Transitions Are Hard For Moms Too! Here’s A Free Meditation To Help (Mom Summer Camp Series), Episode 188

Welcome to episode 188 (Mom Summer Camp Series). Today, I’ll tell you a story that reflects how my summer plans are going, you’ll learn about this concept of transitions for yourself ) not only your kids, and then I’ll walk you through a 10-minute resource-building meditation. The 10-minute resource-building meditation is a sneak peek into my FREE 21-day imagination to impact challenge. Sign-up on

This is for you if you have elementary school-aged up to tween-aged kids and your intention is to create a new offering as a creative or passion-based business owner in this fall. This 21-day challenge aligns with my upcoming book entitled Fertile Imagination: A Guide for Stretching Every’s Mom Superpower for Maximum Impact coming out this October!

First the story…

My typical trip to Target features one son lying down underneath my shopping cart, another one hanging on one side of my cart, and the third on the other side so that it doesn’t tip over. I’m only trying to buy ponytail holders + TP, and this fiasco is my typical Target experience….and HEB (supermarket) and Walmart too. I wish this was a made-up story but if you send me a DM on @melissallarena I’ll send you a picture.

Now let’s talk about transitions, this is especially helpful if you are a mom leading your own summer camp with elementary to tween-aged kids. In a bit, I will lead a 10-minute meditation to help you feel more in control of your own transition moments.

Definition: A transition moment is the time between you caring for the kids and you focusing on another activity. These are the spots when you can feel frazzled, short-tempered, and resentful IF you do NOT create an intentional buffer between one activity and another.

You can use today’s meditation specifically to clear your cache in between those moments. I also want to invite you to sign-up today (while it is free) to my 21-day imagination to impact challenge. This meditation is an example of one tool you would be emailed to set the groundwork for your fertile imagination to wake up.

Your fertile imagination is a superpower that can help you create an impact as a creative mom. Other benefits are also that you can create fertile business ideas that can turnaround the mood of your home, plant a seed of self-confidence in the minds of your elementary school-age kids or tweens (because I’ll share exercises for them too), and set you up for success this upcoming back to school season. Isn’t September usually the best time for moms with kids in this age brackets to launch into their next chapter? It has been for me as a coach for over twelve years and mom with three kids.

So enjoy today’s chat and don’t forget to sign-up at

A closer look at the 21-days imagination to impact challenge…in 21-days you will:Transitions Are Hard For Moms Too! Here’s A Free Meditation To Help (Mom Summer Camp Series)

Set the groundwork to reawaken your fertile imagination

  •      Set physical and emotional boundaries to explore the power of your fertile imagination
  •      Remove mom guilt from by getting your family involved and on the same page
  •     Set a meditation routine to be more present while ideating and mothering
  •       Gain tools to have the energy and enthusiasm to add this 21-day challenge to your plate
  •      Uncover ways to leverage your kids’ very awake imagination to help you play more

Play with your fertile imagination while capturing the ones that light you up 

  •      Return to the little girl you once were with a fertile imagination and a desire to play
  •      Experience novel topics to see which enhance your mood to test if it’s a real passion
  •    Encourage your kids to use their fertile imaginations to enhance your playful experiments
  •    Explore new technology or things your kids enjoy to experience having a learner’s mindset
  •      Fill your fertile mind with new data that can spark other ideas or enhance existing ones

Stretch your imagination by adding form to the one fertile idea you want to bring forth this year

  •     Uncover how to expand your knowledge and relationships around your fertile idea
  •      Get the language you need to pick up mentors and begin to ask for this guidance
  •      Ask for your personal fans for support on this next chapter
  •      Find your tribe and find ways to engage or be there which is also great for the kids
  •      Build out an ideal week to see how you can confidently build this into your school weeks and vacation weeks alike

This challenge is a example of the application of key concepts in my book Fertile Imagination!

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SHARE this episode with a mom founder, entrepreneur, or creator who wants to feel more control of her summer days.

