I Know I’m Crazy with NAJA HALL
095: Is it possible to Enjoy Your Blended Family with Randall and Scarlett Tandy

095: Is it possible to Enjoy Your Blended Family with Randall and Scarlett Tandy

July 5, 2022

Randall and Scarlett Tandy, founders of EnjoyingYourBlendedFamily.com chat revolving doors, family conflict, & unexpected joy.

To watch this episode https://youtu.be/z_m0iIPyolY

MEET THE TANDYS: We officially started our blended family journey in 2008, after dating a year and a half. We started with our 3 kids (one "his baby" and two "her babies") and then later fostered a teenager.

We both were raised in blended families, and both had been divorced before we found each other.

Desperately wanting our family to work, we learned as much as we could in church, other resources, and through all of our many blended family challenges.

Our mission: Strengthening blended family relationships and having more fun, giving you hope and encouragement so everyone is enjoying the journey together.
 
Follow them on IG @enjoyingyourblendedfamily
094: Jamie Scrimgeour on ours babies, compassion, and setting boundaries

094: Jamie Scrimgeour on ours babies, compassion, and setting boundaries

June 21, 2022

Jamie Scrimgeour is a wife, stepmom of three, and mom of one. Professionally she is a Life Coach with a specialization in Stepfamily Dynamics, a podcast host, and a digital content creator. After gaining an instant family, she found herself needing help with the tricky transition. Jamie inspires other Moms and Stepmoms to live a KICK-ASS life as she creates her own.

 

Get 120 Ways To Be A KICK-ASS Stepmom: https://jamiescrimgeour.com/ebook
For more from Jamie Scrimgeour visit www.jamiescrimgeour.com
Follow along on Instagram: www.instagram.com/jamiescrimgeour
Follow along on Facebook: www.facebook.com/scrimgeourjamie

093: Katie Davie chats Coparenting Peacefully

093: Katie Davie chats Coparenting Peacefully

June 7, 2022

Katie Davie, founder of Coparenting Peacefully stops by I Know I'm Crazy with Naja Hall to chat raising balanced kids, conflicted coparenting and life after love. Katie is a seasoned co-parenting Mama, co-parenting coach, and aspiring mediator. As someone who was previously trapped in a high-conflict relationship, she has been through it all. 

coparentingpeacefully.com
https://www.instagram.com/coparentingpeacefully/

092: Unapologetic Divorce Lawyer Nicole Sodoma chats choosing happiness & self love

092: Unapologetic Divorce Lawyer Nicole Sodoma chats choosing happiness & self love

May 31, 2022

Naja chats with fellow Southern belle and Family Lawyer, Nicole Sodoma about how her perspective on divorce changed after she experienced her own.

Nicole Sodoma is the Founder and Managing Principal of Sodoma Law. For the past 25 years, Nicole has pioneered a way through the often-dreaded field of family law with integrity, compassion, and tenacity. As a marriage-loving divorce attorney, Nicole was shocked on the day she chose herself, her happiness, and her future over her 13-year marriage. In her debut book, PLEASE DON’T SAY YOU’RE SORRY, Nicole provides a witty, honest, and wildly relatable account of the stripped-down realities of marriage, separation, and divorce. Using her personal stories and (sometimes unbelievable) experiences as a family law attorney of two decades, Nicole layers in laughter, compassion, and legal savvy to deliver empowering principles that will help guide readers through both the humorous and not-so-humorous realities of divorce.

 
Website - www.nicolesodoma.com
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nicolesodoma/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AttorneyNicoleSodoma
Twitter - https://twitter.com/nicolesodoma
091: Vee Rivera talks MTVs Teen Mom, healing, & coparenting on TV

091: Vee Rivera talks MTVs Teen Mom, healing, & coparenting on TV

May 17, 2022
Vee Rivera is an entrepreneur, wife, mom, bonus mom, real estate agent, podcaster & influencer. Alongside her Husband's coparent, Kail Lowery (best known from MTV's Teen Mom 2) she hosts a popular podcast about all things womanhood. Vee and Naja chat humble beginnings of high conflict coparenting, building a child-centered blended family, and her own journey toward personal growth and wellness. Vee also hosts the Vibin' and Kinda Thrivin' podcast.
 
Learn more about her at https://linktr.ee/VeeautifyMe and on IG: @veeautifyme
090: Coach Kevin Meeks translates the language of alienated kids

090: Coach Kevin Meeks translates the language of alienated kids

May 3, 2022

Naja chats with Coparenting Coach, @Kevin__Meeks. Kevin became a father at the tender age of 13! And he shares how "growing up" with his own son, now 22, tested their relationship and the unique vantage point he has gained in order to help other fathers in stressful coparenting situations. Kevin drops gem after gem so grab your pen and pad and be prepared to usher your children into a more peaceful childhood experience.

Kevin, along with his wife Alicia Meeks, Founder @spoiledwives club have a blended family of 5. Kevin, with the help of his wife, also gained custody parent of his youngest son.

