How to Overcome Your Limiting Beliefs - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How to Overcome Your Limiting Beliefs as a Mompreneur

Are your limiting beliefs holding you back?

What do you hear the voices in your head saying when you talk yourself out of doing something new? Or something bold? Or something scary? Those voices, my mama friends, are known as your limiting beliefs. And they just might be what is holding you back from reaching the next level of success you crave as an entrepreneur or an uplevel you crave in your personal life.

But today we are going to help you identify and move past those limiting beliefs so you can achieve emotional security and mental strength. And the person to help us do that is Heidi Gruss. Heidi is a licensed psychotherapist and transformation strategist who specializes in working with burned out women seeking a change in their lives. She brings to her clients two decades of clinical and administrative experience in both private and corporate behavioral health settings. Heidi spent four years running a multi-million-dollar behavioral health program for the state of Connecticut that became a model for the rest of the United States.

Through her multi-six figure coaching business, she helps women rapidly identify and overcome negative patterns of behavior that hold them back from success in business, health and life. Her clients have been able to obtain much-deserved promotions, transition into different careers, create greater work-life balance and improve their well-being.

Heidi’s expertise was featured in media outlets such as Master Your Mindset With Coach Marc, The Bigger Braver Show, Grow Your Path to Wellness and Victim to Victory. She has also presented to audiences of thousands on virtual and live stages across the United States. She lives in Waterford, Connecticut, with her husband and three children.

Highlights on Overcoming Your Limiting Beliefs

  • Tell me a little about what you do in your practice? Most people seek me out because of my background in psychotherapy. But also because I am a successful business owner. I’ve owned my clinical practice and been an entrepreneur for many years. Because of this experience, I can really empathize with what entrepreneurs experience on their path to success.
  • What is your definition of a limiting belief? Ultimately, what I teach my clients is that a limiting belief is just a story. It’s an internal dialogue that’s keeping you stuck in your current circumstances. I use the word “story” because if it were a truth, it would apply to every entrepreneur across the board. Ask yourself “is this true for every person?”
  • Now that we know what a limiting belief is, how can identify them in ourselves? Once I ask my clients the questions “is this true across the board?”, it helps them see that there are other options. And once I have the buy in that it isn’t an absolute truth, we can explore what the real block is. For me, the block is typically an emotion.
  • Is overcoming these limiting beliefs that hold us back something that will take practice? It’s definitely a tool. Once you overcome a limiting belief the first time, that’s a tool no one can take away from you.

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Rapid Fire Questions for Heidi

  1. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Morning person, all day.
  2. What is your favorite activity to do with your family? We love to be outside. We’re heading into beach season. we have a pool.
  3. What is your favorite activity to do without your family? I love to read.
  4. Best book you’ve read or listened to recently? Fiction is “Pretty Things” by Janelle Brown. Non-fiction is “Never Split the Difference” by Chris Voss.
  5. Tool or hack that makes your mom life or work life easier? I swear by my paper planner. I have a whole ritual every morning so I know exactly what’s expected of the day.

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Balance Your Hormones as a Mompreneur - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How to Begin to Balance Your Hormones as a Mompreneur

Do you know how to balance your hormones?

Or how your hormones effect your daily life? Not just once a month or when you’re pregnant. But how to balance your hormones to maintain the day in/day out functions. And fluxuations that affect your mood, your weight, your appetite, and your energy levels. This is an area I’ve become more interested in since my breast cancer diagnosis and that’s why I wanted to bring Laura Martire on to the podcast.

Laura is a registered holistic nutritionist and the founder of Laura Martire Holistic Wellness. She specializes in women’s hormone health and through her own journey to wellness knows firsthand how simple changes, a shift in my mindset, and a commitment to prioritizing your health can make all the difference in being on the path to feeling your absolute best.

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Highlights from How to Balance Your Hormones

  1. Tell me a little about what you do and how you got started?  In 2016 left my career to care for my father full time following a cancer diagnosis. After his passing, I was at my lowest point health-wise and was dealing with hormone issues and digestive issues and I as began the process of healing I ended up going down the path of holistic nutrition.  I loved it so much that I decided to go back to school and open my own practice. Now I help support other women in taking charge of their health and understanding how their habits contribute to their symptoms.   
  2. I know this may be a huge question to answer in a short period of time, but can you explain what our hormones are and what their function is? In a nutshell, hormones are chemical messengers in our bodies. They help coordinate functions like sleep, metabolism, mood, hunger, energy, etc.   They play a role in just about everything so when they become imbalanced it can really have an impact on how you feel.   
  3. What can cause a hormone imbalance?  Lots of things…from the foods you eat to how you manage stress. From dieting and gut health to your skincare products and home cleaning products. So much can contribute to issues with your hormones. This is why I love a holistic approach to health as it takes into account not only what you eat, but also your daily habits and routines. 
  4. What are some of the signs we should look for that indicate a hormone imbalance?  Signs you need to balance your hormones might include low energy, low libido, hair loss, acne, stubborn weight or weight gain, brain fog, cravings, disrupted sleep, and mood swings. 
  5. What are some things we can do at home if we know we’ve experienced some of the causes of hormone imbalance or we start to see the symptoms of imbalance?  Try to manage your stress. Prepare well-balanced meals and seek out good nutrition. Eat foods that keep your blood sugar in balance. Stay aware of what’s in the products you are using. And try to move your body daily.

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Rapid Fire Questions for Laura

  1. Are you a morning person or a night owl? 100% a morning person.
  2. What is your favorite activity to do with your family? Going for a nice long walk or a hike.
  3. What is your favorite activity to do without your family? Read a book.
  4. Best book you’ve read or listened to recently? Under the Stars (novel).
  5. Tool or hack that makes your mom life or work life easier? As a nutritionist, meal prep. Making sure I’ve got my fridge and cupboards stocked with healthy ingredients I can use to pull together an easy meal.

