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If you can figure out what your purpose is and dedicate your time and effort on achieving it, then you will be a much happier person. As a season kickstarter, Jennifer Ford Berry gives us a teaser of her book, Purpose Over Possessions: Decluttering Your Life So You Can Live on Purpose. She gives an inside scoop on what happened in her life that pushed her to write the book. She also shares some memories from her job as an organizer and how she has impacted people by helping others. Be inspired by Jennifer’s personal purpose by reading her book and listening to her wise words.
I’m so glad you’re sharing this time with me when you could be doing so many other things. I have started a new season here at the 29 Minute Mom and I want to start the show to say a huge thank you to everybody that has written a review for the 29 Minute Mom podcast. For those of you that don’t realize, this is the biggest deal in the world for me. That’s how people find you. It gives me feedback if people are actually listening and what they think about the show. Other than seeing someone face-to-face and them telling me what they think about this podcast, this is the only way I ever know if what I’m doing is working and resonating with my audience. I’m going to take a few seconds at the beginning of every show and read the reviews and give a shout-out to whoever writes them.
The first review comes from Jennifer McDanister and it says, “I’ve been listening to the 29 Minute Mom podcast for a few weeks now. Every time, it’s been exactly what I needed to hear. Jennifer is entertaining, upbeat, motivating and inspiring. Her guests have all been so wonderful. I can’t wait to listen tomorrow.” Thank you, Jennifer, so much. I love your name by the way. I appreciate that and I love it when people say that the content of the episode really connects with their heart. I appreciate you saying that. I’m glad that it’s inspiring you and motivating you. Thanks for writing that review.
The next one is from JDC1991 and it says, “Worth a listen. I love Jennifer’s no-nonsense, yet encouraging approach. As someone who is helping to have a career like hers, I find her extremely informative.” I’m guessing you are considering becoming a professional organizer or something similar. That is awesome that you took the time to write the review and I’m glad you’re getting what you need. I hope this show inspires you to go after your dreams and to make the biggest impact possible out in the world. If you ever need anything, do not hesitate to send me an email. My email is Organize@JenniferFordBerry.com. Thank you for the reviews. Keep them coming. I want to go ahead and get started on our episode.
This is a big one for me. I’ve been working on my newest book and I am so excited to share it with the world. I’m going to give you the inside scoop on why I wrote the book, what happened in my life to provoke me to write the book and I’m going to read the introduction so that you can make a decision whether or not this is a book for you. Here’s the deal. The title of the book is called Purpose Over Possessions: Decluttering Your Life So You Can Live on Purpose. For those of you that may not know, I’ve written several other books in the Organize Now! series that are a step-by-step guide to how to organize literally any area of your life. They were written basically like a handbook for life. If you want to organize your closets or you want to organize your kitchen, your paperwork or your goals, whatever the case may be, it would tell you step one through step whatever how exactly to do it. It would tell you how to keep it that way and keep up with the maintenance.
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I’ve been writing nonfiction for years. Something completely different happened to me. I was in the middle of an event and I came home and I started to feel God’s prompting for me to go into a different direction with my career. For those of you that don’t know my backstory, I’ve been doing professional organizing for years. I feel like it’s my purpose. I feel like I was given a specific set of skills, passions, traits, personality and all the things that go along with this kind of work. I remember loving to organize since I was about five years old. I’ve always felt like it was my purpose. I realized that my purpose had turned into my calling, meaning that God wanted to get involved and He was happy that I was living my purpose out. I was helping other people. I was doing what I was made to do. He wanted me to take it to another level. When it becomes a calling, it becomes a way to work in partnership with God and also to use it to glorify and grow His kingdom here on Earth. He gave me this idea that I should maybe use my platform for Him. At that time, all things started to shift in my life.
I was notified by some friends of mine that Terri Savelle Foy was talking about me on her podcast. It happens I was a fan of Terri. I was listening to her podcast. I was reading her books. I reached out to Terri and I said, “This is a divine intervention where we’re both promoting each other at the same time.” We’ve never met. She kindly responded back, “Absolutely, I can’t believe this. We need to meet in person.” We met in person a month later at a conference in Toronto called Balance Living, an amazing women’s conference. If you ever get the chance, the most amazing women from all around the world go to this conference. We meet up in Toronto and we have coffee. We talked and she encourages me to pursue ministry. I’ll be very honest with you, which happens an awful lot when you’re presented with a purpose or a calling that you try to talk yourself out of it. That’s what I did. I said, “Who am I to do ministry? I haven’t gone to seminary. I’m not a pastor. I’m not a nun. I’m none of those things.” I’ve since learned that having the heart for God allows you to get into ministry, to use your time, your talents and your effort here on earth to glorify Him and to spread the word of what He wants from us.
I decided to start looking in the Bible. Lo and behold, everything about organization, even time management is right there, black and white from the very beginning of time. He was the God of order. He is the master organizer, the master creator. Nothing I can say was complete without first looking to the word and realizing that it was all there and that He had a plan for each and every one of our lives from the beginning of time before we were even born. I’ve seen that play out in my own life and I’ve seen that play out in so many other people’s lives where we’ve been brought together for me to help them organize their life, their stuff and their time. The real miraculous transformation happens when they get clear and intentional about why they’re living their life the way they are, how they want to live their life, what is the vision for their life, and the stuff that comes into their home should be in like a marriage between the life they want to live and the stuff they have.
It’s a deep process and I’ve been teaching it that way for years and years. I decided that I should share the inside knowledge that I’ve found from working with all these people and also having such a deep faith that I would put it all together in a book. That’s what happened with Purpose Over Possessions. I’m at this conference in Toronto and I’m feeling maybe I should definitely take the next leap and go into this direction. I come back home the following week and I’m brushing my teeth, putting on my makeup, and I’m listening to a podcast by Cynthia Brazelton who was one of the preachers at the conference. I love her style. I love how she spoke. She was talking on the podcast about the power of decision-making and how by literally deciding and making a decision, you show God you’re ready for the next step. Even when you have no idea what you’re doing, even though you have no idea the steps that you need to take or how you’re going to figure it all out, at least you’re saying, “God, I say yes. I’m making a decision to follow this path and I trust you to show me the way.”
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In my bathroom, I decided to say yes to somehow figuring out this whole ministry thing. What does that look like? It’s very different compared to business, which is what I know. Ministry is a whole other path to take. It’s a big learning curve. If you’ve been a person that’s been an entrepreneur and you’ve been in business, it runs a little differently. Number one, the first step is that I had to make sure that God was my partner and nobody else. I said yes to God that day. I proceeded to text my attorney and say, “Do you have any idea how to create a 501(c)(3)?” I have literally no clue what I’m doing. He said, “Call me in 30 minutes.” I said, “Okay.” In 30 minutes, I called him and his name is Mike. He is such a sweet, amazing man. I said, “I want to start a nonprofit ministry. I want to use my platform to help other people follow their own purpose. I want to teach them that life isn’t about stuff.” I’m giving him my whole vision. He says, “Jennifer, I’m going to do all the paperwork for you and all the legalities for free.”
