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Plan Simple with Mia Moran
55 minutes | Oct 6, 2022
Building Relationships with Janice Porter
“If you nurture those people and show trust, they show trust in you.” – Janice Porter Are you leaving on the table chasing new leads? Janice Porter is a relationship marketing specialist. She says most people hear that and focus on the word marketing, but the focus should really be on the relationship part. Her work centers around building relationships and nurturing relationships to grow your business. She talks about nurturing the people that you’ve already done business with. Having a lot of past clients or connections doesn’t do you any good if you don’t nurture them. Part of it is knowing when to give and when to ask. Even though we are talking about relationships, we’re also talking about marketing, so you may be wondering about social media. Janice asks two questions: Where is your target audience? Do you feel comfortable there? We talk about: Using LinkedIn for networking and content strategies Why greeting cards strategies can get you noticed Connecting and nurturing by paying attention Listening to heartfelt prompts Setting up a system to make nurturing easy and authentic Optimizing your LinkedIn profile BIO Janice Porter is a relationship marketing specialist, podcast host, and LinkedIn trainer. She has an innate curiosity, which she has leveraged into building business relationships and teaches others how to do the same. Her passion is working with people who want to build their businesses through relationship marketing and networking – and she does that using online and offline strategies. LinkedIn training is a huge part of Janice’s business. She believes all business professionals need to have a magnetic LinkedIn profile, and that LinkedIn is THE platform for attracting new clients, strategic partners and referrals. Staying connected, and nurturing relationships comes next – and Janice shows clients how to implement a “tangible touch” follow-up system to do just that. Janice really values the friendships and business relationships she makes and when she meets someone new is always thinking: “How may I support you?” LINKS Website: https://www.janiceporter.com/ (https://www.janiceporter.com/) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/janiceporter/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/janiceporter/) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janiceporter1 (https://www.facebook.com/janiceporter1) Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1467446457 (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1467446457) Doable Changes from this episode: SEND A CARD. When’s the last time you got a card in the mail? I bet you opened it when you did. Snail mail cards get noticed. Try sending one for a client’s birthday or to congratulate them. PAY ATTENTION. Not sure what to send a card for? Pay attention. If you follow a client on social, notice when they have a work win, a life milestone, or something else going on. Send a card letting them know you are thinking of them. The more you do this, the more you’ll start to pick things up. SET UP A SYSTEM. Sending cards is hard without an address. Get in the habit of asking for addresses and getting them into your system. You can set up specific times to send cards to contacts (though some will be spontaneous because you got a heartfelt prompt.)
64 minutes | Oct 3, 2022
Leave Room for Spirit with Julie Hannon
Make a plan and then leave room for spirit to show up and make it easier for you. –Julie Hannon How do you manifest your life? How do you show up for the sacred? These are some of the questions Julie Hannon addresses in her work. Julie is a shamanic healing arts practitioner, and both a member and teacher in FLOW365. She works with clients one-on-one, teachers people to live a shamanic life, and she mentors other people doing healing arts. Julie talks about what work-life balance looks like when you recally center or prioritize life and spiritual practice. She says she’s always thinking about where her joy is. As part of the discussion, we rethink the work week and time off. For Julie this includes recognizing Thursday as a sacred day of showing up for your work, to learn, and for celebration. We talk about having a clear vision. Julie shares her experiences of not always knowing how things will happen, and instead trusting spirit. Imagine that things will work and letting things be easy. We talk about: Asking what business needs and what you need, because both need attention for things to flow Listening to your body and energy. Julie says: if I don't feel energized and excited about something, then it's not the right time. Meditation and dreaming and asking spirit for help This is part of a series where we will be highlighting the work of some FLOW365ers. I ask each one, what are three pieces of advice from your expertise that you know will serve the Plan SImple audience. Because they know the process so well and are part of the audience, their pieces of advice are so valuable! Julie’s three pieces of wisdom: NOURISH YOURSELF SO THINGS CAN FLOW. Eat well and stay hydrated. It affects sleep and fuels your work. Don’t forget to do the things that nourish you — like seeing friends or being by water for Julie — too. SCHEDULE YOUR LIFE AND SPIRITUAL PRACTICES FIRST. We talk about scheduling in FLOW — putting things into time. Julie starts with set events in her business (a weekly meditation on Sunday and Sacred Circle on Thursday, for example), and then schedules her own practices (swimming and meditation) before clients. What would happen if you put yourself on your calendar first? START WITH YOUR VISION. Start with a vision or dream. What do you really want? What would your life look like? You don’t have to know how to get there to get really clear on the vision. Meditate on your vision or dream. Allow space for it. BIO Julie Hannon is a shaman and a teacher, committed to helping you discover yourself, your joy, and the beauty in life. Julie is passionate about connecting with people and helping each and every one discover their own special strengths and gifts. This practice is the doorway on the first step of your journey. Julie weaves all her experiences together to create magic. She combines her expertise as an energy medicine practitioner, HeartMath Coach/Mentor and student of spiritual wisdom traditions with more than twenty years professional experience as a human resources director. Throughout her work, she has been a professional facilitator and teacher, moderating, leading groups and creating programs and retreats. LINKS Website: https://www.innerpeaceandwellness.com/ (https://www.innerpeaceandwellness.com/) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/juliehannonshaman/ (https://www.facebook.com/juliehannonshaman/) Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TRVHannon (https://www.youtube.com/user/TRVHannon) https://plansimple.com/making-space-for-the-sacred-with-julie-hannon/ (Making Space for the Sacred with Julie Hannon) https://plansimple.com/perfectly-unfolding-with-julie-hannon/ (Perfectly Unfolding with Julie Hannon)
44 minutes | Sep 29, 2022
The Shift with Alicia Berberich
