Episode#16: Keeping Our Calling Thriving When Life Is Not

October 13, 2017
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Okay, so you've found it.

Those sleepless nights are more craveable, desirable. Much different than those nights eagerly trying to get your sweet baby to bed.

You actually can't stop daydreaming about it.  It makes you pumped just to talk about, think about it, dream about it.

But, what happens when life gets in the way?

A sudden death occurs, a relationship becomes rocky, you start to feel like you're not good enough?

Maybe there's just not enough time.

You don't feel motivated like you once were.

The pumped-up feeling fades and this question keeps popping up.

Is this really what I'm supposed to be doing? 

Did you miss the last Passion Brewing Momma Episode? Find out the simplest way to find happiness. 

Keeping Our Calling Thriving When Life Is Not

Keeping our calling thriving when life is not can be challenging.

It's harder when you're not sure if that's really what you feel called to do.

There are many times when I question my calling to write.

Am I good enough?

How can God use someone like me?

If my motivation fades, if I don't feel moved to do this anymore, how can this be my calling?

Maybe you have a different question that continually greets you at life's ugly moments. Keeping you from passionately thriving to continue.

Fabienne Fredrickson defines the question we all eventually ask,

The things you are passionate about are not random. They are your calling.

Want a thriving marriage too? Here are 7 secrets that could help. 

Life Calling Quote

So how do we keep our calling thriving when life is not?

Lately, I've been overwhelmed with my passion for writing and encouraging others. Other areas of my life have made me question if I'm really doing the right thing.

My seven-month-old son is doing is a fair job of being extra cute and super awake during my usual time of writing.

Sometimes in our walk of faith, we consume this idea that we have to hold it all together when things get tough, when our anger boils over, or when we can't handle the life cards thrown at us.

Especially, when we have a passion for helping others. How are we supposed to lift others up when we can't hold ourselves together?

But, through all the doubts and life's little hiccups, we have to keep in mind this one thing.

Read the full article on the Passing Brewing Momma blog!

Here’s an outline of the sweet stuff in Episode 16:

  • When we are unsure of our calling
  • Hope for when our calling is not thriving like we want it to
  • 5 things to try to get back doing the things we love

Once you listen, feel free to leave a comment/suggestion/question below. Are you a momma that has a passion for something and want to share with us? Go fill out our new form and schedule an interview. 

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Episode #15: The Simplest Way To Find Happiness For Moms

September 8, 2017
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I've spent several years trying to pinpoint that one thing. The one thing that will make me happy.

The hobby that won't get buried in my closet waiting to be finished.

Something that will make a tiny dent in the world around me.

That one thing I can claim as my own.

As a mom of three, it's hard to hold onto our own sandwich without someone wanting a part of it.

Better yet our sanity.

So how can we find that one thing that will give us the spark of happiness we are looking for?

Through the few years that I have realized the importance of having something for me, I know this.

  1. Making things with my Cricut machine is my absolute favorite. (I get to be creative without owning any crafty skills)

Check out what a Cricut machine does and why you might like it too!

  1. I love writing despite the fact I'm not very good at it.

Even though I've discovered these things I love doing, I've failed to recognize the simplest way to find happiness.

The Simplest Way To Find Happiness

The simplest way to find happiness is finding the person beneath the mess, the chaos, the pain.

It's saying no when we want to say yes.

And loving you for you. Even when you feel unlovable.

It's yet so simple and yet can be so complex if we let the disease of busyness enter our core.

But, if we chose to remain busy. Telling ourselves we have too much on our plate. Covering our busyness with band-aids of false accountability, we can easily lose the people we so desperately care about.

We can even lose ourselves.

Read the full article on the Passing Brewing Momma blog!

Here’s an outline of the sweet stuff in episode 14:

  • The simplest way to find happiness
  • The number one lie we tell ourselves

Once you listen, feel free to leave a comment/suggestion/question below. Are you a momma that has a passion for something and want to share with us? Go fill out our new form and schedule an interview. 

Here are some resources discussed in the show:

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Episode #14: Crafting Messes, Memories, and Masterpieces with Liz Giertz

June 10, 2017
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Welcome to episode #14: Crafting Messes, Memories, and Masterpieces with Liz Giertz.

Do you believe messes can be turned into masterpieces?

Our very special guest is an Army wife momma that shares her passion for writing, reading, and crafting. She loves gathering women around the table to create and encourage each other.

She has a blog called My Messy Desk, her own Etsy shop, and hosts crafting workshops.

As you will be hearing Liz’s story, I will be sharing my own mess and why I almost stopped podcasting.

