Do Something Highlight: Kristina Southam

Thursday, August 16, 2018


"I want to. I can. I will."

This is the mantra that got Kristina Southam to her goal of running a marathon and hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro.

She's our "Do Something Highlight" today and sharing ways that she has done things that have scared her and the effects of them.  One of these included taking a break from a graduate program she had worked so hard to get into, and how deferring ended up being the best way to reset her life.

Listen to hear about how she wanted to show up better for the people in her life, what self-care looks like for her, and what she learned about doing the right thing in the right season of life.


You can listen the interview below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show please share it, subscribe, and leave a review!!


Show Notes:
Kristina's Instagram and Las Vegas Race: Saints and Sinners Half and Relay
Monica's next workshop in Walnut Creek, CA on August 25th--get your tickets HERE and $15 off each ticket when you use the code "LISTENER"
Monica's two-day, 24-hour workshop REDISCOVER YOU, with guest teachers Kim Christenson and Rachel Nielson (use code "AUGUST" to save $25 and listen to the episode to hear a discount for $35 off)
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica for podcast consulting and personal coaching
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Warm Lights" by Nicolai Heidlas

Stop Settling! How Being a Little Braver Can Shift Everything || with Christiana Hill of the Art of Bravery

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


Christiana Hill and her husband were living a perfectly prescribed life.  And they were miserable.

Going off the script for them--which involved quitting their jobs, saying more empowered "no's," and moving into a remodeled school bus (a "skoolie")--was the opposite of easy, but it was exactly what they needed.

You don't need to make such drastic changes to alter the course of your life, too.  In fact, Christiana preaches that "being brave is in the every day actions."  Finding small ways to ignite some courage will build a foundation for bigger acts of bravery when you need to step up, and step out, in ways that are truer to who you really want to become.

Listen in to learn how this can look for you and why it's worth getting a little uncomfortable.



You can listen the interview below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show please share it, subscribe, and leave a review!!


Show Notes:
Christiana's website, Instagram, Instagram for The Art of Bravery, and Facebook
Last week's episode with Rosie Card
Monica's next workshop in Walnut Creek, CA on August 25th--get your tickets HERE and $15 off each ticket when you use the code "LISTENER"
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica for podcast consulting and personal coaching
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Warm Lights" by Nicolai Heidlas

Finding and Using Your VOICE! || with Rosemary Card of Q.NOOR

Wednesday, August 8, 2018


As an international model turned student, turned missionary, turned business owner and clothing designer,n speaker, advocate, and author (phew!), Rosemary Card has done and seen more than most almost-30-year-olds!

Rosie's gift of using her unique voice was forged through years of standing up to bullies, living up to her values amidst great pressure, and speaking up even within her own religious culture.  She shines so brightly, and Rosie knows YOU can, too!

In this interview, Rosie shares how she found her own voice BY using it, what she believes we all need to do, and how faith is made stronger because of doubt.


Want to learn more from Rosie?  You simply MUST read her book.  It's the perfect mix of memoir, essays, and self-help from a gal-who-knows.



You can listen the interview below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show please share it, subscribe, and leave a review!!



Show Notes:
Rosie's website, book, Instagram, and Facebook
MAMA SPRING BREAK!
Last weeks' episodes with Camille Andros, Crystalee Beck, and my 100th episode!
Monica's two-day, 24-hour workshop REDISCOVER YOU, with guest teachers Kim Christenson and Rachel Nielson (use code "AUGUST" to save $25 and listen to the episode to hear a discount for $35 off)
Monica's next workshop in Walnut Creek, CA on August 25th--get your tickets HERE and $15 off each ticket when you buy two or more tickets with the code "TWOPLUS"
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica for podcast consulting and personal coaching
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Warm Lights" by Nicolai Heidlas

Practicing the Mindset You Want || with Camille Andros

Friday, August 3, 2018


Camille Andros is used to juggling a lot of balls.  As an author and mother of six, she often battles having a lot of important priorities and all at the same time.  Not just in spite of this, but because of it, Camille has learned that in order to be "all in" and present with the task at hand, you have to practice the mindset of intentionality.  Creating this mindset shift has enabled Camille to be a better author, mother, and work on her own self-development.

Listen to learn how this is the case for Camille, as well as how she learned the importance of knowing her own "why" in all areas of her life, and about her new book The Dress and the Girl and its timely release during this important historical moment of immigration crises.


You can listen the interview below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show please share it, subscribe, and leave a review!!




