The Grace Over 40 podcast is one Jesus-y rockerchick's faith-filled guide to the good life for the over-40 woman.
Got midlife struggles ?? Then you're in the right place.
Unedited and unpolished...just like life...I want you to feel like my episodes are simply me having a conversation with you.
I'm all about keeping it real by sharing my own struggles, but also tons of encouragement and inspiration through what God shows me in my daily walk with Him.
So bring your mess, because there are no perfect people allowed around here!
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Being stuck SUCKS.
'But I'm not stuck' you say.
Are you sure?
I find that most all the frustrations, disappointments, and feelings of restlessness that women experience midlife can almost always come back to being 'stuck' somewhere, whether they realize it or not.
In this episode we'll talk about some common places we can get stuck midlife, as well as five ways to tell if you ARE stuck.
Even if you don't feel like you have a 'stuck' problem I still highly recommend you give this one a listen.
Oh my gosh, I LOVE this topic and this episode!!
I am a DIY kinda girl with creative challenges (LOL), so I was thrilled to be able to talk to Cara Massie of Cara Massie Design about how we can easily decorate and DIY our way to homes that bring us a feeling of peace and comfort without spending a ton of money!
If you have ever gone down the Pinterest home decor rabbithole only to come out feeling overwhelmed and not knowing where to start then this episode is for you!
'Self-care'. You see it everywhere. It's touted as the be-all and end-all of treating yourself right.
It will fill your cup, they say.
While this is true to some degree, it is not what we actually need to feel truly refilled, refueled, and refreshed.
In this episode we will talk about a MUCH better option than 'self-care', and I'll share with you some great resources to help you practice it.
May is Mental Health Awareness month, so it's a great time to share this interview I did with Brenda Saxe and Monica Sigmund of Family Ties Coaching.
Brenda and Monica are Christian mental health and wellness life coaches who facilitate support groups for suicide loss and attempt survivors.
They also support family members who have been touched by suicide or suicide attempts.
If you listened to episode 21 you know that this is something that has touched my family personally, so I am determined to do what I can to bring this subject into the light, and help erase the stigma around it.
Please don't skip over this episode because you think it doesn't apply to you.
I pray that it never does, but we ALL need to raise our awareness about this so we know the signs to look for in friends and family members.
It could save someone's life.
We've all experienced hardship, loss, heartache, and difficulties. At this point in our lives many of us have gone through quite a bit, and may be feeling kind of beat up.
But we have an important decision to make at this stage. Are we going to let what we've been through make us bitter? Or are we going to use it to make us better?
In today's episode we'll talk about how to do that, as well as the importance of growing 'deep roots' as we move into the second half of our lives.
This was a tough one to record. But April 21st is a special date in our house (I explain why in this episode), so I felt this was the right time to record it.
In this episode my husband and I share our struggles as we walked together through his addiction, bipolar diagnosis, and suicide attempts.
As with anything difficult that we go through, I feel that it is vitally important that we share with others the things that we learned the hard way, so that they don't have to.
Some things I would like to note about this episode....
If you know anyone who might benefit from this episode PLEASE share. It could change someone's life.
Love you guys. Thanks for listening.
Today I am speaking with author, speaker, influencer, and coach Jennifer Allwood about her #1 bestselling book 'Fear Is Not the Boss of You: How to Get Out of Your Head and Live the Life You Were Made For'.
If you are feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or scared in any way, shape, or form then this is the book for you. (And really who isn't in some regard??)
Jennifer will not only help you recognize if fear is stealing from you, but will also saddle up like a loving bff and show you how to fix it.
A mix of life experience, divine wisdom, and biblical truths, this book is exactly what you need if you know you were made for more but just can’t seem to push through the fear, ‘stuck-ness’, or uncertainty to get there.
I hope you love listening to this convo as much as I loved having it.
We are all feeling kind of helpless right now. There is so much out of our control and we feel like everything is happening to us instead of happening for us.
But there is a huge opportunity here to harness our current situation and make massive improvements in our lives because of it.
This is a fantastic time to get still, get clarity, and get set up for returning to a life we will LOVE! One free from overwhelm, and full of joy and peace.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Let's use it to our advantage.
I'm talking today with Jill Lillard of The Happiest Lives and we're discussing how to have a happier marriage.
Did you know that women are statistically most likely to divorce in their 40s? So needless to say this a pretty crucial time in our lives to talk about this.
In this episode Jill gives us some great tips on how to be happier in our relationship, and also dispels some commonly held myths around that.
I love Jill's take on the part we play in keeping our marriage happy, and encourage you to listen. It's important stuff.
I feel like the whole country is sick right now. They are either sick with illness or sick with worry and fear.
Fear is not from God, so when we feel it we need to do what we can to not let it overtake us.
Today I am giving you 12 ways to wrestle fear to the ground and get your peace on!
These tips are not only helpful for the world we are currently living in, but also for managing fear and worry in our daily lives.
Please join me as we get out from under the overwhelm of fear, and replace it with the sweet relief of peace.
Have you hit your 40s and begin to wonder 'Why am I here?'
This is the perfect time in our lives to begin to ponder that, and it's also a great opportunity to reconnect with some of the things we were going to do 'someday'.
In this episode I am speaking with Rebekah Nolt about how to begin to sort those things out, and why right NOW is the perfect time to do so.
Well there's no escaping it right now. We are in the midst of pandemic panic.
There is a lot of information out there on how to keep yourself safe physically, but no one is really talking about how we can protect ourselves mentally, emotionally, or spiritually through all of this.
So that's my goal with this episode where we'll talk about the three things that I think God wants us to know (and do) right now, and how those things can set our minds and our hearts at ease.