I truly hope her ambition and creativity inspires you like it did me!

Make sure to share your thoughts in the comments below and share with your friends too! 

About The Messy Desk Momma

The Crafting Momma-Liz Giertz

Have you ever wanted to travel around the world?

Well, Liz might have all the secrets to moving and packing we would need or ever want to know.

Liz grew up outside of Washington D.C. and from there she joined the Army. She's lived in Virginia, New York, Germany, Illinois, Texas, Korea, Colorado, Louisiana, and this summer she's moving to West Virginia.

This momma's love story is truly unique.

She met her husband in Korea while she was still on active duty.  

He was assigned to the higher headquarters and when she was visiting his office building, someone introduced them.

He even had to call her ma'am!

They dated in Virginia, got engaged in Kansas and planned their wedding from Iraq.

Now they have two boys ages 9 and 11.

Go check out her 12 FREE scripture cards!

Where Her Passion For Crafting & Writing Began

Liz has always loved writing. When she was in Flordia cleaning out her Dad's house she found some ribbons she won from writing contests. He had kept all of her short stories she had written.

But, crafting is a new hobby for her. 

And, she was exposed to it in stages. When she got out of the Army in 2007, she moved somewhere where she didn't know anybody. She kept meeting ladies that enjoyed crafting. They showed her crafts from stamping to scrapbooking.

 

Painting Supplies

She's picked up different skills over the years. 

When she moved to Colorado, she had a friend that like this thing from Pottery Barn, but she didn't want to pay $175 for it. So she asked Liz to help her recreate it!

That's when she started having 6 or 8 ladies gather around together monthly to do a craft based on their interest. 

Read the full article on the Passion Brewing Momma Blog!

Liz's last craft workshop before her big move
Liz's last craft workshop before her big move!

Here’s an outline of the sweet stuff in episode 14:

  • Tips on how to refuel yourself
  • Where to find some craft inspirations
  • How to connect with other women
  • Tips on starting a craft workshop
  • Liz's experience on Etsy
  • Encouragement for when you want to quit

Thank you for stopping by, enjoy the show!

May your day be filled with messes, beautiful and broken, and a little time for you. For we never know what goodness the day can bring until we fully love who we are.

Once you listen, feel free to leave a comment/suggestion/question below.

Are you a momma that has a passion for something and want to share with us?

Go fill out our new form and schedule an interview. 


Here are some resources we discussed in the show:

How to Connect with Liz:

Where to find me:

 

Episode #13: Baby Memorial Keepsakes with Sarah Pennington

May 13, 2017
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Welcome to Episode #13: Baby Memorial Keepsakes with Sarah Pennington. God truly designed Sarah and me to speak to you today. I hope you find hope in her story and passion of creating breathtaking baby keepsakes.

It has been a true spiritual battle getting this episode delivered.

I can't be more joyous as it is a special episode in honor of two angel babies: Noah Henry and Logan Forrest.

If her story inspires you too, make sure to comment below and share her message with your friends too!

About the Baby Keepsake Creator

@athredrunsthruit

This baby keepsake creator is no ordinary mom or wife. Sarah Pennington is a woman full of strength, passion, and hope.

Mrs. Penninton raises her family on the foothills of the Appalachian mountains.

When she's not working on her passion she's probably wrangling her rowdy two-year-old son and loving every minute of it.

She always wanted to live in the city and did for a little bit while in college studying video production. But, now she's back to the country living where she feels right at home. Her family surrounds her and her parents even live next door.

When it comes to art Sarah loves it all! She likes to crochet, doodle, and watch movies too.

Where Her Passion for Baby Memorial Keepsakes Began

Like most moms with a passion behind their business, Sarah has a story worth sharing and hearing.

Five years of being together with her husband, trying to have a baby, they found out their little peanut was growing in her womb.

Not a bad gift for Father's day!

Pregnancy brings so much joy to a mother's heart. But, when Sarah was 19 weeks pregnant they found out some troubling news.

When rushed into the ER they found out they were carrying a little boy, but there was something wrong.

Her cervix was incompetent meaning it was too weak to hold her baby.

Their little Logan was trying to come out. The doctor's planned on doing an emergency cerclage, in an attempt to prevent him coming out too early. This process involves stitching the cervix closed until the baby is ready to be born or be able to survive.

But, their little boy was already starting coming through, so there stood a risk of a life-threatening infection for both her and her baby.

Then came any mother's worst nightmare. It's when your world turns upside down in the midst of the unexpected.

