Episode 133: The Weekend Reset

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Organizing your home can offer up a world of relief from the middle of chaos. If devoting a weekend to cleaning and organizing your home sounds like an impossible chore, then this is the episode for you. You see, I think organization can be fun, and you’ll feel pretty wonderful afterward too! 

It is time for a Weekend Reset. With many of our minds on Spring Cleaning and clearing out the winter clutter, I am offering up a chance for us to start anew. Every now and then we all feel the itch to reorganize and de-clutter. After all, extra stuff tends to lead to extra stress. I have a process for how I like to do a Weekend Reset, but I never put it down on paper. Here is your opportunity to join me in this life-giving process. 

Verse of the Week 

Psalm 31:27

“She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”

I usually hesitate to pull from Psalm 31, but I know that this scripture embodies the heart of the Weekend Reset. Here is a chance to hit pause on the rest of your busy life and focus on your home environment. Here’s how you do it! 

What is a Reset? 

It is not a mass cleaning of your house. Instead, you get to decide what in your life needs to be reset. Whether you clear out junk in the garage or sort through closets, you are doing the projects on your list that always needed to be done! 

How do you prepare?

Make sure you give yourself a few days to prepare so you can get the most out of the Reset. Go in with a plan in place and with the rest of the household on board. Yes, get your children involved! It’s a Reset for everyone, after all. Think of one or two ways to reward your family for the hard work. Sometimes, structure and organization are their own reward! 

 

Steps to a Successful Weekend Reset

After your home is reset, it is important to think about planning in some time for yourself. Listening to this podcast is a great step in the right direction! After a Weekend Reset, I think everyone will breathe a sigh of relief! 

 

Resources

Weeklysuccessplanning.com

LifeBalanceMembership.com

 

 

Episode 132: Abundant Living Through Purposeful Financial Intentions

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Talking about your finances is never fun, but it is such an important part of living a balanced and intentional life. While everyone will have a different financial situation, I think you are going to find that today’s interview is incredibly helpful for actually acting on your intentions for your finances. After all, money is just another tool you can use to reach your goals! 

My guest today is Sami Womack. Sami is the budgeting coach + motivational speaker behind A Sunny Side Up Life. Her passion is inspiring women to live abundant lives through budgeting, intentional living, and positive thinking.

Sami is the wife of her high school sweetheart, Daniel, and a homeschooling momma to their three daughters. This family used to be living paycheck-to-paycheck + drowning in $490,000 worth of debt, but after they hit rock bottom everything changed!

To fully live your purpose, you have to get your finances right.
— Sami Womack

Now that Sami has been able to gain financial freedom for her own family, she wants to help your family do the same! Today, she is going to bring her positive attitude and practical advice to get you on your way to a balanced financial life. Just like everything in life, a healthy mindset and an open heart are essential for peace. I know you are going to get so much out of this conversation. Sami knows how to help you look on the bright side! 

Sami’s Tips for Creating a Budget: 

  1. Address your behaviors that got you here in the first place. 
  2. Track your spending.
  3. Organize your budget.
  4. Stay motivated throughout your journey. 
  5. Stay Connected with Like-Minded People 

Make sure you stick around to hear about Sami’s amazing, life-changing course for money management. 

Resources:

Sami's Website

Sami on Instagram

Sami on YouTube

Sami on Facebook

Sami's Facebook Community

Sami on Pinterest

Click Here To Get $10 off the Sunny Money Method Course

 

LifeBalanceMembership.com

 

 

Episode 131: Stop Learning and Start Doing

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Episode 130: Faith vs. Fear

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One of the biggest reasons working moms pursue life balance is so that their children will have an enriching and fulfilling life. Especially as children get older, it can be more and more difficult to find the time and creative ways to connect with them. That is why I am so excited to have Joy Acaso back on the podcast this week! She is going to share with us her best tips for connecting deeply with our children. 

