Episode 124: Bend Toward Justice: Charlottesville

On Episode 124 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie and Tesi find themselves recording on Sunday evening (just hours before the episode drops), processing the violence and hatred on display in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. The two sisters offer a raw reaction to America in 2017 and try to find a way forward. As Leslie and Tesi rehash the raw emotion and extreme sadness of the weekend, they implore listeners to make the connection between overt racism and the systematic encounters that people of color face every single day in America and to amp up their outrage and pour it into social action. They offer resources and make suggestions on how to respond, listing everything from using JOY as resistance to SHOWING UP at peace rallies to DONATING to the Charlottesville NAACP or Meals on Wheels program. One thing they know for sure: They will not be silent and will not allow hate to grow.

Helpful Links*

Books. More Book. More Books.

Article: How White People Can Support People of Color Right Now

People to follow on Twitter: Sister Helen Prejean

*We will add to this list throughout the week.

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Episode 123: Don't Die with Your Music Inside You with Lisa Norman

Lisa Norman has always known that she is a writer and has always followed her passion — even when others discouraged her. Today she owns her own independent publishing company and on episode 123 of the Mama Bear Dares podcast she talks to Tesi and Leslie about the constantly changing book business, listening to your gut, and creating the life you were meant to live. She a shepherd of books, and on this episode, she's a shepherd of ideas and wisdom as well!

Also discussed on this episode:

  • The world of publishing
  • Writing and art as legacy
  • The journey from Silicon Valley to an island off the coast
  • What it means to support the dreams of others while following your own.

Find Lisa online:

Find Lisa at Heart Ally Books. In fact, click HERE to get a free book! Just type in the code JT83A at checkout. Additionally, Lisa is offering 75% off an entire series by emailing her at lisa@heartallybooks.com!

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Episode 122: Mothering In Style with Molly Ades

On Episode 122 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Leslie sits down with the lovely, talented, and wise Molly Ades, a mom, designer, and woman hungry to share wisdom and a sense of community with new moms everywhere through her video series, Mothering in Style. Her cute and functional clothing line makes it possible for new moms to feel stylish and confident while nursing their child and her conversation is rich in observation and insight. Listeners will love learning about Molly and her complex views on fashion, motherhood, and living a full, beautiful life.

Also discussed in this episode:

  • The entrepreneurial spirit
  • Creating space for the "Other Self" all the while embracing the "Mother Self"
  • Self discovery as a new mom
  • Finding your "soul style"
  • Achieving abundance through simplifying, organizing, and decluttering in order to be more present

Find Molly online:

Mothering In Style web series can be found HERE.

Molly's fabulous clothing can be found HERE.


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Episode 121: Health, Hope, & How to Talk to Boys

On Episode 121 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, co-hosts Tesi and Leslie take a moment during the heart of summer to connect and catch up on a few topics that have been grabbing their attention. They answer a listener question about personal growth through podcasting and share the origin story of Mama Bear Dares, discuss an article about the importance of the language we use when talking to our sons, and discuss what's cooking from each of their homes. Listen in to this Mama Bear mini and let join the conversation online!

We Read It, We Loved It:

Check out the article we discuss, Talking to Boys the Way We Talk to Girls, HERE!

Listen to Episode 91: The Reason Behind the Resolution HERE.


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Episode 120: The World Is Bigger than any one of us with Natalie Stanfield

On Episode 120 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi & Leslie sit down with their long-last soul sister Natalie Stanfield whose incredible Mama Bear spirit prompted her to start Families for Families. Her mission is to equip and encourage parents to create an environment within their homes that communicates the values of thinking globally, caring for others, and loving out loud. The three women discuss resilience, counter-cultural parenting philosophies, and why they believe that life lived in service of others is the best way to live. Listeners will love hearing from Natalie and will step away from the episode feeling inspired to unleash their Mama Bear!

Also discussed in this episode:

  • Overcoming a troubled childhood and stopping the cycle of negative parenting
  • Learning new ways of being and healing the cycle of shame
  • Practical ways to teach our children that we're more alike than different
  • How dog treats turned into social action
  • How being too busy gets in the way of raising compassionate kids

Find Natalie online:

Website | Instagram (Natalie) | Instagram (Familes for Families)

#familiesforfamilies | #FFFNewsletter | #LoveandServe

Email: familiesforfamilies@careforaids.org

read the book! Click HERE to buy Mama Bear's Manifesto: A Mom's Group Guide to Changing the World!


