Whew! 2020 in Overview & Experiments, Highlights & Techniques in 2021

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This episode is a shorter solo episode, check-in, and plan for the following 12 months. And I’d actually love to listen to from you guys on the finish of this episode within the present notes or on social media, as I plan forward for subsequent 12 months, realizing what a distinct world it appears to be now and wanting to actually double down on the objectives of supporting and curating group, particularly for mothers, which has all the time been the purpose right here. However to begin, I believe we are able to all agree that this was a loopy 525,600 minutes this previous 12 months. I believe for many people, it’s been a instructor, it’s been a problem, a frustration, and a really, very lengthy 12 months. Talking personally, I don’t suppose I anticipated it to appear to be this in January. I actually had different plans than what this 12 months introduced, and there have been plenty of ups and downs I believe for many people, each in private life, in work life, in household life. I do know lots of people who’ve been via rather a lot this 12 months. I’m wanting ahead very hopefully to subsequent 12 months. And I’d love to listen to from you guys on this, as effectively. However I needed to only briefly recap a number of the experiments and plans I had for final 12 months and the way they really turned out this 12 months, those of 2020, and the way a few of them needed to be modified, in addition to issues I’ve discovered this 12 months and issues I’d like to cross on to you guys. After which additionally speak via my upcoming 2021 experiments, methods, and favorites, and get your enter on these as effectively. As a result of I very a lot consider Wellness Mama as a group. And your perception is de facto, actually vital to me.

So, to start, the experiments and highlights of 2020. I spend plenty of time on the finish of yearly, planning ahead and creating methods for the following 12 months and breaking that into brief, manageable tasks which are deliberate out for these 12 months. I additionally often set challenges and experiments for every month and a few greater ones for the 12 months as a complete. And I did that final 12 months as effectively. I’m gonna undergo a few of these now. And I’m in that course of now for 2021. And I’ll undergo that in a minute. I additionally, as all the time, will probably be spending the at the least first week of the 12 months, doing a water quick, which I’ll hyperlink to within the present notes for any of you guys who’re about why I try this and what I do. However the brief model is that I discover that’s a really useful psychological and religious reset as a lot as a bodily one. And I attempt to spend that point with household, attempt to spend it rereading issues like “Man’s Seek for That means” and “The 4 Agreements,” and actually re-centering my thoughts and preparing for the 12 months forward. I simply actually love that custom of eradicating one thing that’s such a typical a part of life, like meals and utilizing the time and the main target of that to actually hone in for the following 12 months.

And so in 2020, a number of the experiments, and highlights, and themes have been, for one, a lot of household time. I believe this was a typical theme for many people, even when it wasn’t one which we deliberate to have in 2020. However actually, with all of the adjustments that occurred final 12 months, many people spent far more time at dwelling than we usually would. And that, after all, had its ups and downs, I’m positive for all of us as effectively. However I attempted to be current and concentrate on the nice issues of that household time and actually spend that point centered on my youngsters and all the issues in our life at dwelling that I wouldn’t have usually had fairly as a lot time to concentrate on. And a technique that we did this was to actually curate our dwelling surroundings as a result of we have been spending much more time in it than we usually would have been. And we did this in a number of methods.

We made studying a way more distinguished focus in our precise bodily surroundings. So, anybody who visited my dwelling this 12 months in all probability noticed piles of books in all places. I’ll speak extra about this afterward. However books are the one line merchandise on our price range that doesn’t have a cap. If youngsters wanna learn a e book, I’ll get it for them. I usually myself get books on each Kindle and exhausting copy. And I’ll clarify why afterward about that. However I made positive that there have been many books each on their Kindles and in our dwelling, and there have been always issues to learn. So once we needed to spend extra time at dwelling, there was all the time form of psychological stimulation simply obtainable. And it led to much more studying for all of us. And I believe my youngsters, a few of them actually acquired into fiction. Certainly one of my sons learn, in line with his Kindle monitoring, about 4,000 pages on this final month alone of fiction collection that he’s having fun with. I’ve undoubtedly centered extra on enterprise and physics was a enjoyable subject for me this 12 months and well being books. However we’ve all learn various things, however making the power to learn and study a distinguished focus.

