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Are you a mom who is ready to live a truly E.P.I.C. life? A few months before a big milestone birthday, host Julie Neale, a life and leadership coach, community builder and mom to two high-energy boys, decided to stop sidelining her dreams and become the hero of her own journey. She created this show to help light her way by gathering words of wisdom and lessons learned from other mothers further ahead on their quest. Join in for intimate conversations with a diverse group of inspiring mothers as they share how they are living an E.P.I.C. life, engaging mindfully with their children (E), passionately and purposefully making a difference beyond their family (P), investing in themselves (I), and connecting to a strong support network (C). Come along with Julie and you are sure to find some treasures of your own.

Mother's Quest Podcast Julie Neale

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    • 4.9 • 45 Ratings

Are you a mom who is ready to live a truly E.P.I.C. life? A few months before a big milestone birthday, host Julie Neale, a life and leadership coach, community builder and mom to two high-energy boys, decided to stop sidelining her dreams and become the hero of her own journey. She created this show to help light her way by gathering words of wisdom and lessons learned from other mothers further ahead on their quest. Join in for intimate conversations with a diverse group of inspiring mothers as they share how they are living an E.P.I.C. life, engaging mindfully with their children (E), passionately and purposefully making a difference beyond their family (P), investing in themselves (I), and connecting to a strong support network (C). Come along with Julie and you are sure to find some treasures of your own.

    Throwback Thursday: A Call for Kinetic Partnership with While Black’s Darius Hicks

    Throwback Thursday: A Call for Kinetic Partnership with While Black’s Darius Hicks

    For this Throwback Thursday, just after Father’s Day, I knew I wanted to bring you this episode with my friend, an incredible father and podcaster at the While Black Podcast, Darius Hicks. 
     
    This past week in the United States, in addition to Father’s Day, we also acknowledged Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) an annual commemoration of the effective end of slavery in the United States after the Civil War. It came when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to ensure all those enslaved were freed, a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. It’s considered the longest-running African American holiday and last year in 2021 became a federal holiday. 
     
    For those of us who are not Black, Juneteenth is an opportunity to learn more about the history of slavery, to reflect on how much more is needed for Black people to be truly free in this country, and to recommit to antiracism. 
     
    Just over a month since a white gunman killed 10 Black people at a supermarket in Buffalo, one of the deadliest racist massacres in recent U.S. history, this conversation with Darius is a necessary call to action to learn more and identify how we can be part of the change that is needed. 
     
    Darius gifted us with exceptional insight, perspective, and vulnerability in this conversation. I’m honored to share it with you again.
     
    So join us in this episode as we celebrate amazing fathers all over the world!
     
    About Darius:
     
    Darius has always displayed an entrepreneurial and activist spirit. Since his youth, he has dedicated his time to those around him in hopes of bettering them while he better himself. It began by volunteering as a camp counselor from middle school through high school, and grew via mentorship and tutoring in college all the way to his membership role in the 100 Black Men and as an advocate for African Americans through his work on the While Black Podcast. Vince wholeheartedly believes James Baldwin's quote “To be Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be a rage almost all the time”. However, he chooses to channel that rage into a place that allows him to change the narrative on black folks while he helps to empower those same black folks.
     
    Earning his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Southern University A&M in Baton Rouge LA (1999) and his MBA from Queens University in Charlotte NC (2005), Vince has gained valuable experience in multiple industries.
     
    He has excelled in multiple industries and enjoyed a career spanning 20+ years with opportunities in Engineering, Consumer packaged goods, Corporate retail giants, and now the Social/tech industry.
     
    In addition, he is a successful entrepreneur and founder of Aveo Big and Tall Golf Apparel which rose to become the #1 big and tall golf apparel offering in Golfsmith stores and was distributed nationally and internationally via various outlets including but not limited to Dicks Sporting Good, GolfSmith, and Golf Galaxy. He has since sold the rights to the Aveo name and divested from the company.
     
    However, he has altered his focus by aligning his passions with his promise and ensuring his time is invested accordingly as he focuses on improving the black world and the global community through and with black people. His latest endeavor is laser-focused on impacting and improving the people around him. Specifically, he is the creator and co-host of the While Black Podcast a podcast focused on empowering, educating, and inspiring African Americans to go and grow. While Black tells stories by, from, and for African Americans and pairs those stories with expert and credible guests who can communicate wisdom and success strategies helping us to achieve, accomplish, and overcome.
     
