37 episodes

Do you long for deeper friendships? Are you surprised by how hard it is to find real, true friends as an adult? Did you ever think maintaining friendships would be such a struggle? In this space we will give practical solutions to help you cultivate deeper friendships, live with more joy and connect over what really matters. After listening to each episode you will walk away with intentional habits you can use in everyday life to grow your friendships.

Connecting in the Chaos Heather Oncken

    • Religion & Spirituality

Do you long for deeper friendships? Are you surprised by how hard it is to find real, true friends as an adult? Did you ever think maintaining friendships would be such a struggle? In this space we will give practical solutions to help you cultivate deeper friendships, live with more joy and connect over what really matters. After listening to each episode you will walk away with intentional habits you can use in everyday life to grow your friendships.

    Social Media & How It Affects Your Friendships || Angela Pitnikoff

    Social Media & How It Affects Your Friendships || Angela Pitnikoff

    Social media, what do you think about it? Do you think social media hurts your friendships
    or do you think it helps keep you connected?  The answer is both. Social media can help strengthen friendships and it can also hurt  friendships.  It all depends on how YOU choose to use your social media.  Do you use it to consume or do you use it to connect?
     
    Today my guest, Angela Pitnikoff and I chat about social media & how we can take control of how we use it in regards to being intentional in our friendships. When it comes to friendships, social media has created a whole new ball game.  It gives us the ability to stay connected with virtually anyone at any hour of the day, but it also can make it much harder to have deep meaningful connections.  Angela shares ways to use social media in ways to grow our connections with the people that we care about.  This conversation definitely  inspired me to not just be a "scroller" on social media but a friend who sees and engages in what my friends are posting. 

    Angela is a Pastor's wife, mom to 3 boys, new podcaster, & worship leader. She loves helping women understand their true identity that only comes from Jesus! She has a heart to also take people into the deeper places with God through worship!

    CONNECT WITH ANGELA:
    Facebook: Kingdom Daughters Sisterhood
    Instagram: @mrsangelapitnikoff
    Podcast: The Kingdom Daughters Podcast

    CONNECT WITH ME:
    Facebook:  Connecting in the Chaos
    Instagram :  @heather.oncken
    Email : heather@connectinginthechaos.com
    Click here for my free guide Simple Ways to be Intentional in our Friendships.
    Click here to leave me a review at iTunes!! Let me know why you love this podcast.

    • 36 min
    Love Languages || Mary Ann Griffith

    Love Languages || Mary Ann Griffith

    I have my friend Mary Ann Griffith a licensed therapist back with me today, and we are discussing the 5 love languages.  This conversation is based off of Dr. Gary Chapman's best seller, The 5 Love Languages.  We dive into what the 5 love languages are, and why it is so important to know the love languages of those closest to us.  Love languages gives us an insight on how a person receives love. When we understand how someone receives love then it in return can help us to show them love in the way that they best receive it.  Taking the time to learn the love languages of those closest to you will not only take the guess work out of how to show them that you love and appreciate them, but it will also help build and strengthen that relationship. 

    Gary Chapman The 5 Love Languages
    Click Here to take the Love Language Quiz

    CONNECT WITH MARY ANN:
    Instagram: therenewalsession
    Podcast: The Renewal Session

    CONNECT WITH ME:
    Facebook:  Connecting in the Chaos
    Instagram :  @heather.oncken
    Email : heather@connectinginthechaos.com
    Click here for my free guide Simple Ways to be Intentional in our Friendships.
    Click here to leave me a review at iTunes!! Let me know why you love this podcast.

    • 40 min
    Being a Better Friend to Your Single Friends || Merritt Onsa

    Being a Better Friend to Your Single Friends || Merritt Onsa

    Valentine's Day is almost here and for those who are single this time of the year can be painful and difficult.  Valentine’s Day often brings to mind images of happy couples exchanging gifts & a date out on the town, enjoying dinner by candlelight.  If you aren’t in a romantic relationship, Valentine's Day can feel like a slap in the face.  It may seem as if everyone is married or has a significant other except you. 
    Today my guest, Merritt Onsa and I discuss why this time of year can be painful if you are single and what we can do to show our single friends that they are loved and they matter.
    Merritt married later in life at the age of 39.  She shares the struggles she experienced with being single much later than she expected and gives some practical ways we can love our single friends.

