Calling all entrepreneurs, hustlers, and hard workers!
If you’re anything like me, you know how much effort it takes to be intentional with nutrition and health in a busy season, which sometimes is every season. I mean, does the idea of meal prepping/planning stress you out?
Ever just find that you work through lunch and by 3:00 in the afternoon, you’re reaching for those cookies or chips in the back of your pantry because you’re just RAVENOUS and don’t feel like spending 30 minutes preparing a nutritious meal… or because your fridge is empty since you haven’t been to the store in two weeks?
I started to notice that the busier I got with book writing, business, etc… the less margin I seemed to have when it came to taking care of my health.
It got really bad in the summer of 2018. I was pulled in about 18 million directions, or so it seemed, and fueling my body (and stocking my fridge) kind of seemed like the last priority.
Until I burned out. I took the majority month of September off of social media, simplified my weeks, and really treated it as an opportunity to reset some things.
And that’s when I created a nutrition system that works for me and can be easily implemented into your routine too!
I chose to dedicate one hour every Sunday afternoon to be a Planning Power Hour. In that hour, I lay out my calendar for the week, plan dinners, and prep any social media content that has yet to be written.
I wanted to make meal planning effortless and fun because I’m no nutritionist, nor am I much of a chef, so coming up with daily dishes out of thin air just isn’t something that works for me.
However, I also found that I was wasting a lot of money (and food) when I didn’t have meals I was specifically shopping for at the grocery store because I’d just throw whatever looked good into the cart without much planning for the week… and then life would happen or we’d end up going out to eat one night or something wouldn’t get used and end up going to waste.
So, I decided I needed to find a way to be a better steward of my resources so I didn’t waste money on food that wouldn’t be used — and more importantly, so that I didn’t waste food!
This is where I came up with the Pinterest plan.
I mean, who doesn’t love Pinterest?
Here’s how it works:
1. I create a secret Pinterest board for the upcoming work week (Monday through Friday)
2. I search for healthy recipes and pin about 5 to that secret board (usually enough for a dinner each day, a snack of the week, and lunches we can make or eat a few days in row).
3. Then I select one pin at a time and visit the link to see the ingredients/recipe.
4. I copy and paste the ingredients into a notes section on my phone.
5. I repeat this process for each of the recipes on that week’s board and then, depending on the amount of time I have, either go to the store and use that note as my grocery guide OR order those groceries online using Amazon Prime.
It’s really that simple! Especially when I choose to order online, the process to prepping for healthy eating all week takes me no more than 30 minutes on a Sunday afternoon! It’s fun, simple, and completely pinnable 😉
Alright, I’m done being a cheeseball -even though that sounds delicious right now-.
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I’m just going to put this out there. Routine is really hard when your life is anything but consistent.
Over the last year, I’ve been on more planes than I can count.
Whether it was for a speaking gig, our business mastermind, book tour, or media… it has been an endless year of airport security, tiny airplane bathrooms, hotel beds, and living out of suitcases.
Is it fun? Yes.
Is it exhausting? Also yes.
Due to my travel-heavy lifestyle in recent years, most don’t realize I’m actually quite the home body.
Growing up, I always wanted friends to come to MY house to hang out. Having to get ready and go somewhere just wasn’t my cup of tea.
I’m serious, I don’t even like going to the movies as an adult. I mean, why so much effort when we can watch movies from home in our PJ’s?
I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’m very goal oriented and when I’m on the go, it sometimes feels hard to focus on and make any kind of progress on my goals.
But this year has left me no choice. And I’ve had to learn how to make it work. We’re improving… slowly.
That said, I’m often asked how I maintain routines and keep my faith a priority when I’m seemingly ALWAYS on the go.
My answer? It’s not easy.
But I’ve also had to take my control-freak nature out of the picture for a hot second and think about ‘routines’ differently.
Routines aren’t limiting or only for seasons of life when everything happens to be consistent and controllable.
In fact, rhythms and routines are practices designed to bring consistency to our chaos…
And what’s more chaotic than sleeping in different beds and living out of suitcases every week?
While it’s a challenge to have perfectly consistent bed times and daily workout times when every day seems to be spent in different time zones, I’ve found a few ways to keep first things first and build in routines even in the life of a traveler.
Because at the end of the day, it all comes down to choice.
So, that said, the first thing I had to do was establish 1-3 daily non-negotiables.
I chose two.
These are two simple things I can do consistently, neither of which take very long.
I’d love to tell you I workout every single day on the road at the exact same time and never miss a meal or any of that. But that’d be a lie and just not realistic.
So, I picked two things I want to make sure I do consistently every single morning and evening regardless of where I am or which time zone I’m in.
Every morning, whether I wake up in California, New York, or at home, I can spend the first 10-20 minutes in silence, over coffee or tea, with God.
Sometimes that looks like reading the Bible or a devotional. Other times that looks like just sitting on a hotel patio and being still — in prayer or thought — observing what’s happening in the moment.
