Episode 134: How Anxiety and Perfectionism Can Get In The Way Of Creativity with Beryl Young

Honestly, I have always had a mixed relationship with creativity. 

I have almost always loved it and thought to myself, I want to do that more! And then months, years pass before I actively pursue something creative. Why?

My Monger’s message of perfectionism and practicality always gets in the way:

“She tries but she has no talent”. 

“What are you going to do with it? You are going to have all these art projects and nowhere to put them.”

“You have to drag all the art supplies out and spend MORE money on creative. Get real.”

I get in my own way. 

This is why I wanted to talk to someone who deals with High Functioning Anxiety and is still able to pursue creativity for a living.

Today, I am talking with Beryl Young of Momtography. She is a mom, photographer, teacher, and creator of popular classes to support parents in capturing the life they love. A former elementary school teacher by day, she’s taken her experience in education and photography and brought a message of creativity, resilience, connection, and fulfillment for camera lovers young and old.

Beryl’s work has been featured on The Huffington Post, PicMonkey, Mpix, and Digital Photography School. She’s taught hundreds of moms around the globe how to use their camera to its fullest potential and connect in deeper ways to the people they love most in the world.

Listen to the full episode to hear:

  • When Beryl realized that she had High Functioning Anxiety and how it shows up in her life 
  • How she got around the perfectionism that can get in the way of creativity and gave herself permission to create
  • How creativity helps her manage her anxiety
  • What self-care looks like to her

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During the pandemic, I’ll be offering a mini version of my Voxer work. Nothing too intense. Nothing too coachy. Just a chance for you to vent, talk about what’s most pressing, and have a neutral third party on the phone for right now. 

I’m calling it Coach In Your Pocket: Just Checking In Version.

Rather than a 3-month commitment to you completely regroup on your anxiety, Coach In Your Pocket: Just Checking In Version is a simple monthly program geared to help you stay sane during this time. 

Voxer is an app you can download to your phone for free that allows you to record a message to me and then I can respond to you during my office hours.

Helping people with High Functioning Anxiety is a personal mission for me. I have a special place in my heart for this struggle because it’s both something I dealt with unknowingly for years, and because it silently affects so many people who think this is just how it is.  

Working with me this way is an incredibly efficient and effective way to deal with your anxiety in the moment–without waiting for your next appointment.

I have been doing this work for over 20 years and Coach in Your Pocket is the most effective and most life-changing work I have ever done. My clients are consistently blown away by how these daily check-ins combined with the monthly face-to-face video meetings create slow, lasting changes that reprogram their High Functioning Anxiety tendencies over time.

We meet once a month for a face-to-face session via a secure video chat, and then throughout the entire three months, you have access to me anytime you are feeling anxious, having a Monger attack, celebrating a win, or just need to check-in, and I will respond to you during my office hours (Monday through Friday, 9 am – 6 pm EST).

Ready to get started? Email me: and we’ll set up a free 30-minute consultation to see if this process is a good fit for you