YOU ARE BUSY.
Everyone is always BUSY.
No one has extra time on their hands, especially with everything else going on in the world today.
If you have children, elderly parents, and other dependants to care for on top of your usual work responsibilities. Forget extra time. YOU HAVE NO TIME.
Before, you thought working from home would be a bonus. You imagined how much time you would save from not having to commute or drive to work.
But that is not the case right now. YOU ARE WORKING MORE THAN EVER.
Technology is supposed to help. But no, it’s really just adding to your everyday anxiety, overwhelm, and stress.
WORK has to get done no matter what.
You’re a team player. You’ve got this.
BRING THE WORK ON.
You respond to the requests or demands from the top to the best of your ability.
But sometimes and maybe often these requests and demands are unclear or constantly changing—which for you, means more redrafts or more revisions of the additional tasks dropped on your plate. Essentially, doing more work.
Despite the challenge, YOU GET IT DONE.
You don’t just get things done. YOU DELIVER RESULTS.
You’re a performer and you’re an overachiever.
Since you’re doing such great work, you get requests or demands to do more work.
How can you say “no”? Who are you to say that? If your boss couldn’t say “no” to her or his boss, if your boss’ boss couldn’t say no to their bosses, who are you to do so? When demands come from the top, your leaders don’t always question or ask for clarifications.
When the big bosses says, “Jump!”, the only question allowed is: “How high?”
And you, the working level employee, just have to execute. FAST!
It’s just one of those days. Your manager says, “Drop whatever you’re doing now. This is a new priority! All hands on deck!”
You manage all the demands and challenges imposed on you. But you know this pace is just not sustainable.
You cannot feel anxious, overwhelmed, and stressed all the time about your workload, deadlines, performance results, or the work that you do in general.
You need to establish your personal boundaries and protect your work goals and priorities. You want to manage your time. You want to find balance. You want to be able to get better at conducting effective conversations about work demands and workload matters with your manager, immediate supervisor, and colleagues so that you can feel more at ease, satisfied, productive, and happy.
But you’re not quite sure how to begin the conversation.
You don’t know how to say “no” to extra work without feeling guilty, feeling like you’re not being a team player, feeling like you’re being an under-performer, etc. etc.
Many times, you also feel tired or unmotivated. You feel like you want to do something else with how you spend your working hours, something different, something more fulfilling than what you are doing now.
But YOU don’t know what you really want.
Even if you know exactly what you want, you’re not sure how to go about pursuing it.
WHERE DO YOU BEGIN?
I’ve been where you are.
I’ve worked as a professional for various organizations in the private sector, not-for-profit, and the federal government.
I reached a point in my work life when I felt like I was always swimming against the current. All I could feel was exhaustion. I was spinning constantly physically and mentally. There were many nights I could not sleep because I felt I had so much to do. There were also many mornings I could not get up because my body would not move and my eyes would not open. My mind was foggy. My heart was heavy. I felt anxious, overwhelmed, and stressed. I was burning out.
I realized, the suffering that comes with feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and stressed about workload, work deadlines, and performance results are simply not worth the pain. Especially, when I could do something about it.
I also realized, I was constantly tired when I was at work because I was not using my energy wisely. I was burning out because I was not honouring my values. Contrary to what I'd believed in, to what I'd valued, I was spending my time on work that no longer brought me happiness and satisfaction. I was not doing things that energized me. I was in a miserable state because the work where I used to find meaning became just a means to an end, something to keep me busy until I made it home in the evening. And hopefully, make it to the weekend.
I believe that expressing our well-being is an act of authentic leadership. To get out of anxiety, overwhelm, and stress, it is important to communicate our personal capacities, boundaries, and limits to those who can make a positive impact on the quality of our experiences. This way, we can honour our well-being and lead ourselves to a life of authenticity, satisfaction, and happiness. But first we must know what we really matters to us.
I know what it's like to feel anxious, overwhelmed, and stressed at work. I know what it’s like to strive to be more than your best, to be resilient, and to persevere in times of change and shifting demands.
I also know what it's like when the body and mind feel so tired of trying to please oneself and others around that inspiration wanes and motivation disappears.
I am choosing to honour my values and to express my well-being. I am doing exactly what I feel I am meant to do, and enjoying every moment of it.
Like me, you have a choice. You have many choices available to you.
You can choose to honour your values, say and do what you really want, and express your well-being.
Imagine what it would be like to get out of the overwhelm, to get out feeling anxious, and stressed about your workload, work deadlines, and performance results.
I imagine what it would be like to take charge of how your day will unfold.
Imagine being able to conduct authentic and clear your conversations with your manager, immediate supervisor, and colleagues.
Imagine being able to express what you need and want, and say “no” easily to extraneous work demands without feeling guilty or ashamed.
Imagine walking away from every conversation you engage in feeling well and happy about how you asserted yourself and how you managed the conversation.
