Netflix's Anne with an E: A conversation with Sarah Bessey

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Anne with an E is a new adaptation of L.M. Montgomery's classic Anne of Green Gables. In this episode in the Extra Awesome series, Megan is joined by author and speaker Sarah Bessey to discuss the merits and concerns in new adaptations of beloved books. This conversation is spoiler-free and might be just what you need to hear to help you decide if you'll watch or pass on this series now streaming on Netflix.

SHOW NOTES:

Why you need to watch the new Anne Series - yes, I’m talking to you, fellow purists at Sarah Bessey's blog

Modern Kiwi dress

"Anne of Green Gables" becomes a gothic nightmare in Netflix's "Anne with an E" by Haley Stewart for America Magazine

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Ep. 101 The truth about anxiety, part 2

One of the most-discussed, most-downloaded episodes in Sorta Awesome history is Episode 26 in which Laura and Megan discuss the truth about anxiety. Today, they are sharing their long-anticipated follow-up discussion to that episode which includes symptoms of anxiety, recognizing it in children, supporting a spouse or loved one suffering from it, and when to get help. This episode also features an interview with Dr. Margaret Rutherford who returns to Sorta Awesome to discuss Perfectly Hidden Depression. This episode is PACKED with solid information for awesome mental health, and we hope it will be helpful to you and the people in your family, circle of friends, and online communities.

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SHOW NOTES:

On Being: Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
MAC Full Fuchsia; IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara
Episode 26 The Truth About Anxiety
What To Do When you Worry Too Much, Dr. Dawn Huebner
Dr. Margaret Rutherford blog
Perfectly Hidden Depression Questionnaire
Dr. Margaret's Podcast: Self-Work with Dr. Margaret Rutherford
Self-Work Episode 21: 10 Traits of Perfectly Hidden Depression

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Ep. 100 Shark snuggles, white vans, and tweets uncensored

Gather 'round, Awesomes! Episode 100 is finally here, and we are celebrating with a group show! Join Megan, Rebekah, Laura, and Kelly as they honor this highly memorable moment in Sorta Awesome history by digging into their personal histories to share some of their most memorable moments! Believe it or not, there were a few stories they hadn't told in the past 100 episodes, and you may gasp (and definitely giggle) about these moments from their lives. All of that plus a double dose of Awesome of the Week!

 

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SHOW NOTES:

Athleta swimsuits
Girls
Modern Burlap (Rebekah's blanket)
Cook's Country

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Extra Awesome: Book of the Month Club May preview

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Calling all readers! Five hot new books will hit the shelves this May, and Book of the Month Club members get a chance to grab 'em up first. In this Extra Awesome, Megan and Laura give a preview of the five selections with some thoughts and commentary to help you decide what your May pick will be!

If you aren't a Book of the Club member and you want to be, head over to sortaawesomeshow.com/bookofthemonth for all the information you need about joining Book of the Month (and checking out the sign-up bonuses for May!).
 

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Ep. 98 Lollipop debates, Starbucks half-truths, and other things that keep us up at night

Cue the confetti! The day Awesomes have been waiting months for is finally here - regular co-host Rebekah returns from her maternity leave! We know that you've missed hearing Rebekah's voice on Sorta Awesome, and in this episode, she and Megan do what they do best - open up the confessional and tell secrets on themselves. After sharing a bit of the birth story of the new man in Rebekah's life, she and Megan talk about the parts of parenting that keep them up at night and then dish the dirt on other secrets like little white lies we tell our kids and how long we can make those maternity clothes work. All of that, plus awesome of the week!

Just a few more days to grab a copy of Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2017! And to say thank you for purchasing a copy of the bundle after clicking through from Sorta Awesome's link, we'll send you a free gift - All-Time Awesomes - right to your inbox.

SHOW NOTES:

Snack Factory Dark Chocolate Pretzel Crisps
Anglophenia YouTube channel:
How to Make Tea The British Way
Why Brits and Americans spell differently
How to pronounce UK place names
Isn’t Brit Romantic

Plum Deluxe - Tea of the Month Subscription
Isaac's birth story at Simply Rebekah
 

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Making life at home a little more awesome

We are so excited to be included in this year's Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!

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Ep. 97 Spray tans, awkward conversations, and 80 year old turtles

Today, Megan is joined by Laura, and they take some time to solve some of life’s biggest mysteries, like how do you navigate awkward conversations with a nanny about how to wash the dishes? How do you keep yourselves from going cuckoo bananas in the midst of spring craziness? Why is Laura’s complexion so gorgeous all the time, and also what is up with those tortoises? It's a grab bag episode of Sorta Awesome, and you'll hear wisdom on all of this, plus Awesome of the Week!