    Connect with Darius:
    • Facebook: @whileblackpodcast
    • Instagram: @while_black
    • Twitter: @Whileblackpc
     
    Topics Discussed in this Episode:
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep 90: Different is not Deficient with Normal Sucks Author Jonathan Mooney

    Ep 90: Different is not Deficient with Normal Sucks Author Jonathan Mooney

    Welcome to this year's special Father's Day episode with Jonathan Mooney, an amazing father who is also a dyslexic writer, speaker, activist, and self-described “do-gooder.” Jonathan didn’t learn to read until he was 12-years-old, was told he would be a high school dropout, and end up in jail.   But, instead, he forged a path to Brown University where he co-founded an organization and co-wrote a book to help neurodivergent students like himself succeed in college, all on the way to graduating with an honors degree in English.

    He’s since become a champion for neurological and physical diversity for more than two decades, and his award-winning advocacy projects have been featured in major media outlets including the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, HBO, NPR, Fast company, and many others.

    In this episode, Jonathan goes deep and wide about the pervasive impact of institutionalized and cultural ableism and his quest to help himself and others with differences understand they are not deficient. We hear the powerful story of Jonathan’s own mother and how she inspired him to reframe his language and his thinking about his differences. And Jonathan walks us through how systemic change can not only make our world more inclusive for people with differences, but through universal design, make things better for everyone.

    You’ll want to listen to this episode with a pen and paper, prepare to rewind and listen again, and then get ready for a part two with Jonathan and my neurodivergent son Ryan. He’s off to college in the fall and eager to learn from Jonathan, not only about how he can thrive but also about how he can use his voice for advocacy and help make his university more inclusive for all.

    I hope you enjoy this first of two with Jonathan Mooney and have a wonderful Father’s Day!
     
    More About Jonathan:
     
    Jonathan Mooney is a dyslexic writer and activist who did not learn to read until he was 12 years old. He is a graduate of Brown University and holds an honors degree in English Literature. At Brown, he became the co-founder of Project Eye-To-Eye, a widely duplicated mentoring program for disabled students. He is also a winner of the prestigious Truman Scholarship for graduate studies in creative writing and education and was a national finalist for the Rhodes scholarship.

    Jonathan Mooney’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, HBO, NPR, ABC News, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. A nationally recognized advocate for neurological and physical diversity, he’s been speaking across the nation about neurological and physical diversity for two decades, inspiring those who live with differences and calling for change. He has published three books: The Short Bus, Learning Outside the Lines, and Normal Sucks.
     
    Connect with Jonathan:
     
    • Website | jonathanmooney.com
    • LinkedIn | Jonathan Mooney
    • Twitter | @_JonathanMooney



    Topics Discussed in this Episode:


    • Gratitude for past podcast guest Julie Lythcott-Haims who introduced me and my neurodivergent son Ryan to Jonathan’s latest book and inspired this episode. 
    • Jonathan's mission to help youth who are different not to feel deficient.
    • How a response from Jonathan’s mother the day he was diagnosed inspired his book's title Normal Sucks.
    • Jonathan's square peg in a round hole experience as a child, struggling with dyslexia and ADD, and how he changed his paradigm.
    • The question Jonathan asks himself every day that helps him challenge the myth of human sameness as he parents his three boys.
    • The heroic work of trying to extricate ourselves from our society's embedded institutionalized and cultural ableism.
    • The problem with accommodation for some models and the power of accommodations for all approaches through universal design.
    • Moving the onus of change from the individual to the system around us

    • 53 min
    Throwback Thursday: A Family Legacy of Service and Leadership with California Assemblymember Rob Bonta

    Throwback Thursday: A Family Legacy of Service and Leadership with California Assemblymember Rob Bonta

    This week for Throwback Thursday, as so many of us went to the ballots to place our votes, I knew I wanted to reshare this episode with then Assemblymember and now California Attorney General Rob Bonta.

    I also loved the dedication for this episode from Celia Ward Wallace who now is the co-founder of South LA Cafe.

    Both Rob and Celia have families that are rooted in activism and community organizing and they both are finding new ways to use their gifts, talents and vision to make an impact.

