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The day-to-day grind of being a parent is exhausting (but oh so beautiful) and the women here know they’re amazing moms (even on the hard days) + they’re fiercely devoted to their family while craving – and making – time for themselves, too.


Being creative isn’t a ‘thing’ that you either have or you don’t.

Creativity is a way of life.

We long to capture and preserve and connect with every.little.moment. of our days whenever and wherever we can. Photography, crafts, conversation, cooking, art, community service — these speak the hearts of our moms.

But we’re equally as creative when we make up a bedtime story on the fly, when we realize we have no food in the pantry and whip up an amazing meal anyway, or when we corral all the cranky kids into the car and head to the drive-thru Starbucks so they can get a nap and we can get an afternoon cup of coffee.

Here at Recapture Self you’ll find inspiration, wisdom, and guidance from me and other guests on making time for YOU and your creativity – because we know that when we’re in the trenches of day to day life, it’s the gentle nudges and permission to seek balance and honor our creative selves that will unlock the door to a more present, mindful and intentional life.

there was a time when I didn't see myself as creative...

... because I never felt ‘good enough’ at any of the art forms I pursued. And I pursued quite a few...

At age 8 I started my first journal. In middle school I took watercolor and art classes. In high school I was a devoted member of the school choir and theatre club. In college I loyally led our Circle K community service group. In my 20s I discovered scrapbooking.

Then in 2009 I fell in love with digital photography. It was the perfect way to document the exciting time of becoming a mom - but after the tragic loss of our first daughter Bella Rose at 20 weeks pregnant the camera became my lifeline to greater healing and deeper self-discovery.

A year later in 2010 I became a mom for a second time when I gave birth to a beautiful, vibrant, inquisitive, blonde hair, blue-eyed, rainbow girl we lovingly call ‘Little Miss Sunshine’. Every day she teaches our family the importance of joy, free-spiritedness, and love.

And she reminds me that even though I may not feel like a supermom, I’m always super in her eyes.

These stepping stones have taught me that I am enough just as I am, that everything I do is actually an act of creativity, and that personal fulfillment lies within our creative expression.

Never in a million years would I have guessed that a camera and my creativity would ultimately guide me to change the trajectory of my life, my career, and my dreams.

But that’s just what it did, when I decided my life’s purpose was to mentor other moms how on re-claiming their identity using a camera and their inherent creativity as a guide too.

fun facts

My husband (I call him my Calmer) and I met when I was still in High School while working at our favorite store — Target!

We knew our first house was the right fit for us when we found out it would be built on Beryl Terrace. (Yes, I lived on a street for five years that shared my name. And no, the street was not named after me.)

I’m a lover of coffee, Mexican food, retail therapy, personality quizzes, and Disney World.

I’ve lived with chronic illness since age 5 and I was the poster child for the National Arthritis Foundation Telethon when I was five years old. Even though chronic illness presents it’s share of challenges, I’ve never let it hold me back from big dreams.

I’m a hater of housework (especially laundry!), large crowds, oatmeal, perfection, and cold weather.

I was a double major in college: Psychology and Education – and I’m now blending my two skills into a business that I never dreamed possible!

Spiritual practice is an important part of my daily ritual and I pull Tarot cards for guidance every morning as I sip my first cup of coffee.

My Myers Briggs type is INFJ – the rarest, most intuitive, yet oftentimes misunderstood type. I think my desire to dig deep into self-discovery stems from spending most of my life not truly understanding myself.

I’m always in need of a “project” to keep my mind and spirit alive whether it be home improvement, planning a women’s retreat, writing a children’s book, or learning to sew a new quilt or garment on my Bernina sewing machine.

My Calmer and I often dream of leaving the four seasons of Virginia behind (where we’ve both lived our entire lives!) and rebuilding a life in Florida basking in the sun and spending our days immersed in Disney magic. But our friends and family in VA have proved too precious to actually make the leap.

the recapture self team

Jen Doolittle | Community Manager

Jen is a mom and photographer who finds sanity in two things – coffee and her camera. Several years ago, she signed up for an online photography class not realizing the impact it would have on her life. Photography has given her a creative outlet to express herself and gives her the space to process and appreciate life as it is. Jen is a lover of documentary photography because it allows her to share what’s real and she believes being real is a whole lot more beautiful and meaningful than an image of perfection we often project to the world.

