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Together we are rising to meet life's challenges, seasons, opportunities, and changes with strength, courage, optimism, and faith. From the heavy and hard to the light-hearted and fun, authors and leadership mentors Krista Gilbert and Alexandra Kuykendall bring you honest and hopeful conversations for this moment in your life.

We are intentional here.
We are hopeful.
We are encouraging each other.
We are honest.
We are realistic.
We are for each other.
We are God fearing and Holy Spirit welcoming.
We are joyful.
We are generous.
We are capable.
We are rising together.

It is our time to meet the moment. It is our time to rise.

Our Time to Rise Krista Gilbert & Alexandra Kuykendall

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 223 Ratings

Together we are rising to meet life's challenges, seasons, opportunities, and changes with strength, courage, optimism, and faith. From the heavy and hard to the light-hearted and fun, authors and leadership mentors Krista Gilbert and Alexandra Kuykendall bring you honest and hopeful conversations for this moment in your life.

We are intentional here.
We are hopeful.
We are encouraging each other.
We are honest.
We are realistic.
We are for each other.
We are God fearing and Holy Spirit welcoming.
We are joyful.
We are generous.
We are capable.
We are rising together.

It is our time to meet the moment. It is our time to rise.

    EP.456: Building a Lasting Legacy with Rick + Diane Thomas Part 2

    EP.456: Building a Lasting Legacy with Rick + Diane Thomas Part 2

    Rick and Diane Thomas, also known as Krista's parents, have so much wisdom we couldn't limit our conversation with them to one episode, so we are bringing you part two. You don't want to miss what these two wise people have to say about creating a legacy - something that will last past their time here on earth.

    They are an inspiration around living with intention as they share how they maintain fun in their daily experiences, continue to model open communication within their family, and how to embrace the season you are still in!! In this episode we cover how to welcome others into a growing family, how we can support our aging parents, and what faithful participation in a church community can look like.

    These two are a treasure. In fact, Alex decided we should dub them "America's grandparents"! They are kind, funny, generous, and continue to live a life of curiosity, adventure, and investment in people. They are a model for us to rise and meet the moments of today, even if those moments are different than those of yesterday.
    A FEW THINGS MENTIONED
    "Legacy is not something we leave for people, but it is something we leave in people".

    QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU RISE
    What are you doing to cultivate fun and growth in your life? How can you show practical love and presence to the older people in your life? How could you move more fluidly through this season? How can you better embrace other peoples passions and personalities
    LET’S CONNECT!
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    • 36 min
    Ep.455: Building a Lasting Legacy with Rick + Diane Thomas Part 1

    Ep.455: Building a Lasting Legacy with Rick + Diane Thomas Part 1

    Creating a legacy in this world is something that is hard to measure, but easy to identify.  Legacy is not something we leave for people, it’s something we leave IN people.  The impact is profound, and the ripple effect lives far beyond us. 
    Legacy is something we all want to leave, but how do we do it? 
    Today on the podcast we are diving into this very topic with two of the most qualified people on the subject:  Rick and Diane Thomas – otherwise known as Krista’s parents.  They live out legacy better than anyone else we personally know, and we wanted to share their hard-won wisdom with you. 
    We talk about the importance of intentional legacies, the impact of strong family values, and the significance of building relationships across generations. Rick and Diane share their experiences of creating a close-knit family, fostering a sense of community, and continuing to grow and explore new adventures in their own lives. 
    They emphasize the importance of faith, generosity, and being present in the lives of the people closest to them.  You will walk away from this episode inspired to create a legacy that lasts in your own life

    QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU RISE
    How does your family story impact your legacy? What are some small actions you are taking to build the legacy of your family? How can you invest in new relationships and maintain long standing ones at this stage of your life? How are you continuing to open your world?
    LET’S CONNECT!
    Did you like this episode? Let us know and leave a review on itunes or share it with a friend.

    Or message us on Instagram – we’d love to hear from you!

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    • 34 min
    Ep.454: Is Healthy Conflict Even Possible? with Donna Jones

    Ep.454: Is Healthy Conflict Even Possible? with Donna Jones

    Conflict...it's something we all come up against and many of us shy away from it as soon as there is any hint of it. We forget that disagreement itself is not bad; as people we are not always going to agree on everything. Then we throw in some misplaced expectations and some big emotions and conflict can suddenly move from a natural part of a relationship to something destructive. We can quickly move into unhealthy patterns and hurtful words, actions, or tones...and this is why we shy away.

    But our guest Donna Jones, reassures us that conflict doesn't have to be awful. In fact healthy conflict is actually possible! Through listening with intent to understand, deciding what is ours to carry and taking responsibility for that, and recognizing how our personality responds to potential conflict, we can approach conflict with confidence rather than fear. We can talk about the problem at hand rather than each other. We can work toward common ground while believing the best in each other.

    Conflict is unavoidable. Let's not make it terrible. Let's decide to face disagreement, knowing we can be respectful and kind with intention.

    FIND OUT ABOUT DONNA JONES
    Website: Donna Jones

    Instagram: donnaajones

    Donna Jones Book: Healthy Conflict, Peaceful Life

     
    A FEW THINGS MENTIONED
    James 1:19

    QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU RISE
    -Do you tend to push into conflict? Or pull away from it? How has your personality impacted how you view conflict?

    -Who can you listen to this week with the intent of better understanding this person?

    -Are there things you are carrying that you shouldn't be?

    -How can you take responsibility for what is yours to own in a conflict? And allow others to carry what is theirs?

