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Surviving Sarah

The Surviving Sarah Podcast is hosted by Sarah Bragg, and each week she brings a different guest on the show to talk about what it looks like to survive--survive life, yourself, your kids, your job, your relationships. Each guest brings their unique story to the table in a real and casual way. The conversation is curated for you much like listening to your favorite playlist to inform, inspire, encourage and entertain women.
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Jul 12, 2016

Brenda DeWalt joins me for Episode 31. She lives in Colorado with her husband and three kids. We talk about surviving summer as a work from home mom, how kids most likely are born with a manual on how  to wear your parent down and how we should invent a velcro wall and suit for kids. But in all seriousness, we talk about a lot of other great stuff. She shares her story which includes health struggles, adoption, waiting, failed adoption, and bridge building. In fact, I recorded this episode with Brenda several weeks ago, and the part of our conversation about bridge building is very relevant to what's going on in our country currently. I love seeing God's sovereignty over the timing of this show. 

 

Jul 5, 2016

Sarah Rieke joins me for Episode 30. Sarah sought me out after listening to the show because she wanted some advice to how to start a podcast.  After getting to know her, I knew that her story would truly resonate with many of my listeners. She is a kind hearted, gentle spirited woman who has suffered the loss of children and has a passion to walk with women who also suffer loss. We talk about grieving and fear and what she would say to a women walking a similar path.

 

Jun 28, 2016

The founder of Project Free 2 Fly, Hailey Johnston, joins me for Episode 29. She is a wife and mom of 2 girls who decided to start a non-profit to help support women in her local community live beyond their circumstances. 

We talk about summer living, being intentional with your kids and what it looked like to say "Yes" to God and start a non-profit--when you know nothing about starting something like that.

 

Jun 21, 2016

Shannon Scott joins me at my kitchen table for Episode 28. Shannon is a worship leader, teacher, writer and director of student life at her kids' school. She's been married to Jeff for 17 years and they have three kids ages 11-14.

I met Shannon years and years ago. She and Jeff were actually my landlords back in my single days. We ran into each other this past spring and after chatting for a bit I knew I wanted her to be on the show. We talk about how she grew up in a legalistic culture, how that programmed her view of God and how she is learning to survive shame.

 

Jun 14, 2016

For Episode 27, I chat with Sofia Dickens. She is a wife, mom of 3 and a mompreneur. She is the founder of the company, EQtainment, whose mission is to improve emotional intelligence globally by creating fun and simple tools for practicing social skills and better behavior. 

Sofia and I have such an insightful conversation about emotional intelligence. We chat about parenthood, how to develop your child's EQ and what its like to be an entrepreneur. 

Jun 7, 2016

Tindell Baldwin joins me for Episode 26. She wrote a memoir called Popular: Boys, Booze and Jesus. It's an honest read about her story of growing up in a christian home but walking away from God in high school in order to find love and acceptance. It's a story of redemption.

Whether you are a young woman in college or a mother of a teenager or maybe a woman with a similar past, Tindell's story will resonate with you. I particularly enjoyed chatting about perfectionism, shame and fear.

May 31, 2016

Joy Phenix joins me for Episode 25. She is a wife to Billy for almost 19 years, has two kids and a dog. She spent 27 years working for A&E Networks before starting her own production company. We talked about the insanity of summer, raising tweens and the blend of career and motherhood. You are going to absolutely love our conversation.

May 24, 2016

Tracy Levinson joins me for episode 24. Friend of the show, Courtney DeFeo, introduced me to Tracy and insisted that I read her book. And boy, was she right! I am so glad she insisted. Tracy is an empty nestor who has been pouring into young women's lives for years. She is a girl from TX who moved to LA to pursue acting only to discover new life in Jesus years later after her kids were born.

We talk about how she became a Christian and why she would write a book on sexuality. If you have little ears listening as you drive, you may want to pause our conversation and pick it back up when they aren't around. She gives advice to moms of tweens and young women, advice to single women and even advice to married women in regards to sexuality.

The nature of this subject can drum up different emotions and different opinions. Two friends can see things differently. Two churches can see things differently. Some things can have a black and white response and some things are more gray. But I want this to be a safe place to talk about complicated matters.

Okay, so are you ready? Let's cue Salt N Pepa because we are gonna talk about sex. 

May 17, 2016

Sandra Stanley joins me for Episode 23. She is wife to Pastor Andy Stanley and they live here in the Atlanta area. They have 3 kids--one out of college and two in college. And once they crossed the finish line--the one all parents dream of and became empty nesters--God surprised with them. He led them to become foster parents.

I don't know about you, but as a woman I treasure any time that I get to sit at the feet of a woman who is down the road from me. I want to hear about all the things. And this episode is chocked full of great advice. Advice for foster parents, young moms, wives and all women young and old no matter what stage of life. We also talk about her book, The Comparison Trap, along with what it looks like to choose obedience, to live out the fruit of the spirit and to find your worth in something that doesn't change. Plus, you will absolutely love her survival kit.

