Episode 72: Toni Collier

Toni Collier joins me for Episode 72. Not only is she a wife and mother, she is also a dynamic, ambitious, accomplished young woman who went from the corporate world to the ministry world. And we have a conversation about racial reconciliation. We talk about why diversity is important, what is the key to moving forward in this arena and what women uniquely bring to the table.

I am thankful that I have friends who welcome the awkwardness into the room so that we can have an honest conversation about something that feels a little touchy.

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Links:

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  • Peace + Fun

Connect with Toni:  Instagram // Website  //  Facebook // Twitter  

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • One takeaway that I had from our conversation was what she said about multiculturalism. "Multiculturalism is the way forward. In order for us to live out our greatest capacity and get to experience everything the world has to offer we have to get outside of our four walls." We have to work hard to get outside of our own bubble and experience the world. And I loved that her suggestions were easy and doable. All of us can take a step in that direction and you step may look different from my step. Maybe for you its reading a book on black history. Maybe for you its googling something about racial reconciliation. Maybe for you its inviting someone over for coffee or a kids playdate who is different from you. We can all start somewhere. 

  • What would happen if we started to view each other as if they were your neighbor?

  • Andy Stanley said, "The further we are from the problem the simpler it looks and the closer we come the to the problem the more complex it becomes." We don't feel the impact of what racism is doing in our country because we aren't close to it. We don't have to be close to it. We've created bubbles to keep us from it. We have the ability to choose not to be around it. But @@we need to be intentional to step into the world of those who are different from us@@. It starts as awareness. @@Choose to lean into the tension and feel it so that i can develop some sort of empathy@@. 

  • @@Everything shifts when you see other people like they are made in the image of God@@. When you see someone different from you, if you can say they are made in the image of God, how would it shape your perspective?

  • What both sides need to bring to the table: compassion and empathy + grace and patience

  • @@We need to choose to be in relationship with people who are different from us@@. If you don't have a relationship with people who are different from you then maybe don't post opinions online.

  • What would happen if we sat down with our friend and asked, "When this happened in the world, how did it make you feel?" 

  • We want to do something different for our kids and we as moms hold a power to shape that for our kids.

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 71: Sherri Dickens

Sherri Dickens joins me for Episode 71. She is the blogger behind Rage Against the Mom Jean. She was a tomboy as a child who grew up to love fashion. I loved hearing about how she got to be where she is today. And I discovered that she grew up in the foster care system and because of that a deep need to care and help others was birthed in her.

We also talk about how to dress for every stage of life, how to model love for yourself in front of your kids and some very practical tips when it comes to fashion.

I always enjoy these chats that land on some practical advice about fashion. If you follow me in Instagram, then you know that I am all about trying to inspire and encourage you to love the creative side of getting dressed. In fact, if you want to follow along, I would love for you to post a picture of what you're wearing and use #SurvivingStyle Let's be a tribe of women who encourage each other in an area where most of us feel insecure.

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Connect with Sherri:  Instagram // Website  //  Facebook // Twitter // Snapchat @sherridickens

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • I really enjoyed talking about authenticity and the struggle for perfectionism--especially in regards to social media. The best approach is to plant your roots in what is true. Then, when you scroll through images, you have a deep well of truth to pull from when the temptation rises to compare yourself or to feel less about yourself.

  • I loved talking about how when we were kids our creative self then still comes out now. Your creativity is fluid. It can morph and change.

  • @@God can use your past in your present and your future@@. I loved hearing about her adoption out of foster care and it is easy to see how God used that experience to give her a passion to help others.

  • I loved our conversation around appearance. For her, she chooses to do things that challenge her in order to shift from appearance to strength. 

  • Is there anything that you're doing to help build the right thinking in regards with your daughter? @@Look in the mirror and tell your body, "I love you because you are strong."@@ Remind yourself that you are beautifully and wonderfully made.

  • Trusty stores to shop from: Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Free People, ASOS, H&M

  • Fashion obsessions: anything fringe, white booties

  • Fashion trends that need to die: wedge hightop sneakers & mom jeans

  • Save vs Splurge: save on trendy items like white booties; splurge on denim or leather jacket

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 70: Brittany Price

Brittany Price joins me for Episode 70. This is one gorgeous girl both inside and out. Jesus just exudes out of her. We talk about surviving the death of her husband--how she found herself as a widow at age 25 with 3 boys under the age of 3. We talk about surrender and how to trust as you walk through the darkness.

I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Brittany. I was so inspired and encouraged by her. @@God doesn't always call us to walk through the rose garden. Sometimes He leads us through the darkness@@. There are some things that we can't choose, but we can choose our response. We can choose how we see the circumstances around us. I will tell you that, I was challenged by that with some difficult circumstances surrounding me. And I want to kick and scream. And its okay to kick and scream, but @@when God tugs at your heart & asks you to obey even though its not comfortable or easy, the best response is surrender@@.

Links:

  • video of Brittany's story

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Connect with Brittany:  Instagram // Website  //  Music 

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • I loved how the Holy Spirit had prepared her heart for what she was about to walk through. God has gone before you. No matter what you walk through, God's peace will guard you

  • @@God does not call us to comfort. He calls us to obedience@@. Be obedient. This is what I'm calling you to.

