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Motherhood Unstressed

Motherhood Unstressed is a series of conversations and meditations addressing parenting, stress management, personal growth, and mindfulness. In reality, Motherhood Unstressed expands beyond the show, it's a global community of mindful, purpose-driven people looking to grow and create a positive ripple effect at home and in the world.


Brett Larkin ON: Yoga and Breathwork Techniques to Heal Your Nervous System and Elevate Your Life
Ready to discover tranquility amidst life's storms? Renowned yoga expert, entrepreneur, and founder of Uplifted Yoga, Brett Larkin, is your guide on a journey to mindfulness, balance, and joy infusion through the transformative practices of yoga and breathwork. Brett's path from anxiety to pioneering a multimillion-dollar business is not just inspirational but a testament to yoga's profound healing impact beyond the mat. In her latest book, YOGA LIFE, Brett shares empowering strategies to foster joy amid life's chaos. It's not about eradicating stress; it's about mastering the art of riding the wave and emerging stronger. Tune in to unlock the transformative potential of yoga and breathwork. BRETT LARKIN is the founder of Uplifted Yoga and the author of Yoga Life: Habits, Poses, and Breathwork to Channel Joy Amidst the Chaos. Her training has set the standard for quality online certification since 2015 and has matriculated thousands of yoga teachers. Brett’s award-winning YouTube channel with over half a million subscribers and Uplifed Yoga Podcast empowers listeners to actively design their lives using yoga’s ancient wisdom. Yoga enthusiasts love her courses on Kundalini, Prenatal Yoga, and the Uplifted Yoga Academy. Learn more at Connect with Brett: Instagram Twitter Facebook YouTube  Uplifted Yoga Podcast Connect with Liz Instagram @motherhoodunstressed Youtube Motherhood Unstressed 
34:09 4/21/24
Heidi Reimer's "The Mother Act": Balancing Self and Sacrifice in Motherhood
Heidi Reimer's journey into motherhood sparked the inspiration for her latest work, "The Mother Act," a poignant exploration of the intricate dance between maternal devotion and personal fulfillment. As a stay-at-home mother juggling the demands of caring for a baby and a toddler while her actor husband traveled for work, Heidi found herself at a crossroads. In a moment of quiet desperation, she contemplated the unthinkable: walking away from it all. Yet, instead of succumbing to her fleeting thoughts, Heidi channeled her emotions into a feverish burst of creativity, weaving her experiences into a literary tapestry that captures the essence of modern motherhood. "The Mother Act" delves deep into the trials, triumphs, and sacrifices of motherhood, offering a bold perspective on the thin line between self-prioritization and self-centeredness. Through the lens of a mother and daughter duo, Heidi explores themes of identity, ambition, and the profound impact of our choices on those we love. Tune in as we dissect the greater themes within "The Mother Act," from its feminist undertones to its exploration of the complexities of womanhood. Join us as we unravel the layers of this compelling narrative, exploring how Heidi's personal journey informed her storytelling and the universal truths it unveils about the human experience. Whether you're a parent grappling with the challenges of balancing family and personal aspirations or simply a lover of thought-provoking literature, this conversation promises to enlighten and inspire. Connect with Heidi Web: Instagram @heidi.c.reimer Get the Book: The Mother Act Connect with Liz Web: Instagram @motherhoodunstressed About Heidi Heidi Reimer is a novelist and writing coach. Her debut novel,  The Mother Act, is coming from Penguin Random House in April 2024. Her writing interrogates the lives of women, usually those bent on breaking free of what they’re given to create what they yearn for. Her front row seat to The Mother Act’s theatrical world began two decades ago when she met and married an actor, and her immersion in motherhood began when she adopted a toddler and discovered she was pregnant on the same day. She has published in  Chatelaine,  The New Quarterly,  Literary Mama, and the anthologies  The M Word: Conversations About Motherhood  and  Body & Soul: Stories for Skeptics and Seekers. About the Book Set against the sparkling backdrop of the theater world, this propulsive debut follows the complicated relationship between an actress who refuses to abandon her career and the daughter she chooses to abandon instead. Sadie Jones, a larger-than-life actress and controversial feminist, never wanted to be a mother. No one feels this more deeply than Jude, the daughter Sadie left behind. While Jude spent her childhood touring with her father’s Shakespearian theater company, desperate for validation from the mother she barely knew, Sadie catapulted to fame on the wings of The Mother Act—a scathing one-woman show depicting her maternal rage. Two decades later, Jude is a talented actress in her own right, and her fraught relationship with Sadie has come to a head—bitterly and publicly. On a December evening in New York City, at the packed premiere of Sadie’s latest play, the two come face-to-face and the intertwined stories of their lives unravel. With years of love, resentment, and misunderstanding laid bare, the questions loom: What are the costs of being a devoted mother and a devoted artist, and who gets to decide if the collateral damage is justified? Compelling, insightful, and cleverly conveyed as a play in six acts, The Mother Act is equal parts stylish page-turner and provocative exploration of womanhood. Coming April 30, 2024 from Dutton and Random House Canada. Pre-Order here: 
38:27 4/2/24
Journey to Inner Harmony Guided Meditation
Indulge in a tranquil journey to inner peace with this soothing guided meditation, designed to guide you to a state of profound relaxation and harmony. Immerse yourself in the gentle frequencies of alpha waves, known for their calming effects on the mind and body. Whether you're seeking stress relief, mental clarity, or simply a moment of tranquility, this meditation offers a rejuvenating escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Join us and embark on a transformative voyage to inner harmony. Connect with Liz Instagram @motherhoodunstressed Youtube Motherhood Unstressed 
11:57 3/25/24
Prime Your Training and Your Life: A Deep Dive with 'Good for a Girl' Author + Elite Runner Lauren Fleshman
