14 episodes

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

    • Parenting
    • 5.0, 19 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.

    e000 – Teaser – The Part-Time Jungle

    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

    • 2 min
    e013 – Racism & Inclusion in Motherhood & Work

    e013 – Racism & Inclusion in Motherhood & Work

    RACISM & INCLUSION IN MOTHERHOOD & WORK

    Jennifer Singh is a former TV reporter turned PR strategist and media coach who specializes in storytelling, public relations, and marketing. Jennifer launched She’s Newsworthy Media to help female entrepreneurs and business owners increase media attention for their brands by pitching their expertise to the media. So far, she's helped over 35 women land media spots on all of the most popular TV shows (The Social, CP24 Breakfast, and Breakfast TV just to name a few!). She is also mom to two little boys Dominick and Marcus ages 5 and 2.



     



    In this episode:



    Layers of challenges with racism and inclusion in motherhood and work can be invisible and aren’t a part of our conversations and discourse. 

    Open dialogue about racism, anti-racism, discrimination, and inclusion in our work and with our families is needed. 

    Ongoing action for inclusivity and anti-racism in all aspects of business and the workplace including marketing is essential. 

    Share your expertise & story. The media is looking for fresh perspectives and voices to bring a unique angle to what’s happening in our world. 



     



    Connect with Jennifer:



    Instagram: @shesnewsworthy



    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/shesnewsworthy/



    Website: https://www.shesnewsworthy.com/



    Get a FREE Media Pitch Template that you can download

    Find out more about “Media Success Coaching” - Jennifer’s most successful program that includes one-on-one time



     20 people in that program have landed media spots so far! 













    On this episode of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast, I had an amazing conversation with Jennifer about racism and inclusion in motherhood and work. Jennifer shared her story with the layers of challenges in motherhood and work as a woman of colour. She discussed the need for open dialogue about racism, anti-racism, discrimination, and inclusion in our work and with our families and how ongoing action for inclusivity and anti-racism in all aspects of business and the workplace including marketing is essential. Jennifer also talked about helping her clients share their expertise and stories because the media is looking for fresh perspectives and voices to bring a unique angle to what’s happening in our world.  



     



    If you prefer to listen, check out Episode 13 of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast. 







    I am so appreciative to Jennifer for having this conversation with me about racism and inclusion in motherhood and work. The three values that she lives and works by are authenticity, transparency, and empowerment and these definitely came through in our dialogue. 





    JENNIFER'S MOTHERHOOD & WORK JOURNEY:

    Starting in 2010, Jennifer had a position working in a secure job with benefits, being paid by the government, where she was providing transit updates on a TV station. Jennifer and her husband were trying to get pregnant for 3 years and shortly after becoming pregnant, she was laid off from this position. The timing ended up working out well though as Jennifer used this time as an opportunity to transition into being an entrepreneur. She built her website and got business photographs taken. Because she had suffered a recent miscarriage, she also suffered from anxiety during this pregnany so being at home prior to the birth of her first baby in 2015, was the best thing that she could have done. Ultimately,

    • 32 min
    e012 – Look & Feel Your Best Mama

    e012 – Look & Feel Your Best Mama

    LOOK & FEEL YOUR BEST MAMA

    Rowena Sampang is a mom of two young boys, a Marketing/Communications/Digital Consultant, and the Owner of an adorable boutique based in Calgary and Okotoks called Pink Liberty, offering women cute, modern clothing at an affordable price.



     



    In this episode:



    Strategies for success as you carve your path and pursue your passions.

    Looking and feeling your best in clothes that fit.

    The winning formula for shopping for clothes online.

    Having fun and being authentic and vulnerable on social media. 



     



    Connect with Rowena for fashion advice, style advice, and, even, life advice!



    Website: https://shoppinkliberty.com/



    Instagram: @shoppinkliberty



    Facebook: @shoppinkliberty



    Pink Liberty boutique is located at “Bliss” in Okotoks, Alberta: https://www.blissboss.ca



    * 9 women share the Bliss space including Rowena with her beautiful boutique!



     



    From Rowena: 



    * Book: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron - The method that Rowena uses for her morning journaling is based on this book!









     



    On this episode of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast, I had an amazing conversation with Rowena about carving her path, pursuing her dreams, and strategies that have helped her along the way. We also talked about looking and feeling your best in clothes that actually fit, the winning formula for clothing shopping online, and having fun as well as being authentic and vulnerable on social media. 



     



    If you prefer to listen, check out Episode 12 of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast. 







    Rowena and I had a fantastic conversation! She is genuine, kind, has an incredible sense of style, and has some pretty fantastic dance moves! Have you checked out her fun TikTok videos on Instagram? You should! Rowena’s words of wisdom: “Don’t forget yourself.” She built Pink Liberty as a haven for women to remember their inner fabulos-ity through fashion and style. Her mantra is—put on a little lipstick, a great outfit and take a deep breath, because YOU matter. She wants to help women look and feel their best.





