Welcome to the Bizzimumzi podcast, a weekly dose of parenting ups, downs and all arounds with your coffee-infused host, Ashley Verma. Each week Ashley is joined by a fellow striving, thriving and surviving Bizzimumzi - who will share their own journey. Think of this podcast as your safe space where we are not too hard on ourselves. We share our humility, relish in the failures and really give the high-fives for the big wins.
The Bizzimumzi podcast is not just about the pretty bits. Ashley and every Bizzimumzi guest is unapologetically At Its Best, even when “At Its Best” has paint on the walls, cries filling the room, and you haven’t washed your hair in forever. Welcome to Bizzimumzi.
S2 / E62: Shanice T. & Brenda K. , Co-Founders of Orbit
Welcome to another fabulous episode of the Bizzimumzi podcast with your host, Ashley Verma. In this week's episode, Ashley welcomes the inspiring co-founders of Orbit, Shanice Tomlinson and Brenda K. But before we dive into their incredible journey, let's set the record straight - they're definitely not your average mom's group!
Launched in January 2021, Orbit was born out of the countless "what the f**k" moments experienced by founders Brenda and Shanice as new moms. Their mission is simple yet powerful: to ensure that every woman feels seen, heard, and valued. They're all about empowering women to share their unfiltered truths, no matter how messy or beautiful they may be.
Orbit serves as a safe haven for women to open up about their experiences and stories. The ultimate goal? To create a thriving community where women can connect, evolve, and eventually become lifelong friends. Because let's face it, motherhood can be isolating, and Orbit is here to fill that void.
Join us as these incredible ladies engage in candid conversations about maintaining friendships after becoming parents and chasing your dreams while leaving past nonsense behind. Shanice and Brenda share the unique bond that makes their friendship and business partnership so extraordinary. It's a special connection like no other.
Tune in for a fun and refreshing Bizzimumzi chat, and don't forget to download and leave a fabulous review to show your support for this amazing podcast! Let Orbit become your trusted support system on this incredible journey through motherhood and womanhood. Together, we'll find our way in this beautiful, chaotic orbit of life.
To learn more and connect with Shanice & Brenda, head here: https://www.becomeorbit.com/about-us
S2 / E61: Maxine Nwaneri, Business Consultant / Executive Coach / Author of The Future is Greater
Join Ashley Verma as she welcomes the remarkable Maxine Nwaneri to this week's episode of the Bizzimumzi podcast. Maxine, a graduate of the University of Cambridge with decades of business experience, is not only a #1 Amazon International Bestselling Author but also a highly acclaimed international speaker, business consultant, and certified executive coach at The Future is Greater.
In this engaging episode, Ashley and Maxine delve into a profound conversation about birth trauma and Maxine's incredible experiences surviving not one but two near-death encounters. Maxine shares her gripping story, a testament to her unparalleled strength and resilience. They also find time for a few laughs while discussing life's unexpected curveballs and how they can ultimately lead to a reinvigorated focus, guiding you toward a better path.
Prepare to be inspired and uplifted by this extraordinary conversation. Make sure to download and enjoy this special episode of the Bizzimumzi podcast, as Maxine's story and insights are bound to leave a lasting impact.
To learn more about Maxine Nwaneri, head here: https://www.thefutureisgreater.com/
S2 / E60: Liz Copping & Michelle Ford , Creators of Two Women Chatting Podcast
Ashley Verma is excited to welcome Michelle Ford and Liz Copping, the dynamic duo behind the Two Women Chatting podcast, to the Bizzimumzi Podcast. Get ready for a hilarious chat, as Ashley has done her homework and knows these two love to chat for hours on end.
In this episode, Liz and Michelle share the delightful story of how they met and offer insights into how they navigate the intricacies of their friendship. Discover how two midlife empty nesters found themselves unexpectedly becoming podcast hosts – it was as much a surprise to them as anyone!
Their journey began with a chance encounter on a dark November evening when Liz walked by as Ashley was putting the bins out at her new house. A simple "hello" led to the start of a wonderful friendship. The gals delve into the world of empty nesting, discussing what it's like to continue parenting even when the kids have grown and live away. They also reminisce about the most challenging times during their parenting journeys.
This episode is packed with fun, laughter, and heartwarming moments. Don't miss out! Tune in, download, and show your support by giving it a 5-star rating. Thanks for being part of the Bizzimumzi Podcast community!
To learn more about Michelle & Liz, head here: https://www.twowomenchatting.com/about
S2 / E59: Hannah Naomi Jones: Social Impact Strategist / Storyteller / Organiser / TedEx Speaker
Join us for an inspiring and candid conversation on this week's episode of the Bizzimumzi podcast as Ashley Verma welcomes the remarkable Hannah Naomi Jones. As we close out the first month of 2024, Ashley invites Hannah, a Social Impact Strategist, Storyteller, Organiser, Community Partnerships Leader, and TEDx speaker, to dive deep into the challenges of parenting and navigating the complex landscape of raising children in America.
With pivotal elections on the horizon and pressing issues like the alarming increase in gun violence, Hannah shares her passionate advocacy efforts aimed at empowering not only her family but also her entire community. Hannah Naomi Jones is a TEDx Speaker and a true inspiration, driven by an unwavering commitment to drive social impact and change the world.
