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One-To-One: Aine Toner, Woman’s Way

This week I spoke with Aine Toner, editor of Woman’s Way. Aine has been editor of Woman’s Way for seven and a half years and there are another six people on her team. Aine has a very busy job, ensuring that the weekly issue of Woman’s Way is on shop shelves around the country every Tuesday. I’m really grateful to Aine for taking the time to chat to me about how she manages stress in such a busy job.

One of the things that came across immensely while taking to Aine was the sheer passion for what she does. She loves the daily task of getting the work done to meet the 5pm deadline every Thursday. Seventy percent of the content for Woman’s Way is new every week, while the other 30% is structured and is guaranteed to be there, for example, horoscopes. She’s passionate about publishing a quality magazine every week. She loves hearing feedback from women that they look forward to their hour to read Woman’s Way when the kid’s are in bed.

To manage time, and to meet the weekly deadline, Aine is super organised. She has a to-do list every day and enjoys ticking items off the list as they’re done. One of the strengths that has helped Aine in her role is her experience. She doesn’t get stressed out like she used to. Another strength is that she cares about the work she does, and the people she’s working with.

The most inspirational book that Aine has read is The Gratitude Diaries [by Janice Kaplan]. Reading is a way for Aine to manage stress. She reads three books a week and also does a little bit of writing, for herself. She also manages stress with walks, and with an hour of Tai Chi every week. The same passion that Aine used to talk about her work came through when she was talking about Tai Chi. This is her hour to switch off, forget about work and be completely present.

Finally, the main stress management strategy that Aine uses is talk to people. It came up in different ways during the interview. When you are having a bad day, just let people know. It’s ok, it happens, and usually it just lasts a day. If something is going on, don’t be afraid to talk to peope.

Sending you lots of love and blessings!

Tracy xx

Tracy Fitzgerald runs a heart-based business as a stress management trainer, working with people in any part of the world. Tracy’s mission is to help people develop skills so they can create and maintain vibrant health, helping their relationships, businesses and lives thrive in peace, love and joy. Visit http://www.relaxfromstress.ie for a description of services and on-demand online courses. Like Tracy’s page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/relaxfromstresstraining for more information.

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One-To-One: Jill Holtz, mykidstime

Recently I had a lovely call with Jill Holtz, one of the founders of http://www.mykidstime.com.  Jill is a very busy businesswoman and mother, and I was delighted that she took time to answer a few questions for me about stress management.

Jill set up mykidstime.ie in 2007, along with her co-founder Michelle Davitt.  It started originally as a listing directory and grown into a high quality content website with supporting social media activity to help parents with useful information for different stages of childhood.   Jill loves helping parents and business owners through her work.  She loves that she can manage her work to spend time with her own children.

One of the words that came up with Jill during the interview was the word focused.   This is the word she used to describe how she manages time, and also the strength that has helped her to manage herself in business.   For time management, Jill and her team hold a weekly accountability session.  This is a planning session where the each set three main tasks to complete during the week.  She also chunks her time to get through her work.

Jill’s stress management strategies include exercise, a book club, and not taking too much on by saying no.  Jill also spends time walking her dog.  The dog arrived into the family last year and has given Jill a reason to take regular walks.   The most important things in Jill’s life are family, friends, things she enjoys, books, music, travel, and networking.

Finally, Jill’s top tip for mental health is to find someone to talk to about what’s going on.  Especially for business owners, it’s good to have a person can vent to and talk to about things.

Sending you lots of love and blessings!

Tracy xx

Tracy Fitzgerald runs a heart-based business as a stress management trainer, working with people in any part of the world. Tracy’s mission is to help people develop skills so they can create and maintain vibrant health, helping their relationships, businesses and lives thrive in peace, love and joy. Visit http://www.relaxfromstress.ie or http://www.facebook.com/relaxfromstresstraining for more information.

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Grit For An Early Start

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve read many articles about how successful people start the day.  They all have common threads, including an early start, exercise and meditation, and a good breakfast.  While many get up at 4:30am to start their day, I have decided to start with getting up at 6am.  This is my second week of implementing this and it’s interesting to notice the resistence to it this week.

Last week, I was full of enthusiasm on Monday and Tuesday, getting up, practicing 30 minutes of yoga, plus meditation, plus journaling.  Then just meditation on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  I had my days planned, I knew what I was doing from minute to minute and I got a lot done.  I was exhausted on Saturday and actually fell asleep on the couch for a couple of hours, something I rarely do.

