Maine has always been a choice location for young parents to raise families, and for the past decade or so, local organizations have existed to offer support in the form of new-parent education or playdates for stay-at-home-moms. And while that support is a necessary piece, a gap has existed when it comes to creating opportunities for mothers to tend to their mental and physical well-being, engage in social experiences without children, express themselves creatively, or even simply pursue interests and activities that make them feel whole, inspired, and autonomous.
Luckily, a growing number of Maine-based businesses and wellness spaces have been cropping up over the past couple of years. These women-owned businesses offer a variety of classes, workshops, experiences, and support for Maine mothers to practice self-care, rediscover themselves as individuals, and find like-minded folks.
An impactful chat with Karli Efron – social worker and diaper bank warrior who enthusiastically teaches Oula on the side!
TRIGGER WARNING: Miscarriage and pregnancy loss is openly discussed…along with husbands creeping on periods, unicorn moms actually NOT existing, healing the world one diapered bum at a time, creating rituals to not bring work home with you, choosing to take time off to parent (and the privilege of that choice), how following the breadcrumbs after loss can lead to joy, RESPECT for immigrant mamas, spinning “selfish,” and Oula FINALLY being explained (spoiler alert: it’s pretty much witchy dance therapy).
PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP: And for a more personalized experience, my Stay Creative Facebook Group provides accountability, support, and inspiration for creative mamas who have already purchased the Workbookand/or attended a Workshop and want to take a deeper dive. Request to be added as a member HERE!
At long last, and a good year-and-a-half after I first put pen to paper*, The (Re)Discovering Creativity After Motherhood Workbook is FINALLY available for purchase from Amazon! CLICK HERE to get your hot li’l hands on one of the very FIRST copies.
The (Re)Discovering Creativity After Motherhood Workbook is for mothers who desire to pursue personal fulfillment through creative hobbies, outlets, and activities, but don’t know where to direct their focus, feel guilty taking the steps to go after their dreams, or cannot logistically figure out how to fit creativity into their already busy lives.
Inside you will find:
• A little bit of self-discovery and self-care journaling
• A little bit of creative best practices
• A sprinkling of productivity hacks and logistical planning
• A handful of hands-on activities to get those creative juices flowing
• A whole lot of much-needed encouragement and permission while you work toward the goal of reclaiming intentional, and ongoing, space for creativity—because you deserve this, mamas!
MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL EPISODE! An intertwined chat with Lesli Weiner – former weaver and SAHM-turned-working-mom, current social butterfly and busiest “retired” person I know…who happens to be MY MOM! We discuss her artistic schooling and transition into SAHM…then again into working mom, how the biggest challenge for her creativity was (and still is!) “time,” memories of her mother (my Nana) and how she pursued her artistic hobbies, how all of this relates to society on a larger scale (then and now), mixed in with some delightful family disagreement with how both of us remember any of the above. Good times!
SPECIAL SOLO SHOW – Announcements on Season 2, the Who’s Your Mama Workbook and what’s next. Thank you SO much for tuning in to Season 1 of Who’s Your Mama, a podcast dedicated to creative mamas! I’m hoping that the last 21 episodes, and the awesome mamas interviewed therein, have inspired you to give quality time to your authentic selves. You deserve it, mamas! (Full transcript available below show notes…)
SEASON ONE FINALE! A well-fed chat with Kathleen Harper – certified life coach for mamas and author of The Well-Crafted Mom*. We dust off expectations to reveal hope, discuss owning our feelings (and recognizing the root causes), shifting the “shoulds” to wants and wishes, the importance of recharging first before jumping into what will feed your soul, reframing your brain and rescheduling your life and how forming connections with a tribe of mamas reveal more similarities than differences (not to mention, inspires camaraderie and healing):
An igniting chat with Lisa Porter – CEO and founder of The Women’s Coaching Academy and the newly rebranded Spark and Profit coaching company and companion podcast. We discuss starting (or ending) the day with yourself and your needs, the importance of designated work time and family time (and scheduled time off from both!), turning passions and skills into income on your own terms, making a plan (sticking to it not required), letting go of perfection and the magic of just doing it:
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