A Welcome Grace with Beth Williby

Beth

In this podcast, we have conversations with everyday people about the value, purpose, and shared experiences of womanhood.

We take a look at life from the middle.

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In today's episode, I'm sharing some of my mom's best and most versatile advice.  It's not just for parents, y'all!  But, of course, that's the lens through which I see the world.We also discuss last week's Wednesday Wondering question and hear from listener Sonya as she tells us about traveling without kids.Don't forget to go to Instagram or Facebook to answer the Wednesday Wondering question! This week's question is:WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOUR MOM EVER GAVE YOU?For more information on this and all episodes, please visit https://awelcomegrace.buzzsprout.com/  or email Beth at (awelcomegrace @ gmail dot com) or you can find me at @bethwilliby on IG!

Oct 27

19 min 25 sec

In this week's episode, we're looking at life in the middle of taking a trip without taking the kids along for the ride. We begin with a look back at last week's Wednesday Wondering question and hear what listener Rebecca is in the middle of in her life.Then, we move on to tackling three questions about traveling just as a couple and without our kids:Why is it beneficial?How can my three top tips make it easier to do?What are the things my husband and I love most about traveling together?Don't forget to go to Instagram or Facebook to answer the Wednesday Wondering question!  This week's question is a two-parter:What is your favorite part about traveling with your partner? ORWhat keeps you from taking a trip for just the two of you?For more information on this and all episodes, please visit https://awelcomegrace.buzzsprout.com/  or email Beth at (awelcomegrace @ gmail dot com) or you can find me at @bethwilliby on IG!

Oct 20

32 min 15 sec

Welcome to Season 3 of the A Welcome Grace Podcast!  This season we are taking a look at life from right where we are.  Right smack dab in the middle of all of the awesome, awful, exciting, exhausting, boring, and extraordinary bits of it.What is the same this season?  What is different?  Take a listen and find out!Then, go to Instagram or Facebook to answer the Wednesday Wondering question!  This week's question is:What are YOU in the middle of in your life right now?For more information on this and all episodes, please visit https://awelcomegrace.buzzsprout.com/  or email Beth at (awelcomegrace @ gmail dot com) or you can find me at @bethwilliby on IG!

Oct 13

18 min

Kids might get a summer vacation, but God doesn't!  Am I right?  But it sure can seem that once school lets out and our routines vanish, our families' faith lives can go on a serious break.  Today on the show, Meg Hunter-Kilmer is here to give us some suggestions of ways to keep that fire of faith alive even in the heat of the summer and she shares with us some "unofficial" patron saints for all of our favorite summer things.What we talk about:Meg's new book that was just released AND her upcoming second bookWhy seeing ourselves in physical depictions of the saints is so importantHow to keep our faith practices alive in our families over the summerWhy "The Chosen" isn't just another crappy piece of Christian entertainmentSaint Stories with MegMeg's "unofficial" patron saints of summerWho is Meg Hunter-Kilmer?Meg Hunter-Kilmer is a hobo missionary. After 2 theology degrees from Notre Dame and 5 years as a high school religion teacher, she quit her job in 2012 to live out of her car and preach the Gospel to anyone who would listen. 50 states and 25 countries later, this seems to have been a less ridiculous decision than she initially thought. Meg is also the author of the new book, "Saints Around the World."Where Can I Find It?Meg's website -- Pierced Hands BlogMaking Pilgrimages to American Saints Find out more about Meg's book -- Saints Around the WorldFollow Meg on IG -- @mhunterkilmerDon't forget to use promo code WELCOMEGRACE to get 10% off at The Bookshelf before July 1!For more information on this and all episodes, please visit http://awelcomegrace.com or email Beth at (awelcomegrace @ gmail dot com) or you can find me at @bethwilliby on IG!

Jun 24

51 min 36 sec

Do you love to travel but hate all of the research and decision making that goes along with it?  Feel like maybe you need some tips and tricks from a seasoned traveler and a seasoned mom?  Well, listen in because this episode is for you!  Today, I have the absolute gut-bustingly funny pleasure of chatting with travel designer and mom of three, Courtney Cleveland.What We're Talking About:What is a travel designer?What are travel flows?Courtney walks us through how to have our best days in two different citiesWe share our best tips and tricks for traveling with kidsWho is Courtney Cleveland?After college, Courtney spent over a decade traveling all over the country with live event companies. Through this experience, she fell in love with maximizing every second of her time in a city - working and playing.  All the Best Days evolved out of a desire to see people really LIVE and LET GO and LEARN along the way.  She has recently launched her own travel design business - All the Best Days Travel Design - help plan personalized trips specifically for individuals and families.  Courtney lives in Dallas with her husband, 3 kids and 2 dogs.Where Can I Find It?Courtney's website -- All the Best DaysFollow Courtney on IG -- @courtclarkcleveDon't forget to use promo code WELCOMEGRACE to get 10% off at The Bookshelf before July 1!For more information on this and all episodes, please visit http://awelcomegrace.com or email Beth at (awelcomegrace @ gmail dot com) or you can find me at @bethwilliby on IG!

