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Is there anything that keeps a mom of grown kids up more at night than worrying about whether you prepared them enough to be independent in the world?  This is an issue for so many of us and let’s face it, “mom guilt” is real, so, in this episode of Life after Kids we’re diving into the often-challenging journey of parenting older kids and the process of letting go of the controls as they transition into adulthood. Dr. Brooke shares a personal story that sparks a rich and relatable discussion about family values that parents hope to instill in their children, and we take an insightful look at the expectations and uncertainties that surface when children leave the nest, especially focusing on how young adults manage their own spaces once they're no longer under the watchful eye of their parents. Key Takeaways:Letting go of control is a natural and necessary part of parenting older children as they become independent adults.Parents may discover that the standards and values they modeled, rather than enforced, can have a lasting impact on their children.It's important for parents to release guilt and have trust in the upbringing they've provided, acknowledging that children grow into their own with time.Observing and understanding each child's unique strengths and differences is crucial for supportive parenting that fosters self-confidence.The way parents interact with and speak about their children can greatly affect sibling relationships and dynamics within the family.Picking your battles was so important when the kids were little, and it may be even more important now that they’re grown.  Remember to lead by example, and model behavior rather than incessantly directing it. As moms of older kids, we must nurture, guide, and allow our children to carve out their own path, while embracing their unique qualities.  Learn more by listening to today’s full episode of Life after Kids with Drs. Brooke and Lynne.Timestamp Summary0:02:47 | Dr. Brooke shares her personal story about her son's cleaning habits.0:07:28 | Dr. Brooke advises to pick your battles and lead by example rather than constantly nagging your children.0:09:33 | The influence of environment and the importance of encouraging children to raise their standards.0:17:11 | Dr. Brooke emphasizes the importance of leading by example in parenting0:18:42 | Dr. Lynne introduces the idea that self-confidence as a parent can affect how we view our children's habits0:20:19 | The importance of recognizing and valuing each child's unique experience0:23:47 | Validate and affirm your children's uniqueness.0:24:41 | Observe your children and identify their strengths.0:26:07 | Pray for your children's relationships with each other.0:26:51 | Speak to your children about embracing their differences.0:28:33 | Celebrate and validate differences in your family.0:29:44 | Avoid pitting your children against each other.0:32:40 | Focus on strengths and what's right about people.0:34:05 | Let go of mom guilt and shame.0:34:22 | Be the adult you want your child to become. Enjoy the show, and we hope you learn a little bit more about living a fulfilling, vibrant, and meaningful Life after Kids! If you like what you hear please rate and review the podcast, hit subscribe, and pass it along to a friend. Making tomorrow even better than today, Dr. Brooke and Dr. Lynne PS... Don't forget to follow us! Instagram Facebook Tik Tok
If there’s one thing that will keep us from finding new purpose in this phase of life more than anything else, it’s the fear of not being perfect or good enough followed by a whopping dose of procrastination!In this week’s episode of Life after Kids we unravel the intricate relationship between procrastination and perfectionism. We discuss how these behaviors not only affect women but also pose a universal challenge to personal growth and happiness.  And, we give practical strategies for overcoming these obstacles, drawing upon our personal experiences and professional insights within the framework of Enneagram personality types.Key Takeaways:Procrastination affects most people and is often linked to an underlying pursuit of perfection.The Enneagram personality typing system is employed to understand coping mechanisms related to perfectionism.Self-acceptance and internal validation are crucial to breaking free from perfectionism.Prioritize tasks and find satisfaction in your accomplishments, regardless of perfection. There is freedom in the mantra "done is better than perfect." Think of it any time you feel the need to procrastinate.  And watch this episode of Life after Kids in its entirety to learn the common pitfalls of aiming for perfection in various aspects of midlife.  TimestampSummary0:00:19 | Discussion on how procrastination and perfectionism affect women0:02:02 | Explanation of the Enneagram personality type 1 (perfectionist)0:03:35 | Strategies for overcoming procrastination0:06:20 | Introduction to the "eat the frog" principle0:07:25 | Importance of prioritizing tasks and tackling the most important ones first0:08:59 | Consideration of subconscious messages behind procrastination0:09:17 | Subconscious message and alignment with tasks0:09:55 | Differentiating between tasks we don't like and tasks we can't ignore0:10:17 | Questioning if tasks are aligned with what we truly want0:10:35 | Importance of asking the right questions0:11:28 | Perfectionism as a defense mechanism0:12:30 | Comparing ourselves to sanitized versions on social media0:13:08 | The trap of chasing an unattainable ideal0:13:51 | The truth behind perfect-looking photos0:14:45 | Vulnerability and keeping it real0:16:07 | The fear of appearing ignorant or out of the know0:17:58 | Speaking up for oneself as an act of self-love0:18:45 | Overthinking and making situations bigger in your mind0:19:52 | The power of speaking up and realizing you're not alone0:21:42 | Letting go of the need for perfection in appearance or home0:22:41 | Starting imperfectly to improve and learn0:24:13 | Working on loving yourself more than seeking validation from others0:28:10 | Importance of self-validation for a purposeful and joyful life0:30:19 | Step one is learning about who you are and how you contribute to the world.0:31:09 | Being yourself allows others the freedom to do the same.0:31:36 | If someone is not happy with your true self, it may be time to find new people in your life.0:32:42 | Practice vulnerability with safe people and interrupt the pattern of putting up walls. Enjoy the show, and we hope you learn a little bit more about living a fulfilling, vibrant, and meaningful Life after Kids! If you like what you hear please rate and review the podcast, hit subscribe, and pass it along to a friend. Making tomorrow even better than today, Dr. Brooke and Dr. Lynne PS... Don't forget to follow us! Instagram Facebook Tik Tok
