Spreadsheets from Motherhood is a podcast for current and expectant parents looking to create joy amidst the chaos of parenthood. Monica Joy Krol takes an authentic and honest approach to her journey as a working mom, learner, artist and author, trying to find more time and sanity to experience everyday with joy and some sense of calm. In each episode, strategies and the occasional spreadsheet are shared to help you streamline the expected and unexpected, so you can fully engage with your purpose as a parent, professional, and most importantly as your own person!
My Favorite Books for Early Parenting
There are SO many great books available for new parents that it can be overwhelming. As I prepare for my first big work trip since 2019, I’m reminded of the hot mess I was (still am) trying to pull off parenting and professional appearance. In this episode, I share the top books that helped me navigate the uncharted territory of being a parent, from conception to the dreaded toddler stage. Shout out to all the wonderful authors and podcasters out there that have taken the time to help parents everywhere be more successful and less isolated!
Oster, Emily - Expecting Better and Cribsheet - https://emilyoster.net/ Karp, Dr. Harvey - The Happiest Baby on the Block and also reference to the beloved Snoo - https://www.happiestbaby.com/ Brody, Lauren - The Fifth Trimester - http://www.thefifthtrimester.com/ Bruce, Leslie - You’re a F*cking Awesome Mom - https://www.amazon.com/You-Are-cking-Awesome-Mom/dp/1580058906 Shoretall, Jessica - Work. Pump. Repeat. - https://www.jessicashortall.com/work-pump-repeatLansbury, Janet - Elevating Child Care and also No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline without Shame - https://www.janetlansbury.com/
The Art of the Personal Retrospective
How are you doing? In Life? With your goals? In this episode, we'll explore a useful ritual for resetting your life and goals based on deliberate reflection...the retrospective. We all get stuck sometimes, but we rarely create time and space to examine what is working well, not working well, and determine our next steps. Join me for this short episode where I outline a 15 minute format with tools and resources to create your own mini-retrospective.
New podcast you might like - Context Matters with Amanda Bell - https://contextmatters.work/podcast
Fun Retrospectives - https://www.funretrospectives.com/
Seven Months of Doing Less
Happy Spring? It's been SEVEN months and this is episode 7! It's been a journey of awareness, acceptance and action since my first episode. In this episode I recap the mind blowing Do Less framework by Kate Northrup and how I have applied this to my thoughts and actions over the last seven months. It's a brief episode but full of a few experiments for you to consider. Please reach out to share with me your realizations and results.
Do Less by Kate Northup - https://www.amazon.com/Do-Less-Revolutionary-Approach-Management/dp/1401954987
Spreadsheets of Fun!
Yes! Spreadsheets are fun! In this episode I unpack my current research and experimentation with fun, highlighting a book I am loving called The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again by Catherine Price. I also share not one but TWO spreadsheets of fun. The first spreadsheet has been a life changing way for me to plan and reflect on the fun experiences I am creating with my family, friends, and self. The second spreadsheet is all about planning and scheduling Summer Camps and activities. And guess what? Both spreadsheets are posted on monicajoykrol.com for your own use and linked in the show notes below. Enjoy!
Little shoutouts and references to:
Catherine Price - The Power of Fun - http://catherineprice.com/
Spreadsheet of Fun: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1lUWjpLtzT8ZCsIP6NqLoPgu7-RVe9rRWJjnF1uYDvfw/edit#gid=1561680836
Camp Spreadsheet Template: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1odEEpuQ1FS7Ww06JD5Ot-fNZUDYlk4lwA9Hd0FHBC6U/edit#gid=0
Self-Compassion: Five Takeaways from You Are Not a Sh*tty Parent
Monica here to let you know I have Sh*tty Parent Syndrome, and you probably do too. In this episode I share with you five takeaways from the greatest book ever, "You Are Not a Sh*tty Parent" by Carla Naumburg. Even if you are not a parent, these takeaways are worth a listen, as they can provide you with some inspiration to be more gentle with yourselves. Listen up as I explore my insights, and even how I managed to tie it back to the "sh*tty" self-awareness training we give our kids during potty training. Lastly, I may have thrown in some tips I learned from a free Tony Robbins seminar I recently attended. Let's get in the STATE, STORY as well employ STRATEGIES for growing as creative and loving parents and people. Enjoy!
Shoutouts and References:
Carla Naumburg - https://www.carlanaumburg.com/Amazon Link to purchase You Are Not a Sh*tty Parent - https://www.amazon.com/You-Are-Not-Parent-Self-Compassion/dp/1523517115Francesca Amber - learn about her FANTASTIC podcast here and view her shop for parenting affirmation recordings - https://francescaamber.com/What Fresh Hell podcast - if you aren't subscribed to this, what are you doing with your life? - https://www.whatfreshhellpodcast.com/Oh Crap! by Jamie Glowacki (who I think I called Jackie in my episode...oops) - https://www.jamieglowacki.com/homepage And while we have all heard of Tony Robbins (I think), I really loved his free Unshakeable seminar in January 2022. Thank you! https://www.unshakeable.com/
Ready, Set, Goal!
In the last episode we "Unwrapped Our Intentions." Join me for the second part of a two part series on goal setting! In this episode, I share how you can create SMARTer Goals (thank you, George T. Doran), as well as strategies for creating an achievable roadmap for accomplishing them. I further share how tiny, atomic habits (thank you, James Clear!) support your intentions and goals daily, and how getting clear on THE ONE THING (thank you, Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan) can keep you focused on what matters most.