I have had the joy of being in my Reno home for 30 days straight! Longest stretch of sleeping in my own bed in five years. As most of you know, I split my time between Seattle and Reno, add to that the travel to speak and facilitate retreats, I'm not “home” much. Some people call me crazy but I call it intentional.
You see, I grew up in Quincy, CA and Reno, NV is the closest city to my hometown. My entire family (maternal) lives within this 72 miles radius…seriously from my 2 year old niece to my 106 year old grandfather. Until 5 years ago, I had a full life and thriving business in Seattle, thus the only renegade who lived outside the circle.
That Was Until….
When my niece Kylie was born I knew I had to be a part of her life. Since then I have five nieces and nephews to love on.
What looks crazy to most has been nothing but sheer delight to my soul. It has taught me great lessons about the time, sacrifice, and cost to live an intentional life. I have learned to never, ever, waste a moment – they are all precious!
Never Waste A Moment
The gift I have is perspective. When I am home and with the girls (Kylie's sister Taylor is now two) every moment is sacred to me, because I am leaving again soon. They change so quickly and time goes so fast that if I don't soak up and treasure all the moments they will be gone forever.
Last Sunday, I started a fun tradition taking Kylie to the Nutcracker complete with a chocolate milk shake and a trip to the dollar store. My purpose is to build a strong relationship with her full of love, memories, and trust so that when she is older I can speak truth and wisdom into her life. If I want to be heard when she is 13, I need to listen and invest when she is five. The same goes for my employees and teammates. If I want them to listen to me and produce results, I need to hear what they are saying, invest in their development and care about their personal life.
What About You?
Who needs you to invest in them? Who needs you to stop multi-tasking and hear what they are not saying? What sacrifice can you make today that will pay dividends ten years down the road?
Being intentional about others and living with perspective will bring you more joy than you could ever imagine. It is truly higher living. Listening and paying attention is how we earn the right to be heard.
Never let a moment go by without it being meaningful and purposeful – especially during this season.
The Nutcracker meant way more to me than it did to her but isn't that the way giving goes?
What are you most excited to give away this season?
Your Coach For Clarity,