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062: How to Be Strong and Grounded for Your Family | Victoria Kate

Get back in your lighthouse, and let your light shine

If I told you to get back into your lighthouse, you’d probably think I was being rude. But what if that’s the best place for you?

Using a lighthouse as a metaphor, Life Coach Victoria Kate explains why coming out of your lighthouse doesn’t help anyone.

Not yourself. Not your children. Not your family or your friends. Nope. The best place for you is back inside.

Because that’s where you serve everyone best.

This week on High Five Friday, Victoria and I tell you about the importance of staying strong and shining your light brightly. For everyones sake.

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Do you frantically come out of your lighthouse desperately trying to fix everything? Or are you tucked snuggly inside wallowing in a bubble bath, sipping champagne and indulging in a good book?

What do you do in your lighthouse? I’d love to hear from you in the comments

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

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PREVIOUS EPISODE: 011: A Step-by-Step Guide to Making your Dreams come True | Victoria Kate

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061: How to Transform Yourself from a Hot Mess to Mindful Mom | Ali Katz

You can live the life that feels so good to you 

[Ali Katz]

When you set out on your parenting journey you never planned on being a ‘Hot Mess’. However, there are days when that’s how you end up. I know. I’ve had those days too. But the great news is, it’s possible to change that. Tell me what you’d rather be. A Hot Mess or a Mindful Mum?

In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday we’ll be discussing how you can shift your experience as a mum by changing the way you deal with all that life throws at you. And it’s done through the use of mindfulness and meditation.

My guest today is SuperMum, Ali Katz.

Ali’s a mindfulness coach, meditation teacher, author, wife and mum to two boys aged 11 and 9. She loves sharing her passion for living a balanced life with others, and has been featured on MindBodyGreenStyle magazine, Fox 26 NewsHerFutureHouston Family magazine, and LiveMom.com. When not meditating, writing, teaching, or spending time with her family in Houston, Texas, Ali enjoys running, practicing yoga, and sipping tea. 

Ali’s mission is to inspire mothers to leave overwhelm, stress and guilt behind and embrace a life of balance, presence and joy. What I love about what Ali has to share is that she keeps it real. She’s a busy mum herself, so she gets that you don’t have spare time to head off to a mountain top to sit cross-legged saying omm’s. 

Instead she brings mindfulness and meditation right back into your crazy life, and teaches you how to stay calm and balanced even when you’re scraping dried on Weetabix off the carpet. Again.

I’m delighted to welcome Ali to my show as she’ll walk you through the reasons why meditation and mindfulness are so important in your every day life. And she’s here to help you see the importance of taking time to make sure you really are your very best self.

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In this episode, we talk about:

  • How a serious illness was just the wake up call Ali needed to transform the ‘Hot Mess’ that dominated her early parenting years
  • The difficulty in fitting mindfulness into your busy life, and the 3 keys to successful meditation practise
  • The science. If you like facts, here’s the evidence of how meditation can rewire your brain
  • The simple exercise of having a stress/gratitude list and how to make it work in your life as a busy mum
  • Trigger plans for managing stress quickly – get into a better state in just 60 seconds
  • How mindfulness and meditation can help you make more considered and sensible parenting choices

 Hope you enjoy todays show!

 

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Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

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ALI’S INFORMATION

ALI’S BOOKS

BOOK RECOMMENDATION:

PROFILE: Marianne Williamson

PROFILE: Gabrielle Bernstein

PSSST, IS IT JUST ME? Thanks to Benny age 4  from Canberra, Australia.

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059: Having it all; Career, Kids and Contentment | Sarah Argenal

It is possible to find meaning and purpose and peace as a powerful mom and professional

[Sarah Argenal]

Having a successful career takes energy, drive and determination. Long hours, a heavy work load and the pressure to say yes to everything can be overwhelming. But when you become a parent and throw children into the mix, combining work and parenthood can start to really swamp you. But you don’t want to give either up.

