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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.

The Part-Time Jungle Podcast Tiana Fech

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 37 Ratings

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.

    e060 – Becoming a Great Leader with Nicole North

    e060 – Becoming a Great Leader with Nicole North

    How do you become a great leader? Better yet, how do we help our kids grow into great leaders too? Being a leader is so much more than your personality type. It has to do with your qualities, values and characteristics. Joining me for this very last conversation on The Part-Time Jungle is Nicole North.



    Nicole is the President and Founder of Whiteboard Consulting and has been leading large-scale leadership training initiatives with Whiteboard since its inception. Nicole’s formal education includes an honors BA from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is also certified as a Coach and as a practitioner in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessments and training, Method Time Motion studies, and Appreciative Inquiry.



    She is the creator, designer, and lead facilitator of The Limitless LeaderTM program that creates leaders and teams that feel limitless to create and innovate - paired with accountability and grace. Nicole has been designing and delivering online and in-person human skills content for the last 10 years and is a top-rated facilitator for her engagement and passionate approach to delivery.



     



    Listen in as we talk about:



    * Asking for time and space. As moms, we often cater to everyone first except for ourselves. Nicole shares her best tips for staying healthy and present for her family.

    * How to be a limitless leader. Nicole has developed a methodology that encompasses the qualities of being a limitless leader that empowers their team.

    * What leaders need right now. How do you define a great leader? Nicole gives us insight into what makes a great leader, and what all leaders need right now.

    * Helping our kids become great leaders. For Nicole, it goes back to helping our kids learn how to speak clearly and kindly.



     

    Connect with Nicole:



    * Instagram: @whiteboardconsult https://www.instagram.com/whiteboardconsult/

    * Facebook: @WhiteboardCons https://www.facebook.com/WhiteboardCons

    * Website: https://www.whiteboardconsulting.ca

    * Podcast: At the Whiteboard https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/at-the-whiteboard/id1210237741



     

    Connect with Tiana and The Part-Time Jungle Community:



    * Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/parttimejungle/

    * Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/parttimejungle/

    * Website: https://theparttimejungle.com



     



    ASKING FOR TIME AND SPACE

    Do you ever take time out for yourself? Are you in tune with your desires, wants and needs as a person and as a mom? It’s no secret that we often cater to everyone first except for ourselves. Between busy kids, lives, jobs, activities, and more, it’s easy to put ourselves last on the ‘to do’ list/ Nicole shares her best tips for staying healthy and present for her family. This includes taking dedicated time on the weekend to relax, workout, and be present with herself. This helps her show up more fully as a mom, partner and leader.



    However, Nicole stresses that: “There is no perfect answer. Parenting doesn't have to be done exactly the way that they say in the books.”





    HOW TO BE A LIMITLESS LEADER

    “The foundational component of a limitless leader is one that communicates with clarity, kindness, curiosity, and grace and holds people accountable."



    When it comes to leadership,

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    e059 – Your Child’s Story with Sabrina Adair

    e059 – Your Child’s Story with Sabrina Adair

    What is the best way to understand and communicate with our child? Sometimes it may feel like they are not listening or are trying to purposely make us upset, but that simply isn’t always the case. What is key is understanding our child's story. 



    Joining me for this conversation is Sabrina Adair, M.Sc.O.T., a practicing occupational therapist, passionate advocate for parent empowerment, and the author of Understanding a Child the Occupational Therapy Way: Recognizing and Communicating the Unique Potential of a Child (2021). She is a mom of four beautiful children who have taught her patience, perseverance, and compassion and that we’re all wonderfully unique individuals with our own unfolding stories. 



    Sabrina’s experience working with children has inspired her drive for innovation and inter-professional collaboration. In 2019, she founded Enabling Adaptations, a private therapy company focused on helping parents and caregivers to find ways to effectively understand and communicate their child’s needs in order to create positive environments where children can reach their greatest potential. 



    Sabrina is an award-winning entrepreneur and shares her successful approach to improving children’s lives at speaking engagements, parenting workshops, and more. Sabrina holds a post-professional Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Sabrina resides just outside Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and children.



    Listen in as we talk about:



    Living by ‘the schedule’. Sabrina shares that with four busy kids, activities, and lives, living by their schedule is what keeps them on track every week.

    How to better understand your children and their stories. Sabrina explains how as parents, we need to start by understanding ourselves in order to understand our children.

