In this episode, Lisa talks about Small Steps Living – a brand new online hub/virtual home for people looking to improve their health and happiness, one small step at a time. You can check it out at http://smallstepsliving.com/
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Hey, welcome to another episode of the podcast. Today, I’m feeling pretty pumped. I’m feeling pretty pumped, because I finally get to reveal something that I’ve been working on for a very long time. A lot of you might have been seeing-, in fact, even this podcast is called ‘Small Steps Living,’ and Small Steps Living is actually going to be much more than just a podcast. It’s going to be my new virtual home, and there’s going to be this podcast, along with Small Steps TV, along with a Small Steps Living monthly membership. And really, really, really excited about this project! Because, okay, here’s the thing. A few years ago, if you didn’t know me until recently, a few years ago I launched a program called Small Steps to Wholefoods. And I created it because I felt like no-one was really helping people eat more wholefoods in a way that really took into account the difficulties of modern day life, in terms of what we’re trying to balance, as women. As people who’ve had careers, as people who have their own hopes and dreams, and who are being exposed to new information about food that just did not exist when our mothers were around.
We’re trying to make peace with who we are on the other side of having children, or even if we don’t have kids, we’re trying to make sense of the world as it currently stands, which is filled with a lot of dietary dogma. So, a lot of people telling us the right way to eat. Most of us have copped onto the fact that calories in, calories out is not a great reflection, or example, or path to health. We get that, but we don’t know the next way forward. And we’re having children, and we want to feed them well, and we don’t know how to do it. And it’s confusing, and when I started to learn all about this stuff, when I started to realise that what I knew about food was not, in fact, truth, I got concerned, and I started to flip out. I had a child at the time, I had another one on the way, and I just thought, ‘What do I do here? I don’t know, it seems like too big a mountain to climb, to change everything that I eat.’ I didn’t have any pressing health concerns, but I certainly had a niggling understanding that this was not the best path forward.
To have a standard Australian diet, you know, going to the supermarket once a week, filling up on, you know, the Mexican wraps with the added seasoning, and the jars of pasta sauce, and, you know, all of those sorts of things. I realised I didn’t want it, but I didn’t know how to move forward. So, I started to change things one step at a time, and the reason I did this is because right before I had kids, I was working in behaviour change, in the area of sustainability. My absolute focus, for a couple of years, was how to get people to move from one point to the next, and it was never, ever, ever about going from zero to hero. That is, like, a sure-fire way, in fact, to disaster. To people feeling like they’re failing, to reverting back to old habits. And so I had this understanding of what it takes to change behaviour. I also had this understanding that so many of us want to change what we’re eating, and I knew it was going to be about far more than food.
So I created a program about food, but I included a lot more than just food in that program. And I made things so, so, simple. For any of you Small Steppers out there, I know that you probably came into that program going, ‘What? Ah, well, yes, I can do that!’ and that was my exact intention. To get us back into believing that this eating healthy wholefoods, wholesome foods, real foods, whatever you want to call them, it’s not beyond us. We’re absolutely capable of it, and, you know, there are a lot of people who aren’t into the 80/20 rule, but I must say that I am. I need balance in my life, I need to not feel like I’m on the edge of extremes, because when I’m there, I’m just thinking about all the things I can’t have. I’m just thinking about the day that that stops, and I can just eat, or drink, whatever it is that I want to eat. So I knew I wanted to create something different. I created it in the form of an eight-week online program, and I have taken thousands of women through that program. You know, I still have people writing to me telling me about how that program changed their life. I don’t want to say that, it sounds a bit tossy to say that kind of stuff, but, look, I wouldn’t have kept running it if I didn’t get good feedback from it, and I did.
I have run that program seven times, and it’s changed, but the basic tenets have stayed the same. Let’s move through things slowly, let’s change one thing at a time, let’s get some momentum on the board, because momentum is King. You know, you want to be feeling like you’re achieving. So, there’s this program, Small Steps to Wholefoods. And then, I’d finished that eight weeks, and then I’d be, like, ‘Okay, it’s Small Steps, but anyway, bye.’ And that didn’t feel congruent any more, so I ended up creating a membership program on the back of Small Steps to Wholefoods, and the only people who know about that membership are Small Steppers, and some of them have been in there for over a year. I’ve been running it for a bit over a year, and it’s a space where we continue to do learning, and we continue to work together as a community. We challenge each other once a month with something new to do, and we just bring our focus and attention back. And it’s the most amazing community of women, I still get shivers thinking about the fact that it’s something that I created, but it’s taken on its own life force. You know, it’s this beautiful space.
