Surviving Sarah

By Sarah Bragg

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The Surviving Sarah Podcast is hosted by Sarah Bragg, and each week she brings a different guest on the show to talk about what it looks like to survive--survive life, yourself, your kids, your job, your relationships. Each guest brings their unique story to the table in a real and casual way. The conversation is curated for you much like listening to your favorite playlist to inform, inspire, encourage and entertain women.

Episode Date
Episode 178: Tiffany Bluhm: Chasing Your Dreams: Living the Life You Were Created For
47:17
Tiffany Bluhm joins me around the table and we became fast friends in this conversation. I was blown away at her story and I think that all of us listening will resonate with her in some way. She is an author, speaker, podcast host, wife and mother who shares her personal stories of rejection, failure and what it’s like to overcome adversity to find your dream. She married with two kids, one adopted from Uganda and one biological. She is Indian and her husband is white and she jokes that their family looks like the United Nations.
 
In this conversation, she shares her own story of rejection—being abandoned as a baby at only two days old to feeling rejected because she was different than others to being rejected from love as an adult. We talk about the tensions we feel about dreaming about the life we were created for or the life we want—what gets in the way and how to take the next step forward. If you’ve ever wondered if this is it in life or feel stuck where you are, then this conversation will encourage you.
 
To connect with Tiffany and find links to everything we talked about including her book go to SarahBragg.com
 
Connect with Sarah on Instagram to follow along with a fellow survivor of life
May 21, 2019
Episode 177: Amy Wicks | Creating a Simple, Intentional Summer
45:01
My friend Amy Wicks joins me today. Amy is one of those people that I met at a conference simply because we sat down next to each other and about 10 minutes later we were fast friends. Amy is a wife and mother to 3. She is the voice of the weekly Simply Wholehearted Podcast which i had the honor of being a guest. She leads The Simply Wholehearted online community on Facebook and serves as Director of Mom's Ministry at Radiant Church in Kansas City. She has recently co-authored with Sara Hagerty The Unseen Way, a book study created for Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World that Loves to be Noticed.
 
But for today’s conversation, Amy joins me to talk about creating an intentional summer with your kids. She has created an amazing course called Simply Summer and I highly recommend taking advantage of this course. In this conversation, we talk about what makes summers so difficult for moms, how we can survive summer with intentionality, how we can own our time instead of it owning us, how to create meaningful minutes, and how to help our kids set goals for what they want to accomplish over summer.
 
Amy's Simply Summer Course - use discount code SURVIVING for 10% off
Connect with Sarah: Instagram // Facebook // Website
May 14, 2019
Episode 176: Ruth Schwenk | Advice on Motherhood with the Better Mom
45:41
Ruth Schwenk joins me today. You may know Ruth from the website she created called TheBetterMom.com. She is a wife and mom to 4 kids. She is an author of several books including the two we mention in today’s episode: The Better Mom Devotional and Settle My Soul.
 
If you’ve ever felt alone in motherhood or struggled to love every stage of motherhood, you will relate to this conversation. Ruth has such a heart to come alongside other mothers to help them feel seen and known. In this episode, Ruth shares her advice for new moms, the importance of surrounding yourself with women who are a set ahead in life and those who are a set behind you in life. And in that true form, I ask for her advice on how to handle sibling conflict. And lastly, after walking through a year of health hardship with her husband, she shares what brave has looked like for her.
 
Today's show notes which includes Sarah's takeaways, ways to connect with Ruth and discussion questions in case you want to gather a group of women together to discuss the episode.
 
May 07, 2019
Episode 175: Book Club with Sarah Anderson | The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
01:16:37

Last month, I asked you to join me in reading The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown. This is one of my all time favorite books and one that I sit with on a regular basis. I’ve already heard from many of you how this book has been wrecking you in the most beautiful ways.

I asked my dear friend, Sarah Anderson, to join me around my table to discuss the book. We had the best conversation that included our takeaways, favorite quotes, things that surprised us, things we are putting in to practice and what is helping live a wholehearted life.

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Be sure to check out the show notes online for links to everything we mentioned and discussion questions that you can use to discuss this book and episode with your friends.

Apr 30, 2019
Episode 174: Jordan Lee Dooley | Own Your Everyday: Overcome the Pressure to Prove & Show Up For What You Were Made To Do
37:39

Jordan Lee Dooley joins me today. She is a multi-passionate women who is speaks, writes, podcasts (SHE podcast) and creates (SoulScripts). And she has a book launching in May called Own Your Everyday: Overcome the Pressure to Prove and Show Up For What You Were Made To Do. In the midst of a culture where everybody feels like they need to work within their purpose and/or push their creativity to be a side hustle, it’s easy to feel like purpose and position become blurred. It is sometimes difficult to find the balance between working for income and working with meaning. We talk about the balance between purpose and position; how to discover what you were made for; things that limit us from stepping towards what we were made to do; who inspires her; and what she’s learned in the early years of marriage.

Freebies:

Connect with Sarah: website // Instagram // Facebook

Go listen to Season 2 of Sarah's other podcast Raising Boys & Girls

Apr 23, 2019
Episode 173: Heather Zempel | How to Handle Conflict in Relationships
50:10
I am happy to welcome my friend, Heather Zempel, to the table today. She is a pastor, author, speaker, wife and mom. She was formerly a biological engineer and a legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate before becoming a pastor. She now serves as the Discipleship Pastor and Ministries Director at National Community Church in Washington, DC. She recently published a book called Big Change, Small Groups which is all about creating community.
 
There is so much goodness packed into this conversation. Not only do we cover random stories about vultures, but we also talk about some really important ways to connect with others. Finding community in a city is hard enough, but have you ever imagined what it must be like to find community in a city where everyone is defined by which political aisle you belong to?
 
So we talk about what its like to build community with people that you disagree with, advice on creating a safe place for community to cultivate, how her community showed up for her when she walked through a difficult and vulnerable season and she shares a lot of advice on how to handle conflict in relationships.
 
Apr 16, 2019
Episode 172: KariAnne Wood | Finding & Loving Your Decor Style
36:01

One of my favorite things is to have reoccurring guests on the show. I love inviting people back to the table who I just really enjoy and today’s guest is one of those people. KariAnne Wood, whom you may know as Thistle Wood Farms, joins me again. She is a home blogger, influencer and author who has written a new book called The DIY Style Finder. If you have ever asked the question, “How do I figure out my decorating style?” then this episode is for you! We talk about  why its so hard to find our style, our biggest design regrets, how to push past the fear of decorating, our favorite rooms to decorate, advice on how to decorate on a limited budget and what to do when your home is temporary. I have never laughed so much in an episode. KariAnne is such a delight. And before we jump into the conversation, I want to let you know that the audio may sound a little different. Skype has been giving me such grief lately, so I apologize that it might sound a little off than what you are used to from me. Okay, now it’s time for you to join KariAnne and I around the table.

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Apr 09, 2019
Episode 171: Emily Shupert |How Anxiety, Fear & Shame Affect Women
53:03
Way back in January I sat down with today’s guest and as I was editing the episode, I found myself talking about things that I was journaling about and working on this very morning. My friend, Emily Shupert, joined me around my table. She is licensed professional counselor and founder of a boutique counseling and coaching company here in Atlanta called Simplify Life Counseling + Coaching. She is the author of the book The Happiness Map which was written to offer women a personalized navigation tool to find happiness in life right now.
 
Emily and I have an honest conversation about anxiety (including postpartum anxiety), fear and shame and how that affects us as women. We also turn the table and I step right into the hot seat of vulnerability and allow Emily to ask me some personal questions about fear. This conversation is full of practical and helpful advice—I know you are going to enjoy it.
 
Check out links to everything we mentioned, ways to connect with Emily, takeaways and discussion questions in today's show notes.
 
NEW!!
I just started a Surviving Sarah book club! We will read The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown together in April 2019. Sign up here!
 
Connect with Sarah: Instagram // Website // Facebook
Apr 02, 2019
Re-release with Sandra Stanley | Advice to Women About Marriage, Parenting and the Comparison Trap
52:38

This month, I chose to re-release my first conversation with Sandra Stanley. If you don’t know her, she is an author and wife to pastor Andy Stanley. She is one of the most likable people and this conversation was one of my favorites from the early days. In this episode, she shares all sorts of advice for moms, wives and women in general. Plus, she mentions an item in her survival kit and is now a stable in my wardrobe.

The original episode aired in May of 2016 so you may notice a little difference in production quality. I love how far we've come!

Here's a link to the original show notes.

Come find me on Instagram or Facebook or stop by my website to download FREE planner pages to help you be more efficient and productive with the time you have.

Mar 29, 2019
Episode 170: 3 Things I'd Tell My Younger Self About Health & Body Image
22:39

Today, I want to have a conversation with you about health. I’m not sure that I’ve shared on the show my own health journey. In fact, did you know that I wrote a book all about it that was published when I was in my twenties? It was written for teenage girls and called Body. Beauty. Boys. The Truth About Girls and How We See Ourselves. 

That book chronicled my journey through eating disorders and body obsession and the truths that finally helped me see myself clearly. The girl who wrote that book as a 25-year-old had yet to experience turning 30 and yet to experience having babies and yet to experience turning 40. And I’m talking you today and I have yet to experience what turning 50 or 60 is like but I do know that there are some principles that we can adopt now that is beneficial no matter what age we are. There are principles that will help you to have a better perspective on yourself and your health.

Connect with Sarah: Instagram

Check out the show notes for this episode which includes links to everything we talked about and discussion questions for the episode.

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Mar 26, 2019
Episode 169: Shannon Miles | How to Create Your Own Third Option to Have Both a Career and a Family
49:08
I have been looking forward to putting today’s conversation in your ears for a long time. Shannon Miles joins me around the table. She is the CEO and Co-founder of Belay which is a staffing company serving businesses all over the US. 
 
When Shannon faced an all too common, yet emotional decision to stay home with her new baby or return to a fast-paced, demanding career (that she loved), she knew that there had to be a way to have both. Shannon shares her story and advice on how she didn’t take no for an option. We talk about her book titled “The Third Option” which is all about figuring out how to have both a career and family. We talk about what to do when you feel stuck and how to figure out that next step.
 
If you enjoyed today’s episode, would you take a screenshot and share it on your favorite social channels and tag me. I’m @sarahwbragg on Instagram and SurvivingSarahPodcast on Facebook. That’s an easy way to support the show. Another thing you could do is to leave a 5 star rating and review on iTunes. Your review will help other women who feel alone or depleted find encouragement. 
 
You can find links to everything we talked about and discussion questions to complement today’s episode online at SarahBragg.com. While you’re there, be sure to sign up for my monthly newsletter in which I send out the details to my own survival kit. Maybe something that is helping me survive will help you, too. And since we talked about planners, if you’d like a FREE resource to help you plan your day, your week and your meals, go to SarahBragg.com/planner and download your FREE planner pages today!
Mar 19, 2019
Episode 168: Jessica Reinhart | The Power of Belonging, Connection, Love In Our Homes & Communities
53:18

Jessica Reinhart joins me today on Surviving Sarah. She is the creator behind the brand Lumitory which exists to help encourage community and meaningful connection in your home and in your community. She loves to breath life into something that makes a positive impact in the world. In addition to her work, she is a wife and a mom. And our conversation is such a good follow up conversation to my recent episode about friendship. We talk about how to navigate the waters of social media and real life friendships, how to create a sense of belonging in our home with our family and practical ways to build connection in your community.

If you enjoyed today’s episode, would you take a screenshot and share it on your favorite social channels and tag me. I’m @sarahwbragg on Instagram and SurvivingSarahPodcast on Facebook. That’s an easy way to support the show. Another thing you could do is to leave a 5 star rating and review on iTunes. Your review will help other women who feel alone or depleted find encouragement. 
 
You can find links to everything we talked about and discussion questions to complement today’s episode online at SarahBragg.com. While you’re there, be sure to sign up for my monthly newsletter in which I send out the details to my own survival kit. Maybe something that is helping me survive will help you, too.
 
Thank you for listening and as always I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.
Mar 12, 2019
Episode 167: Alli Worthington | What Living Happy Looks Like Even When You Lose It All
40:54
I am happy to have Alli Worthington join me around the table. Alli is a powerhouse of a woman who has authored several books and is a speaker, podcaster and business coach. She is also the co-founder of the Blissdom Conference which is a business conference that helps writers, podcasters, influencers and online entrepreneurs take their work to the next level. I so want to be apart of that in the future!
 
Among those things, she is a wife and mom of 5 boys who has a goal to help women live the life they were created to live. And in this conversation, we talk about happiness. We talk about misconceptions about happiness, how she survived walking through a hard season of bankruptcy and losing her home, how adopting a happiness mentality can benefit your life and business and practical ways to increase your happiness. I love that Alli is very practical so this conversation is gonna not only motivate you but leave with you with some action steps.
 
I wanted to make sure that you don’t miss out on something I offer. Each month, I send out to email subscribers my very own survival kit. It’s where I talk about all the things that helped me survive that month including what I’m reading, what i’m watching, what I’m listening to and just what I’m loving. You don’t want to miss out on all the things so go to SarahBragg.com and sign up. When you do, you will receive the planner pages that I created for FREE. So that is a win, win.
 
Come find me on Instagram or Facebook! Let's be there for each other as we survive life!
Mar 05, 2019
Re-release with Sofia Dickens | Founder of EQtainment Talks About Parenting & Developing Emotional Intelligence in Our Kids
59:12

This month, I decided to re-release my conversation with Sofia Dickens where we talk about parenting and developing emotional intelligence in our kids. We also talk about what it's like to be an entrepreneur. One of my kids' favorite board games has been EQtainment's Q's Race To The Top. You definitely want to check that out!

This episode originally aired in June of 2016 so you may notice a little difference in production quality. Love how far we've come!

Here's the link to the original show notes.

Come find me on Instagram or Facebook or stop by my website to download FREE planner pages to help you be more efficient and productive with the time you have.

Feb 28, 2019
Episode 166: Finding Friends, Keeping Friends & What To Do When You Lose Friends
27:33

We are already at the end of month which means it is time for me to sit across the table from you and have a heart to heart. I am loving these episodes where it’s just me talking right to you. And this month, we are going to talk about something that I think most of us struggle with. Every time I’ve reached out to you guys about what topics you’d like to hear addressed, there is one that rises to the top—friendship. Isn’t it interesting that even as adult women, we struggle in the friendship department like we did when we were tweens. So in this conversation, we are going to talk about how to find friends, how to keep friends and what to do if you lose friends.

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Connect with Sarah: Instagram // Facebook // website

Feb 26, 2019
Episode 165: Knox McCoy | Talking About Faith, Pop Culture and So Many Things In Between
49:53

I am so happy to welcome Knox McCoy to the show. Knox and his family are no strangers to the Bragg’s. We used to live in the same city and became great friends. Knox even helped me launch the podcast way back when. If you don’t know Knox, he is the co-host of the wildly popular podcasts “The Popcast with Knox and Jamie” and “The Bible Binge” They are killing it on the iTunes charts and if you haven’t subscribed to their shows, then press pause and go do it. You won’t be disappointed. And sidebar, his co-host Jamie Golden was on Episode 17 of Surviving Sarah if you want to go back to hear more of her story.

Knox joins me to talk about all things faith and pop culture. We talk about his book The Wondering Years along with what it was like to be so vulnerable in his writing. We talk about his evolving faith—how questions should be honored and what helped him navigate them. We also talk about everything from Survivor to baseball to something that blew his mind about his beloved Tom Brady. This is two friends talking about things that don’t really matter and things that do. I hope you enjoy it! 

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Feb 19, 2019
Episode 164: Kathleen Edelman | I Said This, You Heard That: How Temperaments Affect How We Communicate to Each Other
57:33
You are going to love today’s episode. I loved it when I recorded it and loved it when I edited it. Kathleen Edelman joins me. She is an expert on temperaments and recently released a new study called I Said You Heard. It is a 6 week video based study that will help you understand yourself and others better in order to communicate better.
 
We talk about the difference between temperaments and personalities, Kathleen breaks down each of the four temperaments and tells us who they are, what language they speak, what they need, what their strengths and weaknesses are, how to communicate well between temperaments and how to handle conflict better. There is so much good and powerful information in this episode. I think you’re gonna love it.
 
Each year I create a survey so that I can make sure that I am serving you well. I would really appreciate it if you would take a few minutes and answer some questions about the show. And as a reward, you will be entered to win a $25 amazon gift card. Go to SarahBragg.com/survey
 
I truly want to help guide you to be the best you that you can be. So let’s be friends. Make sure to hit that little subscribe button so you will never miss an episode. And come find me @sarahwbragg on Instagram or twitter or SurvivingSarahPodcast on Facebook. And if you enjoyed this episode, please share it on your social channels and tag me.
Feb 12, 2019
Episode 163: Dr. Deborah Tillman | America's Super Nanny Advises on Raising Strong Willed Kids, Parenting Kids in Right Direction & Setting Boundaries
42:13

Dr. Deborah Tillman joins me today but you may know her best as America’s Super Nanny for Lifetime television. She is a child development and parent educator, speaker, author and founder & CEO of Happy Home Child Learning Centers. 

And today, we have such a helpful conversation. It was like Deborah was in my home being super nanny and helping me to the best parent I can be. We talk about how she became America’s Super Nanny, how to handle a strong willed child, how to steer your child in the right direction and how to set boundaries with your kids. 

Connect with Sarah: show notes // Instagram // Facebook 

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Feb 05, 2019
Episode 162: How to Manage Your Time
27:23

I love the start of every year because there is something fresh about it. I love looking back at the previous year at what I loved or what I enjoyed and taking notes of what I’d like to repeat or do more of in the coming year.

One thing that I want to do more of this year is to come alongside you to help you navigate life. So each month, I’m going to do an episode from me to you. No guest. Just me. Talking straight to you.

For January, I decided to answer a question that I am asked a lot: How do you manage your time? I share with you the tensions we feel when it comes to managing our time, why we need to learn to budget our time, what I personally do to manage my time on a daily and weekly basis.

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Connect with Sarah: Instagram // Facebook // Website

Jan 29, 2019
Re-Release with Sissy Goff & David Thomas from the Are My Kids On Track podcast | Helping Kids Develop the Social Milestone of Ownership
28:23

I am the producer and host of the podcast Are My Kids on Track where I interview the brilliant Sissy Goff, David Thomas and Melissa Trevathan about the 12 emotional, social and spiritual milestones every kid needs to develop. I thought it would be fun to release one of those episodes here on Surviving Sarah for you to enjoy. These conversations are so very helpful and practical. I highly recommend listening to that podcast--there are only 13 episodes! You can even download discussion questions to go along with them here. You can also purchase their book of the same title here.

Jan 25, 2019
Episode 161: Nicole Zasowski | Having the Courage to be Vulnerable in Relationships
47:25
I am happy to welcome Nicole Zasowski to the table today. She is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Connecticut where she lives with her husband and son. She’s co-authored a couple of books with her mentor written primarily for therapists and she has a book coming out next year.
 
I really loved chatting with Nicole and I practically pushed her in the deep end right off the bat in this conversation about vulnerability. We talked about what vulnerability looks like, how to have courage to show up in the middle of something hard, why vulnerability is the key to having good relationships, how to draw boundaries in relationships and what makes a relationship safe.
 

