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Welcome to the Melanin, Medicine and Motherhood podcast. This is the freedom space where we elevate the voices of Black women in medicine & academia to share the innovative ways they are making communities, families and themselves better. We also discuss the challenges and solutions that come with navigating this path. I’m your host, Dr. Omolara Thomas Uwemedimo, your success strategist- Black woman, pediatrician, social entrepreneur, wife and mom of 2 fierce and fearless girls. I am also the founder of Melanin, Medicine and Motherhood, an organization that provides community, courses and coaching programs to empower Black women in medicine and academia to find their purpose and achieve their vision. You can learn more at www.melaninmedicinemotherhood.com
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In this episode, we covered five best practices we teach women in MPOWERED around making the shift into your purpose and overcoming the fear that usually accompanies this pivot! In addition, one of the messages from this episode I want you to take home is guarding yourself against learned helplessness. Life has a way of presenting challenges from all angles, but it’s important not to allow those barriers to redefine the way you view your ability to change what you CAN change. Don’t settle into a rut - continue to look for a way out and find a solution. Your best life still exists. Trusting your vision is paramount to knowing that you can re-design your normal. So I have to ask: Where are you at this point? Do you have all of these things that lay a solid foundation for crafting your pivot? Or do gaps exist where you are realizing you need additional support to overcome your blocks? Suffering alone is no longer acceptable. Too many of us are suffering in silence and in isolation. This is some of the most important work you may do - you cannot afford to approach your pivot with anything less than full vigor and preparation.   Don't forget: To join our private Facebook group for Black women physicians HERE. We have over 1200 Black women and growing! To put yourself first and get the support you need and thrive? Learn about MPOWERED Learning Community HERE! Find out if you need any personal development support? Take our free MPOWERED self-assessment for Black women physicians HERE
In this week's episode, we continue last week's journey,  as we present the additional 4 of 7 key steps you can do to change your circumstances as you prep for your pivot.  We cannot ignore the mental preparation and courage it takes to admit that the life we've worked so hard to build has left us strained and out of alignment. The process of leading with fulfillment requires process and strategy. Don't forget: Join the Pivot Into Your Purpose workshop for Black women physicians. To join our private Facebook group for Black women physicians HERE. We have over 1200 Black women and growing! To put yourself first and get the support you need and thrive? Learn about MPOWERED HERE! Find out if you need any personal development support? Take our free MPOWERED self-assessment for Black women physicians HERE
This episode shares the first 3 of 7 key steps you can do to help you get unstuck and change your circumstances. Listen in now. I encourage each of you to pause and evaluate exactly what is keeping you stuck in your life. As Black Women we tend to be so resilient that we override our feelings and subscribe to going through the motions with no time to reflect on how we feel and what needs to change for us to seek fulfillment.   Despite structural racism, workplace bias, and daily life stressors - we are killing it as black woman physicians. But going with the flow is slowly draining us of our passion and our potential. 
On this week's episode. I get to speak with Dr. Jackie Douge, general pediatrician and public health professional who is also the host, creator and producer of two podcasts, What is Black and Talking About Books for Kids. She is a staunch advocate against racism and nationally recognized expert in the effects of racism on health.  Some of the things that Dr. Douge and I speak about: how Dr. Douge's own childhood of being immersed in Black excellence shaped her desire to create media and books to cultivate self-love in Black kids. Using your frustrations as Black women to inspire you to start getting active and creating powerful tools and spaces how podcasts can really serve as a venue for Black women in medicine to expand on the 15 minute office visits to really touch on the topics to educate and advocate for Black families uniquely Identifying your unique calling to addressing the problems that are important to you and moving past the fear of failing (and even succeeding) being comfortable to do the scary thing even though the whole journey is not clear and how our journeys have been extremely iterative Links mentioned:  Click here to listen to Dr. Douge's podcasts: What Is Black podcast and Talking About Books for Kids podcast You also can follow her on Facebook & Instagram    Don't forget: Register for the Pivot Into Your Purpose workshop for Black women physicians. To join our private Facebook group for Black women physicians HERE. We have over 1200 Black women and growing! To put yourself first and get the support you need and thrive? Learn about MPOWERED HERE! Find out if you need any personal development support? Take our free MPOWERED self-assessment for Black women physicians HERE About our guest: Jacqueline Dougé, MD, MPH, FAAP is a general pediatrician and public health professional. Dr. Dougé holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Medical Degree from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Rutgers University. Dr. Dougé’s is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of the impact of racism on children and adolescent's health. She's the co-author of the AAP Policy Statement on the Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health. Her experience includes general pediatric practice, public health, school-based health centers, project management, policy development, program development, program evaluation, health promotion, health disparities, media, adolescent health, school health, cultural competency, and community engagement.
