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29 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
55: Why We Want What We Want & The Power Of Mimetic Desire In Everyday Life, with Luke Burgis
Do you ever wonder… why do I have the life I have? The career I have? Why do I do the things I do? Buy the things I buy? And what if I told you, you aren’t controlling these things as much as you think you are? In this episode, I talk with Luke Burgis, author of Wanting, about Mimetic Desire and the role it plays in our everyday lives. We also talk about how it impacts everything from how many children you have to mob mentality and cancel culture (oh you know I went there!). This is a fascinating topic and if you’ve ever wanted to know more about why you do the things you do, then you’ll want to tune in! Also, head over to my Instagram @emilyrichett - I’m giving away a copy of Luke’s book to one listener! Connect with Luke: Website Instagram Book Connect with me: Website Instagram Facebook This episode first appeared at EmilyRichett.com/Episode-55.
9 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
54: Trust the Process, In Memory of Ashley Rose
Today is an extra special episode. The previously scheduled interview has been moved to next week. Today I want to honor a special person, my cousin Ashley Rose. While she left the world far too soon, she made an incredible impact on the lives of many people- even complete strangers were inspired by her strength, determination, and faith. In this episode, I share a bit about the legacy she left behind and the wisdom she unknowingly imparted to me in her last days. I hope this inspires you to strive to “trust the process” more in your own life like Ashley did in hers. You can learn more at the foundation in her honor- Ashleyrosefoundation.org. Connect with the Ashley Rose Foundation: Website Instagram Facebook Connect with me: Website Instagram Facebook This episode first appeared at EmilyRichett.com/episode-54.
9 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
53: Biz Pep Talk: Send the Dang Email!
This is the first of a new series, where I’ll shart short, actionable lessons and stories to help you amplify your business. In today’s episode, I answer the question: What happens when you decide to write an email to your list of thousands of people who haven’t heard from you in years? I’ll tell you about my experience reviving a dead email list -- breaking down the numbers, the unsubscribes, the funny interactions, and new customers-- and the inspiring reminder that whether in your business or your personal life, success boils down to: IMPERFECT ACTION! Connect with me: Website Instagram Facebook This episode first appeared at EmilyRichett.com/episode-53.
41 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
52: Perspective & Hope for Entrepreneurs During Challenging Times
Today I'm bringing my friend and business mentor, Alex Charfen, back on the show. Alex is someone I highly respect, personally and professionally. In business, he has built multiple Inc 500 businesses, helped turn around an entire industry in crisis, and has coached hundreds of entrepreneurs to grow scalable, impactful businesses. Alex shares such an important message for entrepreneurs. If you’re running a business, you’re taking risks, you’re making things happen, and during these challenging times, it may require more fortitude and mental focus than ever before. He has that shift in perspective that a lot of us are looking for and I hope this resonates with you - and brings you hope - as much as it did for me. Mentioned in this episode: Creating Momentum Through Crisis, AMPLIFY interview with Alex Charfen The Entrepreneurial Personality Type, AMPLIFY interview with Alex Charfen Momentum podcast Facebook community Alex’s book Connect with me: Website Instagram Facebook This episode first appeared at EmilyRichett.com/Episode-52.
24 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
51: Self-Help Gurus, Feminism & “Having it All”
This episode is for all of my moms and women who feel like they’ve achieved a lot, overall, yet still feel unfulfilled and overwhelmed. If you’ve read all the popular books from the famous women authors and you follow the big influencers in the self-help space, but their feel-good advice doesn’t actually help, then this is especially for you! I made this episode that I wish I would have heard 4-6 years ago- the “me” that put so much of my self-worth and value in my productivity and achievements, while blindly following mainstream narratives about what would make me happy. In the summer of 2020, when I was able to finally breathe and the dust settled from all the upheaval in my business because of COVID, I was interviewed on a podcast (it’s linked here as a replay on The AMPLIFY Show)- it was supposed to be about business growth but it ended up being a very different kind of interview because I was going through so much transition. It is when I first realized that maybe I fell for a pack of lies that was disguised as self-help, feminism, and a promise of “having it all” at the cost of my own happiness. I share a few books and resources in this episode that helped me but I don’t have a specific roadmap or “5 tricks & hacks” - no easy solutions. My hope is that this episode sparks a little something for you and inspires you to continue the same journey I’ve been on these past two years. If this resonates with you, let me know! I’d love to hear from you over on Instagram @emilyrichett -- or feel free to send me a note- firstname.lastname@example.org Mentioned in this episode: Emily’s interview on the Irie Lemon podcast in 2020 Emily interviews Tara Jones-Williamson Connect with me: Website Instagram Facebook This episode first appeared at: EmilyRichett.com/Episode-51
15 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
50: Finding Purpose & Peace in Grief & Death
In this episode, I’m talking about a topic that can make many people uncomfortable- death. For thousands of years, reflecting on our own mortality and inevitable outcome has been used by philosophers and people of all kinds to be better, to do better, and to make the most of this short life. This week I had a chance to say goodbye to my grandmother who is in her final days of life. I talk about this special moment and the valuable lesson it provided, as well as the journaling technique that can help you to intentionally consider your mortality in a helpful way. If this episode resonates with you, please share it- just screenshot and share on social. Tag me @emilyrichett - and rate the show on whatever platform you listen on. It really does help! You can also sign-up for my new email newsletter emilyrichett.com/likemindedmamas. Connect with me: Website Instagram Facebook This episode first appeared at emilyrichett.com/episode-50.
