Feel like you're Struggling? How to Struggle W.E.L.L. with Emily Thomas

Emily Thomas, host of one of my favorite podcasts, Mom Struggling Well, joins me today to talk about how to get through when the struggle feels very real... like, you know, when you're living in the midst of a pandemic. We talk about her W.E.L.L framework to help us take action in the midst of struggle. Links: Emily's Podcast Emily on Instagram Desirae on Instagram Podcast Website Podcasting Course: Use code STUCKATHOME Sponsors: Laurel Springs

Parenting
Published: April 22, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

"The New Normal" Q&A: New Routines, Coping with Anxiety, and "Home Schooling" with Nicole + Catherine

Join us today as we talk about The New Normal and all the things helping us through this crazy time. Nicole on Instagram Catherine on Instagram Desirae on Instagram The Podcast Website Sponsors: Feals - 50% off and free shipping on your first order. Kyrgies.com - 15% off your order

Parenting
Published: April 15, 2020, 8:05 p.m.

Decluttering Basics, A Starting Point, Emotional Clutter, Routines + The Importance of Community with Diana Rene

Today I'm talking to my friend Diana Rene from The Decluttered Mom all about minimal-ish living, from the basics of getting started with decluttering, tackling emotional clutter, her most impactful routines, plus how community can impact our success when overhauling our homes. I hope this helps encourage you through any current decluttering projects you may be taking on, friend! Links: Join Diana's decluttering challenge (begins April 6th) Join the Minimal-ish book club Diana on Instagram Desirae on Instagram Podcast Website Sponsors: Solid Gold Kyrgies.com

Parenting
Published: April 1, 2020, 9:01 p.m.

How to Move Past our Fears + Get Unstuck with Jennifer Allwood

Today I talk with Jennifer Allwood, author of Fear is not the Boss of You, about why we so often feel stuck as women and how we can move past this feeling + move beyond our fears. She gives us tangible steps that we can put into practice in any season of life, and we also discuss this topic in light of the current pandemic we are living through. Links: Preorder Fear is Not the Boss of You Jennifer's Website Jennifer on Instagram Desirae on Instagram Podcast Website Sponsors:  Native Kyrgies.com

Parenting
Published: March 25, 2020, 7:28 p.m.

Decluttering The Konmari Way - An Overview + Getting Started with Mandy Yang

Today I'm talking with Mandy Yang, A Konmari Consultant Trainee, all about the Konmari method for decluttering your home. This is one of the most well known methods for decluttering, and Mandy tells her story about how Konmari helped her family declutter for good and get out of debt, plus gives us a step by step and tips for getting started. If you're looking to declutter your home, this episode is a great place to start! Mandy on Instagram Mandy's Website/ Services Desirae on Instagram Free Getting Started with Minimalism Resource Stuck at Home Resource Today's Sponsor: Feals

Parenting
Published: March 18, 2020, 8:48 p.m.

BONUS: Not Knowing How to Feel, COVID-19 Bucket lists, and a Note on Doing the Best We Can

A short episode addressing the current chaos, getting real about how I'm feeling about it all, and hoping to help you feel less alone, if nothing else.  desiraeendres.com/stuckathome

Parenting
Published: March 17, 2020, 6:38 p.m.

Making Minimalism Your Own + Creating Mirrors and Windows for our Children with Christine Platt

Today I talk with author Christine Platt, who shares her minimalish adventures over at @afrominimalist. She is such an inspiration, and today we talk about her journey to minimalism, her journey to writing diverse childrens literature, and how we can create mirrors and windows for our kids. I hope you enjoy this warm and lovely conversation with Christine! Links:  Christine on Instagram Get Christine's Books Desirae on Instagram Slow Living Challenge A guide to getting started with minimalism Sponsors: Prepdish - Get your first 2 weeks free Laurel Springs - Get a waived registration fee

Parenting
Published: March 11, 2020, 12:36 p.m.

Make Self Care Happen with Sonnet Simmons and Veronica Frieling

Today I have two guests on (for the first time ever) to chat about real self care and making self care happen in our lives. "Self Care" has become a buzzword, and maybe an overused one, but the concept is an important one to discuss, and an important part of an intentional life. Join me as I chat with the hosts of "Not Your Mother's Podcast" all about simple ways to make self care happen, getting over the roadblocks that keep us from it, and what "real" self care even means. Links: Not Your Mother's Podcast Raising Children You Like - Online Academy Not Your Mother's Podcast on Instagram Desirae on Instagram Podcast Website Simple Morning Lists Minimal-ish Book Club Sponsors Kyrgies.com - Get 15% off your first purchase with code minimalish Native Deodorant - Get 20% off your first purchase with code minimalish

Parenting
Published: March 4, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

Q&A: Health + Fitness - Can it be simplified? (our own journeys, what we do now, home workouts, and food)

This week's episode is my monthly Q&A; with my friend Catherine of @theminimalcolonial! We approached the topic of health and fitness this month - we hope it encourages you if this is an area of discouragement in your life! //Links// Faster Way to Fat Loss Instant Loss Cookbook Alive App (what Desirae Uses) Mari Fitness (what Catherine Uses) Home Workout Options Mentioned Heather Robertson (hiit/ cardio/ strength) Beachbody on Demand Blogilates Our Favorite Kitchen Gadgets for Simplifying Meals (not mentioned, just wanted to share!) Instant Pot (linked is a different brand but the one I have) Crock Pot Vitamix //Other Links// Catherine on Instagram Desirae on Instagram Podcast Website //Sponsors// Native - get 20% off your first order with code minimalish20 Sunbasket - get 35 dollars off your first order with code minimalish Thanks so much for listening in, friend!   

Parenting
Published: Feb. 26, 2020, 12:22 p.m.

Maintenance Decluttering & Other Ways to Combat Discontentment (How to Have a Happy Home Hour)

Today I'm chatting with you solo about some ways to combat discontentment + this concept I like to call "Happy home Hour" which is a way I work towards making maintenance decluttering and simply taking care of my home into my week. In the first half of the episode we dive into contentment a bit, and I talk to you about some ways I've found myself discontent and some things that can help us combat that discontent feeling. Maintenance decluttering is one of them! We then dive into chatting about a system I use to do that! I hope you enjoy listening - here are links I mention: Other episodes on contentment: 32 + 33 Other episodes on priorities: 20 Simple Morning Lists Find me on Instagram Head to my website Sponsor: Laurel Springs - register with a waived registration fee for listeners of the show!

Parenting
Published: Feb. 19, 2020, 10:30 a.m.

Outer Peace, Inner Peace? When Minimalism Doesn't Solve All Your Problems with Indiana Adams

I love minimalism- so much so that I talk about some aspect of it pretty much every single week. But I was also intrigued to have a conversation with my friend Indiana, who doesn't love the concept of minimalism, mostly because she's wary of the trend. Through our conversation, we uncover that it's not true minimalism that she doesn't love, but what is portrayed of it. We talk about other ways to seek peace other than through simplifying our possessions, though we both agree that is one way to do so. It's a fun and important conversation - especially when we place so much responsibility on minimalism as a fix all, which it simply isn't. Links + Things we talk about: Indiana's Podcast (Today By the Way) Indiana on Instagram May Designs Hourly Planner Desirae on Instagram Podcasting Course (discount available through the rest of the week) Sponsors: Prepdish: 2 weeks free Bombas: 20% off your first purchase   Thanks so much for listening!    