They told her their son was not far enough along to survive, and if he did survive birth they would only get a few minutes with him.

In September 2013, Logan Forrest went to rest in the arms of Jesus.

When you have a pregnancy after that you're prone to extreme paranoia and anxiety, explained Sarah.

They both prayed for a baby and rested in the thought of it will happen when it will happen. 

Right around Christmas, they found out they were expecting their rainbow baby.

What is a rainbow baby? Find out more here. 

rainbow baby keepsake #infantloss #stillborn #miscarriage

Sarah's mom started with making the baby keepsakes. She made the first baby keepsake for Sarah. She and her mom opened an Etsy shop before. They played around with some nature inspired art.

Sarah loved her keepsake of Logan so much, that she wanted to make these for other moms who went through the same experience.

Angel baby keepsake with purple headband #infantloss #SIDS #keepsake

At some point, she thought I don't know how long I can do this. 

Every day she ends up talking with someone who went through the loss of a baby. When talking with others she relives what she went through.

But, through the raw emotions, God keeps giving her signs to continue.

The moms that receive her beautiful baby keepsake creations continue to tell her how much their gift means to them and how much it helps with their healing.

Twin Angel baby keepsake with teddy bear

You can hear the strength God has given her when she talks about surrendering her passion to God.

This is yet one of the hardest passions I've interviewed because Sarah relies on God's strength for herself, and strength to spread to others going through the loss of a baby.

Read the full article on the Passing Brewing Momma blog!
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Episode #12: Giving Grace Part 2: Giving Grace in Our Friendships and Marriage

April 20, 2017
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My bathroom is my favorite place to seep my emotions. It’s often mopped with tears of frustration, hopelessness, and loneliness.

My mint green room (the one I’ve been wanting to re-paint for years) is my slice of New York cheese cake.

It’s the place I run to when the loud angry voices from my marriage tell me we’re failing.

It’s where I question why I have no friends.

My mint ice cream room is my safe place when my kids touch my last nerve.

But, honestly, in the loneliness and craziness of motherhood, grace is the last thing I want to give.

So when exactly should we give grace?

Welcome to episode #12! Oh it’s so good to be back! Momma’s I’ve really had to focus giving myself a dose of grace lately. For those of you who don’t follow me, I am just getting back in the groove of things after having my son.

This is my fourth child and I’ve somehow forgotten the added exhaustion of having a cute snuggly baby. And needless to say, the full strength of a freshly brewed coffee also slipped back into my existence.

Giving myself grace has always been hard. Giving myself grace when dinner is served through the drive-thru, or as a mixture of things in my bare cabinets.

Yes, I’ve prolonged going to the grocery way too many times.

Or in the moments I feel I don’t deserve grace. When I can’t seem to control my anger and my kids get the scolding mom I told myself I’d never be.

Listen to the Passion Brewing Momma's Part 1 of Giving Grace. 

But, in the midst of my tender emotions, giving others grace is just as hard.

When others hurt me, or when I see how my relationships are not what I desire, grace is the last thing my heart wants to give.

Maybe you can relate. When we feel our husband doesn’t understand us. Or, our friends aren’t present in our lives when we need them to be.

When our relationships don’t meet our expectations, our reactions don’t greet grace...

Read the full article on the Passion Brewing Momma Blog!

Here’s an Outline of the Sweet Stuff in Episode 12:

  • When to give grace
  • What makes our relationships inseparable
  •  Finding joy in our relationships

Once you listen, feel free to leave a comment/suggestion/question below.

Are you a momma that has a passion for something and want to share with us? 

Go fill out the interview form and schedule an interview.

I’d love to connect and hear your story!

Resources from the Show:

Where to find me:

 

Episode #11: When Your Passion Turns into a Christian Business with Leah Heffner

March 9, 2017
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Have you ever wondered what it's like when your passion turns into a Christian business? 

In this episode, we talk with Leah Heffner about how her passion for writing led to a marriage course and her own shop.

The fun thing about this episode is that you don't have to be thinking of turning your passion into a business!

Leah gives great advice on friendships, balancing mom-life with marriage, and how we can make a big difference right from our cupboards. 

I truly enjoyed getting to know this momma's story and I hope you do too!

Make sure to share your thoughts in the comments below and share with your friends too! 

About The Life Around The Coffee Cup Momma

Leah Heffner

Want to know what it's like to move 8 or 9 times in a seven year period? Well, you can ask Leah for some advice on how not to pull your hair out! This momma is a strong beautiful wife of seven years. She has three kids and one one the way in July.

