I’m blessed to rub virtual shoulders with some of the most talented women on the Web, I think. Today I have three opportunities for you as we survive the hubbub of Christmas and consider entering the New Year with new and improved routines (at least, that’s my goal…once I get a few more boxes unpacked!).
Personally, I’m hoping to get back on a cleaning schedule for the first time in two years or so. I used to be a Flylady baby, but I fell off the wagon when I had Leah (um, three-and-a-half years ago, guess I was flattering myself in the first sentence of this paragraph!). With a new house, it’s time to get back on the horse.
We also dropped much of our good chore chart style parenting last March when we started "staging" the house for showings – a huge calendar and chart on the wall and jars of beans on the coffee table didn’t help the décor. So my son is about to get used to making his bed again, and the 3-year-old will get her own responsibilities, including helping to load and unload the dishwasher and set the table. (I’ll give you a tour of my kitchen in January, including the kid-friendly areas so they can have these chores.)
Don’t get me wrong – we haven’t been a family who doesn’t clean anything and where the kids do nothing helpful for the last 9 months. (Although a couple commenters at this post certainly seem to think so!) It just hasn’t been as official as a chore chart, and I’m ready to get back to that.
Do you have some goals in the back of your mind yet for turning over a new leaf?
I’ve got two colleagues who can help guide you:
One Bite at a Time
Tsh Oxenreider’s book One Bite at a Time is just perfect for the New Year.
The founder and editor of Simple Mom offers 52 small changes you can make to simplify your life…and by living simply, living better. "The grass is greener where you water it," Tsh believes. She’ll teach you how to cut through the noise of our culture and choose to focus on what matters, in all areas of life, one bite at a time.
I’m proud to be a contributor to the book – I got to gab on the week about making food from scratch, go figure, right?
Anyway, I’ve been thinking since Tsh launched this book a few months ago that I might be ready to go through it about the time 2012 rolls around: Jonathan will be 4.5 months, we’re in our new house, and life is desperately in need of some organization (organization and simplicity being Simple Mom’s specialties).
Would anyone like to walk through the book with me, one week of a time for the year? The ebook sells for just $5, but don’t buy it yet – it will be $1 off from December 30, 2011 through January 10, 2012 with the code HAPPYNEWYEAR. I am thinking that it will be too long to actually blog about the project every week, since I should come up with my own content here and not just, ahem, steal Tsh’s. But perhaps I’ll make a note on every Monday on Facebook about what I’m going to tackle for the week’s "bite," and then some feedback on Friday. We can have a conversation there and support each other. What do you think? Anyone interested?
[I know, I know…not everyone is on Facebook. Here’s the thing: you can always read what I post on Facebook just by going to the page, even if you’re not a Facebook member. You won’t be able to comment, but I hope that anyone could benefit from listening to the conversation even without directly contributing. I’ll have a Facebook landing/welcome page up in the next few weeks, but don’t let that fool you. You don’t have to "like" the page or be logged into Facebook – just click the word "Wall" on the far left. I’ll repeat these directions if and when we start our One Bite at a Time baby stepping.]
Read more about the book HERE, but remember – don’t buy until the 30th when it goes on sale. I’ll remind you on Facebook and KS at that time.
How to Go Even Deeper
One of the other uber-talented entrepreneur women with whom I am always tickled to work is Lisa Byrne, a certified holistic health coach with lots of university health and nutrition training to boot. She decided to take her one-on-one in-home health coaching to the Internet and has created various courses designed specifically for busy moms. They’re a really neat mix of video/audio lessons, written materials, an online forum for members to chat with Lisa, and even live call-in consultations with her.
I have often viewed Lisa’s free videos and have reviewed all of her eBooks, but I have not taken the time to actually enter into any of the courses, so I can only speak from knowledge of Lisa’s truly incredible quality work, not experience in the course. However, if you’re in a place where you really need some direction, revitalizing energy, cleansing physically and balance overall, I encourage you to read the description of Designed for Wellness and the testimonials from other moms who have been through the course. (Plus, you can get the course half off if you can convince a friend to do it too!)
Keep reading for the scoop from Lisa herself:
"Registration is OPEN for my signature course, Designed for Wellness! This will be the only group-run of the course that I offer in 2012. But that’s not all …
Until New Year’s Day, I’m offering a 2-for-1 BONUS to the WellGrounded Life community! What does that mean?
If you sign up for Designed for Wellness, you can gift an enrollment to anyone you’d like — a sister, friend, mother, aunt — any woman of your choice. This would be a generous holiday gift and a great way to jumpstart the New Year!
The group-run of Designed for Wellness begins January 16, 2012 and runs for 12 weeks. This will be the only time to take the course with personal support through open coaching calls in 2012.
If you’ve missed some of the excellent reasons to join us this January, here are a few:
1. Joining the group-run gives you access to a group of women all working through the material at the same time, supporting each other and building momentum for major change.
2. You’ll also get personal attention from me through weekly emails, forum interaction, a private Facebook group and 5 open coaching calls for laser coaching and Q+A spread throughout our 3 months together.
3. Major benefits to your own health and – as a direct result – the health of your family and the relationships you hold most dear. Benefits like:
- Understand what your cravings are telling you
- Tap into true sources for energy and get off energy drains and crutches
- Dismantle the overwhelm and stress response and shift into a calm response
- Make the connection between food and mood, and ways to balance out of control moods
- Key into powerful ways to release excess weight
- Explore the energetics of foods and how that can be used to your benefit
- Come to know your body type and metabolic type and how to choose the best foods for your type
- Clear out the scatter and fog of your mental health
- Address your whole person needs so that you won’t continue to starve parts of yourself any longer
- Learn direct and effective ways to put this all together for a busy, others-focused lifestyle
- Make space in your life to focus on yourself and get your own inner house in order
- Experience first-hand the “golden rule” of every well-cared for woman
Come and learn more about Designed for Wellness and consider joining us for this special group-run of the course. Imagine what your life would be like if you felt lighter, energized and uplifted with clearer thinking. It really IS possible!
And remember, if you enroll before New Year’s Day, you’ll get to gift the course to someone you know. (Or you could go halfsies with someone, making it possibly the best deal of the year!!) Take a moment now to check it out."
Also give Lisa’s style and content a test run with her blog, free videos, and free workbook downloads HERE.
Last but not least for today, before I sign off for a few days for Christmas:
I’m Thinking About…
…accepting contributing writers here at Kitchen Stewardship. I’ve had a new opportunity come down the pipe that I’m really interested in, but my cup is quite full – I’ll need to pour off a bit, like a post or two a week, before I can add anything else and not explode.
If you’re interested, start praying about it and watch for an official announcement here and/or via email if you’re someone I’ve worked with already in the past year. The commitment would be no more than one post per month, but you’d have to put up with me and my hyper-active work schedule, high expectations, and general disorganized chaos.
A very merry and blessed Christmas to all!
Disclosure: I am an affiliate of both One Bite and Designed for Wellness, so I receive commission if you buy there starting here. It’s an awesome community out there! See my full disclosure statement here.