061: How to Transform Yourself from a Hot Mess to Mindful Mom | Ali Katz

You can live the life that feels so good to you 

[Ali Katz]

When you set out on your parenting journey you never planned on being a ‘Hot Mess’. However, there are days when that’s how you end up. I know. I’ve had those days too. But the great news is, it’s possible to change that. Tell me what you’d rather be. A Hot Mess or a Mindful Mum?

In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday we’ll be discussing how you can shift your experience as a mum by changing the way you deal with all that life throws at you. And it’s done through the use of mindfulness and meditation.

My guest today is SuperMum, Ali Katz.

Ali’s a mindfulness coach, meditation teacher, author, wife and mum to two boys aged 11 and 9. She loves sharing her passion for living a balanced life with others, and has been featured on MindBodyGreenStyle magazine, Fox 26 NewsHerFutureHouston Family magazine, and LiveMom.com. When not meditating, writing, teaching, or spending time with her family in Houston, Texas, Ali enjoys running, practicing yoga, and sipping tea. 

Ali’s mission is to inspire mothers to leave overwhelm, stress and guilt behind and embrace a life of balance, presence and joy. What I love about what Ali has to share is that she keeps it real. She’s a busy mum herself, so she gets that you don’t have spare time to head off to a mountain top to sit cross-legged saying omm’s. 

Instead she brings mindfulness and meditation right back into your crazy life, and teaches you how to stay calm and balanced even when you’re scraping dried on Weetabix off the carpet. Again.

I’m delighted to welcome Ali to my show as she’ll walk you through the reasons why meditation and mindfulness are so important in your every day life. And she’s here to help you see the importance of taking time to make sure you really are your very best self.

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In this episode, we talk about:

  • How a serious illness was just the wake up call Ali needed to transform the ‘Hot Mess’ that dominated her early parenting years
  • The difficulty in fitting mindfulness into your busy life, and the 3 keys to successful meditation practise
  • The science. If you like facts, here’s the evidence of how meditation can rewire your brain
  • The simple exercise of having a stress/gratitude list and how to make it work in your life as a busy mum
  • Trigger plans for managing stress quickly – get into a better state in just 60 seconds
  • How mindfulness and meditation can help you make more considered and sensible parenting choices

 Hope you enjoy todays show!

 

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Tell me what you think?

If you want to leave a comment for Ali, we’d love you to come and say hello.

And let us know in the comments;

Are you a ‘Hot Mess’ mum or a mindful one?. Perhaps like me, you’re somewhere in between. Have you got any great tips to help keep your cool when things go crazy?

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

ALI’S INFORMATION

ALI’S BOOKS

BOOK RECOMMENDATION:

PROFILE: Marianne Williamson

PROFILE: Gabrielle Bernstein

PSSST, IS IT JUST ME? Thanks to Benny age 4  from Canberra, Australia.

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Lisa believes a happy mum brings up happy kids who become happy adults. With four children aged 7, 6, 4 and 2, finding time for herself is an ongoing challenge. But she’s trying.

Lisa lives with her family in Canberra, Australia.

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052: A Complete Mummy Reboot in Just 24 Hours | Lisa York

Chaos reigns within. Reflect, repent, and reboot. Order shall return
[Suzie Wagner] 

Let’s just say ….

You love your job

You enjoy every moment with your kids

You can’t bear to be away from your husband

And you want to spend all weekend washing clothes and ironing shirts.

Let’s just say.

Even in perfect-land, taking time out to reboot is really good for the soul.

And for the rest of us who aren’t living in that bubble, it’s even more important.

This week on High Five Friday, Lisa York talks about how to press the reset button and do a complete mummy reboot in just 24 hours.

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Tell me what you think?

Based on what I’ve said, will you book a reboot into your diary? What will you do? I’d love to hear how you got on in the comments.

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

QUOTE AUTHOR: Suzie Wagner

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Lisa believes a happy mum brings up happy kids who become happy adults. With four children aged 7, 6, 4 and 2, finding time for herself is an ongoing challenge. But she’s trying.

Lisa lives with her family in Canberra, Australia.

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042: The Sure-Fire Way to Make Time for Yourself in an Overflowing Life | Lisa York

You cannot control the wind, but you can direct the sail

Taking a day off from your workplace is relatively straightforward.

You ask your boss, you get the thumbs up, and you’re free to shop, surf or slacken off.

But taking the day off from motherhood. Now, that’s a bit more tricky.

I know, I tried this week.

And failed.

This week on High Five Friday, I talk about the sure-fire way to make time for yourself in an overflowing life.

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Tell me what you think?

Do you find time for yourself in your overflowing life? If so, tell me how! Or is finding ‘me’ time something you struggle with.

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

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PREVIOUS EPISODE: 041: How to Make a Virtue Out of Uncertainty | Victoria Labalme

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Lisa lives with her family in Canberra, Australia.

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025: A Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal | Renée Trudeau

It’s your birthright to live the life you desire

[Renée Trudeau]

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In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday we’ll be finding out how to re-balance our busy lives as mums with the use of self-care. It’s so very important, because when a woman feels alive and whole and connected to her essence, she’s unstoppable.

My guest today is SuperMum, Renée Trudeau.

Renée lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and teenage son and is an internationally-recognised life balance coach and speaker. She’ also the president of Career Strategists, an award-winning coaching and consulting firm and her corporate clients include Fortune 500 companies such as Dell, Ernst & Young and IBM.

Her work has been featured in the New York Times, US News and World Report, Good Housekeeping, Spirituality & Health and more.

