I am excited to start a new series here on Bump Life today. Each month, I’ll bring you the same 3 questions answered by different moms from all over the country.
For the inaugural 3 Questions With Mama, I am pleased to introduce Beryl Ayn Young!
Hi Beryl, before we get to our questions, tell us a little about yourself
I’m Beryl, a certified teacher and professional photographer who gets nothing but pure joy out of teaching mamas how to use a camera to nourish their mind, body, and soul. I teach the technical basics to help moms ‘get out of auto’ but also combine that with lessons that help them use a camera to gain confidence and connection with their entire family. You can find me over at berylaynyoung.com or at my flagship online class Momtographie. I am a mama to two amazing girls: Bella Rose who was stillborn in September 2009 and was the inspiration behind my business and Brielle Rose our 2 year old rainbow girl who is inquisitive like her dad, independent like her mom, and sweet and loving like us both.
Question #1. What is your favorite tip for taking care of yourself when you need a quick pick-me-up?
A latte from Starbucks and coffee date with a girlfriend is usually my way of re-charging. My girlfriends are the best and totally light up my world. When we’re all too busy being mamas to connect, I like going out on photowalks to recharge and then follow that up by unwinding at the computer editing the results. I love the magic that we can create behind the lens of a camera!
Questions #2. How do you find balance between your family and your personal time?
I don’t. Ha ha! Just kidding. Most days I feel like I’m running crazy. I’m a work hard, play hard type of gal. It truly is a delicate balance and I think it takes a lot of planning and communication to make it work. Family time is sacred time for us since my husband and I both work full time jobs, so we try to soak up as much togetherness as we can on the weekend. Beyond that my husband and try to strike a balance with our evenings and we each get at least one night a month to go out with our friends and recharge. My husband and I also try to make date nights a priority monthly so that he and I can keep our relationship strong too. Keeping a family calendar is a must in our house!
Question #3. What is your favorite way to spend time with your kids?
I LOVE to read with my daughter. Right now is such a precious time. At 2.5 she is actually starting to comprehend books, knows a few letters, and lights up when we pull her favorite books off the shelf. As a former Kindergarten teacher this has been such a fun time for me to watch in her development. Also, as a busy toddler this is usually one of the only times during our day when she wants to snuggle with her mommy anymore and I love it.
Thanks so much for answering my 3 questions!
Beryl has an awesome FREE week long online photography class coming up just for us mamas to teach us the one ingredient we are most likely over using in our photos. Join me next week as we learn what this ingredient is and how to fix it! Click here to sign up