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,
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)
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,
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:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CoachCarlyEvans/
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,
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:
Facebook Group: Empowered Women: Stop Surviving, Start Thriving
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.
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:
Where You Can Find Joe Online:
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.
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:
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
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.
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:
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:
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,
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:
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
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:
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!
“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:
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!
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.
This week on the Moms With Dreams podcast, we’re talking about the hot topic of public speaking.
Women often tell me how they want to speak and get paid, but they’re afraid to put themselves out there. I remember how scary it was the first time that I spoke in front of an audience. So I thought it would be neat to have Angela Lussier, an award-winning speaker, three-time author, two-time TEDx presenter, and trainer join me on the podcast.
Angela is the founder of the Speaking School for Women, an online program that trains women to become paid speakers. She is also the founder of the Speaker Sisterhood, a network of speaking clubs for women, and the host of Claim the Stage, a public speaking podcast for women.
You’re going to love Angela’s bubbly personality and gain a ton of value from our conversation.
During this episode, you’ll learn:
Angela’s Tip for Improving Your Presentation Skills
Videotape yourself then watch it in 3 different ways:
Angela’s Recommended Reading:
Purple Cow, by Seth Godin. According to Angel, this is “a great book about marketing, standing out and taking risks so you can become that person or company that people remember.”
Angela’s Parting Words of Wisdom
“Stop waiting - start creating. The longer we wait for opportunity, the longer we wait to start, and the more time we’re wasting. We need to get started now. Then you can start experimenting and the adventure begins. We’ll get to learn more about ourselves and about the world.”
Speaking School for Women (you can get on the waiting list for the upcoming February session)
Angela’s website: http://angelalussier.us
I hope you enjoyed this episode of the Moms With Dreams Show. I love to hear from you, so please leave your comments below.
Have an idea or topic for an upcoming show? You can email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com.
As always, keep pushing forward to your dreams. Get out there, do what you love and make a difference.
I’ll be back next week with a special end-of-the-year episode to close out 2016 with a BANG!
Shakesia Morgan is the founder of Just Simply Hair Care Products. When she noticed that her daughter inherited the same scalp ailments that she’d suffered with since the age of 12, Shakesia decided to do something about it. Determined to end the cycle, she became a hair enthusiast. Inside her kitchen, she created an all-natural hair care product line that helped her hair and her daughter’s hair grow back healthier than ever. Shakesia’s living her dream by helping others experience healthy hair and regain their confidence.
In this episode,…
Shakiesia suggests that you read the book, The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne. This is a best-selling, self-help book based on The Law of Attraction, and it will change your perspective on life.
Shakesia’s Parting Words of Wisdom:
“Always remember your why for your dream. Your why is your driving force to get you up and moving every single day.”
Where You Can Find Shakesia Online:
Facebook Fan Page: Just Simply Hair-Hair Care Products
I hope you enjoyed this episode! Please leave your comments below or feel free to email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com. I can’t wait to be back with you next week!
Keep doing what you love and making a difference,
Annett Bone is the founder and host of the DancePreneuring Studio podcast, where she guides her listeners on a journey of transformation inspired by dance, life and business. Annett’s podcast is a reflection of her personal adventure of overcoming her fears and returning to her passion for dance after a 20-year hiatus. In her podcast, Annett lovingly shares the lessons that she’s learned along the way, proving that it’s never too late to be great.
In this episode, you’ll hear…
…how Annett struggled with a victim-life mentality, low self-confidence, a negative self-image and hated the sound of her own voice
… the moment that changed everything and what she did to never go back to living in fear and doubt
…what was really in Annett’s way and how she worked her away around it
… how she used to think that her business and passion had to be separate and how she naturally blended the two
… and much more
Annett suggests that you read, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo. This book offers a unique and mindful approach to productivity and organization.
Annett’s Parting Words of Wisdom:
Where You Can Find Annett Online:
Thank you for listening and being a part of my dream. If you have any questions or comments, send me an email at Erica@momswithdreams.com. I can’t wait to hear from you!
Keep doing what you love,
This week I introduce you to Dr. Stephanie Iglesias, the founder of Tasteful Art, an interactive business using art therapy to enhance lives. Stephanie is a single mom (of two sons), has worked for over twelve years for the state of New Jersey as a child welfare worker, and is passionate about using creative art for transformation and healing.
During our interview, I asked Dr. Iglesias what inspired her to go back to school to earn her PhD and how she made it through her program. Instead of sugar coating it, Stephanie lets us know how challenging it was – especially as she got closer to the end of her dissertation.
In this episode, …
…you’ll get Stephanie’s tips to succeed in school as a working parent.