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Today's show notes can be found here and you can connect with Sarah socially here

Jan 22, 2019
Episode 160: Beth Keener & Greer Howard from The Local Lense | Making Friends and Working in the Entertainment Industry
55:20

It's my pleasure to welcome Beth Keener and Greer Howard from The Local Lense to the show today. The Local Lense is an online entertainment media outlet covering entertainment in the south. They have been friends for years and cover entertainment as friends. They want to lift the industry up with positive, approachable and relatable content. Both have a long history of work as actors in the entertainment business. Currently, Greer is the in house reporter for the Atlanta Braves and Beth spent last season working as a side line reporter for Atlanta United. We have a fun conversation about life in the entertainment industry. We talk about how they became friends and ultimately formed a business together, what their roles as sports reporters, advice on how to work well with friends whether in business or just personally, challenges they face working in that industry and how to navigate the pressure to look a certain way. 

This episode's show notes 

 

 

Jan 15, 2019
Episode 159: Kara Kae James | Thrive Moms founder on embracing the chaos of motherhood & finding joy
44:56

I was happy to welcome Kara Kae James back to the show. She is a Surviving Sarah OG appearing way back on Episode 33. She is the founder and executive director of Thrive Moms which is a ministry all about empowering moms. She and her husband have 4 kids and she just launched her first book into the world titled “Mom Up—Thriving With Grace in the Chaos of Motherhood”

We have a great conversation about what it looks like to embrace the chaos of motherhood. We talk about practical ways to do that, what helps us cultivate joy and how to take care of yourself during seasons of chaos.

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Connect with Kara Kae James:  Instagram // twitter // Facebook // website // Thrive Moms

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Jan 08, 2019
Episode 158: Merica Stum | 2018 Year in Review
01:05:29

It’s time for my favorite episode of the year. Every year, my good friend Merica Stum joins me around the table. We take some time to look back at the previous year and look forward to the next one. We talk about changed for us this year, what we learned, books we read, good habits we started, what was hard, what made us laugh and what surprised us. And then we talked about what we hope to do and look forward to in 2019. We talked about a lot of things so be sure to check out the show notes at SarahBragg.com for any link that we mentioned.

I just love the start of a new year. This is the only time where the unknown of what lies ahead feels reassuring than scary. And Merica and I share quite the love of planners. I decided to create something for you. It's a downloadable planner both weekly and daily pages. I’ve been doing this and it has been the helpful for me—helps me be productive each day and week. Its yours for free at SarahBragg.com/planner
 
Happy New Year friends! I’m excited to journey with you—to be a guide to help you survive this life. Thank you for listening and as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.
 
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Jan 01, 2019
Re-Release with Rachel Stafford the Hands Free Mama | Choosing Love, Letting Go of Control & Reframing Failure
50:47
Each month I re-release an older episode of Surviving Sarah and I decided to re-release my conversation with Rachel Stafford for December. You may know her as the Hands Free Mama. She is a best selling author penning the books Hands Free Mama, Hands Free Life and Only Love Today.
 
Rachel is one of those people who have been influential in my life—even without her knowing it. I can remember reading her blog back when Sinclair was about 2 or 3 years old and her words were such an encouragement to me. And now we live close to each other and she has been gracious to give me some of her time for morning walks to talk about life, faith, parenting and writing. I think she is such an amazing woman.
 
I chose to put this episode back in your ears because we are standing at the cusp of a new year and I think this conversation will set you up for 2019. This conversation originally took place on the cusp of 2017 and what we discussed greatly impacted me. And I still reference what we talked about often and practice the phrases that we said on a near daily basis.  If you want to be the best you that you can be, then this episode is a must listen. 
 
Click here for the original show notes from this episode.
 
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Dec 28, 2018
Episode 157: Paige Knudsen | Seeing God in loss; Becoming a young widow; Raising brave, independent girls; and Developing a heart of gratitude and worship
01:17:08

Here we are, the week before Christmas and the last episode for 2018. And I can’t think of a better conversation than this one to leave you with this year. Paige Knudsen joins me around my table. She is one of those women that is further down the road from where I am so I lapped up this conversation like a puppy. She has been married nearly 20 years and they have 4 daughters between the ages of 17-25.

But Paige became a widow when she was 30 years old with 3 girls under the age of 3. In this conversation, she shares her journey. She talks about the importance to remember how God has shown up in the past and what that journey of loss was like. This episode is chocked full of goodness—of wisdom, encouragement and hope. I know you are going to enjoy it. So pull up a chair to my table and join the conversation.

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Dec 18, 2018
Episode 156: Tricia Goyer | How to Parent and Calm Angry Kids
58:08

Tricia Goyer joins me today and I have been anxiously awaiting the day that I could share this episode because I found it to be so helpful to me as a parent. Not only is Tricia the author to 70 books (yes you heard that right), but she is also the mom to 10 kids (you also heard that right). When she and her husband were on the verge of being empty nesters with 3 kids, they decided to start over. They have adopted 7 kids and some through adoption via foster care.

If anyone has the experience to talk about parenting, it is Tricia. I invited Tricia to the show to talk about her latest book, Calming Angry KidsThis is a topic that so many of us struggle with—it is often what makes parenting so hard. We talk about how trauma is connected to why some kids are angry, how to not take your child’s anger personally, tools to help calm your child and how to calm yourself when you feel your temperature rising. 

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Connect with Tricia:  Website // Facebook // Instagram // twitter // Pinterest // Podcast

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Dec 11, 2018
Episode 155: Kimberly Stuart | The Value of Storytelling
55:55

Kimberly Stuart joins me today and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation. She is the author of 8 novels, including her most recent book, Heart Land. Her books have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Huff Post and the Chicago Sun-Times. She has a passion to write chemistry-driven, smart romance. 

I knew from the initial email she sent me that she would be the kind of person I would enjoy chatting with and the kind of author I would enjoy reading. In this episode, we talk about the loss of the rom com, our favorite rom com stories, the challenges of writing romantic novels and why it’s important to read fiction.

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Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

Dec 04, 2018
Re-Release with Jamie B. Golden from The Popcast & Bible Binge | Where Pop Culture, Faith and Bravery Collide
01:07:55

Each month I want to put an episode back in your ears that was released earlier in the life of  the show. And this month, I have one of my favorites for you. It’s my conversation with Jamie B. Golden from the Popcast with Knox & Jamie and the Bible Binge. I love having fun and laughing and this episode doesn’t disappoint. I have been friends with Jamie for a long time and its been so fun to watch their business grow and thrive. It's wild how much has changed since this episode first aired. 

We talk about how she became a full-time podcaster and cake pop baker. As a single woman, God called her to quit her reliable, full-time job in order to walk blindly into a new season. She talks about how she discovered what her skills were in the midst of being a Jill of all trades. plus, she shares a never before told story about her childhood to which She now has issues with her mailbox (counseling may be needed).

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Nov 30, 2018
Episode 154: Melanie Dale | Managing Work & Family
37:17

It’s that time again for another crossover episode with my good friend, Melanie Dale. Each month, Melanie and I sit down and have a conversation about a topic that we are both surviving and that we could lighten up about. So one part is here and the part of the conversation is on her show, Lighten Up with Melanie Dale. So be sure to hop over there when are you are finished listening to this one.

Today, we talk about the jobs we dreamed of having as kids, what work looked like for us before and after having kids, ways to be present wherever you are, tips to be more efficient and some survival skills when it comes to managing your family. 

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Nov 27, 2018
Episode 153: Tasha Morrison | Be The Bridge: Where to Start to Fight For Racial Justice
44:41

Tasha Morrison joins me around the table. She is a bridge-builder, reconciler and compelling voice in the fight for racial justice. We talk about where to start when it comes to building bridges between races, why black lives matter, and how people of faith should be leading the way when it comes to justice. And just in time before you head to your family’s house for the holidays, I ask her what to do if a friend or family member says something that you know is offensive. This is such an important conversation for us to have and I’m thankful for Tasha leading the way.

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Nov 20, 2018
Episode 152: Shannan Martin | Beauty in the Ordinary--The Art of Loving Your Neighbor
56:45

Shannan Martin joins me again around the table. Shannan is one of those people that I would love to just be her neighbor. She is the author of Falling Free and her latest book, The Ministry of Ordinary Places: Waking Up to God’s Goodness Around YouShe and her husband, Cory, have four kids and many years ago they chose to move from their dream home to the other side of the tracks. If you haven’t heard Shannan’s story, I encourage you to listen to Episode 16 which can only be accessed at SarahBragg.com. Today’s episode picks up where that conversation left off. We talk about how to go about loving your neighbor. We talk about the art of paying attention and how the art of listening holds tremendous power. Your life will be changed for the better in the first 10 minutes of the show due to some conversation about cooking. 

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Nov 13, 2018
Episode 151: Jessica Honegger | Having Courage to Do It Scared
49:56

I am excited to welcome Jessica Honegger to the table today. She is the Founder and Co-CEO of Noonday Collection and the author of the book Imperfect Courage. She is someone who knows all too well what stepping out in fear looks like. We talk about what it looks like to step out when you are afraid, what going scared looks like, how the power of showing up in a vulnerable way can build authentic relationships and how judging others is connected to how you see yourself.

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Nov 06, 2018
Episode 150: Melanie Dale | Facing Failure (Crossover Episode)
35:21

It’s that time again for another crossover episode with my good friend, Melanie Dale. Each month, Melanie and I sit down and have a conversation about a topic that we are both surviving and that we could lighten up about. So one part is here and the part of the conversation is on her show, Lighten Up with Melanie Dale. So be sure to hop over there when are you are finished listening to this one.

Today’s topic is near and dear to my heart and I have been having all the thoughts and feelings about it. We have a whole conversation about failure. We talk about what we learned about failure early on, how rejection is connected to failure, and how fear plays a role. So much good stuff packed in a small window of time.

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Oct 30, 2018
Episode 149: Linda Kay Klein | Breaking Free From The Evangelical Purity Movement
01:05:51

Linda Kay Klein, the author of PURE: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free, joins me today. She is the founder of Break Free Together, an organization committed to helping people claim their whole selves—mind, spirit, and body. Linda’s work has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Elle.com, GoodHousekeeping.com, and many others. 

Linda is a trained Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education facilitator and Vice Chair of the Board for the Forum for Theological Exploration. She holds an interdisciplinary Masters degree from NYU, where she focused on American Evangelical Christian sex and gender messaging for girls.

By the title of the book alone, you can tell where this conversation is heading. If you grew up in the True Love Waits or I Kissed Dating Goodbye culture then you will find this very interesting. We talk about growing up during the purity movement, where this movement came from and what it was a reaction to. We also talk about the fear and shame that have been used as external motivations for purity and how we can start building a healthy conversation around sexuality.

This conversation may be uncomfortable or awkward or it may cause you to feel frustrated. But  this is such an important conversation for us to have especially if you grew up in the purity movement and especially if you are now parenting kids after growing up through that movement. We have to be aware of the shame that we carry—we can’t build shame resilient kids if we don’t address our own shame. And we have to be committed to figure out how to have conversations around sexuality that don’t include shame.

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Oct 23, 2018
Re-release Sarah Rieke | Facing Grief & Fear
49:59

With this being infant loss awareness week, I wanted to re-release my conversation with Sarah Rieke. She is a kind hearted, gentle spirited woman who has suffered the loss of children and has a passion to walk with women who also suffer loss. We talk about grieving and fear and what she would say to a women walking a similar path. She also has a podcast called Heart Lessons so if you are looking for more from her be sure to check that out. 

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Oct 19, 2018
Episode 148: Crystal Stine | Holy Hustle: Working Hard & Resting Well
55:20

Crystal Stine joins me today. She is a mom to a 6 year old little girl and she married her high school sweetheart. Professionally, she is an author, speaker and freelance communications consultant. Her first book Holy Hustle: Embracing a Work Hard, Rest Well Lifestyle came out this summer. So we talk about what a holy hustle is, what it looks like to honor God in both our work and our rest and how manage the tension between both.

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Oct 16, 2018
Episode 147: Ellie Holcomb | The God of Creation Deeply Loves You
38:11

Ellie Holcomb joins me around my virtual kitchen table. This was the first time we’ve met and she is such a delight! I’m sure if you’ve ever heard her on another show or seen her in concert then that comes as no surprise. She makes you feel like you’ve been friends forever. If you don’t know who Ellie is, she is a singer/songwriter, mother to 3 and wife to Drew Holcomb who is also a musician. We recorded this episode way back in July when she was fully pregnant with their third. She has since welcomed Samuel Rivers Holcomb to the world.

This conversation feels like we are all joining her on her front porch with a cool drink in hand. We talk about what’s its like to manage the tension of living out her dreams in regards to work while also living out the dreams of being a mom; we talk about how she handles the tensions around social media; we talk about what she wants her kids to know and understand and how that connects to the new children’s book and EP that she just released.

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Oct 09, 2018
Episode 146: Karla Akins | Autism, Faith & Hope
47:11

Karla Akins, mother of 5, educator and author joins me today to have a conversation about her book A Pair of Miracles: A Story of Autism, Faith and Determined ParentingKarla and her husband adopted twin boys 23 years ago who later were diagnosed with autism. One thing I like about Karla’s perspective is that she has parented through the stages. Her boys are 23 now. If you are a parent of a kid with autism, I think you will benefit from that perspective. We talk about facing hardship, helpful tips for parenting autistic kids, advice on how to handle siblings and what helped her when she was in the thick of raising her boys.

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Oct 02, 2018
Episode 145: Melanie Dale | Fashion Survival Skills
34:45
It’s that time again for another crossover episode with my good friend, Melanie Dale. Each month, Melanie and I sit down and have a conversation about a topic that we are both surviving and that we could lighten up about. So one part is here and the part of the conversation is on her show, Lighten Up with Melanie Dale. So be sure to hop over there when are you are finished listening to this one.
 
Today, two non-fashion blogger girls talk about how we survive the fashion world. We talk about our fashion icons growing up, some embarrassing clothing moments, our favorite fashion season, where we shop, our make up survival kit and where fashion & faith intersect for us. It was a fun conversation with lots of laughter.
 

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Sep 25, 2018
Episode 144: Jessica Turner | Survival Skills For Working Moms
52:54

Jessica Turner joins me today. She is the author of Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter, and Thrive. She is also the founder of the lifestyle blog, The Mom Creative AND she works full-time in corporate America. Her family includes three kids (ages 10, 7 and 3) and her husband, Matthew.

Her new book is like a practical handbook to help coach you when you feel stretched too thin—to help you find your rhythm and discover a life of contentment where you are. 

We start by talking about some unsaid pressures we face when it comes to being working moms and the guilt that sometimes follows. And then we dive into some very practical Survival Skills or life hacks if you will. We talk about what to do about food, home management, self-care, commuting and school participation. So many good practical tips were tucked into this conversation—I think you’re gonna love it. 

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Sep 18, 2018
Re-release Kay Warren | Surviving Her Son's Suicide
57:12

I wanted to re-release my chat with Kay Warren where she talks about walking through the suicide of her son since it is suicide prevention week.

If you don't know her already, she is the co-founder of Saddleback Church, pastor Rick Warren's wife and an advocate for people living with mental illness, HIV&AIDS and for orphaned and vulnerable children. You quickly can tell that she wants to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. We talk about signs of mental illness in your kids, what its like being a parent of a child who suffers, practical ways the church can do to change the conversation about mental illness and suicide and her advice that every pastor's wife needs to know.

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Sep 14, 2018
Episode 143: Jen Hatmaker | Permission to Think About Your Faith
48:00
I am so thrilled to have Jen Hatmaker join me at the table. Jen has been a household name for me for many years. She is someone who has always made me laugh and made me think. She has worked in ministry for all her adult life alongside her husband, Brandon. They have 5 kids ranging from 12-20 and when we recorded this episode, she was about to take her daughter across the country to college. She is an author, speaker, podcaster who loves people and Jesus deeply.
 
We have an honest conversation about faith. We talk about her faith journey, learning to ask questions, how exposure can be the best teacher and giving your kids the permission to make their faith their own.
 
I know that not everyone listening agrees with everything that will be said. But here is what I love about conversations like this: when you allow yourself to have a conversation with someone and you enter the conversation with a posture of curiosity, you’ll find that empathy and kindness follows. I want to invite you to enter the conversation that way. So pull up a chair and join the conversation.

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Sep 11, 2018
Episode 142: Emily Vogeltanz | Living The Life You Were Created For
51:52

Today’s guest is Emily Vogeltanz. She's a mom, wife, a country girl living in the city, and a church builder. She has worked with Passion Conference + Passion City Church for 16+ years in various roles. She currently helps lead Passion City Cumberland and the Grove which is a monthly women's gathering.

I was so excited to sit across the table from her. We talk about marriage, kids, ministry, fear, travel, dreams and what we want most of our own hearts to believe. This is one of those episodes that is packed full of goodness—that feels like you literally sat down with a friend over coffee. I'm so excited to invite you to pull up a chair to the table.

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Sep 04, 2018
Episode 141: Melanie Dale | What To Do With Our Anger
29:48
It’s that time again for another crossover episode with my good friend, Melanie Dale. Each month, Melanie and I sit down and have a conversation about a topic that we are both surviving and that we could lighten up about. So one part is here and the part of the conversation is on her show, Lighten Up with Melanie Dale. So be sure to hop over there when are you are finished listening to this one.
 
This month we are talking about our emotions—specifically about anger. We talk about the last time we were angry, what triggers our anger, what helps us control our anger and what helps us control the anger before we erupt like a volcano.
 

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Aug 28, 2018
Episode 140: Sarah Beckman | Loving Your Neighbor In Time of Need
56:23

Sarah Beckman joins me today. She is a mother to 3 kids between the ages of 17-21. If you are a mother entering in the high school phase, she would be a great person to friend. Our conversation is focused around her book which is called Alongside: A Practical Guide For Loving Your Neighbor in Their Time of Trial. We have a practical conversation around how to come alongside someone you knew who is walking through a difficult season or circumstance. We talk about what loving your neighbor really looks like, excuses we often give to not step in and what we can do in light of each excuse.

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Aug 21, 2018
Episode 139: Hettie Brittz | Understanding How Your Kids Are Wired
49:15

Hettie Brittz joins me for today’s episode. She has been married to her husband for 25 years and they have three kids (2 teenagers and one in college). She is also a speaker, author, and a foremost voice in parenting advice and personality styles. She is from South Africa but is currently residing in the United States. She has created a course to help people understand how they are wired and codeveloped the Tall Trees Profile which helps parents understand their child’s temperament.

I have to say that this was one of my favorite conversations. There is something vulnerable about it. I have a great desire to understand myself better and to understand my children better. We have a conversation about how understanding how you are wired will help you parent better; how working with traumatized kids helped her see how understanding temperaments was the key to helping unlock the heart and she unpacked the different temperament types. She said, “When you understand what our kids need, we get the motivation to parent.” What we talked about gave me so much hope. I felt understood. And I started to understand my girls better. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did. 

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Aug 14, 2018
Episode 138: Elizabeth Grace Saunders | Divine Time Management
50:23

Elizabeth Grace Saunders joins me today from my new kitchen table. Our family moved into a new rental home back in July and it was fun to record the inaugural episode around my kitchen table in the new house. Elizabeth is an internationally recognized expert on effective time management and the founder of Real Life E Time Coaching and Speaking. She joins me today to talk about the idea of divine time management which is all about aligning yourself with God's heart. We talk about why we feel guilty for resting; where to start when it comes to organizing our day; why we tend to say yes to everything; and advice for how to prioritize our time during a busy season.

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Aug 07, 2018
Episode 137: Melanie Dale CROSSOVER | Back to School
29:37

It’s that time again for another crossover episode with my good friend, Melanie Dale. And if you are new to the show and haven’t heard one of these episodes you are in for a treat! Each month, Melanie and I sit down and have a conversation about a topic that we are both surviving and that we could lighten up about. So one part is here and the part of the conversation is on her show, Lighten Up with Melanie Dale. So be sure to hop over there when are you are finished listening to this one.

