Today I want to talk about finding the time to create more peace, love and joy by giving up small things like social media, TV or reading.
Today I want to talk about finding the time to create more peace, love and joy by giving up small things like social media, TV or reading.
Today I want to talk about another book that has been changing my life. I was unaware, but it is a widely known book called the Artist’s Way. I would not classify myself as an artist. I mean, when I hear the world artist, I think of one who paints for a living, or someone who is creating actual art work and that is their job and they hang out at street fairs to sell their work. However, I have learned that really, we are all artists! We are artists of our lives! Learn how to go on a journey to self discovery where you will find more creativity, happiness and energy!
Today, I did an impromptu interview with a long time friend of mine, Veronica Allen Hunt. I brought her on the show today because her life and how she lives it goes right along with my new year new you series! She’s super positive and successful and a mom and a principal. One thing that I like about my show is that I try very hard to make sure that you know I am a real human being. I work 2 jobs, I have 3 kids that live with me, two stepsons, a long distance husband and I dabble in side hustles, this podcast being one of them. I have a lot on my plate, yet I am happy and I am doing it. Veronica is the same. It was very refreshing to meet up with her because I feel like often, in the area of self improvement, gurus, experts of whatever they call themselves, do not seem real to me. I mean I have often wondered if these overnight success stories have a real job or husband or kids? I mean, do they struggle ever, or do they constantly have their game on? See, I do not, and if I can do this life, you can do yours too! Veronica brings to us some very useful tips that are realistic and are things that I have not thought of myself. So if you feel like you’ve heard it all, I assure you, you are in for a real treat!
I used to never be a person who made goals ever. My close friends that have known me for a long time know that I have really transformed into a new me. Years ago, New Years Day would roll around and I would say bah humbug to resolutions and goals. What was the point? All I was ever going to be was Christian’s mom and a wife. Have you ever felt like this? Today, people ask me how I get so much done. I owe my accomplishments, big and small, to realistic goal setting.
For the next few episodes, I will be doing a series for the new year called New Year, New You. Since the new year is when we tend to try to get back on track, I have broken these down into a few topics. This week I’ll be talking about getting healthier. Next we will talk about goals, getting organized and then on to getting a healthy mindset.
I had heard of feng shui, but I did not know much about it. As far as I knew at the time, it was some kind of Chinese way of decorating. And that’s what it is, but there’s more to it than that. According to Google, it’s a Chinese practice that helps people align their energies with their surroundings.
If you totally immerse yourself in hygge, you will feel awesome. In fact, as I was getting my material ready for this episode, I had candles lit, the fireplace on, the station Acoustic Chill on my Alexa, and a kissed caramel hot chocolate. Let’s talk about how you can get your hygge on!
Some things need to be routine and a little on the boring side. But every once in a while I get into this lull, where there’s nothing really exciting going on, there’s nothing to look forward to at the moment and all the days seem to feel like the same day. Literally, on Tuesday, I thought it was Thursday. Do you know how sad that is once I realized it was really Tuesday? Do you ever feel like all the days just kind of swirl together into one big long day? Today, I want to talk about how to make things just a little more exciting each day.
I am a work in progress when it comes to my money mindset. I am on a teacher’s income functioning as a single mom. Although very happily married, if you did not know, we do not live together (long story), and we do not share our incomes. At work, the people I work the closest with are married and live on 2 incomes. My parents and cousins are all super successful. I am super proud of them. They have worked hard to get where they are. They also chose different career paths, and had I done the same, I too, could be doubling what I make now, if not tripling it. I have had to work on my mindset because at times, I have gotten very negative about it. It’s totally on me. I am the only one who controls my thoughts, so I am fully to blame for any negativity that I have had towards money. It is very easy for me to get down on myself when I see people at work going out to lunch together and I never can. I rarely buy new clothes, my roots are showing most of the time, and my nails are never manicured professionally. I could keep going, but I, like I said, have changed my money mindset. I’m only telling you some of my negative thoughts so you can see how changing my mindset of money has changed. I was already a few years in as far as changing my mindset about money, but after reading this book, I feel myself changing even more.
