The WHoly Mom Chat

Jennifer James

On this podcast, Jennifer James will be chatting with other moms who will be sharing about their motherhood journey, how they are making themselves whole, pursuing their dreams while thriving as a mom. I want to provide a safe place – without any judgment, shaming, or discrimination. Everyone is welcome here.  We are on this journey together. Let’s rediscover our true self, reclaim our time, our energy, care for ourselves to be the woman we want to be and most of all THRIVE. So let us rise up and show up as a better version of ourselves. read less
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Christa Vickers-Smith's Healing Journey
Jan 12 2023
Christa Vickers-Smith's Healing Journey
Christa Vickers-Smith joins me on this first episode of the year on The WHoly Mom Chat Podcast with her blissful journey of #healing after seasons of great suffering. A native Richmonder, Christa has experienced firsthand the power of prayer, of the body of Christ, bearing each other's burdens and seeing every joint supply. Her passion has become pursuing wholeness in spirit, soul, and body, and walking alongside others in their journeys.Christa was born and raised in a God-fearing #Christian home, knowing Jesus and His Word, but she experienced Him deeply when she was desperately longing for a #physicalhealing. It started from a migraine as a teenager and escalated to kidney stones, fibromyalgia, insomnia, low immunity, and weak adrenal system (and more health crisis) over the course of seven years. She went through multiple back surgeries, endometriosis surgery and the list goes on. Tune in to learn more about Christa's healing journey:  -  Dealing with the physical trauma -   Lightbulb moment which revealed her the cause within herself-   Pivotal moments in the healing journey -   The power of belief and prayer-   Three pieces of wisdomFavorite Quotes:"God did not give us a spirit of fear, but one of power and love and sound mind” – 2 Timothy 1: 7"God made our bodies so incredibly, intricately that we can evaluate danger and go.""My journey was not quick, not like an instant gratification of work. There were layers and things had to get peeled back. But at the end of it, I am forever changed. I will never be the same."To Connect with Jenny Follow on IG: @wholymom or Facebook: facebook.com/wholymomHave Questions? Send me an email at: info@wholymom.com.To Support My Podcast, use: Paypal Or Venmo: @wholymomSupport the show
Walking Through Transitions with Christy Wright
Dec 7 2022
Walking Through Transitions with Christy Wright
We've all gone through transitions. Transitions are a part of life: going through stages in life, relationships, parenthood, loss of loved ones, career moves, and so on. These changes can be hard to deal with. However, we can be intentional and learn to cope with these inevitable transitions better. Christy Wright joins me today in the podcast, sharing her story of Transition from a Ramsey personality of Ramsey solutions with 12 years of expertise as a certified business coach, dynamic speaker, and personal development expert to something new. Christy has thousands of hours of experience speaking professionally on some of the most significant stages in the country, and she now uses that experience to teach others how to make the impact they want to make. Whether running around the stage or after kids, challenging leaders, or changing diapers, Christy makes the most out of her life and helps others to do the same.Christy encourages us not to give up our faith in God, as He always has better plans for us. After all, He is the one who chose you for His purpose, and He will pave the way for it. She also describes her emotional and spiritual struggles during the transition phases and how she overcame them with a leap of faith in God and belief in herself.She is the #1 bestselling author of 'Business Boutique,' 'Take back your time' and 'Living True.' Christy is masterful at teaching people how to craft messages they are excited to share and confident to deliver. She has been featured on Today Show and Fox News, Success, Entrepreneur, and Women's Day Magazines. Listen to the podcast to find out more about:·      The journey to her life purpose (3:40)·      The spiritual impact of the transition phase (7:00)·      Concept of reset and change in seasons of life (16:00)·      Dealing with emotional struggles of transitions (19:26)·      Counseling process and a new vision in life (24:00)·      Three pieces of wisdom (35:00)Favorite quotes:"When I obey Lord in a difficult situation, it doesn't get easier. It becomes harder. Eventually, He will bring me the perfect ones.""Things happen in the wilderness that prepares us for a blessing. I have learned the importance of a reset in this wilderness.""In your transition, God brings you through a wilderness to reset you: reset your mind and intimacy with Him.""If you have peace and sovereignty, you can walk the steps even if you are super scared."To connect with Christy: Website: www.Christy-Wright.comFollow IG: @Christy.WrightFacebook: OfficialChristyWrightJoin her new course: StopWingingIt.comTo connect with Jenny: Website: http://wholymom.com/Follow IG: @wholymomLinkedIn: Jennifer JamesFacebook: wholymomEmail: info@wholymom.comTo Support My Podcast, use: Paypal Or Venmo: @wholymomSupport the show
