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Let’s Talk Enneagram: Part 2 with Melissa Corkum

Any long-time PRN listeners know that I love the Enneagram, so I was thrilled to chat with guest and Enneagram Coach Melissa Corkum about it on today’s podcast episode. This is the second part of my interview with Melissa. In the first part of our conversation we discussed connected parenting, and if you missed that episode go back and check it out. On today’s podcast we continued our conversation by talking about all things Enneagram.

Melissa became interested in the Enneagram after listening to a podcast a few years ago and quickly dove in to learn more about the Enneagram for herself. She read books, listened to podcasts, and then became a certified Enneagram Coach. In this episode, she gives an overview of what the Enneagram is, how it can be used for personal and relational growth and understanding, and how it applies to her life and family. She also talks about how it can be a helpful parenting tool.

The 9-pointed Enneagram diagram
Image found at: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Enneagram.png

During the episode, Melissa mentioned two books that she found helpful in learning more about the Enneagram: The Road Back to You and The Essential Enneagram. Melissa now serves as an Enneagram Coach and loves to help others grow in their knowledge of themselves and their relationships. She believes that the Enneagram is a powerful tool for family growth and has written a short book on parenting and the Enneagram that you can learn more about at her website.

I had so much fun talking with Melissa, and I hope you enjoyed our conversation too! If something from today’s podcast episode resonated with you, please comment below or join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page. If you liked this episode, please share it with others.

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Connected Parenting: An Interview with Melissa Corkum

It was a delight to talk to Melissa Corkum on today’s podcast episode. Melissa wears a lot of hats, including Empowered to Connect parent trainer, Enneagram Coach, and Essential Oil Specialist. Melissa is a mother both through birth and adoption and shares in this episode about how parenting adopted children led her to learn more about connected parenting. She now loves to help others learn to parent using a more brain-based view of behaviors. Her tagline is “laugh more and yell less.” As an adoptive mother myself, I have been a fan of connected parenting for a long time, and I loved getting the chance to talk about it on the podcast.

Melissa is also a co-host of The Adoption Connection podcast. If you’d like to learn more about connected parenting and gain tips and tools for parenting adopted children, you will enjoy her podcast. In addition, Melissa has made her on-demand training library available to PRN listeners. To access these resources, go to: thecorkboardonline.com/prn.

I had so much to discuss with Melissa that we couldn’t fit it all into one podcast episode! So, in the next episode we continue our conversation about one of my favorite topics, the Enneagram. Make sure to come back in two weeks to hear that conversation.

If something you heard on today’s podcast episode resonated with you, or you know someone for whom this information would be helpful or encouraging, please subscribe and share! You can comment below today’s show notes or join the conversation on PRN’s facebook page.

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In The Waiting: An Interview with Jennifer Alvarado

Anyone who has walked with the Lord long enough knows what it’s like to experience a season of waiting on Him. Today’s guest, Jennifer Alvarado, talks about what the Lord has been doing in her over the past year during a time of waiting. Jennifer started a blog called In the Waiting, where she writes about her thoughts, feelings, and what she is learning in this season.

Jennifer is a singer, a songwriter, a worship leader, and also works at a women’s non-profit ministry. She is a busy woman, and I’m so glad we had a chance to sit down together and chat. We talked about her journey into singing and songwriting, her favorite musical artists, and the importance of good song lyrics! Over the past summer, Jennifer participated in a 100-day-challenge on social media where she released a video singing a different song each day for 100 days. We talk about how this challenge has helped her move through some fears and insecurities. Jennifer is a talented musician, and you can find her music on almost any streaming service. You can also find her on Instagram at the handle, i_am_jema, or on Facebook at Jennifer Alvarado music.

During our conversation, Jennifer shares about what it looks like for her to slow down and spend time with the Lord. We talk about prayer, soul care, Scripture, and relationships. I loved this conversation with Jennifer and so appreciate her willingness to share her story on the podcast.

