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Episode 7: Chelsia Checkal

This blog cast is a space to discover peace in the present through the connecting power of conversations. 


On today's episode I am delighted to talk with Chelsia Checkal.  I wanted to bring Chelsia on the show because she is one of the inspirations for Convos2Connect.  In our brief first meeting outside an elevator, a connection was birthed from our conversation.  Chelsia's positive energy is contagious, and it is evident her joy is rooted in Jesus.  She is a wife, momma to three children, and creator of the blog, Move With Him.  Move with Him is a beautiful space where people are invited to dig deeper in their faith and connect more intimately with their Savior.  Chelsia desribes the intention behind the blog, "this space is meant for the real ones-those of us who hunger more for Jesus than looking like a good Christian. Because life is messy and glorious all wrapped up in one when we serve a Savior who walks with us daily.” I love that.  

Join us today as we talk about embracing #gracefilled growth, intentional living, and practical ways to #bepresent.  Chelsia speaks directly to my heart and I know she will resonate with yours too.  This episode is especially great for:

wives trying to "balance it all"

mommas of littles

recovering legalists

and anyone wanting to feel more joy and be filled with more hope! 

So, take a few minutes NOW and fuel your fire for MORE! #moreHIm #MOVEWITHHIM

BONUS reason to #watch and #listen: For all you fellow Jen Hatmaker fans, Chelsia shares some fun with us about Jen and her new book, For the Love.   If you are not familiar with Jen, you probably have or remember her viral post, Worst End of School Year Mom Ever 


Jen and Chelsia(right) 

 

Get to know Chelsia more and follow her on MOVE WITH HIM

 

{Announcement/UPDATE:} Thank you all for joining me for these BLOGCASTS! I can't believe we are on Episode SEVEN already! STAY TUNED as the BLOGCAST continues to shape and grow.  I look forward to becoming available, too, as an audio podcast on iTUNES.   My desire is that you come along with me on this venture just as so many of you have been from the messy start of my public diary. God is in the casual connections and messy mundane, right?! So much of what you guys are part of is "beta" as they say, but I call it REAL LIFE.  We will have the shiny and pretty and slick soon enough...y'all come back now, ya hear? <3

 

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Episode 6: Jessica Fralin

This blog cast is a space to discover peace in the present through the connecting power of conversations. 



On today’s episode I am delighted to talk with Jessica Fralin.  Jessica is the author of the book, Stolen: Is Social Media stealing your Identity?  In her book, Jessica explores the affect social media is having on you and me.  She speaks to the heart of women and our desire to be affirmed and valued.   

A millennial herself, Jessica understands the massive influence social media has on our lives. She lived this rapid rise in social media as a college student and Bible Study leader of high school girls.  Motivated by her deep desire to point young women to the only true source of their worth, Jessica offers practical, Biblically rooted advice to break free from the bonds social media can have on the heart.  

But here’s the thing, Jessica loves social media herself!  I love her wisdom and insight on how we can actually promote healthy relationships with our online presence, and be intentional about using social media for good. 

We also talk about ways to be present in our lives, gain peace in the process, and live settled when it comes to being online and off.    Join us as we discuss safeguards, practical tips, and digging deeper to uncover our true identity.   It’s a great conversation from the couch of the BB.  

So, enough talking about Jessica, let me introduce you, and let’s get to the conversation! 

I am excited to offer one free copy of Jessica's new book to one of you! All you have to do is comment on this post AND/OR share this blogcast to enter!  If you share this post/episode on your social media, please let me know or tag me in the post so you will be entered.  Contest ends midnight 9/14/15 EST.  

ATTENTION I need YOUR help: Calling all young ladies/women/chickas/college and high school gals!!!  Join THIS conversation!!! I would love to hear your thoughts on the discussion with Jessica, your relationship to social media, and life in this digital era.  Comment below, connect with me directly via email DorothyCamak@gmail.com, on Twitter, or Instagram.  YOU could be featured and included in future posts here! It all starts with a conversation, so let's get to talking! Can't wait to hear from you! 


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Episode 5: Danise Jurado

This blog cast is a space to discover peace in the present through the connecting power of conversations. 


On today's episode, I am so thrilled and honored to have a very special woman on the show. Danise Jurado is a teacher, speaker, wife, mother, grandmother, and my friend. For over fifteen years she has served as pastoral counselor at the Dream Center in Los Angeles. She is the director of the Dream Center Transitions Program and is on the front lines of the unsettled world that we live in. Her own journey and experience in ministry lead her to author her new book, Fulfilled: Learning to Love the Life God Promised.

Her life and ministry are poured into the pages of this book. I am telling you, dear friends, Danise is the real deal. I met her via Twitter--yes, Twitter, and she was my very first "Tweet Meet," as we like to call it, in a hotel lobby in Austin, Texas. (read more about THAT here) This woman lives her faith and she is passionate about encouraging us to live a fulfilled life in Christ.

This episode is so enlightening.

