In the wake of #coronavirus, we will be posting new episodes each Tuesday. We will keep this schedule until the world opens back up. Against the grain, Naja shares some new hilarious segment ideas. She also introduces 2 of her stepkids in a fun snippet. To join in a segment of #AskNaja, email email@example.com! Let's conquer corona together!
Typically, Naja releases a podcast episode every other Tuesday, but these are not typical times. Today's date is March 19, 2020 and the world is in the middle of a deadly pandemic. COVID-19, or the coronavirus, as it is commonly called, has caused mass hysteria around the globe. This flu-like illness causes damage to the upper respiratory tract and has taken thousands of people under. Because there is no treatment, cure, and it is highly contagious, society has been instructed to practice social distancing and we are under strict orders to quarantine ourselves.
As a blended family coach, Naja held an Emergency Town Hall to answer community questions regarding coparenting, shared custody during these extenuating circumstances. This interactive episode includes an open Q&A from people from all over the world in many unique situations.
I had an awesome chat with Jaynay C. Johnson, MFT. She is an award-winning teen therapist, entrepreneur, author, and speaker. She owns Teen Talk, premier therapy practice and educational company as well as the co-founder of The Black Brain Campaign. She was named in Huffington Post as one of the 10 black female therapists to know. She is a sought after speaker on teen emotional issues. Featured as a media personality that has written or been featured by Thriveworks, Essence, Philadelphia Tribune, and more. She holds a BS degree from Delaware State University and an MA degree from La Salle University. To learn more about her visit www.teentherapytalk.com
Naja chatted with Family Law attorneys Kristen and Sam about everything custody related! The Custody Queens are such a down-to-earth dynamic duo. They were so sweet on the show but they're sharks in the courtroom. They spilled some invaluable tea about how to WIN your case, how to make sure your lawyer fires you and the science behind picking the right attorney.
Kristen and Sam envisioned a team that offers sophisticated legal analysis, combined with a unique, individual and personal approach based on the belief that everyone involved in a divorce or custody case should be treated with respect and compassion.
Each case, each party, each child, and each opposing party is unique and requires its own individual approach, strategy and action plan. Attorneys, nor cases, are “one size fits all”, and that is important to remember when making decisions that affect your future, your children, and your livelihood. Additionally, an attorney should always tell you what you need to hear rather than what you want to hear. That is what separates the Custody Queens from other attorneys.
At the end of the day, this is your case and your life. The attorney you choose should provide you with the tools, education, and representation necessary to achieve your goals. Our clients learn how to achieve the most beneficial outcomes for their children, and set themselves up for success as parents for years to come.
Visit the Custody Queens online
Naja chats with money expert Larvizo about the older generation and how our aging parents' lack of planning will affect our households.
Larvizo Wright currently lives in Chattanooga, TN with his wife, Brinkley, and two children, Layla and Logan. Larvizo has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, an MBA from Capella University, and is a licensed CPA Larvizo currently serves as Director of Corporate Audit at Unum which is a publicly-traded, Fortune 500 company. Larvizo also serves as President of Urban League - Young Professionals of Chattanooga, Vice State Director of East TN for Phi Beta Sigma, Fraternity, Inc., and as Minister of Music at his church. In Larvizo’s free time he loves to spend time with his family and dog, Wrigley (a Golden Doodle), reading, exercising, and helping other become more comfortable with financial literacy and discipline. Last but not least Larvizo enjoys writing blogs through on his website, https://beupwright.com/. “In all that you do seek to Be Upwright!”
Does it seem like your stepchild is afraid to like you? This All-Star cast episode covers Loyalty Binds in a unique way because we get to hear from notable industry experts. Also, download the loyalty binds FREE eBook> https://www.vipstepmom.com/loyalty-binds-ebook/
In the premiere episode of Season TWO of IKIC, Stepfamily Coach Naja Hall decides to go on a journey of self-discovery. While on holiday vacation in her hometown Memphis, TN she sat down with her Mom, Dad and twin sisters to chat about her upbringing and the things that shaped her into the woman that leads a burgeoning media empire. After 42 years of marital bliss, Naja's parents Nate and Nancy also give their off-the-cuff advice on how to make it last. Her sister Nadia, a successful playwright shares insight on entrepreneurship and helping our kids start a business. Season TWO of I Know I'm CRAZY with Naja Hall is going to be bold, soft, fun and electric!