May 10, 2016

Joni Lay from the blog Lay Baby Lay joins me for Episode 22. I bet if you go to your Pinterest boards, you will find images from her blog. Her images are all over my Inspiration boards. 

She is married to Chip and is a mom of 3 young girls. I loved hearing her advice about how to create a joy-filled home. We talk about design, working while being a mom, and challenges in motherhood.

May 3, 2016

Emily Thomas joins me for Episode 21. She is a wife,mom of 2 kids, nurse and Podcaster. You may have heard her oniTunes with her show, Mom Struggling Well. She is so realand funny and I love that she is not afraid to be honestabout herself. I think that is what draws people to her.

I asked Emily to come on the show to tell her storybecause she has faced almost all the things that we as women fear.She has faced abuse, divorce, infertility and infidelityat different points in her life. And I wanted herto share with you to see that fear doesn't have to ruin youand God can use you no matter what you face

Apr 26, 2016

I can't believe we are already 20 episodes in! Thank you so much for listening!! Thank you for subscribing to and sharing the show. More and more people each week are discovering this little thing we have going because of you. 

Jennifer Willis joins me for Episode 20. I met Jennifer a couple of years ago at elementary school pick up time. She is just seemed like a normal mom but as I got to know her, her story unfolded before me. She has faced great loss yet experienced great joy, too. She shares her story today on the show--what happens when life is less than you imagined. When the picture in your head isn't matching what is reality. They lost jobs, lost 5 babies, had a cancer scare and adopted a special needs kid. Ups and downs, but she clings to a God who overcomes.

Apr 19, 2016

Annie F. Downs joins me for Episode 19. She happened to be in town and we got to meet and chat at my kitchen table. I love that because that's how I would want to be talking to each one of you. There is something very personal about opening up your home and sitting across from them at your table.

She is a full-time speaker and writer who also happens to have some killer hidden talents that we talk about in the show. We talk about how she went from an elementary school teacher to a published author and communicator along with what its like to be 35 and single. Plus, we have a first on Surviving Sarah--a lightning round. You don't want to miss that towards the end of the show.

Apr 12, 2016

Courtney DeFeo joins me for Episode 18. Courtney is a wife, mom of girls and a former marketing professional for Chick-fil-a. She is the creator of a small business called Lil Light O Mine that empowers moms and hopes to change little lives through innovation in the home.

We talk about how she went from her dream job to staying at home with her kids. That choice is hard because no one is giving you a promotion for potty training your strong willed kid. Am I right?! But Courtney shares how she made that decision and how God uses your past experiences and skills in your life as a mom today. She shares some really great practical advice for starting a business and for how to build an authentic faith in your kids.

Apr 5, 2016

Jamie B. Golden joins me for Episode 17 of the Surviving Sarah podcast. She is a pop culture extraordinaire where she cohosts a podcast about pop culture called The Popcast with Knox and Jamie. She is also a cake pop baker and digital marketing consultant. 

We talk about how she became a full-time podcaster and cake pop baker. As a single woman, God called her to quit her reliable, full-time job in order to walk blindly into a new season. She talks about how she discovered what her skills were in the midst of being a Jill of all trades. plus, she shares a never before told story about her childhood to which She now has issues with her mailbox (counseling may be needed).

Mar 29, 2016

Shannan Martin joins me for Episode 16 of the Surviving Sarah podcast. If you don't know her already, she writes over at Flowerpatch Farmgirl. Shannan and her husband Cory have 4 kids. God stitched her family together in different ways and from different places. And she has experienced over the last few years what its like to get the life you always dreamed of only to realize through losing it that it wasn't what she truly wanted. 

It didn't take long for us to realize that we are kindred spirits--especially unified in our love for gingham shirts. We could have easily talked for hours, but instead we kept it slightly shorter. We talked about everything from books to Netflix to our dream houses to being front yard people and so very much more. Shannan has become a strong voice of influence in a community of people who desire to love their neighbor. 

Mar 22, 2016

Lauren Lefevre joins me for Episode 15. She is a stylist and fashion blogger. We talk about how she became a fashion stylist, how she balances it all, and everyday essentials that we need in our closet.

I had so much fun talking about fashion and how it intersects with our faith. Lauren started her business to help everyday people feel the best about themselves that they can.

I'm going to take a personal style challenge and maybe you should join me. Let's choose to be creative and confident in what we wear this week. And to take it one step further--take a pic and post it on Instagram. Tag me @sarahwbragg and #SurvivingSarah so that we can cheer each other on in our creativity.

Mar 15, 2016

Jessica Satterfield joins me for Episode 14. I met Jessica a few months ago and she is one of the nicest, most genuine people I know. She is a first grade teacher by day and blogger by night over at GraceWhileWeWait.com

We talk about her struggle through infertility and how they came about adopting their two children. her story has parts of despair but also contains great hope. She shares how adoption changed her life.