…you’ll learn about art therapy and what it means to “transcend positive behavioral expressions”.
…you’ll be inspired to keep pushing toward your dream even when it’s hard and you want to quit
At the end of our conversation, Stephanie reminds you to:
“Don’t allow yourself to get in your own way. Keep pushing forward.”
To learn more about Dr. Iglesias and her beautiful mission, visit www.tastfulart.com
Thank you for listening! I appreciate having you here with me. Post your comments, questions, and feedback below. Or you can email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com.
Keep doing what you love,
This week we’re celebrating Thanksgiving here in the United States, which kicks off the holiday season. This is one of my favorite times of the year – spending time with family and friends, eating lots of delicious food, and exchanging gifts. But it’s also when new side business owners fall into a “holiday slump” and struggle to stay on track with their businesses.
I’ve struggled with this before, and it’s not fun at all. That’s why I created this episode in which I share five easy tips to help you enjoy the holidays without losing momentum in your business or getting stressed out.
You’ll have to listen to find out what they are, and make sure that you have your pen and notebook handy to take notes.
After you’ve listened, feel free to email me with any questions, comments or feedback that you have at Erica@momswithdreams.com.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
I’m SUPER-EXCITED to share this week’s episode with you! I finally got a chance to sit down with the one and only - Dr. Nyali Taylor!!
Now, just in case you don’t know who she is, Nyali is my best friend since 7th grade, and she also happens to be a rockin’ mom, wife, and vascular surgeon!
You may have heard me talk about Nyali before – about the pact that we made back in the day. She would grow up to become a doctor and I would become a lawyer. (I’m pretty sure that I was heavily influenced by Claire Huxtable, the mom from The Cosby Show, who happened to be beautiful, educated, and the “perfect” mom and wife in my eyes.)
Life took us on different paths, but Nyali stayed on course. She went straight to college then to medical school and spent the majority of her young adult years in school working toward her dream of becoming a doctor.
In this fun episode, I help Nyali pull the curtains back. I wanted to know HOW she stayed on the same path she outlined for herself since she was a little girl.
So many people go through life and never discover their passion or settle into doing something totally different from what they feel they were born to do. That’s exactly why I invited Nyali on my show – so she could peel back the magic curtain and let us in on:
I also created an action guide that asks you some pretty deep questions and gives you a chance to reflect on your life. At the end of the guide, there’s a challenge that you can take and share your answers with me in my private Facebook group, Side Biz Success and Life Mastery.
Download your action guide here.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and find out what resonates with you from my interview with Nyali. You can email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com or leave a comment below.
Enjoy and keep doing what you love!
This week I introduce you to Contessa Louise Cooper. She is an author, speaker, mother, and creator of the #WeAllHaveAStory Movement, where she encourages people to share their stories to change their lives and the lives of others. Her movement originally began from advocating for her son who has autism but has grown to include anyone who wants to transform their pain and challenges into a platform to uplift others.
We covered a lot in this interview - from parenting with an autistic child to becoming a bestselling author and a thriving business owner.
Contessa’s story about having an autistic son:
I love Contessa’s warmth, caring heart and realness. You’ll see what I’m talking about when you hear how she became an advocate for autism, what she did to overcome her anger, and her process of learning how to forgive. She offers great suggestions for parents with autistic children to help them overcome their challenges.
“The easiest thing to write about is what you know.” ~Contessa Louise Cooper
Then we got into her journey as an author and what inspired her to write her first bestseller, Mad at the World: How to Move on and Find Peace When You’re A Special Needs Parent. She shares awesome tips to help you begin your journey as a new author.
In less than one year, Contessa has built a thriving business and community.
She tells you how she did it and gives simple steps that you should take, before you even start writing, to build your business and be a successful “authorpreneur”.
To get the most out of this powerful interview, be sure to download your writeable action guide with key takeaways, self-reflection questions, action steps, and a challenge – all geared to help you begin writing your story.
Download your action guide to deepen your learning here.
You can find Contessa online at http://Contessalouise.com.
Thanks for listening and for being a part of my community - I’m truly honored.
If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com.
I’m honored to introduce you to my guest, Joel Boggess, who’s an expert podcaster, speaker, bestselling author, and mentor. Joel is the go-to guy for clarity, confidence, and direction as he teaches people how to find productivity, meaning and success by using the power of their voice.
Joel’s podcast, ReLaunch, has passed the 1.5 million listeners mark and was named Most Inspirational for 2014 and 2015.
In this episode, Joel talks about:
If you’re listening to this episode on the day it airs, you can check Joel out on November 4-5th as he delivers his keynote speech at DC Podfest in Washington, DC.
