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Sep 4, 2017

What happens when everything you had in your life has to be given up, and all your hopes and dreams suddenly need to change?

That's what happened to Arizona-based Laneic Lavalle.

Shortly after her 3 year old son was born, Laneic gave up her 4 year military career as it wasn't compatible with solo parenthood. She hit rock bottom when she realised she was completely overwhelmed by trying to hang on to a career she loved, and at the same time be a great mum to her son.

But she found her way through the fog, and redefined herself through her new business, My Name is not Mommy. She now helps other mums who have lost their identity to reconnect with who they are and create a life filled with purpose and passion.

Today Laneic helps you find the tools in your everyday life to help you retain your identity whilst still being a brilliant parent. Through her 4-step process, she'll show you that motherhood isn't a barrier, but a motivator for your dreams.

You can find the full write up from this episode including the Show Notes at www.Lisa-York.com/088

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Go Conquer Motherhood!

Aug 28, 2017

Ali Katz is the very first guest to make a second appearance on my podcast. In Episode 61, Ali wowed us with the concept that if you care for yourself first, you can better care for your family. This was the message of her first book, Hot Mess to Mindful Mom: 40 Ways to Find Balance and Joy in Your Every Day.

Ali, who is the mum of two boys aged 12 and 10 and a mindfulness coach and meditation teacher, made such an impact when she first appeared on the podcast that I couldn't resist inviting her back to talk about her latest book. Get the Most out of Motherhood: A Hot Mess to Mindful Mom Parenting Guide launches, hot off the press, in less than a weeks time.  

Now you understand that when you're calmer and more balanced you're a better mum, you're ready to take the next step. Ali teaches you how to push the inner work out into your home and embrace your best self while parenting. That way you can strengthen your relationships with your children and partner, create family rituals that your children will remember long after they've left home, and teach your children how to follow in your footsteps to becoming more mindful.

You can find the full write up from this episode including the Show Notes at www.Lisa-York.com/087

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Jul 31, 2017

Sex and intimacy is the last thing on your mind now you're a mum. By the time you fall into bed after another exhausting day juggling balls and fulfilling demands, being a goddess between the sheets is probably fairly low on your list of priorities.

In today’s podcast you'll understand why things have changed between you and your partner, and gain an insight into why you feel disconnected. But you'll also learn how to reignite the sparkle and start to feel the way you did before children came on the scene.

My guest today is Isiah McKimmie.

Isiah is a Sydney-based Relationship Therapist and Sexologist who has been helping couples maintain better relationships for over seven years. She helps them discover deep love, soulful intimacy and whole-hearted sex. Isiah believes that intimacy and relationships are deeply connected to our overall happiness and that, if you have the right foundation stones in place, a happy, passionate and loving relationship is possible for everyone.

Today Isiah will make you want to jump back into bed with your hubby because of your personal connection rather than simply the act of having sex. We consider intimacy from your partners perspective and how bringing back kindness, respect and understanding to your relationship may be the key to reigniting the passion.

We address the negative association that society has about marriage and children wreaking your sex life, and the impact that your perception of your body has on your relationship.

And we talk about the practicalities of making time to reconnect, why you might just have your priorities in the wrong order and realistic tips for maintaining a loving relationship. We also delve into how to fit time to be a couple into your busy life, and why scheduling in intimacy and sex can actually be fun, rather than contrived.

I am delighted to have Isiah on my show today. She'll help you realise why sex is so important to your relationship and why a great connection with your partner starts with yourself. You'll gain an appreciation that by dedicating time to having a healthy, intimate relationship you'll see the energy of your entire family change. Best of all, you're role modelling for your children's future relationships and giving them the precious gift of a happier family unit.

You can find the full write up from this episode including the Show Notes at www.Lisa-York.com/086

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Jul 24, 2017
Every mother has a pre-conceived idea of what pregnancy and parenthood will be like. But often the reality doesn't match the dream and it turns out to be completely different to the fluffy-bunny rabbit world that the media has created.

In today’s episode you'll get an insight into the mind of a mum who penned her motherhood experiences into a series of diary entries and modern-day poems. The thoughts and feelings of one mother, captured the hearts and minds of millions of others, who all nodded along in hearty agreement.

My guest today is SuperMum, Hollie McNish.

Hollie lives near Cambridge, UK with her seven year old daughter. An eternal writer and poet, Hollie naturally chronicled her observations of being a mum as a way to vent both her joy and her frustration of motherhood. Little did she know that her work would one day be published or that she would become an Internet sensation. Her book, 'Nobody Told Me' recently won her the highly-aclaimed Ted Hughes award and her YouTube channel, where she reads her poetry, has a following over over 4 million.

