Is mom life always like this? Is it normal to feel tired and overwhelmed? How can I do all the things that come with being a mom and still make time for self-care? Am I the only one feeling like this? You are not alone! Welcome to the Mom Camp: Around the Campfire podcast. This is a space where you can find resources, hear encouragement and be part of a community: each week, host Gillian Behnke chats with busy moms who are experts in their field, hearing what they have to share and learning ways to make mom life simpler, more manageable, so we have the time and space to enjoy it.
In this week's episode I am chatting with mom and coach Kristina Campos. She shares her story of how she moved through the devastating break-up of her marriage, into a place where she has discovered (and embraced) who SHE is again. Kristina had lost who she was beyond wife and mother, and this major life change put her on a path of self-discovery and renewal. She learned a lot about not only who Kristina was, but also the type of mom she wanted to be. She now works with moms and families on their own journeys through parenthood, focusing on parents of those always fun stages of tween and teen, providing tips, resources, and support.
You can find the full show notes, Kristina's bio, her contact info AND a great freebie at www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In this week's episode I am chatting Karen Kobel, owner of Kahlena Movement Studio. As the owner of a business that historically relied on in-person services, Karen had to pivot quickly when everything closed down last year. We chat about the challenges she faced in those first few months as she moved her business entirely online, and also what she did to stay balanced in her home life. Karen shares how her passion for movement and dance has been integral for her throughout her life, especially when things get tough. She shares different ways that she uses movement in self-care, and to help her focus and process.
Karen's other passion has always been community, and her love of flash mobs and community dances is legendary. During the evening cheers for the front line workers, Karen and her dance class members would go to a local hospital to dance and bring joy to the staff and other cheerers. She also started regular visits to entertain residents at local long-term care and assisted living facilities. Throughout this season, Karen and her dancers has inspired so many in the community, bringing light in what can often be a dark time.
For the full show notes, Karen's bio, contact details, and videos of her community performances for the front line workers, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In this week's episode I am chatting with Christine Pittman of COOKtheSTORY. We are chatting about meal planning and meal prep, and as the author of over 40 cookbooks, she is definitely an expert in these areas. Christine started blogging recipes and cooking tips over 10 years ago, and she has a gift for simplifying instructions and making awesome dishes totally manageable. As a less-than-confident cook, I am ALL about simple and manageable. We chat about how to make meal planning work for your family, and I get her insights into which counter-top cooking appliance is her favourite - Instapot, Air Fryer, or slow cooker. I can honestly say, she inspired me to cook more often. And that is saying a LOT, lol. Enjoy!
You can find the full show notes, Christine's bio, and her contact info at www.momcaplife.com/podcast.
In this week's episode I am chatting with money and life coach Kayla Lyon. Kayla works with women and their families to help them set and accomplish their financial goals. We talk about the common limiting beliefs that we can carry, where they come from, and how she helps people overcome them. Money is something that can cause so much stress in a family, but it's also one of those things that people rarely talk about openly. Kayla firmly believes that we should talk about money as openly as possible, and she is working to remove the taboos and stigmas that typically get attached to the topic.
We chat about the common belief that we need to work hard, and to work long hours to be "successful," having the length of time we work become a measure of our worth. We chat about the ideas of scarcity and abundance, how we define "rich" versus "poor," and how those definitions can be shifted. Kayla poses some really great questions about how you feel about regular tasks, like logging into your bank account, paying your bills, etc, and how those gut reactions can give you some great insight into your mindset as a place to start.
This is an awesome conversation about a topic that can often be difficult to talk about. Kayla makes it simple and accessible, and I definitely came away from our chat inspired to make a few shifts myself.
You can read the full show notes, see Kayla's bio, and get details on her free resources, at https://www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In this week's episode I am chatting with Tasha Skillin. Tasha shares her journey of her life as a perfectionist, people pleaser, and productivity junkie. We talk about the trap of "busy" becoming a measure of our self-worth. She shares how she pushed herself to the point of total burnout and chronic illness, leaving her bed-bound for two years. She went from being a six-figure earner in a direct sales business to zero income, and had to figure out how build her life back. She was told she wouldn't get better but refused to accept her prognosis, and dove into personal development and exploring all the possible ways she could pursue and achieve recovery. Meditation, self-care, reflection, and eventually writing a book on gratitude led her to her new path. Tasha now coaches women to help them realize meaningful impact, without the burnout and negative impacts to family and relationships.
Tasha shares awesome tips on how to start changing our habits, and that story we tell ourselves of why we need to be doing "all of the things all of the time." This is an important conversation for any mom who edges towards perfectionism, people pleasing, and addiction to the "busy."
In this week's episode I am chatting with Nicole Seawell, a life strategist. It was such a fascinating conversation, and she explains how she helps her clients actually develop a strategic plan for their life. She uses the Enneagram and a method called the Science of Timing, which is a very cool concept that identifies your personal timing for when each of your strengths are at their best. She then customizes and curates a plan for each individual, using all the data she gathers using these tools. It's all about setting yourself on a path towards your own best life. It's a totally inspiring conversation and I left our chat totally fired up. Enjoy!
For the full show notes, Nicole's bio, and her contact info, got to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In this week's episode I am chatting with Naomi Tucker from Planners on Purpose. Naomi is a professional meeting and event planner and a mom, and is very familiar with high stress and long days. Even working in an industry that demands adaptability, quick response, and frequent pivoting, nothing can prepare someone for the impact of a global pandemic. Unsure of what would unfold, Naomi has navigated through the unknowns and helped companies to stay connected in a virtual setting. Added pressure that comes with being a leader in that space is the feeling like you can't stop, you can't take a break, or you will lose relevance and opportunity.
With juggling the pressures of work, momming, and virtual school, we chat about when it's okay to drop some of the balls. It's about know which balls to drop, which battles to fight. She has some fantastic advice about little adjustments we can make, shuffling things around, to ensure our families can thrive in these challenging days. It's all about doing what works for you and your family in this season, and releasing the expectations of what we think we "should" be doing and how we should be doing it.
Novelist Nora Roberts once gave some awesome advice that completely connects with today's episode: "The key to juggling is to know that some of the balls you have in the air are made of plastic & some are made of glass. And if you drop a plastic ball, it bounces, no harm done. If you drop a glass ball, it shatters, so you have to know which balls are glass and which are plastic and prioritize catching the glass ones."
To read the full show notes, Naomi's bio and contact info, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In this week's episode I am chatting with Krista Lockwood of Motherhood Simplified. We chat all things simplification and decluttering, and how it can in fact be possible for busy moms. Krista shares her story of how she, her husband, and their three kids moved from Alaska to Florida with only one suitcase each. They basically started from scratch, and she realized how much better she felt without all the "stuff." As she intentionally chose what items she allowed back into their home, she has been able to master the balance of having enough, without having too much.
While Krista doesn't recommend the extreme route she and her family took, she has become passionate about helping moms declutter and simplify their lives. She shares how the changes she has made has truly simplified her life. The three biggest things that stood out for me were that she has less laundry, she has more time, and she is more calm about all things mom life. How awesome is that?!
