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14 minutes | 17 hours ago
115 - Lean Into Your Season
Welcome to the last episode of May is for Mamas! Today, I’m going to be brief and hopefully encouraging. And I don't say this lightly—I believe the secret to getting the most out of motherhood, and life in general, is to simply lean in to your season. For the full show notes, head to nancyray.com/podcast/115. Resources from this episode: Episode 047 - Book | Seasons of God with Dr. Richard Blackaby Seasons of God, by Dr. Richard Blackaby Affiliate links have been used in this post! I do receive a commission when you choose to purchase through these links, and that helps me keep this podcast up and running—I truly appreciate when you choose to use them!
74 minutes | 8 days ago
114 - BFFs, Infertility, and Miracles with Samantha Ray
Welcome to May is for Mamas where every episode this month is dedicated to all the mamas out there. Today is a special one because I'm having my best friends since ninth grade, who also happens to be my sister-in-law—yes, it's crazy—we ended up marrying brothers on my podcast as my guest. Her name is Samantha Ray, and she is a writer, creator, mother, and my dearest friend, living in Wake Forest, North Carolina, with her husband, John, daughter, Griffin, and their three kitties. She is a writer in every sense of the word. She writes about slow living, pursuing a whole healthful lifestyle, including relational and emotional health. And she has never been afraid to dig into the deeper grittier issues of life, which is why she's here today. She's also a beautiful songwriter and musician. She's gifted in so many ways. I adore her and she always has this profound belief that there's beauty to be found in the messy, the undone, the less photo-worthy moments of life. And it's always worthwhile to dig for the gold, right where you are. Now, Sam and I have been friends for a long, long time. Today we are diving into one of the most difficult seasons of our friendship, the season of five years where she was walking through infertility and I had three babies. The tension, the heartache, and the hope that we felt was very real and we're sharing that today, and Sam specifically is sharing her story. And as she does, she's very honest, very real. She gives a lot of great practical advice and a huge dose of hope and healing for anyone walking through infertility. I'm just so honored to share today's podcast episode with you, because what it feels like for me is a precious gift that I'm giving to you, that you can hear Sam's heart and her story. And it feels like we are sharing this really vulnerable part of our journey together as friends and sisters with you. For the full show notes, head to nancyray.com/podcast/114. Resources from this episode: Sam’s blog Episode 093 - A Year of Contentment with Reagan Reynolds, Pt. 1 Episode 094 - A Year of Contentment with Reagan Reynolds, Pt. 2
23 minutes | 15 days ago
113 - My Journey to Motherhood
Welcome to the first episode in May is for Mamas! Every episode this month will be dedicated to all the mamas listening and will hopefully be encouraging and helpful to you. Before I jump into the episode, I wanted you to know that starting tomorrow May 5th lasting through May 10th, my Legacy Photo System is going to be on sale. This is the system I created to organize all of my photos. My printed photos, my digital photos, how to back them up, how to get them under control on my phone, how to get a system in place long-term moving forward so that you can get rid of the overwhelming stress of managing your photos and actually enjoy them again. So head to legacyphotosystem.com from May 5th through the 10th to grab yours on sale. It's the perfect mother's day gift, in my opinion, if you don't have it already. Now, this episode feels vulnerable. This episode feels extra vulnerable for me because I don't feel like I got to this path of motherhood that I'm on like most women do, but I'm realizing that every story of motherhood is different and hard and beautiful and every unique way. And so in hopes that I'm going to make someone who's listening feel a little less lonely and a little more normal, I am going to be vulnerable and share how I got here, how I got to being a mama of almost four kids. How I love it so much, but how I was terrified of it at first. For the full show notes, head to nancyray.com/podcast/113. Resources from this episode: The Legacy Photo System (on sale 5/5-5/10!) Episode 058 - Raising 6 Kids (Including triplets!) with Mary Lindsey Blanton Hinds’ Feet on High Places, by Hannah Hurnard Affiliate links have been used in this post! I do receive a commission when you choose to purchase through these links, and that helps me keep this podcast up and running—I truly appreciate when you choose to use them!
