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Cooking Up Courage Podcast
11 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Graciously Giving Ourselves Grace
Note: I had some technical audio issues, but I'm giving myself grace and publishing this anyway. -> So often we beat ourselves up for not doing all of the things we wanted to do when we wanted to do them. But, honestly, we need to give ourselves grace for not doing these things because we were likely not doing them because we were either enjoying life, taking care of priorities, or focusing on something more important. We need to learn to graciously give ourselves grace when we miss the mark, drop the ball, or allow something to slide off the plate. It's okay to rearrange and re-prioritize things without feeling guilt, shame, or blame. Lean into what you DID accomplish and give yourself some grace for what didn't happen. BLOG: https://freethymeliving.comPODCAST: https://cookingupcouragepodcast.comMUSIC: Caffeine Creek BandHappy Go Lucky Day
10 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Taking the Easy Way Out
Many of us feel stuck in some particular place in our life. Often times we'll just choose to stay stuck because it's "easy". We often take the "easy" way out because it's sadly comfortable there. We don't move. We don't rock the boat. We don't grow or change because we're "comfortable" in our chaos. But...what we are really doing is making others comfortable while we continue to feel unhappy, unfulfilled, and miserable. What if we decided to rock the boat instead? What if we decided to leave that job that makes us feel inadequate and stressed out? What if we decided to leave that relationship that makes us question our worth and leaves us feeling empty? It might be uncomfortable at first to make these changes...but taking the easy way out at the expense of our own well-being is ultimately the most uncomfortable thing we can do to ourselves. Sit with your "easy way out" for a minute and decide what that is costing you. Then...decide to move past the "easy" and into the growth and fulfillment stage of life! You are worth it!Visit my blog at https://freethymeliving.comVisit my podcast episodes at https://cookingupcouragepodcast.comMusic: Artist- Caffeine Creek BandTrack- Happy Go Lucky Day
11 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Let's Stop the Negative Self Chatter
I caught myself recently feeling intimidated, insecure, and slamming myself and comparing myself to my friends. Why do we compare and criticize ourselves in such negative ways all the time? We need to learn to love ourselves, celebrate our uniqueness, and talk to ourselves in a positive way on a regular basis to build up our self-esteem and our confidence so we can have better relationships, better interactions, and better lives in general. Watch what you say to yourself. Be kinder and more compassionate to your beautiful self!Music: Caffeine Creek Band, Happy Go Lucky Dayhttps://freethymeliving.comhttps:/cookingupcouragepodcast.com
12 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
What is Your Life Bump?
Life is going to deliver bumps. It might be an accident, a medical diagnosis, a job change, or a relationship change, or something else. The way you respond to the change is crucial to your outcome. Learn to lean in to positivity instead of negativity during these life bumps. You will always float to the top when you can embrace the lessons, learnings, and positivity during these life bump events. Music: Caffeine Creek Band, Happy Go Lucky DayHttps://freethymeliving.com
9 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Rest, Relax, and Rejuvenate
Sometimes you just need to stop all of the stress, kick all of the anxiety to the curb, and reset. Give yourself time to rest, reset, relax, and rejuvenate wherever that feels right for you. Read my blog post for more. Unplug, Reset, and Rejuvenate - Friday’s Favorite Feel Good Quotes #11 | Free Thyme LivingMusic: Caffeine Creek Band, Happy Go Lucky Day
8 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Why do we judge people based on when they were born or under what circumstances they were born. Give people grace based upon who they present themselves to be regardless of their generation, birth circumstances, or whatever. Learn to give Generational Grace.
14 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Listen to today's episode to find out what forgiveness is and what it is not. Forgiveness doesn't excuse. It doesn't justify.It doesn't have to reconcile, renew, or replenish. It just releases. It gives peace. It allows boundaries and freedom.
13 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
You are the average of your 5!
"You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with,” this is a quote attributed to motivational speaker Jim Rohn.Who are you spending time with? Level up your circle by spending time with these 5 people who will level up your life!1. CHEERLEADER2. MENTOR3. COACH4. FRIEND5. PEER Music: Caffeine Creek Band Happy Go Lucky Day
6 minutes | May 26, 2021
A Letter to my 5-Year Old Self
In this episode, I read an emotional letter I wrote to my 5-year old self to encourage that little girl from my past to drop the unworthy feelings she harbored from a neglectful childhood and embrace her true worthiness.