    I hope you enjoy this episode. I know you'll find lots of insights from listening.
    About Rob:
    From a young age, Rob saw and experienced firsthand how those with limited power and wealth were so frequently cheated and taken advantage of by those who hold both. With his parents teaching him that harm against one is a crime to all, Rob made the decision to become a public servant– serving justice for those that hailed from his circumstances.
    Growing up and becoming a legislator, Rob rose to become a national leader on criminal justice issues and is the first Filipino-American to serve as California’s Attorney General.
    Connect with Rob:
    Instagram | @robbonta
    Dedicated by Celia Ward Wallace

    Celia Ward-Wallace is a leading Business Coach and Consultant for Social Enterprises creating a business with an impact. She is an internationally recognized Empowerment, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership Expert. She leads her clients to start, launch, and grow purpose-driven businesses and become thought leaders through entrepreneurship, coaching, speaking, writing, community building, and activism.

    Celia is also the co-owner of South LA Cafe a community coffee shop and cultural center, designed to build community through coffee, culture, and connection. She is also the co-owner of South LA Market which was created in a food justice effort to provide fresh, healthy, and affordable food to her South Central LA community. She is also the Co-CEO of the South LA Cafe Community Foundation, the 501c3 non-profit affiliate of South LA Cafe.


    Learn more about South LA Cafe:
    https://www.southlacafe.com/

    From Original Show Notes
    Topics Discussed in this Episode:
    • The activist and public service seeds were planted in Rob and his siblings from his parents and Rob’s E.P.I.C. snapshop childhood memories in the presence of César Chávez and organizing for Mexican American Farmworkers’ rights.
    • How Rob’s parents fled the Philippines for the security of the family before the Martial Law era of Ferdinand Marcos
    • The way that Rob and his wife, Mialisa, make time for each child and share with their kids what they love and care
    • The many causes Rob is championing in his role as Assemblymember.
    • Rob’s position on the gravity of solving the problem of police violence in our country, an exploration of two new California bills aimed at reducing police violence, and the requests I made of Rob to go further in his commitment.
    • How being in his home community restores and fulfills Rob and how his love of soccer, since the days that he served as captain of Yale’s Soccer team,  continues to be a way that Rob invests in his own well-being.
    • Rob and Mialisa’s love story, how they continue staying together, and the extended family that supports them
    • Rob’s awareness that this interview provided an opportunity to “Get off of the dance floor and onto the balcony” to survey the big picture and reflect
    • What Rob really thinks is the enemy of democracy and his challenge for all of us
     
    Full Episode Show Notes
     
    Check out the full show notes from the original episode here: Ep 44: A Family Legacy of Service and Leadership with California Assemblymember Rob Bonta


    Mother’s Quest is a podcast for moms who are ready to live a truly E.P.I.C. life.
    Join in for intimate conversations with a diverse group of inspiring mothers as they share how they are living an E.P.I.C. life, Engaging mindfully with th

    • 59 min
    Throwback Thursday: From Grief to Advocacy and a Circle of Mothers with Trayvon Martin’s Mother Sybrina Fulton

    Throwback Thursday: From Grief to Advocacy and a Circle of Mothers with Trayvon Martin’s Mother Sybrina Fulton

    This Throwback Thursday, in the wake of the recent horrific gun violence in Buffalo, Uvalde, and countless other cities across the country, I knew I needed to bring forward this special episode of the Mother’s Quest Podcast with mother, activist, and co-founder of the Trayvon Martin Foundation, Sybrina Fulton.
     
    The tragic news has felt all the more real because I recently returned from Sybrina Fulton's Circle of Mothers Healing Retreat in Florida. I volunteered as an Ambassador for the second time since the original recording of this episode, alongside my sister Caren Lettiere, bringing Democracy Clothing jeans for each of the 70 mothers who came to find solidarity and empowerment among others who also lost a child to gun violence.
     
    Together, we witnessed their tears and heard their stories. There are no words to describe the heartache that stays with them. But what brought Caren and I hope is that we also witnessed their resilience and their power. So many like Sybrina, have found ways to turn pain into purpose. They shouldn't need to do this. Or be expected to do this. But they do anyway.
     
    In honor of Circle of Mothers, Caren and the Democracy team have been inviting customers to add on donations to any purchase to the Trayvon Martin Foundation at their website to support the event. I also had the opportunity to write a blog post featuring Sybrina's story of impact on the Democracy blog, linked here. 
     
    I’m deeply committed to continuing to raise awareness and funds through a GoFundMe I set up years ago here. As we're all feeling helpless in the wake of continued violence, I encourage you to join me in listening to Sybrina’s story, reading the post linked above, and investing in the mothers impacted most by grief. They are also closest to forging a solution.

