Our Time to Rise

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, popular podcast hosts 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 courageous. 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.
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Jun 4, 2024

Why does abandonment cut so deep? Our guest, Dieula Previlon, reminds us that we are hardwired for relationships and when that need is threatened, we feel pain. Abandonment can be the threat or the actual experience of being left, excluded, rejected, unseen, or uncared for. We can carry this wound from childhood or we can be experiencing it now in midlife. Whether through a divorce, a friendship loss, or even a child growing up and leaving, abandonment can leave wounds that need tending.

Dieula reminds us to stay present for each other. Our emotional availability is the counter to abandonment. She also covers how we can work through our feelings of abandonment from God. As both a trained therapist and ordained pastor - Dieula offers us a wholistic roadmap for healing.


Dieula's website

Dieula's Book- Does God see me?


-Genesis 2:18

-Sweet magnolia- On Netflix


  1. Where have you felt the deep cut of Abandonment?
  2. How has Abandonment impacted your attachment style?
  3. Who can you go to for support as you face your feelings?
  4. What would it look like to invite God into your plan?


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May 28, 2024

Summer is already fun, but here's a few ideas to add to your list! The more intentional we can be about planning ahead, the more likely it will be that room will be made for those moments that make summer special.

In this episode we talk about outdoor summer concerts, pool time, picnic chicken, fresh flowers, charcuterie boards, frozen treats, some favorite makeup finds, and more.

Join us and let's get in the mood for S-U-M-M-A-H!


  • Don't forget about free concerts in the park as a fun and free entertainment option during the summer.
  • Invest in a portable picnic table for convenient outdoor dining experiences.
  • Try making picnic chicken in a sourdough bowl for a delicious and unique meal.
  • Consider buying paper bouquets as a creative and long-lasting alternative to fresh flowers.
  • Experiment with frozen fruit treats like frozen grapes soaked in Prosecco or frozen watermelon and bananas.
  • Explore the Starbucks spicy refreshers for a refreshing and less sweet summer drink.
  • opt for comfortable wedge sandals for a stylish and comfortable summer footwear option.
  • Host summer charcuterie parties with themed boards like breakfast, birthday, chocolate, fruit and cheese, or s'mores.
  • Use lip pencils for a more defined and put-together look during the summer season.



1. What can you schedule or put on your calendar now to make summer more fun?


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May 21, 2024

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.


"Legacy is not something we leave for people, but it is something we leave in people".


  1. What are you doing to cultivate fun and growth in your life?
  2. How can you show practical love and presence to the older people in your life?
  3. How could you move more fluidly through this season?
  4. How can you better embrace other peoples passions and personalities


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May 14, 2024

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


  1. How does your family story impact your legacy?
  2. What are some small actions you are taking to build the legacy of your family?
  3. How can you invest in new relationships and maintain long standing ones at this stage of your life?
  4. How are you continuing to open your world?


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May 7, 2024'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.


Website: Donna Jones

Instagram: donnaajones

Donna Jones Book: Healthy Conflict, Peaceful Life



James 1:19


-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?

Apr 30, 2024

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!




  • 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?


  1. What conversation do you need to have with your child now about graduation coming up?
  2. What is important to you as you mark this transition?
  3. What can you do now to practically prepare for fall?
  4. How can you have that significant conversation with your child before he/she leaves?

Apr 23, 2024

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.


Chris & Julie's - website

Chris Bennett's - Instagram

Julie Bennett's - Instagram

Chris and Julie's book- Fighting For Family


The chosen - Tv show

1 peter 1:23- Imperishable seed


  1. What would it look like to fight for your family in this season, rather than fight with your family?
  2. Think of someone in your life who seems particularly complicated, how can you embrace them in their complexity?
  3. Who or what do you need to forgive?
  4. What prayer can you craft for your children to pray over them consistently?


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Apr 16, 2024

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!


Instagram: sarahwbragg

Sarah's Book- Is Everyone Happier Than Me?


  • 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.


  1. Has there been a season or circumstance where you have been more prone to feeling like no one likes you?
  2. How could you focus on showing how much you enjoy others around you today, rather than focus on how others feel about you?
  3. What are some qualities you have that make you a good friend?
  4. How could you convey a posture of openness to others around you today as you are out in the world?


