Ep 00: Planting Seeds for Mother’s Quest – An Introduction

Welcome to this introductory episode of the Mother’s Quest podcast. This solocast will give you a preview of what to expect in this twelve week season and reveal the stories behind Mother’s Quest E.P.I.C. framework, the podcast logo and the mantra that closes each show.


This solocast, and the podcast that it officially kicks off, is a birthday present to myself. This milestone birthday, on December 1st, 2016, and the reflective and transformative experiences in the months preceding it, inspired me to start my quest and this podcast.


For the first time in my life, I have the desire to create and share publicly something deeply personal; to use and share my voice; to commit to something I am calling my E.P.I.C. life; and to build a community to support me and other mothers along the way.


In the episodes that will follow, I interview other mothers to learn their words of wisdom. But this episode is an opportunity for me to use my own voice and share some lessons I’ve learned since the moment I decided to cross the threshold and begin living my E.P.I.C. life.


Topics discussed in this episode:

  • How attending a creative workshop hosted by Elizabeth Gilbert last year began a process of self-reflection and helped me to start dreaming
  • The mission behind Mother’s Quest, and what it means to live an E.P.I.C. life.
  • How two birds that got trapped inside my home became the metaphor that sparked my journey.
  • Kids are always listening to what we say, to the “seeds” that we plant and nurture in them. And, we are in a reciprocal relationship with our children where we both learn and grow together.
  • It’s the journey and not the destination that matters the most.
  • Synopses of the first three episodes of the podcast
  • The first season of the Mother’s Quest podcast is dedicated to my friend Leslie Fischer, who passed away last summer from pancreatic cancer. How the inspiration of her life crystallized a Mother’s Quest mantra that will close each episode.


Resources mentioned in this episode:



I would like to use this introductory episode as an opportunity to thank some of the key people, many of whom are also mothers on their own quest, who helped make this podcast possible.


The podcast production team at Radcasters (Karly, Jo and Neil) – http://www.radcasters.com

Mia Sutton, Podcast Coordinator

Priscila Najar, composer of the podcast music

The team at Flight Design Co. (Ariana, Katrina, Matt) who created the podcast art http://www.flightdesign.co/branding/

Paula Jenkins http://www.jumpstartyourjoy.com for a podcasting class that jumpstarted it all

Claire Frye of http://www.loudandclaire.com for the generous use of her studio and generous coaching

Jayleen Magill, Virtual Assistant

My first interviewees: Navjit Kandola, Katherine Wintsch, and Michelle Ratcliffe

Chris, Ryan and Jacob Neale, my family foundation

Fran and David Lieberman, my own extraordinary mother and father

And so many other dear family members, friends, coaches and more who provided inspiration and support all along the way.

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. life, engaging 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 www.facebook.com/groups/mothersquest

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Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • Judi Frazin says:

    So very proud of you. and happy birthday dear child

  • Debby Goore says:

    Well done! I wish you lots of luck in this new and wonderful venture

  • Kelly Douglass says:

    I heard this song on my way to work today, then listened to your podcast. Just thought I’d share.
    Lyrics: I’ve Been Watching You
    Driving through town, just my boy and me
    With a happy meal in his booster seat
    Knowing that he couldn’t have the toy
    Till his nuggets were gone
    A green traffic light turned straight to red
    I hit my brakes and mumbled under my breath
    As fries went a flying and his orange drink covered his lap
    Well, then my four year old said a four letter word
    That started with “s, ” and I was concerned
    So I said, “Son, now where did you learn to talk like that?”
    He said, “I’ve been watching you, dad, ain’t that cool?
    I’m your buckaroo, I wanna be like you
    And eat all my food, and grow as tall as you are
    We got cowboy boots and camo pants
    Yeah, we’re just alike, hey, ain’t we dad?
    I wanna do everything you do
    So I’ve been watching you.”
    We got back home, and I went to the barn
    I bowed my head, and I prayed real hard
    Said, “Lord, please help me help my stupid self.”
    Then this side of bedtime later that night
    Turning on my son’s Scooby Doo night light
    He crawled out of bed, and he got down on his knees
    He closed his little eyes, folded his little hands
    And spoke to God like he was talking to a friend
    And I said, “Son, now where’d you learn to pray like that?”
    He said, “I’ve been watching you, dad, ain’t that cool?
    I’m your buckaroo, I wanna be like you
    And eat all my food, and grow as tall as you are
    We like fixing things and holding mama’s hand
    Yeah, we’re just alike, hey, ain’t we, dad?
    I wanna do everything you do
    So I’ve been watching you.”
    With tears in my eyes, I wrapped him in a hug
    Said, “My little bear is growing up.”
    He said, “But when I’m big, I’ll still know what to do.”
    “‘Cause I’ve been watching you, dad, ain’t that cool?
    I’m your buckaroo, I wanna be like you
    And eat all my food, and grow as tall as you are
    Then I’ll be as strong as Superman
    We’ll be just alike, hey, won’t we, dad?
    When I can do everything you do
    ‘Cause I’ve been watching you.”
    Songwriters: Teddy Natalia Noemi Sinclair / Emile Haynie / Jeffrey Bhasker
    Watching You lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

    • Julie Neale says:

      Thanks so much for sharing Kelly! What synchronicity!

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