Having a child go off to college causes the feeling of grief. I’m thinking it just has to run its course I guess. But there’s a twist. It feels like my son broke up with me, and I just really want him to like me. The funny thing is, I know he likes me, in fact he loves me! But all of a sudden he is on his own and busy with new friends (again a good thing) and classes and basketball that when I call, he is constantly rushing to get me off the phone. He called once just to chat, and boy, was I on top of the world. Seriously, though, it feels like I am grieving with a side of a break up. I have been doing a ton of things just to keep myself from having to stop and cry. Here's how I'm keeping myself from losing it...
I am telling you about Genius Hour for so many reasons. The obvious would be that if you are a teacher or homeschooling your child, you might want to give Genius Hour a try. But more importantly, I am telling you this because YOU might want to give Genius Hour a try. Listen in to find out what Genius Hour is and how you can use it to get inspired and learn something new!
If you have been listening for awhile, you have heard me talk about the importance of journaling. I have been journaling daily for a few years now, and it has really changed my life. I wanted to dive in and tell you in detail about how I journal exactly, because I came to the realization that I never really explained the type of journaling that I do!
See, journaling can be intimidating, even to me. And just so you know, when I write in a journal, I am not writing on a blank page. Oh no, now THAT would be intimidating. I keep a blank journal on me at all times, especially at work, but that is for jotting down the millions of thoughts and ideas that run through my mind all day. I think often people like the idea of journaling, but really don’t know where to begin.
In today's episode, I talk about the new journal created for busy people or for anyone who sees the value in journaling, but has been intimidated by staring at a blank page. Look no further, and watch your life change with my brand new Create the Awesome Journal!
Am I irritated with the "new normal" that COVID as brought with it, or am I irritated because I'm not creative enough to figure out how to have a new kind of fun? Probably both, but in today's episode, I am going to introduce you to what we have been doing lately which is getting our groove on with friends in a new and exciting way! It has been literally and figurative like a breath of fresh air.
Today I want to talk about how I lost 7 pounds over the last 2 and a half weeks. It is a very big deal that I did this. Here’s why:
I am the type of person who does not like to work out. I don’t like diets. I love bar food, fried food, homemade baked goods and so much more food that is super bad for you. I love going out to eat.
In this episode, I talk about creating the “let’s see what happens” mindset, especially since I have had my life change so much lately that all I can do is change my mindset!
It is back to school season, and I really hope I can keep up with the podcast! I have no intention of not doing it weekly, but I am feeling a little anxious about school starting just like I do every year, but there is added stress with all of the changes due to the corona virus, and that is what I want to talk about today.
Last week I talked about how I was regulating my 8 year old’s ipad usage, and wouldn’t you know it, as soon as we started to get a grip on things, 2 people in my family got COVID. I wouldn’t normally want to talk about it because I know you get enough information about the coronavirus from your own news, but I was thinking maybe you would be interested in hearing about it first hand from someone who was living with someone who had it. I can tell you, it isn’t completely like what you are hearing on the news. It has also been eye opening for me as well. I hope that no one in your family gets it, but if they do, I will be sharing with you how we dealt with it with much success. No one else in the house caught it.
This week I want to talk about kids and their ipads. If you have children, your March quarantine situation might sound similar to mine. Fast forward to the present, which is the end of July 2020 as I record this, my 8 year old is now full blown addicted to her ipad. This is my story of how I am weaning her off.
There are so many questions about what school is going to look like in the fall. It sounds like most schools will have the option to go back. If that is the case, one common thing I am hearing is that the students and staff will definitely need to wear a mask.
I like to consider myself a pretty positive person, and I, for the record saw a ton of positive things during the lockdown, but I too, got sucked into feeling kind of blue. In Ohio, when this all went down, we were literally quarantined. The weather was bad, everything was pretty much closed and we were afraid to go anywhere. I am so thankful that things are starting to open up! Then, once things started to get a little bit better, we had the riots and all the horrible things that went with that. When I was really starting to get down in the dumps, I discovered photographer/writer/positivity psychology based coachLizzie LaRock.
