April marks the half birthday of 3 in 30, so I wanted to kick off the month with a special episode featuring YOU, the mothers of this community.
Do you remember, back in October, when we celebrated the first birthday of the podcast and I asked all of you to think of your own 3 takeaways about motherhood? That was such an inspiring month for me, as I saw your social media posts, read your emails, and listened to your voicemails of your own #my3in30 takeaways.
At that time, I compiled a bunch of your voicemails to air as a birthday episode (here!), but there were too many to fit into one 30-minute segment, so I always planned to use the rest in a half birthday episode. And that’s what you’re going to hear today! You will hear from 12 mothers who have incredibly varied life experiences and wisdom to share.
To all of you listening, YOU are what make 3 in 30 magical. I am so incredibly grateful for your support and dedication to motherhood.
A special THANK YOU to the women who contributed to this episode!
Jill (@jcoterie), Ashley (@joyful_homes), Emily, Kristie (@ourkerrazyadventure), Erin, Alisha, Melissa (@melissa.plainandsimple), Amanda, Jaraka, Jessica, and Molly.
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The first Valentines Day that my husband and I were dating, he showed up on my doorstep with flowers and a clue that started me on a scavenger hunt to romantic places all around our college town.
Seven years later, on our first Valentines Day as parents, he showed up on our doorstep with…a toilet plunger. (You’ll have to listen to the episode to get the full story!)
Yes, becoming parents can definitely affect the romance of Valentines Day a bit–but there’s no reason why this “holiday of love” has to be limited to just you and your spouse. February 14th can be a day to celebrate family love as well!
In this episode, my amazing sister Sarah McKenna, from the craft blog Bombshell Bling, shares three totally doable and super fun Valentines traditions for the entire family.
2) Heart Attacks: https://www.bombshellbling.com/heart-attack/
3) Love Letters to your Kids: https://www.bombshellbling.com/mushy-love-letters-a-february-tradition/
I’d love to hear if you give one of these a try. Come say hi on my Instagram, 3in30podcast and let me know if you have other Valentines Traditions you do with your family!
Sarah’s website: https://www.bombshellbling.com
Sarah’s instagram: @bombshellbling
“32 Ways to Surprise Your Sweetie” by Rachel Nielson: https://www.bombshellbling.com/things-for-hubby-valentines-day/
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In this episode, you will hear Rachel sing Destiny’s Child; model how to ask someone how they are doing without pity in your voice; praise the hero who cleaned her bathroom when she had kidney stones…
AND SO MUCH MORE.
You don’t want to miss this episode, which is an continuation of last week’s podcast on “How to Be a Good Friend, Instead of Being Friendly.”
If you love people, and you want to love people better, listen in as Rachel dives deep into the importance of:
1) Using people’s names.
2) Following up with friends who you know are going through hard times.
3) Letting people serve you.
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Previous Episodes Referred to In This Episode:
How to Be a Friend, Instead of Just Being Friendly: https://3in30podcast.com/friendship/
How to Support Someone Who is Grieving: https://3in30podcast.com/grief/
Three Messages of Hope for the Darkest Times: https://3in30podcast.com/hope/
Many of us know friends and family members who have lost precious loved ones. During those heartbreaking times, it’s so hard to know what to say and do to show our love and support.
On today’s podcast, we hear from a mother who has been there and has so much wisdom to share. Several years ago, Rachel Gainer lost her two-month-old daughter, Daphne, and was engulfed in sorrow. She talks about her journey to “rebuilding” her sense of self after Daphne’s death, and she shares invaluable insight into what it’s like to grieve and what we can do to serve those around us who are hurting.
Listen in as she teaches us how to…
1) Reach out to the grieving family, no matter how long it has been.
2) Offer a specific service or gift based on your talents and interests.
3) Speak with sensitivity.
This is an episode that everyone should listen to–because, at some point, we will all inevitably need to support someone whom we love who is grieving. You won’t want to miss Rachel’s ideas for specific, heartfelt gifts we can send and meaningful words we can say. You’ll also want to hear all about her angel baby, Daphne.
Rachel Gainer’s website: RachelRebuilt.com
Rachel Gainer’s Instagram: @rachel_rebuilt
Ink Puddles by Karin (custom artwork for families): https://www.etsy.com/shop/InkPuddlesbyKarin?ref=l2-shopheader-name
**This portrait was done for a family who lost their baby: