Highs and lows, ebbs and flows

So far this summer of parenthood has been much like the past five years since our first kid was born.

🌠I’m fine but this post is less highlight reel, more reality and look at what I’m not doing right now because my life is changing.

🎢🎉 I am expecting a baby in early 2022!

🐌 Which is forcing me to sloooooooow down and rest more.

👀 While my other two kids on the outside want to speed up and don’t seem to mind the humidity or my/kid of the future’s needs.

🚼📊 Startup Canada and Future of Good have made announcements about my activism lately and I’m working to roll it out across the country (sloooooowly).

🛑 I’ve had to reschedule my podcast workshop for the WE-Can Project, juggle/pause freelance work and haven’t begun recording Season 3 of my podcast yet. It will have to wait for now.

📢 I normally give zero effs what corporate/traditional business settings will say when it comes to these matters but can we just pause to appreciate how GREAT boundaries, flexible and remote work, mixing personal and professional life, embracing the fact you’re a human and not apologizing for preserving your health and wellbeing can be?

🏥 As well as access to health care and services nearby: I’m always grateful for all the midwives, nurses, GPs, and frontline workers that I’ve met overseas and in Canada since becoming a parent, but even more so during these times.

💚 Thanks also to family, friends, neighbours, clients, colleagues and kind strangers. When we can resurface and reconnect in person or online, I would love to return the favour.

– Amy (+ Family) xx
Founder of Mixing Babies And Business™

#my2030 artwork

This piece represents the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Number 5: Gender Equality and features my Babies, Business and Breakfast parent-friendly professional development alongside four other community projects from across Canada. 

Learn more about my event series and join the movement at: Mixing Babies And Business™

Thank you for your support, encouragement and participation in this project and initiative so far!

Future of Good my2030

Looking for more info about Flexible + Remote Work?

I’ve steadily chugged along to 31 episodes of the Mixing Babies And Business™ Podcast (hosted and produced by me, Amy Lynch, from my home during the pandemic).

Mixing Babies And Business Podcast by Amy Maureen Lynch

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Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience is based on my journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

You can download the Amazon Kindle app for free from the Apple Store and Google Play.

You can then purchase, download and read the eBook version of my book from your mobile, tablet or device!

Future of Good artwork featuring my parent-friendly professional development

How wonderful is this!?!? 🚼📊

Thank you to the team at Future of Good for commissioning Chris at Loogart to create pieces representing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of #my2030.

This artwork represents SDG 5: Gender Equality

It features my Babies, Business and Breakfast parent-friendly professional development alongside four other community projects from across Canada: BuildUpWomen Series, Colours of Mama, Feminist Economic Recovery Plan, and Parkdale Centre for Innovation. 

Thanks to the members of the public and selection committee who voted for the 2020 Top 100 Recovery Projects in Canada – you can now explore the projects and artwork online!

Thanks to the organizations who’ve helped me experiment, share and grow this initiative over the past five years from England to Canada: 

  • Startup Canada
  • Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards
  • Algonquin College
  • Dovercourt Recreation
  • Impact Hub Ottawa
  • Synapcity
  • City of Ottawa
  • CreativeMornings Ottawa
  • Google for Startups (Campus London)

Learn more about my event series and join the movement at: Mixing Babies And Business™

Thank you for your support, encouragement and participation in this project and initiative so far,

– Amy (+ Family) xx
Founder of Mixing Babies And Business™

I’ve steadily chugged along to 31 episodes of the Mixing Babies And Business™ Podcast (hosted and produced by me, Amy Lynch, from my home during the pandemic).

Mixing Babies And Business Podcast by Amy Maureen Lynch

My work has been named one of Future of Good‘s Top 100 Recovery Projects in Canada in 2020, all episodes are free to listen to with Season 1 and 2 now live, streaming and available where you listen to all of your favourite podcasts.

Download the free template:
Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [DOWNLOAD]

Looking for more info about Flexible + Remote Work?

Subscribe to receive my free monthly Work + Life newsletter focused on travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews

I wrote a book:

Startup Blogging Book By Amy Maureen Lynch

Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience is based on my journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

You can download the Amazon Kindle app for free from the Apple Store and Google Play.

You can then purchase, download and read the eBook version of my book from your mobile, tablet or device!

