Thinking about a Nap Time Job?

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Exploring "Nap Time Jobs"

[This is also an episode of Friday Free Talk on The Tranquility Tribe Podcast on iTunes. Listen here.]

Hey there, Tranquility Tribe!  Welcome to this Influencer Moms episode of the Tranquility Tribe podcast!  In today’s episode, supermom Megan Loftin talks to Hehe about her fascinating “naptime job” and how she manages to find balance in her busy life.  

Who is Megan?

Among many other things, Megan is a businesswoman, wife, dog-owner, and mother of a three-year-old boy.  In addition to her full-time day job, Megan runs a business called Bootstrap Boutique, where she sells products and makes YouTube videos to document her journey and support other individuals who are also interested in getting involved.  

Did you know that most of the products you buy on Amazon are not actually sold by Amazon??  It’s true!  Many Amazon products are actually sold by third-party sellers and then are shipped by Amazon through a system called Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA).  And that’s where Megan comes in!  Using FBA, Megan sells products to customers without having to worry about packaging, shipping, or storing inventory. 

Looking to get involved in something in addition to her job, Megan started a YouTube channel to document her search and to help keep herself accountable.  Not long after, she discovered FBA and her business took off from there!  Now her YouTube channel has over 6,000 subscribers and she has made videos covering hundreds of topics and involving countless experts related to FBA.

Megan’s Tips and Tricks

Megan is full of helpful advice for parents and aspiring business owners alike!  One of the pieces of advice that Megan offers in this podcast is the importance of keeping your tribe close.  Whether you are a tiny human, expecting a tiny human, or have just welcomed a tiny grand-human into your family, having the support of a tribe is essential.  Don’t be afraid to lean on your people - they are there to help you in whatever ways they can!

For all of you out there who are thinking about starting a business, Megan says go for it!  Find something that you are passionate about and start off slowly.  You’ll have time to build as you go, but you don’t want to dive in so quickly that you become too overwhelmed early on.  And don’t be afraid to make a mistake!  Messing up is part of the process, and an important one at that.  Without mistakes, you wouldn’t be able to learn and grow as a business owner and a person.  Plus, the good news is that very few mistakes will actually be truly costly, so more likely than not you will benefit from your mistakes more than you will lose!

In addition to running a business, Megan also has three years of experience being a mom.  She shares some of the most important lessons that she has learned along the way.  First of all, everyone out there will have an opinion about how you should be raising your kid, but the truth is that you know your tiny human best!  Trust your inner mom instinct and stick with your gut, because it will lead you in the right direction.  And additionally, in the age of increasing technology and lifestyles that are busier than ever, do your best to be present around your kids.  Watch them grow, learn, and explore their world, and take pride in what you have accomplished in creating them and supporting them along the way! 

To learn more about Megan’s business, you can find her at her YouTube page and on Twitter at @megloftin and on Instagram @thebootstrapboutique.

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Are You a Chronic Squatter?

Squatting to Pee is Killing Your Pelvic Floor

[This is also an episode of Friday Free Talk on The Tranquility Tribe Podcast on iTunes. Listen here.]

My partner and I are avid travelers. So, with that, I often find myself in public restrooms. I’m no new cowgirl to that rodeo. Just recently, I traveled every single weekend for 5 consecutive weekends and began to notice that when I went to the bathroom my lower back was hurting. As I noticed this twinge of pain, at first I was shocked because “I’m only 27!” I thought to myself! What’s next?! Grey hairs?!

Then I Realized, It was self-inflicted!

I think we are all guilty of squatting while we pee at some point or another, but what happens when it becomes more of a habit rather than a every once in a while thing? Let’s explore the impacts of hovering over the toilet!

Protecting Your Ladybits

When you squat to pee, your pelvic floor muscles can’t fully relax! You’re sending the message to your body that it needs to hold you up. Hovering over the toilet tells your body to keep those muscles tense and contracted. Sure you’ll still be able to pee, but it’s far from optimal performance.

Think about your bladder as a water balloon. When you squat to pee, you are essentially kinking your water balloon which prevents your bladder from fully emptying. This can cause an entire array of problems ranging from Urinary Tract Infections, bacterial infections, and unnecessary weight on your pelvic floor muscles (which leads to even more problems!). If you’re bladder never empties fully, you are never allowing your bladder a chance to reset. You never give your bladder a moment that it doesn’t have urine in it or is completely relaxed. Your bladder is meant to be emptied very few hours, so making sure that your bladder is empty every time your go to the bathroom is very important.

Over the Years

Sitting down completely will help your pelvic floor muscles relax completely so you can completely empty your bladder. Your brain and bladder are communicating that you need to pee, yet you being in a high squat position is telling your muscles that they can’t relax. Instead, try working with  your body and JUST SIT DOWN. Let your pelvic floor muscles know that it is okay to relax when your brain and bladder are saying that it’s that time again.

Hovering to pee for many years can cause so much damage to your pelvic floor. The unnecessary weight of never emptying your bladder completely will definitely cause stress to your pelvic floor muscles and weaken them. Weakened pelvic floor muscles equals leaking. Leaking, incontinence, and the urgency to pee frequently means more trips to the bathroom! How ironic that what you have done to avoid public restrooms is exactly what has landed you there many, many times!

But the GERMS!!

I hear you! I’m not thrilled to have to sit on public toilets, either! That’s how we got into this situation anyway! I’m right there with ya! Let’s try to get in and get out while touching as few things as possible! Moment of gratitude for all the restrooms that have sensor activated everything.

1.     Sanitizing Wipes – You can buy anything from Clorox wipes to wipes that are child friendly to plant based wipes. There’s wipes out there for everyone! You would obviously need to take a moment for the seat to dry or dry it off with toilet paper before sitting.
2.     Seat Covers – These covers come in packs that you carry around in your purse, diaper bag, or backpack. They are much like what you find on the walls of bathroom stalls in most places. You simply flush them when you’re done! 
3.     Good Ole’ Toilet Paper Barrier – The tried and true option, plus it’s free! Simply line the toilet seat with toilet paper to create a barrier for yourself. If you’re anything like me, you will use a couple layers!

The Future of Your Yoni

When you think about a future with pelvic floor issues and constant leaking or pain in your downstairs, it’s worth considering changing your ways. You may not know that millions of women each year dump thousands, even millions, of dollars into treatment to heal their damaged pelvic floors. This doesn’t have to be you and you can start by taking precautions in your everyday routines that can protect and prevent damage!

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