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Being a person is hard, and The Lazy Genius Podcast is here to help you be a genius about the things that matter and lazy about the things that don't. From laundry to cooking chicken to making new friends, Kendra is here to welcome you into an easier way.
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Most of you live in the United States, many of you have kids, all of us are living in varying degrees of isolation still because of the pandemic, and all the things. Yet we still have to eat, we still keep making dinner. But it feels like it’s getting harder and harder, right? Let’s try and give a couple of solutions here.  Helpful Companion Links - Bri McKoy is a delight and a magician in the kitchen. - Download a transcript of this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
People have always had stuff to do, but let’s think about it. Our culture and lives have evolved to such a point where if we don’t write down what we have to do, we will in fact forget. Today, we will talk practically about how one can manage one’s to-do list, but I have a couple of bigger picture thoughts, too. Stuff Mentioned - Don’t know your list-making personality? I got you. Listen to episode #173. - Here’s an episode from last year on how a Lazy Genius plans a day. - And here are some words on time management from the archives if you’re interested. - Download a transcript of this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
It’s a heavy topic, I know, but I want to give some language and space around this thing that many people in the Christian faith are struggling with right now. And who better to help us with this than Erin Moon, the resident Bible scholar on The Bible Binge. Helpful Companion Links - If you missed our conversation about Erin’s morning routine last summer, you can listen to it here. - Learn more about Erin’s Lent Guide here. (And you can get 15% off using code LAZY)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
I love my iPhone. I love my apps. I love Instagram. I love it all! And because we love it, we’re on it a lot, and while that is not a universally bad thing, you might desire a better relationship with your smartphone. There are no universal rules or truths or any of it when it comes how you use your phone. You get to decide what matters. You get to decide how to do your own screen time, and I’m going to share some Lazy Genius principles that you can apply to make your phone enhance your life the way that you want it to. Helpful Companion Links - Order a copy of The Lazy Genius Way (affiliate link) - My IGTV on how to make time for what matters or you can find all the Lazy Genius Instagram things here @thelazygenius - Download a transcript of this episode  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
February and March struggle to bring the thunder. I mean, it’s just the way it is. We’re past the lovely winter holiday gauntlet, we’re past the energy around fresh starts in January, we’re still weeks away from spring break if you get a spring break and for sure months away from summer vacation. So we need something to look forward to. For real. So rather than just waiting for July or a vaccine or for any kind of gathering or celebration to count only when things are back to normal, we’re going to be proactive. Helpful Companion Links Episode #191: Naming What Matters in 2021 Listen to BJ Novak on The Tim Ferris Show I hang out on Instagram @thelazygenius more frequently than anywhere else on the Internet. Download a transcript of this episode  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This is a rare episode where I talk to another human, and I only have humans on who are actual Lazy Geniuses at what they do, and you guys? Laura Tremaine is 100% a Lazy Genius, maybe even just a genius, when it comes to sharing your stuff especially online.  I adore Laura and the work she puts out into the world. I hope you enjoy our conversation! Helpful Companion Links For Greensboro locals, check out Chez Genese’s new Family Dinner Subscriptions. Preorder Laura’s new book Share Your Stuff. I’ll Go First., which comes out February 2nd. You can learn more about Laura’s book here or by visiting her website here. And you can find her on Instagram @laura.tremaine. And if you’re looking for another podcast to listen to after you finish this episode, I highly recommend her show 10 Things To Tell You.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This is a year I want to pay attention to in ways I’ve never paid attention to a year before. So in today’s episode, I want to share some things I want to do in my 40th year, why that is, and maybe even give you a framework for seeing this next year with more intentional eyes, whether you’ll be turning forty or not. Stuff Mentioned Check out episode 191 Naming What Matters in 2021 if you missed it. Preorder Share Your Stuff. I’ll Go First by my friend Laura Tremaine. Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard The doors to Camp21 open on Thursday, January 21st! Check it out here. Download a transcript of this episode.   This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you click through and make a purchase, I may earn a small commission at no cost to you. Thanks for supporting my small business.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