If you are ready to BREAK FREE  from failure, sin patterns,  or cycles of shame, please join us today!

 It was awesome for me so I have to tell you about it. Okay, enough. Enough from me....

let's get to the conversation!


Buy the BOOK! Available for pre-order!

In the Los Angeles area, go to the book launch party THIS WEEKEND!!!  Tell Danise we are friends and give her a hug for me! She is expecting y'all!

 

 

 

In case you missed it on the podcast, Danise is donating 50 % of the proceeds from this book to The Dream Center!

Wow--see, this woman lives her faith.  

Learn more about the Dream Center here.  

WHOA!!!

WHOA!!!!  

So, this is pretty awesome, too! I have to share this with y'all!!!  

Look at what I just learned that the Fulfilled team is offering to anyone!!! $100 GIVEAWAY!!!!

 Remember the book is already avail on Amazon for pre-order!!

 

 

And 50% of the proceeds benefit the Dream Center.  

Note above for entry dates/winner details.

And one more thing, I am excited to offer one free copy to one of you! All you have to do is comment on this post AND/OR share this blogcast to enter!  Winner of this contest will be announced next week.  

Join this conversation!!! I would love to hear your thoughts on the discussion with Danise <3 

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Episode 4: Shay Brown

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Episode 4: Shay Brown

This blog cast is a space to discover peace in the present through the connecting power of conversations. 


 Welcome back!

On today’s episode you are invited to be part of a special treat.   I am super pumped to share my couch in a powerful but hilarious conversation with my guest Shay Brown.

Shay is an artist in every sense of the word. Her talents range from the canvas to the stage. She currently works as a commission based painter, teacher, and coach.

 Shay’s personal and professional journey are filled with events, trauma, and circumstances that could have left her empty and without hope.  But Shay has not let the unsettledness keep her from finding peace in the present.

I honestly could talk to Shay for hours about the journey she is on. She is a joy to talk to, and I am glad to call her a friend.

Let’s get to the conversation!

SHOW NOTES:

Shay has generously shared with us a few pics of her recent commissioned art:

Learn more about Shay's artwork on her website by clicking here

A peek at Shay's recent collaboration with Plaid Buttercup, a 'fubucomfy' and super chic childrens' clothing line 


Shay shares her healing art illustrations on social media along with her encouraging and authentic words.  A couple for you to enjoy today are below:

I love being able to share things with others! Conversation, a good recipe, music, art, empathy and love...Why would anyone want to hold on to things for themselves? That is what life is about... Finding beauty in this world and sharing a little piece at a time everyday!--Shay Brown

I want to find happiness in the chaos! I strive to show gratefulness when things go wrong. My goal is to feel as if I am riding with the top down singing along with my favorite song even when it rains. --Shay Brown

I hope you can soak in the love and fun and beautiful truths Shay so openly shared.  So, sweet friends, let's seek to BE PRESENT and be mindful of 'future trips!': 

Shay:  I literally used to put my worth in other people’s hands because I didn't know my own, and made some bad choices, but also grew from those choices, and I don't regret any of them. A lot of it is trauma, but if I didn’t have that trauma I wouldn’t have known the growth. Life is life. Live moment to moment. Theres some days that you don't have … Be present. That’s hard. Not future trip. Brady Kuhlman taught me that, one of my best friends that lived in LA. Future trip. I do it all the time.

Dorothy:    I’m glad I have a word for that now. Future trip.


P.S.  You know I promised to share this screen shot from Shay's stint on Star Trek! 


And what would a Convos2Connect be without a tweetable moment...I loved this from Shay TWEET THIS: 

@@The most present thing that I’m learning right now is that I am so blessed from God to have gifts that I used to take for granted, but I realize that I am just a vessel.--SHAYBROWN@@


My desire is to create a space that encourages us to live each day with joyful purpose and intention. I believe the most important work of our lives is discovering our true identity and living in that truth. I believe that if we seek to find our worth and value in God alone then we can live with greater peace and joy. 

 Why convos2connect?

I believe in the power of story and that we all have one to tell.  I believe that strength is found in connection and listening to each other. I attribute some of my greatest lessons, healing, and personal growth to meaningful conversations.  So, be my guest, grab a seat, and imagine my little home on the Internet to be like a comfy cushion on the couch in my BB. (or take the blogcast with you on your commute or daily run!)

Thank you for listening to today's episode.  Now, it's your turn.  Connect with me by commenting or sending me a message.

And the giveaways keep coming!!!  I get to offer ANOTHER Amazon $10 gift card this week to one of you fabulous folks!!  It's super easy to enter! All you have to do is COMMENT BELOW on the comments section AND/OR BECOME AN EMAIL SUBSCRIBER (IF YOU HAVE NOT YET DONE SO!)

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Episode 3: Carrie Severson

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Episode 3: Carrie Severson

This blog cast is a space to discover peace in the present through the connecting power of conversations. 

