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Capture What Matters helps moms rediscover themselves through photography, creativity, and self-care. Each episode features a fresh tip or technique for helping you capture what matters through your own camera. Plus, host Beryl Young, founder of Momtography, shares stories of women who have opted out of overwhelm, burnout, and the neverending to-do list through self-expression. We’re exploring motherhood in an entirely new way––through the lens of putting you and your creativity first!
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May 5, 2020

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I’d like life to look like when this is all over.

Admittedly, this pandemic seems to shine a light in the places we’ve been ignoring far too long. It’s uncomfortable and it makes me question my confidence. 

Who am I?

What do I value?

How do I want to show up for myself and my family?

Where do I concentrate my time and energy and resources right now?

What is fair to expect of myself right now?

A few weeks ago, we wrapped up teaching our first Teentography kids virtual class and we're starting teaching another one this week.

With the help of these kids, I find the answers to those questions coming into clarity. I’ve learned from these kids, who are picking up a camera and sharing their hearts with me, how to lean into creativity and let go of expectations

These teens have breathed life into me on the days where I just couldn’t for myself.

And they're helping me remember there isn't anything I need to DO or anyone I need to BE in order to claim worth and confidence.

As we travel deeper into our theme of worth this month at Momtography and I think about our Teentography students and my own extreme awkwardness and resistance to feeling worthy at that age, I decided to bring a really special guest onto the show today.

My best friend, Phyllis Myers.

A person I've know since were teens. Someone who is extroverted, and outgoing, and bold, and not afraid to make friends wherever she goes. And one of a handful of people on the planet who knows my own personal struggles with confidence and worth.

Today Phyllis and I deep dive into our past selves, our unique struggles with worth, and how self-discovery and our unique friendship has allowed us to grow and support each other in coming back to confidence when we're feeling challenged.

Listen to the full episode to hear:

  • Why I’m so passionate about helping other women with there struggle with self-worth
  • How someone discovers who they are and how they know they’ve made that discovery
  • How I give Phyllis credit for helping me break out of my shell and become the person that I am today
  • Who I was during high school and the roll our friendship played during those years

Photo Inspiration:

Every episode, Momtography Club community Director Jen - our resident 'queen of photo projects' joins us here at Capture What Matters to share a tip you can use to get more comfortable with your camera. 

Today, Jen talks with us about getting into the habit of photographing yourself – getting comfortable with putting yourself in front of the camera. 

Beryl’s Links:

Apr 14, 2020

Right now, life is NOT normal.

Our routines and schedules are being tested big time.

When I scroll through my news feed, I see stories of moms trying to make sense of the wacky, cooped-up home-life that we are all trying to navigate right now. I see mom’s trying desperately to homeschool – trying to make sense of the distance learning her school system just implemented last week. Many of us resorting to tablets just to keep our kids entertained.

Our mental health and self-worth are being tested. Everything feels upside down.

I want to remind you that your SELF WORTH is not linked to how good you do during a pandemic.

Your SELF WORTH really isn't linked to anything at all.

Know that right here, right now, you have permission to press pause. It's okay to take a breath and find your new rhythm.

It's ok to do this #quarantime (quarantine time) your way.

This month at Momtography we're diving deep into self-discovery, self-awareness, and feelings of worth. We urge you to lean into how YOU most want to show up. To explore what matters most to you right now and remind yourself how that feels.

Today, our guest Judith Richmond will help you on the path of owning your WORTH. Judith is one of our 'empty-nester' Momtographers who reflects back on her experience raising her two creatively wired boys. She talks with us about how her own self-worth was affected along the way, and why it's led her to want to give back in a big way.

Listen to the full episode to hear:

  • How Judith’s priorities shifted as her kids left the nest and how that impacted how she saw her self and her self-worth
  • What were some actions and rituals that she learned to feel more "worthy" 
  • How working with younger generations has impacted how she sees herself
  • How she found a new path through creativity and photography

Photo Inspiration:

Every episode, Momtography Club community Director Jen - our resident 'queen of photo projects' joins us here at Capture What Matters to share a tip you can use to get more comfortable with your camera. 

Today, Jen talks with us about getting photos of our kids up on the wall and how this gives them a better understanding of who they are, where they come from, and how they fit into the family. 