We additionally tried to curate our dwelling surroundings to suit our life in different methods as effectively. Issues like integrating artwork and health into our dwelling as these issues have modified. Our native artwork courses acquired canceled, gymnastics courses acquired canceled. So, I form of turned our home into an exploratory studio for all the issues that we love. And that’s issues like, we’ve got a gymnastics mat now down our hallway. It’s like a 25-foot gymnastics mat, I believe. And the children don’t ever stroll down the hallway. They both bounce, or handstand stroll, or cartwheel, or handspring. No matter it’s they’re doing, they do it down the hallway. That little change has led to a lot further motion for them. And it’s been wonderful to see how a lot their stability and their handstand potential has improved, simply from that. Different issues like we put a climbing hangboard throughout one of many archways in our home, in order that anytime we stroll via that door, we are able to all simply cling for a second, which previous podcast visitor, Aaron Alexander, stated is a good factor to do each single day, even for simply three minutes. It’s actually useful in your again and shoulders. In reality, I consider he quoted a health care provider of some type who stated that simply hanging for 3 minutes a day cumulatively, doesn’t even must be uninterrupted, can do away with most shoulder issues. We even have issues like gymnastics rings now hanging from the ceiling in all of their bedrooms. There’s a handstand stool in our lounge, a trampoline within the yard, and a slackline. Simply something we might put that basically result in motion as a result of I’m a agency believer that we’re happier as people once we transfer, not train, which has been one in all my classes of this 12 months. And so making an attempt to place issues in our strategy to make that straightforward and enjoyable, versus it being a factor that we had so as to add to our to-do record. Similar factor with artwork provides, having simply little bins or cups of drawing provides, or ink pens, or no matter it might be, and notebooks all through the home. In order youngsters are sitting, they’ll simply draw and sketch. And realizing since I’ve had a lot extra time to be current with my youngsters this 12 months, that they hearken to a few of what I say, however they usually emulate far more of what I do. So after I make the time to take a seat down and draw, I usually find yourself with anyplace from three to 6 of the children sitting round me, which is a good time for dialog. And since we’re all centered on an exercise and never instantly, like, making eye contact, I discover they have an inclination to open up extra in these form of actions. They’ve additionally used this 12 months as an opportunity to get me out of my consolation zone in a few of these areas and on board with the issues they like, whether or not it’s issues like studying to trip a hoverboard or making an attempt to do handstands, which they’re all nonetheless significantly better at than I’m however I can lastly at the least do. So it’s been a enjoyable 12 months of household bonding that approach.

In the identical approach, we’ve got actually doubled down on training this 12 months. However I believe plenty of you will have heard me speak about our different strategy to training. And I take advantage of this 12 months as a time to actually hone and enhance that as a lot as potential. We’ve all the time homeschooled however I do know many households are homeschooling or digital education for the primary time this 12 months. And I do know all the work that goes into that. And my hat’s off fully to all of you mothers and dads who’re navigating that for the primary time this 12 months. I discussed earlier than that I had designed a curriculum when my oldest was beginning college with the concept of going again to the primary rules and actually breaking down what youngsters should be profitable in life, after which constructing from there. As a result of I actually firmly consider that the outdated script of go to highschool and get good grades and also you’ll achieve success in life just isn’t solely outdated, it’s simply blatantly not true anymore. And so I had been constructing this right into a curriculum with the concept that possibly someday when my youngsters have been all grown, I’d flip it into an precise curriculum for different households, pondering that it could be a very long time earlier than digital studying was broadly accepted. And one of many silver linings of this 12 months is that timeline has now sped up. I’ve heard it stated that, in some ways, this 12 months introduced 2030 to 2020. And we noticed some large technological advances and adjustments that will have taken years and years in different circumstances in society. So for all of the issues that it won’t have been, this 12 months has been nice for that. So I constructed the system primarily based on minimizing e book time, maximizing efficient studying, and sustaining creativity as a result of I actually consider youngsters are born with that. And that’s what I’ve been utilizing with my youngsters. And I’m placing the ending touches on having the ability to share that with you guys. And we’ll have extra details about that within the New 12 months. However that’s one thing I spent plenty of my time in 2020 actually engaged on.

On a private degree, pole vaulting has additionally been a theme of this 12 months for me, and never one which I’d have actually ever anticipated. It’s one thing my youngsters acquired into considerably accidentally as a result of it was a straightforward exercise that occurred to be very near our home. They usually all actually cherished it and took to it, and nonetheless actually like it. And I, as a byproduct, ended up stepping into it as effectively. And what’s actually enjoyable about it’s there’s so many metaphors for all times that we’ve been capable of speak via about exhausting work and never seeing the change for a very very long time, and placing within the effort on the basics, studying the fashions, studying the fundamentals, going again to first rules, after which seeing these repay. It’s additionally been actually particular to see now that I’ve youngsters, them specializing in their our bodies as this unbelievable software and machine that may do these wonderful issues. And never as a lot the concentrate on how they give the impression of being or they don’t look, which I want in hindsight that I had had at these ages. And it’s additionally had that impact on me, which was sudden. So, I had for a very long time, I’ve talked about this some, had health as a purpose, primarily for the aesthetic. After all, I needed the well being advantages as effectively. But it surely was to look a sure approach, not to have the ability to do a sure factor. And for me, this 12 months, I modified that in my mindset and began really viewing it as coaching with precise objectives that I used to be working towards. And it completely revolutionized how I noticed my very own physique, and the way I considered myself, and what I assumed was potential. So many issues I assumed that I couldn’t do or that I had a script in my head that I simply couldn’t do or I wasn’t an athlete, I used to be capable of accomplish this 12 months. And it actually has been an unbelievable trip for me and actually highlights our household motto that we have been made to do exhausting issues. And it’s been actually unbelievable to get to try this alongside my youngsters. Full disclosure, I nonetheless can not pole vault as excessive as my seven-year-old can however I really like that they’ve all taken to it so effectively, and I really like that they problem me each single day.

I additionally am an enormous fan of making an attempt to work in, ideally as soon as a month, however at the least a couple of occasions a 12 months, issues which are outdoors of a consolation zone or which are large challenges. And one of many enjoyable ones this 12 months that you simply may need seen me speak about was our Lego strolling world file, the place as a gaggle of mothers, we lined a few miles on Legos within the span of an hour. And this was actually for example… I’ve all the time believed that mothers are essentially the most highly effective power for good on the planet. And I jokingly say that we’ve been coaching for this our entire lives, these of us who’ve youngsters who’ve Legos. And I assumed this could be a form of enjoyable strategy to illustrate the concept that we have been made to do exhausting issues and likewise to actually convey that focus to only how unbelievable all of you mothers are. And it was a enjoyable, albeit somewhat bit more durable than we anticipated, problem that all of us did and a very enjoyable one. And I’ll put that weblog submit within the present notes for those who wanna learn it.

