The Working Mom’s Podcast
Krista Gano - Filmmaker & CEO

Krista Gano - Filmmaker & CEO

February 9, 2021

“What I love about being creative … is that space in risk, that beautiful space that you get to where you are scared out of your mind but equally excited, and there’s nothing saying no,” says Krista Gano, CEO Working Artist Group and Innovative Improv Solutions. As a working mom who has spent her career bridging the gap between creativity and business, specifically in the entertainment industry, Krista loves diving into new creative opportunities, whether she’s giving improv trainings to pharmaceutical executives or helping film writers refine their pitch. 

Krista moved from Los Angeles, where she was leading the world-renowned Groundlings Theatre, to Denver when her eldest son was just two months old -- and she started Innovative Improv Solutions at the same time. Now during the pandemic, Krista encourages other moms, and working artists, to give themselves grace, and make the most of this quiet time when we can’t fall into the typical American hustle. 

Tune in this week to the Working Moms podcast for words that will inspire quarantined moms, working artists, and entrepreneurs who want to honor the creative parts of themselves. 

Quotes:

  • “I want to design my life. And then I want to put my career around it.” (8:45-8:50)
  • “What I love about being creative,  and actually just being an entrepreneur, is that space in risk, that beautiful space that you get to where you are scared out of your mind but equally excited, and there’s nothing saying no.” (11:20-11:40)

Links:

ActorsFund.org

Will Rogers Foundation https://wrpioneers.org

Working Artist Group https://www.workingartistgroup.com

Innovative Improv Solutions http://innovativeimprov.com

 

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3 Simple Steps to Creating a Vision Board that Actually Works

3 Simple Steps to Creating a Vision Board that Actually Works

January 26, 2021

“Anything you have the power to imagine, you have the power to create,” says Clare Ochoa, Life Coach and leader of this vision-boarding workshop, hosted by the Working Moms podcast. On this episode, host Pam Maass lets Clare take the stage to showcase her unique vision boarding philosophy -- and share the common pitfalls that keep vision boards from changing our lives. 

What is the secret to Clare’s process? We have to practice believing in our vision. We hold the power to achieve our dreams -- but to do it, we have to believe they can come true. Clare reminds us: “To create something we’ve never created before, we have to think thoughts we’ve never thought before.” How do we do that? We use our imaginations. Anyone can put a picture of their dream life on a piece of paper, but not everyone spends time imagining the sensations and feelings they’ll experience when they get to that place. That’s the secret, Clare says, to manifesting your vision and overcoming the self-doubt that so often holds us back. 

Tune in to this episode to learn how to make the ultimate vision board, avoid pitfalls, and manifest your dream. And check out the links below for Clare’s free vision boarding workbook, which will help get you started!

Quotes:

  • “Sometimes just allowing ourselves to want something will create the inspiration to start going after it.” (10:16-10:22)
  • “To create something we’ve never created before, we have to think thoughts we’ve never thought before.” (15:32-15:39)
  • “I believe we all have this inner drive to want something more.” (25:18-25:25)

Links: 

Clare L. Ochoa, Certified Life & Weight Coach

ochoaclare@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/clareochoacoaching/

Workbook https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:82172c39-f2b9-439d-a643-2df6daee6834

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Losing Weight For The Last Time

Losing Weight For The Last Time

January 12, 2021

When it came to her weight, says Krista Olsen, MD, “I didn’t want to talk to anyone about it.” After a lifetime of struggling with her body, Krista began to realize that it wasn’t her diet that was killing her -- it was her thoughts about her diet. On this episode of The Working Moms Podcast, host Pam Maass talks to Krista about how to lose weight for good. But this isn’t another fad diet or unsustainable exercise routine - it starts with changing the way you think about yourself.

Krista, an ob-gyn and certified life and weight loss coach, takes a medical approach to weight loss. In her eyes, it’s all about dopamine and insulin. She explains how to distinguish between emotional and physical hunger, and shares some tools, like intermittent fasting, to regulate insulin and promote a healthy weight. She also talks about how to work with your thoughts to navigate discomfort and shame -- the things that most often get in our way as we struggle to lose weight. 

