Mom Writes First

1. Introducing Mom Writes First & Why Making Space for What You Love and Listening to Intuition Matters

July 11, 2023 Jen Larimore, JD
Mom Writes First
1. Introducing Mom Writes First & Why Making Space for What You Love and Listening to Intuition Matters
Show Notes Transcript

Welcome to Mom Writes First! 

Ever felt that inner voice urging you to unleash your creativity, but struggling to make space for it? Come with me on this journey of transformation, as this podcast evolves!

In this revamped podcast, we'll continue to support and empower moms, making space for the creative passions that make us better and happier. You'll hear about my own journey - from an 8-year-old aspiring writer to a mom finally prioritizing her passion for writing. I'll share how I've learned to trust my intuition and create a daily writing practice, despite challenges and fears. So, join me as we navigate through this journey, one word at a time. And remember, you're always welcome here at MomWritesFirst! Let's make space for our creative passions together.

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Welcome to MomWritesFirst, the podcast that helps moms make space in their busy lives to cultivate their passion for writing. Wherever you are in your journey as a writer and as a mom, you are welcome and supported here. I'm your host, jen Larmor. I'm a mom of five, a lawyer-turned-life coach and a writer. Together, we'll empower each other to unlock our creativity, ditch the overwhelm and finally make space for writing first. Are you ready? Take a breath, let's go. Hello, hello, hello.

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Welcome to the newly rebranded and relaunched podcast, momwritesfirst. I'm Jen and I'm so glad that you're here. If you've been with me for a while and following my journey as a podcaster, you know that this podcast has been a creative outlet for me. It's grown and evolved and meandered, just like me, and it's done that so that it can be both what you need it to be and what I need it to be. I've heard from you on my Instagram page, in my email, in my DMs, and I've taken some time and space over the last couple months to really listen to my heart, and I know that right now is the time to change mom first to mom writes first. This is still a podcast that supports moms and, even if you don't resonate with writing. This is still a podcast that empowers moms to cultivate their own creative practice. I'm a lawyer through and through, and so I'll always make the case that you'll show up as a better and happier mom if you make space for your own creative passions, and for me, that's writing. I love to dabble in watercolor, i love to make music, i love to dance, i love to cook, i like painting and I'm learning to embroider. It's not going great, but I'm having a ton of fun. But at the end of the day, my passion, the thing I love to do, is to write. Moving forward with mom writes first brings my love for podcasting and my love for writing together.

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Finally, i have known since I was eight years old that I wanted to write. I remember standing in the hallway at school as a second grader looking at a story I had written and thinking this is just what I want to do. I remember saying it aloud that I wanted to be a writer And just as quickly as I said it, i remember being told you'll never make any money at that. And at just eight years old, i decided that my passion and love of writing wasn't worthy enough for time and energy, and from that point on I put writing up on a shelf, taking it out when it was useful for me. I made space for writing when there was extrinsic motivation to do the schoolwork, the college essays, win a couple prizes, write a law review article and for a paycheck I pursued careers that allowed me to write as a journalist and as an attorney.

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But that kind of writing, while there were times and days that I really did love it, that kind of writing did not scratch the creative itch that I had to ignore that itch And I bet some of you can relate to this. I had to numb out quite a bit just to get through the day, just to survive. I had this drive and desire inside of me to write, to get out all the stories and ideas inside my head, but I couldn't make the time and space to do it, and so to survive I had to push all of it away, and to do that I had to turn to all kinds of different types of overing, whether it was overworking or overeating or overdrinking. I did what I had to do to push out that desire to write. I'm a work in progress, for sure, and I love that about me and my life. I love that I am evolving and changing and learning and growing, and you, in this podcast, you've gone on that journey with me. I'm not the same person that I was when I started this podcast back in December of 2021. So much has changed. I wouldn't even recognize that person anymore, and yet I am so grateful for her, for having the courage, for being willing to be vulnerable and for setting out on this journey of podcasting, because it's brought me to the place where I am, where I am finally making my writing a priority in my life.

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What I have found, as I have learned over the last couple of years to really listen to what is inside of my heart, to follow my intuition, to trust my gut, to move toward what feels good and what resonates, is, as I growl myself and my capabilities, as I learn to manage my feelings, when I learn to sit with the uncomfortable emotions of fear and vulnerability, i have found that that inkling to write, that desire to write, has bubbled up with more frequency and with more urgency and force too. I've decided to take a big step forward by listening to that voice inside of me that's urging me to write. It's telling me that I need to make more space for writing and I'm ready to listen. I know now that I need to make space to write just for the sake of writing, just because I enjoy it. I want the characters that percolate around inside of my brain to come to life. I want to get to know them. I want to know how the story ends, and the only way to know is to start writing. And so I'm cultivating a daily writing practice, just as I've done with yoga over the last year and a half, and just as I've done with meditation over the last year. And as scary and as vulnerable as it feels right now to open up to you all about this on this podcast, it also feels very much like the right thing to do. I have goosebumps and butterflies and I feel jittery and also very happy and excited all at the same time. Have you ever had a moment of clarity where you weren't thinking about an issue or a question that you had, but suddenly, out of nowhere, the answer just comes flying into your brain? That's what happened to me here with Mom writes. First I had been on the fence about allowing this podcast to evolve in this way, and then recently, when I was on vacation swimming in Lake Michigan. it hit me like a wave crashing over me. I knew it was time to bring together my love of podcasting and my love of writing. And so now here we are, with Mom writes first.

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One of the things I do when I coach folks is to help them learn how to tap into and trust their own intuition, how to feel the resonance within them and move toward that. Throughout so much of our life, we are taught to look for the answers outside of ourselves, whether it's in a book, via Google, asking Siri, checking in with our parents and family about what they think we should do. But the honest truth is that we know way more than we give ourselves credit for. Deep inside, the answers are within us. We need to give ourselves more credit and we need to trust our own gut. I want to be an example of somebody who trusts her own intuition enough to make a big leap.

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So as we start down this path, i hope you'll come with me. I want to bring you with me on this journey, because if it helps just one other mom make space for her creative passions, or if it helps just one other mom to find her voice and to know her worth to take up space. It will be enough for me. The time and energy and money that I spend making this podcast, it'll be enough. So come with me on this journey. I can't wait to hear from you When you're ready to connect. Find me over on Insta at momwritesfirst. All one word Hope to see you there. Okay, my friends, thank you so much for listening to this episode. Please be sure to hit subscribe so you don't miss a beat, and it would mean so much to me if you would help me to spread the word about this podcast. Mom Writes First, by sharing this episode with just one friend, just one other mom who you think should take up some space and find her voice and start writing. Thank you so much, and I'll see you next time.

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