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Author: Lori Beth Auldridge

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A weekly podcast covering topics related to modern motherhood including pregnancy, birth, parenting, health, self-care, community, perspective, & more! Recorded on the island of Maui with your host Lori Beth Auldridge, M.A., M.F.A.
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“What are the things we need in a village to feel supported in our motherhood?” As humans, we crave connection. As moms, I swear we crave it tenfold. It feels good to be supported and seen and loved and understood wherever we are on our motherhood journeys. But there’s this message out there or a belief or a generational hangover or something that is holding us back from friendship…many moms feel like they have to mother alone, that that’s “just the way it is,” or even how it should be. But I believe that’s just not true. You are automatically part of a group when we become a mom. Whether that is in-person, online, or just energetically. You have millions of women surrounding you who get it. Women whom you can call “friend” for a moment or a season or a lifetime. But certain cultural messages or limiting beliefs can leave us feeling disconnected from that sisterhood. The village is automatic…and yet it also has to be created, too. How confusing. No wonder so many of us feel overwhelmed at the idea of making friends as adults…especially early on in motherhood or are going through a big life change like a move and are trying to sort out other details of our life at the same time. Or many of us fall into the trap of believing that one person can fill all of our needs for us…that there is just one human—a unicorn BFF or a spouse—who can be the support, see us, know us,  love us, and understand us. A sort of “one stop shop” for friendship. But I’m not sure it’s fair to put all of that onto one person and expect them to be everything to us or for us. Don’t get me wrong, my husband (who is one of my best friends) and my BFF (who is now also a mom) make me feel loved, supported, seen, and understood without a shadow of a doubt. BUT. They aren’t the only ones who can do that for me. And as I diversified my friend circle (mostly through moms group and by connecting with moms I used to babysit or nanny for whose children are older) I inadvertently took some of the burden off of my husband and best friend by having my friendship needs met by others. Having a diverse group of friends also gives me perspective that one person can’t always provide. There are so many ways we can talk about and examine our friendships and I really appreciate the way today’s guest, Emily Siegel, breaks it down for us. She believes that we can thrive having 5 different types of connections—and I think she is onto something. Emily has been studying friendship, talking about it, shining a light on it, and really taking the mystery out of friendship so that moms everywhere can start to shift out of this mindset that friends are too hard to make. Today she is going to help us look at mindset and motivation, give us ideas for how we can overcome obstacles when making mom friends, and ways we can give ourselves grace as we learn how to make friendship feel lighter. Emily’s Bio: Emily Siegel is a corporate mom and fierce friend. Host of The Connected Mom Life Podcast, she believes that authentic connections are not a nice-to-have, they are a must-have! And she is on a mission to help moms create more of them. Because she knows we weren’t made to mom alone, and it’s time to stop trying. This conversation left me feeling grateful for the friends I already have—Emily helped me see all the ways they offer support and understanding—but it also left me feeling open and excited for all the friends I don’t know yet as seasons change. My hope is that you’ll feel encouraged and grateful after this episode, too. FULL SHOW NOTES OVER AT: WWW.ELEVATINGMOTHERHOOD.COM  Love the podcast? Please let me & your mama friends know! Leave a review on iTunes to let me what’s serving you best. Thank you, mama! I appreciate you!
Today’s episode is a lot of fun! Kris Dovbniak is back to share new ideas with us about how meal prepping and planning can help save us time and money as busy moms. You already knew that? From all your Pinterest searches? And the 9 million blog articles about it? Well, if you’re anything like me, you already know that meal prep and meal planning is meant to be helpful….and yet. I just don’t do it. It could be a personality type “thing” or me just not wanting to put in a bunch of work preparing freezer meals that I might not want to eat later when the calendar tells me I’m supposed to eat them. It turns out that is NOT what meal prep is all about. Kris convinced me to get out of my own way and see meal prep for what it really is: an empowering tool that can help me create more time for myself, not less. I always pictured meal prep as batch cooking only, but Kris has opened my eyes to the multiple possibilities of prepping (even for picky eaters like me). I went into this episode wanting to learn more from Kris because she’s so awesome and knowledgeable…but not necessarily wanting to meal prep based on what I thought prepping involved. But Kris taught me there are strategies and skills for everyone…including my personality type and easy ways I can meet my family’s individual needs. I’m so glad you’re here for this episode. Kris is going to help us stress less about food so we can enjoy our lives more by creating our own convenience around food to nourish ourselves and our families well without all the hassle. Kris’s Bio: Kris Dovbniak is a certified holistic health coach, intuitive eating counselor, and trained chef. Her passion is to help women uncomplicate eating, stress less about meals, and bring joy back into eating again! Her secret sauce marries intuition and intention to help women ditch dieting, and create simplified routines, practices, and mindset shifts for balanced eating. She is the host of the Healthy Balanced Mama Podcast and the creator of several online courses including Uncomplicated Eating and Healthy Mama Meal Prep. She lives on an island off the coast of New England with her sailor husband and their two daughters. In this episode, Kris & I talk about: · Why people don’t meal prep & plan · Why Kris is passionate about meal planning (& why I’m so glad she is!) · Breakfast to go (my motivation to meal prep) · Bringing in intention to prepping and planning · Nourishing & joyful (the goal of meal prep) · Is there room for unique needs in meal prep? · The challenges and joys of being a “feeling cook” · Kris’s 3 Categories: Flexible Foodies, Modern Moms, Busy Babes (Which one are you? Listen to find out!) And so much more! ***Full Show Notes are available at:*** Kris has generously offered Elevating Motherhood listeners a discount code for her newest online course! USE THE CODE: LORIBETH15 for 15% off Kris’s Meal Prep Course! Find the course here:  Love the podcast? Please let me & your mama friends know! Leave a review on iTunes to let me what’s serving you best. And share, share, share the show on social media, with friends & family, by word of mouth—whatever way you want to bring in your sisters to the conversation as we elevate modern motherhood together!
