#107 – The Girlfriend’s Guide to Organization at Home

This week we tackle another #lifehack for living — organization at home.

While I wouldn’t claim to be a Pinterest-ready organizational role model, I have learned a few tips and tricks for keeping my stuff under control.

Ya’ll.  Stuff seems to have a life of it’s own. I’m a lover of systems and efficiency and hacks and I thought I’d share of my random ideas for keeping my home life organized.

On today’s podcast, I take you on a journey through my home and give you a few ideas for how you might be able to rule your stuff.  I’m convinced that one of the easiest and quickest ways to reach for peace in a world that is constantly trying to crowd it out is to refuse to let the stuff that come in your house to make you a slave.

Be a ruthless gatekeeper of what comes in your home and be sure to vigilantly and constantly look around your house for the things whose time has come to go.  Look around and ask the question what is here that I don’t need, love, or use.  And when the answer is no, get rid of that thing.

 

 

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • Get the clothes you don’t wear out of your closet
  • Decrowd your kitchen pantry.
  • Be prepared for the day when you get hit by a bus.

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  3. Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  • What is your biggest challenge with home organization?
  • What tips, tricks, or hacks do you have for keeping your stuff under control?
  • Do you consider yourself naturally organized or organized challenged? And no judgement here. It takes all types to make the world go round!


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How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in do the same on the podcast!

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#106 – The Girlfriend’s Guide to Mastering Meal Time

This week we tackle another #lifehack for living — mastering meal time.

I’ve got to eat.

You’ve got to eat.

All God’s chillun’ need to eat.

Food is a fact of life but many face making meals with a little bit of trepidation, frustration, or overwhelm. We are supposed to eat every stinkin’ day three to six times a day.  That’s a lot!

So what can we do to make the preparation of our meals a little easier, simpler, faster, and “gooder”. I don’t know anyone who cares nothing about the food that we eat.  We may not all like everything or the same things but everyone I know likes something. But in order to nourish our bodies for this life we have to live, we must learn to master the making of these meals first.

On today’s podcast, I’m joined by two long term friends who I’ve admired for their commitment to the kitchen. They both are busy but make time to ensure that they feed their people well. During a free flowing conversation between friends, we come up with a solid ten ways that you can master your own meal time.

And you know what?  You and I should master our meal time.  We’ve got to eat everyday so we might as well make it easier, make it simpler, and make it “gooder“.

S. Truett Cathy of Chick Fil A is quoted as saying, “Food is essential to life, therefore make it good.”  (Click to tweet). Well I agree. So on today’s podcast, I share both principles and practical tips for mastering your meal times so that you can have less stress in the kitchen while keeping good food rolling out of the kitchen as you cook.  Cook for yourself?  Cook for a spouse?  Cook for a houseful of people?  No matter.  We all have to eat. This show is for you.

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • Ten ways to make meal time easier.
  • How you can keep meal planning and prep simple.
  • One tool that you shouldn’t be without.

Quick Links

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Recipe Links

Recipe Planning Helps

  • Saving Dinner – Get dinner ideas mailed to you
  • Plan to Eat – Save meals from the internet and have your grocery list make itself!
  • Build-a-Menu – Get breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals based on your food preferences.
  • Prep Dish – Get a menu plan and grocery list for  gluten-free & paleo dishes.
  • Fix It and Forget It Cookbook – 700 Recipes for Crockpot cooking.

 ==> Three weeks of menu plans courtesy of Jailynn Smiley~

  • Week 1
    • Sunday – Lasagna, Spinach Salad
    • Monday – Breakfast for Dinner
    • Tuesday – Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, Crusty Bread
    • Wednesday – Sausage/Peppers/Onions and Skillet Potatoes, Tomato/Cucumber Salad
    • Thursday – Pork Chops, Spinach and Corn on Cob
    • Friday – Salmon Patties, Skillet Potatoes, Green Salad
    • Saturday – Pinto Beans w/ Sausage, w/ Cornbread
  • Week 2
    • Sunday – Roast (Crockpot), Carrots, Green Beans
    • Monday – Chicken Tenders, Home Fries, Green Salad
    • Tuesday – Mac & Cheese with Ham & Sweet Peas
    • Wednesday – Ham Steaks, Baked Beans, Green Salad
    • Thursday – Pizza, Salad and Fruit
    • Friday – Open Faced Hamburgers, Fruit
    • Saturday – Corn Dogs, Fruit
  • Week 3
    • Sunday – Pasta Bar
    • Monday – Potato Bar
    • Tuesday – Taco Bar
    • Wednesday – Salad Bar
    • Thursday – Potato Bar
    • Friday – Breakfast Bar
    • Saturday – Sub Sandwiches, Fruit

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  2. Did you miss last week’s podcast?  Check it out here!
  3. Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  • What is your biggest challenge with getting your meals made?
  • What tools do you use to keep your recipes straight and to keep new meal time ideas coming?
  • What habits have you developed that make mealtime easier in your house?


