About 11 months ago now, I interviewed Gina Crosley-Corcoran, better known as The Feminist Breeder. It was the very first interview I did, and I did it for Crafting my Life, my online class for busy moms who want to find their purpose. I asked Gina for an interview because, in many ways, I felt that her experience ran almost directly opposite to mine. While I was getting my engineering degree, Gina was touring as a rock star. I stuck with a career that didn’t fit me for a long time, but Gina’s not afraid of switching things up, and I admire that about her.
During our interview Gina and I talked about finding your bliss. We talked about all of the cool stuff Gina’s done, from being a bona fide rock star to becoming a doula to opening a childbirth education studio to going to school. We also talked about what happens when your bliss changes. One of the most interesting things that came up during our interview was how we both looked at the other with some jealousy. She wished she had created a plan and stuck with it when she was younger, and I wished that I had taken advantage of my freedom and followed my dreams in my youth, when I didn’t face the constraints of motherhood. It underscored to me that we’re all just doing the best we can, and we need to accept where we are, rather than lament where we could have been, in order to move forward.
Because this interview happened almost a year ago, things have changed for both Gina and me since our chat. At the time we talked, Gina was expecting her third child. She since delivered a beautiful baby girl, Jolene, at home in her birth tub. She’s also decided not to go to law school, but to pursue her Masters of Public Health, and completed her certification as a childbirth educator. I’ve run Crafting my Life twice, written an e-book (that will be released soon), started a new job at VancouverMom.ca, and grown a lot as an interviewer. That progress, in the end, is what I find most compelling about listening to this interview. Sometimes it doesn’t seem like we’re getting anywhere, but when we look back over the past year, we see a totally different picture.
Take a listen, and then reflect on how far you’ve come in the past year:
Next week I’ll be sharing an interview with Christine Pilkington, the CEO of Crisp Media, which publishes City Mom Now and Entrepreneur Mom Now. She’s an all-round amazing person, and she also happens to be my boss. Subscribe to the Strocel.com podcast and hear every minute!