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The Paula Faris 'Faith & Calling' Podcast

EP 66 - DeVon Franklin: Staying True to Your Convictions, Accepting What You Can't Reconcile and Honoring Your Spiritual Teachers

5/17/2022 00:33:28
EP 66 - DeVon Franklin: Staying True to Your Convictions, Accepting What You Can't Reconcile and Honoring Your Spiritual Teachers
What happens if at first glance your convictions don't align - at all - with the industry you've been called to? If you're this week's guest, you boldly stand firm, follow God's lead and find out it's not only possible to survive, but thrive... all while keeping the Sabbath! This week Paula is talking to award-winning film and TV producer, New York Times best-selling author and someone Oprah calls "a different kind of spiritual teacher for our times" - DeVon Franklin. 

With over two successful decades in Hollywood under his belt and plenty of "God nods" along the way, hear what DeVon calls his biggest ongoing struggle and how he combats it daily. He opens up to Paula about the early loss of his dad. Hear why it led him to find belonging in the industry and how he's learned to embrace acceptance in the absence of reconciliation. And, with the release of his dynamic new Audible book, "It Takes A Woman", DeVon tells Paula why he felt called to pay tribute to the spiritual leaders in his life - his beloved mom and aunts - and how their "village of love" shaped him into the man he is today.

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EP 65 - Shauna Niequist: Embracing the Unknown, Healing from Hurt, and Staying Curious

5/10/2022 00:34:40
EP 65 - Shauna Niequist: Embracing the Unknown, Healing from Hurt, and Staying Curious
If you're in a season of chaos, change or loss, this week's episode is a must-listen. Shauna Niequist is here and she's offering up a spark of hope and an extra dose of courage for anyone needing a reminder that even when everything seems lost - peace and goodness are still possible. And who of us couldn't use that reminder right now? 

Shauna is the New York Times bestselling author of Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet, Bread & Wine, Savor and Present Over Perfect. Her trademark writing is honest, gentle and loving, and her latest book, "I Guess I Haven't Learned That Yet", is no exception. 

In this episode Paula and Shauna unpack the heart of the book, which was written during a season of major upheaval for Shauna. They discuss what happened when four years ago Shauna's life in suburban Chicago was flipped upside down, leading her family of four to move to New York City. In making a midlife move and leaving behind the life she had always imagined, Shauna recalls being forced to learn how to "stop romanticizing what was and start embracing what is." Hear why they made the move, why she says she now realizes it was actually long overdue and how she opened herself up to discover new ways of living when the old ways stopped working.

Shauna says one of the hardest changes she was faced with in moving was leaving the church she had always been a part of. She opens up to Paula about the painful process that involved forgiving and apologizing and offers up her empathy and wisdom for those in strained situations who are lacking closure but continue to seek it. Hear why she says "it's ok to not understand it all at once" and how she learned to embrace "the long road back to healing."

Paula and Shauna also discuss how change is simply unavoidable, the importance of taking care of your health in each season and why, through it all, there's power and magic in simply saying, "I don't know... I guess I haven't learned that yet."

Check out Shauna's new book: "I Guess I Haven't Learned That Yet"

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Ep 64 - Liz Forkin Bohannon: Making Big Pivots, Battling Fear with Creativity and Owning Your Average

5/3/2022 00:43:28
Ep 64 - Liz Forkin Bohannon: Making Big Pivots, Battling Fear with Creativity and Owning Your Average
Calling all entrepreneurs! This episode has your name written all over it. Paula's friend and Carry Media advisor, Liz Forkin Bohannon, is here for a straight-talk, wide-ranging and laugh-out-loud conversation about the twists and turns along the road to entrepreneurship. 

In addition to being a sought-after speaker and mom of three, Liz is the cofounder and CEO of Sseko Designs, a socially-conscious fashion brand that provides educational and economic opportunities for women across the globe. But get this - Liz started this brand with zero experience in fashion or entrepreneurism. In fact, in just the season before birthing her business she was a journalist reporting on poverty and conflict in Uganda. Hear how the core tenets of she learned in journalism - staying curious, asking great questions and following the lead - led Liz to the winding and unexpected path of building a business. 

Liz traces her journey from journalist to farmer to social entrepreneur and shares with Paula how "learning fast, failing fast and pivoting" helped her make her way through the dark, early days when there was little success, support or celebration for the company she was building. Liz also tells Paula why she's a firm believer that we aren't meant to take ourselves too seriously (Sseko means "laughter" in Lugandan)... a totally refreshing reminder, no matter what stage of business building you're in. 

If you're an entrepreneur or even just dream of being one, you know firsthand that fear is often the most loyal companion. Liz opens up to Paula about her ongoing battle with anxiety as a creative thinker who is "always building in the future." Find out how she leans into her fear by giving herself permission to fail and why she's so passionate about "owning your average."

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Check out Liz's book: "Beginner's Pluck: Build Your Life of Purpose and Impact

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Ep 63 - CALLBACK: Kirsten and Ben Watson: Taking a Breath, Speaking Truth Over Fear and Stepping into Your Authority

4/26/2022 00:32:42
Ep 63 - CALLBACK: Kirsten and Ben Watson:  Taking a Breath, Speaking Truth Over Fear and Stepping into Your Authority
In this busy life, it helps when you can find a way to catch your breath amidst the chaos. It helps even more when you have a friend who knows what you're going through and has your back. This week, that friend is Kristen Watson, who - along with her husband, a first-round NFL draft pick and Super Bowl Champion, Benjamin Watson - are back on the podcast! The Watsons join Paula for an encouraging conversation on the eve of Kirsten's debut book, "Sis, Take a Breath: Encouragement for the Woman Who's Trying to Live and Love Well (but Secretly Just Wants to Take a Nap)". It's all about navigating the stress and fears of life, one simple breath at a time. 

