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Back to School From the MMSF Podcast Podcast & Reading Recommendations

Fill Your Ears, Feast Your Eyes, and Foster Your Mind

Inspired by our Reflection Weeks Series of the Mom’s Making Six Figures Podcast where we’re dipping into the archives to help you refresh your sunburned spirit and recharge your passion for your profession by revisiting and reflecting on some of our favorite episodes. Tune-in to the practical wisdom, and shared stories of working motherhood to help you soak up your summer.

As our summers begin to come to a close and the back-to-school to-do’s begin to fill our calendar, we wanted to make your life just a bit easier by bringing you an inspiring list of podcasts and books recommended by our guests, in one convenient place. If we’re the sum of the five people we spend the most time with, we should foster our mind by doing our own homework and filling our ears & feasting our eyes on motivational, tried and true, and powerful texts. Cheers to a new (school) year and our own continued learning alongside our children.

Episode 1 : Julie Franke

  1. The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
  2. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

Episode 2: Jennifer Becker

  1. The Champions Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive by Jim Afremow

Episode 3: Jodi Harada

  1. Jodi is in a wildly busy season of life and currently relies on the motivation and inspiration offered through quotes.

Episode 4: Cheryl Adams

  1. Podcast: The Work of Byron Katie
  2. Any book by Brene Brown

Episode 5: Wendy Alexandre

  1. Shut Up, Stop Whining and Get a Life by Larry Winget

Episode 6: Heidi Bartolotta

  1. Podcast: The Life Coach School
  2. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers

Episode 7: Kay Jones

  1. Podcast: The Courtney Sanders Podcast
  2. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Episode 8: Jessica Cummings

  1. Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
  2. Lead With Heart by Tom Gartland

Episode 9: Kellee Wip

  1. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  2. Dare to Lead (or anything) by Brene Brown

Episode 10: Monica Jones

  1. How Women Rise by Sally Helgesen

Episode 11: Heather Alice Shea

  1. Podcast: How to Make More Money
  2. How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell

Episode 12: Danielle Pare

  1. Danielle is in an incredibly season of life with her legal practice and caring for three young children; right now she is simply focused on putting one foot in front of the other!

Episode 13: Marlene Robinson

  1. Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch

Episode 14: Maryam Habashi

  1. Good to Great by Jim Collins

Episode 15: Stacy Fiske

  1. The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
  2. Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender by David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.

Episode 16: Pranee Salman

  1. Call it an occupational hazard of motherhood, but Pranee has found deep wisdom and profoundly inspiring ideas in the pages of Dr. Seuss books.

Episode 17: Heather Joyce

  1. Start With Why by Simon Sinek

Episode 18: Angie Gange

  1. The 4 Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz

Episode 19: Joon Fuller

  1. Grit by Angela Duckworth

Episode 20: Kara Lynch Guthrie

  1. Podcast: The Re-Invention Project
  2. Believe It by Jamie Kern Lima

Episode 21: Barbara Ryan

  1. Podcast: The School of Greatness

Episode 22: Heidi Maretz

  1. Podcast: Happiness Lab
  2. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  3. The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

Episode 23: Brooke Paulin

  1. Podcast: Abiding Together
  2. Podcast: Maxed Out!

Episode 24: Brenda Lee

  1. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy

Episode 25: Sarah Libengood

  1. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

Episode 26: Michelle Martin

  1. Literati: Kid’s book club subscription

Episode 27: Jessica Smith

  1. Podcast: Killer Eats
  2. Podcast: Cubicle to CEO

Episode 28: Holly Tillman

  1. Podcast: Unlocking Us

May your “To Be Read” and “To Be Heard” lists save you a spot on this year’s honor roll.

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Your Emotional Intelligence Quotient is Key to Your Success Equation

Inspired by this week’s episode of the Moms Making Six Figures Podcast with Brenda Lee, Emotional Intelligence Expert, who believes in the power of identifying our perspective and pushing through our conditional gaps to tap into our mind’s subconscious.

