Behind the Scenes at Nancy Booth Coaching

Behind the Scenes at Nancy Booth Coaching

There are some changes taking place at Nancy Booth Coaching that I hope will be of benefit to you and your well-being. I want to be sure I am writing blogs that meet your needs as you fight overwhelm in your life and look to get healthier and more hopeful.

First, since we have been talking about vision boards, I thought  it would be fun to share my vision board in my move towards supporting women and my personal vision of no sugar!!  As you see in the above vision board, I am focused on vision, inspiration, turning darkness into light, joy, connecting with my family and peace among other things.

For me, I want to create safe spaces, such as retreats, for you as a professional woman who is feeling overwhelmed in your life and to change those overwhelmed feelings and disconnectedness.  Problems shared are problems cut in half.

I, then, want to provide a variety of opportunities for us to explore possibilities that lessen your overwhelm and worry load.  I envision us working together to discover action steps and habits that make your life more healthy and hopeful.  Finally, in finding hope, I think you’ll see a noticeable difference in your well-being.  I certainly have over the past two years.

What is overwhelming you right now?  Too much to do in too short a time?  Not enough energy and feeling tired all the time?  Feeling the world is out to get you?  Thinking your home, work, life is so disorganized there’s no end in sight?  Beating yourself up for the umpteenth time for not doing x,y,z?

I used to live in a continual overwhelmed state.  I am currently healthier than I have been in the last two years. A lot of that has to do with learning self-care, exploring brain-based wellness strategies and giving myself permission to care for myself.

Nancy’s Desk

However, some habits die hard.  My current overwhelm comes in the form of organization. Here is a picture from my office desk.  I still have so many ideas running through my head that I go from one pile to the next.  I am working towards systems that have me list my top three tasks for the next day.

So behind the scenes at Nancy Booth Coaching, I am working on research and topics that will hopefully support us in our quest to shed different types of overwhelm and live a more hopeful, joyful life, regardless of our circumstances.  With my background in brain-based coaching, and all the research going on in neuroscience, I am excited to look at how my writing, retreats, coaching and workshops may support you in brain-based wellness and hopeful living.

What about you? What are the causes of overwhelm in your life?  Over the next two weeks, I hope to be contacting you, my readers, for advice and feedback on several items including:

  • What your current overwhelm challenges are?
  • What areas of self-care and wellness are most challenging and of most interest to you?
  • What is your vision of well-being for the next few years?
  • What types of formats do you like information in, ie blog, newsletter, topical videos or e-books? Or additional learning – face to face workshops, online groups, e-courses at your leisure, coaching?

I will announce the results of my findings on March 9th with the roll-out of of my new emphasis on brain-based wellness and self-care to lessen the overwhelm in your life.

See you in two weeks!

Nancy Booth is a certified life coach and certified brain-based coach.  She loves creating safe spaces for women going through life’s transitions to discover and support their visions for health and well-being in an overwhelming world, explore possibilities for next steps and find hope.  She writes about taming the overwhelm through connecting to yourself and others, possibilities thinking, and brain-based strategies for hopeful living.  You can sign up to receive her weekly blog or contact her to find out ways you can begin to shed overwhelm, explore possibilities and find hope.

 

4 Steps to Start Combating Overwhelm

4 Steps to Start Combating Overwhelm

The month of January is almost over!  How is that battle on overwhelm going?  Did you make New Year’s Resolutions to fight it?   What were they?  Eat healthy?  Exercise daily?  Go to bed at a decent hour? Spend less time on Facebook? How is that working for you?

If you are like me, you set good intentions at the beginning of the month and now with 26 days in, those good intentions have evaporated or become overwhelmed with daily living.  How do you combat overwhelm without beating yourself over your failures?  The following 4-step process can lift overwhelm in a way that can improve your chances of a more balanced life approach.

The following steps help you focus on what you need to leave behind in your thinking and surroundings and what you need to take with you into your surroundings.    Notice what you want to leave behind and begin to shed the fear/flight response.  Replace that thinking and feeling  with more positive thoughts and feelings, like joy, peace, gratitude and become intentional about what you are taking with you as you move forward into the future.   These positive feelings in return build resiliency.

