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Welcome to Unimaginable Wellness The Podcast For Founders, Entrepreneurs, and Creators Who Are New Moms. You are running on all cylinders and do not want to slow down. You also want to be sure that you can proactively navigate anxiety, overwhelm, depression, exhaustion, burnout, and diaper blowouts because you can’t afford to compromise your wellness. Your wellness in every category of your life is essential to your success as both a leader and a mom. So here’s the good news: motherhood came bearing gifts: you now have access to an explosive superpower that can help you avoid, navigate, and get through the ups and downs of entrepreneurship, motherhood, and life. You now have the explosive power of your imagination which is not only an unexpected competitive edge birthed during motherhood but also the key to helping you achieve unimaginable wellness so you can sustain a healthy pace and stay present when necessary for overall longer-term mom life success.

I’m your host Melissa Llarena a mom to three high-energy boys and an entrepreneur since 2011. I carried my firstborn in my Ergobaby to my first pitch and two years later birthed identical twin sons. It’s been one blowout after another and in this podcast, I want to share my lessons learned as well as feature some of the most dynamic humans in the world who are operating at the fringes of their imagination so that you can optimize yours. Sounds good? Then keep listening….

New episodes are available every Tuesday. Meanwhile, pick one today from the current 170+ episodes to help you keep going after your ambitions, get the vitality and energy to create your own momentum, find creative and practical ways to feel calm amidst chaos, and stay physically fit so that you can bounce back from any mom or business setbacks. Learn from founders (GaryVee, Suzy Batiz), entrepreneurs (James Altucher, Fran Hauser), creators (Raquel Rowe, David Meltzer), psychologists (Thomas Hills), nutritionists (Dr. Joel Fuhrman), writers (Lisa Messenger, Laura Carney), multi-passionates (Beth Comstock, Gabriele Corcos), mental health advocates (Joe Williams, Jason Partington), artists (Max Mendez, David Roberts), intellectuals/thinkers (Jordan Harbinger, Cal Fussman), and Melissa.

Let’s explore how others are using their imagination to create their own opportunities to imagine more for themselves and impact those around them without compromising their own wellness so that you (and I) can keep it all together. Also, be sure to share your favorite show with fellow founders, entrepreneurs, and creators who have also added the job title of "mom" to their lives because we need one another to thrive!

Say hi on Instagram @melissallarena for additional insights, stories, and lessons to help you use and leverage the skills you’ve gained as a mom as your competitive edge.

Unimaginable Wellness For New Moms Who Are Founders, Entrepreneurs, Creators Melissa Llarena

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 32 Ratings

Welcome to Unimaginable Wellness The Podcast For Founders, Entrepreneurs, and Creators Who Are New Moms. You are running on all cylinders and do not want to slow down. You also want to be sure that you can proactively navigate anxiety, overwhelm, depression, exhaustion, burnout, and diaper blowouts because you can’t afford to compromise your wellness. Your wellness in every category of your life is essential to your success as both a leader and a mom. So here’s the good news: motherhood came bearing gifts: you now have access to an explosive superpower that can help you avoid, navigate, and get through the ups and downs of entrepreneurship, motherhood, and life. You now have the explosive power of your imagination which is not only an unexpected competitive edge birthed during motherhood but also the key to helping you achieve unimaginable wellness so you can sustain a healthy pace and stay present when necessary for overall longer-term mom life success.

I’m your host Melissa Llarena a mom to three high-energy boys and an entrepreneur since 2011. I carried my firstborn in my Ergobaby to my first pitch and two years later birthed identical twin sons. It’s been one blowout after another and in this podcast, I want to share my lessons learned as well as feature some of the most dynamic humans in the world who are operating at the fringes of their imagination so that you can optimize yours. Sounds good? Then keep listening….

New episodes are available every Tuesday. Meanwhile, pick one today from the current 170+ episodes to help you keep going after your ambitions, get the vitality and energy to create your own momentum, find creative and practical ways to feel calm amidst chaos, and stay physically fit so that you can bounce back from any mom or business setbacks. Learn from founders (GaryVee, Suzy Batiz), entrepreneurs (James Altucher, Fran Hauser), creators (Raquel Rowe, David Meltzer), psychologists (Thomas Hills), nutritionists (Dr. Joel Fuhrman), writers (Lisa Messenger, Laura Carney), multi-passionates (Beth Comstock, Gabriele Corcos), mental health advocates (Joe Williams, Jason Partington), artists (Max Mendez, David Roberts), intellectuals/thinkers (Jordan Harbinger, Cal Fussman), and Melissa.

