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I know you have a lot on your plate. I also know you have a heart that feels pulled in many directions. You want to be able to show up to all the things, but also maintain control of your home. As well as keep your heart in a place of joy and love. I had the absolute honor of having Morgan Peitzman join us on the Best Day Podcast to bring encouragement for moms everywhere. A simple, encouraging message full of tips for moms to help find more rhythm within your everyday life. In order to be able to lead, serve and love with your whole heart and to pour into the people and your home around you so well. This conversation you are going to be so encouraged by and inspired from.
I am all about bringing encouragement into our life every single day. Specifically, this message is about doing so through finding rhythms and routines in our everyday life. Sharing specific and simple tips for moms to help make life easier. In order for you to get the absolute best possible advice on establishing more rhythms in life, I am so excited for you to meet our special guest, Morgan Peitzman.
Morgan is a wife and a mom of two who lives in the Atlanta area. She is a former critical care nurse who left that industry to be more present with her family. She now works from home helping busy and overwhelmed moms find peace and margin in their days by simplifying their homes, kicking the clutter and creating sustainable and realistic habits.
Additionally, Morgan also mentors women and helps them create their own financial and time freedom through partnering together with online social retail. Morgan is passionate about seeing more mamas thrive in their roles at home and in their many avenues of work, all for the glory of Jesus.
I have been following Morgan on Instagram for a while now and have been so encouraged by how she shares everyday moments of living her life, loving on her family and her boys. As well as maintaining an intentional presence of being centered, grounded and trying to find order, even within the messy.
Morgan is incredibly passionate about the work that she does because as moms, no matter how many kids you have, or what season of life you’re in, or what your work looks like, whether that’s in the home, outside the home, income producing or not, we all just have a lot on our plates.
And in Morgan’s perspective too many moms (way too many people really), but especially moms, are constantly living in a hurried state. Essentially, survival mode. The norm has become running off of cortisol when in reality, it doesn’t have to be that way. We actually can thrive in our motherhood, in our work, in our relationships.
I couldn’t agree more! We can thrive. It doesn’t have to be this crazy survival mode. The conversation with Morgan truly was so encouraging in so many aspects. Simply put, it’s a conversation that so many women need to have and a message so many hearts need to feel encouraged in. Therefore, it all is fitting. With all of the things and all of the pressures and all of the different ways that our hearts feel pulled in so many moments throughout the day. It doesn’t always have to be that way. We can actually thrive.
Morgan Peitzman is married to her husband, Jerry. They have been married for seven years and have known each other since middle school. They have two little boys, which are three and a half and five. Morgan shared how five was a hard age for her. How that fifth birthday had her so emotional. It felt so big.
Morgan and her family live outside the Atlanta area and their life is full and wonderful and busy in all of the best ways. Morgan shares how she thinks that’s a misconception that if you’re going to live a simplified, unhurried, more joy-filled life that you have to cut every extracurricular and quit your job and do all these things. But that is not the case.
Morgan shares how her husband works full time in a corporate job. While she runs an online business full time. Her kids are in school and sports. They serve in their local church and different ministries. They live a very full life, but being able to really learn how to simplify and create habits and rhythms, have changed the whole way that their family functions within their home.
It changed the whole way that my husband and I communicate. It also changed the way that we’re able to get things done. Even the way we show up to all of the things in our life without feeling like we’re run ragged. Without the feeling like we’re showing up reactive to our day. Morgan shared how all of this stemmed when when my oldest son was born. She was working full time as a nurse then and our life was still very full and busy. But Morgan was also struggling through a season of severe postpartum depression.
She felt like the walls were closing in. And she was having such a hard time staying on top of simple things such as laundry and dinner. This season of life was so hard and challenging and Morgan felt like she was drowning. And that’s the narrative for so many of us. It’s the simple day to day things that pile up. We feel this immense pressure from all around to do it all and be it all and get it all done. Simply, there’s not enough hours in the day, Morgan shared.
That was it for her. Morgan shared, “I remember thinking one night, I don’t think it really is supposed to feel like this. I don’t think it really has to feel like this. That really started my journey with learning how to slow down and simplify and create rhythms and habits around all these good, beautiful, full things in our life.”
Morgan continues, “Eventually this transitioned into a business. And now that’s really what I love is helping other moms who feel that way, really see that you can thrive. Like there are always going to be hard days. Days when things don’t go according to plan. There are going to be seasons where that survival mode is very real. But we’re not meant to stay there, all the time. And so that’s what I love talking about, what I love helping other women get to see.”
