the PRODIGAL SISTERS PODCAST

Girlfriend therapy for life's journey. New episodes every Wednesday.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Episode 31: The Babymoon


The time has come!

Right now as I'm writing this (it's Sarah, btw), Tiny Tubbs has still not arrived. But we're hopeful he's coming soon :). This is the last episode we'll release in what we'll refer to as our first season. We're going on our babymoon and will return later this summer. So, we spent this episode chatting about the future by interviewing Brett about some motherhood items!


We also made an announcement about our Facebook page. We'll bet shutting it down in the next day or two in order to start a closed group. We hope to use this as a way to stay in touch with our current followers and as a way to gather some feedback from you! So, when the invitation comes, please accept and join us!

Thank you so much for all of your support over the last 31 episodes! This has truly been an amazing adventure, and we've loved every minute of it.

Here's to a fun summer. We love you!


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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Episode 30: Mind If We Give You Some Constructive Criticism?




We live in a world where criticism is everywhere. And we have easy access to it. 

Is it good to be critical? What makes it good or bad? It can be a hard pill to swallow when we’re being critiqued, but on the other hand, we can dish it out easily from behind a screen. In this week’s episode we go in deep to explore criticism.



In this episode:

  • Brett and Sarah discuss whether or not they perceive themselves as critical, their comfort in giving criticism, whether current culture makes us feel more entitled to give critiques, what makes criticism constructive or deconstructive and the difference between criticism and judgement.
  • They also chat a bit about what the Bible says about criticism and some tips for giving it and taking it kindly.
  • They  talk about these tweets from the social media genius at Wendy’s.
  • And Brene Brown shows up in this HuffPost article.

That’s what she (or he) said:

  • “I’m eating for three! I’m eating for Brett, her baby and me.” - Sarah
  • “Why is it that we turn on people we care about the most?” -Brett
  • “If you’re not growing, you’re slowing.” -Gordon Tubbs
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Episode 29: Ice Cream for Your Ears...

Back at it again...

We know we took two breaks pretty close together, but it was for good reason. We made some plans! We’re releasing just a few more episodes before dear Brett has the cutest little boy (so soon!). We’ll be taking a bit of a break, so some of us (one of us…) can adjust to someone new and tiny. We’re also going to reset and think through what’s next for this on-air space. We’re excited! As for today's episode, it's time for our quarterly Casual Wednesday.




In  this episode:

  • We talk through what we’re liking, loving, trying, needing struggling and celebrating.
  • Sarah raves about this quiche recipe.


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That’s what she said:

  • “I said that like such a white girl….salt and pepper.” -Brett
  • “We’re like ice cream for your ears!” -Brett
  • “I tried that countdown from 5 trick to prevent myself from eating a Reese’s egg. It doesn’t work.” -Christen Allocco, texting during recording.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Episode 28: So You Agree? You Think You're Really Pretty.

Do you take compliments well? 

Without the "ums, ahs" and everything in between? If there's one thing we've noticed that many of us (ourselves included!), instead of saying "thank you" and moving on, we qualify our choices. If someone likes our outfit we tell them how much it costs. If someone thinks our curly hair looks nice, we turn it around, or talk about how difficult it is to manage in the humidity.

We do this in the name of being humble. But where do you draw the line between humility and trash-talking yourself?



In this episode:


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That's what she said:

  • "If you say you like my dress, is it because you can see my boobs through it?" -Brett
  • "How do you come across confident and not cocky?" -Sarah
  • "If we respond negatively to a compliment about ourselves, that might be taking the pressure off." -Brett
  • "Even when you say 'thank you,' that translates into 'I know.'" -Sarah
  • "Speak life over yourself, girl!" -Brett
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Episode 27: So Fresh and So Clean, Clean


Sometimes we just need a break. 

So, we took one. And we’re back for a fresh start, which is what we’re talking about this week! 