'Nobody Told Me' tracks Hollie's journey from the time she took her very first pregnancy test, to the day she dropped her 3 year old daughter to pre-school for the very first time. Through it, she explicitly shares her view on a whole array of mummy matters from the embarrassment of breast feeding in public to the loss of her identity. From exhaustion so overwhelming it lead her to 'cry hidden in loos' to her scorn of being branded as having 'baby brain'.

In this no-holds-barred episode, Hollie and I talk at length about our breasts flicking from being something sexual into being something functional and back again, to dealing with having sex again post-birth, and to feeling isolated and lost after having a child.

And the pièce de résistance? Hollie does an exclusive reading of my favourite poem from her book called, 'What's My Name Again' which leaves me brushing away the tears from the raw nerve that it hits head on.

I am so excited to welcome Hollie to my show today. I'm not a poetry lover, but this stuff you'll be eating up. She gives us a refreshingly real-life view of motherhood. Frank, honest and forthright from pregnancy to pre-school, which will leave you feeling like at last somebody finally gets it and actually gives a damn.

You can find the full write up from this episode including the Show Notes at www.Lisa-York.com/085

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Jul 17, 2017

Life is busy and life is stressful, and there are times when your health (understandably) gets neglected. From reaching for another piece of chocolate or finishing the bottle of wine, through to not exercising enough or getting adequate sleep, it's easy to fall into the trap of failing to take care of yourself.

Guilty as charged. I've got my hand up to all of those.

In today’s podcast, you'll find out how unhealthy habits can affect your health, and what it takes to overcome the bad habits and create new ones that will benefit your body and mind.

My guest today is SuperMum, Alice Bingham.

Alice lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and 20 month old son, Cruz. At the time of the interview she was 37 weeks pregnant with her second child, and has since given birth to a beautiful baby girl at the beginning of July.

In Alice's nursing days before becoming a mum, she observed a huge number of patients who were suffering illness as a direct result of an unhealthy lifestyle. Alice looked in the mirror and reflected on her own life. She too was overweight and not in the best health. This was the trigger that Alice needed to start a lifelong journey to good health.

Starting with an 8 week healthy eating challenge, and moving on to workouts, Alice lost an incredible 3 stone (21kg). But that was just the beginning. Health is so much more to Alice than just weight loss and progress, it's a lifestyle. It's about being present, self love, delicious healthy food and a strong and healthy mind.

Alice shares her progress, her stories, and her ups and downs of creating a healthy life at Alice in Healthyland. She writes a successful blog and has more than 30,000 Instagram followers who are inspired to love their bodies, get healthy and build mindfulness into their everyday lives. Her online followers have been beside her through weight loss, pregnancies, and life as the mum of a toddler ... and now a newborn.

In today’s episode Alice talks about how to stay motivated to keep healthy, even on the really tough, sleep deprived days. That no mistake is a ‘failure’, rather an opportunity to learn and grow. And that even though self care is difficult to fit in, the reward will always be worth the effort.

I'm so happy to have Alice on my show today. She'll remind you of the importance of taking care of yourself, the wonderfully purging effect of a good old cry, and shares some great tips on how to work out and eat healthily when time is short and you're running on empty.

You can find the full write up from this episode including the Show Notes at www.Lisa-York.com/084

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Jul 10, 2017

Feeling under the weather? Never mind. Sick bug? So what, the kids still need to eat. Unwell? Chin up. Soldier on.

We mums battle through injuries, viruses and feeling like dirt, because .... well, we have to. But what happens when you get really sick and suddenly you have to stop rushing around at 100 miles an hour so you can focus on getting better again.

In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday we talk about dealing with a serious illness, the toll it has on your emotional and physical wellbeing, and accepting help when you just can’t go it alone.

My guest today is SuperMum, Lisa Turner.

Lisa and her husband live in London, UK with their son and daughter who are 9 and 4.  In 2013, when her youngest child was just 14 months old, Lisa discovered a lump in her breast. She put it down to the affects of breast feeding, but it turned out to be far more sinister. Grade 3 breast cancer.

In the year that followed, family life was turned upside down with a rollercoaster of mastectomies, chemotherapy and dealing with the reality of her illness. The journey was painful and exhausting as Lisa and her family endured the dark times of fighting her illness and raising a young family at the same time.

Lisa is open and honest about the hardships of fighting cancer. The heart-wrenching inability to pick up her children following her double mastectomy. Not having the energy to be part of family life after debilitating chemotherapy. And wondering whether she would live to see her children grow up.