My guest today is none other than Lauren Fleshman, a former elite distance runner turned dedicated coach and author. Lauren's latest book, "Good for a Girl: A Woman Running in a Man’s World," has been making waves since its release in paperback, shedding light on the unique struggles faced by female athletes and advocating for change in how we support and train them. In this episode, we'll dive deep into Lauren's journey as a runner, her experiences as a major figure in women's running for Nike, and her insights on female physiology and disordered eating and her inspiring vision for a more inclusive and empowering future in sports. So, whether you're a parent, a coach, or simply passionate about creating a better world for young female athletes, Lauren's perspective is as insightful as it is inspiring.  Connect with Lauren Web:  Instagram: LaurenFleshman Get the Book: Good For a Gir: A Woman Running in a Man's World  Connect with Liz Instagram @motherhoodunstressed Youtube Motherhood Unstressed  Resources Mentioned: NEDA - Stanford Female Athlete Science and Translation Research Program IG @stanfordfastr   Web: Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) "Take Back the Game" by Linda Flanagan About the Book “Good for a Girl is simultaneously a moving memoir and a call to action in how we think about—and train—girls and women in elite sports. It’s a must-read—for anyone who loves running, for anyone who has a daughter, and for anyone who cares about creating a better future for young women.”  —Emily Oster, author of Expecting Better, Cribsheet, and The Family Firm
31:41 3/17/24
HOW TO BE OLD: Life Lessons on Living Boldly from the Accidental Icon Lyn Slater
Join me as I sit down with the legendary Lyn Slater, better known as the Accidental Icon. With over 750 thousand followers on Instagram and accolades from top brands and media outlets, Lyn's journey from social work professor to fashion influencer extraordinaire is nothing short of inspiring. In our conversation, we delve into Lyn's new memoir, "HOW TO BE OLD: Lessons in Living Boldly from the Accidental Icon." We explore her transformative decade, where she defied expectations, battled ageism and influencer culture, and ultimately chose to walk away from it all at the peak of her career. Part personal style memoir, part social commentary, and part creative manifesto, "HOW TO BE OLD" offers invaluable insights into reinvention and embracing change and challenges conventional standards of aging, advocating instead for inclusivity and empowerment. Tune in to discover how Lyn Slater's rebellious journey will inspire you to redefine what's possible in your own life.  Connect with Lyn  Web:   Instagram: @iconaccidental  Get the Book: How to Be Old: Lessons in Living Boldly from the Accidental Icon Connect with Liz Instagram @motherhoodunstressed Youtube Motherhood Unstressed  About the Book HOW TO BE OLD shows readers that while you can’t control everything, what you can control is the way you think about your age and the creative ways you respond to the changes in your mind and body as they happen.  Rather than trying to meet standards of youth and beauty as a measure of successful aging, Slater promotes a more inclusive and empowering standard to judge our older selves by. A true icon and trendsetter in more ways than one, Slater will inspire readers to reimagine what’s possible with the tales of her bold, fashionable, and rebellious journey in HOW TO BE OLD.
41:03 3/3/24
Anti-Aging Secrets with Joi Founder Katy Whalen: Hormone Replacement (HRT) and Peptide Therapy
Are you tired of feeling fatigued, struggling with hormonal imbalances, and searching for holistic solutions to reclaim your vitality? In this episode Katy Whalen, founder of Joi, shares her personal journey through infertility, miscarriages, and IVF, highlighting the struggles with hormonal imbalance, fatigue, and weight gain that many women face. She discusses how her search for holistic solutions led her to discover hormone optimization and peptide therapies, which ultimately transformed her life. Through candid discussion, Katy explains the mission behind Joi: providing accessible options for women to manage their health holistically and feel like themselves again. It's not just about looking better—it's about feeling better from the inside out. Connect with Katy Instagram @joiwomenswellness Facebook @JOIwomenswellness TikTok @joiwomenswellness YouTube JOI Women's Wellness Connect with Liz Instagram @motherhoodunstressed Youtube Motherhood Unstressed 
29:04 2/20/24
Navigating ADHD School Stress: Julie Skolnick's ON Practical Strategies for Success for Gifted and Distractible Kids
For many kids, school generates stress and challenges beyond studying for tests and doing homework, especially for those with conditions like ADHD or sensory processing disorders. In this episode, join us as we delve into the world of "twice-exceptional" kids—intellectually gifted individuals with simultaneous learning differences. My guest, Julie F. Skolnick, MA, JD, is not just an expert but a parent to three twice-exceptional children. Through her service, With Understanding Comes Calm, she has supported and guided thousands facing similar journeys. Julie's new book, "GIFTED AND DISTRACTIBLE," unveils the unique challenges these remarkable kids face and provides strength-based, hands-on strategies for their success. In this episode we explore her Cycle for Success framework, demystifying the 'why' behind challenging behaviors while emphasizing interventions that support the whole child. Julie shares insights on morning and bedtime power struggles, homework stress, understanding 'bad' behavior, identifying triggers, and becoming an advocate for your child with their teachers. Discover how to work with, not against, your child, create effective routines, and navigate the educational landscape with confidence. 🎧 This episode will equip you with the tools to understand and support twice-exceptional kids, turning challenges into opportunities for growth.  Connect with Julie All socials @julieskolnick or @letstalke2 Web:  Connect with Liz Website: Instagram @motherhoodunstressed Your feedback means the world to me. If this episode has been helpful to you, please take a moment to leave a review. With heartfelt appreciation, Liz
32:27 1/27/24
Full Body Relaxation, Stress Healing, and Anxiety Relief
This guided meditative journey is an oasis for your spirit, a sanctuary where anxiety dissipates and the weight of the world lifts from your shoulders. Invite healing energies to flow through you, revitalizing your entire being. Bask in the warmth of self-love and acceptance, as the meditation encourages you to embrace the present moment with open arms. Whether you seek solace from the demands of a hectic day or a sanctuary for deeper healing, this guided meditation is a compass guiding you to the shores of tranquility. Rediscover the harmony within, as you emerge from this transformative experience rejuvenated, balanced, and ready to embrace life's challenges with newfound resilience. Connect with Liz Website: Instagram @motherhoodunstressed Your feedback means the world to me. If this episode has been helpful to you, please take a moment to leave a review. With heartfelt appreciation, Liz
