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Back to School From the MMSF Podcast Podcast & Reading Recommendations

Fill Your Ears, Feast Your Eyes, and Foster Your Mind

Inspired by our Reflection Weeks Series of the Mom’s Making Six Figures Podcast where we’re dipping into the archives to help you refresh your sunburned spirit and recharge your passion for your profession by revisiting and reflecting on some of our favorite episodes. Tune-in to the practical wisdom, and shared stories of working motherhood to help you soak up your summer.

As our summers begin to come to a close and the back-to-school to-do’s begin to fill our calendar, we wanted to make your life just a bit easier by bringing you an inspiring list of podcasts and books recommended by our guests, in one convenient place. If we’re the sum of the five people we spend the most time with, we should foster our mind by doing our own homework and filling our ears & feasting our eyes on motivational, tried and true, and powerful texts. Cheers to a new (school) year and our own continued learning alongside our children.

Episode 1 : Julie Franke

  1. The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
  2. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

Episode 2: Jennifer Becker

  1. The Champions Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive by Jim Afremow

Episode 3: Jodi Harada

  1. Jodi is in a wildly busy season of life and currently relies on the motivation and inspiration offered through quotes.

Episode 4: Cheryl Adams

  1. Podcast: The Work of Byron Katie
  2. Any book by Brene Brown

Episode 5: Wendy Alexandre

  1. Shut Up, Stop Whining and Get a Life by Larry Winget

Episode 6: Heidi Bartolotta

  1. Podcast: The Life Coach School
  2. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers

Episode 7: Kay Jones

  1. Podcast: The Courtney Sanders Podcast
  2. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Episode 8: Jessica Cummings

  1. Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
  2. Lead With Heart by Tom Gartland

Episode 9: Kellee Wip

  1. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  2. Dare to Lead (or anything) by Brene Brown

Episode 10: Monica Jones

  1. How Women Rise by Sally Helgesen

Episode 11: Heather Alice Shea

  1. Podcast: How to Make More Money
  2. How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell

Episode 12: Danielle Pare

  1. Danielle is in an incredibly season of life with her legal practice and caring for three young children; right now she is simply focused on putting one foot in front of the other!

Episode 13: Marlene Robinson

  1. Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch

Episode 14: Maryam Habashi

  1. Good to Great by Jim Collins

Episode 15: Stacy Fiske

  1. The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
  2. Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender by David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.

Episode 16: Pranee Salman

  1. Call it an occupational hazard of motherhood, but Pranee has found deep wisdom and profoundly inspiring ideas in the pages of Dr. Seuss books.

Episode 17: Heather Joyce

  1. Start With Why by Simon Sinek

Episode 18: Angie Gange

  1. The 4 Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz

Episode 19: Joon Fuller

  1. Grit by Angela Duckworth

Episode 20: Kara Lynch Guthrie

  1. Podcast: The Re-Invention Project
  2. Believe It by Jamie Kern Lima

Episode 21: Barbara Ryan

  1. Podcast: The School of Greatness

Episode 22: Heidi Maretz

  1. Podcast: Happiness Lab
  2. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  3. The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

Episode 23: Brooke Paulin

  1. Podcast: Abiding Together
  2. Podcast: Maxed Out!

Episode 24: Brenda Lee

  1. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy

Episode 25: Sarah Libengood

  1. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

Episode 26: Michelle Martin

  1. Literati: Kid’s book club subscription

Episode 27: Jessica Smith

  1. Podcast: Killer Eats
  2. Podcast: Cubicle to CEO

Episode 28: Holly Tillman

  1. Podcast: Unlocking Us

May your “To Be Read” and “To Be Heard” lists save you a spot on this year’s honor roll.

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Manage Your Mind

Inspired by this week’s episode of the Moms Making Six Figures Podcast with Brooke Paulin who believes in the practice of managing your mind and the small daily habits that lead to great success over time.

 In a world where we are inundated with more information and more access to it than ever before, we are faced with new challenges like ‘consumer fatigue’, information overwhelm and digital burnout.  The media and social media industries are designed to be addictive in nature, releasing dopamine or cortisol dependent on the nature of the content, that keeps us coming back for more and ultimately conditions our behavior.  Information, and the way in which we access it is not the enemy, instead it is our passive consumption of that content that can wreak havoc, particularly when we are bombarded with negativity, click-bait headlines, and divisive rhetoric.  Just as we fuel our bodies and health with nutrition and exercise, we must manage our mind and the information we choose to fill it with.

With nearly 69% of adults and 81% of teens in the US using social media, it is time for us to become active participants in managing our minds, our mental states, and our mental health.  Here are a few small changes you can make to be better prepared and intentional with the information and inputs you choose.

Reality Check

We would never let our children sit for hours on end, absent-mindedly in front of screens and we shouldn’t allow it for ourselves either.  While it may not seem like you’re spending that much time on devices outside of necessity, your Weekly Activity Report likely shows something different.

Start by taking an inventory of the current time you spend consuming content intentionally vs. out of habit or boredom.  Once you have begun to inventory your passive or active consumption tendencies, track for a day (or longer) every piece of information you digest with a “+” if it is beneficial to your personal life, work life, or overall well being, a ”–“ if it negatively impacted or took away from your personal life, work life, or overall well being, and an “=” for no impact other than time lost.

Seeing our habits in black and white allows us to see where our own struggles actually exist.  It takes five positive interactions to offset each negative interaction; is it any wonder we are more anxious, depressed, and lonely than ever before?

Schedule (and plan) Your Screen time

Self-monitoring and scheduling your consumption habits can change not only your perception of the information you digest, but also, your behaviors.  In 2018 the University of Pennsylvania conducted a study that observed the behaviors of 143 undergraduates.  One group was asked to limit all social media activity to only 10 minutes per platform, per day, while the second was allowed to use their social media as usual for three weeks.   The group that limited their scrolling “showed significant reductions in loneliness and depression during those three weeks over the group that continued using social media.”

As Brooke pointed out in this week’s podcast, “I don’t think that some of the top CEO’s, and, you know, multi-million dollar female business owners … I don’t think that they’re scrolling through social media that’s not feeding their mind. There’s no room for that.”  What would you be able to accomplish in a week of limiting your scrolling habits?

Empty the Junk Folder

Once you’ve taken inventory of the information and input you’re allowing in, and you’ve refined your mindless scrolling by replacing it with intentionally scheduled time for content consumption, get rid of anything that isn’t serving you, your mental health, your professional life, or your personal life.

Once you’ve emptied the Junk Folder, take note from some of the most successful people and follow suit by replacing what wasn’t serving you with content that does.  According to research, what makes highly successful people less stressed, happier, and more productive is scheduling their personal priorities before tending to other people’s priorities.  That goes for what you’re consuming too.  Instead of starting your day by checking email, dedicate an hour of your morning hour to be your Power Hour where you replenish your motivation with podcasts, books and curated content that supports your goals, challenges you, and leaves you feeling ready to tackle the day.  Ask your mentors what they listen to, what they read, and who they follow on social media to begin refining your palate.

In order to be successful in managing our mind, our mental state and our mental health, we must be intentional about what we consume and prepare our daily activity and schedules with discernment.  Just as nutrition is fundamental to achieving our health and wellness goals, so is the information we consume.  We avoid pitfalls of hunger by meal planning and preparation, and we can avoid the pitfalls of media and social media by planning and being thoughtful consumers.

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” –Alexander Graham Bell