Episode 21

21. Motherhood, Identity and the Messy, Beautiful In Between with Nikki Ciecierski

Published on: 29th August, 2023

On this week's episode of Confidence Counsel, Monica sits down with mom of 4 and entrepreneur, Nikki Ciecerski, to have a real and honest conversation about her decision to leave her corporate job to become a stay at home mom. We discuss what it means to be someone’s mom, untethering your identity from your role at work, the importance of surrounding yourself with supportive women,  staying present with your children, limiting beliefs around motherhood, marriage and maintaining a sense of self along the way. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom like Nikki, or a working mom like Monica, there are a lot of great takeaways from this episode.

  • 02:20 Monica's episode overview
  • 03:40 Meet Nikki and Nikki's heart-led decision to step away from her corporate career to becoming a stay at home mom
  • 10:30 Untangling your identify from what you "do" at work to who you are as a human
  • 16:45 Being intentional and present during the time you have with your kids
  • 24:00 Frustrations with your spouse and striking a balance to maintain a happy home
  • 26:40 Finding supportive mom friends and avoiding trauma bonding friendships
  • 30:00 Limiting beliefs around motherhood
  • 45:00 The significance of focusing on yourself and your marriage while raising children

Guest Bio:

Nikki Ciecierski is a health care director turned stay-at-home mom. She is a Christ follower, wife and mama to a teen, a tween and two toddlers. After working in health care for 18 years, she felt a nudge… a pull to stay home and focus on her family. Now, she spends her days fulfilling her purpose to her family while expressing her creative side as a freelance writer, social media manager and self-publishing journals. She stands boldly in the imperfect… oh, and she is obsessed with to-do lists, productivity and pens.

Connect with Guest

IG: @nikkiciecierski

Website: www.thenikkiproject.com

Link to Nikki's Journals (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/45u1qbz

Connect with Monica

IG: @confidence.counsel

Email: monica@confidencecounsel.com

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Confidence Counsel
Embrace your most authentic self and take bold action toward your dream life!
Confidence Counsel is a personal development podcast created for busy working moms who value the importance of pouring into their own cup first. The podcast offers short (<15 min.) pep talks that dive into mindset, confidence, spirituality and being your best self in every aspect of your life.

Each week, Monica Burkoth, a successful trial lawyer, mom of 3, life coach and wife provides you with actionable steps to start showing up as your highest self so that you can turn your dreams into reality.

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Monica Burkoth

Monica Burkoth is a successful trial attorney who lives in Chicago with her husband and two children. For the past ten years, Monica has dedicated her professional career to the law. For years, she has been been recognized by multiple publications as an "Emerging Lawyer" , "Rising Star" and "One to Watch". In 2022, Monica was named one of the top forty attorneys under the age of 40, a very prestigious recognition among the legal community.

After becoming a mom in 2020, Monica became inspired to find a way to channel her career success into life success. In addition to working full-time as a trial lawyer and being a mom of a 2 and 1 year old, Monica founded this podcast as a way to connect, inspire and motivate other women to live their best lives. This podcast combines Monica's passions for storytelling, self development, modern spirituality and female empowerment.