ITA #30 – Say Goodbye To Survival Mode – An Interview with Crystal Paine

By January 27, 2014Podcast

say-goodbye-to-survival-modeFeel overwhelmed? Exhausted? Stressed?

Never fear, Kat is here. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.)

Seriously, though, my guest today brings the goods. Crystal Paine is a wife, author of several books, mother of three and the founder of, a blog that has over 1.5 million visitors every single month.

Crystal knows busy, she knows overwhelm and exhaustion. Fortunately, she also knows how to crawl out from those burdens and she shares her story and lots o’ wisdom in today’s episode.

Grab your headphones and join us for a chat and keep reading to learn more!

Get Inspired

How to Create Margin

Crystal challenges us to say no to mediocre things so that we can say yes to the best. Creating boundaries is a core element of escaping survival mode. I was so encouraged by her journey to learning to say no and set healthy boundaries, because the truth is that the world won’t fall apart if we say no.

Tweet to Inspire: “In order to say YES to the best, you have to say NO to the mediocre.” – Crystal Paine

How to Reach Your Goals

One of Crystal’s key tips for setting and reaching goals is to only set a few and break them down into bite sized tasks. You can always add more goals if you meet them all, but looking at a large list can be paralyzing.

You’ll Also Learn About

  • How a “best stuff” list will help you create margin.
  • The importance of self care.
  • How knowing your drainers and fillers will energize you.
  • Don’t miss her ‘mom pep talk” at the end of the episode!

Quick Links

1. Get Crystal’s book hereSay Goodbye To Survival Mode

2. Love the song in the outro? It’s called God Day. It’s by Jen Stanbro and you can get it on iTunes by clicking here and check out Jen’s site by clicking here.

Take Action

How will you set boundaries today? What is on your “best stuff” list? Click here to share in the comments!

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How to Listen to This 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 through to the site and click the little play button at the beginning of this post.
2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, but I like one called Downcast. It allows me to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio.

You can also listen via a free app (IOS and Android) called Stitcher.

3. Subscribe to the Podcast – just click here to access the podcast in iTunes. You can also search for it on your smartphone app (like the ones listed above) and subscribe.

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  • Candice says:

    Great interview and some great tips. Listened while I took a bath and it brought me to tears a couple different times. Thank you 🙂

  • Can I please say how much I love love love these podcasts?! You’ve encouraged me more than you know. Thank you!

    • Kat says:

      You can say that ANYTIME, Victoria. 🙂 If there is any topic you want me to cover or anyone you’d like me to try to arrange an interview with, let me know.

  • Stephanie says:

    Kat! I so enjoyed this podcast. And thank you for the shout out! (My iTunes ID is ‘stegany’ — and yes, you said it right. It’s a goofy nickname I’ve had since grade school). I was listening to this episode this morning while I was deep-cleaning my hall closet and was like, “Hey! Did she just say my name?” Loved this podcast and always look forward to the next one — so much encouragement, happiness, and inspiration you provide. Thank you!

    • Kat says:

      I’m tempted to say thank you, but then I’d be thanking you for thanking me for thanking you…and that just makes my head spin. So, I’ll just say I appreciate you, “stegany!” 🙂

  • What a great interview with Crystal! I loved the helpful hints on goal-setting…I need to write some goals down that this podcast brought to my mind. Thanks for a “kick-start”!

    • Kat says:

      Hi Summer,
      I’m happy to provide a “kick-start” anytime! So…did you write those goals down yet? I’m all about accountability. 🙂

  • Lauren L. says:

    This was fantastic timing for me. My new planner arrives in the mail tomorrow, but this morning I realized I’d been imagining it might do more for me than it can. Crystal just helped me see that I’ve been choosing not to set goals due to fear of failure. Now I’ll set those goals so my planner matches up with my ‘best things.’ Thank you, Kat and Crystal!

    • Kat says:

      Ah, the beauty and joy of a new planner. I’m excited for you! And I think it’s terribly wise of you to recognize that, though planners are lovely, beautiful things, they are not magical. Whatever your goals are, YOU can do it. Just break it down, step by step, stick with it and you’ll make it happen. {fistbump}

  • Stephanie says:

    Who sang at the end of the Survival Mode podcast? Lovely.

    Thanks for your ministry, Kat!

    • Kat says:

      The song (isn’t it amazing?) is by my friend Jen Stanbro. You can buy it on iTunes or Amazon. It’s called God Day.

  • I really enjoy this site and these podcasts!! thank you for the inspiration, tears, laughs..all of it!:)

  • […] was honored to get to do two interviews with Kat Lee recently! We did an interview for her Inspired to Action Podcast where we talked about my new book, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, and on How They Blog where we […]

  • Lisa says:

    Hi Kat!
    Just wanted to say how much I enjoy these podcasts! I am a speech pathologist working in an elementary school, so many times I listen to the podcasts in the evenings or on the weekends when I’m doing paperwork, planning, etc. Makes the time fly by! I have 4 children (15, 18, 20, 22) and was wondering if you could do some podcasts geared toward moms with older children. I can glean lots of great information from the ones that you have, but having something even more specific to parenting the older kiddos would be great! Thanks again! Blessings – Lisa

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  • Tiffany Neer says:

    Hi Kat! I love Money Saving Mom! Especially,since she is a Ks lady. We areon mo side but borders Ks. We r close to the Royals! Go Royals! Anyhow, I love how you always start out talking about the weather! Our weather is the weirdest! I would love to move to Texas! I have family there,too! It was literally 18 below about a week or so ago then 70 2 days after. It will probably be winter until end of April here! It always keeps you guessing here as there is no consistent pattern. I loved this one as i am a mom of 3 kids,homeschool,work as a nurse part time and easily get overwhelmed with their schedules as my kids are stair stepped so have ateenager and my youngest is 3. I always have been about scaling down and saying No! but gets harder as they get older and they want more! I can relate to Crystal as i am introverted,task oriented or goal oriented and can be pretty idealistic. I am a planner junkie,too! I would love to see a podcast on electronic devices or being plugged in as it seems that almost every kid these days wants to be plugged in and i tend to resist that with my kids but realize that it is our future so I really struggle with this issue and my kids as it is all around them. I tend to take an all or nothing approach with it. Love to hear someone who has some good insight on this. So thankful for your podcasts,Kat! They literally pick me up off the floor on days that I can’t seem to find the energy!

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