Intentional Homemaking with Ruth McKeaney
Nov 22 2022
Intentional Homemaking with Ruth McKeaney
With Thanksgiving this week in the US and the holiday season around the corner, let's get our hearts, minds, and spirits ready and be intentional in our homemaking. To discuss this topic, I invited Ruth McKeaney to share her experience. Ruth is the author of "Hungry for Home." As a constant host, she goes to the heart of what makes one feel at home. Every day, her goal is to make her home a safe place, so her family and her guests have the opportunity to have their deeper needs met. Intentional homemaking, in its most idealized form, creates a setting where vulnerability and honesty are valued and protected, understanding and grace are fostered, and love is freely given. It's time to recover the richness of community lost in the today's hustle and bustle. We can still slow down. We can still prioritize our family and friends over our "to-do" lists. We can still find beauty in the midst of chaos. We can still sit around the table with bowls of pasta and laugh until two in the morning. We can still go home.~ Ruth McKeaneyThis episode also discusses the significant phase of the identity crisis she experienced and how she overcame it. She also shares her journey to finding her purpose when lovingly challenged by her uncle to seek God for. Ruth McKeaney is a former Attorney General for the state of Virginia and Assistant Commonwealth #39's Attorney. Ruth and her husband, Bob, are raising their five children on their restored historic farm in Berwyn, PA. Hillside Farm was featured in the books Stone Houses and Theology of Home and exhibited in multiple home tours and a few magazines.Listen to the podcast for our conversation. Here are the quick glimpses3:26- Ruth about her life4:17-  Identity Crisis 14:40 - Being the best of yourself20:37- Launch of Hungry for Home23:10- Struggles and ignition to passion Favorite Quotes:"Everyone, despite your ethnicity and religious beliefs, is yearning for a home." "You don't realize as a mom, your whole identity becomes your children.""It was an amazing experience to sit back and watch the Lord work."To connect with Ruth: Website: https://www.hungry4home.comFollow IG: @hungryforhomeFacebook: HungryforHomeYouTube: https://youtu.be/F0IgsqCarEIPurchase Book: https://www.hungry4home.com/shopTo connect with Jenny: Website: http://wholymom.com/Follow IG: @wholymomLinkedIn: Jennifer JamesFacebook: wholymomEmail: info@wholymom.comTo Support My Podcast, use: Paypal Or Venmo: @wholymom Support the show
Slay Like a Mother with Katherine Wintsch
Nov 6 2022
Slay Like a Mother with Katherine Wintsch
"Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn't know you had." Motherhood is challenging. It is like a rollercoaster ride with ups and downs. It can be overwhelming, and at times it can be the best dose of happiness. Katherine Wintsch joins today's podcast with her extraordinary charm. Katherine dedicates her life to making the lives of mothers easier. Katherine is the founder and CEO of The Mom Complex. She is a mother of two teenagers and the author of 'Slay like a Mother', a popular book that combines her journey with her groundbreaking research on motherhood. According to the Parade magazine, the book is one of the Top 10 Life Changing Self-Help Books of the Year. Her research has also been featured by 'The Today Show,' 'The New York Times, 'The Wall Street Journal, and 'Fast Company.'               Katherine shares her journey of motherhood and explains how she managed her struggles and slayed her 'Dragons of self-doubt.' She also expresses her thoughts on why moms suffer and struggle and her ways of overcoming it. According to her, Gatekeeping moms are prone to stress and anxiety, and everyone must make time for themselves. Organizing and decluttering even relationships can keep our mental health on track, and to maintain a sane mind, we should love ourselves. Self-love is not wrong, and moms should find time for self-care.Here are the quick time stamps:03:27 Introduction and about her book, 'Slay like a Mother.'05:26 'Dragon of Self-doubt' and path to freedom.08:35 Slay your dragons of Self-doubt10:30 Reconnecting to the self.16:00 Are you a 'gatekeeping mom'?29:54 Dealing with mom guilts.32:42 Three pieces of wisdom To connect with Katherine:Sign up here to receive our Slay Like a Mother newsletter.Click here to follow us on Instagram.Write a book review here on Amazon.Buy a Slay Like a Mother book.YouTube  video.Slay Like a Mother Website.The Mom Complex Website.Katherine's Blog. To connect with Jenny: Website: http://wholymom.com/Follow IG: @wholymomLinkedIn: Jennifer JamesFacebook: wholymomEmail: info@wholymom.comTo Support My Podcast, use: Paypal Or Venmo: @wholymom I am here to remind you that YOU MATTER. Your feelings, desires, unspoken needs, and all of you have a purpose. I am here to walk with you and to cheer you on. I believe in you. YOU CAN GET THROUGH THIS SEASON!  So, let's rediscover our true selves, reclaim our time, energy, care for ourselves to be the woman we want to be, and most of all, THRIVE. Let us rise and show up as a better version of ourselves!  Together we can support each other and live in our purpose. Let's do this!Support the show