This week, the enthusiasm has waned a lot.  I admit, it’s only Tuesday.  However, I’m tired.  It’s harder to get up at 6am when the alarm goes and it’s takes me 30 minutes of lying awake to pull myself up out of bed.  I manage 5 minutes of yoga and a 13 minute flowdream (by Summer McStravick, http://www.flowdreaming.com).  I’m set to sit at my desk at 8am to write my first blog of the day, and start working.

This week is challenging.  I also know that by sticking with my new daily routine, that by next week, I will feel great getting up in the morning.  The yoga routine will stretch to 10 minutes.  My energy levels will increase.  As a holistic therapist, I’m very aware of a process called a healing crisis.  A healing crisis is basically feeling like crap after getting a treatment, having a yoga session, or simply refocusing how I manage time to become more effective.

Sticking with this new practice takes patience and perserverence.  It takes grit.  Why am I sticking with it?  Because I know that my life will change for the better, and the things I’m focusing on will start to grow.  All because I’m managing my time, and my energy, so that my life will go the direction it will go.

Grit is the stubborn refusal to quit – Jonah Lehrer

Have you got grit?

 

Sending you lots of love and blessings!

Tracy xx

Tracy Fitzgerald runs a heart-based business as a stress management trainer, working with small business owners in any part of the world. Tracy’s mission is to help people develop skills so they can create and maintain vibrant health, helping their relationships, businesses and lives thrive in peace, love and joy.

 

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Connecting Our Heart Chakras

This morning, I felt I needed some oracle card guidance to write a blog. I used “Daily Guidance From Your Angels” oracle card deck by Doreen Virtue. The card I pulled was “Heart Chakra”, and beautiful message on the card is:

“Love is the heart of the matter. Your heart is the center within your physical being attuned most to love. It’s safe for you to love and be loved with an open heart, as we stand by with perfect protection and guidance.”

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What do you love? Who do you love? Do you love yourself?

Self-love is the beginning of all love. If we don’t love ourselves, we attract people who won’t love us. When we love ourselves, we attract people who love us. In Western society, we’re taught to put the needs of others before our own. Loving ourselves isn’t an act of selfishness or greed. It’s understanding that to give love, we need to be full of love ourselves. We need to have a store of love from which to give so we don’t drain ourselves.

Giving love needn’t come from a place of martyrdom. Giving love and receiving love should be as natural as inhaling and exhaling wonderful oxygen from the Universe. Do you love because you feel you should or because you genuninely love? What would it feel like to take a moment and drop into your heart space, and see what it feels like there? Have you closed yourself off? Or do you feel safe loving and being loved?

Coming up to the Full Moon this Friday, 22 April, the message I’m getting is that it’s time to release anything that no longer serves us, any blocks to feeling safe loving and being loved. The message I’m getting is that it’s very much about releasing blocks to loving yourself and receiving love from others. It’s not about releasing blocks to giving love. It’s releasing blocks to receiving love.

Sending you lots of love and angelic blessings

Tracy xx

P.S. Check out my Facebook page for details of my Angel Meditation Course 1 available on yescourse.com: https://www.facebook.com/relaxwithangels

Tracy Fitzgerald runs a heart-based business as a angel meditation facilitator, working with women in any part of the world. Tracy’s mission is to help women to trust themselves and their intuition, with angelic help, so they can create and maintain vibrant health, helping their lives thrive in peace, love and joy.

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Confidence Comes From Hindsight

On Friday evening, I had an interesting chat with a wonderful flower essence practitioner. She was looking for the confidence to take the steps to bring her flower essences to a market. Creating flower essences requires the practitioner to be in a very open and intuitive energy. She was looking for the right energy to find the path to bring the essences to a market. I asked her why couldn’t she use her beautiful open and intuitive energy to bring her essences to market.

I came out with a wonderful line when I was talking to her…confidence comes from hindsight. Confidence usually comes after we’ve done something we thought we couldn’t do. When we’re about to do something new, courage is the thing we need, rather than confidence. Courage enables us to trust ourselves, trust our intuition and take and steps we’re guided to take so we can achieve our wonderful dreams.

