A Letter to the Woman Facing the Unexpected

 
 

When you go through an unexpected change or struggle, you may find yourself thinking about life in terms of “before” and “after.” When Alexa Hyman reflects on her journey over the past two years, she remembers her life before and after February 17, 2017, when she found out she was expecting a baby girl.

Sharing our unique stories can help others feel less alone, and that’s Alexa’s goal. Each one of us has our own unique story of joy and struggle, our “Februaries.” So how do we be brave and face that struggle head on? Alexa is leading the way with a conversation about beauty, meaning, conversation, community, and heart. Because we’re all facing our own February, or have one that is yet to come.

Alexa is a passionate Catholic woman and mom who knows the value of being there for people. She’s also the creator behind Back in February, where she shares the journey of single motherhood. We talk about her unexpected pregnancy with her daughter, Renley, and how her experience inspired her to minister to other women going through unexpected struggles.

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Topics we talked about in this episode:

  • Totally surrendering the plans we had over to the Lord (and trusting him!)

  • Why vulnerability isn’t weakness, and how to share in a healthy way with those you trust

  • The importance of community as women

  • How to empathize with someone going through an unexpected journey

  • The beauty of physical and spiritual maternity


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A Letter to the Woman Searching for Authentic Happiness

 
 

Happiness on this earth comes in many forms. I find happiness in my marriage, trips, hikes in the mountains, spring weather (minus the allergies), a good song that comes on my Spotify playlist, and a good cup of cold coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts.

But we're made for transcendent happiness, the kind that nothing on this world can fulfill. What do our desires for happiness here on earth teach us about the life to come? Today, I sit down and talk with Rose Sweet about how we can search for (and find!) authentic happiness and true joy.

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Topics we talked about in this episode:

  • Aristotle’s four levels of happiness

  • What our earthly desires teach us about Heaven

  • How to avoid getting stuck on the first level of happiness

  • Common road blocks to authentic happiness

  • Why we shouldn’t repress our desire for joy

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A Letter to the Woman Defining Her Personal Style

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Today’s world is confused about the very basics: the value of human life, the meaning and purpose of sexuality, why beauty matters, and what exactly constitutes as true freedom.

In this episode, I’m talking with Mary Sheehan Warren, who teaches consumer behavior and fashion marketing at the Catholic University of America. She’s also the leader of the Fashion Intelligence Project, an organization dedicated to human dignity and sustainable fashion consumption. We talk about what’s changed in recent years when it comes to our culture and the way we communicate as women, defining our personal style, and why human dignity should be valued at all costs.

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Topics we talked about in this episode:

  • Culture, communication, and community in the world today

  • Knowing when you’re off-balanced when it comes to appearances

  • The key staples we should all have in our closet

  • Investing in clothing without feelin guilty

  • Respecting the dignity of others with our clothing purchases

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A Letter to the Woman Navigating Social Media Today

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Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, iTunes, the list goes on and on. When it comes to navigating today’s world of social media as Catholic women, we almost need a field guide. How do we avoid getting sucked into the time warp that is Instagram scrolling? When do we need to step away and when do we need to step up and speak up?

Today, I’m talking with two Catholic social media influencers, Sarah and Amy. They’re two women who create Catholic content online, and they share their stories, tips, and tricks for interacting with social media. We talk about building up others, listening to the promptings and inspirations of the Holy Spirit, and honing in on your passions while remaining authentic.

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Topics we talked about in this episode:

  • Why Catholics shouldn’t just log off all social media and call it a day

  • The inspiration behind Amy and Sara’s blogs and why they talk about their faith online

  • Making conscious decisions about social media usage

  • Building community online

  • Listening to the promptings and inspirations of the Holy Spirit

  • Finding joy in lifting other women up

  • Not being afraid of the waiting seasons

  • How to hone in on your passions

  • The universal call to authenticity

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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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