Squirrels and Flow

September 22, 2017

I talk a lot about rhythm because at one point I was held captive by a schedule that did not leave me feeling very well.

 

The seasons serve up a framework — the food that is available, the light, the vibe.

 

We can’t fight what nature serves up, and thrive.

 

As a mom and entrepreneur there are other seasons and rhythms all around us.

 

Life is constantly changing.

 

School year vs. summer.

 

The kids ages and phases.

 

The moon cycles.

 

Our menstral cycles.

 

The hustle vs. the rest and receive

 

Pregnancy.

 

The weather.

 

It is intense, and if we don’t pay attention, if we fight what our body needs, we get sick and tired.

 

Yesterday, I had to catch myself.

 

I was pushing really hard. I have been for a few weeks.

 

When a mom pushes too hard, the whole family feels it.

 

There were signs, but I ignored them. I was all work and no play.

 

My kids were aggravated. My husband was annoyed.

 

We were not eating well.

 

Life is busy. It’s fall.

 

I have a little girl who is braving her way at a new middle school. I have two others returning to their old school but after a year on the road with me. We are all finding our way through the bustle of fall, after a really unstructured summer.

 

I am launching a planner (a paper one) that will help both of us find balance, more often. (It was meant to be available for ordering last night.)

 

A week ago, I pulled out a copy of the FLOW planner and plugged back into a system that I know works.

 

When I felt like I had tuned back into my bigger vision around food, life, work and selfcare, the busyness had more purpose, and it was not all about work!

 

I ate better.

 

I was present for my kids and husband.

 

I slept well.

 

There was space.

 

When there is space, I find it much easier to make good choices.

 

Yesterday at 2pm I got word we could not go live with the planner.

 

At 3pm, 2 baby squirrels fell down the chimney.

 

I cried. I breathed. I laughed. I danced with my kids. We cleaned the house. We cooked some stew.

 

Then at 7pm, I threw the “prelaunch” party, which just 5 hours earlier was the launch party.

 

Life throws us all sorts of curve balls. It always will.

 

But when we fill our days with things that matter, we can roll with it.

 

Today, I opened my planner.

 

I know what to do for work.

 

I know what is for dinner.

 

I have chosen the 3 most important tasks to get done.

 

I have taken time to be grateful.

 

I am tracking my water and my veggies.

 

I am tuning in with my kids.

 

And I have the space to deal with a family of squirrels living in my fireplace.

 

And on Monday, September 25, at 11am, you too can feel the FLOW!

 

In the meantime, I have an activity for you if you are feeling like fall is a bit too busy.

  • Take out 4 pieces of paper (or 2 back and front).
  • Label each one with each of the following words, one per page — Food, Life, Om, Work.
  • Then get EVERYTHING that you are holding in your head onto those pieces of paper using the 4 categories as structure.
  • Food might have grocery shop, order beans online, streamline dinner, buy a lunchbox, ask Mia where she buys nuts, and so on.
  • Life might have look for fabric for pillows, get kids activities in calendar, find gymnastics class, find sitter for date night…
  • It probably needs some explaining. This is where downtime and self care fits in. This is where we simplify. It may have sign up for yoga, block out family reading time, get firewood, rethink evening routine, walk each morning, clean out hall closet, read Simplicity Parenting….
  • Work, well you know what goes there! (If you homeschool you could use it for that. If you stay at home, use it for hobbies and volunteering.)

  

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Exceptional Selfcare with Shereen Thor

September 20, 2017

Flip the switch of always being productive, making something happen and just realizing “You know, when I have a Mama Monday, it actually is productive.”
– Shereen Thor

On this episode of the Plan Simple Meals Podcast, I’m super excited to talk with Shereen Thor, the founder of Awaken the Rebel, a movement to get people to stop living the life they think they are supposed to live and to design their life on their own terms. She’s a mom of two in the midst of the baby years.

Shereen started out living toward other people’s expectations until a friend convinced her to go to a personal development seminar. It woke her up and changed her life. She quit her job, started doing stand up comedy, and started dabbling as an entrepreneur.

