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!

Manifesting + Magic In The Making

Less than one month after sharing my podcast workflow on this blog and my social media, I’m now presenting it as an online webinar and workshop.

This my friends, is the beauty of sharing your work, showing up and trusting in the timing of things. Like a big “Whooooooosh!”, opportunities have been coming through my door, email and social media inboxes.

I’ve started laughing out loud with delight when it happens, followed by a grateful “Thank You”, acknowledgement and acceptance. It really has become that surprising, yet frequent.

It’s not only related to my podcast or my work, it’s touching all areas of my life and I will continue to share as it unfolds and as I see fit.

Because when you can read it or see it, maybe you can start to believe in different possibilities or ways of welcoming unexpected opportunities, twists and turns in your journey too.

This month, I’m grateful for the opportunity to present two sessions for the Digital Main Street Invest Ottawa team members about my podcasting workflow and writing newsletters people will actually open.

Curious? Send me a message or comment on this post to learn more.

I also hosted the third round of my Remote Work (Virtual) Retreat for Parents in 2021 – it’s now available ‘On Demand’ for $22 USD for the remainder of the year as we navigate this pandemic and I focus on my work, client commitments and part-time caregiving.

My setup is simple tech, low cost and I use what I have available right now

I presented both lunch and learn webinars and recorded my Remote Work Retreat with the above setup: Once again, my mic stand is brought to you from my children’s book supply.

I’m interested to know:

  • Do you podcast or apply to be a guest on others?
  • Are you interested in learning more about podcasting?
  • If you don’t podcast right now, what’s stopping you?

I’m presenting a future podcasting workflow workshop this summer as part of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) funded WE-CAN Project at Queen’s University. I’m excited to continue sharing my podcasting experiences and adventures with others!

Fun fact: I spoke at the launch of the WEKH in Eastern Ontario at Impact Hub Ottawa about creating more parent-friendly business spaces and experiences while babywearing my second son when he was one year old in June 2019.

Amy Maureen Lynch speaking at the launch of the WEKH in Ontario in June 2019 at Impact Hub Ottawa while babywearing her son.
Photo by Impact Hub Ottawa from the launch of the WEKH in Eastern Ontario in June 2019.

It feels sooooo long ago that we could gather, I could perform my accidental activism and changes perceptions in real time but it’s absolutely wonderful that things have come full circle and I’m still able to connect with women entrepreneurs remotely, without having to rush downtown and worry about stroller parking. 😂

I’ll share the WE-CAN Project workshop details once it’s ready to go, so stay tuned for that in the coming weeks.

It’s not always easy to juggle all the projects or ideas but my top three creative drivers are: telling stories, design and helping others – so I try to work from a place of joy and fun.

And let a lot of domestic/life admin shit that doesn’t really matter gooooo.

With this beautiful weather, I’m ready to move into soak up the sun relaxation mode but in reality that will most likely entail a blow up kiddie pool and chalk on the driveway.

Hope you’re doing okay during these times, thank you for following along.

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.

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!

New Moon Mantras

Pleasure over pressure

Embodying those words from Rebecca Campbell, this is how I’ve been feeling over the past year and a half: Indulging, slowing down, trying to be present and releasing the often unnecessary pressure from the day-to-day rhythms of my life.

What the New Moon in Taurus is made for: Handmade macarons, fresh flowers and magic.

Thank you to my sister for dialling and delivering this Mother’s Day order to my door…this photo is now historical and they are all gone. Bippity boppity boo. ✨

If you haven’t tried macarons, what have you been doing with your time on Earth to date?

Let’s just say, the Canadian Timbit had set my treat expectations low as a youth. I would never deny them these days but you know when a box of macarons shows up to the party, the Timbits will always take a backseat.

I first experienced macarons in Australia, they were all over the bakeries. Then when I moved to Europe, I never passed a patisserie or market stall without bringing home something.

My days often consisted of: Walk, indulge, explore, taste test. Still do. It’s who I am, I think in a former life I spent most of my days as a hedonist.

The pursuit of pleasure, especially right now, however you can access, experience and appreciate it, is not to be overlooked. Small joys like these keep me going.

Spring delights which stopped me in my tracks

A nest of four bright blue robin's eggs in a hydrangea bush.

A robin’s nest with four bright blue eggs, hiding in my mom’s garden – I think it’s in a yet to bloom hydrangea bush…my favourite flowers!

Major's Hill Park in Ottawa during Tulip Festival 2021 with Parliament Hill Peace Tower, a crane and a bed of tulips.

A stroll in Major’s Hill Park, near where I used to work in the ByWard Market over 10 years ago, with my family during Tulip Festival in the early hours of a weekend morning.

It was very quiet, warm and a clear blue sky that day. We even saw a construction crane in front of Parliament Hill’s Peace Tower, so many things to spot downtown!

