20: Aligning Your Days and Your Goals to your True Priorities

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If you feel like your days get lost on things that are important, but not MOST important, this is the episode for you. If you feel like you're going and going but missing out on what you care about most- this is what we're discussing here. 

Today I talk about...

-Two exercises to help determine your true priorities (your MOST important things)
-An exercise to help you goal set around these priorities 
-Your "yes" and "no" list for what you want your days to look like
-How to have purposeful days

Links:
Podcast Instagram
Leaving a Podcast Review
Meal Planner
Podcast Website
Email: hi@desiraeendres.com

Thanks so much for listening! 

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19: Simplify Healthy Living, Meal Prepping, and Getting Your Family to Eat More Veggies with Taesha Butler

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Today I talk to Taesha Butler from thenaturalnurturer.com about healthy living - specifically when it comes to nutritional choices, and how to simplify this part of our lives that often leaves us confused and overwhelmed.

What we talk about:
-The reasons feeding our family nourishing food can be overwhelming
-Making meal prep simpler
-Not overthinking healthy eating - keeping it simple
-Ways to veggie load your meals
-Mindset when trying to feed our kids healthier meals
-How to work with picky eaters
-Great smoothie add ins
-Favorite grab and go, easy healthy meals.

Links:
thenaturalnurturer.com
Taesha on Instagram
Green Smoothie Muffins
The Podcast on Instagram
Podcast Website
Meal Planner
Directions for Leaving a Podcast Review
hi@desiraeendres.com

 

Thanks for listening! 

18: Declutter your Closet & Wear a Uniform for your Everyday Life

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Today I'm talking about decluttering your wardrobe and paring it down to a uniform you can wear for work and play - this is something that has made a huge difference in my life and has been one of the most important changes I've made through minimalism in my home. 

Things I talk about:
-My personal struggle with my closet/ wardrobe
-How I finally took steps to truly pair down my wardrobe
-Action steps towards creating a "uniform" for your everyday life (and why you should)
-The emotional ties to clothing and the highly emotional process of decluttering.

Links:
-podcast instagram
-podcast website
-email desirae (hi@desiraeendres.com)
-Teach with VIPKID (Teach Online)


If you’re loving the podcast, leave a rating or review! Here are the directions to do so on itunes- it helps the podcast get in front of new eyes/ears and I’d appreciate it so much! Let me know if you did and I’ll send you a little downloadable hand lettered minimalist inspiration! :)


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17: The Link Between Identity, Clutter & Why You Can't Get Organized with Lauren Tucker of An Organized Life

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Today on the podcast, I interview Lauren Tucker, the brains behind anorganizedlife.info and @an_organized_life on Instagram! She’s a guru of all things organization, and our conversation is full of tips on how to get organized, ways to approach goals, and reasons why so many find it hard to get organized at all.

We talk about:
-Why Lauren started An Organized Life
-The psychology/mindset behind organization
-The link between identity, clutter, and why you can’t get organized.
-A way to set goals so you feel less overwhelmed (and more likely to actually take action)
-and more!

Things we mention:
-Lauren’s website
-Lauren’s instagram
-The minimal-ish podcast instagram
-The Minimal-ish Meal Planner
-The minimal-ish podcast website
-Google Tasks
-This Naked Mind
-How to leave a review on iTunes

If you’re loving the podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review! It helps the podcast get seen (and heard) by more people - I appreciate your help and time more than you know!

If you have any questions about the podcast, topic suggestions, or guest suggestions, please e-mail Desirae at hi@desiraeendres.com

Thanks for listening!

Episode 16: Where is the podcast headed? What does it mean to be "Minimal-ish?"

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The podcast is back with a new name and similar mission- I’m giving you a short episode to explain the meaning behind the name and what’s ahead for the show!

I also talk about what minimalism has done for me nearly a year in and how I’ve found my own “version” of minimalism that works for me at this point in my life as a work from home mom.

Tune in next week for a conversation on organization with Lauren from @anorganized_life!