Parenting
Published: Feb. 12, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

"Homesteading" for the Everyday Person - How to Begin Cooking From Scratch, Slowing Down, and Defining Simple Living

Can Homesteading be for everyone? Many of us will probably never live "off the grid" or even grow our own food, but how can we take principles of homesteading and benefit from bringing them into our everyday life? We can all benefit from this aspect of getting back to the basics and slowing down. I talk to Stephanie Leaf about slowing down, her definition of Simple Living (which I absolutely love!), her family's journey with homesteading, and practical steps for cooking from scratch that any family can implement. Links: Patreon Book Club / Course Stephanie's Website (for recipes and more!) Stephanie's Simple Living Guide Desirae on Instagram Podcast Website Sponsor: Sunbasket: Get $35 off your first order with code minimalish

Parenting
Published: Feb. 5, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

Q&A: A love of Home Decor and Minimalism, Tough Toddler Days, Cleaning + Staying Present, Meal Prep, and more!

The longest title ever for an episode that covers all kind of different questions! Catherine and I are back at it, answering your questions! Once a month we tackle questions we get from you! Remember that we're not experts on all of these topics, but rather coming to you with a REAL perspective and sharing what works for us - we hope it will inspire you to find what works for you (and maybe feel less alone in what you're struggling with!) // We mentioned a lot of things in this episode // Minimal-ish Book Club pickupplease.com Parenting Resources: Janet Lansbury Podcast No Bad Kids (Janet Lansbury Book) Birds on a Wire The Highly Sensitive Child Debtkickinmom's Cookbook ---- Catherine on Instagram Desirae on Instagram Podcast Website // Sponsors // Baked by Melissa- get 15% off with code minimalist Native - get 20% off your first order with code minimalish20 I always hand pick the companies I work with and I'm grateful for our sponsors that help make minimalish possible! ---- Ever wanted to start a podcast? I'm now creating resources for podcasters because podcasting has been such a blessing in my life - I want to help you get started! Get my free launch checklist as a great starting point!

Parenting
Published: Jan. 29, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

Less in our Closets + Simply Showing Up for Your Life with Megan Jedlinski

Today I chat with Megan Jedlinksi - fellow minimal-ish toddler mom and former personal stylist all about how (and why) to have less in our closets, doing better with what we buy, and how we can simply show up in our everyday lives. I hope you leave this episode encouraged, friend! // Links // Megan on Instagram Megan’s Website Desirae on Instagram Podcast Website (access these show notes there!) // Join the Minimal-ish Book Club // Minimal-ish Book Club (Patreon) PS: Want to start your own podcast but don't know where to start! Podcasting has been such a huge blessing in my life and I want to help you get started - Check out the launch list I created at desiraeendres.com/podcastlist.

Parenting
Published: Jan. 22, 2020, 12:41 p.m.

Being Present for What Matters with Kylie Stephens (Putting Down Our Phones + A Journey to Debt Free & Simple Living)

Kylie and I discuss her family's journey to minimalism and becoming debt free. Join me for this encouraging conversation where we discuss: -respecting our kids when we're decluttering -how minimalism benefits our kids -unconventional advice for the debt free journey -turning off our phones (to be more present) Find Kylie on Instagram Other Links: Digital Minimalism Free Minimalism Guide Desirae on Instagram Podcast Website

Parenting
Published: Jan. 15, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

The Story of Minimal-ish, 5 Tips for a Successful Podcast, Plus Some Tiny Changes

Join me for this special edition, bonus episode to celebrate half a million downloads of the podcast! Today I'm talking about the windy road to creative "success" by telling the story of minimal-ish (it's surely not a straight path) PLUS talking about something I don't normally talk about - Podcasting! At the end of the episode I give 5 tips for a successful podcast in case YOU have one or you're wanting to start one. I believe these are just a few things that have helped minimal-ish see the success it has. Though this isn't normal minimal-ish subject matter- I get asked about it a lot, so I decided to share with this fun bonus episode! Enjoy! Get my Podcast Launch Checklist See all of my resources for creatives. Find Desirae on Instagram

Parenting
Published: Jan. 13, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

Minimalism with Lots of Kids + Taking Action on What You Want with Allie Casazza

I'm so excited to share with you my conversation with Allie Casazza. She's a mom of four and decluttered her home with 3 under 3 crawling around and she's here with a life giving message for moms plus a kick in the pants conversation about taking action on the things you want to do (like, declutter, even when you have a lot of kids.) Find Allie: On her Website On Instagram Find Desirae: On her website On Instagram Show Notes Other Things We Mention Simple Morning Lists Allie's Affirmations Guide PS: Are you a podcaster or wanting to start a podcast in the future? I'm creating resources for YOU! Check out the first one (it's FREE) here. Sponsors: Prepdish: Get a free 2 week trial!  

Parenting
Published: Jan. 8, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

The Morning Practice of Letting Go that has Changed my Days - Start Your Day (and your year) with Surrender

I hope this short episode encourages you to start 2020 (and each day) by letting go of something before adding something to your list. I also talk about why January 1st isn't magical...and why it is. Links: Find Desirae on Instagram Simple Morning Lists

Parenting
Published: Jan. 1, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

10 Things I've Learned in 10 Years - The Last Episode of the Decade!

It was so fun to do this reflective episode and I hope it prompts you to do your own 10 things you've learned in 10 years, plus inspires you in some way.  Some other things I mention: simplemorninglists.com Episode 18 (wardrobe) Episode 20 Episode 1 Podcasting Resource Intentionally.co Desirae on Instagram Sponsors: Feals Sunbasket

Parenting
Published: Dec. 27, 2019, 10:10 p.m.

Q&A - Our Favorite Rooms & Systems + New Motherhood & Minimalism (Baby Essentials) and more!

Catherine and I took your questions on anything and everything under the minimalism and intentional living umbrella, and what we came up with was an episode on the beginning of minimalism, plus our favorite rooms and systems now, and a whole lot of talk on postpartum and new motherhood. We even chat about some of our favorite baby essentials. We get very real in this episode and my hope is that it will make you feel a little less alone in your journey and encourage you in some way! Questions we answered (in order) Did you have a huge edit at the beginning of minimalism? How many times have you decluttered since? What is your favorite room (decluttered) and why? What is your favorite system? What are some baby essentials? What do I actually need? Overwhelmed by all the lists and suggestions. What do you do with keepsakes from the first baby that are taking up too much space while waiting for the second? The baby baby stuff we mention: Boppy Lounger Boppy Play Mat Plain Gerber Onesies My favorite Baby Carrier 4 in 1 carseat (links are to the brands I personally love and own. I get a few pennies every time you use my links to Amazon through affiliate commission, and it costs you nothing extra! Thanks so much for your support! Also, a reminder you can find a lot of great quality baby stuff secondhand! More on secondhand shopping on episode 60) Other Links Catherine on Instagram Desirae on Instagram Simple Morning Lists Buy Nothing The Podcast on Facebook The Podcast Facebook Community Sponsors Warby Parker Feals  

Parenting
Published: Dec. 18, 2019, 12:56 p.m.