She started her life coaching business Awaken the Rebel about the same time she started her family. When her second pregnancy was in danger, she went on bed rest and moved from “Oh, motherhood needs to fit into my business” to , it’s “My business needs to fit into motherhood.” We’ve been talking about work-life balance a lot, and here is where Shereen started to feel hers.

We talk about:

  • tapping into your body to find the direction you are supposed to go
  • getting really clear on your intention and committing to yourself, even when you don’t understand why you are doing it
  • asking what you need as a mom instead of thinking you should be a certain kind of mom
  • a weekly flow that includes family time, mama self-care time, household needs, and work
  • having a place for an idea dump
  • how date night makes being a family and couple more fun

BIO

Shereen Thor is a host, author, rebel, movement starter, and serial artistpreneur who lives life on her terms and helps others do the same. She facilitates live events and retreats and does 1-1 coaching as part of leading a movement that helps people stop settling for less and live an extraordinary life by their design. She’s also the mom to two young kids.

LINKS

Doable Changes from this episode:

  • CREATE A WEEKLY WORKFLOW. Shereen talks about having family weekends, Mama Mondays, house-focus Tuesdays, open day on Wednesdays, and work-focused Thursdays. Your week might look really different, but what would it look like if you created your own flow for the week. Think about family time, work time, home time—how can you make space or it all? Map it out on paper and then live with it or a while to see how it works.

  • CREATE AN IDEA DUMP. We all have so many ideas—new offerings for our business, people we want to connect with, things to pick up at the store—that our brains get cluttered. When we put it down on paper (or at least in our phones), we don’t have to worry about remembering it. At the same time we don’t have to deal with it right then. So if you get a business idea while you’re doing family time, jot it down and focus back on the moment.

  • DO DATE NIGHT. Ideally, date night becomes part of your regular weekly flow, but start with planning one. As Shereen says, it’s more fun to have a family, more fun to be part of a couple when you have date night. Date night changes the communication and flow of energy, so you enjoy being together instead of just running through logistics together.

REALLY getting healthy as a family can be a big lifestyle change. But no matter how insurmountable it may feel, focusing on one doable change at a time can help you take small steps toward your big goal.

A healthy lifestyle is really made of lots of little things that when repeated regularly and added together over time make a huge impact on your life.

Choose one Doable Change every Sunday night — one thing that you are willing to play with for the week. The key is to keep it doable and fun! Write that thing on a sticky note or your phone so you remember it. Then put 3 things on your calendar that support it.

Choose from the changes above or download a list of 101 Doable Changes we made for you.

http://plansimplemeals.com/101-doable-changes/

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Making Lists with Monica Froese

September 19, 2017

Spreadsheets and calendars can be communication tools. It’s a burden on one person to know everything and control everything.
– Monica Froese

On this episode of the Plan Simple Meals Podcast, I’m really excited to talk with Monica Froese, who left the corporate world after her daughter was born and now teaches mom entrepreneurs how to ditch their 9–5 careers and start thriving online businesses. I love just how organized Monica is—I think she has a spreadsheet for everything. That’s actually how we connected originally.

Monica talks about how she left her job and changed her mindset to fit in running a business, self-care, and more time with her daughter. We talk about how what you need to do expands to the time you have to do it—and how to use that idea to our advantage.

Monica is intense in her workouts and her business, but she makes sure she has down time. I’ve been really focused on how managing our calendars helps make time for the important things, and we talk about the different ways she creates space in her calendar.

We talk about:

  • adding ramp up/ramp down time into our schedules, whether it’s time to shower after a workout or a day to deal with undone business after travel
  • scheduling “no plans” days
  • using tools like Google calendar and shared spreadsheets to communicate with your partner
  • having a place for things—like mail or keys or Christmas presents—to save us time
  • how Monica uses her grocery stores app to create a shopping list and help budget
  • letting other people give our kids experiences that we want them to have that aren’t fun for us

BIO

Monica Froese is a mom to a 4-year-old with another child on the way. She left corporate to create a life that worked better for her. She runs her own business teaching mom entrepreneurs how to ditch their 9-5 careers and start thriving online businesses while balancing work and family at the same time. Monica says, “I don’t believe that women have to choose between their careers and family. You can have anything you set your mind to.”

