The Crystal Paine Show is dedicated to helping you embrace life right where you are and take practical steps to get where you want to go.
Crystal says, "My hope is that this podcast will serve as an inspiration to your week, a pause in your day to slow down and reflect a little, a looked-forward-to part of your weekly routine, a place where we can connect on a deeper level… and ultimately, my desire is that you come away from listening to each episode feeling motivated to bloom where you are planted and take intentional steps to move in the direction you are longing to go."
Crystal is a wife, mom of 3, speaker, author, and online entrepreneur, best known for founding MoneySavingMom.com as well as YourBloggingMentor.com.
103. Forgiving What You Can't Forget (with Lysa TerKeurst)
Forgiveness is certainly not the easiest topic to cover for anyone, but what if the ultimate betrayal was laid at your feet. How would you react then? For Lysa TerKeurst it led to authoring a book all about using forgiveness to heal and grow after a terrible experience.
Lysa found out several years ago that her husband was being unfaithful. Not just once or twice, but had been repeatedly unfaithful along with having a substance abuse problem. When she found out she was devastated.
The pain was so terrible it would literally stop her in her tracks no matter where she was. She was having panic attacks and anxiety flare ups and she was just lost to the pain. So she made an appointment to see her counselor and from there she truly began to heal.
You see she had a very “little girl” view of how forgiveness works and it hadn’t grown up with her. Not that she thinks that simply forgiving her husband of his faults would have saved them any of the pain that they went through, but if her sense of forgiveness had matured, she may have saved herself from some of that pain.
Listen as she shares her story and how it influenced her need to write her latest book, Forgiving What You Can’t Forget. She’s truly baring it all and sharing how we can use these tactics throughout the holiday season as well. Forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. So stop holding yourself back from giving it.
In This Episode:
[01:30] Welcome Lysa TerKeurst to the show and hear more about her and her family.
[03:43] Why she chose to write her most recent book.
[07:18] What caused her extreme sadness and anger and inability to forgive.
[09:24] Learn what her therapist did to help her reach a point that she could forgive.
[13:01] Why forgiveness is a gift that you can receive for yourself.
[14:56] What happens when you stuff pain down and refuse to acknowledge it.
[17:22] Lysa’s first memories of forgiveness.
[20:00] What did she do after acknowledging her pain?
[26:13] Lysa’s advice for the woman who is living in their pain.
[29:29] It doesn’t make you an unforgiving person to draw boundaries.
[30:43] Where she is now after writing this book.
Links and Resources:
Crystal Paine on Instagram
Money Saving Mom
Money Saving Mom on Facebook
Money Saving Mom Deal Seekers Facebook group
Forgiving What You Can’t Forget by Lysa TerKeurst
Proverbs 31 Ministries
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
102. Soul Care During Stressful Seasons
There is a lot going on in the world right now — and there is a lot going on in our home, too. In the middle of the noise and rush of life, it can be easy for our souls to get neglected.
In today’s episode of The Crystal Paine Show, Jesse and I talk about how we’re prioritizing soul care during what can feel like a stressful season. We talk about some R&R’s for our soul and challenge you to think of what soul care might look like for you right now.
In addition, we share an update on Champ’s reunification, we talk a little about the election, Jesse shares a strategy he’s implementing in order to get more reading time in, I talk about a book I’m reading, and we talk about soap and Hulu. (Yes, you just never quite know what you’ll get when you tune into the podcast!)
In This Episode: [00:36] This past week has been a doozy of a week -- both politically and personally.
[03:05] We share an update on Champ.
[04:42] Why we’ve been working hard at helping Champ to form attachments. it [08:15] Jesse shares why he starts books but hates to finish them and what he’s doing to help change this.
[10:10] I’ve been reading The Body Keeps the Score.
[16:44] Why we’ve loved having Hulu.
[18:05] Bath and Body Works Apple Pumpkin soap is saving my life this week.
[19:30] We’re diving into soul care for when life feels stressful.
[21:28] The first of the four “R’s” for the soul is recipes.
[23:45] Jesse shares some of the rhythms that are helping his soul right now.
[25:26] Reading is such an amazing “R” for the soul.
[28:26] Rest is also so important.