The most commom cause of death in women over 40 is heart and cardiovascular disease.  After all these years, the number one threat to our health and our life is heart issues.  And since it’s Valentine’s Week and American Heart Month, we thought a discussion on best practices for keeping your heart healthy naturally would be prudent.  In this episode, you’ll hear our trademark banter, personal anecdotes, and expert perspectives on maintaining a healthy heart through practical lifestyle choices.Key Takeaways:Heart health for women is a paramount concern that can be addressed through diet and exercise.Symptoms of heart issues in women can differ from men, making awareness crucial.The role of epigenetics demonstrates the potential influence of lifestyle on genetic predispositions.Omega-3 fatty acids play a vital role in promoting heart health and should be sourced with care.Recognizing and addressing metabolic syndrome early on can avert the path towards heart disease.We want to emphasize that while heart disease remains the leading cause of death for women in the US, it is largely preventable through proactive lifestyle modifications.  Listen to this week’s episode in its entirety to get critical strategies for maintaining a healthy heart so you can live a long, vibrant life while pursuing more purpose and meaning in Life after Kids. Resources:Favorite Omega 3 OilFavorite Vegan Omega 3 OilTimestampSummary0:00:00 | Introduction to the episode and topic of heart health for women0:03:21 | Importance of prioritizing physical health for overall well-being0:05:07 | Symptoms of heart disease in women0:06:21 | Heart disease as the leading cause of death for women0:07:39 | Practical ways to prioritize heart health0:09:10 | Impact of genetics and family history on heart health0:09:31 | The role of lifestyle factors in preventing heart disease0:11:39 | Taking responsibility for your health and making choices from that mindset0:12:20 | Heart health is reversible through lifestyle interventions0:13:27 | Moving your body doesn't have to be intense, even a 10-minute walk can make a difference0:16:28 | Focus on what you can add to your diet instead of just taking things away0:19:35 | The impact of sugar on heart health and inflammation0:20:24 | Importance of exercise for heart health and varying your routine0:20:56 | Varying exercise routines to prevent wear and tear on joints0:22:08 | The importance of varying exercise to avoid overtraining and inflammation0:23:00 | The significance of omega-3 supplements for heart health and inflammation0:28:59 | Third-party testing for clean omega-3 supplements0:30:11 | Understanding metabolic syndrome as a risk factor for heart disease0:31:45 | Raising standards for health to promote vitality and longevity0:33:31 | The importance of starting your day with a heart-healthy meal0:34:52 | Suggestions for a healthier morning meal: protein or healthy fats0:37:32 | Embracing change and making positive choices for your health Enjoy the show, and we hope you learn a little bit more about living a fulfilling, vibrant, and meaningful Life after Kids! If you like what you hear please rate and review the podcast, hit subscribe, and pass it along to a friend. Making tomorrow even better than today, Dr. Brooke and Dr. Lynne PS... Don't forget to follow us! Instagram Facebook Tik Tok
We’re breaking down our unique Find Your Purpose Quiz so you’ll have a better understanding of your results and what to do with them  We meticulously break down the possible outcomes of the quiz, and we provide actionable advice on how you can leverage this newfound knowledge to pursue meaningful and fulfilling endeavors that align with your natural abilities and goals. Peppered with personal anecdotes and expert tips, this episode will encourage you to reimagine your identity and potential in life's next chapter.  Key Takeaways:The Life after Kids Find Your Purpose Quiz is an instrumental tool for gaining self-awareness and understanding your unique strengths.Four main personas can describe a person's innate characteristics: Diligent Doers, Magnificent Motivators, Remarkable Relators, and Awesome Analyzers.Recognizing your category can help direct you toward endeavors that bring joy, fulfillment, and a sense of accomplishment.It's important to adopt goals and pursue activities that resonate with your personal talents and inclinations.Collaboration is powerful, and  knowing your strengths can complement others in partnerships and team dynamics.Delve with us into the transformative journey that awaits women after the pivotal phase of full-time mothering, helping to uncover one's true calling and purpose.  Discover where you fit within the four personality types and how to navigate life after kids with renewed purpose and enthusiasm. And stay tuned for future episodes as we promise to continue covering poignant and transformative topics for moms of older kids! Resources:Take the Life after Kids Find Your Purpose Quiz, designed for moms like you to gain greater self-awareness while helping to understand your inherent strengths and talents.TimestampSummary0:00:28 | Importance of self-awareness and using the quiz0:02:02 | The benefits of knowing your strengths and weaknesses0:03:07 | The importance of partnerships and collaborations0:04:33 | Saving time and energy with self-awareness0:05:07 | Tips for taking the quiz and being authentic0:05:58 | Introduction to the first area of the quiz: "My Home"0:06:33 | Description of the "Diligent Doers" personality type0:07:29 | Dr. Brooke's experience as a diligent doer0:08:59 | Challenges of being a diligent doer and finding balance0:10:07 | Conclusion and summary of the first area of the quiz0:10:07 | The importance of setting deadlines and prioritizing tasks.0:10:41 | Self-awareness and finding the right deadlines.0:13:14 | The characteristics of magnificent motivators and the importance of finding outlets for their talents.0:17:04 | The  importance of utilizing talents and strengths for personal fulfillment.0:18:12 | Dr. Lynne shares her personal experience of understanding her work style and finding balance on vacation.0:20:55 | Importance of self-awareness for standing out Enjoy the show, and we hope you learn a little bit more about living a fulfilling, vibrant, and meaningful Life after Kids! If you like what you hear please rate and review the podcast, hit subscribe, and pass it along to a friend. Making tomorrow even better than today, Dr. Brooke and Dr. Lynne PS... Don't forget to follow us! Instagram Facebook Tik Tok
 Most of us struggle with feelings of loneliness and even grief in this phase of life, we’re tackling the often-under-acknowledged issue of finding joy and fulfillment after the kids have grown and flown the nest. This episode of Life After Kids explores the complex emotions and challenges that arise when parents are left to rediscover their own identities and interests.Key Takeaways:The importance of self-reflection and personal growth, especially when transitioning to a life with less parental duties.Recognize that feelings of uncertainty and loneliness can be addressed by setting personal goals and discovering new interests or rekindling old ones.Acknowledge that everyone's journey is unique, and finding one's purpose can involve exploration and acceptance of both certainty and uncertainty.Embrace the idea that purpose can evolve over time and might require action before clarity.Consider the benefits of volunteering or charity work as a way to create new connections and purpose.Resources:RECOMMENDED READING: How to Stay Sane in an Insane WorldLIFE AFTER KIDS MASTERCLASS:Understanding Yourself and Strengths Beyond MotherhoodDetermining What to Do Next Now That The Kids Are Grown Timestamp Summary | 0:00:29  | Discussion on the challenges of having free time after kids | 0:05:47  | Managing expectations during holidays | 0:06:18  | Reflecting on self-acceptance and self-discovery | 0:08:38  | Importance of being your own best friend | 0:09:50  | The extent to which we can love others depends on self-love | 0:11:47  | Tips for improving self-worth and keeping one's word | 0:14:38  | Recognizing and accommodating introverted and extroverted tendencies | 0:17:01  | Choosing a positive mindset and finding new opportunities | 0:20:05  | Trying new activities and embracing trial and error | 0:21:28  | Contributing to charity and finding purpose beyond motherhood | 0:22:08  | The importance of having a sense of purpose after the kids leave the nest | 0:23:02  | Different perspectives on the meaning of life and having a purpose | 0:24:03  | The importance of recognizing and embracing individual uniqueness | 0:24:50  | Understanding that different people have different needs for purpose | 0:25:15  | The impact of purpose on emotional well-being | 0:26:16  | The need for self-awareness and not projecting our own desires onto others | 0:27:17  | The importance of not imposing our own desires onto our children | 0:28:03  | Encouragement for moms to explore their other gifts and find new purposes | 0:29:29  | Taking confident, bold action in an unknown direction to find purpose | 0:30:08  | The benefits of volunteering as a starting point for finding purpose | 0:30:48  | Embracing uncertainty and taking the next right step Enjoy the show, and we hope you learn a little bit more about living a fulfilling, vibrant, and meaningful Life after Kids! If you like what you hear please rate and review the podcast, hit subscribe, and pass it along to a friend. Making tomorrow even better than today, Dr. Brooke and Dr. Lynne PS... Don't forget to follow us! Instagram Facebook Tik Tok