Hustle Free Goal Setting for 2020: Reflecting, Setting a Purpose Centered goal, and choosing a Question for the Year

Today on the show I’m taking you through some heart filled, purpose centered reflecting on this past year. I’ll ask you questions as we go through to help you think of a hustle free, purpose filled goal for next year (more than one of course if you’d like!). We’ll also work on starting with contentment as we move into a new year, and choose a word for the year, but make it a little more tangible to act on that word. At the end, I give you a peek into Simple Morning Lists and let you in on the five lists I make each morning to help me bring my purpose and goals to the front of my mind as I start each day. // Links // The worksheet that goes along with this episode Simple Morning Lists Desirae on Instagram // Sponsors // Thank you to our sponsors! Their support makes Minimal-ish happen week after week! Prepdish: Get 2 weeks free at prepdish.com/minimalish Bombas: Get 20% off your first order at bombas.com/minimalish  

Parenting
Published: Dec. 11, 2019, 9:30 a.m.

Shopping Secondhand First + Where to Donate Your Stuff - The How to of Successful Thrifting without Wasting Your Time with Kat Steck

Today I'm talking with Expert Thrifter Kat Steck of The Junkyard Journals. Kat is passionate about conscious consumerism and the good we can do by shopping secondhand first. Today, she's giving us the why behind thrifting plus simple, effective methods for shopping secondhand without losing our minds & wasting our time. We also talk about donation centers and the best options for where we can donate our stuff. Links: Kat on Instagram Desirae on Instagram Thrifting apps are really great because they all provide referral programs and $$ off your first purchase!  Mercari: 10$ off your first purchase with the link ^(my favorite secondhand shopping app for clothes, shoes, kid stuff, etc...I even got our Ninja Coffee Bar on here last winter)  Poshmark: Great for clothing! Get 5$ credit when you sign up with an invite code - enter "desiraeendres" at sign up where it says "invite code." Thred Up: Get 10$ when you sign up with this link! Facebook Marketplace  DoneGood Simple Morning Lists  Podcast Website Sponsor: Today's Sponsor is Native. Head to nativedeodorant.com and enter code MINIMALISH to get 20% off your first order. Thanks for listening! If you want to support Minimal-ish, check out the links above & our sponsors. Our sponsors are hand picked and they make Minimal-ish possible, so support them by heading to their website, see what they are all about, and even try them out if you think what they do would add value to your life!

Parenting
Published: Dec. 4, 2019, 9:30 a.m.

A Pre Holiday Decluttering Challenge + How to have a Simplified Holiday Season

Today we're talking about simplifying the holiday season, starting from the outside (our environment) and moving deeper (our schedule/ mindset). I'm bringing you a four day holiday decluttering challenge that you can start whenever you are ready plus 6 steps to simplifying the holidays and really focusing in on what truly matters to you this season! Get the Holiday Decluttering Challenge Guide Links: Simple Morning Lists Desirae on Instagram Podcast Website Today's Sponsor: Prepdish - get 2 weeks free!

Parenting
Published: Nov. 27, 2019, 9:30 a.m.

A Discussion on Body Image & Beauty Standards with Blake Guichet

Today we're talking about a thing that matters- the way we view ourselves. This matters for so many reasons; the way we view ourselves contributes to the fullness in which we live each day and it also sets an example for our kids. So, how in the world do we get a positive body image when impossible beauty standards bombard us? Today, I'm chatting with my friend Blake about this topic as she candidly shares her own story (and I share a bit of mine, too). Blake shares tangible, practical, and relatable ways we can choose to work towards better when it comes to the way we view ourselves each day, and I don't think you'll want to miss this! // Links // The Crappy Christian Podcast Blake's blog post on cycle syncing Blake on Instagram Chasing Slow Simple Morning Lists Desirae on Instagram Podcast Website // Sponsors // Ch

Parenting
Published: Nov. 20, 2019, 9:30 a.m.

A Minimal-ish Thanksgiving? Focus on these 3 Things this Holiday

I'm coming to you with a short bonus episode on one of my favorite holidays- Thanksgiving. What does the best Thanksgiving Ever include? Listen in to find out - and of course, it doesn't have anything to do with food! Get Simple Morning Lists Desirae on Instagram Simple Holidays Challenge  

Parenting
Published: Nov. 15, 2019, 9:30 a.m.

Habit Shifts to Help You Become Debt Free & Reach Financial Goals with Jen Smith

This practical episode will help you shift your habits to pay off your debt for good! We talk about minimalism & finances and how to really change our habits and get on track financially. Check out my guest, Jen Smith, at the links below, including her new book full of practical advice on the topic! If you are wanting to pay down debt or reach other financial goals, this episode is for you, friend! Listen in! Links: Simple Morning Lists Pay off your Debt for Good No Spend Challenge Guide Frugal Friends Podcast Jen on Instagram Jen's Website Desirae on Instagram Podcast Website Sponsors: Everlywell: Enter code Minimal to Get 15% off your first kit Thrive Causemetics: Get 15% off your first order If you want to support the show, check out our sponsors! Just click over, see what they do, and If their product seems useful to you, give them a try! Minimal-ish couldn't go on without them and we are grateful for their support and yours!  

Parenting
Published: Nov. 13, 2019, 12:43 p.m.

Q&A: Minimalism and The Holidays (decor, gifts, mental health & relationships)

Today is the first of a new monthly series on the show where I'm bringing on a co-host, Catherine Williams, to answer questions you all ask! November's topic is Minimalism and The Holidays and we got so many great questions. We covered overarching topics of holiday decor, gifts, mental health, and relationships and got to the nitty gritty details on all of these topics as much as possible! We laugh a lot & also get pretty serious about some heavy topics. I hope you enjoy this new format! If you have a topic suggest for future Q&As;, email hi@desiraeendres.com Links: simplemorninglists.com (Morning Companion Journal) Catherine on Instagram Desirae on Instagram Podcast Website Today's Sponsors: Native: Get 20% off your first order with code MINIMALISH Prepdish: Get a 2 week free trial

Parenting
Published: Nov. 6, 2019, 9:30 a.m.

Coffee Date #5: The Working Mom Coffee Date - Decluttering as a Working Mom, Sanity Saving Systems & More with Kari

Kari on Instagram Desirae on Instagram The podcast website Simple Morning Lists Get started with realistic minimalism - free guide!

Parenting
Published: Nov. 1, 2019, 2:11 p.m.

