Baby E's Birth Story || with Laura Dugovic

Thursday, February 22, 2018


As a follow-up to my interview with childbirth educator Laura Dugovic, here is the birth story of my sweet baby born on February 5th.  (I share his name briefly on the interview, but won't be typing it up here.  I guard my kids' names online.)

You'll hear about what led up to the birth, what I did to help with the pain without using an epidural, and how Laura's resources and positive affirmations completely transformed this birth.  Instead of feeling either traumatized or like a caged animal as I have in the past, I felt strong and centered.

If you've been following along with me on Instagram, then you know that E had emergency surgery at 9 days old, just a few days after recording this episode.  His intestines were twisted, which is life threatening as the bowels can quickly die.  We returned home much sooner than we planned after six days total at the hospital, five of which were in the PICU.  Thank you SO much for your many messages during this time, and most especially your prayers.  We felt them and know that his surgery and outcome were miraculous.


Show Notes:
Laura's Website, Resources for positive affirmations, and Instagram
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Monat Natural, Anti-Aging Hair Care: Contact Monica to learn more, OR research via her Monat Instagram and website
Related: Monica's views on Sponsorship and WHY she's partnering with Monat
Fabletics! Get 2 leggings for $24 when you become a VIP member (they're the besssssst!) (Affiliate link)
Free Audiobook through Audible(Affiliate link)
Contact Monica
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas


Mikael Monson || Taking a Leap of Faith

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

"I have learned that anything that I thought of myself, that I saw of myself, is not nearly the capacity that I truly am."  

Mikael Monson NEVER planned on homeschooling her four children; in fact, she was staunchly against it for some time.  But when the inner call for her came to pull her kids out of public school and teach them from home, Mikael took a huge leap of faith and did just that.

Mikael shares why homeschooling is the right fit for her family, how she does it, and what she has learned about standing firm with her convictions.  Ultimately, she believes that if everyone listened and followed the voice inside them regardless of their own plans, they'll be made capable of meeting  the challenges that come with the call.



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Show Notes:
Interview with doula/childbirth educator Laura Dugovic
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Monat Natural, Anti-Aging Hair Care: Contact Monica to learn more, OR research via her Monat Instagram and website
Related: Monica's views on Sponsorship and WHY she's partnering with Monat
Fabletics! Get 2 leggings for $24 when you become a VIP member (they're the besssssst!) (Affiliate link)
Free Audiobook through Audible(Affiliate link)
Contact Monica
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas

Nesha Woodhouse: Developing Our Gifts to Improve Ourselves and Bless Others

Thursday, February 8, 2018

"I don't think that 'acceptance' is an excuse to diminish yourself or to not hold yourself accountable to your best work . . . We should develop and expand and grow in whatever we feel called to do."

Nesha Woodhouse is the director of Lifehouse Performing Arts Academy and came from a intensive background in honing one of her beloved gifts--dance.  But Nesha learned in her own life--and now passes on to her students--that mastery of our gifts can only truly flourish if our motivation is to bless the lives of others and ourselves.  This is in contrast to being driven by competitiveness, comparison, or approval-seeking.

So many preach acceptance of self.  While this is paramount to overcoming the challenges life throws at us, our souls also crave GROWTH.  Nesha speaks on this important balance of seeking mastery of our gifts while also being driven by the right reasons--to more fully reach our own individual potential and bless the lives of others.

Now as the director of hundreds of youth pursuing greatness, Nesha strives to help the develop this truth within themselves and to in turn share their gifts with the world.


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Show Notes
Nesha's Lifehouse Performing Arts Academy
Last week's episode with Dina Alexander on positive body image with children 
Interview with doula/childbirth educator Laura Dugovic
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Monat Natural, Anti-Aging Hair Care: Contact Monica to learn more, OR research via her Monat Instagram and website
Related: Monica's views on Sponsorship and WHY she's partnering with Monat
Fabletics! Get 2 leggings for $24 when you become a VIP member (they're the besssssst!) (Affiliate link)
Free Audiobook through Audible(Affiliate link)
Contact Monica
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas

Dina Alexander: Inspiring Positive Body Image for Kids In a Social Media Age

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


“If we get so caught up in how we look, how our friends look, if we look good enough, we are missing the richness of life.”

