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Moms with Dreams Show

Moms with Dreams is the go-to podcast for women who want to pursue their dreams in the midst of motherhood. A weekly show that provides empowerment, education and inspiration for moms, this podcast delivers success strategies and actionable steps. Listeners will meet successful people who are living their dreams, and in turn, become inspired to begin their journey toward business ownership, becoming a published author, or pursuing any other passion that's burning inside of them.
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Oct 2, 2019

Phoenix Williams is an award-nominated erotic and paranormal romance, street lit author, and literary consultant. Based out of Illinois, Phoenix is also a CEO, producer, screenwriter, AAMBC journal contributor, and a mom of a 13-year old son. She has built a brand that specializes in romance and self-acceptance.

During our conversation, Phoenix talks about:

  • How she never thought that she would become an author
  • How to create fiction books from non-fiction stories
  • The primary reason why people who want to write a book don’t write one
  • Costly mistakes that new authors can avoid
  • How to position yourself to become an Amazon bestseller and more…

Where You Can Find Phoenix Williams Online:

https://www.amazon.com/Phoenix-Williams

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhoenixWilliams01

Instagram: @phoenixwilliamsbooks

Twitter: @phoenix_william (no S)

I hope you are inspired by my conversation with Phoenix Williams. If you’d like additional support with becoming an author, I encourage you to connect with Phoenix.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about what you heard in this episode. You can leave a comment below these show notes over at http://ericablocker.com/155.

If you’re struggling with the need to be a perfect mom, dealing with mom guilt, or you feel like you have no time to invest in yourself, I’d love to support you. Send me an email and let me know how I can help. My email address is: Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Thank you for listening and being a member of my extended family.

Until next time – RECLAIM YOUR DREAMS! Do what YOU love. Make a DIFFERENCE.

Take care,

Erica

 

 

Sep 12, 2019

My mission on this podcast is to support moms and show them how to follow their dreams without feeling guilty. As summer was winding down, I kept hearing moms say the same thing – they were sad to see summer go and weren’t looking forward to the kids going back to school. Some moms were already feeling overwhelmed by the second day of school.

The school year is just beginning, so I created this special episode to help moms kick off the school year with less stress. In this episode, I share tips that have helped me manage my life and my kids’ lives during the busiest time of year – back to school.

This podcast is actually from a live broadcast that I did on Facebook and Instagram, so you’ll also hear me engaging with people who were watching me live.

Some of the takeaways that you’ll hear include:

  • Planning, preparing, and performing with flexibility
  • Checking in with yourself to see how YOU are feeling during this busy time
  • Making time for yourself
  • Being compassionate, patient, and kind to yourself
  • And more…

I hope you are inspired by this episode and hear something that you can apply in your life right now to help you stress less this school year.

If you’re struggling with the need to be a perfect mom, dealing with mom guilt, or you feel like you have no time to invest in yourself, I’d love to support you. Send me an email and let me know how I can help. My email address is: Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Thank you for listening and being a member of my extended family.

Until next time – RECLAIM YOUR DREAMS! Do what YOU love. Make a DIFFERENCE.

Take care,

Erica

 

Aug 28, 2019

Allison Jackson is the founder of Allison Jackson Fitness. She is passionate about all things health and fitness, but she really loves sharing her knowledge and expertise to help corporate moms get lean while eating foods they love. Allison knows exactly how hard it is to work full-time, take care of the kids and household and find time to work out, eat right, and care for herself, too. Allison has spent the last seven years training and competing in figure competitions – even winning her pro card – so she has a crystal-clear picture of what it takes to reach your ideal weight and stay there.

 

During our conversation, Allison talks about:

  • How she began her fitness journey
  • How it’s possible for women to get fit while eating what they love
  • The art of monitoring your macro intake to achieve your ideal weight
  • How to be consistent with your fitness and healthy eating plans
  • Grocery shopping and meal planning hacks
  • The value of virtual fitness coaching for busy moms, and more…

Where You Can Find Allison Online:

Website: www.allisonjacksonfitness.com

Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube: @allisonjacksonfitness

Twitter: @allyjackson

Resources Mentioned:

MyFitnessPal: https://www.myfitnesspal.com/

Eat Clean Bro: https://eatcleanbro.com/

I hope you are inspired by my conversation with Allison Jackson. If you’d like additional support getting in shape and eating healthier, I encourage you to connect with Allison.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about what you heard in this episode. You can leave a comment below the show notes at http://ericablocker.com/153.

If you’re struggling with the need to be a perfect mom, dealing with mom guilt, or you feel like you have no time to invest in yourself, I’d love to support you. Send me an email and let me know how I can help. My email address is: Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Thank you for listening and being a member of my extended family.

Until next time – RECLAIM YOUR DREAMS! Do what YOU love. Make a DIFFERENCE.

Take care,

Erica

 

 

Aug 9, 2019

Christie Mann is an author, spiritual psychologist, leadership coach, learning consultant, trainer, speaker, and Kundalini Yoga & Meditation teacher. Christie designs and facilitates transformational content and experiences that make our world a happier, healthier, and more connected place to be. She is the creator of The Adventures of Lil’ Sass, a personal development book series that teaches young people the importance of being with their own emotions and shows the joyfulness we can experience when we allow ourselves to be fully self-expressed.

During our conversation, Christie talks about:

  • Her childhood experience that led her on a healing journey
  • Her movement to bring emotions back and what that means
  • Having a “vulnerability hangover” and what she learned from it
  • Different ways you can learn to “be with your emotions” and more…

Where You Can Find Christie Mann Online:

Websites:

www.christiemann.com

www.lilsass.com

Social Media:

Facebook: @adventuresoflilsass

Instagram: @adventuresoflilsass & @christiemann1

 I hope you are inspired by my conversation with Christie Mann. If you’d like additional support with healthy, productive ways to be with your emotions, I encourage you to connect with Christie.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about what you heard in this episode. You can leave a comment below the show notes at http://ericablocker.com/152 or email me directly at: Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Thank you for listening and being a member of my extended family.

Until next time – RECLAIM YOUR DREAMS! Do what YOU love. Make a DIFFERENCE.

Take care,

Erica

Jul 17, 2019

Jennifer Foxworthy proudly served in the U.S Navy for nearly 22 years. As a retired veteran, Jennifer is pursuing her second career as the founder and CEO of Inspirationally Speaking, LLC and the founding president and CEO Of Unstoppable You Ministries, Inc. Jennifer is an award-winning motivational speaker, international published author of Tomorrow My Sunshine Will Come: Memoirs of Women Who Survived Domestic Violence, event organizer and host of Unstoppable You Conference, television show host of Living Unshackled ON Purpose, corporate trainer, and prolific blogger of “G.U.M.B.O.”.

During our conversation, Jennifer talks about:

  • How she never intended to become an event organizer and conference host.
  • How she developed the blueprint for her Unstoppable You Conference.
  • How she chose the demographic that her Unstoppable You Ministries serves.
  • Her passion for increasing awareness about human trafficking, homelessness, domestic violence.
  • Her mantra, “Ignorance is not an option” and more..

Where You Can Find Jennifer Online:

Websites:

Inspirationally Speaking, LLC: www.inspirationallyspeaking.com

Unstoppable You Ministries, Inc: www.unstoppableyouministriesinc.org

Social Media Information:
Facebook Fan page: www.facebook.com/jennifer.inspirationally

Facebook Fan page: www.facebook.com/Unstoppable-You-Ministries-Inc

Twitter/Periscope: @JenniferFoxwor1 and @uyminc
Instagram: @thriveronpurpose
LinkedIn: Jennifer C. Foxworthy

Register for Unstoppable You Conference – August 3, 2019

www.njuyc2019.eventbrite.com

I hope you heard something that resonates and inspires you to answer your calling, step out of your comfort zone, and make a difference in the lives of others.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and continue this conversation with you. Feel free to leave a comment below the show notes at http://ericablocker.com/151. You can also send me an email at: Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Thank you for listening. Until next time, reclaim YOUR dreams. Do what YOU love. Make a difference.

Take care,

Erica

Jul 3, 2019

I’m super excited that we made it to this milestone episode! Here on the Moms with Dreams Show, we love to celebrate our success – both big and small - and reflect on lessons learned on our journey to our dreams.

I often tell women that they have to give birth to their dreams and nurture them just as they birth their children and nurture them to independence. In this episode, I compare the process of starting your dream business to birthing a baby. I walk you through the process of birthing your dream business from conception to delivery in these stages:

  • Conception of your dream – when you conjure up the idea or receive a vision
  • Gestational period - when you’re carrying your dream inside of you, putting in work but aren’t able to “see” your dream yet
  • Birth of your dream – when you give birth to your dream business, are nurturing it through actionable steps and are beginning to see results

Resources Mentioned:

As additional resources, I refer to previous episodes on the Moms with Dreams Show, Social Media Lifestyle podcast, and my web developer, Tim Melanson. Click on the links below to access these resources.

Episode 108 (solo episode) Taking A Break Gets You Closer to Your Dreams

Episode 119 with Kim Boudreau-Smith: Show Up, Let Go, & Let God Lead

Episode 149 with Erica Hood-Vincent: Transform Your Skills into Services

 

Social Media Lifestyle Podcast hosted by Knifie Burks

My website developer, Tim Melanson

 

I’m confident that you’ll relate to these concepts and will be able to apply them to your dream business, regardless of the stage that you’re currently in.

I welcome your comments and thoughts and would love to hear what you think about this episode. You can leave a comment below the show notes at: http://ericablocker.com/150 or email me directly at: Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Thank you for listening and being a part of my extended family. We made it to episode 150! I’m looking forward to many more episodes with you.

Until next time, reclaim YOUR dream. Do what YOU love. Make a difference.

Take care,

Erica

 

 

Jun 19, 2019

Erica Hood-Vincent is the #ThinkSolutions Sales Coach and Money May Strategist. In these roles, she strategically blends her corporate America skills, love for God, and street savvy knowledge to teach infopreneurs how to sell their information without being salesy.

In this episode, Erica shares her journey into entrepreneurship from the beginning, how she evolved, and key turning points in her journey that helped her succeed.

During our conversation, Erica talks about:

  • Taking your employee hat off when you’re starting a business.
  • The dangers of focusing on sales and why you should remove the word, “sale”, from your vocabulary and thinking.
  • How her family survived when they hit rock bottom and had to rely on government assistance.
  • How she was crippled by fear and wasn’t sure if she had what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.
  • The moment when everything changed in her business, and she knew exactly what she needed to do.
  • Much more…

Where You Can Find Erica Hood-Vincent Online:

Website: www.ericahvincent.com

Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram: @ericahvincent

I hope you heard something that inspired you. Whether you’re at the beginning of your entrepreneurial journey, or you’ve been doing it for years – the message that Erica shared is powerful. You have amazing skills that people need to solve their problems. You can’t quit when you face challenges – that’s part of the process. Look for creative ways to serve with your skills and being in business will become easier. The more people you help, the greater impact you make, and the more money you will earn as a result of your work.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and answer any questions you may have. Feel free to leave a comment below the show notes at: http://ericablocker.com/149. You can also email me directly at: Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Until next time, reclaim YOUR dream. Do what YOU love. Make a difference!

Take care,

Erica

 

 

Jun 5, 2019

Chandra Brooks is a wife, mother of four, author, and entrepreneur. She is an appointed Commissioner of the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, chair of the Justice and Advocacy Committee and an elected delegate for the California Democratic Party. Her passions include women empowerment, social justice, improving voter outcomes, and civic engagement in communities of color. In 2017, Chandra launched The SocialPreneur, a purpose-driven business that prepares potential candidates to run for political office and coaches women on building leadership within their companies.

In this episode, Chandra shares how she began her career in politics, challenges she’s faced, and her philosophy about women leading and creating change.

During our conversation, Chandra talks about:

  • why she thinks women are taking major action, running for political positions and starting businesses more now than ever before
  • how women can start using their voices to create change (even if they’re not accustomed to speaking up)
  • how she deals with discrimination in political environments
  • her transition from corporate America to becoming a full-time entrepreneur
  • how she turned her political skills and experience into a profitable business and more…

Where You Can Find Chandra Brooks Online:

Website: www.chandra-brooks.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/empoweringcommunities4u/

Purchase a copy of Chandra’s book: Black, Brown, and Political: Get Informed, Get Empowered, and Change The Game!

I hope our conversation inspired you to get involved and “change the game”. Sometimes creating change is as simple as speaking up – sharing your opinion and letting others know how you feel about issues in your neighborhood, kids’ schools, local government, and even at work. You were blessed with a voice. Don’t be afraid to use it and exercise your rights. Your voice counts and it needs to be heard.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and answer any questions you may have. Feel free to leave a comment below the show notes at http://ericablocker.com/148. You can also email me directly at: Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Until next time, reclaim YOUR dream. Do what YOU love. Make a difference!

Take care,

Erica

 

May 24, 2019

Happy anniversary to the Moms with Dreams Show! I can’t believe it’s already been four years!

I feel like time has gone by so fast. So much has happened since I launched my show on May 18, 2015. When I made the decision to end my online radio show and start my podcast, I was clear on what I liked about podcasting – having flexibility to pre-record interviews, having my own platform to share my message, the freedom to call the shots and the ability to create a show that would live forever on Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, and other cool places where people can find me around the globe.

What I didn’t know was how much time and energy I would have to invest to launch my show and keep it going. The first year was tough running my podcast as a one-woman show. I spent a lot of time learning how to edit in Audacity and trying to find my rhythm as an interviewer and discover my voice as a podcaster.

Looking back, I realize how much I’ve grown over these past four years. I’ve gained new skills. I’ve met amazing women from all over the world and have made lifelong friends because of my podcast. I’m grateful for every tough lesson as it’s shaped me into the woman I am today.

In this episode, I share ten valuable lessons that I’ve learned as a podcaster. I hope that you’ll find value in these lessons and apply what fits in your life.

I also had fun recapping twenty of my favorite episodes. Honestly, the list was going to be much longer, but I had to cut it off in the interest of time.

If you enjoyed this list, I’ll let you in on a little secret. I am working on a project that’s a spinoff of the MWD show. I’m excited to share it with you, but it’s still too early to spill the beans. I’ll share more with you very soon.

As you listen, I hope you hear something that resonates and inspires you. I’d love to hear what you’re thinking. Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below the show notes at http://ericablocker.com/147. You can also email me at: Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Thank you for keeping me inspired and helping to make the Moms with Dreams Show a success. I wouldn’t be here without you, and I am so grateful for your love and support. Thank you for listening, for sharing and leaving me reviews. I appreciate you and am honored to be on this journey with you. I look forward to many more years of podcasting and growing with you.

All My Best,

Erica

 

May 7, 2019

Abbey Ashley leads an online community of 25,000 virtual assistants. She started offering virtual assistant services in 2013 and was able to leave her full-time, corporate job while on maternity leave. She now teaches others how to start working as a work-from-home virtual assistant.

In this episode, Abbey shares how she got started as a virtual assistant, the benefits of becoming a virtual assistant, and the benefits of hiring one as a mompreneur.

During our conversation, Abbey talks about:

  • what a virtual assistant is
  • how moms can get started working from home and making money faster in this industry than many other types of home-based businesses
  • her take on Upwork, Fiverr and other outsourcing companies
  • the one thing that she did that made a MAJOR difference for her family and business
  • how to hire a VA to support your small business, and more

 

Where You Can Find Abbey Ashley Online:

Website: https://thevirtualsavvy.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thevirtualsavvy

Twitter: www.twitter.com/thevirtualsavvy

Instagram: www.instagram.thevirtualsavvy

As we close out, I want you to be encouraged. It’s easy to get caught up in doing everything on your own when you’re building your business because you think that’s how it has to be. Then you discover that you don’t have to do it all by yourself. Resources and support are available if you’ll open your heart to receive. I hope that you heard something today that helps you as you continue to build your dreams.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and answer any questions you may have. Feel free to leave a comment below the show notes at http://ericablocker.com/146. You can also email me directly at: Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Until next time, reclaim YOUR dream. Do what YOU love. Make a difference!

Take care,

Erica

May 1, 2019

I had fun creating this episode! It’s unlike any other episode that I’ve ever done here on the podcast. It’s my first time ever being so candid and free without a specific topic or focus.

I guess you can say it’s my own version of a mini variety show. Episode 145 is a mix between free style, real talk, candid Q & A, and my thoughts.

You’ll hear me talk about:

  • my relationship with my podcast
  • why I’m a big fan of taking breaks and social media sabbaticals
  • the dilemma with my kids and their phone addiction
  • how I helped a co-worker overcome his social media addiction
  • how I manage to do all that I do as a single mom with a full-time career and more.

I hope you hear something that resonates and adds value to your life in some way. If you have a question that you’d like me to answer in a future episode like this, please let me know. You can either leave a comment at http://ericablocker.com/145 or email me directly at: Erica@momswithdreams.com. I can’t wait to hear from you.

Until next time, reclaim YOUR dream. Do what YOU love and make a difference.

Take care,

Erica  

 

 

 

Apr 24, 2019

Wendy Silver is the founder and president of Beyond the Workplace LLC, a boutique HR consulting company specializing in employee relations. With over twenty years of experience, she works with companies and individuals to navigate workplace and career issues. Wendy is passionate about inspiring, promoting and creating great places to work and challenges organizations to think outside the box and beyond the "what ifs," to create workplace cultures that support business growth and employee success.

In this episode, Wendy shares her frustration of feeling like she had to choose between being a good mom and a good employee and how that motivated her to step out on her own. It was a tough decision, but Wendy knew it was the best choice for her and her family. 

During our conversation, Wendy talks about: 

  • her struggle trying to find professionally challenging roles that allowed her the flexibility she needs as a mom
  • how to negotiate during your employment search to find the job that best fits your lifestyle and needs 
  • the importance of knowing your bottom line and what's most important to you
  • how to gain an inside view of a corporation's culture before accepting an offer
  • tips to manage workplace stress and anxiety 

Where You Can Find Wendy Silver Online: 

Website: www.beyondtheworkplace.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beyondtheworkplacehr/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wendy-silver-aa2bb38/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/beyondworkhr

I created this podcast to support you in your journey to your dreams, and we're all in different places at different times. Whether you're a mom looking to re-enter the workforce, an established career woman, transitioning into a new position, or staring your own business, I hope you heard something during this conversation that will help you in your journey. 

Please feel free to leave your comments and thoughts over at http://ericablocker.com/144. You can also email me directly at: Erica@momswithdreams.com. Until next time, reclaim YOUR dream. Do what YOU love. Make a difference. 

Take care, 

Erica 

 

 

Apr 17, 2019

Nneka Saran Mosley is a wife, mother of three, creative entrepreneur and woman of faith. She is the founder of Mamas who Lunch, an intimate lunch series that helps moms take a break, enjoy great conversation with other moms, and leave feeling inspired. What started as a simple idea to host an annual event for moms in her network quickly grew to multiple SOLD OUT events across three states. This event has now evolved into a one-day conference called Recharge.

Nneka is extremely passionate about encouraging women to step out on faith to do what God has called them to do.

In this episode, you’ll hear Nneka’s passion and commitment to bringing her dreams to life. Nneka shares how she manages the many moving parts in her life such as family, career, and living out her passion.

During our conversation, Nneka talks about:

  • her thoughts on finding balance by using your resources
  • the reality of running a one-woman venture
  • her feelings about moms not wanting to ask for help
  • what she thinks is very important for moms to do on a regular basis

Where You Can Find Nneka Saran Mosley Online:

Website: www.mamaswholunch.com

Instagram: @Nnekasaran and @mamaswholunchorg

I hope you heard something that resonated and reminded you of the possibilities of what you can create in your life. I’d love to continue this conversation with you. Please leave a comment below the show notes at http://ericablocker.com/143, or you can email me directly at: Erica@momswithdreams.com

Thank you for being a part of my extended family. I appreciate you and am glad that you’re here.

Until next time – reclaim YOUR dream. Do what YOU love. Make a difference!

Take care,

Erica

 

Jan 30, 2019

In this episode, you’ll meet Sophia Wise One, who is a teacher, healer, author, entrepreneur and speaker. She has also been called a modern-day medicine woman. Sophia is committed to making an optimal impact and she loves helping people get to know and love their authentic selves.

Sophia Wise One openly shares her spiritual journey including when she hit a major wall early in life as a young caretaker and how she dealt with being diagnosed with Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD).

Sophia shares her philosophy about why support is necessary and what happens when you are unsupported emotionally and mentally.

She poses a powerful question that I invite you to answer for yourself. (You’ll have to listen to hear what she asks, but I promise you it’s deep and well worth your time.)

Then Sophia talks about how you begin to heal from pain, trauma, life’s disappointments, stress and emotional burdens.

Everything that Sophia talks about is deep yet simple for you to understand and apply in your life. If you’ve been struggling with listening to yourself, trusting what you hear and believing yourself, then you’ll get a lot from our conversation.

Where You Can Find Sophia Wise One Online:

Website: www.sophiawiseone.com

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn: @Sophiawiseone

Podcast, Vagina Talks: https://www.sophiawiseone.com/podcast/

I hope that you heard something that resonated and opened your heart to the idea of listening, trusting and believing yourself. You know more than you know and probably more than you give yourself credit for knowing about what you need and want. Start listening to yourself and trusting what you hear. Then do what you know is best for you and watch your life begin to unfold in a new way.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this week’s episode. You can leave a comment in the show notes at http://ericablocker.com/142 or email me at: Erica@momswithdreams.com.

If you’re looking for support to begin your journey or to get help trying to figure out your vision and what you want to achieve this year, I’d love to be your guide. You can email me, and we’ll schedule a time to talk more about the possibility of us working together to bring your vision to life.

Until next time – Reclaim YOUR dreams, do what YOU love and make a DIFFERENCE!

Take care,

Erica

 

 

 

 

Jan 23, 2019

Like many of us, you’ve probably set big goals that you want to achieve this year. And you probably have good intentions and are really trying to stay focused on making them happen. In this episode, I share what I did that has absolutely been a game changer and is helping me stay focused on my big goals and dreams.

It’s a 3-step process that’s simple to do – even for you, a super busy mom. I promise that it won’t take more than a few minutes each day and the time spent will be well worth it.

I’m not going to give it all away because I really want you to listen to this episode. I will say that this life-changing process begins by writing your vision down.

This may seem obvious, but in this episode, I share some of the science behind the power of writing your vision down on paper. You may be surprised by what you hear.

After you’ve listened, I encourage you to get started doing this right away. Remember – if you want something different, you must do something different. I know that you have big dreams and lots of goals that you want to accomplish. I believe in you and I know that you can do it.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments. Please let me know what you think about this episode over in the show notes at http://ericablocker.com/141. If you’d like to send me a personal note, you can email me at: Erica@momswithdreams.com.

I’m here to support you. Let me know if you’d like to talk more about what you can do to create the life of your dreams this year.

Until next time, reclaim YOUR dream. Do what YOU love and make a difference.

Take care,

Erica


 

Jan 17, 2019

In this episode, I have a conversation with Jennifer Covington, who knows what it takes to create, build and run a freedom-based business from the ground up. As a coach, her genius lies in her ability to help you turn your passion into profit, so you can make the positive impact you were intended to make in the world.

We kick off the conversation talking about being a life coach and what led her to this industry. We both agree that life coaching is important and can be the catalyst to your growth and success.

After sharing how she got started as a life coach, Jennifer shares:

  • how to get clear on your soul-centered vision
  • why your vision isn’t random or haphazard
  • practical steps to build a freedom-based business
  • how daily action leads you to your purpose and more…

If you’ve been questioning whether you should move toward your vision this year, then this episode will be super helpful for you. Jennifer’s words of wisdom are simple and powerful. Be sure to listen until the end to get the nuggets from this conversation.

Where You Can Find Jennifer Online:

Website: www.jennifercovington.com

Instagram: @therealjcov

Facebook: https://facebook.com/jennifercovingtonfanpage

Free trainings that Jennifer mentioned are at: www.jennifercovington.com/freebies

I hope that you heard something that resonated with you and stirred up something in your soul. Remember – what God has for you is for you. Your vision was given to you and only you. You already have everything that you need to make your vision your reality.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this week’s episode. You can leave a comment at: http://ericablocker.com/140 or email me at: Erica@momswithdreams.com.

If you’re looking for support to begin your journey or to get help trying to figure out your vision and what you want to achieve this year, I’d love to be your guide. You can email me, and we’ll schedule a time to talk more about the possibility of us working together to bring your vision to life.

Until next time – Reclaim YOUR dreams, do what YOU love and make a DIFFERENCE!

Take care,

Erica

Jan 9, 2019

Lori Rochino has a background in corporate marketing and is a podcast and productivity coach. She created Simply Defined Life Podcast for entrepreneurs who want to simplify their busy lives in order to make room for the things that matter. She is the author of Fifty Shades of Simple: How to Prioritize in the Age of Information Overload. Her work has been featured in national and local outlets that include SUCCESS, Huffington Post, YES Magazine, Philadelphia Style Magazine and Examiner. She lives in the greater Philadelphia area with her family.

After sharing how she began her entrepreneurial journey, Lori shares her thoughts on:

  • morning routines
  • what may be holding you back from achieving the success you desire
  • unplugging to take a digital detox
  • great tips to help you make consistency fun. She even dishes out a few tips for aspiring podcasters.

If you’ve been thinking about starting a business but feel like you have no time to do anything outside of your work and family, then you’ll love my conversation with Lori.

Where You Can Find Lori Online:

https://www.facebook.com/SimplyDefinedLifePodcast/

Twitter and Instagram: @LoriRochino
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lorirochino

I hope that you feel empowered and ready to remove what’s holding you back, so you can design your own successful life. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this week’s episode. You can leave a comment below or email me at: Erica@momswithdreams.com.

If you’re looking for support to begin your journey to your dreams or to get help trying to figure out your purpose and what you want to achieve this year, I’d love to be your guide. You can email me and we’ll schedule a time to talk more about the possibility of us working together to bring your dream to life.

Until next time – Reclaim YOUR dreams, do what YOU love and make a DIFFERENCE!

Take care,

Erica

Jan 4, 2019

Alexa Freiler is a happy wife and mother of two amazing boys who took a chance, tried something totally different and discovered her passion and dream. Prior to opening her LuLaRoe boutique a few years ago, Alexa had no idea that her dream was to own a thriving home-based business that would allow her to be home with her family.

In this episode, Alexa talks about how she never saw herself as an entrepreneur type and how her success came to her as a surprise. She began her entrepreneurial journey in January of 2017 after falling in love with a product that she tried on a whim. Since then, Alexa discovered her passion and how much she loves what she does. She’s worked diligently to build a thriving business and an online community of thousands of women.

If you’ve been on the fence about starting something new, you’ll be inspired by our conversation. Alexa encourages you to go for it if it’s something that you can see yourself doing.

Where You Can Find Alexa Online:

www.alexafreiler.com (Facebook page)

www.shopwithalexa.com (Facebook Group)

@LularoeAF (Instagram)

I hope you’re encouraged to start something new and to go all in for yourself. I’d love to hear your thoughts on my conversation with Alexa. You can leave a comment below the show notes at http://ericablocker.com/138 or email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com

Until next time – reclaim YOUR dream, do what YOU love and make a DIFFERENCE!

Take care,

Erica

Dec 19, 2018

In this episode, I’m talking to you about a precious resource – your time – and why you should stop wasting it by waiting. With life being so busy and hectic, it’s easy to tell yourself that you’re going to wait until the time is right to pursue your goals and dreams. I know that it’s not easy, but you must train yourself to become action-oriented even when you don’t feel like doing the work.

As you listen, think about what you really want to achieve or accomplish over the next year and write it down. I want you to think about what steps you can take today to move forward in the direction of your 12-month goal. As I share with you in this episode, you don’t have to take giant steps. Each small step will add up to get you to your desired result. Just like you don’t see immediate results from working out, it will take time for you to achieve your big goals. But you can do it when you decide, plan and take consistent action.

I talk about the benefits of not waiting and how it impacts your life in the long-term. That thing that you’ve been called to do will always be on the horizon until you stop waiting and start creating what you want.

I hope that you hear something that inspires you to get going. I’d love to have a conversation with you on this topic. You can comment over at http://ericablocker.com/137 and I’ll be sure to respond.

If you’d like support with moving forward, I’d love to help you. Send me an email at Erica@momswithdreams.com and we’ll talk about the next steps.

I’ll be back next week with more inspiration and education to keep you empowered on the journey to your dreams.

Until next time, Reclaim YOUR dream. Do what YOU love. Make a difference.

Take care,

Erica

Nov 28, 2018

Michele Williams is a certified Profit First professional who’s helping creative business owners focus on the financial health and profitability of their companies. She believes that each choice determines profitability. Through her consulting agency, Scarlet Thread Consulting, Michele helps her clients understand the impact their choices have on the financial success of their businesses.

In this episode, Michele shares how she began her journey as entrepreneur, her challenges, lessons learned, and how she’s grown personally and professionally.

We covered a lot during this conversation. Here are some key takeaways:

  • How to stay encouraged as a new business owner who hasn’t made a profit yet
  • Tips to help new business owners ensure profitability
  • The concept of negative profit
  • What lack of profitability will do to your passion
  • The importance of creating boundaries in your business
  • The difference between knowledge and expertise and what people pay for
  • How to recognize and overcome impostor syndrome
  • What it means to “connect the dots” in business
  • A value document and why you need one

Resources Mentioned by Michele:

Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath (book)

The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, by Mike Michalowicz (book)

Backwards Financials for The Win, episode 011 from Michele’s podcast: https://www.scarletthreadconsulting.com/profit-is-a-choice-episodes/backwards-financials

Understanding Your Financials, Michele’s online course:

http://scarletthreadconsulting.net/uyf-enroll

 

Where You Can Find Michele Online:

Website: www.scarletthreadconsulting.com

LinkedIn: in/michele-williams

Twitter: @chelebelle30009

Facebook: Scarlet Thread Consulting Business Page

Instagram: @scarletthreadatl

Pinterest: /scarletthreadconsulting

I hope that you learned something valuable from my conversation with Michele Williams. Most of all, remember that you have the power to choose success and profitability in your business. You may not have all the answers right now, but you’ll learn what you need to keep growing to build a solid business.

If you’d like support with moving forward, I’d love to chat with you. Send me an email at Erica@momswithdreams.com or leave a comment below the show notes at http://ericablocker.com/136.

