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February 1, 2018

#30 | Supermom of Five on Releasing Guilt & Celebrating Self-care with Simone Angell

About This Episode

Simone had been breastfeeding for pretty much six years straight. She is a mom of five children – 4 of them below the ages of 5. It’s an incredible story of getting pregnant against all the odds again and again and becoming a superhero mom.

Simone shares the struggled she went through, the joy and the surprises, as well as the desperation and the stress. Although Simone had always wanted to be a mom, she hadn’t prepared herself for such a wild ride.

Having broken down a couple of times, Simone decided to stop the vicious and quite depressing cycle of washing nappies, loading the dishwasher, cleaning the house and taking care of everyone else, and start taking care of herself first. She gets up at 4:30 AM every day and hits the gym and takes a weekly day off with her husband.

“A lot of women have the mentality that when you become a mother, you have to give everything you have to them. Actually, you can be a mom, and you can be yourself too. You can take time out to be YOU.”

After getting so many questions about how she “does it all,” she had started a blog sharing how she actually “doesn’t do it all” and is not trying to anymore. Her most important advice to mothers is to start saying NO because not everyone really needs a Christmas card from you or your child. The importance of self-care is paramount for keeping Simone sane and for keeping her family happy.

“Femininity is embracing what makes us women. That sensitive, emotional side that we have as opposed to men; the way we connect to other women is special. We should use all those to our advantage.”

She doesn’t feel guilty anymore for taking days off and sometimes even vacation time without her kids. It gives her time to rejuvenate, gain energy and be present with her family.

Tools & Resources Mentioned

People/Blogs to Follow

  • Mel Robbins TEDx talk “How to stop screwing yourself over” – Mel Robbins is a married working mother of three, an ivy-educated criminal lawyer, and one of the top career and relationship experts in America.  Widely respected for her grab-’em-by-the-collar advice and tough love, Robbins drills through the mental clutter that stands between people and what they want.  Her approach is smart, effective and entertaining. Five days a week, Mel hosts her own syndicated radio show The Mel Robbins Show, discussing hot topics and giving advice to callers across America.  
  • Lewis Howes – An American author, entrepreneur, and former professional Arena League football player. He hosts The School of Greatness, a talk show distributed as a podcast.
  • Goalcast on Instagram – Daily inspiration to keep you motivated on the path to success
  • Regina Anaejionu – Master blogger and online entrepreneur, sidekick to infopreneurs.

Recommended Books

  • “Babybliss” by Jo Ryan – The must-have Australian guide to sleeping settling establishing routines for your baby. Jo Ryan – paediatric nurse, nanny extraordinaire and considered by many as ‘the Baby Whisperer’ – has spent her life, reassuring and empowering new and stressed-out parents and soothing their young babies. In her much anticipated book, Babybliss, she gives you practical and gentle advice on your baby’s: . sleeping patterns . feeding routines . crawling, walking and playing . personality and development and how YOU can become a confident parent.
  • “The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage” by Mel Robbins – Using the science of habits, riveting stories and surprising facts from some of the most famous moments in history, art and business, Mel Robbins will explain the power of a “push moment.”  Then, she’ll give you one simple tool you can use to become your greatest self.
  • “Train Your Brain: How to Build a Million Dollar Business in Record Time” by Dana Wilde – When Dana Wilde began her direct-sales business, she realized that education for entrepreneurs typically consisted of endless “how-to” explanations: how to market, how to pick up the phone, how to manage your time, how to increase bookings or sales. There always seemed to be a new system to learn, a new surefire method or cutting-edge technique for entrepreneurs to master.

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