23 episodes

Welcome to "Building Belief," where we are committed to women breaking free from limiting beliefs and stepping into their full potential. Hosted by social entrepreneur Abby Skeans, this transformative series is dedicated to exploring the profound impact of one's internal beliefs on personal growth and societal change.

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Welcome to "Building Belief," where we are committed to women breaking free from limiting beliefs and stepping into their full potential. Hosted by social entrepreneur Abby Skeans, this transformative series is dedicated to exploring the profound impact of one's internal beliefs on personal growth and societal change.

    Butterflies, Transformation & Death: What The Stoics Wanted Us To Know

    Butterflies, Transformation & Death: What The Stoics Wanted Us To Know

    The bright side of transformation often makes us think of butterflies – the becoming, the vivid growth, the ability to fly to new heights with a new perspective. But the truth is that in order for us to become, we must first die. Die to ego, die to false identities, and die to what was so that what can be is possible.

    The stoics gifted us the phrase: memento mori - in Latin meaning: you must die. Perhaps one of the most painful deaths in our lives is the death of a dream. Whenever we had imagined how the story would play out for us, we suddenly found ourselves needing to surrender that a good dream for the great is possible, if we will only lay the prior expectation down.

    When walking through one of those seasons in 2017, a friend gave me a book of liturgies called Every Moment Holy by Douglas Kaine McKelvey and dog eared the page of this liturgy for The Death of a Dream. I honestly didn’t even have language for what I was feeling at that time, but these words became one only ones that expressed my soul to myself.

    Whatever you’re walking through. If you’ve ever had a moment where you knew it was time to lay something down, to surrender it, I hope this encourages you. And if you’re yearning for transformation in your life, remember that the way toward rebirth is necessarily through death. And that proximity to death gives us perspective, meaning, and true life.

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    • 11 min
    Divine Partnership: How Our Humanity Positions Us for God's Work

    Divine Partnership: How Our Humanity Positions Us for God's Work

    The most counter intuitive but truthiest truth of all is that we believe our human limitations hold us back from making a difference and being worthy of divine love. But we’ve gotten the paradigm all wrong. Our frailties don’t disqualify us, they position us. Our humanity doesn’t disappoint God, it delights him. He created our humanity, with all of its beauty and finiteness. God chooses to work through us to restore the world solely because it brings him pleasure.

    In this episode, we explore our human finiteness through stories new and old and reflect on the joy that the creator receives from working alongside us to bring restoration to a broken world. As humans, we often feel that we have to be all or nothing -- the hero or passive waiting for direction. Neither is true. We are meant to be partners with God, mending the world. We will get it "wrong" but we will also get a lot "right." How will we step into our calling that links arms with a purpose that asks us to just keep at it, because the doing is the beautiful and pleasurable part?

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    • 13 min
    The Impact of Belief

    The Impact of Belief

    In this episode, we delve into the profound influence that belief can make in our story when we’re walking through a pivotal time marked by questions of purpose, existential reflections, and the search for deeper connections. This journey began for me with a simple yet profound question during a moment of solitude: "Does my life matter?"

    As we explore the emotional landscape of seeking meaning, I recount a powerful season with a friend that reshaped my perspective and redefined my path. Listen as I share this weighty conversation with a friend struggling with self-doubt and overextension, both professionally and personally. This discussion, initially centered around practical matters of business, but quickly transcended into a life-changing dialogue about the expansiveness of divine goodness and the potential for personal and communal growth.

    Witness the unfolding of belief, not just as a concept, but as a tangible force that brings about transformation and renewal. This episode not only highlights a personal story of change and growth but also illustrates the impact of our beliefs on those around us. Through time spent together, simple texts, and phone calls—those quiet, simple exchanges—we see how belief is built and shared, fostering a supportive community that extends beyond individual struggles.

