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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.

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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.

    e041 – Leaving the Nest

    e041 – Leaving the Nest

    THE PATH TO CONNECTION



    Avril Ewing is an ordained wedding officiant and celebrant who specializes in creating romantic and heartfelt wedding ceremonies for couples who are ready to take that next step in their lives together. She also coaches couples as they plan their weddings and coaches officiants who want to grow their business and crush their yearly goals! At the start of 2020, Avril started the year with a record number of bookings. In March, things all came crashing down. She watched her industry and business get wiped out and felt the devastating loss. At the same time, she was steering her 12-year-old son through all of the uncertainty, online school, missing his Grade 6 graduation, school trips, and friends. However, a simple shift in mindset from panic to calm created a roadmap that Avril used to guide both her family and her business to success. 



    In this episode:

    (1) Human Connection. Spending time with those with whom we allow ourselves to be close is vital to our many personal journeys.

    (2) A Fantastic Book. Loving What Is by Byron Katie brings a new and positive perspective to the table about doing “The Work” to see how our troubling thoughts are often based on misunderstanding.

    (3) The Right Path. If you are happy doing what you’re doing, nobody can tell you that you aren’t successful.

    (4) Comparison Culture. Social media’s toxic side and something that should not be engaged with.



    Connect with Avril:

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

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

    *Website: https://avrilewingofficiant.com



    Connect with Tiana and The Part-Time Jungle:

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

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

    *Website: https://theparttimejungle.com



    For detailed show notes for this episode:

    • 42 min
    e040 – The Path to Connection

    e040 – The Path to Connection

    THE PATH TO CONNECTION



    Avril Ewing is an ordained wedding officiant and celebrant who specializes in creating romantic and heartfelt wedding ceremonies for couples who are ready to take that next step in their lives together. She also coaches couples as they plan their weddings and coaches officiants who want to grow their business and crush their yearly goals! At the start of 2020, Avril started the year with a record number of bookings. In March, things all came crashing down. She watched her industry and business get wiped out and felt the devastating loss. At the same time, she was steering her 12-year-old son through all of the uncertainty, online school, missing his Grade 6 graduation, school trips, and friends. However, a simple shift in mindset from panic to calm created a roadmap that Avril used to guide both her family and her business to success. 



    In this episode:

    (1) Human Connection. Spending time with those with whom we allow ourselves to be close is vital to our many personal journeys.

    (2) A Fantastic Book. Loving What Is by Byron Katie brings a new and positive perspective to the table about doing “The Work” to see how our troubling thoughts are often based on misunderstanding.

    (3) The Right Path. If you are happy doing what you’re doing, nobody can tell you that you aren’t successful.

    (4) Comparison Culture. Social media’s toxic side and something that should not be engaged with.



    Connect with Avril:

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

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

    *Website: https://avrilewingofficiant.com



    Connect with Tiana and The Part-Time Jungle:

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

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

    *Website: https://theparttimejungle.com



    For detailed show notes for this episode:

    • 57 min
    e039 – TikTok Is For Moms

    e039 – TikTok Is For Moms

    Samantha, The TikTok Coach, is on a mission to convince businesses and brands that TikTok is not just for our teenagers! She is an entrepreneur, mom of two, and full-time TikTok Coach. When COVID-19 hit, her business (Travelling Munchkin) had to shut down and she had to pivot  - FAST. That's when she realized that she'd been using TikTok all along and had grown her following to over 125k in just months. Fast forward to today, Sam works with parents, social media strategists, coaches, lawyers, fitness trainers - you name it! Sam ensures all her clients are using the app as a sales funnel in finding their target audience and converting them into ACTUAL paying clients. 



     

    In this episode:



    Staying Present. Making sure that we’re in the moment & present with those around us allows us to form stronger connections with others.





    The Football Analogy. Think of your goals as the end zone & the journey as the football game. Keep taking the steps so you can get a touchdown.





    TikTok Goes the Clock. Despite what many people believe, you cannot be “too old” for TikTok & it’s a valuable tool to have.





    Marketing Pros. Given how unsaturated the app is, businesses can promote their goods & services without fear of the algorithm working against them.





    Setting Boundaries. By separating work & home, we can recharge & dedicate time to ourselves.



     

    Connect with Samantha:



    * Instagram: @thetiktokcoach

    * Facebook: @TheTikTokCoach



    * Free Facebook Group: TikTok YOUR Business - For Entrepreneurs Ready to Grow on TikTok





    * TikTok: @thetiktokcoachsamv

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



     

    Connect with Tiana and The Part-Time Jungle:



    * Instagram: @parttimejungle

    * Facebook: @parttimejungle

    * Website: https://theparttimejungle.com



     

    *Thank you to Emily Mc., my amazing professional student intern, who wrote the show notes for this episode!





