In this episode, I take you behind the scenes of my 3-month break from podcasting and coaching. I share why I took an extended break as well as some of the changes I made to my podcast.
The main point in this episode is that, despite what you may think, taking a break helps you get closer to walking in your purpose and living your dreams.
Our fast-paced culture (and world) can make you feel like taking a break is something you shouldn’t do if you’re a dream chaser or an entrepreneur on the rise. However, I’m here to share the truth and let you know how powerful taking a break from everything can be to achieving your goals and dreams.
I’ve learned that sometimes…
As you listen, you’ll hear me share four key lessons that will help you understand the power of taking a break and how to do it effectively. After all, taking a break should empower you to move forward – not hold you back from living in your purpose (i.e. performing the work that you were born to do).
If you have a lot on your plate or feel like you’re reaching your limit, then this episode is a must-listen for you.
I encourage you to listen with an open mind and take notes. You might hear something that really resonates with you. You might even have an a-ha moment. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode. Leave me a note in the comments or shoot me an email at Erica@momswithdreams.com.
Resources for this episode:
Link to Psychology Today article:
Rasheeda Gray is the award-winning owner and lead designer of Gray Space Interior Design, a full-service interior design firm based in the Philadelphia, PA metro area. Rasheeda provides inspiring, authentic and affordable interior design as well as real estate staging and home renovation services. She wholeheartedly believes that creating a home that’s beautiful, functional and affordable is possible. Rasheeda is also a mom, wife and the Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications for a global insurance company.
In this episode, Rasheeda and I discuss:
Connect with Rasheeda Gray online:
Social Media Platforms:
Instagram, Facebook and Houzz: @grayspaceinteriordesign
Twitter and Pinterest: @grayspaceid
I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Rasheeda Gray and got helpful tips to apply to your life and business. I also hope that you are inspired to do some soul searching and figure out what you truly love, what lights you up and gets you excited. You deserve to have more joy, happiness and excitement and you have the keys and power to create what you want in your life.
This is my last interview of season two, but I’ll be sharing a wrap-up episode next week with highlights, fun moments, and other cool things from this season. As always, if there’s something you want me to cover in season three (starting in October) please hit me up via email or leave a comment below. I love hearing from you and interacting with you. I’m always open to suggestions and invite your feedback. My email is Erica@momswithdreams.com and I always respond. 😊
Until next time – reclaim YOUR dreams, do what YOU love and make a DIFFERENCE!
All My Best,
Julie Neale, the founder of Mother’s Quest Community and host of the Mother’s Quest podcast, honors both the magic and the mess of motherhood and believes that our children challenge us to grown into our best selves. Julie is on a mission to live a truly E.P.I.C. life and, through her example, inspire her children and other mothers to do the same.
In this episode, Julie and I discuss:
Connect with Julie Neale online:
I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Julie and that you heard something that resonated with you. I know that investing in yourself as a mom is a BIG challenge – especially if you’re not accustomed to doing things for yourself. I struggled with that for years. But like Julie said, think about the cost of not investing in yourself and how that will impact you and your children in the long run. Hopefully, that will help you start investing in yourself.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments. You can post a comment below or you can email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com. I look forward to hearing from you.
Next week is my final interview of the season! I’m going to miss hanging out with you every week, but I’m looking forward to taking a break. While the podcast is in off-season, be sure to check out your favorite episodes again – you might hear something that you didn’t hear the first time around.
I’m always looking for suggestions as this show is about making sure that I’m providing value for you. If there’s a topic that you want me to cover, someone you want me to interview, or if you’d like to be a guest, send me an email or a private message on Facebook.
Until next week – reclaim your dreams, do what you love and make a difference.
All My Best,
Jessica Yarbrough, the Mompreneur Coach, is a marketing strategist and business coach with more than a decade of experience in branding, strategy and digital marketing. Her accomplishments include starting a marketing consulting agency, building multiple international startups and supporting entrepreneurs with launching their products and services.
As a single mother and mompreneur coach, Jessica’s mission is to support moms with the tools, tactics and resources to build 6-figure businesses that they can run from home.
There’s a lot of hype out there about how to build a 6-figure business, but Jessica dishes the truth and REAL strategies for you here.
