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There’s no one RIGHT way to raise great humans, just like there’s no one RIGHT way to build a profitable business. That’s why it’s so comforting to know you’re not the only one trying to do both at the same time. Join me (Nikki Elledge Brown) and a brilliant lineup of family-focused entrepreneurs for the Naptime Empires™ podcast - refreshingly honest conversations on the realities of parenthood + entrepreneurship. Topics include motherhood, entrepreneurship (obvs), relationships, spirituality, inspiration, success, health, and fun (remember that?).

Naptime Empires with Nikki Elledge Brown: Refreshingly Honest Conversations for Entrepreneurial Moms Nikki Elledge Brown

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There’s no one RIGHT way to raise great humans, just like there’s no one RIGHT way to build a profitable business. That’s why it’s so comforting to know you’re not the only one trying to do both at the same time. Join me (Nikki Elledge Brown) and a brilliant lineup of family-focused entrepreneurs for the Naptime Empires™ podcast - refreshingly honest conversations on the realities of parenthood + entrepreneurship. Topics include motherhood, entrepreneurship (obvs), relationships, spirituality, inspiration, success, health, and fun (remember that?).

    Bibbidi Bobbidi Book Launch Vibes: BTS of Jadah's Prep and Process (+ a giveaway!) [NE 082]

    Bibbidi Bobbidi Book Launch Vibes: BTS of Jadah's Prep and Process (+ a giveaway!) [NE 082]

    I loved this convo so much that I had to bring it directly to you. (It started on Jadah Sellner's Lead with Love podcast, just like our last episode!)



    In this one, we bottle Jadah's pre-launch feels in the weeks before her best-selling book She Builds officially launched into bookstores, homes, and earbuds. I asked all my nosy Qs so we can benefit when it's our turn to jump!



    Jadah shares get nitty gritty details on what made her audiobook recording process a huge success, plus we jam on what it was like collaborating in our unofficial "Bibbidi Bobbidi Book Retreat" at Disneyland for her birthday in May 2022. (Tune in for details, especially if you'd love to fly me out to a 5* or Disney Resort, lux National Park lodge to play the role of Fairy Doc Mother ;)). We also talk hair - highlights, lowlights, and giggle a lot. Probably sounds a bit like an SNL skit at times -  the ones with the ladies and their microphones.



    Bottom line here: ( love this book so much and would love to share it with you. If you don't yet have the Audible version and would love to enter the She Builds audiobook giveaway, take a screenshot of the pod as you listen, then tag @nikkielledgebrown @jadahsellner AND two of your besties! I'll announce the winner at the end of the month. 



    (You can learn more and grab your hard copy at shebuilds.com in the meantime; the exercises are so helpful to SEE in written form!)





    Take a listen here or in your preferred pod player and as always – let me know your fave takeaway by taking a screenshot (or a selfie) as you listen + tagging me on Instagram @nikkielledgebrown with #naptimeempires.



    I’ll meet you there!

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    If you enjoyed this episode, safe to say you will LOVE The Naptime Empires Survival Guide - a free email-and-audio series I created to help get you out of overwhelm / hiding in the bathroom and back into aligned, imperfect action.   Get started here: https://naptimeempires.com/guide



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    • 1 hr 4 min
    BFFs and Bookity Books: Creative Cocoon Life with Jadah Sellner [NE 081]

    BFFs and Bookity Books: Creative Cocoon Life with Jadah Sellner [NE 081]

    In this super-special book mode episode, my Polly Pocket BFF* Jadah Sellner and I invite you behind the scenes to join us for a convo on pretty much ALL THE THINGS. (*we were born in the 80s and basically audio livestream our days to each other via the Voxer app, hence Polly Pocket)
    If you haven't met her yet, Jadah's the star of NE episode SIX and I've been on her Lead with Love podcast a couple times too. She's an author, speaker, coach, and one of my favorite humans. In this dual-podcast convo (recorded days after our most recent friend trip to Austin and Waco!), we cover a lot of ground, including but not limited to:
    the path to traditional book deals (she's working on her second traditionally published book now!) practices for mindful + intuitive decision-making the power of friends who KNOW you managing fam expectations around biz + work time maintaining stamina while working on manuscript(s) #pomqueens: the power of the pomodoro technique navigating life, loss, AND time-sensitive creative projects challenges of having two parents at home (my active duty spouse self would roll her eyes SO HARD) sQuad trip origin stories - making time for fruitful *in person* friendship as women with full plates behind-the-scenes shares on our homework assignments, packing habits, and unique travel styles our ever-changing relationship(s) with visibility, privacy, social media and creative expression -- and how we ended up discussing this with author Liz Gilbert and more, of COURSE. Take a listen here or in your preferred pod player and as always – let us know your fave takeaway by taking a screenshot (or a selfie) as you listen + tagging us on Instagram @nikkielledgebrown and @jadahsellner with #naptimeempires and #leadwithlove.
    I’ll meet you there!
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    I’ll meet you there!

