Welcome! My guest today is Ashleigh Mills, who originally trained as a social worker in Australia. She worked in clinical mental health and policy for over 10 years, but then followed her heart to begin writing creatively at age 32. Ashleigh began her blog on life, love, travel, and her crazy cat lady stories. She later started a freelancing writing business focusing on adventure and travel articles. In 2015, she traveled to Bali and the Philippines to write stories with her husband, who is a fashion and travel photographer. Ashleigh is always busy planning her next adventure.
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Welcome! My guest today is an experienced commercial research consultant who was born and raised in the UK. Dr. Chloe Peacock earned a Ph.D. in Consumer Brand Participation and is an expert in Semiotics. She loves beaches, traveling, the outdoors, and all creatures. She is the founder of the UK Lifestyle Network for Childfree Women and The League of Fabulous Women. Her hope is to gently shift and soften cultural perceptions of women without children and to help these women connect with each other. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and at www.tlfw.co.uk.
In this episode, you’ll learn the following about Chloe:
Chloe has always been very comfortable with her ambivalence about motherhood.
Even as a childfree woman, you can still be a caring, nurturing person and have children in your life.
We all have different peak life experiences that we view as huge and fulfilling.
In her mid-30’s, Chloe considered her “fertility window” but never felt the compulsion to plunge into motherhood.
Like many childfree women, Chloe has dealt with pressure from family and friends: “You’d make a GREAT mom! You’re such a caring person!”
The issue of legacy is important to Chloe and she has had many conversations with her father about this topic.
Ultimately, you have to follow your own path.
The League of Fabulous Women started small, as a product of her own experience, and then it grew rapidly. It exists for the purpose of connecting childfree women in friendship.
Like many childfree women, Chloe noticed a dramatic shift in her social life because of others’ pregnancies.
She read about Melanie Notkin’s work and then began meet-up groups of her own.
Women over 40 without children are an increasing demographic for the present and the future.
Not being a mother is no less natural or feminine than being a mother and having children.
There is much cultural mythology surrounding motherhood as THE ultimate feminine experience.
Chloe likes to express her creativity through creating relationships.
For Chloe, the major benefits of NOT having children are the sense of freedom, being able to travel, and being the author of her own life.
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My guest today, Meghan Daum, has been an Op Ed columnist for the Los Angeles Times since 2005. Meghan is also the author of four books, including The Unspeakable and Other Subjects of Discussion, which won the 2015 Penn Center USA Award for Creative Nonfiction. She edited the NY Times best–selling anthology Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed, which is a compilation of 16 writers’ essays on the choice to not have kids. This book has sparked wide ranging conversation around the topic of choosing to have or to not have kids. Meghan’s message is that opting out of parenthood is NOT a sign of laziness or immaturity, but a complicated and intensely personal decision.
Join us to hear Meghan discuss the following:
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Welcome! Today’s guest is Nicole Graham, an Aussie who currently lives in Hong Kong. She is a multi-passionate entrepreneur who has reinvented her career over the last 25 years. She has studied a range of healing modalities and co-authored two guided writing journals and numerous blogs.
Nicole is a certified online business manager who leads her team of dedicated and experienced specialists in supporting small business with administration and marketing. She and her husband travel extensively and Nicole is happy to share her life experiences in choosing to be child-free.
In this episode, you’ll learn the following:
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