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Mom Struggling Well

Don't stop at 'struggle.' Love your actual life so you don't run away from home. Perfection is nonsense and peace is a perspective shift away!
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Jan 27, 2020

We solved it all this week. How do you plan for a day out and about without breaking the bank to feed your crew on the way home? Solved. What to do when your friends are shaming you for living paycheck to paycheck? Solved! Is meal planning non-existent in your home and you think it’s breaking the bank? SOLVED! Listeners not only wrote with their problems, they told us what makes them feel like winners at saving and we shared all of their tips with you.

P.S. USB ports are going away and Weight Watchers changed their name. We aren’t happy about it either. Enjoy saving WELL!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • an update on Em’s decision to get bangs and how 40 is going so far

  • the beginning of Rebecky’s WW journey (and all the things that are messing up her routine)

  • ideas for last-minute meals that don’t break the bank

  • differentiating want vs. need

  • solving your meal prep probs

  • saving when you live paycheck to paycheck

  • tips from listeners on what’s been saving them money

LINKS MENTIONED:

Diet Bet
Dave Ramsey
YNAB
Mo’ Money Podcast
ChooseFI
Her Money
Amazon warehouse
Your Money or Your Life

CONNECT WITH REBECKY:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Jan 20, 2020

Are you a workin’ lady? Maybe you’ll be returning to work in the near future. Maybe you don’t work outside of the home but some friends that you love do. This week I wanted to share a conversation that I had with the women over on the Mom to Mom Podcast. We talk about tips for working moms and also I share a very raw description of what it looks like in the Thomas house now that I’m back to work. Spoiler alert: It’s not magazine perfect.

Kate Battistelli, September McCarthy & Jamie Erickson are three generations of moms who have experienced nearly every season of motherhood. They don’t have all the answers, but you can be sure that they’ll always point you to the One who does.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • learning to pivot when the thing you thought would work isn’t yielding the desired results

  • accepting help in order to better balance your life

  • learning and prioritizing self-care

  • why Emily stopped homeschooling and has no regrets

  • tips for helping manage your home when you work full-time

  • finding space for time with the Lord in the midst of a busy schedule

  • the power of in-person community

  • alleviating mom guilt

  • encouraging words for working moms

CONNECT WITH THE MOM TO MOM PODCAST:

website | Kate Battistelli | September McCarthy

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

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Jan 13, 2020

Are you a saver or a spender? Do you have a joint bank account or are they separate? Oh, and do you still tuck in the front of your shirt or is that over now? This week we are talking finances and saving well. Emily brought some really simple saving tips and Katie sends out a siren call for large thongs. We establish that money can be difficult and Em stumbled upon some helpful sermons to ponder this month as we think about our finances. Please send your finance problems to hello@momstrugglingwell.com for Rebecky and Emily to solve later on this month. Biyeee!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Katie the saver and Emily the spender

  • joint vs. separate bank accounts

  • our personal struggles with saving and what’s been working for us

  • simple saving tips from taping reminders to your credit cards to swapping clothes with a friend (no underwear, please)

  • the importance of stewarding money well

  • the connection between loving money and loving people

  • what’s killing us softly and what’s giving us life

LINKS MENTIONED:

Mint
America Saves
Stewardship sermon
Mo Money, Mo Problems sermon
Down Dog app

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Jan 6, 2020

What should you do when you feel yourself losing your cool? How do you know if you’ve experienced trauma? My guest this week is as wise as the day is long and gives us practical tips to help us stay in the moment, honor the pace of our healing, and work our patience like a muscle. We are talking: trauma, shame and the price we pay living in a society that values overachieving. If you don’t already know Aundi, please change that now!