Why You Need Boundaries & How to Start Creating Them with Courtney Burg

Courtney is a mom, wife, business owner & student who writes about about boundaries and healing. Today she's giving us a little boundaries 101 and empowering us to being drawing lines where we need them and building ourselves up in the process. I absolutely love her message and I know you will, too! Links: Courtney on Instagram Courtney's Blog Courtney's Boundaries Workshop Get Minimal-ish Monday Emails & get notified about Simple Morning Lists Desirae on Instagram Podcast Website Sponsors: Prepdish: Get 2 weeks free at prepdish.com/minimalish FamilyAlbum: A Free Family Photo and Video Sharing App

Parenting
Published: Oct. 30, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

Minimalism, Relationships & Gifts - What to do When Your People aren't on Board with Catherine Williams

Today I chat with Catherine Williams, a minimalist mom & counseling professional, about how minimalism can affect our relationships (both positive & negative) and what to do when we have people close to us not on board with our lifestyle change. We also dig into the issue of gifts in a timely way (holidays right around the corner!)   Find Catherine at @theminimalcolonial  Join the launch team for Simple Morning Lists Desirae on Instagram Get a free starter guide to a Minimalish home & life Today's Sponsors: Warby Parker: Get your free at home try on Native: Get 20% off your first order - use code MINIMALISH

Parenting
Published: Oct. 23, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

How Does Social Media fit into an Intentional Life? Let's Discuss, Reflect & Take Action Towards More Present Days

Today I'm coming to you solo, which I do about once a month now, on the topic of social media. This is something I've reflected with and experimented on and off with over the course of this year - how does social media fit into an intentional life and present days? My goal with this episode is to help you reflect on your own values & purpose, the current state of your social media usage, and how to align the way you use social media to your personal values.  I think we all want to be present with our people and live intentional days that we love- social media is a very prevalent thing within many of our days- so it's worth taking a look at how we're using it and what might need to change. I talk about: 3 questions to evaluate how you're currently feeling about social media Steps to take to evaluate how much you are on your phone & how make change to align that to our values A bunch of tips to help you get there! There's a free resource that contains the reflection questions and tips from this episode: desiraeendres.com/social Other Links: Free Making Room resource (get started with realistic minimalism) Podcast website/ show notes Desirae on Instagram Today's Sponsors: FamilyAlbum: Free photo and video sharing app EverlyWell: At home health tests (use code MINIMAL for 15% off) If you want to support the show, consider checking out our sponsors! I hand pick the companies I work with and believe in their mission! I'm grateful for their support - The show wouldn't go on without them!

Parenting
Published: Oct. 16, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

Simple Steps to Finding Friendship (in the season of motherhood) + Building Boundaries in Toxic Friendships with Amanda Anderson

Today I chat with Amanda Anderson, author of All My Friends Have Issues all about simplifying the process of making friends in the season of motherhood. I loved this conversation as it was truly one I didn't know I needed- and I'm betting a lot of us are struggling with similar issues when it comes to finding friendship and community in any season, really. Amanda has so many insights on this topic and we really go wide and deep at the same time on the topic of friendship. I hope you enjoy the conversation and gain new confidence in finding community in your life! What we talk about: -Why friendship matters (with people in the same season and different seasons) -How to simplify the process of making friends -Inviting people into our lives -Dealing with toxic friendships well/ boundaries -Next steps with finding community -A question about race and friendship that she leaves us with at the end (Absolutely something worth noting and something to think about more deeply) Links: Amanda's Website All My Friends Have Issues (her book) Amanda on Instagram Desirae on Instagram The podcast website/ show notes Free Guide to getting started with decluttering & realistic minimalism Today's Sponsors: Bombas get 20% off your first order of the most comfortable socks in the history of feet.  Prepdish get 2 weeks of meal plans/prep instructions for free to try it out! Thank you so much for listening! If you want to support the show, a great way to do so is to check out our sponsors! We couldn't keep putting out content without their support, and I hand pick the companies I work with and truly believe in their missions!

Parenting
Published: Oct. 9, 2019, 11:40 a.m.

Create Whitespace in your Days + Be a More Productive (and less busy) Person with Tonya Dalton

The word productivity usually scares me away. It feels like another way I don't measure up or another way I can feel "not enough" if I don't check all the boxes. When I stumbled upon Tonya Dalton's message in her newest book JOMO, I learned that true productivity shouldn't feel like that - and it includes creating space for what you love in your days and actually enjoying your life. Much different from the message of productivity being the "always busy" image so many of us have in our heads.  Today, Tonya and I talk about: -Her new book, The Joy of Missing Out -Why the culture of busy is dangerous -What true productivity looks like -What it looks like to create whitespace in your days -Whitespace in your days with your kids -How to begin creating time for whitespace. Links for today's show: Get The Joy of Missing Out Where to find Tonya... Her website Her Facebook Her Instagram Inkwell Press Where to find Desirae... Instagram Website Facebook Join the Facebook Community Get the free guide to getting started with realistic minimalism Today's Sponsor: FamilyAlbum - a free photo and video sharing app If you want to support the show, check out our sponsors! We hand pick the companies we work with and we're grateful for them and their support of the show each and every week!

Parenting
Published: Oct. 2, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

How we decluttered our entire home in one week + A Celebratory Q&A!

I hope you enjoy this celebratory 50th episode and the tips on how to declutter your home FAST! Check out my online course - doors are open for 5 days - if you want to declutter your home & life with accountability and guidance! desiraeendres.com/makeroom Thank you to Today's Sponsors: Prepdish FamilyAlbum Support the show by checking out the sponsors - they help minimal-ish happen each week and we are super grateful for their support!

Parenting
Published: Sept. 25, 2019, 11:13 a.m.

Hosting & Minimalism (Invite People In)

Today I'm chatting with you about some lies we believe about hosting & inviting people into our homes (and why we might have anxiety around that) and how Minimalism can help you be a better host. Spoiler alert: You don't need to get rid of ALL your extra dishes, cups, etc. if you know you'll use them to serve your people well. Links: Decluttering Challenge The Podcast on Instagram Show notes   Today's sponsors: Get 15% off your Everlywell lab test: everlywell.com/minimal promo code: MINIMAL Get 40% off your first delivery of LOLA: mylola.com promo code: MINIMALISH   One of the best ways to support the show is to support our sponsors! I choose them carefully as a podcast about realistic minimalism and I believe in the companies that I choose to work with! Check out these companies that are doing good work with worthy missions and support them if their product is something that would serve you well and be helpful to your everyday life! Our sponsors help make Minimal-ish possible! If you're loving the show, you can also support Minimal-ish by leaving a positive rating/review & sharing with a friend! I'm so thankful each time you do!  

Parenting
Published: Sept. 18, 2019, 9 a.m.

It's Okay to Change Your Mind - Steps to Simplify & Discern the Change you Want to Make

Today is the "finale" of the Work & School series - I wanted to end it by helping you give yourself permission & "declutter" your mindset when it comes to changing our minds in our work and the choices we make for our kids when it comes to school. We talk about questions to ask to discern bigger decisions/ changes and steps we can take to actually move towards the change we want to make. Hope this helps equips you with the permission you need to let go and move forward.  Links: Minimal-ish on Instagram Show Notes Prepdish free 2 week trial

Parenting
Published: Sept. 11, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

Connecting with our Kids through Learning + Simplified Early Homeschooling with Erin Loechner

Today I am sharing my interview with Erin Loechner, author of Chasing Slow and founder of Other Goose, an international homeschooling co-op. We talk about simplifying everything, especially early learning for our children, and we dig into homeschooling a bit as well. How can we do all of these things without HAVING all the things? How can we teach our children in the context of our everyday lives? We answer these questions as we chat and I think you'll love our conversation - Erin is so very insightful and lovely! Links: Sign up for Other Goose:https://othergoose.com/~access/a1c757f/ Other Goose Free Workshop: www.othergoose.com/workshop Free Trial Offer: https://othergoose.com/14-day-trial/ 5-Day Challenge (Other Goose) here Chasing Slow Other Goose on Instagram Erin on Instagram   Desirae on Instagram Get the podcast Newsletter Get the free ebook on getting started with Realistic Minimalism Join the Giveaway!  