For me, there have been additionally small victories. So according to the concept of pole vaulting, I was afraid to get the wrong way up. Like, even in a handstand, I didn’t wish to even, like, lean over a bar and cling the wrong way up by my hips. After having youngsters, my vestibular system appeared to have modified. And I actually struggled with being the wrong way up. And that was one other one I used to be capable of conquer this 12 months, which looks like a small victory, I’d suppose to lots of people. However for me, that basically was an enormous one which opened up a complete lot of latest actions that I can do. I even have talked about my inner journey this previous 12 months and the previous couple of years. I shared, I consider it was Episode 309 of this podcast, about my historical past with trauma, and the way I labored via that, and likewise how that led to fairly large weight reduction. And I’ll put hyperlinks to each of these within the present notes as effectively. However that was very a lot an enormous theme for me this 12 months and what I’m actually, actually grateful to have had the time to actually concentrate on.

A theme yearly, however particularly in 2020, and a spotlight for me has been the concept of group. And I’ve talked about this so many occasions on the podcast, about how I believe group is likely one of the most vital issues we are able to do for our well being, having robust group and relationships with folks in actual life, not simply on-line. I believe this 12 months, in some ways, made that rather a lot tougher but it surely additionally highlighted simply how vital it’s. And so, that’s one in all my phrases for the 12 months for 2021 is as soon as once more group and one which I’m going to be speaking rather a lot about right here and making an attempt to actually present assets for as a result of I believe that is vastly, vastly vital for psychological well being. And I believe it’s gonna turn out to be much more so. I believe many people are seeing the destructive results of isolation for therefore lengthy. And I believe we should be actually intentional going ahead about constructing group domestically as a result of it’s not a factor that occurs inadvertently anymore. It’s one thing we’ve got to be intentional about. And so this will probably be very a lot a spotlight for me going ahead, each in supporting you all in doing that in your native areas and likewise in my very own space, persevering with to construct a group. We’ve really been engaged on constructing a group centered on entrepreneurs and well being and wellness in our personal space. And in order that’ll catch the attention of me domestically as effectively.

I discussed that health was additionally a spotlight 2020. And till this 12 months, it was a factor I all the time did as a result of I felt like I wanted to do it for well being. And 2020 was the 12 months that it turned enjoyable and that I lastly understood why folks like to work out. I began lastly making use of issues that I did in each space of my life, like the concept of 80/20 and creating methods which are repeatable, to health. And I did plenty of brief experiments this 12 months associated to this, together with one I’m nonetheless frequently doing and in the midst of proper now, of coaching alongside some native athletes who’re in coaching for the Olympics, and studying from them, and following their system with out questioning it. And it’s been unbelievable to see the adjustments in my very own power and in my physique from doing that, and likewise my very own potential, how far more snug I really feel in my physique, and the way far more in a position I really feel to do issues, which appears to be more and more vital as my youngsters become older and may all soar greater and run sooner than me. I’m gonna be capable to sustain with them and now I’ve to really prepare for that. So, extra on this in a minute, however I’ve a particular useful resource associated to this that I’ve been serving to work on that I’ll have for you guys quickly.

And I noticed additionally I by no means had closed the loop on this one. I discussed on Instagram, that I had executed one of many extra, I believe I worded it essentially the most troublesome factor I had executed within the identify of well being, and I by no means circled again and defined what it was. However search for a podcast on this quickly. It’s a factor referred to as Kambo, spelled Okay-A-M-B-O, which I had the chance to do considerably unexpectedly this 12 months and that had some fairly profound impacts on me. The brief model is that it’s a secure and authorized in all 50 states approach that they put frog venom into your lymphatic system via the pores and skin. And it results in a really speedy lymphatic detox and another advantages as effectively. There’s plenty of peptides current within the frog venom, they usually have a really dramatic influence on the physique, together with short-term vomiting. However plenty of stuff past that. So, I’m gonna interview the practitioner who does Kambo, and who I did that with, for lots extra info. I do know that’s a reasonably excessive one to only throw on the market at excessive degree. However I needed to at the least point out it in somewhat extra element since I had stated that on social media after which by no means circled again. However that was in all probability essentially the most excessive factor I attempted within the identify of well being this 12 months. And I will probably be explaining extra about that quickly.

On this podcast yearly, I additionally love to speak via a number of the issues I’m loving and that I really feel like are well being traits, together with some that I believe are gonna proceed going ahead. This 12 months, nonetheless topping my record is the sauna. I did a month-long sauna experiment in the midst of COVID with a number of different folks in our group, the place I did lab checks earlier than and after, and tried to actually take a look at a number of the concepts in these research and meta-analyses about sauna use to see what sort of impact we might see. And it was actually profound that even within the span of 30 days, we noticed adjustments that have been measurable in our lab measurements from doing what was thought-about the scientific dose, which was something over 20 minutes at 170 plus levels at the least 5 days every week. So, we did that. I’ve written about this some. And that’s very a lot nonetheless a part of my routine. I not too long ago additionally discovered a sauna referred to as Creatrix Options, which I’ll hyperlink to within the present notes with an affiliate hyperlink so that you guys can discover that instantly. But it surely’s a a lot cheaper close to infrared sauna. And the benefit there may be it heats up in a short time. It doesn’t take up as a lot room or require its personal devoted energy provide or particular wiring. And penetrates the physique, so it heats up in a short time, heats up the physique in a short time, and it’s a straightforward to assemble outer cowl that’s each EMF examined and examined for every kind of poisons. So it’s in all probability the most secure one I’ve discovered. It additionally occurs to be the least costly one I discovered. So I’ll hyperlink to that within the present notes for those who guys have an interest. I believe that’s a very good possibility for lots of people who’ve been unable to actually strive sauna earlier than due to budgetary constraints.

