My bookshelf in my home office is packed with non-fiction books. Mostly memoirs and titles related to personal development. And here on my blog, I've danced between these two styles of writing: memoir (personal stories) and self-help (life lessons and interviews).
Back In 2008, I took a bunch of classes and became a certified life coach. When I launched this blog around that same time, I wore my life coach hat. My earliest posts were related to work-life balance, clearing your space, ditching imperfection, taking leaps of faith and discovering activities and work we're passionate about.
Not long after that, I felt a strong desire to share more personal writing. So, I shed my life coach title, declared myself a memoir writer, and the blog you're reading today was born.
It's interesting because until recently, I always felt like it had to be either/or. For most of my adult life, I've wrestled with what feels like competing values. The desire for a career that I loved OR a well-loved home. My desire to raise a family OR my desire for independence. Now, many years later, I see and fully accept that my style is a blend. And to my either/or thinking I say, "What's wrong with being a hybrid?"
Do you wrestle with competing values? If so, maybe the solution is to mix it up. Be okay with your desire for both. So what if it gets a little messy?
That's the first point of my post today. The second point is to celebrate "the blend" in my own life. Now, in addition to blogging here, I'm also a featured contributor for Best Kept Self, a lifestyle site committed to personal and professional growth and development.
My first post for Best Kept Self offers insights and tips for anyone who wants to have better relationships. So, I hope you'll pop over there to read it and share with anyone who might like it.
Also, I'm hosting a free webinar tomorrow night.
Tomorrow night, Wednesday, February 25 at 8pm, I'm hosting a webinar for Best Kept Self about how we can find home in our relationships. It's free and you can sign up here. No worries if you can't attend the webinar live. If you sign up in advance, you'll also get access to the recording when it's done.
If you’re like me, when you have an issue or a conflict in a personal or professional relationship, it affects everything else. It’s all I can think about. Unlike some people (like my husband, for example) I don’t compartmentalize very well.
When my relationships are in a good place, I’m happier all around. So what’s the key to creating and maintaining solid, lasting relationships? The ones that build you up, challenge you (in a good way), make you a better person, and enhance the overall quality of your life?
In this webinar we’ll talk candidly about a critical turning point in my own life and what it taught me about relationships. I'll also share the key component to healthy relationships, understanding the difference between good selfish and bad selfish, when it’s time to do a relationship audit, what to do in difficult relationships that you can’t avoid, how to communicate your truth clearly and with respect, and how to create quality time for the people who matter most.
I hope you'll join me tomorrow night! It's easy to sign up!
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