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Margin Maker

Margin Maker

Are you worn out from trying to do it all? Do you constantly worry about getting it all done and disappointing people if you don’t? Do you feel guilty for wanting space to laugh, linger, and just be? In today’s world women are faced with a relentless pace and the expectation to be all things. And we can feel it…physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. What’s the cure? Margin! Our life and leadership gets better when we create a sustainable pace and make space to be all that we were created to be. Join your host Jen Howat, as she gives you encouragement, support, and practical tips to make margin a reality in your life and leadership! Jen is a wife, mom, pastor, and coach who knows first hand what it’s like to lose yourself along the way in the name of doing it all. She has spent years giving spiritual guidance to women to help them prioritize what’s most important and embrace their God-given limits. And that’s what this show is designed to help you do too.

Episodes

  • How to Guard Against the Drift [EP:017] How to Guard Against the Drift [EP:017] Play in Edifi Player

    How to Guard Against the Drift [EP:017]

    The waters of life may seem calm but we are always in jeopardy of drifting. There is an undertow that is subtle and slow that constantly wants to pull us away from being the person we were created to be. What do you to do protect yourself against the drift? Set boundaries. > Boundaries define us. They define what is me and what is not me. A boundary shows me where I end and someone else begins, leading me to a sense of ownership. Knowing what I am to own and take responsibility for gives …

  • The Drift [EP:016] The Drift [EP:016] Play in Edifi Player

    The Drift [EP:016]

    > A gradual shift in attitude, opinion or position. > > An aimless course. > > To move along a line of least resistance. > > To vary or deviate from a set course or adjustment. ### This is what it means to drift. You will never drift into a mind filled with peace. You will never drift into a heart full of life. You will never drift into contentment and security. Perfect peace comes when we intentionally and continually fix our thoughts on God (Isaiah). A heart that flows with life …

  • When the Unexpected Happens [EP:015] When the Unexpected Happens [EP:015] Play in Edifi Player

    When the Unexpected Happens [EP:015]

    What do you do when the unexpected happens and you know you are beyond your emotional and physical capacity to get things done? Do you insist that you press on because that's what committed leaders do? Or do you rearrange things in order to create the space you need? Most of us hesitate to create margin when the unexpected happens. We want to follow through with our obligations, serve people well, and be a person of our word. But most of the motivation to continue comes from guilt when we …

  • Conquering Your To-Do List (So it Doesn't Conquer You) [EP:014] Conquering Your To-Do List (So it Doesn't Conquer You) [EP:014] Play in Edifi Player

    Conquering Your To-Do List (So it Doesn't Conquer You) [EP:014]

    Is your to-do list out of control? Do you struggle with trying to check everything off of it? Do want to get things done but don't feel like you are making much progress?  If you want to know the secrets to conquering your to- do list so it doesn't conquer you...this conversation is for you! As busy Christian women leaders, we often are trying to manage ALL of the things and get it ALL done and yet as hard as we work, we still feel like we are falling short. * What if you knew exactly …

  • Boundaries and Margin in the Midst of Tragedy [EP:013] Boundaries and Margin in the Midst of Tragedy [EP:013] Play in Edifi Player

    Boundaries and Margin in the Midst of Tragedy [EP:013]

    How does space and margin integrate or intertwine with tragedy, grief, or loss? Do you tend to feel guilty for create space when there's chaos happening in the world, in your community, or in your own life? Or do you feel like you have permission to step back and create boundaries...even in the midst of grief and loss? In this episode, I share my thoughts and observations from interactions with other women leaders as we wrestle with making margin alongside the recent heartache that has …

  • Planning Margin This Summer [EP:012] Planning Margin This Summer [EP:012] Play in Edifi Player

    Planning Margin This Summer [EP:012]

    > ### If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. > > ###                                      -Benjamin Franklin If you're like me, you have a vision of what you want this summer. But here's what ends up happening...time goes by. Before you know it, the summer is over and there is so much that never happened. Planning helps you be thoughtful and intentional about the time ahead. Planning takes your vision from an idea to reality. ### Here's How You Can Plan for the Season Ahead …

  • No More Excuses: Time to Change [EP:011] No More Excuses: Time to Change [EP:011] Play in Edifi Player

    No More Excuses: Time to Change [EP:011]