Jun 17

43 min 27 sec

Welcome to Summer Vacation, y'all!  On today's episode, I sit down with book lover and bookstore owner Annie B. Jones to chat all about our favorite summer/beachy reads. Books Mentioned in the Episode:Maine by J. Courtney SullivanA Hundred Summers by Beatriz WilliamsTheir Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale HurstonSex & Vanity by Kevin KwanOne to Watch by Kate Stayman-LondonAnne of Green Gables (series) by L.M. MontgomeryHarry Potter (series) by J.K. RowlingMalibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins ReidRevival Season by Monica WestVery Sincerely Yours by Kerry WinfreyWhere the Crawdads Sing by Delia OwensDivine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca WellsCity of Girls by Elizabeth GilbertCircle of Friends by Maeve BinchyWaiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry WinfreyWho is Annie?Annie B. Jones is the owner of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in beautiful downtown Thomasville, Georgia, where she also hosts weekly episodes of From the Front Porch, a conversational podcast about books, small business, and life in the South. Promo Code!!!Shop with The Bookshelf online (www.bookshelfthomasville.com) and earn 10% off your purchase using WELCOMEGRACE before July 1.For more information on this and all episodes, please visit http://awelcomegrace.com or email Beth at (awelcomegrace @ gmail dot com) or you can find me at @bethwilliby on IG!

Jun 10

48 min 42 sec

Why is being "perfect" not all it's cracked up to be?  And what principles can we use to guide us toward concentrating on what really matters?  That's what Beth is discussing on today's episode with The Lazy Genius, herself, Kendra Adachi as we flip the script on perfectionism.Topics Covered Today Include:How perfectionism effected Kendra's lifeWhy so many of us tend toward perfectionism in different areasBeing a Lazy Genius is the antithesis of perfectionismKendra gives us a "starter pack" of 3 Lazy Genius principles to help us overcome our perfectionismWho is Kendra Adachi?Kendra Adachi is the New York Times Bestselling author of The Lazy Genius Way and creator of The Lazy Genius Podcast. As a systems expert and professional permission giver, Kendra helps others stop doing it all for the sake of doing what matters. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three kids.Quick Links from the Episode:Kendra's website The Lazy Genius Collective (you can find links to all her things here)The A Welcome Grace Mailbag is OPEN!In today's Mailbag segment, we hear from listener Haley who wants to know a little bit more about the transition that happens when baby #2 comes along.Got a question about a past episode or ideas about the future?  Want to share your big news with the world?  Have a question about parenting or faith or "women stuff" or life in general that you'd like for me to share my take on?  Click on the link below to send me some mail and you may just be featured on an upcoming episode of the podcast!Write to me at the A Welcome Grace Mailbag!For more information on this and all episodes, please visit http://awelcomegrace.com or email Beth at (awelcomegrace @ gmail dot com).

May 13

52 min 56 sec

Buckle in, friends. In today's episode, we go there. Mental health, therapy, relationships, PPD and PPA...all the things! In today's conversation with therapist and social worker Tara Nicolson, we are flipping the script on women's mental health and therapy.Topics Covered Today Include:how the pandemic has effected women's mental healthwhat mental health issues are most prevalent in women todaywho can benefit from therapyhow to know if therapy is the right next step for you or someone you loveBeth describes her own struggles with post-partum depression and anxietyWho is Tara Nicolson?Tara is a wife, mom, and psychotherapist from New Jersey who has a goal of helping women in particular.  She is also the founder of the ministry Visitation Motherhood.  Visitation Motherhood is meant to bridge motherhood, faith and mental health with the hopes of opening up dialogue about the intersection of those topics.Quick Links from the Episode:Follow Tara on Instagram @thecatholicmotherhoodtherapistVisit Tara's websiteSuicide Prevention Hotline -- (800)273-8255The NEW A Welcome Grace Mailbag is OPEN!In today's Mailbag segment, we hear from former guest, Jean Heaton, who comes seeking an opinion on the fine line between "an alcohol problem" and "a problem with alcohol."Got a question about a past episode or ideas about the future?  Want to share your big news with the world?  Have a question about parenting or faith or "women stuff" or life in general that you'd like for me to share my take on?  Click on the link below to send me some mail and you may just be featured on an upcoming episode of the podcast!Write to me at the A Welcome Grace Mailbag!For more information on this and all episodes, please visit http://awelcomegrace.com or email Beth at (awelcomegrace @ gmail dot com).