This month we are talking about going back to school. Can you believe summer is over??? We talk about our favorite grades growing up, being our kid’s advocate at school, tips on how to relate to your kids’ teachers in non-overbearing ways, how we handle homework and first day of school traditions. 

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Jul 31, 2018
Episode 136: Heather MacFadyen | Finding Joy in Motherhood
49:16

I am so excited to welcome Heather MacFadyen to the show today. You likely know her from the God Centered Mom podcast. She’s been hosting that show for 5 years! If you don’t know her already, she’s a mom to 4 boys. We talk about fears that we have and how fear is the root problem to other emotions we have like anger; we talk about guilt and shame in motherhood and what to do when shame is driving your identity. 

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Jul 24, 2018
Episode 135: Dr. Caroline Leaf | The Power of the Mind
38:57

I am so excited to share this conversation with you. Dr. Caroline Leaf sat down across the virtual kitchen table with me a few months ago. She is a is a communication pathologist and cognitive neuroscientist. Since the early 1980s she has researched the mind-brain connection, the nature of mental health and the formation of memory. She was one of the first in her field to study how the brain can change (neuroplasticity) with directed mind input. She has helped hundreds of thousands of students and adults learn how to use their mind to detox and grow their brain to succeed in every area of their lives, including school, university and the workplace.

Her passion is to help people see the power of the mind to change the brain, and to see the link between science and spirituality through controlling their thoughts and emotions, learning how to think and learn, and finding their sense of purpose in life. 

You guys I was so nervous to talk with her because she is just so very smart. I felt like I would be out of my league, but Dr. Leaf is truly delightful. And as we talk, its evident that she has a huge heart for people to have hope and life change. Did you know that when we as Jesus followers talk about taking thoughts captive that science actually backs that up? What we talk about over the next 30 minutes is fascinating. We talk about the connection between science and faith, how you have the power to turn on your brain in order to get rid of toxins, the science behind captivating your thoughts, how to change your mind and how to help our kids learn to change their thought patterns. I loved this episode and hope you do, too. 

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Jul 17, 2018
Episode 134: Katie Bennett | Learning To Embrace What Matters Most
35:20

Katie Bennett joins me today. She is a wife and mom of three with one on the way. She and her husband have a podcast called “Embracing a Simpler Life in Light of Eternity” and she recently published the book Heavenly Minded Mom. We sit down and have a conversation around the idea of what it means to embrace a heavenly perspective, how God used a really hard season of life to help propel her faith forward and some practical ways to gain perspective.

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Jul 10, 2018
Episode 133: Rebekah Hargraves | Lies Mothers Believe
40:54

I sat down with Rebekah Hargraves back in the early spring. She is a mom of two little kids, podcaster and author. Our worlds became very small when we realized that she got married at my parents event space in Tennessee. Is that funny? Rebekah joins me to talk about lies that we tend to believe as mothers, mommy guilt and how she overcomes the temptation to allow her identity to be defined by her ability to mother. 

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Jul 03, 2018
Episode 132: Melanie Dale | Contentment Crossover Episode
27:12

It’s that time again for another crossover episode with my good friend, Melanie Dale. And if you are new to the show and haven’t heard one of these episodes you are in for a treat! Each month, Melanie and I sit down and have a conversation about a topic that we are both surviving and that we could lighten up about. So one part is here and the part of the conversation is on her show, Lighten Up with Melanie Dale. So be sure to hop over there when are you are finished listening to this one.

This month, we are having a conversation about something that I tend to struggle with a lot—contentment. Does anybody else ride the struggle bus, too? We talk about the different categories of discontentment, the byproduct emotions of our discontentment, and what has helped us when we feel like we are spinning out of control with discontentment. 

Listen to the other part of this conversation over at Lighten Up with Melanie Dale

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Jun 26, 2018
Episode 131: Erin Weidemann | Real Beauty, Identity & Purpose
43:56

Erin Weidemann sits down with me across our virtual kitchen table. Sometimes I meet people and its like we could be real life friends if we only lived in the same area. I felt that way about Erin. She is the co-founder and creator of Bible Belles which is a publishing company whose mission is to help girls discover real beauty, God's love, and their purpose through the female heroes of the Bible. She’s also the host of the Heroes For Her Podcast which highlights positive role models for girls today.

In this conversation, we talk about how she ended up going from a middle school teacher to running a company; why she chose to create products for young girls to help them talk about beauty and identity; how to move girls from self-doubt to purpose; raising girls in the current culture climate and how we tend to put God in a box with what He could do through us. So much goodness covered in a short period. 

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Jun 19, 2018
Episode 130: Amber Tysl | Hospitality, Thrifting & The Beauty In It
57:15

Amber Tysl joins me around my kitchen table. Amber is a former teacher who quit her secure job to take over a photography business (which she had no experience in) in order to stay home with her kids. Her husband is a high school basketball coach and they have 3 kids. Amber is someone who sees the beauty in the broken. That is truly a theme in her life. You see beauty that she has created in her home, by her fashion and in her photography. She loves to take was is imperfect and display it as beautiful. We talk about what its like to be a coach’s wife, how she made the decision to leave her secure teaching job, what hospitality looks like for her and how to get the most out of thrift store shopping.

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Jun 12, 2018
Episode 129: Kylie White | Living a Purposeful Life
50:30

Kylie White joins me around my kitchen table. She is a wife and mother to 4 kids—2 of whom she adopted from the Congo. They operate two Chick-fil-A restaurants and are also part of the Cathy Family that founded Chick-fil-a. So you know I had to ask her for secret menu items!! Kylie is also on the Board of Directors for CARE for AIDS and loves to lift her voice for the voiceless!

We talk about finding purpose. If you have ever wondered if God is done with you or if this is all there is to life, then you are going to love this conversation. We talk about how to find that purpose and how to raise your kids to be generous, to take risks and to be adventurous.

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Jun 05, 2018
Episode 128: Melanie Dale Crossover | Surviving Summer
37:34

It’s that time again for another crossover episode with my good friend, Melanie Dale. I hope you enjoy these episodes as much as we do. And this month, we are tackling summer. If you are in the south, summer has begun and many of us have mixed emotions about it. Before I had kids, summer was just another season. After kids, summer now carrying a mixed bag of emotions. I equally dread while looking forward to it. So in this part of the crossover episode, we talk about our feelings about summer, our no’s of summer, how we survive working from home while our people are home and screen time. And per usual, there is some slightly inappropriate dialog. Heaven help us. After you listen to this episode, be sure to jump over to Melanie’s podcast, Lighten Up with Melanie Dale, to hear the other half.

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May 29, 2018
Episode 127: Natalie Brenner | The Tension Between Sorrow and Joy
50:15

Natalie Brenner joins me for today’s episode. A mutual friend connected us and I knew pretty immediately that you would resonate with her story. Natalie is wife, mom, photographer and author who is passionate about justice, Jesus and digging into a life of grace. She married young and quickly decided to grow her family through adoption.

While walking through that process, she suffered a miscarriage, loss of dreams and loss of jobs. If you have ever been in a place where you experienced both sorrow and joy, then you will relate to Natalie’s story. She learned first hand what it is like for your prayers to be answered in different ways than expected. We talk about her miscarriage, her adoption, the trauma she experienced in child birth, loss of her husband’s job along with some advice for women who are currently left sitting with expectations unmet. 

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May 22, 2018
Episode 126: Shaunti Feldhahn | Finding True Rest in Real Life
50:33

It was a privilege to welcome back to the show, Shaunti Feldhahn. She received her graduate degree from Harvard University and was an analyst on Wall Street before unexpectedly becoming a social researcher, best-selling author and popular speaker. She joined me on Episode 78 to talk about how men are wired.

But today, I asked her to come back on the show to talk about her new research. We talk about what it looks like to actually find rest. We talk about what true rest really looks like, what was surprising about her research, why women want to remain busy, how fear plays a role, and how to retrain yourself to notice the good which in turn brings you rest. 

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May 15, 2018
Episode 125: Lynn Cowell | Raising Brave Girls
48:32

Author and communicator, Lynn Cowell, joins me to talk about raising girls to be both strong and nurturing women. Lynn has raised two girls who are now in their early twenties so she has a wealth of experience and knowledge to bring to the table. We talk about advice for raising girls through the tween phase, how she navigated raising girls that were different from each other, how to help girls understand that their worth comes from God, how we as moms can help foster our girls uniqueness and how to raise strong and brave women. This conversation will encourage your heart as a woman whether you have daughters or not. 

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May 08, 2018
Episode 124: Brett Trapp | How Story Creates Empathy
46:59

Brett Trapp, author of the Blue Babies Pink blog and podcast, joins me. His podcast was one of my top recommendations for last year. Brett has a gift of storytelling and his podcast was just that. It is a story of growing up gay and Christian in the south. Brett joins me around the table to tell his story. The conversation isn’t a theological debate. It isn’t question of whether its right or wrong. It’s simply his story. What I’ve noticed in my life is that when we hear someone’s story, empathy follows.

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May 01, 2018
Episode 123: Melanie Dale | CROSSOVER | Personal Growth & Self-Care
34:37

It’s that time again for another crossover episode with my friend, Melanie Dale. I just love getting to sit down with her and talk about life. Each month we pick a topic and have a conversation about it. Then, you get to listen to one part here on Surviving Sarah and another part over on Melanie’s podcast called Lighten Up with Melanie Dale. So don’t forget to head over to her podcast and listen to the other half.

With spring having sprung—at least for the south—we thought it would be a good time to talk about personal growth and self-care. In this part of the conversation, we talk about how we are doing on personal growth goals that we set in January, how we incorporate self-care into our week, what it looks like when we don’t take care of ourselves and how we can learn to pay attention to our bodies and minds so that we don’t crash. 

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Apr 24, 2018
Episode 122: Denise James | Finding Community Overseas
46:11

Denise James, joins me around my kitchen table. She is an expat living in a small town in Southeast Asia. She homeschools her 6 kids. In her "spare" time, she produces a podcast and co-runs a blog made for expat woman encouraging them to take root where they've been planted. After hearing that she loves Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, I knew we would be fast friends. Denise reached out to me when she was state-side to get together and talk podcast shop. After chatting with her, I knew that I would love to be a megaphone for what she’s doing. Because I believe there are women just like her, whether they are living stateside or not, that are looking for community.

We talk about what it’s like raising her family overseas, how loneliness affects so many women, how to find friends and community, what community looks like overseas, the challenges and benefits of raising her family overseas and what God has purposed in her.

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Apr 17, 2018
Episode 121: Elizabeth Oates | Redeeming a Dysfunctional Family Tree
39:33

Author, blogger and speaker Elizabeth Oates joins me for Episode 121. Her family tree was plagued with generations of divorce, addiction, abuse, abandonment and brokenness. But Elizabeth has experienced God’s redemption and restoration which is why she has such a passion for women to experience hope and healing. 

We talk about what its like raising 5 kids, her passion for foster care, how the enneagram has helped her to understand her story, what it was like to experience such dysfunction growing up, what that dysfunction caused her to believe about herself and God, and how it affected her early years of marriage. 

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Apr 10, 2018
Episode 120: KariAnne Wood | Where Home & Faith Intersect
42:48

KariAnne Wood joins me around my virtual kitchen table. And I can’t tell you how much I wish we were able to sit around my actual kitchen table because this girl is golden. You can’t help but like her. She is such a nice person and she makes you feel so special. One thing I love about her is how great a storyteller she is. I learned in this conversation that she talks to furniture way and is a thief—you’ll want to listen to this one!

KariAnne is a home decor/life style/DIY blogger. She has authored two books—So Close To Amazing and The DIY Home Planner. We talk about what it was like to jump out of her comfort zone, how to find your decorating style, what has helped her embrace who God made her to be, and what she has learned about God through decorating. 

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Apr 03, 2018
Episode 119: Melanie Dale | Surviving Marriage
36:54

Today, my fun friend, Melanie Dale, joins me around the table for another Crossover Episode. Each month we pick a topic and have a conversation about it. Then, you get to listen to one part here on Surviving Sarah and another part over on Melanie’s podcast called Lighten Up with Melanie Dale.

We decided to have a little chat about marriage. We talk about how we met our husbands (spoiler alert: Melanie’s story is vaguely similar to Ross and Rachel); we talk about what we wish we had known about marriage, what to do when you don’t agree on something and what we are currently learning about marriage.

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Mar 27, 2018
Episode 118: Kathleen McCarthy Goff Weber | Where Faith and Fashion Intersect
41:12

Kathleen McCarthy Goff Weber joins me around the kitchen table where we get to talk about fashion. You guys know that I love fashion—I love getting dressed. Its like a creative outlet for me. Kathleen owns a boutique in Nashville called K. McCarthy. She has an background of both fashion and counseling. You don’t meet many people with those twos boxes checked on their resume. Listening to her, you’ll see how uniquely wired she is to combine those two passions—fashion and helping people. We talk about what that looks like for her, how she came to own a boutique store, advice on how to love the you that you are, spring trends and trends that are dying. 

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Mar 20, 2018
Episode 117: Mo Isom | Reclaiming Sex For The Glory of God
01:06:47

My friend, Mo Isom, joins me again around my kitchen table. She sat around my table over a year ago where we talked about her story and book, Wreck My Life. You can listen to that on Episode 34. Mo is a married to Jeremiah and they now have 2 little girls. She is a New York Times bestselling author and communicator. There is something about Mo that is contagious—and I’m not talking about germs here. Her energy, excitement and passion for Jesus, life and others is truly contagious. 

Her latest book, Sex, Jesus and the Conversations the Church Forget, was released last week. We had a candid conversation about it. We talk about why she felt called to be the voice to speak about sex and Jesus, how sexual sin speaks to our identity, why we struggle to know how to talk about sex, why the “how far is too far” question is the wrong question, false sex-pectations and what true love really is. There is a lot of great truth packed into this conversation. And side note, if you have a teenager this would be a great episode for them to listen to.

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Mar 13, 2018
Episode 116: Sandra Stanley | Creating Breathing Room
55:49

Sandra Stanley joins me again around my kitchen table. She was on the show awhile back—Episode 23—and it has since been one of my most popular conversations with listeners. Sandra is a mother to grown kids, wife to megachurch pastor, Andy Stanley, author, communicator and a woman who is passionate about foster care and coming alongside young mothers.

Sandra recently released a devotional called Breathing Room. Do you ever feel like you can’t enjoy anything because you are doing everything? Do you sometimes feel like your pace in life is causing exhaustion? Well, you aren’t alone. In this episode, we talk about what steals our breathing room, how we trade our peace for progress and what role fear plays in it all along with some practical ways to create breathing room in your life today.

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Mar 06, 2018
Episode 115: Melanie Dale | Surviving Body Image
39:16

It’s time again for our special crossover episode with Melanie Dale and her show, Lighten Up with Melanie Dale. And today, we tackle the topic of body image—because that isn’t relatable to anyone. When I was in my early twenties, I truly thought that women in their 40’s didn’t deal with this struggle. That is was just a adolescence or twenty-something problem. But news flash, I still want to be attractive. I still struggle to base my worth on something that changes. And that’s why we felt like it was a topic worth talking about. We talk about what shaped our view of bodies in elementary school, triggers for the struggle, what helps us to maintain a healthy view of ourselves, how we feel about our bodies at 40 and how our past affects who we raise our daughters.

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Feb 27, 2018
Episode 114: Clay Scroggins | How To Lead When You're Not In Charge
50:02

My friend Clay Scroggins joins me around the table. He married to Jenny (who is a faithful Surviving Sarah listener) and they have 5 kids. Clay is the lead pastor for North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA. Many of you may have heard of that church because Andy Stanley started it. 

He wrote a book last year called How To Lead When You’re Not In Charge. And let’s be honest, so many of us are leading somewhere—in our home, in our work, in our church, in our schools. Each one of us has the ability to leverage influence yet many of us are stuck waiting to be given the authority to lead rather than tapping into the influence that we have. So we talk about the difference between authority and influence, the challenges that keep us from tapping into our influence, how to survive working for someone you don’t respect, what to do when you crave more influence, and how understanding our identity is crucial in cultivating influence. 

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Feb 20, 2018
Episode 113: Hannah Brencher | How To Walk In Everyday Life
48:07

Hannah Brencher joins me. She is a TED speaker, author and online educator with a heart for building leaders. She is passionate about helping others live good and full lives. You may know her for the social movement she created in 2011 called More Love Letters where she wrote love letters for strangers. That small act on her part has spread to over 70 countries, all 50 states, and over 100 college campuses.

I enjoyed this conversation so much. And you won’t be surprised to hear us talk about the enneagram and how her unique wiring is connected to what does. We talk about what it looks like to be in process, how to stay focused on the process rather than getting caught up in what’s next and what helped her walk through a season of depression.

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Feb 13, 2018
Episode 112: Josh Shipp | A Grown Up's Guide to Teenage Humans
01:10:57

Today, Josh Shipp joins me for a really amazing conversation. This was one of those conversations where I just got lost and forgot that thousands of you would be listening. This is a conversation between two parents who both work or have worked with teenagers for many years and have seen the power of another caring adult in a kid’s life. 

Josh is an author, global youth empowerment expert, and acclaimed speaker. A former at-risk foster kid turned youth advocate is renowned for his documentary TV series by A&E that followed his ground-breaking work with teenagers. I have been wanting to have a conversation with Josh about teenagers since I launched the podcast so I was thrilled when this day arrived.

We start by talking about the personalities of our kids. And I’ve been thinking so much how important it is that we understand our kids’ wiring so that we can figure out how to communicate with them—especially if they are teenagers. We talk about doing the hard work of parenting, why kids need a caring adult in their lives, and how to better understand teenagers. If you have teenagers or work with teenagers or have kids who will eventually be teenagers, then you will certainly enjoy this conversation. We talk about moving from an air traffic controller in the early years to a coach in the adolescence years.

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Feb 06, 2018
Episode 111: Melanie Dale | Surviving Friendship
31:40

If you’ve been listening to the show for awhile, then you know that Melanie Dale and I are good pals. After being guests on each others shows, we wondered how we could hang out more because we simply laugh together. So that’s when this idea was born. We decided to do some crossover episodes for you guys. So every month, you will hear us talk about a different topic. But here’s the fun part: One part will be on her show, Lighten Up with Melanie Dale and the other part will be on my show, Surviving Sarah. We will pick a topic and talk about how we need to lighten up about it and then how we are surviving it.

And today’s episode is all about friendships. We talk about on Surviving Sarah how we can survive friendships--finding them, keeping them and what to do if we lose them. And head over to Melanie's site to listen to ways we can lighten up about friendship.

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Jan 30, 2018
Episode 110: Ashleigh Slater | Braving Sorrow Together
37:52

I was happy to welcome Ashleigh Slater back to join me around my kitchen table. She was my second guest 2 years ago. We have a conversation about braving sorrow. We talk about loss—loss of jobs, houses, dreams, control, and even life. Loss can make for a hard season that we sometimes end up walking through alone. We sometimes don’t feel like we have the permission to grieve losses. We compare our losses and feel like ours isn’t worth grieving.

She talks about her “weeping years” where she walked through a number of losses in a couple of years. And what she shares what she learned about herself, her community and her God because of it. 

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Jan 23, 2018
Episode 109: Anna LeBaron | Surviving a Polygamist Cult
45:27

I am excited to share Anna LeBaron’s story with you today. If you haven’t heard of her, she is a survivor of a Polygamist cult. Her father was a notorious polygamist and murderer. She grew up unlike most of us. Most of us have never been on the run from the FBI. Filled with murder, fear, and betrayal, Anna’s story is shocking. It’s a story of a fatherless girl and her unwavering search for love, faith, and a place to call home. Anna expresses the power of vulnerability and shares her story of surviving a Polygamist cult. She shares how she found Jesus and how she was able to take off the shame of being her earthly father’s daughter and embrace the unconditional, ever secure love of her heavenly Father.

