59 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
30.Mental Health and Intergenerational Trauma as Asian Americans with Dr. Jenny Wang
Our interview today is the perfect example of why I created this podcast. I walked away from my talk with Dr. Jenny Wang feeling very emotional, moved, and inspired. As Asian Americans, we both have commonalities in our upbringing, yet each have a very special story that is our own. Dr. Wang shares with us what her purpose-driven journey has looked like over the years, and gives a unique and powerful explanation of mental health. Dr. Jenny Wang is a Taiwanese American clinical psychologist and national speaker on Asian American mental health and racial trauma in the Asian American community. Her work focuses on the intersection of Asian American identity, mental health, and social justice. She is the founder of the Asians for mental health community. In this episode we discuss: Intergenerational trauma Experiencing the professional world as an Asian American woman The idea of shame in the Asian culture Encouraging and reframing ideas around conflict The complex relationship between us and our elders Strategies to help our communities in crisis Talking to our children about race Connect with Dr. Wang: jennywangphd.com Instagram: @asiansformentalhealth For full show notes and more resources, head to mommy-diary.com/podcast. Connect with me on Instagram @mommydiary.
29 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
29. My COVID-19 Story
I can't believe I'm saying this, but I recently contracted COVID-19. I tested positive after taking a trip to Seattle to visit my parents. We wore masks, sanitized, and took all the precautions we knew how to. However, I know now that traveling still comes with risk no matter how prepared you are. In today's episode I want to share with you where I believe I contracted the virus and the moment I knew I needed to take a test. I'll describe what my first symptoms were and how they progressed over time. The virus slowly made it's way through my family with the exception of my youngest kids. Luckily we are all okay and almost fully recovered after experiencing mild cases. Stay safe and continue to wear your masks friends! For full show notes, head to mommy-diary.com/podcast. Connect with me on Instagram @mommydiary.
45 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
28. Normalizing PPD and PPA with Therapist and BCBA, Michelle Tangeman
No matter how many books you read and classes you take, becoming a mother is not something anyone can prepare you for. My guest, Michelle Tangeman, wholeheartedly agrees. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, as well as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Michelle was likely more informed than most women about raising babies. That is why she was surprised to find out she was experiencing postpartum depression. We can both agree the scariest part of PPD is the feeling that it is never going to end. I'm here to tell you that it's temporary. I'll say that again - it's temporary. Seeking support is the best thing you can do for yourself and there are so many resources available. After all, taking care of yourself is the best way to take care of your family. In this episode you'll learn: 3 symptoms of postpartum depression How dads are affected by postpartum depression Signs you should seek help Tips for mothers experiencing symptoms The difference between "baby blues" and postpartum depression Connect with Michelle: thrivingtoddler.com michelletangeman.com Instagram: @thriving.toddler
52 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
27. Understanding Pelvic Floor Health with Dr. Heather Jeffcoat
The secret's out: peeing your pants after birth does not have to be your new state of normal. Yes, you read that correctly. I was just as surprised as you to learn that physical therapy can be the answer, and my guest, Dr. Heather Jeffcoat, is the expert. Heather is the owner of Femina Physical Therapy with 3 Los Angeles locations. She is pilates-certified and a certified fascial stretch therapist. Today she's providing us with valuable knowledge on the functions of the pelvic floor and the importance of it's health. During this episode, Heather exploits myths about vaginal pain and the benefits of pelvic health. This is very important because she stated 9 out of 10 women have pain during sex after birth. There is no doubt that pelvic floor physical therapists are the best kept secret in medicine for moms. In this episode we discuss: Normalized postpartum issues that really aren't normal How pelvic floor examinations are done by physical therapists Pain during sex after childbirth The four functions of the pelvic floor Symptoms treated by pelvic floor physical therapists Connect with Heather: FeminaPT.com Instagram: @feminapt Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tiktok: @theladypartspt Book: sexwithoutpainbook.com (receive 20% off with code DIARY20) For full show notes, head to mommy-diary.com/podcast. Connect with me on Instagram @mommydiary.
44 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
26. 8 Things to Try in the New Year
I'm so excited to be back with season two of the podcast. I hope 2021 is going well for you so far. If I'm being honest, I don't feel very refreshed, even after the holiday season. As a reminder to myself and all of you, I'm sharing some of my favorite ways to help feel refreshed in your everyday life. We all deserve a nice comforting space to let our minds and bodies rest. Over the years I've found such peace and success with implementing rituals like essential oils, weekly decluttering, and sleep. In this episode I discuss: 8 ways to improve the flow of your life My favorite natural elements to bring into your home How to use a smudge stick to cleanse your space Why I use clean products Why I feel strongly about putting our needs first For full show notes, head to mommy-diary.com/podcast. Connect with me on Instagram @mommydiary.
