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From Entrees to Desserts ➡ Kristen West Shares the Power of a Dopamine Menu to Hustle Less & Find More Joy!

January 25, 2024

“These things are all important for growth, but if we’re constantly chasing the next thing…that’s a recipe for burnout. Whereas systems are about the journey, not just the destination.”

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Joining us today is Kristen West, the creative force behind The Centered Life Co. She’s on a mission to make our everyday work feel less like hustling and more like FLOW– less like burnout and more like sustainable joy. She designs planners and tools that make it more fun to get it done, and her hilarious, shame-free videos on productivity have quickly amassed an audience on social media.

In this episode, we tackle procrastination and motivation, explore shame-free strategies for productivity, and delve into the importance of systems over goals.

And most fun of all, Kristen introduces us to the concept of the “Dopamine Menu” for infusing daily life with joy. This is actually what first prompted me to reach out to Kristen, and I can’t wait for you to create your own appetizers, entrees, and dessert menus too!

As we navigate this conversation, I invite you to join in on the excitement and gratitude we both experienced for this heartfelt connection, and stick around for bits wisdom and lots of laughter!

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Instagram @thecenteredlifeco | TikTok @thecenteredlife | And you can find my planner designs at

Creator Jessica McCabe ‘s YouTube Channel: How to ADHD

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