In this episode:

  • We talk about why we are believers in fresh starts, where we struggle with them, why they help us form a new perspective, the benefits of them and more!
  • We also chat about the “big” fresh starts like moving or starting a new job, role in life, etc. 
  • And in typical PSP fashion, we walk down memory lane to discuss the greatness of Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC. We even break for a listen to "Gone."
  • We reference this podcast episode about the five-second rule.

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That’s what she said:

  • “It kind of smells like fresh fart.” -Brett
  • “Being pregnant is like being hungover from a party you weren’t invited to.” -Brett
  • “[Life] can get pretty boring if you’re not actively engaging in the world around you and I think having fresh starts opens your eyes to possibilities around you and opens up your creativity and expands things that you care about and helps you identify things in the world that need to be changed…” -Brett
  • “I think it gives you ample space to reflect on how far you’ve come, too. It’s easy to get bogged down in the every day and forget what your accomplishments are or maybe how much progressive you have made…” -Sarah
  • “I think sometimes you should still live in the past with your boy bands.” -Sarah
  • “We think they’re going to fix our problems, when in fact, our problems follow us around.” -Brett


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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Episode 26: When Conflict Rolls In

What is it about conflict that is so uncomfortable?

In our experience, it's not easy facing conflict, but things have always turned out better once it's addressed. It's a part of life, but why are we so conditioned to avoid it? We chat about the ins and outs of conflict, and we hope you'll weigh in on this one, too! At the very least to tell us who your favorite Disney princess is ;) (I promise you'll get it once you listen).

In this episode:

  • We come to the conclusion that it would be super helpful to have a conflict translator like Obama's anger translator
  • We talk about the definition of conflict, how we handle it, why we tend to avoid it, what leads us to it, how technology has affected it and more. We wrap it up with some tips for dealing with conflict.
  • One of our favorites from Dane Cook - Brain Ninja

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That's What She Said:

  • "Your body is a wonderland, don't forget." -Sarah
  • "I do not like Aurora. She does nothing." -Brett
  • "Conflict is a clash of perspective." -Sarah
  • "When did we become such nerds? I woke up like this. Not flawless." -Brett
  • "I was glaring at her. But me glaring is like a puppy trying to look mad at a flower. But I had feelings!" -Brett
  • "Cellulite is my safety blanket." -Brett
  • "I'm a last-word girl." -Sarah
  • "Conflict is uncomfortable. And we're not taught to handle it as children." -Sarah
  • "Jog around that ish. We're not running through it." -Sarah
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Episode 25: Messing with God's Plans

Ever feel like you've messed with God's plan? Is that possible?

What great questions. In fact, we wrestle with them as well. For this episode, we decided to continue a discussion that started in our small group book discussion (we're reading From Tablet to Table by Leonard Sweet, by the way). We get pretty deep, and we don't have all of the answers, but we hope you'll come along and it'll help you think about some things and inspire you to start a discussion with some friends.

Ps. It's our 25th episode! Wow!



In this episode:

  • We discuss whether or not we have a strong sense of purpose, when we’ve been set on plans and they didn’t work out, if we’ve let God and our faith guide us in our decisions, when we’ve interfered and more. We wrap up with a chat about how we can practice listening for God.
  • Brett references this devotional.
  • We reference two previous episodes, so we thought we’d include them here: Let’s Get Spiritually Healthy and We’re Past Patiently Waiting.



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That’s what she said:

  • “It’s ok, I’ve got lucky underwear on.” -Brett
  • “Sallie Mae is just a name for the devil.” -Sarah
  • “If we slow down enough, a little piece of you knows. I think it’s the Holy Spirit prompting us to lead our lives in a certain way.” -Brett
  • “The simplest thing I could think of is that Jesus calls us to love…and we can start there at the very basic level. If there’s a way to incorporate that into our life, and if we’re able to do that, perhaps we’re on the right path.” -Sarah
  • “Start the discussion. This whole podcast is about girlfriend therapy, grab some girlfriends and talk about purpose and encourage each other.” -Brett

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