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Lois                        

Welcome to the podcast, More to Life with Faith and Lois.

Faith                   

I’m Faith

Lois                          

And I’m Lois.

Faith 

Our podcast explores life’s many transitions that inspire and daunt us.

Lois       

Well, hello Faith and welcome back.

Faith 

Good morning Lois. It’s really good to be with you.

Lois       

Yes, and we’re in a new year and we’re wrapping up the first month of the new year and you know, embracing spirituality has been really powerful for me. Not shying away from it, but actually knowing that we’re going to be talking about it every month has been huge. And so if you’ve missed our podcast last week on how spirituality impacts your outlook on 2020, please take a listen because you know, there’s so much uncertainty out there, Faith, in everything. We are connected with that it is soothing in one way. It’s enlightening in the other and it’s grounding.

Faith 

Yeah, it was a great episode and I think it will inspire.

Lois       

So if you haven’t yet, we’d love it if you check out our website. It’s www.moretolifewithfaithand lois.com. Did you know you can get a newsletter every single week with our podcast? Well, we’ll send it to you if you sign up on there. And if you would react or repost or share our podcast, we would love that. And here we are staying with this month’s theme of your outlook for this coming year. And today we bring you episode 109: What’s your outlook on your craft?

Faith 

And everybody’s wondering what is your craft? And for those who are struggling with that word, it is about what you do each and every day. And um, my whole outlook on my own craft, it has morphed over the years. Oh my goodness. It’s more so many different times. And I love that because that’s an expression of who I am. I’ve never been one to stay put. I’ve let things happen and evolve and I get curious and I went, Oh, I wonder what would that would be like if I did that. And so from being in business and now in many different kinds of businesses in my life. And now I’m into my own personal business of being a psychotherapist. And that’s just a whole different craft. But I love the craft I’m in right now. I love being able to touch lives with um, just walking alongside them and being with them and encouraging them. And that’s what the podcasts are about too. That’s why I love doing this because it’s just another means of stepping into my craft in a different way. And if we do seminars or speaking engagements, it’s the same thing. So my craft keeps being expressed in different ways even though I do different things.

Lois       

Fantastic. And just by the way, if you hang around Faith for a little while, your life may change. And so for me, this has been a huge last couple of years of big changes and I am now a life coach and I’ve expanded my role with personal clients and also working for a business as a life coach. And you know, it took this level of study, this research, this really sticking to the books for awhile. But then passing exams and now you step out into what you really wanted to do. ingAnd so for me it’s been wonderful to watch these life changes happen as a result of what now my craft is being honed in a different way. And as someone has pointed out so correctly, I’ve asked questions my whole life. So whether I was in journalism and asking questions, now I get to ask questions in a different way of what meaning is behind where you’re going, where do you want to go next? What do you want? Wow. I mean those are just fantastic things I get to do. So I just want to encourage any of you who are in a season of preparation or study or testing, you will make it through. The result on the other side. And what you get to do with that, with your craft is super powerful. So keep going. Don’t give up because you know what you do every day is really important. It does feed you and it feeds those around you as well. And we hope that in all of these areas that we’re looking at relationship and body and spirituality and now craft, you can see how it’s not just you who’s being impacted, it’s what’s going on around you as well.

Faith 

That is excellent. So what is your outlook on your craft to dive into in 2020?

Lois       

Well, there are a number of ways that you can find satisfaction or meaning in your daily activities. And today we want to thank the folks at www.lifehack.org. They gave us a number of suggestions and we’ve added several of our own as well. But one of the first things they, they say as you’re looking at your craft is don’t take your work for granted.

Faith 

Oh, that’s so important. It’s, it’s not rote. It’s not something like, Oh, I gotta go to do this again. It’s a gift. It’s an opportunity to see you being expressed in the work that you do. And I think we forget that. Yes, we forget it all the time. That you represent something of yourself in that which you produce, that what you speak into, that what you listen to, and it’s all a reflection back on how well are you doing this for yourself in what you do each day?

