Shara is an awesome woman I met at the Wannabe Balanced event this year. She's a mother of two, a news anchor for KSL, and overall boss mom! This is a great episode with a peek into what it's like to be a full time working mom and basically rock all aspects of your life.
Naimah Shaw is a mother to four kids and a successful blogger. She was born and raised in Guyana, South America. She home schools her kids and has always loved being a writer and sharing her passions!
Chelsea Andersen is mother to four kids. Her oldest son is in his early 20s and this episode focuses a little bit on a trial they went through with him as a family! Even when things seem horrible, it is possible to find beauty in everything.
I met Natalie through Periscope last year and she has an amazing story! So many of you have been through heart wrenching experiences and it's beyond comforting to know you're not the only one. We all have our trials, but the struggles that come with a newborn baby are unmatched when that sweet baby has serious health problems! If you need a little more inspiration in your day… this episode is for you.
Samantha Naud is an incredibly sweet person and it was wonderful to interview her. I can tell just by talking with her that she mothers her children with grace and respect. She has four children, and home schools them all (even the baby!) Listen to this episode so you can hear some great parenting inspiration and motivation. She's all about adventure and learning!
Jen has seven children ranging from the ages of 5-27. For the past few years, she has dealt with chronic pain and illness that makes it tough to be a good mom. But she's just as marvelous as the rest of us! She writes a blog, Chronically Positive Mom, that is geared toward helping other sick moms find ways to cope with the struggles of illness during motherhood. Not only that, she has a book coming out on June 23! It's called "The Sick Mom's Guide® to Having Fun Again: If I can do it, you can too!" and you should totally check it out.
This week's episode is with Jesika Harmon, mother of five on Earth and two in Heaven. Jesika has some great advice for teaching and being an example to our children, and she also shares some profound experiences. Listen to hear about what she calls "such a beautiful journey."
Jen Riday is the host of a podcast called Vibrant Happy Women, and she is the epitome of that name!
Ladies, be aware that major creative and special sparks flew during this episode. The synergy that can happen on a podcast interview is kind of amazing. I LOVED Jen when she interviewed me on her podcast, and loved her even more when I had the chance to chat with her for an episode of MY podcast! She is a remarkable insightful woman and you would be smart to follow her podcast as well as this one.
We talked a lot about motherhood and how imperative it is that we create joy in the center of our homes. I LOVED how she compared mothers to the sun, with planets- our kids and spouses- orbiting around us, and how if we are happy it effects that orbit and energy. It's the phrase, happy wife happy life, right? But a lot more spectacular than that.
The best thing that happened on this episode was the validation of how IMPORTANT it is to take care of myself before I can take care of my family. Following my dreams, passions and desires only makes me better, it doesn't take away that love I have for my children!
Meditation is something I have been thinking about, as well as this craving for yoga, and Jen brought all of it right to me with her belief that an hour of yoga is as good as weekend away.
Thank you Jen for having such a great conversation with me, sharing your insight as a mother of 6 children and proponent of happiness and vibrance!
Aimee is one of my friends all the way back from my immature crazy high school days. If you had told me back then that we'd get to connect as adults and be friends like we are now I wouldn't have believed you! Aimee and I had very different life situations back then, but it's amazing how motherhood and just adulthood in general can bring you together.
Aimee reached out to me months ago to see if it would be a good idea to share a bit of her story and her life with my audience- and I immediately knew it was an important episode to share. Aimee suffers from Lyme disease and is one of countless people who endure chronic illnesses. It completely changes the flow and expectations of her motherhood and life. I am so honored to share her perspective with those of you who I KNOW need her message!
Listen in and share with a friend who needs to hear this!
Thanks Aimee for being brave!
Today's episode is special for several reasons, but the main one is because the guest is my own sister! Ashlee went through something all too common in motherhood: postpartum anxiety (and depression). We thought it would be important to share her story while it's still fairly recent and fresh in her mind. In addition to being a new mom, Ashlee is reaching for her dreams to make a new album. She's crowdfunding the project on Kickstarter!
For a free download of one of her songs, visit:
and click "more" then "download."
I hope you can gain insight or find comfort from listening to our conversation, or from listening to Ashlee's music!
You might recognize the name Al Carraway from her book "More Than the Tattooed Mormon." She is a writer, public speaker, and mother to two young children: Gracie and Christian. Despite flunking public speaking class, Al now speaks multiple times a week and has won awards for her speaking. In her episode, she talks about her faith and how it has pushed her to be who she is.
