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Simply Joyful Podcast with Kristi Clover | Encouragement for your Faith and Family

The podcast that encourages and inspires you to find simple ways to bring more joy into your day. Whether you are looking for a little encouragement in your faith, family, home, homeschooling (if you do) -- or just life -- then this is the podcast for you! Let's get real and talk about the challenges that we face as women in our day-to-day lives. My guests and I will discuss practical tips and "hacks" about how to find harmony in relationships, order in your home, and how to add a little good ol' fun to your week. My prayer is that this podcast will bless you and add a smile to your face (even if it causes a few new wrinkles) -- and to hopefully help you "Live Simply" and "Be Joyful.”
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Apr 17, 2017

In this episode, Sarah and I talk about how to not settle for safe (and why). Sarah's story and testimony are amazing.

I just know you are going to be blown away by this episode with Sarah! 

 

Welcome to the Simply Joyful Podcast
Episode #013 with Sarah Jakes Roberts

 

Don’t Settle for Safe
Show Notes: KristiClover.com/013

 

Sarah Jakes Roberts is one of those people who has “been there and done that.” She has learned how to break destructive cycles to discover the best that life can offer someone who refuses to settle. Pregnant at 13, married at 19, divorced at 23, as well as being the daughter of T. D. Jakes, Sarah has amazing testimonials that are found in her two books, Lost and Found and Don’t Settle for Safe. In these books, she shares real stories about where life has taken her and the journey she’s gone through. In this podcast, Sarah and I will be discussing how God allows our past to create an amazing and abundant future for us. 

 

**Also know that everything we talk about can be found at KristiClover.com/013 or at simplyjoyfulpodcast.com. I have all the links and highlights mentioned in this show there!**

 

On a “Simply” & “Joyful” side note

I asked Sarah about what she does to simplify her life and she has a great response! She gives tips on creating a space where, as a mom, she doesn't feel guilty for taking a minute for herself—such great advice. I know you're going to love it!

 

** Go to: https://kristiclover.com/freedownload to get a 30 day free trial of Audible — complete with a credit for a free audiobook download. **

 

Books Mentioned

 

Scripture Mentioned

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:29

 

Please Note...

  • Every podcast episode will have all the highlights and links from each episode (just like this) on my website. So, come on over to the blog to find the show notes.
  • Be sure to grab your FREE copy of my book, Sanity Savers for Moms, by joining our Simply Joyful community. It's a great way to keep in touch...and get subscriber only freebies like my book. Click HERE to get the book and join!
  • Make sure you head over to listen to my other interviews HERE! I know you will love these episodes!

 

 

Help Get the Word Out...

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy. Thanks!

 

 

*My "Thank You" for Your Rating & Review on iTunes or Stitcher*

If you do subscribe, rate, & review this podcast in iTunes or Stitcher, I'd love to thank you by giving you $5 off at my store! Just leave the review and email me, and I'll send you a coupon code to access the coloring book! (See show notes for details)

 

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

 

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Connect with Sarah

Sarah Jakes Roberts is a take-charge business-woman, writer and media personality who expertly balances career, ministry and family. Wife to an epic king, mom to intelligent children, daughter of remarkable parents, & proud sis to talented siblings.

 

You can check out Sarah's books HERE on Amazon! You can find Sarah on her website at www.sarahjakesroberts.com.

Apr 10, 2017

Welcome to the Simply Joyful Podcast
Episode #012 with Mystie Winkler

Practical Tips for Being More Productive

Show Notes: KristiClover.com/012

 

I am a complete oxymoron! I know it! I admit it! I own it! I am one of the laziest perfectionists you’ll ever meet. I’m the messiest organized person, too! I’m also highly creative and highly analytical. My right brain and left brain are in constant competition. 

I actually look at organization as a puzzle. It’s a fun challenge for me to solve. Just how simply can I make things to get it totally efficient? I tweak and tweak and tweak again until I can get it to work just right. 

Yes, I love organizing things! I love figuring out new systems and new ways to simplify…which is why I’m so excited about having none other than Mystie Winkler on the podcast today! Mystie speaks my love language — organization!