Infertility Journey with Michelle Mercurio
Oct 25 2022
Infertility Journey with Michelle Mercurio
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month which includes miscarriage, infertility, failed cycle, infant loss, ectopic, stillbirth, child loss, SIDS, neonatal loss, TFMR, chemical pregnancy, and embryo loss. To every person who has experienced any of these difficult experiences, I see you, I feel your pain, and I am holding space for you. In this week's podcast, we will discuss the journey of infertility. Infertility, in simple words, is the inability to reproduce. It affects both men and women. It can be challenging for people to sail through the physical and mental pressure of infertility and its treatments. Michelle Mercurio joins me today with her journey through infertility and the struggles she faced. According to her, letting go of all the guilts and living with self-love is a great medicine to make healing happen. Self-love can do wonders in thought processing and boosting confidence. She says focusing on a 'to-be list' instead of a to-do list should be the priority. There will be many ups and downs, and many identities will be crashed, but one should not need external things to like themselves. Questioning your beliefs and why you believe them makes corrections and clears the thought process. Listen to the podcast to learn how Michelle overcame depression and how she coped through all her heavy days. Here are the quick timestamps: 04:30- Michelle's infertility journey with PCOS 08:05- Treatments and accepting phase 18:20- Dealing with Depression 28:30- Healing and letting go 38:00- A Note of Help Favorite quotes: "The reason we fear judgments is that we are so harshly judging ourselves.""If I love myself, I can show up for others better.""Relationship with others is based on our relationship with ourselves." To connect with Michelle: Website: https://michellemercurio.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michellemercurioFollow IG: https://www.instagram.com/michmerc/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6aYkwTShrPXMOlkQbnJIag To connect with Jenny: Website: http://wholymom.com/Follow IG: @wholymomLinkedIn: Jennifer JamesFacebook: wholymomEmail: info@wholymom.comTo support my podcast, PayPal or Venmo: @wholymomSupport the show
Morgan Adams' Breast Cancer Journey
Oct 11 2022
Morgan Adams' Breast Cancer Journey
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It aims to provide adequate knowledge about Breast Cancer and to spread awareness among women to save lives. In this week’s podcast Morgan Adams joins me today with her inspiring story about how she overcame breast cancer two times. She addresses herself as a ‘WARRIOR TO WOMEN’S HEALTH’ and shares her journey and experiences. According to Morgan, trusting the inner voice is important because our body knows what it needs more than anyone. Making health care a priority is a key factor to prevent and diagnose any unusual illness or disease. In this Pink Month, my aim is to spread awareness and educate people about breast cancer and how early identification plays a vital role in curing breast cancer. Morgan’s journey is a great example for this. Tune in to the podcast to hear her journey and her recovery phase.HERE ARE THE QUICK TIME STAMPS: 04:52 – MORGAN’S BREAST CANCER JOURNEY 10:22 - MAMMOGRAM AND EARLY IDENTIFICATION 13:20 - INNER VOICE AND GUT FEELING 16:30 – RECOVERY FROM CANCER AND ITS IMPACTS 25:15 - CHRONIC INSOMNIA AND WHAT IS A HOLISTIC COACH  31:06 - ADVISE TO NEW MOMS FOR A HEALTHY SLEEP 33:28 - THREE PIECES OF WISDOM  Favorite Quotes: “GO WITH YOUR GUT, KEEP ASKING” “MY JOURNEY MADE ME VERY FOCUSED ON THE IMPORTANCE OF ADVOCATING FOR MYSELF AND TRUSTING MY GUT “ About Morgan: Morgan lives in Richmond, Virginia and a two time breast cancer survivor. She advocates for a lifestyle of disease prevention and integrating holistic strategies for cancer treatment. Morgan Adams is a holistic sleep coach for women who struggle with getting a good night's sleep consistently. Her goal is to help women feel better and to live better with a good night’s sleep. She is an accredited health coach and holistic sleep coach with advanced certifications in sleep science. Morgan spent almost decades using prescription sleeping pills despite knowing that her overall sleep quality suffered. She now inspires and teaches other women how to achieve good sleep without the usage of sleeping aids.  To Connect with Morgan Adams: Follow IG : https://www.instagram.com/morganadams.wellness/LinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/in/morganadamswellness/Website: Morganadamswellness.com To Connect with Jenny Follow on IG: @wholymom or Facebook: facebook.com/wholymomHave Questions? Send me an email at: info@wholymom.com.To Support My Podcast, use: Paypal Or Venmo: @wholymom Support the show
When to Walk Away with Gary Thomas
Sep 26 2022
When to Walk Away with Gary Thomas
