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Mindfulness Simplified with Shahin Najak

Mindfulness Simplified with Shahin Najak

July 16, 2020

“Mindfulness is a very simple practice, but it's not easy. It's taking in what we're doing or feeling at the moment and really going down into our body and asking, ‘where am I feeling this?’” –Shahin Najak

In this episode of the Plan Simple Meals Podcast, I’m really excited to talk with mindfulness and mediation coach Shahin and really get into what mindfulness and mediation mean and why actually tapping into these practices means so much. 

We start by really defining these terms because they have become such buzz words. Mindfulness is an awareness of this moment without judgment. Noticing where you feel things in your body is a piece of it. Both mindfulness and mediation are practices. The more you practice, the more you feel the effects.

So many people I work with set 90-day goals of becoming more mindful of developing a mindful practice, which is wonderful. But these are often the first things dropped. People stop practicing because a kid gets sick or it’s stressful about work. We talk about how to make it work—working on other practices before you start meditating. 

We talk about: 

  • Starting with the question, “How do I want to show up today?”
  • The peanut butter resource—pause, breathe, respond
  • Coming to your sense—notice 5 things you see, 4 things you hear, 3 things you feel, 2 things you smell, 1 thing you taste
  • Mindful journaling about the thoughts that come up during meditation, noticing habitual habits of behavior
  • Turning a mediation practice into a habit by tying it to something else. 
  • Using a breath with longer exhalation to help calm fear. 

BIO

Shahin Najak is a mindfulness and meditation coach, speaker and educator, based in West Vancouver, BC.  She supports parents and kids with private coaching sessions; teaches workshops at community centers, schools, and speaks at business organizations across Canada. Her work revolves around supporting parents & children, teachers and other employees working in corporations big and small, in accessing and incorporating Mindfulness strategies in our daily lives as a pathway to create and craft a life of inner peace, love, compassion and self-acceptance.

 

LINKS

www.mindful-changes.com

 

Manifestation Masters

https://www.manifestation-masters.com/?orid=1865&opid=20

 

Doable Changes from this episode:

  • KNOW HOW YOU WANT TO SHOW UP. Ask yourself each morning, How do I want to show up today? Throughout the day as you go about your life, notice if you are showing up the way you wanted to.

  • PRACTICE THE PEANUT BUTTER RESOURCE. You can do this wherever you are—at a stoplight, waiting in line when something upsets you. Pause, breathe, respond. What happens if you commit to doing this throughout the day? 

  • COME TO YOUR SENSES. When you feel fear or are upset, try coming to your senses. Take the time to come back to your body and notice: 
    • 5 things you see
    • 4 things you hear
    • 3 things you feel
    • 2 things you smell
    • 1 thing you taste
Your Dream Life with Jen Mazer

Your Dream Life with Jen Mazer

July 9, 2020

Commit to your decision and see it through until you have received the physical results of your intention. –Jen Mazer

In this episode of the Plan Simple Meals Podcast, I can’t wait to share my conversation about manifestation with Jen Mazer. 

Manifesting might sound like a buzzword, but Jen says that we are manifesting all the time. People come to her when they want to be intentional about what they're creating instead of just letting things come to them. We talk about setting the stage for what you want and really being clear with what your intentions are. 

A lot of us may have an intention or a vision, but we wonder: How do I go from this current life that I have to this dream life? How can I get there? We talk about these visions, the dream life as using your imagination to tap into your desires, and imagination allowing us to tap into our intuition. 

We talk about: 

  • Moving from “I’d really love to, but” to “I’m going to” but why mantras and affirmations can be a problem 
  • How doing something that makes you feel good on a daily basis raises your vibration and moves you closer to your big dream 
  • Putting your big dream first, even if it is a small action before you get buried in your to-do list
  • The difference between fake it until you make it and embodying what you want
  • That we made a choice that got us into our current situation and we can make a choice to change it
  • Stepping out of our comfort zone
  • How manifesting is like GPS when we hit obstacles—we can still get there, but we might need another route

BIO

Jen Mazer is The Queen of Manifestation®. She is a sought-after transformational speaker and coach. She teaches people how to manifest their biggest dreams while making an impact on the world. She is known for her signature Manifestation Masters program and Private Success Coaching.  Jen is the author of Manifesting Made Easy, and Co-Founder of the board game, Sparked.