In this episode, I get to speak with the wonderful, Dr. Katherine Igah-Phillips (“Dr. K.”) about the importance of expanding our concept of wellness outside of physical health and how important this s for Black women, especially given our unique challenges and stressors. Almost everything we discussed was completely new, so you might want to have a pen and paper! Dr. K is an award-winning, international speaker and holistic humanitarian. She uses her expertise in mental, spiritual, and physical wellness in her Atlanta-based Integrative Medicine practice (Mind Body Spirit Wellness Center) to provide a space for this elevated level of authentic medicine inclusive of natural healing options.  Some of the things we discussed: We speak about how our stress and challenges as Black women is connected to physical disorders we face and why addressing physical concerns alone in healthcare is not enough. We discuss the unique space of integrative medicine and how using a holistic approach to integrate other healing modalities to complement conventional medicine and why it is so important for Black women. We talk about her journey and being resourceful enough to push forward when you don’t see a precedent for your vision and the work you want to do Dr. Igah-Phillips speaks about the importance of "consciousness elevation" and why we constantly have to keep pushing ourselves to keep having a heightened sense of awareness that can help us continue to keep living life fulfilled. We also talk about how looking at parenting as a spiritual event, can help us reduce stress and enjoy the process of motherhood.    Links mentioned:  You can learn more with Dr. K's virtual consciousness elevation mentorship program called, “Elevate with Dr. K.” at: www.elevatewithdrk.com . You also can follow her on Facebook & Instagram or via email. To learn more about her practice: Mind Body Spirit Wellness Center in Atlanta, you can head to: www.mbswellness.org You also can follow her on Facebook & Instagram or via email.  She also is offering listeners a free 30-minute phone consultation with her if interested in becoming a patient of her practice or a client of my mentorship program. Ask and It Is Given by Esther Hicks   Don't forget: To join our private Facebook group for Black women physicians HERE. We have over 1200 Black women and growing! To put yourself first and get the support you need and thrive? Learn about MPOWERED HERE! Find out if you need any personal development support? Take our free MPOWERED self-assessment for Black women physicians HERE
In this week's episode, we are talking fear. This is the subject that comes up most often in my MPOWERED program, on strategy calls, accountability calls and even in the Facebook group. Fear often times IS rational and based on true reasons, but it is not something that we can't overcome. I use some of the scariest times in my life, including my leap into entrepreneurship from "safe" academia to give some information on what are the fears that tend to hold us back as physicians and what are the strategies we can use to move forward, in spite of them. I am really transparent in the episode, so you will get to know all about my business in this episode. But I am trying to move past fear of vulnerability, lol! . We've trained a long time to become physicians and the thought of taking a completely different direction in life is can naturally cause fear.  Links Mentioned To join our private Facebook group for Black women physicians HERE. We have over 1200 Black women and growing! To put yourself first and get the support you need and thrive? Learn about MPOWERED HERE! Find out if you need any personal development support? Take our free MPOWERED self-assessment for Black women physicians HERE
This month, we are talking about self-preservation and one of the critical steps is staying in community with women who can restore us and support us. So in this episode, I have the pleasure and opportunity to speak to Drs. Yashika Dooley-Chang and Marsha Caton founders of The Thrive 2G Conference, the Premier Conference for women physicians of color who are determined to be changemakers and leaders. This year, the conference is virtual and will launch in early September with over 30 Black women physicians speakers in one conference. Here we get to speak about their journey from idea to realizing their vision while avoiding burnout as moms and doctors in medicine. There are so many best practices, gems and pearls of wisdom they both share during our conversation. This is a must-listen for all of you who have a great idea but are battling the fear and confusion about how to make it happen. Enjoy the episode and definitely have a pen and notepad, because you are going to want to take notes. Links Mentioned Thrive 2G Conference: The Thrive Together Conference is the premier, professional, and business conference for women physicians, medical students, residents of color and those who have a dream of making an impact in the medical