I’ll be back next week with more inspiration and education to keep you empowered on the journey to your dreams.

Until next time, Reclaim YOUR dream. Do what YOU love. Make a difference.

Take care,

Erica

 

 

Nov 21, 2018

“The more you (that) you become, the more your ideal client will be attracted to you.” -Brittany Bullen

When Brittany Bullen was a struggling new mom, she rediscovered her joy by doing things she was a “nerd” about - like writing books, songs and even a musical. Her nerdiness eventually led her to create NerdyGirl.co, which has become a content marketing consulting agency, worldwide movement and brand.

Brittany’s on a mission to teach other moms how to use “personality marketing” (a term she coined) to turn their own “nerdiness” into fulfilling, profitable businesses.

In this episode, Brittany talks about:

  • The importance of nerdiness, which is not the stereotypical definition
  • How to lean into your own nerdiness
  • What makes someone successful online
  • The Crisis of the Ordinary
  • How she’s successful in her business and as a mom and wife
  • and more...

Brittany gives you a whole new perspective on living a life outside of what you know right now, and how it’s possible while being a wife and a busy mom.

You can read Brittany’s new book, The Crisis of the Ordinary: What To Do If You Secretly Wish for More Than What You’ve Got for free at bit.ly/readbrittanysbook.

Where You Can Find Brittany Online:

Website: www.brittanybullen.com

Facebook: https://facebook.com/pg/brittanybullenofficial

Instagram and Twitter: /brittanybullen

I hope that you heard something that resonated and inspired you to rediscover your joy by doing what you love and are good at. Life is too short to wait for the perfect moment because that will never come. Once you know what you want, you’ve got to go for it.

If you’d like support with moving forward toward your extraordinary life, I’d love to chat with you. Send me an email at Erica@momswithdreams.com or leave a comment below the show notes at http://ericablocker.com/135.

I’ll be back next week with more inspiration and education to keep you empowered on the journey to your dreams.

Until next time, Reclaim YOUR dream. Do what YOU love. Make a difference.

Take care,

Erica

 

Nov 14, 2018

In this episode, I’m talking to you about the six excuses that I hear moms make all the time when it comes to living their dreams. As moms, we will move mountains and walk across the sea for our children, but we often don’t approach our own desires with such fervor.

Why is that?

Why do we believe that our children should have what they want, but often do not believe the same for ourselves?

Deep down we know that we deserve to live our dreams. Instead of being courageous and figuring out a way to go after what we want, we allow the story that we’ve been telling ourselves and the excuses that we make to hold us back from living our best life.

Well after today, you’re going to get rid of your excuses and start working on your dreams. As you listen, I want you to think about which excuses you’ve made (or heard other moms make). Then I want you to think about how your life would look if you removed all your excuses and went for it.

How would life look for you in six months, one year, or five years?

Would you recognize your own life, or would you literally feel like you were living in a dream?

What I want you to get most from this episode is that anything is possible. Whatever your heart desires can be yours. You don’t have to wait for the perfect moment to start – you can start right now, right where you are.

I challenge you to start removing your excuses – one at a time – and start taking small steps toward your dreams. I promise you that it’s not as hard as it may seem right now. Everything seems hard before you do it. If you can take one step, you can take two steps. Before you know it, you’ll be at the top, living the life you dreamt of living, doing the things that you thought were once impossible. It’s yours. You simply have to stop making excuses and start doing the work.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. You can leave a comment below the show notes at http://ericablocker.com/134.

Until next time, reclaim YOUR dream. Do what YOU love. Make a difference.

Take care,

Erica

Nov 6, 2018

Sophie Howard has built and sold six and seven-figure Amazon businesses as a stay-at-home mom in New Zealand. As the founder and architect of Amazon Navigator and Product University, Sophie helps dreamers find truly smart, passive income by taking a different approach from the mainstream.

In this episode, Sophie reveals:

  • Why she chose Amazon as the platform for her online business
  • Her approach to online business success and how it’s different from most sellers
  • Why she thinks most people can earn passive income on Amazon
  • The key to success for online entrepreneurs
  • And more…

Sophie takes us behind the scenes to a day in her magical, fairytale-like life. She talks about why an Amazon business is perfect for moms – especially single moms with limited time.

If you’ve been thinking about starting an Amazon business, I highly suggest that you listen to this episode. Sophie shares lots of great tips to help you get started and succeed.

In addition to tips, she shares her online program, that provides training and support that will position you for success from the beginning. You won’t have to waste time trying to figure it out – Sophie’s done all the leg work for you.

You will not want to miss Sophie’s powerful Words of Wisdom that she shares at the very end.

I invite you to listen with an open mind and be ready to receive what you need to quiet your doubts and ignite your dreams.

Where You Can Find Sophie Howard Online:

website: www.aspiringentrepreneurs.com

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/sophiehowardnz

Facebook: www.facebook.com/aspiringcoaching

 

Thank you for listening. I hope you heard something that resonated and inspired you.

I’d love to continue this conversation with you. You can leave a comment at http://ericablocker.com/133. If you’d like to share a personal thought with me, you can email me at: Erica@momswithdreams.com. I promise that I’ll respond as soon as I can.

Until next time – Reclaim YOUR dream. Do what YOU love. Make a difference.

Take care,

Erica

 

 

 

 

Oct 31, 2018

I’m confident that you have struggled with trying to be perfect at some point in your life. It’s a common thing that we do. Sometimes, we aren’t even aware that we’re doing it. As humans, it’s in our nature to want to do our best. That’s completely normal. But the dangers come in when we place unrealistic expectations on ourselves to be perfect.

I’ve been dealing with perfectionism for most of my life. It wasn’t until recently that I became aware of how it was affecting me. Once I was aware, I got intentional about making changes in my life to overcome my perfectionist tendencies.

In this episode, I help you understand what perfectionism is, what it isn’t, five dangers of being a perfectionist, and how you can also overcome it.

As with anything, it takes time for you to change. The first step is becoming aware. Then you can take the necessary steps to make a change for the better. I’m still working on it, but I’m much better than I used to be.

I hope that you hear something that resonates with you. I invite you to listen with an open mind and heart, so you can receive what you need in your life.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. You can leave a comment at http://ericablocker.com/132 or email me at: Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Until next time, reclaim YOUR dream. Do what YOU love. Make a difference.

Take care,

Erica

 

Oct 23, 2018

In this episode, I’m diving into an emotionally-focused conversation with Isabel Hundt, a public speaker, certified transformation coach, emotions-clearing practitioner, and author of The Power of Faith-Driven Success.

During our talk, Isabel shares her expertise around navigating your emotional world and how your emotions create your experiences.

We discuss the difference between being an empath a highly-sensitive individual.

Isabel sheds light on how to recognize your unique gifts and us them to perform your life work.

In a transparent moment, Isabel shares feelings, that she experienced after her son was born, that most women aren’t willing to admit.

You’ll gain insight on how to become an observer rather than a victim and become aware of your thought patterns and stories.

Before we wrap up, Isabel shares a powerful success strategy for mompreneurs and words of wisdom for moms in general.

Listen with an open heart and receive what you need in your life from our conversation.

Where You Can Find Isabel Hundt Online

www.isabelhundt.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CompassionateCoaching

Instagram: www.instagram.com/IsabelHundt

Twitter: www.twitter.com/IsabelKHundt

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/IsabelHundt

YouTube: www.youtube.com/IsabelHundt

Thank you for listening. I hope you heard something that resonated and inspired you.

I’d love to continue this conversation with you. Please share your thoughts in the comments below. If you’d like to share a personal thought with me, you can email me at: Erica@momswithdreams.com. I promise that I’ll respond as soon as I can.

Until next time – Reclaim YOUR dream. Do what YOU love. Make a difference.

Take care,

Erica

 

 

Oct 16, 2018

In this solo episode, I’m encouraging you to slow down and enjoy the journey to your dreams. In our fast-paced society, we do a lot of rushing around from one thing to the next, and we’ve developed a mindset that doing things fast is the only way to achieve success.

I’m challenging you to change your mind about that. Instead, I want you to give yourself permission to slow down and find a pace that fits your lifestyle. As moms, we have a lot on our plates. We have obligations and responsibilities that take precedence over our wants and desires. And we simply don’t have the luxury of doing everything fast. When we try to do too much too fast, we can start to feel overwhelmed and put ourselves at risk for burnout.

As you listen to this episode, I want you to think about the pace at which you’re currently living your life and pursuing your dreams. Are you living in the moment and enjoying your journey, or are you constantly moving at such a fast pace that makes it difficult for you to enjoy it?

I share tips to help you slow down and enjoy where you are right now. You don’t have to go fast. You’re not competing with anyone. These are your dreams, and you can set your own pace. If you’re consistent, then you’ll eventually get where you want to go.

Do you agree?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Let’s continue this conversation below in the comments section. If you’d like to share a personal comment, you can email me at: Erica@momswithdreams.com. I love hearing from you, and I promise that I will respond.

Until next time - Reclaim YOUR dream. Do what YOU love. Make a difference. 

Take care,

Erica 

Oct 10, 2018

Have you ever felt like the way you feel about how you are and what you believe don’t match how you’re living your life? If your answer is yes, then you’re going to love my conversation in this episode.

Lucinda White is an Inner Wildness Guide, an expert in the process of self-discovery and personal transformation, and author of Confessions of a Bone Woman: Realizing Authentic Wildness in a Civilized World. Through private coaching, public speaking, and her writing, Lucinda teaches how to be authentically wild in a civilized world.

In this episode, Lucinda helps you understand why you may have, at some point or another, felt disconnected from who you truly are and how you’re living your life and showing up in the world.

Lucinda explains how this is a common thing that most people experience, and how you can reconnect with your “authentic wildness”. This term may be unfamiliar to you right now, but after listening to our conversation, you’ll know exactly what it is and how it relates to you.

During our talk, Lucinda shares key points about acknowledging your feelings and understanding how they support you in your journey. She shares advice to help you reconnect with your inner self by connecting with nature, and much more.

Listen with an open mind and heart, so you can receive Lucinda’s message and apply it in your life as you see fit.

Where You Can Find Lucinda White Online

Website: http://authenticwildness.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheLucindaWhite

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LucindaBakkenWhite/

Thank you for listening. I hope you heard something that resonated with you and inspired you to reconnect with your inner, authentic wildness. As women and moms, we wear many hats. It’s important that we remember to show up wearing our hats and live in our truth.

I’d love to continue this conversation with you. Please share your thoughts in the comments section at http://ericablocker.comer.129. If you’d like to share a personal thought with me, you can email me at: Erica@momswithdreams.com. I promise that I’ll respond as soon as I can.

Until next time – Reclaim YOUR dream. Do what YOU love. Make a difference.

Take care,

Erica

Oct 2, 2018

This has to be one of the most personal episodes that I’ve shared to date on my podcast. To be quite honest, I got a little nervous when my editor told me that it was ready to go because that meant it was getting closer to me sharing one of my most recent struggles with the entire world. I’m not even sure why I started to feel this way – especially because I know other people have gone through this before.

Even though I know I’m not the only person who’s ever gone through this, I was having a little fear of being judged. It’s scary to be vulnerable and put your truth out there for the world to know. But at the end of the day, this isn’t about me. And if I can help at least one person by sharing my struggles and my truth, then I’m doing exactly what I’ve been called to do.

That said, this week’s episode is about me sharing a personal dilemma that I had, which caused me to doubt myself and consider quitting. Yup, that’s right! I had gotten myself all worked up to the point where I was ready to throw in the towel and disappear into the land of nothingness – doing nothing after work except for sitting on the couch and watching television. (Luckily, I saved myself from that misery lol).

I tell you all about what I was going through and I even let you know about a business that I started last year, which I’ve never even mentioned on my podcast until now.

After I spill all of my truth, I share what I did to help myself get out of my own way and back on track (this is where I found my sweet spot J). I mention that one of the things that helped me get back on track was the book, Feel Free to Prosper: Two Weeks to Unexpected Income with the Simplest Prosperity Laws Available by Marilyn Jenett. I highly recommend that you read this book – it will change your life! You can get your copy here.

Maybe you’ll relate personally to my struggle, and maybe you won’t. Even if you’ve never faced this challenge, my hope is that you take something with you that will help you get through a struggle you’re facing. I also hope that you realize that quitting isn’t the answer. There’s a solution to every problem – we just have to be willing to search for a solution and implement what we learn.

Thank you for listening and for being here with me on this incredible life journey. As you’ll hear in this episode, I don’t have it all figured out, but I’m enjoying the process and valuable life lessons as they come.

If you love this podcast, I hope that you’ll subscribe here on Apple Podcasts. You can also listen on my website at http://ericablocker.com, Android App, Stitcher, and now Spotify - yippee!! 

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this episode. You can leave a comment below or you can email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com. I promise that I will respond to you.

Until next time – Reclaim YOUR dream. Do what YOU love. Make a Difference.

Blessings and love,

Erica

P.S. If you want to check out the business that I announce in this episode, you can visity my website, where you can shop 24x7 at www.ericaselegance.com. The best way to really experience the goodness of what I’m doing is to send me a friend request on Facebook and join me when I go live. It’s a lot of fun, and I hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 26, 2018

Self-care has become quite popular over recent years with more women taking it seriously now than ever before. Women are abandoning their superwoman capes and heading to salons for hair maintenance, nail treatments, and massages. They’re making time for themselves and have started to understand that they aren’t any good to their families or anyone else if they aren’t taking care of themselves.

In this episode, I have a conversation with Julia Aziz, an interfaith minister, licensed clinical social worker, and author who supports those who care for others - whether they are healthcare professionals, counselors, educators, or natural caregivers.

You’ll hear Julia’s definition of self-care, which is quite different from the popular definition that you may associate it with right now.

Julia talks about:

  • How you can begin to acknowledge your needs and how you’ll feel as a result of this practice
  • Why you may not feel well even when you’re practicing traditional/popular self-care rituals such as exercise, healthy eating, getting enough sleep, spending time with friends, and treating yourself, etc.
  • The harsh inner critic that “can see no right” and leads you down a path of self-blame
  • Knowing when to create boundaries to avoid the unhealthy practice of beating yourself up
  • Why self-forgiveness is so important for moms
  • And more…

I invite you to listen intently with an open mind and heart. I challenge you to choose at least one of the concepts that Julia shares and start your own self-care regimen.

Where You Can Find Julia Online:

Facebook: https://facebook.com/juliasaziz/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/aziz_julia

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEvQT5QeRoMNbgGQTSa9V0g

Where You Can Buy Julia’s Book:

http://amazon.com/Lessons-Labor-Self-Discovery-through-Motherhood


I love hearing from you, and I always respond. Please share your thoughts and comments below. If you have any questions or comments you don’t want to share publicly, you can email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Thank you for being a member of my extended family. I am extremely grateful to have you here with me.

Until next time - Reclaim YOUR dream. Do what YOU love. Make a difference.

Blessings and love,

Erica

Sep 19, 2018

Welcome back to a new season of the Moms with Dreams Show! I’m SUPER-EXCITED to be back from summer break. Although summer is my favorite season and I usually never want it to end, I don’t feel sad about the seasons changing this year. That’s probably because I REALLY enjoyed my summer this year. I mean - I maximized the days, weeks, and months and made time for a lot of fun doing the things that I love.

Now that the kids are back in school and summer’s just about over, I’m ready to get back into the new season. I didn’t feel right about jumping back into an interview for the first episode. Instead, I wanted to share some of my summer highlights with you and also give you a glimpse of what you can expect in the new season. Granted, some things may change as we go along, but that’s to be expected. We are constantly evolving, and the only constant is change, right?

I hope you enjoy listening this season and are inspired to get closer to your dreams. If you have a topic that you want me to cover or have any comments about the show, please feel free to email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Here’s to a great season together!

Love and Blessings,

Erica

 

Jul 4, 2018

Many of us have big dreams with good intentions. We have a strong desire to live out our dreams but often fall short with taking the action to make them become our reality.

What I’ve learned is that when you really want something bad enough, you’ll figure out a way to get it done. I’ve also learned that the “doing” part is often the hardest. For me personally, it’s easy to get started on something new, but it’s much harder for me to see it through to completion.

In episode 125, I share six tips to help you to go from being a dreamer to a doer. Living your dreams requires work on your part, and you can’t skip any of the work if you want the results.

I’m not going to give away any of my tips here because I want you to listen and take notes. If you’re unable to take physical notes while listening (as you may be driving or working out), then I want you to take mental note. Then choose at least one tip that you’ll put into action now, so you can become a doer and experience the life of your dreams.  

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic and hear about your big takeaways from this episode. You can leave a comment over at http://ericablocker.com/125 or email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Thanks for listening and being a part of my extended family. If you haven’t already subscribed to this podcast, you can do that ApplePodcasts, Stitcher and here.

Until next time, Reclaim YOUR dream, Do what YOU love and Make a difference.

 

May 30, 2018

In this episode, you’ll meet Natali Morris, co-founder of Morris Invest, where she and her husband teach families how to achieve financial freedom. Natali shares how she discovered her passion during her difficult transition from a full-time television news anchor and contributor for major networks like Fox, ABC, CBS, and CNN, to a full-time, stay-at-home mom.

Natali openly talks about how she shifted her mindset and learned to manage her family’s finance with less before discovering that she could use those same strategies to build wealth for her family and gain financial freedom.

You’ll learn about the importance of having a personal balance sheet, performing vs. non-performing assets, getting creative with your approach to eliminating debt, and more.

I know that you’ll be inspired and may want to connect with Natali online. You can visit her website: www.natalimorris.com and find her on social media at:

Twitter.com/natalimorris

Facebook.com/pg/NataliMorrisFanPage

https://instagram.com/natalitmorris/

https://www.goodreads.com/natalimorris

I would love to hear your thoughts about my conversation with Natali. You can email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com

Until next time, Reclaim YOUR dream, Do what YOU love and Make a difference.

 

 

May 16, 2018

In this episode, I celebrate my 3-year podcast anniversary with you. This has been an awesome journey, and I could not have done it without you. Thank you so much for all of your love and support.

At first, this was going to be a celebratory episode for moms as a continuation of Mother’s Day. Personally, I think moms should be celebrated every single day, but I’m not the one in charge. As moms, we go to great measures to take care of our families, support and love our significant others, and make sure that everyone has what they need. Being a mom is hard work, and it never ends, so yes – we should be honored and celebrated every day of the year.

But this episode is not about that. Instead, I decided to share with you 5 important lessons that I’ve learned during my 3 years as a podcaster. These aren’t random life lessons. They are actually lessons that I didn’t expect to learn from podcasting, and they ultimately helped me become a better mom.

I invite you to listen with an open mind and see which of these lessons either apply to you or can help you also become a better mom.

I would love to hear your thoughts and comments. You can start a discussion below in the comments. If you prefer to share with me personally, you can email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com

Thanks for listening and being a part of my extended family. If you haven’t already subscribed to this podcast, you can do that ApplePodcasts, Stitcher and here.

Until next time, Reclaim YOUR dream, Do what YOU love and Make a difference.

 

 

 

May 1, 2018

In this episode, you’ll enjoy a transparent and informative conversation with Aisha Taylor, single mom of twins and CEO/Founder of FN Phenomenal, a financial empowerment company for single mothers. Aisha uses Biblical principles to teach single moms how to thrive financially and live phenomenally. Her areas of expertise include money management, self-care, and the importance of building a legacy for their families.

Aisha is transparent and speaks directly to the heart of moms. She shares her struggles as a single mom and how she deals with her own doubts and fears. You’ll definitely walk away feeling empowered with tips to help you thrive financially and inspired to make immediate changes in your life.

Where You Can Find Aisha Online:

www.fnphenomenal.com

www.navigatingtheimpossiblebook.com

I would love to hear your thoughts and comments. You can start a discussion below in the comments. If you prefer to share with me personally, you can email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com

Thanks for listening and being a part of my extended family. If you haven’t already subscribed to this podcast, you can do that ApplePodcasts, Stitcher and here.

Until next time, Reclaim YOUR dream, Do what YOU love and Make a difference.

 

 

Apr 18, 2018

In this episode, I talk with you about the topic, success is always intentional. Before you can achieve success, you must define it for yourself. At the top of this talk, I offer a general definition of success and encourage you to apply it to your life. I challenge you to define success for yourself and identify what you want to achieve or attain in life.

Next, you have to understand that success doesn’t show up overnight, and it requires you to work for it. You have to be intentional with your time and action if you want to achieve something different or go beyond where you are right now.

Then I talk about what it means to be intentional. It’s deliberate action. It’s not being haphazard and winging it.

I encourage you to not get overwhelmed with the “how” of it all, but instead trust the process. Know that when you set an intention and take action, the how will be revealed with perfect timing. When you are aligned with what God wants you to do, your steps will be ordered.

Remember that life will always happen, so be prepared for distractions to pop up. Carve out time to work toward success, and be very protective of your time. Talk with your family about supporting you by helping out with tasks that would normally occupy your time.

As you become intentional with success in your life, you’ll learn more about yourself. You’ll accomplish things that used to seem impossible. You’ll discover that you are more than a conqueror and that you can do all things through Christ which strengthens you.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Let’s start a conversation below in the comments. Or you can email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com. I love hearing from you, and I look forward to connecting with you.

Until next time, Reclaim YOUR dream. Do what YOU love, and make a difference.

Erica

Apr 4, 2018

Join me for an enlightening conversation with Daniel Thomas Hind, Founder of Evolution Eat, which is a transformational weight loss and lifestyle coaching company that helps overwhelmed individuals solve their eating, food and dieting problems.

Daniel shares his insight on “ditching the diet” since dieting actually creates more stress for people when it’s intended to be a solution for healthy living.

He speaks on why it’s important to choose foods that are healthy and natural so you can create a healthy relationship with food and healthy eating.

Daniel defines transformational weight loss and reveals the five components that help you achieve your goals.

This is an informative conversation that will inspire you to begin and/or continue your journey of healthy living.

Where You Can Find Daniel Online:

Website: http://evolutioneat.com

You can get Daniel’s free starter kit and other helpful resources at: http://evolutioneat.com/start

Take Daniel’s free mini-course at: http://evolutioneat.com/strategyguide/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/evolutioneat/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielthomashind/

I would love to hear your thoughts and comments. You can start a discussion below in the comments. If you prefer to share with me personally, you can email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com

Thanks for listening and being a part of my extended family. If you haven’t already subscribed to this podcast, you can do that ApplePodcasts, Stitcher and here.

Until next time, Reclaim YOUR dream, Do what YOU love and Make a difference.

 

 

 

 

Mar 21, 2018

In this episode, you’ll hear my conversation with multimedia maven, Kim Boudreau-Smith. Kim speaks candidly about her experience as a highly successful entrepreneur and how she gave it all up to regain inner peace and transition into a new direction.

She talks about the power women have in their voices and why we need to start “showing up” and speaking out. Kim reminds us that we all have something important to say and that our voices need to be heard.

Kim goes into how women often talk themselves out of being great and why that is no longer acceptable.

Kim takes you behind the scenes of her journey of slowing down, finding peace and letting go so God can take over.

Kim is brilliant, wise, funny and powerful. Listen with an open heart and wait for the message that you need to hear in this moment.

Where You Can Find Kim Online:

Website: www.kimbsmith.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kboudreausmith

Instagram: www.instagram.com/kimboudreausmith/

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kimboudreauwmith/

I would love to hear your thoughts and comments. You can start a discussion below in the comments. If you prefer to share with me personally, you can email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com

Thanks for listening and being a part of my extended family. If you haven’t already subscribed to this podcast, you can do that ApplePodcasts, Stitcher and here.

Until next time, Reclaim YOUR dream, Do what YOU love and Make a difference.

 

 

Mar 7, 2018

In this episode, I talk with bestselling author and entrepreneur, Tiffany Stallings. Tiffany shares a lot of her personal journey as a mother who had to bounce back from divorce, losing her business, health challenges, and more.

You’ll be inspired by her story and you’ll relate with Tiffany as she speaks candidly about her experience with mom guilt as she worked hard to build her business. You may be surprised to hear how she became a bestselling author and the message from her daughter that caused a major shift in her life.

As a divorced mom, I know firsthand how difficult it is to find the willpower to push through pain, devastation, and figure out how to put your life back together. Tiffany reveals her secret for developing a bounce back mindset and how to start over when life simply does not go the way you expected.

I hope that you hear something that resonates and that you can start applying in your life to help you navigate through life’s many challenges. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments. You can start a discussion below in the comments. If you prefer to share with me personally, you can email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com

Thanks for listening and being a part of my extended family. If you haven’t already subscribed to this podcast, you can do that on iTunes, Stitcher and here.

Until next time, Reclaim YOUR dream, Do what YOU love and Make a difference.

Feb 21, 2018

At some point in your life, you may have struggled with finding clothes that fit well and make you feel amazing. Or perhaps you struggle with identifying and expressing your personal style when it comes to your wardrobe. That’s where my guest, Melissa Joy Bermudez, steps in to save the day.

Melissa Joy Bermudez is a personal stylist, professional shopper, Confidence Creator and the founder of MJB style solutions based in Edison, NJ. She is passionate about helping women and men use their personal style as a tool to present themselves to the world in the best way possible.

In this episode, Melissa talks about:

  • How she became the Confidence Creator
  • Common struggles moms face with confidence, self-esteem and body image
  • Doing a “closet cleanse” and why you should
  • Her perspective on Stitch Fix and other subscription services
  • What a Look Book is and how it can change your life
  • And more…

Melissa Suggests that You Read:

High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard. This book talks about six high qualities of high performers and teaches patience with yourself no matter what stage of life you’re in.

You’re Invited….

For the rest of February, Melissa is offering a free wardrobe review. This is for anyone who walks into their closet and feels overwhelmed with trying to figure out what they’re going to wear. You’ll get your own customized Look Book with 30 styled outfits created from what’s already in your closet. Contact Melissa directly at mjbstylesolutions@gmail.com to schedule your free wardrobe review (during February 2018). Let Melissa know that you heard about this on the Moms with Dreams Show.

Where You Can Find Melissa Online:

Website: https://www.mjbstylesolutions.com  

Facebook- @MJBstylesolutions
Instagram-@MJBstylesolutions
LinkedIn- Melissa Joy Bermudez
Twitter- @MJBstylesolutns
Pinterest- MJBstylesolutions

As always, I’d love to continue this conversation with you here in the comments. Let me know what you think about this topic. If you’d like to share a personal thought, you can email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Thanks for listening and being a part of my extended family. If you haven’t already subscribed to this podcast, you can do that on iTunes, Stitcher and here.

Until next time, Reclaim YOUR dream, Do what YOU love and Make a difference.

 

Feb 7, 2018

In this episode, I talk about the power of saying no and why it’s important that you learn how to say no and feel good about it. This is a lesson that I’ve been learning over the past few years. I haven’t always been good at saying no, but I’m much better at it now.

The truth is that I used to think that I was being mean if I said no to something even if I really didn’t want to do it. I don’t like hurting anyone’s feelings, so I often over committed and agreed to doing things for others that simply didn’t serve me. Most times when I did this, I would end up feeling bad because I committed to doing something that I really didn’t want to do. I go deeper into feeling bad in this episode.  

I share two other main points that you should consider as you begin to learn how to say no. As women, we must take a stand for our own happiness and that begins with understanding the power of saying no.

As you listen, think about times in your life when you said yes to something that you should have said no to. Think about how you felt afterwards. Do you remember having positive or negative feelings?

Now, imagine how you would have felt if you simply honored your true feelings and said no. I encourage you to start implementing the power of saying no in your life. I promise that you will thank yourself for it in the long run.

As always, I’d love to continue this conversation with you here in the comments. Let me know what you think about this topic. If you’d like to share a personal thought, you can email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Thanks for listening and being a part of my extended family. If you haven’t already subscribed to this podcast, you can do that on iTunes, Stitcher and here.

Until next time, Reclaim YOUR dream, Do what YOU love and Make a difference.

Jan 17, 2018

In this episode, I had a light and informative conversation with Knifie Burks, founder of the Social Media Lifestyle.

About Knifie Burks

Knifie is a Chicagoland realtor and social media strategist who helps women create multiple streams of income online and in real estate. As a single mom, she truly understands that sometimes life gets in the way and that women often feel like they’re being pulled in many different directions at one time. Knifie inspires women to take the action steps needed to step out of their comfort zone and into an abundant life where they are no longer living on “The Edge” of their dreams but taking the leap into the life that they desire!

Interview Highlights

  • Knifie shares her strategies to help women overcome their fears as entrepreneurs
  • The two biggest excuses women use when it comes to following their dreams and how Knifie pulls them through that
  • Changing from a mindset of scarcity to abundance
  • A pivotal moment that resulted in a new direction in Knifie’s business
  • How she helps clients find more time to build their businesses
  • Common roadblocks that moms face and how to get past them
  • How to stop living on the edge of your dreams
  • And more…

Connect with Knifie

Website: www.TheSocialMediaLifestyle.com

Facebook: find her under Knifie Burks

Facebook group: bit.ly/thesocialcommunity

Instagram: @knifieburks

Periscope: @knifieburks

I hope you heard something today that reminded you of what’s possible for you to create in your life. I’d love to continue this conversation with you here. Simply leave me a comment or thought and I’ll be sure to respond. If you want to send a personal note, you can email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Thanks for listening and being a part of my extended family. If you haven’t already subscribed to this podcast, you can do that on iTunes, Stitcher and here.

Until next time, Reclaim YOUR dream, Do what YOU love and Make a difference.

 

 

Jan 10, 2018

MWD 114: Face Your Biggest Fears This Year

“Nothing happens until you do.” - Unknown

If you declared 2018 to be your year, then get ready to make it happen!

In this episode, I’m sharing my F.A.C.E. Your Fears formula to help you make 2018 your year for real. You’ll want to carve out 15-30 minutes of quiet, distraction-free time to go through this exercise.

I will walk you through the four steps of facing your fears:

  1. F- Fears – what are they?
  2. A- Admit that you have certain fears (instead of sweeping them under the rug) and Assess your Fears (why are you afraid of ________ and what is the root of your fear?)
  3. C-Choose the fear(s) you’re going to face this year. Challenge your fears. Create a new outlook and a plan for Change
  4. E- Execute your plan

I truly want the best for you and I believe in you. Take back your power and face your fears. Don’t let another year of letting your dreams live on the shelf. You can absolutely live the life you desire and deserve. It begins with facing your fears and not being controlled by any beliefs or stories that don’t align with the vision you have for your life.