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Kill the Busy, Save the Bee: an Interview with Yvonne Marie

After taking a summer break, the podcast is back for Season 3, and I am privileged to start the season out with a fabulous guest, Yvonne Marie, M.Ed. Yvonne is an author, artist, poet, and teacher, and she recently wrote her first book, Kill the Busy, Save the Bee. If you find that you’re constantly busy, but not always in productive ways, you will be encouraged by today’s episode.

Yvonne explains that she is a “busy bee,” and found that she was often busiest in her thought life. However, much of that busyness was unproductive, taking the forms of worry and anxiety. The Lord led her to begin studying bees, and she noticed that, even though bees were incredibly busy, all of their efforts were for a purpose. Yvonne shares what the Lord has taught her about the value of being still and seeking His presence.

I really enjoyed this conversation. Yvonne and I talked about everything from anxiety, to art, to poetry, to worship, to the importance of family. If you’d like to learn more about Yvonne Marie, go check out her website: yvonnemariespeaks.com. There you can read her blog, find out more about her book, and see her upcoming speaking events.

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Faith, Music, and Fashion: An Interview with Amy Goloby

Have you ever wondered how singers break into the music industry or how they write their songs? I was able to ask these questions of today’s podcast guest, Amy Goloby. Amy is a singer, songwriter, and folk musician, and she lives with her husband in Texas. During our conversation, she talks about the courage it took to begin performing and how often she had to “do it afraid.”

Amy shares about her entry into the Christian music scene and about her process for writing music. We talk about her faith background as well. She explains that Romans 8:1 was a key part of her understanding the Lord’s healing work in her life, and that she is still in the process of learning to seek approval from God rather than people. Amy also tells the fun story of how she and her husband came together after years of praying for a spouse.

Near the end of the interview, Amy surprised me by announcing that she is launching a new clothing business called Liberty Outfitters. Amy explains that she studied fashion in college and is finally fulfilling a dream she’s had to begin an American clothing company that focuses on “reviving Godly values and principles.”

If you would like to know more about what Amy is up to, or learn more about her music, please visit her website: AmyGoloby.com. You can also find her music on Spotify, Pandora, or wherever you listen to music.

Well friends, this is the last episode of Season 2. It’s been an amazing year, and I am so thankful to each of my guests for sharing their stories. Season 3 will begin in August. Until then, you can follow Pause, Renew, Next on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, or keep up with blog posts at the website: http://pauserenewnext.com/blog/.

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Handle With Care: An Interview with Lore Ferguson Wilbert

Touch is a topic not often discussed or written about, especially within the church, yet it is such an important issue for life, health, and relationships. So, it was an absolute privilege to interview author Lore Ferguson Wilbert on this podcast episode about her thoughts on faith, the body, touch, and relationships. Lore recently wrote her first book, Handle with Care: How Jesus Redeems the Power of Touch in Life and Ministry, in which she delves into the topic of touch from the perspective of faith.

During our conversation, we talk about friendship, body image, and the importance of touch in relationship. Lore shares how the act of caring for her body became a key part of beginning to heal after experiencing trauma in her life. We also discuss the differences between self-care and self-worship, and how mindfulness can be a helpful tool for navigating the relationship we have with our bodies and food. Additionally, Lore explains how the embodiment of Jesus means everything to the Christian faith.

If you enjoy today’s podcast episode, and you’d like to hear more from Lore, check out her book, Handle With Care, or visit her website, sayable.net, where you can read more of her writing. If something from today’s episode resonated with you, I’d love to hear about it. Please comment below today’s show notes, or join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page.

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The Fostering Journey: An Interview with Julie Long

Since May is National Foster Care Month, this seemed like the perfect time to have a conversation about foster care. My friend, Julie Long, has been a licensed foster parent for many years, and she graciously agreed to be on the podcast to share about her own experience of fostering. She explains how she and her husband decided to enter into the world of foster care and the challenges and rewards they have faced along the journey.