Aundi Kolber is a licensed professional counselor (MA, LPC), an author, and a speaker living in Castle Rock, Colorado. She has received additional training in her specialization of trauma- and body-centered therapies and is passionate about the integration of faith and psychology. She has written for Relevant, CT Women, and (in)courage. As a survivor of trauma, Aundi brings hard-won knowledge about the work of change, the power of redemption, and the beauty of experiencing God in our pain. Aundi is happily married to her best friend, Brendan, and is the proud mom of Matia and Jude.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • recognizing trauma and its effects on the body

  • the trauma spectrum

  • how to notice and interpret to what our bodies are telling us

  • the window of tolerance

  • the power of experiencing and working through pain

  • grounding yourself in the present while addressing the past

  • reparenting yourself

LINKS MENTIONED:

Try Softer: A Fresh Approach to Move Us out of Anxiety, Stress, and Survival Mode--and into a Life of Connection and Joy

CONNECT WITH AUNDI:

website | instagram | facebook | twitter

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Dec 30, 2019

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • what it’s like for Ashley as an only child now raising four kids

  • how learning to play with her kids and appreciating the moment has become a spiritual discipline

  • what helped Ashley embrace her life as a mom

  • letting go of expectations and embracing the things that are important to you

  • the emphasis Ashley places on getting to know her kids and how she does that

  • letting your overwhelm spill onto your kids

  • learning to use your quiet time well

  • what inspired Ashley to write her book

  • how Ashley’s concept of Jesus different than most because of her experience as a church planter

  • four idols of the suburbs

  • the power of wanting and waiting

LINKS MENTIONED:

Finding Holy in the Suburbs
Sara Groves “This Cup”

CONNECT WITH ASHLEY:

website | instagram | facebook | podcast

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Dec 23, 2019

We are right back at it solving your problems this week! We discuss homeschooling vs. public school, ethical dilemmas at the goodwill checkout stand and kids that easily get bent out of shape (that’s right, we’re talking about all of them!). Keep writing in with your problems (and yo, we’ll solve ‘em) at hello@momstrugglingwell.com.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how much Emily is loving Rebecky’s upcoming book

  • Rebecky’s side of the #defamationproclamation prank call

  • problem-solving your homeschool vs. public school dilemma

  • helping a fun-loving mom with a kid that loves to push her buttons

  • allowing kids to choose their own clothes

  • an idea to help you finish the year well

LINKS MENTIONED:

A Better Life: Slowing Down to Get Ahead pre-order

CONNECT WITH REBECKY:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Polar Ignite Fitness Watch: visit polar.com/momstrugglingwell to get yours now
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Dec 16, 2019

I met Jesus. And meeting Him changed everything.

Sarah Mae is a nationally known speaker, the host of The Complicated Heart Podcast, and co-author of the bestselling book, Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe. She loves traveling all over the country, speaking at conferences and events, encouraging women to walk in freedom. She makes her home in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, with her woodworker husband, three spunky kiddos, and a naughty yellow lab named Memphis.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Sarah’s complicated family story

  • why Sarah decided to include portions of her mother’s journals in her book and what those journals meant to her personally

  • defining gaslighting

  • Sarah’s abortion story

  • how the hope and kindness of God transformed Sarah’s life

  • replacing core lies with God’s truth

  • learning how to set boundaries

  • accepting reality and letting go of expectations

  • how doing the work of our own healing impacts legacy of our family

  • stopping generations of unhealthy patterns

LINKS MENTIONED:

Annie F. Down’s EnneaSummer
The Place We Find Ourselves
Surrendering the Secret
Forgiven and Set Free
Her Choice to Heal: Finding Spiritual and Emotional Peace After Abortion
Worthy of Love: A Journey of Hope and Healing After Abortion
Better Help: get 10% off your first month when you visit betterhelp.com/msw

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Dec 9, 2019

What does it mean to finish well? This week I break it down real simple-like and give you 4 steps to help you reflect on 2019. But don’t worry! It’s not scary and at the end of this exercise, there will be plenty of encouragement. That’s just my style! There is even a printable so dive in with us in this last month of the year as we discuss finishing well.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • what’s new and noteworthy in our lives including Em’s therapy cat and Katie’s double A semester

  • would you rather start every sentence with “hey idiot” or end every sentence with “just kidding”?

  • the stories you sent us about how you’re finishing well

  • 4 tips for finishing well

  • 3 questions to ask yourself daily to access your higher thinking brain

  • encouragement from 1 Peter about finishing well

LINKS MENTIONED:

Finish WELL printable

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Yumi: get $60 your first month with promo code MSW at helloyumi.com
Third Love: get 15% off your first order when you visit thirdlove.com/swp
Hands-On Bible: get 35% off when you use code MSW at TheHandsOnBible.com (valid thru 12/23/19)

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Dec 2, 2019

How can I talk to my kids about sexual abuse? How do I know if what I encountered is abuse? Is my church a safe place for my kids? All of these are important questions and we talk about the hard stuff today with my guest Mary DeMuth. Her best advice for us? Speak up, and persevere anyway.