Let’s explore how others are using their imagination to create their own opportunities to imagine more for themselves and impact those around them without compromising their own wellness so that you (and I) can keep it all together. Also, be sure to share your favorite show with fellow founders, entrepreneurs, and creators who have also added the job title of "mom" to their lives because we need one another to thrive!

Say hi on Instagram @melissallarena for additional insights, stories, and lessons to help you use and leverage the skills you’ve gained as a mom as your competitive edge.

    You are Invited to a Mental Health Break for Mom Business Leaders, Special Episode

    You are Invited to a Mental Health Break for Mom Business Leaders, Special Episode

    Attend a mental health break for mom business leaders on March 1st. Sign-up today for free meditation prompts fit for mom business owners who want to be both present moms and focused business owners - Details (sign-up and get the prompts instantly): https://bit.ly/mindmom Learn the exact process that meditation practitioner, bestselling author, business coach, and mom to three young boys, Melissa Llarena, follows to have a consistent meditation practice despite no longer having privacy, time, nor a meditation closet. You will walk away with a step-by-step approach for designing your own ritual and you will get a mental break to THINK more strategically about your business and mom life too.
    Live Webinar

    March 1, 2024
    10:00am Central Time
     
    Includes:
    Instantly receive upon sign-up Free meditation prompts (get centered in two minutes or fewer) Mindfulness i.e. meditation ritual ideas to become a more present mom and business leader 30 minute Q&A with Melissa Join LIVE to enter a drawing for a guest spot on Unimaginable Wellness the podcast for mom founders, entrepreneurs, and creators Led by Melissa Llarena

    Top ForbesWomen contributor with 4M+ views. Author of a the #1 Amazon Bestseller entitled: Fertile Imagination: A Guide for Stretching Every Mom’s Superpower for Maximum Impact. Mom to a singleton son who is 12 and a set of identical twin boys who are ten. A Psychology degree from NYU, and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, she holds a Transformational Coaching Academy certificate and is a student in the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program Class of 2025.
    https://bit.ly/mindmom ​

    • 6 min
    218: Has adding the RIGHT things to your plate ever lit a GOOD fire under toosh?

    218: Has adding the RIGHT things to your plate ever lit a GOOD fire under toosh?

    In this episode you will uncover why this is an important change in perspective: The answer is not always about taking things off of your plate. It depends on what drives you. Ever wanted to gain self-awareness around what makes you go, stop, or bounce back up faster? Listen with an open mind to this episode. 
    Some moms with their own businesses rise to the occasion when a business challenge arises. Going after worthy goals clears up a busy life like no other thing has for me. You might be the same way? Have a think about it.

    Other moms implode when a business challenge arises. Your anxiety hijacks your thinking brain and you go into a perpetual fight or flight. Dishes crash to the ground like a traditional Greek wedding except with little dancing. Is that your truth?

    The key is in knowing who you are and what makes you do things that you may have never witnessed another mother do ever in your lifetime.
    This week I am seeking 5 visionary mom entrepreneurs who rise up when put in a position to accept a business challenge. You'll know this is you based on your most memorable business days last year --- have your best days been when you astounded yourself and met a challenge or declined to step up your game in business for your own reasons. Neither is wrong.
    There are seasons in motherhood and in business. However, I bet you have a preference? Let's talk for 15-minutes if you are the riser.  https://go.oncehub.com/ClientSessionMelissaLlarena​
    This is an official call for 4 fabulous women. I'm prepared to share the insights that have built my relationships with powerful and genuine humans over the last 12-years. On our Zoom call I can shed light on why 9-weeks is all it'll take with me as your guide. 
    If you are committed to doing what it really takes to change how you approach your business and mom life then you might qualify to be one of my fabulous 5 group coaching participants.
    If you have a fight in you for YOU then you might be the right fit. If you have not yet given up on all the power and potential other people see in you then we should talk. It's time to rise up. Reclaiming your power is a daily choice. If this resonates be sure to choose the best time on my calendar. Rise up!
    ​Book your time on my calendar today for the soonest slot you can snag.
    Let's talk: https://go.oncehub.com/ClientSessionMelissaLlarena​​
    Thank you,
    Melissa Llarena
    Bestselling Author of Fertile Imagination: A Guide for Stretching Every Mom's Superpower for Maximum Impact
    Is your business stuck? Take this quiz for moms to maximize your potential - https://quiz.tryinteract.com/#/64fb50ebd9dce900148cdff8
     
    Grab your seat for my free webinar focused on your 2024 ultimate business success Mom Mogul Makeover. - https://witty-thinker-2643.ck.page/7e884a0f0a
     