Fear is at the root of so many issues in midlife.  There are so many things that we dwell on and we're fearful about that we just need to let go of already!In this episode of Life after Kids, we delve into the complexities of fear through the lens of the Enneagram, an ancient personality framework. And we have a profound discussion about how understanding one's Enneagram type, particularly type six, which is prone to fear and anxiety, can unlock paths to personal freedom and healing.Key Takeaways:Fear can be a significant obstacle hindering personal achievements and joy, but understanding one's fears through tools like the Enneagram can be liberating.Different Enneagram types experience fear in unique ways, and it's essential to acknowledge and address these fears without judgement.Regular practices such as gratitude, self-affirmations, meditation, and journaling can effectively manage anxiety and fear.Sharing fears with trusted friends or professionals and sometimes embracing the "do it scared" approach can lead to personal growth.Being an example for one's children to overcome fear and anxiety is a powerful motivator for personal development. Listen to this week’s episode of Life after Kids in its entirety to hear Dr. Brooke share her personal experiences as an Enneagram type six, revealing the struggles and coping mechanisms associated with a predisposition to fear and anxiety. Together, we’ll provide practical advice for anyone looking to overcome fear, regardless of their Enneagram type, and highlight the importance of balance between acknowledging fears protective role and preventing it from hindering personal growth.   Shop our favorite Enneagram Book HereTake The Life after Kids Purpose Quiz HereTimestamp Summary  | 0:00:11  | Discussion on the Enneagram and fear | 0:02:11  | Fear as a hindrance to living a fulfilling life | 0:04:59  | Physiological response to fear and anxiety | 0:06:47  | Using the Enneagram to understand fear and behavior | 0:08:37  | Seeking certainty and safety | 0:09:41  | Perfectionism and fear  | 0:10:53  | Dr. Brooke's experience with anxiety during a tornado | 0:11:27  | Dr. Lynn's perspective on anxiety | 0:11:52  | Different fears experienced by different Enneagram types | 0:12:25  | Overcoming fear to live a fulfilling life | 0:12:53  | Dr. Brooke's progress in dealing with fear | 0:13:33  | Choosing to do things despite feeling scared | 0:14:23  | Gratitude practice as a tool to combat fear | 0:15:07  | Self-affirmations and positive self-talk | 0:15:47  | Avoiding excessive control and obsession | 0:16:39  | Finding balance in managing anxiety | 0:17:23  | The importance of journaling | 0:19:22  | Quieting the mind and being present | 0:20:15  | Talking to trusted friends or professionals for support | 0:21:31  | Coping mechanisms: T Enjoy the show, and we hope you learn a little bit more about living a fulfilling, vibrant, and meaningful Life after Kids! If you like what you hear please rate and review the podcast, hit subscribe, and pass it along to a friend. Making tomorrow even better than today, Dr. Brooke and Dr. Lynne PS... Don't forget to follow us! Instagram Facebook Tik Tok
Hormone shifts, emotional upheaval, and big life changes…Without a doubt, this season of life has its own set of struggles.  The questions we must ask ourselves are, “what are we going to do about it?”, and “How are we going to choose to handle the difficult times?”In today’s episode of Life after Kids, we’re discussing the importance of accepting and embracing the times in this season of life when we are not okay.  And we’re talking about discerning between when we need to push through a difficult time and when we need to scale back and treat ourselves a little more gently so that we come out on the other side stronger than ever.Key Takeaways:It's important to adjust our expectations and be okay with not always being okay.Hormonal changes during menopause can lead to fluctuating emotions and energy levels.Taking care of ourselves and seeking support during difficult times is crucial.It's okay to scale back and prioritize self-care when going through challenging periods. As women, we often put pressure on ourselves to always be strong and happy, but it's okay to have bad days and go through difficult times. Sometimes we need to adjust our expectations and be kind to ourselves during these periods.   Don’t discount the importance of taking care of yourself and always seek support when needed.  Learn more about accepting and navigating challenges in this phase of life by watching today’s episode of Life after Kids in its entirety.Timestamp Summary | [0:00:13]  | Discussion on being okay with not being okay | [0:02:59]  | Adjusting expectations and accepting fluctuations in life | [0:04:32]  | Using struggles as opportunities for growth | [0:06:37]  | The impact of menopause on emotions and personality | [0:07:48]  | Being prepared for hormonal fluctuations | [0:09:06]  | Unpredictability of hormone cycles in perimenopause | 0:11:25  | Understanding and accepting strengths and weaknesses | 0:12:24  | Appreciating the fluctuating hormones of being a woman | 0:13:18  | Taking it easier on off days and practicing self-care | 0:14:20  | Scaling back and preserving resources during difficult times | 0:16:06  | Balancing between pushing out of comfort zone and self-care | 0:17:44  | Knowing the difference and trusting oneself or seeking support | 0:18:36  | Being aware, accepting, and finding balance in difficult times | 0:19:29  | Recognizing physical signs that indicate it's too much | 0:20:49  | Aligning goals with physical capabilities and adjusting if necessary | 0:22:18  | Understanding the level of effort required for major goals | 0:22:42  | Importance of focusing on mental, emotional, and physical health | 0:23:24  | Being comfortable and happy with where you are is okay | 0:24:00  | Keeping it simple and being happy with what you have | 0:24:33  | Purpose is about making a contribution and feeling fulfilled | 0:25:46  | Purpose helps avoid misdirection and void in lifeLink to Fast Like a Girl (book mentioned) Enjoy the show, and we hope you learn a little bit more about living a fulfilling, vibrant, and meaningful Life after Kids! If you like what you hear please rate and review the podcast, hit subscribe, and pass it along to a friend. Making tomorrow even better than today, Dr. Brooke and Dr. Lynne PS... Don't forget to follow us! Instagram Facebook Tik Tok