Visit https://www.instagram.com/kevin__meeks/
https://www.instagram.com/thefamilydynamics/

089: Exploring adultery, divorce and murder with Investigative Journalist Steph Watts

089: Exploring adultery, divorce and murder with Investigative Journalist Steph Watts

April 26, 2022

In anticipation of our upcoming Crime series, Naja chats with Investigative Journalist about his own blended family background and how his early experiences opened his natural curiosity regarding human suffering and led him to a highly successful career. 

Steph is an investigative journalist and TV Producer specializing in Crime and Justice television with an emphasis on missing persons cases, unsolved murders, and cold cases. Steph has an established and trusting relationship with national law enforcement, members of the legal community, crime survivors and victims’ family members. He is frequently on CNN, and most recently appeared in Vanity Fair Confidentials’: "Natalee Holloway: Lost in Paradise" He also created, produced, and appeared in ID’s highest-rated series, “JonBenet, Ramsey, An American Murder Mystery" and Casey Anthony, An American Murder Mystery” Steph is also featured in Oxygen Network’s new hit series “Notorious” and is a Special Correspondent for the syndicated crime show “Crime Watch Daily. In 2017, Steph launched WattsUProductions and is currently in development on several new true-crime series.  Steph is the go-to guy for justice, and a known voice for the missing, murdered, and misunderstood.

088: Corey Andrew gains a Dad and 9 siblings at 38 years old!

088: Corey Andrew gains a Dad and 9 siblings at 38 years old!

March 29, 2022

Imagine never knowing what your father looked or sounded like for the 1st 38 years of your life! Our guest Corey Andrew did just that. On today's episode of IKIC, Corey shares his experience of growing up fatherless to all of a sudden gaining a Dad and 9 siblings overnight. 

About Corey: I wear many hats as a copywriter, content producer and podcast host/interviewer. I have significant experience in art direction, video production, video editing, music writing and producing on-air promos.

I was an integral part of the in-house marketing team for The Vitamin Shoppe from 2011 to 2016, hired first as a copywriter. After two years of successfully contributing to the company's rebranding initiatives, product development, and retail store expansions, I was promoted to the role of Manager of marketing copy.

After three years of freelancing, in 2019, I accepted a full-time role of Content Manager / Content Producer for the National Society of Leadership & Success, the nation’s largest leadership honor society with over 1.3 million members. In 2021, I became the new host of the popular NSLS podcast, ‘Motivational Mondays.’ My debut episode features an interview with Tokyo Olympics silver-medalist, Raven ‘The Hulk’ Saunders, discussing mental health in professional sports.

Additionally, I am a Billboard Breakout recording artist, a Verified artist on Spotify and I've been a Recording Academy member and Grammy voter since 2011.

Visit Corey online at linktr.ee/Coreyandrewmedia

087: Naja’s Husband helps Dads navigate high conflict coparenting

087: Naja’s Husband helps Dads navigate high conflict coparenting

March 15, 2022

This is a Tony Takeover! Naja's Hubby, her muse taps in to talk to all of the Dads in I know I'm Crazy-land. Trying to raise GOOD kids in a BAD situation is daunting for the most mindful man. As a father, your nature is to protect your kids but when your efforts are undermined, conflict is inevitable. This episode is for all the fellas! 

086: Coach Bee chats INSTANT motherhood, death, healing, and overcoming

086: Coach Bee chats INSTANT motherhood, death, healing, and overcoming

March 1, 2022

Naja chats with Coach Bee Chatman about her experiences going from being a single girl to having an instant family. Inheriting an awesome Dad and his two kids from previous relationships, Bee was thrust into unfamiliar waters and she made the decision to swim upstream.

To learn more about Bee, visit ChatWithBee.com 

085:Mindul Bree chats kids after 18 and ours babies

085:Mindul Bree chats kids after 18 and ours babies

February 15, 2022

Naja catches up with an IKIC fave Mindful Bree Gordon about her NEW life! Since her last visit, Bree has become a Mom and her stepkids have turned 18 years old. She shares so many gems about her modern epiphanies and things she wishes she would've known before all of her major life changes. Spoiler Alert: Sweating the small stuff doesn't get us anywhere.

084: What to do when your coparent is a LIAR!

084: What to do when your coparent is a LIAR!

February 1, 2022

Does your child's other parent villify you every chance they get? If so, this episode will help you combat the lies your child is being fed in real time. If your coparent fills your child's head with lies and toxicity, it is YOUR obligation to provide the child with references so they can have access to the truth.

It is quite unfair to adultify a child, however, if your coparent is committed to doing so, it is YOUR job to provide the afflicted child with references to refute the lies. You no longer have the luxury of trying to preserve their childhood by telling them fairytales. They've already been exposed to a very real, very harsh reality. The truth is the tool they will need to fend for themselves one day.
-Coach Naja

P.S. This episode is abbreviated as we're having some technical difficulties. We still wanted to put it out because this message was too important not to share. Enjoy and see you next week!

