We’re Leslie and Laura Camacho. We created the Glimmering podcast to help ourselves - and others - to think and talk about The Big Stuff. Join us as we learn out loud together on subjects ranging from marriage and mental health to politics and parenting. We’re committed to help each other love deeply, grow successfully, and live justly.
Quarantine Check-in: We Ask These Questions Three - Stop? Continue? Start?
We borrow a little Agile trick to check in with each other: What have we tried, what are we stopping, what are we continuing, what will we start?
Help for the Newbie Work at Home Parents During the Pandemic Pandemonium
After an introductory plea to take it easy on yourself and your family, and to focus on Love First, Fix Later, we answer the following listener questions:
How do I prevent losing my motherhood mind while at home full time with my toddler?
How do I keep my not-independent 6 year old busy all day while I work?
What are some good non-candy rewards/motivators?
What might an appropriate meal plan look like?
How can I get some time for my own brain?
Are there free online educational resources I can use? Yes! Here!
How important is it to limit recreational screen time?
What are some exercise ideas that won’t bore me to death?
How do you balance/negotiate the needs of 2 working parents, especially when he refuses to stay home and help? And are there ways to achieve long blocks of focus or do you just always chunk out the day in bits?
What are good resources for pre-k (4yr old) and 1st grade (6 year old)?
Laura's post on: How to occupy your kids during the pandemic (the academic version)
BusinessInsider post on: Here's how much work your brain can handle before needing a break
Reward items our kids love
Amazon affiliate links - thanks for helping us pay the bills!
Toy Advent Calendars
Laura's friend Graeme Seabrook does 1-1 coaching for moms and runs a support community called The Mom Center. Graeme’s coaching focus is to dismantle the cultural and systemic structures that keep co-parenting relationships from being equitable. If you need help navigating these negotiations with your partner, we highly suggest you check out her work. Her website is graemeseabrook.com.
Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics - please support your local bookstore. This link is to ours, which is providing free shipping during the pandemic lockdown!
Stephen Colbert on breakfast for dinner.Support Glimmering Podcast
There and Back Again - It is Reboot Time
In this episode we are once again catching up after a long unintended break! Lots has happened to the Camachos since we were last here 6 months ago. While we skim over some of the low points of 2019, this episode is mostly a retrospective of Marriage Startup and Glimmering 1.0, plus a lot of excitement about the future of Glimmering and this podcast.
Don’t worry! We’re not going anywhere. The archives will be disappearing, though, for the sake of family privacy. So go back and listen to your favorites (they’re at glimmeringpodcast.com) while you can! And if there are any you loved and want to hear again, email us and we will consider a re-release.
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Ask Me Anything Dad; Plus Meet our New Co-Host!
In this episode, Leslie and Sophia are launching the first of their new segment, called “Ask Me Anything Dad.” It’s a wide-ranging discussion with a 12 year old about beliefs, sexuality, and identity. If you’re a parent, or just someone who is curious about what’s going on in the minds of “kids these days” this could be gold for you. Support Glimmering Podcast
Episode 88: Our First Easter since Leaving the Christian Church
In this episode, we talk about what our first Easter was like after both of us left the Christian Church. For the past few years, we haven't really celebrated Easter in a religious context, opting for brunch with friends or just our own little quiet family egg hunt and special breakfast. This year, we participated in the Easter programming at our Universalist Unitarian fellowship: our first religious holiday separated from our religion of origin.
First, we talk about where we are at, spiritually and religiously. Leslie doesn't identify as a Christian anymore; Laura does but in a "'f!ck you' to mainstream Evangelicalism" kind of way. In truth, we're pretty much in the same place, just with a little variance on our expression of our beliefs.
Next, we debrief our experience with the Easter service at UUFCO. (spoiler: we loved it!), and talk about what it was like to celebrate Easter without an emphasis on Jesus/resurrection.
We each climb up on a soapbox in this episode. You can find some of Laura's here.
Some corrections: Laura got the date of the Pulse nightclub shooting totally wrong. Leslie referred to the shooter as a white supremacist, when actually he was an Afghani-American with a history of domestic violence and an affinity for ISIL. We apologize. We could use the excuse that there are so many mass shootings to keep track of nowadays, but we really ought to have done our homework if we were going to talk about a specific one.
Content note: Clearly, there's a lot of talk about religious stuff in this episode, mostly Christianity. :)
Support the Glimmering Podcast.Support Glimmering PodcastLinks:Episode 73: Easter for the Broken — Last year's Easter episode. It's exciting to see how far we've come!Episode 79: Scalzian Mystics — Another episode about our spiritual and religious journeys.Laura's FB post about leaving the Christian church — In the Christianity I was raised by and ever encountered, the “world” was only ever framed as something working against Christians and Christianity. “The world” was something Christians were only ever responsible for engaging in vague, spiritual ways: “thoughts and prayers.” Never, ever actual political involvement, protest, or any of the avenues set up for making human change.TalkTalk, a song by A Perfect Circle on Spotify — Laura's religious anthem.Orlando nightclub shooting - Wikipedia
Episode 87: A Dramatic Turn of Events!
In this episode, we’re talking about what’s new in Camacho World - turns out, it’s a lot! Leslie talks about being let go (getting fired) while maintaining friendships; Laura talks us through Alana's vision issues, and... well, that's more than enough really.
This is a super casual, barely scripted chat about job stuff, health stuff, new adventures, stress, and hope. If you like to hear about our personal stuff, this is the episode for you! ;)Support Glimmering PodcastLinks:Growing Pains: Transitioning from an Entrepreneurship to a Professionally Managed Firm: Eric G. Flamholtz, Yvonne Randle: 9780787986162: Amazon.com: Gateway — Since it was first published in 1986, Growing Pains has become a classic resource for understanding how start-ups can make the transition to become large, professionally-managed organizations that maintain the special spark that launched them. In the fourth edition of Growing Pains, authors Eric Flamholtz and Yvonne Randle have thoroughly revised and updated the book to include new ideas and concepts including information about strategic planning, Sarbanes-Oxley, family businesses, and overcoming growing pains, as well as new examples and cases of companies.Leslie Camacho | LinkedIn — Leslie is the espresso-swilling, D&D-rolling, latino nerd of the Glimmering team. By day he's helping agency owners succeed by improving every aspect of their operations and processes so the owners and talent can have better lives, increase profits, and create happier clients. After hours, he's into hiking, cycling, playing obscure board games, WoW with Laura, and chilling with the kids and dog. He likes his metal like he likes his politics, progressive.
You teach us about things we didn’t now we didn’t know. I’m truly grateful.
Inspirational podcast about bettering your marriage and balancing family/work all while dodging life's inevitable curveballs. Laura and Leslie are refreshingly open and honest with each other and listeners about what has worked (and not worked) for them. They challenge themselves each week to stretch and grow, trying out different advice on marriage, health, parenting, business startups, oranization, and personal betterment. I recommend this podcast every chance I get. Thanks Laura and Leslie for modeling what a healthy relationship can look like!
Genuine, encouraging and inspiring!!
I cannot miss an episode! I am amazed at how in sync I am with the topics they choose to discuss each week. I appreciate their openess and willingness to share completely. They are as invested in their listeners as they are each other. Looking forward to seeing what the future holds for this amazing couple and podcast!