I found Ani on my favorite social media platform of all time...can you guess? Yes, Periscope. She was sharing the most incredible experience and her raw emotions as a mother who has experienced loss and I dropped everything I was doing to hear her words and fell in love with her instantly. She has changed lives by sharing her feelings and today you will feel every range of emotions from sadness to joy and gratitude!
Ani and her husband led a very calm and "easy" life until a month after their second daughter Ruby was born. Realizing some things in hear health weren't quite right they were thrown into a whirlwind of chaos where they helped Ruby to fight for her life for several months before losing her to a liver disease she had been born with. Ani shares details of that time in her life as well as the moment she had to let Ruby go. It's a hard listen but it's a beautiful story of a mother's love and how cherished each child is that comes to us, even if just for a short time!
Both Ani and her husband tried to be organ donors to Ruby but the pieces of their livers they could have used were both too large for Ruby's tiny body. They waited for months for an organ to come, dealing with the huge scope of conflicted emotions that accompany that desire. Essentially someone else must lose a child for your child to live. So while you're praying for a miracle you know it will come at the hand of someone's loss. Ani never even thought about the possibility that she would lose Ruby, but was more worried about how Ruby would handle the surgery when a liver did come. She maintained courage and faith through the entire journey and her world was shattered when the miracle shed'd been hoping for did not happen.
I love that Ani expressed that while it seems she didn't get her big miracle in this life to have Ruby survive and get the transplant she needed, the real miracle is that she will get to see her again, that she is her daughter forever and that she got to have that special bond with Ruby while she was on this earth. She feels honored to have been her mother and looks forward to a day when she can see her and snuggle her again.
This chat with Ani as well as all of her periscopes remind me to not complain about the trivial things that come with parenting. There are parents struggling and hurting daily with sick children or loss who would give anything to have their biggest problem be endless poopy diapers or a messy home. If we are trying to put positivity into the world and enjoy all the wonderful things around us we will be creating more joy and positive uplift for those around us!
I asked Ani some tips for friends or family who don't know what to say after a loss. While it seems like the phrases you've heard a lot will be the right thing to say, they can in fact be the hardest for parents who have lost children to hear. For example, "They're in a better place...it happened for a reason..." etc. Things that are GOOD to say... say their name. Talk about how this person impacted your life. Ask about the person, what they were like, any opportunity to let them share about the person they have lost.
I am SO grateful to Ani for sharing her story here and for bridging the gap that so many of us face, whether we are on the side of the spectrum as a mother who has lost a child or on the opposite end wondering how to support and love our dearest friends who are hurting. Stories like these need to be shared more and we need to remember wonderful spirits like Ruby! I love that Ani and her husband started the Ruby Jane Foundation so that they could serve in her name and have an outlet that helped them to heal!
Keep up with Ani and read the whole journey with Ruby on their family blog.
And go check out the Ruby Jane Foundation as well!
Hey Marvelous Moms! Today is an episode I've been looking forward to sharing with you for a while! I stumbled across The Doll Kind on Instagram months ago and was so intrigued by this new company I reached out and wanted to hear their story! I am sharing the whole back story with you all today and what The Doll Kind is all about!
I absolutely love how this journey began for Victoria, a small moment that helped her realize that people are not born mean, we all come into the world full of kindness and love and at some point we learn how to be unkind. She yearned to ensure her own child could always maintain a spirit of kindness and slowly the idea for The Doll Kind came to her. She teamed up with her amazing friend Jackie who has helped make it even more amazing and together they are spreading kindness to the world and teaching children the joy of service!
So are you intrigued? Have you searched it out on Instagram? The Doll Kind is an amazing movement where you can buy a sweet doll that comes with 10 heart tokens for children to give to people as they desire. And for every doll purchased a child in need will receive a free doll. Everything about this is geared towards service and I cannot WAIT to get mine!
You can go support their Kickstarter campaign which is live TODAY until May 14th!
And Follow The Doll Kind on Facebook and Instagram as well!
Thanks Victoria for hanging out with me and letting me get to know you a bit more! Everyone go support The Doll Kind NOW! There's nothing I love more than seeing a mommy make her dreams come true, especially when that dream makes the world better for her children and the rest of the world.
Hey friends, I'm switching the schedule up a bit because...I can! It's my show! Haha, mostly because I have an awesome guest tomorrow and I want to share it on the same day they launch their new business so that you guys can see what it's all about! Are you intrigued? You should be.