Krista is also the expert guest speaker for the January member call in Mom Camp: IGNITE, so if you want to dig in further for a private workshop with Krista, go to www.momcamplife.com/ignite for all the details!
For the full show notes, Krista's bio and contact details, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In this week's episode I am chatting with certified numerologist Jessica Cerato. We start off with the basics of numerology, how you can find out your own ruling number, and how numbers can work for you. Then we dive right in to her forecast for the year ahead, as she explains the numbers for each month and what they mean. It is a very cool conversation. What she shares about the numbers and energy for the first six months of 2021 is fascinating. Jessica's passion for this work and what it can do is contagious, and she offers an awesome perspective for the months ahead. Enjoy!
To read the full show notes, see Jessica's bio, and contact info, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In this week's episode I am chatting with Dr. Lynyetta Willis. Straight up - this is a powerful episode. It is all about breaking the patterns we have learned since childhood, and identifying the triggers that can set us off.
Lynyetta has developed the term "stable misery," that place where we can stay in less-than-awesome (or even unhappy) circumstances because they are familiar and feel "stable." These patterns are hard-wired in our brains (yay, it's not our fault!), and Lynyetta shares how we can in fact transform your triggers.
She also shares a powerful and painful experience from her 20s that led her to dive into this work, and how she took action to change the patterns she was caught in. She became passionate about changing the legacy she wanted to leave.
Lynyetta shares tangible, actionable steps and tools we can use immediately in our parenting. She is awesome. Her way of explaining what we're feeling, and how to get unstuck, is inspiring and motivating, without getting trapped in the struggles. It sounds like a heavy topic, but this episode is totally uplifting and joyful.
There is so much goodness in this episode. So many lessons. So many ah-ha moments.
For the full show notes, Lynyetta's bio and her contact info, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcasts.
In this week's episode I am chatting with Roxanne Merket, a life and business coach for moms. Her specialty is working with moms who have lost themselves a bit, they've forgotten who they are other than "mom." Our chat is all about how mom life and entrepreneur life can intersect and work together in a balanced, positive and productive way. This is an awesome episode if you are running a business, a side hustle, or if you're thinking about starting something new. Roxanne's energy is contagious, she is hilarious and this conversation was just a blast. Enjoy!
For the full show notes, Roxanne's bio, and her contact info, visit www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In this week's episode I am chatting with Angel Lawery. She shares about an experience that rocked her to her core, and how it changed everything for her and how she thought about her priorities.
Angel also shares about her time as a collections officer for a financial institution, and how she witnessed so many women in crisis. This experience has become a driving force in why she is now so passionate about helping other women create their own businesses and financial security for their own families.
Angel is a ton of fun and it really does feel like a chat around the campfire. We talk about so many things - how important it is to prioritize yourself, to take time away, how to set boundaries, how no is a complete sentence - all the things.
For the full show notes, Angel's bio, and her contact info, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In this week's episode I am chatting with my friend Cindy Ryan, the incredible woman behind Blissful Intuitive. Cindy is an intuitive coach, Reiki practitioner and a medium. She shares her story of the transformation her life has taken, from the decision to leave her marriage to embracing her true self. As a child Cindy would sense things, but as she grew older she ignored and repressed what was happening. It was only in the last few years that she truly started listening and embracing what she was experiencing. The story of how she started to hear and understand the messages she was receiving is fascinating and totally captivating.
This might be the coolest episode to date. As someone who has experienced a session with her, I can honestly says Cindy is absolutely the real deal. It was one of the most life-changing experiences of my life, and I am so excited to introduce her to you.
For the full show notes, Cindy's bio, and contact info, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In this week’s episode I am chatting with Adrienne Barton from The Art of Blended Chaos. We are talking about all things step families, or blended families. Adrienne shares her story of becoming a blended family and the challenges she encountered, as well as the things she has learned along the way. She has incredible perspective about navigating transitions and establishing new traditions, as well as great advice about making them as seamless as possible. It’s a great conversation about circumstances that can come with a lot of potential challenges, and how to navigate them and build positive, productive relationships along the way.
To see the full show notes, Adrienne's bio, and her contact info, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In this week's episode I am chatting with Laura Parkinson about all things EFT Tapping. Have you heard of it? EFT Tapping, or Emotional Freedom Techniques, is a simple and effective technique using a combination of modern day talk therapy and ancient acupressure (tapping on meridian points). Clinical studies show EFT Tapping is a powerful treatment for depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other conditions.
I love it because it's a form of meditation that feels accessible to me. The process of tapping directly influences the area of the brain that controls the fight, flight, freeze response and, as such, it is an exceptional tool for addressing trauma, and releasing limiting beliefs.
We chat about Laura's journey with EFT, how it has helped her, and how she now helps other women using the same techniques. The best part? She leads us through a session right in the episode!
If you want to check out the video of the episode and the tapping session, plus the full show notes and Laura's contact info, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In this week's episode I am chatting with Dr. LaTarsha Holden, and her story is a serious inspiration. Twelve years ago, LaTarsha and her six children found themselves homeless. Fast forward to today and their life couldn't look any more removed from that place. They are all thriving - not to mention LaTarsha has a Doctorate in Leadership Studies, is the author of thirteen books, and an inspirational speaker.
She shares her story and how she taught her kids the importance of service, and how they had the power to re-write their own story. They had nothing, were living in squatters' housing, and they found ways to practice acts of service each and every day. These lessons, and how LaTarsha found the strength to move beyond her situation and decide that she wanted more, make for one of the most incredible and admirable stories I have heard. This episode is packed with inspiration and wisdom that will show you that anything is possible.
For the full show notes, LaTarsha's bio and contact info, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In today’s episode I am chatting with author and lecturer Amanda Watson. I seriously loved this conversation. Her book The Juggling Mother: Coming Undone in the Age of Anxiety was recently released, and it is all about the social expectation that women, particularly as they have children, must juggle an unfair share of paid and unpaid work. In Amanda’s words, “I had been researching how working moms are represented in media when I became pregnant and hit the job market. That's when the subject matter hit me on another level. I had to admit that as I wrote critically about how motherhood and work are represented across media, I felt myself secretly want to be her: the beautiful, fit, wealthy, working mom who juggles to perfection. That tension is where this book begins.”
Amanda shares her research on the representation of motherhood, specifically in the context that it relates to her personal experience. We chat about the importance of our kids seeing us take space for ourselves, to pursue our passions and do things that are about us, not just them. We talk about the "shoulds" and where the pressure comes from that mothers feel on a daily basis. Amanda's research and ongoing curiosity made for an awesome conversation with so many ah-ha moments.
This is an important conversation for ALL mothers.