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How Organzing Photos Reduces Mom Guilt - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How Organizing Photos Reduces Your Mom Guilt

Does the thought of organizing photos stress you out?

Summer is almost upon us. And there’s about to be an onslaught of memory making. Which makes it the perfect time to talk organizing photos with photo coach Leslie Alder.

Leslie is a mom to 4 kids under age 6 who helps overwhelmed moms get their photos and videos off their phone. And into the hands and hearts of their kids.

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Highlights from How Organizing Your Photos Reduces Mom Guilt

  1. Tell me a little about what you do and how you got started? My work organizing photos started after a bout of post-partum depression and anxiety after my second child was born. I realized there were gaps in my memory during this time. And I really had to rely on photos to fill in the gaps for these memories. I realized how important having photos in a consumable format was for helping to solidify my memories. What I do now as a photo coach is to dial in what purpose photos serve in your life. I help you determine what method of photo organizing is needed to make that happen.
  2. What are some of the words and phrases your clients use when they talk about the guilt they have around their camera roll? I hear things like “I take too many pictures and then I’m not there in the present with my kids”. Some people say “I don’t take enough photos” or “I’m not giving my kids these memories”. I think the guilt we feel over organizing photos can be one of the many things in our mom lives that create unhealthy comparisons and judgment.
  3. You mentioned that overwhelming photos are a symptom of the bigger, underlying issue that moms feel. Can you explain more about that? Many times when I speak with clients, they don’t have a clear vision of how organizing photos will help them. They have been avoiding the project due to guilt or anxiety. But they don’t know what they want. They just want the negative feelings to go away.
  4. If someone listening out there is thinking “yeah, that’s totally me”where do they start overcoming the overwhelm or guilt they are feeling? First, ask yourself “what role are photos currently playing in my life”? And then ask yourself “what role do I want photos to play in my life”? You can also grab my free Declutter Your Phone’s Photo Storage Roadmap to start organizing your photos today.

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Rapid Fire Questions for Leslie

  1. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Morning person.
  2. What is your favorite activity to do with your family? Right now I’m spoiled because we live in California and I love going to the beach.
  3. What is your favorite activity to do without your family? I’m in a learning mode right now so I love to cuddle up in bed with a book.
  4. Best book you’ve read or listened to recently? We Should All Be Millionaires by Rachel Rodgers
  5. Tool or hack that makes your mom life or work life easier? Nap time is my time. I have a strict policy of not doing any work for myself or the house while my kids are napping.

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Why You and Your Kids Need a Sleep Routine - Business Savvy Mama

Why You and Your Kids Need a Sleep Routine

If you had to rate your kids’ sleep routine on a scale from 1-10, 10 being the best, how would you rate yours? I know the sleeping habits of kids at any age can have an impact on stress levels and sleeping habits of moms. And we need as little stress and as much sleep we can get when we’re trying to juggle running a business and running a home.

That’s why I’ve brought in an expert to help create healthy sleep habits and routines for our kids. Meet Anna McMillan of Little Winks Sleep. Anna is originally from New Zealand and now lives in British Columbia, Canada, with her hubby and 2 kids. Anna believes in facilitating strong attachment between you and your little one while using the science behind sleep to help your family thrive.

Highlights for Creating a Sleep Routine

  1. Tell me a little about what you do and how you got started? I work with families to help teach their little ones to sleep and create a sleep routine. I started exploring sleep training when I was a foster parent before I was a biological parent. He was not a good sleeper and I became obsessed with understanding how sleep works. Then when I had my own child I knew there had to be a better way than letting the child “cry it out”. So I because certified and now I have 5 sleep coaches that work with me.
  2. I think we often focus on the benefits of sleep training our kids on them, but what are some of the benefits for us mom business owners who are trying to juggle it all? First off, your anxiety will rapidly decrease when you have a good sleep routine. And you have a better ability to regulate yourself and your kids when you are well rested. We need to make sure we are managing ourselves so we can manage our businesses properly. And finally, you can remember things. Shifting from short term memory to long term memory happens when we sleep.
  3. What are some of the signs that we may need to bring in a sleep professional like you for our child? First, ask yourself “am I ready?” You need to be ready to stay consistent even in the hard moments. Then ask yourself “does our current sleep routine cause stress?” If it’s not working for one of the three of you (yourself, the baby, and the other primary caregiver), that’s when we need to look for change and be strategic about it.
  4. Are there any small steps we can take on our own to start the sleep training process in our home? the first thing we need to take a look at is timing. And you can download my free nap cheat sheet or my free awake times chart to figure out how long your baby needs to be awake. These can be helpful before making any changes to your current sleep routine.

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Rapid Fire Questions for Anna

  1. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Night owl.
  2. What is your favorite activity to do with your family? Swimming.
  3. What is your favorite activity to do without your family? Pottery or drinking wine. Or pottery while drinking wine. 🤣
  4. Best book you’ve read or listened to recently? Better Late Than Never by Emma Mahony about mid-life ADHD diagnosis in women.
  5. Tool or hack that makes your mom life or work life easier? I always wake up before my kids. Whoever starts the day, leads the day.

Ready to experience better mental, physical, and emotional health without sacrificing additional time and energy? Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation 15-minute clarity call to see how I can help you experience more fun & fulfillment in your work and home life.

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How to Balance Home Responsibilities to Find Time for Yourself

How to Balance Home Responsibilities to Find Time for Yourself

Ever feel like you do it all?

Are you ever resentful that you have no time and energy left for yourself? Because you’re absolutely worn out from all the work you do for your family and your business. I know I’ve done my share of hate cleaning when I feel this way. 🤣 And I figured a few of you might have felt this way too. That’s why I’ve brought on Jannine Mackinnon to talk about balancing home responsibilities so you can have more time and mental space for self-care.