Why is it at our age and with our experience so many of us still tend to minimize ourselves?  In this episode of Life after Kids, we’re discussing the importance of focusing on our strengths rather than weaknesses.Key Takeaways:Focusing on strengths and talents leads to greater happiness and fulfillment.Comparing ourselves to others and focusing on weaknesses can hinder personal growth.Understanding and embracing our own strengths allows us to appreciate and support others.Don’t minimize yourself to make others feel more comfortable.Stepping into our strengths and realizing our potential can be the scariest of all our fears.As our kids grow up and we search for more meaning and purpose, it’s so important to nurture and develop strengths instead of constantly trying to improve weaknesses.  Making this behavioral shift will save you time and energy.  You’re also likely to be far happier if you make a habit of living life from your strengths. Learn more by listening to this week’s episode of Life after Kids in its entirety. To shop the marriage book Dr. Lynne mentioned in the podcast, click here.Timestamp Summary | [0:00:00]  | Introduction to the topic of focusing on strengths | [0:01:23]  | Explanation of the Clifton Strengths assessment | [0:03:50]  | Importance of using assessments as growth tools | [0:05:49]  | Focus on strengths rather than weaknesses | [0:06:28]  | Reasons for not revealing bottom strengths | [0:07:41]  | Recognizing and embracing individual differences | [0:09:27]  | Importance of understanding children's strengths | [0:10:35]  | Applying the concept to other areas of life | [0:11:37]  | Focusing on strengths in education and extracurricular activities | 0:11:37  | Importance of focusing on strengths | 0:12:22  | Working on weaknesses vs. strengths | 0:13:20  | Benefits of working on strengths | 0:15:28  | Why women focus on weaknesses | 0:17:30  | Lack of confidence in ourselves | 0:17:52  | Playing the comparison game | 0:18:44  | Comfortable in minimizing ourselves | 0:19:38  | Scarcity mentality and competition | 0:21:03  | Relief in accepting others' strengths | 0:22:55  | Being comfortable with who you are | [0:22:54]  | Importance of self-love and understanding oneself | [0:23:33]  | Love others at the same level as you love yourself | [0:24:43]  | Using Gallup strength assessment to understand strengths and purpose | [0:25:43]  | Focus on positive qualities in relationships | [0:26:18]  | Coaching for couples to improve relationships | [0:27:39]  | Understanding and appreciating differences in coping mechanisms | [0:28:13]  | Women's tendency to think their way is the only way | [0:28:41]  | Request for feedback and interest in more topics on strengths | [0:29:07]  | Embrace and share your unique gifts with the world Enjoy the show, and we hope you learn a little bit more about living a fulfilling, vibrant, and meaningful Life after Kids! If you like what you hear please rate and review the podcast, hit subscribe, and pass it along to a friend. Making tomorrow even better than today, Dr. Brooke and Dr. Lynne PS... Don't forget to follow us! Instagram Facebook Tik Tok
 Have you taken time to think through all the incredible things you’d like to do in 2024?  Have you thought about TRAVELING in the New Year?  In this episode, we’re discussing all things travel, including planning, saving, being intentional, and our favorite destinations! As with any goal you have in life, you either have a plan or you plan to fail.  Travel is no different.  Listen to this episode for help planning out your travel in the year ahead!Read our article on traveling with teens & young adults HERETimestamp Summary | [0:00:00]  | The importance of planning travel | [0:01:06]  | Factors to consider when choosing travel companions | [0:02:57]  | Matching schedules, finances, risk tolerance, and activity levels | [0:06:18]  | Involving children in the planning process | [0:07:59]  | Assigning an executor for trip planning | [0:08:26]  | Example of planning a trip to Iceland | [0:09:20]  | The benefits of being pushed out of your comfort zone when traveling | [0:09:20]  | Planning a family vacation in a cool valley with wild sheep | [0:10:17]  | Use a Google spreadsheet to organize and structure the trip | [0:11:21]  | Importance of getting outside of the country and experiencing other cultures | [0:12:26]  | Traveling with older kids is more enjoyable and fun | [0:13:42]  | Don't wait for the perfect time to travel with kids | [0:14:38]  | Pack light and consider renting necessary items at the destination | [0:15:23]  | Ship essentials to the hotel to avoid packing everything | [0:16:05]  | Schedule equal parts of activity and rest during the trip | [0:17:06]  | One activity a day and flexibility in plans | [0:18:03]  | Italy is a family-friendly destination with lots of attractions | [0:18:57]  | Rome and London have great historical attractions for kids. | [0:19:50]  | Rome's history and attractions are awe-inspiring. | [0:20:33]  | Amalfi Coast and Sorrento offer beautiful views and great food. | [0:21:10]  | Favorite part of Italy: Rome and the historical sites. | [0:22:53]  | Highlight in Sorrento: Donna Sophia restaurant. | [0:23:41]  | Iceland is accessible and offers fresh air and nature. | [0:24:56]  | Blue Lagoon in Iceland is a must-see. | [0:25:51]  | Driving in Iceland is scenic and easy. | [0:27:10]  | Reykjavik is safe, clean, and great for nervous travelers. | [0:28:13]  | Lisbon, Portugal is beautiful, affordable, and has great food. | [0:28:51]  | Portugal: Cork products | [0:29:09]  | Trip to Lisbon and Lagos | [0:29:38]  | Algarve: Portugal's version of Amalfi coast | [0:30:01]  | Kayaking and beaches | [0:30:48]  | Good food, olive oil, and weather in Portugal | [0:31:48]  | Find local recommendations for good restaurants | [0:32:14]  | Heading to Greece next Enjoy the show, and we hope you learn a little bit more about living a fulfilling, vibrant, and meaningful Life after Kids! If you like what you hear please rate and review the podcast, hit subscribe, and pass it along to a friend. Making tomorrow even better than today, Dr. Brooke and Dr. Lynne PS... Don't forget to follow us! Instagram Facebook Tik Tok
There’s a time and place for everything and sometimes you just need a light-hearted fluff conversation and an opportunity to relax, and binge watch a little tv. In this episode of Life after Kids, we’re keeping it casual and discussing our favorite binge-worthy shows just in time for the holiday breakKey Takeaways:Historical dramas like "Downton Abbey" and "Poldark" provide a glimpse into the past and can be educational.Comedies like "New Girl" and "Ted Lasso" offer lighthearted entertainment and laughter.Watching shows together as a family can be a great way to bond and spend quality time.Laughter stimulates the vagus nerve, promoting relaxation and overall well-being.Watching shows that bring joy and laughter is a great way to relax, unwind, and take some “me time”.  We hope you’ll find moments like these during the holiday break.  After all the gift wrapping, cooking, cleaning, and entertaining is through, it’s so nice to kick your feet up with a yummy snack, a glass of wine or tea and a fabulously entertaining series to watch.  