Do you feel overwhelmed with your todo list? Is "creating fulfilling happiness" missing from that list? Everyday Happiness with Katie Jefcoat is here to help you. In 2-minutes a day, over time, you’ll discover how to reduce overwhelm and create lasting happiness through Katie’s signature method of Intentional Margins, happiness science, and musings about life. Start your day with a positive mindset. Many of us can get deep in the feeling of overwhelm. The anxiety of our own ambition can weigh heavily on our thoughts and emotions. We lay down and close our eyes at night and our chest begins to feel heavy. More items on the to-do list than the day before. How will we ever going to get off the hamster wheel of to-dos? When are we going to start living life for more than the hustle? As a recovering lawyer and passion driven entrepreneur, Katie knew something had to change. What she found is that you can have harmony, be intentionally productive and create massive impact, all at the same time - without feeling guilty. So she asked herself a simple question: "How can I get off the hamster wheel and how can I show others how to do the same? She knew she'd had a system for herself, but she’d never put it into defining words. On August 15, 2019, she sat down at her dining room table with her friend Jenna (her business bestie). Post-It notes covering the table. This is where she first defined the concept of Intentional Margins. What are Intentional Margins? INTENTIONAL MARGINS™ (n): A buffer of space and time to create harmony between your to-do’s and your priorities. Now you can get the support you need to manage your overwhelm, one little tip at a time. Regardless of the industry, Everyday Happiness blends inspiration with a pragmatic approach to finding Harmony. You'll be encouraged to throw “balance” out the window for a more achievable approach called harmony. Through Intentional Margins™, you'll be encouraged to develop what harmony means to you, by identifying your priorities at work and at home. Every day, we'll end the podcast help you feel equipped to jump off the hamster wheel of overwhelm and go out there and crush your day. --About the Host-- Katie Jefcoat is a community curator, speaker, author and motivator who supports ambitious women (and a few good men) move from feeling hectic to harmonious. As a recovering trial lawyer, she knows first hand what it feels like to have a demanding job. As an entrepreneur with a passion that lights her hair on fire and a busy family she’s in the thick of it with you. Many people strive for balance and think overwhelm is just a part of life. Sadly, the hustle culture and our never-ending to-do list is creating a life where our priorities are getting the leftover scraps of time. Katie introduces people to what she calls - Intentional Margins™ - a kind of life in which they reduce randomness, create harmony between their to-dos and their priorities and intentionally enjoy the meaningful parts of life - without feeling guilty. Without exposure to a different way, we remain stuck on the hamster wheel of to-dos and never find the “balance” we yearn for. Katie works diligently to expose her community to different ways of doing things, because she fundamentally believes we deserve to make time for our priorities. We deserve to live a life of harmony. And it’s within our control to create it. Katie curates a smorgasbord of content related to managing your calendar, handling overwhelm, setting boundaries, reducing randomness, saying no, self-care, the power of your choices, and more in her Intentional Margins™ Membership Community -- which she calls the coziest virtual coffee shop (on Facebook). Connect and learn more at www.katiejefcoat.com.
Friday Mar 31, 2023
Friday Mar 31, 2023
Friday Mar 31, 2023
Sometimes you need to listen to the quiet voice inside of you. And sometimes that voice gets so loud you can’t ignore it. It’s time for a pivot. I’ll explain in today's episode.
Welcome to Everyday Happiness, I'm your host Katie Jefcoat, and this is our very last daily podcast episode. We’re delivered 668 episodes in almost two years, never missing a day. The team has been more incredible than I ever imagined. It takes a group effort and Chelsey, Blessy, Richelle, Jeimy, and Jeff are a 5-star team and make all of the magic happen behind the scenes.
Now, before we get into the why and the way forward. The podcast episodes will still be live and you can listen to them at any time. You can search key topics on my website, or start from the beginning on your favorite podcast player.
We started this during covid, at a time when we were all at home. I had created space. I was obsessed with this new creative outlet.
I heard someone say, “don’t be afraid to quit the things that are no longer working for you in your business or your life”. For me, this was a thoughtful decision because this is working for my business. But it wasn’t working for my life to have a daily podcast. Instead, the vehicle is changing, it’s a pivot to a bi-monthly email instead of a daily podcast. I think it’s the happiest email in your inbox.
Scientists sometimes use the term Identity Foreclosure. Meaning, it can be so hard to leave behind something that you think is so closely tied to your identity. I am a podcast host. I have a daily micro-podcast. What I realized through some quiet time with my thoughts and conversations with my bestie, Jenna, was that podcasting is the vehicle. And the vehicle can pivot. This vehicle is pivoting to email.
I love happiness. That isn’t changing. The way I show up for the people that I am blessed to have join the email community is with quality content, inspiration, and a behind the scenes peek into life.
Have you ever felt like you had too many irons in the fire or too many demands on your time? I often say there is a mental bandwidth to saying “yes”. I am feeling the need to zone in on my kids, my husband, the people I love so deeply, and that feels right - right now. This season will change. They always do. Living in my word of the year - CARE, I am choosing to care for my body, my mental bandwidth and the friends and family that I love. I am living my priorities and choosing social connection, which we all know, is the cornerstone to fulfilled happiness.
Let’s face it, we are all on this path of life. We are all in a different season. We can be busy and balanced if we are living our priorities. I am still busy. And, I am living my motto of Intentional Margins. I have consulting work that brings me incredible purpose, satisfaction and fulfillment. I am a rep for Rodan + Fields, which brings me great joy to not only have the best skin and hair of my life as I age, but also to help others.
I invite you to join us in our email community. Life is heavy enough, we shouldn’t have to search for happiness. Get the happiest email in your inbox, delivered with a smile only twice a month right now. https://www.katiejefcoat.com/email No spam. Just happiness.
What I am seeking comfort in, is that I am choosing to put my foot on the break, but I know where the gas is and how to accelerate when the time is right. And that feels good.
I invite you to reflect on how you could use that break pedal in your own life. What could you say “no” to that would allow you space to flourish?
Until next time, whenever that is, you can always connect with me, in our email community, join at www.katiejefcoat.com, on social @katiejefcoat and remember, kindness is contagious. I know that our small acts of kindness make an impact and that continues to inspire me to do this work. I’m cheering for you and I believe in you. Bye for now.