Learning to Love The Image in the Mirror with Jess Connolly
For The Love With Jen Hatmaker Podcast
In our For the Love of Transitions series, we’ve been looking at and evaluating the chosen and unchosen changes so many of us experience in the various seasons of our lives. In the category of chosen changes, we have found that so many women would welcome one in their lives, and it’s to develop a positive view of our bodies. Think back to the first time you had negative perceptions of your body. Were you 13 and getting ready for the homecoming dance? Maybe you were younger—9 years old at a pool party and realizing that your body looked different from your friends—and different then didn’t seem good or unique—different always equaled bad. Pile on top of those early perceptions the barrage of images presented to us by the beauty industry who constantly hammers home the quest for perfection—and reminding us that our bodies aren’t it. We’ve become so entrenched in the values of a world that seems to celebrate the way a person looks over who the person is. With a whopping 98% of women saying they wish they could “fix” something about their body, we can’t have enough positive body conversations to turn the tide on the lies we’ve been fed and that we tell ourselves. And to bring that conversation to our podcast community this week is Jess Connolly, who is a life coach, a Bible teacher and author whose new book is called Breaking Free from Body Shame. Jess and Jen dig into the origins of our body negativity, talk about ways we can each be nicer to our own bodies, and why it’s important to resist the “perfection persona.” * * * Thank you to our sponsors! ABLE | Check out all that ABLE has to offer today at livefashionable.com and get 20% off sitewide, with my code, 20JEN. Jen Hatmaker Book Club| Head to jenhatmakerbookclub.com to join in on the fun today! Jen Hatmaker Merchandise | Visit jenhatmaker.com/shop to pick up your new favorite t-shirt or hat today.
Episode 21: Stop Being Ashamed of Your Body with Jess Connolly
We're Going There with Bianca Juarez Olthoff
Happy summer, my podcast friends! This season is chock-full of amazing guests, solo episodes, and timely truths to keep us always going THERE. Let’s start this season with a touchy topic: our bodies. With the northern hemisphere donning sun dresses, sleeveless tops, and skimpy bathing suits, this is the PERFECT time to talk about issues plaguing our society. And for the men listening to this podcast, don’t act like you are exempt. If research is true, roughly 75% of men wrestle with body shame or body dysmorphia. So listen up, friends: It's high time we start talking about what we don’t like to talk about. Today on the show, I’m talking with Jess Connolly, writer, dreamer, barre instructor, and author of Breaking Free from Body Shame. Friends, I believe that we’ve all struggled with everything from: Body image Overeating Dieting Emotional eating Biblical view on eating My hope isn’t that we walk away with a false sense of magically being free from body shame, but that we at the very least, celebrate the beauty created by a Master Artist. If you want more information on Jess and how you can order her book: Breaking Free from Body Shame. You can do so now on amazon or check out the rest of her stuff at jessconnolly.com. I’m also giving away 3 copies of her book. Post on Facebook or Instagram and tag @jessaconnolly and @biancaolthoff to win. It means a lot to my guests and I to hear your feedback online. So tag, post, share, and spread the love. I’m so grateful for you and I can’t wait to see what this summer and this season of the podcast holds! 🖤 B --- This episode is sponsored by • OUAI - When you’re ready to undo some damage, hit the reset button with the OUAI Detox Shampoo. We’re Going There listeners get 15% off the entire purchase. Go to theouai.com and use the code GOINGTHERE. --- This episode is sponsored by • BetterHelp and We're Going There listeners get 10% off their first month at betterhelp.com/wgt --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
My guest for The Happy Hour #401 is Jess Connolly. Jess Connolly is a woman who wants to leave her generation more in awe of God than she found it. She is passionate about family, God's Word, and seeing women take their place in the kingdom. She's an author, a church leader, and a coach. Jess’ book, Breaking Free from Body Shame, just released yesterday and it is such an important message - so thankful we’re talking about it today! In this show, Jess dives into what inspired her to write this new book and overcoming body shame. There is so much goodness in this episode so I don’t want to give too much away, but I absolutely love when she asks this question: “Are we trying to make our bodies good, or are we treating our bodies like they are good?” For the full summary and links to the show, click below! Connect with Jamie Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube GET ALL THE LINKS FROM THE SHOW HERESee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 303: Jess Connolly + Breaking Free From Body Shame
That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs
What a joy to have Jess Connolly back on the podcast, talking through the concepts around her new book Breaking Free From Body Shame. Jess is such a voice in the desert when it comes to this topic and I'm so thankful to be talking with her about it! This book matters so so much. Grab your copy, and a few to pass out to friends, today! . . . . . Sign up to receive the AFD Week In Review email and ask questions to future guests! #thatsoundsfunpodcast Thank you to our partners! Cru: When you sign up to provide 3 Bibles with a monthly gift of $21, as a thank you, Cru will provide meals to five hungry families through their humanitarian aid ministry AND you’ll receive a promo code for 10% off at shopanniefdowns.com. Simply text FUN to 71326 to help today or visit give.cru.org/Fun. KiwiCo: Get your FIRST MONTH FREE on select crates at kiwico.com/THATSOUNDSFUN. Ancient Nutrition: Get 20% off your first order when you go to AncientNutrition.com right now and enter promo code "thatsoundsfun" at checkout!