     
    Topics Discussed in this Episode:
     
    • What Sybrina wishes everyone would know about approaching a conversation with a mother who has lost a child.
    • My then 14-year-old son’s question to Sybrina about what it feels like when your calling and the powerful work you’re doing is sparked by a tremendous loss.
    • Why we need systemic and cultural change, and more awareness-raising conversations, to keep young people of color safe from racial profiling.
    • The tragic death of Chinedu Okobi, an unarmed young black man who was tasered to death by San Mateo County deputies, just 20 minutes from my own home.
    • The importance for grieving mothers to remember the things that they used to love and what Sybrina’s joyful outlet is
    • The Circle of Mothers and how the idea to create it came to Sybrina in a dream.
    • Sybrina’s challenge for all of us is to open our hearts and to reach out to mothers, across differences, who have lost their children to let them know we care.
    • Why investing in mothers is the most powerful lever to impact gun control.
     
    Original Episode Show Notes
     
    Check out the full shownotes from the original episode here: Ep 55: From Grief to Advocacy and a Circle of Mothers with Trayvon Martin’s Mother Sybrina Fulton
     
    Mother’s Quest is a podcast for moms who are ready to live a truly E.P.I.C. life.
     
    Join in for intimate conversations with a diverse group of inspiring mothers as they share how they are living an E.P.I.C. life, Engaging mindfully with their children (E), Passionately and Purposefully making a difference beyond their family (P), Investing in themselves (I), and Connecting to a strong support network (C).
     
    Join our community of mothers to light the way and sustain you on your quest at https://www.facebook.com/groups/mothersquest/

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Throwback Thursday: YOLO (You Only Live Once) and other Milestone Reflections with Ryan Neale

    Throwback Thursday: YOLO (You Only Live Once) and other Milestone Reflections with Ryan Neale

    Welcome back to another Throwback Thursday episode!
     
    Hard to believe, but my oldest son Ryan is graduating from High School! So for this Thursday, I really wanted to bring back this first episode I ever recorded with him, at the milestone of his 13th birthday, just before his bar mitzvah. 
     
    This revisited version also includes the speech Ryan wrote at his middle school graduation, where we spoke so openly about his challenges with feelings of depression and anxiety during that time in his life. I hope that Ryan being so open about how he was feeling also inspires you or anyone you may share this with to speak up this mental health awareness month, as we continue to break the stigma around getting help.
     
    So join me today as we honor Ryan in celebrating his graduation and moving on to the next chapter of his life in college!
     
    This Episode is Dedicated by: Dr. Monisha Vasa
    Dr. Monisha Vasa is a board-certified addiction psychiatrist, in practice since 2008. Currently, she spends her time serving as a volunteer clinical faculty member at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, under the Department of Family Medicine. She helps in the training of medical students and is an active member in the Medical Humanities program— where she participates actively in utilizing literature to support medical education.
     
    With Dr. Vasa treating an array of mental health disorders, anxiety disorders, and much much more, she uses her special training for the well-being of many people, believing in her philosophy that a comprehensive understanding of each individual takes time, empathy, and attention to give them the best treatment possible.

     
    Topics Discussed in this Episode:
     
    Headstart, a special program for preschool-aged children from low-income communities that provides access to early childhood education The GATE Program (Gifted And Talented Education Program) national links and background information. Ryan participates in our local school district’s program. Divergent Series by Veronica Roth “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky Erik Newton, The Together Show Sports Illustrated Kid Reporter, a unique program Ryan has applied to which gives selected children ages 10 – 14 an opportunity to write and broadcast about sports UCLA Bruin Woods where I was a counselor in college and where we all go to “camp” each summer as a family  
    Full Episode Show Notes
    Check out the full shownotes from the original episode here: Ep 18: YOLO (You Only Live Once) and other Milestone Reflections with Ryan Neale
     
    Mother’s Quest is a podcast for moms who are ready to live a truly E.P.I.C. life.
     
    Join in for intimate conversations with a diverse group of inspiring mothers as they share how they are living an E.P.I.C. life, Engaging mindfully with their children (E), Passionately and Purposefully making a difference beyond their family (P), Investing in themselves (I), and Connecting to a strong support network (C).
     
