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Mom Camp: Around the Campfire
53 minutes | Nov 28, 2022
Nerd moms, finding joy, and making cooking fun: A chat with Kelly Ryan from Nerd Mom Nutrition
In today's episode I am chatting with Kelly Ryan, founder of Nerd Mom Nutrition. Kelly is a certified holistic nutritional consultant, a certified culinary nutrition expert, and a coach. Her focus is healthy food in a fun and simple way, helping families find ways to make their meals more nutritious but not more complicated or time consuming. If making your family meals more nutritious seems like a lot to take on, Kelly has an awesome way of simplifying healthy cooking to take away the potential overwhelm. She has a lot of great tips and tricks, and this chat is a lot of fun. You can find the full show notes, Kelly's bio, and contact info at www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
25 minutes | Nov 14, 2022
Navigating big feelings at home: A chat with Rachel Bailey
I today's episode I am chatting with parenting specialist Rachel Bailey. Rachel has a podcast called Your Parenting Long Game, and she works with families with kids who have big feelings and big emotions. Every household and family looks different, and Rachel supports parents through various challenging situations that can come up at home. Our chat focuses on how parents can reduce the emotional burden that comes with managing these often very stressful times. This one definitely hits home for me, and I know it will resonate for a lot of people. You can find the full show notes, including Rachel's bio and contact info, at www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
33 minutes | Oct 31, 2022
Making sure you're in the memories: A chat with Nicole Smith, founder of Flytographer
In today's episode I am chatting with Nicole Smith, founder of Flytographer. I am obsessed with this company and totally inspired by Nicole as a mom and entrepreneur for creating such an incredible service. If you don't know about Flytographer, it's kind of like AirBnB for photo shoots, anywhere you travel. She has created a massive network of photographers in 400 cities around the world, and a seamless central booking system. But it's so much more than that, and Nicole shares what she loves most about the service. We booked Flytographer for our family trip to Maui and it was awesome (shoutout to Taena!). We came away with the best souvenirs possible, beautifully captured memories. It was easy, quick, and super fun. Nicole and I chat about how so often moms are the ones behind the camera, and don't show up in the family photos as much as everyone else. Photos can be a legacy for your family and you need to be there too! You can find the full show notes, Nicole's bio, and contact info at www.momcamplife.com/flytographer.
38 minutes | Oct 17, 2022
Emotional wellness for moms: A chat with Dr. Missy Gryder
In this episode I am chatting with Dr. Missy Gryder. We are chatting about burnout and emotional wellness for moms - where burnout comes from, how to recognize it in yourself, the stress response, and how to recover from it. Burnout is hitting moms at a record rate in the last two and a half years, and Missy shares how we can rebuild our resilience and create emotional wellness for ourselves. She shares some practical, doable strategies that can be implemented right away. This is a big episode with a ton of great info. It's one that you will probably want to go back and listen a couple of times to catch all the great tips! You can find the full show notes, Missy's bio, and contact info at www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
29 minutes | Oct 3, 2022
Unwrapping and rewriting your dreams: A chat with Amy Beeman
In this episode I am chatting with Amy Beeman, about a major life shift that happened to her about six months ago. Amy shares how she is processing, and in some ways experiencing a loss of identity. She is now figuring out who she is, beyond the career she knew for so long. Ironically, Amy published a kids' book right around the time this transition started called "Unwrap Your Dreams," and she is now following her own advice and is in the process of discovering what her new dreams might be. This is a raw, honest conversation about a challenging and unexpected season of like. Thank you, Amy, for sharing the parts that aren't always sunshine and rainbows. ❤️ You can find the full show notes, including Amy's bio and contact info at www.momcamplife.com/amy-beeman.
