Podcast #35 – Mama Bliss Coach Darcy Cronin

Podcast #35: Mama Bliss Coach Darcy Cronin

So proud to introduce to you today Mama Bliss Coach Darcy Cronin of Darcy’s Utopia!

Darcy lives with her husband and three kids in the most wonderful place on Earth -  Portland, Oregon, has completed her training with Mama Bliss Coaching School this past spring and is looking forward to gearing up after a restful summer to really dive into her work this fall.

Like me, Darcy began her calling to work with moms by training as a Simplicity Parenting Coach. Now, a year after her youngest has born, she is ready to bring forward a framework of tools and principles to ensure that families get back to their roots and values.


Click here to listen to our conversation!

Some other Mama Bliss Bits we touch upon:

starher strategy of applying the MB principles to herself has resulted in her most blissful summer yet

starwhy Denmark seems to be the hot bed for Mama Bliss

starhow she plans on spreading the bliss with a Mama Bliss Beach Retreat this November in Lincoln City Oregon

starhow being an identical twin may have hooked her up with super (coaching) powers



Be sure to explore Darcy’s array of coaching packages to experience the inexplicable experience of having your hand held on this sacred journey toward deeper self-care, creativity and simplicity.


Thank you, Darcy!

love, Kathy


If you want to start your own work from home operation of that involves coaching moms to their most blissful selves, the next session of Mama Bliss Coaching School is set to roll this Monday and we have a couple of spots saved just for you! If you want to begin a coaching training program that will see to you can begin coaching immediately after the New Year – we should talk soon Mama! To begin with, fill out your application here and we’ll arrange a time to talk sooner than later.

Fill out an application here so we can hop on the phone sometime soon to discuss if this might be a sweet fit for you and your dreams too!

Podcast #34 – Mama Bliss Coach Halina Sorensen

Podcast #34 - Halina Sorensen

Mama Bliss Coaching School Graduate Halina  Sörensen is on the podcast today. And you’ll never guess what her chief source of bliss is these days. You’ll just have to listen to the show to find out!  (Here’s a hint: you can see her hoop of bliss just behind her other two loves, her  two kids).

Along with launching her Mama Bliss Coaching practice this fall, Halina, originally from German now living in Ireland, also offers ebooks and ecourses over at The Cherry Farm that hold your hand as you step into the magic of the seasons with your young children.

Click here to listen to our conversation.


In this 34th episode of the Bliss Beyond Naptime Podcast we discover:

starThe mildly scandalous but still G-rated story behind the name for The Cherry Farm blog.

starMaking dreams like moving to Ireland to live on a farm come true.

starHer love of inspiring others to live a more creative and joyful family life through e courses, e books and creativity.

star The magic of how the seasons speak to all of us, especially children, on a soul level.

starHer Seasonal eBook series that offers a rhythm for the days of the week to follow plus activities focused on the current season and being together with your children.

starHow Mama Bliss Coaching School came at a perfect time in her life when she  really needed to be reminded to take care of herself.


Halina is excited to get started working with mama’s to help them move on with their dreams. You can grab your free 30 minute coaching session with Halina here: http://www.thecherryfarm.com/work-with-me/.

Thank you so much Halina  – you never cease to amaze me!

love, Kathy


How to use back to school time to do something special for yourself

How to use Back to School Time to do something special for yourself

On the BBN Facebook page I shared briefly what I believed to be a hallelujah moment of healing from this creepy lower back pain that was persisting for four weeks.

Long, hypochondriac story short – it’s wasn’t organ failure like I was fearing. According to an amazing new acupuncturist I found it was mostly due to blocked energy flow (and a way too chilly office space but the former sounds way more mystical).

But the long needle point of the story is -  I walked into her office in pain. Walked out pain free.

While  I was lying down I told her my life story – because that’s what you get after you get two triple shot lattes and 50 needles in me. The punchline to the of my story life that day was “I love this time of year”.

And the doctor said, “You know why that is, right?”

And I said, “Yeah because it’s kinda like a new year. A new beginning. ”

But then she counter pointed that it was actually the end.

