Podcasts can introduce you to new ideas while you're making the commute to work or walking at lunch. Here's my roundup of recommended podcast episodes for working moms... enjoy your listening!
Sorta Awesome: Making Summer Great as a Working Mom -- Interviewee Jerusalem Greer knows the pain of being a working mom in the summer, when it seems like so many stay at home moms are having endless adventures with their children. She's got lots of great down-to-earth tips, such as getting an inexpensive inflatable backyard pool. And I TOTALLY took this advice -- here's the large but cheap Intex pool I jump into with my daughter when I get home from work on hot summer evenings, and here's the pump that will make it way easier to inflate! If the guest Jerusalem Greer's approach to life resonates with you, check out her books, A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting, and Coming Together (which I own and love for its recipes to celebrate minor holidays), and At Home in this Life: Finding Peace at the Crossroads of Unraveled Dreams and Beautiful Surprises (which is new and I can't wait to read).
The Simple Show: The Fringe Hours -- Host Tsh Oxenrider interviews Jessica Turner, who is an extraordinary mom and full-time career lady who also somehow finds the time to make crafts, write books and operate a successful blog on creativity. Via her book and companion journal on the "fringe hours" concept, she helps you to carve out time to work on your passion projects.
StartUp: Running a Family and a Business -- Diana Lovett, founder of a socially responsible chocolate company (how yummy that sounds!), talks about how to balance entrepreneurship and parenthood. If you struggle with mom guilt, definitely listen to this!
Messy Parenting: Every Mother is a Working Mother -- This podcast is from the Catholic perspective. I love Mike and Alicia Hernon's assertion here that a mother's decision to work is not a moral issue. Regardless of our religious backgrounds, let's lose any mom guilt we may have around working, and make the best of it! Alicia Hernon has ten (that's right, ten!) children, so her decision to take a job outside the house goes hand in hand with being really organized. Get some actionable ideas from these guys!
Among the Lilies: What It's Like Being a Businesswoman and a Mom -- Also from the Catholic perspective, Cameron Fradd interviews a realtor and mom of multiple boys who started working when her youngest was three years old. Great work-life balance ideas here such as blocking off three-day weekends every quarter of the year to get out of town with your loved ones, and get away from your work.
Afford Anything: Why You’re Not As Busy As You Think -- This personal finance podcast episode features Laura Vanderkam, who is an INCREDIBLE working mom and time-use expert. Her message, which she details in her book I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time, is that being aware of the time you do have in the day can yield pockets of time to accomplish great things and enjoy your life. If you like what she has to say, you can watch her videos and download a time makeover guide and tracking sheet here.
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