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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Episode 15: A PSP Christmas

In case you missed it, Christmas is only four days away...

So we thought we'd help you out if you're in a pinch for a party theme or in need of a decoration that's easy to make Welcome to The Prodigal Sisters' No-Stress Holiday Guide! We have recipes and references to help you out, and we share some experiences along the way. This podcast has been a true blessing to us this year, so we sincerely wish all of you a Happy Holiday full of love and friends and family. 

Oh, and PS. Don't miss us talking about our Christmas traditions and how they may change after marriage, babies, etc. over on the Femperfect podcast this week! Click here to listen. Carly is the best!

 

In this episode:

  • Sarah gives an update on her challenge from Brett to watch New Girl.
  • We talk about holiday party themes, hostessing tips, why people shy away from hosting, low-energy craft ideas and more!
  • There’s a big discussion about the White Elephant gift exchange - good and bad experiences, tips, etc.
  • We reference this, and if you haven’t yet, go check out this post on Brett’s blog.
  • Lasagna is mentioned, and this recipe is bomb.
  • More fun and easy recipes!
  • Other honorable mentions in case you want to search the Interwebs: Buffalo Chicken Dip (BCD, Buff Chick Dip, etc :)), Cherry Salad, Pistachio Salad, Dirt and Little Smokies (brushed with egg wash).
  • You know what, scratch that. We both agree - just show up with ruffle potato chips and french onion dip.
  • Brett shares cocktail tips from the Tubbs and goes on to chat about some easy holiday crafting ideas: 
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone!

That’s What She Said:


  • “Where is Latvia?” -Sarah
  • “It’s a good season and if we don’t take time to think and reflect, it’ll just whiz by.” -Brett
  • “What freaking white elephant parties are you going to? Do you know how much other’s people crap I have brought into my house? And you have pans and immersion blenders? I have books that smell like moth balls.” -Brett
  • “I need to go to the extrovert party down the street.” -Sarah
  • “Glue is the worst.” -Brett
  • “Be present, make sure that you stop and breathe and make sure that you enjoy.” -Sarah
  • “People don’t tend to remember that stuff. They remember how they felt at your house.” - Brett
  • “Gosh, I don’t know where Latvia is and I’m wasteful. I’m a true American.” -Brett
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Episode 14: Practically Femperfect, Interview with Carly Samudre

We know that perseverance develops character. Which leads to hope.

That's what the Bible says, anyway.

But what do we do when life doesn't exactly go our way? When we have a master's degree and we wind up becoming a nanny for our day jobs? Or we're suffering the loss of a loved one? Or dealing with a chronic illness?

What happens when persevering is more than a Biblical buzzword and seems like an overwhelming hurdle to have to conquer?

Our first-ever guest, Carly Samudre of the Femperfect podcast is a therapist. That's right. We were lucky enough to have a real, live therapist to come on board for our girlfriend therapy.

Her story of where she's landed today required a bit of overcoming situational depression and learning to start where she was. Give her a listen, we know you'll grow greatly from what she has to say.


In this episode:

  • We deem Carly as the official Dr. Laura of PSP.
  • Carly describes the "AGE" metaphor: how anti-fragile, growth-mindset and embracing our journeys develops the growth of our soul.
  • Carly leads us through the idea of building your passion versus finding your passion.
  • How to keep a positive attitude in the midst of discouraging situations.
  • What having a "growth-mindset" actually means.
  • How perseverance cultivates gratitude (we're big believers of that around here).
  • How do we know when it's time to let something go? We have to ask ourselves three things: is it helping your relationship with yourself, with others and your relationship with God?
  • This video by Brene Brown on empathy v. sympathy.


That's What Carly Said:

  • "Sarah, get your life together."
  • "What if you could grow when you're stretched?"
  • "If we can remind ourselves that this is part of the journey, it's okay not to feel balanced and the best well-being all the time. Because the reality is that there are dips, and you're going to grow."
  • "I can choose to grow and make meaning out of this suffering."
  • "Nothing is wasted. And it's going to set you up for what you'll do next."
  • "Don't kill yourself over something. Find something new. Find another dream. Let this go."
You can follow Carly and the Femperfect podcast on Facebook and Instagram.
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Episode 13: The Clutter of our Lives

During this time of year, your life may feel cluttered in more ways than one.


