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How many goals do you make for yourself? One of the mistakes I notice with the moms I work within the Purpose Driven Mom Club is that they often take on WAY too many goals at once. We're taught to 'go big or go home' and society gives us applause when we are busy busy busy and always on the go. And while I don't think you should shoot your dreams s…
 
Get your kids ready for college by using Trello?! Kinda like all the goal setting and the backward planning that we teach here at A Purpose Driven Mom. Listen in to this episode if you have middler school-aged kids or older, as our guest Cara breaks down this hard, large project. Getting our bigger kids ready for the future is something that we rea…
 
Have you ever made a really big and exciting goal, sat your family down to let them know the plan, and **Gasp** they don't care as much as you do? It happens a lot when we get excited about things. We want everyone to get on board with our plan and get angry with them when it's not their top priority too. Or we make some big sweeping statements abo…
 
The holiday season can feel overwhelming with the need to do everything that comes flying at us. Yikes! --- There go the goals out the window till the New Year’s?! The crazy pull of everything at this time of year can feel like: -Your routines come off the tracks during the holidays -You feel like hitting your breaking point and realize too late th…
 
In my innocent youth, I was a paragon of virtue, but after wandering for so long in the red dust of this world I had joined the forces of evil In the sixty third episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction we are Dancing Through Red Dust (原谅我红尘颠倒 / Yuánliàng Wǒ Hóngchén Diāndǎo), a nightmarish lurch through the PRC (il)legal system dreamed up by the …
 
I'm BORED! Have you ever said that about your goals? You start off super excited, make a great plan, and then bleh - you're over it. It happens to all of us and it can be a real momentum buster. Today on the podcast, I'm chatting about what you can do when you just aren't into your goals anymore. How do you know when it's time to mix it up? Should …
 
Why do we struggle with routines?! Maybe you are thinking … “I keep trying routines and nothing seems to stick.” In today’s episode Cara is sharing in her interview that failing routines are happening because of one of these two reasons: No. 1 You are trying to do too much too fast. No.2 You don't have an actual plan for your routines and you’re wa…
 
Did you know that not every goal should be broken down the same? Often when we look at our goals, we try to break things down identically and we can get stuck. I teach 3 different types of goals - numerical, project-based and routine-based. Today on the podcast, I'm breaking down numerical goals and how you can easily map and adjust them for your o…
 
Are you feeling aligned and happy about your home and stuff? As we gear up and get ready for the upcoming holiday season we are really excited to chat about our home and how we can simplify our stuff before MORE stuff comes in. Listen in to today’s episode to hear great tips about: - how we can have conversations with our family about all the stuff…
 
Do you struggle with creating routines in your home? Been there - done that! I know it can be overwhelming trying to figure out which routines you should start with, how to make them stick and how to get your family on board. When working with moms, I typically suggest a few routines to get started with to make managing our home a bit easier. You c…
 
What dreams are tickling you and you think about all the time? What are the things that come up often in your thoughts as you drift off to sleep? Like a, “I’m going to do that “ONE DAY!”” What are those things that you really want? And how can you make them happen in your life? Do you have time or a quiet moment to dream your dreams? Or plan your g…
 
Before us stood the long abandoned skyscrapers of Manhattan, the Sun's weak light casting their long shadows across the quiet ice of the New York Harbor. In my tipsy haze, tears began to gush down my cheeks. In the sixty second episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast we are setting sail on The Wandering Earth (流浪地球 / Liúlàng Dìqiú), drawn…
 
Feeling burnt out right now? I hear you -- and I bet every other mom does as well. I know that it can feel tough when you have so much on your plate to do but know that you don't have to live in burnout all the time. It is okay to let some things fall off your plate. It's okay to take a breathe and prioritize. And it's okay to say no to things. Tod…
 
Finances are stressful … When we are paying bills late. When we are not reducing our debt the way we want. When we hardly ever log into our banking online to see what is going on there. Yikes! Finances! How about something a little different. What if we used mindfulness to take control over our finances instead of relying on sheer willpower or “whe…
 
