Portrait Of A Pandemic Parent

Portrait Of A Pandemic Parent Who Hasn’t Slept Well In Months

But Said F*$% It And Recorded Her Audiobook Because Life Is For Living. 🔊

Amy Maureen Lynch recording the audiobook version of her first book 'Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience' at Pop Up Podcasting in Ottawa, Canada.

Don’t worry about the mic, it wore protection.

Only had time for one selfie before we got down to business straight away.

Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience Audiobook streaming April 2021.

If you prefer eBook or paperback, you can get it at the link above right now!

Hate the sound of your own voice?

Try recording yourself more and listening back.

Really, I mean it.

I used to cringe as I edited my recordings in 2010, when I first started doing interviews for my broadcast journalism class assignments and radio station internship.

But you know what?

Living in Australia meant people were curious about my Canadian accent.

I started to embrace it more, get over myself and just hit record because I was also relying on getting good grades to keep my international student scholarship.

I didn’t really have a choice, as I couldn’t really afford the tuition without it.

After I graduated, I started volunteering with an Irish sports club and became their PRO (Public Relations Officer), which meant I spent many weeknights or weekends recapping game day matches during Irish Radio interviews over the next few years.

It all kind of snowballed from there, as I was:

  • interviewed for an Irish sports in Australia film documentary
  • appointed to chair editorial meetings in my Queensland Government job with committee members dialing in from other states and territories
  • asked to present webinars, then later a master class, and later national conference sessions in my education and training job
  • forced to practice my elevator pitch in startup spaces, usually while holding my baby and getting comfortable with being spit up on at the same time
  • given speaking opportunities on stage, in the media and on others’ podcasts and webinars

All because I got used to hearing my own voice and owning it.

The whole ‘small steps, taken regularly add up to big results’ advice can seem discouraging when you’re searching for a quick fix but it is sooooo true.

Thanks to the team at Pop Up Podcasting for hosting me and helping me with the audio version!

Stepping it up a notch

I did something a bit different this week and recorded my first audiobook about my experience building Mixing Babies And Business™, bringing my kids into business settings, writing about it over the years and creating parent-friendly professional development…which was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Recovery Projects of 2020 by Future Of Good.

It’s one thing to get used to the sound of your own voice, but also articulating your thoughts, sharing them with others and reading them out loud – to be made more permanent in another format – felt like the next level for me.

I’m all about accessible and micro learning, especially for underserved audiences of people (parents) who are short on time and overloaded by responsibilities (usually but even more so right now).

Thanks to the team at Pop Up Podcasting for hosting me and helping me with the audio version! 🔊

I first met JP Davidson (the Founder) back in 2017, when I toured his studio with my then baby and his stroller. He was very friendly, accommodating and encouraging of my goals.

I was exploring podcasting back then but didn’t make it happen until August 2020, after I had validated some of my ideas and started interviewing guests from my home studio (office) and editing it myself.

But I had remained in touch with him over the years, he provided some nice feedback on my DIY podcast and when I wrote and published my first book, I knew I wanted to also record an audiobook version and would need help producing it in a quieter space.

I’m fine with my podcast focused on parenting and business having some background life noises, but I don’t think you want to hear my washing machine or kids squealing as you listen to me narrate the book.

So I scheduled sessions with them and once the restrictions lifted in Ottawa, I joined Will in the studio last week and narrated my first book in a day.

It was exhilarating and at times awkward and frustrating as I fumbled over my own words, but all in all, I LOVED the experience and it will impact the way I write my future books, with audio narration in mind.

I’m excited for the story to reach the ears of parents around the world in April 2021, one year after the first edition of ‘Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience‘ was released.

I first wrote and delivered it as a workshop for a conference in 2019 and the feedback was so good I decided to make it more accessible, self-publishing it at the start of the pandemic, writing and editing on my ‘breaks’ between looking after the kids.

Did you know I’ve written a book? It’s currently available as an eBook and paperback via Amazon here: https://notesfromanotherland.com/startup-blogging-book/

I’m currently working on my second book which is all about how I negotiated for my first remote work arrangement in 2013 and spent the next few years working across 10-hour time differences between Australia, Europe and North America.

I’ve used the same approach and practices to secure subsequent freelance, flexible and remote work arrangements both locally and overseas and more recently, alongside my kids.

Are you working on any writing projects in 2021?

I’d love to meet some fellow writers here!

Stay well everyone,

– Amy (+ Family) xx

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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!

Creating Floral Art For Joy

I’ve been making more time for beauty and joy, creating for the sake of it in 2021.

Focusing on drawing and painting flowers, buds and plants from places I’ve lived (Brisbane > Kildare > Galway > London) as part of a ‘Waiting For Spring’ series.