Judith’s Links:

Beryl’s Links:

Mar 31, 2020

Never in my wildest imagination did I expect to be broadcasting right now while quarantined at home. 

We're currently on day 13 of my daughter being home from school, and our governor here in Virginia just made the call that schools will be closed until the fall. At the very least, a lot of our friends and their kids are grieving.

And rightfully so. There's a lot of sadness and uncertainty right now. 

Because our reality right now is not ever something my imagination could have dreamed up as even remotely possible during this lifetime. 

Even though they are not the same, I find myself comparing the Covid 19 Pandemic to our pregnancy loss back in 2009. The trauma of both of these scenarios then and now are real. We had expectations and plans – we had imagined how life would be. And now the reality of what's actually unfolding is totally different. It’s tragic and disappointing. 

But the cool thing about imagination is that we can use it to shift our perspective even during the hardest moments and find the good again.  

Be gentle with yourself.  

Be gentle with yourself on the days that you can't get out of pajamas.

Be gentle with yourself when you can't wear all the hats of mom, teacher, CEO, nurse – all of them at once. 

Be gentle with yourself when you watch the news and anxiety strikes. 

When you're gentle, you soften, shift your perspective and use your imagination again. When you’re gentle you allow yourself to see the good that still exists.

I promise there is a gift in the eye of this pandemic and today's episode I know will help you not only to look for it but to capture it from behind the lens of your camera. 

My guest today is Lindsay Davis. Lindsey is a documentary photographer who lives in North Florida and loves capturing ordinary life in an honest and unique way.

Through her photos, she will inspire you to treasure life’s ordinary moments. When she is not taking photos, you can find her homeschooling her five kids. I know you're going to absolutely be inspired and hopeful after listening to her share about her personal projects and imaginative approach to picture taking. 

Listen to the full episode to hear:

  • What Linsey does to fit her documentary photography in with her life as a homeschooling mom
  • How Linsey develops her projects and how she goes about starting them
  • How Linsey benefited from learning to “follow the light” late in her creative development
  • What led to Linsey’s interest in drone photography and what her process looks like now
  • How photography can transport you back to a different time and place

Linsey’s Links:

Beryl’s Links:

Mar 17, 2020

Three years ago, our daughter was diagnosed with ADHD and anxiety.

Surprisingly, my reaction was not one of sadness or fear or worry. My immediate reaction was one of relief.

Our kiddo’s diagnosis brought me relief because it gave me permission to honor and advocate for who she is. Her diagnosis reminded me how lucky I am to mother a child who is so comfortable with her creativity, and it led me to my own ADHD diagnosis not too long after hers.

Here at Momtography we are champions for imagination and creativity, not only for our children, but for us as parents and role models as well.

Today’s return guest, Dayna Abraham, is the founder of Lemon Lime Adventures and creator of the Calm The Chaos Framework where she supports parents out-of-the-box kids going from just surviving to thriving.

I wanted to have Dayna on the show to talk about what happens when we infuse more curiosity and imagination into our parenting, especially when we are feeling the most defeated or disconnected from our kids.

We talked about breaking the stigma around raising out-of-the-box-kiddos so we can stop hiding the qualities in our families that often make us feel fear or shame. 

We chatted about how the more we talk about these truths, the deeper a connection we can make with our communities and with ourselves. 

And we talked about how when we learn to embrace the things that make us and our children different, we are granting ourselves permission to show up in life with more creativity, curiosity, and imagination.

Photography tip:

Every episode, Momtography Club community Director Jen and I sit down together and share a tip you can use to get more comfortable with your camera so you can capture more of what matters in your life. Jen's unofficial title at Momtography is the Queen of Photo Projects. So with that in mind, this month Jen and I will be sharing photo projects to spark your imagination and inspire you to go capture, develop, and preserve more photos! 

Listen to the full episode to hear:

  • How parents of out of the box kids find joy again in their parenting journey
  • What happens when we use curiosity and imagination in our parenting?
  • How parents who have lost that spark of imagination because they feel so defeated can tap into their imagination again? 
  • What to do if your interests and your child's interests don't intersect

Links:

Mar 3, 2020

I am not a Barbie mom.

The reason I'm not a Barbie Mom is that when my daughter asks me to sit and "play" with her– whether it be with her Barbies or lego or stuffed toys–I freeze.

Imagination is not my superpower.

And...I don't think I'm alone in this.

