A Letter to the Woman Who's Afraid of Not Being Enough

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From a very early age, women are told both explicitly and implicitly that their worth is determined by what they look like. Our world offers a standard of beauty and as women, we spend a lot of our time measuring ourselves up to that standard. I remember distinctly being twelve years old and trying on clothes in my room. I looked in the mirror and I can remember thinking “You aren’t beautiful. You don’t look like the women in advertisements. You don’t even look like the women you know. You aren’t beautiful.”

Leah Darrow appeared on America’s Next Top Model and was in a successful modeling career. But she discovered how a focus on physical beauty alone lead to a culture of use. Today, Leah and I talk about how true and lasting beauty can only be found in a relationship with God. The desire that we have for beauty isn’t a bad thing – but it does reveal that we actually are desiring true beauty, the beauty of God. I hope you enjoy the show!

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Topics we talked about in this episode:

  • How Leah left behind a career as a model in search of something more

  • Why you should be desiring beauty

  • Redefining our terms when it comes to beauty, fashion, and personality

  • Beauty is an attribute of God, and how we desire God when we desire beauty

  • Holiness and wholeness

  • Aquinas and the three elements of beauty

  • Assessing our clothing and makeup choices

  • Why beauty and clothing aren’t inherently evil

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A Letter to the Woman Filling Out Her Online Dating Profile

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Swipe left, swipe right. Online dating is growing more popular by the day, but is it for you? I loved visiting with Christina Peterson in today’s show. She met her husband, Greg, online and shared their story along with her favorite tips and hints when it comes to filling out your online dating profile. This podcast episode is packed with practical information and real life online dating success stories - enjoy!

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Topics we talked about in this episode:

  • How Christina and Greg met on Catholic Match

  • What dating apps and websites Catholic singles should explore

  • How to respond when asked about your online dating profile

  • Avoiding the online dating catalog mentality

  • Why you should share your online dating journey with friends

  • Taking rejection like a champ

  • Remembering that your worth comes from God

  • Why there’s no one right way to find your future spouse

  • Why “online dating” is a misnomer

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A Letter to the Woman In a Long Distance Relationship

 
 

- “These Long-Distance Relationship Problems Don’t Always Matter as Much as You Think,” an article I wrote for Verily Magazine a while back talks about some of the challenges in long distance dating that Mindy and I chatted about on this episode.

- If you’re in a long distance relationship, here are seven things to make your relationship stronger than ever.

- Before you say ‘yes’ to a long distance relationship, ask yourself these four questions.

A Letter to the Woman Wondering If She Can Be a Catholic Feminist

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- Claire Swinarski is the creator of The Catholic Feminist Podcast, an incredible, top-ranked spirituality podcast for Catholic women who want to be inspired, informed, and intentional.

- Check out Clair'e’s upcoming book with Ave Maria Press: Girl Arise! A Catholic Feminist’s Invitation to Live Boldly, Love Your Faith, and Change the World. The book comes out February 8, 2019!

- Claire recommended reading what Saint Edith Stein has to say about women. She also recommend Saint Pope John Paul II’s “Letter to Women,” (a favorite for this show!), and his letter on the dignity and vocation of women.

- Wondering what it means to be a Catholic woman? Here are things you don’t have to do to be a holy, Catholic woman.

- “The Waiting is the Cross” by Christina Dehan Jaloway is an incredible piece that both Claire and I love!

- Find out more about the FemCatholic conference (where Claire is speaking!) here.

A Letter to the Woman Getting Out of Her Comfort Zone

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- Mady mentioned her experience at Camp Wojtyla, a camp in Colorado. You can find out more about Camp Wojtyla here.

- If you’re looking to meditation more on the idea of comfort zones, Blessed is She has a beautiful meditation on moving beyond and out of your comfort zone. You can read it here.

- Mady also mentioned the song “Guiding Light” by Mumford and Sons. If you haven’t heard it yet, you can check it out here.

- Some great books mentioned in this episode include “The Practice of the Presence of God” by Brother Lawrence, and “Maurice and Therese: The Story of a Love” by Patrick Ahern.

- You can find Mady on Twitter and Pinterest.