Busy Bee Betty

I don’t think there is any female who is not a busy bee. If your world is filled with women, you can hear the sound of bees in the air from 3 year olds to 103 year olds….bzzbzzzbzzz!! 

Garnier Fructis did a survey and discovered that on average women need an extra 82 minutes per day to accomplish everything on their “to-do” list. Time never seems to be enough!

Busy Betty juggles her career demands with driving the kids to and from activities, running the home, finding time to be with her spouse and seeing friends as well as running the daily tasks of life.

She looks out for everyone’s needs but her own. She finds herself toiling hard at work because she loves her job and is great at it but the demands and stress take a toll on her physical and mental energy.  The pressure of striving to be a great mom and wife accompanied with the guilt of not believing she is adequate reduces her to feeling completely overwhelmed and swamped and at a complete loss.   

Busy Betty starts taking harmless tranquilizers off the counter, to help her stay calm but that doesn’t help much. She talks to a friend on the phone for hours about how she is feeling, hoping to get some support. Her friend advises her to stop doing so much.  She talks to her husband who agrees she should slow down.  

But this is impossible! Busy Betty cannot afford to slow down or cut back on anything.  Everything is important in her life – her profession, the kids, the family – there is nothing she can cut out or slow down on!!  Overwhelmed and frustrated, she feels her world is chaotic. 

She doesn’t need anyone telling her what she should do or how she should do it.  She needs someone to actually accompany her, to walk alongside her and help her capture her vision for her family and career.  Busy Betty wants to be healthy, strong and beautiful with a great family and a flourishing career. Why not?  Why should she have to give up one part of her vision for the other parts?

And the truth is, she is right!  She can have the cake and eat it too! 

No, this is not an impossible Hollywood dream or an imaginary fairytale.  Busy Betty can be productive  in every area of her life. 

But how? you may ask. Good question!  

I would like to introduce you to the profession of the coach.  According to ICF (International Coach Federation) the definition of coaching “is the partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment.”

A coach will walk alongside Betty to help her, through powerful questions, to discover who she is and what she truly wants so that she can design the kind of life she envisions and desires and, as a result, she will live life with vitality, purposefully focusing on what matters most to her.  Most importantly, with a coach’s help, Betty will be able to maintain the results gained from the investment she made in herself.  

A coach is neither a consultant, advisor, therapist nor counselor.  A coach is your friend on the journey of life who will challenge you to live your best life today. 

Betty is no longer busy Betty but abundant Betty who is deeply grateful for all the blessings in her life. She is engaged Betty who no longer does things on automatic but is engaged with what she does. She is engaged with her career, she is engaged with her kids and their world, she is intentional Betty who chooses her priorities well, living a harmonious productive life. Her busiest days seem truly harmonious.

She is Betty the blessed

“Don’t be so busy making a living that you forget to make a life”

                                                        Dolly Parton

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