Apr 9, 2024

Molly Stillman's story is not all laughter and fun. She lost her mother at an early age. But it was watching her parents maneuver through hardship with levity and humor that modeled to her that life is always a combination of good and hard. Through their story and her own - Molly offers concrete examples of how taking ourselves and our circumstances too seriously can rob of us the joy that is also available.

In this episode, Molly emphasizes the importance of the human experience in balancing joy and pain. Whether it's cracking a joke to break tension in a moment or realigning what is important when details of life surprise us, you will be encouraged that in your disappointment, frustration, or grief, you can have a lens of holding everything with lightness. God's plan is always at work. We can allow laughter and levity in to places and moments that need the reminder that there is still good news and goodness in our days.

Connect with Molly

Molly's website and Instagram

Molly's Book: If I don't laugh, I will cry

A few things mentioned on the show

China Beach Tv show

Airplane movie

Questions to Help You Rise

  1. What kind of humor do yo enjoy?
  2. What is your natural response when faced with a stressful situation?
  3. How could you add some levity to your responses?
  4. What could you incorporate to your life to bring more lightness?
  5. In what relationship do you need to add some humor, some play, or levity?

Apr 2, 2024

Do you fear artificial intelligence (AI)? or augmented reality (AR)? Do you wonder what is going to happen if we, as a culture, transition to using these technologies more and more?

We wonder that too. That's why we decided to have Jen Richey on the podcast. Jen is the Chief Strategy Officer of Gravity Jack, Inc. an augmented and virtual reality company. She is also a committed Christian who is striving to use their technology to further the gospel message in the world.

In this conversation, Jen helps us define artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) and how they can be used as tools. Most notably, she emphasizes the importance of understanding the limitations and biases of AI and the need to be discerning when using AI tools (this was an especially surprising part).

Jen also shares her personal journey with technology and how her faith has influenced her work in the tech industry. She encourages all of us to approach technology with wisdom and to find ways to do our creative best to use it for the Kingdom purposes.

You will walk away from this episode less fearful of technology and more inspired to use it for good!

Find out more about Jen Richey

on LinkedIn
follow on Instagram
or check out her website



Bible GPT

War Tribe of Benyamin AR game


What new insight did you discover about AI or AR after listening to this episode? 

In what way have you allowed fear to root inside of you surrounding technology? 

What action do you feel led to take after listening to this episode?

What good could you bring to the world using technology? 

Mar 26, 2024

Our bodies are changing...and well...that means our bodies are changing ;).

Our trusted, go-to OBGYN, Dr. Carol Tanksle,y is back on the show to remind us that as our bodies change our need for intimacy does not. In fact, midlife can be a time of great emotional upheaval, or at least of emotional awareness, which can then impact how we experience sex. The combination of physical changes with all of the other external life circumstance changes, it's no surprise our bodies don't respond like they did twenty or even ten years ago.

After decades of working as a physician and speaking with thousands of women, Dr. Carol gives incredible advice to both married and single women about the need for intimacy and self-care during midlife. As whole people, we must address all areas of ourselves in order to be fully healthy.

No topic is off limits and we know this is one you want to talk about, so here we are. Sex in midlife. It's a thing. Let's make it a very good thing as God intended.

Connect with Dr. Carol

On her website

A few things mentioned on the shoe

Dr. Carol's new book Sexpectations: Reframing Your Good and Not-So-Good Stories About God, Love, and Relationships

Good Clean Love personal lubricant

Dr. Carol's Guide to Women's Health

Dr. Carol's episode with us on menopause

Dr. Juli Slattery's episode on Difficult Conversations: Talking About Sexuality

Questions to Help You Rise

  • How is midlife impacting your body?
  • How are you feeling about sex these days?
  • If you are married, how can you talk to your spouse about sex and what you would like?
  • What is one thing you can do today to "deal with your stuff" as Dr. Carol mentions at the end of the episode?

Mar 19, 2024

Do you struggle with aging? Do you look in the mirror and wonder where the person you used to be went? Or maybe you are even having a hard time reading this description because your eye sight is changing but you don’t want to get glasses.

In this conversation, Heather Creekmore, author and coach, discusses the fear of aging otherwise known as Gerascophobia – yes, there is really a name for it. She highlights the cultural shifts and ageism that contribute to this fear, as well as the pressure to conform to societal beauty standards.