In the meantime I'm sharing a short little blurb of feelings today about how you CAN keep going even when it feels like you can't. You're a mom and you're amazing. You have the best but hardest job in the world and even when it seems like you can't take another step, I PROMISE you that you can.
I hope you all have a great Wednesday and are enjoying every episode!!! Talk to you again tomorrow with a very special guest!
Michelle got me SO ready to conquer some bad habits with baby steps! Just that day I texted her later on and told her I was out on a walk, later in the day than normal but I STILL did it as a result of our chat and how possible she made it sound to make small changes that will have a big effect!
Michelle turned to healthy eating to get pregnant with her daughter and has since helped other women to change their health choices and listen to their bodies so they are not only feeling great but able to function properly and with energy! So much of what we feel and express outwardly is a result of the foods we are putting into our bodies, and no two bodies are identical (obviously) so we cannot all eat according to the same regimen or plan. Healthy eating can help with conception, healthy pregnancy and a healthy lifestyle as a mom. I really like that she acknowledges how difficult it can be to eat well when you are stressed out as a mother but we ALL know what a difference it makes!
Our First Steps is Michelle's blog turned business that gives women the tools the need to have amazing health and to overcome obstacles that are keeping them from living an abundantly happy life!
Thank you Michelle for all the AMAZING information and for sharing a bit of your motherhood journey with us! I need to listen to this on a weekly basis to remind myself how to create better habits and have a healthier lifestyle! :)
Jenna has made a huge difference in my life with her friendly personality and willingness to help others grow their online businesses! Starting with her own boutique she has always been determined to make some sort of extra income for her family. She made me giggle when she said if she didn't have a way of doing online business she'd be an Uber driver or have a paper route. I think we can all relate to wanting some extra spending cash and the flexibility to make money from home. Jenna has mastered many ways to do just that and is inspiring many women every day to create, learn and be successful in their own businesses. I really wanted her to share bits of her journey for those of you who may think you don't have time for anything else! With a husband in law school and two small children she is working with those extra hours to both contribute to their household and feel fulfilled in a wonderful productive way!
Jenna now runs an online blog where she can literally do work with nothing but her cell phone and a laptop. You can check out her amazing blog Hello Fab to see what she's up to these days in the online world. I love her posts there and that they vary between fashion tips and deals and also mompreneur advice!
Jenna spoke my language when she admitted that even if she didn't have a lot going on with her business she still wouldn't have a spotless house or gourmet meals on the table every night! And that running her business is an outlet and really something she does for HER...that happens to make money!
Jenna fills us in with some of her expertise on how to make money blogging! If this is something you've been wanting to do, this is the episode for you! Jenna has put four years of hard work into her amazing blog/business and it shows! She's super talented and someone I drop everything to watch on Periscope!
I absolutely loved it when Jenna said, in regard to our interview: "Let this MOTIVATE you. You are wonderful and perfect no matter where you are at in your entrepreneurial or motherhood journey you just gotta get going!"
Come listen in to get all of the amazing advice and inspiration Jenna offers in our chat!
And thank you Jenna for being so amazing, inspiring me as a mompreneur and woman and for all that you are offering the world through your beautiful example!
You'll need to listen to the full episode to hear every single beautiful miracle that happened for the Carlin family in the past 15 months as they went through one of the hardest experiences of their lives. But for here, for the notes I'm including Miracle #12 that Lara mentioned on the podcast. It's so beautifully written and she articulated everything so well on the podcast, I cannot wait for you to all listen and be inspired by hear beautiful faith! So in her own words:
"Looking back, I suppose the biggest miracle of all, is the fact that our God, the creator of this earth and all of it’s inhabitants thereon would hear my prayers, and provide my family with the miracles we needed. These miracles did not always come exactly how I hoped they would come. And they definately did not come when I had hoped they would come. But they came nonetheless. And our small, insignificant, and ordinary, family was blessed in a very large, significant and extraordinary way. Not only did the heavens open and pour miracles down upon us, but we felt surrounded by hosts of heavenly angels that provided us with peace comfort and strength during the biggest trail of our lives, as well as angels in the form of our friends and neighbors here on earth who quickly headed to our Heavenly Father’s divine inspiration and came to our rescue time and time again."