LINKS

Doable Changes from this episode:

  • PRACTICE GRATITUDE. Notice the good in your every day, even the parts or situations you do not love. Try looking at your whole life with rose-colored glasses. Think about what you are proud of in your day. Switch the focus from I don’t want to I get to or from guilt to pride.

  • ACT LIKE IT IS A DONE DEAL. Block off time for your dream vacation. Schedule the triathlon you plan to run. Commit to it. Then take a step. Find a running coach or beginner's plan. Whatever your vision is, act like it is reality.

  • COMMIT. Instead of saying, “I’ll try,” commit to your vision. State it in present terms, not maybe terms, not future, but as it is. Start simply by owning and sticking to your vision, not second-guessing it. 

 

Self Care for ALL with Melissa Mueller-Douglas

Self Care for ALL with Melissa Mueller-Douglas

July 2, 2020

I'm a strong believer in incorporating mindfulness and gratitude practices into what you're already doing because none of us are going to create time.  –Melissa Mueller-Douglas

In this episode of the Plan Simple Meals Podcast, I’m really excited to talk with Melissa Mueller-Douglas, the founder and facilitator of MYRetreat about self-care and retreats. Melissa started MYRetreat on her 30th birthday to support herself and the other mothers in her life. 

These retreats are 90 minutes long, which means in the time you could watch a movie on Netflix, you could do something important for yourself. Melissa says that the moments of silence in the retreat are powerful because it’s the first time in a long time women are sitting intentionally with their thoughts and themselves. The pause helps women realize everything and everyone they are putting ahead of themselves. It helps many people start to put themselves first. Creativity bubbles out of it and they become better caregivers, mothers, wives. They understand themselves and their purpose better. 

Melissa shares a mindfulness and gratitude practice that can be part of what you are already doing. 

She has a great planner tip — make a Got Done list. Make a list of things that are important to your self-care, like exercise, play, family and friends, mindfulness, and gratitude. In your planner, write down any time you do something related to one of these areas. You can even color-code it with one color for each area. Look back and reflect on your week. See what you got done!

We talk about: 

  • Making a got done list
  • How to incorporate something new into something you already do to avoid overwhelm while exploring new interests
  • The idea of rotating to avoid burnout—so some people can take a break while other people step up
  • Saying no to things that don’t serve you or your purpose
  • Using chocolate (or another treat) to engage the senses and help you be mindful

BIO

Melissa Mueller-Douglas, LMSW is the founder of MYRetreat, the retreat where mindfulness and gratitude meet. She is celebrating her 9 year wedding anniversary and is the proud mama of two enthusiastic and creative kids. She believes self-care is a necessity and with chocolate mindfulness it’s luxurious.

LINKS

Doable Changes from this episode:

  • MAKE A GOT DONE LIST. So many of us make endless to-do lists. We’re good at writing down the things we need to do. But what if we started giving ourselves credit for the things we got done? Use your planner to write down things each day you got done—especially the things related to self-care. Use categories like exercise, play, mindfulness, family and friends, or whatever categories are important to you.

  • SAY NO TO SOMETHING. Next time you are asked to do something, pause. Ask yourself if the task or project serves you or your purpose. If it doesn’t say no. Look at your current commitments. Which serves you or your purpose? You can step away from the others. 

  • PRACTICE CHOCOLATE MINDFULNESS. Get a piece of good chocolate. Feel the weight in your hand. Notice the sound of the wrapper opening. Notice the color, the shape, the texture. Bring the chocolate to your lips, notice changes happening in your mouth or body. Take three deep breaths. Take a bite. Notice the flavor, the texture, the feel. Savor it. (Melissa walks you through the process here.)

 

Summer Plans

Summer Plans

June 26, 2020

“When change is big we have to reimagine the systems at work in our lives.” – Mia Moran

This summer is not at all how you may have pictured it in January.