May 6

48 min 8 sec

If you thought that fashion, faith, style, and worthiness were not all interconnected in our female brains, think again!  This conversation today with author and fashion expert Nicole M. Caruso broadened Beth's perspectives on all of those topics in the very best way again and again.  Prepare to have yours broadened, too!Topics Covered Today Include:Nicole's background in the fashion and beauty industriesThe #worthyofwearing movement -- what it is and why it mattersHow that movement/mindset can help us flip the script on more than just our clothes, but our self-esteem and self-worth, tooSmall steps we can take to make those changes in our own livesHow to encourage our daughters to see their own worthiness and express their own unique stylesNicole's new book launching at the end of May 2021Who is Nicole M. Caruso?Nicole is the author of forthcoming book with Sophia Institute Press called Worthy of Wearing: How Personal Style Expresses Our Feminine Genius. She is also a professional makeup artist and beauty consultant, former Beauty Editor of Verily Magazine, and homeschooling mother of 3. Nicole’s mission is to inspire women to invest in their self-worth with her movement #worthyofwearing. She wants women to live an integrated life where faith and style meet. On her website nicolemcaruso.com, she shares expert style and beauty advice, tips on healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood. She and her husband are raising their family right outside Washington, DC.Quick Links from the Episode:Follow Nicole on InstagramFollow #worthyofwearingCheck out Nicole's websiteOrder "Worthy of Wearing" from Sophia Institute PressThe NEW A Welcome Grace Mailbag is OPEN!Got a question about a past episode or ideas about the future?  Want to share your big news with the world?  Have a question about parenting or faith or "women stuff" or life in general that you'd like for me to share my take on?  Click on the link below to send me some mail and you may just be featured on an upcoming episode of the podcast!Write to me at the A Welcome Grace Mailbag!For more information on this and all episodes, please visit http://awelcomegrace.com or email Beth at (awelcomegrace @ gmail dot com).

Apr 29

49 min 32 sec

It's almost certain that there isn't a woman out there who doesn’t have some issue with her body.  Whether she’s tall or short, plus size or petite, “healthy or unhealthy”.  No matter how much or little she exercises or what or how much she eats.  We all want to be better, do better, feel better, look better.  And throw aging and the crazy hormones of pregnancy or menopause in there and, well, it all just feels like a whole lot.  So today, Beth sits down with Angela Brown to discuss flipping the script on women's health and wellness.Topics covered today include:The moments Beth & Angela both realized their health scripts needed flippingAngela's thyroid health journey from stressed out college student and former athlete to thriving health and fitness professionalAngela's top three health and wellness factors for women to consider at any age, but especially as we ageWho is Angela Brown?Angela Brown is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition and Healthcare Practitioner and a licensed Physical Therapist in Missouri.  She started practicing physical therapy over 22 years ago and then added in functional medicine almost 7 years ago. She and her husband Matt own a gym where she practices both physical therapy and personal training. And she has also become a thyroid health coach, helping with women with hypothyroidism regain their energy and balance their hormones utilizing lab testing and nutrition. Quick Links from the Episode:Angela's websiteFollow Angela Brown - Thyroid Health (@angelabrowncoach) on InstagramFollow Angela Brown Thyroid Coach on FacebookSweat Gym in St. Louis The NEW A Welcome Grace Mailbag is OPEN!Got a question about a past episode or ideas about the future?  Want to share your big news with the world?  Have a question about parenting or faith or "women stuff" or life in general that you'd like for me to share my take on?  Click on the link below to send me some mail and you may just be featured on an upcoming episode of the podcast!Write to me at the A Welcome Grace Mailbag!For more information on this and all episodes, please visit http://awelcomegrace.com or email Beth at (awelcomegrace @ gmail dot com).

Apr 22

42 min 51 sec

This conversation left Beth wondering, "Where was this episode when I was a younger woman and had no clue about money?!"  Listeners, this episode is full of lightbulb moment after lightbulb moment.  So, whether you consider yourself to be savvy with personal finance or not, this is an episode you won't want to miss.Topics covered today include:The intersection of faith and financeBeth & Amanda share the events that made them flip the script on how they interacted with moneyThe three biggest issues Amanda sees women in particular having with personal financeHow and when we should start teaching our kids about moneyWhy learning about finances and being confident in them actually mattersWhat is Wallet Win and how the system is helpfulWho is Amanda Teixeira?Amanda hails from Omaha, Nebraska. She is a wife, mother, and co-founder of WalletWin, a personal finance education company. Amanda is a nationally sought-after speaker and writer on the topics of finances, leadership, and femininity. Before launching WalletWin, she served nine years as a staff member with FOCUS, a Catholic campus ministry organization. When she isn’t running her business, Amanda can be found having spontaneous dance parties or exploring the outdoors with her husband Jonathan, daughters Josephine, Charlotte, and Eleanor and their beloved Labrador Retriever, Wrigley.  One of Amanda’s goals is to help us understand that money doesn't have to be scary, boring, or something for someone else to handle - YOU can (and must) handle it well for God's glory. Quick Links from the Episode:WalletWin on InstagramWalletWin PodcastWalletWin's free training programFor more information on this and all episodes, please visit http://awelcomegrace.com or email Beth at (awelcomegrace @ gmail dot com).