The coffee/tea piece may seem unnecessary but having a warm drink in my hand is something that creates consistency. It’s part of a rhythm, it’s physical, and simple enough to stick to wherever I am.
This is something my friend, Jeff Bethke, talks about in his new book, To Hell with the Hustle (which I highly recommend) and that my friend, Rebekah Lyons, also dives into in her book, Rhythms of Renewal (also incredible).
Regarding prayer with my husband: This is a discipline we both committed to do every night before bed regardless of whether we’re in our own bed or not, together or apart.
If we’re apart, we call and pray over the phone.
It’s usually no more than 2-3 minutes. We’re not fancy prayers. But we pray rougher. And it’s a rhythm we can do wherever we are.
The bottom line here is that routines look different in different seasons. Sometimes we can eat and workout and go to bed at the same time every single day and sometimes that’s just not all that realistic.
But there are things we can do to keep our priorities (such as our relationships or our faith) a priority regardless of where we are or how crazy life feels.
Why? Because routines — even little ones — are designed to bring rhythm and consistency into our chaos.
And when we choose to stick to them daily, our chaos is begins to feel less like stress and more like a blessing.
Tell me in the comments below: how do you “own your everyday”?
Ps. For more on making the most of everyday in the mundane and when life feels chaotic and insane, check out my book, Own Your Everyday.
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How many times have you been told “just do it anyway,” but it doesn’t seem as simple as it sounds?! Isn’t it funny how from the outside sometimes everything seems so easy, but internally it feels like you can’t take that leap?
There have been points in my life where I felt scared of the unknown, such as right before my book was published. I thought, “What if nobody connects with it enough? What if they don’t like it?”
Heading into my book tour I wondered, “What would happen if no one shows up?”
Truth is, everyone has a different unknown, and for Emily Norton, author of The Seven Longest Yards, the unknown was quite different than most.
Emily and I sat down to talk about how she met her husband in college after he suffered a spinal cord injury while playing football, leaving him with less than a 3% chance of moving anything beneath the neck ever again.
She was drawn to him quickly after they met, the way he looked at life in a positive light after such a traumatic injury, how he chose to not let the circumstances of life let him down, and in the meantime find ways to impact others lives, drew her in. They have been married for a little over a year now and have fostered 17 kids and adopted five.
WOW… I can’t even imagine this many little ones running around our home all at once!
BUT IT WASN’T ALWAYS A DREAM COME TRUE…
First, I want to say I am so thankful that Emily was willing to open up with me so much and be vulnerable while sharing her story about how God helped her get through the darkest part of her life.
So I began by asking Emily the obvious question: when did you really realize it’s going to be hard?
She told me that it truly hit her when they began to consider marriage. That’s when she realized he most of the physical work would be on her when it came to raising a family.
For example, Chris wouldn’t physically be able to help change a baby’s diaper in the middle of the night or run to the grocery store for groceries.
Emily sharing her viewpoint on this unique experience really makes for a perspective shift – and her honesty, vulnerability, and positive overall outlook and gratitude is not only inspiring but also so hopeful and challenging to those of us who may feel like the weight of the world is on our shoulders in our own way, too.
AND THEN CAME THE HARD PART…
Emily mentioned how she would often compare her relationship to others, thinking about all the things they couldn’t do, that many other couples could do easily, such as hiking or traveling.
After college graduation Emily explained that she fell into an extreme depression. She felt like life had been sucked out of her and anger was the only emotion she could feel.
Listen closely in this episode to hear how she overcame this, as well as to learn about the realities of life that’s not “typical” and the beauty of appreciating what you do have instead of dwelling on what you don’t.
A BEACON OF HOPE FOR MILLIONS
In spite of the challenges, Emily and Chis became a beacon of hope to millions when the video of their wedding walk (yes, I said walk) down the aisle together after saying their vows went viral.
The two worked for months for Chris to be able to take one baby step, then another, and another, and eventually, enough to be able to stand up from his wheelchair and walk side by side with his bride.
Although the moment was shared by People Magazine, and is a powerful example of what’s possible with perseverance and trust in God, Emily shares the behind the scenes details of all the work that when into that epic moment they shared on their wedding day.
The big win the internet celebrated wasn’t experienced without a long uphill battle beforehand, and today, you get to hear all about it.
I am so amazed at the bravery of both Emily and Chris, how beautiful of a life they’ve built while supporting one another. I believe their life is a true testimony for perseverance, and a beacon of hope for anyone looking to take the first steps to getting unstuck.
Regardless of whatever circumstances you may feel stuck in or held back by, whether it’s a physical ailment or financial struggles, mental health battles or deep insecurity, this story won’t just reignite hope in your heart. It’ll also give you tangible advice to walk away with.
Instead of spoiling all the details here, tune into this episode to hear all the behind the scenes details that led up to that legendary wedding day walk, and to learn the first tiny steps you can begin to take when you feel stuck.
This one will give you goosebumps, it will show you how pain and suffering can lead to unlikely impact, and that what’s worth having often doesn’t nothing comes easy — but that it’s always worth the work.
