Mother's Quest: The Podcast

Mother's Quest is a podcast for moms who are ready to live a truly E.P.I.C. life. A few months before a big milestone birthday, host Julie Neale, a life and leadership coach, community builder and mom to two high-energy boys, decided to stop sidelining her dreams and become the hero of her own journey. She created the podcast to help light her way by gathering words of wisdom and lessons learned from other mothers further ahead on their quest. Join in for intimate conversations with a diverse group of inspiring mothers as they share how they are living an E.P.I.C. life, engaging mindfully with their children (E), passionately and purposefully making a difference beyond their family (P), investing in themselves (I), and connecting to a strong support network (C). Come along with Julie and you are sure to find some treasures of your own.
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Nov 26, 2016

On this episode of Mother’s Quest, I had an opportunity to talk with an amazing mother, entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, and blogger, named Katherine Wintsch about bringing authenticity into our lives as women and mothers.

Katherine is a nationally recognized expert on the topic of modern motherhood. As the founder and CEO of The Mom Complex, she advises major corporations on what mothers really need in order to create better products and services that make mothers lives easier. She writes about the highs and lows of motherhood in her blog, In All Honesty. Her TEDx talk titled, Unmasking Motherhood, uses spoken word to deliver a powerful call to action to mothers, and inspired me to let down my own mask, to be vulnerable and honest, through the creation of Mother’s Quest.

In our conversation, Katherine shares how she learned to let go of people-pleasing and mommy guilt, and instead got curious, learned to love herself and designed a life that fulfills her. We talk about the power of revealing the truth about motherhood and that it’s absolutely OK to not be OK and to not have all the answers.

I hope her story will inspire you to let down your own mask and help you step more fully into your own authentic, E.P.I.C. life.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Katherine’s path of taking control of her own life and self-worth
  • How an innocent question from her husband led Katherine on a year-long journey of curiosity and self-exploration, in order to align her inner truth with her outer pursuits
  • The connection between living an authentic life that allows her to feel excitement about her work, and the impact it has on her children
  • Unmasking motherhood and changing the conversation about how moms talk about their lives
  • You can’t have it all until you define what “all” means for yourself

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Nov 26, 2016

Welcome to the very first episode of the Mother’s Quest podcast!

I am so honored to bring you this conversation with Navjit Kandola. Navjit is a spiritual adviser, educator, speaker, filmmaker, full-time mom, and the director of the Nizhoni School for Global Consciousness. Navjit works with clients to heal subconscious wounds, release anxiety and strain, identify habits that spiral into negative behaviors, and unblock stagnant energy in relationships and projects.

It felt right to have my first conversation on the podcast with Navjit because she was one of the first people I reached out to after I decided to launch Mother’s Quest. I found her through Danielle LaPorte’s website. Danielle, another profoundly spiritual mother, who is also an entrepreneur, author and poet, is a long-time friend of Navjit’s and refers to Navjit as a masterful soul sister who is lucid as a diamond.

I determined I needed some of that guidance and reached out to Navjit for a phone session. I proceeded to tell her about my desire to embark on my own hero’s journey and all my hopes and dreams for Mother’s Quest. She helped me think about the metaphor I was choosing and encouraged me to make it my hold a vision for a journey that could include more connection and ease than the typical one found in epic stories. Those words stayed with me and have been a guide as I have gone through the ups and downs of birthing my new venture and laying a foundation for the Mother’s Quest community.

More recently, I reached out to Navjit again, distraught with fear and sadness in the wake of the election and consumed by self-doubt in the days leading up to this podcast launch. I got to experience firsthand how Navjit’s healing presence could help me tap into the wisdom of my inner child, a term she refers to in this interview. It was a powerful and transformative experience and one that I wrote about the next day on a blog post that I will include in the show notes.

I share all this because this first conversation has a different tone than many of the episodes that follow. It is a deep dive into spirituality and consciousness. And, if these are topics you don’t typically gravitate to, I encourage you to stay with it. Navjit talks about being grateful for those magical moments when we’re present and connected with ourselves, our children, and with nature. She shares how she lives her E.P.I.C. life when she can shift her mindset from a place of scarcity and stress to a place of openness and abundance.

It feels like the world is a very different place than the one it was when Navjit and I first recorded this episode. But, the concepts she talks about feel more needed and relevant than ever.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • The importance of being present, and truly seeing and hearing your child
  • How an E.P.I.C. life comes where nature meets magic
  • Amplifying the moments that take your breath away. Navjit breaks down how to notice and bring more of those moments into your life.
  • How our bodies respond to how we feel and what we think about ourselves
  • Abundance is a much better place to start something from than scarcity
  • Mindset matters more than anything else in transforming your life.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Nov 25, 2016

Welcome to this introductory episode of the Mother’s Quest podcast. This solocast will give you a preview of what to expect in this twelve week season and reveal the stories behind Mother’s Quest E.P.I.C. framework, the podcast logo and the mantra that closes each show.

This solocast, and the podcast that it officially kicks off, is a birthday present to myself. This milestone birthday, on December 1st, 2016, and the reflective and transformative experiences in the months preceding it, inspired me to start my quest and this podcast.

For the first time in my life, I have the desire to create and share publicly something deeply personal; to use and share my voice; to commit to something I am calling my E.P.I.C. life; and to build a community to support me and other mothers along the way. 

In the episodes that will follow, I interview other mothers to learn their words of wisdom. But this episode is an opportunity for me to use my own voice and share some lessons I’ve learned since the moment I decided to cross the threshold and begin living my E.P.I.C. life.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • How attending a creative workshop hosted by Elizabeth Gilbert last year began a process of self-reflection and helped me to start dreaming
  • The mission behind Mother’s Quest, and what it means to live an E.P.I.C. life.
  • How two birds that got trapped inside my home became the metaphor that sparked my journey.
  • Kids are always listening to what we say, to the “seeds” that we plant and nurture in them. And, we are in a reciprocal relationship with our children where we both learn and grow together.
  • It’s the journey and not the destination that matters the most.
  • Synopses of the first three episodes of the podcast
  • The first season of the Mother’s Quest podcast is dedicated to my friend Leslie Fischer, who passed away last summer from pancreatic cancer. How the inspiration of her life crystallized a Mother’s Quest mantra that will close each episode.

Resources mentioned in this episode:


I would like to use this introductory episode as an opportunity to thank some of the key people, most of whom are also mothers on their own quest, several of whom donated or discounted their services, to help make this podcast possible.

The podcast production team at Radcasters (Karly, Jo and Neil) -

Mia Sutton, Podcast Coordinator 

Meghan Lewis, Podcast Episode Art

Priscila Najar, composer of the podcast music

Jayleen Magill, Virtual Assistant

The team at Flight Design Co. (Ariana, Katrina, Matt) who created the podcast art

Paula Jenkins for a podcasting class that jumpstarted it all

Claire Frye of for the generous use of her studio and generous coaching

My first interviewees: Navjit Kandola, Katherine Wintsch, and Michelle Ratcliffe

Chris, Ryan and Jacob Neale, my family foundation

Fran and David Lieberman, my own extraordinary mother and father

And so many other dear family members, friends, coaches and more who provided inspiration and support all along the way.