I was in awe. I started crying and I said, “Why?” He said, “Every single day I wake up, I ask God to send me somebody to help. You happen to be that person.” We both know that wasn’t by accident. I believe that came from saying yes and making that decision with God. We proceeded to create a nonprofit and it is now called Jennifer Ford Berry Ministries. We were moving right along. I had no major plan except to get the word out. One of my passions is to team up with nonprofit organizations. Part of the ministry is called Local Give where we combine people that want to get rid of their stuff with the local organizations that need this stuff. Part of the mission of that is the fact that nobody in this world should be going without due to the massive quantities of stuff that are in our homes that we are not using or don’t need or don’t love. There’s a lot to it.
Out of the ministry came this book where I decided to share everything I’ve learned about how stuff can be tamed in our life, how we can recognize the clutter. You’ve heard me say it before. Clutter comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be physical, emotional, mental, relationship, spiritual clutter. It can be anything. The point is if it’s not serving us, it’s clutter. Many times, the clutter distracts us from the most important things in life. If you haven’t ever experienced this, think back the last time you wanted to wake up early and spend devotional time with God and you got sidetracked with the dirty dishes in the sink or the clothes that had to be put in the laundry or the text messaging that was coming through. It happens all the time. That’s because every single thing we own or bring into our life costs us some STEM: Space, Time, Energy, Money. I call that STEM. We have to be careful about what kind of stuff we allow into our life because we don’t want to exhaust all of our precious space, time, energy and money.
There won’t be anything left for your purpose. There won’t be any being left to give to other people. That’s not what God intended for us. There’s a reason why we’re all coming into this world empty-handed and leaving empty-handed because nobody’s going to remember you for how many pairs of shoes you had or how many cars are in the driveway. They’re going to remember you for how you made them feel, what you did for them, how you gave back, how you made a difference in their life. When you live that life, when you’ve gotten to the other side like many of my clients have, like I have, where stuff is not controlling our lives, where clutter is not making us a slave, then you really live on purpose and you live with intentionality. It is the most empowering, the best place to live in life. It’s a lifestyle change. It’s not a quick fix. It’s a difference in how you think. It’s a difference in how you act. It’s powerful. It’s something that I want everybody to know and experience.
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That’s why I wrote the book. The book has ten chapters in it. They all start with a P. It’s called the ten P principles. Everything from possibility to purpose, possessions, how to prepare, how to plan your time, how to practice stewardship, my favorite, how to part with clutter, how to practice privileged giving, how to provide hospitality and how to partner with God. It follows up with discussion questions that can be used for a Bible study or a book club. That is powerful in itself because I’m a firm believer that when you want to make a major lifestyle change, you need accountability. A big reason why most people hire professional organizers is because they need that accountability. They don’t want to talk about living a certain way. They don’t want to talk about getting organized or talk about setting goals and seeing them through. They want to actually do it. They want to make a change. Accountability is a very strong factor in that. It’s something that I’ve seen work time and time again.
I want to go ahead and read you some of the introduction because I know there are so many books out there. I don’t know how many of you are avid readers like me and love a new book. I believe that the right book comes across your path at the right time. Many times, if somebody’s talking about it or you see it, you pick it up and it resonates with you, or if you hear about it and it touches your heart, then that’s a book that you need to read. I want you to know some of this to see if this might be the book for you. Here we go.
It says, “Do you feel overwhelmed because of everything that you need to get done in a day? Are you exhausted from trying to take care of all the stuff that you have accumulated in your life? Do you lack fulfillment? Do you feel stuck? If so, you are not alone. I’ve met hundreds of people like you over the years and I’m here to tell you that there is another way, a better way to go through this life. If you are finding that you have less and less time and energy to spend on the things you enjoyed doing, chances are you need to make a change. God did not create you so that you could work to gain more possessions and then be a slave to them. He does not want you to feel overwhelmed and stressed out. He wants you to have abundance and joy, peace and love. Our society has been told over and over that more possessions or better possessions will make us happier, healthier or more successful and it’s simply not true, but we continue to work trying to prove that it will work. We spend the majority of our life working so that we can earn money. Then we use the majority of that money to pay for a home and continuously fill it with stuff that is supposed to improve our lives in some way but leaves us still feeling empty.
Not only does this stuff provide less and less joy as time goes on, but we can also start to resent it. Why is that? Everything we bring in our life costs us some amount of space, time, energy, money or all of the above. If you don’t believe me, look around your home and take note of the different tasks required for each item you own. Look at how much space you give up and how much money you’re spending just on maintenance, then ask yourself if these things still make you happy. I guarantee some do, but most don’t. This belief that stuff will make us happy has never been more prevalent than it is now. We live in a world where we are constantly viewing images of other people’s lives and possessions. It’s hard not to play the comparison game when you see a photo of someone next to their brand-new car while wearing a gorgeous Chanel dress and Jimmy Choo stilettos. Maybe they are wearing a dress from Target and a pair of Steve Madden’s, but the material things in the photo aren’t what matters at all. It is how that photograph makes you feel about yourself.
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Maybe you see that picture and you imagine how much happier you would be if you had that car. It may even ignite a fire in you to work harder this week so that you can start saving for a car just like that. Maybe a year later. You have worked hard enough to afford that very same vehicle. The day you finally sit in the driver’s seat, you know you have reached a higher level of success in the world’s eye. You can hardly wait to show off the car to all of your friends and it works for a while. That car brings you joy but how long does it last? A month, a year, five years? Sooner or later, that joy will dissipate and you’ll be left dreaming of the next more elaborate vehicle and on and on the cycle goes. The same scenario could be used to describe your feelings about your clothes, your furniture, even your home. You can spend your life trying to fill a void by accumulating stuff, but I can promise you that eventually, things will still leave you wanting more because you don’t need more material things.
What you need is more meaning, more fun, more experiences, and more purpose. True wealth does not come from anything you can buy in this world. It comes directly from God’s blessing and favor. True joy comes from giving, serving and loving. True contentment comes from knowing that you are using your gifts and talents every single day to make this world a better place in some way that only you can do. True fulfillment comes from living out the specific purpose God has for you. I want you to realize right now that you have a purpose assigned to your life, a divine God-given purpose that has nothing to do with what you own. This purpose is perfectly matched to your gifts, skills, and personality. It was what God had in mind for your life before you were even born. If you can figure out what your purpose is and start spending more time and effort on that and less on your stuff, you will be a much happier person.
I can only imagine how different this world would be if more of us were committed to living out our unique purpose in alignment with God’s will. If you pick up this book, I have to guess that you are wondering what it looks like to choose your purpose over your possessions in the type of world we live in now. I can tell you what it is, a lifestyle choice, one that is filled with intention and free of clutter. As a professional organizer for almost two decades, I’ve been in hundreds of homes. I’ve arrived at beautiful immaculate homes full of every possession you can imagine only to meet another person to answer the door and begins to explain how overwhelmed they are. They’re usually exhausted from trying to maintain all of their belongings and they think that if I can organize it all for them, life will be so much better.
