Life Storms with Taurus, Part Two

Listen to part two of my conversation with Taurus where we openly process through current storms. How can we apply lessons from past storms and experiences to work together and learn from one another? Find encouragement to face your life storms. “[The storm] doesn’t always look like we hoped it would.”

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When the Stork Passes By

How many children do you have?   When are you going to give me grandchildren?   Why don’t you have any children? These questions pierce the hearts of couples in the midst of infertility or those who find themselves involuntarily childless. The speaker means no harm and doesn’t realize the pain these questions deliver. Maybe […]

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Life Storms with Taurus, Part One

Both Taurus and I have sheltered in place during extremely destructive tornadoes. Listen to Part 1 of our conversation about what can happen when we observe the noise and chaos that transpires after a tornado and how we can apply these lessons to process other “storms” of life. “The storm can be extremely ugly, but […]

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Learning Practical Compassion: My Story

In this episode, I share a piece of my story: my experience with infertility, and how I realized the steps I should take to move towards a meaningful life.  Along the way, I realized that I’d had one all along! This storm moved me to equip people to practical compassion. How can we take defining […]

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An Introduction to the Bearing Life Podcast

Life experiences often lead us to seek answers to key questions: how we bear our burdens well, how we help others bear their burdens, and how we bear fruit or find purpose and passion in spite of difficult challenges. Join Dr. Julie Shannon each week as she explores practical compassion through conversations and stories about […]

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The Calendar Conundrum

Many thanks to Kelley Mathews for offering a guest post spot on her blog to discuss the calendar of infertility. https://www.patheos.com/blogs/kelleymathews/2020/05/the-calendar-conundrum-offering-care-and-love-in-a-time-of-need/. If you know someone in the midst of an infertility season, please consider reaching out during this strange pandemic time.

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Waiting for Motherhood

Mother’s Day will soon arrive. A day that proves unsettling and sad when you wait for motherhood. If you find yourself facing fertility challenges, you are not alone. The Waiting Room Early morning hours ring hollow with the wait. You sit in the waiting room, each breath edgy with unease. Butterflies fight in the pit […]

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3 Steps to Valentine Joy

I looked up not long ago and realized that Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. For those in a healthy, loving relationship, this time of year can be over-the-moon uplifting and joyful. For many, Valentine’s Day 2020 will be a painful reminder of what was lost or a yearning for the not yet… The single […]

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