Fall Delights: A Photo Tour

Continued from: Just a pregnant woman, trying to embrace Autumn while keeping her blood pressure down. [An Autumn Pregnancy Update]

Here are some things I did to spark joy, keep walking as slow as a turtle, avoid the nausea, stay calm and rest while in upright motion, to balance out the work, (minimal) childcare and (maximal) baby growing I did.

Carving pumpkins while looking like one

It was my husband’s first time carving a pumpkin (he’s not from North America).

I freestyled mine, it didn’t go well.

Kids lost interest 5 minutes in and played tag in the leaves instead.

I then painstakingly de-pumpkin pulped the seeds, washed, seasoned and baked them.

Managed to convince kids it was like popcorn.

They lasted about one week before the kids caught on that they weren’t really like popcorn.

Kept track of the kids’ growth milestones via corn stalk height

We didn’t really record the measurements.

But every time we went back to the farm, it was fun to stand against them.

Bought myself almost weekly bouquets

My Venus is in Scorpio, of course I like to treat myself to small pleasures, stare at and smell the sea and talk about all things taboo.

They smell lovely, look wonderful and make me happy.

A small distraction from the acid reflux and sporadic nausea.

Went to a park and leaned against a tree

Sun bathed for an hour.

No jacket required.

Kiddo played in the sand.

Thank you Mother Nature for toasty November days like these.

Taking photos of things which make me smile

If it brings me delight and joy, then perhaps others will find some too?

I’ve always snapped photos of everyday things in the places we’ve lived and shared them mostly on this blog or social media.

It feels nice to capture moments in time and connects me to the places I explore.

Hope you’re doing okay wherever you are reading this from. 💚

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

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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!

Pregnant Podcasting

My work from home uniform for the rest of 2021: Surrounded by cords and crystals as I produce Season 3 of the Mixing Babies And Business™ Podcast!

It’s getting harder to fit this belly behind the microphone but I wrapped up my final interview of Season 3 in October. 🎉

Next up: editing, production and promotion!

I learned a great parenting hack the other morning, so thought I’d share…

I’m finding it difficult to put my socks and boots on these days as I’m now in the third trimester.

I asked our oldest kid for help before the school run.

He then said sorry, he can’t – too busy doing his own stuff and got ready faster, then told me to hurry or we’d be late.

I’m going to see how long this lasts for but today was the quickest morning ever and we’re now in snowpants weather. ☃️

Hope you’re doing okay wherever you are reading this from. 💚

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

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

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!

An Autumn Pregnancy Update

Just a pregnant woman, trying to embrace Autumn while keeping her blood pressure down.

Also…didn’t know this is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.

This kid is a rainbow baby and I’ve spent most of the past 6 months in disbelief, getting sick, then believing but also not being so sure how things will go on the other side.

This time of year also marks the miscarriage I had and the past two Autumns we’ve received invitations to the local cemetery from the hospital’s spiritual care service, in 2020 the ceremony couldn’t happen due to the pandemic.

It’s a weird feeling, holding hope, excitement and possibility alongside grief, wondering what could have been and trying to practice acceptance of what is.

I don’t have any answers but I no longer feel as untrusting of my body and if anything, my intuition and willingness to listen to my body, despite what others are telling me, even in medical environments, has saved my health a few times now.

Hope you’re doing okay wherever you are reading this from. 💚

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

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

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!

Replay of Mixing Babies And Business Talk for Startup Vancouver

Parentpreneur chat across Canada

My oldest kid made a cameo during Q&A and we were all presenting during the late afternoon / evening routines from different timezones, there were some great takeaways and different points that apply to both parenthood and entrepreneurship.

My individual talk is edited into a video replay here:

You can now watch the full replay of the Startup Vancouver event from earlier this month: 

The panel featured four other parent-preneurs and I, sharing our experiences in business so far:

• Manuj Aggarwal
• Paul Brassard
• Anna Sinclair
• Humaira Ahmed

Thanks to Colin Weston and Chiara Toselli for hosting the event and giving us a chance to connect with other parents from across the country!

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

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• 12 x Months Access: Use the online portal to watch the mini trainings and use the digital resources over the next year

Get started, keep going + publish your podcast!

Mixing Babies And Business Podcast by Amy Maureen Lynch

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Speaking About Mixing Babies And Business This Fall

Parentpreneur life:

Pitching with a newborn -> then toddlers -> remote school age kids, has become a skill over time.

