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Starting My Business Prepared Me For Parenting
Michelle Florendo learned early how much you can’t control.
How The Patriarchy Takes Root In Your Mindset
The way we collectively talk about, think about, and treat women seeps into our own brains. As a result, many women internalize specific beliefs about their worth, value, and creativity. Here are three key ways the patriarchy takes root inside of your own mindset.
When Other Women Ask Me “So, Do You Work?”— Here’s What I Need To Say
Why do we ask women if they work? Domestic work is work—”do you work?” is such a weird question to be asking moms. Here’s why it’s a strange question, and what we aren’t admitting when we say it.
How Long Will Recovery Take?
How long will it take to recover from pandemic burnout, early parenting fatigue, or Covid? A massage therapist weighs in on what recovery looks like, and what you need to pay attention to.
Stop Juggling Too Much and ‘Drop the Ball,’ Says The Cru Founder Tiffany Dufu
How did we get to a place where women are expected to do it all? Leadership expert and author Tiffany Dufu shares out to drop the ball, let go of the guilt, and remove the pre-set expectations that hold women hostage.
Context Switching Between “Parent” and “Professional” Modes Can Be Exhausting — Vanessa Van Edwards Can Help
One of the hardest things to do as a parent is switch back and forth into professional mode. It turns out that you can project confidence and charisma through specific skills, and I took a deep dive with best-selling author Vanessa Van Edwards on how to switch into professional mode to let your expertise and confidence shine through, even after a tiring day of parenting.
Doing It All Is Not The Right Goal
Trying to “do it all” will get in the way of you accomplishing what you really want to with your limited (and very precious) time. In WWC, we teach you skills around doing less, finding focus, and figuring out what to say no to.
Why Do I Feel So Bad? Pandemic Parent Burnout and The “Five Layer Dip”
Most of the parents I know are still not okay. When I think about why my brain feels broken and how tired I am, I start to see how this fatigue and burnout is part of a much larger puzzle. It’s not just the pandemic that wore us down, although that’s a huge part. Instead, it’s an amalgamation of many forces, all layered on top of each other. As a result, it feels like we’re carrying loads of sandbags around with us at all times. We carry the weight of all that we’ve been through. It’s a particular set of layers that I’m now referring to as the five layer dip. Here’s why we still feel so broken.
Cassandra Speaks: Women and Our Right to A New Form of Power
It’s time we talked about what power looks like for women, and how we claim our right to power—specifically a new feminine form of power. For centuries, we’ve told men’s stories, and we’ve told stories about masculine power. That power looks like power over other people, like strength, coercion, domination, and defeat. Women have fought for years to do all the things that men have done, Elizabeth Lesser writes—to vote, to lead, to have sex, to lead universities and companies and societies, to have babies, to leave the house, to leave marriages. But it’s time to move into a new form and vision of power. Here’s what it might look like.
Recess: 5 Minute Resets For Sanity and Calm — Episode #154
One of the hardest things for me is finding a way back to myself amidst the clawing of children, the demands of home, the projects at work, and the to-do lists piled extra high. You know the days—when doing anything longer than 15 minutes seems impossible. Here’s a free series of short, five-minute guided audio meditations for everyone who wants them. No catch.
Maybe You Don’t Have To Work Harder Right Now
For many of you, there isn’t anything we can control, push, or organize to change the world around us. It’s maddening, but it also has an upside: we can release the pent-up energy of wanting things to change and trust that things will change, eventually, at some point. Sometimes, releasing the pressure of having to do something can release us to find tiny moments of joy—or at least contentment—inside of the space we’re in.
Small Moments For Ritual & Stability — Episode #149
As we all adjust to the uncertainty and sudden shifts of what’s happening around the world with the global COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to share a few small rituals that we’ve used in our household to find a moment of normalcy in our lives.
Your Feelings: Name Them, See Them, Know They Are There — Episode #148
If you’re feeling a bit all over the place, I want to talk about how stress affects each of us differently and why these reactions are coming up. Here’s a map for how stress responses work in the body, why we each have different feelings and responses, and how to begin to process your feelings with some of my favorite tools.
Catch Your Breath: Taking A Minute To Breathe Together — Episode #147
If you’re feeling heightened levels of stress, anxiety, or worry, this episode is for you. I’ve recorded a short breathing practice that can help calm anxiety and reduce stress even if you only have a couple of minutes. These are unprecedented times and while this won’t solve everything, this might give you a moment of reprieve if you’re feeling the heaviness of everything right now.
I Only Have 4 Hours of Childcare—Am I Doing Enough On My Business?
It’s hard enough being a working mom—or a working parent—by the end of the day I’m usually hiding in an unmade bed somewhere, scarfing cookies while watching terribly trashy television like The Bachelor or The Voice and trying to find a quiet moment to myself. After 14 hours on non-stop duty from 5:00am until 7:30pm, my resilience and my willpower are depleted. But here’s why it’s important to not compare yourself to others around you as a new parent or a working mom.
3 Ways To Grow Rich (It’s Not Always About Money)
There’s more to life than money. Yes, money is an important metric and a useful tool—but it’s just a tool. Here are three things to grow rich in throughout your life, and they aren’t necessarily about money at all.
No Gifts This Year? How To Tell Your Family To Spend Less—Or That You Don’t Want Presents Over The Holidays
Need to cut the consumerism chain this holiday season? Here are two ready-to-go scripts on how to tell your family and loved ones that you don’t want gifts this year (as well as a few ideas for alternative gift giving).
The Next 90 Days—Episode #128
What will you finish by the end of the year? We’ve got 90 days left. Here’s how I think about planning and structuring the fourth quarter of the year—and what to be aware of as we head into the year end.
Entrepreneurs, Burnout, and Breaks: Why Resting (and Pivoting) is Essential — Episode #125
We’re back from summer hiatus, and it was wonderful. In this episode, I share how we set up a family sabbatical, why breaks are essential for entrepreneurs, and what’s next on the horizon for Startup Pregnant. If you’re struggling with entrepreneur burnout, if you’re in need of a break, or you’re curious about what’s coming up next on the show, come join and listen in.
Great Companies Are Not Going to Be Built Because We Are Too Busy Apologizing Graciously to Each Other
I think a lot about the phrase “Kill Your Darlings,”an expression for writers who are in the writing room, having to sob and wring their hands and kill the good ideas in pursuit of the really great—even excellent—ideas. In business, we have to do this all the time. But I think there’s a piece missing, especially for women business owners, and we’re not talking about it.
Oh My Word, My BRAIN. Where Did It Go?
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New Year’s Annual Reflection Process — Episode #092
Today, I’m walking you through my 10-question annual review process, discussing how I approach looking back at the previous year and planning for the future.
Don’t Forget About This When Doing Your Year-End Review
If you ever feel like the work you are doing in your business isn’t “enough,” or you feel down, like you haven’t accomplished enough, first: I see you, I hear you. I’ve felt the same way so often. Here’s why it can seem like business is so slow, and how to widen the lens to account for all the things (ALL THE THINGS) you really do.
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