Episodes
Friends, it is the season finale of The Feminine Genius Podcast! This season, we welcomed 22 incredible women who shared their stories and unique ways of living out their feminine genius. I am so in awe of each of them and the ways in which they say YES to working with God in the particular way that He calls them! In this episode, I share some of the things that I've learned through talking this season of the podcast, as well as a little insight into what's next! Here are the show notes...
Published 06/22/21
"I'm there to convey the message, not be the message of 'I can read braille, so look at me!'" Kate Crohan is a woman of deep faith who has experienced great joy in her life, but has also had her fair share of crosses. Kate is blind, and goes through life with the help and support of many loved ones around her. She doesn't let her blindness stop her, though: Kate is active in her parish community, singing in the choir, lectoring at mass, serving the parish council and more. She is a true model...
Published 06/15/21
"This is going beyond just knowing our cycles and loving our bodies, but loving who we are as persons and recognizing the person in front of us." When Bridget Busacker got engaged, she and her now-husband started looking for a natural family planning method to start them off. But the research process showed that this wasn't as simple as they thought. Wanting to take action in the fertility awareness space, she co-founded Managing Your Fertility, a one-stop shop for women to learn more about...
Published 06/08/21
** CW: In this episode, there is mention of sexual assault and sexual abuse. Please take care when listening. ** "I am convinced that when every single woman is able to encounter the God mission inside of her, there is nothing that will stop her from turning the world to Christ." Kiki Rocha is a fierce champion for human dignity and bringing the light of God to the world. As a survivor of many traumas endured in her life, she now finds herself on a mission to rebuild culture through the...
Published 06/01/21
"We're human—we need tangible things to raise our eyes to heaven." A lot of Meghan Ashley Sokolowski's work is rooted in beauty. As a stylist for Catholic women, she has the opportunity to help women develop their personal style that is unique to them while also being modest and fun. Since clothes are a necessary part of our daily life, Meghan's goal is to make styling as easy as possible, and her hope is that when we can simplify that part of our lives, we can then put our energy towards...
Published 05/25/21
"God was once again inviting me to revisit this passion and this seed that He planted within me." Amanda Lee's journey to the Catholic faith was a long but beautiful one. She thought that her identity was wrapped up in academics or her athletic ability as a competitive swimmer. But through a powerful homily and a message from a stranger, Amanda was invited to explore her identity in Him as a daughter of God. Armed with her faith, Amanda now uses her platform City on a Hill to not only share...
Published 05/18/21
"I just think it's so beautiful how Jesus put these people and this community in my life, because I hope that it's helping others, but it's also helping me." As Madison Tanczos drew closer to God through her faith, she began to see a new challenge rising up to meet her. Scrupulosity began to manifest in her life and it led her to encounter some very intense struggles in her faith. But despite her battle with scrupulosity, Madison saw this as a confirmation of how she was taking her faith...
Published 05/11/21
"We miss out on that full picture of creation, the reflection of God through people, when we only have one voice represented." When Sarah Ku was pregnant with her second child, she found herself on the hunt for an Asian baby doll for her eldest daughter. But when she found that there were no options of dolls that looked like her daughter, this started her on a journey of seeking out representation in books and media for herself and her family. This journey led Sarah to start a blog and a...
Published 05/04/21
"I really wanted to create a space that would illustrate and show a diverse range of stories from Catholic women, that would really show the beauty and the diversity of the many different ways in which we as women live out the faith." Corynne Staresinic...
Published 04/27/21
"We've seen and felt first hand how remarkable it is to be serving people. And we're asking ourselves, why not share this feeling with as many people as possible?" Raisa and Renai Jose are two young changemakers living in the Archdiocese of Vancouver....
Published 04/20/21
"Religion, and the especially the Catholic faith, has been talking about these things - who the human person is, why we're here - for thousands of years! So we should be part of the discussion." Samantha Stephenson has always been curious and drawn to...
Published 04/13/21
"I think the world is so much more beautiful when everybody in different bodies can live and be their full selves." Ogechi Akalegbre is a champion for diversity, equity and inclusion in variety of arenas. Whether she's lifting at the gym, advocating for diversity or providing a space for women to share their stories, Ogechi is committed to honouring the unique nature of each person - both in the Catholic Church and beyond. She desires to be a good trouble maker who wants to shake up the world...
Published 03/30/21
"If this is not my calling, how can I still take those things that I've learned and the things I still love, and how can I use those things now?" With a background in media studies and theology, Julia Strukely has found a variety of ways to put her degree and faith into action. As she followed the promptings of God in her life, she found herself leading retreats, serving with NET Ministries, working as a youth minister, and even discerned a religious vocation. Even though she ultimately...