Episode 15: Foster Parenting & Simplifying Career Change with Manda Carpenter

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Today, I have a super exciting episode to share with you! I’m talking to Manda Carpenter, a writer/ blogger who I’ve personally followed for a long time.

I talk to her about her foster parenting journey, the joys and struggle that have come along with that, and we talk about how she switched careers from teaching (we have this in common) and how we can take the stress and anxiety out of big career decisions like this. 

We also talk about her movement, Letters of Encouragement, and her future writing endeavors. Manda is a beautiful person and I'm so excited to share this episode with you!

Links you'll want to check out:
Manda's Website/Blog
Manda's Instagram
Letter's of Encouragement

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Episode 14: How to have a simplified, intentional holiday season that you'll actually enjoy

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Today I'm talking about practical ways to simplify your holiday season and focus in on what you want your holiday season about- and then how to actually follow through with all of it!

Things I Discuss:

-Planning for success during the holiday season
-Putting others first this season
-Putting thought into your gift list
-Letting go of things that stress you out this season
-Putting down your phone more during the holidays

I also announce the Simple Holidays Challenge which starts December 1st as a community!

Links:

Simple Holidays Challenge Full Version

Simple Holidays Challenge Free Version

Ann Voskamp Devotional

Instagram

Website

Episode 12: Motherhood Memoir | What to do when you're overwhelmed with a new season of motherhood (and what to do when there are always bananas on your pants)

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This is the first episode in my "Motherhood Memoirs" series which will be released once a month on the show. I share my own memoirs that I write about motherhood- memoirs that are written from a place where I'm often feeling overwhelmed, or after a realization I've had about my own motherhood.

Rather read the memoir? Check out the blog version of this episode!

I believe in sharing stories, and I always personally learn from reading others' memoirs, so I'm excited to share my essay-style memoirs with you, "audio book" style. 

I also include a "debrief" of the memoir where I talk about more practical ideas on what to do when you're feeling overwhelmed by entering a new season of motherhood (or just overwhelmed by any season of motherhood in general.)


I also talk about a free journaling resource for you (because I believe in the power of writing!)

If you are loving the podcast, I'd be so thankful if you could leave a rating or review of the show! Contact us at hi@desiraeendres.com with any questions or suggestions you might have about the show!

Episode 11: How to Intentionally Focus Your Days on the Important Things in Your Life

Today I'm taking you through a step by step process to help you find a way to focus your days on what is actually important to you. Minimalism is about eliminating the stuff and noise in our lives so we can focus on the good stuff- and processes/ routines help us make sure we actually follow through with that. This episode will take you through a process that can help you decide what is important to you and follow through with focusing on those things. 

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In this episode, I discuss:

  • Deciding what is important to you and creating mission statements

  • Creating a routine or ritual that helps you center your days. 

  • Following through with making a routine a habit. 

  • Incorporating gratitude in your everyday life. 

  • Evaluating what you currently focus on in your everyday life and eliminating the less important stuff. 

    Things I mentioned/ other places to find the show:

  • Worksheet to go along with the show

  • Free Minimalist Startup Guide

  • Desirae’s Instagram (where the podcast lives on Insta)

  • Podcast Facebook

If you’re loving the podcast, it would be amazing if you’d take the time to review our podcast on iTunes! It will help others discover The Minimalist Family Podcast. You can also, always share on social media! Take a snapshot of you listening to the podcast and share it on Facebook, Instagram, or just word of mouth! We’re so thankful if you do!

If you have any questions about the show, comments, suggestions, or questions we should answer on an upcoming podcast, please email us at hi@theminimalistfamilypodcast.com

Episode 10: Going Zero Waste with Amy of Minimalista Mom

Today I'm interviewing Amy of Minimalista Mom and talking about her Zero Waste journey she's taken over the past year with her family! It's incredible how far they have come and the strides they have made, and she gives practical tips on how you can take steps towards minimizing your waste and caring for the environment.

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In this episode, I/we discuss:

  • The podcast is changing...stay tuned for a bonus episode to see how!

