Change Your Lunch Break, Change Your Life with Cheryl Johnson

In her book, Box Lunch Lifestyle: Using Your Lunch Break to Win Back the Life You Deserve, author Cheryl Johnson uses the common, everyday experience of a lunch break as a kind of metaphor for how we live our lives. Are our breaks rushed with almost no time to nourish ourselves, or do we build boundaries so that we make time for what matters for us? Are we constantly flying by the seat of our pants or do we strategically place moments of calm and clarity in our day so we can pause and return to ourselves? As you’ll hear, box lunch lifestyle is a small change that can have a huge ripple effect.

In this conversation we discuss:

  • The concept of a box lunch lifestyle;
  • How to start being deliberate and intentional about this one small area of your life;
  • Having the courage, and making the time, to pursue your interests and passions;
  • Why it matters that we show up for ourselves;
  • How to get started ASAP.

You can listen to our conversation wherever you stream podcasts (Apple, Spotify, iHeart Radio) or listen here:



Cheryl was a research director for nearly twenty years until boxing training gave her the courage to leave corporate life for something that felt more like her true self. Box Lunch Lifestyle is how she now helps people realize that richer, more satisfying lives aren’t as distant as they seem. Secretly, Cheryl loves grocery stores: small family-owned ones, national chains, co-ops, and the corner convenience store. Seeing everyday life through the lens of what food is available, and what people actually buy, fascinates her—and reinforces her disdain for weight loss programs and companies that thrive by selling non-nutritious food. When she’s not boxing, reading, or pushing a cart, Cheryl and her husband enjoy documentary films and Indian food. They live near St. Paul, MN, in a town that Cheryl describes as a cross between Lake Wobegon and Twin Peaks. Learn more at cherylkjohnson.com.



Kristen Manieri is certified as both a habits coach and a mindfulness teacher. Her book, Better Daily Mindfulness Habits: Simple Changes with Lifelong Impact, was released summer 2021. She specializes in: stress reduction, energy management, mindset, resilience, habit formation, rest rituals, and self-care. As the host of the weekly 60 Mindful Minutes podcast, an Apple top 100 social science podcast, Kristen has interviewed over 160 authors and thought leaders about what it means to live a more conscious, connected, intentional and joyful life. Learn more at kristenmanieri.com/work-with-me.

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