Whew! 2020 in Review & Experiments, Highlights & Systems in 2021

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This episode is a shorter solo episode, check-in, and plan for the subsequent yr. 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 yr, realizing what a special world it appears to be now and wanting to actually double down on the objectives of supporting and curating neighborhood, particularly for mothers, which has at all times been the aim right here. But to begin, I feel we will all agree that this was a loopy 525,600 minutes this previous yr. I feel for many people, it’s been a trainer, it’s been a problem, a frustration, and a really, very lengthy 12 months. Speaking personally, I don’t suppose I anticipated it to appear like this in January. I actually had different plans than what this yr introduced, and there have been loads of ups and downs I feel for many people, each in private life, in work life, in household life. I do know lots of people who’ve been by rather a lot this yr. I’m wanting ahead very hopefully to subsequent yr. And I’d love to listen to from you guys on this, as nicely. But I needed to simply briefly recap a few of the experiments and plans I had for final yr and the way they really turned out this yr, those of 2020, and the way a few of them needed to be modified, in addition to issues I’ve discovered this yr and issues I’d like to move on to you guys. And then additionally discuss by my upcoming 2021 experiments, techniques, and favorites, and get your enter on these as nicely. Because I very a lot consider Wellness Mama as a neighborhood. And your perception is absolutely, actually essential to me.

So, to start, the experiments and highlights of 2020. I spend loads of time on the finish of yearly, planning ahead and creating techniques for the subsequent yr and breaking that into quick, manageable tasks which might be deliberate out for these 12 months. I additionally often set challenges and experiments for every month and a few greater ones for the yr as an entire. And I did that final yr as nicely. 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 at all times, might be spending the at the very least first week of the yr, doing a water quick, which I’ll hyperlink to within the present notes for any of you guys who’re about why I do this and what I do. But the quick 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 Search for Meaning” and “The Four Agreements,” and actually re-centering my thoughts and preparing for the yr 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 subsequent yr.

And so in 2020, a few of the experiments, and highlights, and themes had been, for one, a number of household time. I feel this was a typical theme for many people, even when it wasn’t one which we deliberate to have in 2020. But actually, with all of the modifications that occurred final yr, many people spent rather more time at dwelling than we usually would. And that, after all, had its ups and downs, I’m certain for all of us as nicely. But I attempted to be current and give attention to the nice issues of that household time and actually spend that point centered on my children and all the issues in our life at dwelling that I wouldn’t have usually had fairly as a lot time to give attention to. And a technique that we did this was to actually curate our dwelling surroundings as a result of we had 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 yr most likely noticed piles of books in every single place. I’ll discuss extra about this afterward. But books are the one line merchandise on our finances that doesn’t have a cap. If children 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. But I made certain that there have been many books each on their Kindles and in our dwelling, and there have been continuously issues to learn. So after we needed to spend extra time at dwelling, there was at all times sort of psychological stimulation simply out there. And it led to much more studying for all of us. And I feel my children, a few of them actually obtained into fiction. 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 matter for me this yr and well being books. But we’ve all learn various things, however making the flexibility to learn and study a distinguished focus.

We additionally tried to curate our dwelling surroundings to suit our life in different methods as nicely. Things like integrating artwork and health into our dwelling as these issues have modified. Our native artwork courses obtained canceled, gymnastics courses obtained 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 now have a gymnastics mat now down our hallway. It’s like a 25-foot gymnastics mat, I feel. And the children don’t ever stroll down the hallway. They both bounce, or handstand stroll, or cartwheel, or handspring. Whatever 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 steadiness and their handstand capability has improved, simply from that. Other issues like we put a climbing hangboard throughout one of many archways in our home, in order that anytime we stroll by that door, we will all simply hold for a second, which previous podcast visitor, Aaron Alexander, mentioned is a superb factor to do each single day, even for simply three minutes. It’s actually useful to your again and shoulders. In reality, I consider he quoted a physician of some type who mentioned that simply hanging for 3 minutes a day cumulatively, doesn’t even must be uninterrupted, can eliminate 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. Just something we may put that basically result in motion as a result of I’m a agency believer that we’re happier as people after we transfer, not train, which has been one in all my classes of this yr. And so attempting to place issues in our approach to make that straightforward and enjoyable, versus it being a factor that we had so as to add to our to-do listing. Same factor with artwork provides, having simply little containers or cups of drawing provides, or ink pens, or no matter it might be, and notebooks all through the home. So as children are sitting, they’ll simply draw and sketch. And realizing since I’ve had a lot extra time to be current with my children this yr, that they hearken to a few of what I say, however they usually emulate rather more of what I do. So after I make the time to sit down down and draw, I usually find yourself with wherever from three to 6 of the children sitting round me, which is a superb time for dialog. And since we’re all centered on an exercise and never straight, like, making eye contact, I discover they have a tendency to open up extra in these sort of actions. They’ve additionally used this yr 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 attempting to do handstands, which they’re all nonetheless significantly better at than I’m however I can lastly at the very least do. So it’s been a enjoyable yr of household bonding that method.