She’s right! Despite the whole you say tomay-toe, I say tomah-toe dance it is time to celebrate the end of summer.

The end of summer work at home mama bliss that is!

If you work from home or are figuring out how to do such things, treat yourself now to something special to bid farewell to all that summer loving you’ve bestowed on yourself and family and celebrate the growth of  that baby of  a business-related dream in your belly that will, after much nourishing and baby steps, birth just in time for  another season of rejuvenating summer days.



1. Write out a Bliss List.

Get out of your brains and on to some paper some ways to celebrate this ‘back to you time’ in big and small ways. Begin with a smaller celebration that sings to your soul and aim to dive into it while the kids are away sometime during their first week of school.

Such small ways might include a quick coffee date with another mom after drop off, flowers for your desk, fancy handmade cheese, a new album for your workplace turntable (I found me some Edith Piaf). Think something that can be whipped up today or sometime this week.

But also be sure to pencil in something slightly more indulge-y as well. Scratch that (done), permanent marker it in for sometime in September. You deserve it and your family deserves a mama who knows how to live it up once in a while.

Such larger celebrations in my world include a naturoapath visit for a healthy, hormonally sound mama tune-up, soft tickle massage, a weekend Mama-only getaway at a guest house or a weekend hike with my ladies.


Treat Yourself to Back to School

Ben Husman photo from Flickr

2. State your office hours.

Marking out your hours of operation is a direct declaration to the Universe that you’re intentions to make this work at home mama thing work is strong and for real. Mark the times that you will devote to work and/or your four pillars to Mama Bliss while the kids are either away from school, daycare, napping or busy with homeschool-related activities.

Be mindful of your natural energy rhythms. For example, this summer I discovered that 6:30 am Hot Yoga class simply doesn’t jive with any part of my mind or body so I’ll have none of that until after dinner. Who says you can’t hot yoga with a belly full of chocolate porter beer and tacos?

If visuals help you, doodle up some sort of sign to place at your workspace or on the inside of your daytimer. Then do what the locals do here and slap a sticky note on your door saying you’ll be back in five minutes but really you’ll be MIA for more like an hour as you take an impromptu mega long dog walk (back story: I have a mega-long dachshund). You’re the boss mama!

3. Take a pause to review the big picture.

This is the perfect time of year to review what do you want your days to look like. Click here for a guided meditation to help you paint that picture or remind yourself of why you decided to or are curious about working from home. Mostly because staying at home rocks (speaking as a major homebody) it’s sometimes easy to forget the point of it all and the feelings you want encompass your reality.

What are the simple pleasures you were hoping to enjoy and are you still creating the space in your days to invite them in? Is your business model conducive to time off or the type of work you love? Or are you finding yourself muddled with too much busy work  or distracted with social media lures?

Write out your ideal day after listening to the meditation. It’s a good practice to get into once a year at least.

Kind of like shaving one’s legs in this neck of the woods.




4. Honor your inner back to school nerd.

Why should kids get all the self-improvement fun?  I like to do this in threes: 1) a class that involves movement 2) one for creative play and 3) something business-related that will gear me up for the next step toward my big picture dream.

For instance, to keep creepy lower back pain at bay this year I’m exploring pilates to get to the core of my apple-shaped situation -and strengthen it. For creativity I’m already all signed up for Mama-Only nights paining session at a local art studio (my request! The kids came home with these fabulous paintings during a summer art camp this year. Look what Edie made up there!!!) that begins in October.

And finally, for business muscle strengthening, I’m diving deeper into my journey of making my big picture dreams come true with one:one coaching with a mentor who has traveled a similar path to the one I’m currently skipping down and can offer me the guidance and wisdom to navigate them jutting roots that sometimes trip me up.

I had a season when taking ecourses sufficed for helping me gather the marketing and technical savy-ness (not to mention how I like to experience being on the receiving end of an ecourse to see what works for this busy mama!). I had the era where I was getting certified and trained to best serve my ideal mamas out there. But I’m at place now where what I need more now is the support to laser focus them in in a focused and crystal clear manner.

Thank God for Rescue Remedy and an endless abundance of experts, coaches, classes, books and masterminds to choose from to help us all end our summer on a celebratory and sweet treat, back to business note.