Storing your (big) family’s Christmas presents in the guest bedroom. Looking at your cluttered calendar. Staring at the junk mail cluttering your dining room table. Trying to find space for every greeting card you ever received since they’re cluttering your office. Oh, sorry. That must be just Sarah’s issue (we get to that later).


As harmless as this easy accumulation of stuff may seem, it can wreak havoc on your ability to feel less anxious and think more clearly. In this week’s episode we get into the nooks and crannies of clutter and dust off our cleaning skills. Hope you’ll join and feel inspired to have an organized, clutter-less Christmas season (at least one of us will!). 



 

In this week’s episode:


  • We start this episode with good intentions to briefly touch on our Thanksgivings and the upcoming Christmas holiday, but quickly we spiral out of control into religious traditions, communion, etc. You know, classic Sarah and Brett. 



  • When you get through the first part, you’ll realize we do actually have a plan for this episode. And we begin to talk about clutter. Where do we struggle with it? Why? Where does it fall on the priority scale.


  • We chat about the expectations attached to having a clean house, etc. assigned to us by others and by ourselves.


  • How does not prioritizing order affect your well being? Physically? Mentally? We discuss. Brett reveals that clutter is actually a threat to her life when it becomes an obstacle on her way to the bathroom in the middle of the night…:)
     
  • You should get a Shark Vacuum. That is all.
  • Brett helps us out by citing some articles: How mess causes stress and Apartment Therapy.

That’s what she said:


  • “I’m getting our real life mixed up with our podcast life which means we’re real friends.” -Brett
  • “Does it like, poop it out in shapes?” -Sarah (about a cookie press, people)
  • “It’s easier for a camel to get through a cookie press than it is for a rich person to get to the Kingdom of Heaven. That’s from Matthew.” -Brett
  • “Those words were RED.” -Sarah
  • “I want to appear okay and put-together on the outside, but on the inside, it’s just kind of messy and crazy.” -Sarah
  • “You don’t want to be lazy in the bedroom…..that’s a place for WERK!” -Brett (yes, she blushes after she says this).
  • “I would always opt for the ‘fun thing’ rather than the thing that would probably make me a little bit more grounded and able to think more clearly and creatively.” -Brett
  • “At the very least, I may not accomplish anything that day, but guess what I did accomplish? I made my bed.” -Sarah
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

We Love You Guys!

Are you feeling the love? Because we sure are.

Check out a special Thanksgiving message from your Prodigal Sisters. And don't forget to comment below with a question for our upcoming listener Q&A episode for a chance to win That Was the Year by our internet bestie, Jenny Bravo!



Now go eat lots of Turkey and binge watch Gilmore Girls like you mean it! #TeamJess #Forever #DontArgue #YoureWrong #WillAlsoAcceptTeamLogan #ButNotDean #NeverDean.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Episode 12: A Moment for Thankfulness

One big guess as to what we're thankful for this year.

It's YOU! It's an honor to have the freedom to speak to you all each week. We are so humbled by those of you who have left reviews, Facebook posts, Instagram messages or sent us texts to encourage us along this podcasting journey.

You have no idea how much your support means to us. It's a little daunting to put your thoughts and voice into the internet sphere – to spend so much time thinking of topics, recording episodes, editing audio and drafting show notes and wonder if anyone is out there listening. 

As we've learned, all roads lead to thankfulness. And we'd be remiss if we didn't thank you for celebrating girlfriend therapy with us.

In This Week's Episode


  • We discuss our families, and how we're thankful that they know oftentimes too much about us and still have choose to love us.
  • Brett drops some Regina George-level meanness about Amy Schumer. 
  • How gratefulness can help with your physical and mental health.
  • How this year's election results has kicked us into high gear as far as changing the world on an individual level.
  • Brett gives a quick lesson in grammar. 

That's What She Said:

  • "I almost pulled a Buddy the Elf in the middle of the mall." -Brett
  • "This has more than ever caused us to love bigger." -Sarah
  • "I never thought I'd be this crazy of a dog person ever." -Sarah
  • "Do you have a favorite food item for Thanksgiving?" "Does pie count?" -Brett
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Episode Eleven: Comparison


Compared to other weeks, this episode was a bit more difficult.

