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Singer/songwriter + Aussie mum of 2 Alison Newman enjoys honest and inspiring conversations with artists + creators about the joys + issues they've encountered while trying to be a mum + continue to create. We discuss the mental load, changes in identity, how creativity is influenced by motherhood, mum guilt, the patriarchy, feminism + more. Out Fridays.

The Art of Being a Mum Alison Newman

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Singer/songwriter + Aussie mum of 2 Alison Newman enjoys honest and inspiring conversations with artists + creators about the joys + issues they've encountered while trying to be a mum + continue to create. We discuss the mental load, changes in identity, how creativity is influenced by motherhood, mum guilt, the patriarchy, feminism + more. Out Fridays.

    Alisha Burns

    Alisha Burns

    My guest this week is Alisha Burns, a podcaster and author based in Melbourne Australia, and a solo mum by choice (SMBC) to her daughter Lexi.
    Alisha was born in New Zealand and moved to Australia 8 years ago. After getting married, going through a stressful IVF journey, and then experiencing a pregnancy loss, Alisha's marriage broke down. She spent the next 6 years searching for 'Mr Right,' on all the dating apps, even moving countries.
    It was during a time of great loss for her family that Alisha made the realisation that what she was looking for wasn't actually a husband, it was to become a mother. Alisha then began the journey of having her own daughter Lexi using a donor.
    After appearing as a guest on another podcast for SMBCs, Alisha became inspired to not only share her own story, but of those who had also experienced this journey, and also to make available resources and information for those thinking of taking this path. Thus began the No Need for Prince Charming podcast and online communty.
    Alisha is also an author, with her book My Perfect Family available now. Her book aims to normalise the language around families, that all kinds of families are perfect, no matter how they are made up, and that all children are really just the same.
    **This episode contains mentions of IVF and pregnancy loss**
    Connect with Alisha - podcast instagram / podcast website / listen to podcast
    Her book instagram / book website
    Podcast - instagram / website
    Alisha would like to offer a special for podcast listeners - 15% off her book. Use the code ART15 at checkout before the end of February 2023
    If today’s episode is triggering for you in any way I encourage you to seek help from those around you, medical professionals or from resources on line. I have compiled a list of great international resources here
    Music used with permission from Alemjo my new age and ambient music trio.
    When chatting to my guests I greatly appreciate their openness and honestly in sharing their stories. If at any stage their information is found to be incorrect, the podcast bears no responsibility for guests' inaccuracies.

    • 53 min
    Holly Norman

    Holly Norman

    This week I am pleased to welcome Holly Norman to the podcast. Holly is a musician and wellness pracitioner from Perth WA and a mum of 1.
    When Holly was growing up, her dad used to listen to big band jazz records at home, and early on she was listening regularly to classic swing and big band – Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and so on. At the age of 11, a self confessed, late starter Holly took up the drums. She went through high school and university as a dyed-in-the-wool classical percussionist and back then you couldn’t have paid her to get behind a drum set. Once she started playing in bands in her mid-twenties, Holly realised that there was a whole world of music that could become accessible to her, if she moved over to drums.
    As a musician Holly has worked with the likes of The Cat Empire. Ash Grunwald, the Australian String Quartet, and the West Australian and Canberra Symphony Orchestras. She released her own EP of original songs in 2013 called Hollypop, recently released a single called It's Only Weather in late 2022, and has a new song out now, called Isolation, written about the covid-19 lockdown periods experienced over the past couple of years.
    Holly spent 10 years as an event producer and arts manager, working on some amazing projects like the Melbourne International Jazz festival, Perth PRIDE Parade, and Perth International Jazz Festival.
    Holly is also passionate about health and wellness practicing yoga for over 15 years and she's also a yoga teacher. Musicians need so many different types of mobility, and functional/postural support to play their instrument, so Holly developed the Yoga for Drummers session.
    This episode contains discussion around miscarriage and loss.
    Connect with Holly - instagram / website / facebook
    Podcast - instagram / website
    If today’s episode is triggering for you in any way I encourage you to seek help from those around you, medical professionals or from resources on line. I have compiled a list of great international resources here
    Holly's music is used throughout today's episode, with permission.
    When chatting to my guests I greatly appreciate their openness and honestly in sharing their stories. If at any stage their information is found to be incorrect, the podcast bears no responsibility for guests' inaccuracies.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Rebecca McMartin

    Rebecca McMartin

    Today I welcome Rebecca McMartin to the podcast, Rebecca is a podcaster and digital creator based in Sydney, Australia, but sees herself first and foremost as a storyteller and mum of a little boy, nicknamed Pudge.
    Rebecca was always drawn to reading and writing as a creative and therapeutic outlet, and studied several creative writing and journalism courses in the hopes of pursuing her passion. Ultimately, she gave up this pursuit due to the fear of not being 'creative' or good enough.
    Following an acute mental health crisis when her son was born, Rebecca returned to writing as a way to process her pain and grief.
    It was from this experience that she decided to harness the power of storytelling and start Perinatal Stories Australia - a podcast, blog, and social media platform for Australian women to share their lived experiences with perinatal mental ill health, which she works on between motherhood moments.
    Through holding space for these vulnerable conversations, Rebecca hopes to increase awareness, to advocate for maternal mental health causes, to reduce stigma, to inform listeners about the support services available, to improve mental health literacy, and to make sure no mother feels alone in her struggles.
    This episode contains mentions of many mental health disorders including anxiety, depression, PTSD, panic attacks, as well as birth trauma and grief.
    Connect with Rebecca website / instagram / facebook
    Podcast - instagram / website
    Gidget House
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    If today’s episode is triggering for you in any way I encourage you to seek help from those around you, medical professionals or from resources on line. I have compiled a list of international resources here
    Music used with permission from Alemjo my new age and ambient music trio.
    When chatting to my guests I greatly appreciate their openness and honestly in sharing their stories. If at any stage their information is found to be incorrect, the podcast bears no responsibility for guests' inaccuracies.