To a certain extent, this is true. An organized home will make you happier, give you an energy boost and save you lots of time and trust me, I love providing that service. In fact, I’ve written three other books called Organized Now! that provides step-by-step plans to get every area of your life and your home organized, but each time we begin the process of getting organized, most people realize there is a more profound process going on inside their spirit. The process of letting go of that which does not serve us is very empowering and liberating. Getting organized forces us to face each of the items we have brought into our homes. It makes us realize how much stuff we actually have and how much of the stuff we do not need or use. Somewhere in the process, people begin to realize that what they truly want is more freedom, more contentment, more time for things they love to do and more space to breathe.
I love helping people get their closets and cabinets organized, but what I love even more is teaching people how to live with intention and purpose. Intention can help you define what is important. Purpose gives you a reason to stick with the process. When you have both of these, it is easier to remove everything that does not belong. I have a gift for seeing the potential in people and space. I’ve used the principles taught in this book to help transform hundreds of lives, including my own. I have lived out my journey of choosing purpose over possessions over the past two decades. As an organized person, I love a good plan and to be blatantly honest, I like to be in control. My original plan, including moving to South Florida from Western New York for college so I could obtain a business degree and it would enable me to work in Corporate America and make a lot of money. Life in Palm Beach County was an eye-opener for this small-town girl. I was living “the dream,” floating on a yacht, riding in fancy sports cars and meeting wealthy celebrities. It certainly appeared that stuff could make people very happy.
Shortly after graduation, I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina because of the booming job market. There, I made it to Corporate America and had the paycheck I always wanted, but I still didn’t feel fulfilled. Then plans shifted drastically. I was standing in the newsroom at Clear Channel radio where I worked on that unforgettable day, September 11th, 2001. By then, I had married my high school sweetheart Josh and was pregnant with our first child. As we all watched those planes crash into the World Trade Center, I was horrified. I remember thinking I did not want to waste another minute in life. A few months later, I was laid off from that job due to cutbacks. I was an unemployed new mom. I knew I wanted to do more with my life. Sure, I still wanted to make money and have nice things, but I also wanted to wake up every morning and do something that mattered. I had been volunteering in a transitional house for abused women in my neighborhood. Speaking with those broken women each week was the toughest thing I’d ever done, but I could see potential in them and I desperately wanted them to believe there was a greater plan for their lives.
Nothing fulfilled me more than those Wednesday night meetings. That experience made me realize I love helping other women. Strolling through a bookstore one day, I picked up a book called Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow. I’ll be honest at first, I laughed thinking, “How am I going to do what I love and still make money?” I love helping women, but I had no clue how that would earn me a paycheck. Throughout the book, the author kept saying, “What are you passionate about?” I had to answer all of these questions about myself. Each time I was honest with myself about my passion, the word organizing and helping women kept coming to the forefront of my mind. That was something that got me excited.
My earliest memories included organizing. I organize my grandmother’s jewelry every time I was there. I organized my bedroom continuously. I loved every aspect of organizing, improving space, sorting, implementing categories and most of all, the peace and joy I felt after I completed the work. This passion was something that was placed inside of me long before I was born. I just hadn’t realized it yet. The only thing that was stopping me from pursuing a career in organizing was the fact that I didn’t think I could make enough money doing it. At the time, I only knew about two other professional organizers, Julie Morgenstern and Peter Walsh. I looked up to both of these people because they had made a career out of something I love to do. They were the pioneers of our industry. They were helping people organize long before HTV and Pinterest. Finally, I took a leap of faith and started organizing professionally.
I want to say that I am going to record another episode that finishes out the introduction and also tells a little bit more about the backstory of writing this book. I want to encourage anybody that if it spoke to you and you feel a prompting or maybe it’s something that you have been feeling for a long time, that there’s more for you out of this life, that there is a specific purpose for you, I want you to take a minute, reach out and email me or grab the book or hit me up on social media and say, “That spoke to me.” I want to make sure that you’re not discouraged and you don’t think that this is a promise for certain people. It’s a promise for all of us. We were all sent here with a specific purpose and assignment directly from God. Once you learn how to embrace it and once you learn what’s stopping you, which is all forms of clutter and you take a chance, you say yes and you make that decision, your life will start to feel real.
You’re living and you’re not going through the motion. You’re not on the hamster wheel. You’re being your most true, authentic self. I hope that is the message that you take away. I hope that you are all out there somewhere in the world reading, nodding and saying, “Yes, thank you. This is what I needed to hear.” If you are, then it was worth every second that it took me to write the book. It was worth every second away from doing other things, staring at my computer screen, sitting in coffee shops. Writing a book is a long process. I should probably do an episode about writing a book. If you need to hear that information, make sure you send me a review and let me know. I’d be happy to do it. I hope you’re all having a wonderful day. God bless you. I’ll be back again soon with another episode here on the 29 Minute Mom. Take care.
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Do you know how to plan your time correctly? Maybe you think you are planning out this precious resource correctly but you could be better at it. You probably feel like you are busy every single day, but are you really being productive? The key to productivity is planning out your time correctly […]
Today Jennifer will teach you how to stage your home before you sell it! If you are planning to put your house on the market it is crucial that you stage it before you sell it. Not only can you get more people to come through the home when it is staged but you will […]
Small business owners: would you say you are an EFFICIENT small business owner? As we all know there is a huge difference between being busy and being efficiently productive. If you are a small business owner or are considering starting a business you do not want to miss this episode. As women business owners it […]
Do you want to know how to be a happier mom? Moms everywhere are feeling overwhelmed with everything they need to get done! They are productive, hard-working, great moms. But what does it mean to be a happy mom? What does happiness feel like? My guest today Toni-Ann Mayembe, host of the Real Happy […]
I am absolutely thrilled to announce my new online community for women, The Created Order Neighborhood. The neighborhood is a community of women, JUST LIKE YOU, that I have built in order to help women learn how to declutter and organize their life so that they can free up more space, time, energy, and money! […]
How to Feel Less Overwhelmed, is the goal for today! Are you feeling overwhelmed and burned out? Do you long for more peace, order, and contentment? Would you love time to just sit down and read a book without feeling guilty? If so, you are not alone. Women are constantly telling me how overwhelmed they […]
My guest today is Helen Smallbone, author of Behind the Lights, mother of seven creative children―including Christian music artists for KING & COUNTRY and Rebecca St. James. In this episode, she shares an inside look into their uniquely talented family along with mothering wisdom that can benefit all mothers in their journey. In her […]
Today Jennifer talks about how to organize after a death. This may be the hardest job you ever have to do. If organizing is tough for you to begin with, coupling this task with grief can make it feel insurmountable. As an organizing coach, I have had the experience of doing this for many people […]
Companies create mission statements to keep them on track with their goals, to let others know why they are, and to help them measure their success. If you create a family mission statement you will give your family clarity and direction. We take the time to set goals for our careers but usually overlook setting […]
Christian life coach Amberly Deavours is with us today talking about all things to do with life coaching. Coaching is an amazing resource we all have at our fingertips these days. You can find a coach to help you with just about anything! One of the best things about working with a coach is that […]