“Bringing women together to connect is the backbone of my existence.” –Alicia Berberich Empty nesting? What if we call it the shift instead? For Alicia Berberich, having kids leave opened up a lot of time and energy, but she said that’s just part of it. Our bodies are changing and our energy shifts with that too! This is a time when we have time to focus, and we can really accomplish what we're called to do. Alicia says, “My whole life has been about connecting and drawing women together in connection.” One of the things I loved about her story is that she started coaching because she wanted to help her daughters grow into the best they could be. And she has done so much to help women reach their goals. Alicia talks about how important planning is to her. Even when you look at someone who seems really organized and doing a lot, planning helps. We talk about visioning where you want to be in five years and the power of being really clear on your values. We talk about: The shift and the freeing of energy that comes with it Unexpected twists and benefits, like how she started teaching water aerobics Using your values as a guide This is part of a series where we will be highlighting the work of some FLOW365ers. I ask each one, what are three pieces of advice from your expertise that you know will serve the Plan SImple audience. Because they know the process so well and are part of the audience, their pieces of advice are so valuable! Alicia’s three pieces of wisdom: SET YOUR PLAN AND REFLECT Use the FLOW planner, because it gives you the questions you need to think about to organize your week. Create your plan on Monday, and at the end of the week, reflect on what worked and what didn't. This starts to help you figure out what you can do better next week. BE PRESENT AND CONNECT. Even though we led with the energy that comes from kids leaving home, Alicia is really clear that making time to connect with your kids is essential. Listen to them. Validate them. You can apply this tip to a retired spouse too. Have time you are very present and connect with them — and time when you focus on your essential work. KNOW YOUR FUTURE SELF. Know where you want to be in five years. Then go backward to figure out what you need to do to create that today. What little things honors that future self? What step can you take toward the goals that get you there? BIO Alicia Berberich loves helping women achieve their goals and has been running workshops and mastermind groups to help women stay on their path. She’s the founder of Alicia Berberich Presents, Women’s Marketing Luncheons and Women in Business Roundtable in San Francisco. She’s also a certified direct response copywriter. Alicia’s work has evolved to meet the ongoing needs of her clients, all around the area of accountability. She helps women create marketing strategies and copy that gets attention and opens new channels for her clients. It all starts with understanding where her clients want to go with their business and developing a path to get there. Alicia is the mother of three college students and has two Labradors who run her days. LINKS Website: https://www.aliciaberberich.com/ (https://www.aliciaberberich.com/) Twitter: https://twitter.com/AliciaBerberich (https://twitter.com/AliciaBerberich) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alicia_berberich/ (https://www.instagram.com/alicia_berberich/)
63 minutes | Sep 21, 2022
Being Not Doing with Roxanne Lowery
If you are looking for deep, foundational support and resourcing to help you move in life, I strongly encourage you to look at FLOW365. –Roxanne Lowery You can change your state in a moment. Curious? Check out this conversation with Roxanne Lowery, a therapeutic sound practitioner, who has a quick practice you can use anywhere to change your state. Roxanne has been navigating becoming an entrepreneur and caretaking for her parents. She’s part of the wisdom that comes from the most amazing women in FLOW365. Roxanne explains that sound has the ability proven by science to relax the autonomic nervous system. Sound can take us from sympathetic—fight, fight, or freeze—into parasympathetic, which is resting. We talk about how she uses sound to help people achieve transformation. Being a caretaker is demanding, whether we’re talking about kids or aging parents — or both. Add special needs like a parent with Alzheimer’s and there’s a greater demand. Roxanne talks about the challenge of caring for her parents while also building a business. And we talk about the support in community where others get it because they are or have lived it. We talk about: Being in a transition space — leaving a high stress career, working part-time and caretaking, and the learning curve of being a new entrepreneur How vital self-care is for caretakers Connecting with what lights you up, in Roxanne’s case creativity This is part of a series where we will be highlighting the work of some FLOW365ers. I ask each one, what are three pieces of advice from your expertise that you know will serve the Plan SImple audience. Because they know the process so well and are part of the audience, their pieces of advice are so valuable! Roxanne’s three pieces of wisdom: KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BIG PICTURE. Visioning and connecting to your future self can help you focus and choose your goals and actions in this season and for each week. It can help keep all the things that need to be done on a daily basis in perspective. DO A DAILY BRAIN DUMP. We are trying to hold so many ideas and pieces in our head, and it’s exhausting. Do a brain dump to get everything onto paper so you can stop holding onto it. Some of those things will make it into your weekly or daily plan, but some will be things you just stop trying to remember. Making a daily practice of a brain dump can help you sleep better, focus, and find more balance. BEING NOT DOING. There's been such a growth of information out there about mindfulness and being here now, being present. Sound creates a beautiful container for us to be present without any expectations, without having to do anything. Dance or other movement is another way to come into the body and be. Focusing on breath is another way to do this. Even a really short time can make a difference. Or try humming. It makes you an instrument and the sound and vibration can change your state in moments. BIO Roxanne Lowery is a certified Therapeutic Sound practitioner, licensed Healing Minister and gifted musician who has devoted over 35 years to exploring consciousness, transformation and creative expression. Using ambient sound therapy to create immersive experiences, she blends artistic musical explorations with transformational awareness to create an atmosphere for sonic and vibratory revelations of body, mind and spirit. As a facilitator and practitioner with vast experience in many modalities including kinesiology, the ReUnion Process, PSYCH-K, Auric Light Alchemy and The Reconnection/Reconnective Healing, her work and training has taken her into the depths of transpersonal growth and the human potential movement with clients and workshops. Roxanne is certified by the International Sound Therapy Association (ISTA) as a Therapeutic Sound Practitioner. Through Mitch Nur's 9ways Academia, she is a credentialed Gong teacher with certifications in Sound Theology and Gongs; and she...
