Welcome to Episode 2 of to the Raise Your Hand Motherhood Podcast - a place where you just might find (or hear!) a tiny piece of your motherhood reality.
In today's episode, we're talking about a big one - MOM GUILT. We'll discuss where it comes from, what we can do to shake it (or shut it up!), and share some of the strangest reasons we've felt it.
My guest on the pod today is the illustrator and mompreneur behind the extremely relatable Instagram account @momlife_comics, Mary Catherine Starr. We talk about her own joys/struggles of motherhood, the many different business 'hats' she wears as a mompreneur (and how she balances work/mom-life), and how a feature story about her comics in HuffPost (formerly The Huffington Post) recently caused her account to go viral!
2:02 - Mom guilt...why do we do this to ourselves?
3:33 - 'Role Model' poem
4:56 - Stroller thoughts segment
6:14 - 4 tips to shut out (and shut up!) mom guilt
7:26 - Introducing today's guest, Mary Catherine Starr (illustrator of @momlife_comics)
10:05 - Pregnancy, traumatic birth, & recovery
13:31 - Struggles and wins in the first year, and what helped her through it
21:19 - Balancing work & mom-life
23:00 - Origin story of @momlife_comics
26:25 - Searching for and finding motherhood communities
31:48 - The Comparison Trap
34:03 - The story of how @momlife_comics went viral
40:08 - Dealing with internet trolls/negativity
42:16 - Plans for the future, and some words of advice for her past self
46:55 - Hey, Mama...why not help another mama? Don't forget to HIT SUBSCRIBE and SHARE with one other friend, before you hop on over to the latest episode of your true crime podcast!
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Rae Lynn Minke
Creative - Designer - Yogi
Mary Catherine Starr is a 37 year old mom of two young children (ages 5 and 2) and a graphic designer, artist, illustrator, and yoga teacher who lives on Cape Cod, MA. She has many creative hobbies but fills most of her free time creating comics + illustrations about momlife, marriage, and overwhelm.