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On Parenting Teens and the Middle Space with Melanie Shankle | Selfie Episode 135


We are talking with author Melanie Shankle on raising teenagers, finding our own sense of self as a mom, and being in the weird middle place of life. BJ is talking about how to manage people in our lives who have done things that are really hurtful, and Claire is giving advice on how and when to use that hydrating mist. In this episode we also talked about: On the Bright Side: Stories about Friendship, Love, and Being True to Yourself Rage Against the Minivan Love Beauty And Planet Shampoo Bar for Color Treated Hair The Executive Functioning Workbook for Teens: Help for Unprepared, Late, and Scattered Teens  Baron Fig Steven Smith TeaChronic stress impacts our immune system, energy levels, and mood, and has lasting effects on your overall health. Apollo is a new wearable that improves your body’s resilience to stress, so you can stay healthy and productive. Apollo engages with your sense of touch, training your nervous system to bounce back more quickly from stress, going from “fight or flight” to “rest and digest” so you can stay calm, focus, relax, sleep, and stay healthier. Apollo actually trains your nervous system over time, so the more you wear it, the less you’ll need it to bounce back from stress. Try Apollo today and get 15% off your purchase at http://apolloneuro.com/SELFIE.


1 Jul 2020

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On the Bright Side with Melanie Shankle and Kelli McBrayer (Ep 80)

Treasured with Courtney DeFeo

Melanie Shankle writes regularly at The Big Mama blog and is the New York Times bestselling author of On the Bright Side (Zondervan). Melanie is a graduate of Texas A&M and loves writing, shopping at Target, checking to see what’s on sale at Anthropologie and trying to find the lighter side in every situation. Most of all, she loves being the mother of Caroline, the wife of Perry and the official herder of two wild dogs named Piper and Mabel. The five of them live in San Antonio, Texas. Kelli is the best friend of Treasured Girlz' host, Courtney DeFeo.


27 Apr 2020

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Happy Hour #292: Melanie Shankle

The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

My guest for The Happy Hour # 292 is Melanie Shankle. Melanie writes regularly at The Big Mama blog and is a New York Times bestselling author of four previous books. Melanie is a loves writing, shopping at Target, and trying to find the lighter side in every situation. Most of all, she loves being the mother of Caroline, the wife of Perry, and the official herder of two wild dogs named Piper and Mabel. You guys, Melanie is a Happy Hour veteran and I was so happy to talk with her, especially in the midst of quarantine! While Melanie had no idea what our world would look like when she wrote her newest book, On the Bright Side, I am so thankful that her message is heading out into the world in these challenging times. Today, Melanie and I talk about so many things including parenting teenagers, marriage, our love for college football (and our hopes that it’s still on for 2020!), and the importance of loving each other even when we may disagree. It is always a joy when Melanie comes on The Happy Hour and I think you’ll love hearing from her today! Connect with Jamie Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube GET ALL THE LINKS FROM THE SHOW HERESee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


8 Apr 2020

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Melanie Shankle on fighting for the bright side of life

The Alli Worthington Show

This quarantine is serious and heavy--but my family is surviving with daily laughter. That's why I'm so thankful that my hilarious and FUN friend Melanie Shankle is on the show today. We recorded last month pre-pandemic, and I’m so happy to have a break to laugh with Melanie today!  We have a great time chatting about extreme hermit crab rescue and rehoming groups, snail mucus for our face, and how she's preparing to be an empty nester. We chat about why (more than ever) we need to continue to look on the bright side and see the best in the world and people. We also talk about: -What trends will be hot this fall (when we hopefully get to be in public again.) -Her favorite skincare regimen. -And why her dogs are her competition  Favorite quotes: When you look for the good, you’ll find some good. In this episode I answer this questions: 1. I want to learn more about body language, what can you teach me? (42:02) Links to great things we discussed: 1. Melanie Shankle 2. On the Bright Side: Stories about Friendship, Love and being true to Yourself 3. Piper and Mable: Two Very Wild but Very Good Dogs 4. All I Need to See 5. The Morning Show 6. My Dear Hamilton 7. Thrive Bright Balance Cleanser 8. The Rise of Skywalker 9. No Longer Slaves  Hope you loved this episode! Be sure to subscribe in iTunes and slap some stars on a review! :) xo, Alli  www.alliworthington.com/podcast/melanieshankle2


