Season 2 – Episode 4: Noelle Libby, farm lady, rescue mom, photographer, crafty maker-of-things, homeschooler, and just a generally badass wild soul mama

A woods-witchy chat with Noelle Libby, farm lady, rescue mom, photographer, crafty maker-of-things, homeschooler, and just a generally badass wild soul mama.

We discuss hiding from our children (in trucks…or barns with witchy goats), tiny house living for chickens, accidental homesteading and sustainable families, adventures in homeschooling, fighting SAHM boredom with creative outlets, making creativity work FOR you (so you don’t have to work for someone else), not knowing what you’re doing (but doing it anyway), the magic of creative flow when it’s “on”…but also respecting when it’s not, and focusing on what feels good.

 

LINKS:

no frills farm sewn/silkscreened products and photography (and find on Facebook and Etsy)


PODCAST: Never miss an episode – subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher (anywhere you listen to podcasts!)

WORKBOOK: 

  • For the original, PRINTED version of The (Re)Discovering Creativity After Motherhood Workbookclick HERE
  • For the fillable, PDF version, click HERE
  • For the Video Lessons, with Companion Worksheets, click HERE

WORKSHOPS: For a schedule of upcoming, in-person (Portland, ME) (Re)Discovering Creativity After Motherhood Workshops, click HERE

NEWSLETTER: Stay up-to-date on all offerings for creative mamas from Who’s Your Mama Media, along with inspiration fixes and tips for staying creative, by signing up for my Stay Creative newsletter HERE!

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 Workbook and/or attended a Workshop and want to take a deeper dive. Request to be added as a member HERE!

FOLLOW: And, as always, be sure to follow Who’s Your Mama on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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The Growing Movement in Maine for Self-Care After Motherhood

[Originally published in Essential Living Maine May/June 2019]

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.

Rosemont Wellness Center, on Brighton Ave. in Portland, houses a range of health and wellness practices largely focused on women’s and children’s health. Started by acupuncturist Naomi Skoglund of Six Branches Family Acupuncture in March 2018, the center is also home to women’s health PT Allison Poole of Koru PT & Wellness, Celia Koski of Face First Therapeutic Skincare, family therapist Elizabeth Miles LCSW, Hannah Neumann, practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy, and massage therapist Lori Fecteau LMT. The center’s studio space hosts a weekly women’s trauma recovery group with EmpowerME and a number of events and yoga classes including prenatal yoga and a Little Yogis family class. In just one year, Rosemont Wellness Center has grown into a hub for family health in the Rosemont/Deering neighborhood.

Artist, designer and podcaster Corinne Mockler of Who’s Your Mama Media facilitates a two-part series of (Re)Discovering Creativity After Motherhood Workshops 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 schedules. Workshop participants receive a copy of The (Re)Discovering Creativity After Motherhood Workbook and are invited to join the Stay Creative Facebook group for ongoing encouragement and inspiration for maintaining intentional space for creativity and personal interests.

Maine Mother + Company, a soon-to-be-opened perinatal resource center in Brunswick, is run by Paula Norcott, a childbirth educator, certified labor doula, and lactation consultant. Paula’s vision was to create a space focused on classes, services, and events for mothers – a hub for workshops and support groups, a variety of women-focused practitioners, social events, coworking opportunities (with babysitting!), and more.

Keeping track of everyone else’s day is the norm for most mothers, so the idea of following the happenings of every business and organization mentioned above may seem overwhelming. Fortunately, there’s Fourth Trimester Collective, an online provider guide and an interactive calendar of events for Maine mothers. Kennebunk-based Hannah Lamprey envisioned Fourth Trimester Collective as a centralized site for aspiring, expecting, and new mamas in Southern Maine to find support and connection in all aspects of their wellness. Through this platform, women can engage in more social-emotional support, as well as put their wellbeing to the forefront. These two aspects of wellness all too often take a backseat in motherhood, however, tending to each of these can mitigate Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.

Not coincidentally, this increase in mother-focused, Maine-based businesses parallels the growing national conversation on the scientifically proven benefits to practicing self-care, especially for women/mothers. While the businesses and offerings may be varied, the goal is the same: To help mothers realize that allowing space for their self-care is not selfish, and actually results in them bringing their best selves back to their families, and to every aspect of their lives. And that is a cause the entire village can support.

There will always be a need for motherhood-focused services, and luckily there also exist trusted, Maine-based organizations like Mom to Mom of Maine, Birth Roots Center for Community Parenting (and their newest offering called Baby Roots!), the Maternal Health Alliance of Maine, and Maine Medical Center’s Mothering Circle offering gatherings and emotional support to mothers from pre- to perinatal, and beyond. And The Wrens Nest has recently partnered with Mindwell Marketing to offer “Little Adventures,” a thoughtfully created babymoon getaway combined with top-notch childbirth education, movement classes, and postnatal planning.

Season 2 – Episode 3: Lindsay Torrey, baker extraordinaire and cookie decoratrix, all around crafty lady, and one of those “outdoorsy moms.”

A mouth-watering chat with Lindsay Torrey, baker extraordinaire and cookie decoratrix, all around crafty lady, and one of those “outdoorsy moms” that I aspire to be.

