ThanksgivingYour Holiday with Mia

November 18, 2017

Thanksgiving is fast approaching here in the US (which means we are in the full swing of the holiday season.

You have your plans. You know who is making what.

But maybe it doesn’t look quite like a Martha Stewart magazine.

Maybe it looks great but you feel stressed out, anyway.

PlanSimple Holidays will help you makeover your holiday season, but today I want to focus on mini changes that can help make an already planned holiday (like the one 2.5 days from now) feel happier and healthier.

You already know you are going to your aunt’s house with all your extended family and their kids. You know that you all raise kids a bit differently.

Or maybe you are spending the holiday more alone because your family is not near by, and though it seems like it would be fun to get together with friends, that is not what’s up.

And of course there are thousands of scenarios between that have little things “wrong” with them.

So what are some things you can do to make the day happy and healthy?

  1. Know why the day is important to you. Not the textbook version, your heart version. And communicate that to your spouse and kids. Make sure you include one thing in the day that that maps back to that — a family walk, a gratitude ritual, an hour alone (those could be mine!).
  2. Understand what could go wrong. Is it that you have a child who is allergic to dairy and you’re not sure if aunt Suzy really heard you? Or maybe you have a really picky eater and you fear a full on tantrum? Or maybe you don’t approve all the parenting styles parents, but you end up saying “yes” to an inappropriate movie out of guilt for being “that mom.” Maybe it is you. Maybe you always over eat on the holidays. Write it out. Get it all out of your head and onto paper.
  3. Make a plan for each thing that you are worried about. Bring food for the allergic child. Pre-frame the food with the picky child. Decide with your spouse what will go down when the movie comes out. Figure out what food will leave you feeling good and have a strategy for knowing when you are full. Can you pause and check in? What does that look like in a party situation?

Chose in advance and write it down.

I did not make up this process.

Corporations have been using it for years for customer service.

Have you ever noticed when a barista makes something wrong at Starbucks? The barista (mostly) keeps smiling, and gives the drink to a customer who wants it, and then happily makes you a new one. The customer can get angry and downright mean, but the outcome is always the similar. This is because Starbucks has a process for this, and employees map out what to do with an angry customer before one even shows up.

This can work for our holidays too!

Come tell me what’s not going to go wrong for you this holiday season.

If you want to plan for a stress-free and fabulous holiday season, join me in PlanSimple Holidays (www.plansimpleholidays.com).

 

 

 

 

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Navigate Your Year with Kim Marie

November 10, 2017

I always tell people declarations are powerful. Make the declarations for yourself and commit to it.
– Kim Marie

On this episode of the Plan Simple Meals Podcast, I’m really excited to talk with Kim Marie, a transformational life coach and mom of 12 and 15 year old boys. Kim and I met in an online group for people interested in the Waldorf philosophy.

I have learned so much about how I parent and show up for meals from the Waldorf classroom, so I knew you would love to hear what she has to say about the holidays.

As the world around us gears up for the busy holiday season, we can choose to breathe, go inward and get quiet within ourselves.

Kim shares traditions from around the world and talks about what is happening in nature at this time of year and says, “We have a whole lot going on below the surface if we’re willing to tap into it during that time of year.”

Some ideas we dive into:

  • The power of declarations
  • Honoring holidays as a season, not as a day
  • Using a journal as a guidebook for your life
  • Anything artistic, including writing, to get your deepest desires out of your head
  • Giving yourself permission to say no
  • Her journal coming out in December and how set an intention to make space for journaling

BIO

Kim Marie is a Transformational Life Coach supporting her clients to awaken their inner wisdom and transform their lives. Through her powerful programs and courses, including Mother’s Medicine, Wisdom Rising, and her forthcoming online group coaching program, Awakening Wisdom, Kim supports women to remember who they are, reconnect to what matters most, and rebirth themselves into the life of freedom they envision.

LINKS

 

Doable Changes from this episode:

 

  • MAP OUT YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON. Put in key dates so you can see the time as a whole (think of a holiday season, not a holiday as a day). Consider what you want to happen before and after key dates. Try mapping out your holiday season on paper by hand.

