Is mom life always like this? Is it normal to feel tired and overwhelmed? How can I do all the things that come with being a mom and still make time for self-care? Am I the only one feeling like this? You are not alone! Welcome to the Mom Camp: Around the Campfire podcast. This is a space where you can find resources, hear encouragement and be part of a community: each week, host Gillian Behnke chats with busy moms who are experts in their field, hearing what they have to share and learning ways to make mom life simpler, more manageable, so we have the time and space to enjoy it.
Using movement to uplift and inspire in a challenging time: A chat with Karen Kobel
In this week's episode I am chatting Karen Kobel, owner of Kahlena Movement Studio. As the owner of a business that historically relied on in-person services, Karen had to pivot quickly when everything closed down last year. We chat about the challenges she faced in those first few months as she moved her business entirely online, and also what she did to stay balanced in her home life. Karen shares how her passion for movement and dance has been integral for her throughout her life, especially when things get tough. She shares different ways that she uses movement in self-care, and to help her focus and process.
Karen's other passion has always been community, and her love of flash mobs and community dances is legendary. During the evening cheers for the front line workers, Karen and her dance class members would go to a local hospital to dance and bring joy to the staff and other cheerers. She also started regular visits to entertain residents at local long-term care and assisted living facilities. Throughout this season, Karen and her dancers has inspired so many in the community, bringing light in what can often be a dark time.
For the full show notes, Karen's bio, contact details, and videos of her community performances for the front line workers, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
Meal planning tips and cooking hacks: A chat with Christine Pittman from COOKtheSTORY
In this week's episode I am chatting with Christine Pittman of COOKtheSTORY. We are chatting about meal planning and meal prep, and as the author of over 40 cookbooks, she is definitely an expert in these areas. Christine started blogging recipes and cooking tips over 10 years ago, and she has a gift for simplifying instructions and making awesome dishes totally manageable. As a less-than-confident cook, I am ALL about simple and manageable. We chat about how to make meal planning work for your family, and I get her insights into which counter-top cooking appliance is her favourite - Instapot, Air Fryer, or slow cooker. I can honestly say, she inspired me to cook more often. And that is saying a LOT, lol. Enjoy!
You can find the full show notes, Christine's bio, and her contact info at www.momcaplife.com/podcast.
Mastering your money mindset: A chat with Kayla Lyon
In this week's episode I am chatting with money and life coach Kayla Lyon. Kayla works with women and their families to help them set and accomplish their financial goals. We talk about the common limiting beliefs that we can carry, where they come from, and how she helps people overcome them. Money is something that can cause so much stress in a family, but it's also one of those things that people rarely talk about openly. Kayla firmly believes that we should talk about money as openly as possible, and she is working to remove the taboos and stigmas that typically get attached to the topic.
We chat about the common belief that we need to work hard, and to work long hours to be "successful," having the length of time we work become a measure of our worth. We chat about the ideas of scarcity and abundance, how we define "rich" versus "poor," and how those definitions can be shifted. Kayla poses some really great questions about how you feel about regular tasks, like logging into your bank account, paying your bills, etc, and how those gut reactions can give you some great insight into your mindset as a place to start.
This is an awesome conversation about a topic that can often be difficult to talk about. Kayla makes it simple and accessible, and I definitely came away from our chat inspired to make a few shifts myself.
You can read the full show notes, see Kayla's bio, and get details on her free resources, at https://www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
Recovery from productivity and perfectionism: A chat with Tasha Skillin
In this week's episode I am chatting with Tasha Skillin. Tasha shares her journey of her life as a perfectionist, people pleaser, and productivity junkie. We talk about the trap of "busy" becoming a measure of our self-worth. She shares how she pushed herself to the point of total burnout and chronic illness, leaving her bed-bound for two years. She went from being a six-figure earner in a direct sales business to zero income, and had to figure out how build her life back. She was told she wouldn't get better but refused to accept her prognosis, and dove into personal development and exploring all the possible ways she could pursue and achieve recovery. Meditation, self-care, reflection, and eventually writing a book on gratitude led her to her new path. Tasha now coaches women to help them realize meaningful impact, without the burnout and negative impacts to family and relationships.
Tasha shares awesome tips on how to start changing our habits, and that story we tell ourselves of why we need to be doing "all of the things all of the time." This is an important conversation for any mom who edges towards perfectionism, people pleasing, and addiction to the "busy."
Curating a strategy for your life: A chat with Nicole Seawell
In this week's episode I am chatting with Nicole Seawell, a life strategist. It was such a fascinating conversation, and she explains how she helps her clients actually develop a strategic plan for their life. She uses the Enneagram and a method called the Science of Timing, which is a very cool concept that identifies your personal timing for when each of your strengths are at their best. She then customizes and curates a plan for each individual, using all the data she gathers using these tools. It's all about setting yourself on a path towards your own best life. It's a totally inspiring conversation and I left our chat totally fired up. Enjoy!
For the full show notes, Nicole's bio, and her contact info, got to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.
Knowing when it's okay to drop some balls: A chat with Naomi Tucker from Planners on Purpose
In this week's episode I am chatting with Naomi Tucker from Planners on Purpose. Naomi is a professional meeting and event planner and a mom, and is very familiar with high stress and long days. Even working in an industry that demands adaptability, quick response, and frequent pivoting, nothing can prepare someone for the impact of a global pandemic. Unsure of what would unfold, Naomi has navigated through the unknowns and helped companies to stay connected in a virtual setting. Added pressure that comes with being a leader in that space is the feeling like you can't stop, you can't take a break, or you will lose relevance and opportunity.
With juggling the pressures of work, momming, and virtual school, we chat about when it's okay to drop some of the balls. It's about know which balls to drop, which battles to fight. She has some fantastic advice about little adjustments we can make, shuffling things around, to ensure our families can thrive in these challenging days. It's all about doing what works for you and your family in this season, and releasing the expectations of what we think we "should" be doing and how we should be doing it.
Novelist Nora Roberts once gave some awesome advice that completely connects with today's episode: "The key to juggling is to know that some of the balls you have in the air are made of plastic & some are made of glass. And if you drop a plastic ball, it bounces, no harm done. If you drop a glass ball, it shatters, so you have to know which balls are glass and which are plastic and prioritize catching the glass ones."
To read the full show notes, Naomi's bio and contact info, go to www.momcamplife.com/podcast.