17 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
49: How to Stay Focused and Strong During Crazy Times
Fighting Back Against Parent Bully Mobs -- In this episode, I’m opening up about an increasing problem I’ve been seeing play out in my community and those across the country. It’s the evergrowing “parent mobs” - groups of parents who have thrown kindness and tolerance out of the window and replaced them with anger and divisiveness. I talk about the incident that happened in my town that was the final straw and why it’s dangerous that so many good, reasonable voices are being silenced while this parent mob continues to grow. I’m also sharing a few ways we can band together to fight back without losing our humanity or hurting our neighbors or modeling intolerance to our children. If this episode resonates with you, you can join my email list at emilyrichett.com/likemindedmamas - that is where I’ll update you with future episodes on this topic, including some upcoming guests that will share ways we can stay informed without being overwhelmed and how to build autonomy and freedom into our businesses and lives so we can have the courage to stand up for what is right. It’s also really helpful for me if you share this podcast with other parents who will find support and hope in this message. Thank you for listening and I look forward to connecting with you. Connect with me: Website Instagram Facebook This episode first appeared at www.emilyrichett.com/episode-49
32 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
48: Break the Twitch And Live a More Intentional Life, With Anthony Ongaro
I’ve got a great interview for you today. I’m chatting with Anthony Ongaro, author of Break The Twitch: a practical guide to minimalism, intentional living & doing more of what matters. From the moment I read the title of his book, I knew I had to read it. It put a name to something I had been feeling for a long time, and you may be too, if you also get these twitches or impulses that prevent you from living your life to its fullest. The inside cover of the book reads: “Every day, we make hundreds of small actions without even thinking about them. Pulling out our smartphones, clicking the one-click purchase button, pulling down to refresh the social media feed, and more. Automatic actions that have become so deeply programmed into our lives that we don't have the chance to stop and ask ourselves a very important question: Do I actually want to do this right now? This book is all about taking a step back, identifying the Twitch—the impulsive, unproductive responses we have to discomfort—minimizing those distractions, kicking the clutter, and doing more of what matters.” In today’s interview, we chat about what inspired Anthony’s book, how to sit with discomfort instead of reaching for your phone or the fridge or whatever your “twitch” happens to be, and other ways to live more intentionally. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did, and I'd love if you share this episode on social and tag me @emilyrichett! And don’t forget to check out Anthony’s book, Break the Twitch. Connect with Anthony: Website Instagram Book Connect with me: Website Instagram Facebook This episode first appeared at www.emilyrichett.com/episode-48
22 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
47: Coming of Age in The Digital Age With Lauren Ellman
On this episode of The AMPLIFY Show, I’m chatting with Lauren Ellman, the author of the book BRB: A Memoir About Coming of Age in The Digital Age. This episode kicks off a sort of mini-series; I’ve been on a journey interviewing authors about minimalism, simplicity, and how to break free from our addiction to tech, social media, and outside affirmation. I’ll be sharing more interviews with authors and thought leaders as I try to navigate living a life with less use of technology and social media, which is tricky as an entrepreneur. In this interview, Lauren talks about what inspired her book, growing up as a millennial at the start of the internet, and how to navigate mental health and our sense of self while using social media and technology. She also shares tools she has used to repair her relationship with social media and the boundaries that help her stay connected with friends and family without letting social media impact her mental wellbeing. If you enjoyed today’s episode, I'd love if you share on social and tag me @emilyrichett! Connect with Lauren: Instagram Podcast BRB: A Memoir About Coming of Age in The Digital Age Connect with me: Website Instagram Facebook This episode first appeared at EmilyRichett.com/episode-47
33 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
46: Creating Systems for Success With Kate Erickson