Apr 15

50 min 5 sec

In today's episode, Beth sits down with real-life friend and all-around great gal, Patty Breen, to discuss something Beth knows nothing about but Patty certainly does.  Namely, what is it like to be a single woman in your 30s in the 21st century?But why?  Why do  we “smug marrieds” (as Bridget Jones would call us in her diary) -- and let’s be honest, married people are pretty much my listener demographic, but if you are one of the single listeners, you’ll get some serious value from this conversation, too -- Anyway, why is it that the collective “WE” need to have the script flipped on singlehood?  Well, it’s for the sake of compassion…empathy…and taking a look at a situation outside of our own sphere and understanding it better.Topics covered today include:What do single people feel married people need to see differently?Patty's experience with marriage, divorce, annulment,  and starting to date again in her 30sWhat "healthy dating" looks likeWhat is an annulment and what isn't it?Online dating in the 21st centuryGod's ability to take our plans and disappointments and turn them into something beautifulWho is Patty?Patty Breen is a Pastoral Associate at her local parish in Michigan, a position she describes as being the Robin to the priest’s Batman.  She has been working in lay ministry for over twelve years and writes at various places online. A true Midwestern girl, Patty finds joy in running, strong cups of coffee, Ignatian spirituality, writing, and a good old-fashioned Hollywood musical. She is passionate about messy conversations at the intersection of faith, culture, and ministry. Quick Links from the Episode:Follow Patty on InstagramPatty's blog -- A Modern GraceMary Catherine Craig's life-coaching website -- Created to LiveAWG Episode 7 with Jean Heaton on Ignatian SpiritualityFor more information on this and all episodes, please visit http://awelcomegrace.com or eamil Beth at (awelcomegrace @ gmail dot com).

Apr 8

38 min 29 sec

There are conversations that we have in our lives that affect us deeply.  They rock our world just enough to leave us thinking and processing long after the talking has stopped.  Well, today's episode was exactly that kind of conversation for Beth.In today's episode, Beth and Leticia O. Adams sit down together and discuss such timely (yet seemingly eternal) topics as poverty (including generational poverty), privilege, and racism.There's no way around it, this is a challenging episode.   It's one that will ask you to reconsider certain prejudices, hear another woman's story with an open heart, and will prompt you to learn and grow.  At the same time, though, it'll make you laugh and provide some concrete steps for moving forward into a new frame of mind.Content warning: We discuss the death by suicide of Leticia's oldest son.Who is Leticia Ochoa Adams?Leticia is a wife, mother and grandmother who lives in Texas. As a freelance writer, she has contributed to The Catholic Hipster Handbook from Ave Maria Press and Patrick Madrid's Surprised by Truth from Sophia Press. Her work has appeared in numerous Catholic print and online publications including Our Sunday Visitor and Aleteia.  Leticia was a regular featured guest on the Jen Fulwiler Show on Sirius XM, and a sought-after panelist at Catholic conferences, having most recently participated at FemCatholic and the Fall Conference at the deNicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame. Quick Links from the Episode:Leticia's website: https://leticiaoadams.com/Leticia on FacebookLeticia on InstagramTamika D. Mallory (Instagram)Amanda Seales (Instagram)The Upside Down PodcastFor more information on this and all episodes, please visit http://awelcomegrace.com or eamil Beth at (awelcomegrace @ gmail dot com).

Mar 25

57 min

Whether or not you consider yourself a creative person, there is something in this episode for you.  Even if it's merely just listening in while Beth and Laura laugh like crazy people about anything and everything.Seriously, though.  This episode is full of gems from one of the most inspirational and encouraging writers in the Catholic world today.Laura Kelly Fanucci joins Beth today to discuss:creativitywhat it is and what it isn'thow we can identify our unique creativity even if we don't consider ourselves creativethe intersection of motherhood and creativityhow to tap into our creative selves in the midst of life's chaosand so much more!Who is Laura Kelly Fanucci?Laura is a writer, speaker, and author. She’s an award-winning columnist for Catholic News Service, and her nationally syndicated “Faith at Home” column runs monthly in Catholic newspapers across the U.S. Her writing has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, On Being, and the Christian Century, and in popular outlets including O (the Oprah Magazine), People Magazine and the Kelly Clarkson Show. Laura has authored seven books, including Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting and Grieving Together: A Couple's Journey through Miscarriage. She and her husband live in Minnesota with their 5 sons.Quick Links from the Episode:Laura's website, Mothering SpiritFollow Laura on InstagramFollow Laura at Mothering Spirit on FacebookRead Laura's viral poem "When This is Over"For more information on this and all episodes, please visit http://awelcomegrace.com or email Beth at (awelcomegrace @ gmail dot com).

Mar 18

43 min 38 sec

Do you have children under the age of 18 in your home?  Do you also have parents over the age of 65?  If you answered yes to both questions, you are part of the ever-growing Sandwich Generation.  Welcome to the club.In this episode of the podcast, Beth and her guest Dr. MaryRuth Hackett break down the whole concept of the Sandwich Generation and flip the script on what it can and does mean in our lives.Topics covered in today's episode include:the difference between our chronological generation and our experiential generation (GenX versus Sandwich Generation)how our relationships with our children can relate to those with our parents, but also how different they are by necessitysteps we can take to diffuse the stressful conversations we have with our aging parentsWho is Dr. MaryRuth Hackett?Dr. Hackett is a podcaster, blogger, aspiring writer, wife, and mother of four kids ages 9-17 living in Arizona.  She holds a PhD in Educational Psychology and has a passion for helping others understand human development.  Her podcast, Parenting Smarts, is a production of the Diocese of Phoenix.  Both her podcast and her writings weave together practical family life, research on child development, and Catholic teaching with the goal of helping moms and dads embrace their vocations at home and excel at parenting.Quick Links for this Episode:Pew Research Center study on the Sandwich GenerationFollow MaryRuth on InstagramListen to Parenting Smarts podcastRead MaryRuth's blog, Parenting with Peer ReviewFor more information on this and all episodes, please visit http://awelcomegrace.com or email Beth at (awelcomegrace @ gmail dot com).