    • 22 min
    217: Mom-Friendly Ideas For Random Acts of Kindness That Boost Your Mental Health

    217: Mom-Friendly Ideas For Random Acts of Kindness That Boost Your Mental Health

    Welcome to Episode 217. Did you know that February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day? My plea is to count yourself in! Moms can perform random acts of kindness and be the recipient of them too! Did you know that when you are kind or generous to others that you can feel a helper’s high? I bet you have oodles of ideas of things you can do with your kids and today’s guest shares her thoughts on those too. However, what I found fascinating is that, despite being a busy mom of two, Jennifer Klein a seasoned philanthropist and author on the topic of giving, has cracked the code on how to be an everyday philanthropist and reap the rewards of exuding a generous spirit! She’s getting that boost in her mental health every week and as a mom I’m know you can use this unstoppable feeling on any given day to change your energy for the maximum! In today’s episode, there are also a ton of practical insights and giving ideas fit for a mom with her own business. You’ll hear about your options – should you go all in on cause marketing, strategically partnering with a nonprofit, or donate company funds to support a cause that's on your heart? Listen for fresh ways to consider these options. 
    This episode is brought to you by my #1 Amazon bestselling book, Fertile Imagination, A Guide for Stretching Every Mom's Superpower for Maximum Impact.
    ·      You can find a link to the Amazon website here: https://www.melissallarena.com/fertileideas/
    Ask me anything about this episode, my book, or mom in business life on Instagram
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    ·      Are you a mom entrepreneur with a big vision? Sign-up for a free 30-minute Business Goal Progress Analysis & Course Correct session https://www.melissallarena.com/sessions/
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    ·      Grab your seat for my free webinar focused on your 2024 ultimate business success Mom Mogul Makeover - https://witty-thinker-2643.ck.page/7e884a0f0a
    Jennifer Klein Official Bio and Links

    Jenn Klein, CFRE, CHC, is a world-class and highly respected nonprofit fundraiser, speaker, coach, and one of the most brilliant minds on philanthropy. She is the founder and CEO of You Are A Philanthropist merchandise shop and podcast, a major gift officer for a Catholic school, an independent consultant with Arbonne International, and a proud mother of two boys. For more than 18 years, Jenn has helped nonprofits grow through best fundraising practices and strategies. Jenn also coaches individuals to make healthy lifestyle choices, which, at their core, include giving to charity. Jenn is on a mission to share the benefits of generosity, not just for others but also for yourself and our world. She just published her first book "Giving is Selfish", which can be found on Amazon.
    ·      https://www.youareaphilanthropist.com
    ·      https://www.instagram.com/_jennklein/
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    TRANSCRIPT
    Jen Klein, welcome to unimaginable wellness. I am so excited. You won the drawing from my Mom Mogul Makeover webinar!
    Congratulations. 
    Thank you, Melissa.
    I'm so excited to be here. I'm so excited to win this opportunity. I am excited to have you here just for anyone that's listening and catching this in January, I had the opportunity to deliver a talk for mom moguls and Jennifer won the drawing of appearing as a guest on today's podcast. And so I am so excited to have Jen here.
    I'm also really excited for this very, like. Secret sneaky reason so not only does Jen Klein have an amazing like business, but it's also in the art of generosity, th

    • 27 min
    Are you a mom entrepreneur with a vision? I need your opinion.

    Are you a mom entrepreneur with a vision? I need your opinion.