In this episode, Jessica and I discuss:
Connect with Jessica Yarbrough online:
As you heard in this interview, building and scaling your business to six figures is doable when you have a strategy and you work it consistently. While you’re building your dream business, be sure to get clear about what you’re offering and who you’re trying to reach so you can make an impact.
If you have questions or comments about something you heard in this interview, or anything related to building a dream business of your own, you can post below. If you’d like to have a private conversation, you can email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com.
You can create whatever you want in your life and business. You just have to get started.
I’ll be back next week with another great episode to help you reclaim your dream, do what you love and make a difference.
Love and Blessings,
Tracey Minutolo is a Side Hustle Coach and Financial Freedom Fighter who helps motivated action-takers design, launch and grow profitable side businesses. When she’s not coaching, Tracey is probably playing with microorganisms at her day job, hanging out in the San Diego sunshine or checking out the latest craft beer release.
If you’re curious about starting a side hustle of your own, you’re going to love this conversation!
In this episode, Tracey and I talk about:
Connect with Tracey Minutolo online:
Starting a side business of your own is a phenomenal way to create additional streams of income without having to leave your day job. The best thing about it is that you get to decide what type of business you’re going to launch and operate on your terms. The downside is that it requires a lot of time, energy and commitment to make it successful.
This happens to be my passion – helping ambitious bold women do what they love and make a difference. If you’d like to chat with me about the possibility of launching your side business, send me an email at Erica@momswithdreams.com. You can also leave your comments and thoughts below and I’ll be sure to respond.
Until next week, reclaim YOUR dream, do what YOU love and Make A Difference!
Love and Blessings,
Shirley Hubbard is an author, speaker and coach who implements faith-based principles to help women heal, evolve through pain and devastation and renew their faith in themselves, God and in people. She believes that every woman deserves to live a life of love, freedom and happiness even in the darkest of times.
In this episode, Shirley speaks from her heart about her personal pain and the devastation that eventually led her to her calling and purpose. She reminds you that even though pain is an inevitable part of life, it doesn’t have to stop you from living the life you deserve.
Shirley helps you understand…
Where You Can Connect with Shirley Online
Twitter and Instagram: @shirl_hubbard
I hope you heard something in my conversation with Shirley that hit home and inspired you to take action to improve your quality of life. It’s not easy to work through pain, but there is light on the other side. The good news is that you don’t have to do it alone. I am here to support you – all you have to do is reach out and let me know what you need. If you’d like to have a private conversation with me, simply email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com. If you want to share a general comment, please leave that below and I’ll be sure to respond
I’ll be back next week with another great conversation to keep you inspired and moving forward in your journey.
Remember to reclaim your dreams, do what you love and make a difference.
Love and Blessings,
Edna Keep began her journey as a 16-year old high school dropout and single mom, but she didn’t let that stop her from discovering what she loves and creating the life of her dreams. Today Edna is a multi-million real estate investment coach who enjoys sharing her expertise and teaching people how to build wealth using other people’s money.
In this episode, Edna shares her story and the challenges she faced a teen mom. You’ll hear that she didn’t have it easy, but her determination and willingness to learn helped her achieve her dreams.
Books Edna mentioned during her interview:
Millionaire Success Habits by Dean Graziosi
What to Say When You Talk to Yourself by Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D
Edna Keep’s Book:
Multiple Ways to Wealth: Creating Your Prosperous Lifestyle
Where You Can Find Edna Online:
I hope you were inspired by my conversation with Edna. My question for you is:
What skills do you have that can set you apart from your competition and make your brand stand out?
If you’re not already using those skills in your business, I encourage you to start today. Your unique skills and passion will attract the people who need your products and services.
If you’re not sure about how to do this, or you’re confused about what you offer and who you serve, then it’s time for you to do something different. Let me know how I can help. Leave your comments below or email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com.
I look forward to hearing from you and wish you all the best in your journey. Keep working on your dreams and doing what you love.
Love and Blessings,
Felicia Lucas is a minister, an international best-selling author, inspirational speaker, coach, event planner and publisher. She and her husband, Pastor Kevin Lucas, co-founded Dominion Tabernacle Church and Take It By Force Ministries, Inc., a non-profit organization. As a business woman on the move, Felicia is the CEO of His Glory Creations and A Moment in Time. Felicia is also a proud mother of three children ages 17, 15 and 9.
