A hard decision I have made

Before I share about my decision, I wanted you to know that I’m excited to be speaking at the upcoming Empowered Parenting Summit, which starts next week. I’m honored to be included among 20 educators and experts with so much superb knowledge to share. The host, teacher Sarah Scheldt, is sweet and wonderful and I’m excited to bring her onto my show in 2021.

I will be presenting on Playful Ways to Empower Your Parenting, a subject that I feel even more passionate about since my recent hospitalization for diverticulitis. It was brought on at least in part by forgetting to play.

Register for free for the Empowered Parenting Summit by clicking here.
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You know it’s going to be a peculiar day when you find yourself thinking “I’m thankful for my recent hospitalization, because it was a long-overdue reckoning about what is wrong in how I run my life.”

Honestly, that is how I’ve been feeling this week.

Yes – thankful for the opportunity for a long-overdue reckoning.

A podcaster that I love helped me frame this idea when he recently asked us listeners to answer the following question:
“What’s the biggest challenge you’re facing right now?”He went on to say “and then ask yourself:
“What’s the tiniest seed of a solution that you can see?””When I asked myself the first question – what’s the biggest challenge you’re facing right now – here is the answer I came up with:

“Getting necessary self-care, while helping others and earning income for my family.”

It feels quite scary to share that challenge with you.

Which might give you some insight into how out of whack my priorities have been.

I feel almost as if it’s shameful to prioritize my self-care. Isn’t that nuts?

But it is as close to the truth as I have been able to get.

The biggest challenge I have right now is to make sure I am paying attention to my own needs.

It’s the only way I’ll be able to help others, or earn our family’s income.

It’s the only way that I’m able to keep going.

So identifying that felt huge to me, and so elemental.

Now, after being home from the hospital, and getting lots of rest and recuperation, I’ve spent the last few days asking myself the second question that this podcaster shared:

“What’s the tiniest seed of a solution that you can see?”

Here is the answer I came up with:

– Being honest about the struggle.
– Doing only what I can truly do, which will be enough.

Which brings me to the hard decision I am writing to share about today.

After nearly 5 years I am closing my Ninja Parenting Community.

Here’s why:
I want the work that I do to be truly transformational for each of my coaching clients.
Every single one.

Joining a community like NPC can be transformational, and I have seen that in so many current and past members.

But for many others it has kind of had the opposite effect.
Folks can say to themselves “what a cool community! There’s so much in here! I can’t wait to get to all the courses and resources…”
And then they never do.

So I’m excited to work closely in my coaching practice with fewer clients, only those who are truly committed to changing their lives and their family’s dynamic.

The idea first came to me while I was still in the hospital.
It felt like a super scary idea, and I worried about who-all I’d be letting down.

But I realized that right now I’m letting everybody down, especially myself.

I owe it to all of us – including me – to get this right, to build (as I’m calling it) my dream coaching practice.

It was a shock, and made me sad, to realize that NPC is not part of that dream coaching practice.

But I know that sticking close to my goals – of being honest about the struggle, and truly doing only what I can do, which will be enough – will help me build that dream coaching practice.

Then I can be helpful for you as you work to build a great life for yourself and your family.

I’m excited to share with you all about the plans I’m making for the future.
I see a bright future, for all of us!
And I’m energized about helping you in a way that is truly transformational.
For you, for your kids, and for the future.

Things are changing, yes.

But one thing that will not change:
I’m here with you and we will get through this together.
Cheers –
Karen

PS What’s up this week on the We Turned Out Okay Podcast

This week I’m sharing the three most important lessons that I learned during my recent experience of being hospitalized with diverticulitis:
https://weturnedoutokay.com/349PPS – If you’re enjoying this Parenting Newsletter, click here so you can sign up to receive it in your inbox, or forward it to a friend who needs a parenting boost today.