A Letter to the Woman Learning How to Love Herself


- Julia Hogan, MS, LCPC, is the author of a brand new book, “It’s OK to Start With You”. You can pick up a copy of her book (which comes highly recommended from this podcast!) from Our Sunday Visitor, your local Catholic bookstore, or at Amazon.

- A great way to learn about your Catholic faith (and an incredible saint who lived out the feminine genius!) is reading a book that Julia is reading right now, “33 Days to Merciful Love” by Father Michael Gaitley.

- It’s time we reject lies surrounding self-care. Here’s a blog I wrote earlier this year on four lies we need to not give the time of day to.

- A song that I mentioned in this podcast episode is one that’s radically changed my prayer life this year. Check out “Pieces” by Amanda Cook (and this gorgeous music video that goes along with it!)

- Want to know more about how you’re God’s beloved daughter? A book I can’t recommend enough on the subject is “Life of the Beloved” by Henri Nouwen.

- Motherhood isn’t about being perfect. Want to know more about why being a imperfect mom is okay? Check out “A Letter to the Imperfect Mom” and “Good Enough is Good Enough” by Colleen Duggan.

- Another book Julia and I mentioned was “The Mindful Catholic: Finding God One Moment at a Time

- Julia mentioned studies that emphasize the importance of gratitude. You can read more about that here.

- Julia and I both love FemCatholic. You can check out the blog here, and join the Facebook group here!

A Letter to the Woman Struggling with Comparison

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- I first found Emily's thoughts on comparison through her article Overcoming Comparison When I Really Was Craving Connection over at FemCatholic! Her thoughts are beautiful, go check them out! 

- FemCatholic also has a forum group on Facebook where some great conversations about comparison and community happen. Check it out here

- Emily mentioned writing down things she's thankful for in her life each night. If you're looking for more tips on keeping a gratitude journal, here are some great ones. 

- Your first identity is that your God's beloved, and that doesn't change based on what your vocation is or what your Instagram profile is. Want to know more about this identity? Dive into Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen. 

- Emily mentioned that's she is reading Saint Pope John Paul II's Letter to Women (that's one of my favorites, too!). If you've never read the letter, you can find it here! 

Other women are contributing in a unique way, and so are you. There’s no need to compete
— Emily Hannon

A Letter to the Woman in the Second Half of Life


- Lisa Mladinich is the author of "True Radiance: Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life". 

- Lisa is also the Host of Shalom World TV's Catholic series, WOMAN: Strong Faith, True Beauty. 

- Lisa mentioned the book "Grain Brain" David Perlumtter. 

- If you're looking for a great introduction to the Theology of the Body, this book by Christopher West is a great place to start! 

- Another book Lisa mentioned when we talked about the sacramentality of the body was "Unlocking the Mysteries of the Body" by Sarah Christmyer. 

- Want to know more about spiritual motherhood? Here's a blog that emphasizes that spiritual motherhood is valuable - it's not a consolation prize! 

The culture hijacks beauty by trying to sell it back to women as if we didn’t already own it.
— Lisa Mladinich

A Letter to the Woman Starting Freshman Year of College


- Carolyn founded The Young Catholic Woman, where she and other women write on truth that they've experienced in their lives as women. You can also find The Young Catholic Woman on Facebook

- If you (or a woman you love!) is headed off to college, you'll want to read Carolyn's piece "Welcome to College". 

- Carolyn just launched "The Stewardess" on Etsy, which is a place for The Young Catholic Woman's Home. They've dreamed about expanding the shop but it never felt quite right, but now is a time for new beginnings! You'll find gorgeous home decor pieces for your home as well as books and prayer cards from The Young Catholic Woman. I've loved exploring "The Stewardess" - it's full of gorgeous finds that I always wish I could find at my local thrift stores and local shops! 

- Carolyn recommends any book by Father Jacques Philippe, but the one we discuss on the show is "In the School of the Holy Spirit". 

- We mention the presence of stress and perfectionism especially on Ivy League campuses. Here's an article from the New York Times about the subject. 

- Carolyn mentioned that she is a perfectionist, and I am as well. Here's a blog I wrote back when I was in college about my addiction to perfectionism and busy schedules. 

- Another book that Carolyn recommends is "To Light a Fire on the Earth" by Bishop Robert Barron. 

A Letter to the Woman Who's An Introvert


- Sarah Burns blogs over at Little Tabernacle. She also writes for Epic Pew

- Sarah appeared on 'Letters to Women' in the first days of the podcast. Check out "A Letter to the Woman Who Wants to Read More", where Sarah and I discuss our favorite books and how to learn to love reading. 

- We also talk about self-care (and what that buzz word really means) on this episode. If you want to learn more about how to reject the lies the world has told us about self-care, check out this blog post about how to embrace healthy, holistic self-care.

- Practicing the presence of God in the present moment is something that Brother Lawrence writes about beautifully. Check out this book to learn more about this concept. 

- If you're in the Kansas City area, check out City on a Hill, which hosts Tuesdays at the Boulevard, an event that Sarah and I mentioned in this episode. 

- Want to know how being an introvert fits with the New Evangelization? Check out this article on how to encounter others and invite them into a relationship with the Lord. 

- We mentioned a few personality tests in this episode including the four temperaments quiz and Meyers-Briggs

- Sarah and I talk about how we live out the call to spiritual motherhood. Spiritual motherhood isn't second-rate motherhood. You can read more about how to dive into your own spiritual motherhood here