Episode 16: Summer Update

Hey Friends! Wanted to give a quick summer update, we’ve been so busy this summer just trying to soak up every minute we can. We’ve had lots to celebrate with birthdays, baby showers, new babies, and weddings, we even had to say some hard goodbyes. Life seems to be moving so quickly these days, it’s so nice to have a day to slow down and just relax. My biggest hope for you all this summer is you are taking in every bit of sunshine and joy this season can bring and do your best to engage in every day to the fullest! Two things I forgot to include in today’s episode were follow-ups on my friends Emily Sexton and Leann Podskalan who both got the jobs they were waiting for! So proud of these girls and looking forward to seeing them embark on their careers!

Episode 11: First Love, Marriage, and Divorce with Michelle Chang

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I am beyond thankful to this sweet lady, Michelle Chang, for opening up and sharing her challenges through marriage and divorce. No one enters a relationship, let alone a marriage with the expectation of it only lasting several years. However, as we get older I think we are learning that life is not always perfect. Things don’t go as planned and we get curve balls thrown at us from time to time that we learn to push through and grow from. Michelle’s heartbreak is one many of us I’m sure can relate to. Marriage is hard. Two people choosing to spend their lives together need to be able to openly communicate and always be honest with themselves and one another. Divorce was never planned, but what she took away and learned from it was life-changing.

Episode 10: Mother’s Day with My Amazing Mom

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I’m posting a day earlier than usual, but it’s just too fitting to miss out. I know you are all busy with your own Mother’s Day plans, but when you have a chance I promise you this episode is worth the listen! My mom shares her incredible story of how she entered her twenties. I already knew my mom was the strongest women I know, but after learning even more about her struggle I am more captivated and astonished. She had to escape a cult and run away to a new town with nothing but the clothes on her back. She begged for a job and a place to sleep, which gives me anxiety just thinking about. But SHE DID IT! She started a new life for herself with her faith in God that directed her paths and kept her safe when all the odds were against her. It amazes me all that she has gone through and raised us 6 kids with my dad in a loving and supportive home that I will cherish forever. I can only hope and pray I set that same example for my daughter and provide all the love and support I have had my entire life for her. Happy Mother’s Day, mom, you are truly an amazing and wonderful Mom, Mimi, and friend to us all. We love you!

Episode 9: New City, College, and Careers with Miranda VanVolkinburg

VanVolkinbugEntering her college days, Miranda knew she wanted to try something new. To find that independence, but still be able to drive home and visit family on the weekend. She found the right college and began her degree. Like many of us, majors changed, she met a boy, and the hunt for the right career was underway. After marrying at 21, she adjusted to the challenges of different career paths and now launched her own business. Listen to her story, as it’s one most of us have experienced or are experiencing now. We make a lot of big decisions in our 20’s and Miranda has learned and grown from each one.