Today's sponsor is LOLA, a company founded by two very awesome women that offers a whole line of 100% organic tampons, pads, and liners. Check out the First Period Kit by LOLA by going to mylola.com and use code "awesome" for $10 off of your order!

SHOW NOTES

Melanie Mills gleam body radiance
Bare Minerals Bareskin
Radio Public (Babysitters Club Club playlist)
Ep 78 one thing that changed our life
Is your extreme diet really an eating disorder? at Hollywood Housewife
Spontaneity Child Care, OKC
@konarocket on IG

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Ep. 96 Why we hate Christianity (and why we really love it, too!)

This week, Megan and Kelly take up the ancient practice of confession and get very honest about their personal lives and spiritual faiths. From the childhood experiences that formed the foundation of their belief systems to the moments in adulthood that turned their beliefs upside down, they share their thoughts on faith and how it has evolved over the years. This episode invites reflection from people of all backgrounds - whether you practice a spiritual discipline or not! And as always, you'll hear our Awesomes of the Week!

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Ep. 95 Ten tips for traveling bliss with Tsh Oxenreider

This week, Megan welcomes Tsh Oxenreider back to Sorta Awesome! Tsh and Megan have lots in common including discovering that they are Highly Sensitive People. That hasn't stopped Tsh from taking on world travel since she was a teenager, and today, she and Megan share all their best tips for traveling bliss for sensitive people (and the people who love them!). All of that, plus Awesome of the Week!

SHOW NOTES

MasterChef, Jr.
Leslie Hershberger

Highly Sensitive Person quiz
15 tips for Highly Sensitive Parents
At Home in the World book page

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S-Town by Serial: Thoughts and Theories

This special edition of the Extra Awesome series from Sorta Awesome is all about the smash hit podcast S-Town from Serial Productions! Join Megan and Laura as they dissect, discuss, and analyze this limited series podcast that invites listeners to unravel mysteries and answer questions and meet fascinating people along the way in Woodstock, Alabama. The first part of this episode is spoiler-free for listeners who want to hear more about what S-Town is about, and in the second part of the episode, they dive into the complexities and the complications of the life of John B. McLemore.

Want to weigh in with your thoughts? Join us in the comment section below to share your thoughts, theories, and analysis of this wildly popular podcast!

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Extra Awesome: Book of the Month Club April selections preview!

It is always EXTRA awesome to talk books, and in this mini-episode of Extra Awesome, Megan and Laura talk through the April selections for Book of the Month Club. You'll hear them talk through five soon-to-be-released books that will get lots of buzz this spring, and it just might help you choose your April pick!

To support Sorta Awesome and sign up for Book of the Month Club, go to sortaawesomeshow.com/bookofthemonth

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Ep. 94 Real talk on adoption with Corey and Kelly Gordon

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It's a historic day for Sorta Awesome! Today, Megan and Kelly are joined by Kelly's husband Corey which means that now all four of the Sorta Awesome husbands have volunteered for the hot seat.  This week, Corey shares his powerful, compelling story of going from street kid in South Korea to growing up in Minnesota. Then, he and Kelly talk through some adoption myths and answer questions from the Awesomes about adoption and foster care. All of that, plus Awesome of the Week!

SHOW NOTES

CLEAR
Beauty and the Beast 

Dr. Karyn Purvis's work


Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO)
CAFO trusted agencies
Safe Families

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Ep. 93 Simply awesome spring cleaning with Becky Rapinchuk of Clean Mama

Open up the windows and be inspired by that springtime sunshine! This week, Megan chats with home care expert Becky Rapinchuk whom you may know as Clean Mama! There is a LOT of personality talk in this episode as these two ENFPs dig into Becky's story of becoming a housekeeping guru. Becky shares her homemaking confessions along with her best tips for spring cleaning. All of that, plus Awesome of the Week!

SHOW NOTES
Living Proof Dry Shampoo
Hot Tools 1 1/2 inch curling iron

Clean Mama printable shop
Simply Clean, Becky Rapinchuk

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Ep. 92 10 documentaries that are too awesome to miss!

Fire up Netflix, login to Amazon, or start searching YouTube! This week, Megan and Laura are running down a list of ten excellent documentaries you'll want to watch right now! Whether you are a devoted fan of documentary film or you haven't watched one in years (or ever!), there's sure to be something on this list that will intrigue, challenge, or inspire you. All of that plus public shaming and #trypod recommendations in Awesome of the Week!