What would your life look like if you dared to reclaim what God has named good? My friend Jess Connolly is challenging us to consider that we’re made for more than having a love/hate relationship with our bodies. According to a study at Glamour magazine, 97% of women struggle with body image issues. It is an effective and intentional tool that convinces us that taking care of our bodies is not a spiritual issue. Jess returns to the show today for a super fun, honest and essential conversation about her new book Breaking Free from Body Shame: Dare to Reclaim What God Has Named Good. We also talk about the role social media plays and how to break free from the beliefs that hold us back from living our fullest lives. She is an author, entrepreneur, and is the founder of Go + Tell Gals and helped start She Reads Truth. She and her husband planted Bright City Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where they live with their four children. Listen in to hear Jess tell us: Her story of body image struggles and how she unfolded the truth that these struggles were a spiritual issue. How she learned to be grateful when experiencing weakness because it is just a canvas for God’s goodness and compassion to shine. Practical tips on how we can learn to love our bodies more. Favorite quotes: 1. It seems like such an intentional and effective tool of the enemy to convince women that this is not a spiritual thing. 2. I think one of the best ways we can fight this is genuinely just showing up in our actual bodies and letting people say, “this is what it is, this is reality, and I'm okay with that.” 3. Whatever it is, if it's Botox, if it's doing a 40 day fitness challenge, if it's being a person who does CrossFit, if it's running, if it's walking, if it's doing Pilates, if it's getting your hair done, if it's getting facials, if it's drinking green smoothie... the goal is simply that you do it because it's worshipful for you. Not because you feel pressured or shamed into doing it. 4. This is my body to steward. Nobody gets to speak about it. Nobody gets to be harmful toward it. Nobody gets to try to speak untruth, or negative things over it. Great things we discussed: 1. Jess Connolly2. Breaking Free From Body Shame 3. Exile 4. Gilmore Girls 5. When We Stand6. Gallon Sized Water Bottle 7. Cruella 8. Standing Strong Hope you loved this episode! Be sure to subscribe in iTunes and slap some stars on a review! :) xo, Alli
Jess Connolly has not always seen her body as good. It’s a struggle all of us can relate to. Whether it’s a concern over weight and external beauty or a physical disability or medical issue, there’s always something about our bodies that cause “trouble.” Jess shares about her struggle with an autoimmune disease and feeling body shame from an early age. “I spent a few years treating that disease, as if my body was a huge problem that just needed to be solved or a project that needed to be completed. My healthier behaviors as a young mom weren't rooted in love, but in extreme frustration.” And she takes us into her journey of asking God to give her a kingdom body mindset to break free of body shame. We talk about shifting our perspective on what makes a body good and so much of it comes down to a key question Jess shares: “Do you treat your body as if it is loved or as if you want it to be lovable? Are you trying to make it good? Are you trying to treat it as if it is good? Because when I treat my body as if it was made good, and I want to steward that.” For more on this, grab a copy of Jess’ new book Breaking Free from Body Shame. Connect with Jess: Website: https://jessconnolly.com Facebook: facebook.com/jessaconnolly Instagram: @jessaconnolly Links Mentioned: BOOK: Breaking Free from Body Shame Ep 132: Revelation Wellness :: Alisa Keeton Featured Sponsors: Function of Beauty — Go to FunctionofBeauty.com/DMA to take your quiz and save 20% on your first order. Acorn TV — Try Acorn TV free for 30 days. Go to Acorn.tv use code: dma (all lowercase letters).
Join Raechel and Amanda as they study Scripture with Jess Connolly, an author, original member of the She Reads Truth community, founder of the Go + Tell Gals, and leader of Bright City Church alongside her husband. How can we live in the abundance of the gospel here and now? What does it look like to reflect on God’s judgement in our own lives? And why doesn’t Instagram make a great pastor? Listen in to this week’s conversation as we answer these questions and more, closing out our time together in 1 & 2 Thessalonians.Read with Us: This episode corresponds to Week 3 of the She Reads Truth 1 & 2 Thessalonians reading plan found on the She Reads Truth app and SheReadsTruth.com. Shop the 1 & 2 Thessalonians collection at ShopSheReadsTruth.com. Show notes can be found at shereadstruth.com/podcast/1-2-thessalonians-week-3-with-jess-connolly
I have looked up to Jess for years and years and feel so grateful to now call her a friend. There are about a million topics I would love to record a podcast with her about but I somehow narrowed it down to two… and still our conversation ran long enough that we’re splitting it up into two parts. Jess is someone I’ve always said I just can’t get enough of and I think a podcast episode that needs to be split across two weeks is proof of that… the conversation was just too good to be cut short. In Part 2, Jess and I wrap up our body image conversation and move into talking all about obedience. Jess shares all about her business All Good Things Collective, starting it, what happened when God asked her to close it and all the fruit they’ve experienced since. JESS’ LOVING, LISTENING TO, OR READING: The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast | Ep. 362: Danielle Strickland on Dumping the Billy Graham Rule, Why Women Speakers Don’t Need to Hit Home Runs, and Spirituality That’s Way Too Heady Follow Jess on Instagram @jessaconnolly https://jessconnolly.com/ SHOP PS46 JEWELRY HERE Instagram: @psfortysix
I have looked up to Jess for years and years and feel so grateful to now call her a friend. There are about a million topics I would love to record a podcast with her about but I somehow narrowed it down to two… and still our conversation ran long enough that we’re splitting it up into two parts. Jess is someone I’ve always said I just can’t get enough of and I think a podcast episode that needs to be split across two weeks is proof of that… the conversation was just too good to be cut short. In Part 1, Jess and I get into the topic of body image, the sabbatical Jess’ family took this summer, becoming a barre instructor and secrets about her new book. Follow Jess on Instagram @jessaconnolly https://jessconnolly.com/ SHOP PS46 JEWELRY HERE Instagram: @psfortysix