    • 2 hrs
    Lena George

    Lena George

    My guest this week is Lena George, an author from Baltimore USA and mom of one son.
    Lena has been creative her whole life, growing up in Pennsylvania she played guitar, violin and flute, as a youngster she would dictate books and stories for her mom to write and Lena would illustrate them. When she was 14 she started a Zine and published that for a while, and when In college studying visual arts Lena wrote a live journal blog. She moved to Baltimore in 2008.
    Lena was diagnosed with ADHD as a teenager, She began a blog in 2014 and from this released her fiction work in 2019 under her own name Jaclyn Paul around this topic called Order from Chaos - The Everyday Grind of Staying Organised with Adult ADHD.Her writing about ADHD has appeared in ADDResources, ADHD Roller Coaster with Gina Pera and Houston Family Magazine.
    Lena's debut non fiction novel She's Not Home will be released in April this year, It explores the relationship between a mother and her daughter. shared grief and coming of age. She started writing the book in 2009, before she had a child, and put it away for a long time. When Lena came back to it, she wrote in significantly more of the mother's perspective, after becoming a mother herself. The book is available for pre order now here
    Lena's website / instagram
    Podcast - instagram / website
    Fair Play - Eve Rodsky
    This episode contains discussions around ADHD and road accident fatalities.
    If today’s episode is triggering for you in any way I encourage you to seek help from those around you, medical professionals or from resources on line. I have compiled a list of great international resources here
    Music used with permission from Alemjo my new age and ambient music trio.
    When chatting to my guests I greatly appreciate their openness and honestly in sharing their stories. If at any stage their information is found to be incorrect, the podcast bears no responsibility for guests' inaccuracies.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Beck Feiner

    Beck Feiner

    Welcome to the new season, season 3! It's so great to have you here, from wherever you are in the world My guest to start the year is Beck Feiner, Beck is an Aussie illustrator and designer based in Sydney, and a mum of 2.
    When Beck was growing up she was an avid drawer, keenly supported by her mum. Like many artists and creative people, when it came time to decide what career to pursue, Beck didn't think that being a working artist was possible, and turned to study design and became a graphic designer.
    After being inspired to create her own alphabet poster when her first child was young 8 years ago, she created her Aussie Legends Alphabet poster, this was subsequently turned into a book and from this she signed a publishing deal. Beck co-creates books with her husband Robin. With Beck illustrating and Robin writing. they have created 6 books together,
    Beck describes her style as vector-based conceptual illustrative art, embodying bold colours and punchy graphics. Beck uses her art to provide commentary on current social and political issues.. She is passionate about breaking down stereotypes and including children in the breaking down of cultural norms and encouraging kids to become more involved in political and leadership issues at a young age.
    Connect with Beck - website / instagram
    Podcast - instagram / website
    If today’s episode is triggering for you in any way I encourage you to seek help from those around you, medical professionals or from resources on line. I have compiled a list of international resources here
    Music used with permission from Alemjo my new age and ambient music trio.
    When chatting to my guests I greatly appreciate their openness and honestly in sharing their stories. If at any stage their information is found to be incorrect, the podcast bears no responsibility for guests' inaccuracies.

    • 1 hr
    Season 2 Special

    Season 2 Special

    We've come to the end of another year. As we say goodbye to 2022, I thought I'd take this opportunity to relive some of my favorite moments from the podcast over the past 12 months.
    It goes without saying that without my amazing guests, this show would not happen. They put so much trust in me. They open themselves up, make themselves incredibly vulnerable. They hand me all of their thoughts and their feelings. And they trust me to put it together and present it to the world to complete strangers, like you, dear listener. And it goes without saying that if it was not for you, then I probably wouldn't keep doing this podcast. Thank you so much for listening.
    Thank you so much for giving these incredible mothers your time for inviting them into your homes. And I hope that by hearing their story, it gives you courage, it gives you confidence and it sends you a big virtual hug, to know that wherever you are in the world, we're all in this together. We all feel the same way.
    Enjoy this special episode to round off Season 2 of The Art of Being a Mum
    **We discuss mental health issues, miscarriage, body image and diet culture on this recap**
    Podcast - instagram / website
    Music used with permission from Alemjo, Australian new age and ambient music trio, Georgia Fields Australian indie artist and guest in Season 1, and Scott Maxwell Father's Day episode from Season 2

    • 1 hr 3 min

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Lovely style

Alison has a charming and disarming interview style. This makes for a podcast that proves to be a great companion, throughout its extended library of interviews.

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