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Unclassified Woman

Unclassified Woman offers an inspiring stream of conversation with women around the globe, who are building lives beyond society’s expectations. Part myth busting, part inspirational story sharing, Michelle Marie McGrath interviews amazing childless or childfree women, including authors, film-makers, activists, entrepreneurs, priestesses, leaders, speakers and creative mavens, who share their experiences and insights, while questioning the expectations of women everywhere. Michelle shares interviews with women all around the globe who are childless or childfree for a multitude of reasons. With almost 25% of women over 40 child-free by choice or childless through circumstance, it seems absurd that women still have to justify their decisions or endure pity about why they’re not mothers. Motherhood is not a mandate and yet so many women are made to feel ‘less than’ or viewed suspiciously or disparagingly, if they are creating a life of meaning beyond biological mothering. All of these outdated stereotypes lead to one dangerous assumption: what’s your value beyond being a mother? As mainstream society still tends to over-celebrate mothers juggling ‘it all’, and under-celebrate women who, whilst not mothers, have created lives of purpose and service. Unclassified Woman is the perfect antidote to limiting female narratives. In the second season, Michelle and her guests expanded on the creative power of ALL women. We explored the power of awakening womb consciousness. The womb or hara is the sacred creation portal from where we birth everything in our lives and yet the unlimited power within is as yet untapped by most women (and men) today. This includes working with the cycles of the moon, reconnecting deeply with the cycles of nature, aligning with the elements, harnessing the magic of the menstrual cycle and reclaiming the power of the divine feminine within. So if you’re interested in a stronger connection to Mother earth, increased intuition, more soulful sex, more creativity, feeling better in your own skin and joyously walking your own path – tune in! In order to ascend, we need to descend so let’s dive in together! Season 3 commenced was released in April 2018 and Season 4 will be released mid-2019. Each woman’s path in life is equally valid and sacred. Michelle is a Self-love Mentor for women birthing their soul gifts into the world. She offers one-on-one Womb Awakening Sessions, in person events, Intuitive Guidance/Distance Healing and the Sacred Self range of vibrational aromatherapy. www.michellemariemcgrath.com
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Jul 3, 2016

Welcome! Today’s Unclassified Woman is Kristen Barnes from Melbourne, Australia. Kristen is in private practice as a registered psychologist and certified life coach. She has 25 years’ experience in counselling, therapeutic coaching, and using her supervisory skills to help coaches and therapists value themselves and carve out a passionate life.

Kristen believes that you are most passionate and powerful when you simply dare to be yourself! Join us!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Circumstances have combined to prevent traditional motherhood for Kristen.
  • How she pursued motherhood via IVF and adopted embryos  over a 20 year period.
  • Unexplained fertility prevailed, even though she tried everything humanly possible to have a biological child.
  • How Kristen fostered homeless adolescents in a mothering role.
  • “It was meant to be.”
  • Her experience with an ongoing grieving process.
  • Cultural expectations and stigmas that she has observed.
  • “I felt like children were viewed as currency.”
  • How Kristen dealt with inappropriate comments and questions.
  • Why you need clear boundaries around how you discuss the topic with others.
  • “Small talk” vs. “Big talk”
  • How the terminology used about childless/childfree women implies a minority.
  • How we define the “value” of our lives.
  • How mothering skills are incorporated into many roles that women play.
  • The sacrifices and “settling” that can lead to losing yourself.
  • Selfishness vs. self-care.
  • Kristen has seen a dramatic increase in women in their late 30’s whose window of opportunity for motherhood is closing.
  • The assumptions that society makes about women and what they want
  • Many support groups and communities have formed to support women without children and are doing marvellous work!
  • Find out more about Kristen: www.kristenbarnes.com

    Thank you so much for listening to this episode. If you enjoyed then please share with another woman who would find beneficial. For more episodes check out michellemariemcgrath.com 
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