47 minutes | Sep 19, 2022
Workshop: Fulfilled Mom
Workshop: Fulfilled Mom“In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.” – Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn This is part of a series of workshops where we are unpacking how the FLOW Planning Method can be used to create magic in specific areas of life. In this case, we are looking at motherhood. If you want to go deeper and be supported in doing this work, join us for Easeful Motherhood. We start September 22. In a world where being busy has become a badge of honor and women are juggling more than ever, let’s take an hour to consider what really matters and how that can play out in our lives as mothers. We will look at: An updated look at work/life balance and how to define motherhood in the context of your life. 5 questions to answer every Friday that will exponentially increase how present (and calm) you are with your kids. What your calendar has to do with how fulfilled you are as a mother — and it's not about who has to be where and when or what's for dinner (though both are useful things to have in your calendar!). This workshop will be useful for mothers with toddlers, women whose kids have left home, and every mama in between. Listen to this workshop with a paper and pen in hand. Workbook Image Grab the Workbook here » (Easeful Motherhood Image) Join us for Easeful Motherhood »
58 minutes | Sep 14, 2022
Making Time to Heal with Kimberly Quirk
“Find your joy again. It doesn't have to be necessarily what you were doing before.” – Kimberly Quirk What happens when you have a chronic illness — and you’re an entrepreneur and mom? How do you make it work? Today I’m talking with Kimberly Quirk, FLOW365 member and Live Well Health Founder. Her passion for working with her health coaching clients stems from her own chronic illness. Listening to your body is important for all of us, but especially so when you are dealing with chronic illness. That can be hard when you are exhausted, taking care of kids, trying to work, and taking care of all the other stuff. But if you don’t listen, your body will get louder. Kimberly shares the progress she’s made and the power of finding your joy again. Overwhelm is real, so small wins really matter. Kimberly offers hope and practical support to people living with chronic illness. We talk about: The power of rest and why we should stop thinking of rest as lazy The sleuthing that is needed to find answers when it comes to chronic illness How food can make a difference Kimberly shares that her experience in FLOW has helped her: Balance the different parts of her life by rethinking time Feeling more purpose and meaning Feel accountable This is part of a series where we will be highlighting the work of some FLOW365ers. I ask each one, what are three pieces of advice from your expertise that you know will serve the Plan SImple audience. Because they know the process so well and are part of the audience, their pieces of advice are so valuable! Kimberly’s three pieces of wisdom: LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. Our bodies hold a lot of wisdom, but we don’t always listen. Whether you have chronic illness or not, listen to what your body is telling you. Do you need rest? Is the food you are eating not serving you? Is something “off”? That’s a sign to make a change. NOTICE WHAT BRINGS JOY. Kimberly reminds us that what brings joy may not be what it was before. What is bringing you joy now? Remember, it doesn’t have to be something big—it could be doggie kisses or the sun on your face or a favorite song coming on. Notice what brings joy and seek more of that. BE A FOOD SLEUTH. One thing that can make a big difference in our health, our energy, and even our mood, is food. You could try an elimination diet to see how you do off different foods. You could also just start by noticing how you feel after eating certain foods. Are there foods that make you sleepy, antsy, achy …? What happens if you don’t eat that food? Get curious. ABOUT KIMBERLY QUIRK Kimberley Quirk is founder of Live Well Health Coaching, LLC and a health coach who is passionate about working with women over 40 to overcome their chronic lyme disease healing blocks. She became a health coach because of her own health crisis as she has struggled for a decade with chronic illness from lyme disease, toxic mold illness, mast cell activation syndrome, hashimoto’s thyroiditis, POTS, chronic urticaria, depression, anxiety, and SIBO. Kimberley attended Duke Integrative Medicine’s health coaching certification course and became a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach in 2017 with the first health coach certification exam offered. Kimberley is the author of an ebook, “Toxic Mold: How to Protect Your Home and Your Health”, for health media company, Health Means. She has had advanced training in toxicity, mold illness and mast cell activation syndrome from Dr. Beth O’Hara at MastCell360 and attended practitioner workshops by Dr. Neil Nathan. Kimberley has a BS in Business Administration from Babson College with a double major in marketing & communications and a minor in Australian Studies. She was recently accepted into a functional medicine certification program at the School of Applied Functional Medicine. Kimberley is a mother of two and lives with her partner, Greg plus two sweet, senior dogs,...
64 minutes | Sep 12, 2022
Feminine Productivity: The Art of Balancing Work, Motherhood and Wellness
“There is a collective force rising up on the earth today, an energy of the reborn feminine... This is a time of monumental shift, from the male dominance of human consciousness back to a balanced relationship between masculine and feminine.” — Marianne Williamson For 12 years now, I've been making choices in a way that is so different from the first 35 years of my life. As a result of how I make choices, I don't say, or think, things like "I fell off the bandwagon," or "I have to get back on track." For five years now, I have had the privilege of guiding hundreds of women through the same process. Here is what I will talk about: 3 productivity myths that don’t serve us women Why striving for balance is so important 5 ways to tap into your natural feminine genius that will leave you with a true sense of accomplishment What to go deeper? You are invited to FEMININE FOLLOW THROUGH — an opportunity to follow through on a goal using your feminine genious for 4 weeks.
