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There’s no one RIGHT way to raise great humans, just like there’s no one RIGHT way to build a profitable business. That’s why it’s so comforting to know you’re not the only one trying to do both at the same time. Join me (Nikki Elledge Brown) and a brilliant lineup of family-focused entrepreneurs for the Naptime Empires™ podcast - refreshingly honest conversations on the realities of parenthood + entrepreneurship. Topics include motherhood, entrepreneurship (obvs), relationships, spiritualit ...
 
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Gena (pronounced "jenna") is a mom to two reciprocal IVF babes, wife to her wife, and serial entrepreneur. She was a corporate lawyer in NYC until she started her own law practice in Jan 2014. She then started a mama blog after the birth of her son Parker and 2 years ago, became a fitness + wellness coach after being a nationally competitive gymnas…
 
Ticora Davis is an intellectual property advocate, attorney, author, speaker, wifey and mama to two toddlers. She founded The Creator's Law Firm in 2017 to help experts and entrepreneurs protect their brands so they can grow their businesses with peace of mind. In this convo, we cover how being laid off after having her son sparked her to a new lev…
 
Abbey Ashley is the Founder of The Virtual Savvy. She helps aspiring virtual assistants launch and grow their own at-home business from scratch. Abbey started her own virtual assistant business as a new mom and was able to double the salary from her full-time corporate job, working only 20 hours a week... in just 30 days! She's since gone on to gro…
 
Elsa Isaac is a NYC-based fashion + image stylist who believes style is really all about self-expression. She’s a seasoned pro with over 17 years’ experience, now helping successful career women + entrepreneurs revamp their wardrobes + create show-stopping ensembles that flatter their unique body shape and lifestyles. A self-dubbed anti-fashion sty…
 
Holly Gillen (mom of two) helps high-performing biz owners create videos with a plan, purpose, system, and strategy. In this conversation, we cover how Holly’s business shifted after the birth of each of her sons, how to stand out by showcasing who you are through the use of video, why video is the easiest and fastest way to create connections with…
 
Big updates ahead! In this episode, which is basically like one big Voxer message from me to YOU, I share the scoop on all things baby (recorded in week 36-37 of pregnancy!), book (still cookin'), and biz-nesting. I share: What’s worked (what hasn’t) when prepping for baby - labor and delivery and fourth trimester healing, my vision for maternity l…
 
Tejal V. Patel is a former divorce attorney turned mindfulness and meditation advocate for parents and kids. She’s the host of the Time-In Talks Podcast, mom of two, and the author of the brand new book Meditation for Kids: 40 Activities To Manage Emotions, Ease Anxiety and Stay Focused. In this conversation we cover the importance of giving kids t…
 
We often talk about the value in hiring help in biz and hiring help at home (with childcare, home maintenance, etc). In this episode I highlight the value of enlisting support for YOU - not as a parent, not as a biz owner, but as the one wearing all the hats. The WHOLE you. When you're feeling stuck, unclear, not sure what your next right step may …
 
Adrienne Dorison has spent the past 10+ years in the field of operational efficiency, and has since created the most simplistic approach to making your business ultra-efficient. (She also recently became a mom to her little one, Kit.) In this conversation we cover what it means (+ what it takes) to build a business that can not just run but GROW wi…
 
We're baaack! And by "we" I mean me, you, and my tiny cohost-in-utero. (I KNOW. Big updates ahead.) In this season (three) premiere episode, I walk you through a lifetime-in-a-year-'s worth of #onherterms-themed lessons learned. Detailing the divine breadcrumbs from one of the most interesting years of my life, how they've impacted my own body, min…
 
This episode is an audio permission slip to GO TO SLEEP, MOM. When you're feeling tired and cranky, or maybe a bit mentally foggy and slooowwww... When you're reaching for caffeine to make it through the afternoon or staying up way beyond everyone else's bedtime to squeeze in extra work (or Netflix, let's be honest)... Consider, perhaps, that a bit…
 