Part of the human experience is suffering.  And sadly many of us have experienced that suffering at the hands of another person in our lives, whether it’s the negative comments made by our father-in-law brushed off as ‘just his personality’, a boss who always asks us to stay late making our work-life balance that much harder to attain, or a poorly timed “friendly reminder” from the HOA about the state of our lawn, all of this suffering is imposed by and met with an Emotional Intelligence Quotient (or in the case of suffering’s worst offenders, the lack thereof).  And while we all know the old adage rings uncomfortably true, that we can’t control others, only ourselves, by improving our own EI (Emotional Intelligence) we will change our own perceptions of, and approaches to suffering, and model, for the less emotionally intelligent, the common denominator in the happiness and success equation.

The theory of EI was brought to the forefront of American psychology by Daniel Goleman in the 1990s.  While the concept was widely accepted in the field of psychology, employers were reluctant to embrace EI in the workplace.  Now, however, research has found that emotional intelligence is not only foundational to achieving personal happiness and success, but that it is also the strongest predictor of workplace effectiveness.

Here are the five key components of Emotional Intelligence, how to improve your skill set in each, and how each component, when put into practice, can benefit your personal and professional life.


Individuals who are self-aware can identify their emotions and the impact of those emotions on their thoughts and behavior; they know their strengths and weaknesses and have self-confidence.

  • Keep a journal— Journals help to improve your self-awareness. Spending just a few minutes each day recording your thoughts can begin to move you toward greater self-awareness.
  • + The pay-off: Your mental health. Uncontrolled and unaddressed emotions and stress can take a toll on your mental health.  Learning to understand, identify and get comfortable with your emotions in order to manage them will help you to improve both your relationship with yourself and others, thereby leaving you feeling less lonely and isolated.


Individuals who are able to self-regulate can manage their emotions in healthy ways, take initiative, follow through on commitments and adapt to changing circumstances; they can control impulsive feelings and behaviors.

  • Hold yourself accountable— Easier said than done, but if you have a tendency to blame shift, it’s time to take some ownership. Make a commitment to, and a habit of, admitting your mistakes, and accepting the consequences.  You will have more respect for yourself, and quickly earn the respect of those around you.
  • + The pay-off: When you understand your emotions and you are capable of controlling them, you’re better able to express how you feel and to understand how others are feeling. This improves your communication and will allow you to establish stronger relationships both at work and at home.


Individuals who are self-motivated work consistently toward their goals and have extremely high standards for the quality of their work.


Individuals who have a strong capacity for empathy understand the emotions, needs, and concerns of others; they pick up on emotional cues.

  • Pay attention to your body language— An often underrated, but hugely important facet of how others perceive us, perceiving them, is our body language. Learn to control your own body language to prove you are someone who is truly empathetic and open, and learn to read others’ body language to get an accurate read of how someone truly feels.
  • + The pay-off: By investing time and effort to really pay attention to others, you’ll actually gain insight into your own emotional state as well as your values and beliefs. When we pay attention to others, their needs, and their overall well-being, we foster safety and establish trust in our relationship.

Social Skills

Individuals who possess strong social skills can maintain good relationships, communicate clearly, inspire and influence others, work well in a team and manage conflict; they recognize the power dynamics in a group or organization.

  • Learn conflict resolution— No one likes conflict, but it is inevitable. Knowing how to manage conflict and to successfully resolve it is essential to honing your social skills and finding success in both your personal and professional endeavors.
  • + The pay-off: When you are in tune with your emotions you are better able to connect to other people and the world around you. Your emotional intelligence directly correlates to your social intelligence; the greater your social intelligence the more your stress will be reduced and the more balanced your nervous system will be through social communication leaving you feeling loved and happy.

While suffering is a part of the human experience, it doesn’t have to define it.  When we take the time to invest in our own emotional intelligence, we benefit not only our own happiness and success, but we also become a multiplier in the lives of those around us.  By taking ownership over our own progress at home and in the workplace, we can reduce our own suffering and the suffering experienced and imposed by others.  The work is worth putting in for the reward, as psychologist Travis Bradberry notes, when M.B.A. students received emotional intelligence training (not a usual part of the M.B.A. program), “even after graduating from the program [they] had raised their [emotional intelligence] scores 40 percent.  They had trained their brains.  Practice doesn’t make perfect, but practice make things habitual.”