In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday you’ll discover a way through that fog. Because it’s possible to be committed, not only to your family, but to keeping your career alive.

My guest today is SuperMum, Sarah Argenal.

Sarah and her husband, Joey live in San Diego, California. They have a 3 year old boy Beckett, and are expecting their second son in June. After becoming a mum, Sarah found the demands of working in Corporate Litigation alongside juggling family life to be exhausting and overwhelming. So she started a futile quest for help and information. But there was nothing out there.

She knew that something had to change, if not only for herself, but for the many other corporate parents who wanted to keep a firm foothold in both worlds.  After hundreds of hours of research, Sarah created her own support system and founded the Working Parent Resource.

Sarah offers her community of like-minded working mums and dads reliable information and practical training to help them successfully manage their career and home life. Her Frazzled to Balanced™ Bootcamp “helps ambitious working parents slow down and reclaim their time so they can focus on what matters most.”

Today Sarah shares her journey of navigating her corporate career; keeping her relationships alive and her home life happy; and being the best mum she can possibly be. All whilst helping other parents figure out how to have it all too. 

I’m delighted to have Sarah on my show today as she’ll teach you how to manage your time, conserve your energy; take time out to recharge and focus on you; AND achieve a happy balance between home and work.

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In this episode, we talk about:

  • The struggles Sarah faced during the early parenting years when trying to balance her career and life as a new mum
  • Why it’s better to focus on your levels of energy, rather than the amount of time you have
  • How to eliminate, automate and delegate when tackling your never-ending to-do list
  • How to ensure you’re taking time out to re-charge and focus on yourself, despite having a full life
  • Managing the energy-zapping and toxic people in your life, so you can be surrounded by high quality and supportive people
  • What balance looks like in Sarah’s incredibly busy but extremely fulfilling life

 

 Hope you enjoy todays show!

 

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If you would like to leave a comment for Sarah  then we’d love you to come and say hello.

And let us know in the comments;

Are you determined to keep your career on track, despite the numerous demands of motherhood? How well are you juggling your work and home life?

We would love to hear your story.

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

QUOTE : Taken from How Working Moms are Selling Themselves Short (and how to stop) by Sarah Argenal

SARAH’S INFORMATION

PODCAST: Working Parent Resource

PREVIOUS EPISODE: 002: Boundless Energy and How to Get It

BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:

BOOK: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

PSSST, IS IT JUST ME? Thanks to Pippa aged 7 from London, UK.

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“I love this podcast. I listen to it when my little one has his morning nap and the other two have left for school. It’s my ME-time with a cup of coffee and peace and quiet- time to get inspired by amazing people and to map out a path for myself beyond motherhood. Thanks Lisa for all your great work! 😀”

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057: The Mummy Professor: Gaining Knowledge and ‘Winging It’ | Alexis ‘Lekki’ Frazier-Wood

No study is perfect

[Lekki Frazier-Wood]

It will comfort you to know, that having a PhD in Child Development doesn’t necessarily mean you feel like an expert when it comes to raising your own children. The decisions and choices you make for your children are just as tough, with or without prior knowledge.

In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday we’ll be discussing what it’s like for an English woman to raise children in America; how traditional roles can be turned on their heads; and how a career researching child development can influence parenting techniques. 

My guest today is SuperMum, Lekki Frazier-Wood.

Originally from London, Lekki started her career as a Social Scientist specialising in child development, and has spent 8 years living in Alabama and Texas. English-born Lekki now lives in Houston with her American husband Wes, 4 year old son and daughter of 15 months. She’s a Professor of Paediatrics, studying childhood nutrition at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. 

Before meeting her husband, it never crossed Lekki’s mind that she would marry an American or have children anywhere other than England. And having kids in a foreign land has challenged her thinking about the norms of the Southern ‘Bible Belt’ and now views parenting practises from a fresh perspective. 

Lekki offers us a glimpse into her professional and personal world, including insights into her academic study of childhood nutrition, as well as her personal views on feeling confident whilst navigating the parenting maze.

