Season 2 Episode 10: Being Courageous In Spite of Fear with Kate Swoboda

Motherhood is a tough journey, and it takes so much courage to face the fears that day-to-day life will always bring. With thoughts like, “What if I’m not a good enough mom?” and, “Do I even have what it takes?” constantly plaguing us, we sometimes need to take a step back and remind ourselves that we have the power to be courageous, in spite of fear.

Season 2 Episode 09: Overcoming Infertility, Prematurity, and Medical Complications with Krissy Mulligan

A lot of moms go into planning for pregnancy with a great big master plan. As we often say on this show, those plans rarely pan out. Life has a way of making our road to motherhood less of a highway and more of a winding mountain pass. Luckily, when moms are supported by their families, doctors, and spouses, these roadblocks and setbacks are more than manageable. Krissy Mulligan was one of those fortunate women, and she is thankful every day that she managed to conceive her sweet son, Flynn, even after major medical problems. 

Season 2 Episode 08: How to Love Yourself Better with Sarah Argenal

How can we love ourselves better? It’s not a question that many moms ask themselves, but it is absolutely essential. When we take the time to love ourselves, we have even more to give to our children, our jobs, and our spouses. I can already hear the objections rising, so I have my guest, Sarah Argenal here with me to give you practical steps you can take towards self-care.

Season 2 Episode 07: When Motherhood Means Trauma, Grief and Pain with Leslie Browning

What happens when motherhood isn’t a happy memory, but a traumatic one? When a woman experiences a miscarriage, her memories of motherhood are tainted with grief, and it can often bring up other unpleasant memories along with it. It’s no small wonder that we don’t often hear stories about miscarriage, but I think that needs to change. Every woman is going to bear their grief differently and sometimes it’s in silence or isolation. Today, I wanted you to hear how one woman has learned to bear her grief after losing twins, and how she is using her story to help others heal so they don’t have to be alone like she was. This is the story of Leslie Browning, an accidental memoirist. 

Season 2 Episode 06: Mommy Intuition is the Key to Inner Wisdom with Julie Cusmariu

As mothers, we are told to trust our instincts, but that sounds a lot easier than it actually is. When was the last time you gave thought to your intuition? Do you trust it? Like other skills, our intuitive skills can be grown and honed to better serve ourselves, our relationships, and our children.

Season 2 Episode 05: Authentic Parenting in Spite of Trauma with Anna Seeward

How do you learn to be a parent when you haven’t had an example to follow? Is it possible to overcome severe trauma and parent from a place of authenticity, kindness, and love? Today’s show answers these questions and more about commonalities in the world of parenting. We share the same challenges and hardships, and we all have something to overcome to “be better.”

Season 2 Episode 04: The Unique Challenges of Preemie Moms with Leah Harper

Moms of preemie babies face unique challenges and celebrate different milestones than moms who carried full term. Today, I wanted to celebrate all that preemie moms have accomplished with Leah Harper. Leah is the founder of Preemie Mom Camp, an online community for moms with premature babies. Both of her daughters were born prematurely because of preeclampsia and other complications.

Season 2 Episode 03: Practical Tips for Working Moms Seeking Balance with Sarah Argenal

Work-life balance for working moms can feel impossible. Between burnout, little free time, and split priorities, working moms often feel alone in their struggle. Luckily, there are people like Sarah Argenal ready to support them. Sarah knows what it is like to feel overworked and under-prepared for motherhood. She always assumed that once she became a mom, her child would fit right into her thriving career at a competitive law firm. Sarah would soon learn that our kids have a way of changing our lives irreversibly, and she wouldn’t change a thing.

Season 2 Episode 02: Building Families and a Thriving Business with Meg Brunson

Working Moms have a lot to juggle! Whether they go to work at the office, or work from home, finding that elusive work-life balance is a challenge. Today, I’m delighted to chat with not just a working mom, but a mama who runs her own business. I’m with Meg Brunson today, a Phoenix-based Mom of 4 girls with a successful Marketing business she built from the ground up.

Season 2 Episode 01: Mother of 18: Through Biology, Adoption and Fostering with Jenn Taylor

Welcome back to the newest season of the podcast! You might have noticed that I made a small change to our name—Messy Roads Of Motherhood. As I talked to so many incredible women over the last season, I realized that there were so many more incredible stories to share. There are stories of challenge, transformation, and triumph along every step of the way, and I want to bring you those stories as encouragement and inspiration, regardless of what season you are in.