As a mom, my guess is you are more accustomed to cycling through your endless to-do list or getting your family from point A to point B than expressing your creativity. 

Somewhere between childhood wonder and adult responsibility, we lose sight of what it means to play. We forget how to use our imagination and express ourselves creatively.

And that is why all this month at Momtography we're exploring imagination and how we can infuse it into our lives and our photos in a way that makes us feel excited–not awkward.

For today’s return-guest, Natalie Allgyer, (Episode #68) photography started like it does for many new moms, taking photos of just her daughter. As her photos improved and people began asking her to start a family and newborn business, something didn't feel right.

She realized her imagination was much bigger than her reality. 

Today, Natalie and I chat about her process and the world of fine art photography. We talk about what happens when you step out of your comfort zone, use your imagination, and step forward with a healthy dose of patience and consistency.

Photography tip:

Every episode, Momtography Club community Director Jen and I sit down together and share a tip you can use to get more comfortable with your camera so you can capture more of what matters in your life. Jen's unofficial title at Momtography is the Queen of Photo Projects. So with that in mind, this month Jen and I will be sharing photo projects to spark your imagination and inspire you to go capture, develop, and preserve more photos! 

Listen to the full episode to hear:

  • Natalie’s story of going from mom with a camera toward fine art photography and why she didn't go the traditional photography route as most moms do
  • How she discovered her process of intricate details and how that process is largely a process of patience 
  • The importance of mentors when we are trying to learn a new skill
  • What it takes to get a foot in the door of Fine Art Photography World 
  • And how Natalie was able to heal her crippling anxiety by embracing her imagination and expressing her creativity

Links:

Feb 18, 2020

Quick: what would you do with 10 minutes to yourself?

Just 10 minutes to connect with the blissful peace and quiet you crave. 

We know we need it. But how often do we actually give ourselves that time?

I want to let you in on a little secret. If you aren't giving yourself this time, you aren't alone. Many of us moms have far too many responsibilities to be able to connect with ourselves and our creativity on a regular basis.

But there is hope. Because when you do make the time and you do start giving yourself those 10 minutes, your life will change. 

When I was still working full time as a teacher and building Momtography on the side, I would often rush out of my school building at the end of an exhausting day and immediately drive to daycare to reconnect with my daughter.

After the brutal commute home, I'd be met with a barrage of to do's – dinner prep, playtime, bathtime, bedtime dishes, laundry... The list goes on and on. 

I just needed 10 minutes to connect with me. 

Then one day I had the idea to try a little experiment. What if instead of rushing straight from work to daycare, I took myself out to coffee and journaled for 10 minutes before moving on with the rest of the day?

Those after-work coffee dates were exactly the reset button I needed. 

When I took those 10 minutes of creative connection, I was able to show up for everything and everyone else with more focus, energy, and attention. 

And the same thing is true for today's guest, Tammy Blefeld.

As a high-achieving, working mom, Tammy was constantly feeling like she was burning the candle at both ends. Her go, go, go attitude eventually ended in a breakdown and that's where our conversation begins today, diving into what happened when she turned this low point in her life into an opportunity to connect more deeply with her company, her camera, her family, and herself. 

Photography tip:

This month in Momtogaphy Club, Jen and I are challenging you to fill the frame more while taking photos. Today, we're exploring why filling the frame is such a beneficial compositional tool and sharing some specific ideas for using this tool in your photography

Listen to the full episode to hear:

  • How Tammy went from being the go go go, all-in working mom to being the mom who makes the time to journal daily
  • What routines, habits, and tools Tammy uses to stay connected to her creativity, even when life goes off the rails
  • The surprising result Tammy had from opening up to her boss and connecting with her company around her personal breakdown
  • How she even got a promotion because she was taking better care of herself and was in a better mental place
  • What effect the unexpected link of accountability and habit formation had on how she now connects with her family

Links:

Feb 18, 2020

Mom guilt. 

My guess is that you are no stranger to the complicated feelings of self-doubt, shame, and uncertainty that come with raising kids.

The guilt creeps in in all sorts of ways. 

You find yourself endlessly wondering: am I doing this right? Am I ruining my child? Will this be the terrible moment in their memory 20 years from now? 

As a new mom nine years ago, I naively thought that as my own daughter got older, these guilty feelings would subside, but here we are.