083: Exploring Future Focused Parenting with Deana Thayer and Kira Dorrian

083: Exploring Future Focused Parenting with Deana Thayer and Kira Dorrian

January 18, 2022

After a daunting weekend on Auntie duty, Naja sits down with parenting experts Kira Dorrian and Deana Thayer of futurefocusedparenting.com. The awesome duo have created a community that focuses on raising 'future adults' as opposed to just barely making it through childhood.

082: Marriage Check in: Naja chats Guns, criminal cases, sex, and goop

082: Marriage Check in: Naja chats Guns, criminal cases, sex, and goop

January 4, 2022

After a bit of a family shake-up, Naja comes back on air and brings her hubby along for a very transparent marriage check-in. Grab your partner and a cup of tea and be prepared to smile (and gasp)!

081: Why money matters in your marriage with Attorney Aaron Thomas

081: Why money matters in your marriage with Attorney Aaron Thomas

December 7, 2021

Attorney Aaron Thomas is a 2002 graduate from Harvard Law School and a 1998 graduate of Emory University. Since 2004, Aaron has been known as a skilled litigator, winning dozens of jury trials and bench trials in several metro Atlanta counties. He’s known as a family law specialist, representing clients in cases of divorce, custody and child support.

Learn more about “the prenup that helps you stay married,” by downloading the free ebook “7 Financial Strategies for Building a Rock-Solid Marriage” at www.prenups.com

080: Stepkids, discipline, and other touchy topics with Cameron Normand

080: Stepkids, discipline, and other touchy topics with Cameron Normand

November 23, 2021

Naja chats with Cameron Normand, host of The Stepmom Diaries podcast, co-founder of The Stepmom Summit, and founder and CEO of This Custom Life, where she provides stepmoms with tools and advice to help them embrace their blended family lives. She is a Certified Stepparent Coach, the creator of the BLENDED Family Formula For Stepmom Success, and author of The Stepmom’s Gratitude Journal.

Cameron received her BA from the University of South Carolina and her JD from Emory University School of Law. By day, she is a corporate politico in the Washington, D.C. area and serves on several non-profit boards. She was named one of the Washington Business Journal’s, “Women Who Mean Business.”

Cameron is known as “Cammie G” to four stepchildren. In her spare time, she loves pop culture, good coffee, spending time with her husband, and trying to achieve that elusive concept of “balance.” You can find Cameron at www.thiscustomlife.com and follow her on social media at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

079: Naja chats with Family Court Psychologist Dr. Kelley Baker

079: Naja chats with Family Court Psychologist Dr. Kelley Baker

November 9, 2021

Have you ever wanted to talk to an actual psychologist that testifies for families in court? Today Naja chats with an actual psychologist that's gone to Family Court over 300 times! Dr. Baker. Kelley Baker earned her Ph.D. in Developmental, Social, and Personality Psychology and she has counseled individuals and families since 1994. Dr. Baker specializes in providing mental health services to families during divorce and post-divorce.  She has completed over 190 hours of specialized training for mental health professionals working with families of divorce and alienation. She has worked with over 300 cases since beginning her private practice and provided testimony throughout central Texas.

In Dr. Baker's own words, " I will not make light of the realistic loss and pain that accompanies this transition, but I will not allow the client to remain entrenched in fears that are irrational and will destroy their children. I am interested in helping adults who believe in the unity of all human beings and the ultimate goodness from which we come. The primary objectives aim at teaching the client how to end their marriage in a way that uplifts them personally and spiritually, models appropriate and healthy relationship skills to their children, and increases their ability to make psychologically healthy choices for themselves as they move on with their lives."

To learn more, visit her at www.kelleybakerphd.co

078: Diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder! NOW WHAT!?  with Guest Coach Ralph Toulon

078: Diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder! NOW WHAT!? with Guest Coach Ralph Toulon

October 20, 2021

Today Naja chats with Coach Ralph about overcoming narcissistic abuse, how she personally recovered from narcissistic abuse, and her mission to help others!

Ralphiel Toulon is a badass wife, mother, and bonus mom who turned her darkest time dealing with the effects of being in a narcissistic relationship, into a mission to help women struggling in their relationships. Ralphiel got focused and did the work on herself first, and shortly after became certified as a professional coach. While serving her clients, Ralphiel went back to become a mastered certified professional coach to continue to help women put a name to what they’re experiencing, survive, heal and have healthier relationships they deserve.

Visit Coach Ralph online!

www.ralphieltulon.com

Instagram @RalphTheCoach

IKIC Ep 77: Jerkology: Understanding Jerks Without Becoming One

IKIC Ep 77: Jerkology: Understanding Jerks Without Becoming One

October 5, 2021

We have all had the misfortune of dealing with a jerk at some point in our lives. Today on the I Know I'm Crazy with Naja Hall podcast, I am chatting with author Jeremy Sherman, Ph.D. about his extensive life's work on adverse personalities.