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Jan 16, 2018
Episode 108: Kristy Dickerson | Finding Success in Life and Business
48:16

Today’s guest is Kristy Dickerson. She’s the CEO and co-creator of the STARTplanner and author of the new book, Start Balancing. If you’ve listened to the show for awhile then you know that I love planners. So getting to talk with Kristy was so enjoyable. She is a successful entrepreneur, business woman who is first and foremost a wife and mom. We sat down in her office to talk about how she ended up creating a business around a planner. And as you listen, you’ll hear advice for creative people who run businesses, how to fit health into your lifestyle, ways to maximize your time and productivity and how to set smart goals. 

If you want to continue the conversation, you can find me @sarahwbragg on Instagram or twitter or SurvivingSarahPodcast on Facebook. BE sure to check out today’s show notes over at SurvivingSarah.com for ways to connect with Kristy, takeaways from our conversation and links to everything we mentioned.

Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

Jan 09, 2018
Episode 107: Merica Stum | Looking Back at 2017
01:02:54

My good friend, Merica Stum, joins me around my kitchen table again. She is a married to Jake and they have 3 boys. She is the Director of Girls On The Run for Southeast TN. We had so much fun last year on Episode 55 so I asked her to come back. I think we will just have to make this an annual thing. We do sort of a year in review. We look back at 2017—what we learned, what surprised us and what we read. And then we look forward to 2018 about some of our goals and even some things we dread.

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Jan 02, 2018
Episode 106: Amber Lia | Parenting Scripts
51:19

Amber Lia joins me for Episode 106. She is a mom to 4 boys as well as an author and owner of a production company in Los Angeles. Amber and Wendy Speaks have released a new book together called Parenting Scripts: When What Your Saying Isn’t Working Say Something New. I don’t know about you, but parenting has been the hardest job of my life. I am always trying to hit a moving target. And what worked yesterday doesn’t always work today. Many times, I find myself in a situation where I just don’t know what to say. And that is exactly why they wrote this book. 

So I give her a few different scenarios from her book and ask her to help us know what to say. We talk about how to motivate your kids to do what they need to do; what to say when your kid argues and talks back; what to say when your kid faces disappointment; and what what to do if you and your partner are on different parenting pages.

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Dec 19, 2017
Episode 105: Christy Wright | Creating Passive Income
53:58

Christy Wright joins me for Episode 105. She is the creator of Business Boutique, a Certified Business Coach and a Ramsey Personality with a heart for helping women step into their God-given gifts. Trust me, when you hear this conversation, you will see how passionate she is about empowering women. 

If you are a woman who has a side hustle or started a business or has an idea, you will certainly enjoy this episode. Christy gives us advice on where to start, what to do with our fear of failure, how to make your business your own, how to manage your time and how to not kill your creative idea. 

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • What is something that is keeping you back from starting your business or moving forward on an idea? I think for me, the fear of failure and perfectionism are traps that I often fall into. Yes, failure is a possibility, but it shouldn’t keep me from moving forward.

  • Have you ever stopped to trace your steps to see where you’ve been and how God has prepared you for what you are doing now?

  • Start with the end in mind. Think about where you want to be in 5 years and then take steps to get there. Don't let perfection keep you from starting. And yes, fear is a possibility, but don't let it keep you from starting. Fear doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. It means you’re doing something bold. Fear will creep up every time you do something new. Do it scared. Fear is from the enemy not from God.

  • If we want a miracle the requirement is something impossible. The requirement for a miracle is doing something impossible. Sometimes what we want doesn’t match our feelings. Act how you want to feel.

  • Make your business your own. Comparison is your enemy.

  • Time management is personal. Be willing to say no to things. Be selective about how you spend your time. Figure what matters to you. We say yes when what we mean is no. Don’t focus on letting that person down. don’t focus on the no. focus on the yes. What are your priorities? You don’t need to be everything. In the season you are in, what makes the cut? Everything is not created equal. If everything is important, nothing is important.
  • Choose to be present in the moment. Are you focused on what you are notdoing? Think about what you did get to. Driving to somewhere that you love. Don’t look behind. Look forward.

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Dec 12, 2017
Episode 104: Alex Kuykendall | Loving My Actual Christmas
41:30

Alex Kuykendall joins me for Episode 104. She is mother to 4 girls ranging from ages 6 to 15. She is a writer and co-host to The Open Door Sisterhood podcast and retreat. I invited her to join me on the show to talk about her recent book, Loving My Actual Christmas, because the reality is that many of us don't love the Christmas we have. We have expectations that go unmet during this time of year.

Christmas isn’t always a merry season. We can have disappointment or pain from loss. Maybe its a grieving season. Maybe life doesn’t look like what you hoped. And Christmas can accentuate our pain, grief and disappointment. How do we step into our real circumstances and try to enjoy Christmas in the midst of the pain? With that in mind, Alex conducted a Christmas experiment. An experiment on what it would look like to find hope, joy, love and peace during the Christmas season in the midst of her real life circumstances.

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Dec 05, 2017
Episode 103: Natalie Ard | Teaching Our Kids The True Meaning of Christmas
48:51

Natalie Ard joins me for Episode 103. With the turn of the holiday season, it was the perfect time to chat with her about what she does. She is a mother who quickly became an entrepreneur after creating a family tradition product called Star From Afar. She is the owner of Star Kids Company where she creates toys and games that help kids play with a purpose. We talk about why she created Star From Afar, tactical ways to make this Christmas meaningful and how is manages being a working mother. 

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Nov 28, 2017
Episode 102: Melanie Shankle | Embracing Your Ordinary
47:48

I was so happy to have Melanie Shankle join me on the show again for Episode 102. Many of you may know her as Big Mama online. She is an author, speaker, wife and mother. You may remember her from Episode 50 where we chatted about friendship.

This time, she joins me at the table to talk about small things. You see, she wrote a book called Church of the Small Things which talks about learning to love the ordinary life you have. Do you feel like you aren’t doing enough or that what you are doing matters? If you’ve ever answered yes to those questions, then this episode and her book is for you. In this conversation, we talk about enjoying your ordinary life, how God uses ordinary and how to be faithful where you are.

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • This message about ordinary really struck home with me. One of my takeaways, was the idea of being faithful where you are. God put me in this season with these roles for a reason. I want to be like the mother of the boy who had the fish and bread. Doing the tasks that seem insignificant matterSo this week, I want to look around at my ordinary and ask God to help me see the beauty.

  • How can you start to find contentment your ordinary life? It begins by recognizing that as chaotic as it can seem, all of this is all fleeting. It can all change. It starts with a perspective change.

  • Stop waiting for you life to begin. Take stock of your life. I bet all of what you have that is chaotic is what you prayed for. Stop comparing what we have to what we thought we wanted or to what others have.

  • Sometimes we can struggle with thoughts like "Am I enough?"; "Does this life matter?"; "My life isn’t glamorous." But you never know how God will use those simple acts of faithfulness. Get up and be faithful to do what is in front of you. We can feel like a beige person driving a mini van, but the daily faithfulness matters. We can make an impact when we just love the people around us. We start to think that the big things are what are noticeable, but its really the little things.

  • This can be a great season of ordinary. "Don't underestimate how God is using all of those little things.” Are you going to trust God with what you have right now? Before you go further in the journey, you have to be able to trust God with what you have now. God is preparing you for the bigger things in the small things.

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Nov 21, 2017
Episode 101: April Christina Barron | Parenting Single
59:13

April Christina Barron joins me for Episode 101. She is a talented vocalist, communicator and therapist who’s passion is to encourage, inspire, and offer hope to women in their relationships with God, themselves, their children, and with others. And she’d tell you that her greatest accomplishment would be overcoming the challenges of being an un-married, teenaged mother. She has successfully raised two amazing young men, one of whom, at 22 years old, is currently staring in a lead role in the nation's hottest musical, Hamilton, An American Musical, in Chicago, Illinois. Having overcome every obstacle and societal statistic thrust upon single, teenaged mothers, April pursues every opportunity to offer hope and encouragement to other women who face seemingly insurmountable odds.

She shares her story of becoming a single mother as a teenager—what that was like and what pressures she faced and how she eventually learned what it looked like to lay aside the condemnation and walk in the freedom of grace. She also gives some advice to raising teenagers and how the church can support single parents. 

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Nov 14, 2017
Episode 100: Hannah Davis | Fitness & Health Habits
52:28

Cue the confetti because today is Episode 100! And last night friends of the show gathered together at my home in Atlanta to celebrate this milestone with me. Before we jump into the today’s conversation, I just wanted to say thank you for listening. There are women all around who feel like they are alone, as they survive whatever life looks like for them. And this podcast is a place where I hope that women realize that they are not alone. Whether you are single or married; ave children or not; being your own boss or working for someone else, I hope that you find the voice of someone who understands exactly where you are.

So with that, Hannah Davis joins me for Episode 100. She is a fitness expert whose mission is to empower women and men to become healthier and happier through strength training and nutrition. She believes that those components affect happiness and our ability to serve others. We talk about the balance between health and appearance, some misconceptions about fitness, daily essentials that you need to incorporate into your habits and how to retrain our why behind fitness

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Hannah. I think the biggest takeaway for me was the need to connect my health to serving others. I’ll just admit here that my fitness goals have never been connected to others. They have always been so that I look better. Health is rarely the objective, but fitting in a smaller size usually is. So, I’m going to work on redefining the why behind health for me.

  • Daily essentials that you need to incorporate into your habits:

    • eat a nutritious breakfast

    • drink more water

    • move 10k steps a day;  10 minute circuit training (her YouTube channel)

Hannah wants to help me AND YOU redefine with healthy means. The holidays are upon us and we thought it would be the perfect time to prepare our bodies and minds for what lies ahead. Let me introduce the 12 day Holiday Hustle to you.

The 12 day Holiday Hustle with Body By Hannah is geared to keep you on track with your health and fitness goals through what can sometimes be a stressful holiday season or a season full of too much merriment! This challenge provides you with a simple nutrition plan to follow, exclusive, short, beginner or intermediate workout programs from Hannah, a supplementation option for those with weight loss or energy goals, exclusive Surviving the Holidays tips from life expert, Sarah Bragg and daily mindfulness homework. This challenge is only $9.99 until November 17th and and challenge will begin on Tuesday, November 28. 

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Nov 07, 2017
Episode 99: Jeannie Cunnion | Freedom in Motherhood
52:09

Jeannie Cunnion joins me for Episode 99. I have been so excited to share this conversation with you because it was so refreshing and encouraging for me personally. If you haven’t heard of Jeannie before, then you should know that she is a mom of four boys who range from teenager to toddler. She is the author of Parenting the Wholehearted Child and her latest book, Mom Set Free.

We sit down and have an honest conversation about freedom and motherhood.  We talk about the pressures we face in parenting, the things that we need to be set free from and what God has set us free for. There were some moments in this conversation that really have redefined my role as parent and reignited an understanding of the gospel.

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • God is using our kids to sharpen us to become more like Him. I think that I knew that in theory but I hadn’t thought about how God chose these kids specifically for a reason to sharpen something in me. And if I could start my day viewing them as a gift that God has placed in my life to sharpen me—to make me more like Him—then maybe that would change my heart. And I think that applies to anyone listening whether you are a mother or not. Think about the most challenging person in your life currently. Maybe that person is God’s gift to you to sharpen you to become more like Him. So when we are in the heat of the moment, frustrated or discouraged, may we remember to ask: what is God’s invitation to me in this situation?

  • Parenting is more about what God is doing in me than me creating these great kids.

  • Moms get stuck in so many places and patterns because of the pressure we are under. The gospel has the power to free us from any place where we feel stuck. We feel pressure to be perfect, to be in control, or to transform our kid’s heart.

  • The enemy is using that pressure to steal our joy in parenting.

  • Jesus is the one who calls our kids to faith. We can get frustrated when we do all the “right” things yet not see the results. It is Jesus who produces righteous character in our kid’s life.

  • What is hard for me isn't hard for God.

  • God works all things together for good--that good doesn't mean better or an upgrade. The good is that we are conformed more into the image of Jesus.

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Oct 31, 2017
Episode 98: Jim Burns | Talking About Sex With Your Kids
58:41

Jim Burns joins me for Episode 98. I first met Jim many years ago when I worked for Saddleback Church in CA. He is someone that I could have conversations with about parenting, relationships, marriage and faith for hours. He is the President of HomeWord—an organization that exists to equip parents, marriages and families and he the Director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. He speaks to thousands of people around the world each year and has close to 2 million resources in print in 30 languages. You can see why I like to talk to him!

I asked Jim to join me around the table to talk about a subject that many of us feel very awkward about. We have an hour long dialog about the topic of sexuality and our kids. We talk about when you should have the infamous talk, what you should know about the “M word", pornography and sexual identities. Alright. I just went ahead and said all the awkward words. Now that I’ve done that, pull up a chair and join the conversation.

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • I think that this topic is one that most of us don’t feel adequate or prepared for as parents. The biggest takeaway is not waiting for one moment or one age to have that conversation but to start sooner than later weaving it into a normal part of your life with your kids. Start talking about sex from ages 3-5. The more you talk about these things hopefully the more comfortable to have these conversations as they grow. Moms of littles, this is the best time because it is not awkward to your kids. I highly recommend Jim’s books to initiate the conversation. That is what we used and it has opened the door to so many natural conversations.

  • The number one place that older kids get their sex ed from is the internet so you are going to have to have conversations with your kids about this. Age of the first exposure of pornography is age 11.

  • If you catch your child looking at porn, don’t make a big scary deal of it. Talk about healthy positive sex. And then talk about some of the things that aren’t healthy. If you see it, here’s what you should do. You almost have to desensitize them to it. We hurt for these people. When our kids are caught or your find out, make sure you are not a one topic parent in your reaction. Get a perspective. Talk with others.

  • 10% will struggle with gender confusion; 1.5-2% are homosexual. It's not healthy to our kids to blast one sexual sin over another. There are 17 references to sexual sin, only 3 deal with homosexuality yet we tend to focus on that one issue. We need to partly normalize that.

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Oct 24, 2017
Episode 97: Jonathan and Wynter Pitts | Trusting God to Raise the Girl He Gave You
55:58

Jonathan and Wynter Pitts join me for Episode 97. I was so happy to invite Wynter back on the show and loved getting a chance to chat with her husband, too. Wynter is the Founder of For Girls Like You and the author of several tween books. Jonathan is the executive director of The Urban Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans. They recently wrote a book called She Is Yours—Trusting God as You Raise the Girl He Gave You.You see, they have four daughters. So their house is loud, messy, busy and fun. They fully understand what many of us are walking through as we raise our daugthers.

We waste no time and dive right in to the hard stuff. We talk about what to do if we have a hard time viewing our kids as gifts from the Lord. We talk about the power of prayer when it comes to raising our kids. And we talk about how to help them develop their relationship with God, with their parents and with the world around them.

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • I think one of my favorite parts of the conversation about influence. I know this is true for me that so often we worry about the influence that others will have on our kids. We wonder if we should change schools or churches or sport teams. Scott and I just had a conversation about this very thing last week—fearful that one of ours would succumb to peer pressure as a teenager. But Wynter said to think more about what God can do through her—how she can impact and influence the world rather than worrying out how the world may influence her. This requires a shift in perspective. Notice the ways that your child has a positive influence on another. Give your child opportunities to be a positive influence on others and opportunities to impact the world around them. That is a proactive approach rather than a reactive approach to influence. 

  • Parenting is about investing a lot of hard work. Children are the types of gifts that require assembly; they aren't batteries included type of gifts. Ask God to help you see them as a gift. Its hard to see beauty when we are distracted by other things. We often view our kids as distractions rather than gifts.

  • Relationship always requires more than anything else does. So much of it is building into what you are already doing. Look around at what you already have in place and work from there.

  • If we want our kids to love others then we need to give them opportunities to flex those muscles.

  • My best first play is to give her back to the Lord.

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Oct 17, 2017
Episode 96: Kim Biddle | Saving Innocence
01:17:21

Kim Biddle joins me for Episode 96. She is the founder and CEO of Saving Innocence—an organization whose vision is to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children and restore the cultural values of innocence and human worth. This organization is doing amazing things to rescue and restore child victims of sex trafficking through strategic partnerships with local law enforcement, social service providers and schools. Kim has earned degrees, credentials and certifications to do this important work, but after listening to her story its easy to see that her own life—what she survived in her life—truly prepared her for what she does now. 

We talk about her story of divorce and how that gave her a deeper understanding and empathy for others. We talk about how she found her identity after walking through a season of grief, how Saving Innocence was started and how we can help change the culture surrounding exploitation and human worth. 

Kim and I met many years ago when I lived in CA. We were both in our twenties—bright eyed and full of expectancy. Hearing what she has walked through since those days is heartbreaking, yet hopeful. There is something so powerful when people decide to be vulnerable about who they are. I think that’s why Kim’s story will resonate with many of you. 

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • I really appreciated her vulnerability and honesty about her brokenness—what it was like to start over, to feel grief and then to see God confirm her identity and propel her forward to use her past to help others. Free people free peopleI think that statement embodies Kim’s life.

  • Isn't it interesting how what happened to her in her marriage ended up connecting to what she does now? I love that God can weave a story together.

  • Divorce is such a touchy subject and it is one that can cause you to question everything that you once knew to be true. Having friends around you who just let you be broken without expectation is vital to rediscovering who you are.

  • To find herself again, she started by looking for what brought her joy and made her heart come alive.

  • There is something beautiful in suffering. We don’t know how to suffer well and how to walk through seasons of pain. But there is something magical about pain. It reminds us that we are human and that it is okay to be a depraved human in need of God’s love. 

  • How can we help young women change the way they see themselves? This generation has replaced beautiful with sexy. Your value doesn’t depend on how much sex appeal you have. We need some celebrities to step up and shift what its like to proclaim value as heart, mind, body and soul.

  • If we saw each other in a new way—created in the image of God—it would change the way we treat each other and view each other. Each person has a thumbprint of God.

  • When you come out of a season, ask who am I in the image of God? How am I to reflect You in this season of life? Give yourself grace for that journey and give others grace in their journey.

  • "Life is more like art than we first thought." Maya Angelou We are walking out a piece of art.

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Oct 10, 2017
Episode 95: Kristen Ivy | Making Each Phase Count
49:31

Kristen Ivy joins me for Episode 95. This was a special guest for me because we have been friends for over 10 years and we started our motherhood journey together. Not only is she a mother to 3 but she is also the Executive Director of Messaging at Orange and the Director of The Phase Project. She has written several books but most recently published 18 books—one for each phase of a kid’s life.

We talk about how we as parents have a limited number of time to influence the faith of our kids. So with that, we unpack the phase guides by looking at what it means to number the days so that we may gain a heart of wisdom, what sort of things we can do over time in order to discover what really matters and what conversations we need to have with our kids when it comes to health, sexuality, technology and faith.

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • I bet some of you feel like 936 weeks until graduation feels like an eternity. I know I did. But I bet some of you look at the dwindling weeks make you anxious that you are running out of time. But either way, I bet I’m not the only one who often feels overwhelmed with parenting. That I’m not doing enough. That I’ve messed them up too much. Or that they will one day be in prison. Am I right? But I love how she took the pressure off of us. Small investments over time is what makes the difference. Its okay if you have a day where you don’t feel like you got a lot done because its the collection of weeks over time that makes the difference. It’s collective conversations or collective events that builds. I want to take those things that really matter and see where I can make small incremental movement. 