Throughout her life, Hannah has been entrusted with the task of designing and crafting effective solutions, strategies, programs, campaigns, brands, and stories, all centered around addressing critical social issues, advocating for justice, promoting equity, faith, and the arts. Her unique ability to identify authenticity and harness the best elements of any concept or initiative allows her to breathe life into ideas, narratives, organisations, and brands, ensuring they resonate deeply and influence minds, hearts, and decisions.
Hannah's distinctive talent lies in her capacity to transform ideas into actionable outcomes, blending artistry, philosophy, logistics, and technology to reach people on a profound level. Her unchanging core values, stemming from her purpose and shaped by personal, institutional, and societal experiences, fuel her dedication to enhancing and giving life to people, ideas, and organisations that can make a measurable social impact.
Join Ashley and Hannah in this captivating discussion as they openly share their concerns about the future of our children if we fail to take action. Hannah sheds light on insightful organisations that can make a difference in communities and explains why she is actively involved in leadership roles. Tune in for this thought-provoking conversation that delves into the heart of social change and the importance of collective action.
To learn more about Hannah Naomi Jones, head here: https://hannahnaomijones.com/
S2 / E58: Kim Hartwell, Fitness Expert / Breathwork Coach / Founder of I Am Humum
Join us for an engaging and candid conversation on this week's episode of The Bizzimumzi Podcast, as your host, Ashley Verma, sits down with the inspiring fitness expert and health coach, Kim Hartwell. Despite their paths never crossing during their bustling days in London's fitness scene, Ashley and Kim share a common passion for teaching and helping others, which forms the heart of their conversation.
Kim's journey is nothing short of remarkable; from her days as a model to her transformation into a fitness expert and health coach, she has leveraged her platform to inspire countless busy mums. However, life pre-baby was a whirlwind of non-stop activity, with Kim constantly on the move, filling her days with modeling gigs, teaching at London's top studios, and hosting international retreats. She lived life at a breakneck pace, all while battling her inner demons and constantly running away from her emotions.
In her own words, "the reality was... inside I never felt good enough." The pursuit of more accomplishments and the adrenaline rush of adventure couldn't fill the void she felt. Everything changed when she became a mother, welcoming her beautiful baby girl, Indie. Amid the profound joy that Indie brought into her life, Kim found herself grappling with a profound loss of identity and self.
This raw and heart-wrenching episode delves into Kim's struggle with post-natal depression during the first 10 months of Indie's life. She opens up about the guilt, shame, and hopelessness she experienced while trying to navigate the challenges of motherhood and maintain a sense of self. As her previous way of "doing" things no longer served her, Kim embarked on a journey of self-discovery and transformation.
Ashley and Kim cover a wide range of topics, from pre-baby life and the hustle culture to childbirth, the experience of losing oneself, and the arduous process of rebuilding and rebranding. They reflect on their shared experience as new mothers and acknowledge that even in the midst of the toddler stage, there is still much to learn and explore as both mothers and individuals finding their place in the world.
This powerful and candid conversation is a must-listen for anyone seeking inspiration, guidance, or simply a relatable voice during the tumultuous journey of motherhood and self-discovery. Tune in to The Bizzimumzi Podcast to hear Ashley and Kim's heartfelt discussion about the profound transformation that motherhood can bring and the unwavering spirit it takes to rediscover one's self amidst the chaos.
To connect with Kim Hartwell, head here: https://kimhartwell.com/
S2 / E57: Pip Davies, Pelvic Health Expert / Midwife / Creator of Mid Wife Pip
As we find ourselves in the heart of January 2024, join Ashley Verma in welcoming a remarkable guest to this week's episode of Bizzimumzi: Pip Davies, known as Midwife Pip. Pip wears many hats - she's a practicing Midwifery Sister, Pelvic Health Specialist, Podcaster, Author, and a loving Mum. With an extensive background in supporting thousands of women and parents-to-be through the entire spectrum of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, Pip is a true expert in her field.
Through her countless hours of work with pregnant and postpartum women, Pip has noticed a concerning trend: many women feel disempowered due to a lack of expert information and support. This often leads to feelings of uncertainty, confusion, and doubt regarding how to embark on the strongest, healthiest, and most positive journey into motherhood.
Pip has taken it upon herself to bridge this knowledge gap. Her mission is to provide honest, evidence-based antenatal and postnatal education to empower women, allowing them to approach childbirth without fear and confidently navigate the path of parenthood.
In this engaging conversation, Ashley and Pip delve into Pip's personal journey into midwifery and discuss how she balances the demands of helping others with taking care of herself and her own family. Pip also shares a delightful insight into her own first birth story, shedding light on how she managed it all. As she prepares for baby number two, Pip wonders if this new chapter will unfold as smoothly as the first.
Pip Davies is truly a magical force in her profession, and the Bizzimumzi platform is honored to have her as a guest, sharing her remarkable journey and expertise in this week's Bizzimumzi episode. Join us for a captivating discussion that promises to inspire and empower parents-to-be and all those fascinated by the beautiful journey of childbirth and motherhood.
To learn more about Pip Davies, head here: https://www.midwifepip.com/
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Thank you for having me part of your opener for season 2! I truly loved our podding together. You are an incredible host and honored to grace your podcast xo Stacy Igel
This podcast is a goldmine of insights.
This podcast strikes the perfect balance between acknowledging the realities of parenting and uplifting our spirits with positivity.
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The Bizzimumzi Podcast engagingly delivers insightful content. Each episode leaves me feeling inspired and motivated.