    Would you consider yourself to be a visionary mom entrepreneur? If you are then I'd love to talk to you to better understand your unique perspective on something I'm working on. You can pick the best 15-minute time ( https://go.oncehub.com/ClientSessionMelissaLlarena) that works for you if you currently have a vision that you are working towards this year. Or you can email me melissa (at) melissallarena.com
    I'n 15-minutes, we'll go through this NEW offer based on 12-years of mothering while in business. Sign-up: https://go.oncehub.com/ClientSessionMelissaLlarena 
    Fertile Imagination In Practice – A 9-week group coaching program where I guide you, a visionary mom entrepreneur, on the use your Fertile Imagination ™ to establish, earn the trust and gain the support of the mentors, moguls or market movers in your space. The movers who can help you to take your business to the next level (without feeling awkward or pretending to be someone other than your playful self). A Fertile Imagination ™ has the ability to cast a big vision that they may not have seen done by a mom; the vision is energizing enough to fuel the mom as she executes on making it her reality.
    How is this program different? The tools, coaching, and approach consider your business longevity which means endurance is key. Expect to learn how to ensure that your creative juices flow so you can be nimbler than others. My approach is also energy-centric so you can run sprints as needed. The big difference in this program is also that your personal /career narrative will be vetted so that it reconnects you to the ambitious woman you once were and to the greater world so that having a maximum impact with an income that makes you proud AF is inevitable. These insights helped me create incredible opportunities during my 12-year entrepreneurial career and motherhood journey. I took the long road but you can easily learn them and put them into action in only 9-weeks with my guidance. 9-weeks or 12-years? Your choice.
    What is my method for results? 
    A Fertile Imagination has the ability to cast a vision that no other mother has ever turned into reality before; a vision that is so potent it fuels her. The Imagination to Impact to Income Method™ helps you rediscover your Fertile Imagination.
    You will reawaken your imagination through various modalities including mindfulness, creative immersions, multi-sensorial visualizations, productivity tools, and self-reflection to bring fresh ideas to life.
    Your newly reawakened fertile imagination will be refined and directed towards your greatest point of impact on your identity, family, community, region, country, or globally and across future generations.
    Your income potential will grow by using your fertile imagination to craft your value proposition, to enhance your storytelling skills, build resilience, and embody networking to establish powerful relationships.
    Your turn
    Schedule a 15-minute Zoom call using this LINK for details about the 9-week program. Alternatively, email me for more details melissa (at) melissallarena.com - this program will roll out with 5 visionary entrepreneurs. Will you be one in the first cohort? Seeking the first fabulous five.

    • 13 min
    Fighting a Chronic Illness and Growing a Business as a Single Mom, Elva Treviño

    Fighting a Chronic Illness and Growing a Business as a Single Mom, Elva Treviño

     Welcome to episode 216. This is a story of a single mom who has been battling chronic illness, Crohn's, and has also been in the hospital for at least 13 kidney related surgeries. in spite of her doctor appointments and uncertain health status every single day, she continues to go all in on building a  business that expresses this: we are all that we are all champions inside. Today's guest is Elva Treviño.  Elva is an entrepreneur with a passion for fitness, leadership, entertainment, and making a positive impact as a celebrity trainer and public speaker. She captivates audiences with her motivational talks, drawing from personal experiences and providing actionable advice to empower individuals to overcome challenges and achieve their goals. Elva is living her mission. She's an example. An example for anyone that is finding themselves constantly in the hospital or constantly facing failures and challenges. And also an example for those of us who frankly are not. Yes, to be human is to struggle but some of us at least we have our health and this episode, I would really encourage you not just to hear Elva's words and see that she's super passionate, but I want you to feel, feel the sense of urgency that Elva has with the way that she is approaching her one life, despite being a single mom and having a chronic illness.
    Let's connect: https://www.instagram.com/melissallarena/
    Let's talk about your business: https://www.melissallarena.com/sessions/
    Grab a free chapter of Fertile Imagination: https://www.melissallarena.com/fertileideas/
    HIGHLIGHTED QUESTIONS
    1) Share any stories you have of single parenting with a chronic illness (Crohn's) to help listeners with health concerns
    2) What are your go-to self-care practices to combat business and/or single motherhood fatigue?
    3) How have you navigated having a chronic illness to spread your message of building a community of champions? Any practical  tips?
    4) What single most important life lesson are you hoping your daughter takes away from seeing her mom move forward despite a chronic illness?
    This episode is brought to you by Fertile Imagination, my book, a guide for stretching every mom's superpower for maximum impact. I share in this book also an example of a mom who was facing a major illness. Esther, who's a DJ in Amsterdam, big shout out to Esther. Serves as an example of what the mind is capable of when a mom is facing a really big health scare and is able to have so much confidence in herself to take the onus on herself to heal so that she can be the best mom she possibly can, and then also live out her dreams.
    Totally no BS dreams, just like the ones that are on her heart, even if that includes playing Tupac at a former cathedral in a nightclub in Amsterdam, just like Esther. So that is in my book. And if you're inspired by Esther's story, I have other stories as well of humans who have thoroughly Used and express themselves by using a fertile imagination.
    A fertile imagination is the ability to cast a vision that is so big that you may have never seen a mom accomplish it ever before. And Elva is also such an example of that. So take all her words to heart because they are, they have the potential to really set you on the path of deliberate action. Deliberate advocacy in your community and deliberate mommying to, to your kids. Enjoy the conversation. And if you're interested in the book, just go to ..
    www.fertileideas.com.  
    About Elva
    Elva Trevino is an entrepreneur with a passion for fitness, leadership, entertainment, and making a positive impact. As a celebrity trainer and public speaker, she captivates audiences with her motivational talks, drawing from personal experiences and providing actionable advice to empower individuals to overcome challenges and achieve their goals. Additionally, Elva serves as a charismatic spokesmodel, effectively representing and collaborating with brands/non profits while leveraging her engaging presence to connec

