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Showing up with Courage and Confidence

“David is the radiant soul of radio. He is brilliant, insightful and easy to listen to. David makes a real difference in his listeners’ lives.”  ~Mark Victor Hansen, Chicken Soup for the Soul

Dear Friend,

I am so excited to let you know that I will be appearing live on iHeart radio as a guest on the “David Essel Alive!” Talk Radio Show Saturday, February 22nd at 7:00 pm EST/ 4:00 pm PST.  We’re going to be talking about showing up in life with courage and confidence and how that makes all the difference in the world!

You can listen one of three ways:

1) Tune in to (This link is only to be used during show hours 6-9pm EST/ 3-6pm PST every Saturday.)

2) Listen live online at (You can listen live here also and the archive of my show will be posted here the day after my appearance if you can’t listen live.)

3) Stream live on your smart phone by texting the word “talkdavid” to the number 69302 now.

Check out my picture in the line-up for this weeks show! You are welcome to call in at 800-548-8255 and David will take your call.

David also wants to offer you his BRAND NEW e-BOOK The Power of Focus FREE.  If you want a plan for radical goal achievement CLICK HERE to get it now.

I hope you’ll set some time aside in your busy schedule this weekend to join me.  I look forward to hearing from you.  All the best!

Love you all!  April


What is Twitter?

Just this past year I have really gotten into Twitter.  See that’s my Twitter profile right there! Come follow me @uofmoms ===>

Why, you might ask did I all of a sudden care about Twitter? When I was trained as a life coach I learned this sneaky little trick that I often do to myself to create my own break-throughs…want to know what it is?  Of course you do!

Make a list of all the things you know would NEVER work to solve your problem..then start trying them.
COACHING TIP: Often the answers to our biggest challenges lie in the areas that we have already discounted as a NEVER WORK solution.  
Let me give you a few examples, yoga could never help me lose weight, counseling would never help my marriage, religion is not for me…I’m just not that type of person.

So for me, in my business, I said one day to myself, “Twitter is so stupid. Who wants to waste their time on that?” and the light bulb went on and I knew that is what I had to do.  Since then I’ve connected with a lot of new people, increased my website traffic and had lots of fun.

What I do know is that if you haven’t seen the success you want in a certain area you need to try something new and different.  For me, in my business, that was Twitter.  Could that help you too? I’m betting it would!

Time: 9-10:30am
Where: Calistoga on Airport and Vanderbilt Beach Rd
Cost: Nothing
RSVP:  Email apriloleary at gmail dot com
Come learn how you can use Twitter for your business, what you need to know to keep up with your kids, and more.  You’ll learn about Twitter parties (yes I won a free pair of $100 shoes by participating in one), and hashtags and how to create a personal profile.  In just 90 minutes you’ll be a Twitter Whiz…well maybe not a whiz, but you’ll definitely know more than you did before.

Not in the area? Email me apriloleary at gmail dot com now and let me know you’re interested for a virtual Twitter Tutorial and I’ll make it happen if we get at least 10 to join in.

Whether you run a business and want to use Twitter to brand your company and broadcast your message to a wider audience or whether you are curious about how to use Twitter to get your news quickly, connect with other people just like you and win free stuff, you must jump in on this!

Much love to you today and always!  Remember when you are with the University of Moms….being a happy mom just got easier!

April O’Leary
Certified Life Coach
Founder of
Proud Mother of 3

Author of Ride the Wave: Journey to Peaceful Living
Co-Author of Focus on You: Your Needs Matter Too! and


Fall Semester Classes- OPEN

The air is finally cooling off a little bit here in Florida.  How about you?  Are you enjoying the change of seasons?  But despite the break from the hot summer sun, the holiday season can be a tough one for moms.  Not only are we busier than ever, but the pressure to make everyone else happy is heightened and it can leave us lacking for time, energy and patience.Although we all desire a ‘picture perfect’ family (and are eager to send cards showing everyone our happiness), behind closed doors we might be a little more stressed than we allow others (except our children) to see.So if you are feeling overwhelmed, if you are dreading the next few months or if you just want to find a better way to not only cope, but breeze through this time of year with a smile on your face, then you are reading the right email!

Give yourself the gift of education.  Our two University of Moms signature courses, led by me, are about to launch LIVE in just a few weeks.  They are aptly named Self-Care for Moms 101 and STOP Reacting 101 and in them I share the nitty gritty details of how I went from a stressed-out and unhappy mom (who yelled a lot) to a mom who is now calm, happy and patient.

