Have a Merry Christmas everyone! I am living on a trip to visit relatives. I’ll be back around Tuesday, depending on Michigan snow storms.

I just finished a book called Stop Living Life Like An Emergency, by Diane Sieg, R.N. I have seen many coaching clients that do live life like an emergency. 7 warning signs she writes about are:

1. Always running a little late

2. Piles everywhere that you hope to get to someday

3. You find yourself in 3 modes: hurry up, catch up or fed up

4. You constantly lose things or forget things

5. You have no patience for traffic, grocery lines or anything else that takes too long

6. You pride yourself on how much you get done and how fast you do it.

7. You frequently say things lik, “When things slow down I will…exercise…get more sleep…take better care of myself.

If you are living life like an emergency you may have one of these personality types:
The controller – no one but you can do it right
The perfectionist
The driver – impossibly high standards
The action person – never wants to sit on the sidelines and watch, always is do, do, do
The adrenaline junkie – thrives on activity, chaos and crisis often of their own making
The risk taker – always chooses risk over stability
The impatient
The rescuer – always the first to volunteer to save the day
The difference maker – has to feel need and helps others at any cost

Do any of these sound like you? The personality traits aren’t bad, they can be very successful. It’s just if you cross the line to the extreme that emergency living develops.

Emergency living becomes a habit. A person can be rushing so long, they have forgotten they have a choice.

The book has the solutions to emergency living. Things like slowing down and being ruthless with your schedule and listening to your limits.

I found this great article for those of you who are thinking of starting or are in your own business: Designing a Creative Business.

I am working on creating an even more nourishing workspace. I already have a dream board up helping me plan, holding a picture by Kerri Smith on being a superhero, a list of my goals, and of relaxing things to do. I want to get rid of some paper piles that accumulated over the Christmas season. I’d like to get some nature in here in the form of a fountain or a plant.

I also love her idea of listing your favorite things to do and incorporating them into your work. I am already able to do that with photography that I can post to my blog, writing for articles and programs, designing for my website, the calendar, some upcoming programs. I am going to think of what else I can incorporate.

How is your work, working for you?

Once again I am taking clients for a program to plan the coming year. This year’s is called “Create a Year of Joy” program: http://www.encouragingcoach.com/programs-create.htm

Last year I had so much fun helping clients discover what they really wanted in the coming year. This year, I made the program a little more structured and made some worksheets to help with the specific planning.

It’s going to be one a first come-first served basis, since I have limited openings. However I’m not going to be announcing it in the newsletter till the beginning of January. So my loyal Blogger reader get a head start 🙂

Saturday, we managed to stay in most of the day. My son had a birthday party from 2-4 to attend so we stuck near by. It turned out to be a good day for one on one time. Jonathan and I played four games of Yahtzee at his request. Then while he was at the party, Brea and I wrapped presents – one of her favorite things to do. I also finished up some cards that I wanted to send out.Â

This is the first fall in 7 years I wasn’t busy on Saturdays with my son’s soccer and Brea’s dance or gymnastics. We chose to take a season off from classes and recreation. Weekends have been a lot less hectic. Season is almost up though. We will be cocooning less in the new year.

This article has some wonderful ideas for Having A Christ-Centered Christms. Many I already do with my kids.

It’s coming to the point where I know I am not going to be able to do everything I wanted to for Christmas. I don’t want to be pushed totally beyond my limits. I want to enjoy the holiday, have time for contemplation and not be a grump to be around. So I am checking my list, and crossing things out. Where is your limit?

December’s Newsletter is on Making Self-Care a Priority: http://www.encouragingcoach.com/newsletter-dec04.htm

Monday was a snow day. No school due to a snow storm. Lots of blowing snow. So we stayed indoors with our hot cocoa. The kids and I finished our baking day. We made a gingerbread house for the first time:

We also finished up the cookies, played a game, watched a movie and did some things on the computer.

Tiny Change # 51: Use music to energize you or relax you