Get prepared for some gloriously satisfying binge watching by listening to this week’s episode of Life after Kids.Timestamp Summary | [0:00:34]  | Importance of laughter and relaxation | [0:03:28]  | Dr. Brooke's love for historical fiction shows | [0:05:37]  | Discussion about "Downton Abbey" | [0:07:37]  | Dr. Lynne's recommendation: "The Offer" | [0:09:24]  | Appreciation for the glamour and wildness of Hollywood | [0:09:43]  | Discussing the movie "The Godfather" and its background | [0:11:14]  | Recommending the Australian show "Offspring" | [0:11:59]  | Enjoying the show "New Girl" for laughs| [0:13:08]  | Describing the show "Only Murders in the Building" as quirky and cute | [0:14:30]  | Recommending the show "Parenthood" for its family dynamic | [0:14:57]  | Praising the comedy show "New Girl" for its humor | [0:16:10]  | Discussing the show "Virgin River" as a mindless drama | [0:17:49]  | Recommending the show "Heartland" for its outdoor activities | [0:18:11]  | Discussing family-friendly TV shows and documentaries | [0:19:31]  | Finding ways to engage with sports without watching football | [0:20:18]  | Watching home renovation shows with family | [0:22:02]  | Recommending the show "Outlander" | [0:22:55]  | Mentioning the show "Poldark" | [0:23:50]  | Excitement for upcoming French Revolution movie | [0:24:37]  | Enjoying shows like "Gilmore Girls" and "Ted Lasso" | [0:25:21]  | Discussing the show "Sex and the City" | [0:26:54]  | Reflecting on how older shows may be dated | [0:27:36]  | Not worrying about offending in older movies and shows | [0:27:41]  | Discussion about a show called Heartland | [0:28:46]  | Heartland is described as a feel-good show with beautiful scenery | [0:29:12]  | Introduction of a new show called Son of a critch | [0:30:57]  | Mention of the show 6ft under and its satisfying ending Enjoy the show, and we hope you learn a little bit more about living a fulfilling, vibrant, and meaningful Life after Kids! If you like what you hear please rate and review the podcast, hit subscribe, and pass it along to a friend. Making tomorrow even better than today, Dr. Brooke and Dr. Lynne PS... Don't forget to follow us! Instagram Facebook Tik Tok
What if we told you, it’s possible to eat the foods you love during the holidays without suffering for it in January?  In this episode of, we’re sharing practical tips for managing weight during the holiday season, so you don’t get to the New Year feeling inflamed, bloated, 10 lbs. heavier, and just plain blah.Key Takeaways:Focus on physical health rather than appearance during the holidays.Slow down when eating & chew food well to aid digestion.Start meals with protein to feel fuller & balance blood sugar.Add fiber to meals for satiety & better digestion.Avoid over-exercising and prioritize stress management and sleep.The holidays aren't necessarily the time to make extreme changes to your diet or to start denying yourself the foods you love.  Instead consider healthy foods, supplements, and habits you can add in during this time of year so that when you get to the New Year, you’ll be ready for a fresh start by nurturing your body with healthy food and healthy choices.  Until then, listen to this episode  for practical, simple tips that will keep you from going completely off the rails this holiday season!Timestamp Summary  0:00:08  | Importance of physical health & energy during the holidays | 0:01:44  | Discussion on the balance between strict discipline & indulgence | 0:03:36  | The benefits of hormetic stress & finding the right balance | 0:06:02  | The potential effects of gluten on inflammation and overall health | 0:07:34  | Individual thresholds for dietary choices & the importance of self-awareness | 0:08:08  | The benefits of occasional deviation from the norm for metabolic health  0:09:44  | Non-negotiables for maintaining health during the holidays. | 0:10:39  | Keeping up with workouts to aid digestion and detoxification. | 0:12:10  | Using digestive enzymes to help break down and assimilate food. | 0:13:38  | Indulging in dairy or gluten-free treats during the holidays. | 0:15:46  | Bringing your own healthy dish to potlucks for options. | 0:16:27  | Slowing down and being present while eating to aid digestion. | 0:18:10  | Overeating due to eating too fast, importance of eating slow.| 0:21:22  | Eat until 80% full to give your body a chance to catch up | 0:22:54  | Start with protein at holiday parties to slow alcohol absorption | 0:24:26  | Have protein and fiber before parties to avoid overeating | 0:25:19  | Fiber keeps you fuller longer and feeds gut bacteria | 0:27:44  | Apple cider vinegar balances blood sugar and curbs appetite | 0:28:58  | Add in good habits instead of removing bad ones| 0:29:22  | Chew food well, eat till 80%, soluble and insoluble fiber | 0:29:22  | Importance of fiber and protein in weight management | 0:30:08  | Don't over exercise; manage stress and sleep | 0:30:46  | Sleep deprivation leads to cravings for junk food | 0:31:22  | Plan for post-holiday period; have a January planShop products discussed HERE Enjoy the show, and we hope you learn a little bit more about living a fulfilling, vibrant, and meaningful Life after Kids! If you like what you hear please rate and review the podcast, hit subscribe, and pass it along to a friend. Making tomorrow even better than today, Dr. Brooke and Dr. Lynne PS... Don't forget to follow us! Instagram Facebook Tik Tok
 Be still all of our hearts!  It’s the holiday season and if you’re like us, you know how rapidly time is marching on and you want to make the most of every moment you have with your grown kiddos!  Whether your kids are in school, coming home from college, or out on their own and visiting for the holiday, you’ll want to listen to this week’s episode of Life after Kids as we discuss ways to make this time of year more meaningful and memorable with your older children.  We share our own traditions and activities that we’ve enjoyed with our families over the years.Key Takeaways:Plan activities that the whole family can enjoy together during the holiday season.Consider attending Christmas concerts or musicals as a festive and memorable experience.Explore outdoor activities like ice skating or visiting light displays.Start new traditions, such as volunteering or giving back to the community.Encourage you kids to choose and donate to a charity as part of their holiday celebrations.Family fun is so important and regardless of their age, spending meaningful time with your kids will not only make the holidays more joyful, but will also create memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.  Listen to the full episode of Life after Kids for motivation to start new traditions and make the most of the holiday season!Timestamp Summary | 0:00:15  | Discussion about making holidays more special with big kids | 0:02:39  | Importance of planning and moderation | 0:04:12  | Dr. Lynne's tradition of traveling for Christmas | 0:07:07  | Dr. Brooke's tradition of attending Christmas concerts | 0:10:44  | Adapting traditions to suit the preferences of older kids | 0:11:13  | Discussing outdoor ice skating and fun experiences | 0:12:07  | The importance of rest and restoration during the holidays | 0:12:52  | Having a Christmas movie marathon at home with family | 0:14:41  | Volunteering during Christmas to teach kids about contribution | 0:15:55  | Making memories by donating to charities as a family | 0:17:36  | Enjoying drive-through light displays and holiday dinners | 0:18:26  | Bringing back the tradition of Christmas caroling | 0:19:38  | Starting a tradition of collecting ornaments from travels | 0:20:09  | Buying Christmas gifts together as a family at the mall | 0:20:56  | Teaching kids the importance of giving and receiving gifts | 0:21:40  | Backfiring gifts and funny memories | 0:24:50  | Starting new traditions and making time for family | 0:26:11  | Life is short, be intentional and take time off | 0:27:02  | Closing remarks and holiday wishes Enjoy the show, and we hope you learn a little bit more about living a fulfilling, vibrant, and meaningful Life after Kids! If you like what you hear please rate and review the podcast, hit subscribe, and pass it along to a friend. Making tomorrow even better than today, Dr. Brooke and Dr. Lynne PS... Don't forget to follow us! Instagram Facebook Tik Tok