34 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
The 2 Words That Brought Me Here
Can you believe 2020 is almost over? What a year it's been. For me, it's been one of the most challenging years ever. With that being said, it's also been the most transformative year full of growth, gratitude, and learning. Today I'm reflecting on two words that led me to where I am today. These words gave me the push I needed to start my blog, my podcast, and to build a community of like-minded women who each have their own story! In this episode, I share: How I've learned to hold space for myself this year, despite the constant chaos The effect gratitude can have on your life Why self-talk can affect your growth My human design experience This will be my last episode of season 1! Thank you all so much for listening. It means the world to me. I'll be back in January 2021 with fresh new episodes and some incredible guests. Until then, you can connect with me @mommydiary on Instagram and at mommy-diary.com. Happy holidays friends!
65 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
A Deeper Look Into Special Needs Parenting with Speech Therapist Celina Wright: Part 1
I'm grateful to have a very special guest on the show today. Her name is Celina Wright, and she is my daughter's speech therapist. She is like a part of my extended family, as she has been one of our greatest supporters during our special needs journey. Celina is a child of God, mother, speech therapist and advocate for people. She was introduced to the world of special needs first as a mother and then as a professional. Her oldest son, Jacob, has forever changed the course of her life and her family's life. She is indebted for his presence in her life which set into motion her growth as a mother and her passion as a speech therapist. 11 years later and she is still on fire for the field she works in. Helping families and students is a calling. She's grateful for the spaces and relationships this calling has brought her to. This episode is extra special because Ms. Celina shares her experiences as both a professional in the world of speech therapy, and also a mother of a special needs child. We both dive into emotions we've experienced while parenting our special needs children, and how they constantly model important lessons of empathy, patience, and joy. In this episode, Celina and I discuss: The various stages of life that we go through as parents and professionals The important relationship between a family and their therapist Steps that parents should take when they feel their child needs to be evaluated Advice for parents who are looking for a trusted therapist/provider for their child Resources: Connect with Celina on IG @speakingwrightfromtheheart Connect with Angela on IG @mommydiary For full show notes, head to mommy-diary.com
52 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
Staying Mentally Strong During Challenging Times with Amy Morin
For many of us, the year 2020 has definitely tested our mental strength in many areas of our lives. Author and therapist, Amy Morin, is on the show today to discuss the topic of mental strength, particularly during difficult times. Amy Morin is an international bestselling author, the host of the Mentally Strong People podcast, and she lives on a sailboat in the Florida Keys. She gave one of the most popular TEDx talks of all time and she's been featured on media outlets like Good Morning America, Today, and the Hallmark Channel. Amy shares how she accidently became an author after publishing a letter she wrote to herself during an emotional time in her life. Rather than listing out things to do when you're going through hard times, Amy shares what NOT to do. On this episode, Amy and I discuss: the difference between mental strength and mental health how parents can help their kids build mental strength gender biases embracing self doubt You can with Amy on her website, amymorinlcsw.com or on Instagram @amymorinauthor. For full show notes, head to mommy-diary.com/podcast!
37 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
8 Tips For New Mothers
Whew, this year just doesn't get any easier does it friends? I'm feeling a lot of nervousness and anxiety about our country's current state and life in general. As hard as it is, I also believe this is a collective awakening and a time of transformation for many of us. All of these emotions that we are feeling is a lot like motherhood, especially when you become a mom for the first time. Motherhood affects us in ways that we could never anticipate. The surprising thing is that this new role often changes every aspect of your life - your priorities, your inner thoughts, and your relationship with your partner, friends, and other family members. Today I want to share my best tips for new mothers. Even if you aren't a mom yet, or even if you're already a mom of two, three, or four kids...I think you'll find this advice useful. In this episode I cover: where mom guilt stems from why perfection is unnecessary accepting that it's normal for old friendships to fall away once you enter motherhood learning to be okay with what's out of our control Are you enjoying this episode? Take a screenshot and tag me on IG @mommydiary. For full show notes, head to mommy-diary.com/podcast!
