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Simply Convivial: Pep Talks for Homemakers & Homeschoolers

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Rank #50 in Parenting category

Education
Kids & Family
Self-Improvement
Parenting
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Short focus sessions for busy Christian moms who want to manage their homes & lives for the glory of God – and enjoy it, too! Organize your attitude, get stuff done, and love God.

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Short focus sessions for busy Christian moms who want to manage their homes & lives for the glory of God – and enjoy it, too! Organize your attitude, get stuff done, and love God.

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Quick and so good!

By Pdunny928 - Apr 23 2017
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I love that they are short yet meaty reminders of our goals as classical homeschoolers.

Superb!

By Momma.hailey - Apr 20 2017
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Let's just say I listen to every episode repeatedly.

iTunes Ratings

117 Ratings
Average Ratings
111
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Quick and so good!

By Pdunny928 - Apr 23 2017
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I love that they are short yet meaty reminders of our goals as classical homeschoolers.

Superb!

By Momma.hailey - Apr 20 2017
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Let's just say I listen to every episode repeatedly.

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Simply Convivial: Pep Talks for Homemakers & Homeschoolers

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Short focus sessions for busy Christian moms who want to manage their homes & lives for the glory of God – and enjoy it, too! Organize your attitude, get stuff done, and love God.

SC001: The Simple Life

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Welcome to The Simply Convivial Audio Blog! Releasing weekly on Wednesdays, this podcast brings you short & meaty focus sessions to help you keep your head in the game as a classical homeschool mom. Check out the podcast page here and please leave a review. Thanks! multum non multa, or Simplicity Season 1: Education is For Life The principles that we base our education upon are the same principles we can base our home routines, our activity choices, and our … Read More

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Sep 05 2016

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CH061: Classical Education Demands Habit Training

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Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach Certainly we are to watch and train the habits of our children and our household, but that is not all the work to be done. The confirmation of the habit into a character is work done by the person himself when he is independent. The test of character comes when each person is an adult – will he confirm the habits he was brought up to? Will he practice what he has … Read More

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Apr 04 2018

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CH063: Thoughts on Mere Motherhood by Cindy Rollins

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Season 11 : Good Books to Read If you are starting out homeschooling with a bright-eyed little 5-year-old – a toddler tagging along and another on the way – you eat up the stories of those ahead of you on the journey. When I was in that spot 8 years ago, I had my mom who had homeschooled 7. I also had other local older moms who let me browse their bookshelves and ask them questions. And then on my … Read More

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May 02 2018

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CH058: A Teacher’s Goals

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Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach Mothers must be both teachers and learners. As mothers home with our children all day every day, we are their primary influence, especially in the younger years. We can’t just wing it and expect great results or satisfaction. If we can be always learning, always growing, always stretching, we will be happier and we will be modeling for our children the life we’re asking them to embrace. Education is about how we … Read More

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Mar 15 2018

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#074: Organize your attitude: a conversation with Virginia Lee Rogers

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Welcome to a new year and a new plan for the Simply Convivial Audio blog – also known as the Simplified Organization and the Convivial Homeschool audio blogs. Last year I merged my two blogs into one and so it seems fitting that this year I merge the two podcasts into one. Every week a new audio blog post will publish on Mondays – no seasons, no themes, just another 10ish minute short but meaty focus session to help you … Read More

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Dec 31 2018

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#079: Charlotte Mason is classical

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Welcome to the Simply Convivial Audio Blog, where we grow in faithfulness, cheerfulness, and resilience, staying engaged in our life at home because it’s where God has placed us to serve. I’m Mystie Winckler, a second-generation homeschooler now classically home educating my brood of 5, ages 15 to 6. Today’s episode is a bite-sized piece of educational philosophy for you on classical and Charlotte Mason methods and why I think they’re grounded on the same philosophical truths, compatible sources of … Read More

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Feb 04 2019

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CH066: Thoughts on Consider This by Karen Glass

