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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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Support the Show. Join the new FB group here! Check out the new shop on Buy Me a Coffee and please consider becoming a $5 supporter of the show (I need 8 per month to cover the out of pocket expenses of producing the podcast) I'm so glad you are here! Please share the podcast with a friend and don't forget to leave a review on Apple Podcasts!…
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Dr. Mina and I dive into a conversation about skincare, aging, and our evolving beauty. She shares stories and struggles she's had in both a dermatologist and a mom of two and the ways she has come to accept herself. We talk about inner narratives and insecurities we have about motherhood, aging and beauty, social pressures, social media narratives…
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Kaitlyn and I both share stories about how we got pregnant while we were university students. Kaitlyn faced her pregnancy without the support of her partner, parents, or university. After having her baby and graduating from Auburn University, she helped co-found Baby Steps, an organization committed to helping student moms through pregnancy and par…
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Alisha and I explore her narrative about separation, divorce, and co-parenting her two boys. She relates the hard and challenges things she’s experiences and also shares how she’s growing, changing and finding new ways of being herself in an unexpected story. This episode will encourage anyone who has gone through a big life transition and is now s…
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BONUS EPISODE! 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 w…
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Lauren and I dive deep into all things menstruation! We challenge common narratives, attitudes and misconceptions, and provide alternative beliefs, attitudes and practices to help us embrace our periods, womb wisdom, and natural energy cycles as women. We focus on both the physical challenges of menstruation as well as the emotional challenges wome…
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Tami Jacob graduated from Lynchburg College and takes great pride in being a first-generation college graduate in her family. She then went on to receive her Masters in Community Counseling from Eastern Illinois University. Following a decade raising her 3 daughters, Tami went to law school with a desire to serve. When Tami isn't working tirelessly…
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Julie K. Rhodes is an actor and author. In March of 2020, Julie was a healthy 30- something with a husband, two kids, a pug, and a professional acting career. A month later, she would be fighting an illness that her health team would come to believe was COVID-19. For the next year and a half, the virus would plague Julie with debilitating symptoms.…
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Kirstyn Wegner lives in rural Minnesota with her high school sweetheart husband and neurodivergent daughter, along with a bunch of feral cats, a revolving cast of foster children, and a pesky epilepsy diagnosis. She is a recovering pessimist who teaches high school English, collects old books, directs plays and musicals, loves rock concerts, travel…
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Heather Creekmore writes and speaks hope to thousands of women each week, inspiring them to stop comparing and start living. The host of the internationally popular Compared to Who? podcast, she has been featured on Fox News, Huff Post, Morning Dose, Church Leaders, and For Every Mom, along with dozens of other shows and podcasts. She was a contest…
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Kelly Cervantes is an award-winning writer, speaker, and advocate best known for her blog Inchstones and debut book, Normal Broken: The Grief Companion for When It’s Time to Heal But You’re Not Sure You Want To. She has been published in the Chicago Tribune, Cosmopolitan, and Fortune as well as featured on MSNBC, NY Times, and CNN. Born and raised …
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Susie Maurer is a dreamer by spirit, a writer by instinct, and a big sister by habit. She currently lives in Colorado with her favorite people in the world. Susie and I reminisce about the challenges and surprising gifts we experienced while living overseas in England while parenting young children. We share the really tough stuff that made us cry …
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Dr. Becky Clark serves as the Director of Student Support at a K-12 Christian School in Middle Tennessee. Additionally, she serves as an Assistant Professor for Liberty University Online and the Chair of the Williamson County Literacy Association (a local chapter of the Literacy Association of Tennessee). She is mom to three, 2 sons and one daughte…
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Sarah lives in the east of England and is a home educating mother of 5 boys (aged 4-13, some neuro-spicy - their term) and a cat and a dog (who require less educating). She has a fairly useless, but fascinating, degree in Arabic, Art History and Archaeology, is rated (on average) an “adequate” cook by her children and is married to Tim, a pastor ov…
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Caitlin Voebel is a 33 year old mom of 4. Her husband of nearly 14 years is Air Force and she spent all of her adulthood traveling and moving where the military sends them, creating life and connections in each place. While she has worked as a caregiver, dance instructor, and childcare provider, her real and true calling is to be home with her chil…
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Dr. Mikala Albertson is a board-certified family practice doctor, author, and well-being advocate who is passionate about women’s health and healing in the middle of our messy, ordinary lives in the imperfect bodies we actually have. She’s the author the book Ordinary on Purpose and continues to inspire readers every day to stop striving for ‘perfe…
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Welcome back to The Motherhood Metamorphosis! It's been over 10 months since I published an episode and I'm so glad to be back in this space. In this episode, I talk about beginning again after a long break (and what was happening in my life during 2023), the ways the podcast is changing, my commitment to excellent content, and some new ways to con…
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Hey friends! In this episode, I reflect and wrap up season 3: the guests, stats, memories, and shout-outs to our patrons and supporters I also share some fun facts about me (Brittany), your host and some challenges I've had behind the scenes of this podcast. Listen in to a few funny bloopers at the end. Thank you so much to everyone who has listene…
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Erin Eileen Leigh is married to her college sweetheart, and she is the proud mother of three sons and one daughter. She practiced health care law for over ten years before becoming a stay at home mom. She published her first book earlier this year: Navigating the Newborn Months and Beyond: A Mother's Guide to Routine, Sleep, Fussiness and Self-Care…
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Whitney Fleming is a mom of three teen girls and married to one of the most patient men on Earth. She is the co-manager of the popular blog Parenting Teens and Tweens, and writes musings on her Facebook and Instagram at Whitney Fleming Writes. She brings an authentic and realistic voice to topics such as marriage, mid-life, and mental health, and b…
