So the kids are getting older. Now what? Whether you’re facing a mid-career pivot, health and wellness journey, divorce or blending a family, or just looking to add a sense of adventure, curiosity and courage to your everyday life again now that the little-kid stage is past, you’re a Mother of Reinvention and this show is for you. In each episode, 40-something mom of 5, Meagan Francis, shares an interview with an inspiring woman telling her own reinvention story, as well as her own insights on facing reinvention with a sense of adventure and purpose.
Why (And How) To Have Hard Conversations With Sarah Stewart Holland of Pantsuit Politics
Between the reversal of Roe and the Jan. 6 hearings, it's been a wild few weeks. We're all experiencing big feelings right now, and the tendency to lash out - or retreat into silence - is hard to overcome. But Sarah Stewart Holland believes there is another way, though she admits it's a difficult path to walk. Sarah, along with her business partner Beth Silvers, host the Pantsuit Politics podcast, where they engage in thoughtful, empathetic conversations about the issues we face today. In our conversation, Sarah is honest about how difficult it can be to ask questions and really listen to other people’s opinions and experiences, but how it’s absolutely crucial to living in a democracy - and making the change you want to see.
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About Sarah Stewart Holland
Sarah Stewart Holland is co-host of the Pantsuit Politics podcast, featured in the New York Times, the Atlantic, and named by Apple Podcasts as one of the Best Shows of 2021. She is also the co-author of Now What? How to Move Forward When We're Divided (About Basically Everything) (2022) and I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversation (2019), which was featured on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, received starred trade reviews, and continues to be in demand with readers, book clubs, and libraries. Sarah, with her co-host Beth Silvers, speaks frequently to universities, businesses, and civic organizations about improving political dialogue.
Sarah attended Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, and then received her Juris Doctor from American University, Washington College of Law. Sarah began her career as a congressional staffer campaign aide, before working in blogging and social media. She lives in Paducah, Kentucky, where she served a term as a city commissioner and volunteers as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for children. Sarah shares life with her spouse, Nicholas, and children Griffin, Amos, and Felix.
Instagram- Sarah Stewart Holland (@bluegrassred) Facebook- Sarah Stewart Holland | FacebookWebsite- Pantsuit Politics (pantsuitpoliticsshow.com)Pantsuit Politics Podcast- https://koji.to/k/5PJdPodcast Instagram- Pantsuit Politics Podcast (@pantsuitpolitics) Books- Beth and Sarah's Books (pantsuitpoliticsshow.com)
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How To Love Who You Are Today While Making Positive Change For Tomorrow With Midlife Nutrition And Wellness Coach Rachel Hughes
When it comes to midlife health and wellness, it's easy to internalize a "no pain, no gain" mentality. But what might our relationships with our bodies look like if we were able to truly accept ourselves while also making positive changes? Today I’m excited to bring Rachel Hughes back to the show for a deep dive into some of the more touchy-feely aspects of health. We explore the questions: can changing the way we eat be fun? Can physical activity feel good? And, how can discipline and contentment co-exist?
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About Rachel Hughes
Rachel is a graduate of Vassar College and received a MSEd from Bank St. College, NYC, with a focus on Museum Education. She later received her license in nutritional counseling and worked with chronic pain patients for over 10 years at the New England Center for Chronic Pain in Greenwich, CT.
After finding that her own perimenopausal symptoms were disruptive to her life, Rachel launched her own platform, The Meno Memos, a landing spot she hopes to be a lively, engaging and relatable feed for women of all backgrounds to be inspired to live a healthy, vibrant second season of life. Rachel is also the host of “Perry Talks” a series of live interviews with physicians, experts, thought leaders and inspirational voices on all things peri/menopause, exclusively on the @ohhelloperry app and now also a podcast, Perimenopause WTF?
Listen to Rachel on the Mother of Reinvention Show in 2021!
Instagram- R A C H E L H U G H E S (@themenomemos)
Other Resources- Rachel Hughes, Author at Perry (heyperry.com)
Ethical Fashion And Midlife Motherhood With Maureen Fetscher Of Mata Traders
The traditional narrative looks something like this: start work in your 20s, spend your 30s raising a family (while also working), and ramp up even more at work in your 40s as your kids grow more independent. But what would it look like to flip the script, spending your 20s traveling, your 30s building a business, and then your 40s scaling back at work to focus on a young family? That's reality for Maureen Fetscher, founder and Managing Partner at Mata Traders, an ethical fashion company whose products I love. Maureen started the company at 28, had her first child at 35, and then when she added twins in her early 40s, was able to scale back her involvement in the business in order to focus on her busy family. In this episode Maureen and I talk about her life as a mid-40s mom of young kids including twin toddlers, the growth of her business, Enneagram and personal development, and what "ethical fashion" means to Maureen and at Mata Traders.
About Maureen Fetscher
Maureen Dunn Fetscher is a social entrepreneur, textile-phile and mom of 3. In 2006 she founded Mata Traders, a design-driven fair trade fashion company. Mata’s colorful, craft-forward clothing and accessories are designed in Chicago and produced in India and Nepal by fair trade organizations. For the last decade and a half, Mata has been a pioneer in conscious fashion, with a focus on worker well-being, gender equality, and handmade artistry. For Maureen the work has always been about creating connections to the places where our goods are made and the people who make them.
These days Maureen is most busy chasing around her twin toddlers (quite a feat in the mid-40’s!). She’s had the unique opportunity to grow a social enterprise business from the ground up, and currently oversees a talented team taking Mata Traders into its next phase.