I’d love to continue this conversation with you here. Simply leave me a comment or thought and I’ll be sure to respond. If you want to send a personal note, you can email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Thanks for listening and being a part of my extended family. If you haven’t already subscribed to this podcast, you can do that on iTunes, Stitcher and here.

Until next time, Reclaim YOUR dream, Do what YOU love and Make a difference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 3, 2018

In this episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of my role models and teachers in the online business world, Amy Porterfield.

About Amy

Amy is an online marketing expert and educator and the host of the top-ranked podcast, Online Marketing Made Easy. Amy has worked with mega brands like Harley-Davidson Motorcycles and Peak Performance Coach, Tony Robbins, where she oversaw the content development team and collaborated on ground-breaking online marketing campaigns. Through her bestselling marketing courses, thriving social media community and popular podcast, Amy inspires a grounded, tangible and self-affirming sense of “Wow! I really can do this” for over 250,000 online entrepreneurs. She proves that by moving away from “step-by-step” and into “action-by-action”, even the newest online entrepreneurs can bypass overwhelm and self-doubt, and instead generate exciting momentum as they move closer to building a life and business they love.

We had a great time and Amy shard a ton of golden nuggets. We talked about how new entrepreneurs can overcome self-doubt and build momentum in their businesses. Amy was open, honest and shared a lot of great knowledge that will help you build your audience.

Interview highlights:

  • How to determine the right time to start a business as a busy mom
  • Ways that a brand-new entrepreneur can gain momentum in her business
  • The best way to manage all the moving parts of an online business
  • The truth about why you need an email list
  • And more…

Amy shared a special gift that you can find at http://amyporterfield.com/momswithdreams.

Connect with Amy Porterfield at:

www.amyporterfield.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/AmyPorterfield

Instagram: @amyporterfield

Twitter: @amyporterfield

iTunes: www.amyporterfield.com/itunes

I hope you are going to apply some of the golden nuggets Amy shared so you can overcome self-doubt, gain momentum and build an audience.

I’d love to continue this conversation with you here. Simply leave me a comment or thought and I’ll be sure to respond. If you want to send a personal note, you can email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Thanks for listening and being a part of my extended family. If you haven’t already subscribed to this podcast, you can do that on iTunes, Stitcher and here.

Until next time, Reclaim YOUR dream, Do what YOU love and Make a difference.

 

 

Dec 20, 2017

Your kids are watching and learning from you – even when you don’t think they’re paying attention. They’re observing your behavior, your reaction to different situations and how you manage life overall. In this episode, I pose this question, “are you setting the right example for your kids?”

I share a recent “textversation” with my teenage daughter that opened my eyes to this concept of me unknowingly setting the right example. She made me see just how much she’d been paying attention to the way I’ve been navigating my life, without ever saying a word.

I’m sure that you’ve had moments in your life when you’ve said one thing and done another, right? Or, maybe you parent by the old adage, “do as I say, not as I do”. Well, if you have, I’m not judging you. But I want you to stop and think about how this lifestyle and parenting style could be influencing your children and what lessons they’re learning from you.

I go into this her and I also invite you to reframe your thoughts about pursuing your dreams. It’s easy to think of going after you want as a selfish act worthy of guilt, but really there’s more to it. You can hear my take on that here, too.

As you listen to this episode, I encourage you to think about your behavior, habits, routines and personal beliefs that may not be the best example for your kids. Challenge yourself to change one at a time. As we approach the New Year, work this into your goals and make a conscious effort to improve. Be gentle with yourself and embrace the journey.

Your children are worth it and they deserve it.

I’d love to continue this conversation with you here. Simply leave me a comment or thought and I’ll be sure to respond. If you want to send a personal note, you can email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Thanks for listening and being a part of my extended family. If you haven’t already subscribed to this podcast, you can do that on iTunes, Stitcher and here.

Until next time, Reclaim YOUR dream, Do what YOU love and Make a difference.

Dec 12, 2017

Join me for the second (and final part) of my Set Yourself Up for Success Series, where I share my strategy for achieving your goals and bringing your vision to fruition in 2018.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • 3 common reasons why most people don’t follow through with their New Year’s Resolutions and goals
  • A fundamental step that most people miss, causing them to fail at their goals and vision
  • About the power of vision boards and how to create one for yourself
  • And more…

After listening, you’ll have a better picture of what it takes to achieve your goals and dreams in the New Year. If you follow through with my advice and tips, you can absolutely create the life you desire and fully deserve.

Setting yourself up for success begins with you making a decision that you’re (a) ready to live the life you desire and deserve and (b) ready and willing to put in the work to make it happen. Once your mind is made up, no one can stop you. Your actions will fall in line with your thoughts and your beliefs.

Are you ready to change the trajectory of your life in 2018?

I’m excited for you! I know that you have what it takes. Now is your time to step up and go get what’s yours. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, how many kids you have or don’t have, where you grew up, or how much money you have. What matters is your determination to succeed.

I’d love to continue this conversation with you here. Simply leave me a comment or thought and I’ll be sure to respond. If you want to send a personal note, you can email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Thanks for listening and being a part of my extended family. If you haven’t already subscribed to this podcast, you can do that on iTunes, Stitcher and here.

Until next time, Reclaim YOUR dream, Do what YOU love and Make a difference.

Resource: Forbes.com

Dec 5, 2017

In episode 110, I help you to start setting yourself up for success in 2018. As part one of a two-part series, I’m helping you understand why you need to take a big picture approach before you start setting goals and planning anything for 2018.

I go into details about the importance of:

  • Assessing where you are right now
  • Celebrating your success
  • Reflecting on 2017

I share my WWW. System to help you really get into the reflection part with clarity so you know exactly what worked, what didn’t work and what’s next for you.

This is a powerful episode that you don’t want to miss. If you’re serious about making 2018 your year of breakthrough and achievement, then you’re going to love what I talk about in episode 110.

I encourage you to have a pen and your journal with you so you can go through each exercise. Take notes of anything that comes up during each step and write down what resonates with you.

I don’t want you to skip any steps as this part is going to help you set yourself up for success in 2018. In episode 111, we’ll go deeper into what’s next. I’ll share tips and strategies to help you crush your goals and get to your next level of success in 2018.

As always, I’d love to have a conversation with you about this. Please leave your thoughts and comments below and I’ll be sure to chime in and respond. If you have a personal comment that you only want me to see, feel free to email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Thanks for listening and being a part of my extended family. If you haven’t already subscribed to this podcast, you can do that on iTunes, Stitcher and here.

Until next time, Reclaim YOUR dream, Do what YOU love and Make a difference

Nov 28, 2017

In episode 109, I’m talking about how moms have to learn how to let go of our children regardless of if we want to or not. One thing that I know for sure is that our babies are born completely dependent on us. Then they grow up and eventually become independent.

How do you let go when your teenagers are more interested in hanging out with their friends than the family?

How do you react when your college freshman asks if s/he can stay at school or go with a friend’s family for the holidays?

How do you pull back the reigns and gently advise your teenager when you’ve been so used to laying down rules and regulations?

What’s the fine line between giving them some freedom and becoming too lenient?

How do you’ land the helicopter’ after so many years of hovering over your children?

What do you do now that you have more free time on your hands?

Letting go isn’t easy – not even for the most tenured moms – so there are no simple answers to these questions.

In preparation for this episode, I spoke to women with adult children and they still miss their kids. It’s even more challenging for them around the holidays when their adult children can’t be at home with them for family meals, quality time and family traditions.

I’ve been dealing with the mom dilemma of letting go with my teenagers. My youngest son is a junior in high school, my second oldest son is a senior in high school and my daughter is a freshman in college. As I had conversations with other moms of teenagers, I realized this is a universal thing and I decided to talk about it here on the podcast.

In this episode, I discuss 3 major shifts that your teenager is experiencing, painting a bigger picture that helps you understand what they’re going through right now.

I also share 7 tips to help you get through this stage of motherhood without feeling like your kids don’t love you as much as they did when they were little OR that you’re losing them to the world (both thoughts that I had and still have sometimes – just being honest).

I hope you find this helpful. As always, I’d love to have a conversation with you about this. Simply leave a comment below and let me know what you think. If you have a personal comment that you don’t want the world to read, you can email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Thanks for listening and being a part of my extended family. If you haven’t already subscribed to this podcast, you can do that on iTunes, Stitcher and here.

Find resources for this episode at http://ericablocker.com/109 

 

 

Nov 22, 2017

In this episode, I take you behind the scenes of my 3-month break from podcasting and coaching. I share why I took an extended break as well as some of the changes I made to my podcast.

The main point in this episode is that, despite what you may think, taking a break helps you get closer to walking in your purpose and living your dreams.

Our fast-paced culture (and world) can make you feel like taking a break is something you shouldn’t do if you’re a dream chaser or an entrepreneur on the rise. However, I’m here to share the truth and let you know how powerful taking a break from everything can be to achieving your goals and dreams.

I’ve learned that sometimes

  • It’s better to stop and rest rather than to keep pushing yourself when you’re tired.
  • You have to stop and be still so you can receive guidance on the direction you need to go in or what steps you should take next.
  • Your creativity can get blocked if you have too much on your plate.
  • You can face getting burned out and overwhelmed if you neglect to step back from all that you have going on.

As you listen, you’ll hear me share four key lessons that will help you understand the power of taking a break and how to do it effectively. After all, taking a break should empower you to move forward – not hold you back from living in your purpose (i.e. performing the work that you were born to do).

If you have a lot on your plate or feel like you’re reaching your limit, then this episode is a must-listen for you.

I encourage you to listen with an open mind and take notes. You might hear something that really resonates with you. You might even have an a-ha moment. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode. Leave me a note in the comments or shoot me an email at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Thanks for listening and being a part of my extended family. If you haven’t already subscribed to this podcast, you can do that on iTunes, Stitcher and here.

 

Resources for this episode:

Link to Psychology Today article:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sideways-view/201410/what-is-workaholism

 

 

 

 

Aug 23, 2017

Rasheeda Gray is the award-winning owner and lead designer of Gray Space Interior Design, a full-service interior design firm based in the Philadelphia, PA metro area. Rasheeda provides inspiring, authentic and affordable interior design as well as real estate staging and home renovation services. She wholeheartedly believes that creating a home that’s beautiful, functional and affordable is possible. Rasheeda is also a mom, wife and the Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications for a global insurance company.

In this episode, Rasheeda and I discuss:

  • her transition from her 14-year career in Marketing with Fortune 500 corporations to full-time entrepreneurship, uncovering some of her fears, concerns and challenges
  • the process she went through to truly discover her purpose
  • the impact she makes on her clients’ lives
  • the moment when she realized that her hobby was more than a hobby and how she turned it in a viable business
  • balancing her life as a mom and wife
  • using vision boards for home design projects
  • and more…

Connect with Rasheeda Gray online:

Website: http://grayspaceinteriordesign.com

Social Media Platforms:

Instagram, Facebook and Houzz: @grayspaceinteriordesign

Twitter and Pinterest: @grayspaceid

I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Rasheeda Gray and got helpful tips to apply to your life and business. I also hope that you are inspired to do some soul searching and figure out what you truly love, what lights you up and gets you excited. You deserve to have more joy, happiness and excitement and you have the keys and power to create what you want in your life.

This is my last interview of season two, but I’ll be sharing a wrap-up episode next week with highlights, fun moments, and other cool things from this season. As always, if there’s something you want me to cover in season three (starting in October) please hit me up via email or leave a comment below. I love hearing from you and interacting with you. I’m always open to suggestions and invite your feedback. My email is Erica@momswithdreams.com and I always respond. 😊

Until next time – reclaim YOUR dreams, do what YOU love and make a DIFFERENCE!

All My Best,

Erica  

 

 

 

Aug 15, 2017

Julie Neale, the founder of Mother’s Quest Community and host of the Mother’s Quest podcast, honors both the magic and the mess of motherhood and believes that our children challenge us to grown into our best selves. Julie is on a mission to live a truly E.P.I.C. life and, through her example, inspire her children and other mothers to do the same.

In this episode, Julie and I discuss:

  • Mother’s Quest – what it is and why she created it
  • The guide posts to live an E.P.I.C. life as a busy mom
  • The biggest challenge Julie thinks women face
  • The cost of not investing in yourself and your business
  • And more…

Connect with Julie Neale online:

http://mothersquest.com

I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Julie and that you heard something that resonated with you. I know that investing in yourself as a mom is a BIG challenge – especially if you’re not accustomed to doing things for yourself. I struggled with that for years. But like Julie said, think about the cost of not investing in yourself and how that will impact you and your children in the long run. Hopefully, that will help you start investing in yourself.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments. You can post a comment below or you can email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

Next week is my final interview of the season! I’m going to miss hanging out with you every week, but I’m looking forward to taking a break. While the podcast is in off-season, be sure to check out your favorite episodes again – you might hear something that you didn’t hear the first time around.

I’m always looking for suggestions as this show is about making sure that I’m providing value for you. If there’s a topic that you want me to cover, someone you want me to interview, or if you’d like to be a guest, send me an email or a private message on Facebook.

Until next week – reclaim your dreams, do what you love and make a difference.

All My Best,

Erica

 

 

Aug 8, 2017

Jessica Yarbrough, the Mompreneur Coach, is a marketing strategist and business coach with more than a decade of experience in branding, strategy and digital marketing. Her accomplishments include starting a marketing consulting agency, building multiple international startups and supporting entrepreneurs with launching their products and services.

As a single mother and mompreneur coach, Jessica’s mission is to support moms with the tools, tactics and resources to build 6-figure businesses that they can run from home.

There’s a lot of hype out there about how to build a 6-figure business, but Jessica dishes the truth and REAL strategies for you here.

In this episode, Jessica and I discuss:

  • her connection to women and why she became The Mompreneur Coach
  • building an empire as a single mom
  • one lesson she learned that she wished she knew in the beginning
  • the paradigm shift that’s helping women live life on their own terms
  • replacing your full-time job with what you already know
  • and more…

Connect with Jessica Yarbrough online:

http://jessicayarbrough.com

Twitter: @6FigureMama

As you heard in this interview, building and scaling your business to six figures is doable when you have a strategy and you work it consistently. While you’re building your dream business, be sure to get clear about what you’re offering and who you’re trying to reach so you can make an impact.

If you have questions or comments about something you heard in this interview, or anything related to building a dream business of your own, you can post below. If you’d like to have a private conversation, you can email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

You can create whatever you want in your life and business. You just have to get started.

I’ll be back next week with another great episode to help you reclaim your dream, do what you love and make a difference.

Love and Blessings,

Erica

 

Aug 1, 2017

Tracey Minutolo is a Side Hustle Coach and Financial Freedom Fighter who helps motivated action-takers design, launch and grow profitable side businesses. When she’s not coaching, Tracey is probably playing with microorganisms at her day job, hanging out in the San Diego sunshine or checking out the latest craft beer release.

If you’re curious about starting a side hustle of your own, you’re going to love this conversation!

In this episode, Tracey and I talk about:

  • why she started her first side hustle and what it was
  • the “magic in the side hustle”
  • why she’s known as the “Defender of the Day Job”
  • the importance of focusing on your strengths
  • how to discover your purpose
  • overcoming the common challenge of not having enough time
  • and more…

Connect with Tracey Minutolo online:

http://traceyminutolog.com

Twitter: @TraceyMinutolo

Instagram: @sidehustlersunite

Starting a side business of your own is a phenomenal way to create additional streams of income without having to leave your day job. The best thing about it is that you get to decide what type of business you’re going to launch and operate on your terms. The downside is that it requires a lot of time, energy and commitment to make it successful.

This happens to be my passion – helping ambitious bold women do what they love and make a difference. If you’d like to chat with me about the possibility of launching your side business, send me an email at Erica@momswithdreams.com.  You can also leave your comments and thoughts below and I’ll be sure to respond.

Until next week, reclaim YOUR dream, do what YOU love and Make A Difference!

Love and Blessings,

Erica

 

Jul 25, 2017

Shirley Hubbard is an author, speaker and coach who implements faith-based principles to help women heal, evolve through pain and devastation and renew their faith in themselves, God and in people. She believes that every woman deserves to live a life of love, freedom and happiness even in the darkest of times.

In this episode, Shirley speaks from her heart about her personal pain and the devastation that eventually led her to her calling and purpose. She reminds you that even though pain is an inevitable part of life, it doesn’t have to stop you from living the life you deserve.

Shirley helps you understand…

  • why you can’t heal what you can’t feel
  • the importance of acknowledging and addressing pain & disappointment
  • why women often have a fear of finding happiness
  • the difference between writing in a diary and the power of journaling
  • And more...

Where You Can Connect with Shirley Online

Website: http://shirleyhubbard.com

Twitter and Instagram: @shirl_hubbard

I hope you heard something in my conversation with Shirley that hit home and inspired you to take action to improve your quality of life. It’s not easy to work through pain, but there is light on the other side. The good news is that you don’t have to do it alone. I am here to support you – all you have to do is reach out and let me know what you need. If you’d like to have a private conversation with me, simply email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com. If you want to share a general comment, please leave that below and I’ll be sure to respond

I’ll be back next week with another great conversation to keep you inspired and moving forward in your journey.

Remember to reclaim your dreams, do what you love and make a difference.

Love and Blessings,

Erica

Jul 20, 2017

Edna Keep began her journey as a 16-year old high school dropout and single mom, but she didn’t let that stop her from discovering what she loves and creating the life of her dreams. Today Edna is a multi-million real estate investment coach who enjoys sharing her expertise and teaching people how to build wealth using other people’s money.

In this episode, Edna shares her story and the challenges she faced a teen mom. You’ll hear that she didn’t have it easy, but her determination and willingness to learn helped her achieve her dreams.

Edna reveals:

  • how she changed her mindset from doubt to success-driven thoughts
  • why she’s a huge advocate for self-help and personal development
  • how she built her multi-million real estate business
  • how she created her unique serving proposition (USP) and brand that stood out
  • and more…

Books Edna mentioned during her interview:

Millionaire Success Habits by Dean Graziosi

What to Say When You Talk to Yourself by Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D

Edna Keep’s Book:

Multiple Ways to Wealth: Creating Your Prosperous Lifestyle

Where You Can Find Edna Online:

Website: http://ednakeep.com

Twitter: @ednakeep

Instagram: edna_keep

I hope you were inspired by my conversation with Edna.  My question for you is:

What skills do you have that can set you apart from your competition and make your brand stand out?

If you’re not already using those skills in your business, I encourage you to start today. Your unique skills and passion will attract the people who need your products and services.

If you’re not sure about how to do this, or you’re confused about what you offer and who you serve, then it’s time for you to do something different. Let me know how I can help. Leave your comments below or email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

I look forward to hearing from you and wish you all the best in your journey. Keep working on your dreams and doing what you love.

Love and Blessings,

Erica

  

 

 

 

Jul 11, 2017

Felicia Lucas is a minister, an international best-selling author, inspirational speaker, coach, event planner and publisher. She and her husband, Pastor Kevin Lucas, co-founded Dominion Tabernacle Church and Take It By Force Ministries, Inc., a non-profit organization. As a business woman on the move, Felicia is the CEO of His Glory Creations and A Moment in Time. Felicia is also a proud mother of three children ages 17, 15 and 9.

Felicia has written two books, Make It Happen: Moving Towards Your Best U! and Get In The Game: A Teen’s Playbook for Winning the Game of Life. She is in the process of co-writing a book on marriage with her husband that is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2017.

If you’re an aspiring author with a personal message, then get ready to take notes and learn how to become a published author.

In this episode, you’ll hear how Felicia found the courage to write her story and publish her first book. She takes us back to the moment when she shared on Facebook for the first time about becoming an author. This wasn’t an easy process as Felicia had to become a major obstacle – fear. She shares the process of transforming her mindset from fear to confidence.

You’ll be surprised to hear how easy it is to create content for your book. You’ll be inspired by Felicia as she talks about new opportunities that opened up for her as a result of her being courageous and writing her books.

Learn more about Felicia at http://felicialucas.com

Connect with Felicia Lucas on Social Media:

Facebook: Author Felicia Lucas and Take It By Force Ministries

Twitter: @MoveToYourBestU

Instagram: @coachfelicialucas

YouTube: CoachFeliciaLucas

I hope you’re inspired to get your story out there. The world is waiting for you to show up and share your message!

If you have any comments or questions, leave them below or you can email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Love and Blessings,

Erica B.

 

Jun 28, 2017

This week is a huge milestone as we are celebrating the 100th episode of the Moms With Dreams Show! I’ve been anticipating this day for several weeks now.

I remember when I started my podcast back in May 2015. Producing one show per week felt like an eternity away from 100, but now it’s finally here!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve heard from other podcasters that I am the exception in the industry – that most podcasts don’t make it past 20 episodes, let alone reach 100! I had no idea since all the podcasts that I listen to are successful with hundreds of episodes. This conversation was my reminder to stop and acknowledge myself for making it this far – something that I often forget to do.

Instead of interviewing a guest or teaching a lesson, I invited my listeners and previous guests to join me in this episode. After my extended introduction, you’ll hear audio clips of them sharing a few words about the show.

I am grateful for my community and want you to have access to these wonderful people. Below you’ll find their names, a brief bio, contact information and a link to their episode if they were a guest.

In this episode, I gave a shout out to John Bukenas, my podcast producer. If you’re thinking about starting a podcast or you’ve already started and need an editor, I highly suggest John. You can find him at http://audioeditingsolutions.com

Guests and Listeners Who Contributed to This Episode:

Annett Bone appeared on Episode 72:

http://ericablocker.com/mwd-072-never-late-great-wannett-bone/

Annett Bone is the founder and host of The DancePreneuring Studio podcast
where she guides her listeners on a journey of transformation inspired by
dance, life, and business. The podcast is a reflection of her personal
adventure overcoming her fears and returning to her passion for dance after
a 20 year hiatus, the lessons that she has learned along the way, and
proving that it’s never too late to be great.
www.AnnettBone.com
annett@annettbone.com

Cherise Patterson, loyal listener

Cherise Patterson is the Founder and CEO of Such A Mom, LLC.  Through her faith centered A.D.D Management Coaching Program, Cherise supports and teaches Moms with children affected by A.D.D how to care for themselves, get organized, “Achieve their Desired Dreams” and thrive during elementary school years into young adulthood.  Cherise is a dedicated wife and loving mother who cherishes quality time with her family.

https://www.facebook.com/cpsuchamom/

 

Dr. Nyali Taylor appeared on episode 69:

http://ericablocker.com/mwd-069-taking-risks-feeling-free-40-wdr-nyali-taylor/

 

Dr. Nyali Taylor is a vascular surgeon at CTMH | Doctors Hospital. After attending Rutgers University as a scholar-athlete, she obtained dual degrees in Medicine and Public Health from Drexel College of Medicine. Dr. Taylor then completed her general surgeon training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a vascular surgery fellowship at Cooper University Hospital. Academically, she has co-authored two textbook chapters and several peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles.

 

Dr. Samantha Madhosingh appeared on episode 17:

http://ericablocker.com/mwd-017-dr-samantha-madhosingh-achieve-success-holistic-happiness/

 

Dr. Samantha Madhosingh is a Licensed Psychologist, Bestselling Author, & Speaker. She received her doctorate in professional psychology from The George Washington University and has dedicated more than 20,000 hours to researching, understanding, & solving the infinite possibilities of human potential, behavior, & performance. Dr. Samantha is the founder and CEO of ElevateHER, an organization serving women leaders (and interested men) in business and in life by providing key strategies to rewire their brains, achieve mastery in mindset, communication, & relationships, and ultimately create a legacy of lasting wealth. 

http://askdrsamantha.com/

Famira Green appeared on episode 6:

http://ericablocker.com/the-art-of-visual-branding-for-your-business/

 

Famira Green is a creative brand strategist and founder of FAMIRA Media Group (www.famiragreen.com). She is the creator of the #EMPRESSnation Movement Creator and host of the upcoming web tv show, #BeDifferent #BrandDifferent, where she will connect with entrepreneurs who are not afraid to move to the beat of their own drum and do things their way. With her branding and digital media company, Famira taps into her intuition and teaches heart-centered women entrepreneurs how to use the power of storytelling and visual branding to create a brand empire of influence, impact, inspiration and income.

www.famiragreen.com

http://bit.ly/famiragift

http://facebook.com/iamfamira

http://instagram.com/iamfamira

http://twitter.com/iamfamira

Dr. Jen Riday appeared on episode 59:

http://ericablocker.com/mwd-059-create-a-happy-vibrant-life-with-dr-jen-riday/

Dr. Jen Riday is the Women’s Happiness Expert and host of the Vibrant Happy Women Podcast. She helps women find greater light and meaning – regardless of their circumstances – through meditation, listening to intuition of a Higher Power.

www.jenriday.com

http://facebook.com/groups/vibranthappywomen

Jewell Robinson appeared on episode 43:

http://ericablocker.com/create-healthy-money-habits-with-jewell-robinson/

Jewell Robinson is the CEO of Jewell Robinson Insurance and Financial Services. Her business is certified by the California Dept. of Insurance which allows her to be licensed in, but not limited to, the following states; CA, AZ, DE, TX, GA, IL and VA. Her platform is to educate clients and the community on creating healthy financial habits.

areyoufff@gmail.com

http://jewellrobinson.com

Joe Pardo appeared on episode 80:

http://ericablocker.com/mwd-080-vision-dream-big-wjoe-pardo/

Helping people achieve their dreams has always been Joe Pardo’s goal in life. In early 2014, he left his family’s $100 million business to pursue his goal and became a 4th generation entrepreneur. Joe started the Dreamers Podcast soon after his exit from the family business to inspire others to dream big. He continues to give back and make an impact through this work with start-ups, afterschool programs and his educational conferences.

http://superjoepardo.com

Judy Graybill appeared on episode 39:

http://ericablocker.com/healing-transforming-blended-families-relationships/

Judy Graybill is an international authority on stepfamilies and co-parenting after remarriage. A Certified Stepfamily Coach, Judy sits on the Advisory Board for Stepfamily Systems Co-Parenting Center, has helped step couples in 8 countries across 4 continents, and is also an inspirational speaker, consultant, and writer on improving remarriages, mending relationships, and creating harmony at home. For nearly a decade as Executive Director of Sensible Steps, LLC, Judy has given clients a-ha's, real world solutions, empowerment, a stronger spousal relationship, and peace of mind.

Email: judy@stepfamilycoach.com

http://stepfamilycoach.com/

Danielle K. Howell appeared on episode 16:

Danielle K. Howell is “your online success coach”. She empowers you to create your economy and claim your freedom.

http://www.youronlinesuccesscoach.com/

www.Facebook.com/youronlinesuccesscoach

Knifie Burks appeared on episode 7:

http://ericablocker.com/mwd-007-knifie-burks-coaching-women-to-build-wealth/

Knifie Burks is a licensed real estate broker with 17 years of experience. She also supports entrepreneurs from various industries organize, automate, delegate and develop effective social media systems that position them as experts in their chosen industries.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/yoursocialrealtor/

https://www.instagram.com/thesocialmedialifestyle/

http://www.instagram.com/thesocialmedialifestyle

Kristin Young appeared on episode 91:

http://ericablocker.com/mwd-091-put-magic-back-marriage-wkristin-m-young/

Kristin Young is a certified professional coach, marriage enthusiast and speaker. She created her organization, Living the Vows, to assist others with bringing joy to their marriages. Kristin wants to see healthier, joy-filled marriages and believes that one giant step in this direction is being intentional about marriage.

http://livingthevows.com

 

Kym Stewart (Kennedy) appeared on episode 65:

http://ericablocker.com/mwd-65-turn-passion-profession-kym-kennedy/

Kym has been coaching women for over 15 years in circles, workshops and individually. Kym has recently launched her Born To Coach Program, a12- week program that helps coaches expand their coaching to deliver their unique message and attract their unique audience.

www.meaningfulabundance.com

Marc Mawhinney appeared on episode 1:

http://ericablocker.com/reinvent-your-business-and-make-a-big-comeback-wmarc-mawhinney/

Marc Mawhinney is a lifelong entrepreneur who’s on a mission to help coaches build successful businesses! He achieves this with his coaching programs; his podcast, Natural Born Coaches; his Facebook group The Coaching Jungle, and his exclusive print newsletter – Secret Coach Club.

www.secretcoachclub.com

www.naturalborncoaches.com

Dr. Marilyn Porter appeared on episode 15:

http://ericablocker.com/mwd-015-marilyn-e-porter-stop-giving-your-gift-away/

Dr. Marilyn Porter is most widely known for her work as a spiritual life coach, author and ministry development. Dr. Porter now stands alone in a very sacred and savvy space known as the “The Scatter Brained Genius’ Coach”. Her journey to becoming The Scatter Brained Genius’ Coach has been colorful with quite a few pit stops and pitfalls.  She helps clients transform their lives and stamp out chaos, confusion and stagnation.

http://thescatterbrainedgenius.com

Sabrina Blocker, loyal listener

Sabrina Blocker is a proud single mother who is very active in her church and in song ministry. She has a special interest in women's issues and continues to help inspire and lead women through life’s many challenges. Sabrina can be found enjoying life – which includes spending precious time with her children, family, friends and helping out in her church and performing the work of God.

beanblocker71@gmail.com

Sarah Aderson appeared on episode 13: http://ericablocker.com/mwd-013-sarah-aderson-build-an-empire-not-a-business/ AND

on episode 83: http://ericablocker.com/mwd-083-turn-services-products-wsarah-aderson/

Sarah Aderson is the authority that spiritual and visionary entrepreneurs depend on to help them transform their services into digital and physical products. She empowers you to build an empire instead of a business. Sarah is an international speaker, bestselling author, marketing strategist, and empire builder.  Her services and products are infused with infinite love.  When she’s not creating products, you can find Sarah in Atlanta, GA enjoying trail mix and time with her awesome son.

www.expandyourheart.org

 

Shakesia Morgan appeared on episode 73:

http://ericablocker.com/mwd-073-journey-healthy-hair-wshakesia-morgan/

 

Shakesia Morgan is the founder of Just Simply Hair Care Products. After suffering from scalp ailments from the age of 12 and witnessing her daughter inherit the same ailments, she said "enough is enough" and became a hair enthusiast. Determined to end the cycle, Shakesia created quality, all natural products that stimulate hair growth. Shakesia is extremely passionate about helping others not only reach their hair potential but regain their confidence.

www.justsimplyhair.com

http://facebook.com/justsimplyhairproducts

http://twitter.com/justsimplyhair

http://instagra.com/justsimplyhair

Stacie Walker appeared on episode 92:

http://ericablocker.com/mwd-092-ok-start-stacie-walker/

Stacie Walker is best known as an international best-selling author, award-winning podcast personality, and business strategist and coach. She's also the creator of the Ambitious Mompreneurs Summit, a bi-annual online conference to help women put themselves first, so they can design a beautiful life doing the things they love. http://StacieWalker.com

Telese Hampton, loyal listener

Telese Hampton is the owner of Me and My Girls Clothing, an online clothes boutique. Her passion is empowering young women. In her free time, Telese enjoys skating, traveling and spending time with her family. She is a proud wife and mother of two wonderful daughters.

www.meandmygirlsclothing.com

https://facebook.com/mandmgclothing

Terahshea McCray, loyal listener

Terahshea McCray is a fitness and nutrition expert with numerous certifications from leading international health and wellness organizations. In addition to training and coaching clients, Terahshea is a consultant with New Legacy Leaders Project. His personal mission is to help combat unhealthy lifestyles that create generational problems for Americans.

http://terahsheamcray.com

http://instagram.com/tfitness4u

Teresa Robinson appeared on episodes 26: http://ericablocker.com/mwd-026-teresa-robinson-making-health-and-fitness-a-lifestyle/  

and in episode 62: http://ericablocker.com/mwd-061-tap-into-the-power-of-yoga-wteresa-robinson/

Teresa Robinson is a Yoga Alliance Registered, 200-hour Certified Yoga Teacher in Central New Jersey. She began practicing at the end of 2014, after going through an emotionally challenging year. Developing her own practice helped her overcome depression, grief, and anxiety. She became a teacher to pay it forward in hopes of bringing the gift of yoga to everyone who needs it. She teaches weekly mixed-level flow classes in Piscataway, Bernardsville, and Warren. Teresa’s classes are fun and energetic, with a strong emphasis on the Universal Principles of Alignment, providing a safe and mindful approach for students at any level.

http://teresarobinsonyoga.com

http://agiftforeveryone.co

http://facebook.com/teresarobinsonyoga

http://instagram.com/yoganubia

 

 

I’ll be wrapping up this season soon and taking a short summer break to return in the fall. If there are any topics you want me to cover during my next season, you would like to be a guest or know someone who would make a great guest, please let me know. You can leave a comment below or email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

 

Thank you for being a part of my journey to 100 episodes! I am grateful to have you in my community and look forward to sharing the next 100 episodes with you.

