How to Take Control of your Motherhood Story // Cate Johnson

How to Take Control of your Motherhood

“At any given point, you can say, ‘This is not how the story is going to end.'”

Cate Johnson was a mother of two young children with a big, beautiful home in the country. From the outside, it looked like she was “living the dream,” but inside, she felt like she was drowning.

She craved peace and connection with her children–but instead she felt only chaos and overwhelm. She spent hours cleaning her big home while her kids watched television. She felt heartbroken that she was not the mother that she had always wanted to be.

After hitting a breaking point, she decided to take control of her motherhood story. She took a few drastic actions–such as deciding with her husband to sell their home in the country and move into a small apartment in the city–but most of her shifts were small. But they altered her motherhood story and the way she felt about motherhood.

Cate has a message of hope for all of us: We can live true to our values as mothers and take control of our motherhood stories. Listen in to learn how!

Show Notes

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About the Podcast Host, Rachel Nielson

Rachel taught high school English for five years before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom to her two miracle babies, Noah Atticus, who was adopted, and Sally Grace, who was conceived through IVF.

In her life, Rachel has experienced great sorrow but also great joy--and she loves diving deep into the topics that matter most. Thank you for listening to the podcast and giving her a chance to share her heart.


  1. Julie on 01/26/2019 at 8:57 AM

    Is there a way to find more information about this guest, Cate Johnson? Does she have a book, blog, or podcast? I really enjoyed listening to her interview.

    • Rachel Nielson on 01/27/2019 at 11:49 PM

      She and her twin sister have an Instagram account called @twofoldhome. Check it out!

  2. Bre on 04/01/2019 at 9:41 PM

    I listened to this podcast today and I truly felt for the first time that I’m not alone in this motherhood journey. I felt like I was listening to myself and my struggles, like Cate and I are kindred spirits. I hope I can turn my life and attitude around like she has. Thank you Rachel and Cate!

    • Rachel Nielson on 04/05/2019 at 11:33 PM

      What an amazing comment–I will pass this along to Cate! Thank you so much for listening!

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