Heather emphasizes the importance of settling the heart issue and finding contentment in our identity, rather than relying on external validation. She also addresses the personal choices we make regarding our appearance and the need to avoid judgment towards others.

This episode explores the challenges and questions that arise with aging, particularly in relation to physical appearance and body changes. It delves into topics such as dealing with gray hair, struggling with body changes and weight gain, settling identity, and embracing aging gracefully and gratefully.

Let’s be people at Our Time To Rise who get BETTER with age!

Find out more about Heather Creekmore: On her website OR Instagram


Netflix show: Nailed it

Heather’s book: The 40 Day Body Image Workbook

“Do we want to believe the word or do we want to believe the world?”

“Who do I want to become? and how do I become that person now?”


In what area are you most struggling with aging?

What does God want you to know about this area of your life?

What is unique about the age you are right now that you don’t want to miss?

Who do you want to become?


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Mar 12, 2024

Just because we are middle-aged doesn't mean we need to look frumpy. In fact, fashion stylists and Instagram duo Julie Powell and Krista Olufson teach us just the opposite. This is a time in our lives when we want to feel good. How we dress in the morning can help with that.

On their Instagram profile @lastseenwearing, Julie and Krista teach us how to style clothes instead of just wearing them. From accessories (hello belts are a big deal!) to the cut of a jean, we talk through how we can look fresh and up to date as our bodies and styles change. It's the small things that make us look put together and then we feel our best as we walk through our days.

If you are looking for some practical help in how to be age-appropriate in your fashion (we do not need to dress like our daughters) while also current, this episode is for you. Because as we rise to meet life's challenges we want to look and feel our best.

Connect with Krista and Julie

on Instagram and website

Some things mentioned

Comfortable shoe brands:

-Dolce vita

-Birken stock- Sandals

-Dr scholl's

-Mephisto- Sandals

-Sam Edelman


-Miranda Frye

-Maggie bracelet

-Risen Jewellery- Christian Jewellery

-Kinsley Armelle

Some questions to help you rise

1. Do you feel tension between your faith and an interest in fashion?

2. What action step could you take to organize your current clothes into styled outfits?

3. When you do an inventory of your clothes, what do you have enough of and need to stop buying?  

4. What can you purchase to make more styled outfits with what you already have?

5. How could you use accessories to spice up your current outfit?

Mar 5, 2024

Do you want to make the most of your natural beauty? Do you want to feel good in the clothes you are wearing?

In this conversation, Rebecca Reid, a certified personal color analyst, discusses the power of color analysis and how it can enhance personal style and beauty. She explains that each person is unique and their coloring should be reflected in their color palette.

Rebecca also discusses the comeback color analysis is making in the world and the benefits it offers, such as simplifying decision-making and saving time and money. We camp in the idea of "harmony" in color choices and how it be a game changer as we consider how to look our best.

We define such terms as undertone, value range, and chroma and why these matter. You will be happy to also know that the colors that looks best on you also apply to make up. Yes ladies, we get to simplify our make-up drawers in this episode also (BIG win)!

If you are curious about how color can help you feel and look your best, this episode is for you.

Find Rebecca

Rebecca's: website and Instagram

Some Things You Heard on the Show:

Jewish Matchmaking on Netflix

The Munsell System (color analysis)

True Color International


Question to help you rise:

1. When you heard Rebecca talking about how God made your coloring uniquely and intentionally, how did that make you feel?

2. When have you felt “in harmony” with your coloring?  

3. How could you cultivate more peace with how God made you?

4. How could you simplify your closet and make up drawer based on what you learned today?

Feb 27, 2024

Parenting young adults is no joke. We have all of the same love for them and yet little control. We watch them make decisions and wonder where we fit in their lives these days.


We invited author and mom Mary Demuth to the show to discuss challenges parents face when their children become adults. Mary reminds us that parenting is an ongoing journey, and parents still have a mission once their children leave home.


Mary provides practical advice on how to love, listen, and pray for adult children, and how important it is for a parent to be authentic and vulnerable in sharing their stories as a way of helping their children  transition to adulthood.


Mary emphasizes the importance of being an active listener in maintaining a strong relationship with the children while setting boundaries and practicing independence.


