Author Archives: Arianna

What’s on the shelf for 2019

What’s on the shelf for 2019

I’m keeping last year’s book tracking experiment going this year, and trying to keep myself accountable by tracking progress quarter by quarter, instead of waiting until the very end of the year.   Quarter One (January-March 2019) – read 5 books January The Fifth Trimester, by Lauren Smith Brody The first three trimesters (and the… Read More

Podcasting about maternity leave, birth, postpartum, and heading back to work

Podcasting about maternity leave, birth, postpartum, and heading back to work

In the months leading up to my son being born, podcasting became one of my favorite ways to consume information. I didn’t have to venture out of the house to networking events, show up on camera, or interact in real time. I could — literally — lie in bed and listen.   And I did.… Read More

How Denise Duffield-Thomas Prepared Her Business for Maternity Leave

How Denise Duffield-Thomas Prepared Her Business for Maternity Leave

I am thrilled to take you behind the scenes of maternity leave with Denise Duffield-Thomas, a money mindset mentor and the woman behind the well-known Lucky Bitch Money Bootcamp.  Denise and I are in a group online where we all get real about juggling business with babies, and she brings that honest take to her… Read More

Seven secrets to setting (and achieving) goals as a new mom

Seven secrets to setting (and achieving) goals as a new mom

In late 2017 I joined a research team working on the psychology of goal-setting and goal-coaching during the perinatal period. I’m not a goal setting expert by any means, but together with technologists, maternal health experts, clinicians, and psychologists, the team reviewed the evidence around goal achievement, primarily from neurobiology as well as evaluation of… Read More

5 Things You Need to Know Before Hiring for Your Maternity Leave

5 Things You Need to Know Before Hiring for Your Maternity Leave

It’s an exciting time in life when you’re expecting, but it can also be an overwhelming and scary time, too. Especially when you’re also the owner of a small business. One of the best things you can do for yourself, and your growing family, is to have solid plans in place for how you will… Read More

Preparing your Business for Maternity Leave as a Communications Consultant: Felicity Barber

Preparing your Business for Maternity Leave as a Communications Consultant: Felicity Barber

Let’s start with a little intro to Felicity’s business… I’m a communications consultant and the founder Thoughtful Speech, where I offer speechwriting, ghostwriting and content strategy. I’m a solopreneur and I started my business in 2014 when I moved to the US from the UK, where I was a corporate speechwriter. The majority of my… Read More

Five things you should know about respectful maternity care and birth trauma

Five things you should know about respectful maternity care and birth trauma

In October 2015, my work took me to a global strategy meeting on maternal and newborn health. Nearly 2,000 of us (researchers, advocates and service providers) from 75 different countries gathered together to discuss the current state of maternity care and develop the global agenda going forward into the next decade.   What was at… Read More

4 Things Every Expecting Entrepreneur Should Know About Home Office Tax Deductions

4 Things Every Expecting Entrepreneur Should Know About Home Office Tax Deductions

Whether you already worked from home pre-baby or are making the move as part of your maternity leave, a home office can be a lifesaver for you as a new mother.   In addition to the convenience, a home office can also be a valuable tax deduction for your business.   Here are four tips… Read More

Three changes that helped me do my most meaningful work after the first year postpartum

Three changes that helped me do my most meaningful work after the first year postpartum

Before my son was born, I had grand plans for the year after his birth. I was going to kick ass. Make a ton of money. Look and feel great.   You might guess how this story ended up going.   I mostly: Felt like I was getting my ass kicked by motherhood. Made way… Read More