Learning how to increase your ability to focus will help you become a more productive human being. We all have times when we find it difficult to focus. It’s easy to let our minds wander, but if we used this as an excuse every day we would never get anything done or reach our goals! […]
Stop making excuses and start making progress toward a life that you would be proud of living! Many people complain about the life they have and what they don’t like but they never make progress toward changing it. You have the power to choose differently at any moment! If you want a life free of […]
I was recently a guest on the Organized & Energized Podcast with Kathi Burns. It was great to talk with a fellow organizer that has been in this business as long as I have. Click the photo below to listen. Kathi Burns 0:04 Hi there, I’m board-certified professional organizer Kathi Burns. I’m really glad […]
Learning how to navigate grief is never easy. But it is so important to learn how. There are many stages of grief and ways to get through them. Our guest today, Krista St-Germain has become an expert on grief after her husband was killed by a drunk driver. She has since dedicated her life to […]
We become our habits, and our kids become us. This is why habits for families are so important and probably the most spiritually formative thing parents do. Luckily our guest Justin Whitmel is here to explain how we can create healthy routines and habits as a family. He has even written a brand new book […]
It is a brand new year and that means it is a great time to learn how to be more productive with your time by learning some stellar time management skills. In this episode, Jennifer shares the 5 steps she uses every day in order to have stellar time management skills! You may want […]
The brand new Created Order Online Neighborhood is my new online neighborhood of friends who want to create a life of order and purpose and I want to invite you to move in today! For the past two decades, I have been helping people get their homes and their lives organized so that they […]
Today’s guest is Amy DeBrucque is talking about her new book: Embolden. Embolden means to give (someone) the courage or confidence to do something or behave in a certain way. Amy and her daughter decided to write this book together in order to encourage other women. This episode, and this book, will encourage women of […]
Are you overwhelmed by others’ unrealistic expectations of you? Do you feel torn in dozens of directions as you try to make everyone around you happy? If you’re ready to end the cycle of approval-seeking, New York Times bestselling author and recovering people pleaser Karen Ehman is here to help! When Making Others Happy Is […]
For all of you out there hosting Thanksgiving this year these tips are for you. This weekend is the perfect time to get a head start so that you do not end up stressed out on Thanksgiving Day. I hope this episode helps you to be present, organized, and enjoying the time with your […]
Today’s show is all about how to create a non-toxic bedroom. Our guest Deborah DiMare is a vegan designer on a mission! A mission to use 100% cruelty-free design options and specialize in the creation of organic, optimal spaces, and sourcing vegan textiles and sustainable furniture that bear zero-to-low toxins. Deborah will make you look […]
Today’s show will blow your mind! Whistleblower Deborah Conrad was a highly regarded PA at her local hospital UNTIL she started to ask questions and report the side effects her patients were experiencing from the COVID-19 vaccinations. Her story is one that we all need to hear regarding what is happening inside the health care […]
Fear not…something I keep telling myself over and over lately. Are you in the same boat? I would love to know. So many people are feeling worried, fearful, and full of anxiety. But we still have to remember all of the reasons why God says “Fear Not”. I hope this episode gives you some inspiration […]
“You should clean up your room when your mom says you have to”. –Bryceton Berry age 5 Organize A Child’s Bedroom Begining to organize a child’s bedroom can be somewhat difficult and even more difficult to keep that way. But it is extremely important to teach children the importance of being organized. Studies have shown […]
My guest today, Michelle Nietert, will really inspire and equip you to be the type of mom that is raising mentally healthy kids! Our conversation gets deep as we share our own struggles as mothers and how we overcame them. This pandemic has really taken a toll on our children and it is OK to […]
The bathroom is most likely the first thing you see in the morning. If you are beginning your day in a cluttered mess, you’re setting the stage for a stressed-out day! The bathroom is also usually the small- est room in the house but one in which you spend a lot of time. The only […]
About Susan Stutzel Susan is passionate about freeing professional women from self-sabotaging goals and helping them build a life of purpose and balance. As a Leadership Coach, she helps her clients ditch overwhelm by finding their voice through the process of rebuilding habits and expectations, so they can feel successful – […]
Dr. Aimee Trammell is back on our show sharing more COVID vaccine updates. She was previously a guest on Episode 88 and it was one of our most popular episodes. We love Dr. Trammell because she simply shares information based on medical information that has come out over the past few months. Our goal with […]
Today’s episode is about a story that should be on Dateline or at the very least covered by the news. It is a story that will break any parent’s heart. Our guest, Laura Koepp, shares the story of what happened when her daughter Cassy, a young woman with disabilities, was deplaned for taking her mask […]
We often associate a ritual with religious or spiritual activity, but in the broadest definition, a ritual is simply a set pattern of activity. Making something into a ritual will inevitably place more importance on the activity. It will also help you be more conscious of what is happening, how it is happening, and how […]
In this episode, Jennifer is catching up about what’s been going on in her personal life including the tough times and an exciting announcement! Love the show? We would LOVE you to subscribe, rate, review, and share! Are you subscribed to The 29 Minute Mom podcast? If not, I want to encourage you to […]
At times, moms can feel like the weight of the world is sitting on our shoulders as we raise our kids. Some days we have it together, and others, we feel like we are losing control. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone, and our guest today, Jeannie Cunnion, wants us to share […]
In a world where unlimited information is constantly at your fingertips, many people have lost the curiosity about life. The places we go, the things we do, and even the people we love. Today, our guest, Lori Beth Auldridge, explains how she integrates lifeschooling with her family and how curiosity helps strengthen your relationships. […]
Have you ever considered a more natural approach to your beauty routine? What about actually making your own botanical beauty products? You don’t need to be a biologist to make this possible. Today’s guest, Lorraine Dellmeier, explains how indie beauty, including making your own natural products, can have a massive impact on your skin […]
With so much information being given out regarding the Covid-19 vax I felt it was my responsibility to share the knowledge I have learned from Dr. Aimee Tramm. I believe God put Dr. Tramm in my path for a reason. My listeners should know that I believe each American should be given free choice when […]
You may not realize it, but your environment impacts your behavior. What looks good on Pinterest doesn’t always feel good in your space. Did you know that the colors around you can help fulfill your psychological and emotional needs? Sound intriguing? This is the episode for you. Today Jennifer welcomes Mehnaz Khan, a color psychologist […]
We continue to dive deeper into Purpose Over Possessions as we turn the page to Chapter 3: Possessions. We all have them. Some more than others. But, do we need everything we have? So many of the items we have in our homes are no longer working, useful, or serving a purpose. We […]
The addition of a new baby can completely change the dynamic of a relationship. Even though the nursery is complete and the car seat is installed, nothing can quite prepare you for the drastic changes that come with adding another member to the family. These changes can be minor and easy to overcome, but […]
Do you want to know how to stop being an angry mom? In a year where nothing went as planned, we all might be dealing with extra stress, anxiety, and destructive anger. Beyond the past year, these things creep into our everyday life; from the terrible two tantrums that seem to pop up too […]
Did you know saving $7 a day and investing it with 7% returns can make you a millionaire? Finances aren’t necessarily something taught in school. How can we teach our kids to make smart financial decisions if we don’t know the best ways ourselves? Before you send your kids out into the world or […]
Clutter is bombarding our homes, our offices, and our life. We are told to get rid of it but what exactly defines clutter? How can you know what to keep and what you should let go of? You may be surprised by the answer. Today Jennifer helps us with this task. She explains how you […]
