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Join Chloe Langr as she explores how Catholic women embrace their unique feminine genius in their ordinary, daily life.

Letters to Women - Exploring the Feminine Genius Chloe Langr

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 185 Ratings

Join Chloe Langr as she explores how Catholic women embrace their unique feminine genius in their ordinary, daily life.

    A Letter to the Mother Who Has a Love/Hate Relationship with Her Postpartum Body // Shelby Hirschman

    A Letter to the Mother Who Has a Love/Hate Relationship with Her Postpartum Body // Shelby Hirschman

    In this first episode of the Letters to Mothers season we’re talking about a topic that so many of us are familiar with—body image. It’s a topic we’ve talked about on the show, but I wanted to revisit it with a specific focus on that experience as mothers.

    Joining me on the show today is Shelby Hirschman. She’s a nutrition therapist who specializes in intuitive eating, body acceptance, and recovery from chronic dieting and disordered eating.

    We’re talking about postpartum discomfort, the societal pressure to “bounce back” and why that isn’t helpful for us as women, and some actual practical behaviors and tools to put into place that I think can be a huge help. 

    If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and felt frustrated, uncomfortable, disappointed, or unattractive, this letter is for you.


    Topics we cover:


    Why so many of us feel at war with our bodies as mothers


    Defining the postpartum season


    The pressure women feel to “get their body back” or “bounce back” after giving birth


    What body checking is and why (and how!) to reduce that habit in your life


    Compassionate closets


    What is happening on a biological level to our bodies during the postpartum season


    How to prioritize consistent and adequate nutrition


    Habits to form in our lives as women during seasons of change to remind ourselves that our body is good


    How Shelby lives out the feminine genius as a mother




    Resources for you:


    Tune into Shelby and I’s first conversation on the Letters to Women podcast, A Letter to the Woman Struggling to Believe Her Body Is Unconditionally Good


    Visit Shelby’s website to learn about her work as a nutrition therapist


    Subscribe to Shelby’s substack, Good Body Notes


    Shop Good Body Nutrition on Etsy


    Learn more about Catholics Online, the sponsor for today’s episode


    Check out my monthly newsletter, Naptime Notes



    Discussion questions:



    Have you ever felt at war with your body? What are some moments you’ve noticed postpartum discomfort in your own story as a woman?


    In what ways has motherhood impacted the way that you view your body? Do you feel a tension between being in awe of what your body is capable of and discomfort or frustration with your postpartum body?


    As a mother, have you felt pressured to “bounce back” after giving birth? Where have you received those messages from and how have they impacted the way you view your body today? 


    Do the clothes in your closet honor the reality of your season of life? What would getting dressed in the morning look like if your closet had pieces in it that honored your postpartum experience as a mother?


    What are some practical ways you can begin to be more gentle and compassionate when it comes to the way you view and talk about your body as a mother? Make one resolution today to help you remember that your body is good. 

    • 37 min
    Introducing Letters to Mothers

    Introducing Letters to Mothers

    Letters to Women returns February 13th with a season dedicated to motherhood. Plus, Chloe shares her favorite part of Saint Pope John Paul II’s original Letter to Women and reveals a few other surprises. 

    Stay in touch and learn about upcoming episodes by signing up for the email list at naptimenotes.substack.com

    • 8 min
    A Letters to Women Update

    A Letters to Women Update

    A quick update about why there hasn't been a new episode of Letters to Women in your podcast feed lately ... and an announcement about the future of the podcast.

    • 5 min
    A Letter to the Woman Wondering How Theology of the Body Practically Applies to Her Life // Lillian Fallon

    A Letter to the Woman Wondering How Theology of the Body Practically Applies to Her Life // Lillian Fallon

    Should we care about what we wear? The short answer is “yes”—but don’t pull out your headphones just yet. There’s more to the conversation than that.

    What about style? What do you think of when you hear that word? Maybe the pages of fashion magazines or reruns of Project Runway flash through your mind. Or maybe you wonder if style should even be something you think about—how many of us have felt guilty after splurging on a gorgeous dress, wondering how a piece of fabric can capture our imagination and desire.

    We scold ourselves and say “I should bought something practical.” Or maybe you’ve even wondered if you’re vain if you care about how you look.

    But what if that pull towards certain items of clothing is actually a sign of being made in the image and likeness of God? What if instead of finding a new “cool,” “fancy,” or “stylish” wardrobe, or becoming a “new” version of ourselves, we focused on how we can grow in an understanding of how we were made? 

    In this episode, I’m sitting down with Lillian Fallon. She's a Catholic writer with a passion for helping women express their unrepeatability through style.

    Lillian and I are talking about living life as an affirmed woman and daughter of God, how wisdom from St. Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body relates to clothing, and how to dress in a way that expresses who we are. 

    If you’ve ever wondered if your love of style is incongruent with your Catholic faith, sister, this letter is for you. 

    Topics we talked about in this episode:


    Lillian’s story as a Catholic woman


    The origin story behind Lillian’s new book, Theology of Style: Expressing the Unique and Unrepeatable You


    How an epiphany moment in a Theology of the Body class gave Lillian the freedom to pursue her passion for style


    What Theology of Style is and how it can transform the way we see ourselves and God


    What an understanding of modesty informed by Theology of the Body looks like—and why it is so much more than the length of a skirt


    Living life as an affirmed person who is confident in her identity, gifts, and passions


    How Lillian lives out the feminine genius in her daily life



    Resources you should check out after listening to this episode:


    Pick up your copy of Theology of Style: Expressing the Unique and Unrepeatable You


    Saint Pope John Paul II’s Letter to Artists


    Check out Lillian’s website and connect with her on Instagram


    Check out the sponsor for today’s episode, CORDA, and use the code LETTERS to get 10% off your purchase at checkout


    Pick up a copy of the Letters to Women book (and use the code LETTERS at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase!)


