Episode 242: How to Create An Awesome Summer (Even As a Working Mom)

Episode 242: How to Create An Awesome Summer (Even As a Working Mom)

This is our 3rd year supporting you to create an awesome summer for you and your family!  In this episode, I’m going to walk you through the free tools and resources that we have for you inside the Your Life Rocks app including how to plan some awesome little moments before and after work to make the most of the moments you have with your family this summer. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast for more content designed for working Christian Moms!

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What we cover in this show

I’ll walk you step by step through the process of planning an awesome summer as a working mom!  This episode is great to play all the way through first and then go back and listen again and pause with each step of filling out your awesome summer planning sheet. You can find it all inside the Summer of Awesome Course inside the Your Life Rocks app (both free resources).

What you’ll find inside Summer of Awesome:

  1. Planning guide in a fillable PDF.
  2. Bonus podcast episodes that help you make the summer magical for both your family and you.
  3. A suggested shopping list of things to order from Amazon so you are ready for anything.
  4. Ideas of things to do before work and after to bring some extra fun into each day when we don’t have a lot of time.

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Episode 233: Success Planning How to Review the Last 90-Days

Episode 233: Success Planning How to Review the Last 90-Days

Ok friends, this is a bit of a self-coaching episode right here! Before we get into the episode, I want to invite you to a free workshop that I am doing online. I was just going to do this for our Life Balance members, but with everything going on in the world…..I think we could all use a little hope, inspiration, and good old fashion action plan to help us move forward. In the workshop, you will receive a 2nd quarter goal-setting workbook along with guided training to help you set balanced, and attainable goals to bring more balance into your life.

Plus, when you sign up to get the workshop, You’ll be entered to win! Yep, I’m giving away 5 90-day memberships! There are a few different ways that you can enter in fact….this is just one of them. Learn more about how to enter and sign up for the free workshop by going to YourLifeRocks.com/next90days

Today we are going to be talking about how to set up your next 90 days, the second quarter of the year, to reach goals, create balance and to be ready to go into summer in the best possible way.

To do this, we have to first look back at the last 90-days. But first, let me ask you a question. Do you run your life in 90-day sprints?

Maybe you do at work, or maybe the whole 12 months of a year are just all thrown together.

For many, many years, all the places I have worked operated every quarter. Business goals, deliverables, milestones, etc. I love working this way because 12 weeks is a nice manageable time frame. It’s long enough that you can really make some traction, short enough to keep you interested in the goal, and just easier to wrap your head around.

If it works so well for our work life, why not have it work for every other area of our lives?

Right?

Let me tell you, it does work just as well in the other areas of our life….I have been running this system for over 5 years and it has been the difference in life in balance and life out of balance. It’s huge!

  1. How do you define balance? Think about the feelings that you have when you feel your kind of balanced….what are they? This is crucial. Now, I sometimes feel conflicted by describing this as a “feeling” because I don’t like to let my emotions pull me around. But it is the best way to know if you are in alignment with your intentions. God gave us these emotions and intuition with our selves for a reason. So let’s use them.
  2. List out all 8 areas of your life (reference day 2 of Clear the Chaos)
  3. Rate each area by how balanced you have felt over the last 90 days on a scale from 1-10. 10 is that you felt in alignment with your “feelings of balance”. The reason we need to do this is so we can anticipate what will be necessary to bring a greater sense of balance in all areas of life in the next 90 days. Think of it this way. We often talk about balance like on a balance beam, right? What happens when you start to fall to one side? You move your arms, torso, and sometimes your other leg to keep yourself from falling. Same with the areas of life. Sometimes we have to engage health goals, friend goals, or even marriage goals to bring ourselves back to center.

Once you have all the areas rated, then you can start the self-coaching. I’m going to give you 5 questions to ask yourself. Before you answer, pray that God would show you the honest answer for each of these. Sometimes we can buy into our justifications just a little too much.

  1. For the areas that maybe you have been leaning too much into, what pay off or reward are you getting for doing that? Maybe it’s an external reward, praise from others, or even martyrdom. Yep, sometimes we torture ourselves so others will notice. What is it for you?
  2. Is there something in the areas that you have been neglecting that causes pain? What is it?
  3. What has been the thing that has brought you the most joy or fulfillment?
  4. How are you taking the time to live with intention? It’s one thing to say you want to have something in your life, it’s another thing to set up the structure, motivation, and habits to make it so.
  5. What are the top three things that get in your way of the intentions that you set?

So, now what do you do with all this? Make a plan for the next 90 days, that’s what. There is no guilt and no shame in your answers. The other thing I love about the 90-day process is it allows us to learn quickly so we can do better and be better.