For thoughtful advice on how to be kinder to yourself, keep enjoying the foods you love, and lose weight for good, tune into this episode of The Working Moms Podcast. 

Quotes:

“I was using food to numb some of the discomfort in my life.” (2:07-2:11)

“We talk to ourselves in a way that we would never talk to anyone else.” (7:58-8:02)

“It’s really about letting women know: you can live the life you want. And you get to decide what that is.” (28:12-28:16)

Links:

www.truelifemd.com

https://www.obgynpa.com/contact

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/truelifemd/

New England Journal Article on IF: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmra1905136

Book: Jason Fung, The Obesity Code

 

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Following Your Heart in Business

Following Your Heart in Business

December 29, 2020

“I am learning that a lot gets done even when you’re laughing,” says Kristen Gullickson, CEO of Omni Tracks, a sustainability-focused electric bike startup. Kristen talks with host Pam Maass about being a mom-entrepreneur, how her career has changed as her kids have grown, and how she embraced a new opportunity to join the startup world as a working parent. 

Kristen has had a unique career journey. Her husband is a trained chef, and they began their entrepreneurial endeavors in the food industry. But working in a restaurant wasn’t sustainable once they had children, and Kristen moved into the corporate world to find stability for her new family. But her passion for ESG (Environmental and Social Governance) Investing led her away from corporate American and into the startup world, where she found that she could balance her passion for business with her passion for sustainability, wellness, and accessibility. 

Kristen talks about her journey as both CEO and mom, and what it has been like for her to define her own success as she steps away from the corporate world. Along the way, she shares inspiring mantras for working moms everywhere who are looking for new ways to manifest fulfilling and balanced lives. 

Quotes: 

  • “For me, when I came up for air after those seven and a half years, I realized there’s other things I want” (8:19-8:25)
  • “Stay in tune with your heart, and don’t be afraid to continue to put it out there.” (21:15-21:19)
  • “I am learning that a lot gets done even when you’re laughing and even when you’re gracious to yourself” (22:43-22:50)

Links: 

https://www.omnitracks.bike

https://www.facebook.com/omnitracks.bike

https://www.instagram.com/omnitracks.bike/

 

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Creating Quality Time With Your Baby

Creating Quality Time With Your Baby

December 17, 2020

“Babies are individuals,” says Molly McDonald, Body Mind Parenting Expert, and there is no perfect way to treat your baby. Molly, who has worked with babies and new parents for over twenty years, talks to host Pam Maass about the power of spending quality time with your baby, and how her own path to business came when she was faced with life as a single parent. 

As a Body/Mind Parenting Expert, Molly often gets asked what exactly her work entails. In reality, Molly essentially founded her field, because she found that her work in clinical psychology and massage didn’t take her exactly where she wanted to go. Her fascination with the bond between parents and their newborn babies led her to create Touch-a-Day (TAD), a membership program for parents with new babies that provides insight on touching techniques, massage, and tips and tricks to better understand your baby and their needs. 

Molly tells fascinating stories about her experience teaching parents how to do modified massage on their premature babies in the NICU, and shares some mind-boggling statistics about the power of touch -- including the fact that babies who are massaged in the NICU gain weight faster and leave the hospital sooner. But when it comes to guidelines for parents looking to support their baby’s well-being, Molly is firm in her belief that each baby is different. She shares some cues to look for to guide your interaction with your baby in a way that respects who your baby is an individual. 

Along with at-home breast-feeding tests and infant massage and stretching exercises you can do with your baby, Molly shares her expertise on the mindful practice of being a parent. Molly reminds us that spending quality time with your infant isn’t just good for the baby - it’s good for you too. Just taking the time to breathe deep and soak up the joy of being with your child is a simple practice that can make everyday a little bit brighter. 

Quotes

  • Quality time for me with a baby comes from first getting present (7:10-7:15)
  • Following your baby’s lead is the key in everything (13:12-13:18)

Links 

https://bodymindandmolly.com

https://thecocuun.com

https://www.instagram.com/mollyturnermcdonald/

 

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Growing Your Business Through Human Connection & Self-Love

Growing Your Business Through Human Connection & Self-Love

December 3, 2020

What is the empowered path? For Marta Spirk, Empowerment Coach, Speaker and host of the Empowered Woman Podcast, it starts with knowing yourself. Marta talks with host Pam Maass about her journey to becoming an empowerment coach, and what she’s learned as she guides women toward self-knowledge and self-love. 

