Whew! 2020 in Evaluation & Experiments, Highlights & Programs in 2021

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This episode is a shorter solo episode, check-in, and plan for the following yr. And I might 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 unique world it appears to be now and wanting to actually double down on the targets of supporting and curating group, particularly for mothers, which has at all times been the objective right here. However to begin, I believe we will all agree that this was a loopy 525,600 minutes this previous yr. I believe for many people, it’s been a trainer, it’s been a problem, a frustration, and a really, very lengthy 12 months. Talking personally, I don’t assume I anticipated it to seem like this in January. I definitely had different plans than what this yr introduced, and there have been plenty of ups and downs I believe for many people, each in private life, in work life, in household life. I do know lots of people who’ve been by means of quite a bit this yr. I’m wanting ahead very hopefully to subsequent yr. And I might love to listen to from you guys on this, as nicely. However I needed to simply briefly recap a number 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 might like to cross on to you guys. After which additionally speak by means of my upcoming 2021 experiments, programs, and favorites, and get your enter on these as nicely. As a result of I very a lot consider Wellness Mama as a group. And your perception is absolutely, actually essential to me.

So, to start, the experiments and highlights of 2020. I spend plenty of time on the finish of yearly, planning ahead and creating programs for the following yr and breaking that into brief, 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 not less than 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 try this and what I do. However the brief model is that I discover that’s a really useful psychological and non secular 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 Seek for Which means” and “The 4 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 standard a part of life, like meals and utilizing the time and the main target of that to actually hone in for the following yr.

And so in 2020, a number of the experiments, and highlights, and themes have been, for one, a lot of household time. I believe this was a standard theme for many people, even when it wasn’t one which we deliberate to have in 2020. However definitely, with all of the adjustments 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. However I attempted to be current and concentrate on the nice issues of that household time and actually spend that point centered on my children and the entire issues in our life at dwelling that I wouldn’t have usually had fairly as a lot time to concentrate on. And a technique that we did this was to actually curate our dwelling setting as a result of we have 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 setting. So, anybody who visited my dwelling this yr in all probability noticed piles of books in every single place. I’ll speak extra about this in a while. However books are the one line merchandise on our price range that doesn’t have a cap. If children wanna learn a guide, I’ll get it for them. I usually myself get books on each Kindle and laborious copy. And I’ll clarify why in a while about that. However I made certain that there have been many books each on their Kindles and in our dwelling, and there have been continually issues to learn. So once we needed to spend extra time at dwelling, there was at all times sort of psychological stimulation simply accessible. And it led to much more studying for all of us. And I believe my children, a few of them actually acquired into fiction. Certainly one of my sons learn, based on his Kindle monitoring, about 4,000 pages on this final month alone of fiction sequence 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. However we’ve all learn various things, however making the power to learn and be taught a distinguished focus.

We additionally tried to curate our dwelling setting to suit our life in different methods as nicely. Issues like integrating artwork and health into our dwelling as these issues have modified. Our native artwork courses acquired canceled, gymnastics courses acquired canceled. So, I kind of turned our home into an exploratory studio for the entire issues that we love. And that’s issues like, we’ve a gymnastics mat now down our hallway. It’s like a 25-foot gymnastics mat, I believe. And the youngsters don’t ever stroll down the hallway. They both bounce, or handstand stroll, or cartwheel, or handspring. No matter it’s they’re doing, they do it down the hallway. That little change has led to a lot additional motion for them. And it’s been wonderful to see how a lot their steadiness and their handstand potential has improved, simply from that. Different issues like we put a climbing hangboard throughout one of many archways in our home, in order that anytime we stroll by means of that door, we will all simply dangle for a second, which previous podcast visitor, Aaron Alexander, stated is a good factor to do each single day, even for simply three minutes. It’s actually useful in your again and shoulders. The truth is, I consider he quoted a health care provider of some type who stated 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 front room, a trampoline within the yard, and a slackline. Simply something we might put that actually result in motion as a result of I’m a agency believer that we’re happier as people once we transfer, not train, which has been one in all my classes of this yr. And so making an attempt to place issues in our method to make that simple and enjoyable, versus it being a factor that we had so as to add to our to-do listing. Similar 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. In order 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 anyplace from three to 6 of the youngsters sitting round me, which is a good time for dialog. And since we’re all centered on an exercise and never straight, like, making eye contact, I discover they have an inclination 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 making an attempt to do handstands, which they’re all nonetheless significantly better at than I’m however I can lastly not less than do. So it’s been a enjoyable yr of household bonding that means.

