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Letters to Women - Exploring the Feminine Genius Chloe Langr

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    A Letter to the Woman Apologizing for Her Home // Amanda Weeder

    A Letter to the Woman Apologizing for Her Home // Amanda Weeder

    If a friend asks if she can swing by on short notice, do you spend the short window of time that you have before she arrives cramming papers in the kitchen cabinets, panic vacuuming, yelling at your kids to clean up their piles of stuff? Then, when your friend walks in the door, do you apologize for your home?

    What if I told you that people don’t come to your home to critique the laundry pile, the dirty dishes, or the undusted baseboards . . . they came to visit with YOU? What if being truly hospitable (not clean, not perfect, not Instagram-worthy) but hospitable was the antidote to home apologies?

    In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Amanda Weeder.

    Amanda is the creator of Clare and Colette Home. She came on the podcast last summer in “A Letter to the Women Feeling Overwhelmed by Home Decorating,” which hands down is the most commented episode of the Letters to Women Podcast. I’ve talked to so many of you about the wisdom Amanda shared with me last year and I’m beyond excited to welcome her back for a conversation on hospitality - which is something that we all get some amazing opportunities to both give and receive in the upcoming holiday season.

    If you welcome people into your home with an apology for the mess, this letter is for you.

    Topics we talked about in this episode:


    What Amanda calls “Dignity of Home” and how it impacts hospitality
    The advice Amanda would give you when it comes to preparing our homes to receive guests well
    What does hospitality look like during the event itself
    How to receive hospitality this holiday season
    The hospitality and friendship Amanda has received in her life
    The tip she’d give the woman who’s listening who wants to take the next friendship step and invite someone over
    Growing in hospitality to our family
    Amanda’s tips for a simple Advent

    Resources you should check out after listening to this episode:


    Listen to “A Letter to the Woman Feeling Overwhelmed by Home Decorating,” the first time Amanda came on the Letters to Women Podcast
    Follow Amanda on Instagram
    Pick up a copy of the new Letters to Women book today!


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    • 44 min
    A Letter to the Woman Who Wants to Rest Without Feeling Guilty // Mairead Suthoff

    A Letter to the Woman Who Wants to Rest Without Feeling Guilty // Mairead Suthoff

    Have you made a commitment to exercise only to fall off the bandwagon a few weeks in? Have you ever gotten angry at your body for failing you but also the (possibly) unrealistic goals you set for yourself? What about using exercise as a way to punish yourself or a way to cancel out what you think is a poor choice, instead of moving your body in a way that supports your WHOLE health as a woman?

    In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Mairead Suthoff.

    Mairead is a board certified Athletic Trainer, and a Fertility Awareness Instructor, trained in the FEMM protocol. She’s also the creator of Sync Up!, which is an online course that helps you navigate how to sync how you move your body, feed yourself, and take care of yourself all based on your fertility as a woman.

    If you’re ready to approach exercise, nutrition, and self-care in a way that honors the way God made your body and created your hormones to fluctuate each mother, sister, this letter is for you.

    Topics we talked about in this episode:


    A quick guide to the natural hormonal fluctuations we go through every cycle as women
    What cycle syncing is and how it can change the way we move, nourish, and care for our bodies
    How to avoid being overwhelmed by all the changes you could make in your life around cycle syncing and focus in on the ones that matter to you
    What differences cycle syncing has made in Mairead’s life
    What all is included in the Sync Up! course and why you should sign up

    Resources you should check out after listening to this episode:


    Use the code letters20 at checkout to save 20% off ANY of the courses Mairead offers, including Sync Up!
    Flo Living and Cycle Syncing 
    “ROAR: How to Match Your Food and Fitness to Your Unique Female Physiology for Optimum Performance, Great Health, and a Strong, Lean Body for Life” by Dr. Stacy Sims 
    US Women’s National Team and their use of cycle data to improve training 
    Follow Lumina Health on Instagram 
    Pick up a copy of the new Letters to Women book today!


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    • 38 min
    A Letter to the Woman Wishing She Could Take a Break From Instagram // Jessamyn Anderson Frain

    A Letter to the Woman Wishing She Could Take a Break From Instagram // Jessamyn Anderson Frain

    Have you ever wanted to logout of Instagram for a day, maybe the weekend, but held off because you were afraid you were going to miss out on something?
    Are there clothes hanging in your closet or beauty products in your bathroom, or decor in your house that you bought (maybe influenced by an Instagram ad or someone sharing about it on Facebook) that you thought was going to solve all your problems . . . only for you to still feel empty and restless?
    Do you find that your creativity, clarity of mission, and just your ability to focus on something has tanked - and that has correlated to the time you spend in front of a screen?
    In today’s episode of the Letters to Women Podcast, I’m sitting down with Jessamyn Anderson Frain.
    For the first three months of 2021, Jessamyn didn’t buy anything that wasn’t essential. So yes, toothpaste, but no, all the cute stuff we love but really don’t need in the Target dollar section. She also took an intentional step away from social media. You’re going to want to listen in to what she learned about herself during that season and if she’s gotten back on social media after that time away.
    If you’re ready for a break and you’re hungry for contentment, sister, this letter is for you.
    Topics we talked about in this episode:

    The three month contentment challenge that Jessamyn took part in at the beginning of 2021 (and whether she’d ever do it again or not!)
    What Jessamyn learned about herself when she took a break from Instagram
    How to overcome FOMO when you log off social media
    Setting up boundaries for yourself so you actually take a break
    If taking a break from social media can boost your creativity and clarity
    Entering into the holiday season with a spirit of contentment and gratitude
    Jessamyn’s tips for making lifestyle changes so you can interact with social media in a life-giving way

    Resources you should check out after listening to this episode:

    Get on the waitlist for December subscription boxes with The Little Catholic Box (and get a free Marian tumbler as a Letters to Women listener!) 
    Find Jessamyn’s music online
    Follow Jessamyn on Instagram
    Power sheets from the company Cultivate What Matters
    Check out this podcast episode from Nancy Ray that inspired Jessamyn’s contentment challenge
    Read through Digital Minimalism to help you create boundaries around taking a break from social media
    Theology of the Body Institute 
    Pick up a copy of the new Letters to Women book today!