LINKS

Doable Changes from this episode:

  • SCHEDULE TIME TO WORK OUT. One doable tip I often give is to move your body for 15 minutes throughout the day, but sometimes you want or need a longer workout. The best way to get it is to schedule that time, including your ramp up and ramp down time. If you schedule 1 hour to work out, but don’t add in time to get to the gym or to shower afterwards, you won’t have a positive experience.

  • STREAMLINE GROCERY SHOPPING. How can you streamline your grocery shopping? Monica uses an app from her store to create her grocery list. Whether you use an app like this or create your own master list that you update before shopping, a list will save you time and money (and keep you from unhealthy purchases). “If it’s not on the list, it doesn’t exist.”

  • MAKE A LIST (OR A SPREADSHEET). If there are things you do over and over, make a list or spreadsheet to keep track of it. You don’t have to keep all the loose pieces in your head, and by sharing that document, somebody else can help out. For example, your kids can help pack for a trip or your husband can take kids to an activity that you usually manage. By systematizing repeatable tasks, you free up time for other things.

REALLY getting healthy as a family can be a big lifestyle change. But no matter how insurmountable it may feel, focusing on one doable change at a time can help you take small steps toward your big goal.

A healthy lifestyle is really made of lots of little things that when repeated regularly and added together over time make a huge impact on your life.

Choose one Doable Change every Sunday night — one thing that you are willing to play with for the week. The key is to keep it doable and fun! Write that thing on a sticky note or your phone so you remember it. Then put 3 things on your calendar that support it.

Choose from the changes above or download a list of 101 Doable Changes we made for you.

http://plansimplemeals.com/101-doable-changes/

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The Little Things with Emily Kristofferson

September 18, 2017

On this episode of the Plan Simple Meals Podcast, I’m really excited to talk with Emily Kristofferson, who I met through Facebook years ago because she was talking a lot about farmer’s markets and healthy cooking. But she’s also an online business coach, marketing strategist and and execution expert, and we eventually worked together. She’s also the mom to a 10-year-old.

Since Emily and I first met over food, we started talking about that, and Emily says cooking is one of her hobbies. She talks about different ways she incorporates cooking with her son, from having him do the math to half recipes to practicing his printing by writing the grocery list. And she tells us about having a different kind of picky eater.

Emily started her business to be there for her son and do what she loves, which may sound familiar to many mom entrepreneurs. But work quickly took over until she did some boundary work.

We talk about:

  • Why boundaries are essential to balance
  • Finding little ways throughout the day to take care of ourselves
  • Creating an ideal weekly calendar and moving yourself toward it
  • How taking time off helps us get good ideas and improves energy and focus
  • Exchanging time to give ourselves what we want
  • Setting up time each week for work, yourself, even getting groceries

BIO

Emily Kristofferson is an online business coach, marketing strategist, and expert making your ideas a reality. She helps passionate entrepreneurs cut through all the business-building information they’ve been hoarding to create a personalized strategy to grow their business, now. Her clients have had multiple five figure launches, grown their businesses to five figures a month, landed a 5-part series on TV, and finally made the switch from hobby to profitable businesses. When she’s not coaching and consulting, you can find her taking my son for a swim, experimenting with healthy recipes, or cooing at her cats,

LINKS

Doable Changes from this episode:

  • TAKE 5 MINUTES FOR YOU. Start by giving yourself 5 minutes of pleasure in your day. It could be taking your lunch out into the sun instead of eating hunched over your desk or talking 5 minutes to breathe in between tasks. Enjoy a cup of tea in the afternoon instead of letting it grow cold or talk your dog for a walk. Get used to making little space for things that give you joy in your day. 

  • SET UP YOUR IDEAL WEEK. We can do so much if we plan for it. What are the important pieces that you want to be part of your life every week? Scheduling work all the time isn’t sustainable, so schedule in some down time. Schedule in time for grocery shopping and meal planning and cooking. When will you take care of house needs and scheduling appointments? Set up your ideal. Try to live it. And don’t beat yourself up if you don’t do it perfectly. Just move yourself closer to that ideal. 

  • GET AN ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER. An accountability partner can help you move toward your goals, get past stuck points and just be there for support. We all need that. Choose somebody who gets your life. Emily picked a friend who got the online business space. If you are looking for support in healthy living goals, pick somebody who will support you in where you want to go.

