There are so many ways to swing motherhood and work. There is not one right way or one best way. Tiana, a mama of three, has been navigating The Part-Time Jungle, motherhood and part-time work, since becoming a mom 13 years ago. This is the path that works best for her and her family. However, there are 50 shades of green in the motherhood jungle and the variations in hue, intensity and brightness make the jungle awe inspiring, lush, strikingly beautiful, and at times wild. Let’s keep it real. Motherhood is an adventure with highs, lows, in-betweens, and all the bumps and detours along the way no matter how you swing it. Through personal reflections and interviews with other Mamas, Tiana will share observations, overheard conversations, solicited advice (the kind you actually ask for), wins, and "mommymessups". As you blaze your own trail through the motherhood jungle, The Part-Time Jungle will provide you with route markers, footprints, and travel companions that can encourage and guide you along the way.
e000 - Teaser - The Part-Time Jungle
There are so many ways to swing motherhood and work. There is not one right way or one best way. Tiana, a mama of three, has been navigating The Part-Time Jungle, motherhood and part-time work, since becoming a mom 13 years ago. This is the path that works best for her and her family.
However, there are 50 shades of green in the motherhood jungle and the variations in hue, intensity and brightness make the jungle awe inspiring, lush, strikingly beautiful, and at times wild. Let’s keep it real. Motherhood is an adventure with highs, lows, in-betweens, and all the bumps and detours along the way no matter how you swing it.
Through personal reflections and interviews with other Mamas, Tiana will share observations, overheard conversations, solicited advice (the kind you actually ask for), wins, and #mommymessups. As you blaze your own trail through the motherhood jungle, The Part-Time Jungle will provide you with route markers, footprints, and travel companions that can encourage and guide you along the way.
CONNECT WITH TIANA & THE PART-TIME JUNGLE COMMUNITY:
On her website: https://www.theparttimejungle.com or on Facebook and Instagram: @parttimejungle
e028 – Fearless Parenting
Like so many Canadians, Meaghan Mikkelson’s priorities are firmly rooted in a love for her family and teammates and respect for the game. A graduate of The University of Wisconsin’s hockey program, Meaghan led the team to back-to-back NCAA Championships, won the Olympic gold medal for Canada in Vancouver 2010 and followed that up with a win at the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships. In Sochi in 2014, Meaghan added an element of hockey toughness to her growing resume. Playing with a broken hand in the Olympic Final versus the USA, she assisted on the opening goal for Canada that sparked the comeback that will be talked about for decades. Meaghan joined teammate Natalie Spooner on Season 2 of The Amazing Race Canada winning an impressive 7 stages en route to finishing second in the finale. They were voted "Canada's Favourite Team" by fans of the number-one ranked show in the country. After Sochi, Meaghan took some time off from hockey to have a baby before returning to the team with the goal of representing Canada in Pyeongchang 2018. She was successful in doing so, and helped Canada bring home a silver medal. Following the 2018 Olympics, Meaghan and her husband Scott decided it was time to add another “player to their team” and Meaghan took another year off to have her second baby. Though it would be easy to put her skates away and retire now, she’s not done yet. With her sights set on the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, Meaghan is facing some of the greatest challenges she has ever encountered in her career as she balances motherhood and career. But that’s not going to stop her.
In this episode:
Being a fearless parent, pursuing your goals and your dreams while raising human beings, is hard! Avoid comparisons and judgement, stay in your lane, and recognize the amazing things you are doing and the fearlessness this requires.
Self-care and wellness does not involve a one size fits all approach. Do your research, try things out, and see what works for you.
It takes a village, in motherhood, in work, and in pursuing Olympic dreams! It’s important to recognize when and where we need help and to not be afraid to ask for it.
Connect with Meaghan:
Mentioned by Meaghan:
* The 5 Minute Journal
Upcoming Free Webinar: Calm in the Chaos of Motherhood & Work - Strategies to Take Back Your Time (Hosted by Tiana)
For more information and to register:
Monday January 11 11 AM - 12 PM MST
Monday January 11 8 PM - 9 PM MST
On this episode of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast, I had a truly amazing conversation with Meaghan about motherhood, hockey, the Amazing Race Canada, wellness and self-care, her challenges and successes, and strategies that have helped her along the way.
If you prefer to listen, check out Episode 28 of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast.
I was absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to have this conversation with Meaghan! However,
e027 – The Fatherhood Work Juggle
THE FATHERHOOD WORK JUGGLE
Matt Beauchamp is a married father of two and a former stay-at-home dad, turned full-time work-from-home dad. His day job is working as a Creative Content Manager for a PR company, but he's probably better known as Dashing Dad through his blog DashingDad.ca and his social media accounts. As Dashing Dad, Matt has written for Calgary Child, appeared on CTV Morning Live, come runner up for Best Blogger in the Best of Calgary Awards and is featured in “Top parenting blogs you should follow” lists across Canada. Matt has carved out a niche talking about the best things to do with your kids in and around Calgary and partnering with local businesses and attractions to host giveaways.