If you met Mary DeMuth today, her joy might confuse you. Who she has become in light of tragedy is a testimony of Jesus’s ability to transform a broken life. A child of three divorces, a victim of repeated sexual assault at five-years-old, with a father who died when she was ten, Mary wanted to end her life in her teens. In the tenth grade, she heard about Jesus, and she knew she wanted to chase after Him for the rest of her life. Thankfully, He chased her.

Mary is the author of forty books, including her latest: We Too: How the Church Can Respond Redemptively to the Sexual Abuse Crisis. She has spoken around the world about God’s ability to transform a life and planted a church with her family in southern France.

Her best work? Being a mom to three amazing young adults and the wife of 28 years to Patrick. She makes her home in Dallas alongside her husband, an energetic chocolate lab, and a fuzzy black cat.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • ​Mary’s history of sexual abuse and finding Christ

  • how Mary reconciles her faith in a good God who allowed her to be abused

  • how Mary’s experiences have affected her parenting

  • what lead Mary to focus on the abuse happening in the church

  • how Mary is using the stories of other survivors to help fuel her advocacy

  • the power of sharing your story

  • key factors of a safe church

  • how to recognize when you’ve been abused and how to begin to heal

  • Mary’s encouragement for survivors about the process of healing

  • confronting your abuser

  • educating your kids about sex and abuse

  • what Christians can do to help bring justice for victims

LINKS MENTIONED:

21 Days of Healing
The Child Safeguarding Policy for Churches and Ministries
God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies
LifeIsBroken.com

CONNECT WITH MARY:

website | instagram | facebook

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

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Nov 25, 2019

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • encouragement if you’re grieving this holiday season

  • letting your kids have all the toys (even if they clutter your house)

  • dealing with dirty floors

  • what to do with all the kids at parties so you don’t get stuck babysitting

  • helping kids with sensory needs during loud family get-togethers

  • how to enjoy hosting

  • holidays with divorced parents

  • throwing a post-Christmas birthday party that people will want to attend

  • politely shutting down unwanted questions about foster kids

  • Christmas tree alternatives

  • celebrating kids birthdays close to Christmas

LINKS MENTIONED:

Care.com
Meg Duerksen

CONNECT WITH REBECKY:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Zola: build your free wedding website + $50 toward your registry at zola.com/struggling
Canvas People: text MSW to 484848 and get a free 11x14 photo canvas (+ shipping & handling)
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Nov 18, 2019

Sheridan Voysey is a writer, speaker, and broadcaster on faith and spirituality. His other books include Resurrection Year: Turning Broken Dreams into New Beginnings, Resilient, and the award-winning Unseen Footprints . Sheridan is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2 and other international networks, and has featured on BBC Breakfast, BBC News, Day of Discovery, and 100 Huntley Street. He is married to Merryn and lives and travels from Oxford, United Kingdom.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Sheridan and his wife’s struggle with infertility and how it lead to a change in perspective about identity

  • why Sheridan decided to take a 116-mile pilgrimage to Lindisfarne Island —the place where the Gospel first took root and spread

  • our character being our legacy

  • breaking the fear of wrong decision making

  • closing the door on your dreams and grieving the loss

  • how taking your own pilgrimage can grow your relationship with God

CONNECT WITH SHERIDAN:

website | instagram | facebook

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Third Love: get 15% your first purchase when you visit thirdlove.com/swp
Stitch Fix Kids: get the $20 styling fee waived on your first box when you visit stitchfix.com/kids/swp
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Nov 11, 2019

It just seems like when we are celebrating we should actually be having FUN! This week, we talk about how to celebrate WELL. This one is packed full of laughs and some tears as we read some hilarious and heartbreaking listener emails and share nothing but love for the Pioneer Woman. We did a stash it or trash it and tried pumpkin spice spam and zombie skittles.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Celebrating the holidays using the WELL framework - Wait, Expect, Listen, Lean In