Today on the show I’m talking with Kate Erickson, one half of the duo behind the Entrepreneurs On Fire Podcast with John Lee Dumas and host of her own show, Kate’s Take. Kate runs all of the systems and processes behind Entrepreneurs on Fire and gives us an inside view of what those processes look like. I love learning how entrepreneurs have set up their multi-million dollar businesses for success. Kate and John are two entrepreneurs who aren’t running themselves ragged with their business, all because of automation and setting up processes and systems that set them up for success. Kate offers her five main steps to set up systems, and we talk about where you should begin if you’ve already set up your business and want to remove yourself from some of the day-to-day and find more freedom. If you enjoyed today’s episode, I'd love if you share on social and tag me @emilyrichett! And don’t forget to check out Kate’s podcast for more about creating systems and processes that will set your business up for success. Topics discussed: [3:00] Kate’s role in Entrepreneurs on Fire & what prompted her new podcast [6:30] Five steps to set up systems in your business [12:00] Kate’s typical day and morning routine [15:00] How Kate relies on delegation and automation [22:00] The #1 thing to focus on to step out of your business [30:00] What’s next for Kate and Entrepreneurs on Fire Connect with Kate: Website Instagram Kate’s Take Connect with me: Website Instagram Facebook This episode first appeared at www.emilyrichett.com/episode-46
21 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
45: Planning for Maternity Leave and Time Off From Biz for Mom Entrepreneurs
Hi everyone - I’m back! I had to break my weekly podcast streak this year (I was SO proud of it!) but for very good reason-- I welcomed another baby girl on April 21st, Mae Elizabeth, and she is just an absolute dream! In this episode, I share all about planning for a maternity leave while being a mom business owner - what worked, what didn't, and what I've learned doing this a few times now. I know for me it's always been very helpful to learn how other mom entrepreneurs prepare their businesses and home for a maternity leave and really, it's helpful for anytime you want to just take a break from business or a vacation. In my last episode, I talked a bit about the waiting game and how I became SUPER productive in nesting mode. I completely redesigned my website at emilyrichett.com, as well as The AMPLIFY Show’s site, theamplifyshow.com. I also redesigned and did a complete overhaul of my DIY PR program/mastermind (also called AMPLIFY). Had I known I was going to be a week overdue, I’m not sure I would have done all of that- I experienced some supercharged energy by not knowing how much time I would have, which is a pretty cool thing to experience. Every day ends up feeling like the Friday before vacation! If you want to hear all about the labor, delivery, and Mae's birth story, I shared a bit of that over on my blog - a little something for my sentimental mama friends! But now we'll dive right into the planning, strategies, and all the kind of stuff you've come to expect here at AMPLIFY. Having a baby and the initial postpartum stage that follows is challenging- no going around it. This has been the best and easiest in many ways and also, the hardest in other ways. On one hand, my business and my family were simply in better places to welcome another baby. My two daughters were 4 (nearly 5) and 6 -much easier to manage than 2 under 2 like before- and my husband and I are becoming pros at changing diapers in our sleep! My business is 8.5 years old and I have more support and systems than I had previously. On the other hand, there were some unexpected events that made this maternity leave more challenging- the physical recovery was a bit harder this time (ahem, "advanced maternal age"), I received some tough family news that had us traveling just a couple weeks postpartum, while at the same time one of my team members put in her two weeks notice which meant I had to dive into that transition and finding a replacement. Was this the ideal, hands-off maternity leave I had planned for and expected? Nope. Was it as "checked out" as a typical maternity leave if I had a regular job? Hardly. But as entrepreneurs, this is the life we have signed up for, right? We are ready to accept that nothing in life is promised- or even promised to be easy. We are always ready to figure things out when obstacles arise. This is what we do. We figure. things. out. Moms in general are amazing at this- it's a superpower we share. It's how we multi-task the many things our families and children need from us to run a smooth household (on good days!). I really felt that God-given mother energy during the challenging times of my labor and through postpartum and I have to give credit to that first. And for the rest, I'll share that below and with a deeper dive in today's episode- so please listen and I'd love your feedback if you've taken an entrepreneur maternity leave- or an extended time away from your business. 