As moms, business owners, and HUMANS in the 21st century - there's a whole lot to keep mental track of in this lifetime. At any given moment we're holding mental space for all KINDS of tasks and to-dos... scheduling dentist appointments, emails, laundry, meals, projects, client work, personal finances... it's a lot. Thing is - when we let #alltheta…
 
If you've ever gone a week, a month, a YEAR without posting in your "regular" schedule and you've felt a bit shamey or awkward about stepping back onto the field - this one's for you. In this episode I unpack my own process for coming back from my most recent (three month) podcast break. I share the fears and guilty shamey thoughts that creep in, t…
 
Happy New Yeeeear! In this episode I catch you up on how we weathered the 2018 who-knows-what-day-it-is-anyway holiday vortex over here, my take on new year planning pressure (hint: you're the boss), a helpful reframe if you're feeling pressured to commit to a plan or a word or a vision you're just not seeing / feeling yet, and a simple challenge t…
 
For years Sarah Ancalmo-Ashman used her talents as a graphic designer, stylist, and creative director to craft visually compelling, award-winning print, digital, and television brand + advertising campaigns for brands like Estée Lauder, Ted Baker London, Vogue, Madonna, Origins, Mercedes Benz, Jimmy Fallon, and Coach. In 2012, she shifted her creat…
 
Weird ep warning: I'm calling in a quick favor today, dude. Would LOVE and so appreciate it if you'd play along! If you've enjoyed any or all of these podcast episodes, this week I'm (selfishly and shamelessly) asking you to take two minutes (or less) to leave a rating + review to tell me so. WHY? Because I'm at the very beginning (fun AND awkward)…
 
Reina Pomeroy is a speaker, coach, podcaster, founder of Reina + Co and creator of the Dreamy Client Magnet Program. In this convo we cover all kinds of life + biz goodness - from why she left her career in social work to support creative entrepreneurs, to how she intentionally created new hobbies when she realized that, well, she had none. (I can …
 
If you're sitting on the figurative sidelines of your own life or business, feeling stuck in imposter syndrome and excuses - why you're not qualified, why your voice isn't as valuable as the so-and-so the next tab over, why it's just not the right time to share that message you genuinely feel called to share...pull up an earbud and get comfy, frien…
 
Rachel Rodgers is the founder of Hello Seven + Million Dollar Badass, a mastermind for business owners who are committed AF to making seven figures. In this episode she shares how she was able to grow her business exponentially while on bed rest during her second pregnancy, what she loves about being the primary breadwinner for her fam, what’s curr…
 
In this ep I share a simple reframe that's been helping me appreciate the current moment(s) more. As opposed to arm-wrestling them, stomping my feet and asking "why isn't X happening yet?" in my most obnoxious whiney voice. LIFE SKILLS. Have a listen and give it a go - then tag me in your Instastory @nikkielledgebrown with your fave aha! SHOW NOTES…
 
Edgar’s Laura Roeder is an amazing example of a founder who’s kicking SaaS WHILE also having young kiddos. In this episode, her take on systems, team building, and work environment will help you see what’s possible when you dream (think, plan) bigger. SHOW NOTES: http://naptimeempires.com/051 INSTA: http://instagram.com/nikkielledgebrown FB GROUP: …
 
In this episode I'm asking you to get HONEST about the why, where, what, when, and how of your online presence. In Permission to Unplug [NE 007] I shared ahas from my social-media free weekends, and that was more about CONSUMPTION. In this ep we're talking more about creation. Behind the scenes I see so many biz owners questioning if they should ta…
 
Lana Shlafer is a speaker, life mastery and law of attraction coach, and creator of the Master Your Life Academy. In this convo she shares her insights on allowing support (both in motherhood and in business), the importance of alignment, practical keys to manifestation, the power of perspective, and more. Enjoy! SHOW NOTES: http://naptimeempires.c…
 