Thank you Lara for your beautiful words and for allowing me to share your story here on Marvelous Mom's Club!
I'm bringing this awesome question to each and every one of you who is either a listener of the podcast or a follower on other social media outlets for Marvelous Mom's Club. Because of a recent Periscope where people heard me asking my guest what made her a marvelous mom, other moms have joined in and shared what makes them marvelous! So I thought, HEY what if everyone within the sound of my voice or the reach of my typing were to share what makes them marvelous? And what if they invited their friends, sisters, aunts and mothers to share what makes THEM marvelous? How many beautiful answers and perspectives would we all get to partake in!? So from now on anytime you feel so inclined (and especially today please) use the hashtag #marvelousmoms and share either the photo I've posted on Instagram or Facebook OR a photo of your own and tell everyone what makes you a marvelous mom!
I can't wait to read all of your answers to gain insight into all of your marvelous lives!
Have a MARVELOUS day and I'll watch closely for your posts!!!
It is SO fun to take a peek inside other women's dreams and to see them fill needs within their own lives and cultures. Sailaja was awe inspiring to me, I was so excited just chatting with her about her endeavors and the reasons behind why she started her business- Bharat Babies. As an Indian woman raised in the United States with a huge passion for reading she realized later in life that many of the books with Indian characters did not correctly reflect the culture or how her culture works within the United States culture. She went on to create Bharat Babies and has in a short time gone from one book to five books for children of all ages.
Seeing a dream come true for another mompreneur is so inspiring to me and I can't wait to see how Sailaja grows her business. I particularly loved how she is already creating the formula and process for people of other cultures to do the same thing. I think it's wonderful that she acknowledges that it would be inauthentic for her to share their cultural traditions and ways of life and wants to simply create a way for even more diverse texts to come to fruition.
Growing up with a mother who was a teacher and a grandfather who is an author shaped and molded her love for reading. Books have always been a part of her life and as she studied anthropology she realized the lived reality she had as a child is not reflected anywhere in any of the programming she was meant to consume. I admire so much her drive and how she went on to create something that filled that need not only for her own daughter but for all others within her culture!
I LOVE that Bharat Babies is striving to send these books to schools even though there isn't always a budget for it within the school system. Her passion and desire for these books to be enjoyed no matter what is so infectious and I know her service and generosity will payoff tenfold.
Thank you Sailaja for inspiring me and for giving me some AMAZING ideas after I hit stop on the recording! I owe you BIG time! :)
Debi was SO much fun to talk to and food for my curious soul! I really enjoyed learning about unschooling for the first time a couple of weeks ago with Bethanie Garcia, so this was an extension of that conversation where I got to see it at the end of the process as her daughter is nearly done with her high school years and moving into her future as an adult.
It's such a fascinating concept and so unfamiliar to me yet so APPEALING to me to not wait until college age to let our children choose what they want to do with their lives. Why do we keep them limited during the years when they are the most likely to explore their passions and what they are prone to love? As a free spirited person who loves now chasing after my dreams, I cannot imagine imposing this stifling lifestyle onto my children when they are young adults!
I really loved hearing how unschooling is actually really against the grain for Debi who is an avid organizer that loves structure. She's not forcing her comfort zone onto her children rather letting them use their curiosity and drive to pursue what they are interested in. I love how that displays selflessness and trust in her children that we all need to have more of!
Thanks so much Debi for sharing your time and insight with me and all the other Marvelous Moms who may want to pursue different avenues with their children's schooling! It was such a pleasure!
Karen took a very nontraditional route when growing her family. She has experienced some of the most drastic routes parents take to bring children into their homes and I absolutely loved hearing about her journey!
Fertility issues made it hard to get her first daughter here, but they were able to conceive and bring her into their family biologically. When they started suspecting some of the same patterns with fertility they decided to jump right ahead into the adoption route. The adoption happened rather fast and with two children now in their home she felt a little while later that she still needed more children.
Listen to hear the complete story of how she adopted from Haiti and the nightmarish ride her family went on trying to bring her son and daughter to the United States so that they could be a complete family!
Stories like these are so fascinating and I love how motherly love transcends tradition, race and culture and that when you know a child is yours you just cannot deny it. Karen's story is inspiring to me and I know there are many more mothers who desire to adopt from countries outside the U.S.
