Episode #85 The Mindful Reset with Tejal Patel

Do you wish you could press the “reset” button when life happens?  Today on Financial Fluency, I am happy to have Tejal Patel from The Mindful Mama Experience to talk about how we can do this “mindful reset”, and the amazing benefits that that brings both to our own lives and those of our children.

Until about 7 years ago, Tejal was a divorce lawyer.  Being a sensitive type, she found herself getting personally invested in her clients.  She would take home her clients problems, and her  thoughts very often went to the children involved, and the stress they must be going through.  

As a child, Tejal herself struggled with stress and anxiety.  Having learned meditation from her father at age 4, she realized that she could help children in a similar situation, by teaching them how to deal with life’s stresses, in a healthy, mindful way.   She began to teach children’s yoga and meditation  in the evenings, and eventually transitioned into her role as a Mindful Mama Coach on a full time basis.  She also teaches moms so they can support their children, and helps them create reset moments throughout their day.  

Her program empowers women and helps them stay calm and centered when unexpected things happen.  Tejal shared a technique she calls The Carrie Bradshaw Technique which essentially involves being an observer of your feelings, and what you see, so you can put the thoughts you want in your mind.

Tejal’s soulful wisdom reaches a global community of women through her signature online course, The Mindful Mama Experience. Tejal’s program is a 6 week course specifically designed to help mamas become the most peaceful moms they can be and equip them with kid-friendly mindfulness tools they can practice with their kids.

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Tejal Shares her Personal Message  

Mindfulness and Meditation are not just new age fads, they are the new way to live for modern moms and women wanting to feel their best and do their best work.

Top Tips

  1. Infusing more “mindful reset” into your daily routine (without adding anything to your to-do-list)
  2. How to better handle stress, difficult emotions and cultivate patience through daily mindful practices
  3. Balancing work-life as mom and entrepreneur and how to live life to the fullest.


Tejal’s enrollment for the next Mindful Mama Experience course goes live on April 3rd, 2017. Those who sign up before April 6th can benefit from the early-bird special which is $100 off when you pay in full. Enrollment is only open for a limited time and this is the LOWEST the course will be offered.

Twice a year, Tejal hosts a free 5 Day Mindfulness Experience so moms can personally try out her 3 Step Daily Reset Plan before they enroll in the course.

Her next free 5 Day Reset Mindfulness Experience from March 27th-March 31st. You can sign up with this link:
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Tejal Patel

Tejal is a former divorce attorney turned Mindful Mama Coach, Kundalini and Kids Yoga and Meditation teacher, Motivational Speaker and the founder of the online training program, The Mindful Mama Experience.

She is a go-to resource for busy mamas seeking calmness and balance in the midst of work and life. It’s Tejal’s mission to help mamas thrive and be more present, patient and peaceful so they can raise the first generation of mindful children who know the skills to manage stress, difficult emotions, build confidence and be compassionate at a young age.

Tejal is a mom of one, avid traveler and is the person you see smiling and striking a conversation with the grocery store cashier.  

Episode #61 Build Your Money Muscles with Joan Sotkin

Today I have the truly inspiring Joan Sotkin with me! Joan has been working people on their finances for over 20 years, she is the author of Build Your Money Muscles: Nine Simple Exercises for Improving Your Relationship with Money and the host of the Prosperity Show podcast. She has a story that you will not want miss, and has learned trust like no one I have ever met.

She shares with us the connection between our financial choices and our emotions. Years of working to release her own repressed emotions helped deepen her understanding of how we act out family-of-origin issues through our businesses and finances.

She loves working with forward-thinking individuals who are willing to implement new ways of being with themselves and their commercial ventures. As she continues to learn and grow, her passion is sharing with others and helping them find both peace of mind and prosperity.

A major portion of Joan’s work is helping people change the habits in their emotions so they can change the habits in their money management. This involves rewiring the way that your brain works.

Rewiring your brain for prosperity

When you move into a new way of being, you get the Moving Stupids!

How to deal with the Moving Stupids

  1. Recognize you are dealing with the Moving Stupids – acceptance IS the first step with this too!
  2. Become ok with the discomfort of being there – Go through the Tunnel of Transition – it can be dark and disorienting inside, but once you start to see the light at the other end, you get your footing
  3. Have a Prosperity Buddy, going through the same process you are – company makes all the difference!


  • “I learned how to be ok with whatever was going on.” – Joan
  • “Money problems, like weight problems and a lot of other things, have an emotional base.” – Joan
  • “I was doing what people want to do, but I learned that you have learn how to manage the money.” – Joan
  • “If there wasn’t an emotional component, anyone could just read a book [about money] and be successful.” – Jen
  • “What I’ve come to understand is that everything about us is a habit.” – Joan
  • “It’s your emotions that inform your decisions that are behind your behaviors.” – Joan
  • “You have to be able to recognize what you’re doing, decide if you want to change it, and have a plan for changing it.” – Joan
  • “Underearning and overearning are both expressions of longing.” – Joan
  • “Getting rid of that longing means you are threatening your identity.” – Joan
  • “It’s the process of change that’s the problem, not creating new financial habits. The amygdala is saying you are walking into the unknown, danger! danger!” – Joan
  • “People who have billions of dollars and need more very possibly don’t feel wealthy because they are trying to get to that point of enough.” – Joan
  • “I think it’s also important to eat right, I have not had sugar since August 11th, 1973.” – Joan
  • “This is why it’s so important to meditate: it teaches you to focus on the moment, not the future.” – Joan
  • “Fear doesn’t solve any problems.” – Joan
  • “Losing money is not bad, it’s just uncomfortable. What does it take to accept where I am and take action to move some place else? When you are in fear it’s hard to take action.” – Joan
  • “If someone comes and says that they need more money, I help them understand that they need more people. Because money comes from people.” – Joan
  • “The feeling alone doesn’t come from the financial issues, the financial issues come from feeling alone.” – Joan
  • “Money by itself has no power at all, it’s just coins or paper, or numbers on a spreadsheet, it’s when it passes between two people or entities that it gets it’s power.” – Joan
  • “Money is actually a symbol of relationships, how you deal with your money is similar to how you deal with your relationship to yourself and others.” – Joan
  • “So many people want their lives to change, but they don’t want to change.” – Joan

Joan has several main programs running right now: Rewire Your Brain for Prosperity and Financial Freedom,  Financial Freedom Formula, a holistic blueprint for success and Simple Meditation for Busy Entrepreneurs. Both of which can be found on her website at

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Book Resources

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Build Your Money Muscles: Nine Simple Exercises for Improving Your Relationship with Money

Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal

joan-long-500For the past 30 years, Joan Sotkin has been examining alternative ways of dealing with life on many different levels. Defining success as merely making a lot of money and having social or career status has never made sense to her. As a result, she has been looking for something deeper and more meaningful and learning to integrate what she discovers into her business and personal life.

In the early 1980s, while attending 12-step programs including Debtors Anonymous and Codependents Anonymous, she began to understand the connection between emotions and the life stories we create for ourselves, including our finances. Years of working to release her own repressed emotions helped deepen her understanding of how we act out family-of-origin issues through our businesses and finances.

She loves working with forward-thinking individuals who are willing to implement new ways of being with themselves and their commercial ventures. As she continues to learn and grow, her passion is sharing with others and helping them find both peace of mind and prosperity.

She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. With its expansive skies, friendly people, and abundance of healers, it provides her with the comfort and peace she has always craved. Thanks to the Internet, which she has been using since 1995, she can live in this wonderful town with her precious dog, Angel, and reach out to clients around the world.