Honestly, I don’t really enjoy talking about racism. It’s a heated, emotional and personal topic for me, but I’m going to do it in a hopefully light hearted nature. I have this need to educate and not shame, and I’m concerned that if I don’t talk about it, the nagging feeling just won’t go away!
In this episode, I sit down to chat with CEO and Co-Founders of Kindess.org, Melissa Burmester and Jaclyn Lindsey. We talk about their mission to promote kindness through their website and new book titled Be Kind: A Year of Kindness One Day at a Time.
I have lots of messes all around me. I have about 5000 emails I need to delete. I have a box (it is pretty, I should mention, from 31) full of papers that should probably be filed. I also used to have sticky notes and to do lists all over the place. I am more organized than I used to be, but I definitely have a long way to go. My problem is that normally I am flying by the seat of my pants. If you can relate, I am about to change your life!
his past week I went to visit a friend who works for the Apple Store. I needed some help with some tech stuff, and she got a glimpse of my desktop screen. I thought she might have a panic attack! I am very aware of the mess. Literally, every time I take a screenshot, it lands on my desktop. Downloads? To the desktop they go. Literally, the icons were overlapping each other and I couldn’t find anything. It was bad.
Today, I want to talk about the "what ifs" in life. I used to say "what if" all the time. For example, when starting this podcast, I had so many "what ifs." Starting a podcast is so out of my comfort zone. I felt a constant nagging feeling to start one, but I kept saying, what if I don’t have time? What if no one listens? What if people think it’s stupid? I could keep going. One thing I never asked myself is "What if I’m a success? What if I have lots of listeners? What if no one hates it?"
I have been made very aware of birds lately, (Thank you, Dale Garret for making me more aware). I have added a new awesome thing to my morning routine! The past few days have been gorgeous in northern Ohio, so when I have my morning coffee, read my devotional and write in my journal like I have been every morning for awhile now, I take it outside to my front porch. This is an awesome way to start the day. In this episode, find out why birds can be very soothing to the soul!
Today I want to talk about 2 really awesome things that happened this past week! The first is a new discipline technique that was a little crazy. I am thinking that the stay at home order has gotten to me and I have lost my mind. The second is a mindfulness activity that my husband and I did that took our minds off the negativity for a while.
Mother's Day is next Sunday. For some of you, this will be challenging because you might not get to see your mom, or you have been in the home with your mom for 8 weeks straight and it will be challenging to surprise her. I’ve got a few solutions!
I love reading, but kind of had to give it up because I don’t have time to sit and read. The 3 books I’ve been reading, actually listening to on Audible, are the first book of Harry Potter and A Course in Miracles by Pam Grout. I love listening to books while I drive or clean or cook. It makes those tasks more fun! And then I have been reading the actual book called “A Moment to Breathe” by several authors. It is my morning devotional book. Listen to this episode to hear about how these books are impacting my mindset and my life!
working through my 100 Life Challenges book! It is a book full of 30 day challenges! I learn a lot each day, improve my mental health, and I have some fun! My next challenge is to write a letter each day for 30 days. In this episode you'll learn the importance of letter writing, who to write, and what to write about! I hope you'll join me in this 30 day challenge!
I’ve enjoyed doing new things with my family. People that I see on Facebook have also been doing things for fun that they don’t normally do. I really love the creativity, and I challenge myself to make everyday activities a little more interesting. I have compiled a list of fun things that either I have done, or plan to, along with some other suggestions from my Facebook group.
If anything positive is going to come out of this corona virus catastrophe, it is up to us to do something. How can we make a difference right now, while in quarantine? I think part of the reason many of us are down, presently, is because we kind of feel like we don’t have a purpose. I have discovered that we can all make a difference in our homes all over this land.
Last week, I talked about ways to get your child to get their school work done at home. Today I want to talk about all the other things that may be going on in your home outside of the school part such as meals, laundry, quality time and just plain old getting IT DONE! In this episode, I talk about some fun things that we have added to our new routine to bring back the awesomeness!
