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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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If you want to leave a comment for Ali, we’d love you to come and say hello.

And let us know in the comments;

Are you a ‘Hot Mess’ mum or a mindful one?. Perhaps like me, you’re somewhere in between. Have you got any great tips to help keep your cool when things go crazy?

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

ALI’S INFORMATION

ALI’S BOOKS

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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!

 

Tell me what you think?

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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Lisa believes a happy mum brings up happy kids who become happy adults. With four children aged 7, 6, 4 and 2, finding time for herself is an ongoing challenge. But she’s trying.

Lisa lives with her family in Canberra, Australia.

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056: What I’d Say to Judgemental Strangers, If I Had the Nerve | Lisa York

Those who judge don’t understand. Those who understand don’t judge
 

Has a random stranger ever come up to you and told you off about what you’re doing (or not doing) with your child?

There’s nothing I find more irritating.

Stranger: “Excuse me dear, it’s a very cold day. Don’t you think he should have his socks on”.

You: “You don’t say. That’s why I’ve put them back on 15 times already and finally gave up about a minute before you arrived” (said in thought bubble).

It’s happened to me just a few times in my 7 years as a parent, but boy, do I remember it.

Why?

Because it’s annoying. And it feels like a hurtful criticism when I’m trying my best.

Does the stranger remember it?

No. Of course not.

Because to them it’s just a fly-away comment.

This week on High Five Friday, I rant about what I’d say to that random stranger, if I had the nerve.

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Has a complete stranger ever told you off in public? How did you feel? And how did you react? Now’s your time to vent, so tell me your story in the comments.

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

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048: Struggling to Find Someone to Turn To? Try Yourself | Lisa York

If you make friends with yourself, you’ll always have a friend
 

You’ve probably had moments where you hit rock bottom. I know I have.

You feel that if one more thing goes wrong, you’ll surely snap. And that’s all part of the job description when you’re a mum.

But who do you turn to?

Your husband. Your best friend. Your mum. Your sister.

Of course. They’re there to support you. But

A key person you can turn to, is you.

This week on High Five Friday, I talk about being your own best friend and your own greatest advocate.

 

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Can you rely on yourself in times of need?

Are you cheering yourself on or slamming yourself down?

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

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

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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

Show Notes:

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

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Lisa believes a happy mum brings up happy kids who become happy adults. With four children aged 7, 6, 4 and 2, finding time for herself is an ongoing challenge. But she’s trying.

Lisa lives with her family in Canberra, Australia.

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