I don’t have the energy.
Do you ever just not feel like tackling things around the house?
It happens to me more than I’d like to admit.
Am I lazy? Do I not care enough? Am I cool with living in chaos?
NO! None of the above are true.
Yet, my house is currently in a state that I call “it looks like someone flipped it over and shook it.”
So why does our drive to stay ahead of our chaos fluctuate and what can we do about it?
Mom life is messy. Period.
And speaking of periods – sorry gents, this is going to get real – we tend to perceive our monthly cycle as an added layer of unavoidable punishment, when in reality, it’s on a fairly consistent schedule so we can anticipate it and plan around it to maximize our energy and productivity.
Additionally, life shifts seasonally and we have to shift with it.
Furthermore, we tend to feel out of balance when our masculine and feminine energies go to war rather than come into harmony… Yes, we all have both within us. And both are important and necessary. When you understand how both operate, how to tap into them and how to recognize when they are out of whack, you’ll approach life with more grace.
It’s not a perfect science.
Take me and the current state of my house right now. The key is learning to anticipate those shifts, tuning into our energy and responding accordingly. More on how to accomplish that in The List…
The List: 15 new resources for moms, published weekly…
6 skimmable articles to offer perspective on this week’s topic, 8 informative and/or entertaining podcast episodes to make the chores fly by, and 1 insightful video to inspire you to move forward with grace.
📖 6 Skimmable Articles
🎗 Awareness 🏡 Home 🗂 Productivity 🥗 Wellness 🧗 Growth 👨👩👧👧 Family
🏡 Nurture your energy by focusing on the experience, not the results
“It made me wonder: Has my own drivenness to get things done been undermining my ability to get things done? Am I too results-focused?”
🎗 What is Feminine Energy?
“If you feel burned out, overworked, fragmented, or exhausted, you’re in desperate need of feminine energy to restore, inspire, and enliven you!”
🗂 “I don’t care about ROI, I care about EROI.
Energy Return on Investment. To me, energy management is much more important than time management.”
👨👩👧👦 Did you know some kids ASK to help out around the house?
“The moms see it as an investment, Mejia-Arauz says: Encourage the messy, incompetent toddler who really wants to do the dishes now, and over time, he’ll turn into the competent 7-year-old who still wants to help.”
🧗🏽♀️ Keep it real and give yourself grace!
“Clearing out your to-do list like this is the most liberating feeling in the world. When you only focus on your priorities and figure out ways to either not do or pass off the rest, you’ll find your load lighten and MORE will actually get done.”
🥗 Take care of yourself, Mama!
“A woman who sources her creativity and energy from taking exquisite care of herself is more powerful than one who pushes so hard that she exhausts herself and is no longer experiencing joy and pleasure.”
🎧 8 Podcast Episodes
📰 Newsletter Topic
💣 explicit language
🌭 frank content
⚠️ sensitive topic
📰 “Menopause is an evolutionary wonder!”
“There are only two mammals who have evolved to survive after their child bearing years: toothed whales and humans. This stage of life is called menopause and up until recently it was considered a “disease” by the medical establishment that needed to be cured.”
👸🏻 “This episode will help you get your green thumb!”
“Do you have big plans for a vegetable garden or a tiny pot of window sill herbs? We cover the basics of hardiness zones, understanding good soil, and building raised beds so you can turn garden dreams into reality.”
💡 Have you tried the Impossible Burger?
“Steve and Bruce talk about the negative externalities of factory-farmed meat, and why Bruce gave up antics like streaking at Buckingham Palace.”
🤰🏻 “Instead of trying to hide your struggles, be a model for your kids”
“Dr. Krystal Lewis knows how hard—and how common—it is when kids struggle with anxiety early on, and she suggests some helpful coping mechanisms.”
😎 If you’ve ever thought you were a bad mother… you haven’t heard of Maryon Cooper Hewitt
“In August 1934, Ann Cooper Hewitt was having lunch with her mother when she suddenly felt pain in her abdomen. She later told papers that when she woke up from surgery, she heard a nurse saying that Ann “didn’t suspect a thing.”
Listen to Criminal | Unfit (45 min)
🧗 “The seven psychological levers that bewitch our rational minds”
“Robert Cialdini gives a master class in how we buy, behave, or believe without a second thought.”
👨👩👧👦 “Good thing it’s Freaky Friday!”
“Lessons include: both work and school take a special kind of endurance, we should respect each other’s efforts; parents will always look out for you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look out for them, too!”
Listen with your kids to What If World – Stories for Kids | What if parents went to school and kids went to work? (17 min)
⏭ “Elizabeth becomes a celebrity as Theranos breaks out of stealth mode”
“Elizabeth spends millions on advertising, recruiting the same agency as Apple and even an Oscar-winning director. But real patients are now getting Theranos tests, and for some the results are shocking.”
Listen to episode 4 of The Dropout | A Star is Born (42 min)
🎬 Insightful Video
What if femininity has nothing to do with being a woman?
“As femininity cannot be measured, we often consider it to be without value. Being feminine is not about a measurable result, it is about the experience. It is a mistake to ask society to try and measure though.”
Watch We need to restore femininity | Michelle Miller | TEDxAmsterdamWomen (9:02)
That’s The List for this week!
Do you have a favorite strategy to find energy when you just don’t feel like it or a take away from this week’s list? Drop us a note in the comments!
As always, we hope our newsletter inspires you to get your ship together and get through your week with grace.
Have a good one and please reach out if we can be helpful to you in any way!
Love & Grace,
Rachel & Amanda
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