community. Thrive 2G Facebook Group The Richest Man That Ever Lived by Steven Scott Who Stole My Cheese by Ilene Hochberg   And don’t forget: To join our private Facebook group for Black women physicians HERE. We have over 1200 Black women and growing! To put yourself first and get the support you need and thrive? Learn about MPOWERED HERE! Find out if you need any personal development support? Take our free MPOWERED self-assessment for Black women physicians HERE   About our guests Dr. Yashika Dooley-Chang is an fellowship trained board certified Urogynecologist who is passionate about women's health care and training the next generation of female pelvic surgeons. She is an Assistant Professor at the Uniformed Services University and has presented national and internationally. She has received numerous awards including APGO Excellence in Teaching, USUHS Clinical Educators Award, Berlex Foundation Junior Faculty Development Award and Bristol Meyer Squibb National Medical Fellow. Her current initiatives include increasing diversity in clinical research and surgery, helping women of color overcome barriers and decrease the gender and racial gap in medicine.   Dr. Marsha Caton, PhD, is dedicated to highlighting the importance of clinical research in discovering cures for debilitating diseases, particularly for patients with cancer has built her career in drug development having worked for some of the largest and most well-known Pharmaceutical Companies in the industry. She currently works as a Principal Scientist in Immuno-oncology, where she leads drug-approval submission regulatory writing teams. Her work involves evaluation of the efficacy, safety and tolerability of new drug entities for the treatment of various cancers. She is also very passionate about exposing girls to the biomedical sciences at an early age.
In this episode, Dr. Nneka Ichoku, fellow Black woman physician, podcaster, mom and probably part of team DTM (Doing Too Much) like myself- get real on this episode on what it is like to take back control of our lives from everyone else! She shares how she has been able to carve out time to build the things that are most important to her. We discuss the importance of having clarity on what you want and staying connected. She also talks about tips on how to handle the everyday stressors that annoy us and seem to get in our way. We also speak about how crucial setting boundaries is and remembering the power of planning and playing to keep us grounded.  This episode is not only informative but hilarious! I love Dr. Nneka and you will too! Links Mentioned Don't forget to join our private Facebook group for Black women physicians HERE. We have over 1200 Black women and growing! Ready to put yourself first, get the support you need and thrive? Learn abotu MPOWERED HERE! Not sure if you need any personal development support? Take our free MPOWERED self-assessment for Black women physicians HERE   About our guest Nneka Ichoku, DO, MPH is the host of The Victorious Working Mom Podcast. She is a board-certified osteopathic family medicine physician with certification in medical acupuncture. She has a uniquely relate-able story of overcoming obstacles to carve out her special blend of edutainment and empowerment. She is also the owner and operator of Victorious Touch Acupuncture LLC offering osteopathic manipulative treatment and medical acupuncture focused on working on chronic stress and fatigue. She is a mother of 5, wife, physician and friend.  You can find Dr. Ichoku on Facebook. She is also at  LinkedIn at Nneka Ichoku DO, MPH, Victorious Touch Medical Acupuncture
On this week’s episode, I personally share my work and journey to creating Melanin, Medicine and Motherhood as a response to addressing the implicit and explicit racism that Black women physicians endure in the healthcare system. In particular, often our needs for support and reform to counteract the everyday trauma go unnoticed and unaddressed. As a guest on The Think Like A Thought Leader Show, I delve deeper into how our approach to navigating racism has caused us to conform ourselves. I speak about the importance of creating spaces for empowerment through safe spaces and community, including the Melanin, Medicine & Motherhood Facebook Group.We also discuss how insufficient one on one coaching is for black women physicians and why there was a need for programs like MPOWERED, specifically focusing on personal development as an incubator, exclusively For black women physicians.. Without this, the world is being deprived of all of that genius that Black women have not been allowed. In this interview, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Courtney Bowden, who is a copywriter and digital marketing strategist, helping business leaders, primarily black women business leaders to really get their message out there. It was so wonderful to be able to share the stories and really, I think both of our interests aligned in terms of empowerment of black women.