  • What zero waste is / Amy's reason for going zero waste

  • The biggest challenges with going zero waste with a family

  • The practical things that have really made a difference in Amy's zero waste journey

  • Small, easy, and practical ways you can make change and "go zero waste"

    Things we mentioned/ other places to find us:

  • Free Minimalist Startup Guide

  • Amy's Instagram: @minimalistamom

  • Amy's website/blog: minimalistamom.com

  • Desirae’s Instagram (where the podcast lives on Insta)

  • Podcast Facebook

If you’re loving the podcast, it would be amazing if you’d take the time to review our podcast on iTunes! It will help others discover The Minimalist Family Podcast. You can also, always share on social media! Take a snapshot of you listening to the podcast and share it on Facebook, Instagram, or just word of mouth! We’re so thankful if you do!

If you have any questions about the show, comments, suggestions, or questions we should answer on an upcoming podcast, please email us at hi@theminimalistfamilypodcast.com

Episode 9: What is Enough? Redefining "enough" in every area of life.

Today I'm discussing the concept of enough in the second week of our "heart of minimalism" series. We're getting to the root of what minimalism is all about and talking about how to redefine enough for yourself, not just in your stuff, but in your commitments and life in general, too.

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In this episode, I discuss:

  • What I'm Learning: Living with the mess...

  • 3 strategies to help you define enough in your life

  • Questions to help you pare down your possessions. 

  • Encouragements about "being" enough

Things we mentioned/ other places to find us:

If you’re loving the podcast, it would be amazing if you’d take the time to review our podcast on iTunes! It will help others discover The Minimalist Family Podcast. You can also, always share on social media! Take a snapshot of you listening to the podcast and share it on Facebook, Instagram, or just word of mouth! We’re so thankful if you do!

If you have any questions about the show, comments, suggestions, or questions we should answer on an upcoming podcast, please email us at hi@theminimalistfamilypodcast.com

Episode 8: Incorporating Gratitude Practices into your Everyday Life

In this episode, Desirae discusses a new mini-series, "The heart of minimalism" and starts out by talking about how gratitude practices go hand in hand with minimalism.

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In this episode, Desirae discusses:

  • How minimalism can steal your joy/ become a burden

  • How practicing gratitude daily is actually proven to make you happier

  • Three ways to practice gratitude in your everyday life

  • How gratitude is related to minimalism, and the intentional living/ mindset part of minimalism

  • Listener Question: Small Kitchen Storage Solutions

Things we mentioned/ other places to find us:

If you’re loving the podcast, it would be amazing if you’d take the time to review our podcast on iTunes! It will help others discover The Minimalist Family Podcast. You can also, always share on social media! Take a snapshot of you listening to the podcast and share it on Facebook, Instagram, or just word of mouth! We’re so thankful if you do!

If you have any questions about the show, comments, suggestions, or questions we should answer on an upcoming podcast, please email us at hi@theminimalistfamilypodcast.com

Episode 7: Benefits of Minimalism for Kids

In this episode, we discuss five reasons minimalism actually is beneficial for kids who live with a family that practices it. We think this is a huge reason to adopt minimalism as a family, and hope this conversation helps you see why we feel this way!

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In this episode, we discuss:

  • What we're learning: Grocery Shopping on a budget and Rearranging the furniture

  • Five major benefits of minimalism for kids

  • How you can foster creativity in your kids' lives

  • How minimalism can help you raise less entitled/ more appreciative children in today's culture.

  • Listener Question: Home decor tips for minimalists!

Things we mentioned/ other places to find us:

If you’re loving the podcast, it would be amazing if you’d take the time to review our podcast on iTunes! It will help others discover The Minimalist Family Podcast. You can also, always share on social media! Take a snapshot of you listening to the podcast and share it on Facebook, Instagram, or just word of mouth! We’re so thankful if you do!

If you have any questions about the show, comments, suggestions, or questions we should answer on an upcoming podcast, please email us at hi@theminimalistfamilypodcast.com

Episode 6: Benefits of Minimalism for Parents

In this episode, we discuss how minimalism improves the quality of life for parents who practice it. Even if minimalism feels hard to adopt for your family, it's worth it, and we're discussing why!

