Episode 131: Erin Weidemann

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

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

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Survival Kit:

  • Scheduling everything
  • Making sure she spends time outside

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Connect with Erin:  Instagram // Facebook // Website // Podcast // Bible Belles website

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • @@A girl's confidence peaks at age 9@@ so it's important to talk about real beauty, identity and purpose earlier so that when her confidence peaks, she will be established in what is true.

  • @@“God creates every girl to have a voice that matters and that includes you.”@@ Gosh, I just love that quote. One thing that defined a period of time for me was when someone told me that my voice didn’t matter. So I chose to believe them. I chose to stop writing, to stop speaking, to stop pursuing the purpose that God had laid out before me. But God created each of us with a unique voice to share with the world. A voice to share with your own tribe or your own children or your own space. Your voice matters. I hope that will be an encouragement to you today. And that is a message that I desperately want my girls to hear and hold on to as they grow.

  • HEARD series:

    • It starts with taking a girl from misunderstanding herself to help her take the first step it starts with prayer HANNAH

    • Then, you have to then take a step in relationship and sit and wait and discern his voice ESTHER (patience)

    • Next, there will be conflict in relationship (fear, rejection) so we talk about ABIGAIL (bravery)

    • Then, turn the focus outward RUTH (loyalty)

    • And lastly, then leadership from self doubt to what is the calling you’ve placed on my life DEBORAH

  • We need to help girls understand what transparency looks like and what speaking up can be—create a culture in your own home that reflects that.

  • Erin's scoop. Who was your hero growing up? her mom. What is a piece of advice that someone has given you that has been so helpful? Tribe of Mentors by Timothy Ferriss - "God will not have his work made manifest by cowards.” What can we be brave for today? If you had a secret superpower what would it be? flying

Discussion Questions

  • Erin shared her "scoop" at the end of the show so let's ask the same questions. Who was your hero growing up?

  • What is a piece of advice that someone has given you that has been so helpful?

  • If you had a secret superpower what would it be?

  • Erin and Sarah talked about emotions in the beginning of the show. Do you have any negative emotional patterns that swirl in your head? What do those patterns cause you to think, believe or do?

  • Do you relate to Erin in that after college you felt lost—wondering who you are and what you are supposed to do? What did that look like?

  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how big is your scope of what God is doing?

  • What do you think God could do through you?

  • What is something you would love to do but feel like there’s no way you could do it?

  • What things tend to distract you from doing what you feel you would love to do?

  • What do you tend to allow to limit what you want to do?

  • Which Bible Belle do you most identify with and why?

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

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Episode 130: Amber Tysl

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

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Survival Kit:

  • Walking shoes

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Connect with Amber:  Instagram // Facebook // Website  

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • @@"Stepping back always allows a chance for perspective."@@

  • @@"If you're being vulnerable you are setting people up to be vulnerable."@@

  • If you worry about your house not being clean enough to have people over then simply grab a laundry basket and throw as much as you can in it that is in the sight of people.

  • When it comes to thrift shopping, know what works for you. Look for colors or textures that you already knows works for you. 

  • When it comes to taking steps, follow what God has put in your heart. Think about what your motive is for stepping. Think about what fear is getting you from taking a step. And then just do the next right thing.

  • God cares about the details of your life. He cares about the timing, too.

Discussion Questions

  • How do you handle social media? Is it a tension to be managed or a problem to be solved?

  • What do you need to let go of maybe even for a week in order to help you gain perspective? 

  • Have you ever had someone invest in you when you were a teenager? What did it do for you?

  • Does inviting people into your home feel intimating? What can you do to have an open door with people?

  • If you work from home, what is your work from home routine?

  • Is there anything that you feel like you have trouble letting go of? What could help you have a perspective shift about giving up what was never ours?

  • What helps you make a decision?

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

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

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Episode 129: Kylie White

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

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

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Survival Kit:

  • Trader Joe's Greek Yogurt with Honey
  • Self-care Wednesdays - you can't pour out of an empty cup. Refill / Refuel / Refocus

Connect with Kylie:  Instagram // Facebook // Blog

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • I loved the story she told about her daughter on the balance beam--that we need to be able to block out the noise around us to hear the Father's voice.

  • This conversation made me think about whether I want a safe life or a life of adventure.

  • I really want to spend some time thinking about the kind of life we want to create for our kids.

Discussion Questions

  • Do you want a safe life or a life of adventure?

  • Have you ever wondered if this is all to life? Describe a time when you felt like God was must be done with you or a time when you felt like you didn't have purpose?

  • How has God revealed purpose in you?

  • What are you doing in your home to cast vision to your kids for who they can become and what God can do through them? What do you want to pass down to your kids? Where do you want to have influence?

  • How can we help our kids have experiences? Experiences that create generosity or kindness or adventure?

  • What fears keep you from taking a risk or creating an experience?

  • What is something you can do today even though you are afraid?

  • Where have you seen the best parts of you come alive?

  • What is one thing you can do today to see that part of you come alive?

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

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

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Episode 128: Melanie Dale

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

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Connect with Melanie:  Website // Instagram // Facebook // twitter // Podcast

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • The biggest question burning in Melanie's mind is whether or not you double up on your undies when wearing athletic shorts?

  • In order to survive working from home, you must plan ahead. Have a game plan for how and when you can work. And make sure you have realistic expectations.

  • What are your triggers when your kids are home in the summer?

  • What are your nonnegotiables?

  • What can you let go?

  • What can help you be proactive rather than reactive?

  • Melanie's summer survival tip: buy suave 3 in 1 shampoo/conditioner/body wash and have the kids shower before you go home from the pool

  • Sarah's summer survival tip: drop the comparison - know what works for you. And do one thing once a week that is just for you.

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

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

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Episode 127: Natalie Brenner

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

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

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Sponsors:

  • Teami Blends - Go to TeamiBlends.com and use the code SURVIVING for 25% off your order of $34.99. Your colon will thank you.
  • The Phonics Museum - Phonics Museum FREE for 2 weeks. Go to PhonicsMuseum.com/SURVIVE to gain access to the freebies to help your child learn to read.

Natalie's Survival Kit:

  • Text Groups with friends

  • Pour over coffee

  • Gilmore Girls

(Amazon affiliate links used when possible--purchasing through these links is an easy way to support the show. Or shop using www.SurvivingSarah.com/amazon and a portion of the what you buy will go back to the show.)

Connect with Natalie:  Website // Instagram // twitter // Facebook // Pinterest // subscribe to her email list

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • “Your deepest aches and pains are so valid and so worth tending to. In order for us to love other people well, we need to tend to those spaces.” That is such good advice. Sometimes we want to cover up how we feel and we feel guilty for our feelings. Your feelings are valid and worth tending to. They are worth processing through to get to truth. You don’t have to cover them up. Sometimes life just sucks. There is no other way to say it. You have the permission to sit in the sorrow. But sometimes our deepest pain can be connected to our greatest joy. 

  • What is something that you prayed for that God answered in an unexpected way?

  • Do you feel like you have permission to be honest about your feelings? Why or why not?

  • What are you wrestling with God about? 

  • When is a time that you experienced both sorrow and joy?

  • In what ways have you seen how your deepest sorrow was connected to your greatest joy?

  • What is something that you can do today to help see that God is with you in the midst of the hard?

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

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

A new episode every Tuesday... just subscribe.

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Your review will help get the podcast in front of new listeners who are just like you looking to know that they aren't alone in life. Thank you for being awesome!