23 minutes | 22 days ago
112 - Book | Atomic Habits
It's a Nancy Ray Book Club episode! Once a month I share a book I'm reading and loving, and my three biggest takeaways from that book. You can join in on this book club at any point by heading over to nancyray.com/bookclub. Now this month's book is Atomic Habits, by James Clear. It has been highly recommended to me for such a long time, and I've got to say, it's lived up to its hype. I really, really enjoyed it. It was hard to narrow down my takeaways, whether we like to admit it or not, we all have habits, good or bad, we all have habits. And sometimes we're aware of these habits, but sometimes they're such a normal part of our lives that we're not even aware that we have this habit. This book allowed me to take a step back, kind of look at my life and analyze the things that I do, my habits: things I do every day, and more than just that it taught me how to maximize the good habits, even create new good habits and minimize my bad habits--something I think we could all benefit from doing on a regular basis. One more thing I wanted to add before we jump into this episode is that next month, the whole month of may is May is for Mamas. That's where I dedicate every episode to all the mamas out there listening. I'm really excited for what's to come. I also wanted to give you a heads up that my Legacy Photo System course is going on sale. So make sure you listen to the end of this episode, to get all the details! For the full show notes, head to nancyray.com/podcast/112. Resources from this episode: Nancy Ray Book Club The Legacy Photo System Atomic Habits, by James Clear
19 minutes | a month ago
111 - How to Keep Photos Organized with 4 Kids
Every mother is stuck in this paradox of wanting so badly to photograph and keep and preserve heir children's lives and childhoods with organized baby books and photos, but the very thing that keeps us from doing that are our children. They consume so much of our time and mental energy, it feels impossible to stay on top of our photos. Being that I used to be a professional photographer, I have set out to simplify this process and do something about it. Today, I'm going to tell you how I plan to keep my photos organized with four kids.
17 minutes | a month ago
110 - What I Learned This Contentment Challenge
Three days ago, I finished, I think my sixth, maybe my seventh Contentment Challenge, where I give up shopping completely for three months at a time. Of course I buy food, I get gas, I get the necessities, but I quit my addiction to Target. I quit Amazon Prime. I quit impulse buys and I focus my heart on living, on doing things, on gratitude. So many of you joined me this year and I'm so grateful that you did. Now if this is your first time hearing about the Contentment Challenge, go back and listen to episode three of this podcast—one of the very early episodes—to learn more about it, learn how it began, the story of it and how you could do one too, if you wanted, or you can just go here to get some free resources if you feel like you want to learn more. Today, I'm going to share with you the value of doing this, the value of giving up something in your life that's easy and convenient and even good, to challenge yourself and specifically the value of the Contentment Challenge this year and what I learned this time around. For the full show notes, head to nancyray.com/podcast/110. Resources from this episode: Last day to enter the giveaway!! Take the Contentment Challenge Episode 003 - The Contentment Challenge
23 minutes | a month ago
109 - Happy Two Year Anniversary!