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Jillian Benfield is a former news anchor and reporter with a broadcast journalism degree from the University of Georgia. She and her husband got the surprise of their life when they found out their unborn son was rockin' an extra chromosome- also known as Down syndrome. Jillian's writings about living an unexpected life have been featured on Good M…
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Got 5 minutes? This is the perfect "I see you" moment for your Monday morning. This chapter, When you can't embrace it, is an excerpt from my audiobook Unexpected: Learning to love your unpredictable story. For this month, anyone who signs up to be a $3 patron on Patreon will received a free Audible download of the whole book. If you become a $5 pa…
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Shannon Brescher Shea is a writer, environmental activist, and mom of two awesome kids who are obsessed with rabbits and elephants. She lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington D.C. Shannon and I have a delightful conversation about parenting and being green. She raised the question, "When does being green conflict with being a good parent? Why …
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CW: Discussion of miscarriage April Leiffer Henry is the owner and founder of Pregnancy & Birth Stories, a company that creates digital content for birth centers, community midwives, lactation consultants, and other health professionals. Since experiencing three miscarriages, April views all of her writing work through the lens of loss, holding spa…
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Brianne Edwards is the author of A Thousand Pounds. She is also a wife, mother of six, physician assistant, and founder of Lach's Legacy, a nonprofit created in memory of her son. Losing a baby to SIDS is a heavy topic but my conversation with Brianne is embracing, loving, and full of practical wisdom and hope. So many parents have walked the path …
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Esther and Sarah are mother and daughter and just decided this week that they make a great team. Whether it’s preparing flowers for a wedding; organizing one of their spaces; figuring out how to be better women and moms in a culture that is confusing, exciting, and needs lots of healing; or writing on their blogs processing their own struggles and …
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Are you going through the unexpected right now, this very moment? I've been there too: From an unexpected twin pregnancy; Autism and ADHD diagnoses for my sons; a devastating miscarriage; the loss of my career; dealing with depression and anxiety; being a military wife, and so much more. With honesty and compassion, I explores themes such as grief,…
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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…
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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. Have a happy holiday, everyone!…
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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. Have a happy holiday, everyone! Regular episodes will…
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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…
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Lisi Lopez is a mother to three incredible kids and a wife to her college sweetheart. She worked as an industrial engineer before her middle son was born with Down Syndrome and she was promoted to 'stay-at-home mom'. She has now been figuring out the journey of motherhood and enjoying all its fun surprises. In this episode, Lisi shares how she lear…
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Emily Solberg is a writer, soldier, military spouse, mom of two, and fierce advocate of women supporting women. The goal of her writing is to help others feel less alone in their parenting journeys, and she isn’t afraid to share the hard parts of her own. You can find more from her over on Facebook and Instagram at Shower Arguments with Emily Solbe…
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Sara Springer is an aspiring writer, mental health advocate, and mom to 5. She is co-founder to Love Will Foundation; a grass roots non-profit organization that offers financial assistance for counseling services in St. Louis, MO. During the day she works as a nurse practitioner and in her spare time she blogs under the name Rebel Housewife. I LOVE…
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I had a beautiful, curated solo episode planned for you...in my head. But life is happening here in full force and I'm exhausted. So, for the solo episode today, I present to you "What's on my mind Monday", a 25 minute podcast on self care, meaningful work, what makes your heart come alive, and accepting help with stories and encouragement from me,…
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Kelly is privileged to be stepmom to two amazing kids and biological mom to twins. She’s a post-secondary housing professional that’s taken her passionate approach to parenting into her work. In her downtime she loves adventuring and experiencing the beauty of the West Coast Island her family calls home.z Kelly and I dive deep into the delightful a…
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Amy Cirksena is a freelancer and single mother living in Maryland A self-proclaimed watermelon slicing expert- and firm believer that coffee is its own food group - when she isn't spending time chasing around her two bubbly little boys she can be found writing about love, grief, and renewed hope. Her articles can be found on Still Standing Magazine…
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Jen Douglas lives in Virginia with her husband and three children. After 6 years of of infertility and trying every other fertility treatment and not having success they moved forward with IVF. This process has had some of the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Jen and I go deep into her journey to motherhood through infertility and IVF. This…
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Sabrena Deal is a visual communicator, educator and aspiring gardener living in Athens, GA. She lives with her husband, Josh, their two kids Bea (5) and Owen (almost 2) and their dog, Maggie. Sabrena and I nerd out on all things personality in this episode: Are you an introvert or extrovert? How have your needs changed since you became a mom? What …
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Hey friends! In this episode, I reflect on and wrap up the amazing season 2 of the podcast. I share stats, top episodes, the interview that made me SWEAT through my shirt, top 10 countries that are listening from around the world, and an exclusive SNEAK PEEK into the episode topics of season 3. I also share a reflection on my own growth and being i…
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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 …
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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…
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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 …
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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 …
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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 …
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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…
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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…
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