Welcome to Episode 34!  I actually wanted to do things a little different for this weekand bring you inside our private Facebook group. I recorded this yesterday- the morning after we completed our first day of our Pivot Into Your Purpose workshop. If you’ve been anywhere near my Instagram, my Facebook page, even my Twitter, you probably already know about the Pivot Into Your Purpose workshop. It is a five day workshop specifically for black women physicians to help you level up help you stop settling the life as it as it is and start feeling more fulfilled. And so we had a great response in the Facebook group, we've had so many new members join the workshop now that it is happening exclusively in our group So this recording is from Day 1, where we learn about using our past to carve out our purpose. We had some mind blowing epiphanies that happened in the workshop. In this episode, we do a interactive episode to help us recognize the high and low points of our lives and reflect on our resilience. I speak about building the capacity to really be able to take what you have from here and start moving forward and definitely if you are a black woman. If you're feeling like you're unfulfilled, you're stuck or frustrated, this is the workshop that's specifically created for you. And feel free to join us - it's not too late. We have replays and watch parties to make sure you catch up!. Register at bit.ly/PivotWorkshop
In this week's episode of Melanin, Medicine & Motherhood, I share an intimate conversation that I had with the women in my Facebook Group after making the decision that 2020 would be my last year of academia.  I speak about the key things that were critical for making the pivot.  The racism Black women endure in academia & medicine is a public health crisis. Our days are spent in spaces that attempt to restrict our voices, invalidate our work & limit our impact. This stress heightens our risk of physical, reproductive & mental health disorders. It becomes a necessary and radical act to pivot- which may mean speaking up, asking for change or even moving into a different environment.  Our anti-racism movement as Black women physicians is doing the work to become courageous enough to live life the way we want.  Links mentioned: Register for the Pivot Into Your Purpose workshop HERE and get your workbook. The workshop starts June 22nd!
In this week's episode of the Melanin, Medicine & Motherhood podcast, I discuss how we can overcome the many narratives that continue to devalue Black women, no matter what level of “success” we achieve. How we can tap into our greatness when we still are overlooked for the promotion, picked on for the smallest mistake and paid half of what your counterparts who are white or male make. After seeing the steady flow of stories of Black lives that were cut short, with little to no regard that they were human beings with families, it is a formidable task we take on each day not to internalize that we aren’t valuable. So many of us Black women are hurting after reflecting on how this society disregards the value of our lives. How long do we have to endure the countless murders of young boys, girls, women and men who look like us or just the everyday racism and microaggressions to just keep our families fed, clothed and housed? What will my daughters believe about themselves? As a Black woman and physician, I have been trained to often ignore my own pain and needs and prioritize the person in front of me who I vowed, almost 16 years ago, to treat. As wives, we become accustomed to putting our spouses first. As moms, we always put our kids first our open ourselves to shame and judgement. However, I believe there are 5 things that can really change our lives and compel us to stop letting life just happen to us. This is particularly important for women of color in professional careers who have endured difficult moments because we were told the other side would be worth it. Ask yourself, was it worth it? And if you can’t immediately and unequivocally answer yes, then this is an episode worth listening to.   Links Mentioned Don't forget to join our private Facebook group for Black women physicians HERE. We have over 1100 Black women and growing! Ready to put yourself first, get the support you need and thrive? Schedule a Discovery call HERE! Not sure if you need any personal development support? Take our free MPOWERED self-assessment for Black women physicians HERE
In this week's episode of the Melanin, Medicine & Motherhood podcast, I unpack my recovery strategies for racial trauma in the aftermath of the brutal murder of George Floyd, as well as Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.  As a doctor, it is clear that police brutality is a public health crisis- and physicians once again have to come to the front lines. Yet, it is clear, that our country, our health institutions and our professional organizations have not unanimously recognized this virus of systemic racism and this pandemic that also needs to be addressed. After a week of seeing grown men weep this week, children become emotionless and mothers, including myself, lose their focus and resolve, we have to start learning how we heal. So using my coping mechanism- going inward- I share some strategies that I am using for my recovery, in hopes that it can help you.    Links Mentioned Don't forget to join our private Facebook group for Black women physicians HERE. We have over 1100 Black women and growing! Ready to put yourself first, get the support you need and thrive? Schedule a Discovery call HERE! Not sure if you need any personal development support? Take our free MPOWERED self-assessment for Black women physicians HERE