Here is what one mom had to say who took both courses.  And check it out, she is a parent educator and and early intervention specialist!  Who would have thought she needed this course?  But she did!I originally decided to take the sample class because I thought It would be interesting and I could possibly use it to count for my job as a parent educator/ early intervention specialist for some continuing Ed classes. While taking the class I realized it was a blessing that it fell into my lap. I have 3 small children and the perfect life I had always dreamed of. Why then was our family full of so much yelling and reacting. Why did I feel out out control and not supported. Through April’s classes and incredibly supportive coaching I was able to dig deeper and realize I wasn’t taking care Of myself.  The stop reacting class was so wonderful for myself and my whole family. This class went above and beyond my expectations. April is a gifted life coach and the class and her coaching have truly been life changing for everyone in my family. ~Dana M., Family Counselor, NC
Each course is 4 weeks long and costs only $39.
Or take both classes for just $69 and get my book Ride the Wave: Journey to Peaceful Living free!
Click the images below to read the course descriptions.
So skip the new shoes or the monthly pedicure and invest in yourself.  Learn something new and then do something different and I guarantee you WILL get different results.  Like more peace in your house, less stress and rushing and a richer, deeper appreciation for yourself as a mother and a woman.If you can’t join us at the LIVE times as posted don’t worry.   The classes will be recorded and provided to you each week by email so you can listen in when it works best for you.  All live class options include a private Facebook group for support (optional) where you can ask questions and meet new mommy friends too.For the small amount of time and money required to participate, you will reap great rewards that will make your life happier.  You’re children will learn, from you, how to be proactive in life, not a victim, they’ll learn how to find constructive solutions to life’s challenges and how to manage their emotions with ease.

All of this is possible…and more!  How do I know?  Because my house is DIFFERENT than it was just 5 years ago.  It’s quiet.  It’s not stressful.  We look for answers together instead of pointing fingers at one another…and best of all I know how important it is to take charge of my own happiness. I’m not waiting around anymore for someone else to give it to me.  That is why I can honestly say…JOIN ME.  Let me show you how you can have all this too.

As always much love today and always.  Here’s to your peace.  Your happiness.  Your family.  Let it be a pillar for others to admire…all because you created it to be.

April O’Leary
Certified Life Coach
Founder of
Proud Mother of 3Author of Ride the Wave: Journey to Peaceful Living
Co-Author of Focus on You: Your Needs Matter Too! and

Happy Mom Segment on XM Radio Tonight!

“David is the radiant soul of radio. He is brilliant, insightful and easy to listen to. David makes a real difference in his listeners’ lives.”  ~Mark Victor Hansen, Chicken Soup for the Soul

I am so excited to let you know that I will be appearing live on XM Radio Channel 246 as a guest on the “David Essel Alive!” Talk Radio Show TODAY Saturday, August 24th at 7:00 pm EST/ 4:00 pm PST to talk about the Happy Mom Conference and how you can win 2 free virtual tickets.

You can listen one of three ways:

1) Tune in to XM Channel 246.

2) Listen live online at

3) Stream live on your smart phone by texting the word “talkdavid” to the number 69302 now.  

Check out my picture in the line-up for this weeks show! You are welcome to call in at 800-548-8255 and David will take your call.  And listen in as I’ll be giving away a pair of virtual tickets to the conference.

David also wants to offer you his BRAND NEW e-BOOK The Power of Focus FREE.  If you want a plan for radical goal achievement CLICK HERE to get it now.  

I hope you’ll set some time aside in your busy schedule this weekend to join me.  I look forward to hearing from you.  All the best!

April O'Leary high res headshotSincerely,

April O’Leary, Life Coach
Founder of the University of Moms
Creator of the Happy Mom Conference


The Genius Parent Summit ’13

So I have not always been a great parent.  I have to admit, there were years that I was a frustrated, overwhelmed and yelling mom.  I’d love to share my most recent blog post with you called “Are you a genius parent? I wasn’t!”.   That will give you an idea of what I mean.

Thankfully I made some small changes in my own life and it has made all the difference in the world.  And today, I have some exciting news for you.

=====> Click Here to see what it is.  You’ll love it!

About a month ago Theresa Maguire contacted me.  She is the brains and the muscle behind the world-famous Genius Parent Summit.  The funny thing is when Theresa emailed me I was stunned, or shall we say honored, that she would include me in such an exclusive group of educators.  Has that ever happened to you?  You were busy doing your ‘thing’ and out of nowhere you were singled out to be a part of something much larger than you?  Ok, so that had never happened to me before, but I am so glad it did! 🙂

Genius Parent Summit- Click for More Info
“What is the Genius Parent Summit?” you ask.  Well it’s an amazing online event for moms just like you who want to learn from today’s leading parent experts and this Summer ’13 Event is all about BALANCE.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: This event is for you if you are a heart-centered mom who is juggling it all and needs solutions that will disarm your “triggers” so you can “build” rather than undermine your kids’ self-esteem and you want to learn sustainable, nurturing strategies that can change your struggles with time, money, and behavior and bring you back into balance with yourself, your spouse, & your kids! 