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Season 11 : Good Books to Read Yes, we pursue knowledge, but not simply for its own sake. Our aim when we are learning and loving knowledge needs to be acting in accordance with the truth we have discovered – wisdom being knowledge, rightly applied. When our knowledge is transformed into action, it becomes virtue, and virtue was the goal of education. Or, as James puts it, But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. She … Read More

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May 30 2018

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SO050: Brain Dump Tips (with Virginia Lee)

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Season 9: Quick Ways to Organize Your Attitude This episode is a conversation between Mystie and Virginia Lee Rogers, who helps with member support. Mystie: So, welcome to the first episode of 2018. So, we’re going to be kicking off the season again with a conversation about brain dumps with Simplified Organization’s Customer Support Assistant, Virginia Lee Rogers. Thanks for joining me, Virginia Lee. Virginia Lee: Hi, Mystie, hi everyone. Mystie: Do you want to start with a brief introduction … Read More

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Jan 08 2018

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SO051: Realistic Expectations

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Season 9: Quick Ways to Organize Your Attitude We only know what expectations are realistic when we evaluate our reality. We have to take that time to look back over that day we were at the end of our rope. What made us feel that way? What could we have done differently? How can we set things up to circumvent the frustration and prepare for what’s most likely to happen? Living life well is not about checking off as many … Read More

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Jan 15 2018

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CH062: Book Recommendations with Virginia Lee

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Season 11 : Good Books to Read Listen: Mystie: Alright, well, welcome to the first episode of season 11. This season I’m going to be recording some past book review posts from Simply Convivial, so I thought it’d be fun for Virginia Lee and I to do some quick book recommendations for the first episode. Hey, Virginia Lee. Virginia Lee: Hey, Mystie. Good morning. Mystie: So, we both brought two books to recommend and not necessarily very favorites, but just … Read More

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Apr 25 2018

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#091: 6 steps to reclaim home organization

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Welcome! We are Simply Convivial because we keep first things first and know that our attitudes, our hearts, set the tone in our homes and matter before God more than our to-do list does. Thank you for joining me. Today’s episode is a fun one. Who doesn’t love a step-by-step program, right? The reality is that our organizational efforts will fall apart and suffer from entropy. That just means a time will come to jump in, pick up the pieces, … Read More

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Apr 29 2019

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#080: Be an impervious mother.

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Welcome to the Simply Convivial Audio Blog, where we grow in faithfulness, cheerfulness, and resilience, staying engaged in our life at home because it’s where God has placed us to serve. I’m Mystie Winckler, a second-generation homeschooler now classically home educating my brood of 5, ages 15 to 6. I learned to apply the word impervious to being a mother from my long-time mentor, Cindy Rollins. As a mother of 8 boys – and 1 girl – Cindy gave practical, … Read More

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Feb 11 2019

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CH068: Homeschool Math Tips with Virginia Lee

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Season 12: Classical Voices on Classical Education Listen: Transcript Mystie: Alright, well, welcome to season 12. I’m so excited to get this season started, and I’m here today with Virginia Lee to start our season off. Virginia Lee: Hi, everyone. Mystie: For the podcast this season the Simple Sanity Saver is Math-U-See tips. Even if you don’t use Math-U-See I think you’ll still be able to pick up some ideas, some tips, some things to think about. So, what ages … Read More

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Aug 23 2018

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#078: Life is full of entropy

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Welcome to the Simply Convivial Audio Blog, where we learn to walk more and more in fruitfulness and faithfulness in the midst of the mundane. I’m Mystie Winckler, homeschooling mother of 5, and I write and speak so that I stay thoughtfully engaged in my family duties, learn to love what must be done, and organize my attitude – and I’m glad you’re joining me. Today’s episode is number 15 in a series called 52 Ways to Organize Your Attitude. … Read More

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Jan 28 2019

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SO007: Why clean the house?

