Last week I had the opportunity to attend Rachel Hollis’ movie event “Made for More” with some girlfriends.  We went out for dinner and attended the movie. I left feeling motivated and ready to make some changes- ready to stop believing the lies in my own mind.

I have been following Rachel and Dave Hollis for some time on social media.  Her latest book, Girl Wash Your Face, was soul searching, mind-opening, and life changing.  All the lies we tell ourselves are SO untrue- “I am not enough.” “I am a bad mom.” “My kids don’t like me.” “My life is a mess.” “Everyone around me is prettier, thinner, smarter, more successful (add your own word here) than me.”  

ALL LIES! Chapter by chapter Rachel breaks down these lies and shares her own struggles and how she works to overcome these negative messages we tell ourselves.  You can get a copy of Girl Wash Your Face Here.

Made for More was a movie the couple produced to bring their Rise conference to the masses.  There is one more chance to go see it on August 13, 2018. I HIGHLY recommend it. Connect with the some women- every one of them needs to see this!  And then plan a time to talk and drop the defenses and tell your story- it is worth telling.

The night could have gone on.  But at the end we talked about those messages- I shared how I struggle with those messages of self doubt all the time.  How breaking that cycle takes work every day! I am going to share with you what has started to work for me- that is everyday I write down three things I am thankful for and everyday I use my whole being to put gratitude out into the world by thinking about those things as hard as I can for just a minute.  Whether it be my husband or daughters and family or friends or something as simple as ice cold water to drink on a hot day. This act everyday has made a difference- you cannot be angry when you are grateful. You cannot be jealous when you are grateful. You cannot be depressed when you are grateful.

The second thing I do everyday is listen to podcasts from inspiring people sending positive messages.  In this blog post, I want to share my favorites. I would love to know yours- comment below or post your favorite on my facebook page- Kim Schaaf with Three Painted Birds.

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Podcasts that leave me inspired and motivated:

RISE Podcast by Rachel Hollis– Bold and sometimes tough conversations but always loving, encouraging, and real life takeaways.

Goal Digger with Jenna Kutcher– Learn about business, live your truth, become vulnerable, and love yourself.  I LOVE Jenna Kutcher- she lives what she preaches.

She Did It Her Way Podcast– Inspiring women, taking control of your thoughts, stop comparing, and pave your own path.

Girls Night with Stephanie May Wilson– A new podcast that got me hooked quickly.  She speaks words of truth from her heart. So positive.

For the Love with Jen Hatmaker– She is a New York Times best selling author for a reason.  She is funny and smart and full of wisdom and inspiration. Her book Of Mess and Moxie is an all time favorite of mine. You can get it here.

Brene Brown’s Good Live Project Podcast– Her podcast is three parts community, media, and education.  I love her guests and smart questions.  If you have not read one of Brene’s books- you must!  She is a shame and vulnerability researcher.  She is brilliant and will leave you thinking and I mean thinking hard and digging deep!  Here are her books.

Ed Mylett Show– Never thought this would be for me but then I listened to the episode with Nick Santonastasso- born with a rare condition that left him without an arm and no legs.  This episode had me in tears and left me with zero excuses. What an inspiration!

The Going Scared Podcast– Jessica Honegger talks you through moving through your fears to make a life you love- full of impact and meaning. Her book, Imperfect Courage: Live a Life of Purpose and Leaving Comfort and Going Scared. comes out August 14- and can get it here.

The Life Coach School Podcast– Brooke Castillo’s powerful lessons are why she is a successful life coach and author.  She talks about the “tough stuff”. Get ready.

Tiny Leaps Big Changes– Just like the name says this podcast is all about the little everyday changes you can make to change your life. My oldest daughter told me to start listening to this one and years later I am still a fan.

Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations– It is Oprah- need I say more?

Business and Inspiration:

Jennifer Allwood Show– My mentor and business coach.  She is honest and loving, gives straightforward advice, and has amazing guests.  I never miss an episode.

Christy Wright’s Business Boutique– She inspires women to make money doing what they love.

Marie Forleo Podcast– Named by Oprah as a thought leader- Marie will help you become the person you most want to be.

Mind Your Business Podcast with James Wedmore– James digs into the deep stuff in our minds that holds us back from success in business.

Marketing Your Business with Stu McLaren– Shares marketing advice, interviews business leaders, and inspires along the way.

Classy Career Girl– Anna Runyan is a business minded woman helping other women reach their goals in business.

Building a StoryBrand– Donald Miller is a storytelling genius- no joke- I heard him speak once and was blown away by his wisdom.  A must for business owners.

Ask Pat– Pat Flynn shares his wisdom on business, blogging, podcasting, and creating an online business.