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podcast show notes | episode 008 | get a head start on the holidays

This blog post serves as SHOW NOTES for our podcast — Cultivate a Good Life. This is not a comprehensive outline of everything discussed in this specific episode. The notes, links, and tips below are just some of what was mentioned. Everything we’re highlighting here will certainly make so much more sense when you’ve listened to this episode. If you haven’t already listened, you definitely should. And you should also just go ahead and subscribe to the podcast. It’s good stuff. Also, these notes show up in the order that they came up during the show.

episode description

We’re sharing the secret sauce to HOW you can have the best holiday season ever! Through lots of examples and stories about our own mistakes AND wins, this tip-packed episode will leave you so motivated to be more intentional about how you approach a season that oftentimes brings on feelings of stress, anxiety, and overwhelm. It doesn’t have to be that way, friends. We’ve got your back.

We invite you to be a part of this incredible community by following us on Instagram — @CultivateAGoodLife. Oh, and pretty please leave us a review on iTunes; it would mean the WORLD to us! Plus, we randomly pick listeners who do leave reviews, to win awesome stuff.

Link to this episode on iTunes: Episode 008

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show notes

These are the main points we covered in the show. Keep in mind that all of these are expanded upon in the episode. This is just a refresher to remind you because there were so many tips covered.

Example goals + how to achieve them

Goal #1: Simplify and avoid overcommitment.
How? Are there some things you can say no to?

Goal #2: Be more involved during the holidays; participate more.
How: Say yes more. Get more involved in the things that are important to you.

Goal #3: Be more intentional with traditions.
How: Proactively think about it ahead of time and plan accordingly.

Goal #4: Have more focus on what Christmas is all about; have a more Christ-centered season.
How: Read from the Bible about Jesus’ birth. Read a scripture about Jesus each day.

Pictured: Some of Becky Proudfit’s extended family re-enacting the Nativity and the story of the Savior’s birth.

Goal #5: Not feel so stressed and overburdened.
How: Begin with the end in mind. Set a goal, then identify what you can change along the way. Get proper rest!

Goal #6: Spend less money.
How: Create a budget, break it down, stick to it.

Goal #7: Not put on 10 pounds and not feel yucky.
How: Be more aware of what you are eating; enjoy the treats but in moderation.

Goal#8: Be more organized and on top of things.
How: Schedule ahead of time, plan ahead, make a list.

Goal #9: Soak in as much family time as possible.
How: Don’t be in freak-out mode. Be present. Enjoy the time together.

Pictured: The Proudfit family … with their family at Christmas time.

Five Keys to Success:

1. Be realistic.

2. Be nostalgic.

3. Be open and counsel with your family.

4. Be thoughtful and specific.

5. Be flexible.

Links to websites mentioned in this Episode

O.U.R. Fun Run event coming up on December 8, 2018, in Peoria, AZ. You can participate virtually, too. Use the code BECKY for $10 off 5k and VIRTUALBECKY for $5 off the virtual run! 100% of the money goes to Operation Underground Railroad.

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Upcoming LIVE events where you can find us! Everyone’s invited!

  1. Nov. 9-10 is the Pinners Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. We’ll have a booth there for selling merchandise and visiting with anyone that comes by, and I’ll also be teaching a couple classes.
  2. Nov. 27 from 2-7 pm is our BH Favorite Things Fall Boutique at our headquarters in Peoria, AZ.




3 Responses

  1. Marlaina says:

    Thank you for your podcast. I could not open the podcast notes for episode 9. I was looking for the pdf of the Secret Santa tickets BP does with her kiddos for the month of December. I guess I will head on over to Pinterest and see if I can find something there. Wish me luck!

    Merry Christmas!

  2. Tracy says:

    Love this episode! Becky mentioned having a daytime pajama party with a few girlfriends to watch hallmark movies and bake cookies. FUN IDEA! I thought I’d share another tradition that I have with a few of my neighborhood friends – gift wrapping party. I was always the one that got stuck wrapping gifts; usually in a cramped guest bedroom, on the floor and constantly searching for the tape!! It was something that just did not bring me joy during the Holidays. About 4 years ago I decided I wasn’t going to do that anymore. I invited four neighbor ladies over to wrap together. You have to keep it small for space reasons – I push all my furniture back and set up 6 foot folding tables and trash cans for each person. They bring their gifts and gift wrap. I supply food and wine and sometimes a fun boozy treat. I also keep a few extra gift bags, bows and even boxes on hand just in case someone needs it. We turn on Hallmark movies and spend the evening getting all of our gifts wrapped. It gives us all time to catch up with one another and it makes the gift wrapping part of Christmas so much more fun!

  3. Julie says:

    I’ve been bingeing on the episodes in your podcast and I just finished listening to this one. You were talking about having a discussion with your children about asking for and expecting fewer gifts. I feel like Christmas-time has become too commercialized so when my children were young, my hubby and I decided that we wanted them to think more about Jesus at Christmas-time and not as much about how many presents they would receive. We told them that they were only allowed to ask Santa for 5 things. Santa would only bring them 3 of those things, because that’s how many gifts the wise men brought to Jesus. (Mom and Dad gave them a few gifts too, but Santa only brought three for each of them.) We also told them that Santa and Jesus are super close friends and when they read Santa’s note on Christmas mornings, he always ended the letter with “My good friend Jesus says Hello!” Almost all of the stories we told our kids and the traditions we keep regarding Christmas and Santa focus on Jesus and his birth. I mean, he is the reason for the season, right?