We all get that early January itch that carries into the dark winter of February where we just want our homes to feel good to be in. But we often start in the wrong place. I want to prevent that from happening to you today. Stuff Mentioned This episode is sponsored by Book of the Month. Get $5 off your first book with code LAZYGENIUS. Pick up a copy of The Lazy Genius Way to learn all about Lazy Genius Principles and how they can help you be a genius about the things that matter and lazy about the things that don’t. Check out The Lazy Genius Store where you’ll find The Swap, The Clean Slate, The Meal Plan and The Holiday Docket. Download a transcript of this episode.   This post contains affiliate links meaning if you click through and make a purchase, I may earn a small commission. Love you, mean it, bye.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The turning of the calendar doesn’t change everything, but it does change something. It changes our outlook, even the tiniest bit. We are no longer in one of the hardest years, if not the hardest year depending on your life experience, we’ve ever faced. So today I want us to start small in our own lives where we are and think through what is going to matter to each of us in 2021. Helpful Companion Links This episode is sponsored by Book of the Month. Get $5 off your first book with code LAZYGENIUS at www.bookofthemonth.com. Emily P. Freeman offers us many invitations to look back and see what matters to us. If you’re unfamiliar, you can listen to her podcast The Next Right Thing here, buy her book by the same name here, or order her brand new Guided Journal here. I talk about a lot of Lazy Genius principles in this episode, which are in my book. You can buy a copy of The Lazy Genius Way here. Download a transcript of this episode.   Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, meaning if you click through and purchase something, I may earn a small commission at no cost to you.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
I want to mark the end of this year here with you by sharing my favorite discoveries of 2020, and maybe it’ll make you want to remember the good things that you discovered and enjoyed and learned. So that’s what we’re going to do. Here are my favorite discoveries of 2020. Stuff Mentioned This episode is sponsored by The Naptime Kitchen Home Reset. Join me over on Instagram (@thelazygenius) for more of my favorite discoveries. Two podcast episodes by others that offer a great perspective on reflection: The Next Right Thing: Walk At Your Own Pace and 10 Things To Tell You: 10 Questions for the End of the Year Hear more about the Daily Delete from Miss Freddy in this recent Lazy Genius episode. Olive & June asked me to curate a collection for them, and I haven’t been okay since. (And here’s my review on Instagram) Hear me say words about skincare in The Lazy Genius Guide to Makeup and The Lazy Genius Skincare Routine. P.s. the brand I mention is Sunday Riley Good Genes The ultimate lounge set: Vuori joggers and Richer Poorer robe TV Shows: Schitt’s Creek and What We Do in the Shadows POV Comedians on Instagram: @lukemillingtondrake, @hicaitlinreilly, @dmichaelburke, and @vinn_ayy Soma Vanishing 360 Perfect Coverage bra Download a transcript of this episode.     IqUpjo5DwDA1B19u2VEO    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
We’re almost there. We’ve almost made it through this impossible year. I would love to take just a couple of minutes to find our position in it, our position in our days right now. Helpful Companion Links Get a copy of my book The Lazy Genius Way Download the transcript of this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This year may not be the year to host the entire neighborhood or maybe even anyone for a traditional cookie exchange; however, it could be a fun way to get everyone in your house involved in the kitchen and flex your creative muscles in showing other people that you care about them… through cookies. So we’re going to briefly cover what a cookie exchange is then I’ll go through a few steps to help you plan one during a pandemic.  Helpful Companion Links Use code LAZYGENIUS to get $5 off your first book with Book of the Month My favorite book about gathering people is Priya Parker’s The Art of Gathering Canva is a great resource for designing invitations, cards, or cookie tags if that sounds fun to you The Magic Question (and all of its Lazy Genius principle friends) live in my book The Lazy Genius Way A few cookie recipes hosted here on The Lazy Genius Collective: “I Want Them Now” Chocolate Chip Cookies, My Absolute Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe, Cumberbatch Cookies, Fudgy Oatmeal Cookies That are GF, Vegan and Mostly Refined SF, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Download a transcript of this episode  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
I love implementing opening and closing ceremonies into my year and especially into the fall and winter holiday season. As we all know, holidays in 2020 are not what we expected. So how can we rethink traditions and gatherings and opening ceremonies during such an upside-down time? This episode will hopefully offer some encouragement in that. Helpful Companion Links Use code LAZYGENIUS to get $5 off your first book at Book of the Month. Here are a few past resources on opening and closing ceremonies: Plan Your Opening Ceremony and The Magic of Closing Ceremonies. Grab a copy of The Lazy Genius Way if you haven’t yet to learn the 13 Lazy Genius principles. Join me over on Instagram @thelazygenius for real-life Lazy Genius. Download a transcript of this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
There is so much we don’t know. So today on this Monday after Thanksgiving and this final day of November, I think we could all use a short little pep talk and a way to start small with all of this not knowing. Stuff Mentioned Here’s where you can find all of my Spotify playlists, including the nine holiday-themed ones I made last year Sign up to receive the Latest Lazy Letter, which goes out this Wednesday The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman (p.s. her guided companion journal comes out in January!) Download a transcript of this episode  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