In the identical method, we now have actually doubled down on schooling this yr. But I feel loads of you might have heard me speak about our different strategy to schooling. And I exploit this yr as a time to actually hone and enhance that as a lot as attainable. We’ve at all times homeschooled however I do know many households are homeschooling or digital education for the primary time this yr. 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 yr. 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 children have to be profitable in life, after which constructing from there. Because I actually firmly consider that the previous script of go to high school and get good grades and also you’ll achieve success in life shouldn’t be 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 at some point when my children had been all grown, I’d flip it into an precise curriculum for different households, considering that it might be a very long time earlier than digital studying was broadly accepted. And one of many silver linings of this yr is that timeline has now sped up. I’ve heard it mentioned that, in some ways, this yr introduced 2030 to 2020. And we noticed some huge technological advances and modifications that might have taken years and years in different circumstances in society. So for all of the issues that it may not have been, this yr has been nice for that. So I constructed the system based mostly on minimizing e book time, maximizing efficient studying, and sustaining creativity as a result of I actually consider children are born with that. And that’s what I’ve been utilizing with my children. And I’m placing the ending touches on with the ability to share that with you guys. And we’ll have extra details about that within the New Year. But that’s one thing I spent loads of my time in 2020 actually engaged on.

On a private degree, pole vaulting has additionally been a theme of this yr for me, and never one which I’d have actually ever anticipated. It is one thing my children obtained into considerably accidentally as a result of it was a straightforward exercise that occurred to be very near our home. And all of them actually beloved it and took to it, and nonetheless actually adore it. And I, as a byproduct, ended up entering into it as nicely. And what’s actually enjoyable about it’s there’s so many metaphors for all times that we’ve been capable of discuss by 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 unimaginable device and machine that may do these wonderful issues. And not as a lot the give attention to how they appear 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 aim, primarily for the aesthetic. Of course, I needed the well being advantages as nicely. But it was to look a sure method, not to have the ability to do a sure factor. And for me, this yr, 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 believed was attainable. So many issues I believed 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 yr. And it actually has been an unimaginable trip for me and actually highlights our household motto that we had been made to do exhausting issues. And it’s been actually unimaginable to get to try this alongside my children. Full disclosure, I nonetheless can’t pole vault as excessive as my seven-year-old can however I like that they’ve all taken to it so nicely, and I like that they problem me each single day.

I additionally am a giant fan of attempting to work in, ideally as soon as a month, however at the very least just a few occasions a yr, issues which might be exterior of a consolation zone or which might be large challenges. And one of many enjoyable ones this yr that you simply may need seen me speak about was our Lego strolling world report, the place as a bunch of mothers, we coated a few miles on Legos within the span of an hour. And this was actually for example… I’ve at all times believed that mothers are probably 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 children who’ve Legos. And I believed this could be a sort of enjoyable approach to illustrate the concept that we had been made to do exhausting issues and in addition to actually carry that focus to simply how unimaginable all of you mothers are. And it was a enjoyable, albeit a little bit bit more durable than we anticipated, problem that all of us did and a very enjoyable one. And I’ll put that weblog put up within the present notes in the event you wanna learn it.