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Episode 119: The Language of Kindness

On the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, we refuse to let kindness die. We also recognize our responsibility as parents raising children in our current American culture to make sure that this virtue outlasts the test of time. Because, in some spheres, kindness seems to be on life-support, co-hosts Tesi and Leslie spend Episode 118 discussing what we can do to instill this value in our kids. How do we raise kind kids? It turns out, there's actually a language to kindness and it's discussed in this fun and fascinating episode. The podcast finishes with lighter fare and the co-hosts bring back the OBSESH SESH. Current obsessions range from freedom fighters to techie tools, to socks. You don't want to miss it!

LINKS:

A summary of Harvard Study mentioned in the podcast can be found HERE | Carol Dweck's Mindset is a must-read | Greater Good in Action findings can be found HERE

OBSESS SESH:

Tesi is currently digging: AUCKEY | POD SAVE THE PEOPLE

Leslie is loving: Chance the Rapper | The simple pleasure of new socks


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Episode 118: Better Starts When You Say It Does with Calvalyn Day

On Episode 118 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi sits down with Calvalyn Day, an incredible woman with a wide-range of experience in supporting families in and around schools and elsewhere. She's a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a business and family coach, and an author who uses her Mama Bear to educate and care for those around her.  Calvalyn and Tesi discuss personal growth, counter-cultural parenting philosophies, and the best ways to show up and support yourself and others in your life. Listeners will love learning from Calvalyn and will step away from the episode feeling hopeful and helped.

Also discussed in this episode:

  • Self-care is not selfish
  • The importance of communication in a parenting partnership or marriage
  • The rewards of bravery
  • Grabbing life by the reigns and taking control of your day (and your destiny)
  • Motherhood is motherhood is motherhood (we're all just doing the best we can!)

Learn more about (and from!) Calvalyn:

Website | The Well Group | Huffington Post articles

Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest


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Episode 117: Bikini Body

"You have a bikini, you have a body. You have a bikini body." Can we get an amen? On Episode 117, Leslie and Tesi respond to a listener question about summertime, feeling comfortable in our bathing suits, and enjoying life in the bodies we were born in. The co-hosts discuss modesty, priorities, the culture we live in, and how it impacts the voice within our heads. They ask listeners to think about priorities and peel back the layers to bathing suit insecurities. What begins as a simple listener questions unfolds into a conversation about the culture we live in and a trained, thoughtful Mama Bear's response. Listen in and join the conversation online!


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Episode 116: Sex, God, & Politics with Kara Haug

On Episode 116 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie sit down with Kara Hoag, the founder of Grace Unbound, a resource for those seeking a comprehensive sexuality education that includes the integration of sexuality and theology and aims to wipe clean feelings of shame. The women acknowledge that God created sexual intimacy and celebrate the idea that the human body is beautiful and to be celebrated and enjoyed, and discuss the most effective ways to teach the next generation to engage in healthy and meaningful sexual activity. Through their playful and deeply honest conversation, the women discuss pleasure and the ways in which we can embrace our spiritual self and our sexual self in order to be the full, complete women we were created to be. 

Also discussed:

  • Understanding your own philosophy and experience of sex in order to help you parent your children as sexual beings.
  • How has your history influenced your ideas, values, and preferences in terms of sex?
  • Jesus' ministry was physical. In what ways might Christians appreciate the physicality of their faith?
  • How does a fullness of life in terms of faith and sexuality propel us to kindness?
  • The healing power and prayerful energy of orgasm.
  • How our feelings and cultural narrative of sex infiltrates our politics.
  • The importance of teaching intimacy in our homes.
  • The hope and education involved in teaching our children to experience safe, intimate relationships.
  • Marriage and sex in American culture in 2017.

Learn more about Kara and her ministry, and access all of the great resources she has to offer on her website, Grace Unbound.


