SMM 019: Connection Through Trials + The Power of Vulnerability to Bring Women Together || Danelle Beckstrand

Today my guest is Danelle Beckstrand. Danelle is married to Tyler and they enjoy traveling and watching movies. Danelle loves connection with others and started a blog called We Call it a Journey as a way to find a support system and open up about her struggles with infertility.  She has learned we don’t face the same trials, but we have so much in common with each other that connects us together. 

Show Recap

If I could use one word to describe what this episode is about, it would be “connection.” Danelle shares about her and her husband’s 5 1/2 year journey through infertility. Through her own experiences she has learned that “pain is pain and hurt is hurt.” We don’t all face the same challenges in life, but we are connected a lot more than we think. 

We discuss how to avoid feeling like we have no control in a challenge and how we always have a choice. Danelle shares how her trials with infertility are similar to the trials of motherhood and how woman can unite and help each other.

Infertility has brought heartache and loneliness to Danelle, but she knows isolation is not the answer. Danelle believes connection comes from vulnerability and sharing. “Humanity is connected through trial.”

I really loved our conversation about how to help someone who is struggling. Danelle said, “Compassion is about being observant.” And Danelle completed shifted my perspective on the word “brokenness” and shares how she pictures God molding her and shaping her into the person He wants her to be.

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Show Notes

Follow Danelle:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/wecallitajourney/
Website: www.wecallitajourney.com

Check out Danelle’s shop. All proceeds go to help Danelle and Tyler raise funds for IVF treatments. I have the gold Journey necklace and I love it!

Quote by Sheri Dew: “Motherhood is more than bearing children. … It is the essence of who we are as women.”

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SMM 018: Divorce + Blending Families + Coming Back to God in Motherhood || Tarrin Pendergrass

Tarrin Pendergrass and her husband were recently married and with her marriage, she went from being a mom to three to a mom of 10 as her husband has seven kids in addition to her three. Although the transition to blending families into one hasn’t always been easy, Tarrin feels God has equipped her with the skills, patience and love to be a mom to a large family. She knows what it’s like to not have God in her life and through that contrast has learned to recognize God’s hand.

Show Recap

I really love interviewing guests for the podcast. We don’t all have to have the same experiences in motherhood in order to learn and grow from each other. In my interview with Tarrin, she shares what it’s like to be a stay-at-home mom to a large family and why she feels having 10 kids is easier than having three! We talk about how her divorce from her first husband affected her three daughters and how she and her ex-husband have worked together to help shield the children from the adult problems divorce brings.

We also dive into her experiences in the past few months of blending two families together. Tarrin gives advice to others in a similar situation and shares how she has been able to find and prioritize the individual needs of all of her children.

After being away for 16 years, Tarrin made the decision a year ago to come back to church and embrace the Gospel. She talks about how she made this decision. Tarrin also shares the challenges associated with this decision such as relationships with friends and dealing with what people would think of her tattoos.

Tarrin sees a definite contrast in how her life was before and how it is now that she is working on her relationship with God. I loved what she told me during our interview prep, “Being without it for so long, it’s incredibly obvious that God wants to be a part of our daily lives and to help us through each and every struggle we may have.” 

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Show Notes

Follow Tarrin:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/tarrinpendergrass/
Website: www.howlovegrows.com

Tarrin mentioned the book The Five Love Languages during the interview.

Follow Al Caraway on Instagram @22alfox

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SMM 017: Life as a Military Family + Appreciating Motherhood After Infertility + Trusting God’s Timing || Noralee Jones

My guest in episode 17 of the Spiritually Minded Mom podcast is Noralee Jones. Her husband is a naval officer, they have three children under the age of 4 and they just moved to a new state. She goes by Mrs. Navy Mama on social media and writes on her blog about motherhood and life as a military family. Her motherhood story includes infertility, parenting on her own while her husband is away, moving frequently and trusting in God’s timing.

Show Recap

In this episode, Noralee shares about the six year struggle she and her husband went through to have children and what she learned from that time in her life. She describes what it’s like to be a military family, which means moving about every two years and having her husband away more than half of the time.

Noralee gives her top three things for getting through the hard days of overwhelm and loneliness. (Hint: one of them is chocolate!) She also talks about her take on self-care and how it’s not selfish for a mom to spend time away doing things she loves.

