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Vanessa Quigley the Chatbooker-in-Chief of the digital photobook company Chatbooks shares how she has been able to be happy amidst the chaos of life as the oldest of 12 children and the mother of 7 children.  She shares stories of growing up on a petting zoo in Florida and how she learned from her parents to be the author of her own destiny and to take risks.  She gives suggestions for those who may be a little more cautious, in order to anchor them to allow for more risk taking and stretching in their life.   She honestly tells of the feelings she had after finding out she was pregnant early in her marriage after making plans to excelerate her professional singing career and how learning to get creative to get what she wanted prepared her for life ahead.  Vanessa shares how now as a working mother of 7 children she has stopped chasing the equilibrium between work and life, but instead embraces her ‘life’s work’ that has also become her family’s ‘life’s work’ and how they accomplish that.  She talks about structure, laughter, and surrender as key elements to maintain joy amidst the chaos.  And how the myth of the Supermom that does it all can be a dangerous thing but how we can celebrate the good and super things we are doing as moms.  She reveals how the new hilarious video from Chatbooks  is a representation of her life and how Chatbooks was born to rescue her from mom guilt and to bring back the joy of physically holding memories in her family’s hands.  Come listen ready to laugh and learn from this super mom.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is looking to learn from an experienced mom on some keys elements to finding happiness amidst the chaos of life.  It is perfect for someone who is exhausted from trying to be Supermom and is looking for a way to be happy with their life.  It is great for working moms or busy stay at home moms that are looking to find that illusive balance of life and work.  And it is perfect for anyone seeking for an easy solution to unseen, unprinted backlogged files of digital photos.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • Vanessa growing up in Florida as the oldest of 12 kids
  • her wanting her own adventure and how she met her husband
  • how pursuing her singing career was interrupted by having a baby and how she felt about that
  • how she learned about getting creative about getting what she wanted
  • her dad bringing home animals that eventually became a petting zoo
  • how she parents taught her to be the author of her own destiny and to take risks
  • knowing their vision of what they wanted in life and creating solid structure in order to take risks
  • how someone who is a little more cautious can take steps to taking more risks
  • why she gave up on the equilibrium of work and life and instead focused on her “life’s work”
  • how her “life’s work” is her family’s “life’s work”
  • how a schedule will allow you to take more risks and will allow the things that are most important happen
  • tools to help her keep a schedule – phone calendars, phone alarms, and weekly family council meetings
  • the power of hugs
  • the dangerous myth of the Supermom who does it all and how she doesn’t exist
  • keys to finding happy amidst chaos: laughter and surrendering
  • the story of an alligator in her mom’s bed and a gerbil community living in her sister’s room
  • what she hopes her children are learning from her
  • why its important to admit what we are doing well
  • concept of letting things go or surrendering as a mother
  • where the concept of Chatbooks began when she loved doing scrapbooks
  • the story of her 7 year old son crying with a preschool photobook
  • how Chatbooks solved mom guilt


Show Notes:

Get your first book FREE on the Chatbooks app by entering the code LIFEBEATS at checkout

Chatbooks website

“Why growing up weird is great for your career” article

Latest Chatbooks #momlife video with Lisa Valentine Clark

Chatbooks Facebook page

Chatbooks Instagram feed

LifeLine podcast episode #38 “Preparing ourselves for the process of discovery”

Video on the 5 challenges to prepare yourself to discover your story

Email Vanessa at [email protected]

Vanessa’s personal Instagram feed

How to get FIVE YEARS FREE of Chatbooks by looking for details inside the app

BIG holiday product Highlight Chatbooks, you can print 30 of your friends best Instagram images for only $15

Rifle Paper Company

Chatbooks 101 video

The LifeBeats Project Facebook page – join me on Facebook Live Nov 8th at 8:30 MST

Time Out for Women conference here in Salt Lake City – get your tickets here