But fast forward 4 years, and Lisa is in remission and living a better life. She now looks back at the experience and draws on the positive things that breast cancer brought with it. The friends and community who rallied around to lend a hand. The love and support her husband gave her and their children. And the new perspective to life that her illness has given her.

But most of all, Lisa wants to share the message that examining your breasts and catching any problems early could save your life.

In today’s episode we learn of Lisa’s incredible strength when hearing the worst possible news and how she helped her children understand what was wrong with mummy. We laugh about the perils of wearing a wig in public and even compare the marvels of Lisa's pert reconstructed breasts verses my saggy post breast-feeding ones.

I am delighted to have Lisa on my show today. She bravely shares her story of dealing with serious illness when you have a young family, the importance of being raw and honest in your darkest hour, and how to see your experiences as a way to add value to your life as a mum so you always hold dear every precious moment.

You can find the full write up from this episode including the Show Notes at www.Lisa-York.com/083

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Jul 3, 2017

Stress is an everyday part of life in a busy modern world. And I don't know about you, but I think being a mum takes stress to a whole new level. Whether it’s physical stress, emotional stress or stress brought on by overwhelm and exhaustion, I've never felt pressure as intense as I have during the mummy years.

In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday you'll find out why mums have so much stress to deal with, how your body reacts to stress, and why the 'fight or flight' response has spiralled out of control. But never fear, because you'll also learn how to combat stress, learn some simple techniques to manage difficult situations, and hear about techniques to improve your overall well-being.

My guest today is SuperMum, Giselle Monbiot.

Giselle is a Stress Specialist, Cognitive Hypnotherapist and a Well-being course designer and facilitator who lives in London, UK with her husband and 3 children who are 9, 5 & 3. Giselle's stress levels peaked when her 3rd child was born. She found herself shouting at her kids, having difficulties sleeping and fell into bad habits of eating the wrong types of food. She was regularly ill, had a constant feeling of anxiety in the pit of her stomach, and dreaded the future.

As a trained therapist Giselle knew she could handle her stress response better. After all, she was teaching stress management to her clients but not applying them to her own life. Fed up with the inner conflict, heightened stress response and bad health, she made a promise to herself to be free from stress and anxiety. She said, "I wanted to enjoy my children, my life and know that I could regain a sense of peace within".

Giselle started to practice what she preached and incorporated the stress management tools she used with her clients into her own life. She learned new relaxation techniques and explored her behaviour patterns and response mechanisms. Over time, Giselle found her old self and started to feel alive again.

And now she'll teach you to feel alive too. In today’s episode you'll learn to recognise the ways that stress affects you so you can fight back. And you'll discover the small steps and the simple techniques you can use to live a less stressful life, which in turn will make your role as a mum more enjoyable.

I am so pleased to welcome Giselle to my show today. She has dedicated her life to teaching women how to regain faith in themselves. Stress and anxiety won't be the norm. Instead, she'll help you find calmness, emotional control and a new-found feeling of energy. Get ready to feel alive again.

You can find the full write up from this episode including the Show Notes at www.Lisa-York.com/082

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Jun 26, 2017

‘Stuck in a rut’ is a well worn phrase. There are times when we all feel stuck, whether it's with your parenting choices, your work, or your partner. But first realising you are stuck, and then knowing how to get out of it, isn’t easy.

In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday you'll find out how to get unSTUCK and turn your difficulties into a source for energy and positive change. With a simple methodology to unblock the things that are holding you back, you'll enrich your family time, your work and every other area of your life.

My guest today is SuperMum, Shira Taylor Gura.

Shira lives in Israel with her husband and 4 children who are 15, 12, 9 and 6. After becoming a mum, Shira started journaling and shared her experiences on a blog with those who were close to her. She talked about the issues she was facing and how she resolved her problems. Over time, her blog unwittingly gained a massive following and Shira realised that huge numbers of people were also benefiting from her teachings.

Shira went on to create the S.T.U.C.K. Method™, a simple 5-step process to help to unravel everything from minor annoyances through to big complex issues. Using her qualifications in Psychology, Occupational Therapy and Integrative Yoga Therapy, Shira can change your habits of thinking to create a richer and more rewarding life. Her book, Getting unStuck, has become the 2017 International Book Award Winner in Self-Help and an Amazon new bestseller in emotional self-help.

In today’s episode we talk about how to get unSTUCK so you can get onto the path you truly want to be on. We step through every part of the S.T.U.C.K.™ methodology to arm you with a toolkit that will make you happy and fulfilled in your everyday life.

