The Simple Joy of Entertaining: Prep like Martha

Entertaining can be stressful, especially during the Holidays, This year, reduce the stress of Holiday entertaining when you follow 4 simple steps.

Jean Ann has 4 ways to to put the joy back into your parties. Follow these steps to make your events a Simple Joy.

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The Simple Joy of Relationships

n this episode, Jean Ann Duckworth discusses the impact relationships have on the lives of women

You have probably limited in-person contact with friends, leaving you feeling alone & depressed. Time to renew in-person contact, even in small numbers as the Holidays approach. Jean Ann explains how relationships have such an affect on women & why we need to build strong & diverse networks. Jean Ann shares 3 ways relationships help us:

  • Strong self image;
  • Strong self confidence;
  • Diverse world view.

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Empowered by the Word: Can’t Take that Away from Me

Passage: Luke 10:38-42

Verse: “But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.””  Luke‬ ‭10:41-42‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Martha was worried & upset as she struggled to prepare dinner for her guests. Her sister, Mary sat visiting with the guests rather than helping Martha as she should. When Martha asked Jesus to tell her sister to help her, Jesus’ reply caused a change that we need to remember today.

The 3 points from this lesson:

Martha was doing what she should;

Mary was doing what she needed;

Jesus invited both to join Him.

Beginning a Life of Simple Joy Step 3: Take Care of Yourself

n this episode, Jean Ann Duckworth discusses the third step to begin A Life of Simple Joy: Take Care of Yourself.

You are so busy taking care of everyone else, you neglect yourself. ENOUGH! Time for some practicals selfishness. You can’t care for other until you care for yourself. I know you’re busy so you should focus on 3 key areas:

  • Mind;
  • Body;
  • Spirit.

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Beginning a Life of Simple Joy Step 2: Ask for Help

In this episode, Jean Ann Duckworth discusses the second step to begin A Life of Simple Joy: Ask for Help

The world is not going to end if you admit you need help. Time to stop trying to do it all yourself & enlist the help if others. First, you must learn the proper way to ask then you need to follow 3 steps:

  • Make a list:
  • Make a decision;
  • Make someone else do it!

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Beginning a Life of Simple Joy Step 1: M*I*S*S 

In this episode, Jean Ann Duckworth discusses the first step to begin A Life of Simple Joy: M*I*S*S: Make It Simple, Sweetie.

As hard as it may seem, you begin by choosing something that cause you stess, then simply ask yourself 3 questions:

  • Does it need to be done at all?
  • What about it specifically causes me stress?
  • Is there an easier way to do it?

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Beginning a Life of Simple Joy: Introduction

Stress is a dominant part of your life. This impacts areas of your life you never realized. Stress overwhelms your mind, body, & spirit. Life is simply stressful, you think. How am I supposed to fix this?

A Life of Simple Joy offers you ways to recognize the causes of your stess & simple ways you can gain control & reduce it.

In this episode, Jean Ann explains the hidden impact stress has on your life & discusses why this is important. She then offers hope with 3 simple steps you can take to help you decrease stress & increase joy in your life.

Thanksgiving Countdown Challenge Thanksgiving Day Tip

There are many things to be done but if you have planned well, you should have time to relax & enjoy the day. Plan things out so you are able to enjoy your company rather than spending all your time in the kitchen. Ask someone to come early to help you with any last minute tasks, like popping the rolls in the oven while you mash the potatoes.


When it’s time to put the food on the table, recruit help. Things are hot, get them out fast!
Most important, you should enjoy your celebration. If you aren’t having fun, no one is going to enjoy themselves. Relax & have fun. Enjoy your company. Remember, it’s about the people, not the food or the location. You want to be the #1 guest at your celebration!

Thanksgiving Countdown Challenge T(hanksgiving) -1 Tip

The big day is almost here. In many homes across the country, the stress level is through the roof. In your home, calm reigns! You are ready for this because you planned, you worked smarter not harder. You can spend today doing anything that can be done ahead.
I clean my turkey & put it in the roasting pan then put it, covered, back in the fridge. I set the table, complete with serving dishes. Put a note in each serving dish so you remember what goes in each & you also remember to serve that item! Once the table is set, get help & cover the table with a clean flat sheet to protect it overnight. Set up the bar if you are having one.


Anything that can be made ahead & refrigerated the night before should be taken care of today. That leaves you time for all the tasks that can only be done on Thursday.
Get a good night’s sleep. Relax. You’ve got it under control!