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?

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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!

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

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!

My DIY podcast designed to spread a message

This article will give you a bit of insight into why I’m creating a podcast, my basic workflow and the tools I use.

I’m steadily chugging along toward 30 episodes by the end of Season 2 in early May 2021 of the Mixing Babies And Business™ Podcast (hosted and produced by me, Amy Lynch, from my home during the pandemic).

As one of Future of Good‘s Top 100 Recovery Projects in Canada in 2020, I was asked to share any progress I’ve made since the announcement in November.

I don’t often tend to tally things but over the years, when I’ve felt like I was floating around and not making much traction, I have found it helpful to pause, reflect and note what I’ve done or what’s different over a quarter, six months, year or more.

This podcast is part of what I’ve been working on since I purchased my USB microphone in August 2020 and is recorded and edited from my home ‘studio’.

These mini episodes featuring 10 different guests are a big deal for me because it means:

  • 30 opportunities for a person to be influenced, inspired or have their ideas challenged
  • 30 different blocks of time a parent can take to tune in and do something for themselves, while still looking after their kids
  • 30 times someone can lend me their ear, get to know me and my ‘why’ a bit better and connect virtually
  • 30 ways it was possible for me to recreate the intimate conversations which would normally take place during my face-to-face events, within the restrictions of the pandemic we’re all living through
  • 10 different individuals for you to (virtually) meet and get to know better, who are all business and community leaders (and parents!)
  • 10 unique topics personalized to each guest, their experience, challenges and successes as an entrepreneur and parent
  • 10 opportunities for me to have a conversation with another person who made me feel a little less alone during these times (we usually had a laugh, sometimes a cry – mostly me – and I always left feeling fired up to share their story with YOU)
  • 10 gifts I got to create and send out to each guest speaker to thank them for being part of this project and giving their time (I love happy mail and sending post)

But it didn’t come without its’ fair share of tech wobbles, glitches, fails and lots of learning on the fly.

It’s all been worth it so far, as I’ve been feeling more connected, inspired and moved to keep creating during these times.

For those of you thinking of starting a podcast or wondering what goes into it, this is what I’ve done with as little tech/systems as I could manage, during the time I have had.

Mixing Babies And Business Podcast Celebrates 25 Episodes Published

My DIY podcast workflow includes:

  1. Brainstorm prospective guests (pen and paper, the internet).
  2. Pitch to each prospective guest (using social media, email, a combination of both).
  3. Facilitate the interview booking process, once they say ‘yes’, send them a calendar booking link.
  4. Research each guest and send them customized questions, tech info, recording link, 24-48 hours in advance.
  5. Interview each guest during a 30-minute time slot (which usually goes to 40 minutes…my longest interview to date has been 60 minutes) – more info on my tech tools and software is below!
  6. Check my tech – ensure recordings have saved on Dropbox/my hard drive and when necessary, ask the guest for help with a back up (this has happened too many times but every single time, it works out in the end).
  7. Edit each interview into three mini episodes under 20 minutes each (more info on my tech tools and software is below!) – reduce background noise, pauses, repetition (ums, ahs, so).
  8. Write show notes as I edit to avoid duplication, followed by a mini script for my guest bios, episode intros and outros.
  9. Record episode intros and outros in one take, on one file, then chop and edit into each mini episode.
  10. Produce each episode back to back to ensure similar sound quality, save as project for back up, export as .wav and .mp3 files.
  11. Upload each episode to my podcast hosting platform (more info on that below!) and schedule it for release on a certain date and time.
  12. Promote each episode (more marketing info is below!) and share it with each guest, with customized artwork, show notes and promotional collateral, linked from a personal ‘thank you’ email.
  13. Send each guest a thank you care package and handwritten note via snail mail.
  14. Repurpose content in future (quotes, transcripts, show notes, graphics – on my marketing to-do list!)

Yes, it seems like a bit of a long extensive list but I’m not quite a year into this podcasting thing and in the past few months I’ve had people pitching me to be a guest on my podcast.

Which is a bit different to my usual set-up where I’m sourcing guest speakers for events and now this new podcast.

