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The Feminine Genius Podcast
39 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
Giving Life Through Creating — with Vivienne Boddy
"We're all called to be life givers, we're all called to give life and to be creatives. And in that sense, we really do share in God's image and likeness in a special way." Vivienne Boddy's artwork is instantly recognizeable and beautiful. As she prepared to enter into a new season of her life as a mother, she started Garden of Her Womb, an Instagram account where she shares her artistic journey. For Vivienne, it is a way to share her reflections on faith, life as a mother, and her growing relationship with God. In this episode, Vivienne and I talk about how she got into art, what inspired her to go public with her artwork, and how she's seen her art as a vessel to grow closer to God.Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-86-giving-life-through-creatingYou can follow Vivienne Boddy on Instagram @gardenofherwomb and check out more of her work on her website, https://gardenofherwomb.com.Our theme music is by Theresa Ambat, and our cover art is by Mariel Pahayahay.
30 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Looking Back on Season 3!
Friends, it is the season finale of The Feminine Genius Podcast! This season, we welcomed 22 incredible women who shared their stories and unique ways of living out their feminine genius. I am so in awe of each of them and the ways in which they say YES to working with God in the particular way that He calls them!In this episode, I share some of the things that I've learned through talking this season of the podcast, as well as a little insight into what's next! Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-85-looking-back-on-season-3The Feminine Genius Podcast will be going on a bit of a break, and will return soon! To stay up to date with the podcast, be sure to follow us @femgeniuspod on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You can also listen to this podcast everywhere you listen to your podcasts!Our theme music is by Theresa Ambat, and our cover art is by Mariel Pahayahay.
53 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Carrying Our Crosses with Joy — with Kate Crohan
"I'm there to convey the message, not be the message of 'I can read braille, so look at me!'" Kate Crohan is a woman of deep faith who has experienced great joy in her life, but has also had her fair share of crosses. Kate is blind, and goes through life with the help and support of many loved ones around her. She doesn't let her blindness stop her, though: Kate is active in her parish community, singing in the choir, lectoring at mass, serving the parish council and more. She is a true model of service, placing herself at the service of her family and friends, and doing so with great joy. In this episode, Kate and I talk about navigating life with blindness, the variety of ways that she serves the church, and the importance of accessibility for persons of all abilities in the Catholic Church.Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-84-carrying-our-crosses-with-joyA big thank you goes to Aisling Redican of the Xavier Society for the Blind for connecting Kate and I to make this episode possible! You can learn more about the Xavier Society by checking out their website, xaviersocietyfortheblind.org. They are also on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @XavierSociety.
59 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Wholeness, Fertility Awareness, and Reverencing Our Bodies — with Bridget Busacker
"This is going beyond just knowing our cycles and loving our bodies, but loving who we are as persons and recognizing the person in front of us." When Bridget Busacker got engaged, she and her now-husband started looking for a natural family planning method to start them off. But the research process showed that this wasn't as simple as they thought. Wanting to take action in the fertility awareness space, she co-founded Managing Your Fertility, a one-stop shop for women to learn more about and compare different NFP methods. Her hope is to build out the space and make an impact in women's health, not only for herself, but for her daughters and future generations. In this episode, Bridget and I talk about how she became interested in charting and fertility awareness, how she started Managing Your Fertility, and how becoming a mother empowered her to jump head first into this work full-time.Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-83-wholeness-fertility-awareness-and-reverencing-our-bodiesYou can learn more about Managing Your Fertility by checking out their website, managingyourfertility.com, and you can follow them on Instagram and Facebook @managingyourfertility. Finally, Bridget has a podcast where she dives into everything that we talked about, and so much more! Listen to Managing Your Fertility wherever listen to your podcasts.Our theme music is by Theresa Ambat, and our cover art is by Mariel Pahayahay.