Honestly, sometimes I'm not sure how to fill the space besides swirling in more mom guilt, but I also know that my camera is there to help me reconnect, to actually see these challenges and transitions in a more positive light. 

This month at Momtography, we are exploring how moms connect, not only with their families but with themselves too.

And in today's episode of Capture What Matters, I'm talking to Valerie Schoenfeld, a mom of three who decided, at seven months pregnant with her third baby, that she was ready to start a photography business. 

We’ll not only look at her journey through the lens of her business success but we'll also explore her surprising realization about how a camera could bring a more meaningful connection to her family, as well as the unexpected desire she discovered for self-care.

Photography Tip:

Every episode, Momtography Club Community Director Jen and I sit down together and share a tip you can use to get more comfortable with your camera so you can capture more of what matters in your life. 

In this episode, Jen and I share a unique perspective on the photography skill of "filling the frame." We will explore some unique tips for "filling your life" with photography that encourage you to pick up the camera more this month! 

Listen to the full episode to hear:

  • How photography has helped Valerie reclaim her own creative confidence and shape her identity as a mom 
  • What made her decide to start a photography business when 7 months pregnant with your 3rd baby
  • How starting a business helped her realize how much she had been neglecting herself
  • How the camera has brought Valerie greater connection with her family as they make memories and learn to love photography together
  • And what internal tactical shifts Valerie has made to prioritize connection with herself and how she, like most moms, didn't even realize self-care was a problem

Links:

 

Feb 5, 2020

Capture What Matters helps moms rediscover themselves through photography, creativity, and self-care. Each episode features a fresh tip or technique for helping you capture what matters through your own camera. Plus, host Beryl Young, founder of Momtography, shares stories of women who have opted out of overwhelm, burnout, and the neverending to-do list through self-expression. We’re exploring motherhood in an entirely new way––through the lens of putting you and your creativity first!

Nov 8, 2019

On the Recapture Self podcast it’s our intention to give you a peek at the lives of people who are balancing daily life, parenthood, and a commitment to their creative selves. These are people who are making time and space for their passion projects whether that be writing a book, designing a blog, photographing their family, or running a business.

PREPARE TO BE INSPIRED BY THEIR STORIES.

This week I’m chatting with Momtography Community Storyteller, Michelle Tait. 

Listen in as they discuss how sharing your story creates connection and community. 

Have a story you'd like to share with our community? Send Michelle an email saying 'I Am Momtography'! You can reach her at: michelle@momtography.club 

 

Nov 7, 2019

On the Recapture Self podcast it’s our intention to give you a peek at the lives of people who are balancing daily life, parenthood, and a commitment to their creative selves. These are people who are making time and space for their passion projects whether that be writing a book, designing a blog, photographing their family, or running a business.

PREPARE TO BE INSPIRED BY THEIR STORIES.

This week I’m chatting with Hilarie Burton Morgan.

Hilarie Burton Morgan is an actress and producer and a high school friend of Momtography founder Beryl Young. Her acting career includes being a former host of MTV's Total Request Live, spending six seasons on the  The WB/CW drama One Tree Hill portraying Peyton Sawyer, and roles on shows such as White Collar, Grey's Anatomy, and many others. Burton is a mom to two kids and recently married long time partner and actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Hailing from Sterling, Virginia, and alumnus of  a Title 1 high school where the majority of students qualify for free and reduced lunches, Hilarie is committed to being an advocate and philanthropist to her alma mater. Project Patriot, began by Hilarie in 2018 as a non-profit alumni booster program that seeks to both provide support and resources to the school, and spark community unification to Patriot Pride, that collective identity and rally cry, to Sterling Park.

Learn more about Hilarie Burton and Project Patriot in the following places:

Website: 
https://www.project-patriot.org/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/hilarieburton

 

Nov 6, 2019

On the Recapture Self podcast it’s our intention to give you a peek at the lives of people who are balancing daily life, parenthood, and a commitment to their creative selves. These are people who are making time and space for their passion projects whether that be writing a book, designing a blog, photographing their family, or running a business.

Prepare to be inspired by their stories. 

This week I'm chatting with Valerie Schoenfeld.

