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53 Making Memories and Your Motherhood Experience

Think back on this past week, what kind of memories do you have from your motherhood experience? I recently listened to Meik Wiking talk about the Art of Making Memories and it got me thinking about how we treat our memories and how they can impact our motherhood experience in…

52 How minimalism changed my marriage, homemaking and life

A look at the before and after of how minimalism changed my marriage, my homemaking and my life.  In the last episode (#51) I shared specifically how minimalism changed my motherhood.    IN THIS EPISODE How minimalism has changed my marriage: respect + responsibility, shared vision for our home, being…

51 How Minimalism Changed My Motherhood (+ weird stuff I’m googling)

What is different in my mothering since I have decluttered my home.  A reader (Hi Melissa!) asked me to share on this topic. In this episode I’ll share FOUR WAYS minimalism has changed my motherhood.  (In the next one I’ll share how it has changed my marriage, homemaking and life). …

50. Things I never thought I would do, until I became a parent (also, cheese)

This is a super FUN episode!  I asked the FB group and Instagram friends for the topics they want to hear me talk about on the 50th episode. I have a couple of great topics I’ll be sharing on today.  The first, and major one, is the topic of things…

49. How a growth mindset can help you make change in your life

Change will always be part of our lives. Whether we want it, don’t want, know what to do with it, or how to make the next step – we are always faced with change in and around us.  So how can we move from feeling like a victim, or stuck,…

48. Being Brave With Your Life (Part 4 of the Show Up For Your Life Series)

How to be brave with your life when you a mom who sometimes goes a whole day before realizing your shirt is on inside out.    Welcome to the Simple Saturdays Podcast. I’m Shawna, mom of three living in small-town Canada. I have been blogging for about seven years on…

47. Life on Purpose with Conor (vision setting and goal setting)

Want to live life with more purpose? 5 years ago we stumbled upon our first ‘life on purpose’ conversation and since then we spend time each New Year to talk about how the year went and what we want in the year to come.   I asked Conor if we could…

46. Listen Closer (part 3 of SHOW UP FOR YOUR LIFE)

Do you long to be more present, more mindful, more intentional in your life? A major step in this is listening to your life, to your heart and to others in your life. This is the third part of the SHOW UP FOR YOUR LIFE SERIES Step one: Pay attention…

45. Paying attention to your life (Part 2 of SHOW UP FOR YOUR LIFE)

Dear mama, do you feel like you are on autopilot, overwhelmed, and losing passion for your life? How would it change things if you decided to SHOW UP FOR YOUR LIFE? You know, the life you DO have.  I want to give you some guidance and strategies to help you…

44. Showing up for your life (part 1)

From one mom to another, showing up for our life is the hard work of being present, proactive and purposeful.  I’m sharing my journey in showing up for my own life and giving you steps and insights to use that will help you SHOW UP FOR YOUR LIFE.  Read the…

43. Simplify Your Christmas (kids, clutter, traditions, hosting, festivities).

Do you want to simplify your Christmas? In this installment of Simple Saturdays, we’re talking about strategies to both simplify Christmas and make it special season for you and your family. This is part two of a two-part episode on this topic. Missed part one? Listen to Simplify Christmas (gifts,…

42. Simplify Christmas (gifts, decor, mindsets).

What issues do you have when you attempt to simplify Christmas? I asked this question in the Facebook group and on Instagram and was sent so many thoughtful questions—which tells me that I have the best readers, women who can feel the changes they want to make and see it…

41. Overwhelm in mom life: Life coaching advice on how to manage overwhelm.

Overwhelm in motherhood is often part of the role. There is so much to keep track of, manage, plan for, do.  When we feel overwhelmed we often think we are doing something wrong, or we need to try harder, or our life is just too hard.  Often the overwhelm causes…

40. The ‘Not-Enough’ Mindset (scarcity + abundance in motherhood and life)

In this episode we’re talking about the ‘not-enough’ mindset. AKA how to spot a scarcity mindset and shift it to an abundance mindset. The ‘not-enough’ mindset believes there is not enough to go around Not enough… Money Time Food Energy Attention Readers Friends Spotlight Praise Etcetera ‘Not-enough’ mindset says if…