Beyond photography Jen enjoys doing art projects with her two girls, baking, knitting and making wire wrap jewelry. In nurturing her creative spirit, she has found her voice and discovered what she loves to do – supporting other women on their journey and encouraging them to find the beauty in their everyday. Jen is thrilled to be a part of the Recapture Self team and a part of your journey. Whether you’re drawn to photography or another creative outlet, she’s looking forward to being here with you as you explore your own creativity and identity.

Sara Barry | Content Strategist & Copywriter

Sara believes in the power of story to connect people whether she’s working on an essay or crafting a client’s newsletter. Sara helps her clients, mostly moms running businesses, share their passion and build community. Writing is also a creative outlet for Sara, allowing her to slow down and notice more, capture memories, and work through whatever is happening in her life. She’s a life-long journaler with a habit of buying too many blank books. You can find some of Sara’s writing on her blog and in parenting magazines.

Away from her desk, Sara loves reading with her daughters, getting her hands in the dirt in her garden, and cooking with friends and pulling together a great meal from whatever’s on hand. Before she had kids, she hated running, but these days the best way to turn off her internal editor and do some good imagining is to go for a run. She’s excited to be part of the Recapture Self team to encourage others to dream and create.

Alison Monday | Web Developer & Tech Wizardress

Alison Monday wants to live in a world where it’s not a cakewalk for hackers to break into websites, simplicity wins over clutter every time + direct flights to Paris are insanely affordable. C’est vrai!

As a responsive developer + support system extraordinaire, she’s fixed/maintained/built/improved sites for amazing clients like Beryl for a decade.

When she’s not ruining the fun for hackers, you can find her throwing impressive amounts of weight around in CrossFit classes, working on flexibility in the yoga studio, carrying on serious conversations with Brutus + Pixel (her 110 pound bullmastiff + 85 pound lab/pitbull/mastiff mix, respectively) or whipping up tasty meals for her + her husband.

Michelle Cormack | Web & Content Designer Extraordinaire

Michelle describes herself as designer by day / rose-smelling, chocolate-eating, yarn-knitting, book-reading, wander-lusting, fountain pen kind of girl by night. She runs her one-woman-show graphic design firm, A Girl Named Fred, in Vancouver BC, with the firm belief that design is not decoration. It’s communication. She absolutely adores helping small businesses of all shapes and sizes bring their stories to life in ways that delight their customers. She’s been working with Beryl for about five years now, and is just thrilled to be part of the Recapture Self community.

Michelle is totally picking up what Beryl’s putting down when she says creativity is a way of life, and not a specific skill, like drawing. (Good thing, too, because she can’t draw to save her life!) And if you couldn’t tell by her mini bio up there, creativity is something Michelle explores in a number of ways. What she calls her “philosophy of yes” drives her to read new books, travel to experience different cultures and attempt to knit all the things.

how to be an active part of the recapture self community

join the movement

This community is about you!! The most special part of being here at Recapture Self is not just learning more about you and your creativity, but about connecting and building relationships with like-minded warm-hearted women from around the world.

There are so many ways to connect:

Hang out in our FREE 52 Moments Facebook Group |  Listen to the podcast |  Join the Recapture Self Village• (coming soon!) | Take a photography class |  Getaway at an upcoming retreat |  Read our articles

Need to get in touch with Beryl? Send an email to hello@berylaynyoung.com

be a guest

What’s your creative superpower? Are you a photographer, artist, writer, blogger, or entrepreneur doing her best to balance creativity with motherhood? Let’s showcase how creativity has been your lifeline on the Recapture Self Podcast.

Beryl would love to sit down for a virtual coffee date with you! Let her know what topics you’d want to deep dive into on an upcoming episode and you may just be her next guest.

Send podcast guest requests to hello@berylaynyoung.com

Not sure what you’d chat about on the mic, but you’ve got a topic to blog about instead? Let us know what creative topic you’d like the share and we may feature your guest writing on the Recapture Self blog.

Send guest post submissions to hello@berylaynyoung.com

become a sponsor

If you have a service or product that makes life better for creative women or moms, and you think Recapture Self is a good fit for you and our community, let us know! We’re opening a limited number of sponsorship opportunities on our upcoming podcast episodes, blog posts, and Recapture Self events!

Send sponsorship inquiries to hello@berylaynyoung.com


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