Mar 11

47 min 12 sec

Are you asking yourself, "What in the world is the feminine genius?"  Then, to paraphrase today's guest, "Sister, this episode is for you!"In this week's episode, we go full-on Catholic as Beth and her guest, Chloe Langr, deep dive Pope St. John Paul II's teaching on the feminine genius.  Topics in today's discussion include:What is the feminine genius, anyway?How does it impact our lives?Is this just a Catholic thing or does it apply to non-Catholic women, too? (Spoiler alert: it does.)How does the feminine genius support our individuality and that there's not just one way to be a Catholic woman?Can dialing in on the feminine genius help us cope when God flips the script on what we think life should be?Who is Chloe Langr?Chloe is a Catholic wife, mom, and author living in the heart of the Midwest. She hosts “Letters to Women,” a podcast that explores what it means to live out the feminine genius in the everyday. A Catholic Book Award winner, Chloe is the author of several books, including Created for Love: Reflections for the Catholic Bride-to-Be and the brand-new Letters to Women: Embracing the Feminine Genius in Everyday Life. When she isn’t behind the podcast microphone, you can find her drinking espresso with her husband, Joseph, and reading board books with her two young daughters. Quick Links from the Episode:Check out Chloe's podcast here.Follow Letters to Women on Instagram.Order Chloe's new book Letters to Women (on Amazon) or (from Tan Books)Read Pope St. John Paul II original Letter to Women hereFor more information on this and all episodes, please visit http://awelcomegrace.com or email Beth at (awelcomegrace @ gmail dot com).

Mar 4

35 min

Today, we’re going to be flipping the script on parenting adult children.  If you are in the same season of motherhood Beth is, you too think it’s really hard to grasp that sooner rather than later, your own kids are going to start graduating, finding jobs, getting married, and even becoming parents themselves!This is an area of motherhood that Beth is both really beginning to look forward to while simultaneously being completely scared to death of.  Then again, that’s probably how we all feel about every new phase of motherhood, isn’t it?So, to help us prepare to navigate this new phase, Beth has called in someone who can only be described as an expert. Topics covered include:collegejob searchesfostering our kids' vocations (both to marriage and the religious life)being a mother-in-lawparenting without fearand more!Who is Kathryn Scheibmeir?Kathryn is a Victim Services Coordinator with her local District Attorney’s Office in Texas.  Prior to doing this work, though, she was a stay-at-home mom for over 20 years.  She and her husband Peter have 9 children, 8 boys and 1 girl, six of whom are in their 20s.  She says that she started her parenting journey looking forward to the perfect Norman Rockwell moments life could bring, but has found the bawdiness and messiness of reality to be much, much better. Quick Links from the Episode:Make sure to follow Kathryn on Instagram @9peas! Not ready for adults, but still want to hear about teenagers?  Check out last season's episode with Kathryn Whitaker! For more information on this and all episodes, please visit http://awelcomegrace.com or email Beth at (awelcomegrace @ gmail dot com).

Feb 25

35 min 10 sec

This week, Beth sits down with the hilarious and inspiring Erin H. Moon to flip the script on Lent.  Topics in today's discussion include:What exactly is Lent?Fasting vs. Feasting and how they work in tandem.Erin's conversion from Southern Baptist to Anglican changed her view of Lent.Comparing Anglican and Catholic observances of LentGod's permissive will  and God's perfect willIf you are a Lenten observer from way back, this episode is for you.If you are someone who wants to understand Lent better, this episode is for you.If you are a person who likes lofty topics of faith presented in a really accessible manner, this episode is for you.Quick Links from the show:Follow Erin on Instagram! (Do it! You won't be sorry.)The PopcastThe Bible BingeGrab a copy of Erin's Lent Devotional, Memento Mori, here!For more information on this and all episodes, please visit http://awelcomegrace.com or email Beth at (awelcomegrace @ gmail dot com).

