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Fem Collective

Fem Collective

By Fem Collective
Hey hey! Come hang out with us and live your best life! Welcome to the Fem Collective podcast where we hold space to dive into deep and meaningful conversations laced with fun, laughter and tears. We hope these conversations empower you, fuel your soul, inspire you to grow, connect with other women, and expand your capacity for empathy and self-love. Hosted by your friends, Katie, Stacy, and Mai.
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Postpartum Depression & the Transition to Motherhood (Part 1)

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How to Challenge Your Need for Control
Hi! My name is ________ and I'm a control freak. Have you ever experienced discomfort when things don’t go as planned? This emotional discomfort (anger, frustration, or annoyance to name a few) can sometimes be traced back to a desire for control. Listen in to this episode where Fem Collective gets honest about why they like control and how we could all benefit from challenging our perceived need to control situations.
July 27, 2022
Building Emotional Intelligence in Your Children
Hear Mai lead Katie and Stacy in a conversation about the benefits of showing a healthy range of emotions in front of their children. Learn a little about the theory behind nurturing your childrens’ developing mind, as described in the book The Whole Brain Child. The girls talk specific strategies on how they’ve encouraged their children to have and feel emotions. This conversation is also punctuated with important discussions on why black and other marginalized communities have had more challenging considerations that may have caused a delay in focusing on emotional-centered parenting.
June 27, 2022
Let’s Talk Therapy
Hear the girls talk about their journeys and experiences with therapy, how each of them experienced acceptance or hesitancy of therapy growing up, and how a natural fear of judgment is healthy and normal. Katie spends some time talking about EMDR, while Stacy dives deeper into misconceptions about therapy.
June 10, 2022
Processing the Uvalde Tragedy
The second you hear the word Uvalde, a slew of strong and complex emotions rush in. For us, this mass shooting hit harder as all 3 of us are Mothers of young children. Each of us share individually how this event has and is currently impacting us. We wanted to provide the space to unpack and process what we are navigating mentally. We also discuss where we each are going to individually start to reconcile these challenging feelings, and potentially how we can impact the state of our country in a positive way. Thank you for listening and sharing this vulnerable and hard conversation with us.
May 31, 2022
What’s the “Points Game?”
Listen to the QUEEN of points and miles herself, Nancy Rachatanavin, talk about the benefits and challenges of getting in to the “points game.” In the personal finance space, you may have also heard this referred to as travel hacking. Nancy gives great advice on how to carefully begin a strategy for earning points and miles that will help offset your future travel costs. She’s traveled the world for more than a decade, using very little of her own money for flight and hotel costs. The number one rule? Make sure you pay you credit card balance off in full. Every. Single. Month.
May 13, 2022
Comparison Trap
You’ve probably heard comparison is the thief of joy, because it truly is! On this episode we discuss specifically how we have compared ourselves to other moms and how that can create a sense of failure. Social media can also exacerbate this comparison dilemma even further if we aren’t intentional around our thinking when it comes to others. (Check out last week’s Social Media Episode if you haven’t already!) Your journey is unique and you bring your own gifts, talents and style to whatever it is that is on your life journey. Shine bright just the way you are and find the beauty in the unique approach you have to life. Enjoy! Podcaster: Who Told You That?  The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
April 29, 2022
Social Media
This one almost wasn’t published! Katie, Stacy, and Mai have different views on the harm and benefits of social media and how to deal with them. Using the Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma, as the back drop, Fem Collective talks about advantages and pitfalls of social media, how to check yourself and your motivation as you move through platforms, and what’s being done more broadly to limit the negative impacts of social media on the broader culture. Center for Humane Technology:
April 15, 2022
Leading with Compassion
One of Katie’s most cherished mentors, Dixie Claybrook, shares her insights around leading with compassion, managing the whole person, struggling and then accepting leading with her heart, why compassion makes the hard stuff easier, and why compassion is a learned skill.
April 01, 2022
How to Balance a Career and Motherhood
Navigating a career while trying to be the best Mama you can comes with lots of challenges, but nothing you can’t handle with a little intentionality, support and grace. We share our perspectives on what’s been the hardest aspects of this balance and what we have done and are doing to manage everything on our plates. We discuss setting boundaries between work and parenting, how to approach stress and anxiety, and what’s personally worked well for us. Enjoy!  Article on Facing Anxiety head on: Connect with our facebook group: Connect with us on Instagram:
March 25, 2022
The Great Resignation
Fem Collective decided to start Season 2 discussing the Great Resignation since women are leading the charge. They discuss statistics and some reasons for the Great Resignation. The ladies address why they have chosen to stay in their place of work and share a few tips on how to survive this time and what they're choosing to do to encourage/empower those around them.  Who is Driving the Great Resignation? Number of People Quitting their Jobs Surviving the Great Resignation by Cindy Solomon
March 18, 2022
Season Finale: Reflections, Growth, and the Future
It’s a wrap!….For now. On this episode, we reflect back on our first season of the podcast, how we’ve grown, uncovered newfound skills, and conversations we look forward to having with you all on Season 2. We also share why we are taking a brief break, overcoming self-doubt and sharing funny moments on our podcast journey thus far. We love you all and can’t wait to see you for Season two.  In the meantime, head on over and join our Facebook Group so we can stay connected with you. We also hang out over on Instagram If you've enjoyed the podcast this season, let us know and please leave a review. We would also love to hear any topics you would like us to talk about on the podcast. We are so grateful for your support and love this season.  Talk to you soon!  -Fem Co.  Link to Stacy’s Marriage Podcast: A Case for Marriage Podcast