Today we are celebrating two whole years of this podcast, Work and Play with Nancy Ray! I have a really fun, unique episode planed—it’s like a birthday party that I want to celebrate and encourage you with. But two quick things I wanted to mention before we dive in: First, if you have never left a review for this podcast in Apple podcasts, would you consider doing that today? It takes less than two minutes. It is a great way for others to discover this podcast. Just pretend like your review is the birthday present that you're bringing to this podcast on her second birthday, and then pretend like I give you a big hug and say, "Thank you! This is exactly what we wanted!" because it is. But truly, thank you, I'm so grateful that you spend your time listening to this podcast. I know life is short. The fact you take your precious time and listen to my podcast means so so much. I'm so grateful. The second thing I wanted to share is there is a giveaway happening for this week to celebrate the second birthday of this podcast! And it's full of some really great things. So here's what you need to know about the giveaway: nancyray.com/podcastgiveaway is going to have all of the details. It starts April 6th and ends April 13th at midnight, and it's really easy for you to enter! But first of all, I want to tell you what's in the giveaway: My Legacy Photo System (Premium!) and my Contentment Reset. Shunta, who you're going to hear from today, her Right Now Routine, which I've been through—it’s amazing—and her Clean One Room program. Kat Schmoyer's Ultimate Calendar Bundle. If you're planner like me, you are going to want this, it's so good. And a Cultivate What Matters Custom Write the Word Journal! Now there are different winners, different tiers and categories of winners. And the first tier, the big winner is going to get most of the stuff. The second tier winner, they're going to get: My Legacy Photo System: Basic The Contentment Reset A Write the Word Journal Kat’s Quarterly Calendar So, bottom line is, make sure you register because there's going to be four winners, which is so great! All right, let's get to today's episode! Today, you are going to hear from a few friends of mine—dear friends, friends that I trust, friends that have so much wisdom and encouragement to offer you. A lot of these friends have been on the podcast before, I've interviewed several of them, so they might be familiar to you. All of them have contributed to this birthday party, to this encouragement. They're all going to speak life to you, give you some encouragement or advice. Maybe just a helpful tip or words of wisdom, but no matter what, I promise is going to be something valuable. You might be familiar with them, but even if you're not, I want you to know they are people that I deeply respect and admire, and if something they say resonates with you, I'd encourage you to find them online or on social media. I'm going to be sure to leave all of their links in the show notes today, because what they say today is just the tip of the iceberg of what they have to offer. I love them dearly. I'm so grateful for them. So, Happy Birthday Work and Play Podcast! Thank you so much for coming to our little party today. I hope you find encouragement, I hope you win the giveaway and I hope you're blessed. For the full show notes, head to nancyray.com/podcast/109. Resources from this episode: Two Year Anniversary Giveaway!!! (ends 4/13!) Leave a review for the Work & Play Podcast on iTunes Kate Strickler (Naptime Kitchen) on Instagram Naptime Kitchen website Ashlyn Carter on Instagram Ashlyn Writes website Laura Casey on Instagram Cultivate What Matters website Chrystal Evans Hurst on Instagram Chrystal Evans Hurst website Emily Thomas on Instagram Em for Marvelous blog Shunta Grant on Instagram Best Today Brand website Kat Schmoyer on Instagram Creative at Heart website
21 minutes | 2 months ago
108 - Book | Sleep Smarter
Welcome to the Nancy Ray Book Club, where once a month I share a summary of a book worth reading, and my top three takeaways from that book. Many of you have joined my 2021 book club and are reading along with me. But if you haven't, we would still love to have you! You can learn more and join by visiting nancyray.com/bookclub. Also, I wanted to give you a heads up! Next month, the whole month of May, I'll be dedicating it to our mamas. Any listener who’s a mama—it’s for you. We did this last year and I called it May is for Mamas (Episodes 056-064) and we are doing it again, so stay tuned! I am excited for what's to come. I'll be honest—I almost took this book off of my reading list this year, because I felt like it was cruel and unusual punishment to myself to read a book about sleep the year that I would have a newborn baby. Like, why am I thinking and reading all about how to get good sleep knowing I am going to be sleep deprived no matter what? BUT I'm really glad I kept it on the list and read it anyway, because it's helping me now in pregnancy and the tips and lessons that I've learned in this book will help me understand my body and maximize my sleep even during that newborn phase, as hard as it's going to be, as well as prioritizing sleep for our whole family for years to come. I get pretty nerdy today—fair warning! But I'm really excited about all that. We're going to learn together. For the full show notes, head to nancyray.com/podcast/108. Resources from this episode: Nancy Ray Book Club Sleep Smarter, by Shawn Stevenson Liquid magnesium supplement Work & Play Cornerstore Affiliate links have been used in this post! I do receive a commission when you choose to purchase through these links, and that helps me keep this podcast up and running—I truly appreciate when you choose to use them!
