Recap of the podcast’s first season in 2020

Season 1 Recap Parent-friendly professional development podcast

When I first launched the Mixing Babies And Business™ Podcast in November 2020, my goal was to reach people who can’t attend events IRL or online, releasing new mini episodes every Tuesday and Friday until the holidays.

It was my attempt to create an online space where the conversations I would normally host at my in person parent-friendly professional development events could reach a wider audience at a time and place when and where they needed it most.

🔊 Listen to ALL the mini episodes from Season 1

Now available on your favourite podcast platforms or here: https://mixingbabiesandbusiness.buzzsprout.com/

Mixing Babies And Business Podcast

About Season 1

This show features inspiring interviews edited into mini episodes less than 20 minutes long, designed for parents who want to invest in themselves, alongside their loved ones. If you want to explore mixing babies and business, you’ve come to the right place!

ABOUT SEASON 1

  • My first interview was with Frankie Tortora, a mum of two, freelance graphic designer and founder of Doing It For The Kids
  • My second interview was with Tanya Hayles, a mom of one and an award-winning event planner, freelance writer, public speaker, creative storyteller and founder of Black Moms Connection and Color In White Spaces
  • My third interview was with Kevin Bourne, a dad of three and an entrepreneur, freelance journalist, media personality and co-founder of SHIFTER  Magazine and SHIFTER Agency
  • My fourth interview was with Karla Briones, a mom of two kids, an award-winning Mexican-Canadian serial entrepreneur and founder of Karla Briones Consulting

I sincerely hope you’ll find comfort in hearing the lived experience of other entrepreneurial and community leaders, in their own words, who have been adapting to their parenthood journey along the way. Special thanks to all of our guests and podcast listeners to date.

🌠 Please leave us a review if you enjoy the podcast and share it with other parents in your network – every bit helps!

We’ll be back in early 2021 with Season 2 – Happy Holidays, stay safe and look after yourselves.

Thanks for listening, catch you next time!

– Amy (+ Family)
Founder | Event + Podcast Host

Join our movement. Bring your kids.

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• Mini Training – Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family) [LEARN MORE]
• Book – Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [LEARN MORE]
• Online Course – Based on the book Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [JOIN THE WAITLIST]

FREE Digital Resources, Templates + Guides

• Template – Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [LEARN MORE]
• Guide – Babies + Business Mini Guide To Navigating The Corporate Jungle (With Kids) [LEARN MORE]

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!

Life Hack For Getting Stuff Done

Life hack for getting things done

Life hack aka how I get shit done on weekdays:
The laundry keeps getting washed and then we stare down the pile until one of us cracks.*

Things I did instead of folding laundry and neatly putting it away this year:

  • wrote and self-published my first book
  • interviewed people and edited it into podcast episodes
  • created multiple digital products
  • joined some woo woo online meetups
  • went outside more
  • hand wrote and posted 40+ snail mail holiday cards
  • typed this life hack post

Got lots done in 2020 thanks to the above tip.

We never ran out of clean clothes, no one saw the wrinkles on Zoom, kids don’t know the difference. More fun, less folding!

Highly recommend 10/10. 👌

*P.S. If you’re wondering who’s winning laundry wars in our home this month it’s me. muahahaha

Let Things Go, Get Others Done

I created a free time blocking Google Sheet template, linked below if you’d like to try it out.

I also made a quick video about the different ways (digital and hard copy) that I try to manage my time…because I’m that passionate about spreading the word to you and others. 🙈

Give yourself a couple of weeks to see if it helps clear the mental fog, structure your days and knock some tasks off your list.

If you’re like me, at the very least you can tell yourself you tried because you downloaded something in an attempt to experiment with a new routine, even if it doesn’t get implemented every day or you half arse it most of the time.

Do what works best for you and your family right now.

Big (virtual) hugs all around.

Stay well everyone,

– Amy (+ Family) xx

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!

The podcast has hit 100 downloads!

Mixing Babies And Business Podcast Season 1

🎉 THANK YOU for listening to Season 1!🎉

When I first launched the Mixing Babies And Business™ Podcast in November, my goal was to reach people who can’t attend events IRL or online, releasing new mini episodes every Tuesday and Friday until the holidays.