09:33 1/9/24
Meditation Teacher Michael O'Brien ON: Thriving Through Chaos and Finding Your Home Within
This week my guest is Michael O'Brien, renowned meditation teacher and creator of the transformative Pause Breathe Reflect Meditation and Relaxation app. Join us as we explore Michael's incredible journey from surviving a life-altering accident to thriving through the power of meditation. Discover practical insights tailored for busy mothers, unraveling the myth that meditation requires ample time. Michael shares invaluable wisdom on turning small ripples into big waves, offering a lifeline for overwhelmed mothers seeking balance. Don't miss this opportunity to learn how mindfulness can be seamlessly woven into your daily routine, bringing peace, resilience, and transformative joy to your life. Tune in for an enriching discussion that promises to empower mothers worldwide on their journey to holistic well-being. Connect with Michael Web: App: IG, Facebook, YouTube @PauseBreatheReflect Tiktok @pbrwithmichael Connect with Liz Website: Instagram @motherhoodunstressed Your feedback means the world to me. If this episode has been helpful to you, please take a moment to leave a review. With heartfelt appreciation, Liz Podcast Episode Summary Mindfulness Transforms Michael's Life Michael experienced a life-changing event that led him to a mindfulness practice. He initially viewed mindfulness as a hippie dippy practice, but after a health scare and a full recovery, he learned about the benefits of mindfulness from his mentor. Michael's mentor taught him that everything is neutral until labeled by the individual, a concept that helped Michael reclaim his life and identity after their health scare. Michael's Mindfulness Journey Michael shared his personal journey of discovering mindfulness, particularly through his experiences following a serious accident. He rejected the binary concept of labeling a day as good or bad and emphasized the importance of moments. He explained that he began practicing box breathing, a technique he learned from the Navy Seals, to manage overwhelming feelings and stress, particularly while in the hospital. He also expressed his desire to return home, where he found comfort and familiarity. Michael's Mindfulness Journey and Sharing Michael shared his personal journey with mindfulness, starting from his early practice in 2001 to his decision to share his experiences during the pandemic. He explained how his mindfulness practice helped him manage stress and alter his relationships with others and himself. Initially, he kept his practice private while in the corporate world, but as he transitioned into full-time mindfulness practice in 2014, he began to share it more openly, including in blog posts. His goal was to help others through mindfulness during challenging times, such as the pandemic. Mindfulness and Reflection in Challenging Times Michael and Liz discussed the need for mindfulness and reflection during challenging times, such as the Covid pandemic. Michael shared his concept of the "ultimate barista" (MUG - Mother Earth, Universe or God) as a metaphor for being more mindful in daily life, and suggested short, frequent mindfulness practices as a practical way to incorporate mindfulness into busy schedules. He also mentioned leading public meditations based on this approach. Mindfulness Practices and Personal Journey Michael shared his personal journey of using mindfulness practices, especially through challenging times such as a bike accident and the pandemic. He expressed his commitment to helping others access mindfulness in a secular and relatable way, especially those who may not have time for traditional practices. Liz agreed, noting that Michael's experiences seemed to prepare him for sharing his insights with others. Michael also mentioned his intention to offer various mindfulness practices, such as silent retreats online, to help people build a practice over time. He stressed the importance of taking small, consistent steps towards mindfulness, rather than seeking quick fixes. Mindful Ripples: Small Actions, Big Impact Michael shared his personal experience of being mindful and the concept of making small ripples leading to big waves. He emphasized that we are all energy and have the power to choose the kind of energy we bring into the world. Liz asked for an explanation and Michael explained how small actions can have a ripple effect and how we need to be mindful of the kind of ripple we put into the world. The conversation suggested the importance of being thoughtful about the impact of our actions. Meditation and Mindfulness for Open Conversations Michael discussed the benefits of practicing meditation and mindfulness, emphasizing its ability to improve focus and expand awareness. He highlighted the practice of open awareness, which involves noticing sensations in the body and the soundscape, and considering other perspectives. Michael suggested that mindfulness could help overcome divisiveness by promoting open conversations and the consideration of different viewpoints. Liz expressed agreement with Michael's points. Surfing Life's Waves: Mindfulness and Balance Michael shared his analogy of life being like surfing on waves, emphasizing the need for equanimity to maintain balance and make micro adjustments. He clarified that mindfulness is not just about relaxation, but about finding a sweet spot between hyperarousal and hypoarousal to better navigate life's challenges. Liz agreed with Michael's comparison, noting that being present in the moment is empowering. Mindfulness Practice and Emotional Regulation Michael and Liz discussed the challenges and benefits of practicing mindfulness. Michael emphasized that while mindfulness may be simple to understand, it's difficult to implement, but gets easier with practice. He highlighted the importance of recognizing distractions and returning one's attention back to the present moment. Michael also shared his approach to help people prevent negative emotions from escalating throughout the day. He stressed that while bad moments will happen, it's crucial to bring oneself back to the present and avoid fueling the situation. Finally, Michael encouraged listeners to start practicing mindfulness, even for a minute, and to view their bodies as their 'home' where they can always return to and reconnect with themselves. App Launch and Website Information Michael shared information about the Pause, Breathe, Reflect app, including where it can be downloaded, the affordable price, and the potential for people to join for as little as a dollar. He also mentioned the availability of further information about himself on his website, Liz expressed her appreciation for the work Michael has been doing and the release of the app.
