This is episode 40 of the OMGrowth podcast

This is the OMGrowth holiday episode, I’m Lanie Lamarre and I want to thank you for being a part of my growth this podcast and allowing me to be a part of yours as well. It’s not something I take for granted because you have all kinds of options when it comes to who you let into your earholes and I appreciate you so much for that and more.

I’m going to keep this episode as short and sweet as some of the cookies and cocktails I hope you’re winding down to enjoy soon but I wanted to share a little exercise I found to be very helpful when I took a step back to wind down earlier this year. I was having all the feelings and struggling a little with pinpointing exactly what I was feeling frustrated about.

I divided my life out into categories:

  • Family;
  • Friends;
  • Home Life;
  • Health and Wellness;
  • Personal Growth;
  • Professional Life;
  • Financials; and
  • Spiritual/Self-Care.

And then I spend a LOT of time getting clear and honest as to what my feelings and standing are for each.

“Does this area of my life feel fun? Do I get enjoyment and fulfillment in this area?”

“What are the things that I like or even love about this part of my life, and want more of?”

“What are the things things that I dislike or even hate about this part of my life, and definitely want less of?”

“What kind of boundaries do I need to put in place, and what do I need to make a lot more room for?”

Some areas were easier than others to assess. For instance, my home life and financials were all confetti cannons and easy-peasy to do; meanwhile, my self-care and professional life required weeks of examination.

Here’s what I realized:

You can set the bar to feeling fulfilled as high or as low as you choose to… just keep in mind where the bar for that goal post is instead of always trying to jump over it.

You know you. Nobody knows you better than you.

But that doesn’t mean you can take yourself for granted.

Check in with yourself. Ask yourself how you’re doing the way you ask everyone else.

Have honest conversations with yourself. Another question I would ask as I worked through my areas was “what aspects of this am I proud of and which ones bring me joy?”

I’m doubling-down on the PRIDE AND JOY vibes, too. Examining things and feelings and results through that lens has served me so well that I’m making them my Words of The Year: I want to be proud of and feel joy in the work I do, the time I spend, the way I show up.

And this podcast is definitely one of those things I feel Pride and Joy about, and I’m super-stoked about the content we have mapped out for the new year.

So here’s your mission, should you choose to accept it:

  1. Make sure you’re subscribed to the podcast so we can share more OMGrowth moments together in 2022, and please-please-please tell your biz besties because that’s the greatest gift to me;
  2. Feel free to tag me with YOUR word of the year – I’m a huge book nerd and people’s choice of words IS my Christmas morning feeling – so please follow and tag me @omgrowth on Instagram; and
  3. If you feel like you need help checking in with yourself, check out my Your CEO Day workbook because the biggest section of the workbook is dedicated to this sort of thing. YOU are the foundation on which you’ve built your business. Foundation are supposed to be strong and whether you’re on the struggle bus like I was or you’re waking up every morning belting out Nina Simone’s Feeling Good, it’s not a bad idea to check in and reinforce who you are, what you stand for and where your heart desires are from time to time.

And look, even if all you have time for is to write out these categories of your life on the back of a cocktail napkin – you know your lady over here loves a good cocktail napkin exercise! – just jot them down and tap into how you’re feeling about them and yourself in them.

Right about now, though, I’m feeling like the egg nog is beckoning! With that, I wish you a happy and RESTFUL holiday. I know it can be a hectic and demanding time for many, but I hope you’re able to prioritize yourself in this time as well. In case you’re wanting to hear it, I’m proud of you – you’ve come such a long way – and I hope you you’re able to make time to see that, too. Talk in the new year, baiieeee!

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