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"What Happened to You?" is a book by Dr. Bruce Perry & Oprah Winfrey that blew my mind and helped me understand the neuroscience of trauma and suffering. Sounds dark, I know! But understanding these topics are my route to find healing, for myself and the people I love.
We're on episode 40 of the podcast, how did that happen?! This is a personal episode about why I decided to stop drinking in September 2020. Hint: I wanted to process negative emotions in a healthier way, instead of numbing them.
On episode 39 of the Kin show, I'm talking about suffering with a Capital S. Those experiences that we wish we never had to go through, the ones that produced immeasurable amounts of agony. Turns out, they have a purpose.
On today's episode, I discuss self-worth. Namely, what is it NOT defined by. At the end of the episode, I'll share with you my personal theory on what self-worth IS defined by.
On episode 37, I talk about therapy: why I sought out a therapist, what my experience was like, and why I think its about building a better future and definitely not re-hashing your past.
Oh hai! I'm back from some time off, and I'm sharing with you the challenge I gave myself for 2021: to read one challenging book per month.
Have you read Untamed by Glennon Doyle? On episode 35, I invite Antonella Saravia onto the show to discuss this mind-blowing book on what it means to be loyal to yourself.
Holding your life—identity, relationships, children, projects—with an open hand instead of a closed fist [with Ashlee Gadd]
On today's episode, I interview Ashley Gadd (creator of Coffee + Crumbs) about what it means to hold your life—your identity, your relationships, your children, your projects and work—with an open hand, instead of a closed fist. Tune in to hear Ashlee discuss how she has made this transition in her own life with God as her guide. And, as per usual with me, you can expect many tangents on boybands and pop culture. There is laughter ahead. You have been warned.
On episode 33, I give an update on my last six months — but more importantly, I share how I'm "turning on the light" during this COVID-19 darkness we have all been plunged into. These are dark yet clarifying times, are they not?
A Thanksgiving episode the week after the Thanksgiving holiday? That's right, and there's good reason for it, too. Episode 32 is all about gratefulness: allowing it to spill over into the other 364 days of the year and also opening ourselves up to being thankful for the "bad" stuff in our lives.
Episode 31 is all about being our true selves: who we feel we are in our gut, who God created us to be. Are you bringing your true self to your work, to your life? I discuss my own experience with this question.
On episode 30, I discuss two topics: self-worth and surrender. During my recent physical illness, I grappled with feeling worthless, for a very specific reason, and this episode will cover how I'm working to overcome that. In particular, the driving question behind this episode is: where does your self-worth come from?
I'm back! With good news ... and bad news. In this episode, I discuss why I've been gone since my last episode (three months ago, yikes) and how I'm progressing in my recovery today: physically, emotionally, mentally, the whole thang. I missed you all—thanks for being patient with me, friends.
Episode 28 is about minimalism. In this episode, I'll discuss what minimalism is, what it isn't, the story of how I came across minimalism for the first time... but most importantly, what minimalism means to me. I'll share how I practice minimalism in my life, and how it has changed me on a spiritual level, too. Minimalism is dear to my heart, so, although it's a buzzword that gets a ton of negative press, I'm still excited to share my version of it with all of you.
On today's episode, I interview Ashley Abramson, a writer who is so brave she deserves a spot in Gryffindor, for sure. Ashley writes for the New York Times, The Cut and many more publications about topics like motherhood and mental health. A few examples of her articles are: "I Got Married Before I Was Ready", "This Is What Postpartum Anxiety Feels Like" and "A Motherless Daughter, Mothering". Sharing that stuff on the interwebs? That's what I call bravery. "We don't write FOR love and acceptance. We write FROM love and acceptance." — Ashley Tune in to hear how Ashley manages to turn her pain into something helpful for other people through her super personal articles. (I have to admit, I was taking notes the entire time she spoke. She's a rockstar.)
Today, I'm telling you about the documentary that left me in tears—no, that's the understatement of the century—I was ugly crying under the covers. A few weeks ago, I watched a documentary on Fred Rogers (popularly known as Mr. Rogers) and it moved me to my core. In this episode, I'll break down why it made me cry, sure, but, way more importantly, the questions it made me ask myself about my parenting and the way I'm living my life. Are we enough just as we are or are we supposed to improve ourselves? Listen to the episode to hear where I fall on this issue.