In the identical means, we’ve actually doubled down on training this yr. However I believe plenty of you’ll have heard me discuss our various strategy to training. And I take advantage of 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 the entire 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 thought of going again to the primary ideas and actually breaking down what children have to be profitable in life, after which constructing from there. As a result of I actually firmly consider that the previous script of go to highschool and get good grades and also you’ll achieve success in life isn’t 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 sooner or later when my children have been all grown, I might flip it into an precise curriculum for different households, pondering 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 stated that, in some ways, this yr introduced 2030 to 2020. And we noticed some huge technological advances and adjustments that will have taken years and years in different circumstances in society. So for all of the issues that it won’t have been, this yr has been nice for that. So I constructed the system based mostly on minimizing guide 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 having the ability to share that with you guys. And we’ll have extra details about that within the New 12 months. However that’s one thing I spent plenty 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 might have actually ever anticipated. It’s one thing my children acquired into considerably by chance as a result of it was a simple exercise that occurred to be very near our home. They usually all actually beloved it and took to it, and nonetheless actually like it. And I, as a byproduct, ended up stepping 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 speak by means of about laborious work and never seeing the change for a extremely very long time, and placing within the effort on the basics, studying the fashions, studying the fundamentals, going again to first ideas, 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 never as a lot the concentrate on how they give the impression of being 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 surprising. So, I had for a very long time, I’ve talked about this some, had health as a objective, primarily for the aesthetic. In fact, I needed the well being advantages as nicely. However it was to look a sure means, not to have the ability to do a sure factor. And for me, this yr, I modified that in my mindset and began truly viewing it as coaching with precise targets 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 assumed was attainable. So many issues I assumed 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 have been made to do laborious issues. And it’s been actually unimaginable to get to do 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 an enormous fan of making an attempt to work in, ideally as soon as a month, however not less than a number of occasions a yr, issues which might be exterior of a consolation zone or which might be huge challenges. And one of many enjoyable ones this yr that you just may need seen me discuss was our Lego strolling world file, 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 essentially 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 assumed this is able to be a sort of enjoyable method to illustrate the concept that we have been made to do laborious 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 extremely enjoyable one. And I’ll put that weblog submit within the present notes when you wanna learn it.

For me, there have been additionally small victories. So consistent with the thought of pole vaulting, I was afraid to get the wrong way up. Like, even in a handstand, I didn’t wish to even, like, lean over a bar and dangle the wrong way up by my hips. After having children, my vestibular system appeared to have modified. And I actually struggled with being the wrong way up. And that was one other one I used to be capable of conquer this yr, which looks as if a small victory, I might assume to lots of people. However for me, that actually was an enormous one which opened up an entire lot of recent actions that I can do. I even have talked about my inside 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 means of 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. However that was very a lot an enormous theme for me this yr and what I’m actually, actually grateful to have had the time to actually concentrate on.

A theme yearly, however particularly in 2020, and a spotlight for me has been the thought of group. And I’ve talked about this so many occasions on the podcast, about how I believe group is among the most essential issues we will do for our well being, having robust group and relationships with folks in actual life, not simply on-line. I believe this yr, in some ways, made that quite a bit more durable but it surely 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 group and one which I’m going to be speaking quite a bit about right here and making an attempt to actually present sources for as a result of I believe that is vastly, vastly essential for psychological well being. And I believe it’s gonna change into much more so. I believe many people are seeing the unfavourable results of isolation for thus lengthy. And I believe we have to be actually intentional going ahead about constructing group domestically as a result of it’s not a factor that occurs inadvertently anymore. It’s one thing we’ve 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 group. We’ve truly been engaged on constructing a group centered on entrepreneurs and well being and wellness in our personal space. And in order that’ll catch the attention of me domestically 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 turned enjoyable and that I lastly understood why folks like to work out. I began lastly making use of issues that I did in each space of my life, like the thought of 80/20 and creating programs which might be repeatable, to health. And I did plenty of brief experiments this yr associated to this, together with one I’m nonetheless regularly doing and in the midst 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 adjustments in my very own energy and in my physique from doing that, and in addition my very own potential, how rather more snug I really feel in my physique, and the way rather more ready I really feel to do issues, which appears to be more and more essential as my children become old and may all soar increased and run sooner than me. I’m gonna be capable of sustain with them and now I’ve to really prepare for that. So, extra on this in a minute, however I’ve a selected 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 achieved one of many extra, I believe I worded it essentially the most troublesome factor I had achieved within the identify of well being, and I by no means circled again and defined what it was. However search for a podcast on this quickly. It’s a factor referred to as Kambo, spelled Ok-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 brief model is that it’s a secure and authorized in all 50 states means that they put frog venom into your lymphatic system by means of the pores and skin. And it results in a really fast lymphatic detox and another advantages as nicely. There’s plenty of peptides current within the frog venom, and so they have a really dramatic impression on the physique, together with short-term vomiting. However plenty of stuff past that. So, I’m gonna interview the practitioner who does Kambo, and who I did that with, for lots extra info. I do know that’s a fairly excessive one to simply throw on the market at excessive degree. However I needed to not less than point out it in a little bit extra element since I had stated that on social media after which by no means circled again. However that was in all probability essentially the most excessive factor I attempted within the identify of well being this yr. And I might be explaining extra about that quickly.