Show Notes:
Camille's Instagram, Website, and BOOKS: HERE (The Dress and the Girl) and HERE (Charlotte the Scientist is Squished)!
Camille's first interview on the podcast
Referenced episode with Preston Pugmire and his free Facebook group
Monica's two-day, 24-hour workshop REDISCOVER YOU, with guest teachers Kim Christenson and Rachel Nielson (use code "AUGUST" to save $25 and listen to the episode to hear a discount for $35 off)
Monica's next workshop in Walnut Creek, CA on August 25th--get your tickets HERE and $15 off each ticket when you buy two or more tickets with the code "TWOPLUS"
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica for podcast consulting and personal coaching
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Warm Lights" by Nicolai Heidlas

How Playing Every Day Boosts Productivity || with Crystalee Beck of the Mama Ladder

Wednesday, August 1, 2018


When Crystalee Beck got laid off three years ago, her first stop was to the library for some new books and then she took herself on a hike.  Now as a successful entrepreneur and mother, Crystalee knows and practices the research behind how "playing" as an adult leads to far more productivity.

Playing for the pure fun of it will bless anyone's lives, whether you're a stay-at-home mama or a climbing the corporate ladder.  Listen to learn why this is the case and how it can translate in ways big or small to your own life.

 

And join the Mama Spring Break (I'll be there!!!) while early registration is open! Mingle with fellow mamas making their own businesses, learn from the brightest mamas in the field, and--true to the preachings of this podcast--have some fun along the way!


You can listen the interview below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show please share it, subscribe, and leave a review!!


Show Notes:
Mama Spring Break
The Mama Ladder's website, Instagram, and Facebook
Monica's two-day, 24-hour workshop REDISCOVER YOU, with guest teachers Kim Christenson and Rachel Nielson (use code "AUGUST" to save $25 during August, only!)
Monica's next workshop in Walnut Creek, CA on August 25th--get your tickets HERE and $15 each ticket when you buy two or more tickets with the code "TWOPLUS"
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica for podcast consulting and personal coaching
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Warm Lights" by Nicolai Heidlas

100 EPISODES! Monica Gives Some Behind-the-Scenes of Pursuing a Dream!

Sunday, July 29, 2018


I am so ecstatic to reach 100 episodes today!

In honor of this wonderful number, I'm going to take you behind-the-scenes to the podcast: where the numbers are at, what's hard about it, what's wonderful, and where it's headed.

This is unscripted and unedited.  Stick with me through all the awkwardness, pauses, and stutters!  Because friends, I'm in this for you. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE!

You can listen the interview below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show please share it, subscribe, and leave a review!!


Show Notes:
50th Episode
State of the Podcast Address
My interview with Unpolished Podcast
My Interview with Preston Pugmire
Monica's two-day, 24-hour workshop REDISCOVER YOU, with guest teachers Kim Christenson and Rachel Nielson (use code "JULY" to save $50 during July, only!)
Monica's next workshop in Walnut Creek, CA--get your tickets HERE and $15 each ticket when you buy two or more tickets with the code "TWOPLUS"
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica for podcast consulting and personal coaching
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Warm Lights" by Nicolai Heidlas

Giving Yourself Permission to Fail || with Beth Allen

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

  "If I hadn’t made the bad paintings, then I wouldn’t have made the good paintings either.”

I have three of Beth Allen's prints hanging on the walls of my home.  I want about 100 more, and some of the "real thing," too.  

Beth amazed me during our chat not just because of this artistry she has never known life without, but because of how she has worked so hard to hone her craft, given it permission to take all sorts of forms and genres, and allowed it to teach her that she simply can't be too hard on herself.

Because Beth learned through years of fighting an eating disorder that smothered her creativity, that you have to be willing to allow room for imperfections to create masterpieces.

Listen in to hear how Beth has cultivated her gift, how she navigates keeping her own character in her work while still satisfying others, what she learned the hard way from being a perfectionist, and what self-care looks like for her and its essential place in encouraging her artistry to flourish.

 

You can listen the interview below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show please share it, subscribe, and leave a review!!