So get cozy, get giddy with glee with celebration and treat yourself to getting all signed up to help you enjoy the sweet hibernation toward your work at home mama dreams come true!


love, Kathy


If you want to go back to school along with the kids there is still some space open in Mama Bliss Coaching School. If coaching your readers or local community of mamas to bliss might be for you, applications can be filled out here and accepted until September 10. Class begins September 15!


Podcast #33 – Mama Bliss Coach Ellen Nightingale

Podcast 33 - Mama Bliss Coach Ellen Nighingale

The Mama Bliss Coach series on the Bliss Beyond Naptime Podcast continues!

Today you get to hear the lovely Ellen -  a  speech therapist, writer and now Mama Bliss Coach sharing her journey into her own Mama Bliss while supporting others to find theirs.

Listen in our conversation by clicking here.

Just after my preamble that goes on and on for ten minutes about how much I love her, you’ll be rewarded with many gems in this interview including:

star how her background in speech therapy is helping mamas find their voices again

starestablishing firm boundaries is her key to maintaining her mama bliss

starwhile her Mama Bliss Coaching training has taught her how to support other mamas what she really found invaluable was the insight to implement these tools on herself to reach her goals and celebrate the mama bliss everyday

starcrafting together speech therapy, writing and Mama Bliss Coaching for a unique coaching experience

starher experience of  being tested positive for the breast cancer gene being the catalyst to her strong desire to write and  live intentionally

starher gift of having the ability to hold the space for the large stories



Besides having recently submitted a book proposal Ellen also just recently launched her website over at : http://www.ellenightingale.com.  There you can find her new coaching offering:  Find Your Voice. Tell Your Story. And she’s offering all  Mama Bliss-ers out there (that’s you!) to get the session for $150 vs the full $300 that it will be in the fall.


Thank you Sweet Ellen!


love, Kathy

Podcast #32 – Mama Bliss Coach Carina Lyall

Podcast Episode #32: Mama Bliss Coach Carina Lyall


Busting with pride to introduce to you today to a mama close to my mama heart- Carina Lyall.

As well as being a certified Mama Bliss Coach, Carina is a mindfulness meditation teacher and shakti mentor who supports women as they reconnect with themselves.

Other than all this Mama Bliss business Carina and I have a few life parallels I find kinda cool. First of all, we’re both Canadian though she lives in Denmark now.

And secondly, like we did once, Carina and her family just moved out of the city to live in a house in the woods. A huge family decision toward simplicity, space and ease and that inspires her everyday.

Everytime I get to connect with Carina I feel just that much more at peace and grounded. This Mama’s magic!


Click here to listen in on our mama bliss coach to mama bliss coach conversation where we touch upon:

starHow working from home has helped simplified her life while being able to stay home with the kids.
starPrioritizing what we need and what we do not need – not in the excess of stuff
starExploring stories such how our children came into the world and how that affects the mother as a person.
starYour story versus the “should” stories that we all hear.  What is right for you and what worked for you and being okay with whatever the answer is.

starCarina’s upcoming ecourse Hear*See*Hold that offers support for tuning in and listening inward.

starAnd finding that we belong exactly as we are.


You can find out more how to work with Carina and experience one on one Mama Bliss Coaching with her and see her other mama supportive offerings over at www.carinalyall.com.

love, Kathy

Mama Bliss Is Me

Mama Bliss Is Blog Tour Wrap Up

Would love to take this chance to thank all the blissed-out Mamas that shared their gleanings on this trip that is Mamahood. Thank you ElenaShannon, Maggie, Michelle, Shawn, Anna, Pippa and Lindsay.

You made it possible for me to really embrace the heat wave properly in these parts by spending my mornings preparing for my upcoming teleseminar all about busting through Mama Overwhelm and the afternoons applying copius amounts of natural sunscreen on my slightly pastey-white offsprings until they shone like all dolled up little Geisha Dolls.

In between reslathering sessions I contemplated what I deemed my own definition of Mama bliss. Here’s some of what bubbled up in a quiet moment:


Mama Bliss Is...