This can be a lonely time for parents and we want to face these challenges together!


Find Mary


Mary’s book- Love, Pray, Listen: Parenting Your Wayward Adult Kids with Joy 

Mary’s website and Instagram


What you heard on the show


Mary’s 52 weekly prayer pdf


Romans 12:1-2: Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.


Isaiah 41:10: So do not fear, for I am with you;

    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you;

    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.


Questions to help you Rise

  1. What is your mission as you parent right now?

  2. How are you being authentic and vulnerable as you share your own stories with others?

  3. How can you better participate in active listening with your adult children

  4. Are your prayers focusing on expressing love and support, or are they attempts at controlling your kids?

  5. How can you pray towards God’s heart for them this week?

Feb 20, 2024

Buckle up Enneagram lovers – we’re diving into your favorite topic in light of marriage today. If you want to be more self aware, and improve how you operate in your most primary relationship, this episode is for you.

Joining us is Christa Hardin, therapist and Enneagram expert. She is host of the popular Enneagram + Marriage podcast.

Today she helps us understand why understanding our Instincts within each number of the Enneagram is important, why knowing where we are in the Conflict Triad matters, and how we can be more whole and balanced as a couple using the strengths of each group.

From self-soothing techniques to language we can use for greater connection, Christa illuminates how this tool can help us in growing and deepening love.


The Enneagram in Marriage



What’s your number? Understanding the Enneagram 101 with Suzanne Stabile
The Enneagram and Spiritual Health with Doug and Adele Calhoun
The Enneagram and Your Authentic Self with Marilyn Vancil


Type 1 – The Improver
Type 2- The Giver
Type 3 – The Achiever
Type 4 – The Individualist
Type 5- The Observer
Type 6- The Trust Builder
Type 7- The Enthusiast
Type 8- The Protector
Type 9- The Peace Maker


Self Preserving Instinct – take care of you and your family using security measures

Sexual Instinct – the desire to create together; to merge and attract

Social Instinct – the desire for social connection and purpose


Types 2, 7, + 9 – Positivity types – think in ideals, comfort, love

Types 1, 3, + 5 – Linear and logical types in conflict

Types 6, 8, + 4 – Emotional reactivity and passion types – deeper and more passionate care- OK putting cards on the table and showing how they really feel.

The best is when we can combine positivity, depth / passion, and maintain logic. When couples do all three, they start to argue in ways that get traction.

“Where there is life, there’s hope.”



  • Take deep breaths
  • Lament (ie. who your spouse isn’t)
  • Take time with the Lord
  • Go on a walk
  • Take a break from conflict


“Focus on what you are together as a couple instead of what you aren’t.”


  1. Within your number, what instinct do you fall in? Self preserving, sexual, or social?
  2. Look up your number plus your instince and see what it says to increase your self awareness.
  3. Where do you fall in the conflict triad?
  4. What can you do to broaden your skill set in conflict (get practical and specific).
  5. When can you create a time to discuss the principles in this episode with your spouse?


Feb 12, 2024

It's one of our favorite episodes of the year. Word has it, it's one of yours too. In honor of Valentine's Day here are a few things we are "loving" right now.

From our favorite boots to our must have nail polish, this episode settles in on the practical. It is THINGS we love after all. This is the one time each year we give it to you sister to sister, the things that are making our life work, or at least a little more enjoyable.

Click on this link to get the e-booklet with all of the links to the items we talk about. You. Do. Not. Want. To. Miss. This.


Feb 6, 2024

Do you ever feel you are living in a world gone mad? Do you question whether peace is really possible?

Brant Hansen, author and popular radio host, joins us for this important conversation with his quick wit and thoughtful ideas. We talk about being unoffendable and choosing peace, what it looks like to outsource our worries to God, and how we can trust God's plan, even when life spins out of control.

Brant also explores the beauty of the Kingdom of God and the transformative power of focusing on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. He encourages us to memorize scripture as a way to combat anxiety and replace negative thoughts with God’s truth.

If you want more freedom, gratitude, and joy in your life, tune in.


Life is Hard, God is Good, Let’s Dance by Brant Hansen

Unoffendable by Brant Hansen

Unoffendable Study Guide with DVD

Dallas Willard “Joy is a pervasive sense of well being regardless of circumstances.”