It was becoming a mom that sparked Marta’s journey toward self-knowledge - specifically, becoming a new mom with triplets. She became a coach not just to help others, but to find her own purpose, and achieve not balance, but harmony between self, family, and business. 

What is Marta’s path to empowerment? It all starts with knowledge. As she says: “The more mindful I am of what I’m doing, the better of a job I’m doing.” But being knowledgeable is only the first step - you have to do something with it too. Marta talks about using self-assessment tools like the Enneagram that help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and determine your core motivations. In her work with clients, she encourages women to spend time not just taking those tests, but reflecting on them, and working through the feelings of shame that may come when we struggle to acknowledge our faults. In fact, Marta argues, often our weaknesses go hand-in-hand with our strengths. 

Marta embodies her own mission, speaking openly and honestly with Pam about what drives her, and what she has learned about herself as she cultivates self-love and self-empowerment. Along with practical tips and a proven framework to guide her work, Marta embodies the spirit of her enterprise - she knows herself, and loves herself, and she wants you to do the same. 

Quotes

  • “The more mindful I am of what I’m doing, the better of a job I’m doing.” (5:32-5:39)
  • “Having a business and having a mom is similar in many ways - there is no text book” (5:55-6:03)
  • “The empowered path is: I know all these things about myself, I will love myself through it, and I will work to become a better version of who I am.” (12:21-12:29)

Links 

https://www.martaspirk.com/
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/empowered-woman-self-love-self-care-motivation-entrepreneurship/id1404493563
https://www.eclecticenergies.com/enneagram/dotest

 

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Growing Your Family Through Surrogacy

Growing Your Family Through Surrogacy

November 19, 2020

“Will you carry my baby?” is not an uncommon phrase in the life of Attorney Ellen Trachman, a specialist in Assisted Reproductive Technology law. As a reproductive lawyer, estate planner, and the co-founder of Colorado Surrogacy, the only local surrogacy group connecting Colorado intended parents with Colorado gestational carriers, Trachman is a busy woman -- and a mom of four herself. 

 

Trachman began her law career working on hedge funds, but once she discovered the complex legal issues around reproductive rights and surrogacy, she knew she’d found her calling. After a period of hardship in her own life, she took the plunge, left corporate law, and never looked back. 

 

Since then, Trachman has become an expert in the ins and outs of reproductive and surrogacy law, including legal support for LGBTQ parents who are using a surrogate to start their family. She talks with mom-to-be and host Pamela Maas about the costs and timeline of surrogacy, the impact of COVID-19 on surrogates in Colorado and around the world, and financial support options for low and middle-income families looking at surrogacy as an option. 

 

On top of her ongoing success as a legal advisor and surrogacy group co-founder, Trachman was part of a coalition that recently passed a bill that requires Colorado insurance companies to cover all fertility treatment costs, including up to three rounds of IVF, starting in 2022. 

 

Trachman is an advocate for families of all kinds, but she knows there’s still work to be done around access, cost, and legal support, especially for non-traditional families. She talks frankly with Pam Maas about what it means to be an advocate for surrogates and parents today, and how she does it all as a mom, lawyer, podcast host, and surrogacy group CEO. 

Quotes

  • “We believe there are so many ways to form a loving family. We work with single parents, male, female, gender non-identifying. There’s a lot of ways to be a good parent.” 17:51-18:04
  • “I get to go to these match meetings sometimes where it’s like a blind date introducing someone: ‘Will you carry my baby?’” 5:34-5:42

Links 

https://www.coloradosurro.com/

http://trachmanlawcenter.com

Podcast: https://iwanttoputababyinyou.com

 

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Tips for The Fourth Trimester

Tips for The Fourth Trimester

November 5, 2020

“Get sun, take a shower, and do something special for yourself.” Tara Duncan and Miki Tynan, Co-Founders of Hygge Birth and Baby, return to bring you empathetic guidance to help you care for yourself and your newborn baby. Join the conversation as Tara and Miki have open and authentic conversations regarding the beautiful discoveries you’ll find hidden like gems within the challenges of the fourth trimester. 

