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The Balanced MomCast with Sandy Cooper

Release Date: 12/19/2019

Today I'm the Frazzled Mom show art Today I'm the Frazzled Mom

The Balanced MomCast with Sandy Cooper

I have so much to tell you. The short version is this: we are moving our family from Louisville KY back to Jacksonville FL and I’ll be taking a break from the podcast while we are making that transition. For the more detailed version—complete with lists and humor and Bible verses—which you’ve come to expect from The Balanced MomCast--listen in.

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Dear Mom of the Mouthy Teen show art Dear Mom of the Mouthy Teen

The Balanced MomCast with Sandy Cooper

Five years ago, I had a conversation with a mom friend. She told me about an interaction she witnessed between another mom (whom she didn’t know) and a teen. My friend was appalled at how the other mom responded to her teen. After that conversation, I opened up my laptop and wrote a letter to this anonymous mom. I never intended to share it with that mom, necessarily, but knew I was supposed to share it someday with some mom. Well, today is the day and you are that mom.  

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7 Mindsets to Overcome People-Pleasing show art 7 Mindsets to Overcome People-Pleasing

The Balanced MomCast with Sandy Cooper

With Balance, what we THINK about what we do is way more important than what we actually do. We could technically be doing the right things in life but if we are full of fear because we are afraid of what people think of us? This is NOT balance. So today I'm giving you the mindsets or mantras I actually tell myself to break through the barrier of People-Pleasing.

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The Balanced MomCast with Sandy Cooper

Most women begin down the road of people-pleasing with pure motives. We don’t start by saying, “I’m going to choose the will of other people over God’s will for me.” We start out thinking we are obeying God. We are trying to be nice, trying to serve, trying to keep the peace. Often by the time we realize what we are dealing with, we are so deep into it we don’t know how to break free. If you feel stressed, conflicted, resentful, or unbalanced, people-pleasing may be the culprit.

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Overcoming Perfectionism show art Overcoming Perfectionism

The Balanced MomCast with Sandy Cooper

As a recovering perfectionist myself, I am here to help you overcome this barrier in your own life. Today we discuss 5 things you can do beginning today to overcome the barrier of perfectionism.

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Perfectionism and Its Roots show art Perfectionism and Its Roots

The Balanced MomCast with Sandy Cooper

My favorite childhood game was a game called Perfection. The object of the game was to fit all the little geometric pieces in their proper place before time runs out. If you didn’t, the whole game exploded and the pieces flew everywhere. For those of us who struggle with Perfectionism, this is how we feel every day—pressured to get everything in place just so or the whole thing explodes in our face. If you are a perfectionist or you love someone who is, this episode is for you.

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4 Encouraging Things When All the News is Scary show art 4 Encouraging Things When All the News is Scary

The Balanced MomCast with Sandy Cooper

As of today, we are looking at a minimum of 30 more days of social distancing due to COVID-19. The news is scary. The number of confirmed cases and deaths caused by the coronavirus continues to climb. I don’t know about you, but I could use some encouragement right about now. So today, I’m giving you four encouraging things that are true and good and will not change, even in the midst of a global pandemic.

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The Balanced MomCast with Sandy Cooper

Hi! I'm Sandy Cooper, and I help frazzled moms find peace. If you’re a mom who sometimes feels tired, confused, or overwhelmed, with balancing the demands of motherhood in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, you’ve also come to the right place!

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One Year of The Balanced MomCast! show art One Year of The Balanced MomCast!

The Balanced MomCast with Sandy Cooper

Today we are celebrating the one-year birthday of this podcast. I know…they grow up so fast. To celebrate, I'm giving you a little behind the scenes episode: a list (of course it's a list) of 10 Fun Facts about the Balanced MomCast and me. Put on your party hat and grab a cup of punch, as we celebrate one year of The Balanced MomCast. 

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The Balanced MomCast with Sandy Cooper

Jesus said 8 times (!) in John 15 that He wants us to bear fruit. But what does that even mean? In EP65 we said that abiding is all the stuff that no one sees. Well, fruit is the stuff EVERYONE sees (and feels, and tastes, and smells) coming from you. Real fruit is the natural and inevitable outgrowth of a branch that is abiding in the Vine and is regularly and properly pruned by The Vinedresser.

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I have learned that my levels of balance flow directly from the routines I have established in my life. I may know my priorities well enough. But if I don’t have a routine in place to live each of those priorities out, I exist in a constant state of imbalance.

So, I’ve decided, for the sake of my balance, I need to take a look at my priorities and begin the hard work of establishing routines for each one.

The Benefits of Routines

  • Routines reduce decision fatigue.  
  • Routines increase productivity. 
  • Routines reduce overwhelm from looming projects. 
  • Routines provide inner security.            
  • Routines prepare your body for what’s next. 
  • Routines determine the outcome of our lives.

Tips for Establishing Routines

  • Start with identifying your priorities 
  • Start with only one daily habit.  
  • Start super small.   
  • Pair your new routine with something you already do on a regular basis. 
  • Give yourself lots of time. 
  • Extend yourself grace. 
  • Sometimes adding a new routine makes way for other routines to naturally follow.

Some Good Places to Develop Routines

  • Early morning, before anyone gets up.
  • Getting kids off to school.
  • Mealtime prep and clean-up.
  • First thing when you arrive at work.
  • Last thing before you leave work.
  • After school.
  • Kid’s naptime
  • Kids’ bedtime.
  • Nighttime, after kids are in bed.
  • Weekly household chores or individual recurring chores (like laundry or yard work).
  • Writing, if you blog. Or creating whatever you create.
  • Exercise.
  • Prayer/Bible reading.
  • Saturday morning.

Links

Kendra at The Lazy Genius Collective

Gretchen Rubin's Secrets of Adulthood

Tsh Oxenreider

Posts I've written on routines:

https://thescooponbalance.com/how-routines-help-us-and-tips-for-establishing-them/

https://thescooponbalance.com/bbi-2013-week-3-establish-routines-and-rituals/

Finding Your Balance is available on Amazon for $14.99

Email me at thescooponbalance@gmail.com

My blog: thescooponbalance.com

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