Patriots Super Bowl Comeback Game Highlights

This Cultural Moment Podcast Episode – Resilient Faith with New Testament Scholar Dr. Jerry Sittser (we are not the only Christians in history who have struggled)

Tim Ferris



  1. With whom do you need to be more unoffendable?
  2. How can you better cultivate peace in your life?
  3. What are you putting your attention on that needs to shift?
  4. What would it look like to dance?

WE LOVE OUR SPONSOR! Check out the Legacy Changer book by Kristen Hallinan.  



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Jan 30, 2024

You know the moment. You've said "Hello", but don't know what to say next? Yeah, we know that moment too. Which is why we are doing an episode on what to say when you've forgotten someone's name and you really feel like you should know it. Or you run into somebody at the grocery store and don't want to get into the hard details of how life has actually been going.

We are all human. We don't always have the perfect response or eloquent conversation starter. This episode won't change that, but it might get you thinking about how to handle the most common moments in your own life when you feel a bit tongue-tied. We are here to think ahead together so that we can be intentional in those slightly awkward moments with people we know and those we don't.

How do we operate in the world when we want to be kind, honest, and also curious...and are just at a loss for words? This episode is meant to give some practical suggestions from our podcast hosts Krista and Alex AND is meant to get a conversation started. Comment below on what you say, when you have forgotten somebody's name.


A few things mentioned in this episode:

Knowing What to Say: Finding the words to fit any situation by American Girl

Harvard's blog about The FORD Method

The Art of Neighboring by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon

Sharon McMahon aka @sharonsaysso on Instagram

The Gottman Institute

Some questions for reflection

-How do you want people to feel as you are having a conversation?

-Where do you tend to get stuck in small talk?

-How can you be prepared before you go into a situation so that you can avoid some conflict?

-What are some scripts you can have ready?

Jan 23, 2024

Are you someone who wants change but is afraid of the unknown? Do you ever wonder what would be on the other side of making a move that feels uncomfortable?

Joining us today is best selling author, speaker, TV personality, and coach Michelle McKinney Hammond. Splitting time between Ghana and Chicago, Michelle is no stranger to change and innovation.

She has moved from writing to speaking to singing to fashion designing to conference hosting… and more. At every stage Michelle evolves and creates, and she encourages us to do the same.

We also dive into the topic of mindset and why this is vital for the health and thriving of our lives. In this interview you will laugh, be inspired, and sharpened.

If you want to get better at embracing change, listen in!


Book: When Shift Happens

Visit her website to learn more


The Design Lab -Stanford

Genesis 2

Rock for the Rock – Michelle and Relevance (music)




What do I really want? 

What change in my life can I embrace as a pathway to new opportunity?

What part of my mindset needs to shift so I can see the change in my life differently?

How can I invite God into the change happening in my life?  What would that look like?



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Jan 16, 2024

There's no kinda stress like money stress. The good news is the new year offers an opportunity to examine our spending habits and their root causes. We didn't want this new year marker to pass without looking at how we can evaluate our tendencies and be intentional with how and where we spend.

We brought you the best for this conversation. Shawna and David Sullivan discuss the importance of addressing money issues in the new year with honesty and no judgement. They highlight the three primary mistakes people make with money: overspending, mindless spending, and oversaving. They emphasize the need to address the heart issues behind these mistakes and approach money as a reflection of values and priorities.

Shawna and David also share their personal experiences in navigating money differences in their 20-year marriage. They offer a great reminder that this conversation around money decisions is bathed in grace. Jesus is better than anything money can buy. We can encourage each other in that good news as we make daily decisions with our money.

Connect with David and Shawna

Through Shawna's website or Instagram

A few things mentioned (You Need A Budget)

The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn

Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper

Shawna's download 7 Do's and Don'ts for Your Time and Money in the New Year

Some questions for reflection (from Shawna's download)

When thinking of spending, ask yourself:

  • Does this line up with my values?
  • Is this necessary?
  • What is one investment goal I have for this year?

Head over to Shawna's website to find more thoughtful questions to get your spending lined up with your priorities.

Jan 9, 2024

Do you feel frustrated and a bit confused about how to best care for your body in midlife? You are in good company.