    Join me as we reflect on the sacred journey we undertake together, inspired by the belief in ourselves and each other, and the collective pursuit of this greater purpose – building belief together. This episode is a testament to the power of connection and the transformative impact of acknowledging and nurturing the light within us all.

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    • 15 min
    Holding On In A World That’s Always Letting Go

    Holding On In A World That’s Always Letting Go

    In this episode, we explore the delicate balance between holding on and letting go, and the transformative power of creating margin as a space within our lives not just for rest, but for inviting miracles. 

    I hope this call to exchange our “doing” for more “being” challenges you to reconsider what you hold onto and why, encouraging a life led by intention rather than habit. From stories of personal surrender to reflections on the balance of the universe, this discussion spans the metaphysical concepts of yin and yang, the laws of attraction, and the deep, textured meanings of "to hold" in Greek philosophy.

    What are we willing to carry, own, master, and cherish? Letting go isn't just about loss but about making room for growth and embracing what truly matters. As you join this journey, be prepared to ask yourself: What am I holding onto that defines me? What should I let go of to make space for something greater?

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    To learn more about the author I reference, go to his website, Bob Goff.com and I recommend starting with his book, Dream Big. 

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    • 8 min
    Working Hard at Joy: Transforming Effort Into Imagination

    Working Hard at Joy: Transforming Effort Into Imagination

    In this thought-provoking episode of "Working Hard at Joy," we dive deep into the introspective journey of redefining our relationship with work. The conventional grind is often paved with dedication and laboring, but does it necessarily have to be “hard”? What if we could infuse more imagination, ease, and joy into what we’re building each day?

    Join me as we explore this core question: can we shift from a culture of relentless effort to one of playful creation? Can responsibilities transform into the 'toys' of adulthood, making life not only bearable but joyful?

    Tune in as we explore the power of reimagining work through the lens of play and creativity, aiming to recapture the exuberant joy often reserved for childhood. This episode is not just a call to action but an invitation to dream, play, and color outside the lines in our daily lives. Join us on a journey where hard work meets joy, and discover how you can rewrite your own story with creativity and imagination as your guide.

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    • 14 min
    Unveiling Our True Selves: My Journey of Self-Discovery

    Unveiling Our True Selves: My Journey of Self-Discovery

    Since we’re going to start sharing our hearts on a weekly basis within this sacred space, I figured it would be helpful if we got acquainted. Or reacquainted. Hi, I’m Abby. You may have known me as many different things, depending on the season of life when our paths converged. Or you may not know me at all. I'm so glad you're here.

    In this episode, I'll share my journey through former identities, versions of self, and a transformation that has allowed me to uncover my soul's essence for which I am both grateful for in the present moment, while holding a desire to continue becoming as well. At our core, we're all asking this question: who am I? Why am I here? What am I made for? Am I fully living into that? And how can I tap into that on a daily basis?  

    I hope you'll join me as we all tap into our true selves together – our souls, our essence, our God-designed purpose-full beings. Wonderful to meet you. I’m so glad we’re in this together. 

    This season is sponsored by the Spiritual Motherhood Project at the Fetzer Institute. 

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    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

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Jordynmeyerson ,

Outstanding Podcast

What an amazing and refreshing podcast! It is so relatable and honest. Thank you for sharing with us your insight.

“Believe in yourself” and “I already am”are great statements. Adore the idea of belief systems inspiring outlook on self, and the barriers and ways to walk hand and hand with empowerment.I love the idea of surrender creating space, that stood out because it is the opposite of limit and the opening for creation. It is always so motivating to hear of other people’s experiences navigating through these challenges on their way to that self belief. Absolutely fantastic. Is there another place besides instagram I can leave a review? I feel like I came across this exactly when I needed it most and I think that’s the beauty of these messages!

LawDog54 ,

Beautiful!

These are such rich, carefully crafted, and beautiful words! It is truly an honor to have stumbled across the creative work of one of the most wise, genuine and compassionate women I’ve ever known.

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