New Moon In Cancer Vibes

Been ordering take out, working from my couch, catching up on books and shows and letting Mother Nature water the garden all week. Thanks darl.

As the mum of two Cancer season kids and a friend to many water sign babies, I feel all their feels and can’t believe I am now the parent of two 5 and 3 year olds…who can pretty well outrun, outcry and outcreative me any day of the week.

We talk a lot about outer space, nature, dinosaurs and a meteor hitting Earth, why humans do what they do, bugs, dogs…I am getting good at making up answers and anecdotes, our local library also gets a lot of love.

Pretty sure they think I can make magic happen and I’m not correcting them any time soon.

Example: My one eye in this photo, no filter just afternoon overcast light witchery/too much watching alien theories via Manifest on Netflix and being woken up by our kids in the night.

Anywhoooo, years are short, days are long and all that jazz but really I’m still a youthful spirit trapped in a parent’s body so I don’t have any wisdom to impart.

I will be eating ice cream before (my non homemade) dinner and (store bought) birthday cake and loving every minute of it.

Happy weekend to you, hope you get to indulge/break the rules/explore your curiosities/get outside/sleep in as you see fit. 🐳

If you’re curious for more like this, search ‘intuition’ or ‘intuitive’ on my blog and you’ll see a collection of posts!

Take care,
– Amy (+ Family)

🎉📅 P.S. Want more content like this and a bit of TLC?
>>> Check out my: Remote Work (Virtual) Retreat For Parents

Flexible + Remote Work Resources

Remote Work With Kids: 3 Things To Help Your Workflow

Watch the video, let me know what you think, give it a go, test these things out over the coming week, see if they make a difference for you!

The free Time Blocking Template I mention in the video is also linked below.

Time Blocking Made Easy Template

Download the free template:
Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [DOWNLOAD]

Subscribe to receive my free monthly Work + Life newsletter focused on travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews

I wrote a book:

Startup Blogging Book By Amy Maureen Lynch

Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience is based on my journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

You can download the Amazon Kindle app for free from the Apple Store and Google Play.

You can then purchase, download and read the eBook version of my book from your mobile, tablet or device!

A creative space of your own

My magic making corner

It includes art, astrology and inspirational books, fresh peonies, tarot and oracle decks, a handwritten golden vision card and a diary to record my thoughts. All covering an air duct, much nicer to look at!

Do you have a special space you prefer to create or connect in?

Journals, pens and one of my tarot decks with a side of nachos and ginger ale – need to nourish all around!

Turning inward

I’ve been practicing intuitive readings regularly since the beginning of 2019 but always visited psychics / intuitives every few years for a check in since I was 18 years old and have regularly read my horoscope and studied astrology over the years.

Since 2019, I’ve had the opportunity to read for others in person at Green Spirit, coffee shops, an art and music festival and virtually.

I mainly do them for myself these days, as a regular spiritual and inner compass check-in.

I like to use pendulums, my favourite and most responsive is a citrine one I made by accident, which was supposed to be a bracelet. But nope, it broke and when I tried to rethread it, it began swaying like a pendulum and now I have a homemade one!

I also have a beautiful aventurine stone silver pendulum purchased from a tiny shop in Galway, Ireland, which I love.

But I also receive nudges through books, songs, signs, nature, conversations and many other forms of communication…I do find the divination tools have been helpful for me to ‘turn the volume up‘ on my intuition and they sometimes help me cut through any mental clutter clouding my judgement or testing my gut instinct.

It can be like a breath of fresh air once you decide to lead from a place of knowing, trust and flow, truly listening to your body, soul and feelings.

After exerting so much energy pushing, pulling or striving to keep up in a time which is constantly tempting you with distractions, doubts, desires, comparisons, news, chatter and noise.

It feels great to get out of your head and into your body – so walks or movement help too and I often get my clearest messages and best ideas when I’m not sitting still and overthinking.

Taking the time to explore more

I’ve sampled a few different decks over the years, some have been passed on to others and the main one I’m using these days is The Light Seers Tarot. Very creative, colourful, inclusive and inspiring.

Here are some sample questions for you to try out with your spreads, journal prompts or favourite divination tools if you’re seeking a stronger connection to your inner wisdom:

  • Is what I’m trying to actively manifest what I really want to / desire to manifest?
  • What is the next right step for me?
  • What am I not seeing?
  • Do you have a message for me?
  • How can I best recharge / hit refresh on my daily routines?

