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Sunshine is the Founder of African Boheme, a black family travel blog, standing at the intersection of the black travel movement and millennial motherhood. Documenting the lives of herself and her daughter, Sunshine soon realized that not all women had the confidence to travel with their children.   

Once upon a time she tried on a pair of leopard print pants and vowed to move wherever they were made.  Within the year she closed up her vintage shop and moved to Byron Bay, Australia. There she spent her time working alongside boutique bohemian brands, quintessential of Byron Bay, facilitating the manufacturing process between young female entrepreneurs and the skilled artisans of Bali, Indonesia.

Blessing connected with Sunshine via social media to understand how Sunshine inspires herself and her daughter through travel. We discuss how she combines her passion, ambition and goals as a stay-at-home mother, traveler, content creator, and travel blogger. Showing her daughter these various parts of herself is meaningful and important to her and it's what keeps her excited about her role as mother. She feels super proud of her role as a stay-at-home mother, since it offers her the ability to redefine success for herself, and do work that feels aligned to her. As a photographer for 18 years, she is able to create content and share that in a creative way with various audiences and brands.

You can find Sunshine Abou Bakar at www.africanboheme.com and on instagram at www.instagram.com/africanboheme.

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Working mothers are a huge part of the workplace and the global economy, yet millions of mothers go back to work after having a baby with little or no resources available to ensure the continuity of breastfeeding or continuity of breast milk for their newborn. Mamava is a business dedicated ti transforming the culture of breastfeeding. With a freestanding lactation suite available in airports, conference centers, and an app that locates lactation rooms globally, Mamava provides privacy, cleanliness and all you need tp pump or nurse an infant.    On this episode Blessing and Sascha dive into the realities and logistics involved when a mother is away from her babies and needs a safe, clean and private location to pump. We also chat about the work Mamava is doing to connect mothers across the country through its app.    About The Guest - Sascha Mayer, CEO And Co-Founder of Mamava Sascha started with Solidarity of Unbridled Labour (Mamava’s birthplace) in 1995. She helped to develop the Living Brand®, Solidarity’s philosophy on brands and brand creation. As Strategy Director, Sascha participated in the creation of many brands, has provided account planning services and has designed and facilitated multidisciplinary creative-collaborative sessions with numerous brands, including HP, Levi’s, Lululemon, Merrell Apparel, Nike Women, and Red Door Salons. Before joining Solidarity, Sascha worked for the office of Congressman (now Senator) Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), where she served as staff assistant and then assistant press secretary. Sascha is a founding board member of Mobius, a mentoring nonprofit, and has a BA in sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Vermont. She lives in Williston, VT with her husband, and two children where she gardens, cooks, and tends to her five chickens. About The Host - Blessing Adesiyan, CEO and Founder of Mother Honestly Blessing is a career professional, thought-leader and entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience in consulting, manufacturing and operational excellence for Fortune 100 companies such as HP, Microsoft, Cargill, DuPont and BASF. She is Founder & CEO of Mother Honestly, a platform and complete ecosystem for the modern woman to thrive in and beyond motherhood. She is also the host of award-winning Mother Honestly Podcast where she interviews thought-leaders, career professionals, CEOs, investors, policy-makers and more on how women can align their goals and ambition in motherhood. Blessing earned her B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida, M.Sc. in Energy Management from New York Institute of Technology, and her MBA in Marketing and Finance at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.    Blessing is no stranger to big ideas and even bigger to-do lists, but her passion for solving challenges that millennial women face in the workforce and the cultivation of their ambitions is what led her to launch Mother Honestly as a response to a “gaping hole” in culture. Blessing is able to bring a deep knowledge and understanding on issues that affect women in the workplace, working mothers, entrepreneurial mothers and more. She is particularly excited about topics such as work-life integration and balance, career advancement for women, modern motherhood, parenting, and more.   Want to appear on The Mother Honestly podcast? Please send us an email at hello@motherhonestly.com and please follow along on our social media at www.instagram.com/motherhonestly    
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When Farah Merhi launched Inspire Me! Home Decor in 2012, it was a creative outlet during what she calls "a phase of self discovery.” Farah was 3 semesters short of graduating with her political science degree and planning to attend law school when she had her "AHA!" moment, realizing that she was not following her passion and doing what she loved. With the support of her husband and her parents (who now admit they thought it was all just a phase...) she stepped away from her career path. Realizing that Interior Design was what made her heart happy, she launched Inspire Me! Farah had a clear vision of what she wanted to do, and that was to inspire others. Inspire Me! began as an Instagram page and has since become the most followed Home Decor page globally, boasting 5 million followers.

Today, Farah continues to inspire with beautiful home decor through her collections and works to make decorating one’s home both simple and enjoyable. Her Instagram followers were homeowners struggling with decision making when it came to decorating their spaces, reaching out for advice and simple tips to make it easier. Her mission became clear. She knew she had to facilitate the decor process for each and every person.

On this episode, Blessing and Farah dive into this episode chatting about the role mothers play in inspiring their children. Farah's mother was a huge part of the process from her early days designing and decorating her childhood home.