6 minutes | May 19, 2021
It's Okay to NOT Know.
Don't fret when you don't quite know what you want. Get curious instead! Discovery and exploration can be fun!Visit my blog Free Thyme Living for more inspiration! Music by: Caffeine Creek Band, Happy Go Lucky Day
12 minutes | May 12, 2021
May I talk about Mental Health
May I talk about Mental HealthMay is Mental Health Awareness Month Unfortunately, the subject of mental health has always had a "stigma" attached to it. it makes people uncomfortable. There are so many unknowns. Mental Health issues can be situational, chemical, physiological, genetic, hormonal, temporary, or life-long.Covid and recent social isolation have exacerbated mental conditions for so many people. There are too many diagnoses and conditions for me to even attempt to address. Mental health is the leading cause of disability claims in the workplace these days. Mental Illness affects millions just in the United States alone. Mental Illness can take on many forms...some are obvious and some are not. Some are mild and some are severe. Many people hide behind a fake smile just to get through the moment, the day, the month, or the year. Many people deal with it in different ways. Honor each person's way of handling it without judgment. It's what they can do best at that moment in time. They may laugh, joke, cry, seek attention, isolate, vent, get angry, distract themselves, or do any number of different things to cope. For those suffering from mental health issues, seeking help often takes courage, honesty, and vulnerability. If you notice something even slightly "off" with someone you interact with often, don't be afraid to ask them how they are. Be genuine. And be honest with the changes you've noticed...but most importantly...be ready and willing to listen to their responses. Nothing closes off a suffering person more than an apparent disingenuous conversation. Be sincere and non-judgemental. Ask how you can assist, but know that you're not the one to "fix" the issue. Be supportive without trying to rescue. Let them know there's no shame in asking for help. There's no shame in seeking help. There's no shame in talking about it with others. Mental health issues can lead to loss of sleep, alcohol or other substance abuse for numbing or self-medicating purposes, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, relationship friction, several physical implications, the loss of the will to live, and more. Offer to help find resources for help. 911 or other local emergency numberNational Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255) SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Treatment Referral Helpline, 1-877-SAMHSA7 (1-877-726-4727) to get general information on mental health and locate treatment services in your area. Some other ways to help yourself when going through mental health issues: Limit time watching the news or scrolling through social media. Get adequate sleep or rest. Get out in nature--ground yourself when possible (near water, trees, earth). Practice self-care. Listen to what you need. Eat nutritious foods. Move your body. Connect with others that bring you comfort. Avoid spending time with people that make you feel worse. Read, Watch your favorite movie. Listen to your favorite music. Pray. Meditate. Seek professional help. Take good care of yourself and the people around you. We're all in this together. Remember-It's okay to not be okay!Music by:Caffeine Creek BandHappy Go Lucky Day
12 minutes | May 5, 2021
90 Days of Cooking Up Courage Podcast
I'm celebrating 90 Days of the Cooking Up Courage Podcast. My goal is to serve others, inspire, encourage, and be an example to follow. I'm not perfect, but I'm committed to lead. Visit my blog post to see all 18 episodes prior to this one. Cooking up Courage Podcast – Check out the First 90 Days (freethymeliving.com) Podcast Music by:Caffeine Creek Band Happy Go Lucky Day
9 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Reasons, Seasons, or a Lifetime
Friendships, relationships, or family connections are usually with us for either a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Look at your relationships with these things in mind to help you either learn lessons, endure changes, let go, or cherish forever with unconditional love.
11 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Beauty in the Breakdown
Today's episode is inspired by the lyrics in the song by Frou Frou: Let Go, there can be beauty in the breakdown if you learn to let go. Mental breakdowns are rough, but allow yourself to break down, purge, feel, and then find the beauty in healing and learning from the breakdown. There's beauty in the breakdown if you look for it and allow it to exist. Lyrics excerpt from Frou Frou: Let Go."(So let go) so let goAnd jump inOh well whatcha waiting forIt's all right'Cause there's beauty in the breakdown(So let go) yeah let goAnd just get inOh it's so amazing hereIt's all right'Cause there's beauty in the breakdown"Find more inspiration by visiting my blog at Free Thyme Living. Podcast Music by:Caffeine Creek Band Happy Go Lucky Day
10 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Happiness is an inside job. Learn how to cultivate courageous happiness with Intention, Gratitude, Pleasurable moments, Living in the Present, Connection, Work/Service/Achievement, and Self-Love. Make courageous happiness YOUR CHOICE!Music by:Caffeine Creek Band Happy Go Lucky Day
7 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Why Do We Miss The Muck?
