Welcome to the Unlimited Newsletter...
This month, I made a leap in a new direction. I bought a car. Not through the traditional means of going to a car dealership and test driving it, but I ordered it online. And not only was my buying process different, but the type of vehicle I purchased was different too. We bought an electric car - a Tesla.
I find I tend to get into my groove of doing the same things over and over again. I tend to wear the same colours and eat at the same restaurants. But, it is a refreshing and slightly scary feeling to jump out of the box and try something new.
I challenge you to think of something you'd like to try. It could be a different way of reaching out to people, doing volunteer work or maybe even changing up your wardrobe. Whatever it is that feels right for you to change up, just do it!
Why do I encourage you to try something new? First of all, it is empowering. Secondly, it actually can begin to create new pathways in your brain that work to strengthen it. And when we try new things, it opens the door to more creative thinking.
This month's articles in The Unlimited Newsletter will challenge you to look at your current way of operating, both at work and at home, and help you to reflect on how you want to be in the world. We only get one life. Make sure you are living yours the way you want to.
Enjoy the ride!
Chief Engagement Officer
Enough With The Mommy Guilt!
Once a week, my husband picks up our girls at school instead of them taking the bus home. On these afternoons, my family likes to linger at the school playground with some of their friends. During one of these occasions, my eldest daughter was playing with a friend when this little girl asked her, "Did your Mommy die?" My daughter told her I was still alive. "Well, she never picks you up from school. I thought because I never see her, she is dead!" said the friend.
Later that evening, my daughter told me what was said by her friend. Initially, I wasn't sure if I should laugh or cry. After that comment sat with me for a moment, I felt a sharp pang of guilt in my stomach. Yes, this is the feeling of the dreaded Mommy guilt that most working Moms experience at some point or another.
Read more about why we feel Mommy Guilt and some great ways to combat it!
Carving Out Your Own Leadership Style Within Your Organization
Have you ever wished you were a more inspiring leader, but are too busy in the execution of the job that you really haven't spent much time reflecting on how you want to carve out your own, authentic leadership style? I encourage you to take 5 minutes now to read this article and begin thinking about some simple steps you can put in place to set you on the right course!
Regardless if you are just starting at a new company or have been there for 25 years, there is an opportunity to look within yourself and bring more to your job. I am not talking about giving more hours or even energy, it is about giving more of who you are to the role and your people. How do you do that? Read more to learn how.
Today's Thought: Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for your life to begin and start making the most of the moment you are in.
Carey-Ann Oestreicher (pronounced O-striker), Chief Engagement Officer for Potential Unlimited, works with individuals and companies to help them reach their full potential.
Recipient of Top 40 Under Forty Award and Nominated as one of Canada's Most Powerful 100 Women, Carey-Ann has held a variety of senior positions including vice-president level and she has worked in industries such as: financial services, automotive and transportation, publishing, cosmetics and fashion.
Carey-Ann's media appearances include CTV's Canada AM, Global TV's Survivor series, CBC NewsWorld, TSN. She has also been quoted in numerous publications such as The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine and Canadian Business magazines.