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Episode 115: How to Be (and Raise) an Everyday Hero

What makes a human being lay down her life for another? How do we respond to acts of terror? How do we raise our children to lean into love? On Episode 115, Leslie and Tesi discuss the Portland stabbings and contemplate how Mama Bears across the world might turn their anger and confusion into action in their homes and beyond. The sisters talk about what we can learn from the everyday heroes who stood up to terrorism and how we might endeavor to not only be everyday heroes ourselves, but to raise our children to love one another and the world. It's a complex topic in a complex time. The sisters don't pretend to have anything figured out, but hope to learn from the dialogue and their community of Mama Bears. Listen in and join the conversation online!

RELATED LINKS:

Episode 112: What does it mean to resist?

Check out The Vegan Matriarch on instagram and wish Tesi a happy birthday while you're there!


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Episode 114: Choosing Hope After Terror with Sara Bellin

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On Episode 114 of the Mama Bear Dares podcast, Tesi sits down with her friend Sara Bellin for an intense conversation on terror, survival, and finding hope in an uncertain world. When Sara woke up on the morning of March 22, 2016, her life changed forever—she discovered that her husband had been a victim of a terrorist attack at the Brussels airport that occurred while she and their two daughters slept in Michigan. A mother and former expat, Sara has helped her husband recover and faced life with incredible grace and optimism despite having lived through the terrifying event. She and Tesi consider all angles of this harrowing experience: parenting, grief, terror, the human body...even how a delicious meal just might save your life. Listen in as Sara recalls the event that shook her family and shares the meaning she made from it.

Also discussed:

  • Life as an expat
  • Independence: Would you send your 3rd grader to school on the Metro? Are you truly independent? Are you preparing your kids to be independent?
  • Parenting through tragedy
  • How do we live through tragedy and not be fearful?
  • When terror hits home
  • Fear is an illusion; danger is a reality

LINKS:

Parenting Through Tragedy Podcast Episode 44

Search "Sebastien Bellin" on Google for some amazing images of Sara's husband during the attack and throughout his inspiring recovery.


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Episode 113: What Does It Mean To Resist?

Are you guys feeling tired? Do you find yourself pumping your first in the air and yelling "RESIST" at your radio or news feed while making dinner? On Episode 113, Leslie and Tesi discuss the act of resistance, what it means, and how Mama Bears across the world might turn their anger and confusion into action. How do we resist policies and politics that don't align with our values? How do we resist the metaphorical death of kindness? How do we resist alienating others who disagree with us? The co-hosts break down their feelings of discontent and concern and encourage one another to action through tangible steps. The conversation is passionate, but the ultimate aim is to understand the incredibly complex range of human emotions (from anger to apathy) felt in the current climate of American in 2017, to harness those feelings to action, and to inspire the Mama Bear community to do the same. Listen in and join the conversation online!

Also discussed in this episode:

  • What is Facebook activism? What if Martin Luther Kind Jr had a Facebook account? How do we most effectively use social media to resist?
  • How do we handle apathy? What steps do we take on the days we want to give up?
  • How do we move from a loss of hope to a step toward action?
  • How do we avoid characterization and engage with those we disagree with? How do we save kindness?

LINKS:

Episode 109: 13th

Episode 95: Post-March Mama Bear

Check out this website | Text "resist" to 50409 | Search for and join the Wall-Of-Us FB group

Apps: Countable | 5 Calls


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Episode 112: Mind Body Soul with Ashanti Johnson

On Episode 112 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi sits down with Ashanti Johnson, the incredible force behind 360 Mind Body Soul. A wife, mother, and successful business owner and leader in the mindfulness movement, Ashanti dives deep into a conversation with Tesi and Leslie about the layers upon layers of a healthy, full life. The women speak candidly about health not just in terms of weight, but with a nod toward spirituality and personal growth. The conversation is honest, thoughtful, and will inspire listeners to be grateful for all they've been given and motivated to live their best life — mind, body, and soul.

Also discussed in this episode:

  • What does it mean to be healthy? Like, really healthy? How do we reach optimal health in our mind, our body, and our soul?
  • The layers of vulnerability that we all hold on to...
  • The Mindfulness Movement
  • How does prayer and meditation propel you to greatness?
  • The incredible gift of community.
  • How to raise healthy daughters — mind, body, and soul!

LINKS:

Check out this book discussed on the podcast: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Find Ashanti at her website HERE or HERE. Follow her on Instagram HERE and Twitter HERE!