SHOW NOTES

So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson
#trypod challenge
The Simple Show
Shalom in the City

The Mama Sherpas
$ellebrity
For the Record
The True Cost
The Hunting Ground
Missoula, Jon Krakauer
Tickled
The Staircase
Sorta Awesome Ep. 42 Talking all about true crime
The Witness
Columbine, Dave Cullen
30 for 30 The Price of Gold
Planet Earth 2
Salam Neighbor
Iris
 

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Ep 91 8 Habits that build a #happyawesome life

Sorta Awesome is back! This week, Megan and Kelly explore the question, "what did SHE do to get such a happy life?" The science shows that cultivating a happy life might be much more attainable than you might think! They'll walk you through 8 habits that build happiness in life and fill you in on the #happyawesome challenge!

SHOW NOTES

Blue Babies Pink
Missing Richard Simmons
Nicole Zefanya on YouTube, Anaheim single

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Ep. 90 Exploring hope and healing for postpartum depression

This week's guest co-host is way more than sorta awesome - she's an incredibly awesome woman, mom, and member of our Awesome community! Katie Pace joins Megan this week, and together they discuss their experiences with postpartum depression. Megan brings in expert advice from Dr. LaKeischa Webb McMillan - an OBGYN and host of the House Call with Dr. Mac podcast, as well as Brodie Welch - an expert in Chinese Medicine and the house of the A Healthy Curiosity podcast. This episode is packed with information important for all women, including the MTHFR gene mutation, how depression can impact the health of children, and what nourishing foods can bring the mind/body connection back into alignment. You don't want to miss this, and as always, you'll hear Awesome of the Week!

SHOW NOTES:

Dr. LaKeischa Webb McMillan: House Call with Dr. Mac
Brodie Welch: A Healthy Curiosity

A Chef's Table
Brain.FM

(un)steady as she goes: on grieving a good thing at SortaCrunchy

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Ep. 89 Making time to be true to you with Lora Lynn Fanning

All of us are given twenty-four hours each day, and somehow in the midst of all of our responsibilities, we're supposed to follow our dreams? How exactly does that work? Few people can better answer that question than Lora Lynn Fanning - writer, teacher, wife, and homeschooling mom to seven. Today she joins Megan to talk about what it looks like to narrow your focus so you can make time to be true to the passions you want to pursue. All of that plus Awesome of the Week!

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SHOW NOTES

Smartick math app
I'll have what Phil's having
Hollar.com

BOSE noise-canceling earphones - Lora Lynn says to look for them on Craigslist!

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Ep. 88 We tried it, and we liked it!

Stuck in a rut? When was the last time you tried something new? Today, Laura and Megan run down a list of (new to them) things they've tried lately and have surprised themselves by really liking! You'll hear make-up recommendations, book talk, breakfast ideas, and more. All of that, plus Awesome of the Week!

And! Now is a GREAT time to support Sorta Awesome through Patreon. We have a new series coming out soon that will bring exclusive episodes to our supporters filled with topics you won't hear us talking about anywhere else! Patreon.com/sortaawesome

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SHOW NOTES

Puppy Apartment
AllSides.com

alarm clocks
RUMIO Beauty Blender sponge
similar sponge: Lagure beauty blender
(LA Girl HD PRO concealer, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind, Hard Candy Glamoflauge)
Dior Hydralife BB Cream
(Laura's basic routine: moisturizer, BB cream, NARS Orgasm, Voluminous mascara)
Homesick for Another World, Otessa Moshfegh
Rollergirl, Victoria Jameison
Manchester by the Sea
Overcast App
VIV Collection leggings
NINEXIS tunic top
Croque Madame

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Ep. 87 Real talk about refugees

Pull up a chair, and we'll pour you some tea. A recent Executive Order from President Trump has the world talking about the United States and refugees. This week, Megan asked Kelly to help her sit down and sort through the news, identifying facts, gathering some expert opinions, and listening to the stories of people close to the situation. It's a super-sized episode of Sorta Awesome (and they still didn't even come close to covering it all!), and of course, you'll hear their Awesomes of the Week!

SHOW NOTES

E Ku'u Morning Dew on Pandora
Twice Removed

President Trump's Refugee Order: 5 Things to Know, Preemptive Love
Facts and Figures about Refugees, UNHCR
Refugees are already vigorously vetted. I know because I vetted them, The Washington Post
Five Myths of the Debate over Trump's Refugee Executive Order, National Review
Terrorism and Immigration, A Risk Analysis, CATO Institute
The 1951 Refugee Convention, UNHCR
Syrian Refugees Feel More Welcome in Europe that in the Gulf, Bloomberg
What Trump's Executive Order on Immigration Does - and Doesn't Do, The Atlantic

Gateway of Grace

Kholoud Sews

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