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Mom Struggling Well

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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:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

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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:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Brooklinen: get 10% off + free shipping when you use promo code SWP at brooklinen.com
Birch Box: get $5 off your first box when you visit birchbox.com/msw and use code MSW at checkout

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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:

website | instagram | facebook | twitter

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Better Help: get 10% off your first month when you visit betterhelp.com/msw
Prep Dish: start your 2-week free trial when you visit prepdish.com/msw

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

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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:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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

 

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

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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:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

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

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

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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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Aug 5, 2019

What is a God Dare? Will it be scary? How can I be sure that it’s actually God speaking to me?

I can’t WAIT for you to get to know Kate. She speaks to us today about letting Jesus pick your future and what that looks like. She’s down to earth and blows her own cover on some pretty personal things along her journey. Kate wrote her book, The God Dare, for anyone who feels they have lost their purpose. She hopes that readers will be reminded that all God ever needs are willing vessels.

Kate Battistelli is an author, speaker, former actress/singer and mother of Contemporary Christian recording artist Francesca Battistelli. Kate’s goal is to see you be all God has created you to be, and she truly believes each of us is here to change the world. She is a natural encourager and believes in your ability to change the world, even if you don’t! She lives in Franklin, she’s been married to her husband Mike for thirty-four years and loves being near her family.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how God gave Kate the family she longed for in an unexpected way

  • loving the Lord for who He is, not what He gives

  • advice for parents of one child, but long for more

  • Kate’s struggle with anxiety and what’s been working for her

  • the story behind her book The God Dare

  • what we can learn from Ruth’s God dare

  • the reality that accepting a God dare will be uncomfortable and scary

  • how to differentiate a true God dare from your own thoughts

  • advice for moms who are currently in the process of parenting younger children

LINKS MENTIONED:

Get the first 3 chapters of The God Dare free when you text GODDARE to 44144

CONNECT WITH KATE:

website | instagram | facebook | twitter

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Prep Dish: start your 2-week free trial when you visit prepdish.com/msw
Homer: get a free 30-day trial when you visit learnwithhomer.com/msw

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

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Jul 29, 2019

This month we are doing a general problem solved episode that’s navigated by our favorite people, YOU! From wedding planning to chip clips on baggy necks, we covered it all. Rebecky spills the tea about her (dun dun DUN!) homeschooling plans for the fall and her grand scheme to finally meet Madonna. Emily tries to get Rebecky super jazzed about the Waco marathon and it’s unclear if that was a success or not. We hope you love this one, see ya next month!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Rebecky’s decision to stop homeschooling her kids (and she doesn’t care if you like it or not)

  • Emily’s marathon training and what inspired her to try something she didn’t even think was possible

  • saving up for our son’s weddings - is that a thing now?

  • how FaceApp is making us all fear turkey necks and wrinkles with its age filter

  • date night ideas for staying in or going out

  • weighing the pros and cons of changing jobs

CONNECT WITH REBECKY:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Brooklinen: get 10% off + free shipping when you use promo code SWP at Brooklinen.com
Jelly Telly: pre-order the Laugh & Learn Bible for 50% off at laughandlearnbible.com with the promo code STRUGGLEWELL

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

Patreon | Amazon

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Jul 22, 2019

I don’t want to abuse food. I workout, but nothing changes. I try hard and then I fail hard.

You are not alone, sweet girl! Alisa came on the show to talk to all of us about the lies we are telling ourselves when it comes to wellness. She is packed full of knowledge and hits us with some incredible science that links our brains and our bodies. You can’t help but feel motivated when you hear from her and she makes you think deeper about what truly motivates you, specifically.

Alisa is the founder and C.E.O. of Revelation Wellness and the author of The Wellness Revelation. As a twenty-five plus year fitness professional, Alisa feels called to convey the message of wholeness as it pertains to health and well-being of the soul and body. She believes that the Gospel is a wholistic message of heart, mind, soul, and strength and each body holds a story that must be told. I double-dog dare you to check her out and get free!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • dispelling the lie that wellness isn’t for you

  • how traumas can impact our ability to pursue wellness in a healthy way

  • your limbic brain and how it impacts your wellness

  • changing your perspective on vulnerability

  • 4 exercises to help you reconnect with your body

  • holding your peace

  • trying softer, not harder

  • embracing and appreciating the ways our bodies change

  • details on Revelation Wellness’ upcoming 21-day sugar fast

LINKS MENTIONED:

Revelation Wellness Podcast Body Scan episode

CONNECT WITH ALISA:

website | instagram | facebook | podcast

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Jelly Telly: pre-order the Laugh & Learn Bible for 50% off at laughandlearnbible.com with the promo code STRUGGLEWELL
Third Love: get 15% off your first order when you visit thirdlove.com/swp

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

Patreon | Amazon

SHARE THE STRUGGLE!