On this podcast yearly, I additionally love to speak by means of a number of the issues I’m loving and that I really feel like are well being tendencies, together with some that I believe are gonna proceed going ahead. This yr, nonetheless topping my listing is the sauna. I did a month-long sauna experiment in the midst of COVID with a number of different folks in our group, the place I did lab exams earlier than and after, and tried to actually take a look at a number of the concepts in these research and meta-analyses about sauna use to see what sort of impact we might see. And it was actually profound that even within the span of 30 days, we noticed adjustments that have 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 not less than 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 not too long ago additionally discovered a sauna referred to as Creatrix Options, which I’ll hyperlink to within the present notes with an affiliate hyperlink so that you guys can discover that straight. However 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 simple to assemble outer cowl that’s each EMF examined and examined for every kind of poisons. So it’s in all probability 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 when you guys have an interest. I believe that’s a extremely good possibility for lots of people who’ve been unable to actually attempt sauna earlier than due to budgetary constraints.

According to the sauna use, I’ve additionally consumed an entire lot of LMNT this yr. And that’s L-M-N-T, not component written out, which is an electrolyte drink. And one of many tendencies I believe we’re gonna see increasingly in well being and wellness is that this concentrate on electrolytes and mineral replenishment. For a very long time, I believe salt was wrongfully vilified. And I believe we’re seeing the analysis to alter that now. Individuals are nonetheless hesitant or don’t actually know how one can reverse that. And I believe LNMT is a good sensible product for doing that. And I additionally discover it essential after sauna use. I’ll put a hyperlink to that within the present notes as nicely. However it’s mainly an electrolyte packet you can add to water and it’s sugar-free, dye-free, all-natural, and I observed a extremely huge distinction after I eat that recurrently.

One other 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 supply plenty of Korean meals within the New 12 months, together with some very easy one-pan meals which might be budget-friendly and which might be actually, actually flavorful you can make actually shortly at dwelling.

One other pattern I’m seeing and I’m gonna share extra about quickly is, relating to group and productiveness, utilizing programs and apps. And one which I’m utilizing quite a bit proper now known as Notion. I’ll ensure that’s linked within the present notes as nicely. However I take advantage of it for monitoring issues like my MITs, that are my most essential duties for every day, my long-term programs and targets, any tasks that I’m engaged on. I simply did a podcast that can air quickly about how one can use Notion, particularly as a mother, for the entire issues that we’ve to maintain up with. And I’ll share a number of the ways in which I do it as nicely. However I discovered {that a} actually, actually useful device.

I’ve been doing plenty 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. However I like to recommend Vitamin Genome for genetic testing. When you haven’t achieved it, I’ll put that hyperlink within the present notes. However they offer you a particularly complete report of all of the diet way of life components associated to your particular genes. And I’ve discovered some actually useful info in there that actually helped my well being, an instance being I’ve plenty of genes that rely upon choline. And I want extra choline than the common individual. But in addition, because of just a few IgG components, I can’t eat eggs very simply. I can generally eat duck eggs, however I can’t eat hen eggs. And so, I’ve a tough time getting dietary choline. Simply including a pair dietary supplements of choline drastically modified my power ranges and the way I felt. So some small ideas from that actually had a dramatic impression on my life.