Most parents are interested in raising compassionate kids. But with so many outside influences impacting our children, it seems we have to work harder and be more deliberate to instill the values we want our kids to have. So many moms say above all else, they want to raise kind children; but how can […]
This week we are covering chapter 2 of Jennifer’s newest book: Purpose Over Possessions: decluttering your life so you can live on purpose. This chapter will get you PUMPED to start taking actionable steps toward finding your purpose and then living it out every single day. There is nothing more exciting or fulfilling than to […]
The journey of parenting teenage daughters can have its ups and downs. When you think you have it figured out, the relationship changes, the challenges change, and you have to adjust. Today, Jennifer welcomes Kari Kampakis, author and mom of 4 daughters. She shares her own experiences parenting her daughters, handling the tough moments, […]
Becoming a mom, especially of multiples, can completely change your life, but it doesn’t have to be why you don’t continue to chase your dreams. Today Jennifer welcomes Andra Erickson, busy mom and coach. She helps to empower moms to understand more about the challenges they face and the little changes they can make that […]
Most moms have questioned themselves during their parenting journey. Some days it leads to feeling defeated, while other days, it can lead to life-changing breakthroughs. Today Jennifer welcomes Lauren Vena. A makeup artist turned children’s author, who turned a bad morning into a literary journey. She talks about how she gets through the tough […]
You only have one life to live, and you need to make it count, starting today! Grab your copy of Purpose Over Possessions, a couple of girlfriends, and open your mind to what is possible for you. 2020 was a year of challenges, but don’t let the heartache and disappointment steal your hope for […]
Are you sick and tired of 2020? Are you ready to get your joy back and live on purpose again? If so this episode of The 29 Minute Mom is the inspiration you have been looking for! Jennifer shares how she has learned to let go of the pain of 2020 and dive headfirst into […]
Let’s face it 2020 has been filled with disappointments and with shutdowns happening around the country Thanksgiving could end up being the biggest disappointment of all IF we let it. This is why Jennifer wanted to record this bonus episode with her guest Christine Pittman, meal planning expert and author of COOKtheSTORY.com. Christine and […]
Time. It’s something we can’t get back. It’s limited and it’s valuable. How we spend our time dictates the life we live. Today we welcome Michelle Knight. She’s a busy mom and wife, running a 6-figure business, from her RV. She shares her advice for making the most of your time, by scheduling around your […]
The hardest part of parenting frequently has nothing to do with the kids. When you’re juggling work, school, home, and family, it can quickly become overwhelming. Finding calm amongst the chaos may seem like a never-ending, uphill battle. Not the case, according to today’s guest, Marielle Melling. As a busy mom of five, she’s […]
When you don’t know exactly where to put something in your home, where does it end up? The basement! It can easily become the dumping ground of your home, but it doesn’t have to. Taking the time to purge things you no longer need and organize the things you plan on keeping, will give you […]
Happy Halloween everyone! Wishing everyone a safe and fun Halloween, Lord knows we all need something to smile about this year! I hope this makes you laugh. It is my husband, friends and I dressed up as four out of the 6 Village People last night. What are you dressing up as this year?
Who doesn’t enjoy a good love story? Even better when it plays out on national television for the world to see. In this episode, catch up with the very first bachelorette (turned wife and mom), Trista Sutter. She shares her thoughts on the 15+ years of The Bachelorette franchise, how she’s handling parenting during a […]
2020 has been a difficult year for so many of us. But in the midst of it all God has taught me some very valuable lessons and I want to share them with you. I hope this episode will bless you and encourage you to keep going and not give up. Episode Talking Points: Do […]
Hey moms, are you new to this whole “kids doing school at home” thing? I know I am! My guest, Autumn McKay, has been doing this for awhile AND she has a ton of products that will help your children learn!. In this episode, Autumn shares her tips and tricks for teaching kids at home […]
Let’s face it 2020 has been REALLY tough on us working moms. Have you felt like pulling your hair out while stuck at home? Have you questioned your purpose this year? Does your purpose still fit you or have you decided to pivot? My guest, Molly Stillman, shares the ideas that have helped her navigate […]
This one is for all of you mompreneurs trying to survive out there lately! Our guest, Stefanie Gass, joins the show today. What is God trying to whisper to you currently that you may be missing? How can you grow your audience? Stefanie shares all of the tips that mompreneurs are looking for. Episode […]
Is your relationship with alcohol a positive or negative one? Do you use alcohol to cope with hard issues in your life only to wake up in the morning with more anxiety? Our guest today, Rachel Hart, helps women who want to take a break from drinking so that they can reexamine their relationship with […]
Maintaining a happy and organized home isn’t always easy, especially during a pandemic. In this episode of The 29 Minute Mom, professional organizers: Jennifer Ford Berry and Jen Obermeier discuss how we can all make the most of this unprecedented time of being forced to stay in our homes. If you are currently feeling overwhelmed […]
Implementing a wardrobe capsule and time blocking into your life could save you tons of time and money in the future. Now that you are spending more time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic you may have more time to focus on getting your life organized. One of the biggest benefits of getting organized is […]
Good health is so important but, now with the COVID 19 pandemic, so many people are more focused than ever on the best ways to stay healthy. There are so many things we can be doing in our daily lives to help our bodies function at optimal capacity. Today we are joined by Tina Anderson, […]
There is no doubt that we are all facing tough times. This is why this podcast is coming out at the perfect time. I hope the personal stories that my guest Hiddy Fletcher and I share with you will find you right where you are and lift you up in some way. I am praying […]
We all want to live a healthier life, but sometimes we think of the end goal and become overwhelmed, instead of focusing on the smaller steps we can take that will put us on the right path. In this episode, Jennifer is joined by Nutrition Specialist Eliza Gellman, who has made health and wellness her […]
We know at The 29 Minute Mom that every minute of your day counts. Who better to talk to about this with than a homeschooling mother of 5 and organizing expert? For this episode, Jennifer is joined by “messy perfectionist”, Kristi Clover. She shares her simple tips for making the tasks we tackle […]
There are many experiences you go through as a parent that put your parenting skills to the test more than others. In these cases, you must maintain your resolve and keep fighting through the experience, ignoring the temptation to question God. Karen Ehman is an author and a speaker for Proverbs 31 Ministries. Karen talks […]
How to Organize Your Family Room: Your family room should be a place where you can relax, read, watch TV or spend time with family and friends. It is very important that everything has a designated home so that cleanup is quick and easy and you can be ready for company in fifteen minutes […]
Discovering Your Purpose: Do you feel stuck in life? Knowing you’re capable of more but unsure what the next step is? What if I told you that you could change that NOW! In this episode we are joined by Liv Chapman, who talks about her path from school teacher to COO and co-founder of […]
Do you have a dream for your life? Do you worry about leaving the stability of what you know to go and chase those dreams? Sometimes we get stuck in “survival mode” in order to keep things moving. We put our goals and dreams on the back burner because of the fear of the […]
I was recently a guest on the Redefining Balance for Working Moms Podcast with Jenny Stemmerman. I had a blast with Jenny and come to find out we have A LOT in common. She has a great show and amazing resources for working moms so be sure to listen to the show and then […]
Do you wish you had more work-life balance in your life? As a working mom balance is sometimes difficult to achieve. You can feel like you are barely getting through the day, let alone finding some sort of balance with all of your responsibilities. In this episode, Jennifer Ford Berry talks to her guest […]
We would like to welcome our new sponsor of The 29 Minute Mom podcast: Dipsy Dabber. How many of you are wasting space in your garage, basement or attic on paint cans? After building our house we had tons of cans in our basement and they were driving us nuts! We knew […]
Welcome to the Paper Purge Project! Paper, it seems like it is everyone’s nemesis. The number one question I get asked when I speak to audiences is: What should I do with all the paper? This is not a 5-second answer but I have finally written down the simple and efficient plan that I […]
