Ep. 235: The wild ride of 2021, 21 things that made my life better and what’s in store for 2022



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2021. Phew. We made it. This year was a wild ride. We had a lot of really hard stuff happen in our family, a lot of loss, and it really forced me to take a step back and change the way I was doing a lot of things. In many ways, I’m really grateful for the hard because it did force me to take a step back, take a hard look at my life and my business and make some really important changes. I re-prioritized a lot in my life, focused a LOT on my mental and physical health, my marriage and my family. I worked less, I rested more, I journaled a ton, went to a ton of therapy, relied on lots of conversations with friends to get through the hardest parts of the year- but we made it through, and I truly feel better than ever. In today’s episode, I’m sharing the ups and downs of the year- podcast milestones, 21 things that made my life better in 2021, and what’s in store for 2022.


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Episodes Mentioned:
A Season for Change
Food Stress and Hormone Balance with Dr. Heather Rhodes
My Hormone Journey
My Marathon Journey
New Year’s Goal Setting Q + A
2021 Healthy Balanced Mama Gift Guide
Episode 200: Food Freedom Five Years Later


  1. Untamed by Glennon Doyle
  2. Buy yourself the F-ing Lilies by Tara Schuster
  3. Burnout by Amelia and Emily Nagoski
  4. The 6 Needs of Every Child by Amy and Jeffrey Olrick (listen to their episode on the Healthy Balanced Mama Podcast, here)
  5. Finding Freedom by Erin French


  1. Healthier Together with Liz Moody
  2. Systemize your Life with Chelsi Jo (listen to her episode on the Healthy Balanced Mama Podcast, here)
  3. We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle
  4. Ali on the Run Show
  5. Aligned with Paige Schmidt (listen to her episode on the Healthy Balanced Mama Podcast, here)

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