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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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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.

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