Parenting
Published: Sept. 4, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

Coffee Date #4: On Minimalism & The Debt Free Journey with Amber Althouse

I hope you enjoy this coffee date with Amber of Delighted on a Dime! We got to chat in person, so excuse the background noise of my creaky table that happens from time to time in this episode! If you enjoy the show, share with a friend or on social media! I'm so grateful each time you do! Links: Amber on Instagram Desirae on Instagram Show Notes

Parenting
Published: Aug. 30, 2019, 11:43 a.m.

Finding Purpose in Homemaking & Motherhood as a Stay at home/ Work at Home Mom

On Minimal-ish, we like to talk about the things that matter and making room for the things that matter. Throughout August (and some of September) we'll be focusing on work & school, two things that matter, and that we can find purpose in when we get intentional about our roles and choices in these areas of our life.  So far we've talked to work at home moms, full time working moms, and today, we're focusing in on the work of homemaking and stay at home motherhood. We'll talk about ways we simplify work at home motherhood, and we'll also talk about finding purpose in our roles of stay at home motherhood. We even talk about ways we can care for ourselves when so much of our focus each day is on our children.  My guest, Celeste, has a perspective on homemaking and motherhood that any mom can resonate with, and she also works from home as well, so her perspective branches out into the work at home mom life as well.  Most of all, Celeste is just a JOY FILLED person! I left our conversation feeling so positive and happy, and I think you'll feel the same after you listen in to our conversation! She's honestly such a light and I absolutely loved chatting with her! Follow Celeste: Instagram Lessy's World Follow the Podcast: Instagram Website Show Notes Cleaning Resource  

Parenting
Published: Aug. 28, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

Simplify Your Paper Clutter & Drop Zones - Minimalism for the Back to School Season

I'm talking to my guest,  Jennifer Petropoulos on the podcast today! She's a teacher and a mom of three school aged children. Jennifer has truly seen the benefits of minimalism in her own family and she gives us a peek into that today as she lets us in on some systems she uses during the busy school year! We talk about: -Paper clutter/ paper storage systems -Drop zones -Lunches & dinners (prep & systems) -Self care for the working mom  -Keeping family life less busy with 3 kids in school Links:  Jennifer on Instagram (see her drop zone & paper system!) Jennifer's website The podcast on Instagram  The podcast website Rhythms and Routines Course Cleaning Routine Resource The podcast Facebook Community Prepdish 2 week free trial ----- Share your own paper/ drop zone systems on instagram and use the hashtag #minimalish life plus tag me @minimalish.desirae so I can see! If you account is private, send a picture as I won't be able to see the tag! :)  

Parenting
Published: Aug. 21, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

How to Stress Less in Work & Motherhood+ The Myth of Balance with Courtney Elmer

Today I'm chatting with Courtney Elmer about the steps we can take to begin eliminating stress in our lives, even as busy moms with a lot on our plate. We also talk about the lies we believe about balance and how we can begin to truly achieve balance in our everyday lives. What we talk about: -The root cause of stress and how to combat it -Is balance a myth? How do we achieve balance as busy moms -Defining your own definition of success, balance, etc. Links: Courtney on Instagram Courtney's Website Free Minimalism Resource Simple Purposeful Days Course Podcast Website Desirae on Instagram

Parenting
Published: Aug. 14, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

Navigating Work at Home Mom Life + Simplifying Back to School Season with Erica Layne

In the month of August we'll be focusing on how Minimalism can apply to the work we do as moms and the educational choices we make for our kids (timely as we head towards "back to school season," which brings a change in routine for many of us). Today I talk to Erica Layne, founder of The Life on Purpose Movement, all about how to intentionally navigate Work at Home Mom Life + Simplifying Back to School Season and slow living with 3 kids. You'll hear us chatting about: -Our own work from home experiences -Erica's general rhythm as a work at home mom -Navigating mom guilt -"slow living" in busier seasons -Mindset in busier seasons -and more!   Links: Erica's Website Erica on Instagram Erica's book "The Minimalist Way" The podcast on instagram Free decluttering resource 2 Week Free Trial of Prepdish  

Parenting
Published: Aug. 7, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

Find Purpose Right Where You're At + Getting Past The Grass is Always Greener Mentality

Today I'm talking about The Phrase "The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side," and a recent run in I had on this mindset.  Through navigating these feelings in my own life, I realized there were three problems that get us in this mindset.  In today's episode, I present these three problems or "stories we're telling ourselves" and suggest new narratives to replace them and move past this mindset.  We talk about  1. The issue of wanting to run from tough circumstances or conflict 2. Comparison & Contentment 3. "finding" an elusive "calling or purpose" vs. finding purpose right where you're at. I can't wait to chat with you about this all, friend! I hope you enjoy the episode! Links: Journaling Companion to this Episode - Printable freebie to go through rewriting your narrative and navigating these feelings. Routines & Rhythms Online Course Find Desirae on Instagram (and all podcast updates) Podcast Community Facebook Group

Parenting
Published: July 31, 2019, 11:22 a.m.

Coffee Date #3: Chatting Minimalism with three kids with Dani Elgas

Today I chat with Dani about all kinds of things - including the beginning of her minimal-ish journey, slow living with 3 kids, grace + minimalism, and systems for decluttering toys! I know you're going to love this one! Grab your mug and let's get to it! ----- Links: Make Room - My Online Master Course - (discount price available til Sunday!) Dani on Instagram Minimalish on Instagram  

Parenting
Published: July 26, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

3 Simple Ways to Refocus on the Goal or Priority You've Let Go Of

I talk a lot about aligning our days to our priorities and crafting our days around what matters. I believe this is key in living intentional, purposeful, happy days. But what happens when one of our priorities starts to fall to the back burner? This will inevitably happen as we're not perfect (and we shouldn't strive to be!). When it does happen, I believe it's important to reflect and re evaluate why this is happening and how we can move this thing that we claim is important to us back into focus. Again, it doesn't have to be perfect, but we do want to work towards purpose.  As I reflected on this myself, I realized there were three different reasons this was happening for me. Today I'm sharing these reasons and ways we can combat them and move whatever has fallen out of focus back to it's rightful place in our life.  ---- Links: Make Room - My Online Course to Help You Declutter Your Home and Move Towards Realistic Minimalism in Every Area of Your Life (Use code 20OFF for a limited discount.) Minimal-ish on Instagram Prepdish (2 Free Weeks of meal plans and grocery lists)    

Parenting
Published: July 24, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

How to Create Rhythms, Routines & Systems for your Everyday Life

Today I'm coming to you to talk about rhythms and routines PLUS brining on my friend Abby Barstow to talk about systems! Rhythms, routines, and systems are types of structures that can help us create purpose and peace in our everyday life. I personally didn't think this was true until I tried it out and saw the life change that they brought for me.  I share my daily rhythm with you plus where to start when creating rhythms and routines and Abby chats all about her menu planning/ grocery shopping system and where to start when creating systems in your everyday life.  I hope you enjoy this super actionable episode! --- Simple, Purposeful Days Mini Course - Create and Implement Rhythms and Routines in your Everyday Life Systems Mama Blog Systems Mama on Instagram The Podcast Website The Podcast on Instagram

Parenting
Published: July 17, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

