Motherhood Reimagined: When Becoming a Mother Doesn’t Go As Planned

November 30, 2017

At the age of thirty-nine, Sarah Kowalski heard her biological clock ticking, loudly. A single woman harboring a deep ambivalence about motherhood, Kowalski needed to decide once and for all: Did she want a baby or not? More importantly, with no partner on the horizon, did she want to have a baby alone? Once she revised her idea of motherhood―from an experience she would share with a partner to a journey she would embark upon alone―the answer came up a resounding Yes. After exploring her options, Kowalski chose to conceive using a sperm donor, but her plan stopped short when a doctor declared her infertile. How far would she go to make motherhood a reality? Kowalski catapulted herself into a diligent regimen of herbs, Qigong, meditation, acupuncture, and more, in a quest to improve her chances of conception. Along the way, she delved deep into spiritual healing practices, facing down demons of self-doubt and self-hatred, ultimately discovering an unconventional path to parenthood. In the end, to become a mother, Kowalski did everything she said she would never do. And she wouldn't change a thing. 

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Dharma Comics: Uplifting Comics On The Curious Journey Through Life And Love

November 23, 2017

Ever wonder who designed the stick figure meditator in Michelle’s podcast logo? Leah Pearlman is the creator and founder of Dharma Comics, a popular web comic series. She is also the author of Drawn Together: Uplifting Comics on the curious Journey through Life and Love. She had originally started her career as a technologist, most recently working for Facebook where she co-created both Facebook pages and the Like button, the very features that later helped her comics spread.

 

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Chapter 1: Mindful Parenting in a Messy World: Breathing Space

November 16, 2017

Michelle shares Chapter 1 of her newly released bestselling book, "Mindful Parenting In A Messy World: Living With Presence & Parenting With Purpose". Get a copy of Michelle’s new book at www.mindfulparentingbook.com where you can also register for a free instant webinar and Q & A

 

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Mindful Parenting In A Messy World: Living With Presence & Parenting With Purpose

October 13, 2017

Michelle shares the introductory chapter to her newly released book, "Mindful Parenting In A Messy World: Living With Presence & Parenting With Purpose" Listen in for chapter 1 next week! Get a copy of my new book at www.mindfulparentingbook.com

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The Reluctant Parent: Stories Of Love, Adoption, Diversity, And Self-Care

October 5, 2017

Michelle interviews the inspiring Lynn Johnson. Lynn is a visionary entrepreneur, speaker, girl advocate, and Co-Founder/CEO of Spotlight: Girls – a certified B Corp that inspires, educates, and activates girls & women to take center stage. A multi-media platform and summer camp, Spotlight: Girls gives girls the skills to step into their light and become the leaders we’ve all been waiting for. 

In 2016, Lynn raised over $300,000 in capital to grow her business and prepare to franchise Go Girls! ™ - their popular summer camp - nationally.  A sought-after speaker and facilitator, her work has been recognized by Ashoka Changemakers, SheEO, and ICA Fund Good Jobs. Lynn is the very first recipient of the Force for Good Fund, an accelerator focused on women/people-of-color entrepreneurs growing best-for-the world businesses. Most recently, she became the winner of SheKnows Media’s #ThePitch – a platform and video series launched to elevate, connect and coach female entrepreneurs.

Lynn works as a coach for Jenny Kassan Consulting and serves on the National Advisory Board of Teaching Artists Guild, the Board of Directors of the How Kids Learn Foundation, and the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women.  She and her wife and co-founder, Allison Kenny, live and work in Oakland, CA with their yappy dogs and squirrely Go Girl!, playing theater games at the dinner table and fighting to see who can be the bossiest.

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Tales From The Road: One Families Experience Traveling Across the US

September 28, 2017

Join us as Michelle chat’s with Aaron and Megan Schiller about their epic adventure traveling across the United States for three months in an Airstream trailer with their two daughters.

Megan and Aaron Schiller are the hosts of Muse & The Catalyst, a podcast about getting inspired and taking action to create the life of your dreams. Megan is the founder of The Art Pantry, a design studio specializing in children's creative play spaces. Aaron is a life coach who works with parents focused on their personal, spiritual, and professional growth. They are the parents of two girls, ages 9 and 5, and live in Mill Valley, California.

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Understanding Our Misunderstood Kids: A Different View On The “Difficult” Child

September 14, 2017

Listen in as Dayna Abraham, Author of the new book The Superkids Activity Guide To Conquering Every Day shares her philosophy on how parents can help empower their children. Be ready to flip your views and see how a child’s struggles and differences  can help them grow. Dayna is full of practical tips and offers a ton of free resources on her Website and Facebook Groups.

Dayna is the mother to three totally awesome superkids who inspire her every day to be the best grown-up sidekick they could ask for. When she’s not helping her kids conquer the world, she keeps busy by writing at lemonlimeadventures.com, writing books like Sensory Processing 101, STEAM Kids, and Learn and Play with LEGO®, and drinking lots of coffee. As a little girl, she wished grown-ups and other kids saw her as a superkid, so now she’s made it her mission to inspire kids like you to love who they are and embrace their differences.

 

 

 

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What is your Mother’s Quest? Digging Into Our Purpose with Julie Neale

September 8, 2017

Join Julie and Michelle as they discuss the importance and sacredness of mother’s connecting to their purpose. We also discuss how Julie’s quest has brought her closer to social justice work and you can listen in to her podcast with Nicole Lee about Courageous Conversation about Race here. During our conversation she also mentioned a podcast she recorded with her son Ryan and you can listen to that here.

Mother’s Quest Founder, Julie Neale honors both the magic and the mess of parenthood and believes our children challenge us to grow into our best selves. She is on a mission to live a truly E.P.I.C. life and, through her example, inspire her children to do the same. Her “for-purpose” venture, Mother’s Quest, provides inspiration, coaching and community so other mothers can live their E.P.I.C. lives.

 

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Why is it so hard to ask for help? A Conversation with Annmarie Chereso

August 31, 2017

First and foremost a parent, Annmarie has spent the past 18 years perfecting the art of parenting imperfectly in balance with the rest of her life. Annmarie believes that the most valuable tool we have is presence. She guides parents, educators, and children to cultivate presence and unconditional love in all areas of their lives. She lives in Chicago with her partner and their blended family of five children.

 

You can learn more about Annmarie at bringithome.me

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Busting the Inner Critic: A Conversation with Mark Coleman

August 24, 2017

Parents can be some of the guiltiest people on the planet! Join Mark and Michelle as they explore ways to get to know and quiet the inner critic.

 

Mark Coleman has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1984. He is a Spirit Rock Meditation Teacher and has been teaching Insight meditation retreats since 1997. He also leads wilderness meditation retreats from Alaska to Peru, integrating mindfulness meditation with nature. He is author of Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery. AND Make peace with your mind - how mindfulness and compassion can help free you from the inner critic -  Mark is a life-coach and mindfulness consultant to corporations. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast and passionate about combining the forces of meditation, silence and nature.

 

You can learn more about Mark and all of his programs at www.markcoleman.org

 

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