Lois       

And we’ve talked so much about being grateful for things. Well, what about being grateful for the work you do when you wake up? What do you get to do today instead of what do you have to do? Those are two, that’s such a minor shift, but when you start thinking about it like that, what do I get to do today? I’ve got this, I’ve got this, I’ve got this, and that. My whole countenance changes from what do I have to do? So I’m really trying to look at everything I do, especially as it relates to my craft, to my work as a privilege, as something that I have been given the opportunity to step into another person’s life and work with them. And that’s what I get to do today. And our podcast, we have shifted and morphed and it is exactly where it’s going to be right now. Who knows where it’ll be in a year? But we like that. I mean, Faith, that’s kind of fun to look at our craft this way that it is not fixed.

Faith 

And if you don’t like your job, because there are those out there that may be listening to us. I hate my job, I hate my job, I hate my job. You can shift that into I am grateful for the job that I have, that it’s giving me time to find the job that will fit me better. There you go. And so you can change instead of saying, I hate it. Be grateful for it. It’s giving you the space and time to find something that will fit you better.

Lois       

Oh, I love that. I love that so much. So as you’re looking at your craft in 2020 understand your values, you know, some things that we often forget when we’re going to work and doing what we do on a daily basis is if we want our craft to have meaning. What would happen if you asked yourself, how does this align with what’s important to me? What my values are?

Faith 

Yes. Yeah. And they need to be, and, and you have an opportunity, whether you’re in the workplace or whether you’re an independent entrepreneur as to how do you express yourself, how do you want to be known and how does it reflect the overall business that you’re in? I always tell some times when employees are struggling and I’m going, remember you are a representative for your employer and what you do reflects overall about the business itself. And I’m always surprised at how many will stop and say, I never thought of that. It’s like, well yeah, that’s exactly what you are. So you have a bigger role in a company than you think you do by the way that you enter into it.

Lois       

And that ties directly into your outlook. Yeah. So what is your outlook and as you share what you’re doing today, if you just described it so beautifully, if you come in and you’re just upset and angry about what this person did to you or forced you to do, rather than owning what you could do to stand up to that person or what you could do to walk away from that other person. It changes the mood in the room. So you get a chance to do that every single day. And that’s your outlook. And so as we dive into everything we’re doing in 2020 – this month, we’ve been looking at your outlook. And so when we talk about your work, it’s really important to think what is your outlook on what you’re doing for this coming year.

Faith 

And what is your outlook on how you’re going to use your time. Oh, because time can slip by so quickly. Or if you’re in the workplace you can go, Oh, I’ll do that tomorrow. Or that’s not important. And maybe it is. And so looking your time and giving an overview that’s giving an outlook, like what really needs to be done to benefit this company and to be an outright example of who I am as a person.

Lois       

And what can you eliminate that you know, is causing huge distractions. What do you take time to do every day that if you removed it, you would get an extra 10 minutes and you really might. I’ve started to look at things like that. I know you know the holidays are past, but for all of you who may have gotten involved in sending out cards or baking cookies or whatever you did, there came a point this past year in my holiday preparations that I just said, you know, if I eliminate this activity, I’m going to have so much more room to spend time with somebody I really want to spend with. And so guess what I did? I eliminated an activity that I had thought was so important to my life and nobody died. And nobody was really upset that they didn’t get those cookies. So, but it was huge for me because I had always thought that was so important that I didn’t eliminate something. I wasn’t spending my time well. So once I learned how to do a little more budgeting like that, consider what you could take away from your day so that you can put in what will make you more productive.

Faith 

That’s good time management.

Lois       

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Faith 

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Lois       

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Lois       

So we’re on Episode 109 and we’ve been looking at outlook for this past month and today our focus is what’s your outlook on your craft? And one of the great questions to ask yourself in your position, wherever you are right now is know what you want.