Consistent with the sauna use, I’ve additionally consumed a complete lot of LMNT this 12 months. And that’s L-M-N-T, not ingredient written out, which is an electrolyte drink. And one of many traits I believe we’re gonna see increasingly in well being and wellness is that this concentrate on electrolytes and mineral replenishment. For a very long time, I believe salt was wrongfully vilified. And I believe we’re seeing the analysis to vary that now. Persons are nonetheless hesitant or don’t actually know the way to reverse that. And I believe LNMT is a good sensible product for doing that. And I additionally discover it crucial after sauna use. I’ll put a hyperlink to that within the present notes as effectively. But it surely’s mainly an electrolyte packet that you may add to water and it’s sugar-free, dye-free, all-natural, and I observed a very large distinction after I eat that often.

One other development for me proper now, personally, I’m within the recipe testing part for the weblog for subsequent 12 months, and I’m mildly obsessive about Korean meals. I supply plenty of Korean meals within the New 12 months, together with some very easy one-pan meals which are budget-friendly and which are actually, actually flavorful that you may make actually rapidly at dwelling.

One other development I’m seeing and I’m gonna share extra about quickly is, with regards to group and productiveness, utilizing methods and apps. And one which I’m utilizing rather a lot proper now known as Notion. I’ll be sure that’s linked within the present notes as effectively. However I take advantage of it for monitoring issues like my MITs, that are my most vital duties for every day, my long-term methods and objectives, any tasks that I’m engaged on. I simply did a podcast that may air quickly about the way to use Notion, particularly as a mother, for all the issues that we’ve got to maintain up with. And I’ll share a number of the ways in which I do it as effectively. However I discovered {that a} actually, actually useful software.

I’ve been doing plenty of analysis as effectively within the space of genetics. And I’ve talked about this on a number of podcasts however I needed to place extra element right here. And we’ll put extra notes on this within the present notes. However I like to recommend Diet Genome for genetic testing. Should you haven’t executed it, I’ll put that hyperlink within the present notes. However they provide you a particularly complete report of all of the diet way of life components associated to your particular genes. And I’ve discovered some actually useful info in there that basically helped my well being, an instance being I’ve plenty of genes that depend upon choline. And I would like extra choline than the typical individual. But additionally, resulting from just a few IgG components, I can’t eat eggs very simply. I can generally eat duck eggs, however I can’t eat rooster eggs. And so, I’ve a tough time getting dietary choline. Simply including a pair dietary supplements of choline drastically modified my vitality ranges and the way I felt. So some small ideas from that basically had a dramatic influence on my life.

I’ve large been an enormous fan this 12 months, I believe this will probably be a seamless well being development, the power to make use of information and quantify ourselves to determine what’s gonna work greatest for us. I’ve talked rather a lot about personalization and individualization with regards to well being, and about how on the finish of the day, we’re every our personal major healthcare supplier. And I believe we lastly are beginning to see all the instruments which are gonna make this extraordinarily straightforward, and cheap, and inside grasp. So, Diet Genome has been an enormous one on that on quantifying for me, so has a tool referred to as Ranges, which is a steady glucose monitor. And I’ll hyperlink to that within the present notes as effectively. But it surely’s a monitor you put on for 2 weeks on the again of your arm, and it helps you to see your glucose response to every thing you eat and to issues like train, and stress, and sleep. And that was actually, actually useful for me, even simply carrying it for a few weeks of dialing in what meals my physique likes and didn’t like. And I’ll make certain I hyperlink to the submit about how I take advantage of that as effectively. However that was a very useful quantification software for me.

On a product degree, I believe issues which are going to proceed as traits and that I’m personally loving are olive oil. I’m gonna shout out to my buddy Tony Kasandrinos’ firm, Kasandrinos Olive Oil. They’re by far my favourite. They’ve some wonderful reductions, particularly for those who subscribe, which I do, and I’ll put that hyperlink within the present notes as effectively. However I believe olive oil is likely one of the few meals that just about all the dietary philosophies agree on. And I discovered personally that I do higher with much less saturated fats. And so I’ve been focusing extra closely on olive oil, and I’ve largely eliminated issues like butter and coconut oil fully. And I really feel actually, actually good after I try this. Additionally, after I’m not getting sufficient energy, and I must sustain with my exercises, I’ll add further olive oil for the wholesome fat and really feel actually good from doing that. So I’ll put the hyperlink for the low cost there. I believe olive oil is all the time been standard with the concept of the Mediterranean eating regimen. And I see only a few sources that declare that olive oil just isn’t wholesome, however I believe that is one that almost all philosophies agree on and I believe we’re going to see growing consciousness about it.