Gary Thomas has joined me this week on the podcast to provide insight regarding toxic relationships (familial, intimate, professional, friendships).  In this week's conversation, Gary is able to help us recognize people that are toxic and ways in which we can move on from these painful relationships. Toxic individuals not only affect the relationship, but they bring us down and add to our daily stressors. It’s important to understand that toxic people slowly chip away at your well-being. As a mother, I enjoyed the conversation with Gary because it brought up the importance of healing and putting ourselves first. This conversation is inspired from Garry’s book: When to Walk Away.  According to Gary, not every difficult person is toxic. Those that are toxic people want to control you, haunt you, and enjoy conflict. He speaks about how to incorporate faith, restraint, self-soothing methods, and forgiveness in our journey to walk away from toxic relationships. Join in and plunge into the episode to explore more about it. Listen in to learn more about: {04:00} Identifying Toxic People{06:20} Toxic People and Scripture{09:25} How to Walk Away Physically{11:00} How to Walk Away Mentally {12:25} Toxic Marriage and Licensed Counselors{16:00} Self-Soothing{26:00} Forgiveness{28:35} Three Pieces of Wisdom Favorite Quotes“Lord, I pray…that they’ll become a person of love instead of hate.” “Take the temptation to fixate on toxic people as motivation to plan to do something healthy in a healthy relationship.”“Don’t let someone tear you apart. God created you not just to be loved but to love others.” “Relationships are key to who God made us to be.” About Gary:Gary is a best-selling author and international speaker. He has worked to foster personal growth by means of scripture and community outreach. His incorporation of the Christian faith and public speaking have allowed him to identify how to end the chain of toxic relationships and how to find our way to a journey full of healing and self-love. If you’d like to hear more about what Gary’s advice is you can check out his book When to Walk Away.  To Connect with Gary: Follow on IG: @garythomasbooks Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorGaryThomasTwitter: https://twitter.com/GaryLThomasLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-thomas-26b44a14/Website: https://garythomas.com To Connect with Jenny Follow on IG: @wholymom or Facebook: facebook.com/wholymom Have Questions? Send me an email at: info@wholymom.com. To Support My Podcast, use: Paypal Or Venmo: @wholymomSupport the show
Healing from an Abusive Marriage with Kari Trent-Stageberg
Sep 9 2022
Healing from an Abusive Marriage with Kari Trent-Stageberg
Kari Trent-Stageberg has joined me this week to provide knowledge regarding the path to healing and understanding domestic violence as a first-hand survivor herself.  Domestic violence is one of the most threatening issues which can curtail one's mental and psychological growth. Individuals may face verbal, emotional, or physical abuse that may leave you questioning everything you’ve ever said or done in a relationship. Experiencing this abuse has been shown to leave lasting effects that are even more profound than physical damage itself. Due to the toll that is left by domestic violence, it is important to understand the narrative through first-hand experiences which is why Kari has joined the podcast today.According to Kari, the first and foremost thing to escape from domestic violence is to recognize such a toxic relationship and tackle it in the most appropriate manner, followed by setting a safety plan and boundaries. It will not be a cakewalk unless one gets proper guidance and knowledge regarding this evil. Listening to the words of a survivor will help others to be fit enough to fight brilliantly against the abuse. So don't hesitate to plunge into the episode to explore more about it.  Additionally, for anyone that may be experiencing domestic violence and needs further resources or guidance please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233.Listen in to learn more about: {03:40} The Journey of Kari as A Survivor{05:00} Abuse Defined{07:00} Book Suggestions on Abusive Relationships{11:20}  Along with Faith{14:00} Strategies and Pieces Of Advice To Apply{16:30} National Domestic Violence Helpline Number{27:25} Three Pieces of AdviceFavorite Quotes:“You are not created to do life alone.” “An abundance of counselors is wisdom.”“It’s always one step forward, three steps back…God is so kind, he is so faithful, and he is not going to leave you where you are.”About Kari: Kari is a wife and mother. She has experienced an IVF journey which blessed her with a little boy. Growing up she was part of a faith-filled home with no paradigm for what abuse looked like. Through her journey she has walked away from faith, eloped, grown closer to God, and found her way to the beautiful family she now has. Her struggles have allowed her to bring hope, healing, and knowledge to both her and others faced with similar situations. To Connect with Kari:Follow on IG: @karitrentstageberghttps://www.karitrentstageberg.com/To Connect with JennyFollow on IG: @wholymom or Facebook: facebook.com/wholymomHave Questions? Send me an email at: info@wholymom.com.To Support My Podcast, use: Paypal Or Venmo: @wholymomSupport the show
