Being present, balanced, and mindful is essential for any entrepreneur and any mama–even more so for those of us who are both! Read on for gratitude practices from our friend and life coach Antoinette Beauchamp at One & Many to build presence at home and at work.
One of the biggest pain points among entrepreneurial mothers is presence. The question: how can I be present with my family and my work? Oftentimes it feels challenging to juggle both, to be FULLY IN both worlds with a whole heart and full attention. It makes sense if both feel like your babies! There are many mindfulness practices and tools that one could practice to become more present, but first I’m going to offer you the simplest: desire.
If you’re reading this because you want to be more present for your family and for your business, you’re already halfway there. Building awareness around what you want in life seems small, but it’s the strongest tool you have because, as the Law of the Universe states, “what you give your attention to, you attract.” The more you talk about presence and acknowledge that it’s important to you, the more of it you’ll have in your life. The more you prioritize being in the moment, the more involved you will feel.
Some of you may be thinking right now “but, I do want it, I’ve been wanting it, why hasn’t it happened?” And I’d like to ask you–how committed have you been to this desire? Do you have one foot in, one foot out? Have you doubted your ability to be present in both areas of your life?
Doubt is a silent killer. Once your mind fills with negative thoughts like “it’s impossible for me to disconnect from my phone” or “there’s no way I can do that,” they will be so. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. But when you watch those negative thoughts try to come in and you stop them by saying, “I can do this,” “I can be present and I will be present today,” or “I can disconnect from my phone for the next hour, no problem,” you’ll see miracles.
Be empowered to:
Try one or all of these and you’ll start to feel a shift. And if you don’t, ask yourself why, and get to the root of what is holding you back from now.
Okay, so now you’re present. You’re enjoying time with family and work and feeling more grounded. How can you make this time increasingly special and positive? Gratitude. Science has proven that your brain releases serotonin and dopamine when you express gratitude. What this tells us is that you can feel an amazing release on your own AND take it a step further to collectively create more positivity and joy within your family unit and your business.
Family gratitude practices:
Employee/work gratitude practices:
As you begin to incorporate small practices like this into your life, you will naturally bring more joy into your encounters. A little bit goes a long way. Remember: “what you give your attention to, you attract.” As you continue to speak out loud what you’re grateful for, more of it will come your way. More love, more joy, more goodness. And it’s massively special when that love, joy, and goodness is shared.