REALLY getting healthy as a family can be a big lifestyle change. But no matter how insurmountable it may feel, focusing on one doable change at a time can help you take small steps toward your big goal.

A healthy lifestyle is really made of lots of little things that when repeated regularly and added together over time make a huge impact on your life.

Choose one Doable Change every Sunday night — one thing that you are willing to play with for the week. The key is to keep it doable and fun! Write that thing on a sticky note or your phone so you remember it. Then put 3 things on your calendar that support it.

Choose from the changes above or download a list of 101 Doable Changes we made for you.

http://plansimplemeals.com/101-doable-changes/

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Uncovering Purpose with Natalie Matushenko

September 18, 2017

On this episode of the Plan Simple Meals Podcast, I’m really excited to talk with Natalie Matushenko. Natalie and I have known each other for years and it’s great to have her here today. She’s a coach, soulful mentor, and teacher. She’s also the mama to three girls, ages 7, 12 and 15.

Natalie grew up in the Ukraine until age 8, when her family emigrated to the United States. She grew up with the idea of getting good grades to get into a good college to get a “good” job. She talks about how she left the high paying, high powered job to do what she loves—and how she helps other people do what they love.

That experience of going against the norm and people’s expectations helped her to move her family to Colombia after she realized that living in another country was a deep seated dream. We dive into following dreams, dealing with details and getting past fear.

We talk about:

  • living with purpose and passion being an attitude not a goal
  • the power of passion to drive a project, even a really hard one
  • pairing meditation and visioning with breaking things down into lists and schedules
  • using meditation to be more productive
  • having a plan but keeping it flexible to meet changes in your week or life
  • finding your passion and making changes little by little toward it

BIO

Natalie Matushenko helps soulful, ambitious and multi passionate women (and a few good men) uncover their purpose and start passion-driven businesses. She’s also the mama to three girls.

LINKS

Doable Changes from this episode:

  • WRITE IT DOWN. We have a lot to remember—appointments, goals, new ideas—writing it down helps. For one week, try writing down everything you have to do and keep track of. Try writing down your ideas that you don’t want to forget. Carry a small planner or notebook with you to keep these things together.
  • DO SOMETHING FOR YOU FIRST. Self-care is so important, but it is easy for it to get lost in the busy shuffle of the day. Start your day with something for you, whether it is a walk or meditation or something else that makes you feel good.  
  • SAY NO. To make room for the things we really value and want in our lives, we have to cut out things that aren’t necessary. You get to decide what you make space for in your life, even though you will likely feel pressure from others. Try saying no to an invitation, an activity, volunteering, event at work that you don’t really want to do. See what you can make space for—or just see what it feels like to clear those things you don’t really want to do. 

REALLY getting healthy as a family can be a big lifestyle change. But no matter how insurmountable it may feel, focusing on one doable change at a time can help you take small steps toward your big goal.

A healthy lifestyle is really made of lots of little things that when repeated regularly and added together over time make a huge impact on your life.

Choose one Doable Change every Sunday night — one thing that you are willing to play with for the week. The key is to keep it doable and fun! Write that thing on a sticky note or your phone so you remember it. Then put 3 things on your calendar that support it.

Choose from the changes above or download a list of 101 Doable Changes we made for you.

http://plansimplemeals.com/101-doable-changes/

If you are as psyched as I am to grow veggies on a patio this summer and indoors all winter, you are going to want to check this out! I have watched friends have these for years, and am so excited to have my own! (Psssst… There are amazing curriculums that have been created by the company, to make these a no brainer for schools too!) Read more here, or contact, tower@plansimplemeals.com to learn more, and set up a free 20 minute phone Q and A.

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Your Dream Schedule with Shay Hrobsky

September 18, 2017

Every four months I say, “What does my schedule look like right now currently as it is. What do I want my schedule to look like. What would be my dream schedule and how can I get there.”  
– Shay Hrobsky

On this episode of the Plan Simple Meals Podcast, I’m really excited to talk with Shay Hrobsky, a mompreneur with her own marketing company and two kids, who’s trying—like most of us—to find some kind of balance and getting ready to launch something help others with balance.