Felicia has written two books, Make It Happen: Moving Towards Your Best U! and Get In The Game: A Teen’s Playbook for Winning the Game of Life. She is in the process of co-writing a book on marriage with her husband that is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2017.
If you’re an aspiring author with a personal message, then get ready to take notes and learn how to become a published author.
In this episode, you’ll hear how Felicia found the courage to write her story and publish her first book. She takes us back to the moment when she shared on Facebook for the first time about becoming an author. This wasn’t an easy process as Felicia had to become a major obstacle – fear. She shares the process of transforming her mindset from fear to confidence.
You’ll be surprised to hear how easy it is to create content for your book. You’ll be inspired by Felicia as she talks about new opportunities that opened up for her as a result of her being courageous and writing her books.
Learn more about Felicia at http://felicialucas.com
Connect with Felicia Lucas on Social Media:
Facebook: Author Felicia Lucas and Take It By Force Ministries
I hope you’re inspired to get your story out there. The world is waiting for you to show up and share your message!
If you have any comments or questions, leave them below or you can email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com.
Love and Blessings,
This week is a huge milestone as we are celebrating the 100th episode of the Moms With Dreams Show! I’ve been anticipating this day for several weeks now.
I remember when I started my podcast back in May 2015. Producing one show per week felt like an eternity away from 100, but now it’s finally here!
Over the past few weeks, I’ve heard from other podcasters that I am the exception in the industry – that most podcasts don’t make it past 20 episodes, let alone reach 100! I had no idea since all the podcasts that I listen to are successful with hundreds of episodes. This conversation was my reminder to stop and acknowledge myself for making it this far – something that I often forget to do.
Instead of interviewing a guest or teaching a lesson, I invited my listeners and previous guests to join me in this episode. After my extended introduction, you’ll hear audio clips of them sharing a few words about the show.
I am grateful for my community and want you to have access to these wonderful people. Below you’ll find their names, a brief bio, contact information and a link to their episode if they were a guest.
In this episode, I gave a shout out to John Bukenas, my podcast producer. If you’re thinking about starting a podcast or you’ve already started and need an editor, I highly suggest John. You can find him at http://audioeditingsolutions.com
Guests and Listeners Who Contributed to This Episode:
Annett Bone appeared on Episode 72:
Annett Bone is the founder and host of The DancePreneuring Studio podcast
where she guides her listeners on a journey of transformation inspired by
dance, life, and business. The podcast is a reflection of her personal
adventure overcoming her fears and returning to her passion for dance after
a 20 year hiatus, the lessons that she has learned along the way, and
proving that it’s never too late to be great.
Cherise Patterson, loyal listener
Cherise Patterson is the Founder and CEO of Such A Mom, LLC. Through her faith centered A.D.D Management Coaching Program, Cherise supports and teaches Moms with children affected by A.D.D how to care for themselves, get organized, “Achieve their Desired Dreams” and thrive during elementary school years into young adulthood. Cherise is a dedicated wife and loving mother who cherishes quality time with her family.
Dr. Nyali Taylor appeared on episode 69:
Dr. Nyali Taylor is a vascular surgeon at CTMH | Doctors Hospital. After attending Rutgers University as a scholar-athlete, she obtained dual degrees in Medicine and Public Health from Drexel College of Medicine. Dr. Taylor then completed her general surgeon training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a vascular surgery fellowship at Cooper University Hospital. Academically, she has co-authored two textbook chapters and several peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles.
Dr. Samantha Madhosingh appeared on episode 17:
Dr. Samantha Madhosingh is a Licensed Psychologist, Bestselling Author, & Speaker. She received her doctorate in professional psychology from The George Washington University and has dedicated more than 20,000 hours to researching, understanding, & solving the infinite possibilities of human potential, behavior, & performance. Dr. Samantha is the founder and CEO of ElevateHER, an organization serving women leaders (and interested men) in business and in life by providing key strategies to rewire their brains, achieve mastery in mindset, communication, & relationships, and ultimately create a legacy of lasting wealth.