Joy Acaso is a Parent-Child Relationship Specialist.  She’s on a mission to help working moms navigate and strengthen their relationship with their children. Joy has learned the hard way that the key to helping children thrive lies in nurturing a meaningful connection with them. Although we have more knowledge and experience than our children, we are not the standard by which they should base their life; Jesus is. Joy wants to share ways in which we can help cultivate a strong relationship with their Creator in order to deepen our relationship together. 

Joy is living a full and busy life, but she chooses to celebrate and be excited about the multitude of ways God has blessed her family. In this busy season, Joy finds time to get to know her kids. She puts herself in a posture of curiosity, asking questions that let kids know their opinions are valued. Strong communication has been the foundation of her approach to a deep connection. Instead of imposing her thoughts and feelings onto her kids, she allows them space to talk. 

True connection has to begin with an act of trust. Joy points us to Isaiah 41:18 when we are tempted to try to control our kids, rather than listen to them: 

“I will make rivers flow on barren heights,
    and springs within the valleys.
I will turn the desert into pools of water,
    and the parched ground into springs.”

Is it always easy to trust God to open up opportunities? No, of course not! It takes time to intentionally build habits and routines into our busy lives. It certainly takes practice. Joy has several excellent ideas for parents who want to deepen their relationship with their kids.

Above all, Joy encourages busy parents to pray, watch, and be ready to listen whenever God gives them an opportunity to connect. By asking questions and listening intently, our children will slowly open up the door for a meaningful, personal connection. 

Resources:

Joy Online

Find Joy on Social Media:

www.instagram.com/joyacaso
www.youtube.com/user/rjoyacaso

 

 

Episode 129: Progress vs. Perfection

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You’ve got a fantastic idea about what your Ideal Week would look like, and now you are ready to hit the ground running. Before you can dive right in, it’s important to stop and think about the mindset you need when it comes to true life balance. Let’s be real; life has a habit of not going according to plan, even the best plans! When you go into your ideal week focusing on perfection, you are going to be let down by reality. Life isn’t perfect! So what do we need to look forward to with our Ideal Week? It’s progress! 

I think there are two guiding truths that will help us focus on progress, rather than perfection. If you keep these in mind, you won’t face any disappointment when life doesn’t pan out the way you planned. 

  1. Nobody has it all together. 
  2. You can choose to improve. 

These truths will help you look at your Ideal Week through the lens of progress. It may look like everyone else has figured out how to keep it together in perfect balance, but that simply isn’t true. Sometimes, all we see are the moments that look put-together. We all have those days when life feels chaotic. I know that God uses those chaotic times in our lives to shine a light on His Truth. In those moments, we can choose to take an action to steer us back to balance and God’s will! 

Here’s the thing: you are made in the image of God. Your Identity is light, and power, and strength that can only be found in Christ. Satan wants you to think you are not capable or good enough to make progress. He wants to keep us from the balanced life that God always intended for us to have. Our Verse of the Week illustrates that perfectly: 

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” –John 10:10

God has blessed you with so much, and my prayer is that I can empower and equip you to enjoy those blessings to the fullest. As you pursue balance, you will be living out God’s calling on your life every single day. 

Here are some actions you can take right away to focus on progress and not perfection: 

  1. Make a conscious effort to raise the bar for yourself. 
  2. Do what is necessary to bring balance back into your life. 
  3. Prepare yourself for reality. 

 

Resources:

Weeklysuccessplanning.com

 

 

Episode 128: Understand Your Communication Style with The Color Code

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Balance looks really different for all of us—what works for me might not work for you! In order to know what is going to serve you best, you are going to need to understand what makes you tick. This way, we can work proactively with our nature instead of against it. Today, you are going to spend a little time getting to know yourself with Kelly Knowles and The Color Code. Like Meyers-Briggs and the Enneagram, the Color Code is a personality assessment that we can use to understand how we best interact and communicate with one another. 