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    • 45 min
    A Letter to the Woman Who Hates Asking for Help // Therese Williams

    A Letter to the Woman Who Hates Asking for Help // Therese Williams

    I think we can all agree that it’s no fun to go through suffering. And not only is it hard to go through a season of suffering, it’s also hard to admit you need help - at least it is for me. It’s a humbling experience to admit I need help carrying a cross.  

    In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Therese Williams.

    Stricken with spinal meningitis at eighteen months old, Therese has lived as a quadriplegic for more than forty years. Listening to Therese talk about her life that’s been full of suffering left em in awe of how she’s come to not only accept the cross Christ asked her to pick up, but to love it. And to embrace it

    If you’re struggling to accept the suffering in your life that you didn’t choose, or if you’re feeling ashamed for having to ask for help, sister, this letter is for you. 

    Topics we talked about in this episode:


    The differences between resigning yourself to suffering and embracing suffering
    Why God allows bad things to happen to good people
    How to combat the lies of abandonment
    What we mean when we say “offer it up”
    How suffering has changed Therese’s experience with the Eucharist and Our Lady
    The duty we have to ask others for help

    Resources you should check out after listening to this episode:


    Love Your Cross: How Suffering Becomes Sacrifice by Therese Williams
    Get on the waitlist for December subscription boxes with The Little Catholic Box (and get a free Marian tumbler as a Letters to Women listener!) 
    Pick up a copy of the new Letters to Women book today!
    Interior Freedom by Father Jacque Philippe 


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    • 33 min
    A Letter to the Woman Learning to Love Her Neighbor AND Herself // Lara Patangan

    A Letter to the Woman Learning to Love Her Neighbor AND Herself // Lara Patangan

    When you hear the phrase “acts of mercy” or “works of service,” do you squirm and wonder if I’m going to ask you to add another thing to your already too-long to-do list? Do you worry that since you don’t have the time in this season of life to volunteer somewhere that you’re failing when it comes to living mercy in your daily life and you should just be doing more - maybe this fear that you aren’t doing enough is haunting you like I know it does me.

    In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Lara Patangan. When Lara turned forty a few years ago, she decided to spend that year intentionally doing spiritual and corporal works of mercy - and that year has radically changed the way she loves others, the Lord, and herself.

    If you worry that you just aren’t doing enough these days, or you struggle to be merciful and gentle to yourself, sister, this letter is for you.

    Topics we talked about in this episode:


    Why Lara decided to dedicate her 40th year of life to living works of mercy
    How growing in mercy impacts Lara’s relationship with herself, her family and friends, and the Lord
    What growing in mercy looks like in our communities , and how Lara would suggest learning about mercy in your own communities
    How focusing on God’s mercy transforms our prayer life as Catholic women
    Why mercy is the antidote to busyness

    Resources you should check out after listening to this episode:


    Lara’s brand new book, “Simple Mercies”
    Lara’s website, where she originally documented her year of mercy 
    Sign up for a subscription box through The Little Catholic Box and receive an exclusive listener gift with your first box!
    Discover the feminine genius in the new Letters to Women book


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    • 33 min
    A Letter to the Woman Who Chose Life // Makayla Carmichael

    A Letter to the Woman Who Chose Life // Makayla Carmichael

    Often, when we talk about adoption, it’s easy to focus on the couple who have discerned that the Lord is calling them to adopt. And, that is a beautiful part of the story - one I’ve featured on past Letters to Women episodes, in fact.

    But I think that the other side of the story, the experience of a woman making an adoption plan for her unborn child, is something we don’t focus on enough. What does it look like to be truly pro-life and to support these women at all stages of their motherhood?

    In today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Makayla Carmichael.

    When she was seventeen years old, Makayla chose adoption for her daughter. We talk about her experience making an adoption plan, the resources that she wished would have existed during that season of her life, and the advice and encouragement she would give to women who find themselves in a similar situation of considering adoption for their unborn children.

    Maybe you clicked “play” on this episode because you are in a situation where you’re discerning adoption for your unborn baby. Or, maybe you want to learn more about supporting women as they make an adoption plan in the face of an unexpected pregnancy. Regardless of the place or seasons that you find yourself in as you listen into this conversation, sister, this letter is for you

    Topics we talked about in this episode:


    What led Makayla to make an adoption plan for her daughter
    What making an adoption plan looks like practically
    What healing has looked like in Makayla’s story and how healing for her looks like Mary
    Makayla’s motherhood in her daily life today, through her pregnancy with her daughter, and after the adoption
    The encouragement and advice that Makayla would give a mother who finds herself considering adoption
    How we can support women who chose life in all stages of life

    Resources you should check out after listening to this episode:


    Simcha Fisher writes and speaks about why and how Mary truly understands our suffering; and about the sensation of helplessness that so often comes along with motherhood and with love in general.
    Sign up for a subscription box through The Little Catholic Box and receive an exclusive listener gift with your first box!
    Discover the feminine genius in the new Letters to Women book

    Subscribe and Review Letters to Women in iTunes

    Are you subscribed to Letters to Women? If not, you should subscribe today! You don’t want to miss any of the upcoming episodes. Click here to subscribe in iTunes.


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    • 44 min

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