37 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
Motherhood and Social Media
Do you have a love/hate relationship with social media? This seems to be a fairly common opinion. We often hear only negative things about social media platforms, and the effect that it has on our lives. Many of these concerns are valid. However, there are also a lot of wonderful things that come out of platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and YouTube. When you are a parent, you have to navigate social media not only for yourself, but also for your children, and maybe even your business. Whether we like it or not, social media is not going anywhere, so we need to teach our children how to use it wisely. Today I'm filling you in on my view of social media, and how I balance it with motherhood. In this episode I cover: Using social media intentionally My best practices for safety with kids and social media Comparison of relationships, lifestyles, and material things on social media Setting social media boundaries with your children My reaction to negative experiences and comments For full show notes, head to mommy-diary.com/podcast! Follow along with me on Instagram @mommydiary.
70 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
Building a Personal Brand Online and The Importance of Pivoting with Ashley Samadani
Have you ever felt like you aren't living your purpose or your passion? It's never too late to change that. I'm talking all about these topics and more with my guest today, Ashley Samadani. Ashley is a mom to a 4-year-old daughter, former special education teacher turned blogger, and personal branding coach for Mompreneurs, helping them to build out a framework to create message-driven impact as well as multiple income streams online. Ashley and I are diving into making the transition from a 9-5 career to running a business from home. Tune in to hear how Ashley made these transitions, even when fear showed up time and time again. In this episode, Ashley and I discuss: The importance of pivoting your business as needed Not being afraid to start small Showing up and serving your audience The benefits of creating a personal brand To connect with Ashley and check out all her incredible resources, head to ashleysamadani.com. Join her Elevate Academy Facebook Group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ElevateAcademyGroup/ For full show notes, head to mommydiary.com/podcast!
65 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
The Rainbow Crew: Who Are They And Why Are They Here?
Have you ever heard of the rainbow crew, or rainbow children? Today I have a wonderful guest who is going to tell us all about this special group of children. Her name is Julia Treat. Julia is an internationally renowned psychic medium, Angel intuitive, spiritual teacher, author, and podcaster. Julia is telling us all about how she went from being a speech pathologist to a psychic medium and spiritual teacher. She shares how she discovered her gifts, the first time she communicated with the Other Side, and how she found healing when she needed it the most. In this episode, Julia and I cover: Indigo, crystal, and rainbow children Who the rainbow crew is, and how they help us heal The importance of loving ourselves Pushing past challenging times For full show notes, head to mommydiary.com/podcast!
30 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
The Value Of Networking With Other Women
I haven't always understood the value of networking. I used to think the word networking sounded fake and forced. I thought it was something that people did just for opportunity. Now I know it's so much more than that. In my experience, networking can lead you to creating genuine and lasting friendships in both your personal and professional life. There is so much value in connecting with other like-minded women. If the idea of going to a networking event terrifies you, you're not alone. I felt the same way when I attended my first in-person summit. If you can push past your fear and self doubt, I promise that it will be worth it. In this episode I cover: The value and benefits of attending an in-person or virtual networking event My experience with my first networking event, the Mom 2.0 summit Why it's so important to invest in your hobbies How empowering it is to get out of your comfort zone
39 minutes | Sep 21, 2020
Growing Your Family: The Journey Through Each Child From #1 to #4
Having four children was not always my plan. Each child has brought a different experience to my life and taught me something new about myself and about motherhood. Today, I'm diving into what the journey has looked liked as we've transitioned from one to two kids, two to three kids, and finally three to four kids. In this episode I discuss: Why the transition from one to two kids was the most challenging for me How having multiple children affects the relationship with your partner The importance of asking for help when you need it For full show notes head to mommy-diary.com/podcast. Connect with me on Instagram @mommydiary!
72 minutes | Sep 7, 2020
Asian-American Identity, K-beauty & What BLM Means to Asians with Professor Heijin Lee
I can't wait for you to hear from our guest today. Heijin Lee is Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University who specializes in Asian-American studies. She is currently working on her forthcoming book,The Geopolitics of Beauty, which maps the convergence of pop culture and plastic surgery coming from South Korea and has been featured on National Public Radio's Code Switch, Korea Society's "K-Pop 101" series, and at KCON discussing beauty, pop and power. Being Asian-Americans, Heijin and I have had many similar experiences in life. We are both passionate about starting a dialogue in regards to where Asian-Americans fit into the conversation of racism. Today we're going into a deep dive about both the concern we have for our children and our country's future, but also the pride we have in the younger generation of being powerful advocates for minorities. On today's episode, Heijin and I discuss: The different meanings that Korean beauty takes on How the standard of beauty in our culture is changing Social media's influence of taking Korean culture products to a new level The model minority myth and where it stems from How to talk to our children about race For full show notes, head to mommy-diary.com/podcast!
