Episode 42: Cheryl Bachelder

Cheryl Bachelder joins me for Episode 42. I am truly excited to introduce her to you. On the personal side, she has been married for 35 years and raised three girls. And professionally, she is the CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. She is hands down one of the smartest women I've met. She leads a company of 50-60,000 employees with such grace and humility. She is very approachable and kind.

So many listeners of Surviving Sarah are leading somewhere--whether it is in the corporate world or a non-profit organization or in a school or a home. Look around. I guarantee someone is looking up to you or following your example. And I knew that Cheryl's advice to leading would be so applicable to you--and me. We talk about the other side of leadership--humility and serving others. @@We also talk about being a woman in a male world, how she handled life not going according to her plan and how to deal with failure.@@ 

Links Mentioned:

Survival Kit:

  • sleep
  • quiet time
  • anticipating great things that could happen--not looking at all the bad things that could happen. God is in control. Shift your view/perspective to "This is gonna be fun."

Connect with Cheryl: website/blog // twitter // Facebook

Takeaways from this episode:

  • I have to tell you that I convicted a few times throughout our talk. One of those ways was in the way in which I can judge others. @@Just because my convictions look differently than yours, doesn't mean what you are doing is wrong.@@ Just as I have given much consideration to my decisions and convictions, I'm sure others have done the same. I want to approach relationships with that in mind. 
  • She gave really great advice for women in leadership. She said that "the hardest thing for young women leaders is getting to the place of confidence and conviction of who they want to be. You often feel like you need to become like everybody else. We become a feather in the wind. @@Women can help themselves the most by becoming self-aware of their purpose and priorities. Stop comparing yourself.@@ Live your life for an audience of one. Stop living for multiple audiences. We each have our gifting and principles. @@It is a treasure that we are all different. Be okay with what she is doing and encourage one another.@@"
  • I also loved her advice on how to determine your purpose and convictions. What do you value? What is your life experience? What are your strengths? Let that determine your purpose statement on why you get up and go to work (whether that's in a business or at home). Ask your if you did you do any of that today and hold yourself accountable to purpose.
  • The very last thing she said was right on for me--@@When we are anxious, could we not anticipate a great adventure?@@

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Episode 41: Karen Stubbs

Karen Stubbs joins me for Episode 41. She has a ministry for women called Birds On A Wire which includes a podcast called Wire Talk. It has become one of my favorite shows. 

I am so excited for you to meet Karen. She is a seasoned mom and wife. 4 kids out of the house and married for 30 years. She came to my house and we had the best time hanging out. Asking her questions was like having a free counseling session. We talk about parenting strong spirited kids, shaping your child's identity and worth, roadblocks to happiness in motherhood and what to do when your dreams have been put on hold.

Links Mentioned:

Survival Kit:

  • Mexican Food
  • Hair Clips
  • Lip Gloss
  • Music
  • Going to Italy for her 30th wedding anniversary

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

I hope you enjoyed my conversation with with Karen. We had so much to talk about that we ended up going to lunch afterwards to continue the conversation. I can't tell you how much my heart was encouraged after being with her.

Takeaways from our conversation:

One thing that I really took away from our time together was the advice about how to shape your child's sense of identity and worth. I have really been working on noticing the good in my girls. When they respond with kindness or have a good attitude or did well with something. I try to tell them. Not only that, but I've been trying to speak positive affirmations over them especially before they head to school. I pulled each girl close to my face, looked them in the eyes and whispered "You are kind. You are smart. You are brave. I love you." @@I am a firm believer that if you hear something enough times, then you will start to believe it.@@ So noticing the good and speaking words of affirmation have been my takeaways.

What about you? I'd love to hear what stuck with you from this episode. Come find me on Instagram or twitter. Or you can contact me through my website if you want to continue the conversation. If you know someone who could be encouraged from today's show, show the love and share. Sharing is caring, right?

Before I go, I want to give a shout out to Katy McGuffey for designing the new look and logo for Surviving Sarah. She captured what I wanted so perfectly! If you should have any graphic design or photography needs, you can find her at ksmdesign.com 

Thank you for listening and as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

Episode 40

Tammy K. Johnson, founder of the Female Idea Tank, joins me for episode 40. She helps people develop practical and easy-to-follow strategies to achieve the success they crave. While she's not working with clients, you can find her serving Board President of One Heart Africa. She and I randomly met at an event and me being just enough of an introvert to where I hate small talk, I somehow had her tell me the highlights of her life story. From there, I knew that what she survived would benefit so many of my listeners. 

She walked through hurt and shame surrounding infidelity and divorce.We talk about how she not only survived that but how she came to a place of forgiveness and freedom from shame.

Links mentioned:

Survival Kit: 

  • video texts with a friend
  • doing life with a community group

Connect with Tammy: Facebook // twitter // Instagram // website // Pinterest

I hope that you enjoyed my conversation with Tammy. I truly do think that she is a champion for women. She wants to be a cheerleader for others. Be sure to download the happiness checklist that we mentioned.

