It’s the week before Mother’s Day, so it only seemed appropriate that I air an encore episode about the woman who has impacted me the most: my own amazing mother. I originally aired this episode last July to honor my mom on the 15th anniversary of her passing away from breast cancer.
I do want to acknowledge before this episode starts that I know Mother’s Day can be a complicated holiday for many women. Some of us love the opportunity to have a little bit of extra pampering and spoiling; but for others, Mother’s Day brings feelings of guilt about the ways we feel like we’re falling short as mothers—or it brings feelings of sadness or even anger if our relationship with our own mothers is different than what we would like. Maybe we weren’t raised in loving homes, and the sting can be felt even more deeply on Mother’s Day.
I know that not every woman listening was lucky enough to be raised by a mother like mine. And next week on the show— my first week back from my “pause”— I’m interviewing an incredible woman about how to be a loving mother even if you weren’t raised by one.
I hope that you’ll come back next week to hear that inspiring episode, and that hearing about my mother today can encourage you and give you some ideas of small and simple ways that you can make a profound difference to your children—not by being a perfect mother, but just by being a mother who celebrates your children’s gifts and loves them without conditions. That’s who my mother was, and I’m so honored to share her with you today.
The holiday season is a beautiful and magical time for most of us–but it can also be a time of loneliness and heartache for those who have lost loved ones.
This episode is a reminder of the little things we can do to reach out to those who are grieving during this time of year.
Rachel Gainer, a mother of five including an angel baby, shares her experience of losing her 2-month-old daughter, Daphne. She talks about the meaningful ways that family and friends supported her during that enormous loss and in the years since.
Though this topic may seem a bit heavy, the episode is full of hope, love, and goodness, and it is sure to give you great ideas if you’ve ever wondered just what to do for someone who is hurting.
Don’t forget the invitation at the end of this episode: Please reach out this week to someone in your own life who could use some extra support and love as the holidays approach.
Rachel’s website: RachelRebuilt.com
Rachel’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rachel_rebuilt/
**There are a few tickets left to my workshops in Idaho happening in January and February. I’d love to meet you! 3in30podcast.com/workshops
Have you ever been a little bit jealous, even of a good friend? I’m guessing the answer is YES because most of us face jealousy to varying degrees and in various forms throughout our lives.
In this episode, I talk openly with my dear friend and podcasting colleague, Monica Packer of About Progress, about how we have been jealous of each other at times–and what we’ve decided to *do* with that emotion.
Monica shares three “dive deep” questions to ask yourself if you recognize that you’re feeling jealous and if you want to use that feeling to become a better person and friend. (Yes, it’s possible!)
Don’t miss this honest, heartfelt episode, and let us know what it makes you think about in your own life!
Monica’s Website: https://aboutprogress.com/
Monica’s Podcast: https://aboutprogress.com/podcast/
Monica’s Progress Program: https://aboutprogress.com/progress-program/
Monica’s article on Power of Moms that started our friendship: https://powerofmoms.com/mothering-doesnt-come-naturally/
Episode 42 “How to Love Someone When It’s Complicated or Hard: Lessons from Open Adoption”: https://3in30podcast.com/open-adoption/
**Many thanks to our 3 in 30 birthday sponsor, Brightbox, the easy, affordable way to brighten someone’s day through happy mail! I love this company. Check them out!! https://brightboxes.shop
Whether you’ve made a move this summer or you’ve lived in the same area for 10 years, this episode has takeaways for you! Jessica Dahlquist, the host of The Extraordinary Moms Podcast, shares how to feel more “at home” where you live and how to reach out to others to make meaningful friendships.
Jessica is a genius at connecting with others and building lifelong friendships, and you will be inspired to make simple changes in your life that will help you to “bloom where you’re planted.”
Listen in, and be sure to share this episode with any friends who have moved recently!
-My episode on Jessica’s podcast, The Extraordinary Moms Podcast: https://extraordinarymomspodcast.com/3in30/
-Episode about using the five senses to create a peaceful home: https://3in30podcast.com/peaceful-home/
-Episode about being a friend, instead of just being friendly: https://3in30podcast.com/friendship/
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This is the first time I’ve ever cried while recording a podcast episode. It’s also the first time I’ve ever recorded while whispering in a bathroom during a family reunion. So basically, prepare yourself–this is going to be vulnerable and possibly bizarre for 3 in 30! Ultimately, I hope it’s helpful as you navigate your own relationships and consider how to show more love in situations that can be complicated.
The beginning of this episode is an excerpt from my interview with Tony Overbay for *his* podcast, The Virtual Couch. Tony is such a warm and caring podcast host, I felt comfortable sharing one of the most sacred experiences of my life with him–and now I share it with you. I can truly say that this experience with prayer changed the course of my life.
In the second half of the episode, I add three takeaways and further explain my thoughts on how to love someone when it’s hard.
This episode is truly a piece of my heart and soul. I hope you enjoy it.
-Full episode on Tony Overbay’s podcast, The Virtual Couch: http://www.tonyoverbay.com/2018/05/07/episode-54-in-vitro-fertilization-and-open-adoption-w-rachel-nielson-host-of-3-in-30-takeaways-for-moms/
-Mother on Instagram who I love to follow: https://www.instagram.com/kellyejensen/