Think Tulips, Hydrangeas, Carnations, Jacarandas Peonies, Heather, Rhododendrons, and friends tell me this bold, red bloom from Australia is a Waratah.

Amy Maureen Lynch Art at Notes From Another Land Studios: Walking in Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland
Study of a bouquet of Tulips I bought at a market in London, England (2015)
Amy Maureen Lynch Art at Notes From Another Land Studios: Waratah, Carnation and Tulip
Study of a carnation in a vase at a café in London, England (2015); Australian Waratah from a tourism bag (2021); and a study of a Tulip viewed above and below from a Canadian library book (2021)

The snow rarely touches those places and as it melts very slooooowly in Ottawa, I’m counting down the days until we can lay on the grass, soak up more sun and (some day) travel again. 🌿

Are you doing anything different these days to add a bit more delight to your routines?

Stay well everyone,

– Amy (+ Family) xx

Focusing on drawing and painting flowers, buds and plants from places I've lived (Brisbane > Kildare > Galway > London) as part of a 'Waiting For Spring' series.
Strolling around Connemara, Co. Galway, while I lived in Ireland (2014)

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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!

Hosting A Remote Work Retreat

A sunshine-themed staycation for parents

I wanted to share the Remote Work (Virtual) Retreat For Parents I hosted last week – it started off as an idea over the holidays, so I put it out to see if there would be any interest.

I had so much fun creating it! I recorded a few fresh mini trainings about Remote Work With Kids covering mindset, processes and routines and then hosted a live coworking session last Friday, before sending everyone their Retreat Digital Care Package.

If anything, it was a welcome distraction from the news, adapting to the ever changing day-to-day and was so good to hear how others are doing during these times. 

I even played some good vibe summer inspired music and had some beach visuals going in the background. 

Remote Work Retreat for Parents

If you missed it this time around but want to join a future session, you have a few options:

  • Buy the Remote Work With Kids Digital Bundle: This includes timely content I developed and delivered in 2020, workbook, mindset + productivity checklist, a 1:1 call with me and the 2021 Retreat Package and replays. Learn more here.
     
  • Sign up to the waitlist for future retreats: I plan to host another one over the coming months, spread the word and sign up to be notified first here.
Remote Work Retreat for Parents with Amy Lynch
I may have gotten a bit excited to pretend I was at a beach
Remote Work Retreat for Parents Welcome

Some nice things people are saying:

I’ve also had some lovely feedback on a LinkedIn post I made earlier in January about my work to date creating more inclusive corporate spaces and experiences for parents and their families. You can watch the original video below and read the feedback underneath.

“I really enjoy the content you share and love that you are pushing this cause, as it’s a very good one!”
– Ed Bryant, President & CEO, Sampford Advisors 

“This is so great! Thanks for sharing your journey so far. I get really excited when I think of the possibilities ahead of us – where more areas of business have increasing feminine influences. It is very powerful when it comes from a very authentic place with a determination to make the world more inclusive for all. Bravo on the strides you have made!”
– Susan Richards, Managing Partner, Numbercrunch and Co-Chair Board of Directors, Invest Ottawa  

“Awesome Amy – Bravo – Algonquin College Office of Applied Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship was pleased to be part of your important journey.”
– Kevin Holmes, Project Director at SLiDE, Algonquin College DARE District

“Great event today! Wow! Speakers were great! I think you bring to light a very important perspective. Especially in these times.”
– Cathy Ireland, Business Growth Advisor – Eastern ON, PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise

Stay well everyone,

– Amy (+ Family) xx

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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 Costs Of Unpaid Labour

Accounting for the value you provide

I wrote a post in a freelance parenting community group based in the UK and it received more feedback than I anticipated.

In the midst of worldwide lockdowns, including requirements for homeschooling, a lot of freelance parents have had to literally ‘down tools’ over the past year to care for their kids full-time without access to the local in-person support of drop-in play groups, childcare centres or schools.

They’ve been doing three jobs in one full-time 24/7, including caregiving/parenting, employee/employer and teacher/tutor.

Sharing my reality of pandemic parenting

If you are looking for another way to articulate your value (not that you should need to), this is my original post:

In light of Frankie Tortora, Founder of Doing It For The Kids‘ Instagram Stories, thought I’d share something which you may find odd but I feel it helps me. I started doing it after I came across the Bill The Patriarchy website from artist Patti Maciesz to articulate the value (and unpaid labour) you provide – Google it, typeform creates an automatic invoice, it’s brilliant.

I already keep a spreadsheet tracking my income received in the form of cash, gifts, value etc for tax and manifesting purposes but I ALSO include line items for the days of childcare I provide at the daily rate our local daycare charges per child, the cost to hire a domestic helper or outsource the following: food, household and clothes shopping, meal planning, prep and cooking, cleaning, errands and scheduling family appointments.

