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 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 014: How to Recognize God in Simple Ways + Battle Loneliness and Negative Thoughts || Michelle Garfield

Recognize God in Simple Ways

“This challenge really was an answer to a prayer for me, which is why I jumped on it the second that I saw it. … It’s changed my life and it was so simple. That’s what I loved about this challenge was that it wasn’t like I had to be immersed spiritually for eight hours a day. It was just simple little things, recognizing what I need to do to feel the Spirit and feel God in my life more and more importantly to recognize it.” –Michelle Garfield

Show Recap

Today I am interviewing Michelle Garfield. I met Michelle through Instagram when she participated in the challenge I did, Five Ways to Become a More Spiritually Minded Mom. She shared with me the things she learned from doing the challenge and how it helped her with her relationship with God. I invited her to come on the podcast so we could dive in more.

Michelle loves being a mom and loves how motherhood has helped her to learn and grow and improve herself. She talks about how she deals with the hard days in motherhood and how God taught her about resiliency. She has learned to recognize angels in her life, both seen and unseen, as communication with God.

Loneliness has been a part of Michelle’s motherhood experience, and she has an amazing perspective on how to overcome feeling left out. “If you’re not invited to the party, then throw the party yourself.”  Michelle has great ideas about how to reach out and create a community right where you are.

Michelle is real and candid. She shares how her experience with the Five Ways to Become a More Spiritually Minded Mom challenge changed her perspective on how God communicates with her. Michelle knows her thoughts are directly connected to her relationship with God, so she is working to change her thinking.

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Show Notes

Follow Michelle:

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

Here is the quote Michelle shared: “No love in mortality comes closer to approximating the pure love of Jesus Christ than the selfless love a devoted mother has for her child.” –Jeffrey R. Holland

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