Oh Exercise! How I Love Thee–Sometimes

Why is it that even though I know how important exercise is and how much I need it and how good it makes me feel when I actually get out there and DO it, I’m constantly in a battle to make it a regular part of my life? Anyone? I wish I could share with […]

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ITA #51 – Getting Back To The Mom Essentials with Kasey Johnson

Today on the podcast we are asking one of the most important questions a mother can ask herself, “What are my essentials?” There are a thousand things vying for your attention at any moment, but how can we separate the “urgent-yet-unimportant” from the things that are actually vital for the well being of our hearts and homes?

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Kasey Johnson, author of Mom Essentials, and I discuss these very questions in this episode of the Inspired To Action podcast.

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How I Stopped Dreading Dinnertime

Dinnertime is relentless, isn’t it? It comes every single evening without fail.

How many weeks in a row can we eat spaghetti and tacos and that easy crockpot potato soup before my family notices I only have three poorly executed recipes in my arsenal? (Also, it’s summer and 80+ degrees. Nobody wants to eat my potato soup right now.)

If it were up to me, we’d eat breakfast dishes every night. I make delicious cheesy eggs and perfectly browned pancakes. My bacon is just the right level of crispiness (that’s extra crispy, thank you very much), and let’s not discount the efficiency and cost effectiveness of a simple bowl of cereal.

I mean, think of the time we’d all save if we ate cereal every night. Seriously.

But I live in the real world with things like my family’s health and happiness to consider. You, too?

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ITA #50 – Overcoming Comparison in Motherhood – with Elisa Pulliam

“Comparison is the great thief of Joy.” (Theodore Roosevelt) But it’s so common among mothers, how do we overcome it? That’s what we are talking about in today’s episode of the podcast with Elisa Pulliam.

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Dreaming Big…In Motherhood and Beyond

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

I was sorting through all the end of school papers that had come home with my daughter a few months ago when I got the call. A congressman was coming from DC to his district and he wanted us to brief him on human trafficking in his district. Well, not just us. The FBI was gonna be there too to brief him. Tomorrow. Gulp.

The most urgent thought would probably be, “What am I gonna say in that meeting???” but instead my mind went immediately to “What am I gonna wear???”.

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ITA #49 – How Moms Can Take Personal Retreats (…really) with Erin Odom

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For most moms, a trip to the bathroom with a working lock is the only kind of retreat they’ve ever known. I hope to change that today. Erin Odom and I are chatting about how to take a personal retreat (even if you don’t have the time, help, or money) and what to do on a personal retreat to maximize the effectiveness of your time.

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Renew Your Mind

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(Note from Kat: Today’s post is from regular contributor Jenni Keller.)

I’m a first generation athlete. I grew up in a family that valued health and watched their diets, but athletes, we were not.

After my second pregnancy, I was up about 50 pounds and feeling desperate to reclaim my body and my health. And so my journey began.

I’m not sure at what point I crossed over the line and began to embrace and believe it; but after six years, I finally believe I’m an athlete.

One very important lesson I’ve learned in my pursuit of health and in my life, is that my “norm” is always changing. As I eat more healthy food, healthy food tastes and even sounds better to me. As I push my body to new goals, my endurance, my muscles and my mental toughness continue to evolve.

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Three Places to Find God

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Note from Kat: Today’s post is from my friend Christie Elkins.

One of the things that the Lord has been impressing upon me lately is His omnipresence. Summer months can derail a morning routine quicker than you can say “sweet tea” due to the changing schedules of children and spouses in your household. I have found this particularly to be true over the past week or so, when my boys have shared this bizarre virus that is floating around (Seriously, who gets this stuff mid-June?) and has left their mama depleted and in much needed time with God. Yet, there are three places I can count on when I really need to hear His voice. When I feel like I am hitting a brick wall in my quiet time, I can do a simple retreat to clear my mind and hear His voice with increased clarity:

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ITA #48 – How to Have a Wardrobe You Love without Losing Your Money or Your Mind – with Hayley Morgan

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If the idea of a simple, beautiful and intentional wardrobe sounds fantastic to you, you’ll love this episode of the podcast with Hayley Morgan.

Hayley wrote a book called The No Brainer Wardrobe and she shares some fantastic tips on how to feel good about what’s in your closet, what you wear and how much you spend on clothes.

She also talks about how to approach fashion as we get older and wear clothes that feel “honest” to us.

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It’s Not About a To-Do List

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Note from Kat: Today’s post is from my friend Patti Brown.

Some days my brain doesn’t want to turn on until 8:00. I get up early, sit on my couch and look at my bible, but the words swim.

I’ll fight it. I’ll brew more tea or make an egg or do something that I hope will get those brain cells firing. But some days it just isn’t gonna happen.

Do you have days like that too? Do you get worried or feel like you’ve failed if you can’t get your bible study done first thing in the morning?

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