For me, there have been additionally small victories. So consistent with the concept of pole vaulting, I was afraid to get the other way up. Like, even in a handstand, I didn’t prefer to even, like, lean over a bar and hold the other way up by my hips. After having children, my vestibular system appeared to have modified. And I actually struggled with being the other way up. And that was one other one I used to be capable of conquer this yr, which looks like a small victory, I’d suppose to lots of people. But for me, that basically was a giant one which opened up an entire lot of latest actions that I can do. I even have talked about my inner journey this previous yr 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 by that, and in addition how that led to fairly huge weight reduction. And I’ll put hyperlinks to each of these within the present notes as nicely. But that was very a lot a giant theme for me this yr and what I’m actually, actually grateful to have had the time to actually give attention to.

A theme yearly, however particularly in 2020, and a spotlight for me has been the concept of neighborhood. And I’ve talked about this so many occasions on the podcast, about how I feel neighborhood is among the most essential issues we will do for our well being, having robust neighborhood and relationships with individuals in actual life, not simply on-line. I feel this yr, in some ways, made that rather a lot more durable however it additionally highlighted simply how essential it’s. And so, that’s one in all my phrases for the yr for 2021 is as soon as once more neighborhood and one which I’m going to be speaking rather a lot about right here and attempting to actually present sources for as a result of I feel that is vastly, vastly essential for psychological well being. And I feel it’s gonna develop into much more so. I feel many people are seeing the detrimental results of isolation for therefore lengthy. And I feel we have to be actually intentional going ahead about constructing neighborhood regionally as a result of it’s not a factor that occurs inadvertently anymore. It is one thing we now have to be intentional about. And so this might be very a lot a spotlight for me going ahead, each in supporting you all in doing that in your native areas and in addition in my very own space, persevering with to construct a neighborhood. We’ve really been engaged on constructing a neighborhood centered on entrepreneurs and well being and wellness in our personal space. And in order that’ll catch the attention of me regionally as nicely.

I discussed that health was additionally a spotlight 2020. And till this yr, it was a factor I at all times did as a result of I felt like I wanted to do it for well being. And 2020 was the yr that it grew to become enjoyable and that I lastly understood why individuals 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 techniques which might be repeatable, to health. And I did loads of quick experiments this yr associated to this, together with one I’m nonetheless regularly doing and in the course 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 unimaginable to see the modifications in my very own power and in my physique from doing that, and in addition my very own capability, how rather more snug I really feel in my physique, and the way rather more in a position I really feel to do issues, which appears to be more and more essential as my children become older and may all leap greater and run quicker than me. I’m gonna have the ability to sustain with them and now I’ve to truly practice 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 completed one of many extra, I feel I worded it probably the most troublesome factor I had completed within the identify of well being, and I by no means circled again and defined what it was. But search for a podcast on this quickly. It’s a factor known as Kambo, spelled Okay-A-M-B-O, which I had the chance to do considerably unexpectedly this yr and that had some fairly profound impacts on me. The quick model is that it’s a secure and authorized in all 50 states method that they put frog venom into your lymphatic system by the pores and skin. And it results in a really fast lymphatic detox and another advantages as nicely. There’s loads of peptides current within the frog venom, they usually have a really dramatic impression on the physique, together with short-term vomiting. But loads of stuff past that. So, I’m gonna interview the practitioner who does Kambo, and who I did that with, for lots extra data. I do know that’s a fairly excessive one to simply throw on the market at excessive degree. But I needed to at the very least point out it in a little bit extra element since I had mentioned that on social media after which by no means circled again. But that was most likely probably the most excessive factor I attempted within the identify of well being this yr. And I might be explaining extra about that quickly.

In this podcast yearly, I additionally love to speak by a few of the issues I’m loving and that I really feel like are well being tendencies, together with some that I feel are gonna proceed going ahead. This yr, nonetheless topping my listing is the sauna. I did a month-long sauna experiment in the course of COVID with a number of different individuals in our neighborhood, the place I did lab exams earlier than and after, and tried to actually check a few of the concepts in these research and meta-analyses about sauna use to see what sort of impact we’d see. And it was actually profound that even within the span of 30 days, we noticed modifications that had 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 very 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 lately additionally discovered a sauna known as Creatrix Solutions, which I’ll hyperlink to within the present notes with an affiliate hyperlink so that you guys can discover that straight. But it’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 all types of poisons. So it’s most likely 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 in the event you guys have an interest. I feel that’s a very good possibility for lots of people who’ve been unable to actually attempt sauna earlier than due to budgetary constraints.