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Welcome to The Simplified Organization Audio Blog! Releasing weekly on Mondays, this podcast gives you short and punchy action items and mindset resets. Check out the podcast page here and please leave a review. Thanks! Season 2: Motivation to Clean We need a reason to clean. I enjoy organizing. I hate cleaning. I dislike laundry. I sigh at dishes to be done. I delegate dishwasher duties to children because I feel such things are beneath me. I feel imposed upon … Read More

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Oct 17 2016

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CH050: Keeping Track of the Day’s Work (with Virginia Lee)

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Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips Listen: Mystie: Alright, so in this episode we’re going to talk about keeping track of what needs to be done. If you have multiple children and multiple subjects to teach (and that’s pretty much all of us) then we have a lot to keep track of and a lot to make happen. So, I thought that we’d talk about different methods and strategies for keeping track of all that stuff. So, how do you … Read More

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Jan 10 2018

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CH059: Where Education Begins & Ends

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Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach Education in the broad, unspecialized sense is summed up as how to obey and how to rule. One who rules without obeying is a tyrant, one who obeys without ruling is a slave. And both truly all begins when young children learn to obey, because that requires the beginnings of learning self-control. Sometimes it’s easy to sigh on a Tuesday morning and think, “What am I doing? What is the point anyway?” … Read More

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Mar 21 2018

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SC011: The Law of the Teaching Process

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Welcome to The Simply Convivial Audio Blog! Releasing weekly on Wednesdays, this podcast brings you short & meaty focus sessions to help you keep your head in the game as a classical homeschool mom. Check out the podcast page here and please leave a review. Thanks! Season 2: Seven Laws of Teaching Your Own Law 5: Law of the Teaching Process Excite and direct the self-activities of the pupil, and as a rule tell him nothing he can learn himself.This, … Read More

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Nov 16 2016

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#084: When noise rubs nerves raw

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Welcome to the Simply Convivial Audio blog, where we practice managing our lives with fruitful, faithful resilience, overcoming distraction and discouragement, so we can glorify God in our work and our attitudes. Sometimes the days are long and loud and trying, particularly when everyone is small and needy. Today’s post is one a wrote a number of years ago when no one was double-digits yet. It’s an intense time, and yet it’s also a fleeting time, it turns out. Still, … Read More

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Mar 11 2019

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#088: 5 Ways to Love Our Kids

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Welcome to the Simply Convivial Audio Blog, where we learn to walk more and more in fruitfulness and faithfulness in the midst of the mundane. I’m Mystie Winckler, homeschooling mother of 5 kids who are currently 15 to 6, and I write and speak so that I stay thoughtfully engaged in my family duties, learn to love what must be done, and organize my attitude – and I’m glad you’re joining me. My personality type – INTJ – is sometimes … Read More

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Apr 08 2019

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118. Old-Fashioned Homemaking

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Homemaking has fallen on hard times for the last hundred or more years. Though it’s been devalued by our culture, it’s not lost any value in reality to the family. Homemakers don’t need to be full-time to be vital to their families and, yes, to the whole world and society at large. 

Homemaking is not about achieving a certain look or state in the home. Homemaking is a process, a service, of love through hospitality to those who live in and enter into our home.

Let’s take a deeper look at what homemaking really is, with this excerpt from a member-only mentoring session. Every week inside Simply Convivial Continuing Education, I share about a topic relevant to our lives and work as homemakers so that we can stay motivated, inspired, and on track, learning and growing and spurred on to more love and good works. I’m excited to share this little peek into our community today.

Dec 06 2019

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The Importance of a Homemaker

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When we think of homemaking, we usually think of housework, but even the dictionary tells us that homemaking is about creating and managing homes as a pleasant place to live. A pleasant place to live - not merely a clean or organized place to live - is the goal of homemaking. 

Today’s episode is a blog post titled Becoming a Better Homemaker. In it, we will look at three areas we as homemakers need to manage - not so that they are easy and effortless, but so that our homes are pleasant places to be. Whether it’s meals, chores, or hospitality, our focus needs to be on the goal if we’re going to end the day satisfied. And, yes, ending the day satisfied, IS possible. 

