VM (04) Sophia Petrakis: Culture, Community and The Power of a Smile.

Sophia Petrakis, is the owner of a bookkeeping company, which she started 12 years ago and more recently she became a Certified Pilates Mat Instructor. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her hubby George and is the mother of 3 amazing little girls ages 8, 5, and 2. Sophia enjoys reading, learning new things and visiting Greece. She loves spending time with her family and one of her greatest pleasures is being around for all the important moments in her kids lives so far.

Sophia is keeping it real with us in this episode about culture, community and the power of a smile. We’re grateful to you for sharing your story mama!

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VM (03) Rochelle Ford-Wilson: Millennial Moms, Re-alignment and Creating an On-Purpose Life

Our guest today is Rochelle Ford-Wilson, a Life & Success Coach (or Queen Embodiment Coach as she likes to call herself) for ambitious, SOUL-DRIVEN women who feel “out-of-alignment” to their feminine essence, deepest desires and limit-less power to intentionally create success on their terms.

She helps women entrepreneurs and mompreneurs re-align to their intuition, deepest desires and feminine essence to ultimately create a joyful & intentional life and business. Through first taking them into the deep inner work of her 4 pillars of “Queen Embodiment”, (which means tapping into their internal wisdom & radiance within to start intentionally creating their life, caring for themselves as Queens and re-designing a business that is in alignment to her deepest desires, pleasure & joy) she then supports women globally to start embodying their INNER QUEEN to in ALL AREAS to create Life & Business Success, the feminine way!

She lives in Toronto, Canada with her hubby and two kids and she loves 90s RnB music, online shopping in bed and seeing millennial moms shine & #slay their dreams & desires.

Rochelle is keeping it real with us in this episode about millennial moms, re-alignment and creating an on-purpose life. We’re grateful to you for sharing your story mama!

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VM (02) Lenore Pearson: Postnatal Depression, Personal Development & Mindful Parenting

Our guest today is Lenore Pearson, founder of Artemis Meditation and Holistic Counselling. She is a speaker, counsellor, meditation practitioner and entrepreneur in the health and wellbeing industry and helps people develop lifelong skills that empower them to take control of their own lives and reconnect with their inner pilot light.

Lenore is passionate about experiencing the richness of what this life has to offer. Her journey over the last 15 years has involved continual study and reflection, building her life experiences both at home in Sydney Australia as well as internationally.

Her greatest passion is to help people possess healthy perceptions of themselves and find confidence in their ability to shine and ‘play big’ in life. Her sole purpose in life is to help others rediscover theirs. She is energetic, passionate and determined in her desire for her clients to awaken their light within.

When Lenore is not teaching or guiding people to their purpose, she is focusing her love and energy on her three children and husband who are an endless source of inspiration and entertainment!

Lenore is keeping it real with us in this episode about post-natal depression, personal development and mindful parenting. We’re grateful to you for sharing your story mama!

+ Check out Lenore on her website: Artemis Meditation & Holistic Counselling

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VM (01) Char Lekx: Let’s Start a Village Mama!

In this very first episode of Village Mama, I’m keeping it real and talking about what made me start this podcast and why it took me so long to do it, even though this vision has been on my heart for years. As I’ll be asking other moms to share their stories, I thought it only fair that I open the series with my own story of my fears, hopes and vision for this initiative. In this episode, I invite you into the village to find out:

+ Why I created this podcast and community.

+ My reflections on being a mom.

+ My memories and perspective of motherhood when I was a child.

+ What I’ve learned and discovered about parenting in this day and age.

+ And my hope for the future.

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5 ways to begin building a more connected relationship with your kids

If you have a desire to develop a more connected relationship with your kids, here are five ways to begin turning that desire into a reality.

1.) Listen. Take the time to listen intently to your child and truly hear what they’re trying to tell you. A huge part of that means, you’re committed to putting away any distractions (that includes your phone) and fully focusing your attention on your child. When you listen in this way, your child will come to know that they are really important to you. In addition to that, you’ll be modelling a good aspect of a healthy relationship to them and that’s pretty awesome.

2.) The eyes are the window to the soul. That saying is so true. If you want to get some insight into your child’s inner world, their thoughts, feelings etc. take the time to look into their eyes. Now, every child has a different tolerance level for eye contact so take that into consideration but as much as they’ll allow it, let them know you’re paying attention to them by looking into their eyes as they share with you.

3.) Positive touch. Another way to deepen the connection with your child is to use positive touch. You could be sitting shoulder-to-shoulder, rubbing their back, cuddling them or holding hands. The reason why this is important, is because positive physical touch will help lower their heart rate, slow their breath, decrease their stress hormones and help boost their immune systems. Try for twelve positive touches per day and over time you’ll see the wonderful difference it makes.

4.) Empathize. This one ties in with listening but it goes even further. When your child is sharing something important to them, don’t listen to jump in and respond. Instead, take a moment to pause after they’ve shared. Allow silence to settle for a bit, that gives them more time to talk if there’s anything else they want to say. After that moment of quiet, you can respond by saying something like, “I’m really sorry that happened to you.” Simply acknowledging what our kids go through; empathizing with them, will help them feel like you understand them, you get them and that you are there for them.

5.) Smile and laugh. In our society that’s filled with incessant busyness, try and pause and smile at your kids more often. The first moment you see them in the morning, offer them a big smile. Let them know you’re happy to see them and you’re grateful to have them in your life. Find times throughout the day when you’re together to laugh and have fun together. These are the childhood memories you want your kids to remember, so take the time to smile, laugh and have fun with them.