  • We all walk through pain and loss. We need to yield to a God who is sovereign and knows best. This is for my good and God's glory. Its not a journey of seeing hope. @@We don't know what tomorrow holds, but we can know the One who hold tomorrow@@. Dare to dream new dreams. God can grow a new dream through this. She wants to widow well for God's glory. What can you do well for His glory?
  • Its okay to feel the weight of the sorrow. Its okay to sit in the tension of how you feel and also trust God. @@God can handle all the questions, fears and doubts@@. You have to feel in order to heal. You will walk through the valley, but the key is not standing in the valley. There are mountains ahead.

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 69: Amanda White

Amanda White joins me for Episode 69. She is a wife, mom and former children’s pastor who is using her skills of a creative thinker in the lives of her own kids and yours. She is really great at unpacking scripture to little hearts. She is the author of The Truth In The Tinsel and A Sense of the Resurrection. She is a firm believer that no matter who you are, you don’t have to be afraid or intimidated to teach your kids Scripture. I invited her to be on the show to talk about how to anchor your kids heart to Jesus this Easter.

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I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Amanda. I could have talked for hours with her about our daughters or about age appropriate books for them, but my biggest takeaway was how we should ask God to reveal to us how to talk about Jesus’ death and resurrection to our kids. That may not be a novel idea to you, but it was to me. Ask Him for wisdom with your unique kid. 

Amanda is offering a coupon code for all Surviving Sarah listeners to receive 20% off the purchase of her ebook A Sense of the Resurrection. I highly recommend that you purchase it and use it with your kids or grandkids or nieces and nephews. She does such a great job of helping you anchor your kids hearts to Jesus this Easter. Go to SurvivingSarah.com/easter and then use the code SURVIVINGSARAH to receive your discount.

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  • Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

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Connect with Amanda:  Instagram // Website  //  Facebook 

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • Maybe someone needs to know that you haven’t peaked. God isn’t finished with you yet. I love how she used to travel and speak and do children’s ministry and then God is using those same gifts in a different way.

  • When talking to your child about why they aren't allowed to read or watch certain things, I loved the example of this is too heavy for you to carry right now.

  • Don’t be afraid to tell your kids about Jesus. Its okay if you don’t have all the answers. @@God has chosen you to guide your kids to Jesus@@. You don’t have to be intimidated to lead your kids.

  • How do you talk to a 2 year old about Easter? Talk about it words that they understand.
    Understand your own kid. Be conscience of your kid.

  • You can’t make your kids believe. Allow the Holy Spirit to do His work. Give your kids a sense of the power and glory and hugeness of the story. We are tempted to make sure our kids know all at the things. The Holy Spirit can speak to your kids even though they are little.

  • Reveal to me what the best way to teach this to my child. What would really speak to them about your death and resurrection? What may work for your kid may not work for your friend’s kids. With the unique make up of my kid, show me how to talk about this.

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 68: Leslie Klipsch

Leslie Klipsch joins me for Episode 68. She is a mom on a mission to help awaken the mama bear inside each one of us. It doesn't take long to realize that Leslie wants to make an impact not only in her community but also in the world around her.

We talk about being front yard people, how to push past perfectionism, how to find community and how your tribe can be a group for good.

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I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Leslie. I feel like the topic of moms doing something for good has been rising up around me. If you are a mom or any other kind of caregiver, I bet you know exactly that ferocious love that is inside. And I don't know about you, but I want my girls to have that in them, too. But I need to model it for them. I value belonging to a community or group of women and I know that I want that for my girls, then I need to model it. I need to model to my girls what it looks like to care for the world around us.

Links:

  • Leslie's book: Mama Bear Manifesto
  • Families For Families My favorite way to start the conversations with your kids about this is the new Families For Families resource from Care For AIDS. My friends Courtney DeFeo and Natalie Stanfield whom you've heard on the show are leading the charge with this. Its a free resource to help start those conversations with your kids. I'll be sure to link to it in the show notes along with everything that Leslie mentioned today.

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Connect with Leslie:  Instagram // Website  //  Twitter // Facebook // Podcast

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • Moms have so much power. They hold the keys by the position they've been put in. @@Moms have a ferocious love inside that can be used for good@@.

  • Some of the loneliest days are when your kids are little. Mama bears need each other. We need to be brave and step into a circle of women who can support us and who are willing to tell the truth and where we are able to be our true selves. @@Women need other women in their lives@@. We can draw strength from one another. We can practice taking care of each other. Then take what you learned and share it with other people. Be brave to take the step. 

  • @@Hurdles to cultivating community with women: gossip, perfectionism, need to show up with your true self@@. And then push past those hurdles.

  • @@Your tribe can be used for good@@. Learn to serve each other first. Be engaged in the world around you. That's how you model it for your kids. Then, push past your circle and serve others.

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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My goal each week is to encourage you to survive in this very thing called life. If you were encouraged or inspired or entertained, head over to iTunes and leave a brief review with a 5 star rating.

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