Nov 30 2019

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116. Homemaking Hacks with Virginia Lee Rogers

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When we think of homemaking basics or homemaking hacks, we should not let HGTV or Pinterest or Martha Stewart be the standard or the ideal. Homemaking is not about achieving a certain look or state in the home. Homemaking is a process, a service, of love through hospitality to those who live in and enter into our home. In this episode I’m chatting with Virginia Lee Rogers, my customer support manager and fellow NTJ personality type about unconventional homemaking hacks. … Read More

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Nov 23 2019

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115. Biblical homemaking is our calling

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With laundry and dishes and messy floors and dust and clutter, homemaking can seem a daunting and thankless job. When we let Scripture determine our categories and definitions and mission, however, we realize that biblical homemaking is a service to God and His people, and so we can rejoice as stewards in the place God has put us. Homemaking 101 ought not be about cleaning lists and chores, but about loving and serving people, making homes in which they – … Read More

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Nov 06 2019

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114. Checklists for bite-sized routines

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Procedure checklists are the perfect solution for overwhelmed moms. Checklists are even more helpful when the steps they list out are for bite-sized routines, routines that are not themselves overwhelming or perfectionism, but small and doable. October’s topic inside Convivial Circle and here on the podcast is procedure checklists. When it’s hard to get started because there’s too much to do, a procedure checklist is the shortcut to momentum you need. This episode is an excerpt from a member-only mentoring … Read More

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Oct 31 2019

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113. Tips for using checklists with Stefani Mons

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A procedure checklist is simply a list of specific, small actions to take in a clear and logical order. Instead of doing what feels best in the moment, we take the time to think it through, make it clear, and so save ourselves not only time but also willpower points. Because making decisions takes energy and willpower, having the checklist to work from keeps us on track more consistently. A procedure checklist is the best tactic for overwhelmed moms at … Read More

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Oct 23 2019

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112. Make your checklists priority-focused

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When we as moms are overwhelmed, a procedure checklist might be just the ticket to calm our stress and help us start doing what needs to be done. We need to stop hunting on the internet for how to organize your life and just start doing the right thing. This month inside the Simply Convivial Circle we’re talking all about procedure lists – when to keep them and how to keep them simple. One key principle that applies is keeping … Read More

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Oct 15 2019

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111. Procedure Checklists for the Overwhelmed Mom

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Are you an overwhelmed mom? Frustrated with too much to do? A set of procedure checklists is just what you need to get the traction you want. When you’re looking at how to organize your life, getting a few key procedure checklists is the perfect place to begin. This month inside the Simply Convivial Circle we’re talking all about procedure lists – when to keep them and how to keep them simple. We often think we need some fancy or … Read More

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Oct 09 2019

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110. Wobble in Balance

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True balance is not a matter of perfection, achievement, or equality. It is about making the needed adjustments as you go. When you try to organize your life, seeking balance is good, but only if you have the right metaphor. The truth about any athlete able to maintain balance in awkward positions is that although they look stable and unmoving, their entire body is actually tense and continually on the move, adjusting and twitching to keep their position. It looks … Read More

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Oct 03 2019

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109 – What to do when life feels wobbly, a conversation with Virginia Lee Rogers

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Balance is something that we all strive for – at least sometimes.  Sometimes we definitely give up. What’s the right balance in our home management duties? What’s the right balance in seeking balance? Today Virginia Lee Rogers and I are chatting about balance, why it’s so hard, and how to keep it in perspective. We want balance because life feels wobbly. Today my friend and Simply Convivial customer support manager Virginia Lee Rogers are talking about why we feel wobbly and … Read More

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Sep 27 2019

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108. Balance is time management

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How do we organize life and keep all the plates spinning and ourselves in balance? Time management, obviously, is crucial. Today’s podcast episode is all about how to manage your time to keep up with your responsibilities. PS – If it seems hard, it’s because it is. September’s theme topic inside Simply Convivial Membership is balance, and one of our members, Julie, summed it up perfectly: “I think that’s why so many programs and planners and classes or groups are … Read More

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Sep 17 2019

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107. A Balanced Life - is it a thing?