Be Less Busy + Simplify Your Wardrobe with Project 333 with Courtney Carver

Today I have the honor of sharing my interview with Courtney Carver on the podcast! We talked all about the concept of saying no, being less busy, and reclaiming your life. We talk about her journey with minimalism, Project 333 (simplifying your wardrobe) and her new book set to come out next year- you won't want to miss this conversation and her straightforward, actionable thoughts on the subjects we chat about! Links: Be More With Less Courtney Carver on Instagram Project 333 Soulful Simplicity ----- Free 2 week Trial with Prepdish Podcast Website Realistic Minimalism Step by Step Free Resource Podcast Instagram  

Parenting
Published: July 10, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

Gentle Parenting, Family Adventuring, & Natural Homeschooling with Rachel Rainbolt of Sage Parenting

Today I'm chatting with Rachel Rainbolt of The Sage Family Podcast and Sage Parenting all about her passions - gentle parenting, family adventuring, and natural homeschooling. Rachel is a parenting coach & expert, mom of 3 and natural homeschooling mom, and I absolutely love her focus on family connectedness. We also discuss how minimalism and simplicity plays a role in her family life.    You can find Rachel at the following links: Sage Parenting Website Sage Parenting on Instagram Sage Family Podcast Other Links: Summer Writer's Bundle Minimal-ish on Instagram Minimal-ish Website Make Room Ebook (free guide to getting started with minimalism & intentional living)

Parenting
Published: July 3, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

Coffee Date #2 with Adrienne Davidson (of The Little Minimalists)

I hope you enjoy the second coffee date episode of minimal-ish (you can find coffee date episodes on the last Friday of each month! These episodes are more casual and I ask a set of questions that I use for each coffee date- questions you might ask a friend if you were on a coffee date! Today I'm talking to Adrienne Davis of The Little Minimalists, and we talk about all kinds of things- including simplifying your wardrobe and practical tips to start a lower waste lifestyle! Links: Adrienne on InstagramHttp://Instagram.com/thelittleminimalists    

Parenting
Published: June 28, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

How to Slow Down Your Days (even with little kids) - An Exercise & Q&A to Help You Move Towards "Slow" & Intentional

In this episode I talk all about the slow living movement, what it means, and ways to move towards slowing down. I also go through some questions from listeners about slowing down with toddlers and slowing down even when our culture tells us to say yes to everything. I approach the idea of being less busy and why it is beneficial to say no. I also go through an exercise to help you actually begin moving towards slow, intentional days.  Links: Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner Your Intentional Summer FREE mini course on minimalism for your days and mindset shifts. The podcast on Instagram Podcast website

Parenting
Published: June 26, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

Bonus: What to do When You Feel Like You're Always Cleaning Up After Everyone, but Your House is Never Clean

This was one of the main concerns on a survey I put out a few weeks back: So many moms felt like they were always cleaning up after everyone, but their house was never clean.   Today I talk about that issue, a few steps to get through it, and a note on having time for the things you care about + the "martyrdom motherhood" narrative.  Check out episode 25 for some notes on cleaning and our mindset around cleaning.  Want to apply realistic minimalism to every area of your life? Check out the Make Room Master Course   Podcast on Instagram Podcast Website Thanks for listening!

Parenting
Published: June 21, 2019, 10:51 a.m.

Where & How to Start Decluttering (Even When You Have No Time) with Joshua Becker

Today I'm so excited to share my interview with Joshua Becker! We talk about how to start decluttering including: -The easiest place to start (and how) -The hardest places to tackle (and how) -What to do if you don't have the time -Raising kids in a minimal home...and hoping it sticks - Plus more! Links: Becoming Minimalist The More of Less The Minimalist Home --- The Make Room Master Course (enrollment closes June 24th!!) The podcast instagram The podcast website Your Intentional Summer free course   Thank you for listening!

Parenting
Published: June 19, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

Make Time For Yourself Through a Morning Routine - Why Intentional Mornings are a Game Changer (and how to actually wake up earlier)

Today I talk about my own morning routine, how it has evolved, ways to actually wake up early and find time for yourself, setting up your day intentionally with pillars for a morning routine, and having a morning routine with your family. My morning routine has been a total game changer in creating more intentional days, and I want to help you make this happen for yourself as well! Links: -Your Intentional Summer: A free four day mini course on minimalism for your mindset and your days -minimal-ish on instagram -minimal-ish Facebook group -The Miracle Morning -Savor Devotional

Parenting
Published: June 12, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

How Minimalism, Simplifying, and Prioritizing can Help You Combat Perfectionism + Own Your Everyday with Jordan Dooley

Today I have Jordan Lee Dooley as the guest on the show, and we talk about her book, Own Your Everyday. We focus our conversation on: -Jordan's message behind "Own Your Everyday" and her road to writing a book. -How to overcome imposter syndrome -How minimalism can help you be more productive and creative -The 2 minute rule (don't miss this!) -How to overcome perfectionism by prioritizing Links: -Jordan's Website -Own Your Everyday (her book) -Jordan's Instagram -Making Room Resource - A Free Minimalism Starter Guide Ebook -Podcast Website -Podcast/Desirae's Instagram -Podcast Facebook Group Community -Green Chef Discount   If you're loving the show, give it a quick rating/ review! Thanks so much for listening in! 

Parenting
Published: June 5, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

Coffee Date #1: with Nickolas Endres (minimal-ish husband) - On overcommitting + getting outside vs. looking at screens.

For my first coffee date episode (a new segment on the show that will air on the last Friday of each month), I wanted to bring on my husband, who started this podcast with me when it was "The Minimalist Family Podcast." I know you'll enjoy hearing from him! We chat about all kinds of things, including overcommitting and saying no, getting outside more often, and doing just a few things really well (priorities). We also share some recent reads that we're loving, among other things! I hope you enjoy this fun episode! Links: Airbnb code for 40 dollars off Minimalish on Instagram Minimalish Facebook Group I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson Own Your Everyday by Jordan Dooley Simple Happy Parenting Evo Planner

Parenting
Published: May 31, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

3 Mindset Shifts to Get Content in Every Area of Life (and stop re-accumulating) + Action Steps towards Minimalism & Contentment

This week, I'm continuing our conversation on contentment with a thorough episode discussing a few mindset shifts we need to make if we'll ever be content with anything in our lives. I also share my interview with Diane Boden, where we chat about her minimalism journey plus practical tips to stay content and keep yourself from buying stuff you don't need.  I talk about: -3 mindset shifts you can make to help you live in a more content place (and stop re-accumulating/ re-cluttering your home) -scarcity vs. abundance mindset Diane and I talk about: -Her minimalist journey -What is a minimalist mom? -How can we walk towards contentment, practically- action steps. Links: Minimalist Moms Podcast on Instagram Minimalist Moms Podcast Website Minimalish Mamas - Podcast Facebook Group Minimalish Website A blog version of this podcast episode Minimalish on Instagram Minimalish on Facebook   Today's Sponsor is Care/Of takecareof.com Use the code minimalish30 for 30% off your first order at checkout.  

