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Life Simply Better is the podcast for busy working moms who crave a simpler, more relaxed life. Imagine if you could easily stay caught up at work - without logging on after your kids were in bed. Imagine if you had plenty of time for your family and for taking care of yourself. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by a never ending stream of emails, meetings, laundry, and life’s little surprises - then this is the podcast for you. Enjoy the episode, and visit me, Zoe, at lifesimplybetter.com to st ...
 
Thirteen short stories by a popular writer of the early 20th century (not to be confused with an earlier book Blazed Trail). White's books were popular at a time when America was losing its vanishing wilderness. He was a keen observer of the beauties of nature and human nature, yet could render them in a plain-spoken style. Based on his own experience, whether writing camping journals or Westerns, he included pithy and fun details about cabin-building, canoeing, logging, gold-hunting, and gu ...
 
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Today we’re going to talk about those mornings when you get into work, look at what’s on your plate for the day and it’s just WAY TOO MUCH. What do you do? Listen in to learn about the vicious cycle of “To Do” list overwhelm and what you can do to stop it in its tracks. I have great news, which is that your “To Do” list is manageable and your overw…
 
Probably the most common question I get around my planning system is, “But what about when unexpected things come up? How do you get your work done without working extra hours?” This is such a great question, and if you’re job is anything like mine, your work day is FULL of random-but-urgent things coming up each day. In this episode, I’m going to …
 
What would you do with 100 extra hours? Think of the sleep you could get, the work you could catch up on, the Netflix you could watch, or the lazy “chill” time that you could spend with your kids. Considering how little margin many of us have in our lives between work, family, and general adulting - 100 hours could be huge. For me, this extra margi…
 
Usually when we think about improving our lives, we think of what we want to do more of. But in my own experience, caring less about things (rather than doing more) has opened up my life to amazing possibilities. And of course I love this concept, because it fits so well with my minimalist philosophy of life - Life Simply Better. In this episode I’…
 
Does your picture of a leader help you or hurt you when it comes to your own career growth? In this episode we explore your beliefs about what it means to be a senior leader in your organization, and the impact those beliefs can have on your own career trajectory. I’ll share the seven limiting beliefs that were holding me at a plateau in my career …
 
How do you know when you’re ready to start living your purpose? Many of us think that we’ll be ready once we have more time, start a more “purposeful career,” or when inspiration finally strikes. I take a different approach for myself and with the busy moms I coach. I believe that the time to live your purpose is always NOW. Now is the perfect time…
 
Today we are covering how to change your feeling. Emotions are a powerful component of our lives because they determine our experience of our lives. Feeling love or feeling annoyed are two very different experiences. Emotions are also important because they create our results. Emotions create the energy that fuels us to take action - and those acti…
 
Loving your life feels amazing and produces even more great results. On today's episode, we're going to talk about how to love your life even in moments that are challenging - where it's stressful, where you're frustrated with other people, or you're frustrated with yourself. I will give you some really concrete tips on how to love your life, not j…
 
Listen to this episode for some great self coaching tips. These will be helpful whether you are working through models on your own, or with the help of a coach. If you aren't familiar with Brooke Castillo's self coaching model, check out Episode #6 or Episode #8 and then come back to listen to this episode. Would you like individualized coaching to…
 
Did you grow up as a straight-A student, always aiming to make the teacher happy? Did you go into your career and motherhood with high expectations for yourself on both fronts? Many of my clients achieved their success through hard work, attention to detail, and always striving for the A. But as they took on leadership roles and parenting, trying t…
 
We’ve all heard about setting SMART goals and creating action plans to achieve results. But let me share a much better way to set goals. One that is more effective, and also lets you relax during the process of achieving your goal. This is an especially effective technique when you are working towards achieving something that you haven’t done befor…
 
Are you used to getting things done by “buckling down” and “pushing through”? In today's episode you will learn all about: Why the idea that being relaxed leads to laziness is a misconception Why fueling your actions from pressure works short-term, but not long-term How relaxing can actually lead to greater productivity If you want to really dig in…
 
In today's podcast episode, we talk about how you can gain the benefits of self coaching without spending a lot of time. Learn about five ways to coach yourself in a minute or less: Hold space for yourself Ask a good question Find a new thought Process your emotions Take a podcast "baby step" Simple Minutes (my free program) provides all of the abo…
 
Click hereto coach with me. Learn how to effectively manage your stresson Ep. #39 of the podcast. Even after I got my inbox empty and took control of my schedule, I still found myself stressing out on the regular. Why? I had to learn how to manage my stress: I had to learn the true cause of my stress- it wasn't my overflowing inbox or busy calendar…
 
Is your work calendar out of control? Do you feel like all of your work and meeting time are squeezing out the rest of your life? Listen in to this episode and find out how to take control of your calendar and create a better work life balance. Learn what to do when you have too many meetings - I have great tips for getting that under control. We’l…
 