For the full show notes, Amanda's bio and contact info, got www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In today’s episode I am chatting with Naty Howard. We're talking about rituals, and how they can help you belong to yourself and feel good in your own body again. Naty shares her story of how after a LOT of research and testing, she discovered that she had heavy metal toxicity in her body. She tells how she took control of her own personal healing journey and made important changes in her life to realize wellness. This started with rituals. Rituals can be the support system that lifts you up and gives you a solid foundation of wellness. She shares the key rituals she recommends for her clients as they begin their own healing journeys. They include meditation or breath practice, the healing power of nutrition, and a practice of connecting inward and introspection.
Naty is passionate about helping people ultimately become their own healers and reconnect with their purpose, and she recently published her book Your Mighty Inner Healer to help people do just that. Her energy is incredibly calming and energizing at the same time - have a listen, you'll understand what I mean.
To see the full show notes, Naty's bio and her contact info, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In today’s episode I am chatting with Traci Costa, founder of PK Beans. We are chatting about playful living – and not just for kids. It’s an awesome chat about how important it is for us to keep play alive in our own lives as adults. We get so wound up in the work, the stress, the to do list, we can lose the freedom to just play. Not to mention technology, which can take over, numb us and erase our desire to let go and be playful.
True free play has no outcome, no rules, no instruction, no structure. When was the last time YOU truly played with no boundaries?
To see the full show notes, Traci's bio and contact info, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In today's episode I am chatting with Bethany Adkins from The Millennial Mission. We are chatting about what it means to live a life of purpose. Bethany and her husband Corey found themselves heavily in debt (over $250,000), working jobs that made them feel like zombies, and doing everything but stepping into their purpose. Bethany shares their journey of both their failures and victories along the way to eliminating their debt and getting clarity on what they were meant to do.
Bethany is passionate about helping others find a path to follow, and feel the peace that comes on the other side when you DO truly step into who it is you were created to be. She believes that nobody should have to live a life without purpose and nobody should have to figure out how to do this alone. Bethany's message is simple: you have a purpose. You just have to step into it!
You can read the full show notes at www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In today’s episode I am chatting with licensed counsellor and grief healer Katie Rössler. We typically think of grief as connected to loss and death, but our chat is about the collective grief we are all feeling when it comes to the pandemic. We chat about the grieving process and how it connects to the loss we are all experiencing - the loss of our “normal.”
This is a weird time, and it's important that we acknowledge that some of what we are feeling is actually a form of grief. Katie shares the important things you can do to take care of yourself in the process.
To see the full show notes, Katie's bio and contact info, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In today's episode I am chatting with coach, podcaster and success strategist LaWann Moses about the big topic of mom guilt (insert ominous bom-bom-bommmmmm music). We talk about how LaWann defines mom guilt, and her answer is surprising! We get into the topic of the unrealistic expectations we place on ourselves as moms, and where that feeling of "should" comes from. (Sidebar: Why did June Cleaver and Mrs. Brady ever become the epitome of the "perfect mom?")
LaWann is the host of the More than a Mother Podcast, and she helps moms to remember what they truly love and enjoy, the things that bring them happiness outside of their families. She believes it is possible to have a great career pursuing your dreams AND be a great mom at the same time. We talk about how it is okay to be a little selfish, to pursue our dreams and to put ourselves back on our own priority lists.
As moms we can be so hard on ourselves, choosing to set aside our dreams and put ourselves on hold in favour of taking care of everyone else around us. LaWann has a ton of fantastic advice for how to shift your mindset about this, and going after your own dreams and being fulfilling outside motherhood can ultimately make you an even better mom.
For the full show notes, and LaWann's bio and contact details, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In today's episode I am chatting with Registered Dietitian Jenn Messina about body positive parenting. We chat about what the term "body positive parenting" actually means, and how you can bring it into your home even if you're still working on your own body positivity. Jenn shares that it starts with how we speak to ourselves and the type of language we use. We also talk about intuitive eating actually means and how to support a diet-free home.
There have been a lots of great moves toward body positivity in the media and especially on social media, but still, the media is full of messages and images of a body image that is not necessarily attainable or even reasonable…Jenn shares how we can help our kids build resilience against these messages, and to create their own filters when they see them.
Jenn is awesome and really highlights the importance of body positive parenting and a diet-free home. It was a fascinating chat, and it definitely made me even more conscious of the words we use at home!
To see the full show notes, Jenn's bio and how to connect with her, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
Today I am chatting with Alyssa Hall, an anti-racism coach. This is such an important conversation. It’s a huge conversation. We talk about the difference between non-racism and anti-racism, and how you can practice anti-racism in your own life. We talk about Black Lives Matter and a lot of different things affecting BIPOC, but the main point of our chat was to understand how an average person can implement change. How we can talk to our kids, how we can acknowledge our feelings in this situation, how we can explore and address our own underlying biases. How we can have the tough conversations in a positive way. How to create a safe space for BIPOC.
The theme it comes down to is the Maya Angelou quote – know better, do better. I am not perfect at this, I am 100% still learning. We are all still learning. And that’s the point. Knowing better, then doing better.
For the full show notes, Alyssa's bio and contact details, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
Today I am chatting with Dara Kurtz – mother, podcaster, speaker, author, and breast cancer survivor. Dara’s newest book, I am My Mother’s Daughter: Wisdom on Life, Loss, and Love, has just been released, and in the book and in this episode, Dara shares her story of losing her mother just two weeks after the birth of her first child. She grieved for many years and we talked about how that has impacted her in her work and as a mother. Years later Dara discovered letters her mother had written to her, and we talk about how this discovery gave her incredible insight into her grief, her relationships and her life.
This chat goes deep. Accepting loss is not an easy topic and Dara is passionate about sharing what she has learned, so that others might be able to process and heal through their own journey. Her perspective is joyful, uplifting and incredibly insightful.
For the full show notes, book info and more about Dara, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
Today I am chatting with DeLise Bernard of Surviving Homeschool, about all things homeschooling. We are in the midst of the back to school season and this episode is incredibly timely. So many parents are either making the leap to homeschool or considering dipping their toe in the water, and DeLise is a wealth of information about how to be successful on the journey. She shares about her own experience homeschooling her kids, how she has supported new homeschooling parents in this recent explosion of learning from home, and her best "survival tips" on how to get started the best way.
Whether you're considering homeschool or facing some sort of distance learning in the next term, this is absolutely an episode to check out for awesome ideas to incorporate with your kids.
For the full show notes, DeLise's bio and contact details, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In this episode I am chatting with Lisa Westhorpe, owner of Nurture Occupational Therapy. We talk about what occupational therapy is, and how it can help a wide variety of challenges. She shares how she helps moms to "parent pain-free" - managing and overcoming the aches and pains that new moms experience when moving their bodies in ways they haven't before, and how she provides support for new moms as they adjust to the new physical demands that come along with first-time motherhood. We also talk about how our bodies change in ways we might be fully aware of. So often moms try to jump back into exercise at the six week mark post-childbirth, but Lisa talks about how it's important to consider how your body has shifted and what might have been easy pre-pregnancy is not always the best thing for you. Just think about jumping rope pre and post-childbirth as an example!