I am hearing a lot of “I wish it would just go back to normal,” and I get it because there are many things about last spring and summer that felt easier — there was camp, it was relatively easy to go for a swim, go camping, go to the beach, get gas in the car, my kids all had excursions with grandparents — I had moments of summer bliss and moments of focused work.

But, I have been thinking A LOT about what normal was. Everything I do here is at some level to disrupt “normal,” because many of us are eating too much food that is not nourishing us, doing too many things each day which causes us to be in a constant state of busy, very rarely have time to just be, and working really hard and while our kids are at school and beyond for hours that were set for us by factory workers during the Industrial Revolution.

What if we really need a new normal?

What if the biggest health crisis and racial justice movement are here in front of us so we can make some real changes?

When women decide to step into FLOW, our accountability program, It is because they have decided to make a big change in themselves — the food they eat, the work they do, way more balance, some actual self-care.

We always start with a plan because when change is big we have to reimagine the systems at work in our lives. This is big, and big needs a blueprint.

You may have some big changes you want to see in your life, or you may be just trying to survive in the current state of the world, which is asking us to change — the current state of healthcare and racism are two systems built to keep us small.

So let’s make a plan.

This is not a heavy plan.

I will be talking about a 90-day plan again real soon where we can tackle some big goals.

But for now, this plan is meant to keep us moving forward in little but meaningful ways.

It is subtle but conscious.

It may not be the planning of a revolution, but it is the grounding you may need to see your part in a revolution.

It is not camp, but it is a few little things that will give you a few hours to get work done, knowing the kids are not drowning in video games.

When life gets so big and heavy, my people tend to do one of two things — take it all on and stand pretty motionless because “taking it all on” is debilitating, or putting blinders on and getting something done, but that focus is dependent on the world working in predictable ways and having kids in school (or camp), and that's not our reality right now.

So let’s find that middle ground. 

Let’s take in what’s happening all around us.

Let’s understand what we can do about it right now.

Me, I was to get my perimenopausal body feeling better, so I am a strong and healthy version of myself today.

I also want to do my part in being anti-racist, and right now that is about learning.

I want to be super connected and have fun with my kids while they are home — I also want them to pitch in at home at a new level. 

I want to get good work done efficiently.

I want to pay attention to how we use resources as a family.

And from this, I make my summer plan. As a family, we do a family plan — and each kid can do their own.

I made you some planning sheets! But I will also tell you what’s on them in case you just want to think about these on your own paper.

Here are some of the things to think about (and that make up the planning sheets)...

A plan just for you

  • books to read
  • self-care rituals
  • food goals
  • make the world better
  • work projects
  • around the house
  • learn
  • fun
  • things that can wait until August

 

A family plan

  • rainy day activities
  • sunny day activities
  • cloudy day activities
  • ways to make the world better
  • trips
  • food
  • new rituals
  • just because it's summer

 

A plan for each kid

  • books I will read
  • projects I want to do
  • healthy habits to practice
  • ways I will make the world better than I found it
  • activities just for me
  • activities with my family
  • chores around the house

Answer these Qs yourself or have fun with our three planning sheets. Download them here »

Thoughts and Feelings with Laura Swartzbaugh

Thoughts and Feelings with Laura Swartzbaugh

June 18, 2020

If you look around your life at exactly what you have, your marriage, your kids, your house... your business, your job ... it's all from your thoughts. You can change your results by changing your thinking.  —Laura Swartzbaugh

In this episode of the Plan Simple Meals Podcast, I’m really excited to talk with Laura Swartzbaugh, who is a life coach for coaches about the power of our thoughts and feelings. 

Our brains are wired to skew negative. Say for example you’ve talked to a potential client, and then they ghost you. Your brain is likely to tell you that the person doesn’t believe in your business or that you aren’t that good. But really there are a lot of other more likely scenarios. 

We talk about how we move from a circumstance to thought to a feeling to action to a result. How changing your thinking can change your results. It starts with taking responsibility (and credit) for everything in your life. 