30 Mar 2020

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Episode 204: Melanie Shankle + On The Bright Side

That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs

Get ready to laugh, y'all. Melanie Shankle cracks me up more than most do (and y'all know I'm an easy laugh). We've been friends since before we had these jobs and it's always fun to talk to someone you've walked over a decade with. Her new book, On The Bright Side, is a real special thing. I think you're going to love it. (Because we recorded this show before Monday, there is no mention of the tornado that passed through Nashville this week. But thank you for all your kind words and prayers as our church and city begin a rebuilding and healing journey we didn't ever expect.) . . . . . http://anniefdowns.com #thatsoundsfunpodcast ... join in the conversation wherever hashtags are welcome. :)  Thank you to the sponsor of this episode! Glossier: All new customers will get 10% off their first order on Glossier.com/podcast/thatsoundsfun!

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5 Mar 2020

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Episode 88: Debunking The Myths of Motherhood with Melanie Shankle

IMbetween Podcast on Marriage, Parenting, Faith, and Everything In Between

In an age where we measure success, influence, Youtube subscribers, and Instagram likes, how do you measure motherhood? What makes a Perfect Mom? And is being a good Mom just not good enough? On Episode 88, Daniel and Christina interview New York Times best selling author, Melanie Shankle. Melanie shares her wisdom and humor about the realities of motherhood and helps speak truth into the facade of the "Perfect Mom."  In This Episode, You Will Hear About: The difference between a Perfect Mom and a Good Mom What happens when we parent out of fear How you know when you should stop having children  What our kids need most from us Quality time versus quantity time  Resources Mentioned During the Episode: Grab a copy of Melanie's newest books, On The Bright Side: Stories about Friendship, Love and Being True to Yourself and children's book, Piper and Mabel: Two Very Wild but Very Good Dogs Check out Melanie's blog, The Big Mama Blog Listen to our previous episode about Why We Need to Teach Our Kids to Fail Want to hear more about raising kids that are resilient, passionate, and gritty? Tune into Episode 10: How to Raise Resilient, Gritty, and Passionate Kids  Are you a stay-at-home parent? Listen into Episode 14: How to Thrive as a Stay-At-Home Parent Needing to learn how to balance your work and home life? Check out our interview with Christy Wright about Work-Life Balance Quotables and Tweetables: "The perfect Mom doesn't exist. And, even if she did, we would all hate her guts." @BigMama "The perfect mom is a unicorn, mythical at best. But a good mom is the velveteen rabbit, a little worn from use." @BigMama "I'm confident I'm a good mom, because what ultimately makes a good mom is showing up." @BigMama "I've learned that I sometimes want to parent out of fear, and that's not good for any of us." @BigMama "If we're scared, then we're going to raise kids who are scared. And you know what scared kids don't do? Grow up to be people who impact their world." @BigMama "Let's teach our kids to be brave, even if that means we sometimes have to pretend to be less scared than we really are as we watch them learn to fly." @BigMama "And that sums up having a teenager. These are the years that increase our prayer life as we hold on for the ride to see who they are going to become and try to figure out how to show them the way and get out of their way at the same time." @BigMama "Perfect parents exist. They just don't have kids yet." @imbetweenshow Subscribe and Connect With Us: Apple Podcasts Spotify Stitcher Google Podcasts Google Play Instagram - @imbetweenshow Twitter - @imbetweenshow Facebook - @imbetweenshow And don't forget to subscribe to our podcast, so that you will never miss an episode! _________________________________________________________________ Meet Melanie Shankle:  Melanie writes regularly at The Big Mama blog and is the New York Times bestselling author of four previous books. Melanie is a graduate of Texas A&M and loves writing, shopping at Target, checking to see what’s on sale at Anthropologie and trying to find the lighter side in every situation. Most of all, she loves being the mother of Caroline, the wife of Perry and the official herder of two wild dogs named Piper and Mabel. The five of them live in San Antonio, Texas.