During the conversation, Julie shares some of her favorite memories of foster care and discusses what it has looked like for her to co-parent with birth parents as they work toward reunification. She also talks about the impact fostering has had on her own children and how parenting foster children differs from how she would regularly parent. Additionally, she highlights the importance of her support system and how using respite care and setting boundaries has been a key component to her own self-care.

I love Julie’s heart for “the least of these” and her passion for advocating and spreading the word about foster care. If something you heard on today’s podcast episode resonated with you, I’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment below, or join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page. If you know someone who is considering become a licensed foster parent, please share this episode with them.

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Music and Mothering: An Interview with Bethany Guthrie

Although we couldn’t meet in the same room due to social distancing, I absolutely loved this conversation with my friend, Bethany Guthrie. In this episode, we talk about everything from chickens, to music, to parenting a child on the autism spectrum. I appreciate Bethany’s fresh and honest perspective about both worship and parenting, and I came away from this conversation encouraged. I think you will too.

Bethany Guthrie, this week’s podcast guest, shares about her love of music and worship, and about parenting a child who sees the world differently.

Bethany grew up with a love of music and can play many instruments. In this interview, we discuss some of the music that has been influential in her life. She talks about how music engages all of her senses and how playing the piano has not only helped her express her emotions but also helps with managing anxiety. Bethany explains that at one point in her life performing was a way to show off, but, after becoming a Christian, playing music became a way for her to worship and show who God is.

Bethany also shares in this episode about her experience of parenting a son with autism. She talks about walking through the diagnosis process and explains not only some of the signs of autism but also some of the unique gifts that her son brings to the world. Although she hasn’t always liked the phrase, “it takes a village,” Bethany says that, when it comes to raising a child on the autism spectrum, it really does take a village. She has found speech and occupational therapy to be incredibly helpful for her son and explains that having a brother has been one of the most helpful therapeutic interventions for him.

If something about this conversation resonates with you, please share this podcast episode or comment below today’s show notes. You can also join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page.

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Poetry, Slavery, and Faith: A Biography of Phillis Wheatley

I love biography episodes because, although the saints can no longer come in to be interviewed as guests on the podcast, their lives have much to teach us. I choose women whose stories interest me but also those whose faith remained strong through testing and adversity. Today’s episode is about the life of Phillis Wheatley, and she definitely fits that bill.

The name Phillis Wheatley is well-known, and chances are you’ve learned about her in your U.S. History class or perhaps in a literature class. She was a famous poet in the late 1700’s. She also happened to be enslaved for much of her writing career. Her story is complicated and tragic but also courageous and amazing.

In this episode I have given a brief synopsis of Phillis Wheatley’s life and career accomplishments. If you find that you’re interested in learning more about her life, there are many books and biographies from which to choose. The three sources I used for this podcast are listed below:

What about Phillis Wheatley’s story resonated with you? I’d love to hear about it. Comment below or join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page.

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Signs of Life: An Interview with Stephanie Lobdell

Millions of people struggle with depression and anxiety, yet the church has been slow to begin talking openly about mental health. Today’s podcast guest, Stephanie Lobdell, shares candidly about her struggles with depression and anxiety and about her life in ministry. She has learned much about healthy vulnerability and describes how she’s watched the Lord bring resurrection to many areas of her life.

Stephanie Lobdell, campus pastor at MVNU and author of Signs of Life

In this conversation, Stephanie describes what depression has felt like for her and also how an important conversation in college encouraged her towards finding grace in the midst of a mental health diagnosis. We also talk about image, ministry, and what it looks like for Stephanie to rest well. Of course, there is also a healthy dose of talk about the Enneagram.

If you enjoy today’s podcast episode and want to hear more from Stephanie, check our her book, Signs of Life: Resurrecting Hope Out of Ordinary Losses. You can also learn more about her life and ministry at her website: stephanielobdell.com

What resonated with you from today’s conversation? I’d love to hear about it! Comment below or join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page.

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