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Permission to Forgive Updated

I absolutely love this. I actually had an excellent therapist give me the same advice about worrying and the worst thing that could happen. Self validation always feels harder, the advice to treat yourself as a friend—just wow. Thank you, I needed this today!

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It’s so easy to forget you’re human. I need to revisit this topic for my own sanity.

If you’re anything like me — and God help you if you are, you’re fairly hard on yourself. You can spend a lot of money trying to figure out why you’re like this, or you can just accept it as fact.

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Self-Evaluation

People who are hard on themselves usually spend a lot of time thinking about the way they did something or said something, presented themselves, worked on a project, planned a presentation; pretty much scrutinize every aspect of their lives. You go over it in your head a dozen times. This process, although it can keep you awake at night, is not necessarily a bad thing. It might be healthier to come up with an alternative that would be more productive the next time you do whatever it is that you’ve done.

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5 Different Consultants Your Business Needs

Are you in need of a business consultant or freelance writing services? The Happy Typist offers these services and more! Call today at 1-307-433-4668 for a free consultation.

This guest post was written by Amy Collett, Personal Branding Consultant at Bizwell.org. Thank you for your contribution! (If you have business advice you’d like to see on the Business Blog section of my blog, please contact me at hromero@thehappytypistco.com.)

Have you ever considered hiring a consultant for your business? You might have wondered if investing in consulting services would really benefit your company, or even felt confused about which type of consultant to hire for your specific needs. Navigating the world of consulting can be confusing – for instance, while a business consultant like The Happy Typist could help with your content strategy, you would need an IT consultant to address technical issues.

To help you know where to turn, here are a few different types of consultants that are worth the price for your business.

Financial Consultant

A financial consultant can tackle everything from setting up a new accounting system for your business to helping you make a persuasive case to potential investors. In addition, a financial consultant can also help you select the right entity for your business before you launch, or switch to a new entity if your business needs change in the future.

Many business owners enjoy a wide range of benefits after forming an LLC, including attractive tax breaks, but every state has their own regulations for filing, so research the process before you get started. You could hire a lawyer for help, or you could save money by using an online formation service for Wyoming LLC reg.

Strategy Guru

What does a strategy consultant do? Heflo states that a strategy consultant can help you design and implement effective new business processes and even update your business model if necessary. A strategy consultant will evaluate your company and the overall market conditions in your sector to ensure that your business strategy allows you to meet consumer demands. If you’re struggling to scale up and deliver sustainable results, you need a strategy consultant.

Management Specialist

Are worried that your current management structure is holding your company back? AfrinoMix Consulting states that a management consultant can hone in on organizational effectiveness to resolve problems – basically, they target potential improvements in your company’s approach to team management in order to help you accomplish bigger goals as an organization. A management consultant will generally work closely with your human resources department to advocate for beneficial changes.

IT Expert

Are you having technical troubles at your company? Maybe you need help with an IT problem but you don’t necessarily need to hire a full-time, IT support professional. Calling in an IT consultant for advice could be the right move! IT consultants generally provide a wide range of services, and depending on their area of expertise, they can assist you with everything from setting up a cloud storage system for your company to establishing cybersecurity protections. They can also make recommendations for technical equipment.

Marketing Whiz

You came up with a fantastic business idea, but your marketing skills are lacking. Many business owners face this problem, and that’s where marketing consultants come into the picture! A marketing consultant could guide you through developing an entirely new marketing plan, launching an ambitious advertising campaign, or designing a customer retention strategy. They could also identify opportunities to reach new consumers or utilize different platforms for advertising. Marketing consultants can even help their clients expand into entirely new markets! Some marketing consultants specifically work with clients on projects like personal branding or public relations strategies.

Working with a consultant can help quickly address problems that have been plaguing your business. In the long run, a savvy consultant can help you save money and optimize your business operations. With these tips, you’ll be able to find a consultant who specializes in the services that your business needs!

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My Own 24 Hours

On Sunday afternoon (which was yesterday although my brain continues to refuse to accept this fact, even after doing all of the Monday things), my cousin messaged me asking how my day was. I told her that I wasn’t getting as much done as I wanted to, but got more done that I had hoped for. There’s so much my brain wants to do, and my bodily capacity is not keeping up.

When she messaged me that, I was thinking about how grateful I was for the various people in my life that keep me accountable, and those around me that listen and empathize without judgement. I thought about the people in my circle that feel safe enough with me to tell me they’re feeling down and who I can safely share the same with. I was feeling a great deal of gratitude for those connections, and for the space I have been giving myself to not become mentally overwhelmed, even though I still felt a little guilty for not getting done all that I wanted to.

This morning one of my bonus Moms from childhood met me for a very hastily squeezed into my schedule late birthday lunch. I was late so our time was even more brief, but it was so good to see her and other family, even if it wasn’t for as long as I wanted. There I go over-planning again.

I’ve got deadlines and promises dancing in my mind, and sometimes they make me short of breath. My closest friends and family are my most avid supporters, and often ask me if I’m still doing this writing thing. I make a small, hesitant sigh while listing off in my mind the paperwork, business cards, and you know–actually telling people I exist part–that I am not doing and should be; and I say “yes, but not as much as I want to be. And I really should be blogging more.”