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In this episode, we discuss:

  • Taking a break from social media
  • Why people are better than things
  • How to start minimalism with kids when it feels impossible
  • Four major benefits of minimalism for families
  • Listener Question: Are there rules for minimalism?

Things we mentioned/ other places to find us:

If you’re loving the podcast, it would be amazing if you’d take the time to review our podcast on iTunes! It will help others discover The Minimalist Family Podcast. You can also, always share on social media! Take a snapshot of you listening to the podcast and share it on Facebook, Instagram, or just word of mouth! We’re so thankful if you do!

If you have any questions about the show, comments, suggestions, or questions we should answer on an upcoming podcast, please email us at hi@theminimalistfamilypodcast.com

Episode 5: Navigating Kid's Birthdays, Gift Giving, and Gift Receiving as Minimalists

On this episode, we're talking from our own experience about throwing birthday parties for kids as minimalists, plus, approaching gift giving and receiving with grace and gratitude, yet making sure your house isn't overrun by stuff in the process. 

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In this episode, we discuss:

  • Hosting a large-ish party in a small home
  • Tips for throwing birthday parties for kids as a minimalist family
  • Alternatives to birthday parties with kids
  • Gift receiving as minimalists
  • Gift giving as minimalists

Things we mentioned/ other places to find us:

If you’re loving the podcast, it would be amazing if you’d take the time to review our podcast on iTunes! It will help others discover The Minimalist Family Podcast. You can also, always share on social media! Take a snapshot of you listening to the podcast and share it on Facebook, Instagram, or just word of mouth! We’re so thankful if you do!

If you have any questions about the show, comments, suggestions, or questions we should answer on an upcoming podcast, please email us at hi@theminimalistfamilypodcast.com

Episode 4: 5 Ways to Simplify in a Busy Season

This week we're talking about simplifying in a busy season. We know that the back to school season brings a much busier pace for many families, so we are discussing how you can keep things simple during a season like this. 

This doesn't just apply to back to school, but any busy season.

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Minimalism isn't just about decluttering- it's something you can adapt into your entire life. That includes your schedule, your mindset, and the way you intentionally live out your life. 

PS: Sorry about any background noise. We’re not professional podcasters. We’re a couple just wanting to share our heart! Give us some grace, We’re doing our best!

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In this episode, we discuss:

  • Things we've learned this week
  • 5 Ways to simplify in a busy season including...
  • Learning to say no to things
  • Simplifying Dinnertime
  • Simplifying your work life
  • Taking time for Self Care
  • Pressing pause and putting away your work and your phone
  • Listener Question: What do you do with the question/ thought of "I might need it someday" when decluttering?

Things we mentioned/ other places to find us:

If you’re loving the podcast, it would be amazing if you’d take the time to review our podcast on iTunes! It will help others discover The Minimalist Family Podcast. You can also, always share on social media! Take a snapshot of you listening to the podcast and share it on Facebook, Instagram, or just word of mouth! We’re so thankful if you do!

If you have any questions about the show, comments, suggestions, or questions we should answer on an upcoming podcast, please email us at hi@theminimalistfamilypodcast.com

Episode 3: Downsizing, Why we Live Smaller, and Being a Minimalist no Matter the Size of your Home

We're talking about our journey from living in a four bedroom home to a much, smaller two bedroom one, the struggles, and why ultimately, it's been a great change. We'll also talk about how you can be a minimalist no matter your home size, and how to be content right where you are.

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PS: Sorry about any background noise. We’re not professional podcasters. We’re a couple just wanting to share our heart! Give us some grace, We’re doing our best!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why we bought a four bedroom home
  • Why we then moved to a two bedroom home
  • What living in a smaller home has changed for us
  • Small home living tips
  • You can be a minimalist in a larger home, too.
  • Listener question: What to do with all these books? From a book lover's perspective.
  • How to be content no matter your home size

Things we mentioned/ other places to find us:

If you’re loving the podcast, it would be amazing if you’d take the time to review our podcast on iTunes! It will help others discover The Minimalist Family Podcast. You can also, always share on social media! Take a snapshot of you listening to the podcast and share it on Facebook, Instagram, or just word of mouth! We’re so thankful if you do!