Her account will both bring you an awareness of the realities behind international adoption and remind you the lengths mothers go to for their children, biological or otherwise!
Thank you Karen for the amazing peek inside your adventures that led to such a happy beautiful family!
Kristin's story is so raw, real and inspiring to me and I could picture myself being in her exact situation feeling her exact feelings if I were to be given the same trials to overcome. After signing a book deal for a fiction novel she had written and passionately worked on she noticed a mass on her breast. Suspecting the worst due to the urgency of the "push" or prompting she felt she was not surprised to learn it was breast cancer.
With two young children at home already and not feeling that she was done having kids, she was faced with another obstacle, choosing whether or not to go through IVF treatments to preserve her eggs for future pregnancies. She again felt a very strong push and went through the treatments to keep her future babies lives safe. She compared that time in her life to standing alone on an island with a volcano about to erupt and giving her future children an opportunity to be born while she weathered the eruption. Such a beautiful analogy and one that made me cry until we were done speaking.
Kristin shares the process of writing her book and it's amazing concept and how she's writing it's sequel for her devoted fans! Her book deal kept her going through the hardest of days. It's one I'm excited to read!
And the IVF treatment paid off, exactly one year after her cancer was gone she had the embryos put in and surprise! Twins!
She said it so beautifully when she explained that rarely does cancer give anything back. It usually just takes away, so for it to have given her the gift of her twins, if that was the only way they could have come then it was worth every step.
Kristin's courage, tender heart and motivation to lead such an amazing and fulfilled life is so inspiring to me, and I am honored to share her story with you!
Hey Marvelous Moms! Today I'm sharing some of the past, a little bit of the present and what to expect in my future!
My motherhood experience has been a rocky one and I'm still learning every day how to nurture my kids in the best way they possibly need. I'm sharing a bit about my journey with my oldest son and how he has kept me on my toes as a mother. Just when I think I've figured it all out he sends me through the ringer and I'm back at square one! Come hear some of his crazy stories!
New exciting things are happening in my life with a huge change that happened in our lives- I'll share a bit of that with you as well!
And finally, LOTS of Marvelous goals will be shared on the podcast, website, instagram and Facebook page that will really spread the Marvelous Mom's Club message far and wide! I'm very excited about the future of Marvelous Moms and love all of you who have been with me from the start! :) Come listen for a little bit today, a nice short episode to get your day started!
Katelyn was such a delight to talk to! I absolutely loved getting to know her and you will too in today's episode! Katelyn has a pretty amazing instagram account that you'll love if you are a Trader Joe's fan- you can find that HERE!
I love connecting with other mothers as the host of this podcast because it fulfills me and reminds me that I'm not alone in any of my perceptions or excitement in this journey of being a mom. Katelyn's perspective on motherhood really resonated with me and I'm excited for you to hear about everything we chatted about from kids names to homeschooling adventures.
I LOVED hearing about how she has a little mommy meeting by herself at Starbucks with her books, planner and everything else she needs to be prepared for the week and then does her Target and Trader Joe's run right after. DUH! We all should do this! When do mommy's get a break? Oh...never? Let's remedy that ok? Tell your husband's it was your friend Katelyn's idea and she's really happy and her husband LOVES letting her have that time so they have food in the house, a happy wife...whatever you need to say to sell it. :)
I imagine Katelyn being that totally organized amazing mom you look at and think, "How the heck does she do it?", and this episode gave me a great glance into her life and some ideas on how I can get on top of (and stay on top of) my daily life!
I honestly can't wait to have a beach day and hang out at Disneyland with Katelyn, it's such a blessing to find a mother who inspires you and Katelyn does that for me!
And once again guys- go check out TRADERNATION!
Brittney had dreams of becoming a mother- but was prepared to wait a bit longer than six months into her marriage to start a family. But as life likes goes- she was thrown a curveball and found out she was pregnant!
Just as she had gotten used to the idea that she would be a mother- life threw another curve ball at her 17 week appointment and revealed that she'd have twice the opportunity to learn motherhood- surprise! It was TWINS!
Listen to how she went from newlywed to mom of two sweet babies born at only 32 weeks with NICU care and how she balanced her time to devote her heart to both of her new littles.
I loved hearing about how life has changed even now with them being 18 months old and to see that she's clearly survived the sleepless fog that overtook her life for the first several months of the twins being part of the family. Hearing her speak now you'd never guess she had ever felt unprepared for motherhood! Her enthusiasm and love for her kids is intoxicating and I loved hearing all about her adventures as a twin mom!
