Who IS Who’s Your Mama?
My name is Corinne Mockler and I am a graphic designer by day and a fierce fighter for the creative rights of my fellow mamas by night. Motherhood did not come easily to me at first…and one of the hardest aspects of it was feeling like my creative identity was gone—there was no longer any time (much less, energy) left for me to fulfill those parts of myself that I needed to feel whole. But I felt guilty and selfish for even thinking about missing my creative practice, so I remained restless and unsatisfied and unhappy.
But then something very important happened: I realized that not only were there other mamas out there who felt as I did, there were a lot of us, and as soon as I discovered this almost-secret “club” I wanted that conversation to continue, and to get bigger, and louder. So when my son was about a year and a half old, I started the Who’s Your Mama Podcast, where I interview fellow mamas who are unapologetically making time for a wide variety of activities that make them feel fulfilled, as individuals, outside of motherhood. Not only have I found a new creative hobby, I get to have fascinating, validating conversations, while adding to the larger (and ever-growing) narrative of what’s acceptable for motherhood in today’s society.
Emboldened by these conversations, I created The Who’s Your Mama (Re)Discovering Creativity After Motherhood Workbook, a framework of reflections, insights, and actions for maintaining a creative identity while raising a family.
The process within is based on my own personal journey to where I am now: At a place where I can easily ask for (and often just announce) the time and space that I need to exist as an autonomous, creative, and sane individual. And the realization that allowing space for my creative practice has actually resulted in me bringing my best self back to motherhood and to my family, to all of my relationships, to my work, to every aspect of my life. This state didn’t come easy, but hopefully those steps and missteps—often backward, sometimes forward, but ever onward—will allow me to make another mother’s journey back to herself a little easier.
So, welcome to (re)discovering the creative self that you’ve been missing, and I am so honored to be on this journey with you!
CONTACT: Send me an email at yourmamapodcast [at] gmail [dot] com
P.S. Who’s Your Mama is a project I felt passionate enough about to bring to life and share with the world. If you like what I’m doing and want to support the creative rights of mamas, I would be so grateful for your support!
*NOTE: Podcast recording/interviewing is currently on break right now, but I hope to be back at it soon! Be sure SUBSCRIBE to the Who’s Your Mama podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher to ensure that the next episode arrives straight to your device!
And, of course, thank you to Morticia, patron saint of Who’s Your Mama:
[Above images of Morticia from Addams Family Values (1993)]
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