I am delighted to have Shira on my show today. She shares her expertise for how to get unSTUCK and stay unSTUCK even in the most challenging of situations to find a place where you laugh, empathise, and enjoy life to the max.

You can find the full write up from this episode including the Show Notes at www.Lisa-York.com/081

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Jun 19, 2017

Running a business in tandem with bring up a family is hard work. Some days you'll feel like you're making slow progress and failing in all areas. Other days you'll feel like an unstoppable train of productivity when everything goes your way.

In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday we'll be talking about the similarities between nurturing your businesses and nurturing your children. The two can go hand-in-hand, and done right can leave you feeling happy, successful and guilt free.

My guest today is SuperMum, Dana Malstaff.

Dana set up Boss Mom - a community for mum entrepreneurs who are raising a family and a business at the same time - when she was pregnant with her first child. She went on to grow the company and write the Boss Mom book during her second pregnancy. In the 4 years since Boss Mom started, Dana has supported over 20,000 mums to build and grow their own businesses. Dana lives in San Diego, California with her husband, son and daughter who are 2 and 3 and a half.

In today’s episode Dana will help you discover the winning idea on which to base your business, and the 6 important pillars to make it a success. She walks through the routines needed to grow your company while fulfilling the demands of your family at the same time. We also talk about the downside of trying to have it all, including battling the dreaded mummy guilt.

I am so happy to have Dana on my show today. She'll help you find your business purpose so it integrates into your present and future lifestyle. She'll show you how to find your audience, the people you truly want to serve, and deliver to them the things that you excel in. In doing so, you can create a business you love and raise your children in the optimum way. The way that works best for you.

You can find the full write up from this episode including the Show Notes at www.Lisa-York.com/080

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Jun 12, 2017

Your natural mothering instinct usually means you put your childrens' needs before your own. But sometimes that can be to your - and their - detriment. Looking after yourself first helps you to be a better parent and a more positive role model to your children.

In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday we'll be talking about the huge impact that your own physical and mental wellbeing has on the way you parent. I for one know that on the days where I've got my head together and feel calm, happy and rested, I'm a far better mummy. And, as if by magic, those are the days when my children respond to me more positively. It's a win-win situation.

My guest today is SuperMum, Clare Crew.

Clare lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She is an Educator, Speaker and Mum to 3 children aged 5, 8 and 9. Clare always wanted to work with children and is qualified in neuro-development. She earned a degree in Early Childhood Education followed by a Masters Degree in Special Education.

When Clare had her own children she thought that, with all the learning and experience she had working with children, she would have parenthood sorted. But her children taught her that there are some things you just can't learn from books.

Parenthood led Clare on a journey of transformation where she realised that the well-being of mums is just as important as the well-being of children. In juggling her children with a small age gap, practising self-care was a critical component in making sure she became the parent she wanted to be.

Clare now uses her academic knowledge and hands-on experience to empower parents and teachers with real-life strategies for supporting children's success. She does this through her blog, via the Thriving Children Podcast, and in her consulting work.

In today's episode, you'll learn that your own mindset and well-being is a fundamental part of being a great parent. By making yourself a priority rather than always putting yourself last and making do with the dregs, not only are you thriving as a mum, you're helping your children to thrive too.

I'm delighted to welcome Clare to my show today. She teaches us that, whilst there's no correct formula to parenting, looking at your own needs and answering them, helps you serves your entire family in the most productive and successful way.

You can find the full write up from this episode including the Show Notes at www.Lisa-York.com/079

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Jun 9, 2017

This is the final episode in the High Five Friday series. But don’t despair because I’m not going away any time soon. I’m just turning my attention to more impressive things so I can carry on serving you in a much better way.

Don't worry, you'll still get a weekly podcast. Every week on Mum-to-Mum Monday I’ll carry on interviewing successful mums like I always have, so I can share their stories and wisdom with you. I’ve got some amazing women lined up for the coming weeks and beyond.

But with High Five Friday, it's time to step aside and make way for something new. Because you know me.

I love change, I love being pro-active, and I love to move forward.

Wanna progress with me?

On today's High Five Friday, I’ll be explaining why this is the last episode, and how I plan to keep serving you in a much better way with my hugely exciting new plans.

You can find the full write up from this episode including the Show Notes at www.Lisa-York.com/078

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Jun 5, 2017

I was born into a traditional, 2.4-children-style family where Dad went out to work and Mum stayed at home. And I've mirrored that 'normal' set-up now I have a family of my own. Mum plus dad equals children. Simple. But because of that, it's easy to be blinkered to other family structure. 40 years later, blended, same sex, solo parent and adoptive families are equally celebrated.