Happy New Year everyone! I can not believe it is 2020! Crazy right? The first day of a new year is so exciting much less the first day of a new DECADE! I want to share some tips and motivation that will help you end this busy holiday season and start this new year on […]
Diane Boden is the host of the Minimalist Moms podcast and my guest on today’s show. This episode is going to air on Christmas Day. So I want to wish all of you a very merry Christmas and I pray that each of you is enjoying a day full of love, joy, and family. Episode […]
Whether you actually have ADHD or you just feel like you do, you are going to love this show! Dr. Stephanie Sarkis, an expert on this topic, is our guest today. She is sharing her best advice on how to live a very organized and productive life. Episode Talking Points: * Stephanie teaches us how […]
Today, we are going to go over some really useful tips for this busy holiday season. At this point in time, you are either ahead of the game, behind or right where you should be. I would love to be able to hear the answer so wherever you are whether you’re riding in the car, cleaning the house, baking cookies or chasing kids…give yourself a pat on the back if you are feeling good about where you are at this holiday season. The problem is that a lot […]
Discernment takes faith and lots of practice. It can be the most useful tool in the world for helping mom, as well as teens, make decisions and navigate this life. In this episode, Jennifer talks with Stacey Sumereau from Lifetime’s Reality TV Series The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns. Stacey is also the host of the podcast […]
When was the last time you took a good, long look at your home and thought it was as clean and organized as it could be? In today’s busy, fast-paced world, home organization often tends to fall by the wayside unconsciously. Amanda Sullivan, the author of Organized Enough: The Anti-Perfectionist’s Guide to Getting – and […]
In this episode, Jennifer discusses the benefits of shopping at or selling with your local semi-annual consignment sale and how these sales can declutter your life. Episode Talking Points: * Why Jennifer fell in love with consignment. * Semi-annual consignment sales: what are they and how do they work? * Benefits of shopping a semi-annual […]
I recently spoke at the Uniquely Qualified Conference in Charlotte, NC. I wanted to do a quick post and share this clip that a friend of mine recorded. The one thing that will always stick out to me about this particular event is what one woman described as the “unbelievable caliber of love between the […]
Francene Marie interviews Jennifer Ford Berry about her journey organizing our lives with her new book “Purpose Over Possessions”. Do we really know how much stuff we have in our closets, cabinets, pantries or attic? Take a listen to Jennifer explain how to ask ourselves the real questions: do we love it or […]
I absolutely adore Jennifer Obermeier, fellow organizer, and host of the Pro Organizer Studio podcast. It is always a joy to speak with other women in the organizing industry. In this episode, we talk about how professional organizers can get a book published as well as lots of other juicy tidbits. […]
Choosing the right path to fulfillment involves numerous obstacles including breaking work contracts and leaving your profession. Jacinda Jacobs took control of her life and walked away from her TV and radio life and went on a self-discovery journey with God. A motivational speaker and the author of Uniquely Qualified, she shares how she helps […]
Purpose Over Possesions I am THRILLED to finally share my newest book with you: Purpose Over Possessions -decluttering your life so you can live on purpose!!It has been over a year of writing, praying and quite frankly working my tail off! So today is a BIG DAY. This book is the most real […]
This week I was on the WBTA radio show called Genesee Life with host Lucine Kauffman. You can listen in by clicking the play button above. Thank you for having me on your show Lucine. It was a pleasure!
A garden is a lot like life. Neglect the little things and it will deteriorate into chaos. Tend to the little things and it will become a thing of beauty. —Maria & Joseph Garcia, Finally Organized, Finally Free It’s Time to Clean Up Your Yard Your yard creates a visitor’s first impression of your home. […]
Oh, the garage! I let my husband handle this area of our house. It is the one room he actually loves to organize! But I do put my two sense in and jump in when necessary! I hope these tips will help you organize your garage. Is it a dream of yours to […]
Clutter takes up space. Whether it is physical, emotional, or mental, clutter takes away the time and place that we would rather have to be more productive. Laurie Palau, the author of the book, Hot Mess: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized, sets us up for a more organized life as she motivates us to […]
I would like to thank WCNC for running this story about the Created Order Conference! I am a HUGE fan of Rachel Hollis and I really admire Marie Kondo for helping to shine more light on the organizing industry. So with that being said, it was pretty amazing to see this news story! Marie […]
Your summer vacation is an important investment of your time and your money. In some cases, it may be something that you have dreamt about doing for a long time. All the more reason to start organizing your plans early so that you can make the most of the experience. Vacations are important […]
Hey guys, An interview came out recently that I recently did with the Video News Service. I wanted to share it here because the journalist asks a lot of different questions about my past and how I ended up where I am today. If you would like to hear more about my background listen […]
I absolutely love the summertime. Here in New York, we make every minute of summer count after our long, restful winters! A summer bucket list is a perfect plan to get the most out of your summer and your time with family and friends. But the key is to start early and plan ahead. Here […]
Last year we revamped my entire website and since then I have noticed that people were missing one of my top-ranked posts. It was the one about freshening up a bagless vacuum cleaner. This cracks me up because there are plenty of other long, well-written posts that do not get as much traffic as […]
There is something so hopeful whenever we think of possibilities. Matthew 19:26 says, “With God, everything is possible.” It is in this verse that we can be assured that we can always reach for what we want as long as we believe. However, our inner skeptic tends to shy away from this and create […]
Prep Your Summer Pantry Summer is coming and with that usually comes lots of parties and picnics! I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to waste too much of my time in the grocery store. I would rather be outside and having fun with my family and friends! This is why I always […]
Do you find it hard to part with things? Getting rid of stuff is very hard for many people to do. It takes time; it can be very overwhelming, and most of us never know where to start or exactly how to go about it. Furthermore, most people don’t realize that are specific reasons why […]
I want to bless three people with tickets to the Created Order Conference! A FREE General Admission ticket will be gifted to 3 lucky winners! The conference takes place on June 29th at the Embassy Suites in Charlotte, NC. To enter fill out the form below. What is this Created […]
As the Created Order Conference gets nearer, we bring you more spoilers of what is to come with two more of the speakers. Holly Pasut, an author, blogger, public speaker, and former real estate agent, gives us a peek into her session Choosing To Stand. Encouraging women to reflect and take control of their […]
Ladies, it is time to give ourselves permission to be better and fill ourselves up with the tools to grow. If you feel overwhelmed with life that you could not possibly imagine making time for yourself, then you need to hear from the great featured speakers of the Created Order Conference happening in Charlotte, […]
We are continuing on with interviews from the speakers of the upcoming womens conference: the Created Order Conference coming to Charlotte, NC this June. For more details click here. Holly Pasut is speaking in Session 3 about Choosing To Stand. Jennifer Burnham is speaking in Session 2 about Time Management. […]
Do you need a pep talk? Do you need some encouragement? Some community? Some organization in your life? Well, I know a lot of ladies JUST LIKE YOU…including me! As women, I think we all want more of these things. For the past 17 years 90% of the people I coach and help are women. […]
Spring cleaning is upon us! But this doesn’t mean you have to get stressed out or start feeling overwhelmed. You simply need a plan. Spring cleaning is one of those large projects that need to be broken down into small, doable tasks. In this video, I talk about how you can do that along with […]
While pregnant with their daughter, Audrey, Angie Smith and her husband, Todd, was told by the doctors that she would not survive. Angie began blogging to cope with the hurt and to update friends and family as they went through those difficult days, which eventually became a way to share her faith and her […]
Celebrating International Women’s Day on the Feed Your Brand podcast with Tracy Leigh Hazzard. To read the full interview click here. Facebook live on International Women’s Day for all of you women out there that need a little encouragement!