Faith 

We’re back to this again, this intentionality thing comes through a lot and that is so critical because if you become victimized or you believe you’re the victim of your employment, then you’re not stepping up into what you really want and you do have a voice and it’s finding out what fits you and where you can best benefit the company as well as yourself.

Lois       

You know, once you really figure out what it is you want, you get to create some space around yourself and you say, you know, maybe I need to train for this position over here or study for something I want to do over here, or dig in because this is where you want to be. But oftentimes the best thing you can do is kind of write it out. Is this really what I want? Maybe money isn’t the only thing you want out of a job, but it’s something in terms of relational experience. So check it out. And once you start to understand what you want most, you feel like you’re connected to a job that means something to you – instead of a drudgery that you have to attend to every day.

Faith 

And your outlook on your attitude like to check that out. What is your attitude about what you’re doing in life? You’re in your craft and if there is something that’s not working well, is there something that you can do to become more creative, more expressive, maybe speak it, express it in a different way that comes from you that doesn’t come from necessarily a change in your position. How can you spice it up? How can you make a unique impact that someone else couldn’t or can’t envision and see it? And so having an an outlook on your attitude. If you’re getting depressed, if you’re getting sluggish, what needs to happen? And if it boils down to, Hey, I might need to actually change my career, then stay where you’re at. Be blessed with the job you have, but begin to look elsewhere.

Lois       

And Faith, you mentioned this earlier, which I just love. You have control over this, you get to work on this. If it’s not working, you get to make that change and to look at as an opportunity rather than what you have to do. But it’s an opportunity that you now take that control back so no one is doing anything to you. And one of the things I really noticed with my attitude that helps is I try to consider the other people in my sphere. And when I do that, it’s amazing what comes back because people want to be treated with respect and they want to be treated with kindness. And when that happens, I get that in return.

Faith 

That’s absolutely true. And it’s a small changes that you can make if you are working with other people. It’s maybe how you approach them. Do you say good morning? Do you agree with them? Do you know when their birthday is? Do you celebrate them? Are you happy for them if they get a promotion and you didn’t get it, are you still happy for them or is there some resentment? And so all of these things are factors in what you have control over is how you will respond.

Lois       

Oh, that is fabulous. And ask questions. If there’s something you can’t figure out, if there’s a person you can ask, great. If not, go online. I had a huge issue with this new platform I’m working with for this company and I could not figure out what was going on in my computer. And they had a help service desk and they were trying to help me and I couldn’t get the resolution. So I kept Googling every potential answer I could have. And then I thought, you know what? I could ask my husband to help me over the weekend. And then because he got home late one night, I ended up diving in and I was so persistent and I was asking questions and some stranger online was able to point me in the right direction and voila, my camera issue is working now. Oh my goodness. So it’s, but it’s about this persistent and asking, had I not asked the question, Faith, I would be without my camera accessibility on one of my computers. And it was really frustrating to me.

Faith 

You are persistent. I give you that. Okay.

Lois       

And be creative. You had mentioned this before. Flexibility is so important, Faith.

Faith 

It is. The more fluid and flexible you are in anything that you’re doing, the more it’s going to come back in. Just a lot of good things because you’re not all uptight.

Lois       

And stagnant and we hope that as you see what we’re doing with mortal life, with faith and lowers this year that we’re trying to move out, not that we were ever stagnant, but that we’re trying to explore things from a different vantage point to be more creative and to have find that maybe these themes like this month of what’s your outlook as we explored, um, relationships and your spirituality and your body and your craft that you can see that we want to help all of us grow and flourish where we are because that helps us embrace life.

Faith 

Absolutely. Everything you do has a purpose. And when you find that purpose in your craft, you are able to carry out what you need to do more effectively.

Lois       

Focusing on what you do and staying organized and what you’re passionate about leaves you with more satisfaction at the end of each day.

Faith 

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Lois       

And join us next week as we wonder, how are you generous in life?

Faith 

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Lois       

No matter what you face in relationships, your body, spirituality, or your craft,

Faith 

We are here to assure you there is always more to life.

Lois       

We’ll be back next week.