The free workshop that I have put together for you will take you through the next steps of taking these answers and setting new goals for the next 90 days. If you want to learn the habits and systems for living it out, well, that is exactly what the Life Balance System is all about. We are kicking off a new 90 days inside Life Balance Membership at the beginning of April. Of course, you can start whenever you want and still get the same support but I do believe that there is strength in numbers and together we got this!

You can sign up for the free workshop by going to yourliferocks.com/next90days

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Episode 227: Creating a Structure of Success

Episode 227: Creating a Structure of Success

Today, we are talking about how to set up the right structures to help you be successful to reach your goals, implement systems for balance, and really keeping you moving toward where you want to go as a working mom.

We are specifically going to be talking about this as it pertains to one of my favorite systems, weekly prep.

Weekly prep is one of the key systems that we talk about in helping you achieve balance.  I so totally believe in this system, that I teach you how to do it totally for free in our Weekly Success Planning course that you can find inside the Your Life Rocks app or by going to Weekly success Planning.com

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Weekly Success Planning Course

Get the course inside the free Your Life Rocks app available in your app store.  Learn all about this critical system to help you create balance, plus begin planning for your success with our weekly planning tool inside the app!

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Episode 224: 3 Principles To Creating Balance In Your Life with Jenny Stemmerman

Episode 224: 3 Principles To Creating Balance In Your Life with Jenny Stemmerman

This episode is very foundational on how you can actually create more balance in your life as a working mom.  We are talking about the 3 principles to create balance in your life: Faith, community, and systems. We are also talking about how to figure out what balance looks like for you in the season of life that you are in.

Action Items and Tips From the Show

How to define what balance looks like for you and the session of life you are in:

The best way to define what balance looks like for you, is to start to describe what it feels like when things are out of balance.  Then think if things were the opposite.  Now you have your definition of life balance and can start to apply the three princples to them.

The 3 principles of balance:

  1. Faith first- Above everything.  Just like Matthew 6:33 says, seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be given to you.  We need to move away from keeping faith in a box and as just part of our life.  If you want balance, it needs to be the filter in which the rest of your life works from.
  2. Community-Serve others and allow them to serve you.  It might be a prayer, or an act of kindess or just a listening ear.  When you open yourself up to others, your problems seem smaller and your burdens are lessend. 
  3. Systems- Often we are overwhelmed and exhausted because we lack systems in our life and we have decision fatigue.  The more you can opperate in auto-pilot with healthy habits that contribute to your goals, the more you will have energy to do the things that matter.  This is where Life Balance Membership really shines.  We teach you the systems to keep things moving forward in each area of your life.

Weekly Success Planning Course

Get the course inside the free Your Life Rocks app available in your app store.  Learn all about this critical system to help you create balance, plus begin planning for your success with our weekly planning tool inside the app!

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Episode 222: 3 Ways To Help You Achieve Your Goals

Episode 222: 3 Ways To Help You Achieve Your Goals

Welcome to the new year!  Are you someone that sets goals for the new year?  Maybe go through the process of selecting a word? Whether you are someone that sets intentions or specific goals in your career, health, finances, or any other area of life, the three tips shared in this episode will help you crush them!  

Action Items and Tips From the Show

  1. Each morning decide how you are going to live out your word for the year that day.  Make a list of the three things that you will do and add them to your calendar.
  2. Lifestyle change vs goals Recognize that it is a difference and they need different approaches.
  3. Stay close to God with your goals.

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Episode 221:  A Different Way Of Setting Goals

Episode 221: A Different Way Of Setting Goals

Last week we wrapped up our series that lead us to Christmas called walking with Jesus.  I loved hearing from other working moms about their faith and all that Jesus as done in their lives.  

Next week we are starting a new series diving deep into some areas of life that you might have the most pressing goals to achieve for the new year.  I didn’t say new year resolution, but it might be that for you, or just some intentions for the new year, goals for your life or really whatever you want to call it, it doesn’t matter.  But if you are looking for improvement in your health, finances, home or other area of your life, you want to make sure you hit subscribe if you haven’t already so you don’t miss any of the great experts we have lined up.

So, with last week ending a series and next week starting a series, we are in a week of transition.  And really that is what this week has been all about….meaning the week between Christmas and New years.  It is my favorite week of the year because it is quiet, there isn’t that much going on and I can just breath, think, and be.

Every year I use this week to reflect on areas of my life, give gratitude, dream a little and just talk to God about bigger things than I normally get to on a daily bais.  I go through a process that allows me better insight to setting goals and getting ready to accomplish them.  

