I’ve been MIA, I know. I’d apologize but that would be disingenuous.
About a month and a half ago I hit a wall. I’ve been working 2 jobs since July, something I’m very much not used to, and my self-care when down the commode. It’s actually only been in the past 2 weeks that I’ve figured out why I nearly imploded.
I’m an introvert. I got peopled out. I also am constantly pushing myself to expand, seeking out new ideas and concepts, seeing what fits for me and what doesn’t. After nearly 2 straight years of this pushing, I hit saturation and went into deep self-preservation mode.
When your bestie is sending you text messages like “hello, anyone home” you know something is up. So I had to peek my head out and recognize that I had to do something about how I was operating – less self preservation and more self care.
I also realized I hadn’t called my parents in weeks and my mother was probably going out of her mind. So I stopped what I was doing and sent her a text message with a brief explanation. I still owe her a phone call but a little attention to her needs (to know that I’m okay) actually benefits me.
One of the biggest realizations I’ve had has been around all the things I’ve been doing to building my coaching practice. I’m not someone that likes to be told what to do. I’m also someone that doesn’t do things the way everyone else does them and yet I’ve spent the past year trying to do what everyone else has been doing and hating every second of it. I actually nearly threw in the towel.
So now I’m going to do things my way. Maybe it will work, maybe not. But here’s the thing: I guarantee that everything I produce going forward will be completely and utterly authentic.
I’m not going to sit here and make promises to post every week, email my subscribers every week, write recipes, post tips, or produce amazing freebies. I’d love to create SOME structure, but I’m still figuring out what that looks like so I refuse to promise something then change my mind. Any structure that shows itself will come organically and I sincerely hope you all are down for some spontaneity.
Something I’m crystal clear on is the value of my time so the way I schedule so the way I charge for my time is changing.
It absolutely kills me that anyone would want and/or need my help and not feel as though it was something they could spend money on. However, my time is at a premium. It cost me time and money to earn my certification. I’m not just someone proclaiming to be an expert on this or that – I’ve actually trained and studied for this. With those two things in mind, I’m introducing a pay what you can option with a minimum of $25 per session. That’s only $5 more than your standard copay, the cost of a fancy coffee at your preferred coffee house and less than the cost of a cocktail. I’ll work on getting this set up this week, but if you want to schedule time with me in the mean time, shoot me an email and I’ll get you on the calendar.
Coming up: Discipline has been front and center for me recently, prompted by my own coach, so I’ll be writing about that with some premium content on that subject for my email subscribers. I also am considering featuring pertinent articles, perhaps once a week or so.
Interested in seeing what I’m eating, how I’m moving, or what’s inspiring me? Make sure you’re following me on Instagram (@barbaragraceeats) and/or Facebook (/whathealthcoacheseat). Sometimes there’s overlap, but not always, but don’t feel like you must follow me on both platforms. And if you want to make sure you’re actually seeing what I post, due to their darned algorithms, the more you engage with my posts, the more of them you’ll actually see. Please, don’t turn on notifications though. They’re obnoxious. I’ve actually just turned off notifications for all social media outlets myself and its liberating.
Until next time!