If you’re listening to this, you probably have a seven-year-old or a child near that age…we all know that kids have curious minds and listening ears. If you’re listening to this episode around or near them or are in the car with them, just a heads up that in this episode around the 40- minute mark we talk about Santa Claus and the magic of Christmas and how we celebrate and present that to our children. Just mentioning it because I want to honor that every family has their own way of celebrating holidays and traditions…also, listening ears and curious minds and all that. I invite you to use your own discretion. My oldest turns 7 years old this week. In honor of this big transition, I’ve invited educator Jessica Stack onto the show to share insights about this particular age. Have you noticed that your 7-year-old is talking back more? Or expressing defiance? Skepticism? Suddenly not trying or eating foods they loved before? Sensory challenges? Unable to sit still at the dinner table? Maybe out of the blue your child needs glasses? Or you get the sense that they don’t see the world the same as they did just a short time ago.  This new Independence and defiance can really catch us off guard as parents…what happened to our babies!? The changes at this age aren’t all shocking…they might also be expressing heightened curiosity and a desire to seek out more in the world like wanting to know “the facts” about what’s the biggest, fastest, tallest, etc. and how things work. You may have also noticed they have a heightened sense of competition and comparison (wanting to be better than). Or even a resistance to learning because your 7-year-old tells you they feel like they “aren’t good enough” or can’t draw or write out what it is that’s in their head. If any or all of this describes you or your child, you’re not alone! Our babies aren’t our babies anymore! We’ve got big kids! And one of the best ways we can help them through this transition is to understand more about what it is they are going through. It’s really easy to see this age shift as a big pain, but Jess and I want to encourage you to be curious about this age and all the change that it brings. Jessica’s Bio: Jess is a Hawaii mom who has worked in public, private, and Waldorf schools, giving her a unique perspective on child development. She has a passion for the theatre, visual arts, food, and helping others. Jess holds a Bachelor of Education from University of Hawaii Manoa and a Diploma of Rudolf Steiner Education from Taruna College in New Zealand. She and her husband Will live on the island of Oahu with their two sons. FULL SHOW NOTE AVAILABLE AT: WWW.ELEVATINGMOTHERHOOD.COM  Follow Jess on IG, Facebook, & Pinterest: @haystackessentials Please Visit Today’s Sponsors: Blossom & Root:  Primally Pure: Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: Instagram:
I find parenting to be easier in some ways when we as parents are working with some basic child development information. For example, it’s easier for me to understand why my baby wants to put everything in their mouth if I know they are teething and that biting down on anything provides some relief from the pain of teething. Or that if a tween is unusually moody or distant it could be because she is getting ready to get her first period. These are all basic child development facts that are easy to remember…and easy to forget in the moment. There are lots of developmental milestones that come at various ages and the more we can learn about these milestones as parents—see them in our kids now AND have some info about what is to come—the more we can show up with compassion for what is happening (or going to happen) naturally. We’ve all heard of the 5 senses (maybe you’ve even heard of a 6th sense), but in some education circles, there are 12 senses that develop in 7-year cycles over 21+ years. Our guest today, Hannah Freed, is here to share her incredibly comprehensive knowledge about the 12 senses with us as a way to empower us as parents. The more we know, the better we can show up and support our kids where they are developmentally. Hannah’s Bio: Hannah first experienced her passion for serving populations with special needs when she was 16 and an exchange student in Germany. She did an internship during her 11th grade year at a Camphill community. Camphill is an international movement of intentional communities designed to meet the needs of children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities through a combination of community life, the arts, and work on the land. (She talks more about it in the show—it’s really interesting). Since then she has continued on a path of working with children to help make their learning experiences are positive and fun. Hannah has taught in both public and private schools for 20 years. For the past 13 years she has been the Educational Support Therapist in two different Waldorf schools, addressing foundational learning and behavioral issues. She is also a mama of two amazing boys. In her spare time, she paddles and races Hawaiian outrigger canoes and soaks up vitamin D and Sea. CREDENTIALS: · BS Special Ed. from Appalachian State University in NC · MEd. Elementary Ed. with Waldorf Teacher Certification from Antioch University of New England in NH · Waldorf Remedial Teacher certification through Association of Healing Arts · Advanced Practitioner certification through Integrated Listening Systems · Safe and Sound Protocol Certification · Trained in HANDEL and Brain Gym Methods You are going to learn a lot today. (I know I did!) And I am so excited for you, mama! In this episode Hannah & I talk about: · What the 12 senses of child development are · The Lower Senses: (0-7yo) Touch, Life, Movement, & Balance · The Middle Senses: (7-14yo) Smell, Taste, Sight, & Warmth · The Higher Senses: (14-21yo) Hearing, Speech, Concept, & Ego · We dive into each of the senses—what they are, how to support them, healthy & unhealthy presentations of them, and more · The reality of children today · The importance of meaningful work (i.e. chores) · How we can have sensory issues as adults (and see ourselves in the 12 senses even years later) · Healthy diet and the role of food in development FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: WWW.ELEVATINGMOTHERHOOD.COM Follow Lori Beth on Instagram:
On the first day Hillary Richards and her husband got their foster license, they got a call to take in two small children. And they did. Their foster journey ended in adoption and Hillary is here with us today to share about her journey as a way to shine a light on the foster care system & provide a fresh perspective for all of us. She also shares new terminology that I wasn’t aware of. In Hawaii, foster families are referred to as “resource families.” She talks more about that on the show and why those terms are used. I have to say, that info and that new term really got me thinking. If you have ever considered foster care or feel it is on your heart to look into it, Hillary’s firsthand account will provide a loving lens through which to hear the real, the easy, the hard, the details—all of it. Hillary shared with me that when they were thinking about fostering, she sought out firsthand accounts to help with her decision and I’m honored to be able to host her on this worldwide platform to share her firsthand account as a way to support others who are considering fostering. In this episode, Hillary & I talk about: · Her family’s story about when and how they started their foster care journey · How fostering turned into adoption · The foster care licensing process · The rollercoaster of emotions of fostering: the rub is holding opposing forces at the same time · New terminology: in Hawaii, “Foster Care Families” are called “Resource Families” · Understanding that you’re a resource for the whole family · The nitty gritty of the foster care: visitation, lawyers, the court system, etc. · Visitation—how that works and what it looks like · Birth parents · The change, uncertainty, and