    Join our community of mothers to light the way and sustain you on your quest at https://www.facebook.com/groups/mothersquest/ 

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Throwback Thursday: Reclaiming Ourselves in Motherhood With Graeme Seabrook

    Throwback Thursday: Reclaiming Ourselves in Motherhood With Graeme Seabrook

    “We need these manifestos. We need each other. And we need each other’s stories.”  — Graeme Seabrook
    For Season Seven, I’m excited to introduce our Throwback Thursdays segments!
    In honor of Mother’s Quest turning 5 (such a great milestone!) we will be revisiting older episodes from the archives with messages that resonate more than ever. Whether you’ve heard the episode before, or its entirely new to you, I hope you find some treasures in these conversations that help you more fully live your E.P.I.C life.
    This Thursday, in honor of our Mother’s Quest May Manifesto Challenge, I wanted to bring back this episode with Graeme Seabrook, known as “the Mom for Moms” which started the Challenge four years ago.

    Graeme bases her approach to coaching on the belief that you need to put yourself first in order for you to thrive. Following a traumatizing birth experience and postpartum depression with  anxiety and PTSD, Graeme started her healing journey by teaching mothers and women to reclaim their humanity in a world and culture that expects women to be superhuman.
    Listen in as Graeme shares with us the disillusionment she experienced in her first months of motherhood, and how she reached out for support to reclaim her life, something she then paid forward by creating and holding space for other mothers. You’ll also hear us lay out the inspiration for the Manifesto Challenge which has become an annual tradition.

    Unfortunately, Graeme has been ill over the last year. She’s set up a GoFundMe to help fund her medical expenses. Proceeds from the Manifesto Challenge Course this month, now a self-guided journey with Reflection Journal, will go to Graeme’s GoFundMe. After she has given so much to our community, we now have an opportunity to support her! 
    Not up for the Manifesto Challenge this year, or want to make an additional contribution?  You can help Graeme’s healing journey by going directly to her GoFundMe: Fundraiser by Graeme Seabrook: Help Graeme Heal
     

    This Year’s Manifesto Challenge + Live Zoom Celebration with Andrea Scher:
    Join us for this year’s Manifesto Challenge!

    At the Mother’s Quest MemberVault, register for the Challenge and move through a reflective process, with video recordings and a special journal to capture your thoughts. All will lead you to create a guiding framework, or manifesto, that can become an anchor for how you want to live your life.

    Then celebrate with me, recent podcast guest Andrea Scher and fellow MQ community members on May 24th. Register here for the live zoom event. Visit here for the episode with Andrea
    Pay from the heart proceeds benefit Graeme’s GoFundMe.  Register here for self-guided experience: https://mothersquest.vipmembervault.com/.../courses/view/6
    Mother’s Day has passed but it’s the right time to invest in ourselves. 
    Reflect. Create. Celebrate.
     
    Topics Discussed in this Episode:
    The experiences that shaped Graeme’s childhood and conception of motherhood, including her observations of her own mother’s experience parenting, the many times her family moved, and how her home and heart landed in Charleston Graeme’s honest retelling of her early months of motherhood where she remembers holding her baby and feeling like there was a wall between them The E.P.I.C. spark moment that came when she shared her story online and received an outpouring of messages from other mothers going through the same experiences Graeme’s “true truths” and the concept from her current favorite author, Octavia Butler, about God Graeme’s description of the Ten Articles in the Mother’s Bill of Rights, how she champions and helps mothers reclaim themselves through this framework, and the support she offers in her Mom Center. Graeme’s E.P.I.C. Snapshot moment revealed reflections on the legacy of our matriarchs, the mothers we claim for ourselves, and how we can become the ancestor we aspire to now. A description of our c

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

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Truly E.P.I.C.!

I am so grateful for Julie's voice! She utilizes her platform to amplify voices that we all need to hear, and the insights she brings to the table herself are truly a gift. (I also LOVE how inclusive her website is - she offers a read-aloud option on every page that makes my heart happy!) I genuinely cannot wait to hear what's to come in season 6... no doubt, she'll continue to make the world a better place one podcast at a time! 💛

Totally worthwhile ! ,

Always worth the time!

I love Julie and her work. She is a masterful connector, always on the lookout for thought/heart leaders and bringing them to moms on a quest to parent thoughtfully and skillfully.

Julie has been a role model in the way she amplifies and honors the voices of women of color and voices of those with marginalized identities. She avails herself to challenging and sensitive topics and conversations, modeling active listening, sensitivity and respect.

Highly recommend.

read this mincraft please ,

Great podcast for moms who desire a full life

I love listening to the MQ podcast for inspiration and information. Julie covers everything from spirituality and gratitude to race relations and sex. She’s willing to have hard conversations through the lens of curiosity so we can all learn along the way. But she does it all as a mom first.

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