A thoughtful approach to midlife motherhood and what comes next
Listen to stories told by Camille Johnson as she reflects on her life raising a family of 5 kids, being happily married for 22 years, and finding the joy and laughter of it all. She has been trying to find the floor to her kids' rooms for a while and gets a peek about once a week. Come listen as she shares her journey of finding her floor both literally and figuratively as she contemplates, life, love, cleaning, pets, books, remodeling, being a taxi driver, finding wholeness, living as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and figuring out what she finally wants to be when she grows up. If this podcasting becomes a thing well maybe this is it. Thanks for listening!
being a loser and understanding your value - Episode 18
“Teach your family that human value is the same all the time.” Camille has been grateful for a little bit of respite due to COVID-19 from playing sports and dealing with losing with her kids. In this episode, Camille talks about being a loser and having conversations about losing with your kids. She gives some tips on helping your kids understand where their value comes from which can help bring a healthy perspective when playing a sports. Since practicing for some sports are up and running again and as Camille reenters the world of sports with her kids she hopes this new perspective will be helpful whether kids are on a winning or losing team. Come listen as she shares stories of years of being on losing teams with her kids and the lessons they have learned.
INtroduction - episode 0
Welcome to Finding the Floor! In this episode you will get to know a little bit about Camille and why she decided to start doing this podcast. Plus she will share a little bit on what to expect with life as a midlife mom. So glad to have you here!
the 90/10 Clean up principle - Episode 1
Clean up 90% of your room in 10% of the time. In this episode, Camille describes this cleaning principle thought up by her husband as well as the box of wonders of other cleaning methods used to get company ready. It's amazing how many other things the 90/10 can be used in real life. Steven Covey and other have used this principle too.
You are Really Sick - the nicest Doctor and my Shingles story - Episode 2
You have 5 children? Oh no, I have 5 children and coming to work is a break for me. As a mom it can be hard to slow down and rest when you get sick. Years ago when Camille's kids were a lot smaller, she shares a story of how she got really sick and the story of her visit to one of the nicest Doctors.
The Science Fair Struggle - Episode 3
Wait, what?!?! You won the science fair? In this episode, Camille share her stories of getting through the struggle of picking a project, keeping your kid motivated and then getting it all done and to school on time. She would much rather do without all this but hey if you need a project idea there is a few here that just might work.
The Matilda Project - Episode 4
While listening to the Book Matilda by Roald Dahl with her kids Camille realized she hadn't read any of those books that Matilda read before she even started going to school albeit fiction. Reading David Copperfield was a distant high school memory and staying awake to read A Tale a Two Cities was almost impossible at the end of a busy day. She decided to listen to some of the books on Matilda'st list. In this episode, Camille shares how she went about her "Matilda Project", what she learned and her 3 favorite Charles Dickens books.
meeting Mary Ann Angell Young - Episode 5
Mary rowed across the Mississippi in November with a baby! On a Sunday a few years ago, Camille stumble across this story of Mary Young and her courageous life. In this episode, Camille shares a little bit of the life of this extraordinary women from the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One particular part of Mary's story helped her gain a new perspective as to how to serve and be supportive to her husband as he serves as the Stake President.
What I learned from Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis - episode 6
"I believe we can change the world but first we have got to stop living in fear of being judged for who we are." Rachel Hollis - Girl Stop Apologizing.
In the episode Camille shares how this book helped her drop her excuses and start doing. From small projects and goals to big dreams, Camille shares her 3 big excuses that held her back and also her favorite strategies offered by Rachel Hollis to get dreaming again and turning her dreams into actionable goals. If you have felt stuck this podcast will help you see how this book can motivate you beyond all the excuses and help you make your dreams into a reality.
Courage to stand Strong- My mother's journey to be baptized - episode 7
Happy Mother’s day! Camille’s mother attended church all by herself when she was young. In this episode, Camille shares a little bit of her mom’s history and willingness to stand strong in her faith despite obstacles in her way.
A conversation about social media with my daughter izzy - episode 8
“Social Media should be fun!” Camille and her daughter Izzy have a conversation about social media, the good, the bad and the ugly or should we say the too perfect. In this episode, Izzy shares her 3 favorite social media apps, Instagram, Snap Chat and Tik Toc. She shares what she likes and dislikes about each app and also gives a few tips she has learned as she has navigated social media as a teenager.