Jeremy Sherman, Ph.D. is a science researcher and writer who has written 1000 blog articles for Psychology Today under the title Ambigamy: Insights for the deeply romantic and deeply skeptical. For a quarter-century he has collaborated closely with Harvard/Berkeley neuroscientist and biological anthropologist Terrence Deacon developing a theory for the origins of life's struggle for existence, in other words explaining trying or effort from its chemical origins. Sherman writes academically but most of his writing is about everyday decision-making. He has just written a book now available as a free podcast called "What's up with a**holes? Advanced Psychoproctology for beginners.

Visit Jeremy online at www.jeremysherman.com

WATCH this episode on youtube https://youtu.be/20IO3nbg79E

076: Naja chats deadbeats, sidebabies, and demanding stepkids. Yikes!

076: Naja chats deadbeats, sidebabies, and demanding stepkids. Yikes!

September 21, 2021

We tried a different format for this episode. As opposed to the regular interview style, we decided to have a casual chat on hot topics from Naja's facebook group. It gets heated and today, Let's Argue!!

075: Understanding amicable divorce with Meghan Freed

075: Understanding amicable divorce with Meghan Freed

September 7, 2021

Naja chats with Attorney Meghan Freed. Meghan is Managing Co-Partner of Freed Marcroft, a Connecticut law firm that devotes its practice exclusively to divorce and family law. Meghan is particularly experienced with alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation, is a graduate of Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation, and has supplemented her formal legal education with advanced training in mediation. In this high-energy episode, Naja and Meghan discuss lessons learned about relationships from the divorce perspective, how to Have the Most Amicable Divorce and Meghan even helps the IKIC audience to map out a divorce plan!

Visit Meghan online at https://freedmarcroft.com/

074: Reparenting yourself and fixing your own childhood trauma with Stephanie Ward

074: Reparenting yourself and fixing your own childhood trauma with Stephanie Ward

August 31, 2021

Naja chats with tiktok sensation and psychotherapist Stepanie Ward about childhood trauma and how to become the parent you wish you had. Stephanie is a coparenting mother, and psychotherapist specializing in childhood trauma, parent wounds and narcissistic abuse. She helps to people to understand their earliest attachments and foundations of love.

 

www.stephaniejw.com
www.instagram.com/stephanietherapy

073: Should you stay or GO with Divorce Coach Kate Anthony

073: Should you stay or GO with Divorce Coach Kate Anthony

August 17, 2021

Naja chats with one of her faves, Coach Kate Anthony. 

Kate Anthony is the host of the critically
acclaimed and New York Times recommended
podcast The Divorce Survival Guide Podcast
and the creator of the groundbreaking online
coaching program, Should I Stay or Should I
Go? which helps women make the most difficult
decision of their lives using coaching tools,
relationship education, geeky neuroscience,
community support, and deep self-work.

No stranger to the camera, Kate spent the first
30 years of her life as an actor, with a career that
began with five years on Sesame Street and
concluded with five years on Grey's Anatomy.
Kate empowers women to find their strength,
passion, and confidence even in the most
disempowering of circumstances and helps
them move forward with concrete plans,
putting their children at the center (not in the
middle) of all decisions.

Kate spent 3 years and over 500 hours training in
various coaching modalities with two of the top
coach training organizations in the world, and is
widely known as an expert in communication,
co-parenting, divorce, and emotional
intelligence.

In addition to her private practice, Kate spent
three years coaching Fortune 500 executives in
communication, presentation skills and
emotional intelligence.

Kate lives in Los Angeles with her son (whom she
lovingly co-parents with her ex), two pups, and a
handful of fish.

Visit Kate online at https://kateanthony.com/

072: Viral Internet Judge Vonda Bailey of Support Court chats life and law:

072: Viral Internet Judge Vonda Bailey of Support Court chats life and law:

August 3, 2021

Today I am chatting with internet sensation and Texas-based legal eagle Vonda Bailey. Vonda has garnered millions of views by issuing judgments in a unique, yet relatable way on her hit Youtube show Support Court with Judge Vonda.

Vonda Bailey is a native of Dallas, Texas where she is the managing partner of the Law Office of Vonda Bailey, PLLC. She provides legal assistance in family law, which includes child support, child custody, divorce, and adoption.

Beyond Vonda’s leadership achievements, her family is the center of her life. Vonda is married to Christopher Shaw, the Police Chief of The University of North Texas at Dallas. They have two children, Austin and Arielle.

As of July 2021, Vonda is launching her campaign for Judge of 255th Family District Court.

https://www.facebook.com/vonda.s.bailey
https://www.facebook.com/SupportCourtJudgeVondaB/
IG; supportcourt_judgevondab, vote_vonda, nodrama_vonda
TikTok: @vondabaileyforjudge, @judgevondab
Twitter: Judge Vonda B, Vote Vonda for Judge

071: Beth McDonough talks Inclusivity, Speaking up, and Coming Out!