We talk about: 

  • How we react when we take action that is not aligned with a plan or vision or dream—and what to do instead
  • Getting to really clear on the emotion behind the action (name it, tame it)
  • How self-judgment derails us, and how compassion is what we need
  • The problem of avoidance of emotion and how we need to feel the “negative” emotions
  • Growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset
  • How the ability to change our thoughts and actions relates to anti-racism work

BIO

Five years ago, you would have found Laura on her couch holding a big glass of wine and searching for her future husband on “Human Ebay” (what she calls Match.com).  She was burned out by teaching. She was lonely and bored and ate to entertain herself. She was sure that happiness wasn’t available to her.  On the outside, it looked like she loved her job, was crushing it as a single mom and loved life.  But on the inside, she was constantly judging herself for nearly every choice she made. 

Today, Laura is happily remarried and works full time coaching life coaches. 

She feels confident about her decisions -- from relationships and career to food and alcohol.  She made all of this happen through life coaching. 

She spends all day helping other life coaches create this level of certainty, confidence, and trust in their own lives. She believes coaching is the secret sauce to living a more meaningful and joyous life.

She is a certified Life Coach through The Life Coach School. Prior to becoming a coach she was an educator for 27 years. She attended Carleton College, has a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, and a master's in Educational Leadership. (She was sure more education would help her feel worthy). Before retiring from teaching, she taught at a number of universities including the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota as well as teaching high school history and English for a decade in the Chicago area.

LINKS

Doable Changes from this episode:

  • TRY COMPASSION. Next time you do something that doesn’t support your vision or plan, first simply notice how you feel. Then instead of beating yourself up, acknowledge that you made a mistake. Be compassionate with yourself.

  • FEEL THE NEGATIVE EMOTIONS. We want to feel joy and excitement and fun, but what about disappointment or sadness or rage? Often we criticize ourselves for the feeling or for the situation that led to the feeling, or we try to numb ourselves from the feeling (eating, drinking, binge watching, scrolling …). Let yourself feel the emotion. Name it. Know it will go away, but that avoiding it does not help.

  • REVISIT. We used the analogy of the spiral staircase or “not my first rodeo” to talk about the idea that just because we face something doesn’t mean we are done. Whether it is confidence or body image or some part of our relationship, we are likely to find something we thought we were “done” with come back. Notice what comes up for you. Notice what you feel. Notice where you are right now. Be compassionate with yourself. Choose an action aligned with your vision.

Imperfect Action with Shalena Broaster

Imperfect Action with Shalena Broaster

June 10, 2020

I'm not going to be one of the ones on Twitter, tearing it down. I'm not going to be out in Philadelphia protesting today. I choose to have a direct impact financially.  –Shalena Broaster

For the past few weeks, I have been sad, and a bit paralyzed — wanting to speak up, but asking myself, “who am I?”

Then I got this email from an amazing speaker at our Art of 90 Days event that aired in May, Jackie Kotei. I figure that it is much better that you hear from her than me.

This is what Jackie wrote:

“The death of George Floyd and the blatant disregard for black lives has to stop.

I've spent these past few days filled with grief, sadness, anger, outrage, frustration.

I hang out in many masterminds and communities where I am one of just a handful of black women.

And I've been speaking out, demanding that my mentors and colleagues join me in the fight.

Black lives matter!

And I invite you more than anything to take action.

Today, I'll be attending a peaceful protest to make sure people know it's not okay to kill people because of the color of their skin.

Now is the time to act.

Now is the time to not stay silent.

Whether you donate, protest, write letters, read books...please act!

It's not enough anymore to say you stand for love and peace if you're not willing to use your voice now, when it matters most.

If you don't know what to say, that's ok. Just be real and be ok with it being messy. Also be ok with feedback and people helping you gain greater awareness around what you're saying and how you're coming across.”

So with imperfect action and I am sure some “wrong” words, I’ve invited back my friend Shalena Broaster on this episode of the Plan Simple Meals Podcast — an amazing coach to entrepreneurs, a mom, and a Black woman. All three of these parts of her identity come up in our discussion today. 