But, we did it. We completed the episode even with the large amount of election-brain we suffered from last week. In a world where we are inundated with social media, it’s hard not to notice this week’s topic creeping up in life more often. We are surrounded with pretty pictures and success stories of our peers, after all.  This week’s podcast is about comparison - why we do it and so much more. We hope you'll join us as we jump back in to another deep topic, but not to worry, there are some laughs along the way.

While you're at it, do you mind rating and reviewing us on iTunes? And don't forget we're on Stitcher and Google Play as well!

In this week's episode:

  • Brett and Sarah talk right up front about social media and comparison and a few reasons why the self-discipline of refraining from social media might help, but is very difficult. 
  • They tackle the concept of “grass is greener,” contentedness, the origin of comparison, why we do it, advice on combatting it, if comparison is a difference of male vs female thinking and the positive aspects of comparison.
  • Brett and Sarah both make some confessions about comparison.
  • This podcast episode and this podcast episode.
  • The Dad Bod. 'Nuff said.
  • Our Thanksgiving thankfulness challenge.

That's what she said:

  • “You get to something or you achieve something that is comparable to other people who you have looked up to in the past for doing, and you’re like “eh, no, let’s look over here. That person is doing this next thing and I need to be doing that. It’s like a never ending cycle and we’re always so focused on the next and if the grass is greener really on the other side.” -Sarah
  • “So, comparison definitely lives online, but it is not born online. It is born within us.” -Brett
  • “You have to be given a healthy dose of it so that you’re not like, lazy. I think there is a reason for it.” -Sarah
  • “There are snapshots of people we see that are more idyllic than the drudgery of our daily lives.” -Brett
  • “I’m learning as I get older that listening is key. I have not spent enough time in my life listening to others.” -Sarah
  • “That’s the number one thing that I would ever hope from this podcast. That someone would listen to us and say ‘oh you too?'" -Brett

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Episode Ten: Our Final Fours

Why so serious?

Whew! We have ten episodes under our respective podcasting belts. Count 'em. TEN. We've gotten seriously deep in a lot of these episodes, so we thought we'd throw in a fun topic to keep things fresh – isn't that what girlfriend therapy is about?

We think yes!


In this week's episode:

  • Four things we wouldn't change about ourselves. To follow up on our last episode on self confidence.
  • Brett confesses her Netflix adultery.
  • Four of our most binge-worthy shows (besides the obvious).
  • The girls call to stop the podcast ASAP and watch this episode of How I Met Your Mother.
  • Brett gives her best impression of Buddy from Cake Boss.
  • We realize our favorite television shows incorporate food.
  • We discuss four fictional characters we'd love to open a bottle of wine with.
  • We introduce the #FriendshipChallenge to finally get New Girl into Sarah's life.

That's What She Said:

  • "America's Test Kitchen. Mind-blowing to me." -Sarah
  • "Don't you take that goat cheese away from me." -Brett
  • "It's like NPR for your face." -Brett
  • "We love Guy Fieri, mainly because he's the worst." -Sarah
  • "Our pillow talk needs some work." -Brett
  • "Bella from Twilight, just so I could slap her and be like, 'girl. Get your life together.'" -Sarah
  • "I hope Target has a really good charity program, because they take all my money." -Sarah



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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Episode Nine: Self-Confidence

Building self-confidence, brick by brick, can take years.

There are plenty of articles out there with advice on how to build it, use it, hack it and more. But, it doesn't always come easy to everyone. Plus, there's a fine line between confidence and arrogance. So how do you know when you're crossing it? When you're on the verge of being "over-confident?"

Sarah and Brett dive into this deep topic opening up about their own struggles and experiences. The consensus? They're still working on it.

We hope you enjoy this discussion and that you can relate to it in some way. Don't forget to rate and review us on iTunes and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.



In this episode:

  • The girls dive into what it means, how to reconcile it with narcissism and how to find that nice balance in your life between feeling confident and having a healthy opinion of yourself.
  • They talk how self comparison is made easier by social media. Also, this selfie study.
  • Brett renames a classic chick flick.
  • Brett and Sarah talk arrogance and the differences between men and women’s approaches to self-confidence. Also, they reference this awesome episode of the Around the Table Podcast.
  • This article from The Atlantic about self-compassion.
  • Things get sassy.
  • Brett and Sarah each discuss what advice they’d give themselves for when they’ve been at their least-confident state.
  • There’s a public service announcement about voting. Go exercise your right!
  • They share stories from where over-confidence bit them in the butt.
  • And they wrap up everything using some advice from this article.

