Andra Liemandt is a visionary and brings her energy to all her passions, particularly The Kindness Campaign. When her friend’s 12-year-old daughter, a bullying victim, committed suicide, Liemandt discovered a shocking dearth of educational resources. Motivated to make a difference, she founded The Kindness Campaign, which now proactively addresses bullying via powerful curriculum, meaningful activations and events at schools and organizations, teaching the foundational message “I am enough.” This message is also the focus of her band, The Mrs, an all-female pop-rock band that has been featured on Good Morning America, BuzzFeed, grammy.com, The Queen Latifah Show, and in Billboard and People magazine. Liemandt’s knack for empowering audiences toward inner and outer kindness has positioned her as a coveted keynote speaker, a philanthropist and an influencer. At the heart of it all, she is a mother of two daughters and is continuously looking to spearhead social change that creates a kinder future for the next generation.
Alex here! When I heard Marti Bledsoe Post on the stage at Mother: The Summit talking about the history of motherhood, I immediately knew we needed to bring this conversation to our community. This episode is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I found myself often speechless as Marti discusses the “intensive parenting” era we are experiencing today, the fact that the U.S. is ranked 41st out of 41 developed countries in terms of family-friendly policies by UNICEF, and how the gender gap begins at home. In Marti’s book Retrofit, she shares that The New York Times recently reported that girls do more chores than boys at home, girls make less allowance than boys, and girls are paid less for chores than boys. When learning this, are you surprised that research has found that women spend less time relaxing than men and that 65% of child care responsibilities are shouldered by working mothers compared to 35% by working fathers? We discuss solutions on how to make working motherhood work better for moms, their families, and their employers.
Celebrated therapist, professor, author, and mom-expert Molly Millwood examines the link between women’s well-being as new mothers and the well-being of their relationships. In our longest podcast episode ever, Molly explains the “whys” behind our most common marital struggles, and offers guidance to help us reclaim our identities, overcome our guilt and shame, and repair our relationships. If you haven’t read her book To Have and To Hold yet, this is an excellent introduction.
Molly’s Vermont therapy practice: www.mollymillwood.com
To Have and to Hold book: www.harpercollins.com/9780062838681/…e-and-to-hold/
“I’m so thrilled with how beautiful our progress has come, but it has been painstaking and everything amazing in life is tough and you have to fight for it. It’s not handed to us. Building this brand and connecting with people has been really an uphill battle. There’s no other way to get here and we haven’t even really begun in my eyes. I’m ready for the challenge ahead.” Ariane Goldman, founder of Hatch, opens up about the decade she has poured into building the leading maternity (and beyond) brand. The mom-guilt, the challenges of building and managing an all woman team, the company evolution, saying goodbye to self-care as she knew it, fundraising as a woman and a mother…Alex and Ariane cover it all. Hatch today includes ready-to-wear, intimates, accessories and beauty, and three brick and mortar community spaces in New York and Los Angeles.
Growing up on both sides of the border in Tijuana and San Diego, Elsa Collins has an important and unique perspective. Elsa shares what life was like on the border during her childhood and the misconceptions today about the area and how media plays a part into the humanitarian crisis. As co-founder of This is About Humanity, Elsa is an advocate for refugees seeking asylum in the U.S. who are stuck in Tijuana. For these individuals fleeing and now in shelters in Tijuana, it’s a choice between possible death and certain death. What would you choose for your family? Elsa also discusses the importance of teaching empathy, as well how to talk about race with our children.
On this week’s episode, Ashley Melone joins Alex to share the idea behind Madri Collection and what it’s like launching this business as a side hustle and with her childhood best friend Danielle Walish. Madri Collection is a ready-to-mother line that empowers women to breastfeed everywhere. This week’s episode is an inspiring one that shares a different side to launching a business than we often hear.
Megan Harper joins Alex for a candid conversation, chatting about motherhood and career, and taking the summer off through her maternity leave to adventure around New York City with all three of her children. “I enjoy work. As much as I love my kids, its not beneficial for anyone in this family for me to be a mom 100% of the time. I’m not great at it 100% of the time. And I think I’m a better mom to them when I can take a step back for a minute.” Megan is known for her humorous take on parenthood, and she does not disappoint on this week’s episode as she shares more about “where to bang your husband when co-sleeping.”