I get asked a lot about photo storage all the time, and I haven’t talked about it at all because I’m not an expert. But lucky for you, I’m joined by someone who is an expert on today’s show! Casey von Stein aka Miss Freddy is a photo organization guru, and she’s here today to help us think about the holiday photos we’re taking this year, the areas where we can be lazy when it comes to photo storage, and how we can start small in organizing our files. She’s truly the Lazy Genius of photos. Stuff Mentioned This episode is sponsored by Wind Blown Jewelry. Don’t miss their once-a-year sale this upcoming weekend (Nov. 27-30). Get a free Belong Necklace ($58 value) when you spend $100 or more. P.S. This is a great time to grab a pair of Grateful studs which go away forever at the end of the year. Get 20% off Miss Freddy’s Backup Bootcamp using the promo code LAZYGENIUS Snag an idea or two from Miss Freddy’s photo gift ideas blog post. Follow Miss Freddy on Instagram or check her out online at her website. Get The Lazy Genius Way for yourself or as a gift this holiday season. Pinhole Press is a great resource for photo gifts 1 Second Everyday App  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
It’s the middle of November, and some of you might have already gone through the process of decorating or you’re putting it off because it’s overwhelming or you always do the weekend after Thanksgiving which is coming up, but the point is it’s kind of time. And it can be very overwhelming. Today, I want to give you a lens through which to view your decorating so you can find your holiday decorating personality and then offer five steps on getting yourself prepared to actually do it. Stuff Mentioned Grab a copy of Myquillyn’s latest book Welcome Home: A Cozy Minimalist Guide to Decorating and Hosting All Year Round (pro tip: stock up when it goes on sale and use them as teacher gifts!) A few Lazy Genius holiday greatest hits episodes: Ten Ideas for a Holiday Reset, Nailing Your Holiday Vibe, The Lazy Genius Guide to Flexibility, Refocus Your Christmas Brain How to Decorate for the Holidays Without Punching Someone in the Face Download a transcript of this episode  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this bonus episode, I talk with Tsh Oxenreider about her new book, Shadow and Light, that walks us through Advent in the most Lazy Genius way possible. It gives us permission to engage in the season of Advent without pressure or performance.  Helpful Companion Links Get your copy of Shadow and Light by Tsh Oxenreider Visit Tsh’s website to get a peek inside the book and for other Advent resources like her playlist and weekly art pieces You may like Tsh’s podcast, The Good List, and her newsletter, Books and Crannies    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Spices are pretty important in cooking obviously, so let’s demystify a few things — what they’re good for, what to have on hand, how to use them, and how to store them. And we’ll run through what could be your essential spice cabinet. Stuff Mentioned Here’s a guide to spices by cuisine that can help you as you determine what needs to be in your spice cabinet. Lazy Genius Change Your Life Shawarma Download a transcript of this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Tomorrow is Election Day. I can’t remember an election in my lifetime that was this contentious and would leave so many people devastated no matter the result. It’s just a lot. And you are a unicorn if you do not know and love someone who is voting differently than you are. We’re all really tender right now, and to top it all off in terms of timing, we’re about to enter the most family/friend-centric two months of the year with all the winter holidays. So I think it’s time for a little conversation on loving people you disagree with. Helpful Companion Links A great resource that has helped me in my life is Pantsuit Politics Podcast and their book I Think You’re Wrong But I’m Listening Emily P. Freeman’s episode on How to Stay Grounded During Election Season on her podcast The Next Right Thing Listen to my conversation with Scott the Painter about loving well when you disagree over on Instagram. An older episode of The Lazy Genius Podcast that is one of the most downloaded episodes to date: The Lazy Genius Navigates Family Tension The Liturgists Podcast with Hillary McBride and William Matthews The Very Good Gospel by Lisa Sharon Harper Download a transcript of this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Here’s what we’re going to go through today: what the Instant Pot is great for, what it’s not great for, how to start using one including my favorite tools and resources, and my own personal Instant Pot rhythm. Because here’s the thing: not everybody needs an Instant Pot, and everyone that does have one uses it differently, for different types of recipes and different speeds of regularity. Stuff Mentioned Windblown Grateful studs are back for a very short time! You can get a pair here. The Instant Pot I own and use My Magic Instant Pot Curry Rice recipe Tools and Resources I use and love: Coco Morante’s two cookbooks The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook and The Ultimate Instant Pot Cookbook; tongs; kitchen thermometer; metal steamer basket Buy a copy of my book The Lazy Genius Way! Download a transcript of this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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K. Smith