In line with the sauna use, I’ve additionally consumed an entire lot of LMNT this yr. And that’s L-M-N-T, not aspect written out, which is an electrolyte drink. And one of many tendencies I feel we’re gonna see increasingly in well being and wellness is that this give attention to electrolytes and mineral replenishment. For a very long time, I feel salt was wrongfully vilified. And I feel we’re seeing the analysis to vary that now. People are nonetheless hesitant or don’t actually know how one can reverse that. And I feel LNMT is a superb 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 nicely. But it’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 repeatedly.

Another pattern for me proper now, personally, I’m within the recipe testing part for the weblog for subsequent yr, and I’m mildly obsessive about Korean meals. I provide loads of Korean meals within the New Year, together with some very easy one-pan meals which might be budget-friendly and which might be actually, actually flavorful that you may make actually rapidly at dwelling.

Another pattern I’m seeing and I’m gonna share extra about quickly is, relating to group and productiveness, utilizing techniques and apps. And one which I’m utilizing rather a lot proper now is known as Notion. I’ll make it possible for’s linked within the present notes as nicely. But I exploit it for monitoring issues like my MITs, that are my most essential duties for every day, my long-term techniques and objectives, any tasks that I’m engaged on. I simply did a podcast that may air quickly about how one can use Notion, particularly as a mother, for all the issues that we now have to maintain up with. And I’ll share a few of the ways in which I do it as nicely. But I discovered {that a} actually, actually useful device.

I’ve been doing loads of analysis as nicely 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. But I like to recommend Nutrition Genome for genetic testing. If you haven’t completed it, I’ll put that hyperlink within the present notes. But they offer you a particularly complete report of all of the vitamin way of life elements associated to your particular genes. And I’ve discovered some actually useful data in there that basically helped my well being, an instance being I’ve loads of genes that depend upon choline. And I want extra choline than the typical individual. But additionally, resulting from just a few IgG elements, I can’t eat eggs very simply. I can typically eat duck eggs, however I can’t eat rooster eggs. And so, I’ve a tough time getting dietary choline. Just including a pair dietary supplements of choline drastically modified my power ranges and the way I felt. So some small suggestions from that basically had a dramatic impression on my life.

I’ve large been a giant fan this yr, I feel this might be a seamless well being pattern, the flexibility to make use of knowledge and quantify ourselves to determine what’s gonna work finest for us. I’ve talked rather a lot about personalization and individualization relating to well being, and about how on the finish of the day, we’re every our personal major healthcare supplier. And I feel we lastly are beginning to see all the instruments which might be gonna make this extraordinarily straightforward, and cheap, and inside grasp. So, Nutrition Genome has been a giant one on that on quantifying for me, so has a tool known as Levels, which is a steady glucose monitor. And I’ll hyperlink to that within the present notes as nicely. But it’s a monitor you put on for 2 weeks on the again of your arm, and it enables 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 ensure that I hyperlink to the put up about how I exploit that as nicely. But that was a very useful quantification device for me.

On a product degree, I feel issues which might be going to proceed as tendencies and that I’m personally loving are olive oil. I’m gonna shout out to my good friend Tony Kasandrinos’ firm, Kasandrinos Olive Oil. They are by far my favourite. They have some wonderful reductions, particularly in the event you subscribe, which I do, and I’ll put that hyperlink within the present notes as nicely. But I feel olive oil is among 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 do this. Also, after I’m not getting sufficient energy, and I have to 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 feel olive oil is at all times been well-liked with the concept of the Mediterranean food regimen. And I see only a few sources that declare that olive oil shouldn’t be wholesome, however I feel that is one that the majority philosophies agree on and I feel we’re going to see growing consciousness about it.

Another firm I like that I’ll share a reduction for is known as Just Thrive. And they’ve two explicit dietary supplements. They have 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 children. Their probiotics are distinctive as a result of they’re shelf-stable and warmth secure. So you possibly can really add them to smoothies, baked items even. I put them in muffins or pancakes so I can get them to my little children. And the concept being if you must refrigerate your probiotics, they’re most likely 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 individuals and together with some private pals who noticed actually dramatic enhancements of their intestine well being from these explicit probiotics. They even have one known as K2-7, which is a fat-soluble vitamin and one which I take each day and had been giving my large children. And I observed loads of profit from that one as nicely. So, I’ll hyperlink to each of these within the present notes.

