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They say that when a baby is born, so is a mother. But while you are there to help your baby grow into the person he or she is meant to be, who is there to help you? Many women feel lost and alone when they become mothers, wondering “who AM I now?” Sometimes it feels like transformation from woman to mother is as radical as a caterpillar’s transformation into a butterfly. Did you know that inside the chrysalis, the caterpillar literally turns into goop before it rearranges itself into a butt ...
 
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Lisa Speers transformed her love of journaling into a thriving platform aptly named, I Do Part Two. She shares 'keeping it real' marriage stories and advice from experts to strengthen our most important relationships. She also hopes to encourage women who feel ‘stuck’ and a little ‘lost’ as their children leave the nest to start pursuing their own …
 
Sierra Buck is the mom of an absurdly good-natured baby, the owner of an unforgivably spoiled puppy, and the wife of the kindest man on Earth. She is a budding writer who recently graduated with her MFA in Creative Nonfiction and has become a professional rejection letter recipient on her quest to getting published. Because she became a mom while i…
 
Jessika Sanders is the Founder and President of Praying Through ministries, a nonprofit organization that emboldens and equips families with Biblical Truth and encouragement as they journey through the difficult seasons of the NICU, PICU, and Child Loss. In this episode, Jessika and I talk about the roller coaster that is having a baby in the NICU …
 
Celeste Yvonne is a popular writer and personality whose filter free approach to parenting and sober living resonates with mothers everywhere. In 2018, Celeste openly spoke about her struggles with alcohol, and announced her commitment to becoming a sober mom for the sake of her health and her family. Celeste lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband …
 
Kathy Radigan is a writer, blogger, mom to three, wife to one, and the one time owner of a possessed appliance. She has fun exploring midlife, marriage and raising teens and a college kid on her blog, My Dishwasher's Possessed! And sharing her experience as a parent to a daughter with significant disabilities on The Special Needs Nest by Kathy Radi…
 
Jessica Brudjar is a Jesus-loving single mom to an 11-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old tabby cat. She has spent the last 17 years on active duty in the Air Force, and she has a deep passion for people. When she isn't working or parenting, she loves to write, sing, work on odd projects around the house, and/or nap. Happy Independence Day! A huge p…
 
In this solo episode, I talk about what being a cycle breaker means to me. Sometimes we break cycles from our own childhoods, or generational cycles of dysfunction. Sometime we break cycles that we have created in our own families too that are not working for us anymore or are causing harm. For me, cycle breaking is about our inner work not just pr…
 
In December 2020, Danielle Johnsrude’s best friend, teammate, and colleague, her husband, lost his short battle with cancer. She has been learning how to navigate grief while leading and parenting a child through this experience as she is mom to a creative and inspiring 4-year-old daughter. Danielle love’s her west coast ocean living, listening to …
 
Nellie Harden is a Family Life & Leadership Coach who focuses on helping parents eliminate power struggles with their daughters and help them grow into confident, wise, and respectful young women that are actually ready for the world! She is a wife and mom to 4 daughters, author, speaker and podcaster, homeschooling parent and adventure chaser. She…
 
As a trained educator with 20+ years of public speaking experience, Lauren makes evidence-based sexuality education fun and accessible. Lauren specializes in working with clients to restore positive and respectful approaches to sexuality, pleasure, and relationships, as well as overcoming obstacles associated with: religious trauma, sexual communic…
 
Savannah is a labor and delivery nurse, mom to two rambunctious toddlers, and fiber arts enthusiast. For the past two years she has been travel nursing all over the US with her little family, working while her husband (and most incredible support) stays home with the kids. She is intimately acquainted with the growing pains of juggling professional…
 
With a degree in journalism, Valli Gideons' work has reached millions of people across multiple platforms. Her engaged community made up of parents and leaders in the field of the deaf and hard of hearing, she is passionate about her role as advocate and champion of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Valli opens her story about raising two c…
 
Ashley Pi is a wife and SAHM to four kids under the age of four. She became a licensed foster mom five years ago and has adopted four toddlers and helped three reunify with their families. After seeing the needs of all involved in the system, she has been creating and partnering with organizations in her city to help support kids in care, former fo…
 
Leslie is founder and owner of the popular website Her View From Home, which features heartfelt contributor stories on motherhood, marriage, faith and grief. She is a former news anchor, published children’s book author, weekly columnist for the Kearney Hub, and has published several short stories. She is married to a very patient man named Kyle, a…
 