I recently returned from a ridiculously amazing trip over the rainbow -- back to Hawaii for the first time since moving to Texas one year ago! - and one of my BIGGEST reflections was the reminder that life is SO much better when it's shared with people we care about. Motherhood, entrepreneurship, even LIFE in this social media age can feel surprisi…
 
David Siteman Garland is the creator of The Rise To The Top & Create Awesome Online Courses. Over the years he's helped thousands of his students in over 100 countries (myself included) create and sell successful online courses on everything from kindergarten teaching to snowboarding. In this convo we cover the bases... the role that discipline pla…
 
This episode was inspired by the loooong list of "personal" to dos that I've carried with me for several months since moving back to Texas from Hawaii. You know -- the to-dos you write down week after week, month after month, because you know they’re air quotes important and you really SHOULD sit down to just do the thing: Schedule a dentist appoin…
 
Chrissa Benson is a is a fitness enthusiast passionate about cooking EASY, healthy, real-food meals and finding ways to sneak in workouts, all while managing life as a military spouse and mom of two little guys. She's a super inspiring human who walks her talk -- exercising to keep her sanity - genuinely LOVES the work she does (dreaming up actual …
 
It's time to get back to basics over here - and we're starting with money mindset. If you've ever thought to yourself: “I have to be thin / organized/ otherwise perfect to be successful.” “If I’m not going to be the #1 expert in the field (#oprah), I shouldn’t even try.” “If I’m not working hard (i.e. near burnout), I don’t deserve to make money.” …
 
If you’re pregnant, hoping to be pregnant, or know / love someone who’s pregnant, you gotta know Suzy Ashworth. I am SO thankful our paths crossed in 2015 in my final months of pregnancy - can’t imagine prepping for my VBAC experience without her empowering affirmations in my earbuds! While she’s literally written the book (+ created a course) on p…
 
Our minds our infinitely more powerful than we realize. Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing depends on our THOUGHTS. Next time you find yourself in a funk, rut, blah zone - I want you to TRY this mindset trick. It's super simple, free, mobile, and can shift your energy in (almost literally) no time. Let me know how it works for you! SHOW NOT…
 
You know it’s a juicy convo when the recurring theme is “if we’re just being honest.” Jill Stanton (co-founder of Screw the Nine to Five) has been a treasured member of my cabinet of friendtors for years. In this convo (recorded when she was 38+ weeks pregnant!), we cover a FULL range of #naptimeempires topics - pregnancy life, checking ourselves (…
 
If you feel like your message is an ambiguous mystery - or your mission in life is a foggy unknown, I challenge thee to listen to this episode with an open mind. To consider that maybe, JUST MAYBE, you've been sharing your message all along. Repeatedly. To those you love most - in biz and in life. It's time to connect the dots and value your voice …
 
I've been reading some really interesting parenting books lately (will have to do full book reports in other episodes - they're REALLY good). One of my fave takeaways from Magical Parent, Magical Child, for example, is the fact that we are MEANT to learn from the kiddos in our lives. The childlike qualities of curiosity, wonder, playfulness, resili…
 
In this ep I encourage you to take an honest look at your digital library --- all the online workshops, courses, programs, books, communities you've got at your fingertips. Make a list, check it twice. Go through each resource and find at least ONE way you've gotten value from it (even and especially if you didn't "complete" the course). Examples -…
 
In this ep I'm doing my best to peer pressure you into starting (or re-starting) a regular journaling practice because IT'S FREAKING POWERFUL and easy and basically free. Doesn't have to be fancy or formal. Doesn't have to take even 10 minutes a day. Or FIVE. (But seriously, if you're telling yourself you don't have five quiet minutes a day you're …
 
If you’re anything like …anybody… who has ever started a blog, written an article, or sent out a smoke signal to an audience of any kind, you’ve probably caught yourself thinking: “It’s already been said. (ALL OF IT.) Why would they want to hear it from me?” It’s so normal. Before starting my business, that “everything’s been said” factor was one o…
 