Now, if you are unfamiliar with Mystie, we’ll then you are in for a treat! Mystie runs a blog called Simplified Organization. I mean, how much more of a perfect fit for the Simply Joyful Podcast can you get? Mystie is a self-proclaimed “slob by nature and has been actively combatting that tendency for 8 years now.” 

Mystie has not always been a naturally clean and tidy person. She’s had to learn to  change her attitude about how she cares for her home — and her family. Formerly she felt like “housecleaning was a waste of time.” However, things changed when she learned her “why” behind keeping her house in order. It became more about changing her perspective than finding new ways to clean. Her problem wasn't not knowing what to do. Her problem was not caring. Well, she’s learned to care and she shares more about that today.

You are going to love this episode if you are looking for a real conversation from two women who have had to overcome their non-tidy ways to become organized. 

 

A Special Offer...

Before we jump in I wanted to remind you that we have a special Simply Joyful Podcast deal with Audible! You get a FREE audiobook and a FREE 30 day trial! Just go to https://kristiclover.com/freedownload.  By going through my link, it helps to support the podcast. My goal is to get more help to free up my time, so I can keep bringing you more encouragement. 

 

Check out the Show Notes...

Also know that everything we talk about can be found at KristiClover.com/012 or at simplyjoyfulpodcast.com. I have all the links mentioned in this show there!

 

On a “Simply” & “Joyful” side note…

Mystie’s family sings and memorizes poetry together in the morning, and this puts them all in a good frame of mind to begin other work.

 

In This Episode…

In this episode, Mystie and I talk through practical tips and advice about how to be more productive. Mystie explains what “brain dumping” is and the best way to do it. She seriously rocked my “love for organization” world with her tips and advice. I stopped asking the questions I had on my paper and just started asking questions I knew I needed answered to help me with some of my problem areas.

 

I just know you are going to be so inspired in this episode with Mystie!

 

Highlights from This Show...

  • Mystie admits she was a natural list-making organizer and thought she had everything together until she had kids. She tried doing things as efficiently as possible, but she’s learned that dealing with the big picture and the vision were more important than the details.
  • Mystie said that she used to ask herself “Why do the dishes need to be done?” or “Why should I mop the floor in the first place?”
  • Finding her “why was the answer!

“If it doesn’t matter at all, I’m not going to waste my time doing it.”
— MystieWinkler

  • I mentioned that when it comes to homeschooling AND housekeeping, you do need to lower your standards and expectations a little bit. {Here's a post about more on this: Help! I Homeschool & My House is a Mess!}
  • Mystie states that her eyes were opened to the “why” from reading two novels: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen and Bleak House by Charles Dickens.


“[In the novel] Bleak House, [the main] character is wrapped up in how she keeps her house. The fact that she has the ‘household keys’ and that the house runs smoothly because of her was a huge part of the beauty that she brings.”
— Mystie Winkler

  • Mystie said that reading about this character from the Dickens classic helped open her eyes to the fact that details do matter and that the way one keep her house reflects on the character of the housekeeper.

 

“[Paying attention to details is a] way that we love people. It’s not meaningless, because it’s a gift that we’re giving to others.”
— Mystie Winkler

 

“The way we keep our house does speak to our character.”
— Mystie Winkler

 

  • I brought up the book Discipline: The Glad Surrender by Elisabeth Elliot and explained how the author brought up the fact that if you want to see if someone is disciplined, look at their house. I was convicted!
  • Mystie said that part of coming to know the meaning and value of cleaning up is doing it for others. Not just people you invite over, but the people that live in your house.

 

“You need to bless your family as well as you would bless others with your house and the standard you keep your house in…and what also prepares you for hospitality is when you make it a priority to actually take time to get a little bit organized here and there.”  
— Kristi Clover

 

  • Mystie talked about her blogs:
  1. Simplified Organization: where she keeps home and life management thoughts
  2. Simply Convivial: her homeschooling blog.

 

  • Mystie shared her thoughts on productivity and about how we only have “so much time” in our day. We need to be investing it in areas that are not self-focused. We need to ask ourselves,

— “What are the roles or responsibilities that God has given to me?”

