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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.