Mother on a Quest: Beth Jessop

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As a former college athlete and now Sports Mom raising two little athletes, Beth believes that Sports Moms are so much more than just taxi-drivers, laundry attendants, and water girls. They are strong women, from every walk of life, raising their boys and girls to become men and women of substance and character through the backdrop of sports.

So she created a company, Sports Moms United, dedicated to supporting Sports Moms everywhere. From the little leagues to the big leagues, the company and community provide Sports Moms with resources to help raise a nutritionally fit, physically fit and mentally fit athlete.

Tell us a little about your childhood and the impact your mother had on shaping you…

My mother was a powerhouse. A powerhouse of love. When I was young, it was embarrassing. She would stop and talk to everyone. She saw everyone through this filter of love and so she never knew a stranger. I was impatient then..just wanted her to stop talking and move on so we could buy our groceries and get home. But she didn’t operate that way. She operated from a place of community and recognition…taking the time to recognize the beauty of a tiny new baby and her proud mother, taking the time to recognize a smile hiding some pain…she could spot it and bring love to it. She is gone now and wow, I would love a second chance to walk again with her, through the grocery store, and just watch her. I would stay in there all day if she wanted to talk to every single person in that store. It was her gift. I am grateful for mature eyes and a mature heart that sees and embraces that gift today and I want to pass it on.

What has been a “spark moment” or “moments” that set you on your path?

In serving the Sports Mom community, the spark moment came last year when I was considering who I wanted to serve in my business. I knew the impact my mom had on me and I also knew that her impact went beyond me, but to many of my teammates over the years. I wanted to honor her.

What is your passion and purpose (the “P” in EPIC)?

I am passionate about serving Sports Moms. I have a heart for them.

What are you currently reading or listening to for inspiration?

Listening to God right now for inspiration.

What is one message or affirmation you tell yourself to ground you on your quest?

I am always in the right place, at the right time, doing the right activity.

In one word, what are you seeking most right now on your Quest?

Community

What challenge or offering would you like to share with the Mother’s Quest Community?

If you are a Sports Mom, come get connected, supported and united with an awesome community in our Sports Moms United Facebook Group.

How did you learn about Mother’s Quest?

The amazing Julie Lieberman Neale

What have you appreciated the most about Mother’s Quest?

I love the principle of living an E.P.I.C life! I am loving Episode #27 with Nicole Lee right now.

Do you want to share how you are living your truly E.P.I.C. life? Click here to send us your story and be featured on the weekly Mother on a Quest series.

Mother’s Quest Circle
A Signature Experience to Spark Your E.P.I.C. Life:

First Review of Applications starting on September 10th for the MOTHER’S QUEST CIRCLE Pilot happening FALL 2017. Learn about the Power of Reflective Circles and How They’ve Changed Me by reading here. To send your application, click on the image below.

EP29: Your Messy Delicious Pie Life with Samantha Ettus

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I’m excited to share this Episode #29 of the Mother’s Quest Podcast with renowned work/life wellness expert, intentional mom, bestselling author, and so much more – Samantha Ettus.

Sam is the author of The Pie Life and The Pie Life Planner which is a playbook for working moms who want to balance the seven “slices” of a delicious life which includes career, health, relationship, children, community, friends and hobbies. She’s also raising two strong independent girls and a feminist son along with her husband in Los Angeles.

Sam specializes in helping people thrive professionally and personally. Since earning her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Harvard, she’s coached thousands of professionals who aim to perform at the highest levels. She’s a bestselling author of five books, the CEO of Work Life Love, an entrepreneur, and Tedx and keynote speaker. She has also hosted a weekly nationally syndicated radio show and has appeared on Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Access Hollywood, CNN and The TODAY Show among others. She’s given hundreds of keynotes and led workshops at corporations and conferences around the world.

Samantha and I delve into the subject of how to sustain a thriving personal and professional life at the same time, the importance of keeping at least one foot in the career world while raising your children, and the power of the financial independence and fulfillment that brings, not only to women’s lives but to our children’s.