  • There is no magic bullet to parenting. Its an art, not a science. Trying to discover who they are and then constantly making adjustments to give them what they need. Its definitely not a formula. And because of that, you need to pause every so often to relearn your kid just in case they have changed.

  • From the time they are born to graduation there are 936 weeks. You can’t get more and its moving at a consistent speed. Here's a great way to number your days with your kids--its decorative, too.

  • So what really matters?
    • fun over time matters because it builds connection
    • time over time gives you a history together
    • work over time gives your kids significance
    • stories over time give a kid perspective—they begin to shape their worldview
    • love over time it shows your kids that they are worth something
    • words over time give a kid direction
    • tribes over time give a kid a place to belong
  • There are 4 ongoing, progressive conversations that need to happen over time. Conversations about health, sexuality, technology and faith. The phase guidesgive you words to say to help create those conversations.

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Oct 03, 2017
Episode 94: Kelly Flanagan | Worthiness, Belonging, Purpose
52:47

Kelly Flanagan joins me for Episode 94. This was one of my conversations. You guys, I took so many notes when I went back to edit this show. In fact, the conversation itself really did feel like a counseling session for me. Kelly is a husband, father, clinical psychologist, blogger, and author of the book Loveable: Embracing What Is Truest About You, So You Can Truly Embrace Your Life.

We talk about the idea of being lovable—that you are enough, you are not alone and you matter by unpacking worthiness, belonging and purpose. We talk about how to rediscover your unique worthiness, how to redeem the shame we carry and how there is a loveliness to ordinary. 

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • His words hit me like a ton of bricks when he said that our first task is to be able to delight in ourselves before we can be able to delight in someone else.Boom. I want to see a show of hands how many of us delight in ourselves.  I will be the first to raise my hand. Do we think that we are delightful? But this is 100% connected to being able to find delight in other people and to be delighted by someone else. That is definitely something that I want to spend some time working on.

  • We all have a worthy self inside of us. Observe the voice of shame as an event within us and begin to listen to a different voice. Start to listen to the voice of grace. When you hear the shame let it be a reminder to listen for the voice of grace. Our shame is always calling us back to grace.

  • There’s loveliness in ordinary and it's okay to be ordinary you. Why do we believe that ordinary isn’t enough? We feel like we have to make a difference and get recognition—that’s the other side of shame. Let’s start by being our ordinary selves. Let’s take back that word.

  • When it comes to belonging, you aren’t trying to compare or complete but truly to connect. Don’t focus on what you can get but what you can give.

  • How does the idea of ordinary help you understand why you matter (or your purpose)? It's rare that our God given passion and reason for being here overlap extraordinary. Embrace those ordinary passions. We all have our one note to play - God has created us all with a note to play that only you can play.

  • When we embrace our worthiness then we have the courage to reveal who we are to people and then as we do we discover where we belong and then through conversation with them and encouragement from them we begin to feel support to do our thing in the world.

  • When it comes to our kids, how can I help foster these (worthiness, belonging, purpose) things in them? Acknowledge your limited ability of what you can do. We can do the best we can but we will make mistakes. We are limited. MAYBE THIS ISN’T SUCH A BAD THING—THINK ABOUT REDEMPTION. God is the redeemer of all things.

  • Abide with our children. We stay with them in the shame. We connect with them through our own. We stress because we don’t want to be the reason they have shame because it will ultimately bring me shame. But we need those things to happen along the way so that we can understand our worthiness.

  • Kids don’t need perfect parents they need parents who know they aren’t perfect.

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Sep 26, 2017
Episode 93: Courtney Westlake | A Different Beautiful
39:25

Courtney Westlake joins me for Episode 93. Courtney lives in Illinois with her husband, Evan, and their two children, Connor and Brenna. She is a writer and photographer with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a passion for storytelling. Her storytelling took on a new life when she began blogging in 2011 after Brenna was born with a rare and severe skin disorder. I asked her to join me on the show to talk about life with Brenna and her book, A Different Beautiful. We talk about how God prepared her for the role of mother to Brenna, how the definition of beauty has changed for her and how she’s learned to see people for who they really are. 

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • I loved her advice on what to do when you see someone who looks different than you. She said to choose connection over curiosity.” Connect with them the same way you would connect with anyone. Start with hello. And remember that they are made in the image of God—just like you. We have to retrain our minds to learn to see people for who they really are.

  • We can see people’s heart rather than comparing what we look like to what someone else looks like. We can be more focused more on people’s stories.

  • "My differences are God's art."

  • There's no such thing as normal. Our frame of reference is our tiny world. Show your kids different cultures and races and sizes and abilities. Everywhere there is different. Everywhere there is uniqueness. And that should be celebrated. 

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Sep 19, 2017
Episode 92: Kelsey Chapman | Chasing Dreams
47:17

Kelsey Chapman joins me for Episode 92. She is a Creative & Small Businness Coach as well as an Instagram Consultant. As a self proclaimed dreamer and entrepreneur, she knows well that sometimes you need a cheerleader and coach to come alongside you to help you pursue your dreams. If you have a dream but don’t know where to start; or if you don’t feel like you can even have a dream; or if you want a dream but don’t have one; or if you have had to end a dream then you will relate to what we talk about today. We talk about what’s needed in following your dream, road blocks to following your dream and what happens if that dream comes to an end. 

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • I bet many of you started this episode and felt like you weren’t a dreamer. But I hope that after listening, you feel differently. Our dreams come in different shapes and sizes and look different in different seasons. So no matter where you land on that spectrum, we can all agree that God has purposed you for something. No matter what season you find yourself in, God can weave your dreams throughout. 

  • I loved her advice to someone who has a dream, but feels the tensions of following it. I think her advice to just release your work into the world and perfect it later is so sound. Just last week, I was talking with someone who wants to write a book one day. And that was my advice to her. Just start writing. Start thinking about what you want to say. Write it down. Writing a book doesn’t start with having all 50,000 words in your mind. It starts with an idea. Sometimes we just need a push to take a step forward—to release something and then perfect it later.

  • Comparison is a real weapon against following your passion project/calling/purpose. You have a unique audience to gift and steward, no matter how big or small it is. Just because someone has more or better, doesn’t negate what God wants to do.

  • Look for unexpected people who might propel your dream.

  • Even if a dream doesn't work out, God can always redirect.

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Sep 12, 2017
Episode 91: David Thomas | Are My Kids On Track
49:21

David Thomas joins me for Episode 91. You may remember him from Episode 51 when we talked about raising boys. David has over 20 years of experience counseling kids and families. He’s written 7 books including the newest one, Are My Kids On Trackwhich he wrote with Sissy Goff and Melissa Trevathan where they breakdown the emotional, social and spiritual milestones that kids need to reach. We spend our time together chatting about the four emotional milestones: vocabulary, perspective, empathy and resourcefulness. So with that, we talk about how to equip your kids with an accurate emotional vocabulary, how to help them register emotional pain, how to help them problem solve and how failure and fear are actually necessary in building empathy and courage. If you have ever felt overwhelmed with parenting, I think this conversation will put you at ease. 

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • I appreciated his advice as to where to start. I am so thankful that his first step was to celebrate what you are already doing. Because, we all know that parenting can feel overwhelming—even working on your own self care in regards to this topic can feel overwhelming. So the fact that you are listening to this or reading the book or having conversations about this is worth celebrating. I want to give each one of you a high five. So as you start to think through how to help your kids reach these different milestones, remember to celebrate where you are and what you are already doing.

  • Pay attention to what's going on inside of you. You can only pass on to your kids what you already possess. 

  • In regulating emotions, model for them the things they don’t yet know, that way they see that emotions are normal and good part of life. Give a dedicated space to sort out their emotions. Use the phase "yellow light" as a cue to let your kid know to pause. Consider getting a dog as a means to help them regulate their emotions.

  • We have to let our kids learn to problem solve for themselves

  • Failure and fear both get a bad wrap. We need to reframe that. These are good things. Fear is the birthplace of courage. You can’t be courageous if you never face fear. You want to be a resilient which means you have to stand face to face with failure. You won’t be compassionate unless you land on your face sometimes. That is one of the best teachers of empathy.

  • Pray for failure for your kids. What would it look like if rather than praying for our kids to be happy, we prayed for our kids to be strong? (which is an invitation for failure.)

  • Pray for ourselves that we will allow the space for our kids to be resourceful. We are sometimes too busy trying to be their resources. With that, ask good questions in those moments like what do you want to do with that? What’s your game plan? What are you thinking?

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Sep 05, 2017
Episode 90: Katie Peters | Why We Need Community To Survive
50:50

You are joining me for Episode 90 and for this episode we recorded a live show in front of a group of women. There is a non-profit organization who works to be the church and bring a different kind of church to their community in the East Cobb area of Atlanta who invited me to record a live episode with them. The women of East Cobb Gathering get together on a regular basis to connect, grow and enjoy the company of other women from their area.

So I sat at the table with my good friend, Katie Peters. She is a wife and mother of 4, recent graduate with a Masters in Pastoral Counseling and Life Coaching and she is the founding director of East Cobb Gathering.

The women East Cobb Gathering get together in a regular basis to connect and grow and enjoy the company of other women from their area.

We sit down together with a live audience to talk about why we need community to survive. So pull up a chair to the table and join the conversation.

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • August tends to be a season of starting. Now is a great time to look for community. Maybe your kids are going back to school. Or maybe you are starting a new job. Or maybe you had a life change. And many churches are ramping back up for fall. Now is a great time to look around to see where you can find some women to come alongside you. In fact, I just gathered a group of women at our church to start a community group. It can be awkward but its worth it. We all need someone to be a support or to celebrate with or to lean on.

  • "Your real you is worthy of community." 

  • At some point, take a risk and ask someone: what is God doing in your life right now? That's how you start to cultivate deep friendships.

What did you enjoy about this episode? What was your takeaway. Let's continue the conversation  on Instagram or Twitter or you can send me an email here

Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

Aug 29, 2017
Episode 89: Kathleen & Derek Hamer Adoption From The Child's Perspective
54:55

Kathleen Hamer and her son Derek join me around their kitchen table in the Seattle area. I had been wanting to introduce you to them for a long time now. In fact, they were one of the first guests that I listed out when I first brainstormed the podcast. You see, Kathleen was an almost emptynestor when she and her husband, Dan, decided to adopt Derek who was age 5 and his brother, Reggie, who was age 3. And now, Derek just graduated high school. 

They adopted the boys 13 years ago. And I know so many adoptive parents who are on the front end of adoptive or even in the thick of the middle years of adoption. And just like in so many things, sometimes its helpful to have a perspective who has walked the road longer. And I thought it would be helpful to hear from an adopted son's perspective. 

You will hear their story of how they found each other, what it was like when he lived on the streets of Kitale, Kenya at age 4, his advice for adoptive families and what it was like when he returned to Kenya years later. So pull up a chair to the kitchen table and join the conversation.

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • There is something powerful to their story. Isn’t it remarkable how God orchestrated their meeting? I think it’s always a good reminder that God speaks even to the hearts of little children. It’s heartbreaking to think of a 4 year old living on the streets, but God sees. I love seeing the man Derek has become. I’m so thankful that he is willing to share his story. 

  •  God can make something good out of something painful.

  • The best question to ask yourself is: "What can I do?” It starts with you.

What did you enjoy about this episode? What was your takeaway. Let's continue the conversation  on Instagram or Twitter or you can send me an email here

Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

Aug 22, 2017
Episode 88: Neely McQueen Lessons Learned About Teenagers & Adoption
52:05

Back in early July, I took the podcast on the road to Seattle. Seattle now is home to so many people that I love and who were influential in my life during my early twenties. So I took the opportunity to fly out there to sit down around the table with a few of them and Neely McQueen was one of them.

I enjoy being around Neely so much. She is the real deal--what you see is what you get. She is a wife to her husband, Josh, for 18 years. They have 3 kids--2 biological and 1 adopted from Ethiopia. And she oversees student ministries at Overlake Christian Church in the Seattle area.

With over 20 years of student ministry experience, we talk about loving teenagers and advice for parents of teenagers. And we also have a conversation about adoption--why they chose to step into that, what helped her walk through the early days and how adoption changed her.

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • One of my takeaways was the reminder to be mindful of where you are in life. Take time to remember and look back because time will pass. You need to be reminded in the middle of the eye rolls that they were cute and you have made progress. Sometimes parenting feels like you are walking in quicksand. So taking time to look back and look around truly does help.

  • What's great about teenagers: When they are younger they believe you. They believe that they can change the world. They are more willing to try things. They have less cynicism to life. They feel loved just by your presence.

  • What do you say to parents who fear what is coming? Keep trying. Your kids really do want you and need you. You are their constant. You are their solid foundation. Take small nuggets of time together. Step into their world--their interests. Be intentional. Be willing to push through and make yourself available.

  • "The conversations you avoid become the conversations that are the problems." Don't be unwilling to have the hard conversations.

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Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

 

Aug 15, 2017
Episode 87: Suzanne Stabile Seeing Life Through the Lens of the Enneagram
01:09:38

Suzanne Stabile joins me for Episode 87 and I’m not gonna lie. I was sorta geeking out that she was joining me. Suzanne is an internationally renowned teacher who offers a unique and creative approach to the practice of spiritual formation. She is viewed as a master of the Enneagram and her first book, The Road Back to You was published in 2016. If you haven’t read it yet, I can’t recommend it enough. I feel like I’m seeing the Ennegram everywhere these days, but maybe you just said, “Enne-a-what? Is that like an email version of Instagram? But the enneagram is a unique way to understand who people are wired and how they see the world. So we have a conversation about the Enneagram—what it is, how to determine what number you are and for those of us who are parents—how to be the best parents for our children based on enneagram wisdom. 

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • I’ve thought about the different people in my life and how I can better understand who they are so that I can love them better. Because when you begin to understand how God has wired you and others that you are in relation with, then you can develop a sense of compassion with yourself and with others.

  • "We don’t really know ourselves by what we get right. We know ourselves by what we get wrong."

  • "Your greatest weakness is also your greatest strength."

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Aug 08, 2017
Episode 86: Lisa Lloyd on Chasing Famous
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Lisa Lloyd joins me for Episode 86. Sometimes you meet people and you feel like you could have been friends for years. That is exactly how I felt about Lisa. She is an actress, speaker and writer. I was intrigued by her when I saw her book called Chasing Famous: Living the Life You've Always Auditioned For.  I can totally relate that life seems to be full of auditions--in friendships, dating, marriage, parenting, and in our jobs. Sometimes we are enough and accepted and sometimes we are rejected. So we sit down to talk about rejection, God’s redeeming grace and the idea of chasing fame.

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Aug 01, 2017
Episode 85: Rachel Swanson on Self Care & Dealing with Anxiety
53:31

Rachel Swanson joins me for episode 85 to have a conversation that I think most women will be able to relate to. Rachel is a wife, mother to 3, former dental hygienist—her smile is amazing—and now life coach, author and speaker. I asked Rachel to join me to talk about what spiritual and personal investments women need to make in their own lives, why women tend to carry so much anxiety and practical ways to help you in the moment when you feel anxious or overwhelmed. 

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Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • One thing that stuck with me was the reasons why we struggle with anxiety. I had never thought about how much fear is the root of all anxiety. The four root causes of anxiety are fear of lack of control, failure, loss and rejection. I can look at the anxiety I face and pin point the root. Knowing the root helps you to be able to pray more specifically. 

  • Surviving being a mom of little kids requires some intentional self-care. Go back to the basics of nurturing your soul—prayer and reading your bible and times of stillness to listens to God. talk to god in the car. utilize the power of prayer.

  • Practical tips - sticky notes. Before she goes to sleep, she writes out 3 things she wants to accomplish the next day. She doesn’t have to worry about anything more. It helps her to not stress. And cut the guilt and hire the help

  • When it comes to self-care, figure out something that fills you up - daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly. I recently wrote a guest blog post over at the Parent Cue blog on this very topic

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Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

Jul 25, 2017
Episode 84: PJ Jonas Entrepreneurship & Motherhood
47:31

PJ Jonas joins me for Episode 84. She is an entrepreneur, wife and mother to 8 kids. She runs a business centered around creating goat milk products and has been featured on the Today Show, The Doctors and in Oprah’s magazine. With over nineteen years of homeschooling children under her belt, as well as eight years of running a business, she joins me to talk about the benefits of teaching kids to work, how to differentiate between what’s good and best, and some practical tips for managing a household or business. 

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Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

 

Jul 18, 2017
Episode 83: Sherry Quinley Lessons on Life, Marriage & Parenting
51:13

Sherry Quinley joins me for Episode 83 to talk about lessons on life, marriage and parenting. Take a minute and think of someone older than you who you love gleaning wisdom and advice from. Think about the questions you would ask them. Think about what you admire about them. Sherry is one of those people to me. She and her husband, Chuck, have raised 6 kids. They’ve been married for 35 years and now have 5 grandkids. When you meet them, it doesn’t take long to realize that they love God and love people well. They currently live in Thailand but have lived in the US, Jamaica and the Philippines. Over a cup of coffee, I ask Sherry about what it was like raising kids outside of the US, how to raise brave kids, and how to have a healthy marriage that stands the test of time. 

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Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • One of the takeaways from our conversation was her advice about first encounters. She said that the first time you see someone whether that is your husband or kid, let that be a positive encounter. That is a struggle for me because usually the first encounter with my kids is before coffee or the first encounter with my husband is when the work day is finished and usually involves some sort of frustration due to said kids during the cooking experience. I’ve heard people say that women are the CMO (chief mood officer) of the home. We have the power to set the mood for the people in our lives. So, I’m going to work on that.

  • Prioritize your spouse. Make time for them. I liked her advice on how to make intentional time for each other. Have a day date each week and every night sit and have a conversation eye to eye.

  • We often say to our kids, "Be careful," but maybe we need to say, "Be brave." Push them forward. Don’t pass your own fears onto your kids. And when you don't feel like you can do that, surrender your fear to the sovereignty of God. God is writing a story on your kids' lives.

  • As a couple, determine what your core values are and then build your family around that. Seasons are always changing in parenting. So, just ride the wave. The wave goes up and the wave goes down. In the season with our kids, sometimes you are up and sometimes you are down. Don’t beat yourself up when you make mistakes. Just ride the wave.

  • And have fun. We need to remember to play. Life doesn’t have to be so serious.

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Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

Jul 11, 2017
Episode 82: Kristin Fry Surviving Singlehood
48:27

Kristin Fry joins me for Episode 82 to talk about surviving singlehood. She has worked in full-time ministry for many years. She is a confident, ambitious woman who has a strong desire to help women be self-assured and secure. I invited her to the show so that we could have a conversation about single life. We talk about how to deal with self doubt and insecurity, hurdles to the current dating scene and what it looks like for her to balance her current circumstances with a desire to be married.

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Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • Even though this was a conversation about surviving single life, I feel like there is so much application for women in general. Many of us find ourselves in holding patterns—waiting for what’s next. Her advice to just make the best next decision is so good.

  • Or another thing that really hit me was the truth that we need to operate out of a sense of who you are rather than waiting for a man or relationship or child or job or status to make you complete. That is sometimes so hard, isn’t it? Another thing that Brene Brown talks about it is how we sometimes operate out of a sense of scarcity rather than operating from a place of being enough--that you are enough and that you have enough for today.

  • How to deal with insecurity--remember that God has created you on purpose for a purpose. No one else can do what God has proposed you to do

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Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

Jul 04, 2017
Episode 81: Striving to Abiding with Amy Bennett
53:39

Amy Bennett joins me for Episode 81. If you are a podcast junkie, then you may recognize her name. She has her own podcast called Feathers: Faith In Flight where she has conversations with different people about their steps of faith. I think that Amy has a story that is probably similar to many people—a story of growing up Christian and doing all the right things yet at the end of the day left in a spiritually dry place. She talks about what happened to her when life ended up less than she dreamed. She contrasts what happened when she wasn’t abiding in Jesus and to what her life looks like when she was abiding in Jesus. So pull a chair up to the kitchen table and join the conversation.

