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Your Formula for Life

There is no universal formula for having it all.
You have to design your own.


A huge component of any life design is based on the choices we make.  We truly have the power to choose our own path.  An acceptance of anything except a life that suits us exactly, is not living by design, but rather going through the motions.

I've spent bits and pieces of time over recent years documenting my own unique formula for living life my way.  The process of consciously thinking through my formula and why it suits me created such clarity for me.  It helped me define my priorities and be honest with myself when I wasn't actually living by them.  This process was so useful for me, I thought; why not share it with other women who are living the juggling act as well?

My “formula” for managing responsibilities while keeping time for me is a work in progress and will always constantly be in motion.  But having the process of defining my formula firmly in place is going to allow me to tweak and improve upon it as priorities change and things in my life shift. It's this process that I hope to share with you through the information contained in this site.  You can review my process, and my current formula in various areas of life as a starting point for creating your own formula for living life your way.

  About Kelly

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

This journey, creating my formula for life, has solidified my commitment to continuous growth and development. In addition, and maybe even more importantly, the journey has helped me define the most critical tenets I want to live by.

Love yourself first and be glad you are different, for how boring would it be if we were all the same!

Speak up!  You have a voice and you have great ideas, so don't hold them back. Throw them out there into the universe.

Trust your instincts. You already know the answer, so never accept that the status quo is inevitable, when it doesn’t feel right for you.

If it's not exciting, don't waste your time on it.  You have unique passions; know them and pursue them. You can always make it work.

Pay attention to what you want to grow and let go of what drags you down. We are all capable of both with a little bit of conscious effort.

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About Kelly

Kelly McCann, Co-Designer of Your Formula for Life
Kelly McCann

Life System Design Strategist

I'm an almost 40-year-old lady with active children, a husband, a dog, a career, great friends, a home and an unbelievable desire to help others learn how to create space in their life for their passions!

My own "formula for life" came about as I came to the realization that somewhere along the path of all of the above, I had gotten bogged down in responsibility and was losing site of the direction I wanted to point myself in life.

With some research, reading, and education from life design experts, I began to remember that life is all just about choices I am capable of making every day, and that I can design my life and live it however I choose to.

That's why I'm here and what Your Formula for Life is all about!  I'm going to help you create systems for the responsibilities in your life so you can have more time for fun!  I take an unbelievably practical approach to life systems strategies because I want you to succeed!  I will help you every step of the way as you decide where to start and how to take control and move forward in designing your formula for life!

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Your Formula For Life is currently offering some excellent free programs and resources!  Click the links below to sign up for any and all free resources and get a better idea of what YFFL is all about!


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The Healthy Habit Reset series includes 12 challenges delivered to your inbox over the course of 4 weeks with an intention placed on helping you to reset basic healthy habits so you can get back to feeling your best!

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The Organize Your Life program includes 12 challenges delivered to your inbox over a four week period and will help you set up the basic building blocks of a more organized life!  Organize personal finances, your calendar & to-do list and create a system for home responsibilities!

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Stayed tuned to this section of the YFFL site for more free programs and resources as they are released!  I'm really looking forward to this journey we are about to embark on and to hearing about the final results as you develop, improve and tweak your own formula for living your best life!

Who Can Benefit from This Information?

  • the woman who is searching for more space in her life, more time for self and less chaos
  • the woman who is seeking efficiencies in how she utilizes her time
  • the woman who wants more time for family and less time spent on everday responsibilities
  • the woman looking for that ever-elusive element of balance, the delicate juggle of family, career, friends and fun!
  • the woman who really wants to learn how to say no to all of her perceived obligations
  • the woman seeking self acceptance, improved energy levels and overall better health
  • the "grumpy mom" wanting to reduce stress and be more present for her children and spouse

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Start Designing

Where to start if you want to make some changes in your life? Well, here is my philosophy: it's important to start with some common stepping stones so you have a solid base to work from. I believe these stepping stones include the guidebook topics you'll see below.

These topics are the core elements in the design of my best life. My best life is still under construction, but having a solid handle on these base essentials has allowed me to move on to more specifics in my design such as doing more things that give me butterflies (eg. writing these guidebooks and starting this website!)