She’s also the author of three best-selling books on life-balance including The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-Balance Your Life which we’ll be talking about today.

Renée has been creating and facilitating transformational events for women for more than 20 years. She and her team have trained hundreds of RTA-Certified Facilitators in more than 10 countries around the world to lead self-renewal groups for women based on her award-winning curriculum.

Renée has a kind and beautiful soul and genuinely cares about the needs of mothers, so she is the perfect person to set us on the road to self-renewal.

I’m overjoyed to have Renée my show today, because as a sought after life balance expert and highly acclaimed author, we can learn so much from her.

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In this episode, you’ll find out:

  • How Renée became a pioneer in the area of self-care for mums
  • Renée’s journey to prioritising herself, and what self-care looks like in her busy life
  • How Renée’s spirited upbringing in a family with seven children has impacted her work
  • The two key things that mums need to know – more than anything else – about self-care
  • How we can begin a self-care practice in our own busy life
  • That it is possible to find a life that nurtures and nourishes you both inside and out

 

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 Hope you enjoy todays show!

 

Please leave a comment:

If you have a question or want some advice from an internationally-recognised life-balance coach and speaker, ask away.

And let us know in the comments, have you found a way to care and nourish yourself as a mum or do you struggle to find the time?

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

RENÉE’S WEBSITE: Renée Trudeau and Associates

RESOURCES: Renée’s Free Resources

MOVIE: Captain Fantastic

PROFILE: Elizabeth Gilbert 

RENÉE’S BOOKS:

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The Power Of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change by Charles Duhigg

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Lisa lives with her family in Canberra, Australia.

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024: 5 Fantastic Reasons to be Selfish

You can’t pour from an empty cup so fill your cup up and become the foundation of your family

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“Don’t be selfish.”

“Think of others.” 

We teach it to our kids all the time. 

But when is being selfish not being selfish? 

When you’re doing something for yourself that actually benefits others. 

Because by finding the time to do something just for you, you’re giving your kids a much happier, more content and more engaged mum. 

By being so-called selfish you’re actually being incredibly smart.

In this weeks episode of The Friday Café, Michelle Dawson and I talk about five fantastic reasons to be selfish.

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This weeks challenge:

My challenge for this week is to book a pocket of time into your schedule to do something just for yourself. It can be anything. A yoga class or a swim. A trip to the coffee shop, just you and a book. A nice long walk to go back to nature. A relaxing massage. A bubble bath with a glass of champagne and an early night.

It doesn’t matter what it is, the important thing is you do it.  Just do something.

And then see how it makes you feel. Has your attitude towards your kids, work, home or husband changed?

Please leave a comment:

Tell me in the comments. What did you do and how did it make you feel? Do you feel like you’re being selfish when you do something for yourself? How will you change your thinking into believing you’re actually being smart by taking some time for yourself?

Michelle and I are here to spur you on and help you in any way we can.

Hope you enjoy the show.

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

ARTICLE: Mom, Stop Worrying About Me: Why Our Mothers Need To Be More Selfish

PROFILE: Iyanla Vanzant

BOOK: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k by Sarah Knight

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021: Self Care is Vital and Here’s the Proof | Lauren Wills

Who we are, as people, is a far more accurate and profound predictor of who our kids will be than what we know about parenting

[Brené Brown]

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In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday we’ll be discussing a research study that is currently being conducted into the well-being of mothers of pre-school aged children.

My guest today is SuperMum, Lauren Wills.

Lauren has an 8 year old daughter, and a son who is 5, and is a Life Coach for Mums. She’s passionate about helping women reclaim their inner spark and live a life they love.

Lauren has a Master of Social Work from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and is currently a PhD candidate studying the well-being of pre-school mothers.

In her work, Lauren has discovered that there’s a tremendous amount of research into the institution of motherhood, but sadly, we often don’t get to hear about it.

But she’s determined to change that, because Lauren believes that when more information is readily available to us mothers, we’ll stop feeling like our problems are exclusively ours, or that we have to work out a solution and deal with those challenges by ourselves.

Lauren’s research has shown that a mother’s well-being has a more positive an impact on her child than her education, her employment, the number of hours her child spends in day care or any other factors. Read that again. It’s really significant.

I’m excited that Lauren is joining us today to share her knowledge and findings, and in doing so, gives us the kick-start we need to start prioritising our own well-being.

 

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In this episode, you’ll find out:

  • How Lauren came to research the well-being of pre-school mums, and why her study is so important
  • How traditional feminist views clash with the way women want to be as a mother, and how those views are being changed
  • How and why your identity changes when you became a mother
  • What research has taught us about what makes mums happy
  • The practical plans Lauren has to use the findings from her study to help women like us in the trenches of motherhood
  • How Lauren’s PhD study and professional work has impacted her personal life as a mum

 

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 Hope you enjoy todays show!

 

Please leave a comment:

If you have a question or want some advice from an experienced Life Coach for Mums, Lauren and I would love to hear from you.

Let us know in the comments, do you pay enough attention to your own self-care despite how busy life is? And what can you do to improve your well-being as a mum?

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

LAUREN’S WEBSITE: Lauren Wills Coaching

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How It Has Undermined All Women by Susan Douglas and Meredith Michaels

PROFILE: Andrea O’ReillyMatricentric Feminism

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Lisa believes a happy mum brings up happy kids who become happy adults. With four children aged 7, 6, 4 and 2, being kind to herself is an ongoing challenge. But she’s trying.

Lisa lives with her family in Canberra, Australia.

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