Michelle Duncan-Wilson became a mom for the first time at 17 years old. She now has a 17 year old daughter and two sons, ages 8 and 3.
Michelle will tell you she was â€œnot meant to be a motherâ€. While she is now thriving it took her years to arrive. She had to find her mothering soul and give it some room to grow.
In this episode Michelle shares:
Michelleâ€™s Website: soulworkformoms.com
Facebook Group: soulworkformoms.com/community
Book: Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Menton
Book: Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
Book: Tears to Triumph by Marianne Willamson
Book: Shift into Freedom by Loch Kelly
It is so easy to get stuck in our old stories:
I have told myself some of these stories. I have seen others tell themselves some of these stories.
We get stuck in our stories and donâ€™t progress in certain areas of our lives because we are COMMITTED to our stories. We can see past them, or around them, or through them.
But, the truth???
To create a new story, you have to start changing the conversation in your head. You have to start talking to yourself differently. You have to be open to new and different influences. You have to be open to growth and discomfort to find the magic that lies juuuust outside your current comfort zone. Our old stories are comfortable and familiar â€“ which is why we hold them close to our hearts.
By getting challenging yourself to get a little uncomfortable in new conversations with yourself, you will push you right through your old stories and into new ones that will change your attitude. Your new attitude will change your behavior. You new behavior will change your outcomes. Your new outcomes will change your reality.
Start telling yourself new stories.
Kathy Fettke didnâ€™t set out to build an empire. But when her husbandâ€™s major health scare threatened to cripple their families financial situation, she did got to workâ€¦. She rented out rooms in their family home to pay the mortgage. She started cold calling people who might sponsor her radio show. She forged ahead and created a path that lead her family to financial freedom. Now she educates others how to do the same.
Listen in to hear Kathy share:
Book: Retire Rich with Rentals
Heart Math: https://www.heartmath.com/
Today is my birthday! On oneâ€™s birthday, one should wear a unicorn onesie and drink from a jeroboam (4 bottles of wine in one big ass bottle). #truth
I planned a few ways to kick off my 41st year. Cause letâ€™s be honest, after you have kids, the only birthday celebrations youâ€™re gonna get are the ones you plan yourself. I mean, my 4 year old would love to throw me a party â€“ but I think we all know heâ€™s better at throwing a tantrum than a partyâ€¦ Plus, the magic to planning your own birthday is that you get to do any damn thing you want, right? Listen in to hear what I planned for myself!
It is also Thanksgiving week. Weâ€™ll talk about my Thanksgiving blueprint here - how to navigate the food and the family drama. There can be so much of bothâ€¦
Iâ€™m also sharing some listener emails with you. Getting your messages is magic to me. I love reading your stories and hearing how the Shameless Mom Academy has impacted you. Thank you to everyone who has written to me. I adore you. And special thanks to Shameless Moms Audra, Patty and Jessica, who let me share their letters today.
Lastly, in this week of giving thanks, know that Iâ€™m so thankful for all you mamas who make up The Shameless Mom Academy. You are my people. xoxo
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Cierra Seay is an entrepreneur running multiple business and the host of The College Dropout Podcastâ€. She believes there are many roads to success and we donâ€™t need to be limited by a traditional path.
Cierra is also the mother to two little boys, Christian and Caleb. When Christian was just 1 year old, Cierra unexpectedly lost her mother and grandmother, the two most significant women in her life. Of course, this shook her to her core. For about a year and a half after these losses, she told everyone, â€œIâ€™m fine.â€ And then she found herself not fine at all.
Listen in to hear Cierra share about her loss & grief, how she coped, and how she has come out stronger on the other side of grief. She also shares what she learned from her mother and grandmother and how she is living these lessons and passing them along to her boys.
Podcast: The College Dropout Podcast
Book: Greatness Is Upon You
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I know there is a lot of sadness, anger, pain and fear pulsing through our country right now. I wanted to use this episode to give you some thoughts on how to honor your feelings and your grief, while taking steps to continue showing up in all the areas of your life where you are needed right now.
There is tremendous strength, power, and hope on the other side of grief. But you have to work through the grief to find it.
Right now, any chance you have to prove yourself strong and capable is an opportunity. This might start with a workout, or a letter to a public official, or attending a gathering in support of a cause you wholeheartedly support.
Action is important, no matter how small. It will let you find your legs and your voice.
Action will allow you to heal.
Action will show your kids you are a fighter.
Action will slowly unravel the knot in your belly.
Listen in for some inspiration (and a few laughs) that might help you take a few step forward.
SMA Episode 68 with Kim Ades â€“ on how to have a family meeting
Articles on how to talk to children about Trump and the election:
This time of year is notorious for overwhelm, yes?!? The demands on your time only get worse and more pressing as we get closer to the holidays. Here are some tools for you to put in place if youâ€™re already feeling the overwhelm of the season.
If youâ€™re not overwhelmed yet, I promise you will beâ€¦ Take notes!
Book: You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
As we move from Halloween toward Thanksgiving, and then Christmas, I already hear women saying:
â€œIâ€™m going to be good until Thanksgiving.â€
â€œIâ€™m going to reign it in for a couple weeks.â€
â€œNo more sugar until Christmas.â€
We tend to make a lot of rules for ourselves in relation to food at this time of year. In many cases we feel frustrated and defeated by a holiday, based on what we ate, which is such a bummer. You shouldnâ€™t feel less joy about Halloween because you ate some candy.
In this episode I teach you the philosophies and habits I teach the women at my gym in regards to using food for fuel â€“ rather than punishment. Fueling tour body with food is ridiculously empowering. It helps you move away from a deprivation mindset. It helps STOP using food as punishment.
Listen in to learn about these 12 tips that will help you reframe your relationship with food and how it food can positively impact you as we enter this season of celebration!
SMA interview with Jill Coleman: How To Eat Every Damn Day
Creating confidence is something that comes with practice, experience, and well, faking it. That whole â€œfake it till you make itâ€ concept â€“ itâ€™s true. Although, I like to say, â€œfake it till you become it.â€
Sometimes you have to try on a new and improved version of yourself to see how it fits. From there, you can tweak, evolve and grow into the person you want to be. Practicing is critical. Without practicing being the new, confident, self assured you, you will NOT become the new confident, self assured you. So, get out there and try her on for size.
Itâ€™s ok to strive to be the person you truly want to be. It might feel a little awkward at first. Others might wonder whatâ€™s going on. Thatâ€™s ok. Just keep being the you YOU truly want to be. You will grow in to the role. Your life and landscape will evolve with you, which is fabulous.
Know there will be uncomfortable moments. Anticipate them, prepare for them, own them.
As you start to behave more confidently, you will actually become more confident. Then others will see you as more confident, and you will, in turn, continue to carry yourself more confidently. See that beautiful cycle?!
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