Visit www.NajaHall.com for more info and to connect with Naja's work.
Naja and actor Tomike Ogugua talk about his role on Power, being a dad, finding love and so much more! This was a very high energy, fun interview!
Tomike Ogugua is a Nigerian American Actor based in NYC. He is a father to a young daughter that balances his career with the demands of fatherhood. Look for Tomike in Season 6 “Power” in his recurring role as Marshal Macedon.
@tomikeog IG @TomikeLee Twitter @Tomike Ogugua FB
025: Naja chats with a Unicorn: Ashley Nicole Russell, divorce attorney that does not want to litigate
Naja chats with fellow Southern Belle and badass, Ashley Nicole Russell. The sad fact is that many of our marriages end and have devastating effects. Ashley-Nicole Russell, is a lawyer advocating for a more collaborative approach to work through this grief-filled process. She exposes divorce for what it is: A broken system that is breaking children, families, and employees. Her book, The Cure for Divorce Culture, contains the recipe for a healthy life through divorce. Her innovative approach is changing the divorce culture for generations to come!
Visit Ashley online at Www.anrlaw.com
I had a chance to chat with Emili Wadkins, the creator of The Unapologetic Stepmom Facebook Group. We spoke about the common misconceptions of new stepmoms, how to really identify a high conflict mom and how she has managed to remain Unapologetic. Be sure to show her some love and stop by Emili's pages, Facebook Group and Instagram.
Join www.VIPStepmom.com for access to all of our tools curated and created just for Stepmoms.
Check out Emili's write up on the blog!
Today I sat down with Ali Wilkes of StepCoupling.com to chat about the challenges of running a stepfamily business while having adult stepkids. She is also a child advocate and we dug deep on foster and adoptive parenting as compared to stepparenting. They are surprisingly similar but respectfully very different. Ali also gives us some insight on loyalty binds and how to connect with conflicted stepchildren. Visit VIPStepmom.com to sign up for exclusives!
Naja is stunned as guest, Kirsten Cobabe teaches new tactics to deal with the spirited teen years. Kirsten Cobabe is a social worker who specializes in supporting families through the waves of adolescence. She combines the powerful of mindfulness with a modern approach from which to see teenagers in a whole new light.
Visit Kirsten online at www.raisingunicorns.co
I chat with Bill Gobin, a dad that gave up his cushy life in LA to move to the coal mines of the midwest. He has gone to family court 47 times and represented himself 17 times. Spoiler Alert: He has custody of both of his girls! To learn more about Bill visit his website,https://www.billgobin.com/
Naja chats on how to go gracefully end a relationship. We have all felt duped by man to whom we’ve given our all…only to get peanuts in return. We then go on a rampage, attacking him, the things he loves and his entire being….all the while neglecting the fact that THIS MAN HAS A RIGHT TO PURSUE HIS VERSION OF HAPPINESS! And, sadly we may no longer be a part of his vision for his present and (foreseeable) future. OUCH!
Host, Naja chats about her own high-conflict family experiences and shares coping mechanisms for handling baby mama drama. Check out her book www.GirlBye.info to learn more about the system she mentions in the podcast. Also visit www.VIPStepmom.com for more info on overcoming stepmom woes.
Naja chats with comedian and single dad Kenny Warren on how he has turned his experience with divorce, co-parenting, kidnapping and raising two sons into a hilarious stand-up routine. Kenny resides in NYC with his son. For more info on Kenny, visit https://www.facebook.com/kwabm/
If I could chose a co-mother, it would be Shoni. She is so cool! So evolved! As so drama-free. My guest Shoni was uber honest about her humble beginnings as a coparent and now she'd bend over backwards just to see her family blend. Surprisingly (sarcasm), it's not always BioMom that causes the drama!