The conversation we have is uncomfortable for me, but necessary. I am finding I need to own my discomfort. Discomfort is needed, and it has been my own white privilege that has let me escape what I am feeling right now in the past. My black friends have wanted me here for a long time. For my white friends, it is OK to feel horrible. I believe it is part of the path to the solution. I’m learning, stepping into hard conversations, and taking action. I may not get it right—in fact, I know I’ll get it wrong sometimes, but it’s critical for me to show up and do this work. 

If you’ve spent any time here, you know that I focus on 90 days at a time. My goal for the 90-day season that I just kicked off is to give racism the time it really needs so that I can educate and uneducate myself, feel all the feelings, and move into massive action. 

This conversation is one small piece of that. 

Shalena and I talk about: 

  • Bias and discrimination in education, both Shalena’s personal experience with her son and broad systemic issues
  • Cutting down on the media we consume and how that is a necessary strategy to get work done, how it is also a privilege, and how we need to not check out sometimes to be part of the conversation
  • Her response to watching George Floyd murdered, how her son by age 6 is seen as a threat because he is black, how she came back to the image of her own son watching George Floyd call out for his mama, that this was a modern-day lynching, the difference in police response to known White men who killed people and to a Black man who hadn’t 
  • How words and names matter, how we all need to do work on this issue—Shalena talks about why she is a Black woman and not a woman of color and how she took an LGBTQ plus workshop and put what she learned into practice—how we need to act on what we learn
  • Marie Forleo shutting down conversation about George Floyd, but not about COVID-19
  • How responses to issues, like drug use, change when it becomes a White issue
  • Different ways to take action, and how our businesses can put us in the position to be “the money” 

BIO

Shalena D.I.V.A. is a certified start-up coach for consultants, experts, and coaches who want to start an online coaching business. 

She is a political science graduate of Duke University and spent 10 years working as a financial institution underwriter for a Fortune 500 insurance company. Drawing upon these experiences, she uses her analytical, consulting, marketing, program building, and risk assessment skills to help her clients build an online coaching business.

Her step by step, no-nonsense instruction helps her clients to create strong personal brands, content marketing and digital products such as webinars, ebooks, online courses, and membership sites.

Do you want more accountability and faster results? She’s the queen of fast results because she helps her clients create and sell their products in a streamlined way.

Her coaching is NOT for the faint of heart. It's for those who truly want to stop playing small, make an impact and get paid!!!

Are you her next client? Check out her packages and her amazing testimonials. Find out more at https://www.shalenadiva.com/.

LINKS

DOABLE CHANGES

Shalena says, Just listen and observe and do research ... Hear your own biases come up. Right here are some starting Doable Changes. 

For my white audience ready to do the work, here are some places to start:

For my black audience. If Shalena has a nurturing morning routine, maybe you can too. I see how hard you have been fighting. I wonder if just 10 minutes in the morning to deeply nurture your day would help you as your next doable change. Shalena shares going for a walk, reading a meaningful book, staying off media. What do you need to do that would help you get set up for your day?

Doable changes are a way to take action when things feel too big to get started. The magic is in continuing to take action consistently. I’m committed to doing this work, not just now, but ongoing. What step will you take? 

Nurture Yourself

Nurture Yourself

May 27, 2020

This episode is from our event, the Art of 90 Days. This is a lesson that may be stopping some people from signing up, so I want to make sure more of you can hear it.

Why Focus on Selfcare? 

Self-nurturing is deeper than self-care. It’s not just the activities but how we do them. Self-nurturing is the act of caring for ourselves by deeply nourishing, cherishing, and encouraging our own growth and potential. What's on the other side is more peace, more joy, more meaning, and a deeper connection and feeling of belonging in our relationships. Life feels less overwhelming and exhausting because we approach everything differently. 

What Does a 90-Day Goal Look Like?

Do something measurable. Don’t say, “I will add more self-care.” Say, “I will develop a nurturing morning routine in 90 days” or “I will know how to spend an hour a day nurturing myself in 90 days.” 

What Are Some Habits That Are Part of this 90-Day Goal?

