Episode 172: The Fragility of Power with Rachel Held Evans

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On Episode 172 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi sits down with the thinker, writer, and modern-day prophet Rachel Held Evans to talk about the faith, justice, and a Mama Bear's response to the world we live in. The two dive into Rachel's new book, Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again, as they wade through a new answer to age-old questions like: How do you love your neighbor when you vehemently disagree with their beliefs? How do you overcome personal insecurities and be an advocate for truth and justice? What can we learn from the bible about satire, resistance, peace, and cultural disruption? Ultimately, the conversation challenges listeners to think about how faith and culture drives their perspective and how their response can bend toward justice, liberation, and love.

Also discussed on this episode:

  • The historical and modern-day challenge of struggling with a powerful and oppressive empire
  • New ways to find comfort in ancient texts
  • How can a collection of books be used for both oppression and love?
  • Reading the bible through a lens of liberation
  • The story of Esther (spoiler: this tale might sound familiar in its depiction of racism, narcissism, and the spoils of power)
  • How to overcome deep insecurities and speak your truth
  • How to be an ally and an advocate
  • How motherhood shapes faith

More from Rachel Held Evans:

Buy the book! (And then read her BIBLIOGRAPHY for more reading!) | Follow Rachel on Twitter & Facebook | Check out here website & blog...in particular, this post, which was referenced in the podcast | Also mentioned in the podcast was this book, Womanist Midrash, by Wilda Gafney.

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Episode 153: Mama Bear 2.0: Gun Culture & How to Deal

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On Episode 153 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie lament American gun culture, discuss the absolute need for common sense gun laws, and celebrate the fact that "the babies are gonna save us," as Tesi is prone to say. In this Mama Bear Mini, the women go to back to basics with facts and vocabulary surrounding guns, dispel common myths and misconceptions, equip listeners with concise arguments as they debate this issue, and bring up tangible steps listeners to deal with the state we find ourselves.

Universal background checks | Close loopholes (like those for gun shows) | Ban bump stocks | Ban assault weapons/rifles | Ban large capacity magazines Create a national database of guns purchased

Our heroes: MOMS DEMAND ACTIONS and EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY



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Episode 150: Mama Bears & Money Management with Natali Morris

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On Episode 150 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie sit down and talk about money, money management, investment, and the emotions that surround the topic with Natali Morris. Natali is an informed mama bear — a broadcaster, writer, speaker, and the co-founder & CFO of her own business. Previously, she was a news anchor and technology reporter for NBC, CBS, and The Today Show. The women sit around and discuss how her family of five has recently achieved financial freedom, and her mission is to empower couples and families to take control of their money, stop living paycheck to paycheck, and start building real long-term wealth. Listen in and learn!

Links: Ron Lieber's Book, The Opposite of Spoiled | Rich Dad, Poor Dad | Love & Chores MBD Podcast Episode | Natali on Twitter

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Episode 131: The Power of Proximity with Shannan Martin

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On Episode 131 of the Mama Bear Dares podcast, Tesi grabs the mic and sits down with Shannan Martin, a mom, writer, and advocate for those on the fringes. Shannan makes her second appearance on the podcast and she and Tesi continue their conversation about Shannan's her book Falling Free: Rescued From the Life I Always Wanted through a discussion of community, neighborliness, committing to relationships with those to whom you are connected by proximity, and being an advocate for the voiceless when opportunities arise. Through their conversation, Shannan and Tesi will inspire listeners to reflect on the meaning of kindness, 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:

  • What does it mean to be a neighbor? What do we gain by cultivating community?
  • The value of entering into relationships...even when it's awkward
  • The constant struggle and gift of listening to the voice of God in our lives
  • 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?

Looking for more? Check out these links:

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

Find Shannan online:  Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Buy Shannan's book, Falling Free, HERE!

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 fun 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!

Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible. Get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at www.audible.com/mamabeardares.

Thanks to Wunderkind for the fabulous beats!

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 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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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!

Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible. Get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at www.audible.com/mamabeardares.

Thanks to Wunderkind for the fabulous beats!

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.


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

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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.

Thanks to Wunderkind for the fabulous beats!

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.


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 fun 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!

Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible. Get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at www.audible.com/mamabeardares.

Thanks to Wunderkind for the fabulous beats!

Episode 91: The Reason Behind the Resolution

On this Mama Bear Mini episode, co-hosts Tesi and Leslie talk about the reason behind your new year's goals and resolution. As a personal trainer and fitness professional, Tesi has observed countless New Year weight and fitness goals and has turned what she's witnessed into a few practical steps that she has found must be in place in order for success to be had. The women talk about the basics like working out and eating, but they also dive into meditation and therapy, the need to fail before rising strong, the power of positive self talk, and the importance of finding a community of people invested in health. Finally, Leslie gets vulnerable and tells the story of her current health journey and how she is currently wading through a health reality that has shocked and scared her. The women process all of this and then leave listeners with a resolution: You are in control of your health and destiny. Pay attention to your body and nurture it well. Why? Because at their core, Tesi and Leslie believe that every single one of their listeners is worth great health, a strong mind, and a live lived to its fullest.

Past podcast guests mentioned in this episode: Nikki Schultz (Episode 78) and Dr. Nicole Rankins (Episode 70)


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 fun 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!

Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible. Get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at www.audible.com/mamabeardares.

Thanks to Wunderkind for the fabulous beats!