In today's episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday we'll be talking about unconventional families. Growing up in a same sex family with two mums; bucking the trend of the traditional 1980's expectation; adopting children of a different heritage; and how unique family set-ups work in todays world.

My guest today is Jesse Toksvig-Stewart.

Jesse grew up in Surrey in the UK with her two Mums, Sandi and Peta, and her siblings, Megan and Theo. In the late '80s this family structure was seen as unconventional. But to Jesse, it was normal. And it was all she knew. Later in her childhood when her mums split up, Jesse and her siblings divided their time between the two households. Her family has recently been extended even more, when Sandi remarried another woman, and gave Jesse a new step-sister.

The family is close, and Jesse still lives near her mums house, with her boyfriend, Adam. They have recently warmly welcomed a sister from Pakistan heritage into their fold, whom Peta has adopted.

Wanting to map the early years of her step-sister, adopted sister, and little nephew in a baby book, Jesse realised they only catered for the conventional. Looking back at her own baby record book, she saw it was full of crossed out words and hand written headings.

Jesse was saddened that although times have changed and the world is more accepting, the printed world was lagging behind. There was no memory book that catered for her own special family, so she set out to create her own. A baby record book that celebrated her new sister’s unique place in their family, and in the world.

Alongside her illustrator friend, Kat Willott, they created an open record book called ‘My Amazing Family and Me' to welcome all children to families, no matter how they arrive, when they arrive, or how unique their family setup is.

In today's episode, we go deep on everything from same sex parents, adopted children and dealing with the sideways glances, to discussing the issues that children from unique family circumstances face, separation anxiety, and how we can all help out in the way we respond to them.

I'm delighted to welcome Jesse to my show today. She teaches us that families are built on love, not genetics and that understanding, tolerance and acceptance should be at the root of all families, no matter how unconventional their beginnings.

You can find the full write up from this episode including the Show Notes at www.Lisa-York.com/077

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Jun 2, 2017

In his book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey wrote, "Begin with the End in Mind means to begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination, and then continue by flexing your proactive muscles to make things happen".

Having a clear vision for the future applies to all areas of your life, parenting is no exception.

The mothering 'project' might be long, but having a goal for what you want to achieve with your children gives you clarity from the barrage of demands, the tedium of getting dinner on the table and the worry about their school work.

Today on High Five Friday, Michelle Dawson talks about the importance of parenting with the end in mind.

You can find the full write up from this episode including the Show Notes at www.Lisa-York.com/076

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May 29, 2017

'Mummy bloggers' are taking the world by storm. It's been inescapable over the last few years. Not surprising really. Blogging's made for mums since it can be done around the craziness of family life. Some mums set out to conquer the blogging world, others ended up there entirely by accident.

In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday we'll be talking about starting a blog. How you can successfully build a blog from the ground up, and still be a Mum at the same time.

My guest today is SuperMum, Abby Lawson.

Abby lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband, Donnie and sons Connor and Caleb who are 8 and 5. Feeling like she needed a little more in life, and on a whim, Abby set up 'Just a Girl and Her Blog'. She wrote about anything that came to mind; parenthood, home renovations and children's parties. As her confidence in blogging grew, so did her following and social media presence. Within 18 months of starting the blog, Abby recognised that there was a niche market and set about turning her humble blog into a business.

Since then, her blog has become so successful that it's no longer 'Just a Girl'. Her husband Donnie quit his job and now works full time alongside Abby. The two of them, as well as her sister, now form a team which consistently creates 5 figures every single month! This has given them a lifestyle to be envious of. Abby and Donnie share both quality time with the kids, and the work in the business. They do this four days a week... and the fifth day is reserved for family and fun.

In today's episode, we learn the step-by-step process of setting up a blog from scratch. From finding an idea, discovering your niche audience, to create engaging content every time. We also talk about the dreaded technology, and how to simply set up a website without too many headaches.

I'm delighted to welcome Abby to my show today. She teaches you that it's possible build a blog from humble beginnings (when you think no-one's reading), through to a thriving business that gives you the lifestyle of your dreams.

You can find the full write up from this episode including the Show Notes at www.Lisa-York.com/075

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May 26, 2017

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking life will be better when your children’s behaviour improves. Or when your husband is more helpful around the house. Or when things calm down at work.

Why?

Because once you’ve sorted it out, they’ll always, always, always be something equally annoying to replace it. Instead, realise this.