In addition, I'll be letting you know how you can get a great FREE resource from me right now (Hint: it's something I usually charge for!) that I truly believe can make a HUGE difference in your life, especially during a trying time such as this.
Please listen to the episode in its entirety for the details on that.
Love you all. Stay safe out there....
Today I'm speaking with Becky Evans of Cedar Creek Holistic Services, and we are talking perimenopause.
This is the period of time leading up to menopause, and can be somewhat trying as we experience massive hormonal changes, and all of the 'fun' that comes along with that.
Becky is sharing some tips for managing these symptoms using some of the tools that God gave us to make this transition as easy as possible.
How many times have you tried to improve yourself in some area, but instead just ended up feeling even worse about yourself because you weren't successful?
Today I am getting really vulnerable and sharing a huge personal battle of mine, and how I was finally able to get victory over it.
The way that most people approach self-help is to just 'make up their mind' that they are going to change something. And that's exactly why most aren't successful, because that is just the FIRST STEP in the process.
Give a listen to this episode where we talk about what it really needs to look like to walk this out in your life and meet with real, lasting success.
I'm talking today with Julie Orr who publishes a magazine called 'Contemplate the Bible'.
It is a print magazine that focuses on one to two books of the Bible at a time, and includes stunning photos as well.
Julie started publishing the magazine because she was having a hard time being consistent with reading the Word due to the busy-ness of life.
She has now created a way for readers to pick up this magazine any time of the day or night, even if they only have a few minutes, and immerse themselves in God's Word in an engaging and visually appealing way.
She has also started sending her magazine to a women's prison in California, where it is used by the inmates as the backbone for the church they have started in the prison yard.
I think you will find her magazine concept to be a very unique and awesome way to spend more time with God!
In part three of our three part series 'The Grey Area: Uncertainty in Midlife' we are talking about where you're headed, and how to design a future you'll love.
Time moves so quickly. Before we know it another 5, 10, 20 years will have gone by.
In this episode we discuss the importance of creating a plan to ensure that your future happens for you, instead of just happening to you.
There are things you can take action on beginning right now that will set you up for stepping into your second half of life feeling fulfilled and in alignment with all of the goodness God has for you!
Don't leave it to chance. Let's design a future you'll look back on someday and say 'Yes, that was the life I wanted to live'.
When we enter our 40s it can seem like taking care of ourselves becomes more difficult.
But this is exactly when we really need to be focusing on just that, since aging bodies need to be cared for in order to prevent major health issues in the second half of life.
Lori Doddy supports women over 40 in this area and is a wealth of knowledge and encouragement around not only caring for our physical bodies, but also how that affects other areas in our life.
In my conversation with her we discuss health, self-image, and even how these things relate to our purpose. I think you will find this conversation both enlightening and inspiring.
In Part Two of our three part 'Uncertainty in Midlife' series we're discussing the 'middle' or where we are now.
A lot of uncertainty in midlife comes from losing touch with who we are, so it's a great time to reflect on that and make some changes if necessary. (Spoiler alert: It's ALWAYS necessary)
I have gone through a major period of refinement in my 40s where God has brought a lot of things that were holding me back into the light, helped me heal from them, and taught me how to grow past them.
As a result I've experienced less conflict in my marriage, less conflict within myself, and SO much less stress in my life in general.
In today's episode I will tell you how to begin some self-reflection of your own, and encourage you to start to work out what you may need to change about where you are, so that you are well equipped to get to where you want to be.
My guest today is Tracey Lucke of MelMarie Skincare, and we're talking about skincare over 40.
Our skin changes so much as we age, and Tracey has some great tips as well as some awesome naturally-based products to share with us!
Today we're starting a three part series about uncertainty in midlife.
As we begin to think about what we want the remainder of our life to look like, and start to plan out how we'll get there, it's important to look at three different things: 1) Where we've been, 2) Where we are, and 3) Where we're headed.
Today we kick off the series talking about the importance of revisiting who you've been up til now, and how all of your prior experiences are an important factor in where you're headed.
Kelli Nielsen has been through an unfathomable amount of grief. She has lived through things most of us hope to never have to.
But that is not her story. Kelli's story is a story of HOPE and HAPPINESS in spite of everything she has gone through.
Grief can take many forms (death, divorce, massive disappointment) and it typically broadsides us when we least expect it. It also takes a lot of us down....sometimes for a very long time.
Kelli wants to show us how to not only overcome grief, but to come through it even better than before. This is an AMAZING story of hope and overcoming.
Can't wait for you to hear it.
What exactly happens to us in our 40s?
Why is this the time when people are most likely to have a 'midlife crisis', or get divorced, or go completely off the rails?
Well it's actually due to a couple of things, both of which are very REAL, and both of which can take you down if you don't know how to handle them.
In today's episode we'll talk about some healthier ways you can navigate this often tumultuous time of life.
Gray hair, wrinkles, spontaneous chin hairs....
On today's episode we'll talk about how to walk the line between freaking out about all the BONKERS things our bodies do midlife, and staying grounded in where our real worth lies.
With a propensity towards rock music, and a love for long-haired, tattooed boys, I've never felt like a 'normal' Christian.
In this episode we'll talk about how 'misfit' Christians (and troubled people in general) are EXACTLY the type of people that Jesus gravitated towards, and still does today.
So bring your mess! That's exactly where he wants to meet you!
An unexpected event in my life this week became a perfect example of why you absolutely SHOULD NOT WAIT to make the changes you want to make in your life.
I hope this inspires you to move forward.
Welcome to the Grace Over 40 Podcast!
This first episode is just a quick intro to who I am and what to expect 'round here.
Let's do this!
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