Kathryn Finney is one of the most influential woman in tech, an entrepreneur, a social media visionary, an investor, writer, and advocate for women. Having her on the side of women is a big deal, I'm a huge fan! On this podcast episode she's sharing her unconventional journey to motherhood and what she's doing to help the women around her and support them as she grows in motherhood and life.
Key takeawaysTaking pauses helps to manage anxiety and decide who needs you the most at the moment It's helpful to remind moms that our kids will be okay and we are doing our best every day, things don't have to look perfect Accepting and offering support can be hard, especially in the early days, but you need to take it
Breegan Jane is a designer, entrepreneur, lifestyle expert and philanthropist in Los Angeles. As a mom of two boys Breegan is making due with the time she has so that she's also able to give time to her business as well.
Key takeaways from this episode:Getting to the answers of how things will work, how to make time for everything you want, and figuring out the solutions to our problems earlier and faster will let us decide what we need to do differently and move forward. Mixing parenting with what kids need to grow and develop can make life easier - like teaching your children to clean and care for the house can help in both areas. Allowing our children to feel empowered keeps them wanting to contribute and channels their energy at times. When we do not do our work and follow through, it can usually be that frustrated parent that's causing other things to fall and tumble.
Nona Jones is an author, entrepreneur, speaker, working mom and wife who has become a voice of hope and healing. She is a nationally renowned speaker and writer who recently released her memoir, Success from the Inside Out of her journey as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse who has gone on to achieve immense career success despite being labeled a problem child at an early age.
Nona was asked to join Facebook and leverage her business acumen and ministry leadership to build its global faith-based partnerships strategy.
In this podcast episode, Nona and I talk about how her past shaped and influenced her idea of motherhood, finding ways she guards her time with each family member, and what it takes to fulfill the vision you may have.
Jacquelyn Howard has over 30 years of corporate experience at some of the biggest companies. Now as Vice President of Starbucks, she shows up at work as her full self - which includes the roles of wife and mother. She became a mom later in life after being joyful in singleness, but has always been careful to set strong boundaries to fully enjoy her life. Early on advice from mentors who were mothers included making sure she got her personal time now as her children are older, that time has adjusted because her children are more independent now.
Key takeaways:Climbing the corporate ladder required different demands from Jacquelyn, but she always makes sure she's not overleveraged. She created boundaries before having children and after becoming a wife and mom she made sure her team at work knew her family, went on vacation, and knew she was a woman of faith so they were used to knowing she hat set orders Black families need to be overly engaged to watch for any bias in your child's school and education, additionally her family has sought out professionals and authority of color to show her children who they can be. Have people around you with the same values is important, not just a village
How much do we nurture our families while neglecting ourselves? Join me next week on Instagram Live as we delve into what nurturing yourself can look like!
Latisha Roberson is Accenture’s Inclusion & Diversity Strategic Partnerships Lead and also a full time mom and wife. Being a mom in corporate America is difficult because of the stigma and myths about what moms can do in the workplace. She juggles the responsibilities of a demanding job and a home life by keeping her morning routine in tact, no matter what and by setting boundaries with the people around her.
In this episode we discuss:
Becoming great friends with your children
Allowing our children to express how they feel
How to deal with workplace issues while being a working mom
Finding a morning routine that is untouchable
When we're home during the day it's a constant struggle to answer the question, what is there to eat! I talked with Leslie Antonoff of Haute Mommie and Co-Host of Butter and Brown about how to make healthy and easy meals when you're the chef morning, noon, and night.
As a wife, mom, full time employee, founder of Mommifaceted and freelance writer - I know that my priority is my family. In order to make them a priority I have to spend time with each person individually so that they know that our family is close and we can create that bond.
I want to build these relationships between my nuclear family so that my boys know they will always have each other, my husband, and myself. Growing up we were close knit, my sister, mother, father and I. We didn’t have extended family who lived close to us and had to travel to see family. Our bond continues today, my immediate family remains close.
For my children, I want that closeness. I'm also working for extended family to get closer, that’s part of why we moved to Texas. To do this, I work to spend specific time with each person. Some of it works, some doesn’t. I’m still working hard on this and figuring out the best way to do this.This is how I’m starting. On this podcast episode, I'm sharing what I do for each family member.
Christina Acosta-Martinez, founder of Growing Up Gorgeous is a homeschooling mom and wife that makes it a daily task to share her faith and encourage a relationship with Christ. We discuss the answer to how we can share this with our children and how she has overcome challenges in early motherhood.
Key takeaways:You have to work to find your meaning in motherhood Part of Christina’s identity is being a mom but it’s not all that she is Easy ways to share faith with your children throughout the day
Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith was singularly focused on her career when she was younger. Once she became a mother she didn't let up on work - writing a book, working a full schedule, being a wife and mom and this led to her experiencing burnout. If you are experiencing a period of being burnout or don't know if you are or not - take a listen and find out. Plus, Dr. Dalton-Smith shares how she got out of it and how you can to.
To get through the burnout period she realized that getting sleep was not going to be enough to help her, she had to fully work through what she found were 7 types of rest.Are you experiencing burnout?
Here's the way to recover - get fully rested. Working through the 7 types of rest can lead you to the way out of burnout.
The 7 Types of Restphysical mental spiritual emotional sensory social creative
Listen to this podcast to figure out if you are experiencing burn out and how to recover from that to become a better mother.
Family finances can be a major factor in the success of your family. Just like you model your relationships, your education and work habits, you have to model how you handle money for your children to set them up for success. I talked with Carmen of Money Choices Today about all of this.
