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How can I manage the juggle of being a mum and having a career? Welcome to the Working Mumma podcast to support your transition from maternity leave to working mum and beyond so you can thrive in motherhood and a career. I’m your host, Carina O’Brien, founder of Working Mumma and fellow working mum with 2 young boys. Join me each episode as I explore life returning to work after maternity leave and as a working mum with a mix of solo episodes, amazing interviews with experts, and women shari ...
 
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Ever dreamt of starting your own business and wonder what it is like? Today I speak with the founder of Franjo's Kitchen - Fran Fogarty and Jo Clark. Fran is a lawyer and Jo is a naturopath, who have carved out a niche in the motherhood nootropics and wellness industry that has allowed them to grow a two million-dollar business while raising six ki…
 
As new mums, we got through a big identity shift and can discover a new version of ourselves. Children have a significant impact on our time and our priorities change. Meet this week's guest, Melanie Corlett, founder of Mumli, is passionate about helping make the lives of mums easier, and as a working mum herself, she understands the challenges tha…
 
Going back to work after maternity leave is filled with mixed emotions. To help support you on the transition back to work, or if you have recently returned after maternity leave, this is also a good episode for you to take a moment & reflect. I'm sure you have experienced some amazing moments during your time on parental leave, but just like in li…
 
I think everyone woman goes through an identity shift when we become a mother. We think we know ourselves, our values, and have an idea of how we want to live our lives. But when the baby comes along it really changes our perspectives. Not only how others perceive us, but also how we perceive ourselves. Today guest is Personal Branding Specialist &…
 
In this is episode I share with you why you should join the Working Mumma Village and more background on what benefits you get as a member. I begin by sharing a little bit of my return to work experience when I returned from my first maternity leave. From there go through some of the realities of what it is like to be a working mum, and the very li…
 
In this episode of the Working Mumma podcast I speak with Paediatric Speech Therapist Kobie Bloomfield and founder of ToyCycle. Kobie is passionate about creating opportunities for children to use their imagination and creativity. She often experiences parents coming to see her unsure of how to play with their children asking "Am I doing the right …
 
Business and social constructs were made without the consideration of working mothers who are ambitious. This might be the reason why 1 in 3 women start a business whilst they are on maternity leave, and 1 in 9 start a business whilst they are pregnant. Today on the podcast I'm speaking with Carrie Kwan, Co-Founder of Mums & Co and Lucy Kippist, Co…
 
As working mums, we often feel like we are forever running a marathon. We get to the end of the day feeling tired and exhausted, only to repeat it all over again the next day. It doesn't have to be like this. The good news, is there are some simple and effective strategies we can adopt to recharge our mind and body to help reduce stress and burnout…
 
This week on the Working Mumma podcast I speak with Sheree Rubinstein, a corporate lawyer turned entrepreneur and the Founder of One Roof. Known as the ‘Queen of Community,’ Sheree is experienced in building businesses, raising capital, and mentoring women along their business journey. Sheree is a mum to Goldie who was born one week into the very f…
 
In this week's episode, I speak with Meditation teacher, Jazz Kalus. Meditation regularly comes up as something many of the Working Mumma podcast guests do for self-care and I was interested to learn the positive effects can have on our minds and body. As Jazz explains in this episode, meditation can help you have better rest in a 20-minute meditat…
 
This week on the podcast I am speaking with Georgie Dent, journalist, editor, speaker, and prominent advocate for parents, families, and women. The former lawyer is the Executive Director of The Parenthood, an independent for-purpose advocacy organisation that represents over 72,000 parents, carers and allies around Australia. In Australia, we have…
 
The financial sacrifice women make in becoming a mum is like the Achilles heel of motherhood. Being on maternity leave for 12 months can have a significant impact on our superannuation when we retire, as I discover during my conversation with financial planner and working mum, Deline Jacovides from Mazi Wealth. There are a lot of expenses for famil…
 
Relationships can certainly be like a rollercoaster. Then add kids into the picture and they add a whole other dimension to things. there are so many things we need to focus on from kids, to work, to what are we going to have for dinner, and often we may not spend enough time on our relationship with our partner as we need & should. This week on th…
 
After the past few years as working mums, we feel like we have been trying to keep everything together to survive work, motherhood, life, and lockdowns. But we deserve to thrive in all parts of our lives. In this week's episode, I speak with certified Wellness & Mindset Coach, Yoga, and Meditation teacher, Natalie Moore. She supports women to achie…
 
With kids starting school and kinder, it mentally marks the start of 2022. With this, it is a great opportunity to reflect, reframe and plan the year ahead. To support you with this, in this episode of the Working Mumma podcast, I share with you 5 things to help you kick start 2022. During this episode, I reference the free Mental Load audit to hel…
 
The mental load is one of the top challenges experienced by working mums. There are always too many mental tabs open and it is exhausting. In this episode, I speak with Mia Northrop and Dinah-Rowe Roberts from Life Admin Life Hacks on how to reduce the mental load and work through your life admin to-do list. The mental load and life admin can be th…
 