    If you are a single friend listening to this I want to remind and encourage you that if God has placed the desire in your heart to be married, continue to seek Him in asking for that.  Remember that God's timeline and our timeline rarely line up but that we can trust that His perfect timing is the best. Know that your worth and value is in Jesus alone and no human being can fill the void that only Jesus can fill.  To my married friends please take this time and look for ways your can be intentional in your everyday to show your single friends the value and importance that they bring to your life.  I pray this episode leaves you encouraged and loved.


    CONNECT WITH MERRITT:
    Facebook:   Devoted Dreamers   
    Instagram:  @merrittjo
    Website:  merrittonsa.com

    CONNECT WITH ME:
    Facebook:  Connecting in the Chaos
    Instagram :  @heather.oncken
    Email : heather@connectinginthechaos.com
    Click here for my free guide Simple Ways to be Intentional in our Friendships.
    If you are loving this podcast and its helping you with your friendships, would you head on over to iTunes or your favorite podcast app and leave a rating and review?
    Click here to leave me a review at iTunes!!  Let me know why you love this podcast. 

    • 27 min
    Celebrating Galentine's Day || Brandy Traylor

    Celebrating Galentine's Day || Brandy Traylor

    Happy February!! Today we are talking all things Galentine's Day.  For those of you that are not familiar with Galentine's Day let me fill you in.  Galentine's Day is celebrated on February 13th and is a day to celebrate all the women in your life that you love.  How fun, right??
     It is a day that gives us all the opportunity to let our friends know how much we love them, and how important they are in our lives!

    My sweet friend Brandy Traylor joins me today.  We are share a little history of Galentine's Day and also why we think it is so important that we take this day to celebrate it.  We also give you some simple suggestions on how to celebrate this day.

    We hope that after you listen to this episode that it will inspire you to celebrate this fun day with all the gals in your life.


    CONNECT WITH ME:
    Facebook:  Connecting in the Chaos
    Instagram:  @heather.oncken
    Email: heather@connectinginthechaos.com
    Click here for my free guide Simple Ways to be Intentional in our Friendships.
    Click here to leave me a review at iTunes!! Let me know why you love this podcast.

    • 23 min
    Catching Up & Happy 2022

    Catching Up & Happy 2022

    Hey Friends, I am back!! I took a much needed break to enjoy the holiday season but I am happy to finally be back.  This episode is short and sweet.  I am going to give you a preview of what is to come next month on Connecting in the Chaos and also share my vision for the podcast as I transition into season 2. 

    CONNECT WITH ME:
    Facebook:  Connecting in the Chaos
    Instagram :  @heather.oncken
    Email : heather@connectinginthechaos.com
    Click here for my free guide Simple Ways to be Intentional in our Friendships.
    Click here to leave me a review at iTunes!! Let me know why you love this podcast.

    • 12 min
    Starting Holiday Traditions With Friends || Abby Emert

    Starting Holiday Traditions With Friends || Abby Emert

    My good friend, Abby Emert, joins me again on the podcast, and we are talking all about holiday traditions that you can start with you friend. For most of the Holiday's come with traditions that we have created with our family, but rarely do we take the time to be intentional to create those traditions with friends. We share some fun and simple ways that you can start a tradition this year. Remember when beginning a new tradition to start small, and build from there. This episode is not meant to overwhelm you but to encourage and inspire you with different ideas. Building holiday traditions with friends is a sure way to also build and strengthen the bond of a friendship. 

    CONNECT WITH ME:
    Facebook:  Connecting in the Chaos
    Instagram :  @heather.oncken
    Email : heather@connectinginthechaos.com
    Click here for my free guide Simple Ways to be Intentional in our Friendships.
    Click here to leave me a review at iTunes!! Let me know why you love this podcast.

    • 30 min

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