I don’t have a big advertising budget, so you’ll see me sharing my posts regularly on social media, my blog, website and newsletter. I sincerely appreciate the support, content sharing and private messages with your personal feedback to date.

People are *actually* downloading them and tuning in and we hit 100 downloads within the first 30 days!

I’m continuing to release Season 1 episodes and interview business leaders–who also happen to be parents–over the coming weeks before I take a break for the holidays and come back with Season 2 in February 2021.

Mixing Babies And Business Podcast

Catch up on our episodes to date here:
http://mixingbabiesandbusiness.buzzsprout.com/

The situation is always evolving but hopefully our conversations will inspire you to keep:

  • building what you want to see in the world;
  • caring for your creations; and
  • continuing to show up as your full self in professional environments.

Because we believe the future of work involves creating space for everyone, including you (and your family). 🚼📊

Thank you once again…happy weekend!

– Amy (+ Family)
Founder | Event + Podcast Host

Join our movement. Bring your kids.

Learn more and subscribe to the newsletter here:
http://mixingbabiesandbusiness.com/newsletter

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

• Mini Training – Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family) [LEARN MORE]
• Book – Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [LEARN MORE]
• Online Course – Based on the book Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [JOIN THE WAITLIST]

FREE Digital Resources, Templates + Guides

• Template – Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [LEARN MORE]
• Guide – Babies + Business Mini Guide To Navigating The Corporate Jungle (With Kids) [LEARN MORE]

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!

The Importance Of Talking To Strangers

Old Ireland In Colour by John Breslin and Sarah-Anne Buckley

A note about making connections

Back in March 2010, I met my Irish husband in Canada before flying out to Australia a few months later.

That first conversation triggered a series of events which led to the course of both our lives changing and our future plans evolving to include each other.

In early 2014, when we relocated to Galway, Ireland and later Naas, Co. Kildare, I started setting up coffee chats with complete strangers I found inspiring on LinkedIn or read about in the local papers. A practice I started doing as a journalism student and have kept doing, even if it’s virtual these days!

One of those people was John Breslin, a Professor at NUIG Galway, entrepreneur and later, the founder of the Portershed. We had a great catch up and continued to keep in touch over the years.

When he published his latest book, Old Ireland In Colour, I ordered a copy for our home library. The book arrived yesterday from Newbridge Co. Kildare, ironically a town I used to work in, and was announced this week as Best Irish-Published Book in An Post Irish Book Awards!

It’s a beautifully made book, featuring colour photographs created using AI technology and historical research, full of important and everyday moments in the country’s history. We’re looking forward to reading it as a family and sharing it with others.

You never know who you may meet, where a conversation may lead, what a person may create or the impact it may have on the lives of others.

Your reminder for the day to take more chances, try new things and speak to complete strangers, you never know what could happen!

Notes From Another Land Fine Art Prints

London Collection Fine Art Travel Prints: Notes From Another Land

Explore a different perspective from a familiar place we’ve both been (or one that’s on your bucket list to visit someday!), while giving back.

Add a burst of colour and raise the vibration in your home, while contributing to providing a safe space for women and children in need. With every order, a portion goes toward supporting organizations with a mission to provide housing and support to those in transition.

I’m offering free standard shipping across Canada for the remainder of 2020 and flat rates for U.S. and International orders.

I also offer digital gift cards and sincerely appreciate any sharing within your networks you can do!

Stay well everyone,

– Amy (+ Family) xx

I (also) 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!

Celebration (and voting) time!

Future of Good Canada's Top 100 Recovery Projects 2020

We’re in Canada’s Top 100 Recovery Projects!

My parent-friendly professional development initiative has been selected as one of Canada’s Top 100 Recovery Projects by Future of Good!

What originally began as me bringing my kids into business settings, turned into accidental activism and later a newsletter, event series, speaking engagements and now a Mixing Babies And Business™ podcast!

The medium keeps evolving but the core message remains the same:
Parenthood and professional development don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

Babies, Business + Breakfast Parent-Friendly Event

I’ll be speaking about the project at tonight’s Future of Good Summit networking event.