By showing our children our enthusiasm in our work, and other parts of our lives, we model investing in a life with not one or two but seven meaningful slices.

We also talk about the other important values Sam aims to teach her children by her example, the importance of honoring our bodies and seeing ourselves as beautiful in any size, to focus on the people who love you, not the haters or the 10% who will always be critical, and to let go of perfection and realize that the most delicious pies and lives are the ones that are messy, gooey, and real.

Finally, Sam shares how she consciously built a community in Los Angeles after relocating from New York, going from not having anyone to put on her children’s emergency card at school, to cultivating meaningful relationships, catalyzed by a Yom Kippur break the fast Samantha threw that has now become an annual tradition for a hundred people.

The challenge that emerged from our conversation was to focus on my slice of the pie that relates to building community. As a result of commitments you’ll hear me make on the podcast, I’ve set a date, October 28th, for a podcast listening party of my episode with Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin on the Age of the New Heroine followed by a Q & A with my friend Chelsea Bonini stepping into heroic challenges of her own as she runs for City Council. If you’re local to the Bay Area, I’d love for you to RSVP and join us.

I also committed to throw my first break the fast after 20 years of feeling a bit adrift during this Jewish holiday away from my Los Angeles family. I consciously chose to make this a multicultural break the fast and we had children and adults of multiple generations and religions, eating, playing and talking together.

It was a messy and delicious evening, and one that will become a new tradition in my E.P.I.C. Pie Life.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Samantha’s upbringing as a competitive tennis player in New York and the influence her mother had on her to become strong and independent.
  • Sam’s belief that women should be financially independent and have careers so they will always have options.
  • How being fully present in her work helps Samantha to be fully present for her children
  • The benefit of sharing our enthusiasm for our work with our kids and modeling a fulfilling work life
  • The Pie Life metaphor and how the messy gooey pies are the most delicious
  • Sam’s commitment to teach and model to her children a positive body image and the belief that we are beautiful at any size
  • How to plan for our lives, the benefits of a paper planner and a bit about how Samantha created her Pie Life Planner
  • The importance of letting go of guilt
  • How Samantha consciously built community after moving to LA from New York
  • The importance of perspective, how life should be lived in moments, and how enjoying our lives (including making time for things like date nights) set an example for our children for how to live a full life
  • The challenge I accepted to invest in community gatherings to build connections in my own life

Resources mentioned in this episode:

This Week’s Challenge:

Commit to meaningful gatherings. I accepted the challenge to say yes to “parties” and had my very first multi-cultural Yom Kippur break the fast celebration at our home. It was an amazing experience filled with friends and family of different generations and religions who came together and helped me deepen my Bay Area roots in new ways.

Another challenge Sam gave is to create a community around the Podcast. I’ve decided to combine a listening part of a favorite episode, with Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin on Intersectionality and the Age of the New Heroine along with a Q & A with my friend Chelsea Bonini who is stepping into her own heroine’s journey as she runs for City Council.

If you have a podcast or love listening to podcasts, you can create a party in your community, build relationships, and cultivate friendships.

Stay tuned for a future opportunity to have Samantha visit the Mother’s Quest Private Facebook Group for a Live Q & A and Check-in on the Challenge.

Announcements

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

At the time of this recording in October 2017, we are reeling as a nation from the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas. Like so many other moms, I’ve felt a range of feelings from despair to rage about the state of our country and fear for my childrens’ safety. And I’ve also felt more committed than ever to use my voice and continue to develop what I’ve been calling an “activist muscle” to advocate for critical change like gun law reform. This week I made a donation and have been following calls to action from an organization called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. If you want to join a group of powerful mothers advocating for gun law reform, take a moment right now and text ACT to 64433 to get started.

Mother’s Quest Circle Pilot

You’re a mindful mother. And being present for your children in these years when you’re raising them is your highest priority. You’re also committed to making a positive impact in the world, something that feels even more important with all the challenges we currently face.

If the description above sounds like you, the Mother’s Quest Circle Pilot, launching this fall may be right for you.  This signature offering provides inspiration, coaching and community to spark your E.P.I.C. life with intimate in-person reflective sessions over 3-4 months.