  • JOURNAL FOR 12 DAYS AROUND THE NEW YEAR. To make time, set an intention to have a little bit of time to journal before you go to bed at night or do the best you can to get up before the children and journal a bit in the morning. When you journal, try connecting one day to each month. Your journal can become a guide to your life. Kim’s journal is designed to help you do this.

  • CONTRIBUTE FOOD THAT SERVES YOU TO HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS. You can have a wonderful healing, nourishing meal that you look forward to it. It means getting creative and breaking away from what you’ve always done, but it pays off to be nourished and leave the holiday meal feeling great.

 

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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Holidays with Mia

November 1, 2017

Including yourself and creating a rhythm based on how your soul really wants the holiday time to be will create more joy.  
– Mia Moran

On this episode of the Plan Simple Meals Podcast, let’s talk about the holidays. I haven’t always loved the time between Halloween and New Years, but that’s changed.

It’s supposed to be such a wonderful time, but for most moms I know the holidays are overwhelming. We do too much. We eat foods that don’t work for us. Kids get sick. Schedules are off. And we feel compelled to do so much. Six years ago, I asked myself, “Whose traditions are these anyway?” I totally revamped our holidays—and I really love this season now.

Today I want to share five really simple tweaks or tips that can really help during this time of year to just make everything feel more manageable:

  • Write down what’s for dinner every morning
  • Know what you want your holidays to be like—and why that’s important to you
  • Have a sugar plan
  • Create a rhythm for the time kids are out of school
  • Schedule your mama moments (yes, you need time for you!)

Listen in to get more ideas on how to use these 5 tips to help you out this holiday season, plus another tool I have to help you out.

LINKS

Think of each of the five tips as a Doable Changes from this episode. Try one each day this week.

Then join me for Plan Simple Holidays for more doable changes, presented in doable steps to help you make this a holiday season you truly enjoy and feel good about.

 

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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Gluten Talks with Anne Sarkisian

October 27, 2017

Almost anything seems to get better if you gluten out of your life.  
– Anne Sarkisian

On this episode of the Plan Simple Meals Podcast, I’m really excited to talk with Anne Sarkisian, a author, an artist, mom and grandmother. We met at a gluten-free expo and she has so much to share about gluten and dairy intolerance—and if you think this doesn’t affect you, listen in, because she talks about how she realized how much these things were affecting her family.

Anne’s grandson was pale and thin. He lacked energy and was irritable. He got tested and they changed his diet, and everything changed. Anne and her family made major changes too, and Anne talks about how cutting out gluten, and then dairy, has improved her own health.

Anne encourages people to get tested, because you can be affected for 10 years before you develop an obvious problem. And if you have a child who is hungry all the time or really irritable, you may want to get them tested.

We talk about:

  • Surprising symptoms that you may have a gluten intolerance
  • Why you need to advocate for yourself as many doctors don’t know enough about gluten intolerance
  • Why dairy issues are related to gluten-intolerance
  • The long-term serious health issues related to gluten
  • The surprising places we find gluten
  • Family gatherings made gluten free

BIO

Anne Sarkisian is the author of Toxic Staple and an advocate for gluten intolerance. Anne and much of her family were diagnosed with a gluten-intolerance, and since then she has been learning extensively about the problem with gluten. She is a mother and grandmother, and her experience with one of her grandsons got her started on this journey. In addition to her work on gluten intolerance, Anne is an artist and gardener.

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Doable Changes from this episode:

  • GET TESTED. The idea of changing your lifestyle might feel daunting, but as Anne and I discussed, it’s not that hard to eat gluten-free, especially these days. The first step, before you start playing with your diet is to get tested. Anne recommends particularly the stool test. You may need to push for testing, but it’s worth knowing.

  • PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR KIDS. Anne knew something was off with her grandson even before they got tested. Things to watch out for: complaining of hunger frequently (even after eating), not wanting to eat, irritability, inability to focus, skin issues, frequent illnesses . . . the list goes on. Keep track of what’s happening and ask about gluten testing.

