Eps 176: Sid Garza-Hillman talking about small steps to a thriving family

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Today’s guest is Sid Garza-Hillman, who is a podcaster and youtuber. He’s the author of Approaching the Natural: A Health Manifesto and Raising Healthy Parents, Small Steps, Less Stress and a Thriving Family. Sid graduated from UCLA with a BA in philosophy and is a public speaker, certified nutritionist and Small Steps Coach. He teaches people around the world his unique small steps approach to healthy living at www.smallsteppers.com. His latest podcast, What Sid Thinks is currently available on iTunes. Sid is the Wellness Programs Director at the Stanford Inn Eco Resort. He’s an ultra runner and race director for the Mendocino coast 50k trail ultra marathon. Join us!


“However you want to parent, you can’t pull that off unless you’re feeling good in your life”


“If we can sort of tip the scales in our favor most of the time, then we win the day”


“We are not robots. Our kids aren’t robots. We’re humans with human emotions and experiences and lenses and it’s just so messy.”


“If we can really focus on how we be and how we show up, that’s going to inspire, inform, empower and influence what we do.”


“Maybe the perfect version of the human being is one that that is about self care and compassion and has a core of ethic that informs their actions most of the time. ”


“Who am I at my best?”


“You’ve been defining yourself by how you’ve been in the external world, when that’s been in complete conflict with actually what you stand for and what you value.”


What you’ll hear in this episode:

·       Breaking old patterns and habits – managing expectations

·       The knowledge and implementation gap

·       Small Stepping – what is it and what does

·       Are poor choices your problem or your solution?


·       Finding ways to manage stress and making choices to increase the likelihood of success

·       Dissipating stress – making healthier choices to do so

·       Setting the stage for actual change vs relying on willpower

·       Identifying who you are as a parent

·       Reminding yourself of who you are

·       Change as a process of coming into alignment with who you really are

·       Mistakes as a way to model the human experience

·       Dealing with making mistakes with your kids

·       What is a small step?

·       The Goldilocks effect of stress – what is it and how do you find it??

·       The value of outside interests in parenting and relationships

·       The role of joy in how you show up as a parent

·       Finding 10 minute pockets of joy and what to fill it with

·       The role of self care in our attitude towards parenting


What does Joyful Courage mean to you?

I would say even people who listen to your podcast, I would say people who, who are even thinking about making improvements as a parent, there was a huge, to me, an inspiring level of courage there that we are saying in the midst of a very challenging world, that’s all I’m sure has always been challenging, but we always think this is the most challenging, but for whatever reasons it seems challenging. Yet in spite of that and in spite of the things we read on the news about horrible things that happen in schools and all these kinds of things, in spite of that we’re showing up and we’re taking our kids and we’re doing the best we can and we want to do better. And there’s an amazing amount of courage in that simply that decision then to take that further and say, I not only want it, but I want to do it is again, it actually is courageous in the real true meaning of the word. Where I see joyful part of that is to me, my interpretation of that is that it is all to the end of joy, it is all to the end of we do this because we love our kids and we do this because we want to have a meaningful life. And that includes raising families, for many people. And you know, the most meaningful thing for me is raising my children and like we talked about before, you know, letting them see my flaws and letting and my wife letting them see her flaws and understanding there’s a certain beauty in that and a joy in that and growing strong kids to be okay with their flaws is just awesome. So anyway, that’s where I see joyful courage.



Raising Healthy Parents: Small Steps, Less Stress and a Thriving Family

Approaching the Natural: A Health Manifesto

Small Steppers


Where to find Sid:


What Sid Thinks Podcast



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