1- PRAY FOR THE BEST, PREPARE FOR THE WORST You get about 40 weeks to prepare before having a baby. There is so much we can't control but leverage the things you can prepare for in advance Pray for the best, but prepare for the "worst case scenario" - of course we hope our baby will be a great sleeper and that our recovery will be a breeze. But just assume you're going to have a colicky little babe and need extra TLC for yourself too. You'll be so glad you have the supplies and support set up in advance if needed. 2- PAUSE, AUTOMATE & DELEGATE + THE “POST-BABY LIST” What can you pause for a while? You typically can't do everything so just be OK with eliminating. Automate or delegate the rest - this is true for at home and in business. Think about all the things you could put on auto-shipping for home supplies, a cleaning or meal delivery service - and things in business that can be automated or delegated out to someone else for a while. Create a "post-baby" list and brain dump all the things you have coming up in the next 3 months after baby that need to get done or that you don't want to forget. Paying invoices or remembering to cancel a subscription are good things to add to the list so you can free up mental space to just relax and focus on baby and recovery. 3- PLAN FOR MORE SUPPORT THAN YOU NEED Similar to planning for the worst-case scenario, it's helpful to assume you may need a lot of help (even if you don't end up needing it!). I hired a postpartum doula to help at home so we would have an extra set of hands to help in every aspect of transitioning to life with another baby- she was so great and jumped in to help with everything from burping the baby and bringing her to me for feedings if I was napping, to dishes, laundry and tidying the house. Have extra support ready for your team or business. I should have prepared more in this area and in hindsight, I would have hired a couple extra publicists and had them ready to dive into some projects as needed. Next week on The AMPLIFY Show, I’m going to share how to handle challenging situations and unexpected events. I also have some exciting interviews coming up with authors and coaches to help you amplify your business and your life, so stay tuned! If this episode resonated with you, I'd love to hear about it. Connect with me over on Instagram (@emilyrichett) and let me know- how do you prepare for taking time away from business- especially maternity leave! Connect with me: Website Instagram Facebook This episode first appeared at https://emilyrichett.com/episode-45
11 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
44: 5 Reasons to Create a Digital Product or Course
Well, I’m still waiting on baby #3 to arrive, so I decided to “birth” one more podcast episode before I take a short break from the show for maternity leave! Today I’m talking about why you should create a digital product or course. This episode applies if you have a service-based business like I do, if you’re a doctor or consultant, or even if you own a local, brick and mortar business. Obviously, the online space for business has grown immensely this past year. People are more comfortable than ever handing over their money to learn from someone online. So the opportunity to sell your knowledge and expertise in the form of an online product or course is huge. About 4 years ago, I launched my first online program, Amplify. I just recently revamped the entire program, which you can hear more about in my previous episode about how to stop procrastinating and get stuff done. Redoing my own course reminded me what a powerful tool online programs can be for entrepreneurs, so tune in for my top 5 reasons to launch an online product or course. Connect with me: Website Instagram Facebook This episode first appeared at emilyrichett.com/episode-44
19 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
43: How To Quit Procrastinating And Get Stuff Done
We all have those things that are on our to-do list that get carried over week to week to week, or into the month, or even into the next year. In today’s episode, I’m sharing all about how to finally stop procrastinating on those things and how to GET STUFF DONE! You know the saying, “if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it?” Well, I think you could also say “if you want something done, ask a pregnant woman to do it!” I’m just a couple weeks out from my due date with baby #3 (not to mention I’ve been anticipating an early labor for a couple weeks now), add to that spring cleaning season… and these nesting vibes are out of this world! I’m going to share this kind of funny example for you but obviously, I don’t recommend getting pregnant in order to be productive - while effective, it’s not exactly the easiest way to get things done. So tune in and I’ll share my 3 tips (technically 4 tips) to finally stop putting things off and instead, getting things done. And if this was helpful, please share it with someone else who could use this advice and tag me @emilyrichett so I can cheer you on! I really appreciate the support and wish you the best in tackling those big projects. Connect with me: Website Instagram Facebook This episode first appeared at www.emilyrichett.com/episode-43.