You can click here to listen to Joel’s wildly popular podcast, ReLaunch. I promise that you will enjoy it.
Visit Joel’s website: www.relaunchshow.com.
Connect with Joel on Instagram: @joel_boggess
In this episode, I decided to switch it up for a change. Instead of interviewing a guest, I’m being interviewed on my own show for the first time ever! That’s right! I brought my amazing colleague and sister-friend, Porsha Hargrove, on my podcast to ask me about my decision to go back to school for my doctorate degree.
You may not know this, but I LOVE to learn and I’m passionate about educating, inspiring, and encouraging women to pursue their biggest goals and wildest dreams. I’ve always wanted to complete the highest level of education so I wouldn’t have any limitations or be forced to settle for not having the right qualifications.
In middle school my best friend, Nyali, and I made a pact with each other – she would become a medical doctor, and I would become an attorney. My life took me down a few detours along a non-traditional path of education. As I learned more about law, I decided that it wasn’t for me. As an undergraduate student I took my first psychology class and instantly fell in love with the idea of studying people.
While going through a devastating divorce in 2011, I started graduate school. It wasn’t easy, but I earned my masters degree in psychology in 2013. No matter how many times I tried to ignore my dream of going back for my PhD, it kept resurfacing. It got so bad that I would lay awake at night contemplating if I had what it takes to actually do it
Every now and then I would research a new school, look into its doctoral programs and dream. I had spoken with admission counselors and was about to settle for another masters degree, but something wouldn’t let me do it. The truth is that I was trying to convince myself to play small because of fear.
In July of 2016 I finally made the decision to pursue my PhD. I realized that I was procrastinating and making excuses. I was afraid of not being able to manage school. But even with the fear, my dream would not go away.
In September 2016, I started my first class as a PhD student. Some people think I’m crazy for adding school to my overflowing plate. Some are amazed by my ambition and ability to do so much. But I can’t take the credit – this is how God made me. I’m just walking in the path that He designed for me.
In this episode, Porsha holds nothing back as she tries to get to the root of my “addiction to education” and why it means so much to me to achieve this goal. We had a lot of fun while uncovering my truth. I shared my best tips for ambitious working adults who want to go back to school.
I also created a special bonus for you. It’s a downloadable and “writeable” PDF that accompanies this episode. This worksheet was designed to help you sort through your dreams and goals and includes:
Once you sign up, you’ll become a VIP member of my community and will have lifetime access to all worksheets as they’re added to my Moms With Dreams library.
You can click here to gain access to this worksheet and library.
**I’ve also included an extra special bonus that you will only get as a VIP member. Be sure to get your worksheet so you don’t miss out on this special offer.
Remember that you can always write me at Erica@momswithdreams.com. Follow me on Twitter @Momswithdreams and on Instagram @EricaGordonLive. If you love listening to these episodes each week, subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play.
If you’re not a member of my awesome Facebook group, Side Biz Success & Life Mastery, I invite you to join the fun today!
See you next week!
Kym Kennedy is a personal development coach and mentor with 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur. As a child who grew up as a “latch key kid” with both parents working outside of the home, Kym knew that she wanted to raise her children differently.
Soon after becoming a mom, Kym created a successful home business based on her passion for cooking. Her business gave her the best of both worlds – an opportunity to contribute to her family’s income while being present for her children.
In this episode, Kym shares her secret for success, which begins with asking these two questions:
Answering them in this order will ensure that you are looking into your heart and giving yourself space to connect with your passion.
You don’t need a formal education in business to be a successful entrepreneur.
Kym built her business using trial and error. She got started and figured things out as she went along. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the how-to of things, but you don’t need to know it all – you just need to have an end goal (or know what you want to achieve) and be open to learning new skills
How to remove feelings of overwhelm:
When you start thinking big, you can quickly become overwhelmed at the thought of all that you have to do in order to accomplish that big goal or dream. Instead of trying to do it all in one step, Kym suggests that you take a step back and choose one step that you can take right now that will get you closer to your goal.
How to get out of your own way and get closer to your dream:
You have to work on your mindset. When doubt or fear shows up, you have to raise your vibration. Tap into information and resources (such as books, podcasts, etc.) that remind you of your ability to create and have anything that you want. Raising your vibration will allow you to see different opportunities – doors will open up for you.
How to reconnect with your passion:
Take a moment and think back to when you were a little girl and what you dreamt about doing when you grew up. Getting reconnected with that part of you will open up your heart and help you get out of your head.
Kym’s recommended reading:
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
She loves this book because it’s about our hearts, our own personal legends, finding your truth and encourages readers to follow their heart and go after what they truly desire.