At 32 years old and with young twins at home, Hillary Peterson was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. This experience led Hillary to find her purpose, educating people on the impacts of toxins in skincare and providing superior skincare products without sacrificing efficacy. Hillary shares with Alex the moment she connected that what goes on your skin goes into your body and about her eight years studying botanicals and their healing powers that eventually led to the launch of her skincare company True Botanicals. True Botanics has banned 5,000 beauty ingredients in their products, compared to 11 banned by the U.S. and 1,328 banned by Europe. Hillary also shares how she has balanced her career and her journey as an entrepreneur with motherhood, and how this has impacted her children. As promised in this week’s episode, here are a few of Hillary’s favorite non-toxic products:
Skincare/body care: truebotanicals.com
Home cleaning supplies: branchbasics.com/
Tinted moisturizer: www.beautycounter.com
Karalyn Holden’s bio used to proudly read that she is a Los Angeles-based model and Yoga teacher, however those careers seem in the distant past, as she has been navigating her role as mother for the last 3.5 years to her daughter, Kennady, all while being a college student on a long pursuit of a degree. This week, Alex and Karalyn chat about identity shifts, relationships, sacrifice, postpartum depletion, societal pressure to have more than one child, and action steps to reclaiming our lives.
Ashlee Piper, author of “Give a Sh*t,” chats with Alex this week about how climate change impacts us as women and mothers, and all the things we care about. How would our lives look differently with more of a minimalist lifestyle? We would have more time and more energy, big things women desire. Did you know we spend 55 minutes a day just looking for things? Ashlee talks with us about how climate change influences global security and terrorism, the Marie Kondo movement versus ethical offloading, and what the American dream has become. Ashlee’s approach to all of this is warm and accessible. She prides herself in showing people that being eco-friendly and caring about the future of our planet doesn’t mean sacrificing style, fun, or beauty. “Give a Sh*t” is a road map to a healthier, streamlined, stress-free, and sustainable existence. It’s not a manual of restrictions, but rather full of helpful, EASY, and impactful steps to take. Warning: this episode contains some potty language. www.ashleepiper.com/
“It was a fight to get out of bed and a fight to try and get better. You feel like it’s going to be like this forever.” Jen Schwartz joins us to talk about her journey with postpartum depression. We discuss her process from realization, to going to the doctor, to trying different medications, to finding the right therapist. We discuss shame around medication and the decision to have only one child. Jen also shares with us the work she is doing to support the 1 in 5 women who experience perinatal mood and anxiety disorders through her platform Motherhood Understood and her other leadership roles.
After a decade at her dream job, Lauren Petrowski made the decision to leave her role as a news anchor a few years after becoming a mother. “I don’t think this is working for my life anymore.” Alex and Lauren discuss Lauren’s daily wake up at 2:30am, maternity leave, losing a piece of your identity when leaving a job, questioning what you’re good at now, finding a sense of self-worth post career, and figuring out what to do next. “You will never know the possibilities until you take the leap.”
Have a dream? Trying to achieve a goal? What’s stopping you from going for it? Fear of failure is the number one reason stopping people from making goals in first place. Goals put us in a vulnerable spot light as we have a 50/50 chance: success or failure. Jacki Carr, goal coach, writer, motivational speaker, yogi, and mother of two daughters, joins guides us to help set and achieve goals. And according to Jacki, failure is an important part of the process. “Failure is slowly becoming a great friend of mine.” Jacki also helps us reframe how hiring a coach of any kind is an investment in ourselves, rather than an expense. Both Alex and Jacki each share some of their own goals and current barriers to reaching them. And currently in a tough place where self-care and goal setting sound overwhelming to you? Don’t worry, we address this.