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Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • First of all, can we start a petition for her to post her Friday Night Lights podcast? But in all seriousness, I think that my biggest takeaway was her quote that her biggest failure led to her greatest sense of acceptance. In Episode 80, I talked about failure in the recap. Sounds like God is definitely trying to speak to me about this. We can allow God to use failure to draw something beautiful on our lives. Failure allows us to see our need for Jesus.

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Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

Jun 27, 2017
Episode 80: Julie Barnhill
52:39

Julie Barnhill joins me for episode 80. She is a well accomplished author and communicator. I heard about Julie probably 7 years ago. Someone that I viewed as a mentor—she was a few steps ahead of me—recommended that I read Julie’s book, She’s Gonna Blow after I confided in her about feeling so angry as a mom. And if I’m really honest, I nearly resented becoming a mother. I just didn’t feel cut out for it. It seemed to bring out the worst in me. Yet, I was stuck. There was no take backs. No trading my people in for cats. I was so thankful for Julie’s book landed in my hands at that time.

Julie is one of the most vulnerable, honest and real people that I’ve met. Her vulnerability is contagious. So that is why I asked Julie to join me around the table. I want you to hear an honest conversation about surviving our anger issues when it comes to parenting. And I hope that if you are single or you don’t have kids that you won’t disregard this episode. I hope that it helps you see other women with a new lense—that it would build more compassion and empathy towards understanding what some women feel. So pull up a chair to the kitchen table and join the conversation.

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Jun 20, 2017
Episode 79: Dopesquad
01:00:01

Here we are at Episode 79 and this is a special and fun episode! I have had several people ask me for more episodes on the subject of friendship. And I think that its because its difficult to find and keep real, authentic friends in the session of adulthood. In fact, for many of you that are listening, this season of life may be quite lonely.

So, I invited my best friends to sit around the kitchen table with me to have a discussion about friendship. You will get to hear from Lesley Graham, Kristy Masterson and Emily Gross. These women are top notch in my book. We have affectionately referred to ourselves as the Dopesquad.

And we talk about how to find friends, what makes a lasting friendship and what advice we give to our own kids about finding friends.

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

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Jun 13, 2017
Episode 78: Shaunti Feldhahn
40:49

Best selling author and researcher, Shaunti Feldhahn joins me for Episode 78. I was honored to have her join me at my kitchen table. She’s written many books including For Women Only and For Men Only. And for today’s topic, we talked about the research she did for her book, “Through A Man’s Eyes: Helping Women Understand The Visual Nature of Men.” We took a deep dive into understanding how men are wired. We talk about why they are wired visually, how to help support the men in your life and how to help your son live with the brain they were given.

I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Shaunti. I love people who can take research and make it relatable and conversational. My biggest takeaway was the idea of empathy—putting myself in their shoes. Because when we can put ourselves in their shoes, we can learn how to better support them when it comes to this topic. She said, “We are never going to get further intimacy with a man if we don’t try to talk about this.” Now, I bet the idea of talking about this subject with your husband or son makes you cringe or makes you want to crawl under the kitchen table. But what if you decided to talk about it. What if you decided to ask them what they think or feel? What if you decided to extend empathy and compassion towards them? Maybe a deeper intimacy is on the other side.

What did you enjoy about this episode? What was your takeaway. Let's continue the conversation  on Instagram or Twitter or you can send me an email here

Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

 

Jun 06, 2017
Episode 77: Jody Noland
38:52

Jody Noland joins me for Episode 77. She is a Jesus follower, mom, author, speaker, and finance at the young age of 60. But mostly she is an encourager. She loves to encourage people to encourage people. And because of that, she has a ministry called Leave Nothing Unsaid. It’s a ministry that encourages people to express their thoughts and feelings and affirmations about someone through a written letter. She has become a sort of letter evangelist.

Most people don’t know how to be encourager and how to pour their life into the people they love. And something powerful happens on someone’s heart when we put pen to paper. We talk about her story of why she started this ministry and practical ways to write a letter to the people you love.

What did you enjoy about this episode? What was your takeaway. Let's continue the conversation  on Instagram or Twitter or you can send me an email here

Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

May 30, 2017
Episode 76: Jennifer Walker
58:13

Jennifer Walker from Moms On Call joins me again for Episode 76. She sat down with me for Episode 6 way back in the beginning of the show. What Jennifer and her colleagues at Moms On Call offer is so helpful! I have been having conversations offline with Jennifer since my oldest was 6 weeks old. And I always walk away feeling confident and capable and encouraged. And I want you to experience the same thing. So, I invited her back to the show to talk specifically about surviving toddlers. She answered some of your questions about discipline, meltdowns and sleeping through the night.

What did you enjoy about this episode? What was your takeaway. Let's continue the conversation  on Instagram or Twitter or you can send me an email here

Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

May 23, 2017
Episode 75: Ty Lewis
38:57

Ty Lewis joins me for Episode 75. She is affectionately known as Speaker of the House and is determined to walk in greatness. She is a motivational speaker, author, and change agent. She's authored 4 books: SPEAKing from the Heart, Black Boys: Our Hidden Treasure, Confessions of a CEO: 25 Lessons I Learned on the Journey to Becoming My Own Boss and her most recent book, Hello Bella.

We talk about purpose--how to discover your unique purpose, distractions that can get in the way of your purpose and advice to women who lead. Friends. I promise that you will be inspired by Ty. It felt like we experienced church around my kitchen table. There was so much good stuff said--it will come at your quickly so be ready.

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Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

May 16, 2017
Episode 74: Retha Nichole
46:51

Retha Nichole joins me for Episode 74. She is a life coach, the podcast host of My Light Still Shines and mom to three boys. I’m so thankful that this woman reached out to me over a year and a half ago because she has been such an encourager to me and has pushed me to be a more authentic me.

I think you are going to be really encouraged by our conversation. We talk about knowing you’re worth—how to discover it, ways to reevaluate it in different seasons and things that can destroy it. 

How many of you struggle to know the real you? I totally feel like a middle schooler these days because I’m really asking the question, “Who am I?” It is never too late to discover who you are. And I loved her advice to treat your worth and identity as something that is almost fluid. Meaning, whenever you face a life changing event or whenever you approach a milestone in life, take that as a cue to ask some questions about your identity.

What did you enjoy about this episode? What was your takeaway. Let's continue the conversation  on Instagram or Twitter or you can send me an email here

Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

May 09, 2017
Episode 73: Caroline Harries
39:36

Caroline Harries joins me for Episode 73. She is a woman who is walking through the difficult journey of infertility. We have an honest conversation about what it looks like to wait for something you desperately want, what it looks like for your husband to walk through the waiting and how to make your journey uniquely yours.

If you have ever struggled with control or have ever thought that if you just do all the right things then it should work out, then this episode is for you. Even if infertility isn't your journey, you will be encouraged about what to do in the meantime and how to make the most of the time and season that you have now.

What did you enjoy about this episode? What was your takeaway. Let's continue the conversation  on Instagram or Twitter or you can send me an email here

Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

May 02, 2017
Episode 72: Toni Collier
49:36

Toni Collier joins me for Episode 72. Not only is she a wife and mother, she is also a dynamic, ambitious, accomplished young woman who went from the corporate world to the ministry world. And we have a conversation about racial reconciliation. We talk about why diversity is important, what is the key to moving forward in this arena and what women uniquely bring to the table.

I am thankful that I have friends who welcome the awkwardness into the room so that we can have an honest conversation about something that feels a little touchy.

One takeaway that I had from our conversation was what she said about multiculturalism. "Multiculturalism is the way forward. In order for us to live out our greatest capacity and get to experience everything the world has to offer we have to get outside of our four walls." We have to work hard to get outside of our own bubble and experience the world. And I loved that her suggestions were easy and doable. All of us can take a step in that direction and you step may look different from my step. Maybe for you its reading a book on black history. Maybe for you its googling something about racial reconciliation. Maybe for you its inviting someone over for coffee or a kids playdate who is different from you. We can all start somewhere. 

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Apr 25, 2017
Episode 71: Sherri Dickens
50:14

Sherri Dickens joins me for Episode 71. She is the blogger behind Rage Against the Mom Jean. She was a tomboy as a child who grew up to love fashion. I loved hearing about how she got to be where she is today. And I discovered that she grew up in the foster care system and because of that a deep need to care and help others was birthed in her.

We also talk about how to dress for every stage of life, how to model love for yourself in front of your kids and some very practical tips when it comes to fashion.

I always enjoy these chats that land on some practical advice about fashion. If you follow me in Instagram, then you know that I am all about trying to inspire and encourage you to love the creative side of getting dressed. In fact, if you want to follow along, I would love for you to post a picture of what you're wearing and use #SurvivingStyle Let's be a tribe of women who encourage each other in an area where most of us feel insecure.

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Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

Apr 18, 2017
Episode 70: Brittany Price
46:41

Brittany Price joins me for Episode 70 This is one gorgeous girl both inside and out. Jesus just exudes out of her. We talk about surviving the death of her husband--how she found herself as a widow at age 25 with 3 boys under the age of 3. We talk about surrender and how to trust as you walk through the darkness.

I was so inspired and encouraged by her. God doesn't always call us to walk through the rose garden. Sometimes He leads us through the darkness. There are some things that we can't choose, but we can choose our response. We can choose how we see the circumstances around us. I will tell you that, I was challenged by that with some difficult circumstances surrounding me. And I want to kick and scream. And its okay to kick and scream, but when God tugs at your heart & asks you to obey even though its not comfortable or easy, the best response is surrender.

What did you enjoy about this episode? What was your takeaway. Let's continue the conversation  on Instagram or Twitter or you can send me an email here

Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

Apr 11, 2017
Episode 69: Amanda White
44:15

Amanda White joins me for Episode 69. She is a wife, mom and former children’s pastor who is using her skills of a creative thinker in the lives of her own kids and yours. She is really great at unpacking scripture to little hearts. She is the author of The Truth In The Tinsel and A Sense of the Resurrection. She is a firm believer that no matter who you are, you don’t have to be afraid or intimidated to teach your kids Scripture. I invited her to be on the show to talk about how to anchor your kids heart to Jesus this Easter.

Amanda is offering a coupon code for all Surviving Sarah listeners to receive 20% off the purchase of her ebook A Sense of the Resurrection. I highly recommend that you purchase it and use it with your kids or grandkids or nieces and nephews. She does such a great job of helping you anchor your kids hearts to Jesus this Easter. Go to SurvivingSarah.com/easter and then use the code SURVIVINGSARAH to receive your discount.

What did you enjoy about this episode? What was your takeaway. Let's continue the conversation  on Instagram or Twitter or you can send me an email here

Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

Apr 04, 2017
Episode 68: Leslie Klipsch
49:25

Leslie Klipsch joins me for Episode 68. She is a mom on a mission to help awaken the mama bear inside each one of us. It doesn't take long to realize that Leslie wants to make an impact not only in her community but also in the world around her.

We talk about being front yard people, how to push past perfectionism, how to find community and how your tribe can be a group for good.

What did you enjoy about this episode? What was your takeaway. Let's continue the conversation  on Instagram or Twitter or you can send me an email here

Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

Mar 28, 2017
Episode 67: Kay Warren
56:13

Kay Warren joins me for Episode 67. If you don't know her already, she is the co-founder of Saddleback Church, a pastor's wife and an advocate for people living with mental illness, HIV&AIDS and for orphaned and vulnerable children. You quickly can tell that she wants to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.

I wanted to chat with her about surviving the death of her son and also surviving as a pastor's wife. We talk about signs of mental illness in your kids, what its like being a parent of a child who suffers, practical ways the church can do to change the conversation about mental illness and suicide and her advice that every pastor's wife needs to know.

This was one of the easiest conversations to have and listen to even though the topic is not an easy topic. And I think that says something about Kay's nature. I am truly thankful for the role that she and her husband played in my life and ministry. And it was an honor to have her on the show.

What did you enjoy about this episode? What was your takeaway. Let's continue the conversation  on Instagram or Twitter or you can send me an email here

Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

Mar 21, 2017
Episode 66: Ted Lowe
55:27

Ted Lowe joins me for Episode 66. Surviving Sarah male guest #2. I’ve known Ted and his wife Nancie for so many years so when I decided it was time to do another episode about marriage, I knew that he would be perfect for the show. We talk about some common myths of what make a marriage work and then some core habits that we can develop to get marriages into a healthy rhythm. 

I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Ted. He is so easy to talk to and I hope you felt like what we talked about was doable. I think the biggest takeaway for me was the first core habit of having serious fun. I think its easy to let fun go to the bottom of the todem pole. Think about what you enjoy doing with your spouse? Think back to when you were first together. What did you enjoy doing together? What did you enjoy about each other? Sometimes, you just have to work a little harder to create those fun moments. I loved the statement that he suggested we tell our spouse: The thing about you that makes me say “wow” is ____. 

What did you enjoy about this episode? What was your takeaway. Let's continue the conversation  on Instagram or Twitter or you can send me an email here

Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

 

Mar 14, 2017
Episode 65: Jordan Baker Watts
59:20

Jordan Baker Watts joins me for Episode 65. She is a jack of all trades when it comes to ministry. She’s a musician, vocalist, worship leader, writer, author, podcast, speaker but at the center of it all, she has a heart about encouraging the hearts of moms. We talk highly important things like locking our kids outside, how raising kids has turned us into middle schoolers, and how bodysuits do not need to come back into fashion.

And as we solved so many of life’s problems, we also talked about some amazing things like how to find the hilarity in motherhood, what to do if you struggle with depression, and how to live the abundant life that God has placed before you.

What did you enjoy about this episode? What was your takeaway. Let's continue the conversation  on Instagram or Twitter or you can send me an email here

Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

Mar 07, 2017
Episode 64: Kayla Craig
49:24

Kayla Craig joins me for Episode 64. She is a journalist turned stay at home mom, is married to a pastor and together they have four kids under the age of 6. So she's not busy at all. We talk about the book she wrote, Just Really Joseph, her new podcast called UpsideDown, and a lot of motherhood like why they chose to adopt, parenting special needs kids and the importance of having a form of acceptance knowing that whatever God calls you to that you are enough. 

Feb 28, 2017
Episode 63: Jacey Verdicchio
45:04

Jacey Verdicchio joins me for episode 63. You may know her well from the popular podcast called Around The Table. Jacey and I became Voxer friends last year and I thought it would be fun to talk about finding your fit or your place in work. Do you feel lost in what you’re doing? Maybe you are a recent college grad but don’t know what to do next? O maybe you’re a mom who is drowning in a sea of diapers and wonder if there is more to life? Or maybe you find yourself at a mid-life stage of life and feel like its time for a change? If that is you, then this episode was designed with you in mind. 

We talk about thinking outside of the box of what work might look like for you, what to do when you feel unsure of what to do next and advice that we would give to our twenty year old selves. 

I hope you enjoyed my chat with Jacey. She is such a smart, hard-working woman. I really enjoyed the part of our conversation centered around the idea that God is working something in you even if the circumstances around you aren’t quite panning out the way you wanted. She said, “I think God is more concerned about our character than our circumstances.” Amen to that… even as much as that is tough to hear, my heart knows its true.

What part of our conversation struck you? Let's not let the conversation end here. Come find me @sarahwbragg on Instagram or Twitter or SurvivingSarahPodcast on Facebook.

Also, I really do love Jacey’s podcast guide. It is incredibly helpful for anyone interested in starting a podcast. She lays out how to think through what you show will be about and all the technical details. You can get a copy at SurvivingSarah.com/startyourpodcast 

Thank you for supporting the show from purchasing through affiliate links to sharing the show with your friends to leaving reviews on iTunes. Your support does not go unnoticed!

I love helping you survive while you drive, shop for groceries, fold laundry or hide in a closet. I am here for you! So as always, I hope that this show helps you survive a little easier. 

Feb 21, 2017
Episode 62: Sissy Goff
59:54

Sissy Goff joins me for Episode 62. She is the Director of Child & Adolescent Counseling at Daystar outside of Nashville. She’s been a counselor for 24 years and is also an author of the books Raising Girls, Intentional Parenting, Raising Boys & Girls and the latest Are My Kids On Track. I truly enjoyed chatting with her. I wish we lived near her so that my girls and myself could benefit from who she is. She may have thought I was kidding, but I literally had at least 30 questions I wanted to ask her. We didn’t cover everything on my list so the good news is that she will be coming back on the show in the future! 

But in today’s episode, we chat about anxiety in our kids, parenting personalities, how to assume the best in your kids and how to develop our girls self-worth. This is an episode full of goodness. I’m praying for you all as you raise girls, love girls in ministry, love nieces and grand girls.

I think one of the biggest takeaways for me was the idea that maybe parenting has more to do with my own sanctification than the result of who I’m raising. That was one of the most freeing moments of realization. I know that God is working on me, but seeing it through the eyes of the Refiner changes it for me. It's not about punishing me. It's not about me doing all the right things in order to raise the “right” kids. Parenting is about letting God do His sanctifying work in me so that I reflect His image more.

What did you enjoy about this episode? What was your takeaway. Let's continue the conversation  on Instagram or Twitter or you can send me an email here

Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

Feb 14, 2017
Episode 61: Erin Loechner
54:52

Erin Loechner joins me for Episode 61. She is a writer, stylist and mom, living in the mid-west. She blogs at design for mankind and the heart of her is encouraging women to stop trying to define and label everything and just enjoy the life that we are actually given.

And with that, we talk about failure, parenting and the art of letting go. We weave the conversation around her new book Chasing Slow with a common thread of finding freedom, beauty and yourself in the middle of the chase. 

Chatting with her truly felt like sitting with a girlfriend that you've known for a long time. Her kindness and authenticity makes her so relatable. I will give you many takeaways from our conversation over at SurvivingSarah.com but the one I want to mention here is really the bottom-line message about learning to embrace who you are--all of you. The parts that are smooth and the parts that are rough around the edges. That is a step in learning to love you and finding contentment where you are. We need to learn to embrace our own hypocrisies and stop trying to soften our edges. Small admissions, no excuses, can bring freedom. Its just about being you--not your better self, but just you.

What part of our conversation struck you? Let's not let the conversation end here. Come find me @sarahwbragg on Instagram or Twitter or SurvivingSarahPodcast on Facebook.

Support for today's episode is brought to you by Amazon. I do a lot of shopping on Amazon where I buy everything from paper towels to protein powder for smoothies to items mentioned in survival kits. In fact, I just bought a pack of the erasable pens that Merica Stum mentioned on back on Episode 55. So when you shop, simply type SurvivingSarah.com/amazon and the show will receive a small kickback. Its an easy way to support what we are doing.

Thank you for supporting the show from purchasing through affiliate links to sharing the show with your friends to leaving reviews on iTunes. Recently, listener osborne.shay wrote: "I have been really thankful for your podcast in 2016. You are one of the most relatable casters and I'm thankful for your realness. Thank you for sharing yourself with the world. I have added many podcasts to my listening last year, but yours remains one of my must listen-to's and I'm grateful. Keep it up, Sarah!" Thank you for leaving that review!! What you said is exactly my goal each week--to relate to you. We aren't alone in this walk of life. And it helps when we know that someone else is saying, "Me too."

You, too, can do great things like Shay by leaving a 5 star review on iTunes. It won't take but a minute and then you have cross something off your to do list.

Thank you again for listening. And as always, I hope that this show helps you survive a little easier. 