It is this exact system that I have been teaching to our Life Balance members this week.  If you are not a life Balance member, you can still join us! The great thing is that we are walking through a pre-recorded course that you can start really at anytime.  It’s a 7-day new program that has been added to the membership and it will help you get clear on your goals in a whole new way.  

In this episode, I wanted to share with you one of the priciples that we teach in this progam.  It’s a different way of setting goals than most people do.

Often when we set goals, they are out of pain of some kind.  For example, maybe you want to lose weight because you are not comfortalbe in your clothes, someone has said something to you or you experienced something that was hurtful.  Maybe you had a doctor appointment and the results were scary and it has caused you to look differently at your health. Maybe you are setting goals around your finances because you are tired of working hard and not getting ahead.  Your tired and want to afford a vacation or you are feeling the pinch of debt.

When we feel this pain or discomfort, it moves us to make a change.  When we decide to make a change, we start looking for the solution or a recipe to follow.  This is where things get complicated. Do you know how many diet plans are out there that you could follow?  I don’t either because there are new ones popping up all the time. I always say the best health program out there is the one that you will stick to.  And that is just for health, the same can be said for any area of life that you want to improve.  

Now, there is nothing wrong with seeking outside information, learning, or finding someone that can help you.  But often times we miss a huge step in the process. We forget that if we really want to change, it takes power…willpower.  And guess what? We are not nearly as powerful as our maker is. How much easier would it be to reach your goals if the Spirit of God was working in your favor to help you get there?

Seeking God in our goal setting process is critical for success in achieving it, but more than that, when we are on board with God’s will for any situation, the peace and grace is unmeasurable.

Bringing our desires to God is the first step.  Letting his grace extend past what we are capable of will help us get to where we want to go.  The other awesome things about journeying toward where you want to go with God, is that his grace overflows to other areas of your life.

That is the second point to what we are doing in Life Balance, we are looking at all areas of life, not just the one that is causing pain.  Do you know why it is causing pain? Becuase it has been neglected. When we set a goal based on our pain points alone, we tend to shift the focus to the one area of life and that can set us off balance and strart to neglect other areas of our life….you guessed it…they will be come future pain points.  It starts to create a cycle. 

Think about it as if you were spinning plates on poles like they do in the circus.  When you go the method of focusing on the one area that needed the most, you are not paying attention to the other plates spinning until they are just about ready to crash.  Then you have to rush to rescue the other areas before they come crashing to the ground.

Instead, if you have a system to keep the plates all going, and you are able to calmly check in on each one, give it a little of what it needs to keep going, it becomes much more managable.  And when life happens and the unexpected happens, if you followed the first step, you have the Holy Spirit by your side to help you.

That is exactly what we are doing inside Life Balance Membership.  Teaching you the system to do just that. That is what has always been in the membership.  The new course that we are going through right now, is really helping you first look to God for a vision for the year and then assessing each area of your life to get a direction toward what is needed to keep that area healthy.  Once we go through each area, then it’s all about taking that direction you have discoved and bringing it back to God. This prepares you to be able to live it out with the Life Balance System.

 

 

This is the kind of exercise that we are doing for each area of life.  It’s real. It’s not sexy. But it give you a clear vision of where you are and what you need to be focused on.  

Now we we are setting goals in Life Balance, it’s not to solve all the things.  It is about making progress in 90-days. That is the goal.  

I have said this before, but in case you have not heard me say it or you just need a reminder:

You can set goals in all areas of your life….and you should.  Goals are different than a life change. Want to lose 50 lbs? That is a life change not a goal.  Looking for a new career? That’s a life change. Having a baby? That is a life change. While you can have multiple goals, I don’t recommend multiple life changes.  You will go into survive mode and it’s not only difficult, it will painful.

Your life change might be to lose 50lbs but your 90-day health goal might be to focus on your water everyday, sticking to your eating plan, or adding in physical activity.  

I hope these tips help you as you start to look toward the new year.  Let me recap what we talked about.

  1.  Look to God and his strength before you start after your goals in your own.
  2. Look to set goals in all areas of your life, not just one.
  3. A life change is different than a goal.  Don’t do more than one life change at a time.

Like I said at the begininning of this episdoe, it’s not too late to join us inside of Life Balance Membership and go through this 7-day process for yourself.  You can upgrade right inside the app or by going to Life Balance Membership.com

 

Next week we are back and starting our new series!  If you are new to the show, our new series is reflective of what we are all about.  I’ll be brining you expert guests in each of the 8 areas of life to help inspire you to be the best version of yourself in each area.  Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss it!

 

Until next week, keep building a life that rocks

 

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