My KSL article “Get real about the holidays”

The holiday season is intended to be full of meaning and joy. Yet the reality, especially for women, can be asimplifysavor_cvr_med hurry-up-and-finish-it experience.

Instead, we can get real about what is best for our family and how to make it happen using tips from my…Read more here.

Enjoy!

Connie

Studio 5 Plus 3 FREE Videos to Simplify Your Holidays!

I’m so excited to help you love and organize your holiday season. I’ve got tips that simplifysavor_cvr_medwork and simple ways to do them. Get and use these fabulous freebies to kick off a fantastic holiday experience this year!

Watch my Studio 5 segment, and “Get Real About the Holidays!”

AND, also get 3 FREE VIDEOS on more tips to Simplify & Savor the Season!

Simplify & Savor the Season books are both on SALE for 2 more days! The ebook is 50% off, and the print book is on sale with a FREE Take along planner–limited time only.

Enjoy all these Freebie Fun goodies to truly help you organize and re-energize your holiday season. You’ve got this!

Hugs,

Freebie Fun for You!

Freebie fun for you! I’m so excited to help you love and organize your holiday season. I’ve got tips that workscreen-shot-2016-09-26-at-5-11-19-pm and simple ways to do them. Get and use these fabulous freebies to kick off a fantastic holiday experience this year!

Start with my Studio 5 segment, live this morning at 11 a.m. on Channel 5 for “Get Real About the Holidays!”

AND, today get 3 FREE VIDEOS on more tips to Simplify & Savor the Season! 

AND, the Simplify & Savor the Season books are both on SALE for 3 days! The ebook is 50% off, and the print book is on sale with a FREE Take along planner–limited time only. 

Enjoy all these Freebie Fun goodies to truly help you organize and re-energize your holiday season. You’ve got this!

Hugs,

Connie

Real Life With Studio 5 Clothing!

Here is the complete video.  Thanks for watching!

Best,
Connie

Free Connie Chat & Your Holiday Plan Help

A few months ago ascreen-shot-2016-09-26-at-5-11-19-pmn idea came to me to better connect my messages with interested women, but I pushed it aside. Mainly because it involved me sharing personal stories, on camera, to all who would like to view them.
Uh. No.
But it wouldn’t go away. So a few weeks ago we tried a test run. My friend who is in PR came over to film a test video and see what we thought. I literally had gotten out of the shower, barely dried my hair, and was in a house dress. She said, Okay, lighting is good—go ahead and share a thought.
So I did, just a thought on my mind that morning. 
After we filmed, my friend said, “You’ve got to post this.” I thought of my barely dried hair and housedress and said again, UH—NO. But after running it by two other Core Team members we ran it. To my absolute shock, the response was fabulous. For your enjoyment, I share that test run Connie Chat here (chagrined emoji).
Connie Chats are 1-2 min videos that are inspirational or informational boosts. Think of it as a woman’s cheerleader.  I share personal experiences, life principles, and outright funnies in the eight life areas of Back to Basics.
Today, I also share a NEW one, “School sign-ups and Mom Guilt”! Because you are a newsletter subscriber, you’ll be the first to get a Connie Chat each week in your newsletter. [Look for others occasionally on my other social media including Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube and more].  
Sign up for NEWSLETTER here to get the FREE Connie Chats!


And, want some help facing and embracing the holidays? Be the first to see my 3-part series of Connie Chats on “Get Real for the Holidays”later this week onStudio 5!
And look for tips, shortcuts, and planning go-tos from my book, Simplify & Savor the SeasonWe want to be your one-stop spot to refresh with real meaning and real joy this holiday season.
I’m truly excited to connect with you through sharing thoughts, ideas, and experiences that hopefully springboard a sharing of yours. Our desire is to create connection and conversation between wonderful women. We hope you’ll engage with us.
Hugs,
Connie

Free Connie Chat & Your Holiday Plan Help

A few months ago ascreen-shot-2016-09-26-at-5-11-19-pmn idea came to me to better connect my messages with interested women, but I pushed it aside. Mainly because it involved me sharing personal stories, on camera, to all who would like to view them.

Uh. No.

But it wouldn’t go away. So a few weeks ago we tried a test run. My friend who is in PR came over to film a test video and see what we thought. I literally had gotten out of the shower, barely dried my hair, and was in a house dress. She said, Okay, lighting is good—go ahead and share a thought.

So I did, just a thought on my mind that morning. 

After we filmed, my friend said, “You’ve got to post this.” I thought of my barely dried hair and housedress and said again, UH—NO. But after running it by two other Core Team members we ran it. To my absolute shock, the response was fabulous. For your enjoyment, I share that test run Connie Chat here (chagrined emoji).

Connie Chats are 1-2 min videos that are inspirational or informational boosts. Think of it as a woman’s cheerleader.  I share personal experiences, life principles, and outright funnies in the eight life areas of Back to Basics.

Today, I also share a NEW one, “School sign-ups and Mom Guilt”! Because you are a newsletter subscriber, you’ll be the first to get a Connie Chat each week in your newsletter. [Look for others occasionally on my other social media including Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube and more].  

Sign up for NEWSLETTER here to get the FREE Connie Chats!


And, want some help facing and embracing the holidays? Be the first to see my 3-part series of Connie Chats on “Get Real for the Holidays”later this week onStudio 5!

And look for tips, shortcuts, and planning go-tos from my book, Simplify & Savor the SeasonWe want to be your one-stop spot to refresh with real meaning and real joy this holiday season.

