Today’s bonus episode guest is Beryl Young, the founder of Momtography.
Beryl and Heather discuss using photography to find yourself again while dealing with the complicated emotions of loss and infertility:
- 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?
- What words of hope would you offer to women who have experienced the trauma of infertility or loss?