    PAYING ATTENTION TO THE NUDGES

    Rowena used to work full time in marketing and communications in the oil and gas industry. She had a comfortable position reporting to the president of the company she worked for. Rowena had a salary, benefits, and a car allowance. She enjoyed her job and the people that she worked with but she always knew that she would start a business at some point. Rowena had an itch that this would be something involving fashion. 



     

    ASKING THE QUESTIONS

    So.... she proposed, to the company that she was working for, that she move from a full-time salary position to a part-time contract role. Because of the relationship that she had with them, they were fully supportive of this option! For the past three years, she has been juggling this part-time contract work along with building Pink Liberty. 



    THE JUGGLE

    In general, making the transition from working full time with your work friends, bringing your lunch to work, commuting, having set office hours, having someone dictate your day TO being an entr...

    • 44 min
    e011 – Winning at Health & Nutrition

    e011 – Winning at Health & Nutrition

    WINNING AT HEALTH & NUTRITION

    Suzanne Carpenter is a mom of 4 children, a Certified Nutritional Consultant, and the CEO and Founder of CarpenterOne80, a virtual nutrition education company, whose mission is to provide affordable and simple programs that can clear up food confusion so that people can win at losing weight.  



     



    In this episode:



    How our own personal growth and powerful stories can inspire action and positive change for others.

    Making our self-care, including health and nutrition, a priority sets an impactful example for our kids.

    Family meal ideas that are healthy, quick, easy, delicious and with a winning combination of protein, fat, and fiber.



     



    Website: www.CarpenterOne80.com



    Instagram 



    Facebook 



    From Suzanne:



    * On her website, get 7 Days FREE (test drive) SOS (Suz On Your Shoulder) 





    Daily soundbites (3-4 minutes long) teaching you what you need in the right sequence so you gain control over food

    $15 a month if you decide it is a fit

    Use promo code JUNGLE to get 4 different types of grocery lists to make getting the right foods in your home in a doable, simple, and straightforward way





    Book Suggestion: “The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery” by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile









     



    On this episode of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast, I had a fantastic conversation with Suzanne about the key pivots in her motherhood/work journey, self-care when it comes to winning at health and nutrition, and practical tips and strategies for feeding our families. 



    If you prefer to listen, check out Episode 11 of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast. 







    I really enjoyed the opportunity to connect with Suzanne! She is incredibly warm and fun to chat with! She is the REAL DEAL! Right off the hop she talked about how she still turns the odd load of white laundry pink! And.... I love that being classroom teachers has been something that has been a part of both of our journeys! Suzanne’s words of wisdom: “Today is a really good day to start.”





    PIVOTS, TRANSITIONS, & CHANGE

    Suzanne has had many moments of transition and change along her journey of swinging motherhood and work. She was a first grade teacher but found as a mom, although she loved teaching, that she wanted to be home more with her family. She left teaching and stayed home with her kids while her husband worked full-time at a job that involved a great deal of travel.





    A BIG MOVE

    In 2009, there was a bit of recession with an impact in the auto industry which was the sector that her husband worked in. Looking for a more secure work opportunity given the economic circumstances, Suzanne’s family moved from Michigan to Mississippi. The move resulted in her husband  having a position where he could be home at night but also came with a 40% pay cut. This change in finances was not something that they talked about but it was an underlying source of stress and worry for both Suzanne and her husband. 



     

    DIRECT SALES

    Suzanne went to the gym one day where one of her girlfriends mentioned an opportunity with a direct sales company selling nutritional products and coaching clients. Suzanne decided that this was something that she could do to...

    • 40 min
    e010 – Keeping It REAL in Motherhood & Work

    e010 – Keeping It REAL in Motherhood & Work

    KEEPING IT REAL IN MOTHERHOOD & WORK

     



    Vivian Rajic is a full time working from home boss mom to 2 boys and the founder of REAL Biz Moms. Vivian's personal experience of isolation and her feelings of unworthiness as a mother is what led her to create a safe, supportive and empowering community where mothers can be REAL and where they can flourish in life and in business together.



     







    In this episode:



    The importance of being REAL (Recognized, Empowered, Authentic, and Loved) in motherhood and work

    How there are many ways to be a good mom; there isn’t just one way.

    Taking small steps can create a motherhood village with incredible connection and community. 



     



    Connect with Vivian:



    Website: https://www.realbizmoms.com



    Instagram 



    Facebook 







    On this episode of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast, I had a great conversation with Vivian Rajic about the importance of being REAL in motherhood and work, how there are many ways to be a good mom, and how taking small steps can foster connection and community in building a motherhood village. 



     



    If you prefer to listen, check out Episode 10 of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast.   



     



    I really enjoyed the opportunity to chat with Vivian! I have had the privilege to meet Vivian in person and when I did, she greeted me with a big hug. She is a warm and caring person who does an incredible job of facilitating connection and building community! Her words of wisdom: “Do what works best for you” and “Go at your own pace”. 