Valerie is a northern Virginia lifestyle photographer and mom to 3 little boys 4 and under. It was after becoming a mom that her love for photography took on a new journey. She  wanted to be able to capture all those fleeting moments and remember each stage of her children’s lives, so she bought her first DSLR camera in the fall of 2015 shortly after her first was born. A new spark was ignited in the spring of 2019 when she took photos for people she had never met in an attempt to save up for a photography course. Little did she know, that decision would bring forth this overpowering sense of joy and creativity that she had been missing for so long since becoming a mother.

Her passion is for taking lifestyle photos to capture those special moments and connections between families and couples. Her goal is that you smile and find joy in the moments and memories that were made while taking your photos and that they provide a snapshot in time that you will always cherish.

You can also connect and learn more about Valerie in the following places: 

Website - https://valerieschoenfeld.passgallery.com/portfolio

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SchoMeYourSmile/

Nov 5, 2019

On the Recapture Self podcast it’s our intention to give you a peek at the lives of people who are balancing daily life, parenthood, and a commitment to their creative selves. These are people who are making time and space for their passion projects whether that be writing a book, designing a blog, photographing their family, or running a business.

PREPARE TO BE INSPIRED BY THEIR STORIES.

This week I’m chatting with Joyce Shulman

Joyce Shulman is the founder and CEO of Macaroni Kid and 99 Walks where she reaches millions of moms each month with hyper-local and national e-newsletters and websites, social media content, video and her Weekly Walk podcast.

Macaroni Kid is the largest source of family events and activities in the Country serving more than 5,000 communities in 47 states and reaching more than 3,000,000 families each month. She calls Macaroni Kid's mission E2: Empowering Moms and EnrichingCommunities. Her most recent endeavor, 99 Walks, is on a mission to combat loneliness and improve fitness through the simple act of encouraging moms to walk together.

A self-confessed idea junkie, in 1998, Joyce abandoned law firm life to liberate her entrepreneurial spirit and focus on the things that are most important to her: family, community and empowering women to chase their dreams.

You can also connect and learn more about Joyce, Macaroni Kid and 99 walks in the following places: 

99 Walks: https://www.99walks.fit/

Macaroni Kid: https://national.macaronikid.com/

 

Nov 4, 2019

On the Recapture Self podcast it’s our intention to give you a peek at the lives of people who are balancing daily life, parenthood, and a commitment to their creative selves. These are people who are making time and space for their passion projects whether that be writing a book, designing a blog, photographing their family, or running a business.

PREPARE TO BE INSPIRED BY THEIR STORIES.

This week Momtography CEO, Beryl Young will be interviewed by Community Manager, Jen Doolittle. Listen in as they discuss what's coming up for Momtography, self-care and finding your community. 

Interested in leading a Momtography club? Learn more here: http://momtography.club/lead

Aug 8, 2019

On the Recapture Self podcast it’s our intention to give you a peek at the lives of people who are balancing daily life, parenthood, and a commitment to their creative selves. These are people who are making time and space for their passion projects whether that be writing a book, designing a blog, photographing their family, or running a business.

PREPARE TO BE INSPIRED BY THEIR STORIES.

This week I’m chatting with Morgan Gist MacDonald.

Morgan Gist MacDonald is the Founder and CEO of Paper Raven Books, an independent publishing company that helps people write, edit, and publish books that grow the author’s platform and create massive impact in the world.

Check out Morgan's book here: Start Writing Your Book Today: A Step-by-Step Plan to Write Your Nonfiction Book, From First Draft to Finished Manuscript

You can also connect and learn more about Morgan in the following places: 

Website - http://paperravenbooks.com/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/PaperRavenBooks/

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/morgangmac/

Jul 25, 2019

On the Recapture Self podcast it’s our intention to give you a peek at the lives of people who are balancing daily life, parenthood, and a commitment to their creative selves. These are people who are making time and space for their passion projects whether that be writing a book, designing a blog, photographing their family, or running a business.

PREPARE TO BE INSPIRED BY THEIR STORIES.

This week I’m chatting with Brad Bizjack.

Brad Bizjack lives in Royal Oak, Michigan with his wife, Janiece, and Oliver, their miniature cockapoo! They are college sweethearts and have been happily married since June 2017!

Brad was a professional network marketer for 5 years helping people across the United States and Canada with their health and wellness. After 9 months of being business, he left his corporate role to pursue a home-business full time.

But his business was failing. Brad was earning 1/4 of what he was making in the corporate world even though he was promoting a “life by design.” He felt like a fraud.