Step 1 – How can you get quiet in order to do some reflecting?

You will need to have some time to get yourself quiet.  I know that’s the first challenge. Start by noticing your breathing to help you get quiet. Is it shallow and rapid?  If so, can you take some deeper breaths and slow it down a little?  Just by noticing your breathing you can pause a moment and be refreshed.   Your brain thinks so much more clearly with more oxygen.

Step 2- What are you grateful for in your life right now?

If that is a hard question for you to answer right now because you’re feeling so overwhelmed, start with the basics, breathing or what you see around you.

Take a few minutes to reflect upon what is really working well in your life right now.  If someone asked you what you are grateful for and would want to celebrate, what would you tell them?

Notice what you are wearing.   Notice the colors and textures of what you are wearing.  How do they feel?  How do they look?  What about them can you be grateful?

Step 3   What mind chatter is going on that you need to leave behind?

How often do you really stop to listen what you are saying to yourself?  I was surprised when I was asked to keep a small journal of my thoughts.  I was sooo judgmental of others in my head.  I wasn’t saying it to others but I sure had a running dialogue going of how I thought others should be behaving and acting.  What an energy waster!

What is weighing you down?  What is it about your thinking or emotions, or physical surroundings that you want to leave behind and not continued to expend energy towards? Are you sitting in physical or mental clutter?  What can you do about that?  Are you cold?  Any changes you can make to your comfort level?  What is in your control to leave behind so your thinking and feeling can be more joyous and free?  Begin to note little things that you can leave behind and not pick up again.   It will take intentionality and practice!

Step 4   What thinking and feelings will you take with you?

Once you begin to see what you want to leave behind and shed of your overwhelm, you’ll be surprised at what you notice you want to take with you.  For example, when I realized I was being so judgmental, I began to take with me more grace and compassion for myself first of all, and then for others.  I took with me acceptance of reality and let go of expectations.  I truly believe taking acceptance of reality with me was a huge step in my recovery of anxiety.  “It is what it is.”

I am also taking with me a focus on the present moment.  My grandchildren are teaching me a lot about that.  They notice little details and delight in the smallest things.  I want to take with me a focus and joy about the moments in my life.  By doing so, I am actually changing my brain pathways and building joy responders.  Great reason to enjoy my grandchildren, right?

 

What about you?  How can you begin the practice of leave behind and take with?  I can’t wait to hear how you begin to explore possibilities and find more hope in coming out from under your overwhelm.

 

 

Nancy Booth is a certified life coach  and certified brain-based coach.  She loves creating safe spaces for women, especially educators going through life’s transitions to discover and support their visions for health and well-being in an overwhelming world, explore possibilities for next steps and find hope.  She writes about taming the overwhelm through  connecting to yourself and others, possibilities thinking, and brain-based strategies for hopeful living.  You can sign up to receive her weekly blog or contact her to find out ways you can begin to shed overwhelm, explore possibilities and find hope.

 

3 Ways to Handle Christmas Anticipation

3 Ways to Handle Christmas Anticipation

One of the biggest holidays of the year is almost here.  Is your to-do list almost your done list? What are you anticipating in the next few days?  Family? Flurry? Stress? Joy? Sadness? Anxiety? How are you handling the “It’s almost here”?  How does anticipation effect you?

The definition of anticipation is the action of anticipating something, an expectation or prediction.  You are looking forward with expectancy, excitement or even suspense.  Depending on your prior experience with the Christmas season, you may be experiencing all these emotions.  Or if this is a Christmas season of transition, you are in anticipation of not knowing and that brings suspense and anxiety.

As you look at the next few days before Christmas and find yourself disconnected from the season or in a state of overwhelm or even joyously anticipating the day, consider the following three ways you might handle the anticipation of Christmas and all your emotions associated with the next few days.

Create Some Space

cup20161222_044603Even though you feel like you may be running around like a chicken with her head cut off, or your space is unbearably quiet, create some safe space for yourself where you can be still.  What is your heart’s anticipation? What are your emotions?  How does God see the upcoming few days?  Take a cup of your favorite beverage, sit quietly and breathe.  I find when I sit at the feet of Jesus and ask Him how He sees what I am facing, I get insights into my emotions.  I want to go into my Christmas with open hands and open heart, anticipating that He will guide me, not my emotions.  I don’t want to miss anything He has for me.