I’m truly excited to connect with you through sharing thoughts, ideas, and experiences that hopefully springboard a sharing of yours. Our desire is to create connection and conversation between wonderful women. We hope you’ll engage with us.

Hugs,

Connie

Watch Connie on Studio 5"Step Into What's Possible"

Are you stuck in your stage of life?  Watch Connie here on Studio 5.  She will share how to shake things up and step into what’s possible in your life! 
simplifysavor_cvr_medAnd remember start the season successfully by purchasing Simplify & Savor the Season!  On sale this week Ebook (with a new cover!) is $2.99, print book is $9.99 and includes a FREE Take-along planner. 

Women have loved this resource–a quick read that teaches you in 3 clear steps how to organize, simplify, and enjoy a more meaningful holiday season from the heart.  
Make this the year to love the holidays again:)
 

Also, enjoy a Connie Chat related to this Studio 5 segment today on Facebook!

Best,
Connie

Watch Connie on Studio 5″Step Into What’s Possible”

Are you stuck in your stage of life?  Watch Connie here on Studio 5.  She will share how to shake things up and step into what’s possible in your life! 

simplifysavor_cvr_medAnd remember start the season successfully by purchasing Simplify & Savor the Season!  On sale this week Ebook (with a new cover!) is $2.99, print book is $9.99 and includes a FREE Take-along planner. 

Women have loved this resource–a quick read that teaches you in 3 clear steps how to organize, simplify, and enjoy a more meaningful holiday season from the heart.  
Make this the year to love the holidays again:)
 

Also, enjoy a Connie Chat related to this Studio 5 segment today on Facebook!

Best,
Connie

Simplify and Savor the Season!

[Especially for Studio 5 viewers, a bonus! Enjoy this real moment of life before taping Studio 5!]


Want make the holidays joyful again?

simplifysavor_cvr_medSimplify & Savor the Season with this fabulous book! Women have loved this resource–a quick read that teaches you in 3 clear steps how to organize, simplify, and enjoy a more meaningful holiday season from the heart.  
Get it on sale today! Ebook (with a new cover!) is $2.99, print book is $9.99 and includes a FREE Take-along planner. 
Make this the year to love the holidays again:)
Best,
Connie

The Gift of Synergy

img_3842Monday afternoon my Core Team and I met online for our weekly administrative meeting. We used the very official Zoom technology, at the official time of 12:30, for the official purpose of moving Back to Basics forward.

This is how it went.

Connie: [Sending off son to preschool, removing cookies from a cookie sheet before they harden, madly hitting keys on the laptop sitting on the counter.] “I can’t get on Zoom, the link’s not working, or maybe it’s just 50-year-old me, wait—is it working? No, it’s not. Wait…no. What am I doing wrong?”

Mary: “Hang on, I smell something. It’s the dog! Oh, you don’t want to know…” [Leaves screen]

Ashlyn: “I’ve got a poopie diaper to change, be right back.” [Leaves screen].

Whitney: [Alternately leaving and coming to the screen] “I’m here, carpool in 15 mins, and then 30 mins img_4914-2after that.”

Connie: “Okay, ladies, we’re all on, let’s roll.”

Yep, that’s high-tech, high-powered moms Getting It Done. 

Why do I share this? Because this is HOW IT IS! For all moms trying to love and serve their families, and others in their lives, and fulfill their personal purpose to extend even farther. That’s why I love these amazing women. Not just because they are truly amazing. Not just because they have the best hearts, the kindest words, the savviest wisdom, or the best talents that they so willingly share…

But also because they are so symbolic of women like you. Everywhere I speak, every woman I get the privilege of talking to reminds me of this truth. You get up each day, face crushing burdens—health, financial, emotional, relational—and face it with courage, ability, tenacity, and a whole lot of hidden power snacks (Ritter with Hazelnut…)

fullsizerender-2So why do we do it? Because we also know we’re here at a pivotal time in history to make a difference and be of influence.

My Core Team women have combined efforts, have essentially thrown their talent/wisdom/kindness kernels into the pot and man oh man, has it started to pop! Incredible things are happening because women were willing to open themselves up to new experiences, share their widow’s mite (their definition not mine) of talents, and learn new skills all for this main reason:

To help women and families draw closer to Deity, and to live purposeful, organized, and joyful lives.

Each time we meet I’m inspired and uplifted. Each time we combine our gifts we create. Each time we connect we leave rejuvenated and ready to give back to our families and friends more fully.

img_5175My point today is—open yourself up and throw in your widow’s mite kernels. Add it to whatever is nudging or outright pushing you. Don’t give in to fear, skepticism, anxiety, worry, overwhelm, or whatever it is that may keep you in a less-than place. Of course you won’t do everything that calls to you, but just that one action/call/connection/to do that hums on that divine current. The thing that keeps coming back. The thing that says, This is part of your purpose, and I’ll help you find the way.

And when you do, I’m going to guess that it will involve other women. Great women. Everyday women whoimg_5174 do great things. And if you’re lucky enough, you’ll get to Zoom conference and squeeze in carpool and laugh over motherhood realities, and know that in the process someone’s got your back and fills your soul.

Thank you, Core Team Women—Ashlyn, Whitney, Mary—and all assistants and cheerleaders—Stephanie, Ginger, Meeshell, BYU Marriott Interns, Asenath, and so many more, who make Back to Basics grow and give back. And thanks to all good women who give of themselves every day to make their world a better place.

Love,

Connie