Episode #260: Doing Busy Better – Part 2 with Glynnis Whitwer

Episode #260: Doing Busy Better – Part 2 with Glynnis Whitwer

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Kathi and Glynnis pick up the conversation from where they left off last week discussing Doing Busy Better: Enjoying God’s Gifts of Work and Rest. They wrap the discussion on “bad busy” and pick up the conversation with what “good busy” looks and feels like in our lives. From her own experience, Glynnis realized she is always going to be busy. It’s her personality. She is her best with a lot going on. She was able to stand back and realize what kinds of busy fostered good or bad in her life.

Find out what the “good busy” is in your life and how to identify if you’ve crossed over into bad busy.

Book Giveaway

Leave a comment on this podcast within 7 days telling us “What part of busy is God nudging you to give away?”  A winner will be selected randomly from the comments to receive a copy of Doing Busy Better: Enjoying God’s Gifts of Work and Rest.

*Book Giveaway only available to US participants.

Episode #259:  Doing Busy Better with Glynnis Whitwer

Episode #259: Doing Busy Better with Glynnis Whitwer

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Kathi talks with her guest, Glynnis Whitwer, author of Doing Busy Better: Enjoying God’s Gifts of Work and RestThey discuss how being busy is not wrong, but there are ways to do it better where a sustainable balance exists between work and rest. And don’t we all need to find that balance?! And better yet, can’t we do it without all the guilt?! (AMEN!) We can do busy better.

Glynnis points out, “This is for the woman who works too much!  The woman who feels guilty when working and guilty when they rest.” Can you relate? Glynnis explains four kinds of “bad” busy:

  • Busy without boundaries
  • Busy Buddy
  • I’m not called to do what I am doing.
  • Busywork

But be encouraged, not all busy is BAD. Listen in to learn more and start doing busy better!

Episode #258:  Whispers of Rest

Episode #258: Whispers of Rest

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Life is noisy. What would happen if every day – for the next 40 days – you soaked in God’s love as He intimately whispered words of rest just for you?

Kathi talks with Bonnie Gray, author of Whispers of Rest: 40 Days of God’s Love to Revitalize Your Soul .  Kathi and Bonnie discuss why it’s difficult for women to carve out time to take care of themselves. From our deep rooted need to take care of everyone else first.  Even after everyone else is cared for we resist and hold back from caring for ourselves.  We have a sense of guilt about taking care of our own needs.

Bonnie gives us some great suggestions on how to inject pockets time into your life to spend with God and beautiful things in your life.

Book Giveaway

Bonnie is giving away two books to our listeners.   Just leave a comment within the next 7 days and tell us how you are going to inject a pocket of rest into your day.

Two listeners will be selected at random to receive a copy of Whispers of Rest.

Book Giveaway only available for our US listeners.

 

Episode #257: Put the Disciple Into Discipline

Episode #257: Put the Disciple Into Discipline

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Kathi and co-host, Erin bring you a very special episode of Clutter Free Academy. Author Ellen Schuknecht, who is also Erin’s mom and co-author, discuss their new book, Put the Disciple into Discipline, Parenting with Love and Limits. Erin and Ellen wrote the book to give parents tools to deal with some of the most difficult challenges of parenting- also known as every single day. 

The everyday ins and outs of parenting toddlers, to boundary pushing elementary schoolers, to moody pre-teens, to rebellious almost adults is trying and just plain hard. Erin and Ellen talk about dealing with our kids using not just using justice, but also mercy, and grace- the very ways God deals with us. They discuss why these options give us and our children a better foundation for living out the life God intended for them and help us to truly get to the heart of our kids.    

Book Giveaway!

Comment to win. What is your biggest challenge when it comes to the justice, mercy and grace of disciplining and raising your kids? Comment below for your chance to win a free book!

*US residents only. 

Episode #256:  What We’ve Learned Since Releasing Overwhelmed Part 3: Decluttering is NOT One and Done!

Episode #256: What We’ve Learned Since Releasing Overwhelmed Part 3: Decluttering is NOT One and Done!

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Kathi and Cheri Gregory, co-author of Overwhelmed, are here for Part 3 of the series, What We’ve Learned Since Releasing Overwhelmed.  They discuss how decluttering is ongoing. It isn’t one and done; it is a day in and day out process.

As our recent Spring Fling participants have tackled their clutter, they realized that it wasn’t just a two-week project.  It is something you have to keep working at.  And each person has their own hurdles to work through. Our hosts discuss what some of the ah-ha moments were for them as well as participants. AS one clears her clutter, what once brought emptiness is now viewed as spaciousness.  Kathi and Cheri discuss the discovery of how getting rid of the clutter provides room for new opportunities.

Listen for tips to get the support you need to deal with clutter and being overwhelmed.

Mentioned In the Podcast

Trello – Great for organizing projects and keeping everyone on the team on track.

Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity

Episode #255: How to Ask For What You Want and Need

Episode #255: How to Ask For What You Want and Need

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Do you ask for what you need or want?