60 minutes | Sep 2, 2022
Using Your Intuition in Business and Life with Heather Maguire
“You need to plan, AND you need to leave a little bit of room for magic.” – Heather Maguire Do you trust your intuition and let it guide you? One audience that we serve really well in FLOW365 is intuitive spiritual entrepreneurs. Today I’m talking with Heather Maguire, FLOW365 member and founder of Unconventional Intuitive. She guides people in business and in relationships to be in touch with their intuition. When utilizing the FLOW Planning method, we always start by tapping into the intuition. So I was so excited to talk with Heather, who knows the FLOW Planning Process intimately, and whose work is helping others tap into their intuitions. She is amazing at helping her clients find meaning in their lives by finding their truth in a situation. She shares, people ask, “How do I know if this is real or if I’m just making it up?” Heather says that isn’t a helpful question. What’s more helpful is figuring out what your intuition feels like, and it’s often a nudge or a calling, a sense that something feels right. Heather uses her abilities to help people understand more who they are — what's going on in their body and in their mind. And she helps people understand how their thoughts and feelings are impacting the energy and the people and the circumstances around them. We talk about: Using intuition in business and relationships, especially mother-child Having a plan but leaving room for magic, controlling what you can control Experimentation and play as a powerful process Setting intentions and Heart Rock Walks Heather shares that her experience in FLOW has helped her: Blend planning and intuition by leaning into a consistent word that she chose intuitively. Calm down her relationship with time and helped her get more realistic with time Recognize the possibilities in time through structure This is part of a series where we will be highlighting the work of some FLOW365ers. I ask each one, what are three pieces of advice from your expertise that you know will serve the Plan SImple audience. Because they know the process so well and are part of the audience, their pieces of advice are so valuable! Heather’s three pieces of wisdom: CHOOSE A WORD. Pick a word that you want to guide how your life feels. Then really connect with that word throughout the day. Use it as a guide or filter. REIMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES. If you are stressing about something or thinking about how things could go wrong, try imagining a different outcome. What possibilities does that open up? How does that shift your energy? GET REAL ABOUT WHAT’S POSSIBLE IN A DAY. When you get real about what’s possible in a day, you can get even more focused in choosing what to do to move toward your goals. Start by noticing how long things really take. Try working with the time you have instead of the things you want to do. ABOUT HEATHER MAGUIRE Heather Maguire is an intuitive and medium who offers private sessions, group events and workshops. Her readings provide clarity and uncover what's below the surface but impacting your daily life and your ability to accomplish your goals. Her intuitive sessions are like a comforting, therapeutic conversation that leaves you feeling safe, grounded and loved. Having been intuitive her whole life, Heather has always been fascinated by the connections between people and the conversation beneath the conversation. She enjoys helping people uncover their own intuitive abilities and believes that at the end of the day, what matters most is honoring the truth of who you are. She likes to say, "You're not broken. You're not an accident. Who you are is who you are meant to be. You have permission to love your whole self!" LINKS MENTIONED IN OUR EPISODE https://unconventionalintuitive.com/ (https://unconventionalintuitive.com/) Heart Rock Walks https://unconventionalintuitive.com/heart-rock-walk/ (https://unconventionalintuitive.com/heart-rock-walk/)...
50 minutes | Aug 31, 2022
SPECIAL WORKSHOP: Thrive this fall
“When you know what you want and then you make a seasonally appropriate plan to make it happen, you will feel like your whole world is opening up — and you will feel what it is like to go from overwhelm to ease, no matter what is happening all around you.” –Mia Moran Thie FLOW planning process is a great tool to use in transitions. The transition from summer to fall can be one that we avoid thinking about if we are someone who loves the summer vibe, and yet here we are at the beginning of school. It can be something we get swept up in, if we love fall, and all the sudden we find ourselves in the holiday season. No matter what camp we fall in, it can be kinda consuming and overwhelming if we “let” any season “happen to us.” I hosted a workshop live, twice in the last few weeks, that walks through the process of planning for the transition from summer to fall really intentionally, in a way that honors the season you are leaving behind, the season you are moving into, and most importantly honors you! The way we run our planning workshops at Plan Simple iis very interactive, which doesn't always translate to recordings… so irecorded a podcast episode so that you can go through the workshop in a way that makes sense. My advice: Decide when you will make your plan and put it in the calendar. Go to a coffee shop, park, or a cozy corner in your home with your workbook to plan Find accountability to stay the course During this workshop, you will... Learn the five stages of the FLOW Planning Process. In order to find balance, with the many hats we wear as women, we need a new way to think about planning. The FLOW Planning Process taps into your intuition and creates a structure that is in alignment with who you are. Discover some best practices for doing what you say you want to do. Our goal is to help you cast a vision for the fall, create a plan based on that vision, and give you what you need to know to follow through on your plan. Make a plan. An important component of the workshop format is some actual planning time. You will receive some planning sheets before the workshop, be guided through their intent, and get your questions answered as you plan!!!