Tara and Miki have shared your fears and joys that exist within the uncertainties of what life looks like after your baby is born. In this episode, you’ll learn how Tara and Miki continue their course of constant support to mama, baby, and the family throughout pregnancy, the first six weeks after birth, and beyond. Tara and Miki crafted Hygge Birth and Baby to provide comfort and to help you cope with overwhelm. Tara and Miki’s support transcends the walls of Hygge Birth and Baby and encourages you even when you’re at home learning about the little human that was born. 

Get real advice from real mamas, Tara and Miki, who will help you as you meditate on and outline your postnatal support plan. The six-week period, or fourth trimester, after birth is a significant time for mama and baby. Tara traces the timeline and experience of how women go through a huge shift in mind and body with very little sleep. Additionally, Tara isolates the critical milestone of week three that often brings varying shades of depression from baby blues to the extreme. 

Later, Miki opens up and shares her journey of how she worked through feeling sad all the time. Miki expresses the practical steps she took to stay healthy mentally. Finding ways to give herself grace, Miki relied on those around her to support her, including her doctor. Listen closely to Miki’s warning to mamas who are contemplating using medication to help make themselves feel better in their normal. 

Tara continues the conversation by unraveling the personal struggle within as she felt pulled between her career and staying home with her baby. Tara’s encouraging guidance on how to have confidence in your decision aims to help you avoid feeling selfish or like you’re losing yourself. Additionally, Miki freely gives supportive reassurance for you to feel confident to ask and accept help along with ways to overcome worrying about perception.

Tara and Miki understand that it can be hard to know which path is the right course to take when a baby is born. However, Miki’s reassuring words kindle conviction that when the baby is born, you will know what to do. To further empower you as you pick your path, Tara and Miki, take a deep dive into these additional topics:

  • Advocating for yourself and others as a working mama in the office
  • When to reach out to a lactation consultant
  • Hygge Birth and Baby preconception, prenatal and post-conception care

Don’t miss Tara and Miki’s special message to you, all mamas and soon to be mamas, as you look for supportive ways to feel confident in your normal.  

Quotes

  • “Your normal is normal, let’s get you feeling good in your normal.”
  • “Take those yeses and allow people to help you.”
  • “Have confidence...your choice is your choice.”
  • “It will become clear to you when the baby is born.”
  • “Whatever choice you make, you will hear the opposite, but you will know.”

Links 

Visit Hygge Birth and Baby's Website

Email Tara and Miki and let them know you heard them on TWM podcast

Take a virtual tour or meet and greet

Visit Evidence Based Birth to research the pros and cons of different birthing paths 

Catch part 1 of Tara and Miki’s discussion in Episode 12

 

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Why Choose a Birth Center, with Founders of Hygge Birth and Baby

Why Choose a Birth Center, with Founders of Hygge Birth and Baby

October 22, 2020

“Forget what you’ve heard, let’s create your new belief of what birth really is.” Get to know Tara Duncan and Miki Tynan Co-Founders of Hygge Birth and Baby as they share meaningful guidance designed to replace negative thoughts about birth with positive imagery. Tara and Miki champion the power inside of women to give birth naturally. To support women through their journey, they’ve created a warm aesthetic and environment based on the coziest mindset of all: Hygge. 

Tara and Miki’s journey begins with a fast friendship. Sharing a path of internal and external research and development, Tara and Miki connected over the idea of finding something larger to do with their lives that would provide more meaning. Tara was at the peak of her game as a lawyer and Miki was making an impact in the world of corporate insurance and wealth management. Deciding to redefine what success meant to them, Tara and Miki shed the fear of leaving what they felt was supposed to be successful and embraced their own innate right to happiness. Passion and purpose aligned which propelled Tara and Miki into bringing Hygge Birth and Baby to life. 

What is Hygge? Tara explains the Danish origins of hygge (pronounced "hoo-gah") and paints a mental picture we can all comfortably fall into. While a literal translation into English does not exist, Tara highlights the essence of Hygge and its roots in creating surroundings that make you feel warm and fuzzy such as your favorite food or a cozy blanket. Miki continues the conversation by explaining how the principles of Hygge are infused with the comfort of a doula, or a professional birthing coach to meet the emotional and physical needs of the family. 