Lindsey Shipley is an RN, international board certified lacation consultant, childbirth educator, and mom of two. She created Lactation Link to give women the confidence that is so essential when taking care of newborn babies. Lindsey created a business by seeing a real issue that needed a remedy. Listen to her story!
Jenny Wecker is a young mother of two who also owns and runs the amazing company Fawn Design! She started sewing when she was five years old and always knew she was supposed to do something important with her creative side. Listen to her story to find out how she came up with her idea, be inspired by her hard work ethic, and realize you can do amazing things too!
Hey everyone! Today is a great one for all you foodies or moms wanting a little reset on your eating routine. I love Sam's tag line- you can't eat clean without getting dirty!
If you think about it, most convenient food isn't messy. We gravitate to fast food and easy meals to prevent further work in the kitchen. Raise your hand if you've ever ordered in just because you CANNOT do another dish. My hand is up.
I love stories that include someone finding silver lining in a hard situation. Sam had major digestive issues for most of her life, and as she got to the bottom of what was causing it, she developed a way to eat. And it hasn't only benefited her, but those around her and anyone who wants to take advantage of her research and planning!
Tune in to listen to more and get started with Sam's meal planning subscription to help you make meal time healthy and easy!
Beth is one of my favorite people, who I met on....yep, you guessed it- Periscope! I owe my entire life as it exists now to that amazing platform!
Beth and I met in real life less than a year ago at a blogger conference and I kind of wanted to stick to her like glue. She was the real deal, a salt of the earth honest to goodness person. I admired her and everything she stood for- and still do!
What I first knew about Beth was her incredible cake making skills. She'd prop us up in her kitchen as she live streamed while baking and mixing and frosting all kind of treats. She also shared stories about her kids, her challenges and her testimony of God and her faith. I am honored to be able to share in even more depth, her story that has touched my life.
This is truly one of the most marvelous moms I know and I'm so proud to call her my friend!
Thank you Beth for being brave enough to share it all and inspire so many with your words!
Melanie is one of those girls who you talk to an instantly feel at ease. She gets motherhood- you know? Really gets it. She is so fun to follow on Instagram because she has these adorable perfect dimples, and four kids who are just as cute! She and I chatted a lot about motherhood and what it looks like today. The expectations, the highs and lows, all of it. She sees this journey for what it is- a sanctifying process that really makes us amazing. She also shares how she's realized the power of magnifying and sharing our talents- not only for our children but for ourselves. As we continue to grow as women, we have so much to share and offer to our children and to the world. I loved everything about this episode, and am so happy to share it with you all!
PJ is the mother of 8 children that are all homeschooled and help run the family business. They work on a goat farm that produces amazing products from the goat milk they have in excess. PJ transitioned to a natural and organic life for her kids and wanted to feed raw goat milk to her children. The very act of having the animals added to their homeschool experience and family environment. Realizing the goat milk could be used for more than just consumption, PJ started down a path that has completely changed her life!
What began as having a few dairy goats turned into a full fledged million dollar business that ships goat milk based products all over the country!
I loved how she talked about opportunity cost and the value of doing things you should be doing can sacrifice time spent on something actually worthwhile or beneficial! So many nuggets of info here, and that was one that especially stood out.
Listen to her episode to hear the whole story! It was so great to chat with PJ about her life. She was kind enough to offer a free soap for all my listeners! Head to GOAT MILK STUFF to get yours!
Thank you PJ for being a marvelous mom and for sharing your story with all of us! It was so inspiring and fun to listen to!
Today you're going to hear a slightly different episode! I let the amazing Whippycake (remember her from episode 79?) interview ME on the podcast!
In honor of International Women's Day I was really excited to share more about my own story as a mompreneur business owner! I love sharing stories of my guests and have been asked a lot lately to share more of my own background and what a day in the life is like for me!
So sit back and relax and enjoy the fun twist on today's episode! Thank you Whippy for being an amazing host!!
Have I mentioned before how excited I am to have the means and time to travel the world? We're getting closer every day, and talking to people who are actually doing it keeps my fire lit!
I had the chance to sit down with Jessica Gee from The Bucket List Family months ago while she was in Turkey! I was so pleasantly surprised to see how normal she and her family are, in spite of their extraordinary lifestyle!
I was so inspired by Jessica and her family, as well as so impressed about how they spread their happiness with others. They are such a service oriented family and are spreading goodness all around the globe. Jessica and I talked about what it has been like traveling the world with two young children, and what she's looking forward to when they take a break from their travels.
Thank you for taking time between ocean dives and safaris to chat with me Jessica! It was so fun!