If you or someone you know is expecting multiples this is a great one to share! Some of the little things I'd never think of are explained as well as the joy behind being a mother to multiples and the lessons she's learning along the way! Thank you Brittney for sharing your unique journey into motherhood!
Kate is one of the strongest people I know- and I've followed her life through social media for over a decade now- through beautiful amazing memories and staggering heartbreak. I've watched her navigate through territory nobody ever expects and have seen her grow into her role as a single parent with grace and humor.
Life never goes according to plan, even after years of planning! Kate never expected to find herself 8 months pregnant moving back in with her parents as her marriage ended. But that was her reality and a few years later she is now rocking it as only Kate can rock- working to support her insanely handsome little boy Gray and to pass along her love for adventure to him.
Come listen to hear more about her story- her "Saturdates" and what her plans for the future are!
Thank you Kate for being an amazing guest and sharing your story with us! It was so fun getting to know you for REAL :)
Heidi is someone I've admired and watched for a few years now, her photography skills are mad crazy good- and she is actually the photographer who took over our studio lease in Southern Utah when we moved here to California. She has made it far more than we ever did and I am captivated by her images of babies and children that are just flawless and beautiful.
Beyond that I knew very little about her until she sent me a message one day on Facebook asking about the podcast and the ins and outs- curious about whether she might be up for starting her own. She has her own story of courage and overcoming her fears that were a part of her makeup for as long as she can remember. She's always been anxious and scared of things in life that would be normal for most others. And that fear carried into her teens and young adulthood until she decided enough was enough and she wanted to take control of her life.
Through family struggles, health issues and regular growing pains that life throws at you she has conquered many of her fears and created a life full of success and love. She is a marvelous mom and I'm happy to share her story with you!
Today it's me- Kirsten, the host of this marvelous podcast talking about some of the tender moments I've experienced this week as a mother- and talking REAL about how difficult this job can be at times. How exhausting and draining it is and how easy it is to revert to negativity. How HUMAN it is to feel down, to feel like a failure and to want to wallow in those feelings. And also how insanely rewarding it is to jump outside of that mentality to more amazing feelings of love and pure joy. Being a mother gives us the capacity to feel any and all emotions in the course of one single day. In one moment really. And it's what we choose to do with these amazing emotions that decides the types of mothers we are, the happiness of our children and the peace we feel in our homes. I keep learning- every single day I make mistakes and wonder why it can't come easier. But nothing worth doing is easy- and I'm learning to LEARN from my kids and to take cues from them. I'm realizing the power of positive thought and positive words- how building up a child with love and tenderness is far more rewarding than cutting them down or trying to "fix" them.
Enjoy today's episode- I know I enjoyed recording it for you and sharing some of the most sweet feelings of motherhood love
Cancer- it's such a dirty word and brings with it so much fear and negativity. So many people have lost their lives to cancer and even more have survived and gone on to thrive in a new sort of way. Desirae is a breast cancer survivor and had a long battle with it resulting in double mastectomy and even hysterectomy. With four young children she was faced with one of her hardest life struggles to date and learned many lessons that can be passed along to all of you!
Faith in God, family and friends and an amazing support system and blogging were her biggest tools in staying positive and fighting through the yucky days to survive not only the cancer but the effects thereof afterwards. She started something called "pink days" where family and friends would send pictures in of them wearing pink, sending her love and support which made the entire process much less painful. Most cancer patients either keep the whole process very private or share it all to help them cope. Desirae was a talker and on top of blogging her journey she kept a journal which led to her "accidental book" that she self published- One Day at a Time- My Journey with Cancer. When going through her own personal struggles she felt that at the time there was really nothing with a spiritual base that could help her get through her fight with cancer- so her book fills a need she felt she had when she was in the middle of the hard days. And as she said, we all have a cancer of sorts so this book can really benefit everyone faced with hard challenges!
Beyond just the struggle with cancer she has had a lot of mental healing to do- can you imagine living knowing cancer is always playing a silent role in your life? The fear that could overtake you if you always worried it would come back? The PTSD you'd experience when recalling the awful moments spent during the darkest days? It think it's so important that Desirae put that out there- it's so much more than cancer- it changes you for the rest of your life. The life you are SO grateful to be living!
