Stephanie BarnhillGuest Blog by Stephanie Barnhill, Operations Consultant at mConnexions

I am a near 38-year-old woman, happily married for almost 11 years now, living in Michigan with three adorable dogs. No picket fence because our HOA won’t allow it. And no kids either because we’re childfree.

“Childfree” is a word you may not have heard before – I only learned it in the last few years. It’s used in place of the word “childless”, meaning a life without children isn’t negative for us as nothing is “missing”. A life sans children is what we chose. Perhaps the terms feels a bit tedious, but I think it’s an important distinction for some people, like myself. We are without children on purpose, because we do not desire to be parents.

But let’s rewind a bit.
Continue Reading Being Childfree: Our Path To Discovering We Don’t Want Kids

First comes love, then comes marriage. But wait! What about the parents who skip having the baby in the baby carriage?

Is it true what they say, that you don’t know ‘love’ until you’re a parent?

Are you selfish if you choose not to have children?

What about men and women who want to conceive a child, but are unable to do so naturally?

Or the women and men who want to have children, but haven’t yet found love?

There are many paths to choose from — and some paths are even chosen for us. In this episode, the Think Tank of Three talks with a guest who shares about her choice to be ‘childfree’.


Continue Reading Can You Know ‘Love’ Without Being a Parent? Choosing to be Childfree with Stephanie Barnhill – Episode #34

In life, we face many changes. There could be job and career changes. And there can also be personal changes.

Sometimes deciding to step back or say “no” to commitments so you can fully concentrate on something else is hard.

One of our podcast hosts, Kathryn, just had a child — and found herself learning how to manage her professional life differently. It’s difficult to do, but we all, at times, need to learn how to reevaluate our personal and professional lives and reprioritize.

In this podcast episode, we share big changes for Think Tank of Three in the new year, and talk about balancing work after the birth of a child.


Continue Reading Changes Coming to Think Tank of Three… Managing Business Life After the Birth of a Baby – Podcast Episode #27

You work, and work, and work some more. Sometimes you get enough sleep, water, and time for yourself to decompress, but are you getting enough? What happens to our bodies when we forget about the number one person in our life: ourselves?
Today’s podcast features Beth Heller, with a personal story that could change your life.


Continue Reading Work, Stress, and Fertility with Beth Heller – Episode #17