Imagine feeling well, satisfied, and happy with the work that you do and how you spend your waking hours.
My HEART Practice: 5 Steps for Expressing Your Well-Being will teach you how to honour your work values, pay attention to what really matters to you, set clear goals and priorities, manage your time effectively, conduct authentic and clear conversations about work, easily say “no” to extraneous work demands, establish your personal boundaries, practice self-awareness and self-care, so that you can be more at ease, satisfied, productive, and happy in your work life.
My HEART Practice: 5 Steps for Expressing Your Well-Being is based on my personal and professional experiences, many years of research, other people’s lived experiences, and countless conversations with other professionals working in different organizations in the Canadian public service, non-profits, and the private sector.
These steps have been my life saver —the key to my personal transformation. They are my guide for relating and connecting with other people, for ensuring my happiness, and satisfaction with my work, and everything I do in my life today.
I believe they can also help you embody and express your well-being, and serve you as you journey to your own personal transformation.
5 Steps For Expressing Your Ultimate Well-Being
a six-week virtual course designed for women professionals who want to deepen their self-awareness, improve their communication and leadership skills, embody and express their authenticity, and promote their overall well-being.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?
Module 1: How to Honour your values
You will learn how to identify and connect with your work values so that you can manage the sources of their dissatisfaction, anxiety, and stress and figure out how to be satisfied and happy at your jobs or with the work that you engage in.
Module 2: How to Embrace your goals and priorities
You will learn how to notice the connections between your work values, set related work goals and priorities, and pay attention to how you use your time and energy so that your motivations and expectations would be clear to you.
Module 3: How to Attend to your needs, wants, thoughts, and feelings
You will learn how to identify and connect with your needs, wants, thoughts, and feelings. You will also learn about different communication styles so that you can develop awareness and understanding of the verbal and non-verbal messages you employ when you communicate with others.
Module 4: How to Reach out to others
You will learn how to communicate your needs, wants, thoughts, and feelings so that you can walk away from every work conversations you engage in feeling satisfied and happy with the way you managed the conversation. It is designed to help you conduct clear and effective conversations that respect what matters to you and everyone involved.
Module 5: How to Take care of yourself
You will learn how to practice self-care and self-leadership so that you can establish your personal boundaries and limits, manage your work goals and priorities, and protect your most important resources—your time, energy, and well-being.
Each module comes with related tools, e.g., workbooks, journals, guided self-reflective exercises, etc., based on scientifically proven methods and well-being practices such as yoga, mindfulness, meditation, and expressive arts.
The course will start on April 1, 2022.
Please note: For maximum interaction the cohort size will be limited to 24 participants.
Takes steps toward embodying and expressing your ultimate well-being. Join the course today.
3 payments of $837 (total of $2,511)
1 payment of $1,997 (savings of $514)
Limited scholarships are available to women who feel they may benefit from the course but do not have adequate financial resources to participate. If you are an interested individual or representing a non-profit organization that helps women, feel free to contact me for details about the scholarships.
Because I sincerely care to contribute to your well-being, your investment comes with my 100% money back guarantee. You can sign up and try the course. If after all the sincere efforts you put into learning the materials and following the practice, during the 14-day trial period you realize the course is not helping you, please let me know and I will gladly return all your money back.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: I prefer to learn in-person and not online. Also, the topics covered in this course seem to be better suited for an in-person format. Will I still benefit from this course?
A: While the course is delivered online, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to interact with me and members of your cohort in real time. I will hold weekly one-hour virtual (synchronous) Q&A sessions where you can get detailed feedback on your questions about the course as well as your learnings and insights. I will also hold virtual (synchronous) events, i.e., two 90-minute facilitated workshops and one half-day retreat so that you can connect with members of your cohort, exchange ideas, and delve deeper with your learnings.
Q: When will I have access to the course content?
A: Each module is released weekly, at 7:00 am every Monday.
Q: How long do I have access to the course content?
A: You will have lifetime access to the course content (all modules, videos, and tools) and a private discussion forum.
Q: How can I ask questions, get feedback, or share my comments while taking the course?
A: The Q&A sessions are the best way to get detailed feedback from me on your biggest questions about the course as well as your learnings and insights. You can submit your questions via a form in your learning portal, and I will do my best to address them during the weekly Q&A sessions.
Q: When are the live Q&A sessions?
A: When you register for the course, HEART Practice: 5 Steps for Expressing Your Ultimate Well-Being, you will have access to six months of live Q&A sessions. You will also have access to the weekly schedule for the Q&A sessions in your learning portal.
Q: What if I will be away or unable to work on the course for a period of time while the modules are being released?
A: No worries! My HEART Practice: 5 Steps for Expressing Your Ultimate Well-Being is designed to be a self-pace program. As such, you can pause and/or revisit it whenever you want since you will always have access to your learning portal.
Q: I have a question that is not answered here, how can I get assistance?
A: You can contact me via email. I'll be happy to help!