Kandi Jones; About the Myth of Being Unlovable

  • Kandi Jones is a mom to two girls  and wife to Todd. Kandi also serves as the NorthKids Director at NorthChurch and leads a thriving bible study group for moms called, Where Moms Connect. 
  • On this episode, Kandi talks about growing up with challenges that started early on. Kandi talks about the realities of being born with a cleft lip and palate, seeing alcoholism up close, the loss of her brother and more. She also shares the pain of miscarriage and walking through hard changes and challenges in her life. 
  • Kandi’s honesty is refreshing as she shares the lies she believed about herself, the difficulty in dealing with complex family relationships and words left unsaid after the death of her dad. Kandi addresses the lies and speaks of the truth of Jesus. She reminds us that our identity is based on him, and not the choices of family members, physical attributes, or accomplishments. This is such an encouraging episode for any girl (or guy) who has ever believed she is unlovable. 

Mentioned:

  • North Church: north.church

Thanks to Kandi for joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Graphics and social media preview: Lauren Frampton 

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Heidi Oppegard: About the Lies We Believe

  • Heidi Oppegard is known for her big laugh and her ability to make everyone feel like family. She is a wife to Scott, mom to three, and district manager for a well known childcare facility. 
  • On this episode, Heidi shares about a time in her life where she minimized who she was and struggled to find her voice in a toxic relationship. She discusses the effects of damaging words spoken over her and how she started to believe the lies about who she was. 
  • There is so much hope in Heidi’s story as she shares what life looks like now. Heidi talks about being a new believer and the joy of a relationship with Jesus in her life. Heidi is guaranteed to make you laugh and make you feel like a friend on this episode, while encouraging those of us who may be in a season where we feel stuck in a toxic situation, or those of us who are supporting a friend in a toxic situation. 

Mentioned:

  • North Church: north.church
  • Welcome Ave Designs (find them on Facebook or Instagram) 

Thanks to Heidi for joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Graphics and social media preview: Lauren Frampton 

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Episode 23: About Hope for Samson

  • Samson and Hope Varughese are pastors, parents, and one of the greatest couples. 
  • Surprise! About the Girls has another guy on the show! In our first episode, Hope mentioned she and her husband conquered a mountain of debt in a short amount of time. We wanted to dig a little deeper, so we invited them both back to share their story. We thought it was important to have both of their voices because this was such a team effort and a truly beautiful picture of what can happen in marriage when two people pursue Jesus together. 
  • Samson and Hope share the real, funny, and raw story of how they overcame debt and conflict around the issue of money in their marriage. They offer practical tips and there is an AWESOME giveaway exclusive to About the Girls listeners at the end so stick around. This episode is one you don’t want to miss! 

Mentioned:

Thanks to Samson and Hope for joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Episode 22: About a Southern Girl

  • Lisa Woodson is a Project Manager, has been married to her “Snooky” for 38 years, a mother of three and grandmother to 9! 
  • On this episode, Lisa and Kayla talk about Lisa’s childhood and the extremely hard things that became a part of her story at a young age. They talk about identity issues in the complexities of not knowing her dad was her dad and his subsequent death, sexual abuse, her southern accent, and more. 
  • Lisa’s story is one that is full of unimaginable pain and hurdles, but she tells her story through the lens of Gods grace. She reminds us all that our identity is found in Jesus. In the absence of a father, she has found peace in knowing we have a Father who loves us and calls us his own. 

Thanks to Lisa for joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Episode 21: Skye Latimer; About Health and Boundaries

  • Skye Latimer is an entrepreneur, connector, dancer, social media wizard, encourager and all-around BOSS. She is most proud of her new role as Momma to Kal and wife to Mills. 
  • On this episode, Skye talks about setting boundaries in family relationship, building community and knowing your worth in the workplace. 
  • Skye takes some of the hard things she’s walked through, such as strained relationships with family members and difficulties at work, to give us practical tools to being emotionally healthy and setting boundaries. Skye talks about the importance of community and what it looks like to really create space for and cheer on other women. 

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Thanks to Skye for joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Episode 20: Kortnee Turpin; About Being Enough

  • Kortnee Turpin is a Momma to two, a wife, and a lover of Jesus. 
  • On this episode, Kortnee talks about a traumatic event in childhood where she witnessed the shooting of her mother. She talks about how that affected her, being raised without her parents, and a decision to have an abortion. 
  • This episode covers so many hard topics, but Kortnee is courageous in showing up to share the difficult parts of her story to encourage others. Kortnee story reminds us that we are wanted, loved and never too far for God’s grace to reach us. 

Mentioned:

  • North Church: north.church

Thanks to Kortnee joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Special Episode: About the Guy

  • Zack Anderson is the man behind the production and editing of the About the Girls Podcast. When he’s not working for the girls, he works as an accountant for Chesapeake Energy. Zack is husband to host, Kayla and they share a daughter named Zola and a son named Titus. 
  • This week, in honor of Tuesday being 8 years of marriage, Kayla is interviewing Zack for a fun look at some behind the scenes of running the show as well as behind the scenes of marriage. 
  • Zack and Kayla get real about working with your spouse, marriage after kids, and they have a very honest conversation about some parts of marriage people aren’t talking about. This episode is full of honesty, laughter, and so much fun, but we also hope it’s encouraging and a reminder of our very real need for Jesus to love each other well! 

Mentioned:

  • North Church: north.church

Thanks to Zack for letting us coax him into joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire