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Depression, Burnout, and Transformation with Morgan Beard

Depression, Burnout, and Transformation with Morgan Beard

April 5, 2022

Today, so many people of all ages are dealing with burnout and mental health issues. Children are met with high expectations that are often too much to bear. Adults struggle to stay motivated in careers they are not passionate about. Learning how to find comfort and get through hard times is essential, especially amidst a global pandemic, but so is listening to your internal voice when it tells you it’s time to make a change.

 

In this episode, we speak with life coach and musician Morgan Beard about her journey through depression, job burnout, and making a transformational move across the country. Morgan shares how helpful therapy has been to her, what lead her to art therapy as a profession, and eventually to becoming a life coach. We also talk about her new therapeutic pop EP titled ‘Ele.mental’.

 

Discussed in this episode:

  • Burnout
  • Depression
  • Therapy
  • Self-expression in the healing process
  • Letting kids be kids
  • Internalization
  • Finding comfort
  • Feeling isolated
  • Sharing emotions with others
  • Making a cross-country move
  • Getting quiet to hear your internal voice
  • The difference between a therapist and a life coach
  • And other topics...

 

About Morgan Beard:

Morgan Beard is a creative life coach who works with clients both online and in person. She earned her Masters in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2017. After graduation, she worked in a nursing home as an art therapist. The work environment was toxic and depressing, which lead to burnout.

 

In 2018, she moved from New York City to Los Angeles with a mission to start over. Eventually, she started a life coaching business, where she is thriving and happier than ever. She decided to pursue her first passion, which is music. She is working on releasing a therapeutic pop EP titled ‘Ele.mental’, which is all about her personal transformation as translated through pop music.

 

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Giving Sunshine with Jason Clawson

Giving Sunshine with Jason Clawson

March 22, 2022

In this episode, we speak with Jason Clawson and get a dad’s perspective for the first time on this podcast. He shares how his family took a horrible tragedy and turned it into something good.

 

Four years ago, Jason felt like his life was going right and that he and his family were living the life they were meant to live. They were building their dream house, he was a clinical director at a recovery program, his young boys were thriving, and his 40-year old brother finally got married. His wife had also lost 100 lbs. after having weight loss surgery and was feeling amazing.

 

A month after his brother’s wedding, his wife found a lump in her stomach that was growing. They began a journey of talking to doctors about what was going on, and they were stumped. Their life was on hold as they waited for answers. One day, they received a call that his wife should consult an oncology surgeon because she had spots throughout her body.

 

His wife underwent exploratory surgery with a partial hysterectomy where the surgeon found a large lump near her colon. The surgeon told Jason that his wife had stage four colon cancer.

 

This moment was life-changing. He couldn’t believe that this was happening to them. His mind began to race about how their family would navigate this. The surgeon told him something that he will never forget, that cancer has a way of enhancing your life and you will get through this. He was stunned in the moment and angry about this for years.

 

This experience was the hardest that they would have to go through in their lives. As he is going through this, he had to show up for clients at work and be the best for them. When he got home, he took care of his wife and children. By the end of the night, he was exhausted. But he knew that this is what he was supposed to do, no matter how hard it was.

 

Even though his wife was given two to three years to live, nine months later his wife passed away. When the funeral was over, he realized that this was the time that he needed his family to rally around him and support him. He and his five and eleven-year-old boys were all struggling and he felt like there was nothing he could do to make everything better.

 

Jason decided that he wasn’t going to wait around until things got better. He wanted to show his children how to get through this experience and to grieve in a healthy and happy way. He texted 13 people in his circle and shared his struggles and asked for help. They showed up and wanted to help him.

 

After this, life became a little easier. They created a system where he could reach out for support with just one word. His support team was grateful for the opportunity to help him heal and checked in with him regularly. He realized that people wanted to help but just didn’t know how to do so.

 

He ended up quitting his job for the summer and dedicated it to creating happy memories with his boys. They created a bucket list of activities and one of those was putting together sunshine baskets that they could deliver to anyone who had lost a loved one. They helped others grieve while they grieved too.

 

Today, they have delivered sunshine baskets in 24 states and created a cause called Giving Sunshine. They launched a Kickstarter so they can reach more people with what Jason calls “therapy in a box”.

