A month or so ago, I woke up early, before the rest of the house, and lay in the darkness with my heart pounding uncomfortably. It was a physical reminder of something that I don’t like to think about very often: I have chronic health problems that aren’t just magically going to disappear if I ignore them. It is up to ME to change my life and my habits to regain my health. No one else is going to do that for me.
In this episode, I share a bit more of my story, as well as the three steps I am taking in order to give myself a month-long pause:
1) Choose a finite length of time for your break.
2) Look at your calendar and ruthlessly eliminate or postpone any stressful commitments during that time. Don’t be afraid to tell the people in your life WHY you need a break and how they can support you.
3) Decide how you will use your time off to “get ahead” of your life and make changes that will help you reenter your life in a much better place.
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April marks the half birthday of 3 in 30, so I wanted to kick off the month with a special episode featuring YOU, the mothers of this community.
Do you remember, back in October, when we celebrated the first birthday of the podcast and I asked all of you to think of your own 3 takeaways about motherhood? That was such an inspiring month for me, as I saw your social media posts, read your emails, and listened to your voicemails of your own #my3in30 takeaways.
At that time, I compiled a bunch of your voicemails to air as a birthday episode (here!), but there were too many to fit into one 30-minute segment, so I always planned to use the rest in a half birthday episode. And that’s what you’re going to hear today! You will hear from 12 mothers who have incredibly varied life experiences and wisdom to share.
To all of you listening, YOU are what make 3 in 30 magical. I am so incredibly grateful for your support and dedication to motherhood.
A special THANK YOU to the women who contributed to this episode!
Jill (@jcoterie), Ashley (@joyful_homes), Emily, Kristie (@ourkerrazyadventure), Erin, Alisha, Melissa (@melissa.plainandsimple), Amanda, Jaraka, Jessica, and Molly.
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When I first heard the words “intuitive eating,” I was on a jog with a new friend who randomly opened up to me about her history with eating disorders. She mentioned this philosophy of listening to and caring for your body, and something in my heart said, I think this is good; I think this is truth.
But it took a lot more than just that one conversation for me to find freedom from the toxic and hateful patterns of viewing myself and my body that I was trapped in. It took me nine months of counseling with a therapist who specialized in intuitive eating, and it continues to take work and commitment as I attempt very imperfectly to tune into my body and listen to what it’s telling me.
Today I’m honored to have Taryn Palmer–a registered dietician and nutritionist and a mom of four little girls–on the show. She is one of my in-real-life best friends and has been such an anchor for me on my intuitive eating journey. In this conversation, Taryn gives an introduction to intuitive eating with three principles:
-take the morality out of eating
-give yourself unconditional permission to eat
-stop listening to “should” and start listening to your body
Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch
Overview of the 10 principles of Intuitive Eating here
Power of Moms Radio Episode 87: Unhealthy Stress and Habits? Break the Cycle!
Power of Moms Radio Episode 147: Listening to and Loving Your Body through Intuitive Eating
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“The truth is, I don’t like motherhood–and I desperately want to.”
In August of 2016, I wrote these words in an email to a woman I’d never met before but had admired from afar, asking for her advice. At the heart of my message was this question: “How can I learn to love motherhood more?”
My kids were 5 and 2 at the time, and long days at home with them were brutal for me, despite my best efforts to be a patient and fun mom. I felt lost and unfulfilled–but too embarrassed to admit just how desperate I felt to anyone in my real life. It was safer to reach out to someone distant, and that’s why I emailed one of my mom-heroes from Instagram, Kelly Jensen.
I never would’ve believed that just over two years later, I would be talking to Kelly on my very own podcast, reading her that heartfelt plea for help I sent I sent via email and sharing her response with moms all over the world.
It was thrilling for me to interview Kelly for this week’s episode. She’s a mother of five who is known for her contagious love of family life, with her seasonal “Live Lists” and love letters to her children (#wordsformybabies). In this episode, she cheers every mother on with the reminder to value who we are as individuals–and know that it’s enough.
-Kelly’s Instagram: @kellyejensen
-I am so excited to announce “Declutter your Motherhood Extended,” which starts with a kickoff workshop on Saturday, April 13 at Eleve Event Center in Pleasant Grove, UT, and continues for 30 days with mentoring and support. Go to 3in30podcast.com/workshops for more information and tickets!
**Use the code 3IN30 this week only to get $30 off your ticket.
It’s time to pick up the kids from school, but the baby is napping.
You need to go to grocery shopping but can’t bear the thought of wrestling everyone into the car and through the store.
You want to plan a vacation to spend quality time with your older kids, but it wouldn’t be ideal for the babies.
Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? Beyond babies’ sleep schedules and toddlers tantrums, motherhood manages to get trickier as our children grow into different stages— especially in families with big age gaps between siblings. In this episode, Vanessa Quigley, co-founder of Chatbooks, gives us a glimpse into what it is like mothering seven children and juggling the needs of kids in different stages of life.
Vanessa advises moms to, as Elsa would say, “Let it go!” (as we can’t be everything to everyone); divide and conquer; and seek help through trades or hiring someone. I know you will love Vanessa’s sense of humor, warm encouragement, and down-to-earth wisdom in this interview.
**We are so honored to announce Chatbooks as a sponsor for 3 in 30.**
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-Hilarious Chatbooks commercial with Lisa Valentine Clark: https://bit.ly/2dXTHut
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