Series 23: For the Love of Finishing Strong

It’s here, you guys: we’re at the finish line of the year and of a decade. Sometimes it feels the best we can do is sort of limp across that finish line. But you know what? We don’t have to limp. We can hop, skip, and jump across, if we want, because we get to decide how we want to get through this part of the year. We get to decide how we’re going to take stock of the past ten years and sort of turn the dials on how to start the next ten.

So in this short series, we’re talking to people who have learned a thing or two about perseverance and show us that no matter the season, no matter how busy or tired we are, we have so much choice in the way that we are reacting and more power than we know to push through and finish strong.

A Thrill of Hope: Nadia Bolz-Weber Uncovers the Unlikely Miracles of Christmas

December 24, 2019

Christmas holds so many truths all at once, as it has for thousands of years. And today, Jen’s friend, pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber, leads us to look with several new lenses at the story we’ve heard since we were toddling around in snowman footie pajamas. There’s the beauty of a young family shepherding a new life into the world, amid brutal oppression from a power-hungry empire. There’s the unwed teenage girl who’s told she will carry the savior of the world while a disdainful religious culture watches her belly swell. Through it all, we get a glimpse at Mary’s fierce desire to honor her Creator, and the tremendous power held in the way she accepts this divine assignment. As Nadia takes us through the Christmas story, she points out how God moves through…

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From Disney Exec to Dream Facilitator: Dave Hollis Gets Intentional

December 17, 2019

As we continue the conversation about finishing strong for the year, we tap into a resource who clearly maps out a way we all can live happier and with more intention. Our friend Dave Hollis (husband to our other friend, Rachel!) had his dream job as president of distribution for The Walt Disney Company, where he worked 17 years. At the top of his game, Dave left Disney and moved with his family to Austin to form The Hollis Company, so he and Rachel could continue helping people live better lives. This move also began Dave’s personal journey to find his true purpose. Dave pulls no punches as he lays down his thoughts on finishing strong, based on hard lessons he’s learned as he’s left comfort zones, chosen to be vulnerable and…

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Running Toward the Goal with Abby Wambach

December 10, 2019

We’re kicking it with a legend today on our series For the Love of Finishing Strong: Olympic gold medalist and FIFA World Cup champ (and Jen’s good friend) Abby Wambach! Abby shares her road to soccer stardom and the lessons she picked up from great leaders along the way—like her coach Pia Sundhage, who showed Abby how powerful and holistic feminine leadership can be. Abby takes us on a journey through her life post-soccer and how she’s using structure and discipline in new ways to help her meet her goals. Together with her wife Glennon Doyle and their Wolfpack, Abby is showing the world what it looks like to bring your full, authentic, and vulnerable self to leadership and why it’s important to make sure everyone in the room is seen and…

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Letting Go of the Past to Embrace Your Future: Lewis Howes

December 3, 2019

It’s the first episode of our Finishing Strong series!  With the pressure of New Year’s resolutions and “new year, new you” mandates creeping just ‘round the corner, we’d like to focus on finishing this year (and this decade) with a bang, by giving ourselves time for reflection and the space to better wrap our heads around the future, thus absolving us all of that annoying January 1st deadline to fix everything in our lives (feel better? You’re welcome).  And to help us do just that is our guest for this episode; speaker, author, entrepreneur, and just overall mentoring force for good in the world: Lewis Howes. Lewis takes us through his life story–from a childhood filled with pain and trauma, to a career in professional football, to becoming a high performance business…

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