You know when you're at coffee with your girlfriend and she can’t wait to tell you about the latest skincare product she’s into right now? Sometimes that’s what the Slack channels of She Can Coterie feel like!
We are always sharing things that are working for us. It can be a product, a mindset shift, a parenting hack, a recipe… we love to share what’s working for us. Because we TRULY believe, deep down in our soul, that we are better together.
So every few months, we are going to share what is working for us. What we are loving. What has changed our lives. Because why keep it all to ourselves?
We sometimes talk about and link to tools, sites, books, and fun stuff that we LOVE. And sometimes those companies will give us a little gift for sharing. We promise to be straightforward with you and to only share the very best things
The Six Things Changing Our Lives Right Now:
Ali Cranmer, Operations Director
A to-do list for the Universe: Kate Northrup, in her book, Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time and Energy Management for Busy Moms, talks about breaking up your to-do list in a unique way — by making a list of action items for yourself as well as a list of to-dos for the Universe!
At the beginning of each week or each day, when I'm writing a list of my to-do's, I'll write a separate list to the Universe that are things I might not be able to tackle on my own or right this moment. Writing a to-do list to the Universe not only makes me feel lighter and like I'm taking the weight of these responsibilities and worries off my shoulders, but it also helps me set positive intentions.
My to-do list to the Universe might include:
Provide me with the money I need to pay my rent and buy my family groceries
Allow me and my daughter to get a full and good night’s rest
Provide me with the patience and energy I need to get through this day of parenting my daughter
Provide me with the courage I need to cut out toxic relationships and cultivate healthy relationships
Caroline Sumlin, Executive Assistant
My WildBird ring sling: When I got pregnant with my second baby, I knew I needed a simpler, easier carrier than your traditional wrap or bulky buckle-carrier. I struggled with both of those with my first. The wraps have too much fabric. The bulky carriers with buckles need a team to help you get into them.
Insert the ring sling. It’s PERFECT. It’s so easy to use, and I can do it by myself. I put baby in my sling and am free to handle my toddler.
It’s not heavy, doesn't weigh you down, doesn't hurt your back, you can throw it in your bag, and it’s beautiful so it compliments your outfit. It's super easy to adjust so I can actually wear my toddler too! WHAT?! Both my babies love it and so do I!
It’s a mommy-hood game changer. A little tip: just like with any new product, there's a learning curve. So be sure to watch video tutorials to ensure you're using the ring sling correctly and that your baby is safe.
Leah Van Ert, Content Manager
Downloading free audiobooks from my library with OverDrive: I LOVE to read, but ever since having a baby, the way I get my books read has changed. I almost always read ebooks or listen to audiobooks. I'm also a cheapskate, so I use the Overdrive app connected to my library card to check out ebooks and audiobooks just like I would a book at the library. It's amazing!
Another life hack: I almost always listen to audiobooks on 1.5 or 2x speed. The narrators often read much quite slowly, I pay attention better when they’re sped up, and I save myself more time, which equals more books that can be read!
Kaylan Thompson, Marketing Director
Running Marathons: After becoming a mom about 10 months ago, I struggled with navigating this new facet of who I am as a person. It was a tough journey — from learning to nurse to keeping another human being alive. Through it all, I learned that I have grit. More than that, I learned that I am disciplined, motivated, persevering, and determined — words I never used to define myself before. I wanted to discover more of this part of myself, so I took up running and trained for a half marathon. I did it, and am now totally addicted! Through this journey of running, I learn more about myself with every step, every breath, every mile. Running may not be for everyone, BUT everyone needs an equivalent. Whatever thing helps you discover more of who you are — do that thing, do it often, and do it well!
Mandi Holmes, CEO
Air Filter Delivery: I'm all about systems and automation even at home. This week I'm setting up air filter delivery, because, let's be honest: when was the last time you changed your air filter? I'll be honest. We moved into our house in October and it's never been changed. And we live on a dirt road! Yikes!
Haley Hatcher, Growth Manager & Digital Media Producer
Going to the library: My husband was laid off recently, and him being home has made it hard to concentrate, which is weird since I have more help with my daughter. Anyway, I decided to go to the library last week and my hours almost doubled and I felt zero overwhelm!
It's just nice to be in a quiet and truly distraction-free space. This changed my mindset about my work overall. I was in a rut, not hating but also not enjoying my job. Having time to actually get my tasks done AND be intentional about my role has helped so much.
Lindsey Aleson, Tech Specialist & In-House Designer
A mindset shift: I was at an event earlier this month and heard about the Be, Do, Have Model (be sure to listen to this podcast all about it!) from two different speakers — James Wedmore and Tyler J. McCall. And I realized that I have to be the person I want to be, to do the things I need to do, in order to have the things I want to have. This is HUGE because I feel I get so wrapped up in the doing that I need to take a step back. I need to be the person first and everything will fall into place.
We hope that some of these things that are changing our lives will also change your life!
Do you have anything that’s changing your life right now? Let us know in the comments!