32:23 1/4/24
Mastering Addiction and Depression: Bob Gardner's Body-Based Approach
This week I sit down with Bob Gardner, renowned as The Freedom Specialist, Author, Transformation Specialist, Speaker, and Host of the podcast Alive and Free. Bob shares his incredible journey from the depths of addiction, contemplating divorce and suicide, to becoming a beacon of hope for thousands seeking happiness, health, and well-being. Bob introduces us to his body-based approach that forms the foundation for happiness and well-being on autopilot. His book, "Built for Freedom," serves as a guide to unlocking the secrets of real freedom and happiness. In our conversation, we delve into Bob's personal struggle, where after 18 years trapped in addictive patterns, he defied prevailing wisdom to create a permanent solution for his challenges. Discover how Bob's unique body-based techniques have since empowered individuals to leave their struggles behind and embark on a journey to thrive. As a Transformational Specialist, Bob incorporates knowledge gained from his extensive background in martial arts, breathwork, functional psychology, deep tissue release, and various healing modalities. Learn how he has successfully helped people overcome chronic pain, anxiety, depression, PTSD, childhood wounds, addictions, and OCD through intensive in-person retreats, transformational coaching, and online resources. Bob's mantra, "Freedom is a skill, not a pill," encapsulates the essence of his teachings. We explore how he guides individuals to train their bodies and minds to achieve freedom autonomously, fostering a life filled with joy and fulfillment. Visit to discover more about the reliable tools and experiences provided by The Freedom Specialist. This episode promises insights into the transformative power of Bob Gardner's approach and offers a glimpse into the incredible world of lasting freedom and happiness. Tune in and embark on a journey to unleash your own freedom! Connect with Liz Website: Instagram @motherhoodunstressed Your feedback means the world to me. If this episode has been helpful to you, please take a moment to leave a review. With heartfelt appreciation, Liz
33:01 12/4/23
Inner Child Healing and Authentic Happiness Guided Meditation
Today's meditation is a soul-nurturing experience designed to peel away the layers and unveil the authentic you. As you settle into a serene space, let the gentle guidance lead you back to the tender essence of your inner child, where innocence and joy reside. This guided meditation is a powerful tool for self-discovery and healing, leaving you with a heart full of compassion and a spirit that dances with the pure delight of being truly, unapologetically yourself. Connect with Liz Website: Instagram @motherhoodunstressed Your feedback means the world to me. If this episode has been helpful to you, please take a moment to leave a review. With heartfelt appreciation, Liz
09:25 12/1/23
Alexandra Ford's Journey from Trafficking Survivor to Advocate | Unveiling Misconceptions, Recognizing Signs, and Building a Safer Community Together – Including Vital Insights on Protecting Our Youth
In this compelling conversation with Alexandra Ford, we delve into her powerful origin story as a survivor of human trafficking. Unveiling the pivotal moment when she recognized the gravity of her situation, Alexandra shared insights on common misconceptions surrounding trafficking and highlights crucial signs to be vigilant about. Our discussion emphasizes the importance of how to foster a safe and supportive community environment, thereby encouraging survivors to come forward and end the cycle of abuse and exploitation. Discover eye-opening perspectives and learn how each of us can contribute to creating a safer community for everyone. Join the conversation for a profound exploration of resilience, awareness, and community empowerment. Connect with Alexandra The Uprising non-profit Instagram  @thelaughingsurvivor Connect with Liz Website: Instagram @motherhoodunstressed Your feedback means the world to me. If this episode has been helpful to you, please take a moment to leave a review. With heartfelt appreciation, Liz  
36:27 11/27/23
From Broadway to Bookshelves: Rachel Montez Minor's Encore Act – 'See You on the Other Side'
Join us for an insightful conversation with actress, dancer, singer, and now acclaimed author Rachel Montez Minor as we delve into her latest children's book, "See You on the Other Side." In this interview, you'll discover the inspiration behind Rachel's shift from a two-decade career on Broadway and in TV and film to her second act as a writer, artist, mystic, mother, yoga teacher, and meditation practitioner. Rachel will share insights into her multifaceted career, discussing what inspired her to add "author" to her extensive resume. We'll also delve into the creation process of "See You on the Other Side" and how it is already helping young readers heal and navigate various forms of loss, from the death of a loved one to a friend moving away.  Don't miss the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Rachel Montez Minor's journey and the meaningful messages embedded in her latest creation. Whether you're a fan of her performances on Broadway or a parent seeking resources to navigate conversations about loss with your children, this interview promises to be a heartfelt and enriching experience. About the Book Released on September 26, 2023, and suitable for all ages, this heartwarming picture book is a follow-up to Minor's 2021 release, "The Sun, The Moon, and The Stars." Richly illustrated by Mariyah Rahman, the book serves as a beautiful ode to lost loved ones, offering comfort through simple, rhyming text and evocative imagery. Join us as we explore the universal message that no one truly leaves us forever; "Our hearts remain tied. This isn't the end," writes Montez Minor. 📖 Learn more about Rachel Montez Minor and her works at  or on Instagram @rachelmontezminor Connect with Liz Website: Instagram @motherhoodunstressed Twitter @lizziecarlile Your feedback means the world to me. If this episode has been helpful to you, please take a moment to leave a review. With heartfelt appreciation, Liz
21:19 11/18/23
Learn with Dr. Emily: Penn Holderness - ADHD as a Superpower
This week, I'm excited to share an episode from the Learn with Dr. Emily podcast, a space where parents and teachers unite to support neurodivergent youth. Host Dr. Emily King is a child psychologist and former school psychologist with expertise in nurturing and educating children and teens diagnosed with autism, ADHD, anxiety, learning disabilities, and/or giftedness. As both a parent and a lifelong learner, I believe this episode holds valuable insights that you'll find truly enjoyable! --- Growing up, Penn Holderness knew he was different than his friends. He had tics. He was called a spazz. He would cry really easily.  In basketball practice, he would nearly chew through his shirt if he wasn't running around enough.  If he was growing up in the 2020's, he'd be treated for ADHD pretty quickly. But back in the 80's, ADHD information wasn't widespread, and it wasn't until college that he was officially diagnosed. On today's episode, Penn talks about growing up with ADHD, finding his passion for music and performing arts, learning how to accept his limitations and lean into his superpowers, and how he would design a school for ADHD minds. You don't want to miss this vulnerable and hilarious episode.   The Holderness Family YouTube | Instagram | TikTok | Facebook | Podcast --- Sign up for Dr. Emily's weekly newsletter at Connect with Liz Website: Instagram @motherhoodunstressed Twitter @lizziecarlile Your feedback means the world to me. If this episode has been helpful to you, please take a moment to leave a review. With heartfelt appreciation, Liz
47:52 11/12/23