39. Coaching Session with Adeline on Kitchen Clutter.

How to handle a cluttered kitchen, starting with addressing your mindsets   The Facebook community voted on the BIRTHDAY EPISODE for the podcast. They chose a coaching call. So I asked the group for a volunteer to do a coaching call for the podcast and Adeline offered to participate. So,…

38. Hygge and Minimalism (how they compare, how to hygge this fall/winter).

Hygge is a Danish word describing the atmosphere of connection, contentment and coziness.  Once I had decluttered my house, I felt really drawn to bringing hygge into my home and life.  In reading about it, I learned that there are some differences between hygge and minimalism. Knowing the difference helps…

37. Three mindset shifts to help you declutter your home + the tool of visualization.

Today on the podcast we’re talking about visualization (it’s really wild) and three mindset shifts to help you declutter your home. I’m also giving you a sneak peek of my upcoming masterclass! Simple Life Visualization. The practice of sitting there, thinking about what you want, imagining how it feels and…

36. 5 common home organization mistakes and what to do about them

Do you tell yourself that you suck at organizing? And you will never get organized? Being mindful of the story we tell about ourselves of the story we tell ourselves about how we suck at organizing – and being mindful of the mistakes we might be making that trip us…

35. Ways to Simplify MomLife (part 2)

Ways to simplify momlife is part two of the wrap up for the You Can Simplify Your Life series. Did you miss part one? Listen to 5 things that make my life simpler. Simple Life There are so many demands on our resources (time, space, energy, money)—this makes it feel…

34. Ways to Simplify MomLife (part 1)

I wanted to wrap up my You Can Simplify Your Life series with things that make my life simpler. Simple Life Living simple and on purpose is a very personalized thing. It means taking the time to find out what simple looks and feels like to you. It means setting…

33. How to simplify your life (Part 4 of the You Can Simplify Your Life Series)

We’re into part four of the You Can Simplify Your Life Series. Let’s take all this work and oozing self-awareness and make a plan on how to move forward.   Part Four of the YOU CAN SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE SERIES​ Read part one here Listen to part one here Read…

32. When you don’t know what you want out of life (part 3 of You Can Simplify Your Life).

When you don’t know how you want to show up in your daily life you won’t ever feel like you are being the person you WANT to be. You live with this tension like things aren’t right—like you aren’t enough. In part 3 of the You Can Simplify Your Life…

31. What is stopping you from having a simpler life? (Part 2 of You Can Simplify Your Life)

What hurdles are we up against that make having a simpler life difficult? In my years of pursuing LIFE ON PURPOSE, and in my experience life coaching women, I know that there can be a lot of “WHY NOTs” that pop up for us. They tell us a lot about…

30. The core issue of making your life simpler (Part 1 of You Can Simplify Your Life)

Today’s episode is part one of four about what simple living comes down to. It’s a series about why we don’t have a simple life, how to determine what simple looks like to you and how to get started. By the way, I’m summarizing my post What Simple Living Really…

29. Birthdays on Purpose, Mindful in marriage, Love your summer wardrobe.

Thanks for joining me for another Simple Saturday. In this episode, I’m talking about how we approach birthdays on purpose, the time my husband and I forgot our anniversary (we were camping), how to be mindful about what’s happening in your heart and mind and strategies to implement when you…

28. How to plan your summer on purpose, family rhythms we have and how to set ones you love.

Part of the reason I’m planning my summer on purpose is I’m working on my efforts to ENJOY MY KIDS. And when there is a season change I know I need to take a hot minute and plan out a structure that makes sure fun is happening without me feeling…

27. Lessons from the first year of decluttering, live your values and live your vision.

Have you spent time decluttering your home? Decluttering WILL be an emotional process because it means separating the life you want from the life you are building by default. Moreover, decluttering is emotional because your eyes are opened to where you have been living on default and also what it…

26. Having personal goals and dreams while mothering small kids. Bonus Q+A Episode

In the last episode, I answered a reader question on feeling unhappiness in motherhood and gave life coaching advice on working through a bad day. (Find that here) In this episode, I will answer this great question: Right now I am struggling with motivation – for bigger goals for myself…