54 minutes | Aug 25, 2022
Bless this Mess with Melissa Griffiths
“If you’re struggling with meal planning make a master list … if you're struggling with starting a business think what the barrier to entry is to make the barrier a little more attainable.” –Melissa Griffiths Don’t like planning because you want to go with your intuitive or creative flow? I get that, but having a plan actually gives you more freedom. We talk about meal planning, content planning, and getting it all done with Melissa Griffiths, a food blogger and photographer and mom to five kids. Whether you need a meal plan or a business plan, we’ve got something for you in this episode. Melissa loves helping families reclaim dinner time, and we talk about her content planning, her ideas about meal planning, and how to get things done in any season (spoiler alert, you don’t do it all yourself). We dig into her process for meal planning, which has a lot of similarities to mine! There’s a rhythm and structure to it that makes it easy. And there’s plenty of flexibility to keep things fresh and satisfy everyone at your table. We talk about: Asking for help in business and our home life Content planning and block scheduling Leaning into the season and shifting how we work to reflect that How to plan and go with your intuitive, creative flow Meal planning by category (like soups, taco night, breakfast for dinner) and with the rhythm of your week in mind Meals that let everyone eat what they want … without cooking a million separate meals BIO Melissa Griffiths, is a food blogger, recipe developer, and food photographer who loves helping busy families reclaim dinnertime and enjoy their time together. She also specializes in sourdough baking, quick and easy dinners, and back to basics recipes. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreational Management and Youth Leadership and is a member of the Bread Baker’s Guild of America and the American Society of Baking. She's been blogging since 2009 and professionally since 2012 and her blog, Bless this Mess, reaches over 1,000,000 people monthly. Melissa and her husband live on a 12-acre farm in Southern Utah with their 5 incredible children, chickens, rabbits, turkeys, honey bees, and a million night stars that only country life can show you. She loves to cook for friends and family, grow flowers and vegetables in her massive garden, read all the self-help books, and hike all over Utah. LINKS Blog (https://www.blessthismessplease.com/ (Bless this Mess)) Dessert Blog (https://www.barbarabakes.com/ (Barbara Bakes)) https://www.instagram.com/blessthismessblog/ (Instagram) https://www.facebook.com/blessthismessblog/ (Facebook) https://www.pinterest.com/blessthismess/ (Pinterest) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmMHqHdkC2NeLWEEa0ZtU8A (Youtube) https://blessthismess.activehosted.com/f/160 (Free recipes in email, free meal planning printables, and more) MENTIONED LINK Mia’s book https://www.amazon.com/Plan-Simple-Meals-Energy-Healthy/dp/1533490643/ref=sr_1_1?crid=Z8JNVHZ0M7SW&keywords=plan+simple+meal&qid=1661369101&sprefix=plan+simple+meal%2Caps%2C81&sr=8-1 (Plan Simple Meals) Doable Changes from this episode: ASK FOR HELP. We tend to try to do it all alone, but that doesn’t work. If asking for help is hard for you, start with a small ask. It could be a few hours of babysitting, delegating a household task you hate, or hiring a VA for a small project. BATCH WORK. Whether it’s making a big batch of meals, prepping vegetables you’ll use throughout the week, or writing all your content in a block of time, batching work saves time. Instead of switching from task to task, you stick with one thing and jam out a bunch of stuff. MAKE A MEAL PLAN. There are two steps you can take in this one change. Make a master list of meals you can make (these should be things that you already know you like and how to make). Then set up a weekly rhythm—Monday soup night, Tuesday Tacos, etc. Fit foods from your master list into your rhythm.
21 minutes | Aug 22, 2022
Planning the Transition from Summer to Fall
The transition from summer to fall can be messy, exciting, sad — depends on who you are! In this episode, I give three strategies that you can implement today that will help you feel more ease this fall.
55 minutes | Aug 17, 2022
Help Your Kids Regulate Their Emotions with Dr. Ambroes Pass-Turner
“Listen to your children, try to understand their world and where they're coming from.” –Dr. Abroes Pass-Turner Do you ever dismiss or minimize what your kid is feeling? Do you ever feel like their emotions are out of control? I’m really excited to talk with Dr. Ambroes Pass-Turner, doctor of counseling psychology and author of Rex's Journey: Helping Children Understand and Cope with Emotions, about emotional intelligence and helping kids regulate emotions. So often we go into “fix it” mode when our kids have big emotions. We want to make things easier for them or we’re just trying to make dinner or get through the grocery line. But having kids bury emotions doesn’t help. We know that when children learn how to regulate their emotions, they have less stress and less anxiety and they're better able to problem solve. As parents we can listen, validate emotions, and help kids work through them. We talk about: A simple breathing exercise to help kids calm down and start over The difference between validating and indulging feelings Modeling emotional regulation and processing for our kids The power of positive self-talk Working with ADHD or ADD in kids How parents and psychologists or other professionals work together to support kids BIO Dr. Ambroes Pass-Turner is a Doctor of Counseling Psychology and the owner of APT Counseling Services LLC. She is a professor at Grand Canyon University in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Georgia Military College. Dr. Ambroes Pass-Turner is an author and published the books Rex's Journey: Helping Children Understand and Cope with Emotions, ADHD Warrior: Helping Children Conquer ADHD Unwanted Behaviors, and Childhood Sexual Abuse: Pathway to Mental Health Issues and Delinquent Behavior. Dr. Pass-Turner has worked in mental health for over 20 years and has experience working with children and adults. Dr. Pass-Turner is an expert in working with behavioral and emotionally disturbed children, adults, families, and offenders within the criminal justice system. She is currently an Advisory board member for the Muscogee County Youth Detention Center Department of Juvenile Justice. Dr. Pass-Turner conducts professional seminars and workshops that focus on enhancing professional development and life skills. LINKS drambroespass-turner.com Facebook https://www.facebook.com/APTCounselingServices (aptcounselingservices) Instagram https://www.instagram.com/drambroes17/ (Drambroes17) Twitter https://twitter.com/drambroes?lang=en (DrAmbroes) Doable Changes from this episode: TRY BREATHING. Try this simple breathing exercise: Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, breathe out for four counts. Teach your kids to do a few rounds of breathing when they are upset before trying to do anything else. You can try it too if you are anxious or angry. You can even try breathing together. DO SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU SMILE. This came up twice in our conversation. Kids can use an activity they enjoy (one that really lights them up, not one that we like them to do). But parents need this too. We’ve all heard you need to put on your own oxygen mask first and that self-care is important. Think quality, not quantity, and choose the thing that really fills you up. That may not be the things you see on self-care lists. LISTEN AND EXPLORE. Really listen to your kids. Ask questions to explore what they are feeling and why. Your job isn’t to fix things, but to help them understand and work through their own emotions. You can help them see a new perspective without diminishing their feelings or telling them to get over it.
