EP35: Leading by example through healthy food choices w/Stephanie Lucas

EP35: Leading by example through healthy food choices w/Stephanie Lucas

In a world of busy lives and constant rush, dinnertime can be a place to slow down and connect as a family. As a mother, you have the opportunity to teach your children about healthy eating habits by the food that you choose to share with your family.

Candice chats with Registered Dietitian and Executive Director of Give Garden, Stephanie Lucas about the power that healthy eating can have in your motherhood and life with your family. Stephanie shares tips and ideas that can help you lead by example with your kids in food choices and living a healthy lifestyle. They also chat about mindful motherhood, growth mindset and having a strong partnership with your spouse or partner.

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EP33: A voice for the work FROM home momma w/Sarah Hoag (Sarah Hoag Photography)

EP33: A voice for the work FROM home

momma w/Sarah Hoag (Sarah Hoag Photography)

We hear about the work away from home mommas, the stay at home mommas– but what about those who are somewhere in-between– the work FROM home mommas? Sarah Hoag represents this working momma who has spent years building her business as a photographer from her home while raising three children.

Candice and Sarah chat about this under-talked about topic of mothers who stay at home while working on a business, working remote or just simply work FROM home while raising their children. Sarah touches on the challenges, the misconceptions of working mommas and the fears that we have as moms. They also chat about mom guilt and the message that you aren’t alone in your loneliness as a momma.

Connect with Sarah @sarahoagphotography on all social media and at www.sarahhoagphotography.com

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EP30: What to do when your inner critic attacks you, momma

EP30: What to do when your inner critic attacks you, momma

You are constantly talking to yourself, momma. Have you stopped to reflect on the dialogue of negative self-talk that you’ve got brewing in your mind? You’d be surprised by how often you are putting yourself down.

Join Candice as she talks about what to do when you realize your inner voice is negative and doubt creeps into your mind. She gives three tips on how to overcome the challenge of negative self-talk, because…let’s be honest. It happens more often than we’d like to admit.

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EP31: Pursuing your passion in motherhood w/Nickie Snyder (The Things She Does Podcast)

EP31: Pursuing your passion in motherhood w/Nickie Snyder (The Things She Does Podcast)

This week, we meet Nickie Snyder of The Things She Does Podcast and learn how women can “pursue their passion and make it work” when faced with the many duties you have as momma. If you’ve ever wondered how you can chase your passion, be a mom, wife and friend at the same time– tune into this week’s episode!

Candice and Nickie chat passions we have as mommas, motherhood across cultures and judgments that we sometimes make to other moms. Additionally, Nickie gets vulnerable and honest with her experience with postpartum depression in an effort to encourage other moms to not feel alone.

Connect with Nickie by visiting her site www.thethingsshedoes.com and social media @thethingsshedoes

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Mommas–hurry up and SLOW DOWN

 

We were getting out of the car the other day; Eilynn had just told me about a gold star she received at school as a result of being the “Class Leader of the Day.” I was deep in thought—and wanted to let her know how proud I was of her.

I opened the car door, and simply said- “Hey Eilynn…remember…” I couldn’t even finish the sentence, because she cut me off quickly and said, “I know, I know mom…hurry up.” My heart dropped.

“Hurry up? That’s what she thought I wanted to say to her?” In that moment, I was genuinely ashamed.

Mommas, how many times, does that simple phrase “hurry up” become the main request when speaking to our children?

“Hurry up and put on your shoes”

“Hurry up so we can get on the road”

“Hurry up, we’re going to be late for school”

“Hurry up and finish your dinner”

It was then, that I suddenly realized my daughter’s perception of me was that of a momma who is always in a rush.

Seriously—what’s the rush, mommas? Why are we in such a hurry to speed through life?

And, let’s be honest here—it’s typical. I recently aired a podcast addressing this ever-so-busy lifestyle that we have all adopted. We are in a constant state of GO-GO-GO from the moment we wake up to begin our days. We all lead prosperous lives filled with endless work, meetings, after school activities, parent-teacher conferences—the list goes on and on. It’s no wonder why most mommas complain about not having enough time in the day.