Success comes from within. It’s a mind thing, and it starts with you.

Today on High Five Friday, I talk about the exact success pathway you should follow to have the life you want. This will become the foundation stone to my teaching on The SuperMum App. It’s a long way off yet (because life is busy and time is short), but I want you with me in it from the beginning.

Once finished, The SuperMum App will be beside you, on your phone, in your pocket, and helping you achieve success every step of the way.

You can find the full write up from this episode including the Show Notes at www.Lisa-York.com/074

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May 22, 2017

Being a mum doesn't mean you can't be strong, fit and healthy. It just means you achieve the goal in a different way by carving out the time and resources around the demands of your family.

In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday we'll be talking about how to be a fit and healthy mum. And how taking a holistic approach to nutrition, mindset and exercise can lead you to having a better body, a healthier life and a calmer mind.

My guest today is SuperMum, Kimmy Smith.

Kimmy has two daughters, Allegra and Samara, who are 4 and 2. She is married to Ryan and they live in the beautiful Sydney Beaches in Australia. Kimmy's work is inspired by the natural environment where she helps pre and post natal mums to achieve a body to be proud of as part of a holistic approach to exercise, nutrition and mindfulness.

Before having children, Kimmy lived life in the fast lane. She left the house at 5am to work as a corporate lawyer, followed by 3 hours of daily training to realise her dream of playing netball professionally. Having a super fit body and a healthy pregnancy left Kimmy believing that nothing would change after having her children. But she wasn't prepared for the frustration of living in a body which to her felt floppy and frumpy.

Recognising that her pre-pregnancy aspirations were unrealistic, Kimmy trained as a yoga teacher, barre instructor and postnatal fitness expert. She focused all her exercise knowledge and experience to help mothers regain physical and mental fitness though her online program, The Fit Mummy Project.

In today's episode, you'll learn the 3 fundamental factors to Kimmy's holistic approach; fitness, nutrition and mindfulness, as well as how to incorporate these qualities into your everyday life.

I'm delighted to welcome Kimmy to my show today. She's turned her talents as a professional athlete into a business and lifestyle which helps mums gain a body that they can fall in love with.

You can find the full write up from this episode including the Show Notes at www.Lisa-York.com/073

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May 19, 2017

Every week, twice a week, I bring you bursts of mummy wisdom. I love that you go away feeling inspired and renewed and full of hope that your life as a mum will be improved.

But how long does that inspiration last?

Until the kids start squabbling again? Until you're frantically trying to get dinner on the table before everyones blood sugar crashes? Until you fall over the line at the end of another hectic day with a heavy heart knowing that you get to do it all again tomorrow?

But you know me, ever practical, ever actionable, ever realistic.

That's why I have an exciting new project that's just starting to bubble away under the surface.

The SuperMum App.

Today on High Five Friday, I give you the background to my idea, and how my experience in the school of life makes me perfectly placed to develop something with me beside you, in your pocket, on your journey through motherhood.

You can find the full write up from this episode including the Show Notes at www.Lisa-York.com/072

Go Conquer Motherhood!

 

May 15, 2017

Mums are busy. With never-ending days and constant demands on your time it can be easy to wade into the territory of overwhelm. Finding your 'Sweet Spot' can be tricky, but the scientific evidence is out there. That's right, it's possible to find a place of ease and flow, where your daily life feels natural and free.

In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday we'll be talking about how to find the illusive 'Sweet Spot'. Taken from sports terminology, The Sweet Spot took over 3 years of research, studying the neuroscience, psychology, and sociology of productivity, performance, and positive emotions. It was then applied to our every day lives as mothers.

My guest today is SuperMum, Dr. Christine Carter.

Christine, who has two step-kids and two natural kids aged 13, 14, 15 and 16, lives in Marin County, California. She is a Happiness and Productivity expert, speaker and writer and the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work. Christine's spent the last 14 years at at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center. Having a family of six with four teenagers in the house makes her an expert in motherhood too!

Like most mums, Christine found herself exasperated by the busyness of modern life: too many conflicting obligations and not enough time, energy, or patience to get everything done. She tried all the standard techniques: prioritizing, multitasking, delegating - even napping - but none really worked.

Determined to create a less stressful life for herself without giving up her hard-won career success or happiness at home, she road-tested every research-based tactic that promised to bring more ease into her life. Drawing on her vast knowledge of the latest research related to happiness, productivity, and elite performance, she followed every strategy that promised to give her more energy or that could make her more efficient, creative, or intelligent.