One other firm I really like that I’ll share a reduction for known as Simply Thrive. They usually have two explicit dietary supplements. They’ve rather a lot however the two that I take nearly on a regular basis are their spore-based probiotics and their K2-7. And these are ones that I additionally give to my youngsters. Their probiotics are distinctive as a result of they’re shelf-stable and warmth steady. So you’ll be able to really add them to smoothies, baked items even. I put them in muffins or pancakes so I can get them to my little youngsters. And the concept being if it’s a must to refrigerate your probiotics, they’re in all probability not gonna survive your abdomen acid or your physique temperature. And I really really feel a distinction in my digestion from their probiotics. And I’ve talked to a number of folks and together with some private buddies who noticed actually dramatic enhancements of their intestine well being from these explicit probiotics. Additionally they have one referred to as K2-7, which is a fat-soluble vitamin and one which I take each day and had been giving my large youngsters. And I observed plenty of profit from that one as effectively. So, I’ll hyperlink to each of these within the present notes.

One other development for me that I’ve been turning to rather a lot, a buddy of ours or our buddies really, Chas and Autumn, they personal an organization referred to as Paleovalley, they usually have naturally fermented beef sticks that as a result of they’re naturally fermented are additionally a supply of probiotics. They usually’re an important supply of fast protein. I’ve talked rather a lot in regards to the significance of protein and the way including extra protein was a key for me in enhancing my well being. And their beef sticks are a go-to, for me, for positive. They’ve a reduction as effectively. So I needed to spherical up a few of these reductions and embrace them for you guys within the present notes so yow will discover them. And so these will all be at wellnessmama.fm.

One other development I believe we’re gonna proceed to see extra about is nootropics or issues that basically assist focus and focus. I’ve been experimenting with plenty of these this 12 months. And those I like proper now are ALA or Alpha-lipoic acid, Huperzine-A, Alpha GPC, Rhodiola, Paleovalley Neuro Peak, and some others relying on the day. And I don’t take these day by day. As I discussed, I don’t take something day by day however I are inclined to stack these, particularly on days after I must work and actually discover clear, focus, and don’t fatigue or get drained after I’m on these. And I believe we’re gonna proceed to see analysis and anecdotal proof about nootropics. Like every thing, I believe that is an space we every must experiment as a result of I discovered that most of the generally beneficial ones made me actually jittery. However after I optimize my choline, like I discussed earlier than, and experimented with a few of these particular ones, that I felt actually, actually good. I’ll put hyperlinks to these as a place to begin. I believe it’s very, very individualized however these are some which have been useful for me.

I additionally yearly set the purpose to learn at the least 50 books. And I did that this 12 months. And I learn fairly a bit. And I’ll simply spotlight a couple of of those I’d really suggest from the e book record that I learn this 12 months. I’ll additionally submit the start of my e book record for subsequent 12 months within the present notes. So, if any of you guys wanna learn alongside with me or when you have any e book suggestions, I’d love, love, love to listen to the books which have been most impactful for you. And it’s a query I usually ask on this podcast, what e book or variety of books have modified your life and why? And I’d love to listen to your reply to the query. Both message me on social media or attain out within the present notes at wellnessmama.fm, and let me know.

However of the 50 books I learn this 12 months, those that I discovered most attention-grabbing, thought-provoking, or difficult that I’d suggest, not essentially as a result of I agree totally with any of them however as a result of they made me suppose. So, once more, I’m not selling these as I 100% agree with them, simply books that led me to suppose fairly a bit. There’s one referred to as “The Holographic Universe.” This was beneficial by podcast visitor, Shawn Wells. And I assumed it was a very thought-provoking have a look at a complete lot of subjects, however particularly some concepts in regards to the mind. And I’ll depart it at that. I’m curious if any of you could have learn it, what your take is. I undoubtedly suppose that the writer made some logical jumps. And I don’t agree with all of it but it surely did actually assist me have a brand new perspective on a number of issues.

One other e book referred to as “The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Form Our Future” by Kevin Kelly. Should you aren’t conversant in him, he’s fascinating and he has a weblog that you may learn. I’ll hyperlink to that within the present notes as effectively. However I like to recommend this e book as effectively. He goes via key ideas like screening, accessing, filtering, and mainly form of broad concepts and the way they’re shaping and affecting our future. I assumed this was actually thought-provoking, and it modified the best way, as an example, I used to be fascinated about redesigning The Wellness Mama weblog, simply to make it extra user-friendly with the best way that our brains at the moment are processing info. But it surely additionally was actually thought-provoking as a mum or dad to consider how our children have grown up within the final 10 to fifteen years and the way their mind is gonna be really totally different than our mind was as a toddler, so how I can greatest work together with them and use that to their benefit.

That is what I reread this 12 months, however I extremely suggest, “Poor Charlie’s Almanac.” And I’ve talked about him earlier than. I discussed him in my four-hundredth episode not too long ago a number of occasions after I talked about my psychological fashions and guidelines for all times, however I’m an enormous fan of plenty of his work, and “Poor Charlie’s Almanac” has plenty of it in a single place. He has concepts, like in any subject, know the opposite facet higher than they do. So for those who’re gonna have an opinion, know the opposite facet of that opinion higher than somebody who disagrees with you. Earn the fitting to have that opinion. He’s additionally large on issues like checklists and methods, which I very a lot am as effectively, and issues like understanding your circle of competence and staying inside it. And he has easy concepts which are very profound, like individuals are usually extra profitable by merely making an attempt to keep away from being silly than by making an attempt to be actually, actually clever. And as an example, with circle of competence, understanding what you don’t know is extra helpful than being good. So he takes an alternate strategy to plenty of quite common issues. And I discover his writing and his talks very, very thought-provoking.

