Being Creative and Making a Living

December 16, 2010 by Barb Scala  
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Doing what he loves to do, Jerry inspires us to find our passion.

Guest: Jerry Craft illustrator and creator of the Mama Boyz comic strip.
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Podcast: Recorded Dec 14, 2010 (19 min)

Jerry Craft loved to draw. After a career as an advertising copywriter and then an editorial director for Sports Illustrated for Kids, Jerry decided to strike out on his own. His dream was to write and illustrate comic books.  But he realized that by using his experience in the advertising-editorial world, he could make a living using both his creative talents and his business know-how to create the award winning Mama’s Boyz comic strip and other books and products he has authored and illustrated.

Jerry Craft, creator of Mama's Boyz comic strip

Jerry Craft, creator of Mama's Boyz comic strip making a difference

Listen to how Jerry tweaked his dream so that he could work creatively on different projects, be his own boss, give back and make a difference in his community and to various causes through the voices of Mama and the Boyz, and still do what he loves to do.

Who’s Blooming: Completing the Circle of Adoption

screen-shot-2010-04-27-at-111039-pmIt was summer, and a young Mary Beth Wells, gave birth to a beautiful daughter, whom she silently and privately named Kimberly Caryn. It was her struggle to relinquish this baby to parents who could provide a home with love and stability. It remains the most painful decision of her life, to love this child enough to place her with a family who would raise her to be their own.

Years later, Mary Beth found her birth daughter and began to have a relationship with her. Part one of the healing had occurred. Her prayers were answered, yet again, when she became the mother to Sophia whom she adopted from Guatemala. At last, she had two daughters- the circle of adoption to adoption was complete.

It was now time to realize another dream - to give birth again, this time to a company that could bring precious dolls into loving homes. She knew, in her heart, that the Precious Baby Doll Company could help tell the stories of babies adopted all over the world, babies that now lived in America with their new families.

Precious Baby Doll Company’s mission to create a loving home for wonderful baby dolls through “adoption.” It was the dream of Mary Beth who experienced first-hand the pain of relinquishing a baby for adoption and the joy of becoming a mother to an adopted daughter. It was her vision to establish a company that would realize the story behind every adoption and breathe life into each by creating stories that celebrated the joy of finally bringing the baby home.

The dolls and their stories help any child learn the gift of adoption. Each doll comes with a book that tells the story about their country of birth and the love that brought them to a new world. The books that accompany these dolls tell the story of the journey that brought them home - these are stories of love with arms outstretched in two directions, one giving and one receiving. The stories of the first doll fondly named Kimberly Caryn from America, Sophia Allesandra from Guatemala, Katya Irina from Russia and Li Ming from China, tell how the children were wanted for such a long time and the supreme happiness in finally bringing these babies home to forever live with their new families.

By having the courage to heal, love again and shower joy to so many adoptive families and children through her dolls, Mary Beth Wells is someone who has truly “bloomed”!

LISTEN: The Mom Juggle - Mary Beth Wells Guest on Bloom Talk Radio

Precious Baby Doll Company

Look Who’s Blooming!

February 1, 2010 by Barb Scala  
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Meet 3 inspiring women who are “blooming” while following their passions, overcoming challenges and making a difference.

Guests: Jennifer Covello creator of My Life baby journal, Laura Fitzpatrick-Nager cancer survivor & author of Swimming on My Wedding Day and Martha Hoffman founder of Call to Care Uganda
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Aired: Feb 25, 2010

Jennifer Covello

Jennifer Covello

Jennifer always loved to journal and wanted more than just a baby book to chronicle her children’s lives. Hear how this single mom of two small kids, one with special needs, worked full time and managed to create and publish a keepsake baby journal entitled My Life…A Chronicle of the Journey which recently won the Living Now Bronze Award. Jennifer’s Story

Laura Fitzpatrick-Nager

Laura Fitzpatrick-Nager

When diagnosed with breast cancer for the third time, a wise friend said, “You didn’t create this, but
you can create your healing.” Listen to Laura’s story of hope in searching for role-models for living well with cancer and how she has become one herself as author of  Swimming on My Wedding Day: My Cancer Journey through the Seasons. Laura’s Story

Martha Hoffman

Martha Hoffman

For many years, Martha had the same dream at night. A woman helping children. She soon realized that she was “the woman” and the children she needed to help were in Uganda. Find out how Martha embraced this country and it’s people as founder of Call to Care Uganda. Martha’s Story