Click www.mothersquest.com/mothers-quest-circle to learn and apply. The group starts in October so don’t delay if you’re interested. Questions? Email me at julie@mothersquest.com

Visit the Website

If you haven’t yet visited the website, head over to www.mothersquest.comto explore some of the ways you can get more connected. At the site, you can sign up for our email list (to get show notes delivered to your inbox and our new “Mothers on a Quest” features), click the link to join the Facebook group and press record to leave a voice message for me. You can also download the FREE Live Your E.P.I.C. Life Planning and Reflection Sheets.

Sign up! – Free 30 minute Discovery Session

I’m rolling out my new coaching offerings and having great conversations with women who are ready to live a more E.P.I.C. life and interested in coaching. If you’ve had a spark moment setting you on a new path or are at a crossroads but feel unsure, guilty or overwhelmed, I’d love to talk with you about how working with me could help light the way, get you clear about what you want, shift your mindset from fear to faith, and get you moving into action.

I’ve been there, I’m still on the journey myself, and I’d love to bring all I’ve learned from a decade of coaching, 13 years of motherhood and all the lessons from my podcast guests to support you. Send me an email atjulie@mothersquest.com or sign up for a free discovery call by clicking this link if you’re interested in learning more.

Women Podcasters in Solidarity

After the events that took place in Charlottesville, I’m even more committed to a quest I’ve been on to understand the roots of racism and bigotry, how it still shows up today, and how I can become a better ally and advocate to fight against it.

I’m raising awareness for myself, and inviting you to do the same, through this special podcast episode. I’m also pledging to donate to an organization supporting the Movement for Black Lives and to invite you to donate too leading up to Giving Tuesday in November. More on this to come soon.

If you are a women podcaster yourself, I’d love for you to make a similar pledge to use the power of your platform for this cause. You can learn more and join the initiative by signing up at mothersquest.com/solidarity.

Acknowledgements

A big THANK YOU to our “patrons” for helping to bring these conversations to myself and other mothers through financial and/or in-kind support:

  • Suzanne Brown, author of Mompowerment: Insights from Successful Professional Part-Time Working Moms Who Balance Career and Family who provided this week’s dedication

  • Mara Berns Langer

  • Mallory Schlabach of Marketing Magic for Entrepreneurs

  • Katharine Earhart of Alesco Advisors

  • Jessica Kupferman of She Podcasts

  • Resistance Artist Jen Jenkins Dohner

  • Genese Harris

  • Tonya Rineer, founder of The Profit Party

  • Liane Louie-Badua

  • Cristin Downs of the Notable Woman Podcast

  • Erin Kendall of Fit Mom Go

  • Niko Osoteo of Bear Beat Productions

  • Erik Newton of The Together Show

  • Claire Fry

  • Divya Silbermann

  • Rachel Winter

  • Caren and Debbie Lieberman

  • Cameron Miranda

  • Fran and David Lieberman

  • Debbie and Alan Goore

  • Jenise and Marianne of the Sustainable Living Podcast

Support the Podcast

If you’d like to make a contribution to Mother’s Quest to support Season Two of the Podcast and/or help provide coaching scholarships for mothers, follow this link to make a contribution http://mothersquest.com/be-a-supporter/

If you would like to “dedicate” an upcoming episode to a special mother in your life, email me at julie@mothersquest.com

Mother’s Quest is a podcast for moms who are ready to live a truly E.P.I.C. life.

Join in for intimate conversations with a diverse group of inspiring mothers as they share how they are living an E.P.I.C. lifeEngaging mindfully with their children (E), Passionately and Purposefully making a difference beyond their family (P), Investing in themselves (I), and Connecting to a strong support network (C).