Another pattern for me that I’ve been turning to rather a lot, a good friend of ours or our pals really, Chas and Autumn, they personal an organization known as Paleovalley, they usually have naturally fermented beef sticks that as a result of they’re naturally fermented are additionally a supply of probiotics. And they’re an amazing 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 bettering my well being. And their beef sticks are a go-to, for me, for certain. They have a reduction as nicely. So I needed to spherical up a few of these reductions and embody them for you guys within the present notes so you could find them. And so these will all be at wellnessmama.fm.

Another pattern I feel we’re gonna proceed to see extra about is nootropics or issues that basically help focus and focus. I’ve been experimenting with loads of these this yr. 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 every single day. As I discussed, I don’t take something every single day however I are likely to stack these, particularly on days after I have to work and actually discover clear, focus, and don’t fatigue or get drained after I’m on these. And I feel we’re gonna proceed to see analysis and anecdotal proof about nootropics. Like every thing, I feel that is an space we every must experiment as a result of I discovered that lots of the generally really helpful ones made me actually jittery. But 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 feel it’s very, very individualized however these are some which have been useful for me.

I additionally yearly set the aim to learn at the very least 50 books. And I did that this yr. And I learn fairly a bit. And I’ll simply spotlight just a few of those I’d really suggest from the e book listing that I learn this yr. I’ll additionally put up the start of my e book listing for subsequent yr 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. Either message me on social media or attain out within the present notes at wellnessmama.fm, and let me know.

But of the 50 books I learn this yr, those that I discovered most fascinating, thought-provoking, or difficult that I’d suggest, not essentially as a result of I agree completely 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 known as “The Holographic Universe.” This was really helpful by podcast visitor, Shawn Wells. And I believed it was a very thought-provoking have a look at an entire lot of matters, however particularly some concepts in regards to the mind. And I’ll depart it at that. I’m curious if any of you might have learn it, what your take is. I undoubtedly suppose that the creator made some logical jumps. And I don’t agree with all of it however it did actually assist me have a brand new perspective on a number of issues.

Another e book known as “The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future” by Kevin Kelly. If you aren’t aware of him, he’s fascinating and he has a weblog that you may learn. I’ll hyperlink to that within the present notes as nicely. But I like to recommend this e book as nicely. He goes by key ideas like screening, accessing, filtering, and mainly sort of broad concepts and the way they’re shaping and affecting our future. I believed this was actually thought-provoking, and it modified the way in which, as an example, I used to be fascinated by redesigning The Wellness Mama weblog, simply to make it extra user-friendly with the way in which that our brains at the moment are processing data. But it additionally was actually thought-provoking as a mum or dad to consider how our youngsters 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 baby, so how I can finest work together with them and use that to their benefit.

This is what I reread this yr, however I extremely suggest, “Poor Charlie’s Almanac.” And I’ve talked about him earlier than. I discussed him in my four-hundredth episode lately a number of occasions after I talked about my psychological fashions and guidelines for all times, however I’m a giant fan of loads of his work, and “Poor Charlie’s Almanac” has loads of it in a single place. He has concepts, like in any matter, know the opposite aspect higher than they do. So in the event you’re gonna have an opinion, know the opposite aspect of that opinion higher than somebody who disagrees with you. Earn the suitable to have that opinion. He’s additionally large on issues like checklists and techniques, which I very a lot am as nicely, and issues like understanding your circle of competence and staying inside it. And he has easy concepts which might be very profound, like individuals are usually extra profitable by merely attempting to keep away from being silly than by attempting 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 another strategy to loads of quite common issues. And I discover his writing and his talks very, very thought-provoking.

Another one which was only a enjoyable learn for me and for a few my children is “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” It is by and a couple of Nobel Prize-winning physicist, Richard Feynman. And it’s loads of simply humorous tales about his life, however it actually highlights his mind-set and the way a lot he thought in another way than loads of us. And I discovered it actually simply an enchanting learn. And additionally, I used to be capable of pull some sort of new methods and approaches of considering by issues from that. “The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves” by Matt Ridley, that was a considerably well timed one for this yr. 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 fairly straightforward learn.

