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Why put on your own oxygen mask first?

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Have you ever noticed that during the flight safety demonstration you are asked, in the event of an emergency, to put your own oxygen mask first?  As a mum, this just doesn’t feel right to me, instinct is to protect your child first, no matter what the cost.   Looking into this I learned that there is a very important, sensible and life-saving reason they ask you to put your own mask on first, and that is, if you haven’t first looked after yourself, you could run out of breath before you are able to help anyone else.  This was quite profound to me and was a thought that took me to exploring other areas of life including work. look closer As a business owner, you pour your heart and your soul into it. You sacrifice your time and your freedom – let’s not even get started on sleep!  You become everything and anything the business needs, the telephonist, the bookkeeper, the warehouse manager, the delivery driver, the HR manager and the CEO.   You are not just the multi-hat wearer of your business, but you might also be a parent, a sibling, a son, a daughter or friend.  All these wonderful people care about you. It might be that you are not yet able to commit to salaried assistance, but you do need help – face it, you can do anything, you are amazing – but you cannot do EVERYTHING. Ask for help from friends, family or even someone like me, a Virtual Assistant.  In my case you literally just pay for what you need, when you need it.  No other commitment whatsoever.  If you need 1 hour of work a week, 1 hour a month or even 10 hours – that’s ok.  Imagine what you could do with 10 hours of help – you could be out there building your business instead of being stuck behind a desk doing paperwork, or even enjoying a movie and popcorn night at home with the family. move night popcorn Your business is your baby, something you have dreamed of and now that your baby is a reality you want to give it the best chance of growing into something amazing – of course!  However, if you don’t take care of you, how can you take care of your baby, your business. Remember put your own oxygen mask on first.   freedom
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Have you got 2020 Vision?

Have you got 2020 Vision?

Make 2020 Count!

I’m planning my January and February 2020 blog posts and just love the ‘National Days’ and weird ‘special’ dates.   So, like Kiss a Ginger Day (12 Jan), National Hug Day (21 Jan). What about National Peanut Butter Day (24 Jan) and my personal favourite, Squirrel Appreciation Day (also 21st Jan).  But, c’mon, who doesn’t appreciate a cute little squirrel?!?!?!  February has a Toothache Day (9th Feb) and a whole day dedicated to Almonds (16th Feb), that’s nuts!!!!

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Make 2020 Count!

I started this post with the intention of writing about keeping your social media relevant, current and industry specific. To talk about how your readers want to see the value and expertise you can bring, but nah!.  It’s nearly the New Year, 2020.  The year of clear vision but why have no Opticians jumped at this?  Instead I’m choosing to think of the days to come, making them count and giving them meaning.  

Make 2020 Count!

How many of the days do you actually have a memory of in 2019?  I can remember what I was doing on key dates but they only account for maybe 20 days in 2019.  Why?  Because they were the special or particularly tough ones, they made an impact.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to just remember 5 ½ % of my life.  That means I’ve forgotten over 94% of the last year of my life! I want my days to count, be special, have impact and make a difference to others and to myself.

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Make 2020 Count!

My challenge to you in 2020 is have clear vision and have clear goals.

Incidentally, my birthday is World Coming Out Day. Stranger things have happened and if that does happen, I don’t think I’ll forget that day in a hurry!

Just in case you didn’t know VAS can look after your social media and blog posts. No one will ever know they didn’t come from you!  Check it out!

In 2020 I start building the best version of me by attending #ThinkResilience in Londonderry/Derry. 

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11 hours!!!!

11 hours!! Are you kidding me?!!?

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It is weird that we’re zooming through December and I haven’t got my tree up yet?  I look around my neighbour’s homes and I wonder how a plane hasn’t tried to land on them yet – I live near some very artistic characters.  There is a house further up the street that actually haven’t taken their decorations down from last year and I’ve just this second realised they haven’t been lighting them up this year yet – wonder if they are ok, if I knock at the door am I going to be greeted by the ghost of said neighbours?

So, it got me thinking about the book I’m reading at the moment, granted I’m only 2 chapters in, but oooo I tell ye it’s a goodun. Atomic Habits by James Clear challenges us to make small 1% habits each day for the better.  Make your bed when you get up – start your day off organised.  Leave

your phone downstairs when you go to bed, then it’s not the first and last thing you see at bed time (tricky one), make that to-do list for the next day before you go to bed, then you can hit the ground running with a predetermined plan of action.  After all a goal without a plan is just a dream! 

It’s not that I’m procrastinating about the tree honestly.  I’ve just had other priorities, mostly work related (that, and I hate cleaning dog pish off the tree and floor).  Skewed priorities get in the way of living. Yes, we all have to work, the bank manager dude keeps on insisting that I send her money every month for something called a ‘mortgage’ and there

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are electric bills, rates, gas, insurance, groceries – see when you have a mountain of a son to feed, the grocery bill is not a joke, it’s more than my mortgage!!!! 

Where is the down time?  Where is the me, friends, family, movie, takeaway and jammies time?   I was shocked at my screen report last week, I apparently averaged 11 hours of screen time PER DAY!  Actually, SHOCKED!!!  I thought back upon my week and tried to argue with what the figure in front of me was telling me.  But I did this, and I went there and… I couldn’t think of one thing that added value to ME, I’m not talking ££££ here, I’m talking me.  I couldn’t think of one thing that added value to my family.  Nothing.  That is incredibly sad.  We tell ourselves, and it’s true, that we work hard for our family, that we put the hours in so our loved ones can enjoy a certain quality of life.  But 11 hours of screen time per day.  I must have taken a toilet break or two in there somewhere, but I could find no ME value or family value at all anywhere in my life last week.  That actually rocked me!

There’s a ££££ value that we all NEED to achieve each month.  There’s a ££££ that we want to achieve each month.  For our financial needs and our financial wants we bust our asses.  At what cost?  Little to no added value to our life, little to no added value to our family and friend’s lives.  Our lives should add value, leave a lasting legacy of love and inspiration – I’ve never heard any speaker at a funeral say, I wish my dad could have made more money, or I wish my mum had spent more time making money than with me.  No, we all pray for more time WITH them.  We all have value to give our loved ones, our spouse, our children, our friends.

I put so much time and emphasis into asking people to claim back their work/life balance, to rest, to relax to just be and I’m over here like HEEYYYAAAAAAA!  Pot, kettle, black!!! 

I didn’t NEED to do a lot of the stuff I did last week; I chose to.  I chose my screen over myself, over my family and over my friends.    I am not rocking up double figures on the screen time ever again – I am making an atomic habit change.  I am speaking (not texting) to at least one friend every day and visiting in person at least one friend every week.  Oh, and I’m putting my tree up tomorrow!!!