Finding Joy with Johanna Stamps
Jun 28 2022
Finding Joy with Johanna Stamps
Johanna Stamps joins me this week on the podcast. We have both found purpose in igniting joy and our conversation is filled with laughter and wisdom. Johanna shares her journey from burnout to surrender as she left the big city behind and chose to let her plane home fly away while she sat on the beach. Listen in to learn how she left behind the rhythm of infrastructure in New York to discover the rhythm of nature in South Africa. Her profound wisdom covers topics such as processing childhood trauma, the impact of a truly amazing and historically significant grandmother figure, Corrie Ten Boom, grief, and what it means to truly trust God in each season of life.Listen in to learn more about:{05:00} Putting family first in this season{005:50} Going to South Africa {06:30} Finding a rhythm of nature versus a rhythm of infrastructure{08:00} Meeting her husband{09: 40} Pregnant and alone{10:04} The next part of the journey{14: 50} Corrie Ten Boom{16:40} Childhood Trauma: deep pain and deep joy coexist{18:30} Encapsulating grief and working to joy{22:43} Handling setbacksFavorite Quotes:“I want to start one life well and finish 2 lives beautifully.”“One of the biggest things was coming to a place of beautiful surrender with my family. And choosing to put my family first in this season.”“This can’t break me because God has created me with a purpose, so how can I move forward out of this.”“Every stumbling block can be a stepping stone as well.” About JohannaJohanna, a 20-year business veteran both in Africa and the US, decided to step into the role of a lifetime: full-time caretaker to her little one and two elderly parents.  Her current goal is to start one life well and finish two lives beautifully!  Simultaneously, she is using this time to realize a lifelong dream of working one-on-one with people.  Johanna is a certified Christian Grief Coach and is starting a counseling masters program in the fall in order to walk the most difficult parts of life's journey with her clients.  Through her own deep healing, she has discovered a unique aspect of her resiliency, being intentionally rooted in joy, especially during times of significant suffering.To Connect with Johanna:Positive Doing CoachFollow on IG  or Facebook: facebook.com/Positive DoingTo Connect with JennyFollow on IG: @wholymom or Facebook: facebook.com/wholymomHave Questions? Send me an email at: info@wholymom.com.To Support My Podcast, use: Paypal Or Venmo: @wholymomSupport the show
Anne Smith's Journey with Post Traumatic Stress Order
Jun 14 2022
Anne Smith's Journey with Post Traumatic Stress Order
June is PTSD Awareness month, and I am honored to share my conversation with Anne Smith. Listen in as she shares about her healing journey from the little red flags at the beginning to the blessed awareness that they haven’t had an episode in over 5 years.  Anne’s open, honest, and loving approach to her story is inspiring and gives hope to those who are also struggling with feeling like they are walking on glass eggshells as they navigate the unique journey through PTSD. It is important to remember that PTSD looks different for everyone. It is the result of any kind of trauma and can be experienced at any age. While we most often associate PTSD with soldiers, according to the DSM V, PTSD is most experienced by and can last longer in women. Knowledge is power and you have the ability to change your story. If you feel you are experiencing PTSD, I encourage you to seek the help of a professional. Resources are available for all moms here.  Listen in to learn more about:{02:55} All about Anne{04:50} What is PTSD?{05:52} How Anne’s story began {07:40} Beginning the recovery process{09:49} Walking alongside someone with PTSD{11:25} Secondary Trauma{15:26} Healing Journey{23:06} The 3 Ps Anne brought to her marriage{32:52) ReconciliationFavorite Quotes:“Conflict resolution starts in our hearts and then within our homes.”“God comforts us so we can comfort others.” “There is always hope. Be vulnerable and find support. Get help.”About AnneAnne Smith describes herself as a broken, healing daughter of Christ, learning to walk in His way and sit at His feet.  Her life has taken many twists and turns, but as a woman who loves adventure, she is up for the challenges.  She received her BA from UVA in political science, and MA from King's College London in Conflict Security & Development from the renowned War Studies Department. She has a passion for travel and conflict resolution. She has spent time working and living in Jordan and Afghanistan where she worked with the Department of Defense. She met her husband there who was a Special Forces soldier with the 5th group. Upon returning to the States, she moved to Nashville to be with him. After just a few weeks of marriage symptoms of PTSD started to raise its ugly head in her husband. They currently live in Richmond, VA and their family is made up of three stepchildren, twin 5-year-old girls, a 2-year-old boy, and a 5 month baby boy. To Connect with Anne:https://www.linkedin.com/in/annewsmith/ To Connect with JennyFollow on IG: @wholymom or Facebook: facebook.com/wholymomHave Questions? Send me an email at: info@wholymom.com.To Support My Podcast, use: Paypal Or Venmo: @wholymomSupport the show