Feb 07, 2017
Episode 60: Jami Amerine
50:31

Jami Amerine joins me for Episode 60. She lives on a ranch in West Texas with her husband and children. Jami really is a mom for all women because she has 7 kids ranging from a 17 month old to one getting married. She is a blogger and a soon to be published author.

We have a candid conversation about why they chose foster care and adoption, her journey to truly believing Jesus, and how we can learn to do brave things. 

When we were chatting, it was like I bolded the following phrase in my head that Jami said: Believing God is the catalyst for doing brave things. When you believe that God is for you, that He loves you and that He makes you capable, then you can do brave things. Not only do I want to be a brave person, but I want our kids to do brave things. Brave doesn't mean that you aren't afraid. It means that you do something even though you are afraid. What are you currently afraid of? What do you feel like God is asking you to step into or out of? The catalyst for doing that brave thing is to start believing God.

To read all the takeaways from the conversation, find links to things mentioned or Jami's survival kit, go to SurvivingSarah.com

What part of our conversation struck you? Let's not let the conversation end here. Come find me on Instagram or Twitter or Facebook.

I just want to say that we have had a big month of downloads here on Surviving Sarah. And I have you guys to thank. Thank you for leaving iTunes reviews and for sharing the show with your friends. Please keep it up! It is helping women just like you know that they are not alone.

Thank you again for listening. And as always, I hope that this show helps you survive a little easier. 

Jan 31, 2017
Episode 59: Natalie Stanfield
45:29

Natalie Stanfield joins me for Episode 59. I think so many of you will relate to her because she is a lot like you. You probably know someone just like her at your church, in the carpool line or at Starbucks. That's because she is a wife and mama of two. She is someone who has allowed her past to connect to her present and influence her future. Because of her past, God has woven a thread through her life giving her a desire to help her kids love and serve others. 

We talk about motherhood, her feelings of her broken past, and how she discovered an easy way to talk to her kids (and your kids) about loving and loving others.

Thank you for listening! I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Natalie. Check out SurvivingSarah online for the show notes and everything we mentioned in the episode.

What did you enjoy about this episode? What was your takeaway. Let's continue the conversation  on Instagram or Twitter or you can send me an email here

 

Jan 24, 2017
Episode 58: Rachel Stafford
48:51

Rachel Stafford joins me for Episode 58. You may know her as the Hands Free Mama. She is is a wife and mother to girls, special ed teacher, blogger and New York Times best-selling author. When I started the podcast, Rachel was at the top of the list to people to invite to the kitchen table. I have been reading her blog for years and she has unknowingly been instrumental in helping me be a better mother.

Our conversation is one of my favorite episodes. I can't tell you how many notes I took and moments of just enlightenment that I experienced. I relate so well to Rachel and I'm thankful for her insight and encouragement. We talk about how to choose love today, how to let go of control and expectations and how failing is not as bad as we think. So pull up a chair to my kitchen table and join the conversation.

I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Rachel. I had so many takeaways from chatting with her. I'll include all of them in the Show Notes over at SurvivingSarah.com but the one I want to mention here the phrases that she used for herself and her kids. Phrases like "Be kind to yourself," and "We all make mistakes." I have been using those since we recorded. Sometimes you just need someone to tell you exactly what to say. The other one is "Only love today." I can't tell you how many times I have looked in the mirror and my first thought was something negative, but then I chose to say "only love today" and "be kind to yourself." I do believe that those words have the power to retrain our mind.

What part of our conversation struck you? Let's not let the conversation end here. Come find me @sarahwbragg on Instagram or Twitter or SurvivingSarahPodcast on Facebook.

Here's what i love about our guests on the show--they are so generous. so many of them give away products over on my Instagram. So if you are not following me there, then you are missing out on some potential winnings!

This week, I would love it if you left a 5 star review of the show on iTunes. I know you hear me say that all the time, but it really does help women just like you find the show. So if there was a certain episode or just something that you love about the show, let iTunes know!

Thank you again for listening. And as always, I hope that this show helps you survive a little easier. 

Jan 17, 2017
Episode 57: Wynter Pitts
42:50

Wynter Pitts joins me for Episode 57. She is the founder of For Girls Like You which is a resource ministry to tween girls and their parents. She produces some really amazing resources and can't wait for my oldest girl to get them.

Since Wynter is a mom of 4 girls, we have a conversation about motherhood. We talk about how God changed her perspective on being a mom, how to know when your child is ready for social media and how to foster the relationship between your daughters. I really, really enjoyed my time with her and I know you will, too. So pull up a chair to my kitchen table and join the conversation.

I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Wynter. I loved every bit of it. I especially loved hearing that it is possible for God to change your perspective about your children. I am truly honest when I say that motherhood isn't my favorite role. Doesn't mean I don't love my children, but it's just difficult. Ever since my conversation with Wynter, I have been asking God to give me the desires of my heart--to make my desires His desires towards my children. She said, "God's word will react in our lives." Praying for God to react in my heart.

Check out the show notes at SurvivingSarah.com for links to all of Wynter's resources. You'll find custom amazon links so if you choose to purchase the books then the show will get a small kickback. In fact, if you type in SurvivingSarah.com/amazon then anything you purchase whether it is laundry detergent, cat liter or pull ups, then Surviving Sarah will get a small portion of your purchase.

What part of our conversation struck you? Let's not let the conversation end here. Come find me @sarahwbragg on Instagram or Twitter or SurvivingSarahPodcast on Facebook.

Thank you again for listening. And as always, I hope that this show helps you survive a little easier. 

Jan 10, 2017
Bonus Episode 1
36:19

Welcome to the first bonus episode of Surviving Sarah. I wanted to have an opportunity to celebrate the past year and chat with you about things that happened in my life, answer listener questions and give you a chance to hear from my daughters.

A big shout out to today's sponsor--Casper. We purchased a Casper mattress in 2016 and it was the best purchase of the year, hands down. If you choose to start the year off with better sleep then to to SurvivingSarah.com/sleep and receive $50 off the purchase of a new mattress.

 

 

Jan 06, 2017
Episode 56: Crystal Renaud
37:19

Crystal Renaud joins me for Episode 56. Let me go ahead and warn you that we will be talking content that isn't safe for young ears. So you may want to listen to this one with your earbuds on. We talk about her story of how she was introduced to pornography, where her addiction led her and how she found healing. 

I know that talking about subjects like sex and pornography are awkward even as adults and the conversation can most definitely feel awkward with your children. But it is so important to initiate conversation with your children about this. Don't be afraid to talk about it. There are some great resources out there to help you talk to your kids. I'll be sure to link to those in our show notes online at SurvivingSarah.

If you are struggling with pornography, I want you to know that you are loved and accepted and valued apart from that. I want to encourage you to reach out to Crystal's ministry or maybe a friend or someone in your local church for help.

If you decide to purchase anything mentioned in the show, please do so through the link I give you. It's a custom amazon link so that the show will get a small kickback. Its an easy way to support the show.

What part of our conversation struck you? Let's not let the conversation end here. Come find me @sarahwbragg on Instagram or Twitter or SurvivingSarahPodcast on Facebook.

I wanted to remind you that you can purchase a copy of my book Body. Beauty. Boys. The Truth About Girls and How We See Ourselves at SurvivingSarah.com Its a resource for any adolescent girl in your life designed to help her discover how God sees her and how to learn to be content and satisfied with exactly who she is.

Thank you again for listening. And as always, I hope that this show helps you survive a little easier. 

Jan 03, 2017
Episode 55: Merica Stum
01:02:49

My friend, Merica Stum, joins me for the last episode of 2016--Episode 55. Merica is one of my favorite people and hands down the best cheerleader I know. She is a married to Jake and they have 3 boys. She is the Director of Girls On The Run for Southeast TN. I wanted to have her on the show nearly a year ago to talk about adoption and running a small business, but instead I knew she would be the perfect person to talk to about looking back and looking forward.

Merica joins me to talk about what she has learned this past year through turning 40--what she has learned about herself, about life and about family. This truly feels like a conversation between friends. And we will change your life with great advice about grocery shopping.

So pull up a chair to my kitchen table and join the conversation.

Click here for links and notes for everything we chatted about.

Dec 27, 2016
Episode 54: Lauren Haun
01:03:36

Lauren Haun joins me for Episode 54. She is just a gal like me and you except the fact that in my book she appears to be more like super woman bounding from building to building because she has 6 kids—3 biological and 3 from China. We talk about why she chose adoption after having 3 kids, how to cultivate relationships between kids and how she learned to trust God.

For links to everything we talked about in the show, go to SurvivingSarah.

Dec 20, 2016
Episode 53: Jennifer Allison
57:14

Jennifer Allison joins me for Episode 53. She is a user experience designer for UPS by day and an author and artist by night. And she is a self-proclaimed Rambunctious Kid. As we talk you will understand why she calls herself just that.

We talk about her story--a story about God allowed her to experience a lot of hardship--both self-inflicted and at the hand of others. Yet, through it all, she's learned that He loves her and that He is for her. She learned the hard way what believing lies about her identity can do and in a beautiful way, how believing truth can truly set her free.

So pull up a chair to my kitchen table and join the conversation.

You can find links to everything we talked about at SurvivingSarah

Dec 13, 2016
Episode 52: Katie Crocombe
47:41

Katie Crocombe joins me for Episode 52. She is a wife, mother to two girls and she became a life coach in 2016. She's always had a heart for women's ministry, and what she has experienced has definitely amped up for passion for coaching.

We talk today about surviving divorce which includes how to love your ex well, how to heal, how to help your children walk through it and different pieces of advice about co-parenting. So, pull up a chair to my kitchen table and join the conversation.

Come find me @sarahwbragg on Instagram or Twitter or SurvivingSarahPodcast on Facebook. 

Check out the show notes at SurvivingSarah.com for links and notes about my conversation with Katie.

Dec 06, 2016
Episode 51: David Thomas
55:03

Today's episode is a special milestone in the life of Surviving Sarah because we have our first male guest on the show. I've always said that I would have a man on the show as long as it benefits my audience. And today's guest certainly lives up to that!

David Thomas, joins me at my kitchen table for Episode 51. He's a therapist, author and father of adolescents. He's has over 20 years of experience counseling kids and families. He's written 7 books including Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys and Intentional Parenting and the DVD curriculum Raising Boys & Girls. We set out to talk about raising boys but I have to tell you that I got so much out of our conversation even though I only have girls. We talked a lot about child development and how that impacts your parenting. We also talk about how to navigate meltdowns, how to adjust your own expectations and how to deal with your child's aggression. So pull up a chair to the table and join the conversation.

For takeaways from the episode and all the resources mentioned, check out online at SurvivingSarah.

 

Nov 29, 2016
Episode 50: Melanie Shankle
44:57

Melanie Shankle joins me for Episode 50. She is a wife, mother, writer and speaker. I asked Melanie to come on the show so that we could have an honest conversation about friendship. I don't know what stage of life you are in, but regardless, cultivating friendship is not easy. We talk about how to find authentic friends, how to model friendship for your children and what to do when you face conflict in a friendship. So pull up a chair to the table and join the conversation.

With this being the week of Thanksgiving, I just wanted to remind you of how thankful I am of you! Thank you for spending some of your week with me. I have loved connecting with you and hope that this show truly does help you survive a little easier.

And in the spirit of thanksgiving and of course black Friday, I wanted to let you know that my book is available for sale at SurvivingSarah.com I haven't really talked much about my book here, but if you haven't heard, I wrote a book called Body. Beauty. Boys. The Truth About Girls and How We See Ourselves. So, if you know a young woman--middle school, high school or even college--this would make a great gift. It's designed to help a girl discover how God sees her and how to learn to be content and satisfied with exactly who she is. If you are interested, go to SurvivingSarah.com and click Books or click the link in the show notes.

Nov 22, 2016
Episode 49: Ami Shroyer
01:09:16

Ami Shroyer joins me for Episode 49. She is the sister-in-law to a friend of mine who contacted me about sharing Ami's story. Ami is a singer songwriter, leader of a classical conversations homeschool group and has a holistic business.

You know, since realizing that God wanted me to use my voice to push others forward, He has put people in my path and raised some things to the surface for my attention. Over the past year, I've come in contact either personally or just through social media several different women who have experienced the loss of a husband. I'm not gonna lie, I wondered why God was bringing these women to my attention. Was He preparing me to experience loss? But I believe that there are a lot of hurting women who need to hear that they are not alone--they need to hear someone say, "Me too. I understand what you are going through."

So pull up a chair, grab a tissue and hear Ami share the story of walking through losing her husband and searching for purpose along the way.

Click over to SurvivingSarah.com to read the show notes.

Nov 15, 2016
Episode 48: Jill Gott-Gleason
56:11

Jill Gott-Gleason joins me for Episode 48. I can't remember how I stumbled upon Jill, but I about 6 or 7 years ago I found her blog--Good Life For Less. She was one of the first fashion bloggers that I followed. I have always loved that she is like the everyday girl. Her content is always practical and helpful--she's not suggesting that I purchase a pair of shoes for $2000. In addition to being a blogger, she is a wife and mom to two tweens.

We talk about where fashion and faith intersect; she gives practical fashion tips for the winter season; and how to handle social media. And if you do any type of business online, you definitely want to hear her 7 tips on how to grow your business in the nooks & crannys of life. So, pull up a chair and join us at the table.

Check out SurvivingSarah.com for details about this episode.

Nov 08, 2016
Episode 47: Hannah Joiner Crosby
40:47

Hannah Joiner Crosby joins me for Episode 47. She is an artist from the Atlanta area who is also married to an artist. And she is a new mom. She sits down at my kitchen table to talk about how she discovered her love for art, roadblocks to being an artist and what has surprised her about motherhood. She gives so many good tips and pieces of advice throughout the conversation. So pull up a chair and join us at the table.

Check out the show notes at SurvivingSarah.com for everything we mentioned today.

 

Nov 01, 2016
Episode 46: Wendy Speake
47:22

I am excited to have Wendy Speake back on the show this week for Episode 46. You may remember her from Episode 10 when we talked about mommy anger. That was such a great episode. You should definitely go back and listen if you are new to the show.

And today, we talk about creativity and motherhood--a new Renaissance for women. As adults we often give up on what we enjoy doing creatively. Do you remember what you used to love to do? We talk about how to find that again, how to manage the tension between your creative self and your responsibilities and how to embrace who God created you to be.

Oct 25, 2016
Episode 45: Traci Dixon
38:53

Traci Dixon joins me for Episode 45. We met through the wonderful world of podcasting and social media. She and her friend Rebecca have a podcast called StoryCast Monday. You may have heard it before--I was a guest on episode 24.

She is a wife, mama to 3 kids, brewery owner, entrepreneur, blogger, and foodie. You will definitely want to eat some good food if you follow her on social media.

If you have ever felt the need to reprioritize your life or struggled with whether you are doing the right thing or wondered if the rug was being pulled out from under you, then you will relate to our conversation. We talk about what it looks like to choose adoption and walk through the heartbreak when it fails.

You can find everything that we talked about today in the show notes over at SurvivingSarah.com Thank you so much for listening today. I love connecting with you. You can contact through my website or @sarahwbragg on Instagram & Twitter or SurvivingSarahPodcast on Facebook. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

Oct 18, 2016
Episode 44: Melanie Dale
48:11

Melanie Dale joins me for Episode 44. Some of you may know her from the blog world as Unexpected Mel. She is an author of two books which we talk about in the episode and has a podcast called Lighten Up with Melanie Dale. Melanie is a self-professed minivan mama and total weirdo who stinks at small talk. We start our conversation with a lightning round which captures her personality and also exposes a crazy reoccurring dream from my past. I'm slightly embarrassed that I didn't edit that part out. But I'm going to be unbiased in my editing for your sake.

In our conversation, we talk about important things like the struggle of math, how parenting is much like death therapy and the manifestation of the Holy Spirit via Snoop Dog. Y'all, the opening of the show is deep.

On another note, we talk about the difficulty of finding friends, advice for what to do when relationships end and how to love the life you didn't choose.

So, grab your coffee and join the conversation.

Oct 11, 2016
Episode 43: Rachel Faulkner Brown
54:07

Rachel Faulkner Brown joins me for Episode 43. She is a wife and mom who has a story of heartbreak and healing. She is twice widowed and has been married now to her husband, Rod, for a few years now. As our conversation unfolded, the thread that was woven throughout was easy to see—it is a story and thread of healing. God has carried her through great heartbreak and has performed miracles in her life. I know you are going to be inspired today.

Oct 04, 2016
Episode 42: Cheryl Bachelder
43:55

Cheryl Bachelder joins me for Episode 42. I am truly excited to introduce her to you. On the personal side, she has been married for 35 years and raised three girls. And professionally, she is the CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. She is hands down one of the smartest women I've met. She leads a company of 50-60,000 employees with such grace and humility. She is very approachable and kind.

So many listeners of Surviving Sarah are leading somewhere--whether it is in the corporate world or a non-profit organization or a school or a home. And I knew that Cheryl's advice to leading would be so applicable to you--and me. We talk about the other side of leadership--humility and serving others. We also talk about being a woman in a male world, how she handled life not going according to her plan and how to deal with failure.

Sep 27, 2016
Episode 41: Karen Stubbs
45:29

Karen Stubbs joins me for Episode 41. She has a ministry for women called Birds On A Wire which includes a podcast called Wire Talk. It has become one of my favorite shows.

I am so excited for you to meet Karen. She is a seasoned mom and wife. 4 kids out of the house and married for 30 years. She came to my house and we had the best time hanging out. Asking her questions was like having a free counseling session. We talk about parenting strong spirited kids, shaping your child's identity and worth, roadblocks to happiness in motherhood and what to do when your dreams have been put on hold.

Sep 20, 2016
Episode 40: Tammy K. Johnson
35:46

Tammy K. Johnson, founder of the Female Idea Tank, joins me for episode 40. She helps people develop practical and easy-to-follow strategies to achieve the success they crave. While she's not working with clients, you can find her serving Board President of One Heart Africa. She and I randomly met at an event and me being just enough of an introvert to where I hate small talk, I somehow had her tell me the highlights of her life story. From there, I knew that what she survived would benefit so many of my listeners. 

She walked through hurt and shame surrounding infidelity and divorce.We talk about how she not only survived that but how she came to a place of forgiveness and freedom from shame.

To find all the links to today's episode, go to SurvivingSarah.com.

Sep 13, 2016
Episode 39: Sherry Surratt
42:17

Welcome to Surviving Sarah. I'm your host, Sarah Bragg and this week, Sherry Surratt joins me for Episode 39. In her personal life, she lives in Parker, Colorado with her husband, Jeff. She has two grown kids and two grandkids. Professionally, she is an author, communicator, former MOPS President & CEO and currently serves as the Executive Director of Parenting Strategy at Orange.

Since she has been through all the phases of parenting and has been married for over 30 years, we have a rich conversation about surviving parenting and marriage.

Hop over to SurvivingSarah.com for links to everything mentioned in today's episode or to shoot me an email to continue the conversation. You can find me @sarahwbragg on Instagram and Twitter.

Sep 06, 2016
Episode 38: Abby Banks
45:17

Abby Banks joins me for Episode 38. When I met her, she just seemed like a normal woman, but after talking with her I realized that she is quite the super woman. She is married with 3 kids and her youngest, Wyatt, is paralyzed from the chest down. Her story is based on how God has carried her through and how healing came in a way she didn't want it to.

Be sure to check out the show notes www.survivingsarah.com/blog/episode-38 for all links mentioned and use the coupon code MOVIENIGHT for a discount from Franklin's Gourmet Popcorn (link in show notes).