Lazy. Stupid. A Loser. How many times have you used those words to describe yourself? Why are we SO dang mean to ourselves. We speak to ourselves in a way that we would never speak to our friends or our kids. And it's got to stop. The names and words you use to describe yourself are hurtful. They make long lasting dent into your confidence and soon…
 
How can you make getting dressed easier and feel more put together in the process? Today we are talking about the “mom uniform” and how to get dressed with intention, even as a mom that probably doesn’t see many people throughout her day. This is a really fun episode going over all the ways you can be playing small when you are not confident in you…
 
Today we are chatting about some tips for you if you are working from home with your kids. If the past year has taught us anything it’s that working from home can be a challenge. It looks very different for each of us what “working-at-home” looks like. Here are three quick tips when you are working from home so you can manage it. Pre-planning out y…
 
Today we are flipping the scripts and we are sharing an interview that Cara did on the Zen Mom Summit. Cara is spilling all her secrets of how to break your goals down in the busy mom life you have going on. Now we know that you probably hear Cara talk about this subject pretty much every other episode --- but this is a topic that we are passionate…
 
Today Cara is going into some of her tips on how we can create a bucket list for ourselves and our family as we are getting ready to go into the holidays. So that we can ditch that feeling like we have to do everything. How about picking and choosing activities that fit in our priorities. Not sure what we mean?! Listen in! We love a good list, and …
 
I loathe reason. Reason is the sort of rubbish you can indulge in when life is sweet, like love and honour. I totally reject it. In the sixty first episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction we are opening The Book of Sins (冒犯书 / Màofàn Shū), by edgelord-with-a-conscience Chen Xiwo. Playing common-sense counterpoint to my doom-laden interpretations …
 
“I can never get ahead and everything feels chaotic!” Have you ever been that mom?! The one that feels like her days are out of control and everyone needs something from her and she feels like yelling: “What about me?!” Are your days quickly filling up with tasks that you need to get done and you are sacrificing self-care time in order to keep goin…
 
I’ve been doing great with my evening close-out routine but really struggling lately with any sort of downtime or time to take care of me. This October I’m hosting a 4-week nightly routine check-in over on Instagram! I’ll be sharing how I habit stack my routine, giving suggestions, templates to share in your stories and nightly check-ins! (I’ll pro…
 
As a momtrepreneur, sometimes it can feel like there is no one impacted by the work that we do. In this episode, we are talking all about: How can we can get different with our marketing? How can we can draw the attention we need in order to make sales and keep going? Join us in this conversation with Mike Michalowiczwere we chat about: -what it re…
 
We are getting overloaded!! From the after-school activities to the different school schedules, to meal planning, plus trying to keep our houses clean on top of that?! So, let’s talk today about a command center and how this simple organizing solution will keep our families organized daily. --- Not perfect --- but organized. In this episode, Cara i…
 
Just as Nga-Yee thought everything was going back to normal, Siu-Man stepped from the window of their twenty-second-story flat In the sixtieth episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast we are solving the case of Second Sister (網內人 / Wǎng Nèi Rén), penned by crime connoisseur Chan Ho-kei. Logged on with guest-level access and ready to follow…
 
How do we, as busy moms, do it all? How do we get it “all” done? Hint: we don’t! But let’s talk today about tips and tricks to getting what we WANT to do --- done! Join us in this refreshing talk, with working-mom Whitnee as she answers the question about how working moms (and stay-at-home moms) can do better. Doing better by: - giving us permissio…
 
I was struggling with my hormonal health for a few years now. And I wanted to share my story in case this sounds like “you too!” I was feeling like I wanted to nap all the time. I couldn’t lose pandemic weight gain and my skin was breaking out. It really felt like there was something “off” in my body. And I know my body. So, I did a couple of thing…
 
You keep feeling defeated because you make plans, set goals, and you’re ready to go. Then … life happens. -the dog gets sick -the car needs an oil change -you need to make an ER run to the grocery store It’s inevitable that something comes up! Well, what if there was another way?! What if you could have both?! The plan and #momlife happen to you … …
 
Today we're going to talk about creating themes so that you can have urgency. You can have less guilt and you can have focus on your goals. Because one of the things that I noticed is that moms will make a ton of goals and then feel like they have to conquer them right away. Or they'll make all these goals and then they don't know where to start an…
 