14 minutes | 2 months ago
107 - How I'm Simplifying My Work This Year
In a lot of ways my work has really been simplified for me—I'm going on eight months of no childcare other than the two days that my kids are at preschool and kindergarten. I have been forced to be really strategic and simplified with my time and my plans. Today, I'm going to share ways that I took things off of my plate, got organized and really simplified my work and my goals this year, and moving forward. For the full show notes, head to nancyray.com/podcast/107. Resources from this episode: Traction, by Gino Wickman Episode 026 - My Favorite Business Book of All Time Golden Coil Planner Google Tasksboard Flodesk - this is an affiliate link! You’ll get 50% off and I get a commission if you choose to use this link! Dropbox Episode 106 - Email Ninja Episode 102 - Eliminating Decision Fatigue Affiliate links have been used in this post! I do receive a commission when you choose to purchase through these links, and that helps me keep this podcast up and running—I truly appreciate when you choose to use them!
16 minutes | 2 months ago
106 - Email Ninja
Emails can be such a point of stress in our lives because they just keep piling up and they're a complete time suck. I cannot tell you how many days I've wanted to check my email real quick. Do I get any other work done? No. Is my inbox actually cleared up? No. I just spent all day in my inbox and I have nothing to show for it, and there are about seven other super legitimate, important things I would rather be doing. While I was running my photography business and running my team, we had to get an email system in place and I turned my inbox into a little game. Over the years I have put a lot of disciplines into place and match that up with this little game that I play and all of that has really helped me to get control over it and not feel as overwhelmed, but instead, feel more like an #EmailNinja. Today, I'm going to teach you how to be an Email Ninja, too. For the full show notes, head to nancyray.com/podcast/106. Resources from this episode: Unroll.me
38 minutes | 2 months ago
105 - Baby #4 Q&A
This episode is going to be a personal look into my life, my motherhood, and more specifically, this fourth pregnancy that I am currently experiencing. Listen, my core purpose with this podcast is to provide you practical tools for an integrated life, and integrated means showing up and sharing all areas of my life and how my faith in Jesus is really the center of everything, in my work and my play and all other areas, and hopefully provide some practical tools along the way. Today is going to be a little more laid back, more like a conversation with me. Let's pretend like we're out at a coffee shop drinking our favorite coffee, and we're talking about motherhood and pregnancy and all the things. I've gathered so many questions, and I'm really excited to dive in and answer them. And honestly, I haven't really prepared my answers ahead of time. I'm just gonna speak from my heart. I think it's gonna be fun! For the full show notes, head to nancyray.com/podcast/105. Resources from this episode: Maternity photos by Olivia Suriano! Beaufort’s Birth Story Diono Carseats Episode 023 - The Fear of Becoming a Mom with Katelyn James Episode 072 - What I’ve Learned About Fear Episode 048 - An Update to Our Dave Ramsey Journey The Contentment Challenge Spectra breast pump The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth Supernatural Childbirth Babywise Affiliate links have been used in this post! I do receive a commission when you choose to purchase through these links, and that helps me keep this podcast up and running—I truly appreciate when you choose to use them!
30 minutes | 3 months ago
104 - Know Yourself, Know Your Money with Rachel Cruze
I'm so excited to welcome Rachel Cruze back to the Work & Play Podcast! She is a personal finance expert with Ramsey Solutions and author of Know Yourself, Know Your Money. She's also a mama of three littles, two girls and a boy, so I have a special place in my heart for that. And honestly, she's just such an uplifting voice in my life today. We're talking about the why behind your money—why we think or behave the way that we do when it comes to our spending, saving and relating to money. And most importantly, how we can continue to dream with our money when it feels like life might be a little out of our control. For the full show notes, head to nancyray.com/podcast/104. Resources from this episode: Know Yourself, Know Your Money, by Rachel Cruze The Rachel Cruze Show Episode 036 - Living a Content Life with Rachel Cruze The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis The Wife Between Us, by Hendricks and Pekkanen The Last Mrs. Parrish, by Liv Constantine The Guest List, by Lucy Foley The Silent Patient, by Alex Michaelides Ruth Ware (author) Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance Educated, by Tara Westover Greenlights, by Matthew McConaughey The Makeup Eraser Affiliate links have been used in this post! I do receive a commission when you choose to purchase through these links, and that helps me keep this podcast up and running—I truly appreciate when you choose to use them!
