Ep 02: Unmasking Motherhood with Katherine Wintsch

On this episode of Mother’s Quest, I had an opportunity to talk with an amazing mother, entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, and blogger, named Katherine Wintsch about bringing authenticity into our lives as women and mothers.

Katherine is a nationally recognized expert on the topic of modern motherhood. As the founder and CEO of The Mom Complex, she advises major corporations on what mothers really need in order to create better products and services that make mothers lives easier. She writes about the highs and lows of motherhood in her blog, In All Honesty. Her TEDx talk titled, Unmasking Motherhood, uses spoken word to deliver a powerful call to action to mothers, and inspired me to let down my own mask, to be vulnerable and honest, through the creation of Mother’s Quest.

In our conversation, Katherine shares how she learned to let go of people-pleasing and mommy guilt, and instead got curious, learned to love herself and designed a life that fulfills her. We talk about the power of revealing the truth about motherhood and that it’s absolutely OK to not be OK and to not have all the answers.

I hope her story will inspire you to let down your own mask and help you step more fully into your own authentic, E.P.I.C. life.

Topics discussed in this episode:

Katherine’s path of taking control of her own life and self-worth
How an innocent question from her husband led Katherine on a year-long journey of curiosity and self-exploration, in order to align her inner truth with her outer pursuits
The connection between living an authentic life that allows her to feel excitement about her work, and the impact it has on her children
Unmasking motherhood and changing the conversation about how moms talk about their lives
You can’t have it all until you define what “all” means for yourself

Resources mentioned in this episode:

The Mom Complex – http://momcomplex.com/
Unmasking Motherhood – Katherine’s TEDx-RVA talk – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGIuSNks3DA
Katherine’s blog: In All Honesty – http://katherinewintsch.com/
Finding Your Own North Star, by Martha Beck (exercise on life-enhancing activity vs. life depleting activity)
The concept of defining success in your life first, and only then can you define success in your career – Devon Green from Fogdog Coaching & Consulting – http://www.fogdogcoaching.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. 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).

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  • Thank you so much, Julie & Katherine! I love the insight offered in this podcast about being true to who you are which helps us become our best selves: as women, moms, entrepreneurs.. Being true to ourselves means honoring our journey through every aspect of our lives by feeling and sharing honestly our failures and struggles as these are extraordinary opportunities for our own spiritual and emotional growth as well as being there to support other moms. When we come together as women supporting each other in our triumphs and our struggles letting go of judgment, we can make a powerfully positive difference in each other’s lives. LIving with such integrity helps us become better guides for our children to become their best selves – living a life true to their hearts knowing that they are accepted and loved through their struggles, which, helps them learn that once we accept and feel our sadness and pain, it is then that we can let it go using our character strengths to grow into our best selves . This resonates with me deeply with the experience of my children’s and my devastating struggles. I learned that we each, even our children, have our own journeys to teach us the extraordinary power of acknowledging what is beautiful in your life as well as the struggles, traumas, and disappointments. No one can ‘fix’ another individuals struggles and trauma, but we can express our unconditional love, support, and acceptance holding their hearts in our hands through the struggle to becoming our best selves. Namaste

    • Julie Neale says:

      Thank you for sharing all these thoughtful reflections Alicia! Grateful you are coming along with me on this quest.

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