17 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
42: Harnessing the Power of Your Anxiety with Dr. Chloe Carmichael
If you’re a high performer, and I’m guessing you are, you’ve probably achieved a good amount of success but still find yourself feeling a sense of lack, or unhappiness. If so, then this episode is for you. Today I’m talking with Dr. Chloe Carmichael, the author of the new book (out this month) called Nervous Energy: Harness the Power of Your Anxiety. She holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University, and her practice focuses on stress management, relationship issues, and self-esteem. We talk about how I’ve always felt nervous energy has been a big helper in my life and in my career. But as I’ve gotten older, and definitely in becoming a mom, I can see the downside and even just habitual patterns of nervous energy that aren’t the healthiest. I never really considered how to best harness that so-called nervous energy and anxiety and to funnel it in a better way, and that’s what Dr. Chloe and I talk about it in the episode. She offers some simple tactics that you can implement right away, like her concept of “worry time” or the “to-do list with emotions.” All of this is a big focus of her book, which you can grab at nervousenergybook.com. Topics discussed: The purpose of anxiety Chloe’s thought replacement technique How to implement “worry time” To-do list with emotions How to use breathing techniques to increase mindfulness & metacognition Connect with Dr. Chloe: Website Book Twitter Connect with me: Website Instagram Facebook This episode first appeared at www.emilyrichett.com/episode-42.
18 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
41: Motherhood, Purpose, & Inventing Diapertainment with Missy Narula
My guest on the show today is the founder and CEO of Exhale Parent, a company focused on legal and financial tools for new parents. Missy Narula is also the inventor behind Diapertainment and one of my clients with HAPPY PR. We recently did publicity for Diapertainment, her innovative parenting solution for squirmy diaper changes. We chat about the juggle with home and work that moms have had during Covid, creating a physical product to solve a simple, everyday problem that parents deal with, and the biggest thing that holds entrepreneurs back from launching. Tune in for valuable tips from Missy about parental leave, her journey from McDonald’s to the ivy league and fancy jobs, and why she eventually left those to follow her purpose. As always, if you liked this episode let me know over on Instagram, and don't forget to subscribe and leave a review! Topics discussed: Parents make great entrepreneurs – we see the problems to solve first-hand Diapertainment is not about screen time; it’s about safety Parents need to stop judging each other – we are all just doing our best! The biggest thing that holds entrepreneurs back from launching Connect with Missy: Exhale Parent Diapertainment Instagram Connect with me: Website Instagram Facebook This episode first appeared at www.emilyrichett.com/episode-41.
24 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
40: The Common Path To Uncommon Success With John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneurs on Fire
Today on the show I’m talking with John Lee Dumas, the award winning host of Entrepreneurs on Fire. I’ve had JLD on the show before, and I’ve been on his podcast. I call JLD the godfather of podcasting because he was one of the first to really focus on the entrepreneur niche in podcasts. Today John and I talk about his newest book The Common Path to Uncommon Success. As someone who has interviewed thousands of high-achievers, you can bet he’s learned a few things about carving the uncommon path. I always enjoy his perspective-- it reminds me of my background as a news reporter, when I interviewed more than 6,000 people doing great things. You do learn a ton from others when you have that opportunity. So JLD put his lessons and strategies into a book as a roadmap for the rest of us. He also has some incredible bonuses if you pre-order at UncommonSuccessBook.com. Topics discussed: How people have been lied to by the 'experts' in the online business world What do we really want to achieve? 17-step roadmap to financial freedom and fulfillment JLD’s new book, The Common Path to Uncommon Success Connect with JLD: Website Instagram Pre-order the book Connect with me: Website Instagram Facebook This episode first appeared at emilyrichett.com/episode-40.
21 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
39: The Business Value of Community with Katya Libin
Today I’m talking with Katya Libin, the CEO and co-founder of HeyMama and one of the Center for Women & Wealth's 20 most inspiring women to watch out for in 2020. HeyMama is a private online community of entrepreneurial and working moms from around the globe. Katya talks about how she started HeyMama, her background and moving to the US when she was 3, and we talk about the importance of community- both in business and personally. I’m excited to be hosting a workshop for the HeyMama community next week all about how to get featured in the media. They offer great virtual workshops like that but also in-person events and connection. Overall, this group is a great place to be if you’re a working mom. Tune in for Katya’s code to get $50 off a HeyMama membership, and learn more over at HeyMama.co. You can also register for my workshop happening next week at howtogetfeaturedinforbes.splashthat.com. Topics discussed: Why community is vital to business What to look for when forming/finding your community How to leverage your community Connect with Katya: Website Instagram HeyMama’s Instagram Connect with me: Website Instagram Facebook This episode first appeared at www.emilyrichett.com/episode-39.