29 minutes | 3 months ago
103 - Book | Up From Slavery
Booker T. Washington's life story has impacted me so deeply. I can honestly say, this is one of those books that has changed me. I have the utmost respect for this man, what he did to lift himself and thousands of others out of the awful repercussions of slavery, and to bring unity to white and black communities just years after slavery was abolished, was nothing short of heroic. He was born a slave. He didn't know who his father was. He didn't even know his birthday. His deep hunger for education drove him to take some massive risks and endure some incredibly difficult circumstances. But his tenacity and perseverance and hard work carved a path to create such an incredible life and legacy, which I'm going to talk more about today. I hope you'll listen in to his inspiring story, my top three takeaways, and I really, really hope that you're going to pick up this book. Resources from this episode: Nancy Ray Book Club Up From Slavery, Booker T. Washington’s Autobiography Work & Play Cornerstore Affiliate links have been used in this post! I do receive a commission when you choose to purchase through these links, and that helps me keep this podcast up and running—I truly appreciate when you choose to use them!
23 minutes | 3 months ago
102 - Eliminating Decision Fatigue
It is estimated that the average adult makes about 35,000 remotely conscious decisions each and every day. That's crazy. 35,000 decisions a day. And of course, every decision we make, big or small, carries certain consequences with it. When we feel overloaded by too many decisions, our ability to make good, clear decisions decreases, which is called “decision fatigue”: basically we just get so tired of making so many decisions. It doesn't matter how strong or smart you are. Your brain just says “I'm done today.” I want to ask you simple question and let you in on a few ways that I'm trying to actively eliminate decision fatigue In my own life. For the full show notes, head to nancyray.com/podcast/102. Resources from this episode: Episode 100 - 100th Episode, 100 Questions! Episode 099 - Book | Parenting with Love and Logic Sleep Smarter, by Shawn Stephenson Nancy Ray Book Club Master Packing List Camping Packing List The Contentment Challenge Episode 028 - The 3 Priorities Exercise Episode 002 - Rule of Life Episode 086 - Find More Hours in Your Week Free Ideal Week Download Atomic Habits, by James Clear Affiliate links have been used in this post! I do receive a commission when you choose to purchase through these links, and that helps me keep this podcast up and running—I truly appreciate when you choose to use them!
16 minutes | 3 months ago
101 - Book | The 28 Day Prayer Journey
Welcome to the Nancy Ray Book Club, where once a month I share a summary of a book worth reading and my top 3 takeaways from that book. Many of you have joined my 2021 book club and are reading along with me this year, but if you haven't that's okay. It's very low pressure. We would still love to have you for all 12 books or maybe just one or two. You can learn more about it here. I decided to start off 2021 with my friend Chrystal Evans’ new book called The 28 Day Prayer Journey after experiencing all of 2020. After my talk with Chrystal back in Episode 080 (which was fantastic, you should go back and listen to it), I just knew in my heart, this was the way I wanted to start off this year, and I am so grateful I did. For the full show notes, head to nancyray.com/podcast/101! Resources from this episode: Nancy Ray Book Club The 28 Day Prayer Journey, by Chrystal Evans Hurst Episode 80 - A Helpful Guide for Consistent Prayers with Chrystal Evans Hurst Up From Slavery, Booker T. Washington’s Autobiography Sleep Smarter, by Shawn Stephenson Atomic Habits, by James Clear Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, by John Mark Comer Parenting by Paul David Tripp The Gospel Comes with a House Key, by Rosaria Butterfield Dirt, by Mary Marantz Awakening Wonder, by Sally Clarkson 4 Disciplines of Execution, by Chris McChesney & Sean Covey Fighting Forward, by Hannah Brencher The Revenge of Analog, by David Sax Living Out of the Overflow, by Dr. Richard Blackaby The Contentment Challenge Work & Play Cornerstore Affiliate links have been used in this post! I do receive a commission when you choose to purchase through these links, and that helps me keep this podcast up and running—I truly appreciate when you choose to use them!
