To say the Nicole Barsalona is a hardworking woman (and recent mom) is almost laughable. However, she works incredibly smart - both playing to her strengths and building the right support structure around her as she goes.
In the music sphere, she's the founder of 525 Entertainment Group, an artist management & consulting firm and home to Everyday Rebellion Records. She also proudly serves on the Board of Directors for Women In Music.
After the tragic stillbirth of her daughter, Olivia, and realizing how little information she had pre- and post-delivery, she created Mommy Interrupted. The maternal advocacy group seeks to get useful information women and their families need when they need it. She also supports the Massachusetts Center For Unexpected Infant and Child Death in Boston as an Advisory Board Member.
While our conversation may hit you right in the feelies at moments, Nicole generously shares many of the lessons she's learned with such grace and humor. We dive into topics like managing awkward conversations around grief, becoming grounded in her own powerful story, and attempting to get organized.
Selected link love and resources from the episode
- Connect with Nicole on social media: Twitter | Facebook for Everyday Rebellion | Facebook for Mommy Interrupted | Instagram | LinkedIn
- 525 Entertainment/Everyday Rebellion Records (Nicole's artist management company/label)
- Mommy Interrupted (Nicole's maternal advocacy group)
- Women in Music
- The Massachusetts Center For Unexpected Infant and Child Death
- Return to Zero (movie about stillbirth and the retreat)
- Sands (UK stillbirth & neonatal death charity)
- Ovia Health
- Marie Kondo's the life-changing magic of tidying up
- Diagnosing Overitis on FemInEM
- Derek Sivers post: No “yes.” Either “HELL YEAH!” or “no.”
- Mark Wilkinson, artist
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- Bullet Journal
- Convo on the benefits of crafting and being creative with Amber Ladley of Happily Upcycled
- Have a handwritten task list? Check out the 33k Task List Project.
- The Imposter Syndrome
- Kickass Theme Music: “Things Are Getting Better” Written by Rishi Dhir. Performed by The High Dials.
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Quotes, questions considered + other nuggets from the episode
- On life post-stillbirth: I felt like this old witch in the corner all of a sudden with warts growing on my face because I was that person who people would whisper about when I walked into a room.
- Everyone's story, no matter how terrifying it is to other people, if you're able to tell it authentically and come from a positive place...it's kind of magical.
- How Nicole grounded herself in other women's stories and how awful the silence after loss is
- How not sharing our pregnancies creates this secrecy when a loss happens (And they do. According to MommyInterrupted.com: "At least 1 in 4 women will suffer a recognized miscarriage, or the loss of a pregnancy before 24 weeks gestation. Numbers are estimated to be higher when accounting for early miscarriage, which may go unrecognized.")
- Every mom who has an unexpected loss just wants to solve it.
- How to supportively communicate with a woman who has experienced a loss (or walking it back when we screw it up)
- How to come from a place of love and the power of feeling authentically grounded in her story
- What Nicole learned about entrepreneurship from watching her artists
- How to ride her natural wave of productivity and looking at the bigger picture
- How women try to do everything ourselves
- Saying no isn't the end of the world.
- We need to give ourselves a break.
- Learning to take it easy is a good lesson.
- Adding more to the to-do list is not helpful.
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