Dina Alexander is back to teach us how to combat the perfect images social media projects for the children in our lives.  BOTH boys and girls are constantly infiltrated with pictures and ideas about what their bodies are supposed to be like, and how they can get them.  Listen in to this conversation to learn how to create an open communication in your home where these tough topics can be fully explored.  Equip yourself with ways to arm your children the knowledge and self-respect necessary to own a confident, grounded view of themselves and their bodies.

Dina Alexander is the founder and president of Educate and Empower Kids (educateempowerkids.org), an organization determined to strengthen families by teaching digital citizenship, media literacy, and healthy sexuality education—including education about the dangers of online porn. She is the creator of Noah’s New Phone: A Story About Using Technology for Good, Messages About Me: A Journey to Healthy Body Image, How to Talk to Your Kids About Pornography and the 30 Days of Sex Talks and 30 Days to a Stronger Child programs. She received her master’s degree in recreation therapy from the University of Utah and her bachelors from Brigham Young University. She is an amazing mom and loves spending time with her husband and three kids. Together, they live in Texas.

Listen to this episode below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!





Show Notes
Educate and Empower Kids websiteFacebook, and all their books
Educate and Empower Kids' books on body image, and book on technology 
Dina's last interview on Technology
Last week's episode with Mallory Wahlstrom Wright
Interview with doula/childbirth educator Laura Dugovic
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Monat Natural, Anti-Aging Hair Care: Contact Monica to learn more, OR research via her Monat Instagram and website
Related: Monica's views on Sponsorship and WHY she's partnering with Monat
Fabletics! Get 2 leggings for $24 when you become a VIP member (they're the besssssst!) (Affiliate link)
Free Audiobook through Audible(Affiliate link)
Contact Monica
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas

Mallory Wahlstrom Wright: Finding Your Unique Light

Wednesday, January 24, 2018


“I’m getting my self-esteem from looking in . . . I have worth in my trying.” 

Although Mallory Wahlstrom Wright was an accomplished musician, dancer, and athlete, she suffered immensely from perfectionism-bred low self esteem.  As a way to cope with never feeling like she measured up, she turned to controlling her body and her weight.  Years of this behavior led to a crippled life that she wasn't sure she could make her way back from.

A series of lows pushed Mallory to seek help, but the biggest tipping point was when her older brother needed a kidney transplant--and Mallory turned out to be the *perfect* match!  Following the surgery, Mallory faced near-life-taking complications and faced a very hard recovery.  Through it all, she gained a newfound appreciation for her body and her life.  Mallory learned to seek inward and find her own unique light that she now shares from her dance and harp students, to our listeners.

Mallory and her brother, the recipient of her kidney

You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!




Show Notes:
Last week's episode on overcoming fear with childbearing
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Monat Natural, Anti-Aging Hair Care: Contact Monica to learn more, OR research via her Monat Instagram and website
Related: Monica's views on Sponsorship and WHY she's partnering with Monat
Fabletics! Get 2 leggings for $24 when you become a VIP member (they're the besssssst!) (Affiliate link)
Free Audiobook through Audible(Affiliate link)
Contact Monica
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas

Laura Dugovic: How to Birth Like a Rockstar || Managing Your Thoughts So Birth Can Be Transformative, Regardless of Method

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

“My only approach is to love and strengthen all women, no matter what kind of birth they want to have.”

Laura Dugovic had prepared for a meditative birth with her first child, but what she experienced was gritty, loud, sweaty . . . and still completely transformative. 

Laura is a doula and birth educator, but one who strives to help ALL women feel empowered to face birth with an attitude of a rockstar, regardless of what method they feel best suits them and their needs.

In today's episode, Laura works with our host--Monica--in a smaller version of what she does with her clients in a typical session.  She talks Monica through her deep-seated fears of birth and teaches her how to manage her thoughts so she is better prepared to face the upcoming birth of her fourth child.  

