Today we are continuing our Entrepreneurship series here on the podcast, and featuring one of my favorite humans! Kelsie Zarko is a dear friend. I like to say that Kelsie brings peace and clarity wherever she goes, and that’s particularly because of her natural ability to develop simple routines and healthy rhythms. I think you’ll love how practical she is as well.
Kelsie was a second grade teacher who started an online business five years ago, which quickly grew to six-figure sales each year. She is a homeschool mom of 2 who lives with her husband, Matt, in Dallas, TX. She ALSO is a Partner at a Content Marketing Agency called Austin Savage & Co., where she primarily focuses on helping entrepreneurs and businesses thrive on social media. (Seriously, she does it all!)
I really appreciate this quote from her on her website: “I believe there’s magic in showing up for your life because I saw what happened when I showed up for mine.” Yes!
Today, we talk about why you don’t have to be an expert to make healthy decisions for your life, how community and entrepreneurship are so connected, practical ways to develop healthy rhythms in your life, why you need to be flexible with your systems, the importance of letting things go to find balance, how she manages life as a mom and an entrepreneur, and so much more. I loved this conversation and I know you will too!
Things to Remember
1) You don’t need to be an expert to make healthy choices in your life. I loved this so much! It’s important to learn as you go, but you truly will never feel like you’ve “arrived.” You can start making healthy choices and developing systems that make sense for the life you want to live today.
2) Develop your “Big 3” List. This was such a practical piece of advice. A great way to keep your energy moving towards what’s most important is to take a few minutes (the night before if you can!) to just define the 3 most important things to focus on the next day. That way your energy is focused and you’ll be able to develop momentum throughout the day.
3) If you feel like your goals and values are being affected by the pace or structure of your life, that’s a “check engine light” moment. Kelsie talked about this in her life as a mom. When she feels like being a mom is “intruding” on her ability to work, she’s noticed there’s usually something off in her rhythms or perspective. This is true across the board when the pace of life starts to create this false sense of urgency towards what needs to get done.
4) Rhythm > Routine. There are many things in life, particularly in parenting and business, that are out of our control. If we’re too rigid in our routines, having to shift them will just add to the frustration. I love Kelsie’s simple goals each day (try to move every day, drink a lot of water, and eat fresh foods). This simplicity brings so much peace and joy.
5) “Motherhood is not the only way to be fruitful and multiply.” I had never heard this. God has given us so many ways to cultivate and develop the earth. So often we feel like if we do something that takes us away from caring for our kids, that thing has to be wrong. But that’s simply not true. Being a mom can be part of our calling, but it’s okay to feel called to other things too.
The Wellness Wrap-Up
A new rhythm, perspective, or change you’ve made in your life to achieve a life that’s more wholly well.
Kelsie actually helped me think of this segment, so it’s so fun to have her answer it!
Her newest rhythm is to keep her phone out of her room. Like she says, there’s something about scrolling your phone late at night or early in the room that will just drain you. She bought a cheap alarm clock off Amazon, puts her phone in another room, and has noticed a huge difference in her energy and perspective!
Meet the Guest
Kelsie was a second grade teacher who started an online business five years ago, which quickly grew to six-figure sales each year. She is a homeschool mom of 2 who lives with her husband, Matt, in Dallas, TX. She also is a Partner at a Content Marketing Agency called Austin Savage & Co., where she primarily focuses on helping entrepreneurs and businesses thrive on social media.