You'll want to really take some time to listen to this powerful episode. In this episode of the Melanin, Medicine & Motherhood podcast, I interview  Michele Johnson, certified Family Medicine physician assistant, telemedicine provider, fibromyalgia survivor and author of the international best-selling book “Pain Free: How To Live A Full Life Despite Chronic Pain”. More than ever, during this pandemic, so many of us are dealing with pain- physically, mentally and emotionally. We often don’t realize that at times like this we have a choice to make – “Do I succumb to the pain?” or “Do I make it my secret weapon?” It’s a really touching episode for me because We share our stories about challenges of being both patient and provider, going through the valley and how our pain has made us stronger than ever. Michele's work focuses on inspiring, motivating and healing chronic pain and invisible illnesses through holistic health practices. These therapies have worked for patients and in her own incredible journey to live a full and thriving life despite a devastating diagnosis. She has been featured on several podcasts and Sirius XM Radio, Michele’s passion to help other chronic pain warriors live to their fullest potential shines through every time she speaks  In this episode, we discuss: How it is never too late to walk into your purpose The importance of making space for reflection to make your next steps Why you need to notice what is draining in your life, and be courageous to make change The power of vulnerability even as medical professionals Seeing the signs of when it is time to move into your purpose, even when it is uncomfortable. Learning to be the authentic you and the myth of perfection. Links Mentioned: Michele’s Facebook Group- Pain Free Warriors,  and her Business page- The PainFree PA and Instagram Michele’s book: “Pain Free: How To Live A Full Life Despite Chronic Pain” The Miracle Morning   P.S. If you want to get in on the action, with over 1000 ambitious Black women physicians learning to live in their purpose, join us at the Melanin,Medicine & Motherhood  Facebook Group Interested in working with me? Head HERE  
On this week's episode of the Melanin, Medicine & Motherhood podcast, we speak with Dr Hokehe Effiong is a board certified pediatrician also known as The Thrive strategist, wife and mother of three children, who is passionate about the care of children. She advocates for children in foster care and is the founder of Kits of Hope, 501 (c) 3 Organization, that shares love and hope by providing children going into foster care with bags filled with comfort and essential items. As the CEO of ACEs2Thriving, LLC, she speaks to parents where they spend most of their time, at work about the effects of early childhood traumatic events and provides strategies to thrive, because she firmly believes that if parents heal and learn to thrive, then their children will thrive as well. She helps companies and agencies understand the effects of  adverse childhood events on worker performance and how they can elevate their most valuable resource- people. In this episode, we discuss:  How to see a problem and cultivate a solution without burning out.  The cycle of how childhood adversity leads to adult problems and why trauma needs to be addressed as early as possible We discuss the power of thoughts and believing in yourself to keep you motivated to do new things Building a team to ensure that your vision is scaleable and sustainable. Links mentioned in this episode:  Kits of Hope website
Welcome back! We are starting Season 2 and oh, how things have changed! In this episode, we discuss why we are elevating the voices of Black, Latinx and indigenous women physicians, why it is so important for us to walk into the power of being our most authentic self. I also discuss my experience with motherhood as a catalyst to stop the road to burnout and work on self-discovery and how I created MPOWERED, a personal development program to empower Black women physicians to identify their purpose and reach their vision. Mentioned in this episode: The MPOWERED program Melanin, Medicine & Motherhood
It's the Season 1 finale episode! Welcome to episode 26, the last episode of season 1 of the Supermom Rehab Podcast. If you are feeling unfulfilled and ready for a big change- maybe a new job, starting a new business, getting coaching, writing a book- whatever it is how can you make sure that transition is as painless as possible.  As for me, I am going through transition too! I am changing up the podcast for season 2 and came up with this show idea when I realized a few things that I needed to do to make a successful transition and wanted to share. Don’t get me wrong- change can be scary, especially as working mothers who have families depending on them. So what are the top three things that you need to do, if you are considering a major transition in your life? And finally, I’m really excited about my new pivot, although some of you might not be so happy. Listen to the entire episode to hear about the pivot, why I am making the change and why I still hope you all will root for me. But if anything, I hope this episode is a wake-up call, that sometimes it’s just as important to listen to our hearts, as it is to listen to our heads.  P.S.  The MPOWERED Mastermind starts next month! If you are a Black doctor mom, considering making a big change in your life, many times you need help and you need someone to hold you accountable to make the shift successfully. DM me or schedule a Discovery call at bit.ly/MMMDiscoveryCall, if the idea of being surrounded by other Black physician moms achieving their goals with coaching, training, specialty guest experts, accountability and community sounds like what you need to start your 2nd act! .