Famira Green appeared on episode 6:
Famira Green is a creative brand strategist and founder of FAMIRA Media Group (www.famiragreen.com). She is the creator of the #EMPRESSnation Movement Creator and host of the upcoming web tv show, #BeDifferent #BrandDifferent, where she will connect with entrepreneurs who are not afraid to move to the beat of their own drum and do things their way. With her branding and digital media company, Famira taps into her intuition and teaches heart-centered women entrepreneurs how to use the power of storytelling and visual branding to create a brand empire of influence, impact, inspiration and income.
Dr. Jen Riday appeared on episode 59:
Dr. Jen Riday is the Women’s Happiness Expert and host of the Vibrant Happy Women Podcast. She helps women find greater light and meaning – regardless of their circumstances – through meditation, listening to intuition of a Higher Power.
Jewell Robinson appeared on episode 43:
Jewell Robinson is the CEO of Jewell Robinson Insurance and Financial Services. Her business is certified by the California Dept. of Insurance which allows her to be licensed in, but not limited to, the following states; CA, AZ, DE, TX, GA, IL and VA. Her platform is to educate clients and the community on creating healthy financial habits.
Joe Pardo appeared on episode 80:
Helping people achieve their dreams has always been Joe Pardo’s goal in life. In early 2014, he left his family’s $100 million business to pursue his goal and became a 4th generation entrepreneur. Joe started the Dreamers Podcast soon after his exit from the family business to inspire others to dream big. He continues to give back and make an impact through this work with start-ups, afterschool programs and his educational conferences.
Judy Graybill appeared on episode 39:
Judy Graybill is an international authority on stepfamilies and co-parenting after remarriage. A Certified Stepfamily Coach, Judy sits on the Advisory Board for Stepfamily Systems Co-Parenting Center, has helped step couples in 8 countries across 4 continents, and is also an inspirational speaker, consultant, and writer on improving remarriages, mending relationships, and creating harmony at home. For nearly a decade as Executive Director of Sensible Steps, LLC, Judy has given clients a-ha's, real world solutions, empowerment, a stronger spousal relationship, and peace of mind.
Danielle K. Howell appeared on episode 16:
Danielle K. Howell is “your online success coach”. She empowers you to create your economy and claim your freedom.
Knifie Burks appeared on episode 7:
Knifie Burks is a licensed real estate broker with 17 years of experience. She also supports entrepreneurs from various industries organize, automate, delegate and develop effective social media systems that position them as experts in their chosen industries.
Kristin Young appeared on episode 91:
Kristin Young is a certified professional coach, marriage enthusiast and speaker. She created her organization, Living the Vows, to assist others with bringing joy to their marriages. Kristin wants to see healthier, joy-filled marriages and believes that one giant step in this direction is being intentional about marriage.
Kym Stewart (Kennedy) appeared on episode 65:
Kym has been coaching women for over 15 years in circles, workshops and individually. Kym has recently launched her Born To Coach Program, a12- week program that helps coaches expand their coaching to deliver their unique message and attract their unique audience.
Marc Mawhinney appeared on episode 1:
Marc Mawhinney is a lifelong entrepreneur who’s on a mission to help coaches build successful businesses! He achieves this with his coaching programs; his podcast, Natural Born Coaches; his Facebook group The Coaching Jungle, and his exclusive print newsletter – Secret Coach Club.
Dr. Marilyn Porter appeared on episode 15:
Dr. Marilyn Porter is most widely known for her work as a spiritual life coach, author and ministry development. Dr. Porter now stands alone in a very sacred and savvy space known as the “The Scatter Brained Genius’ Coach”. Her journey to becoming The Scatter Brained Genius’ Coach has been colorful with quite a few pit stops and pitfalls. She helps clients transform their lives and stamp out chaos, confusion and stagnation.
Sabrina Blocker, loyal listener
Sabrina Blocker is a proud single mother who is very active in her church and in song ministry. She has a special interest in women's issues and continues to help inspire and lead women through life’s many challenges. Sabrina can be found enjoying life – which includes spending precious time with her children, family, friends and helping out in her church and performing the work of God.
