New content is released each week and will be updated below. But don't worry, all of the info still lives in the Vault section for you to refer back to anytime! Release schedule:
Simplify - First week of the month
Nourish - Second week of the month
Enjoy - Third week of the month
Celebrate - Fourth week of the month
What you Juggle
Goodness me, I miss the days where my biggest decision on a Sunday was where to eat my hangover breakfast.
If only I knew then what it felt like to be pulled in a million directions and have decision fatigue on a daily basis.
This exercise is designed to get you thinking about what is REALLY important. We all juggle a million balls. But which are your glass balls, and which are your rubber balls?
Watch the video and complete the worksheet.
Let us know - which are your glass balls? Did it surprise you what you might consider a rubber ball?
We hold ourselves to crazy high standards and it’s impossible to do All. The. Things. to perfection. (Perfection is an illusion anyway, but that’s an email for another time!)
I see so many women in complete and total overwhelm because of fear. Fear of what will happen if balls drop, if the facade they are living behind that ‘everything is fine’ crumbles, fear that if they stop being busy all the time…. Well… then what?!
We are a generation of women who are losing touch with joy and peace because we have too much on our plate. I’m so glad that you now have a new way to think about that plate!
This meal plan is made EXCLUSIVELY of recipes from our Small Steps Vault – take a browse through and refresh your memory; there’s a lot in there!
This month we head back to our Small Steps roots with the plan designed around the classic Roast Chicken as your hero for the week. If you have a family of big eaters, add a second chicken to the oven, and you can use the leftovers in different ways to give you three great dinners through the week.
Along with a couple of other super easy Small Steps dinners, you’ll have 5 nights of great wholefood meals - allowing you to slot in your family favourites, your Friday night pizza or takeaway tradition, or your “clean out the fridge” leftovers night to complete your week’s dinners.
You’ve also got 3 brand new breakfast recipes to try below if you fancy.
October New Recipes
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October Menu Plan
When OK is good enough
Let me ask you - do you classify yourself as a ‘perfectionist’?
Do you hold yourself to ridiculously high standards?
Do you find that your mind chatter is all about what you are NOT doing well enough?
Here’s what I want you to know about perfection: it’s an illusion. Straight up - it doesn’t exist. It’s a story you are telling yourself about the way you think things should be. It’s all a story. It’s made up in your head and you are grinding yourself into the ground to reach this illusion that’s not even real.
We can’t do it all. We just can’t. There’s so much pressure to be all things to all people and it’s driving us a little nuts.
The video this week is all about you getting honest with yourself about where in your life ‘OK’ is good enough.
I want to share a little story with you…. I remember when I first moved to Brisbane back in 2012 and was making new friends. There was a playgroup near where we lived so my house became a meeting point and a place to have lunch afterward.
The playgroup was Tuesday, so I’d spend the whole of Monday cleaning the house, that had somehow gotten FILTHY since the previous Tuesday.
I’d find myself wiping the skirting boards and doing crazy things. I wanted them to think I was a tidy person (not my natural state!). I was trying to impress these women. I’d make food for the kids, food for the adults.
It ended up being a lot of work!
Until I suddenly realised I had a choice and didn’t have to make this an amazing experience in a spotless house each week. I had been saying no to other people bringing food - because it was my house.
Sharing the load, not having a spotless house - it’s most certainly enough. And here’s the thing. When I stopped doing a full-blown clean - no-one noticed. And if they did, they didn’t stop being my friends. And sharing the food became an awesome experience that we’d look forward to each week.
Where are you holding yourself to impossible standards in your life?
As a daughter? A wife?
As a volunteer?
Are there areas here where doing an OK job is actually good enough? Is there anything you could pull back a little on? Could you forgive yourself, let it go and move on with the business of enjoying life? Notice how you feel when I even ask you that? A next step you can take here is to think about why you are obsessed with controlling everything around you. What do you hope to gain by living to these unrealistic standards?
Go on - find ways in which you can lower your load. It’s not selfish - it’s ESSENTIAL to live a life that feels easier and less overwhelming.
I created this video a couple of years ago as part of the Back to You program. I hope you enjoy it now, and I’m looking forward to bringing you some brand new video’s in November (ummm how are we almost there!?).
October Outstanding Member - Beth Greathead
We had a unanimous vote amongst the team for the October member of the month - Beth Greathead. We went back and looked at Beth’s Small Steps wins…she’s been steadily stacking them over the past 12 months! We love your energy Beth, and your contributions to the Small Steps community.
The team will be in touch about your gift.