The life changing programme for busy, exhausted midlife women.
How to deal with the overwhelm of never ending to-do-lists and achieve more than you ever thought possible.
Introducing Ebb & Flow, the new approach to managing work, time and energy
Our work culture isn’t working
For the past thirty years, our obsession with doing more in less time has exponentially increased. If you have been feeling overwhelmed by what’s on your ever increasing to-do list and hate the way that you feel stuck in the short-term tactics of running your business and life, you are not alone.
We have access to an endless supply of productivity apps, automation systems and bluetooth devices all designed to send us constant notifications and help us do more in less time. Our smartphones can tell us how well we are eating, sleeping and exercising, which means we don’t have to think for ourselves.
This is impacting our ability to tune into our bodies and trust our instinct to make decisions.
What’s wrong with our modern, fast-paced schedules and work productivity expectations?
Our work and life is designed in 24 hour cycles.
And yet 50% of the population don’t work this way!
Female hormones typically work around a 28 day cycle (our menstruation cycle), whereas male hormones work around a 24 hour cycle. It’s not that women can’t work to a 24 hour clock, but when our work culture has taught us to work in a linear way throughout the year, not taking into account our changing seasons, daylight hours or our own body’s natural rhythms and hormone cycles, this is when we can burn out.
Our linear work culture has programmed us to be productive and as we are all living and breathing this create-more-in-less-time culture, it’s really easy to see how high our standards have got based on what we think we ‘should’ be doing during our days.
And if we don’t already have enough to contend with, the menopause can hit us like a freight train!
All women will transition through menopause typically during their 40’s and 50’s. For some, they don’t notice a thing.
But if you are already experiencing levels of stress (and let’s be honest … most women are; they just don’t recognise the symptoms!), peri-menopausal symptoms such as brain fog, fatigue, raging headaches, aching bones and hot sweats, can slow us down and be incredibly frustrating and exhausting.
You don’t have to be a grey-haired, cardigan wearing, old woman to be experiencing menopausal symptoms. Mine started in my early 40’s and that’s very normal!
And because you are busy and have things that need to get done, you probably supplement your day with coffee, sugar and frankly anything that may help your energy stay afloat.
At some point, your body is going to grind to a halt.
How do you keep going and do the things that matter to you?
If you are finding it hard to work out a vision for your business and how you want to live you life, does this mean you just need to keep your head down and work harder?
Or do you give up on your dreams and play small?
But nothing is going to change until you make a decision to change the way that you are approaching the way that you work.
If you resonate with any of this, we’d love you to join Karen Skidmore for this transformative programme
Discover the ways to access your inner wisdom, find your flow and achieve more than you ever thought possible
A proven, practical process
A four stage process that has been developed based on what has worked for Karen and her clients over many years, in simple and easy to follow steps.
Feel lighter & inspired to make change
Feel you can make the changes to the way that you work, quickly and easily, and be able to bridge effortlessly between tasks, without resorting to pushing hard to get the results you want.
Re-connect to your inner wisdom
Discover how to incorporate a better vitality into your working life, get out of your head and re-connect the trust with your intuition
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What is Ebb & Flow going to give you?
The Ebb & Flow four stage framework is the foundation for showing midlife women how to build sustainable success in business, life and leadership.
You will be blown away by the amount of time and energy you really do have.
But Ebb & Flow is NOT a time management course or a productivity programme.
The true benefits of taking this Ebb & Flow journey is the deep connection to self. You will get out of your head and have the tools to be able to kick the habit of crisis management and short-term coping strategies.
This ability to find and connect with your inner wisdom – your intuition, gut, heart, soul – will transform the way you think, feel and act in your every day life and business.
You will discover how to trust yourself, make decision easier and begin to break the productivity habits that you have been subconsciously using to drive yourself to burn out.
Week 1 – Track: Become Conscious & Get Out Of Your Head
- Become aware of how our modern, fast-paced schedules and work productivity expectations are not designed to work in flow with most entrepreneurs and creative business owners
- Redefine what productivity is; get to see and experience the difference between being busy and productive
- Understand the intangibilities of time, energy & impact and the real reasons why you only notice how much you have when you have none left (which is what you want to avoid if you are on track for burn out!)