Jannine is a mom to 2 from Victoria, British Columbia and the founder of Unapologetic Motherhood, a community where you have access to monthly content on topics like cannabis, sex, finances, women’s health, relationships, and so much more. She is cutting through the shit to talk about the real things impacting everyday moms.

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Highlights from Balancing Home Responsibilities…

  • Tell me a little about what you do and how you got started? As I transitioned into motherhood, I wasn’t finding information about topics I was researching readily available. That’s why I continued to pivot in my business. To become a resource for topics like cannabis, women’s health and anatomy, sex, finances, and relationships.
  • Why do you think (or do you hear) that moms feel like they have to do it all? Where is that messaging from? I think it comes from all over. From when we’re kids in our homes. From social media where we are constantly bombarded with messages about how to do things “right”. Part of the struggle in balancing home responsibilities is our own fault. We absorb these messages and start to do it all. And because we are doing it all, we establish a status quo that other members of the household follow.
  • How do you think we can start to break the cycle? Two parts…doing your own thinking and reflecting and then having a conversation. Communicating our needs to our partner. I always encourage moms to look at ways they can lessen their load. For example…if you are the primary person responsible for making and serving dinner, ask for help in setting the table.
  • Some of the conversations you need to have may be scary or uncomfortable. What do you say to the moms who feel like they want the extra time and mental space you’re talking about but lack the confidence to go after it? Think of giving your spouse or partner a roadmap. Often, they won’t see what you think is obvious. More often than not, if you ask for specific help, they are willing to help. Also, use a “soft start” to your conversation instead of coming from a place of anger or resentment. Use phrases like “I’m feeling…..” or “I’ve been thinking about how I need help…”. And remember to schedule check-ins so you don’t find the family returning to status quo.
  • Finally, what are some of the greatest benefits you’ve experienced or seen in your community when moms take steps towards more self-care or personal pursuits? Having regular conversations and check-ins with your partner will strengthen your relationship. And when you lessen your mental load, your stress levels go down and your patience goes up. You’re able to stay more present with your family. You’ll feel happier and more fulfilled when you are able to have the time to do what interests you.

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Rapid Fire Questions for Jannine

  1. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Used to be night, now it’s morning.
  2. What is your favorite activity to do with your family? Be in the forest.
  3. What is your favorite activity to do without your family? Be quiet outside.
  4. Best book you’ve read or listened to recently? The Rebel’s Apothecary by Jenny Sansouci
  5. Tool or hack that makes your mom life or work life easier? Automation.
A Simple Secret to Better Evenings as a Mompreneur

A Simple Secret to Better Evenings as a Mompreneur

Let’s talk decision fatigue and better evenings…this week’s episode goes out to all those mamas who have lost their minds over the question “what’s for dinner?” ( I think I did it like two nights ago. 🤣)  I want to dive into why that happens and what we can do to fix it…how we can actually enjoy our evenings. And how we can have the end of the day stop feeling like we are completely just spent. Like if anything else happens or if anything else ends up on our plate we are just going to explode.

Often when we’re irritable or we’re stressed out at the end of the day it’s because we’ve been making decisions all day long. From the moment we wake up until the time we go to bed at night. Everything from do you hit the snooze or do you get out of bed? To what should you have for breakfast? And what are you going to wear…there are so many decisions that you have to make during the day. Frankly, by the time 5 o’clock rolls around, we’re real tired. And we don’t feel like making decisions anymore.

I can think of nights when my husband is like “let’s order pizza…where do you wanna get it from?” And I can’t even decide where to get it from. It’s like my brain is so spent at that point that I can’t make the simplest decisions. Perhaps there are a lot of you out there that feel the same way.

And you may think that it’s just that you’re just irritable. Or that’s just how it is. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Your evenings don’t have to be a brain dead mom not being able to make decisions and getting angry at people for asking simple questions. And that is why we’re going to talk about how you can streamline and simplify your life with some systems and routines.

Brain Fatigue and Better Evenings

Ever feel like by 3 o’clock you can’t make even the simplest decision? Or that you’re unmotivated? Super irritable? Like the smallest question that is not a big deal really just sets you off? Maybe you go to bed and as you’re laying there, you’re feeling disappointed about what you didn’t accomplish today. Or your head is spinning over everything that you have to do. All of those things are related to brain fatigue. And one of the major things that contribute to brain fatigue is decision making.

Any way that we can sort of streamline our days and take things off of our brain’s plate is going to reflect better on our attitude and on our mood. We’re going to get to sleep easier. And we’re going to feel more accomplished in our day, even if it feels like we’re doing less.

Streamlining and simplifying your day with systems and routines can help you to be a better mom and mom entrepreneur. Here’s a fun fact about brain fatigue…your brain is responsible for 20% of the energy that your body uses up. Think about how big your body is and how little your brain is. Yet it is 1/5 of the energy that your body is putting out. And as we just discussed, so much of that energy is going into making decisions.

Better Evenings…Where to Start

There are two simple ways you can reduce the number of decisions you make in a day. First, set up a routine. Something that you do subconsciously. A pattern of things that happen over and over again so that you’re not constantly making decisions. Second, set up a system. A series of actions that lead to a particular result. You have some sort of checklist that you are following because there is an end result and by creating that system you aren’t making as many decisions.

Sometimes these words are used interchangeably. Routines can be systems. But not all systems are routines. The thing to realize is we need them both. They are what is going to help us be a happier mom at the end of our day.

