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Episode #12: Caring for Mamas with Agnes Mayer

Agnes Mayer

Mamabear Holistic Care

Episode #12: Caring for Mamas

When it comes to the world of new parenting, there’s one question that doesn’t get asked enough: if everyone is taking care of the baby, who’s taking care of the mother? My next guest Agnes Mayer has literally made it her business to take care of mothers.

Agnes is a Labour and Delivery Registered Nurse and the owner of MamaBear Holistic Care, a business offering support services for new mothers.

Parents hire Agnes to navigate the unchartered territory of motherhood with Prenatal classes, CPR classes, Sleep coaching, Postpartum and Breastfeeding support. Her passion for helping Mamas comes from her experience both as an RN and as a Mama to one incredible boy, and they both share an immense love of Disney! Agnes started MamaBear Holistic Care to fill a void for new parents as they prepare for their journey into motherhood and parenthood.

She is known for making clients feel safe, supported and most importantly, she listens wholeheartedly to her clients, while at the same exploring their needs.

Episode highlights:

  • How she identified that moms need more support after giving birth
  • Postpartum needs for mothers
  • Breastfeeding as a hot topic
  • Returning to work after mat leave
  • How her own delivery and recovery changed her approach to work
  • Pros and cons of online networks and dealing with criticism
  • Why she started her own business
  • How she has adapted under pandemic conditions
  • What “having it all” means to her

Links:

MamaBear Holistic Care

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Episode #11: Speaking the Same Language with Lee Ann Steyns

Lee Ann Steyns

Signing Babies

Episode #11: Speaking the Same Language

We often wish our babies would simply tell us what they want, or that we could decipher their cries and babble. What if they are trying to communicate with us and there was a better way for us to understand each other?

Lee Ann Steyns is the owner of Signing Babies, a baby sign language education business which was born out of a need to help her two young children who were both colicky, fussy babies. Lee Ann was desperate to create some bonding and communication with her babies outside of the hours of daily crying they endured for the first few months of their lives with colic. Baby sign language was one tool she looked into to help resolve the feeling of not being able to help her daughter Ella, and it was a game changer. Within weeks she and Ella were able to share experiences of open communication, and signing became a big part of family life when her little brother came along too. Lee Ann took the skills she gained and created her own curriculum with her background in kids’ program planning, and started teaching her own baby sign language classes to other parents in the community when Ella turned 1, and has been growing her business ever since. As both a mom and educator, she’s created a great balance of playful, light-hearted classes with an organized curriculum to keep things easy to learn for both parents and babies.

In this episode, of course we talk a lot about baby sign language and how Lee Ann teaches, but you’ll also hear about Lee Ann’s experience in starting and growing a business over the course of 18 years while raising two kids. She does this all with passion, grace and humility and it was inspiring to talk to her.

Episode highlights:

  • How her background working with kids prepared her for her business
  • Exploring solutions for colic that led to discovering baby sign language
  • How her business has evolved and grown alongside her family
  • What she is modeling for her 2 teenagers
  • Explaining her approach to baby sign language and debunking myths
  • Why parents should introduce baby sign language as a form of communication, in addition to verbal speech
  • Building community in her classes
  • Growing a business over the course of 18 years
  • Advice for new moms

Links:

Signing Babies

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Episode #10: Lessons in Motherhood and Entrepreneurship with Sabrina Doumet

Sabrina Doumet

L’Atelier Coworking, The Focus Journal, Tiidii Living

Episode #10: Lessons in Motherhood and Entrepreneurship

On this episode I’m sitting down with serial entrepreneur and new mom Sabrina Doumet, the founder and creative director of L’Atelier Coworking in Vancouver, The Focus Journal and Tiidii Living; her YouTube channel and lifestyle brand centered around organizing tips for your business and personal life. Sabrina is a tri-lingual Lebanese Canadian and is the proud mom of 1 year old baby George. She is in the process of creating an online course for moms on how to find, start, and grow their side hustles.

We had a great conversation covering everything from how she started her multiple businesses and her advice for new entrepreneurs, how she finds balance with her family life, and some of the stigma surrounding working mothers, specifically business owners. As always, this was another really fun and insightful chat with an accomplished working mother, and I hope you follow along on her accounts to see what she comes up with next.