That’s what she said:

  • “Hope you brought your floaties!” -Sarah
  • “It’s a lot about changing and loving and not being entirely so reliant on what other people think of you either.” -Sarah
  • “That is self-confidence to me; not just being sure of who I am or my personality or my looks or how I come across to people, but actually who I am at my deepest level.” -Brett
  • “I thought I would have had a lot of this shaken down and been on this path and knew what I wanted and I’m still kind of very unclear about what it is that I’m going to end up doing with myself later.” -Sarah 
  • “An ‘Eat Pray Love’ journey.” -Brett
  • “If you said something mean to me, you got moved to position six.” -Brett
  • “I am gonna double tap that jank like you would not believe.” -Brett (about liking a picture on Instagram ;))
  • “We’re Leo and Kate still on the boat.” -Sarah
  • “I’m like over-dose sassy right now. I think I’ve had too much Dr. Pepper.” -Brett
  • “Sometimes you have to get knocked on your butt a little bit…” -Sarah
  • “I feel like the answer to a lot of the conversations that we’ve had at this table, the answer seems to be thankfulness, no matter what.” -Brett
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Episode Eight: Every Little Thing is Gonna Be Alright

Cue Bob Marley. Because sometimes calypso is the only cure.

If you're anything like the hosts of this podcast, worry is a big part of your day, month and year. So, why do we let irrational fears and doubts take hold of our lives if we know deep down we're being just a tad silly?

Further, why does the Church skim over hard topics like anxiety disorder? And can we really cast our cares onto God if we are clinically worried?

Give a listen to today's episode. If you have any thoughts about anxiety, how to overcome it, or would like to share your story with us, leave a comment below.

If you're worried you won't remember to rate and review us on iTunes, don't worry. We'll make it super easy for you.


In this episode:

  • The girls share their fears about the rapture and how Kirk Cameron ruined their childhoods.
  • Brett and Sarah recall Michelle Tanner’s fateful fall from her horse and having amnesia.
  • Brett and Sarah tackle how the Church fails those who have clinical anxiety.
  • Anxiety is derived from self-centeredness? 
  • How our connectedness makes us more aware of bad thing.
  • This article and this article.
  • The non-professionals decide that you should just go ahead and take a vacation.


That's What She Said:

  • “Oh my gosh, your brilliance is like glitter in the room.” -Brett
  • “If you don’t answer the phone when I call, I automatically assume you’re dead.” -Sarah
  • “Have a doughnut. Everything is going to be fine.” -Brett
  • “I agree with me. Because I’m right.” -Brett
  • “No pants in heaven!” -Brett
  • “This is when I kindly remind you to refer to the beginning of this episode where we say we are not professionals.” -Sarah
  • “Like the great Emma Stone once said, have the cupcake.” -Sarah
  • “I haven’t been blogging since I got knocked up.” -Brett
  • “They’re going to have some choice words for us when we get to the gates. Maybe we will be down here with the pants.” -Sarah


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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Episode Seven: Loyalty

What makes us fiercely loyal?

Loyalty can be lived out on different levels. On a more skim-the-surface level, we are loyal to brands, products, TV shows, bands, celebrities and more. On a deeper level, we're loyal to family members, friends and our significant others. This week we talk about the different kinds of loyal and dissect what makes us loyal, what's hard about it and so much more. We hope you'll join us on this wild ride of a conversation as we enter into our favorite brands and end with what it means to be loyal to our faith.

And don't think for a second we don't see you, loyal listeners. Thanks to those who have already rated and reviewed us on iTunes or who have followed us on Instagram or Facebook. You are so lovely.

 

In this episode:

  • Brett and Sarah discuss the different kinds of loyalty including some of their favorite brands including toothpaste, laundry detergent, hair product, etc.
  • Sarah reveals her beef with Zoe Deschanel and New Girl. 
  • Boy bands, anyone? Brett and Sarah talk the classic 90’s battles of NSYNC vs. BSB and Britney vs. Christina.
  • You’ll hear from our legendary producer/composer, Gordon and hear a recipe for ribs because, why not?
  • The girls chat about when you determine you’re loyal to someone, burns by your loyalty to others, loyalty in romantic relationships, when it’s hard to be loyal to someone or a group and when it’s hard to be loyal to faith.
  • This article and this article.
  • BRETT MAKES A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!