Did you know that not every goal should be looked at the same? We often will treat all of our goals like they are one size fits all and that can get in our way in creating a great action plan for them instead! There are three types of goals I teach and you need to approach breaking them down differently. Think about the goals you've set for yoursel…
 
Do you need a little breathing space? Do you need a little break? Batching is a perfect strategy you can use today to save you time and to allow yourself the space to be the most efficient in your business. If you are not an entrepreneurial mom --- no worries --- the batching tips in this episode will also help you be more efficient in your home! 🏡…
 
Struggling to stay consistent with your routines? Here are some easy ways to keep the momentum! Start small - use my routine stacking method to create a slow and steady plan. Don't feel like you have to do it all at once - that is a recipe for disaster! Create an incentive! What are you working towards? Is there something you want to reward yoursel…
 
It is a long and painful process to see oneself clearly, as is the process of returning to one’s childhood. In the fifty ninth episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast we are talking with someone who is More Than One Child (隐形小孩 / Yǐnxíng Xiǎohái), a woman as friendly as she is fearless: Shen Yang. She’s here on this episode, and so is her…
 
Today we are talking about toy clutter. As we are gearing back into school and getting super busy, it’s probably a great time to purge, get rid of some stuff, and make your home feel really good. Jenna is our guest today and gives us some really great practical tips that I never thought of for toy clutter before. From how you can manage toy clutter…
 
Did you make a vision for this year? Have you thought about it since you made the pretty vision board back at the start of 2021? As we get ready to head into back-to-school season, it can feel like a new year. New schedules, your kids might be going back in person (fingers crossed), new routines and activities. This is a great time to pause and con…
 
Let’s talk today in this Q&A about productivity and time management. Answering your questions of: -What is a mindset exercise that you would say is a must for everyone? -Where do you start when you feel stuck and unmotivated to get started on anything? 🥺 -How do you break a huge goal down? Like, starting a blog? FREE GOAL SETTING SERIES: https://ap…
 
Trello is a mom's best friend when it comes to home management! As we're gearing into back-to-school season - let's chat about how you can use Trello to get more organized! Why Trello rocks? - free! - your entire family can use it - you can sync it to your other calendars - templates make it easy to get all your thoughts down Ways to use it for bac…
 
The moment I was bitten, I died and became another thing. Now I am loitering on the other shore of the Styx, listening to the past from beyond its waves. In the fifty eighth episode of The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast we are picking Flower of the Other Shore (彼岸花 / Bǐ'àn Huā), a romantic(!) zombie short story by A Que. Here to help me find sy…
 
All of us get angry. It’s a totally normal and strong human response. But what about when anger becomes destructive? -How do you know destructive anger vs. healthy anger? -Is there even a difference? (Yep, there is!) -And when you are in destructive anger mode … What can you do to pull yourself out? -Or how can you become proactive and stop destruc…
 
Overwhelmed by your goals? Start to use micro-goals to gain momentum and get out of a goal slump! Micro goals are small chunks that allow you to see quick wins and take massive action right away. In order to make micro-goals, start with these steps: -Determine what type of goal it is (Numerical, project-based, or -routine) -Break it into 15 minute …
 
Are you ready for back-to-school? Maybe not quite?! Totally fine. We’ve got you covered in today’s episode as we talk about back-to-school routines! Routines are: a sequence of actions regularly followed. So let’s focus on setting up, you and your family for the new school year up ahead AND the good news is --- it doesn’t have to be hard. Cara shar…
 
I talk a lot about batching when it comes to business but it is so helpful in motherhood as well! Batching allows you to put like tasks together so you can be more efficient and productive - and saves a ton of time and brain space! How can you figure out what to batch? Create a time inventory to see where you're all over the place with certain task…
 
Are you trying to balance work-life and home-life? Is it working? Are you feeling overwhelmed with running your business, as a parent? Studies have shown that there is a difference between how men run their businesses and how women run their businesses. -Men will typically sacrifice family time to work on the business -Women typically sacrifice the…
 
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