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[MBYE 15] Chrissy Caley on Leaning In To Special Needs Motherhood, Starting and Scaling a Business, and Living Authentically

[MBYE 15] Chrissy Caley on Leaning In To Special Needs Motherhood, Starting and Scaling a Business, and Living Authentically

December 10, 2018

MEET THE GUEST:

Chrissy Caley is a Professional Organizer, mother of 3, and mompreneur. Chrissy grew up in a family of 9 and was constantly surrounded by chaos and clutter. As an adult, she had to learn how to overcome the habits, beliefs, and routines that were preventing her from the life and home that I had always wanted. When she became a mother, and then a mother of a special needs child, her understanding of the importance of a streamlined, orderly, and functional home expanded.

 

It is Chrissy's passion to teach others how to get out from under the clutter and claim their spaces, their time, and their lives for their own. Chrissy has helped many moms get out from the weight of the stuff in their lives and make space for the things that are truly important.

Where To Connect with Chrissy Online:

  • www.binsandgrins.com
  • www.facebook.com/binsandgrins

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[MBYE 14] Jennifer Elia on Homeschooling, Real IEPs, and Advocating For Your Child

[MBYE 14] Jennifer Elia on Homeschooling, Real IEPs, and Advocating For Your Child

December 3, 2018

MEET THE GUEST:

Jennifer Elia, homeschool consultant, curriculum creator, blogger, and author, is Founder of Aurelius Cabrini Homeschool Resource Center which is dedicated to giving homeschool moms the tools they need to thrive in their home education career. Jennifer provides one-on-one consulting, personalized and original curriculum plans, and practical advice for those just beginning their homeschool journey, as well as those who just need a little boost. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children whom she has been educating at home for the past 10 years. When Jennifer isn’t busy researching the best curriculum solutions, she enjoys gardening, crafting, and writing. You can find Jennifer on Facebook and Pinterest.

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[MBYE 13] Jeniece Stewart on Autism, Managing Motherhood, and Why We Need to Pay Attention to Special Needs Siblings

[MBYE 13] Jeniece Stewart on Autism, Managing Motherhood, and Why We Need to Pay Attention to Special Needs Siblings

November 26, 2018

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MEET THE GUEST:

Jeniece Stewart is a small business owner, nonprofit founder, mother of five, speaker, and coach! As a mother of five including a set of twins and one with autism and epilepsy, she knows firsthand about overcoming adversity. She understands the dynamics that special needs families experience. She is zealous, genuine, and welcoming. Jeniece is the founder of Special Needs Siblings, Inc., where families are empowered and encouraged to focus on new views, personal growth, and transformation.

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[MBYE 12] Samantha Siffring on Growing A Business, Balancing Entrepreneurship and Not Being Afraid to Dream

[MBYE 12] Samantha Siffring on Growing A Business, Balancing Entrepreneurship and Not Being Afraid to Dream

November 19, 2018

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MEET THE GUEST:

Samantha owns tbhcoach.com where she is a business coach and consultant for moms with online businesses. She started as a coach after struggling to find her identity after becoming a mother and now is very passionate about helping other moms build businesses from home and balance entrepreneurship with motherhood. She is also the host of the Badass Mother Podcast, a mom of 3, an over-volunteer-er, and a travel lover -- she and her husband met while studying abroad in college and are always taking their kids on epic adventures.

Where To Connect with Samantha  Online:

  • tbhcoach.com/innercircle ← for her group coaching offer
  • Facebook
  • tbhcoach.com/getclients ← Samantha’s free resource to help you narrow your niche and get clients online
  • Listen to her on The Badass Mother Podcast!

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[MBYE 11] Dominique Davis on Creating an Invention, Raising a Medically Fragile Child, and Keeping Your Eye on the Prize

[MBYE 11] Dominique Davis on Creating an Invention, Raising a Medically Fragile Child, and Keeping Your Eye on the Prize

November 12, 2018

MEET THE GUEST:

Dominique Davis is 26 years old and from New Brunswick New Jersey. She is a single mother to a beautiful 5yr old little girl who has a seizure disorder called doose syndrome. The thing that drove her to come up with this invention is to show my daughter that she can do anything she puts her mind to no matter the obstacles.

Where To Connect with Dominique Davis Online:

Episode Summary: 

  • Dominique shares her story of being a single mother of a sweet little girl who has a syndrome of doose syndrome. This type of syndrome has caused her daughter to have anywhere up to 300 seizures a day. While taking care of her child, she found it hard to keep a job so, she started her own cleaning business!
  • While Dominique was running her new cleaning business, she came up with the idea of an automatic shower cleaner called, The Shower Bot. It's basically like a Rumba for your shower! This invention has led her to be featured on the show Shark Tank in January 2019!
  • Dominique talks about how she came up with the decision to start her own business. We chat about the need to be there for our special needs children at the drop of a hat and it can sometimes get in the way of a typical job.
  • Dominique shares the story of how the invention of The Shower Bot turned into a reality. After some obstacles, she decided to go forward with getting the patent. She hopes to show her daughter that she can go after anything that she sets her mind to!
    • "Never give up on anything you want!" - Dominique Davis

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[MBYE 10] April T. Giauque on Surviving Domestic Violence, Writing Her Truth, and Pinpoints of Light

[MBYE 10] April T. Giauque on Surviving Domestic Violence, Writing Her Truth, and Pinpoints of Light

November 5, 2018

MEET THE GUEST:

April T Giauque escaped the abyss of abuse through pinpoints of light.  She shares her success story with others to encourage Victims to become Victors, for Advocates to understand their impact, and for supporters to understand their value.