  • SLOW DOWN. Anne talks about getting caught up in the holiday rush and not taking care of herself. You need to slow down. Eat the things you know serve your body, drink enough water, move your body, sleep. If you have a really busy day or stretch of time, make a plan to work these basics into your day before you crash.

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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Creating A Vision

October 19, 2017
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Consistency with Marie Levey-Pabst

October 11, 2017

On this episode of the Plan Simple Meals Podcast, I’m really excited to talk with Marie Levay-Pabst, who works with parents to create balanced lives. As the mom of two, she has done the work herself and knows that there is no magical time unicorn.

Marie suggests starting by tracking. For two weeks, every day you either note something you’re grateful for or a moment you experience joy. Just track that and where you are spending your time. Don’t judge, just track. This will help you start to notice what you value, which is a critical piece of creating balance.

Marie walks us through the basics of her process from tracking to naming values to creating a plan to living it. And she reminds us that there is always a reset (thank goodness, right?) and that it’s cyclical. “So many people run into thinking there’s some elusive fix version of their life out there they just have to find and that’s not true. It’s cyclical, our lives are cyclical. Our children are always changing. Just about the time you figure out what they need, they need something new.”

We talk about:

  • struggling with work-life balance even if you are hugely efficient and the reminder that there is no one “fix,” our lives our cyclical and balance is something we create again and again over time
  • identifying personal and family essential values to guide where you put your time and energy
  • tracking time, joy, hopes, plans, and dreams to help you create balance
  • ruthless time blocking, in small doses, to match your values
  • minimizing time spent on things that don’t align with your values and how batching tasks helps take care of the stuff of life
  • the role of to-do lists: “Your to-do list is not your self-worth. It’s a list that keeps that stuff out of your brain. You can put your mental energy on things that matter most.”

BIO

Marie Levey-Pabst is founder and a life-balance consultant at Create Balance. She teaches overwhelmed parents who are struggling to balance family, work, and personal fulfillment how to create balance around their own unique essential values, priorities, and personal strengths. She is a mother of two, a life-long educator, a coach and a writer.

LINKS

 

Doable Changes from this episode:

  • TRACK MOMENTS OF JOY. For two weeks, notice moments of joy each day. Track what gives you joy without judgement. This is a starting point to see what you want more of in your life.
  • TIME BLOCK RUTHLESSLY. Choose something you really value. For many parents Marie works with it is focused time with their kids. Create a block of time—not 20 hours a week, but maybe one or two hours, or half an hour a day—when you will do this. Mark it in your planner. Then keep that appointment. Turn off notifications on your phone and have that focused time.
  • BATCH TASKS. The stuff of life doesn’t go away just because you have focused on your values. Batch like tasks and block off time for that. This could look like setting aside an hour to make phone calls for appointments and deal with papers or setting aside an afternoon to batch cook meals for the week. It could even look like setting aside every Thursday for family time. You’ll know to say no to other engagements that day and if there are things you want to do—a movie you want to see or a museum you want to go to—you’ll schedule it on family day rather than dither about when 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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Manifesting and Receiving with Star Staubach

October 4, 2017

On this episode of the Plan Simple Meals Podcast, I’m really excited to talk with Star Staubach, the mom of three kids, 8, 6, and 3, and she runs the business Ignite Radiance , working with women who are dedicated to creating change in their lives and in their businesses.

Star talks about a point in her business when asked about her goals all she could think was to run away. She just needed a break. And opportunities appeared. Star says we all have these rules about budget and what our husband’s needs are or our families, and we need to suspend those sometimes and allow ourselves to dream.

We talk a lot about manifesting and receiving. I love this quote, “There are desires within us that we are scared to even say out loud and the first course of action is just be still and allow yourself to hear that space.” As moms, especially, it is so easy to put our desires aside or fear what they will do to our families, but we can desire and receive.