 Mama Bliss is remembering that our kids chose us for a reason.

A friend shared this with me when I was pregnant for the first time nearly a decade ago. There’s a Tibetan belief that when a couple is making love a baby’s soul gets attracted to the energy the couple puts out. Luckily, I put out a lot more energy back ten years ago when I was putting out so we caught ourselves the perfect matches that endure our best attempts to parent in even the most challenging of times.

I find this idea so beautiful, and forgiving, to think that our children chose us – flaws and all.

And this concept eases the guilt that occasionally rises up when I’m elbows deep in work, shorter in patience, or just simply not Mama Bliss Poster Mama. When they see aspects of my personality that are less than Pinterest-worthy I realize that overwehlm’s creeping in and it’s time to hit pause and see which of my four pillars to Mama Bliss might need readjustment (self-care, creativity, values and simplicity).



Mama Bliss is recognizing glimmers of myself, and all those I love,  in them.

And I don’t mean this one the egotistical sense like, hey, check it out, – the kids got my naturally straight teeth and easy tanning skin because, well, they totally didn’t.

But it’s more like my bliss explodes when I catch the more subtle nuances that remind me of aspects of myself I’m proud of or of someone else that’s made an impression on me in a positive way.

Such moments include when Kale looks exactly like my little brother did when he was five years old laughing at at a clever knock knock joke I came up with, or Edie has that same mischievous smirk my best friend in highschool had right before we got up to no good.

The glimmers happen too when I see Craig’s grandma’s kindness resurface back into our planet with Edie’s generosity or my dad’s love of flying reflected in my son’s play.

I feel that my intensity of my love for my children allows me to fall in love with humanity itself (not to mention ex-boyfriends – but not in that way) all over again despite the atrocities, injustice and greed out there.


Mama Bliss Is...


And on that note, Mama Bliss is rediscovering hope for the world.

I deeply feel that Mama Bliss is a healing process for the world that begins within Mama herself. So many abrasive aspects of my life’s journey has been soothed by allowing this Deep Love to guide me toward allowing more compassion toward myself and in turn, to those around me.

All decisions I’ve made since finding out I was to become a mom have lead to exploring aspects of myself I’ve neglected, been fearful of or haven’t yet explored.

For instance, I ended up nursing my kids for what felt forever because, first of all,  I didn’t mind. I felt the ritual of sitting down to pause was a balm of sorts to my tendency to ‘do, do, do’ (maybe that’s why her nickname is “Doo Doo”?). And then when I began to mind, three years in, the nursing relationship ended without much fanfare.

Another example is honoring my tendency to embrace a pretty minimalist approach to kid stuff. This decision from the pregnancy test positive get go also lend itself to a lot of boundary building with friends and family but apparently that was a muscle I needed to build up and model to my kids – a life-skill essential to this sometimes complicated Brave New Blurry Boundaries World.

And finally hope is reignited by the strength I feel when I pay attention that my needs are met first by ensuring my self-care SHOES are shined up I’m lending some greater medicine to the world at large. If my self-care practices slide, I’m no good to anyone. And I have a lot of good to share with a lot of people!

Mama Bliss Is...


Mama Bliss is knowing an oasis of peace and love is at the center of it all.

And speaking of goods sharing, let’s talk about overwhelm and how Mama Bliss Coaching can help you contend with that. Actually, let’s talk about it for a whole hour on the teleseminar coming up this Wednesday!

Overwhelm reminds me of the mother of all initiations into motherhood. A little something many of us have experienced: labour.

I remember the intensity of the rushes washing up all over me for what felt like eternity. But in reality they only lasted a few minutes at the most.

Then there was a  pause in the chaos. A moment to gather up my strength again and take on another one.

But even in the throes of the most intense contractions there was always a nugget of the truth that my already undying love for my child working with me to come into this world, is not only worth it but at the center of all that I do. And still is.

Today, the rushes I experience come in the form of overwhelm.

A natural condition in life that’s tricky to avoid these days. The trick is to find the pause button and recalibrate. And this is what I’m going to show you on Wednesday at 10:oo am PST with the help of my top three Mama Bliss Coaching Tools for overwhelm.