Episode highlights:

  • An unexpected path to entrepreneurship
  • How frustrations in her career led her to create income through other means
  • How travel experiences inspired her to start a coworking space locally
  • Operating with the spirit of community over competition
  • Delegating responsibilities and automating her business to prepare for a family
  • The meaning of balance ebbing and flowing
  • Venturing into online education and identifying a new market
  • The stigma of working moms and certain terms
  • The importance of research in validating ideas

Links:

Sabrina Doumet Instagram

L’Atelier Coworking

Instagram

The Focus Journal

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Tiidii Living

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Sabrina Doumet

L’Atelier Coworking, The Focus Journal, Tiidii Living

Episode #10: Lessons in Motherhood and Entrepreneurship

On this episode I’m sitting down with serial entrepreneur and new mom Sabrina Doumet, the founder and creative director of L’Atelier Coworking in Vancouver, The Focus Journal and Tiidii Living; her YouTube channel and lifestyle brand centered around organizing tips for your business and personal life. Sabrina is a tri-lingual Lebanese Canadian and is the proud mom of 1 year old baby George. She is in the process of creating an online course for moms on how to find, start, and grow their side hustles.

We had a great conversation covering everything from how she started her multiple businesses and her advice for new entrepreneurs, how she finds balance with her family life, and some of the stigma surrounding working mothers, specifically business owners. As always, this was another really fun and insightful chat with an accomplished working mother, and I hope you follow along on her accounts to see what she comes up with next.

Episode highlights:

  • An unexpected path to entrepreneurship
  • How frustrations in her career led her to create income through other means
  • How travel experiences inspired her to start a coworking space locally
  • Operating with the spirit of community over competition
  • Delegating responsibilities and automating her business to prepare for a family
  • The meaning of balance ebbing and flowing
  • Venturing into online education and identifying a new market
  • The stigma of working moms and certain terms
  • The importance of research in validating ideas

Links:

Sabrina Doumet Instagram

L’Atelier Coworking

Instagram

The Focus Journal

Instagram

Tiidii Living

Instagram

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Episode #9: Business & Baby Development with Maegan Mak

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Episode #8: Sleep Matters with Lara Rabb

Lara Rabb

Heavy Eyes Happy Hearts

Episode #8: Sleep Matters

Sleep. It’s probably the biggest discussion topic for parents, and one of the biggest challenges for working parents. On this episode, I’m sharing my conversation with an expert on the topic – my client and reputable sleep consultant, Lara Rabb of Heavy Eyes Happy Hearts Sleep Consulting. Lara shares the story of how a sleep consultant drastically improved her life as a new mom and how she recognized that she could help other families in the same way. She talks about starting and growing her business with 2 kids, deciding when to leave her full time job, and the moves she made as her business has grown to make room for a balanced, fulfilling life beyond work. And of course we talk about sleep and how we can make adjustments to be more rested physically and emotionally. I hope you enjoy this conversation with Lara and are inspired by how she approaches motherhood and business with patience, transparency and empathy. 

Episode highlights:

  • Starting a business on maternity leave
  • Side hustling with two young kids
  • Setting boundaries for successful growth
  • Why sleep is a hot topic
  • What’s wrong with the term “sleep training”
  • Relational vs. behavioural approaches
  • Growing a business on social media
  • The power of vulnerability online
  • Peaceful/respectful parenting (Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, Dr. Laura Markham, Dr. Deborah MacNamara, Dr. Gordon Neufeld)
  • Gaining confidence from business


Links:

Heavy Eyes Happy Hearts

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The Conscious Sleep Coach Podcast

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Episode #7: What to Expect When You’re Expecting with Jamie Munro

Jamie Munro

Whisper Media

Episode #7: What to Expect When You're Expecting

Entrepreneurs think of their businesses as their babies. So what happens when you’re having an actual baby on top of that? This episode features my first conversation with a working mom to be, my friend Jamie Munro, a talented filmmaker and the owner of Whisper Media. After building up a successful video production company and accomplishing significant career milestones with international brands, Jamie is getting ready to start a family AND maintain her business. This episode covers the full gamut of emotions for female entrepreneurs becoming moms: from pregnancy being the elephant in the room, to managing client expectations, to navigating the physical challenges that come with delivery and recovery, and why paternity leave should become more normalized. At the close of the episode, we talk about Jamie’s upcoming passion project, a documentary on an intimate look at motherhood.