She’s currently writing her book and expanding her alchemy coaching practice to help others enter into the life coaching industry.
Kym’s Parting Words of Wisdom:
“You are perfect as you are. You have within you everything that you require to fulfill your deepest dreams. Dream big and surround yourself with people who will support you and encourage you to play the biggest game that you can play.”
Where You Can Find Kym Online:
“Life is full of lessons, even if pain is the teacher.” ~Dr. Samone Brown
Dr. Samone Smith-Brown is a certified life coach with a doctorate in psychology. She is the CEO of Your Symmetrical Self Life Coaching Services and host of Beacon of Light podcast. Her expertise in coaching and psychology enables her to help clients remove personal roadblocks so they can life full, joyful lives.
In this episode, Dr. Samone talks about abusive relationships, trauma and how she stopped herself right before committing suicide. Dr. Samone also teaches you how to achieve your “symmetrical self” and accept that you are deserving of all that you desire.
How Samone Discovered Her Calling
Right as she was about to take pills that would end her life, Dr. Samone heard a voice. That voice spoke directly to her about the pain she would cause her loved ones, especially her daughter. In that moment, she realized her purpose – that her pain caused by sexual and physical abuse could be used as a blessing to save others who were also suffering.
How Samone Picked Herself Up After Attempting Suicide
The Story behind Samone’s Brand, “Your Symmetrical Self”
Unbeknownst to her, Samone was developing the foundation of her brand while going through her own healing process. “Your Symmetrical Self” is the concept of achieving harmony within by learning how to balance your inner self with your outer self. She talks about the process of creating this symmetry and how you can align your inner feelings of confidence and self-worth with your outer beauty.
Steps You Can Take to Balance Your Inner and Outer Self:
Samone’s Current Project:
She is working on her first book about helping you discover and accept your total beauty. She’s including tips, strategies, and anecdotes to help you achieve holistic, symmetrical living.
Samone’s Parting Words of Wisdom:
“Life is a lesson, even if pain is the teacher. Don’t be afraid to encourage yourself.”
Where You Can Find Samone Online:
Facebook: Dr. Samone
YouTube: Dr.Samone 1
“Once you figure out what works and how to run a successful business, you can easily do it over and over again.” –Ann M. Strout
I had a chance to catch up with Ann Strout, who’s known as the Freedom Girl. Ann went from being an unemployed single mom, living in subsidized housing, and on food stamps to the owner of a thriving, six-figure coaching business.
Ann gave us a glimpse of her childhood as an orphan growing up. Her confidence was low as a result of abuse and neglect. Ann felt trapped by her limited resources. She endured treatment that no mother wants her child to experience. But she had an unbreakable spirit and an ability to see the possibilities in life.
The life-changing choice that Ann made:
Everything changed for Ann when her son was born. She felt free for the first time in her life. In that moment, Ann realized that she had a choice – she could either go back to the life that she’d been living and take her son through that, or she could create a different life for the two of them. Although she had no idea what that would be or how she would do it, Ann was willing to explore it.
How Ann began her journey of personal development:
Far too often, people stay in situations that aren’t good for them because of their limiting beliefs and lack of confidence in their ability to change. Ann admits that she had to work on her limiting beliefs before she could change her life. After a conversation with her mom, Ann started researching the internet and came across the book, Law of Attraction. This book changed everything about Ann’s life. Since then, she’s been on a continuous journey of personal growth and development.
3 Steps Ann took to change her life:
Ann’s 4 tips for starting your small or side business:
What Ann’s working on:
She’s in the middle of launching a new 12-week group coaching program. She invites you to join her in her new Facebook group, Marketing that Creates Freedom. In this group, Ann focuses on massive content around marketing strategy, planning, and time management to help people maximize their time and achieve greater results.
Where you can find Ann online:
Facebook Group: Marketing That Creates Freedom
Resources mentioned in this episode:
Law of Attraction: The Science of Attracting More of What You Want and Less of What You Don’t by Michael J. Losier
My guest this week is my beautiful sister, Teresa Robinson, who is the founder of Teresa Robinson Yoga. This is where she challenges and inspires her students to realize their unlimited potential. In addition to taking care of her family and keeping up with her corporate job, Teresa teaches several yoga classes and offers private lessons.
For Teresa, yoga is so much more than a way to stay fit. While learning the basics of yoga, she learned how to connect with her breath, which helped her overcome stress, anxiety, and depression. She focuses a lot on the benefits of yoga in her classes, teaching her students how to manage stress, get through crises, and rebuild their lives after hitting rock bottom.
