Marriage, Part 2: Redefining Marriage in Your Own Way

 A huge part of our story is our family, and how they have shaped us and helped us grow.

A huge part of our story is our family, and how they have shaped us and helped us grow.

Get ready-We go a little deeper, talking about what it’s been like to live as a stay-at-home-dad and working mother for the last 15 years, what it’s like to support each other, and how we come together and have learned to trust . . . and how we got through the challenges of early parenting years. This is an episode that your husbands will likely benefit from, too.

Our hope is that you will learn how to redefine your marriage, in your own way from hearing our story.

Marriage, Part 1: What's True for You

 Meet my husband (he’s also the guy that wrote & sings the opening song to the podcast)

Meet my husband (he’s also the guy that wrote & sings the opening song to the podcast)

We have a lot to say about marriage. We’re getting close to 20 years of making it through life together, which means we have had our share of ups and downs, raising kids, and being a family, and deciding to stay connected. We open the podcast up with some fun—you’ll learn some pretty interesting things!

Faith + Feminism

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In this episode, I ask the questions that even I have struggled with for years based around my ideas of how to make peace with my faith and my feminist ideals. I cover the topic through 4 questions, and highlight research on faith and women in the labor force. I also share my own ideas based on personal experiences, and talk about why I still believe and still long for social change.

Research Links:

https://blog.dol.gov/2017/03/01/12-stats-about-working-women

 

http://assets.pewresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2016/03/Religion-and-Gender-Full-Report.pdf

Your Beautiful Work is Now

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This episode is for those that are moving forward in life, love, and career, but may be wondering, “What’s next?”   You start to wake up to the life you've built of family, job, & community, but there is a restless feeling in you.  Something that is making you feel unsatisfied.  You long to understand the times for pushing and the times for pulling back, what the right decisions are for your family and career, your callings and contributions.  You long to design a life that fills your soul.


Resources and Links for this week's episode:

Dreaming Again

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If you've experienced major setbacks through hard times or restlessness, you know that feeling like you can ever dream again seems far away.  Just getting up and doing life is all you can focus on while you move through the pain. 

In some of my very own hard times, it was all I could do to get up from staring out the window all day.  My mind would race with all the "what-if's" and sometimes the depression and anxiety were too hard to bear.  Dreaming felt impossible.  I simply wanted to make it through the day. 

This podcast covers 6 steps to dream again, especially after a major setback. 

Resources below.  Also, if you're looking for a daily ritual journal, I referenced one in the podcast called Practice You, by Elena Brower.  There are so many to choose from-it really depends on where you are in the process, so find something that resonates for you.

Appreciation + Beauty: Be the Change You Wish To See

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This episode is the ultimate answer to the question, "How does she do it all?"  If you want to be a woman who reclaims her joy and inspires others, this is for you!  I share the ways we ignite our passions and find deep joy again, highlight a few of my own personal bests, and talk about a lifestyle of renewal that will make you the Powerhouse Leader you long to be. 

I also have a mini action plan for you right here.  It's so easy, you can start it today!

Share the love!  Highlight your experiences with our community on instagram @lovehowsheleads.  Use the hashtag #lovehowsheleads to show us how you took action to be the change you wish to see!

 

Forgiveness + Leadership

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To be fully alive and fully present, and lead wholeheartedly, we have to tap into the power of forgiveness.  Join me in this episode as I explore forgiveness and grace and why it matters to us as leaders, how we get practical and do the work, and ultimately what it does for us.  I've also included some great resources that are sure to inspire you. 

Resources

This is How We Rise, Claudia Chan.  She has a whole chapter (13) on Grace.

The Awakened Woman, Dr. Tererai Trent.  Her entire story is one of redemption and sacred dreams, and she dives deep into forgiveness in Chapter 6.  Let the tears flow for this one.

Your Inspired Playlist

Find us on Spotify!  Look for Love How She Leads.

If you don't have Spotify, these songs are sure to inspire you.

Transformation, Phil Collins

We Both Know, Colbie Caillat

Free, Faith Hill

I Didn't Know My Own Strength, Whitney Houston

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Defining Moments

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When working through a lifeline exercise, (a "how did I get here?" practical exercise that shows your story from the time you were born to the present) typically you identify themes that pop up as you explore all your important events, transitions, proud moments and struggles throughout your life.

One way to get laser-focused on finding themes that emerge without feeling too overwhelmed with the entire exercise is to start with just a few defining moments. 

You can take 1-3 important transitions in your life and career, and journal about them to discover what patterns emerge and how they shifted your perspective.

A few thoughts to get you started . . .

Who was there?  Who or what helped you make progress?  Who/what inhibited you? What was the learning lesson?

Consider your emotions, reactions, and key relationships.  What were the impacts in these areas? 


Appreciative Inquiry Project: 

Provocative Propositions for the Children's Museum

Below is a highlight of the provocative propositions our Appreciative Inquiry project team developed as we worked with the Museum during the practicum (as referenced in the podcast).  These propositions were written using collected data and stories based on a series of interviews with board members, leadership, staff, and customers (both parents and children). 

First our team interviewed the leadership and board of the Museum to understand their goals and dreams, and in this case it was to get a bigger, better space, and have a greater impact on the families and children in the city and surrounding areas.

Then, we spent the day at the Museum, interviewing more of the board, staff, and customers on the high point moments and core strengths of the organization.

We pulled those stories together to identify themes that emerged to highlight the Museum "bests."  Then, we worked together to write provocative propositions that would push on the Museum's ultimate desires and destiny.