Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives
So many pet business owners don’t make time for rest and renewal and it’s leading to burnout and at the very least it can create a crabby outlook on business and life. Wayne Muller to the rescue! Wayne is on the leading edge of renewal; he spoke and wrote about the impact of burnout long before it was a mainstream buzz word. He practices what he preaches. He does a “tech detox fast” by turning off his electronic devices for a 24-hour period once a week. As you’ll hear today, living life in the slow lane is necessary -at least some of the time- in order to run your pet business with ease, grace and efficiency.
In This Segment You Will Learn:
- How you can slow down even when the rest of the world is speeding up
- What you can do today to begin creating rest and renewal in your life
- Why rest and renewal will help your business - and even help you make more money and hire better people
- A simple ten-minute renewal exercise that will revitalize you and create a clearer perspective on your business and life
- And much more!
I’ve been a big fan of Wayne Mueller for years. He wrote the book “Sabbath: Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest” which I read years ago. Because that book touched me deeply I included that title in the suggested reading section in all the books I've written. On the day that I interviewed Wayne I had a very full day of errands and speaker interviews and could feel myself a bit amped up from all that was on my plate that day. Talking to him relaxed me in such a beautiful and profound way. I felt rested and yes - even renewed - after speaking with him! It’s my hope that if you are feeling frazzled (and even if you aren’t) that you’ll also walk away from this interview with a deep feeling of rest and renewal.
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Wayne Muller is a therapist, minister, executive mentor, consultant, and bestselling author of Sabbath, A Life of Being, Having and Doing Enough, and others. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Wayne Founded Living Sabbath, offering guided Sabbaticals and Sabbath Retreats., accompanying individuals and small groups facing radical uncertainty and transition in life or work.
Kristin MorrisonOctober 21, 2017
Hi pet business owners,
If you don’t want to leave a comment above via Facebook, come down here and leave a comment. I’d love to know what insights you gained from watching Wayne’s video. Are there any changes you will make in your business or your life after watching it?
Amy GomezOctober 21, 2017
I like Waynes reflection on Success. So many times we measure success by how grandiose someones life is, but he said it is the small that can blossom into something bigger! I hope I quoted that correctly! That really made me Stop and ponder my own definition of success. Thank you!
SandraOctober 21, 2017
I love learning…
Thank you for reminding me of the importance of the Sabbath.
I will revise my To-Do list and include some rest & renewal on Sunday’s.
Christi MooreOctober 21, 2017
Aloha Kristin and Fellow Pet Sitters. Wayne Mueller’s video is marvelous! He has such a contagious warm, friendly, open, FUN, and “safe” nature, it’s like taking a couple breaths of fresh air and finding one’s inner joy, even if only for a moment here and there. THANK YOU WAYNE, and thank you Kristin.
It does seem like everything always comes back to needing to have some sort of partner, in personal life or in business, or both. That has been the biggest challenge for me, really all my life. Throughout my 61 years, I have had multitudes of temporary earth-bound angels when I most need them. They have gotten me back on my feet more than once after being knocked down. I am so grateful for each and every one of them.
I’d do even better if I find one that can stick around longer, though, LOL. My first two years in Central Oregon were absolute nightmare; among other massive challenges, I ended up here nearly broke and completely isolated and alone in this area, no family, no friends here. Got some earth bound angels now and then, and finally made a few good friends. My friends & I would do most anything to help each other when needed, and sometimes have those opportunities, but everyone is spread too thin so help comes briefly, sporadically. To continue as a solo pet sitter in an area that only supports that profession only as supplemental income, and working a second job to make ends meet, plus taking care of acreage and animals I inherited (don’t want to give them up, can’t afford to move anywhere that would be any different), one needs to have a regular ongoing partner. Age old question: How do I get one?, LOL! Is there a shelf on a grocery store somewhere that stocks those, LOL? So I just keep putting one foot in front of the other, and as of this past year, am able to carve out a day here and there to “come up for air”.
In terms of setting boundaries with clients, well in my rural area, my clients really are quite polite — no one constantly calls or texts me outside of a booking, and definitely never after 9p or before 6a. But out here where distances between clients are often so great and usually livestock pets are involved, a pet sitter can really only “stack” 3 or 4 clients a day max, and THAT is almost too much if it goes for more than a week. Because we can’t take 10 or 20 clients a day as some in the big cities can, we earn very little and can’t afford to lose any client if this is our sole income. Forced to let the tail wag the dog often times, or go under financially.
Out here, in a mainly small-town atmosphere, everybody knows everybody and everybody knows everybody’s business, LOL. In the big cities (I lived in 3, so I know from personal experience), one can maintain a level of anonymity and separation from work relationships. In a small town, you can’t hide, LOL. Some of my best friends here started as clients (and still are occasionally). They know what you do at night, so they know they can sometimes call or text you at night, for example. Even if they aren’t your personal friends, clients still know through the grapevine, LOL. God love a small town, LOL!
Conversely, if you have to tell a client “no”, they have to go to someone else. If they personally know you, they will come to you first going forward; if they don’t know you, you will lose the client to another sitter, and there’s not THAT much to go around out here. I notice the number of other sitters in my area fluctuates, so that helps me in regaining old clients and picking up new ones. If I weren’t broke, I wouldn’t worry about losing a client (in terms of income). MY QUESTION to Wayne/Kristin/anyone, is under these conditions, how do I find a better balance? I need a partner, but I don’t seem to be able to find one, have extremely little time to devote to shopping for one. Oh well, one foot in front of the other, come up for air now and then. I LOVE PET SITTING and I LOVE MY HOME (after I got past those 2 nightmare years, LOL). And I love the “I LOVE ____” game — I’m going to practice that with friends a few times a year.