In this week’s episode of Supermom Rehab podcast, I had the pleasure to speak with Phoebe Jue. We spoke about the topic of coaching and how she runs a business that helps makes coaching accessible to everyone. We discuss both the direct and indirect benefits.  Phoebe is a wife, mother of 3, an ACC certified coach with International Coaching Federation and Founder + CEO of Celebrate You Coaching. Before this, Phoebe graduated with a degree in Child and Adolescent Development and went on to teach elementary grades in California. She has been a program director in both schools and ministries, and she’s been a keynote speaker at dozens of women’s conferences and workshops. She specializes in career and life work, with a passion for empowering those in the margins. Her current role as CEO of CYC has afforded her the opportunity to lead while still having her boots on the ground. A career coach herself, Phoebe leads CYC’s massive moments while also carrying a caseload of clients herself. In this episode, we talk about how motherhood became the catalyst for her to transition from teaching to coaching. She helps to clarify what is coaching and what it isn’t and the unique benefits of coaching. She also speaks about the importance of friends’ presence, for helping us to de-stress. We packed a lot in this episode, so make sure you listen to the entire episode to get all of the pearls of wisdom.   Links mentioned in the episode: Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligence. Phoebe’s website for her coaching company, Celebrate You Coaching: https://www.celebrateyoucoaching.com/. Professionalizing Motherhood: Encouraging, Educating, and Equipping Mothers At Home by Jill Savage   Don’t forget: If you are Black physician and mom who knows that you have been sacrificing for everyone else- your patients, your family and you want more- more time and energy for your family, more for your career, more for your personal happiness. Stop hoping things will change, take action! DM me or click HERE to schedule your Discovery Call. Fill out the brief intake form and we can talk through where you are now, where you want to be and what’s stopping you from getting to the life you want. Join our private Facebook group, Melanin, Medicine & Motherhood, a community of 700 plus Black working moms. where I share videos and photos of my life and the joys and challenges of my journey in trying to live an integrated life as a Black physician mom.  
In this week's episode of Supermom Rehab podcast, I discuss the unique importance of cultivating community and the positive impact on the wellness of Black mothers. I speak about the lack of safe spaces for Black mothers to be vulnerable, share their challenges and strategies for navigating motherhood.  I speak about 5 major benefits for mothers who take the steps to actively invest their time and energy (and sometimes money) jto participate regularly in a community with ambitious mothers interested in reaching their goals.  Don’t forget: If you are a working mother of color with a demanding career and are looking for support to help you achieve your goals for your career and family without stress or burnout. You need MPOWERED. Let's get you on track. Schedule a Supermom Transformation call with me Let's talk about where you are at, where you want to be and what’s standing in your way and if MPOWERED might be able to help. And if not, we can definitely point you in the right direction. Follow me on Instagram , where I share videos and photos of my life and the joys and challenges of my journey in trying to live an integrated life as a working mom of color.  
In this week’s episode of Supermom Rehab podcast, we speak about the topic of how challenging it can be for working moms to start and stay physically active. Often times, we push our exercise and physical health to the back burner and to the detriment of our well-being. So I had the pleasure to speak with Marisa Kellogg. Marisa is a physical and mental health advocate in her community. She is mom of two girls, Zoe and Yara, and works as a communications specialist, while preparing to complete her formal training as a yoga instructor and open her own yoga studio. She has a blog she is launching this month, “With Love, Marisa” - which aims to inspire women, especially mothers, to make time for their health through exercise, reflection, and yoga. In this episode, we spoke about the difficult transition of still keeping physically active when there are so many other responsibilities of being a working mom. We also talked about the importance of self-reflection to identify what is going to be our unique motivation to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We speak about her family’s journey from being a “Netflix family” with poor eating habits to their current transformation of cultivating health and wellness as a priority. Marisa and I were really transparent about our struggles in this space, so this episode really allowed us to realistically discuss the challenges to maintaining physical activity.   Links mentioned in the episode: You can follow Marisa on Instagram at @withlovemarisaa. On Purpose podcast by Jay Shetty: Yoga with Adrienne (both Marisa and I started our journey using this fabulous Youtube channel)   Don’t forget: If you are a working mother of color with a demanding career and are looking for support to help you achieve your goals for your career and family without stress or burnout. You need MPOWERED. Let's get you on track. Schedule a Supermom Transformation call with me Let's talk about where you are at, where you want to be and what’s standing in your way and if MPOWERED might be able to help. And if not, we can definitely point you in the right direction. Follow me on Instagram , where I share videos and photos of my life and the joys and challenges of my journey in trying to live an integrated life as a working mom of color.  
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