During our conversation, Teresa shared how she structured her lifestyle and made yoga a priority without sacrificing her family. While many moms struggle with mom guilt, Teresa understands that pursuing her goals and passion is not selfish. Becoming a certified yoga instructor has made her a better mom, wife, sister, daughter and woman all around.
How She Manages Everything with a Side Business
Teresa was intentional about getting her family on board with her business. She asked for support, and everyone chips in. Her husband and children alternate cooking meals. Her husband picks their kids up from school. Her older children check their younger siblings’ homework, which makes her life a lot easier when she gets home after an 8-hour day at her corporate and teaching yoga afterwards.
Teresa’s Advice for Starting Your Side Business
Teresa encourages you to start right now, right where you are. Don’t wait until the kids get older or until you get that promotion at work. There are steps you can take to begin your journey, and they don’t have to be giant leaps. You can take baby steps until you feel comfortable, but just keep going.
Teresa’s Ongoing Projects
Teresa hosts monthly challenges on her Instagram page that encourage regular yoga practice and offer accountability. Her challenges are mixed-level, which means that you can participate as beginner, intermediate, or advanced student.
Where You Can Find Teresa Online:
Facebook: Teresa Robinson Yoga
This week I had the pleasure of speaking with a woman who I admire and love, and who has coached and mentored me throughout my journey -Tracy Lee Jones. Tracy is a women’s business mentor and Founder of the Feminine Business Model. She has coached, trained and supported women in over 27 countries around the world in growing their businesses.
Tracy believes that business was meant to be fun, filled with passion, and a magical journey where you get to share your gifts, experience deep fulfillment, and help make the world a better place.
During our conversation, she opens up about the steps she took that allowed her to transition out of a high-profile corporate job into the life she dreamed of living as a full-time entrepreneur. It wasn’t until after Tracy tried many different business ventures that she discovered her true passion for helping women build thriving businesses. Tracy encourages you to be ok with where you are. As you try new things, you’ll discover hidden parts of yourself and ultimately, get in touch with your essence.
Tracy believes that your business should be an extension of who you are. Before you can build your business, you have to know who you are and what’s important to you as a person. As you become more connected with your essence, you’ll be able to build a brand that allows you to be who you are, freely allowing your personality, values, and goals to reflect in your business.
Challenge: Figure out what it is that is going to have you light up like a Christmas tree, where your passion, energy, and enthusiasm rubs off onto other people. *Note: That is what you need to pursue.
Tracy reminds you to have a clear picture of who you want to work with and why. When you’re getting started in your new business, you may not be at liberty to turn clients away. But as you gain more experience, you’ll land in your “sweet spot” and know who is and who is not your dream client.
Tracy’s tip to help you launch your side business:
The biggest mistake that people make when starting out is spending tons of money and time working behind the scenes to create a product only to be disappointed when nobody buys. It’s best that you don’t wait and get your idea in front of real people. If you have an idea, test it out with some of your friends, or a small group of 3-4 people. Ask for honest feedback and use that feedback to improve your product before your launch.
Tracy recommends that you read The Big Leap, by Gay Hendricks. This book has been recommended before on the podcast because it’s such a great read. Hendricks teaches you how to break through your upper limits and achieve the success you desire most in your life.
What Tracy’s Working on Now:
She’s focused on helping female entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level. During this episode, Tracy shared a special gift. She’s offering a 1-hour complimentary vision plan session (valued at $500) where she’ll help you figure out the next steps for your business. If you’re ready to take your business to the next level, you can take advantage of this special offer by visiting http://tracyleejones.com and Jennie, Tracy’s assistant, will schedule your session for you.
Tracy’s Words of Wisdom for You:
“You don’t have to wait until your life is perfect to start enjoying it. Be appreciative and have gratitude for what you created right now. You can do small things to create your dream life right now. Everything that you’ve experienced in your life has led you to this moment and the possibility of your vision.”
You can find Tracy in the social media realm at:
@Tracyleejones (on Twitter and Instagram)
Visit her website at www.TracyLeeJones.com
In this episode, I share my big takeaways from Mid-Atlantic Podcast Conference (MAPCON), organized and hosted by Joe Pardo of Dreamers Podcast. This was my first time attending a conference for podcasters. I had such an awesome time that I decided to share what I learned with you.
These 7 lessons are especially helpful for new and aspiring podcasters. But even if you have no plans for launching a podcast of your own, I’m sure that you will find value in what I share.
Here’s a quick recap of my big takeaways:
If you’d rather read about my experience, you can hop over to the blog.
Links to all podcasts mentioned in this episode:
For more information about MAPCON, visit http://podcastmidatlantic.com