If you have any questions about the show, comments, suggestions, or questions we should answer on an upcoming podcast, please email us at hi@theminimalistfamilypodcast.com

Episode 2: How to Get Started With Minimalism

So you've decided minimalism is right for you? What's next? This episode will detail the steps we took when just starting out, and the steps we suggest you to take!

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PS: Sorry about any background noise. We're not professional podcasters. We're a couple just wanting to share our heart! Give us some grace :) We're doing our best!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How we started when we first became minimalists
  • Areas we decluttered first
  • The most satisfying areas we decluttered
  • Suggestions for starting out
  • Having a "why" for minimalism
  • Being ruthless with your stuff
  • Listener question: What to do if your spouse isn't on board!

Things we mentioned/ other places to find us:

If you're loving the podcast, it would be amazing if you'd take the time to review our podcast on iTunes! It will help others discover The Minimalist Family Podcast. You can also, always share on social media! Take a snapshot of you listening to the podcast and share it on Facebook, Instagram, or just word of mouth! We're so thankful if you do!

If you have any questions about the show, comments, suggestions, or questions we should answer on an upcoming podcast, please email us at hi@theminimalistfamilypodcast.com

Our First Episode | Our Story

We're so excited that our first episode is published and our podcast is ready for listeners! We can't wait to share our heart on minimalism with you all!

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In this episode you'll learn about who we are, why we're starting this podcast, our journey to a more minimalistic life, and how it has benefitted our family.

PS: Sorry about any background noise. We're not professional podcasters. We're a couple just wanting to share our heart! Give us some grace :) We're doing our best!

We want you to know we are far from perfect. We're constantly learning about minimalism ourselves, learning what it looks like to make it most beneficial for our family, and that minimalism can look different for everyone. These are our opinions, and this is our version of realistic minimalism with a family.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Who we are!
  • Why we're starting this podcast
  • How we got started with minimalism
  • Our own definitions of minimalism
  • How minimalism has benefited our family
  • How it has changed us, individually and as a couple/ family
  • What it "feels" like to be a minimalist

Things we mentioned/ other places to find us:

If you're loving the podcast, it would be amazing if you'd take the time to review our podcast on iTunes! It will help others discover The Minimalist Family Podcast. You can also, always share on social media! Take a snapshot of you listening to the podcast and share it on Facebook, Instagram, or just word of mouth! We're so thankful if you do!

If you have any questions about the show, comments, suggestions, or questions we should answer on an upcoming podcast, please email us at hi@theminimalistfamilypodcast.com

Join our Launch Team!

We're so excited about the adventure of launching The Minimalist Family Podcast! Check out a little bit about who we are in our about section above. 

Our goal with this podcast, the reason we're starting it, is to create a place to encourage others that are on the same journey we're on- a journey with a focus on intentional living, and intentionally living with less so we can enjoy the important things more. So we can do what matters. So we can live abundantly, with a focus on family and the values that are important to us. 

We've found that stuff doesn't bring the fulfillment we once believed it did. And a home full of stuff is often a home full of clutter, which actually ends up with quite the negative affect on our brains. 

A life with less stuff has brought us so much more joy. Clearer minds. Clearer missions. More time to enjoy our little girl and each other. Less to manage in our home (hallelujah!) 

If you'd like to hear more about our story, you can read a post that was written by Desirae towards the very beginning of our journey here. 

Of course, you can bet one of our first episodes will detail our story even more. 

We are launching on Tuesday, September 4th!

Until then, though, here's a few things you can do.

Join our Launch Team!

As a launch team member, you'll get some great goodies sent to you, like family bucket list templates for the upcoming seasons (a great way to plan to be present together), and Desirae's Simple and Purposeful Days Guide Book.  Sign up now and get the freebies sent to you on August 20th.

If you join our launch team, we'll just ask that you subscribe to our podcast, download the first episodes, and celebrate with us all on the day it launches! We'll also ask for a review if you love it!

Subscribe to our mailing list!

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