59 minutes | 4 months ago
100 - 100th Episode, 100 Questions!
I'm so excited to celebrate with you today! Listen, I'm doing something different today. I actually went to many of you and said, “What should I do for my hundredth episode?” And many of you said, just do a Q&A and answer 100 questions. So many of you actually submitted these questions on Instagram. I'm so excited! I was not able to do all of the questions—believe it or not, I got well over a hundred questions! But I'm really excited just to have fun, and to have a conversation for you guys to get to know me on a different level. A lot of these are personal, a lot of them are lighthearted, a lot of them are fun and hopefully some of them you'll find helpful to you and your life. If you have been a listener for any amount of time, I want to encourage you to please go leave a review on iTunes Podcasts. It helps me so much when you do that. And thank you truly from the bottom of my heart for being a listener! We're going to have fun today (believe me, you want to listen to the end!). I brought in a few helpers, and I hope you enjoy it. And again, thank you so much for listening to Work and Play with Nancy Ray. For the full show notes, head to nancyray.com/podcast/100. Resources from this episode: Leave a Review for the Work & Play Podcast on iTunes The Marco Polo app Lemon & lime squeezer Baby Wise Positive Parenting Solutions Kenra hairspray C12 Group round tables Amway Slugs and Bugs (also on Spotify!) The Jesus Storybook Bible Real Simple Magazine The Magnolia Journal Christian Healthcare Ministries A Woman’s Heart, God’s Dwelling Place by Beth Moore Revelation study by She Reads Truth Cantina 1511 guacamole recipe Argon oil of Morocco shampoo Sally Clarkson Matt Chandler Artifact Uprising (family photo books) Milly’s Birth Story Lyndon’s Birth Story Beaufort’s Birth Story Episode 047 - Book | Seasons of God with Dr. Richard Blackaby 168 Hours, by Laura Vanderkam Restoring the Foundations ministry Episode 059 - Growing Faith in Your Littles How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie Free Download: Craft Your Morning Routine Magnatiles Sacred Marriage, by Gary Thomas The Power of a Praying Wife, by Stormie Omartian The Power of a Praying Husband, by Stormie Omartian Episode 056 - Meal Planning Made Fun with Kate from Naptime Kitchen Podcast: Relatable by Allie Beth Stuckey Episode 048 - An Update to our Dave Ramsey Journey Episode 004 - Seasons of Business Parenting with Love and Logic, by Foster Cline & Jim Fay Episode 099 - Book | Parenting with Love and Logic Anonymous, by Alicia Britt Chole Episode 006 - Book | Anonymous Goodberry’s Frozen Custard A Goofy Movie Affiliate links have been used in this post! I do receive a commission when you choose to purchase through these links, and that helps me keep this podcast up and running—I truly appreciate when you choose to use them!
15 minutes | 4 months ago
099 - Book | Parenting with Love and Logic
Welcome to the Nancy Ray Book Club, where once a month I share a summary of a book worth reading and my top three takeaways from that book. Many of you have joined by 2021 Book Club and are already reading along with me this year. But if you haven't or if you just want to see my list of books I'm reading—I read 12 books a year, one a month—or if you want to join, you can always visit nancyray.com/bookclub, and I would love to have you. It's no pressure. It's come as you are read what you want, but I'm grateful to have you reading alongside me either way. Today's episode is a recap of the very last book in our 2020 Book Club: Parenting with Love and Logic. We read it in December. It was highly recommended to me by so many friends, and it's already proven to be such a gift in our own family and my own parenting, as I am home a lot with my five-year-old and three-year-old and two-year-old. I hope today's podcast will be super practical and helpful for any moms and dads listening. For the full show notes, head to nancyray.com/podcast/99. Resources from this episode: Nancy Ray Book Club Parenting with Love and Logic, Foster Cline & Jim Fay Affiliate links have been used in this post! I do receive a small commission when you choose to purchase through these links, and that helps me keep this podcast up and running—I truly appreciate when you choose to use them!