In this episode:
Jumping in and figuring things out as you go is a big part of parenting including the journey of being a stay-at-home dad.
A creative outlet can be important as a parent and can also be a way to facilitate connections, growth, and new experiences!
Reaching out to others can create a community of mutual support. If you ask, people are incredibly willing to help and to share their experiences and ideas.
Connect with Matt:
To Book a Connection Call with Tiana, send her a DM on:
On this episode of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast, I had a great conversation with Matt about his journey as a stay-at-home dad and his transition to working from home full-time. We also chatted about his blog, DashingDad, and strategies that have helped him work successfully from home. Matt shared how reaching out to others and asking questions has been instrumental in his journey and in him being part of a community of mutual support.
If you prefer to listen, check out Episode 27 of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast.
It was so much fun to shift gears and change “the rules” to talk about the fatherhood/work juggle! Matt is incredibly nice and super easy to talk to. I appreciated how open and honest he was about the initial fears and uncertainty he experienced as a stay-at-home dad.
Matt and his wife have two children; a daughter who's almost four and a son who's just over a year. His stay-at-home dad journey started right after his wife’s maternity leave with their first child. At the time, it just made sense that Matt would be the one that stayed home as he was working as a freelance writer. His wife had a full-time job and was making more money. Matt was able to still continue doing some freelance work while his daughter napped or in the evenings or on weekends. It was important to him and his wife that one of them stayed home with their daughter.
ENJOYING BEING A STAY-AT-HOME DAD
Looking back on that time, although it didn't come without its challenges, it was the probably the most enjoyable time Matt has had as a parent so far. He got to watch his daughter learn new things and he got to experience showing her new things as well. This was pre-COVID, of course, so they were able to get out everyday and go to places like the Calgary Zoo and Heritage Park. They also went swimming and to local parks. Matt says that it's hard to complain about getting out and going to do fun things with your daughter...
e026 – Living by Design
LIVING BY DESIGN
Born in Panama, Jessica Velazquez studied Interior Design in Toronto, a field she combined with real estate. She became known as the realtor-designer. For years she helped expats, relocating to Panama, choose properties by helping them envision their potential and turning their investment into places they could call home. Jessica, her husband, and their 5 children, relocated to Calgary in 2011 and she opened Interiors by Jessica. But it wasn´t until 2018, after some soul-searching, that her niche was born. She is the First-Home Design Specialist. Her live Instagram show, “My Very First Home”, covers topics relevant to the homeownership journey, including ‘Rent Like a Designer’, ‘Expert Interviews’ and ‘Buyer´s Corner’. Her Design Pillars, Departure Points and Design Targets are tools she uses to coach first time homeowners. They are her why and she loves setting them up with an actual plan to renovate without buyer’s remorse.
In this episode:
* We can control our own decisions and actions but we can’t control the decisions, actions, and resulting consequences of others - both in motherhood and in work.
* Start before you are ready and take that first step. There is so much learning and growth in confidence that will happen along the way.
* Living by design in our spaces and in our lives involves clarity, vision, and planning.
Connect with Jessica:
* Facebook Group: My Very First Home
On this episode of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast, I had a great conversation with Jessica about being mindful of our own decisions and actions, starting and taking that first step before we are ready, how the pillars of living by design - clarity, vision, and planning - apply to both the spaces in our homes and our lives, and so much more!
If you prefer to listen, check out Episode 26 of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast.
Jessica was an absolute joy to connect with! Her kindness, compassion, and love for her family and her work as an interior designer comes through so genuinely! Jessica is committed to helping others, particularly first time home buyers, by guiding them through a journey of living by design! She is also a lifelong learner and I greatly admire her commitment to putting herself out there and trying new things.
BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR & A MOM
Jessica’s entrepreneurial journey started when her first child was about six to eight months old. She believes that her interest in becoming an entrepreneur comes from her Dad, who is a serial entrepreneur. There have been times when she has worked for somebody else. However, most of Jessica’s career, life and motherhood have been defined by entrepreneurship.
Jessica shared that not all of her entrepreneur journeys or ideas were successful. Some of them were harder than others. What she learned the most through her experiences is that there is a careful balance to being both an entrepreneur and a mom. There are expectations to juggle with both. You have expectations to be successful as an entrepreneur and you have expectations to be successful as a mom as well.
