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Refine and Restore Podcast with Rachel C. Swanson

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The podcast that helps you Refine away the lies in your life that are holding you back and Restore your heart and mind back to what is true. From faith, relationships, purposeful living, personal and spiritual growth insights, Rachel C. Swanson (best-selling author, speaker and accredited coach) provides power-packed insights in 20 minutes or less, guaranteed to transform your life.
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I'm delighted to bring you Crystal Stine on my podcast today! Crystal is a true gem and knows the difficulties between hustling for Jesus and resting in His presence. Crystal's passion is encouraging, equipping and inspiring women of all ages to embrace a work hard, rest well lifestyle that honors God - so they can work without shame and rest without guilt. Her first book, “Holy Hustle: Embracing a Work Hard, Rest Well Lifestyle” speaks to the woman who wrestles between working hard and making time for rest. In the heart of this episode, we dig deeply into this topic and unveil the lies you may be believing in about this issue. Crystal lives in Pennsylvania with her husband Matt and their daughter Madison.In this episode, we chat about:Overcoming the challenge between being a mom and working inside or outside the home.Why it's important to pursue the work we've been gifted/feel passionate about and why we shouldn't feel guilty for doing this.What the Bible actually says about women working in business or pursuing her creative passions, while stewarding her family well.How we can rest well AND work hard for God.Examples of ways you can truly rest your mind (hint: it's not what you think).You can connect with Crystal online at learn more about her book at holyhustlebook.com, get a sneak peek of the book through the free 10 Day “Holy Hustle” devotional on YouVersion, or find her on Instagram @crystalstine.  Tune in to listen to this episode! Connect with me on Facebook!Connect with me on Instagram! If you haven't already, join my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I share weekly personal + spiritual growth tips, give you free stuff, plus receive more behind-the-scene updates about my books and faith-led adventures! 
37: Everyone Starts at Zero