What I’m here to talk about today is how to get your school aged children through the corona virus shut down. For those of you who are new here, I am a 5th grade teacher, so I have tons of insight from the teacher’s perspective and from a parent’s perspective. All I want to do in this episode is try to make the next few months tolerable for you and your child!
Shawn Achor, psychologist and the author of the book titled The Happiness Advantage, talks about the science behind happiness. He’s done a ton of research and experiments on how to get happy. He says that we need to be happy first, and then we will find success. Shawn Achor suggests is to do at least 15 minutes of cardio a day, but it has to be something that you actually enjoy. He calls this the Fun 15!
There are a variety of very doable things one can do to get happy. One of them is practicing gratitude which I talk about a lot on this show. I can tell you that it works because I have been practicing gratitude on a daily basis for years now, and it has really changed my life. Author and psychologist Shawn Achor suggests to write for 2 minutes about a positive moment that happened in the last 24 hours. Listen in so see how this trained my mind to look for the positivity in my day today!
So today, I want to talk about getting a positive mindset. People who know me well know that life has not always been awesomeness this and awesomeness that for me. I have had my struggles just like everyone else. I still do, but now, with a positive mindset, I look at struggles more as challenges that I will overcome.
In this episode, I am going to explain what I learned about mindfulness this week and how I had to put it into use!
n this episode, I am going to talk about 3 books that are part of my life right now. If your not a reader, only 1 of them are your traditional reading type of a book, so don’t stop listening! The other book will help you connect with a loved one, and the last one will help you become even more awesome!
My son recently watched a documentary on Netflix called Game Changer. It’s all about how amazing athletes switched over to a plant based diet and all the benefits that go with it. I have been on the Keto diet off and on for about a year or two, and my son eats a ton of protein. After watching the Game Changer, we have decided to try the plant based diet that everyone is talking about. In this episode, I talk about how we are going to get it done!
If you are struggling with getting motivated to declutter or if you are having trouble finding the time to do it, then this episode is definitely for you.
Last week I talked about gift giving, and today, I am going to talk a little bit about gift giving once again.
I am going to tell you about the latest podcasts I have been listening to. How does this have to do with gift giving? Do you know someone who hasn’t yet discovered the awesomeness of podcasts? Well, you can give the gift of a podcast.
You might be thinking, why is she already talking about Christmas? Thanksgiving hasn’t happened yet! Well, after spending many many years scrambling around at the last minute, I thought I’d better get a game plan put into action now that it is officially November!
Has laundry taken up your life? There are 4 people in my home. Three of them are in sports. This makes for a ton of laundry on a daily basis. My home life seemed to be consisting of making meals, cleaning it up, doing the laundry and repeat. Does this sound familiar? I have not put an end to the laundry. It will always be there. I have, however, figured out to make this necessary task awesome!
In this episode, I talk about how I have spent an extensive amount of time to find out for myself if this is actually true. I did lots of Google searching and have had conversations with a variety of people who have confirmed that this is indeed, true!
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In this episode, I talk about an awesome homemade cleanser that gets stains out of couches. Hailey is 8 years old and is actually enjoying it! Listen in to find out how I make chores fun so that my kids are more likely to do them without arguing!
In this episode, I do a little recap about Episode 44: How Your Reactions Create a Ripple Effect. In that episode, I talked about how I was having an awful day, but then, when we went out to eat, the server was great and it put me in a better mood! Our vibe, energy or whatever you want to call it, can really effect someone else! Listen in to see how our server reacted when I told him about how I made an episode about him!
Being in a log distance relationship with my husband is tough. In this episode, I share how I conquer loneliness.
Due to my crazy and chaotic life as a mom of 5, wife, teacher and children's ministry director, I will do pretty much anything to save time. In this episode, I talk about 3 important tools that I use daily/weekly, to keep our family up and running!
What are your fears? Does trying new things make you feel fearful? I am reading a new book called "Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway" by Susan Jeffers. Are you tired of feeling fearful? In this episode, I talk about the one thing that will help you conquer your fears.
In this episode, I continue the conversation I had with our church’s youth group. They flip the script and talk about how they’d like their parents to react about teen dating. Super eye opening!
