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I appreciate you tuning in today and for every episode that you’ve joined me for.  As an empowerment coach for the last 17 years.  I know that it is motivating to hear another woman’s journey; whether that is through a book, a podcast, or some other way…. you begin to realize that if something is possible for one person, it is also possible for you. 

The truth is that many of the women I bring on the show, you may never hear about other than on this show but that’s by design — I want to show you examples of real, everyday, motivated women showing up to design a life they love.  They are looking to create something special and meaningful in their life and I know that is also possible for you.

Today’s Guest:

With that said, I’m excited to bring you today’s guest.  Moe McClanahan is a police investigator who works to protect children from online predators.  She’s been a police officer for 19 years and working internet crimes against children for the last 6 years.  Her work is intense and emotionally draining which is tough enough but Moe also battled postpartum depression when her son was born.  So four years ago Moe made a mindset shift that changed her life.  She began working out regularly and changed how she ate and her depression lifted.  Her life changed and she now feels energized, happy, and motivated.  This is what inspired her to help other women with their fitness goals through her Fit Club.  If you hear Moe talking about moms that is because it is her niche but her story is relevant for all women, especially if you are working full time you’ll see an example of how someone is managing a day job and focusing on the “dream” career. 

Since Moe is a police investigator in addition to her 3 best tips for empowering women to get fit, I also asked her for tips to protect our kids online and she shares those as well as her favorite apps to protect our kids.  This is an episode you won’t want to miss and is one you’ll want to share!  The online safety tips come from someone with years of first hand experience tracking these criminals down.  http://thegoodlifecoach.com/013

Also, since we are talking about self-care today, I created a special freebie that you can download on the show notes page.  It has 52 self-care tips for you busy women out there one idea for every week of the year.  Let’s make 2019 the year you take care of you!

Key Takeaways:

Moe experienced post-partum depression and it lifted when she found a community and began working out regularly with the help of a fitness coach. 

Moe gets up every morning at 4:00am and does personal development and gets in her “mom” time.  She works out with her “Fit Club” in the mornings before heading into the office.

Accountability, creating a routine, and mindset shifts helped keep her going.  She didn’t want to go back to that depressed place.  She encourages women to focus on their nutrition – to have more energy.

Do one new thing each week.  Kick one unhealthy habit like giving up soda and pick one new positive habit to start.  That feeling of accomplishing something smaller compounds and that begins motivating her clients.  She says finding what that key is is what helps makes them want to keep going.

Healthy heroes is an idea she has launched.  She saw that the kids that were victimized – the common denominator was low self-esteem and insecurity.  She is empowering the moms to empower the kids but eventually she wants to help kids with mindset, nutrition, and leadership within themselves to love themselves at an earlier age.  

Moe’s top tips to protect your kids online:

First, she says kids under the age of 13 shouldn’t have smart phones and social media actually says you should be 13 years or older.  However, since that isn’t the reality for most families, here is what she recommends:

  1. Discuss the dangers and what your kids would do if they were approached or if something didn’t seem right.  Make sure they know that it is safe for them to report anything to you.
  2. Know how the device works before giving it to your kid.  Turn off the camera and set up a time for the phone to go off.  Set screen time to two hours a day
  3. She is 100% against snapchat and kik because they have disappearing photos and no way to persecute against an offender without proof.  Keep kids off of these apps.
  4. Facebook now has secret messages – be aware of this.
  5. Don’t be afraid to make rules with your kids.  When laptops first came out they used to be in a common area but with the tablets and the cell phones became prevalent, that education went out the door.  Make rules to always have the phone in common areas and at night the parents should have the phones as that is when a lot of the issues arise.

Apps she recommends to protect your kids online:

My mobile watch dog

NetNanny

Phone companies have parental monitoring that you pay for that you can use to do things like turn off data.

3 best tips to become healthy and strong:

  1. Put yourself first.  Fill your own cup and let your love overflow into your family.
  2. Have a community – we aren’t meant to do the hard things alone.
  3. Find a nutrition plan that works for you while giving yourself grace to be you.

Resources:

Moe McClanahan

Moe on Instagram

Moe on Facebook

Michele on Instagram

Books:

This episode was sponsored by Design a Life You Love, A Woman’s Guide to Living a Happier and More Fulfilled Life.  My book includes 52 inspirations, one for every week of the year, each with practical tips to guide you to self-love and success on your own terms. It’s a short book that you can read in about an hour, but includes life lessons that will last a lifetime.

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