At Floor Coverings International Northshore, we love to bring you creative insight and perspectives from some of the Internet’s most influential people. Our latest interview features Pacific Northwest resident Casey of the website Joyful Courage. You can follow Casey on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook here and here.

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Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Casey O’Roarty. I am a mother, wife, Positive Discipline Trainer, coach, blogger and podcast host. I am raising a 13-year-old daughter and a 1-year-old son in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in the PNW. I am super passionate about working with parents and guiding them on their journey of self discovery through parenting.

What’s the best piece of advice you have for parenting?

Wow, best piece of advice? I would say that my best piece of advice is to remember that the most powerful tool you have for influencing the behavior of your child is the relationship you create with them. Coupled with that is recognizing that parenting is an opportunity to grow and evolve as a human. Our children are our mirrors, and they offer so many lessons!

Why did you decide to start a podcast? What do you enjoy about podcasting?

I started podcasting when I realized that I had access to so many wonderful parent advocates and experts, and that I really wanted to be in conversation with them about their work and their own personal journeys. I am a gifted conversationalist. I can hold the space in an interview really well, and keep it real and authentic, so podcasting is really playing to my strengths. That, and I get to form relationships with people who absolutely inspire me!

Where do you find most of your inspiration?

Most of my inspiration comes from the parents I work with. The Joyful Courage community is rich with the learning of parents who are in the thick of it. I often will reach out to potential guests based on what I am hearing my community speaking to and what their needs are. I am inspired by anyone who is willing to be raw and vulnerable and grow from that place!

Can you explain a recent project or episode you’ve been working on?

What I have been working on most recently is a project called the Intentional Parent Project. This is a 10 week course that combines email, texting, a Facebook group and weekly live webinars to support parents in bringing their internal experience and their external experience together so as to show up as their best for their family. I have 48 amazing parents enrolled and the feedback has been incredible. Huge shifts are happening for participants. I am planning on running the course again in February of 2017.

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