My guest, Kelly, is a Certified Color Code trainer. She loves educating anyone about how the Color Code can provide such unique personal insight. Everyone is one of four colors, White, Blue, Yellow, and Red. What makes the Color Code unique is that your responses on the test are based on your behavior as a child. The test taps into the motivations at the core of who we are, which will inevitably explain how we relate to one another. 

Kelly will show us today how the Color Code can impact so many different areas of our lives, including: 

With Kelly’s help, I discovered that I’m a white—a peace-seeker. There are so many practical applications for my color type that I am so excited to integrate into my weekly planning schedule. I know you will have a lot to learn too from Kelly, and I hope you’ll stick around for her amazing offer for Your Life Rocks listeners. For the first ten, Kelly will give you a free 20-minute call as well as a full Color Code evaluation for the special price of $25. That is an incredible value! 

The Color Code will give you a well-rounded perspective on what makes you tick. Ultimately, this can only lead to more balance in your full life! 

A Special Offer For You:

The 1st 10 listeners to contact me via my website (www.kellyknowles.net) can receive a comprehensive report (worth $40) for $25. In addition, I will provide a 20-minute FREE strategy session to review their results and its amazing application to their relationships.  Indicate the code "Rocks" in the message.

 

Resources:

Kelly's Website

Kelly on YouTube

Kelly on Twitter @nanateach

Kelly on Facebook

 

 

Episode 127: Intentionally Planning Your Ideal Week

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Episode 126: Gain Health Without Losing Your Mind with Lindsay Young

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A balanced life starts with a balanced meal. That’s right, today we are talking about how to eat the food we love while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Joining me today is one of my favorite guests from the past. Lindsay Young and I first met on Instagram, of all places, but her message just clicked with me. Not only are her images beautiful, but she posts everything with balance and grace in mind. Lindsay is active in our Facebook and Your Life Rocks Membership group, and her philosophy on food and wellness fits so well with what we are all about at Your Life Rocks. I am excited to talk all about Lindsay’s Food Freedom Lifestyle with you today! 

First, a little more about Lindsay: Lindsay Young is a Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist on a mission to help mamas like herself find wellness and freedom through food. Lindsay knows that we are busy, so we need a plan that is going to fit into real life. Eating healthy can be simple, beautiful, and easy. When Lindsay isn’t helping clients, she is living it up in Southern California with her husband and 3 kiddos. She is ready to embrace imperfection and pursue wellness, and I know I am incredibly fortunate to have her back on the show today. 

Lindsay and I are going to discuss what it actually means to live out the Food Freedom Lifestyle. It turns out that all it takes is a few simple mindset shifts to successfully create a healthy lifestyle. We, as Christians, are called to a high standard of living, but that high standard does not mean perfection. Instead of pursuing targeted health goals, Lindsay helps her clients change their overall approach to health and wellness. You are going to have a few easy, small steps that you can take towards an overall healthier lifestyle. 

In addition to her wellness philosophy, Lindsay will also share her thoughts on diet plans, the emotional impact of food, and how we can stand strong in spite of the messages the world sends us about our bodies. Food can easily become an idol, but luckily, knowledge is power! When we have both a head knowledge and a heart knowledge about what will be best for us, we can pursue this healthy lifestyle. Lindsay shared this scripture with us today that I feel encapsulates these ideals perfectly. 

Philippians 1:9-11 “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.”

Lindsay’s 5 Tips for Food Freedom

  1. Shift your focus to what you want to include on your plate 
  2. Drink ½ your body weight in ounces every day. 
  3. Avoid sugar, refined carbohydrates, and hydrogenated oils. 
  4. Eat REAL FOOD. 
  5. Surprise--Chew your food! 

 

Resources:

You Are What You Love: The Power of Spiritual Habit by James K.A. Smith

Connect with Lindsay:

Email | Website  | Instagram  |  Facebook

 

 

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If you want to immediately feel better in your body, drink water.
— Lindsay Young