  • 7 steps to help you enjoy holiday parties

  • Rules for throwing a crappy house party (and why you should try it)

  • Your Chrismas strugg stories including everything from trash bag diapers and turkey carving wet suits to allowing yourself grace to grieve

  • Katie’s favorite Christmas memory

  • Stash It or Trash It - Pumpkin Spice Spam and Zombie Skittles

  • What’s giving us life and what’s killing us softly

LINKS MENTIONED:

Jimmy Fallon “Ew!”
Company is Coming video
Grief Share
U of A No Doubt tribute

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Embr Wave: get $30 off your Embr Wave bracelet when you visit embrwave.com/msw
Polar Ignite Fitness Watch

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Nov 4, 2019

Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of ten, doting grandma, and wife to John. A USA Today bestselling author, Tricia has published seventy books and is a two-time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Finalist. She is also on the blogging team at TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites. Tricia is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries and currently leads a teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, Arkansas.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • why Tricia became passionate about getting her family to try being grumble-free

  • controlling your anger when your kids get angry

  • making Bible learning a priority

  • letting kids learn responsibility by earning privileges

  • choosing when to let your kids wear makeup

  • helping kids with trauma become vulnerable by drawing close

  • how God used Tricia’s grandma’s injury to teach the family about the power of praise

  • a story about flat Build-a-Bears and how practicing going grumble-free has changed her kids

LINKS MENTIONED

Calming Angry Kids
The Grumble-Free Year
Vanstek erasable gel pens

CONNECT WITH TRICIA:

website | instagram | facebook | pinterest

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Prep Dish: get 2 weeks free when you visit prepdish.com/msw
Blume: get 25% off your first stick + free shipping when you visit blume.com/swp
Everlywell: 15% off any at-home lab test when you visit everlywell.com/msw and use promo code MSW at checkout

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Oct 28, 2019

This month we tackle business problems! We talk about budgeting, saving for college, and loans. Rebecky was also on the cusp of a citizens arrest AND a drug intervention in the parking lot she was recording in. We caught up on Jonah’s Bigfoot hunt and Em apologized for bringing a ghost child on the podcast last week.

Look for us on Instagram this coming month as we ask for questions you need to be solved!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • an update on Rebecky’s bigfoot party

  • the struggle for self-control with sweets in the house

  • family budgeting and saving for college

  • affordable gift ideas for co-workers

  • an alternative to small business loans

  • the value and price of hand-made products

  • how to establish a mastermind group

  • offering family discounts

  • how to quit your job

LINKS MENTIONED:

Mint
PayPal Working Capital Loan
Shopify Capital Loan

CONNECT WITH REBECKY:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Homer: try Homer Reading for 30 days free when you visit LearnWithHomer.com/msw
Kiwi Co.: visit kiwico.com/msw and get your first box free
Get the Laugh and Learn Bible today by visiting LaughAndLearnBible.com

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Oct 21, 2019

This is part 2 of a great conversation with Sarabeth Kapusta. Even though she has experienced countless reasons to distrust, and even flee Christianity, God has given her a deep love for His Church, His Word, and making known to as many as possible that God is not an abuser. She is an attorney and a generally free-spirited person. She is also a violinist, runner, writer, wannabe chef, and farm girl. She is a survivor of 25 years of abuse in a cult masquerading as a Baptist Church and is passionate about studying Scripture and sharing the truth and freedom found there. She is an advocate for those in the seasons of doubt and desires to give a voice to the voiceless among us.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • what happened after Sarabeth left the cult

  • how God’s goodness helped Sarabeth to reconcile her anger toward Him

  • holding on to pain to validate our trauma

  • depression, anxiety and mental health

  • attempting to visit her sister in the cult

  • finding a church she trusts

  • how God is slowly reuniting and healing her family

  • how you can help reach someone in a cult

LINKS MENTIONED

The Next Right Thing podcast
9 Marks
Acts 29

CONNECT WITH SARABETH:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Canvas People: text MSW to 484848 and get a free 11x14 photo canvas (+ shipping & handling)
Everlywell: get 15% off your lab test when you visit everlywell.com/msw and use promo code MSW