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Episode 111: How She Does It

On this Mama Bear Mini podcast episode, co-hosts Tesi and Leslie grab the mic, pour some coffee (Leslie) and tea (Tesi), and settle in for some sisterly banter. They share a listener story of a woman who was changed profoundly by motherhood and celebrate her transformation, discuss the tragic murder of Jordan Edwards, and encourage one another to push the boundaries of their Mama Bear to cover the vulnerable—no matter what they look or where they come from. Their discussion of what's happening in America, the militarization of our police, and how our Mama Bear might respond is vulnerable, honest, and trusting of the safe space they've carved out in the Mama Bear community. They end the podcast with a discussion of Leslie's new favorite book: I Know How She Does It. Leslie shares excitement over the book, her impressions, as well as some takeaways from author Laura Vanderkam's research and reflection that may be applicable to all of us. Listen in and join the conversation online!

FURTHER RESOURCES:

Find I Don't Know How She Does It: Kate Reddy, Working Mom by Allison Pierce HERE.

I Don't Know How She Does It movie with Jessica Parker can be found HERE.

Find I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time by Laura Vanderkam HERE.

Track your own 168 hours using the template found HERE.

LINKS to other Mama Bear Dares episodes mentioned in the podcast: 13TH

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Episode 110: Remembering What You're Worth

On Episode 110 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi sits down with Michele Cushatt, a wife, mother, and successful author, speaker, and woman unafraid to dig deep in order to uncover life's treasures. Michele's new book, I AM: A 60-day Journey to Knowing You Are Because of Who He Is, explores the soul-deep journey that individuals might embark upon when seeking to discover their true self and encourages women to uncover and embrace the beautiful and unique way that they were made and then cling to the discovery of their real, true self during moments of insecurity. Michele and Tesi speak candidly about the ways in which grave illness prompts big questions as Michele shares how a brutal bout with cancer changed her life and listeners will be inspired by a conversation filled with hard-earned wisdom and an abundance of hope.

ALSO DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Changing the story as parents and refusing to be defined by our past.
  • How books and story can shape a life.
  • We were never meant to build an identity; we were meant to receive it.
  • What are you wrapping your roots around?
  • Why you should arm yourself with truths that you can remember in moments of insecurity.
  • How do we address adult insecurities? How does these play out in our lives online?
  • The joy and freedom in being called to live YOU life and to be YOU.

LINKS:

Want to learn more about Michele? Find her online on her website and on Facebook.
Buy Michele's book, I AM: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is, HERE.

Love the podcast? You'll love the book! Learn about Mama Bear's Manifesto on Episode 66: You Should Do That! and purchase the book HERE.


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Epiosde 109: 13TH

On this Mama Bear Mini episode, co-hosts Tesi and Leslie talk about Ava DuVernay's powerful 2016 documentary 13TH. The two believe everyone should view this thought-provoking, truth-telling, shocking and important film and do their best to encourage listeners to acknowledge its premise: that mass incarceration is modern-day American slavery. Leslie and Tesi discuss highlights of the documentary and emphatically debrief with one another about what they learned. The episode begins with bringing the listener up to speed on the 13th amendment and the moments throughout history (recent history included) that have led to where we land today, in a country that holds 5 percent of the world's population and one-quarter of the world's prisoners, the majority of whom are men of color. The sisters then list a few takeaways that they hope will stick with them (and with listeners) in the coming weeks and months so as not to forget the scope of the problem of mass incarceration and the privatization of prisons that society faces. They end the podcast with a series of suggested responses, encouraging listeners to not only watch the documentary themselves but then be brave in their response. Listen in and join the conversation online!

FURTHER RESOURCES:

Find 13th on Netflix HERE. Learn more about the brilliant Laura DuVernay HERE.

LINKS to other Mama Bear Dares episodes mentioned in the podcast: Brock Turner | Katherine Willis Pershey

Start your reading with the following:

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin

(Check out this Mama Bear blog post for more ideas.)

Check out THIS update of the ad discussed in the podcast:


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Episode 108: Learning the Hard Stuff DURING the Hard Stuff

On Episode 108 of the Mama Bear Dares podcast, Leslie sits down with Lisa Leonard, a wife, mother, and successful career woman battling Stage 3 breast cancer. Lisa is beyond generous as she shares the story of her diagnosis, the battle for her health, and the state of her relationships in the midst of sickness. She shares her story with the hope that listeners will will benefit from her truth—that they'll make themselves a priority, be religious about doing a monthly self-check breast exam, and that they'll keep their girlfriends close. Through their conversation, Lisa will inspire listeners with her upbeat spirit, her hope, and the wisdom she's gained from the battle she's fighting.