Insightful Yoga Nidra Meditation for Profound Relaxation and Clarity
Discover the extraordinary world of Yoga Nidra, a profound yogic practice that combines relaxation and insight. This Insightful Yoga Nidra Meditation invites you to embark on a journey to deep relaxation and inner wisdom. Yoga Nidra, often referred to as 'yogic sleep,' is a state of conscious relaxation that allows you to access your innermost self and harness your innate wisdom. This guided meditation takes you through a soothing body scan, mindful intention setting, and a tranquil visualization, all in just a few minutes. Release tension, gain clarity, and find peace as you explore the depths of your inner world. Embrace this transformative experience, converting stress into serenity with every breath. Your path to renewed balance and insight starts here. Join us and discover the serenity that lies within. Connect with Liz Website: Instagram @motherhoodunstressed Twitter @lizziecarlile Your feedback means the world to me. If this episode has been helpful to you, please take a moment to leave a review. With heartfelt appreciation, Liz
10:50 11/7/23
Author Lara Love Hardin's Inspiring Story of Redemption and "The Many Lives of Mama Love"
Discover an extraordinary journey of redemption on this episode of Motherhood Unstressed. New York Times bestselling author Lara Love Hardin shares her gripping transformation from suburban soccer mom to opioid addict, her time behind bars, and her remarkable resurgence as a thriving ghostwriter. Join us for a riveting discussion about her candid memoir, "The Many Lives of Mama Love: A Memoir of Lying, Stealing, Writing, and Healing." Lara's story is a rollercoaster of resilience and humor that you won't want to miss. Tune in now for this incredible tale of hope and recovery. Connect with Lara Love Hardin Web Instagram @laralovehardin Facebook @lara.l.hardin Find out more about Lara's non-proft The Gemma Project Connect with Liz Website: Instagram @motherhoodunstressed Twitter @lizziecarlile No one expects the police to knock on a million-dollar, two-story home in a picture-perfect cul-de-sac. But soccer mom Lara Love Hardin has been hiding a shady secret: she is funding her heroin addiction by stealing her neighbors' credit cards. Until it all comes crumbling down. Lara is convicted of thirty-two felonies and becomes inmate S32179. She learns that jail is a class system with a power structure that is somewhere between an adolescent sleepover party and Lord of the Flies. Furniture is made from tampon boxes, and Snickers bars are currency. But Lara quickly discovers that jailhouse politics aren't that different from the PTA meetings she used to attend, and she climbs the social ladder to become the "shot caller" and earns the nickname “Mama Love.” When she’s released, harnessing lessons learned from women she was incarcerated with, she reinvents herself as a ghostwriter and successful agent. Now legally co-opting other people’s identities through her writing, she goes on to meet Oprah, meditate with The Dalia Lama, and have dinner with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. But the shadow of her past follows her. Shame is a poison worse than heroin—there is no way to detox. Lara must learn how to forgive herself and others, navigate life as a felon on probation, and prove that she is more good than bad. The Many Lives of Mama Love is a heartbreaking, tender, and ultimately inspiring journey from shame to redemption, despite a system that makes it almost impossible for us to move beyond the worst thing we have ever done.   Praise for The Many Lives of Mama Love   “A suburban mom weathers addiction, jail, and parole in this roller-coaster debut memoir…Hardin mixes despair and comedy in her evocative prose: “I carefully pick through the bottom-of-purse debris until I find some small brown chips.... I don’t know if I’m smoking heroin or food crumbs or lint, but I feel the anxiety slowly leave my chest.” This redemption story feels well earned.”—Publishers Weekly   “In addition to revealing the struggles of female felons in a misogynist justice system, the author celebrates her own determination to accept herself and begin again. A courageous and inspiring memoir.”—Kirkus   “A hilarious and heartbreaking confession that will not let you go until it is done—and then it will haunt you. It will give you hope in what is possible for each of us if we allow others—and ourselves—to move beyond our shame, find redemption, and write a new, more inspiring story of our lives.”—Lori Gottlieb, author of the New York Times bestseller, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone   “Lara Love Hardin writes with the same humor and bravery that helped her navigate incarceration, sobriety and a daunting return to the community to regain her place in her children's lives. This beautifully told story flies in the face of assumptions about substance use disorder and incarcerated women and shows how community and connection help people rebuild themselves for the better.”—Piper Kerman, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Orange is the New Black   “A compelling and timely rebuttal to the perverse and unjust notion that people who are convicted of crimes can only be criminals. This critically important idea is essential for a nation that has been so derailed by destructive “law and order” narratives that have left us both less just and less safe.”—Bryan Stevenson, author of the New York Times bestseller Just Mercy   “The Many Lives of Mama Love is a masterclass in perseverance. This brilliant memoir is a reminder and inspiration that sometimes the only way out of suffering is to go straight through it. This book will leave you inspired and empowered to reveal your own most authentic self.”—Rich Roll, bestselling author of Finding Ultra and host of The Rich Roll Podcast   “Laced with penetrating wit, written with unsparing honesty and manifesting irrepressible resilience, The Many Lives of Mama Love is a book to intrigue, enchant, instruct, entertain and inspire readers of all ages and backgrounds. It speaks to our common human experience of suffering and the healing that can follow.” —Gabor Maté M.D., author of the New York Times bestseller, The Myth of Normal   “Start this thrilling, heartrending, funny book, and you won’t stop. I couldn’t. From page one, I was swept into Hardin's remarkable, un-put-down-able, artfully told story of suffering and redemption. This book can help anyone who’s struggled and felt hopelessness (and who hasn’t?). shows that not only can we survive the bleakest times, but we can thrive in them and because of them.”—David Sheff, author of #1 New York Times bestseller, Beautiful Boy   “Hardin reveals who we truly are deep inside: infinite souls of limitless possibility. We are far more than the sum of what we have done and not done, what we have and do not have. In her profound, moving memoir, Hardin is honest, courageous, and challenges us to exceed the limiting definition we impose on ourselves and one another. We all can be redeemed.”—Dr. Lisa Miller, psychologist and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Spiritual Child “This book will make you laugh, cry, and realize that everyone deserves a chance and, sometimes more than one. A powerful, poignant memoir filled with grace, enlightenment and love.”—Dr. James Doty, author of the New York Times bestseller, Into The Magic Shop AUTHOR BIO: LARA LOVE HARDIN is a literary agent, author, prison reform advocate, and president of True Literary. Prior to founding True Literary, she was the co-Ceo of Idea Architects. She has an MFA in creative writing and is a four-time New York Times bestselling collaborative writer, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Designing Your Life, and 2018 Oprah Book Club pick, The Sun Does Shine, which she coauthored with Anthony Ray Hinton about his 30 years as an innocent man on Alabama’s death row. In 2019, she won a Christopher Award for her work “affirming the highest values of the human spirit,” nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and short-listed for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Love Hardin lives in La Selva Beach, California, with her husband, Sam. She has four children, two stepchildren, five dogs, three cats, twenty-one chickens, and four ducks. For more information, visit her website at