    Being curious with your children. For Sabrina, the key is having this curiosity with our children. It gives us more time to pause instead of making rash and judgmental decisions.

    Strategies to help communicate your child’s story to other people. Sometimes our kids have things going on within them that other people can’t comprehend. When we can listen to our children and understand them better, we can help them communicate their stories to others.







    Connect with Sabrina:



    * Instagram: @enablingadaptations https://www.instagram.com/enablingadaptations/

    * Facebook: @enablingadaptations https://www.facebook.com/enablingadaptations/

    * Website: https://www.enablingadaptations.com

    * Book: Understanding a Child the Occupational Therapy Way: Recognizing and Communicating the Unique Potential of a Child by Sabrina Adair https://enablingadaptations.com/resources/my-book/



     

    Connect with Tiana and The Part-Time Jungle Community:



    * Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/parttimejungle/

    * Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/parttimejungle/

    * Website: https://theparttimejungle.com



     

    LIVE BY THE SCHEDULE

    Sabrina explains, as most moms can relate, her kids have busy schedules packed with lots of activities! She shares how she lives by her family’s schedule that’s pre-planned out. This way, she knows who is doing what, who is going where, and when she has that schedule set up, she blocks her business into the gaps.

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    e058 – Through the Eyes of an Optometrist with Dr. Danielle Gordon

    e058 – Through the Eyes of an Optometrist with Dr. Danielle Gordon

    Dr. Danielle Gordon joins me on my podcast to talk about balance, being an alternative leader, education and optometry. Danielle is an optometrist and the owner of Sphere Optometry, a full-scope purpose-driven optometric practice and optical shop in Calgary Alberta.



    Sphere is all about kindness and connection, ocular and holistic wellness, and giving back to their local and global community. Also, the team at Sphere harbors a deep love for independent hand-crafted eyewear, and delivering intuitive and compassionate care. Sphere is also the home of the Fit to Read Project, a project that Danielle launched to connect books with kids in need.  



    Danielle graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degree, both with honors. Since then, she has been passionate about helping her patients to live fully and joyfully, and creating positive impact in the world around her. Outside of work, Danielle loves to spend time with her husband and two young children, get her heart rate up with a good run, and relax with a good book and hot cup of coffee.

    Listen in as we talk about:



    * Finding grace in balance. Danielle shares how she’s still learning to find balance, and the importance of giving herself grace in the process.

    * Being an alternative leader. Challenge the stereotypes around what it means to be a leader.

    * Optometry for kids. As an optometrist, Danielle shares with us signs to look out for in terms of eye health, and how to find the right optometrist for your kids.

    * Education as a tool. Danielle values education, reading and learning and speaks about the importance of access to books and how this led her to create the Fit to Read Project.







    Connect with Danielle:



    * Instagram: 



    * @sphereyyc https://www.instagram.com/sphereyyc/

    * @fittoreadproject https://www.instagram.com/fittoreadproject/

    * @dckloepfer https://www.instagram.com/dckloepfer/





    * Facebook:



    * @sphereyyc https://www.facebook.com/sphereyyc





    * Website: https://sphereoptometry.ca/



     

    Connect with Tiana and The Part-Time Jungle Community:



    * Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/parttimejungle/

    * Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/parttimejungle/

    * Website: https://theparttimejungle.com







    FINDING GRACE IN BALANCE

    “Am I doing the best with what I have? Am I doing the best that I can in this moment?”



    It’s no secret that as moms, we welcome all the tips and tricks when it comes to finding balance between work, kids and everything else! I asked Danielle to share how she juggles it all, and she candidly tells listeners that for her, finding balance is definitely a work in progress. Her perspective is a permission slip for all parents who don’t have a ‘fail proof’ system in place (hint: almost all of us)! 



    Danielle really tries to be fully present in whatever she is doing. In the motherhood and work juggle, you are wearing a lot of hats. When Danielle is wearing her ‘work hat’ she tries to focus on work. When she is with her kids, she tries to truly compartmentalize and put aside work. She tries to really enjoy her children for what they are bringing. They grow up so fast! When it comes to the idea of balance, she shares that for her and her family,

    • 51 min
    e057 – Chasing Likes with Carlee Krtolica

    e057 – Chasing Likes with Carlee Krtolica

    Do you ever wonder what it’s really like to be an influencer and to be chasing likes? What really goes on behind the scenes?