Join our community of mothers to light the way and sustain you on your quest at https://www.facebook.com/groups/mothersquest/

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Episode #5: Live your E.P.I.C. Life to Help Your Children Thrive

Mother on a Quest: Jamie Greenwood

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Jamie’s call for “soul care” and journaling coincide nicely with this week’s 5 Day Mussar Yoga Challenge in the Mother’s Quest Facebook Group. Be part of the challenge, which starts TODAY, by joining mothersquest.com/community

Jamie Greenwood is the founder of JamieLiving.com, where driven, soulful women come for real talk and deep love to compassionately reconnect with themselves. Her passion is teaching clients how to deeply listen to their bodies and come back to center for greater presence, peace and power in their lives.

Jamie is a featured presenter and speaker for companies across the US and her writing has been featured on MindBodyGreen, Tiny Buddha and The Huffington Post. She’s also the creator of Just F*cking Journal, a 6 day digital experience to write your way to calm, clarity and inspired action.

When she’s not writing, coaching or speaking, you can find Jamie cooking and laughing with her family and dancing wildly in her living room.

Tell us a little about your childhood and the impact your mother had on shaping you…

My mother is pure love and optimism. She loves babies, animals, chocolate, wine, nature (basically everything) and can find the good in all things. So I grew up with these two ideas that 1) there was so much to love about life and 2) that even when life gets hard it’s always advisable to choose happiness and find the silver lining. I used to find it annoying that she never had anything bad to say but now, as an adult, I’m eternally grateful for her instilling optimism and love as guiding principles in my life.

What has been a “spark moment” or “moments” that set you on your path?

There have been many spark moments for me but my first came at 17. I was battling an eating disorder and my mother came into my room, slowly lowered herself onto the end of my bed and said, “I’m not sleeping because you’re not eating. What can I do to help you?” I had no idea my anorexia was harming anyone, let alone my mother and I couldn’t stand the thought of her losing sleep over my struggles. The next day I found a therapist which set me on my path of healing my relationship to my body and laid the groundwork for my work in supporting women to reconnect to their bodies and their lives.

What is your passion and purpose (the “P” in EPIC)?

My passion list is long. I’m passionate about truth and food and understanding and dance. I’m passionate about change and forward motion and being right here, right now. I’m passionate about women’s rights and human rights and the ability we each have to find center in our bodies and the innate wisdom within.

My purpose is 1) to be a catalyst for reconnecting to our truth 2) to support women and men to expand their capacity to feel and experience all that life offers and 3) to remember the joy along the journey.

What are you currently reading or listening to for inspiration?

I’m currently reading Becoming Wise by Krista Tippett and listening toEsther Perel’s Where Should We Begin.

What is one message or affirmation you tell yourself to ground you on your quest?

Life is not a race but an epic experience and I’m exactly where I need to be.

In one word, what are you seeking most right now on your Quest?

Grit. I’ve got some big projects in the works and I need grit to get them done. (Along with a dose of patience, kindness and compassion.)

What challenge or offering would you like to share with the Mother’s Quest Community?

I have two offerings for you all:

1) Do one daily act of soul care. (Self care nourishes your outsides, think pedicure. Soul nourishes your insides, think painting, dancing, writing.) 10 minutes a day is enough to start the reconnecting process and aid in you remembering your wisdom, truth and joy.

To get your soul care jump started, join me for my FREE class, Just F*cking Journal, and together we’ll write our way to calm, clarity and inspired action.

2) See if you can let the body you are in, the body that made and birthed your babies, the body that stretched and grew and recovered, see if you can let her be all that she needs to be today. Can you let the body that’s here right now be enough in this moment.

How did you learn about Mother’s Quest?

Julie was in a power circle I facilitated.

What have you appreciated the most about Mother’s Quest?

I love Julie’s inquisitive nature. She always asks the right question at the right time. I also appreciate the depth and scope of the Mother’s Quest mission. Mothers are so much more than just caregivers though that care absolutely affects and shapes our lives. Julie has created a movement where every mother gets to show up and be her full self. Nothing needs to be left behind and in fact, Julie has structured Mother’s Quest so that it’s our many parts that inform and inspire our EPIC lives. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Mother’s Quest Circles
A Signature Experience to Spark Your E.P.I.C. Life:

First Review of Applications starting on September 10th for the MOTHER’S QUEST CIRCLE Pilot happening FALL 2017. Learn about the Power of Reflective Circles and How They’ve Changed Me by reading here. To send your application, click on this link.

