It's our monthly crossover episode with Sarah Bragg of Surviving Sarah! This month we're talking about all things summer and summer vacation. Sarah and I tackle the day-to-day moments of surviving summer with your kids over on her podcast Surviving Sarah and here on Lighten Up, we talk about those specially planned moments, like vacations, trips, and camps. We reminisce about our favorite memories of summer from our childhoods and talk about how to lighten up by balancing time together as a family and time apart, because we all desperately need apart time. We share how we do vacations, road trip tips, travel ideas for when you have more than two kids, and the benefits of overnight camps and day camps. Summer is upon us, so listen in and lighten up!
Today I'm talking with Barb Roose, author of Winning the Worry Battle: Life Lessons from the Book of Joshua, and oh my gosh you guys, about 20 seconds into talking to her we discover that we went to the same high school what the heck. Go Medina BEES! Barb shares the most epic wardrobe malfunction story that's sure to give you a nice laughter-induced ab workout for the day, and she gives us a fantastic tip for lightening up. We chat about how to get control of our worry, how the book of Joshua can help us with our helicopter parenting, how to keep our kids' worries from stressing us out, and she gives us practical tools for dealing with worry. Um, also? Last week Bronwyn told about the time she accidentally bought a minivan on eBay and this week Barb admits she bought a house without telling her husband. What is going on with the crazy purchases? Next week someone's going to tell me they bought a horse or a theme park or something. Does worry have you tied up in knots? Listen in and lighten up!
Quote from the show:
"The difference between worry and worship is Who you're talking to."
As always, if I post an Amazon link and you click and buy something, I make several whole cents. Keeps the lights on around here. Well, keeps about one-quarter of one pixel on. Thanks in advance.
Today I'm talking with Amber Runyon, a former hospice nurse turned social entrepreneur. She founded Eleventh Candle Co. to bring hope and healing to women who've been vulnerable to trafficking, both in Ethiopia and the U.S. Eleventh makes delicious candles and they're offering Lighten Up listeners 25% off using code LIGHTENUP. Amber and I talk about our new dogs, why she started a candle company when she doesn't even like candles, and how candles are helping women out of trafficking. And then I pick her brain about what she's been learning as an entrepreneur, running a fast-growing company, and building a healthy team. Whether you're starting a company, care about ending human trafficking, or just super love candles, listen in and lighten up.
Quotes from the show:
"If we start putting our money where our mouth is, our world will dramatically change."
"Listen to your head, follow your heart, and lead with your gut."
"You want to start a company? Start with therapy."
Today I'm talking with Bronwyn Lea, blogger, lawyer, immigrant, and mom. She loves puns, and we get punny, and then she tells the harrowing tale of how she accidentally bought a minivan on eBay. She shares how we need to lighten up about our homes needing to look perfect before people come over, and practicing "radical and generous hospitality" with homemade ice cream. Bronwyn talks about living as a South African immigrant in the U.S. and gives us the gift of glimpsing immigration through her eyes as an immigrant to the U.S. So pull up a chair, grab a cup of tea or coffee, listen in, and lighten up.
Favorite quote from the show:
"Oh honey, you got your brains from me. That's why I don't have them any more." - Bronwyn's mom
If you like laughing hysterically, you guys are in for a treat today. My friend Anna Quinlan, a freelance writer and copywriter, is on the show and she tells the most epic tale of falling off a treadmill at the gym. I couldn't breathe I was laughing so hard, and then we bonded over our mutual hatred of crafts. We chat about freelance writing, how she adopted one of her boys out of foster care, and sporty sporty fitness. Anna shares about competing in races, training for an Ironman, and how people like me who are not so much with the exercise can challenge ourselves. Whether your thighs are so strong you can crack walnuts between them or you're more like me and can't remember the last time you were on a treadmill, listen in and lighten up!
Favorite quote from the show: "If you're at the table, you're family."
Also: "Step away from the glue gun."