There’s a e book known as “Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily 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. But I’m a fan of each e book of his that I’ve learn. And that is what I learn this yr. And a few of the core concepts on this e book are issues like, really do issues, don’t speak about them. I like his thought of ditching the golden rule, which I’m certain you recognize, however treating others the way in which 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 way in which you don’t need them to deal with you. I believed that was a very fascinating reframe as a result of if you bear in mind individuality and love languages, usually the way in which we wanna be handled shouldn’t be the way in which that others want or need to be handled. But if we keep away from treating others the way in which we’d not wanna be handled, there appears to be extra universality within the detrimental than within the optimistic. So if we will simply keep away from doing issues that, like, are dangerous or detrimental towards different individuals, that’ll usually get us rather a lot farther than attempting to anticipate and determine how they wanna be handled, which is probably going usually not the way in which that we wanna be handled. He additionally has a e book, I didn’t learn it this yr, however known as “Fooled by Randomness,” which has some good factors as nicely. I like all of his work. “Fooled by Randomness” talks about issues like how life isn’t truthful, which makes the rewards of continued effort disproportionately large. And this can be a idea that my children hear me lecture about each time they complain that life shouldn’t be truthful. And it’s from the philosophy of being a mother. And he additionally talks about issues like, we want our rational feelings to have the ability to determine, however there are techniques for making that give you the results you want versus in opposition to you, after which how one can know issues like how one can use randomness to your benefit. So mainly, how one can use it for good when it’s innocent, but additionally use stoicism or your individual psychological power to deflect it or not give in to it when it’s dangerous. So, sort of books throughout the spectrum there. Would love to listen to any e book suggestions, like I mentioned, that you simply guys have. Those had been a few of my favorites for the yr. 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 completely on objectives anymore simply because these are very…I really feel like resolutions are very black and white, and result in that mindset of in the event you deviate or break from it as soon as, it makes it simpler to simply hand over altogether. And I discovered, at the very least for me, that I’m rather more motivated by experiments and techniques than by objectives and resolutions. So that’s what I give attention to.

Some of the tendencies of that that I’m specializing in this yr. So, one frequent one for me is to repeatedly query and consider every thing I feel I consider, consistent with Charlie Munger’s thought of incomes the suitable to have an opinion. So I’ve made my listing of these issues for this yr. It appears to in some methods get shorter yearly, however extra refined. And I’ll hyperlink to the precise listing 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 function 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 aspect higher, which hopefully provides me extra empathy and understanding for that aspect. And if I used to be mistaken, hopefully I determine that out. So I’ll hyperlink to my listing there. But that’s one in all my recurring experiments is to problem myself on issues that am comparatively sure I consider to be true.

The cause I give attention to techniques for the remainder of these, as an alternative of objectives or resolutions, is sort of an thought from Scott Adams, who’s the illustrator-writer of “Dilbert.” And he mentioned, “Set up systems and not goals.” And I’d add experiments simply because these are enjoyable. But mainly, I simply sort of use that reframe. So, as I’m wanting ahead to the New Year, on all these totally different ranges, as an alternative of simply setting a aim of I need to do no matter this one tangible factor is, establishing techniques which might be repeatable, that may finally nonetheless result in that very same outcome however then the main target is on the system, not the aim, which is a way more optimistic suggestions loop as a result of a system is repeatable, and infrequently a each day motion, versus a aim being a factor that occurs solely as soon as.

One factor I feel is essential to notice right here, earlier than you possibly can arrange these experiments or techniques, you must outline the place you’re going. I discovered that for me for a very long time, and I feel possibly for another individuals as nicely, we don’t also have a clear definition of what happiness is, or success, or love. And so, I feel an essential start line is to outline what these issues are, this stuff that we wanna attempt for, after which outline what they really appear like. Some individuals have completed this very succinctly. Naval Ravikant, I consider his says, “A fit body, a calm mind, and a happy home.” And that’s his thought of happiness and success. I feel it’s a little bit totally different for all of us, however having a transparent, concise thought like that makes it rather more attainable. And then we will construct techniques and habits round them. This additionally I really feel like helps us to be rather more content material and grateful within the second versus striving towards, “I’ll be happy when…….” which I discussed earlier than, I feel is a entice of the thoughts and infrequently very a lot not true. Naval Ravikant explains his as “Desire’s a contract we make with ourselves to be unhappy until a certain time.” So I discover that having tangible, attainable definitions, after which techniques to get there helps guard in opposition to these.