loss…and the bright side, too · Loss of control · Feeling “touchy” in certain seasons of fostering · Dealing with insensitive comments · Being the buffer · Fostering when you already have children · How we are already managing transitions in our life · How parents play an active role when worries and “what if” moments are present · Foster & Resource Family support that is available · Overwhelm and exhaustion · The power of talking with friends who are also fostering · The importance of “making a buddy” who is also fostering · Formal and informal support · If training really prepares you for becoming a foster care family · Our internal biases about fostering, race, religion, etc. · How family members are often the first ones to step up when there is a need · How your current parenting skills will serve you well · How intrusive (or not) home visits are · Background checks, full medical history, financial questions, proof of marriage (if applicable) · Commitment time · Vacation and foster care (I did not know you cannot travel with foster children…but it makes sense!) · How fostering is portrayed in movies and storylines · Healthy curiosity and moving away from sensationalism so we can get closer to the good · Avoiding jumping to conclusions about foster children · Seeing everyone as the whole people they are · Ideas for moms who are interested in fostering · It’s never a bad thing to have more people invested in a child’s life Connect with Hillary: Instagram: @hrichardsclay Please Visit Today’s Sponsors: Homeschool Explained: Healthy Mama Meal Prep Course: 
If you have a baby, are expecting a baby, or just want to understand what bodywork and craniosacral therapy is—is episode is for you! Austin Rees is back on the show to share her wisdom with us. She was here for Episode 026 talking from the mom perspective about education reform and self-directed education…and now she is here to share all of the info from a professional standpoint as someone who specializes in craniosacral therapy, lactation, babywearing, tummy time, and reiki. I’ll link to all her wondering offerings available through her website You know how it goes…we set out to talk about infant craniosacral therapy (what it is, how it helps, who it is appropriate for) and went on to talk about other types of infant bodywork, tummy time, tongue tie, fussiness while riding in the car (information I wish I would have known years ago!), finding the right practitioner, trust, community, all the things. Austin’s Bio: Austin Rees (she/her) has been engaged in the health field for over 20 years. She began researching pregnancy, childbirth, and lactation through independent studies when she was completing her degree in biology at Hollins University. Following graduation, she enrolled in the Lotus School of Integrated Professions’ Massage Therapy Program from which she became a Licensed Massage Therapist. Austin began assisting parents with breast/chestfeeding support in 2005 as an accredited La Leche League Leader. Eventually she became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2011 and a Certified Babywearing Consultant through the Center for Babywearing Studies in 2013. Since 2015, she has trained and become a Certified TummyTime! Method Professional, a Reiki Master Practitioner, and a Tethered Oral Tissue (TOT) Trained Professional. As an IBCLC, Austin often saw families struggling with the symptoms caused by tethered oral tissue (TOT): A restriction in the mouth caused by a tongue, lip, or buccal ties. Such restrictions have been responsible for many latching difficulties including pain and low supply. When paired with a frenotomy: tongue tie release, Austin saw firsthand how Craniosacral Therapy (CST) contributed to improvements in latch, comfort at the breast, and changes in the infant’s tongue and jaw movement. Through continuing education in tongue tie release habilitation, it became evidently clear and a natural next step for her to combine her massage therapy and lactation backgrounds and become a Craniosacral Therapy Practitioner. She specializes in pre and post frenotomy (tongue/lip tie release) bodywork for infants using an individualized approach for each client and family. Austin is a mother to four children and is married to an army veteran. The Rees family chose to move to Baltimore, Maryland in 2015 when her husband retired from the military. Immediately, they felt at home and are dedicated to volunteer in local organizations that strengthen the Baltimore community. More Show Notes: Please Visit Today's Sponsors:  Primally Pure Healthy Mama Meal Prep Online Course Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: Instagram: Facebook: iTunes: Blog:
“Act normal and read the room.” Hilary Harris and her husband Rich are the hosts of the new podcast “It’s Okay to Laugh.”  They are knocking it out of the park! As special needs parents, they felt called to talk more openly and honestly about their experience as a way to let other special needs parents know they are not alone and gently educate anyone else who is interested in supporting special needs families. There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding disabilities. Being a care giver can be very isolating—Hilary understands this and is showing up in creative ways to shine a light into that space. I love that you’re here for this conversation—whether you’re a special needs parent who is looking for support or a mom who is looking for ideas on how to help friends who have special needs children or how we can lovingly teach our kids how to interact with special needs families. Hilary’s perspective, honesty, and humor are refreshing for all parents. She is honest about the realities of her situation and yet still full of hope, dreams, and a belief that there is more. Hilary’s Bio: Hilary and her husband Rich are parents to three little girls, Jane, Haven, and Millie. They pastor at The Father’s House Church in Northern CA. Together they host their podcast, “It’s Okay to Laugh”. Their lives were changed when their first daughter Jane was born. Jane lives with epilepsy, blindness, immobility and special needs. It is Hilary’s desire to share their story through writing and speaking, to bring hope, healing and laughter to others who have faced disappointment and tragedy. Hilary graduated from Sacramento State with a BA in communication and is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Theology. Hilary LOVES eating great food, getting her fitness on, spending time outside with her family, and purging her kid’s toys when they aren’t looking. For the FULL SHOW NOTES visit: Please Visit our Sponsors:  Blossom & Root: MUTU System: Love the podcast? Please let me & your mama friends know! Leave a review on iTunes to let me what’s serving you best. And share, share, share the show on social media, with friends & family, by word of mouth—whatever way you want to bring in your sisters to the conversation as we elevate modern motherhood together! Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: Instagram: Facebook: iTunes: Blog:
Bestselling author, speaker, and mom to 5 boys Alli Worthington is here with us today to share about her new book Standing Strong: A Woman’s Guide to Overcoming Adversity and Living with Confidence. I loved her book. I felt so understood and genuinely empowered in every chapter. It made me really slow down and take time to reflect on things like: What happens when we show up with faith? What happens when we choose not to be held back by crippling self-doubt and adversity? Why are women drawn to these empowerment movements? What does sisterhood in motherhood look like? Alli’s message is steeped in abundance and faith. She encourages women to show up as who they are not who they’re told they should be. She confronts these messages about playing small with grace and models how to show up to the world with the gifts and talents we were given. On top of all of this, she’s just a gem. Truly. Alli’s Bio: Alli Worthington is known for her straight-talking encouragement and practical tools that help women reach their dreams in business and life. She’s a business coach and co-founder of Called Creatives, where she coaches writers and speakers. Author of The Year of Living Happy, Fierce Faith, and Breaking Busy, Alli is a well-known speaker and host of the popular podcast, The Alli Worthington Show. Her no-nonsense, guilt-free take on business, family, and balance have led to appearances on TODAY and Good Morning America. (I’m so thrilled to have her here on Elevating Motherhood!) Alli lives with her husband, Mark, and their five sons outside of Nashville with the only golden retriever who refuses to retrieve. In this episode, Alli & I talk about: · Her story · Online opportunities for women · Propel Women · Taking responsibility for who/what we allow into our lives · Not letting self doubt hold us back · Answering God’s call · The Writing Process: what it’s like to write and publish a book · Showing up in Faith · Breaking out of the good girl narrative · The difference between playing small & humility · Abundance…morethan enough · Being called to more…and answering the call · How we can face adversity & self doubt with strength, purpose, & courage · Practical steps for us to reframe to abundance · Partnership mindset · Ezer · Women hold the world up · Women as world changers · When the enemy holds us down & how we can move forward with confidence in those moments · The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis · Distraction · Fear outside of ourselves (and not something is inside) · Sisterhood in motherhood · Finding community with other moms · Why we need “Battle Buddies” Alli’s Links: Website: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: Please visit today's sponsors: Blossom & Root and Beautiful & Simple. Elevating Motherhood Links:  Website: Instagram:
“Less stress, more trust.” I’m so glad you’re here to learn more about yourself—body literacy, knowing and understanding how our body works & why + what your body is trying to tell you is so important. Self-awareness is a crucial to our overall health and wellness. That’s why I’m so excited to introduce you to Dr. Molly Stiens who is here to share her thoughts on body literacy, managing stress, and also insights into the “whys” behind how our body works and how we can work with our bodies just as they are. We’re going to talk about neuroception, creating a sense of internal safety, ways we can understand our longest nerve, our social engagement system, fight, flight, or freeze instincts, gut feelings and the role our nervous system plays in all of this. Expand your heart and brain in this episode Dr. Molly’s Bio: Molly Stiens DC is a mediator in unleashing the healing power of the body, community building enthusiast and encourager of living a radically heart centered life. Dr. Molly holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology & Kinesiology from Pittsburg State University & a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Parker University. Additional certifications include the Webster technique, training with ICPA, in craniosacral work, as a birth Doula & with BIRTHFIT pregnancy & postpartum fitness instruction. Her prayer is that this work will remind all individuals of the inherent power continually working within and around you. In This Episode Dr. Molly & I Talk About: · Her journey to becoming a chiropractor and studying what health and wellness can mean outside of “conventional medicine” · How Beyonce saved her life (listen in for the joke) · Body literacy · Teamwork in medical care – partnership with a care provider · The importance of knowing your body and · Teaching & life long learning · Her Health 101 chats · Community education · Creating internal safety · Redefining what it is to be a “teacher” and how we learn · Vagal nerve – what it is and what it does · Neuroception · Fight, flight, or freeze responses · Nature vs. nurture in relation to the vagal concept · Parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems · Cortisol in the air right now & how palpable it is · Ways you can support your unique neurological responses · How we influence our children’s reactions · How we keep each other in check · The importance of self-awareness · Generational differences · The role of art, music, & nature · Oxytocin mediated responses · Breathwork · The role of flexibility · How the pace of modern life is affecting us · If the cultural push for productivity is serving us · Balance & expectations – seeking ease & happiness · Yucky motherhood narratives and how to step out of them · The impersonal element of life-long learning · Letting go of perfection · Finding connection s—within yourself, your family, your community, with nature FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT:  Please Visit Today's Sponsors:  Blossom & Root:  Primally Pure: Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: Instagram:
I almost called this show: “The Truth About Sex: Libido Differences, Mindset, & Confidence” because there is so much to author Sheila Wray Gregoire’s messages in her new book 31 Days to Great Sex. You’ll hear in this conversation just how understanding and compassionate she is while also encouraging us to take small steps forward toward a better sex life. The work she is doing is incredible. Sheila really flings open the door when it comes to sex—how we view it, how we talk about it—she brings honest perspective to the table for us to consider. In her newest book she points out that our primary sex organ is…our brain. Mind. Blown. When I read that I couldn’t help but think how freeing that thought was—what a conversation starter for any couple! (or moms group!) We talk about lots of mom specific things in this episode…exhaustion and how to overcome it, connection, rebuilding trust, and confidence (in the bedroom, within our marriage, and in our own skin). Sheila’s Bio: Sheila Wray Gregoire is a popular speaker, marriage blogger, and the author of eight books, including The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex. She loves encouraging women in their relationships, both with God and with their husbands, children, and friends. Her passion is for marriage, and she and her husband Keith speak together at marriage outreaches and at FamilyLife Canada marriage conferences. Sheila believes in authenticity, and gives real solutions to the very real and messy problems women, and couples, can face. You can usually find her in Belleville, Ontario, where she’s constantly texting her two young adult daughters and knitting. Preferably simultaneously. In This Episode Sheila & I Talk About: · Her two books on sex and how they differ · The importance of being · How sex is so much more than a physical act · How to put the · Mindset & beliefs we have around sex · Looking at sex through the female lens · Differences between men & women · How we’re not broken if we don’t want to have sex on demand · The toxic Hollywood views & messages of our culture that portrays sex all wrong · Libido differences—they are normal and fluctuate · Orgasm & foreplay · Transitioning out of an “in control, clean, and organized” mindset · Vulnerability · Rebuilding trust · Exhaustion and sex · Not making sex a “to do” list item · Survey results: the best years for sex in a marriage are between years 16 to 24 · Closeness that can come with raising kids together · Identifying roadblocks to sex · How porn effects marriages and warps our view of sex · Confidence in the bedroom · Dropping the pass/fail mindset when it comes to sex · The power of flirting! · Not making sex such a “heavy” · Becoming brave when we talk about sex · Finding ways to get to know ourselves, meet our needs, and just open up and talk about sex, be honest about it, and enjoy it You can connect with all things Sheila at: Love the podcast? Please let me & your mama friends know! Leave a review on iTunes to let me what’s serving you best. And share, share, share the show on social media, with friends & family, by word of mouth—whatever way you want to bring in your sisters to the conversation as we elevate modern motherhood together! Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: Instagram:
Are you thinking about hiring a doula but aren’t 100% sure it’s the right choice for you? How does your partner feel about having a doula?  Are they on the fence? Aren’t sure it’s necessary? It’s a big decision. Everything surrounding babies and birth can feel like a big decision. That’s why my husband Chris is with me today to help you on your quest to gather more information, stories, and resources to find out if hiring a doula is right for you. This episode is 2 parents who had 3 babies with 3 doulas sitting down together and casually talking about how our 3 different doulas all helped us before, during, and after the births of our children and why we absolutely recommend bringing a doula into your birth team. This show doesn’t contain medical advice, just parts of our 3 birth stories in the hope it helps you and your husband or partner by shining a light on how our doulas served BOTH of us during the pregnancy, birth, and newborn seasons of parenting. What is a Doula? I’ll start by telling you what they are not: they are not doctors, midwives, or lawyers. What they are: kind, compassionate, steady birth support Our Bio: Chris & Lori Beth have been together for 10 years, married for 7.5, with 3 kids together. We own a family renovation business, homeschool our kids, and live on a small farm on the island of Maui. We’re both BIG fans of doulas. We were able to see in hindsight (and in the moment!) just how pivotal their presence was at each of our births.  This episode is also a shout out to my 3 doulas—Jill, Kristina, and Kiana!—who helped me not only educate myself (soooooo much!) but also supported me during my labors and helped me process my birth stories after. Mamas, this is a good one to share with your birthing partner if they need more information. I think you’ll both appreciate Chris’s directness, examples, and stories. Sometimes it just helps to hear the dad’s perspective from someone else. We both hope it helps. In This Episode, We Talk About: · How our doulas provided physical, emotional, and informational support during my pregnancies, hospital births, and postpartum · How our doulas acted as buffers between the two of us as parents · How our doulas acted as buffers between me and the hospital staff · Evidence based birth says that a 2012 study showed that only 6% of birthing women used doulas (here’s hoping that number has increased over the years!) · The incredible steady support they offered during labor and delivery · How they helped me process my birth story after · Common hang-ups people have about hiring doulas and our personal responses to those · Why we believe doulas are key birth workers & should be more common Online Doula Resources: · · · Please Visit Today’s Sponsors: Ojai Energetics & MUTU System Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: Instagram:
Many families are moving this year out of want and/or need. If this is you and you’re considering selling, buying, renting, or relocating…or if you just want to hear some interesting and wild real estate stories, this episode is for you! Jessica Baker is here with us today to give some practical tips for buying and selling a home, things to keep in mind for local and long-distance moves, and even Hawaii and Maui specific suggestions and stories. Jessica is a Maui based realtor with Hawaii Life and a personal friend who has been a knowledgeable and kind resource for me and many other families here on the island and is definitely someone I want to share with you. Moves are stressful and complicated…our hope is that this conversation gives you some insider ideas, peace of mind, inspiration, and encouragement. Jessica’s Bio (in her own words): My journey to Maui began at a very early age! Well before I could read I always wanted to look at picture books of tropical fish and marine life. Eventually I would share with anyone who would listen, "When I grow up, I am going to swim with dolphins in Hawaii!" This was a very big dream for a kid in Michigan. Fast forward to 2006. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Michigan, I was fortunate enough to take my first (and only) vacation here to Maui with my parents. While we were having dinner that first night at the iconic Pioneer Inn in Lahaina Town, I just knew that the island was calling me. Armed with two suitcases and a bicycle, my next flight back to Maui two months later was as a brand new resident. Now I have happily lived in Lahaina for fourteen years...(read Jessica's full bio over at  In this episode, Jessica & I talk about: · Long distance vs. local moves · How we both came to Maui · What to look for when looking for a realtor · Questions to ask your realtor · Healthy boundaries & clear communication · Clarifying expectations with your realtor · When to schedule the moving company · Things families have done really well to help kids get settled · The benefits of seeing a house without kids in tow · The importance of seeing “how the house will live” · Moving tips: labeling boxes, · Moving from the mainland to Hawaii · Long term rental tips · Prepping your kids for the move · A bit about how kids process the transition · Asking for help during a move · Over-planning and under-planning · Moving resources (being local and location specific) · Box #1…and what it should have in it · If your dream is to move to Maui…what’s it’s really like · WILD stories about moving and showings! Jessica's Website: (see the website for all her links & the free download!)  Love the show? Share it with friends!  And check out today's sponsors: Primally Pure & Homeschool Explained  Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: Instagram: Facebook: Blog:
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” Luke 12:25 2020 has been an emotional roller coaster. This year has been nuts. Add to that the fact that motherhood can feel nuts some times and comes along with so many emotions that you just don’t know about until you’re in the thick of it. A lot of moms I talk with (myself included!) talk about how these emotions can feel like they get out of control sometimes. And our guest today, Elizabeth Laing Thompson, is here to talk about just that as she shares insights into emotions, motherhood, types of feelers, self-awareness, anxiety, and offer ideas for us from her new book: All the Feels: Why Emotions are (Mostly) Awesome & How to Untangle Them When They’re Not. Elizabeth’s Bio: Elizabeth Laing Thompson is the author of All the Feels, When God Says, "Wait," and When God Says, "Go." She writes at about clinging to Christ through the chaos of daily life. As a speaker and novelist, she loves finding humor in holiness and hope in heartache. Elizabeth lives in North Carolina with her preacher husband and four spunky kids, and they make her feel humbled but happy, exhausted but exhilarated, sometimes stressed but often silly—well, you know . . . all the feels. As a Big Feeler, I needed this book and this conversation. Elizabeth’s insights really helped me learn more about how people come at conflict, stress, and anxiety in different ways. Her fresh, loving perspective gives us ways we can come to understand ourselves—and our emotions—in a really freeing way. ************************** In this episode we talk about: · Being a “preacher’s wife” & how it influenced her book · Preacher’s kid to preacher’s wife…and all the stereotypes that come along with that · How ministry families aren’t perfect and are not trying to be perfect · The three types of feelers: Big Feelers, Steady Feeler, Reluctant Feeler · Our spiritual self & spiritual health · Prayer & feelings · What happens when we stay stuck in our own thoughts and narratives · The power of reflection…slowing down and taking time to get to know ourselves better · Ways Elizabeth encourages people to slow down · How both of us find that slow down time while our kids are asleep · Journaling our feelings as a way to identify our feelings, upsets, etc. · Anxiety (is anxiety even an emotion?) · Sources of anxiety and stress · Variety within stress and anxiety · How to equip ourselves to handle stress and anxiety · Feelings on caffeine · Taking personal responsibility for our emotions and lives · Becoming empowered by accepting this personal responsibility · How we are not stuck with our emotions · “The Happy House” · How moms set the emotional barometer of the house…we set the mood · Having a house where everyone feels comfortable and safe communicating their feelings · One person’s feelings are not allowed to dominate the house · Selflessness · Self Control · Self Awareness · “Doing the work” as moms · Being aware of our gifts and how they are helpful…and how knowing that can help us understand others · Empowered to grow Elizabeth’s Links: Website: Facebook: Instagram: @elizabethlaingthompson Elevating Motherhood Links:  Website: Sponsors: (Blossom & Root) Instagram: @loribethauldridge