Does your overflowing inbox overwhelm you? Learn how to go from 10,000 emails to 0 emails in three easy steps. If this sounds impossible to you… give me the benefit of the doubt and listen in! Getting your inbox empty helps to eliminate decision fatigue, makes you more effective in your job, and saves a ton of time. Learn how to deal with all sorts…
 
CLICK HERE to sign-up for my client membership program. On this episode, we’ll cover three tips to help you go from insane Saturdays to ideal Saturdays - even with busy kids in tow and a long to do list. Learn how you can effectively prioritize sleep and free time - putting them first so that you can show up as your best for everyone else. We’ll al…
 
On this episode we’re going to talk through 10 simple steps to stop people pleasing. And, yes, you CAN stop people pleasing! It’s not a gene, it’s not in your DNA… it’s just a bad habit. I hope you give this a try! Not only does people pleasing waste a lot of your time, but it can be dishonest… and it doesn’t even work! Today we’re going to get ver…
 
In this episode we talk all about why you should STOP people pleasing. We’ll cover three reasons you should kick this sneaky habit for good: 1) people pleasing wastes a lot of your precious time, 2) people pleasing is lying, and 3) people pleasing doesn’t even work! So why keep doing it? Some of you believe that you are just naturally a people plea…
 
Do you wish you could stop logging on at night to work, but aren’t sure how with your current job? This is a habit that you can change without having to change jobs. Listen in to the episode to make sure like your reasons for wanting to stop, learn the three key ingredients to not working after your kids are in bed, and get three simple tips to hel…
 
Here are a few of my favorite things… what are yours? Enjoy this episode and let yourself dream a little bit about what you already have that you love, and what you don’t have yet that you want. Starting from an abundant place of wanting your “old favorites” is a great way to bring some new favorites into your life. Would you like individualized co…
 
Are you living a life of luxury? Your experience of your life is based on the story you tell about it, not your circumstances. Even though we have access to amazing luxury in our lives (hot water and electricity, not to mention iphones!), we don’t always choose to tell that story. Do you feel undeserving of abundance, or like taking more for yourse…
 
Is it important to you to live a life of purpose, that serves others? In this episode, I share my thoughts on how to create your highest contribution in the world. For me, everything stems from our mindset, and this topic is no exception. I’ll talk about six beliefs I have adopted which have helped me to drop the fear and show up in the world to co…
 
Mastering emotions is key to a well lived life for two reasons: The emotions we feel determine our experience of life - in fact, the only reason we want anything in life is because of how we think we will feel when we get it. The second reason is that emotions are fuel for our actions. Stress and overwhelm create one set of actions, confidence and …
 
Some of the best work I’ve done on myself has been around the limiting belief of “I’m not doing enough.” This belief, while well intended, has led me to overwork, obsess, be unavailable for my family, stress myself out, and ultimately burn out. In this episode we’ll talk about a different approach that has worked much better for me - creating more …
 
Did you know it’s possible to be a working mom and NOT be busy? Being less busy is available to you now, no matter how many kids you have or how crazy your job is. Tune into this episode and hear some of my best tips for creating an un-busy life, simply through changing the way you think. Would you like individualized coaching to help you apply thi…
 
Do you know the real reason you're so busy? It's not what you think. We usually think that our jobs, family situations, and personalities are what make us so busy. Not true! Listen into this episode to hear the good news about the real reason you're busy. And it is good news, because it is something that you can change if you want to, to make a bet…
 
CLICK HERE to sign-up to be notified when registration is open for Life Simply Better Client Membership. Welcome to episode #25 and THANK YOU to each of you for listening, whether you are new to the podcast or have been with us from the beginning. Today I'm excited to announce the Life Simply Better Client Membership Program, which will be opening …
 
What does it mean to have emotional balance? It is natural to want to be happy all of the time, but is that possible and what are the unintended consequences of striving for a goal like this? Many of us turn our pursuit of happiness against ourselves when we try to escape from experiencing negative emotions with activities that don't help us long t…
 
Forced Positive Thinking is a trap that I see many new coaching clients fall into. Learning the Self Coaching Model opens up a world of possibility, but it is often misused to try to force happiness. When we learn that our thoughts create our feelings, and that we can choose our thoughts, we gain access to feeling better and doing better in the wor…
 
Finding time for your purpose can feel impossible if you’re already balancing kids and a corporate career. But guess what? You do have time for this! Even amidst kids and a career, finding time for your purpose is totally doable. We’ll talk about two main worries you may have around finding time to pursue a goal that is just for yourself: taking ti…
 
Finding your purpose might sound like a big, intimidating goal. But it’s actually something that is accessible to you right now, without waiting for your kids to grow up or for retirement. In this episode, we’ll talk through three tips for finding your purpose. First, we’ll discuss how your purpose is something you want to do, not something you thi…
 