— “Who am I supposed to be serving?”

— “Am I using my time to build and grow my family?”

 

  • Mystie discussed that serving the important people in her life comes before productivity and that feeling of accomplishment in herself.

 

  • I asked Mystie to talk about one of her key habits for productivity: Decluttering your brain! She said it’s good to write down all the thoughts and worries that are occupying your mind on a piece of paper. On paper, it’s much more obvious that we have too many commitments or emotional ties to unimportant duties.

 

  • Mystie talked about brain dumping on paper vs. brain dumping on the computer. She explained how mental space and different brain connections comes into play. Once the brain dump is out, you: 1) Go through and delete as much as possible, 2) Set up a reliable calendar, a place to keep to-do lists, and a place to keep reference notes, & 3) Look at the lists regularly! Because it’ll only work if you review them.

 

  • Mystie teaches in her Habits of Productivity course about how to use Evernote and paper for such organization. Evernote has a good search function for finding notes efficiently and can recognize scanned-in notes.

 

“Your brain is for thinking and not for remembering.”
— Mystie Winkler (from the book Getting Things Done by David Allen)

 

 

Books Mentioned…

 

 

Please Note...

  • Every podcast episode will have all the highlights and links from each episode (just like this) on my website. So, come on over to the blog to find the show notes.
  • Be sure to grab your FREE copy of my book, Sanity Savers for Moms, by joining our Simply Joyful community. It's a great way to keep in touch...and get subscriber only freebies like my book. Click HERE to get the book and join!
  • Make sure you head over to listen to my other interviews HERE! I know you will love these episodes!

 

Help Get the Word Out...

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy. Thanks!

 

*My "Thank You" for Your Rating & Review on iTunes or Stitcher*

If you do subscribe, rate, & review this podcast in iTunes or Stitcher, I'd love to thank you by giving you $5 off at my store! Just leave the review and email me, and I'll send you a coupon code to access the coloring book! (See show notes for details)

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

 

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

Connect Online:

My Website

Facebook 

Instagram

YouTube

Pinterest

Twitter

 

Connect with Mystie…

Mystie is a homeschooled homeschooler, married to her high school sweetheart, educating her five children ages thirteen to four. She loves to take big ideas and grand visions and make them practicable in real life. She blogs at Simplified Organization,  Simply Convivial, and Schole Sisters. You can check out all her awesome organizations courses and books HERE!!

Apr 3, 2017

Welcome to the Simply Joyful Podcast
Episode #011 with Lisa-Jo Baker

The Power of Friendship
Show Notes: KristiClover.com/011

 

Have you ever felt FOMO? That’s the Fear Of Missing Out. And in this day and age of social media, it not only makes friendships between women difficult...it can make them feel downright impossible. Even if you’re not on social media you can experience FOMO when you hear about friends getting together for playdates or coffee without you. That fear of being left can easily set in. FOMO is real! 

Friendships can be difficult for a variety of reasons. We as women compare ourselves to each other and feel like we fall short. Many of us carry baggage and hurts from friendships that went wrong. I share in this episode about a little “friendship PTSD” I experienced when I was hurt deeply by a friend. It made me want to pull back from friendships entirely, rather than put myself at risk of experiencing that pain again. I still second guess myself constantly years after this happened. I’m always worried that something I’ve said might be taken the wrong way. 

 

Well, my guest today, Lisa-Jo Baker, knows a thing or two about friendships between women. For the past 7 years, she has served as community manager for Incourage, a website devoted to encouraging women in their everyday stories of faith. Lisa-Jo shares with us from her brand new book, Never Unfriended: ///. She made me giggle when she described her stage of life as the “wonder years” since the kids can now get up, get dressed, and go to the bathroom by themselves…oh what a wonder that is!

 

On a “Simply” & “Joyful” side note…

Lisa-Jo’s shares her biggest tip for keeping things simple, and what she requires of her kids to keep their evenings both simple and joyful.