25. Working through unhappiness in motherhood, life coaching steps for handling a bad day. Bonus Q+A Episode

  Answering a reader question: What you do when you feel like you want to cry, feel you’re not doing what you plan to do? All your plans are a disaster? Your children are not listening or following the rules? In this episode I will answer this question and discuss…

24. Why minimalism changes lives, life coach advice on uncomfortable change, eye brows matter

WHY does everyone say that minimalism changed their lives? A reader’s story with decluttering and making space for the life that matters Eyebrows matter and simple makeup tips to help you Life coaching advice on uncomfortable change in our lives (health, decluttering, marriage, etc).    MENTIONED My pep talk on…

23. Identity Clutter, Abundance Mindset, Declutter tip, Oil Cleansing.

When we have so much stuff we lose track of ourselves. We have built up a false identity in THINGS.      SIMPLE HOME IDENTITY CLUTTER These things take up our space and cause us a lot of emotional, mental and physical burden.  We need to shift our mindsets from…

22. Mindsets for Tired Moms, A Quick Way to Simplify Your Life, the Currently List.

How I handled the lack of sleep with three kids under 4, a quick way to simplify your life, and a fun list of current things I’m loving and trying.    ++ simple family ++ When I was two babies in, sleep became such a focus for me. Of course,…

21. Parenting books that changed my mothering, your future self, #MayOnPurpose Instagram challenge.

Three parenting books and why I loved them, how to support your “future self” (a lesson from your nerdy life coach (me!)), connect with me on Instagram in the Photo a Day challenge   ++ simple family ++ My parenting has been all over the map in my humble 8…

20. Q+A (Creating Space, Capsule Wardrobe, Decluttering with Kids, Family Meetings, Being Creative)

How to ‘create space’ when you are a mom with side hustle, decluttering kids’ stuff, how to start family meetings, how to be more creative without it feeling like a chore.  Welcome to a bonus Q+A episode of Simple Saturdays . I am sharing the As to some of your…

19. Tips to get stuff done, when goals don’t work, recently decluttered (with kids).

Productivity and practical tips for moms, decluttering with kids, when goals and habits don’t work     ++ what do you think? ++ Before we jump in, I want to remind you guys about the Reader Feedback Survey. I want to thank the handful of you that have already done this –…

18. How to start LIFE ON PURPOSE (values, vision, goals), styling an outfit, the enneagram replay.

Routine decluttering, get started with your life on purpose, styling an outfit, the enneagram workbook bonuses ++ recently decluttered ++ The initial decluttering of our house five years ago was sure dramatic. Now we are in the routine cleaning of places (decluttering, putting things back to their proper homes, recycling…

Enneagram 101 (what is it and what are the nine types)

Over the years I have talked (and talked and talked) about the Enneagram. It has been a personal growth tool that has helped me make such positive changes in my own life! I love it so much that I also use it with my life coaching clients.   I’ve been…

16. When did I stop enjoying my kids? Knowing your vision and values. The best waffles ever.

To get the bonus Simple Saturdays content, sign up for the email list below:   ++ simple heart ++ Over a year ago I realized that I had come to a place in my daily life where I constantly thought about getting a break for my kids. I was struck with…

15. Intentional Living (what I’ve learned), Mom Retreats (mom office hours), Food Uniforms.

What I have learned about intentional living, why moms need office hours and how a mom’s retreat can help, eating the same food every day – the Food Uniform – and a great dinner idea.       ++ simple heart ++ What is intentional living? Simply put, it is…

14. Currently decluttering, tips to plan your day, date your friends, a vision for the bedroom means decluttering.

Spaces I decluttered this week, tips to plan your day, plan a friend date, decluttering our bedroom to work towards our home vision DECLUTTERING In the email newsletter, I shared some pics of my decluttered sweater collection. Anytime you think you don’t have enough of something – take an inventory…

