Reflection- What's In A Pajama? with Genevieve Piturro
“When we use the power of one another, we give ourselves more power to do what we do best.” -Shirley Owens
Do you sometimes find yourself overwhelmed by your schedule? What if you had the power to get things done? Today, Shirley teaches how we can harness the power of one another so that we can fill our lives with the things we actually love to do. Tune in and learn how Shirley was able to do just that!
00:55 Living in the “Me” Generation
03:15 Give Yourself A Break!
04:07 “When we use the power of one another, we give ourselves more power to do the things we do best.” 07 “When we use the power of one another, we give ourselves more power to do what we do best.” -Shirley Owens
Connect With Genevieve:
Genevieve Piturro is a Speaker, an author, and the Founder of Pajama Program. She was a successful Television Marketing Executive in New York City for 20 years when a little girl's question changed the course of her life forever. She began delivering pajamas and books to children in shelters and in 2001, founded Pajama Program, a nonprofit which has been recognized nationwide for both its success and for Genevieve’s story. Her recent book is called Purpose, Passion, and Pajamas, a book designed for everyone trying to find their purpose in life and in work. She's been featured on a number of shows and publications and is one of the most rerun Oprah segments of all time.
Shirley Owens: Hello and welcome back. I'm reflecting today on my convo with Genevieve Piturro. One of the things that she and I talked about was not the power of one but the power of one another. This is actually something I think about a lot. I have the sweetest little two year old grand baby Ellie and her new thing to say is by self. She always wants to do everything by herself. Honestly, it's the cutest thing ever, but sometimes allowing her to do it by herself results in a much harder, much longer process. We live in a me generation world. Everyone wants credit for what they've accomplished. There's this type of stigma that we have to be independent, self-sufficient, a completely whole being, I hear this all the time. What I'm here to tell you is that it's not entirely true. Yes, it's good to accomplish things on our own, but the power of one another, it's powerful. I've always been like my little Ellie, thinking I had to do everything by myself. I never wanted anyone else to raise my kids so I was a stay at home mom, but I didn't necessarily want someone taking care of me all the way. I always had some sort of job or side job I could do from home. I took college classes while they were in school and did my homework while they slept. I cleaned my own house, cooked my own meals, served everyone their food, did all the laundry. I've been on every PTSO and Booster Club Board, still am, actually. Once I started my business, I built my own website, did all my consulting and coaching one-on-one and in person. Recently, I was coaching a client how to delegate and she reminded me that I was still raising three young step-kids, still had a teen at home, I'm still doing all of the cooking, cleaning, laundry, while at the same time, trying to write another book, keep up with my podcasts, still running my own website, working on an online course. I host friends and family for dinner once or twice a week. Make sure I spend time with my neighbors. My older kids and grand babies have one day a week that I specifically dedicate to them. I also find time to love on my hubby when he's home. Travel a few times a year, including a much needed girl's trip. Well, actually just all of the little things too, like grocery, shopping and getting kids to where they need to be.
“When we use the power of one another, we give ourselves more power to do the things we do best.” 07 “When we use the power of one another, we give ourselves more power to do what we do best.” -Shirley Owens
I'm finally learning, I think, I really am finally learning that it's okay to give myself a little break and to look for help from others. You've heard the old adage, many hands make for light work. Well, I have made some changes recently and I'm really enjoying the power of one another. I have enlisted the kids to clean and do their own laundry. I've hired out some of the deep cleaning. I have a team now to help me with all of my book, podcasts and course set up my marketing design, all of that kind of stuff. I've given many tasks that I would normally take on myself, but don't necessarily enjoy doing to those who actually do enjoy doing them. It's amazing how, when we use the power of one another, we actually give ourselves more power to do what we do best. So now I get to do more of what I love doing, spending time with my family, my hubby, influencing others to level up their lives and traveling. I still get overwhelmed, but it's easier to recover when I realized I don't have to do it all by myself.
So this week, I want you to look at your life and find areas where you may be able to get some help, the stuff you don't love doing that someone else may enjoy doing. Just let it go, hand it over, use the power of one another, I promise you, when you do this, you will be like, how did I ever not do this before? I love you all so much. Have a beautiful week of filling your time with the things that you love doing and I will see you next Tuesday.