Episode 60: Daring To Pause Before you Plan: Karlee's Nourishing "PPE Method" for Making Your Best Decisions at Work and Beyond, Part of 1 of 3

Dec 28, 2020

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What’s the point of these cold, winter months? Why can’t we just run around outside all year long with sun-kissed shoulders and bask in the brightness? 

Well, as nice as that might sound, we need professional downtime. Our bodies need rest, and our minds need pause.  Still, “downtime” is just a hard concept to digest. And it doesn't help that we’re conditioned to feel guilty about it. 

 Despite the dreary mood of winter scenes, those naked branches and gray skies have purpose. When leaves fall from trees and shriveled brown buds drop to the ground, the body of that tree is giving itself permission to rest. 

It’s really important that as humans, we do the same. The cycle of the seasons holds purpose, and we zip through it at our own peril. While we might look outside and see a vast stillness, what we’re looking past and through is a whole lotta space. And that space is a lot more fertile than we give it credit for. 

It’s in that newly transparent space, the space that was once taken up by distractingly pretty blooms... the space of their absence is where we’ll find answers. 

In today’s episode, Karlee talks about the importance of making space for pause. Winter is a time to integrate & marinate. It’s a time for healing the burnout of the hustle season. It’s a culmination. It’s an invitation to rest

 For that, you’ll need your P.P.E. We’re not talking about masks here. This stands for Pause, Plan, and Experiment. This is the season to find space in the void, distinguish the difference between urgency and importance, and to approach things a little more experimentally. 

 If you’re ready to honor the presence of space in your life, see the unseen, and find meaningful pause, then this episode is for you.

 What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • What we can learn from the darkness of winter (1:36)
  • How to find answers in the stillness (4:40)
  • Why you should be paying attention to the unseen (8:30)
  • How to equip yourself with P.P.E. (15:36)
  • Why pause is necessary to inspire creativity (22:45)
  • 5 things that have brought meaning to me this year (25:31)
  • Why it’s OK to feel two opposing things at the same time (30:10)
  • Why goals aren’t all they’re cracked up to be (32:27)
  • The productive power of rest (34:04)

People Mentioned In This Episode: 

Dana Lemay

Resources Mentioned In This Episode: 

NASA: Slime Mold Simulations Used to Map Dark Matter Holding Universe Together

Sunset and Twilight: From the Diaries of 1947-1958 by Bernard Berenson

Karlee’s FREE Course: Boundaries Like a Boss

Episode 1: One Word that Will Elevate Everything You Do

Episode 12: Permission to Rest: And how to have the time to do it!

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