- Discover how the relationship you have with your phone affects your day and how technology is working against you
- Get shown the cycles that affect your flow; how your hormones, menstrual cycles, moon cycles and the seasons all contribute to your flow throughout the year
Week 2 – Align: Find Your Space Between The Doing
- How to identify as a Dominate Do-er or Dominate Be-er and why it’s important to have both doing and being energies in your day
- Understand the true power of slow; why slowing down is more powerful than many of you will give it credit
- Get three simple overwhelm techniques to help you break the productivity habits that you have been subconsciously using to drive yourself to burn out
- Discover powerful centering practices that will help you stop and breathe in the “in-betweens” and bridge between projects and tasks
- How to build your important Power Pillar and make your health & wellbeing integral to your success
Week 3 – Design: Create a Work Rhythm To Work WITH You
- Linear versus Circular productivity flows; find out how to move from linear work days and embrace your cyclical powers and work rhythms
- How to use Mother Nature’s four seasons to create a work rhythm that will work WITH you and stop you from trying to fix and fight your way through your day
- Get five practical ways of Boundary Setting (one of the secret powers to harnessing the Ebb & Flow process)
Week 4 – Activate: How To Switch On Your Ebb & Flow Power
- You will learning how to use your Lean In & Lean Back energies which allow you to shift between your Doing-ness and Being-ness
- How to recognise the signs that you need to shift between the two
- Discover how to plan in a post-planning world and avoid resorting to short-term coping strategies that burn you out
- See how you can shift from linear lists to cyclical growth and propel your growth in ways you didn’t imagine were possible
- Get shown how to deeply connect with your bigger mission, articulate your Big Vision and then break it down to a do-able and practical implementation plan
What do I need to do?
If you’ve ever tried a time management course or productivity programme, you’ve probably found yourself with more things to do; timesheets to fill out, new email management systems to create or task management software to set up. When you have enough to do right now, the last thing you want is to add more busy-ness to your day.
The purpose of Ebb & Flow is NOT to give you more things to do, but to give you the space to reflect and get conscious about your behaviours. We are not giving you a tonne of templates to download nor do we expect you to actually do anything extra.
This journey is about changing your behaviour and beliefs around productivity, who you are being and how you are approaching your thinking during your work day.
How much time do I have to give to make this programme work for me?
I get it. You are probably up to your eyeballs already with life and business stuff, but this is one of the big reasons why Ebb & Flow is needed for you at this time.
There’s every chance that a lot of the stuff you are dealing with is either not what you should be spending your time on (AKA someone else should be doing it for you) or it’s stuff that is distracting you from the doing the things that you really want to be working on (AKA working on the projects that will create the impact you want to make).
What you will spend your time on in Ebb & Flow is discovering how to make shifts in your thinking and make your decision making process simpler and easier.
Plus you will be practising centering techniques which are designed to slow down your pace which, as you will experience, will actually speed up the results you are getting.
What commitment do I have to give to Ebb & Flow?
Tuning into the teaching sessions is, of course, needed. There will be 3 hours of teaching in total over the 5 weeks; four one hour teaching sessions, made up of 45 minutes teaching and 15 minutes of Q&A.
If you can’t make the live sessions, you will be able to access the recording on the same day and you can watch in your own time, on any device, including your phone which means you don’t need to be plugged into your work laptop or desk.
So if all you can give me are those three hours over the five weeks, I guarantee your return on investment in those three hours will huge. You will find that you will feel lighter & inspired to put aside more hours to work deeper as you go through the changes you are making to your working week.
And let’s be clear. If you are truly saying to yourself and to others that you really want to make a difference and an impact with the work that you do, then isn’t it time you put on the breaks and took a serious look at how much your exhaustion and overwhelm is costing those who need you to step up?
Isn’t it time to put a stop to your current way of coping?
How to access the programme
Dates for our next Ebb & Flow cohort will be released soon. Make sure you have signed up to our priority list and be the first to be notified.
Ebb & Flow will run as a live teaching course, giving you full access to support from Karen. If you aren’t able to make all the live dates, you will be able to access the recordings on the day of the live session and watch back in your own time.