September 17, 2021
Racism: Black, Brown, and White Transformations
Katie, Stacy, and Mai share how racism has impacted their lives through sharing their personal experiences and stories.  The conversation includes the heavy weight and burden from the way minorities were treated pre civil-rights, present day challenges, colorism and becoming an ally to effect change and equality. 
September 10, 2021
Redemption Road
In this episode, Katie and Mai interview Dr. Liz Franks about the collision of two of her passions: Crossfit and prison reform. Liz is a Board member of Redemption Road Fitness Foundation (RF2), which is a non-profit organization that works with athlete-inmates in select state penitentiaries to provide exercise-based personal rehabilitation. The partnership between "insiders" and "outsiders" is one of support, penance, commitment, and competition. This is a story generally of rehabilitation and specifically of redemption.  Redemption Road Crossfit | Rehabilitation for Inmate-Athletes ( First Time Volunteers | Redemption Road Crossfit ( Donate ( - to Redemption Road Fitness Foundation (a non-profit organization). 
September 03, 2021
When I Grow Up
Katie, Stacy, and Mai talk about what they wanted to be when they grew up. The hosts also realize how they have woven some of their life-long passions and talents into their present-day lives. And Mai has a call to action for the listeners. Enjoy!
August 27, 2021
Postpartum Depression (Part 2): A Doctor’s Perspective
As a follow up to Postpartum Depression & the Transition to Motherhood (Part 1), Katie, Stacy and Mai interview Dr. Ekta Escovar, a pediatrician with a commitment to mental health. Dr. Ekta differentiates between baby blues, postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. Dr. Ekta also talks about common PPD symptoms and screening tools. She also provides a number of resources that should be helpful in identifying and understanding PPD, and ultimately finding help when you or someone you love needs it.  Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) Calculator  OWH Postpartum Depression Fact Sheet  Postpartum Support, International   National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
August 20, 2021
Girrlll! You look skinny...
While discussing body positivity Katie, Stacy and Mai have differing opinions on whether or not it's appropriate to comment on someone's physical appearance in 2021. They can't seem to agree and choose to put the question out for comment. What do YOU think? 
August 13, 2021
Mama Trauma
Katie, Stacy and Mai discuss some common pitfalls that occur in a mother-daughter relationship and how they intentionally plan to build their daughter’s self-image, worth, and value along with what they want to avoid with their daughters. Listen in for three overlapping yet varying perspectives. #mamatrauma #mommatrauma #mama #momma #motherhood #relationships #parenting #parenthood #metamessage #motherdaughter #love #lovelanguages #bodypositivity #bodyimage  You're Wearing That?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation by Deborah Tannen    The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman   Make it Simple by Andrea Allen - Teaching Positive Body Image to your Kids While Improving Your Own  Red Table Talk Episode: Will and Jada - Their First One-On-One Conversation 
August 06, 2021
Love Thyself
Self-love is definitely a trending term in conversations about caring for yourself, but it's still critical to living your best life.  Katie, Stacy, and Mai share their journey towards self-love, how they have evolved, and what self-love and self-care looks like for them individually.  You are worthy of showing yourself all the love and we are here for it! #selflove #selfcare #empowerment #vulnerability #podcast #womenpodcasters #love #lovelanguage #worthy #takeabath #mentalhealth #empowerment Insight Timer - #1 Free Meditation App for Sleep, Relax & More Meditation: In Depth | NCCIH ( - NIH studies and results related to meditation. 
July 30, 2021
Postpartum Depression & the Transition to Motherhood (Part 1)
In this episode, Katie, Stacy, and Mai discuss their different experiences with postpartum depression and other postpartum challenges. Their experiences, like usual, are far ranging, and sometimes emotional. Tune in to hear part 1 of their postpartum conversations.  *None of the co-hosts are medical professionals. None of their comments are intended as medical advice. Please seek advice from your healthcare provider or therapist if you are in need of support.* #podcast #womensupportingwomen #womenpodcasters #postpartum #motherhood #newmom #transformation #mom #mentalhealth #postpartumdepression #transitiontomotherhood #tears #resilience #growth #love #babies Sadness When Breastfeeding - Affordable Counseling | Affordable Therapy | Open Path Collective Katie meant to refer to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Here is their website's section on healing- After Pregnancy | ACOG
July 23, 2021
Pandemic Survival Journey
Katie, Stacy and Mai discuss some of the emotional struggles they dealt with during the onset of the pandemic and how they've evolved since March 2020. Each host discusses areas of personal growth and how they are still dealing with it all while focusing on the light at the end of the tunnel. #pandemic #survival #journey #quarantine #postpartum #health #fitness #solitude #endofthetunnel 
July 16, 2021
Let’s Be Vulnerable
Katie, Stacy, and Mai share their individual journeys’ with vulnerability and how it’s impacted their lives and others. We talk about intentionality, self-awareness, personal growth and a desire to be a conduit of love towards others. Come join the conversation! If you want to continue to explore this topic a bit further, check out Brené Browns Ted Talk on Vulnerability.  #vulnerability #sisterhood #sisterfriends #courage #support #community
July 09, 2021
Why Fem Collective?
Katie, Stacy and Mai talk about their "why" (reason) behind wanting to start a podcast, the genesis of their friendships, and then give a brief background on themselves. They wrap up the conversation by sharing their mission for the podcast and the impact they hope it has on all that tune in. #friendships #sisterfriends #womensupportingwomen #womenempowerment #diversity #growth
July 02, 2021
Sister Friends
Katie, Stacy, and Mai discuss what makes them sister friends – chosen sisters. They explore each other’s admirable qualities that have drawn and kept them close. They also talk about the importance of strong female relationships. #sisterfriends #friendships #womensupportingwomen #womenempowerment #diversity 
June 28, 2021