 

Keep doing what you love,

Erica

 

 

Jun 21, 2017

Medyhne Lebachen is an Australian healer, holistic entrepreneur and coach. Medyhne uses her Spiritual Creativity In Life (SCIL) techniques to weave her creative magic and transform the world. Her name means “Divine Feminine Sacred Power” in Sanskrit and this is the energy that she brings to her soul mission to empower others.

In this episode, I asked Medyhne to talk about what a soul mission is and how she discovered hers. As you’ll hear, this wasn’t an overnight process and it wasn’t easy.

Medyhne shares her definition of happiness and teaches you how to master the art of finding peace in a hyper busy, fast-paced world.

“Our mind is not the master. Our soul is the master.” –Medyhne Lebachen

Her techniques will help you center your life, become more mindful and aware of your thoughts and connect with your higher self.

Medyhne mentions Thich Nhat Hanh, the global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist. He’s known around the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. You can learn more about him at http://plumvillage.org/about/thich-nhat-nanh/

Where You Can Connect with Medyhne Lebachen:

Website:  www.medyhne.com

Global Retreats - Abundance Pray Love - Bali 2017: www.Abundancepraylove.com

Her music website: www.sonicremedy.com
Biz FB page: https://www.facebook.com/medyhne/
Parents After Kids FB Group: www.parentsafterkids.com  
LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/medyhne
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/medyhne/

After listening to this interview, I challenge you to take 30 minutes over the next seven days and focus on your thoughts. If they’re more negative than positive, get intentional about the way you think. Intentionally choose happiness and positivity. Life is too short to focus on negative, fear-based thoughts.

Next week we’ll be celebrating the big 100th episode! I’m SUPER-EXCITED and really looking forward to sharing this special moment with you. If it weren’t for you, the Moms With Dreams Show wouldn’t have made it this far. I invite you to join me next week to celebrate this milestone.

Until then – reclaim YOUR dream, do what YOU LOVE and make a difference!

Love and Blessings,

Erica B.

 

 

Jun 13, 2017

Emily Hooks is an author, speaker and founder of the Forgiveness Academy™. Her
book, The Power of Forgiveness: A Guide to Healing and Wholeness is a
comprehensive guide to forgiveness as a healing practice. Emily speaks on forgiveness and her personal journey at conferences, churches, and other events. She also facilitates workshops and provides group training in person and online. To date, Emily has worked with over a thousand individuals and groups, guiding them through the healing practice of forgiveness and helping them realize their potential with the belief that as we heal, the world heals.

If you’ve ever struggled with forgiving someone, then you will truly appreciate my conversation with Emily. She takes time to explain why forgiveness is an act of self-empowerment and an internal process that has nothing to do with the person you are forgiving.

She walks you through the steps to forgive someone and she even talks about how we can begin to forgive ourselves when we make mistakes as parents.

This is an enlightening conversation that will help you understand the power of forgiveness and lead you down the path of forgiving even when it feels impossible.

Where You Can Learn More about Emily’s Book:

http://emilyjhooks.com/the-power-of-forgiveness/

Emily’s Parting Words of Wisdom:

“Be kind to yourself – we have to start there. Fall in love with yourself just the way you are.”

Where You Can Find Emily Hooks Online:

Website: http://emilyjhooks.com

Twitter and Instagram: @forgiveacademy

I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Emily Hooks and learned something that you can apply right now in your life. Are you holding on to old grudges? Are you not allowing yourself to forgive someone or yourself for something that happened in the past? If so, I encourage you to take Emily’s advice and begin to understand the power of forgiveness.

If there’s something you’d like to share, please leave your comments below. Or you can email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com. I’m here to support you in your life and business journey to your dreams.

Until next week, reclaim your dreams, do what you love and make a difference.

Love and Blessings,

Erica B.

 

Jun 7, 2017

Danielle Watson is a TEDx speaker, author and host of the Danielle Daily Show. Her book, Dear Self, I Love You! Keep Going & 365 Inspiring Notes from My Bittersweet Year of Heartbreak and Healing, reveals the raw pain of loss, the beauty of an unexpected love and the power of being ok with things not being ok.

In this episode, Danielle shares her journey of healing through writing and why she calls herself an accidental author. She opens up about a personal experience that taught her the lesson of being ok with things not being ok and how her perspective shifted as a result of her experience.

For the introvert in you who aspires to become a speaker, Danielle talks about how she manages and shares some of her success strategies to get prepared and energized to take the stage. As a fellow introvert, I can both relate to what Danielle shares and appreciate her strategies.

Where You Can Get a Copy of Danielle’s Book:

http://amazon.com/author/daniellewatson

Where You Can Connect with Danielle Online:

Her Website: http://danielle-watson.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedanielledaily/

Danielle’s Parting Words of Wisdom:

“No matter what is going on in your life, no matter what you have done or what you will do, you are an incredible being and you are so worthy of your own love. Foster that, cultivate that, and celebrate how incredibly amazing you are. Love on yourself like no one can ever love on you. Watch what loving yourself does for other people.”

I hope you enjoyed this episode and got something that you can apply in your life. If you’re looking for support in any area of your life, I am here to be that just for you. I’d love to hear your challenges, where you are in your life right now and where you’d like to go. You can email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com or leave a message in the comments below.

Until next week, reclaim your dream, do what you love and make a difference.

Much Love,

Erica

 

May 31, 2017

This week I have the honor of introducing you to Andrea Helander, an entrepreneur at heart. She is the founder of Andrea Helander Designs, Inc., a full-service luxury interior design company specializing in new construction. Andrea also owned and operated Mrs. French, a boutique pick-up and delivery laundry service, a high end women’s designer apparel direct sales business, is a trained yoga instructor and most recently owns a skin care business with a billion dollar international brand.

Andrea is passionate about outdoor adventure, travel, running and spinning. She is always pursuing expansion, joy and enjoys sharing with others how to live a beautiful life through her Bathroom Banter and one-on-one coaching.

In this episode, Andrea reveals her journey from being an overworked single mom and business woman to finding gratitude, self-awareness and her greatness.

Andrea shares lessons she’s learned about the importance of being grateful, practicing regular self-care and focusing on the simple things in life that we easily overlook while living our busy lives.

I felt refreshed after hearing Andrea’s story and I’m sure that you will appreciate her insight, especially as a young mom. There are some things that we can only learn through experience. In those special instances where you have an opportunity to learn from someone else’s experience, you gain wisdom.

Where You Can Connect with Andrea:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrea.matthewshelander?fref=search

Website: www.ahelander.myrandf.com

Andrea’s Parting Words of Wisdom:

“Life is about growing into yourself and growing into yourself again. Take time to listen. It’s those things that make you most uncomfortable that lead you to your greatness.”

I hope you enjoyed this episode and were able to take something valuable and apply it in your life. As moms, we are always trying to get it right. Andrea is living proof that it’s ok to accept that we won’t always do it right, but as long as we are learning, growing and grateful, everything that we go through is worth it.

If you have any comments or thoughts, please feel free to share below or you can email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Until next week, remember to reclaim your dreams, do what you love and make a difference.

Much Love,

Erica

 

May 24, 2017

This week I introduce you to Maura Kolkmeyer, the CEO of Sitterly Students. Maura is a strategy consultant turned bootstrapping entrepreneur with a knack for connecting people and building communities. After graduating early from Seton Hall University, Maura started Sitterly Students to help hard working families find local college student babysitters for part-time care.

Fascinated with the power of strong relationships that build successful futures, Maura helps organizations, students and young professionals build their futures through brand consulting, strategic planning/communications, facilitation and web development.

In this episode, Maura shares her motivation behind her company and what drove her to take the leap into entrepreneurship. Her passion for helping families shines through as she shares her story and her favorite testimonial from one of her families.

I love Maura’s humility as she explains that she “didn’t really create anything” – she just “put a structure around an existing need”. Her company, Sitterly Students, provides an amazing service for working parents while helping college students gain work experience and earn extra money.

In addition to child care services during regular working hours, Sitterly Students offers non-traditional services such as late-night and weekend sitters as well as transportation to get children to and from their scheduled activities.

Maura is planning to launch her mobile platform that will give busy parents easier access to the information they need to find the right sitters for their children.

During our talk, Maura graciously extended a gift of 50% off a new membership with Sitterly Students. You can take advantage of this offer by visiting http://sitterly.co/dreams. Use code: DREAMS

To connect with Maura online, visit:

Website: http://www.sitterly.co

Twitter: @maurakolkmeyer, @sitterlystudent

Instagram: @maurakolkmeyer, @sitterlystudents

Email: Maura@sitterlystudents.com

Facebook: @Sitterlystudents

Maura’s Parting Words of Wisdom for Hard-Working Parents

“Thank you for all the work that you do because I think a lot of it goes unseen and unthanked.”

I hope you enjoyed this episode with Maura Kolkmeyer and I hope you were inspired to start something new. Have you discovered a solution to a need in your community? If so, I challenge you to be creative and take action to help out. You never know – you could end up starting an amazing business, too.

By the way, I’d love to have you join me in the celebration of my 100th podcast episode! I am so grateful that we’ve made it this far and I want to show my appreciation by celebrating with you.

If you love this show, I would love to hear from you. I’m asking my podcast listeners, guests and supporters to share their comments and I will include them in this celebratory episode. If you’d like to be a part of this monumental moment, send me an email at Erica@momswithdreams.com. I’m excited and look forward to celebrating with you.

Until next week, reclaim your dream, do what you love and make a difference!

                                          

 

 

May 17, 2017

In this episode, you’ll join me for lesson 3 in my Live An Extraordinary Life Series, where I talk to you about why it’s important for you to follow your dreams and never give up. I explain the amazing thing that happens in your life when you pursue your dreams and how you can impact the lives of others simply by following your heart.

I often hear people say that they wish they would have done something that they really wanted to do like travel abroad, visit exotic islands, go back to school, start a business, tell their story, and the list goes on. But for some reason, they have told themselves that it’s too late to pursue their dreams at this stage in life.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

Too many people give up on their dreams prematurely and miss the blessing of living a purpose-driven life.

I don’t want you to give up, so I share 3 practical steps to keep you motivated and on track with living out your dreams.  

I wholeheartedly believe that as long as you are still alive, it’s not too late to live out the dreams that were carefully planted in your heart. You were born to live your dream and to share your gifts with the world.

After you’ve listened to this episode, I would love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below or send an email to Erica@momswithdreams.com. I look forward to hearing from you and being back with you next week.

All My Best,

Erica

P.S. If you missed the first two lessons in this series, you can listen to lesson 1 here and lesson 2 here.

 

 

May 11, 2017

If you’ve ever found yourself doubting your personal value or feeling like you’re not worthy of something that you really want – like happiness, love, success or anything else - you are so not alone. As I discuss this with my guest, Kia Urso, you’ll hear that this is a common thing among women.

Kia Urso is the CEO of Speaker of Life, a motivational speaker, Founder of the Women in Business Pageant, and co-owner (with her husband) of K & J Construction. She’s a corporate trainer on leadership, effective communication and customer service. Kia is also a loving wife and mom.

In this episode, Kia shares how she “accidentally” got started as a motivational speaker and what she discovered after she embraced her calling. She offers tips for new speakers on getting over the fear of public speaking as well as tips to improve your speaking skills.

Kia illustrates the struggle women have with accepting their value and discounting their worth and she shares insight on how to rebuild low self-esteem.

Lastly, we talked about one of my favorite topics – how to transition from full-time employee to full-time entrepreneur. Listen and get Kia’s wise words on this.

Kia is excited about her first annual Women in Business Pageant happening in Clearwater, FL on July 7th-8th.

You can connect with Kia Urso and learn more about her pageant by visiting her website, www.womeninbusinesspageant.com. Also check out Kia’s Facebook page.

This episode will inspire you to embrace your value, self-worth and never discount yourself again.

If you have any questions, comments, or thoughts, I would love to hear from you. Post below or you can send me a private email at Erica@momswithdreams.com

We’re quickly approaching episode 100! This is a HUGE milestone for me and I plan on celebrating in a BIG way with you. If you’re not a subscriber, please do so over at http://ericagordonlive.com/podcast. You don’t want to miss any episodes as we get closer to this monumental event.

I look forward to being back with you next week for the next lesson in my Live an Extraordinary Life Series.

Peace and Blessings,

Erica

 

 

 

May 2, 2017

I had the pleasure of interviewing Stacie Walker, best known as an international bestselling author, award-winning podcast personality, business strategist and mentor. As a business strategist, Stacie helps new and seasoned entrepreneurs put themselves first so they can design a beautiful life doing what they love. She teaches her clients and students how to infuse the power of collaboration and social platforms to rapidly accelerate business growth.

In this episode, Stacie and I talk openly about how, at the height of her success as an entrepreneur (earning five figures each month), she had to completely walk away from her business. Stacie talks about the condition of her health and the changes she made in her business when she decided it was time to go back.

Stacie shares her experiences and strategies so you can avoid the painful process she went through to learn what she knows now. I love that Stacie has no reservations about sharing and genuinely wants you to learn from her mistakes.

You can learn more about Stacie Walker at http://staciewalker.com or connect with her on:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/staciewalker

Instagram: https://instagram.com/staciewalker

Facebook: https://facebook.com/staciewalkermedia

You can join her Facebook group, Elite Society of Ambitious Moms: https://www.facebook.com/groups/virtualsolopreneur/

 

 

 

 

Apr 26, 2017

In this episode, I introduce you to Kristin M. Young, The Marriage Enthusiast, “hopeless romantic” and founder of Living the Vows, LLC. Kristin is on a mission to bring the enthusiasm and magic back to married life.

You don’t have to be newlyweds to appreciate this episode - this interview is for married couples in all stages. If you’re looking to spice up your marriage and find the magic that brought you together in the first place, then you’ll love Kristin’s perspective.

 

 

During our conversation, Kristin talked about the biggest challenge that married couples face and how to overcome it. She discusses how marital trials can strengthen marriages and help couples grow closer. Kristin emphasizes the importance of effective communication and she reveals the one thing that wives should do before approaching their spouse to have an “honest conversation”. And of course I wanted to hear Kristin’s opinion about the impact of social media on marriages in the U.S.

Before closing out, Kristin reminds you to make your own definition of love and live it.

You can find Kristin at:

www.livingthevows.com

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @Livingthevows

Email: Yes@Livingthevows.com

What’s one thing that you’re going to implement in your marriage that you heard Kristin mention here?

I’d love to hear your takeaways and thoughts. You can leave a comment below or send an email to Erica@momswithdreams.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

Until next time – reclaim your dream, do what you love and make a difference.

Apr 18, 2017

Hello there! Thanks so much for joining me for another episode on the Moms With Dreams Show! This episode is lesson two of my new series, Live an Extraordinary Life, and I’m talking with you about learning how to react when life happens. If you missed lesson one, you can go back up to http://ericagordonlive.com/89 and check it out.

No matter how much we like to think that we’re in control, we’re not. Life has a way of reminding us of this truth when we least expect it. Over the past few weeks, I’ve had my share of unexpected events popping up. You may have experienced what I’m talking about – like an unexpected flat tire, one of your kids misses the bus and you have to leave work to take them home, or something else outside of your normal routine. Today my daughter was locked out of the house and I had to leave work and let her in. Stuff happens – it’s a part of life.

I know you’ve probably heard this quote before: “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to what happens”. In this episode, I share a personal challenge that I’ve been dealing with and how it reminded me to control my reaction so I could get through that situation.

I teach you three ways to react when life happens and show you how applying these lessons will keep you in your power and help you move beyond the situation with less stress and frustration.

After you’ve listened, I would love to read your thoughts and comments.

When was the last time life happened and took you off course temporarily? How did you react? Now that you have these tools in your toolkit, how will you react the next time the unexpected happens?

Leave your comment below or you can send me an email at Erica@momswithdreams.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

I’ll be back next week with another episode to keep you inspired.

Until then, reclaim your dream, do what you love and make a difference.

All My Best,

Erica

Apr 13, 2017

As you probably know, each week I typically interview amazing women from all over the world with a purpose to inspire you and show you what’s possible for you to create in your life. Every now and then I sprinkle a few awesome men in there, too. From time to time, I like sharing an intimate space where I teach a topic that I feel is relevant to you and will help you in your journey to your dreams. Today’s episode falls into that category, but it’s even better than one of my regular solo episodes.

Today this is the beginning of a new series that I’m sharing exclusively with you, my podcast listener, called Live An Extraordinary Life – One Step At A Time. This series is designed to help you live an extraordinary life – one step at a time. Together we’ll cover various aspects of life and business and I will reveal how you can take small steps to create extraordinary living.

In this episode I share a personal story about a lesson that I learned from my mother as a little girl and how that lesson ended up hurting me later on in life. Through this story, I show you how the importance of discernment and self-trust and how I realized what

I hope you find this episode valuable and get something that you can apply now to help you in this area.

Be mindful that learning to trust yourself takes time just as with any new behavior.

Be patient with yourself. It’s ok if there are moments when you don’t know what to do. It’s in those moments when you can reach out to someone in your inner circle for advice. Prayer is also an essential component to living an extraordinary life. God will never lead you astray, so go to Him and ask for discernment in situations when you are uncertain.

Now, I’d love to hear from you. Do you struggle with trusting yourself? Have you learned how to trust yourself as you’ve gone through certain experiences in your life? I’d love to hear your take on this topic. You can leave a comment over on Ericagordonlive.com/89 or if you want to share a private comment, you can email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com. I look forward to hearing from you and being back with you next week. Until then – reclaim your dream, do what you love and make a difference. Talk to you soon!

 

 

Apr 4, 2017

This week I had a ball interviewing my guest, Lorna Reid. Lorna is an amazing woman with an invigorating passion for life that began when she was a little girl. In this interview, Lorna shares her perspective as an African-American woman with over 30 years of experience as an Information Technology professional in corporate America. We talk about the movie, Hidden Figures, the struggles she’s faced as a single teen mom while pursuing a higher education, climbing the corporate ladder and what inspired her to start a side business.

Lorna is honest about her life experiences, lessons learned and how all of this helped her become the vibrant woman she is today. She shares how she manages to “work hard and play hard” with a busy lifestyle as well as her plans to grow her side business.

If you’re looking for a book to help you with forgiveness and growth in other areas of your life, Lorna suggests that you read Iyanla Vanzant’s book, Tapping the Power Within: Introduction to Self-Empowerment for Black Women.

As we closed our conversation, Lorna shared three of her daily affirmations as her parting words of wisdom:

  1. I choose to be happy because it’s good for my health.
  2. I am at home in my body; all is well.
  3. Life supports me in every possible way.

You can connect with Lorna via her:

Website: https://lornareidphotography.smugmug.com

Email: lareid2@yahoo.com

I hope that you are inspired to play full out. Lorna’s story inspires me to keep pursuing my dreams and the things that I love in life. I want the same for you, too. If you’re wondering how to get started doing what you love, then I would love to help you with that. Simply reply in the comments below or send me an email at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

I look forward to hearing from you and will be back next week with another episode. In the meantime, reclaim your dream, do what you love and make a difference.

Xoxo

Erica

Mar 28, 2017

This week on the podcast, I had the pleasure of interviewing Tina Dietz, owner of Start Something Business Solutions. Tina and I met last September when she was speaking at Mid-Atlantic Podcast Conference here in New Jersey. I knew from the moment that Tina shared her story that I wanted to invite her to be a guest on my podcast. I just knew that her story would inspire and excite YOU to start something brilliant.

Tina Dietz is an internationally acclaimed business coach, audiobook publisher and launch specialist, podcast producer and a bestselling author who has been featured on ABC, Inc.com, Huffington Post and Forbes.

Her podcast, The Start Something Show, was named one of the top podcasts for entrepreneurs on Inc.com. Her company helps clients who want more than just a business and more than a routine life – they want a Business Oasis. I LOVE that!

One of the things that we jump into during this interview is the idea that so many creatives and entrepreneurs struggle with avoiding shiny bright objects and staying focused. It’s because they have brilliant ideas and love starting new projects but often have a hard time finishing them. (I know this is one of my own personal challenges.) Tina sheds light on this topic and shows you how to redirect your excitement of “starting” so you can finish what you’ve started. It’s powerful!

Tina shares lots of great tips during our time together and suggests that you read the book, Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert.

You can connect with Tina and learn more about her by visiting:

Her website: www.StartSomethingCreativeBizSolutions.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thestartsomethingmovement

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TheSuperStarter

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/tinadietz

It’s hard to believe that this is my 87th episode, but it is. And that means that I’m only 13 episodes away from my next big milestone as a podcaster! I’ll share more about what I’m planning as we get closer.

For now, I want you to think about one thing that you learned from my interview with Tina and how you will implement it in your life.

Let me know what you’re going to start. You can leave me a note in the comments or send an email to Erica@momswithdreams.com.

I hope this was valuable to you in some way and that you now have a different outlook on your life, your business or both.

I’ll be back next week with more inspiration and education.

Get out there, do what you love and make a difference!

xoxo,

Erica

 

 

Mar 21, 2017

MWD 086: You Can Live a Rich Life w/Alisha Richard

This week I had a heartwarming conversation with motivational speaker and photographer, Alisha Richard. From a single parent struggling to make ends meet to a loving wife and successful entrepreneur, Alisha is on a mission to help young women and teens discover their potential in a world of possibilities.

During our talk, Alisha shared her journey as a teen mom, how she felt when she had to drop out of college and how she never thought she would ever own a business. Alisha takes us back to the moment when everything changed – when she realized that she was destined to be build her own dreams instead of punching a clock at a 9 to 5 job.

You’ll hear the formula that Alisha used to transition out of her corporate job and into full-time entrepreneurship. She shares her philosophy on how to tap into your heart’s desire. We talk about self-care and whether or not achieving balance is realistic. There’s much more packed into this interview that you’ll have to listen to hear it all.

Alisha’s Suggests that You Read:

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

Where You Can Find Alisha Online:

Website: www.alisharichard.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/Alisha1Richard

Instagram: www.instagram.com/Alisha_Richard

So, I’d love to hear what you thought about my interview with Alisha. You can leave me a comment below or email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

If you’re looking for support with tapping into your heart’s desire and discovering your God-given gifts, talents and potential, I would love to help you with that. Send me an email or schedule a complimentary discovery session here.

I’ll be back next week to keep you inspired and moving forward with your goals and dreams.

All My Best,

Erica

 

 

 

 

 

Mar 15, 2017

In this episode, I traveled all the way to Dubai to speak with Darren Carrington, the Video Impact Coach. With more than 25 years of television and radio broadcast experience, Darren helps individuals use podcasting and video to gain more clarity and confidence. His coaching programs help clients produce high-quality content that speaks directly to their ideal audience.

Darren talks about why video has become so popular, shares tips to help you get comfortable and confident with video, the best video platform to start with and much more!

Darren’s Suggested Books to Read:

Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

Where You Can Find Darren Online:

Website: www.videoimpactcoach.com

Facebook Group: Better Videos, More Clients

Video is hot right now. Regardless of where you are in your journey, I highly encourage you to start using video to get yourself out there, build your name and reach the people who need what you have to offer.

There’s always room to grow, but you have to get started to get better. Take that first step and be open to learning along the way.

I’ll be back next week with another great conversation. Until then, reclaim your dream, do what you love and make a difference.

All My Best,

Erica

 

Mar 8, 2017

In this episode, I had an insightful conversation with Che La’Mora, an artist, creative spirit, writer, therapist and divorced mom. She talks about the inspiration behind her new book, Blood on the Pages: The Sideways Heart. Che shares her journey and process of emotional healing after going through a divorce.

Our conversation sheds light on some of the emotions that women go through with divorce but often keep to themselves. Che’s testimony is candid, honest and encouraging.

Che’s Parting Words of Wisdom:
“Take one moment at a time.”

Where You Can Find Che Online:

Website: http://chelamora.com (You can purchase Che’s book, Blood on the Pages: The Sideways Heart here)

Facebook group: The Sideways Heart

To get the eBook version, go to http://amazon.com

I hope you heard something that touched your heart and lifted your spirit, especially if you are going through a divorce or just getting out of one. Life will get easier. You will get through this. Just focus on getting through one day at a time, or one moment at a time, when things are really difficult.

If you have any questions or comments about what you heard today, you can post them below or email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

I look forward to having you join me again next week.

Before I go, I have a quick favor to ask of you. If you LOVE my podcast, would you be so kind and leave an honest review on iTunes at http://ericagordonlive.com/podcast? This helps more women find my show so they can also be inspired to create and live a life they deserve. Thanks in advance!

All My Best,

Erica

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar 1, 2017

This week I had the pleasure and honor of speaking with Sarah Aderson, CEO of Expand Your Heart. Sarah is the authority that spiritual and visionary entrepreneurs depend on to help them transform their services into digital and physical products. Sarah is an international speaker, bestselling author, marketing strategist and empire builder. When she’s not creating products or helping change makers build generational wealth, you can find Sarah in Atlanta, GA enjoying trail mix with her awesome son.

You’re going to get a TON of value from my talk with Sarah!

She shares the biggest block that entrepreneurs struggle with in the beginning and what they can do early on to prevent this block and work around it if it shows up.

Sarah explains the difference between a business and an empire and why entrepreneurs should focus on building empires.

Sarah then breaks down the steps to help you (even if you’re brand new) start building your very own empire.

You’re going to learn simple, easy-to-follow tips for getting started with video marketing.

There’s a lot more inside this short interview, but you’ll have to listen to get all the juicy details.  

Quotes and Highlights:

“If you’re building an empire, then it should be based on a lifestyle.”

“When you’re creating a product, you don’t have to marry it. Just get it out in the world so it can help someone.”

“Your first digital product does not need to be labor intensive or long and drawn out.”

“Your products are generating new leads and new potential clients that you may not have been able to reach had you not had a product on Amazon or other places that you can have them”

Sarah Recommends that You Read:

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – this life-changing book talks about honoring the present moment and paying attention to the simple things in life.

Where You Can Find Sarah Online:

Website: www.expandyourheart.org (this is where you can order your PowHer cards and get more information about Sarah’s card creation course that she mentioned in her interview)

Facebook:    facebook.com/expandyourheart

Twitter:        twitter.com/expandyourheart

Periscope:   periscope.tv/expandyourheart

Pinterest:     pinterest.com/ExpandYourHeart

Instagram:    instagram.com/ExpandYourHeartOrg

Google Plus:     plus.google.com/+ExpandYourHeartOrg

Sarah’s Parting Words of Wisdom:

“It’s so important that you know that products are not optional. The sooner you get started and start building that momentum, the better off the world will be and you will be.”

I truly enjoyed my conversation with Sarah Aderson. I hope you have a better understanding of the impact that you can make when with your own digital and physical products.

If you’re still at the beginning stages of your entrepreneurial journey and aren’t quite sure about the direction that you want to take, I’m here to support you in any way that I can. I can honestly say that I’ve been there and I can help you move forward.

Remember that you don’t have to work through this alone. If you’d like to talk more about your business and get directions for your next steps, send me an email at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

You can also leave a comment here if you have thoughts about today’s episode. I look forward to hearing from you.

All My Best,

Erica

 

Feb 21, 2017

In this episode, I talk with Carly Evans, the founder of Coach Carly and Phoenix Transformation. Carly lives in Perth, Australia with her fiancée, step son, bulldogs and carpet python and spends her days helping others to transform their lives through life coaching, energy healing and teaching Reiki.

Carly and I discuss the challenge of putting your life back together after major events or  trauma such as divorce, depression, having children and other events that can alter your life. She offers insight and tips to help you stop surviving and start thriving.

