Can We Please Normalize PTO? (and Announcement!)

Can we all please normalize appreciating PTO. Arnie and I decided a long time ago that we have to be the ones to prioritize our wellbeing. We didn’t wait for retirement to get the beach house. We don’t wait for retirement to travel. We don’t wait for retirement to regularly visit our children out of town. We don’t wait for retirement to take up hobbies, new sports, creative endeavors, meet new friends. We don’t have a bucket list. We live it every day. 

I've spent most of my career as an execuitive at hospitals all to often seeing people retire, think they're going to do everything they've been waiting their whole lives to do, and an illness stops them in their tracks. Don't wait. Scale your dreams to what is reasonable and live them now.

Arnie and I are both high achievers and realize that sometimes doing our best means reflecting on what’s in the way of that happening. 

The American culture has convinced many people that the work treadmill is necessary for success. That you must prove yourself a little more. That getting just a little more done will make you feel better. That getting a little more thin will make you feel better. That getting a little more house, car or electronics will make you feel better. You get the idea. It’s a treadmill to nowhere because “more” has no end game. It’s exhausting. reports that 61% of remote workers, and 53% of on-site workers, are now finding it more difficult to unplug from work during their off-hours. 

Your employer will replace you in 45 days and hardly ever look back. Don’t look back on your life to your work as your only identity. You are deeper than that.

Let me say it now: You are already a success. You are proven. You are beautiful. You are enough just as you are. Another purse, fancy pen or accessory won’t change any of those things. 

However, your experiences are important because they help shift the perspective on your wellbeing. You deserve to feel joy. Sometimes we spend so much time away from it that we forget that. 

Our culture tells you that you need to “thrive” to be happy. That’s nonsense. You’re already happy when you’re not thinking about what you should be doing or guilting yourself about what you did or worrying about things you can’t change. The goal is to feel SATISFIED. We are satisfied when we choose what we focus on instead of allowing our thoughts to run us. 

You can never get enough of the things you don’t need. The money we save on the “stuff” we don’t need we use on our wellbeing. 

Wishing you the joy of prioritizing your wellbeing today so that ‘satisfied’ is more than enough. You’re awesome. 

The Latest Still Space Podcast #58 Feelings – Your Ticket to Career and Life Freedom. In this episode we discuss how avoiding feelings pushes us away from exactly what we want and we learn how to identify feelings to get rid of anxiety and build better relationships. Listen wherever you listen to podcasts or here: Mary Lee’s website     Apple      Spotify

***Announcement: Over the summer many of you have reached out to me with similar questions and struggles. I realize not everyone is able to participate in my one-on-one coaching program: Mindful Leader - Satisfied Life and my heart has been heavy to find a way to help you. I have listened and I've heard you. So, in September I will be launching a BRAND NEW coaching program...(Cue the Band! Light the firecrackers! Sound the alarm!) >>>>>>> 

Confidence, Connection and Calm - The Three Cs Lab. 

Nobody can stand tall in their career, relationships or life without a solid foundation. In The Three Cs Lab you’ll learn the tools, skills, and techniques that will allow you to build that strong foundation so that you can be mindful and satisfied in EVERY aspect of your life. It’s part group coaching with me, part skills training and part community. Mostly, you'll belong to a really welcoming group of people who care about your personal development, purposeful life and satisfaction.

Do you ever wonder how you could

  1. Stop grieving something whose time has passed?
  2. Know if it is right to change jobs of change you?
  3. Create a hybrid work environment for yourself?
  4. Ask for a raise? Get promoted? Get noticed?
  5. Stop feeling empty when your life is so busy?

Are you tired of…

  1. Waking up in the middle of the night worried about something you can’t control?
  2. Trying so hard and not getting noticed or valued.
  3. Being frustrated managing someone who is a passive aggressive underperformer?
  4. Worrying about your relationship and not knowing what to do?
  5. Anticipating retirement and questioning your identity?

The Three Cs Lab Includes:

  • Weekly live group coaching via Zoom
  • A vault full of skills and tips 
  • Monthly interactive workshops
  • A strongly supportive community
  • A vault of the coaching and trainings in case you miss them
  • Lifetime access, no renewals. No subscriptions. No secret hidden messages.

All for $2k. Yep. That's right. All of the above. And you are in for life! You will always have access to all the new trainings, videos, updates and coaching calls. 

If you'd like to be on list for this program when the full details are complete, simply respond to this email and you'll get on the list, receive the details and be able to join first before it is announced and fills up. I’m here for you as long as you need me in this program. AND WE WILL HAVE FUN! 

Your coach,

Mary Lee 

P.S. Feel free to send this link to someone who could benefit from it. We are all walking down the same road in life looking for a hand to hold. Sometimes we must be the hand that reaches out.

Mary Lee Gannon, ACC, CAE is an executive coach and 19-year corporate CEO who helps leaders have more effective careers, happier lives and better relationships. Request a free consultation call.

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