    My guest Carlee Krtolica is a Calgary mom of 2 girls, a blogger, content creator, social media influencer at Styled to Sparkle, and the author of the book Chasing Likes. She is also a freelance interior designer and a sommelier with her WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) Level 2 Certification. 



    Her blog and social media are a direct reflection of her daily life with her family, home projects, outdoor adventures, global travel, fine food, wine, and spirits and so much more. Carlee wants to share what makes her life easier in the hopes that it will make your life easier too!



    Listen in as we talk about:



    * Chasing likes. Carlee gets real about her experience and success as an influencer. 

    * Knowing your limits. Carlee gives us insight into how she ‘does it all’, and it comes with knowing when, and what, to outsource.

    * Following your passions. When our passion runs deep within us, that’s when we know we’re living in our purpose. Carlee shares how she continues to follow her passions in her business and tapping into her wildest dreams by writing a book.

    * Living in the ‘pinch me’ moments. You know those moments in life when it almost feels surreal to have the opportunities you have? Carlee gives us insight into her favourite



     

    Connect with Carlee:



    * Instagram: @styledtosparkle https://www.instagram.com/styledtosparkle/

    * Facebook: @styledtosparkle https://www.facebook.com/styledtosparkle/

    * Website:  https://www.styledtosparkle.com



    * Blog Post: Carlee’s nursery for her second daughter

    * Blog Post: Carlee’s kitchen





    * Book: Chasing Likes by Carlee Krtolica





    Connect with Tiana and The Part-Time Jungle Community:



    * Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/parttimejungle/

    * Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/parttimejungle/

    * Website: https://theparttimejungle.com







    CHASING LIKES

    Are you thinking about being an influencer? Carlee asks, “Are you sure you want to do this?”. Being an influencer is a lot more work than you might think. There are many decisions to make about the content you are going to create in terms of what you want to share, how much you want to share, and how authentic you want to be. You need to really think about why you would want to get into this space. It might seem like you just snap some photos and get some free stuff but that is not how it works these days. 



     



    KNOWING YOUR LIMITS

    “Not everything you see is real. Give yourself some grace and ask for help.”



    On social media, it can appear that people have it all together, that they, themselves, are ‘doing it all’, and that their lives are perfect - almost too good to be true. Carlee gives us insight into how she ‘does it all’, and it comes with knowing when, and what, to outsource. She shares how important it is to know our limits, so that we have the time and energy to pour back into the things we love during the day; like spending time with our loved ones, working on projects that bring us joy, and filling up our own cup.

    • 35 min
    e056 – Project Management for Parents with Hilary Kinney

    e056 – Project Management for Parents with Hilary Kinney

    How does a project manager organize her family and home? And what are the benefits to having planned out systems in place when it comes to things like chores and household responsibilities? This episode is jam-packed with amazing tips to manage boundaries, workload, time and energy so you can spend more of your time doing what you love.



    Joining me is Hilary Kinney, a project director with 18 years of experience at a Fortune 500 company. She is also the proud mother of an elementary school student. Her recent parenting accomplishments include teaching him to, among other things, plan his day independently, make dinner, and get his chores done without complaining - most of the time. Her career achievements range from facilitating a C-suite-sponsored customer recognition program across 7,000 Marriott properties globally, to directing special projects for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company President’s office. 



    Hilary earned a B.S. in Hotel Administration from Cornell University. She holds a Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification from the Project Management Institute, as well as a Change Practitioner Certification from the Prosci® Change Management Leadership Center.  She lives with her family in the Washington, D.C. area.

    Listen in as we talk about:



    * Prioritizing as a family. Hilary developed this concept based on the theory of constraints, which means managing to our limits.

    * Creating ‘white space’. We discuss adding more space in our lives to just live and be present.

    * Strategies to help families manage times of change. Hilary shares her best tips when it comes to helping families navigate change.

    * Working together as a family team. There are ways to get our family on the same team, and Hilary talks about the ways that work for her family.

    * Favourite organizational systems to use as a family. How do we get our family organized? Hilary teaches us how she keeps track of her family in her home.