We also talk about limiting beliefs – where they come from and how to change the way you think so you can change your life.

Carly’s Recommended Reading:

The Big Leap, by Gay Hendricks, which helps readers understand how they may be sabotaging themselves in different ways and how they can discover their zone of genius.

Quotes and Highlights:

“I really feel like my niche found me because I saw how restless people are, stuck in limbo and really don’t know what to do about it.”

“You gradually have to chip away at stuff that’s holding you back and implement what will help you move forward.”

Where You Can Find Carly Evans Online:

Website: www.coachcarly.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/coachcarlyevans

Instagram: www.instagram.com/coachcarlyevans

Facebook  Page: https://www.facebook.com/CoachCarlyEvans/

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=from%20surviving%20to%20thriving

Carly’s Parting Words of Wisdom:

“Really connect in with yourself. Stop connecting so much with people online and spend some time each day with you.”

I enjoyed my conversation with Carly and all of the golden nuggets that she shared. I want to remind you that, no matter what you’re facing right now, there are better days ahead and you have everything inside that you need to get through life’s challenges. Take it one day at a time and keep moving forward to the life you deeply desire and deserve.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below or you can email me privately at Erica@momswithdreams.com

All My Best,

Erica

Feb 15, 2017

Marije Pathuis-Wahle is a Women’s Excellence Coach at the Women’s Academy, an NLP practitioner, food coach and a personal trainer. After years of neglecting herself, feeling miserable and exhausted in an unfulfilling job, Marije decided she needed a major change in her life. And that’s what she did. She took back her power and changed her body, her wisdom, her space, her wealth and relationships. Now she helps other women unlock their excellence, reach their full potential and do their part to make the world a better place.

Marije’s core belief:

“When we empower women, we grow love. When we grow love, we create peace. When women are listening to their deeper knowing, they know what is good for humanity and the world. They access that ultimate power of creation.”

In this episode, Marije shares her journey from “a very bad place” to a thriving life, using her full potential to make a difference.

Quotes and Highlights:

“If you’re in a very bad place, you have the catalyst to change.”

“I changed my beliefs and shifted my mindset from telling myself that I can’t change to telling myself that I can change.”

“If I want to change my life, I need to have the energy and feel good physically. So I changed my body by eating healthier stuff”

“When you change your health – your body – you gain so much clarity.”

“I can do something that I love and I can make money doing it.”

“I’d gone through change in my life before, but this time was different because I knew WHY I needed to change.”

“A lot of women aren’t doing what they love because they’re not listening to themselves – they are more worried about what other people may think of them and how they will judge them.”

“My mission is to empower women to listen to their inner voice and trust themselves.”

“All your habits, decisions and what you’re doing in your life have to do with your beliefs.”

“Sometimes you have to get rid of some friendships because they’re actually blocking your progress in pursuing the life that you love.”

“When you want to make a change in your life, you have to have a holistic approach and look at all areas of your life instead of focusing on one thing.”

Marije’s Recommended Reading:
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

While reading this book, Marije achieved total bliss. It’s a great book to help you put things in perspective and live in the now.

She also recommends Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

Where You Can Find Marije Online:

Website: http://thewomensacademy.com.au/

Facebook Group: Empowered Women: Stop Surviving, Start Thriving

Instagram: www.instagram.com/marijemeisje

What was your takeaway from this week’s episode? Did you have an aha moment as you heard Marije share her story? Would you like support in any area of your life where you feel like you aren’t living up to your full potential? Leave your comment below or you can email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

I’ll be back with you next week.

Take care,

Erica

 

 

 

 

Feb 1, 2017

Helping others achieve their dreams has always been Joe Pardo’s goal in life. In early 2014, he left his family’s $100 million business to pursue his goal and became a 4th generation entrepreneur. Joe started the Dreamers Podcast soon after his exit from the family business to inspire others to dream big. He continues to give back and make an impact through this work with start-ups, afterschool programs and his educational conferences.

In this episode, Joe pulls back curtain and shares some of the not-so-glamorous moments in the life of an entrepreneur.

You’ll hear about:

  • how Joe figured out what he was going to do with his life
  • the power in going back to your childhood dream to connect with your purpose
  • why you need to be super clear on what “the life of your dream” looks like before you can start living it
  • being honest with yourself about what you’re willing to do to make your dream happen
  • why you should know what you love to do and how you can bring that into your vision
  • Joe’s philosophy for living a happy life (it’s easier than you think)
  • being creative with your skills to generate income, especially when you’re brand new in business
  • the struggle of being a full-time entrepreneur and some of Joe’s tips to help you get through those rough times

Where You Can Find Joe Online:

Website: www.superjoepardo.com

Be sure to check out Joe’s podcast, books and courses while you’re there.

I hope you enjoyed my talk with Joe today. He gave you his honest experience as an entrepreneur without all the glitz and glamour. It’s definitely not an easy road, but it’s worth it when you get to do what you love and make a difference.

If you have any questions about how you can start living the life you love, you can always email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

I’ll be back with you next week.

Take care,

Erica


 

Jan 24, 2017

Do you dream of hosting a television talk show or writing for the industry? If so, then you’re in for a treat because my topic this week is about breaking into the entertainment industry. I explore some of the steps you can take and common challenges that women face with my guest, Madim Touch.

Madim is a woman with multiple talents and experience in the entertainment industry. She’s a producer, director, media personality and co-host of We Talk Weekly, an entertainment talk show that keeps listeners updated on the hottest topics.

She has experience with freelance writing, managing artists and founded the first hip hop awareness group at Drexel University. She has hosted hip hop awareness lectures and performed with top artists that include Lauryn Hill and Amy Winehouse! Madim is also a mom of two and just welcomed her second bundle of joy into her life.

In this episode, Madim shares:

  • her journey and how she got started in the entertainment industry
  • how, as a little girl, she knew that she wanted to produce, create and entertain
  • how women can break into the industry (even in later stages of)
  • what steps you can take right now- even with no experience
  • how to network and get connected with key players in the industry
  • her advice for aspiring producers and directors
  • why starting on YouTube doesn’t work for everyone and knowing when it will work for you
  • and more…

Resources & Suggestions:

Philly CAM – http://phillycam.org

Book: The Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person, by Shonda Rhimes (creator of Scandal, Greys Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder and others)

Where You Can Find Madim Touch online:

@MadimTouch on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

http://wetalkweekly.com – broadcasts every Monday at 9:30 pm EST, available on Comcast in the Philadelphia area and on YouTube – http://youtube.com/wetalkweeklytv

Madim’s Parting Words of Wisdom:

“When you stay true to who you are and what you believe, that’s when things will truly work in your favor.”

I hope you gained value from listening this week. The one takeaway that I want you to have is: get started.

I’m always here to support you in your journey, so you don’t have to do it alone. If you have questions about how to pursue your passion in the midst of your busy lifestyle, send me an email at Erica@momswithdreams.com. Feel free to leave your comments below.

I look forward to being back with you next week.

Take care,

Erica  

 

 

Jan 18, 2017

When was the last time you declared, “I LOVE MY LIFE”? If you’re like most women, it isn’t something that you say or think about on a regular basis. We often get caught up in our daily routines, which can quickly leave us feeling like we’re just going through the motions.

Not anymore! It’s a new year, and it’s time to change the way that you look at your life.

This week on the podcast, I sat down with the lovely and talented Stevii Aisha Mills, Founder of the I Love My Life Movement. Stevii is an outstanding motivational speaker who connects with her audience by being her true self. She wholeheartedly believes that, when people are given the tools to succeed, there is no stopping their potential.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • what it means to truly love your life and how to do that
  • how to pick yourself up after hitting rock bottom
  • when you know it’s time for a major change in your life
  • knowing when to make small shifts in your life
  • building your dream business while working your full-time job
  • dealing with identity crisis and the fear of “showing up” on social media
  • and more…

Projects, Resources, and Suggestions

Stevii’s current project:                                 

Shift! Teleseminar on January 28, 2017 – a conversation about making shifts in your life to create the change you desire

Stevii Suggests that you Watch:

Hidden Figures, the movie starring Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner and Kirsten Dunst Stevii was inspired after watching this movie and felt like she could do all things! Her takeaway is that you don’t ever want to become a hidden figure of your brand.

Stevii invites you to join her membership program, I Love My Life Ambassadors, where women are empowering themselves and stepping out to build a life they love.

Where You Can Find Stevii Online:

Website: www.stevii.com

Twitter: @steviiamills

Instagram: @steviiaishamills

I hope you heard something that resonated with you and reminded you that it’s time for you to start loving your life.

As always, I’m here to help you get started working on your dreams. Feel free to email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com if you have any questions or would like support.

It’s time for you to reclaim your dream, do what you love and make a difference!

See you next week,

Erica

 

 

 

Jan 11, 2017

From emails to web copy, newsletters, and everything in between, you’ll need to get comfortable writing and creating content as an entrepreneur.

I know that everyone doesn’t enjoy writing as much as I do, so I invited my friend, Rosie Morley, CEO of Hedera House, to talk with me about writing and content creation for newer entrepreneurs.

Rosie Morley has been writing and editing for most of her life. She's heavily involved in the blogging and online content community and is passionate about the exciting growth of online writing spaces. She's currently completing her Masters in Writing, Editing, and Publishing, and has been running Hedera House for just over a year.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What content creation means and why it’s so important for your business
  • How to convey your message and attract clients to your brand
  • How you can shape your ‘voice’ and make yourself stand out online
  • How to choose the right medium (and tools) to create content that fits your personality
  • Why its ok to outsource content creation
  • How to choose the right freelancer for writing and content creation in your business
  • The most important rule that every writer needs to know
  • First steps to start your blog
  • and more…

 

Projects, Resources and Suggested Reading

Rosie’s Current Project (and a great resource for writers/bloggers):

Blog in Bloom – a digital/printed writing and grammar skills workbook, available at www.hederahouse.com/blog-in-bloom

Resources mentioned:

Rev.com – an affordable transcription service

Book that Rosie suggests:

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Ann Lamott

Rosie was inspired by this straightforward book that talks about writing from the perspective of an imperfect human being.  

Where You Can Find Rosie Online:

website: www.hederahouse.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hedera_house/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hedera_house

 

Rosie’s Parting Words of Wisdom

“Get to know yourself as a writer. It’s the best thing you can do for your writing.”

I hope you enjoyed my conversation and are feeling inspired to write, write, and write.

If you’re just getting started with your business and need support with your first steps, I’d love to help you get going.

Simply email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com and we’ll schedule a time to chat about your vision and dreams.

It’s time for you to reclaim your dream, do what you love and make a difference!

xoxo

Erica

 

Jan 4, 2017

“Remember that, when you leave the room, whatever people whisper about you is who you are or what your product is. Make that product live for greatness.” ~Porsha Hargrove

Being a successful business owner requires that you make your brand visible for people to know what you offer and how you can help them. If people don’t know who you are and what you do, how can they hire you to help them?

That’s what this week’s episode is about – public relations and how you can use it to make yourself and your brand visible.

My guest this week is Porsha Hargrove, BA, publicist and CEO of Porsha Hargrove PR and Consulting, LLC. With more than 20 years of experience in public relations, marketing, mass communications, radio, television, and community relations, Porsha knows what you can do to increase your visibility and reach the people who need your products and services.

Even if you’re just getting started and have a very small or no budget for public relations, there are things that you can do to get your business out there.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The easiest way to gain visibility when you’re just getting started
  • The difference between public relations and marketing
  • How to know which social media platform(s) to use for your business
  • The most overlooked, yet highly valuable social media platform for any business
  • How to be your own publicist before you’re able to hire a professional
  • How to build your brand through relationships
  • Why going back to the basics is crucial to your success
  • And more…

You’ll also find out what lessons you can learn from the popular movie, The Devil Wears Prada.

How to Connect with Porsha Online

Porsha Hargrove can be found by doing a quick Google search of her name, and you’ll find her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google +.

Porsha’s Parting Words of Wisdom

“Don’t be afraid. Take a chance. There really are no mistakes. Move forward and remember to network – you are a product and someone’s always looking at you and learning from you.”

What did you think about this episode with Porsha Hargrove? Did you learn new strategies that you’re going to try in your business?

I’d love to hear from you. Leave me a comment below or send me an email at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Keep dreaming, doing and making a difference. The world needs you!

Dec 28, 2016

I’m not a fan of making New Year’s resolutions, but I am a fan of learning from my experiences and looking at undesired outcomes as lessons rather than mistakes. 2016 was an interesting year, both personally and professionally. I finally decided to tackle three important goals that have been on my list for a few years.

In this final episode of 2016, I share important lessons that propelled me forward to living out my dreams. My hope is that you are inspired by my journey and apply these lessons to your life so you can go after what you really want in 2017.

As always, keep pushing forward to your dreams! Have a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year! I will talk with you in 2017.

Dec 21, 2016

This week on the Moms With Dreams podcast, we’re talking about the hot topic of public speaking.

Women often tell me how they want to speak and get paid, but they’re afraid to put themselves out there. I remember how scary it was the first time that I spoke in front of an audience. So I thought it would be neat to have Angela Lussier, an award-winning speaker, three-time author, two-time TEDx presenter, and trainer join me on the podcast.

Angela is the founder of the Speaking School for Women, an online program that trains women to become paid speakers. She is also the founder of the Speaker Sisterhood, a network of speaking clubs for women, and the host of Claim the Stage, a public speaking podcast for women.

You’re going to love Angela’s bubbly personality and gain a ton of value from our conversation.

During this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How Angela became a speaker on purpose but a paid speaker by accident
  • What she did during her first 6 months in Toastmasters
  • The truth about what you must do to become a great public speaker, get over your fear of public speaking, and improve your presentation skills
  • The steps Angela took to book 16 workshops in 5 minutes and 32 workshops on her 2nd day in business!
  • Why Angela thinks rules shouldn’t apply to brand new speakers
  • What you can do as a new speaker to get comfortable on stage
  • The #1 reason why business owners (especially new ones) should be speaking
  • How to find speaking gigs (thanks to my listener, Cheranissa Roach, for asking this question)
  • Why you should start out with unpaid speaking gigs that add value for your target audience
  • What should be included on your speaker one sheet

Angela’s Tip for Improving Your Presentation Skills

Videotape yourself then watch it in 3 different ways:

  1. Watch without sound so you can see your facial expressions and body language.
  2. Listen without watching so you can hear what you’re saying
  3. Watch and listen at the same time to see how it all comes together

Angela’s Recommended Reading:

Purple Cow, by Seth Godin. According to Angel, this is “a great book about marketing, standing out and taking risks so you can become that person or company that people remember.”

Angela’s Parting Words of Wisdom

“Stop waiting - start creating. The longer we wait for opportunity, the longer we wait to start, and the more time we’re wasting. We need to get started now. Then you can start experimenting and the adventure begins. We’ll get to learn more about ourselves and about the world.”

Resources Mentioned:

https://www.toastmasters.org/

http://thumbtack.com

Speaking School for Women (you can get on the waiting list for the upcoming February session)  

Angela’s website: http://angelalussier.us

I hope you enjoyed this episode of the Moms With Dreams Show. I love to hear from you, so please leave your comments below.

Have an idea or topic for an upcoming show? You can email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

As always, keep pushing forward to your dreams. Get out there, do what you love and make a difference.

I’ll be back next week with a special end-of-the-year episode to close out 2016 with a BANG!

xoxo

Erica

 

Dec 14, 2016

Shakesia Morgan is the founder of Just Simply Hair Care Products. When she noticed that her daughter inherited the same scalp ailments that she’d suffered with since the age of 12, Shakesia decided to do something about it. Determined to end the cycle, she became a hair enthusiast. Inside her kitchen, she created an all-natural hair care product line that helped her hair and her daughter’s hair grow back healthier than ever. Shakesia’s living her dream by helping others experience healthy hair and regain their confidence.

In this episode,…

  • you’ll hear how Shakesia overcame her struggle with androgenetic hair loss
  • Shakesia shares how she recovered from an earlier business failure and the lessons she took away from that experience
  • you’ll learn key steps that entrepreneurs should take to lay a solid business foundation
  • Shakesia talks about how she funded her business and manages her finances
  • She reveals the steps you can take to start your own hair care business
  • and more…

Shakiesia suggests that you read the book, The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne. This is a best-selling, self-help book based on The Law of Attraction, and it will change your perspective on life.

Shakesia’s Parting Words of Wisdom:

“Always remember your why for your dream. Your why is your driving force to get you up and moving every single day.”

Where You Can Find Shakesia Online:

Website: www.justsimplyhair.com

Facebook Fan Page: Just Simply Hair-Hair Care Products

Instagram: @justsimplyhair

I hope you enjoyed this episode! Please leave your comments below or feel free to email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com. I can’t wait to be back with you next week!

Keep doing what you love and making a difference,

Erica

 

 

Dec 7, 2016

Annett Bone is the founder and host of the DancePreneuring Studio podcast, where she guides her listeners on a journey of transformation inspired by dance, life and business. Annett’s podcast is a reflection of her personal adventure of overcoming her fears and returning to her passion for dance after a 20-year hiatus. In her podcast, Annett lovingly shares the lessons that she’s learned along the way, proving that it’s never too late to be great.

In this episode, you’ll hear…

…how Annett struggled with a victim-life mentality, low self-confidence, a negative self-image and hated the sound of her own voice

… the moment that changed everything and what she did to never go back to living in fear and doubt

…what was really in Annett’s way and how she worked her away around it

 … how she used to think that her business and passion had to be separate and how she naturally blended the two

… and much more

Annett suggests that you read, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo. This book offers a unique and mindful approach to productivity and organization.  

Annett’s Parting Words of Wisdom:

  1. Do what you can with what you have. Some progress is better than no progress.
  2. Be careful of information constipation (she explains what this is in her interview).
  3. Honor the season you’re in and don’t compare your worst with someone’s best.

Where You Can Find Annett Online:

Website: http://annettbone.com

Twitter: @AnnettBone

Instagram: annettbone

Facebook: http://facebook.com/annett.bone

Google+: http://gplus.to/AnnettBone

Thank you for listening and being a part of my dream. If you have any questions or comments, send me an email at Erica@momswithdreams.com. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Keep doing what you love,

Erica

 

 

Nov 29, 2016

This week I introduce you to Dr. Stephanie Iglesias, the founder of Tasteful Art, an interactive business using art therapy to enhance lives. Stephanie is a single mom (of two sons), has worked for over twelve years for the state of New Jersey as a child welfare worker, and is passionate about using creative art for transformation and healing.

During our interview, I asked Dr. Iglesias what inspired her to go back to school to earn her PhD and how she made it through her program. Instead of sugar coating it, Stephanie lets us know how challenging it was – especially as she got closer to the end of her dissertation.

In this episode, …

…you’ll get Stephanie’s tips to succeed in school as a working parent.

…you’ll learn about art therapy and what it means to “transcend positive behavioral expressions”.

…you’ll be inspired to keep pushing toward your dream even when it’s hard and you want to quit

…and more…

At the end of our conversation, Stephanie reminds you to:

“Don’t allow yourself to get in your own way. Keep pushing forward.”

To learn more about Dr. Iglesias and her beautiful mission, visit www.tastfulart.com

Thank you for listening! I appreciate having you here with me. Post your comments, questions, and feedback below. Or you can email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Keep doing what you love,

Erica

 

 

Nov 24, 2016

This week we’re celebrating Thanksgiving here in the United States, which kicks off the holiday season. This is one of my favorite times of the year – spending time with family and friends, eating lots of delicious food, and exchanging gifts. But it’s also when new side business owners fall into a “holiday slump” and struggle to stay on track with their businesses.

I’ve struggled with this before, and it’s not fun at all. That’s why I created this episode in which I share five easy tips to help you enjoy the holidays without losing momentum in your business or getting stressed out.

You’ll have to listen to find out what they are, and make sure that you have your pen and notebook handy to take notes.

After you’ve listened, feel free to email me with any questions, comments or feedback that you have at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Erica

Nov 15, 2016

I’m SUPER-EXCITED to share this week’s episode with you! I finally got a chance to sit down with the one and only - Dr. Nyali Taylor!!

Now, just in case you don’t know who she is, Nyali is my best friend since 7th grade, and she also happens to be a rockin’ mom, wife, and vascular surgeon!

You may have heard me talk about Nyali before – about the pact that we made back in the day. She would grow up to become a doctor and I would become a lawyer. (I’m pretty sure that I was heavily influenced by Claire Huxtable, the mom from The Cosby Show, who happened to be beautiful, educated, and the “perfect” mom and wife in my eyes.)

Life took us on different paths, but Nyali stayed on course. She went straight to college then to medical school and spent the majority of her young adult years in school working toward her dream of becoming a doctor.

In this fun episode, I help Nyali pull the curtains back. I wanted to know HOW she stayed on the same path she outlined for herself since she was a little girl.

So many people go through life and never discover their passion or settle into doing something totally different from what they feel they were born to do. That’s exactly why I invited Nyali on my show – so she could peel back the magic curtain and let us in on:

  • How she knew what she wanted to do at such a young age
  • How she stayed on course with her goals
  • The event that changed the way she approaches life
  • Her next big move that she’s getting ready to take (something that is completely out of character for her)
  • And more…

I also created an action guide that asks you some pretty deep questions and gives you a chance to reflect on your life. At the end of the guide, there’s a challenge that you can take and share your answers with me in my private Facebook group, Side Biz Success and Life Mastery.

Download your action guide here.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and find out what resonates with you from my interview with Nyali. You can email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com or leave a comment below.

Enjoy and keep doing what you love!

Nov 9, 2016

This week I introduce you to Contessa Louise Cooper. She is an author, speaker, mother, and creator of the #WeAllHaveAStory Movement, where she encourages people to share their stories to change their lives and the lives of others. Her movement originally began from advocating for her son who has autism but has grown to include anyone who wants to transform their pain and challenges into a platform to uplift others.

We covered a lot in this interview - from parenting with an autistic child to becoming a bestselling author and a thriving business owner. 

Contessa’s story about having an autistic son:

I love Contessa’s warmth, caring heart and realness. You’ll see what I’m talking about when you hear how she became an advocate for autism, what she did to overcome her anger, and her process of learning how to forgive. She offers great suggestions for parents with autistic children to help them overcome their challenges.  

“The easiest thing to write about is what you know.” ~Contessa Louise Cooper

Then we got into her journey as an author and what inspired her to write her first bestseller, Mad at the World: How to Move on and Find Peace When You’re A Special Needs Parent. She shares awesome tips to help you begin your journey as a new author.

In less than one year, Contessa has built a thriving business and community.

She tells you how she did it and gives simple steps that you should take, before you even start writing, to build your business and be a successful “authorpreneur”.

To get the most out of this powerful interview, be sure to download your writeable action guide with key takeaways, self-reflection questions, action steps, and a challenge – all geared to help you begin writing your story.

Download your action guide to deepen your learning here.

You can find Contessa online at http://Contessalouise.com.

Thanks for listening and for being a part of my community - I’m truly honored.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

 

 

 

Nov 1, 2016

I’m honored to introduce you to my guest, Joel Boggess, who’s an expert podcaster, speaker, bestselling author, and mentor. Joel is the go-to guy for clarity, confidence, and direction as he teaches people how to find productivity, meaning and success by using the power of their voice.

Joel’s podcast, ReLaunch, has passed the 1.5 million listeners mark and was named Most Inspirational for 2014 and 2015.

In this episode, Joel talks about:

  • The biggest reason why most aspiring podcasters never launch their show
  • 3 specific questions that you should answer before you start your podcast
  • The difference between launching a podcast for passion and for business
  • How to attract listeners and build your audience
  • Why you shouldn’t even attempt to launch your podcast without support or guidance
  • And more…the conversation got pretty deep, as you’ll see when you listen to the full episode.

If you’re listening to this episode on the day it airs, you can check Joel out on November 4-5th as he delivers his keynote speech at DC Podfest in Washington, DC.

You can click here to listen to Joel’s wildly popular podcast, ReLaunch. I promise that you will enjoy it.

Visit Joel’s website: www.relaunchshow.com.

Connect with Joel on Instagram: @joel_boggess

 

 

 

 

Oct 26, 2016

In this episode, I decided to switch it up for a change. Instead of interviewing a guest, I’m being interviewed on my own show for the first time ever! That’s right! I brought my amazing colleague and sister-friend, Porsha Hargrove, on my podcast to ask me about my decision to go back to school for my doctorate degree.

You may not know this, but I LOVE to learn and I’m passionate about educating, inspiring, and encouraging women to pursue their biggest goals and wildest dreams. I’ve always wanted to complete the highest level of education so I wouldn’t have any limitations or be forced to settle for not having the right qualifications.

In middle school my best friend, Nyali, and I made a pact with each other – she would become a medical doctor, and I would become an attorney. My life took me down a few detours along a non-traditional path of education. As I learned more about law, I decided that it wasn’t for me. As an undergraduate student I took my first psychology class and instantly fell in love with the idea of studying people.

While going through a devastating divorce in 2011, I started graduate school. It wasn’t easy, but I earned my masters degree in psychology in 2013. No matter how many times I tried to ignore my dream of going back for my PhD, it kept resurfacing. It got so bad that I would lay awake at night contemplating if I had what it takes to actually do it

Every now and then I would research a new school, look into its doctoral programs and dream. I had spoken with admission counselors and was about to settle for another masters degree, but something wouldn’t let me do it. The truth is that I was trying to convince myself to play small because of fear.

In July of 2016 I finally made the decision to pursue my PhD. I realized that I was procrastinating and making excuses. I was afraid of not being able to manage school. But even with the fear, my dream would not go away.

In September 2016, I started my first class as a PhD student. Some people think I’m crazy for adding school to my overflowing plate. Some are amazed by my ambition and ability to do so much. But I can’t take the credit – this is how God made me. I’m just walking in the path that He designed for me.

In this episode, Porsha holds nothing back as she tries to get to the root of my “addiction to education” and why it means so much to me to achieve this goal. We had a lot of fun while uncovering my truth. I shared my best tips for ambitious working adults who want to go back to school.


I also created a special bonus for you. It’s a downloadable and “writeable” PDF that accompanies this episode. This worksheet was designed to help you sort through your dreams and goals and includes:

  • Action steps
  • Key takeaways
  • Self-reflection questions
  • A challenge to help you take inspired action
  • Resources for adults who are considering going back to school

Once you sign up, you’ll become a VIP member of my community and will have lifetime access to all worksheets as they’re added to my Moms With Dreams library.

 You can click here to gain access to this worksheet and library.

 **I’ve also included an extra special bonus that you will only get as a VIP member. Be sure to get your worksheet so you don’t miss out on this special offer.

 Remember that you can always write me at Erica@momswithdreams.com. Follow me on Twitter @Momswithdreams and on Instagram @EricaGordonLive. If you love listening to these episodes each week, subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play.

If you’re not a member of my awesome Facebook group, Side Biz Success & Life Mastery, I invite you to join the fun today!

See you next week!

Xoxo

Erica

 

Oct 19, 2016

Kym Kennedy is a personal development coach and mentor with 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur. As a child who grew up as a “latch key kid” with both parents working outside of the home, Kym knew that she wanted to raise her children differently.

 

Soon after becoming a mom, Kym created a successful home business based on her passion for cooking. Her business gave her the best of both worlds – an opportunity to contribute to her family’s income while being present for her children.

 

In this episode, Kym shares her secret for success, which begins with asking these two questions:

  1. What is it that I love?
  2. What am I good at?

Answering them in this order will ensure that you are looking into your heart and giving yourself space to connect with your passion.

 

You don’t need a formal education in business to be a successful entrepreneur.

Kym built her business using trial and error. She got started and figured things out as she went along. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the how-to of things, but you don’t need to know it all – you just need to have an end goal (or know what you want to achieve) and be open to learning new skills

 

How to remove feelings of overwhelm:

When you start thinking big, you can quickly become overwhelmed at the thought of all that you have to do in order to accomplish that big goal or dream. Instead of trying to do it all in one step, Kym suggests that you take a step back and choose one step that you can take right now that will get you closer to your goal.

 

How to get out of your own way and get closer to your dream:

You have to work on your mindset. When doubt or fear shows up, you have to raise your vibration. Tap into information and resources (such as books, podcasts, etc.) that remind you of your ability to create and have anything that you want. Raising your vibration will allow you to see different opportunities – doors will open up for you.

 

How to reconnect with your passion:

Take a moment and think back to when you were a little girl and what you dreamt about doing when you grew up. Getting reconnected with that part of you will open up your heart and help you get out of your head.

 

Kym’s recommended reading:

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

She loves this book because it’s about our hearts, our own personal legends, finding your truth and encourages readers to follow their heart and go after what they truly desire.

 

Kym’s Projects:

She’s currently writing her book and expanding her alchemy coaching practice to help others enter into the life coaching industry.

 

Kym’s Parting Words of Wisdom:

“You are perfect as you are. You have within you everything that you require to fulfill your deepest dreams. Dream big and surround yourself with people who will support you and encourage you to play the biggest game that you can play.”

 

Where You Can Find Kym Online:

Website: http://www.kymmkennedy.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KymMKennedy
Instagram: kymmkennedy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 11, 2016

“Life is full of lessons, even if pain is the teacher.” ~Dr. Samone Brown

Dr. Samone Smith-Brown is a certified life coach with a doctorate in psychology. She is the CEO of Your Symmetrical Self Life Coaching Services and host of Beacon of Light podcast. Her expertise in coaching and psychology enables her to help clients remove personal roadblocks so they can life full, joyful lives.

 

In this episode, Dr. Samone talks about abusive relationships, trauma and how she stopped herself right before committing suicide. Dr. Samone also teaches you how to achieve your “symmetrical self” and accept that you are deserving of all that you desire.

 

How Samone Discovered Her Calling

Right as she was about to take pills that would end her life, Dr. Samone heard a voice. That voice spoke directly to her about the pain she would cause her loved ones, especially her daughter. In that moment, she realized her purpose – that her pain caused by sexual and physical abuse could be used as a blessing to save others who were also suffering.

 

How Samone Picked Herself Up After Attempting Suicide

  • She had to learn how to encourage herself and became her biggest cheerleader.
  • Samone worked on letting go of other people’s ideas about who she was and started redefining herself from the inside.
  • She prayed a lot and worked hard to “see light” in herself.
  • She created positive affirmations that enforced her self-love.