Show Notes:
Beth's Website and Instagram
Last week's episode with Beauty Redefined and their Course (use code APBR30 for $30 off!!)
Monica's two-day, 24-hour workshop REDISCOVER YOU, with guest teachers Kim Christenson and Rachel Nielson (use code "JULY" to save $50 during July, only!)
Monica's next workshop in Walnut Creek, CA--get your tickets HERE and $15 each ticket when you buy two or more tickets with the code "TWOPLUS"
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica for podcast consulting and personal coaching
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Warm Lights" by Nicolai Heidlas

Stepping Into Your Power by Building a Resilient Body Image || with Dr. Lindsay Kite of Beauty Redefined

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

“When you think of your body in terms of what it can do and how you feel in it, instead of just how it looks, you open up this whole new world.”

The past few years, there has been some shifts in how society (and by extension, advertising) is labeling "beautiful."  But Doctors Lindsay and Lexie Kite of Beauty Redefined think that we can do even better.

This is because even by broadening the definition of "beauty," we are still telling women that they are defined by their beauty.

Lindsay and Lexie have researched the effect this thinking has on women and their lives, and they know what it takes to change it.  The fact is that women ARE being held back by being objectified (including self-objectification), and that when they step into their own power and build BODY IMAGE RESILIENCE, their potential is limitless.

Listen in to hear why this is the case and how we can empower ourselves by building this body image resilience.   (Plus they have a tried-and-true course on this, and they've kindly given us the code APBR30 for $30 off!!!!!)

 


You can listen the interview below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show please share it, subscribe, and leave a review!!




Show Notes:
Beauty Redefined Website, Instagram, and Course (use code APBR30 for $30 off!!)
Last week's episode with Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife
Monica's two-day, 24-hour workshop REDISCOVER YOU, with guest teachers Kim Christenson and Rachel Nielson (use code "JULY" to save $50 during July, only!)
Monica's next workshop in Walnut Creek, CA--get your tickets HERE and $15 each ticket when you buy two or more tickets with the code "TWOPLUS"
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica for podcast consulting and personal coaching
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Warm Lights" by Nicolai Heidlas

Rediscover You Workshop!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Friends!  I am thrilled to announce my first two-day, 24-hour workshop in Draper, UT on September 28-29th.  HERE is where you can get your tickets, and more information is below.

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Feeling lost?  This two-day workshop will help you rediscover who you truly are in three areas: Progress * Mindfulness * Motherhood.

Monica Packer is hosting this intensive workshop to help guide women towards rediscovering who they really are and better move towards to who they want to become. With Monica and guest teachers Kim Christenson and Rachel Nielson, participants will overcome what is holding them back from embracing their true selves in all things PROGRESS, MINDFULNESS, and MOTHERHOOD.

Forget being packed in like sardines at a speaking event! This is a real WORKshop where a small group of attendees will be equipped with instruction and tools that guide to more in-depth learning and real, actionable takeaways.

We are committed to creating an intimate environment where women can truly connect with each other, with the material, and with their inner selves. You will be expected to participate at a higher level, and as a result our goal is to promote exponential growth in those three areas.

See below to learn what is included in the workshop, what the classes will entail, the schedule, and more information about the host and guest teachers. The event will be held at a private home in Draper, UT, and the address will be supplied with the e-ticket.

Workshop Pricing: $249
--Use code “JULY” to save $50 during the month of July--
--Use code “AUGUST” to save $25 during the month of August--

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WHAT IS INCLUDED:
  • THREE in-depth classes, on THREE essential topics, by THREE experienced instructors over a TWO day, 24-hour period
  • A spiral-bound WORKBOOK including presentation slides, lessons, and space for you to respond to prompts and take notes.
  • One GIFT BAG worth ~ $100 for EACH participant (look on @aboutprogress leading up to the event to see what the gift bag will include!)
  • GIVEAWAY BASKETS that include products from our sponsors, to be given out via drawing to a few participants
  • FOOD!
Healthy snacks, treats, and drinks will be supplied throughout
Dinner from Cubby’s on day one
Lunch from Kneader’s on day two
  • Access to a private Facebook group where attendees can continue to support each other, use accountability, and receive needed guidance

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SIGN UP HERE!
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WHAT DO THE CLASSES ENTAIL:

Day One:
*PROGRESS*
“Get Over Yourself: Ditch Perfectionism, Own Your Gifts, and Make Progress” by Monica Packer

Whether or not you are the stereotypical overachieving or the more-common underachieving perfectionist, the biggest obstacle to better discovering and embracing your unique gifts is YOU.

In this 4+hour workshop (with dinner in the middle!), Monica will teach what perfectionism really is, why it's not a worthy trait, what damaging effects it's taking, and how to overcome them so you can progress in building a life that is messier, yes, but a whole lot more fulfilling. You'll leave with solid takeaways of what gifts you have to start with and the steps you're going to take to start growing and moving forward to a better “you!”