  • Start small and build. For example, start with 10 minutes 3 times a week of something that is deeply nurturing—meditation, a walk-in nature, connecting with gratitude, journaling.
  • Approach this practice with compassion and flexibility. 
  • Build a plan to deal with resistance—do you have options and choose the one that feels most right in the moment? Do you work through the resistance? Is it approaching things differently (doing Shavasana instead of a yoga flow? Doing 10 deep breaths instead of your usual mediation session)? 

What Are Some To-Dos That Are Part of this 90-Day Goal?

  • Schedule time for nurturing, even if it is only a few minutes a day.
  • Create a list of things that you do to nurture yourself. 
  • Schedule three check-ins with yourself each day (How do I feel? What do I need right now?) 

“I have a vision of women really embracing themselves on a journey of self-discovery, on a journey of creativity, on a journey of knowing themselves in a really deep and powerful way so that, that is the attention and intention that they bring to all of their relationships.” -Kelley Grimes

Kelley Grimes, MSW, is a counselor, speaker, internationally best-selling author, and self-nurturing expert. She is the founder of Cultivating Peace and Joy and is passionate about empowering overwhelmed and exhausted women to improve their health, wealth, and relationships by getting to the root of their habit of self-neglect and guiding them in cultivating a sustainable practice of self-nurturing. Kelley believes in nurturing peace in the world from the inside out. In addition, she provides professional and leadership development to organizations dedicated to making the world a better place. She also teaches self-nurturing to women overcoming domestic violence, homelessness, and other major life challenges at local non-profits. She is married to an artist, has two empowered daughters, and loves singing with a small women’s group. Her new book, The Art of Self-Nurturing: a field guide to living with more peace, joy, and meaning will be published in Sep 2020. Find Kelley at https://cultivatingpeaceandjoy.com/.

 

A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life

May 13, 2020

“You need to remember the best legacy you can give your kids is an example of a life well-lived.” — Brooke Costillo

Today I am creating a different kind of episode — one that I have loved listening to myself, from others.

All week, I took notes.

What choices did I make? 

What happened, and what did not happen? 

Where did I win, and what did I need to learn? 

Is there anything that I am experiencing that might serve you?

These are questions I asked myself, and then just pressed record — going day-by-day through the last week.

A few highlights:

  • I threw out my back
  • I re-configured my to-do list
  • I learned a really important lesson from my coach
  • I made some extra space for my kids
  • I took a day off, which has not been happening since we’ve been home

Tell me about your week.

What are you learning in this unique time? Come share over on Instagram @plansimple.co

Have you signed up for the Art of 90 days yet? You will not want to miss this event! If you are excited about hitting some of your 2020 goals but feel a bit defeated by the current stay-at-home orders, this is for you! 

Sign up even if you think you are too busy or can’t because your kids are home… We will help you find the talks that will best serve you now, no matter how much time and attention you have, or don’t have!  Grab your free ticket here »

 

How to Discover Your Rhythm by Observing the Moon

How to Discover Your Rhythm by Observing the Moon

April 22, 2020

“Full Moons get all the attention, but New Moons are super powerful. They mark the beginning of a Moon cycle and hold the energy of new beginnings and growth. Intentions set on a New Moon will be blessed and held into reality.” – Sarah Jenks

A few years back, as I was looking into the best way to organize the FLOW Planner, I researched many systems, including the idea of planning time as it relates to the moon cycles. 

My mission is to help women move away from all the outside noise and tune in to their own bodies, minds, and souls so that they can guide themselves towards their best lives. 

I had discovered years ago that conditioning around the calendar and what others thought was not serving me to hit my own wellness goals. In fact, it was not until I let go of all the noise — magazines, commercials, comments from family members –  that I could find the solution that led me to shed 85 pounds.

I researched a lot of systems that would serve women better than the 12-month planners that many of us abandon by February, feeling more guilty about empty pages than abandoned goals. That’s why The FLOW planner takes on one 90-day season at a time and is updated. I ask meaningful questions to help you set balanced goals, decide what part to tackle each week, and recommit each day.

And the moon cycle fits right into that. Starting to understand the moon cycles helps me track my natural tendencies and rhythms. That means I can make plans that reflect my natural flow. This has helped immensely with both my productivity and happiness. 

