#141+++ – A Chat with Nicole Johnson

#141+++ – A Chat with Nicole Johnson

After having children later in life, Nicole Johnson is simultaneously navigating two difficult roles — raising her kids and caring for her elderly parents.

Nicole’s daughter was just 3 years old when her mom started battling health issues. This changed the focus and rhythm of Nicole’s life as she began flying to visit her mom during crucial seasons of surgery & recovery, coming home to raise her own kids, and continuing her ministry as a speaker and writer.

Nicole will speak deeply to many of you. She is full of experience and wisdom on how to nurture the best of you while facing “diapers on both ends” (quote from Nicole). We chat about self-care, why we must put the oxygen mask on ourselves first, and how we’re not in a place to care for others if we are depleting ourselves.

We also talk about the myth of a balanced life and freeing ourselves from the expectation that we can and should meet everyone’s needs. The sooner we recognize and make peace with the fact that we can’t meet everyone’s needs, the more content we are with what we can do.

Nicole pours out tons of practical advice and wisdom on the podcast today, and I’m so excited for you to listen and learn for yourself. Enjoy!

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • Navigating caring for young kids and elderly parents simultaneously
  • Caring for yourself in order to care for others
  • Finding freedom from the myth of a balanced life
  • Changing your perspective to live free from guilt

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Are you more concerned with being selfish or appearing selfish when you take time to nurture your soul?
  2. How can you change your perspective and start giving “here’s what I can do” responses, rather than “here’s what I can’t do” responses?
  3. What are the top 5 priorities in your life? Spend some time differentiating the high-level priorities that will always get your attention and the lower-level priorities that are okay to say no to at times.
  4. When is a time where you crossed the line between caring for yourself and caring for others? What did you learn from it?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

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You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in and do the same on the podcast!

By |2017-11-19T07:33:03+00:00November 15th, 2017|Faith, Family, Podcast|5 Comments
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  1. Maame Yaa Manu November 16, 2017 at 6:52 am - Reply

    Right on time! Although I didn’t have children later in life, my mom did, so she is aging during the season I’m raising small children. I will remember to put my oxygen mask on first!

  2. Veronica Cross November 17, 2017 at 6:10 am - Reply

    Great message. I needed that. I’m 47 with two daughters 23 and 7 years old, husband on dialysis and a 17 month old grand baby all under the same roof. There are times my tired is just tired. I’m slowly learning to take time for ME. But I feel so guilt because when I pull back or say NO I feel like I’m diapppointing people. That’s right I’m a people pleaser. I’m trying to refocus on doing what God saying but then stuff happens at work, church, home, school and they all need you. How to stop the madness.

  3. Melanie November 21, 2017 at 11:01 am - Reply

    Yes, another great podcast. I’ve learned to use the “Here’s what I can do….” statements in regards to inordinate requests from work too and it has been very helpful. I have found that, if I do not put reasonable limits on anything, including work, I shortchange the other tasks and people for which I have responsibility because I’m too tired and/or stressed when it’s time to focus on them. I’m not married and I don’t have children, but my friends, family, and church are my top priorities because they involve people and relationships. To me, in God’s economy, people matter most.

  4. Gabriela November 24, 2017 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Hi y’all! This comes to me precisely on a moment when I want to just give up. I’m depleated. I’m caring for my mon, but the sickness she suffers from is really taking a toll on us all. I also have two teenage sons and a husband. My mom is 24/7 job, she has cirrohsis and because of it gets encephalopathy. There are no me moments, my mom clings to me like a toddler, she’s scared and depressed. Even when I’m reading my devotionals or exercising she’s looking for me. I feel bad, because I go into the bathroom sometimes for a little peace and quiet. I will keep looking for some me time and space. Just don’t know how to find it yet.

    • Chrystal Hurst November 26, 2017 at 6:27 pm - Reply

      I’m so sorry Gabriela that you are in the middle of a difficult season. Sounds like you are doing a good job to me. The bathroom is the perfect place for me time when that is the best you can do. In my season of mothering toddlers, I ran into the bathroom all the time. Something was better than nothing. Hang in there. Where you are today won’t last forever.

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