Today and every day, I hope you’re able to work toward designing a life that works for you and your family – with more ease and less pressure, always. 🌿

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 story on Mother’s Day 2021

Happy Mother’s Day, however you choose (or don’t choose) to celebrate it. 💐

My mini break turned into a month-long one from my Mixing Babies And Business™ community – I kept up the podcast but during this third lockdown in Ontario, Canada, I’ve found it hard to maintain the momentum I had.

It was healthier for me to pause, pace myself and prioritize my needs.

Here are some learning experiences I had during it:

  1. Rest is a bit of a revolution in a culture focused on hustle
  2. Things don’t fall apart when you stop – they may stagnate or stop growing as quickly, but they have never fallen apart on me completely
  3. Why I do what I do is still important – true story below to elaborate

I’ve been working remotely for a few clients over the past year and more so since the start of 2021, in addition to producing the newsletter, podcast and events for Mixing Babies And Business™, being a guest speaker and looking after our kids part-time.

I had an introductory screening call in late April for another job and my conversation had me reeling. During the call, the internal HR lead asked me about work hours, mentioned their team is “high performing” and asked how I do it all (look after two young kids under age 5, freelance for other clients and do my own work).

My first instinct is to always want to say, “My husband never gets asked this question. In fact, he has been promoted since becoming a parent and NO ONE ever asks ‘how he manages to do it all’ – they must simply trust him to figure it out”.

[Cue mic drop] 🎤

My less outraged instinct is to instead want to say simply and inexplicably, “Magic”.

Because it is honestly true. ✨

I follow my intuition, a lot of things I create and decisions I have made in my life are led by my gut reaction or an inner compass.

It’s why I started bringing my kids into business settings and it’s probably what led you to me – I put a beacon out, created something I thought would be a good idea and then others agreed and wanted to come join the party.

What I ended up saying to the interviewer was they should attend one of my remote work with kids webinars, laughed it off and said I use time blocking, batch my tasks and adjust my expectations regularly.

But I also said:
Employers and corporations, especially those in regions still in lockdown need to acknowledge that people, including parents, are operating without traditional supports like the education system, the ability to use recreational facilities, outside support from family and friends outside of their bubble and it’s not all on them to figure it out during a global pandemic.

Some people are high performers AND parents.
Some people are low performers WITHOUT kids. 

In 2021, can we please stop assuming these things are mutually exclusive!?!?

After I hung up, I knew one thing: I won’t be working at that organization. My gut says, hard no.

This isn’t pandemic parenting rage. This is the same conversation I’ve been having since I gave birth to my first child in 2016.

I’ve been trying to show up in situations where I may not actually ‘belong’ or have my needs met. Most have welcomed my family and I.

I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with businesses and clients over the years where outcomes are more important than hours worked.

Changes are happening and around the world, there are other parents like you and I, sharing the same messages, going through the same conversations, believing work shouldn’t make them choose between being a ‘high performer‘ and a ‘good, present parent‘.

But the five-day 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. work week hasn’t been designed to uplift everyone.

That’s why it needs to be reinvented and I refuse to squeeze my life into it. I value flexibility and so do many other people, parents or not.

I no longer take advice from people who aren’t where I want to be or doing what I want to do. I no longer try to contort myself into what I think other people value or prefer, when it sacrifices my own wellbeing as a byproduct.

It’s frustrating, deflating, exhausting and I just don’t have the time or energy to doubt myself any more.

The more I rely on my inner knowing, the less power I give away.

I usually prefer to fail forward and trial and error my way through life as we all have our own unique lived experiences. Then I’m 100% responsible for what I choose/don’t pursue and can retrace my steps. 

Things always work out (almost never in the way I imagined), I usually find out later why my gut told me something and I’ve learned (a lot of times the hard way), that I will always be the best advocate for myself, my needs, my ideas, my feelings, my body, my time, my life.

Whether you’re building a startup, working with a small business that values flexibility, partnering with another person to combine your skills, looking for a job share, freelancing with multiple clients, setting up as a sole proprietor, doing a side hustle, asking for more flexibility, adapting to remote work with kids or dreaming and visioning about something different that isn’t what you’re currently doing, I have done every single one (except a partnership or job share).

And I hope whichever you are in right now, by choice or not, you are able to turn inward, listen to and trust your intuition and set (and maintain) your own boundaries.

Because others will always try to cross them but you don’t need to acknowledge or comply.

Today and every day, I hope you’re able to work toward designing a life that works for you and your family. 🌿

Take care,
– Amy (+ Family)

🎉📅 P.S. I’ve decided to host another free Remote Work Retreat for Parents this week while we’re still in lockdown in Ontario – we’ll try to gather online Friday, May 14th at 1:30 p.m. EST and you can RSVP for the waitlist. I’m still working on the details but if you sign up, I will add you automatically!

>> RSVP: Remote Work (Virtual) Retreat For Parents

Remote Work Retreat For Parents

Looking for more info about Flexible + Remote Work?

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

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Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [DOWNLOAD]

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