Links and Resources: The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk Bath and Body Works Apple Pumpkin soap Sign up for the Hot Deals Email List MoneySavingMom.com My Instagram account (I’d love for you to follow me there! I usually hop on at least a few times per day and share behind-the-scenes photos and videos, my grocery store hauls, funny stories, or just anything I’m pondering or would like your advice or feedback on!) Have feedback on the show or suggestions for future episodes or topics? Send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
101. Honest Confessions of a Control Freak
Jesse and I have both struggled with being what you could call "control freaks" in our life. I like to have a plan and I like other people to go along with my plan. Jesse's control shows up more in wanting to be able to control decisions other people make or to make sure that everything is always okay with me and our kids -- and when it's not, he feels a lot of stress and like things are spinning out of control.
Fostering has been such a good exercise for us in learning to let go of our neat little plans. Since we don't make almost any of the decisions for him, we've just had to love him as our own on behalf of his mom while also keeping our hands open to whatever God has for him.
It has been easy, but it's been so good -- and it's taught us how much peace there is when we stop clenching our fists and trying to micromanage our lives and instead release our tight grip and trust God fully.
In this episode, we share lessons we are learning, what has helped us let go of our tightly wound control, and how loving on this little boy has completely changed our lives.
We also give some family updates, share about what's helping Jesse drink more water, my favorite eyebrow definer, and two books we've been reading.
In This Episode:
[01:01] Champ recently received hearing aids and it has been an adventure.
[03:58] We are so excited about our Gatlinburg weekend trip and why we voted early.
[06:19] I have a quick update on the No Bake cookies we were talking about several weeks ago.
[07:02] Water and his half-gallon water bottle are saving Jesse’s life.
[11:01] Maybelline Total Temptations Eyebrow Definer is saving my life.
[13:31] Jesse is back to reading his most recent Brad Thor book, Near Dark.
[14:50] I’ve been reading Dare to Lead by Brene Brown.
[17:30] We’re chatting all about being control freaks and what we've been learning.
[20:40] How our experiences as foster parents have shown us our need to release control.
[24:55] Lessons we're learning about control as parents -- and in other areas of our lives.
[27:40] What stress and fear tell me about resting in the Lord.
Links and Resources: Maybelline Total Temptations Eyebrow Definer Near Dark by Brad Thor Dare to Lead by Brene Brown No-Bake Cookies Sign up for the Hot Deals Email List MoneySavingMom.com My Instagram account (I’d love for you to follow me there! I usually hop on at least a few times per day and share behind-the-scenes photos and videos, my grocery store hauls, funny stories, or just anything I’m pondering or would like your advice or feedback on!) Have feedback on the show or suggestions for future episodes or topics? Send me an email: email@example.com How to Listen to The Crystal Paine Show The podcast is available on iTunes, Android, Stitcher, and Spotify. You can listen online through the direct player here. OR, a much easier way to listen is by subscribing to the podcast through a free podcast app on your phone. (Find instructions for how to subscribe to a podcast here.)
Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Crystal Paine Show” on your favorite podcast app.
100. Raising Worry-Free Girls (with Sissy Goff)
If you or someone you love -- especially your kids -- struggle with anxiety or worry, you do not want to miss this episode of The Crystal Paine Show. I'm joined by Sissy Goff, the author of Raising Worry-Free Girls.
In our conversation, Sissy talks about how to spot signs of anxiety in our kids, how our approach can help or hurt our kids, what to do if your child is struggling with perfectionistic tendencies or stressing over grades, why anger and frustration in our kids can be a sign of anxiety, and practical tools and steps to help your child break free from incessant anxiety.
This episode is so actionable and important -- especially right now! Don't miss it!
In This Episode:
[00:33] Welcome to our 100th episode and welcome Sissy Goff.
[02:09] Learn more about Sissy and her background.
[03:12] Why did she choose to focus solely on girls versus kids in general?
[04:56] How our anxiety can impact our kids.
[07:24] Why perfectionism is one cause of anxiety and how to address it.
[08:58] How can parents navigate the internal criticism that perfectionist girls tend to live with?
[11:25] Is there a way to help perfectionistic children to branch out and try new things?
[13:17] Ways that you can recognize anxiety versus normal behavior.
[18:42] What to do once you recognize that your child is suffering from anxiety.
[22:45] Don’t forget to name the worry to remove the fear associated with the voice in their head.
[25:51] It’s so important to do preventative breathing.
[27:39] Why you need to let your kids go through the experiences and not save them.
[31:15] Go out and grab a copy of Raising Worry-Free Girls by Sissy Goff, these tactics work with boys as well!