I’ve huge been an enormous fan this yr, I believe this might be a unbroken well being pattern, the power to make use of knowledge and quantify ourselves to determine what’s gonna work finest for us. I’ve talked quite a bit about personalization and individualization relating to well being, and about how on the finish of the day, we’re every our personal main healthcare supplier. And I believe we lastly are beginning to see the entire instruments which might be gonna make this extraordinarily simple, and cheap, and inside grasp. So, Vitamin Genome has been an enormous one on that on quantifying for me, so has a tool referred to as Ranges, which is a steady glucose monitor. And I’ll hyperlink to that within the present notes as nicely. However 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 little thing you eat and to issues like train, and stress, and sleep. And that was actually, actually useful for me, even simply sporting it for a few weeks of dialing in what meals my physique likes and didn’t like. And I’ll be sure that I hyperlink to the submit about how I take advantage of that as nicely. However that was a extremely useful quantification device for me.

On a product degree, I believe 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 pal Tony Kasandrinos’ firm, Kasandrinos Olive Oil. They’re by far my favourite. They’ve some wonderful reductions, particularly when you subscribe, which I do, and I’ll put that hyperlink within the present notes as nicely. However I believe olive oil is among the few meals that nearly the entire 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 try this. Additionally, after I’m not getting sufficient energy, and I must sustain with my exercises, I’ll add additional 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 believe olive oil is at all times been fashionable with the thought of the Mediterranean weight-reduction plan. And I see only a few sources that declare that olive oil isn’t wholesome, however I believe that is one that the majority philosophies agree on and I believe we’re going to see rising consciousness about it.

One other firm I like that I’ll share a reduction for known as Simply Thrive. They usually have two explicit dietary supplements. They’ve quite a bit however the two that I take virtually 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 truly 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 thought being if it’s important to refrigerate your probiotics, they’re in all probability not gonna survive your abdomen acid or your physique temperature. And I truly really feel a distinction in my digestion from their probiotics. And I’ve talked to a number of folks and together with some private pals who noticed actually dramatic enhancements of their intestine well being from these explicit probiotics. In addition they have one referred to as K2-7, which is a fat-soluble vitamin and one which I take day by day and had been giving my huge children. And I observed plenty of profit from that one as nicely. So, I’ll hyperlink to each of these within the present notes.

One other pattern for me that I’ve been turning to quite a bit, a pal of ours or our pals truly, Chas and Autumn, they personal an organization referred to as Paleovalley, and so they have naturally fermented beef sticks that as a result of they’re naturally fermented are additionally a supply of probiotics. They usually’re an important supply of fast protein. I’ve talked quite a bit 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’ve 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’ll find them. And so these will all be at wellnessmama.fm.

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

I additionally yearly set the objective to learn not less than 50 books. And I did that this yr. And I learn fairly a bit. And I’ll simply spotlight a number of of those I might truly advocate from the guide listing that I learn this yr. I’ll additionally submit the start of my guide listing for subsequent yr within the present notes. So, if any of you guys wanna learn alongside with me or in case you have any guide suggestions, I might 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 guide or variety of books have modified your life and why? And I might love to listen to your reply to the query. Both message me on social media or attain out within the present notes at wellnessmama.fm, and let me know.

However of the 50 books I learn this yr, those that I discovered most attention-grabbing, thought-provoking, or difficult that I might advocate, not essentially as a result of I agree totally with any of them however as a result of they made me assume. So, once more, I’m not selling these as I 100% agree with them, simply books that led me to assume fairly a bit. There’s one referred to as “The Holographic Universe.” This was beneficial by podcast visitor, Shawn Wells. And I assumed it was a extremely thought-provoking have a look at an entire lot of subjects, however particularly some concepts in regards to the mind. And I’ll depart it at that. I’m curious if any of you’ve got learn it, what your take is. I undoubtedly assume that the writer made some logical jumps. And I don’t agree with all of it but it surely did definitely assist me have a brand new perspective on a number of issues.

One other guide referred to as “The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Form Our Future” by Kevin Kelly. When you aren’t aware of him, he’s fascinating and he has a weblog you can learn. I’ll hyperlink to that within the present notes as nicely. However I like to recommend this guide as nicely. He goes by means of key ideas like screening, accessing, filtering, and mainly sort of broad concepts and the way they’re shaping and affecting our future. I assumed this was actually thought-provoking, and it modified the way in which, as an example, I used to be fascinated about 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 info. However it additionally was actually thought-provoking as a guardian to consider how our youngsters have grown up within the final 10 to fifteen years and the way their mind is gonna be truly totally different than our mind was as a baby, so how I can finest work together with them and use that to their benefit.