I’m excited to welcome Lekki to my show today where she will assure you that no matter what your style of parenting, loving your children means you’re already doing an amazing job.

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In this episode, we talk about:

  • Lekki’s career story that led her across the Atlantic to Alabama and into the arms of her future husband
  • How Lekki and her husband reversed traditional roles when they first had children, and the affect it had on them
  • Why Lekki made the decision, even before she was pregnant, to commit to her career and return to work as soon as possible
  • How parenting in the United States is ‘unbelievably different’ to parenting in the UK
  • What left Lekki with her jaw open and her eyes wide saying ‘Oh my goodness, what have I done’
  • Which country is more reflective, more self-judgemental, and more heated about the styles of parenting
  • Why ‘winging it’ sometimes beats reading parenting books
  • Some shared knowledge about the nutritional study of children that she is currently undertaking

 

 

 Hope you enjoy todays show!

 

Tell me what you think?

If you want to leave a comment for Lekki, whether it’s about her research in child development or your own thoughts on raising children as an ex-pat, then we’d love you to come and say hello.

And let us know in the comments;

Are you raising children in circumstances you didn’t previously consider? Do you use your intuition when parenting or do you prefer to do it ‘by the book’?

We can’t wait to hear from you.

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

BUZZ FEED: Social News and Entertainment

COMPUTER GAME: Slither.io

ONLINE MARKETPLACE: Etsy

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

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PSSST, IS IT JUST ME?: Thanks to Lekki’s son Sam age 4 from Houston, Texas

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054: Who am I? Finding Your Lost Identity | Lauren Wills

Who are you? asked the Caterpillar. I hardly know, sir …. I know who I WAS … but I think I must have changed. 
[Lewis Carroll]

Motherhood, as you know, is a hugely transitional time. And in the fog of raising kids, it’s possible to completely loose the sense of who you are in all of this.

But exhale, because research shows that this is completely normal. And it’s OK. Because it’s all part of an evolving process.

You won’t feel lost forever.

This week on High Five Friday, I ask mum of two Lauren Wills, who is a PhD candidate studying the well-being of pre-school mothers, to explain how and why our identity changes when we become a mum.

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Lisa York x

Show Notes:

QUOTE AUTHOR: Lewis Carroll

LISTEN TO THE FULL EPISODE: 021: Self Care is Vital and Here’s the Proof | Lauren Wills

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053: Navigating the Complexities of Your Clan and Your Career | Fay Wallis

Our strengths come so naturally to us that usually we dismiss them

[Fay Wallis]

Life isn’t always straightforward. Blended families are now common-place. Women have careers to juggle as well as the kids. There’s so much to think about and so much to juggle that it’s hard to know what to focus on first. 

In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday we’ll be discussing blended families, forging a career you love and how to stay on top of work and home.

My guest today is SuperMum, Fay Wallis.

Fay lives in Greater London, with her husband, Ian and their sons who are 10 and 5 years. Fay’s blended family is a labyrinth, spanning two generations. Her parents having been married 4 times, she has two half siblings, two full siblings and 2 step siblings. This helped Fay to negotiate the logistics of parenting children with vast age ranges and different needs. For when she married Ian, he too had children from his first marriage, and she became a step-mother herself.

Whilst juggling the logistics of organising Sunday lunches and enough birthday and Christmas presents to serve a small army, Fay forged a successful career in HR. She later trained to become a Career Coach, helping people to access the tools to empower themselves to lead a fulfilling working life.

Fay will help us navigate the maze of returning to work, changing career and spending quality time with family, all whilst finding enough time to look after herself too.

I am excited to welcome Fay to my show today where she will tell us all about her busy life and empower you to live the career and home lives you deserve.

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In this episode, we talk about:

  • How Fay balances a busy schedule of family events whilst running her own business
  • Fay’s advice for re-entering the work place after a career break
  • How to make your network work for you both, personally and professionally
  • Fitting quality time in with all family members when they are at different stages with different needs
  • Time management in your career without being thought of as ‘slacking’
  • What inspired Fay to launch her own business
  • Managing your employers and colleagues expectations

 

 Hope you enjoy todays show!