It's the 30th episode of the podcast and the LAST episode of season 1 I share a bit about me (Because I never did that in the first episode of the season ha!) Stats for Season 1 3 things that surprised me about podcasting (I get real vulnerable, friends...!) and (drum roll!) a SNEAK PEEK into the topics covered in Season 2 of The Motherhood Metamor…
 
Jacqueline Pezzillo is a mother, stepmother and the Director of Brand Communications & PR at Room to Read, a global education non-profit focused on creating a world free from illiteracy and gender inequality. She is passionate about rewriting the narratives girls and women are told about themselves and living a purpose-driven life. Jacqueline and I…
 
It’s March 2022. I don’t know about you, but my mind (and Facebook memories) is filled with reflections on the last two years. I’m tired. I know you are too. We’ve all been through a LOT since March 2020. Our motherhood narratives are filled with the unexpected, parts we would never have chosen for ourselves and our children. We know about the shif…
 
Kristen is a writer with personal experiences struggling with mental health in motherhood. She and her husband and 3 boys live in the suburbs of Dallas, TX. Her mission is to help other mothers know that they are not alone in their struggles by sharing experiences and advice through a mix of informative posts, stories, and humor. Kristen shares her…
 
Theresa is a mom of two children, 15 years apart. When her second was born, She had one learning to talk, and one talking back. One learning to drive and one driving her crazy. These days, her daughter is the momma of two cuties, and her son is starting college. Theresa and her husband live in Missouri and enjoy walking, gardening, and laughing at …
 
Ali Flynn is excited to share with you the joys and hardships of motherhood with an open heart, laughter and some tears. Ali has been seen on Love What Matters, Her View From Home, Filter Free Parents, Grown and Flown, Today Parents and The Mighty where she shares inspirational stories about motherhood while keeping it real. I so appreciated my con…
 
In this solo episode, I share my own struggle with the Good Mother/Bad Mother narratives that play in my head, sharing stories from my early motherhood years, how I've changed and grown, and how I still struggle to re-frame the narratives that I receive from our culture, my past, my family of origin, and my own inner pressure to be a "good mom." Mo…
 
Awunli Eghosasere is from Nigeria and is the founder of hapiwify.site, a digital platform that publishes resources to help young women to achieve their dreams. She is also a Christain women speaker and writer. For the past seven years, she has contributed to several leading blogs, magazines and newspapers on women issues. I truly enjoyed my convers…
 
Emily Roussell is author of Rock You Tonight, a lullaby style picture book written for new babies and moms. She's mom to four, and wife to her best friend. She's a speech language pathologist by degree, but as motherhood has grown and changed her she's become a writer by passion and pursuit. Emily and I dive deep into the cultural narrative of bein…
 
Lauren Lund is a wife, a mother of 6 (3 regular kids and 3 fur babies), a teacher, and a writer. She is a self-proclaimed nerd who spends most of her free time reading and writing or walking outdoors where she can reflect on the aforementioned. She is currently working on her first non-fiction book and is back in school for pastoral counseling. Lau…
 
Trust your gut Make your voice louder Lean on your intuition Throughout the 2021 podcast interviews, I started noticing a theme: Across the various topics, the amazing women I spoke to kept coming back to the idea of trusting your intuition as a mom. But I got to thinking—as a new mom, I had NO CLUE what it meant to trust my gut. How do I make my o…
 
Melissa Davis is a certified Wellness Coach and Personal Trainer. A mom of 2 boys, she has been in the wellness industry for 18 years and truly enjoys helping people reach their wellness goals. In this interview, Melissa and I discuss how hard it can be to recover after having a baby. She shares her personal story of having postpartum depression, h…
 
Lauren Flake is a wife, mom to two girls, watercolor artist, seventh-generation Texan, and early-onset Alzheimer's daughter. She is the author and illustrator of two award-winning children's books for grieving preschoolers, Where Did My Sweet Grandma Go? and Where Did My Sweet Grandpa Go?, and a devotional for women, Though I Walk through the Valle…
 
Amy is a stay at home mom of two boys, ages 4 & 2, living in Maryland. Amy and I dig deep into the question of "why is the transition to SAHM SO HARD?" We talk about invisible work; loss of identity; not contributing to family finances; choosing to stay at home vs. not having a choice; the sameness of stay-at-home-mom life, no validation from co-wo…
 
Julie Plagens is the author of Estranged: Finding hope when your family falls apart . Wow, is this a POWERFUL conversation. This is not a topic people talk about--FULL. STOP. But if you have a strained or difficult or estranged relationship with your parents and/or siblings, it affects you, as a woman, and your motherhood journey, in EVERY. WAY. Ju…
 