071: Beth McDonough talks Inclusivity, Speaking up, and Coming Out!

July 6, 2021

Naja chats with her internet Bestie, Beth about queerness, stepmotherhood, and her journey of self-rediscovery.

Beth McDonough is a Certified Stepfamily Coach and one of three moms raising one feisty redheaded stepdaughter. She specializes in LGBTQ+ issues, being a childless stepmom, infertility, and strengthening stepfamilies through focusing on your relationship with your partner. She is also growing and learning about the process, pain, and healing of parental alienation. Beth has been featured in Stepmom Magazine, Stepparent Magazine, SheKnows Parenting, Bustle, TravelZoo, BabyCenter, and ParentMap.

 

Visit Beth online:

www.theinclusivestepmom.com

@theinclusivestepmom

072: How Breast Cancer made Kim Gaither count her Blessings

072: How Breast Cancer made Kim Gaither count her Blessings

June 29, 2021

Naja Hall chats with a high school classmate, Kim Gaither about how breast cancer made her grateful. Kim was diagnosed in her 30s and her life immediately took a pivot. With a great job, a loving husband, and a dedicated family, her circle has come together as she conquers cancer. Still in the midst of her treatment, Kim has vowed not only to live, but she is inspiring others to kick cancer's booty. Follow Kim on Instagram at www.instagram.com/knicolebrandinc

070: We want PRENUP! Wills, trusts, & prenups with Natalie K. Howard

070: We want PRENUP! Wills, trusts, & prenups with Natalie K. Howard

June 1, 2021

Love and money can make people act funny ESPECIALLY in blended families. Today Naja chats with Family Law Attorney, Natalie K. Howard about ALL things assets! How does one protect their coin from a rabid ex? Should you have a will or a trust? Should you do a postnup after marital infidelity? (hint: hell yes!)

Attorney Natalie K. Howard specializes in all areas of family law, including divorce, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, custody, child support, legitimation,  contempt actions, wills, and trusts.   She understands that sometimes family and relationship problems can be emotionally draining, so she aims to lift a great deal of the burden from your shoulders by finding the best possible solution to your legal issue.​​​​​​​

Follow Natalie everywhere and if you're in Georgia, look her up!

Website: https://www.nkhlegal.com/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/nkhlegal

069: Biomoms & Stepmoms, can’t we all just get along? With Kisha Batsuli

069: Biomoms & Stepmoms, can’t we all just get along? With Kisha Batsuli

May 18, 2021

Would you invite your stepchild's mom to your wedding? Stepmom Kisha Batsuli did! In this episode, Naja chats with Kisha Batsuli, creator of BlendedonTheRock.com, a community that bridges the gap between moms and stepmoms.

About Kisha: Kisha is dedicated to bring unity in blended families and provide a community for bio and bonus moms to flourish. She is the facilitator of the Blended Mom Meetup which is a free virtual monthly meetup that gives bio and bonus moms a place to communicate, share their feelings, and connect with other moms.

068: How Teens HIDE their substance abuse from YOU

068: How Teens HIDE their substance abuse from YOU

May 4, 2021

This week's guest Richard Capriola spent 11 years working as an addictions counselor for Menninger Clinic in Houston Texas before retiring in 2019. Menninger Clinic is one of the top ten psychiatric hospitals in the United States and specializes in the assessment, stabilization and treatment of adults and adolescents with substance abuse and psychiatric disorders. During his tenure there he worked in the Adolescent Treatment program and the adult Comprehensive Psychiatric Assessment and Stabilization program. Working closely with psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and nurses he was responsible for comprehensive assessments and individual and group counseling with patients diagnosed with substance use disorders. Visit Richard online at https://helptheaddictedchild.com/

067: 3 kids, 9 stepsons, and lots of crazy with Author Lorriane Rogers

067: 3 kids, 9 stepsons, and lots of crazy with Author Lorriane Rogers

April 20, 2021

Author Lorraine Rogers has a wonderfully large blended family of 14 children! During this chat, she shares her story of love, loves lost, and starting again. Follow her online at:

Www.lcrogersbooks.com
Facebook: @pocketbookdiaries
Twitter: L.C. Rogers
Instagram: l.c.rogers

Part 3 of 3: Naja chats with Jessica’s Gay Ex Husband, Steve

Part 3 of 3: Naja chats with Jessica’s Gay Ex Husband, Steve

April 6, 2021

In the final installment of our pseudo case study on the members of the Husband In Law podcast, we are talking to Jessica's ex-husband Steve. He shares his entire transition from a married dad to living his truth. To check out their podcast Husband In Law on iTunes click here. Also, follow them on IG @husband_in_law.