I disagree about no foods being negative.

Mar 6th
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Jasmine Underland

first of all, I love you! Your book is "saving my life right now". I just need to tell you that Thai food does not in fact involve peanuts. Americanized Thai food does, but not authentic Thai food. My husband is 1/2 Thai and this is how I know. 😁

Jan 14th
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Nic

so helpful, thank you Kendra! completely new way of thinking about goal setting, I love this!!

Nov 29th
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Timilyn Renee-Towers Downey

Well said, Kendra. Thanks for being willing to talk about what matters and for reminding us all to be human.

Nov 2nd
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Genevieve S

The first episode I checked out was Routines. I am now going to binge listen. As I do the insane work of motherhood in this insane time, this is really going to help.

Aug 30th
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Jennie Kaderabek

when a new episode comes out, it's on top of my listen list. make your life easier, your way.

Jul 24th
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heidi miller

I'm kinda laughing here... welcome to the homeschool Mama's world.

Apr 27th
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Sam Yeagle

What about the bugs??

Apr 3rd
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Whitney Ivanoff

Be specific! I love this, y'all 💕 ☺

Mar 25th
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Whitney Ivanoff

Badly needed this today. Thank you! 💕

Mar 23rd
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Kalaila O'Neill

Routine is not about what you are doing but where you are heading 😊

Sep 16th
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Jodi Skrip Horsley

So funny!! I save Garnet Hill too but never actually take the time to go through it. LOL

Mar 28th
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Cheri

Love it!💙 Kendra always amazes me with her life changing tips and hacks. This podcast is to the point and fun to listen to.

Feb 24th
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Debi Zahn

Kendra, this is quite possibly your most genius episode yet!!! It never occurred to me that I could change my pantry based on the need for a giant vat of hot chocolate mix!!!! Love it!!

Nov 26th
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Barbara Bryon Wisdom

this was great! thank you

Nov 13th
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Debi Zahn

Such a great episode! And the last minute made me laugh so hard! Love it!

Nov 5th
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Lupita Juan

música normal

Sep 3rd
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Rebecca Hinson Beck

Such a great episode! The tips on Lazy Genius are spot on!!

Jul 26th
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Krystal Bickel

I love your podcast! You are so funny and have great tips!

Feb 8th
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Gaola Vang

I really like your Podcast! It really encourage me for my busy life. Thank you!

Jan 25th
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