25 Feb 2020

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Melanie Shankle: New York Times Bestselling Author on Finding Joy in the Ordinary (ep. 230)

Live Inspired Podcast with John O'Leary

Ever had the feeling that you're not enough or get beat down by monotony, adversity, loneliness or pace of every day? Melanie Shankle has a beautiful way of speaking to these expected bouts with humor, authenticity and insight. In addition to being a devoted wife, mom and dear friend, Melanie is a four-time New York Times bestselling author, speaker and podcast host.  Today's down-to-earth and relatable conversation will remind you to step away from comparison and towards finding joy in life's ordinary moments.  SHOW NOTES: Her parent's divorce exacerbated her people-pleasing nature, until her pivotal time at Texas A&M where she found faith, family, friends + football. Broken beyond repair: At a low point in college, Melanie attended Breakaway Bible Study which helped her find grace, love and redemption.  Melanie's down-to-earth and humorous personality shines brightly in her writing. If there is any good there, it's worth fighting for. In The Antelope in the Living Room, Melanie shares how her marriage to Perry is her greatest blessing + greatest challenge. "The most important thing we do is pour into our kids." A friend advised Melanie to show up, listen and let your young child be heard if you want open communication when they're older. Melanie's latest book On the Bright Side is a reminder to look for joy in ordinary days and step away from comparison + competition.  Sharing her fears aloud helps Melanie avoid spiraling and hearing how absurd they sound. "One of the greatest tricks the enemy can play on us is to convince us nothing is worth the fight." Connect Melanie on her website, Instagram and Twitter. Get Melanie Shankle's book On the Bright Side here. Melanie shares how she turned opportunities down in order to be a mom to her daughter Caroline. On Live Inspired Podcast ep. 216, Lisa Brennan-Jobs, daughter of Steve Jobs, shared how she'd trade some of his iconic inventions for extra time with him. Listen to our conversation here. MELANIE SHANKLE'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. 2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Total freedom. 3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Photo albums.  4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Mother Teresa because her mission and the way she was able to live her life is amazing, or Alexander Hamilton because I'm reading a book + intrigued about his story.  5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Sometimes the best part of staying married is being glad later that you did.  6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Hang on, it gets better. 7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? She was full of joy and showed it to everyone around her. Pre-order your copy of IN AWE today to receive access to fun, interactive bonus features emailed to you in the lead-up to the book’s release! Visit ReadInAwe.com. Did you enjoy today's episode? Share it with your friends! Then subscribe, rate + review on Apple Podcasts. Live Inspired with John daily on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram + get his Monday Motivation email.


20 Feb 2020

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Navigating Friendships :: Melanie Shankle [Ep 273]

Don't Mom Alone Podcast

Finding friends as an adult, keeping up with friends when you become a mom, transitioning friendships as your children grow up… No one tells you what to expect. But, friendships are worth investing in and they are a key part of what helps us not mom alone. Author, speaker and mentor mom Melanie Shankle joins me to share how she’s navigated friendships as an adult. She opens up about what worked, what didn’t and a few things she wishes she’d done differently. “I think it was some of it was my own insecurities of getting out there and making new friends. I don't find women to be any less intimidating in my forties than I found them to be when I was 16 years old. I think there's also a thing as women that we tend to get in a circle and be inward-focused and we aren't good about looking out to see who might need a friend or who may want to be included.” Melanie talks candidly about her friendships, being an introvert and about how friendship doesn’t mean we have to agree on everything. Looking back, she wishes she’d been more open to meeting people and making friends instead of being more inwardly-focused.  “I think you would be better off going with the assumption that everybody would like to make a new friend. You know, just that everybody's open to friendship and to get to know a new person.” Connect with Melanie:  Website:  thebigmamablog.com Facebook: facebook.com/melanieshankle Instagram: @melanieshankle Links Mentioned:   On the Bright Side [BOOK] Nobody’s Cuter than You [BOOK] Ep 12: The Antelope in the Living Room with Melanie Shankle [PODCAST] Ellen DeGeneres & George Bush [VIDEO] Episodes on Friendship: [Ep 233] Cultivating Friendships in a World of Isolation :: Sally Clarkson  [Ep 159] Healing Friendship Wounds :: Lisa-Jo Baker [Ep 148] Overcoming Insecurity in Friendships :: Renee Swope  [Ep 102] That’s Me. . .Craving Authentic Friendships :: Libby & Leslie 