37 minutes | Sep 19, 2022
Finding a therapist is like bra shopping: A chat with Natasha Ghosh, MED, PhD, RCC
In this episode I am chatting with registered clinical counsellor and professor of psychology Natasha Ghosh. Our chat is all about demystifying therapy and how to find the right therapist for you. Natasha compares the process to bra shopping, and has some really helpful tips about how you can ensure you find the right "fit." What to look for, things to think about, and questions you can ask in the first consultation. Natasha is so amazing, and she really helps to make the whole process very accessible, and gives you tools to take away the overwhelm of finding the person who can best support you. It's an awesome conversation, and we had a lot of fun chatting about this important topic. You can find the full show notes with Natasha's bio and contact info at www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
35 minutes | Sep 5, 2022
Welcome to the jungle of motherhood: A chat with Anneliese Lawton
In this episode I am chatting with writer Anneliese Lawton. We are chatting about all things motherhood, maternal mental health, and losing yourself in motherhood. Anneliese shares about her book coming out this Fall called Welcome to the Jungle: A Frantic Journey Through Motherhood and Self-discovery. It's an open, raw, honest discussion about what brought her to write the book, and we talk about some of the most challenging times in those early years of becoming a mom. This is an awesome conversation and she is doing some very cool things in the online space for moms, so definitely have a listen! You can find the full show notes, Anneliese's bio, and contact info at www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
44 minutes | Aug 22, 2022
Like a Mother: A chat with Julie Cole, co-founder of Mabel's Labels
In this episode I am chatting with Julie Cole, co-founder of Mabel's Labels. Julie recently published her book Like a Mother: Birthing Businesses, Babies and a Life Beyond Labels. As a mom of six, a successful entrepreneur, a mentor in so many things, Julie has an incredible perspective to share. Her book is a blend of personal stories, sage advice, life hacks, and humour. It's awesome. This is a fantastic chat and Julie is one of those people you could talk to forever, about anything. We talk about her book, the pros and cons of labels (the title type of label, not the awesome physical labels Mabel's Labels make), self-care, parenting autistic kids...we cover a lot. Grab your earbuds and your beverage of choice, and join us for this great conversation. You can find the full show notes, Julie's bio, and contact info at www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
26 minutes | Aug 8, 2022
Reframing rage as a call to adventure: A chat with Ashley Kim
In this episode I am chatting with Certified Professional Coach Ashley Kim about the subject of rage. Ashley works primarily with moms, helping them to address rage and reframing the emotion and associated guilt into something more aspirational - a call to adventure. Ashley explains what she means by that phrase, and how you can use those moments of rage as signals to teach you about your innermost thoughts. It's a great chat and definitely offers a lot to think about! You can find the full show notes, Ashley's bio, and contact info at www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
40 minutes | Jul 25, 2022
Changing how you think about sleep: A chat with Terry Cralle, RN
This week I am chatting with Terry Cralle, RN. Terry is a sleep hygiene expert, and we are talking about all things sleep and sleep health. Sleep is foundational when it comes to mental and physical health. We chat about how challenging it can be for moms to get that recommended 7-9 hours a night, and Terry shares some tips for changing your perspective on how you think about sleep. Sleep is one of the most basic and important things you can do for yourself, and finding ways to prioritize it in your life is the epitome of self-care. You can find the full show notes, including Terry's bio and contact info at www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
44 minutes | Jul 11, 2022
Intentionally building your village: A chat with Taran Conwell of Undomestic Mom
In this episode I am chatting with Taran Conwell, host of the Undomestic Mom podcast. We've all heard the saying "it takes a village to raise a child," and today we are talking about how you can intentionally build your village. Taran is passionate about the concept of a mother's helper, she explains what this is, how to find one, and she has some great tips for when it comes time to hire someone. We also talk about asking for help, a concept that is often hard for moms to actually put into practice. Asking for help looks different for everyone, depending on the level of help you might need. This episode is all about intentionally building a village of support around you that meets your needs, and the needs of your family. You can find the full show notes, Taran's bio, and her contact info at www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
27 minutes | Jun 27, 2022
The journey to honouring yourself: A chat with Meredith Dawson
In this episode I am chatting with Meredith Dawson. Meredith is such a light, and has such a huge passion for supporting moms. This chat is all about giving yourself permission to pause, and what that can look like in everyday life. Meredith speaks about how you can learn to honour yourself both as a human and as a mom, recognizing what value you bring to your life. Meredith has so many nuggets of wisdom to share throughout this conversation, you are going to come away totally inspired. You can find the full show notes, Meredith's bio, and contact info at www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
27 minutes | Jun 13, 2022
Creating holistic wealth in your life: A chat with Keisha Blair
In this episode I am chatting with Keisha Blair, author of Holistic Wealth: 36 Life Lessons to Help You Recover from Disruption, Find Your Life Purpose, and Achieve Financial Freedom. It's so much more than a book, it's a system or framework for how to think about your life differently. As Keisha explains, wealth isn't just about finances, this is about abundance in all areas of your life. I think the last two and a half years have made almost everyone re-evaluate their life in some way. This book and this episode are here at the perfect time, if you are looking to create "wealth" for yourself and your family. Keisha is passionate about helping people master the principles of a happy, joyful life, inspiring them to develop a greater sense of wholeness and resilience in times of difficulty. You can find the show notes, Keisha's bio, and contact details at www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
35 minutes | May 30, 2022
Bringing your mom superpowers into the workplace: A chat with Ada Slivinski
