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Nov 13 2019

CTLP Episode 142- From Complaining to Contentment with Tricia Goyer

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Show Notes-

This week on the Cultivating the Lovely podcast, MacKenzie Koppa sits down for a heart to heart chat with her real life friend, author Tricia Goyer. Tricia is a wife and mother of 10, as well as caretaker for her 90-year-old grandmother, aside from being a busy speaker and author. This conversation centers around Tricia’s new book The Grumble-Free Year.

  • How and why Tricia embarked on the big family social experiment that became this book
  • Learning to go to God for help with changing attitudes instead of relying on ourselves
  • The difference between grumbling about something and being able to share our struggles with people who care
  • Choosing to focus on the solutions instead of just the problems
  • Acknowledging the hard things instead of trying stuff them inside while still deliberately choosing gratitude
  • Pointing out the things our children are doing well instead of picking on the things they are doing wrong
  • The power of apologizing and humbling ourselves to admit to our kids when we’ve messed up
  • Being aware of times when grumbling is more likely to happen and getting to the heart of the issue
  • Tricia tells the story of the Build-a-Bear incident
  • The reward of successfully working as a family to have better attitudes
  • Join the Grumble-Free 30 Day Challenge with Tricia during the holidays
  • A typical day in Tricia’s family right now

Current Lovelies-

Tricia: making time for family dinners on a regular basis

MacKenzie: enjoying doing the Morning Show in the CTL Patreon group again

Resources Mentioned-


The Grumble-Free Year

Twice-Rescued Child

Find Tricia-

You can find Tricia at, and listen to her Walk It Out podcast. You can also follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! You can also listen to her family-friendly podcast The Same Page!

Subscribe to the CTL Podcast-

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