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Ep 158 | Practical Meditation at Home + Guided Mindfulness Exercise with Rachel Kanarowski

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Rachel Kanarowski, certified Meditation Coach, shares simple science-based meditation tips to enhance your focus, increase your emotional intelligence, and release stress. Be still. Focus on your breath. Reflect. Today we explore meditation. A practice with deep cultural history and widespread contemporary relevance. A great complement to your KonMari practice and lifestyle. Today’s guest is Rachel Kanarowski. Rachel is a certified meditation coach based in Chicago who ditched her blazers after more than a decade in high-stress marketing and media jobs. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. Book a custom Virtual Tidying Experience with For the Love of Tidy (https://fortheloveoftidy.com/konmari-tidying-lesson/tidy-a-z-what-to-expect-from-a-konmari-virtual-tidy/) Join The Spark Joy Club today! (https://www.patreon.com/sparkjoy) In this episode, you’ll enjoy: - How a podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-find-real-love-with-sharon-salzberg/id508117781?i=1000386177711) inspired Rachel to be kinder to herself and embrace Sharon Salzberg's Loving Kindness through tough times - How Loving Kindness is different from breath or transcendental meditation formats and leads to structural changes in our brains that make us more compassionate - Three common myths and misconception that show up around meditation and mindfulness practices - What to beware of when integrating KonMari with meditation at home - Tips for meditation first timers or those who are struggling to maintain a consistent practice - Rachel's favorite meditation apps: Unplug (https://unplug.app/), Headspace (https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app), Calm (https://www.calm.com/), 10% Happier (https://www.tenpercent.com/) - Guided Meditation: 36:03 - 42:41 min. mark Rachel’s favorite wellness tip: Make a plan to feel the way you want to feel What's sparking the most joy for Rachel: Taking pictures outside to observe the seasons changing Follow Rachel on Instagram @rachelkanarowski (https://www.instagram.com/rachelkanarowski/) To book a private mindfulness meditation experience for yourself or your company contact Rachel via rachelkanarowski.com (https://rachelkanarowski.com/). Her future podcast: The Year of Living Better (coming soon!) Gems: "I immediately started to feel a really big shift in the relationship I had with myself." "I call myself a no beads, no incense, very science-based meditation coach." "May you be safe. May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease." "[Loving Kindness meditation] helps you refill your own cup...and it helps that cup get bigger." "You're creating the habit by choosing an activity that occurs on a reliable basis and stacking meditation or mindfulness practice with whatever that other thing is." "My practice helps me be kind to myself when everything isn't perfect or isn't sparking joy." The Spark Joy Anniversary Give-A-Way contest prizes! Win one of three bundles consisting of Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, signed by Marie Kondo, a fifty dollar gift certificate to the KonMari Shop (https://shop.konmari.com) to select your own Joy Sparking gift, and a two-hour Virtual Tidying Session from For the Love of Tidy! Three lucky winners will receive a bundle of all these prizes! To be eligible for all of the prizes above, all you need to do is head over to: www.sparkjoypodcast.com/itunes for detailed instructions on how to leave a review via iTunes. Once there, follow the Apple Podcast instructions to leave us a rating and review in iTunes to help us reach more ears, minds, and hearts. Most important step: Send an email to: contact@sparkjoypodcast.com letting us know you left us a review and what screen name you left it under. This will act as your official entry. Don’t forget this step! It is the only way we can officially log you as entered into the contest. Submit your star rating and review by November 24, 2020. We’ll announce the winners during our season finale “Best of” show that will air on December 1st. **Contest runs from September 1 to November 24, 2020.* Winners will be announced during our Best of 2020 show on December 1, 2020*** You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home (https://www.theserenehome.com/) You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy (https://fortheloveoftidy.com/) Special Guest: Rachel Kanarowski.