37: Everyone Starts at Zero

2019-07-0900:14:29

Happy Post Fourth of July! I hope you had a good one. Our plans were pretty low key as we are still getting used to the sun that never sets here in Idaho. Honestly, it’s so weird that at 10 pm there’s still light in the sky and we had to wait until 10:30 pm for fireworks to start. What the heck? In California where we used to live (for the majority of my life) fireworks always started at 9 pm because by 8:30 pm it was dark friends! So, with a 5 year old and two 7 year olds, waiting until 10:30 pm wasn’t going to happen so it wasn’t much of a show this year. Oh well. I’m still celebrating the freedom we have in our country and am so thankful for those that sacrificed themselves to enable the freedom that we have today.It’s episode 37 and I share about something I’ve struggled with (been still struggling with to an extent). But through the realization of this one truth (and dwelling on this reminder), it has enabled me to keep going when it feels easier to not. In fact, it's helped create 5 transformational inner changes in me and therefore I want to unpack this truth with you so that you can experience it, too.So in this episode, I chat about:5 transformational inner changes that occurred in me once I realized this one truth and let it soak in.How this one truth relates to God in the Bible.Apparently there are a few diaper innuendos (sorry!)What to do when you are feeling stuck with zero inspiration, zero clarity, zero hope, and zero confidence in something you're wrestling with.Ready to dig into this episode? Great! Let's go! If you want to read a blog post version of this episode, I decided to write out most of the episode for my readers on the blog! Click here to read it now. Click here to listen to this episode! Connect with me on Facebook!Connect with me on Instagram! If you haven't already, join my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I share weekly personal + spiritual growth tips, give you free stuff, plus receive more behind-the-scene updates about my books and faith-led adventures! 
What if I told you that if you took on three simple but radical perspectives and started to truly BELIEVE in this way and view of thinking, it would become life-changing?In episode 36 of the Refine and Restore Podcast I want to challenge to common perspectives of culture and discuss why they are damaging you and preventing you from living a fuller, more joy-filled life. Whenever I get in conversations with others about these three mind-shifts and ways I've changed my view and thinking about things, everyone is blown away by the power of it. So I wanted to give you these tools I've put in my personal growth tool-belt for you to adhere to as well.  In this episode, I chat about:How this mentality shift came to fruition.Why these three perspectives are so important to adopt into your life.How to actually work these shifts into your thinking.What these shifts have done for me in my own life.This is a quick, power-packed episode where I get straight to the point about three perspectives that I believe will have life-altering effects in your life, as they have done for mine.  Listen to this episode today! Connect with me on Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/RachelSwansonOfficial Connect with me on Instagram!  https://www.instagram.com/rachelcswanson/ If you haven't already, join my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I share weekly personal + spiritual growth tips, give you free stuff, plus receive more behind-the-scene updates about my books and faith-led adventures!  https://rachelcswanson.com/subscribe/ 
 We live in one of the busiest cultures in the world. Fast paced, cram packed lives typically define our days. But what if we are missing out on what we truly want more of? What if we need to schedule less to gain 3 things we want the most? It's episode 35 on the Refine and Restore podcast, and today I'm unpacking how Scheduling Less for 3 Things You Want More of will radically change your life. What are those 3 things? You will need to tune in to find out!  In this episode, I chat about:What 3 things you are missing out on that are crucial to living well.Why scheduling less into our jam-packed schedule will open our lives to more of what we truly want.How to stop the cycle of "well, everyone else is doing it!" which isn't a healthy perspective to have.When this realization hit me and how I've worked to lessen over-scheduling by saying "no" to a lot of good things.What you can do, today, to lessen the stress, overwhelm, and busy in your life to gain what you are missing out on most.You truly are missing out when you pack your schedule to the brim. There really are other ways you can cultivate these 3 things (which you want MORE of, trust me!) no matter what situation or type of life you are living right now.Listen to this episode, today!Connect with me on Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/RachelSwansonOfficial Connect with me on Instagram!  https://www.instagram.com/rachelcswanson/ If you haven't already, join my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I share weekly personal + spiritual growth tips, give you free stuff, plus receive more behind-the-scene updates about my books and faith-led adventures!  https://rachelcswanson.com/subscribe/ 
What would it be like preparing to go overseas for the next 20 years serving in the rural and dangerous parts of an island, learning a whole new language and eventually sharing with them the gospel message? Could you do this if God called you to this life?Today, I chatted with my good real-life friends and missionaries we support, Michael and Morgan Leblanc, about what it's been like preparing to go overseas and the stigmas people often think when they hear missionary. They are authentic and share their honest struggles, while also expressing their deepest hopes and passion as they enter this call into the wilderness with Jesus.In this episode, we chat about:How God birthed this desire to serve overseas.Why saying, "I could never do that" is false      thinking and how they've wrestled with this decision as well.Their biggest fears (a certain crawly creature might be      one of them).What they foresee raising a child overseas and as      missionaries may be like.What is Ethnos 360 (Tribal Missions) and what is their      overall plan.Why many people hold back from serving as missionaries,      and why you should start small if there's any interest in serving in this      way.If you'd like to support Michael and Morgan, please visit their website and consider supporting them! Or follow along with their newsletters so you can hear more about their exciting adventures moving forward!Click here to listen to this episode!Connect with me on Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/RachelSwansonOfficial Connect with me on Instagram!  https://instagram.com/rachelcswanson If you haven't already, join my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I share weekly personal + spiritual growth tips, give you free stuff, plus receive more behind-the-scene updates about my books and faith-led adventures!  https://rachelcswanson.com/subscribe/ 
