“We’re all bored. We’re all so tired of everything.” Romanticism has kinda(sorta) lost its passion and “heartbreak the National anthem” all of a sudden? ...huh...? boredom is my biggest fear. Boredom is convincing us love isn’t enough, but danger, sin, and thrills are more important than authenticity. Recklessness, out of control emotions and desires have not fulfilled us yet. God created all things finite — only He is infinite, and He’s what we need. We’re invited to a banquet of love and we choose everything else instead. The result = boredom.
Who are you when you’re not comparing yourself to others? What are you about? Who do you long to be? When you’re not scrolling, researching another diet fad, feeling thoughts of jealousy, addictions to food, work, and shows... ugh! We [women especially] are not meant to live by learning standards from others, and a set of rules to “do” for happiness, but we were created for restoration and release — which is the key that unlocks true beauty.
Catholics, Christians, and non-believers alike have all wrestled with what a life of having faith in Jesus is actually like. None of that means the life of a Christian is unrealistic. It’s not impractical—It’s the best thing we could ever choose. What gets in the way is how and where we focus our day-to-day life. Tune in for more and hello season 4!
Shannon talks about practical ways you can receive real peace and joy this holiday season in light of fears of family parties, and upsets within relationships. Listen in for her 3 tips and how to find Jesus in all of life’s holiday messiness.
Raise your hand if you’ve had a “I’m never finding my person!” pity-party 🙋🏻♀️ in this episode, Shannon talks about being single. Singlehood is the one thing in life we want and don’t want at the same time. The tension of it is real! Let’s unpack the way this desire is more broad than your narrow minded pit party. Figure out where you need to heal from the lie that you’ll never find romantic love and hear the goodness that God is cooperating with us and helping us in all of our singleness.
Oof. This is a deep one. Thank goodness for our guest, Mackenzie Kephart, a vibrant young college student (making makes her first public speaking debut!) talking about the elephant in the room: loneliness. How do we heal from this unavoidable wound and fear? And why is it so common on college campuses!?
Healing needs to happen because we have been deprived of Love. Listen in for how Shannon healed from expecting other people to be what she needed them to be for her, and to be that ideal person for herself.
Here’s some more goodness on the topic of intimacy, dating, commitment, relationships, and how much is too much to share online and with others. You’ll gain so much insight and joy from the incredible, Santonio Hill. He touches on the heart of a man, his own stories, pornography, dating, and how God working in men and women. Santonio is an energetic man of God. He’s newly engaged and is a missionary for Vagabond Missions. Kickback for his awesome Goodness.
My brother Ryan joins me for A 10 minute episode of straight FACTS to get you out of the cycle of madness, insecurity, and exhausting mental strain and into the sincere goodness of health and fitness. Don’t settle for lies!
Author Lindsey Todd is back to talk about her new novel, Closure. Listen to this riveting podcast about finding self-love in, through, and during (or without) a romantic relationship. Lindsey and Shannon discuss what self-love really is, what fears it brings us, and how to stand up for ourselves (which isn’t selfish!).. Lindsey even reads an excerpt from her new novel, which illustrates all these themes. Talk about GOODNESS.
(The gorgeous newlywed) Katelyn is here this week to talk about the significance of waiting for the right person to date and eventually marry. She touches on toxicity in romance, not settling, and the story of how God wrote her love story. Talk about pure GOODNESS. Forget all the messages the world tells you about dating, this is the GOOD stuff. I promise you, you’ll feel refreshed after listening.
For Natalie, dance is her first language. Dancing for 30 years evolved her heart, mind, body, and soul in so many GOOD ways. Listen in the hear her words as a gift of passion, and expression. Dancing isn’t so much about the talent, as it is the joy of dancing. It’s an energy boost needed for the human person. The awakening dance does to bring the Spirit into liveliness is so hard to find, but we can choose to create it.
If you find your present reality isn’t meeting your expectations, this episode is a small light on sneaky things like “mental escape” — mental fantasy— mental illusions, that can leave us restless and living without peace in the present moment. You’re not lost. You’re not living a bad life, you may just need to start seeing what Goodness God is calling you to, or trying to give you.
Do you desire to make small changes to your day and perspective? Do you tell yourself, “it might cost.” “I’ll lose people.” “I don’t want to talk about it.” “I don’t have the energy for it.” “I might lose someone.” “I’m not good enough.” — none of this is goodness! And none of these thoughts will compel you towards goodness! They are fears and doubts. God is speaking to you to become your true - self and to find freedom in who you are, and the goodness He wants to accomplish in you 🌸
Season 2, baby! We’ve all got personal truths of life but what if there is ultimate truth, objective truth that grounds us all? Our thoughts, environment, habits, and relationships give us an idea of what could be true, but who can we trust to be the most faithful?
You know the vicious cycle: the day ends and the snacks are calling you. Maybe you’re making up for not eating throughout the day, maybe you’re just addicted to chocolate. Joined by Cheri St. Martine, the two y’all about this sneaky habit, and what good alternatives to keep in mind for overall health in mind, body, and even soul.
Hey. Would you still take on a relationship with someone for ‘x’ amount of time if you knew it wasn’t going to work out in the end or last forever? Joined by English teacher, blogger, and speaker, John Turner, the two bring light to those wrestling with this question we all ask in our most meaningful relationships.
Joined by Kevin Kozeniewski, youth minister for Archdiocese of Philadelphia, this weeks episode is a conversation about finding time to have conversations with God. Are you afraid of prayer? Do you want to start? Kevin’s got some words of wisdom to start.
Health, fitness, body image, self care and self love should not feel unattainable. Why do we doubt our own potential? Our body’s abilities? In an interview with health and fitness trainer, Cheri St. Martine, this episode motivates us to find the goodness in finding motivation in our journey of fitness and health. Speaking not on just the importance of working out for physical results, but interior ones... it’s time to: “get your mind right!”
God gives humans freedom for the sake of choosing love. Freedom is the only thing that makes love possible. In an interview with Catholic writer and novelist, Lindsey Todd, Shannon unpacks Lindsey’s story of finding God after ending her 6 year relationship to pursue chastity. Lindsey is the author of ‘Freedom to Love’ where she writes on the importance and practicality of dating in the 21st century with a chaste mind and spirit.
How, where, and when do we get a glimpse at the love that awakens our soul? The love we dreamed of at 13, 14, even 20... does it exist or have we been burned? And when we get it, how do we keep it? In the search for love, for God, for pure goodness, how can we understand it all?
Part two on personality involves an interview with Shannon’s Dad, Pat. Pat, a former entrepreneur and current manger, talks about being humbled at the age of 51 when he realized Jesus’ personality is the sum of all successful management leadership. Pat identifies ways that Jesus was and is all of what secular management training taught him. The two talk about Emotional Intelligence, business leadership, and how Jesus’ personality was the influence and motivation for his followers to sustain and build up the Catholic Church. (Resources mentioned: the book, QBQ)
The power of your personality is strong, full of mystery, unrepeatable, and shows us the creativeness of our Creator. We can find God’s love, likeness, and goodness in our own self as we reflect and ponder the heroic journey of being an inspiring and authentic human.