Sarah Aderson appeared on episode 13: http://ericablocker.com/mwd-013-sarah-aderson-build-an-empire-not-a-business/ AND
Sarah Aderson is the authority that spiritual and visionary entrepreneurs depend on to help them transform their services into digital and physical products. She empowers you to build an empire instead of a business. Sarah is an international speaker, bestselling author, marketing strategist, and empire builder. Her services and products are infused with infinite love. When she’s not creating products, you can find Sarah in Atlanta, GA enjoying trail mix and time with her awesome son.
Shakesia Morgan appeared on episode 73:
Shakesia Morgan is the founder of Just Simply Hair Care Products. After suffering from scalp ailments from the age of 12 and witnessing her daughter inherit the same ailments, she said "enough is enough" and became a hair enthusiast. Determined to end the cycle, Shakesia created quality, all natural products that stimulate hair growth. Shakesia is extremely passionate about helping others not only reach their hair potential but regain their confidence.
Stacie Walker appeared on episode 92:
Stacie Walker is best known as an international best-selling author, award-winning podcast personality, and business strategist and coach. She's also the creator of the Ambitious Mompreneurs Summit, a bi-annual online conference to help women put themselves first, so they can design a beautiful life doing the things they love. http://StacieWalker.com
Telese Hampton, loyal listener
Telese Hampton is the owner of Me and My Girls Clothing, an online clothes boutique. Her passion is empowering young women. In her free time, Telese enjoys skating, traveling and spending time with her family. She is a proud wife and mother of two wonderful daughters.
Terahshea McCray, loyal listener
Terahshea McCray is a fitness and nutrition expert with numerous certifications from leading international health and wellness organizations. In addition to training and coaching clients, Terahshea is a consultant with New Legacy Leaders Project. His personal mission is to help combat unhealthy lifestyles that create generational problems for Americans.
Teresa Robinson appeared on episodes 26: http://ericablocker.com/mwd-026-teresa-robinson-making-health-and-fitness-a-lifestyle/
and in episode 62: http://ericablocker.com/mwd-061-tap-into-the-power-of-yoga-wteresa-robinson/
Teresa Robinson is a Yoga Alliance Registered, 200-hour Certified Yoga Teacher in Central New Jersey. She began practicing at the end of 2014, after going through an emotionally challenging year. Developing her own practice helped her overcome depression, grief, and anxiety. She became a teacher to pay it forward in hopes of bringing the gift of yoga to everyone who needs it. She teaches weekly mixed-level flow classes in Piscataway, Bernardsville, and Warren. Teresa’s classes are fun and energetic, with a strong emphasis on the Universal Principles of Alignment, providing a safe and mindful approach for students at any level.
I’ll be wrapping up this season soon and taking a short summer break to return in the fall. If there are any topics you want me to cover during my next season, you would like to be a guest or know someone who would make a great guest, please let me know. You can leave a comment below or email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com.
Thank you for being a part of my journey to 100 episodes! I am grateful to have you in my community and look forward to sharing the next 100 episodes with you.
Keep doing what you love,
Medyhne Lebachen is an Australian healer, holistic entrepreneur and coach. Medyhne uses her Spiritual Creativity In Life (SCIL) techniques to weave her creative magic and transform the world. Her name means “Divine Feminine Sacred Power” in Sanskrit and this is the energy that she brings to her soul mission to empower others.
In this episode, I asked Medyhne to talk about what a soul mission is and how she discovered hers. As you’ll hear, this wasn’t an overnight process and it wasn’t easy.
Medyhne shares her definition of happiness and teaches you how to master the art of finding peace in a hyper busy, fast-paced world.
“Our mind is not the master. Our soul is the master.” –Medyhne Lebachen
Her techniques will help you center your life, become more mindful and aware of your thoughts and connect with your higher self.
Medyhne mentions Thich Nhat Hanh, the global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist. He’s known around the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. You can learn more about him at http://plumvillage.org/about/thich-nhat-nanh/
Where You Can Connect with Medyhne Lebachen:
Global Retreats - Abundance Pray Love - Bali 2017: www.Abundancepraylove.com
Her music website: www.sonicremedy.com
Biz FB page: https://www.facebook.com/medyhne/
Parents After Kids FB Group: www.parentsafterkids.com
After listening to this interview, I challenge you to take 30 minutes over the next seven days and focus on your thoughts. If they’re more negative than positive, get intentional about the way you think. Intentionally choose happiness and positivity. Life is too short to focus on negative, fear-based thoughts.