Add or subtract depending on homeschool, tutoring, evenings, weekends, etc.

I know I ‘saved’ our family over $30,000 provided in the form of unpaid labour since March 2020.

Doesn’t solve the problem or fix the imbalance but it helps me as it’s based on factual figures and aside from already knowing my value, affirms it during these times. That and access to parenting helplines, therapy and a heap of other resources.

If you don’t have time to track it in a spreadsheet I completely understand. 🤣 All I know is it adds up to around $3000+/month in Canada for two kids under 5.

Take care everyone.

Resources for parents:

We are an international family, so have access to support lines in Canada and Ireland but I used to live in Camden, England.

Helpline links and numbers are for Canada, Australia, Ireland, England, add more in the comments if you have them:

  • In England there is: https://cindex.camden.gov.uk/
  • NHS support for parents
  • Contact: for families with disabled children. Helpline: 0808 808 3555 and website: www.cafamily.org.uk
  • Family Lives: An organisation providing immediate help from volunteer parent support workers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Helpline: 0808 800 2222 and website: www.familylives.org.uk
  • Family Rights Group: Support for parents and other family members whose children are involved with or need social care services. Helpline: 0808 801 0366 and website: www.frg.org.uk
  • Gingerbread: single parents, equal families. Help and advice on the issues that matter to lone parents. Helpline: 0808 802 0925 and website: www.gingerbread.org.uk
  • For Irish abroad they just launched Samaritans helplines in Canada and Australia – numbers to call are: https://www.dfa.ie/global-irish/staying-in-touch/
  • In Ottawa/Ontario, where I live in Canada, there are free virtual counselling sessions you can book through Crossroads Children’s Mental Health Centre and Parenting In Ottawa and TOLL FREE 1-866-426-8885
  • Bill The Patriarchy is managed by the always inspiring @artpatti 🔥

Time blocking: FREE training

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?

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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!

Caring Less, Creating More

A FINAL NOTE FROM AMY IN 2020:
(THE WRITER BEHIND THESE POSTS)

I’ll be honest…I drafted this in December, let it percolate and didn’t want/nor had the time and emotional bandwidth to review and edit before I decided to hit ‘send’ in the early days of 2021.

How could I be so ‘thoughtful’ yet ‘careless”driven’ yet ‘disorganized”creative’ yet ‘here’s a canned response”inspired’ yet ‘apathetic’…Hmmmm???

If 2020 taught me anything (let’s be honest it taught me more than one thing), it was about experiencing and dealing with polarities, especially when it came to feeling my feelings and then carrying on in spite of/despite them. 

I don’t need to recap the year that has been – if you’re reading this, you’ve been living it alongside me.

This update will focus on what I haven’t been doing, what I created and practiced over the past year instead and what I’m going to continue incorporating as 2021 unfolds.

Let me start with this: I’m tired. But I’m not done.

The medium is evolving but my message remains the same: I believe everyone deserves to design a life that works for them and their family.

That’s what I’ve been writing about since 2010 on this blog and a previous one, and what I will always find myself coming back to, time and time again.

I love travel, creativity, exploring new places, trying new things and working flexibly.

While I couldn’t travel or explore overseas in 2020, I doubled down on the other areas I love exploring: writing, art, creating things, helping others, spending time with my family, learning how to spend ALL the time with my family and listening to my intuition even more.

I also let go of a lot of ‘shoulds’ and shit I don’t enjoy, which came pretty easily to me since I’ve been gradually practicing boundary setting and ignoring messes in our house since around the time I became a parent in 2016.

Back then, I knew something would have to give if I wanted to feel fulfilled, human and like more than a parent (because I was a whole person with a bunch of interests I pursued before becoming one) and I wasn’t about to hand all of it over just because I decided to have a kid (or more).

There are lots more I didn’t do and other things I did in 2020, like family time/bonding with my kids/working alongside my partner/trying to endure/getting out of bed most days/counting to 10 before responding to the same question…the below points were the highlights for me.