Lisa shares the idea of "matrescence," the transition from pre-parent to parenthood. We talk a lot in society about adolescence - a time of huge change, growth, fluctuating hormones, etc - for kids as they grow up. Matrescence is the same thing, but it's rarely acknowledged or understood. It's like we're expected to just jump into motherhood and just "get used to it," but when you liken it to the drastic shifts of adolescence it really paints the picture of the challenges we face in that first year of motherhood. So much focus is put into the birth plan, but rarely do we look forward to a postpartum plan for what support we might need in place in those sleep-deprived months. This is one of the things that Lisa works on with her clients, ensuring that new moms have the support they need in those first few months of adjustment and recovery.
I always say that while it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to raise a mom. This was a fascinating chat about motherhood and how we often negate or downplay the major changes that occur when we become moms - physical, emotional and mental. It needs to be acknowledged just how massive this transition is, and just how much we all need our village.
For the full show notes and Lisa's bio and contact details, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In today's episode I am chatting with Jessica Robles, of Stories and Films. I love when I "meet" people for the first time and immediately feel a connection. We chat about a ton of different topics - including how she became a first-time mom and caregiver to a special needs baby in the same moment, how she and her husband made a conscious effort to celebrate him every day of his five years on earth, and how she started her media company to tell stories and connect people. We chat about simple ways you can care for yourself, and what "balance" looks like in the midst of a pandemic when work and home life blend.
Jessica is a story teller by trade and by nature. She drops some serious wisdom that rocked me, right near the end of the episode, when she said "This is our one shot at this. This life, right here, right now, this is our one shot. Let's make the best of it. Let's be examples for others. Let's have stories worth telling. Let's have stories worth learning from."
For the full show notes and how to connect with Jessica, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In today’s episode I chat with Bre Reid, a mom life coach and founder of Yes You Can, Mama. Bre shares her story of her daughter’s birth at 28 weeks, the 12 weeks of NICU care, and her resulting PPD and PTSD. We talk about the lack of mental health support that is offered and available to new moms, and especially new moms of preemies. You get launched into the world of motherhood with no real training, no experience, ALL the hormones and NONE of the sleep. It’s as though the system is set up to create postpartum challenges, especially in countries with limited maternity leave. Bre’s daughter wasn’t even home from the NICU when she had to return to work. Bre has become passionate about spreading awareness about maternal mental health and the importance of finding the joy in motherhood. We talk about how moms get caught up in the “shoulds,” which can lead to the cycle of overwhelm and exhaustion. She now works with moms to help them push through those shoulds and create a life they love.
For the full show notes, and Bre's bio and contacts, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In today's episode I chat with Natalie Hixson, and it is an incredibly importance conversation. Natalie experienced an incredible turning point in living an abundant and joyful mom life: it occurred during a therapy session she scheduled for her daughter when she was told that SHE was the one who needed therapy. With therapy, she learned how to process anger in a healthy way and was inspired to then help other moms who may also be struggling.
Mom anger is kind of a 'taboo' subject, but an important one to tackle which is why she's so open to speaking about her journey.
As busy moms, we've all been at the end of our rope and have 'lost it' or had a meltdown in front of our kids. None of us is immune to these moments along our motherhood journey, and being overwhelmed can often lead to it happening more frequently. Natalie shares her method for recognizing patterns of overwhelm and how to respond to and process negative emotions. She truly believes that moms can find abundance and joy in motherhood without inviting overwhelm.
For the full show notes, Natalie's bio and contact details, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In today's episode I am chatting with Lisa Michaud, a coach, speaker and powerhouse of inspiration. Lisa shares her story of a serious health scare that gave her life-changing clarity. She found her truth, got super clear on what matters most, and made huge changes to her life. She changed her city, lifestyle, and began building her business. We talk about expectations we place on ourselves and the expectations of others, how to let go of them, and how to stay true to yourself and what you know to be true.
We talk about the importance of taking time for yourself to get connected to your own truth. Doing "the work" to get clarity can feel overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be heavy or another item on your to-do list. Just a few minutes a day with your own thoughts to process things, little by little. We also get pretty passionate about the idea of taking care of yourself, and how it's the foundational step before anything else.
Lisa shares her advice for mamas that have a dream sitting on the back burner, who are waiting for "one day"... either because they are scared, or feel like they don't have capacity, or aren't super clear on what or how important that dream actually is. We talk about finding your why and getting clear on the feeling you want to experience by going after your dream. When that why and feeling are crystal clear, you can find time, even five minutes a day, to bring that into your life today. It doesn't have to be "one day" after all.
Don't wait to chase your dreams. Lisa gives us all permission to go after our dreams right now, to start small, but the important thing is to start. This episode is packed with energy and inspiration!
For the full show notes, Lisa's bio and contact info, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
Ann is a parenting coach with four kids aged 5-15 herself, so she's in the thick of every stage of parenting. Ann coaches women through various stages of motherhood—from conception to the transition into their new motherhood role, to behavioural challenges, to starting a business with kids in tow. She’s a no-nonsense, straight-shooting, coach. We talk a lot about why parents can lose their temper with their kids, and how to stop. I won't lie - I felt pretty vulnerable about sharing examples from my own life about challenges we have at home, and she gently called me out on some stuff.
We talk about the difference between anger and discipline. We talk about allowing our kids to make choices and handle the consequences. We talk about how to handle situations where your co-parent doesn't always parent or communicate the way you do. We talk about a LOT.
Ann has some incredible advice for parents of all stages and can put almost any situation into perspective, with great examples of how to communicate in a loving and logical way with kids at all stages.
For the full show notes and Ann's bio and links, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
Erin Kraebber is convinced balance does not exist – perfect balance, that is. She works full-time in college athletics, with long days and nights and a hectic schedule. A mom of two, Erin has found the balance that works for her family and she is passionate about helping other moms get clarity on their own personal and career goals. It is possible to succeed as a mom AND on the corporate ladder, and we have a great conversation about all the things working moms have to process and manage when it comes to working and raising a family.
For the full show notes and Erin's bio, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In today's episode I am chatting with Lisa Zawrotny from Positively Productive Systems. Lisa was a caregiver for a mom with Alzheimer’s, and had two babies during that time. She shares how sheer overwhelm...chaos and clutter...nearly took her down. But she not only found my way through, she took what she learned and began to help others. Lisa's family also went through a challenging time financially, where they had to try to sell their home, pick up and leave to live with her in-laws. They moved hours away from what they knew, with no prospects, and basically started life over. She used every skill she had (simplicity, organizing, project management, productivity, gratitude practice, positivity, etc.) to survive this massive life shift and help her children and husband do the same. Lisa shares that they didn’t just survive, but are now thriving.
Lisa now works with moms using her proprietary system, to declutter in whatever way they need - physically, emotionally, mentally, and for their schedule. She has a wonderful perspective on how you can investigate what's causing you struggles, and how you can make simple changes that work for you and your family. She has a ton of helpful tips for how to establish boundaries, how to gently say no to requests for your time and energy, how to negotiate with your kids...there are so many nuggets, this episode is a goldmine for busy mamas.
