October 5, 2021
As moms we have a million things pulling us in different directions. It takes daily practice to keep our life simplified and prioritized. Come listen for a fun way to remember how to keep things simple and enjoy life more.
The Mom Training Podcast with Diana Ballard
Diana: Hey ladies, welcome to The Mom Training Podcast. Before we get going, I want to give a shout out to some of the new countries that are joining us in The Mom Training Podcast. We got the Philippines, hey girls, hey ladies… Canada, the Russian Confederation. We have some in Singapore.
And I just want to let you guys know, that I appreciate so much that you are tuning in to this podcast, from your country and for sharing it with other moms in your area. And helping this podcast grow and influence more families’ lives. I’m just so grateful. So, welcome to our community and we welcome you from over here in America. And thank you so much for joining us.
Okay. So, let’s jump in to the content here. Today we’re going to talk about K.I.S.S., about what is K.I.S.S… “Oh, I hope it’s juicy.” It’s probably not as juicy as you’re hoping or thinking. [chuckles] “Tell me all about it, Diana.”
No. But we’re going to talk about K.I.S.S.
Now, let me give you a little bit of a back story, from where this is coming from. My husband actually brought this to my attention and I loved it. I was like, “Oh my gosh, this is brilliant, what you just said to me.”
So, we have been trying to do something fun as a family every weekend. It can be something really simple like we go on a picnic or that we drive to another city that’s an hour away. Maybe go for a hike, or a couple of times, we’ve gone camping.
This little story came from our latest camping trip where we went with friends. It was super fun. But before we went, there was lots of planning. There’s lots of work for mom when you do fun things. Let’s just be real about it, and don’t be upset about it. We can delegate things. This is going to be another topic for traveling with kids, and whatever.
And as a mom, I put in a lot of work because I want to go. [chuckle] I want to have fun. I want to go do things and that means I’m going to have to put in a little more skin. I can delegate to different people. I can get things ready really early, which is what I did; which is what I love. And makes things so much easier, even though it is a ton of work. It’s a ton of work to do trips. And again, don’t be scared of that.
So, I was prepping for this camping trip, and I was like, “Oh, I want to do all these things, and we’re going to do stuffed mushrooms on the fire…” Which I absolutely love, stuffed mushrooms.
I have the best recipe, if you want stuffed mushrooms… You’re like, “Eew, I don’t like mushrooms…” Girl, let me make you some stuffed mushrooms. Holy moly, these are the best stuffed mushrooms. Like I just recently, perfected the recipe. I can’t even make enough mushrooms. Like it’s probably one of the most expensive meals that we eat, because of how many mushrooms I have to buy because my family eats so many. Anyway…
So, I was going to make these mushrooms to put over the fire. And I was telling my husband all these things I was going to do. It was going to be so good and fun. He said, “Diana, K.I.S.S.” And I was like, “K.I.S.S.?” I’m like, “What?”
He was like, “Keep It Super Simple.” And I stopped and was like, “That is actually a really cool way to remember, that we need to keep it super simple as moms.”
So, here we are planning these elaborate things and wanting to do a million fun things. And it might sound fun in the moment. Like the thought of being able to make those delicious mushrooms over the fire, and like how good that would taste and the melting cheese and whatever.
It might not be as fun in the moment, when there’s a lot more work or there’s a lot more work leading up to it. How could I keep it more simple? Keep It Super Simple…
So, I want you to think right now, what you’re doing in the next 24 hours. I’m not even talking about the next week or the next month, or whatever. What in the next 24 hours can you keep super simple? Because to be honest, there are so many times in my own life, when I’ve had these grandiose ideas…
“Oh, you know what, I’m going to make this great dinner and I’m going to bring it to two other people too. So, we’re just going to triple it because, I mean, I’m already in the kitchen and I’m already doing this.”
And then, by the time I end up taking the two meals to somebody else, and feed my family, I have worked my butt off, so insanely, that I didn’t enjoy finishing the job. Right? Like, “Oh my gosh, what was I thinking when I like…? Can I give it to one person not two?... Do I need to give the dinner to someone just to be nice just this moment? Can I plan it out a little more in advance, instead of riding the moment?” I’m talking about spontaneously, “Hey, why don’t I just triple it and then I can… I have all the ingredients.”
Maybe planning a little bit more in advance. Keeping it super simple.
But sometimes, we find ourselves, as moms, getting excited about something, which is great… I love that we can get excited. Get excited. But can we keep it super simple in the tasks that we ask of ourselves when we get excited.
There’s the cooking thing, or clearing out… “I’m going to declutter the entire basement. We pull everything out of the things… Can we just focus on just one area at a time?
So, how can you keep it super simple in the next 24 hours. I want you to look at your timeline now, and whether you’re a total schedule girl, and you’re like, “Oh, I know exactly what I’m going to be doing. I can sit down and be like, “Well, I’m going to be doing, you know… This here, and laundry here. This is when I take a bath…””
What’s a bath, moms? No. I’m just kidding. No. No, we get baths. We get showers. But we probably could use a tiny bit more than we might.
But what is going on in your next 24 hours? Think about that. And then, I want you to start practicing in your mind, “How could I keep it super simple. How could I K.I.S.S. this moment? [kiss sound] How could I enjoy this moment even more?
So, as we are able to look at the next 24 hours, what do we find? How could we simplify? And what would happen if we did that every night, before we went to bed? We thought about the next day and then had the K.I.S.S. mentality of how can I keep it super simple?
Can I have my meals already prepped for tomorrow? To keep it super simple. Keep it a super simple meal. Can I get something else ready? Can I have the laundry already in the laundry room, to start those loads of laundry in the morning… How can I keep it super simple? How can I slow down myself a little bit? …
Maybe organize one area of the house instead of try to organize 10… You get what I’m saying? What can we think about in the 24 hours before, the night before – that this is going to be the next day, and what am I going to do? How am I going to utilize that time and have it be a K.I.S.S. moment? Keeping it super simple and loving what I am doing in my day.
And the more that we practice that, the more that we practice simplifying the way that we think in what we do, and really thinking, “Okay, is this going to be worth it? Is this going to bring me peace? Is this going to bring me joy? And how can I increase that in my life?
I know that we will find more fulfillment, in what we’re doing, by keeping it simple. K.I.S.S... K.I.S.S. the moment. Enjoy the moment and keep it simple.
We'll see you next Tuesday on The Mom Training Podcast.