How is the holiday season possibly upon us again?!  Is it just us, or is time flying by now that the kids are getting older?  If you’re looking for a unique gift this holiday season for yourself or another special woman in your life, we got you covered.  Whether it’s a bestie, a sister, or your mother, we can help with the perfect present.  On this episode of Life after Kids, we’re sharing our favorite gift ideas for the holiday season, and we personally use and love everything we discuss.The shopping and wrapping are the easy part, but choosing the right gift can be difficult, especially if you want it to be something different or special.  Listen to today’s episode of Life after Kids in its entirety to learn more about gifts for better sleep, better skin, home décor, organization, and travel!  Make the holiday season merry and bright for the important women in your life (including yourself) with the perfect gift!Click HERE for all of our favorite gift ideas! Enjoy the show, and we hope you learn a little bit more about living a fulfilling, vibrant, and meaningful Life after Kids! If you like what you hear please rate and review the podcast, hit subscribe, and pass it along to a friend. Making tomorrow even better than today, Dr. Brooke and Dr. Lynne PS... Don't forget to follow us! Instagram Facebook Tik Tok
  In this phase of life, the simple things seem to become more and more important.  And while we love to enjoy a warm beverage almost any time of day, what you choose to sip on matters.  When it comes to your health in midlife, not all hot drinks are created equal.  In this episode, we discuss the downsides of coffee and offer alternative hot beverages that are both delicious and beneficial for health. This holiday season, be sure to take moments for yourself to rest and regroup.  Steep your tea or pour yourself a piping hot cup of matcha latte or golden milk and enjoy the simple things.  Learn more with this week’s episode of Life after Kids.Click HERE to check out ryze superfood mushroom coffee and be sure to use the code AFTERKIDS15! FOR 15% OFF YOUR PURCHASE!Click HERE for all of our favorites talked about in this episode!Timestamp Summary  | [0:00:49]  | Discussion on the downsides of coffee | [0:04:47]  | Effects of coffee on adrenals and menopause | [0:06:07]  | Signs of adrenal fatigue | [0:07:25]  | Coffee sensitivity and alternatives to coffee | [0:09:03]  | Importance of choosing clean coffee | [0:09:42]  | Choosing beverages with less caffeine | [0:10:26]  | Changing mindset about coffee and alternative beverages | [0:10:51]  | Warm beverage ritual and the impact of coffee on sleep | [0:11:51]  | Importance of being aware of the effects of caffeine | [0:12:51]  | Taking a quick power nap when feeling tired in the afternoon | [0:14:07]  | Recommendation for Rise Ryze mushroom coffee | [0:15:48]  | Using a milk steamer to make frothy drinks | [0:17:02]  | Benefits of mushroom coffee for health and energy | [0:18:34]  | Benefits of matcha and its antioxidant properties | [0:19:48]  | Matcha's caffeine content and calming effects of ltheanine | [0:20:36]  | Matcha's numerous health benefits and its antioxidant properties | [0:21:05]  | Overview of the book "The Antianxiety Diet" and its discussion on matcha | [0:21:05]  | Dr. Brooke discusses the benefits of drinking tea in the morning.  [0:22:43]  | Dr. Brooke recommends herbal teas and discusses her favorite brands. | [0:24:11]  | Dr. Brooke mentions the health benefits of golden milk. | [0:25:07]  | Dr. Brooke shares her recipe for making an Icelandic fog. | [0:26:16]  | Dr. Brooke suggests using natural sweeteners like stevia and raw honey. | [0:27:41]  | Dr. Brooke mentions the health benefits of bone broth. | [0:29:31]  | Dr. Brooke warns about the added sugars in matcha beverages.  [0:32:45]  | Finding joy in the simplicity of life after kids. | [0:33:28]  | Appreciating the simple things after going through complexity. | [0:34:00]  | Taking moments for self-care and enjoying warm beverages.  Enjoy the show, and we hope you learn a little bit more about living a fulfilling, vibrant, and meaningful Life after Kids! If you like what you hear please rate and review the podcast, hit subscribe, and pass it along to a friend. Making tomorrow even better than today, Dr. Brooke and Dr. Lynne PS... Don't forget to follow us! Instagram Facebook Tik Tok
You cannot be in a state of fear or anger and gratitude at the same time.  So, if you’re heading into Thanksgiving week with angst, anger, or stress, it’s the perfect time to stop for a moment and think about the blessings in your life. As disheartening as the current state of the world may seem, there’s still always something to be grateful for, and If you look for it, you will find it.  In today’s episode of Life after Kids we’re discussing how to find gratitude in this phase of life and why it’s so important. Key Takeaways:Gratitude is a powerful practice that can help rewire the brain and reduce anxiety.Practicing gratitude can help us find hope and positivity in this phase of life.It is important to take action and make a difference in the world, rather than just complaining or talking about problems.Teaching children to be grateful can help combat entitlement and foster a sense of appreciation.Focusing on gratitude can bring people together and help them realize their common ground. As we head into the holiday season, don’t discount the importance of taking time to appreciate what you have.  Listen to the full episode of Life after Kids to learn more, and take a few moments daily to focus on the things you’re grateful for.Timestamp Summary  | [0:00:09]  | Discussion on the importance of gratitude | [0:01:33]  | The power of gratitude in the current world | [0:02:51]  | The emotional impact of practicing gratitude | [0:03:41]  | Gratitude practice and rewiring the brain | [0:04:54]  | The importance of finding gratitude even in difficult times | [0:06:18]  | Being grateful for what we have in the present moment | [0:07:03]  | Overcoming feelings of hopelessness with gratitude | [0:08:05]  | Expressing gratitude for the past and the opportunities we've had | [0:10:09]  | Flipping the narrative and focusing on the positives | 0:12:18  | Taking action instead of just talking about problems. | 0:13:00  | Lack of purpose leads to feeling stuck and sick. | 0:14:18  | Practicing gratitude and taking action to avoid feeling miserable. | 0:15:09  | Accept the world as it is or do something about it. | 0:15:31  | Find positives and speak about them to others. | 0:16:48  | Grateful for not living in a time with a draft. | 0:17:30  | Still having breath means you have a purpose. | 0:18:13  | Teaching children gratitude and not taking things for granted. | 0:19:40  | Focusing on others and not just ourselves. | 0:21:07  | Taking action to solve problems and make a difference. | 0:25:15  | Dr. Brooke suggests focusing on gratitude in conversations with others. | 0:26:25  | Dr. Brooke discusses the potential for gratitude to bring people together. | 0:27:01  | Dr. Brooke expresses gratitude for her children, friendship with Dr. Lynn, and support from her husband. | 0:28:30  | Dr. Lynn hopes for a time when people can appreciate those who challenge their thinking. | 0:29:42  | Dr. Lynn encourages mending bridges and expressing gratitude for those who think differently. Enjoy the show, and we hope you learn a little bit more about living a fulfilling, vibrant, and meaningful Life after Kids! If you like what you hear please rate and review the podcast, hit subscribe, and pass it along to a friend. Making tomorrow even better than today, Dr. Brooke and Dr. Lynne PS... Don't forget to follow us! Instagram Facebook Tik Tok