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

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Oct 14, 2019

This month was brought to you by the letter: M. We had all kinds of things to tell you! We had a mosquito moment, a mobster moment and a moronic moment. We also talked about new music we like, an update on Em’s mattress saga and more on mental health. We touched base on where we’re at with the Magnolia marathon and some memorable massages we had recently.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Mosquito Minute: Katie fills us in on the latest terrifying mosquito virus

  • Mobster Minute: Emily shares about Crimetown - a podcast about mobsters in Providence, Rhode Island

  • Montana Minute: Montana just had their first snow, officially ushering in the holiday season

  • Moronic Minute: how Emily got burned steaming her clothes - while she was wearing them

  • Music Minute: two songs Katie’s loving right now

  • Mental Health Minute: an update on Emily’s medicine saga

  • Marathon Minute: Katie & Em catch up on marathon training progress

  • Massage Minute: a tale of two masseuses

  • Magic Kingdom Minute: Emily discusses her vacation plans and reveals her dislike of Mickey Mouse shirts

  • what’s killing us softly and what’s giving us life

LINKS MENTIONED:

Crimetown
Post Malone “Sunflower”
Post Malone “Circles”
Office Ladies podcast
Every Little Thing

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

 

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Oct 7, 2019

You know that nagging feeling you get when something feels off? That feeling turned into a storm inside this girl and it changed the course of her life forever. Meet Sarabeth Kapusta. Even though she has experienced countless reasons to distrust, and even flee Christianity, God has given her a deep love for His Church, His Word, and making known to as many as possible that God is not an abuser. She is an attorney and a generally free-spirited person. She is also a violinist, runner, writer, wannabe chef, and farm girl. She is a survivor of 25 years of abuse in a cult masquerading as a Baptist Church and is passionate about studying Scripture and sharing the truth and freedom found there. She is an advocate for those in the seasons of doubt and desires to give a voice to the voiceless among us.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • why Sarabeth made the decision to live in a camper full-time

  • what she has learned from going minimalist

  • the abuse Sarahbeth suffered as part of a cult disguised as the church

  • the events that finally lead to Sarabeth leaving the cult

LINKS MENTIONED

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

CONNECT WITH SARABETH:

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Sep 30, 2019

Do you know that you're already enough? I 100% know that about you. Sometimes I forget that's true for me too! September seems to have been another tricky month over here, but Rebecky helped me laugh my way through solving all of your problems. We covered sleep training possums, breast feeding toys and what special things Tim McGraw does for Rebecky's marriage.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Gavin’s successful sleep training

  • the full-circle story of Rebecky’s new dog, Mojo

  • what to do when your neighbor’s dog won’t stop barking

  • pro tips on how to entertain your toddler when breastfeeding a baby

  • how Emily’s counselor finally convinced her that she’s overcommitting

  • solving your sex problems… very awkwardly

  • solving all of Rebecky’s husband’s problems from empty water pitchers to vacationing with a dog

  • meal prep for busy moms

LINKS MENTIONED:

Flight of the Conchords “Business Time”
Anatomy of Marriage podcast
Prep Dish (use the link to start your 2-week free trial)
Better Life Bags Fanny Pack

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Get Planty Course: get 10% off when you use promo code MSW at getplantycourse.com

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Sep 23, 2019

Have you ever felt called to do something for your community? Whether it’s cultivating a craft weekend with strangers or caring for tiny sweet foster babies, Meg Duerksen is the hostess with the mostess. Meg is a girl who turned “you know what would be a good idea” into an adult Barbie dream house and boy are we glad she did! She is the creator of Camp Create at the Whatever Craft House in Newton, Kansas and the keeper of the instagram famous rainbow stairs. Meg doesn’t just keep a great house and whip up killer margaritas, she has a HUGE heart and shared with us why being a foster parent was a great fit for her family.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how and why Meg opened the Whatever Craft House

  • how God is using Meg’s love and talent for crafting in a way she never expected

  • Meg’s experience with and heart for foster care

  • Upcoming Creative Soul Camp Retreats

CONNECT WITH MEG:

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EPISODE SPONSORS:

Better Help: get 10% off your first month when you visit betterhelp.com/msw
Lola: get 40% off your first month subscription when you visit mylola.com and use promo code MSW

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Sep 16, 2019

How do you know if you have depression or anxiety? At what point do you seek help?