 

** Go to: https://kristiclover.com/freedownload to get a 30 day free trial of Audible — complete with a credit for a free audiobook download. **

 

 

In This Episode

I so thoroughly enjoyed talking with Lisa-Jo in this episode!! We discussed how we as women thwart friendships, how we can look to Jesus for the true example of how to be a friend, and how to speak the truth to ourselves when our heart wants so badly to deceive us. 

We also talk about the difficulty of developing and maintaining friendships between women, how the internet has affected that, and what we can do about it.

Well, you are in for such a treat!! I just know you will be so blessed by my conversation with Lisa-Jo! I hope this episode inspires you to develop friendships with women, to encourage them through Christ, and to reach out even when it is difficult.

 

Highlights from This Show…

 

*Lisa-Jo talks about friendship PTSD and how it affects our ability to make and maintain friendships. 

*Is it possible to invest in friendships in a culture where you can be unfriend someone with a swipe of your finger?

“Eve is the original FOMO girl; she’s basically like, ‘Oh my goodness, God has left me out of something.’”
— Lisa-Jo Baker

 

* I reference the first time that I heard the term “FOMO” being here on the podcast with Jill Savage. (Now I hear the term everywhere.) :)

*Lisa-Jo talks about how coveting what our neighbors have has exploded with the invention of the internet, when the whole world is now our neighbor. We can be perfectly content with our life, then open Instagram and start scrolling and we aren’t content anymore. 

*Lisa-Jo and I laugh about how moms will actually dress up when getting together with other women, yet don’t usually put as much thought into how we dress for the men in our lives. We feel such pressure to maintain appearances for other women. 

*Lisa-Jo gives the world’s definition of friendship, “What’s in it for me?”, as opposed to Jesus’ definition of friendship, “What’s in it for you?” Lisa-Jo and I also discuss how Jesus came to be our friend and how He pursues relationships with us.

 

“It’s about saying to your friend, ‘How could I show up and be a friend to you?’”
— Lisa-Jo Baker

*Lisa-Jo talks about why it’s important to pursue friendships with others. She also points out how we are hard-wired for relationships by God Himself. Relationships are actually beneficial for us, even if it is hard or we’ve struggled with friendship “failures” in the past. 

 

*I shared with Lisa-Jo about how her story about her mom passing away when she was just a teenager really touched me as I read her book…especially since we had just lost my father-in-law over the summer. The power of friendships during crisis moments like these really touched both of us in our time of grieving.

 

“It’s okay if it feels awkward...it is better to say the wrong thing than to say nothing.”
— Lisa-Jo Baker

 

*”Friendship is Jesus with skin on. It’s how we bring Him to sit on the sofa next to our friend who’s grieving.”
— Lisa-Jo Baker

 

*Jesus is our Emmanuel and He demonstrates the gift of “presence” in our lives and how we need to show up and be present in the lives of others…especially when friends are going through hard times. 

*Lisa-Jo talks about the story of the good Samaritan in Scripture and how Jesus was asked, “WHO is my neighbor?” He taught how to go and BE a good neighbor. He shifts the burden from “What’s in it for me?” to “What’s in it for you?”

*Lisa-Jo got very practical in the episode and shared some great tips for women who are ready to reach out and be a friend. She shared an acronym with us from the book: S.T.A.Y.S. {S= Shows up! T= Takes time! A= Assumes the best! Y= Asks “Why?” Friends ask good questions of each other & aren’t afraid of the answers. S= Stops comparing & Starts encouraging}

*I mention how I’ve struggled as a people pleaser for most of my life and how I have to fight the lie of the enemy that others don’t like me and may have possibly taken something I’ve said out of context. I share how I try to mediate on Philippians 4 and believe “what is true” of others and not what I “think” they might be thinking. The importance of prayer over situations like these is so important.