Today we’re discussing the topic of inflammation and its impact on overall health. Inflammation is the root cause of many diseases and can occur in various parts of the body, including the gut, brain, and blood vessels. The older we get, the more importance it becomes to understand inflammation and take preventative measures to reduce chronic inflammation.Key Takeaways:Sugar and certain oils, such as canola oil and soybean oil, are highly inflammatory.Alternatives to sugar include raw honey, coconut sugar, stevia, monk fruit, and maple syrup.Healthier cooking oils include avocado oil, ghee, coconut oil, and extra virgin olive oil.Food sensitivities and allergies can also contribute to inflammation, particularly gluten, dairy, soy, and corn.Supplements like BERBERINE and CURCUMIN can help reduce inflammation.Cryotherapy and cold therapy can be effective in reducing inflammation.Don’t underestimate the role that your diet plays on inflammation in your body, particularly the inflammatory effects of sugar and certain oils.   Learn more by listening to this week’s Life after Kids.  Apply what you learn from today’s episode by committing to make one small change in your lifestyle that will combat inflammation and improve your overall health.  Click HERE for our favorite healthy cookbooksTimestamp Summary | [0:00:17]  | Importance of understanding inflammation for making better choices | [0:01:47]  | Inflammation as the root of all disease | [0:03:01]  | Importance of passing on information about inflammation to children | [0:04:08]  | Impact of inflammation on longevity and being there for future generations | [0:05:49]  | Sugar as a major culprit of inflammation | [0:06:38]  | Other inflammatory foods like fried foods and trans fats | [0:08:10]  | Differentiating between refined sugar and natural sweeteners | [0:09:02]  | Effects of inflammation on aging and brain health | [0:10:47]  | Healthier alternatives to sugar and oils for cooking | [0:11:47]  | Discussion about the use of oils in restaurants | [0:12:26]  | Importance of not stressing about food choices | [0:13:27]  | Different perspectives on dietary changes | [0:14:13]  | Starting somewhere on the health journey | [0:14:56]  | Making healthier choices when dining out | [0:15:30]  | Introduction of berberine for blood sugar regulation | [0:16:04]  | Inflammatory foods to be aware of | [0:16:57]  | Turmeric and curcumin as anti-inflammatory supplements | [0:17:35]  | Benefits of berberine for blood sugar control | [0:22:57]  | Importance of eating protein before carbohydrates for blood sugar control | [0:23:48]  | Sugary foods can lead to hunger and insulin roller coaster | [0:24:00]  | Diabetes prevention and quality of life | [0:24:47]  | Cryotherapy as anti-inflammatory treatment | [0:26:19]  | Lifestyle factors to reduce inflammation | [0:28:06]  | Avoiding artificial sweeteners like sucralose  Enjoy the show, and we hope you learn a little bit more about living a fulfilling, vibrant, and meaningful Life after Kids! If you like what you hear please rate and review the podcast, hit subscribe, and pass it along to a friend. Making tomorrow even better than today, Dr. Brooke and Dr. Lynne PS... Don't forget to follow us! Instagram Facebook Tik Tok
 Today on  Life after Kids, we’re discussing the practical uses for essential oils in the fall and holiday season.  We highlight our favorite scents to diffuse in lieu of candles, discuss the best oils for immune system support, and touch on essential oils for keeping your home clean and disinfected.  Plus, we discuss our favorite oils for stress relief.  Key Takeaways:Essential oils are concentrated extractions from plants and have both pleasant scents and health benefits.Commercial candles and fragrances often contain harmful chemicals, so it's important to use natural scents in the home.Some favorite scents for diffusing include thieves, peppermint, eucalyptus, and cedarwood.Essential oils can also be used for cleaning and disinfectingEssential oils create ambiance in our home, help solve a variety of bodily issues, and provide stress relief without leaving any toxins behind.  Learn more by listening to this week’s episode of Life after Kids in its entirety.CLICK HERE for our favorite Essential Oils! Timestamp Summary  0:00:30  | Essential oils have practical health applications | 0:01:24  | Essential oils can be used for home fragrance | 0:01:39  | Essential oils can support the immune system | 0:02:41  | Essential oils can help manage stress | 0:03:30  | Explanation of what essential oils are | 0:04:09  | Importance of natural remedies and plant medicine | 0:05:27  | Discussion about the Amazon rainforest and its healing plants | 0:07:39  | Nature's power and the need to work with it | 0:08:51  | Cautions about the toxicity of candles and synthetic fragrances | [0:10:57]  | Creating a stress-relieving atmosphere with scents in your home | [0:14:19]  | Favorite scents to diffuse: Thieves, Peppermint, Orange, Bergamot | [0:15:35]  | Peppermint can help with nausea and headaches | [0:16:21]  | Grapefruit and vanilla scents are attractive to men | [0:17:40]  | Citrus scents like orange are mood boosters | [0:19:07]  | Eucalyptus and lime are favorite scents for diffusion | [0:20:56]  | Plant Therapy blends take the guesswork out of blending. | [0:22:09]  | Essential oils like Calming the Child can help with anxiety. | [0:23:32]  | Cedarwood and sandalwood are grounding oils for stress management.| [0:27:38]  | Clary sage can be used for hormone support and cramps. | [0:29:35]  | Essential oils can support the immune system. | [0:30:43]  | Thieves and oregano oil are recommended for immune support.| [0:32:33  | Use oregano oil for short periods of time.  0:33:47  | Eucalyptus, peppermint, and Melaleuca for congestion and sinus issues. | 0:34:46  | Melaleuca (tea tree oil) is antimicrobial and versatile. | 0:35:45  | Plant Therapy's deodorizing blend is great for eliminating odors. | 0:36:10  | Not all essential oils are safe to use topically. | 0:36:30  | Essential oils can help with stress, immune support, and sleep. | 0:36:57  | Frankincense is a powerful oil for headaches and concentration. Enjoy the show, and we hope you learn a little bit more about living a fulfilling, vibrant, and meaningful Life after Kids! If you like what you hear please rate and review the podcast, hit subscribe, and pass it along to a friend. Making tomorrow even better than today, Dr. Brooke and Dr. Lynne PS... Don't forget to follow us! Instagram Facebook Tik Tok
Now that the kids are growing up and you’re entering a new phase of life, you might be looking for ways to make a difference or have a bigger impact on the world around you.  As we often say, having a sense of purpose and meaning not only leads to more happiness, but also better health and a longer life.  Sometimes the easiest way to have an impact on the world around you is simply performing a small act of kindness. On today’s episode of The Life after Kids Podcast, we’re having a discussion on the power of small acts of kindness and how they can have a big influence on not just your life, but other people's lives as well. Key Takeaways:Kindness can be as simple as a smile, a kind word, or a small gesture.Take time to ask others how they are, make eye contact, and really listen.Call your grocery store clerk or server by name. Hold the door open for people. Let someone behind you in the checkout line, who has far fewer items than you, go ahead of you.Engage with and make time for your elderly neighbor.Modeling kindness for younger generations is important.If you’re struggling in this phase of life because you’re lamenting the kids growing up, your hormones are raging, or you’re under a lot of stress, sometimes one of the best ways to lighten your emotional load is by taking the focus off your own struggles, instead, turning your attention to the needs of somebody else.   