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Jul 15, 2019

Really? My pants are tight again? I need a plan and some wellness motivation, stat!

The Struggling Sisters just had this conversation in real life and it got us thinking about a wellness plan. We will share what it is and why it’s working for us. Em also shares that she has always wanted to run a marathon and how she plans to train for her first one ever! Katie pours out her heart as Yuliya in a poem about a recent trip to the Whatever Craft House and so much more. Enjoy!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • the struggle to eat healthily

  • tips for keeping healthy eating simple

  • Emily’s marathon prep plan

  • the return of Stash It or Trash It

  • crazy news headlines

  • Katie shares a poem she wrote about the Whatever Craft House (in a Russian accent)

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

LINKS MENTIONED:

Better Help
Stephanie Ackerman
Noom
Revelation Wellness Podcast
Eat Your Coffee
Confronting: OJ Simpson

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Brooklinen: get 10% off + free shipping when you use promo code SWP at Brooklinen.com
Daily Harvest: get 3 free cups in your first order when you use promo code SWP at Daily-Harvest.com

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

Patreon | Amazon

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Jul 8, 2019

“Would you just help me trust you, Lord? I want to want to give it all up to you.” If you’ve prayed these prayers, you’re not alone.

We know that the center of God's will is the best place to be, but surrender is easier said than done. A host of hurdles, from busyness and bitterness to complacency and control, can prevent us from moving where He directs. In her latest book, Vivian Mabuni provides an authentic look at what it means to willingly risk saying yes to whatever God asks--and highlights a practical path to the deeper joy of a yielded life.

Vivian Mabuni is a national speaker and author with a passion to share the hope and life found through intimacy with God. With 30 years of ministry experience on staff w/ Cru, she loves teaching about the Bible and providing practical applications. Author of Warrior In Pink and Open Hands, Willing Heart, she lives in Southern California with her husband, Darrin, and their kids. She loves coffee, post-its, sushi and shoes.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • God’s example of rest and the importance of rest in our lives

  • what it actually means to “Sabbath”

  • true surrender to Christ’s will

  • the grace of God’s preparation for the hard times in our lives

  • lessons learned from suffering

  • Vivian’s struggle with imposter syndrome and scarcity mentality

LINKS MENTIONED:

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
Choosing Rest
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership
Africa New Life Ministries
Noonday Rustic Leather Wallet

CONNECT WITH VIVIAN:

website | instagram | facebook | twitter

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Jelly Telly: pre-order the Laugh & Learn Bible for 50% off at laughandlearnbible.com with the promo code STRUGGLEWELL
LOLA: get 40% off your subscription when you visit mylola.com and use the promo code SWP at checkout

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

Patreon | Amazon

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Jul 1, 2019

Are you losing hope? Working through trauma? Man. Lora shared with us her journey of finding the other side of a horrible situation, and I’m so thankful for her wisdom and perspective. Lora talks to us about why it’s OK to question God and shares the story that lead her to a crossroads in her faith.

Lora Jones graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Accounting and from Midwestern Theological Seminary with a Master’s in Religious Education. She married J.L. Jones during college and their family became complete with the birth of two children, Janessa and Jayden. J.L. and Lora served the Lord in full-time ministry for nearly 20 years until the family was involved in an automobile accident. Lora alone survived. Currently, Lora is an inspirational speaker sharing her story across the country since 2006. Speaking to audiences of all sizes, her storytelling style enables her to communicate with Christians of differing backgrounds and denominations. Lora is a rock and this one heck of a heavy conversation but it’s a great one!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • the story of a horrific automobile accident that claimed the lives of Lora’s husband and children

  • the lasting triggers of Lora’s experience

  • how God used the shock of what had happened as protection against the weight of grief

  • how Lora’s community supported her in the wake of the accident

  • why Lora decided not to move back home after the accident

  • how we can help others grieve

  • the comfort Lora found in teenagers and college students

  • how God restored joy and purpose in Lora’s life

  • what Lora’s relationship with God looks like now

  • encouragement to live in the present

LINKS MENTIONED:

Bible Reading Plan
Song of a Wounded Heart
Spiritual Prepper

CONNECT WITH LORA:

website | facebook

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Prep Dish: get 2 weeks free when you visit prepdish.com/swp
Jelly Telly: pre-order the Laugh & Learn Bible for 50% off at laughandlearnbible.com with the promo code STRUGGLEWELL

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

Patreon | Amazon

SHARE THE STRUGGLE!