The Live Sessions
The four live teaching sessions: just 45 minutes long, with an extra 15 minutes at the end of Q&A
The dates for these and the live support calls will be confirmed soon.
We have a week break from teaching in Week 3 to give everyone time to breathe and put into practice what you’ve learnt before diving into Weeks 4 & 5 content.
All the live sessions, including the support calls will be recorded and you will be able to access them on the same day in a dedicated online course. So don’t worry if you can’t make one or two of the live sessions; you can watch back at any time to suit you.
Plus our course dashboard is mobile and tablet friendly so you will be able to access them from any device, as well as be able to download the audio versions if you want to listen whilst you are out and about.
The Support Community
You will also be invited to join a private Facebook Group which will be open throughout the programme, giving you the opportunity to connect with other participants as well as ask your questions to Karen in between the live sessions.
Are you ready to be one of our pioneers on this adventure?
I’m excited to get you started on this journey. This programme has enabled me to put everything that I embody in my own decision making and way of working into one teaching place.
Ebb & Flow has not only saved me from our own busy-ness self-destruction, but has propelled me forward and helped me embrace my midlife and menopausal shifts. Having spent too many years frustrated with my lack of energy and constant seeking of external validation, the power I feel today to enable me step up in my own business and leadership opportunities feels incredible.
And this is what I want for you.
This is your opportunity to challenge society’s definition of productivity, move to a cyclical work flow and embrace your inner wisdom to make change for your clients, communities and our planet. Come join me as a pioneer in Ebb & Flow and let’s embrace the potential of you.
Get on the Priority List and we’ll send you a special discount code when the dates for our next programme are released
Frequently Asked Questions
How are you running the live sessions?
We are running all our live sessions, both the teaching sessions and the group support calls, via Zoom and have a delegate welcome pack which has all the information you need to participate fully during the event. All you need to join us is internet access and a webcam.
How will I be able to watch the recordings if I can't make a session live on the day?
Absolutely. All our sessions will be recorded and you will automatically get access to both the video and audio on the day of each session. So if you can’t attend one or two fo the sessions, you will be able to catch the reply in your own time.
Meet Karen Skidmore
Business Books Awards finalist 2020, podcaster, and business mentor with 25+ years’ experience, Karen helps entrepreneurs step into their CEO-ship, uniquely combining the being-ness and doing-ness of business to grow purpose-driven businesses. She knows that most business owners and leaders are burning out, trying to drive their business and life forward. And Karen knows this from first-hand experience.
She has run her own coaching and consulting company since 2004. After an 11-year career with Hays Plc, her children were approaching school age and she realised how much she wanted a more flexible and fulfilling professional career. Within 6 months of starting up, she was awarded European Social Funds for her Women’s Enterprise Programme and Simply Marketing Workshops, which was instrumental in helping hundreds of women start up their own businesses across Surrey & Sussex. She founded a regional women’s networking group in 2005, created & ran a 100+ membership site for 3 years and launched dozens of online courses and group programmes over the past 13 years. But in 2012, struggling with adrenal fatigue and hormonal imbalances, Karen was burnt out from constantly launching new programmes and marketing campaigns, exasperated by dealing with grief from losing her father to cancer two years previously. She fought with her health; trying to find ways to fix her low energy levels, severe brain fog and aching body, and struggled to keep up with work and family life. After admitting that she had to change the way she was using her body, as well as the way she was working, she begun to realise she had far better outcomes when she started to embrace her journey. And it soon became apparent that many of her clients wanted this same change.
Karen really made me step back from what I do and see my business from the perspective of the people I want to approach. I love that this system has put me in control of my business and given me a process of attracting the the sort of clients I want to work with.
Given me the clarity to do the right stuff to make sales
“Before I was in a state of wishful thinking. Now having a 90 Day Plan and the follow through to help implement it, it’s given me the clarity to do the right stuff to make sales. I found that when you have cash in the bank, it’s easy to get complacent. But, in reality, you have to make sales, which means that I need to have a clear plan for each week on what I and my team can do to develop the business. Momentum has been a catalyst to help me understand where I have been going wrong, and the 90 Planning Process and implementation have given me crystal clear focus on what is the best use of my time.”