That is what I reread this yr, however I extremely advocate, “Poor Charlie’s Almanac.” And I’ve talked about him earlier than. I discussed him in my four-hundredth episode not too long ago a number of occasions after I talked about my psychological fashions and guidelines for all times, however I’m an enormous fan of plenty of his work, and “Poor Charlie’s Almanac” has plenty of it in a single place. He has concepts, like in any matter, know the opposite aspect higher than they do. So when you’re gonna have an opinion, know the opposite aspect of that opinion higher than somebody who disagrees with you. Earn the correct to have that opinion. He’s additionally huge on issues like checklists and programs, which I very a lot am as nicely, and issues like figuring out 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 making an attempt to keep away from being silly than by making an attempt to be actually, actually clever. And as an example, with circle of competence, figuring out what you don’t know is extra helpful than being sensible. So he takes an alternate strategy to plenty of quite common issues. And I discover his writing and his talks very, very thought-provoking.

One other one which was only a enjoyable learn for me and for a few my children is “Absolutely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” It’s by and a couple of Nobel Prize-winning physicist, Richard Feynman. And it’s plenty of simply humorous tales about his life, but it surely actually highlights his mind-set and the way a lot he thought in another way than plenty of us. And I discovered it actually simply a captivating learn. And likewise, I used to be capable of pull some sort of new methods and approaches of pondering by means of 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 simple learn.

There’s a guide referred to as “Pores and skin within the Recreation: Hidden Asymmetries in Every day 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. However I’m a fan of each guide of his that I’ve learn. And that is what I learn this yr. And a number of the core concepts on this guide are issues like, truly do issues, don’t discuss them. I like his thought of ditching the golden rule, which I’m certain you realize, however treating others the way in which you need them to deal with you and as a substitute, 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 assumed that was a extremely attention-grabbing reframe as a result of once you take into consideration individuality and love languages, usually the way in which we wanna be handled isn’t the way in which that others want or need to be handled. But when we keep away from treating others the way in which we might not wanna be handled, there appears to be extra universality within the unfavourable than within the constructive. So if we will simply keep away from doing issues that, like, are dangerous or unfavourable towards different folks, that’ll usually get us quite a bit farther than making an attempt 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 guide, I didn’t learn it this yr, however referred to 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 honest, which makes the rewards of continued effort disproportionately huge. And it is a idea that my children hear me lecture about at any time when they complain that life isn’t honest. And it’s a superb from the philosophy of being a mother. And he additionally talks about issues like, we want our rational feelings to have the ability to resolve, however there are programs for making that be just right for you versus towards 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 guide suggestions, like I stated, that you just guys have. These have 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 totally on targets anymore simply because these are very…I really feel like resolutions are very black and white, and result in that mindset of when you deviate or break from it as soon as, it makes it simpler to simply surrender altogether. And I discovered, not less than for me, that I’m rather more motivated by experiments and programs than by targets and resolutions. In order that’s what I concentrate on.

A number 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 little thing I believe I consider, consistent with Charlie Munger’s thought of incomes the correct 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 virtually 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 truly discovered the opposite individual’s…or the opposite aspect higher, which hopefully offers 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. However that’s one in all my recurring experiments is to problem myself on issues that am comparatively sure I consider to be true.

The rationale I concentrate on programs for the remainder of these, as a substitute of targets or resolutions, is sort of an thought from Scott Adams, who’s the illustrator-writer of “Dilbert.” And he stated, “Arrange programs and never targets.” And I might add experiments simply because these are enjoyable. However mainly, I simply sort of use that reframe. So, as I’m wanting ahead to the New 12 months, on all these totally different ranges, as a substitute of simply setting a objective of I need to do no matter this one tangible factor is, organising programs which might be repeatable, that can ultimately nonetheless result in that very same end result however then the main target is on the system, not the objective, which is a way more constructive suggestions loop as a result of a system is repeatable, and infrequently a day by day motion, versus a objective being a factor that occurs solely as soon as.