Both Leah and her husband work at home while balancing homeschooling, 26 chickens, one duck, and a goose.

Growing up her family did musical theater together for fun. In high school, volleyball was her thing, but her speech teacher saw a different light of possibility for her. Her teacher desperately wanted her to be on the speech team.

But, God had a particular direction for her family. Her dad joined a seminary college leading them to move away. The speech team got crossed off along with the path she could have taken once she graduated. Instead, Leah finished her college degree with a French Education major.

We all have our own story worth telling. After Leah taught French for three years, with all the moves, and her second baby she started her own passion for blogging. For her, it was all about finding that community and rhythm and doing that where she was as a mom.

Her husband's first business dream started with flipping houses. He started an online business to learn about real estate. But, behind it all, he gained all the marketing information they needed to start their own Christian business.

They both love to speak and have ministry ingrained in their hearts. They are a lovely couple with excellent entrepreneur ideas, goals, and expertise.

When Your Passion for Writing Turns into a Christian Business

Every business is hard to start. But, if you are thinking of turning your passion into a Christian business go into it prayerfully! If you are going into business with your husband, Leah suggests knowing what your comfort level is with each other. And, of course, pray together.

Leah and her husband launched The Red Oak Collective six months ago. It all started when Leah wrote encouraging messages on her blog. She would write something compelling and then a lightbulb went off, this would be great on a coffee mug, or a shirt. After a year of this idea brewing, she talked to a designer. Her husband nudged her into making these products for Christian encouragement.

The Red Collective's Coffee Mugs

 

Leah and her husband have a mindset for marketing and business. She found a very logical fix for keeping that encouragement we want to stick with us, stay with us! As she puts it, we consume so much content every day, but if you have something that really sticks out to you, don’t you want to carry it around with you!

The cool thing about The Red Collective's products is that every item has a story behind it! Listen to the episode to find out more behind their creations and store! 

The Red Collective's Grace Shirt

Want to hear some more exciting news? Leah is launching her own podcast soon and her husband just launched his! It's called Our Daily Rest Podcast with Matt Heffner. His encouraging words will be added to The Red Collective's products too.

Visit the full article on When Your Passion Turns into a Christian Business on the Passion Brewing Momma Blog!

Here’s an Outline of the Sweet Stuff in Episode Eleven:

  • The ins and outs of when your passion turns into a Christian business
  • How encouraging others helps Leah's mom-life
  • All about the Making Marriage Matter course (inside tips of proof-testing your business idea)
  • How she started a Christian business with her husband
  • How you can change the world right from your cupboards

Once you listen, feel free to leave a comment/suggestion/question below.

Are you a momma that has a passion for something and want to share with us? 

Go fill out the interview form and schedule an interview.

I’d love to connect and hear your story!

Here are the resources we discussed in the show:

How to Connect with Leah:

Where to find me:

 

Episode #10: Dear Momma, Give Yourself a Dose of Grace Part 1

February 23, 2017
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Welcome to Episode #10, where you can finally give yourself grace!

Do you ever wonder how to give yourself grace when you continually fail at everything?

If we sat down and had a cup of coffee together, you’d see how similar our struggles are.

My life is busy. Some days, I fix cereal for dinner. The clacking of my dog licking the bowl off the table quickly follows.

My feet constantly step on metal cars lined in rows. It’s easier to ignore when my mind enters a state of exhaustion instead of asking my son to pick them up, once again.

I’ve grown accustomed to the sight of chaos in my house, but some days the weight of life, and motherhood push all the buttons around me. Then I drive myself into an extreme amount of guilt in everything I do.

Those dishes are still sitting waiting to be done. If you were a good housewife those would be finished before your husband came home.

Did you just hear yourself with that tone? If you can’t control those reactions you are going to fail as a parent.

I know you’ve seen this form sitting here a dozen of times this week. Why can’t you get it together? Now it’s going to be late.

The nagging inner voice leaves me feeling discouraged. Do you hear it, too?

Why is Giving Yourself Grace Important as a Mom?

It’s easy to get wrapped up into who we are not, rather than who we are. As mothers, it’s easy to measure our value by what we accomplish, or by how we handle the hair-pulling, head-spinning moments.

But, when we give ourselves a dose of grace we can learn to fully love who we are. We accept to love and forgive ourselves unconditionally.  

Sometimes we just need to let go of that to-do list! For some of us we need to trash those harsh criticisms we throw at ourselves. By giving ourselves grace, we learn to love the mom we are, not the mom we envy.

Visit the full article on Dear Momma, Give Yourself a Dose of Grace on the Passion Brewing Momma Blog!