Here’s a great example of a routine and a system. This is from my sister who has four kids under the age of nine. She’s got a lot on her plate but this routine and system have simplified her evenings. She makes the same meal on the same night every single week. Monday night is spaghetti night. Tuesday night is tacos. Wednesday night is hamburgers. And so on. Every single week she knows exactly what she’s making. The kids know exactly what they are eating. And she knows what she needs to get from the grocery store which is where her system comes in.

Before she does her shopping for the week she has the task of taking an inventory of the stuff that she needs for her regular meals. She has created a list on her phone of the exact things that she needs to buy every week to make the food that’s part of her routine. She does her grocery shopping. And when she comes home she puts all those things away. She knows exactly where the items are when she needs them for her meal routine.

There is your routine of what you’re eating every single day…very few decisions being made because it’s the same thing all the time…and the system of checking to make sure that she has the items that she needs, buying what she doesn’t have, and putting those things where she can find them when she needs them. Routine and system. And while the idea of eating the same thing over and over again may sound boring, the idea that she has streamlined this part of her life means that she can now redirect that energy into something else. She’s freed up her brain to make other decisions because she has taken meal planning decisions off her plate.

When you incorporate routines and systems you’ll have less brain fatigue. You’ll have fewer decisions to make. And you’ll have better evenings. Not to mention, you’ll enjoy your workday more because won’t feel overwhelmed. Meanwhile, you’ll have a chance to put that amazing brainpower and creativity into those things that make an impact on your business or your family life.

Now where can you incorporate a routine or systems so you can have better evenings??? (If you’re struggling with creating systems or routines, click below to schedule a free, 15-minute clarity call to see how I can help.)

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Basic Business Skills that Make Home Life Easier

7 Basic Business Skills That Make Your Home Life Easier

Let’s chat how some basic business skills that can help you to make home life easier…

These basic business skills that I honed over the past 12 years as an entrepreneur sure came in handy during my recent treatment for breast cancer. I can’t imagine how much more complicated it would have been if I didn’t have these skills in my toolkit. And that’s why I wanted to create this episode for you today…so you too can use the skills that you’ve been working on in your business to create a happier home life.

When you utilize the skills that we’ll talk about today in your home life, you will also improve the way you use them in your business. Not to mention your home life will run smoother because mom doesn’t have to make as many decisions. You’ll feel less stressed. And there’s more certainty for everybody because you will know where you’re supposed to be. Or what you’re going to have for dinner. Or just what the flow of your day is going to be like.

An added benefit as you incorporate these skills is that other family members will watch and learn. They’ll learn to confidently create a schedule, a checklist, or a routine. They’ll learn to ask for help. And these skills are great for any human to use on a regular basis. 

7 Basic Business Skills  

Creating Checklists…First up, creating checklists. This helps to offload decisions that you need to make when you are trying to complete an activity. An example might be you want to get out the door in the morning…what are the things you need to make sure that you have. Or maybe you want to clean your house on the weekends. What are all the tasks that you need to complete? Consider all the steps you need to take to complete a task or project so you don’t continually recreate the wheel. What steps do you take to make sure that every “i” is dotted and every “t” is crossed? Creating these checklists offloads the number of decisions that you make and in turn, makes you feel less stressed. 

Maintain a Schedule…Number two is to keep a schedule. You may already maintain a schedule for your family but this is not just for mom. Try to iincorporate your kids in their schedule making. Show them how to use a calendar or the calendar app on their phones. Help them get in the habit of knowing when they need to be at soccer practice or when they have projects that are due. Remember…practice makes better for all of these skills. And scheduling is one of the things that college students struggle with most. So the sooner you can incorporate your family in helping to keep a calendar or a schedule, the more practice they’re going to get before they don’t have you around to help them out.

Know Your Priorities…Our third basic business skill is to know your priority tasks. Prioritizing helps you focus on what is going to move the needle. And ask yourself if something is important enough to take up space on your calendar. Knowing your priorities helps you decide if you want to say “yes” or “no” to a task, activity, or opportunity. We don’t have to do everything. And we need to know if the thing that we are committing to is worth our valuable time, energy, and effort. And many times when we feel overwhelmed or overscheduled, it’s because we’ve said “yes” to a lot of activities or tasks that aren’t really a priority. So look at your schedule. See what you’ve committed to. And see if there’s anything that you can delete or delay until you have more time available.

Learn to Delegate…The number four basic business skill that you can utilize at home is delegation. This is passing off tasks that you do to somebody else so that you don’t feel like you have to do it all. You could delegate grocery shopping to Amazon or Instacart. Or delegate a spouse for school pick ups in the afternoon so that you can be home working on your business 

Ask for Help…Delegation goes hand in hand with number five which is asking for help. I often hear moms in my community struggling with asking for help. They may need help cleaning their house. Or watching the children so that they could work. Think about where you are struggling or feeling most overwhelmed when it comes to your home life. Then brainstorm where you can ask for help so that you don’t feel like you have to do it all. 

Create Routines…The sixth basic business skill is to create a routine or a habit. Whereas the checklist has an end result or a goal, a routine something where you run on autopilot. For instance, you might have a morning routine where you wake up. You turn on the coffee maker. Grab the newspaper from the front door. Wash your face and put on your moisturizer. And when your coffee is done, you sit down and read the newspaper before you wake your kids up for school. That is a routine. A flow. And the great thing about these routines is that it offloads the need to make decisions. Because decisions fatigue the brain. You can save that precious brainpower for more important decisions throughout the day. Look for places to create these routines so you can go with the flow and make fewer decisions. 

Develop a Growth Mindset…The final basic business skill is to develop a growth mindset around your life as a parent. If you’re unfamiliar with the term “growth mindset”, it is to constantly improve and make changes for the better. This is the opposite of a fixed mindset which is “I’m already as good as I’m going to be and I’m not going to put any effort or time into improving.” I like the Japanese concept of Kaizen. It’s the idea that every day you’re getting 1% better. Maybe you lost your mind on your kids because they couldn’t find their shoes on the way out the door. Or you argued with your husband. Or you’re having a day where things don’t feel like they’re going right. Now that you’re aware, look for a way that you can improve your response or your attitude by 1%  the next time. 