This episode is a bit wonky. I forgot to turn my mic on and there was a weird internet connection. The CONTENT and MESSAGE were so powerful that I just had to post it. I'm chatting with Tim Watson, founder of Blendcridible and an around great fella. As a 2nd time Stepdad, he helps shed light on the REAL difference between Team SM and Team SD and he offers a perspective that might help some families have an attitude shift. For more info on Tim and his work, visit https://blendcredible.com/
Keep it real. Had you known all the struggles, hardships and pressure that can accompany Stepmotherhood, would you still have moved forward with your relationship? Well, I asked the internet and they responded in FULL FORCE. The answers were pretty brutal. To check out the blog page, visit https://www.vipstepmom.com/say-yes/.
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I realized that many of fellow StepSistas (stepmoms+sisterfriends) listen to me because of my approach to stepmomming. After careful thought, planning and execution, I created a space just for us. It's a site where I am pouring all of my stepmom tools, resources and content in one private community. There's a discussion forum where you can post anonymously and we even have Group Coaching sessions.
Please visit https://www.vipstepmom.com/ TODAY to sign up! And if you've actually read this, here's a 10% off discount for ya. Use code LAUNCH10 during checkout!
Email me with any issues, questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org
I recently chatted with my friend Brian Barnett. He is not only an expert on Borderline Personality Disorder, he's actually rid himself of the terrible disorder that plagues 4% of Americans. This podcast takes an in-depth look at BPD and the people that it affects. Brian is proof that there is hope beyond borderline.
To learn more about Brian, visit www.blendedandblack.com/podcast
This week Naja chats with the founder of Erasing Family, Ginger Gentile. According to www.Erasingfamily.org, in the US alone, over 22 MILLION PARENTS are being erased from their children’s lives after divorce and separation. Ginger offers tips on how to cope as an erased family member and how to handle your child when they come back. Read more https://www.blendedandblack.com/podcast-010-erasing-family/
Naja chats with Danisha Braugun about the "Marcia Complex" a phenomenon that occurs when our close friends begin to envy our accomplishments. If you want to read more visit www.blendedandblack.com/podcast-marcia-complex
Danisha Baughan (Dani) is a New York State certified school and mental health counselor. Harlem native, Dani is a busy mom of two girls. In her spare time, she volunteers with the NAACP and Take Care of Harlem organizations. She is a documentary filmmaker, a frequent contributor to many online publications and she hosts Chat N Chew, a social reconstruction and relationship building forum.
Naja talks with Coach Jennifer Arnise about her unique perspective on Toxic Motherhood and how to recognize it. She drops some powerful gems that may anger some and liberate others. Check out the write up at https://wp.me/p7c3xR-2dQ
I chat with Brenda Ockun, the publisher of Stepmom Magazine. She's been a Stepmom for over 15+ years and she gave the most organic and REAL advice on how to come out on top! She's always been a friend (in my head) and this was the 1st time we've actually ever spoken and OMG, Brenda is literally amazing. Grab your notepad because she is offering advice that we all need to hear! Check out the blog write up here! https://wp.me/p7c3xR-2dJ
Host, Naja Hall shares her personal 14 stepmom affirmations. This is not exactly Deepak Chopra style BUT you'll certainly be jolted back into the present. Play this on repeat when you need a boost! The affirmations can be found at https://wp.me/p7c3xR-2dm
Are you dealing with a nasty ex, stepkid or anyone that speaks negativity into your life? Most of us have come across people with harmful personalities and we just can't seem to shake them. Naja talks with future Ph.D. and addiction specialist, Chris Wilkins (@do.your.dailies) about ways to overcome conflict-based anxiety and how to kick that bad person outta your head. This episode literally felt like a motivational chat with a longtime friend!
I couldn't wait until the premiere date next week to share something! The IKIC podcast line up is AMAZING!!! I recently chatted with the Pompeo's for their online series Parenting After Divorce. I was able to be transparent and quite open in this interview and I thought it would be a great opener to the first season of IKIC! If you'd like to see all of the experts, visit www.raisingblendedfamilies.com