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Episode #9: Transforming Others Through the Repercussions of Addiction With Kimberly Dewberry

February 9, 2017
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Welcome to episode number 9, where we talk about the calling of healing others through the repercussions of addiction. I love Instagram and am always captured by Kimberly's beautiful graphic of a dragonfly, along with her prayer requests and #talkitovertuesday posts.

What I didn't know was the beautiful breath-taking story beneath her calling and ministry. 

In this episode, Kimberly walks us through her own passions of bible journaling, Jesus, writing, and even dating her own husband.

What you don't want to miss is her story on how her passion for helping others through the pain of living with an addict blossomed! I hope you fall in love with her story and ministry like I did.

Make sure to tell us what you think in the comments below and share with your friends too! 

About the Dragonfly Momma

Kimberly Dewberry-Dragonfly Momma

Kimberly Dewberry is a mom of six wonderful children and three furbabies. While her children have migrated outside the home, she is an amazing wife of six years to her husband Patrick.

She's a true Texas gal who was born and raised just outside of Dallas.

This momma's ultimate passion is Jesus. Kimberly loves sharing devotions, encouragement, and hope on her blog. Writing is what makes this momma feel at home.

In the morning, you probably would see her searching for the words God has for her.

Have you ever thought of Bible journaling? Kimberly's creative side swayed her to try it and she's found a deeper connection in the verses since then.

In addition, she loves to color in stress-relief coloring books. Kimberly works as vice president of secondary mortgage operations at a North Texas bank, and when she's not working she loves going on adventures with her husband.

 

Visit the full article on Helping Transform Others Through the Repercussions of Addiction on the Passion Brewing Momma Blog!

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Episode #8: 7 Healthy Habits for Moms with a Passion & Mompreneurs with Rosemarie Gonzalez

January 26, 2017
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Welcome to episode number 8 where we dig into 7 healthy habits for moms. 

After stumbling across a momma with a passion for fitness I noticed she also encourages mompreneurs to live a healthier lifestyle. Not only is she an advocate for health and wellness, but she helps women and small families build their business brand and identity.

Let’s just say I have a hard time choosing between the right food for me and purchasing a family size bag of Oreos.

How do I know if eating healthy and getting my body into exercise mode is really worth it?

Our special momma, Rosemarie Gonzalez, walks us through healthy habits to live by from her personal struggle of balancing her calling and mom-life. I truly hope you find her story as inspiring and encouraging as I do.

Make sure to share with your friends and comment below.  

About the Birth N Wellness Hub Momma

Rosemarie Gonzalez

Rosemarie is a lovely wife and mom of four beautiful children from ages 3-12. She's a New Yorker who is foremost passionate about following Christ. After ten years of holding a passion for graphic design, a new passion emerged from her own personal experience.

After two c-sections, Rosemarie delivered her third child naturally.

She decided she wanted to educate women on finding the best choice for their child-birthing options. 

As she puts it, some women don't know they have more than one option. Moms can actually interview other physicians to find the best one that suits her plan for delivery.

However, she's a strong advocate of helping women tap into their God-given instincts for a natural birth. 

Not only is she a mom with a passion for graphic design and doula services, she owns another passion from another journey in her life. Through the motions of motherhood and as a business owner she lost sight of her own health.

So, that's when her passion to be a fitness coach blossomed. 

Now, she's a writer and encourager on the online platform at Birth N Wellness Hub. Here you will find Rosemarie's callings wrapped together to bless many women among her. She dives into mommyhood, wellness, fitness, and birthing stories and options.

Here are 10 workouts she recommends for busy moms. 

Visit the full article on 7 Healthy Habits for Moms on the Passion Brewing Momma Blog!

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Episode #7: Why Every Mom Needs Bucket List Goals

January 12, 2017
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Welcome to episode number 7: Why Every Mom Needs Bucket List Goals.

Do you want more time to do those things pressing on your heart this year?

Feeling a little hopeless and exhausted already from those little minions running around?

So How Can We Look At Goals Differently?

I love a to-do list. I like to complete something before I move onto the next thing. But honestly, goals feel more like one more thing I have to do.

They are overwhelming.

A bit exhausting.

And, they are constantly reminding me of how much I fail.

And eventually, my goals get thrown in the back of my closet with my misfit clothes I’ll wear someday.

So why am I blabbering about the nonsense of goals if they don’t work?

If we don’t have goals we are working towards absolutely nothing.

 

Read the full article on Why Every Mom Needs Bucket List Goals on the Passion Brewing Momma Blog!

 

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