Episode 27: This is Going to End in Something Beautiful

On today's Mama Bear Dares episode, Leslie and Tesi interview the fabulous life-coach and founder of Shiny.Happy.Human Gervase Kolmos. The women dive into a conversation about the whole human experience and the flavor that motherhood brings to a life. All three are candid and honest about the ups and downs of raising tiny humans and its impact on life in the trenches of parenthood.

The conversation continues as Leslie and Tesi talk to Gervase about leading a life of celebration and taking the time to notice and applaud victories, both big and small. The women also dig into how to disappoint others honorably, the danger of capping joy, and the beauty of living a life of celebration. Overall, this honest conversation encourages listeners to live well and embrace this one incredible life!

Also discussed:

  • C.S. Lewis says this: “Friendship is born at the moment that one person says to another, ‘What? You too? I thought I was the only one!” Gervase calls this the “Me Too Factor” and explains exactly what she means and how this plays out for new moms. It's a way to drop the façade of perfection and express to others that we’re all in this together.
  • Gervase talks about giving birth and three months later going back work. She realized shortly after that something wasn’t right. After seeing a therapist, she could see that she was suffering from postpartum depression. She helps listeners understand what postpartum is, how to identify when it’s time to reach out for help, and why the stigma surrounding mental health can be dangerous for new moms.
  • All three women are pro therapy! Find yourself one and start today! Or find a modern mystic, a spiritual advisor, or a life coach. There are many people who can help you be your best.
  • Gervase talks about the importance of a Soul Tribe and how important it is to surround yourself with a community that loves and supports you. The women discuss how to find this tribe and what it looks like in their lives.
  • Leslie and Tesi talk about how Gervase decided to let go of the perception of what success looks likes and dove into sharing the full spectrum of what she was experiencing within the rich experience of motherhood. ShinyHappyHuman was born!
  • The women talk about a redefinition of self-care to include the mind, spirit, body, and soul. Pedicures are great, but what else might we do to take care of ourselves?

Obsess Sesh:

Gervase shares her current love of the following:

·      Yogurt parfaits (Greek yogurt, jam, walnuts)

·      The Snoogle

·      The power and intrigue of crystals

Here's where you can find Gervase:

ShinyHappyHuman.com

A special invite to Mama Bear Dares Listeners! Join the Mommy Soul Tribe private Facebook group by clicking here!

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Thanks to MCSquared for the beats!

Episode 20: Mother's Day Mini—Let's Talk to Kids!

On this Mama Bear Mini, our mid-week episode, we talk about Mother's Day, interview our kids, and encourage YOU to do the same! As we celebrate nurturing women this week, we dare listeners to take a moment to be really proud of who you are as a mom or to cheer on the mom you will someday become. Regardless of what motherhood looks like for you, we think you're amazing!

Questions for the kids:

Here's the script we used to interview our kids. Feel free to use it however you please!

  • What is your favorite thing to do with me?
  • What is something I’ve said to you that has helped you in the past? A bit of wisdom that you think about even when I’m not there?
  • How would you describe me? Is there something about me that would surprise other people to know?
  • On the Mama Bear Dares podcast we encourage moms to be their very best selves. Can you think of a way I can support you better? How can I be a better mom to you?
  • Who is your best friend? What is it about this friend that makes them so great? What’s it like to see your mom with her friends? What do they do? How do they act?
  • You have a lot of aunts and grandmas in this life. This is really special. What do you like about having all of these women who love you so much?
  • Currently, what's your favorite thing to do? What are you obsessed with?

We want to hear from YOU!! We encourage all of you to sit down with your kids and ask these questions and record them!!! You don’t need high tech equipment, there are plenty of free apps that will record audio. Download one of those and carve out some time to talk with your kids and then send us the audio file! In a future Mama Bear Mini we will include some of our favorites! Email us at mamabeardares@gmail.com.

Special thanks to MC Squared for the music for today's episode!

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Episode 12: On Obsessions, Allergies, and Being Brave

On this podcast we dig into a variety of topics on our Mama Bear Mini mid-week episode! We talk about our current favorite things, we offer some tips about nutrition and how to keep your family healthy over allergy season, and we discuss a pretty great article about raising daring girls. We also get down to the business of bravery and we try some new music for your listening pleasure. Don't forget to respond to this episode with your own tips, tricks, and interests du jour on any of our social media channels. We love hearing from you! Have a great week Mama Bears!

LINKS:

OBSESS SESH:

Check out Tesi’s endorsement of Yeti HERE.

Leslie is loving Rob Bell’s new book, HOW TO BE HERE.

Tesi got a fab new raincoat!

LET’S TALK ABOUT HEALTH, BABY:

Who doesn't love the Neti Pot ?

Dawson Chiropractic. Check them out on the web-they've got great videos on health and wellness too!

WE READ IT, WE LOVED IT, LET’S DISCUSS:

10 Ways to Raise Brave Girls, by Katie Arnold, Outside Magazine

The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure, by Caroline Paul

Article by Caroline Paul in the NYTimes: Why do we teach girls that it’s cute to be scared?

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Episode 10: It's April Fools Day! Let's laugh a little...

This episode needs no explanation. We’ve made a lot of mistakes on this podcast. But we’ve had a lot of fun! Listen in as we get real about the MBD process! Happy Friday!

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