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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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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:

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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:

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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

SHARE THE STRUGGLE!

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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

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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

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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

CONNECT WITH TARA:

website | instagram | facebook

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Better Help: get 10% off your first month when you visit betterhelp.com/swp
Prep Dish: get 2 weeks free when you visit prepdish.com/swp

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

Patreon | Amazon

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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:

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
Robin Hood: sign up now at struggle.robinhood.com and start your portfolio with a free stock

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

Patreon | Amazon

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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
Brooklinen: get 10% off your first order plus free shipping when you use promo code SWP

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

Patreon | Amazon

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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

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

Patreon | Amazon

SHARE THE STRUGGLE!

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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

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Third Love: get 15% off your first purchase when you visit thirdlove.com/swp
Baked by Melissa: get 15% off your next order using promo code SWP

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

Patreon | Amazon

SHARE THE STRUGGLE!

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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
Noom: start your free trial today at noom.com/swp

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

Patreon | Amazon

SHARE THE STRUGGLE!

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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:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Daily Harvest: use promo code SWP and get 3 free cups in your first box
Canvas People: get an 11 x 14 photo canvas for free + shipping & handling by texting SWP to 484848

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

Patreon | Amazon

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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!

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
Brooklinen: get 10% off your first order + free shipping when you use promo code SWP at checkout

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

Patreon | Amazon

SHARE THE STRUGGLE!

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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

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

Patreon | Amazon

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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:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Prep Dish: get 2 weeks free by visiting prepdish.com/swp

SUPPORT THE SHOW:

Patreon | Amazon

SHARE THE STRUGGLE!

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Mar 25, 2019

We answer all of the tough birthday questions this month, like: What do you do when you forget a birthday? What’s the deal with gift bags? Do you do the party drop-off move with your kids?

Rebecky has had a celebration breakthrough this year! She shared with us why it’s so important to celebrate yourself and how to not be weird about it. Em shares her go-to gift for girlfriends.

Also, Rebecky got some fly electronic accessories and we find out why Em is giving away her designer dog.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • why Emily’s dog is up for grabs

  • a simple, quick way to let your friend’s know you’re thinking of them

  • to give or not to give gift bags at kid’s parties

  • inexpensive gift ideas

  • our favorite ways to celebrate birthdays

  • enjoying birthdays as adults

  • making birthdays near holidays special without a lot of prep

  • hacks on getting thoughtful gifts for loved ones (and Emily)

  • the proper way to wish someone happy birthday in the social media age

CONNECT WITH REBECKY:

website | instagram

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Noom: start your trial today at noom.com/swp
Daily Harvest: use promo code SWP and get 3 free cups in your first box

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!

Mar 18, 2019

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

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

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how can we tell when we’re struggling well

  • how our society has eliminated waiting, to our own detriment

  • reminding yourself that waiting is an option

  • heartbreak in the midst of waiting on a faithful God

  • verses about waiting: James 5:7-8, Romans 5:3-4, Psalm 130:5-6

LINKS MENTIONED:

“WELL” printable

CONNECT WITH EMILY:

website | instagram | facebook | patreon

EPISODE SPONSORS:

Handy: get your first 3 hour cleaning for $39 when you sign up for a plan at handy.com/swp and use promo code SWP at checkout
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Mar 11, 2019

Do you need a laugh break? Have you always wanted to know the truth about St. Patrick’s Day?

This week we give you a quick rundown of St. Patrick’s day history (as we understand it) and we explore some Irish phrases and accents that we enjoy. The original plan was to focus on community, so Emily shared her normal community “fake news”. A quick round of Are You into That? helped us determine we aren’t scrunchie girls anymore, even if it’s cool.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • in honor of St. Patrick’s day, Emily dares Katie to the Irish slang challenge

  • Irish phrases (read in a very poor Irish accent)

  • the history of St. Patrick

  • Would You Rather - St. Patrick’s edition

  • finding friends with similar niche interests

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

LINKS MENTIONED:

Jason Momoa’s pink scrunchie
Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Dry Shampoo

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Mar 4, 2019

Would you like to be released from the pressure to be perfect? Meet Dr. Barbara! Her job is to help people love the life they have and I’m so excited to share her with you!

Dr. Barbara Lowe is a licensed psychologist who founded and owns her own practice in Durham, NC. She is also a Board Certified Life Coach, Somatic Experiencing practitioner, Speaker, Author, and Lay Minister. She is a wife, mother, and step-mother, and has used her training and the wounds of her past to minister professionally and personally to women for many years. Dr. Barbara has created the Hearts Returning Home method for overcoming difficult childhood experiences and messages, to help women move from "Where's the Life I Dreamed Of?" to real soul satisfaction and kick-butt success in life! She offers blogs, vlogs, podcasts, courses, intensives, and retreats at in order to move women into "Finally, here is the life I dreamed of."