Feb 18

31 min 31 sec

Oftentimes, a change in attitude or perspective makes all the difference.  Maybe you’ve noticed this, too?  How, sometimes, when we cannot change our circumstances, we need to change our way of thinking?Essentially, we need to flip the script.Over the course of this upcoming season, I’m going to share some of the ways this practice has worked for myself and in the lives of my guests.  We’re going to be flipping the script on things like faith, health and exercise, creativity, parenting adult children, finances and money, and so much more!  And I have to say that the guest list this season is going to be something else.  I can’t wait for you to meet (or become better acquainted with) all of these amazing ladies. For more information on this or any of our episodes, please visit http://awelcomegrace.com or email me at awelcomegrace@gmail.com

Feb 11

6 min 41 sec

The other day, I asked my followers on Instagram what one word or short phrase they would use to describe 2020.  Some of them, I had to edit a bit so I can share with you here on the podcast because, well, language!  But I’m 100% positive you could fill in the blanks if you wanted to.  Regardless, here are a few of the words people used:TryingHomeHot messUnbelievableUnexpectedUnprecedentedEver changingOverwhelmingFlexibleDumpster FireCrapfestCluster f*ckRona-coaster (I thought that one was particularly clever)"Shoo-shoo" stormSlowDepressingAnd Carb-loadedAnd, you know, I think I’d have to agree with all of the above.  But if there’s one thing I know for sure, is that mixed in and amongst at the craptastic-ness and carbohydrates, there have been some really, really good things that happened this year, too.  In fact, here are some other words & phrases people used:DomesticRefiningHomeGrowthPainful but necessaryA Blessing in DisguiseBlessedAnd THAT, my dears, is what today’s episode is all about.  Today, I’m talking with some of you listeners and sharing stories from others, and together we are going to deep dive into the Good Parts Version of 2020.  All of that wonderful stuff that happens when, well, as one person puts it, when life happens!  You will hear from Mindy and Jennifer who live here in the States, from Taylor and Katie who called in from Canada, and from Anouk, who listens to the podcast all the way over in Belgium.It was an honor and a privilege to talk with each of them and I can’t wait for you to hear their stories. Quick Links from the Episode:Check out more from Katie at her delightful YouTube channel!Sign up to help or donate to Mindy's pen-pal/mentorship program!Follow Beth on InstagramFollow A Welcome Grace on FacebookFor more information on this and all episodes, please visit http://awelcomegrace.com or email Beth at (awelcomegrace @ gmail dot com).

Dec 2020

1 hr

Have you ever felt there's a disconnect between the way you see yourself in your mind's eye and what shows up in the mirror?  Does it seem that how you feel on the inside doesn't match  up with how you look on the outside?  Is body image a struggle?  Or is combining your spiritual life with your physicality something that interests you?  Well, on today's episode, Beth talks with author Shannon K. Evans about just that.Who is Shannon?Shannon Evans is an author, contemplative writer, and a guided meditation facilitator, most recently with a specific interest in women's issues. Shannon writes the Everyday Ignatian column for Jesuits.org and lives in central Iowa with her husband Eric and their band of silly children. Quick Links from the Episode:Shannon's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/shannonkevans/Shannon on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/shannonkevans.writerJesuits.orgShannon's latest Everyday Ignatian columnBeth's writings about aging, body image, & weight from her blogA Litany for Self-WorthFor more information on this and all AWG episodes, please visit http://awelcomegrace.com

Dec 2020

51 min 48 sec

How do you give thanks when the last thing you're feeling is grateful?How do you respond to St. Paul's invitation to "give thanks in all circumstances" when the whole year feels like a dumpster fire?When you really take the time to look through the eyes of faith, do you have more to be thankful for that you might have initially thought?These are the questions Beth is discussing today on the podcast as she shares her own list of what she's grateful for and encourages you to do the same.  Themes of family, friendship, relationships, and faith are explored before she offers a prayer for today's Thanksgiving holiday.For more information on this and other episodes of the A Welcome Grace Podcast, please visit http://awelcomegrace.com

Nov 2020

14 min 50 sec

With Thanksgiving approaching so quickly and Christmas looming on the horizon, many of us are left scratching our heads.  How is this all going to work?  Is it possible to have a happy Thanksgiving while simultaneously missing our loved ones desperately?  How in the world are we supposed to make such a traditional and memory-soaked time of year feel anything remotely normal in a year filled with as much strife, uncertainty, and tumultuousness as 2020?  And then, of course, there are the ultimate one-two punch questions of WHY IS THIS HAPPENING and WHEN WILL IT BE OVER?Honestly, if Beth had the answer to those last two questions, this would be a much different podcast.  She does, however, have at least some of the answers to the first couple of questions.  Well, she and her guest do, anyway. Today on the podcast, Beth and Marie Fiebach  are going to be breaking down the ins and outs of all things Thanksgiving food related.  From the turkey itself to side dishes, timing and preparation to how to fix a sunken pie crust…they cover it all.Marie Fiebach is a wife and mom of 4 teenagers from Kansas. In 2017 she founded Feed Your Family Tonight to help busy families eat dinner together at home and recapture a little calm in the crazy. She is a cookbook author, podcaster, and has a weekly cooking segment on her local ABC affiliate. Marie knows how hard it is to get dinner on the table whether you are working until 6:00, running kids to after-school activities, or chasing toddlers all day. She has dealt with picky eaters, food allergies, and busy schedules but still manages to feed her family a home-cooked meal almost every night. And she wants to help you do the same.Quick Links from the EpisodeFollow Marie Fiebach on Instagram!Feed Your Family Tonight on FacebookMarie's Feed Your Family Tonight websiteMarie's Holiday Planning GuideThe Feed Your Family Tonight PodcastBeth's Thanksgiving Planning GuideGrandmother's Refrigerator Mashed Potato RecipeFor more information on this and all AWG episodes, please visit http://awelcomegrace.com

