Opt Out of All or Nothing Motherhood: Part 1

Jul 24, 2023

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I'm Kelley — licensed therapist, burnout expert, and host of the Black Girl Burnout podcast. I encourage black women to opt out of struggle and opt into our legacy of joy and accomplishment. Join me!

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In this episode, host Kelley Bonner and her guest Dr. Amber Thornton discuss the concept of Opting Out of All or Nothing Motherhood. Did you know you can be a mother and have a career? That’s right, you can have both and develop a healthy work-life balance. This episode is for you if you are ready to dispel old myths about being a mother and having a career. More, more, and still more is within your reach in 2023. Stay tuned til the end, to learn more about today’s homework assignment. You will be so glad that you did 🙂

The Black Girl Burnout podcast is dedicated to helping black women learn how to opt out of the mentality of struggle while also learning how to opt into a life of joy, abundance, and good health, which is their birthright. Burnout can manifest in a variety of ways, including feelings of exhaustion, cynicism, and a lack of accomplishment. It is totally ok if you are experiencing more than one of the feelings at the same time. Being able to fully align with your truth is a significant sign of strength. The ultimate goal of the podcast is to help women achieve Opting Out of Struggle.

GUEST HIGHLIGHTS: Dr. Amber Thornton

Dr. Amber Thornton is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Default Parenting + Millennial Motherhood Wellness Expert. She is the Founder of Balanced Working Mama, where the mission is to support millennial mothers in creating a life of more balance and wellness. Balanced Working Mama’s community and movement continues to grow as more mamas are learning how to redefine their relationship with “balance” in motherhood and truly begin to prioritize their needs and desires first. 

Dr. Amber Thornton is dedicated to sharing tips, strategies, mindset shifts and ultimately wants to help moms transform their lives through the power of a balanced life and prioritizing wellness. Dr. Thornton resides in Washington, DC with her husband and 2 children. She is deeply passionate about helping other working mothers fulfill their goals, passions, and find more joy throughout their motherhood experiences.


We often have the misconception that to be a good parent, to be a good mother means that you have to be all-consuming. Many of us really believe that that is going to lead to optimal child development, but that’s false, that’s not true at all. Anything that leads to you being burnt out, stressed out, and exhausted is actually way worse for your child’s development, than all of this extra quality time that you think is going to be best. Let today be the day that you say NO MORE to all versions of the struggle.

If you are new to the Black Girl Burnout podcast, or a happily subscribed member of the Black Girl Burnout community (big hug), thank you so much for your support. Message us on social media and let us know what is keeping you from opting out of an all-or-nothing mentality on motherhood. By the way, have you been enjoying our new licensed musical treat by Mayyadda?  Let us know what you think about the vibe of our new podcast sound. Stay tuned, we will be interviewing her soon, she is amazing!


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Opt Out of All or Nothing Motherhood – Part 1


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Are you a black woman who has been feeling overwhelmed, burnt out, and confined to the struggle? If so, the Black Girl Burnout podcast is here for you. Journey along with host Kelley Bonner as she interviews guests and shares personal anecdotes about productive ways to opt-out of struggle and opt into happiness,  while navigating the unique challenges and joys of being a black woman in today’s world. From work and relationships to self-care and mental health, this podcast is a safe space to explore and find support along the journey towards your goals. Join our community and start feeling more connected and less burnt out.

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Special thanks and appreciation to the team for all that you do! 🧡

Producer  – Wendye Walter

Associate Producer – Amanda St. Maur

Editor – Andre Martineau

Transcription – Carissa Graham

Cover Art – Reignland Creatives