I do make a point of clearing my space, setting an intention and receiving information in the highest good of all involved, or from the highest truth and compassion prior to my readings.

I also try to close the connection afterward and practice regular grounding rituals and exercises – there is a lot of information out there (search online or in your local libraries) if you’d like to explore more ideas and concepts for protecting your space, energy and inviting guidance in.

Here are some books which have helped me over the years:

  • The Empath’s Survival Guide by Judith Orloff
  • Practical Intuition by Laura Day
  • Light Is The New Black by Rebecca Campbell
  • Astrology Made Easy by Yasmin Boland
  • You Were Born For This by Chani Nicholas
  • The Twelve Faces Of The Goddess by Danielle Blackwood
  • Discover Your Inner Wisdom by Char Margolis
  • Witch by Lisa Lister
  • Becoming Kuan Yin by Stephen Levine
  • The Things That Scare You by Pema Chodron
  • The Power Is Within You by Louise Hay
  • You Can’t Make This Stuff Up by Theresa Caputo

Happy weekend, happy reading, enjoy exploring and I hope you take the time to listen to your intuition!

Take care,
– Amy (+ Family)

🎉📅 P.S. Want more content like this and a bit of TLC?
>>> Check out my: Remote Work (Virtual) Retreat For Parents

Flexible + Remote Work Resources

Remote Work With Kids: 3 Things To Help Your Workflow

Watch the video, let me know what you think, give it a go, test these things out over the coming week, see if they make a difference for you!

The free Time Blocking Template I mention in the video is also linked below.

Time Blocking Made Easy Template

Download the free template:
Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [DOWNLOAD]

Subscribe to receive my free monthly Work + Life newsletter focused on travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews

I wrote a book:

Startup Blogging Book By Amy Maureen Lynch

Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience is based on my journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

You can download the Amazon Kindle app for free from the Apple Store and Google Play.

You can then purchase, download and read the eBook version of my book from your mobile, tablet or device!

Mixing Babies And Business™ joins Startup Canada Communities

Thank you to Startup Canada for welcoming my growing community of parents and their families onboard this week! 🎊

What started as a newsletter and DIY pop-up parent-friendly professional development events when I was 8 months pregnant three years ago, has now grown into a network of parentpreneurs and people pursuing flexible and remote work alongside their kids.

We’re bringing along the ones we love and care for and showing up as we are in business environments online and offline – usually with a baby and/or toddler in tow.

Babywearing my second son at a professional development event about remote working in 2018 at the former You.iTV office in Ottawa.

🚼 📊 On brand bonus:

Startup Canada’s announcement was made on my kid’s 3rd birthday, he really is a startup baby now…you can’t make this stuff up.

It feels wonderful to go from being a solo founder, writer, creator, event and podcast host to joining a group of other community leaders across Canada who are all dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs locally with the information and opportunities they’re seeking as they pursue their startup ideas, build businesses and grow their companies!

Entrepreneurship can be lonely. Parenthood can be lonely. But they both don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

The first Babies Business and Breakfast™ Parent-Friendly Professional Development Pop Up Event I hosted at Algonquin College featuring Karla Briones, Susan Richards and Sunshine Tenasco in May 2018 – I went on to host a few more events before the pandemic and now it’s a virtual community with plans to spread across the country through Startup Canada Communities.

People who become parents are still interested in pursuing business ideas and using professional development to invest in themselves.

But it can be difficult to feel like you belong in a startup or traditional corporate environment, if you’re the only one bringing your kid(s) along with you.

I am thrilled Startup Canada has asked me to join their platform through their Startup Communities program to help grow my community and connect individuals, who are entrepreneurs AND parents, with child-friendly business resources and experiences.

This partnership will help us continue to spread the message and reach other people who believe parenthood and professional development don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

I’m delighted to continue connecting with others across the country and around the world, looking forward to future growth plans.

Thank you for your support, encouragement and participation in this project and initiative so far,

– Amy (+ Family) xx
Founder of Mixing Babies And Business™

P.S. You can read the full announcement here if you’re interested: https://www.startupcan.ca/mixing-babies-and-business-joins-startup-communities/

Mixing Babies And Business Podcast by Amy Maureen Lynch

I’ve steadily chugged along to 31 episodes of the Mixing Babies And Business™ Podcast (hosted and produced by me, Amy Lynch, from my home during the pandemic).

