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. 

Season 2 Trailer: Things Learned in 2017 and a Preview of 2018

Today we’re taking a sneak peek into 2018 and Season 2 of the podcast! My goal is to provide a space for every mother to share her story freely, because EVERY story is worthy of being told. In the first 14 episodes, we have heard incredible stories from extremely brave women who shared the tough experiences in becoming a mom, especially when that journey didn’t look the way you expected it to look. We’ve covered topics from infertility to adoption to loss to finding sperm donors---all because women have chosen to be open and vulnerable.

 

14: The Beauty of Motherhood in Non-Traditional Families with Chris Rose

Since this podcast is all about sharing stories of Motherhood from every perspective along the messy road, I am extra excited to have my guest, Chris, on the show with me today. Chris and her wife Charlotte are a same-sex couple with a three-year-old daughter. Chris’ perspective on relationships, pregnancy, family, and motherhood all come from her desire to educate the world about “nontraditional” families.

13: Dealing with the Grief and Loss of a Miscarriage with Cori Aschkenas

Have you experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage? Unfortunately, it seems to be a fairly common part of the messy road of motherhood for so many women. My guest today went through this loss 20 years ago, yet the memories are raw and sharp. I’m happy to have my mother-in-law, Cori Aschkenas, here to share her story about the loss of her third child, Bryxanna.

 

12: Finding a New Life as a Single Mom with Carmen Reed-Gilkison

What happens when you suddenly find out you're pregnant and alone? Do you become overwhelmed with fear or use it as the catalyst to move your life forward? That is the crossroad that Carmen Reed-Gilkison found herself in during her late 20s. As a single mom (and now stepmom) who is an empty-nester and launching her own marketing business, Carmen knows that personal sacrifices are worth the rewards.