That’s what she said:

  • “Then she got all big and famous and too big for her britches.” -Sarah
  • “Sarah, I think you need to take a listen to last week’s episode on forgiveness.” -Brett
  • “I understand your loyalty to that man…” - Sarah
  • “Sometimes talking is hard. Writing is so much easier…you can’t backspace your talk!” -Brett
  • “I can say there are people in my life that I don’t talk to every day, in fact maybe I haven’t spoken to them in years, but I still feel a sense of loyalty to them.” -Sarah
  • “For someone who holds a grudge against a celebrity for divorcing another celebrity, I can’t identify a time that I feel like I have been specifically burned by my loyalty.” -Sarah
  • “When they get on you’re last, eva lovin nerve.” -Brett
  • “I feel like my loyalty to faith is what gets me through.” -Brett
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Episode Six: Procrastination

Do you have a problem with putting off adult-things?

Yeah, neither do we.

Actually, false. Did we fool you because we're so well put together?

If you're like us, you began procrastinating at an early age. Maybe you left a book report until the night before. Or completed a science project that was supposed to take six weeks over the course of a few days.

But then we grew up (respectively). And our procrastination sensationalism grew into bigger problems. Like engines locking up on the side of the road for lack of oil changes. Or missing theory exams to finalize a graduate degree.

Whether it's a fear of checking voicemail, wanting to start a blog, putting off writing wedding thank-you notes, we know procrastination can be a big-time struggle. So, we're here to help.

Just...uh. Do what we say. Not what we do.

And speaking of procrastination, have you been putting off writing us an iTunes review? This is a safe place, really, judgement-free zone. So no worries if you haven't. But we've been so honored by those of you who have already taken the time to write one for us. Leave us one and join our A-Team squad. Don't wait!

In this episode:

  • We share our most most devastating procrastination confessions, and for the record, it all started at a young age for both of us.
  • Brett lets you in on a secret to how she focuses in her work-life. Get the timer here.
  • This podcast on getting started and focusing on writing (or any other creative project).
  • This TedTalk on procrastination. Hilarious. And, also: ouch!


That's What She Said: 

  • "Yeah, so. I'm bad at things." -Sarah
  • "Bert did have a big year. He lost an eye. He gained weight. He has rolls. He's great!" -Sarah
  • "There are things that I fear doing and then there are things that I just. Don't. Want to do." -Sarah
  • "I would argue that people who procrastinate have a good work ethic." -Brett
  • "I'm going to put off starting this so I can put off failing." -Brett
  • "It's not a laziness issue, it's an emotional issue." -Sarah
  • "Oh my gosh. Jesus, fix us." -Brett
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Episode Five: Forgiveness



Can we be completely honest with you?

Forgiveness is a struggle. No matter how many times you do it, it never seems to get easier. And not only is forgiving others difficult, but accepting forgiveness can be just as hard. Maybe recognizing some of the obstacles that prevent us from easily offering forgiveness can help us in the future.

Because let's face it...forgiveness is something we will have to provide and accept over and over again as we make our way through this life. And it helps to know our loving God continues to forgive us repeatedly as well. This week we're diving deep into this topic, and we hope you'll listen along and chime in with some thoughts of your own on Instagram and Facebook.

In this episode:

  • We make a Hamilton reference within the first few minutes, so just trust us on this one, listen to this
  • Brett and Sarah explore all things forgiveness: what prevents us from forgiving, how we accept forgiveness and how we forgive ourselves.
  • They draw from their own struggles and experiences with forgiveness 
  • Sarah references this article.
  • Brett and Sarah discuss their thoughts on grace and God’s forgiveness.

That’s What She (or He) Said:

“Forgiveness is not about forgetting, it’s about letting go of my right to hurt you for hurting me.” -Jim Wood

“If you fail to forgive people from your past, it can come and haunt your future.” -Brett

“That forgive and forget mentality has never been easy for me to adopt.” -Sarah

“Forgiveness isn’t this blanket statement where you just wave your magic wand and hold out your hands and say ‘I forgive you.’” - Sarah

“I think if it starts affecting your present, and your scorecard keeps getting marked with little tick marks on it, then I think that is more telling of you, the person who needs to bestow forgiveness, than the person who has wronged you.” -Brett

“Forgive…and don’t forget it’s active. Forgive and don’t forget you have to do it every day.” -Sarah

“Where does putting up a blockade in order to become healthy hinder you from being more like Christ?” -Brett

I think one of the hardest parts of asking for forgiveness is not necessarily the ask, which can be uncomfortable and very sad or scary, it's understanding that once they’ve forgiven you, trusting them that they’ve forgiven you.” -Sarah

“Forgiving myself is really hard which means accepting forgiveness is really hard.” -Brett

“I mean, I’ve said some shiznat…” -Sarah
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Episode Four: Good Advice, Bad Advice and Self Care

Have you ever received advice that really helped you out? 