So he tried to beat it. Brad spent thousands of hours reading books and tens of thousands of dollars attending seminars or taking courses just trying to piece together how to finally break through everything holding me back. It took 5 years, but finally, he figured it out.

He created Appreciation Academy, which gives you the 5 years of growth he experienced in less than 1 month.

Regardless if your goal is to quit your job and start your dream business, find the perfect 9-5 for you, or attract the love of your life, it doesn’t need to take you years to figure it out.

Brad helps people break through all the obstacles getting in the way of an amazing life. He’ll show you how to get out of your own way and close the gap between where you are and where you really want to be. In other words, he helps you breakthrough everything holding you back from an incredible life on your terms.

You can connect and learn more about Brad in the following places:

Website – https://www.bradbizjack.com/appreciation-academy
(use promo code: PODCAST for 50% off his course!)

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/BradBizjackCoaching/

Podcast – https://www.bradbizjack.com/podcast-page

Jun 20, 2019

On the Recapture Self podcast it’s our intention to give you a peek at the lives of people who are balancing daily life, parenthood, and a commitment to their creative selves. These are people who are making time and space for their passion projects whether that be writing a book, designing a blog, photographing their family, or running a business.

PREPARE TO BE INSPIRED BY THEIR STORIES.

This week I’m chatting with Judith Richmond.

In her former life Judith was a Boy Scout Assistant Scoutmaster and the mother of two Eagle Scouts.  Judith learned the skills necessary to teach boys how to learn, be creative, be resilient, and make confident young men.

Now she is turning her attention to teaching the same skills to girls so they can grow to be confident and resilient.  Having scout skills she learned helped her to become a better mom during some difficult times in her life.

Judith has ADHD and dyslexia. Both of her sons have learning disabilities, ADHD and dyslexia. She knows how difficult it can be not only as a student but also as a parent of children with ADHD and dyslexia. It is also difficult to find programs to teach children and teens with these learning disabilities. Her programs are designed with this in mind.

Formerly a chemist and robotic engineer from New Jersey, she resides in Maryland with her husband, Chris and their dog, Maxx.

You can connect and learn more about Judith on her website: https://www.3ddiscovery.fun/

Apr 18, 2019

On the Recapture Self podcast it’s our intention to give you a peek at the lives of people who are balancing daily life, parenthood, and a commitment to their creative selves. These are people who are making time and space for their passion projects whether that be writing a book, designing a blog, photographing their family, or running a business.

PREPARE TO BE INSPIRED BY THEIR STORIES.

This week I’m chatting with Heather Gonzalez.

Heather Gonzalez is a stay-at-home mom, wellness coach, lover of all things sweet, and working on living each day in gratitude. In previous chapters of her life, Heather has been an elementary teacher, math coach, and baking business owner, but found her true passion of helping other women who have gone through traumatic life events after going through one of her own.

Heather is currently working on creating an online community and blog as a safe place to connect, share, and support women as they navigate life after trauma and to help them feel less alone during this difficult stage of life.

You can connect and learn more about Heather in the following places:

Website: https://www.gratefulforthislife.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gratefulhealthylife/

 

Apr 11, 2019
Coparenting With Your Ex: Zoe recently separated from the father of her two-year-old son, and now she feels stuck. She’s struggling to get past the anger she feels toward her ex and her shame about being a single mom.
Apr 4, 2019

On the Recapture Self podcast it’s our intention to give you a peek at the lives of people who are balancing daily life, parenthood, and a commitment to their creative selves. These are people who are making time and space for their passion projects whether that be writing a book, designing a blog, photographing their family, or running a business.

PREPARE TO BE INSPIRED BY THEIR STORIES.

This week I’m chatting with Tiffiney Lozano.

Tiffiney Lozano is a writer, mama, diehard mountain girl, lover of adventure, and a believer in possibilities. In her former life, she  a marketing and public relations professional for a string of great organizations including Whole Foods Market, the PlumpJack Group, and the California Community College system.

Now a creative entrepreneur, she runs a boutique video production business with her husband in Northern California and offers playful workshops for women seeking to reconnect with themselves, their creativity and the world around them. She shares her journey to live more from her heART, and less from her head, in hopes it gives others permission to do the same.

