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Bookworms, Rowena Mabbott and Shelley Tonkin Smith share their top takeaways from their latest read — curated especially for you mums and business owners. Then, the magic begins as they add to the conversation that the book has ignited and apply its principles. Take inspired action in your business and take intentional steps to design a life you love -- through the power of books!

Rowena brings her expertise as a career and life confidence coach and her background in positive psychology. She’s also a mum of two boys, a teen and tween.

Shelley brings her passion for small business and her wealth of knowledge of all things tech and copywriting. She’s homeschooling her two boys.

Two Booked Up Shelley Tonkin Smith and Rowena Mabbott

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Bookworms, Rowena Mabbott and Shelley Tonkin Smith share their top takeaways from their latest read — curated especially for you mums and business owners. Then, the magic begins as they add to the conversation that the book has ignited and apply its principles. Take inspired action in your business and take intentional steps to design a life you love -- through the power of books!

Rowena brings her expertise as a career and life confidence coach and her background in positive psychology. She’s also a mum of two boys, a teen and tween.

Shelley brings her passion for small business and her wealth of knowledge of all things tech and copywriting. She’s homeschooling her two boys.

    TBU#9 The Power of “Naming What Matters” (inspired by The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi)

    TBU#9 The Power of “Naming What Matters” (inspired by The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi)

    Are you facing a tricky decision? Or considering making a change that feels… BIG? If you are, then you’re probably feeling overwhelmed and under pressure to make the “right” decision.
    If that’s you, then take a nice deep breath and then listen to today’s episode of Two Booked Up, where Shelley Tonkin Smith (a business owner and homeschooling mom of two kids under 10) and Rowena Mabbott (a career and life confidence coach, who has tween and teen boys) talk about the power of naming what matters and how this simple step has made their decision-making a whole lot easier.
    “Naming what matters” is a core foundation from The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi, the featured book at the moment on Two Booked Up.
    Shelley shares about how naming what matters has helped her combat overwhelm in homeschooling. And Rowena reflects on how her decision to retrain as a coach all started when she named what mattered.
    When we name what matters, we focus on what’s important to us in the moment, and what’s aligned with our values. This provides clarity and helps us to determine what the next best step should be.
    Draw inspiration from Rowena and Shelley’s personal stories of how naming what matters has helped them to move into action. And learn how you can name what matters and become a Lazy Genius in your own life.
    Links mentioned:
    Call of the Wild + Free by Ainsley Arment
    Know your values; how to live with intention
    Connect with us:
    Find us online at twobookedup.com
    Connect with Rowena @rowenamabbott on IG and at rowenamabbott.com.
    Connect with Shelley @shelleysmithcreative on IG. Her copywriting business is at shelleysmithcreative.com and her writing and other musings are at shelleytonkinsmith.com.

    • 26 min
    TBU#8 Our best tips to “Lazy Genius” your business (inspired by The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi)

    TBU#8 Our best tips to “Lazy Genius” your business (inspired by The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi)

    Today, Rowena and Shelley are considering where and how to use the Lazy Genius Principles in their small businesses. They’ll share where they are currently using these principles and where they could be leveraging Lazy Genius principles a little more to make their businesses simpler and also more fulfilling.
    So if you’re a business owner, or you aspire to start a business sometime in the future, then listen in. There’ll also be plenty of food for thought for those of you who are in full-time employment too.
    Between them, Rowena and Shelley have at least 20 years of combined experience running their own businesses alongside the journey of parenthood. Shelley has encouraged many people to take the leap into entrepreneurship and has supported them with copywriting and website development and advice.
    For many years, Rowena has been committed to building a business that is simple and light (which is very lazy genius) and she’s supported many of her coaching clients to transition from a more traditional job to starting their own business. 
    In this episode, they’re bringing all this experience to the table, mixing it up with the Lazy Genius Principles, and giving you a good dose of inspiration to Lazy Genius your business.
    Check out Shelley’s post about tailoring your launch based on your stage of business. https://www.shelleytonkinsmith.com/launch-starting-point/ 
    What we’re reading:
    Rowena is reading I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella.
    Shelley is reading Raising Critical Thinkers by Julie Bogart.
    Connect with us:
    Find us online at twobookedup.com
    Connect with Rowena @rowenamabbott on IG and at rowenamabbott.com.
    Connect with Shelley @shelleysmithcreative on IG. Her copywriting business is at shelleysmithcreative.com and her writing and other musings are at shelleytonkinsmith.com.

    • 39 min
    TBU#7 How we are "Lazy Geniusing" our lives — and how you can too

    TBU#7 How we are "Lazy Geniusing" our lives — and how you can too

    Last week, we gave you a rundown of the 13 Lazy Genius Principles from our featured book, The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi.
    Today, we dive deeper into the 13 principles and chat about how we have used and applied them in our lives and in our parenting. With examples and stories, we flesh out the principles and share how we’re Lazy Geniusing our lives.
    Listen to the podcast to hear which are our favourite principles and how we’ve adapted them for our lives.
    What’s one way you plan to “Lazy Genius” your life? Snap a screenshot of the podcast or a selfie of you listening — and then tag us @rowenamabbott and @shelleysmithcreative to let us know.
    What we’re reading:
    Rowena is reading The Things We Keep by Australian author, Sally Hepworth.
    Shelley is reading the entire Ramony Quimby series to her boys. They’re currently on Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary. But in fact, at the time of publishing this episode, they’ve completed the entire 8-book series. So good! And this deal on Audible to get the entire series for just one credit has to be the best deal around!
    Connect with us:
    Find us online at twobookedup.com
    Connect with Rowena @rowenamabbott on IG and at rowenamabbott.com.
    Connect with Shelley @shelleysmithcreative on IG. Her copywriting business is at shelleysmithcreative.com and her writing and other musings are at