Part 2 of 3 Naja chats with Jessica’s New Hubby

Part 2 of 3 Naja chats with Jessica’s New Hubby

March 30, 2021

Last week we heard from Jessica about her unorthodox coparenting relationship. This week, we are meeting her husband, Matt. Matt came with two kids of his own. Jessica's family is blended on both sides and Matt is sharing what it's like to be a friend's with Jessica's gay ex and how he handles a less-than-ideal coparenting situation.

Part 1 of 3: Naja chats with Jessica, her new Husband, & her gay Ex Husband

Part 1 of 3: Naja chats with Jessica, her new Husband, & her gay Ex Husband

March 23, 2021

Jessica discovered her ex-husband was gay BUT they've since become great friends! Naja chats with Jessica about the breakdown of her marriage, the Morman Church, and finding love again. Jessica Frew is a mom, wife, ex-wife, step-mom, lover of all things active, and an entrepreneur. 

Jessica's Bio My first husband (Steve) and I were active members of the LDS/Mormon and just a few months into our marriage when my husband came to terms with the fact he is gay. We stayed married for another 6 years while he worked through understanding and accepting this part of himself. We had an amazing marriage at that time. It was hard but we loved and supported each other and at the same time, we came to love ourselves in a whole new way. We also brought an amazing little girl into our lives. We did eventually divorce but we have stayed best of friends through it all.

Today I am remarried to another amazing man (Matt), I have 2 step kids, still active in my church, and my ex and I are still best of friends. Not only that, my husband and ex-husband are now great friends as well. We understand and relate to all things co-parenting because while we have an exceptional relationship with Steve, Matt's ex is very high conflict.

My ex-husband, my husband, and myself host a podcast together called Husband in Law. We are sharing our stories of love, marriage, coming out, infidelity, divorce, and co-parenting. We are doing this to help individuals view themselves and others in a new light so that they can see not only their own self-worth but also the worth of others. We are changing how people view themselves and others to create stronger relationships. You can find our podcast, social media, accounts, Jessica’s Book, BOLDology Journal, and everything else we have to offer by following this link. https://linktr.ee/theboldlogic

Episode 063: Can a HCBM ever change? Guest Aminah Imani

Episode 063: Can a HCBM ever change? Guest Aminah Imani

March 9, 2021

Coach Naja chats with New York-based comedian and host of Hulu's, Up Early Tonight, Aminah Imani. Once a member of the HCBM (high conflict biomom), through self-awareness, therapy, and the strong desire to protect her son, Aminah has transformed her coparenting relationship into a space of boundaries and mutual respect. Aside from cracking us up, Aminah is schooling us on her healing journey and encouraging all "angry baby mamas" to focus on what's most important.

Visit Aminah Imani online at www.aminahimani.com and follow her on social media @aminahimani.

062: Naja chats with The Radical Stepmoms Podcast about drama, boundaries, & how to move past BS

062: Naja chats with The Radical Stepmoms Podcast about drama, boundaries, & how to move past BS

February 23, 2021

Coach Naja and Christina Nelson, host of The Radical Stepmoms Podcast chat about stepparenting before an ours baby, handling a HCBM with finesse, and how to quickly get your relationship back on track post drama. 

If you enjoyed this podcast, visit https://vipstepmom.com to listen as we continue the conversation and go WAY deeper! The MEMBERS-ONLY version is exclusively available at https://vipstepmom.com

CHRISTINA NELSON, is a clinical social worker serving specialized populations in Seattle. This stepmom, mom and wife co-created the “Radical Stepmoms” podcast and says she’s committed to sharing her raw experience, letting others know they aren’t alone. Christina also provides support for stepmoms and their partners, helping them get unstuck so they can build on their love and live more happily.

061: KID FRIENDLY EPISODE: Naja interviews a stepkid

061: KID FRIENDLY EPISODE: Naja interviews a stepkid

February 9, 2021

We know you're not used to Kid-Friendly content at IKIC but this week I'm talking to Avery, a 17- year old who lives with her dad and stepmom. Avery gives a VERY honest interview about her true thoughts about her blended family and what she wishes could be different.

060: Naja asks a bunch of crazy Family Court questions with Attorney Deborah Pino

060: Naja asks a bunch of crazy Family Court questions with Attorney Deborah Pino

January 26, 2021

In this episode, Naja chats with Deborah Pino about her CRAZY experiences as a Family Court Attorney. The two ladies managed to turn a very serious topic into a hilariously, REAL converstaion. Grab your notepad and your tea!

 

Deborah is an attorney and Guardian Ad Litem in the State of Florida. She has conducted thousands of child support establishment and child support and alimony enforcement bench trials during her time with this office.  After promotion to a Senior Attorney position and serving as acting Managing Attorney in that division, Deborah was offered a position as Senior Attorney enforcing support for all of Broward County, Florida.  It was during her time with Broward County, that Deborah decided to open her own firm.  The Law Offices of Deborah Pino, P.A. was founded in February 2005 where Attorney Pino currently practices family law, which includes paternity, divorce, adoption, child support enforcement and modification.  The firm also handles personal injury matters and simple probate.  The passion Deborah has for children has steered her in the direction of providing a voice for our youth and she has been trained to serve as a Guardia Ad Litem in all Florida Courts.  Recognizing the importance of competent representation in non-traditional venues, Ms. Pino become a member of the Seminole Tribal Court.