Parenting
Published: May 29, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

How to Get content with your Actual, Imperfect Home + Contentment vs. "Sparking Joy"

Today I'm bringing you 5 ways to get content with your actual home, even if it doesn't look completely insta-worthy, perfect, or updated.  Plus, I'm discussing the concept of "sparking joy." Does this phrase help us or harm us in our minimalist journey? I think both- listen for more! Links: -Listener Survey -Making Room Free Ebook -Cleaning Routine Resource  -Minimalish on Instagram -Minimalish Facebook Community Group

Parenting
Published: May 22, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

Realistic Minimalism that Fits Your Family + Taking Back Your Time with Erica Layne

Today I chat with Erica of the Life on Purpose Movement about realistic minimalism and how minimalism can benefit everyone- but it isn't one size fits all. She talks about how minimalism and slow living has changed for her has her family has grown and her kids have gotten older, and how it can change for us within our seasons. We also chat about time management and how minimalism can truly help us own our time.   Links: The Life On Purpose Movement The Minimalist Way Erica's Instagram   Erica's Facebook Simplify in Six Challenge Podcast Facebook Group Podcast Instagram  

Parenting
Published: May 15, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

Practical Steps to Simple, Happy Parenting with Denaye Barahona

Today I'm chatting with Denaye Barahona of Simple Families! We talk all about her new book, Simple, Happy Parenting, and what that means played out in everyday life. I especially love our chat about what it looks like to holistically take care of the wellness of our entire family, starting with ourselves.  Things we talk about: -Denaye's work with Simple Families -Her new book, Simple, Happy Parenting -Her Simple Manifesto -Positive discipline/positive parenting -Taking care of the family unit and prioritizing your own happiness as a parent.    Links: Preorder the book: Simple, Happy Parenting!!! Denaye's Instagram Simple Families Website Minimalish on Instagram NEW Minimalish Facebook Group Simplify in Six Challenge Care of - plus use coupon code coupon SIMPLE25 for 25% off  

Parenting
Published: May 8, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

How Minimalism Helped me Leave my Overwhelming Career and Become a Stay at Home Mom + How to get Unstuck from Whatever is Overwhelming You

Today I'm sharing a part of my story I haven't been as detailed about on the show. I'm going a little bit into detail about my teaching career and how I was constantly overwhelmed and anxious as a teacher, but felt stuck in it anyways...that is, until minimalism came into my life.    I'm telling you all about how minimalism helped me get unstuck, and helped my family make huge changes in our lives. We literally kind of uprooted our life after minimalism came in and it was the best decision.    Often, we feel stuck- but that thing we feel stuck in really is in our control. I'm here today to encourage you to make steps towards the life you WANT to live and leave behind the situation you currently feel stuck in. I hope this story inspires you to do just that.    Share the show if you're loving it! Links: Making Room Resource Website Instagram

Parenting
Published: May 1, 2019, 10:34 a.m.

Simplify Mealtime, Family Routines, & Purposeful Self Care with Brittney of Homegrown Traditions

Today I chat with Brittney of Homegrown Traditions and we talk all about simplifying family life in several different ways, including meaningful self care for mamas and caring for yourself by asking for help. You do not want to miss this conversation! Things we chat about: -Simplifying motherhood with a big family -Simplifying meal times/ meal planning -Command Centers/ Chores / Family routines -Self care that will actually fill you up -Asking for help   Links to all the good things: Brittney (Homegrown Traditions) on Instagram Homegrown Traditions Website Family Clipboard Command Center Printables The podcast on Instagram The podcast Website Cleaning Routine Resource  

Parenting
Published: April 24, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

Bonus Episode: Invite the Mess

Today I'm bringing you a short little bonus episode with hopes to encourage you to have a joy-filled weekend.    Links: Instagram Podcast website Learning Tower Mailing List

Parenting
Published: April 19, 2019, 10:16 a.m.

3 Excuses that are Keeping You Stuck + How to Start Decluttering when it Feels Overwhelming

Today I'm talking three excuses we often make (especially as moms) that keep us from positive life changes- and I apply these excuses specifically to decluttering. A lot of listeners have expressed an inability to really get started decluttering, so today I'm also talking about where to start.  Things I talk about: -Why your kids can't be an excuse -Two other major excuses you might be making -Ways to get started decluttering when it feels overwhelming Links: Making Room ebook/guide - Get started with minimalism (for free!) the podcast on instagram the podcast website

Parenting
Published: April 17, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

26: Create Uncluttered, Child Friendly Spaces in the Home + Toddler Independence through The Montessori Method with Theresa of Montessori in Real Life

Today I have Theresa from Montessori in Real Life as my Guest and we talk all about: -The Montessori Method -Montessori in Real Life -Child Friendly Spaces Throughout the Home -Intentional Play -Cultivating Independence in Toddlers -Separation Anxiety -Involving your Child in Everyday Tasks -Plus so much more! Links: Montessori In Real Life Blog Montessori In Real Life on Instagram The Montessori Guide Montessori from the Start The Montessori Toddler Minimalish Cleaning Routine Resource Minimalish on Instagram Minimalish website

Parenting
Published: April 10, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

25: Shift Your Mindset about Cleaning Your Home Plus a Simple Cleaning Routine you can do in 20 minutes per day

Today I'm talking about one of my least favorite subjects- cleaning! I've said it several times on here..."I don't love cleaning." And honestly, it's still true of me. But, I've went through a mindset shift and truly started seeing the value in it. This episode is all about that mindset shift, plus the simple routine I've created that actually works for me to keep up with my house throughout the week in very little time each day! Things I talk about: -How the routine works -Room resets -How to change your mindset when it comes to cleaning and tidying your home. (why it's important) Links: The free cleaning routine resource PLUS a 3 day email course to help you get started and shift your mindset Hand Lettered Mother Teresa Quote Minimal-ish on Instagram The blog post to go along with this episode Minimal-ish website Simple + Purposeful Days Ebook  

Parenting
Published: April 3, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

24: Decluttering Kid's Toys and Clothes + Finding Balance as a Stay at Home Mom with Carleen Armstead

Today I'm talking to Carleen Armstead from @theminimalmom on Instagram. Carleen is a mom of two, and today she shares her journey into minimalism plus some simple systems she uses to simplify kids toys and clothes in her house. We also talk a lot about finding balance and joy as moms and specifically stay at home moms. But this conversation truly has a lot to offer whether you're a working mom, a work at home mom, or you stay home with your kids. I really love how real and vulnerable Carleen gets as she talks about her life before and after minimalism in regards to her anxiety.  Thanks so much for listening! If you're loving the podcast, don't forget to share on instagram and leave a rating or a review if you have a couple of extra minutes to do so! Thank you in advance for your time! <3 Here are some links you might want for this episode: Carleen on Instagram The Podcast on Instagram The Podcast Website Simple + Purposeful Days free ebook

Parenting
Published: March 27, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

23: How I Became a Happier Mom

Today I'm giving you a short episode all about how I became a happier mom. I talk a little bit about the anxiety that plagued me in the beginning of motherhood, and how I believe happiness is a choice in so many ways- and the number one thing that has helped me choose happiness. This episode doesn't mention minimalism or decluttering or anything of the sort- but it's more about simplifying your mindset. Simplifying the negative dialogue in your head. And leaning into who you truly are.  This was a message that I felt on my heart and I just had to write down & record as I felt it weigh heavy on my heart- so I hope it speaks to you in some way. I do mention my faith a little bit in this episode, but just know that this message (or any message on this podcast, ever) is for everyone. I never intend to push you towards a certain faith or belief system. Insert whatever is relevant to you- I mention my faith at times because it's a large part of who I am. But whoever you are is more than enough, too.  Links: -Podcast Instagram -Podcast Website

