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High Performance Leaders Need Rest and Play

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It’s’ spring!

With the change of season, it’s a great time to reflect on how you might want to adjust using your time and energy.

How many of us have forgotten how to REST? How many of us have forgotten how to PLAY?

I am guilty of not being aware of play or creating the rest I needed. I spent YEARS breathing way too fast, racing from task to task and event to event.

I somehow believed that my worth was attached to what was accomplished. Leaving something undone was actually painful.

Rest and play are not just important, they are critical.

Researcher Stuart Brown says that the opposite of play isn’t actually work, it’s depression. Sadly, I know this all too well too.

What happens to us when we don’t rest and play? Creativity suffers. Relationships suffer. Effectiveness suffers. Clarity and purpose suffer. Decision making ability suffers. Our overall capacity for resilience suffers.

Can you relate?

There is one simple metaphor that helps me choose when REST and PLAY are important: an elastic band.

When we work so hard, give and parent, the elastic band is stretched with each new effort. Some elastics have far more “give” and can stretch great distances, much like each persons ability to work.
Be careful to not let pride and ego take over here…. elastics have a breaking point. So do we.

It’s impossible to know when an elastic has reached it’s breaking point. There are clues, but sometimes they surprise us.

What clues are in your life? Are you paying attention to the clues? Have you already learned this lesson, but need to learn it again?

Better than stretching an elastic to breaking point, is a the use of an elastic to stretch and release. Work and rest. Play.

Referring back to the body of research by Dr. Stuart Brown, play is time spent without purpose; time spent when we can lose track of time and self consciousness.
For me, that usually involves being in nature or in water…. and that is where I find hope, rest, creativity and a tonne of joy.

Where do you feel like you lose track of time and self consciousness?

That’s your zone.

Find it and make sure you refuel.

The purpose of an elastic is to stretch. For that it must contract.

Work can be immensely satisfying. For that we must find rest.

We cannot give something that we don’t have.

What do you find restful? Where do you lose track of time?

What resources do you have to employ a period of rest?

Are your holidays restful and playful for you or are they a different form of work?

Do you have any practices in place that allow you to shut off your phone?

Give yourself what you need if you’re feeling stretched and ask yourself what is important. Get curious. Then breathe deep and make some choices.

There may be hard choices at first. As you get better at playing and resting, you’ll become better at it.
You’ll thank yourself.

With more than 25 years serving communities throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta, Alana Peters has a heart for people who take responsibility for people and processes; leaders.   Her commitment is to equip leaders with skills and mindsets to improve their capacity and resilience with relevant and individualized coaching and training.

Alana is a teacher, Certified Executive Coach, Certified Daring Way Facilitator and Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator.  She’s committed to making a difference in organizations and with individuals who want to make a difference!

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Red Deer’s Newest Hotel perfect for extended stays!

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When Red Deer based ZH Holdings decided to expand, they opted for a different look and feel from their portfolio of Holiday Inn properties.  The company that oversees the Holiday Inn brand had another ZS Holdings thought would make a perfect fit for Red Deer.  It’s called Staybridge Suites.

At Staybridge Suites, the rooms are perfect for people staying several nights.  All rooms have fully equipped kitchens, so you can prepare your own meals with a stove, microwave, refrigerator, and dishwasher.  The suites all have large workspaces with complimentary high-speed internet, and a 24-hour business centre to help you stay at your best.  On top of that, each suite is designed with a separate seating area so it feels just a little bit more like home.  Staybridge also offers apartment-style suites with separate sleeping and living rooms, ideal for families and groups.

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Staybridge Suites is absolutely loaded with amenities, like storage lockers, free laundry facilities, a 24-hour fitness centre, and a 24-hour convenience store loaded with easy-to-prepare meals, snacks, and anything you may have left at home.  Of course at home you probably don’t have an indoor pool, hot tub and waterslide.  You probably also don’t have a full breakfast buffet every morning.  Staybridge does.  Red Deer’s new Staybridge Suites is more than just a hotel—it’s somewhere you can feel at home.

It’s also brand new.  Please take a minute to watch some highlights of our recent grand opening ceremony, featuring Alberta Premier Jason Kenney!

And enjoy this fun little video which really captures the spirit of Staybridge.

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Homes by 3Leafs showcases the first single family, shipping container home built in Calgary.

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Homes by 3Leafs showcases the first single family, shipping container home built in Calgary. The Alberta based company is changing how homes are constructed by transforming recycled steel containers into high performance, energy efficient homes with net zero capabilities.

September 19, 2019, Calgary, AB ​Homes by 3Leafs gave media an exclusive inside look into the sleek, elegant modern two-storey home made from four recycled shipping containers. The home is nestled in the eco-friendly community, Echohaven, in northwest Calgary.

Som Sourachit, C.E.O. of Homes by 3Leafs describes this moment as pivotal. “Our high performance, energy efficient houses reduce waste in landfills by repurposing steel shipping containers into dream homes. The houses have net zero capabilities and are the new blueprint for how we should build while protecting our environment. “

It’s estimated there are millions of shipping containers piling up in landfills worldwide. The repurposed containers make the perfect envelope for a home, and reduce the heavy reliance on trees used for construction. The steel means shipping container homes are sturdier and will last for generations with fewer repairs than traditional stick builds over time.

The homeowner, Jaime Turner, added “This is a teaching moment for my young daughter. We wanted to build a legacy for her. This is our forever home and we know because it’s made of steel it will last for generations, and an added bonus is, we are being good to our environment!”

Homes by 3Leafs is proud to be leading the way in new home construction. Currently, 6 building projects are underway.

About Homes by 3Leafs

Homes by 3Leafs is a global company based in Edmonton and is comprised of a team of architects, construction experts, designers, and engineers with years of experience developing stunning homes. By using shipping containers to build, Homes by 3Leafs is committed to saving the environment. Thousands of containers pile up in landfills unused while forests can’t be cut down fast enough to support the robust construction industry. The company leads the way with cutting edge technology and new innovations to help the world build beautiful sustainable homes to last hundreds of years.

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october, 2019

wed16oct6:00 pm11:00 pmBusiness of the Year Awards - Red Deer Chamber of Commerce6:00 pm - 11:00 pm Red Deer College

thu17oct6:30 pm8:30 pmACRYLIC POUR ART CLASSES6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

fri18oct7:00 pmLip Sync Battle7:00 pm MT Bo's Bar & Grill, 2310 50 Ave Event Organized By: The Outreach Centre

sat19oct9:00 am4:00 pmCoats 4 Kids & Charity Checkstop9:00 am - 4:00 pm Taylor Drive Event Organized By: The Central Alberta Crime Prevention Page

sat19oct10:00 am12:00 pmRed Deer River Naturalists Bird Focus Group Walk10:00 am - 12:00 pm MST Kerry Wood Nature Centre, 6300 45 Ave Event Organized By: Red Deer River Naturalists

sat26oct10:00 am12:00 pmRed Deer River Naturalists Bird Focus Group Walk10:00 am - 12:00 pm MST Maskepetoon Park Event Organized By: Red Deer River Naturalists

tue29oct(oct 29)1:00 amsun03nov(nov 3)1:00 amCanadian Finals Rodeo1:00 am - (november 3) 1:00 am Westerner Park, 4847A-19 Street

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