My DIY podcasting tools include:

Scheduling and episode promotions for each guest:

  • Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive (all free);
  • a paid version of Dropbox to store my original audio, final files, artwork, show notes; and
  • a free version of YouCanBook.Me to schedule interviews.

Hardware to record and edit with:

  • I have a Mac computer;
  • a pair of AudioTechnica headphones for more cushion when I’m editing;
  • a pair of earbuds with a mic included as back up;
  • a Blue Snowball microphone (under $80 CAD) which has a USB connector and works well with the software I use; and
  • I also use a stack of my books to prop up my microphone at a good angle.

Recording tools:

  • A free version of Zencastr to record audio only calls with separate tracks for each guest (but they recently added video too!); and
  • a paid version of Zoom Pro (for backup audio and to see the guest if they wish to join on video), avoiding the 40-minute time limit if we go over.

Editing, production and recording intros/outros/promos:

  • A free version of Audacity editing software (I learned this as a Broadcast Journalism student but needed to refresh my skills, YouTube videos and Google searches did the trick); and
  • the TextEdit app to type show notes and scripts as I go.

Publishing and distributing podcast episodes:

  • A paid Buzzsprout account ($12 USD/month) which helps populate it across the podcast platforms, create audiovisual clips, stats, upload transcripts, promote it and more but I mainly use the basics for now and pay so I can keep my episodes uploaded as the free plan deletes them after a period of time.

Marketing each episode:

  • a free Canva account (I have since upgraded to a paid account but used the free version since 2014 – it is great!) which I make episode, podcast and promotional artwork with;
  • free social media accounts (LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), where I try to share a preview clip of each episode and upload it to my YouTube Channel too;
  • a paid WordPress website for mixingbabiesandbusiness.com where I link to the podcast and am gradually publishing episode posts (there’s always more I can do!);
  • a free version of MailChimp, which I’ve been using since 2015 to send my newsletters about Work + Life (subscribe to those monthly ones here: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews and bi-weekly parent-friendly professional development news, subscribe to those here: http://bit.ly/BabiesBizBreakfast); and
  • if I’m doing speaking engagements or guest posts, I also try to mention it or link to it as a resource for people who are parents to get inspired.

What do you think?

Are you going to be starting a podcast or pitching to get interviewed on others in 2021? Has this article given you some ideas?

What about your workflow?

If you have a podcast or work on editing/producing others, do you have any special tools or routines you like to stick to?

Please share in the comments below if you do! ⬇️

Thanks for reading (and listening if you’ve been tuning into the podcast):

https://mixingbabiesandbusiness.buzzsprout.com/

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!

More Australian Signs

Manifesting 101

You may or may not know I acknowledge signs when I seem them and sometimes ask for them, when things seem murky.

Well look here, no joke, out at the local park this morning in Ottawa with the kids and this Australia baseball hat is lying in the sand.

Maybe the wind blew it from a backyard clothesline or off its’ owners head.

All I know is it’s a blustery day and it was sitting smack in front of me as I strolled around.

Other times I’ve had Australian ‘signs’ in Ottawa over the past two years:

  • meeting a client and discovering her daughter had just moved to Brisbane, where we lived for almost 4 years
  • getting ready to present at a conference on campus and seeing an Australian Artist magazine in the lobby on a bench
  • going to buy a birthday card and seeing a man in the greeting card section wearing a jacket with an Australian flag sewn on it
  • going to a local coffee shop where the barista spoke and I realized he is…you guessed it, Australian
  • and the last one I totally forgot about was the time a lady came and sat right in front of me at CreativeMornings Ottawa, wearing a jumper with a yellow kangaroo on the back!!!

Signs, signs, everywhere a sign! 🐨🇭🇲

We won’t be able to travel there any time soon, but our passports will always be kept up to date to revisit our first home together.

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!

Remote Work With Kids: 3 Things To Help Your Workflow Today

A video recap of my webinar focused on remote work with kids

Watch my short recording (under 15 minutes) where I recap the three key things I covered during my webinar for PARO Centre For Women’s Enterprise about doing remote work with kids.