 

The Story behind Samone’s Brand, “Your Symmetrical Self”

Unbeknownst to her, Samone was developing the foundation of her brand while going  through her own healing process. “Your Symmetrical Self” is the concept of achieving harmony within by learning how to balance your inner self with your outer self. She talks about the process of creating this symmetry and how you can align your inner feelings of confidence and self-worth with your outer beauty.

 

Steps You Can Take to Balance Your Inner and Outer Self:

  1. Love yourself first.
  2. Realize that you are worth it.
  3. Accept that your life is not perfect, but don’t settle for less than what you deserve.
  4. Take the first step toward the life you want.

 

Samone’s Current Project:

She is working on her first book about helping you discover and accept your total beauty. She’s including tips, strategies, and anecdotes to help you achieve holistic, symmetrical living.

 

Samone’s Parting Words of Wisdom:

“Life is a lesson, even if pain is the teacher. Don’t be afraid to encourage yourself.”

 

Where You Can Find Samone Online:

Website: www.yoursymmetricalself.com

Facebook: Dr. Samone

Twitter: @drsamone1

YouTube: Dr.Samone 1

Instagram: Dr.Samone

 

 

Oct 4, 2016

“Once you figure out what works and how to run a successful business, you can easily do it over and over again.” –Ann M. Strout

 

I had a chance to catch up with Ann Strout, who’s known as the Freedom Girl. Ann went from being an unemployed single mom, living in subsidized housing, and on food stamps to the owner of a thriving, six-figure coaching business.

 

Ann gave us a glimpse of her childhood as an orphan growing up. Her confidence was low as a result of abuse and neglect. Ann felt trapped by her limited resources. She endured treatment that no mother wants her child to experience. But she had an unbreakable spirit and an ability to see the possibilities in life.

 

The life-changing choice that Ann made:

Everything changed for Ann when her son was born. She felt free for the first time in her life. In that moment, Ann realized that she had a choice – she could either go back to the life that she’d been living and take her son through that, or she could create a different life for the two of them. Although she had no idea what that would be or how she would do it, Ann was willing to explore it.

 

How Ann began her journey of personal development:

Far too often, people stay in situations that aren’t good for them because of their limiting beliefs and lack of confidence in their ability to change. Ann admits that she had to work on her limiting beliefs before she could change her life. After a conversation with her mom, Ann started researching the internet and came across the book, Law of Attraction. This book changed everything about Ann’s life. Since then, she’s been on a continuous journey of personal growth and development.

 

3 Steps Ann took to change her life:

  1. She created a routine, which includes meditating, journaling, visualization, and reading affirmations. Ann only works 20 hours a week in her business. She has plenty of freedom to spend time with her children and do what she loves.
  2. She removed people from her life that didn’t support her or believe in her.
  3. She got really committed to her dream and accepted that she had to do things that made her uncomfortable in order to build a successful business.

 

Ann’s 4 tips for starting your small or side business:

  1. Never say that there’s no way that you can do it.
  2. If there’s a desire for something, then the way to fulfill it is always available to you. The means for you to achieve your dream are already there – you just have to take action.
  3. Make a decision and be so committed to your dream that you stay in action no matter what.
  4. Don’t worry about the “how” of doing it. Seek out the knowledge, and you’ll learn what you need to know as you go.

 

What Ann’s working on:

She’s in the middle of launching a new 12-week group coaching program. She invites you to join her in her new Facebook group, Marketing that Creates Freedom. In this group, Ann focuses on massive content around marketing strategy, planning, and time management to help people maximize their time and achieve greater results.  

 

Where you can find Ann online:

Website: www.annmstrout.com

Facebook Group: Marketing That Creates Freedom

Twitter: @annmstrout

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Law of Attraction: The Science of Attracting More of What You Want and Less of What You Don’t by Michael J. Losier

 

 

 

Sep 27, 2016

My guest this week is my beautiful sister, Teresa Robinson, who is the founder of Teresa Robinson Yoga. This is where she challenges and inspires her students to realize their unlimited potential.  In addition to taking care of her family and keeping up with her corporate job, Teresa teaches several yoga classes and offers private lessons.

 

For Teresa, yoga is so much more than a way to stay fit. While learning the basics of yoga, she learned how to connect with her breath, which helped her overcome stress, anxiety, and depression. She focuses a lot on the benefits of yoga in her classes, teaching her students how to manage stress, get through crises, and rebuild their lives after hitting rock bottom.

 

During our conversation, Teresa shared how she structured her lifestyle and made yoga a priority without sacrificing her family. While many moms struggle with mom guilt, Teresa understands that pursuing her goals and passion is not selfish. Becoming a certified yoga instructor has made her a better mom, wife, sister, daughter and woman all around.

 

How She Manages Everything with a Side Business

Teresa was intentional about getting her family on board with her business. She asked for support, and everyone chips in. Her husband and children alternate cooking meals. Her husband picks their kids up from school. Her older children check their younger siblings’ homework, which makes her life a lot easier when she gets home after an 8-hour day at her corporate and teaching yoga afterwards.

 

Teresa’s Advice for Starting Your Side Business

Teresa encourages you to start right now, right where you are. Don’t wait until the kids get older or until you get that promotion at work. There are steps you can take to begin your journey, and they don’t have to be giant leaps. You can take baby steps until you feel comfortable, but just keep going.

 

Teresa’s Ongoing Projects

Teresa hosts monthly challenges on her Instagram page that encourage regular yoga practice and offer accountability. Her challenges are mixed-level, which means that you can participate as beginner, intermediate, or advanced student.

 

She also teaches classes at Lotus Mind & Body in Bernardsville, NJ; Burn Fitness Studio in Piscataway, NJ; and Onyx Yoga Studio in Warren, NJ.

 

Where You Can Find Teresa Online:

Instagram: @Yoganubia

Facebook: Teresa Robinson Yoga

Website: http://teresarobinsonyoga.com

 

 

 

Sep 21, 2016

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with a woman who I admire and love, and who has coached and mentored me throughout my journey -Tracy Lee Jones. Tracy is a women’s business mentor and Founder of the Feminine Business Model. She has coached, trained and supported women in over 27 countries around the world in growing their businesses.

Tracy believes that business was meant to be fun, filled with passion, and a magical journey where you get to share your gifts, experience deep fulfillment, and help make the world a better place.

During our conversation, she opens up about the steps she took that allowed her to transition out of a high-profile corporate job into the life she dreamed of living as a full-time entrepreneur. It wasn’t until after Tracy tried many different business ventures that she discovered her true passion for helping women build thriving businesses. Tracy encourages you to be ok with where you are. As you try new things, you’ll discover hidden parts of yourself and ultimately, get in touch with your essence.

Tracy believes that your business should be an extension of who you are. Before you can build your business, you have to know who you are and what’s important to you as a person. As you become more connected with your essence, you’ll be able to build a brand that allows you to be who you are, freely allowing your personality, values, and goals to reflect in your business.

Challenge: Figure out what it is that is going to have you light up like a Christmas tree, where your passion, energy, and enthusiasm rubs off onto other people. *Note: That is what you need to pursue.

Tracy reminds you to have a clear picture of who you want to work with and why. When you’re getting started in your new business, you may not be at liberty to turn clients away. But as you gain more experience, you’ll land in your “sweet spot” and know who is and who is not your dream client.

Tracy’s tip to help you launch your side business:

The biggest mistake that people make when starting out is spending tons of money and time working behind the scenes to create a product only to be disappointed when nobody buys. It’s best that you don’t wait and get your idea in front of real people. If you have an idea, test it out with some of your friends, or a small group of 3-4 people. Ask for honest feedback and use that feedback to improve your product before your launch.

Tracy recommends that you read The Big Leap, by Gay Hendricks. This book has been recommended before on the podcast because it’s such a great read. Hendricks teaches you how to break through your upper limits and achieve the success you desire most in your life.

What Tracy’s Working on Now:

She’s focused on helping female entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level. During this episode, Tracy shared a special gift. She’s offering a 1-hour complimentary vision plan session (valued at $500) where she’ll help you figure out the next steps for your business. If you’re ready to take your business to the next level, you can take advantage of this special offer by visiting http://tracyleejones.com and Jennie, Tracy’s assistant, will schedule your session for you.

Tracy’s Words of Wisdom for You:

“You don’t have to wait until your life is perfect to start enjoying it. Be appreciative and have gratitude for what you created right now. You can do small things to create your dream life right now. Everything that you’ve experienced in your life has led you to this moment and the possibility of your vision.”

 You can find Tracy in the social media realm at:

@Tracyleejones (on Twitter and Instagram)

Visit her website at www.TracyLeeJones.com

 

 

Sep 14, 2016

In this episode, I share my big takeaways from Mid-Atlantic Podcast Conference (MAPCON), organized and hosted by Joe Pardo of Dreamers Podcast. This was my first time attending a conference for podcasters. I had such an awesome time that I decided to share what I learned with you.

These 7 lessons are especially helpful for new and aspiring podcasters. But even if you have no plans for launching a podcast of your own, I’m sure that you will find value in what I share.

Here’s a quick recap of my big takeaways:

  1. Don’t be boring.
  2. Stay in control of your interview.
  3. Be yourself.
  4. Take your show on the road to build your audience.
  5. Attend live events to find guests.
  6. Never lie about your downloads.
  7. Your business needs to have a podcast.

If you’d rather read about my experience, you can hop over to the blog.

Links to all podcasts mentioned in this episode:

Dreamers Podcast, hosted by Joe Pardo

ReLaunch, hosted by Joel Boggess and Dr. Pei

Solopreneur Hour, hosted by Michael O’Neal

She Podcasts, hosted by Jessica Kupferman

School of Podcasting, hosted by Dave Jackson

All Things Post, hosted by Niel Guilarte

For more information about MAPCON, visit http://podcastmidatlantic.com

 

Sep 7, 2016

In this episode, I talk with Dr. Jen Riday, the Women’s Happiness Expert and mom of six, about achieving happiness in your busy life. Jen transitioned from not having time for herself to making self-care a priority. You’ll get her three tips to help you make self-care a priority and achieve happiness in your life.

Jen also shared how she felt when she accepted her calling as a life coach and what steps you can take to discover your calling.

One of the struggles that moms face when building a home-based business is finding time to work without disruptions. Jen talks about the dangers of disruptions, creative ways to minimize disruptions, and how to stay focused on your business.

Jen recommends reading Brene Brown’s book, Daring Greatly, to gain more insight on being vulnerable and living an authentic life.

She created her Vibrant Happy Living membership program to support women through guided meditation and coaching. You can learn more about Jen’s membership program at http://vibranthappyliving.com.

You can get to know Jen and listen to her podcast at http://jenriday.com.

Jun 15, 2016

While Vanessa Merten was expecting her first child, she had a hard time finding information that she wanted. During her pregnancy, Vanessa spent many hours goggling and researching online. She decided that she wanted to make it easier for new parents to get the information they need all in one place.

That’s when Vanessa created the Pregnancy Podcast, which “helps moms and dads navigate all of the crazy awesomeness that is pregnancy, birth, and being a new parent”. The Pregnancy Podcast is a resource where parents can turn to for reliable information that goes beyond the typical pregnancy manual. Vanessa shares perspectives of moms, midwives, doulas, and the latest research to support new parents in their journey.

In this episode, Vanessa shares the inspiration behind her work and helpful tips for new and expectant parents.

Fear of the Unknown:

This is common for pregnant women as they undergo lots of tests, read information on what to expect when they become moms, but really have no idea what to expect since this is their first time bringing a child into the world.

Vanessa believes that the more educated you become about your pregnancy, the less intimidating it is.

You have the right to ask questions and make choices during your pregnancy.

Vanessa encourages women to speak up about their concerns during pregnancy and ask questions. She reminds you that you have a choice when it comes to certain tests, and that you don’t have to go along with everything your doctor says, if it doesn’t feel right to you.

How she manages her weekly podcast, full-time job, role as a new mommy and a wife:

Vanessa’s husband is at home with their son while she works. But beyond that, managing everything on her plate is “really just about being able to focus on one thing at a time”.

Quality time with her son and husband is a priority. Vanessa makes sure that she’s present during the hours that they spend together in the evenings. After her son goes to bed, Vanessa starts working on her podcast.

To make the most of her time, Vanessa sets a daily objective in the morning to keep her focused on what needs to be done that day. She uses her lunch break to get some tasks done. In the evening when she starts working on her podcast, she’s not distracted by checking her email or Facebook because she sticks to her daily objective.

How Vanessa stays motivated to keep going with her podcast:

When she feels frustrated or tired, Vanessa reminds herself of her why – that all of her hard work will pay off and ultimately allow her to spend more time with her family.

Vanessa’s biggest lesson so far:

That action trumps perfection. She’s learned that you have to take consistent action, keep moving forward, and not be so focused on making everything perfect.

Vanessa recommends that you get a copy of:

The Freedom Journal, by John Lee Dumas. This journal helps you accomplish a goal in 100 days.

Vanessa is working on…

Her new podcast, 40 Weeks, which is a series of (40) 5-minute episodes for expectant moms that end with a tip for dad. She’s continuing to produce the Pregnancy Podcast as well.

Where you can find Vanessa online:

http://pregnancypodcast.com

Vanessa’s parting words of wisdom:

“Just start and take that first step.”

 

 

 

 

Jun 8, 2016

A few months ago, I was given the vision and assignment to create an event for women who were looking for direction and guidance to help them live out their dreams and fulfill their purpose. On June 4th I hosted my Design Your Dream Life Workshop along with my two amazing speakers, Marcella Moore and Donna Izzard.

This episode is inspired by my workshop and the women who were there with me during this special event.

At the workshop, we focused on having faith vs. fear, knowing your identity and what you want, gaining clarity around your dream, your why (motivation), and the steps you can take to manifest your dream into reality.

More than half of my guests shared that they dream of starting a business, but they were afraid of getting started. They admitted that wanted to get started but didn’t where to begin. They are afraid of making mistakes, being judged, or no one paying attention to them.

We spent a lot of time discussing fear and how it can be deadly to your dreams and life vision. We talked about how fear has a way of making you feel like you aren’t good enough, that you don’t know enough, that people will judge you, talk about you, or not pay attention to you if you put yourself out there.

Everyone agreed that, if you’re not careful, you could wake up one day with no more time to follow your heart and be full of regrets

I don’t want that to happen to you. I want you to live an abundant, fulfilled life – the life that you deserve.

Here are 3 tips to help you manage and overcome your fear so that it doesn’t stop you on the road to your dreams:

  1. Tap into your faith or higher power. Connecting with your source will help you gain clarity and mental strength to believe that you can do anything that you put your mind to. All things are possible when you have faith.
  2. Prepare for success. When you’re prepared, you’re confident. Fear doesn’t stand a chance when you know your stuff and have prepared for your time to deliver. Fear is a natural part of the human experience. However, you can manage it by preparing and practicing.
  3. Feel the fear and do it anyway. Like Nike, you’ve just got to do it. Fear will not disappear. You have to acknowledge that it’s there, and at the same time, take away its power. Fear can only win if you allow it to. Learn to do it afraid, and it will get easier every time.

One last bonus tip is to give yourself permission to not be perfect. This will automatically take away your fear of messing up. Remind yourself that you are human, and that no one walking this earth is perfect. Allow your mistakes to become valuable lessons that enable you to learn, grow, and get better at what you do.

I hope this mini-training was helpful. If you’d like to read more about managing fear, check out my article in the blog.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Simply leave your comments below, and I’ll be sure to get back with you. If you know someone who needs to read this, please share.

Remember - reclaim your dream; do what you love, and make a difference.

 

 

 

Jun 1, 2016

With over 15 years of experience in the creative marketing industry, Felicia Wright enjoys mentoring mompreneurs and military spouses. She is the founder of Mygani, LLC, a marketing firm that helps entrepreneurs develop engaging brands. Her team shows businesses how to create a professional presence by aligning their personal brand with their company brand.

In this episode, Felicia shares her experience as an entrepreneur and how she repositioned her brand after realizing that it wasn’t the best fit.

How Felicia transitioned back into her home-based business with a newborn daughter

Felicia admits to not having a concrete plan at first. But once she made the decision to get back into her business after having her daughter, Felicia started reaching out to old clients and colleagues to get a feel for what was going on. Just by asking around, she landed her first contract with a local school district.

First steps a new entrepreneur should take to brand her business:

Felicia believes it’s important to create a personal brand first, and to position yourself as an expert or reliable source. People will always remember you as a reliable source, even if you start a new business down the road.

To get started with developing your personal brand, Felicia suggests that you write down three adjectives that describe you. Then think about how you would want someone to describe you using those three words. Continue to use those words in your content and messaging so people will associate you and your brand with those attributes.

Your personal brand and business brand should be in alignment.

When they are out of alignment, your brand may come across as being inconsistent. You may confuse potential clients, or turn them away.

You have to establish your brand before you can create a marketing strategy.

If you don’t know who or what you’re serving (who your dream client is and what your products and services are), then it will be difficult to create an effective marketing strategy. Once you know your brand attributes, you can create messaging and a strategy to attract your dream clients

How to set yourself apart from the competition:

Rather than focusing on your products and services, focus on the audience you’re trying to reach and who needs what you’re offering. You’ll create powerful content and images that speak directly to your dream clients, ultimately attracting them to your brand.

Felicia suggests that you read:

Miss Jessie’s: Creating a Successful Business from Scratch- Naturally, by Miko and Titi Branch. Felicia enjoyed reading their back story about how they started their hair care products as well as savvy business tips and inspiration.

Where you can find Felicia online:

Website: http://mygani.com

Parting Words of Wisdom:

“Your confidence is your number one asset; it’s important that you learn to embrace that.” ~Felicia Wright

 

 

May 25, 2016

 “I felt so strongly about this concept and this business, that it never occurred to me to not go full force with it.” ~Leigh Kellis

Leigh Kellis is the proud owner of The Holy Donut located in Portland, Maine. She built her business from scratch after craving the comfort of a “deeply satisfying yet healthy comfort food – specifically a donut.”

As a newly divorced mom, Leigh experimented with donut recipes in her kitchen that eventually became her signature Holy Donuts. Five years later, The Holy Donut has two locations in Maine and has been featured in Elle Magazine, Boston Globe, and was named one of the 10 best donut shops in the U.S.

In this episode, Leigh shares her journey from humble beginnings to a highly successful brand, and some of the key lessons she’s learned along the way.

Putting herself (and her donuts) out there for the first time was scary.

Leigh took us back to when she offered her first batch of homemade donuts to the owners of her local coffee shop. She was nervous, but she was all in at that point. The fear was there, but she wanted it more than she was afraid of it.

She felt a strong sense that if she was craving that comfort food, other people probably were, too. She felt that a “handcrafted, rustic product” would be well received. Leigh also realized that donuts create a nostalgic feeling of comfort much like the feeling you get from eating your grandmother’s food. She wanted to create that feeling for people and allow them to indulge in a healthy, wholesome sweet treat.

Her orders quickly grew from one dozen per day to 40 dozen per week, then to 100 dozen per week. That’s when Leigh knew that she was on to something and would have to do something to keep up with the high demand.

Leigh took a leap of faith…

After five months into her wholesale donut business, Leigh could no longer keep up with the demand and work her job. So she did what any single mom would do, right? Not quite. Leigh stepped out on faith. She quit her job and decided that she would live off of the profits of her business. This was a courageous move, but one that had to be made.

“I felt so strongly about this concept and this business, that it never occurred to me to not go full force with it,” Leigh explained. Quitting her job felt like the right thing to do so she would have the energy to put toward this “thing” that she felt so strongly about.

When you feel a strong desire to do something…            

Go for it! Leigh encourages you not to stop at go – just keep going at full force because that thing is calling you for a reason.

You have to show up every day.

Be prepared to “work your butt off” in the beginning, to lay the ground work and really get your business going.

In the beginning, Leigh did everything – she made all the donuts, iced them, cleaned up, hired and fired employees. You name it – she did it.

Test your market with your business idea before forging forward, which will reduce some of your risk.

Biggest Challenge as a Mompreneur

Leigh had to invest a lot of time and energy into her business, which often made her daughter feel a little left out. It was hard figuring out how to balance her time and attention between being a single mom and an entrepreneur. Leigh admits that she is getting better, but she’s still a work in progress, as we all are.

Leigh’s 3 Tips for Success

  1. It’s ok to make mistakes and welcome them. That’s how you learn and know how to do better.
  2. Ask for help when you need it. Don’t try to do everything on your own, and you don’t have to know how to do everything. Leigh has joined a women’s support group, which is helping her find balance between her life and business.
  3. Being in business isn’t about donuts (or your product or service). It’s about fulfilling your mission and bringing something good to the world.

Leigh recommends that you read

The Secrets of Six-Figure Women: Surprising Strategies to Up Your Earnings and Change Your Life by Barbara Stanny – this book is about the spiritual side of allowing yourself to have abundance and feel good about earning money

Where You Can Find Leigh Online

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Holy-Donut-256219337742023/

Or you can search for “The Holy Donut”

Website: http://theholydonut.com

Leigh’s Parting Words of Wisdom

“It takes a team to build an empire of good.” In other words, it takes a team, and you need to build a tribe. Ask for help so you can bring more good to the world.

May 18, 2016

Yoli Tamu helps mothers and their teen daughters create a genuine heart-to-heart relationship. As a seasoned high school and college educator and founder of the nonprofit Unity Theatre Foundation, Yoli often met young women who struggled in relationships with their moms.

As a result of her many conversations with teen girls, Yoli created HeartVERSATIONS, a groundbreaking coaching program that helps mothers and daughters transform a mediocre or toxic connection into an unbreakable bond.

In this episode, Yoli shares some of the common issues that teen girls are facing, how she supports them, and how she heals fragile mother/daughter relationships.

How Yoli Supports Troubled Teen Girls

Yoli has worked with girls with different issues such as teen pregnancy, “cutters”, suicidal thoughts, abuse in the home, parents with addiction, and more. Yoli shares her personal trials with the girls so they see that she can relate to what they’re facing.  

Small group settings help the girls bond with each other and realize that they’re not alone. By the end of her program, her girls have a new outlook on life, have grown, and are ready to work through their issues.

How Yoli Supports Mothers with Teen Daughters

Yoli helps moms develop healthy self-care and wellness rituals. You can do this by setting aside just 20 minutes out of your day to meditate or take a break, which will help you transition from your work day to being mom.

She reminds mothers of how important they are to their daughters, and that they have to learn how to be open and transparent with them. She encourages them to write out their past experiences (good and bad) and write the lesson learned from those experiences. This is cleansing for the mothers while it helps their daughters see that they are not perfect, and that they can talk to their mothers about their issues.

Yoli speaks directly to moms who feel like their teen daughter would rather be with her friends. She reminds you to not take it personally and to give her a little space to explore her independence.

Create a mother-daughter ritual that the two of you do together. This will create special bonding time that you can both look forward to sharing.

Yoli Recommends that You Read:

Mothering and Daughtering by Sil and Eliza Reynolds. This mother-daughter team gives great insight on how to understand one another from their own perspective.

Where You Can Find Yoli Online

Web site: http://yolitamu.com

Twitter: @YoliTamu

Instagram: @YoliTamuOfficial

Yoli’s Parting Words of Wisdom

“Your child will help you resolve the unfinished business of your past.” ~Unknown

May 11, 2016

“You can’t reflect the best of who you are on the outside when the inside is not right.” ~Uchenna Eboagwu

Uchenna Eboagwu, popularly referred to as “Queenchenna”, is a pacesetter on a mission to help people discover, claim, and live out their dreams.

She is the visionary and founder of The Life Circle, a marketplace ministry with a vision of raising and establishing a circle of passionate, compassionate, world-changing women around the globe.

A preacher and dynamic leader, Uchenna currently serves as associate pastor at Open Door Missionary Church in Laurel, MD. She’s also the CEO and founder of VIP Image Consulting, where she specializes in helping individuals and organizations create an image and/or brand that conveys their vision, ingenuity and purpose (VIP).

Above all that she does, Uchenna loves being a mother to her beautiful six-year old daughter.

In this episode, Uchenna and I discover that we have a lot in common with regard to our past experiences and the challenges we were able to overcome. She opens up about an extremely difficult chapter in her life and reflects on how her pain inspired her to begin her journey as a life-changing mompreneur.

Your Pain Leads to Your Purpose

Uchenna has learned that your painful experiences and challenges get you closer to your dreams, even though it feels like you’re getting further away, as you go through the process.

How She Manages Her Busy Lifestyle as a Business Mogul and Mom

Uchenna doesn’t have a specific system that she follows to manage her life; she relies on daily prayer to stay centered and moving in the right direction. She has learned that everything doesn’t have to be perfect or get done all in one day.

To manage her busy schedule, Uchenna chooses the 3 most important things she needs to do daily in 3 specific areas – her family, her church, and her business. This strategy, along with her mindset shift from trying to do it all, has helped a lot.

Uchenna encourages women to replenish and take a break so they don’t have to serve others when they’re empty. To replenish, Uchenna treats herself to regular manicures and pedicures, and she enjoys spending quiet time with The Lord.

Her Greatest Accomplishment So Far

Finding her purpose is Uchenna’s greatest accomplishment. Nothing compares to the peace and joy that she has found from walking in her purpose.

The First Step You Can Take to Find Your Purpose

The first step is to go to the one who carved out your purpose. Uchenna knows that the answer about your purpose is with God, and that’s where you must go first. When you ask, He will answer you.

You may not hear the “voice” that you expect, and it may not happen quickly. Be patient and listen. Slowly, you will begin to get a nudging feeling in your heart that will keep showing up to guide you in taking small steps toward your purpose.

Also, think about the things that you do well and write them down. Often you’ll find your purpose is intertwined with your gifts.

Uchenna’s Suggested Books

The Purpose Driven Life: What On Earth am I Here for? by Rick Warren. She found this book to be life-altering.

The Five Love Languages, by Gary Chapman, which was an excellent read that has helped her with personal relationships as well as being a mom.

From the Pit to the Palace, is Uchenna’s forthcoming book, and she’s very excited about releasing it soon.

Projects

Uchenna is excited about her VIP Image Consulting shows, where she partners with models for Philadelphia Fashion Week in June and popular brands, helping them convey their vision, ingenuity, and purpose.

Where You Can Find Uchenna Online

Instagram: @queenchenna

Twitter: @Iam_Queenchenna

Facebook: www.facebook.com/queenchenna

Email: Queenchennaofficial@gmail.com

 

 

May 4, 2016

This year I stepped up my game and attended Lisa Nichols’ Speak and Write to Make Millions event in La Jolla, CA. I’ve wanted to go for the past three years, but every year I found a way to talk myself out of it. I decided that I wasn’t doing that this year. I made up my mind that if I would go as a VIP attendee.

The conference was incredible! The speakers were great, and I got so much out of this experience. On my plane ride back to New Jersey I decided that I would record an episode to share my takeaways and golden nuggets from Speak and Write.

I hope you enjoy this episode and get something that you can use to help you take your life and business to the next level.

Apr 26, 2016

I often get asked the question, “Erica, how do you do it all?” People look at me and think that I do it all because I work a full-time job, run my side business, host and produce this podcast, and am a mom of three busy teenagers.

In general, women believe that they have to do it all in order to achieve what they want in life. I used to think the same way, but I learned that this simply is not true.

In this episode, I share my approach to getting things done, and it might just surprise you.  The purpose of this mini training is to help other women escape from the trap of trying to do it all. It really is a trap that can lead to frustration or giving up.  I certainly don’t want you to give up on your dreams.

My answer to that question is that I don’t do it all - I do what’s important.

I focus my time and energy on things that get me closer to my dreams and to living the life that I want to live. I know that my time is a limited resource, so I do my best to use it wisely. I could easily spend hours on social media, watching TV, or talking on the phone in the evenings after work. But that wouldn’t be an effective use of my time, and it certainly would not help me build my business.

How to Escape the Trap of Trying to Do It All

One of the first things you can do to escape the trap of trying to do it all is stop beating yourself up. If you don’t get everything done on your list, it’s ok. Tell yourself that you did your best today, and that tomorrow is a new day.

Give yourself permission to not be perfect – no one is.

Setting unrealistic expectations can easily lead to feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. Be realistic and set goals that coincide with your lifestyle.

Figure out what’s important to you. Start investing your time and energy into what’s important and will get you closer to living your dream.

Delegate tasks to free up more time to focus on what’s important.

Start where you are and take small steps along the way.

Action Step:

What can you do today that will get you closer to your dreams?

What will you do on a regular basis to build the momentum you need to achieve your dreams?

Write your answers down and commit to doing one thing daily for the next 7 days. After that, add something else from your answer above. Continue this until you feel that you are making the most of your time AND making consistent progress toward your goals and dreams.

 

Apr 19, 2016

Born in Israel, Edie Berg has lived in various parts of the world. She has also enjoyed a variety of interesting professions. Now in her “fourth profession” as the host of her podcast, The Strong Women’s Club, Edie interviews very successful women from different fields about their journeys. Through her podcast, Edie hopes to inspire women to go after what they really want.

How Edie Started The Strong Women’s Club Podcast

Edie started her podcast on a whim, out of her own love for radio and podcasts. She’s grateful for this platform that allows her to interview such an elite group of successful women, to learn from them, become friends with them, while teaching and inspiring women around the world.

Biggest Challenge Edie Faced when Starting her Podcast

Edie loves starting new things, so getting her podcast up and running with all the techie stuff wasn’t an issue. Getting good guests was a challenge in the beginning. Once she figured that out, she then had to figure out how to grow her audience.

Edie has learned that there will be different challenges in each stage of your podcasting experience.

How Edie Found Time to Start a Podcast while Working her 9 to 5 Job

Edie admits that it was hard finding the time for her podcast in the beginning. There are some things about podcasting that she loves and other things that she doesn’t love so much.

Edie encourages aspiring podcasters to view podcasting as a marathon, and to pace themselves for the journey.

Her children are teenagers, so she has a little more freedom to work on her podcast in the evenings after dinner. To work around family time, Edie usually schedules interviews while her kids are doing homework or after their bedtime.

Sometimes Edie works on the weekend and uses her lunch break at work to get some of her podcast tasks done.