You know, there’s nothing negative in there that you would see in other Facebook groups, it’s just real women trying to create real change for their families. They’re not after perfection, they just want to keep putting one foot in front of the other, and I adore them. And so, what’s ended up happening is that I can see, that’s where the magic lies. It’s that community feeling, it’s the continued learning, it’s the accountability and monthly challenges. Challenge, wrong word. Mini experiments, I like to call them. You know, it’s an invitation to try something new, like my good friend Nikki Smith has always taught me, and taught Small Steppers. And I’ve decided to open up that membership to more people. I’ve decided to completely revamp it, and put some of my best stuff into that membership, and invite a whole new group of Small Steppers in. I’m so excited to announce that the time to jump in is now, and I won’t be opening the doors very often. This is the one and only time in 2016 they’ll be open for the kick-off of January 1, 2017. I don’t yet have plans to open the doors to the membership again. So, if you’re interested, I’d like to tell you a bit more about it.
Because what I see, and what I feel I’m a part of, is a generation of women who, we live a lot online, and it can be healthy and it can be unhealthy. What I see is information overload. I exist in information overload, I’m sifting through the same stuff as you. Sometimes I just need to shut off the noise, and I zone in, I zone in to my one or two people who really cut through for me, and help me move forward in my journey. And I feel like that’s what I’m trying to create with Small Steps Living. I have some pretty cool people that I know. I have access to amazing experts in their field, and my plan with the Small Steps Living membership is to curate high level content, to arrive in your inbox. Once a month, we get a new package of information, but you have me in your inbox once a week. You join a Facebook group that’s massively supportive, and you get the things that you need to keep you moving forward. You don’t have to search, you can just take part in the program that I’m creating, and know that those small steps are going to be taken. They’re going to be ones that matter, and that you’re going to be doing it with like-minded people, like, the coolest community ever.
So, let me tell you what you get. Oh man, it’s taken me, I can’t tell you how long it took me for this all to land for me. Because it’s been something I’ve been thinking about for a long time, but I knew I had to do it when I had all my ducks lined up. So, each month you get a masterclass. So this is an expert interview that we can pick apart. We can create a monthly mini experiment from, and it’s someone who really knows their stuff, you know. It’s not just going to be about food, this is the thing. Food is so important, and I’ll talk to you about how food is incorporated. There will absolutely be food experts, but there are also going to be experts about things like mindset. What’s going on with how we think about things, that informs our choices? How is our energy, and our vibration, and our environment, affecting the choices that we make, and how we show up in the world? Man, that stuff fascinates me, because you know what, it’s all about the food, but it’s not all about the food.
You know, we’re also going to be having masterclasses on issues, so things like, you know, off the top of my head, things like sleep. What actually really affects it, how to have good quality sleep. What to do when you’ve got little kids, and babies, and you’re struggling for sleep. You know, what is actually going on for us, and how can we support ourselves through these times? That is so important, because, like, tell me, when you feel tired, do you make great food choices? Yes, me, not so much, and there are perfectly good reasons for that. So, focusing on some of these other issues is going to help us, as women, in this time of juggling quite a few different balls in the air, move forward with grace, and with ease, and become the women that we know are there, we’re just feeling confused about how to move forward. And I tell you, it’s all about taking small steps, and I will be breaking everything down into small, manageable chunks. So, you get a masterclass: Food, mindset, an issue, one a month.
Then you’ll be getting a menu plan, a new menu plan, every month. These menu plans are designed to make your life simpler, not to add a whole new bunch of crazy recipes with a whole load of different fancy ingredients. It’s the exact opposite. I want you to use these menu plans as a way to cut down on your time in the kitchen, to plan ahead, to cook in bulk, to buy good quality ingredients. But, you know, not the most expensive cuts of things. I can’t afford that, so what we’re about, with the menu plan, is simplifying family meals. And you’ll get a new one each month. So, I know so many people come to me and they’re stuck for ideas, and they get themselves in ruts, and I’m like, ‘What? There are so many recipes out there, open one of your recipe books that I know are sitting on your shelf.’ But sometimes, we just want to put it all together. Just all together, in a way that makes sense, and, you know, we don’t have to work. And has a shopping list. You know, taking the thinking out for us, sometimes, is so nice. I get it. And there’ll also be cooking videos, so how to make some of these dishes.
I know that some Small Steppers come in, and they’re good cooks, they love food, they’re into it. They’re throwing stuff together like nobody’s business. And other people burn toast. So we’re going to cater for everyone, by making sure you know exactly how to do the recipes. So we’ve got all of those things, plus a mini challenge once a month. So this is where, as a group, we decide, for one particular week, we’re going to dive in, and we’re going to really keep each other accountable to put in place one small step. And it might actually be a huge step for you, these small steps, and for others it might be tinkering. And we can just work together, to the level that we’re at, because the best thing about Small Steps Living is you don’t have to be an expert. You just have to be a person interested in moving your life forward in a healthier way, that’s it. You have to be curious, you have to be ready and willing to learn, and absorb the information that comes at you, bit by bit. I don’t want to overwhelm you, and that’s why I’m creating it in this format.
