Episode 28 – Covid Crisis Learner Turned Homeschooler: Challenges, Surprises, and Lessons from a New Homeschool Mom with Salina Johnson

Was Covid-19 crisis schooling your first experience with home education? Thankfully homeschooling is nothing like crisis distance learning. For many entrepreneurs, distance learning meant rigid and frustrating schedules, which led to a whole lot of overwhelm. Homeschooling has meant just the opposite – freedom and flexibility for the entire family.

My guest, Salina Johnson, testifies to that truth. When faced with another potential year of distance learning, Salina knew there had to be an easier way. 

Yet, as she considered homeschooling, she had to be realistic about her capacity to tackle more.  Salina was already busy spinning so many plates as a mom of 2 boys, wife, full-time operations manager, fitness coach, and podcast host. She talked to me on the podcast today to share her family’s experiences that led to their decision to homeschool and how she’s spinning all her plates now while still figuring out homeschooling.

From burnout and overwhelm, to surprise benefits and lifelong lessons, we discuss what it’s like to add homeschooling into an already full life. 

If you’re entertaining the idea of homeschooling while also working full time, running a business, and doing a million other things (or if you’re struggling to find your rhythm and flow)  this episode will inspire and encourage you as Salina shares her secret in spinning all the plates of parenting, homeschooling, business, and life. The secret? Developing a heart of gratitude. 

In This Episode, You’ll discover:

  • how burnout led Salina to realize that things needed to change in her life and how that eventually led to her own business of coaching people on fitness and nutrition
  • their family’s experience with distance learning when Covid-19 first hit the US in the Spring
  • why she and her husband started to entertain the idea of homeschooling and what led to their decision to finally do it
  • what life looks like right now for her and her family as newbie homeschoolers
  • how she builds a life with a heart of gratitude
  • her tips on how you can build a life of gratitude by intentionally looking for things that you are grateful for
  • how she cultivates gratefulness in her children
  • the biggest lesson that she has learned so far since starting their Homeschool CEO journey

Salina is a great example of how moms who are also entrepreneurs can make homeschooling work despite being busy.

Quotes

“[On distance learning] Honestly, just turning the work in and just checking the boxes – it just felt very chaotic.” – Salina

“You offered your Homeschool CEO Bootcamp and to me it was worth it … 100% worth the value because I was able to answer my questions and see what it would look like for us.” – Salina

“When I work with new homeschooling families, I always remind them that it looks different for everybody and it would be wonderful if we could have a one-size-fits-all box but that is not life.” – Jen

“That’s one of the great things about homeschooling though, it’s because we can make that work around our business.” – Jen

“[On homeschooling] This is such a good solution for us. It’s been really, really neat to be in this world.” – Salina

“If homeschooling feels heavy, we’re doing something wrong.” – Jen

“What I have found is that in everything there is something to be grateful for.” – Salina

“[On looking for things that you are grateful for in your day] The more you look for those things, the more that you start to feel gratitude.” – Salina

“That’s what I’m learning with homeschooling is that these teachable moments are all day long.” – Salina

“[On pivoting] That is my biggest advice: Actually let yourself not do it perfectly and learn what works for you and your kiddos.” – Salina

Where to Find Salina:

Spinning Plates Podcast

Find Salina on Instagram

Find Salina on Facebook

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