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"The average person in the US and Canada is likely to live over nine years in poor health." "Being organized facilitates prolonged independence by making it easier for others to help us." "It's not enough to just gather this information or store it...you also need to share it." "We can't predict, but we can prepare." "I created [Life in Motion Guide] for the feeling I had when I was done." The Spark Joy Anniversary Give-A-Way contest prizes! Win one of three bundles consisting of Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, signed by Marie Kondo, a fifty dollar gift certificate to the KonMari Shop (https://shop.konmari.com) to select your own Joy Sparking gift, and a two-hour Virtual Tidying Session from For the Love of Tidy! Three lucky winners will receive a bundle of all these prizes! To be eligible for all of the prizes above, all you need to do is head over to: www.sparkjoypodcast.com/itunes for detailed instructions on how to leave a review via iTunes. Once there, follow the Apple Podcast instructions to leave us a rating and review in iTunes to help us reach more ears, minds, and hearts. Most important step: Send an email to: contact@sparkjoypodcast.com letting us know you left us a review and what screen name you left it under. This will act as your official entry. Don’t forget this step! It is the only way we can officially log you as entered into the contest. Submit your star rating and review by November 24, 2020. We’ll announce the winners during our season finale “Best of” show that will air on December 1st. **Contest runs from September 1 to November 24, 2020.* Winners will be announced during our Best of 2020 show on December 1, 2020*** You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home (https://www.theserenehome.com/) You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy (https://fortheloveoftidy.com/) Special Guest: Karen Purze.
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    Ep 159 | Black Girl, Lost…Keys! Thriving with ADHD with René Brooks

    27:11

    René Brooks joins us to discuss organizing her home while managing a late in life diagnosis of ADHD. René is living and thriving with the diagnosis and empowering others to do the same. She has taken a late in life diagnosis and used it to uplift others. René is the founder of Black Girl, Lost Keys, a blog that empowers black women with ADHD, helping them to live well with the disorder. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. Book a custom Virtual Tidying Experience with For the Love of Tidy (https://fortheloveoftidy.com/konmari-tidying-lesson/tidy-a-z-what-to-expect-from-a-konmari-virtual-tidy/) Join The Spark Joy Club today! (https://www.patreon.com/sparkjoy) In this episode, you’ll enjoy: - Learn what ADHD is and the symptoms related to this category of challenges. Here is a well-known symptom checklist for ADHD self testing: Adult ADHD Self Report Scale (https://add.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/adhd-questionnaire-ASRS111.pdf) Remember only an MD or a qualified health professional can give you an "official" diagnosis. René shares her own experiences in getting diagnosed and treated. We learn more about the special challenges facing women of color in address this disease. Hear René solutions for managing the day, your work and your life with techniques for overcoming barriers. Listen to our conversation with Craig Selinger in Ep 105 | Hope for Kids and Adults with ADHD (https://www.sparkjoypodcast.com/ep-105-hope-for-kids-and-adults-with-adhd-craig-selinger-of-themba-tutors) René shares her tips for paper and content management. René’s favorite organizing tip: With the holidays coming up, make a plan to keep gifts in the car until you are ready to wrap them! This way, they won’t get lost or forgotten in a closet. Out of site is out of mind, which can be a trap for someone with ADHD. What's sparking the most joy for René: René loves her active, engaged Twitter community. You should definitely check it out! Follow René on her website at blackgirllostkeys.com (https://blackgirllostkeys.com) On twitter @blkgirllostkeys (https://twitter.com/blkgirllostkeys?s=20) And FaceBook @BlackGirlLostKeys (https://www.facebook.com/blackgirllostkeys/) René recommends her book, Clean Up the Trash (https://www.blackgirllosttees.com/product-page/clean-up-the-trash-bundle), as very relevant to our listeners! Gems: "When you are having difficulty organizing your thoughts and your things, you find that increasingly run you out of time to do anything. In fact, starting to get organized and then stoping part way through is very common!" "When you look over your life, you begin to see the patterns of ADHD didn't just happen overnight. There are many pieces to the pie, but black women with ADHD are very isolated because they don't have a place that they fit in." "If I don't have a time set for myself to look at email, it's not going to happen." "You have to be willing to look at the goal of completing something and not worry too much about the method you used to accomplish it. The things that work change over time." The Spark Joy Anniversary Give-A-Way contest prizes! Win one of three bundles consisting of Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, signed by Marie Kondo, a fifty dollar gift certificate to the KonMari Shop (https://shop.konmari.com) to select your own Joy Sparking gift, and a two-hour Virtual Tidying Session from For the Love of Tidy! Three lucky winners will receive a bundle of all these prizes! To be eligible for all of the prizes above, all you need to do is head over to: www.sparkjoypodcast.com/itunes for detailed instructions on how to leave a review via iTunes. Once there, follow the Apple Podcast instructions to leave us a rating and review in iTunes to help us reach more ears, minds, and hearts. Most important step: Send an email to: contact@sparkjoypodcast.com letting us know you left us a review and what screen name you left it under. This will act as your official entry. Don’t forget this step! It is the only way we can officially log you as entered into the contest. Submit your star rating and review by November 24, 2020. We’ll announce the winners during our season finale “Best of” show that will air on December 1st. **Contest runs from September 1 to November 24, 2020.* Winners will be announced during our Best of 2020 show on December 1, 2020*** You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home (https://www.theserenehome.com/) You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy (https://fortheloveoftidy.com/) Special Guest: René Brooks.
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    Ep 158 | Practical Meditation at Home + Guided Mindfulness Exercise with Rachel Kanarowski