Or bad advice that just really frosted your cookies?

In this episode we talk about the best and worst advice we’ve received and some of our listeners chime in as well! We also discuss the trendiness and dangers of self care. This episode tackles a lot, but we hope you’ll join us!

And if you haven’t already, please don’t forget to subscribe to us on iTunes and leave us a rating and review. You can also find us on Stitcher and Google Play. 

In this episode:

  • Brett and Sarah talk about unsolicited advice and how they approach and receive it.
  • They source some of the best and worst advice they’ve ever received.
  • You learn a little about three fast food restaurants Sarah will eat at on road trips.
  • Brett shares why the Cartwheel app for Target is amazing.
  • Brett and Sarah elaborate on why being on time is being on time.
  • Brett questions the advice to watch Pretty Little Liars.
  • Brett and Sarah ponder the definition of self-care and why people might abuse it.
  • Brett shares Molly Shannon's new self-care ritual.

That's What She Said:


“Food for thought.” - Sarah
“Yum.” -Brett

“I don’t always think about the impact of my words until after they’re already out of my mouth.” -Sarah

“Being able to process and approach someone later about something that’s upsetting you is far more beneficial than trying to do it in the moment.” - Sarah

“It’s from, the Bible.” -Brett

“You can’t always resolve the big conflicts before you go to sleep at night, but you can talk about them later and keep them from becoming almost little battles within the big war…” -Brett

“If we want to be in a different place, sometimes we don’t see the opportunity in the present because we’re so much looking past it to see where we’re going to go.” -Sarah

“I’ve had a lot more opportunities afforded to me by staying in one place and getting a large breadth and depth of experience…” -Brett

“She told me to try Chipotle a few years ago and my life has literally never been the same." -Brett

“While I enjoy communicating, I don’t enjoy the pressure of having to be a rock star on every single social medium out there, ever, and I don’t think we should spend so much time that we consider it a part-time job to be successful.” -Brett
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Episode Three: You Should've Done That By Now

Deadlines are pretty unforgiving. But what about the deadlines we give ourselves with life-stages outside of our own control?


If you're anything like us, you treat yourselves a tad unfairly when it comes to meeting the mark of our peers, and the dreams we plot for ourselves. We're getting deep and sharing the scary, unfulfilled marks of our lives we thought we'd hit by now, and share some insight from our lovely listeners on Instagram.

Since we're new here (hi! so nice of you to stop by!), we'd really appreciate a review, rating and subscription on iTunes. If you've enjoyed even 30 seconds of any of our podcasts, we'd love the affirmation. It's free and you'll make us feel good about ourselves. What could be better?

Special thanks to Miss Meghan who left us our very first review! You're a gem of the first order!



 

In This Episode:

  • Brett and Sarah hash out the pros and cons of seeing success at an early age.
  • Can people in their early 20s really fully comprehend what it is they want to do with the rest of their lives?
  • Pressing on to win the prize, 
  • How our hardships and disappointments in our life-stages actually brings character and perseverance. 
  • How do you reconcile being grateful and pushing ourselves to be better?
  • Our definition of "great things."
  • The Around the Table podcast episode with Shannon Martin.
  • Brett and Sarah make a pact to get a tattoo and nose ring together.


That's What She Said


"My plan was to climb the corporate ladder" -SK

"My by nows in my life up until this point were very self-centered and didn't take into consideration my family, or falling in love or feeling loyal to an organization I work for." -BT

"Oh, honey, you don't want to be Stephanie Meyers." -BT

"Hi, my name is Sarah. And my dog has been in your bedroom." -BT

"I want to be grateful for where I am right now, but I also want to grow and push myself." -SK

"I thought I'd be done with acne by now." -SK


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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Episode Two: Inventing College Courses and the Teachers
Who've Made a Difference

Ah, those glorious back-to-school vibes.