Next Level Living with Jasmine Douglas
May 30 2022
Next Level Living with Jasmine Douglas
As women in a busy world, we are often influenced by the social norms associated with marriage, living as a woman in our society, and motherhood. And we lose sight of who we are. I am passionate about coming alongside women and moms who are recognizing and returning to themselves. Sharing our stories helps us see we are not alone in our unique stories. To help us on the path to self-discovery and self-care, I am so excited to share my conversation with the lovely Jasmine Douglas.  She is a mom, businesswoman, and recent divorcee. With encouragement and grace, you will learn the importance of being in tune with yourself and living on purpose as she shares her journey of self-discovery and success.Listen in to learn more about:{04:30} What it means to be in your purpose{06:02} Discovering authenticity in marriage{07:40} Equal partnership in marriage{08:11} Inner work needed to connect to your true purpose{09:40} Learning who you are{11:10} Finding yourself{12:00} Baby Steps and Decluttering your life {13:25} Steps to avoid setbacksFavorite Quotes:“I don’t believe you can live in your purpose if you are not being authentic.”“Your children need to see that you are living your best life and that you are happy too.” Connect with Jasmine:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thejasmineway/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheJasmineWay.RealestateWebsite: https://www.soldbynextlevel.com/To Connect with JennyFollow on IG: @wholymom or Facebook: facebook.com/wholymomHave Questions? Send me an email at: info@wholymom.com.To Support My Podcast, use: Paypal Or Venmo: @wholymomSupport the show
Is it a Migraine or a Headache? with Dr. Rani Banik
May 1 2022
Is it a Migraine or a Headache? with Dr. Rani Banik
This week on the WHoly Mom Chat, Jennifer interviews Dr. Rani on migraines and headache. Dr. Rani shares the story of her own struggles with chronic migraines and her path to a whole health approach to life. She became a certified functional health practitioner after becoming a board certified ophthalmologist and neuro-opthamologist. With her broad experience she helps us process what our body is telling us when we have migraines and headaches. Rani shares her  passion to educate people and practitioners about the benefits of holistic health.  As you listen, if you think you are having symptoms of migraine or headache, seek help from someone who has training in diagnosing and treating migraine.Listen in to learn more about:{03:58} What is Neuro-Ophthalmology?{04:18} What is Functional Medicine?{06:20} Migraine or a headache?{10:04} Triggers{18:00} Practical strategies that migraine sufferers can implement? The Migraine Buddy App for tracking symptoms  https://migrainebuddy.com/About Dr. Rani Dr. Rani Banik is America's Integrative Eye Doctor. She is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained neuro-ophthalmologist with additional training in Functional Medicine. Dr. Rani runs a private practice based in New York City and is also Associate Professor of Mount Sinai in NYC where she serves as an educator and researcher. Dr. Rani is frequently featured as an expert in the media and has been interviewed on Good Morning America, CBS, NBC, ABC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Fox, amongst many others. Connect with Dr. Rani:EBook: 6 Natural Ways to Conquer Headaches  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.ranibanik/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/365563447148126https://www.facebook.com/groups/1864863853844167To Connect with JennyFollow on IG: @wholymom or Facebook: facebook.com/wholymomHave Questions? Send me an email at: info@wholymom.comTo Support My Podcast, use: Paypal Or Venmo: @wholymomSupport the show
Holistic Nutrition with Lorraine Driscoll
Apr 29 2022
Holistic Nutrition with Lorraine Driscoll
This week on the WHoly Mom Chat, Jennifer interviews Lorraine Driscoll on Holistic Nutrition. Lorraine shares the story of her daughter's health struggles and her journey to get a diagnosis for PANS/PANDAS. Along with discussing the benefits of holistic nutrition, she guides parents to find help for their children and themselves in their wellness journey. Listen in to learn more about: {05:15} What is holistic nutrition?{08:08} What is functional neurology?{11:45} Lorraine's journey in dealing with PANS/PANDAS with her daughter{22:12} Overview of signs in children and when to seek help {27:25} Practical strategies that parents can start applying today   About Lorraine After completing a Master of Science in Teaching degree, Lorraine Driscoll taught in the public school system for fifteen years. During that time, she trained as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, where she graduated in the 95th percentile. In 2017, she completed her certification in Chicago as a Certified Gut & Psychology Practitioner.  