    • 37 min
    Ep.453: How to Launch a Graduate From High School to College with Krista Gilbert, and Alex Kuykendall

    Ep.453: How to Launch a Graduate From High School to College with Krista Gilbert, and Alex Kuykendall

    Do you have a high school graduate this year? Or does someone you know? In this episode Alex is interviewing Krista, asking questions such as:

    -How do you celebrate a high school senior well?
    -How do you help them practically prepare for college?
    -How do you say goodbye when it’s time for them to leave (nooooooo… I’m not ready!)?
    -And what do you do about this grief over the loss?
    In this conversation, you will find practical advice and helpful questions to ask. Krista emphasizes the importance of communication, setting expectations, and planning ahead. She also discusses ways to make graduation and the moment of departure feel special and recognized.
    No matter where you find yourself – fully party planned or not even started, happy or sad, prepared or completely unprepared, this episode is for you!

    A FEW THINGS MENTIONED
    HOW WE SAY GOODBYE BEFORE OUR CHILDREN GO TO COLLEGE

    Takeaways
    Communicate with your child about their expectations and what success looks like to them Plan and budget for the expenses of launching a child to college Make graduation and the moment of departure feel special and recognized Acknowledge and cope with the emotions and grief that may arise during this transition Find joy in the journey and embrace the new chapter
    Before College weekend questions

    What will make this fun for you? What will make this feel special for you? What does support look like to you during this time?
    QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU RISE
    What conversation do you need to have with your child now about graduation coming up? What is important to you as you mark this transition? What can you do now to practically prepare for fall? How can you have that significant conversation with your child before he/she leaves?

    • 36 min
    Ep.452: Fighting For Family with Chris & Julie Bennett

    Ep.452: Fighting For Family with Chris & Julie Bennett

    What if instead of fighting our family, we fought FOR our family? This is the charge Chris and Julie Bennett are putting in front of us. That sounds like something we want to do, but how do we practically implement it?
    The Bennetts give us practical ways to implement grace, forgiveness, and hope into our relationships with our children, our spouse, and those we bring into our family fold. Family is about belonging - so our aim is to create a place of honesty, safety, and grace. Chris and Julie speak from a lifetime of fighting for their family together.
    If you are needing both some inspiration and practical help today, this conversation is for you. The world hands us a lot to deal with, especially in midlife. We don't have to fight with those we love, as much as we have to fight for a family culture that demonstrates wild love.
    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CHRIS & JULIE BENNETT Chris & Julie's - website
    Chris Bennett's - Instagram
    Julie Bennett's - Instagram
    Chris and Julie's book- Fighting For Family
    A FEW THINGS MENTIONED The chosen - Tv show
    1 peter 1:23- Imperishable seed
    QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU RISE What would it look like to fight for your family in this season, rather than fight with your family?
    Think of someone in your life who seems particularly complicated, how can you embrace them in their complexity?
    Who or what do you need to forgive?
    What prayer can you craft for your children to pray over them consistently?
    LET’S CONNECT! Did you like this episode? Let us know and leave a review on itunes or share it with a friend.
    Or message us on Instagram – we’d love to hear from you!
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    • 42 min
    Ep.451: Does Anyone Like Me? with Sarah Bragg

    Ep.451: Does Anyone Like Me? with Sarah Bragg

    Have you ever asked the question, "Does anyone like me?" Maybe people used to like you, but you are wondering if they do now. Or maybe your son or daughter is asking that question.

    Few admit they have these thoughts, and even less talk about them out loud. We're changing that! Today on the podcast we are discussing the topic of feeling liked and building friendships. We explore the middle school mentality that often resurfaces in adulthood, the impact of transitions on confidence, and the transfer of insecurities from failed relationships.

    You will learn how many hours it takes to build a new friendship and what we can do to open ourselves up to new relationships.

    Midlife can shift our friendships - we're here to help!

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SARAH
    Website: sarahbragg.com 
    Instagram: sarahwbragg

    Sarah's Book- Is Everyone Happier Than Me?


    KEY TAKEAWAYS:
    The middle school mentality of questioning whether people like us often resurfaces in adulthood, especially during times of transition.   Being introspective and self-aware can help us recognize and address our insecurities and negative patterns of thinking.   Building friendships takes time, with casual friendships requiring 40-60 hours, and deeper friendships requiring over 200 hours of quality time together.   Being open to new friendships, even on a casual level, can lead to meaningful connections and a sense of belonging.   Noticing the good in ourselves and approaching relationships with curiosity and compassion can enhance our ability to build and maintain friendships.
    QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU RISE
    Has there been a season or circumstance where you have been more prone to feeling like no one likes you? How could you focus on showing how much you enjoy others around you today, rather than focus on how others feel about you? What are some qualities you have that make you a good friend? How could you convey a posture of openness to others around you today as you are out in the world?  

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
223 Ratings

223 Ratings

Dorina Gilmore ,

Relevant, fun, invitational

This is one of my favorite podcasts! I love how Krista and Alex delve into topics that are relevant to 40-50-something women. They go deep and invite us along with them! I feel like these interviews mentor me!

hshshahau ,

Wisdom + Heart!!!

These incredibly insightful women never fail to expand my perspective and fill my heart with inspiration! HIGHLY recommend it to ALL!

Ryno 333 ,

Amazing!!!

I love love this podcast so much. I get excited every time I see it dropped in my feed. Always full of amazing wisdom, advice and truth. I feel like I could be best friends with these gals. Can’t recommend this enough!

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