 

Discussed in this episode:

  • Going through difficult experiences
  • Checking in on the caregiver
  • Supporting family after a death
  • Children struggling with loss
  • Asking for help
  • Creating a healing circle
  • Being vulnerable
  • Looking for opportunities to help
  • Being a hybrid dad
  • Sunshine baskets
  • Looking for happy things
  • Paying it forward
  • Community and connection
  • How males deal with emotion
  • And other topics...

 

About Jason Clawson:

 

Jason Clawson is the co-owner of Giving Sunshine, which is on a mission to help support, heal, and get others to connect with their own healing teams. Giving sunshine provides therapeutic care packages for those going through difficult experiences. He is a licensed therapist, a widower, and the father to two boys.

 

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Figuring Out What You Want In Your Marriage With Michelle Purta

Figuring Out What You Want In Your Marriage With Michelle Purta

March 8, 2022

Michelle Purta is a marriage coach for moms and she is on the show discussing common issues moms face in marriage, figuring out what exactly you want in your marriage, gender roles, and more! 

It's not always easy to figure out what you want in your marriage, or what you should expect from your spouse. And if things are going wrong, it can be tough to know where to turn for help. Michelle is here this week to help clear some things up. She knows how to help couples communicate better and figure out what they want from their marriages.

So whether you're currently married or single and hoping to be married someday, tune in and join the conversation! We promise it'll be worth your while.

About Michelle

Michelle is a married mom of 3, California native, and a life and marriage coach for moms. She supports moms who feel disconnected in their marriage enjoy their husbands again through communication skills, healing, human design, and breathwork.

www.instagram.com/michellepurtacoaching

www.facebook.com/michellepurtamarriagecoach

 

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To Prime or Not to Prime?

To Prime or Not to Prime?

February 22, 2022

Moms, we are busy! Am I right? Between getting the kids to school on time, making dinner, and taking care of a million other things, it's hard to find the time to go to the store. Amazon Prime has made it a lot easier for us moms to get what we need without leaving the house. But is Amazon Prime worth it? 

This week we are talking about the pros and cons of using Amazon Prime instead of going to the store. We are also talking about store pick-up and giving you the perspectives of Laci, Ellen, and Crystal, who all have different views. We think you will relate to this episode, and we’d like to keep this conversation going with your input! Comment on our socials and reply to the story polls. You can also email us!

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Kids Eat in Color with Jennifer Anderson

Kids Eat in Color with Jennifer Anderson

January 25, 2022

We have an awesome show for you this week! Jennifer Anderson from Kids Eat in Color is here. She is talking about all things feeding kids! Jennifer started out on Instagram wanting to connect with other moms who were struggling to feed their kids a well rounded diet. Her community grew and so did her knowledge, and before she knew it she had 1.6 million followers! 

How did my kid become a picky eater despite my best effort with baby-led weaning? Jennifer drops a truth bomb on us…its a myth. Laci wonders why her kids are picky eaters and it might just have something to do with genetics. We love Jennifer’s explanation of this!

What is an extremely picky eater? Crystal tells the story about her daughter not eating anything at preschool for a year! Jennifer explains how to help a child branch out from the few foods they will eat to be able to adapt to new foods. One day they like a food, the next they don’t, the foods can’t touch, the foods need to be mixed…help! 

I had a great eater and now they are two and won’t eat anything! Do you have a healthy foundation? It starts with taking the pressure off of your kid. Instead, focus on coming together and giving your kid the food or foods they will eat. Keep the pressure low by having the new food on the table. It's there, they see it, and eventually, they might try it!

What is an age appropriate amount of time at the table? Hint - it’s probably short. Jennifer’s tip is to start with a timer. Set it to a small amount of time and move the timer up to find the max attention span. When you’re done, you’re done!

The dreaded snacking… Ellen discusses her struggles with snacks at home, what she offers, and how this interferes with mealtime. What’s the best solution? Jennifer breaks this down… its a cultural thing in the U.S. and in fact too much snacking can interfere with their natural hunger cues. Tune in to hear her best tips! 

Jennifer talks about the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program and how this public health initiative is helping families thrive. She addresses some common misconceptions about WIC and how this program can be best utilized. 