    53:36

    Rachel Kanarowski, certified Meditation Coach, shares simple science-based meditation tips to enhance your focus, increase your emotional intelligence, and release stress. Be still. Focus on your breath. Reflect. Today we explore meditation. A practice with deep cultural history and widespread contemporary relevance. A great complement to your KonMari practice and lifestyle. Today’s guest is Rachel Kanarowski. Rachel is a certified meditation coach based in Chicago who ditched her blazers after more than a decade in high-stress marketing and media jobs. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. Book a custom Virtual Tidying Experience with For the Love of Tidy (https://fortheloveoftidy.com/konmari-tidying-lesson/tidy-a-z-what-to-expect-from-a-konmari-virtual-tidy/) Join The Spark Joy Club today! (https://www.patreon.com/sparkjoy) In this episode, you’ll enjoy: - How a podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-find-real-love-with-sharon-salzberg/id508117781?i=1000386177711) inspired Rachel to be kinder to herself and embrace Sharon Salzberg's Loving Kindness through tough times - How Loving Kindness is different from breath or transcendental meditation formats and leads to structural changes in our brains that make us more compassionate - Three common myths and misconception that show up around meditation and mindfulness practices - What to beware of when integrating KonMari with meditation at home - Tips for meditation first timers or those who are struggling to maintain a consistent practice - Rachel's favorite meditation apps: Unplug (https://unplug.app/), Headspace (https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app), Calm (https://www.calm.com/), 10% Happier (https://www.tenpercent.com/) - Guided Meditation: 36:03 - 42:41 min. mark Rachel’s favorite wellness tip: Make a plan to feel the way you want to feel What's sparking the most joy for Rachel: Taking pictures outside to observe the seasons changing Follow Rachel on Instagram @rachelkanarowski (https://www.instagram.com/rachelkanarowski/) To book a private mindfulness meditation experience for yourself or your company contact Rachel via rachelkanarowski.com (https://rachelkanarowski.com/). Her future podcast: The Year of Living Better (coming soon!) Gems: "I immediately started to feel a really big shift in the relationship I had with myself." "I call myself a no beads, no incense, very science-based meditation coach." "May you be safe. May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease." "[Loving Kindness meditation] helps you refill your own cup...and it helps that cup get bigger." "You're creating the habit by choosing an activity that occurs on a reliable basis and stacking meditation or mindfulness practice with whatever that other thing is." "My practice helps me be kind to myself when everything isn't perfect or isn't sparking joy." The Spark Joy Anniversary Give-A-Way contest prizes! Win one of three bundles consisting of Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, signed by Marie Kondo, a fifty dollar gift certificate to the KonMari Shop (https://shop.konmari.com) to select your own Joy Sparking gift, and a two-hour Virtual Tidying Session from For the Love of Tidy! Three lucky winners will receive a bundle of all these prizes! To be eligible for all of the prizes above, all you need to do is head over to: www.sparkjoypodcast.com/itunes for detailed instructions on how to leave a review via iTunes. Once there, follow the Apple Podcast instructions to leave us a rating and review in iTunes to help us reach more ears, minds, and hearts. Most important step: Send an email to: contact@sparkjoypodcast.com letting us know you left us a review and what screen name you left it under. This will act as your official entry. Don’t forget this step! It is the only way we can officially log you as entered into the contest. Submit your star rating and review by November 24, 2020. We’ll announce the winners during our season finale “Best of” show that will air on December 1st. **Contest runs from September 1 to November 24, 2020.* Winners will be announced during our Best of 2020 show on December 1, 2020*** You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home (https://www.theserenehome.com/) You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy (https://fortheloveoftidy.com/) Special Guest: Rachel Kanarowski.
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    Ep 157 | KonMari Quick Tips: Your Burning Tidying Questions

