw

Sharpen the Saw, is the Seventh of Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  It literally means that you should take the time to rest, relax, and unwind to be able to perform at your best.  For me, that’s difficult to do. I know that I should get my regular sleep, and while that can sometimes be a challenge, it’s not impossible most of the time, except during crunch times- like the last few weeks of school.  But it’s that recharging, relaxing, and taking time to take care of myself that is hard to do.  As a mom, with four

Understanding Why You Are Addicted to Busyness

~by Rebecca Schaeffer~ In technologically wired society, multitasking has become an expectation, but we’ve taken this Puritanical work ethic to an extreme, to the point that busyness has become a seeming hallmark of success! In our previous Leadership Girl post on being Addicted to Busyness, we explored the first step toward tackling your Addiction to Busyness – by eliminating tasks on your to-do list that you find draining, instead of energizing. The next step in overcoming this Addiction to Busyness is examining why we, as individuals, feel the need to stay busy. In the words of physician and author Dr. Lisa Rankin:

7 Habits

One of my favorite books of all time is “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey.  I find myself referring back to the book time after time.  The lessons that it teaches, and the habits that it describes are effective both in the business world, as well as in my personal life. If you get a chance to take a 7 Habits of Highly Effective People course, I highly recommend it.  I also recommend the book, as a good guide for getting started in life.  He talks about Time Management, Giving Back, Taking Care of Yourself,

Addicted to Busyness? Just Say No.

~by Rebecca Schaeffer~ In our faced paced, 24×7 culture, Addicted to Busyness Syndrome (ATBS) has become an unspoken epidemic, most commonly among women. Women, especially those of us in business for ourselves, are expected to have it all – to be successful entrepreneurs, to raise a family, maintain a beautiful home, keep a robust social calendar, and somehow find time for daily exercise and fix healthy, wholesome meals. Not only does our society put these expectations on us, but we also set unreasonably high expectations for ourselves. How are we expected to achieve all of this? By doing more. By

Parenting is a Full-time Job. Is it Time for Help?

~by Meg Powell~ Parenting these days is a full time job. If you are a mother and have ever felt that you just couldn’t get it all done, you are not alone. Between working and managing your household, managing the various activities of the children, homework, providing meals, cleaning up and returning all the weekly papers back to school for PTA, classroom assistance, etc., how does anyone have time for it all? What about the days the school is closed due to inclement weather, constant track out or summer camps, or illnesses that the kids keep bringing home? It is

Stress: the ‘Hijacker’ in Our Lives

~by Maria Marc~ As the modern world expands to unimagined new heights, too often we find ourselves trapped in stress related illnesses, and we don’t know how to get out of it. Researchers say that stress is not our enemy since it helps us move forward and strive for better, yet too much stress can hijack our lives. Symptoms like low energy, headaches, insomnia, frequent colds or infections (among many others) could be hidden signs of stress. Illnesses like depression are still largely disregarded, misunderstood, even defamed. In such conditions, those who suffer find it increasingly harder to deal with

Self-Nourishment Lesson #4: Stay Active

~by Susan McGuire~ Physical activity, exercise, working out – whatever you choose to call it – is yet another key aspect of self-nourishment. Increasingly, studies are showing just how critical exercise is for our physical, mental and emotional health. Our bodies were designed for a life filled with activity. So it stands to reason that when you live a sedentary lifestyle, and you don’t use your body to its full potential, your health will diminish and you’ll be cheating yourself of opportunities. Living a life filled with physical activity doesn’t have to take alot of your time. In fact, simply