44 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Rebuilding the Culture Through the Heart of Women — with Kiki Rocha
** CW: In this episode, there is mention of sexual assault and sexual abuse. Please take care when listening. **"I am convinced that when every single woman is able to encounter the God mission inside of her, there is nothing that will stop her from turning the world to Christ." Kiki Rocha is a fierce champion for human dignity and bringing the light of God to the world. As a survivor of many traumas endured in her life, she now finds herself on a mission to rebuild culture through the heart of women, and she does this through expanding their mindset and helping them find their unique God-mission. She desires for women to live fully alive and launch their dreams. In this episode, Kiki and I talk about her past work with The Culture Project, the strength and inspiration she draws from her mother, and the ways in which God uses her story as a vessel for light and joy in the world.Here are the show notes for this week's episode: https://www.femininegeniuspodcast.com/post/episode-82-rebuilding-the-culture-through-the-heart-of-womenWe referenced a blog post that Kiki wrote for The Culture Project in this episode, and you can read it here: https://thecultureproject.org/when-loving-your-parents-gets-difficult/Follow Kiki Rocha on Instagram @kikiiithebrave for inspiration and resources!Our theme music is by Theresa Ambat, and our cover art is by Mariel Pahayahay.
39 minutes | May 25, 2021
Fashion, Intentional Style and Mother Mary — with Meghan Ashley Sokolowski
"We're human—we need tangible things to raise our eyes to heaven." A lot of Meghan Ashley Sokolowski's work is rooted in beauty. As a stylist for Catholic women, she has the opportunity to help women develop their personal style that is unique to them while also being modest and fun. Since clothes are a necessary part of our daily life, Meghan's goal is to make styling as easy as possible, and her hope is that when we can simplify that part of our lives, we can then put our energy towards things like deepening our prayer life. In this episode, Meghan shares the role her older sister played in her personal faith journey, what drew her to styling Catholic women, and her love of Mary—the ultimate style icon.Here are the show notes for this week's episode.You can learn more about the work that Meghan does as well as see some of her fabulous outfits by following her on Instagram, @meghanashleystyling and by checking out her website, meghanashleystyling.com.Our theme music is by Theresa Ambat, and our cover art is by Mariel Pahayahay. Special thanks to Eleanor Wong for her help on this episode.
45 minutes | May 18, 2021
A City on a Hill for God's Glory — with Amanda Lee
"God was once again inviting me to revisit this passion and this seed that He planted within me." Amanda Lee's journey to the Catholic faith was a long but beautiful one. She thought that her identity was wrapped up in academics or her athletic ability as a competitive swimmer. But through a powerful homily and a message from a stranger, Amanda was invited to explore her identity in Him as a daughter of God. Armed with her faith, Amanda now uses her platform City on a Hill to not only share her artwork, but also the ways in which God loves her unconditionally. In this episode, Amanda shares her incredible journey of faith and conversion, how she got into art despite failing the subject in school, and how God calls her - and all of us - to be a light to the world.Here are the show notes for this week's episode.You can find Amanda’s artwork by checking out her website, cityonahilldesigns.com and by following her on Instagram @cityonahillco.Our theme music is by Theresa Ambat, and our cover art is by Mariel Pahayahay. Special thanks this week to Eleanor Wong.
35 minutes | May 11, 2021
Community Through Art and Vulnerability — with Madison Tanczos
"I just think it's so beautiful how Jesus put these people and this community in my life, because I hope that it's helping others, but it's also helping me." As Madison Tanczos drew closer to God through her faith, she began to see a new challenge rising up to meet her. Scrupulosity began to manifest in her life and it led her to encounter some very intense struggles in her faith. But despite her battle with scrupulosity, Madison saw this as a confirmation of how she was taking her faith seriously, and she wanted to find a way to help other people like her. Through Madison's vulnerability and gift of creating, she started Salve Maria Co., a platform that allows her to share her art as well as share more openly about scrupulosity with others. In this episode, Madison and I talk about scrupulosity in her life, the evolution of Salve Maria Co., and the beautiful ways God empowers us in our struggles for His greater glory.Here are the show notes for this week's episode.Follow Madison on Instagram @SalveMariaCo, where she has links to her Etsy shop and some resources on scrupulosity.Our theme music is by Theresa Ambat, and our cover art is by Mariel Pahayahay.