    • 39 min
    TBU#6 The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi — Overview and Top Takeaways

    TBU#6 The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi — Overview and Top Takeaways

    Rowena and Shelley are discussing a new book, The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi.
    Being a "Lazy Genius" might conjure up images of becoming a combination of Einstein, Mary Poppins and Leslie Knope — all while you laze around on the couch eating ice cream! But in fact, as you'll learn in this episode, being a Lazy Genius is more about being yourself and connecting to what really matters to you. If you can get that right, you can become a genius about what matters and then lazy about everything else!
    Does that sound good to you? Then listen in to our conversation about The Lazy Genius Way today and if you haven't read the book already, consider getting yourself a copy
    The idea behind The Lazy Genius Way is to be productive without sacrificing peace of mind, using the 13 Lazy Genius principles. The principles are designed to help you focus on what really matters and let go of what doesn't.
    Listen in to the podcast as we give you a quick rundown of the 13 principles and expand on what it means to be a Lazy Genius. We also share our overall impression of the book and top takeaways.
    Books we mention:
    Essentialism by Greg McKeown
    Do Less by Kate Northrup
    The Lazy Genius Kitchen by Kendra Adachi
    Less Stuff by Lindsay Miles
    Connect with us:
    Find us online at twobookedup.com
    Connect with Rowena @rowenamabbott on IG and at rowenamabbott.com.
    Connect with Shelley @shelleysmithcreative on IG and shelleysmithcreative.com.

    • 26 min
    TBU#5 [Minisode] Your podcast listening life: How to make it easier and even more worthwhile to listen to podcasts

    TBU#5 [Minisode] Your podcast listening life: How to make it easier and even more worthwhile to listen to podcasts

    Today we’re getting a bit meta and doing a podcast about podcasts — specifically, your podcast listening life. Because yes, that’s a thing now!
    If you’re wondering…

    When can I fit listening to podcasts into my schedule?
    What’s the best podcast player to use? And what about hardware?
    How can I keep track of great podcasts I find?
    How can I share podcasts with my friends and audience?
    How can I get maximum value out of my podcast listening time?

    …then, Shelley’s got you covered in this episode!
    Intentional time management is a big part of our values. It’s even a second meaning of “Two Booked Up” — we don't want you to get TOO booked up in your schedule with things that don’t matter.
    So in this episode, Shelley’s going to be sharing some of her best tips for intentionally fitting podcasts into your schedule and making your podcast listening life a bit easier and more worthwhile.
    Links we mentioned:
    Shelley’s Podcast Player/App of Choice is Overcast (only for Apple devices). Overcast draws its podcasts from Apple Podcasts, but it includes a few special features, including improved sound quality.
    Otherwise, listen directly through Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, or Amazon — there are many options.
    Would you consider writing us a review?
    If you like what you hear on Two Booked Up and you’d like to help us reach new listeners, we’d love it if you’d leave us a review on Apple Podcasts.
    This is how to leave a review:

    Open the show in Apple Podcasts.
    Scroll down past the episode listing to the heading “Ratings & Reviews.”
    Leave your star rating and write a revie

    • 15 min
    TBU#4 Take yourself on a date

    TBU#4 Take yourself on a date

    Today on Two Booked Up, Shelley and Rowena are concluding the conversation sparked by Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Four Tendencies. We’ve had great conversations about how knowing your tendency — whether you’re an Upholder, Obliger, Questioner, or Rebel — can help you in both your personal and professional life.
    One of the main themes that’s come through for us is the importance of knowing yourself. But sometimes getting to know yourself can be difficult! So today, we’re going to be extending the conversation a bit wider and talking about some of the other tools and methods we’ve used to get to know ourselves better.
    When people grow in their self-knowledge, they’re more productive, more confident, and happier in their careers and relationships.
    So, after the episode, go on and take yourself out on a date -- seriously! -- and get to know yourself better by using one or more of the methods we talk about on the show.
    [02:03] Gretchen Rubin's either-or categories for getting to know your preferences
    [05:54] Finding out your Character Strengths
    [08:31] How The Four Tendencies can help in getting to know yourself
    [12:32] Becoming a student of yourself
    [13:54] Guided Journaling
    [14:38] Bullet Journaling
    [16:17] Learning through parenting
    [18:13] A mindset of experimentation
    [22:14] Introvert vs. Extrovert (plus four other traits from the Big Five Trait Factor Theory)
    [28:02] Astrology and Human Design
    [30:33] Myers-Briggs and Enneagram
    [33:33] What we're reading at the moment
    Current Reads:
    Rowena is reading From Strength to Strength by Arthur C. Brookes.
    Shelley is reading Think Again by Adam Grant.
    Links we mentioned:
    Gretchen Rubin’s article, Setting New Year's Resolutions that are right for YOU.
    VIA Strengths Institute — take the free assessment to find out your signature strengths.
    Get your free daily journal prompts from Rowena

    • 36 min

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