For listeners who would like to listen to the whole story in one sitting, here it is! It is broken into parts 1, 2, & 3 but there's no need to wait or switch to a new episode with this one. Mary's Story: A Birth Story is a special Christmas series on the Motherhood Metamorphosis. I’m your host, Brittany Meng, and this week, I’ll be reading my ficti…
 
Welcome to Part 3, the final episode, of Mary's Story, a special Christmas series on the Motherhood Metamorphosis. I’m your host, Brittany Meng, and this week, I’ll be reading my fictional account of what I think the first Christmas may have looked like, if Mary had written down her birth story for all of us to read. I wrote this 3 part story in 20…
 
Welcome to Part 2 of Mary's Story, a 3 part special episode of the Motherhood Metamorphosis. I’m your host, Brittany Meng, and this week, I’ll be reading my fictional account of what I think the first Christmas may have looked like, if Mary had written down her birth story for all of us to read. I wrote this 3 part story in 2017, though it had been…
 
Welcome to this special episode of the Motherhood Metamorphosis. This week, I’ll be reading my fictional account of what I think the first Christmas may have looked like, if Mary had written down her birth story for all of us to read. I wrote this 3 part story in 2017, though it had been in my mind since my youngest son Elijah was born in 2014. His…
 
Mikala Albertson is a wife and family practice doctor turned mostly stay-at-home mom to five kids ranging from 16 to five. She is passionate about the beauty of an ordinary life and writes under the name Ordinary on Purpose on social media. She will be releasing a book in March of 2022 titled Ordinary on Purpose: Surrendering Perfect and Discoverin…
 
Ashley Mays has been married for 8 years and she and her husband have two boys. When her youngest was 9 weeks old, their lives were turned upside down when she was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. I really appreciated my candid conversation with Ashley about her cancer journey, especially as she was diagnosed in May of 2020, right in the int…
 
Traci Rhoades is a writer and Bible teacher. She lives in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area with her family. She is the author of "Not All Who Wander (Spiritually) Are Lost." My conversation with Traci went by so fast and we dove into questions that are really close to my heart, particularly "how do I show up as a whole person in my family, and not j…
 
Kate Brown has been recently promoted to a stay-at-home-mommy that keeps it real. Her goal in this life is to use her own victories and struggles to help other women. Wow. We get raw and real in this episode where Kate shares her struggles with an Eating Disorder before she had her first child and what pregnancy was like while she fought both for h…
 
Hillary Rodriguez is a pilot wife, working mother of three, travel lover, serial over- volunteer-er, home baker, book lover, and disability advocate. My conversation with Hillary Rodriguiz was close to my heart as we both have kids with extra needs. Whew! Even as I was listening to the episode again to do the edits, I got tears in my eyes. We both …
 
Note: Angela emailed me before our interview and asked if "swears were ok" I was like "hell, yeah!" but if swears are not for you, feel free to enjoy a different episode! Angela Anagnost-Repke is a nature-loving, empathy-blooming mom of 2 school-aged kids. She is working on a non-fiction book proposal on how even unscientific moms can give the gift…
 
Oh my goodness--Let's talk about social media pressure on moms. No generation of mothers before us has had social media pressure screaming at them about every single facet of their motherhood. This pressure can feel suffocating at times. Sara and I had a really wonderful and insightful conversation about what social media pressure looks like in our…
 
My conversation with Shelby Spear was gold--at least for me! I hope you feel the same. I gained so much from her experience and wisdom as a contemplative mom of 3 grown children. Shelby's honesty and authenticity about her personal struggles and healing is inspiring. We talked at length about the stories we tell ourselves and how to weed out the li…
 
I loved my conversation with Kerri Bond. We are primarily social media friends but have a lot of IRL friends in common. Plus we have both worked with The Motherhood Collective, an amazing community organization in Lynchburg VA. Kerri has a unique beginning to her motherhood story and our conversation morphed into how her motherhood experience looke…
 
I so enjoyed my conversation with Stevie Swift on this episode. We talk about being a "good" mom, social pressure, and bringing our selves and needs as women (not just moms) into our families. Takeaway quotes: "I think sometimes when we want to move towards respecting our kids as humans and respecting their needs, sometimes we pull away from our ne…
 
Welcome friends! This is the first episode of the Motherhood Metamorphosis. In this episode I answer all the who/what/when/where/why questions of the podcast. I discuss how the idea of The Motherhood Metamorphosis came to be, what to expect from the podcast, and who the primary and secondary audiences are. This is a solo episode but I will typicall…
 
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