Here’s what you can expect when you JOIN TODAY.
During this 3 Day Virtual Event, you will learn:

  • how to disarm your emotional “triggers” so you don’t react to overwhelm
  • how to “build” rather than undermine your kids’ self-esteem
  • how to find time for exercise and healthy eating in your busy schedule
  • how to shift limiting beliefs around money so your family can prosper
  • how to parent your “sensitive” children
  • how to handle stress with ease by detoxing your energy field
  • how to honor your body for orgasmic living
  • how to get off the emotional roller coaster and create peace at home in 90 seconds
  • how to make YOU a priority in your life

This is a complimentary series that will be held on July 23, 24, 25. This information can change your life, but you must reserve your seat!

Because we know how important the job of being mom is to you and your family, each guest is ready to support you in a powerful way.  Each speaker is offering a free bonus gifts that will help you maintain your balance regardless of what’s going on around you.

There’s only one thing you need to do…

=====> Click Here to see my picture on their site (I think that’s pretty cool!) and register for free.

My interview called “Ride the Wave: Create Peace At-Home in 90 Genius Seconds” will air live on Wednesday, July 24th at 11am EST/ 8am PST.  But when you register you will also get the replay link for free, so if you can’t make it at that time, don’t worry.  You can hear it when it best fits your schedule and you’ll get the full schedule for the event with times and dates the others are speaking as well.

ONE MORE REQUEST: Please forward this email on to 2 friends who might be interested to join this event with a note asking them sign up and be a part of it with you.  You can then trade notes and grow together.  That is the best part of learning and another way you can truly be a GENIUS PARENT!

Much love to you today and always!  Remember when you are with the University of Moms….being a happy mom just got easier!

April O’Leary
Certified Life Coach
Founder of
Proud Mother of 3

Author of Ride the Wave: Journey to Peaceful Living
Co-Author of Focus on You: Your Needs Matter Too! and


Heaven Anyone? The Importance of a Break for Moms

It’s hard for me to imagine where I was at just 6 years ago. Although many of you have met me since I’ve become a life coach, others of you have known me for years. After Amy was born in Jan ’07 I really struggled as a mom to keep my head above water. I was just overwhelmed and her being the 3rd child in 5 years was tough. Now that I have ‘recovered’ due in no small part to getting outside help and then pursuing life coaching certification I am happy to say I am in a much different place today than I ever imagined I could be.

But thinking back to those crazy days the one thing I could remember was that I WISHED for a break…something, anything, to get some time away…even though that made me feel like I was a bad mom. So let me encourage you if you’re there right now, it is not selfish to take a break. It is extremely important and necessary for your overall health and well-being as a mom and as a person. My struggles led me to create this weekend getaway for you (that I wish I would have had 6 years ago). So I am super excited to finally have the detailed weekend schedule up to show you.

If you’re a mom and looking for a break check this out and please share it with your friends. Imagine what it would be like to take time for you again….heaven anyone?

Click Here to see the Weekend Break that is waiting for you!!


The Mommy Business Trip…and You Don’t Have to Have a Business to Take One!

I have neglected my blog for a while now, not because I don’t have anything to say, but simply because I don’t make the time to write.  So I have decided to make a change for the better.  Since I have now gotten the I’s dotted and the t’s crossed with the site and have launched ticket sales I thought it would be fun (for me anyways) to chronicle this journey.

So here is the honest truth.  I am totally inspired, totally exhausted, totally grateful and totally overwhelmed with the enormity of what I am taking on.  But as Napoleon Hill says in “Think and Grow Rich” (paraphrased from memory) your IDEAS are what make you rich.  Not that I am looking for riches, sure it would be great to have them, but I feel blessed already to have been given an IDEA that inspires me.

This work keeps me up at night.  It is all I talk about during the day.  It is all I can think about.  I picture you coming to the conference and me hugging you as you walk in.  A sigh of relief from hundreds of moms, needing a break, and it has finally come in the form of this conference.  This time is meant solely to focus on who THEY are, not their role of ‘mommy,’ but allowing the person that is them to emerge once more.

I know this, because I was there not 20 years ago (ok I would have only been 15 then, but you get the point).  I was in that overwhelmed, frustrated, trapped and exhausted state just 6 years ago.  My youngest is 6, so that is about when I crashed.  Taking little to no time for yourself for 6 years can take a toll let me tell you!  But it was that damn guilt that had me trapped….