Similar episodes:

The Risks And Consequences Of Taking On A Supporting Role In Your Mom Life, Episode 182

Join the 21-day Imagination to Impact Challenge to uncover your next big idea and your kids’ interests along the way (Mom Summer Camp Series), Episode 186

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Both book participants and podcast guests are featured below

Melissa is an inspiring display of tenacity and motivation. Whenever you’re feeling stuck, peruse Melissa’s thoughtfully compiled tips and exercises and you’ll be creating magic in no time.” – Suzy Batiz, Chief Executive and Visionary Officer, ~Pourri, The Makers of Poo~Pourri, supernatural, Alive OS®.

“Melissa’s words are authentic and important. She is a great listener and now shares reality-based strategies for imagining your own imperfect, fulfilling life.” – Martha Hennessey, Former New Hampshire State Senator / House of Representative

“This is the book for a mom who wants a second jet engine to embark on her own journey from thinking she will have to wait another lifetime to dream big to knowing she can take steps right now to uncover and do what she would find more fulfilling at this life stage. Melissa writes both intimately and conversationally about topics that many moms around the world can relate to (some dads too). She invites the reader into a personal and deep journey about topics that are crucially important to uncover what would make a mom truly happy to work on…even after the kids are in bed. It was an honor and a pleasure to speak with her for an interview, which she has included excerpts of in this book, too!” – Ken Honda, Japan’s best selling zen millionaire, author of Happy Money: The Japanese Art of Making Peace with Your Money

Moms like us with big dreams and school-age kids:

For moms like me, the pandemic was an opportunity to re-evaluate and course-correct things in our lives we weren’t thrilled with. Coming out of this period, sluggish yet motivated, so many of us can use this book to help us wake up! If you’re looking to refresh, reenergize, and yes, reimagine a better version of your life, this book is for you. I loved the hilarious, yet poignant stories about motherhood today and the window into the world of those who’ve gone for it – and did it. – Macollvie Neel, Brooklyn, NY

“The words: imagination, play and fun are not the usual things we as mothers think of when wondering how to get a grip back on our career and I believe it provides a really fresh take and lots of food for thought for mothers reading it. Its tone is so energetic and fresh!” – Alejandra Molina, Coach, Miami, Florida

“Melissa is a mom of three with big dreams who tells it like it is. She draws on her own experiences and the experiences of professionals she’s interviewed for her podcast to reflect on the plight of the mother. How do women conform to or challenge the traditional “mom script”? If you’re a mom, what can you do to break the “cultural glass ceiling” to be yourself and a great parent, all without having to force yourself into a mom mold that doesn’t fit you? Melissa is like a great friend, honest and wise and funny, telling you about her life and asking you to reflect on yours. This book is a great purchase for moms in every stage of life.” – Maureen Turner Carey, Librarian, Austin, Texas

“In her book, Melissa shows us that motherhood does not have to be a pause or an end to your pre-child self. With guidance from her podcast guests, she encourages us to think big, find what lights us up, think big, and move towards our goals with the steps that fit the reality of our lives as they are today. In doing so we honor and inspire our child(ren), and our own inner child.” – Katherine Dzierzynski, Museum Group Sales, Forest Hills, NY

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Melissa Llarena

Melissa helps movers and shakers up to those in the corner office rediscover what makes them unique so that they can land their dream job in a forward-thinking company where their ideas are listened to, valued, and supported.

She brings insights from having worked in 16-business units (including Human Resources) in NY, Paris, and London. Additionally, in her former corporate career, she worked on billion-dollar brands for P&G and on IBM for Ogilvy & Mather. Later, as the founder and CEO of Career Outcomes Matter, Melissa created a 3-step “sellable strengths” process which has been the centerpiece of her clients' results.

Melissa applies this method consistently to support mid-level professionals up to the c-suite to get into Fortune Global 500 organizations and agencies. She studied Psychology at NYU and earned her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

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