One other one which was only a enjoyable learn for me and for a few my youngsters is “Certainly You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” It’s by and a few Nobel Prize-winning physicist, Richard Feynman. And it’s plenty of simply humorous tales about his life, but it surely actually highlights his mind-set and the way a lot he thought in another way than plenty of us. And I discovered it actually simply an enchanting learn. And in addition, I used to be capable of pull some form of new methods and approaches of pondering via issues from that. “The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves” by Matt Ridley, that was a considerably well timed one for this 12 months. And whereas I didn’t agree with all of his factors by any means, I discovered it simply to be actually a thought-provoking learn and a reasonably straightforward learn.

There’s a e book referred to as “Pores and skin within the Sport: Hidden Asymmetries in Each day Life” by Nassim Taleb, who I hope I’m announcing his identify proper as a result of I’ve solely learn it, I’ve by no means heard it out loud. However I’m a fan of each e book of his that I’ve learn. And that is what I learn this 12 months. And a number of the core concepts on this e book are issues like, really do issues, don’t speak about them. I really like his concept of ditching the golden rule, which I’m positive , however treating others the best way you need them to deal with you and as an alternative, what he calls the silver rule, which is don’t deal with others the best way you don’t need them to deal with you. I assumed that was a very attention-grabbing reframe as a result of whenever you have in mind individuality and love languages, usually the best way we wanna be handled just isn’t the best way that others want or need to be handled. But when we keep away from treating others the best way we might not wanna be handled, there appears to be extra universality within the destructive than within the constructive. So if we are able to simply keep away from doing issues that, like, are dangerous or destructive towards different folks, that’ll usually get us rather a lot farther than making an attempt to anticipate and work out how they wanna be handled, which is probably going usually not the best way that we wanna be handled. He additionally has a e book, I didn’t learn it this 12 months, however referred to as “Fooled by Randomness,” which has some good factors as effectively. I like all of his work. “Fooled by Randomness” talks about issues like how life isn’t honest, which makes the rewards of continued effort disproportionately large. And it is a idea that my youngsters hear me lecture about each time they complain that life just isn’t honest. And it’s from the philosophy of being a mother. And he additionally talks about issues like, we’d like our rational feelings to have the ability to determine, however there are methods for making that give you the results you want versus towards you, after which the way to know issues like the way to use randomness to your benefit. So mainly, the way to use it for good when it’s innocent, but additionally use stoicism or your individual psychological vitality to deflect it or not give in to it when it’s dangerous. So, form of books throughout the spectrum there. Would love to listen to any e book suggestions, like I stated, that you simply guys have. These have been a few of my favorites for the 12 months. And I can hyperlink to some extra that I learn within the present notes in case you guys have an interest.

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I’m wanting ahead to 2021. So I’ve talked about earlier than, I don’t make resolutions and I don’t even focus totally on objectives anymore simply because these are very…I really feel like resolutions are very black and white, and result in that mindset of for those who deviate or break from it as soon as, it makes it simpler to only hand over altogether. And I discovered, at the least for me, that I’m far more motivated by experiments and methods than by objectives and resolutions. In order that’s what I concentrate on.

Among the traits of that that I’m specializing in this 12 months. So, one frequent one for me is to repeatedly query and consider every thing I believe I consider, according to Charlie Munger’s concept of incomes the fitting to have an opinion. So I’ve made my record of these issues for this 12 months. It appears to in some methods get shorter yearly, however extra refined. And I’ll hyperlink to the precise record of issues I consider to be true within the present notes as a result of I discussed that that is nearly like a spreadsheet. And it’s one thing I systematically undergo yearly and problem myself on goal with the concept that if I’m already appropriate and I problem myself, I’ve solely really discovered the opposite individual’s…or the opposite facet higher, which hopefully offers me extra empathy and understanding for that facet. And if I used to be unsuitable, hopefully I determine that out. So I’ll hyperlink to my record there. However that’s one in all my recurring experiments is to problem myself on issues that am comparatively sure I consider to be true.

The explanation I concentrate on methods for the remainder of these, as an alternative of objectives or resolutions, is form of an concept from Scott Adams, who’s the illustrator-writer of “Dilbert.” And he stated, “Arrange methods and never objectives.” And I’d add experiments simply because these are enjoyable. However mainly, I simply form of use that reframe. So, as I’m wanting ahead to the New 12 months, on all these totally different ranges, as an alternative of simply setting a purpose of I need to do no matter this one tangible factor is, organising methods which are repeatable, that may ultimately nonetheless result in that very same outcome however then the main target is on the system, not the purpose, which is a way more constructive suggestions loop as a result of a system is repeatable, and sometimes a each day motion, versus a purpose being a factor that occurs solely as soon as.

One factor I believe is vital to notice right here, earlier than you’ll be able to arrange these experiments or methods, it’s a must to outline the place you’re going. I discovered that for me for a very long time, and I believe possibly for another folks as effectively, we don’t also have a clear definition of what happiness is, or success, or love. And so, I believe an vital start line is to outline what these issues are, this stuff that we wanna attempt for, after which outline what they really appear to be. Some folks have executed this very succinctly. Naval Ravikant, I consider his says, “A match physique, a peaceful thoughts, and a contented dwelling.” And that’s his concept of happiness and success. I believe it’s somewhat totally different for all of us, however having a transparent, concise concept like that makes it far more attainable. After which we are able to construct methods and habits round them. This additionally I really feel like helps us to be far more content material and grateful within the second versus striving towards, “I’ll be completely happy when…….” which I discussed earlier than, I believe is a lure of the thoughts and sometimes very a lot not true. Naval Ravikant explains his as “Need’s a contract we make with ourselves to be sad till a sure time.” So I discover that having tangible, attainable definitions, after which methods to get there helps guard towards these.

