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.”

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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,

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Declare Dominion with Anna Kunnecke

August 30, 2017

“When you’re feeling really, really overwhelmed, just taking a piece of paper and a pen just dumping everything that’s on your mind for five minutes can help so much.” – Anna Kunnecke

On this episode of the Plan Simple Meals Podcast, I’m so excited to talk with Anna Kunnecke, who runs the online coaching business called Declare Dominion. She’s also mom to 5 kids ages 2 to 11.

We talk about Anna’s daily compass that helps her focus on the most important thing each day. She shares her strategy of choosing 3 goals a quarter and then 3 goals for the week. And while, like the rest of us, she finds herself spending some weeks putting out fires, she uses these goals to refocus.

We also talked a lot about clutter—how it gets in the way of getting things done and how to deal with it. Anna shares practical tools she uses and mental reset ideas too. There are so many great ideas in this conversation!

We talk about:

  • how being ruthless with physical clutter can help us stay on track with goals
  • her “5-minute swoop” routine for clearing clutter
  • having an outbox for things that need to leave your house
  • how taking the time for higher mental work (that you feel like you don’t have time for) leads to higher productivity
  • mental load and being realistic about—and getting—the help we need
  • how having a “uniform” makes your morning easier and lets you love what you wear.

BIO

Anna Kunnecke is a writer & life coach who helps soulful women get bigger, stronger, and braver in all areas of their lives. She’s on a not so secret mission to help the wise women take over the world.

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Doable Changes from this episode:

  • DO A 5-MINUTE DECLUTTERING. Set a timer for 5 minutes and see what you can clear in one area. Put dirty laundry in the hamper, backpacks in the closet, clear the coffee cup from your desk. This isn’t the time to sort through papers or wash the dishes. Just clear space. 

  • CREATE AN OUTBOX. Set up one space where anything that needs to leave your house—from library books to outgoing mail to a dish to return to your neighbor—goes. Put outgoing items in that one place, and when you leave the house check to see if anything needs to go with you. 

  • FOCUS ON 3 KEY THINGS EACH WEEK. Take half an hour each week to sort out your week. While you aren’t overwhelmed, choose the three things that are most important for that week. As you go through the week and life intervenes, keep coming back to those three things to focus and get things done. 

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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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Treat your Calendar Seriously with Morra Aarons Mele

August 23, 2017

On this episode of the Plan Simple Meals Podcast, I’m really excited to talk with Morra Aarons Mele, an author, founder of a social impact agency, Internet marketer, and mom of three.

We started talking about the myth of balance, which led into discipline, boundaries and limits. Morra talks about being an overachiever who has learned to execute and move on. And we discuss how sometimes we violate our own boundaries, especially how we treat our bodies.

We talk about:

  • the magic of being an ambitious introvert
  • finding your vision: what you want, what your boundaries are and what the non-negotiables are
  • managing your digital life and creating an online presence that works within your boundaries
  • the idea of work-life fit
  • putting everything on your calendar
  • respecting your own needs—and your calendar

BIO

Morra Aarons-Mele is the founder of award-winning digital agency Women Online and its database of women influencers, The Mission List. Morra is the author of the forthcoming book Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert’s Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You’d Rather Stay Home).

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Doable Changes from this episode:

  • CREATE A VISION. Schedule a little time to think about what you actually need, what your boundaries are, and what your non-negotiables are. This is the starting point to creating the life you love. So for now, start by listing those three things. 

  • CREATE DIGITAL BOUNDARIES. Because we live in the digital age and can be connected 24-7, doesn’t mean we have to be or should be. What are your boundaries around being connected? There’s no right and wrong, but having boundaries is really helpful. Try setting one boundary this week—don’t check your email after 8PM or put our phone in a basket during dinner. 

  • PUT EVERYTHING ON YOUR CALENDAR. Respect your needs by scheduling everything on your calendar—including down time. Go back to your boundaries and vision and notice how you are feeling when you look at your calendar. If it is too jam packed, find what can give and add some more off time. Schedule some in before you get too busy.

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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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