This month we are going to focus on toys and games in the Organize Now Challenge. f you have not already joined our Facebook community be sure to join today, it’s free! You can also follow along for organizing ideas on Instagram. Please use #organizenowchallenge. This month is not just for people with […]
While trying to figure out how to be a freshman in college, Layne Brookshire would spend her idle time organizing her space. That habit spilled out when she would go to other people’s dorms or houses where she would do the same thing. Layne is a professional organizer and the founder of Ms. Placed […]
Do you ever feel like you’re just completely overwhelmed by how much you have to do in every single day of your life as a mom? The list does not seem to end. We don’t even know how to give ourselves time anymore. Space, time, energy, and money (S.T.E.M.) are the precious commodities that […]
Since launching the Created Order Conference this year, I have had a lot of people ask me: “Why are you having the first conference in Charlotte, NC?” So I want to share my background with all of you so that you can see why Charlotte has a piece of my heart. Upon graduation from college […]
Bathroom organization is actually pretty simple. The bathroom is most likely the first thing you see in the morning. If you are beginning your day in a cluttered mess, you’re setting the stage for a stressed-out day! The bathroom is also usually the smallest room in the house but one in which you spend a […]
Yesterday my dear friend Kim hosted a “We Be Ball’n” party and let me tell you we had a blast! What in the world is a “We Be Ball’n” party you ask? Well, it is a class/party in which you learn how to make all sorts of protein balls. Perfect if you have a […]
February is the month we focus on beauty products in the Organize Now Challenge. If you have not already joined our Facebook community be sure to join today, it’s free! You can also follow along for organizing ideas on Instagram. Gather Up All Of Your: Hair Products: shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, gel, mouse Makeup […]
My daughter and I are totally in love with the TV series: This Is Us. I am not a big crier but for some reason every time we watch that show I cry! I cry happy tears, sad tears and for seemingly no reason at all. The show shares the entire story of a […]
Ever since Marie Kondo’s series came out on Netflix I have had quite a few people ask me about it. For those of you that may not know who Marie Kondo is she a Japanese organizing consultant and author. Many have asked me my opinion about her method known as the KonMari method. So I […]
Happy New Year everyone! If you want 2019 to be the most organized and purposeful year of your life I have a special invitation for you! For years it has been a dream of mine to host a personal growth conference that would be not only practical but also a spiritual experience that would […]
I believe that when Christmas is Christ-centered it is truly magical. It reminds us all that there is always something to put our trust in. There is a reason to believe and a reason to hope. As a child, I was blessed to feel the magic of Christmas and to have parents and grandparents that made […]
Happy Holidays everyone! I am sure this post is finding you somewhere in the world feeling stress-free, joyful and content with how far ahead you are on your holiday To Do list. You are probably cuddled up on your couch under your new, favorite cozy blanket you found on Instagram. You are probably staring […]
Jumping out in faith and starting as an entrepreneur working with an Inc. 500 company, Stefanie Peters was so excited about going after her dreams and paying that forward. However, very few people believed in her from day one. Instead of letting that get her down, it became the ammunition to ignite her […]
Thanksgiving is about so much more than stuffing our faces with turkey and lots of carbs. It is truly about being thankful. More importantly, it is about sharing our gratitude with those we love. Life can be so hectic and we all know we should be doing this more often so why not hang up […]
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In this episode, Jennifer speaks with Ashley Simmons about Chicktime. Chicktime is a grassroots movement meant to support and encourage women pursuing their passions with gusto. It is their belief that if each woman on the planet right now takes her place we can together accomplish the phenomenal! Episode Talking Points * What Chicktime […]
Learning how to be intentional as a mom is the most powerful act of love you can commit to. In this episode, Jennifer speaks with Danielle Macaulay, author and mom of two boys. Episode Talking Points * The different seasons of motherhood. * Choosing to be more intentional as a mom. * Easy meal planning […]
Cindy Williams, the co-founder of Green jeans women’s consignment, a healthy living coach, and a Shaklee representative is my guest today. Episode Talking Points: * What Cindy and Jennifer have in common and how they met. * Do you know your “Why?” * Surrounding yourself with the right people. * Own your own authenticity! […]
In this episode, Jennifer speaks with Author, Speaker, and Minister Laura Dudek. Laura has written several amazing bible studies including her newest study called Written: Captivating & Cultivating The Blueprint Of Your Dream! Episode Talking Points: * Why Laura wrote the bible study: Written. * You may feel like you are behind in going […]
In this podcast Author Yvonne Lacey and Jennifer Ford Berry talk about Yvonne’s newest book: Taking Back Your Holidays: A whimsical guide to the holidays with tips, tricks, and trivia for a lighter, brighter Christmas! 🎄 Episode Talking Points: * Why did you write this book? * What used to “cheer” now becomes “chore”. * What […]
In this episode, Jennifer Ford Berry talks with author and motivational speaker Donna Partow. This podcast was meant to be a discussion about Donna’s inspirational book: Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be but it turns into a super motivating mentor session with Donna! Moms listen in as Donna shares her wisdom for being content […]
In this episode, Jen Kilbourne, of the Pro Organizer Studio, and Jennifer Ford Berry talk all things organizing. The ladies dish out the inside scoop on what it is really like to work as a Professional Organizer and how this industry has changed over the past 15 years. “THE FACT THAT I COULD JUST […]
Sally Gower, the owner of Eat Well Buffalo, shares her best healthy eating tips in this episode. She believes if you eat well you will be well. I could not agree more! That is why I truly enjoyed my conversation with Sally and can’t wait to share it with you because it is packed full […]
Today my guest is Erica from The World Wide Webers! Erica is a girl from the Washington, D.C. area who spent her 20’s living it up in the NYC, earned her stripes working for a global translations company, and fell in love with a Florida boy on an epic Sunday Funday. In what she […]
Hannah Keeley is the host of the television series, “Hannah, Help Me!”, the author of “Hannah Keeley’s Total Mom Makeover,” and the founder of Mom Mastery University. Hannah is also the host of the Crazy Blessed Podcast and mom of 8 children!! And she home schools! Hannah loves helping moms create better lives with […]
Note: Dolores was in a hotel room in Atlantic City when we recorded the interview without a strong Wifi connection so you will hear that her voice seems farther away then Jennifer’s on the call. Our guest in this episode of The 29 Minute Mom is Dolores Catania. Dolores is the newest cast member […]