Whether you’re a freelancer, employee or employer:

  • Kids can be unpredictable;
  • pandemic restrictions are ever changing;
  • software will crash;
  • WiFi connections will fail; and
  • last-minute work requests before you log off for the day may happen.

When I started freelancing over a decade ago, I didn’t know what ‘remote work’ was.

Then when I started ‘remote working’ in 2014, I didn’t have kids but also didn’t know anyone else doing it.

In fact, I was the only Canadian ‘remote worker’ in my small Irish village that I knew of. The locals told me so. 🍀 😂

Anywhoooo, I had a lot of time on my hands back then.

And I’m so glad I used it (in between walking everywhere with my laptop bag) to test, change and adapt my remote workflow.

Because by the time I had kids, I had figured out what works well for me.

And a few years on, it still helps me daily.

But when in doubt, my body (or kids) will usually let me know when it’s time to switch it up and try something different.

I presented a webinar last week focused on doing remote work with kids and wanted to share a recap of the three techniques I covered.

All free, no fancy tech, tools or paid software required, but you can integrate those if you want to.

When I started out as a freelance remote worker, I was using what I had (the same 2012 Mac laptop I still use), free Asana, Trello and Google tools, and design software I had previously installed to do project-based marketing communications work.

I even made my own standing desk in our rental unit’s kitchen using the counter and a few shoe boxes. Simple but effective.

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

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

Take care, stay safe and share with your friends who are also parents as you wish.

– 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!

My Work From Home Setup

Presenting, hosting and facilitating webinars

Last week I presented, attended and hosted three webinars within 26 hours. Phew! 🐝

The first one was for the PARO Centre For Women’s Enterprise about doing remote work with kids. I covered three techniques I’ve used over the past decade to help with my remote workflow and more recently (over the past five years), since becoming a parent.

It included mindset and productivity tips I’ve tested as a parent over the years, including:

  • Mindset approaches and reframes;
  • Techniques you can begin implementing straight away; and
  • Tips to ensure you look after yourself and your needs.

I covered personal and professional areas, including practical tips you can adapt based on your remote work situation, for both small business owners and employees.

Stay tuned for my next post where I’ll share a recap of the three things I covered – all free to try out and implement, they mainly take your intention, practice and consistency.

Amy Maureen Lynch babywearing and presenting a talk, webinar promotion photo for PARO Centre For Women's Enterprise.

Going from presenter to attendee

I hopped off that session and then logged into a Digital Main Street workshop hosted by Invest Ottawa for women entrepreneurs, where I got vulnerable and maybe had a bit of a cry after.

It was designed to help everyone recentre and refocus over the coming year but as a Digital Main Street Ambassador, I also wanted to attend to support the programming and share my key takeaways with the community at Mixing Babies And Business™, as they are mainly women-identifying business owners, freelancers and/or remote workers.

Then from attendee to host and moderator

I rested up before logging on the next day to help host and moderated a ‘Women, Leadership & Innovation’ series webinar for the Pan-Can Ireland Chambers of Commerce with attendees from both sides of the Atlantic.

It focused on women in business, leadership and innovation, featuring two Canadian women entrepreneurs who run their own construction companies and they discussed apprenticeships and getting youth and women into careers the trades.

Who knew when I started facilitating webinars for Velg Training almost a decade ago in Australia, I’d end up doing it most of the time in 2020/2021 from Canada!?

Back then I was daydreaming of travel, working from wherever, maybe some day having a family and the same passport as my Irish husband and future kids.

Sometimes it’s fun to look back and see how things unfolded.

I ticked off the first three and an Irish passport is still on the list, but for now this is my remote work from home set up in Canada.

Pictured in the main photo: Computer with less tabs than usual open, attending a Zoom session, with a mic propped up on my journal and one of my favourite books, ‘Advice From My 80-Year-Old Self‘, laptop on the left to do work on the side. Paintings by my kids taped up on the wall.

Amy Maureen Lynch Work From Home Setup with journal, tea, candle, crystals and pottery

🌺Not pictured: flowers, tea, crystals, candles and other things which keep me going, many of them from Green Spirit in Manotick.

✨Care to share anything magical which has occurred for you over the past decade as a result of you wishing for what you desire and then taking some leaps into the unknown?

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!