After years of research, Christine's dedication to finding answers is our reward. You just need to listen and take action. Being busy is often seen as a badge of honour, but slowing down can make you much more productive. And today, Christine will teach you how to find your groove at home and work. This will allow more ease and flow in your life and help banish busyness and chaos.

In today's episode, we explore what the 'Sweet Spot' really is and how to achieve it.  This will help you enjoy your children, be more dynamic in your work, and more productive in your everyday life.

I'm delighted to welcome Christine to my show today. She shares her own story of challenging limiting beliefs; how she dealt with the pressure of having to be happy after writing a book about it; and how she tirelessly worked to find the 'Sweet Spot' in her own life.

You can find the full write up from this episode including the Show Notes at www.Lisa-York.com/071

Go Conquer Motherhood!

May 12, 2017


Sometimes in life, you meet someone whose philosophy to life you immediately resonate with.

Olivia Horne was one of those people. When I spoke with her in Episode 45, she talked with such passion, truth and insight that I found myself swallowing hard.

That was before I listened to her guided meditations on YouTube, which completely blew me away.

You’ll hear about my emotional reaction to Olivia’s meditations on today’s episode, but off the back of our conversation, Olivia agreed to record a mummy meditation, especially for SuperMum listeners.

You can grab this free goodie by clicking the link below.

Today on High Five Friday, Olivia Horne talks about the importance of mums taking time out for themselves and the practicalities of doing it.

I hope you make sure you give yourself the gift of time to enjoy the meditation.

You deserve it.

You can find the full write up from this episode including the Show Notes at www.Lisa-York.com/070

Go Conquer Motherhood!

May 8, 2017

Admit it. Before you set out on your parenting journey, you had a firm idea of the type of parent you’d be. But there are times that, with crying babies, wilful toddlers and argumentative schoolies, living up to that dream makes you feel like you’ve failed the ‘perfect parent’ test. Big time.

In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday we’ll be addressing what it means to be a mindful parent, how to include your children in your everyday thoughts and tasks, and the way to enjoy the experience of these intense years alongside your kids.

My guest today is SuperMum, Ruby Gwen.

Ruby, who lives in the UK, is the mother of two-and-a-half year old Christian; a proud wife; and a lover of all things creative and inspiring. She’s a the founder of Nurture with Love; as well as a “story-preneur” who helps passionate women turn their awesome story & life lessons into profitable and impactful story-based products.

Ruby lives, breathes, and teaches her motherhood philosophy of gentle, mindful parenting. Through her programs she teaches the 3 cornerstones of her own mothering philosophy; acceptance, empathy and inspiration. This helps both parents and their children to feel more connected and heard.

In her own life, Ruby successfully combines mindful parenting with running a business so nothing and no-one feels left out in the cold.

Ruby also believes there is a unique story inside us all, just waiting to come out. A story that, with the right cultivation, can become your most powerful asset. In this episode Ruby helps you explore the significance of your own story and teaches you how to align it with your own personal and professional needs.

I’m delighted to welcome Ruby to my show today. She brings with her kindness, compassion and nurturing, and shares experiences of raising her own child whilst running a business. In doing so, you’ll learn how to Nurture with Love and appreciate your own significant story.

You can find the full write up from this episode including the Show Notes at www.Lisa-York.com/069

Go Conquer Motherhood!

May 5, 2017


A few weeks after my first child was born, my sister-in-law told me to savour these newborn moments because they won’t last forever

I distinctly remember looking down at my crying baby and through bloodshot eyes, thinking, GOOD!

I wanted this phase to be over.

But she was right. In the blink of an eye, that screaming baby is now almost half way through his childhood. Yikes.

I quickly came to realise that motherhood will inevitably be full of hills and valleys. I didn’t want to wish the whole flippin’ lot away so instead, I figured out a way to combat it.

Today on High Five Friday, Lisa York talks about how to change your thinking so you don’t end up wishing their entire childhood away.

You can find the full write up from this episode including the Show Notes at www.Lisa-York.com/068

Go Conquer Motherhood!

May 1, 2017

Minimalism can seem like a ridiculous dream when you’re up to your eyes in kiddy paraphernalia. But Editing Your Life doesn’t mean having a spartan home or a frugal lifestyle.
It’s about understanding your family’s core values and priorities so you can make wise choices about what gets to stay, and what has to go.

In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday you’ll find out how to pare down your life to create space for the things that really matter. The activities you actually want to do, the information you want to consume, and the people who you truly want to spend time with.

My guest today is SuperMum, Christine Koh.