If you’ve been following my work to date and enjoying my posts, I would sincerely appreciate you voting for Babies, Business + Breakfast™ here and at the link in my bio:
https://100recoveryprojects.futureofgood.co/sdg/babies-business-breakfast/

I will continue to advocate for more flexible and inclusive work solutions because I believe the future of work includes making space for primary caregivers and their families.

Thank you for reading!

You can also learn more on the website here: https://babiesbusinessbreakfast.com/

Join our movement. Bring your kids.

Learn more and subscribe to the newsletter here:
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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

• Mini Training – Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family) [LEARN MORE]
• Book – Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [LEARN MORE]
• Online Course – Based on the book Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [JOIN THE WAITLIST]

FREE Digital Resources, Templates + Guides

• Template – Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [LEARN MORE]
• Guide – Babies + Business Mini Guide To Navigating The Corporate Jungle (With Kids) [LEARN MORE]

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!

Sometimes Showing Up Is All You Can Do

Mixing Babies And Business November 2020 Event with Sheena Brady and Solange Tuyishime

When your birthday is the day before White Ribbon Day, you celebrate by recording online conversations with entrepreneurs and leaders across Canada focused on entrepreneurship, flexible and remote work with kids.

Because not only am I passionate about everyone being able to design a life that works for them and their family, I am ALSO passionate about eradicating violence and harassment against women.

It’s something I’ve experienced, witnessed and worked on campaigns for over the years.

I will keep talking about it because it still exists.

Seeking support because the impact doesn’t disappear.

Creating what I can with what I have, where I’m at, for those who wish to participate.

Because when we show up, we may also be giving others the permission and courage they need to speak out, show up and seek help. I appreciate you listening.

For more info or support, please visit:

Big (virtual) hugs all around.

Stay well everyone,

– Amy (+ Family) xx

Looking for more info about Flexible + Remote Work?

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

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

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!

The new podcast is live and Season 1 is here!

Mixing Babies And Business Podcast: Where parenthood meets professional development

Lots of weekend dates with my mic and editing software these days…🎙🖥

All of my podcast interviews usually follow the same trend:

  1. Excitement at guests booking in and agreeing to be recorded
  2. Feeling out of my comfort zone as I deal with tech glitches
  3. It then feeling all worth it, as I let everything they said to me sink in
  4. Relearning how to edit audio clips and produce episodes during my kids nap/bedtimes
  5. Getting emotional as I listen back to their stories and insights
  6. Figuring out how to upload and promote episodes
  7. Gratitude for how humble, helpful and responsive every guest has been

What started as an idea turned into self-doubt and problem solving, before quickly evolving into admiration and then enthusiasm to share these stories with other people.

I sincerely hope those who tune in will find comfort in hearing the lived experience of other entrepreneurial and community leaders, in their own words, who have been adapting to their parenthood journey along the way.

You can search for the ‘Mixing Babies And Business’ Podcast on most podcast apps or platforms.

Or simply click the link in my bio or visit: mixingbabiesandbusiness.buzzsprout.com

Special thanks to my Season 1 Frankie Tortora, Tanya Hayles, Kevin Bourne and Karla Briones. 🎉🎉🎉

And thanks to you for following along and listening!

Mixing Babies And Business Podcast

Join our movement. Bring your kids.

Learn more and subscribe to the newsletter here:
http://mixingbabiesandbusiness.com/newsletter

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

• Mini Training – Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family) [LEARN MORE]
• Book – Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [LEARN MORE]
• Online Course – Based on the book Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [JOIN THE WAITLIST]

FREE Digital Resources, Templates + Guides

• Template – Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [LEARN MORE]
• Guide – Babies + Business Mini Guide To Navigating The Corporate Jungle (With Kids) [LEARN MORE]

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!

Art x Advocacy: Decorate Your Home While Supporting Women And Children In Transition

London Collection Fine Art Travel Prints: Notes From Another Land

I’ve spent the past month working on a creative passion project.

I’ve been sharing my writing over the past decade on this blog and over the summer, I started exploring the process of doing fine art prints of my travel photos.

I’ll be releasing prints over the coming year, with the first editions launching in Fall 2020.

The London Collection features original photography of popular city sights, cheerful doorways and rainbow rows of terraced homes taken during our time living in North West London, England, where we had our first son.

