“Assertiveness” is a word that can have some negative connotations. Some might equate being assertive with being pushy, bossy, or controlling. But in reality, assertiveness is a communication skill that can help us express our feelings and needs and ultimately grow closer in our relationships. The truth is that assertiveness is extremely important in having the life we want. Here are some strategies to help you be more assertive:
No matter what great things we accomplish or how much confidence we build, the truth is that all of us have weaknesses and insecurities. And sometimes, unfortunately, they can get out of hand and interfere with our lives. Have you ever felt a strain on a relationship because of a nagging insecurity of yours? If so, you’re not alone. Studies have shown that the way we feel about ourselves, for good or for bad, is a critical factor in how happy we are in romantic relationships.
Who couldn’t use some new clothes and a good self-help book, right?
It’s hard to believe summer is starting to wind down. About this time of year I start feeling a little burned out with kiddos home all day and start looking forward to gearing up for a new school year. So, before you take your kids shopping, I want to give you the chance to get something new for Y O U. Here’s a chance to win $50 gift card to a new clothing line Sweet Salt Clothing. Go check out their website! Also, since I’m feeling the need to refresh my memory on how to cure burnout, I’m throwing in a free copy of The Burnout Cure book. You can enter more than once. Check out all of the details below.
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The Wasatch View in Cottonwood/Holladay, a local paper, recently wrote a feature article on my new book “The Burnout Cure” and how I personally “do it all” (ha!) without burning myself out. Do I practice what I preach? Find out here…
Drum-roll please…Congratulations to the Burnout Cure book giveaway winners:
You’ll each receive a signed copy of my book The Burnout Cure: An Emotional Survival Guide for Overwhelmed Women
Now all I need your mailing address. You can send your address to me here and I’ll send your book out ASAP!
The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration…and stress! Parties and family gatherings, finding that perfect gift for loved ones, decorating and other joyful parts of Christmas celebrations can leave many women feeling burned out! Self-care often gets put on the back burner during the holidays in order to meet our own and other’s expectations.
Here are a few things I do to prevent holiday burnout:
- I give myself permission NOT to attend every gathering my family is invited to attend (even if we want to go).
- I schedule down time to nap, read, get a pedicure, or relax in a hot tub.
- I make sure I maintain some kind of physical activity.
- Find joy in giving!
So…I want to give away 3 Burnout Cure books this week
Colleague and intimacy educator Laura Brotherson, MS, MFT, author of the best-selling And They Were Not Ashamed: Strengthening Marriage Through Sexual Fulfillment, shares her thoughts on my book “The Burnout Cure: An Emotional Survival Guide For Overwhelmed Women on her newsletter an website today! Here’s a peek at what Laura has to say…
“I love this book! This emotional survival guide is jam packed with helpful suggestions sorely needed by today’s overwhelmed women in order to be better stewards of their personal resources, to nurture a stronger sense of self, and to prevent mental, emotional and physical burnout. Julie gives women permission to have healthier emotional boundaries and to balance the many demands women face today. This book will be a real blessing in many people’s lives! I especially love her concept of keeping a “Ta Da” list not just a “To Do” list to remind women of all the good things they accomplish every day!”
Saying no to friends, neighbors, even family makes us feel guilty. Why is it so hard to say a confident no? Nearly two-thirds of women I’ve surveyed report having difficulty saying no when asked to do something they don’t want to do. Here’s today’s fun discussion on Studio 5 with Brooke Walker on why you don’t need to feel guilty when you choose to say this simple little word…no.