And those, my mama friends, are the seven basic business skills that can help make your home life so much easier. If you’re ready to incorporate these skills but aren’t sure where to start, I’m here to help. Click below to schedule your free, 15-minute clarity call where we can discuss your ideal home and business life and how I can help you make it happen.

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Tips for Creating a Successful Morning Routine

Is it even possible for a mompreneur to have a successful morning routine?

I’m just not a morning person.”

“I could never wake up that early.”

“I need as much sleep as I can possibly get.”

These are the sorts of things I hear from people when they find out I am up between 430am and 630am nearly every morning. They are also the sorts of things I said to my coach who introduced me to the world of morning routines before I jumped on the bandwagon. And my 180 on early mornings and the results I’ve seen from others in my community who finally have the time for focused work, self-care or just a little quiet alone time are exactly why we are talking “Tips for a Successful Morning Routine” on this week’s episode.

Look, I know early mornings aren’t for everyone. But just like anything else in your business or mom life from Facebook Groups to chore charts, how will you know if it will work if you won’t try it? I feel like sometimes we are more comfortable complaining that we don’t have the time we need to write a blog post in quiet or take a shower without heads peeking in rather than make a simple shift that can allow us to create the time we need. That is exactly what I did.

My first business coach was a huge fan of morning routines. and as she would listen to me complain week in and week out about not having the time to build my business and spend time on myself, she would gently suggest it was time to set the alarm clock a little earlier. Eventually, I relented. If only to prove her wrong. There was no way this night owl, mom of toddlers was ever going to be able to wake up any earlier than absolutely necessary to get my kids wrangled and out the door to preschool before I started my day of appointments. I agreed to wake a half-hour earlier until our next meeting in a month.

Within a week I was hooked. By the time our appointment rolled around, I was waking an hour earlier. I had found the magical time I didn’t think was possible. And I want to help you find it too.

Why Start a Morning Routine

How would it feel for you to start your day, your way? Instead of leading with hustling, bustling, and feeling behind…You could start with feeling accomplished. Nurtured. Awake. Fulfilled. And don’t you think everything that comes after that kind of morning is just going to be better?

A successful morning routine is a combination of setting your alarm along with having a plan for how you’ll spend your time. And of course, putting the phone down, shutting down Netflix while getting your booty to bed a little earlier.

A morning routine gives you dedicated time when the world is quiet to focus. To breathe. To enjoy the silence before the chaos. Rather than trying to focus on creating social media content or workout with one child yelling in the other room and the other strapped to your left leg.

And as I said in the intro, I get that you don’t think you’re a morning person. But how about this quote from Amy Landino’s book “Good Morning, Good Life”

“I’m not a morning person; I’m a life person.”

Amy Landino, Good Morning, Good Life

Do you want to be a life person? Do you want to have time for what you enjoy? To build the business of your dreams? To take the course your bought or start the day with a clear sink? Creating a morning routine that allows you to fulfill your desires can make you a life person, even if you’re not a morning person at your core.

As you dive into your morning routine, you’ll notice the rest of your day feels less stressful. You’re accomplishing more around your house or in your business because of the focused time you’re spending first thing in the day. You’ll actually have time for some stress-relieving activities like working out, reading a book, or taking a shower and getting yourself ready without feeling rushed. In time, you will notice that you now control your daily schedule rather than your schedule controlling you.

Creating a morning routine also helps set the tone for the entire day. You can start feeling accomplished and fulfilled rather than frazzled, stressed, or stuck in an endless loop of being behind.

And picture a school morning where you’ve woken up and worked out, scheduled some social media posts, and/or finished folding the laundry BEFORE the kids wake. Now you can focus on making sure they have what they need for their school day and, dare I say it, sit down to drink your coffee with them while they eat breakfast because you are feeling like you’ve already crossed items off your to-do list before they even work up. Can you see it?

Steps to Creating a Successful Morning Routine

You deserve to start your day your way. You are worthy of time to focus on your needs. And finding that time can be easier than you think…if you can just get past the little alarm clock part. I’ve got 5 steps that I share with my community when they are looking to create or reinvest in a morning routine.