Cheri Gregory, co-author of Overwhelmed, joins Kathi for the second podcast in a series about “What I’ve Learned Since Writing Overwhelmed.”

They have learned a number of things and one thing that Cheri found profound, “Women are bad at articulating what we want or need without feeling guilty.”  As women, we are always preventing problems for other people instead of focusing on our own wants, needs, expectations, and communication.

Listen in to learn about their tips for handling our own wants and needs guilt free.

Our Gift to You

Download our guide to creating a personal manifesto. This booklet will help you create your own manifesto so you can begin to live your own values.

Episode #254: How to Stop Giving Other People Authority Over Our Lives

Episode #254: How to Stop Giving Other People Authority Over Our Lives

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Build your own dreams or someone will hire you to build theirs. ~ Farrah Gray

Co-Author of Overwhelmed, Cheri Gregory, joins Kathi for a four week series to discuss what they have learned since writing Overwhelmed. This week, the authors discuss the one that that has stood out to them the most: “Women turn over their power to external sources too often.”

Often, we let what we think we should do for others dictate what we spend our time and energy on. But what if God isn’t surprised by what our circumstances are and has called us to more anyways? Kathi and Cheri discuss ways they’ve let others take over their time and emotions, and ways they’ve changed their own behavior to better handle situations that overwhelm their relationships, time and energy.

What are the steps you can take to take back control of your life?

Our Gift to You

Download our guide to creating a personal manifesto. This booklet will help you create your own manifesto so you can begin to live your own values.

Episode #253: Keeping Your Kid’s Extracurricular Stuff Clutter Free

Episode #253: Keeping Your Kid’s Extracurricular Stuff Clutter Free

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Sports. School. Clubs. Dance. And IT GOES ON! Our kids have a lot of activities and a lot of stuff comes with each of those activities.  Times that by two, three, four or seven kids and it can become an overwhelming juggling act of “where’s my red soccer sock?!” every single day.

Kathi and co-host, Erin MacPherson to the rescue! Erin has three kids and shares her children’s hectic schedule in multiple sports and how stressful it is trying to keep everything together when running from one child’s event to another.

Listen in as Kathi shares tested ideas that help keep kid’s uniforms and equipment organized and clutter free so they are ready when your kids have an event and you don’t waste time hunting for that sock for the tenth time this month!

Erin recommends:

Side opening shoe boxes for storage. They are much easier for children to open and use.

Interbusiness Clear PC Smart Storage Foldable Shoe Box, Office Storage Box (Purple)

A different colored water bottle for each child.

Hydro Flask Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle, Standard Mouth w/Loop Cap

Episode #252: Way to Be Clutter Free – Clean Out Your Bag

Episode #252: Way to Be Clutter Free – Clean Out Your Bag

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“The more you clean out your bag, the more organized you will feel each and every time.” ~Kathi Lipp

Is your bag a mess?  Do you have a lot of nonsense in your bag?

Join Kathi and co-host, Erin MacPherson as they “celebrate” our self-made National Clean Out Your Handbag Day”! These women make cleaning out your bag super fun! They discuss how to clean out your bag and, just as importantly, keep it organized. Grab your handbag plus 2 grocery bags or garbage bags and clean it out while you listen.

Kathi loves using these bags to keep her bag organized. Click on the images below to purchase yours from Amazon (these are affiliate links).

Bags discussed during the podcast:

4 ZipClikGo Attachable Mesh Organizer Bags, No Fumbling, Guessing What’s Where!

Another Option

Organizer Storage Packing Bags by GoToBag – Water Resistant Solid Reinforced PVC Mesh Plastic with Zipper Closure and Carabiner – Clear 3 Pack Pouch – for Travel, Work, School, Crafts, Purse, Cables

 

Kathi recommends doing the purse clean out once a week so let’s kick it off today, National Clean Out Your Handbag Day.


Giveaway

We will be giving away a set of bags to one listener.

Leave a comment within 7 days telling us you have dumped your bag and cleaned it out.  If you take a picture and share it you get a bonus entry. One winner will be selected randomly.

Giveaway open to USA listeners only.

 

Episode #251: How to Be Generous (without needing extra Money)

Episode #251: How to Be Generous (without needing extra Money)

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No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted.”   Aesop 

Many of us are looking for ways to be generous. In fact, it’s one of the most asked questions we get: “How can I be generous when I don’t have extra income it takes ?” The good news is, generosity doesn’t require money.  Many time the most meaningful acts come in giving of your time, space, or energy.

Kathi and co-host, Erin MacPherson, talk about how you can be generous when you don’t have a lot of extra money. They encourage us to look at what you can give and the various ways you can be show you care for others without reaching into your purse. Both Kathi and Erin share things that have been done for them that meant the most and the different ways in which they give of what they have. Listen in for an uplifting episode that encourages you to use your gifts to be generous in our own unique way.