You can reach Farah at www.instagram.com/farahjmerhi and www.instagram.com/inspire_me_home_decor. Please leave us a review below and be sure to follow us on instagram at www.instagram.com/motherhonestly

 

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Tonya Dalton is the Founder & CEO of Inkwell Press, a productivity company focused on helping women figure out what is important. She knows first-hand how overwhelming it can be to feel like you have a million things to do each day. As a modern mother, there are multiple demands on our time, and there is so much pressure to do "#allthethings and do them well" according to Tonya.    Tonya's definition of productivity is not getting more done, rather, its focusing our attention on whats more important. What is even more unique was that Tonya started her business as a mother of two because she wanted to create a financial pathway for her family. She started off as a teacher, and then became a stay-at-home mother. After starting what she thought was going to be a small side-business, she grew Inkwell Press rapidly and within a year, her husband was able to quit his big marketing job to join her.    Dive into the podcast to learn more about how Tonya mapped out a path to financial freedom for her family. Through her podcast, planners, and community all focused on helping women become more productive.   Tonya can be found at www.tonyadalton.com and her company at www.inkwellpress.com
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As Chief Creative Officer and Founding Partner at Brit + Co, Anjelika Temple brings her voracious consumption of all things creative and colorful to DIY projects, geeky gadgetry finds and more.  On this episode, we chat about creatvity, motherhood, entrepreneurship and work-life balance. "Creativity can take so many different forms in your professional and personal life" says Anjelika who grew up as a feminist in the 90's, studied philosophy and art in college and spent some time at an art residency program. Afterwards, she traveled the world and landed at an ad agency before meeting Brit Morin, and joined her in founding the creative company Brit + Co.    As a C-level Executive, Anjelika overseas editorial, video and creative and works closely with her team to maintain and evolve the voice of the company. In this episode we chat about her new role as a mother of one and another on the way in the Fall. She went back to work because she wanted to be inspiring to her daughter. She schedules her work around her daughter, so she could be present for her.    We also talk about the gap Brit + Co fills today for creative women. Through online classes, content and videos, Brit + Co offers women resources and information that can help start a side hustle or turn your side hustle into your main gig.    You can follow Anjelika Temple on instagram and you can visit her series on Brit + Co. Please rate, review and subscribe to our podcast and let us know if you have any questions by emailing us at hello@motherhonestly.com 
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Today's episode started with talking about the difference between time and Nigerian time. As a mother its hard to get enough done during the day while wearing multiple hats. Omonye is a Pharmacist, Healthcare Leader, Entrepreneur and a mother of two. She is obsessed with time management, gratitude, morning routine and being a leader in her work and community. 

  We discuss the importance of focusing our time and attention in areas where we need to grow and develop as ambitious women. We discuss batch working, planning tools, and more. Omonye is the Co-Founder of My Dream Big Club where she encourages and uplift others.    Dive into today's podcast to hear more about Omonye's journey to leadership and fulfillment as a pharmacist, entrepreneur and mother. You can find Omonye at www.mydreambigclub.com and on instagram at www.instagram.com/omonista   Register for our upcoming Mother: The Summit this Fall on October 11, 2019 at The Garden Theater, Detroit. Extended Early Bird Tickets are available at www.motherhonestly.com/summit. Spaces are filling up fast, we hope to see you there!
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When it comes to creating financial goals, make sure you’re creating the right goals for YOU and the ideal life you want to have for you and your loved ones —this is how to create success on your own terms! Our guest Jennifer Davis-Papa Vice President of Retirement Services for Chemical Bank talks with us about the importance of financial literacy.  Jennifer brings 20+ years in the financial industry in one form of another, with a passion for business she built a career around what interested her.   With a 4 year old son, and 2 fur babies motherhood was not always the plan. As a mother who waited awhile to start her family, she also teaches us that it’s never too late to invest in yourself.  Jennifer offers a wealth of knowledge and tips behind retirement, 401K and to “Pay yourself first, mama!”

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U.S. Embassy Representative, Women Entrepreneurial Activist, Branding expert, Mentor, Wife, Mother, CEO and founder of Femology Detroit, Meagan Ward is a self proclaimed "Go Getter".  Growing up with a passionate single mother taught Meagan hard work first hand. Taking a different path from what her mother had planned for her while going to college on her mom's 401K, she went into business and entered the workforce making her mother proud.  Not being fulfilled working for someone else and feeling like she isn't being paid her worth, Meagan had her "Ah Hah" moment that led her into entrepreneurship.  So just like that . . .  she left her job! Meagan’s boldness and drive teaches us how "banking" on your skill set and relying on our talents and interests can help us build a successful business organically.    Raw and real, Meagan also talks with us about how entrepreneurship is not for everyone - it requires, mentorship, collaboration and HARD WORK! 
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Director and Founder of The Build Institute and mother of 3, April Boyle teaches us how as Mother’s we have all the CEO skills to welcome Wealth and Power into our lives.  With 85% of the Build Institutes budding entrepreneurs being women; we learn from April how there is room for life outside of motherhood.  How to both be a rocking mom and make the space to have it all!  With April’s help, motherhood is no longer a one or the other, and how we mothers have a responsibility to breaking down social and cultural stereotypes.  Learn more about April and Detroit’s The Build Institute at www.startwithbuild.com

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Defying her parents, Carly Goidosik owner of The Dailey Method in Birmingham, MI followed her head and heart and dropped business school, and and received her bachelors degree in Kinesiology from Michigan State University.  Introduced to TDM while nannying and planning her wedding Carly took a budget friendly approach committing to 8 weeks of classes to get in shape before her big day, boutique fitness wasn't necessarily an expense she could afford on a regular basis on a nanny salary. Feeling comfortable in her own skin for the first time as a woman, Carly knew TDM needed to be a part of her life.  Financially it didn't fit, so she started by working the front desk, and eventually enrolling in teacher training.  With a supportive spouse, and mentor on her side she took the leap of faith while caring for her first newborn son and brought The Dailey Method to Birmingham. In this podcast episode Carly discusses "burn out" and teaches us how to balance and manage all of the stressors that come with managing both motherhood and entrepreneurship. Practicing what she preaches Carly takes real life experience of pouring from an empty cup to teach women to listen to their bodies and know their limits both body and mind, and live their most vibrant life.    Follow us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/motherhonestly and be sure to rate and review our show! 

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