    • 35 min
    How Do You Stay Positive When Navigating Change? Mom Founders and Entrepreneurs Bookmark THIS

    How Do You Stay Positive When Navigating Change? Mom Founders and Entrepreneurs Bookmark THIS

    Tune in to learn how to leverage the three pillars of positivity to build your success by Silicon valley entrepreneur and business strategy John Hagel III. Consider this THE change management guide for mom entrepreneurs. If you are exhausted by the fear, uncertainty, and emotional gunk of change then bookmark this conversation. My take is that John offers a fresh and much needed reframe (it's more than a reframe) to help us get more out of our business ideas.
    Becoming an entrepreneur is an exciting venture. But when you're a mom juggling the demands of raising children while also launching a business, it can be a challenging journey fraught with fear and uncertainty. On an episode of Unimaginable Wellness, management consultant, author, and speaker, John Hagel, delves into his latest book, "The Journey Beyond Fear," and shares how mothers can harness their imagination to turn fear into an avenue for opportunity.
    Hagel suggests that by unleashing the boundless potential of your imagination, you can navigate the psychology of change more efficiently. He points out that emotions, especially fear and excitement, have a profound impact on our actions. The trick, according to Hagel, is to shift our perspective of fear from being a threat to viewing it as an opening for growth.
    This episode is brought to you by Fertile Imagination: A Guide For Stretching Every Mom’s Superpower For Maximum Impact – My book is now available on Amazon in its paperback version and Kindle format. Grab a free chapter on www.fertileideas.com. 
    DM me on Instagram @melissallarena just type the word FERTILE and I’ll share the link if that’s easier to get to fertileideas.com for all the details you need to celebrate your own Fertile Imagination! Here’s that link: https://www.instagram.com/melissallarena/ 
    About John Hagel
    John Hagel is a management consultant, author, and speaker with over 40 years of experience in his field. After retiring as a partner from Deloitte, he wrote his latest book "The Journey Beyond Fear," which addresses the psychology of change and how it can help people navigate through life changes. John is currently developing a series of programs to help people navigate change at various levels through his newly founded company, Beyond Our Edge.
    By harnessing your imagination and drive, you can shape your own narrative, focus on the future, and tap into the limitless potential of excitement and opportunity. This conversation provides mom entrepreneurs with practical tools and lessons to embark on a fulfilling entrepreneurial journey.
     
    In this episode, you will hear:
    Exploring the power of imagination in overcoming fear and achieving success in entrepreneurship for mothers
    John Hagel, shares insights from his book "The Journey Beyond Fear". The discussion revolves around the psychology of change and its impacts on mothers in entrepreneurship. 
    The relationship between fear and excitement is examined, highlighting how these emotions can either hinder or drive us towards success. 
    John shares practical tools on how to shift our perception of fear from being a threat to an opportunity for growth. 
    The power of personal narratives in shaping a more positive future and methods to optimize them
    The importance of rebuilding self-trust and granting ourselves permission to play
    Understanding how to stretch your imagination to achieve big goals and impact is explained. 
    The crucial role of sustainability in maintaining long-term influence in entrepreneurship.
    Insights on the importance of curiosity, accountability, and shared excitement in achieving our ambitions are given. 
    Tips on using your imagination and drive to craft a fulfilling journey as a mom entrepreneur are shared. 
    Identifying common threads to guide personal narratives towards a more fulfilling future
    How to turn fear into an opportunity and drive for more significant impact
    The balance between passion and impac

    • 45 min

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32 Ratings

32 Ratings

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I’m an Explosive Listener

I am having so much fun listening to your podcast. The Bard episode is my favorite so far. I use Chatgpt all the time for my business and I swear it’s getting more and more initiative about my swimwear brand. That episode makes me feel less crazy. Lol

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An inspiring podcast for every woman who needs a little motivation and empowerment to get out there and live their best life! An opportunity to connect and relate to other moms following their dreams and making a difference.

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Excellent and informative

Prior to being a guest on Melissa’s podcast, I listened to a wide variety of episodes. In each, Melissa’s comfortable way of interviewing elicits meaningful and practical insights. For anyone who is a mother, the wealth of information offered can serve as a guidepost and a companion to the journey we as parents are on.

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