She hosts a free community called the heART and Soul Cafe, which offers fun creative invitations for your daily practice, and celebrates the idea that we are both the artist and the masterpiece of our lives. You can find her online at www.wildchildtravels.com or www.tiffineylozano.com.

 

Mar 26, 2019

On the Recapture Self podcast it’s our intention to give you a peek at the lives of people who are balancing daily life, parenthood, and a commitment to their creative selves. These are people who are making time and space for their passion projects whether that be writing a book, designing a blog, photographing their family, or running a business.

PREPARE TO BE INSPIRED BY THEIR STORIES.

This week I’m chatting with Nick and Katherine North.

Katherine was a cynic who didn't even believe in true love...until she accidentally fell in love at almost 40-years-old with her best friend, Nick.

But when they fell in love, he wasn't "Nick"... he was "Nikki." And, Nikki was pregnant with baby #4!

Assigned female at birth, Nick always knew deep down he was a man trapped in a woman's body. A stay-at-home pregnant mom and family photographer who didn’t think life could ever be any different, he was stuck in a life that should have made him happy but wasn’t his own.

Together, they navigated Nick's transition from female to male as a couple and as parents and as business owners.

They negotiated the challenges of transitioning while blending a family and keeping their businesses afloat. They continue maneuvering through marriage, parenting five kids, nontraditional gender roles (who pays the bills and does the dishes?,) and so much more.

With true stories, embarrassing anecdotes, and practical advice, Nick and Katherine show their audience and clients how to start taking brave steps in their own lives, wherever they are starting.

Nick and Katherine recently received a grant from Storyhive to create a documentary film about their family called “Just Another Beautiful Family” and are developing the "Beautiful Families" project which will include a conference, podcast, and supportive online community for all sorts of nontraditional families. They have appeared on numerous stages and media outlets.

You can connect and learn more about them in the following places: 
Katherine's website: DeclareDominion.com
Nick's website: www.nicknorth.co
Nick's instagram: @epicdanger

Mar 15, 2019

On the Recapture Self podcast it’s our intention to give you a peek at the lives of people who are balancing daily life, parenthood, and a commitment to their creative selves. These are people who are making time and space for their passion projects whether that be writing a book, designing a blog, photographing their family, or running a business.

PREPARE TO BE INSPIRED BY THEIR STORIES.

This week I’m chatting with Nick and Katherine North.

Katherine was a cynic who didn't even believe in true love...until she accidentally fell in love at almost 40-years-old with her best friend, Nick.

But when they fell in love, he wasn't "Nick"... he was "Nikki." And, Nikki was pregnant with baby #4!

Assigned female at birth, Nick always knew deep down he was a man trapped in a woman's body. A stay-at-home pregnant mom and family photographer who didn’t think life could ever be any different, he was stuck in a life that should have made him happy but wasn’t his own.

Together, they navigated Nick's transition from female to male as a couple and as parents and as business owners.

They negotiated the challenges of transitioning while blending a family and keeping their businesses afloat. They continue maneuvering through marriage, parenting five kids, nontraditional gender roles (who pays the bills and does the dishes?,) and so much more.

With true stories, embarrassing anecdotes, and practical advice, Nick and Katherine show their audience and clients how to start taking brave steps in their own lives, wherever they are starting.

Nick and Katherine recently received a grant from Storyhive to create a documentary film about their family called “Just Another Beautiful Family” and are developing the "Beautiful Families" project which will include a conference, podcast, and supportive online community for all sorts of nontraditional families. They have appeared on numerous stages and media outlets.

You can connect and learn more about them in the following places: 
Katherine's website: DeclareDominion.com
Nick's website: www.nicknorth.co
Nick's instagram: @epicdanger

Mar 8, 2019

On the Recapture Self podcast it’s our intention to give you a peek at the lives of moms and women who are balancing daily life, motherhood, and a commitment to their creative selves. These are women who are making time and space for their passion projects whether that be writing a book, designing a blog, photographing their family, or running a business.

PREPARE TO BE INSPIRED BY THEIR STORIES.

This week I’m chatting with Ayelet Marinovich.

