The Perfect Storm

Dec 07, 2021

Our most significant growth can come from our most challenging times.For me, I would not be the calm, present, and balanced leader I am today if not for the period in my life of feeling so overwhelmed, distracted, and working far too much.In these next three blogs, I will share what life was like back then, along with my MOST embarrassing moment and most regretful moment.It was the perfect storm that led to a profound shift in how I showed up in my life.Want to make your own shift? This is what I’m covering in my upcoming workshop to focus your time and balance your life (without sacrificing performance). Click here to register.

To start, here’s a story about what life was like for me a few years ago that perhaps you can relate . . .Valerie, a young woman working at my kids’ daycare would often say how she thought my husband and I were the perfect "power couple".We'd be in our suits, smiling, strolling in together after work and, to her, we were the perfect example of what it was like to have a successful career and family.One day I stopped to chat and give her a sense of 'real-life'."Valerie, here's what it's really like . . .Today was non-stop at work, I was in meetings all day long and I haven't eaten lunch.I am exhausted, yet I have a disaster of a house to clean, no supper plan, and two to three hours of work still to do tonight.I have only been at the daycare for three minutes, and the kids are already driving me crazy, and I yelled at them (again).Each day feels like a blur between work and home.Yes, I have a great job and family, and I know that I have a good life.But, I also feel like I'm just barely getting by and I'm constantly worried about what people will think if I can't keep up with it all.I'm more impatient with my husband and kids than I'd like to admit.And to top it off, I have one to two panic attacks a week in the morning trying to get the kids out the door and to work on time.This is what most days and weeks were like. So, I wouldn't quite say this is a success!"Does any of this sound familiar?As hard as that time was, it was the perfect storm that led to a big shift in how I showed up in my days and took back control of my time.I started to make some pretty significant, yet simple, changes to focus my time and balance my life. DURING the most demanding time of my corporate career. It's completely transformed my relationship with my work, my husband and kids, and, most importantly, with myself.My hope in sharing this story is that you know you aren't alone and it inspires you, no matter how tough things seem right now, to not settle for the way things are.And I invite you to join my live workshop in January on how to focus your time and balance your life (without sacrificing performance). Click here to register today.It’s the only time I will host this event live in 2022, you get to keep the recordings if you can't attend live, and you can sign up for only $47 CAD with 50% of all proceeds going to a local food bank."I did the workshop with Stacey and she is seriously SO GOOD! The materials and resources she provides are some of the best I have seen. She will help you prioritize all the roles we have as leaders, moms, wives, etc., and create space and energy to excel in all those roles without drowning." - Amanda

I can't wait to show you what's possible!


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Stacey L. Olson is a Certified Positive Psychology Coach and has 15 years of corporate experience. She works with busy leaders and professionals who want to create more balance, stress less, and perform at a high level. Stacey is the founder of the 'The Balanced Leader' transformational membership (formerly Be At Your Best program) and offers executive and leadership coaching, workshops, and speaking. 


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