Nurturing Yourself

025: Finding Motivation to Exercise // Monica Tanner of On the Brighter Side

3 Steps to Finding Your Motivation to Exercise--or Do Anything Difficult in Your Life

If you’re like me, finding time and motivation to exercise has become difficult since becoming a mom.

If you’re not like me (ha!), you exercise almost daily, but it’s probably hard to find motivation to do some other things in your life.

Whatever camp you’re in, I think this episode will help you. Monica Tanner, a mother of four, a small business owner, and a podcaster at On the Brighter Side, shares three steps for finding motivation to exercise—and her tips can be applied in many other situations as well.

 

Listen in as she teaches me how to…

1) Start with a positive and believable thought about yourself.

2) Find your own compelling reason to exercise.

3) Make it enjoyable, so the habit will stick.

 

This is a great discussion with so many nuggets of wisdom. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Show Notes

Monica’s Website: http://onthebrightersideoflife.com/

Monica’s Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/on-the-brighter-side/id1345544810?mt=2&ls=1

Rachel’s Website: 3in30podcast.com

Get a PDF of each month’s takeaways: 3in30podcast.com/takeaways

 

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016: How to Be the Mom You Are–Instead of the Mom You Think You Should Be // Julie Bastedo

3 strategies to accept and love your unique strengths (and weaknesses) as a mother

“Fill your life with things that make you feel whole, instead of holey.”

In this week’s episode, Julie Bastedo (who has taught high school English for 18 years and has two children of her own) walks mothers through some strategies to help us embrace who we truly are, instead of always pining after whom we think we “should” be.

With humor and wisdom (and while quoting classic literature and poety, of course), Julie dives into each of the following takeaways:

 

1) Sit down and make a list of the unique gifts that YOU bring to your children.

2) Only follow social media accounts that enhance what you are already good at. (Julie calls this “ancillary material.” And don’t worry, she defines that.)

3) Recognize that you will be a source of joy and a source of disappointment for others throughout your life…and that’s okay.

 

Don’t miss this lively and uplifting discussion between two old friends who want to empower and encourage each other–and all the women who are listening.

Show Notes

-Rachel’s podcast with Power of Moms about her trip to South Africa: https://powerofmoms.com/ordinary-moms-can-make-extraordinary-difference-crystal-paine-rachel-nielson-episode-186/

-“When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” by Walt Whitman

“One’s-Self I Sing by Walt Whitman: “Of Life immense in passion, pulse, and power/ Cheerful, for freest action form’d under the laws divine…”

-The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu

-Quote by Mother Teresa:

 

“People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it’s between you and God.

It was never between you and them anyway.”

 

-Jody Moore, Bold New Mom: “Other people’s opinion of me is none of my business.”

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011: Setting Goals without Sacrificing Sanity // Monica Packer of About Progress

3 Takeaways for setting goals that focus on progress not perfection

“Perfectionism, we wrongly assign only to overachievers. I think most perfectionists are actually underachievers.”

When I first heard Monica Packer of the podcast About Progress explain this phenomenon–that a perfectionist can actually become an underachiever–I was stunned.  I recognized that she was describing me.  I had gone from a hardcore overachiever (who had developed eating disorders as a result) to an apathetic underachiever who avoided making any sort of goals in my life.

In this week’s episode, Monica describes her own similar journey and how she has now found a middle ground: striving for “progress, not perfection.”  She gives us three takeaways to consider as we head into the New Year about how to set goals that will push us to improve while also helping us maintain our mental health.

 

1) Don’t think too much.

2) Make room for failure.

3) Make your goals visible.

 

Listen in as she and I dive into these principles and offer specific examples from our own lives as “recovering perfectionists.”

Packer Family

Show Notes

Monica’s website and podcast: About Progress.com

Her Intro episode that resonated so deeply with me: http://www.aboutprogress.com/2016/11/most-likely-to-be-talk-show-host.html

To get the PDF printable of each month’s take-aways, visit my website and sign up: 3in30podcast.com.

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002: Easy Ways to Capture Memories of Motherhood // Laura Webb

3 Easy Ways to Capture Memories of Motherhood // 3in30 Podcast for Moms

This week my little sister Laura Webb, a mother of two young children and a Chemistry and Math teacher–“not a writer!” she is quick to point out–will share her ideas for easy ways that we can fit record-keeping into our busy lives as moms.

Listen in as Laura details ideas for how to…

  • Use technology to help us capture memories
  • Find routine times or triggers to remind us to journal
  • Remember that something is better than nothing when it comes to documenting our lives

What are your best ideas for keeping records of your motherhood experience?  Please share them in the comments or on Instagram @3in30podcast.  We want to learn from you!

Webb Family // 3 in 30 Podcast

Show Notes

Chatbooks

Qeepsake: The Text Message Baby Journal

One-Sentence Journals on Amazon

How to Journal as a Busy Mom (Rachel’s article for Power of Moms)

Photography

Feature Image: Alexis Johnson Photography (Eagle River, Alaska)

Webb Family Photo: Brynmarae Photography  (Denver, Colorado)

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