What’s New:

 

New on the Podcast:
Ep 28: Mussar Yoga for Reflection and Renewal with Edie Raphael Brotman

Mussar Yoga for Moms:
A 5-Day Challenge for Reflection & Renewal at the Mother’s Quest Facebook Group

Do you want to share how you are living your truly E.P.I.C. life? Click here to send us your story and be featured on the weekly Mother on a Quest series.

Ep 28: Mussar Yoga for Reflection and Renewal with Edie Raphael Brotman

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Hello and welcome to Episode #28 of the Mother’s Quest Podcast that I’m bringing to you at the start of the Jewish New Year. The holiday kicks off a ten day period, known as the Days of Awe, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement.  

This time of year, regardless of your religious faith, is a season of reflection and renewal, as our children get settled into a new school year and the leaves begin to change color. I wanted to take advantage of this time to turn inward and create an opportunity for change not only for myself but also for members of the Mother’s Quest Community.

I decided to reach out to mindful mother, Edie Rafael Brotman, author of the book “Mussar Yoga,” to learn from her how she approaches self-improvement through blending the ancient Jewish practice of Mussar and the ancient Eastern practice of Yoga.

Edie’s book was a trusted resource in a Mussar class I took a few years ago. I was enthralled by the process and know that the experience planted seeds for Mother’s Quest. So, when I reached out to Edie to see if she’d share her approach on the podcast and then lead a 5 day challenge in the Facebook Group and she said “yes,” I was thrilled.

Edie is a workplace consultant and coach for a business consulting firm called Rewire Inc that leverages emotional intelligence, mindfulness and communication. She has her PhD in Sociology and was an adjunct professor at UVA, Case Western Reserve University and Towson University.

She’s also a highly trained yoga instructor, was named one of Baltimore’s favorite yoga teachers in Baltimore Magazine’s “Best of Baltimore” and co-founded Off the Grid Yoga and Camping Retreats.

In this episode, Edie orients us to Mussar in which character traits, known in Hebrew as “middot,” are the centerpiece of the practice. Edie and I explore her E.P.I.C. life story, how she came to mindfulness and Mussar, and how reflecting on middot in her life has enriched her and her relationships.

Edie also shares how her mother influenced her independence. And how her mother’s untimely death jump-started Edie’s journey to discover Mussar and connect it to Yoga as a bridge to connect Jewish spirituality and her love for physical activity.

I appreciated so much about this conversation with Edie, especially the deep dive into the history of Mussar practice, and how she came to this connection between self-improvement, spirituality and the physical body.  I’m so excited to continue the exploration of all of these things, and hope you’ll decide to come along too as we challenge ourselves together during this season of reflection and renewal.

This Week’s Challenge:

Join us for Mussar Yoga for Moms: A Mother’s Quest 5 Day Challenge with Edie Raphael Brotman using ancient practices to live more E.P.I.C. lives at the Mother’s Quest Facebook Group.

Listen to the episode and then make sure to join the Mother’s Quest Facebook group where we will poll the community to choose the “middah” or character trait that we’ll use in our 5 day Mussar Yoga practice starting Monday, September 25th.

We’ll also have a live Q & A in the Facebook Group with Edie to check in on the Challenge on Wednesday, September 27th at 11 am PST.

 

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Why the fall is the perfect time to undertake a Mussar Yoga Challenge
  • How I first learned about Edie and her Mussar Yoga Book
  • The path of renewal Edie’s mother took in her career, how that impacted her, and how her mother’s passing brought her to Mussar
  • The power of mindfulness and daily meditation to become more conscious and aware of emotions as they arise
  • Mussar as a way of rewiring your brain so it is in alignment with universal precepts
  • The origins of Mussar and the people who pioneered the teachings
  • The traditional way to practice Mussar, utilizing self-reflection on one character trait at a time on a continuum, and how Edie blends it powerfully with Yoga
  • The connection between body and spiritual growth

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Announcements

Mother’s Quest Circle Pilot

You’re a mindful mother. And being present for your children in these years when you’re raising them is your highest priority. You’re also committed to making a positive impact in the world, something that feels even more important with all the challenges we currently face.