    If you prefer to listen, check out Episode 39 of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast.





    STAYING PRESENT

    Samantha describes her home life as chaotic, she has two young kids at home who are both doing online school whilst she spends her days working from home. One tactic that she came up with was setting boundaries to calm the chaos, and let her children know when she’s working. Samantha also speaks about the importance of being present. Children often pick up when they aren’t getting enough attention, and being kids, they aren’t afraid to call people out on that. Whether it be that somebody is on their phone or half asleep, children pick up on these cues and risk exhibiting them when they’re older. This is why being present and giving children the attention they desire is important, it also keeps them engaged and excited to have a connection with you. 



     

    LEARN TO PIVOT

    At the beginning of the pandemic, Samantha’s travelling business came to a screeching halt, so it is no surprise that she is comfortable with adapting, or “pivoting”, as she describes it. In 2020, Samantha found it hard to find a COVID-friendly career that suited her, so she would use the TikTok app as a form of dist...

    • 22 min
    e038 – Learning Differently

    e038 – Learning Differently

    Delphine Rule is a mother, wife, teacher and strong believer that all children have the potential to make a difference no matter how difficult their learning struggle might be. Something else worth mentioning, she is Dyslexic, a disABILITY her children share. Does it define her? Absolutely not. It is simply just part of her journey, one she's navigated proudly. Learning to navigate both her own learning disability and her children's has led her to create Access to Education - an educational consulting business that supports families in finding their roadmaps to success.



     

    In this episode:



    Learning differently comes with challenges, opportunities, & successes. All brains are wired differently. What works for one, doesn't always work for another. 

    When navigating learning challenges with your child, trust your gut & ask for help.

    Your child’s learning profile highlights their strengths & needs & can be created with insights from you, your child’s teachers, your child &, in some cases, a psychoeducational assessment. 

    Create a circle of support around your child. Build relationships & have open communication with your child’s teachers so that you’re all on the same page.



     

    Connect with Delphine:



    * Instagram: @access2educationtoronto

    * Facebook: @Access2EducationToronto

    * Website: https://www.access2education.com/

    * Podcast: Access to Education



     

    Connect with Tiana and The Part-Time Jungle:



    * Instagram: @parttimejungle

    * Facebook: @parttimejungle

    * Website: https://theparttimejungle.com







    If you prefer to listen, check out Episode 38 of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast. 





    A LEARNING DIFFERENCE

    Delphine learned that she had a learning difference or learning disability when she was about seven or eight years old. This is mainly because she was put into a small class placement once she had a diagnosis of dyslexia. Prior to this, she moved around to different schools a couple of times. Different things were tried and things weren't working. This led to her parents having her assessed. With her diagnosis , Delphine’s parents were able to advocate for her, get her support, and put her on the right path.



     

    HER DIAGNOSIS

    For Delphine, her diagnosis has almost always been a part of who she is. As a child, it wasn’t something that she wore proudly. When she was younger, kids made fun of her because she was in the small class. She had to come from out of area to attend the school. Delphine felt like it wasn’t okay to have her diagnosis be a part of who she was. 



     

    THE GIFTS

    As Delphine grew up, she learned that there were a lot of gifts that came from her diagnosis. She learned that she had a lot of abilities because of her disability. As well, her disability gave her some advantages. For example, she got time and a half on exams. As well, she didn’t have to write her exams in the gym in university with 400 to 500 other people.

    • 48 min
    e037 – Time to Play

    e037 – Time to Play

    Dina Ottoni Battistessa is a mom to 3 active boys. She is also a wife, educator, entrepreneur, author and self proclaimed minimalista! Dina has always had a passion for supporting parents and children through the early years and beyond. She graduated with a Double major in Liberal Arts and Women Studies and went on to complete a Bachelor's Degree in Child Studies and Development from Concordia University, Montreal.⁠ By day Dina is the co-owner at Akidemy Preschool located in Calgary, Alberta and Akidemy Playbox. By night Dina is busy sharing all her tidbits and experience about children, parenting, and simple living on her blog and Instagram.⁠ Nothing short of ambitious, her goal is to continue to connect, grow and always share!⁠



     

    In this episode:



    * Carving out time. Creating structure & a routine allows us to have meaningful connection time with our kids & allows us to prioritize ourselves as parents.

    Kids need time to play. The skills and benefits will carry through with them throughout their lives.

