BONUS 256: Finding Yourself Again with Photography

April 24, 2020

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Beryl Young, the founder of Momtography.

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Infertility Coaching with Heather Huhman

Beryl and Heather discuss using photography to find yourself again while dealing with the complicated emotions of loss and infertility:

INTRODUCTION

  • Tell us about how you got into photography.
  • Tell us about the first weeks after your loss and the struggles you faced.
  • How did a camera help?
  • What made you decide to blog about your loss, and what did you discover from that experience?
  • What surprised you most about blogging about your complicated emotions?
  • Your loss was over 10 years ago. What does life look like now?

FINDING YOURSELF AGAIN

Although today’s episode applies to anyone who’s going through a loss — whether that’s a pregnancy loss or overall infertility — I hope what we’re going to discuss is also helpful for people listening in April 2020 whose treatments have been put on hold due to COVID-19. As you and I discussed, they’ve likely lost their sense of ‘purpose,’ and we’re about to dive into ways to reclaim your purpose, process the emotions you’re feeling right now, and find yourself again.

  • What’s a realistic timeline for finding yourself again?
  • How can someone be more gentle with themselves during this time?
  • What is the benefit of doing this work of finding yourself again?
  • What does it mean to be creative? What if someone listening doesn’t feel creative?
  • What are some tools that can be helpful for grounding in the midst of navigating loss or another form of trauma?
  • Tell us more about photography as a self-discovery tool.
  • What are one or two photo projects listeners could try?
  • Beyond the camera, are there other tools you find useful or supportive?
  • How is community helpful or harmful while navigating loss and infertility?
  • What kind of communities can help someone find themselves again?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to women who have experienced the trauma of infertility or loss?

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