We had the good fortune of connecting with Kira Isom and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kira, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
The most important thing I have done as a parent is shed any ideals about parenting passed to me from my parents. My parents did the best they could using the tools and skills they had at that time. It was not good or bad, nor right or wrong; it just was. I know that my parents loved me unconditionally; however, as I underwent therapy to reparent myself and heal from childhood traumas, I knew I had to be completely different with my children. So, as I learn to use my voice, I have taught my children to do the same. It has been most impactful because it teaches them to stand firm, boldly, and unapologetically in their truth and about who they are. I have the “No Heat, No Judgment” conversation circles, which allow my children to speak their truth without the fear of retaliation, even if they lied about something before. It has strengthened our relationship in ways I could have never imagined while allowing me to learn each of them individually.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Moms and Martinis podcast is different from others because I share the most transparent and authentic side of myself and my guests by threading vulnerability into tough conversations. The podcast was created by moms, for moms, or anyone who has or has had a mom—this space encourages healing through truth-telling. I am most proud when I receive emails or DMs from people who tell me how my candidness with my discomforts and challenges lets them know that they are not alone. Likewise, I am most proud when listeners share that they finally have the courage to stand in their truth after years of embarrassment, self-sabotage, or living behind shame.

When I initially started this podcast, I had no intentions of sharing some of my most sacred life moments. However, as time went on and I saw how creating this safe space was not only cathartic for me, but it served as a space of release for many. It is scary and rewarding to know that so many people trust me in telling their stories. From this, I have had to be consistent in my own self-care and maintenance of my mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health. When discussing the trauma and triggering experiences, it can be easy to project my own mess into the conversation or on others. I am not a trained mental health specialist or professional. I am just someone who encourages others to get the help they need to live a wholehearted life, especially for those who have children to tend for.

Carl Jung said, “The greatest burden a child must bear is the unlived life of its parents.”

Moms and Martinis is the journey through releasing shame, embracing imperfections, living your dreams aloud, and loving yourself and others at the greatest capacity ever.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love my city! Atlanta has something for everyone, no matter your budget, style, or taste. So depending on the mood, I have several places and things to do that will make for the best trip ever.

As a nature lover, a trip to Amicalola Falls State Park or Stone Mountain is a must. They are two of the seven wonders of Georgia and have the most breathtaking views. Alternatively, The Sippng Plant on Roswell Road is a fun way to include some nature. My favorite BYOB plant and sip spot.

If you want to catch a movie, IPIC Theaters in Colony Square is the place to go. This theatre offers ultimate luxury sitting, good food, amazing drinks, and the best overall experience. Alternatively, we could head over to Starlight Drive-In Theatre for a nostalgic experience.

Atlanta is never short on a good place to eat and drink. Some fun restaurants are Wonderland Kitchen and Cocktails, Garden Parc, The Bando, Huey Luey’s, Las Margaritas, Cereal and Cream Food Truck, and Five Church Atlanta.

Relaxation is always a must. Iwi Fresh Garden Day Spa is wonderful. I really enjoy their fun body scrubs. There’s also Jeju Sauna for those who aren’t as shy. Another great alternative is the Place of Kai Wellness in Douglasville. They are new to the area, but it’s a whole vibe.

And as a brown liquor and cigar connoisseur, I highly recommend Studio Cigar Lounge, Fellaship ATL, and Cigaros of Georgia for some grown and sexy options.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to shout out to BJ, host of Change the Subject podcast, co-host of Who Gets Love podcast, and founder of Gold Minds Multimedia Network. There aren’t enough words to describe how amazing and talented BJ is. He’s a technical guru, strategic thinker, great conversationalist, impeccable writer, an ideal servant leader, and has a heart of gold.

BJ has supported Moms and Martinis financially by providing continued education, serves as my mentor, and provides ongoing guidance. In addition, he has served as a connector, mediator, and conduit for me as I grow the podcast and develop the Moms and Martinis brand. He has an innate ability to conceptualize visual, audio, written, and in-person events that creates spaces that encourages growth and healing while pushing past the surface of tough topics.

BJ and the Gold Minds Network have been and continue to be instrumental in the success of my podcast career. For that, I am forever grateful.

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Image Credits
Next 38 Photography

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