What are periods like for you? Awesome? Awful? A breeze? Maddening? Inconsistent? Non-existent in this season? Whatever your current relationship with your body and period, whatever your age, whatever season you’re in when it comes to your menstrual cycle, this conversation is for you. Did you know you can work WITH your menstrual cycle, understand more about your hormones, and live in harmony with your body rather than pushing against it? And all with simple tracking techniques and one helpful mindset shift. Claire Baker is here to share with us about what those do-able changes look like and how they can positively influence our relationship with our bodies and daily schedules. Her work has helped me get more in touch with my own menstrual cycle and energy levels and taught me how to have more grace with myself and be more productive by simply being aware of where I am in my cycle. Claire shares so much in her new book 50 Things You Need to Know About Periods: Know Your Flow and Live in Sync with Your Cycle that just launched yesterday here in North America! The Book: You guys. It’s good. It is sooooooo good. It’s visually appealing, packed with information, easy to understand…there’s lists and charts and bullet points and graphs and fun illustrations…you’ll fly through it because it’s just so interesting! And on top of that, it’s inspiring. The whole thing is a call to action—for us to track our cycles, sync our lives, understand our bodies more, and reframe the next generations’ thinking about menstruation. Honestly. I’m excited to pass this book on to my three daughters and have it available to them as a loving, supportive resource. Claire views periods in terms of seasons (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter). And I have to tell you, thinking of it this way, there is so much freedom to be found in not trying to be the summer girl all the time. Claire wants us to adore our cycle, know ourselves better, and find monthly (and daily!) peace with natural hormone changes. Claire’s Bio: Claire Baker is a teacher…and a sought-after period coach, author and speaker. For nearly a decade Claire has taught thousands of women how to live in harmony with their menstrual cycle, rather than working against it. Claire believes menstrual cycle awareness is the missing key in women’s wellbeing, empowerment and creativity, and her immersive online courses and workshops inspire women to know their flow and become the authority in their own lives. Claire’s online program Adore Your Cycle has students in over 35 countries. With a background in visual arts and creative business, Claire is a certified health and life coach, has studied Menstruality Leadership and is trained as a natural fertility teacher. Known for her authentic voice and ability to ‘make periods fun’, Claire is regularly featured in publications such as Red, Glamour, and Women’s Health magazine. Originally from Australia, Claire now lives in sunny East London and spends her days coaching, teaching, writing, dancing and being as close to trees as she possibly can. After this conversation you’ll want to take Claire’s free cycle masterclass or say hello to her on Instagram. (FULL SHOW NOTES OVER AT: WWW.ELEVATINGMOTHERHOOD.COM)  Claire’s Links: Website: Courses: (Here’s the free class!) Instagram: @_clairebaker_ Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: Instagram: @loribethauldridge
063. Study Something

063. Study Something


When I first started Elevating Motherhood, I had two episodes that I wanted to share with you…1. Create Something and 2. Study Something. Create Something came to life in episode 10…and now we’re all the way to episode 63. I wouldn’t say I got distracted so much as it didn’t feel like the “right time” to publish it. But now feels right. Our whole world feels flipped upside down, we’re being asked to rethink basically everything…including our role as parents, our roles in our house, how we think about education, how we learn, how our kids learn, all of it. I want to encourage in the middle of all this change to not forget about you and your own education and life-long learning journey. I’ve found so much peace in studying things—and I want that peace for you, too. Do I mean go to college or take “official” classes? Not at all. What I want to encourage you to do is tap into your curiosity and take it one step further. Why Study Something? · We life-long learners ( · It’s a way to model life-long learning for our kids · It acknowledges our curiosity and keeps it alive · It’s a way to feel happier, smarter, and more connected · To check something off a list · As an escape · A way to learn more about yourself—including what kind of learner you are · As a chance to slow down · A chance to turn inward What to study? The choice is yours. Something that interests you, fills your cup, fills a need you have, or just sparks joy, curiosity, or confidence! Examples of Topics I’ve Studied Recently: Chickens, orchards, gardening, miniature goats, dahlias, sourdough bread, children's literature, poetry, self-improvement, cleanses, gluten free baking, paleo, Ayurveda, non-toxic lifestyle, plant identification What I’m Studying Now/What I Plan to Study Soon: Charlotte Mason (her life and her education philosophy), education reform, homeschool laws, watercolor, self-improvement (stays on my list), Weston A. Price (person and foundation), national parks, intuitive eating When to start: Now...Tomorrow...Soon...Before you’re ready...With someone else Time: · “I don’t have time.” I hear this a lot. I have freeing news for you…that’s a fib. It just is. I’ve tried to see it as truth, but I just can’t.  I’ve tried to see where we are putting all 24 hours in a day and well, truth by told, we all have the same 24. Not having enough time (i.e. being too busy) is a cultural myth that is perpetuated and celebrated…it’s the constant excuse that’s alive. Being “too busy” has become a badge of honor that need to go away, one day, one moment, one mama at a time. Time to take our time (and our power!) back. · You do have time…but what about pragmatics? Get creative: Wake up early. Go to bed late. Do something with your down time other than tv or social media. Take care of you…mind, body, spirit. · Do it when your kids are around (but they will interrupt…so you be the parent when they do. You don’t have to be harsh, you can just let them know that mommy is studying right now and that’s okay. Learning is important. We’re life-long learners. It’s okay if I read right now. It’s okay if I take time to learn about this. It’s okay if you wait a few moments. It’s okay if you study something you’re interested in while I do, too. Mindset: (more show notes over at  Love the podcast? Share it with friends & family, on social media, leave a review on iTunes, or simply share it via word of mouth! Help other mamas find resources, confidence, and connection as we elevate modern motherhood together!