Jen Pinkston shares her journey of being a full-time content creator and mom of two, all while working from home and prioritizing her kids over career. Alex and Jen chat weekly planning, daily schedules, blogging, self-care, and bed-time routines. In 2011, with the belief that effortless, every day style should be accessible to all, Jen channeled her love of fashion and enthusiasm for design into the lifestyle site, TheEffortlessChic.com. Jen’s work has been featured on The Today Show, Real Simple, W Magazine, Martha Stewart, Women’s Health Magazine, and many more. Her site is often praised as an inspiring resource to help get you dressed, design your own home, and feel more confident in motherhood. The Effortless Chic + 15 Laws of Growth book: www.amazon.com/15-Invaluable-Law…ook/dp/B0076DF6T4
On this week’s episode, Lauren Cunningham, mother of two boys, opens up about her experience with infertility, IVF, and ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. Lauren shares her healing and self-care journey with us, including the use of both medication and alternative medicine to address prenatal depression and postpartum anxiety. And for the first time, we hear from a woman about the ethical dilemma of what to do with unused embryos.
Anxiety, debilitating depression, thoughts of suicide, and hallucinations led Jill Birt to follow her intuition, using yoga to connect deep to her inner-self to begin the healing process. As a mom of three, Jill has been caring for expectant mothers since 2001, first as Labor and Delivery nurse and now as a prenatal yoga instructor. This career transition came after Jill’s journey with postpartum psychosis after the birth of her third child. Originally published on 9/12/18.
Theme: Serial Mompreneurship Guest: Cristina Bocanegra, Wardrobe Stylist & Founder of Love Child, Mini Market, and Current Conference Studio: Chez Boom Audio Production & Editing: Shayna Brown – Founder of Chez Boom Audio Episode Sponsor: Chez Boom Audio Resource Links: Love Child Digital Magazine // Current Conference // Wardrobe Styling
Theme: Normalizing birth, death, and everything in between Guest: Heather Gallagher, mom, full spectrum photojournalist and full spectrum doula Studio: Chez Boom Audio Production & Editing: Shayna Brown – Founder of Chez Boom Audio Episode Sponsor: Chez Boom Audio Resource Links: Heather’s photography // Heather’s doula work
Theme: Breastfeeding and post-baby career pivoting Guest: Haylie Rudy Schwartz, founder of nursing-friendly capsule collection Chapter Goods Studio: Chez Boom Audio Production & Editing: Shayna Brown – Founder of Chez Boom Audio Episode Sponsor: Chez Boom Audio Resource Links: Chapter Goods //
Kelly Mom breastfeeding resources // Postpartum Health Alliance // Love Child Magazine
Theme: Community-building for special needs moms Guest: Gena Mann, mom of four and co-founder of Wolf + Friends Studio: Chez Boom Audio Production & Editing: Shayna Brown – Founder of Chez Boom Audio Episode Sponsor: Chez Boom Audio Resource Links: Wolf + Friends online resources
Wolf + Friends iPhone app (android coming soon!)
Theme: Doulas, language, and the culture of birth Guest: Gina Giordano, Doula + Co-Founder of Doula Trainings International Studio: Chez Boom Audio Production & Editing: Shayna Brown – Founder of Chez Boom Audio Episode Sponsor: Chez Boom Audio Resource Links: DTI // DTI IG // DTI Scholarship Program // Born Into This Conference
Theme: Probiotics, prebiotics, and the microbiome Guest: Ara Katz, Co-Founder of Seed Studio: Chez Boom Audio Production & Editing: Shayna Brown – Founder of Chez Boom Audio Episode Sponsor: Chez Boom Audio Resource Links: Seed / Seed’s Female Daily Synbiotic *Use code HELLOMYTRIBE at seed.com for 10% off your first month of the Daily Synbiotic (thanks, Ara!)
Theme: Premature birth + postpartum mental health Guest: Kelli Kelley, Founder and Executive Director of Hand to Hold Studio: Chez Boom Audio Production & Editing: Shayna Brown – Founder of Chez Boom Audio Episode Sponsor: Chez Boom Audio Resource Links: More great podcasts for NICU families and staff
Theme: Maternal empowerment + holistic healing Guest: Kelli Foulkrod, M.S., LPA, LPC, RYT of Organic Mental Health Center Studio: Chez Boom Audio Production & Editing: Shayna Brown – Founder of Chez Boom Audio Episode Sponsor: Chez Boom Audio Resource Links: Kelli’s therapy practice / Kelli’s yoga therapy / energy healing work