Did you know babies love microphones and don’t cry in front of crowds!? 🎤🚼

I’ve been asked to speak at a couple of upcoming events this Fall and wanted to do a post about them, as all are free to attend and only one is private.

Upcoming Virtual Events

Global Invest Her:
Private Members Only Virtual Event

Global Invest Her network podcasting Member Talk with Amy Lynch

Date: Tuesday, September 28th

Audience: Women entrepreneurs around the world, the platform is based in Europe, with offices in Paris and Dublin

Topic: Using Podcasting For Your Platform

I’ll be talking about:
– The pros and cons of podcasting
– My DIY podcasting setup at home
– Behind the scenes of my workflow and tools
– Audience Q&A

Startup Vancouver:
#CanStartupStories Virtual Panel Celebrating Parent-preneurs

Startup Vancouver CanStartupStories Parentpreneur panel event with Amy Lynch from Mixing Babies And Business

Date: Wednesday, October 6th at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET

Audience: Entrepreneurs across Canada, the event is hosted from Vancouver, BC

Topic: Mixing Babies And Business™

As a panelist for this event, I’ll be talking about:
– My journey as a parentpreneur
– Bringing my kids into business settings
– Creating parent-friendly professional development
– The things I believe would make business spaces and programming more inclusive for parents

RSVP for your free ticket here: https://www.bigmarker.com/sfu-venturelabs/CanStartupStories-BALANCE-Celebrating-Parent-preneurs-f96d9a416b921c09b4c602fd?

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

Launch Your Podcast:  
Express Program

Looking for more info, support, templates and scripts to help you get started?

I’ve decided to host an online course with 1:1 creative strategy session going into more detail.

It will give you everything you need to research, plan, record, edit (if you decide to DIY), launch and promote your podcast from home!

Those who decide to join in will get access to all of the content, templates and resources, including our 1:1 call recording, for the remainder of 2022, so you can work at your own pace.

Learn more and register online here.

P.S. My baby’s due in January, this will be the only 1:1 offering I host for a while.

Mixing Babies And Business Podcast by Amy Maureen Lynch

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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).

Minimum Viable Podcasting (MVP)

My DIY Home Studio Setup

Some of you may remember I started podcasting last August, interviewing other entrepreneurs who also happen to be parents from my home studio, in between looking after our kids on weekdays during the start of the pandemic.

I blocked off my lunch hours, started pitching to people, booking in guests and editing during the evenings and weekends.

I planned it around full-time child rearing on weekdays and the freelance client work I was doing (around 10-20 hours per week), until we could get childcare in 2021.

The idea was to replace my face-to-face business events for parents, by interviewing guest experts and sharing their stories and insights in a safe and accessible format.

I refreshed my Audacity broadcast editing skills (hadn’t touched it in over five years), bought a mic for under $100 CAD, did some Googling, had a lot of tech fails but resolved to keep going even if I felt awkward at times.

The major goal: To keep it low budget, DIY the whole thing end-to-end and NOT burnout in the process.

Since then, I’ve spoken about and shared my setup with other audiences and networks, including Digital Main Street, Global InvestHer, WE-CAN Project at Queen’s University and a couple of private business groups I’m in.

It was selected as a Finalist for one of Canada Top 100 Recovery Projects in 2020, I was asked to join the Startup Canada Communities national network and secured some sponsorship for Season 3.

I’ve also been selected by a local college in Ottawa as a client for the students to work on over the Fall – they’re going to help me come up with marketing strategy and promotion ideas…how cool is that?

All because I decided to start, even though I technically didn’t feel I had a lot of time to spare.

I’m sharing this with you, in case there’s a seed of a creative project or idea that’s been nudging you, waiting to burst forth.

Who knows what could happen if you gave it a bit of TLC, time and attention…

Spill it! Are there any creative projects you’ve been meaning to try this year or plan on making time for in 2022?

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

Launch Your Podcast:  
Express Program

Looking for more info, support, templates and scripts to help you get started?

I’ve decided to host an online course with 1:1 creative strategy session going into more detail.

It will give you everything you need to research, plan, record, edit (if you decide to DIY), launch and promote your podcast from home!