One factor I believe is essential to notice right here, earlier than you possibly can arrange these experiments or programs, it’s important to outline the place you’re going. I discovered that for me for a very long time, and I believe possibly for another folks as nicely, we don’t actually have a clear definition of what happiness is, or success, or love. And so, I believe an essential start line is to outline what these issues are, these items that we wanna attempt for, after which outline what they really seem like. Some folks have achieved this very succinctly. Naval Ravikant, I consider his says, “A match physique, a peaceful thoughts, and a contented dwelling.” And that’s his thought of happiness and success. I believe it’s a little bit totally different for all of us, however having a transparent, concise thought like that makes it rather more attainable. After which we will construct programs 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 joyful when…….” which I discussed earlier than, I believe is a lure of the thoughts and infrequently very a lot not true. Naval Ravikant explains his as “Need’s a contract we make with ourselves to be sad till a sure time.” So I discover that having tangible, attainable definitions, after which programs to get there helps guard towards these.

So, all that stated, a few of my experiments and programs for this yr. On The Wellness Mama aspect, I’m going to lastly be dealing with by myself insecurity about being on video and creating extra movies for Wellness Mama that might be on social media and in addition accessible 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 want to be taught through video. And I had largely been avoiding this, I believe due to my very own insecurity and never eager to be on digicam or see myself on digicam. However in dealing with plenty of my previous trauma and doing the inside work, that’s not a factor I’m as insecure about now. And so I’m excited to really delve in and get to transform a number of the content material that I’ve been making for the final 14 years into video. And this, I’ll discuss extra in a minute, but additionally will relate to the curriculum that I’m doing. And I’ll be educating plenty of the modules of that through video.

One other 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 achieved issues like karaoke, like taking voice classes, like studying to be the wrong way up. One of many ones I’m going to be doing in 2021 and that you just’ll hear extra about quickly is stand-up comedy, which is, in plenty of methods, one of many extra scary issues I can think about as a result of I don’t contemplate myself naturally humorous. However I’ve discovered that mothers, generally, we’ve many points of our day by 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 be taught this and I’m gonna be…there’ll be a public-facing means by which I get to confront this concern. I’ll put it that means. And I’ll allow you to guys know what it’s. So you possibly can watch alongside and hopefully be entertained, or if not, not less than heckle me.

I’m excited to announce that someday within the subsequent yr I hope to launch my new guide. The working title is “Zen & the Artwork of Soiled Dishes,” which when you’re acquainted, it’s a play on the thought of Zen and the Artwork of motorbike upkeep, which is a guide I loved a very long time in the past. However it’s particularly for mothers and for having programs, reoccurring theme for me, I suppose, that minimize by means of the chaos of day by day life in order that we might be simpler, however much less pressured. And I hope to have extra particulars for you guys about that quickly after I’m truly achieved writing the guide and it’s simply within the means of getting it to you. So, extra to return quickly.

I discussed earlier on this episode the thought of the curriculum I’m utilizing with my children. And like I stated, it wasn’t one thing I deliberate to do for one more decade. However then when digital training turned 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 an eye fixed out. When you’re not on my e mail listing, you possibly can join it at wellnessmama.com to seek out out when that’s gonna launch. However the curriculum known as Unstitute. And the thought is that it turns conventional training on its head. So moderately than being centered on simply guide work and time, and children, like, from a data perspective, it’s a abilities up 80/20 extremely efficient, not even simply environment friendly, however efficient method to be taught, that additionally makes the educating half a lot simpler. So I stroll you thru constructing a framework for the fundamentals that youngsters truly must know, letting go of the issues they don’t must know, after which constructing an setting that leads itself to creativity and significant pondering in areas that they’re involved in. And as a constructive of this, a extremely constructive byproduct is it takes a lot much less hands-on time, and children are happier, mother and father are happier, and there’s extra time for downtime or for no matter your loved ones desires 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. That is what’s helped me personally enhance my very own health drastically this yr, to the tune of virtually doubling how robust I used to be on most lifts, and getting a lot, a lot, a lot sooner. However 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 health club. It’s a brief, intense, however doable program that has outcomes shortly. So, maintain an eye fixed out for extra details about that. However that’s one in all my targets 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 ladies, was not useful or simply flat out mistaken. And once you apply the concepts of issues like 80/20 and minimal efficient dose, you may get a lot extra achieved in a lot much less time, which is a big benefit when you’re a mother.

