Marlo is the host and producer of GirlTalk with Marlo relevant, intelligent talk radio that features women’s issues and women’s voices. She produced her first podcast in 2005 and experimented with the platform in a variety of ways until 2008. Marlo then co-hosted The Greg and Marlo Show as heard on CJOB 68 in Winnipeg, Canada for almost two years.
Marlo launched her online radio show, GirlTalk, in February 2011. GirlTalk features current events and special features about women around the world. It encourages meaningful and open dialogue about the issues that matter to us most. She also works as a freelance social media reporter, webTV host, and event emcee.
Marlo has a B.A. double major in Criminal Justice and Sociology from the University of Winnipeg. In 2012 she was selected by Dove as one of four women Canada-wide to be a social media thought leader. She describes herself as an avid reader and reluctant cook.
Over the years, how have you learned to balance career and motherhood?
I listen to my body. I sleep about 4.5 hours at night, often waking at 3:30 or 4 am and ready to start the day. I get a lot done before the kids even wake up. I power nap for 20 minutes in the early afternoon if I need it. It works for me. It keeps me fresh and energized and ready to handle both business and motherhood. I no longer care if its viewed as unconventional. Ive also taught my kids the skills they need to be more independent with completing age-appropriate tasks. Having the entire family chip in and do house-related chores also makes the workload more equitable. I make fitness and healthy eating a high priority on my list as well as time alone or with girlfriends where I am simply Marlo. Not mommy.
Is there one particular parenting lesson youve learned about raising kids?
Ive learned to stop being so neurotic and controlling. It helps no one. Kids and parents alike will make mistakes. Learn from them and move on. Also, dont try to do everything yourself. Ask for help. Encourage self-sufficiency in your kids.
I work under deadlines like many others so stress definitely creeps in. My advice is to take note of how you recharge being alone or being around others and make sure you schedule it in. Make fitness and personal wellness a high priority. Stop listening to what they say. There is so much perceived external stress from the status quo. Who are they anyway? My answer: who cares? Stop trying to please everyone. Stop apologizing for being your authentic self.
Tools or products you cant live without?
My iPhone. My iPad. My H1 Mp3 recorder. Shiny pink lip gloss, my eyelash curler and an over-sized Coach bag to put everything in.
Do you have an inspirational quote, motto or philosophy you can share with us?
Dont fall into a perpetual victim role in your life if you expect to get anywhere. You can choose in every situation even if the only thing you have control over is your attitude. Dont be afraid to make mistakes.
Favorite resources, books, or website?
- Great By Choice by Jim Collins
- The 80/20 Principle By Richard Koch
- Paperless app
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Incidentally, Marlo is the fab momma who originally inspired me to bring on the pink in my own hair. Because, really? How cute is SHE?!