    16:29

    We asked the members of the The Spark Joy Club to send us their burning tidying questions and respond they did! The Spark Joy Club is home to over 200 tidiers in the process of organizing their own home and finding joy in all aspects of their lives. They are our own tidying laboratory and we all find solutions to so many issues we all share along the way. We want to hear from you. Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Head over to Apple podcasts to subscribe and review the show, which helps us reach others along their tidying journeys. To extend your tidying experience, you can join the Spark Joy Club! Visit sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Join the Club” to become a member of the Spark Joy Community or join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Book a custom Virtual Tidying Experience with For the Love of Tidy (https://fortheloveoftidy.com/konmari-tidying-lesson/tidy-a-z-what-to-expect-from-a-konmari-virtual-tidy/) Spark Joy Club member Question #1 Katie Grosskopf asks: “Tips for when you get stalled or stuck in the tidying process- how do I jump start my momentum!” Vision is key and we discuss this all the way back in Spark Joy podcast Ep | 5 How to Visualize Your Ideal Lifestyle and Living Environment (https://www.sparkjoypodcast.com/episode-5-the-konmari-lifestyle) Planning is ALSO key and We discuss this in Spark Joy podcast Ep | 73 How to Plan Your KonMari Tidying Journey (https://www.sparkjoypodcast.com/how-to-plan-your-konmari-tidying-journey) Spark Joy Club member Question #2 Rosemary J. writes: “I'd like some quick win ideas, to something short and sweet and easy to finish.” We call this sorting the low hanging fruit. Those categories or subcategories are ones that you can accomplish quickly to give yourself an enthusiasm boost. Take a listen for our tips on how to accomplish a quick win. Spark Joy Club member Question #3 Paige Adelle asks: “I'm interested in how to joy-check furniture. Do I move it? Do I take everything off my shelves? Do I leave furniture in sets or do one item at a time?” For the most part, consider the use of the room and whether the furniture in that room supports it. Does the furniture in your dining area support nourishment and family gathering? Or is it just in the way? We discuss how to tidy the Komono category of furniture. Spark Joy Club member Question #4 Melinda Nina De J writes: “How do we gift experiences instead of things when many places are closed for Covid?” We discussed some options for safety during the summer, and many of them do apply all year round. Check out Spark Joy podcast Ep 139 KonMari Quick Tips: Safe Summer Fun 2020 (https://www.sparkjoypodcast.com/ep-139-konmari-quick-tips-safe-summer-fun-2020) Spark Joy Club member Question #5 Christine Mundis writes: “Holiday decorations! I tend to hold onto decorations I’m no longer using, just in case. How do I sort holiday decorations?” This Komono category is very closely attached to the sentimental category, so we suggest considering this category of seasonal items adjacent to sentimental. Listen for more tips on this subcategory. Thank you to all our Spark Joy Club members who submitted questions! If we didn’t get to yours on the podcast, keep tuning in and follow our journey in The Spark Joy Club. We are pleased to introduce the following new members of The Spark Joy Club, joining at the Joy Sparker level: Welcome! Vivian Baker Susan Shirk Join over 150 serious Tidiers who are making 2020 their very last year of being disorganized. We welcome you to extended conversation around taking action, living, and maintaining a tidy lifestyle. Please join the conversation by visiting sparkjoypodcast.com and selecting "Join the Club." The Spark Joy Anniversary Give-A-Way contest prizes! Win one of three bundles consisting of Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, signed by Marie Kondo, a fifty dollar gift certificate to the KonMari Shop (https://shop.konmari.com) to select your own Joy Sparking gift, and a two-hour Virtual Tidying Session from For the Love of Tidy! Three lucky winners will receive a bundle of all these prizes! To be eligible for all of the prizes above, all you need to do is head over to: www.sparkjoypodcast.com/itunes for detailed instructions on how to leave a review via iTunes. Once there, follow the Apple Podcast instructions to leave us a rating and review in iTunes to help us reach more ears, minds, and hearts. Most important step: Send an email to: contact@sparkjoypodcast.com letting us know you left us a review and what screen name you left it under. This will act as your official entry. Don’t forget this step! It is the only way we can officially log you as entered into the contest. Submit your star rating and review by November 24, 2020. We’ll announce the winners during our season finale “Best of” show that will air on December 1st. **Contest runs from September 1 to November 24, 2020.* Winners will be announced during our Best of 2020 show on December 1, 2020*** You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home (https://www.theserenehome.com/) You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy (https://fortheloveoftidy.com/)
  • Spark Joy podcast

