How well do you know yourself?

Sedruola Maruska | Leisure Life Coach

One of my least favorite questions/statements/conversation starters of all time is ‘Tell me about yourself.”

It’s not really a question and it’s not a statement. Although it’s meant to start a conversation, I don’t ever feel excited to start there, you?

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But then I think to myself, how often do we think about who we are? The quick thing is to talk about the roles we play in our lives “I’m a married mother of two…” or our jobs “I’m a Life Coach focused on helping women find leisure and productivity in their lives…” But are those things who we are?

One of the very first questions I ask anyone that works with me is who are you? The answer is usually “what?” , but then I ask again “if I stripped every label from you, who would you be?”

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I ask because knowing who we are, leads us to truly knowing what we want, which leads to prioritizing in our lives, which leads to more happiness, which leads to better productivity, which leads to true success.

If you don’t know yourself, or if you’re not learning about yourself, how can you know what will truly work for your life?

So I’m asking you, how well do you know yourself? Who would you be if all the external labels were removed (mom, sister, daughter, wife, partner etc.) and you needed to express your soul. . . would you know yourself?

Maybe it’s time to get personally intimate with yourself.


Ladies, it’s time to play!

Sedruola Maruska | Leisure Life Coach

When was the last time you took time to play?

I’m a mom of two, a wife, a business builder with aging parents and cancer. I know how hectic and overwhelming life can get. I also know that taking time to play is mandatory.

Did you know that play actually makes you more intelligent? It does! According to this interview with Dr. Martin Korte play promotes brain development by creating new synapses. According to my daughter it “makes more wrinkles in your brain.”

Basically, when we stop playing, our brains don’t work as well or as hard. That means, we find tasks more challenging, and frustrating. Could it lead to burnout? I’d say yes, but I’m no scientist.

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People who keep playing throughout their life will continue to feel the benefit, because play always means thinking things over, learning something new, concentrating on something.

Dr. Martin Korte

Why you should play

In the last eight months I’ve thought about and done more play than I have in many years. Why? Because keeping a positive state of mind, being able to enjoy life and self-care depend on it.

Building a business that asks women to slow down, take leisure time so they can be more productive means I too need to do the same. Believe me, I have. It’s the reason I decided to make leisure (play) my platform.

We all live in a constant state of stress which can overproduce the hormone Cortisol. Which can lead to a weakened immune system, or high blood pressure. I’m not trying to scare you, but these things are serious.

Most of the time we’re stressed about things that could easily be let go. But we’re so focused on looking or acting a certain way we make ourselves sick. . . literally.

So, it’s time to play.

Epic water balloon and water gun fight, white water rafting, parasailing are all new items that have been added to my bucket list. Along with those are games with my family, more parties and quality time with friends.

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Let’s create a synapse revolution! Let’s lower our cortisol levels to normal, boost our dopamine, build our immunity and lower our blood pressure.

In the end, it’s the fun we’ve had along the way to making an impact that we’ll truly remember and cherish.

It’s time to play!

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Don’t be a hot flash

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I know with a title like “Don’t be a hot flash” I could go almost anywhere, but I won’t.

We women of a certain age go through a life change that causes us to have hot flashes.

If you’ve never experienced a hot flash let me see if I explain it to you.

Imagine, for a minute that you’re sitting in a comfortable room enjoying a meal. All of a sudden you begin to feel heat rising as if someone turned a burner on under your seat. You look around and everyone else still looks comfortable, but you’re feeling the sweat burst from you skin, in places you didn’t think you had sweat glands, as if it can’t get to it’s task fast enough. . . that’s a hot flash.

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Hot flashes come at different intervals and stay for different spans of time. They’re intense and then they’re gone.

So, don’t be someone who’s intense & excited about making a change, only to fade just as quickly.

Being like a hot flash is a sure way to experience routine failure.

Instead, decide, focus do and stick with it until it works, or until you KNOW it won’t work. Then, maybe, what you need to do is simply change your approach and try again.

This goes for anything you’re working on doing in life. Do you want to be less busy and more calm? Do the work. Would you like to build a business so you can ditch your day job? Do the work. Would you like to gain weight? Lose weight? Feel better in your clothes? Enjoy more fun times? Do the work.

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Everything comes with some work involved. We had an amazingly fun wedding, but months of planning and working on the details went into it.

Create, commit and stick to a plan and you’ll enjoy more productivity and more fun!

Don’t be like a hot flash, be like an ember with a steady heat that may cool over time, but only if the conditions aren’t right to stick around.