Visit Deborah online at https://dpinolaw.com/

059: The Wacky World of Online Dating, spotting fake love, & internet fame

059: The Wacky World of Online Dating, spotting fake love, & internet fame

January 12, 2021

Everyone, including Naja is finding love online. Naja chats with a few popular singles about the new trends in dating apps. Riot DaGod is the #1 Influencer on Plenty Of Fish, Natoya Matthews is a Pageant Queen, and Rox Amir has been a lucky lady in love— ALL from dating apps! This hilarious episode will thoroughly entertain you, even if you have a boo!

Natoya Matthews is a native of Memphis, TN and the reigning 2021 Ms. Black Tennessee International Ambassador. With an esteemed career in finance of over 8 years, she currently serves as a Senior Financial Analyst. Her passion is her business- Miss Tennessee Beauty Pageant. A pageant that is geared toward youth, confidence, and scholarship.

Riot DaGod, Sanford Florida native and Social Media Influencer, Model,Actor and Live-streamer on POF. You can find me or POF: Riot Da Ruler 

Or Instagram @Riot_dagod 

 

Rox Amir, Memphis native and IT professional who advocates for online dating as the new norm. You can find her on IG @roxthewise

058: How To Thrive After Divorce with Dr. Toyin

058: How To Thrive After Divorce with Dr. Toyin

December 29, 2020

This week's guest, Dr. Toyin was born in Ithaca, New York, grew up in Ibadan, Nigeria and she currently resides in Chicago.

According to her personal bio: "As a clinician-researcher in Infectious diseases, I have published in the medical literature but always dreamt of writing at least one book.

For the last 12 years, I have been a divorced mom of 2 amazing daughters who inspire and challenge me daily to be the best me. Our journey together inspired this book, my first. The decade after; thriving after divorce, is a labor of love and I am delighted to have you read it!

While initially conceived as a model for "sharing tips" with divorced moms, this book emphasizes personal growth and empowers women of all ages, irrespective of marital status to celebrate their awesomeness."

#getbetternotbitter #thrivingafterdivorce

Visit Dr. Toy online at https://www.thedecadeafter.com/ and follow her on social media @drtfal

057: Belinda Munro talks marriage, relocation, fertility, and stardom

057: Belinda Munro talks marriage, relocation, fertility, and stardom

December 15, 2020

Belinda Munro stopped by IKIC to catch up with Naja and reminisce on their days as single Harlem girls. She talks glow up, marriage, stepparenting, fertility, and much much more!

Belinda is a multi-talented Vocalist, Songwriter, Performance Coach, and Mentor who ignites the unspoken with her Powerful vocals, grace, poise, and dynamic stage presence.  She transcends musical borders as she brings her Soulful styling, infused with Gospel, Jazz, and Blues flavoring, to the stage.

Visit Belinda online at https://www.belindamunro.com/ and follow her on Instagram at @iambelindamunro 

056: What about toxic siblings with therapist Jummy Olawale

056: What about toxic siblings with therapist Jummy Olawale

December 1, 2020

We chat a lot about coparenting drama BUT what about toxic siblings?! Jummy joins IKIC to help us redefine how we see familial trauma and cutting ties with problematic relatives.

Jummy is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Life Coach, Speaker and Podcaster. She is also the owner of Focus Counseling, a counseling group practice in Grandview Heights, Ohio where she provides individual and couples therapy.

She earned her Bachelor's in Psychology and Natural Science from Canterbury Christ Church University College, England. She also has a Master's of Arts (MA.) degree in Counseling Ministries from Methodist Theological School in Ohio.

You can find Jummy online at

www.focuscounselingclinic.com
www.jummyolawale.com
https://www.instagram.com/jummyolawale_the_therapist/channel/
https://www.facebook.com/jummyolawaletherapyandcounseling
lifeloveandtherapy.libsyn.com

I am a married mother of 2 lovely children, I love coffee, cooking and listening to audiobooks and podcasts in my spare time.

055: Part 2 of 2: Dr. Torri J.rearranges her life and marriage and

055: Part 2 of 2: Dr. Torri J.rearranges her life and marriage and

November 24, 2020

In Part 2 or 2, Dr. Torri shares how her relationship with her stepdaughter and her mother almost caused her to lose her marriage. After meeting her father at age 31, only to have him pass away just 2 years later, Dr. Torri was forced to redefine her identity and her life in an instant. She shared some vulnerable moments and got really REAL. Grab a pen and pad because she's dropping jewels!

 

054: part 1 of 2 Dr. Torri J. reunites 3,302 families and inadvertently finds her OWN!