We can all learn from each other. So, share some of the ways you are building a more connected relationship with your kids?

3 simple steps to help ease the grip of negative thoughts & emotions

Our minds are so incredible, but sometimes, it seems like our minds are our worst enemies. We get overwhelmed with limiting beliefs, stress, unhappiness, negative feelings etc. and sometimes it feels near impossible to shake that negativity off and make our way back to where we’re feeling positive, curious, peaceful, creative and happy. When you begin to feel an onslaught of negativity, here are three simple steps you can use to help ease the grip of negative thoughts and emotions.

1.) Notice. Observe and identify your negative feelings and try to figure out what triggered them.
2.) Say thank you. Thank them for being there for you in the past and protecting you when you needed it.
3.) Bid them adieu. Say goodbye to those feelings and thoughts because you are working your way to wholeness and they are not longer serving you.

Try and remember not to believe everything you think and feel. At one point these ways of thinking and feeling were essential to your survival but now some of those strategies do not work anymore. So be an observer to yourself and let go of the ways of being that no longer work for you and that no longer serve you. This will take practice but it will be so good for you.

2 quick ways to break through frustration

As a mom, there are some days where you’ll feel frustration. That’s absolutely normal. The thing is, no one like to stay mired in that feeling. Want to know two quick ways to break through the frustration?

1.) Ask yourself, “What’s going right?” Even if you feel like nothing is working, there’s usually something that is. So, look closely till you find the things in your life that are bringing you joy. Focus in on those things. Be grateful for those things. Keep reminding yourself that you’ve got some great blessings in the midst of your frustration.

2.) What’s your big dream? You might be feeling frustrated right now but what’s on your heart? What’s on your mind? What dream do you have for yourself? What vision do you have for your kids or for your family? Get future focused and ask yourself what you can do to begin moving closer to making your big dream transform into a reality? Then take action. It’s those necessary small steps that you take consistently that will and keep you getting closer and closer to your heart’s desire.

Frustration will come but you don’t have to invite it to stay. Instead, use these two super quick ways to focus on your possibilities and allow the frustration to dissipate.

Teaching our kids about healthy friendships

Helping our kids navigate friendships is so tough. There are times as moms, where we see that our child’s friendship seems unhealthy, but we struggle with what to do to help our kids through those situations. I’m starting to realize, that a part of the approach to dealing with this issue, is helping our kids identify not only what kinds of friends they want to have but what kinds of friendships they should try to avoid.

So how would I describe an unhealthy friendship to my kids? Hmm, that’s a tough one. However, if I were to hazard an approach, here’s what I would do. I would encourage my kids to begin to take notice and observe their friendships a little more. When they share a piece of good news with their friend, I want my kids to notice if that friend seems happy for them or do they say something to brush it aside and act like it’s no big deal, or do they respond with an even bigger more important thing that they did. I want my kids to be surrounded by friends who can receive and give encouragement. I’m also planning on asking my kids to observe their own pattern with their friends and adjust accordingly.

The other thing I’d like to encourage my kids to pay attention to is whether their friend is open to sharing them with other good friends or if they only want to keep the friendship isolated to the two of them. On the other hand, does their friend tend to ditch them when someone ‘better’ comes along?

I also want my kids to be aware of how their friends make them feel. When they hang out with their friend, do they feel encouraged and supported or does their friend say mean things to them, while sometimes even presenting it as ‘just a joke’.

Establishing healthy friendships is an important lesson we can teach our kids. As we know all too well, our teaching tools can’t only be verbal. We need to utilize other resources to help the life lessons we try and teach be even more effective. So how do you do that? Well, in a situation like this, it means taking the time to double check our friendships too. As moms, we’ve got to practice what we preach. So, if we have unhealthy friendships in our lives, maybe it’s time to let them go. Share your realization with your kids, talk openly about your reasons for wanting healthier friendships and how you’re going about distancing yourself from your unhealthy friend. Maybe watching your process of choosing healthier friendships, will inspire and motivate your child to choose healthier friendships for themselves too.

Does self-care matter?

Do I really need to incorporate self-care into my daily routine? The answer is yes. I know you’re busy, you’ve got so much on your plate. You’re making breakfasts, lunches and dinners. You’re cleaning the house yet again (if you’re like me you feel like seriously didn’t I just clean this place yesterday?). You’re busy rushing the kids from activity to activity. You’re juggling home life, with work, volunteering; extended family responsibilities and so much more. Then you hear people say, you’ve got to find time for yourself and you wonder…when?

I totally feel you! I agree that you’re schedule is definitely full but I also want to invite you to be honest with yourself. If you keep going at this pace, without taking time to re-charge, is it possible you might experience some burnout? Could you already be feeling a bit of it now? I’m not asking you to overhaul your entire schedule. I’m simply asking you to take a look at it and see if there’s some way you can fit yourself into it. Whether it’s a 5 minute meditation in the morning or 5 minutes of gratitude journalling before bed. Please find some time to do something that helps you feel renewed. Trust me hon, you’ll be so glad you did.

A thought about Habits

Sometimes our bad habits become old and uncomfortable; we look at ourselves in the mirror and realize that those habits don’t look that great on us. This is a powerful moment. This is a eureka moment. This is the moment where we can choose to finally take off and discard the things that are not serving us anymore.
 
We can then replace them with healthy habits, things that make us look and feel better. Habits that fit better with the person we are right now; the person we are continually working on; the person we are becoming. Looking to adopt some great new habits? Join the 7 Days of Positivity Challenge.