See inside a birth center as Tara and Miki introduce you to the process and personnel that await you. While Tara and Miki are not anti-hospital, their goal is to provide women with the opportunity to direct their own birth story. Tara and Miki have channeled their own experiences of feeling powerless to choose how to give birth and seek to empower other women through education. Listen in as Tara and Miki review enlightening statistics and results of natural birth success stories. 

Tune in and hear Tara and Miki express how they are contributing to changing the narrative around the natural birthing process and how they’ll support your journey to break down the stigma. Tara and Miki believe that society won't change unless our voices are shared and they want to support families as they make healthy decisions for their families, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Get to know Tara and Miki in this podcast episode as they encourage you to embrace your own right to happiness and freedom.   

Quotes

  • “There’s finally a name for what we’ve been doing for our girlfriends our whole lives!”
  • When passion and purpose align, you just take off”
  • “We’re gonna redefine what success means to us in this moment, in this time of our lives”
  • “The philosophy behind birthing centers really is all empowerment through education.”
  • “It is one of the most powerful things to be apart of to see a woman walk through that journey and come out on the other end like nothing ever happened.”

Links 

Visit Hygge Birth and Baby's Website

Email Tara and Miki and let them know you heard them on TWM podcast

Take a virtual tour or meet and greet

Visit Evidence-Based Birth to research the pros and cons of different birthing paths 

Listen to Amy Scerra’s birthing success story in Episode 2

 

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Running for Office as a Working Mom

Running for Office as a Working Mom

October 8, 2020

Meet Alexis King - Candidate for Jefferson & Gilpin County District Attorney in this episode of The Working Mom’s Podcast. In an environment underrepresented by women, Alexis has forged through the world of the District Attorney’s (DA) office and created a path for other women to consider undertaking running for office. There have been many surprises in Alexis’ career, yet she’s learned beautiful lessons that have shaped her into the experienced and personable leader she is today.

Jefferson County is where Alexis raises her kids. Navigating and prioritizing her love for her children and her community has enabled Alexis to make decisions to help and protect both. While serving over a decade in the DA’s office, Alexis prosecuted everything that came in the door. However, when her life changed, Alexis bravely shifted her views of work in a paternalistic world to protect herself and her unborn child. Learn about the decisions Alexis made based on the needs of someone she hadn’t even met yet.   

Later, listen in as Alexis opens up about the emotions that motivate her to be a caring mother and empathetic leader. Alexis believes that emotions are strengths and feminine qualities are not weaknesses. In fact, Her vision of how women should be treated in the DA’s office embraces flexibility, empathy, kindness, and, building others up. Alexis admits that it is a hard job and there’s no fairy dust to make the job easier. But allowing people to be flexible, such as working from home, can give working moms the runway they need to support their family and their community.

Alexis also provides further insight for working moms who may be thinking about running for office. Is balance a reachable goal or is it overrated? Tune in to hear Alexis’ expressions about balance, family buy-in, and the greatest gift of flexibility. You’ll also hear practical advice from Alexis on the programs she used to sharpen her leadership skills as well as what she does to stay present in the moments she spends with others while campaigning. Learning again and being at the bottom of the curve was a challenge for Alexis. However, she shares what she did to make herself anew and how practicing resiliency has been refined further during the campaign process.

Don’t miss Alexis’ shared insights on how to look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and see the silver lining. Alexis has grown closer to her children. Additionally, seeing Alexis in action has enhanced their understanding of why mom is so busy. Be sure to listen all the way to the end for fun book recommendations to help elementary-aged children understand what elections are all about. 

Quotes: 

  • "The greatest gift that I can earn or have is flexibility."
  • “I never thought I would run for office.”
  • "There wasn't an obvious path for a woman to run for District Attorney"
  • “I had to make a decision based on the needs of someone I hadn't met”
  • Give [women] the space to mature and go through life”

Links Mentioned: 

Contact with Alexis on her website AlexisforDA.com 

Email Alexis

Listen in and redefine the word balance in Episode 8

Pamela Maass on Linkedin

Maass Law, Life Legacy Firm

Listen in and redefine the word balance in Episode 8

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