Links and Resources: Raising Worry-Free Girls by Sissy Goff Raising Boys and Girls Sign up for the Hot Deals Email List MoneySavingMom.com My Instagram account (I’d love for you to follow me there! I usually hop on at least a few times per day and share behind-the-scenes photos and videos, my grocery store hauls, funny stories, or just anything I’m pondering or would like your advice or feedback on!) Have feedback on the show or suggestions for future episodes or topics? Send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
99. Answering Your Burning Questions
It’s been a while since we’ve answered your burning questions and this is one of your favorite types of episodes! So Jesse and I had fun answering another batch of questions you all have submitted recently.
In this episode, we talk about how old we are, how long Champ will be with us, what to do if you want to have kids and your spouse doesn't, when we start talking about the birds and the bees with our kids and how we approach it, how school is going for our kids, plans for international travel, saving for our kids' college tuition, how we got involved in youth group ministry at our church, and our favorite part of having big kids.
In This Episode:
[00:36] Welcome back and welcome Autumn. I recently read a holiday-themed novel -- A Very Bavarian Christmas!
[02:01] Oatmeal and milk (turned into no-bake cookies) are saving my life these days.
[04:37] We are answering some burning questions today!
[06:06] Jesse is now the big 4-0. SO much older that Crystal. ;)
[06:47] We’re sharing how much longer we think may have Champ.
[09:38] How do you proceed when you’re ready for kids but your spouse isn’t?
[14:56] What age is appropriate for the birds and the bees talk with your kids?
[19:59] Any plans to travel internationally?
[21:56] Are we saving for the kid’s college tuition?
[25:44] What is our favorite part of having “big” kids?
[26:47] How is school going this year?
[28:27] How we got involved in the youth group ministry at our church.
Links and Resources: A Very Bavarian Christmas by Katie M. Reid No-Bake Cookies Sign up for the Hot Deals Email List MoneySavingMom.com My Instagram account (I’d love for you to follow me there! I usually hop on at least a few times per day and share behind-the-scenes photos and videos, my grocery store hauls, funny stories, or just anything I’m pondering or would like your advice or feedback on!) Have feedback on the show or suggestions for future episodes or topics? Send me an email: email@example.com
98. Staying Calm in the Midst of a Volatile Election Season
I’m a big fan of doing our civic duty and voting. But you know what can make a bigger difference? How we live our every day lives.
I’ve seen a lot of pundits and talking heads putting a lot of blame for problems on politicians. While elected officials can and should be held responsible for their choices and actions, we also have a responsibility as individual citizens to be a part of the solution.
If we say we are pro XYZ, what are we actually doing in our every day real lives to make a difference in that area? I’m not talking about posting something on social media or having a heated argument to try to convince a co-worker you are right.
I’m talking about making sacrifices of time and effort. I’m talking about showing up and breaking a sweat. I’m talking about building that relationship, walking alongside that person, opening up our home, volunteering for that organization, starting that non-profit, giving to that cause we believe in, having the hard conversations, stepping outside our safe and comfortable bubble — even when it costs a lot.
Let’s stop waiting for change to happen at the mayor’s office or our state senate or in Congress... and let’s start being the change in people’s lives.
In this week's episode of The Crystal Paine Show, Jesse and I have a conversation on how to stay calm in the midst of a volatile election season and some thoughts on how we're approaching conversations around the elections.
In This Episode:
[01:57] An update on Champ's surgery.
[04:45] Amazon Prime Day + how to get the best deals this holiday season
[07:08] We’re jumping right into voting and volatile election seasons.
[08:24] Choose people over politics.
[10:27] Everyone comes to the table with a different perspective and their own baggage.
[12:21] Don’t live in an echo chamber.
[15:53] Live with perspective.
[17:56] How do we walk in faith instead of living in fear?
[20:36] Finally, let's vote with how we live our lives.
Links and Resources: Sign up for the Hot Deals Email List MoneySavingMom.com My Instagram account (I’d love for you to follow me there! I usually hop on at least a few times per day and share behind-the-scenes photos and videos, my grocery store hauls, funny stories, or just anything I’m pondering or would like your advice or feedback on!) Have feedback on the show or suggestions for future episodes or topics? Send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Love her frugal ideas and work ethic and Jesse. Love their love of God!
I can’t get past it.
I tried. I’ve followed Crystal on her blogs for years (maybe 12 years?!) and I enjoy her content and her personality. With all due respect, I don’t enjoy the way her husband talks in these podcasts. He corrects and interrupts her at times, and other times he awkwardly tries to ask her questions like in an interview, but he clearly already knows the answers because they’re married. I can’t get past it. I’ll stick to Instagram, where I can really enjoy the content.