January 19th, 2016

[podcast] What ‘Doing It All’ Really Means #003

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This week we’re talking about “Doing it all.” Do you do it all? What does that mean? Does anyone really do it? Of course not. But sometimes it feels like we do.

No one can do it all, but many of us busy women are doing MANY things. So many things, sometimes, that we are exhausted. When looking for balance in our daily lives, it is important to consider all the things we do and prioritize our time. Among our many responsibilities — personal time, prayer time, marriage, parenting, and work — how can we figure out how much time is reasonable for us to spend on each?

Well, the answer to that question is going to vary from person to person. In this show, I walk you through the thought process of determining how to best balance many responsibilities, using some ideas I got years ago from the book A Mother’s Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot.

We each need to decide how our time ideally should be spent each day, and then comparing our ideals to the ways in which we are really spending (and sometimes wasting!) our time each day. By making a thoughtful, prayerful, intentional plan for the ways we will prioritize our responsibilities, we can not “do it all,” but we can do what really matters. With God’s help, we can do all the great and wonderful work he is calling us to do each day.

In this week’s interview, I talk with Jennifer Willits, the awesome mom, author, radio personality and podcaster. Jennifer shares some touching moments from her family life, as well as some hilarious ones. You won’t want to miss her chicken wings “recipe” for success!

This week’s Girlfriends’ shout-out goes to listener and friend Sasha, along with a touching tribute from her good friend Nicole. What great girlfriends these two are!

This week’s challenge is to think about one of your many commitments, a responsibility you are taking care of inside or outside of your home and family, and re-think it. Look at the benefits this commitment provides and balance those with what it “costs” you and your family to do it the way you have been. In the end, decide whether there is a new way you can approach this responsibility, a new person who could take on the responsibility, or if it could be placed on hold for a while, OR if you think it’s definitely worthwhile to keep doing it the way you have been.

Thanks to my Twitter friend Dena for reviewing Girlfriends on iTunes this week. I would love it if you would consider doing the same, rating and/or reviewing Girlfriends in iTunes to help me get the word out about this new podcast.

And thanks, as always for listening. I’m so glad you’re here! Know your worth, find your joy!

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A Mother’s Rule of Life: How to Bring Order to Your Home and Peace to Your Soul, by Holly Pierlot

Jennifer Willits 
Jennifer and Greg’s podcast, Adventures in Imperfect Living
Jennifer and Greg’s book, The Catholics Next Door: Adventures in Imperfect Living


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6 comments to [podcast] What ‘Doing It All’ Really Means #003

  • pam

    I am enjoying your podcasts and sharing with my friends. You are right on target with your topics on Girlfriends. I’ll be praying for you and your family in your ministry.

  • Thank you so much, Pam! That means a lot and I appreciate your encouragement! 🙂

  • Rebecca

    I’m not inspired by hearing about the lives of Catholic media celebrities every single week. Their example isn’t representative of the millions of us out here living anonymous, hard-working, faith-filled lives without being in the public eye. I’d also like to know if you could tape an entire episode without using the word “awesome.”

  • Thanks so much for your feedback, Rebecca. I happen to think the guests I choose to interview, even if they are “well-known” in Catholic circles, live very normal lives and what they share is inspiring and thought-provoking even for “everyday” women. I will surely try to be more aware of overusing the word “awesome,” but it sounds like Girlfriends is not a helpful podcast for you. Thanks for giving it a try!

  • Anonymous

    Girlfriends is AWESOME!!!! So Awesome!!!!…..and actually….awesome is awesome and that’s awesome!!!!! Rebecca not withstanding….of course.

  • Anonymous

    Sure, because the point of leaving comments is to be snarky about people who post honest feedback about what doesn’t work for them in the show – feedback which Danielle asks for every week.

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