28:40 10/7/23
Preparing Kids for Success: Elevating Your Child's Future with Bestselling Author Brooke Romney's Expertise in Modern Manners and Beyond
Brooke Romney, bestselling author of the "52 Modern Manners" books shares her wisdom on how parents and students can prepare for the upcoming school year by brushing up on essential social skills. Whether your child is stepping into middle school or embarking on their senior year of high school, Brooke's insights will empower parents to cultivate meaningful relationships with their children while imparting the critical social etiquette required to excel in both school and life. Don't miss this valuable discussion on fostering success through manners and respect. Connect with Brooke Website: Get the Books - Amazon  Instagram @brookeromneywrites Twitter @brookeoromney Facebook @brookeromneywrites Connect with Liz Website: Instagram @motherhoodunstressed Twitter @lizziecarlile
28:34 9/30/23
So Long As It's Wild by Barbara Jenkins: Unveiling an Extraordinary Journey
Barbara Jenkins, celebrated co-author of the New York Times bestseller "The Walk West," is unveiling her eagerly awaited book, "So Long As It's Wild." In this exclusive interview, we delve into the compelling narrative behind her extraordinary journey. Barbara's cross-country odyssey not only thrust her into the national media spotlight but also offers a poignant glimpse into her early life growing up in the challenging Ozarks. It's a story of resilience, echoing the rugged terrain she traversed. Barbara's story doesn't stop at physical challenges; it takes a transformative turn. It's a tale of self-discovery, empowerment, and unwavering resilience—a testament to the indomitable human spirit. "So Long As It's Wild" is an inspirational journey that resonates with those seeking to tap into their inner fortitude. Join us for this captivating conversation, an opportunity to uncover the beauty of human resilience and the untamed spirit that resides within us all. Barbara Jenkins' narrative is more than just a book; it's an exploration of the human experience. Don't miss this chance to immerse yourself in a story that may kindle your own journey of self-discovery and resilience. Connect with Barbara: Website:  Get the book Instagram @barbarajenkinswriter Connect with Liz Instagram @motherhoodunstressed X @lizziecarlile
32:01 9/25/23
Michelle Icard ON: Turning A Child's Setbacks into Success
Acclaimed author and parenting expert Michelle Icard is out with a new book, "EIGHT SETBACKS THAT CAN MAKE A CHILD A SUCCESS," and is poised to revolutionize the way caregivers approach challenging situations with their children. As bestselling author Kelly Corrigan aptly puts it, Michelle Icard is a beacon of wisdom in the turbulent sea of parenting advice. Drawing upon decades of experience working with tweens, teenagers, and families, Michelle shares her invaluable insights into helping children navigate eight categories of tense situations. From academic stumbles to social media blunders and rebellious choices, Michelle's three-step approach—Contain, Resolve, and Evolve—provides a practical and refreshing perspective on turning setbacks into stepping stones toward success. Discover how to transform mistakes into opportunities for growth and strengthen the parent-child relationship in the process. "Eight Setbacks That Can Make A Child A Success" is your playbook for ensuring that your child's missteps don't define their childhood but rather propel them towards a brighter future. Tune in to this enlightening interview and empower yourself with the guidance you need to be a confident and supportive parent. Connect with Michelle Web:  Facebook @middleschoolrelief Instagram @michelleicard Twitter @michelleicard Get the Book  Connect with Liz Instagram @motherhoodunstressed X @lizziecarlile
27:51 9/17/23
Exploring Healing and Transformation with Kaija Langley's "The Order of Things" Middle-Grade Novel in Verse
This week we dive deep into the transformative world of Kaija Langley's middle-grade novel in verse, "The Order of Things" and delve into the exploration of complex emotions and the intensely personal journey of grief, skillfully portrayed through the eyes of the protagonist, April. Langley's narrative provides a safe haven for these profound emotions, offering valuable insights for both adults and children alike. Join us for this thought-provoking conversation – it's a journey of self-discovery and communal healing you won't want to miss. Tune in for a dose of inspiration and wisdom from Kaija and "The Order of Things. Connect with Kaija Langley  Web: Instagram @mizzkalwrites71 X @mizzkalwrites71 Order the book About the Author Kaija Langley was born in Northern NJ and raised on a healthy diet of library books, music and theater performances, and visits to the family farm in rural North Carolina. The author of the award-winning picture book, When Langston Dances, she loves long road trips, dancing wherever music moves her, and adventures near and far with her Beloved. She splits her time between Cambridge, MA and Los Angeles, CA. Connect with Liz Instagram @motherhoodunstressed X @lizziecarlile
27:15 9/10/23
Dr. Paniz Jasbi Unlocks Wellness: Metabolism, Metabolomics and the Theriome Revolution
This week my guest is Dr. Paniz Jasbi, CEO of Theriome, a trailblazing company at the forefront of metabolomics research. In this conversation, we delve deep into the world of metabolomics, uncovering the fascinating science behind how metabolism impacts every facet of our health, far beyond the narrow lens of weight loss. Join us as Dr. Jasbi takes us on a journey through the groundbreaking work of Theriome, shedding light on how their pioneering research is revolutionizing our understanding of human health. From decoding the intricacies of metabolic pathways to exploring the potential applications in precision medicine, this episode promises to expand your horizons on the pivotal role metabolism plays in our well-being. If you're curious about the cutting-edge science that's reshaping the future of healthcare and the profound implications it holds for your own health journey, don't miss this insightful conversation with Dr. Paniz Jasbi. It's time to rethink what metabolism truly means for our overall health. Connect with Dr. Jasbi  Instagram @theriometest Facebook @Theriome LinkedIn @theriome Connect with Liz Instagram @motherhoodunstressed Web: 
35:26 9/3/23
Reconnect Within: Guided Meditation for Embodiment, Relaxation, and Inner Child Healing
Tune in for a soothing exploration of embodiment, relaxation, and inner child healing, designed to help you reconnect with your true essence and find inner peace. Through gentle guidance, immerse yourself in the present moment, release tension, and nurture your inner child's healing process. Whether you're seeking relaxation or aiming to heal emotional wounds, this meditation offers a safe space to rediscover harmony within yourself.  Sponsored by: Kate Farms - use promo code unstressed for 20% off Warmies - use promo code ELIZABETHC_15 for 15% off  Olynvolt - use promo code unstressed for 35% off massagers Paktli Gluten Free Snacks - promo code unstressed to save Mommy Make-Up's Free Color Consultation program and use code UNSTRESSED to save 20% Sambucol - promo code Motherhood15 to save  Like today's show? Please leave a review - even one sentence helps!