Next week we’ll be celebrating the big 100th episode! I’m SUPER-EXCITED and really looking forward to sharing this special moment with you. If it weren’t for you, the Moms With Dreams Show wouldn’t have made it this far. I invite you to join me next week to celebrate this milestone.
Until then – reclaim YOUR dream, do what YOU LOVE and make a difference!
Love and Blessings,
Emily Hooks is an author, speaker and founder of the Forgiveness Academy™. Her
book, The Power of Forgiveness: A Guide to Healing and Wholeness is a
comprehensive guide to forgiveness as a healing practice. Emily speaks on forgiveness and her personal journey at conferences, churches, and other events. She also facilitates workshops and provides group training in person and online. To date, Emily has worked with over a thousand individuals and groups, guiding them through the healing practice of forgiveness and helping them realize their potential with the belief that as we heal, the world heals.
If you’ve ever struggled with forgiving someone, then you will truly appreciate my conversation with Emily. She takes time to explain why forgiveness is an act of self-empowerment and an internal process that has nothing to do with the person you are forgiving.
She walks you through the steps to forgive someone and she even talks about how we can begin to forgive ourselves when we make mistakes as parents.
This is an enlightening conversation that will help you understand the power of forgiveness and lead you down the path of forgiving even when it feels impossible.
Where You Can Learn More about Emily’s Book:
Emily’s Parting Words of Wisdom:
“Be kind to yourself – we have to start there. Fall in love with yourself just the way you are.”
Where You Can Find Emily Hooks Online:
Twitter and Instagram: @forgiveacademy
I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Emily Hooks and learned something that you can apply right now in your life. Are you holding on to old grudges? Are you not allowing yourself to forgive someone or yourself for something that happened in the past? If so, I encourage you to take Emily’s advice and begin to understand the power of forgiveness.
If there’s something you’d like to share, please leave your comments below. Or you can email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com. I’m here to support you in your life and business journey to your dreams.
Until next week, reclaim your dreams, do what you love and make a difference.
Love and Blessings,
Danielle Watson is a TEDx speaker, author and host of the Danielle Daily Show. Her book, Dear Self, I Love You! Keep Going & 365 Inspiring Notes from My Bittersweet Year of Heartbreak and Healing, reveals the raw pain of loss, the beauty of an unexpected love and the power of being ok with things not being ok.
In this episode, Danielle shares her journey of healing through writing and why she calls herself an accidental author. She opens up about a personal experience that taught her the lesson of being ok with things not being ok and how her perspective shifted as a result of her experience.
For the introvert in you who aspires to become a speaker, Danielle talks about how she manages and shares some of her success strategies to get prepared and energized to take the stage. As a fellow introvert, I can both relate to what Danielle shares and appreciate her strategies.
Where You Can Get a Copy of Danielle’s Book:
Where You Can Connect with Danielle Online:
Her Website: http://danielle-watson.com
Danielle’s Parting Words of Wisdom:
“No matter what is going on in your life, no matter what you have done or what you will do, you are an incredible being and you are so worthy of your own love. Foster that, cultivate that, and celebrate how incredibly amazing you are. Love on yourself like no one can ever love on you. Watch what loving yourself does for other people.”
I hope you enjoyed this episode and got something that you can apply in your life. If you’re looking for support in any area of your life, I am here to be that just for you. I’d love to hear your challenges, where you are in your life right now and where you’d like to go. You can email me directly at Erica@momswithdreams.com or leave a message in the comments below.
Until next week, reclaim your dream, do what you love and make a difference.
This week I have the honor of introducing you to Andrea Helander, an entrepreneur at heart. She is the founder of Andrea Helander Designs, Inc., a full-service luxury interior design company specializing in new construction. Andrea also owned and operated Mrs. French, a boutique pick-up and delivery laundry service, a high end women’s designer apparel direct sales business, is a trained yoga instructor and most recently owns a skin care business with a billion dollar international brand.
Andrea is passionate about outdoor adventure, travel, running and spinning. She is always pursuing expansion, joy and enjoys sharing with others how to live a beautiful life through her Bathroom Banter and one-on-one coaching.