Many people are exhausted from 2021, experiencing burnout, exhaustion, and fatigue from almost 2 years of living in a world with Covid-19. But, there seems to be optimism when looking to 2022 (stay away new variant!). It might seem hard to think about 2022 as I'm sure you are looking forward to a well-earned rest over the Christmas holidays. Althou…
 
Just like there are 4 seasons in a year, there are 4 seasons in a woman's cycle and you can use this to your advantage. In this episode, I speak with leading kinesiologist Ilana Kosakiewicz on how to live in alignment with your cycle and strategies to manage burnout based on her own experiences. I didn't know much about kinesiology prior to this ep…
 
It has been a long year. You aren't alone if you are feeling burnout and limping to the end of the year. In this episode, I speak with health coach, Nikki Knieriem, owner of Mum-Me Fit Time, a mother of two young boys, part-time primary school teacher, and lover of all things health. She is passionate about helping women to optimise their health by…
 
Managing the juggle of career and motherhood has its challenges and having a nutritious meal that our kids will actually eat is a whole challenge itself. It can be stressful working out what to eat with children each night. In this episode, I speak with Nutritionist Emily Zilic where she shares strategies, tips, and advice on meal planning and prep…
 
Have you heard of the term "Matrescence"? I hadn't until recently. In today’s episode of the Working Mumma podcast, I am joined by certified Mindset and Life Coach and Matrescence Facilitator, Louise East More to Mum. The focus of our chat is on Matrescence, the journey of becoming a mum. I wasn’t too familiar with the term, Matrescence prior to sp…
 
We often don't talk about recovery after birth and how to prioritize time for looking after yourself with a new bub enough.It takes ~9 months to have a baby and a similar time to recover. Our bodies are amazing, but we also need to let them heal after birth.Building up to exercise is important. You don’t go from couch to completing a marathon in on…
 
Returning to work after maternity leave can be quite daunting and challenging after having a period of time away. In this episode, I share with you five tips for returning to work after maternity leave. I like to think that returning to work after maternity leave is a transition. I don't believe you go to work one day, and you have returned after m…
 
Lockdowns and working from home have benefited many working parents to allow more family time and reduce the office commute. As we enter the next phase of discovering our "new normal", in this episode I speak with Fiona Wilhelm, mother, an Innovation Coach for KPMG’s Australia’s Management Consulting Division, and the co-founder of a Future of Work…
 
Welcome to Day 3 of the Working Mumma 3 Day Live Event Series. In this episode, I speak with Anne Koopmann-Schmidt and we talk about combating imposter syndrome. We chat about: * What is imposter syndrome * Why we feel we need to know it all, but when we really don't * Why do people experience imposter syndrome and situations where it appears * Ove…
 
Welcome to Day 2 of the Working Mumma 3 Day Live Event Series. In this episode, I share with you 3 Steps to Sharing the Mental Load. The mental load is that feeling like we do everything, the organising, the present buying, planning, we remember everything & seem to bear the emotional labour for running the household and the family around you. Sadl…
 
Each day this week I am doing an Instagram Live and uploading the recording as a podcast episode as I know it can be a little tricky listening to an IGTV. This is the first IGTV and I spoke with Joyce Watts, a corporate lawyer turned serial entrepreneur. In the past ten years Joyce Watts has started four successful businesses with 2 kids in tow and…
 
My guest today is Mikhaila Warbuton - the owner of Work It Mumma, a Career Coaching business specially focused on supporting mum’s in the workforce. When you speak with a like-minded person who is just as passionate as you about supporting working mum's in career and motherhood, the energy is sure to go next level. That is exactly what happened whe…
 
Are you pregnant and soon to bring another child into your family? Do you want to hear a fresh voice that dispells many of the "perfect" parenting approaches and you can be the "good enough" parent? Today's episode is jam packed with so many hints & tips relating to parenting you are going to want to grab a pen & paper to take notes. In this episod…
 
In today's episode, I am celebrating the 50th episode of the Working Mumma Podcast! Yes, crack the champagne mumma! I little thought bubble I had almost 2 years ago turned into reality in January 2020! It’s been an amazing experience of learning, engaging, and growing through this platform. I have spoken to amazing people and enjoyed every single d…
 
During a recent discussion in the Working Mumma Community, the topic of Keeping in Touch days was raised. A number of people weren’t aware of them or found out about Keeping In Touch days after their maternity leave. These are not new and are something that has been around for a number of years. So, I thought I’d put together this episode for you t…
 
Do you feel you have lost some of your identity since becoming a mum? Mums often feel that they give 120% of themselves, and it can be hard to remember why you are doing what you are doing and maintain a sense of yourself. In this episode, I speak with award-winning business coach for women, Angela Henderson. We talk about maintaining your identity…
 