Through our incredible and encouraging conversation, Morgan and I talked through FOUR essential tips for moms to help establish more rhythms in your daily life. These four tips are geared to help moms implement small changes to find more peace and to feel more in control over their lives, schedules and home.
The very first essential tip for busy moms to establish more order in their daily life is to focus on simple decluttering. For myself, my own personal journey of getting my life more on track, also happened right after becoming a mom. I realized I can’t really function or live the way that I used to live because my heart is now outside of my body. I don’t want to live that way anymore.
Specifically, I remember during my maternity leave, all I wanted to do was to get rid of as much stuff as I could. I had my son as a newborn, laying in the little Snuggle Me Lounger on my bed. I sitting next to him, recovering from an emergency C section and my mom taking section of my closet by section into the floor of our master bedroom. And I just kept saying dump it all. Get rid of all of it.
It was too much. I couldn’t deal with it. Nor did I want to keep up with the laundry. The thing was, I never was that way before. However, since becoming a mom you realize in certain areas that you have to find a way to simplify so you can have a little bit more room to breathe or at least feel like you can handle it. That even on the days where you can’t, it still feels a little bit more manageable.
Morgan also shared how when she started this whole journey of simplifying, the very first thing she started with was decluttering. Physically, getting rid of the stuff. Morgan shared, “I vividly remember we were living in a rental house at the time. My oldest was seven months old, a few weeks later, we would find out we were pregnant again with our second. And like I said, I was just struggling. And I remember looking around. It’s exactly what you said. I was like, get rid of all of it.”
“For so many of us,” Morgan shared, “when you feel overwhelmed, our first tendency is too clean up. There’s a scientific reason for that. What I know now, I didn’t know then, but visual clutter actually elicits a stress response in our brains. The literal stress hormone, cortisol, spikes with visual clutter. All of that input puts our body into overload.”
“That’s why really cluttered environments are stressful. And that’s what we were living in,” Morgan shares. “So on top of becoming a new mom, doing all the things just to keep a household and a family running and working. My environment was actually like causing more stress. I vividly remember the first night we took dozens of trash bags of stuff, out of the basement, out of the garage. That was so eyeopening for me. With every bag and box that left, I could literally feel things getting lighter. It made me realize, maybe there’s something to this whole slowing down and simplifying.
“So for us, it was the same thing you said, it really started with our physical stuff,” Morgan shared. “And now it’s translated into all areas of our life. The way we manage our time and our calendar and all of it.” I loved how she shared that and I believe that’s so important as well. For myself, my son is a good reminder for all of this too. Of course, I have my list of things I want to do with him over the summer.
I want to go to the park or a playground and I ask my son. He says, “No mama, stay home.” It’s such a sweet moment of, okay, we don’t have to go. A reminder that we can make that adventure here. We can be home and be happy and find that simplicity within how we live each moment.
I know for us, during the school year, when things get busier, I have to make sure I protect his peace and how we live the pace of our life. Because the days where I accidentally sleep in a little bit and have to wake him up later. Oh, it’s bad news because he doesn’t get that quality time in the morning. Consequently, we’re all rushing out the door. And I know how I feel in those moments. But, I’m rushing out the door to go anywhere with half makeup on, no lunch, no water, and it’s a mess.
Knowing that’s what I’m bringing him into as well. For me, it’s really cool to not just think about my own self and how I’m feeling in certain situations, but to also be able to tell how he’s responding and how his emotions are. Whether or not he is feeling good, or if he is getting upset by something. Of if that is a result of our home, or a result of our pace of living and what we’re doing and what we’re trying to fit into the day.
It’s so fun to always be learning and paying attention to the environment and your little triggers as to what’s throwing you off. Realizing in those moments where you feel thrown off that maybe this is telling you something.
Morgan continued the decluttering tips for moms by sharing how with kids, the same way that the clutter and the hurriedness affects us, it absolutely affects them. We very regularly declutter our kids toys. And I talk to moms all the time and they share that’s one of the hardest parts of trying to simplify, feeling like toys are everywhere.
The same way that we’re overwhelmed with too many choices and too much stuff, our kids are the same way. Even when my kids have less, they play better. They are more focused, and their behavior is better. It feels like that wouldn’t make sense, like they wouldn’t go together, but when you really think about it, it makes sense.
When their little bodies are less stress and overwhelmed by all the clutter and the hurry. They feed off of our energy, too. When I’m frazzled and just a basket case all the time, they’re gonna feed off of that. So it really all does tie together.