20 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
38: Pregnancy, COVID & Business with Gold Coast Doulas
It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly a year since I took my business, HAPPY PR, all remote. Like so many other businesses, our in-person team started working from home, and we’ve decided to stay that way. Today I’m diving more into the transition of running an in-person, service-based business to an online business model and how you can optimize it for success. Switching from an in-person business model to online isn’t just a matter of throwing a couple widgets on your website. Not only do you have to think about how to create this new product that is available online, but you also have to consider lead generation, pivot your marketing efforts, and determine what tech you need to reach people online. If you’ve never built a funnel or don’t know what a funnel is, well, that’s going to be an even bigger learning curve. In this episode, I’m interviewing Kristin and Alyssa of Gold Coast Doulas, a successful doula agency here in Michigan, about how their business has been impacted by the pandemic and how they’re adapting to an online business model. I’ve been working with them since late last year to help them leverage all of their expertise and experience and to take it from something that used to be only available locally to a product that can now impact women and families worldwide. I thought it would be great to chat with them about this experience, and it may be helpful for you if you’re really starting to lean into online business or just looking at your business in a new light. If you’re pregnant or know someone who is expecting, share this episode with them and send them over to www.thebecomingcourse.com so they can get Kristin and Alyssa’s free guide to navigating pregnancy, birth and early parenting during a pandemic, and they can sign up for a free virtual workshop coming up next week. Topics Discussed: How the in-person service agency, Gold Coast Doulas, pivoted during the pandemic to start offering virtual services Working with Emily and HAPPY PR to build an online business model that included marketing/lead generation, webinars, and an online program called The Becoming Course Get the free guide on pregnancy during a pandemic and sign-up to save a spot in a free virtual workshop at www.thebecomingcourse.com Connect with Gold Coast Doulas: Website Instagram Facebook Connect with Me: Website Instagram Facebook This episode first appeared at www.emilyrichett.com/episode-38.
19 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
37: Stay Visible Online While Being Present in Life
In today’s episode, I’m talking about the fine balance in being visible online while still being present in LIFE. As an entrepreneur, being visible online and having a brand presence on social media is important. At the same time, social media and attachment to our devices are changing the way we live, think, and feel. They’re distracting us from living present, mindful lives. As a mom who has been home with kids more this past year, it’s become extra difficult to find balance. When I started embarking on this journey for simplicity (both in life and online), I kept getting stuck at this big question: How do we stay visible and connected without giving up our peace of mind and being a slave to our addicting devices? In today’s episode, I’ll tackle this question and share some of the strategies I’m using to find digital balance in life and work. Topics Discussed: Why I finally ditched my social media apps 3 strategies to stay visible without losing your freedom, presence, and sanity The benefits + downsides to spending less time online Tools to leverage an online presence without giving it your time Connect with Me: Website Instagram Facebook This episode first appeared at www.emilyrichett.com/episode-37
8 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
36: Finding Freedom with Social Detox, Digital Minimalism & Vacation
When this episode goes live, I’ll be in the middle of my longest “unplugged” vacation yet. Unplugged for me means not traveling with a laptop or having to work more than a few check-ins here & there. While I do keep an eye on emails, I don’t feel the need to respond to anything that is not urgent. Other than checking in with my team occasionally, I don’t have any obligations other than enjoying time with my family, resting, reading, and giving my mind space to freely think without an agenda. So, I suppose it’s not 100 percent unplugged, but I don’t really strive to have zero digital connection, more to limit any unnecessary connection. It has taken me 8 years to take a 10-day unplugged vacation and I truly think I could have done it a lot sooner, but I was missing one crucial element: the absolute desire to just do it! If I’m honest with myself, my ego and false belief that I “needed” to be working and my desire to be in control and constantly striving were probably holding me back most. Another element that needed to change was my personal digital attachment. What good is unplugging from work only to mindlessly scroll Instagram or refresh my apps multiple times an hour? I didn’t want the temptation to get ahead on work or to get too productive, so I deleted the apps off my phone & left my computer behind. In today’s episode, I’m sharing three books that have helped me recognize my unhealthy habits and detox from social media (even when I was kidding myself that it was “all for work”), over-working, and under-resting! I also talk a bit about how I’m managing to still stay visible online without doing much personal social media, including how I utilize a “social media phone” and have limited batched times when I go online. I am always searching for ways to create more ease and freedom while juggling motherhood and business. What better time than a vacation to put some of these mindful strategies to the test? Be sure to check back as I’ll share next week more about what worked and what didn’t as I venture into this digital minimalism journey. Resources Mentioned: Break the Twitch: A Practical Guide To Minimalism, Intentional Living & Doing More Of What Matters by Anthony Ongaro Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport Hands Free Life: Nine Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, and Loving More by Rachel Macy Stafford Connect with me: Website Instagram Facebook This episode first appeared at emilyrichett.com/episode-36.
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