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How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in do the same on the podcast!

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#105 – The Girlfriend’s Guide to Managing Your Money

 

This week we tackle another #lifehack for living — managing your money.

We all know that we should manage our money well but many of us have struggled with doing so.  On today’s podcast, I remind you of what it means to manage your well and share some of my tips for practically making that happen.

 

I grew up hearing the same thing from my dad over and over again — give, save, and spend.  Three simple steps to managing your money well.  That still remains the backbone of how I know to manage my money today. But sometimes the mechanics of how we give, save, and spend can leave us a bit confused, overwhelmed, or living in avoidance.

But when we look at money for what it is — a tool — we come to understand how much power we have to control both our right now and our future.

In today’s podcast, I share both principles and practical tips for managing your money so that you can control the tool instead of letting it control you.

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • Tips for managing your money
  • The three major ways in which money is a tool and practical ways to use it well.
  • Communicating on spending in a marriage relationship
  • The importance of resisting your impulse to buy.

Quick Links

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Resources for managing your life…

 ==> Quotes from today’s show {Click to tweet}

Tools for managing your money…

 ==> General Links 

  1. Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERE
  2. Did you miss last week’s podcast?  Check it out here!
  3. Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  • What is your biggest challenge with managing your money?
  • What tools do you use to keep all of money straight?
  • What habits have you developed that help/hurt you in your money habits?


Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in do the same on the podcast!

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#104 – The Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Things Done

Hey there!  If you are looking for the 21 Day #FATDEMON Challenge Printable CLICK HERE!

For the next few weeks we’ll be talking about different lifehacks you can use to more effectively live your life. In fact, I think lifehacks are so much practical fun so I’ve included a BUNCH of links in these show notes to add some practical help to your life.  Don’t forget to scroll down!

So what exactly is a “lifehack”?

The dictionary defines it this way:

ˈlīfˌhak/

  1. a strategy or adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way.
  2.  any trick, shortcut, skill, or method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life.

We all know that we should have goals — short term, mid-term, and long term goals — but sometimes getting to our goals gets lost in the middle of trying to get through our day! On today’s podcast while I acknowledge the important of having goals and S.M.A.R.T. goals to be exact (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Reasonable, and Time bound), I also discuss a simple way to view keeping what’s most important in front of you and getting things done everyday.

However you go about setting goals or prioritize what’s most important, on today’s show I talk about the importance of writing your dreams, your “to-dos”, and your “have-tos” down. But writing things down doesn’t have to be had!  First you create a brain dump, then you organize your thoughts.  Most importantly, you consistently review what you’ve dumped and organized so that the urgent doesn’t eclipse the important in your life.

Today we discuss resources that will help give you clarity on what’s truly important in your life and I share tools that will help you keep the important things in full view.  This practical podcast will give you an inside scoop on how I get things done in my life and what I’ve learned about moving through your life with purpose.

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • How to create a brain dump
  • How to organize all of the things you want to do, need to do, or have to do, into areas of focus
  • Practical tips for keeping the more important parts of your life and your day on your mind.
  • Communicating priorities with your family or with your colleagues.

 

Quick Links

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Resources for managing your life…

 ==> Quotes from today’s show {Click to tweet}

Tools for managing your life…

 ==> General Links 

  1. Want to subscribe to the blog and grab a freebie? CLICK HERE
  2. Did you miss last week’s podcast?  Check it out here!
  3. Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  • Have you ever made a brain dump?
  • What are your favorite tips and tricks for getting things done?
  • Is there an app that you love to use?  I’m an #appjunkie!  Share it with me… I’ll probably try it!
  • How do you stay organized with your time and your plans?
  • What tools do you use to corral your thoughts and bring them down to a manageable level?
  • Do you have a favorite notebook, pen, or system?


Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! Also, if you would be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!

3. Share today’s show –   Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post!

You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in do the same on the podcast!