ALSO DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Preemptive community. Find yours and hold them close. They'll be there when you need them!
  • Watching movies in the middle of an anxious night with a friend.
  • When your femininity hits the floor.
  • This profound idea: When you can't find a reason, find a purpose.
  • GIVE YOURSELF A SELF CHECK EVERY MONTH! (Use THIS as a guide.)
  • If you find yourself with a friend with an illness, Lisa shares ideas on how to ease her suffering.

Check out Lisa's blog HERE.


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Episode 107: Seasons, Strokes, & Snakes

On this Mama Bear Mini episode, co-hosts Tesi and Leslie talk about health, specifically, strokes in women. When Leslie was 26, she suffered a small stroke that changed the trajectory of her life and Tesi and Leslie discuss the incident with the hope of encouraging women to learn the signs of a stroke and to pay attention to their bodies. The two also answer a listener question about the essence of the Mama Bear and how she might emerge while doing the important (and frankly exhausting) work of raising young children. The episode ends with a few laughs and a few truth bombs in the segment Things We Should Probably Feel Guilty About, But Don't. Listen in and join the conversation online!

Ask Us Anything!

A listener asks how she can be of service to the world while simultaneously drowning in diapers. Tesi and Leslie reveal the answer in the first segment. (Side note: We love your questions! Send them our way!)

Let's Talk About Health, Baby:

For more information about Stroke and Stroke prevention, visit HERE.

Image courtesy of the American Heart Association.

Image courtesy of the American Heart Association.


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Episode 106: When the Earth Shakes Underneath You with Shannan Martin

On Episode 105 of the Mama Bear Dares podcast, Tesi grabs the mic and sits down with the fabulous Shannan Martin, former Flower Patch Farm Girl and current mom, writer, and advocate for those on the fringes. Shannan recently released a book called Falling Free: Rescued From the Life I Always Wanted and the two women discuss the book's major themes, which include rethinking the American Dream, giving up the comforts of a solidly middle class life and moving to an under-resourced area, committing to relationships with those to whom you are connect by proximity, and being an advocate for the voiceless when opportunities arise. Through their conversation, Shannan and Tesi will inspire listeners to reflect on their social position in America and the ways in which they interact with their community and the world around them.

ALSO DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • The American Dream...with a dose of Christianity. Can the two be pulled apart?
  • How to talk about adoption
  • What does it look like to walk toward someone else's pain?
  • When you find yourself at the end of yourself, how do you find the footing to move forward?
  • Moving to a new neighborhood that is outside the bubble you've always belonged in
  • What is hospitality? What does it look like? What does it taste like?
  • Choosing an "underperforming" school for your kids
  • Fighting fear

Looking for more? Check out these links:

Find Shannan Martin online:  Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Buy Shannan's book, Falling Free, HERE!

Also mentioned in Episode 106 are the books Radical and The Five Love Languages.


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Episode 105: The Orgasm Gap

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On this Mama Bear Mini episode, co-hosts Tesi and Leslie grab the mic and talk through several ideas and concerns, namely, The Orgasm Gap. The sisters knew that women were paid less in the workplace, but the rewards differ in bedroom as well? This required some conversation. In a lively We Read It, We Loved It, Let's Discuss, the women talk about the article entitled Straight Women Are Having Fewer Orgasms Than Everyone Else and endeavor to figure out why this is so and encourage plentiful orgasms for all. The sisters also spend time pointing out the goodness and hope in the world with one of their favorite segments, WE SEE YOU! They share observations of what they've seen in their own lives and celebrate small acts of bravery and love. The episode ends with an OBSESH SESH in which Tesi and Leslie mention what they're currently loving and leave listeners with a dare for braver, more joyful living.

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

Check out the article discussed HERE. The Horizontal Tango (Episode 40) can be found HERE.

Obsess Sesh LINKS:

Tesi: Facials, Mrs. Meyers cranberry-scented products (candle, cleaner, soap) , Call the Midwife

Leslie: Life Coaching, Apartment Therapy, Blackish (watching on HULU)

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