Birds are my Nemesis! - episode 9
Have you ever thought about how birds were faring during a severe rainstorm? In this episode Camille shares her stories of birds, and how she really doesn’t like them keeping her from getting sleep. She also shares two stories of how her family had a little too close encounter with trying to save the birds that she hates. Nature loving or not, join Camille as she shares her stories of learning from the birds.
Trickle down messonomics - episode 10
I can’t get my stuff out of your garage, if I get that stuff, then I have to find a place for it and I have no where to put it right now, you know, trickle down messonomics. In this episode Camille shares this new term coined by her friend Kris Ford, former rapper turned contractor. Kris has helped with a handful of projects: her den, her deck and her kitchen. She talks with Kris about construction, changing your space and the challenges that go along with it. Come listen and help Camille make trickle-down messonomics, a new household word.
"Go Home and Love your Family" - Mother Theresa - episode 11
“Go home and love your family” - Mother Theresa. In this episode Camille shares how her family has been talking about the death of George Floyd, the protests, and the riots this week. She loves the above quote from Mother Theresa which was an answer to the question of how to achieve world peace after she won the Nobel Peace Prize. Camille shares how she has gone from feeling overwhelmed by it all to coming to remember it begins by building relationships and turning to Jesus Christ to change our hearts.
In memory of our fathers - episode 12
“You can honor someone without putting them on a pedestal. You can honor them without it meaning that they were perfect or an endorsement of everything they did. You can just celebrate them.” In honor of father’s day, Camille shares in this episode some memories of 4 men who have made a difference in her family’s lives. A few recollections by children, aunts and uncles of each of these men and calls it a short preview of their lives. 2 grandfathers, Henry and Neal and two fathers, Leo and Roger.
Rusty - A dog walking story - episode 13
“Oh no! It’s the Grim!” In this episode Camille shares the story of a dog named Rusty who they were watching for only 10 days. She shares two specific walks around their block that ended up being a little bit scary and dramatic and yet funny at the same time.
A conversation with America's Violinist - Jenny Oaks Baker Episode 14
“My parents helped me understand that I have been given a gift and I had a responsibility to develop that gift.” Camille had the great pleasure of talking with American’s Violinists’s Jenny Oaks Baker. In this episode Camille catches up with Jenny, a friend from highschool, and learns more of her journey to become a premier concert violinist. They talk about Jenny’s work ethic, her time at the National Symphony and her decision to leave that position to be home more with her children. She shares how that decision became a true blessing as she has been helping them grow in their talent and is able to play with her children now as Jenny Oaks Baker and Family Four. She talks about her faith in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and staying true to her beliefs and developing her gift that she feels has been given to her by God. Camille is so grateful Jenny had the time to share a little piece of her life with her and hopes you enjoy learning more of Jenny's journey.
Road Trip Tips - Episode 15
“Don’t over think the drive. Just get on the road and you might be surprised at how much fun you can have.” In this episode, Camille shares some tips for getting your family on the Road this summer. From pre planning your route and amount of travel time each day, packing for the day, to audio books and the co co pilot. Hopefully you are already planning on getting on the road this summer or any time and if not, Camille challenges you to take a drive, big or small, and go on an adventure.
Our favorite audiobooks while on the road - Episode 16
Our most favorite audiobook is Harry Potter, the whole series. Are you looking for some audiobook ideas for your trip? In this follow up episode to the road trip tips, Camille shares her family's favorite audiobooks they have enjoyed in the car over the years. She begins with her children’s #1 favorite Harry Potter, then followed by other favorites such as the Penderwicks, The Kane Chronicles, the BFG, and Winnie the Pooh. Listen and you will get a a fun list of books that has entertained Camille's kids while on the road.
The accounts of two pioneer women shared by karl Ricks anderson - Episode 17
“God revealed it to them, and they understood it, and no power on earth could turn them from what they knew to be that truth.” In this episode, Camille had the great pleasure of having guest, Karl Rick Anderson share some stories. Karl also known as “Mr. Kirtland” is an expert in history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1830 - 1837. Camille asked Karl to share 2 accounts of pioneer women who came from Kirtland and made their way to the Salt Lake Valley. First account is of Amanda Barnes Smith experience at Hans Mill and the miraculous healing of her son’s hip. The second is of Mary Fielding Smith and the story of her trek from winter quarters to the Salt Lake Valley. Be inspired by these stories of faith and perseverance in times of trial and Happy Pioneer Day!