Shay explains how she left a job that caused her literally to pass out from stress, how working from home turned back into working too much, and how she finally started her own business. And then she talks about hitting the breaking point and cutting back to find what worked for her.

This year Shay’s core values are fun, transparency, community, being connected and cozy. She explains how she uses these as touch points throughout the year to make decisions about what she does. She asks questions like: Is this a part of one of the values that I have for this year? Is it going to move me towards my goal? Is it going to help? These kinds of practices are so important.

We talk about:

  • Taking stock and how it helps us cut out the stuff that doesn’t matter
  • Boundaries and being present with our kids
  • Not being perfect and self-forgiveness meditation
  • Letting our kids know that we love our work
  • Gratitude practices, morning routines, and self-care—and what to do when you can’t get your routine in
  • What to do when you can’t get your morning routine in

BIO

Shay Hrobsky is a hybrid biz-life coach. She specializes in mindset & personal growth, digital marketing and Facebook ads. She helps clients create a business that feels like home to them around their family and family time. She doesn’t like the word mompreneur, but she is an entrepreneur and a mom to two daughters.

LINKS

Doable Changes from this episode:

  • TAKE A WALK IN NATURE. We need to get outside and move our bodies. A walk in nature hits two at once. You may choose to meditate while you walk, listen to a podcast or your favorite music, or just get quiet. However you want to do it, try walking daily. See how it feels when you go by yourself and when you take your kids or family along.

  • CREATE A MORNING ROUTINE. Shay describes her own morning routine, which includes meditation, journaling, and exercise. These are all great things to include in a morning routine, but the key is to find what you need to start your day right. Keep practicing your routine, even if you have to finish parts of it later in the day. Aim for all in the morning, but don’t beat yourself up when it doesn’t happen.

  • SET CORE VALUES. Stop and think about what is really important to you. For Shay, this year, community is big, so she rules out activities that don’t connect her to community. Set your own core values to use as a filter for activities.

REALLY getting healthy as a family can be a big lifestyle change. But no matter how insurmountable it may feel, focusing on one doable change at a time can help you take small steps toward your big goal.

A healthy lifestyle is really made of lots of little things that when repeated regularly and added together over time make a huge impact on your life.

Choose one Doable Change every Sunday night — one thing that you are willing to play with for the week. The key is to keep it doable and fun! Write that thing on a sticky note or your phone so you remember it. Then put 3 things on your calendar that support it.

Choose from the changes above or download a list of 101 Doable Changes we made for you.

http://plansimplemeals.com/101-doable-changes/

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Getting in the Flow

September 15, 2017
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Trust your Calendar with Patty Lennon

September 14, 2017

On this episode of the Plan Simple Meals Podcast, I’m unbelievably excited to talk with Patty Lennon, an intuitive entrepreneur coach for women and mom of a 10-year-old and a 12-year-old.

Patty went from overweight, overwhelmed corporate job mom to a lifestyle she loves. She’s very open about it not being easy, but by listening to the little voice inside her, she found what was right and what worked for her. And she talks about learning to cut back on work and re-prioritize health, despite fears of what it would do to her business.

One of the things we talk about is finding time and making space in our lives. Patty points out that we don’t have to do things just because we see the need. Try asking yourself this question: “Will that thing that you’re about to agree to do... will it leave you more filled up when you’re done?” If the answer is yes, say yes. If not, pass.

We talk about:

  • not letting other people’s agenda take over your day
  • giving up roles that don’t serve you to make space for parts of you that are unrealized
  • learning to trust your calendar and releasing things that don’t get done
  • decluttering your to-do list
  • having only 3 priorities a day—and how once things become habits they don’t have to be priorities
  • knowing what you will do with your time when you make more space

BIO

Patty Lennon is an intuitive entrepreneur coach for women. Her mission is to ensure purpose-driven entrepreneurs know how to grow their business in a way that feels in alignment with their soul. She is the mom to two kids.