Edie’s Tips for Aspiring Podcasters & Business Owners

  1. Have confidence and believe that, if someone else can do it, so can you. Don’t tell yourself that other people are smarter, have more money, or anything else that makes you feel inferior.
  2. Choose something that you’re passionate about and love to do. Take the time to find something that excites you and that you want to help others with, and that you see yourself being enthusiastic about for a long time.
  3. Once you make the decision about going after what you want, everything will fall into place and you will find your way.

Edie’s Self-Care Ritual

She enjoys doing cross fit exercise early in the morning before work and also started using the app, Head Space, to help her with meditation. Edie tries to eat well and get enough rest, too.

Edie’s Biggest Lesson That She’s Learned on Her Journey

That she wants to live without regrets. Even though her life is more challenging now than it was before she started her podcast, she likes herself better this way.

Edie’s Suggested Book

Women Don’t Ask by Linda Babcock & Sara Laschever

Edie found this book to be about the art of negotiation – why women don’t negotiate as well as men do, why their salaries are lower than men, why women don’t go out and get what they want, set lower goals, etc. She feels that this is a great book for women in the workplace.

Edie’s Projects

Edie plans to continue her podcast, blogging, and nurturing her Facebook Group, The Strong Women’s Club

How to Connect with Edie Online

Website: http://thestrongwomensclub.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/edieberg or www.facebook.com/strongwomensclub

Edie’s Parting Words of Wisdom

“It’s never too late to reinvent yourself and do exactly what you want to do.”

 

Apr 13, 2016

“It’s all about evolution.” ~Natasha Grey

Natasha Grey earned a bachelors and masters degree in psychology and became a child and family therapist. After having her son, she began to question her life. The answers she received led Natasha to her heart.

She made a conscious decision to shift from treating illnesses to preventing them. Now her time and energy is devoted to well-being, wholeness, as well as mind, body and spirit connection.

In addition to being a wife and a mother, Natasha is the author of the children’s book, Everyday Superheroes, which she wrote to inspire young children to recognize their inner hero.

Natasha’s Thoughts on Leaving Her Job to Become a Full-Time Entrepreneur

Leaving her job was scary because it was a completely new identity. Up until that point in her life, Natasha wasn’t a big risk-taker. But she also knew that there was something to be said about recognizing fear, doing it anyway, and knowing that everything is going to be ok.

Natasha discovered that her fears weren’t about her – they were about what others thought of her. Once she was ok with following what was true to her rather than what other people thought was true for her, she gained a great sense of freedom and allowance.

Two Powerful Motivating Forces in Natasha’s Decision to Follow Her Heart

Natasha’s son and the idea of having regrets were her biggest motivation to walk away from her job and follow her heart.

She didn’t want her son growing up watching her mother spend her life working in a job that wasn’t meaningful. She also did not want to wake up one day with regrets about things she wished she would have done when she had the chance.

Natasha reminds you that this is your life right here, right now and nothing is guaranteed. She encourages listeners to seize the moment and follow their heart.

Conscious Living - Natasha’s Holistic Approach to Prevention

Natasha and her husband, Casey, created their Conscious Living brand to help people gain awareness around the foods they’re eating, the homes that they live in, and how they’re impacting their bodies and health. Her brand helps people shift to a humanistic way of seeing themselves so they make better choices that prevent illness.

How to Start Making Conscious Decisions about Your Health

It all begins with education and having a desire to make healthier choices. Start by recognizing that each decision you make impacts your health and wellness in some way. Instead of trying to revamp your lifestyle all at once, take baby steps in areas of interest to you. Small steps will prevent you from feeling frustrated and overwhelmed.

 Natasha’s Suggested Books

Loving What Is, by Byron Katie

This is an easy read with practical, actionable steps that you can incorporate into your life.

The Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson

This is a book that will help you get grounded and remind yourself of who you really are.

Natasha’s Projects

Natasha and her husband have developed a relationship program to support couples. They have The Conscious Store, an online store that sells fair trade handpicked, health food items, clothes and much more.

Casey +Natasha, Conscious Living Podcast, where she interviews guest from all over the world who are living a life on purpose.

How to Find Natasha Online

Website:  http://caseyplusnatasha.com (this is where her podcast lives, too)

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CaseyPlusNatasha

Periscope: @caseyplusnatasha

Twitter: @CaseyNatashaG

Natasha’s Parting Words of Wisdom

“Whatever you want for your kids, do that for yourself.”

Apr 5, 2016

“A so-called good birth or a so-called bad birth isn’t about the mode of delivery – it’s about the experience the mother had and whether or not she was passive or empowered.” ~Selina Boily

Inspired by the birth of her children – one at the hospital and one at home – Selina Boily pursued her midwifery career at the Seattle Midwifery School. She graduated in 1999 and registered with the College of Midwives of British Columbia in 2000. Selina and her family moved to the Cowichan Valley and started the Cowichan Midwifery Group in 2001. She has over 20 years of experience as a midwife and a lifetime of passion for supporting mothers.

In this episode Selina shares her thoughts on motherhood, the birthing process, and life as a mompreneur.

Selina’s Philosophy and Her Why

Aware of the impact that birthing has on women and driven by her birthing experience, Selina is passionate about supporting mothers through the birthing process. Selina believes that giving birth is a woman’s “primary relationship” and “the first time that she falls in love and learns to trust her environment.” By supporting women through this miraculous process, she feels that she’s contributing to a better world for future generations.

Birthing Allows You to Write Your Own Story

Selina believes that giving birth is about being able to write your own story. She teaches women how to recognize that giving birth isn’t something that just happens to them, but that they are actively participating in their birthing story.

Selina’s Advice for Expectant Mothers

Pregnant women need to have many conversations with their health care providers. It’s important that they have a connection where they feel safe being vulnerable and sharing their feelings. Expectant mothers should be empowered to make choices about the care they receive during their pregnancy and the birth of their babies.

Selina’s Take on the Idea of a Good Birth and a Bad Birth

A so-called good birth or a so-called bad birth isn’t about the mode of delivery. It’s more about the experience the mother had and whether or not she was passive or empowered. It’s about if she could understand and participate in her birthing.

About The Matraea Centre

The Matraea Centre was a 10-year goal. It began as a dream that Selina and her co-founder, Kate Coyote, had to create a multidisciplinary health center that would become a community for birthing families.

Today the Matraea Centre is a central hub for alternative health and wellness services for women and families. The core mission of Matraea is to provide women with access to useful information, products, and services so they can make great choices for their babies, their birth, and their families. Some of the services offered include naturopathic medicine, massage therapy, acupuncture, pre-natal education, and yoga. There is also an online store with a line of pre- and post-natal certified, organic teas and cosmetics.

Selina’s Biggest Challenge as a Mom Pursuing her Dream

Selina’s biggest challenge has been finding personal balance while juggling all of the moving parts of being an entrepreneur and a mother. At the same time, she discovered that being a mother brought her to balance. The bond she has with her children reminds her to stop and do other things that are as meaningful to her as her business is.

Let Go of Cultural Ideology of Motherhood

Selina encourages women to let go of what they have been culturally programmed to think as mothers and choose to live their lives the best way for themselves and their families.

Selina’s Suggested Reading

The Green Mama Book, by Manda Gillespie

This book will help you make healthier choices for you and your family.

Selina’s Projects

Selina has partnered with Plan Canada and the Because I’m A Girl campaign to support young girls around the world. She is collaborating with Manda Gillespie, founder of The Green Mama, to offer products that empower and support mothers.

Where You Can Find Selina Online

Website: http://matraea.com

Twitter & Instagram: @Matraea

Facebook: http://facebook.com/matraeatrading

Selina’s Parting Words of Wisdom

Find what it is that you love and throw yourself into that. Let it be your inspiration, and let it pull you through. Be creative with what you love and let things follow that.

Mar 30, 2016

“In order for me to predict my future, I have to create it.” ~Dr. Eveangel Savage

Dr. Eveangel Savage earned her PhD in Social & Community Services from Capella University. She is the founding director of CasebyCase Research Foundation and president of Audacity Group Social Enterprise. With a focus on industry-specific research, she provides social enterprise training that helps leaders shape their firms and develop their initiatives for social good.

In this episode Dr. Eveangel shares her passion for empowering her community and making a difference through entrepreneurship.

Providing Access to Resources and Opportunity to Start a Business

Dr. Savage’s organizations are designed to help people who have previous history in the criminal justice system gain access to entrepreneurship. Her programs include courses that teach skills needed to start and successfully operate a small business. She also offers affordable business-building coaching services. She encourages her students to utilize their innate skills and abilities to create enterprise and “own their own stage”.

Your Workforce Skills Are Far More Valuable Than the Role You Play in a Corporation

Dr. Savage reminds you of the value in your workforce skills and the fact that you take them with you wherever you go. Quite often people get caught up in the present moment, wondering why they have a certain job, why they can’t move up or do something that they love. Instead, she suggests that you look at all of the years of experience and skills you’ve gained that you can apply in your business.

Dr. Savage’s Recommended Reading

Stand Out Social Marketing: How to Rise Above the Noise, Differentiate Your Brand, and Build an Outstanding Online Presence, by Mike Lewis

Dr. Savage recommends this book because it helps readers understand how they can create a brand that stands out and attracts people to their website, products, and services.

Dr. Savage’s Projects

She recently launched her E-learning program with her “smart classroom” that offers a variety of self-paced business courses, where she is in the course room and students have access to the instructor. with her students.

Dr. Savage also has her leadership training program, where she teaches the concept of social entrepreneurship and how businesses can transform into social enterprises.

Dr. Savage is excited about her up and coming book, To Predict Your Future, You Have to Create It.

Where You Can Find Dr. Savage Online

Website: http://audacitygroupsocialenterprise.com

Phone:  252-347-5916

Dr. Savage’s Parting Words of Wisdom

“We must deliberately consider the effects of what we teach to our children, to our youth, to those we connect with; if you believe it, then you can always achieve it.” ~Dr. Eveangel Savage

 

Mar 22, 2016

Matt Mawhinney has an extensive background in sales and marketing and has held positions within multiple levels of government. In 2015 Matt was introduced to the world of podcasting by his twin brother, Marc, who hosts a popular daily podcast for coaches. Matt realized how much effort is required to produce a successful podcast and knew that he could offer the perfect solution for podcasters.

Matt left his corporate job soon after and launched PodAssist, a company that offers “affordable, done-for-you podcasting services”. His mission is to save podcasters’ time and energy so they can focus on delivering their messages to the world.

In this episode, Matt shares his transition from corporate to the world of entrepreneurship and more.

How Matt Felt After He Left the Security of His Corporate Job

Matt admits to being a non-risk taker in his career. Deep down he wanted to have a business of his own, but he hadn’t found the right vehicle. Matt was just about ready to accept that he would be an employee forever, and then he came up with the idea of starting PodAssist. He wrestled with common fears that are typical for new entrepreneurs – like the fear of not having enough clients and making enough money – but Matt didn’t let that stop him.

Matt’s Strategy for Building PodAssist

When Matt decided that he was ready to start PodAssist, he didn’t stay at his job and build his business on the side. Matt left his job on a Friday and jumped into setting up his business systems the same night. He knew that he would have to hustle to make it work, and he did!

***Side Note: Matt’s story is unique. There is value in hearing his story and taking away what you can apply to your life. In no way is this episode encouraging you to leave your job without making sure that it’s the right choice for you and your situation.

Golden Takeaway from Matt’s Story

Matt took massive action when he launched PodAssist. He didn’t waste any time waiting and hoping that people would find him. Matt started having conversations with potential clients immediately. Some people were ready for his services then, while others weren’t. The golden takeaway here is that you have to go out there and hustle because no one’s going to just hand it to you.

Matt’s 5 Tips for Aspiring Podcasters

  1. Don’t be intimidated by podcasting.
  2. Join a community or reach out to seasoned podcasters and ask questions.
  3. Be consistent with the releasing of your episodes.
  4. If you decide to outsource editing, don’t go with the cheapest company. Do what fits within your budget, but remember that you get what you pay for.
  5. Research editing companies for a la carte services as well as customized packages.

Matt’s Personal Success Habits

While Matt was still working in his corporate job he used visualization to help him “see” how his life would be once he was able to leave his job and pursue his dream.  This powerful technique can help you envision what you want and pull you in the direction of obtaining it.

Matt’s Recommended Reading

Matt credits the book, Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life , by Dr. Spencer Johnson for helping him get through a difficult time in his life and shifting his perspective about change and how to deal with it.

Matt’s Projects

Currently Matt is excited about expanding his team over at PodAssist. He’s looking forward to growing his business and helping more podcasters with their shows.

Where You Can Find Matt Online

Website: http://Podassist.com

Facebook Fan Page: http://Facebook.com/PodAssist

Twitter: @PodAssistTweets

Matt’s Parting Words of Wisdom

Matt left us with the quote by George Addair, “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”

 

 

Mar 16, 2016

Line Brunet is the CEO of CRAVE radio network and host of Find Your Groove, which airs live on Bold Radio Station. She is a speaker and a personal power and spiritual coach. Line is also a vibrant mom and wife, and she is recognized as a passionate connector of people.

In this episode, Line takes you on her personal journey of fulfillment, the process she went through to rediscover what she loves, and the bold steps she took to claim her happiness and freedom from corporate America. You’ll be inspired by how she spoke her dream into existence and answered her calling.

How Line Transitioned out of Corporate America

While working in corporate America, Line felt that there was something more. She had forgotten what she really wanted but also knew that quitting her job wasn’t an option. She often told herself how much she wished that she could leave her job and still earn enough money.

Then one day, out of the blue, Line woke up and wasn’t able to get out of bed. Eventually she was forced to leave her job. Instead of being worried about how she would manage being unemployed, Line was ecstatic! Her wish had been granted – she no longer had to go to that job AND she would still have money coming in.  

It was in that moment that Line understood the power in her words.

How Line Launched Her Online Coaching Business

Line admits that her first year as a new coach was a huge learning curve. She was learning and trying to implement what she learned at the same time. She offered some of her coaching for free to gain experience and build up her confidence. To get the word about her new business out, Line talked to everybody!

Line’s “A-ha Moment” and Turning Point in Her Business

It wasn’t long before Line became overwhelmed – she was listening to all the gurus who were telling her that she had to use every tool and be on every social media platform in order to build a successful coaching business.

Things got so bad for Line that she was about to quit her business!

So she stopped and reminded herself of how much she loves coaching. Instead of throwing in the towel, Line decided that she would do it her way!

In an effort to simplify her business, Line began unsubscribing from email lists, opting out of software, apps, and scaling down to use only the tools that were easiest and most effective for her business.

That’s when she began having fun in her business again.

Golden Nugget:  There are a lot of tools that you can use to build your business. Find a few that to use consistently. Master them and make sure they work before you start adding more things into the mix.

How Line Balanced Being Mommy and Building Her Business

She scheduled her time and worked in her business while her son was in school.

She set clear boundaries for her business and family time. Sundays were off limits as they were dedicated to her family.

Line accepted that she had to build her business at a slower pace since her son and her husband were her priorities. Although this was frustrating at times, Line accepted it and made the best out of her situation.

Most Important Lesson Line Has Learned in the Pursuit of Her Dreams

Listen to yourself. You are the expert of your life and your business and you know what’s best for you.

Line’s Suggested Books to Read

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

The Fire Starter Sessions, by Danielle LaPorte. Line thinks this is a great foundational book for new entrepreneurs, encouraging them to build their business their way.

Line’s Projects

Line is excited about her CRAVE Radio Network and her new hosts.

Where You Can Find Line Online

Website: www.linebrunet.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/personalpowercoach

Line’s Parting Words of Wisdom

“You know what’s best for yourself. Listen to yourself.” ~Line Brunet

 

 

 

Mar 9, 2016

Jennifer Foxworthy proudly served in the United States Navy for 21 years as a Chief Petty Officer (E-7). Now in her second career, Jennifer is excited about being a powerful motivational speaker.

She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Inspirationally Speaking, LLC as well as Founder of the Unstoppable You Women’s Conference.  Jennifer is a published author of her book, Tomorrow My Sunshine Will Come: Memoirs of Women Who Survived Domestic Violence, a prolific blogger, and the host of her television show, Living Unshackled ON Purpose.

In addition to all of that, Jennifer is a proud wife and mother. She is also living proof that dreams, passions and goals are obtainable if you trust in God, surround yourself with positive people, and put one foot in front of the other.

In this episode Jennifer shares her journey to becoming a powerful motivational speaker and tips to help you get started down this path.

Jennifer’s Transition into Professional Speaking

Jennifer gained experience and confidence in public speaking throughout her naval career. When she decided that she wanted to pursue motivational speaking as her second career, Jennifer spoke her goal into the atmosphere and started telling people about it.

She was introduced to Toastmasters, where she developed her public speaking skills and became a polished speaker.

Although Jennifer did not have formal speaker training, she modeled her style after speakers whom she admired. She eventually learned how to craft her story in a way that kept her audience engaged.

Jennifer’s Advice for Aspiring Motivational Speakers

If you want to command a certain speaking fee, you have to perfect your craft, present well, and demonstrate why you should be hired out of all the speakers who can deliver a similar message.

Identify your target audience and develop your signature talk.

Create your mission statement and your vision.

Set a goal for the number of speaking engagements you want to deliver during the year.

Be prepared to speak for free when you’re just getting started.

As you gain more experience, you will increase your fees and/or adjust them according to your expenses.

Don’t be afraid to ask your clients if they have a budget. If they don’t have a budget, you can get creative and decide how to make that opportunity work for you.

Attend events and conferences where you can network with leaders and make new connections.

Jennifer’s Top 3 Tips to Help You Start Your Speaking Career:

  1. Do your research and decide how you’re going to step out as a speaker. Write your business plan after your research is complete.
  2. Invest in professional marketing materials to help people remember you.
  3. Network and get your name out there.

Jennifer Recommends that You Read:

Tomorrow My Sunshine Will Come: Memoirs of Women Who Survived Domestic Violence, by Jennifer Foxworthy

Jennifer wrote this book to encourage people and let them know that they can survive domestic violence.

Get your copy of Jennifer’s book at http://inspirationallyspeaking.com.

Jennifer’s Upcoming Projects

Jennifer is excited about her television show, Living Unshackled ON Purpose, where she interviews survivors of domestic violence, and sexual assault, as well as doctors, therapists, and other professionals who support survivors. You can watch her show on television (in central Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Washington D.C. & northern Virginia) or at http://inspirationallyspeaking.com

Jennifer is hosting her multi-location, Unstoppable You Conference. She created this conference to empower ALL women to take personal responsibility for aligning their mind, body, and soul. This event will provide an opportunity to network and uplift each other personally and professionally.

Upcoming conference dates:

March 26, 2016 – Charlotte, NC at Charlotte Training Academy, 10 am to 4:30 pm EST. Men, women and teens are welcome.

April 30, 2016 – Waldorf, MD at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 12:30 – 5:30 pm EST. Women and teenage girls are welcome.

For more information, contact Jennifer Foxworthy at Jennifer@inspirationallyspeaking.com.

Where You Can Find Jennifer Online

Website: http://inspirationallyspeaking.com

Email: Jennifer@inspirationallyspeaking.com

Jennifer’s Parting Words of Wisdom

“Tomorrow is not promised. So get out there, pursue your passion, live on purpose, and have no regrets.” ~Jennifer Foxworthy

 

Mar 2, 2016

Jewell Robinson was inspired by her parents to dream big, think big, and do big. She earned a political science degree from the University of Georgia and has over 17 years of service in the United States Marine Corps.

As a Financial Specialist, Jewell’s daily mission is to educate people about the psychological reasons behind unhealthy spending habits and coach them into achieving financial security.

In this episode, Jewell shares strategies to help you make smart money choices and get the most out of your tax refund.

Spenders vs. Savers: 5 Different Money Personality Types

Jewell broke down the most common money personality types and why it’s important to know which one you are and how you developed your personal habits.

Most people fit into one of these categories:

  • Natural spenders – they spend practically all of their money
  • Natural savers – they save practically all of their money
  • Spend first, save later
  • Save first, spend later
  • People who don’t make conscious money decisions – they often find $20 here or there because they left it laying around

How To Change Your Money Habits

The first step is to acknowledge your habits.

The second step is to determine how you developed your money habits. Were they learned during your childhood, based on how your parents treated money?

The third step is to focus and be intentional about changing them.

Jewell’s Suggestions for Getting the Most Out of Your Tax Refund

  1. Contribute to your retirement account.
  2. Start a medical expense fund for costs not covered by your health insurance.
  3. Set money aside for a well-deserved summer vacation.
  4. Set money aside to achieve a specific goal such as buying a home, graduation parties, buying a car, etc.
  5. Donate to your favorite charity.
  6. Pay off credit card debt.
  7. Start a college savings fund for your children or for yourself.
  8. Start a savings account for your children.
  9. Finish an existing home improvement project or start a new one.
  10. Contribute to your church fund, tithes, or missionary work.
  11. Start an investment fund.

Jewell reminds you to not get overwhelmed thinking about doing everything on her list. If you have bills that need to be paid, pay them first. Then make a smart choice about how you will allocate the rest of your tax return.

Start small, but just do something. Even if you have to start by saving $10 or $20 a month, that’s better than nothing.

Jewell Recommends That You Read:

The Retirement Miracle, by Patrick Kelly, a great read to get you into the “retirement mindset”.

Jewell’s Projects

Jewell has a 12- month complimentary program, where she provides financial education, goal-setting, and accountability. She’s currently looking for 50 people who are dedicated and committed to creating healthy financial habits.

When you join her program, you’ll receive:

  • A free consultation
  • Your own personalized financial plan
  • A plan that fits into your current budget and lifestyle
  • Spending and Saving tips to keep you on track
  • Monthly accountability check-ins
  • Access to your personal Financial Specialist for all questions and concerns
  • FREE Financial phone app
  • Personal support to help you accomplish your goals
  • Motivation to make and keep your goals for a complete lifestyle change

Contact Jewell to apply for admission into her program at 619-356-3232.

Where You Can Find Jewell Online

LinkedIn: Jewell Robinson

Instagram: @JRFinance

Twitter: @JewellRobinson9

Jewell’s Parting Words of Wisdom

“Don’t get overwhelmed when it comes to your finances. Take baby steps and you will eventually get there.” ~Jewell Robinson

Get more tips and success strategies at http://momswithdreams.com

 

Feb 24, 2016

“Some people look forward to Friday. I look forward to every day because I’m doing what I love.” ~Jacqueline Miler

Jacqueline Miller is the mom of two sons, Founder of Jacqueline DuJour Enterprises, LLC, a two-time bestselling author, speaker, blogger, and a life coach.

When her children were younger Jacqueline admits that she believed that she couldn’t possibly pursue her dreams and be a great mom. After the sudden death of her husband in 2002, Jacqueline became “suddenly single” and so engrossed in being a single mother that she lost touch with herself.

In this episode Jacqueline shares her journey out of “the wilderness of her life” to MOGUL Mom, empowering women to pursue the life of their choosing.

Jacqueline’s Journey Back to Herself Began

Jacqueline became aware of her passion to work with moms during a conference she attended hosted by Lisa Nichols. It was during a conversation with Lisa that Jacqueline realized how passionate she was about helping moms not make the same mistakes that she’d made earlier in her life.

Jacqueline Cautions Moms to Take Care of their Health

Jacqueline recalled a time in her life when she neglected her health. She felt that she was too busy to care for herself, and later had some serious health scares. That was her wake-up call, but she doesn’t want other women to go through that. She encourages women, regardless of how busy they are with work and family, to make their health a top priority.

Jacqueline’s Biggest Regret

Her biggest regret was falling into the trap of believing that she couldn’t be a great mom and pursue her dreams. When Jacqueline’s boys left her home and she became an empty nester, she struggled with figuring out what was next for her. Now she coaches women and shows them how they can pursue their dreams while being attentive to the families. It’s totally doable!

Simple Steps to Help Moms Follow their Dreams

  1. Give yourself permission to pursue what you want
  2. Don’t allow mom guilt to creep in and make you doubt yourself.
  3. Seek out support and don’t try to do it alone
  4. Get your family involved in your dream so they can see what’s in it for them.
  5. Set attainable goals that get you closer to your dream.
  6. Connect with like-minded people who will encourage you and support your dream.

Jacqueline Recommends that You Read:

Chocolate & Diamonds for the Woman’s Soul: Timeless Treasures to Warm the Heart, compiled by Carla Hall & Laurie Grant

Jacqueline is a contributing author to this Amazon bestselling anthology. With stories written by more than 100 women from all over the world, this book will inspire you to know that you’re not alone.

Jacqueline’s Projects

She will continue coaching moms and has plans to host book signings this year. Jacqueline is very excited about her 12-week program, My Journey Back to Me, which teaches women the exact steps that Jacqueline took in her life so she could live her dreams.

Where You Can Find Jacqueline Online

Join her Mogul Moms DuJour Facebook group

Website: www.thejacquelinemiller.com

Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, & Periscope: @mogulmomdujour

Jacqueline’s Parting Words of Wisdom

“Life is just too short not to love what you do.” ~Jacqueline Miller

I hope you enjoyed this episode of the Moms With Dreams Show!

If you’re not already a member of the Moms With Dreams Community, I would love to have you join us!

Visit http://momswithdreams.com and sign up to receive your 5-Day Time-Finder Guide, that will help you find time in your week so you can start your journey toward your dreams.

You’ll get inspiration, tips and strategies from me to keep you moving forward in your journey. 

I invite you to connect with me on social media and join the Moms With Dreams Facebook group by clicking here.

I look forward to meeting you!

To Your Dreams & Success,

Erica

Feb 16, 2016

Nagina Abdullah is a weight-loss coach for busy women and the founder and CEO of Masalabody.com. Nagina has been featured on Fox News, Woman’s World and Mind Body Green for her fun and easy weight-loss method.

She lost 40 pounds in 9 months while caring for her two children and working 12-hour days in a demanding management consulting career. During her weight loss journey, Nagina was still able to enjoy her favorites - chocolate and ice cream.

 

In this episode, Nagina talks about her breaking point – when she was finally fed up with being overweight and having no energy – and how she discovered a new way of eating delicious food that allowed her to lose the weight and keep it off.

How Nagina Lost Weight by Eating Foods She Loves

As a busy mom and career woman, Nagina didn’t have loads of time to spend cooking healthy meals. She was able to leverage her time by preparing foods that she was already accustomed to eating by simply changing her seasonings. Before long Nagina had her secret recipes that all the moms in her neighborhood wanted.

How Nagina Channeled her Frustration into a Plan of Action

When Nagina reached her breaking point and decided that it was time to make changes, she figured out  how to frustration to create healthier eating habits. She researched and discovered that she could use most of the seasonings that she was already using and that they would support her weight loss efforts.

People often want to change, but they don’t know how. When you reach your breaking point, figure out how to pair your frustration with an action plan. Then follow through with your plan.

How to Stay Focused on Your Weight Loss Plan as a Busy Mom

Nagina encourages women to connect with people who are doing what they want to do. She joined Facebook groups and was inspired by the success of other members in her groups.

Success Tip #1: Make conscious decisions about who you surround yourself with, whether it’s in an online environment or in person.

Success Tip #2: Set short-term goals that you keep you moving forward toward your bigger goals.

Nagina’s Biggest Challenge in Pursuing Her Dreams

Her biggest challenge is staying focused on one thing at a time in her business.

She admits to being tempted to add new things (because there are so many new things to try in her industry), but she has found that being consistent and building on her existing coaching programs has added tremendous value to her brand.

As a result of her laser focus, Nagina has seen significant improvement in her coaching programs.

Nagina’s Advice on Discovering your Purpose

She encourages women to look within and figure out what skills they have that could be taught to others.

Be confident and know that there is something that you know that would be valuable for someone else to learn.

Nagina’s Recommended Books

Nagina offers a free Weight-Loss Recipes for Busy Women book that includes seven of her quick, delicious recipes. You can download your copy at http://masalabody.com.  

Nagina also recommends The Big Leap, by Gay Hendricks. This book helped Nagina become aware of the limits that people place on their lives. She found it to be powerful for her personal life and for her business.

Nagina’s Projects

Nagin recently launched her 1-on-1, 10-week Weight-Loss Jumpstart program, where she provides coaching, accountability, and weekly menus/recipes for her clients.

Where You Can Find Nagina Online

Her website: http://masalabody.com

Parting Words of Wisdom

“The best way to get to the next level in your journey is to invest in yourself. Take a course; hire a coach or leader in your area who can help you shorten your learning curve.”  ~Nagina Abdullah

I hope you enjoyed this episode of the Moms With Dreams Show!

If there’s something that you want to share, please leave your comments below and I will be sure to respond.

Would you like to be a guest on my show? If so, send me an email at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

If you’re not already a member of the Moms With Dreams Community, I would love to have you join us!

Simply sign up to receive your 5-Day Time-Finder Guide over at MomsWithDreams.com. This guide will help you find time in your week so you can start your journey toward your dreams.

You’ll get inspiration, tips and strategies from me to keep you moving forward in your journey. 

I invite you to connect with me on social media and join the Moms With Dreams Facebook group by clicking here.

I look forward to meeting you!

To Your Dreams & Success,

Erica

 

Feb 10, 2016

Born and raised on government assistance, Kimra Luna was inspired to do more with her life once she became a wife and a mother. She wanted to help people on a large scale but wasn’t sure how and where to start.

After discovering how moms were blogging and building businesses online, Kimra knew that she could make a difference with her passion for teaching.

Kimra was committed to creating the life of her dreams. In May 2014 she launched her business kimraluna.com and made over $900,000 in sales during her first year.

In this episode, Kimra takes us on her journey from where she started to where she is now, and where she’s planning to go with her online empire.

Build Your Business from a Place of Service

Kimra built her brand and her business by making genuine connections on Facebook. While on welfare, she started a vegan support group for moms and spent a lot of time answering questions and helping her members. Making friends came easily for Kimra as she is naturally outgoing and loves to socialize.

She quickly became known as an expert in her group and in other FB groups because she spoke up and offered solutions. People trusted her and believed that she could help them because of the relationships she had already established.

For women who aren’t as outgoing, Kimra encourages them to be themselves. Know your strengths and become known for what you’re passionate about doing. If you’re great at teaching, then do that. Whatever you’re good at it, do it with passion.

You Have to Get in Front of People

Kimra talked about the importance of putting yourself out there. Get in front of people so they know how you can solve their problems. She cautions listeners about being a ‘hidden gem’ or the best kept secret. If you really want to help people, you have to get over your fear of being in front of them.

