March 1st, 2018

[podcast] 7 Ways to Make More Time #110

NOTES

After our recent podcast about how to Own Your Day, I heard from listener Emily who wanted some more nitty-gritty about how to make efficient use of your time. “Is it all just about will power?” she asked.

Well, there is a little of that involved, but also there are some easy ways you can set yourself up for a greater chance of success. Here are some small ideas I wanted to share:

1. Begin the night before
Make a plan for your day the night before, and do some of the “prep” involved ahead of time. Make the appointment you want to have, make sure the right clothes are clean, fill the tank with gas, lay out the right equipment for the household chore you want to accomplish, etc.

2. Banish the snooze button
Just do it! Getting out of bed is sometimes so hard, but it gets easier in a minute or so, and you will start your day with a small success instead of a defeat. NO MORE SNOOZE!

3. Make a list
This can start with your night before prep, but every day you should have written down at least 1 or 2 things that you want to accomplish. This is also freeing of your mind because you do not have to keep a running to-do list in your head if you have it on paper.

4. Break up with the internet
Have regular times of your day where you are “offline” and not distracted by social media, websites, email, etc. You’ll be amazed by how much you get done this way!

5. Stop waiting for the perfect time. Use what you have.
Just admit that you have some pockets of time in your day that you normally waste. Use these bits and pieces of time to work on things you want to be doing. The “perfect” time to do it all “perfectly” will never come, so make your peace with the imperfection. Get started, doing whatever you can, today.

6. Be firm in your plan.
Once you’ve set your goals, do not allow yourself to negotiate them away in favor or smaller fleeting pleasures or distractions. Be honest about what you are doing and refuse to sacrifice larger goals for the smaller, less important things.

7. Take control of interrupting thoughts.
Do you have distractions? Write them down. You may have 1000 great ideas, but don’t let a single one of them to pull you away from doing the work you set out to do at any given time. Write down your distractions and ideas and then get back to the task at hand.

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March 10
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March 24
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February 21st, 2018

[podcast] Grow Your Generosity #109

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Are you working on generosity this Lent? This week I’m sharing some ideas for ways in which we can all work on being better servants to the people God has placed in our lives – in marriage, parenting, work, and in our communities. This si something I have been especially praying about and working on this Lent, so I am hoping you you will have some ideas to share as well. Give me your feedback!

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March 10
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March 24
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February 15th, 2018

[podcast] Redeeming Conflict in Lent (with Dr. Ann Garrido) #108

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This week we talk about the beginning of Lent and I share some of my plans for the coming 40 days. I also share a recent conversation I had with Dr. Ann Garrido, a professor and author.

Ann Garrido, Doctor of Ministry, is associate professor of homiletics at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO and a consultant with Triad Consulting Group, a conflict mediation and communications team based in Cambridge, MA. She is the author of six books and numerous articles in the field of Church leadership and ministry.

Ann’s website

Ann’s Books mentioned in this episode:
Living the Gospel: Daily Devotions for Lent 2018
Redeeming Conflict

In this show, I also share some feedback for Taylor, who is the young wife, newly-pregnant with twins who asked for prayer support last week.

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February 17
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March 10
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March 24
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February 6th, 2018

[podcast] Find Healing in Jesus #107

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Do you need healing in your life? Of course you do! We all suffer, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. In this week’s show, we discuss some Gospel passages that are helpful to reflect on when in need of healing, and also see ways we can “get out of our own way” when it comes to finding peace and healing from God.

Gospel passages cited:

Mark 2:16-17

Luke 13:10-17

In this show, I also share some feedback from taylor, who is a young wife, newly-pregnant with twins and has some concerns about her babies’ health. Pleas,e let us remember to pray for Taylor, that God might give her peace and strength throughout this pregnancy.

We also share a question about fair trade and the ethics of shopping from listener Maggie. Let me know what you think!

Some Places Danielle Will Be:

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February 10
Danielle will be speaking at the Phoenix Catholic Women’s Conference

February 17
Danielle will be speaking at Together in Holiness marriage conference in Tulsa, OK

March 10
Danielle will be speaking at the Rochester Catholic Women’s Conference in Rochester, NY

March 24
Danielle will be speaking that the Catholic Women of Faith Conference in Nashville, TN

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January 31st, 2018

[podcast] Own Your Day #106

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Do you often feel overwhelmed by multiple responsibilities pulling you in different directions? Do you often feel like you are failing at many things — important things — that others count on you for? Do you feel there is never enough time for you, for your spiritual life, for you work, your kids, and your marriage?