Today's episode is all about the Enneagram, including an interview with the creators of the popular Instagram account @JustMyEnneatype, Josh Green and Liz Carver. Now, you might be thinking: "wait, WHAT is the Enneagram?!" If you've never heard of it, don't worry, I got you covered. I explain all about the Enneagram, which is a model of the human psyche that helps improve your spiritual life (and your relationships with others as a result.) And then we'll dive into the interview with Josh and Liz to ask deeper questions about the Enneagram, and why people are so into the Enneagram all of a sudden. The Enneagram has deepened my self-awareness and spirituality in a powerful way, so I'm excited to share it with you today. Hopefully you enjoy this introduction to the Enneagram and allow it to help you in your life, too.
On today's episode of the Kin podcast, I'm talking about the God of Surprises. So many of us stick to the spiritual formation we received in grade school, but did you ever consider growing your relationship with God just as you do with other people as you age? We don't relate to our parents today the same way we did when we were five years old, right? Today, I ask you: how do you view God?
On episode 23, I speak to Shannon Evans, a spiritual writer exploring the connection between our relationships with God and the world. It was SO FUN to speak with Shannon! Tune in to hear us discuss everything from the spiritual beauty behind weakness to the spiritual hardships of motherhood.
It's episode 22 of the Kin podcast, and I'm discussing a question that changed my life: "What breaks your heart?" In particular, I share how I answer that question, the thing that breaks my heart, and a simple exercise to "fix" it. Thanks for tuning in!
Episode 21 is a kind of "happy birthday" episode. Today is JJ's birthday! And in honor of his big day, I decided to share some thoughts on sharing a life with someone, on partnering with someone long-term, on marriage, and of course, on love.
It's episode 20! How did that happen?! Feels like a big milestone. And to celebrate, I'm bringing back a topic that has proved to be very popular in the past: mindfulness. See, a few years ago, I released a series on mindfulness which thousands of people signed up to receive. Thousands! I've improved it over time, and I'm excited to share it with you today. On this episode, I'll explain what mindfulness is and how it helps in my everyday life, and then you can sign up for my free email series called Mindfulness for Moms. Thanks for tuning in!
On episode 19, we talk about Thor and his mom. Yeah, Thor, the superhero. Seriously. The gem of advice Thor's mom gave him got me thinking about our future selves, and ways we can do a better job of serving that future self — even when we're not quite sure what our future selves truly want. I have some questions for you that are worth thinking about, questions we've all been unconsciously grappling with for years, but I propose a way to get clear answers.
On episode 18, we're talking about a super cringe-worthy topic: mistakes. Don't we all loooove to make mistakes? Not. Particularly, this episode is about giving ourselves the permission to make mistakes—and the impact that can have in our lives. (Special note: this is especially important for children.) Tune in until the very end to hear some of the worst mistakes I've made in my life.
Episode 17 is on a topic I never expected (or wanted to) discuss at all, but sometimes life throws you a curveball, right? Today's episode is about the very unexpected lesson I learned when I lost my grandmother this past weekend.
Episode 16 is all about friendship—but a very specific type of friendship I call "soul friendship." I'm talking about the kind of friends you do life with, who support you, love you and are there to steer you back toward shore when you're veering off course. Because who doesn't want more people on their team? It takes a specific set of skills to make (and keep!) soul friends. In this episode, I'll break down what soul friendships require to truly last.
On episode 15, I speak to Adii Pienaar about his venture-backed startup and how his journey as a seeker influences his leadership style. We also dive into his newfound love for poetry and the self-care habits that keep him performing his best as a father and a startup founder.
This episode is all about centering prayer — what it is, what it isn't, how to do it, and why it's my absolute favorite practice. This practice isn't for everyone. If *meditation* isn't for everyone, centering prayer, when you add that spiritual layer on top of it and start saying things like Holy Spirit, yeah that *definitely* isn't for everyone, either. That's okay, keep listening! Learning some of the concepts related to centering prayer (like the false self and the ego) are worth the listen.
On episode 13, let's talk choices... How we choose? How do you decide between a few choices when you have no idea what follows either path? How do you decide knowing you want to pay close attention to what God wants for your life? How do we discern the will of God?
Episode 12 of the Kin podcast is an update with Mayi Carles! We last spoke to Mayi in episode 6, so now we get to hear what's been going on over the past three years. Namely, we'll discuss how she's learned to bedazzle the hard parts of parenthood and embrace her true self. Thanks, Mayi, for being on the show!