Overcoming Your Fears

Kimra shared insight on how to overcome your fear of speaking in front of people. Once you start putting yourself out there, sharing your knowledge and teaching, people will want more from you. The more you stay in action, doing the thing you fear the most, the easier it becomes and your fear gets smaller each time.

Kimra’s Thoughts on Being a Mom Who’s Following Her Dreams

When Kimra had her oldest son she only wanted to focus on being a mom. She believed that she was supposed to set her dreams aside. But it didn’t take long for Kimra to realize that it was possible for her to pursue her passion and dreams while taking care of her family. She had to get over her mom guilt and get clear on why she was pursuing her dreams.

The key to launching your dreams as a mom is to know what matters most. Once you know what that is, do more of it. For Kimra, owning a successful business allowed her to retire her husband and spend more time with her family. It’s important that her husband is in her sons’ lives and that he gets to spend quality time with them every day. She can afford a lifestyle that she never had because of her commitment to her goals. She’s living the life of her dreams that she created out of her desire to make a difference.

For more information about Kimra Luna and how you can appear on the Moms With Dreams Show podcast as a guest, hop over to the Moms With Dreams site

 

Jan 31, 2016

When Judy Graybill’s relationship ended ten years ago, she joined the 70% of stepfamilies who break up. Despite their love for each other, Judy and her ex couldn’t find a way to resolve their issues and make it work.

She was heartbroken, angry and resentful and wanted to get to a place of healing and happiness. Judy discovered the Stepfamily Foundation, where she learned that her experiences were very common. She was able to identify the cause of her breakup and heal by learning more about stepfamily dynamics.

Becoming a certified Stepfamily Coach through the Stepfamily Foundation was a no-brainer for Judy - she wanted to help other families who were struggling with the same issues. Having a background in psychology and sociology helped her transition successfully into stepfamily coaching.

As a speaker, educator, and writer, Judy Graybill “helps stressed out stepparents and their spouses argue less and relax more”.

Contrary to what many people believe, having love for each other is not enough to make a stepfamily work. In fact, it’s the exact opposite and Judy explains why that is.

Biggest Challenge for Blended Families: Difference in Parenting Styles

Judy explained how different parenting styles can add stress to blended families. When both adults have their own way of raising their children, this can lead to arguments and tension unless they know how to communicate and work through their differences.

Another level to this challenge is co-parenting with the ex. Instead of having 2 adults raising children, blended families may have 3 or 4 adults who are involved. It can be very challenging to raise children in an environment where all the adults have different parenting styles and can’t agree.

Risks Associated with Unhealthy Blended Family Environments

Children who grow up in families with tension, constant arguing and unresolved issues often don’t learn how to have healthy relationships as adults. They are at greater risk of having multiple relationships and potentially divorce, according to Judy.

They tend to have low self-esteem and lower grades than children in stable families. In extreme cases, children drop out of high school or run away from home to try to escape their unhealthy environment.

3 Starter Questions to Create Positive Change your Family

  1. Who needs to change?
  2. What needs to change?
  3. How does it need to change?

Judy recommends that couples ask themselves these questions. She cautions that if you identify everyone else except yourself for question #1, then you may not be ready for change.

When working with her clients, Judy uses these questions as a baseline to identify the root of their issues. She co-creates a plan that helps couples resolve their issues. During their time together, Judy frequently checks in to see how they’re progressing and determine if any adjustments to the plan are needed.

Judy discussed ‘conscious uncoupling’ as a goal for blended families.

The term ‘conscious uncoupling’ applies to separated or divorced couples. It is the idea of being conscious of how your actions affect other people. When you are conscious of this, you are able to set your feelings aside and deal with them in private so you protect your children, your ex and others from certain behaviors directly related to your feelings.

This can be difficult for couples who end explosively, but it’s something that both parties can work toward. For couples who separate on a more amicable level, such as growing apart or falling out of love over the years, achieving conscious uncoupling is often an easier process.

Conscious uncoupling is beneficial to everyone involved. If you’re struggling with your feelings and finding it hard to cope, you should seek professional help.

Judy’s Tips for Starting A Passion-Based Business that Helps Others:

  1. Study successful people who are doing what you want to do. You can learn from their mistakes and discover what may or may not work.

 

  1. Don’t overextend yourself as a new entrepreneur. Think of creative ways of developing your business and avoid buying into every bright shiny object that you see.

 

  1. Work on your spiritual development. The more you work on your inner stuff, such as exploring your vulnerabilities and fears, trusting yourself and having faith, the easier the outer stuff will become. Connecting with your soul will help you face challenges in your business and in your life.

 

Judy’s Suggested Resource:

Hay House Radio, that offers 24/7 all-talk radio on mind, body, and health topics. You can listen live or purchase a membership and listen to pre-recorded shows.

Judy’s Projects:

She is offering co-parenting workshops in the Phoenix, AZ area. Judy teaches parents how to transform strained relationships into working co-parenting relationships. If you’re in that area, contact Judy for more information.

She’s creating information products to help families heal strained relationships and help stepfamilies become resilient to the challenges that usually break them apart. Judy has created a Blueprint for Change and is working on a 6-week course.

Where You Can Find Judy Online

Website: http://stepfamilycoach.com

Facebook: Judy Graybill and Stepfamily Coach

Twitter: @Stepfamilycoach

Judy’s Parting Words of Wisdom:

“Be willing to challenge your own beliefs. It’s one of the hardest things to do, but it can be one of the most liberating.” ~Judy Graybill

I hope you enjoyed this episode of the Moms With Dreams Show!

If there’s something that you want to share, please leave your comments below and I will be sure to respond.

Would you like to be a guest on my show? If so, send me an email at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

If you’re not already a member of the Moms With Dreams Community, I would love to have you join us!

Visit Moms With Dreams and sign up to receive your 5-Day Time-Finder Guide. This guide will help you find time in your week so you can start your journey toward your dreams.

You’ll also get inspiration, tips and strategies from me to keep you moving forward in your journey. 

I invite you to connect with me on social media and join the Moms With Dreams Facebook group by clicking here.

I look forward to meeting you!

To Your Dreams & Success,

Erica

 

Jan 27, 2016

Sara Speicher is an international bestselling author, an entrepreneur, a mom, and a wife. She helps female entrepreneurs build flexible businesses around family time. She goes beyond marketing strategies, sales scripts, and confidence exercises. She integrates her consulting and coaching expertise and designs profitable business models for on-the-go moms.

In this episode Sara tells us how she developed an interest in consulting as a college student and how her early years as an entrepreneur felt like a dream.

After returning to her business from maternity leave, Sara realized that she was no longer fulfilled. In order to figure out the right direction to go in, she turned inward and starting identifying her inner strengths and what she was truly passionate about. Sara discovered that she wanted to serve her clients on a deeper level. That’s when she transitioned into business consulting and coaching.

How to Tap Into Your Inner Strength and Find Fulfillment

Sara recommends reading the book, Strength Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath and taking the assessment. This will help you learn things about yourself that you may not know right now.

Sara believes that as a busy mom pouring a lot of energy into your business, it’s important that you enjoy your work. If you don’t enjoy your work, it’s harder to stay motivated and keep going when you’re taking care of your kids during the day and pulling all-nighters to complete work for your business.

As Your Life Evolves, So Will Your Business

Sara explained how you need to make adjustments in your business as your life evolves. She gives the example of a family having a second child and how the business will take a back seat to the new baby. You, as the business owner, will need to make decisions about how you will adjust your business to fit into your new life.

As your children grow up they will need you to be present in different ways. Again, being aware of this and prepared to adjust your business operations will serve you well.

The same is true in your relationships. Be flexible and willing to adjust your business hours so you can devote time to your significant other. 

How to Avoid Getting Overwhelmed As You Build Your Business

  • Sara recommends that you take a look at how you’re spending your days, weeks, and months. Make an honest assessment so you can see what’s going on in your life.

 

  • Write shorter to-do lists and focus on one task at a time. If it takes you all day to get done with that task, that’s ok. If you get finished early and have time left over, move on to the next task.

 

  • Examine your daily routine to see what you can streamline, automate, eliminate or outsource in your business and personal life.

Sara shared her tip on increasing your energy while closing sales. When she has to close an important sale or have a conversation with a client, Sara stands up and walks around to increase her energy flow. She suggests watching powerful Ted Talk by Amy Cuddy, Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are. Click here to watch this video.

Recommended Books:

Circling The Sun, by Benka Pulko.

An inspiring story written by the first woman who traveled the world on a motorcycle. This personal development book inspires you to examine your personal strengths, your desires, and your dreams.

Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and the Competition Irrelevant, by Renee Marborgne & W. Chan Kim.

This business book teaches the strategy of creating ‘blue oceans’ that consist of fresh, “untapped new market spaces”.

Both books are available on Amazon.

Current Project:

Sara is working on a new product that helps moms build businesses that create a lifestyle of freedom and flexibility.  

She is offering a free PDF guide for listeners of today’s episode. Simply send her an email at Sara@saraoblakspeicher.com and mention that you heard her interview on the Moms With Dreams Show podcast to get your copy.

Where You Can Find Sara Online:

Facebook: Her personal profile is Sara Oblak Speicher.

Website: www.saraoblakspeicher.com

Telephone: 646-801-0681

Sara’s Parting Words of Wisdom:
“One dream can change your life.”

Visit http://momswithdreams.com and sign up to get your 5-day Time Finder Guide, to help you find more time and get more done each week. While you're there, leave a comment about this week's show and I will be sure to get back with you.

Would you like to be a guest on the Moms With Dreams Show podcast? Send me an email at Erica@momswithdreams.com so we can talk about it. 

To Your Dreams & Success!

Erica 

Jan 19, 2016

I had the pleasure of interviewing Erica Castner, a certified coach who’s known as the “Queen of Results”. Erica is passionate about the personal development of women and has built a business that helps entrepreneurs achieve the results they want. She is the host of the Proclamation of Persistence podcast series and hosts weekly calls where she provides practical advice for working moms.

In this episode Erica tells us how she became known as the Queen of Results and why she kept that title and built a brand around it.

Check out the highlights from my interview with Erica.

Erica’s take on overcoming doubt in your ability to succeed as an entrepreneur:

Erica recognizes that women often have doubts about their abilities to succeed as emerging entrepreneurs. With access to so many resources, and witnessing the success of others, new entrepreneurs can become overwhelmed and begin to question whether or not they have what it takes to be successful.

Erica believes that having resources to show you how to start and run a business are important. But even more importantly is your mindset. In Erica’s opinion, the best way to develop a winning mindset is to get help from a professional such as a coach, counselor, or mentor or join a mastermind group.

Hiring a coach provides accountability and keeps you focused on moving forward with your goals.

How Erica helps women create results in their businesses:

Erica works with entrepreneurs in her mastermind group, helping them strengthen and grow their business. Her primary focus is building a business through networking and partnerships. Her mastermind provides access to resources that help new entrepreneurs connect with established business owners and potential clients. Erica teaches her mastermind clients how to create a professional social media presence and utilize different platforms for business growth.

Erica’s Best Business-Building Tip:

Build a network early on in your business. You don’t have to build your business alone, despite what you may think. Establishing relationships and partnerships will accelerate your business much faster than doing it solo.

Adjusting to Stepmom Life:

Erica was “gifted” into step-motherhood when she married her husband, Ed. She admits that it was challenging in the beginning, but her family worked through it by creating honest, open lines of communication. This helped her stepchildren feel comfortable voicing their feelings and concerns and also helped Erica adjust in her new role as stepmom.

Hop on over to http://momswithdreams.com to learn about Erica's current projects and how to connect with her online. I'd love to hear your comments and answer any questions that are on your mind. 

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Jan 13, 2016

Tina Brown is an accomplished author, a loving mother, and a proud grandmother. Her journey as an author began with writing personal thoughts in her diary. After a while Tina realized how much healing she experienced and was inspired to share her story with the world.

In her first book, A Life Not My Own, Tina shares her personal experiences of child abuse and neglect and her struggles as a teenager and a young adult. In the popular eBook, Just Between Us – Inspiring Stories by Women, Tina contributed a short story about her life challenges and how she overcame them. Tina later ventured into fiction with her book, Struggles of the Women Folk, and its follow-up, Tethered Angel.

In this episode Tina shares how she overcame her biggest challenge and fear. She gives helpful advice to aspiring authors and explains why she self-published her second and third books instead of hiring a publishing company.

Tina’s tips for getting started on your journey:

  1. Define the goal that you want to accomplish.

  2. Design a method that will help you achieve your goal.

  3. Identify blocks of time to work on your goal.

  4. Start by taking small steps within the blocks of time that are available to you.   

    You can learn more about Tina and her journey by visiting momswithdreams.com.
Jan 5, 2016

Maura Sweeney is an author, podcaster, international speaker, world traveler and a Huffington Post blogger. Her mantra is, “living happy – inside out” and she was recently named Ambassador of Happiness by UNESCO Center for Peace. A former corporate manager, business manager and home schooling mom, Maura stepped out of her comfort zone to pursue a lifestyle career and invites others to join her in doing the same.

Maura can be seen everywhere – from around the block to around the globe looking for great people, great stories, and good news to share.

In this episode Maura shares her journey of discovering personal happiness and how you can, too.

Dec 31, 2015

“When we spend our lives waiting until we’re perfect or bulletproof before we walk into the arena, we ultimately sacrifice relationships and opportunities that may not be recoverable, we squander precious time, and we turn our backs on our gifts, those unique contributions that only we can make.” ~ Brene Brown, from Daring Greatly

In this final episode of 2015, I share the 3 biggest achievements that I made in my business and the 10 lessons I learned as a result.

I compiled this list with the hopes that these lessons will help you in your journey. You may have heard them before, but you may hear something differently that helps you take action or get unstuck.

Thank you for being a part of my community! Wishing you a prosperous, happy and healthy New Year!!

Dec 30, 2015

“There are different stages in your life for doing different things. It may be in your 40s and 50s that this is the time for you…to find out what you really want to do.” ~Louise Armstrong

Louise Armstrong is a Midlife Transition Coach for women. She’s on a mission to help women gain confidence and clarity to enjoy their lives so they can remove barriers and enjoy inner peace and contentment in their careers, relationships and health.  

As a mom who experienced empty nest syndrome when her three children moved out of her home, Louise relates to women who struggle through this and other life-changing events. Her expertise lies in defining and removing emotional blocks like low self-esteem, low self-worth, the burden of responsibility, fear, guilt and much more.

In this episode, Louise shares her personal and professional journey that led her to where she is today.

Dec 22, 2015

“Fear is always going to be with you. You can allow it to walk with you, but you can’t allow it to stop you.” ~Erica Aker

Erica Aker is a 20+ year veteran in the beauty industry serving as a licensed stylist, cosmetology instructor, certified colorist educator, a certified trichologist and a business coach.

Erica helps beauty professionals structure their businesses with proven principles that promote professionalism, long-term growth and financial security. She is the author of How to Build Momentum in Your Business and considers herself to be a “forever student”.

Dec 16, 2015

“Your brand, like when you’re building your house, is the foundation of your business.” ~Mimika Cooney

Born in South Africa, Mimika Cooney is a TV host, published author, speaker and a business, branding and video marketing expert. Her passion is helping entrepreneurs attract their perfect clients and position their brands for higher sales by sharing her branding and marketing expertise. Mimika is also a loving wife and mom of three beautiful children. In this episode, Mimika shares how she balances being a mom, and a TV host while operating her consulting and coaching business. 

Dec 9, 2015

“When you believe that you can do this and there’s no other option, the Universe will meet you there. God will meet you there.” ~Kanesha Morrison

Kanesha Morrison is a wife and mother of three sons under the age of 6. She went from being on welfare to earning six figures in less than 9 months. Kanesha leads more than 20,000 women through her makeup company. Kanesha lives by the value of asking, believing and achieving in order to be all that God has called you to be.

Dec 2, 2015

Talmar Anderson is the Founder of Talmar it Up, LLC, an operations and management firm. With over 20 years of experience managing multi-million dollar businesses, she easily and quickly applies her insights to help her clients expand their business operations and increase their profits.

Talmar is a loving wife and mother of a handsome little boy. She is dedicated to her family and treasures time spent together.

In this episode Talmar shares her intimate journey of mompreneurship, including the ups and downs.

Nov 25, 2015

L.J Jackson of Personal Power Within, Inc. is an award-winning women’s empowerment expert, mentor, inspirational speaker, executive producer, author, certified Master NLP coach & success coach with 20 years of experience helping thousands save their dreams. She’s a strategic interventionist trained through Tony Robbins’ official life coach training program. L.J. is also a trained and experienced school counselor and psychologist, assisting parents in understanding themselves and their children.

In this episode L.J. shares her personal journey of discovering her inner power after feeling lost and unclear about her purpose.

Nov 18, 2015

Susan LeBron is a mom of six, a military wife and the author of the newly released book, No Fig Leaves Allowed: Getting Emotionally Naked. After healing her own relationships, Susan is on a mission to help others strengthen and protect their relationships. She teaches couples how to recognize intimacy barriers that often prevent them from being completely honest with each other. Susan wrote No Fig Leaves Allowed so couples would know how to create a safe haven in which they remove intimacy barriers so they could freely love each other.

Nov 11, 2015

“It’s all about setting short-term goals to achieve long-term goals, doing little things each day that turn into a lifestyle.” ~Teresa Robinson

 Teresa Robinson is a health and fitness coach, yoga practitioner, a mom of four, a dedicated wife all while working a full-time job. Since childhood Teresa has had a passion for sports and spending time outdoors. After having children, she struggled with her weight and hit a low point when she realized that the weight wasn’t coming off.

 After having her third child, Teresa decided enough was enough. She started doing Pilates, adding a little more each day. Teresa then made a promise to herself and to her family that she would maintain a healthy lifestyle and set a good example for her children. Eventually Teresa’s passion drove her to become a health and fitness coach. She is currently pursuing her certification as a yoga instructor and is looking forward to helping others make health and fitness a lifestyle.

Nov 4, 2015

Tiffany Nycole Smith is the CEO & Founder of Tiffany Nycole International and a life and business success coach for women. Drawing on her personal journey as a mother who brought herself through a divorce, coupled with her expertise in psychology, Tiffany teaches women how they can achieve happy, fulfilled lives even after a devastating loss or failure.

In this episode Tiffany shares her journey from divorce to entrepreneurship and her challenges as a single mom.  Tiffany breaks down the obstacles that often keep women stuck in their own negative thinking and tools they can use to set themselves free.

Oct 28, 2015

Dr. Denise Dennis is the founder of Prepared Mind Coaching, LLC and the author of Make That Change! 8 Steps for Crafting Your Ideal Life and The B.O.S.S. Journal: Set Quarterly Goals, Track Daily Progress and Be a Business on the Side Success!. Dr. Dennis helps entrepreneurs grow their business on the side while they continue to work their full-time jobs. One of her favorite quotes by Louis Pasteur, “Chance favors the prepared mind”, summarizes her vision of coaching and life. Chances and opportunities come into our lives, but we can only make the most of them when our minds are prepared.

During our conversation Dr. Dennis shared helpful strategies and lessons she’s learned along to help entrepreneurs build their side businesses.

Oct 21, 2015

Shanon Lee is a professional writer, editor, web designer and creates social media marketing plans for small business owners & entrepreneurs. Shanon is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of SomeSayLove.com, a contributing writer for Hearst Digital Magazines and a featured columnist for Divorcedmoms.com. Divorced twice herself, Shanon is now enjoying a healthy, loving relationship and is the mom of four beautiful children.

During our conversation, Shanon talked about her love of writing, how she blends her business with motherhood  and her journey to becoming a paid, professional writer.  

Oct 14, 2015

“We are all here with a purpose and we all have a mission in life.” – Julie Starr

An award winning social issues advocate for human rights and environmental protection, Julie Starr has long been a dreamer and a doer. Determined to realize her own dreams, Julie founded Possibility Life Coaching for Women. A mother and a grandmother, Julie works intimately with women across North America who are eager to achieve personal growth, live their best lives and leave a positive mark on the world.

Julie is passionate about helping women embrace their significance and achieve their dreams. She is a firm believer that good things are going to happen.

Oct 7, 2015

Avalaura Beharry, known as the Spiritual Sage, is an executive coach, a life coach and a spiritual counselor who dedicates her life to assisting influential women with living their best lives. As the founder of Avalaura’s Healing Center, she uses a holistic approach to help women deal with challenges and life issues that stop them from living fully. Avalaura is known for helping her clients discover who they are and their deeply rooted issues, by taking them through her proprietary process from breakdown to breakthrough.

Sep 30, 2015

“Most women are pretty organized as is. We just have to figure out a way to balance our outside circumstances.” ~ De Bolton

De Bolton, a wife and mom of three daughters, is a champion for work-at-home moms everywhere. De is an award-winning entrepreneur and was named South Jersey Biz Best of Biz for Organizational Specialist. Her small business expertise and rock star sales and recruiting success led her to launch De Bolton Enterprises. She is the published author of the Consultant Organizer Planner for Success and the Entrepreneur Planner for Success. De combines her knowledge and expertise to help her clients feel better, work efficiently and live simply.

Sep 23, 2015

Rachel Tenpenny Crawford is a mother, wife, a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, healing educator, and co-founder and tea creator at Teamotions.

The inspiration for Teamotions came after her twin daughters Aubrey and Ellie died in 2008 just a few weeks after they were born. Together with her sister, Crystal Tenpenny, these women are on a mission to share their message of hope and healing one cup of tea at a time.

In this episode listeners feel Rachel’s passion for healing hearts after the loss of a child.

Sep 16, 2015

Aisha Taylor, the CEO and founder of FN Phenomenal, is a financial freedom expert who brings a fresh twist to wealth consciousness. Although Aisha had been well-instructed on how to manage money, she fell into the trap of “keeping up with the Joneses” and had to develop a positive relationship with money in order to reach financial freedom.

In this interview Aisha shares how she started FN Phenomenal and went from struggling and pinching pennies to gaining financial freedom. Aisha also broke down the steps that you can take to get yourself out of debt and “on the right side of the money equation”.

Interestingly enough, Aisha doesn’t encourage her clients to get a part-time job to supplement their income. She explains why and also shares creative ways that you can generate additional income.

 

Lastly, Aisha gave away the secrets for moms to prepare healthy meals at great prices. These secrets will save you money and time!

Sep 9, 2015

Dr. Samantha Madhosingh, known as America’s “Holistic Success Doctor®”, is a loving mother, a licensed psychologist and a certified coach. She teaches people how to Strike It Happy™ by helping them understand that success has very little to do with luck and everything to do with how they view the world as well as their desire and willingness to live boldly and out loud. Dr. Samantha uses her unique set of skills and practical techniques for change, including advanced cognitive therapy and positive psychology approaches. Combining her expertise as a coach and a psychologist, Samantha supports her clients in creating a happy, successful life by design.

 

During our interview, Samantha shared her journey from working with children early in her career to starting her private practice, where she helps adults create holistic happiness and success on their own terms. 

Sep 1, 2015

Danielle K. Howell is a wife, a mother of 4, and a successful online Life & Business Coach. Danielle specializes in helping mompreneurs across the world achieve success. From losing her mother to cancer at 15 and dropping out of high school to care for her younger sister, Danielle is no stranger to challenges. Despite her circumstances, Danielle was determined to be successful.

After losing her mother, Danielle became health conscious and wanted to help other women live healthier lives. She started her entrepreneurial journey as a health & wellness coach. Her clients learned how to eat healthier and make their health a priority. Danielle even organized walks and taught workshops on health and nutrition.

Recently, Danielle transitioned her business into online coaching for moms. Using her personal experience as a mother and her training, Danielle teaches women that they can be mothers and run a successful business at the same time. 

Aug 24, 2015

Marilyn Porter, affectionately known as M.E. Porter, stands gracefully in the world as a woman called to a divine purpose.  She is a mother, a minister, a teacher, a dynamic speaker and so much more. As an entrepreneur, M.E. is the founder of Marilyn Elizabeth Unlimited, LLC (ME Unlimited).  

M.E. is anointed to empower and propel others forward in their life journey by giving them the guidance that she didn’t have. She helps transform lives, and lift women where they stand. Together, they stamp out chaos, confusion and stagnation.  The result is the alignment of words, actions and spirit.

In this interview, M.E. openly shares her experiences and the process she went through to transform her calling into a successful business. In the beginning it was very chaotic, but M.E. had wisdom and knew that there were women who needed her experiences to serve as a roadmap for their lives. 

Aug 5, 2015

Alison Smith is a parenting coach supporting and empowering
families through education and coaching to create a win-win relationship
between parent and child. She is a certified life coach, writer, speaker
and former teacher living in Saint John, New Brunswick with her partner and
two children.

Jul 28, 2015

Sarah Aderson, also known as the Leg-a-SHE Strategist, is an international speaker, co-author of the international best selling book, Motherhood Dreams & Success:  You Can Have It All!  She empowers entrepreneurs to charge what they're worth, so they can leave a legacy for their family and the world.  Sarah shows you how to build an empire, not just business.  She accelerates business development by turning your services into products.  Clients gain renewed confidence, passive income, and successful marketing strategies that convert to sales.

In this episode Sarah shares her transition into full-time entrepreneurship and the first steps she took in order to achieve her dream. Sarah talks about the process of rebuilding her confidence and learning how to "go with the flow".

Jul 23, 2015

Sara F. Hathaway is a mom, a wife, an author and a passionate entrepreneur. Sara grew up in the country, where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. She has extensively researched and practiced survival techniques in the natural environment.

Sara always loved creative writing & poetry as a hobby, but she never thought that she would publish a book. After writing for 8 years, juggling marriage, motherhood and working at multiple jobs in corporate America, Sara was inspired to share her first book with the world. The light bulb came on for Sara after she began meeting influential people who helped her see the possibilities and the lifestyle she could create using the many skills that she already had.

Jul 21, 2015

Kristen empowers women worldwide to stop settling for mediocrity, overcome obstacles and live in courage while kicking fear to the curb in a fun and inspiring way. enthusiasm and inspiring approach is both empowering and guaranteed to leave you with confidence, courage and clarity to Step out of your way & Step into your Power.

In this episode Kristen shared her personal journey and how her health and wellness coaching business transformed as her dreams began to expand.  Over time she noticed a shift in the direction of mindset coaching, which is what Kristen does now. She successfully helps women go from where they are to where they want to be.

Jul 16, 2015

Erica Gordon takes you through a series of short exercises to help you visualize your ideal life, identify what you really want and map out the steps you have to take to bring it to fruition. By the end of this session, you will have a clear picture of what you want. You will have made a personal commitment to take action and you will be well on your way to creating exactly what you want in your life.  

Jul 15, 2015

Jodell Onstott is a "hands-on, in-the-trenches" mother of 6 and a loving wife who discovered her dream and passion "by accident". Jodell's personal quest to find facts that supported Bible scriptures resulted in her becoming a research specialist with a focus on comparative biblical and ancient new Eastern Studies. Jodell's works demonstrate that the books of the Old Testament comprise more than literature;Scripture contains an actual and factual history.
Jodell is the author of five books, an entrepreneur and a sought-after public speaker. Listen to Jodell's compelling story and apply some of the golden success strategies she shares in this interview.

Jul 14, 2015

Kim Eagles is on a mission to eliminate her clients' physical, mental, emotional and spiritual clutter. Founder of Kaos Solutions and author of the book, Release the Clutter, Kim's passion is to guide people through their clutter and help them move forward to a more fulfilling life. In addition, Kim is an Emotional Fitness Coach, Reiki Master and Advanced Theta Healer and understands the connection between the inner clutter and outer world.

Kim shares her journey from being a stay-at-home mom and wife to a successful entrepreneur, pursuing her childhood passion or organizing. Kim's unique serving perspective is her holistic approach to organizing that addresses the inner clutter that we carry around and how it impacts our physical environment.

Jul 7, 2015

Knifie Burks is a visibility strategist and founder of Women of Wealth Success Coaching. She inspires women to step outside of their comfort zone to build a successful and wealthy life. Knifie is a single mom who juggled two jobs for many years while raising her daughter. As a result, Knifie is passionate about helping women build businesses and create wealth so they can have more time to spend with their children. 

Jun 30, 2015

Famira "The Diamond Diva" Green stops by the Moms With Dreams Show for an enlightening conversation around visual branding and her strategies for helping her clients get clear with their brand identity. Famira also opens up about the 3 biggest challenges moms face with self-confidence and how they can overcome the "not enough time" dilemma.

Famira's energy and passion shines through in this delightful talk where she openly shares her biggest lesson and how it helped her take her business to the next level. Be sure to have your dreams & success journal ready to take notes as Famira shares her golden nuggets for new and emerging mompreneurs.  

Jun 22, 2015

Christine Marmoy is the CEO of Coaching & Success and the founder of Raw Mom Magazine. She's passionate about helping women increase their visibility and uplevel their businesses by harnessing the power of messaging through books. Christine is also a mom and wife and currently resides in Mexico with her family. In this episode Christine shares her journey of discovering her dream, why every successful entrepreneur must be passionate and courageous and how a debilitating illness helped her business evolve. 

Jun 10, 2015

Nancy Mueller is a mother, an entrepreneur, a speaker/teacher and an author. Here Nancy shares her journey and how she discovered her purpose. As a result of the many challenges she faced, Nancy is passionate about empowering women to overcome personal challenges and encourages them to uplift other women by sharing their stories.

Jun 1, 2015

Life coach, speaker and mom, Dawn R. Oree, shares her story of how she went from being miserable for many years of her life to creating a life she loves. Dawn was determined to find her purpose and to use her gifts to impact the lives of others. Her story will inspire you to seek out the greater calling on your life and take action to create an abundant life that you love.

May 19, 2015

Kim Boudreau-Smith, the proprietor of Bold Radio Station, shares why she encourages women entrepreneurs to build a village and the ripple effect that this can have on new businesses. Kim doesn't hold back and reminds listeners of important steps they should take when starting their business. 

May 19, 2015

Marc Mawhinney, the creator and host of Natural Born Coaches, is passionate about helping new coaches build solid businesses. After going through a major obstacle in his entrepreneurial journey, Marc had an "aha" moment that led to a complete business reinvention and a victorious comeback. A self-proclaimed "Dad with Dreams", Marc shares his biggest source of motivation to continue following his dreams.