But, what message is this teaching my daughter–when she thinks that she must always hurry up?

What happens when she hurries up through her homework and doesn’t even grasp the lesson it’s supposed to teach her? What happens when she hurries through a tough decision that she needs to make and instead acts on impulse or emotion? What happens when she grows into another adult who never stops to give herself time?

I don’t know about you—but I’m tired of living a life where I’m constantly bombarded with schedules, time constraints and burnout. SLOWING down and taking time might be good for the soul.

On the podcast episode I mentioned above, I brought up my “1 hour early” strategy for slowing down and being more present on a daily basis. That’s what I’m hoping to achieve in life… more time to myself to be intentional and present…and not always hurrying up.

I want to teach my daughter that there is so much of life missed by always hurrying through it.

Mommas, let’s hurry up and slow down.

CHECK OUT THAT PODCAST EPISODE HERE. 


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Becoming WHOLE means uncovering some hidden truths

One day in the near future, I will stand in my truth and proclaim that “I am worthy. I am enough.” The road to that day will be paved with challenges, triumphs, self-realizations and truths that I have to be willing to acknowledge and embrace. It’s going to take courage and belief in myself that I am doing what is best for me. I have to trust myself and trust the process, because Lord knows there will be challenges.

How can I expect to give my daughter the best of me if I myself am not whole? It’s a question that I was afraid to ask myself for the first 4 years of my daughter’s life.

Somewhere deep inside of my soul, was a longing to resolve anything that might stand in the way of giving my daughter 100% all of me.

The thing is, I had no idea what those unresolved matters were…but they were there. Like a shell’s hard layer, the unresolved issues were just one layer below.

They were there every time I refused to look myself in the mirror and love the woman I had become. Curves on my body that weren’t always there, wrinkles that would appear out of nowhere and a smile that I had a hard time accepting. It was there when I had second guesses about my own happiness and worth in my marriage with her father. It was there when I would cry myself to sleep in the middle of the night because I felt alone and dark. And it was also there when I would feel panic about my daughter finding out the ugly truth of my past…Those unresolved issues where there all along, but I was unwilling to accept them.

Instead, I spent the first 4 years of my daughter’s life ignoring the unresolved issues in my life. Blissfully unaware of the pain and ugliness that lived inside my soul.

Until the moment I realized that I was broken.

It was the night I crawled into bed with my daughter after an argument with my husband. I was upset. For so long, I thought the unhappiness came from my husband’s inability to show me appreciation. But, laying in the bed with my daughter and crying to her—I realized that it wasn’t my husband’s inability—rather MY own inability to love myself. Because, here I was crying on my four-year-old daughter’s shoulder—seeing the look of concern and worry in her little eyes while she was trying to console ME. I was broken. My daughter could see it…and that night—I could see it.

That was the night that I began the ascent into my awakening. My journey to finding out what was bothering ME. And why was I so upset and angry. I took pen to paper and began writing….

I started with my story. From the very beginning… and unleashed years of regret, anger, hurt, and pain that I had been ignoring since my early childhood.

It was empowering to recognize the feeling and emotions that I had not named before. I dove into hours of books, podcasts and genuine conversations to help me begin to become whole again. To fix those broken parts of me that were angry and upset all the time…

Since that night, I keep talking about my discovery of truths and emotional healing. When I was able to face my past and have the courage to question why I was hurt—a rush of relief washed over me.

I’m willing to bet we all have things that we need to heal from. Past hurts, heartbreaks and experiences that we try to hide from the outside world.

However, the moment you step into your truth and face your deepest soul aches is ultimately what will set you free and enable you to heal…thus, becoming whole.

Until then, I will keep writing…and soul searching…and learning from my past mistakes. And looking forward to the day where I can say and believe with all my heart that “I am enough.”


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