  1. Know Your Why…as with so many parts a pieces of your business or lives in general, knowing WHY you are trying a new habit or the benefit it will have when you stick with it goes a long way to ensure your success. Why is waking up earlier important for you as a mom? As a business owner? As a household manager? How can making this shift improve the quality of life for you? Your family? Or your clients?
  2. Get to Bed…Once you are super clear on why you want this time in the morning, you got to get to bed. And I realize everyone’s bed situation is different based on your kids’ ages, your sleeping situation, even the size of your house. But even if you aren’t waking up at the crack of dawn, preparing your body to sleep and fall asleep faster is an important skill for mompreneurs. Way back on Episode 13 of the podcast, I talked about 6 Ways to Get to Bed Earlier to Wake Up Earlier that covers everything from bedtime alarms to shutting down screens to creating a bedtime routine you actually look forward to. (You can check out 6 Ways to Get to Bed Earlier to Wake Up Earlier here) But the big takeaway is that you need to do whatever it takes to get yourself to bed earlier if you want to successfully wake up earlier.
  3. Set Your Alarm Earlier…And now that you’re getting yourself to sleep earlier, it is time to wake up earlier. I highly recommend starting slow. Set your alarm 15-30 minutes earlier to start. Even 10 minutes is better than nothing…especially if you have a purpose for you time (which we will talk about in our next step). Also, think about your alarm style. If a blaring beep isn’t doing it for you, try waking to music. Or using an alarm clock that uses light versus sound. I recently switched over to a clock like this and I have to say waking to light and chirping birds is much more pleasant than uh-uh-uh.
  4. Plan What to Do…And once you’re up and raring to go, it’s best to have a plan for your sacred time. Think about what you’d like to do the night before. Or create a morning ritual. Think about the tasks or activities you consider important but that feel like you don’t have time for or can’t devote the time you need to. I like to suggest something for yourself, something for your home, and something for your work if you have time. For instance, you jump on the treadmill for 15 minutes, start a load of laundry, and review your priority tasks for the day. Self, home, business…check, check, check. And all of that could be done in around 30-45 minutes.
  5. Plan for Failure…And my final step in creating a successful morning routine is to plan to fail. Because it is going to happen. Vacation. The holidays. A sick kid. A sick you. And perhaps you just need a bit more sleep one day which turns into a week of snoozing. It can happen. And it’s ok. What’s important is to reflect on how you got off track and reinvest in why it was you wanted to start your morning routine in the first place. Then continue with what was working for you and take this chance to drop anything that wasn’t. Remember “if a plan doesn’t work, change the plan, not the goal.” If the goal is to wake up earlier to have more time for you or focused work or maintaining your home, but you can’t wake up early when you got to bed at 1130pm every time, perhaps the plan needs a zhuzh. You can use a stopping strategy to help preplan for any backsliding you encounter. Fill in the blank…If I __________, I will _________. If I hit turn off my alarm 2 days in a row, I will contact a friend to text me to make sure I’m up on the third day.Or if I find myself going to bed later which makes it harder to wake up early, I will create time in the middle of my day to watch my favorite show rather than staying up too late. Think about how you can get back on the horse if you happen to fall off.

And there you have my 5 steps to help you, yes you, even the most non-morning person, create a successful morning routine. Know why it is you want or need to wake up earlier. Create a plan to get yourself to bed earlier. Start setting your alarm a little earlier. Have a plan for how your will spend your new found time nurturing yourself, focusing on your business, or maintaining your household. And finally, know that it is ok if you get off track. Life happens. And mom life happens even more. But deciding now how you will reinvest will help you get back on track quicker and easier.

And if you’re looking for help in creating your successful morning routine or just managing your time in general, I’ve got several different ways to help you make the most of the time you have, focus on the priority tasks that will grow your business AND help you spend more time with your family. Whether you need to create a prioritized workflow or a thorough evaluation of your time and goals with accountability to keep you on track, I’m here to help. Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation call to see how I can help you overcome your overwhelm to live your most fun and fulfilled life as a mom and business owner. Click the link below to book your free call today.


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Make Time for Self Care - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How to Make Time for Self Care as a Mompreneur

How in the wide, wide world of motherhood are you supposed to make time for self care as a mom business owner?

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Do you make time for self care? I say “make time” because I hear over and over that people don’t HAVE time. Maybe you overschedule work and over-commit to activities. Maybe you put the needs of your spouse, children, clients, team, dog, or whoever else before you because that feels like how it’s supposed to be done. You know, you’ll get around to self-care eventually. But what happens when you don’t have anything left to give. Depression? Anxiety? Burnout? Arguments? Resentment? Divorce? Well, that doesn’t sound so good.

That is exactly why we are talking “How to Make Time for Self-Care as a Mompreneur”. As a 2 time entrepreneur and mom to 2 boys, I know how difficult it is to make time for yourself. This is why I’ve created six simple steps to help you work a little self-care into your routine without feeling like you need to dedicate the time you don’t have. Or spend money you feel like is not there. Making these small shifts will help you make the time and help you realize how crucial taking care of you is to creating a more successful business and home life.

Katie Reed, a writer and mom blogger who focuses on mental health said “Self care is giving the world the best of you instead of what’s left of you.” Well, hot damn! If that that’s not a big reality slap across the face. And so true! Self care encourages you to create a healthy relationship nurturing yourself so you can in turn give the best of yourself to your family, your friends, your clients, your business, the list goes on.

When you make self-care a priority to make the time for it, rather than trying to have the time for it, you to can give the best of you to the world.

So often as a mom, you put your needs on the back burner. You perceive an expectation that you are required to do it all, be it all, achieve it all…whatever all is…and all without taking the time to care for ourselves. Or that the main-pedi we receive for Mother’s Day once a year is supposed to make up for the 364 days of putting it all out there.

Why You Need to Make Time for Self Care

You may be thinking “yeah, Christy. I would love to take more time for myself. But when? Do I cut out my children’s activities? Stop meeting with clients? Cut back on my marketing? Sleep less? Stop eating?” I get it. It can seem like there is just no where to fit it in.

But rather than start with the when, which we will get to, I want you to start with the why. Creating a lifestyle where you care for you helps to maintain your health and promote a healthy lifestyle to your family. It can help you prevent disease or cope better with an illness you might be experiencing. Not to mention, when you take care of you, you are must less likely to experience burnout, overwhelm, depression, anxiety, or flying off the handle at 7am when your child merely asks for a lunch treat that you haven’t had a chance to pick up for the store yet. (Does it sound like I’m speaking from experience on that one? Yeah, might have done that once or twice.)

On a daily basis you will engage in behaviors that enhance your mental, physical, and emotional health. Which in turn can help you work more productively, focus better, solve more problems with ease, and maintain solid relationships.

And speaking of relationships, when you give the best of you instead of the rest of you, your kids notice. Your spouse notices. Your clients notice. While they may not say it, they know that the quality of their relationship with you has improved because the quality of your relationship with your self has improved.