So, all that stated, a few of my experiments and methods for this 12 months. On The Wellness Mama facet, I’m going to lastly be going through alone insecurity about being on video and creating extra movies for Wellness Mama that will probably be on social media and likewise obtainable on the web site. I’ve all the time most well-liked to put in writing and tended extra towards the written phrase however I’ve realized that many individuals desire to study by way of video. And I had largely been avoiding this, I believe due to my very own insecurity and never eager to be on digital camera or see myself on digital camera. However in going through plenty of my previous trauma and doing the internal work, that’s not a factor I’m as insecure about now. And so I’m excited to really delve in and get to transform a number of the content material that I’ve been making for the final 14 years into video. And this, I’ll speak about extra in a minute, but additionally will relate to the curriculum that I’m doing. And I’ll be educating plenty of the modules of that by way of video.

One other frequent theme for me and is gonna be the identical in 2021 is to do experiments which are out of my consolation zone. So, inside the final 12 months, I’ve executed issues like karaoke, like taking voice classes, like studying to be the wrong way up. One of many ones I’m going to be doing in 2021 and that you simply’ll hear extra about quickly is stand-up comedy, which is, in plenty of methods, one of many extra scary issues I can think about as a result of I don’t contemplate myself naturally humorous. However I’ve discovered that mothers, typically, we’ve got many points of our each day life that lead in naturally to comedy or which are comedic in and of themselves. So, I’ve been working with somebody to study this and I’m gonna be…there’ll be a public-facing approach by which I get to confront this worry. I’ll put it that approach. And I’ll allow you to guys know what it’s. So you’ll be able to watch alongside and hopefully be entertained, or if not, at the least heckle me.

I’m excited to announce that someday within the subsequent 12 months I hope to launch my new e book. The working title is “Zen & the Artwork of Soiled Dishes,” which for those who’re acquainted, it’s a play on the concept of Zen and the Artwork of motorbike upkeep, which is a e book I loved a very long time in the past. But it surely’s particularly for mothers and for having methods, reoccurring theme for me, I suppose, that minimize via the chaos of each day life in order that we might be simpler, however much less harassed. And I hope to have extra particulars for you guys about that quickly after I’m really executed writing the e book and it’s simply within the means of getting it to you. So, extra to return quickly.

I discussed earlier on this episode the concept of the curriculum I’m utilizing with my youngsters. And like I stated, it wasn’t one thing I deliberate to do for one more decade. However then when digital training turned a lot extra distinguished this 12 months, I’ve been scrambling to get it in digital format. And I hope to launch that to you guys in January. So, preserve a watch out. Should you’re not on my electronic mail record, you’ll be able to join it at wellnessmama.com to seek out out when that’s gonna launch. However the curriculum known as Unstitute. And the concept is that it turns conventional training on its head. So relatively than being centered on simply e book work and time, and youngsters, like, from a information perspective, it’s a abilities up 80/20 extremely efficient, not even simply environment friendly, however efficient strategy to study, that additionally makes the educating half a lot simpler. So I stroll you thru constructing a framework for the fundamentals that youngsters really must know, letting go of the issues they don’t must know, after which constructing an surroundings that leads itself to creativity and significant pondering in areas that they’re concerned about. And as a constructive of this, a very constructive byproduct is it takes a lot much less hands-on time, and youngsters are happier, mother and father are happier, and there’s extra time for downtime or for no matter your loved ones desires to do.

I’ve additionally been working with the Olympians I’m coaching with on a health program that I hope to must you in January as effectively. That is what’s helped me personally enhance my very own health drastically this 12 months, to the tune of virtually doubling how robust I used to be on most lifts, and getting a lot, a lot, a lot sooner. However on a sensible degree, that additionally led to taking place a number of sizes and having muscle definition for the primary time. And the fantastic thing about it’s it’s centered on what’s, once more, environment friendly and efficient, not simply taking time. So it’s nothing in any respect to do with spending an hour on the gymnasium. It’s a brief, intense, however doable program that has outcomes rapidly. So, preserve a watch out for extra details about that. However that’s one in all my objectives for 2021 as a result of I really feel like a lot of the data for lots of years that I used to be seeing about health, particularly for ladies, was not useful or simply flat out unsuitable. And whenever you apply the concepts of issues like 80/20 and minimal efficient dose, you may get a lot extra executed in a lot much less time, which is a big benefit for those who’re a mother.