Explore the Possibilities

This year is a transitional year for us, as we will be celebrating with most of the family after Christmas Day.  My daughter and her son will be here part of the day, but my husband and I may be by ourselves for part of Christmas Day.  That looks very different than years past.  What that could look like for my husband and I?  Go to a movie?  Eat out for supper?  Invite other friends over?  I haven’t decided yet as I am still exploring possibilities.  I am anticipating what my own needs may be for that day – rest, family fun, church, since it is a Sunday.  How does what I want play into others’ expectations of a traditional Christmas meal?

What about you?  What possibilities and choices do you have coming up?  If family are far away, what friends can be family that day?  If this is the first Christmas after losing a loved one, how can you change things up?  If the holiday is usually stressful, what choices do you have to alleviate some of the stress?  Stand back and look at your life as if you were looking at it from a distance.  What advice would you give yourself?

Find Hope

I pray that God, the source of all hope, will infuse your lives with an abundance of joy and peace in the midst of your faith so that your hope will overflow through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 The Voice

navtivity20161222_044249-1So in this Christmas season, where do you find hope?  My prayer is that you are looking to God for your hope, in the midst of whatever you are facing.  As the angel told Mary before the birth of Jesus, “So the impossible is possible with God”. Luke 1:37

What impossible are you anticipating for the Christmas?  Give it to God and see what happens.  I will be praying for my readers and would love to pray for your specifically.  You can send me a private message on my facebook page NancyBooth Coaching if you would like me praying for you.  He loves you and wants to join in your anticipation of Christmas for the impossible.

Merry Christmas!

Nancy Booth is a certified life coach and certified brain-based coach.  She loves creating safe spaces for women going through life’s transitions to discover and support their visions for health and well-being in an overwhelming world, explore possibilities for next steps and find hope.  She writes about taming the overwhelm and reducing stress, looking for ways to motivate, energize and inspire you!  You can sign up to receive her weekly blog or contact her to find out ways you can begin to shed overwhelm and stress.  It’s time to explore possibilities of new relationships, better life pacing and gain hope and peace.

Unwrap Your Gifts of Desires and Longings

Unwrap Your Gifts of Desires and Longings

As the Christmas season approaches, everywhere we look, we are enticed to want this new thing or that new invention.  “Don’t you desire this for your home?”  “Aren’t you longing for the newest _____(fill in the blank)?” “Unwrap this gift under your Christmas tree this year.  She will love you for it.”

As I think about my vision for 2017, I have been pondering my desires and longings. These desires and longings are gifts within my soul that I can either experience or share with others.  They aren’t about “things”.  They are about who I want to “be” and how I want to “do” or serve others in my work and family and finally what I want to “have” for the new year.  Everything starts with being first, rather than doing and having.

Want to Be

I think one of my strongest desires for the new year is to be still so I can hear the small, still voice of God.  When I sit still, I can hear and feel loved.  I also find peace and hope.

I also want to be fully present.  I don’t want to miss moments in my day.  In the past, my anxiety and depression clouded my thinking and now that I have my health back mostly, I want to be aware of the beauty, the relationships, and even the dailyness of my life and savor those moments.  I am one to rush on to the next thing.  I want to better pace my days by being fully present and enjoying my surroundings, my work and my family.

The third area I want to be is strongly connected to those around me, whether it be God, my husband and family, friends, church, neighborhood or the women I serve.  Connection is so important to me and grounds me to health and vitality.

What about you?  How do you want to be this next year?  What are the desires and longings of your soul?

Want to Do

grandkids-with-papaIn the “do” area of my life. I long to do service that makes a difference in the lives of people with whom I am involved. I want to write encouragement to others.  I want to create safe and beautiful spaces for women who want to make a change in their lives and find hope. I also want to make beautiful and loving places for my grandchildren to have fun with “grandma and papa” to help them feel special.

My want to do’s come out of my want to be’s connection desires.

How does your do and be fit together?  What are your desires and longings that you want to bring to life for 2017?