I'm most excited to share with you that the guidebooks covering these baseline life design elements aren't just a compilation of suggestions, tips and ideas. The best part, I believe, is that at the end of each guidebook there is a multiple day step-by-step action guide to help you implement the suggestions in the book. I'm going to systematically walk you through daily activities so that you can consider and design your own formula and I'm going to tell you what to add to your daily to-do list so that these new habits you are developing have a chance to stick.

I personally really enjoy reading about strategies that other women implement in their own busy lives to ease the juggling and circumvent the chaos, but I often get stuck when it comes to exactly how to implement the suggestions they've described in my own life.  The guidebooks I've developed absolutely address this concern via the multi-day action plan included at the end of each.

The steps are designed in such a way so that you start by considering a few things about yourself as an individual so that you truly are designing your own formula, one that has a better chance of sticking in your life.  After the brainstorming we move on to implementation where you create your own action plan.  The third and final step is a follow-up assessment as to your success at implementing your own formula.  How do I ensure you do not skip this follow-up?  A reminder that we put in your to-do list for several weeks in the future.  This reminder asks you to look back and honestly evaluate how successful you were at implementing your design changes and where exactly you can improve.  Then, with that new and improved information, we begin designing again from step one.  This is how we systematically ensure the formula created through this process fits for you!

Remember, your formula is not going to be the same as mine or anyone else's for that matter. But to speed the process of implementation, it's ok to take my templates and suggestions and build on them to make them your own.

So, that's the design process in a nutshell. I hope you've made the choice that this is the time to create a life that's just for you. Take a crack at creating a formula for the most important elements of your life where you'd like to see change first.  It's time to design your formula for life!

  The GuideBooks

"Kelly makes wonderful suggestions for balancing work, life, family, and adding those all together, happiness. There is a focus on taking an honest look at your life and priorities. If you aren't serious about wanting to make your life better, whatever that means to you, then this may not be for you. I love the comments about not feeling guilty for making your own happiness as much of a priority as your family's. The sections and stories are relatable for every single person!"


- Bobbi-Jo Schweitzer -


"After reading and participating in the programs from the various guidebooks included in “Your Formula for Life”, I found a variety of subject matter within the program that was relevant to my life style and life expectations. The lessons, examples and suggestions offered give the blueprint to success but allow for lots of personal adaptation. The topics and ideas in the program bring to the forefront a life that we often react to instead of plan and prepare for. Kelly is very open and honest in sharing her pursuit to achieve her own formula."


- Lynne Musselman -


"Kelly is one of the most organized and motivated people I know. I often wondered how she managed it all without sacrificing time with her family. I'm glad she's finally sharing her "secrets" for achieving a healthy balance of personal happiness, family harmony and professional success."


- Catherine Hibbard -


GuideBooks

Take this opportunity to do some exploration about your own formula for living your best life as you read about the journey I travelled in arriving at mine (or at least where I've arrived at today!).  Implement the ideas that intrigued you during your reading and do some of your own brainstorming with the multi-day step by step program included at the end of each guidebook.

Want to learn more about my style and the practical advice I provide before you buy?  Check out the free guidebook titled "Take Action & Accomplish More!" by subscribing to my monthly newsletter.



Balance and Self Care 50 Quotes By Women About Everyday Life

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A compliations of 50 quotes by women who have written posts for yourformulaforlife.com on managing balance and self-care in lives where responsibility threatens to overwhelm them daily.  This resource was created to prove to you that you are not alone in your quest to find some form of balance in your life and to provide motivation as you seek to live your best life.  Enjoy!

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Take Action and Accomplish More!

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This free guidebook includes 4 simple tips that are going to make you take action and accoomplish more!  Imagine, 4 changes that you can implement into your life that will have you moving forward faster than ever before.  No matter what your goal or how much you want to change or accomplish, these four tips are going to have you setting the pace and designing a life that fits you exactly!