Tell me what you think?

If you want to leave a comment for Fay, whether it’s about the practicalities of blending many branches and generations of family; or how to handle a return to work and have a rewarding career, then we’d love you to come and say hello.

And let us know in the comments;

Are you from a blended family? How do you manage your career and family?

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

FAY’S INFORMATION

ARTICLE’S BY FAY:

NETWORKING GROUPS

PREVIOUS EPISODES

PROFILE: Laura Stack 

BOOKS:

  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  • Eat That Frog!: Get More of the Important Things Done by Brian Tracy

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway: How to Turn Your Fear and Indecision into Confidence and Action by Susan Jeffers

PSSST, IS IT JUST ME?: Thanks to Dylan age 7 from London, UK

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046: My Biggest Challenge of the Early Years | Libby Lennon

You’re not the best version of yourself when you’re sleep deprived 
[Libby Lennon]

Being a mother is tough.

When you first start out, you’re thrown in at the deep end and left to deal with crying newborns, tantrum-ing toddlers and projectile vomit.

And that’s before breakfast.

Bless their dear little hearts.

The early years give us a plentiful supply of challenges. (Someone tell me it gets easier. Please.)

This week on High Five Friday, Libby Lennon shares with us her biggest challenge of the early years.

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Challenges change and move on to pastures new as your children grow. What’s the biggest challenge you face as a mother right now?

I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

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PREVIOUS EPISODE: 005: Overcoming the Challenges of the Early Years | Libby Lennon

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044: Screen time; Friend or Foe? | Lisa York

Let’s Talk About Tech, Baby
[Salt-n-Pepa]

We all know that too much screen time isn’t good for our children. I’m talking video games, watching TV, using the computer or tapping away on a tablet.

Give them a device your children turn into tech-zombies. But boy, suddenly the house becomes an oasis of calm and quiet.

And you let out a huge sigh of relief.

Swiftly followed by an extra-large helping of mum-guilt that their tech usage has spiralled completely out of control.

But is all that screen gazing ever a good thing?

This week on High Five Friday, I talk about whether screen time is your friend or foe

 

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Do your children have too much screen time, or have you already trained them to amuse themselves? If so, how did you manage that???

I’d love to hear your story in the comments.

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

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038: The Immense Benefit of Kids Doing Chores, Despite Your Frustration

If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself

[Henry Ford]

Kids, can you help me clear up the dinner table please?

Guys, did you hear me?

Would you mind helping to clear up?

Hey, I’m speaking to you.

Come and help clear up.

How many times do I have to ask?

Kids! Come and clear up the dinner table.

N O W!!!

Getting kids to help with the chores is painful to say the least. In fact, given the choice, pulling out my teeth with rusty pliers seems like a good option.

But getting your brood to help around the house is not only beneficial to them, it’s beneficial to you.

It will test your patience to the max, but you’ll reap the rewards in the long-run.

In this weeks episode of The Friday Café, Michelle Dawson and I talk about the benefits of getting your kids to help around the house, and how as the mum, you can program your own mind to achieve it.

 

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This weeks challenge:

My challenge for this week is pick off one small job that your child can do to help around the house. This might be the first time they’ve had anything asked of them, or it could be that you’re gradually adding to whatever they already do.
Either way, keep it small and simple, so no-one gets overloaded. Most of all though, think about the feasibility what you’ll be asking them to do carefully before you take action. Once you go for it, you’ll need to be consistent.
Oh, and you’ll need a bucket load of patience.

 

Tell me what you think?

Tell me in the comments. What job did you get your child to do? Did they kick up a fuss, or just get on with it?

Michelle and I are here to spur you on and help you as much as possible

Hope you enjoy the show.

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

ARTICLE: Why Children Need Chores by Jennifer Breheny Wallace for the Wall Street Journal

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