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!


OBSESS SESH:

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

Tesi—

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

Leslie—

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


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Episode 22: Stop Interrupting Me

On Episode 22 of Mama Bear Dares, co-hosts Tesi and Leslie riff on an article about the power dynamics of language in relation to gender. After discussing ten words that we should teach our daughters to say comfortably in conversation, they take questions from the Mama Bear Community and do their best to answer from the heart. They encourage you to recognize the power of your own voice and use your Mama Bear strength to assert your words in the world.

We read it, We loved it, Let's discuss

We discussed the ten words every girl should know:

“Stop interrupting me.” / “I just said that.” / “No explanation needed.”

You'll find links to the article by Soraya Chemaly in the following locations:

Amy Poehler's Smart Girls FB page

Role Reboot

The Huffington Post

Reppin the MBC on the MBD

Tesi and Leslie tackle versions of the following listener questions. Three great books are mentioned, they are:

Lean In | A Path Appears | Half the Sky

As a husband to a woman and a man raising a daughter, as well as a man in a top level position in his company, I was really floored by this article. I didn’t realize the truth of the article until I really looked at my own experience in the corporate world and the space in which my wife and daughter occupy. I believe everything the article says but am wondering, other than teaching my daughter to say “stop interrupting me”, “I just said that”, etc., how else can I help?

and

I’ve seen every one of these scenarios play out in my own life. But I feel like I’m just getting started on my own journey into speaking up for myself, how in the world do I start encouraging my daughter to do it when I hardly feel strong enough for myself?”

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

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and let us know what you’re thinking!

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

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Here's what Tesi's buying...

Leslie's just bought this watch!

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Episode 18: It Takes Guts to Trust Your Gut

On this Mama Bear Mini, our mid-week episode, we discuss being an advocate for your health and listening to your body in our segment "Let's talk about health, baby." Tesi shares a recent health development and encourages listeners to value themselves enough to nurture their body when it breaks. We also tackle a new recipe on "When you know better, You do better" and conclude with a fan favorite, "Things We Should Probably Feel Guilty About, But Don't."

Today we dare listeners to take their health into their own hands. Give yourself that breast exam; learn to listen to every ache and pain. Tesi and Leslie don’t want to encourage you to fight death or aging tooth and nail, but they DO want to encourage you to embrace the one body you get in this lifetime and to take care of it the way your Mama Bear takes care of the children, pets, and favorite people in your life.

Let's talk about health, baby:

Tesi tells listeners about a recent health event in her life. Episode 12 (On Obsessions, Allergies, and Being Brave) is referenced. Find it HERE.

When you know better, you do better:

We encourage you to shake things up in the kitchen and embrace Meatless Monday...on any day of the week! You can find the fantastic Mac-n-Cheese recipe (it's vegan and plant-based!) we discuss in the show HERE.

Documentaries we discuss:

Cowspiracy

Forks Over Knives

Food, Inc.

Books we discuss:

We enjoy anything by Michael Pollan. Start with this one.

We also love Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer and a book called The History of Love by Nicole Krauss.

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

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and let us know what you’re thinking!

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

Help support Mama Bear Dares by shopping with us! Here are our affiliate links:

Do your Amazon shopping here. It costs you nothing and we get a bit of change from Amazon with each purchase! Yay!

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Episode 14: Mommy Guilt No More!

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Last week we asked our Mama Bear Community what they think of when they hear the phrase “Mommy Guilt” and we received some great feedback that we share and respond to on Episode 14 of Mama Bear Dares.

Mommy Guilt is a phrase that our culture is way too familiar with. But why?

Leslie and Tesi tackle the topic today revealing their own experiences with Mommy Guilt and disclosing moments when they are plagued and moments when they refuse to let the feeling steal their joy.

We also introduce a few new segments we think you can get down with: Reppin the MBC on the MBD and Things We Should Probably Feel Guilty About But Don’t.

Segment 1: Reppin the MBC on the MBD! (In other words, Reppin the Mama Bear Community on Mama Bear Dares!)

After discussing listener comments, we offer a bit of dialogue on how we’re trying to eradicate Mommy Guilt from our lives. Here are a few highlights:

  • Make sure it’s guilt and not shame. There’s a difference!
  • Let some things go. Evaluate what you’re feeling guilty about — is it worth it?
  • Recognize that parenting is not a competitive sport
  • Prioritize the enjoyment of the parenting experience NOT the enjoyment of your child
  • Set aside specific time just for the family

Segment 2: Things we should probably feel guilty about, but don’t!

Leslie and Tesi bare their soul in a nod to the fact that no one is perfect! This begs listener feedback: Share with us! What do you do that you DON’T feel guilty about? Do tell!

We mention the following on the podcast:

Whether you’re in sub-saharan Africa or the middle of Michigan, you might need this: Instant Immersion Portable Heater

Read all of Brene Brown’s books. Do it. (She researches shame and guilt in the most accessible, thought-provoking way!) Start HERE, then go HERE, and end HERE.

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Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible. Get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at www.audible.com/mamabeardares. Tesi recommends reading Girl on The Train. Leslie loves Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In.