 

“The heart is deceitful above all else…”
— Jeremiah 17:9

 

 “Nobody lies to me quite like I do.”
— Lisa-Jo Baker

 

*Lisa-Jo shares a second acronym about the L.I.E.S. we tell ourselves. {L= “Left out” on purpose I = That we’re “invisible” E = That “everything” is about me  S = Skinny jeans friendships! Ha!}

 

“Friendship is not like skinny jeans; it’s more like sweat pants. It gives everybody room to breathe just the way they are.” 
— Lisa-Jo Baker

 

*Lisa-Jo and I talk about how being a good friend to others starts with being a good friend to yourself. Lisa-Jo confesses how she realized that she was constantly speaking negatively to herself and how she’s had to learn to turn off the “devil static.” 

*Lisa-Jo discusses how to handle a “friendship break-up.” She also reminds us that even Jesus Himself suffered from failed friendships; think about His relationship with Judas. 

 

“At the end of the day, it is not our job to fix other people; it’s our job to love them.”
— Lisa-Jo Baker

 

“It’s better to have a scar that hurts than an open wound.”
— Lisa-Jo Baker

 

*Lisa-Jo discusses how as moms we have daily opportunities to die to ourselves. 

“What I love about Jesus is that He’s never going to get tired of you coming to Him, or asking for validation, or asking Him how you look or how that project went...like NEVER. He’s never tired of that. You can come to Him as much as you want, about everything under the sun...and He will love you. He is fascinated by your life, and He wants to share it with you.” 
— Lisa-Jo Baker

 

Books Mentioned…

 

 

Another Great "Tool" to Mention...

Temper Tool Kit by Lisa-Jo Baker is incredible. This is a video course that has “a collection of practical strategies, honest stories, and Biblical resources from one mom to another to help you take control of your temper BEFORE you lose it.” Sounds great, right. Check it our HERE.

 

Scripture Mentioned...

 

"The heart is deceitful above all things..."
-- Jeremiah 17:9 (ESV)

 

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."
--Philippians 4:8 (ESV)

 

The Parable of the Good Samaritan
--Luke 10:25-37

 

Another Great "Tool" to Mention...

Temper Tool Kit by Lisa-Jo Baker is incredible. This is a video course that has “a collection of practical strategies, honest stories, and Biblical resources from one mom to another to help you take control of your temper BEFORE you lose it.” Sounds great, right. Check it our HERE.

 

 

Please Note…

  • Every podcast episode will have all the highlights and links from each episode (just like this) on my website. So, come on over to the blog to find the show notes.
  • Be sure to grab your FREE copy of my book, Sanity Savers for Moms, by joining our Simply Joyful community. It's a great way to keep in touch...and get subscriber only freebies like my book. Click HERE to get the book and join!
  • Make sure you head over to listen to my other interviews HERE! I know you will love these episodes!

 

 

Help Get the Word Out...

My prayer is that this podcast would be a blessing to all who hear it. If you enjoy this podcast, it would be such a blessing to have you "Subscribe" to this podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave me a rating and review. This helps the podcast to rank in iTunes and be more "visible" for people searching for new podcasts to listen to. If you wanted to share this episode with friends or on social media, I've created several great images that are share-worthy. Thanks!

 

*My "Thank You" for Your Rating & Review on iTunes or Stitcher*

If you do subscribe, rate, & review this podcast in iTunes or Stitcher, I'd love to thank you by giving you $5 off at my store! Just leave the review and email me, and I'll send you a coupon code to access the coloring book! (See show notes for details)

 

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about the Simply Joyful Podcast!

 

I hope you enjoyed this week's podcast! My prayer is always that you will be blessed and encouraged by each episode.

Live Simply. Be Joyful.

 

 

Connect Online:

My Website

Facebook 

Instagram

YouTube

Pinterest

Twitter

 

 

Connect with Lisa-Jo…

Lisa-Jo has three kids, a well-traveled passport, and a very patient husband who has never run through an airport for me. She  sincerely believes motherhood should come with its own super hero cape. She's the community manager for the beautiful, come-just-as-you-are, bring-your-girlfriends, let’s talk faith while we sit with feet up on the coffee table website (in)courage. She's also the author of Surprised by Motherhood and Never Unfriended. You can check out Lisa-Jo's books HERE on Amazon! You can find Lisa-Jo on her website at lisajobaker.com and at neverunfriended.com.

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