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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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Apr 18, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All My Best,

Erica

Apr 13, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Apr 4, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

You can connect with Lorna via her:

Website: https://lornareidphotography.smugmug.com

Email: lareid2@yahoo.com

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

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

Xoxo

Erica

Mar 28, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Her website: www.StartSomethingCreativeBizSolutions.com

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

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TheSuperStarter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

xoxo,

Erica

 

 

Mar 21, 2017

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

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

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

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

Alisha’s Suggests that You Read:

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

Where You Can Find Alisha Online:

Website: www.alisharichard.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/Alisha1Richard

Instagram: www.instagram.com/Alisha_Richard

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

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

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

All My Best,

Erica

 

 

 

 

 

Mar 15, 2017

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

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

Darren’s Suggested Books to Read:

Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

Where You Can Find Darren Online:

Website: www.videoimpactcoach.com

Facebook Group: Better Videos, More Clients

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

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

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

All My Best,

Erica

 

Mar 8, 2017

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

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

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

Where You Can Find Che Online:

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

Facebook group: The Sideways Heart

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

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

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

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

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

All My Best,

Erica

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar 1, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quotes and Highlights:

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

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

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

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

Sarah Recommends that You Read:

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

Where You Can Find Sarah Online:

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

Facebook:    facebook.com/expandyourheart

Twitter:        twitter.com/expandyourheart

Periscope:   periscope.tv/expandyourheart

Pinterest:     pinterest.com/ExpandYourHeart

Instagram:    instagram.com/ExpandYourHeartOrg

Google Plus:     plus.google.com/+ExpandYourHeartOrg

Sarah’s Parting Words of Wisdom:

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

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

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

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

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

All My Best,

Erica

 

Feb 21, 2017

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

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

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

Carly’s Recommended Reading:

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

Quotes and Highlights:

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

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

Where You Can Find Carly Evans Online:

Website: www.coachcarly.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/coachcarlyevans

Instagram: www.instagram.com/coachcarlyevans

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

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

Carly’s Parting Words of Wisdom:

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

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

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

All My Best,

Erica

Feb 15, 2017

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

Marije’s core belief:

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

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

Quotes and Highlights:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She also recommends Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

Where You Can Find Marije Online:

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

Facebook Group: Empowered Women: Stop Surviving, Start Thriving

Instagram: www.instagram.com/marijemeisje

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

I’ll be back with you next week.

Take care,

Erica

 

 

 

 

Feb 1, 2017

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

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

You’ll hear about:

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

Where You Can Find Joe Online:

Website: www.superjoepardo.com

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

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

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

I’ll be back with you next week.

Take care,

Erica


 

Jan 24, 2017

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

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

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

In this episode, Madim shares:

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

Resources & Suggestions:

Philly CAM – http://phillycam.org

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

Where You Can Find Madim Touch online:

@MadimTouch on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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

Madim’s Parting Words of Wisdom:

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

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

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

I look forward to being back with you next week.

Take care,

Erica  

 

 

Jan 18, 2017

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

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

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

In this episode, we talk about:

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

Projects, Resources, and Suggestions

Stevii’s current project:                                 

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

Stevii Suggests that you Watch:

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

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

Where You Can Find Stevii Online:

Website: www.stevii.com

Twitter: @steviiamills

Instagram: @steviiaishamills

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

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

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

See you next week,

Erica

 

 

 

Jan 11, 2017

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

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

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

In this episode, you’ll learn:

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

 

Projects, Resources and Suggested Reading

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

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

Resources mentioned:

Rev.com – an affordable transcription service

Book that Rosie suggests:

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

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

Where You Can Find Rosie Online:

website: www.hederahouse.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hedera_house

 

Rosie’s Parting Words of Wisdom

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

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

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

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

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

xoxo

Erica

 

Jan 4, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

In this episode, you’ll learn:

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

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

How to Connect with Porsha Online

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

Porsha’s Parting Words of Wisdom

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

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

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

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

Dec 28, 2016

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

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

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

Dec 21, 2016

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

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

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

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

During this episode, you’ll learn:

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

Angela’s Tip for Improving Your Presentation Skills

Videotape yourself then watch it in 3 different ways:

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

Angela’s Recommended Reading:

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

Angela’s Parting Words of Wisdom

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

Resources Mentioned:

https://www.toastmasters.org/

http://thumbtack.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

xoxo

Erica

 

Dec 14, 2016

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

In this episode,…

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

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

Shakesia’s Parting Words of Wisdom:

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

Where You Can Find Shakesia Online:

Website: www.justsimplyhair.com

Facebook Fan Page: Just Simply Hair-Hair Care Products

Instagram: @justsimplyhair

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

Keep doing what you love and making a difference,

Erica

 

 

Dec 7, 2016

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

In this episode, you’ll hear…

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

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

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

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

… and much more

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

Annett’s Parting Words of Wisdom:

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

Where You Can Find Annett Online:

Website: http://annettbone.com

Twitter: @AnnettBone

Instagram: annettbone

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

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

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

Keep doing what you love,

Erica

 

 

Nov 29, 2016

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

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

In this episode, …

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

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

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

…and more…

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

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

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

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

Keep doing what you love,

Erica

 

 

Nov 24, 2016

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

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

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

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

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Erica

Nov 15, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Download your action guide here.