THERE IS A TIME FOR EVERYTHING
e025 – Flexibility in Work That Works
FLEXIBILITY IN WORK THAT WORKS
Jennifer is the Founder and CEO of tellent and a mom of two children. tellent is an online resource and technology platform dedicated to helping professional women and employers find, fill and create flexible work. She is on a mission to make work, work better for women and advocates with the government, business and industry to create greater, and more equal, access to opportunities. Jennifer was educated in Canada and launched her career overseas in International Business Development. She has lived and worked in New Zealand, New York and London and now calls Toronto home.
In this episode:
* The “idea” of being fully present in our work life & family life is much easier than the implementation.
Flexibility in the workplace creates opportunities for a highly talented & often untapped group of women who want to be engaged & to lead in their careers.
When looking for flexible work get clear on what you want, connect with your network, do your research, & be prepared.
Leverage your existing network. Start with the people who already know, like, & trust you.
Connect with Jennifer:
* Facebook Group: tellent - professional women pursuing career and life ambitions
* Jennifer Hargreaves
Free Resource: Workbook - How To Negotiate Flexible Work:
On this episode of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast, I had a great conversation with Jennifer about the disconnect between the idea and implementation of being fully present in our work life and family life. We also talked about how flexibility in the workplace creates opportunities and Jennifer shared some strategies to implement when negotiating for more flexible work. We chatted about leveraging your existing network as part of your job search and a whole lot more!
If you prefer to listen, check out Episode 25 of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast.
Jennifer was so much fun to talk to! You can feel the joy and passion that she has for the work that does with her tellent community. Jennifer is committed to making work better for women!
IT TAKES TIME
Jennifer started tellent four years ago when both of her kids were at home. She said that she really struggled. It took her two years to figure out that she couldn't do both well. At the beginning, she tried to get work done while her little ones were napping or while they were playing quietly for 15 minutes.
THE JUGGLE SUCKED AT THE BEGINNING!
What Jennifer found was that her mind was never fully on what she was doing and she felt like she was failing at both work and parenting. She found it incredibly stressful. Even just sitting down to respond to an email, getting her thoughts in order, and communicating her message was so hard. Jennifer would get interrupted or would expect to be interrupted. If she was playing with her kids, in the back of her mind, she would be wondering if someone had responded to the email that she had s...
e024 – We Are All Human
WE ARE ALL HUMAN
Sara Blanchard helps communities build connections through conscious conversations, which she does as a podcaster, facilitator, TEDx speaker, writer, and consultant. Having worked at Goldman Sachs and having helped to teach positive psychology at Harvard, Sara speaks the language of traditional accomplishment. But for over 10 years, Sara has also pursued the science and techniques of well-being as a life coach, mother, and author of Flex Mom. In addition to emceeing events like the World Happiness Summit and facilitating meaningful panel discussions about race, Sara co-founded and co-hosts the award-winning social justice podcast Dear White Women, which eases listeners into uncomfortable conversations about race, racism, and how to be more anti-racist.
In this episode:
The three types of labour of moms: physical, emotional, and calendaring/logistical - the latter two being more invisible and exhausting.
We are all human. To see the humanity in ourselves and others we need to remember that there are so many different perspectives, experiences, and narratives in our world.
Owning our own stories, who we are, what we need, and feeling a sense of self-worth can be supported by taking time to reflect on ourselves.
Connect with Sara:
Podcast: Dear White Women Podcast
Book: Flex Mom: The Secrets of Happy Stay-At-Home Moms
Tedx Talk: How To Be Happier: Ask Better Questions
Project: Voices From Next Door
This project is a conversation that highlights the voices of our black neighbors who live in predominantly white areas to really bring humanity back to different narratives of life. It allows more people to easily access the real life stories about the ways that race plays a part in everyday life in America.
Book mentioned by Sara:
The Artists’ Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron
On this episode of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast, I had a great conversation with Sara about the three types of labour of moms; physical, emotional, and calendaring/logistical. We also talked about how in order to see the humanity in ourselves and others we need to remember that there are so many different perspectives, experiences, and narratives in our world. As well, Sara discussed the importance of owning our own stories, who we are, and what we need as well as the importance of feeling a sense of self-worth.
If you prefer to listen, check out Episode 24 of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast.
I first learned about Sara when I found her book “Flex Mom” at a local library and completely resonated with this third model of motherhood, somewhere between being a stay-at-home mom and a working mom. In her book, Sara describes the Flex Mom as “a mom who is the...
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The part time jungle is the real deal, with straight up advice, stories, and the raw truths on juggling both parenting and work life. I have gained so much insight from the episodes on ways I can improve both self and business. I relate to so many raw truths and stories discussed on so many levels. An enjoyable listen!