Just two women, juggling too many things, inviting you to join their circus. They love laughing and learning and they hope you return to your circus just a little bit lighter.
Episode 34: HumanKind with Ashlee Eiland
Today’s episode is full of laughter, stories, and honest reflection. Which is our favorite combination!
We have the beautiful and eloquent Ashlee Eiland with us. She is the author of Human(Kind): How Reclaiming Human Worth and Embracing Radical Kindness Will Bring Us Back Together (WaterBrook; 4/7/20). In her book, advocate Ashlee Eiland shares her compelling story of being a black woman living on two sides of the fence: as the token black girl in majority-white spaces and as the “whitewashed” black girl in majority-black spaces. As she discovers her own unique worth through these recollections, Eiland learns that extending radical kindness toward every person—regardless of social status, political views, or religious beliefs—gives each person hope and rekindles a common humanity and dignity.”
“Ashlee is an elegant and intelligent writer, an eloquent and passionate communicator, and a brave and kind voice in our community. I’m thrilled that she’s sharing her own story and her prophetic vision for what connection might really mean. Ashlee teaches me by example how to live with courage and compassion, and I believe her perspective and voice will be deeply meaningful to so many people.”
—Shauna Niequist, New York Times best-selling author
“(Ashlee) is a holy, mysterious, beautiful creation who has a sacred glow in the deepest part of her, a divine ‘yes’ right at the center. And discovering this is the core call of this book—to move beyond the categories and limitations we put on each other and even the ones we put on ourselves. To uncover the longings, the divine invitation, the sacred image in one another. To uproot buried hopes and possibilities and nurse them back to life—using kindness as a potent remedy. Resurrection power is found in the simple truth that kindness might just be able to bring us all back to life.”
—Danielle Strickland, author, speaker, and social justice advocate (From the Foreword)
“In her tenderly written book, Ashlee draws on a range of personal experiences to explore how life fashions identity. She reflects on big themes, from the love of family to the brutality of racism and the search for belonging, and calls us to greater awareness of the stories and systems still shaping our lives and communities. Through her deeply personal words, Ashlee leads us toward a grace-filled vision of humanity in which we see the imago Dei in ourselves and one another and live it in the everyday. ‘Human(Kind)’ indeed.”
—Jo Saxton, Leadership coach and author of The Dream of You
Ashlee Eiland serves as the formation and preaching pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church. She shares God’s message of redemption and reconciliation at conferences, colleges, and events around the country. She began her professional career working for Nestlé USA and left corporate America to pursue full-time vocational ministry. Ashlee earned a BA in international relations from the University of Southern California and completed her master’s in organizational leadership at Judson University. Ashlee and her husband, Delwin, have three children and live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Episode 33: Mindless Eating, Hard Body Image Days, & Self-Compassion with Jess Durando
Friend, you need this conversation today. Jessica tells us our wins for the day right now are: food, movement, self-care, and structure. Why so simple and freeing? Because everything counts. We couldn’t agree more. We also talk about little mind shifts that reframe our day, our week, and eventually us. And then we ask about what to do with mindless eating right now and bad body image days. She gives us great thoughts! We think it’s safe to say we are all wrestling in some way with these topics and Jess gives us some solid ground. Owner of Happy Belly Coaching and a certified nutrition coach as well as pre and postnatal coaching, get Jess in your life.
Follow Jessica on IG @jessdurando for her therapist and health coach thoughts as she helps women and mamas be the best version of themselves, mind & body. You can also find her at www.happybellycoaching.com
Episode 32 | Therapy Session with Craig Flack
Excuse us while we bear our very souls in front of you all. We share things we haven’t shared with anyone until we all got together. Unprecedented times calls for unprecedented vulnerability on The Big Top. Our most requested and most regular guest, Craig Flack, comes back for more today on the show. A comedian-turned-pastor, he gives lightness, levity, and let’s us simplify what really is the measure of a good day during this stay-at-home season. And it’s a good word, friends. Don’t miss it. We talk about our personal anxiety, our fears, our struggles, and things we are discovering about ourselves right now that we’d prefer not to mention. We share perspective in the middle of a pandemic that frees us up rather than weighs us down.
Episode 31: Wins & Losses in a Global Pandemic
We are back! And since we last podcasted, just a little bit has changed. Like, the entire globe. And on top of it all, Amy is launching her book into the middle of this dumpster fire with all the grace she can muster. Grace Looks Amazing on You releases April 7 and we are still prepared to party pandemic-style! Lori and Amy share wins and losses right now, binge shows, and what it looks like to connect to God in the middle of every kind of emotion, fear, and anxious thought. Enjoy the show!
You can purchase Amy’s new book anywhere books are sold! She highly recommends buying one for you and one for a girlfriend since it’s such a pretty gift-book! With Easter and Mother’s Day and Graduations coming up….this is PERFECT!
Season 2: Episode 5 | Holiday Edition! with Lori and Amy
Fair warning: you may want to listen to this without little ears around because we chat honestly about some Christmas season traditions! This holiday edition is full of laughter and learning: we talk Santa. Live Nativities. Advent. The Elf. And most of all staying above all the stress. We share a few mindful practices and have some thoughts on truly enjoying the last few weeks of this special season. Also, here’s a link to sign up to get Amy’s 12 Days of Christmas each morning starting today up on her blog! http://www.amyseiffert.com/subscribe Enjoy!
Season 2: Episode 4 | The Middle Matters with Lisa-Jo Baker
Lisa-Jo Baker is lighthearted, brilliant, and she CRUSHES it in our shenanigans at the top of the show. But she also crushes it when it comes to bringing us real, sound, soul-truth we are all so darn thirsty to hear. She’s a lawyer turned mother, author, and speaker…three things she never thought she would be. And here she is, reminding us of the important spiritual truths about life in the middle. She’s in the middle of raising her kids, in the middle of her life (she will gladly tell you her age is 44), and as far as her middle section? She is embracing every beautiful part of it. You’re going to want to share this one.
“I want to give Lisa-Jo’s book a standing ovation because it’s exactly what’s needed for this particular time, when our ‘ordinary’ lives seem so unextraordinary compared to what we see or hear on our phones. I’m beginning to embrace my middle, physically and metaphorically, and I’m finding the most extraordinary thing: The freedom and the joy I thought was missing in my life? It was there all along.”—Aarti Sequeira, chef, TV personality, journalist and author
Follow Lisa-Jo on instagram at Lisa-Jo Baker and head over to her one-stop shop and check her out: http://lisajobaker.com/
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I had forgotten about thus podcast for a while as it got buried among my other podcasts. I’m so happy it reappeared in my feed. I love the message they bring to women and mothers! I resonate with many of the messages they have on my own motherhood journey!