Nicole interviews on Parent Entrepreneur Power podcast

Rummaging through my files this week I realized I never shared with ya’ll this podcast I did with Mary Kathryn Johnson, host of the Parent Entrepreneur Power podcast.  In it we chat about being a mother first, working from home and the path we take that leads us to where we are. As I re-listened to this interview from two years ago, I realized as an entrepreneur, I’m not as far along as I thought I’d be in 2017. And that made me sad. Because if I’m being totally honest, it feels like I’m a hamster on a wheel,...

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Holding on to disappointment? Here’s how to let it go.

I began as a big bouquet of bright helium balloons. Only months ago, life had some exciting things in the future and I was full of anticipation. I began imagining, hoping and planning events to come. Unfortunately, it’s been one setback after another, mixed with constant sick kids and doctors visits of my own. Every day feels like a new stretch and struggle. I do my best to keep things in perspective and realize so many others have much bigger struggles than my own. Even my own family and friends are battling bigger trials. But the size of another’s...

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What “La La Land” can teach us about following our dreams

Dates in the middle of the day are the best. One minute I was dropping my twins off at afternoon kindergarten and the next, my husband had surprised me with matinee movie tickets. I’d been dying to see “La La Land” for months. It’s near-Oscar win mishap moved it to the top of the list and finally got us to the theater — on a Tuesday afternoon. Like most of America, I loved the movie — but this is not a movie review. Though by the looks of it online, many reviewers claimed the movie was overrated, or they...

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The Real Reason Making New Friends is Hard (Especially for Adults)

I stepped out of the shower for the day — never mind that it was already 2 p.m. I just moved into a new home, in a new city, and every day had been a different variety of crazy. Any minute I was expecting my sister-in-law to drop off her kids for me to babysit. I quickly got dressed, wiped the mascara from under my eyes and, not having time for my contact lenses, grabbed my dirty glasses. My hair was still wet so I threw it up in a towel on top of my head. The doorbell rang....

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Fight ‘January Blues’ with yellow — and other positivity tips

Though it’s been a record-breaking cold and stormy January, you may still be holding on to high hopes for a great new year, even working toward your new goals. Statistically though, that is a hard thing for almost half of Americans to do. If you did set a New Year’s resolution or two, according to a study this month by Statistics Brain, only 68.4 percent of you stuck with it for two weeks, and only 58.4 percent of you will stick with it past this month. And then there is Blue Monday. It’s the third Monday of the new...

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Nicole Carpenter Interviews with Live On Purpose Radio

  As a local member of the National Speakers Association, I have the privilege of knowing some amazing people. And at the top of that list is author, speaker and professional psychologist, Dr. Paul Jenkins. He is possibly the most purely positive person I’ve met. 😉 Right before the holidays, I had the honor of being his guest on his radio show, Live On Purpose Radio. I share with Dr. Paul how when I was a mom of 4 tiny kiddos, I found myself in a dark place and lost as a person. Everything appeared to be fine on the surface, but it wasn’t…...

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Happiness in 30 Days

It’s no secret that 2016 has kept me scrambling. And when nearly a whole year has you feeling like you are barely holding on, finding peace can be tricky. Gratitude is the highest energy My friend Sarah reminded me that gratitude has the highest energy vibration, even higher than love. Which actually makes so much sense because in the Bible, God continually tells us to be thankful people. “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among throngs of people...

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Nicole Carpenter Interviews with Matt Townsend Show

I remember last year I heard Matt Townsend speak at a parenting conference and I laughed so hard my sides hurt! So you can imagine how excited I was when his staff reached out to me and invited me to be a guest on his radio show, the Matt Townsend Show on BYUradio, SiriusXM radio. That time came last week! We talked about one of my recent articles, 12 Productivity Tips for Work-at-home Parents. I had such a great time and hope what we talked about might be helpful. Click the play image below to give it a listen...

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12 Productivity Tips for Work-at-Home Parents

Did you know 3.7 million employees (that’s almost three percent of the American workforce) work from home at least half the time? That’s not counting those who are self-employed. In the last three years, the telecommuter population has grown 5.6 percent and the self-employed, home-based business population has grown by 18.7 percent. With computers in our pockets and office systems in the cloud, more of us are choosing to work from home. This flexibility is nice but, if we are parenting kids while working, productivity is hard to come by. As a work-at-home mom and a coach for work-at-home...

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It’s Pinners Conference Time Again!

  I am so excited it’s Pinners Conference Time! My 11-year-old daughter and I had so much fun last year, we’re making an entire weekend out of it this year!   I’m speaking on Saturday morning and bringing back a favorite topic from 3 years ago – “10 Time Tricks to Get More Done.” I’d love to meet you!! There are AMAZING classes all weekend; you won’t want to miss it. Plus, you can use promo code: ‘momentity’ at registration to save 10%!  (That will give you some extra spending money for the expo booths!) Admission passes range from $7...

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Uplift Families Parenting Conference

Being a happy, strong, capable parent is hard! And, if we’re being honest, we need all the help we can get. That is why I’m so excited for this years Uplift Families Parenting Conference. Uplift Families (a non-profit foundation) is the official initiative of First Lady of Utah Jeanette Herbert, dedicated to providing resources for parents that can improve parenting skills and keep children safe from negative societal influences. And each year she hosts a parenting conference to reach out and support Utah parents. So, if you’re in Utah (or near Utah) I’d love to have you join me! We’re...

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3 steps to ‘turn down the heat’ on overwhelm

For a moment, imagine you are standing in a beautiful gourmet kitchen. Right in front of you is an extra large gas range. With 10 burners, this stove top rivals all you’ve seen before. And then you realize you are this stove top. Seriously. Your roles are like the burners on your stove top of life. Most people can handle six to eight roaring burners at a time. And some of the roles we have are back burners that stay off or on “simmer” most of the time. But if we keep more than seven-ish roles always rolling on...

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How to Release False Guilt and Replace it with Better Thoughts

In my last post, we got a little personal discussing some of the guilty thoughts that plague us. I wrote about three questions you can ask yourself to eliminate any of this unnecessary guilt and we worked through a “ditch it” or “fix it” process. But once you determined if you should “ditch it,” I just left you hanging there with little information on how to truly ditch your guilt — for good. And that’s not good enough. Previously we evaluated our guilt based on three questions: Does my guilt come from an external expectation? If you answered yes...

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Book Review: Everyday MOMents

Holding the book in my hands, the first thing I noticed was the beautiful cover. I could feel the embossed title words under my thumb. As I began reading, it was clear this perspective of taking a look at a day in a mother’s life – hour by hour – was very unique, even refreshing. I’ve actually been waiting the release of Jessica Poe‘s book, “Everyday MOMents: Discovering Christ in the Details of Motherhood,” for months! Jessica and I share a publisher and I remember the day she called me asking about my own book experience. (Birthing a book is a lot...

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Simple Questions To Help You Eliminate Your Guilty Thoughts

I asked a vulnerable question on Facebook and was surprised by how honest the answers were — and how many answers came in so quickly. Each time my phone buzzed, I double-tapped and swiped left to read the newest post notification. “I feel guilty when I nap while my daughter naps instead of cleaning the house.” “I feel guilty when I make my kids cry after using my angry mom voice.” “I feel guilty when I daydream about being anywhere else but here.” I knew exactly the feeling they each were describing. I have had those same thoughts. Through...

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