     

    Connect with Hilary



    * Instagram: @pmforparents https://www.instagram.com/pmforparents/

    * Facebook: @ParentsProjects https://www.facebook.com/ParentsProjects

    * Website: https://www.projectmanagementforparents.com/

    * Book: Project Management for Parents by Hilary Kinney https://www.projectmanagementforparents.com/book



     

    Connect with Tiana and The Part-Time Jungle Community:



    * Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/parttimejungle/

    * Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/parttimejungle/

    * Website: https://theparttimejungle.com







    PRIORITIZING AS A FAMILY

    Hilary developed the concept of prioritizing as a family based on the theory of constraints, which means managing to our limits. This can be a bit counter-cultural and different from what we're used to hearing, because we're used to thinking about how to maximize our time and get as much done as possible in the amount of time that we have. The project management theory of constraints flips that on its head and focuses on what our limits are and what we need to be restricted by.





     





    CREATING 'WHITE SPACE'

    “No matter how organized you are, if you've got too much going on categorically, you're not going to be able to make it happen.” 



    Creating white space is imperative for busy families. The idea is that it’s like a buffer of free time where you don’t have anything scheduled or plan...

    • 42 min
    e055 – Healthy Food Choices for Busy Moms with Dr. Abha Sharma

    e055 – Healthy Food Choices for Busy Moms with Dr. Abha Sharma

    How do we build healthier food choices when we’re busy, tired and overwhelmed? It isn’t always the first thing we want to do, even though we know it will make us feel better in the long run. What if there was a better way? An easier way? That’s what we’re talking about with Dr. Abha Sharma on this podcast episode.



    Abha is a Health and Wellness Coach for Professional Working Moms. In her work, she helps working moms glow up through hormone health + living a holistic lifestyle. She combines wisdom from her personal journey AND the scientifically proven Precision Nutrition Methodology to guide women to truly radiate from within. Abha is also a Pediatrician, IBCLC, and the host of The Health Has No Finishline Podcast; a weekly podcast which dives into subjects such as body image, emotional eating, mindset, healthier living, and so much more. 

    Listen in as we talk about:



    * Creating more time. Abha talks about how to find more time in our days, and outsourcing the things that don’t light us up.

    Eating healthier and exercising. Abha shares the myths around both of these, and shares her best tips for incorporating more of each into our lives.

    Tips to have better food choices on hand. How we make better choices is through how prepared we allow ourselves to be. Abha shares her best tips for us. 







    Connect with Abha



    * Instagram: @_healthhasnofinishline https://www.instagram.com/_healthhasnofinishline/

    * Facebook: @AbhaSharmaHHNFL https://www.facebook.com/AbhaSharmaHHNFL



    Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/healthhasnofinishline





    * Website:  https://healthhasnofinishline.mykajabi.com/

    * Podcast: Health Has No Finish Line https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/health-has-no-finishline/id1533022406

    * Radiate From Within Membership: https://healthhasnofinishline.mykajabi.com/





    Connect with Tiana and The Part-Time Jungle Community:



    * Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/parttimejungle/

    * Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/parttimejungle/

    * Website: https://theparttimejungle.com







    OUR KIDS WANT LOVE

    We learn from so many experiences as moms. For Abha, the biggest learning experience has been to not get caught up in the little details and in trying to look perfect. We don’t need to fit in a box of what we think motherhood should look like. At the end of the day, our kids just want to spend time with us and feel loved. They don’t care about all the external details. 



     

    CREATING MORE TIME

    Abha talks about how to find more time in our days, and outsourcing the things that don’t light us up. She shares the story of what life was like before her daughter, when she had ample time to dedicate to working and spending time with her partner. She talks about what shifted within her when she became a mom, and how she decided to shift her focus and career. Of course, that didn’t give her the time back that she was looking for, as we all know we end up being even busier when we start up a new venture. Abha shares why it was necessary for her to outsource the things that were bogging down her creativity, and how her life and business started to flourish.



     

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

DDTL00 ,

Insight into Motherhood!

As a busy mom of three stumbling upon this podcast has been a gem. Getting to hear from other mothers about their ups and downs. Hearing from others is a reminder that motherhood is a journey. Like so many things finding connection creates a space for understanding and community.

C.Plesuk ,

Amazing podcast and host!

This podcast is taking such a refreshing, real and inclusive look at motherhood and work balance. Tiana is intuitive, open, honest and warm! She is so committed to creating this community to help women through this often stressful and lonely struggle of balancing motherhood and work. Thank you Tiana!

Kinia Romanowska ,

CEO, Pros&Babes

Tiana creates such an important space for moms to reflect on their journey as moms and professionals. She pours her heart and soul into creating an important conversation that every mom should be part of! Thank you for such a great podcast!

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