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People talk all the time about living a balanced life, but what do they mean? What do we mean when we say we’re trying to balance our lives? Some mean they are working on work/life balance, a seemingly elusive goal. On the hunt for how to organize their lives, it seems most moms are looking for some secret formula to make juggling our many responsibilities possible – and maybe even equitable. Inside Simply Convivial Membership this month, we’re talking about … Read More

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Sep 09 2019

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106. How to organize your calendar

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Learning how to organize your calendar is one of the first steps to take when you want to get organized, because your calendar is your most important organization tool. If you are are learning how to organize your life, your calendar is the best place to start. Learn how to organize your calendar! If you’re a busy mom and you want to be organized, you absolutely MUST have a working, accurate calendar. These 3 tips will have you using an … Read More

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Aug 21 2019

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105. How to organize your thoughts intentionally

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If you’ve wondered how to organize your life, you’ve probably also wondered how to organize thoughts about your life. If you’ve ever tried to be a more happy mom, then maybe you’ve realized how important your thoughts are to shaping your life – or at least your perception of your life. Even our thoughts – especially our thoughts – need to be organized. Let’s dig in and figure out how to make that happen. A mind is a terrible thing … Read More

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Aug 13 2019

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104. Beat perfectionism with iteration - Get Organized #5

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Perfectionism slows us down and prevents us from making real, meaningful progress. If you want to know how to organize your life, know that one of the first things you have to do is overcome perfectionism. Perfectionism paralyzes our organization attempts. We need strategies for beating perfectionism so we get organize life and get things done. Iteration, or iterating plans, is how I beat my own perfectionist tendencies. If you’re a recovering perfectionist, this strategy will end your procrastination as … Read More

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Aug 06 2019

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103. Stay organized with a weekly review - Get Organized #4

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Once we spend some time getting organized, the next step is to stay organized. We can’t stay organized without looking at our plans and keeping our systems on track. A weekly review is my top tip for how to organize your life. A weekly review is my secret weapon to stay organized. It’s a time reserved for big picture thinking, planning, and list making. More importantly, it’s a time to LOOK at those lists – and my calendar. A weekly … Read More

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Aug 06 2019

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102. Keep a to do list SHORT - Get Organized #3

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Keep your to do list short to get more done! This is our third tip on how to organize your life. Too often our plans and lists involve more wishful thinking than realistic planning – and that needs to change. To get more done at home you need to keep your to do list short. A short to do list helps you focus on priorities and feel success, day by day, at home. Every stay at home mom needs a … Read More

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Aug 05 2019

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101. Write things down. - Get Organized #2

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Declutter your mind when you write things down, right away. This is step number 2 for how to organize your life – and it’s a habit you should continue daily. You can listen to the podcast version or watch the YouTube version or read the post – however you like to get your tips and tricks delivered. When you’re ready to dig deeper and get these steps established in your routines, check out Simply Convivial Membership – the first two … Read More

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Aug 05 2019

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100 Get organized at home - #1 Shift your mindset

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The podcast is back, better than ever! Let’s kick it off again with a 5 episode special on how to get organized at home. If you want to know how to organize your life, this is how you get started. You can listen to the podcast version or watch the YouTube version or read the post – however you like to get your tips and tricks delivered. When you’re ready to dig deeper and get these steps established in your … Read More

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Aug 05 2019

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#099: Do habits make life easy?

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Welcome to Simply Convivial, where we organize our attitudes before we organize anything else. Simply Convivial members grow in diligence and delight. Diligence comes from persistent practice, not instant perfection. Delight comes from working for God’s glory, not our own. We continue to grow in both because we know we’ll never attain either completely. We walk in faithfulness, spur each other on to love and good works, and repent, rejoice, repeat. I know many times in the past I’ve been … Read More

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Jun 24 2019

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