Nov 2020

50 min

If we are honest with ourselves, we know that addiction is a disease that touches all of our lives.  Maybe it doesn't dwell in our own home, but in that of a family member or loved one.  Maybe the addiction isn't to alcohol or drugs, but food or sex or gambling.  But however addiction touches our lives and however desperate the situation may seem, one thing is certain.  Where there is faith, there is always hope.On today's episode, Beth chats with blogger, retreat leader, community volunteer, and new author, Jean Heaton, about the intersection of family, addiction, and faith.  Her book "Helping Families Recover from Addiction: Coping, Growing, and Healing Through 12-Step Practices and Ignatian Spirituality" was released by Loyola Press in October 2020.Jean Heaton is from the Nashville, TN area.  She is a wife of 34 years to a horse vet (even though she’s afraid of horses) and worked in his office for almost 25 years before she fired herself.  She’s a mom to 3 adult children, 1 horse, and 2 dogs.  She also shares that they have 2 grand dogs.  She dreams about traveling and books, and loves the outdoors which is where she often finds God.Both her husband and son are in long-term recovery and she has worked her own Twelve Step program for those affected by the addictions of others. She shares her experience, strength, and hope with others at www.jeanheaton.com. Quick Links from the Episode:If you struggle with addiction: Alcoholics AnonymousIf there is addiction within your family: Al-Anon GroupsBuy Jean's book on AmazonCheck out Jean's book at Loyola PressJean's websiteFor more information on this and all AWG episodes, please visit http://awelcomegrace.com

Nov 2020

44 min 17 sec

It's been one helluva year and yet, the holiday season is still coming, right?  On today's episode, Beth is joined by author & speaker Mary Lenaburg as they discuss all things 2020 and the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.  So, what can you expect to hear?All about 2020:God's amazing timingFinding beauty and faith even in the darkest and most difficult timesIs God really who He says He is?  Can and do I believe Him to be so?2020 has proven to us that we can't and shouldn't depend solely on ourselves, but in the support and providence of God.All about Thanksgiving and Christmas!Which category do we fall into?  Are we Christmas people or Thanksgiving people?  (Spoiler alert: there is no right answer.)Our favorite dishes on the Thanksgiving tableHow can we prepare our hearts for the unusualness of the upcoming holiday season?Our favorite family stories and memoriesA holiday "This or That" pop quiz!Mary Lenaburg is exactly the kind of compassionate, straight-shooting, loving, encouraging, and fun big sister I always wanted.  She is a wife of over 30 years to her husband Jerry and mama to Jonathon and Courtney.  Her daughter Courtney passed away 6 years ago after a lifelong journey with profound special needs.  Mary is the author of the award-winning book from Ave Maria Press entitled Be Brave in the Scared and her second book, Be Bold in the Broken, will be coming out in the spring of 2021.  She’s a speaker, an avid cook and baker, a Hallmark Christmas movie enthusiast, an Instagram aficionado, and a Beauty Counter professional. Quick Links from this Episode:Click here to check out Mary's blog, sign up for her newsletter, and buy her book.Follow Mary on Instagram!Beth's best tips, tricks, and recipes for hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be found here.For more information on this and all AWG episodes, please visit http://awelcomegrace.com

Nov 2020

1 hr 3 min

In today's bonus episode, Beth is flying solo.  She offers a space to breathe, some reflection on how to survive Election Day 2020 and the aftermath with our spirits intact, and a prayer for moving forward.Some of her survival tips include:Remember that people aren't voting AT you when they vote differently than you.Assume people's best intentions.Realize that a difference in strategy doesn't equal a difference in goal.Hold on tightly to your people.Remind yourself that God is God and we are not.Links referenced in this episode:Pantsuit Politics podcastThe Next Right Thing podcastSt. Mother Theodore Guerin

Nov 2020

12 min 9 sec

I think we would all agree that the world is a harder, even scarier, place than it was when we were teenagers, be that 10, 20, 40 years ago.  So how do we make the most of our kids’ teen years?  How do we, as their parents, help our children not merely survive but actually thrive in a season of life that is almost notoriously known as being hard?   In today's episode, Kathryn Whitaker and I deep dive into what it’s like to be the parent of a teenager.  We share some insights we’ve gained over the years, her with her 4 teenagers and me with my soon-to-be-3.Kathryn Whitaker is the author of Live Big, Love Bigger, an award-winning book about living an intentional, hell yes, kind of life. She's a sixth-generation Texan who was raised as an evangelical Protestant and then converted to Catholicism on the eve of her wedding. On social media and her blog, Kathryn shares her honest take on family life and living the Gospel, all while drinking Dr Pepper and cheering on the Texas Aggies. She has appeared in USA Today, EWTN, radio and TV stations around the country and is a frequent guest on The Catholic Channel on SiriusXM. Kathryn and her husband, Scott, live with their family in Austin, Texas. Quick Links from this Episode:https://kathrynwhitaker.net/ -- Go here to read her blog, get info on her speaking, and support her business.Kathryn's IG accountFor more information on this and all AWG episodes, please visit http://awelcomegrace.com