054: part 1 of 2 Dr. Torri J. reunites 3,302 families and inadvertently finds her OWN!

November 17, 2020

Naja has a high energy girlfriend chat with Dr. Torri. The conversation took a turn and ended up becoming a healing moment. This is a 2 part conversation fyi!

DrTorri J. is the passionate CEO of The Fatherless Generation Foundation. She is a national speaker on the positive influence reunification of fatherless children with their biological fathers has on all parties involved and how reunification ignites the healing necessary to reduce the impact negative stigmas associated with growing up fatherless are having on our society. She is the proud recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award from the 44th President of The United States Barack Obama. DrTorri J. is a regular on The Rickey Smiley Morning Show with her segment “Father’s Day.” She is also an author, speaker, wife and bonus mom.

Her personal journey of growing up in a single-parent household and then reuniting with her biological father has fueled her mission to reunite fatherless children worldwide with their fathers.

DrTorri J. launched The Fatherless Generation Foundation (TFGF) in 2009. TFGF is a non-profit organization headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia providing services to 98 cities within 33 states where we are reuniting fathers and their children all while providing the resources and services that strengthen, support, and elevate a commitment to fatherhood and family values. Our services include Husband & Wife Team Mentor Teams, Peer Groups hosted in The Boys & Girls Clubs across America, Tutoring through Kumon, and at the helm of the organization is the Commitment to Fatherhood Program.

Since the launch, TFGF has hosted 52,000 fatherless children through their Peer Groups, mentored 216 fatherless children through our Husband & Wife Mentor Teams, Tutored 34, and reunited 3302 fatherless children with their biological fathers!

Follow Dr. Torri:

www.tfgf.org
www.drtorrij.com
@werfatherless
@Iamtorrij

053: Girlfights, real life drama, and the men in the middle with Tim Watson

053: Girlfights, real life drama, and the men in the middle with Tim Watson

November 3, 2020

Naja chats with IKIC friend, Tim Watson of the Blendcredible podcast about getting caught in the middle of a stepmom/biomom battle. Naja and Tim's brands, integrity both came under siege and almost became casualties of the never-ending war between skirts. Check out this salacious, hilarious, and unbelievable episode while you're having your tea because this one is piping hot!

052: Naja’s family navigates grief at breakfast

052: Naja’s family navigates grief at breakfast

October 20, 2020

We buried my maternal Grandma Lillie on October 7th. My paternal Grandma passed away on July 30th. My Husband's maternal Grandpa passed July 17th. This season has taken the last of my family's elders and we all sat down for a coffee table chat over loss, love, and navigating grief. As my parents remember their mothers' and Tony and I embrace our Grandparents' deaths, we know we have a long road of healing ahead of us, but it sure felt good to talk about it. Life is but a dream.

051: Did working in a psych ward prepare Amelia for covert parental alienation?

051: Did working in a psych ward prepare Amelia for covert parental alienation?

October 6, 2020

Naja chats with Amelia Lane on convert parental alienation. Amelia Lane is a wife, mother of two and stepmom to one. She and her husband each brought a daughter into their relationship almost 10 years ago and added our “ours baby” 6 years ago. She's always had a passion for helping; previous to her current work as a certified stepfamily coach, she worked as a Personal Support Worker for 10 years in long term care as well as provided care in a variety outpatient psychiatric group homes.

www.lanestepfamilycoaching.com

FB & IG: lane.stepfamily.coaching

050: Finding Hope After 3 Generations of Alienation

050: Finding Hope After 3 Generations of Alienation

September 22, 2020

Naja chats with Belle, a Wife, Mom, Stepmom and the daughter of an alienated father about unraveling the murky waters of her parents' divorce and the years of estrangement from her father. In a turn of events, she reconnected with her father..but at a cost.

049: Do you know yourself? I mean, do you REALLY know yourself?

049: Do you know yourself? I mean, do you REALLY know yourself?

September 1, 2020

Knowing yourself, accepting your role and showing compassion in a blended family with Naja Hall

Host Bree Gordon talks with Master Stepfamily and Family Life Coach, Naja Hall.  Naja hosts the popular podcast, "I Know I'm Crazy", and is the Founder of VIP Stepmom and Blended and Black.  In this episode, Naja talks about the value of self-awareness when entering in a blended family, particularly as it relates to generational and childhood trauma.

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048: Can you get back at a toxic person?

048: Can you get back at a toxic person?

August 18, 2020

The storm has cleared and Naja is ready to strike back at the Toxic Tammy's in our lives. She chats with Dr. Glenna Anderson about WHY we need to get back at toxic people and why we're afraid to set boundaries against them. 

Visit Dr. Glenna online at https://www.drglenna.com/

047: We’re all gonna die so what’s the point?

047: We’re all gonna die so what’s the point?

August 4, 2020

Naja explores the lessons in the recent back-to-back deaths of her grandparents....who were in blended families! 

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