Today's episode is all me, your host, Kirsten (you know me, right?) sending my voice into cyberspace for you to listen. I'm sharing some pretty personal stuff about what life is looking like for me right now and how so many bumps and bruises have led me to a GLORIOUS rainfall! I used to hate rain...ok I still kind of hate rain. I'm a summer soul, born in June and I love the sunshine. Gloomy skies mean gloomy moods for me. So thankfully the rain I'm speaking of is hypothetical, and the best type of rain anyone can hope for. The rain of abundance. After spending a year working harder than I've ever worked, I am reaping some amazing rewards and I wanted to share that with you!
It's only fair to get to hear the good stuff, after sharing some of the struggle along the way, right?
I don't know that I've ever talked this long on my own without a guest, so I hope it proves how much I had in my heart to share! I've tried to record this a few times and today it flowed freely.
So enjoy, find some inspiration (I hope) and peace, knowing that all hard work pays off!
Have a marvelous day!
To say this episode is long overdue is an understatement-- we recorded it last summer! Jenica and I met at the Elevate bloggers conference and I adored her story, her baby bump and everything about her positive attitude. I asked her then and there to be on the podcast...only to find out she was already booked as a guest! Apparently someone had already referred her to me and we had jumped at the opportunity to chat with her! Even after all that over-preparation we still got behind airing her episode since I wanted to chat with her AFTER her twins were born. Between both of our crazy lives it took months and months to happen. But I know you'll love her story even if it has been a while since she first told it to me!
Jenica went through three rounds of IVF before finally conceiving her twins, Goldie and Harris. She shares the heartbreak and how she got through those staggering times. I think you'll be inspired by her perspective, whether you've experienced her exact trial or not!
Listen and enjoy and share this episode with anyone needing a little pick me up who might be going through the same thing!
Thank you Jenica for sharing your story with us!
I promise you don't have to have the name Wendy to be a part of this awesome book!
Wendy really helped me gain some serious, needed perspective with my life when we chatted. I'm telling you ladies, I have the BEST job ever!
I was in a place of feeling so incredibly unbalanced with my life. I still feel that way now, but the coolest thing I learned from Wendy is that there is more of a rhythm that happens in life, rather than a perfect balance. The rhythm will change daily, weekly, monthly etc. but as long as we are aware of that we can really feel more balanced! In her words:
"I don't believe in balance. I think we find rhythm in work and family, but never balance, and that's okay. Most of us work full time jobs, and give our family the left overs. That's not balance. Or we become obsessed with our family, and are not able to do well, or enjoy our work- that's not balance either. When we can find a way to love what we're doing, and when we can feel that it is important and making a difference, we're able to be PRESENT in what we're doing, when we're doing it. Rhythm happens when you can be fully present with your family when you're with them, and then fully present with your work, when you're working. Finding rhythm makes seeking balance irrelevant."
Go listen to the rest of our chat to learn more about Wendy and the failures that have led her to success! It's a good one! I mean...aren't they all? I have the most marvelous moms on this podcast!
Can we all just state the obvious- that I'm the LUCKIEST girl in the world to get to chat with amazing women who also enrich my life with information?
Shelly gave me such an incredible gift a few months ago when she did a health coaching call with me. It was right after that I decided to just get my act together and get my thyroid checked. Since I did have some irregularity it changed my whole life to be able to get the medication I needed to take the right steps towards overall health.
Shelly is so easy to talk to and listen to and I know you'll enjoy today's episode with her! Thank you Shelly!
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Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HealthyMamaHustle/
Randi came into my life at a time when I needed her most. Being a busy mompreneur comes at a cost and I had just started homeschooling my oldest son. I was overwhelmed, discouraged and had no idea how to even begin to create the family of my dreams with all these new circumstances!
Soon after our chat on the podcast I was able to take Randi's parenting course and it was AMAZING. Not only was the content informative and broken down into bite sized pieces busy moms can handle, her coaching calls were SO helpful.
Randi has this ability to see things in a different way than you might see them and can really help you dissect every issue you are facing to help you feel like you can conquer your shortcomings and obstacles. Her course will open up again soon, and in the meantime you should definitely check out her coaching!
Thanks Randi for sharing your knowledge and love on the podcast!
This one was INCREDIBLE to me. So many mothers and stories have come to me on this podcast but none really like this one. We all face extreme obstacles sometimes, and this is a case where those obstacles might have seemed completely insurmountable. Considering how strong the clutches of addiction are- I consider it a miracle when anyone escapes and can create an amazing life. This is a must listen! To hear more from Wendy you can grab a copy of the book- Success Through Failing or attend the summit! Summit.successthroughfailing.com
Thank you Wendy for bravely sharing your story, I know it uplifted me and opened my eyes so much!