LINKS

Doable Changes from this episode:

  • PRESERVE YOUR OWN AGENDA. When you feel the need to respond to every email, text, Facebook message or request, you are letting other people’s agenda rule your day. Choose two times during the day to check and respond to email. If finding an answer or completing a task gets in the way of your agenda, say no or assign it to a later time.
  • DECLUTTER YOUR TO-DO LIST. We talk a lot about doing a braindump to get things out of our heads and onto paper so we can stop worrying about it. Now, take it a step further. Do the braindump, then literally cross of things that don’t have to happen now (or ever). Cross off things that are on somebody else’s agenda but don’t serve you.
  • CHOOSE 3 PRIORITIES FOR THE DAY. While you may feel like you can’t narrow it down to three, do it for a week and see what happens. (You may need to declutter your to-do list first). Any more than 3 things, and you can’t call them priorities. So, what three things need to happen today? Schedule those, and schedule a break for yourself.  

REALLY getting healthy as a family can be a big lifestyle change. But no matter how insurmountable it may feel, focusing on one doable change at a time can help you take small steps toward your big goal.

A healthy lifestyle is really made of lots of little things that when repeated regularly and added together over time make a huge impact on your life.

Choose one Doable Change every Sunday night — one thing that you are willing to play with for the week. The key is to keep it doable and fun! Write that thing on a sticky note or your phone so you remember it. Then put 3 things on your calendar that support it.

Choose from the changes above or download a list of 101 Doable Changes we made for you.

http://plansimplemeals.com/101-doable-changes/

If you are as psyched as I am to grow veggies on a patio this summer and indoors all winter, you are going to want to check this out! I have watched friends have these for years, and am so excited to have my own! (Psssst… There are amazing curriculums that have been created by the company, to make these a no brainer for schools too!) Read more here, or contact, tower@plansimplemeals.com to learn more, and set up a free 20 minute phone Q and A.

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Design your Life with Krisstina Wise

September 13, 2017

Let’s be the designer of our lives. Let’s have forethought. Let’s dream a little bit and let’s sketch a little bit and let’s create this whole.  
– Krisstina Wise

On this episode of the Plan Simple Meals Podcast, I’m so excited to talk with Krisstina Wise, whose money class really helped me. Krisstina helps millions of people each year discover the true path to wealth, health, and happiness. And since we are talking about balancing work, life, and food, she’s the perfect guest today.

So let’s start by talking about balance. For most of us it is elusive. Some say it doesn’t exist, and I know Krisstina didn’t always have balance in her life. She says that for her, balance looks like taking care of all the categories that add up to a good life to her. That means giving more attention to certain parts of her life at certain times. Our lives aren’t static and neither is balance. 

That’s true for us as moms. Krisstina says that young children is just a stage of life. It make make you feel “out of balance,” but you can still design the young children stage to meet as many of your needs and wants as possible. And when it’s not small kids, you’re navigating around something else.

As we dig into the idea of balance, we talk about:

  • Letting go of the idea that there is a “there” that’s ever good enough
  • Creating a holistic life not one of linear silos
  • How money and health are self-care practices
  • Getting out of the to-do list mentality and into the lifestyle focus
  • Starting the day with the hardest thing
  • Focusing on yourself so that you can focus on others.

BIO

Krisstina Wise is a real estate mogul, Millionaire Coach, and creator of several multi-million dollar businesses including Goodlife Luxury, The Paperless Agent and most recently, WealthyWellthy. She is also an international speaker and the award-winning author of the Amazon Best-Seller Falling for Money, a romance novel for your bank account. Named one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders in the country, she has been featured in USA TODAY, as well as by Apple, Contactually and Evernote for her creative leadership with emerging technologies.

After nearly losing her life in 2013 and spending almost half a million dollars to get it back, she is changing the world again by inspiring others to build extraordinary wealth and optimal health. By sharing her extreme successes and abysmal failures, Krisstina reveals the elusive secrets of the uber wealthy (and why health is where to invest first). Through cutting-edge, research-based education, access to the world’s top wealth strategists and doctors, Krisstina is helping millions each year discover the true path to wealth, health, and happiness. You can find Krisstina on her WealthyWellthy Life podcast, her free weekly Millionaire Masterclass, and here on her website at WealthyWellthy.Life.

LINKS

Doable Changes from this episode:

  • BE PRESENT. Practice being present in small increments throughout your day. Instead of thinking about the next thing on your to do list, focus on and enjoy what you are doing, whether it is helping kids with homework or chatting with a friend or making dinner.

