How to expand joy during the season of joy!
We have survived Thanksgiving and are entering the “Season of Joy” preparing for Christmas. For many people “joy” is not the predominant feeling they are experiencing. They feel overwhelmed, overspent, and their “to do” list is twice as long as their “done” list. How do we expand joy during this overwhelming season?
The opposite of overwhelmed is “peace and joy.” How do we get from one to the other? How do you expand the joy in your life?
Kathi and Overwhelm co-author, Cheri Gregory, discuss the overwhelm we all feel and provide ways to ensure you have more “joy” in your life, especially during this season.
They discuss three tips for adding joy to your life:
- Gratitude – Be grateful for what you already have and seek out ways to be grateful every day.
- Avoid squeezing out the joy – Risk enough to let joy come in and don’t push it away.
- Root out the joy – Look for joy in your every day life. Be a joy seeker. Expand joy!
Recorded on the road in a recent trip across the country, Kathi and Roger share there favorite travel tips. Traveling is usually stressful enough and the holidays really ramp up that stress level. Packing the right things and having the right tools can save a ton of headaches (and money!) Kathi and Roger Lipp discuss tips for everything from how many pairs of shoes you need to pack to what to stash in your carry-on to your tech travel needs.
As a couple traveling several times every month, they have the packing down to a science. Their tips are sure to help you as you pack for your next trip.
Kathi’s Best Tips
• Only pack two pairs of shoes (and wear one on the plane): Walking shoes, flats and heels. Plan all your clothes around those three pairs of shoes.
• All your clothes should go together and should be based around a color or two. My last trip everything was brown and turquoise. Everything “went” with everything else.
• Carry Woolite packets for quick loads of laundry in your hotel sink.
• If you have access to a washing machine, carry a few Tide Pods in a travel soap case.
• If you check a bag, throw a pair of underwear in your carry on. You can face anything (even lost luggage,) with a clean pair of underwear.
• A Contigo cup will keep your coffee warm, and keep you from spilling hot liquid all over yourself on the plane.
• Don’t buy travel sized items (the price per ounce is obscene.) Refill travel size bottles.
• Hoard the travel size toothpaste you get from your dentist. (And the ones your kids get.)
• If you forget something when you travel, ask the front desk of your hotel. They often have toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, etc.
• Carry long USB cords for inconvenient plugs in hotels.
• Carry a multi-USB plug for charging on the go.
• Buy snacks at your local grocery store instead of at the airport or hotels. The prices are a fraction at home.
• Bring lots of Ziploc bags.
Roger and Kathi mentioned many items that are must have’s when they travel. For more info on each, simply click. Links take you to Amazon.com and are affiliate links.
Pack-it-Flat Toiletry Kit
Waze: Free Community-based Mapping, Traffic & Navigation App
5ft Nylon Braided Tangle Free Micro USB Cable Cord
Dual USB Travel Wall Charger
The Curly Co. Collapsible Hair Diffuser
Woolite Travel Detergent Packets
2-in-1 Mobile Phone Car Mount, Holder
If we forgot any important travel tips or you have advice for packing and traveling, please leave your comments below so we can include them in a future podcast. Everyone that leaves a comment will be entered into a drawing for Kathi’s book, The Get Yourself Organized Project.
Planning for peace during the holidays
Christmas is a time of celebration. Sometimes it is also a time of conflict. And “hope it goes well” is not a plan, my friends. Today on the podcast, we are discussing how planning for peace in the midst of conflict can calm the overwhelming feelings we are are all getting just thinking about it all.
You are often forced to celebrate the holidays with people you have a history with. You love them, but some aren’t as enjoyable to be around as others. Maybe you just hope for the best and that you get through the day. Kathi says, “Hope is not a plan!”
Kathi and Roger discuss tips for planning Christmas with less stress and more enjoyment by planning for peace.
Holidays can be stressful, Thanksgiving is no exception. While the focus is to be counting our blessings, the stress can send us over the edge. Cooking a big meal for a larger than normal group of people is stressful. Even if you aren’t cooking, fixing a dish to take with you, making sure everyone is on their best behavior, dealing with relatives that sometimes push your buttons can cause extra stress.
Listen in as Kathi talks about 10 ways to reduce Thanksgiving Stress and enjoy the day. Her tips will help you plan, clean, prepare the meal, and enjoy the day with less stress.
Don’t miss our Get Yourself Organized for Christmas challenge. We’ll be going through 21 days of (simple & quick) projects that will get your Christmas organized well ahead of time so you can enjoy a stress free holiday season. Subscribe to the blog. The challenge begins November 14, 2016.
I want it all
Saying I want it all sounds so worldly. We usually associate it with the wanting of money, a nice home, a great job, a fantastic husband, and loyal friends … the list goes on.
But what if “ALL” actually is the cry of our hearts to have all that God has made available to us — strength, hope, joy, love and peace? In this inspiring interview with I Want it All author, Gwen Smith, Kathi uncovers the passion behind I want it all and the promises found in the Bible for exactly that, ALL! Gwen shares the moment she discovered just where God was taking her with the writing of this book, as well as the pain of watching her father’s battle with cancer. Discover what ALL can actually look like in your own life.
Finally, we’d love to hear your thoughts on wanting it all. What does I want it all mean in your life and what can you pursue with even more purpose after hearing this episode?
This podcast episode reminded us a lot of an episode we did about more than a year ago with called I Want God.
Morning people. Some of us are and some of us are SO not. However, we see the benefits of being “up and at ’em” early in the day to get the most accomplished. Research actually shows that morning people actually get more done. As a night owl, you might want to move on but listen in and gain some tips on how to become a morning person. This isn’t an overnight process so take heart. It’s possible!
Kathi and Erin, one a born night owl and the other an early bird, share their morning routine and the benefits of becoming an early riser. They’ll also share 3 tips you can use right now to get started on creating a morning routine that will get your day started and help you hit the pillow at night feeling like you’ve conquered your to do list!