 

Aug 30, 2016
Episode 37: Kelly Parkison
47:10

Kelly McCorkle Parkison joins me for Episode 37. She is a former Miss South Carolina and made it to the final four in the Amazing Race. She is a pastors wife with 5 kids living in Tennessee. We talk about why she chose adoption, how to handle a grieving child and her ministry LOFT 218. You will hear about my long lost dream of being Miss America and how I am the most unlikely candidate to be on the Amazing Race.

Be sure to check out the show notes at SurvivingSarah.com for the links mentioned in the show.

Aug 23, 2016
Episode 36: Kelly Smith
51:41

Kelly Smith joins me for Episode 36. She is a food blogger and cookbook author at The Nourishing Home. She devotes her time there to sharing delicious whole food, gluten free meal plans, recipes, cooking tips and encouragement to help others in their quest to live a more nourished life. We talk about why she has a passion to help others when it comes to health, tips on how to help picky eaters, how to have your kids help in the kitchen without losing your mind and why meal planning is so important.

Aug 16, 2016
Episode 35: Christy Nockels
01:01:41

Christy Nockels joins me for Episode 35. It was sort of a surreal moment chatting with her because I listen to her on spotify all the time. In fact, for July spotify notified me that she was my top listened to artist. And spotify doesn't lie. In this episode, we chat about how she discovered the love for music and songwriting, so many things about womanhood and her Christmas album which you can be a producer on (christynockels.com/christmas) So sit back, grab some coffee or if you are like her, a Dr. Pepper with good ice, and enjoy my conversation with Christy.

Aug 09, 2016
Episode 34: Mo Isom
01:23:27

The amazing Mo Isom joins me for episode 34. You guys, I love this girl. I heard her speak at The Grove at Passion City this past year, and I immediately contacted our mutual friend and demanded to meet her. Mo came to my house back in June and sat with me at my kitchen table. We talked about motherhood and her story of overcoming adversity--which includes eating disorders, her father's suicide, promiscuity and a horrific car accident.

We laugh and got goosebumps. I'm not lying when I say it was like we had church around my kitchen table. I am so excited for you to hear her story. I know you will be encouraged, inspired and entertained. 

Go to SurvivingSarah.com for links and notes from today's episode. 

Aug 02, 2016
Episode 33: Kara-Kae James
56:49

Kara-Kae James joins me for episode 33. She is a preacher's wife who lives in Texas with their four kids. You may know her as the executive director of Thrive Moms--a ministry that encourages and equips moms.

We talk about how much we love Target (and no Target isn't a sponsor, but it probably should be), postpardum depression and anxiety, adoption and how she makes working from home work for her.

Jul 26, 2016
Episode 32: Julie Martinez
01:16:50

Julie Martinez joins me for episode 32. She is a single mom whose been a missionary for 22 years. She is the Country Director for People For Care & Learning (PCL) in Cambodia which is an organization that does transformational development to give the poor a working chance while building bridges into their lives so that they can share the gospel.

In my book, Julie is a rock star. She has lived in 4 different countries, been chased by hippos and elephants, survived divorce, surviving as a single mom, and she fiercely loves people and Jesus. If I'm ever pulled over in a foreign country, then I want Julie by my side. When I picture her, I think of the Katy Perry song Roar. She is a champion.

 

Jul 19, 2016
Episode 31: Brenda DeWalt
01:07:27

Brenda DeWalt joins me for Episode 31. She lives in Colorado with her husband and three kids. We talk about surviving summer as a work from home mom, how kids most likely are born with a manual on how  to wear your parent down and how we should invent a velcro wall and suit for kids. But in all seriousness, we talk about a lot of other great stuff. She shares her story which includes health struggles, adoption, waiting, failed adoption, and bridge building. In fact, I recorded this episode with Brenda several weeks ago, and the part of our conversation about bridge building is very relevant to what's going on in our country currently. I love seeing God's sovereignty over the timing of this show. 

 

Jul 12, 2016
Episode 30: Sarah Rieke
48:44

Sarah Rieke joins me for Episode 30. Sarah sought me out after listening to the show because she wanted some advice to how to start a podcast.  After getting to know her, I knew that her story would truly resonate with many of my listeners. She is a kind hearted, gentle spirited woman who has suffered the loss of children and has a passion to walk with women who also suffer loss. We talk about grieving and fear and what she would say to a women walking a similar path.

 

Jul 05, 2016
Episode 29: Hailey Johnston
53:34

The founder of Project Free 2 Fly, Hailey Johnston, joins me for Episode 29. She is a wife and mom of 2 girls who decided to start a non-profit to help support women in her local community live beyond their circumstances. 

We talk about summer living, being intentional with your kids and what it looked like to say "Yes" to God and start a non-profit--when you know nothing about starting something like that.

 

Jun 28, 2016
Episode 28: Shannon Scott
52:06

Shannon Scott joins me at my kitchen table for Episode 28. Shannon is a worship leader, teacher, writer and director of student life at her kids' school. She's been married to Jeff for 17 years and they have three kids ages 11-14.

I met Shannon years and years ago. She and Jeff were actually my landlords back in my single days. We ran into each other this past spring and after chatting for a bit I knew I wanted her to be on the show. We talk about how she grew up in a legalistic culture, how that programmed her view of God and how she is learning to survive shame.

 

Jun 21, 2016
Episode 27: Sofia Dickens
57:05

For Episode 27, I chat with Sofia Dickens. She is a wife, mom of 3 and a mompreneur. She is the founder of the company, EQtainment, whose mission is to improve emotional intelligence globally by creating fun and simple tools for practicing social skills and better behavior. 

Sofia and I have such an insightful conversation about emotional intelligence. We chat about parenthood, how to develop your child's EQ and what its like to be an entrepreneur. 

Jun 14, 2016
Episode 26: Tindell Baldwin
47:02

Tindell Baldwin joins me for Episode 26. She wrote a memoir called Popular: Boys, Booze and Jesus. It's an honest read about her story of growing up in a christian home but walking away from God in high school in order to find love and acceptance. It's a story of redemption.

Whether you are a young woman in college or a mother of a teenager or maybe a woman with a similar past, Tindell's story will resonate with you. I particularly enjoyed chatting about perfectionism, shame and fear.

Jun 07, 2016
Episode 25: Joy Phenix
51:50

Joy Phenix joins me for Episode 25. She is a wife to Billy for almost 19 years, has two kids and a dog. She spent 27 years working for A&E Networks before starting her own production company. We talked about the insanity of summer, raising tweens and the blend of career and motherhood. You are going to absolutely love our conversation.

May 31, 2016
Episode 24: Tracy Levinson
01:01:32

Tracy Levinson joins me for episode 24. Friend of the show, Courtney DeFeo, introduced me to Tracy and insisted that I read her book. And boy, was she right! I am so glad she insisted. Tracy is an empty nestor who has been pouring into young women's lives for years. She is a girl from TX who moved to LA to pursue acting only to discover new life in Jesus years later after her kids were born.

We talk about how she became a Christian and why she would write a book on sexuality. If you have little ears listening as you drive, you may want to pause our conversation and pick it back up when they aren't around. She gives advice to moms of tweens and young women, advice to single women and even advice to married women in regards to sexuality.

The nature of this subject can drum up different emotions and different opinions. Two friends can see things differently. Two churches can see things differently. Some things can have a black and white response and some things are more gray. But I want this to be a safe place to talk about complicated matters.

Okay, so are you ready? Let's cue Salt N Pepa because we are gonna talk about sex. 

May 24, 2016
Episode 23: Sandra Stanley
51:25

Sandra Stanley joins me for Episode 23. She is wife to Pastor Andy Stanley and they live here in the Atlanta area. They have 3 kids--one out of college and two in college. And once they crossed the finish line--the one all parents dream of and became empty nesters--God surprised with them. He led them to become foster parents.

I don't know about you, but as a woman I treasure any time that I get to sit at the feet of a woman who is down the road from me. I want to hear about all the things. And this episode is chocked full of great advice. Advice for foster parents, young moms, wives and all women young and old no matter what stage of life. We also talk about her book, The Comparison Trap, along with what it looks like to choose obedience, to live out the fruit of the spirit and to find your worth in something that doesn't change. Plus, you will absolutely love her survival kit.

May 17, 2016
Episode 22: Joni Lay
45:01

Joni Lay from the blog Lay Baby Lay joins me for Episode 22. I bet if you go to your Pinterest boards, you will find images from her blog. Her images are all over my Inspiration boards. 

She is married to Chip and is a mom of 3 young girls. I loved hearing her advice about how to create a joy-filled home. We talk about design, working while being a mom, and challenges in motherhood.

May 10, 2016
Episode 21: Emily Thomas
45:50

Emily Thomas joins me for Episode 21. She is a wife,mom of 2 kids, nurse and Podcaster. You may have heard her oniTunes with her show, Mom Struggling Well. She is so realand funny and I love that she is not afraid to be honestabout herself. I think that is what draws people to her.

I asked Emily to come on the show to tell her storybecause she has faced almost all the things that we as women fear.She has faced abuse, divorce, infertility and infidelityat different points in her life. And I wanted herto share with you to see that fear doesn't have to ruin youand God can use you no matter what you face

May 03, 2016
Episode 20: Jennifer Willis
58:29

I can't believe we are already 20 episodes in! Thank you so much for listening!! Thank you for subscribing to and sharing the show. More and more people each week are discovering this little thing we have going because of you. 

Jennifer Willis joins me for Episode 20. I met Jennifer a couple of years ago at elementary school pick up time. She is just seemed like a normal mom but as I got to know her, her story unfolded before me. She has faced great loss yet experienced great joy, too. She shares her story today on the show--what happens when life is less than you imagined. When the picture in your head isn't matching what is reality. They lost jobs, lost 5 babies, had a cancer scare and adopted a special needs kid. Ups and downs, but she clings to a God who overcomes.

Apr 26, 2016
Episode 19: Annie F. Downs
52:30

Annie F. Downs joins me for Episode 19. She happened to be in town and we got to meet and chat at my kitchen table. I love that because that's how I would want to be talking to each one of you. There is something very personal about opening up your home and sitting across from them at your table.

She is a full-time speaker and writer who also happens to have some killer hidden talents that we talk about in the show. We talk about how she went from an elementary school teacher to a published author and communicator along with what its like to be 35 and single. Plus, we have a first on Surviving Sarah--a lightning round. You don't want to miss that towards the end of the show.

Apr 19, 2016
Episode 18: Courtney DeFeo
55:12

Courtney DeFeo joins me for Episode 18. Courtney is a wife, mom of girls and a former marketing professional for Chick-fil-a. She is the creator of a small business called Lil Light O Mine that empowers moms and hopes to change little lives through innovation in the home.

We talk about how she went from her dream job to staying at home with her kids. That choice is hard because no one is giving you a promotion for potty training your strong willed kid. Am I right?! But Courtney shares how she made that decision and how God uses your past experiences and skills in your life as a mom today. She shares some really great practical advice for starting a business and for how to build an authentic faith in your kids.

Apr 12, 2016
Episode 17: Jamie B. Golden
01:06:33

Jamie B. Golden joins me for Episode 17 of the Surviving Sarah podcast. She is a pop culture extraordinaire where she cohosts a podcast about pop culture called The Popcast with Knox and Jamie. She is also a cake pop baker and digital marketing consultant. 

We talk about how she became a full-time podcaster and cake pop baker. As a single woman, God called her to quit her reliable, full-time job in order to walk blindly into a new season. She talks about how she discovered what her skills were in the midst of being a Jill of all trades. plus, she shares a never before told story about her childhood to which She now has issues with her mailbox (counseling may be needed).

Apr 05, 2016
Episode 16: Shannan Martin
01:14:09

Shannan Martin joins me for Episode 16 of the Surviving Sarah podcast. If you don't know her already, she writes over at Flowerpatch Farmgirl. Shannan and her husband Cory have 4 kids. God stitched her family together in different ways and from different places. And she has experienced over the last few years what its like to get the life you always dreamed of only to realize through losing it that it wasn't what she truly wanted. 

It didn't take long for us to realize that we are kindred spirits--especially unified in our love for gingham shirts. We could have easily talked for hours, but instead we kept it slightly shorter. We talked about everything from books to Netflix to our dream houses to being front yard people and so very much more. Shannan has become a strong voice of influence in a community of people who desire to love their neighbor. 

Mar 29, 2016
Episode 15: Lauren Lefevre
43:10

Lauren Lefevre joins me for Episode 15. She is a stylist and fashion blogger. We talk about how she became a fashion stylist, how she balances it all, and everyday essentials that we need in our closet.

I had so much fun talking about fashion and how it intersects with our faith. Lauren started her business to help everyday people feel the best about themselves that they can.

I'm going to take a personal style challenge and maybe you should join me. Let's choose to be creative and confident in what we wear this week. And to take it one step further--take a pic and post it on Instagram. Tag me @sarahwbragg and #SurvivingSarah so that we can cheer each other on in our creativity.

Mar 22, 2016
Episode 14: Jessica Satterfield
01:09:29

Jessica Satterfield joins me for Episode 14. I met Jessica a few months ago and she is one of the nicest, most genuine people I know. She is a first grade teacher by day and blogger by night over at GraceWhileWeWait.com

We talk about her struggle through infertility and how they came about adopting their two children. her story has parts of despair but also contains great hope. She shares how adoption changed her life.

 

Thank you for giving your time to listen to this episode. It means the world to me. Be sure to subscribe to the show so that you never miss an episode. Come find me on instagram @sarahwbragg or at survivingsarah.com and I hope this show helped you survive a little easier today.

Mar 15, 2016
Episode 13: Anisa Darnell
54:47

Thanks for joining me for episode 13 of Surviving Sarah. Designer, Anisa Darnell, joins me and we talk about how she got her start, her experience with being on HGTV and balancing work and being a momma of 3 girls.

I had one of my favorite designers sitting in my kitchen so I couldn't wait to ask her some design questions like advice about renovating, how to love temporary spaces and what are the best items to splurge or save on. I think you're gonna really love hearing from her.

That is all for today's show. Come find me on instagram @sarahwbragg or at survivingsarah.com I hope this show helped you survive a little easier today.

Mar 08, 2016
Episode 12: Logan Wolfram
01:00:07

Logan Wolfram joins me for episode 12. She lives in South Carolina with her husband, 2 boys and large dog. Logan is such a likable woman and really is like every girls' girl. I guarantee you will feel like you guys are friends by the end of the show. In her life, she has been a chef, decorator, director of a bloggers conference--even though she wasn't a blogger--and now she is a newly published author.

In our conversation, we talked about what its like to be a work from home mom, her go to dinners, handling disappointments, and what it looks like to cultivate curiosity in your life. We unpack some key points from her new book, Curious Faith: Rediscovering Hope In The God of Possibility

Thank you so much for listening this week! I truly want to connect with you. I want to get to know you! Come find me over on Instagram @sarahwbragg --it is really my most favorite place to hang out during the week.

Mar 01, 2016
Episode 11: Lindsay Tarquinio
46:56

Lindsay Tarquinio of LUO joins me for Episode 1. Lindsay is a wife of a former Atlanta Falcons football player, new mom, interior designer, private chef and the co-founder of an organization called LUO which exists to set children free from poverty. We talk about how LUO started, who her biggest influence was and what its like to live in NYC.

Thank you for listening to the show today! If you want to score some bonus points, head over to iTunes and leave a review of the show. That is iTunes love language and helps people find us. 

Feb 23, 2016
Episode 10: Wendy Speake
53:33

Today's episode of Surviving Sarah is a conversation with author and speaker, Wendy Speake. We talk about how she was surprised by mommy anger. She would have never described herself as an angry person yet spouts of anger were triggered in her by her kids. We talk about her new book (co-authored with Amber Lia) that released Feb 16, 2016 called Triggers: Exchanging Parent's Angry Reactions For Biblical Responses. Our conversation felt like therapy and I left feeling inspired and encouraged--I know you will, too.

The show continues to remain on New & Noteworthy in iTunes which is all because of you! Thank you so much! Keeping leaving reviews and telling people about the show. Let me just give each of you a virtual high five!

Come find me on Instagram & Twitter @sarahwbragg and at www.SurvivingSarah.com

Feb 16, 2016
Episode 9: Blythe Hill
47:16

Blythe Hill, creator of the campaign Dressember, joins me on the show. We talk about how a dress can change the world. She took her love of fashion and combined it with a passion to help women who don't have a voice. In the campaign's 3rd year, she along with many other advocates raised over $915,000 USD! It's amazing what women in the hands of a very capable God can do! That money will fund over 200 rescue operations, pay over 45 anti-trafficking lawyer's salaries for a year or pay for aftercare therapy for over 1000 survivors for a year. That is truly remarkable! I can't wait to join the campaign in December 2016.

Thank you for spending part of your day with me! Hop on over to Instagram @sarahwbragg or Facebook or SurvivingSarah.com to connect with me. All of the links that Blythe mentioned are on my blog. Go ahead and click the subscribe button here on iTunes before you leave so that you will never miss an episode.

I hope this show helped you survive your day a little better!

Feb 09, 2016
Episode 8: Lauren Byrne
58:17

Lauren Byrne joins me in this week's episode of Surviving Sarah. She is a lawyer, blogger and mother of 6. Lauren tells the story of surviving the death of her firstborn son--something that no parent dreams of facing. She also gives some great advice for those who are facing similar pain.

Thank you for spending part of your day with me! Hop on over to Instagram @sarahwbragg or SurvivingSarah.com to connect with me. All of the links that Lauren mentioned are on my blog. Go ahead and click the subscribe button here on iTunes before you leave so that you will never miss an episode.

I hope this show helped you survive your day a little better!

Feb 02, 2016
Episode 7: Alisha Gordon
01:01:52

In this week's episode, I talk with writer, speaker, social activist and pop culture enthusiast, Alisha Gordon. I had so much fun talking with her. And we talked about everything from her word for 2016 to how we can help single moms to Mike Tyson. I promise you will be inspired and entertained.

Thank you for all your amazing reviews! Seriously, all the hearts for you. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review of the show because that review will help others find us. Follow me over on Instagram @sarahwbragg and for links to all that we talked about today, head over to SurvivingSarah.com

Jan 26, 2016
Episode 6: Jennifer Walker
01:06:21

In this week's episode, I talk to parenting and toddler guru, Jennifer Walker. Jennifer co-founded an organization called Moms On Call, and we talk about all sorts of questions surrounding parenting young kids. I promise that you will leave encouraged and feeling like you got this.

Thank you for all your amazing reviews! Seriously, all the hearts for you. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review of the show because that review will help others find us. Follow me over on Instagram @sarahwbragg and for links to all that we talked about today, head over to SurvivingSarah.com

Jan 19, 2016
Episode 5: Ashley Woodson Bailey
56:53

On this week's episode, Sarah chats with floral photographer, Ashley Woodson Bailey, about surviving a tragic car accident that should have killed her. The trajectory of her life was forever altered yet amazing things have happened since. She took what was in her hand--her phone--and combined it with her passion of flowers and something beautiful happened.

If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on iTunes. That will help other people find the show. Go ahead and hit the little subscribe button so that you will never miss an episode. Thanks for listening! Find me on social media @sarahwbragg and my website SurvivingSarah.com

Jan 12, 2016
Episode 4: Leslie Word
01:01:58

On this week's episode, Sarah chats with Leslie Word about motherhood--specifically about becoming a mother in unexpected ways which include foster care, international adoption and legal guardianship.

Jan 05, 2016
Episode 3: Ashleigh Slater
38:51

On this week's episode, Sarah chats with Ashleigh Slater, author of Team Us--a book about how couples can work together as a team.

Dec 29, 2015
Episode 2: Sarah Anderson
51:29

Sarah chats with Sarah Anderson...

Dec 20, 2015
Episode 1: Holly Lauren
41:33

Sarah debuts her new podcast with author and friend, Holly Lauren...

Dec 20, 2015