40 minutes | Aug 15, 2022
15 Family Lifestyle Hacks
Sometimes it’s the simple little changes that make a HUGE difference in making our busy family lives feel a bit more manageable. I’m all about doable changes. Here are 15 lifestyle hacks from my podcast guests to transform your family’s days. #1. Do a 5-minute decluttering. Overwhelmed by clutter or even the idea of decluttering? Try this tip from https://plansimple.com/declare-dominion-with-katherine-north/ (Katherine North): 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. #2. Cut down on how much stuff you have. The two things I hear most from families is that they are two busy and that they have too much stuff. Too much stuff can keep us busy, so I love this tip from https://plansimple.com/parenting-simplified-with-kim-john-payne/ (Kim John Payne): Balancing and cutting down on how much stuff your child has (books, clothes, toys, etc.) can reduce pressure on your child and improve behavior. Start simply by cutting clutter to reduce the number of books, toys, clothes, gadgets and other extraneous items in a kid’s room and around the house in general. #3. No inflow without outflow https://plansimple.com/turn-it-over-and-take-a-step-with-desha-peacock/ (Desha Peacock) believes in upgrading our lives. She suggests working with the idea that for something to come in, something else needs to go out. If something is worn or not your style anymore or just doesn’t get used, trash it, donate it, or sell it to make room for things that you will use. (And if you are weighed down with stuff, start by simply making space before bringing anything new in.) #4. Create an outbox. Decluttering can lead to other change, so I love this specific tip from https://plansimple.com/declare-dominion-with-katherine-north/ (Katherine North): 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. #5. Play with your kids. https://plansimple.com/lead-by-example-with-christie-kenedy-manuel/ (Christie Kennedy Manuel) talks about a lot of the power of moving your body—how it can clear your head, make you more intentional, give you better sleep, and help you feel better. One way to add some movement into your day is to play with your kids. Instead of using playground time to do more on your phone, run around with your kids. Run around with them, play tag. Get active. It’s good for you and for your kids—physically and for the fun and connected factor. #6. Block off time for what you value—and batch the rest. https://plansimple.com/consistency-with-marie-levey-pabst/ (Marie Levey-Pabst) advocates for making time for what we really value, but she gets that there is other stuff that just needs to get done. She suggests that you choose something you really value and create a block of time when you will do it. It doesn’t have to be 20 hours a week, but maybe one or two hours, or half an hour a day. Mark it in your planner. Then keep that appointment. Turn off notifications on your phone and have that focused time. The stuff of life doesn’t go away just because you have focused on your values. Batch like tasks and block off time for that. This could look like setting aside an hour to make phone calls for appointments and deal with papers or setting aside an afternoon to batch cook meals for the week. It could even look like setting aside every Thursday for family time. You’ll know to say no to other engagements that day and if there are things you want to do—a movie you want to see or a museum you want to go to—you’ll schedule it on family day rather than dither about when to go. #7. Systematize one thing. Mama CEO and...
59 minutes | Aug 11, 2022
Collaborative Parenting with Katie and Steve Keene
We established essentially a collaborative parenting style. We collaborate not only together, but with the children. –Katie Keene Wouldn’t you love a peaceful home and respectful children? It can feel nearly impossible for parents, that’s why I’m talking with Katie and Steve Keene about home economy and collaborative parenting. Collaborative parenting involves collaborating with each other, and their kids. Mom and dad are still in charge, but the kids wants and interests and opinions are heard. They set up a family government with clearly defined rules, expectations, and consequences (these apply to parents too). This allows kids to know what to expect. They established a home economy that took pressure off of everyone to do all the things that need doing in a home. It also helped the kids become more independent and self-confident. Plus their kids are learning financial responsibility. We talk about: What a home economy actually looks like Family meetings and developing a team mentality Starting with a long-term vision about what you want for your family Coming to agreement about what you want kids to learn before they leave your house Accepting and learning from failure How to use the home economy model with kids who are schooled outside the house BIO Steve and Katie are family success consultants, as well as the creators of the Family Success Secrets podcast. Steve also offers executive coaching for business owners looking to optimize their team efficiency and employee satisfaction and retention rates. They have been married for 20 years, have 5 incredible children, have lived through numerous moves and military deployments while raising their family – all while discovering the special needs that two of the children were born with. They have endured hardship and have built joyful resilience through the process. They love to travel, meet new people, eat good food, and are completely hooked on helping families transform their lives from chaos and tension into lives lived with purpose and passion. LINKS Find Katie and Steve here: https://linktr.ee/familysuccess (https://linktr.ee/familysuccess) Course: https://familysuccesssecrets.com/course (https://familysuccesssecrets.com/course) Doable Changes from this episode: MAKE A DECISION TOGETHER. Steve and Katie talk about growing up with different kinds of lights on their Christmas trees. They had to decide what they would do for their family: go with one option or the other, alternate years, combine? Find something where you and your partner have different ideas from upbringing or personal preference. Make a decision together for your family. VISION TOGETHER. If you are parenting with somebody else, you probably have different visions about what you want for your family and how to get there. Start with a long-term vision. What’s important to you? What are your preferences? What are your absolutes? How do you want to feel when kids come home to visit in 20 years? Get your long-term vision aligned before you try to make a plan or rules for now. LOWER EXPECTATIONS. Notice one thing you are expecting of yourself. It might be carefully posed pictures for the first day of school or having a pristine house or dinner looking perfect. How can you lower that expectation and give yourself a little grace? It might help to think about why it is important to you. Are you trying to meet others’ expectations or is there something valuable to you in the expectation? How can you keep the value but give more ease?