So, all that mentioned, a few of my experiments and techniques for this yr. On The Wellness Mama aspect, I’m going to lastly be dealing with alone insecurity about being on video and creating extra movies for Wellness Mama that might be on social media and in addition out there on the web site. I’ve at all times most well-liked to jot down and tended extra towards the written phrase however I’ve realized that many individuals desire to study through video. And I had largely been avoiding this, I feel due to my very own insecurity and never desirous to be on digital camera or see myself on digital camera. But in dealing with loads 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 truly delve in and get to transform a few 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 loads of the modules of that through video.

Another frequent theme for me and is gonna be the identical in 2021 is to do experiments which might be out of my consolation zone. So, throughout the final 12 months, I’ve completed issues like karaoke, like taking voice classes, like studying to be the other way up. One of those I’m going to be doing in 2021 and that you simply’ll hear extra about quickly is stand-up comedy, which is, in loads of methods, one of many extra scary issues I can think about as a result of I don’t contemplate myself naturally humorous. But I’ve discovered that mothers, typically, we now have many elements of our each day life that lead in naturally to comedy or which might be 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 method during which I get to confront this concern. I’ll put it that method. And I’ll allow you to guys know what it’s. So you possibly can watch alongside and hopefully be entertained, or if not, at the very least heckle me.

I’m excited to announce that someday within the subsequent yr I hope to launch my new e book. The working title is “Zen & the Art of Dirty Dishes,” which in the event you’re acquainted, it’s a play on the concept of Zen and the Art of motorbike upkeep, which is a e book I loved a very long time in the past. But it’s particularly for mothers and for having techniques, reoccurring theme for me, I assume, that minimize by the chaos of each day life in order that we could be more practical, however much less pressured. And I hope to have extra particulars for you guys about that quickly after I’m really completed writing the e book and it’s simply within the technique of getting it to you. So, extra to come back quickly.

I discussed earlier on this episode the concept of the curriculum I’m utilizing with my children. And like I mentioned, it wasn’t one thing I deliberate to do for an additional decade. But then when digital schooling grew to become a lot extra distinguished this yr, I’ve been scrambling to get it in digital format. And I hope to launch that to you guys in January. So, maintain a watch out. If you’re not on my e-mail listing, you possibly can join it at wellnessmama.com to search out out when that’s gonna launch. But the curriculum is known as Unstitute. And the concept is that it turns conventional schooling on its head. So reasonably than being centered on simply e book work and time, and youngsters, like, from a data perspective, it’s a abilities up 80/20 extremely efficient, not even simply environment friendly, however efficient approach to study, that additionally makes the educating half a lot simpler. So I stroll you thru constructing a framework for the fundamentals that children really have to know, letting go of the issues they don’t have to know, after which constructing an surroundings that leads itself to creativity and significant considering in areas that they’re fascinated about. And as a optimistic of this, a very optimistic byproduct is it takes a lot much less hands-on time, and youngsters are happier, dad and mom are happier, and there’s extra time for downtime or for no matter your loved ones needs 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 nicely. This is what’s helped me personally enhance my very own health drastically this yr, to the tune of just about doubling how robust I used to be on most lifts, and getting a lot, a lot, a lot quicker. But 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, maintain a watch out for extra details about that. But that’s one in all my objectives for 2021 as a result of I really feel like a lot of the knowledge for lots of years that I used to be seeing about health, particularly for girls, was not useful or simply flat out mistaken. And if you apply the concepts of issues like 80/20 and minimal efficient dose, you will get a lot extra completed in a lot much less time, which is a big benefit in the event you’re a mother.