Ever find yourself on the digi-sidelines watching (what feels like) everyone else building their dream lives / businesses, thinking "that couldn't be me"? Yeah - me too. And it sucks. In this episode I'm calling us OUT on that mess so we can jump into the game and have some of our own fun. Because really. The only difference between you / us and "t…
 
One of the most valuable writing / speaking tips I can give to those who want to build GENUINE connection online is to write to ONE. Speaking directly to ONE singular reader (or listener, like here in the podcast!) is a simple way to help the *real human* on the other end of the screen / earbud feel instantly connected to you. Here's the kicker: So…
 
While I'm a huge believer in trusting divine timing / enjoying what IS (see NE 031), we gotta move our feet and take ACTION to help the process along. In this episode I share how using 25-minute sprints has allowed me to refine + redefine the way I work this year, helping to rebuild TRUST that I am totally capable of getting valuable ish done in a …
 
I recently e-met the brilliant + hilarious income strategist Nicole Walters after my buddy Ari shared one of her viral videos (yes she’s had more than one!). I fell down the rabbit hole watching her videos for like 30 minutes, promptly sending her an audio note to profess my love and invite her to share her story + genius with us here. Lucky for us…
 
Your business may or may not be on the (subjectively defined) fast track right now, but one thing's for sure: Every day your kiddos are as little as they'll ever be. In this episode I examine the shortcomings of the hurry + worry method (of which I am VERY familiar). I propose a NEW way of doing #naptimeempires life and business: one where we give …
 
Welcome to Season TWO! In this episode I paint a(n audio) picture of what you can expect for this next season of #naptimeempires: one show per week (alternating solo + convos), SUPER conversational as always, and more stories, ideas, and insights from entrepreneurial mamas making it WORK. I also share a bit about my new "studio" - the #backtoschool…
 
That's a wrap for season ONE of the Naptime Empires™ podcast! It's been a little while since NE 028 was published, so in this "on location" ep I recap where we've been, where we are, and where we're headed NEXT in the world of #naptimeempires. NOTE: I recorded this outside by a windy beach, which is basically the OPPOSITE of my "home studio" (aka m…
 
This episode is FULL. of. gems. from serial entrepreneur and mom of three, Racheal Cook. She shares the scoop on how she made the move from face-to-face work to an online model - then how she shifted from 1:1 work to more leveraged packages and offerings. She ALSO shares how she loosened her grip and shifted from super-controlling, gotta-be-supermo…
 
Some days you just gotta get stuff DONE. Real deadlines. Hard stops. Train is leaving the station (or in my case, the plane is leaving the airport). In this ep I share a few fun tricks I tried today to break an otherwise daunting pre-travel to-do list into energizing, fun chunks o' productivity. I share a video diary of the process in the FB group,…
 
If you're thinking of starting your own podcast, treat yourself to this refreshing convo with award-winning podcaster, military veteran (+ spouse!), m(u)m of two, humorous human and biz buddy o' mine, Jo Milmine. In this ep, Jo shares the story of how and WHY she started her (knitting and comedy?!) podcast before she even had a business, her top ti…
 
I meeeean...it happens. Resistance. Procrastination. The times when you feel so stuck that it SEEMS the only option is to raid the pantry / watch one more ep of your fave Netflix show / alphabetize the spice rack. In this ep I share my most recent encounter with resistance AND what helped me snap out of it this week. SHOW NOTES: http://naptimeempir…
 
We talk about PLENTY of valuable #naptimeempires lessons in this episode (like managing expectations, preparing your biz for baby, and leveraging your income), but what I’m most grateful to Lex for sharing is her experience with post-partum depression. In this (adults only) conversation, she shares what it was like for her, the support she needed t…
 
I'd really love to hear your answer to this Q (so join the convo on FB!). If you're willing to SEE it, there's always SOMETHING good goin' on in your life. Are you stopping to anchor it in? If you're like me, you have a LOT of room for improvement in the celebration department. If you're NOT like me, I wanna hear your ideas! ha For real. Join the c…
 
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