Single Mom the Musical creator, Julie Kidd, featured on The Nancy Ferrari Show

Mark your calendar for Monday, as The Nancy Ferrari Show is going to be very entertaining, revealing and inspiring as my featured guest is Julie Kidd, recently crowned the winner of the “Hilarious Housewife” Comedy Competition on ABC’s The View and is preparing for… her one woman show “Single Mom the Musical”.  Affectionately nicknamed the “Dysfunctional Housewife” by her comedy group, the popular “Funniest Housewives of Orange County”- Julie Kidd, a  mom with three children who is too busy to cook.  When she calls her kids to dinner, they run to the car!
Julie’s quirky parenting views capture the truth, struggle and the glory of raising three children on her own as she delights audiences and always leaves them wanting more.  The portrayal of Julie’s humor translates into a “can do” attitude and her triumphs cannot be summed up easily, for there are many!  Julie is the author of Momalogue, A Journey through a Single Mother’s Hood.  Her jokes have been featured in Good Housekeeping and in numerous comedy books including: Comedy Thesaurus, She’s So Funny, Mom This Jokes For You, and Loves Funny That Way and Julie is a contributing writer of ModernMom.com.  Join us Monday, 9:00 am PT/12:00 pm ET on www.W4CY.com

Michaela Paige, 17, will open for Blake Shelton when he performs at 7:30 p.m. March 10 at the Florida Strawberry Festival.

mpW4CY Radio brought to you by The Intertainment Network & W4WN Radio – The Women 4 Women Network is heading to Royal Palm shortly to support Michaela Paige and Golf Today as she performs locally then off to Plant City, FL for the Florida Strawberry Festival where we will be broadcasting live. Hunter Hayes, Blake Shelton, and the incredible Michaela Paige will be performing live.

Michaela Paige, 17, will open for Blake Shelton when he performs at 7:30 p.m. March 10 at the Florida Strawberry Festival.

Compassion Fatigue: Healing the Healer

Many of us find ourselves in a position of having to care for someone other than ourselves: our children, elderly parents, a sick or injured spouse or disabled family member. Some have careers as caregivers – doctors, nurses, therapists, psychologists, those working with the homeless – all noble professions that lend themselves to compassion fatigue, more commonly known as burn-out. I was a single mom of four beautiful children who consumed every waking hour of my life. While I thought, as many of us do, that my selflessness was an honorable trait, what I did not realize was how my constant attention to my children was causing me to neglect myself.

Compassion fatigue is insidious, often disguising itself as exhaustion, resentment, stress, feelings of apathy or emptiness, anxiety, and hopelessness. Lack of caring for ourselves, the absence of being recognized and appreciated for our self-sacrificing ways chips away at our emotional enthusiasm and drains us of our physical energy. One must be mindful of their circumstances and the emotions they are experiencing.

Whether you are in the beginning stages of burn-out or deeply immersed, consider taking the following steps:
1. Know how and when to say “no” to others. Do not offer an explanation. Simply state that you are unable to fulfill their request.
2. Let others know what you need in terms of assistance, recognition for your efforts, and so on. People are not mind-readers and cannot know specifically what you need.
3. If what you are seeking from others is not forthcoming (such as praise) give it to yourself. You deserve to be honored for what you do and self-praise is just as significant as that from others.
4. Set and enforce healthy boundaries.*Do not allow others to use, abuse or take advantage of you.
5. Make yourself a priority (the oxygen mask principle). If you do not care for yourself you will be useless to others.
6. Put everything into perspective. Unless an issue is one of life-or-death most can be addressed at a later date.
7. Reach out to all available resources – friends, family, support groups. Each are valuable in their own right.

Caring for others is noble indeed but we must remember to nurture ourselves as well. After all, we are equally as important.

For more information contact Loren Gelberg-Goff @ Lorengelberggoff.com
* Learn more about boundaries in The Secret Side of Anger available @ www.PfeifferPowerSeminars.com.