Back in April of 2021, our team saw this post inside our STEP Mastery Facebook group, and we had to know more:
Sheralee, a mother of 9 children (7 sons and 2 daughters) living in Southern Alberta, is incredibly inspiring, and we can’t wait to share her story!
As a quick background, she loves reading and writing, graduated with an English degree, works as a copywriter for her family’s nutraceutical business, homeschools her children, and lives on a farm (wow…a LOT going on!).
At the time of this recording, she’d been inside STEP for about 5 weeks, and she was just about through with the final module. I’d love for you to listen to the actual interview, if you are able to do so (because it is so fun to hear her voice!), but here’s a written version of the key points!
What were some of the “sticking points” that brought you to STEP?
Part of having a big family means that you have a lot of “stuff,” and she wanted to calm her mind and feel more in control of what she could control. When she saw all the before and after pictures shared by the STEP community members, she realized that’s what she wanted…to organize her time and space so her family could dedicate their time to the things that mattered most.
What was your first STEP “win”?
Building her Command Central. At first, she thought, “I don’t want a Command Central… I just want a clean house.” But she trusted the process and jumped in and built the system using file folders/what she already had around the house. She then figured out how to organize her whole life.
She’d always heard, “A place for everything, and everything in its place,” but STEP helped create the places to put things.
As you were getting started, was there anything in particular that helped you get things going?
She really appreciated the beginning of Module 1 called “Command Central in One Hour.” It was a little tough because the vocabulary wasn’t familiar to her, and it was a bit of a learning curve, but she was able to get it done in one chunk of time, and it gave her a jumpstart. “If anyone’s a die-hard like me, and you’re dying to get this done, do it in an hour. Don’t try and complicate it. Just do what April says.”
Was there anything else along the way that was helpful?
“April talks about projects and routines, but also about holding onto the dream and vision of why you’re doing this. I thought I did have a vision for my life, but this has stepped up my game.”
The Weekly Review has also been a huge help as her “centering point”. Reviewing her inbox, calendar, current projects, etc. has been helpful. It’s still hard to limit her projects, but she’s learning to do that. The first Weekly Review took a couple of hours, but she was able to get to the point that it took way less time (even 15 minutes). She also learned a whole new way of using her Google Calendar. Gave her mind “space” to put everything.
What would you say has been the biggest impact on your family?
One example is that her 16-year-old now has an inbox, so she knows where to put his papers and personal items. And once things were tidied up, she felt like their family had more time to spend together (playing soccer, etc.).
This has also been a faith journey for her—even giving her the chance to explore the dream of creating a business. She wouldn’t have dared to think of it prior to STEP, but now she knows that things are taken care of, so she can move forward on other projects.
“When mom’s calmer and steadier, the whole family is much happier.”
Her husband has also joined in and started organizing alongside her—without the need for “persuasion.”
What advice would you give to someone new?
Leave perfectionism out of the picture. Be patient with yourself, celebrate wins along the way, take baby steps, and try not to skip any steps in the process—even if you wonder if it’s really necessary. Don’t cheat yourself. Take the time that you need because you’re going to open up more time along the way.
Thank you, thank you, Sheralee! This is super inspiring, and we are so proud of you!
For those who are brand new to LearnDoBecome or considering becoming a part of our Steps to Everyday Productivity program (STEP)….
It’s called How to Finally Stop Drowning in Piles, and it will show you four ways to get started with your Command Central TODAY!