It’s been such a tough year for many people, and Thanksgiving is bound to feel different for many of us. In tough and uncertain times, it’s easy to focus on the negative… but what’s the benefit in that?
In this Thanksgiving podcast, I share the lessons I’ve learned through all of this, including reinventing many aspects of my homeschool, my health, and my community. From reading all of your comments and e-mails, I can tell that in spite of it all (or maybe because of it) this has been an incredible teaching year for many, many people — myself included.
I’d love to hear from you too in the comments if you’ve found a silver lining this year, or what has helped you the most.
Most of all, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to tell you how much I appreciate all of you! I’ve received so many encouraging and appreciative emails and comments from moms all over the world this year. Please know that it makes all the difference!
Episode Highlights: Thanksgiving Podcast With Katie
- Our rollercoaster of personal highs and lows in 2020
- Some unexpected new ways the pandemic has taught us to look at life
- The way we start our homeschooling day
- What this year has taught me about my approach to homeschooling
- One of the most important vitamins we’re making sure to get enough of this year
- Why building a micro-community has made all the difference
- The spreadsheet I made for personal growth
- Books and resources that have helped me the most
- And more!
Resources We Mention
- Vitamin D
- 8 Sauna Benefits for Body and Mind
- Kids Cook Real Food e-course
- Favorite TED Talks for Moms, Kids & Family
- 273: The Power of Movement for Mind and Body With Aaron Alexander of The Align Podcast
- 367: Creating Your Tribe: Micro-Communities for School, Activities, & Social Support
- The Untethered Soul
More From Wellness Mama
- 384: Building a Village, Creating Strong Relationships & Biohacking Tips With Michael Trainer
- 309: How I Overcame Trauma (and Lost 50 Pounds)
- 364: Mindset Strategies to Survive and Thrive as a Homeschooling, Working Parent With Carrie Husse
- 390: How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kids for Success With Julie Lythcott-Haims
- 6 Favorite Practical Homeschool Resources (My Kids Love)
- Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?
What’s the silver lining for you this Thanksgiving? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well.
Thanks to Our Sponsors
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