If the description above sounds like you, the Mother’s Quest Circle Pilot, launching this fall may be right for you.  This signature offering provides inspiration, coaching and community to spark your E.P.I.C. life with intimate in-person reflective sessions over 3-4 months.

Click www.mothersquest.com/mothers-quest-circle to learn and apply. The group starts in October so don’t delay if you’re interested. Questions? Email me at julie@mothersquest.com

Visit the Website

If you haven’t yet visited the website, head over to www.mothersquest.com to explore some of the ways you can get more connected. At the site, you can sign up for our email list (to get show notes delivered to your inbox and our new “Mothers on a Quest” features), click the link to join the Facebook group and press record to leave a voice message for me. You can also download the FREE Live Your E.P.I.C. Life Planning and Reflection Sheets.

Sign up! – Free 30 minute Discovery Session

I’m rolling out my new coaching offerings and having great conversations with women who are ready to live a more E.P.I.C. life and interested in coaching. If you’ve had a spark moment setting you on a new path or are at a crossroads but feel unsure, guilty or overwhelmed, I’d love to talk with you about how working with me could help light the way, get you clear about what you want, shift your mindset from fear to faith, and get you moving into action.

I’ve been there, I’m still on the journey myself, and I’d love to bring all I’ve learned from a decade of coaching, 13 years of motherhood and all the lessons from my podcast guests to support you. Send me an email at julie@mothersquest.com or sign up for a free discovery call by clicking this link if you’re interested in learning more.

Women Podcasters in Solidarity

After the events that took place in Charlottesville, I’m even more committed to a quest I’ve been on to understand the roots of racism and bigotry, how it still shows up today, and how I can become a better ally and advocate to fight against it.

I’m raising awareness for myself, and inviting you to do the same, through this special podcast episode. I’m also pledging to donate to an organization supporting the Movement for Black Lives and to invite you to donate too leading up to Giving Tuesday in November. More on this to come soon.

If you are a women podcaster yourself, I’d love for you to make a similar pledge to use the power of your platform for this cause. You can learn more and join the initiative by signing up at mothersquest.com/solidarity.

Acknowledgements

A big THANK YOU to our “patrons” for helping to bring these conversations to myself and other mothers through financial and/or in-kind support:

  • Mara Berns Langer
  • Mallory Schlabach of Marketing Magic for Entrepreneurs
  • Katharine Earhart of Alesco Advisors
  • Jessica Kupferman of She Podcasts
  • Resistance Artist Jen Jenkins Dohner
  • Genese Harris
  • Tonya Rineer, founder of The Profit Party
  • Liane Louie-Badua
  • Cristin Downs of the Notable Woman Podcast
  • Erin Kendall of Fit Mom Go
  • Niko Osoteo of Bear Beat Productions
  • Erik Newton of The Together Show
  • Claire Fry
  • Divya Silbermann
  • Rachel Winter
  • Caren and Debbie Lieberman
  • Cameron Miranda
  • Fran and David Lieberman
  • Debbie and Alan Goore
  • Jenise and Marianne of the Sustainable Living Podcast

Support the Podcast

If you’d like to make a contribution to Mother’s Quest to support Season Two of the Podcast and/or help provide coaching scholarships for mothers, follow this link to make a contribution http://mothersquest.com/be-a-supporter/

If you would like to “dedicate” an upcoming episode to a special mother in your life, email me at julie@mothersquest.com

Conversations Curated by My Children’s Pediatrician Dr. Song – Thriving Child Summit Starts Monday!

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September 15, 2017

Last year, I had the honor of being one of 40 + speakers in the first Thriving Child Summit, led by the trusted pediatrician of my children, Dr. Elisa Song. It was an amazing opportunity for me to reflect with Elisa about all the things we did to help Ryan thrive after we learned at 18 months old that he wasn’t developing typically and had some real health challenges. You can listen to that conversation here.