Want to Have

When I get my want to be and want to do in alignment for 2017, I believe my desires and longings for my “haves” will fall into place.  For my want to haves, I want to have gratitude and enjoy what I have currently.  I  want to have more gatherings and groups of women together – creating those safe spaces, and retreats. I want to enjoy those connections with others – online, in my neighborhood, my church and in the surrounding areas.

I want to have a beautiful backyard to enjoy.  I want to have a screened-in area in order to enjoy the beauty of the trees, flowers and nature as well as share it with others.  Getting outdoors is an important component of my health so creating a space where I have access to enjoy it will make a difference.  Again, that is in congruence with my be still desires, and my want to do longing to connect with God, others and creation.

How will your want to have support your be and do?

Gifts to Unwrap

Of course, I have other be, do, have desires and longings I could share.  These are just a few of the gifts in my life I hope to unwrap in 2017.  I hope it’s given you a glimpse of how you might make a gift list for 2017 for yourself.  Take time for yourself and listen to your heart.  I want to create safe spaces for you to explore the dreams and possibilities in your life and find hope. That’s my biggest desire for 2017.   Let’s unwrap your gifts for 2017 together.

Nancy Booth is a certified life coach and certified brain-based coach.  She loves creating safe spaces for women going through life’s transitions to discover and support their visions for health and well-being in an overwhelming world, explore possibilities for next steps and find hope.  She writes about taming the overwhelm and reducing stress, looking for ways to motivate, energize and inspire you!  You can sign up to receive her weekly blog or contact her to find out ways you can begin to shed overwhelm and stress.  It’s time to explore possibilities of new relationships, better life pacing and gain hope and peace.

Find Hope and Vision for 2017

Find Hope and Vision for 2017

This time of year, many of our thoughts turn to a new page  for 2017.  Everywhere I turn, I see lots of ideas for making 2017 the best year yet.  What is it about the new year that inspires us to think fresh thoughts or vision?  Is it the blank calendar in front of us?  Is it that hope springs eternal? Or is it one more month to mark the years speeding by, the things we didn’t get done in 2016?  Or the disappointments, losses and worries we may carry with us into the new year?  Where are you on the continuum?

I have been absent from your in box for awhile.  At the end of 2015, I retired due to health issues, mostly anxiety and depression.  I wasn’t at all sure what 2016 would bring.  Thankfully, I am back to health, writing and coaching!

What has made the difference?  How can what I’ve learned perhaps make a difference for you?  Here are 3 things that I have experienced lately may also help you find hope for 2017.

Listening to God

I began to listen more closely to God this fall.  No revelations or anything especially spiritual beyond developing a closer relationship with Him.  He says I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalms 139:14.  When I operate in that belief system, I know I am loved and have gained confidence to move forward in other areas of my life.  What are your experiences of listening?

Dreams, Desires and Longings

I then, began to dream of how I might create a safe space for women to discover their own vision, possibilities and passion for life that I was beginning to experience again.

A significant part of that dream came into focus by going on a week’s vacation with a good friend of mine.sharon-and-i  We toured the western coast of Lake Michigan, went to her 50th class reunion and visited her old home place, among other childhood haunts.  What was significant to me was the realization of how important women’s friendships are and the support and connections that women can give to each other – sisterhood if you will.  Each of us need to find those women who love us unconditionally, create a safe space for us to be ourselves and an opportunity to explore our heart and passions.

Vision

I discovered I wanted to bring like-minded women together who were in search of dreams, vision and a change.  By creating a safe space and setting aside some time together, we could listen to God, hear the desires and longings of our hearts and begin to build that community of sisters, that fostered hope.

I am so excited for 2017.   One way we’ll explore fostering community is through a vision board workshop process which will be a way to bring like-minded women together around their desires and longings and starting a journey together.

A vision board helps us “see” what dreams God has put on our hearts and by doing so, we begin to “see” more the opportunities God puts in front of us.  The visuals alert our brains more, much like when we buy a different car, we begin to see that car everywhere.

Once we have our vision, know our desires and longings, then we can work together in community to set our goals and action steps for each month as well as look at any beliefs that may pop up that interfere with our forward progress.

If this idea of a vision board excites you and you are ready for a change, then contact me.  I have a vision board workshop coming up in January 21st and then we’ll move forward together from there.