I do digress.  So I remember wishing I could have a surgery of some sort just so I could have a night alone.  That is called desperation my friends.  And it doesn’t have to be this way, but I made it that way for me.  So this is why THIS conference is my gift to moms everywhere.  It is my way of saying, “Please, don’t wish for a surgery.  That wouldn’t be fun now, would it?  Here is a great excuse to get away.  I have created the ‘excuse’ you are looking for because it’s not just being selfish you want to get away, is it?  No.  You want to better yourself.  Listen to inspiring speakers.  Refill your tank.  So YOU can BE a better mom.”

When I was at my wit’s end I suffered day-to-day struggles with my emotions, often taking them out on my kids.  I’m not proud of that.  But it’s the honest to goodness truth.  So if you’re yelling, slow down and take a look.  If you’re frustrated or tired, slow down and take a look.  If you feel resentment building in your marriage, slow down and take a look.

Look at what?  Is the reason you’re yelling, frustrated, tired or resentful because you just haven’t done a good job at taking care of yourself.  Truly.  When was the last time you got a legitimate break?  I don’t mean an hour to grocery shop alone.  I mean a night off.  A weekend off.  It is NOT selfish…I would argue that it is NECESSARY.

Ask yourself, “Is it reasonable that someone could operate in any job 24/7 indefinitely and not get worn-out?” Hello.  Of course not!  So why do we expect that of ourselves?  Stop arguing with me, I have been there, I had to overcome the guilt too, and I had to realize the guilt was unhealthy because I was not doing anything wrong when I took some time away.

So now I am breathing easier.  I am happier.  I am less stressed.  Yes, I am still super busy, but I am busy because I choose to be busy doing the things I love.  And hoping that you will do the same too.

If you want to read a little bit about some moms who also have taken a break, check out this recent article from the Wall Street Journal.  It’s all about a “Mommy Business Trip” and how moms are jumping on board with this idea that they need a break too.

So if any of this has resonated with you, join me at the Happy Mom Conference.  I’d love to give you a hug and welcome you to the tribe of moms who are happy because they know that to serve others gladly they first have to fill their tank!

Here’s the article and thanks to Diana Towsley for finding it for me.  I loved it!  The Mommy Business Trip


Moms Need a Break Too!

I’ve always wanted to write children’s books. How about you?  After reading thousands of them to my girls, and having been an elementary teacher in a former life, I kind of ‘get’ the format.  So instead of just telling you what’s up in a normal fashion I thought I’d tell you in a story format.  So snuggle up in a warm blankie and get a cup of hot tea and read your preview copy of:

The Short, Intriguing and Funny Birth
of the Happy Mom Conference
by, April O’Leary

Once upon a time…ok, not that long ago…ok, to be honest it really all started back in January, April O’Leary got this great idea for a mom’s conference one morning while out on a run.  (She always get her best ideas at 5 a.m., in the dark, alone out on the road…but I do digress…) So she thought about it.  “This could be a super fun idea! Yay!  BUT I’ve never done this before. Boo.  BUT I think it’s a super fun idea…Yay!,” and so the thoughts went on plaguing her until…she took action.

HINT: Taking action is the key if you’re in limbo. Just make the best decision you can from the info you have and move forward.  Let the end results shake out in the wash (as long as it’s sensible I mean…I do digress again….)

So here’s what she did.  April invited a few mom friends out for a breakfast meeting and she called a few others too and said, “Hey, what do you think of this conference?  Would you come?  Do you have any suggestions?  Good idea?  Bad idea?” and they said “Yay! We’ll come…but let’s change a few things first…there that’s better.”  They helped April refine her ideas tremendously (she is eternally grateful for their input…they know who they are!) and the structure of the Happy Mom Conference was born.

“Then what happened, April?” you ask.  Well thanks for asking!  I’ll tell you what happened next.  April put on her nicey nice clothes and heels and showed up at the Hyatt Coconut Point by herself to meet with Mike Doltch, the catering manager, to tell him about her idea for a Happy Mom Conference.  She loves pretending to be an adult!  You know you can never grow out of playing ‘dress-up.’

Phew.  That took some courage.  She even brought a notebook to look real official.  He asked her tons of specific questions like “How many people are coming?  What do you want to serve?  What dates are you looking at?” to which she said, “Hmmm, not sure about that one.  Oh, I see.  I need to tell you specifics.  Let me figure that out.”  That’s what happens when you take a leap of faith and plan something from an inspired idea…you just have to figure it out along the way.