Parenting
Published: March 20, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

22: A Case for Slower Living - Four Simple Steps to Help You Be Less Busy

Today I'm talking about a topic I'm super passionate about- living slower. I talk a bit about the reasons for slowing down, and encourage you to think about your life and your schedule, what it looks like vs. what you'd like it to look like. I also encourage you to say no, to find margin for rest in your days, and to take control of your days by slowing them down. I believe this message can be for anyone- whether you're single or a mama of 7. We can all find a way to slow down, it's just a little counter cultural to do so.  In this episode, I suggest a book to you, so here's the link to the book: Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner.  Other links: How to leave a review on iTunes The Podcast Instagram Podcast Website

Parenting
Published: March 13, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

21: The Debt Free Journey with a Family of Six and Finding Contentment with Debtkickinmom

Today I talk with Debtkickinmom all about the journey she and her family took to get out of debt. They are officially debt free as of December 2018, and our conversation is so encouraging whether you are at the beginning of this journey, in the middle, already debt free, or just thinking about it!  What we talk about: -How Debtkickinmom started -The reason behind her family's debt free journey -The hardest part of beginning the debt free journey -The idea of contentment and changing behaviors around spending -Meal Planning/ Grocery Shopping and the concept of Zero Food Waste -Encouragements for someone starting out on their journey or wanting to take the leap into a debt free journey -And a whole lot more! Links: Debtkickinmom on instagram Debtkickinmom on Youtube Zero Food Waste Tips Video Step by Step Meal Planning VideoSpirit Lead Me - Michael Ketterer The Podcast Instagram Podcast Website How to review the podcast on itunes

Parenting
Published: March 6, 2019, 9:30 a.m.

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

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! 

Parenting
Published: Feb. 27, 2019, 10 a.m.

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

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 Reviewhi@desiraeendres.com   Thanks for listening! 

Parenting
Published: Feb. 20, 2019, 10 a.m.

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

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)

Parenting
Published: Feb. 14, 2019, 11:59 a.m.

17: The Link Between Identity, Clutter, and Getting Organized with Lauren Tucker

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 email Desirae at hi@desiraeendres.com. Thanks for listening!

Parenting
Published: Feb. 6, 2019, 9:15 a.m.

16: What does it mean to be "Minimalish" - Where the podcast is headed!

Welcome to the Minimal-ish podcast! A quick episode previewing where the podcast is headed and explaining the purpose behind the new name "Minimal-ish"   Find me on instagram: @minimalish_motherhood

Parenting
Published: Jan. 30, 2019, 10 a.m.

15: Foster Parenting & Simplifying Career Changes with Manda Carpenter

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 My Instagram Podcast Website

Parenting
Published: Dec. 13, 2018, 10 a.m.

14: How to have a Simplified, Intentional Holiday Season You'll Actually Enjoy

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

Parenting
Published: Nov. 27, 2018, 9:41 p.m.

13: Your Intentional Holiday Gift Guide with Jessalyn Fink

This is not your typical gift guide- this is an episode entirely focused on how to give gifts intentionally- how to use your specific gifts and talents to give good gifts, and how to think about others through the entire gift giving process, including shopping for that gift.  You won't find ideas of dozens of new companies to shop from, but you'll be inspired to think twice about the way you give gifts this season, and how you can put your creativity into the gift giving process in a new way.  My friend Jessalyn is an expert gift giver. She's that person that always gives an intentional gift or writes a thoughtful note when you aren't expecting it but when you most need it. And this episode is full of golden advice for how you can do that for the people you love this season.  What you'll hear: Thoughts on the pressure of "keeping up" with giving gifts to a big long list of people during the holidays.  Different gift giving methods for Christmas morning (and how to walk towards less gifts and less overwhelm on Christmas morning) Inspiration in creating homemade gifts and giving experience-themed gifts What Jessalyn and Desirae have on their wish lists this year Questions to ask yourself to help you be intentional with your buying this season.  A discussion on gift giving all year long, and gift giving as a love language Things we mentioned: Buy Nothing The Unshopping List (this is the only place I could find this) Toddler Discovery Tower The Podcast Merch! How you can support the podcast through your gift buying! Etsy shop (also where you can find the podcast merch) Instagram Website Thanks so much for listening! Review and rate the show if you are loving it and let me know you did on Instagram so I can thank you!

Parenting
Published: Nov. 20, 2018, 10:20 a.m.

12: What to do when you're overwhelmed in a new season of motherhood (and when there are always bananas on your pants)

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. 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.  The memoir in today's podcast deals with my entry into mothering a toddler- and how I felt when I realized Gemma was going through some big changes and I was entering a difficult season of motherhood. 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!) Mentioned: -Journaling Resource (sign up for my newsletter to receive a free weekly journaling resource) -Find me on Instagram 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!

Parenting
Published: Nov. 13, 2018, 9:45 a.m.

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.  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

Parenting
Published: Nov. 6, 2018, 9 a.m.

10: Going Zero Waste with a Family 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. 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

Parenting
Published: Oct. 30, 2018, 8:30 a.m.

9: Redefining Enough- Deciding What "Enough" Looks like 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. 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: Free Minimalist Startup Guide Enough Lists Article 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@desiraeendres.com

Parenting
Published: Oct. 23, 2018, 8 a.m.

8: Incorporating Gratitude Practices in 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. 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: Free Minimalist Startup Guide Article about Gratitude Another article about gratitude Desirae’s Instagram Podcast Instagram 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

Parenting
Published: Oct. 9, 2018, 8:30 a.m.

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! 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: Free Minimalist Startup Guide Joshua Becker's Article Blog post on why baby toys are mostly unnecessary Desirae’s Instagram Podcast Instagram 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

Parenting
Published: Oct. 2, 2018, 8:30 a.m.

6: Benefits of Minimalism for Parents

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: Free Minimalist Startup Guide Desirae’s Instagram Podcast Instagram 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

Parenting
Published: Sept. 25, 2018, 7:30 a.m.

5: Navigating Kids Birthday Parties, Gift Receiving and Gift Giving 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.  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: 5 Love Languages Meal Planning Blog Post Simplified Meal Planning Resource Desirae’s Instagram Podcast Instagram 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

Parenting
Published: Sept. 18, 2018, 10:04 a.m.

4: 5 Ways to Simplify Your Life during a Busy Season for your Family

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. 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! 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: Block Scheduling Video Resource Meal Planning Blog Post Simplified Meal Planning Resource Morning Routines 7 Day Challenge 5 Minute Journal  Desirae’s Instagram Podcast Instagram 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

Parenting
Published: Sept. 11, 2018, 1:36 a.m.

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.  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: Downsizing blog post Simplified Meal Planning Resource Desirae’s Instagram Podcast Instagram 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

Parenting
Published: Sept. 4, 2018, 3:13 a.m.

2. How to Get Started with Minimalism and Decluttering your Home

So you've decided minimalism is right for you? What's next? Here are some steps you can take! 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: Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things Joshua Becker Podcast Instagram 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

Parenting
Published: Sept. 4, 2018, 1:10 a.m.

1: A Journey to Minimalism - Our Story

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: Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things Simplified Meal Planning Resource Desirae's Instagram Podcast Instagram 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  

Parenting
Published: Aug. 31, 2018, 7 p.m.

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