Rebekah came on this week to share her story and we talk a lot about fear, lies, mental health and faith. When your identity is tied to your accomplishments it’s easy to start to feel like you’re drowning. So, what has to change? What does God say about rest, food, connection, creativity? Rebekah shares with us a lot of her ah-ha moments in her new book, Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose, Lyons pulls from her own journey with anxiety and depression to guide readers through four life-giving rhythms to overcome fear and live an abundant, vibrant life.

Rebekah Lyons is a national speaker and bestselling author of You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are and Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning. An old soul with a contemporary, honest voice, Rebekah reveals her own battles to overcome anxiety and depression—and invites others to discover and boldly pursue their God-given purpose. Alongside her husband, Gabe, Rebekah finds joy in raising four children, two of whom have Down syndrome. She wears her heart on her sleeve, a benefit to friends and readers alike. Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, CNN, Huffington Post, The Tennessean, Publisher’s Weekly, and more.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how stress can lead to anxiety and build into depression

  • knowing when it’s time to get outside help

  • battling the lies of depression with the truth of Christ

  • what it actually means to “take your thoughts captive”

  • the power of speaking the truth about your friends

  • never allowing our label or diagnosis to be our identity

  • a few practical ways to guard our rest

CONNECT WITH REBEKAH:

website | instagram | facebook | twitter

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

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EPISODE SPONSORS:

Third Love: get 15% off when you visit thirdlove.com/swp
Care Of: get 25% off your first order when you visit takecareof.com and use promo code MSW

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Sep 10, 2019

This month it was decided that we need to have a catch up session BUT that we would keep it purposeful. Here’s what we covered: Important dates in September (there are a surprising amount of things to celebrate), glitter cuticles and back to school. Em talks openly about “breaking her brain” while trying to switch medications and we deep dive mascara. You know, the ushe.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Katie’s “the kids are at school” body glow

  • Emily’s teacher’s anxiety producing email requirements

  • all things September

  • Emily’s secret guacamole ingredient

  • Starbucks fall drink ordering pro tips

  • the mystery of why Emily’s new meds are making her both nauseous and crave bean burritos

  • why Emily has made the very difficult decision to not make her daughter clean her room anymore

  • how Emily is struggling well by watching 5 minute craft and funny cat videos with her kids

  • what’s giving us life + what’s killing us softly

LINKS MENTIONED:

Boots No. 7 Stay Perfect Mascara
Origins GenZing mascara

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

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EPISODE SPONSORS:

Brooklinen: get 10% off + free shipping when you use promo code SWP at brooklinen.com
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Sep 2, 2019

Do you ever feel like an outsider no matter where you are? Do you need motivation to be courageous and talk to the people that could be "your people”?

Rachel lives and writes in Djibouti, a small country in the Horn of Africa. Her family has learned (is still learning) how to struggle well while living as cultural and spiritual outsiders in this Muslim country. She has published a book about raising kids abroad: Finding Home: Third Culture Kids in the World and has a book coming out in October. It’s a biography of "Somalia's Mother Teresa", a woman who also struggled well in Djibouti, fighting against terrorism, disease, and fundamentalism.

Rachel writes about life at the crossroads of faith and culture (for places from the New York Times to Christianity Today) and loves encouraging others to live with love and courage. She is also the runner that I want to become! I know you're going to love hearing from this inspiring lady!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • the culture of Djibouti

  • what led Rachel and her family to move to Djibouti

  • what it’s like for Rachel to be an outsider both culturally and spiritually

  • what Rachel has learned from about faith in a primarily Muslim country

  • what Americans misunderstand about Muslims

  • starting a conversation with someone from another culture

  • the pros and cons of raising kids in a foreign culture

  • why Rachel and her husband decided to send their kids to boarding school

  • how living in Africa has changed the way Rachel sees God

  • how the African culture honors the connection between our spiritual and physical lives

LINKS MENTIONED:

Altra running shoes

CONNECT WITH RACHEL:

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EPISODE SPONSORS:

Better Help: get 10% off your first month when you visit betterhelp.com/msw
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Aug 26, 2019