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#103 – Losing and Keeping Off the Weight

Are you joining me in the #FATDEMON challenge? We’ve been going for two weeks and we’ve got one week to go! If you are just now hearing about the 21 Day Challenge, it’s not too late for you to join in!

As we enter the last week of our challenge, I want to shoot some practical encouragement your way. On today’s podcast, you will find tips from a long time friend mine who has struggled with losing a substantial amount of weight. This show will give hope to everyone who listens, particularly those who have struggled with weight for awhile or who might have found themselves up and down the scale a few more times than they care to admit.

On today’s podcast I’m talking with Vonetta Watts. Vonetta had been overweight all of her life.  But one day when she found herself taking pills for high blood pressure and diabetes and not yet forty years of age, Vonetta decided to make a change.

That change happened slowly but not only has Vonetta been able to lose over 150 pounds, she has been able to keep it up for five years.

Let’s just stop there and be amazed.

Vonetta and I talk about the changes that she made to lose the weight and what it looked like to keep the weight off successfully. You will love her and you will love her story.

For any of us that have struggled, it’s good for the soul to meet someone else who has struggled and won. We are reminded that even our most difficult battles can be fought and won.

We talk about what  food and exercise choices Vonnetta changed years ago and which of those changes she still has or does not have today. We discuss the importance of listening to your life, looking at your life, and deciding to love your life enough to change.

As we enter the last week of the #FATDEMON 21 Day Challenge, this chat will inspire you to stay the course and chart your way to victory.

In other news…

The #FATDEMON challenge continues…

And I’m inviting you to continue the 21 Day Challenge with me!

Each day you simply do the assignment for that day and continue doing any previous assignments.  One day will build on the next. This challenge is an Instagram challenge but you can do it anywhere on social media, or do it on your own or with a friend.

 

Weigh in is optional

 

 

WEEK 1 – Listen to Your Life

  • Day 1 – Water when you wake
  • Day 2 – Wake up a little earlier.
  • Day 3 – What’s your why?
  • Day 4 – “We”… touch base with “your person”
  • Day 5 – Water for half of your weight.
  • Day 6 – Wind down and rest.
  • Day 7 – Walk (for at least 15 minutes)

WEEK 2 – Look at Your Life

  • Day 8 – Log your meals
  • Day 9 – Look at your snacks.
  • Day 10 – Learn to like the green (Choose salad or the veggies)
  • Day 11 – Lug Your water…. only water.
  • Day 12 – List your meals and your movement. 
  • Day 13 – Lose the fast and/or fried food.
  • Day 14 – Lose the sugar.

WEEK 3 – Love Your Life

  • Day 15 through Day 21 – Practice and Repeat Days 1-14

Here’s some other fun things to do while you fight the #FATDEMON this week!

  • Day 15 – Share a scripture that helps keeps you focused.
  • Day 16 – Share a motivational quote that helps keeps you focused.
  • Day 17 – Share a screenshot of a song that helps keeps you focused.
  • Day 18 – Share with ME! Finish this sentence… I loved this challenge because…
  • Day 19 – Think about your exit/maintenance plan.
  • Day 20 – Write down your exit/maintenance plan.
  • Day 21 – Share your exit/maintenance plan with “your person”.

And don’t forget to share pics of your meals!

Here’s the basic recap…

Let’s Talk!

  • Have you lost the weight and kept it off?  What tips do you have for your success that you would share with other people?
  • What is your biggest struggle in losing or keeping off the weight? Soda, sweets, fast food?
  • What topic and/or guest would you like to hear from in the future?
  • Have a question you’d like for me to answer on a future podcast? Share your question with me HERE.

Highlights for Today’s Episode:

  • The best way for you to lose weight
  • What to do when you struggle with the process
  • Practical tips for eating and working out whether you are a beginner or have your plan down pat.

 ==> Quotes from today’s show {Click to tweet}

 ==> Resources from today’s show

=> Want more? 

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How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world. 1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post. 2. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher! – Be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! 3. Share today’s show – I could use your help with getting the word out there about my new podcast.  Would you take a minute to share today’s post?  Email the link to a friend or share on social media. Just click on the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post. Thanks! Can I ask you a favor?  However you found me, will you be so kind as to leave a rating on iTunes and/or write a 2-3 sentence review there or on Stitcher?  Your commentary or rating helps make the podcast more “findable” by others who might not know it exists!  Thanks in advance for your help!

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