Episode 26: Beyond the Resume

On this Mama Bear Mini, our mid-week episode, Tesi and Leslie talk about the quest for virtue and a life well lived in a segment called We Read It, We Loved It, Let's Discuss. Here they tackle all kinds of questions about what it means to be a good person and how we might all seek to find the glow of selflessness. After a heavy and hopeful conversation, Tesi and Leslie dive into their very own Obsess Sesh!

We Read It, We Loved It, Let's Discuss

Find the article discussed here: "The Moral Bucket List" by David Brooks, New York Times, essay adapted from his book The Road to Character.

Here are a few of the experiences highlighted on the way to the richest possible life. We encourage you to discover and dissect them all:

  1. The Humility Shift
  2. Self-Defeat
  3. The Dependency Leap
  4. Energizing Love
  5. The Call Within the Call
  6. The Conscience Leap
The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.
— Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC

Other books/resources mentioned:

The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving A F@*k by Sarah Knight

Everything by Brene Brown, but especially:

The Gifts of Imperfection | Daring Greatly | Rising Strong

Go back and check out our interview with Jody Landers. It's Episode 3: Doing it Scared on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you listen!

Thanks again to MCSquared for the beats!


There are so many cool things in the world! Here's what we're currently celebrating:


 Vimmia and Heather clothing (from Anthropologie) | Backpack lawn chairs | Kitten & Flower Boutique (Kalamazoo, MI)


Her front porch | Mark West Pinot Noir | Rifle Paper Co.

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Episode 12: On Obsessions, Allergies, and Being Brave

On this podcast we dig into a variety of topics on our Mama Bear Mini mid-week episode! We talk about our current favorite things, we offer some tips about nutrition and how to keep your family healthy over allergy season, and we discuss a pretty great article about raising daring girls. We also get down to the business of bravery and we try some new music for your listening pleasure. Don't forget to respond to this episode with your own tips, tricks, and interests du jour on any of our social media channels. We love hearing from you! Have a great week Mama Bears!



Check out Tesi’s endorsement of Yeti HERE.

Leslie is loving Rob Bell’s new book, HOW TO BE HERE.

Tesi got a fab new raincoat!


Who doesn't love the Neti Pot ?

Dawson Chiropractic. Check them out on the web-they've got great videos on health and wellness too!


10 Ways to Raise Brave Girls, by Katie Arnold, Outside Magazine

The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure, by Caroline Paul

Article by Caroline Paul in the NYTimes: Why do we teach girls that it’s cute to be scared?

Mama Bears, we’re online! Here’s where you can find us:

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Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes. We are having so much podcasting and really appreciate you listening!!

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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