Day Two: (Dress comfy--yes, the whole time!)
*MINDFULNESS*
“Simple Practices for a More Peaceful, Present, Fulfilling Life” by Kim Christenson

In our distracted, digital world, mindfulness is more important than ever. Kim's two-hour class will help you learn what mindfulness is, why it's so important, and how to easily incorporate it into your life and home.

This workshop will help you use mindfulness practices like expressive writing to process your feelings, ease anxiety and hone in on your true priorities. She'll teach you mindset techniques to overcome negative thought patterns, access calmness during your most trying moments, and to discover and live your wildest dreams. Kim will share her tips for finding a mindful balance with the social media world and helping our kids learn to do the same. Kim will also lead a restorative yoga practice for ALL levels. Wear comfy clothes, and be ready to come away feeling calm, confident, and inspired.

*MOTHERHOOD*
“How to Be the Mom You ARE, Instead of the Mom You Think You Should Be” by Rachel Nielson

Rachel Nielson oftens jokes that she is not a counselor, but she has been to a lot of counseling. Shortly after she became a mother, she realized that she had deep-seated anxiety, guilt, and perfectionism that needed to be worked out with professional help. In the seven years since, she has come to truly love the woman that she is, instead of always pining after the woman that she wishes she "could be."

In this two-hour class, Rachel will walk you through some of the most effective exercises that she has done with therapists, to help you identify your true gifts and passions, as well as your hidden shames and insecurities (and they are always different for every woman!). She will also lead you in a practical brainstorming session of how to "troubleshoot" the stressful areas of your life, so there's more space for you to thrive. You will leave the class with an action plan for finding more authentic joy in your motherhood experience, by being more authentically YOU.

Rachel is obsessed with tangible takeaways and memorable stories--and you can be sure the class will be filled with both.
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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
-Day One-
4:00 PM: First half of Monica’s class on PROGRESS
6-6:30 PM: Dinner + mingle
6:30-9:00 PM: Second half of Monica’s class
-Day Two-
8 AM: Optional easy hike near the event’s location
10 AM - NOON: Kim’s class (including yoga) on MINDFULNESS
NOON: Lunch + mingle + wander outside with notebook for introspection and note-taking
1 PM: Rachel’s class on MOTHERHOOD
3 PM: Mastermind forum, where Monica will facilitate a group-think on participants’ questions/personal struggles and work to guide on applying the workshop’s instructions into real, meaningful ways.
4 PM: Hug and go home!!
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SIGN UP HERE!
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WHO ARE WE?


Monica Packer is a podcaster, writer, and recovering perfectionist at “About Progress.” She is a wife and mother of four young children, living in the San Francisco East Bay. Monica is passionate about empowering women to find, develop, and own their own gifts by refusing to be held back by their fears of imperfection. Monica is a former middle school English and History teacher, has always been obsessed with Oprah, and loves to bore people with her tales of recently learning how to swim. You'll almost always find cookie dough in Monica's fridge and a musical blaring from her speakers. You can find more about Monica and her podcast, coaching, and community at aboutprogress.com.
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Kim Christenson is a freelance writer, journalist, and book-loving mom. She shares book recommendations, writing prompts, and articles on motherhood and mindfulness online at Talk Wordy to Me, and as a contributor on KSL’s Studio 5. Kim believes in the importance of using social media and technology for good, but not in a way that distracts or detracts from the most important things in life. Kimberly is co-founder of Loom Journals, a revolutionary parent-child journal that fosters mindfulness and screen-free connection and development. She is currently working on a novel inspired by her visit to a picturesque English village, and a non-fiction account of her adventures living in Australia for four years. Kimberly is a fan of BBC dramas, yoga, ice cream, traveling the world, simplifying her life and home, and encouraging other women to live their dreams.
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Rachel Nielson is the host of the popular parenting podcast 3 in 30 Takeaways for Moms, which features 3 actionable takeaways for parents in each 30-minute episode. She loves summer bonfires, wild dance moves, and heart-to-heart conversations with just about anyone. Rachel is a former high school English teacher who now stays home with her two firecracker children, Noah and Sally. Parenting has been Rachel's greatest learning adventure, and it stretches and teaches her daily. Her podcast listeners say that they love Rachel's show because they can tell she is learning right alongside them. Rachel can't wait to share her heart and her signature "takeaways" at the Rediscover You Workshop.
 
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