Whether you're a teacher, a student or a You've Got Mail fan (don't you love New York in the fall?), it's the most wonderful time of the year!

Episode two is up and running! And we're excited to be officially on the yellow brick road of podcasting with you lovely people. We can't thank you enough for your support! And now that we're on iTunes, you can subscribe and updates to our show will land directly in your phone.

A+ for convenience!

In this episode:

  • You'll get a real behind-the-scenes experience as Brett and Sarah work on their recording skillz.
  • Brett and Sarah will talk about what they loved about going back to school and some back to school memories.
  • "Bouquets of sharpened pencils," - need we say more? 
  • How to make your teeth look whiter while wearing braces.
  • Sarah will discuss her weird sense of style from high school.
  • What courses Brett and Sarah would add to the college curriculum and some life lessons learned from real-life experience.
  • Why this post from Brett's blog spoke to Sarah's heart.
  • Sarah and Brett give shout outs to their favorite teachers throughout the years.

That's What She Said:

"Whatever, Coachella." -Sarah

"Find the man who loves you for your butt-cape." -Brett

"For so long in my life I had worked for that affirmation and worked for that A, and then all of a sudden I was in the real world..." -Brett

"You might be the slurpee person." -Sarah

"We're all there to make a difference somehow, we just all may have different ways of doing that." -Sarah

"Having that patience and that gracefulness when it comes to meeting people who are where you want to be and allowing them to discover the talents that you have." -Brett


And finally....this may not be a butt-cape picture, but it's just one example of Sarah's strange high school style (Side note from Sarah: This was for a Super Bowl, so I was committed to wearing every Steelers article of clothing I owned. I'm aware I still look weird. Shout out to my best friend Beth for the photo!):






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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Episode One: Oh, Hello There!


Hip-hip hooray! Our very first Prodigal Sisters Podcast episode is LIVE!

Best. Day. EVER! We're so excited to start this journey with you all, and we're thankful for the people who had the courage to jump right in with us.






Go ahead and give us a listen if you please!

In this Episode:

  • You'll learn how Sarah and Brett met and learn their first impressions of each other.
  • Sarah and Brett share their number one girl-crushes (oh heyyyy, Shauna, Emily, Kendra, Jacey and Maggie).
  • Sarah talks shop about her Gretchen Wieners hair.
  • The girls share the "whys" and "hows" of the Prodigal Sisters Podcast.
  • Sarah explains what she means when she says she'd, "rather eat a jar of pickles."
  • Brett learns the difference between cross guard and color guard.
  • The ladies share the correct pronunciation for their home city, Norfolk, Virginia.
  • Sarah confesses her love of Ira Glass and basically all silver foxes.

That's What She Said:

"The gap between college and where I am in my real adult life right now was widening, and I was lacking a lot of the in-person friendships that I needed for support." -Brett, on friendship post-college.

"I hate pickles. My husband loves them. And I use the expression, 'I'd rather eat a jar of pickles,' when I don't want to do something. It's not successful, but it still communicates my disdain." -Sarah

"I enjoy a good pickle every now and again." -Brett, on not what you think. Ahem.

"I just have one here called 'Shauna.' Just a bullet-point that says 'Shauna.' With a heart." -Sarah on her and Brett's similarities.

"Boomp-a-doom." -Brett

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Introducing the Prodigal Sisters Podcast


We're your girlfriend therapy for the life journey.

The Prodigal Sisters Podcast is a weekly show where your hosts, Sarah J. Kehr (rhymes with "beer") and Brett W. Tubbs share thoughts on community, friendship post-college, faith (and the struggles therein), careers and life as a twenty-something.


We don't have all the answers, but we'll be there for you every step of the way.


Subscribe to us on iTunes and every Wednesday, a new episode will land in your Podcast app! Isn't that lovely?

You can also follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! We're always thankful for lovely listeners who share their thoughts with us, and we hope you'll feel empowered and encouraged through our show.

What You'll Hear:

  • Tips on how to make it through twenty-something chaos.
  • Thoughts on life from two young women still trying to figure it all out.
  • Episodes tackling topics like jealousy, comparison, love, faith-struggle, and so much more.
  • A lot of laughing and general caffeine jitters.
We're coming to a pair of earbuds near you September 2016. Hope you'll come along on the ride!

xoxo,

Sarah & Brett
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