Remember, you  can have a big impact on other people's lives and on the world in general, just by doing the simplest things…kindness does, in fact, matter.Timestamp Summary | 0:00:30  | Importance of small acts of kindness | 0:01:57  | Impact of small acts of kindness on others | 0:03:11  | Story about the power of small actions | 0:04:27  | Impact of small acts of kindness on teens and young adults | 0:05:48  | Examples of small acts of kindness: eye contact, listening | 0:07:13  | Challenge to do one small act of kindness a day | 0:08:06  | Leading with a servant heart | 0:08:50  | Importance of acknowledging and connecting with strangers | 0:09:31  | Power of small acts of kindness to change lives | 0:10:20  | Small acts of kindness can have a big impact | 0:11:08  | Examples of small acts of kindness | 0:12:44  | Setting intentions and priorities for small acts of kindness | 0:13:26  | Praying to be a servant and help others | 0:14:04  | Parents as role models for small acts of kindness | 0:15:11  | Taking the focus off oneself to help others | 0:16:56  | Using negative energy to positively impact others | 0:17:31  | Recognizing the importance of small acts of kindness | 0:18:47  | "Kill them with kindness" as a strategy for dealing with negativity | 0:20:15  | Negative energy and the importance of diffusing it | 0:21:02  | The power of words and kindness | 0:21:41  | Kindness in action, not just lip service | 0:22:35  | Changing behavior and being an example | 0:23:02  | Importance of small acts of kindness and treating others with love Enjoy the show, and we hope you learn a little bit more about living a fulfilling, vibrant, and meaningful Life after Kids! If you like what you hear please rate and review the podcast, hit subscribe, and pass it along to a friend. Making tomorrow even better than today, Dr. Brooke and Dr. Lynne PS... Don't forget to follow us! Instagram Facebook Tik Tok
If you’ve ever been in a situation where you wanted to create change for yourself, like losing weight or starting an exercise routine, but you just couldn’t bridge the gap or stick to it, you have to listen to today’s episode of Life after Kids. In this episode, we’re discussing the key thing needed to create lasting change in midlife, and that’s our identity, or how we see ourself. And, we provide examples of how our self-perception can affect our ability to achieve our goals.Key Takeaways:Our behaviors and circumstances must align with our identity for lasting change to occur.Self-perception and identity can impact our ability to achieve goals.Awareness of our identities and intentional action are key to changing our identity.To create change, first identify how you see yourself now.  Then identify who you want to becomeRemember that in order to create lasting change, our actions and identity must align. This is also a powerful piece to true happiness. Our identity even plays a role in how we age.  Choose to see yourself as youthful, vibrant, energetic, strong, and capable!  Make this your identity!  Learn more by listening to this week’s full episode of Life after Kids.   And if you want an even deeper dive, check out The Life after Kid Purpose Courses-Understand Yourself and Your Strengths to Find More PurposeDiscover What You Do Best For More Meaning and PurposeTimestamp Summary | [0:00:00]  | Introduction to the topic of identity and circumstances | [0:00:23]  | Importance of aligning behaviors with identity for sustainable change | [0:02:36]  | Example of weight loss and identity alignment | [0:04:40]  | Starting point: Identify current self and desired self | [0:06:11]  | Identities influenced by role models and upbringing | [0:07:34]  | Discussion on aging and identity | [0:08:51]  | Insights from women in their 70s on aging | [0:09:18]  | Conclusion and wrap-up of the discussion | 0:09:17  | Age and identity | 0:11:01  | Importance of knowing who you are | 0:12:46  | Shaping identities for children | 0:14:23  | Importance of self-affirmation | 0:15:38  | Changing identity through intentional action | 0:16:21  | Developing habits to change identity | 0:17:34  | Importance of self-affirmation | 0:18:05  | The power of words and cognitive dissonance | 0:18:05  | Dr. Brooke talks about the importance of positive affirmations. | 0:18:25  | Dr. Lynn discusses cognitive dissonance and the brain's desire to prove oneself right.  Enjoy the show, and we hope you learn a little bit more about living a fulfilling, vibrant, and meaningful Life after Kids! If you like what you hear please rate and review the podcast, hit subscribe, and pass it along to a friend. Making tomorrow even better than today, Dr. Brooke and Dr. Lynne PS... Don't forget to follow us! Instagram Facebook Tik Tok
In Life after Kids, we talk a lot about who we want to be and what goals and desires we have for ourselves now that the kids are grown. Have you ever stopped to consider that your home environment can play an important role in achieving your goals because your environment impacts your emotional health, how you manage stress, and how you think and process. In this episode of Life after Kids, we’re discussing the importance of creating a beautiful and organized home environment and how it impacts our emotional wellbeing and stress levels.  We also share personal experiences of decluttering and organizing our own homes, and offer practical tips for getting started.Keep in mind that when we declutter our homes, in a way, we’re also decluttering our minds, the two are that interconnected. If the thought of decluttering and organizing your home feels overwhelming, don’t get stressed!  That’s not the point of this conversation.  Instead, maybe consider hiring a professional organizer or designer, or even a high school or local college student to help you part time.  Learn more by listening to this week’s full episode of Life after Kids, and remember, your life is a reflection of your surroundings!Check out our Favorite Home Products Here:Full List Of ProductsOur Favorite Design BookAir Purifier For A Cleaner HomeTimestamp Summary | 0:00:50  | The importance of environment in emotional health and stress management | 0:01:58  | The connection between decluttering the home and decluttering the mind | 0:02:35  | The therapeutic benefits of cleaning and organizing the home | 0:03:40  | Creating an inspiring and aspirational environment | 0:05:07  | The emotional process of letting go and clearing space | 0:06:14  | Different perspectives on attachment to things | 0:07:45  | Overcoming the overwhelming feeling of decluttering | 0:09:29  | Making decluttering fun and rewarding for others | 0:10:13  | Setting time limits for decluttering sessions | 0:10:38  | Saturday cleaning routine | 0:11:28  | Letting go of unnecessary items | 0:12:20  | Buying inexpensive storage containers | 0:13:35  | Dollar stores for affordable containers | 0:14:02  | Organizing spaces with baskets | 0:15:00  | Being intentional about what you bring into your home | 0:16:02  | Saving money by knowing what you have | 0:17:26  | Hiring a professional organizer if needed | 0:18:10  | Turning organizing into a business opportunity | 0:20:13  | Creating an inspiring and calming environment | 0:21:21  | Importance of creating an inspiring environment for better health | 0:23:18  | Clean and organized home can save lives and improve health | 0:24:31  | Bringing nature into the home improves air quality | 0:25:10  | Clutter and dust can negatively impact air quality and health | 0:27:17  | Starting with the external environment can improve emotional well-being | 0:28:14  | Start sma Enjoy the show, and we hope you learn a little bit more about living a fulfilling, vibrant, and meaningful Life after Kids! If you like what you hear please rate and review the podcast, hit subscribe, and pass it along to a friend. Making tomorrow even better than today, Dr. Brooke and Dr. Lynne PS... Don't forget to follow us! Instagram Facebook Tik Tok
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