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Jun 24, 2019

If someone asked you “Do you know your number?”, would you know what they mean? They’re talking about the enneagram, of course! If you like personality tests, you’ll love this episode! Rebecky brought on the first ever Problem Solved guest, Lauren, who is an enneagram coach. She typed Rebecky live on the pod and helped us understand other enneagram numbers in the process. Rebecky can’t decide how she feels about her number, but thinks that it’s probably the worst-case scenario. Emily gets some clarification on EXACTLY what her number is because finding out her perfect number is the right thing to do. Any guesses on what numbers they are?!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how the enneagram affected Lauren’s marriage and other relationships

  • tips for identifying your enneagram type

  • Lauren helps identify what enneagram type Rebecky is

  • a brief history of the Enneagram

  • Emily confirms that she is an enneagram 1 and tells us about her inner critic, “Maude”

  • how our need for God is reflected through our enneagram numbers

LINKS MENTIONED:

The Enneagram Institute
The Road Back to You

CONNECT WITH LAUREN:

instagram | website

CONNECT WITH REBECKY:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Blume: text SWP to 797979 to get 25% off your first stick of Hug Me deodorant

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

Patreon | Amazon

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Jun 17, 2019

Do you think if you were diagnosed with cancer that you’d think things like “This is a blessing” or “I was chosen for this mission!“? I know that I would NOT be that insightful. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Ali Christian, a wife, mom and business owner born and raised in upstate New York. She was recently diagnosed with stage four cancer, uprooted her family from NY and moved to CA to get treatment. She and her husband are passionate about sharing the story God is writing for them with full transparency & (attempted) full surrender. She shares with us what it looks like when your life stops and you begin a new life as a full-time cancer fighter. She is the definition of a Mom Struggling Well and I am so pleased that she came to share her joy with all of us.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Ali’s cancer diagnosis story

  • living with stage 4 cancer

  • how Ali’s perspective on her diagnosis shifted from one of doom to an opportunity to minister

  • what it looks like to keep Ali’s family running during her treatment

  • being intentional with her husband

  • two things you shouldn’t say to people battling cancer

  • how Ali’s cancer has affected her relationship with her kids

  • the biggest thing God has taught Ali through her battle with cancer

  • stories of how God has very practically shown up for Ali and her family

CONNECT WITH ALI:

website | instagram | gofundme

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Daily Harvest: get 3 cups free in your first box using promo code SWP
Brooklinen: get 10% off your first order plus free shipping when you use promo code SWP

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

Patreon | Amazon

SHARE THE STRUGGLE!

If you've been encouraged, share this episode with a friend.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together! Do you love the Struggle Well Project? Please leave a review here!

Jun 10, 2019

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the beginning of summer? Do you have any major plans? We shared a little bit of both + some of our favorite summer things and, as always, what is killing us softly. For Katie, the ticks are killing her and her family softly and the Penderwick series is giving the Thomas crew life. In this episode, you’ll understand why Em’s boss is constantly considering firing her and learn about two new summer drinks we love. Fake news is Em’s favorite and she really brought it this time. Thanks for listening to this summer-y summer episode, we hope you love it!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Emily and Katie’s summer plans

  • all the things giving us life this summer from deodorant to sparkling water

  • strange news stories

  • the incredible story that earned Katie the nickname “Crash”

  • what’s killing us softly

LINKS MENTIONED:

VISA Greenlight
Glossier Boy Brow
Schmidt’s Rose + Vanilla deodorant
The Penderwicsk 4-Book Boxed Set
1 Second Everyday
Chatbooks
The Shrink Next Door
Ear Hustle
All Birds
Starbucks Espresso Con Panna
Seven drinks

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Better Help: get 10% off your first month when you visit betterhelp.com/swp

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

Patreon | Amazon

SHARE THE STRUGGLE!

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Jun 3, 2019

Tara Bremer is the founder of House Peace and has been bringing peace into homes for over fifteen years. She holds a BA in Psychology from Purdue University and a Master's in Counseling from Moravian Theological Seminary. She brings this knowledge of the human condition, behavioral psychologies, and habit formations to every home she visits, all with a judgment-free mentality. Whether she's helping you formulate a plan to maximize closet space, or cleaning out your laundry room, Tara and her team love every aspect of the brain puzzle that is organizing and simplifying a home.