13. Family Culture, Thoughts on Tidying Up, the Currently List.

    ++simple family++ It started with a pivotal NEW YEAR’s Eve vision setting session. We started by asking ourselves what we want our kids to grow up to be, and what we wanted to do with our kids. Since then, we have been working on ‘intentional parenting’ or as…

12. New Year’s meh, manage overspending, the top ten of 2018. Episode 12

Are you feeling MEH about the New Year? The top strategy we found to help us prevent overspending. The top ten posts of 2018. An update on the Life on Purpose Workbook     ++ simple life ++ Are you starting the New Year feeling totally MEH? There can be…

11. The Finnish Art of Sisu and Pantry Epiphany

Did you know you can DIY microwave popcorn? The Finnish art of Sisu. My Pantry epiphany.     ++ simple food ++ Did you know you can DIY microwave popcorn!? I saw it on Instagram stories and started searching Pinterest. Here is a pin to get you started.  Also, check…

10. Minimalist Christmas, Time Management and Decluttering for Christmas.

How to move towards a more minimalist Christmas, a great resource for time management advice and decluttering to prepare for Christmas simple family I was recently interviewed for info on having a minimalist Christmas with my fave station: the CBC. Click here to listen, go to 1 hour and 49…

9. Being a Good Hostess (Simple Christmas Part 4).

I used to be a stress ball hostess, now I have an open door policy. Here are myths I had to bust through about being a ‘good hostess’.   Links in this episode: Simple Advent Activities for Toddlers (older kids like them too) 42 Ways to Spread the Love This Christmas (random acts…

8. Family Traditions and Shop Your Closet (A Simple Christmas Part 3).

Why family traditions are important and ideas on simple ones to try. How to shop your closet to get dressed for that holiday party!   Welcome to Part 3 of the podcast series on A Simple Christmas. Part 1 is here, Part 2 is here. All the Simple Christmas posts…

7. Decluttering ‘identity’ items, Getting Comfortable with Discomfort, Family Meetings.

Hello Simple Saturday Friends! Welcome to another bi-weekly email and podcast where I share some ideas and updates to encourage you to declutter your life, your home and your mind. Since the last email, there have been a couple bonus episodes on the podcast. I’m unpacking my Simple Christmas series for…

6. Simplify the gift giving. Thoughtful Gifts (Simple Christmas Part 2).

Tips to simplify the gift-giving and ways to give more thoughtful gifts Today I’m sharing two posts on gift giving: Simplify the gift giving (make sure to read the post as I don’t cover all the tips in the podcast) Gift giving is such a focal point of the holidays…

5. Simplifying Christmas, from one mom to another (Part 1)

a simple Christmas series part 1: finding your simple Christmas and 5 tips to help you make it simpler Welcome to a special episode of Simple Saturdays, part 1 in the Simple Christmas series A Simple Christmas is a series I have had on the blog for a few years…

4. Decluttering kids’ toys, getting ready for a Simple Christmas, easy food for a crowd.

We declutter our kids’ toys a few times a year, getting prepped to have a Simple Christmas, easy ham sliders for a crowd and a reminder that you are enough, you have enough, you do enough! Welcome to another bi-weekly Simple Saturday, an email newsletter also available in podcast form….

3. Brain dump, kid’s clothes storage, minimum baseline to change habits.

Declutter your mind and time with a brain dump, keep track of all the seasonal kid’s clothes and handmedowns, change your habits using minimum baseline. Welcome to another Simple Saturday! This is a bi-weekly email newsletter that has been running for 2 years! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY FRIENDS!! Thank you for being…

2. Decluttering the kitchen, meal planning book, capsule wardrobes and the currently list.

In this Simple Saturday we are talking about: SIMPLE HOME decluttering the kitchen to make space for a planning station SIMPLE FOOD how to make a DIY meal planning book that will save you effort planning what to eat for the week SIMPLE STYLE a fabulous episode from Sorta Awesome about…

1. What is Simple Saturdays by Simple on Purpose.

Simple Saturdays is a bi-weekly email newsletter that many of you lovely readers subscribe to. It is full of little tips, encouragement and insights into making minimalism and purposeful living work for you. Now I am offering the Simple Saturday newsletter in podcast form as well because I’m nerdy like…