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Allison Flexer on Truth, Lies and the Single Woman {Podcast Episode #68}


Allison Flexer joins me on the podcast today. Allison is an author, speaker, copyeditor and financial consultant. Her first book, Truth, Lies and the Single Woman: Dispelling 10 Common Myths focuses on combatting common lies that destroy the confidence and joy of single women.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • Why she is passionate about helping single women
  • Quitting her job and processing her feelings through writing
  • Finding God’s grace in everyday moments
  • Truth, Lies and the Single Woman
  • Her interviews with over 100 women that helped shape the book
  • How her book got published three months before her wedding
  • How she didn’t want to be the expert for single women
  • How hard it was for her to emotionally invest in the book
  • How her book became a healing experience for her
  • How people relate to those who honestly share their stories
  • Her writing process and what works for her
  • How writing conferences helped her
  • Her publishing process and how it was different
  • Spend time listening to God
  • Learning to sit and wait
  • Zephaniah 3:17


You can find Allison on her website and on Twitter. Definitely check out her book.

What did you like about this episode? Share in the comments, or let Allison know on Twitter.



Saying Thanks

I picked up a project this weekend that I really need to finish. I’ve had it on the backburner for a while and it’s time to get it moving again. As I read through my friend Jamie’s words, these really stuck out to me.

No matter what we are going through.

No matter how bad our day is.

No matter how difficult our life is right now.

We can always say thanks for one more day.

Thanks for the reminder, friend!


jamie thanks

Laura Wilson on Strings for Hope {Podcast Episode #67}


Laura Wilson joins me on the podcast today. She is the founder of Strings for Hope, which is a nonprofit focusing on feeding their neighbors. They make jewelry from recycled guitar strings and the proceeds support local food banks.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • How her passion turned in to a non-profit organization
  • The process of turning her business into a non-profit
  • How her dream expanded to helping others re-establish themselves and make a living
  • How they dreamed together
  • How they are working with musical acts in Nashville
  • New pieces from Florida Georgia Line and their relationship with Belmont University

You can learn more on their website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. They would love to be invited to festivals as well. If you know of a festival near you, definitely let them know!

What stood out to you from this episode?



Amy Latta on Loving Our Bodies {Podcast Episode #66}



Amy Latta joins me on the podcast today. She is passionate about helping others find their truth. She challenges us to look at how we are treating our bodies and learn to shift our mindset.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • Her shift from pure weight loss and fitness to learning to love her body
  • Will loving your body work better than hating your body?
  • “We’re tired of feeling unworthy because of what we look like. We are tired of being told we’re not good enough because our body doesn’t fit an ideal.”
  • Shifting from the mindset of fixing what’s wrong with us to loving who we are
  • How her view of her thighs changed
  • What do you love about yourself?
  • Take the thing you don’t like and put it in a positive light
  • Learning to love who you are, right where you are
  • A mindset change is harder than following a simple plan
  • Helping people with deep emotional steps doesn’t make for slick marketing
  • If she can help one more person recognize that they don’t have to hate their body anymore, it’s worth it
  • How the mind, body and soul are connected
  • Yoga helps her appreciate where she is right at that moment
  • When you treat your body well, your mind does better too
  • The world would be a better place if we could all see how those things are connected
  • Perfectionism has been debilitating at times
  • Perfectionism keeps us from doing things we want and feel called to do
  • “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anaiis Nin
  • Take small, daily baby steps

You can interact with Amy on her website, Facebook page, Pinterest and Twitter.

What impacted you from Amy’s insight?


Taylor Phelan on #ImPhelanit {Podcast Episode #65}


Photo credit: Cassie Loree Photography

Photo credit: Cassie Loree Photography


I am honored to have Taylor Phelan on the podcast today. You have probably seen him killing it on NBC’s The Voice this season.  I am so excited for him and his family and the opportunities ahead of him.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • How he started in music
  • How he started writing songs
  • How his time on staff with churches helped mold him
  • How The Canes got started
  • How his dream changed right when The Canes were moving forward
  • How putting his family first changed everything
  • How hard it was to walk away from his dream in order to take care of his family
  • How making the right decision is still difficult
  • How he accepted being a suburban dad
  • How his wife Nikki encouraged him to continue chasing his dream
  • How he pushed back on her and tried to make it impossible to keep following his dream
  • How supportive everyone is on The Voice
  • Humility is the hallmark of the show
  • The importance of being authentic and genuine
  • The importance of having a core group of people around you
  • Sometimes, in life, we’re not able to pursue our dreams
  • Prioritize the right things
  • Sometimes, it’s better to redefine what our dreams are
  • Learn how to make your dream fit your life
  • When the day comes that he has to leave the show, he’ll go home to his already cool life
  • Rewire your thinking to love your life now

Watch the show on Monday and Tuesday nights. Be active on Social Media with #ImPhelanit. Tag his page on Facebook, Tweet at him, and help cheer him on. Download his songs on iTunes. And if he gets to the voting stage, be sure to vote for him!

Also, be sure to check out Nikki and Taylor’s company, Blooming House Collective.

If you enjoyed hearing Taylor’s story, send him a Tweet and let him know. Be sure to include #ImPhelanit.

What stood out to you about Taylor’s story?


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