33 minutes | Aug 3, 2022
Meal Planning this Fall
What we eat can support how we we work, mother, and take care of ourselves. Meals can be a grounding piece of our days and or family’s days, AND often the 21 meals that happen each week fall on us. So how do youo make that process easier, healthier and more fulfilling? That’s what we dive into in this episode.
72 minutes | Jul 27, 2022
Navigating the College Application Process with a Growth Mindset with Beth Pickett
The college application process doesn't have to be stressful, but it does take a lot of planning. –Beth Pickett Stressed about the college application process? It can be very ungrounding when we don’t understand a process, and the process has changed a lot in recent years. I’m talking with college admissions counselor and author of College Admissions: The Essential Guide for Busy Parents Beth Pickett to demystify the process. Instead of starting with a list of schools, start with the student. Who are they? What do they want to do? What kind of environment do they want? The best school for many students may not be an Ivy—and many students, even top students won’t get into some of the schools they apply to. Parents can start by looking at their own desires and expectations for their child. Are they trying to give the child something they didn’t have? Do they think a certain school is a golden ticket to financial security? Are they influenced by their own knowledge of certain schools or the reactions of their social circle? If you can recenter on your child and what will really serve them, it goes a long way. We talk about: Timeline of the process from thinking early about what classes a student will take in high school to actual application deadlines and what happens if a student graduates early Visiting colleges near you (even if you aren’t applying there) to get a sense of schools of different size and setting The importance of demonstrating interest Handling getting a no from a college (for parents and students) and why not to take it personally Using extracurriculars and summer experiences to explore interests to help make decisions about what you are looking for in a college Ways to decrease stress in the process BIO Beth Pickett is the founder of College Prep Counseling and Director of Academic and College Advising. She has been working with students across the U.S. as a college admissions counselor for more than a decade. Her clients and essay students have earned admission to Harvard, Yale, Brown, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford, Williams, Tulane, Colgate, Cornell, and many other colleges and universities across the U.S. A graduate of Stanford, Beth also earned a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA and started working with families as an independent admissions consultant in 2007. She began teaching summer essay-writing seminars to 80+ rising seniors annually. By helping students learn to articulate their goals, Beth helps students learn about themselves and how to make a plan to move forward in a methodical and precise way. She feels privileged to mentor students as they navigate the rite of passage that is selective college admissions. Beth is a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and resides in the seaside town of Ventura, California, with her two teenage boys. LINKS https://www.amazon.com/College-Admissions-Essential-Guide-Parents/dp/1949550893 (College Admissions: The Essential Guide for Busy Parents) https://www.facebook.com/groups/admissionessentials (https://www.facebook.com/groups/admissionessentials) https://www.linkedin.com/in/beth-pickett-bb3463185/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/beth-pickett-bb3463185/) https://www.instagram.com/collegeprepcounseling/ (https://www.instagram.com/collegeprepcounseling/) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwQr0aEHdUREidpSxxiZfMw (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwQr0aEHdUREidpSxxiZfMw) MENTIONED LINKS https://plansimple.com/all-about-hormones-with-dr-anna-cabeca/ (All About Hormones with Dr. Anna Cabeca) Doable Changes from this episode: CHECK YOUR OWN IDEAS. Get really clear on what you want out of this process. Questions to ask yourself: What do I want my child to get out of college? What do I think going to college (or a specific college) will do for my child? If I’m set on my child getting into a specific school, and Ivy or similar, why is that important to me? What do I consider a “good school”? How...
42 minutes | Jul 22, 2022
Planning for Motherhood
Planning all things motherhood was something I resisted for a long time — mostly because I thought it was all about family vacations, medical forms, and school year extracurriculars. BUT, then I started understanding what really needed space, and I could see that if I did not leave time in my weeks for the pieces that actually make the the mom I want to be, they would never happen! I am talking about pauses before responding (or yelling), individual connection time, building a village, and so much more. Tune into this episode to see how I think about planning for motherhood every week. This is part of a new solo series that will air each Saturday. To get notified, please make sure you are subscribed to the Plan Simple Podcast.
