10 episodes

Mother's Project is a podcast devoted to celebrating the relationship between motherhood and the creative work mothers do. I'm Ariel Lavery and throughout this podcast you'll hear me interview creative professional mothers, asking them about their personal experiences with becoming mothers and how their creative work has influenced that experience and vice versa.

One thing I've learned since becoming a mother is that, although there are now many people telling their stories of parenthood and women vocalizing the difficulties of balancing career and motherhood, the celebration of motherhood in professional creative fields still remains a taboo subject. I hope to shift the conversation a bit. Let's shed light on what women do everyday and celebrate the difficulties and triumphs they experience.

Mother's Project Ariel Lavery

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Mother's Project is a podcast devoted to celebrating the relationship between motherhood and the creative work mothers do. I'm Ariel Lavery and throughout this podcast you'll hear me interview creative professional mothers, asking them about their personal experiences with becoming mothers and how their creative work has influenced that experience and vice versa.

One thing I've learned since becoming a mother is that, although there are now many people telling their stories of parenthood and women vocalizing the difficulties of balancing career and motherhood, the celebration of motherhood in professional creative fields still remains a taboo subject. I hope to shift the conversation a bit. Let's shed light on what women do everyday and celebrate the difficulties and triumphs they experience.

    Intertwined and Metamorphosed

    Intertwined and Metamorphosed

    This is the closing episode for Season 1 of this project. I have recapped , in an audio essay, some of my own experience with the transformational power of becoming a mother.

    Nine women have offered their stories of growth and transformation to me this season and I am most appreciative and grateful for their generosity. I am currently working on Season 2 which will be coming out next year!

    • 9 min
    18 Months of Motherhood

    18 Months of Motherhood

    In this episode I speak with Associate Professor of Psychology and Child Development Specialist Venessa LoBue and get some of the back story to her book 9 Months In 9 Months Out. She talks about being in a profession where studying other people's kids for her research made her feel strangely removed from the experience of having children. We touch on several interesting topics in the book including the development of gendered behaviors in kids and developing infant emotions. She also speaks to the important roll of having kids in her professional career. After hearing this interview you'll want to order her book immediately!

    • 45 min
    Black Unicorns: Beginning, Jessica Hill

    Black Unicorns: Beginning, Jessica Hill

    In this episode I speak with West Georgia alumna, and mom of three, Jessica Hill about her ongoing struggle with shaping her career while birthing and raising three kids. Jessica's story does not follow the beaten path. In fact, the path she has found seems to be a rough trail of obstacles that sporadically delivers epic promises and hope. I believe educators can learn a lot from Jessica's story as she presents an alternative version of an experience than what her educators may have believed they were delivering. Her story is still in its infancy and I will be following Jessica to see how it develops over the next year or so. Stay tuned!

    • 39 min
    Godsmacked! JoLynne Polichette

    Godsmacked! JoLynne Polichette

    In this episode JoLynne describes how the trauma of her first birth experience coupled with the empowerment of her second catapulted her into a career as a birth doula. She has also been an activist for policy change in Kentucky by serving on various committees and boards and has helped to change Kentucky's legislative policy on home births. This episode is all about self-empowerment, and acknowledging how adversity will move you forward in life, even if you feel you're drowning while you're in it.

    • 50 min
    Bringing Up Baby, Brooke Smart

    Bringing Up Baby, Brooke Smart

    In this episode, Brooke opens up about how the failure of her marriage in the first year of her daughter's life gave her the courage and tenacity to launch herself into a new career. Through a commitment to the 100 days project she gained a following, started getting regular commissions, and compiled a delightfully exhaustive journal of her time with her three year old daughter. She tells some of the stories associated with the drawings and talks about how the work she's done has put her on a path toward her most recent work, drawing the women of history for projects like Better Days 2020.

    • 38 min
    Be a Seed, Lily Landers

    Be a Seed, Lily Landers

    In this episode I speak with Lily Landers, a new mom who has devoted her life to teaching kids. She lives in LA, where she shares her yoga practice with kids in public schools and families in private homes. We talk about her experience teaching inner city youth in New York City and LA and what it took to get started with her teaching practice. She also tells me about the the way some of her teaching aide ideas came to her in those quiet moments of breast feeding.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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More than just a mom podcast

Listening to all the episodes to date has been an enlightening and inspiring experience. I was excited for the premise, but found it to be so much more than what I expected. It’s thoughtfully composed, with intriguing guests and enlivening conversations that so beautifully breakdown the motherhood experience.

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