The second essential tip for moms to help manage everything home and family related is through incorporating basic meal planning. With the conversation of meal planning also comes the conversation of how we structure and organize our time. Morgan shares how when she works with a lot of moms, they often assume that these tips only work for her because she is more organized. “Or this is geared more towards a type a personality. While sometimes that’s true,” Morgan shared, “I do have a personality that’s bent a little towards more like that type a kind of person.
However, this whole idea of slowing down and simplifying doesn’t mean that you have to suddenly have a color coded planner and now do all these things. It really can just be figuring out what works for you and your season and your life. Figuring out what that looks like for your family. Really, when it comes down to it, planning, creating that margin in your day, creating that margin in your home, it really is one of the best ways we can serve our family.
“Because when I am not running around at seven o’clock in the morning looking for clean underwear for everyone, or when it’s dinner time and I already have dinner prepared and ready to go, in those moments,” Morgan shares, “I’m just a much more present, nice, happy mom. Compared to the moments when my husband comes up from work, where I’m frazzled, chaotic, no idea what’s for dinner, everybody’s running around, the house is chaotic.
By creating margin within our homes, I’m able to serve him better when there’s kind of a plan and a structure in place. It doesn’t always mean that it needs to b this rigid thing where you have to suddenly become hyper organized and like fundamentally change who you are or your personality. However, it does create this really powerful mindset.
When we can make the mindset shift of doing our best to steward our time and resources. This really is just one of the best ways we can serve. And it’s a great way that we get to serve others. For instance, when I have more margin in my time and day, I’m more quickly able to say yes to meet a need that may come up.
When I’m not frazzled and running around at dinnertime, I’m able then to more easily make a double batch of dinner and drop it off at the neighbors or a family at church that just had a baby. By having more margin in our day, we are freed up to say YES more to things that really matter. When we say no to so much of the stuff that’s pulling on us that doesn’t actually matter.
I love that so much and I feel like not only can you say yes to helping those around you and being more present with your family. Additionally, you also have more space to listen to yourself. To take a minute and figure out what your needs are in the moment. This is so important in so many areas. I do have to say though that I know not everybody likes the color coordinated planner, but I do firmly believe that a color coordinated planner brings you more joy in life!
Especially when it comes to having a plan with meals, I feel like that is the one key thing that makes or breaks my week. If I actually take the time on a weekend to write out the meals for the week ahead and actually build out the grocery list, it changes everything. This doesn’t have to be super elaborate either.
I know some people have amazing whole meal plan systems that are epic and awesome. While, that’s a great goal for one day. But the days that I do and the weeks that I meal plan, it absolutely makes a huge difference.
Morgan shared, “This is what I really love to teach and to create rhythms around. I really like the word rhythm instead of routine because routine feels very rigid where rhythm can fit your season of life. Rhythms, like things that have to be done to keep your household running. Such as, cooking dinner, doing laundry, all those things that have to happen. Cleaning or whatever. But we’ll use the meal planning example. It’s just one of those things. We have to eat dinner. We have to feed our families dinner.
And it all can be such a stressor. A burden at the end of the day. One more decision that we have to make. Or, instead, it can be a really awesome, exciting way that our whole family can be involved to help. Or a great way that we can really serve our family. It doesn’t have to always be this burden.
I have like a meal planning system that I love to use, but I always tell people my meal plan sometimes is as simple as ordering pizza, or chicken nuggets and friend. It can be simple and what suits your season of life. The most important thing is having a plan in place.
Morgan shared, “I recently heard a quote about overwhelm. When most people hear the word overwhelm, they assume that it means you have a lot going on. I’m overwhelmed because I have a lot going on, which really, that’s not a great definition of overwhelm because we ALL have a lot going on.
While, that’s relative. What feels like a lot to you might not feel like a lot to me. Of course, we all have different capabilities. However, instead of thinking of overwhelm as having so much on your plate. Which in turn is going to make the simple ordinary things and responsibilities feel like burdens. The laundry, serving dinner to your family, keeping up with your home.
Those are going to feel like burdens that are overwhelming you when instead overwhelm is really just what happens when you have all these great full things on your plate without a plan for how to care for them. While, sometimes it might mean that we need to take some things off our plate, but we can’t remove being a mom from our plate of responsibilities.
And if we’re constantly viewing that as the thing that is overwhelming us, it’s just so much easier to have a victim mentality. Which can result in being more short and snippy with your kids. To view their needs as interruptions. Therefore, it’s the way you approach overwhelm, by focusing on these things as good and great things.
