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Finding your slow

I’ve always been a fan of coloring to relieve stress. Great ideas here from my friend Cynthia…we all need to slow down a little more. How do you do it?

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When is the last time you did nothing?

Sitting and checking your Facebook updates or reading email is not nothing.

Today we are all so wired and connected that we forget to slow down. If we don’t slow down, though, we don’t recharge, which keeps us from being at our best.

Here are a few suggestions for slowing down:

Feed the birds. In “Mary Poppins” an old lady sits on the steps of St. Paul’s and sings, “Feed the birds, tuppence a bag.” It’s good advice. I have several bird feeders and I sit and watch the birds come to eat. It’s fun to identify them and watch how they interact with each other. I often sit for 20 minutes or longer simply watching. I don’t think about anything.

Unplan your vacation. Yes, you need a destination and you should know something about where you are going and where you…

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Create your own recombobulation area

What a great idea!!

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One of the challenging parts of airport security is making sure you keep track of your personal items. You have to take off your shoes and jacket and place them in a bin. Your laptop needs to come out of the suitcase and into a bin. Your keys can’t be in your pocket. Your mobile goes into a bin, too.

Once you clear the checkpoint, you have to put it all back together. It leaves one feeling discombobulated.

20141229_134713 The Milwaukee airport features a Recombobulation Area (Photo by Cynthia Price).

At the Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, just past security, is an area that solves the problem. It’s the “recombobulation area.”

The sign hangs above the checkpoint. I saw it on a recent trip, and realized that I could use such a space at home and work.

Soon after the trip, I created the spaces, which enable me to put order…

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Meet a Member: Tiffany Ervin

Talking with Teri

I met Tiffany Ervin last fall when she showed up as our tour guide for a walking tour as part of our NFPW Conference in South Carolina. Did I mention she was wearing four-inch high heels all day for the walking tour? She was a great tour guide and it was a great experience. She showed off the first selfie-stick I had ever seen, so we posed for several photos during the day. Tiffany is always sharing her singing and speaking talents with others. I enjoy following her on social media — in part so I can see the great places she shares her talents and I look forward to seeing her weekly #TuesdayShoesday update. She is another unique and unbelievable NFPW member I am honored to call a friend.

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Name:   Tiffany Ervin

City and State:  Flat Rock, NC

Affiliate and any leadership positions:

Media Women of…

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How to Manage a Full Plate

Cynthia continuously motivates & inspires me to do more – even when my plate is FULL!

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Tiffany Ervin knows how to manage a full plate. (Photo by Cynthia Price) A full plate of food is a blessing but when your life’s plate is too full, it can be a challenge. (Photo by Cynthia Price)

Thanksgiving is a day when our plates are full of food, and that makes us happy. But when our plates are full in our lives, we often become overwhelmed and frustrated.

During a side conversation at a conference I spoke with Tiffany Ervin, whose plate appears to overflow and yet she appears in control. I asked her how she did it.

Her daily agenda helps her prioritize her days. It’s one tool in how she manages her full PLATE. Her PLATE includes:

  • Prioritize
  • Learn how to say, “Let me think about it.”
  • Accept that you can’t do it all.
  • Technology
  • Energize

When you are focused on paying the mortgage and balancing multiple roles, Tiffany said it can be easy to get overwhelmed. She uses a…

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Can’t get around to it?? Now you can!

Don’t you hate it when you arrive a few (or maybe more than a few) minutes late & are greeted with, “Did you get lost?” – & of course the one waiting on you knows full well you didn’t because you’ve been there a hundred times before…I hate that saying almost as much as “Were you raised in a barn?” that you hear when you accidentally leave a door open.

Oh, you don’t hate that? I guess it doesn’t happen to you as much as it does to me…oops! Well I figured by now you’ve decided I must have “fallen off the face of the earth,” (another one of my favorite Southern sayings) since you haven’t heard from me in about 2 months.

OH MY has it been two months since I sent out a Time Out With Tiffany email or posted a blog? Yep, it has.   Because I just couldn’t get AROUND TO IT!   How many times have you used that saying? I used it alot growing up, until one time when my Daddy gave me a gift…a very special gift that I never forgot… A ROUND TUIT.

Just like this one…

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After that, I could never again use the excuse “I didn’t get around to it…” because I would be reminded I DID get A ROUND TUIT.

So I’m here admitting I messed up…hey, it’s not the first time & it won’t be the last. But I promise to keep trying – if you will promise to do the same. What is it in your life you keep SAYING you’re going to do, but you never “get around to it” because of work, kids, church, Rotary, just because of LIFE!?

Well good news, you just got A ROUND TUIT… so let it remind you that life happens, but you CAN get A ROUND TUIT & accomplish anything your heart desires!

See you in your in-box!

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