Episode 75: Ty Lewis

Ty Lewis joins me for Episode 75. She is affectionately known as Speaker of the House and is determined to walk in greatness. She is a motivational speaker, author, and change agent. She's authored 4 books: SPEAKing from the Heart, Black Boys: Our Hidden Treasure, Confessions of a CEO: 25 Lessons I Learned on the Journey to Becoming My Own Boss and her most recent book, Hello Bella.

We talk about purpose--how to discover your unique purpose, distractions that can get in the way of your purpose and advice to women who lead. Friends. I promise that you will be inspired by Ty. It felt like we experienced church around my kitchen table. There was so much good stuff said--it will come at your quickly so be ready.

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Connect with Ty:  Instagram // Website  //  Facebook 

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • One of my favorite takeaways was when she said: "@@You don't have to be perfect, but be purposed@@." Maybe I'm the only one, but for some reason I feel like I need to be perfect in all that I do in order to be seen as good mom, good wife, good leader. But I'm training myself that showing up is enough. I'm trying to take the pressure off of being all the things to all the people. 

  • I absolutely love that she enables her girls to go ahead and pursue their dreams even though they are young.

  • What has God uniquely put in you? The purpose hasn't changed, but maybe the platform has. Purpose looks different in different seasons. Every season is intentional so we have to learn how to be complacent in that season and say, "God thank you for this season." Even if you hate it, there is still a purpose for being in that season.

  • When it comes to discovering your purpose, you must seek God first. "@@If you seek God in your first, you won't have to find Him in your last@@."

  • @@Looking and comparing yourself to others will distract you away from your purpose@@.

  • @@Being a CEO is not about being in a position of power, but a position of purpose@@.

  • If you are a woman who is leading anything, then be transparent, be a servant leaders and be bold. Do first whatever you will ask your team to do.

  • If you are a working mom, learn to rest.

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Episode 74: Retha Nichole

Retha Nichole joins me for Episode 74. She is a life coach, the podcast host of My Light Still Shines and mom to three boys. I’m so thankful that this woman reached out to me over a year and a half ago because she has been such an encourager to me and has pushed me to be a more authentic me.

I think you are going to be really encouraged by our conversation. We talk about knowing you’re worth—how to discover it, ways to reevaluate it in different seasons and things that can destroy it. 

How many of you struggle to know the real you? I totally feel like a middle schooler these days because I’m really asking the question, “Who am I?” @@It is never too late to discover who you are@@. And I loved her advice to treat your worth and identity as something that is almost fluid. Meaning, whenever you face a life changing event or whenever you approach a milestone in life, take that as a cue to ask some questions about your identity.

Survival Kit:

  • YETI style cup from Buc-ee's in Texas
  • Starburst jelly beans
  • Journals

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

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • If you don’t know who you are then you are just taking what other people are telling you as the truth about you. Figure out your baseline for things. What is your baseline for why you eat what you eat? What is your baseline for why you get up when you do? What is your baseline for what you do?

  • Sometimes we are doing things in motherhood that we don’t like to do so we think we hate motherhood. Maybe you just aren't supposed to be doing those things. Are there things that you don’t have to do?

  • Ask yourself when life change happens: What’s different about me with this life changing event?

  • Ask yourself: Who are you? Then whatever the answer is stay true to that. Stay true to yourself. Don’t allow people and things to determine who you are. 

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 73: Caroline Harries

Caroline Harries joins me for episode 73. She is a woman who is walking through the difficult journey of infertility. We have an honest conversation about what it looks like to wait for something you desperately want, what it looks like for your husband to walk through the waiting and how to make your journey uniquely yours.

If you have ever struggled with control or have ever thought that if you just do all the right things then it should work out, then this episode is for you. Even if infertility isn't your journey, you will be encouraged about what to do in the meantime and how to make the most of the time and season that you have now.

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  • Lip Stick
  • Music
  • Snacks in her purse

Connect with Caroline:  Instagram // Website  //  Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest

Takeaways From Our Conversation:

  • We have all gone through seasons of waiting, seasons of hoping, seasons of expectancy. I sometimes feel like I act like my children when they are required to wait for something. I ask God every five seconds, "How much longer?" But I appreciated Caroline's advice about making the most of the journey and making the most of the season in which you find yourself in. I love that she spends time traveling and running and taking care of her body. @@Choose to focus on what you can enjoy about the season instead of focusing on what you detest@@.

  • Being with Jesus will help you find peace and freedom in the middle of the wait.

  • How can you make your journey uniquely yours and not judge yourself or your husband by someone else's journey? You will receive constant advice from all people. At the end of the day, do what you feel the Lord is calling you to do. You may disappoint others with your decisions but advocate yourself. You are your unique you. Your marriage is your unique us. @@What you are led to do is unique to you@@.

  • Make the most of the journey. Don't let it define you. @@You are defined by who God calls 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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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 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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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

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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