As at all times, I’ve a aim of studying once more subsequent yr. I at all times attempt to set a aim of studying 50 books a yr. And I’ll put the listing of those that I’ve on my listing up to now within the present notes. I’d love suggestions from you guys. And a notice about this, I’ve a philosophy relating to studying. Books, typically, are the one limitless merchandise on our finances 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. Yes, we now have 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 might not be , that method it’s there in the event that they ever wanna learn it. And I usually additionally get a tough copy, simply because I prefer to learn exhausting copy, I like to jot down in them. And I discover I’m more practical after I do this. And I make notes and spotlight. And then I’ve talked about earlier than in my eight guidelines for all times, I exploit the Feynman method, which is the concept that if you study one thing, in the event you can clarify it to a baby concisely in a method they perceive, then you definitely’ve really discovered it. And I attempt 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 at all times, if the e book was good, I move it on to another person in my household or a good friend, sometimes to somebody who I feel it might probably profit probably the most, and hope that, like, my notes and the Feynman method will assist them have higher recall, and assist them learn it as nicely. And then if I ever wanna learn it once more, I’ve the Kindle to learn or I’ll purchase a tough copy and repeat. But I’m a giant fan of passing on books and passing on data. And in order that’s what I do with these 50 books. And then I’ve literal stacks of books, wherever that I’d sit down in my home so I at all times have a spot to learn.

Another 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 attempting to be much less so and to have the ability to be extra spontaneous and current, and to attenuate work time as a lot as attainable. 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 techniques for subsequent yr, even when, for now, it requires scheduling being unscheduled.

Another focus for me in 2021 is supporting my children’ tasks. It’s been actually enjoyable as they’ve gotten older and thru Unstitute and our give attention to entrepreneurship, they’re rising with all their very own pursuits in issues like enterprise and an entire lot of different issues. So I’m attempting to be out there and current to assist them with this stuff. Several of them are beginning their very own companies. We have a number of of them very fascinated about chess proper now. And so we’re having time to play with them. For those fascinated about artwork, with the ability to do artwork with them, persevering with pole vaulting as a household. And I also have a couple who’re fascinated about studying actual property, and so serving to them determine plans and work towards having an actual property portfolio as they become older. But all these issues take time, so attempting to make it possible for I’m current to do these issues.

I additionally at all times yearly attempt to outline some new issues that I’m fascinated about and that I need to acquire particular data on. So for final yr, I did voice classes. I did languages in a point. And then I did an entire lot of analysis on genetics. For 2021, I’m going to get again to enjoying piano, once more, with techniques. So I’ll have occasions that I do this and techniques that I comply with for piano, archery, and in addition getting again to portray. I wanna paint one thing for each room in my home. And these might be enjoyable hobbies which might be 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. But this can be a wall in our home that has paintings devoted to loads of our household mottos and mantras. And I wanna ensure that we get this completed early within the yr. But a few of the ones you’ve most likely heard me say earlier than, you had been made to do exhausting issues. Happiness is a selection and a ability. Ask higher questions. You can study one thing from everybody. A factor I say to my children on a regular basis, “I love you unconditionally. There’s nothing that you can do that will ever decrease that or increase that.” Freedom is present in full private accountability. Empathetic listening is a superpower. With nice accountability comes nice energy. You can’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 a little bit smarter than if you awakened. We additionally added this lately from my good good friend, Tina Anderson, who owns Just Thrive, the probiotic firm, “Everything will work out perfectly for me,” which is her motto and we’ve adopted. And from Richard Feynman, “Genius is explaining complex things in simple ways.” And then additionally from Naval Ravikant, “All the real benefits of life come from compound interest.” 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 may be a recap of my yr 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 e-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 perfect e book you’ve learn lately? Would you be fascinated about doing month-to-month experiments, and techniques, and challenges with me on totally different matters? If so, let me know sure or no. And additionally, when you have particular ones that you’d be fascinated about discovering out extra about. What is the most important and most fun factor you’re tackling this yr? And what issues would you most like techniques for in your life that I can assist with? I’d be ceaselessly grateful in the event you guys would reply these questions within the present notes at wellnessmama.fm. And you’ll find all the sources I discussed within the present notes there as nicely. And I do know I say this each time and I imply it each single time, I’m so at all times extremely grateful to you for spending your most precious useful resource, your time with me at present. And each time that you simply be part of me on this podcast, I don’t take that calmly. That is our most precious useful resource, and I’m actually, actually honored that you simply share yours with me. And I hope that on this subsequent yr and on this subsequent episode, you’ll proceed to affix me on “The Wellness Mama Podcast.”

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