There are healthy ways to resolve conflict with others and then there are unhealthy ways. Often we get caught up in what the world says is best to resolve conflict, but is that really what's best?In today's podcast, Ep. 33, I'm excited to bring back my husband for the third week in a row to discuss the biblical way to resolve conflict. Recently, we dug into this more as we worked to resolve our own areas of conflict with friends and relationships around us, and found some surprising information and instruction in the Bible we hadn't understood before about how to best navigate this for the most positive response.In this episode we talk about:Some of our own areas of conflict that you can probably relate to.The steps the Bible teaches about how best to navigate conflict issues with those around us.How to approach the situation first, and what not to do when you first become irritated with someone.Why it's important to be careful of sharing the issues you are having with another person to your other friends (*hint: this becomes gossip)Personally, I've become better at resolving conflict after applying these principles in my everyday life. I hope they help! Connect with me on Facebook! ( https://www.facebook.com/RachelSwansonOfficial )Connect with me on Instagram! ( https://instagram.com/rachelcswanson )If you haven't already, join my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I share weekly personal + spiritual growth tips, get free stuff, plus I share more behind-the-scene updates about my faith-led adventures! ( https://rachelcswanson.com/subscribe/ )
Welcome to the Refine and Restore Podcast with Rachel C. Swanson! In today's episode, I'm diving headlong into another topic of spiritual growth with my guest and husband, Jeff Swanson. Together, we tackle this idea that every struggle we have, every painful sin issue we experience, it's all because of ONE THING that we've forgotten. So, in this episode we cover:A bit of recap to last weeks issue of depressionwhat we often fail to realize when we turn to sin or      other areas of struggle in our life.the #1 issue that ultimately every other issue stems      from.a heartfelt episode to understand love, grace, and      restoration.I hope you don't mind our deep dive into a topic that we have found revolutionary in our understanding. I hope it revolutionizes yours as well.Listen to this episode, now!Connect with me on Facebook! (facebook.com/rachelswansonofficial)Connect with me on Instagram! (instagram.com/rachelcswanson)If you haven't already, join my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I share weekly personal + spiritual growth tips, get free stuff, plus I share more behind-the-scene updates about my faith-led adventures! (rachelcswanson.com/subscribe)
We are going deep on this episode today (#31) and I say WE because for this episode (and the following two episodes) my husband Jeff Swanson joins me on the podcast!I’m excited to bring you some insight and wisdom we’ve learned together as a couple--specifically in the areas of depression and burnout. Perhaps you know someone who is going through depression or burnout? Or maybe you're the one experiencing it yourself? Or maybe it's your significant other? Regardless of where you're at with this issue, I believe you will learn a few valuable tools, things we ended up learning the hard way.In this episode we cover:Our separate journey's through depression and burnout.what depression is and what it isn't.what changed to help us navigate this in a healthier way.how to support your spouse if they are going through this instead of making it worse.the false understanding we had about this issue originally, and how God opened out eyes to it.We don't sugarcoat it in this episode. We are real, honest, vulnerable, and it is our hope that this will help someone not feel quite so alone on their journey with this as well.Listen to this episode today!Connect with me on Facebook!Connect with me on Instagram!If you haven't already, join my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I share weekly personal + spiritual growth tips, get free stuff, plus I share more behind-the-scene updates about my faith-led adventures!
I have to start and say that my guest, Erin Weidemann is the real deal you guys. She is authentic and has her head on straight when it comes to a mindset of Kingdom impact rather than self-led rewards.  Erin is the founder and CEO of Bible Belles and award-winning author of The Adventures of Rooney Cruz series, She’s committed to changing the world’s current definition of beauty. As a certified teacher, coach, and nationally recognized speaker, she founded Truth Becomes Her, a community that equips women of all ages to let go of fear and step into the unique leadership roles for which they were designed. A five-time cancer survivor, Erin lives in San Diego, CA with her husband Brent and their daughter, Rooney.  In this episode we cover:behind-the-scenes difficulties Erin had with starting her own businesswhy she decided to self-publish instead of pursue traditional publishing with her bookswhy she decided to quit her beloved teaching job (that she had no interest in quitting) to pursue entrepreneurship which is more challenging, unsteady, and no guarantee of a successful outcomewhy success isn't the most important thing, and what IS more important insteadwhat our ultimate "calling" truly ishow this journey taught her to have more courage than she felt at the moment of decisionAlso, if you have any interest in becoming an author and publishing a book, I'd love nothing more than to help you out with this process. Check out my aspiring author programs here and I look forward to coaching you through this process!Click here to listen to this episode!Connect with me on Facebook!Connect with me on Instagram!If you haven't already, join the Inner Circle with my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I share weekly personal + spiritual growth tips, plus share exciting behind-the-scene updates about my faith-led adventures!
 It's Episode 29 in the Refine and Restore Podcast and today I'm revealing behind-the-scenes of what they don't tell you about how to become an author. I share the parts that make it worth it, but also the challenges I faced and the honest questions I had to ask myself just before I started to take my writing more seriously.In this episode I cover:one of the hardest things I believe all authors facewhat writing really looks like behind-the-scenes, especially when you're first getting started to become an authormultiple mindset shifts over the past few years as I've journeyed on this somewhat hush-hush industryWhy you probably shouldn't quit your day job (although making money as an author is more important to me now that I'm the main income earner of the family, it is definitely NOT my primary goal...but this one thing is)When the best time is to startHow to find a mentor/coach to help you through the process (and why this has been key to my success)It's important for me to mention that I offer my coaching programs for aspiring authors three times per year and if this is something you've had on your heart for a while to pursue, or perhaps you've been trying to make it as an author for a while now, I can't tell you how important it will be for you to hire a coach to help you get there. Check out my Aspiring Author coaching programs here to learn more!Listen to this episode!Connect with me on Facebook!Connect with me on Instagram!If you haven't already, join the Inner Circle with my weekly Truthful Tuesday emails where I share weekly personal + spiritual growth tips, plus share exciting behind-the-scene updates about my faith-led adventures!
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Katie Tschetter

love this one!

Mar 16th
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Katie Gardner

Amazing!! love this!

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