    Ep 156 | Virtual Home Organizing with KonMari Mom Kelly

    33:15

    Client Kelly shares how working with For the Love of Tidy for 12 hours total 100% virtually (through screens) helped her achieve an organized warm minimalist home. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at www.sparkjoypodcast.com and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. Book a custom Virtual Tidying Experience with For the Love of Tidy (https://fortheloveoftidy.com/konmari-tidying-lesson/tidy-a-z-what-to-expect-from-a-konmari-virtual-tidy/) Join The Spark Joy Club today! (https://www.patreon.com/sparkjoy) In this episode, you’ll enjoy: - With a few incomplete tidying attempts behind her, Kelly recalls her path to KonMari - How Kelly was inspired by the Minimalism documentary (https://www.netflix.com/title/80114460), Courtney Carver's capsule wardrobe (Spark Joy Episode 39 (https://www.sparkjoypodcast.com/episode-39-closet-joy-part-2-build-your-capsule-wardrobe-with-courtney-carver)), and seeing Kristyn speak about KonMari during an event at Room & Board - Kelly's vision of a decluttered basement with a lot of open space - How Kelly handled the days when she felt less enthusiastic about following through with the plan - How the 12 hours Kelly spent actively decluttering virtually with Kristyn compared to the years she spent accumulating and managing clutter - Why Virtual KonMari Tidying Lessons worked best for Kelly's goals and circumstances - How Kelly embraced the "thank you" and found value in taking the time to make thoughtful decisions - How decluttering helped Kelly relax, read more, clean more efficiently, and gain clarity about her design taste - How Kelly's progress impacted her kids, as she gifted two hours of her sessions to her teenager and modeled the change she wanted to see for them What sparks joy for Kelly Riding the high of finishing her KonMari event and welcoming a new puppy into her space! Gems: "There is something special and different about actually going through The Joy Journal while you are in a Virtual Tidying Session." "I wanted to free up my mental space to think about other things." "There was a to do list around that basement that brought a certain level of weight to my day." "I wanted to make it a habit and really commit to keeping it that way." "If you're going to tidy virtually, you really have to make that commitment. Show up for yourself." "I have struggled over the years with clutter. I can say it now. I don't have to hold my head down in shame because I did something about it." "Having a decluttered space plays a big role in helping to remain calm throughout this stressful time." "It took dedication and work." The Spark Joy Anniversary Give-A-Way contest prizes! Win one of three bundles consisting of Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, signed by Marie Kondo, a fifty dollar gift certificate to the KonMari Shop (https://shop.konmari.com) to select your own Joy Sparking gift, and a two-hour Virtual Tidying Session from For the Love of Tidy! Three lucky winners will receive a bundle of all these prizes! To be eligible for all of the prizes above, all you need to do is head over to: www.sparkjoypodcast.com/itunes for detailed instructions on how to leave a review via iTunes. Once there, follow the Apple Podcast instructions to leave us a rating and review in iTunes to help us reach more ears, minds, and hearts. Most important step: Send an email to: contact@sparkjoypodcast.com letting us know you left us a review and what screen name you left it under. This will act as your official entry. Don’t forget this step! It is the only way we can officially log you as entered into the contest. Submit your star rating and review by November 24, 2020. We’ll announce the winners during our season finale “Best of” show that will air on December 1st. **Contest runs from September 1 to November 24, 2020.* Winners will be announced during our Best of 2020 show on December 1, 2020*** You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home (https://www.theserenehome.com/) You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy (https://fortheloveoftidy.com/)

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