What is a food desert? Simply put, it is a lack of access to a variety of healthy foods. This can be urban or rural. Jennifer breaks down the dynamics that make up a food desert and explains the misconceptions around poverty. 

Everyone is sick. It’s that time of the year. How do I keep my kid as healthy as possible? Jennifer talks about how important hydration is. She explains that kids will lose their appetite when they are sick, but keeping them hydrated is key. Their appetite will come back. Ease back into their normal diet and avoid any special diet or new foods. Hear her opinion on elderberry! 

So many nuggets of info on this episode! 

 

Follow Jennifer for more tips:

Website: https://kidseatincolor.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kids.eat.in.color/

 

Freebies: Mom's budget-friendly guide to getting picky eaters to try new foods

Baby-led weaning is the next 'breast is best,' but it's not the only option. Here are 3 tips for introducing solids to your child.

Baby-Led Weaning is Becoming the New 'Breast is Best'—But It's Time to Squash Both

 

About Jennifer Anderson: Jennifer Anderson is a registered dietitian with a master of science in public health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She is the founder and CEO of Kids Eat In Color - the leading resource for helping get kids on the path to eating better without the mealtime battles.

About Kids Eat in Color

Jennifer Anderson is the founder of Kids Eat in Color. Kids Eat in Color is now a team of experts that helps parents end food battles and teach their kids to try new foods.

Jennifer has been featured on Good Morning America, Insider, Parents giving perspective and highlighting social discrepancies as it pertains to access to food and resources and the harm of misinformation in child nutrition.

The Better Bites course is our online program for parents who want to decrease their stress and get their child on the road to eating more foods.

 

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Breaking the Parenting Cycles with Bonnie Lenz

Breaking the Parenting Cycles with Bonnie Lenz

January 11, 2022

Hey moms and parents! Bonnie Lenz is here, coming to talk with you about something important. It's something that many of us struggle with, and it can be tough to break the cycles of bad parenting we may have grown up with. But it's definitely worth trying to do better for our kids. So let's get started!

There is a lot of pressure on parents to do things "the right way." But what if the right way isn't actually working? In this episode, we'll be discussing how mainstream parenting techniques aren't always practical and how alternative methods could be more beneficial for families. 

Bonnie is a survivor of child abuse and emotional abuse as an adult. She has three amazing children with her supportive husband Cory. Bonnie’s children are her best teachers and they have inspired a lot of her healing and passions.

After years of healing, and with loving support, Bonnie was able to set a freeing boundary in 2020, and shortly after that, she was inspired to create The Sunflower Parent Movement which launched on Mother’s Day of last year. She wanted to help those who are parenting break unhealthy cycles, raise awareness about evidence-based parenting, and advocate for abuse awareness and prevention. 

She has come to believe that conscious, respectful, and positive parenting practices hold the key to ending generational cycles of trauma that contribute to abuse prevention.

Bonnie is a Registered Nurse and wanted to help others, but was being a people pleaser, blamed herself, and found that nursing took a big emotional burden on her. She turned gears and started a nonprofit in the hopes of helping others through counseling, coaching, and various resources. 

Mainstream parenting goes against what may be developmentally appropriate. Bonnie explains how there is a lack of understanding surrounding childhood development and parenting through those stages.

Bonnie tells us that mainstream parenting isn’t backed by evidence nor is it effective. The ladies discuss spanking and how using spanking can be a cycle as it’s passed down from previous generations. 

Bonnie discusses looking for the unmet need in your child - creating safety (remove the child from the situation), observing what you see, validating feelings, and fulfilling the need that the child seeks. She also gives us some great tips on co-regulation!

Ellen explores her childhood and relates that to how she is a parent today. She tells how her culture didn’t allow emotion and how she has changed that with her kids. Bonnie adds how we can easily react poorly when we as adults aren’t regulated. She encourages us that it’s ok to feel. 

Crystal and Laci mention how this episode has brought up a lot of thoughts and questions related to their childhood. Perhaps it will do the same for you and be a starting point to great discussions. We would love to hear your feedback! Messages us on IG.