High school dating is very different from when I was in school. In this episode, I talk openly with the youth group of Montrose Zion United Methodist Church about how they build relationships. If you have any questions that you’d like me to ask the group, I’m sure they would be happy to answer them honestly.
I am with children constantly due to my profession. Therefore social time with adults can be intimidating because I’m out of practice. In this episode I talk about how I pull off being an extrovert when it doesn’t come naturally.
Are you the type of person who all of your friends are working out and runners and cross fitters, etc., and you are just trying get up off the couch or find time to breathe? You want to workout, but you feel like it's impossible. You see your friends' posts with them showing their biceps and lifting a crazy amount of weight. Does it make you feel a little inadequate? Well, this multitasking mom has found a way to workout. I call it the "Better Than Nothing Workout."
In this episode I use the analogy of a bus as my life and the passengers are the people who support me in my journey towards awesomeness. I call it my Bus of Awesomeness! Learn how to use this analogy to get your life headed in the direction towards your dreams!
Due to the growth of this podcast, I thought it would be a good time to let my listeners into the depths of this life of mine. In this episode, I talk about the key points in my life that led me to this podcast, and why I think having a positive outlook on life is one of the healthiest things you can do for your mind, body and soul.
In this episode, I talk about how I added a new habit to my morning routine which is drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning. I never would have thought about doing this, let alone thought that I would notice a change!
In this episode, I talk about the Fabulous App and how it is making me more fabulous everyday!
In this episode I talk about an easy and quick way to audit your time. Discover how much joy you have each day and what to do if there isn’t enough. Remember time is something you’ll never get back!
All I can say is what comes around, goes around and is MULTIPLIED, when you give! Find out what happened with my experiment of giving away a dollar a day!
In this episode I talk with Bryan Humphrey, owner of Cleaning for a Cause, about the importance of helping others, and how helping other can also help you!
In this episode I talk to entrepreneur/motivational speaker/Boomerang Champion of the World, Gary Broadbent about how he took a boomerang and an awesome attitude and turned it into a successful business and way of life. Gary's electrifying personality and positive message has changed my life as well as everyone he meets!
Have you ever heard the phrase “on the spectrum?” In this episode, my guest talks openly about what it’s like to live with Asperger’s Syndrome.
In this episode, I get real about how I conquered my fears and went for it. If I can do it, you can too!
Life is full of things that we HAVE to do. Take some time each day to do one silly thing! Live in the moment!
BONUS EPISODE!!! Want to know how this busy mom/teacher found more time in her day? You won’t want to miss this bonus episode! I’ll talk about how my latest sponsor has helped me save time and what I will do with my new found extra time!
In this episode, I tackle each of the topics covered in Victoria Prooday's article titled "Reasons Today's Kids are Bored, Entitled, Impatient with Few Real Friends. I update you on how I am replacing technology in my home with more meaningful activities, and how to teach patience to children.
In this episode I share a very enlightening article called “Reasons Today’s Kids are Bored, Entitled, Impatient, with Few Real Friends.” This week I discuss how technology is making learning in the classroom a challenge and how we can replace technology with meaningful moments.
In this episode, I talk about finding your zest for learning!
Wouldn’t it be fun if we could simplify dealing with conflict? This is our take on it, and it’s been cracking us up all week!
How well do you deal with conflict and confrontations? With the Superbowl right around the corner, I thought who better to ask, than a referee?
In this episode, I talk to Chris Cox, host of Multiple Podcast Disorder about what it's like to grow up trying desperately to fit in by hiding who were really were.
Do you have daily chaos, like getting the kids out the door on time? In this episode, I talk about little, easy things you can add to you day to make the chaos a little bit awesome!
In this episode I talk about Christmas gifts that are sure to inspire you or someone you love!
Do you find yourself quick to yell or get angry easily when dealing with your child or perhaps even your spouse? In this episode, I talk about how to step up our parenting game!
In this episode I list the most common symptoms of seasonal depression and how to move on from it.
This week, instead of making a Christmas wish list, try making a “give” list. We all have something to offer this world that no one else can. What can you give in order to move your corner of the world forward in a positive way?