Mind, Body, Spirit…I believe that we have a lot of resources for how to care for our minds and bodies as moms, but what about our spirits? I think it’s really important that we as mothers nourish our spiritual side as well as our mind and body. It’s honestly one of the main ways I get closer to feeling “whole” and more like my authentic self, when I work on my mind, body, AND spirit (but especially my spirit).  For some of us, this is done through our religion or church. Some moms don’t have a clearly defined or defined by an institution faith base. So how do we talk about prayer when there is such a mix? I think it’s in sharing our stories, hearing the stories of others, sharing our hang ups, our doubts, our questions, our needs. I use prayer as a way to tune out the nonsense in our world and tune into my spiritual side. Prayer is my medium of choice. God is who I speak with as a person who identifies as a Christian. But I’ll be honest, I’ve had doubts on my prayer journey. I’ve felt like I wasn’t saying or thinking the right things while praying, I don’t feel like I’m very good at praying out loud, especially in groups of people, and I’ve taken seasons off from consistent prayer in the past. But I never felt like it was okay to say those things out loud or explore ways to deepen my prayer practice. That’s why I’m so glad I had the chance to talk with today’s wonderful guest, Chrystal Evans Hurst about her new book The 28 Day Prayer Journey. It’s awesome. It’s thorough and thoughtful. Chrystal shares so much insight and makes prayer do-able. Her book really helps readers establish rhythms and habits to transform their prayer practice. Whether you have an active prayer practice or not, I appreciate you listening to this episode. I think it’s really powerful to acknowledge and grow the spiritual side of you. And we do that by slowing down, hearing stories, reading books, being still, and listening. Chrystal shares some great ideas about the how, why, and when of prayer and brings ease to some common doubts surrounding prayer and what it’s like to talk with God. Chrystal’s Bio: Chrystal Evans Hurst is an energetic, life-loving “girl-next- door” who loves encouraging others to fulfill their potential in Christ. With humor and vulnerability, Chrystal tells it like it is but does so with grace, integrity, and love. She is the best-selling author of She’s Still There and Kingdom Woman. You can find Chrystal regularly sharing encouragement via her podcasts and blogs, where she poignantly reflects on faith and speaks with frank honesty about the everyday experiences of women. Chrystal firmly believes God’s promise in Jeremiah 29:11, “I know the plans that I have for you...” and she desires to help other women believe and apply that truth to their lives. You can find Chrystal sharing chronicles of the journey at Follow Chrystal on Facebook + Twitter + Instagram: @ChrystalHurst FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: WWW.ELEVATINGMOTHERHOOD.COM  Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: Instagram: Facebook: iTunes: Blog:
Have you ever heard of gameschooling? Strewing? Relaxed homeschooling? If so, you’ll know how magical these elements of home education can be. If not, you’re in for a treat! Jessica Waldock is here with us today to offer us tips and insight on all the things. Whether the homeschooling an only caught your eye or it was the interest led learning or the word gameschooling, this episode is for you! It’s not just for parents of only children…you’ll see that very quickly. Jessica is an incredible resource! Her website is fun, informative, and interesting. Her approach to home education is inspired. But she doesn’t just stop at creating an incredible education for her daughter, but then takes the time to put it all together for us. Jessica’s Bio: Jessica Waldock is a writer, photographer, and homeschool mom of one living in sunny Florida. She founded The Waldock Way as a way to give back to the homeschool community that she loves so much. At The Waldock Way Jessica shares tips, tricks, inspiration, and unique resources that help ignite a love of learning in children that will last a lifetime. She inspires families to engage in homeschooling as a lifestyle where relationships come first and interested led learning prevails. Jessica also has a fabulous collection of unit studies on her website and shares generously on her YouTube channel. FULL SHOW NOTES OVER AT:  Jessica Waldock links: Website: YouTube: Instagram: Facebook: Please visit today’s sponsors: Homeschool Explained: August 31, 2020 is the last day for the summer sale of Homeschool Explained, my online course that helps you feel resourced and confident as you start your homeschool journey. Use the code LORIBETH50 for 50% off your enrollment! That’s my thank you to you for being a listener of Elevating Motherhood! Beautiful & Simple: My other favorite passion project is my online boutique Beautiful & Simple. I’ve filled it with products that remind us to slow down, practice self care, and focus on the meaningful parts of our day…the beautiful and simple ones. My favorite mug is the one that says “you cannot pour from an empty cup.” It’s my daily reminder to take care of myself so I can take care of my family. Go check out the collection of mugs, shirts & bags currently available at Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: Instagram: Facebook: iTunes: Blog:
“Adventure is the vehicle, connection is our destination.” Second generation homeschool mom Greta Eskridge wrote a book! Adventuring Together: How to Create Connections and Make Lasting Memories with Your Kids...and it’s not only an awesome resource for homeschool families but ALL families! Adventuring together becomes an art, a simple space of connection & fun, and is totally do-able when viewed through the lovely lens Greta offers us. This book is for all families (this episode is for all families!), whether you’d consider yourself a  high adventure person, adventure weary, or if a trip to the store with toddlers is probably all the adventure you can handle in this season…this book is for you. Greta shares so much about how to engage with our children, embrace the new, and make our adventures positive learning experiences. Greta’s Bio:  Greta Eskridge is a nature lover, book reader, and coffee drinker. She craves relationship and loves having adventures. Her faith in God is the lens through which she sees life. Greta is a home schooling mom of 4, a wife of 22 years to Aaron, and an author and speaker. Greta’s first book, Adventuring Together, releases July 2020 with Thomas Nelson. Greta is passionate about helping parents protect their kids from the devastating effects of pornography and she loves to travel the country sharing her message of joyful, connected parenting. Greta would love to connect with you on her blog at She also loves hanging out on Instagram and