10:50 8/31/23
Emmy Winning Animator and Author Rob Renzetti ON: Unlocking Imagination and 'The Terrible Bag of Horrible Things"
Dive into the mesmerizing world of "The Terrible Bag of Horrible Things" as we unravel the extraordinary tale penned by talented author and veteran animator Rob Renzetti. In this interview, Rob takes us on a journey through the pages of his latest book, offering a glimpse into the power of storytelling and creativity. Renzetti, a seasoned TV animation veteran with an Emmy under his belt for his work on Cartoon Network's "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends," brings his creative prowess to this enthralling novel. As the mind behind Nickelodeon's "My Life as a Teenage Robot" and Disney's "Gravity Falls," Rob's insights into the creative process and the intricate interplay of imagination will leave you inspired and more in tune with your ability to change and shape the story of your own life. If you're on the hunt for the perfect book to ignite your middle schooler's love for reading, "The Terrible Bag of Horrible Things" is the ultimate choice. Tune in to discover the magic behind Rob Renzetti's literary world and uncover the compelling power of stories in all of our lives. Connect with Rob Instagram @rob_renzetti Twitter @RobRenzetti Web:    About the Book Rob Renzetti's masterful storytelling marries dry, absurdist humor with spine-tingling horror, crafting an imaginative fantasy world that both captivates and chills. In "The Terrible Bag of Horrible Things," Zenith's world is turned upside down when an eerie bag arrives at his doorstep. Curiosity leads him into a nightmarish adventure where his overprotective sister, Apogee, is abducted by a spine-chilling spiderlike creature, plunging them both into the unsettling realm of GrahBhag. As Zenith embarks on a mission to rescue Apogee, he confronts malicious forests, blood-drinking mouths, and a sentient giant filled with sawdust. Whispers of the enigmatic Great Wurm, a sinister force controlling GrahBhag's inhabitants, add to the suspense. With the help of a quirky gargoyle, Zenith races against time to save his sister from the clutches of the Great Wurm and escape the nightmarish bag. Sponsored by: Kate Farms - use promo code unstressed for 20% off Warmies - use promo code ELIZABETHC_15 for 15% off  Olynvolt - use promo code unstressed for 35% off massagers Like today's show? Please leave a review - even one sentence helps!
32:59 8/26/23
Jay Aedo ON: Empowering Kids Through Conscious Storytelling
This week captivating children’s book author and practical philosophy teacher, Jay Aedo, joins us to explain his innovative approach to storytelling that nurtures accountability and confidence in today’s young minds. Jay recognizes the profound impact of narratives on our history, yet he perceives an abundance of victimhood, self-blame, and fear embedded in the stories we share with our children.  Through a conscious and compassionate lens, he aims to revolutionize these narratives, empowering the upcoming generation to embrace responsibility and forge their unique paths from the outset. Discover Jay's groundbreaking project - "Conscious Bible Stories."  This revolutionary endeavor reimagines age-old biblical tales, illuminating them through a lens of kindness and self-assuredness. With an emphasis on portraying God as a beacon of compassion, these stories inspire kids to stand confidently in their own identities, free from shame. Connect with Jay: Instagram @consciousbiblestories Twitter: jay_aedo Web:  Sponsored by: Kate Farms - use promo code unstressed for 20% off Warmies - use promo code ELIZABETHC_15 for 15% off  Olynvolt - use promo code unstressed for 35% off massagers Paktli Gluten Free Snacks - promo code unstressed to save Mommy Make-Up's Free Color Consultation program and use code UNSTRESSED to save 20% Sambucol - promo code Motherhood15 to save  Like today's show? Please leave a review - even one sentence helps!
27:48 8/14/23
Restorative Sunday Meditation: Prepare for the Week Ahead with Mindfulness and Renewal
Start your Sunday with this soothing guided meditation designed to help you ease into the week ahead with a sense of calm and clarity. Join us for a journey that combines somatic awareness and mindfulness practices. Release tension, set positive intentions, and cultivate gratitude as you connect with your body and breath. Let go of stress and worries while visualizing yourself in a serene natural setting. This meditation is your oasis of tranquility, empowering you to embrace the upcoming week with a rejuvenated spirit. Tune in and gift yourself this moment of self-care and renewal.   Sponsored by: Kate Farms - use promo code unstressed for 20% off Warmies - use promo code ELIZABETHC_15 for 15% off  Olynvolt - use promo code unstressed for 35% off massagers Paktli Gluten Free Snacks - promo code unstressed to save Mommy Make-Up's Free Color Consultation program and use code UNSTRESSED to save 20% Sambucol - promo code Motherhood15 to save  Like today's show? Please leave a review - even one sentence helps!