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    If you enjoyed this episode, safe to say you will LOVE The Naptime Empires Survival Guide - a free email-and-audio series I created to help get you out of overwhelm / hiding in the bathroom and back into aligned, imperfect action.   Get started here: https://naptimeempires.com/guide



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    • 57 min
    Profitable Priorities [NE 080]

    Profitable Priorities [NE 080]

    Since I am and work with a lot of humans who care about building businesses that fit into LIFE (vs. the other way around), this concept comes up a lot in conversations with my clients, my friends, mySELF. I'm anchoring this idea here so we have it when we’re feeling a bit aimless and sneaky, avoiding the work that we KNOW will lead to the results we deeply desire.
    It's time we talk profitable priorities. (*Profitable prios* for obnoxiously short. Check your local GIF library for stickers.)
    It’s not so much about the time we have in a given day. It’s not even just about the energy.
    It’s about confidently knowing that, even if we only have a teeny pocket of time to dedicate to moving our businesses forward in a given day, we're crystal clear on our personal paths to least resistance and the most profit (for ourselves, our teams, our fams, and our clients).
    This episode is a mini coworkshop -- I'm inviting you to do the work with me in real time:
    What specific action(s) led to you enrolling the last client you LOVED working with? And what about the time before that? And the time before that?

    Did you send an email? Publish a podcast? Reach out to a past client or friend to say "hey, I'm offering this - know someone who would benefit?"
    Maybe you did some EFT / tapping videos without making a public PEEP. Your energy shift was enough to call 'em in.
    Maybe you updated your sales page.
    MAYBE you relistened to the DIY copywriting course you created years ago in podcast form and remembered how valuable it is!
    Perhaps it was a client magnet-themed guided visualization that did the trick… seeing all the people from around the world who are the PERFECT match for what you most love to offer feeling drawn to you with a clear, heart-centered KNOWING.
    Your challenge right now, should you choose to accept it, is to make a list of the top three to five activities that consistently bring clients into your sphere. Think and be SUPER honest. It’s okay if they seem weird. If they’ve worked at least a couple times, it’s worth testing to see if they continue to work!
    And if it’s just one or two main things that work, consider this your sign that it’s time to double DOWN on those activities.
    Refresh your list at least once a quarter so you’ve got it handy. Keep it in your phone via Notes or Google docs. Post it by your computer screen.

    I venture to guess that even if you only have 25 minutes today - one micro-hustle pomodoro sprint… if you allow yourself to focus ONLY on profitable prios, you will feel amazing.

    You did what you could do to turn your “open for business” light on today. You showed up so you could engage in a mutually beneficial exchange with the people who need you the most right now, which benefits THEM, benefits YOU, and benefits the people you love and care for.
    Take a listen to the full episode here or in your fave pod player when you wanna and as always – let me know your fave takeaway by taking a screenshot (or a selfie as you listen) + tagging me on Instagram @nikkielledgebrown with #naptimeempires.
    I’ll meet you there!
     
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    If you enjoyed this episode, safe to say you will LOVE The Naptime Empires Survival Guide - a free email-and-audio series I created to help get you out of overwhelm / hiding in the bathroom and back into aligned, imperfect action.
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    • 21 min
    Her First Year [NE 079]

    Her First Year [NE 079]

    We recently celebrated our daughter Noey’s first birthday. In this episode I’m sharing reflections from my third and final experience with the first-year baby bubble / fourth trimester… how it’s been different than my first two, what I’ve learned, and how her presence has changed so much already.
    Take a listen here or in your fave pod player when you wanna and as always – let me know your fave takeaway by taking a screenshot (or a selfie as you listen) + tagging me on Instagram @nikkielledgebrown with #naptimeempires.
    I’ll meet you there!
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    If you enjoyed this episode, safe to say you will LOVE The Naptime Empires Survival Guide - a free email-and-audio series I created to help get you out of overwhelm / hiding in the bathroom and back into aligned, imperfect action.
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    I’ll meet you there!

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    If you enjoyed this episode, safe to say you will LOVE The Naptime Empires Survival Guide - a free email-and-audio series I created to help get you out of overwhelm / hiding in the bathroom and back into aligned, imperfect action.   Get started here: https://naptimeempires.com/guide



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    • 19 min
    Change in Plans [NE 078]

    Change in Plans [NE 078]

    Once upon a time (at the start of summer 2021) I launched season four: BOOK MODE with the intention of tracking my journey to self-publishing. Then my friends came to town and shook that ish up.