     







    HOW REAL BIZ MOMS GOT STARTED

    When Vivian had her first child, she had this image of what being a mom “looked like”. This included staying at home, having fresh, home cooked meals three times a day, having a clean house, and constantly having activities planned throughout the day. However, she was not enjoying motherhood because she felt like she wasn’t doing the things that she SHOULD be. She was frustrated, angry, and unhappy. 



     



    Vivian attended an event hosted by an organization supporting women entrepreneurs. She enjoyed it and left feeling empowered. However, Vivian wasn’t sure of her next steps which left her feeling overwhelmed. Many of the women at the event weren’t moms and that’s where the disconnect was for her. Vivian decided that there should be the same sort of group created for moms in order to ignite a flame in mothers. This is how Real Biz Moms came to be! 







    WHAT DOES BEING “REAL” MEAN?

    REAL is an acronym that stands for Recognized, Empowered, Authentic, and Loved. For Vivian being “Recognized” means having moms recognize themselves and THEIR hopes and dreams. As moms, we often are thinking about everyone else and can lose sight of who we are and what we want to do and accomplish.



     



    Being “Empowered” is about having a community that can uplift us, empower us, and get us out of a rut when we are having those hard times and when we are struggling.



     



    “Authentic” addresses the importance of being who we are. With social media, we are constantly comparing ourselves to one another and we see all these amazing moms doing all these amazing things. Our real lives are filled with good times AND hard times and it helps to have a safe space to be our authentic selves.



     



    Finally,

    • 18 min
    e009 – Working in Ways That Work

    e009 – Working in Ways That Work

    WORKING IN WAYS THAT WORK

     



    Lisa Pedersen is a work from home mom of two children as well as a Social Media Mentor and Strategist and the owner of Lisa Pedersen Media. She teaches business owners how to use social media effectively and to create social media plans that are smart, simple and sustainable. 



     



    In this episode:



    The wins and challenges of working from home

    How a flexible work schedule in a corporate job and being a small business owner can fit well with a work/family juggle. 

    How paying attention to conversations and experiences (those signs from the “universe”) can take us in a new direction and lead us to great opportunities! 



     



    Website: lisapedersen.ca



    Instagram 



    Facebook 



    From Lisa: Lisa's Favourite Planner - The Happy Planner







     



    On this episode of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast, I had a fantastic conversation with Lisa Pedersen about the wins and challenges of working from home, how flexible work in a former corporate role and now being a small business owner have been great opportunities that fit well with her motherhood and work, juggle, and how listening to the signs from the “universe” helped to get her to where she is today!



     



    If you prefer to listen, check out Episode 9 of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast. 



     







     



    Chatting with Lisa was like having a cup of tea with an old friend! She is incredibly warm, kind, and “real” about the wins and challenges of juggling motherhood and work. Her words of wisdom: “Have boundaries. There is beauty in doing things for ourselves so that we can be the best version of ourselves.”



     







     

    FULL TIME TO FLEXIBLE WORK

    Lisa has a background in marketing and design with a degree in design. After her first maternity, Lisa returned to working a full-time schedule in a corporate role for a small company while her daughter was at daycare. She found this so hard though - like her heart was being ripped out of her chest hard! The daycare that her daughter went to was a wonderful place but it meant that her daughter wasn’t with her and it was all day. Lisa thought that ½ day would have lessened that heart ache 



     



    After about a year and a half, she asked about having a flexible schedule. Her employer agreed to this and she was able to fulfill all her responsibilities being in the office 3 days a week and working from home the other 2 days. Even though she wasn’t always in the office, she was accessible and experiencing success. 



     



    Unfortunately, the work environment became toxic when a new manager came on board who didn’t like Lisa’s flexible work approach. She would be criticized for not being in the office for a meeting but, at home, she always made herself readily available to hop onto conference calls as needed. She felt like she was being pushed out of her job and she felt like she wanted to get out. She wasn’t happy and this wasn’t what she wanted for her family. 



     

    FLEXIBLE WORK - IT’S A MINDSET

    Although what Lisa experienced in her corporate job happened 10 years ago, and businesses have come a long way, there still exists some lack of openness around flexibility in the workplace. One outlier, who doesn’t do their part or who takes advantage of the flexibility,

    • 38 min

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19 Ratings

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So real and insightful

This podcast speaks to me... as a single mom who is working on my balance (ugh, that word!) and finding my passion in my 40’s, this is exactly what I need to feel like someone understands and can give a little guidance!

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Relatable and validating

The content really resonates and it provided validation from a compassionate person. I loved the vulnerability of the host and guest - I can connect to that! Looking forward to more episodes!

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Authentic podcast!

Had the pleasure of meeting Tiana at a workshop last month. She is just as lovely in person as in the podcast! Loved the podcast!

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