Episode highlights:

  • Planning for a baby
  • Pregnancy and identity
  • Managing perceptions and fear of judgment
  • Transparency with clients and preparing for the unknown
  • Normalizing paternity leave
  • Physical recovery
  • Breastfeeding and pumping challenges
  • The concept of “out of office”
  • Expanding beyond the business baby
  • Being discerning with work commitments
  • Upcoming projects

Links:

Meet Jamie

Whisper Media

Instagram

Frida Mom Products

Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong–and What You Really Need to Know 

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Episode # 6: Loving Ourselves and Our Homes with Dwaina and Molly Sprague

Dwaina & Molly Sprague

Good Space Plans Online

Episode #6: Loving Ourselves and Our Homes

On this episode, I’m exploring dual perspectives of a working mother’s relationship with her child by chatting with Dwaina and Molly Sprague, the mother daughter design duo behind Good Space Plans Online and Dwaina Sprague Interior Design. These incredible women are strong feminists, innovative businesswomen and have the coveted Gilmore Girls mother-daughter relationship but in real life. Listen in on their thoughts on motherhood, their approach to reinventing interior design, and changing the way we think about home.

Episode Highlights:

  • Becoming a mother at age 16
  • The stay at home mom vs. childcare debate
  • Maintaining a healthy personal and working relationship
  • Defining boundaries
  • Honest communication with kids about ideas around work
  • What kids learn from working parents
  • Being an observer vs. a manager as a parent
  • Sitting through discomfort 
  • Creating a product out of a service with Good Space Plans
  • Why home should be a priority
  • Setting children up for success at home

Links

Good Space Plans Online

Instagram

Facebook

Dwaina Sprague Interior Design

Maria Montessori

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Episode #5: Changing the Way We Work with Madeleine Shaw

Madeleine Shaw

Nestworks

Episode #5: Changing the Way We Work with Madeleine Shaw

“Instead of struggling to manage work/life balance, there was a place that was designed to make them easy, fun and inspiring? What if you could bring your kids to work with you? What if your workplace was more playful? What if integration is the new balance?”

On this episode, I chat with Madeleine Shaw, a social entrepreneur and the Founder of Aisle (formerly Lunapads), a line of reusable menstruation products and Nestworks, a family-friendly workspace. Madeleine is on a mission to make the world a better place over the course of her 27 years in business and most recently has been trying to improve the lives of working parents. Enjoy this inspiring conversation about doing good, following your passions, and the future of work.

Episode highlights:

What social entrepreneurship means to her
Projects driven by a desire for changes
Eco-feminism in business
Building a business with young kids in the office
The development of Nestworks
The myth of work-life balance
COVID-19 impacts on current work culture and predictions for the future
Motivating the next wave of social entrepreneurs 

Links:

Aisle (formerly Lunapads)
GDay
Nestworks
The Greater Good

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Episode #4: The Power of Play with Traci Costa

Traci Costa

PK Beans

Episode #4: The Power of Play with Traci Costa

If you’re a mom, you might know our next guest… or at least her wildly popular children’s clothing and lifestyle brand PK Beans (formerly Peekaboo Beans). On this episode, I’m sharing my conversation with the powerhouse entrepreneur, advocate, philanthropist and mom of 2, Traci Costa. Traci started her business back in 2006 and has grown it into an internationally-recognized, publicly traded brand, driven by a powerful mission to foster playful living for children and families.

 

Episode highlights:

  • Traci’s journey in starting and growing her company
  • Employing and empowering working moms
  • The 2008 recession, COVID-19 and pivoting in business
  • Changing traditional gender expectations and female entrepreneurship
  • The concept of Free Play and how to integrate it at home
  • Using technology to your advantage
  • Coping and thriving during COVID-19

Links:

PK Beans

PK Beans Instagram

PK Beans Facebook

Traci’s Instagram

PK Beans Explorers’ Club

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Episode #3: Bringing Your Authentic Self Online with Jennifer Kolbuc

Jennifer Kolbuc

Mountain Top Consulting

Episode #3: Bringing Your Authentic Self Online with Jennifer Kolbuc

On this episode, I welcome Jennifer Kolbuc, educator and social media expert at Mountain Top Consulting. Jen shares her story of taking the unexpected route of using her maternity leave to go big in her business. We explore what it’s like to run a business with a newborn and how to find community and clients among other parents. Jen shares her tips on how to be a discerning user of social media from a personal and business perspective and how being authentic online can help grow your business.

Episode highlights:

  • Starting a business during maternity leave
  • Finding community and clients among working parents
  • Time management as a working mom
  • Giving up control when co-parenting
  • The importance of maintaining a self care routine
  • Teaching your children about your family work structure
  • How and when to use Facebook groups
  • The intersection of your personal and business lives on social media  


Links:

Mountain Top Consulting

Instagram

Mompreneur interview series

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