11:03 8/13/23
Unlocking the Power of "The Umbrella Effect": Dr. Jen Forristal's Game-Changing Parenting Secrets!
This week I sit down with renowned Naturopathic Doctor and author Dr. Jen Forristal to discuss her groundbreaking new book, "The Umbrella Effect." In this captivating interview, Dr. Forristal unveils her transformative approach to parenting that promises to empower listeners and cultivate their children's success in life. Drawing on her extensive research and years of practical experience, Dr. Forristal reveals the hidden power of what she calls "The Umbrella Effect." She explores how parents can harness this effect to create an environment that nurtures their child's emotional intelligence, resilience, and ability to develop the skills they need to weather any storm.  Tune in to this enlightening conversation as Dr. Forristal shares invaluable insights, strategies, and actionable tips for enhancing your parenting journey. Discover how implementing "The Umbrella Effect" can not only shape your child's future success but also foster a deeper connection and understanding within your family. Prepare to be inspired and equipped with the tools needed to navigate the complexities of parenthood and unlock the secrets to becoming the best parent you can be while raising confident and thriving children. Resources: Website:  Instagram @umbrellapjct Facebook @umbrellapjct YouTube: theumbrellaproject2304  Get the Book:  Connect with me on Instagram @motherhoodunstressed Sponsored by: L'AVANT Collective - code unstressed to save 20% Healthy Baby - code unstressed Orlando Vacations Kate Farms - use promo code unstressed for 20% off Warmies - use promo code ELIZABETHC_15 for 15% off  Olynvolt - use promo code unstressed for 35% off massagers
35:51 6/17/23
Embrace Your Perfect Imperfections: A Guided Meditation for Self-Forgiveness and Embracing a Beautiful Life
Join us on a transformative journey of self-forgiveness and empowerment with our guided meditation, 'Embrace Your Perfect Imperfections.' This powerful meditation draws inspiration from the wisdom of the Bible, guiding you towards forgiving yourself for past mistakes and embracing the truth that you are perfect, whole, and deserving of a beautiful life. Let go of self-condemnation, find inner peace, and awaken to your true worth. Embark on a path of self-acceptance and discover the freedom that comes with letting go. Unlock the power of forgiveness and embrace the beauty of your imperfectly perfect self. Tune in now and embark on a journey of healing and self-love. Connect with me on Instagram @motherhoodunstressed  Sponsored by: Kate Farms - use promo code unstressed for 20% off Warmies - use promo code ELIZABETHC_15 for 15% off Healthy Baby - promo code unstressed to save L'AVANT Collective - promo code unstressed for 20% off  Proven Skincare Like today's show? Please leave a review - even one sentence helps!
11:03 6/14/23
Blissful Slumber: A Journey to Full Body Relaxation and Restful Sleep
Experience deep relaxation and peaceful sleep with "Blissful Slumber," a guided meditation designed to help you find tranquility during stressful times. This 5-minute meditation incorporates somatic techniques popularized by Dr. Huberman to guide you into a state of full body relaxation. Let go of tension, release stress, and prepare your mind and body for a restful night's sleep. Join us on this soothing journey and awaken refreshed and rejuvenated. Take this time for yourself and discover the power of relaxation for a more peaceful and fulfilling life. Connect with me on Instagram @motherhoodunstressed Sponsored by: Kate Farms - use promo code unstressed for 20% off Warmies - use promo code ELIZABETHC_15 for 15% off Olynvolt - use promo code unstressed for 35% off massagers Paktli Gluten Free Snacks - promo code unstressed to save Mommy Make-Up's Free Color Consultation program and use code UNSTRESSED to save 20% Sambucol - promo code Motherhood15 to save Like today's show? Please leave a review - even one sentence helps!
09:49 6/11/23
Big Kid Problems Founder Sarah Merrill Hall ON: Navigating Perinatal Depression and Finding Balance in New Motherhood
In this episode of Motherhood Unstressed, Sarah Merrill Hall, the founder of the wildly popular Big Kid Problems, joins us for an enlightening conversation on the intricacies of motherhood, spirituality, finding balance, and addressing perinatal depression. With warmth and relatability, Sarah Merrill Hall shares her personal journey as a mother, recounting the challenges she faced and the lessons she learned from pregnancy to the fourth trimester. Sarah sheds light on the signs of perinatal depression and offers compassionate strategies for coping and seeking support. By emphasizing the importance of self-care and community, she empowers listeners to navigate this delicate topic with grace and resilience. Sarah's heartfelt stories, wisdom, and actionable advice help create a safe space for mothers, whether new or experienced, to feel understood and inspired on their unique motherhood journeys.   Resources: Web:  Listen to Sarah's Podcast Bottle Service Instagram: bigkidproblems   Sponsored by: Kate Farms - use promo code unstressed for 20% off Warmies - use promo code ELIZABETHC_15 for 15% off  Olynvolt - use promo code unstressed for 35% off massagers Paktli Gluten Free Snacks - promo code unstressed to save Mommy Make-Up's Free Color Consultation program and use code UNSTRESSED to save 20% Sambucol - promo code Motherhood15 to save  Like today's show? Please leave a review - even one sentence helps!
36:46 6/5/23
Transcendent Serenity: A Journey to Inner Bliss Meditation
Experience total body relaxation and embodiment while embracing the profound connection between mind, body, and spirit. Through soothing breathwork and enchanting visuals, you'll be transported to a serene sanctuary, where the power of divine harmony and universal love intertwine. Unwind, let go of stress, and cultivate a deep sense of peace and happiness despite the challenges of the outside world. Join us on this soul-nourishing quest and unlock the boundless tranquility within. Sponsored by: Kate Farms - use promo code unstressed for 20% off Warmies - use promo code ELIZABETHC_15 for 15% off  Olynvolt - use promo code unstressed for 35% off massagers Paktli Gluten Free Snacks - promo code unstressed to save Mommy Make-Up's Free Color Consultation program and use code UNSTRESSED to save 20% Sambucol - promo code Motherhood15 to save  Like today's show? Please leave a review - even one sentence helps!
11:14 5/17/23

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