    In this episode I’ll share why we’ve had a CHANGE IN PLANS over here, why it feels a bit scary to admit that out loud and in published form, AND what that means for coming episodes.
    Musings include, but are not limited to:
    - why I originally went down the self-publishing path
    - behind-the-scenes of a (probably life-changing?) late night summer sQuad convo
    - the power of finding one clear, inclusive goal that makes all your other micro-goals inevitable stepping stones (repeatedly)
    - why I’m a bit nervous to publish this episode :)
    - a simple yet super powerful exercise for more mindFULL, intuitive decision making
    - a detailed list o' the benefits and drawbacks I *currently* see to both traditional and self-publishing paths - subject to change as I gather more actual experience!
    Take a listen here or in your preferred pod player and as always – let me know your fave takeaway by taking a screenshot (or a selfie) as you listen + tagging me on Instagram @nikkielledgebrown with #naptimeempires.
    I’ll meet you there!
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    If you enjoyed this episode, safe to say you will LOVE The Naptime Empires Survival Guide - a free email-and-audio series I created to help get you out of overwhelm / hiding in the bathroom and back into aligned, imperfect action.
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    MUSIC: "So Far So Close" by Jahzzar is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike License.

    Take a listen here or in your preferred pod player and as always – let me know your fave takeaway by taking a screenshot (or a selfie) as you listen + tagging me on Instagram @nikkielledgebrown with #naptimeempires.



    I’ll meet you there!

    ______________________________



    If you enjoyed this episode, safe to say you will LOVE The Naptime Empires Survival Guide - a free email-and-audio series I created to help get you out of overwhelm / hiding in the bathroom and back into aligned, imperfect action.   Get started here: https://naptimeempires.com/guide



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    • 23 min
    Draft. Edit. Repeat. (My Process to Date) [NE 077]

    Draft. Edit. Repeat. (My Process to Date) [NE 077]

    Context matters. Before I can actually UPDATE you on book progress, I gotta catch you up to speed on where we're starting from. How we got to the current moment / draft in time.
    In this episode I'll share an overview of my personal writing (drafting, revising) process to date, including, but not limited to:
    how and why I chose Naptime Empires as my first book (with a squillion other ideas circulating) what prompted the first draft back in April 2020 the exact process I used to go from 0 to 94k words in 12 days why I stopped working on it for months after that what got me back in the editing saddle (courtesy of Mother Nature's #nofilter sense of humor) the perks o' not meeting my original goal publish date how working on my book has been a boost to my physical health ideas for future episodes (share your vote via naptimeempires.com/convo!) If you have no plans to write a book, this may not be your fave ep. It's very housekeeping-y and in the weeds.
    If you DO want to write (or have already written!) a book, howev, my hope is that hearing takeaways from my own messy process will help give you ideas. And/or confidence. Because it's entirely possible you've really got your author ish together and hearing my journey helps you feel better about yours(elf).
    Either way it's a win in my book / podcast.
    Take a listen here or in your fave pod player when you wanna and as always – let me know your fave takeaway by taking a screenshot (or a selfie as you listen) + tagging me on Instagram @nikkielledgebrown with #naptimeempires.
    I’ll meet you there!
    ______________________________
    If you enjoyed this episode, safe to say you will LOVE The Naptime Empires Survival Guide - a free email-and-audio series I created to help get you out of overwhelm / hiding in the bathroom and back into aligned, imperfect action.
    Get started here: http://naptimeempires.com/guide
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    MUSIC: "So Far So Close" by Jahzzar is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike License.

    Take a listen here or in your preferred pod player and as always – let me know your fave takeaway by taking a screenshot (or a selfie) as you listen + tagging me on Instagram @nikkielledgebrown with #naptimeempires.



    I’ll meet you there!

    ______________________________



    If you enjoyed this episode, safe to say you will LOVE The Naptime Empires Survival Guide - a free email-and-audio series I created to help get you out of overwhelm / hiding in the bathroom and back into aligned, imperfect action.   Get started here: https://naptimeempires.com/guide



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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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89 Ratings

89 Ratings

Devonnae Williams ,

Truly a delight

Nikki’s voice is such a breath of fresh air! She’s encouraging, hope-filled, direct and so so helpful. If you’re looking for a voice of reason and inspiration as your find your way - you’re in the right place❣️

Bechill13 ,

Awesome content for moms who want more!

I love the way Nikki believes you don't have to choose between motherhood and growing your business. You can do both well, but it takes the courage to be super honest and willingness to take action-even if it's small every day. Nikki helps mamas do all that in her episodes.

Mena - Curiosity Empire ,

The balance podcast for over-achiever moms

This is my favorite place to come to remember to go for it but also when to take time to rest. Nikki has real, down-to-earth insights that make you just take in a deep breath. She gets it. It feels like having a biz bestie who gets the entrepreneurial side and the mom side.

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