It’s taken me a while to write this message but know that you - and my entire community - have been in my thoughts and in my heart every day (and sometimes in the middle of the night) since this COVID-19 crisis began.
While it’s been quite the roller coaster, thankfully, I am okay. I’m safe, healthy and reasonably sane, depending on the moment…and I really hope you are too.
Like you, I’ve been doing a lot of adjusting (inside and out) to this weird, ever-changing new normal.
Like many of you, I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself to write, speak, offer and share - especially since my job is to help people transform their work, their lives and their being.
And like many clients and colleagues I’ve been talking to, I’ve felt an obligation to communicate “properly”. To be appropriate, sensitive and caring - which is pretty much everything I’m about - but not so easy, even when language and tone are things that I teach.
So instead of forcing myself to connect, I’ve waited until I had space and felt ready.
And I’m sharing today because what I’ve been saying to myself and sharing with my clients is probably something you need to hear too.
It’s okay to just do your best right now.
It’s okay to take care of yourself and focus only on what’s essential and preserve your energy for your work, your family and your own personal being as much as possible.
Even if you don’t feel like you’re doing a good job with the basics, that’s okay too.
One way I’ve helped myself and my clients feel okay about doing what’s best personally is to think through the impact.
So for me that could be…
I can stay physically and mentally healthy.
I can then be there for family, friends and those I love.
I can then help my clients, colleagues and community navigate this challenging time.
I can then indirectly affect those who are connected to everyone I help in positive ways.
I can then keep my business thriving while helping clients’ businesses/careers/lives thrive too.
I can then powerfully impact not just the experience but the aftermath of this crisis as well.
While your version may be very different, what’s important to remember - even if you feel guilty because so many people are worse off - is that YOU being okay matters.
If you feel called to give and have energy and resources to do that, do it.
Giving can literally feed you now as much as it feeds others.
If you don’t, hold on and trust that doing your best to take care of yourself is really important, both now and later.
I’ve included some resources below (mine and others) that I hope will help so please take a look.
If we’re not connected on social media and you’d like to be, my links are right at the top of this page. I’ve also been considering a special opportunity for those who want and need it that I’ll share more about when the time is right.
Sending so much love,
CPC Community Resources
Courtney Parks Coaching
Business/Career Resources (Relief & More)