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Create Your Formula for Life Guidebooks

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Have you ever described your life as busy or chaotic?  Looking for some specific, practical advice to help you put systems in place to manage your everyday responsibilities?  Really hoping to design a life that suits your personality and priorities?  This 200 page guidebook focuses in on your own self-care, clean(er) eating, fitness that's fun for you, personal financial budgets, family schedule coordination & home organization......ideas layed out clearly and followed by step by step actions for you to take so you can design your own formula for living a life that suits you exactly!To sweeten this deal, when you purchase this package you will receive a bonus guide for office workers looking to gain efficiency at work so you can get in and get out and back to the rest of your life!  Finally, this purchase includes personal email coaching from me!  Take the opportunity to ask me your questions and pick my brain for 30 days from the date of purchase and let me provide support specific to you and your formula!

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Blog


Setting Priorities To Strike A Balance

21 September 2016

When I was thinking about this blog and what I wanted to say, the one thought that kept coming to mind was that the formula for life for a working mom includes lots of coffee and a bit (or more than a bit depending on the day) of wine. But seriously, for me, my formula for living well includes a couple key components: setting priorities, and having a great support structure.

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Back To School

21 September 2016

I’m back!! No – I didn’t really go anywhere… just took a little hiatus from blogging about my craziness over the last bit of the summer. Am I new and improved since you last heard from me? Nope – not really. Same old me. I go through periods of time where I just don’t care too much about self-improvement. I’ve got a lot going for me. Fantastic friends, amazing family, health, a reliable income – what more could a girl want? Ha – where to even begin with that! Anyway, I’m doing ok. Still working too much, still haven’t become dedicated to a daily exercise regiment, still pigging out on junk food every now and then. But back-to-school always feels like a good point in time to start up some new routines so the plodding progress will continue.

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Insanely Useful Hydration Tips

21 September 2016

• If your pee is too yellow, you are dehydrated • If you actually feel thirsty, you are dehydrated • You should drink 8 cups of water each day • You should hydrate more if you exercise vigorously • Proper hydration helps with your skin fascia • Proper hydration allows for better physical performance • Proper hydration increases focus • A big glass of lemon water in the morning cleanses your system after a night of fasting • An average body is 60% water

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Insanely Useful

10 September 2016

I want to continue up the corporate ladder, I want to be involved in my children’s lives, I want to volunteer for organizations I believe in, I want to have an awesome relationship with my husband, I want to have a neat and tidy home, I want time with a network of ladies that are so freakin awesome I feel grateful to have them in my life, I want to pursue passion projects and I want downtime…..lots of it! Accepting that I can’t have it all is so depressing and just not in my DNA!

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Put The Right Stuff Out There

9 September 2016

Finally, about three years ago, I had an epiphany, an A-ha! Moment. Due in part to childhood experiences but also just personality, I long ago chiseled the words, “I don’t need money to be happy” into my psyche. But I think what the world was hearing was, “I don’t need money”, period.

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Home Away From Home

25 August 2016

In the midst of turning forty (still hasn’t quite sunk in yet that I am forty!) it donned on me that I have now lived half of my life outside of my hometown. I came to Guelph after college in 1997 when offered a temporary job at the University of Guelph. At the time of taking that job, I had no intention of making the Royal City my new home but it has now been almost 20 years and here I remain.

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Alive or Just Living?

19 August 2016

These jobs that have to be done, that help keep my life on track don’t make me feel alive. Sometimes, they make me feel wooden. Robotic. An automaton on auto-pilot. So for this Your Formula for Life, I decided to describe how I fight against that feeling of lifelessness…by setting aside, for awhile, the tasks of living and indulging wholeheartedly in feeling alive.

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Belly Fat

9 August 2016

For the first time in my almost 40 years, I’ve got a spare tire! I know, cry me a river right? We all have our body woes, but over the years my flat belly has actually provided me some sense of relief and pride. While my oh-so-practical child bearing hips did help me wiz through the delivery of my two children, finding pants to fit them along with my thunder thighs is often a challenge. To top this off, my larger bottom is most certainly exaggerated due to the less than abundant top I’ve also been blessed with.

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Finding Time to Connect with Nature....... Alone

5 August 2016

Neither kid was really interested in that canoe trip. I tried every trick in the book, short of bribery, to coax them into coming with me. “C’mon, it will be fun!” “We might see some cool animals!” “We get to spend some time together!”. Nope. Not a budge. I think at that time, an intense game of Monopoly was more important.

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