Tuesday, June 26, 2012

For Ladies Only!

Recently I did a post for guys only so I thought it would only be fair to do for the ladies. So here we go:

A couple of years ago we started this up. It was great as we were putting out podcast regularly and one day we connected with Rethink Monthly Magazine. Bo Lane, who ran the magazine, asked if we would be interested in being a subsidiary of Rethink Monthly. We thought that would be a great connection. That December Rethink got hacked in a major way. It destroyed Rethink's website and our website.

Long story short a couple of years later with the help of Bo and a brand-new team we are back! The core team is still together Becca, Bex and I. We are the podcast crew. We have also added several others to the team. Several bloggers who each have a specialty area.

Jesse is our fitness blogger. (get ready to learn helpful tips to stay in shape)

Shawna is our food blogger. (want to learn how to make a good meal or even eat on a budget? Shawna has some seriously yummy recipes)

And Molly is our fashion blogger. (looking to stay fashionable and don't want to have to show so much skin? Molly knows her stuff)

Elise does all of the tech stuff for us and runs the website.

So what is this all about you ask? Basically it is a podcast and website for all things girl. Everything we talk about and write about deals with issues and conversations "chicks" would have.

You may also be asking what in the world is a guy doing in this program for girls. That's a great question. Initially I was asked to be the tech guy. Becca and I worked together as middle school pastors for several years and have a great relationship. It started out as a two of us but when we interviewed Bex and her dad it became quickly obvious to both of us that she needed to be part of the team!

Originally Becca wanted to do a radio program. I had some connections with an AM Christian radio station but I didn't think that was the right thing for us. I felt like going to where technology news today was going to be the best thing. Thus the podcast and website.

So now I get to bring the token guys perspective on the things that we talk about. We talk a lot about relationships and typical "chick" conversations and have great interviews with professionals in different fields including skincare, psychologists talking about body image, and health professionals.

We also like to talk about what's going on in pop culture that is relevant to girls. Anything that we believe would be encouraging and helpful to girls, that's where we are going to focus our attention. Honestly, it will largely be directed by listeners to the podcasts and readers of the blog who have questions about certain subjects. We are open to having discussions about anything and all things girl.

So, if you are a chick, please jump on chickchatpodcast.com.

Give us a listen and feel free to comment and even subscribe on iTunes. We would love your comments in iTunes too!

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Warning: You may hate this!

I love a good story. I love a story that draws me in and works on my emotions: anger, sadness, laughter, etc. It's why I love TV and movies. It is also why I love country music. I have my college buddy, Mike Rice, to thank for that. Whenever we rode in his car that is all we ever listened to. I would relentlessly mock him until that one day when I found myself singing along to a song. I was furious at myself. It snuck up on me. It got inside my head and my heart.


I wanted to share with you a few songs that are about being a dad. These are songs I wish I wrote. They speak words that are inside me in a way that connects with me deeply. I suppose when you are a parent and there is a touching song about parenting or your kids you can't help but connect.

Warning: these will tug at your heart strings.

* Just Fishing (Trace Adkins)

* He's Mine (Rodney Atkins)

* I Loved Her First (Heartland)

* Watching You (Rodney Atkins)

* Anything Like Me (Brad Paisley)

As I was finding these different songs I let the tears flow freely. Man! I do not like my kids growing up. Maybe we just keep adopting so we don't have to have the nest empty. ;)

There are soooo many good ones. I am going to put the links to several others below. Enjoy.

* Tough Little Boys - Gary Allan
* Mr. Mom - Lonestar
* Cleaning this Gun - Rodney Atkins
* Let Them Be Little - Lonestar
* Stealing Cinderella - Chuck Wicks
* Love Without End, Amen - George Strait
* I’m Already There -  Lonestar 
* My Front Porch Lookin’ In - Lonestar
* My Little Girl - Tim McGraw 
* You’re Gonna Miss This - Trace Adkins
* Family Man - Craig Campbell
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