My work has been named one of Future of Good‘s Top 100 Recovery Projects in Canada in 2020, all episodes are free to listen to with Season 1 and 2 now live, streaming and available where you listen to all of your favourite podcasts.

Download the free template:
Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [DOWNLOAD]

Looking for more info about Flexible + Remote Work?

Subscribe to receive my free monthly Work + Life newsletter focused on travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews

I wrote a book:

Startup Blogging Book By Amy Maureen Lynch

Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience is based on my journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

You can download the Amazon Kindle app for free from the Apple Store and Google Play.

You can then purchase, download and read the eBook version of my book from your mobile, tablet or device!

Livestreaming between Ireland and Canada

Creating connections across Canada and the Atlantic

This week I had the opportunity to manage an event for the Pan Can Ireland Chambers of Commerce, featuring Minister Simon Coveney TD joining us from Ireland and Ambassador Eamonn McKee joining us from the Irish Embassy in Ottawa, Canada.

Jackie Gilna, Pan Can Chair and ICCCOTT President, moderated the discussion and event production volunteer Keith Ward created brilliant opening videos to launch the event.

We had guests logging on from across Canada, Ireland, the UK and US.

Thanks to modern technology, I could livestream from my home office in Ottawa across multiple countries in real time, facilitate chat with attendees and live Tweet, while Nana looked after my two kids at home.

This effort was collaborative, organized from start to finish 100 per cent remotely across time zones and was our largest online event of 2021.

I’ve been hosting webinars for nearly a decade now, from Velg Training and the Commonwealth Government in Australia to building Mixing Babies And Business™ in Canada and I truly believe the future of work (and democracy and fair stakeholder engagement) is through the provision of opportunities where people can participate and access timely information regardless of their location.

Above photo is of my home desk setup, complete with a scone, crystals from Green Spirit (of course) and some other good luck charms for the live event.

Visit ICCCOTT’s social media accounts for the replay if you’re keen, future events are planned quarterly. 🇨🇦🇮🇪

More things like this coming soon from Mixing Babies And Business as well, this week Startup Canada announced they’re onboarding my initiative as part of their Startup Canada Communities platform! 🎉

Take care,
– Amy (+ Family)

🎉📅 P.S. Want more content like this and a bit of TLC?
>>> Check out my: Remote Work (Virtual) Retreat For Parents

Flexible + Remote Work Resources

Remote Work With Kids: 3 Things To Help Your Workflow

Watch the video, let me know what you think, give it a go, test these things out over the coming week, see if they make a difference for you!

The free Time Blocking Template I mention in the video is also linked below.

Time Blocking Made Easy Template

Download the free template:
Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [DOWNLOAD]

Subscribe to receive my free monthly Work + Life newsletter focused on travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews

I wrote a book:

Startup Blogging Book By Amy Maureen Lynch

Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience is based on my journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

You can download the Amazon Kindle app for free from the Apple Store and Google Play.

You can then purchase, download and read the eBook version of my book from your mobile, tablet or device!

A Canadian Farm Wedding

When we enter into Phase 1 reopening, people can get married outside and your family farm is the venue, you strap on your workboots (runners) and get. it. done.

Scroll for transformation photos of my youngest sister’s magical day!!!

Pretending to lift: This pipe was fully supported on the lane.
Trying to read instructions in the wind is never a good idea.
The finished DIY tent – it only took around 10 of us over two days to figure it out! How cute is the jenga station?
My mom, sister Jessica, and I.

Mother Nature threw us a curveball the day before but definitely delivered a wonderful pre Summer Solstice celebration.

Congratulations to the newlyweds! 🌞 🚜 🍾

Take care,
– Amy (+ Family)

🎉📅 P.S. Want more content like this and a bit of TLC?
>>> Check out my: Remote Work (Virtual) Retreat For Parents

Flexible + Remote Work Resources

Remote Work With Kids: 3 Things To Help Your Workflow

Watch the video, let me know what you think, give it a go, test these things out over the coming week, see if they make a difference for you!