We are also going to have, get this, weekly live yoga in the Facebook group. A half-hour yoga session that you can either do live, or it will sit there, tagged, and you can watch it whenever you want. My amazing friend Jules, who is a yoga instructor, and all-round divine human being, is going to be leading us in these live yoga classes. I mean, what? Can’t believe it, so excited, because I’ll be doing them. You know, we need to make doing activity and movement simple for us, and for me, I kept on thinking, and the Australians will remember, what was it called? Oz Style Aerobics, remember that was on, like, in the mornings? And I just think about that generation of women who would have put their trainers on, and done aerobics in their house, because it was literally on TV ready for them. So, the Facebook group, I’m going to make sure, brings you-, it’s like our own little TV channel, and you’ll be able to see a weekly live yoga lesson with Jules.
And then, we’re also going to be having member giveaways. We’re going to be doing lots of prizes, lots of stuff like that. I’ll be doing Facebook Lives in the Facebook group, and, I mean, that’s just the start of it. Because within your exclusive membership website, there is also a fundamentals section. So, this is for people who might not know me, and what I’m all about, and how this whole Small Steps approach works. I break things down: What we eat, how we feel, and how we move. And these are bite-size little videos, that just move you through a sequence, and you will have completed those modules in the blink of an eye, but it will give you a really great basis of understanding for what is coming. As well as those fundamentals, we’ve also got mini courses. Yes, there are mini e-courses available in that membership site, right now. And they are going to be added to all the time. This is a way for me to, kind of, curate content. So, if there’s a big topic, something like gut health, I’m pulling the best interviews that I’ve done over the last few years together, in a format for you to easily move through them, to learn what you need to know, and start implementing things like movement.
You know, there are interviews that I have done about core strength, about where we should start after we’ve just had kids. About if you just want to get some exercise into your day, and you need to do it from home, and you’re not going to a gym, there’s a video in there, ready and waiting for you to just watch and do. There are four courses ready and waiting, and there will be more added to over time, and I am thrilled to be able to bring that stuff to you. Pantry staples, that’s another one. I literally show you the ingredients in my pantry, and you can take notes, and make note of what I use, and so some of the common ingredients that you’ll see in the Small Steps Living membership, you’ll be able to refer back to. You’ll be able to think, ‘Ooh, that’s what I want to try next time I do my shop,’ or, you know, whatever it is.
And this is the thing, it’s not all about doing everything overnight. Once you become a Small Stepper, you’re on the journey, you’re in. It’s going to happen to you, because you’re a part of it. And if you feel like you need to change everything overnight, you’re going to get yourself a little bit freaked out and stressed. So I say that Small Steps Living is a perfection, and BS-free zone. You know, no-ones got time for thinking negative thoughts about themselves. We’re all about doing the best we can, with what we’ve got, in the time we’ve got, and the budget. So, you know, this is Small Steps Living. This is coming to you from someone who literally practices what she preaches, and I couldn’t do it any other way. Because for me, when I realised that I wanted to create some healthier habits in my life, I knew I didn’t want this to be a fly-by-night thing. I knew I wanted this to be my life, for my kids to grow up with eating this kind of food, that this was their normal. That’s what I wanted to create, and because I understood behaviour change, and what it actually takes for new habits to stick, I did it my way, and it’s been pretty cool, actually. Like, I can’t believe how far I’ve come.
So, what do you reckon? I’d love to know what you think. I have a link to the page ready to go for you, so you can head on over and find out. I am also, at this very first launch of Small Steps Living, offering it for the cheapest annual price it will ever be. So if you are interested in grabbing that price, I can’t guarantee that any of the prices won’t go up next time, but if you lock your price in now, then you will get that ongoing, forever. So, I will never increase the price for you. I hope that this resonates with the right people, because I only want the right people to join the membership. We’re going to be hanging out, like, my members right now, I know them. I am going to be running events for members, we are going to be doing some pretty cool stuff. And I take their journey really seriously. We celebrate new babies born, everything happens in there, and I would love to welcome you in too.
If you feel like this is something that might be cool for your life, then head on over and check out Small Steps Living, because your time is limited. I am closing off the membership on 16 December, and after that, you’ll have to jump on a wait list to see when it opens again. But if you want your 2017 to feel different, and you want to kick off with an awesome group of people, get highly curated information, inspiration, and a stack of good times, then come on in and join me. I’d love to see you there, and make 2017 a great year for you. Thanks for listening, and I’ll see you on the next podcast. Bye guys.