In which we discuss the artists’ compulsion to make ALL THE THINGS yourself, the truth that yes you really do suck at first (but you DO get better!), how someone else’s faith in your abilities can light your spark, the cult cookie scene of Portland (ME), pregnant women addicted to sweet/salty treats, creative journeys taking WAY longer than expected, the great side-hustle debate continues (sometimes it’s the goal, sometimes it’s not – AND THAT’S OK!), a pep-talk for “indoorsy” types on how getting the kids outside actually makes parenting easier, the constant marination of the artists’ brain, and digging out from our hoarder piles of “potential” craft supplies. 

 

LINKS:

The Purple Door Studio

Tin Pan Bakery

Eating Portland Alive

Hobbies in the Hustle Era article

Mom to Mom of Maine

Kettle Cove State Park

Cookie Decorating videos rabbit hole 

 

 

 


PODCAST: Never miss an episode – subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher (anywhere you listen to podcasts!)

WORKBOOK: 

  • For the original, PRINTED version of The (Re)Discovering Creativity After Motherhood Workbookclick HERE
  • For the fillable, PDF version, click HERE
  • For the Video Lessons, with Companion Worksheets, click HERE

WORKSHOPS: For a schedule of upcoming, in-person (Portland, ME) (Re)Discovering Creativity After Motherhood Workshops, click HERE

NEWSLETTER: Stay up-to-date on all offerings for creative mamas from Who’s Your Mama Media, along with inspiration fixes and tips for staying creative, by signing up for my Stay Creative newsletter HERE!

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 Workbook and/or attended a Workshop and want to take a deeper dive. Request to be added as a member HERE!

FOLLOW: And, as always, be sure to follow Who’s Your Mama on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Season 2 – Episode 2: Denise Moriba, bookstore owner and writer on her own “heroine’s journey” of creative motherhood.

DeniseMoriba-podcastAn expansive chat with Denise Moriba – bookstore owner and writer on her own “heroine’s journey” of creative motherhood.

In which we discuss tiny dictators, the culture shock of your own diversity, masters programs that expect creativity to be quantifiable, country living allowing space (and the ability to scale back), the eternal struggle of when to let hobbies be hobbies (and when to wear all the hats), tuning in to what feels good, more books to add to your never-ending Amazon wish list, and what can be learned from initiations through culture/history/mythology (and how this can be translated to better welcoming women into motherhood) – just some light, airy topics up in here!

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LINKS:

Ellis River Books in Andover, ME

Zen and the Art of Making a Living: A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design by Laurence G. Boldt

The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One by Margaret Lobenstine

The Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell

The Lost Kitchen

Braiding Sweet Grass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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PODCAST: Never miss an episode – subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher (anywhere you listen to podcasts!)

WORKBOOK: 

  • For the original, PRINTED version of The (Re)Discovering Creativity After Motherhood Workbookclick HERE
  • For the fillable, PDF version, click HERE
  • For the Video Lessons, with Companion Worksheets, click HERE

WORKSHOPS: For a schedule of upcoming, in-person (Portland, ME) (Re)Discovering Creativity After Motherhood Workshops, click HERE

NEWSLETTER: Stay up-to-date on all offerings for creative mamas from Who’s Your Mama Media, along with inspiration fixes and tips for staying creative, by signing up for my Stay Creative newsletter HERE!

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 Workbook and/or attended a Workshop and want to take a deeper dive. Request to be added as a member HERE!

FOLLOW: And, as always, be sure to follow Who’s Your Mama on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Season 2 – Episode 1: Karli Efron, social worker and diaper bank warrior who enthusiastically teaches Oula on the side.

karli efronAn 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).

LINKS:

Oula Fitness

Oula with Karli at Bright Star World Dance in Portland, ME!

Jewish Community Alliance (JCA) of Southern Maine

Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services (KJFS) / Diaper Bank

Jake’s Diapers

An Act To Exempt Feminine Hygiene Products from Sales Tax (Maine)

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PODCAST: Never miss an episode – subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher (anywhere you listen to podcasts!)

WORKBOOK: 

  • For the original, PRINTED version of The (Re)Discovering Creativity After Motherhood Workbookclick HERE
  • For the fillable, PDF version, click HERE
  • For the Video Lessons, with Companion Worksheets, click HERE

WORKSHOPS: For a schedule of upcoming, in-person (Portland, ME) (Re)Discovering Creativity After Motherhood Workshops, click HERE

NEWSLETTER: Stay up-to-date on all offerings for creative mamas from Who’s Your Mama Media, along with inspiration fixes and tips for staying creative, by signing up for my Stay Creative newsletter HERE!

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 Workbook and/or attended a Workshop and want to take a deeper dive. Request to be added as a member HERE!

FOLLOW: And, as always, be sure to follow Who’s Your Mama on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

 

 

 

Episode 23: Lesli Weiner – former weaver and SAHM-turned-working-mom, current social butterfly and busiest “retired” person I know…who happens to be MY MOM!

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!

And, BIG NEWS! The Who’s Your Mama Workbook for (Re)Discovery is moving along (expected due date…2017), and I just released a FREE sample section, exclusively for subscribers of my (since closed) “Inspiration Fix” newsletter!

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Episode 22 – Announcements on Season 2, the Who’s Your Mama Workbook and What’s Next

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…)

 

Show Notes:

Nominate yourself (or another mama) to Be On The Show for Season 2 (or, shoot me an email at YourMamaPodcast [at] gmail [dot] com)

Sign up for my NEW “Inspiration Fix” email newsletter, for updates(and first-dibs FREEBIES!) from the forthcoming Who’s Your Mama Workbook for (Re)Discovery

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A relaxing hike and lovely family photo
A relaxing hike and lovely family photo

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