Well that’s what she did.  Since that initial meeting she has been thinking of you A LOT…and of her old self and where she was just 6 short years ago.  Have you read her book Ride the Wave: Journey to Peaceful Living?  No?!  What?  You have to.  She was crazy back then (don’t tell her I said that!) but she tells it all in there.  Wow, it’s a doosie!  Frustrated mom meets angry housewives in Orange County…or something like that….

Anyhow she started asking herself, “If I were me back then when I was desperately needing a break and I was constantly running on empty what would I have wanted?  What would have been a life-saver for me?”  Here’s a little known secret about April.  Don’t tell anyone.  She used to dream of having a surgery or something like that just so she could get a night away!  Gosh, she was desperate…again don’t tell her I said that!

Now of course, I know that is not you, but I caution you that if you don’t take regular breaks and replenish your energy, trust me sister, it could be you in a few years.  Don’t balk at that one, it’s true.  I’ve seen it happen MANY times over.

So after many contracts back and forth and ideas refining and time passing quickly she wanted to tell you that today, IT IS FINISHED!  Well not entirely finished…you see she’s planned it but there is still one thing missing.  One thing she told me she can’t seem to do herself (yes like most moms, she likes to do it on her own, she’s one of those ‘do it yourself-ers’…but this one…well she needs your help…) and that is she needs YOU to come!

So how will this story end?  That is up to you!  Gee, it turns out this is like a ‘choose your own adventure book…who knew!”  So which page will you turn to next…

Will April realize her vision of the conference filled with happy moms, learning, laughing, having fun or will she be there alone, sitting in a corner, wishing she had never taken action in the first place?

You decide.  The rest is still unwritten…stay tuned for the conclusion of this gripping tale……this is NOT THE END!

So do you think I have what it takes to write children’s books?  Have you written something lately that you’d like to share with me?  Hit reply and send it over.  I’d be happy to check it out.

Also please take 1 minute (seriously it’s only 1 minute!) and watch the video below to see the TOP 10 reasons why you HAVE TO come spend the weekend with me at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point this Sept. 14-15.  There are WAY more than 10 reasons, but I boiled it down to the best ones….


I’m not sure what else to tell you except COME!  Ask for it for a Mother’s Day gift.  Invite a friend. And let me remind you that taking some time away to refuel your energy, learn something new and come away recharged and ready for the demands of motherhood is healthy.  In fact, it is necessary.  So in the words of Nike, “Just do it!”

Much love to you today and always!  Remember when you are with the University of Moms….being a happy mom just got easier!



April O’Leary on XM Radio Live this Saturday

David Essel Alive! Talk Radio Show

David Essel Alive: Guests, Sept. 1st, Positive Radio

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“Here are this weeks guests for “David Essel Alive! America’s Positive Radio Show”…….Celebrating 21 years in talk radio…..Every Saturday 6-9pm est, 3-6pm pst….. XM Radio CH 168, or streaming FREE at ..Proud to be a part of the Premiere Radio family:

 …… Jen Reynolds: “Success Stories from Chronic Illness and Pain” .….Jen’s personal experience with chronic pain, depression anxiety, has lead her on a path of healing, not just herself, but offering the rest of the world who suffers daily from chronic pain and depression…a way out. Her mind, body approach, is the key for anyone who truly wants to heal. Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, lupus and more.
.……Adam Markel: “CEO and Master Trainer for Peak Potentials” What truly separates the minds of successful people, from the minds of those who want to be, successful? What traits must we take into the workplace daily, if we want to live a financially abundant life? Listen in as Adam shares stories of clients who have mastered the art, of becoming millionaires.
 April O’Leary: Author: “Ride the Wave: Journey to Peaceful Living, Founder of”
April O’Leary a Certified Master Life Coach, Author and Speaker whose purpose is to help you find peace in your often busy and chaotic world. She founded the University of Moms, a free online community where moms can get the help they need to succeed in every area of life. Find out what every mom in the USA needs to know, about creating their own identity, while serving the needs of the family and community.
…..Dr. Bill Tollefson: Author “Separated from the Light- A Path Back from Psychological Trauma” PTSD..…can happen to soldiers of war just as it can to children with emotionally absent parents, or sexual abuse survivors. Dr. Bill has combined his work as a therapist and Master Life Coach to create a program of salvation, for millions suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.
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Heard by millions of listeners, Coast To Coast AM airs on approximately 564 stations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Guam.  For 33 years, Noory has captivated program listeners with his discussions of paranormal phenomena, time travel, alien abductions, conspiracies and all things curious and unexplained. He is driven, he has said, by the desire to solve the great mysteries of our time.