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A place to educate, empower, connect, and laugh. Host Jessica Gershman, a certified yoga instructor, mindfulness practitioner and a busy mom of 4, invites you to explore your own inner journey and expand on the topics you need to know to become your own best self advocate - health, sex, parenting, marriage, friendship, and everything in between; plus weekly mindfulness tips to invite a little zen into your life. New episodes drop every Tuesday and Thursday so check back often for the latest. Follow us on Instagram@the_zen_mommy

Zen(ish) Mommy Jessica Gershman

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    • 4.9 • 43 Ratings

A place to educate, empower, connect, and laugh. Host Jessica Gershman, a certified yoga instructor, mindfulness practitioner and a busy mom of 4, invites you to explore your own inner journey and expand on the topics you need to know to become your own best self advocate - health, sex, parenting, marriage, friendship, and everything in between; plus weekly mindfulness tips to invite a little zen into your life. New episodes drop every Tuesday and Thursday so check back often for the latest. Follow us on Instagram@the_zen_mommy

    The Art of Cozy Living with The Sister Project

    The Art of Cozy Living with The Sister Project

    Have you ever thought about giving yourself permission to stop, sit, and read a book in the middle of the day? Giving yourself that gift of it being okay to do nothing? Our guests for today are an incredible sister-duo, Michelle Anderson, and Laura Massarella, hosts and creators of Cozy Conversations with The Sister Project. These are two ladies that talk the talk and walk the walk and live their lives in all things cozy. With a finger on the secret to destressing, being fully engaged in their lives, and getting all the good feels, they live by following the Danish principle of Hygge (“hoo-gah”). This is a Danish word that means the art of living in coziness. It’s all about surrounding yourself with things like smells, textures, tastes, people, etc., that make you feel happy, or in other words, cozy. In our conversation today, we hear how they became rooted in mindfulness and the role therapy played in their healing journeys. We are introduced to the Danish principle of Hygge and what it means to live by it. They share key insights on how to approach slowing down and truly being okay with doing less, or nothing, for even a little while. If you want to learn more about embracing the Hygge way, then don’t miss out on this great episode!


    Key Points From This Episode:


    How they became rooted in mindfulness.How therapy played a role in Michelle’s healing journey. A thought on finding healthcare professionals to facilitate healing in our lives. The Danish principle of Hygge and what it means to live by it.Lauren talks about the Blue Zones and the importance of connection.An elaboration of the difference between mindfulness and Hygge.What Hygge and the associated lifestyle can offer to people who embrace it.Lauren and Michelle share their process of embracing the Hygge lifestyle.How to approach slowing down: be okay with doing less or nothing for a little bit.Finding the Hygge for you.Michelle shares her favorite definition of Hygge.They share their red flags; a signal to return to self-care and Hygge.The best piece of advice they’ve ever been given. Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:


    Michelle Anderson on LinkedIn
    Lauren Massarella on LinkedIn
    The Sister Project on Instagram
    Lauren Massarella Yoga
    The Sister Project Blog
    What Is Hygge?
    Cozy Conversations with The Sister Project Podcast
    The Candle Collection
    Ted Lasso
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    Movement Milestones for Your Child, When Should You Be Concerned?

    Movement Milestones for Your Child, When Should You Be Concerned?

    Happy summer, mamas! Today we’re talking with pediatric physical therapist, early development enthusiast, and mama Kailee Noland. Kailee speaks with us about movement milestones, those stages of development that give you feedback on your baby’s progress and needs. Kailee knows firsthand what it’s like not only to give advice to parents, but to be the parent getting the advice herself, and how difficult that can be. She shares with us her tips for getting the care you need for your baby should you need it, as well as information on her upcoming Thriving in the First Year Summit–a completely free summit for parents and clinicians to learn all about how to help their babies (and themselves) thrive in that first year of life. 



    Kailee’s Movement Mama Blog
    Thriving in the First Year Summit
    https://themovementmamablog.com/explore-the-courses
    Shoe Recommendations
    https://themovementmamablog.com/post/shoes-for-new-walkers-a-pediatric-physical-therapist-s-guide?rq=shoes




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    Sex as we Age Can be More Connected and Passionate that You've Ever Imagined

    Sex as we Age Can be More Connected and Passionate that You've Ever Imagined

    Hey there, Zen Mamas. As many of us head into menopause, every news story or medical pamphlet seems to be warning us that our sex lives (and our lives in general) are about to become very bleak. And yet, studies show that menopause and the years after can be some of the most exciting years of our lives. Here to talk with us about the entirety of our sex lives is Mary-Margaret Sweeney, a certified sex therapist, sex educator, and licensed clinical social worker in the state of Indiana. Mary Margaret is adamant that so much of what we’re told about our sexuality is an incomplete truth, and that by communicating and exploring further, we can discover a sex life that is more connected and passionate than we’d ever imagined. 


    Mary Margaret’s Website  




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    Think you might have ADHD? Why More Women over 40 are being diagnosed Now more than Ever.

    Think you might have ADHD? Why More Women over 40 are being diagnosed Now more than Ever.

    Hey there, Mamas. We know that life as a parent can get so overwhelming that there are those days when it feels overwhelming. We forget dentist appointments and picture day and it’s all normal, but if it feels like we can never catch up to our lives, maybe there’s something else going on. Today we’re talking with Franki Bagdade, a master-level educator and clinical social worker. Franki specializes in ADHD and is a published author, speaker, therapist, ADHD coach, and mom. With ADHD diagnoses among women skyrocketing in the past few years, we’re here to give you the facts and the necessary info so that you can be empowered to find out more for yourself or for your kiddos. 



    Franki’s Website
    Franki on Instagram


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    Want a Fuller More Successful Life? My Go To Daily Meditation

    Want a Fuller More Successful Life? My Go To Daily Meditation

    Hey there Zen Mamas! This week, we’re working with a mantra meditation that will help bring a smile to your face. “Everything works out for me” is one of those things that instantly puts us at ease. So get cozy, whatever that means for you–lie down, sit in your favorite chair, go for a walk in the woods–and listen in to connect with yourself for this short meditation. 


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    Parenting is better with a little laughter, Comedian Alyce Chan lets us in on her secret to surviving motherhood

    Parenting is better with a little laughter, Comedian Alyce Chan lets us in on her secret to surviving motherhood

    Hey Mamas! Have you ever had a parenting moment of chaos and then burst out laughing? Isn’t life just so much easier when we’re making jokes and having fun? This week, we’re speaking to comedian and mom Alyce Chan. A standup comic who performs all over the world, Alyce has a dedicated fanbase of moms all over the world who adore her for both her unique brand of humor and her honesty about life as a mom. 



    Alyce on Instagram
    MomCom NYC
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    Alyce on YouTube


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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Goddess Mami ,

Much Needed

As a mom of 4 I love Jessica, her topics and her passion to inform us that we are not alone in the "motherhood" fiasco. Covering all experiences of life including marriage, sex, healthy recipes and everything in between. Much appreciated honesty and vulnerability that makes it easy to relate. I have refleted more, found more time to ground myself before reacting to my environment and understand my family on a deeper level, Thank You!!!!

J.A.Penn ,

Love this podcast!

Jessica is down to earth, relatable, and asks all the right questions. Love the episodes on parenting…it’s my new “go to” podcast while driving!

themeldaly ,

Relatable + insightful

Love this podcast because Jessica is super relatable and makes mindfulness down to earth. As a mindfulness teacher + personal trainer myself, this is the #1 issue I see with bringing more inner calm to the collective - when leaders in this space make it this esoteric, mystical, complicated thing! Love that this podcast makes it practical yet still deep and impactful!

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