• PROGRAMS

    Balance Builders

    Personal & Professional Development

    Here are a few suggestions:

    • Listen to Podcasts like Do it Scared, Kingdom Driven Entrepreneur or Debbie Griffith’s Everyday Matters
    • Attend seminars and conferences like Humans Being More (see the Women with Purpose Resource Page for a link), the Global Leadership Summit, Leadercast Women 2019 and Jesus at Work
    • Read books like Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff or Do it Scared
    • Participate in professional organizations like Alpha Omega Success monthly meet-ups or Thrivent's monthly events (see our Resource Page for more information)
    • Find or be a mentor
    • Take a class or join a support group at First Free, the YMCA or one of the local colleges
    • Watch TED Talks
    • Check out the Resource page on the Women with Purpose website 

      If you know of others, please let us know. We love to share that kind of information. 

    Self-Care

    We hear a lot about SELF-CARE, but do we really know what that looks like? Here are a few suggestions:

    • Reading a good book
    • Getting out in nature
    • Going for a pedicure
    • Going to the doctor for that physical or check-up you’ve put off for way too long
    • Picking up that hobby you dropped because you were too busy
    • Grab coffee with a girlfriend or loved one

    Think of something that makes you feel cared for or that brings you joy and do that! Care for yourself! You are always pouring so much into others. Let’s pause this month and do something to take care of YOU!

     

    And remember to share these great ideas on Facebook so we can encourage others to do the same.

    Compassion

    Showing kindness, caring, and being willing to help others is what we are focused on this month when we are talking about Compassion. This is a word for a very positive emotion that has to do with being thoughtful. When you feel compassion for someone, you really want to help out. Here are a few suggestions:

    • Open/Hold the door for someone
    • Ring Bells
    • Let someone in front of you in line
    • Cloth bags for Wafer
    • Giving to Purposeful Partner (look on the page on our website and reach out to our Purpose Partners)
    • Volunteer at a run/walk
    • Smile and say thank you to the cashier
    • Volunteer at the local schools
    • Send a gift card to someone in need
    • Visit someone who is in the hospital or nursing home
    • Take a meal to a neighbor
    • Drop off food at Hunger Task Force

      Soul Care

      Our soul is like an inner stream of water which gives us strength, direction and harmony to every other element of our life. Soul Care is about stopping for conversation, the chance to rest or read, opening up to God’s presence, guidance and ultimately love. This month we want you to practice Soul Care! Here are a few suggestions:

      • Prayer and/or Meditation
      • Personal Retreat (check out Franciscan Spirituality Center)
      • Do some “forgiveness work”
      • Gratitude or Feelings Journal
      • Attend a care group (First Free has several)
      • Bible study or devotional
      • Make time for that much-needed conversation with someone you love
      • Get into nature for at least 30 minutes
      • Chicken Soup for the Soul books
      • Schedule a Time of Solitude - Find a quiet place to just "be"
      • Extend Grace - to yourself

       

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