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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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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

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