You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!



Show Notes:
Laura's WebsiteResources for positive affirmations, and Instagram
Last week's episode on fighting terminal illness with Mandie Sherman
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Monat Natural, Anti-Aging Hair Care: Contact Monica to learn more, OR research via her Monat Instagram and website
Related: Monica's views on Sponsorship and WHY she's partnering with Monat
Fabletics! Get 2 leggings for $24 when you become a VIP member (they're the besssssst!) (Affiliate link)
Free Audiobook through Audible(Affiliate link)
Contact Monica
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas


Mandie Sherman: Staying Strong through Terminal Illness

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

"It doesn't get easier, but it gets lighter.  It gets lighter because we get stronger . . . Your strength is going to help somebody else when they are weak."

When we are facing especially hard times, we've all heard people say that things will get easier.  Mandie Sherman disagrees.  She knows from her lifelong struggle with cystic fibrosis--a terminal disease--that it's not that things get easier, it's that we get stronger.  And with that strength, we are then obligated to help others where they are weak.

Mandie's strength is evident throughout this interview as she frankly shares about what life has been like with a disease that consumes much of her day with constant treatments and monitoring.  She is resilient--yes.  Realistic--yes.  But coupled with these qualities is an contagious optimism, a choice Mandie has made to face each day with strength AND softness.

Surrounding her is what Mandie calls her "army," people who love, support, and take care of her.  Mandie's hope is that we can learn more about cystic fibrosis and in turn join our own army of helping others make it through their own difficult time.


We recorded this interview a few months ago, and following that Mandie spent most of December in the hospital, including a surgery to help her breathing.  Please click on the links in the show notes to share some love with Mandie, get one of her shirts to join her "army," and donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!



Show Notes:
Mandie's Instagram, Blog, and Get the "Mandie Tee" (or sweatshirt) and join the Sherman Army!
Last week's episode on goals with Tiffany Webster
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Monat Natural, Anti-Aging Hair Care: Contact Monica to learn more, OR research via her Monat Instagram and website
Related: Monica's views on Sponsorship and WHY she's partnering with Monat
Fabletics! Get 2 leggings for $24 when you become a VIP member (they're the besssssst!) (Affiliate link)
Free Audiobook through Audible(Affiliate link)
Contact Monica
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas

How to Revolutionize Your Goals by Defining Your WHY || with Tiffany Webster

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

"When we attach anything to our goals--our happiness, worth, value, success--our goals are no longer out becoming . . .[they're] just about needing to achieve to feel something."

Sick of never meeting your goals?  Too overwhelmed to even make some in the first place?  It's not your method that needs some revamping; it's your motivation.

When you are a recovering perfectionist, you'll have a love-hate relationship with goals.  On one hand, you could have a past of going over-the-top, full throttle and letting your goals dictate every moment of your life, only to ALWAYS feel like a failure; on the other hand, you could be so over feeling like a failure that it's too overwhelming for you to even begin making goals at all.

Time to find some middle ground.  Want to know the secret behind revolutionizing your goals so they actually work?

You've got to define your "WHY" behind them.

Tiffany Webster joins me in a conversation on this topic today.  You can prop us both up as "failed perfectionists," and therefore experts on making the goals for the wrong reasons.  In this episode, Tiffany and I speak about how to better direct your motivation behind self-improvement, find the fine line between self-love and self-improvement, and how to shift your views of both yourself and your goals so you are better set up for success.

You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!



Show Notes
Tiffany's BOOKwebsiteInstagram, and Facebook
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Monat Natural, Anti-Aging Hair Care: Contact Monica to learn more, OR research via her Monat Instagram and website
Related: Monica's views on Sponsorship and WHY she's partnering with Monat
Fabletics! Get 2 leggings for $24 when you become a VIP member (they're the besssssst!) (Affiliate link)
Free Audiobook through Audible(Affiliate link)
Contact Monica
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas


 
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