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Ever felt like you’ve been chasing your dreams forever? Like no matter how hard you work you make hardly any progress? Or like the journey has been more non-linear than clear?
In this episode, I had the privilege of sitting down and chatting with Jodi King of Love and the Outcome on how to find balance in a busy, on-the-go-lifestyle.
Additionally, we offer steps on how to be unashamed of your ambition but also faithful in the mundane, unglamorous moments of life. Tune in to learn why the long road isn’t necessarily the wrong road, what “healthy hustle” means, and why some investments that don’t appear to have a financial payoff are the ones worth making.
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Have you gone through something devastating? Are you walking through grief? Searching for your purpose and passion in the midst of pain?
In this episode, I bring on author, baker, TV personality, and friend, Emily Hutchinson, to share her powerful story of heartbreak and healing after the loss of a child.
In addition to an all around encouraging conversation, Emily dishes out some great baking tips for what she calls, “healing in the kitchen.” Not to be punny, but you’re in for a treat 😉 I mean look at these cookies –
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I get questions all the time about organizing and managing life – especially with a busy schedule. Although in the last year, I’ve really made a valiant effort to simplify and streamline my time and home, I’ll be honest and say I’m no expert at this whole thing (though I have come a long way!). So, that’s why I brought in my friend, Desirae — a wife, mom, and host of the Minimalish Podcast — to help us out.
But here’s what I realized as we chatted: Neither of us just woke up one day and organized or simplified our lives on the spot. It’s taken time and baby steps day by day, and that’s why I love Desirae’s grace-based approach to minimalism, it focuses on “making room for what matters,” and accepting that we can’t say yes to everything just to live for other people’s values.
LET IT GO
Let’s be real. Everyone gets overwhelmed, myself included. With so much happening in my life at home and in my business, it can be difficult to find balance sometimes. Desirae takes time to really discover what we over commit to because our external environment is typically the start of our internal reaction.
So I had to know what clicked for Desirae when she decided to change her lifestyle to a more minimalistic way of living — because everyone has that “defining moment,” if you will — and she not only shared that moment in her life, but also explained that being more intentional helps with the way that she reacts to those around her, especially to her daughter.
Desirae asks herself, “How can I be love to her?”
And tries to live her daily life through this value.
THE FOUR KEY QUESTIONS
Desirae shared the KEY questions that transition to a more minimal lifestyle because I just kept wondering, what’s next?! How do I know if I need all of those cluttered kitchen utensils, and which parts of my external environment are the real issues?
But the most important part is knowing what season of ACTUAL life I’m experiencing right now, because being Minimal-ish looks different for everyone, and at different times.
She unpacks the four simple yet powerful questions for me (and now, for you!) in this episode.
Alright, so are you ready to join us on this journey to live a Minimal-ish life and answer the key questions for yourself? Want to know what Desirae really means by “make room for what matters” and how you can implement that in your life?
If you’re ready to learn how to set healthy boundaries then hit ‘play’ or go to your favorite podcast app and click episode #75 to listen in!
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In honor of mental health week, in this episode, I chat with blogger, shop owner, and lovely human being, Hannah Morrison. We cover how to navigate transitions in life and business, people pleasing, and overcoming mental health challenges.
Are you worried that a new season of life — like marriage or kids — will hurt your career?
Are you facing battles with mental health and feeling alone in a hard transition?
We gotchu covered, girl. If you’ve ever felt the pressure to live up to an image of perfection, struggled with others’ opinions, or battled mental illness… pull up a chair and tune in for wisdom and encouragement.
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In this episode I am helping you figure out WHAT.TO.DO. A common theme amongst us all, am I right?
Are you always coming up with ideas and not sure which one to actually implement?
Do you tend to dabble in a million things only to end up feeling more directionless than before?
Have you been dreaming of something more but not entirely sure what that *something more* actually is?
Trying to figure out what you want to do next with your life or in your business?
If you respond yesss to any of the above, well my pretty friend, then this episode is for you!
I break down my own non-linear, multi-passionate journey AND bring on two women to share their stories — how each one found direction on their God-given dream and what they’re doing to make it happen.
This is for the woman who feels like she chose the wrong career path, or for the woman who’s considering making a change in her business.
If you know you want to do something different – whether that’s changing industries completely or taking your brand in a new direction – it can tough to know WHEN it’s time to make that leap.
In this episode, I share my best advice on knowing when is the time to make that leap! It’s all presented in a simple checklist format to make it easy for you to run through the list and make the right move with confidence.
Tune in to see if you’re at the place where it’s time to make a change – or if it may be wise to stick with what you’re doing a little longer.
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Do you ever feel like you love too many things and can’t decide on what to do?
Are you multi-passionate?
Are you having a hard time choosing between 2+ options or passions?
These are some of my most asked questions, so I decided it was about time to answer them! In this episode, I give a 5 step framework to help you confidently make a the choice that’s best for you!
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