This month I am thrilled to offer Launch Wellness's first retreat. I've been thinking about offering a retreat for years. It's been bouncing around as an idea in my head. I'm not a party planner kinda person -- no awesome Pinterest parties for my kids -- so I was slow to warm up to the idea that a retreat was something I could do.
But then I realized. I'm not alone.
Does that ever happen to you? You create this script in your head about life and suddenly realize it isn't really very accurate at all?
And that, my friends, is how I looped in three FANTASTIC wellness providers to help lead this retreat. In order to keep costs low, they are offering their services free of charge. How amazing is that?!?!
Arden Yingling from Songbird Acupuncture, Fanny Priest from Yin Yoga, and Dr. Laura Guli will be joining me for a day-long escape from real life.
If you feel like you could use some rejuvenation, pop over to our Rise Together Retreat page to find out more about what is happening Saturday February 17, 2018!
For Valentine's Day only - enter to win a free ticket to the retreat AND Mara Glatzel's Daily Tending Deck on our Instagram page!
by Sarah Griesemer
If you are busy preparing for 2018, and getting your ducks in a row, now is the perfect time to schedule your vacation days for 2018. Last week my husband and I got a sitter and went to a coffeeshop for two hours to sit down and plan our year. Let me walk you through some of the things I've found important to do:
One of the reasons that you need to look at this, is because you should be building time off into your fee structure and expenses. Don't have a budget and haven't thought of "fee structure" as anything more than charging what your bff charges? It's time, dear.
If this is scary, I get it. Taking time off when you are scrounging for clients or self-employed is scary! It is so important though. Consider trying out our upcoming retreat this February to help you get inspired!
I was sitting with a group of therapists talking about how it's that time of year that our clients have to deal with family.
But... I don't really want to talk about our clients. I mean, we can. It's useful. But, you probably have someone you're doing that with.
Instead, let's talk about you, honey.
Are you seeing your family?
Are you working until the moment you fly out to see them? And then you fly back and go back to work the next day?
Can I make a suggestion? As a friend? As someone who loves you?
Fly back home to Austin, go back to work the next day, but schedule NO CLIENTS. Sit on your couch, binge-watch "Mary Kills People," have lunch with a friend, and then go home.
We call this: self-care. Alternatively, if you're a little cynical about the self-care craze, let's call it Radical Self-Care.
If you have been spending any time on this blog, or on my instagram page, you know that I really love my work couch. I often lie on it watching TV or reading mindlesss YA fiction. I find it marriage saving. It stops me from yelling at my children as much. I'm a nicer person. I do better therapy. My couch is really powerful.
You, too, can have a powerful couch. It requires you to:
a) Find a couch.
b) Lay on the couch.
c) Stay laying on the couch for at least an hour.
I am a big fan of using what you've got. So my dears... please go use your couch. It's really good for the holidays. Please, please, please send me a photo of you on your couch and tag me at #NotYourMommasSelfCare. Please. :)
Sending love and hugs and laziness,
When Natalia and I sat down and started talking about our Private Practice experience, we heard ourselves saying the same things. It was both really reassuring to hear someone else saying "I had that problem, too!" and really really annoying.
I mean, how many of us have to experience the same problem before we work together to solve it?!?!
And that, my friends, is just what we want to do.
Today, I want to share with you one of the biggest problems we faced when starting private practice.
Time is Money, and they are both damn hard to manage.
Let me see if any of this sounds familiar...
A client calls. "I can see you at 4pm Wednesday and 6pm on Thursday," you say. "Oh, man, I can only come at 7pm on Thursday," the client says. Well, I mean, I guess I could stay an extra hour... I do need the clients... and the money, you think. "Okay, I can make that work," you say.
Or this one...
Your client texts you, "I'm not feeling great so I'm not going to make it in this week. See you next week." It's only 10 hours before the session, but this is only their second late cancellation, and they aren't feeling good... so I can let it go...
Or my most common mistake I made at the beginning...
A client calls. You talk. You're a great fit. You say, "I charge $120 an hour, but I do have a sliding scale available if clients need it." The client-to-be says, "Oh, money is tight, I think I do need the sliding scale. How does that work?"
Here's the thing... both money and time are energy that we give and take from people around us. As wellness professionals we are givers. We love to help. We take care of people. Somewhere along the line we got the idea that means a one-way flow of our energy outward. That's a sure-fire way to achieve burnout, an empty pocketbook, and resentment. Believe me... I've been there...
What I learned is that with a couple scripts in your pocket you can handle phone calls like a boss, and stick to your schedule or your fee while STILL landing those clients.
Natalia and I have developed two workshops just on scheduling and money to help you get super-crazy-clear on how to get clients, make money, and keep a schedule that doesn't make you crazy.
This is my soul work, people. I can't tell you how happy I am to help support happy wellness professionals. What I know is that with just a little time set aside to work on this, you will create more time and space in your life.
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