Here are two lists for easier reading:

 WHAT I DIDN’T DO IN 2020 
(and felt great because of it)

  • Folding and putting away laundry – it got washed, dried and then piled on a chair in our bedroom for days, sometimes a week or more, at a time, as part of a regular battle to see who would crack and start folding first…scroll for a pic (yes, our furniture is on brand).
  • Hosting monthly events – I organized an in person event in February but then didn’t start hosting online events until September because I was in survival mode. Waiting came with a surprise gift – Bayview Yards helped onboard me as a digital event host and people still signed up to join us months later. #noregrets
  • Regular exercise – I hate too much routine, so walks outside with my kids and playing in our yard were the main thing we did but never regularly or on a schedule…it takes us between 15-30 minutes to get dressed for winter these days so I aimed looooooow (still do).
  • Dishes every day – they get put in our dishwasher but we let them pile up and do the washing up in batches, which is why we bought a LOT of baking trays, ok? We didn’t have a dishwasher in our last two homes in London and feel immense gratitude for our current hard-working machine.
  • Crafts or any kind of Pinterest-inspired activity – I am GRATEFUL for remote school because they send me things to print out which largely only require paper, printer ink, some pencils/markers/crayons, a bit of parental explanation and our kids’ imaginations.
  • Regular content planning or social media – I get closer every day to deleting FB/IG/TW and going ‘off-grid’, which is why I aimed loooooow with daily/weekly content scheduling and told myself to send a monthly newsletter (and sometimes failing at that) as I gradually plan my social media exit strategy. Maybe by the end of 2021 you’ll be receiving these dispatches in handwritten ink on parchment paper with fancy stamps. Send me a reply if you’d like one of those. 
  • Read the news or engage in deep conversations – I really felt the need to keep myself from burnout and despite having some times where I needed to rest or recover, I’m glad I stuck to this for the most part. Sometimes I would resurface, engage, consume and then realize the dips in my immune system or increase in anxiety were most likely due to it.
Amy Maureen Lynch Startup Blogging book available from Amazon in April 2020

WHAT I DID INSTEAD OF THE ABOVE ITEMS 
(within our walls because it was all I could do)

  1. Wrote and self-published my first book in April 2020 – based on my experiences pitching to countless strangers, bringing my kids into business settings, validating business ideas and building a community of parents interested in professional development over the past few years. Learn more and buy a copy here.
     
  2. Spoke at other people’s events and their digitals channels – about remote work, mixing babies and business and working from home with kids for Women In Leadership Ottawa, Treehouse Medical, Female Tech Leaders, The Gifters Podcast and Future of Good Summit. My parent-friendly professional development was even recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Recovery Projects in 2020! You can learn more here.
     
  3. Rekindled relationships and let others fade away – this is where I could insert a timely quote but instead I will remember WHY I was a late adopter to most technology…because it can reduce important conversations and human interaction to character counts, heart ‘likes’ or emojis. I hated computers in school, refused to get a mobile phone for a long time, then didn’t want to upgrade to a smartphone (until I eventually did). I kept in touch with most friends and family while I lived in Australia and Europe via snail mail letters and postcards. This year, I went back to making time for the practice of writing to friends, sending care packages and personalizing my messages for those who light me up.
     
  4. Created flexible work resources – based on my experiences doing remote work since 2014 to help people who all of a sudden found themselves adapting to a new normal. This included a free remote work with kids time blocking template and a mini e-course for people hoping to transition to a service-based remote work role long-term, if they decided they enjoyed it (I took it down to revamp it but it’ll be back online here soon)
     
  5. Interviewed others, learned how to produce and launch a Mixing Babies And Business™ Podcast – with Season 1 featuring 14 mini episodes with business leaders who are also parents, sharing their real-life experiences when it comes to entrepreneurship, business, flexible and remote work with kids. Tune in if you’re interested or share with your network, Season 2 will be rolled out over the coming weeks!
     
  6. Got back in touch with my inner voice, intuition and all things woo woo – I’ve always been good at manifesting (although I didn’t always know I was doing it at the time) but this past year I really spent a lot more time reading paperback books, doing intuitive readings for myself, being outdoors (even if I wasn’t going far), journaling freely, writing down my dreams as soon as I woke up and seeing what happened as a result. Despite the lockdown and multiple reversals on restrictions, I’ve kept meeting others online who I feel aligned with and have made some great friendships this year with individuals in different parts of the world.

Grateful to have you reading this as we are head into 2021…

I hope you’ve uncovered some things you’d like to let go of, others to pass the time and things you’d like to embrace more of in future.

If you’re interested in connecting to chat about the past year or your future plans, creative projects or any other questions you may have for me, I’ve set up a calendar where readers of the newsletter can book a call with me via Zoom.

If you can’t find a time which suits you, please reply to this address with your request. Or if video/audio calls aren’t your thing and you prefer to write, you can send me an email to the same address!

Over the coming months, I’ll be focusing on:

  • Writing my second book
  • Releasing Season 2 of the podcast
  • Making time to connect with other like-minded people (like you)
  • Looking after my mental health
  • Listening to my gut and trusting it more
  • Getting outside, even if it’s -20 in winter

How about you?

My love affair with time blocking: FREE training

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?

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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!

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

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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!

Life Hack For Getting Stuff 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

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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!

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!