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

Enjoy and keep doing what you love!

Nov 9, 2016

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

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

Contessa’s story about having an autistic son:

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

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

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

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

She tells you how she did it and gives simple steps that you should take, before you even start writing, to build your business and be a successful “authorpreneur”.

To get the most out of this powerful interview, be sure to download your writeable action guide with key takeaways, self-reflection questions, action steps, and a challenge – all geared to help you begin writing your story.

Download your action guide to deepen your learning here.

You can find Contessa online at http://Contessalouise.com.

Thanks for listening and for being a part of my community - I’m truly honored.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com.

 

 

 

Nov 1, 2016

I’m honored to introduce you to my guest, Joel Boggess, who’s an expert podcaster, speaker, bestselling author, and mentor. Joel is the go-to guy for clarity, confidence, and direction as he teaches people how to find productivity, meaning and success by using the power of their voice.

Joel’s podcast, ReLaunch, has passed the 1.5 million listeners mark and was named Most Inspirational for 2014 and 2015.

In this episode, Joel talks about:

  • The biggest reason why most aspiring podcasters never launch their show
  • 3 specific questions that you should answer before you start your podcast
  • The difference between launching a podcast for passion and for business
  • How to attract listeners and build your audience
  • Why you shouldn’t even attempt to launch your podcast without support or guidance
  • And more…the conversation got pretty deep, as you’ll see when you listen to the full episode.

If you’re listening to this episode on the day it airs, you can check Joel out on November 4-5th as he delivers his keynote speech at DC Podfest in Washington, DC.

You can click here to listen to Joel’s wildly popular podcast, ReLaunch. I promise that you will enjoy it.

Visit Joel’s website: www.relaunchshow.com.

Connect with Joel on Instagram: @joel_boggess

 

 

 

 

Oct 26, 2016

In this episode, I decided to switch it up for a change. Instead of interviewing a guest, I’m being interviewed on my own show for the first time ever! That’s right! I brought my amazing colleague and sister-friend, Porsha Hargrove, on my podcast to ask me about my decision to go back to school for my doctorate degree.

You may not know this, but I LOVE to learn and I’m passionate about educating, inspiring, and encouraging women to pursue their biggest goals and wildest dreams. I’ve always wanted to complete the highest level of education so I wouldn’t have any limitations or be forced to settle for not having the right qualifications.

In middle school my best friend, Nyali, and I made a pact with each other – she would become a medical doctor, and I would become an attorney. My life took me down a few detours along a non-traditional path of education. As I learned more about law, I decided that it wasn’t for me. As an undergraduate student I took my first psychology class and instantly fell in love with the idea of studying people.

While going through a devastating divorce in 2011, I started graduate school. It wasn’t easy, but I earned my masters degree in psychology in 2013. No matter how many times I tried to ignore my dream of going back for my PhD, it kept resurfacing. It got so bad that I would lay awake at night contemplating if I had what it takes to actually do it

Every now and then I would research a new school, look into its doctoral programs and dream. I had spoken with admission counselors and was about to settle for another masters degree, but something wouldn’t let me do it. The truth is that I was trying to convince myself to play small because of fear.

In July of 2016 I finally made the decision to pursue my PhD. I realized that I was procrastinating and making excuses. I was afraid of not being able to manage school. But even with the fear, my dream would not go away.

In September 2016, I started my first class as a PhD student. Some people think I’m crazy for adding school to my overflowing plate. Some are amazed by my ambition and ability to do so much. But I can’t take the credit – this is how God made me. I’m just walking in the path that He designed for me.

In this episode, Porsha holds nothing back as she tries to get to the root of my “addiction to education” and why it means so much to me to achieve this goal. We had a lot of fun while uncovering my truth. I shared my best tips for ambitious working adults who want to go back to school.


I also created a special bonus for you. It’s a downloadable and “writeable” PDF that accompanies this episode. This worksheet was designed to help you sort through your dreams and goals and includes:

  • Action steps
  • Key takeaways
  • Self-reflection questions
  • A challenge to help you take inspired action
  • Resources for adults who are considering going back to school

Once you sign up, you’ll become a VIP member of my community and will have lifetime access to all worksheets as they’re added to my Moms With Dreams library.

 You can click here to gain access to this worksheet and library.

 **I’ve also included an extra special bonus that you will only get as a VIP member. Be sure to get your worksheet so you don’t miss out on this special offer.

 Remember that you can always write me at Erica@momswithdreams.com. Follow me on Twitter @Momswithdreams and on Instagram @EricaGordonLive. If you love listening to these episodes each week, subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play.

If you’re not a member of my awesome Facebook group, Side Biz Success & Life Mastery, I invite you to join the fun today!

See you next week!

Xoxo

Erica

 

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