Christine’s the co-author of Minimalist Parenting, a book designed to help you enjoy modern family life more, by doing less. So popular was the book, that she and her fellow author Asha Dornfest went on to create and co-host their own show. Edit Your Life is a weekly podcast that ‘helps you edit the unnecessary from your life so you have more room to enjoy the awesome’.

Christine’s also the founder and editor of the award-winning Boston Mamas; founder of Brave New World Designs; and serves as the creative director at Women Online and The Mission List.

Christine lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her husband Jonathan and two daughters, Laurel and Violet who are 12 and 6.

In todays show, you’ll learn that editing your life isn’t simply about decluttering (although we do talk about that too). We discuss practical strategies for managing your time; simplifying and therefore really starting to enjoy mealtimes; streamlining the school year and controlling extra curricular activities so they don’t control you.

Oh, and of course my personal favourite, prioritising your own self-care.

I am so happy to have Christine on my show today. She’s an organisational queen, and a girl after my own heart. We have a good old chin-wag about streamlining and systematising your busy life so you can make space for the things you truly love and value.

You can find the full write up from this episode including the Show Notes at www.Lisa-York.com/067

Go Conquer Motherhood!

Apr 28, 2017

I love the term ‘hanging out’. I’d not really heard it much before I moved to Australia ten years ago. But here it’s part of the everyday language.

Hanging out means just ‘being’. Spending time doing whatever takes your fancy. No agenda, no plans, nowhere to be. Just hanging out.

I love it because when someone in Australia asks what you’ve been up to, you can answer, ‘hanging out’. Which is much more socially acceptable than saying I’ve been idling around the house in my pyjamas, drinking tea and watching kids TV.

Because in our minds, ‘being’ can often be construed as being unproductive or lazy.

Today on High Five Friday, Michelle Dawson talks about the importance of ‘being’ rather than ‘doing’ all the time.

You can find the full write up from this episode including the Show Notes at www.Lisa-York.com/066

Go Conquer Motherhood!

Apr 24, 2017

 I divorced my first husband in my late twenties. My parents ‘stuck it out’ for 28 long and painful years for the sake of us kids. And now I’m blissfully happy in an extremely loving and fulfilling marriage with a man who feels the same way. So when it comes to the question of ‘should I stay or should I go’, I’m torn.

In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday we’ll be discussing the huge decision of stepping away from a broken marriage and becoming a solo parent.

My guest today is SuperMum, Holly Christie.

Just a few short months ago Holly and her husband were living the ‘married with 2.4 children’ life. She now shares the time she spends with her two young sons who are 3 and 7, with her ex. Holly has tried to keep her life as normal as possible and continues to work around her children’s schedule as a self-employed Social Media expert. Her office is her own front room in London, UK.

Holly says that you never go into a marriage expecting that one day it will all be over, but sometimes you find yourself there. She and her husband had both grown up knowing marriage was expected of them. Having tried repeatedly to make the relationship work, she realised it was time to throw the jigsaw pieces in the air and lay down a new life with new rules for their family.

The attitude you have towards separation, she says, can influence every area of yours and your childrens’ lives. Neither Holly or her husband wished to relive the acrimony of their own parents’ divorces. So they worked out a way to be solo parents, and co-parent their boys to ensure they experience the best childhood possible.

During this episode we explore living up to the expectations of our parents’ generation but at the same time fitting in with modern demands. We talk about the realities of mothering today, and how social media has led us to different possibilities. We explore how the rise of the ‘mummy power bloggers’ have opened up new channels and support for mums in all stages of parenthood.

I am so happy to have Holly on my show today. She’ll explain how bucking the trend and living the best life for you and your family is not only possible, but in everyone’s best interests.

You can find the full write up from this episode including the Show Notes at www.Lisa-York.com/065

Go Conquer Motherhood!

Apr 7, 2017

I don’t think I’ve ever reflected on my own childhood as much as I have since becoming a mum myself. I expect you feel the same.

Your childhood experiences shape and mould the things you do as a mum. You’ve bought your rituals from a time when you were a kid yourself into your own family today.

All the fun stuff. Like having pizza and a movie on a Friday night.

But there are also the things that you’ve decided never to do with your own brood. Because you don’t want them to feel the way you did growing up.

I hadn’t realised until I became a mum why I’m so pro change. Why I’m all for taking control of your life. And why I’m a firm believer that you have the power to shape your own future.

Turns out, it stems from my own childhood.

This week on High Five Friday, I talk about the importance of embracing change. Because if you don’t, it can cause a whole heap of problems that you didn’t bargain for.

You can find the full write up from this episode including the Show Notes at www.Lisa-York.com/064

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