You can sign up here as well as get all the details. Little deets like if you can’t make the call live you’ll get the recording emailed to you straight away along with  the first lesson to Mama Bliss Coaching School all about Self-Care for busy mamas.

But if you can make it live, do it!  There’s special treats for those who do.

I thank you for visiting the blog tour stops these last couple of weeks and I look forward to seeing you at the Mama Bliss Teleseminar!


love, Kathy

Mama Bliss Is – Lindsay Pera

Mama Bliss Is Blog Tour - Lindsay Pera

Busting with pride to introduce to you today Lindsay Pera of Full Circle Wellness Tools. So honored to have got to met her this summer in Portland and we couldn’t get over some uncanny life parralels (birth a kid in a strawbale house much?).

Here she shares with us her journey into this bliss from Kindergarten to High School (eeps)!


It seems no coincidence that I am writing this on the eve of my eldest child starting high-school.


Like some kind of wonky reverse-rite of passage, all day I have found myself bouncing around in my mind’s eye between him as a newborn, then him already graduating, then as a four-year old, even him leaving home.


I’m pretty sure it’s even worse than the kindergartner thing.  Because when they are five – the whole future seems to stretch out before us.  And though we are tossed under by the awareness of how fast it all goes – there is still the promise of so many years ahead.


High-school is a whole different matter. By this point we’ve been on the journey long enough to REALLY know how fast it is all going to go. Parenting is this crazy contrast between sometimes seemingly endless moments… all wrapped into seemingly fleeting years.  It’s the craziest thing ever.  And so, it seems a fitting time to lay it all out here.  That the time is almost passed to finally figure out this whole “mama bliss” thing once and for all.


For starters…I think I know what Mama Bliss isn’t…even though these are so often the things we are sold and promised as we naively enter into mama-dom.

Check out the rest of her post here.

Thank you so much sweet Lindsay!


love, Kathy

Mama Bliss Is – Pippa Best

Mama Bliss Is Blog Tour - Pippa Best

Our next blog tour stop takes us to Pippa of Story of Mum -  a magical online community for mums (in a enchanting land where moms are mums) to share their stories, doodle insights from this blissful experience and score gold stars along the way.

Speaking of gold stars, Pippa gets a big one for this beautiful contribution!


It’s only since becoming a mama that I have experienced true bliss.

An all-consuming tingle of joy, a sense of being right where I am supposed to be. Completely present in the moment.

And it’s only since becoming a mama that I have experienced despair.

An all-consuming exhaustion, a feeling of failure, inadequacy and pain. Impossible tears.

How is it that those stories sit side by side so comfortably?

Does each give greater potency to the other?

There is bliss in moving away from despair. In learning that I cannot fail when I trust my instincts, that good enough is good enough, and pain will pass.

There is bliss in the moments where I let myself be.

As I step deeper into motherhood, I try to count the successes more than the failures.

And when I struggle, I try to slow myself down.

Read more of Pippa’s story here.


And thank you so much Pippa  for sharing with us your poetic perspective on this beautiful dance that make up Mama Bliss!


love, Kathy


Signed up for the teleseminar where I”ll be sharing my top three Mama Bliss Coaching tools to bust through overwhelm yet? Be sure to do so here today before you forget (mama overwhelm does that to you)!


Podcast #31: Tapping with Dana Machacek – Mama Bliss Coach

Podcast #31 - Dana Machacek - Mama Bliss Coach


A rainy day has finally fell upon us offering us much needed relief after what feels like a forever sort of heatwave. Along with that, we discovered the perfect excuse for a long overdue ‘pajama day’.

After a morning spent at swim classes, the kids and I made a pit stop at the video store and got all cozied up on the couch watching Fly Away Home – a true story of the little girl from The Piano raising a gaggle of Canadian Geese from hatch and then teaches them to fly by learning to fly herself – via an ultra light aircraft.

I feel like such an ultra light aircraft hopper right now (expect I’m now the big girl version – aka the hottie from True Blood) as I introduce to you today the first of a series of podcast episodes featuring Mama Bliss Coaching School Grads.