 

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https://www.instagram.com/thesunflowerparentmovement/

 

https://www.facebook.com/thesunflowerparentmovement

 

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The Art of Doing Nothing with Jessie Kanzer

The Art of Doing Nothing with Jessie Kanzer

December 28, 2021

Do you ever feel like you need a break from the constant go, go, go? We know we do. And what's better than taking a break to do nothing? It sounds counterproductive, but when was the last time you just sat around and let your mind wander? Probably not recently, if at all. We're so busy nowadays that taking a moment for ourselves is a rarity. But it's so important.

So on this episode, we are joined by Jessie Kanzer to discuss her new book, The Art of Doing Nothing, what that actually entails, how her book parallels the “Great Resignation”, the pandemic, and share some mindset tips to combat overwhelm. You are going to end this episode with a new mindset and the inspiration to get you out of that rut you’re in! Get ready to relax and de-stress!

Jessie Kanzer was born in the former soviet union. She set out on a spiritual search after losing everything and starting over. Traveled to various countries at eight years old before coming to the United States. She bottled up and buried emotions at an early age. This soon manifested into an eating disorder. She discusses how she tried to change and reinvent herself and it didn’t work. She pushed on and graduated from college in an area she could have cared less about, but Summa Cume Laude of course. 

Her turning point…a major car accident.

She picked up the Tao Te Ching from her bedside table. An ancient Chinese philosophy and reinvented herself following the car accident. 

Jessie discusses how hitting rock bottom is an opportunity to begin again. She tells her story, invites us to read her book, and will leave you feeling hopeful and inspired to take on that next challenge or to simply navigate this chaotic time we all find ourselves in. 

Discussed in this episode:

  • The Great Resignation. How her book is helping people through a period of major change in their lives.
  • What is the Tao Te Ching? Jessie puts this book into perspective and makes it relevant to moms in the modern-day who need help with the day-to-day overwhelm and stress. 
  • Mindset shift best practices. 
  • Jessie's childhood in the Soviet Union and the parallel to the hustle culture we live in today. 
  • The lessons the pandemic has taught us.
  • Leveling up and accomplishing goals.
  • How to change from within to effect change in society. 
  • How Jessie’s new book fits the mold of Christianity and other religions. 

We are bringing various angles, ideas, and takeaways to this week’s episode. We want to hear from you! Tell us what you liked, didn’t like, or maybe what you would like us to continue in a future episode. Who knows, we just might have Jessie back!

 

About Jessie Kanzar:

Jessie Asya Kanzer was born in the Soviet Union. At the age of eight, she emigrated with her family to Brooklyn. She is a writer and former reporter and actress. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Daily News, Wall Street Journal, The Independent, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Ravishly, and Romper. Jessie lives with her two daughters and husband in Dobbs Ferry, NY.

 

https://jessiekanzer.com/

https://www.facebook.com/JessieKanzer

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI0_lGiZPq31VJ5w7hg7NuA 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessiekanzer/ 

 

Get her book here: Amazon

 

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The Cure for Overwhelm Bonus Episode

The Cure for Overwhelm Bonus Episode

December 7, 2021

Moms, do you think there is a secret cure for your stress and overwhelm? Well, this week, Laci is here to discuss Brene Brown’s work on stress and overwhelm. Brene is a counselor, author and did a TedTalk in 2010 that is interesting and eye-opening for all moms. 

Do you think there is a difference between stress and overwhelm? Laci reflects on these differences, and what you can do to separate these two issues we deal with as moms and how to combat them. 

If you would like to listen to the entire Ted Talk, check out The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown on YouTube. 

Knowing now that stress and overwhelm can be classified differently, how will you manage your stress of overwhelm? Share with us in our posts, DMs, or email us!

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Intimacy | Self Love | Motherhood with Dr. April Brown

Intimacy | Self Love | Motherhood with Dr. April Brown

November 16, 2021

Wow! This episode is jam packed with so many pearls of wisdom from the one and only Dr. April Brown.

Dr. Brown (from her website www.draprilbrown.com) is a Licensed Mental Health Christian Counselor in Florida, Wisconsin, New York, and New Jersey. In addition, she is a Certified Relationship and Sex Therapist, Board Certified TeleMental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and a Qualified Clinical Supervisor.

She has a thriving group practice called Cape Coral Therapists in Cape Coral, Florida where she specializes in anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationships, emotionally support animals, and distance counseling. Dr. April holds a Masters and a Specialist degree in Counseling and Human Systems and a Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology.