In this episode, Andrea reveals her journey from being an overworked single mom and business woman to finding gratitude, self-awareness and her greatness.
Andrea shares lessons she’s learned about the importance of being grateful, practicing regular self-care and focusing on the simple things in life that we easily overlook while living our busy lives.
I felt refreshed after hearing Andrea’s story and I’m sure that you will appreciate her insight, especially as a young mom. There are some things that we can only learn through experience. In those special instances where you have an opportunity to learn from someone else’s experience, you gain wisdom.
Where You Can Connect with Andrea:
Andrea’s Parting Words of Wisdom:
“Life is about growing into yourself and growing into yourself again. Take time to listen. It’s those things that make you most uncomfortable that lead you to your greatness.”
I hope you enjoyed this episode and were able to take something valuable and apply it in your life. As moms, we are always trying to get it right. Andrea is living proof that it’s ok to accept that we won’t always do it right, but as long as we are learning, growing and grateful, everything that we go through is worth it.
If you have any comments or thoughts, please feel free to share below or you can email me at Erica@momswithdreams.com.
Until next week, remember to reclaim your dreams, do what you love and make a difference.
This week I introduce you to Maura Kolkmeyer, the CEO of Sitterly Students. Maura is a strategy consultant turned bootstrapping entrepreneur with a knack for connecting people and building communities. After graduating early from Seton Hall University, Maura started Sitterly Students to help hard working families find local college student babysitters for part-time care.
Fascinated with the power of strong relationships that build successful futures, Maura helps organizations, students and young professionals build their futures through brand consulting, strategic planning/communications, facilitation and web development.
In this episode, Maura shares her motivation behind her company and what drove her to take the leap into entrepreneurship. Her passion for helping families shines through as she shares her story and her favorite testimonial from one of her families.
I love Maura’s humility as she explains that she “didn’t really create anything” – she just “put a structure around an existing need”. Her company, Sitterly Students, provides an amazing service for working parents while helping college students gain work experience and earn extra money.
In addition to child care services during regular working hours, Sitterly Students offers non-traditional services such as late-night and weekend sitters as well as transportation to get children to and from their scheduled activities.
Maura is planning to launch her mobile platform that will give busy parents easier access to the information they need to find the right sitters for their children.
During our talk, Maura graciously extended a gift of 50% off a new membership with Sitterly Students. You can take advantage of this offer by visiting http://sitterly.co/dreams. Use code: DREAMS
To connect with Maura online, visit:
Twitter: @maurakolkmeyer, @sitterlystudent
Instagram: @maurakolkmeyer, @sitterlystudents
Maura’s Parting Words of Wisdom for Hard-Working Parents
“Thank you for all the work that you do because I think a lot of it goes unseen and unthanked.”
I hope you enjoyed this episode with Maura Kolkmeyer and I hope you were inspired to start something new. Have you discovered a solution to a need in your community? If so, I challenge you to be creative and take action to help out. You never know – you could end up starting an amazing business, too.
By the way, I’d love to have you join me in the celebration of my 100th podcast episode! I am so grateful that we’ve made it this far and I want to show my appreciation by celebrating with you.
If you love this show, I would love to hear from you. I’m asking my podcast listeners, guests and supporters to share their comments and I will include them in this celebratory episode. If you’d like to be a part of this monumental moment, send me an email at Erica@momswithdreams.com. I’m excited and look forward to celebrating with you.
Until next week, reclaim your dream, do what you love and make a difference!
In this episode, you’ll join me for lesson 3 in my Live An Extraordinary Life Series, where I talk to you about why it’s important for you to follow your dreams and never give up. I explain the amazing thing that happens in your life when you pursue your dreams and how you can impact the lives of others simply by following your heart.
I often hear people say that they wish they would have done something that they really wanted to do like travel abroad, visit exotic islands, go back to school, start a business, tell their story, and the list goes on. But for some reason, they have told themselves that it’s too late to pursue their dreams at this stage in life.
Nothing could be further from the truth!
Too many people give up on their dreams prematurely and miss the blessing of living a purpose-driven life.
I don’t want you to give up, so I share 3 practical steps to keep you motivated and on track with living out your dreams.