In addition to being Birmingham's most trusted and respected home simplifier, Tara puts her experience to the test every day with her own family, as a wife and mother of three.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • why Tara became passionate about helping others organize their homes

  • Emily’s therapeutic closet cleaning experience

  • how having an organized home relates to living a productive Christian life

  • keeping your mornings organized with a checklist for your kids

  • decluttering with your kids… or not

  • how Tara has learned to struggle well by developing structure for her kids

LINKS MENTIONED:

Atypical
Jasmine Rae Hair Co.
L’ange Le Vite Brush

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website | instagram | facebook

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website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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May 27, 2019

Do you think you’re hard to work with? Do you think you come on too strong? We talk through a few of these things and share some friendship and workplace insecurities. We also talk about the loveliness of Emilio Gavin and Rebecky’s pause from her million-dollar corporation + her new stay-at-home status. Rebecky shares more about her workout routine and why it’s working for her right now. It’s great! We had too many problems to solve and they ranged from morning sickness to dog issues. We loved this one and we’re so happy to share it with you!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Rebecky’s current life as a SAHM

  • how Rebecky’s 4-minute workouts are changing her life

  • tips for dealing with morning sickness

  • advice on working with a boss with poor communication skills

  • Rebecky shares her insecurities as a boss and a friend

  • camping with dogs

  • confronting nosey neighbors

  • testing out a minimalist kitchen

  • deciding when you’re done having children

CONNECT WITH REBECKY:

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May 20, 2019

How do you know if you’re struggling well or just plain struggling?

Just Em is back again with part four of a four-part series on what it means to Struggle WELL. This week we deep dive on the second L of WELL. L is for LEAN IN.

TOPICS:

  • what happens when you stop cursing your situation and get curious about it instead

  • two things to ask yourself - What if I did something different here? What is God trying to teach me in this situation?

  • focusing on fixing ourselves rather than trying to change others

  • seeing the fork in the road as an opportunity

  • modeling the person we want our children to be

  • the struggle to stop “kicking the goads”

LINKS MENTIONED:

Download your Struggle WELL printable
Part One: Wait
Part Two: Expect
Part Three: Look Again
Daring Greatly

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Daily Harvest: get 3 cups free in your first box using promo code SWP
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May 13, 2019

What are the signs YOU show when you need a mental health break? Do you think you could benefit from counseling but need some real-life details about it? We get deep about our own experiences with counseling and mental health issues but we also share some fun facts about some pretty outrageous arrests lately. Balance, right? From Justin Bieber to the Judds, we cover quite a lot in this episode.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how Justin Bieber inspired our mental health topic

  • mental health arrest stories

  • how we know when it’s time to work on our mental health

  • how we’ve been struggling well since April’s episode

  • how the Struggs in our community have been struggling well by changing their perspectives

  • we try pancake and maple flavored Peeps in our new segment that we need your help naming

  • why body scrubber ads are killing Katie softly and a potential tattoo is giving Emily life

LINKS MENTIONED:

Re:generation
Celebrate Recovery
Boie Body Scrubber

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

BioClarity: save 40% on your skincare routine + get 15% off any product when you use promo code SWP
Care Of: get 30% off your first order with promo code SWP30

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May 6, 2019

There is so much to know about foster care. Hallie has a ton of knowledge and such a beautiful perspective on parenting. You guys are going to LOVE her.

Hallie Graves is a 30-something from the great Austin, Texas. Not a fan of the linear life, Hallie’s a speaker and writer, a lawyer with a boutique law firm, a foster care activist, and a #singlefostermom with infant and toddlers, and is overly interested in just about everything. Hallie is passionate about encouraging people to live fully in light of the grace and freedom of Jesus and to use every ounce of all they’ve been given in this life. She loves the Austin library, Broadway shows, queso, yoga, words, traveling, and her people. Hallie’s involved in the Austin Stone Community Church, Foster Village, and The Archibald Project, and has degrees in voice, physics, and law.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how Hallie became involved in the foster care system

  • a real look at what it’s like for a child to be removed from their family and placed into the foster care system

  • things everyone should know about foster care

  • how Hallie remains positive in the midst of heartbreaking work

  • choosing our words carefully when we speak about our children when we’re stressed

  • handling the trauma of attaching to foster children that are later removed

  • the importance of mental health for foster parents

  • how we can better support foster parents

LINKS MENTIONED:

Starbucks Medicine Ball (aka Honey Citrus Mint Tea)
The Real Mom Podcast
Foster the Family
CASA
Poshmark

CONNECT WITH HALLIE GRAVES:

website | instagram | facebook | twitter

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EPISODE SPONSORS:

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Apr 30, 2019

How do you know if you’re struggling well or just plain struggling?

Just Em is back again with part three of a four-part series on what it means to Struggle WELL. This week we deep dive on the first L of WELL. L is for LOOK AGAIN.