Something I think we can all take away from episodes like this is the reminder that life is SO precious. Be it our own lives, the lives of our children and those we love, we need to let the small things go and appreciate each breath we take because we never know how long we'll be allowed to enjoy this beautiful life. Let the messes and piles go- hold your kids and love each moment spent with them.
I loved hearing how it was hard for Desirae to believe her family could function without her there 100% as she recovered and fought cancer. I think too often we try to do it all- to be everything for everyone and it's important to allow people to serve US sometimes. To realize that someday we want to give service with a heart full of selfless love and to feel the love of others as they are striving to lift some of our burdens. There are earthly angels all around us waiting for a chance to help us!
You can keep up with her blog and ever evolving journey HERE ON HER BLOG!
Thank you Desirae for sharing your message- that we ALL can DO HARD THINGS! Your story is inspiring and I am so thankful you have written your book and will help to lighten other people's burdens in this life!
Bethanie became instantly one of my favorite people the first time I spoke with her on the phone. Another modern day marvel thanks to social media I only know her because of a photo her husband posted of her coming home from a taping of the Steve Harvey show where "New School Moms" vs "Old School Moms". Ben, my husband is actually the one who found the photo while Disney hashtag searching and we were super intrigued to hear their story and what made them so "unconventional". She was totally up for talking and we chatted on the phone for 20 minutes and I felt instantly connected to her because she just GETS IT. She's a dreamer, just like me. And she understands how Disney plays a role in having a life full of dreams! She just takes it to an even cooler level as a professional princess and she's married to one of the most TALENTED costume designers I've ever met.
I love when she explained the joy of being a princess and looking into little girls eyes and telling them their dreams can come true. I think you REALLY have to believe that is truth to share it with children and I can totally understand how it would be an emotional experience to carry such a beautiful message and to deliver it with little dreamers! And she even SOUNDS like a Disney princess- don't you think? I love that she is pursuing such a wide array of dreams and goals all while being a marvelous mom to her three beautiful kids! And teaching them that no dream is too big, you are never too old to pursue what you love! For example, she started dancing as an adult and while most people would feel "too old" to start up a new talent, she is going after it anyway and teaching her children a valuable lesson!
Bethanie and her husband are a bit unconventional in that they are currently "Unschooling" their children. It sounds so scary and odd but the more I've learned about it the more I realize it only sounds weird and scary because it's different and think about this- every person who has had crazy success in life has stepped outside of the norms to create their own amazing life. So while it seems like a hippy idea- it's actually resonating with me more and more and I'm realizing that YES why WOULDN'T you want to teach your children how to be responsible adults and to let their creative curiosity guide their knowledge? They are learning at a young age how to set goals and work hard to achieve them! You can read so much more about this on her blog listed down below!
I love when Bethanie started talking about possibility- this isn't an exact quote but she said, "Your life is whatever you believe it is. Your reality is whatever you want it to be! You don't have to focus on sadness- you can create something so much more magical and beautiful- you can create whatever you want to live in. Once you start believing the world is a good place- you start noticing the good even more. Life snowballs in a really great way."
Thank you Bethanie for sharing your story, for being so charming and wonderful and I am so excited to take Disney by storm with you! :)
Nicole Walters aka "Scoprah" is an amazingly talented and successful business woman who has inspired thousands of people to go after their dreams and achieve a monetized life. What does that mean exactly? It means that no matter how much experience you have in business it is possible to monetize. Whether it be monetizing your appearance and the looks you display on Periscope or monetizing a seemingly fruitless business, she gives people the tools to become financially free through her website www.themonetizedlife.com and her wildly sought after program 1K1Day. But that's not her whole story. And it's not even the best PART of her story. The thing I love most about Nicole is that she is first and foremost a MOTHER.
Nicole is my age and has three "tinies" as she likes to call them. They are foster daughters she opened her home to when their biological mother was facing struggles with addiction and a period of incarceration. Rather than let these three sisters go into the foster system and possibly be split up she and her husband (or hubbin' as she lovingly refers to him on Periscope) took in all three girls, 16, 13 and 4.
Today she is striving to give them they life they deserve. They have gone from days of not having three square meals to knowing that a college education is possible. They have a home filled with love, structure and knowledge. With Nicole as their foster mother they have doors opening to them daily and the cycle of limiting beliefs they might have been subjected to has been stopped.