Paul Peterson is a pastor at Church 180 and a personal trainer at Brutal Iron Gym. Paul is also a dad of SIX girls ranging in age from 5-14 and married to his wife Sherry for the past 20 years. Episode Talking Points * Paul’s Ministry Miscarriage * How Paul turned his hair cut […]
Siggy Flicker is a relationship expert, matchmaker, television personality and author of Write Your Own Fairy Tale: The New Rules for Dating, Relationships, and Finding Love on Your Terms. Siggy was on the Real Housewives of New Jersey and she gives us the inside scoop on the show, including her friendship with Dolores Catania, […]
Leaving the kitchen, we are moving on to the mudroom of your house, otherwise called the entryway. This is a high-traffic area where everyone comes in and out every single day. It is also the place where clutter tends to pile up. Make this part of your home the prime real estate asset it […]
Jill Savage, Author of No More Perfect Kids is back again to talk about her brand new book: No More Perfect Marriages. Marriage is such an emotionally charged topic to discuss. During the years of a marriage, you can feel like you are on a wild roller coaster ride experiencing extreme highs and extreme lows […]
Traveling is usually super exciting but it can also be a lot of work! Luckily there are several travel tips, apps, and websites that can do much of that work for us. Our guest today Rachel Gault of Small Towns and City Lights is here to fill us in on all of the latest resources […]
An organized pantry is essential for saving time and money. It is also a crucial piece for feeding your family healthy foods! By spending a little time this week organizing your pantry you can set up a simple, efficient system that will work for you the entire year. No more buying items you don’t need […]
You may be surprised to know that approximately 1 million expectant mothers suffer a pregnancy loss every year just in the United States alone. 1 out of 4 pregnancies ends prematurely in miscarriage, stillbirth, or tubal pregnancy. Why do some people bounce back after a tragic loss when others don’t? What is it that empowers […]
So if you have been following along in the Organize Now Challenge your kitchen surfaces and cupboards should be looking good! It’s time to organize kitchen drawers and get them looking just as clean and neat! What do you store in your kitchen drawers? Are they cluttered? When was the last time you went through […]
Jill Savage is an author and speaker who is passionate about encouraging families. She is the author of seven books including Professionalizing Motherhood, No More Perfect Kids, My Hearts At Home, Real Moms…Real Jesus, Living With Less So Your Family Has More and her most recent bestselling release No More Perfect Moms. Featured on […]
We are back again with another week of the Organize Now Challenge!!! This week we are going to organize kitchen cupboards! Would you be embarrassed if I looked into your kitchen cupboards? If so, this is the week for you because we can fix that. I want you to be proud of your cupboards. I […]
Dr. Jaime is the guest today on the podcast. Dr. Jaime Kulaga is a “yes” woman turned Superwoman who has learned all about fulfillment. She is the author of The SuperWoman’s Guide to Super Fulfillment. As a licensed mental health counselor, coach, and inspirational speaker, she has dedicated her life to helping women find balance […]
What does it mean to choose joy? We all want more joy in our life but how exactly do we find it? Life is hard and it is inevitable that we will face hard times. But, even in the midst of life’s crummy circumstances, we can learn where to look for Joy, how to get […]
Welcome to the Organize Now Challenge!!! Woo hoo…super excited!!! I don’t want you to just look at this challenge as another thing on your To-Do List. I want you to get excited! I promise if you stick with me this WILL be life-changing! How do I know this? Because I have been […]
In every home, there are things that matter and things that really don’t. In this podcast Life’s Organization Expert, Jennifer Ford Berry discusses the stuff in our homes that truly matters, even after we have left this earth. She also shares her very personal story of helping people she loves to move out […]
Can you imagine being the mom of four boys? How about adding in a husband all under one roof and still keeping the house organized? Well, Angela Mancini sure can…she lives it! In this podcast, Jennifer sits down with Angela and asks her to share the ways she is keeping things simple and organized in […]
Is toy clutter driving you crazy? Do you have a handle on toy organization in your home or do you feel like the toys are taking over your home? When your kids are small and it can feel like toys are swarming your house! All those dolls, cars, puzzles, games and don’t even […]
In today’s episode, we are talking about one of my favorite topics: home renovations and design! My guest is Christy Biberich of Christy B Design. Christy has appeared on The Style Network as a guest expert and her award-winning color concepts have been featured on Dwell.com. Christy’s projects and expertise have been published with The Crave […]
For more than 25 years Donna Otto, home and life management expert has shared inspiration and practical wisdom. She is an Author and founder of Modern Homemakers, a national organization that offers weekly teaching for a new generation of “counter-culture” women who have made the choice to stay at home. To hundreds of young homemakers, […]
Donna McLain is a life coach and founder of the Essential 5 Foundations of Life. She is passionate about sharing these 5 foundations to empower people to transform to the best, healthy, balanced version of themselves! She is committed to helping others achieve vibrant health. In this podcast, Donna tells us how to be aware […]
Would you love a stress free Christmas this year? The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. For some, it can also be the most stressful. Trying to get everything done from baking, shopping, Christmas cards, and going to holiday parties can get overwhelming! We know! If the holiday season totally […]
Do you wake up in the morning feeling overwhelmed? Instead of grabbing your phone and scrolling through social media while lying in bed, feed your soul with goodness and take 15 minutes to connect with God by reading a devotional, a few passages from the Bible or a spiritual book that lifts you up to […]
Laura Koepp is the author of the book Broken: A Mother’s Story. Her book is an emotionally driven roller coaster ride of ups and downs and the countless struggles they endured after their daughter was in a car accident. She begins her story by retelling us what happened, on that cold wintry night when her […]
Why is it so hard to part with things? Getting rid of stuff is very hard for many people to do. It takes time; it can be very overwhelming, and most of us never know where to start or exactly how to go about it. Furthermore, most people don’t realize that are specific reasons why […]
Do you feel buried in a pile or mountain of laundry that seems like it is never-ending? WE DO! As mom’s, we hear you high above the laundry mountain tops and know the challenges mom’s face in conquering the never-ending pile of laundry. Managing laundry can sure feel like a full-time job but there are […]
Jennifer’s TV appearance on Winging It, Buffalo Style