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • the power of striving to be average

  • the loneliness of raising kids

  • parenting a child with special needs that are not visible

  • being conscious about how you narrate your life

  • making yourself a soft place for your kids when they make poor choices

  • Barbara’s experience walking through addiction with her son

  • how to detach with love

  • grieving in motherhood

  • the strength of community

LINKS MENTIONED:

TedX talk with Lynette Lewis
Boundaries

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website | instagram | facebook | youtube

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Feb 25, 2019

Kids and sanctuaries. Stress and sanctuaries. Work/homeschool and sanctuaries.

This week will rock you. We were formally Taylor Swift and Marilyn Manson but we have finally found common ground when it comes to our homes!

Thanks to all of you who sent in questions, we had a great Problem Solved!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • how we’re struggling not very well at the moment

  • where to start when you’re overwhelmed with clutter

  • how to enjoy your sanctuary, even when the kids keep destroying it

  • identifying your non-negotiable clean spots

  • the two types of people - clean, but cluttered and tidy, but dirty

  • the frustration of unfinished projects

  • which Girl Scout cookie is the best Girl Scout cookie

  • tip for finding cute, affordable house decor

LINKS MENTIONED:

Ep. 173: Working Through the Clutter with Dana White
Rebecca’s Instagram home tour story (start with “Home Tour 1”)

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website | instagram

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website | instagram | facebook | patreon

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Feb 18, 2019

I feel overwhelmed by housework. My brain can’t seem to process monotonous tasks like de-cluttering. There is a HUGE difference between how I want my house to look and how it looks right now.

Dana K. White is an author, podcaster, speaker, and (much to her own surprise) a decluttering expert. In a desperate attempt to get her own home under control, Dana started blogging as "Nony" (short for anonymous) at A Slob Comes Clean in 2009. Today, Dana shares realistic home management strategies and a message of hope for the hopelessly messy in her books: Decluttering at the Speed of Life and How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind. Dana lives with her husband and three kids just outside of Dallas, Texas. Oh, and she's funny.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • our fascinating backstory

  • how Dana’s life changed when she came clean about her biggest shame

  • what has changed in Dana’s life and in her spirit since decluttering

  • the difference between a person with clutter and a hoarder

  • a practical solution to your Tupperware lid dilemma

LINKS MENTIONED:

How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind
Decluttering at the Speed of Life
A Slob Comes Clean podcast
Cascade dishwasher pods
Broken Harts podcast

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Feb 11, 2019

I don’t even have a place to BE in this house! What am I even going for design-wise?

These are valid and we are here to help! Struggling Sisters are at it again talking about how to make your house into a sanctuary with our organization tips plus ideas on how to make your very own most-favorite spot. Em shares how hard it is to wake up in the mornings and how she likes to live by lamp light most hours of the day. Katie makes fun of Emily accordingly and all is right in the land of the Struggling Sisters. Enjoy!

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • clarification about the future of the podcast and an update on Emily’s job search

  • Katie’s plan to become both a Starbucks Grand Master Coffee Ninja AND a college graduate

  • cheap ways to improve your home

  • our favorite spots in our homes

  • the non-negotiables of house cleaning

  • our design styles according to HGTV

  • tips to keep clutter from piling up

LINKS MENTIONED:

Cozy Minimalist Home
HGTV Design Personality Quiz

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instagram

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Feb 4, 2019

Sarah Bragg is a popular host and communicator. You can find her on iTunes hosting the podcasts Are My Kids On Track and Surviving SarahHer book titled Body. Beauty. Boys. The Truth About Girls and How We See Ourselves helps young women find their value in the One who made them. Sarah has a long career of working in ministry and has helped launch several ministry curriculums for Orange during that time. And while she seems to be a master at brewing coffee, cheering for others and surviving life, she has an actual masters degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Sarah and her husband, Scott, and their daughters, Sinclair and Rory, reside in Marietta, Georgia.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • what it’s been like for Sarah to be the wife of an entrepreneur

  • “selective hearing” when it comes to your husband’s barrage of ideas

  • coping with the loss of a friendship

  • making your house a home, even if it’s temporary

  • not allowing our identity and self-worth to be tethered to people’s opinions

  • self-acceptance and the acceptance of others

LINKS MENTIONED:

Rising Strong
Oprah’s Master Class podcast
What About Bob?
Lion Coffee

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Jan 28, 2019

Do you worry that you’re messing your kids up when it comes to body image? Maybe YOU feel a little messed up when it comes to body image. That’s where Rebecky and I come in. We are here to solve all of the body problems and let you know that we feel a little messed up too. These are the things we are sure of: nakedness can be used to repel children when you need a moment alone, “boring” meal preps are some peoples bag and finally, this is 100% the best episode we’ve recorded yet.

WHAT WE CHAT ABOUT:

  • when should you stop being naked in front of your children

  • ways to help instill a healthy body image for your daughter

  • tips on how to feel more confident in a bathing suit

  • the never-ending struggle to find time and motivation to work out

  • Rebecky’s solution to her Double Stuffed Oreo cravings

  • easy, portable healthy lunches

LINKS MENTIONED:

Lime Ricki
maddy_gutierrez_
ashley_dorough

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