Category: Define & Protect My Roles

Are your expectations ruining you? 3 changes that can help…

Unrealistic expectations are like the gateway drug to mom guilt and unhappiness. Though the dates and circumstances vary, the story is the same: The fantastic idea in your head of how the day will turn out fails. You run out of time. You run out of patience. You remember you can’t control the people in the perfect picture from your head. And, like a raging fire, your mind fills with doubt, regret, guilt and frustration. What went wrong? We try to be happy. We had good intentions. But, in most cases, it comes back to the underlying problem that...

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Nicole Carpenter Interviews with Matt Townsend Show

I remember last year I heard Matt Townsend speak at a parenting conference and I laughed so hard my sides hurt! So you can imagine how excited I was when his staff reached out to me and invited me to be a guest on his radio show, the Matt Townsend Show on BYUradio, SiriusXM radio. That time came last week! We talked about one of my recent articles, 12 Productivity Tips for Work-at-home Parents. I had such a great time and hope what we talked about might be helpful. Click the play image below to give it a listen...

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3 steps to ‘turn down the heat’ on overwhelm

For a moment, imagine you are standing in a beautiful gourmet kitchen. Right in front of you is an extra large gas range. With 10 burners, this stove top rivals all you’ve seen before. And then you realize you are this stove top. Seriously. Your roles are like the burners on your stove top of life. Most people can handle six to eight roaring burners at a time. And some of the roles we have are back burners that stay off or on “simmer” most of the time. But if we keep more than seven-ish roles always rolling on...

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4 ways organizing your closet is just like organizing your life!

My closet is relatively clean … except for my shoes, my jewelry, and the two high shelves I throw things on because I’m just too short. Which leads me to realize my closet is actually far from organized. Thankfully, I recently interviewed Leanne Jacobs, professional organizer and owner of Organize & Decorate Everything. She offered some great tips for creating an organized clothing closet. What I realized very soon after our conversation is just how much organizing one’s schedule and life is just like organizing a closet: Protecting your roles uses the exact same principles. Here are four organizing...

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Spring cleaning for your life: a 4-step checklist

Spring is finally upon us. Tulips are blooming and the robin that lives in the tree outside my kitchen window has returned. Now is the time we seem to get that urge to air out our home and give it a good spring cleaning. Have you thought to give your schedule a good spring cleaning as well? We are coming out of a groggy winter and our schedules will quickly fill up — if they haven’t already — with things like extra meetings, baseball practice, dance recitals, even vacations. Now is a great time to check in on your...

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