Your relationship with yourself is the most important relationship you have, and part of that is the ability to honor commitments to yourself. Often, we don’t treat ourselves as importantly as others, but if you form a good relationship with yourself it will be projected into all of your other dealings in life. We make a commitment to ourselves, bu…
 
An “Ugh e-mail” is just one little email that throws your whole day off. Even though the email is a neutral circumstance - just black font on a white computer screen, the impact can feel real. It can seem like those emails are making us stressed, angry, or ashamed - but the truth is that only our own thoughts have the power to do that. Listen to th…
 
In this episode we’ll talk about how to manage constant interruptions at work and at home. Learn how you can take control of being interrupted instead of feeling like it “just happens to you.” Learn a different way to view interruptions that will have you feeling less stressed and less distracted when they do happen. Finally, we’ll talk about how s…
 
If you are a busy working mom, chances are you’ve felt guilty about not spending more time with your kids. And maybe you’ve also felt guilty about not pulling your weight at work on occasion. Even though we feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day for both work and family, there is another option besides guilt. In this episode we’ll talk abou…
 
It’s the last episode in 2018 and today I wanted to share an open letter from me to you, as you wrap up the holiday season and start to think about the new year. You may have spent your December running around and making sure that everyone else’s wish list was covered off, so now we’re going to talk about your wish list. What do you want most in li…
 
Being able to ask for what you want - clearly, directly, and without apologizing halfway through - is an incredible tool to master. And it’s something that I was pretty terrible at for the first 35 years of my life, so in this episode I want to share how I learned to ask for things. Many times when we feel resentful or like we are being taken advan…
 
This might sound like a little bit of a cheat… but one of the best tips I have for taking control of your high stress job is to work yourself out of it. I’m not talking about quitting or changing roles, I’m talking about replacing yourself with a leadership team while you continue on in the role. Learn how to take all of the parts of your job that …
 
All we really want is to feel good. We might think we want a lot more than that - the perfect job, a happy family, or a chic new wardrobe. But there is only one reason that we want anything in life. We want things because of how we think we’ll feel when we get them. A job that makes us feel fulfilled, a family that makes us feel proud, or new cloth…
 
A simple life requires simple thoughts. When life feels crazy busy and overwhelming, we try to simplify by changing our external circumstances. We think decluttering our homes, learning how to say no, and eating whole foods will give us the simple relaxed life we crave. But, in fact, creating a simple life is much simpler than that. The only thing …
 
The book How Women Rise by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith is just so good that I have to share. In this episode, we’ll talk about 12 habits that are featured in the book as holding you back from your next raise, promotion, or job. But even if you don’t consider yourself to be “ambitious” or career focused, make sure to tune in. Because these…
 
Having a simple life seems like it should be easy. But the process of creating a simple life actually requires hard work - and that’s the real reason most of us don’t have the simple lives we want. In today’s episode, we’ll talk about the three reasons that simple is hard, and how you can overcome each of these challenges to create the simple relax…
 
Does food feel complicated, time consuming, and stressful? Should you go paleo, plant-based, sugar free, gluten free, whole 30, low fat, or count your macros? Listen in and learn a much simpler way to eat healthily, that honors your cravings and does away with diets. I’ll share they step by step process I used to create a healthy and delicious food…
 
In this episode, I teach you a super practical way to coach yourself step by step. Self coaching has been THE KEY for me to get a better work life balance, and this is the exact process I use in my own self coaching, on almost a daily basis. To view the detailed show notes, visit https://www.lifesimplybetter.com/episode8/. Want coaching on your spe…
 
Do you feel like you are doing more than your fair share of the parenting or housework in your relationship? Do you feel resentful that your spouse doesn’t pick up more of the slack, or maybe you feel frustrated with their parenting style? If you feel like everything is always on you, make sure to listen to this episode and learn how to create a mo…
 
You are your own best coach, and in this episode we’ll discuss how you can coach yourself using a simple tool called the Self Coaching Model, also referred to as “The Model.” Master Coach Brooke Castillo created the Model to help her clients gain insight into the underlying cause of their problems. The Model takes any challenge that you are facing,…
 
In this episode, I share the daily routine that keeps my inbox empty and gets all my work done in eight hours, even with constant interruptions from emails and meetings. We’re going to go beyond action steps, and build an awareness of the the unconscious and habitual thought that are driving your behaviors and shaping your routine. Once you underst…
 
In this episode, we'll talk about how to finish all your work by 5PM (or even earlier!) and feel less stressed and overwhelmed. This is for all you mamas who are feeling stuck in a cycle of logging on to work after your kids are in bed. We'll cover some easy first steps you can take to break that cycle. WANT FREE COACHING ON YOUR SPECIFIC SITUATION…
 
Today on the podcast we’re going to talk about hiring a life coach - how to decide if hiring a coach is an investment you want to make, and how to find a coach that fits with your busy schedule and your budget. I started looking for a coach a couple of years ago and I wanted to do this episode because it was confusing to me at the beginning how the…
 
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