We talk about:

  • surrounding yourself with people you feel safe around who can hold your vision
  • manifesting and not seeing signs all around us
  • saying yes to possibility, enjoying a dream and opening to receiving
  • that manifesting and receiving isn’t selfish
  • asking for help to get what we need—like getting a babysitter so you can go out and play with a friend
  • surrendering things on our to do list to make space

BIO

Star Staubach is an Energy Transformation Strategist. She’s been supporting clients to transform their lives and businesses for nearly a decade. In her Bad Ass Manifestation (BAM) parties, she teaches powerful, practical and easy tools to support you to open yourself to what is possible, beyond the confines of the rules that you think you have to live by.

LINKS

Doable Changes from this episode:

  • STATE YOUR DESIRES. What do you really want? Transformation started for Star when she said out loud that she wanted a break. Get past the fear and the judgement and the “shoulds” and the “can’ts.”Just say your desire, whether it is a trip to Paris, a bra that fits, or an hour to nap.
  • ASK FOR HELP. Put it out there what you need. Be willing to let somebody help. If you aren’t used to asking for help or receiving and this feels hard, make small ask: Can you watch my kids for half an hour so I can walk alone? Can you pick up milk for me while you are at the store? Hire a babysitter for the afternoon just to have some time to yourself. See that it’s OK. Get used to putting your needs forward and asking for and receiving help.
  • LET GO OF PERFECTION. When you start to feel like your life doesn’t measure up in some moment—your dinner isn’t Insta worthy, the project you did with your kids is just a big mess in your house not Pinterest worthy, you screamed at your kids or they didn’t eat their veggies—take a breath, say “Wait a minute. This is real.” Remember that all that stuff online and in the parenting blogs, it’s edited and selected out of messy lives just like yours. Breathe, accept what is, remember that you are doing fine.

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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More Please with Alexia Vernon

September 27, 2017

I’m not carrying around a story in my head that I’m busy, I don’t have enough time, that I’m unhappy. I’m choosing to bring the energy to everything of “I have time, I have space, this is what I have chosen, and thank you more please.”  
– Alexia Vernon

On this episode of the Plan Simple Meals Podcast, I’m so excited to talk with Alexia Vernon. She’s somebody I know outside of this show, and she’s the person behind any reason that I stand on a stage with any amount of confidence. She helps people get over their fear of public speaker to stand in their own spotlight. She’s also the mom to a 3 ½ year old. We start out talking about balance.

To me it seems like Alexia is doing the dance of the ebb and flow of time between family and work. She says that things adjust seasonally, though what she is doing now isn’t what she was doing a year ago or will be doing a year from now. Right now, she’s in the midst of a shift as she works on a book.

And that shifting and morphing isn’t new. When her daughter was born, she moved from a very travel-intensive business to an online business that worked better with her life. I love seeing how different people make things work.

We talk about:

  • the problem of underestimating the help you need
  • how the self-care we choose and fit in can change in different seasons of our life
  • not getting stuck in our stories
  • reverse engineering timelines for goals
  • having a day during the week when you don’t work
  • making simple meals

BIO

Alexia Vernon is the go-to expert for helping TEDx speakers, entrepreneurs, executives, online experts, business professionals, educators, and creatives get over their fear of public speaking and deliver their spotlight talks. A motivational speaker focused on heart-centered and high impact communication, values-driven leadership, and women’s empowerment, Alexia not only cultivates the voices of thought leaders, she is one.

LINKS

Doable Changes from this episode:

  • WRITE DOWN HOW LONG THINGS TAKE. A lot of us underestimate how long thing take to do right. That means we get frustrated because we don’t get things done in time or our schedules get off as we scramble to finish. Try taking notes on how long it really takes to do something. Use this the next time you are planning.

  • STOP SAYING I’M BUSY. Busy can be a state of mind. If you are too busy, it may be time to take something out—or it may be time to change your mind. If you really want to be doing everything you are doing, stop saying you are busy. Say, “I have time. I have space. I choose this.” See if that shifts things for you.

  • MAKE SIMPLE MEALS. Meals don’t have to be complicated or fancy to be healthy and tasty. Pick a few things that you can repeat again and again. Meals that don’t have a lot of prep—like Alexia’s salmon with coconut aminos, brown rice, and veggies—make getting dinner on the table less stressful so you can enjoy dinner time more.

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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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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