One of my favorite moments was realizing that while Nicole is not biologically tied to these daughters, she understands that deep rooted love that comes with parenting. She looks at her girls and doesn't know how anyone can doubt the existence of God- in those girls she sees everything that is beautiful and right with the world. It's a joy that only mothers know. And it proves that children need not be flesh and blood, our souls are linked and that maternal instinct is so inherent and beautiful!
Nicole has achieved large amounts of success in the last 7 months, beginning when she quit her job live on Periscope in front of 10,000 people. She left behind a pretty comfortable job to pursue her dreams of entrepreneurship full time and to give those corporate strategies to regular every day people who were striving for success. People like me. Her passion for what she does is wonderful for two reasons. 1. She really genuinely wants people to be happy and successful in their businesses and lives, and 2. Her motivation for her own success goes far deeper than her own rank or bank balance. She knows that if her girls attend college she'll be the one cutting the check. And even now while they are all home she knows it's imperative they have a loving and comfortable home- complete with black shutters and a red door.
Listen in with us and hear even more about her journey, her struggles in motherhood and how she applies the principles of entrepreneurship to parenting and how you can too!
Thank you Nicole for being an open book and inspiring me and so many others to work hard towards making our dreams come true- as people and especially as mothers! You are truly a MARVELOUS MOM!
Michelle is Marvelous to me and has been an example of how to nurture some of those characteristics in our children we may not fully understand or appreciate. As a mother with children the same age I have observed how she has dealt with her oldest son and his energetic spirit. I was blown away once when I saw a video she had posted online of her son Carter working with flashcards and naming all the capitals of countries. It could have been one of those moments that made me feel like a failure as a mom but it actually fueled me to work harder and to find out how I could hone some of Connor's skills (since he keeps me on my crazy toes). It led me to buying some really cool technical toys he loved that tapped into that engineering obsession side of his brain. (You can see one of my faves below).
Sometimes we are blessed with gifted children who blow us away with their intellect and sleek learning curve. I love how Michelle described moments when her son asks her questions and she either makes up an answer or says she doesn't know, to which he replies "No mom, this is the right answer." He already knows! Can any of you relate? Do you feel totally unfit to be teaching such bright kids with a quick learning ability? I know that some of the struggles I've had as a parent are from not understanding what to do with all the energy and curiosity of my kids. Not realizing those things that drive me nuts are actually the things that make them completely brilliant! Having people like Michelle to watch helps to realize there is SO much we can do for our skills to enhance their God given talents and traits!
Hello lovely ladies! Today I'm talking about a reconciliation of sorts that has happened for me emotionally as a mother in the past few days. Before I started this podcast I was a lot like most moms. I catered to my kids, loved getting out of the house and hated cleaning. I still hate cleaning but because I've been so absorbed in the podcast and all that goes with it I haven't been getting out as much. In fact when I go out it's for a REALLY good reason. We don't even go out to eat much anymore. We try to plan our time so carefully that there's little opportunity for wasted moments. And that's not to say we don't have FUN! It's rare but we do watch the occasional movie, we go outside for walks and play at the park, we go shopping etc. But we used to be going out and about EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
I would go to Disneyland weekly with my kids by myself. We would have zoo days in San Diego, and during the summer we are at the beach at least 3 days per week. What's changed? I became laser focused on my goals and we have all been so much better for it! We all work hard, we have fun and we value all of our time not just part of it. We love weekends and live for family time and a chance to do things together.
But the other day I realized I sort of miss that spontaneous version of myself that had no cares in the world and could just skip around town, spend hours at Target and go grocery shopping 3 days per week. I miss the unplanned park visits, the play dates with friends and the long Disney days. I love my work- but I love those past moments too. So I'm chatting today about one thing that makes me Marvelous- my ability to have FUN with my kids. And whether that's reading to them or checking out 500 books from the library because I want to teach them ALL the things, or dropping it all to have an adventure day, I just LOVE that I have kids to play with and create memories with!
I'm finding a way right now to bring both worlds together a bit more and to let that spontaneity fly it's flag a bit higher. I can't wait to bring the carefree me and the hard working me together- I think magic will happen...