Do you look at your wardrobe looking for inspiration? Has your body changed after having kids? Are you wanting to feel more confident again both inside and out? This week I chat with mum of 3 and personal stylist, Kamri Hill, owner of Kamri Hill Styling. As a fellow working mum, she understands how our body shape, confidence, and personal style cha…
 
Sadly the topic of pregnancy loss and infertility is something 1 in 4 women face. But, we don't openly talk about it, and it's our own secret that we feel ashamed to share with others. My guest today is Dr. Monica Rajasagaram, a medical practitioner, writer, published author, and a life & growth coach for women and young girls. Dr. Monica Rajasagar…
 
As working mums, we put so much pressure on ourselves and the mum guilt is real. We are trying to be everything to everyone, but often not achieving what we set out to do. Good news – it doesn’t have to be this way. It starts with defining what is important to you and setting boundaries around this and being confident with the boundaries you have s…
 
Relationships often take a back seat once we have children. Our time and priorities are focused on our kids, but as I discuss with Sheena Schuy in this week's episode, it is important to make time for "couple-care". Sheena explains, there is so much focus on the birth plan, having a child, and preparing for a baby, many people forget about the pers…
 
Time is important for everyone, especially working mums managing the juggle of career, motherhood, and self-care. Every working mum wishes they could find extra hours in the day to cross off their ever-extending to-do list. In this episode of the Working Mumma podcast, I speak with the Productivity coach and your ultimate wing woman, Hollie Barac. …
 
Feel like you are doing everything for everyone in your family and not getting much help?Mum's take on more of the mental/emotional load. We remember the school activities, birthdays, and what food we have run out of. No wonder we feel like we have a million things going on at any one time, it's because we do.BUT we don't have to carry the load on …
 
This episode is packed with so many gems of gold and inspiration to help you, Mumma on the topic of self-care. It is a must-listen what with Lisa Kroesche Boyce, founder of The She Rebellion and she empowers women to reclaim their power with confidence and calm. Lisa and I talk about the important topic of self-care and how as busy working mums we …
 
The age-old question "what's for dinner?" is something that haunts every parent. In this episode, I share with you a simple but effective framework to help you meal plan a month in advance in under 30 minutes. Continue the conversation and join the free Working Mumma Community on Facebook, connect with me on Instagram @workingmummacommunity or foll…
 
This week marks a big milestone for me & that is that it's my first week of maternity leave. It's my second maternity leave & I have to say I've approached it differently from my first leave and had 2 very different experiences. Whilst things are fresh and before I have baby number 2, I wanted to share with you tips to help you prepare for parental…
 
Looking for ways on how you can build your personal brand to have your dream career. Have you recently returned from maternity leave and looking to position yourself for future opportunities. Or wanting tips and advice on how you can develop your career. This episode with Sarah Makris will provide you with tips and advice on how you can do just thi…
 
In this episode I speak with Taryn Wrezounik - a sleep consultant, mum, wife & business owner. She is a huge believer in the power of turning inward and empowering yourself to be, do & have everything that you could dream of - as well as being a mum.I speak with Taryn about navigating the identity shift after becoming a mum. We talk about loosing y…
 
This week I speak with Mim Dart who provides strategies on how to reduce the overwhelm of motherhood.Mim is a lifestyle coach who focuses on the overwhelm of motherhood. She explains that motherhood doesn't have to feel overwhelming and as mothers, we are allowed to have a positive experience of motherhood. We get so many mixed messages about mothe…
 
In this week's episode I speak with Melinda Chaponnel to learn about job sharing and how this has advanced her career.Mel has a corporates finance background in large corporates. She has experienced 2 successful job share arrangements, across 2 different companies and multiple roles. During this episode she shares her experiences, advice and tips f…
 
This week on the podcast I speak with Yvette Sitters, founder of Manage My Wedding.Yvette had a long career working in hotel events, spending a large portion of her career at the Hilton London on Park Lane. Prior to kids she had aspirations of becoming the GM of a Hotel. But, 6 weeks into her maternity leave she came to the realisation that she did…
 
Today I speak with Aparna Sundar on how to get organised at home. Aparna is a KonMari consultant and in this episode we talk about how organising your home can have positive influences on your whole life. When we set up the discussion I thought the topic of home organisation was going to be about cleaning room by room, but as Aparna quickly made me…
 
When we are pregnant about to go on maternity leave, we aren't really thinking about the return, instead focused on discovering our new role as a mum. Returning to work after a period of time on maternity leave is another big milestone and transition in our personal and professional lives. It is mixed with a wide range of emotions from lack of conf…
 
This podcast episode I speak with Amanda Bowles, co-founder of Bears of Hope. Trigger warning - this episode discusses pregnancy loss and may bring up emotions. If you need to speak with someone, please reach out to Bears of Hope, COPE or Beyond Blue. The focus of the episode is navigating and managing pregnancy loss as well as how support people c…
 
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