Oct 2020

52 min 39 sec

In today's episode, Monica Gallien tells us the heartbreakingly beautiful story of the stillbirth of her oldest child back in 2014.  With candor and generosity, she shares with us the details of that day and the hope that was born for her and her whole family out of their grief.  She shares with us some resources that could be helpful for those facing times of grief and suggests ways we can care for those we love when they are in need.  And, leaning on the faith in God and the love of their boy that she and her husband share, she tells us of the ways they are able to continue to honor and parent him this side of Heaven.TW: Please be aware that this episode discusses stillbirth and infant loss and may not be appropriate for everyone.  If you have experienced this loss or other pregnancy and infant loss, know that you are in our prayers. Monica Gallien is a wife, mother, and audiologist from Indiana.  She owns and operates her own business, EARS, LLC., working with deaf and hard of hearing students.  In addition to their son, she and her husband are the proud parents of two feisty, redheaded daughters.Correction: Monica stated that their most recent food drive collected about 1700 canned goods.  She drastically underestimated that number.  They actually collected over 5,000 food items for charity!  Way to go, Galliens!Quick Links from this Episode:Educational Audiology Resource Solutions (EARS, LLC) Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep photography servicesFor more information on this and all AWG episodes, please visit http://awelcomegrace.com

Oct 2020

50 min 16 sec

One of my goals with this podcast is to discover alongside you all that we women are more alike than we are different, right?  Well, today’s episode delivers that in spades.  Marcia and I find lots of common ground in our shared loves of pop culture, a good brunch, wild teenagers, and – believe it or not – Terre Haute, IN.But we also found, or rather, I sought out and Marcia was gracious enough to share with me, some ways we are different and some things we can certainly learn from our Black friends.  We laughed, I almost cried, and it is most definitely a conversation I will remember for a long, long time.Marcia Lane-McGee is a life-long Chicagoan, former youth minister, and current Family Teacher with Mooseheart Child City and School.Quick Links from this Episode:Follow Marcia on Instagram here.Listen to Marcia's podcast here.Follow Plaid Skirts & Basic Black on IG.Learn more about St. Mother Theodore Guerin and the Sisters of Providence here.Learn more about Mooseheart Child City and School here.For more information on today's episode, please head to http://awelcomegrace.com

Oct 2020

50 min 52 sec

In the 24 years since I voted in my very first presidential election, life has changed a bit.  Society has changed a bit.  And, frankly, I’ve changed a bit.  Precisely nothing is simple anymore it seems.  My vote is no longer a foregone conclusion and, honestly, growing more in my Catholic faith has made voting for anybody includes more mental and spiritual gymnastics than I’d like.Add to all that an ever quickening news cycle and the social media phenomenon, and you've got yourself a whole mess of confusion.  How are we supposed to be true to ourselves, our faith, our relationships, our families, and our futures and still vote in good conscience?  Where is the perspective that we need?  Enter, Julie.Julie Varner Walsh is a blogger, podcaster, and political aficionado who brings years of experience studying and working in politics to today's discussion.  We chat about:the history behind the extreme party polarization we experience today.questions to ask yourself if you're still considering who to vote for in November.where we can place our hope as we move through this election season.Helpful links about these topics include:Want to learn more about the considerations of BIPOC when voting?  Listen to this episode of the Plaid Skirts and Basic Black podcast.Want to learn more about what, precisely, is on the Democratic and Republican platform in 2020?  Check out this episode of Pantsuit Politics.To listen to Julie's podcast, check out More Than Politics.To read her blog, head to These Walls.For more information on this episode, please visit http://awelcomegrace.com

Oct 2020

50 min 22 sec

Does your life look anything…right now, at the beginning of October in this Year of Our Lord 2020…does your life look anything like you imagined it would?I’m going to go out on a limb and say…maybe not.Maybe your world has been turned completely upside down this year.Maybe you, like Lindsay, have battled an illness.  Maybe, like me, you’ve had to start a distance learning set-up for your kids or send a kid to college.  It could be that you retired, started a new job, found new ways to do otherwise completely “normal” tasks, or maybe you’ve had to…even chosen to…enter into uncharted territory this year.Well, you are not alone.In today’s episode, Lindsay and I talk candidly about the changes and new beginnings we’ve each faced this year.  Lindsay shares openly and honestly about her battle with colorectal cancer, and the two of us share our best advice for anyone facing down a time of newness in their life.We talk about things like:crowdsourcingembracing failurebeing open to changetaking it to prayerFor more information on this episode, please visit http://awelcomegrace.com

Oct 2020

48 min 4 sec

Are you tired of the comparison game?  Do you want to feel more valued and validated as a woman?  Would you like to find places of connection with other women, hear their stories, and find the truth in the saying that "we are more alike than we are different?"If that jives with you, then listen in.Welcome to the table, friend.  For more information about Beth Williby or this podcast, please visit the A Welcome Grace website.

Sep 2020

16 min 36 sec