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Even when busy, finding time to connect is a must

Finding time to enjoy others in person is just as important as other weekly tasks so keep it fairly high on your priority list.

If you a busy mom like me, it is amazing the things we accomplish in a typical week. Carpools, sports, school performances, meal planning, cleaning—you know the drill. While we are so focused on finding time to do the things that scream at us each week, it’s easy to not plan for soul-enriching activities that we should do too but aren’t in your face saying Me, Me, Me.

Photo from Empowering Network
Photo from Empowering Network

I’m talking about spending time in person with people. Let’s take last week for example. It was crazy busy week for me but there were several events (more than usual) planned to connect with others.

On Tuesday, there were two networking meetings scheduled in one day. It was hectic that morning because I was on a training call and running late to the lunch meeting. As I ran (ok, trotted quickly) from my car to inside of the restaurant and down to the room in the back, my rushed and out of control feeling completely dissolved as I sat down among other female business owners having lunch and started connecting with them.

After the meeting, a few ladies came up to me and said encouraging words about my upcoming workshop and I was able learn more about the attendees’ different businesses on a personal level. That meeting and another event in the evening was just what I needed to give me the energy and creativity to work on my business tasks the rest of the week.

Schedule time for your kids to connect

030The rest of the week  included a happy hour drink with my hubby, a movie date with girlfriends and walking around beautiful Laguna Beach on Saturday with my girls. My sister and niece drove up from San Diego and I loved spending time with her and my girls with their cousin.

Friday night, my younger daughter had friends over after school and later went on a group outing and my older daughter had a few friends for a sleepover.

Whew—that is a whole lotta connecting going on in one week! Was it hectic and things a little less managed (at times way less managed) because of these events–sure it was. So it would have been so easy for me to say no to having my daughter’s friends over or to participate in what I did that week but I am so glad I did. After each meeting, I walked away feeling filled up and joyful. With the right people, we get energy we never knew we had and if we stay in the present moment, it gives us a break from the everyday mundane stuff we have to do each week!

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Cher Vierra Knebel

Cher Knebel is a professional writer, blogger and founder of Living Happily Connected.com--a blog and website dedicated to sharing stories, happiness research and resources that focus on the positive impact of having close personal relationships and social connections. Join her community of happiness seekers and friendship promoters by visiting her website at www.livinghappilyconnected.com.

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