This real, honest book was a labor of love that required Kirsten to reach for her faith out of a place of deep fear and doubt. She tells Paula about the lies she's heard for years that kept her thinking "never in a million years" would she be called to use her words and become an author one day. Kirsten shares how she found the courage to battle the voices in her head, steward her platform and bring this beautiful book into fruition.

 If you're in the thick of it all and feeling weary, you will feel seen by this conversation and encouraged by Kirsten, who recalls just a few short years ago struggling to understand how "singing 'The Wheels on the Bus' all day" as a mom to seven was fulfilling her big career aspirations. Now looking back, hear Kirsten share how God was quietly transferring her gifts into supporting the day-in-and-day-out of her family and preparing her for the assignments yet to come. 

The Watsons also catch Paula up on their AccessMore podcast, "Why or Why Not with the Watsons," where they continue to keep it real! You will love their unofficial "Like Policy." Find out how they continue learning about, challenging, and celebrating each other amidst launching a book and potty training their adorable twin boys.

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Check out Kirsten's new book "Sis, Take a Breath: Encouragement for the Woman Who's Trying to Live and Love Well (but Secretly Just Wants to Take a Nap) "

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Learn more about Paula's new company CARRY Media and sign up for CARRY ALL, an essential weekly newsletter for the working mom that drops every Sunday!  

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Order Paula's Book - "Called Out: Why I Traded Two Dream Jobs for a Life of True Calling"

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Ep 62 - Ruth Chou Simons & Troy Simons: Untraditional Callings, Role Reversals and Being On Mission

4/19/2022 00:35:35
Ep 62 - Ruth Chou Simons & Troy Simons: Untraditional Callings, Role Reversals and Being On Mission
Imagine being parents to six kids - all boys, ages 8 to 20 - and ALL the laundry, cleaning and cooking that goes with it. Now imagine those six boys doing the majority of it all - ALL on their own! Sounds too good to be true, right? But that's the everyday reality of Paula's special guests this week, who also are extremely gifted in leading, encouraging and following the call on their lives. Ruth Chou Simons and Troy Simons are joining Paula this week for a personal conversation about what it looks like to be a family who is on mission together, both in the peaks and valleys of life - and honoring one another along the way. 

Ruth is an entrepreneur, speaker and bestselling author of Beholding and Becoming (https://ruthchousimons.com/beholding-becoming/) and GraceLaced (https://ruthchousimons.com/gracelaced-book/) . She shares her journey of God's grace intersecting her daily life with word and paintbrush through an online shop at GraceLaced.com (https://gracelaced.com/) and her Instagram community of more than a hundred thousand. Her work has blossomed into a wildly successful space, making her the breadwinner for their family, while Troy takes the lead on things at home with their boys. However, just a few short seasons ago, those roles were reversed with Ruth juggling pregnancy, nursing and raising their young boys, while Troy worked as a full-time pastor and headmaster at a school he co-founded.  

The Simons open up to Paula about what it was like when Troy was called to back away from his work at the school and how they chose to pivot and make the most of what they'd already been given through Ruth's artistic giftings that she had been quietly honing in the odd hours of the night. Hear how they're currently navigating the crossroads of their untraditional callings, the shifting spotlight in their family and getting their boys involved each step of the way. For the moms and dads out there - hear why they say encouraging your kids to realize "the excitement of growing up" is the game changer when it comes to growing their responsibilities. 

Ruth and Troy offer up their life experiences with grace and generosity in this conversation. If you're feeling like it's taking a while to feel at home in the role God has for you, let this episode serve as your personal reminder that you're not alone and encourage you to find what's still in front of you to be grateful for today. 

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Learn more about Paula's new company CARRY Media and sign up for CARRY ALL, an essential weekly newsletter for the working mom that drops every Sunday!   

Follow along with CARRY Media on social media: @carry_media 

Connect with Paula & share what you are feeling called to in this season of your life: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook 

Sign up for Paula's new and improved newsletter to get a message from her every two weeks. 

Order Paula's Book - "Called Out: Why I Traded Two Dream Jobs for a Life of True Calling"

Subscribe & Listen to more episodes of the Podcast: AccessMore | Spotify | Apple 

The Paula Faris 'Faith & Calling' Podcast

Join award winning journalist Paula Faris as she explores what people are called to and why, equipping you to live the life you were meant for!

These real, honest conversations will leave you encouraged, empowered (with takeaways!) and entertained.

Paula will be joined each week by friends--some old, some new--who can talk about purpose, calling, fear, branching out and the risks of pursuing dreams from their own perspective. Guests include: Candace Cameron Bure, ESPN's Maria Taylor, Chris Tomlin, Michael Strahan, Lauren Daigle, Sadie Robertson, Kathie Lee Gifford, Jenna Bush and many more!

Most recently, she spent 9 years at ABC News, during which she was a co-anchor of 'Good Morning America' weekend edition, co-host of 'The View' and host of the 'Journeys Of Faith' podcast. While at the network, Faris reported on everything from politics, news and entertainment to sports and faith, interviewing the likes of Hillary Clinton, Sean Spicer, Joe Biden, Tiger Woods, Reece Witherspoon, to the casts of "Star Wars" and "Avengers".

Faris graduated from Cedarville University ('97). She is a wife, mom, and dedicated follower of Jesus who bases her life and podcast on the foundational principals of Christianity, to love God and love people. She and her husband John reside in South Carolina with their three children.