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5 Perfect Podcasts for Mompreneurs

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Podcasts are TOTALLY taking off. I mean, I know they’ve been a thing for a long time, but I feel like now everyone and their dog has a podcast. I LOVE IT! I love podcasts, and here is why:

  • I can mindlessly listen while doing ANYTHING. Washing dishes, folding laundry, dejunking for hours on end (which is what I’ve been doing lately.)
  • There are ALL KINDS of podcasts out there! Heck, my brother has a podcast dedicated to all things video game family (it’s called Nintendo Dads!) and I’ve even seen a podcast called Pet Tao Podcast, where one episode was titled “How to Meet the Needs of your Cat.” Yup, this is real stuff, people.
  • They allow me to connect with people I don’t even know. I love the intimacy that a podcast can give, especially when it’s just one person chatting for a full episode.
  • They are easily accessible, and freeeeeee! (Cause if you know me, you know I’m kiiiiiiinda cheap.)

So here we go! We are going to break down my 5 favorite podcasts for that mompreneur life. (You can search all these using the Podcasts App on your iPhone, but I’ve linked them here too!)

  1. This is Your Life with Michael Hyatt
    If you have heard of or followed Michael Hyatt, you know that he’s got a lot of information to share. (He has a super helpful tutorial on how to set up your WordPress site here that I used myself to set up THIS VERY SITE!) His topics range from business, to self-help, to leadership. There are 8 seasons, so TONS of listening material here
  2. Being Boss
    Being Boss is a total lady boss podcast and I LOVE the girl power that oozes from it. Listen to it if you are looking to run a business while still taking GOOD care of yourself. Emily and Kathleen are business owners themselves and are a dream pair- hilarious and way freakin’ smart.
  3. The Marvelous Moms Club Podcast
    I just listened to 9 episodes of this on our most recent drive from Montana to Idaho. Kirsten interviews a TON of amazing moms with a variety of backgrounds- bloggers, bizness ladies, stay at home moms- and each episode is SO good. Just real upliftting, informative stuff that feels real nice to listen to. (Next time you have an hour to spare, go listen to episode 117. It will make you feel all kinds of warm and fuzzy.)
  4. Christy Wright’s Business Boutique
    This is a fairly new podcast with only 6 episodes but I can already tell it’s going to be good. Christy’s blog also has a ton of great information and make sure you check out the Business Boutique, a business conference for women in Nashville.
  5. The Smart Passive Income Podcast
    Honestly, a lot of the information in this podcast is over my head. BUT I still listen to this because it GETS MY ENGINES FIRED UP! It motivated me to say, “THIS is where I want to be in a year. Or 2 years. Or 5 years.” That being said, a lot of the episodes are NOT over my head. C’mon guys…. give me some credit.

Aaaaaand if you want some bonus material, I also like Serial (bandwagonner over here), PaleOMG Uncensored (Juli just babbles on and on about health & fitness. It’s great mindless listening BUT be warned, it is uncensored) and This American Life by NPR.

What podcasts do you love? Or do you HAVE YOUR OWN podcast? I’d love to listen! Let me know in the comments!

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Mama & Maker

| Mompreneur, Motherhood

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Good day to you, fellow creative. Can I tell you a secret? I’ve been feeling really alone lately. Not lonely, just a lone. Let me explain:

My sister lives in Australia. Ya, it’s awesome, cause I have somewhere to stay and an excuse to go to Australia, but it’s also stupid (we can only FaceTime after 4pm my time, which is like, the witching hour). She’s a photographer and a mother of one, and always helps me out whenever I need her, like teaching me how the heck Lightroom works and designing my logo. Recently all we’ve really been talking about is this: Why can’t we just be happy in the role of a mother? Wouldn’t that be so EASY?

And I really thought things like, ‘all those other moms who run businesses, they LOVE it. They feel fulfilled! Nobody else feels like we do!!!’ Gosh, guys, I feel like an IDIOT. I totally got sucked into the mentality that everybody else’s life is sunshine and roses. BUT I have been LOVING the Marvelous Moms Club podcast lately and in episode 82 they talk about this EXACT THING.

Why do we feel the push to do something over and above being a mom? Does it stem from a lack of self worth? A desire to bring in more income? Are we super human and need more of a challenge than taking care of one or several tiny humans?!

I believe in God. I believe that we have all been given talents and gifts, whether a physical gift like tap dancing or gymnastics (gosh I wish my parents would have put me in gymnastics), or an emotional gift like really understanding people, being a good listener, or being empathetic.

I believe that this nagging feeling I have to keep putting myself out there means that I have something to share. And while I still get in my own head and tell myself negative things and that I have nothing unique to share, I’m gonna keep plugging along cause I’VE BEEN CALLED TO THIS, guys! And you might feel like you’ve been called to something, too.

So, what do you do? Do you squish it, hoping that nobody will notice those bees buzzing in your brain and you can go back to your typical schedule of chauffering children around, attempting to take care of yourself, feeding an army (at least thats what it feels like), and feeling really really comfortable and SAFE?

Or do you stockpile self-help books in your Amazon cart because you are PUMPED about this feeling, google every article known to man about ‘how to start a business,’ start attending meetups for creatives and reaching out to small business owners on social media?

I had a really really powerful desire to put on craft workshops for a long time before I got the guts to just DO IT. And the doing it was the scariest part, but you guys, it was SO WORTH IT. And even if you’re just making the world better by making people a tiny bit happier, than you are doing something great.

I love you, and thanks for reading.

xo
Jessica

 

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