The ladies open up this episode discussing how we as mothers take on so much and carry the weight of the world. Isn’t that the truth! Dr. Brown reminds us that in order for us to improve intimacy, we first must focus our attention on self care. Listen to her talk about her best tips for self care!

We can get lost in our day to day and lose that spark we once had with our partner. Dr. Brown and the ladies talk about how to get that spark back. Here are a few tips: 

Self-love (affirmations, time for yourself)

Date night (don’t talk about problems)

Slow life down

How can you change your current intimacy routine? Step one - get your partner on board and start the conversation. Seems simple enough right? Dr. Brown lays out her best steps for making this happen. Hint - it takes time! Dr. Brown reminds us that sex should be looked at as fun and not a chore.

How can you remove your thoughts before intimacy? This starts with mindfulness. We often think that the act of sex alone is what it’s all about and it’s not! Laci leads the ladies on a discussion about mindfulness and how our minds flow through what we are thinking. Our minds control how we feel!

Mindfulness activity - take a Hershey kiss and go through the 5 senses. Get your whole body involved. This will help you understand how to connect and be present with your partner. 

 

How to be intimate with your partner when you are in a busy season in your life.

Shower together or find a moment to connect without distractions. 

Put down the phone.

Learn how to talk your partner’s language - not into feelings? Translate the issue to a topic they are familiar with. 

Crystal brings up a good point that the girls go in-depth on - why do we shit on those the closest to us? 

Ellen talks about modeling relationships for our children and a popular celebrity media storm caused by this way of thinking. It’s up for debate - good or bad? Let us know! 

The ladies close out this episode talking about the expectations surrounding sex. How to have a conversation with your partner, taking care of yourself, and planning time to be with your partner. This is a must listen to episode filled with tons of takeaways! 

 

How to find Dr. Brown

www.draprilbrown.com 

Books- Improving Intimacy series on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Improving-Intimacy-Self-Spirit-Spouse-ebook/dp/B093TBLKNF

Retreat - taking couples to Costa Rica and Florida 

Personalized counseling - see her website for more info

 

Ways to connect:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/draprilbrown/

Dr. April T. Brown, Counseling Services

Vacation Counseling Couples Retreats

Bringing Intimacy Back Podcast

https://www.instagram.com/bringingintimacyback/

https://www.instagram.com/dr.aprilb/

VacaCounseling

Bringing Intimacy Back 

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Brothers and Their Special Bond | A Down Syndrome Birth Diagnosis with Francie Todd

Brothers and Their Special Bond | A Down Syndrome Birth Diagnosis with Francie Todd

November 2, 2021

Francie Todd joins Crystal and Ellen to tell her family’s powerful story following the diagnosis of down syndrome for one of her sons. Fancie has fraternal twins, one typical and one with down syndrome. She is on the show this week to share her journey with IVF, duodenal atresia with baby A, and the struggles she and her family faced following delivery. 

 

In this episode you will hear:

 

  • What it was like to have a baby in the NICU at the start of the pandemic.
  • How to transition to home with a newborn while having one baby still at the hospital. 
  • What life was like in the early days and how Francie and her husband got through it.
  • Emergency surgery and the threat of a hysterectomy. 

Francie also talks about a very vulnerable moment and a turning point for her and Hall. She found a determination to get through whatever life threw at her—finding a new normal and finding the beauty in the journey. This is an episode you won’t want to miss. Truly an incredible story and we are honored Francie came on the show to share it!

 

About Francie Todd:

I am a wife, mom, and CRNA. My family lives in Greenville, SC. I have fraternal twin boys, Hall and Barrett. Hall was diagnosed with Down Syndrome shortly after birth, while Barrett is typical. The boys are now 16 months old and quite busy. Although our journey is different than what we imagined it would look like, it has been an amazing journey.

 

Resources mentioned in this show:

Bloom by Kelle Hampton

Babies with Down Syndrome: A New Parents’ Guide by Susan Skallerup

A Parent’s Guide to Down Syndrome by Jen Jacob and Mardra Sikora 

 

IG: fmtodd

KIND (Kids Including & Nurturing Differences) - “Hoping we can make a difference in a few kids and letting them know that differences are ok” Francie Todd on her nonprofit KIND. 

http://kindoftheupstate.org/ 

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