    Tired of being overwhelmed as a leader and never having enough time for the things that are the most important to you? Are you tired of living and leading in a way that keeps you from being your true self? If you want things to change...if you’re ready for things to change...if you find yourself wishing that somehow things would just change…this is for you! It's time to stop making excuses about why you can't have the healthy rhythms and boundaries you need to thrive in life and leadership. …

  • 4 Spiritual Disciplines to Renew Your Soul 4 Spiritual Disciplines to Renew Your Soul Play in Edifi Player

    4 Spiritual Disciplines to Renew Your Soul

    Are you looking for new ways to renew your soul? Sometimes we can get in a rut and spiritual practices that have worked so well for us in the past don't seem to be as helpful. In order to be healthy pastors and leaders as well as women living in the freedom of Christ, we should be growing closer to the Lord each and every day. While there is nothing "magical" about a spiritual practice per se, trying a new spiritual discipline, even one that may be a bit uncomfortable, is a great way to …

  • 3 Tips to Help You Learn Whether to Say Yes or No [EP:009] 3 Tips to Help You Learn Whether to Say Yes or No [EP:009] Play in Edifi Player

    3 Tips to Help You Learn Whether to Say Yes or No [EP:009]

    Let me ask you…Are you an automatic YES person? Do you always say yes when someone asks you to do something? Is that your default answer? Or, what about this one…Maybe you’d like to say no but you don’t know how to break that cycle. Or maybe you don’t even know what answer to give, is this something you SHOULD do or not…or perhaps you wonder…do I have a choice?? In today’s episode I am going to share with you some tips on how you can discover and learn whether you should say yes or whether you …

  • 4 Common Mistakes When Making Margin [EP:008] 4 Common Mistakes When Making Margin [EP:008] Play in Edifi Player

    4 Common Mistakes When Making Margin [EP:008]

    Do you feel like you’ve tried to make margin but nothing seems to work. Are you getting frustrated and want to throw in the towel? Before you think that healthy rhythms and boundaries are simply not possible for you, let me share with you 4 common mistakes that people make when it comes to creating the space they need. ### Common Mistakes We Make ### 1\. You aren't sure what you want. Are you clear on the margin you need to make? Do you know what it would look like? Do you have a plan. …

  • How to Get Started Making Margin [EP:007] How to Get Started Making Margin [EP:007] Play in Edifi Player

    How to Get Started Making Margin [EP:007]

    You know you want to create margin and integrate healthy rhythms into your life and leadership but where do you start? What are some ideas of practical things you can put into place. In this episode I’m going to share with you some ideas for margin to help you get started. I was leading a workshop on making margin at a women's clergy conference and someone raised their hand and said...I know that this is going to be different for each of us, but what are some practical examples of what …

  • Whose Yoke Are You Wearing? [EP:006] Whose Yoke Are You Wearing? [EP:006] Play in Edifi Player

    Whose Yoke Are You Wearing? [EP:006]

    Is the way you’re living and leading making you more than just tired? As you think about your weariness, does it feel like you are carrying the weight of so many expectations? Are you faced with following the rules for life and leadership that someone else has set for you? If you are, you are not alone. Jesus has an invitation just for you and I have a question I want you to ask you to consider. I’ve got to warn you…it may be a bit uncomfortable. But in your wrestling, I believe God will …

  • Signs That You're More Than Tired [EP:005] Signs That You're More Than Tired [EP:005] Play in Edifi Player

    Signs That You're More Than Tired [EP:005]

    Have you lost your energy? Is it harder to get things done? Do you struggle focusing on others and showing empathy? We all go through seasons of pouring ourselves out, but how do you know when you’ve more than just tired? In this episode, I am going to unpack my working definition of burnout and share a few signs that might indicate there’s more going on than just you being tired. ### Working Definition of Burnout "Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by …

  • 5 Things No One Told Me About Burnout [EP:004] 5 Things No One Told Me About Burnout [EP:004] Play in Edifi Player

    5 Things No One Told Me About Burnout [EP:004]

    When you were learning what it meant to follow Jesus as His disciple did anyone talk to you about the reality of burnout? Were you encouraged or taught to lead in a way that prevents burnout so you can do what you’re called to do for the long haul? Burnout is prevalent but it is also preventable. **And yet...** ...this is a subject typically avoided, especially in conversations around our Christian vocation and the life of the church. In today’s episode, I am going to share with you the things …