    Sensory play encourages motor skill development, language development, scientific thinking, problem solving, & mindfulness. 

    Simple living involves everything having a place physically but also time management & a predictable environment. 



     

    Connect with Dina:



    * Instagram:



    * @move.play.mom 

    * @akidemypreschool

    * @akidemyplaybox





    * Facebook:



    * @moveplaymom

    * @akidemy





    * Websites:



    * https://moveplaymom.com

    * https://www.akidemy.ca

    * https://www.akidemyplaybox.com











    If you prefer to listen, check out Episode 37 of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast. 





    FAMILY OF ENTREPRENEURS

    Dina feels like she was born into a family of entrepreneurs. Her dad had his own business when she was growing up that‘s been in their family for almost 80 years. Dina’s husband is also self-employed. When they met, he had his own brick and mortar retail space. There was just something about that life, including the flexibility and being your own boss, that always appealed to Dina. This is not something that happens often in the field of Education. Dina’s career in early childhood education has always been in the nonprofit sector.



     

    WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP? 

    In 2004, when Dina first moved to Calgary, she was sitting at a coffee shop with her fiance (now husband). She was working for a large non-profit at the time and 24 years old. Her finance asked her, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. In the building where they were having coffee, there was a bay. She pointed to it and told him that she would want to open up her own preschool program in a bay in a little building like this right in the heart of a community. Then, she wouldn’t have the red tape of a board and change could happen more quickly. Her fiance told her that he hoped that she got that one day. Dina remembers walking away from that coffee outing feeling like she had just put her dream out to the universe.



     

    10 YEARS LATER

    Who would have ever thought that 10 years later, that's exactly where Akidemy would open their doors! Dina and her husband moved into that community in 2006 and go...

    • 52 min
    e036 – Behind the Scenes

    e036 – Behind the Scenes

    Catriona Le May Doan has represented Canada in speed skating in 4 Olympic Games. She took her place in the Canadian Olympic history books at Salt Lake City 2002 where she became the first Canadian athlete to successfully defend an Olympic gold medal in an individual event. Catriona had been a double medallist four years earlier at Nagano 1998, winning 500m gold in Olympic record time and winning a bronze medal in the 1000m. She was also given the honour of carrying the Canadian flag at the Closing Ceremony.



    Catriona was the world’s dominant female sprinter of the 1997-98 season. In November 1997 she became the first woman to break the 38-second barrier in the 500m, skating it in 37.90 seconds in Calgary. She lowered the mark five more times over the next four years, eventually setting the record at 37.22 seconds in December 2001, which stood until March 2007. At the 1998 World Single Distances Championships, she won gold in the 500m and silver in the 1000m. She was also crowned World Sprint Champion and was the overall World Cup champion in the 500m and 1000m.



    That dominance continued as she won the 500m world title in 1999 and 2001 to go with a bronze medal in 2000.



    With her impressive resume, Catriona was named Canadian flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony at Salt Lake City 2002, her fourth Olympic Games. She skated to another Olympic record – one that would not be broken until Sochi 2014 – to win her second straight gold medal in the 500m. She was named the 2002 recipient of the Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s Athlete of the Year and earned her third career (1998, 2001, 2002) Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canadian Female Athlete of the Year.



    Since her retirement from speed skating, Catriona has been heavily involved in the community through such organizations as The Saskatoon Foundation and the Catriona Le May Doan Endowment for Children and Youth. She is also an ambassador for the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Canada, Right to Play and Special Olympics Canada. She served on the Board of Directors for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and is a Board member of the Canada Games Council and the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary. Since 2019 she has been the President and CEO of Sport Calgary.



    Catriona was part of the broadcast team at five Olympic Games, earning a Gemini for Best Sports Analyst for her speed skating work at Vancouver 2010. She has received three honorary degrees from the University of Calgary, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina, giving the convocation speech to their graduating classes. Catriona was inducted to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 2008 and appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.



    Catriona served as the Lead Athlete Mentor for Team Canada at PyeongChang 2018 and will be Team Canada’s Chef de Mission at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games. She is also a mom of two kids! 



     

    In this episode:



    There are times for intense focus & times to stop, look around, & soak it all in. 

    Behind the scenes. There are the highlights & the successes & then, there is the rest of the story. 

    Be real with yourself so that you can be real with your kids. 

    Follow your own path. Love what you are doing. Do what is right for you. 

    Find out what gives you energy and allows you to recharge. 



     

    Connect with Catriona:



    * Instagram: @catrionald

    * Facebook: @catriona.doan

    * Sport Calgary: https://www.sportcalgary.ca







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    • 42 min

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