48 minutes | May 4, 2021
Diversity, Representation, and the Spirit of God — with Sarah Ku
"We miss out on that full picture of creation, the reflection of God through people, when we only have one voice represented." When Sarah Ku was pregnant with her second child, she found herself on the hunt for an Asian baby doll for her eldest daughter. But when she found that there were no options of dolls that looked like her daughter, this started her on a journey of seeking out representation in books and media for herself and her family. This journey led Sarah to start a blog and a podcast called A Growing Home, where she talks about how she's intentionally raising her family while also sharing her unique voice as a biracial Asian, Catholic woman. In this episode, Sarah shares her own story of conversion to the Catholic church, the importance of diversity and representation, and the ways in which she is lives out the Spirit of God as a mother to her children.Here are the show notes for this week's episode.You can follow Sarah on Instagram @agrowinghome, and learn more by checking out her website, agrowinghome.com.Be sure to tune in to Sarah's podcast A Growing Home! You can listen to and download A Growing Home wherever you listen to your podcasts. Our theme music is by Theresa Ambat, and our cover art is by Mariel Pahayahay.
40 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Creating a Place for Women to Belong — with Corynne Staresinic
"I really wanted to create a space that would illustrate and show a diverse range of stories from Catholic women, that would really show the beauty and the diversity of the many different ways in which we as women live out the faith." Corynne Staresinic is a convert to the Catholic faith from a strong Evangelical background. In the past, Corynne disagreed with the ways women were treated by the Catholic Church. But through dating her now husband - who was a Catholic - and diving into her own research, she started to see the beauty and wisdom of Catholicism. Through her faith journey, she came to see the beauty of Catholic femininity and the diversity of ways women live out their vocation, which led her to create The Catholic Woman. In this episode, Corynne and I talk about her journey of conversion to the Catholic Church, how The Catholic Woman came to be, and why it's so important to her to create a place for all women to belong.Here are the show notes for this week's episode.Learn more about The Catholic Woman by checking out their website, thecatholicwoman.co. They’re also on Instagram @thecatholicwoman and on Facebook @TheCatholicWoman.Co.If you want to hear more about A Place to Belong, take a listen to season two of The Daughters Project Podcast from the Daughters of St. Paul, who published the book! Over the course of the season, hosts Sr. Tracey Matthia and Sr. Julia Marie Benedicta interview a number of the contributors to the book. You can listen to The Daughters Project wherever you listen to your podcasts!You can also find Corynne on Instagram @corynnestaresinic.Our theme music is by Theresa Ambat, and our cover art is by Mariel Pahayahay.
37 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
The Power of Now and Giving of Ourselves — with Raisa and Renai Jose
"We've seen and felt first hand how remarkable it is to be serving people. And we're asking ourselves, why not share this feeling with as many people as possible?" Raisa and Renai Jose are two young changemakers living in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. From a young age, the Jose sisters had the values of service and love of neighbour instilled within them, and they wanted to find different ways to serve the community. This inspired them to start The Giving Truck, a non-profit organization which aims to mobilize youth to create change through random acts of kindness. Together with their volunteers, they serve people all over Vancouver, and they hope to empower other young people to be the change they wish to see in their community. In this episode, Raisa and Renai share how The Giving Truck got started, the different ways they serve others, and what sparked their love of service in their own lives. Here are the show notes for this week's episode.You can learn more about The Giving Truck and support their work by checking out their website, givingtruck.ca. You can also follow them on Instagram (@thegivingtruckofficial) and on Facebook (@thegivingtruck).Our theme music is by Theresa Ambat, and our cover art is by Mariel Pahayahay.
43 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
A Champion for Truth and Community — with Samantha Stephenson
"Religion, and the especially the Catholic faith, has been talking about these things - who the human person is, why we're here - for thousands of years! So we should be part of the discussion." Samantha Stephenson has always been curious and drawn to the truth. As a convert to the Catholic faith, her journey consisted of a two-fold conversion: one of the intellect, and then of the heart. Being drawn to the intellectual tradition of the Catholic Church led her to pursue a variety of projects and work in different positions, including teaching theology, hosting a podcast on bioethics, and working as a writer. Now as a mother, Samantha continues to encourage other women to follow the passions God has given them as the founder of the community Spoken Women while also nurturing her own passions and encouraging those of her children.In this episode, Samantha and I talk about her conversion to the Catholic faith, her love for the intellectual tradition in the Catholic faith, and the power of having women present at the table when important conversations take place.Here are the show notes for this week's episode.You can listen to Samantha's podcast "Brave New Us" wherever you listen to your podcasts!Learn more about Spoken Women by following them on Instagram and Facebook, @spokenwomen. You can find them online at spokenwomen.com.You can learn all about these projects and more from Samantha by checking out her personal website, snstephenson.com.Our theme music is by Theresa Ambat, and our cover art is by Mariel Pahayahay.
