Episode 6: Never Withhold A Compliment

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On today’s podcast sisters-in-law Leslie and Tesi talk about the power of speaking positive words into the world. Leslie shares her struggle with seasonal depression and how a 70-year-old woman in a coffee shop changed her day and then her outlook with just a few words. The hosts talk about celebrating creation, giving authentic compliments, and brightening the world around you with pure intentions. They invite you to be aware of the life you live and train yourself to identify the beautiful...and then, when it’s appropriate, vocalize it!

LINKS from the show:

One of Leslie’s favorite blogs, Cup of Jo, had a great post about talking to little girls.

Erin Haluska and her team at Inspire Motherhood are fantastic! Find them HERE.

Shout out to Steph Files and her network of nationwide blogs for mamas. Find your city moms blog HERE or HERE.

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Episode 3: Dare to Do It Scared with Jody Landers

There’s a perception in our culture that if we face obstacles, the world is warning us that we are on the wrong path...or that if an idea terrifies us, it’s probably not worth doing. But on today’s podcast, Jody Landers proves that Mama Bears are born when we lean into fear and do what scares us.

If anyone knows about doing big things in life despite being terrified, it’s Jody. With three healthy young boys already part of their brood, Jody and her husband Andy delivered Quincy. Born with a rare birth defect, Quincy spent weeks in the hospital and months in a body cast. It was in that hospital room that Jody’s Mama Bear was born.

With the tenacity she found in that hospital room, Jody went on to adopt twins from Sierra Leone, organize a handful of moms to fill backpacks for foster care children, and raise over a half million dollars for clean water. A few years after that she and Becky Straw founded The Adventure Project from her home with her six children underfoot.

Most recently Jody dove into a Kickstarter campaign to help launch her husband's musical career from a cult-like following to a national audience.

Jody was terrified of doing all of these things—whether she entered willingly or was forced into them—but she did them anyway. A lesson to our Mama Bear community is to stop running from fear and dare to “do it scared.”


A special thank you to Andrew Landers and Mainstreet Struggleville for our music for this episode. Learn more about Andy and download his extraordinary music at www.andrewlanders.com.

Read Jody’s blog from start to finish. Trust us. www.jodyrlanders.com.

Read all about The Adventure Project and the great work they are doing in communities around the world. Consider donating! We fully endorse what they stand for! www.theadventureproject.org

Websites also mentioned:

Dancing for water: www.dancingforwater.blogspot.com

charity: water: www.charitywater.org

Empower Tanzania: www.empowertz.org


Jody’s reading list:

Brene Brown: Go to her website where all books are listed. Jody specifically mentions this one.

Brennan Manning wrote The Ragamuffin Gospel and it can be purchased here.

All is Grace can be found here.

Check out a few other of Jody's favorites here: Frederick Beuchner and Henri Nouwen. (In particular, Life of the Beloved and Mourning Into Dancing.)

And of course, Anne Lamott.

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Episode 2: Meet the Hostess, Part II—Tesi Klipsch

Moms are complex creatures with incredible depths and layers of complexity. Even though Tesi and Leslie, the hosts of this podcast, have known each other for 14 years, each conversation reveals something new. Such are the joys of long friendship—it’s our oldest and dearest friends that we never run out of things to discuss over coffee, wine, or via Skype.

On this Mama Bear Dares podcast, we meet Tesi Klipsch. Tesi lives in Michigan with her husband Zach and five children—born to her by birth and through adoption. Tesi tells us about her interest in health, fitness, and helping others discover their personal best, as well as the challenges and joys of raising five children, three of them whom were adopted from Ethiopia.  Always quick to laugh, Tesi and Leslie enjoy a purposeful conversation that introduces you to one of the Mama Bears behind the podcast.

Follow along as Tesi explores mothering older children, her unique take on current events and race in America. www.tesiklipsch.com.

Mama Bears reading list:

Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies.

Danielle LaPorte's The Desire Map.

Gloria Steinem's My Life on the Road.

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Episode 1: Meet the Hostess, Part I—Leslie Klipsch

In Mama Bear Dares inaugural podcasts, we aim to introduce you to the hosts of the show, Leslie and Tesi Klipsch. This pair of Midwestern women married brothers within months of each other and, for the last 14 years, have shared several life stages: the newlywed stage, the pregnant mamas-to-be stage, the new parenthood stage, and, most recently, a  move to the world of adolescent shepherding. Through it all they’ve laughed a lot. And talk a lot. And shared a passion of encouraging those around them to love the world.

Today we introduce you to Leslie, a mom to three through birth and adoption, a writer, and a woman who recently added a puppy to her life. Tesi and Leslie talk about believing in who you are, the ins and outs of everyday life and how it shapes you as a person, and the importance of self care amidst work and parenthood.

Watch for updates and the release of Leslie’s first book on her author website! www.leslieklipsch.com.

Interested in coworking in Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois? Check out the coworking space Leslie founded with her partner Amy in November. www.coworkqc.com.

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