What do you do when there’s not enough time in the day? You need to feed the kids, feed yourself, find time to exercise, work, do household chores, meditate, journal etc. etc. etc.
The answer is NET time. NET is an acronym for no extra time. This is where you try to bundle some of the things that you are doing so that it doesn’t require extra time to do them.
Here are some suggestions of some of the things you can bundle together:
What are some of your ways that you save time?
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Are you a person doing or a person being?
“We stay busy so that the truth about our lives doesn’t catch up to us.” - Brene Brown
When you have more time on your hands, you can observe more of who you are. With everyone being told to stay at home, you get a chance to see who you are without the distractions of the normal day to day life.
Personally, I’ve noticed that I am always trying to find something to do. Running my own business, I can always find more work to do or more things to learn.
When I’m not working on my business, I have the kids to distract me, along with household chores, etc.
When I’m bored, I turn on the TV, listen to a podcast, or read. I try to fill my day with things to do. I have checklists for the day and I write so many things down that I can’t possibly do them all.
Recently, I wondered why I do things all the time. I came to understand that I VALUE doing. Somewhere along the way in life, I have equated doing things with being valuable. I am of value to others if I do things and if I’m not doing something, I have lost “worth” in my eyes.
Now that I know this belief is FALSE. I can practice being more. The irony is that worth and value come from being. Being a nice person, being grounded and connected, being with one’s self, being with spirit, being the person you were meant to be.
I don’t simply want to be a human doing….. I want to be a human be-ing.
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Sometimes we may want to know what will happen in the future. While it may be helpful for us, we would then ruin life’s surprises….and boy, does life know how to surprise us!
Here is one of life’s funnier surprises.
I was cutting up fruit for my kids and placed my youngest on the floor. I could see her and she was playing quietly so I thought nothing of it and continued to cut up fruit. After a few minutes, she was still playing, I looked up and her back was to me but she was still sitting there.
A minute later, my husband sees her and calls out my name...in that way that you know something is wrong.
I ran over to my daughter and laughed. She was covered from head to toe in white, pasty, diaper rash cream! As I was about to leave for work so my husband put her into the shower to try to get it off but it wouldn’t come off.
As I went to find my 2 year old to say goodbye, I saw that he had rolled a paper towel roll down the hall like a bowling alley. I laughed and laughed, all the way to work.
What surprises has life given you? Tell us below.
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Even in stressful and uncertain times, there is opportunity. Do you see the opportunity?
Around the world right now, people are being told to stay home, practice social distancing, businesses and schools are closing and our normal way of life is interrupted.
While there is anger, worry, sadness and fear, there is also hope.
Normally, I’d be writing my blog on my break at work. Today, I am writing from my living room while the kids are watching a movie. They are young so I’ve already been interrupted 20,000 times but I’ve also had more cuddles that I would if I were not here with them.
With activities, school and work being disrupted, families are spending more time together as a unit.
While seniors and those that are immunocompromised are told to self isolate for their safety, we are also making a conscious effort to check in on them to see if they need anything and to connect with them in some way.
Small businesses, including mine are being forced to close without notice. There is an opportunity here as well. While the majority of my practice requires placing my hands on someone, there is another portion that does not. This part includes teaching a person body connection and breathing exercises. It teaches someone how they can communicate better with their own body. How their body stores and releases stress. This aspect of my business will be shifting online.
My workshops that I have always wanted to try to conduct online will now occur online for the first time. Difficult times force us to change! If your body is primed for change then this is an exciting time for you. If it is not, fear will cause tension in you and stay there.
With the break aka lockdown in Wuhan, some of the smog in the city has started to clear. People were noticing the sounds of nature returning. Mother nature is getting a chance to heal. This is an opportunity.
It is an uncertain time and there is also opportunity if you can take action on it.
We are all in this together. We will get through it!
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My daughter is currently learning to crawl. The challenge for her is...that she can only go backwards. This gets her really frustrated and she almost always starts to cry.
When she has a goal or wants to get to her toy, she will get on all fours, stare at her toy and start moving. But because she can only go backwards, she sees it getting further and further away from her. This leads to crying. My daughter is also pretty determined as she doesn’t stop trying to go after her toy until something stops her (wall, chair, table, etc.).
Watching this can be hard at first but I know that in a matter of a few short weeks, she will figure out how to crawl forwards.
In life, as in crawling, sometimes, you need to go backwards before you can go forwards. Think back to some hard times in life. Did you ever feel like you were taking 2 steps forward and 3 steps back again?
Healing is also like this. Healing is not linear. We do not always get better and better. Sometimes we get worse before we get better, other times, we get better, then worse then better again.
The pain comes from having our expectations that differ from reality. Think about it for a minute. Let’s say you broke your arm, they tell you that you will be in a cast for 8 weeks and you will probably need to do exercises after. Most people accept this. However, if you expected to be out of the cast after 1 week, you would suffer for the next 7. The suffering comes from not knowing when things will end.
So, remember the next time that you feel you are having a setback that sometimes, you first need to go backwards before you can go forwards.