The free Time Blocking Template I mention in the video is also linked below.

Time Blocking Made Easy Template

Download the free template:
Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [DOWNLOAD]

Subscribe to receive my free monthly Work + Life newsletter focused on travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews

I wrote a book:

Startup Blogging Book By Amy Maureen Lynch

Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience is based on my journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

You can download the Amazon Kindle app for free from the Apple Store and Google Play.

You can then purchase, download and read the eBook version of my book from your mobile, tablet or device!

Small Everyday Wonders

Keep blooming

Thank you to my first child for planting these peonies two years ago.

Thank you to my second child for screaming at the ants as they ate the buds open.

No filter, fully blooming, in all their hot pink glory.

We should all be more peony.

Waving at whales outside Railbender Studio near Parkdale Market in Ottawa.

Since birth, throughout the infant, toddler and now school age stage, I’ve been nurturing an appreciation for small business, good coffee, the arts and impromptu on street performances in both our first home (London, England) and our current home (Ottawa, Canada).

As pandemic restrictions evolve from lockdown and stay-at-home orders, to take away, now patios and soon indoor dining, we are still exploring as we are able to.

Have a lovely week, keep blooming.

Take care,
– Amy (+ Family)

🎉📅 P.S. Want more content like this and a bit of TLC?
>>> Check out my: Remote Work (Virtual) Retreat For Parents

Flexible + Remote Work Resources

Remote Work With Kids: 3 Things To Help Your Workflow

Watch the video, let me know what you think, give it a go, test these things out over the coming week, see if they make a difference for you!

The free Time Blocking Template I mention in the video is also linked below.

Time Blocking Made Easy Template

Download the free template:
Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [DOWNLOAD]

Subscribe to receive my free monthly Work + Life newsletter focused on travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews

I wrote a book:

Startup Blogging Book By Amy Maureen Lynch

Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience is based on my journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

You can download the Amazon Kindle app for free from the Apple Store and Google Play.

You can then purchase, download and read the eBook version of my book from your mobile, tablet or device!

Remembering How To Receive

Sunshine and surprises

This is where I’m pretending I am spending most of my sunny days when I close my eyes: On a beach, with nowhere to be and hair that stays in a bun.

Right now I’m regrowing it out and because of the third lockdown extensions in Ontario it’s a bit all over the place.

I’ve had a very wonderful week full of abundance, unexpected surprises, opportunities, offers of help and chats with strangers.

I used to contract and fear the worst immediately after these times, like, “What’s the catch? Will something bad happen now?” A bit of waiting for the Earth to open up and swallow me whole, it is all too good to be true.

I still get it but it’s less intense these days. It has taken a lot of affirmations, experiences, intuitive practice, trust, surrender and belief in my own magic and that of the world around me – I always believed but sometimes I let the fear overpower it a *bit* too much.

Most of the good things in my life have come my way because I didn’t desire the exact outcome. It’s been action, intention, faith and a lot of releasing control. The releasing control is where it’s at.

So from one recovering fearing-the-worst-because-life-can’t-be-so-good-I-don’t-deserve-it-how-can-this-be to potentially another, these are things I tell myself even if I don’t always fully feel it or believe it straight away:

  • It gets to be fun
  • It gets to be easy
  • The less I do, the more I make (money, fun, creative projects, abundance)
  • I am open to receiving
  • I am enough as I am
  • I am safe

Have a lovely weekend, you deserve all the good in life that comes your way.

Take care,
– Amy (+ Family)

🎉📅 P.S. Want more content like this and a bit of TLC?
>>> Check out my: Remote Work (Virtual) Retreat For Parents

Flexible + Remote Work Resources

Remote Work With Kids: 3 Things To Help Your Workflow

Watch the video, let me know what you think, give it a go, test these things out over the coming week, see if they make a difference for you!

The free Time Blocking Template I mention in the video is also linked below.

Time Blocking Made Easy Template

Download the free template:
Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [DOWNLOAD]

Subscribe to receive my free monthly Work + Life newsletter focused on travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews

I wrote a book:

Startup Blogging Book By Amy Maureen Lynch

Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience is based on my journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

You can download the Amazon Kindle app for free from the Apple Store and Google Play.

You can then purchase, download and read the eBook version of my book from your mobile, tablet or device!