How to Successfully Manage Family & Finances Together- this is all about getting everyone on the same page and creating efficiencies in the money management process.
We discussed a full plan for success:get everyone on the same page - sit down as a family, include the children come up with family goals family money mission statement responsibilities and jobs for each family member have family money meetings with the children there
Muffy Mendoza is the founder, creative and business woman behind Brown Mamas, a sisterhood that connects thousands of moms with resources, advice and, best of all, each other. Muffy has created a line of educational books and products focused on helping Black moms be the best moms. Her first book, The Brown Mama Mindset: A Blueprint for Black Moms on Life, Love & Home, was featured at the Essence Festival and is currently sold in various cities across the U.S.
Key takeawaysDon't leave your self and soul behind while being a mother, take your self into consideration Finding a complimentary spouse allowed her to be feminine and not have to do everything for her child, she could then heal Healing is about allowing - allowing yourself to think differently about your past, recognize your past experiences, allow you to love yourself and others to love you
"Once I realized my life was all about him, it was like a gun shot went off... What can I do to make sure this child has everything they need and could want and I didn't realize that I left my whole self and soul at the starting line."
I had a terrible night of rest the other day. My youngest son wanted to stay up and keep nursing all night long. Needless to say the next day I was dragging. I had to take a nap, something I never get to do, and it was great!
I'm intentionally working on getting more rest because it's necessary for me to function the way I need to.What happens to your body when you don't get enough rest: You may get sick You gain weight You forget things and get foggy You are accident prone Reasons why you aren't getting enough rest: You take sleep for granted You rely on caffeine and alcohol Eating and drinking late Failing to wind down before bed
Listen to this episode for my top tips for getting rested more often.
We all parent differently, and maybe even differently than our parents did - so we have to get comfortable with our parenting style. Rhea Plummer went through this when she became a parent and realized she wanted to do things differently. Today on the podcast Rhea chats about how she got comfortable just being herself in motherhood, and all about the Fab Wives community that she built out of seeing a gap.Key takeaways: Why we have to work on getting comfortable with her style of parenting - being a mom her way What is a Fab Wife and why every wife needs a non judgement safe space How to intentionally show healthy marriage to our children
Jacquelyn Rodgers is another creative mom that I'm trying to keep up with! We talk about how she continues her love of being creative to cover up mommy guilt. She started as a working mom in consumer goods and now has created Greentop Gifts a line of Black holiday products for her son and now we can all have it!
Key TakeawaysUse something you love to do to combat any mommy guilt you may have and still support one of your hobbies. Walk around, get dressed, and keep your desk hidden are her tips to make working from home easier. How Greentop Gifts came to be in just a few months - out of an idea for something she wanted for her son! Follow Jacquelyn!
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For Sabrina Seymore, motherhood came naturally to her. She is an event planner and entrepreneur while growing a community of confident women called The Prevailing Woman.
Key TakeawaysSabrina shares her plans to transition to a new field and how she's thought out all of the steps Why your goals for your kids might come before your personal goals at times How to mother your own way Follow Sabrina
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Even before I was stuck in quarantine, I wasn't doing what I needed to wake up earlier than my children and get a few things done. I realize that the morning is a great time to knock out some work, write in my journal, or just shower alone - but I have been slacking. Now, I'm getting serious about waking up earlier and this is how I'm going to do it. Listen to the episode for more details and join us in The Dawning to challenge yourself to wake up earlier for 10 days.Benefits of Waking Up Earlier Reduces Stress Gain Time Time to take care of yourself Healthier Day How to Become a Morning Person Pick the time you want to wake up everyday - be consistent Start with a list of what you want to do Use Technology to Your Advantage Plan at Night Be Flexible and See What Works
Join The Dawning, a challenge to help us all get up earlier and see the benefits of a great morning routine.
Members of the challenge will get:Daily emails with journal prompts, a prayer or meditation, and to do list template that you can fill in Text reminders Access to the pop up Facebook group
Prayer has helped Chyrstal get through some of the hardest times in her life. Hard days are going to happen for everyone, so building in times for prayer, talking with God, and hearing from Him can make you that much more able to handle the difficulties and ups and downs of motherhood.Key Takeaways
How prayer changed Chrystal during one of the hardest seasons of her life
Dealing with disappointment from unanswered prayers
Why it’s so important to have raw and authentic conversations with God
How to wait on God’s answers to your prayers, and still have peace
Why your prayers matter for more than just you
Get your copy of Chrystal's new book: The 28 Day Prayer Journey!If you enjoyed this episode, you'll love these:
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Whew, it's a lot going on in the world today. But you also may have a lot going on at any point in time. Finding the good in your situation can certainly help you get through it.
This week I'm talking about what I'm taking away from the quarantine and social issues regarding racism that have come up once again. There are things that I'm able to do that I would have missed out on or not done if I was at work all day being my normal distracted self.
I also shared what some of you said you were taking away from all this into your "new normal".
Erykah St. Louis is a mother, wife, activist, and artist who is working daily to figure out how she wants to parent.
I'm glad we had this conversation about why it takes time to really figure out how we want to parent, what we want to expose our children to, and what works best for us.
Hearing other moms like Erykah talk about what it takes to make these transitions towards becoming better parents is encouraging.Listen to Erykah's podcast, The M Word Podcast Follow Erykah on Instagram Make sure to join the Mommifaceted community to get more straight to your inbox!