All these ladies have experienced an intense three months with me and other bliss seekers as I’ve helped them paint an intimate portrait of their own bliss, shared my coaching tools and had them practice with others on top of passing on all my best online marketing practices to help them get their adorable webbed coaching toes off the ground.


The first of my flock to introduce to you is my dear friend Dana Machacek.

Click here to listen to our conversation.

When Dana isn’t busy helping her husband sell his amazing artwork at the she can be found offering coaching and energetic healing through grounding, crystal healing, guided visualization and EFT to women.

In this 31st podcast episode, Dana also shares:


starHow she’s simplified her life by stopping this business of ‘should-ing’ all over herself.

starHer strategy of feeling joyful on purpose.

starHow she turns endless cartwheels of joy when she  imagines women saying yes to themselves and to their dreams.

starThe power of one small word to bring us closer to our personal bliss.

starAn EFT session (Emotional Freedom Technique aka Tapping) which you can tap along to. This practice has helped me so much this winter and Dana explains to us why it works

starThe three touchstones to her coaching approach: Trusting, Allowing and Healing
You can read Dana’s seasonal yet hilarious blog here and reach her at dana.m.machacek@gmail.com to book one on one coaching to experience personalized tapping or other energy medicine session combined with her Mama Bliss Coaching training.

Thank you sweet Dana! I’ll stop flapping my arms now.


love, Kathy


Interested in joining my flock of fledgling Mama Bliss Coaches? You can fill out an application here for the next session coming up mid-September. Early bird tuition ends August 31st ~ so we best get cracking (I’ll stop with the gosling talk now)!

Mama Bliss Is – Anna Brouhard

Mama Bliss Is Blog Tour - Anna Brouhard

So excited to introduce you to Anna from Mama Blossom - a blogger, motivational speaker and daydreamer. Today she records some of her bliss-filled daydreams and shares them with us a part of the Mama Bliss Is Blog Tour as well as offers us some starting off points to journal our own.

Here’s a snippet from her post this morning:


These are the things of think of when I think of Mama Bliss. It’s noticing the small moments after they have already happened and committing them to my journal over coffee.

Documenting what life has to offer has become a form of art created out of the ordinary day-to-day of motherhood.

For all the times it feels so hard, chaotic and out of balance I write. Writing as a form of gratitude for the present chaos of raising two boys.

Can we find peace and bloom where we are planted?


Click here to read more and to dive into the journal prompts Anna so generously shares to encourage all of us to capture the mama bliss from the ordinary moments.

Thank you Anna! Love the energy coming from you and your three boys ;)


love, Kathy


Read more from the Mama Bliss Blogging Tour by checking out Elena‘s, Shannon‘s, Maggie‘s, Michelle‘s and Shawn‘s contributions so far. It’s a Mama Load of Bliss this week at Bliss Beyond Naptime! And there’s still more to come. Stay tuned!

These are the things that I think of Mama Bliss. It’s noticing the small moments after they have already happened and committing them to my journal over coffee. Documenting what life has offered becomes a form of art created out of the ordinary day-to-day of motherhood. For all the times it feels so hard, chaotic and out of balance, I write. Writing as a form of gratitude for the present chaos of raising two boys. Time will grow my children. Eventually the house will turn quiet and deseperately welcome phone calls form college. For now Mama Bliss is enjoying the moments of whatever may come. It’s accepting the challenges with the joy and not fighting or pushing the present.

Can we find peace and bloom where we are planted?

- See more at: http://www.mamablossom.com/mama-bliss-is-taking-notes/#sthash.0bbLDTex.dpuf

These are the things that I think of Mama Bliss. It’s noticing the small moments after they have already happened and committing them to my journal over coffee. Documenting what life has offered becomes a form of art created out of the ordinary day-to-day of motherhood. For all the times it feels so hard, chaotic and out of balance, I write. Writing as a form of gratitude for the present chaos of raising two boys. Time will grow my children. Eventually the house will turn quiet and desperately welcome phone calls form college. For now Mama Bliss is enjoying the moments of whatever may come. It’s accepting the challenges with the joy and not fighting or pushing the present.

Can we find peace and bloom where we are planted?