Ayelet Marinovich is the founder of Strength In Words, a podcast and educational resource providing access to high-quality, evidence-based resources for parents, caregivers and professionals with infants and toddlers of all developmental levels, so they can have peace of mind they are supporting their children to the best of their ability. She is the bestselling author of the book “Understanding Your Baby" and the forthcoming "Understanding Your Toddler", creator of the "Learn With Less™ Curriculum, a pediatric speech-language pathologist, a singer and recording artist, and, perhaps most importantly, an imperfect mother of two.

You can connect and learn more about Ayelet in the following places:

Website – https://www.strengthinwords.com/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/strengthinwordspics/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/strengthinwords/

 

Feb 28, 2019

On the Recapture Self podcast it’s our intention to give you a peek at the lives of moms and women who are balancing daily life, motherhood, and a commitment to their creative selves. These are women who are making time and space for their passion projects whether that be writing a book, designing a blog, photographing their family, or running a business.

PREPARE TO BE INSPIRED BY THEIR STORIES.

This week I’m chatting with Dayna Abraham.

Dayna Abraham, author of best-selling book The Superkids Activity Guide to Conquering Every Day and founder of the popular blog, Lemon Lime Adventures, helps parents and education professionals unlock the unique super powers in children so they can live a more peaceful life filled with clarity, connection and empowerment by providing them with a proven plan designed to Calm the Chaos™ of everyday life.

When she’s not writing, you can find her drinking lots of coffee and being the best sidekick possible for her own three Superkids. Check out her other books, Sensory Processing 101 and STEAM Kids.

You can connect and learn more about Dayna in the following places:

Website - https://lemonlimeadventures.com/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lemonlimeadventures/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/LemonLimeAdventures/
Calm the Chaos Workshop - https://calmthechaosworkshop.com/

Feb 22, 2019

On the Recapture Self podcast it’s our intention to give you a peek at the lives of moms and women who are balancing daily life, motherhood, and a commitment to their creative selves. These are women who are making time and space for their passion projects whether that be writing a book, designing a blog, photographing their family, or running a business.

PREPARE TO BE INSPIRED BY THEIR STORIES.

This week I’m chatting with Natalie Allgyer.

Natalie Allgyer is a photo artist, with a fiercely creative soul who uses a camera and photoshop to display a wide array of feeling and emotion. She learned her craft on her own and continues to hone it weekly.

Born in NJ she and her husband chose Charleston, SC as the place for them to raise their daughter. It was in Charleston that Natalie found her soul, and the creativity began to flow thru the lens of her camera. At one point she decided that reality wasn’t conveying her message as deeply as she felt it so she took to photoshop. That is where the magic began.

Natalie’s whimsical style incorporates pieces of her own images that she makes with her dslr camera. It can take an upward of 20 images to create one of her works. She enjoys using elements of nature and the world around her in her art.  Her carefully curated color choices in combination with painstakingly thoughtful lighting, contrast, and texture lends itself to her empathic vibe and painterly feel.

Each of Natalie pieces are available as limited edition prints only. Once they run out that is it. There will be no more creations of that particular piece. Each print is printed on archival velvet paper, signed and numbered by Natalie herself, and each comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Natalie’s mission is to show you the world thru her eyes while also conveying feelings and vibes that just about each and every one of us could relate to in some way. Cheers and enjoy!

You can connect and learn more about Natalie in the following places:

Website - https://www.natalieallgyer.com/
Instagram - @natalieallgyer
Facebook - Natalie Allgyer Fine Art

Feb 14, 2019

This season on the Recapture Self podcast it’s our intention to give you a peek at the lives of moms and women who are balancing daily life, motherhood, and a commitment to their creative selves. These are women who are making time and space for their passion projects whether that be writing a book, designing a blog, photographing their family, or running a business.

Prepare to be inspired by their stories. This week I'm chatting with Rachel Friend. 

Rachel Friend is a communication professor, mindset coach, and mother who is all about finding more joy in the journey. She does this through her mission of teaching others how to harness the power of perspective so they can get out of their own way, make peace with their past, and connect more deeply with others. As a special needs mom, Rachel has discovered another one of her passions, positive communication with her kids. She enjoys sharing tips and techniques with other parents to encourage more bonding with their children through emotional intelligence and gentle parenting. Rachel’s End Game is to give you the tools you need to really connect more deeply with yourself and others because that is what brings more joy to the journey.

You can connect and learn more about Rachel in the following places:
Instagram - @itsrachelfriend
Website - www.itsrachelfriend.com
Facebook - Your End Game
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