Take Time To Pause

Take Time To Pause

I used to struggle to pause.
To temper the energizer bunny level drive.
Today was the first really hot day of the year. Close to 90 degrees and sunny.
I had been working on the new stone path leading up to the goat playground, grateful for my pick axe, mallet and shovel, pounding in posts and leveling the grade.
I was using the time to work on the talk I’m giving, rethinking different ways to lead into it, the stories I wanted to use, going down one mental path then doubling back and heading down another.
I then felt the all too familiar tug of a goat on my pants.
I looked at Clover, and looked at the step I just finished. I caught myself wanting to nudge her aside and get moving on the next one.
But I didn’t.
I’ve learned to value the pauses.
It’s in the pause that life happens, that laughter comes easier, gratitude flows and connection to what really matters becomes possible.
I can do pauses much better than I can do breaks.
Pauses don’t require rearranging plans, getting off track or even slowing down.
Because after a pause things happen with more ease. I get into that flow state faster and frustration stays at bay.
A pause to pose with Clover for a photo, give her a good snuggle and delight in the silliness that is a goat- a pause that lasted just a few minutes and yet the impact continued into the next hour until I was ready to move onto the next project.
Don’t forget to pause.
And pose with a goat.
 

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About Becky

Becky Schmooke (pronounced “Smoke”) is a Mindful Leadership Consultant and Speaker, focused on providing action based mindfulness and leadership training to organizations and businesses who are ready to do things differently.

Becky’s Mindful Kitchen, is located outside of Iowa City, and provides truly unique team building and leadership retreats,  strategic planning workshops, private parties and classes and weekly summer camps for kids. The commercial teaching kitchen, treehouse, archery range, bush craft skills, first aid training, wood fired pizza oven, chickens, baby goats and timber adventure playground provides endless opportunities for hands on activities.

 

As a mom to three girls, 60 chickens, 4 goats, 2 dogs and a fire fighter’s wife- life is never boring and provides Becky with endless stories which she uses to illustrate her approach to mindfulness in daily posts on social media.  

In all that she does, Becky has one goal, to build confidence in others to take action to live their best life, not just pass time.  

Follow For Daily Posts and Baby Goat Videos!

About Becky

Becky Schmooke (pronounced “Smoke”) is a Mindful Leadership Consultant and Speaker, focused on providing action based mindfulness and leadership training to organizations and businesses who are ready to do things differently.

Becky’s Mindful Kitchen, is located outside of Iowa City, and provides truly unique team building and leadership retreats,  strategic planning workshops, private parties and classes and weekly summer camps for kids. The commercial teaching kitchen, treehouse, archery range, bush craft skills, first aid training, wood fired pizza oven, chickens, baby goats and timber adventure playground provides endless opportunities for hands on activities.

 

As a mom to three girls, 60 chickens, 4 goats, 2 dogs and a fire fighter’s wife- life is never boring and provides Becky with endless stories which she uses to illustrate her approach to mindfulness in daily posts on social media.  

In all that she does, Becky has one goal, to build confidence in others to take action to live their best life, not just pass time.  

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