 On today’s episode I am really excited to introduce you to Carrie Severson.  Carrie and I first connected during a meeting at an airport bar in Austin, Texas so Carrie is the epitome of what Convos2Connect blogcast is all about! Carrie is the founder of Severson Sisters, a non-profit empowerment organization for girls. Severson Sisters is headquartered in Phoenix, but has programs and services nationwide.  Their mission is to “inspire girls to live as their authentic, awesome, super self.”  Carrie was recognized by USA Network and NBCUniversal as a 2013 “Characters Unite” award winner for her work.

 I wanted to bring Carrie to the conversation because she personally embraces peace in the present and is dedicated to helping others discover the same.  After her own encounter with unsettledness, Carrie also uses her voice to address the ‘Burnout Culture’ we live in.  Her experience and message resonated so much that when she wrote an article about it for The Huffington Post—it went viral.  It is evident we have a society that is in desperate need of peace. I personally connected with her writing on ‘burnout’ because it reminds me of some of my father’s journey and struggles.  I talk with Carrie about her journey and ways that she daily finds the calm amongst the chaos.  As a millennial entrepreneur, she values the importance of living peace in the process life. I can’t wait for you to connect with Carrie. 

And as always, show notes are available below the blogcast on topics discussed, links, more info, etc!

So, enough of this introduction, let’s get to the conversation!

 Below you will find more information, links, etc on topics discussed during today’s episode.

Severson Sisters Organization

"I'm a Recovering Burnout" --Carrie's viral article

Twitter

Facebook

Carrie is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, you can follow her articles here

That time I blogged about hanging out with Carrie in an airport bar

My blog about Christian meditation and link to Carrie's own practice

Thank you for listening to today's episode.  Now, it's your turn.  Connect with me by commenting or sending me a message.

I AM EXCITED TO OFFER ANOTHER GIVEAWAY WITH THIS EPISODE:

$10 AMAZON GIFT CARD

AND

A donation of $25.00 to Severson Sisters in YOUR honor! 

All you have to do is comment below(Name and Email Address required.) OR if you have not already, sign up to be a NEW email subscriber. Winner will be randomly selected August 13, 2015. 

Share and let's keep the conversation going!

HEY HEY!!! ONE LAST THING:  I have received multiple messages this week about people experiencing trouble adding their email address to the subscription list.  I think the problem is now resolved, but please note: you must use one of these form (like the one below!) to sign up.  OR the pop up on your welcome page.  The little "subscribe" text above the comment section is to subscribe to the comment thread only--NOT the blog updates.  Hope this clears things up! I am so sorry for the confusion! 

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Episode 2: Beth Marshall

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Episode 2: Beth Marshall

This blog cast is a space to discover peace in the present through the connecting power of conversations. 

On today’s episode I am delighted to talk with Beth Marshall.  Beth has authored multiple books including Grief Survivor, the powerful book that first connected Beth to me.  Beth’s message of joy filled life after loss has led her to speak nationally and encourage others.  I wanted to bring Beth to the conversation because she personally embraces peace in the present and is dedicated to helping others discover the same.  I can’t wait for you to connect with Beth. 

So let’s get to the conversation!

You can get the Grief Survivor reading plan from Beth right on your phone. 

Tweet This:  God's grace and His ability to heal has no expiration date


Thank you for listening to today's episode.  Now, it's your turn.  Connect with me by commenting or sending me a message.

I AM EXCITED TO OFFER 2 GIFTS WITH THIS EPISODE:

A FREE COPY OF BETH'S BOOK,

GRIEF SURVIVOR 

AND A

$10 AMAZON GIFT CARD! 

All you have to do is comment below(Name and Email Address required.) Winner will be randomly selected August 3, 2015. 

Share and let's keep the conversation going! 

 

 

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Episode 1: Susan Mead

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Episode 1: Susan Mead


Welcome to my first installment on convos2connect!  

Think of this as a mini episode or taste of what you can expect from upcoming chats.  I believe in the power of story and that we all have one to tell.  I believe that strength is found in connection and listening to each other. I attribute some of my greatest lessons, healing, and personal growth to meaningful conversations.  So, be my guest, grab a seat, and imagine my little home on the Internet to be like a comfy cushion on the couch in my BB. 

In today’s first look, I am hanging out with my friend Susan B. Mead. Susan is the author of the book, Dance with Jesus: from Grief to Grace.  She knows first hand devastating loss including her sister’s suicide, the loss of her son, and a witness to the Boston Marathon bombing.  

I talk with Susan today about how to get unstuck from paralyzing grief.  She shares about the power of looking up and looking out.  Being a Texan, she also appreciates the preferred pronunciation of the word, “naked.”  It’s, “nekkid!

My desire is to create a space that encourages us to live each day with joyful purpose and intention.
I believe the most important work of our lives is discovering our true identity and living in that truth. 
I believe that if we seek to find our worth and value in God alone then we can live with greater peace and joy. 

So I am so glad you are joining the conversation, and my hope is that you will live to embrace YOUR story! 

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