10 Feb 2020

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Lighten Up #111: Melanie Shankle

Lighten Up with Melanie Dale

Today we're wrapping up our Friendship Over 40 series with New York Times bestselling author Melanie Shankle! Ahh, you guys, she's so funny. I laughed my way through this whole thing. We chat about her 30-year friendship with her best friend Gully and how it's hard making new friends during this stage of life, as well as the things we're talking about with our friends, sexy things like waning eyesight and needing readers to see a menu, the joys of perimenopause, and our 40-something periods. (Women in their forties are so hot, and I do mean literally.) Between her funny memoirs, Big Mama blog, and Big Boo podcast, Melanie has kept me laughing for years, and today we're hanging out right here, so pull up a chair, listen in, and lighten up! Links from the show: Sparkly Green Earrings Check out all of Melanie's books! Find Melanie on Instagram or Twitter Listen to the Big Boo Cast Read the Big Mama Blog Where the Crawdads Sing Little Fires Everywhere Dark Matter _________ As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


8 Oct 2019

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BONUS EPISODE with Dr. Edie & Author, Melanie Shankle

The Dr. Edie Show

I’m so excited because on this bonus podcast episode I’m joined by my friend Melanie Shankle! Melanie blogs at the Big Mama Blog, has an amazing podcast called Big Boo Cast with her dear friend, Sophie Hudson, and is a three time New York Times Best Selling Author. Do yourself a favor and read all the books! Join us as we talk about how she started blogging, what her journey as a creator and a writer has meant to her, some things she’s learned along the way, and about her new book coming out soon. Get ready to literally belly laugh as we look behind the scenes of Melanie’s life and career as a creator! >> [09:19] How Melanie helped Ree Drummond start her empire >> [11:03] Why Melanie is so glad she documented so many ordinary moments in her blog >> [12:10] The power of story telling >> [15:47] The source of Melanie’s gift of writing >> [17:33] The cost and downside to success >> [18:36 Learning boundaries >> [21:39] On the Bright Side: Stories About Friendship, Love and Being True to Yourself >> [24:45] My favorite Melanie Shankle book >> [27:41] What is Melanie loving right now Ways to connect with Melanie Shankle: The Big Mama Blog Melanie's FB Page Melanie's Instagram The Big Boo Cast This episode is sponsored by my new coaching program, the Life Mentoring School, launching on August 26th You might be a good candidate if you have big dreams for 2019. If you want to be better than you’ve ever been, if you want to live with more peace and joy and love, if you want to get more doe with ease and grace, if you want to live with more peace and joy and love, if you want to be a better wife ad mama and friend, you want to be stronger and healthier, you want to do meaningful work that matters, you want to move past the hurts and the wounds that have held you back. I’m here to help! I will be your mentor. Let's make this your best year yet. Join my Life Mentoring School monthly membership coaching program, which opens on August 26th for the only time that we will open enrollment this year, and I will see you inside. I can't wait to watch you change your life. Get on the waiting list here: Life Mentoring School Subscribe and Review Are you subscribed to my podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix just like this one and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those.  Now if you’re feeling extra loving, I would be really grateful if you left me a review select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!


9 Aug 2019