How to Make Time for Self Care

So we discussed your why. Why you need to make the time to take care of you. Now for the how. Here are you six simple ways to make more time for self care…

  1. Recognize what you are already doing that you enjoy. Chances are, you are already engaging in activities that could be considered self-care. They’ve just become so routine that you don’t see them as the textbook definition of self care which is “taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness”. Back in July, I did an episode called “How to Instantly Find More Fun as a Mompreneur” (click here to listen to that episode). In it, I talked about finding fun in the same vein as seeing abundance. If you just live your life without recognizing how abundant you are or having gratitude for what you have, you will constantly think you need more. But when you start to recognize all you have around you, you open yourself up to receive even more. And the same can be true when it comes to your self-care.  Do you read books you love before bed? Buy a face cream or lotion that makes you feel good? Have regular date nights with your spouse or family nights with your kids? When activities become routine, it’s easy to forget that they help you improve your mood and mental health. Next time, stay present and recognize how spending this time is truly a form of caring for you.
  2. Find tiny moments. There’s been a bastardization of self-care over the years. It took self care from doing things that help you support your well-being to spa day or girls trips. And believe me, I am not knocking spa days or girls’ trips. But those activities have a short lived impact on your overall well-being and happiness. What will really have an effect is finding ways to care for you regularly. Like waking earlier so you can meditate, journal, read a book, or just drink your cup of coffee in quiet. Doing a 10 minute dance work out video on YouTube. Listening to you favorite podcast. Eating your favorite take out once a week so you don’t have to stress over dinner to have a meal you enjoy. Find the tiny things you can do that nurture you. And remember to recognize that you are purposefully doing this tiny act to take care of you.
  3. Declutter your schedule. Number 3 and number 4 go hand in hand. First, you are going to declutter your schedule to make the time you need. I know it can feel like there is nothing that could possibly go so then it becomes a matter of priorities. Is it more important to take care you so you can be your best for the people in your life? Or is it more important to do whatever else you’ve committed to on your schedule? When I start working with coaching clients, we complete a time tracker. I want to see where they are spending their time so we can budget that time better based on their priorities and values. The time tracker is always a HUGE eye opener in terms of where they thought they had no time. And what they actually spend their time on. Check out your schedule and see if there are places you can delete activities to make time for you.
  4. Schedule It. So you’re deleted or decreased time spent on other activities? Now you need to schedule the time for the activities that do contribute to your well-being and happiness. Just like a doctor’s appointment or a work meeting, if you put it in writing or on a digital calendar, you are much more likely to follow through than if you just think “I have an open hour Tuesday afternoon. I’ll self care then”. You need to block it out to make it happen.
  5. Set Boundaries. And once you have it on your schedule, you need to fiercely protect that time by setting boundaries. Don’t allow your client call to go over. Shut the door to say to your family “this is mommy time”. Turn off your cell phone so you aren’t distracted while you’re playing a board game with the family. Or out with your girlfriends. Set boundaries to protect your self-care time for what it is…time to help you focus on your well-being and happiness.
  6. Ask for help. And finally, if you are still struggling to make time for self-care, you need to share your needs. And ask for help. Whether it’s a spouse or a family member or a friend, explain your struggle along with why you need this time and space. For instance, say to your spouse “I really need to make time to workout 3-4 time per week. Let’s work out a schedule where you can watch the kids on x, y, and z day”. Or with a friend you might say “I would love to do a sitting swap with you so we can both get a little alone time”. Asking for help can feel akward and hard. But if you keep doing the hard things, they eventually become the easy things. Not a single one of the successful entrepreneurs you look up to have done it alone. Not a single one. So the sooner you can ask for help in taking care of your most important asset as a business owner…AKA you…the more you’re on your way to being a successful entrepreneur just like them.

You’re action step to finally make time for self care as a mompreneur is to incorporate the six simple steps we talked about in today’s episode. Start by recognizing activities you already do that contribute to your well-being and happiness. Then find tiny moments throughout the day where you can dedicate 5-10 minutes to you. Next declutter your schedule of anything that doesn’t align with your values that can go. Instead, schedule time that will help to fill your cup. And finally, set boundaries around activities you consider self care to reap the full benefit of that time spent. And if you are still struggling to make the time, ask for help. The people around you that love and support you want to help. Don’t deny them their opportunity to help you be a better you.

Still feeling like you just don’t know what to do for self-care? Like you don’t have a good support system? Or you just couldn’t possibly find time in your schedule? I’d love to help you tackle those tasks. You can sign up today for a free 15 minute clarity call by clicking the link below. Let’s discuss how I can help you find time for you along with managing your time for work better. Then you can have plenty leftover for doing what you love with who you love.


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Spot the Signs of Burnout - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How to Spot the Signs of Burnout & Overcome It

Do you know your signs of burnout?

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Do you take a break or do you break down? Are you afraid that slowing down or scaling back might mean you miss an opportunity? Or let people down? Or that you aren’t living up to your potential? What if I told you you can take advantage of opportunities, live up to your potential, and maintain a healthy mind, body, & spirit? It starts with knowing the signs of burnout.

On this week’s episode, we are peeling back the layers of what burnout looks like. And how you can incorporate steps to overcome and prevent it in the future. A 2020 Gallup poll reported that 48 % of respondents sometimes experience burnout and 21% always do. That means that 2/3 of those surveyed are regularly or always experiencing burnout! Yikes! That’s a lot of mental, physical, emotional, and performance damage due to burnout. 

But you’re lucky because like so many aspects of self-improvement, spotting the signs before you’re in too deep can go a long way towards prevention. And that is exactly why we are talking about the signs of burnout and the steps you can take to create an anti-burnout plan for the future.

Why Recognize the Signs of Burnout 

The term burnout was first seen in a 1974 book by Herbert Freudenberger called “The High Cost of High Achievement.” Freudenberger defined it as “the extinction of motivation or incentive, especially where one’s devotion to a cause or relationship fails to produce desired results.”  