83 minutes | Sep 1, 2020
Natural Induction, Unmedicated Birth and Racial Disparities in Maternal Care with Brittany Kelly
Brittany Kelly joins us on the podcast today, and we are covering all kinds of topics, from motherhood and beyond. Brittany is a mother of four, a mommy blogger, and YouTuber. She seeks to share stories and information supporting and encouraging mothers during the first five years of motherhood. Brittany is very knowledgeable on natural steps to take for inducing labor and has had multiple unmedicated births. She even shares her story of birthing her daughter in the car! In this episode, Brittany and I also discuss: Parenting multiple children Focusing on the joys of motherhood Methods for inducing labor at home Healthcare disparities that black women face in pregnancy and childbirth For full show notes, head to mommy-diary.com/podcast.
32 minutes | Aug 24, 2020
Photography Tips and Tricks for Families
If you are working hard to build your Instagram page, blog, Etsy shop, or simply a parent who wants to capture beautiful photos of their children, then this episode is for you. One of my greatest passions is photography. I think it's the perfect way to capture ordinary moments, which turn into priceless memories that you can look back on years from now. Today I'm sharing all my best DIY photography tips and tricks for you. In this episode you'll learn: 7 simple ways to improve your photography at home The differences between using an iPhone and a professional camera Fun ways to keep you and your kids happy during a shoot Tips on wardrobes and appropriate settings for your photo shoots Best beginner cameras for bloggers and moms Head to mommy-diary.com/podcast for full show notes and more parenting and lifestyle resources!
35 minutes | Aug 17, 2020
Pet Loss and Grief For Parents
If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that my sweet dog, Bibi died unexpectedly a couple weeks ago. I've always wanted to do a podcast episode about pets, I just never knew it would be during these circumstances. My father is a vet, so I've grown up around animals my entire life. I've been present for the birth and death of animals, but this experience has been different for me. Bibi was so important to me and my family, and I have had a difficult time accepting that she is gone. In this episode, I'm sharing how I've been feeling since Bibi's death. I've learned that people grieve differently, especially men and women. I am a very sensitive and empathic person, so it's taking me a long time to come to terms with what's happened. In this episode I also discuss: Why grieving is so difficult as a mom Explaining loss to your children The special role that pets play in our family What Bibi's death has taught me If you are grieving a loss of any kind, it is my hope that you're giving yourself time and grace to work through it. Head to mommy-diary.com or @mommydiary on IG for more resources.
62 minutes | Aug 10, 2020
Shifting Our Mindset About School At Home
It was so nice to sit down and record this episode with my good friend, Sally Kim. Sally is a teacher turned stay at home mom and blogger who runs Lovestalgia- a nostalgic life, lived with love. She creates content about homeschooling, Disney, and life with an only child in Orange County California. As an introvert, she never thought she would be sharing snippets of her life on the internet, but here she is. With a new school year is quickly approaching, things are looking much different than usual. Some students will be returning to school, while many will be beginning another round of distance learning. As a homeschooling mom, Sally will shed light on her experiences homeschooling her seven year old daughter. She'll also tell us her story of transitioning from a teacher to a blogger. In this episode we discuss: The basics of transitioning from public school to homeschooling Tips for being home with your child all day The idea of "deschooling" How we can support our kids without losing our patience Shifting our mindset as parents when it comes to school at home Advice for moms who want to start a blog Whatever decision you are making as parent when it comes to school for this upcoming year, just know that we will all get through it together. You've got this! For more tips and inspiration, head to mommy-diary.com or connect with me over on Instagram @mommydiary To enter my monthly giveaway for a $100 Amazon gift card, subscribe and write a review for the podcast! Screenshot your review and email it to email@example.com.
18 minutes | Aug 3, 2020
Parenting During a Pandemic
I have been working from home for about six years now. Let's be real though, working from home during COVID-19 is not the same. I've been having a difficult time juggling motherhood and work during this time. With four kids at home and my husband working full days, I am struggling to make it all work. I literally cannot even take a shower alone! I'm feeling the pressure of managing my business and my home, as well as guilt for not having the time to play and relax with my children, who I know are bored of being at home all day. Today I wanted to do an episode of my honest feelings of parenting during this pandemic. I know I'm not the only one feeling this way! I mostly want you to know that if you're feeling overwhelmed and stressed out right now, you're most definitely not alone. For more tips and inspiration, head to mommy-diary.com!