Those who decide to join in will get access to all of the content, templates and resources, including our 1:1 call recording, for the remainder of 2022, so you can work at your own pace.

Learn more and register online here.

P.S. My baby’s due in January, this will be the only offering 1:1 I host for a while.

Boost Your Business With Podcasting:  
Online Workshop Recording

This past week I presented an online workshop for WE-CAN Project at Queen’s University called, ‘Boost Your Business With Podcasting’. 

Over 90 minutes, I shared the pros and cons of podcasting, how I got started, how you can pitch yourself as a guest, my DIY workflow and home studio setup, including the tech, tools and other resources to help attendees get a better idea if podcasting (or being a guest on podcasts) is right for them.

You can watch the replay on their YouTube channel here.

Mixing Babies And Business Podcast by Amy Maureen Lynch

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When Your Goals Take A Detour

Gratitude Post

Thanks to this pandemic for showing me I’d much rather label school supplies in between attending virtual Startup Canada gov consultations, recording podcast interviews and doing freelance work.

At one point in London, I was about to undertake a UK teacher training program before I was pregnant with our first.

I even visited primary schools, was accepted to an after school reading program and did orientation days. Then I decided to hit pause on that goal.

In future, I may happily teach, mind or read to other children…I just don’t want to exclusively homeschool my own.

These days it’s all about trying to create more windows of time to smash the patriarchy in between trying to be present with my kids (as opposed to being accessible to them all of the time) and remembering small joys (like my love of stationery and storytelling).

Hope you’re finding what works for you, my parenting experience is trial and error all the way.

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

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

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!

Back To School…For Now

Remote work with kids on a compressed schedule

A group for freelancing parents I’m in recently had a question pop up in regards to transitioning to more work hours as the kids go back to school / daycare.

It’s something I’ve experienced many times as a remote worker, between contracts, lockdowns and the yo-yo effect of it all but the advice I gave also applies to those without kids.

These are the basic things I try to incorporate into my everyday, in order to make flexible work more efficient (and enjoyable!):

– I use time blocking and have created a free template with a how-to video if you’re keen on downloading it for your own work or homeschool schedule (kid-friendly)

– I set up calendar invites for my partner and I with notifications and an alarm for pickup especially if I’m out running errands

– Lately I also prep the last 10-15 mins before I leave by getting my stuff ready and bringing a snack for them on the drive home so there’s less chaos when we all land there

– Turn my phone on airplane mode or silent for chunks of the day if / when I can

– I don’t answer calls from friends and family who assume I have free time now

– Focus on doing what I want to do and set good boundaries with clients / coworkers / friends / family now, so I don’t have to have awkward conversations later

– Also, take away, go out for or make a nice child free lunch for myself and enjoy it solo or with a friend…chew slowly and enjoy not having to share or cut up my meal into tiny pieces.

How about you? Any tips for making the adjustment to a more ‘open’ schedule while also pacing yourself in the event of interruptions or distractions?

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

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

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!

Manifesting Magic

Just a woman working quietly from home with a vision board to keep her going. ✨

I made this in late 2020 and slowly most of it is coming true…manifesting/making it real never ceases to amaze me but the regular reminders and visuals really help.

Some of the things which have come to fruition:
– 🐣 a healthy pregnancy…I didn’t specify ‘easy’ though, my bad!
– ⚱ pottery time, I’m currently working with a local studio and taking more classes soon
– 🐳 swimming and outdoor activities with the family, we’ve been accessing free swim times, were gifted a set of kids golf clubs and our local neighborhood opened free tennis courts
– 🎤 paid speaking gigs and a business partnership, including sponsorships and grant funding
– 🌊 travel to warmer climates, we have a future wedding invite to Australia and many friends to catch up with
– 🌺 more fresh flowers, books, simple pleasures and beauty in the everyday, I’ve received unexpected bouquets, borrowed fiction, baked goods and we’re near many local conservation area trails

And that’s all within the last eight months. There’s more (including this ‘What Would Chad Do?’ mug from Vivian Kaye that I won in an IG competition…something I never usually enter!) but you get the idea.

I’ve long believed what you write down, illustrate or visualize, you can make real but it still catches me by surprise when it jumps off the page and becomes part of my everyday life.

Do you have anything you’re hoping to manifest over the coming days, months or year?

I’m being nosy…but curious if you have any regular practices you love to do!

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

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

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!