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I was watching the movie, Kung Fu Panda the other day. In it, there was an exchange between the Panda and his kung fu master. This was after the Panda had a disastrous first teaching experience. The Panda thought he had to teach the same way his master did. What his master said was, I am not trying to turn you into me, I am trying to turn you into you.
This made me think. How often do we try to be someone else, only to have it not work for us? A lot of personal growth people tell you to follow the exact steps they took to get to where they are. This does not always lead to success, even if you follow all the same structures. The reason is because you are not the same person. You are a unique individual with different gifts, experiences and talents. Trying to be like someone else will only lead to failure.
Instead, what you can do is to learn from what others do and then take and use what works for you. Then, add in your own special uniqueness into the mix.
The world needs less followers and more leaders. The world is waiting for uniqueness and it rewards those who are courageous enough to be different.
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I fell a few weeks back and it hurt. I was carrying my baby when I slipped on black ice on the driveway. I was conscious of protecting the baby so I ended up with scraped knees and a very sore neck and shoulder.
There’s nothing like an unexpected event to throw off your day!
As I carried on my way to my car appointment, I thought to myself how did this happen. My first reaction was that the driveway wasn’t salted or shovelled properly. After that passed, I asked myself, why did this really happen to you?
With that question, I had to admit to myself that I had had a difficult week. I had been angry and the energy had not resolved itself yet. I was also in a rush trying to get the kids ready, dealing with a toddler who would rather not wear shoes (who would? haha) and trying to get to a car appointment on time.
The fall was suppose to disrupt my life. It was supposed to hurt. I had been stressed, running around and angry. It was what I needed to calm down and take things slowly, not because I wanted to but the pain left me no choice.
Life will give you clues and when you don’t listen, the clues will get louder and louder until you can no longer ignore them. I should have slowed down and I did not.
I am grateful for the life lesson and I hope I learned what I needed to through the fall.
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When I was driving to work, a light came on to check the tire pressure in my vehicle. I went to a gas station and pulled into the air station. I am embarrassed to say that I had never had to put air in my tires before, but how hard could it be?
I pulled into the station and fumbled for some change. I put my change in and the clock started to countdown the time I had. I ran to the first tire and kicked myself for not removing the valve cap first because it was hard to get off. I got the cap off, put the gauge on and forgot to press the button that lets the air in….so when I measured the tire pressure, I had actually lost air. Sigh, I then pushed the button and filled up the tire. I then thought, perhaps, I should check the other tires….and then my time ran out. I thought to myself, do I add more money in and do this again? I turned on my car and the light was still on but I was running late for work so I left for work.
I didn’t want to go back to check the tires again but something told me to. I went back and this time, I checked and filled all the tires. Just as I finished, a lady approached me and asked me how to fill the tires. I knew that this was the reason why I went back. I was to learn and skill and then to teach it to someone else.
Learn and teach. There are so many valuable lessons from learning things on our own. It is also time consuming as we don’t usually learn from things in one try. We may have to try things many times before we get it right. If we are taught by someone else who already knows, we can cut down on our learning time.
If you teach enough people new things, you will eventually change the world. Each lesson is important. Learn the lesson in life and teach it to another.
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It had just snowed yesterday and the snow plows were out in full force. As I was stopped at a red light, I pointed out to my son, one of the snow plows that was working. When the green light came on, I told him to say goodbye to the snow plow and we drove off.
As it drove out of sight, he screamed, more snow plow! I tried to explain to him that I was not magical and could not make snow plows appear out of thin air whenever he wanted to see them.
Or could I?
It suddenly occurred to me that I could practice the law of attraction and could get my son to do the same. So, I told my son that I needed his help if he wanted to see more snow plows. His job was to concentrate really hard and keep saying what he wanted to see. I was going to do the same thing.
I heard him yelling, see snow plow, see snow plow, over and over again, from the back seat. Suddenly, a snow plow appeared! I pointed it out to him and he said more Mama, more! Sure enough, at the next street, there was another.
In fact, in a span of 5 minutes, we saw 10 plows!! I even surprised myself. He believed more than I did and he manifested them. I was just hoping to see one more after the first one. He kept saying more, more, more and he attracted it.
Focus on what you want in life and believe it can happen. You will never know what kind of magic you can create.
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Communication is important in your relationships with others. It is also just as important to check in with yourself and communicate with your body. When talking to your body, you may want to know what you are feeling physically. Is there pain somewhere? Emotionally, what emotions are you experiencing. Mentally, what thoughts are going on.
If you have a disease, it is a part of your body. Why not communicate with it because it is talking to you. The symptoms that you have are messages from your body trying to tell you what is going on. Do you listen?
Have a conversation with your disease. Here’s how:
Being in dialogue with your disease is being in dialogue with yourself. Your disease is a part of you. To alienate it is to deny a part of yourself.
Healing happens best when we are whole. Talk to your disease. Accept ‘what is’ in the current moment and then do what is it your power (i.e. diet, exercise, prayer, supplements) to change your state.
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Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization Chiropractic in Ottawa, Canada.