She teaches us how to Do Less, Live More and Breathe Easier.
In today's episode we talk about how you can become best friends with your vagina. Sofia spent a year "at war with her vagina" and most of her 20s in search of the grand orgasm. When she finally started to put together the pieces she realized that her dissatisfaction in the bedroom was linked to the dissatisfaction at work and in her life in general. Ever since then Sofia has been on a mission to deeply to connect to her pleasure and her sexuality for better orgasms and to better connect with her sense of self. She now helps clients do the same with her appropriately named business, The Happy Vagina Project.
Sofia had a baby almost two years ago and that came with a whole new set of changes to her identity and sexuality. We talk about the challenges moms can have making time for sex, and she shares her perspective on how it can work. We talk about the small moments, and how micro intimacy - flirting, emotional connection and mindfulness - all can contribute to a better life and sex life.
This is a good one, and such an important topic that we often don't talk about. Enjoy!
For the full show notes and Sofia's bio, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast
I first met Jessie when she was leading a session for my own employer, about managing remote teams effectively. She said a few things in that really connected for me, about how employees can advocate for themselves and ask for what they need to be successful in this work from home pandemic landscape. Jessie shares how she makes it work for her and her own family, both how she manages her work and how she handles those unexpected moments when her kids show up on a video conference. She also talks about how employees can speak to their manager about the adaptations they may require, the flexibility they might need in their schedule, and the understanding that "work you" and "work you with your kids at home" might be two very different people.
Whether you're an employee who needs to ask for something from your employer during this unusual time, you're a manager overseeing teams with families, this is a super helpful episode. Or maybe you have a manager that might benefit from hearing it as well, to understand what you are going through!
For the full show notes and Jessie's bio, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In today's episode I am chatting with Kristen Boss of Becoming Boss. We chat about how to connect your work to your purpose, and what she did when she realized she was living out of alignment. We talk about how businesses are pivoting in this global pandemic landscape, and how coming from a place of service and abundance will ultimately lead you to more success. As a former "burnout queen," Kristen shares how she took on the strategy of "doing less, but better," and protecting the yesses she gave out - no longer agreeing to obligations that didn't align with her values or purpose. She talks about how this shift now ensures that she is giving the best of her to her loved ones, the loving mom who is no longer impatient, resentful and guilty.
If you're a working mama, an entrepreneur (or both), this one is packed with wisdom and awesome advice.
For the full show notes and all the ways to connect with Kristen, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In today's episode I am chatting with Erin Treloar, founder of Raw Beauty Co, a platform that celebrates real women and their real stories that is dedicated to helping women live from a place of self love. We talk about a LOT. From body acceptance to nutrition and relationship with food, to loss of identity as a mom to filling your bucket...it's all in there and it's awesome.
Erin shares how magazine culture affected her perception her body, how it ultimately led her to hospitalization for her eating disorder, and eventually her road to recovery. We chat about how body shape and appearance do not equate to value, but how women so often still look for ways to control their bodies through food. She shares how she coaches women to identify their relationship with food, to look at food as an experience and not as a way to satisfy deeper emotional cravings.
We chat about the many and varied coping mechanisms we are all using during COVID-19, and how there is no "right" way to do it. From beauty regimes and workouts to colour-coded school charts and all the screen time, everyone is handling things different, and that's okay. As long as we are taking time to fill our buckets and do what we need to do to make sure we are okay.
That same lesson goes for ANY day in life, global pandemic or not. Whether you stay at home with your kids, work from home, or go to work every single day, everyone's journey and choices are different. We talk about the loss of identity that moms can experience, and how we can work to reconnect with ourselves and as for what we need. To stop waiting for permission to do the things that light us up. To ask for the space and support you need.
I loved this chat so much, and there are SO many incredible nuggets of wisdom. Enjoy.
For the full show notes, Erin's bio and ways to connect, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
Having a family doesn't mean you need to sacrifice career advancement, and having a career doesn't mean you aren't devoted to your family. In today's episode I chat with Latika Vines from Visionary Initiatives, and we talk about how moms can have BOTH without the guilt. After experiencing postpartum depression with her fourth baby, Latika had to dig deep and analyze how she was living her life. She realized how important it is to find balance and practice self-care, and she shares how she makes time for self-care in little activities each day. Latika has developed a system for managing work AND home life without the guilt, and she is passionate about sharing it with the world.
For the full show notes and how to connect with Latika, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
What do you do when you realize you are living your life out of alignment? Today I am chatting with Christina Mattison, a military veteran and mom who left her corporate job and dreams of climbing the career ladder for the entrepreneur life as a yoga instructor. She realized that what she had thought for years was her "dream" was actually causing her depression and severe anxiety. Christina is now committed to spending more time with her family, and to helping and healing people through yoga. She now runs her own yoga studio and is passionate about bringing yoga and self-care to professional moms, so that they don't reach the same depths that she did.
For the full show notes and access to Christina's free Facebook community, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
Today I chat with Nicole Greenplate, and this episode is like a two-for-one! First we talk about her work as a virtual assistant - what the work entails, what services she offers and how she got started. She shares why she made the decision to leave a secure teaching job to pursue this line of work as her kids are entering middle and high school. With the current economic landscape, layoffs, and work from home situations, I see a lot of moms reconsidering what they want their days to look like. Whether you are considering a shift to building your own business and might need a virtual assistant, or you might consider this type of work for yourself to give you more flexibility and time at home, Nicole's provides some great info and insight.
Then we pivot over to a topic that is near and dear to my heart right now and key to Nicole's career decisions, the transition to the high school experience. There is a lot of attention put on entering kindergarten and graduation from high school, but we rarely hear about the challenges that might come from moving up to high school. Kids are in a different development phase with different ways of communicating, and it's important to be ready for the hormone-fuelled realities that might come along!
For the full show notes and how to connect with Nicole, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
This one's for the business mamas! Whether you're running a company or you are a solopreneur, having a strong brand is an important part of running a successful business. In today's episode I chat with Britney Gardner, brand strategist and mama of two. Britney works with businesses to build consistent brands - from visual identity to values and messaging. We dive into what makes up a brand, and what to consider as you develop one. A brand is so much more than a logo and font!
Britney also talks about how she runs her business (including hosting a podcast) in just 15 hours a week. She shares how she makes this lighter schedule work for both her business and her family, so if you are building a business this is definitely an episode to check out!
For the full show notes and how to connect with Britney, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
How are mealtimes in your house? For so many families mealtime can be a major source of stress, whether it's the act of cooking (this one's mine) or the struggle to get kids to eat what's being served. So many parents feel that this is just a "normal" part of motherhood. In today's episode I chat with Ahuva Magder, a registered dietitian who works with parents to change their mindset around what's possible for their mealtime. She works with them to create successful mealtimes, so that they can go back to enjoying their day with their family. The feeling of not being a "good mom" is universal and mealtime is just one place that pressure on mothers plays out. I'm sure this episode will resonate with you, whether you are dealing with cooking anxiety, picky eaters, or other stresses that manifest during mealtime.