Meagan's Mata Traders design-inspired tattoo
Instagram- Mata Traders (@matatraders)
Facebook- Mata Traders
Twitter- Mata Traders (@MataTraders)
Pinterest- Mata Pinterest
Website- Mata Traders: Consciously Crafted Ethical Fashion
Blog- Ethical Fashion Blog - Explore the Fair Trade Movement | Mata Traders
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Tea As Self-Care With Laura Cepeda of Modestine
Laura Cepeda grew up immersed in tea culture. Her grandmother Modestine modeled a respect for tea and rituals around serving it on the Caribbean island where she grew up, but it took Laura a while to see past what she considered "stuffy" tradition and really recognize the power of a tea-based self-care ritual. Now, as a certified tea sommelier and the founder of Modestine®️, Laura is making the magic of tea ceremony accessible to contemporary women.
In this episode, Laura shares how her Carribbean upbringing - and her grandmother’s approach to community and wellness - have influenced her, tells about her experience of becoming a tea sommelier, and explains just why tea, and rituals around tea, are so powerful.
About Laura Cepeda
Laura Cepeda is the Founder and CEO of Modestine®️, a lifestyle tea brand promoting wellness through the power of Celebration, Connection, Self-Love and the magic of tea rituals.
As a Certified Tea Sommelier, Laura is passionate about helping individuals understand the foundation in the history, production, classification, identification, traditions, preparation and health benefits of tea. Laura hosts regular tea rituals and wellness workshops throughout New York City.
When Laura isn’t working on tea blends and wellness-related projects, she can be found tending to her plants, spending time in nature, and practicing yoga and meditation. She finds relief from everyday stress through dancing to soca, calypso, Afro beats and bachata.
Instagram: MODESTINE®️| ORGANIC TEAS (@modestineteas)
Facebook: Modestine Tea | Facebook
Website: Modestine® Tea: A Ritual-focused Wellness Brand (modestinetea.com)
Watch Laura and Meagan chat about tea and learn how to prepare a proper pot of tea on Instagram Live on Sunday, June 14 at 9 AM EST!
The Joy Of Sending Your Kid To College, With Karen Walrond
Is sending your only child far away to college supposed to be devastating? Not for Karen Walrond, whose daughter Alex just graduated and, this fall, will be heading from the family's home in Texas to art school in Chicago. As the parents of an only child, Karen and her husband Marcus are facing down an empty nest, and honestly...they are feeling pretty good about it. Karen and Meagan (whose son Will is also heading some distance away in August) have a chat about what the college-selection process looked like in each of their homes and what they expect they'll feel when the kids actually head off, as well as reminisce about their own college days and share some things they hope their kids will remember about this time of life. Karen also shares what it was like letting her hair go gray and talks about the new book she's working on about joyful aging.
About Karen Walrond
Karen Walrond is a lawyer, leadership coach, photographer, author and activist. Her latest book, The Lightmaker's Manifesto: How to Work for Change Without Losing Your Joy, beckons readers toward lives of integrity, advocacy, conviction and joy. She is a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, trained in Brené Brown's research on empathy, courage and vulnerability, and serves on the board of the Houston Coalition Against Hate. Karen and her work have been featured on PBS, Huffington Post, CNN.com, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. She curates the award-winning blog Chookooloonks and is the author and photographer of The Beauty of Different. Karen and her family live in Houston, Texas.
Karen was a guest in season 1 of Mother of Reinvention. Check out her interview on joyful activism.
Instagram- Karen Walrond :: Chookooloonks (@heychookooloonks)
Facebook- Karen Walrond
Twitter- Karen Walrond (@Chookooloonks)
Work Your Edge To Transform Your Life With Tara Garrison
Tara Garrison is a living embodiment of tapas - the Yogic concept of the "burning enthusiasm" that's associated with discipline and, well, sweat. As a mom of four and a holistic health and fitness coach, Tara does not gloss over the fact that she works HARD in the gym. But it's also evident how much she loves it - and the life she's created through it. Listen on to hear Tara share her thoughts about the hormonal benefits of strength training, how (and why) to try intermittent fasting, incorporating Keto on a short-term basis, and how, when you really commit to showing up for yourself and working your edge, it can change everything.
About Tara Garrison
Tara Garrison is the founder of HIGHER, a High Performance Health Coaching company that includes training, nutrition, biohacking and mindset coaching. She has helped many celebrities, professional athletes, and top executives optimize their health. Tara is also the creator of the popular Keto In & Out System, in which she teaches how to “Do Keto. Not Forever” to optimize metabolism, brain power, athletic performance and physique.
Her new book, Short-Term Keto, explains this concept of metabolic flexibility in detail.
She is the host of the Inside Out Health Podcast, in which she interviews world-class health experts from all over the world.
Tara is a mom of 4, avid weightlifter, Boston Marathoner and lover of nature. You can find her daily on Instagram as @coachtaragarrison, where she shares the inner workings of her life, health education and motivation.
She is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), International College of Applied Nutrition and Strength (ICANS), is a Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Certified Neurotyping Coach and a Metabolic Analytics practitioner.
Refreshing and always interesting!
I’ve been listening to Megan’s podcasts for several months now and enjoy her wide range of topics. As an almost empty nester, I can certainly relate to her and her guests! Thank you!
Great host, Great topics
Megan feels like a friend as you listen to her speak with her guests. The topics grow alongside moms as they/we move into new times in our lives.
A fun and interesting listen!
I am not yet 40 but I have loved listening to this podcast. I feel it is preparing me for what’s to come while also giving me valuable lessons for today. Definitely give it a listen!