As all the time, I’ve a purpose of studying once more subsequent 12 months. I all the time attempt to set a purpose of studying 50 books a 12 months. And I’ll put the record of those that I’ve on my record thus far within the present notes. I’d love suggestions from you guys. And a be aware about this, I’ve a philosophy with regards to studying. Books, typically, are the one limitless merchandise on our price range each month. And I usually will purchase a Kindle model and a tough copy. And if I purchase the Kindle model, I ship it to our entire household on Kindle. Sure, we’ve got a household library, so everyone can learn it. And for the children, they get all of the enterprise books and all of the well being books, even when they will not be , that approach it’s there in the event that they ever wanna learn it. And I usually additionally get a tough copy, simply because I wish to learn exhausting copy, I like to put in writing in them. And I discover I’m simpler after I try this. And I make notes and spotlight. After which I’ve talked about earlier than in my eight guidelines for all times, I take advantage of the Feynman method, which is the concept that whenever you study one thing, for those who can clarify it to a toddler concisely in a approach they perceive, you then’ve really discovered it. And I strive to do that on the again cowl of any e book that I learn. So after I learn a e book, on the again cowl, I’ll spend one web page writing out, drawing out, or no matter, the important thing ideas of the e book. Then nearly all the time, if the e book was good, I cross it on to another person in my household or a buddy, sometimes to somebody who I believe it could actually profit essentially the most, and hope that, like, my notes and the Feynman method will assist them have higher recall, and assist them learn it as effectively. After which if I ever wanna learn it once more, I’ve the Kindle to learn or I’ll purchase a tough copy and repeat. However I’m an enormous fan of passing on books and passing on information. And in order that’s what I do with these 50 books. After which I’ve literal stacks of books, anyplace that I’d sit down in my home so I all the time have a spot to learn.

One other one in all my objectives for 2021 is to be much less scheduled. I, as you may need guessed, am very system-oriented and really scheduled. And I’m making an attempt to be much less so and to have the ability to be extra spontaneous and current, and to reduce work time as a lot as potential. It’s troublesome with as a lot as I’ve on my plate proper now however that’s one in all my objectives that I’m working towards or not objectives however methods for subsequent 12 months, even when, for now, it requires scheduling being unscheduled.

One other focus for me in 2021 is supporting my youngsters’ tasks. It’s been actually enjoyable as they’ve gotten older and thru Unstitute and our concentrate on entrepreneurship, they’re rising with all their very own pursuits in issues like enterprise and a complete lot of different issues. So I’m making an attempt to be obtainable and current to assist them with this stuff. A number of of them are beginning their very own companies. Now we have a number of of them very concerned about chess proper now. And so we’re having time to play with them. For those concerned about artwork, having the ability to do artwork with them, persevering with pole vaulting as a household. And I also have a couple who’re concerned about studying actual property, and so serving to them work out plans and work towards having an actual property portfolio as they become older. However all these issues take time, so making an attempt to be sure that I’m current to do these issues.

I additionally all the time yearly attempt to outline some new issues that I’m concerned about and that I need to achieve particular information on. So for final 12 months, I did voice classes. I did languages in some extent. After which I did a complete lot of analysis on genetics. For 2021, I’m going to get again to enjoying piano, once more, with methods. So I’ll have occasions that I try this and methods that I observe for piano, archery, and likewise getting again to portray. I wanna paint one thing for each room in my home. And people will probably be enjoyable hobbies which are additionally a break from work for me. And as a household, we’re additionally engaged on ending our tradition wall, which I’ve talked about earlier than. However it is a wall in our home that has paintings devoted to plenty of our household mottos and mantras. And I wanna make certain we get this completed early within the 12 months. However a number of the ones you’ve in all probability heard me say earlier than, you have been made to do exhausting issues. Happiness is a alternative and a talent. Ask higher questions. You may study one thing from everybody. A factor I say to my youngsters on a regular basis, “I really like you unconditionally. There’s nothing that you are able to do that may ever lower that or enhance that.” Freedom is present in full private accountability. Empathetic listening is a superpower. With nice accountability comes nice energy. You may’t be free with out uncertainty. Perfection is achieved, not when there’s nothing extra so as to add however when there’s nothing left to remove, and go to mattress somewhat smarter than whenever you wakened. We additionally added this not too long ago from my good buddy, Tina Anderson, who owns Simply Thrive, the probiotic firm, “The whole lot will work out completely for me,” which is her motto and we’ve adopted. And from Richard Feynman, “Genius is explaining advanced issues in easy methods.” After which additionally from Naval Ravikant, “All the actual advantages of life come from compound curiosity.” That doesn’t simply apply to cash, as I discussed within the four-hundredth episode, that applies much more to abilities and relationships.

So, that could be a recap of my 12 months in 2020 and what I’m wanting ahead to once more in 2021. And the questions I’ve for you, and I sincerely would love your enter on, whether or not you wanna reply to an electronic mail that I ship you or let me know within the present notes at wellnessmama.fm, and for the questions I’d love your solutions to, what’s the most effective e book you’ve learn not too long ago? Would you be concerned about doing month-to-month experiments, and methods, and challenges with me on totally different subjects? If that’s the case, let me know sure or no. And in addition, when you have particular ones that you’d be concerned about discovering out extra about. What’s the largest and most enjoyable factor you’re tackling this 12 months? And what issues would you most like methods for in your life that I will help with? I’d be perpetually grateful for those who guys would reply these questions within the present notes at wellnessmama.fm. And you’ll find all the assets I discussed within the present notes there as effectively. And I do know I say this each time and I imply it each single time, I’m so all the time extremely grateful to you for spending your most dear useful resource, your time with me in the present day. And each time that you simply be part of me on this podcast, I don’t take that calmly. That’s our most dear useful resource, and I’m really, really honored that you simply share yours with me. And I hope that on this subsequent 12 months and on this subsequent episode, you’ll proceed to affix me on “The Wellness Mama Podcast.”

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