Welcome to Episode 142 of the Coffee with Karen podcast, where we dive into important topics that affect many of us: sleep worries and silencing our inner critic. In this special episode, we have a wonderful guest, Onnie Michalsky, a licensed therapist, and life and wellness coach. Onnie is on a mission to help mothers break free from the pressure of the “do it all” mentality and rediscover themselves through the empowering movement she calls “Mums without Capes.” Join us as we explore essential insights and practical tips to find peace, restful sleep, and self-acceptance.

Understanding Sleep Worries:

Do you ever find your mind racing the moment your head hits the pillow? We’ve all experienced those restless nights. In this episode, Karen and Onnie delve into the topic of sleep worries. They explore why our minds behave this way and provide valuable insights on how to overcome these sleep struggles. Discover effective strategies to calm your racing thoughts and enjoy a restful night’s sleep.

Silencing Your Inner Critic:

One of the most powerful lessons in life is learning to silence your inner critic. Karen and Onnie discuss the importance of putting your inner mean girl in her place. They share personal experiences and growth journeys, shedding light on how to conquer self-doubt and self-criticism. This episode will inspire you to embrace your true potential and overcome the negative thoughts that may be holding you back.

Onnie’s Journey to Empower Moms:

Onnie opens up about her personal journey as a mother of six children. She shares her struggles with guilt, overwhelm, and the relentless pursuit of being a “good mom.” Over time, she discovered the transformative power of self-care and began prioritizing her own needs. This realization led her to become a licensed therapist and coach, where she combines her mental health expertise with her firsthand experience of motherhood to help other moms recognize their worth and live fulfilling lives.

Karen’s Path to Self-Discovery:

Karen also shares her journey, recounting her experience in the fitness world and how a series of events led her to her true calling. She and Onnie discuss the societal pressures women face to meet certain expectations and how it’s essential to listen to our inner voices and forge our unique paths.

The Importance of Self-Care:

The conversation concludes with a powerful message about the significance of self-care. Onnie and Karen challenge the notion that putting ourselves first is selfish, emphasizing that we can’t pour from an empty cup. Discover how prioritizing self-care positively impacts not only ourselves but also our relationships with our children and partners.


If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the demands of motherhood or struggled with self-doubt, this episode is for you. Join Karen and Onnie on a journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and finding joy in the adventure of motherhood. Tune in to gain valuable insights and practical tools to prioritize self-care, silence your inner critic, and embrace your worth as both a mother and an individual.

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