I wholeheartedly believe that as long as you are still alive, it’s not too late to live out the dreams that were carefully planted in your heart. You were born to live your dream and to share your gifts with the world.
After you’ve listened to this episode, I would love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below or send an email to Erica@momswithdreams.com. I look forward to hearing from you and being back with you next week.
All My Best,
If you’ve ever found yourself doubting your personal value or feeling like you’re not worthy of something that you really want – like happiness, love, success or anything else - you are so not alone. As I discuss this with my guest, Kia Urso, you’ll hear that this is a common thing among women.
Kia Urso is the CEO of Speaker of Life, a motivational speaker, Founder of the Women in Business Pageant, and co-owner (with her husband) of K & J Construction. She’s a corporate trainer on leadership, effective communication and customer service. Kia is also a loving wife and mom.
In this episode, Kia shares how she “accidentally” got started as a motivational speaker and what she discovered after she embraced her calling. She offers tips for new speakers on getting over the fear of public speaking as well as tips to improve your speaking skills.
Kia illustrates the struggle women have with accepting their value and discounting their worth and she shares insight on how to rebuild low self-esteem.
Lastly, we talked about one of my favorite topics – how to transition from full-time employee to full-time entrepreneur. Listen and get Kia’s wise words on this.
Kia is excited about her first annual Women in Business Pageant happening in Clearwater, FL on July 7th-8th.
This episode will inspire you to embrace your value, self-worth and never discount yourself again.
If you have any questions, comments, or thoughts, I would love to hear from you. Post below or you can send me a private email at Erica@momswithdreams.com
We’re quickly approaching episode 100! This is a HUGE milestone for me and I plan on celebrating in a BIG way with you. If you’re not a subscriber, please do so over at http://ericagordonlive.com/podcast. You don’t want to miss any episodes as we get closer to this monumental event.
I look forward to being back with you next week for the next lesson in my Live an Extraordinary Life Series.
Peace and Blessings,
I had the pleasure of interviewing Stacie Walker, best known as an international bestselling author, award-winning podcast personality, business strategist and mentor. As a business strategist, Stacie helps new and seasoned entrepreneurs put themselves first so they can design a beautiful life doing what they love. She teaches her clients and students how to infuse the power of collaboration and social platforms to rapidly accelerate business growth.
In this episode, Stacie and I talk openly about how, at the height of her success as an entrepreneur (earning five figures each month), she had to completely walk away from her business. Stacie talks about the condition of her health and the changes she made in her business when she decided it was time to go back.
Stacie shares her experiences and strategies so you can avoid the painful process she went through to learn what she knows now. I love that Stacie has no reservations about sharing and genuinely wants you to learn from her mistakes.
You can learn more about Stacie Walker at http://staciewalker.com or connect with her on:
You can join her Facebook group, Elite Society of Ambitious Moms: https://www.facebook.com/groups/virtualsolopreneur/
In this episode, I introduce you to Kristin M. Young, The Marriage Enthusiast, “hopeless romantic” and founder of Living the Vows, LLC. Kristin is on a mission to bring the enthusiasm and magic back to married life.
You don’t have to be newlyweds to appreciate this episode - this interview is for married couples in all stages. If you’re looking to spice up your marriage and find the magic that brought you together in the first place, then you’ll love Kristin’s perspective.
During our conversation, Kristin talked about the biggest challenge that married couples face and how to overcome it. She discusses how marital trials can strengthen marriages and help couples grow closer. Kristin emphasizes the importance of effective communication and she reveals the one thing that wives should do before approaching their spouse to have an “honest conversation”. And of course I wanted to hear Kristin’s opinion about the impact of social media on marriages in the U.S.
Before closing out, Kristin reminds you to make your own definition of love and live it.
You can find Kristin at:
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @Livingthevows
What’s one thing that you’re going to implement in your marriage that you heard Kristin mention here?
I’d love to hear your takeaways and thoughts. You can leave a comment below or send an email to Erica@momswithdreams.com. I look forward to hearing from you.
Until next time – reclaim your dream, do what you love and make a difference.
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,
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!
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:
You can connect with Lorna via her:
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.
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
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!
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:
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,
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:
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,
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.
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All My Best,