 

Thank you for giving your time to listen to this episode. It means the world to me. Be sure to subscribe to the show so that you never miss an episode. Come find me on instagram @sarahwbragg or at survivingsarah.com and I hope this show helped you survive a little easier today.

Mar 8, 2016

Thanks for joining me for episode 13 of Surviving Sarah. Designer, Anisa Darnell, joins me and we talk about how she got her start, her experience with being on HGTV and balancing work and being a momma of 3 girls.

I had one of my favorite designers sitting in my kitchen so I couldn't wait to ask her some design questions like advice about renovating, how to love temporary spaces and what are the best items to splurge or save on. I think you're gonna really love hearing from her.

That is all for today's show. Come find me on instagram @sarahwbragg or at survivingsarah.com I hope this show helped you survive a little easier today.

Mar 1, 2016

Logan Wolfram joins me for episode 12. She lives in South Carolina with her husband, 2 boys and large dog. Logan is such a likable woman and really is like every girls' girl. I guarantee you will feel like you guys are friends by the end of the show. In her life, she has been a chef, decorator, director of a bloggers conference--even though she wasn't a blogger--and now she is a newly published author.

In our conversation, we talked about what its like to be a work from home mom, her go to dinners, handling disappointments, and what it looks like to cultivate curiosity in your life. We unpack some key points from her new book, Curious Faith: Rediscovering Hope In The God of Possibility

Thank you so much for listening this week! I truly want to connect with you. I want to get to know you! Come find me over on Instagram @sarahwbragg --it is really my most favorite place to hang out during the week.

Feb 23, 2016

Lindsay Tarquinio of LUO joins me for Episode 1. Lindsay is a wife of a former Atlanta Falcons football player, new mom, interior designer, private chef and the co-founder of an organization called LUO which exists to set children free from poverty. We talk about how LUO started, who her biggest influence was and what its like to live in NYC.

Thank you for listening to the show today! If you want to score some bonus points, head over to iTunes and leave a review of the show. That is iTunes love language and helps people find us. 

Feb 16, 2016

Today's episode of Surviving Sarah is a conversation with author and speaker, Wendy Speake. We talk about how she was surprised by mommy anger. She would have never described herself as an angry person yet spouts of anger were triggered in her by her kids. We talk about her new book (co-authored with Amber Lia) that released Feb 16, 2016 called Triggers: Exchanging Parent's Angry Reactions For Biblical Responses. Our conversation felt like therapy and I left feeling inspired and encouraged--I know you will, too.

The show continues to remain on New & Noteworthy in iTunes which is all because of you! Thank you so much! Keeping leaving reviews and telling people about the show. Let me just give each of you a virtual high five!

Come find me on Instagram & Twitter @sarahwbragg and at www.SurvivingSarah.com

Feb 9, 2016

Blythe Hill, creator of the campaign Dressember, joins me on the show. We talk about how a dress can change the world. She took her love of fashion and combined it with a passion to help women who don't have a voice. In the campaign's 3rd year, she along with many other advocates raised over $915,000 USD! It's amazing what women in the hands of a very capable God can do! That money will fund over 200 rescue operations, pay over 45 anti-trafficking lawyer's salaries for a year or pay for aftercare therapy for over 1000 survivors for a year. That is truly remarkable! I can't wait to join the campaign in December 2016.

Thank you for spending part of your day with me! Hop on over to Instagram @sarahwbragg or Facebook or SurvivingSarah.com to connect with me. All of the links that Blythe mentioned are on my blog. Go ahead and click the subscribe button here on iTunes before you leave so that you will never miss an episode.

I hope this show helped you survive your day a little better!

Feb 2, 2016

Lauren Byrne joins me in this week's episode of Surviving Sarah. She is a lawyer, blogger and mother of 6. Lauren tells the story of surviving the death of her firstborn son--something that no parent dreams of facing. She also gives some great advice for those who are facing similar pain.

Thank you for spending part of your day with me! Hop on over to Instagram @sarahwbragg or SurvivingSarah.com to connect with me. All of the links that Lauren mentioned are on my blog. Go ahead and click the subscribe button here on iTunes before you leave so that you will never miss an episode.

I hope this show helped you survive your day a little better!

Jan 26, 2016

In this week's episode, I talk with writer, speaker, social activist and pop culture enthusiast, Alisha Gordon. I had so much fun talking with her. And we talked about everything from her word for 2016 to how we can help single moms to Mike Tyson. I promise you will be inspired and entertained.

Thank you for all your amazing reviews! Seriously, all the hearts for you. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review of the show because that review will help others find us. Follow me over on Instagram @sarahwbragg and for links to all that we talked about today, head over to SurvivingSarah.com

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