In this episode I am chatting with Ada Slivinski, founder and principal of the boutique PR firm Jam PR. As a business owner, Ada is passionate about hiring moms. She explains how she built her business as a young mom, and how she has created her business culture to make it welcoming and accessible for moms. We also talk about the super powers that moms bring to the workplace, from scheduling and prioritization, to the ability to juggle multiple projects at once. It can be challenging to return to work after a prolonged absence, and often confidence can take a hit as you begin to apply and interview. Ada shares encouraging words and inspiration to help moms reframe and reconsider all the awesomeness and value they bring. You can find the full show notes, Ada's bio, and contact info at www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
29 minutes | May 16, 2022
Recharging your batteries: A chat with Gladys Simen
In this week's episode I am chatting with Gladys Simen, owner of My Life Couch. Gladys is a life coach for working moms, and we chat about ALL the things. We talk about how important it is for moms to take time to recharge, and how to find time in your own life to do that. No one functions well when they are running on empty, but so often moms don't even realize they're at that point because it has become a way of life. Gladys shares her best tips for how to first identify when you're at that point, and then how to make changes. This is an important conversation, and I hope you come away with some new ideas how you can recharge your batteries and take care of YOU. You can find the full show notes, Gladys' bio, and contact info at www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
39 minutes | May 2, 2022
Healing your nervous system: A chat with Katie Connolly
In this week's episode I am chatting with Katie Connolly, owner of Glowithin. Katie shares all about her work in craniosacral + somatoemotional release healing, explaining what it is, how it can benefit moms, how she works with her clients. She works with parents educators, and kids, helping them to balance their nervous systems. We talk about how to notice within yourself when your nervous system is out of balance, and how to recognize your own patterns. This is a fascinating chat. Katie has a gift for explaining the connections between emotions and our physical bodies, and offers different ways we can release the tensions we might be feeling. These tools are invaluable as a busy mom facing all the challenges that come with #momlife. You can find the full show notes, Katie's bio, and contact info at www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
30 minutes | Apr 18, 2022
Cultivating sexual desire: A chat with Dr. Lori Brotto
In this episode I am chatting with Dr. Lori Brotto, professor in the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Women’s Sexual Health. Dr. Brotto is also the Executive Director for the Women’s Health Research Institute. We chat about cultivating sexual desire, specifically for moms. Moms that are tired, stressed, experiencing low libido - any of the things that might affect a mom's desire. Mom life can bring all kinds of challenges and some day (or weeks or months), intimacy can feel like the furthest thing from your mind. It's easy to get caught up in what you think "should" be happening, what's "right," or "normal." Dr. Brotto offers some great ways to re-cultivate sexual desire, tips on how to get things started, and some helpful ways to reframe the situation for yourself. This is an important conversation that doesn't get talked about enough. You can find the full show notes, Dr. Brotto's bio, and contact details at www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
38 minutes | Mar 21, 2022
Habit hacking for your life: A chat with Emily Nichols
In this episode I am chatting with Emily Nichols, host of the Self Transformed podcast. Emily works with moms to help them improve their lives through healthy strategies, basing her work on the science of habits. She calls her process "habit hacking," helping people introduce habits into their lives in a lasting and meaningful way. We talk a lot about habit stacking, a practice where you connect a new habit to an existing habit that you barely think about it. For example introducing a gratitude practice while brushing your teeth, or doing 10 squats while your coffee is percolating. Introducing new habits that will improve your life does not need to be overwhelming. Emily shares some simple strategies you can use to make it completely doable. You can find the full show notes, including Emily's bio and contact details, at www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
72 minutes | Feb 21, 2022
Moms Against Racism: A chat with Kerry Cavers
In this week's episode I am chatting with Kerry Cavers, founder of Moms Against Racism Canada. This is a huge conversation. In fact, I think I say the word huge about 60 times during the course of our talk. Kerry started Moms Against Racism in the wake of the George Floyd murder, and she shares how one small act of creating a Facebook group to help inform friends ballooned into the incredible, and growing, organization it is just two years later. We chat about a bunch of different topics under the umbrella of racism, including what exactly is meant by the term white supremacy, and how under-recognized the systemic nature of racism can be. Kerry helps shed light on some of the misconceptions, and also on areas of our lives that we might not even realize have come from a white supremacy structure. Things as simple as our basic vocabulary, and terms that have their roots in racism. Kerry shares how we can start dismantling any unconscious or subconscious racists beliefs we may have, and how we can start being actively antiracist. She teaches this work in an incredibly compassionate and open way, and understands that not everyone is starting from the same place. I know I am still learning, and it's definitely an ever-evolving journey. The important thing is to start. This is such an important conversation. You can find the full show notes, Kerry's bio, and her contact info at www.momcamplife.com/momsagainstracism.
47 minutes | Feb 7, 2022
The journey to emotional health and spiritual growth: A chat with Kailey Veenstra
In this week's episode I am chatting with emotional healer and spiritual growth coach Kailey Veenstra. This is an empowering, enlightening, inspiring, motivation conversation. In other words, it's a BIG one. Kailey is a recovering perfectionist and people pleaser, and she shares about the work she did to overcome these tendencies that weren't serving her. It's all about getting connected to your higher self. She has a gift for explaining things super clearly, making them very easy to understand - although you may want to listen a couple of times to fully digest all the goodness! You can find the video version, the full show notes, and Kailey's bio and contact info at www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
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