See the full show notes, Ahuva's bio and a link to her free Facebook community at www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
Devon Brooks in a incredible entrepreneur, a serious powerhouse, and an awesome mom of two. Not only was she the founder of Blo, the first and largest franchise chain of blow dry bars, but she has now created an entirely new venture in Sphere. We talk a lot in the interview about this new app, which is kind of like the Class Pass of personal and business coaching. In our chat we talk about how coaching can help moms in both career and life, and how connecting with different "guides," as they're called at Sphere, can be like different tools in your personal tool box. So many people enter the coaching experience for business reasons, and it becomes a journey of self development as well.
Devon and I chat about all things mom life, how we can often lose our sense of self when we become a mom, and how it's possible to change perspective on mom guilt and mom doubt. We go pretty deep and it was an open, awesome conversation.
For the full show notes and the link to a free 14-day trial of Sphere, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
Having a mom friend you can really talk honestly with about when things are tough is so important. In today's episode I chat with life and business coach Lindsey Lewis, and I can absolutely say I have found that type of friend in Lindsey. We dug into the trials of early motherhood, the uncertainty and the overwhelm. Lindsey shares how she hit rock bottom and slowly set a path in motion for making her own self-care a priority through thoughtful, intentional steps and a willingness to ask for help. There are lots of laughs and a boatload of honesty. I hope you enjoy this chat as much as I did.
For the full show notes and Lindsey's bio, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
Today I am speaking with Torey Linder, and her story is truly incredible. Torey experienced incredible loss at a young age, which led to her challenges with life as what she describes as a "functioning addict." Her own family didn't know. She held jobs, she got good grades, she was doing "fine"...until she wasn't. Torey shares her story openly and with courage, through her journey to sobriety, through her incarceration, and how it was ultimately her own personal strength that helped her overcome her demons. "This is not going to be my story," she repeatedly told herself.
Torey lived with post-partum depression following the birth of her daughter two years ago, and she has made it her mission to share about it so that others can recognize the signs and don't feel alone in the experience. Her inner strength and resilience are truly inspiring.
For the full show notes and Torey's bio, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In today's episode I am chatting with Kylee Sallak from Parenting Made Joyful. Sleep is a subject that is near and dear to my heart, and especially when it comes to how we help our kiddos learn to fall asleep independently. Kylee takes us through the three traditional methods of sleep training and how she works with her clients to help them navigate through this experience and find solutions. She is passionate about helping families get more sleep, and finding more comfort and joy in their homes. Kylee has worked in this area for 19 years and has helped hundreds of families, and I know this episode will be hugely helpful for families struggling with getting their little ones to fall asleep on their own.
To see the full show notes and get Kylee's free downloadable info sheet, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In today's episode I am chatting with Natalie Perkins, founder of Bella Ballerina. Natalie created Bella Ballerina as a result of not being able to find a suitable dance studio for her daughter, and the company is now franchised across the United States. From her beginnings with one location to a passion for empowering hundreds of other moms to create their dreams, Natalie's story is so inspiring. She is also a fantastic source of advice and systems when it comes to successfully working from home with kids!
Find the full show notes at www.momcamplife.com/podcast
Working at home while parenting AND trying to facilitate online learning is a huge juggling act. It's so new for most of us, and I don't know about you, but I basically feel like I'm failing in ALL the areas. In today's episode I chat with Tara Cooper from Dancing with Chopsticks, about her best tips on how to work from home AND school from home in this challenging time. Tara is a long-time homeschooler at the same time as working from home, and is passionate about helping moms calm the chaos and lead our kids through this challenging season. She shares their family practices that prioritize listening over telling, and opening up space for each family member.
Tara has some fabulous advice and a very reassuring outlook, and I so appreciate her coming on the show to share her gifts.
Find the full show notes here.
This is a weird time we are living in. The words “unprecedented,” “uncharted,” “uncertain,” and “PIVOT” are swirling around multiple times a day. I am still grappling with the fact that the world has shifted so completely in just a few weeks. We no longer walk down the street the same way. We don’t just get into an elevator and push a button without care. Grocery shopping is slightly terrifying, never mind if they have the staples you need. Someone likely one suffering from allergies is viewed as a potential threat to your loved ones. We’re embarking on homeschooling. Birthday parties and play dates are held on Zoom. I can look ahead ten years and picture the movie that will be written about this time.
Like I said, it’s weird. It’s easy to get overwhelmed right now, to give in to the anxiety about how everything is shifting, the fear for loved ones, etc. It’s totally okay to have the big feelings and ride the waves of emotion that will inevitably come. But we can make the choice to take some positive action and to rise up out of the muck. We can do some things that will get us on the path to health and happiness, and to strengthen our resilience.
Listen to this episode to hear my six best ways to increase your own resilience, and check out this blog post for details and show notes.
In today's episode I chat with Marilena Grittani, a clinical pharmacist and host of The Legal Drug Dealer podcast. Her mission is to provide people with excellent information about traditional professional treatments, as well as newer methods to improve their health. We chat about what a pharmacist does, beyond the people we see at the drug store when we pick up our prescriptions. We also chat about the questions she has received about COVID-19, and the biggest myths and misconceptions there are out there about the virus.
Today’s guest is Ashley Adams, a working mom of three who spent her last maternity leave writing a memoir on the down and dirty of life with an alcoholic. Ashley shares her story of her years-long struggle to decide if it was better to stay and support, or to go and love from afar. With two toddlers at home, she began her next chapter of life as a single mom. With no resources to be found, she started journaling to chronicle her process and progress as a way to help other women in similar circumstances.
Ashley’s story is truly incredible, raw, at times painful, and always totally inspiring.
For the full show notes and Ashley's bio, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast
In today's episode I chat with Shelly Longenecker, founder of Dinner for a Dollar. Shelly is a wife, mother of 4, and author. When her son was diagnosed 10 years ago with several food allergies, she felt completely overwhelmed, believing the myth that she had to spend a fortune on food and all day in the kitchen to feed her family safe, whole foods. She couldn't find anything on the market that taught her how to eat a frugal, simple, allergy-friendly whole food, veggie-forward diet, so she created her own system that ticked all these boxes and turned it into a book to share with you.
In her book Dinner for a Dollar, Shelly explains how she feeds her family a simple, allergy-friendly, whole food diet with loads of fruits and veggies for $1 per person per meal. Dinner for a Dollar isn't just a book, it's a whole system, complete with detailed action points to follow along so you can start saving time, and money.
This was a really great chat, Shelly has an awesome sense of humour and she shared what I believe is the most profound answer to "What is the biggest lesson you have learned as a mom?" that I have heard to date.
