ITA #40 – How to Harness the Power of Habits

Did you know that habits account for nearly 45% of the tasks we accomplish every day?! As moms, it’s important for us to consider what habits, good or bad, we are passing on to our children.

In this episode, you’ll learn how to harness the power of habits and make them work for you instead of against you.

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Why Your Workout Plan Doesn’t Have to be Perfect

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Note from Kat: Today’s post is from #HelloExercise contributor Amanda Holland.

I started working out again recently. I’ve been unhappy with my weight since I graduated from college in May, and I promised myself I would do something about it. Eventually. After this week, or after that event, or after vacation. I finally ran out of excuses, so I downloaded a Couch Potato to 5K app, got my workout clothes ready, shopped for new running shoes, and hit the local high school track one Monday after work to get started.

It was sad. Beyond sad, really. I shared the track with a senior lady. She outpaced me – and she probably thought a psycho stalker was coming up behind her, the way I gasped for breath as I ran. Which wasn’t for long. I’m in the “run 60 seconds/walk 90″ portion of my training, running a whopping non-stop 1/8 of a mile. I’m going to be in the “couch potato” portion of this plan for a while…

At first, I was discouraged. Before returning to college at 30, I spent 4 1/2 years as a trainer and manager at a women’s gym – how did I get to this point? My discouragement was short lived, though, because I reminded myself of an important fact.

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ITA #39 – My Story – How God Takes Brokenness Aside and Makes It Beautiful

I realized that as we near episode #40, I’ve shared a lot of other people’s stories, but I’ve never shared my own in its entirety. Now it feels a little weird to record a whole episode about…me, but really it’s about God and the amazing story he must have had so much fun weaving into my life.

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Why Google Can Never be a Mom

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Note from Kat: This post is from my good friend and monthly contributor Liz Griffin.

Let’s be honest. Google is pretty great. It can give you directions, show you photos and sort through billions of facts to deliver the information you want. Its so awesome it is both a noun and a verb. There are nearly 6,000,000 Google searches a day. One of the most common questions people type into Google is “What is the meaning of life?”.

I’m not nearly as smart as Google, but I imagine what people are really asking is  ”What is the meaning of my life?”. When you type it into Google all kinds of quotes, articles and opinion websites pop up. Data to sort through for days.  And yet, that doesn’t really answer the question people are asking.

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ITA #38 – The Core Elements of a Strong Family, An Encore Interview with Chrystal Evans Hurst

What makes a family strong and close? Today, Chrystal Evans Hurst is back with us sharing some of the core things her parents did to build an incredible family and what she’s doing to keep the legacy going with her own children.

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ITA #37 – Balancing Fitness and Motherhood – An Interview with Chrystal Evans Hurst

The best wisdom comes from those who have both struggled and succeeded. I’m honored to introduce you to my friend Chrystal Evans Hurst with you today. She is a wife, mom, author, blogger, homeschooler and runner. Having just finished her second half marathon last month, she takes us on her journey to fitness and shares some amazing advice that will definitely…inspire you to action. (I know. Cheesy. But funny. I’m sorry. Not sorry.)

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How 15 Minutes Can Transform Your Motherhood (and your life)

“I’m in the depths of despair…”

I’m not prone to drama, but since becoming a mother I’ve certainly had my moments.

That particular night was no different. The weight of responsibility of raising three human beings and the insurmountable gap between the mother I wanted to be and the mother I really was overwhelmed me.

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I’d had an awful day with my children. I was tired, they were tired and it seemed as though everyone had the emotional stomach flu.

Every offense was magnified a thousand times and our raw responses couldn’t be kept down.

When I finally crossed the merciful finish line called “bedtime.” I retreated to the garage, sat in my minivan and in the blazing July heat of Texas, my sweat and tears streamed down my face in one ugly mess.

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ITA #36 – Scared is the New Brave – A Story of Motherhood and Changing the World with Lisa-Jo Baker

Lisa-Jo Baker is one of the most encouraging people that you’ll ever meet, and today we’re talking with her about raising her children with a bigger world view. She’s got an exciting project happening (that can help us all have a bigger world view) and she’ll share why “scared is the new brave” is her motto for 2014.

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Raising “normal” kids

Note from Kat: This post is from my very inspiring friend and monthly contributor Liz Griffin.

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Last Friday I got to have coffee with Kat. We only live about a mile apart and every so often we meet up to watch Downton Abbey or talk blogs. We laughed a lot, I learned a lot and my heart was full when I was headed home. I actually arrived at my house to find that my husband had spent that two hours deep cleaning our house and folding all the laundry. It was his day off and he was cleaning. Bizarre right? Not for Jady.

To my husband keeping a house clean is normal. I’m not really sure how she did it being a mother of three boys, but my mother-in-law ran a strictly clean and organized house. Put a cup down and 30 seconds later it is in the dishwasher. Jady is the same way. He can whip the house into shape in no time flat because he grew up that way. But, back to my hanging out with Kat…

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ITA #35 – Becoming a God Centered Mom and The Art of Raising Boys – An Interview with Heather MacFadyen

My good friend Heather MacFadyen is sharing the art of raising boys – four of them! – and becoming a God-centered mom. She calls herself simply the “self-centered mom trying to be the God-centered mom.”

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