Which is why it is so necessary to have a plan in place for how to manage it all. Truthfully, that’s what’s going to actually remove some of the overwhelm. This is such a good way to look at it. Almost in a way, same as people will say overwhelmed, when people are feeling stressed with a certain situation. Let’s shift the focus to fixing the problem.
How can I tackle this? What’s my solution here? How can I figure out a way to take the situation and work through it or get rid of it to get to the other side? I absolutely love that mindset shift on overwhelm Also, in a way, I feel like I’m the type of person that, when I have a lot going on, I know how to handle all the things, compared to when there’s nothing going on.
I feel like on the days where it seems as if I don’t have anything to do, it’s actually not that I didn’t have anything on my schedule, I just had no structure or no rhythm to what I was doing. Of course, after becoming a mom all of this changed. You have more responsibilities and have other things that you’re being pulled too. Other places your heart wants to serve and you realize the need for having rhythms.
The necessity to find structure here because if not I can’t function. When you have a fuller plate with all of these good things and good gifts, it forces you to prioritize and to create a plan so that we can do all the things that we’re called to do.
The third essential tip for moms to incorporate more rhythms in your everyday life is to start small and to really focus on the one area that is causing the most stress FIRST. Of course, this will look a little bit different for every family. What is most important for me and my family might look different for you.
But of course, the things we keep talking about, the meals and the laundry and the cleaning. Those are the kind of things that I think we all have in common that probably have to be done in some capacity. Therefore, my biggest tip for moms is to start small and really focus in on the one area causing the most stress in your life.
Focus on your biggest pain point. The area causing you the most stress. Whether that be dinner or laundry or your entryway. Find the thing that you feel like is constantly the biggest stressor, that biggest pain point. And identify one way you could solve that problem. For example, with mealtime. Maybe that just means starting small. So many people make the mistake, thinking they need to overhaul everything and create a whole schedule and declutter their entire life and create all these systems.
But truly, doing one thing at a time can make the biggest change. So if your biggest pain point is mealtime, it could be as simple as saying, okay, I’m just going to at least write down on a scratch piece of paper what we want to have for dinner this week. Or, you know what? Every Monday is going to be a crockpot meal. Every Friday is going to be pizza delivery. Give yourself, like, one thing to start with. And go from there!
Another essential tip for moms to manage their time and their home better is to focus on establishing a solid morning routine. Morgan shared how many people may cringe at hearing that you need to establish a morning routine because they may not be a morning person. However, a morning routine doesn’t have to mean you get up at 4:30 AM and have a two hour long thing.
And of course it depends on your season of life, Morgan shares. Especially if you have a newborn or children that are still struggling to sleep, it is essential to give yourself so much grace here. However, if you have children that are remotely sleeping through the night and you’re able to get up as simple as 15 or 30 minutes before your kids and have that quiet time. Have that time to read, pray, meditate, have a cup of coffee in silence in the morning and approach your day from a more grounded place, that is so important.
By having a morning routine, even if things get crazy, because they’re going to get crazy. You can have the best plan in the world and things just happen. But, by having a morning routine and having that moment to just start your day with intention versus waking up right away to someone needing you. Followed by everyone needing you. It can be very reactive to your day. Truly, even 15, 20 minutes in the morning to really approach your day with intention makes such a huge difference.
I absolutely loved everything Morgan had to share on her love for morning routines. And is something that I feel is so important in how we live. Personally, this has been one of the most impactful tips for myself as a mom. I can so clearly tell the days that are good days and the days that feel like it’s an uphill battle from the moment I wake up, it’s based on what my morning was like.
For instance, did I have time for myself? Was I able to pour into myself, my heart, and my spirit? Or was I instantly… being pulled by someone else. There was this stretch of time, the semester after I returned from maternity leave. My son was in the six month to ten month stretch of age, and he would wake up in the middle of the night very frequently. We were still nursing, so I would just bring him back to bed with us, nurse, then he would fall asleep. It was amazing because being in the classroom during the day., all I wanted to do was snuggle him and hold him in my arms.
But, then my alarm would go off and he would wake up and I would be up and it was time to go and it almost destroyed my mindset. As fulfilling as it was in my heart, as perfect the moments of cuddles were, my mornings were gone. One of the things I did to change that pattern, especially once we got into the summer was to get my mornings back. This is such an important tip for moms and truly made such a difference.
The importance here, in establishing your morning routine, it doesn’t have to be an hour long process. Of course, if I wrote down my ideal morning routine, I would have to wake up at 3 in the morning to have time to do everything I really wanted to get done in my morning. But that’s not going to happen. Even a simple 15 minutes. Keep things as simple as possible to start your day based on what you need to be able to function.