TOPICS:

  • remembering that there are two sides to every situation

  • two different perspectives for struggling moms

  • embracing the hard times as a chance to grow

  • how Emily is flipping her perspective on two of her own personal struggles

LINKS MENTIONED:

Download your Struggle WELL printable
Part One: Wait
Part Two: Expect

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Blume: text SWP to 797979 to get 25% off your first stick of Hug Me deodorant
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Apr 22, 2019

Do you have ten million pictures on your phone and need a plan? When is a good time to let your children have access to the cyberspace? How can you stay the heck off your phone?

There is lot’s of talk about technology boundaries with kids and Emily’s favorite subject comes up: appropriateness! Rebecky and Emily both realize they are placing non-technology items out to be shared and discovered by the kids, and it’s working! Tech facts gave Em life and Rebecky shares how she likes to decompress in non-tech fashion.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • Rebecky moonlighting on other podcasts

  • how a Diva cup story lead to a beautiful friendship

  • how Rebecky is struggling well with 4-minute workouts

  • how Emily is struggling well by buying pre-packaged healthy meals for herself and hiring a housekeeper, even if she does feel guilty about it

  • when to get your child a smartphone

  • how to deal with awkward mom social media comments

  • disconnecting from social media

  • solutions for photo storage

Links Mentioned:

Snap Kitchen
No Such Thing As a Fish
Criminal podcast
The Anatomy of Marriage
The Minimalish Podcast
Google Photos
Shutterfly

CONNECT WITH REBECKY:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

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EPISODE SPONSORS:

Daily Harvest: use promo code SWP and get 3 free cups in your first box
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Apr 15, 2019

How do you know if you’re struggling well or just plain struggling?

Just Em is back again with part two of a four-part series on what it means to Struggle WELL. This week we deep dive on the E portion of WELL. E is for Expect.

Topics:

  • Emily clears up why she decided to go back to work full-time

  • how expectations have got a bad rap, but expecting God to do things is the same as faith

  • knowing that God is always on the move, but He’s not a genie

  • managing self-expectations

  • letting go of perfection

  • breaking the chains of bondage by expecting God to help us through our sin struggles

LINKS MENTIONED:

Part One: Wait

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Bioclarity: get 40% off skincare routine + 15% everything else on Bioclarity.com when you use promo code SWP at checkout
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Apr 8, 2019

Do your kids tell you they want a new Mom? Us too. Do you like peeps? Your mouth must be broken. There are new flavors out so try them and report back. We don’t think we have it in us.

This week the Struggling Sisters talk spring. Find out what we found in our planters and what we’re planting next. Some spring blooms have brought up past trauma for Em and there is a little update on the new jobs. Em springs some spring facts on us and Katie discovers what spring fever is.

This summer we urge you to join us a Jesus craft camp! Details below, you will LOVE IT!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • planting for spring

  • an update on Katie’s career as a barista and Emily’s school

  • Emily’s traumatic junior high memory

  • interesting spring facts

  • defining spring fever

  • Katie’s daughter’s Ulta escape

  • why are there so many Peep flavors?!

  • the Struggs Jesus Craft Camp takeover

LINKS MENTIONED:

dahlias
holly fern
Creative Soul Camp (aka Jesus Craft Camp)
Stephanie Ackerman
Noodle
Meg Duerksen
Dermablend Jelly Face Primer
Dermablend Compact Setting Powder

CONNECT WITH KATIE:

instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Third Love: get 15% off your first order by visiting thirdlove.com/swp
Butcher Box: get the Ultimate Breakfast Bundle free + $20 off your first box by visiting butcherbox.com/swp or using promo code swp

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Apr 1, 2019

How can you live your life more fully YOU? Do you need permission to take a hot minute to check in with yourself?

This week we meet Emily, a grad student and a mom in a busy season of life who has practical advice on how we can connect with ourselves and our Father. We talk about creativity and all of the different shapes it can come in. Did you know you can be creative and connect with God without buying the entire contents of aisle 10 at Michaels?

Emily P. Freeman is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Simply Tuesday and A Million Little Ways. As host of The Next Right Thing podcast, she helps create space for the soul to breathe, offering a fresh perspective on the sacredness of our inner life with God. Emily and her husband live in North Carolina with their three children.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how Emily’s book idea turned into a podcast, then back into the book The Next Right Thing

  • the power of indecision

  • defining soul care and where to start

  • how being creative is a part of soul transformation

  • ways to find creativity in things you’re already doing

LINKS MENTIONED:

The Next Right Thing podcast
Super Size Me
Pucker Up
Thread Up

CONNECT WITH EMILY P. FREEMAN:

website | instagram | facebook

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

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EPISODE SPONSORS:

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