For me, the practical conversation around forgiveness for really great. I love that she said, "Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is the dishes." Isn't that the truth? Sometimes we don't have any other words to say to God or the energy to speak to someone or the "want to" to read another bible verse. Sometimes you look for the next right thing in front of you.

What about you? What inspired or encouraged you today? What made you laugh? The thought of sending video messages certainly made me laugh. I'd love to hear your thoughts. Come find me  on Instagram or Twitter or SurvivingSarah Podcast on Facebook.

You guys know that I ask you to leave reviews of the show over on iTunes. Let me share a recent one that made my day. This one comes from Kasilamb. "I look forward to listening to Sarah's encouraging conversations each week! She is my go-to podcast for authentic, God centered girl talk." Gosh, I love that!! I love spending time with you, too, each week.

Thank you guys for listening and sharing and reviewing and all the things! And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

Episode 39: Sherry Surratt

Sherry Surratt joins me for Episode 39. In her personal life, she lives in Parker, Colorado with her husband, Jeff. She has two grown kids and two grandkids. Professionally, she is an author, communicator, former MOPS President & CEO and currently serves as the Executive Director of Parenting Strategy at Orange.

Since she has been through all the phases of parenting and has been married for over 30 years, we have a rich conversation about surviving parenting and marriage. 

Links Mentioned:

Sherry's book:

Survival Kit:

  • Enjoying the great outside. Lift your eyes up at the beauty God has created. Figure out what feeds your soul.

Connect with Sherry: twitter // Instagram // Facebook

I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Sherry. She is a wealth of knowledge and experience. I took lots of notes when I went back to listen again. I needed to hear her advice about the importance of self-care. I had never thought of it in the context of how there is a connection between enjoying my kids in the moment and my self-care. But it's true--if I am not getting any time to myself then my kids usually see the most stressed part of me. My challenge is to think about what feeds my soul. I used to love to go to Barnes and Noble, get some coffee then sit and read. But I seem to never find the time to do that yet I would most likely be a better mom if I did that. Sherry said, "Carve out time to invest in yourself and that will pay off with your kids and help you enjoy the moment."

So that's my challenge to you, too. It doesn't matter if you have kids or not, we all need self-care. Some of the most stressed and tired women I know are single because they work tirelessly. They feel like they have no reason to say no to more opportunities. We can all push ourselves to much and forget to make an investment in ourselves. So, this week, what will you do to take care of yourself? Go for a walk, sit in your favorite chair and read, journal, or walk through Target. It doesn't have to be extravagant or expensive. But I'd love to hear about your experience. Come find me on Instagram or Twitter or SurvivingSarahPodcast on Facebook or you can simply shoot me an email through the website. I'd love to continue the conversation.

Thank you so much for listening to the show. If you enjoyed this conversation, would you please leave a 5 star review on iTunes. That will help other people like you find the show. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

Episode 38: Abby Banks

Abby Banks joins me for Episode 38. When I met her, she just seemed like a normal woman, but after talking with her I realized that she is quite the super woman. She is married with 3 kids and her youngest, Wyatt, is paralyzed from the chest down. Her story is based on how God has carried her through and how healing came in a way she didn't want it to.

Survival Kit:

Connect with Abby: Facebook // Fight Like Wyatt Instagram // Abby's Instagram

I hope you enjoyed Abby's story. I found her so inspiring and encouraging. I especially loved her honestly. When we are honest with each other about what we feel, it breaks down walls. 

Abby said, "We are often waiting on God to change our circumstances. Sometimes God calls us to do hard things. Focus on what we can do rather than cry about what we can't do. Find ways to celebrate what you can do." I feel like that has been a consistent message here on Surviving Sarah--just do the next right thing. This challenge takes on a whole new meaning after hearing her story. I know that I would want to quit, to bail out on the suffering, but we can make a choice about what we focus on. I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago titled "When I'm Done" where I talked about wanting to bail out on suffering. And then God in His kindness directed me toward Hebrews 2:18-3:1:

For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession.

When you are ready to hand in your resignation, know that He is ABLE to come to the aid of those who are TEMPTED. The author isn’t talking about the temptation to sin. He’s talking about the temptation to bail out of suffering. So when we are tempted to bail out on the suffering before us, we consider Jesus who didn’t bail out on suffering. He is the one we look to and follow. He is the one we hold tight to when life knocks the air out of you.

You must go find her on Facebook or Instgram. Wyatt is the cutest little guy and I know you will be encouraged. Her book called "Love Him Anyway" comes out this fall. And the popcorn company, Franklin's Gourmet Popcorn, that she mentioned in her survival kit is generously offered a promo code to all Surviving Sarah listeners. You can use the code MOVIENIGHT on any order until September 15. And head over to my Instagram for a giveaway from them as well.

Thank you so much for listening today. I love connecting with you. You can send me an email through the contact us link or on Instagram & Twitter or SurvivingSarahPodcast on Facebook. You guys are so kind to reach out, share the show with your friends and to leave 5 star reviews on iTunes. You are seriously the best. And on that note, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.