In today's episode I chat with Katherine Wintsch, founder & CEO of The Mom Complex, and author of Slay Like a Mother. The subtitle of the book is "How to destroy what's holding you back so you can live the life you want." It's all about slaying your inner dragons, recognizing that inner monologue that often seems like it's trying to take you down. She talks about the mask we wear when we say everything is "fine," the difference between struggling and suffering, and how to avoid unrealistic expectations. We talk about her concept of the "perfect mom paradox," the comparison game, setting boundaries and being kinder to ourselves. She has incredible insight into the mom experience, the woman experience and the human experience.
I can talk about Mom Camp: The Camp until I'm blue in the face, but I'm the organizer so of course I love it. I want you to hear from some of the people who were there with me at the very first Camp, so you can hear their perspectives. What brought them to Camp, their first impressions, their favourite moments and biggest takeaways. In today's episode we speak to Magdalena, Anya, Alisa, Riva and Christa-Lee. All living the mom life, all at different stages, all with different reasons for attending. Listen as they share their experiences - it's incredible that even coming to Camp with different perspectives, they all went home feeling fulfilled, inspired, and supported. There's a saying that it takes a village to raise a child. Well it also take a village to raise a mom, and these mamas found their village at Mom Camp: The Camp.
See the full show notes at www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
In today's episode I chat with Shannon Teguh, founder of Motherhood Union. Shannon's passion is the Montessori Method, and she teaches moms how they can introduce the method at home without it becoming overwhelming. We talk about how she discovered Montessori, why she believes in it so strongly, and how she has incorporated it into her own home. If you've ever considered Montessori for your own kids, this is a must-listen!
See the full show notes and Shannon's bio at www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
Rachel Van Kluyve is the mama behind the beautiful Crate and Cottage, her platform for all things home design and DIY. She’s a stay at home mom turned mompreneur, and in this episode we chat about how she manages it all – not only is she a mama to two boys, two dogs and four cats, she’s a wife, she runs a real estate business in addition to Crate and Cottage, she just built her first Air BnB, AND she homeschools her kids. Oh, and she is launching a book in March. Just a few things on her plate! We chat about how she still finds quiet time for herself, how she manages her schedule so it works for their whole family, and how building this platform helped her work through the challenges of postpartum by sharing, one day at a time.
Find the full show notes at www.momcamplife.com/podcast
Alison Tedford is a mom, a freelance writer and content marketer. We talk about how she transitioned from her government job into the full-time entrepreneurial life, but one of the most incredible things about Alison is a condition she lives with every single day. Alison is diagnosed with a connective tissue disorder which causes her joints to dislocate from the slightest movement, and has her living with chronic pain. She shares how her condition impacts her daily life, and the adaptations she has had to make for activities as simple as putting a jug of milk in the fridge. What's truly amazing about Alison is the awesome humour she brings to any situation, and how she has learned self-compassion in the face of her struggles. She is an awesome mama and an awesome human and I hope you find her as inspiring as I do.
My guest today is Louise Green, founder of Big Fit Girl. Louise has made it her life’s work to change the narrative and idealistic standards of fitness culture. We talk about plus-size fitness and the barriers that exist in society, the body positivity movement, and how it’s almost always our mind that holds us back and not our bodies when it comes to fitness and physical activity. Louise shares how she helps women overcome the mental barriers of starting physical activity, including through her new Big Fit Girl app. We talk about motherhood and entrepreneurship, and how (or if) she finds balance. She is an inspiration and she is changing the conversation when it comes to fitness ideals. It’s a fascinating chat and I can’t wait for you to hear it.
Go to www.momcamplife.com/bigfitgirl for the full show notes and Louise's bio.
Moms helping moms. Moms creating community. Moms who met on Instagram and became friends in real life. This is what today's episode is all about. This one is a bit different, because my guests were right in front of me, sitting around our coffee table. I even had a candle burning, so this is as close to "around the campfire" as we've been so far. Christina and Carolyn are sisters and the founders of The MomBabes, a community for moms to feel connected, and to gain the confidence to show up as your best self. It was such a joy to sit down and chat with these mamas that have become my friends after connecting on social media. They're awesome, they're inspiring, and you're going to love them.
See the full show notes at www.momcamplife.com/podcast
How do you chart a course for your own life? Today we have turn by turn directions in the palm of our hands, helping us navigate to a destination. What happens when we begin to travel over the sea? The sea presents a constantly shifting, changing, and unpredictable environment. This is like life. It doesn’t stagnate. In order to arrive safely, successfully, and swiftly we need to chart a course. We need to create an intentional plan to arrive. In today's episode, author Jess Carey shares pragmatic ideas about how we can approach the journey of life and chart a course to success and happiness.
Jessica Carey is the author of Chart a Course - Taking a Journey With God at the Helm, which reached #1 in New Releases for Religious Studies in the first week on Amazon. She and her husband Alex have moved more than eight times across over 11,000 miles in the past decade, including a stint internationally. From acting in New York to running a business overseas, she has consistently stepped into the unknown. Navigating the transitions life presented developed into some practical tactics to continually seek God’s direction. Jessica is currently a student at Hillsong Leadership College, pursuing a certificate of pastoral ministry. Her life is marked by building family, faith, church, and community. She lives in Phoenix with her two beautiful kids, husband Alex, Goldendoodle Pearl, and bearded dragon Percy. Her food weakness is chips and salsa.
Mabel's Labels literally created their own industry, changing the lives of moms everywhere. They created their personalized, innovative, dishwasher and laundry-safe labels so that all that stuff didn't go missing as frequently.
But what's the story behind the labels? In today's episode I chat with Julie Cole, Co-founder of Mabel's Labels. Back when her son was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, Julie, her sister and two friends decided to dive into the world of entrepreneurship. She left her law career and balanced her schedule between creating a resource team for her son (he's now in second year university) and building what would become an incredibly successful business. Julie is a mom of six and a total inspiration as someone who gets things done while not taking like too seriously. She has awesome mom wisdom AND entrepreneur wisdom to share, and does just that throughout this chat.
Allie Casazza is known as “The Life Minimalist,” and is passionate about helping moms declutter their homes and their lives. She’s a mom of four kids and has figured out rhythms and routines to make like simpler and more flexible. Her family lives a life of simplicity while still living a life of total abundance.
She shares simple ways to think about home maintenance, schedules, and routines. By attaching tasks to “anchor events,” like brushing your teeth, laundry or making coffee, you make your task list more of a habit than a chore.
You’re going to love Allie. She’s totally open, direct and personable. She’s real and honest with what works and what she struggles with. This is an awesome chat and Allie shares so much helpful advice that can be implemented in your life right now.
“What takes up our space takes up our time.” — Allie Casazza
BONUS: How awesome is this?! Allie has created a resource just for our listeners! Go to https://alliecasazza.com/momcamp to get started.
This has been a big year. Truth be told it didn’t feel big for most of the time, because I was doing things I truly enjoyed, but when I take a moment to stop and look back, a LOT happened this year. In addition to momming, wifing, working a full-time job and the daily activities of running this platform, I planned and hosted the first ever Mom Camp: The Camp, and the following week I launched the Mom Camp: Around the Campfire podcast. In hindsight that was a bit ambitious, but I was working with the time off from work that I had and that was what worked for me.