As at all times, I’ve a objective of studying once more subsequent yr. I at all times attempt to set a objective of studying 50 books a yr. And I’ll put the listing of those that I’ve on my listing thus far within the present notes. I might love suggestions from you guys. And a notice about this, I’ve a philosophy relating to studying. Books, generally, are the one limitless merchandise on our price range 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. Sure, we’ve a household library, so everyone can learn it. And for the youngsters, they get all of the enterprise books and all of the well being books, even when they is probably not , that means it’s there in the event that they ever wanna learn it. And I usually additionally get a tough copy, simply because I wish to learn laborious copy, I like to jot down in them. And I discover I’m simpler after I try this. And I make notes and spotlight. After which I’ve talked about earlier than in my eight guidelines for all times, I take advantage of the Feynman method, which is the concept that once you be taught one thing, when you can clarify it to a baby concisely in a means they perceive, then you definitely’ve truly discovered it. And I attempt to do that on the again cowl of any guide that I learn. So after I learn a guide, on the again cowl, I’ll spend one web page writing out, drawing out, or no matter, the important thing ideas of the guide. Then virtually at all times, if the guide was good, I cross it on to another person in my household or a pal, sometimes to somebody who I believe it may well profit essentially 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. After which if I ever wanna learn it once more, I’ve the Kindle to learn or I’ll purchase a tough copy and repeat. However I’m an enormous fan of passing on books and passing on data. And in order that’s what I do with these 50 books. After which I’ve literal stacks of books, anyplace that I might sit down in my home so I at all times have a spot to learn.

One other one in all my targets for 2021 is to be much less scheduled. I, as you may need guessed, am very system-oriented and really scheduled. And I’m making an attempt to be much less so and to have the ability to be extra spontaneous and current, and to reduce 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 targets that I’m working towards or not targets however programs for subsequent yr, even when, for now, it requires scheduling being unscheduled.

One other 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 concentrate on entrepreneurship, they’re rising with all their very own pursuits in issues like enterprise and an entire lot of different issues. So I’m making an attempt to be accessible and current to assist them with these items. A number of of them are beginning their very own companies. Now we have a number of of them very involved in chess proper now. And so we’re having time to play with them. For those involved in artwork, having the ability to do artwork with them, persevering with pole vaulting as a household. And I actually have a couple who’re involved in studying actual property, and so serving to them determine plans and work towards having an actual property portfolio as they become old. However all these issues take time, so making an attempt to ensure that I’m current to do these issues.

I additionally at all times yearly attempt to outline some new issues that I’m involved in and that I need to achieve particular data on. So for final yr, I did voice classes. I did languages in a point. After which I did an entire lot of analysis on genetics. For 2021, I’m going to get again to enjoying piano, once more, with programs. So I’ll have occasions that I try this and programs 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 people 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. However it is a wall in our home that has paintings devoted to plenty of our household mottos and mantras. And I wanna be sure that we get this completed early within the yr. However a number of the ones you’ve in all probability heard me say earlier than, you have been made to do laborious issues. Happiness is a selection and a talent. Ask higher questions. You may be taught one thing from everybody. A factor I say to my children on a regular basis, “I like you unconditionally. There’s nothing that you are able to do that can ever lower that or improve that.” Freedom is present in full private duty. Empathetic listening is a superpower. With nice duty comes nice energy. You may’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 once you wakened. We additionally added this not too long ago from my good pal, Tina Anderson, who owns Simply Thrive, the probiotic firm, “All the pieces will work out completely for me,” which is her motto and we’ve adopted. And from Richard Feynman, “Genius is explaining complicated issues in easy methods.” After which additionally from Naval Ravikant, “All the true advantages of life come from compound curiosity.” 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 might love your solutions to, what’s the very best guide you’ve learn not too long ago? Would you be involved in doing month-to-month experiments, and programs, and challenges with me on totally different subjects? If that’s the case, let me know sure or no. And likewise, in case you have particular ones that you’d be involved in discovering out extra about. What’s the greatest and most enjoyable factor you might be tackling this yr? And what issues would you most like programs for in your life that I can assist with? I might be perpetually grateful when you guys would reply these questions within the present notes at wellnessmama.fm. And you’ll discover the entire 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 beneficial useful resource, your time with me in the present day. And each time that you just be part of me on this podcast, I don’t take that evenly. That’s our most beneficial useful resource, and I’m actually, actually honored that you just 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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