London Collection Fine Art Travel Prints: Notes From Another Land

Add a burst of colour and raise the vibration in your home, while contributing to providing a safe space for women and children in need. With every order, a portion goes toward supporting organizations with a mission to provide housing and support to those in transition.

Each travel print is custom made locally in Ottawa (our current home), using archival quality matte cotton paper, is signed by the artist and includes a handwritten note about the location, before it’s posted to your door.

London Collection Fine Art Travel Prints: Notes From Another Land

Explore a different perspective from a familiar place we’ve both been (or one that’s on your bucket list to visit someday!), while giving back.

I’m offering free standard shipping across Canada for the remainder of 2020 and flat rates for U.S. and International orders.

I also offer digital gift cards and sincerely appreciate any sharing within your networks you can do!

Stay well everyone,

– Amy (+ Family) xx

Flexible + Remote Work
Freebies For You:

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!

Not Doing It All, Deciding What To Pursue And When

Working from home with kids during a pandemic and attempting to home school online.

Someone recently posted a question in a freelance group for parents I’m a member of. They were wondering how we get work done, clean/sort the socks, mind the kids and look after ourselves…during the pandemic.

It really stirred up some things for me.

Maybe because I’m so against trying to figure it all out.

Or because I feel angst and rage bubbling below the surface every time I see another headline about the number of caregivers (primarily women), who are thinking of opting out of the workforce because they can’t ‘keep up’ to both their work and family responsibilities as the lockdown restrictions continue and people’s work and home lives become more enmeshed.

I’m sharing my written response, in case it will help someone else feel a little less alone right now.

This is what I wrote:

I feel you on this one.

Current house status: Three piles of clean laundry (and growing) to be sorted, toys strewn everywhere, work to-do list ready but parked right now as I’ve been sick over the weekend.

But I did my bookkeeping, applied for a grant, did virtual meetings and completed a remote work engagement, in between watching our two kids (2 and 4) on weekdays with virtual school for the oldest.

I have done a LOT of mindset work and it always continues as a practice for me, around managing my own expectations of myself as a parent and self-employed person. Because when it comes down to it, not a lot of people are actually coming to my house right now (the Gov in Canada is cracking down with fines!), so we don’t really have an incentive to run around cleaning up after everyone because we’re the ones living in it and if we’re ok with the mess, that’s all that matters.

Think of your inner critic, the words you tell yourself, the feelings you internalize. Are the expectations you’re placing on yourself kind, forgiving and realistic? If not, it may be something to think about and work towards as I’ve found how I speak to myself really does make a difference and you can teach others how you want to be treated.

On a practical note, I use time blocking, batching tasks, whiteboard wall calendars, written lists, calendar reminders and we just ignore piles of dirty dishes and clean laundry and get to them when it’s ‘their time’, which means we’re batching those tasks too. And I have some pretty firm boundaries around my time, needs and how accessible I am to other people right now.

I have a free digital time blocking template (Google Sheets) I created for this, I’ve been using time blocking over the past decade before and after kids. Keeps me sane, helps me batch tasks and compartmentalize my days/weeks.

Send me a message if you’d like the link and I wish you all the best with the socks…I have a growing pile of them still looking for their missing partner!

Sending you and your family good wishes, do your best, it’s hard with a toddler and I don’t think I’ve been on top of anything since becoming a parent but sleep is a priority for me right now, so the messes can wait. xx

The. Messes. Can. Wait.

Unless tidying brings you joy (Marie Kondo fans that’s for you), then by all means declutter and decide how you spend your time accordingly.

Please feel free to comment below with what’s working for you (or NOT working for you) at the moment.

The free time blocking Google Sheet template I mentioned is linked below if you’d like to try it out.

I also made a quick video about the different ways (digital and hard copy) that I try to manage my time…because I’m that passionate about spreading the word to you and others. 🙈

Give yourself a couple of weeks to see if it helps clear the mental fog, structure your days and knock some tasks off your list.

If you’re like me, at the very least you can tell yourself you tried because you downloaded something in an attempt to experiment with a new routine, even if it doesn’t get implemented every day or you half arse it most of the time.

Do what works best for you and your family right now.

Big (virtual) hugs all around.

Stay well everyone,

– Amy (+ Family) xx

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!