So many business owners are unsure about how to develop a marketing system and don’t quite get the importance of following-up as part of any networking and list building process. I now understand that there is so much more to marketing than just networking and it involves building consistent and effective relationships and processes which I now have a system for to do that. The biggest insight for me was learning how to keep track of numbers in terms of conversions per month to run a successful business and partnership power.
You’ve given me the push to get on with moving my business forward. Things have been steady for 11 years but recently I’ve noticed a lot of people tightening their belts. Well, that’s all changed now. Your no-nonsense approach to business has been invaluable.
I thoroughly enjoyed working through your programme. It has exceeded my expectations and given me the courage and tools to take a leap forward with my business, which is exactly what I signed up for. This programme could not have come at a better time for me and my business. With plenty of encouragement, support, ideas and accountability this programme keeps you on track to get started and start selling your products with confidence. I love Karen’s no nonsense approach, her business experience and inspiring story.
Momentum has helped me become the business person I want to be in life, not just work.
Some business growth programmes are rigid over when and how they are done, but with Momentum I have been given the structure and support to become brave enough to flex myself and grow in confidence in running my business.
Some of the projects I needed help with included getting a fully functioning website up and running, to set up and run a regular podcast, as well as launching a new Mastermind programme. All of these meant I had to learn new things and by using the Momentum planning process I have not only achieved all of these, I even got my new Mastermind programme up and running far quicker than I imagined possible. I launched and filled the programme within a month, and ended up having the programme oversubscribed. Thinking 10 members would be amazing, I actually ended up with 15 members. The income from this has more than paid for my year’s Impact membership!
Marion Ellis, Managing Director & Community Leader
Karen gets to the heart of your business and business objectives with her great questions and ability to really listen. She will be ambitious for your success and really helps translate that into practical, actionable steps.
Momentum has given me a broader mindset and got under the skin of why I wasn’t doing some of the bigger things I knew I was professionally capable of.
“It’s been fantastic to have a 90 Day Planning Process to work towards which keeps you more on track and makes you do those planning stages. It’s easy, when you work on your own, to roll from one week to the next without actually being disciplined or even looking back at what you have achieved and have done. So having Karen show us how to plan and then support us in the implementation of it has been brilliant. Karen gives a good balance of feeling pushed, of feeling you have a plan but still having that supportive hand on your back.”
You un muddle the muddle! You’ve helped me see the clear process of generating leads and nurturing those leads so that I can see when and how to make my offer. You’ve given meaning to why I am doing any aspect of my marketing. You certainly know “your stuff”!
Gave me focus on what matters
“As a creative person who is motivated by action rather than committing to a strategic vision, working with Karen and using this planning process of hers was the most productive I’ve been in years. Karen’s planning process helped me focus on what matters right now versus having a massive list of stuff that makes me feel so overwhelmed I get nothing done.”
I worked with Karen Skidmore to help me create a successful and profitable web business, with as many tasks as possible automated. Her skill in breaking down what seems to be a rather daunting task into extremely manageable bite size chunks. As a result you finish the session confident that it’s all very manageable.
Caroline, Confident Teens Founder
Momentum has made me more ambitious for my business, to set bigger goals and have bigger plans.
One key thing has been the mindset of partnership power which has allowed me to recognise my expert status and be much firmer on pricing. I’m not chasing work and doing it at whatever price but instead staying true to my value. This has also got me seeing myself as a leader in my business. I know now that I have a leadership role in my business to take it forward, and I’m asking myself what team I need around me to make it happen.
Karen is very encouraging and insightful in terms of her ability to cut to the crux of the issue on a call. She’s got this unusual combination of working on an inner and outer game; she’s really good at spotting when it’s actually ourselves that are holding us back. She can see if it’s obstacles we are putting in our own way or there really are obstacles there.
Momentum does what it says on the tin. I feel I’ve gone from zig-zagging from one thing to another to now having a forward flow in my business. I now have consistent progress from implementing specific things that I know are moving me forward.