After her daughter's recovery from PANS/PANDAS, Lorraine was inspired to seek training in neuroplastic learning therapies to address many of the learning challenges that she witnessed in the education system but was unable to implement in the day-to-day classroom environment.  Her mission is to empower mothers and children with the tools to overcome struggles related to learning and behavior disorders by moving past band-aid approaches and addressing the root cause.Lorraine loves watching her clients witness the profound healing and empowerment that can occur when they take an active role in their brain and body health.To Support My Podcast, use: Paypal Or Venmo: @wholymomTo Connect with Me, Jenny:Follow me on IG: @wholymom or Facebook: facebook.com/wholymomHave Questions? Send me an email at: info@wholymom.com. Connect with Lorraine:Website: https://lorrainedriscoll.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/building.better.brains/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buildingbetterbrainsLD  To get the full version of the show notes: https://wholymom.com/podcast/episode48/     Support the show
Understanding Your Child with Dr. Danielle Dick
Apr 16 2022
Understanding Your Child with Dr. Danielle Dick
Wouldn't it be amazing if we knew how to parent and had a handbook for each child we parented? There is something that can get us close to this dream – The Child Code. In this episode of The WHoly Mom Chat, Jennifer interviews Danielle about her book The Child Code and her motivation to write the book. She shares her story about her parenting journey and gives to help us be successful, effective parents.  Listen in to learn more about: {04:37} Danielle's personal experience with parenting her son{06:33} Effective parenting strategies{09:05} Healthy ways to adapt our parenting based on our child's distinct genetic makeup.   About Danielle DickDr. Danielle Dick is an internationally recognized expert on genetic and environmental influences on human behavior. Her new book "THE CHILD CODE: Understanding Your Child's Unique Nature for Happier, More Effective Parenting" offers a science-based approach to parenting centered on a child's unique genetic "code."  To Support My Podcast, use: Paypal Or Venmo: @wholymom To Connect with Me, Jenny:Follow me on IG: @wholymom or Facebook: facebook.com/wholymomHave Questions? Send me an email at: info@wholymom.com.Connect with Dr. Danielle:Website: DanielleDick.comBook: TheChildCode.comTwitter Danielle Dick (@DrDanielleDick) / TwitterFacebook Dr. Danielle Dick | FacebookInstagram Danielle Dick | Psychologist (@drdanielledick) LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/drdanielledick/  To get the full version of the show notes: https://wholymom.com/podcast/episode46/    Support the show
Overcoming Perfectionism in Motherhood with Amy Wicks
Apr 9 2022
Overcoming Perfectionism in Motherhood with Amy Wicks
In this episode of The WHoly Mom Chat, Jennifer interviews Amy Wicks on perfectionism in motherhood. She shares her personal story and how perfectionism impacted her quality of life. Amy also shares her tips and steps to fight the idea of being the perfect mom.  Listen in to learn more about: Amy’s personal journey of dealing with perfectionism How this idea of perfectionism impacts our quality of lifePractical tips to overcome perfectionism and be the mom your kids need About Amy WicksAmy is a podcast host, Enneagram coach, writer, wife to Spencer, and mom of three! She would love the opportunity to speak to your audience about how the insights from faith-based Enneagram teaching can free them from anxiety, shame, and the need for control in their role as a mom in order to live in their place in the Kingdom.As an Enneagram Coach who has helped dozens of women overcome overwhelm, frustration, and self-doubt in their life, she believes that she can provide insightful and helpful information for your audience.   To Support My Podcast, use: Paypal Or Venmo: @wholymom To Connect with Me, Jenny:Follow me on IG: @wholymom or Facebook: facebook.com/wholymomHave Questions? Send me an email at: info@wholymom.com.Connect with Amy Website: https://www.simplywholehearted.com Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/wholeheartedenneagram Check out Amy’s Podcast: Simply Wholehearted Podcast To get the full version of the show notes: https://wholymom.com/podcast/episode45/   Support the show
Creating Radical Love with Benita Conde
Mar 26 2022
Creating Radical Love with Benita Conde