This week for our 200th episode celebration Rebecky and Katie combined forces to surprise Emily with sweet sentiments, cutting sarcasm and a little bit of encouragement. It was so fun to celebrate and take some time to reflect on the past 4 years. Thank you all for being here and I’m so glad you get to celebrate with us!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • facts involving the number 200 (because Emily knows that you love facts)

  • Emily answers Patreon questions: her favorite episodes, who she would love to interview and the hardest topics for her to discuss

  • the transition from having to seek out guests to people asking to be on the show

  • the anxiety of releasing episode one

  • an introduction to Rebecky’s new dog, Mojo

  • Rebecky and Katie’s favorite episodes

  • looking back on some changes from episode 1 to episode 200

  • meeting MSW listeners in real life

  • Rebecky’s favorite parts of the show

  • a homework assignment for MSW listeners

LINKS MENTIONED:

Better Life Bag Fanny Pack
Episode 1: Breena Holt
#47: Surrendering All and Bad Burritos with Nicole DeFord
#28: Exercise, Monsters, and NO MORE BROCCOLI with Layne and Porter
Problem Solved: the Maiden Voyage
#38: Starting Small and Saying "Hello" with Rebecca Smith
Diva Cup
#32: You Are Loved and Worth Loving with Brandi Lea
#58: Journey Toward Healing with Brandi Lea
#43: Viewing Inadequacies as Gifts with Anjuli Paschall
#100: The People In My Neighborhood
#77: Lay Your Worry Down and Sing a Song Instead with Ellie Holcomb
#153: Cultivating What You're Given with Ellie Holcomb

CONNECT WITH REBECKY:

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CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

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EPISODE SPONSORS:

Better Help: get 10% off your first month when you visit betterhelp.com/swp
Homer: visit LearnWithHomer.com/msw to start your free 30-day trial

 

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Aug 19, 2019

Have you ever made the connection between the growth of a plant and the growth in your faith? Have you ever encountered a communicative plant? If you’re a plant lover, buckle in! If you aren’t YET, you're going to learn about totipotent nodes. I mean, that's just going to happen. But you're also going to hear a beautiful story about rising up through the soil in a broken home, battling depression/anxiety and flourishing. You see what I did there?

Dusty Hegee is a coffee-obsessed houseplant educator, wife and mother living in the Pacific Northwest. She can’t help but see the incredible parallels between plant growth and the way God brings us through seasons in our lives. It is her goal is to equip people with the tools needed to navigate those seasons WELL, keep their houseplants alive, and learn to enjoy the growth process along the way.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how and why Dusty decided to make houseplant education her career

  • Dusty’s houseplant recommendations for the plant challenged - Golden Pothos and the Snake plant

  • simplifying potted plants

  • different types of plant propagation and how they work

  • Dusty’s journey with anxiety and depression and what’s been helping her cope

  • the traumatic birth story of Dusty’s first child and what she’s learned about God in the process of healing

LINKS MENTIONED:

Get Planty waitlist

CONNECT WITH DUSTY:

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EPISODE SPONSORS:

Third Love: get 15% off your first order when you visit thirdlove.com/swp

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Aug 12, 2019

Have you ever heard of a vampire facial? Ever considered a fanny pack for fashionable bike riding emergencies?

This month we talk about the importance of treating yourself, or, as Tom and Donna from Parks and Rec say, “Treat Yo Self!”. This doesn’t have to be fancy or extravagant. We all need a little something fun to celebrate our fantastical selves every now and again. Listen to hear some of our tips and let us know what you like to do to treat yo self!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Treat Yo Self stories gone wrong

  • vampire facials

  • Treat Yo Self spending limits

  • ideas for cheap ways to Treat Yo Self

  • our first Mom Struggling Well mug winner

  • what’s killing us softly and what’s giving us life

LINKS MENTIONED:

Better Life Bags
Figs scrubs
Hello Fresh: get $20 off your first 3 boxes when you visit HelloFresh.com/SWP60 and use promo code SWP60

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Canvas People: text MSW to 484848 and get a free 11x14 photo canvas (+ shipping & handling)
Better Help: get 10% off your first month when you visit betterhelp.com/swp

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