Published 03/23/21
"If I can help marriages, if I can do one small thing to save one family or rebuild or connect, then that's impacting the culture in a larger way." When she was younger, Regina Boyd noticed that many of her friends would go to her for advice or counsel. This sparked an interest in helping others, which led to pursuing a career in the areas of psychology, counselling and therapy. Regina now is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and is the founder of...
Published 03/16/21
"We're all created in the image and likeness of God, who doesn't want us to survive and starve. He wants us to live abundantly." After many years of serving in ministry, Elena Nuñez Murdock pivoted from her time in ministry to become a full-time entrepreneur. It was a process that taught her many lessons about resilience and self-confidence, and best of all, she was able to build on her experiences in ministry and bring them into the workplace. With all this in mind, Elena founded Mission to...
Published 03/09/21
"I want to help other people tell their stories. I want to be a part of the process of helping them share what's on their heart." Ava Lalor has always been attracted to listening to and sharing stories. As she worked through her time in college, Ava found her voice not only in the writing that she did but in helping to edit and work with other writers. She took this passion into her job at Our Sunday Visitor, where by chance, she found herself working behind the scenes at Radiant Magazine....
Published 03/02/21
"I'm always trying my best to treat these students as not just a student, but a soul and a body to be nourished." When the pandemic started to sweep across the world in 2020, Monét Souza found herself wanting to share the joy and hope of Christ with other people. As an educator with a passion and talent for public speaking, Monét founded A Message of Hope, an online video series geared towards encouraging high school and college students to live out their Catholic faith. Through this...
Published 02/23/21
"I wanna see all sorts of cultures achieving holiness. I don't want it to just be one culture that can be holy or that can belong, but all cultures." As a young person Sr. Desiré Anne-Marie Findlay was fascinated by the holiness of saints, and she found herself similarly fascinated by different nuns that she would meet. While on a pilgrimage through New Mexico, she met the Felician Sisters and started to discern religious life. A series of Sr. Desiré's 'yeses' would eventually bring her to...
Published 02/16/21
"We have the unique gifts and abilities for holiness in each and every one of us." Olivia McCarthy is a wife, mom, and the host of the podcast Heart Home Faith. From a young age, Olivia was exposed to comparison culture, and this changed the way that she saw herself. But through a powerful dream, Olivia encountered the truth of who Jesus is, and in turn, what her identity is in Him. Now she encourages other women through the work she does at her parish and on her podcast, inspiring them to be...
Published 02/09/21
"The creative gifts I have aren't just mine, they were created within me as an image and likeness of who God is." Dom Almario's relationship with God changed when she encountered the truth of who He is at a Steubenville conference. This set her ablaze with a desire to continually pursue this truth through all that is beautiful and good. Now, Dom uses her gifts to evangelize through her work with Greater Glory Ministry and other freelance projects that she does. In this episode, Dom and I talk...
Published 02/02/21
"I promised myself from then on that I would never take my life for granted. I would never, ever encounter anyone or do anything without the greater glory of God being my mission." Meesa Estuar's life was changed when she received a devastating cancer diagnosis. Her perspective on life and God radically shifted, and she was challenged to shift her life's focus on God's glory rather than her own. When Meesa beat cancer, she took it upon herself to make her life, work and mission a living...
Published 01/26/21
"I have to have confidence that I play an important part in this mission and have confidence in my role." When Karna Lozoya started her job as the Executive Director of Strategic Communications at Catholic University of America, she had no idea that one of her first major projects to work on would be dealing with the breaking sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. It became apparent to Karna and her colleagues that something had to be done to address the issue. From there, she helped to...
Published 01/19/21
"I'm doing music because this is the way that I feel so connected with the Lord." At one point in her life, Theresa Ambat made up her mind to go into bioengineering. But when she didn't get accepted into the program, Theresa found herself diving deeper into a part of her life that she might have only considered as a hobby: music. By the grace of God, Theresa ended up changing her major and now spends a lot of time writing music and sharing it with others. For Theresa, music is more than fame...
Published 01/12/21
"Intimacy is for every soul! I think that's the desire of God's heart for every one of His children." Beth Davis has spent her life serving others in ministry, first as a youth minister and now as the Director of Ministry Advancement for Blessed is She. Through ministry, Beth is able to share some of the most intimate parts of her life with others, and in particular, she is very open and candid about the ways in which God has helped her grow in her confidence, embrace her singlehood, and...
Published 11/30/20
"If we don't see the beauty in media and help infuse that with our Catholic tradition, we're missing a huge moment of evangelization for the next generation." Emily Mastonicola works for the office of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in the area of communication, and she has great expectations for the power of media and how it can be used for evangelization! With her background in ministry and love of communications, she brings the joy of the gospel to everything she does....
Published 11/23/20