Episode 122: Denise James

Denise James, joins me around my kitchen table. She is an expat living in a small town in Southeast Asia. She homeschools her 6 kids. In her "spare" time, she produces a podcast and co-runs a blog made for expat woman encouraging them to take root where they've been planted. After hearing that she loves Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, I knew we would be fast friends. Denise reached out to me when she was state-side to get together and talk podcast shop. After chatting with her, I knew that I would love to be a megaphone for what she’s doing. Because I believe there are women just like her whether they are living stateside or not, that are looking for community.

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We talk about what it’s like raising her family overseas, how loneliness affects so many women, how to find friends and community, what community looks like overseas, the challenges and benefits of raising her family overseas and what God has purposed in her.

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Denise's Survival Kit:

  • Her husband

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Connect with Denise:  Instagram // Expat Community Instagram  // Facebook // Blog // Podcast

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • How to find community: Be proactive. Its takes time, effort and even failure. You won’t get along with everyone. Try to look in different spots. Finding friends in the US is different than finding friends overseas because you typically look for people like you. But that’s not community. That’s sameness.

  • How can you work on being present where you are while looking forward to what’s to come?

  • If the Lord has called you somewhere, it is the best for your children, too. The Lord loves your kids. He is not setting out to ruin them.

  • God did not create you for isolation. "The Lord’s best for you is not isolation.” Good things don’t happen when we feel isolated.

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 121: Elizabeth Oates

Author, blogger and speaker Elizabeth Oates joins me for Episode 121. Her family tree was plagued with generations of divorce, addiction, abuse, abandonment and brokenness. But Elizabeth has experienced God’s redemption and restoration which is why she has such a passion for women to experience hope and healing. 

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We talk about what its like raising 5 kids, her passion for foster care, how the enneagram has helped her to understand her story, what it was like to experience such dysfunction growing up, what that dysfunction caused her to believe about herself and God, and how it affected her early years of marriage. 

Links:

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Elizabeth's Survival Kit:

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Connect with Elizabeth:  Instagram // twitter  // Facebook // Website // Pinterest

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • Do you know how to handle conflict well? I know that I walked into marriage not knowing much about conflict. What are some of your best tips for handling conflict? One thing that I'm working on is learning how my spouse (and those I am in relationship with) is wired. I'm using the Enneagram to help with that. Suzanne Stabile's new book called The Path Between Us is very helpful for this!

  • Are you doing anything that brings you joy? What can you start doing daily, weekly or monthly to bring you joy or laughter?

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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Episode 120: KariAnne Wood

KariAnne Wood joins me around my virtual kitchen table. And I can’t tell you how much I wish we were able to sit around my actual kitchen table because this girl is golden. You can’t help but like her. She is such a nice person and she makes you feel so special. One thing I love about her is how great a storyteller she is. 

KariAnne is a home decor/life style/DIY blogger. She has authored two books—So Close To Amazing and The DIY Home Planner. We talk about what it was like to jump out of her comfort zone, how to find your decorating style, what has helped her embrace who God made her to be, and what she has learned about God through decorating. Plus, I learned in this conversation that she talks to furniture and is a thief—you’ll want to listen to this one!

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KariAnne's Survival Kit:

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Connect with KariAnne:  Instagram // twitter  // Facebook // Website // Pinterest

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  •  Is there anything that God is calling you to jump into or out of? Are you a natural jumper? Do you live in the tension between change and comfort of norm? I find myself so afraid sometimes when it comes to jumping out of something comfortable. I think its because I'm afraid of failing. Afraid that I'm going to mess things up for people I love--fear of disappointing others. But I long for adventure. I long for new experiences.

  • How to find your decorating style: You can take cues from how you dress but at the end of the day simply buy what you love.

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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Episode 119: Melanie Dale

Today, my fun friend, Melanie Dale, joins me around the table for another Crossover Episode. Each month we pick a topic and have a conversation about it. Then, you get to listen to one part here on Surviving Sarah and another part over on Melanie’s podcast called Lighten Up with Melanie Dale.

We decided to have a little chat about marriage. We talk about how we met our husbands (spoiler alert: Melanie’s story is vaguely similar to Ross and Rachel); we talk about what we wish we had known about marriage, what to do when you don’t agree on something and what we are currently learning about marriage.

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

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • @@Expect the best rather than assume the worst.@@

  • When you don't agree with them, work on mutual submission. Mutual submission comes out of respect, honor and love.

  • It's okay if marriage is hard. It's not all fun and games. It's okay if it takes work. But do the work. It's worth the work. Work on developing a healthy partnership.

  • Commit to spending time together. What could that look like for you?

  • Ask each other two questions: How have you felt loved by this week? and How can I love you better?

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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Episode 118: Kathleen McCarthy Goff Weber

Kathleen McCarthy Goff Weber joins me around the kitchen table where we get to talk about fashion. You guys know that I love fashion—I love getting dressed. Its like a creative outlet for me. Kathleen owns a boutique in Nashville called K. McCarthy. She has an background of both fashion and counseling. You don’t meet many people with those twos boxes checked on their resume. Listening to her, you’ll see how uniquely wired she is to combine those two passions—fashion and helping people. We talk about what that looks like for her, how she came to own a boutique store, advice on how to love the you that you are, spring trends and trends that are dying. 

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Links:

Sponsors:

  • Song Finch - use the promo code SURVIVE for 10% off your personalized song from scratch. To listen to the song I created for my mom, click here.

Kathleen's Survival Kit:

  • Queso
  • Lemon Drop Martini
  • Her dog
  • Something to look forward to
  • Her quiet time with coffee

(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 Kathleen:  Instagram // twitter  // Facebook // Website

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • I always enjoy hearing about how someone loved something as a child and then they see how it plays out in their adult life. God is writing a story not only on your life but also your child's life. Looking back, what story has God been writing on your life?
  • When I’m in the middle of an unknown season, I think her advice is so true. We need to look back and remember. When we do that, we can see how God has been working all along. That’s my challenge for us today. Write down moments along your own timeline that seemed like pivotal moments or unknown moments, but note how God showed up. Note how He directed you. Note how He came through. Then, keep that close by. Because even if you aren’t going through an unknown, dark season in the moment, one will come. They often blow through much like the weather. Writing this kind of stuff down helps me to remember and trust God even when my feelings or my circumstances don’t feel like it.
  • Love the you that you are. Figure out your best assets and work with them. Highlight those and then forget about the rest. Don't get tripped up by it. Get to a point where you feel confident and then move on. Don't let comparison steal your joy.
  • Spring Trends: stars; bigger leg jeans with frayed edges/diagonal hem
  • Dying Trends: cold shoulders (all the people praised the Lord)

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.

Subscribe for free on iTunes or Stitcher or your favorite podcast app so that you don't miss out on great conversations with women just like you. Women who are surviving and thriving. You don't have to do life alone. Be inspired, encouraged and entertained by women like Sandra Stanley, Shannan Martin, Jamie B. Golden, Mo Isom, Annie F. Downs, Joni Lay from Lay Baby Lay, Christy Nockels, Kay Warren, Suzanne Stabile and many more.

Did you enjoy today's conversation? Rate the podcast.

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.

Here is a recent one from "Je$B071980". She said, “I love the topics and guests Sarah chooses - it seems like she reads my mind because I can relate to practically every episode! She has a great conversational tone to her podcasts and is so authentic. I've been so encouraged and have learned so much from this show.”

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!