Morgan continued by sharing how that’s the key with all of it. It’s starting small. Implementing one new habit at a time. Then once you feel like you’ve got that down, add something else. Anytime we feel like we need to overhaul everything that is just going to add to the feeling of overwhelm. Morgan always encourages people to start with one small habit.
Allow yourself to start small, with one small habit. Focusing in on where there is a pain point? In turn, how can we create a solution? Morgan shared how she was talking to someone recently about their biggest pain point being the entryway. The shoes and mail and whatever everywhere. Morgan talked through the importance of finding a solution to make this one simple space work. Starting with a little basket for shoes, an organizer for mail. The need to declutter and simplify the number of shoes in the home. Or come up with a better system for bringing in mail and opening it quicker.
The key is, Morgan shares, the more you can find little spots like that in your day and in your home. Find the things that are triggering the overwhelm. And ask yourself how can we create a really simple solution that’s sustainable?
Furthermore, I just want to encourage the mom who really is feeling that pull of overwhelm and feeling like we need to get it all done. Morgan shares, “I think there’s this elusive idea of motherhood that we can achieve this perfect balance. This balance of I’ve got everything running with my home, my kids, and my work, and my marriage. And I think we just think about balance the wrong way too. That perfect balance is never going to exist.
And I think when we think about balance, we imagine like a scale. And you have like three on one side and three on the other that are creating this perfectly balanced scale. And I see so many of us trying to reach for that and achieve that. Which is simply, just not possible. Depending on your season of life, what’s going on at the time, the age and stage of your kids, whether it’s summer or back to school or the holidays. There are going to be different seasons and times where that balance is going to look different.
“There might be a season where you’re leaning more heavily into work. Or a season where you’re pulling back there and leaning more heavily into this. Therefore, I just want to encourage all the moms feeling that pull, that the perfect balance doesn’t exist. Give yourself permission to change your routines, permission to change up your rhythms. Do things differently, depending on the season that you’re in the needs of your family and your kids,” Morgan shared so beautifully.
I think that’s all so important, a beautiful tip for moms. I know for me, somebody that can tend to have more of a perfectionist personality. It can be consuming sometimes to put yourself in this place of, okay, I want to do all these things. I can so easily get caught in this lie of perfection. It’s important to remember that this scale isn’t this even balance. More like a shift that’s constantly happening where there might be a moment where one thing is getting a little bit more attention. One thing may not get prioritized as much.
However, by having rhythms in place and having this sense of order, even within chaos, things don’t have to be completely out of whack. You can still find order even in a messy situation. That’s something that I definitely try to focus on and work for.
Also knowing, when it’s all completely out of whack and things completely just fall apart. Simply reset. Regroup. And try again tomorrow. Giving yourself grace as you look at what’s in front of you and focus on thankfulness and doing the best I can to be appreciative of what I have. And if you don’t even have the room for that because that’s how hard the day is. You know what? Simply just try again tomorrow.
Morgan continued, “Always so much grace. And that’s the other thing. When you have these ideal rhythms and way things are going to go. We can all have our plans. But they’re going to get derailed at some point. However, when you have this baseline rhythm and structure to your household and to your day, when things get crazy, it’s so much easier to get back on track. It makes it easier so that a sick kid or an emergency or just a day where everybody’s cranky and things don’t go as planned.
It’s a lot easier for me now to not let that totally derail me. Whereas before, it already felt like chaos. Then when things went whack, it felt like the world was ending. Where now it’s okay, we’re having a tough day. We’ll get back at it tomorrow.
I hope you feel so encouraged and so refreshed through these tips for moms to help implement more rhythm in your everyday life. It was such a joy to talk with Morgan on all things motherhood, passions of the heart, as well as how we show up in our homes each and every day.
But not just that, also by finding little solutions to helping control the overwhelm and the stressors that can really inhibit a lot of us. Be sure to check out Morgan’s incredible resources, from her simple decluttering guide to her meal planning system. Additionally, I strongly recommend giving her a follow over on Instagram. She is such an encouraging follow, always sharing real moments of everyday life in a very encouraging, inspiring way.
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Truly hoping that you are feeling so encouraged in life, especially as a mom. My hope is that these tips for moms helped unlock an even greater potential for you as you work to implement more rhythms in your daily life. Through simple decluttering, implementing basic meal planning, focusing in on the areas that are causing you the most stress, to finding your own morning routine, these tips are to encourage you through motherhood so you can actually thrive. Because you can thrive! It is possible. Believing in you and cheering you on, every single step of the way!
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