School’s out for summer….in 3 days for Sam – Mamaste35



There are so many things I love about Samantha Gait-Tisi. She is quick to laugh, she is creative in her teaching which bleeds into her parenting and she knows the run time of Frozen (which is actually 1hr and 42 minutes not an 1hr and 40 minutes, Sam). Sam teaches 6th grader but has two young kids (3 years and 6 years) so we bounce back and forth talking about strategies for both younger and older kids.

When I was pregnant I started forming how I wanted to raise my future kid. One of these ideas was to try to be screen free for as long as possible. It is not easy or even possible for everyone. Sam does not share this parenting philosophy or really anyone I have met. The most important part for Sam is knowing what her kids are watching and balancing screen time with reading and other activities. Sam encourages as well as models reading for at least 5-20 minutes a day in order to avoid the “summer slump”.

We also talk about creative and fun things you can do together that will not annoy you to death i.e. read the same book 15 times as well as be willing to let your kids be bored.

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Kimberly Ramsey Speech Language Pathologist – Mamaste34



This week on the Mamaste Podcast I talk to my dear friend Kim Ramsey. Kim is a Speech Language Pathologist that specializes in early intervention and adults with acquired brain injuries. Kim is one of my best friends from high school, along with Sam Gait-Tisi from episode 18 “Building Community Through Education”, and it was great to get talk about Kim’s professional life in-depth.

Kim is a recent graduate of the University of Montana where she received her master’s in communicative sciences and disorders. She decided to go back to school to pursue her dream of being a speech language pathologist once she realized that is what she wanted to do. In this episode we talk about what is speech therapy, why someone would seek out a speech language pathologist and Kim’s inspiration for choosing this career.

If you are interested in more information check out American Speech Language Hearing Association: asha.org

This is not intended as medical advice please talk to a medical professional if you are concerned about your child’s speech development

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Velvet Chong Healing Touch Practitioner – Mamaste033



Velvet Chong has so much knowledge. I met Velvet 3 years ago in a kids music class and she was someone I wanted to connect with. Unfortunately, our kids are a few years apart and my making mom friends skills were in their infancy. When I started the podcast she was someone on my list to interview but we still did not see each other much so I started following her on Instagram. When I won a healing touch session with her I knew it was a great time to reconnect.

In episode 33 we talk about Velvet’s journey to becoming a healing touch practitioner, integrating healing touch with conventional medicine and finding our voice. Velvet is a practicing RN as well as healing touch practitioner. Velvet is constantly searching for more information in order to serve her family, her clients and herself. Velvet is very open and willing to share her passion for what she does. Velvet is very passionate about what she does but she is also very excited to learn more to share that knowledge. Check her out instagram @thevelvetlotus and her website thevelvetlotus.com

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Kombucha & Conversation – Mamaste032



Today on the podcast I welcome back Annette Gerlitz Appel. Annette was on episode 10 and if you have not heard that episode go check it out. Annette shares how to give advice respectfully, how to talk about tough topics like sex and death and how to approach all of this through the lens of age appropriateness.

I met Annette because she facilitates a baby support group which we were part of when Eleanor was a baby. She is someone’s whose advice I respect and I seek out often. More and more I have found myself giving out advice, maybe because I started a podcast about being a mom, but it’s a powerful and scary thing. I invited Anette over the give me advice on giving advice.

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Lauren Gilger – Mamaste031



Today on the podcast I share a conversation I had with Lauren Gilger. She is “an award-winning multimedia journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized” and all around badass. I met Lauren through a friend and have always followed her on social media and been in awe of what she does. We talk about her impressive career, not feeling our age and how she is able to take a fair view when reporting.

Check out all of Lauren’s work on her website www.laurengilger.com

Lauren’s favorite podcasts: Longest Shortest Time and NPR Politics 

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Ryann takes a Summer Break – Mamaste030



This week Ryann announces her summer break from The Mamaste Podcast. Ryann is looking to rev up her business so make sure to follow her on @raisingwildhearts on Instagram.

I, Jill, will continue with the podcast and see what comes. I want to thank Ryann for all that she has taught me. She has challenged my viewpoints, she has lead me through huge personal growth towards a happier and more positive person and how to be prioritize in order to get the most happiness and growth out of my life.

I am so excited to see where we both go and know we will meet back in the field…

“Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.” –Rumi

but also this…

“You can be scared out of your mind and still do something that is empowerment” – Ryann Watkin

Check out https://www.ryannwatkin.com/podcast for links and in depth articles about our episodes

This podcast episode is supported in part by Ryann Watkin, educator, writer and creative. Click on the link above to check out her website and get your FREE purpose planner at https://www.ryannwatkin.com/planner

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Positive Vibes – Mamaste029



Energy is a scientific principal but what about anxious energy, bad energy, positive vibes. Is this governed by science or something else?  We discuss how we feel about the term energy and what it means to us.  Have you ever meet someone and immediately know that you wanted to be their friend or not? Ryann and I talk about our experience with energy and how we see ourselves using it.

Check out https://www.ryannwatkin.com/podcast for links and in depth articles about our episodes

This podcast episode is supported in part by Ryann Watkin, educator, writer and creative. Click on the link above to check out her website and get your FREE purpose planner at https://www.ryannwatkin.com/planner

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Radical Love Rocks with Traci Baxley – Mamaste028



On the Mamaste Podcast, we talk to Traci Baxley, a 30-year veteran in education and mama to five kids—five!! She’s currently a professor at Florida Atlantic University where she brings a tremendous and diverse background to her students and a rich and hopeful perspective on public education. We talk about her decision to homeschool one of her five children and how we can empower our kids by taking a look at their individual needs. Her Tedx talk is an inspiring and heartfelt narrative on how we can choose radical love in our lives. For our kids. For us. For our communities. Radical love Rocks!

Check out https://www.ryannwatkin.com/podcast for links and in depth articles about our episodes

This podcast episode is supported in part by Ryann Watkin, educator, writer and creative. Click on the link above to check out her website and get your FREE purpose planner at https://www.ryannwatkin.com/planner

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Our Evolution as Mothers – Mamaste027



Ryann and Jill take a personal look at the concepts we discussed with Dr. Sacks in episode 26. We touch on the article by Dr. Sacks called “The Birth of a Mother” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/08/well/family/the-birth-of-a-mother.html which says that when a baby is born so is a mother. We look at this concept as well as personal and spiritual development

Listen now on your favorite podcast app or at https://www.ryannwatkin.com/podcast

This podcast episode is supported in part by Ryann Watkin, educator, writer and creative. Click on the link above to check out her website and get your FREE purpose planner at https://www.ryannwatkin.com/planner

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What No One Tells You About Motherhood with Dr. Alexandra Sacks – Mamaste026



Today on The Mamaste Podcast we chat all things “matrescence” with Dr. Alexandra Sacks, co-author of What No One Tells You: A Guide to Your Emotions From Pregnancy to Motherhood https://www.alexandrasacksmd.com/book Dr. Sacks is a Reproductive Psychiatrist affiliated with the Women’s Program at Columbia University and is well-known for popularizing the term “matrescence” in her powerful TED talk.

So what is matrescence anyway? It’s the transition to motherhood that encompasses mind, body, and hormones. Becoming a mother is joyous but it can also be hard. Then there’s everything in between—that’s where we find matrescence, an identity shift and growth that organically happens when a woman has a child.

Listen now on your favorite podcast app or at https://www.ryannwatkin.com/podcast

This podcast episode is supported in part by Ryann Watkin, educator, writer and creative. Click on the link above to check out her website and get your FREE purpose planner at https://www.ryannwatkin.com/planner

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