63 minutes | Jul 20, 2022
Who is your child, really? with Robbin McManne
We’re so busy running our agenda that we lose out on who our child is and what they really want. –Robbin McManne Your child’s behavior is never personal. I’m not sure who needs to hear that today, but that’s one of the pearls from my guest Robbin McManne, a parenting coach and mom to teen boys. The first thing Robbin wants parents to know is that this is a tough time and it’s okay if you are struggling — and there’s help! We prepare for the birth, but not necessarily the lifetime. There’s a lot of brain science to understand where our kids are developmentally through their lives. Even though we study a lot for our jobs, we don’t learn a lot of what we need to know to parent well. Robbin helps people unravel their kids' behaviors. It’s possible to build a strong relationship with kids as they grow so that they want to stay connected with us. We need to honor who they are over our own agenda. We need to set up boundaries and strong scaffolding, but we need to slow down, get quiet, and listen to our kids. Parenting is not an emergency. We can slow down. We need to respond, not react. We talk about: Understanding our own triggers as parents and how our kids mirror what we need to heal How punishments, threats, and rewards work in the short term but backfire when the stakes are higher How parenting affects how we show up at work and the importance of supporting parents It not being about or a reflection on the parent when kids are going through something Letting go of the stories in our heads and seeing what our kids need in the moment (even when that moment is a meltdown) and how we can coregulate Self-care and making sure you are okay as a mom being the most important thing you can do for your family. BIO Robbin is a Certified Parent Coach, author of The Yelling Cure, podcaster and speaker. She works with parents from all over the world to help them build more connection and find more joy and cooperation in their parenting. Robbin is a former ‘Angry Mom’ who, for over 12 years, juggled a full-time corporate career while being a mom and wife, prior to becoming a Parenting Coach. She understands firsthand how many moms struggle to balance work and family. Robbin's work focuses on building and strengthening the parent child relationship so that children grow up with resilience, confidence and strong emotional intelligence. She works with parents to help them understand their own emotions and frustrations in parenting, so they can help build their children’s sense of self without losing themselves in the process! LINKS http://www.parentingforconnection.com/ (www.parentingforconnection.com) http://www.instagram.com/robbinmcmanne_parentcoach (Robbin on Insta) https://twitter.com/robbinmcmanne (Robbin on Twitter) http://www.facebook.com/parenting4connection (Robbin on Facebook) https://www.linkedin.com/in/robbin-mcmanne-33a26439/ (Robbin on Linkedin) https://www.youtube.com/c/ParentingforConnection (Parenting for Connection on youtube) https://pin.it/2R9QWhg (Pinterest) https://parenting-our-future.captivate.fm/episode/plan-simple-meals-your-kids-will-love-with-mia-moran-pof89 (Mia on Robbin’s podcast) Doable Changes from this episode: SLOW YOUR BREATH. When your kid is upset, try sitting with them and getting quiet. Slow and deepen your breath. They will probably start to follow your breath, without guidance. Let them feel their feelings. REMIND YOURSELF IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU. When our child has challenging behavior or is struggling with something, it’s easy to take it personally. Why are they embarrassing me, why won’t they cooperate … Remember it’s not about you. Ask what your child needs in the moment. Do they need connection? Do they need to calm down? Do they need to feel heard? TAKE A BREAK. Take a day off. Take a nap. Schedule the time and ask for help. If you can’t do it for yourself at first, do it fo your kids, because making sure you are okay is the most important thing
33 minutes | Jul 18, 2022
Planning for Business Growth
As we wrap up a few episodes of guests talking about entrepreneurship, I thought I would share a bit about what I’m thinking about when I make my work plan each week.. I may do an episode in the future about how I make choices and make the PlanSimple plans. This episode is all about things other than marketing, sales and fulfillment. Today I am talking about the things that take time, that I, at first, did not realize need time. And I hope to show you how making time for them has really helped with my productivity, confidence and joy. This is part of a new solo series that will air each Saturday. To get notified, please make sure you are subscribed to the Plan Simple Podcast.
66 minutes | Jul 13, 2022
Develop a Positive Money Mindset with Kaila Pilecki
You can change your money story and build wealth. –Kaila Pilecki More money and more ease … isn’t that what we all want? I’m really excited to talk with Kaila Pilecki of My Aligned Purpose about money mindset and systems. If both of those make you groan, you definitely need this conversation. Many of us equate money with freedom … but sometimes growing money can feel restrictive. We talk about how to make restrictions around money feel better. We also explore a more expansive approach that recognizes the value behind spending for growth. Choosing the approach that works with your own nature is essential. Systems are another thing that can feel restrictive. I fought against planning and systems for a long time before realizing the freedom they can bring. Whether it’s systems around your money or attracting new clients or any other part of your life, systems can bring more ease — and they don’t have to be a big deal to create. We talk about: Money mindset and changing your money story (making money won’t make you a horrible person) The easy way to set up a system — start with what you already do Creating an amazing customer experience to make it easier to make money Understanding whether you are wired to start or finish things — and how to partner with somebody to make things happen Setting yourself up for success by getting clear and realistic about how long things actually take Delegating — and really letting go of somethings — so that you can focus BIO Kaila Pilecki is a Certified Executive Coach and co-founder of My Aligned Purpose, a coaching and learning company for ambitious women entrepreneurs. She has over a decade of experience, working in leadership and fundraising roles with non-profit organizations, where she raised millions of dollars to facilitate social change. An entrepreneur through and through, Kaila has established and operated multiple businesses including her coaching practice, managing real estate, painting houses and creating artisanal, cultured butter. Kaila specializes in creating effective, profit driven business systems that take the guesswork out of growing and scaling your business. LINKS https://www.myalignedpurpose.com/ (https://www.myalignedpurpose.com/) https://www.instagram.com/myalignedpurpose/ (https://www.instagram.com/myalignedpurpose/) Doable Changes from this episode: ASK MONEY QUESTIONS. One place to start with changing your mindset around money is to ask yourself: Where am I currently spending money? Where do I want to be spending money? What could I do to shift where I spend my money for better alignment? DOCUMENT A SYSTEM. We think of setting up systems as a big project. Start with what you already do. Document each step. Pay attention to how long each step takes. Schedule things. What parts of the system do you hate doing? Delegate or (if possible) delete. What parts don’t run smoothly? You can tweak your system once you have it set up. THINK LIKE A CLIENT. How can you make it easier for people to work with you? Take some time to visit websites of other people in your field. What is super clear and smooth? What feels hard to navigate? Do you know what to do when you land on the page? Can you find what you need? Take the best and bring it to your own site or process. Check your site or process for things that aren’t working.
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