I start my 90-day seasons on a New Moon. 

(HINT: There’s one TODAY—but if you miss it, don’t worry, you can start anytime because if you haven’t been tracking the moon, you’ll want to start with just noticing some things.) 

Your job is to play detective.

We are different each day of the month. 

The good news is that our cycles repeat and are not as random as we may have once imagined.

The coolest part about the moon as it relates to women and planning is that you will find it creates a consistent pattern — the tired days, the energetic days, the focused days, the loving days each repeats themselves in a very logical way. 

There is so much to learn about the moon, but the most important part is that you find your own relationship with the moon.

I made you The Moon Journal as your companion to start.

Get the MOON JOURNAL

An 84-day experience to discover your rhythm

“When we come in tune with the moon cycle, it’s a way to come in tune with ourselves, and then when we come in tune with ourselves and our environment, there’s an invitation to become more present.”
– Ezzie Spencer

I was surprised to see how real moon tracking data is—and how helpful it is when I sit down to map out a 90-day goal. I now plan in a way that truly honors my energy. 

I noticed that each month, there is a day that I need to stop and take a nap. I never plan tons of writing on those days. My energy is much better for thinking than doing. This is usually right before the new moon.

Sometimes I am on fire creatively and can focus for hours. This is usually during the waxing gibbous, before a full moon. This is a great time for me to create and design anything.

After the full moon is a great time for me to offer something to my audience. I do not naturally like selling, but on these days my enthusiasm is so high, it feels much easier to make an offer.

Seeing the patterns repeat on paper gave me power over my days. 

This does not mean that I take days off whenever I have a tiring day — I am a mom and run a business — but I do know on those days that good food is super important, that I might say no to a kid who wants a friend over, and that staying up to watch Netflix is not a good idea. I work these boundaries into my plan.

Even though we go through the same moon stages, my rhythm will be different than yours. The magic really starts by playing detective. You need to really understand your relationship with the moon. 

Keep a Moon Journal.

Start by spending 3 moon cycles getting to know your true self. Take notes about what you feel, notice, and crave. Are there any similarities from month to month?

While I like to do my 90-day planning at the new moon, you can start this “getting to know how you work with the moon” at any time. When you start, fill in the dates, by googling the lunar calendar for the month you are in. (90 days feels like even too long to plan for right at this moment, but this research will serve you long after the Coronavirus has ended.)

What else should you pay attention to? 

Include your energy, your sleep patterns, if you are feeling motivated or lazy, your eating habits. Each day leaves so many clues. What did you wish happened? How were you with people? How did you feel when you first woke up?

As you start to learn, you can map your life to the predictable patterns that may have felt very irregular when thinking each day is the same On days when you are low energy, plan for yoga. On days of high energy, try the CrossFit gym you have been wondering about. You can map business launches, meetings, creativity, and cleaning to very predictable urges that surface month after month.

Download the Moon Journal now to get started.

Some things to track?

Note the days: 

  • Of your period if you still get it. 
  • You feel like you are getting a cold
  • You feel particularly social
  • When your energy is contagious and you could sell anything
  • You wish you could stay in bed
  • When ideas just keep flowing
  • Where you feel uncomfortable in your body
  • When you feel like you could eat everything in your kitchen (or the opposite)
  • Where you feel super connected to your partner
  • You wish you could just be alone
  • You need some serious self-care
  • That you feel naturally productive
  • When you really want to clean and declutter

All of these things have something to show you about your own rhythm and the moon. It’s tracking over time that helps you see the patterns that then help you plan. That’s why the Moon Journal is an 84-day journey. 

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And if you are really intrigued by moon cycles, check out these interviews on the Plan Simple podcast:

 

Plan Your Week for Now

Plan Your Week for Now

April 8, 2020

We are in such a strange time — home as families trying to get all the things done and not burnout. Learn how Mia is planning her weeks during the "Coronaseason" to include time for work, homeschooling, healthy meals, movement, self-care, and even some downtime!

Listen into this episode with a piece of paper and a pen to make your plan.

Download planning sheets at www.plansimple.com/coronavirus.

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