  • SKETCH OUT YOUR GOOD LIFE. If a balanced life is one where you are paying attention to all the parts that are important to you, what are the parts that need your attention? Which are getting attention right now? Which need more attention right now? What would give you joy? Start with awareness.

  • DO THE HARDEST THING FIRST. When we have something we know will be hard to do, we often put it late in the day—and then it gets pushed off and pushed off. Make a practice of putting your hard thing first in the day (after self-care). By getting it done, you let go of the energy tied up in waiting to do it—and you start the day feeling successful.

REALLY getting healthy as a family can be a big lifestyle change. But no matter how insurmountable it may feel, focusing on one doable change at a time can help you take small steps toward your big goal.

A healthy lifestyle is really made of lots of little things that when repeated regularly and added together over time make a huge impact on your life.

Choose one Doable Change every Sunday night — one thing that you are willing to play with for the week. The key is to keep it doable and fun! Write that thing on a sticky note or your phone so you remember it. Then put 3 things on your calendar that support it.

Choose from the changes above or download a list of 101 Doable Changes we made for you.

http://plansimplemeals.com/101-doable-changes/

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Seasons and Cycles with Jenny Fenig

September 6, 2017

“Since I as far back as I can recall, I have been in love with the calendar. I can look at a month or a quarter and drop things into it and know it’s up to me then to breathe life into that.”  – Jenny Fenig

On this episode of the Plan Simple Meals Podcast, I’m super excited to talk with Jenny Fenig, a coach, author, and spiritual brand strategist with three kids. And she talks about a lot of things that I’m super passionate about right now.

One of the things we talk about is different seasons of our lives—and the actual seasons of the year. Jenny talks about embracing the energy of the different seasons, which I think is so important for ourselves and our families.

And we talk about choosing things we can get excited by. We don’t have time to waste, so what we choose to do needs to matter to us. It’s so easy to put up with things, but there is another way. We dig into that.

We talk about:

  • how things change in parenting and the need to adapt to the changes
  • strategic planning and tasking out big projects (and using Asana as a tool)
  • getting fired up and having a mission
  • having support in your family and from outside
  • finding quiet and communicating your needs
  • getting a lot done even if you don’t have a lot of time

BIO

Jenny Fenig is a passionate woman, wife, mom, yogi, adventurer, and award-winning entrepreneur. After spending a decade climbing the corporate ladder as a communications executive and event producer in New York City, Jenny burned out and quit her high-pressure, six-figure job to become a yoga teacher and figure out how she could rebuild her life from the ground up with freedom and faith as her foundation.

The corporate refugee discovered the fields of coaching and online business and immediately knew she found her soul’s calling. Jenny guides entrepreneurs to be smart, soulful marketers with rock-solid systems to reach more, make more and play more. She lives in the beautiful Berkshires of Massachusetts with her husband and three children. Find out more at www.jennyfenig.com

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Doable Changes from this episode:

  • START THE DAY WITH LEMON WATER. Try starting your day with warm lemon water. Just heat water and pour over a quarter lemon in a glass. This is a great way to start the day in summer or winter.

  • MOVE YOUR BODY. There are a lot of ways to move your body and finding one (or several) that works for you is important. Don’t think you have to have an hour free to go to the gym. Try taking a walk with your kids just to get moving. It’s good for you and for them too!

  • FIND QUIET TIME. Quiet time is really important, but it can be hard to get with kids. Try going for a walk or taking a shower. And ask for it. Ask your partner to take the kids on errands or stay home with them so you can get in a quiet walk.

REALLY getting healthy as a family can be a big lifestyle change. But no matter how insurmountable it may feel, focusing on one doable change at a time can help you

take small steps toward your big goal.

A healthy lifestyle is really made of lots of little things that when repeated regularly and added together over time make a huge impact on your life.

Choose one Doable Change every Sunday night — one thing that you are willing to play with for the week. The key is to keep it doable and fun! Write that thing on a sticky note or your phone so you remember it. Then put 3 things on your calendar that support it.

Choose from the changes above or download a list of 101 Doable Changes we made for you.

http://plansimplemeals.com/101-doable-changes/

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