18 minutes | 4 months ago
098 - Fighting for Fun
I was talking with a friend the other day and she asked me the question, what are you fighting for this year? And it took me a minute to answer her, but after a pause, I finally said, “You know, I think I'm fighting for fun.” I know that might sound trite or silly, but I'm realizing it's—it's not that silly, it's actually necessary. Especially in this pandemic with the political stress and all the responsibilities of daily life, I'm realizing this year, I'm going to fight for fun. And she responded. She said, that is not trite or silly at all. That's so important. And I'm so thankful she asked me that question because it made me really kind of get that in perspective this year and so this year, that's what I'm doing! I'm fighting for fun in my life. And honestly, I hope you'll join me. For the full show notes, visit nancyray.com/podcast/98. Resources from this episode: Episode 018 - Life as an Enneagram 3 Emily’s blog - Em for Marvelous New York Times article Episode 082 - Kids, Camping & Slowing Down with Emily Thomas Episode 091 - Book | Celebration of Discipline Affiliate links have been used in this post! I do receive a commission when you choose to purchase through these links, and that helps me keep this podcast up and running—I truly appreciate when you choose to use them!
12 minutes | 4 months ago
097 - Being a Trustworthy Person
I've decided to take the first month of this year and focus on relationships. Just focus on my relationships: my relationship with the Lord, my relationship with my husband, my kids, my friends. Relationships are gold in life. They're so valuable. And one of the best resources that I found on relationships last year was a talk given by Brené Brown. It lasts I think 24 minutes-ish. And I'm just going to go ahead and tell you now that her talk is far superior to this podcast episode. And I hope by you listening to this and catching some of the main points of her talk is that you'll take the time and go listen to it from start to finish and take notes. Her talk is called the Anatomy of Trust, and it's all about how to be a trustworthy person. It breaks down—she's a researcher—she breaks down trust and what that looks like. It's full of beautiful illustrations that are so powerful. And I promise it's worth your time. Today I'm going to be sharing with you seven ways that you can build trust with those around you and how I'm going to be working on that in my own life. For the full show notes, head to nancyray.com/podcast/97. Resources from this episode: Anatomy of Trust video by Brené Brown Daring Greatly, by Brené Brown Affiliate links have been used in this post! I do receive a commission when you choose to purchase through these links, and that helps me keep this podcast up and running—I truly appreciate when you choose to use them!
20 minutes | 4 months ago
096 - A Wise Approach to 2021
It's hard to know exactly how to approach 2021. 2020 is going to be a year we remember and refer to for the rest of our lives. I mean, even our grandkids and history books, they're going to analyze and discuss how we handled 2020, and this pandemic, and the racial tension and the election, and everything crazy that has happened. And I'm going to be honest, I have been tempted to, on January 1st, 2021 say, "Check, done. 2020 is behind me. It's over, it's time to move on to a newer and brighter year and future." But more recently, I've kind of caught myself because I don't know that that's actually the wisest way to approach looking into the future. Today, I'm going to talk about how we don't actually know what 2021 is going to hold, but how we can approach it with wisdom. For the full show notes, head to nancyray.com/podcast/96. Resources from this episode: Join the 2021 Contentment Challenge (starts Jan. 10!) Episode 003 - The Contentment Challenge Episode 002 - Rule of Life From Good to Great, by Jim Collins Who Moved My Cheese?, by Spencer Johnson My earpods
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