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Episode 124: “Living Centered and the Importance of Sleep and Self-Care”

Featuring Cara Dumaplin

Sleep (or lack thereof) can tremendously impact our physical, mental, and emotional health. Today Mickenzie and Janet sit down with sleep expert and Founder and CEO of Taking Cara Babies, Cara Dumapalin to explore not only why we need sleep but how we can find it in the most stressful and difficult seasons of our lives. Together they explore Cara’s specialty – baby and toddler sleep – and how we can create healthy sleep habits at any age!

Meet this episode’s expert

Cara Dumaplin is the Founder and CEO of Taking Cara Babies. Cara is a neonatal nurse, wife to a pediatrician, mom of 4, and baby & toddler sleep expert. Cara has been featured on Good Morning America, The Huff Post, Parents Magazine, Pop Sugar, People, and Pure Wow. With over 2.5 million followers on social media, Cara from Taking Cara Babies has become a household name and trusted voice for parents worldwide. Cara knows first-hand the toll sleep deprivation can take on new parents. She is on a mission to help babies and toddlers sleep so families can thrive. New parents describe her online sleep classes as completely life-changing!

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Mentioned in this episode

Living Centered Program

Life—it can be so overwhelming.  

So often we move through it so swiftly and efficiently that we subconsciously begin to muscle through each day without even blinking. We don’t have time to get that workout in let alone tend to our internal landscapes, so we bypass our trauma, sidestep our emotions, and keep it moving. Our daily actions have become completely disconnected from our purpose, our dreams, and our desires. It was all working…until it wasn’t. The cracks begin to appear. 

The Living Centered Program is our response to this phenomenon—we want to help you quiet the noise and bring you back to center. Living Centered is an invitation home to your true self. 

What is the Living Centered Program? 

The Living Centered Program is a six-day workshop led by expert therapists who will guide you in exploring, deconstructing, and rewriting your narratives. Our beautiful campus and retreat-like setting allows you a break from your daily distractions and provides the clarity needed to re-establish congruence between your feelings, values, and actions so that you might live a more intentional, meaningful, and fulfilling life.  

This world-renowned group experience is specifically designed to meet you right where you are. Our team will help you connect your past and present experiences and work through issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, codependency, loneliness, childhood wounds, family dysfunction, negative relationship patterns, or simply the stresses of daily life. 

Visit us at to see if this program might be a fit for you!


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