I think it’s important to do two things at the end of any major event or time period, i.e. the end of a year. First, I think we should take time to acknowledge the good work we did and the accomplishments we had. So often we blow past this step on to the next step, task or obligation. Second, it’s important to reflect on the lessons you learned along the way. And that’s what I am sharing in this episode of Around the Campfire. Enjoy!
Have you ever felt stuck in a negativity spiral? Falling victim to stress and overwhelm? Busy seasons like the holidays can bring a mixed bag of emotions, obligations and pressures. There's a feeling that it's supposed to be the "most wonderful time of the year," so how do we turn this around? In today's episode, I share three things that have helped me flip my mindset in challenging situations, taking what could be a negative and making it into a positive. Easy little mind tricks that help put things in perspective, and that can get you out of the negativity muck and into a more open and grateful state of mind. A little holiday magic, if you will. Enjoy!
If you've had kids, chances are that once in a while a sneeze, a jump or a cough might cause you to get a bit nervous. You know what I'm talking about. But did you know that you can actually take steps to stop those moments?
Kim Vopni is known as the Vagina Coach. She is a pelvic health specialist and she helps women improve their pelvic floor health. Before I discovered Kim I had NO idea that you could in fact do something to improve the situation. Turns out I didn't even know how to do a proper kegel! Spoiler alert - it's not while sitting at a red light.
This episode could literally be life-changing for someone living with those little leaks, or even full blown incontinence. Okay, so more so Kim's work could be life-changing, but this episode is awesome. This is important information and it's a fascinating conversation.
Do you feel like the clutter will never end, as long as you have kids living at home? More papers, more special works of art coming home, more sizes of clothes being handed down...how do you manage it all? In this episode I chat with Randeep St. Jacques, a certified KonMari consultant. She takes us through the process of how she helps her clients using Marie Kondo's method, the thoughts behind the stuff we choose to keep, and we chat about some of the situations where sentimental clutter can become a challenge.
Have you ever had it happen that you finally get away for a much needed vacation, and you immediately get sick? It’s like you’ve been running on adrenaline and the second you even think about relaxing, the germs attack. It’s your body’s way of forcing you to slow down.
In this solo episode I talk about how to make time to be in intentional recovery mode. To make time for your body, mind and heart to recover after a busy or particularly stressful season. So often we jump from project to project, obligation to obligation, stressful period to stressful period, without taking the time we need to recover. It doesn't have to be a month off in the Caribbean to recover, it can be a day, a week or just something you incorporate into your day. The important thing is to do it intentionally.
I've broken it down into six steps - the six R's of recovery mode. By taking intentional time to process things and focus on your mental, physical and emotional well-being, you will come through stronger. It's part of putting your own oxygen mask on first. You need to take care of yourself so you can take care of others, and making sure you are taking time for recovery is a huge part of that. You deserve it, mama.
Lisa Druxman is a an author, a podcaster, a speaker, a mom, a wife…oh, and founder of a little fitness empire called FIT4MOM. This episode contains SO much incredible wisdom and advice. We talk about how she got started as an entrepreneur, how she managed (or didn’t) as a mama in the early years of building her business, and how she discovered what it means to be an Empowered Mama.
Natasha is a busy mom of three, a full-time realtor and an Enneagram-based coach. We chat about what the Enneagram is, how it works and how it can help you improve your life. She found this work after coming through a toxic work situation, where she had lost her sense of self and who she was. Through her own work to understand herself, she discovered her passion for helping other moms understand themselves and those around them.
I’m a busy, multi-tasking mom who discovered the Enneagram through counseling. When I learned to understand myself through the Enneagram, I felt my world opening up and I became the person I was supposed to be. That’s what I am passionate about now — Helping women become who they are supposed to be through understanding their Enneagram type.
I’m an Enneagram Type 6, the Loyal Guardian. Reliable, hardworking and well-prepared, Sixes are team players, witty, and fiercely loyal, all qualities that hold groups together and benefit the greater good. But we Sixes also come with our unique set of internal struggles! We battle uncertainty, can be hyper-vigilant and often jump to worst-case conclusions. We try our best to prevent any negative outcomes that could threaten our security and relationships.
Leisse Wilcox is a force of nature, but in the most calming, loving way possible. She is a self-described emotional alchemist, coach, and professional human.
In this episode we dive in to how the concept of emotional alchemy has helped her, as well as her clients. We chat about finding yourself again in the midst of working mom life, when your identity can get wrapped up in who you are at work and at home. Humans are ever-evolving, and Leisse helps clarify how these feelings of stress, anxiety, or even just melancholy and "meh" are just phases of life and we can move through them.
This conversation goes deep and it goes down a few rabbit holes. Leisse is so incredible that I wanted to ask her ALL the things, and I did.
In this episode I chat with Veronica Harris, a Registered Clinical Counsellor who is passionate about promoting maternal mental health in her community. She believes in bringing mothers together to build a support network as a preventative measure against the mental health challenges that can arise in the throes of mom life.
We talk about finding the calm amidst the chaos, and she shares just how it is possible to do so. From getting clarity and context for the chaos itself, to having compassion with ourselves and creating space for understanding. Sometimes leaning into the chaos is necessary, and we talk about how to still care for ourselves while we’re in the thick of it.
Gillian is on a mission to help people redefine their relationship with their body and health – it’s about body positivity, and more specifically body appreciation and body respect. She has built a career helping people figure out what health and fitness means to them, and is passionate about helping people feel empowered in their bodies and what they can do.
Gillian shares her story of how she went from a little girl struggling with weight to discovering the athlete within. We talk about how balance is somewhat of an illusion, and how she looks at it as more of a continuum.
She has recently launched two major things into the world – the Super You Studio where she teaches her philosophy on health and fitness and offers guided at home workouts, and her book “The Elephant in the Gym: Your Body Positive Guide to Writing Your Own Health and Fitness Story.”
From unapologetic crotch sweat to building your own blanket fort for energy recovery, we cover it all.
Cate is a transformational life coach, and presenter in Dr. Brené Brown's work The Daring Way™.
In this episode we dive into her work helping moms overcome the need for perfectionism as armour, and how to avoid the comparison trap. So often we get stuck in the scroll hole of Instagram perfection, feeling "less than," and Cate shares how she helps women get over the pressure - from becoming aware of these feelings to identifying your own personal values, to building self compassion and empathy and being kind to yourself.
Cate works with moms on getting over the belief that connects productivity and "busy" as a measure of self worth. "Busy" is so often a badge of honour or status symbol for moms. We talk about how the messages we receive in our culture are perpetuating this belief, and how we can get over this and learn to take the time we need for ourselves.
Welcome to the very first episode of the Around the Campfire podcast! In this episode Gillian introduces herself, Mom Camp, and what this podcast is all about. Get comfy and enjoy the origin story of Around the Campfire.