If so, JOIN THE CLUB. So many of us struggle to find balance in our lives. In this show, we talk about some steps you can take to begin to take more responsibility for how you spend your time and energy each day. We talk about how you can begin to live your life more purposefully and with intention, in line with the many priorities you care about. I offer these steps:

1) Recognize that you get to choose.
Take responsibility for the fact that you are not a victim. You are in control of your life and you get to decide how you will spend your time.

2) Decide what your priorities are.
Take time to think about what things are important to you and how much time you think you should reasonably spend on each of them on a regular basis.

3) Make a plan.
This can be a formal, written plan, or it can be an informal one you have in you mind. Figure out what works for you.

4) Start now!
Stop thinking you will “get organized” later. Begin these steps today and then enjoy the peace of mind that comes amor having a thought-out plan for your life, in whatever way it works for you.

And tell me what does work for you! I want to know your thoughts and ideas about taking better control of your days. Let me know what you think!

Referenced in this show: A Mother’s Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot

Contemplative at Home podcast

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January 24th, 2018

[podcast] 4 Ways to Improve Your Marriage Right Now #104

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Whether you’re living in marital bliss or struggle, we all have room for improvement inside of our marriages. Marriage is a vocation and a call to holiness, and sometimes that call really is going to be a challenge for us to live up to. This week, I’m sharing 4 simple (not easy!) ways to improve your marriage that you can get started with right now.

After you listen, be sure to let me know what you think. Share your ideas, what works for you, or what you struggle with. We can use your feedback on a future show.

1. Pay more compliments.
Can you think of a time when someone said something critical of you and it cut you to the core? Can you think of a time when someone complimented you and you felt over the moon? Words have real power and are an important tool we can use build up those we love … or tear them down.

2. Do something active together.
What do you and your spouse do after the kids have gone to bed or whenever you have downtime together? There is nothing wrong with television or independent projects, but you have a unique opportunity to replace these things with shared activity that will feed your marriage and nurture your relationship. Shared goals and common activities bring you closer and foster a cooperative spirit in your marriage.

3. Soak up the sacraments.
We Catholics have such a great gift in the sacraments! Because he loves us, Jesus gave us the sacraments as a means of attaining the grace we need to do God’s will every day. The sacraments feed our souls, heal us, and fill us with God’s own life.

4. Do more than your share.
Do you nitpick and keep track of who does what around the house and how often? When you share living space with another grown up, it’s only human to feel unappreciated on occasion and get annoyed with what sometimes feels like an unfair division of household chores. But let’s challenge each other to be better than that. Cheerfully aim to do “more than your share” of household tasks and daily drudgery.

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January 17th, 2018

[podcast] Getting Real About Family Prayer with Alicia Hernon #103

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Do you struggle to find a rhythm with family prayer? Do you have kids who rebel against it, or a reluctant spouse? Or do you find it a challenge to motivate yourself to pray somedays? Fear not! This week’s guest, Alicia Hernon, mom of 10 and co-host of the Messy Parenting podcast, is here to offer encouragement! I just loved talking with Alicia — she has so much practical wisdom to share with Catholic families of all kinds and sizes. I know you are going to love her too!

After you listen, be sure to let me know what you think. Share your ideas, what works for you, or what you struggle with. We can sue your feedback on a future show.

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January 9th, 2018

[podcast] Getting Over Those Post-Holiday Blues #102

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Are you feeling just a little blue now that the holidays are over? Are you struggling to fall back into your everyday routines? Well, this week we are sharing some ideas for ways to overcome those blues or blah’s, or whatever you want to call them …

1) Relish the everyday.
See the value and comfort you find in everyday routines. Enjoy the gift of ordinary time and those regular habits and routes that bring us on fort and joy.

2) Bring in light & color.
Use candles! Use lights! Add bright colors to your wardrobe or your home. These easy ways of adding cheerfulness to our days can make a big difference in how we feel.

3) Look for ways to be cozy.
Use blankets, warm socks, sweaters, and fireplaces to make yourself and your family feel all cozy and warm this winter. Check out the concept of “hygge” and look for ways to add it to your home and your life (and find even more ideas on this website).

4) Get the sleep you need.
Lack of sleep can lead to stress, weight gain, and depression. Get the rest you need this winter, and recognize that it’s OK to sleep a little more when the days are cold and dark. Go to bed early and you’ll make a big difference in how you feel the next day!

5) Make a plan.
Look to the future with joy and anticipation. Plan a trip, a new work or project, a party, a date, or even just a craft activity with your kids. Give yourself something fun to look forward to!

This week we share feedback from listeners Nina, Natalie, and David. Next week, I would love to hear from you! Share your thoughts and ideas on this episode or others.

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