When you put a plan in place to prevent burnout before it starts, you maintain your motivation and devotion to your goals, your dreams, and your relationships and actually reach your desired results. By slowing down enough to recognize when your body, brain, emotions, or productivity is telling you â€śhey there…we need a bit of a break to recover”, you can start to stop the problem before it gets out of hand. Or take a break before your broken as I say. 

You might be thinking you can’t slow down. Or if you don’t do it, no one will. Or you’ll take a break if you can just make this much money or cross these tasks off you to do list. 

But do you also find yourself resenting people who take breaks? Who practice self-care? Who read a book or enjoy a cup of coffee a quiet cup of coffee in the morning? Or a glass of wine in the evenings rather than slogging away doing work for their business or their home? Do you really want your life to need to stop in order for you to take a break? 

When can recognize the signs of burnout, you can work to extinguish their fire before they’re out of control. You’ll feel happier. More accomplished. More successful and able to enjoy that success.  

And you can stay motivated because you feel less irritation, bitterness, and discontent. Your body will feel healthier and stronger. You’ll sleep better, cry less, and maintain a normal heart rate more often. 

Not to mention, you will like your spouse, kids, clients, team, boss, mom, dad, or anyone else who could set you off because you’re burned out and not because of anything they did. 

What are the Signs of Burnout

As I’ve said, the first step in learning to overcome and prevent burnout is awareness. Let’s do a quick overview of how burnout looks in four different areas of your life…your physical signs, mental signs, emotional signs, and performance signs. 

Firstly, let’s talk about how burnout appears to you physically. You could notice some or god forbid all of these symptoms as you are reaching a breaking point: headaches, intestinal issues, sleeplessness, tense muscles, clenched jaw, low energy and/or fatigue, a change in eating habits, and you feel like you are constantly getting sick or can’t seem to kick an illness. 

You may also notice a mental reaction to burnout. For instance, you may experience decreased joy, decreased sense of accomplishment, feelings that you are unable to keep up aka overwhelm, racing thoughts, trouble making decisions or decision fatigue, distractibility, difficulty focusing or concentrating, or a heightened emotional response.  

Emotionally you may feel like you are stuck, trapped, depressed, anxious, unmotivated, in constant fear of failure, negative, helpless, and/or angry. 

And really quick before I move on to the performance signs of burnout, I want to take a quick minute to address the seriousness of these heightened emotions and mental states. If you are experiencing these thoughts and emotions, there are people to who want to help. Speak with your doctor, a therapist, or a counselor. Because these feelings that start as burnout can quickly manifest into other damaging thoughts and feelings. You are loved and deserve to be supported and helped. If you become aware of these thoughts or emotions and they are simply too much, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your doctor, therapist, or counselor for help.  

Finally, let’s talk about how burnout shows itself in your performance…both as a business owner and as a mom. You’ll notice a drop in completed tasks or increase time to complete a task. You might quit more often or easily. You’ll accept not finishing or following through. And procrastinate more frequently. You’ll stop showing up. You’ll find yourself increasingly disorganized. Now, you always struggle with performance issues like procrastination and disorganization. The difference between it being part of your executive function and burnout is if this is a change for you. A complete 180 from how you usually act. If you find yourself performing in ways that are very un-you, that may very well be a sign of approaching burnout. 

What to Do When We See the Signs of Burnout

So now that we’ve talked about the signs, what can we do when we notice them. First up, you can create strong boundaries. That’s right. Not self-care…we’ll get to that. Not get a massage or take a vacation. But create boundaries that both identify your limit so you don’t overflow the amount you can handle. And ones that create a clearly defined line between what can and cannot cross into your realm.  

I was listening to an interview on the What Fresh Hell podcast with Dr. Pooja Lakshmin who specializes in women’s mental health. She discussed the increase in feelings of burnout moms were feeling in terms of the pandemic and juggling more balls. She emphasized that the overwhelming feeling we assume is burnout is a result of a system that set working moms up to do too much. And essentially fail. Because it is just not humanly possible to do it all, all the time, with a smile on our face, a song in our hearts, and heels on our feet. What can we do as we await a change in perceptions and systemic expectations? We can do is put our foot down as to what we can handle and what we allow in. This is why setting boundaries is so crucial to overcoming burnout.

And once you’ve set your boundaries, you’ll notice workloads decreasing. Stress levels lowering. Resentment fading. Productivity increasing. Focus returning. And relaxation and self-care as a real possibility to maintain your flow.  

That’s why your action steps this week are to:

  1. Write down what you notice your burnout triggers to be. If you aren’t 100% sure, keep an eye out. Remember 2/3 of people surveyed experience some sort of burnout always or often. As you start to feel “stressed, notice any changes in your physical, mental, or emotional health. Notice if your performance, output, or regular habits have shifted or changed dramatically as a result of increased workload, activities, or perceived expectations.  
  2. Create your boundaries. Back in July I did a whole episode on how to identify, communicate, and create positive mantra around maintaining your boundaries so after we finish up here, I recommend you hop over to episode 86 “How to Create Boundaries without Mom Guilt” from July 28th, 2021.

Click here to listen to “How to Create Boundaries without Mom Guilt”.

But before you head over there, I want to offer my help in conquering your big, bad, burnout demons. As I said before, getting a medical or counseling professional on board is crucial to right your ship. Where I come in is helping you solidify your boundaries. We’ll create a workflow that focuses on priorities for work and home that aligns with your values & goals. And we make time for you doing what you love so those feelings of burnout stay at bay. When you are ready to live your best mompreneur life, book your free clarity call at bit.ly/bsmbookacall so you can start your journey from burnout to bliss as soon as possible. Click below to schedule your free clarity call today 


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