I’m so excited that Elisa decided to do another Thriving Child Summit this year. I’ve already registered and have blocked off time on my calendar to take in the incredible conversations Elisa has recorded with experts on a wide range of subjects to help our children reach their potential in mind, body and spirit.

You can register too here now for FREE:

The Thriving Child Summit is a free online conference made up of more than 40 1-hour video interviews with an amazing lineup of experts in holistic health and wellness that starts on Monday, September 18, 2017 and goes through Monday, September 25, 2017.

During the Thriving Child Summit, you’ll learn:

  • The foundations for optimal children’s health.
  • What to feed your kids (or avoid!) to nourish their bodies and brains.
  • How to use natural medicines to avoid antibiotics and keep your child healthy.
  • The truth about EMFs, GMOs, pesticides, heavy metals, and other toxins – and how to keep your kids healthy in our toxic world.
  • How to find the root cause and heal your child’s leaky gut, anxiety/depression, ADHD, autism, PANDAS/PANS, eczema, acne, and other chronic illnesses.
  • The truth about vaccine safety from two board-certified pediatricians.
  • How to talk to kids about puberty, stress management and social media – so that they’ll actually listen!
  • How to “trauma-proof” your child and create resilient kids for a lifetime.
  • How genetics really plays a role in the future of your or your child’s health.
  • How to reclaim your mama vitality.
  • And more!

Register for FREE now to make sure you don’t miss a single inspiring and informative interview:

www.thrivingchildsummit.com

Dr. Elisa Song is one of my most trusted advisers and a key reason why Ryan is thriving today.  I hope you’ll take advantage of this incredible opportunity to gain access to information that will empower you to be the best parent you can be, and learn how to help YOUR children thrive!

Hope to see you at the Thriving Child Summit September 18 – 25, 2017!

Sincerely,

P.S. If you can’t watch all the interviews, you can own access to ALL of the expert interviews at huge pre-summit savings. You can take advantage of this amazing opportunity now through September 18 at 9:00 a.m. to purchase here: Thriving Child Summit. If you use our link, a percentage of the proceeds will also go to support Mother’s Quest.
P.S.S. If you haven’t yet listened to my episode with Dr. Song on the Mother’s Quest Podcast you can find it here. You’ll get a sense quickly why I love her so much!


Mother on a Quest: Leslie Ralph

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By day, Leslie goes by Dr. Ralph the psychologist. By early morning and lunch hours and all the spaces in between, she’s a writer and budding artist. And at home, she goes by Mom. Leslie’s the author of the blog A Year of Happy, where she’s showing other mothers how to nurture themselves, be present in body, heart and mind, and bottle up the good stuff for rainy days and bumpy roads with her signature blend of joyful projects, guided journals, and delectable meditations. Her work has been featured on Tiny Buddha, Mind Body Green, Mamalode, Parent.co, and Positively Positive (not to mention The American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and a few professional journals).

In addition to writing for grown-ups, Leslie creates picture books for little kids with great, big ideas. Although she’d always drawn and made up stories as a child, Leslie put that part of her aside to pursue more “serious” things as an adult. And then she had kids. She started making up stories and drawing for her children, and it wasn’t long before they all looked forward to their evening ritual of storytime improv. Inspired by her children’s courage and creativity, Leslie began putting these stories into book form, and she couldn’t stop!

Leslie lives with her husband, three children, and even more pets in Tucson, Arizona. When she’s not making up stories and writing, she’s devising kitchen table science experiments and taking magical family photos. Find out more about Leslie’s words and pictures for moms and kids at ayearofhappy.com (for mom) and leslieralphstories.com (for the kids). You can get your year of happy started now with the 2-minute revitalizing meditation on the house athttps://www.ayearofhappy.com/revitalize.