In this episode health coach Megan Dahlman encourages us to focus on four essential pillars of health. Most of us are good at one or two, but rarely all four.

Megan educates us on what we need to know about bone density, muscle mass, healing, and balance, and why these are especially important in our season of life.

Our health is vital to our wellbeing. If you are a woman in midlife, or approaching midlife, you want to hear what’s in this episode!

Find Megan Dahlman on her website or Instagram


Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones

Balance ideas you can do while brushing your teeth

Fast Like a Girl by Dr. Mindy Pelz

Jumpstart 30


  1. Which pillar of health needs your attention this year? Fitness, nutrition, stress management, or sleep?
  2. What is one habit you can stack on another to increase your health? (ie. mobility exercises while brushing teeth)
  3. Knowing muscle mass and bone density are critical to aging well, what is one pivot you can make to incorporate more strength exercises?
  4. Do you tend to be more like the tortoise or the hare? In what area would it be beneficial for you to become Team Tortoise?







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Jan 2, 2024

Have you ever felt frustrated by New Year’s resolutions? Do you tend to set the same goals over and over with little progress?

Today on the podcast hosts Krista Gilbert and Alexandra Kuykendall talk about effective goal setting and what elements need to be addressed in order to make lasting change. They also address common mistakes people make when the calendar turns.

Krista, a life and leadership coach, coaches Alex through one of her goals for 2024 in real time. Alex is real, vulnerable, and open as she shares about her goal and what gets in the way of her success in this area. Push play to find out what it is and to witness the effective goal setting process.

If you want to make changes that last this year, listen in!


  • What is the one goal you want to focus on for the next 90 days?
  • What is your deeper why behind that goal?
  • What are your limiting beliefs that come up against this goal?
  • What is a powerful thought you can repeat when the limiting beliefs arise?
  • What is your roadmap to achieve your goal? It is helpful to create systems that set you up for success.
Dec 19, 2023

What is the "wilderness"? It's when our understanding of God does not match our experience.

Let that sink in for a minute.

Faith Eury Cho talks about the raw honesty we can have with God and how that plants roots for friendship. 

As we look ahead to the new year we want to be considering how to live a faithful life, how to rise to meet the moments in front of us, even when we're not FEELING our faith. Gratitude. Curiosity. Thanksgiving. These are practices we can use to remember who God is, invite him into our daily minutia of life, and thank him for what he has already done and has yet to do.

If you're wondering how to face the next few weeks or next year, we invite you to listen in to this conversation and tell us how you are cultivating a real friendship with the living God.


Connect with Faith

On her website or Instagram


Mentioned on the show

Faith's new book Experiencing Friendship with God: How the Wilderness Draws Us to His Presence

Questions for reflection

-How do you see God drawing near to you?

- In what ways can you be more honest with him as you end this year?

-How can you live in expectation that he will be with you, no matter what you're facing, in 2024?

Dec 12, 2023

Christmas doesn't arrive on our terms. Whether we are ready for a party or not, the holiday is still here. It's okay to be sad (and if you are, it's okay to give yourself permission to be sad.) It's also okay to have grief and joy at the same time or on different days. There is no right way to feel this Christmas.

Our guest for this episode, Jami Nato, knows a few things about grief during the holidays. Her life as she knew it fell apart nearly a decade ago - right between Thanksgiving and New Year's. For years to follow she couldn't figure out why she wasn't better able to welcome the holiday season. She needed to give herself permission to grieve. From infidelity to addiction to that missing person at the table, we cover how heartbreak can feel acute this time of year.

And yet....we also know the very holiday we are celebrating right now is our reminder that God comes near to us because he loves us. He doesn't come because we have put together lives, just the opposite, he comes because we need him. If you are feeling low today, or you love someone who is, this is a great listen to remind us all that God loves the sinners - that's all of us - and he is with us no matter what.

Connect with Jami

On Instagram, or Facebook

A few things mentioned

Jami's book This Must Be the Place: Following the Breadcrumbs of Your Past to Discover Your Purpose Today

Breathing Through Grief: A Devotional Journal for Seasons of Loss by Dorina Gilmore-Young

Some questions for reflection

-How are you going to make sure you take care of yourself in your grief?

-How are you going to reach out to a friend who may be hurting?

-How might you hold on to the hope that is Christmas?

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