April has experienced being homeless with her 5 children following their escape, yet she earned her Master's degree after escaping from domestic violence.  With her degree, she retired from being a founding parent and board member and became a teacher at Spectrum Academy.

April is re-married to Scott and is the mother of nine children. She helps the battered, beaten, and broken discover their strength to heal so that they become a beacon of light to the world!

Where To Connect with April Online:

 

EPISODE SUMMARY:

  • April shares her vulnerable story of domestic abuse and raising a child with special needs.

 

  • Even when April was going such a dark time in her life, she worked so hard to find the light in her life. She shares how we all will go through trials in life and it’s up to us with how we respond to the situation.

    • “We are all born with the light inside of us!” April T. Giauque
    • “When we rise to light, we bounce.” - April T. Giauque
  • April shares a very emotional time when she decided it was time to grab her children and finally leave domestic violence. She talks about the night they ran to a hotel in the middle of the night and met a woman who shed light and love to her and her children. April talks more about the others that have supported her during this dark time!
  • April talks how her children with autism were able to deal with the moving around. She says that her children knew that as long as their mama was in charge, they were safe!
  • With the soon launch of her new book, April shares her inspiration of becoming an author and sharing her story out into the world.
  • To anyone that may be struggling with domestic abuse, April says that you first have to take care of yourself. She says that in her experience, she had to find a way to quite that voice of doubt. She would set small goals for the day and find some kind of positivity in that day.
    • “When I’m talking about taking care of yourself, know that you have positivity  and light within you and you’ve got to straighten it.” April T. Giauque

 

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[MBYE 9] It Takes A Tribe: Supporting Special Needs Mamas in Crisis

[MBYE 9] It Takes A Tribe: Supporting Special Needs Mamas in Crisis

October 29, 2018

This week was a rough one -- my eldest ended up in the PICU for a week with RSV and Parainfluenza. Stressed to the max. It caused me to reflect on how I need to be supported and how others can support special needs parents in need. 

First, special needs mama: Accept the help and ask for it! When people say, "let me know if you need anything," take them up on it. If they come through -- great! If not, oh well. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. 

Here is how others can be helpful to special needs parents in need: 

1) Be present

2) Know you don't have to solve the problem

3) Take things off their plate

4) Don't ask too many questions

5) Be there after the storm

 

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[MBYE 8] Eraina Ferguson on Single Mom Special Needs Parenting, Getting Out Of Your Own Way, and Ending up on a TedX Stage

[MBYE 8] Eraina Ferguson on Single Mom Special Needs Parenting, Getting Out Of Your Own Way, and Ending up on a TedX Stage

October 22, 2018

MEET THE GUEST:

Since giving birth to her special needs daughter 19 years ago, Eraina Ferguson was on a relentless pursuit to live a good life. After obtaining three academic degrees, marrying the man of my dreams, and giving birth to her second child, Eriana is now living the good life with them in Los Angeles, CA. She is also penning a memoir about her experiences.

Where To Connect with Eraina Ferguson Online:

EPISODE SUMMARY:

  • Eraina shares her mission behind, “My Good Life”. It started as a blog at Yale in her dorm room and eventually turned into a meetup group for parents with children of special needs.
  • At 20 years old, Eraina was a single mother to her daughter of special needs. She talks about her inspiring journey of being not only raising her daughter on her own and finish college at Yale University!
    • “My consciousness is not around the color of my skin, It’s around my ability, the way I treat people, and my relationship to God. I will no be stopped.” - Eraina Ferguson
  • In 2016, Eraina had the opportunity to be a guest on The Real and was a keynote speaker for Tedx! She shares her experience with the two and how she was able to share her inspiring story to the world!
  • Eraina shares her own highs and lows of being a single mother with a child of special needs. She gives her best advice to moms that are on the same journey.
    • “I really want women to know that everything can change and for the better!” - Eraina Ferguson
    • “Keep people around you that are great!” - Eraina Ferguson

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[MBYE 7] What I Mean When I Say, “Mama, Build YOUR Empire!”

[MBYE 7] What I Mean When I Say, “Mama, Build YOUR Empire!”

October 15, 2018

Hey, sweet friend! Thank you for tuning in to episode 7 of the Mama, Build Your Empire podcast. In this episode, I break down what exactly I mean when I say, "Mama, build your empire," and why the MBYE podcast is vitally important. 

Links: 

https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2009/11/10/autism-moms-stress/6121/

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0113430

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[MBYE 6] Lisa Zawrotny on Positivity, Organization, and Gratitude

[MBYE 6] Lisa Zawrotny on Positivity, Organization, and Gratitude

October 8, 2018

Happy Monday, Mom-pire builders! 

On today's episode of Mama, Build Your Empire I have Lisa Zawrotny, owner of Positively Productive Systems, LLC. 

Lisa Zawrotny created Positively Productive Systems after a deeply overwhelming time in her life juggling multiple roles as a caregiver for her Mom (who had Alzheimer’s) as well as wife, mother (to kids & cats) and as a business owner. After being trapped in her own clutter and chaos, she took back her health and sanity through a combination of renewed self-care, personal development, and a customized combination of organizing and productivity approaches. The process was so healing for her and her family, she knew immediately she wanted to guide others in the same way. As a holistic productivity coach certified in time management and life coaching, Lisa helps multi-tasking clients remove overwhelm and embrace simplicity by decluttering their lives (inside & out) and designing systems and habits that reflect their personalities and values.

In our amazing interview, we covered: 

- The mindset of finding time to get organized

- Letting go of the guilt that comes from being strapped for time (a very finite resource) 

- How we can implement gratitude into our quest for positive productivity 

You can find Lisa online at www.positivelyproductive.com or on Facebook

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