I’m stalling to buy those last few holiday gifts, and am still taking down Halloween decorations so I can put up my tree that I always put up and decorate on Dec. 1, and here it is 10:01 PM on Dec. 7… And I would typically follow that with some mental quip about how I’ve got to get it together. I’d be lamenting that the dishes aren’t done and I’ve washed the same damn load of laundry three times now because I keep forgetting it even exists!

But today, I don’t feel bad about ANY of that. Because today, on my very short glance into Facebook, Dawn Super of Going Beyond Coping posted this fantastic meme about people with chronic illnesses in her Positively Narcolepsy FB Group. The most impactful words on it for me were,

“…we all get 24 hours but they are definitely not. the. same.”

Dawn Super, author, blogger and vlogger at: GoingBeyondCoping.com, Going Beyond Coping FB Page, and the Positively Narcolepsy FB Group.

I mean, so timely right?! And then I saw another raw and honest post about how exhausting this all is from Momma on the Rocks, and I thought of all my lovely and beautiful family and friends, and all the things we are separately going through. All of the hard, different things, but we still keep going.

Over the past week I have been expressing to those around me that I am working on accepting that my level of production will likely not ever match that of my neurotypical, chronic-illness-free peers. And that’s ok. It’s still a work in progress, but I really can’t thank Dawn enough for her words.

Because the things I am capable of doing in my own 24 hours, well, those things are amazing.

Heather Romero, The Happy Typist

Please note, I am not sponsored by The Mama on the Rocks, nor Going Beyond Coping/Positively Narcolepsy. Nothing written here is a direct endorsement by either party and they may not agree with all I say. I am, however, deeply inspired by them. These were some of the people that shone light into my world again, through a glowing screen, when I thought all was lost and that the opportunity for my dreams had passed.

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“Potential” is a Dirty Word

This phrase has been wandering about in my mind for months now. Perhaps even near a year. Technically, it was “potential is a four-letter-word,” but we can all count and don’t need to get tripped up on technicalities. I was watching my favorite ADHD YouTuber “brain,” on How to ADHD. And she was interviewing someone and once again they brought up how they heard about all that potential they had as a student, or child, or whatever moment in life we hear such things. And we hear it a lot.

Here’s what hearing about my potential did for me, it helped me convince myself that I was a failure not made for this world. Why was it so impossible to live up to my “potential.” I was so smart, why couldn’t I live up to my potential? I was so talented, why couldn’t I live up to my potential? So creative, why couldn’t I live up to my potential? Why couldn’t I just make myself do the things that needed doing to be successful and live up to my potential?

And then, boom, I was 37 and learned all about my “potential” and the roadblocks that were in my way my entire life. The roadblocks we had identified for my spouse and children. The anger was a raging fire at all of the loss of time and “potential” that had been wasted behind me. The rage has burned out but the fiery desire to live and be who I want to be still lives.

I won’t spend time wasting away, grieving my “potential.” I won’t tell my children about their “potential,” either. Instead, I will tell them they are creative and beautiful and smart in their own way. And I will tell them that yes, it is hard. Hard to maintain a schedule. Hard to do what we don’t want to do, hard to concentrate on anything but what interests us most, hard to get up and go to work, hard to go to school, hard. And I don’t mean regular people hard, I mean for us it is like being sequestered within a torture chamber kinda hard. So please, don’t compare a neurotypical brain to what we experience. It is not the same. Love us and guide us through it and you won’t need to mention our “potential,” not even once.

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Choose Kindness

It has been so very long since I have “picked up the pen,” but in this new climate it seems there truly is no excuse to continue to avoid it. In some ways, I am more busy than I had found myself before. The kids are home and we are gearing up towards virtual learning. I am blessed that I used to be a homeschool mom, so this is less of a shock for me than it is for many others I am sure. In other ways, there is so much more time on my hands. Less physical appointments call for fewer transitions and in and outs. Fewer reasons to literally drive myself into exhaustion.

For me, this is better. For others it is most certainly worse. Regardless, this is scary. It is scary to wonder what the economy will do, to wonder how bills will be paid and who will still have jobs and businesses, who will still have their very life at the end of all of this.

It is easy to be be entirely self-centric, and do and post what makes us comfortable (within limits–please do keep to social distancing to keep yourself and others safe). It is easy to think the way we need to think and immediately become offended at those who think differently.

I suffered an aggressively abusive relationship, I cannot think myself trapped. If I think myself trapped I will panic and the young, impressionable, special needs children I have at home will suffer for my loss of composure.

However others may see this as a reality, and looking at facts is what is a comfort to them. That does not make them wrong and me right, or vise-versa.

Some people have dark humor, and that is how they handle things. That does not mean they don’t care that people are dying by the thousands. It simply means that they need what they need to keep themselves sane and safe.

Some need to say they are scared and feel panic and are sad. That is ok. Some need to say that they are looking at things in a positive light. That doesn’t mean the former is less right or valid than the latter.

It is ok to deal with this how you need to. We are social creatures raising our voices and social media is alight with our opinions. It’s ok if yours is different.

However, I do not wish to be silenced, nor do I wish to silence others. So when you come across a meme or post that you disagree with to comment, consider there is another *person* on the other end of your words. If you can’t be kind, scroll on. If someone can’t be kind to you, raise your voice. No one should have to be silenced.

We are all dealing with this in our own way, but agree or not with how someone feels, there is no need to be unkind. And to any that may have felt silenced by my responses, I absolutely apologize. Be blessed, stay safe and stay well. We are all in this together.