How many times have you done something you never thought you could do? When you look at it now, you wonder how you could ever have believed that? It could be something like passing an exam, learning to drive a car, learning yoga, learning how to do a new job, or learning how to be in any kind of relationship. Gaining confidence in something involves learning something new. To take those first steps in learning something new, we need to have courage.

You have fantastic wonderful skills that the world needs! Have courage, shine your light, and in time, confidence will come.

Sending you lots of love and blessings!

Tracy xx

Tracy Fitzgerald runs a heart-based business as a stress management trainer, working with small business owners in any part of the world. Tracy’s mission is to help people develop skills so they can create and maintain vibrant health, helping their relationships, businesses and lives thrive in peace, love and joy.

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It’s Friday!

So we reach the end of the week, or the start of the weekend. How has your week been? Did you achieve want you wanted? Did you handle any curve-balls that came your way? What lessons did you learn?

I always do a year review and New Years, and at my birthday. My birthday is in July, so it’s like a mid-year review. As I started typing those questions above, I realised, I need to start doing weekly reviews. If I really want to grow my business and improve my life, then I need to look at my life on a weekly basis, asking myself the questions I ask at the annual review.

So I’ll ask myself those questions:

How has your week been?
My week was a mixed bag. I didn’t have many clients. However I did a lot of work to lay a good foundation for the weeks to come. I managed my time really well, and spent a lot of time working on my business, made time for walks, and spent time meditating and practicing yoga. Writing out daily to-do and ta-da lists have really helped that!

Did you achieve want you wanted?
I did. This week I wanted to set up interviews with people for my blog, and really focus on marketing my business so I could achieve sales in the coming weeks. I also really wanted to work on blocks to a daily yoga practice, and have a more balanced work/life balance. I achieved all of those.

Did you handle any curve-balls that came your way?
Yes I did, I made some decisions that I would have been too afraid to make a couple of months ago and I was actually able to sleep better for it. Instead of worrying, I took action.

What lessons did you learn?
To ask for help. I can’t do it all by myself. I need to talk to others for ideas and connections. I say it to clients, human beings are social creatures. We survive by helping each other, and depending on each other. It’s time I practice what I preach!

Sending you lots of love and blessings!

Tracy xx

Tracy Fitzgerald runs a heart-based business as a stress management trainer, working with small business owners in any part of the world. Tracy’s mission is to help people develop skills so they can create and maintain vibrant health, helping their relationships, businesses and lives thrive in peace, love and joy.

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One-To-One With Silvia Heinrich

Today I had a wonderful chat about stress management and self-care with Silvia Heinrich, owner of the Luminos Institue in Gorey, Co. Waterford. Silvia runs a sustainable health care clinic and offeres therapies and training. The therapies Silvia offeres include clinical hypnosis, bio-energy, kinesiology and Hidden Mind.

It’s very clear when chatting to Silvia that she LOVES the work she does! When I asked her what she loves about her wor, Silvia loves being able to make a difference to other people. By making a difference to others, she also makes a difference to herself. She loves the clarity and understanding that comes from practicing her therapies. Silvia came out with a lovely metaphor…you can’t be a good gardener without continuing to garden. Working with the therapies on an on-going basis, help Silvia to grow personally, as well as helping others. Silvia also lovees the freedom and liberty that the therapies give her.

One of the challenges Silvia has is time management, and is always looking for ways to improve it. To manage stress and pressure, Silvia enjoys gardening, gets regular therapies herself, does a self-hypnosis every nights, stays in touch with close friends, enjoys crafting, visits her ponies twice a day, and also, interestingly participates in historical re-enactments!

Silvia likes engaged stillness to help herself manage stress, it’s seldom a case of complete inactivity. This engaged stillness includes self-hynosis, Tai-Chi, Qi-gong or seimply gardening or petting her ponies. She says it’s seldom a case of complete inactivity. When it comes to choosing a favourite stress management strategy, Silvia chooses what suits her on the day. She goes with the flow.

When I asked Silvia what keeps her going through tough times, her reply was she is stubborn but flexible. She bides her time until she can change things around.

Silvia’s top tip for our readers for minding their mental health is…do not isolate yourself.

Check out Silvia’s Luminos Insitute Facebook page and Website:
Silvia’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Silvia-Henrich-Luminos-Institute-1707976139427940/timeline

Silvia’s Website: http://luminos.ie/

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