Contact Me!

This is your year to “clear out the gunk” in your life. Having a community of women working together in small groups or even one on one coaching can be powerful ways to hope.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Nancy Booth is a certified life coach and certified brain-based coach.  She loves creating safe spaces for women going through life’s transitions to discover and support their visions for health and well-being in an overwhelming world, explore possibilities for next steps and find hope.  She writes about taming the overwhelm and reducing stress, looking for ways to motivate, energize and inspire you!  You can sign up to receive her weekly blog or contact her to find out ways you can begin to shed overwhelm and stress.  It’s time to explore possibilities of new relationships, better life pacing and gain hope and peace.

 

Out of the Darkness into the Light

Out of the Darkness into the Light

A water well is such a necessity.  Those of us who live in cities and turn on the faucet take for granted how easy it is to access water and bring it up from wherever the water comes from, an underground aquifer or spring, river or even man-made reservoir.  I happen to live in the country away from the water districts and have “drilled” well that reaches down into the darkness underground to the underlying aquifer of water and brings me access to bright, clean water each day.

When I think about wells, though, I think about the well we had on our farm property growing up. We had a big top on it and when Dad periodically took the top off, I could peer down into the darkness to see if I could see the bottom or see the water.  I couldn’t and it always was scary to me to peer down into the well and think about all the creepy crawly things that might be down there (there weren’t because he kept the lid on) but my imagination in the dark could run wild.

I have been thinking about the darkness in the well of my own soul.  I take it for granted that I will get clean, loving thoughts and emotions from it.  I can just get up in the morning, start my day and out comes goodness, kindness, peace, love and joy.  NOT!

I am surprised by the dark, creepy crawly creatures that linger right under the surface when I am not drawing the fresh clean water from the well of my soul and letting God bring light into my whole being.  These last weeks have been filled with family outings, family health crisis (my 93 year old father-in-law had a  pacemaker put in – he’s doing well – amazing modern medicine!) extra people in my home, and my own distractions.  I haven’t been sitting and doing my regular time with God or having the solitude I usually get.

The result is I begin to control everyone in sight!  I get snippy, cranky, and of course, know how everyone should be living their lives.  I become the wicked witch of the West.  Not pretty!!!  I realized that when I get so outwardly critical and controlling that the darkness is calling me to come into His light.

He gently reminded me yesterday that for 10 days straight, I have been running and not taking care of myself.  The martyr in me rises up quite quickly!  How do I get back on track and throw those creepy, crawly things out of my well and come into the light?

Take Time

The rest of my world will function fine without me for a while.  I need to get away and spend time with and for myself.  I do that and then I fall away.  It is a consistent battle, and yet one I know I need for my soul’s nurturing.

Be Gentle

I was doing a good job of beating up on myself. ” I should do this.  What is going on?  Why am I like this?  Why am I not doing that?  I will never do ….. “The negative self-chatter was going strong.  That was another indicator that I wasn’t taking care of myself.  I would never talk to a friend like that.  God doesn’t talk to me like that and He doesn’t want me to talk to myself like that.  I can use the negative chatter as an indicator that it’s time to refresh my soul and sit down with God.  I am to be gentle on myself.

Get Outside

Especially in Wisconsin, spring is so beautiful.  Outdoors is one of the most healing places to be.  When I get in these dark moods, I know I haven’t been outside much.  Even yesterday, I spent much of the day outside, enjoying God’s beautiful creation and enjoying my husband’s company.  What a difference I felt at being outdoors!

What about you?  How do you bring yourself out of your dark places?  I would love to know.  If you would like someone to accompany you and listen, please let me know.

Nancy Booth is a certified life coach and certified brain-based coach.  She loves creating safe spaces for women going through life’s transitions to discover and support their visions for health and well-being in an overwhelming world, explore possibilities for next steps and find hope.  She writes about taming the overwhelm and reducing stress, looking for ways to motivate, energize and inspire you!  You can sign up to receive her weekly blog or contact her to find out ways you can begin to shed overwhelm and stress.  It’s time to explore possibilities of new relationships, better life pacing and gain hope and peace.

 

 

 

 

 

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