To combat the loneliness and isolation of motherhood, Noralee recommends “finding your tribe” and “joining the group.”  To other mothers who struggle and feel alone, Noralee’s advice is to not judge what you think people are thinking about you because you don’t know what they are thinking.

At the end of this episode, Noralee talks about the “game changer in her testimony on faith” in motherhood.  I was surprised to find that it wasn’t infertility. Initially, this trial made her feel selfish and terrible but ultimately led her to trust Heavenly Father and His timing.

Noralee sees God’s hand in her motherhood in the ordinary, everyday things and knows her work as a mother is divine.

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Show Notes

Follow Noralee:
Instagram: www.instagram.com/mrsnavymama/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mrsnavymama/
Website: www.mrsnavymama.com

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SMM 016: Practical Scripture Study for Moms + How to Go In Instead of Out to Find Peace || Courtney Casper

Courtney Casper is my guest on this week’s podcast. Courtney is a mom to three girls, a wife and currently lives about 30 minutes from the nearest stop light, so she spends a lot of time in her car. She thinks of scripture study as a “magic wand” in motherhood and has found practical ways to make scripture study a daily habit in her busy mom life.

I found Courtney’s Instagram account last year after hearing her interview on the Women With Fire podcast. I listened to that episode multiple times and felt so inspired by everything Courtney shared. She is a bright spot on social media sharing her hand lettering and and her posts and stories have frequently been exactly what I needed to hear in my life at that moment.

Show Recap

Courtney is not afraid to share her spiritual side on social media. She keeps her focus on what is most important by asking herself, “What needs my hands now?”

She is a huge advocate for daily scripture reading and in this episode she not only shares how daily scripture study became a part of her busy mom life but also gives some really practical tips that are totally doable for anyone wanting to incorporate daily scripture study in their life.

In the interview we also talk about how social media affects moms and how to combat the negative effects.  Courtney shares her thoughts on how to go “in” instead of “out” to find peace in your life. I also really loved what Courtney had to say about what she has learned from her children about being who you are.

Courtney is the real deal. I loved talking to her. In fact, we had a great conversation after we finished recording. She is genuine and honest and her faith shines through in everything she does. Her mantra about scripture study is “you just need 10 minutes” and her message in this episode offers hope and inspiration to all women who want to learn to walk in faith and trust God more fully.

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Show Notes

Follow Courtney:
Instagram: www.instagram.com/courtneycasper.letters/
Website: www.courtneycasper.com

Read a blog post by Courtney, More or Less,  about her journey to daily scripture study

The book I mentioned during the episode is Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown (NOT an affiliate link)

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SMM 015: Balance + Overcoming Feelings of Failure + True Self-Care in Motherhood || Elise Curtis

Show Recap

Elise Curtis is a wife, mom to three and an entrepreneur. In addition to a photography and a Maskcara business, Elise is also the founder of SALT, an LDS retreat that offers a place for women to come together to feel the Spirit and connect.

During our conversation Elise and I have a discussion about what “balance” looks like for her as a mom who works from home. In addition to her insights on doing work outside of motherhood, Elise also shares her hopes for what her children will learn by seeing her work and achieve her goals and dreams.

We talked about some of the tools Satan uses to distract mothers. Elise has struggled with the fear of failing and has noticed this fear creeps up when she feels overwhelmed. She shares both the practical and spiritual solutions she uses to combat this.

Elise got the idea for the SALT retreat at a time when she was experiencing depression and majorly doubting her testimony. Her story of how SALT got off the ground is a beautiful reminder that God can use us as we are with all of our imperfections to be an instrument in His hands and accomplish His purposes.

One of the overall messages of this episode is Elise’s realization that you have to take care of yourself spiritually before you can help others. As a mother, when you take time to nurture and care for yourself, you can better serve and care for your family and those around you.

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Show Notes

Follow Elise:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/saltldsretreat/
Facebook: Be the Light Facebook Group
Website: www.saltldsretreat.com

I personally attended a SALT event last Spring and had an amazing experience. The next one will be on September 7, 2018, in Salt Lake City. Go HERE if you are interested in learning more about this event.

Elise mentioned an article she read about how Satan doesn’t know our thoughts but only knows what we think by our actions. Here are some resources about this topic:

The Miracle Morning book by Hal Elrod (NOT an affiliate link)

Your 10 Minute Meditation Podcast hosted by Adrian Cook (You can also search and find this on iTunes.)

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