Tell us a little about your childhood and the impact your mother had on shaping you…

I grew up with my mom, dad, and brother in Northern California until about 11, and then we moved all the way to Texas. It was uncharted territory for us, and I’ll admit that I fully expected cowboys to be riding horses down the street. In California, both of my parents worked full-time with long commutes, but in Texas, my mother was able to stay at home. It was in Texas that my two youngest brothers were born. Even though all of the details of our household had changed, the family values and rules of the heart stayed the same.

My mother, Elizabeth, was the kind of mom all my friends could chit chat with about anything, and she genuinely wanted to know each of them. She works hard and loves even harder. She’s quick, compassionate, and fiercely loyal. Even though her Mama Bear moments could embarrass me as a teen, now as a grown-up and mother myself, I have deep gratitude for her brave spirit, bottomless heart, and unwavering commitment to looking out for me.

Even today, my mother always encourages me to give my all to the things that matter and reminds me that it’s totally okay to decide that something’s not my cup of tea. Whether it was figure skating, track, the clarinet, applying to the Ivy Leagues, starting a blog, or writing a children’s book, my mom was behind me 1,000% when others told me,

“Don’t you think you’re aiming a little high?” I truly believe that her support lifted me up and made me the kind of mother that will lift her own children even higher.

What has been a “spark moment” or “moments” that set you on your path?

There was one spark that lit the way for everything that was waiting to come out of hiding. About 4 years ago, sitting in my little office and watching a virtual summit on meditation, I realized that there was nothing stopping me from getting out there and growing into my full self – nothing, that is, but me. I also admitted to myself that no one was going to do it for me. So, I took a deep breath, gathered up my courage, and started a blog, and it has changed everything.

That one spark opened doors that I didn’t even realize were closed. Writing and art have become an important part of my daily life, but they weren’t always. That one spark helped me discover that just because you can live without something doesn’t mean you have to, that healing, restoration, inspiration, and excitement are essential to your health, and that taking care of your SELF helps you take care of your kiddos.

What is your passion and purpose (the “P” in EPIC)?

My passion is happy, mindful, and creative living, and I see that my purpose is helping others define what that means for them. If I had one wish, it would be for everyone, especially moms, to love, nurture, and encourage themselves. This is maybe most essential for mothers. I believe that by nurturing ourselves, we nurture our kids. When we live with joy and purpose, we teach our children what the most important things are. And when we savor the goodness, we teach our children to hold on to the magic.

What are you currently reading or listening to for inspiration?

I devour anything written by Pema Chodron or Thich Nhat Hanh. Lately, I’ve also been addicted to podcasts for writers and creatives. Magic Lessons withElizabeth Gilbert and Naptime Empires with Nikki Elledge Brown are my absolute guilty pleasures right now.

What is one message or affirmation you tell yourself to ground you on your quest?

I’m a recovering control addict and perfectionist, so I remind myself of my favorite quote from Thich Nhat Hanh any time I feel like things aren’t moving fast enough or aren’t lining up as I expected. “Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” It has changed my life.

In one word, what are you seeking most right now on your Quest?

TRUST. Trust in myself and trust in the whole process of growing kids and growing up.

What challenge or offering would you like to share with the Mother’s Quest Community?

I challenge mothers to give themselves permission to be everything. You are allowed to be nourished and supported, inspired and happy. You are allowed to be a legendary mom and still have your own hopes and dreams that are just for you. In fact, I think that’s a necessary ingredient. You are completely allowed to go slow, be flawed, mess up, and change your mind. Above all, I believe you are allowed to be truly, deeply happy.

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How did you learn about Mother’s Quest?

I found Julie and her podcast in the Naptime Empires Facebook group. She mentioned her podcast and I immediately thought, this sounds AMAZING.

What have you appreciated the most about Mother’s Quest?

I have appreciated the courage the mothers on a quest have to tell their whole, honest stories. Truth and trust are my watchwords right now. My very favorite episode has been the unedited solocast on Episode 13: Focus on our Goodness. I nodded my head right along with Julie as she shared her process of sharing her unedited voice, cried along with her as she discussed focusing on our goodness, and cheered her on as she shared her personal goals.

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