48 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Shaking Up Society and Serving From the Heart — with Ogechi Akalegbere
"I think the world is so much more beautiful when everybody in different bodies can live and be their full selves." Ogechi Akalegbre is a champion for diversity, equity and inclusion in variety of arenas. Whether she's lifting at the gym, advocating for diversity or providing a space for women to share their stories, Ogechi is committed to honouring the unique nature of each person - both in the Catholic Church and beyond. She desires to be a good trouble maker who wants to shake up the world and bring more awareness to some of the most pressing social justice issues of our time. In this episode, Ogechi and I talk about her journey into the world of power lifting, how she started her podcast "Tell Me If You Can", and why it's so important for her to advocate for diversity, especially within the Catholic Church.Show notes for this week's episode. Be sure to listen and subscribe to Ogechi's podcast "Tell Me If You Can" wherever you listen to your podcasts! You can follow Ogechi on Instagram @gechmeifyoucan, and check out her website, gechmeifyoucan.com.Our theme music is by Theresa Ambat, and our cover art is by Mariel Pahayahay.
35 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Sharing Faith Through Media — with Julia Strukely
"If this is not my calling, how can I still take those things that I've learned and the things I still love, and how can I use those things now?" With a background in media studies and theology, Julia Strukely has found a variety of ways to put her degree and faith into action. As she followed the promptings of God in her life, she found herself leading retreats, serving with NET Ministries, working as a youth minister, and even discerned a religious vocation. Even though she ultimately discerned out of religious life, Julia saw that her time discerning was just the beginning to a deepening of her personal mission. Now, she teaches religion, journalism and media literacy to middle schoolers and continues to evangelize with and through the media - all because she continued to say yes. In this episode, Julia and I talk about her love for media, her time discerning a religious vocation and how that formed her, and how she continues to evangelize now as a speaker and podcaster.Here are the show notes for this week's episode.You can follow Julia on Instagram @sevenmilechats and on Twitter @MsStrukely1.Please be sure to tune into Julia's podcast, Seven Mile Chats! You can listen to it wherever you listen to your podcasts. Julia was also so kind and invited me to talk scripture with her on Seven Mile Chats! You can listen to that episode here.Our theme music is by Theresa Ambat, and our cover art is by Mariel Pahayahay,
37 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Faith, Mental Health, and Impacting the Culture — with Regina Boyd
"If I can help marriages, if I can do one small thing to save one family or rebuild or connect, then that's impacting the culture in a larger way." When she was younger, Regina Boyd noticed that many of her friends would go to her for advice or counsel. This sparked an interest in helping others, which led to pursuing a career in the areas of psychology, counseling and therapy. Regina now is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and is the founder of her own private practice, Boyd Counseling Services. Through her work, Regina aims to impact the culture through strengthening relationships and bolstering love. In this episode, Regina and I talk about what drew her to the area of psychology, sharing her message in the digital space, and her desire to impact the culture around her through the work that she does.Here are the show notes for this week's episode.You can find Regina Boyd on Instagram @boydcounselingservices and on Facebook. You can also check out her website to learn more about her work and the services she offers at reginaboyd.com.Be sure to also listen and subscribe to Regina's podcast, Connecting Out Loud, wherever you listen to your podcasts! Our theme music is by Theresa Ambat, and our cover art is by Mariel Pahayahay.
46 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Launching Well-Formed Catholics Into the World — with Elena Nuñez Murdock
"We're all created in the image and likeness of God, who doesn't want us to survive and starve. He wants us to live abundantly." After many years of serving in ministry, Elena Nuñez Murdock pivoted from her time in ministry to become a full-time entrepreneur. It was a process that taught her many lessons about resilience and self-confidence, and best of all, she was able to build on her experiences in ministry and bring them into the workplace. With all this in mind, Elena founded Mission to Launch: an all-in-one platform that equips and mentors those who are ready to transition from ministry into the corporate world, and encourages them to live life to the full. In this episode, Elena and I talk about the experiences she gained while working in ministry, what inspired her to found Mission to Launch, and the fact that we aren't just made for scarcity—we are made to thrive and live abundantly.Here are the show notes for this week's episode.To learn more about Mission to Launch, be sure to check out their website: mission2launch.com. Follow Mission to Launch on Instagram to stay up to date on course offerings and more news: @mission2launch.Our theme music is by Theresa Ambat, and our cover art is by Mariel Pahayahay.