Let’s face it. We all have muck in our lives that we’re not happy with. Whether it be a “mucky” job, a “mucky” boss, a mucky coworker, a mucky friend, a mucky relationship, a mucky financial situation, or a mucky family connection. We sit in our muck on a daily basis usually. We freaking hate it, yet we still sit in it because it’s...oddly...comfortable. When we experience positive change whether we initiated it or not, why does it still hurt? Why do we miss the muck? It really boils down to a disruption in our patterns and in our habits.As I learned in this interview: How To Turn A BREAKDOWN Into An OPPORTUNITY with Mel Robbins & Lewis Howes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKs5IO9pp20, it's normal to miss the muck, but we need to ask ourselves some important questions to move past that. Check it out!If you haven’t yet listened to COOKING UP COURAGE EPISODE 14, FLIP IT, go check it out next and learn to flip that negative thinking into positive thinking! I promise...It helps! Also, I’d love for you to head to my blog https://freethymeliving.com to read my recent blog post titled How to Use Affirmations to Make Life Transitions Easier. Have an amazing week! Music by: Caffeine Creek Band Happy Go Lucky Day
9 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Flipping negative thoughts into positive thoughts is a skill that any of us can learn and use successfully with some practice. Let me walk you through FIVE steps on how to learn how to FLIP IT.1. Identify and recognize the negative thoughts you’re having. Watch for the signs that negative thoughts are creeping in or trying to take over, then stop and own it. “YOU CAN'T CHANGE WHAT YOU DON'T ACKNOWLEDGE!” ~ Dr. Phil2. Interrogate this negative thought. Ask it questions that will help debunk its presence. 3. Search for ways you can counteract this thought or find the opposite of this thought to be true. Look for evidence to contradict this thought.4. Find gratitude and lessons learned from this negative thought or situation. Thank it, and release it. Let it go in gratitude!5. Replace the time spent with negative thoughts with time spent thinking positive thoughts. Use journaling, affirmations, and gratitude thoughts to replace the time spent dwelling in negative thinking. FLIP IT!For more information and for some helpful positive affirmations examples, head to my blog https://freethymeliving.com to read my blog post "How to Use Affirmations to Make Life Transitions Easier" Music by: Caffeine Creek Band, Happy Go Lucky Day
9 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Ready, Set, PIVOT!
Discovery and exploration activities are so important in life. Allow yourself to try new things and to adjust and pivot when necessary. To pivot is not to fail, but instead to learn and grow! This episode is inspired by the sitcom Friends episode where Ross is trying to get an oversized couch up a stairway to his apartment, but despite his best efforts, help from friends, and his intricate sketched plans, it doesn't work. We need to embrace our failures as learning opportunities and realize that to PIVOT is to learn while we are growing. Visit my blog https://freethymeliving.com for more inspiration. Music by: Caffeine Creek Band, Song: Happy Go Lucky Day
26 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
A Dozen Ways That Cooking Relates To Life
Episode 12: A Dozen Ways That Cooking Relates To Life You need to have skills. You need to have tools. You need to be creative. You need to be resourceful (ingredients/substitutions). You need to know what works together and what doesn’t You need to know what you like to do and what you don’t. You need to have a process, formula, or recipe to follow. You need good time management skills. You often need patience. You need confidence and belief in yourself. You need to make mistakes to grow. You need to add flavor. Go Play! If you’d like to be added to the waitlist for my Cooking up Courage Coaching program and be entered to win a free 4-week coaching experience with me to level up your current career, lifestyle, or relationship situation, please send me an email with the subject line “WAITLIST” at email@example.com and tell me about your most pressing ideas for improving your life in a courageous way! I can’t wait to hear from you! Music: Caffeine Creek Band, Happy Go Lucky Day
9 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
It's Okay to Love Again.
Have you ever felt jaded, sad, or afraid to love again because of the past, or because of the fear of the future? Should you protect your heart or be open to love again?
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