During our lifetime, we never stop growing but inevitably we want to be growing in a different direction. We want to be transforming ourselves and bettering our life every day.  Are you feeling stuck and unsure of which way to turn? Do you want to enjoy your whole life not just certain parts of it? Then today’s episode is for you! Jennifer interviews Benita Conde, a holistic life coach who shares her journey of changing her life course. Benita shares her story of leaving professional ballet, becoming sober, and starting a new life. Jennifer and Benita also talk about how important mindset and listening to our inner voice are.  Listen in to learn more : {08:03} Benita’s journey to the woman she is today{18:20} Tuning in to our inner voice{24:18} Change where you are headed{32:35} Inspiring women to take a pause Benita Conde is the founder of Create Radical Love, LLC a life coaching and consulting approach for people who want to radically love their whole life experience, not just compartmentalized parts of it. Benita is a former professional ballet dancer, a former personal trainer, and an advertising industry expert with 20 years of experience supporting and guiding the careers of creative people. She has been on a spiritual journey her whole life and has been sober for 13 years. She now works with individuals globally as a holistic coach guiding each client to lead with intuition, to define a calling, and take action from that aligned, excited, and Infinite place across all aspects of their life experience. She has designed a unique and radically loved life with her husband and son and is thrilled to share the approach with others.   To Support My Podcast, use: Paypal Or Venmo: @wholymom To Connect with Me, Jenny:Follow me on IG: @wholymom or Facebook: facebook.com/wholymomHave Questions? Send me an email at: info@wholymom.com.Connect with BenitaWebsite: https://www.createradicallove.com/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/benita_conde/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/benita.conde.3  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/benitac To get the full version of the show notes: https://wholymom.com/podcast/episode43/    Support the show
From the Bottom of the Pot with Chef Tye Hall
Mar 19 2022
From the Bottom of the Pot with Chef Tye Hall
Food is loved universally. Each culture has different dishes that are appreciated, and well, who doesn't love to eat? Don't forget that cooking is an art too? Not only that, but it can also be incredibly therapeutic and life-changing. In this episode of the WHoly Mom Chat, Jennifer James sits down with Chef Tye Hall to discuss how Tye overcame the horrors of assault and abuse. Tye shares how her spouse, children, and intense passion for cooking have helped her overcome her background.  Listen in to learn more :{02:25} Chef Tye Hall shares her story and how she overcame her past. {03:12} What does the bottom of the pot mean? {13:30} How Tye takes care of herself and her tips on how you can too!{15:19} What is it like to buy your own food truckPhiladelphia-born and raised Chef Tye Hall had had a passion for cooking since the age of 8 when she started cooking with her Nana. She didn't start with becoming a chef. In fact, after high school, she went into the Army and served her country. After her tours, she stayed in her profession and became an LPN. It wasn't until she lost her beloved Nana that she hung up her stethoscope, picked up a knife, and worked in the kitchen.She has served our country, has been a servant in healthcare, and now both she and her husband Reggie, the co-owner of T&R Catering LLC & Common Sense Cuisine LLC, and their food truck, Hooks Lunch box, are serving up delicious comfort foods that are designed to take you to on a trip around the world.   To Support My Podcast, use: Paypal Or Venmo: @wholymom To Connect with Me, Jenny:Follow me on IG: @wholymom or Facebook: facebook.com/wholymomHave Questions? Send me an email at: info@wholymom.com.Connect with TyeWebsite: www.commonsensecuisines.comIG: https://www.instagram.com/cheftyehall/ To get the full version of the show notes: https://wholymom.com/podcast/episode42/    Support the show
Keeping the Sizzle in Your Marriage with Dr. Jessica McCleese
Mar 12 2022
Keeping the Sizzle in Your Marriage with Dr. Jessica McCleese
Sex in a marriage is a beautiful, God-designed act. It is for pleasure, not just for procreation. God created sex in a marriage to have physical, spiritual, and emotional intimacy with our partners. In this episode of the WHoly Mom Chat, Jenny talks with a friend and licensed Christian sex therapist, Dr. Jessica McCleese. They discuss the role sex plays in a Christian marriage and how we can keep the passion burning in our intimate relationships after having children.Dr. Jessica is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia and one of less than 200 Certified Christian Sex Therapists in the world. She has a passion for helping married Christians go from believing that they can have a fulfilling sex life to experiencing that intimate connection. Listen in to learn more {02: 57} How can mothers improve their sex life after having a baby? {06:53} When you have children of different age groups, how to find time for your spouse? {09:15} Modeling a relationship to be an excellent example to our children.{13:57} Practical steps to improve our intimacy in our relationships.{20:12} Finding passion again in your relationships To Support My Podcast, use: Paypal Or Venmo: @wholymomTo Connect with Me, Jenny:Follow me on IG: @wholymom or Facebook: facebook.com/wholymomHave Questions? Send me an email at: info@wholymom.com. Connect with Dr. Jessica - Join her Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/fullywell Website: www.befullywell.com.  Instagram:  @drjessica_mccleeseTo get the full version of the show notes:https://wholymom.com/podcast/episode41/   Support the show