38 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
We are a People of Story — with Ava Lalor
"I want to help other people tell their stories. I want to be a part of the process of helping them share what's on their heart." Ava Lalor has always been attracted to listening to and sharing stories. As she worked through her time in college, Ava found her voice not only in the writing that she did but in helping to edit and work with other writers. She took this passion into her job at Our Sunday Visitor, where by chance, she found herself working behind the scenes at Radiant Magazine. Now, Ava is the editor of this online publication, working with women all over the United States to share their stories and perspectives on topics such as God's love, femininity, and beyond. In this episode, Ava and I talk about her love of stories, how she became the editor of Radiant Magazine, and her conviction in the fact that everyone has a story to tell.Here are the show notes for this week's episode.You can find Radiant magazine by checking out their website, radiantmagazine.com, and you can find them on Instagram @radiant_mag. You can follow Ava on Instagram @avalalor.For more information about Our Sunday Visitor, you can check them out at osv.com.Our theme music is by Theresa Ambat, and our cover art is by Mariel Pahayahay.
28 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Being a Message of Hope for Others — with Monét Souza
"I'm always trying my best to treat these students as not just a student, but a soul and a body to be nourished." When the pandemic started to sweep across the world in 2020, Monét Souza found herself wanting to share the joy and hope of Christ with other people. As an educator with a passion and talent for public speaking, Monét founded A Message of Hope, an online video series geared towards encouraging high school and college students to live out their Catholic faith. Through this platform and her work as an elementary school teacher, Monét shares this message of hope with as many people as possible through education, resources, and encouragement. In this episode, Monét and I talk about her love for public speaking, her experiences in working with young minds in the classroom, and what pushed her to launch her ministry under such unusual circumstances.Here are the show notes for this week's episode. Be sure to follow A Message of Hope on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube! All of this information and more can be found in their website, amhlifestyles.com.Our theme music is by Theresa Ambat, and our cover art is by Mariel Pahayahay.
44 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Holiness for All Cultures — with Sr. Desiré Findlay, CSSF
"I wanna see all sorts of cultures achieving holiness. I don't want it to just be one culture that can be holy or that can belong, but all cultures." As a young person Sr. Desiré Anne-Marie Findlay was fascinated by the holiness of saints, and she found herself similarly fascinated by different nuns that she would meet. While on a pilgrimage through New Mexico, she met the Felician Sisters and started to discern religious life. A series of Sr. Desiré's 'yeses' would eventually bring her to where she is today. Not only does she help other women discern their vocations, but as a Black Catholic, she is a champion for representation and the conviction that all are called to holiness, regardless of who they are and what they look like. In this episode, Sr. Desiré and I talk about her vocational discernment journey, how she praises God through her gift of dance, and why representation in the Catholic Church is needed and necessary.Here are the show notes for this week's episode. You can follow Sr. Desiré on Instagram @sistah.d. Learn more about the Felician Sisters by checking out their website: feliciansistersna.org.As well, in this conversation we made reference to a short film that featured Sr. Desiré and more of her story.Our theme music is by Theresa Ambat, and our cover art is by Mariel Pahayahay.
46 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Serving God in Your Unique Way — with Olivia McCarthy
"We have the unique gifts and abilities for holiness in each and every one of us." Olivia McCarthy is a wife, mom, and the host of the podcast Heart Home Faith. From a young age, Olivia was exposed to comparison culture, and this changed the way that she saw herself. But through a powerful dream, Olivia encountered the truth of who Jesus is, and in turn, what her identity is in Him. Now she encourages other women through the work she does at her parish and on her podcast, inspiring them to be the best stewards of their homes and faith that they can be. In this episode, Olivia and I dive into her experience with comparison culture, the beautiful dream that changed her faith journey, and the story behind her podcast Heart Home Faith.Here are the show notes for this week's episode.Olivia is the host of the podcast Heart Home Faith, which you can listen and subscribe to wherever you listen to your podcasts! Follow her on Instagram @hearthomefaith. Olivia was kind enough to host me on Heart Home Faith, and you can take a listen to that episode where we talk about the feminine genius here! Our theme music is by Theresa Ambat, and our cover art is by Mariel Pahayahay.
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