would love to connect with you there too. You’ll find her @maandpamodern “We were made for hard things…and this will make a good story later.” (my new life philosophy inspired by Greta and other mamas) In this episode Greta and I talk about: · The practice and time it takes to get the hang of homeschooling (every drop in the bucket counts) · What it means to adventure together · Why connection is so important · What it’s like to be a second generation homeschooler · How adventuring can bring joy into motherhood · The call to connect with our kids and family · The role of adventure in homeschool and motherhood · Hope for the teenage years · Being intentional with our kiddos · Adventuring with various personality types · Coping with misadventure · Unplugging & distractions · How we can provide learning opportunities for our children · Adventuring with little kids—the good, the bad, the ugly, & the magical · Starting adventure clubs and book clubs! · Adventuring through books · How Greta offers support for other moms · And just so, so, so much encouragement! Greta’s Links: Instagram: @maandpamodern Blog: Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: Instagram: Facebook: iTunes: Blog: Please Visit Today's Sponsors:  Blossom & Root: Homeschool Explained: 
“There are hard things in life, but should education be one of them?” The perspective of a classroom teacher turned homeschool mom is pretty interesting…and very insightful. Monica Erwin is with us today to share more about her experience of moving from classroom teacher to homeschool mom…she shares so much about the mindset shifts she had to make and shows us a path toward a more compassionate approach to education and parenting. I was very moved by her honesty and really humbled by her stories and perspective. There are stigmas surrounding homeschool in general…and we don’t skirt around them in this conversation. Monica shares how she moved from believing the old stigma that homeschool meant kids stayed home, fell behind, and couldn’t measure up to traditional education school kids to advocating for connection and the power of an individualized education that is a hallmark of homeschool. She walks us through how she was so involved in test scores and assessment and loved the structure and accountability of an institution, but then stumbled upon homeschool because of a family need. She once believed “(her) kids would never perform for me at home like they do for their own teacher”—but not anymore! Education reform and reframing learning are happening all around us—we are in the middle of what I believe will be a pivotal point in the history of education. This is a long episode, but I followed Monica’s pace on this one and I’m so glad I did. There is a LOT to unpack when it comes to education reform. How fortunate we are to have Monica here to share her insights into this shift and how we can best show up during these big changes. Monica’s Bio: Monica was an elementary teacher who unexpectedly became a homeschool mom of 3 kids. She lives with her family in San Diego, CA. Her vision is to encourage parents as they navigate the home education of their children by sharing her journey and pointing them to helpful resources. Follow Monica on IG: @sweetwaterhomeschool In this episode, Monica and I talk about: * Her school experiences as a child and how they shaped her decisions as a mom and how they led her to pursuing her teaching degree * How she reframed her “school is tough—toughen up!” mentality to...(tune in!) * How the switch to homeschool reduced stress levels by slowing down when she needs and picking up when it’s called for * Getting over societal stigmas that are false (especially as it relates to modern homeschool) * Taking the time to slow down and get it done. * Homeschool styles * Modern homeschool is NOT like it was in the 80s and 90s…how homeschool has transformed * Upgrading our ideas about education * AND SO MUCH MORE! Head to for the FULL SHOW NOTES! Please Visit Today's Sponsors:  Homeschool Explained:  Primally Pure: Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: Instagram: Facebook: iTunes: Blog:
When home education doesn’t feel manageable, that’s the time for us to reach out and lean in to experienced homeschoolers who are enthusiastic about helping…and today’s guest Kristi Clover is bringing the enthusiasm! She’s here as our own personal cheerleader today to talk with us about everything from organization, how to pivot when things get sideways, and offer us a dose of fun, joy, & grace. We laugh SO MUCH in this episode! It’s a good time when these two Enneagram 7s who are also ENFPs get together! (p.s. I know you’re here for the homeschool motivation, but listen for the Princess Bride, Indiana Jones, & Frozen II references if you’re a fan…lol!) Kristi’s Bio: Kristi Clover is a home organization and #momlife expert. She’s also the author of M.O.M.=Master Organizer of Mayhem and Homeschool Basics, the host of the Simply Joyful Podcast, and is a popular conference speaker. Her passion is to encourage families to find simple ways to bring more joy into their home and life. She loves to share about her adventures in motherhood and home life through a variety of media that you can find at Kristi lives in San Diego with her husband, Steve, and their five children. Be sure to connect with Kristi online for an extra dose of encouragement. She’s @KristiClover on most social media networks. In this episode Kristi & I talk about: · Fun, Joy, & Grace · Her unique story of how she started homeschooling · How she graduated her oldest this year! · The power of pivoting · Curriculum temptations · Her book: M.O.M. Master Organizer of Mayhem · Becoming more efficient · Prioritizing what is important · How lowering our expectations can serve us · The Clover Crate System · Organizing your homeschool year · Not staying stuck · Simply Joyful Podcast episodes about homeschool: Andrew Pudewa (episode 20) · Mindset shifts we have to make for homeschool · Instilling a love of learning in our kids…by setting the example! · Homeschool room…do we need them? · Streamlining your homeschool and your day · 9-12 time blocking for homeschool · How we find “me time” with full schedules & lives · How we come back to center when we feel off balance · How we don’t have all the answers…and that’s okay · Stamina…how and when to say “yes” and “no” · Dissecting cow eyes…true story. · How to find homeschool support local to you · HSLDA · Finding homeschool conventions · How homeschool rights are in jeopardy · CHEA (Christian Home Educators Association) · Curriculum suggestions: My Father’s World, Sunlight, IEW, Apologia, Math U See, Teaching Textbooks, Kristi’s Links: YouTube: Instagram: Facebook: Podcast: Please visit today's sponsors: Oak Meadow and Homeschool Explained More at Elevating Motherhood Links: Website: Instagram:
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