Caroline had the traditionally perfect life, great job, healthy family, thriving in every way. But something was missing and she searched out a different path for her life. Today you can find her mothering her two daughters from home as she coaches other moms and helps them build their businesses that work for them! She shifted to a life of purpose and is now living that amazing purpose and helping other women do the same, whether it be a start up or a budding empire, she's using her skills and expertise to empower women all over!
I love when Caroline talked about how she had to learn to receive- learning to receive praise joy, love and God's abundance so that it can overflow from her to her family and children! How easy is it to get hung up on the discomfort of receiving and being blessed? And on the flip side how cool is it to feel the joy that comes from receiving all these things and allowing them to bless us in even bigger ways?
I also love how she touched on the fact that we are actually doing the best we can- it's not all moments we are proud of but we are doing the best we can in the moment. And those moments of "failure" are the ones that push us to become better, kinder and stronger mothers for our children. The growing is all a part of the process!
Something I've been talking a lot about lately is how important it is to love yourself before you can give love to your families and children. I love how Caroline really drove this home and explained how critical it is to take care of ourselves, to be kind to ourselves and to allow that growth to carry over into every aspect of our lives!
Caroline has two amazing books out and it was fun hearing how much thought and meaning went into the covers of each book. Listen in to find out more!
This is not an easy one to listen to friends- it's a real and very RAW story about every mother's worst nightmare- losing a child. And Tiffany lays it all out there without reservation. My heart breaks a little more every time I hear this story and I hold each of my babies a little closer to me. The strength that Tiffany has had to acquire to make it through this life without her first born Ollie is incredible and speaking to her you'd never know right away what she has faced in her life. And while she'll never be completely "over it" and still hurts in only the place grieving mothers can understand, she is sharing her story and healing day by day and is a MARVELOUS mom to her two children still living on this earth.
Her story is one of faith, faith that there is a beautiful life beyond this world where her son waits for her, faith that it was his time to go, and faith that she can carry on and be the mother God intended her to be to her other children. I love that she meditates and allows herself to go to a place of quiet peace where she can feel those tender feelings and inspiration that draw her even closer to her son. I love that she expresses herself in such a beautiful way and is helping other parents to heal through her blog and other connections.
I hope she will carry on and do her own podcast for grieving parents. It's a life struggle that far too many people are acquainted with and like any other trial, people need other people to get through the darkest days to find light and joy again. If you know anyone who would benefit from a podcast like this please reach out to me and I'll let Tiffany know how strong the need is for a message like this to be shared continuously.
You can follow Tiffany's journey and read stories of her family on their blog- The Hebbs.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for opening up and sharing those tender feelings you have with other Marvelous Moms!
Jackie is AMAZING and hearing her story reminded me that I should NEVER complain over a headache or mild discomfort in my life. She is battling pain each day with diagnosed Rheumatoid Arthritis which makes even opening a baby bottle an overwhelming task. Talk about a motivational person who makes me want to be better every time I talk to her!
Jackie and I connected through the marvelous world of Periscope- and if you're still not on there-WHY NOT? You are missing out on some amazing women with incredible stories! All you need to do is follow me and see who I'm following to check out the amazing world of "Scope Sisters" who are encouraging each other and rooting for each other from the comforts of home! You can find me @marvelous_moms and Jackie: @jack_attacks_ra
Jackie has been in tough situations trying to weigh the pros and cons with medication while pregnant and after the birth of her son who came prematurely. She finally came to the point where she no longer wants to rely on medication to make her feel better- she wanted to take her health into her own hands and see if her diet and exercise habits could lead to a healthier and happier body. And I want to say- this cannot be an easy task with a body that screams out in pain when she pushes too hard. The patience that would be required is mind boggling. Don't you just LOVE how strong the women of this podcast are? It inspires me in the deepest way!
I love that Jackie touched on the fact that no matter whether we have an autoimmune disease or NOT we all have a struggle in life, and we all need to learn to love ourselves. "It's ironic that my body hates my body". She firmly believes that her body started believing the words she told herself. I'm so happy she's rewiring her beliefs and realizing how much power she has in her mind! To hear her say those words was so exciting and made me so happy.
Something I love about social media is the ability to follow someone's journey right in the middle of it. I can't wait to see Jackie work hard to accomplish her goals and share her process with us all! You can follow her on her instagram account HERE.
Thank you Jackie for sharing your story with everyone and for being an amazing mommy friend who is dedicated to the same cause! I love you!