    Check out my monthly newsletter, Naptime Notes



    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.

    • 34 min
    A Letter to the Woman Who Doesn’t Think She’s Beautiful // Melissa Johnson

    A Letter to the Woman Who Doesn’t Think She’s Beautiful // Melissa Johnson

    It’s time we get honest with ourselves as women today—we’re being lied to. Today’s cultural beauty standards are messed up. We all know it, and we all think we can resist the pull to look a certain way. But most of us—and our sisters, daughters, and nieces, too—are still striving for a broken kind of beauty while feeling like we’re not good enough.

    In this episode, I’m sitting down with Melissa Johnson, a marriage and family therapist. The lie of today’s beauty standards eventually led her to battling an eating disorder. Through that experience, she saw that chasing broken beauty breaks us as women in so many ways. And she also realized that true, soul-deep beauty is not impossible—it abounds in us and all around us. 

    Melissa and I are talking about how to uncover the hidden damage cultural lies about beauty have on your mind and soul, how to reconnect with God, in whose image you are made, and how to walk away from shame and striving.

    If you find yourself wishing that you were thinner or smaller, have a list of things you wish you could change about your appearance, or compare your body to other women’s bodies, and you’re longing for a more self-compassionate relationship with your body, sister, this letter is for you. 

    Topics we talked about in this episode:


    Melissa’s story as a Christian woman


    The origin story of Melissa’s new book, Soul Deep Beauty: Fighting for Our True Worth in a World Demanding Flawless and what you’ll find when you open the cover


    The unhelpful (but normalized) beliefs we are buying as women when it comes to beauty


    What happens when we embrace our bodies as miracles and what it looks like to practice gratitude for our aging bodies


    What living in loving community with other women looks like


    How Melissa defines true beauty


    The ways that Melissa lives out the feminine genius in her own daily life



    Resources you should check out after listening to this episode:


    Pick up a copy of Soul Deep Beauty: Fighting for Our True Worth in a World Demanding Flawless


    Visit Melissa’s website, Impossible Beauty and listen to the Impossible Beauty podcast


    Follow Melissa on Instagram


    Check out the sponsor for today’s episode, CORDA, and use the code LETTERS to get 10% off your purchase at checkout


    Pick up a copy of the Letters to Women book (and use the code LETTERS at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase!)


    Check out my monthly newsletter, Naptime Notes



    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.

    • 27 min
    A Letter to the Woman Tired of Being Told Who She Should Be // Mary Rose Somarriba

    A Letter to the Woman Tired of Being Told Who She Should Be // Mary Rose Somarriba

    We’re living in a world of filters and photoshop. Thanks to the constant pull from the smartphone in your pocket, you might be experiencing internet overwhelm and social media fatigue. Is there any relatable women’s media out there that gives an accurate representation of what it means to be a women, reminds you of your belovedness, and encourages you to be authentic?

    The world needs more of who women ARE. Not a long list of expectations of what we should be doing and what our bodies look like while we’re doing it. 

    That, and more, is what we’re diving into today in this episode of the Letters to Women podcast.

    In this episode, I’m sitting down with Mary Rose Somarriba,. Mary Rose is the editor of Verily Magazine. True to their name, Verily sifts through the noise of the world to elevate what is honest, real, and beautiful for the modern woman—facilitating her connection with the things that matter the most to her through our production of original media, curation of quality content across the web, and in-person events.

    Mary Rose and I are talking about the mission of Verily, what it’s like for them to totally reject photoshop, and why they’re returning to a print magazine in our digital world.

    If you’re exhausted from a constant barrage of media that tells you what the “ideal” body type, image, or status is and you're ready to be empowered to be more of who YOU ARE, sister, this letter is for you.

    Topics we talked about in this episode:


    Mary Rose’s story as a Catholic woman


    The origin story of Verily Magazine and what sets it apart from other fashion and lifestyle magazines


    What has changed and what has stayed the same since the first issue of Verily was published in 2012


    Why being a non-profit fits the mission of Verily


    The false expectations that we’re sorting through as women today and how Verily encourages women to live authentically


    How editing Verily has impacted Mary Rose as a mother


    The ways the Mary Rose lives out the feminine genius in her daily life



    Resources you should check out after listening to this episode:


    Learn more about Verily Magazine


    Subscribe to Verily’s print magazine


    Rethinking Sex by Christine Emba


    Mary Rose’s article at National Review on how the internet has ruined women’s magazines


    Defend Young Minds and how they can help you chat with your kids about pornography ahead of time


    Check out the sponsor for today’s episode, Sacred Heart Tea, and use the code LETTERS to get 10% off your purchase at checkout


    Pick up a copy of the Letters to Women book (and use the code LETTERS at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase!)


    Check out my monthly newsletter, Naptime Notes



    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.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
185 Ratings

185 Ratings

Laila, Learning To Mom Podcast ,

Great podcast!

I always feel so encouraged and INSPIRED to live out the call of holiness when I listen to one of these episodes. Chloe does an amazing job deepening the conversation and making us all feel like we’re friends!

- Laila from the Learning To Mom Podcast

Cajun65 ,

I love this podcast!

Beautiful woman sharing and inspiring and loving other women right where they are. This is such a testament to women and men about the beauty that is in each of us because we are a reflection of the one, true God.

Rissaroo ,

Inspiring!

Found this podcast after receiving the book Created for Love. Im a new Catholic and newly engaged. I love finding this little gem and the inspiration that comes with it ❤️ Thank you Chloe!

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