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Live Well Anyway

Life is messy, live well anyway. I'll go first! -Formerly Cultivating the Lovely We all live in the middle of our own type of messy but that doesn't mean that we can't live well in the midst of it. In Live Well Anyway, MacKenzie Koppa takes you along as she does just that and shares from her own experiences as well as those of her guests. Listen in for a good dose of reality, information, and humor around the topics of wellness, beauty, style, planning, and life.
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Oct 21, 2020

Welcome to the Live Well Anyway Podcast (formerly Cultivating the Lovely) with MacKenzie Koppa! Today on the show, MacKenzie shares some of her best tips and tricks on how to get better organize and automate your life so that you really can live well anyway this fall. First, MacKenzie goes over some general things she does throughout the year to stay on track. She talks about strategies for reducing decision fatigue by making plans and preparations in advance. Then she shares some smart, fun, and cool tech tools she is using to make her life easier. Finally, she gets into the specifics of making her house a safer and smarter home! Don’t forget to make life more fun this week and tag @mackenziekoppa when you post your fun moments on Instagram!

LINKS MENTIONED

Kion- Shop through this link

Sign up for MacKenzie’s newsletter “Well, anyway…”

Follow MacKenzie on Instagram @mackenziekoppa

Check out MacKenzie’s revamped YouTube channel

Live Well Anyway Facebook Group

WHERE TO FIND THE SHOW

Apple Podcasts

Google Play Music

Spotify

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JOIN US ON PATREON

Live Well Together! Patreon Community

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Popsockets

Echo Dot

Ring Doorbell

The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep

Oct 14, 2020

Today on Live Well Anyway, MacKenzie is chatting with Katie Duckett all about their favorite things this fall. They start out talking skincare, then Katie shares some of the seasonal things she brings out to mark the coming of autumn at home. MacKenzie also talks a little about fall fashion and makeup favorites, which brings Katie to make some points about the deeper reasons to pursue beauty inside and out. The topic of being aware of what your body needs and getting help is also high on the list for MacKenzie and Katie. Finally, MacKenzie focuses in on building community relationships and shares some ideas for doing that in your own neighborhood. We hope you enjoy this lighthearted, encouraging chat!

Oct 7, 2020

Welcome to the Live Well Anyway Podcast (formerly Cultivating the Lovely) with MacKenzie Koppa! Today on the show, MacKenzie sits down for a conversation with Jami Nato, a self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur, a loving wife, and a fun mom of 4. Together Jami and MacKenzie have a lighthearted chat about a wide variety of topics, including: keeping the humor in life even when times are hard, online dating as a 30-something mom, building community in your neighborhood, Jami’s wellness journey and road to healing, and the work it takes to grow a business.

LINKS MENTIONED

Find Jami on her website jaminato.com

Follow Jami on Instagram @jaminato

Subscribe to MacKenzie’s revamped YouTube channel

Sign up for MacKenzie’s newsletter “Well, anyway…”

Follow MacKenzie on Instagram @mackenziekoppa

Live Well Anyway Facebook Group

WHERE TO FIND THE SHOW

Apple Podcasts

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JOIN US ON PATREON

Live Well Together! Patreon Community

VISIT OUR SPONSORS

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The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

You’ve Got Mail

Sleepless in Seattle

Sep 23, 2020

Welcome to the Live Well Anyway Podcast (formerly Cultivating the Lovely) with MacKenzie Koppa! Today on the show, MacKenzie shares some of the things that helped her heal after leaving her abusive marriage. First, she strongly recommends seeking professional counseling. MacKenzie also went through EMDR therapy alongside counseling. She talks about the process of redefining her likes and dislikes, down to her taste in clothing and home decor, getting input from trusted family and friends, to find out who she was again. MacKenzie shares some of the more practical things she did as she healed physically, mentally and emotionally, including the following: acupuncture, yoga therapy, specific supplements, and healthy lifestyle habits. She also shares some of her faith struggles and her journey to spiritual healing.

LINKS MENTIONED

Sign up for MacKenzie’s newsletter “Well, anyway…”

Follow MacKenzie on Instagram @mackenziekoppa

Check out MacKenzie’s revamped YouTube channel

Live Well Anyway Facebook Group

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VISIT OUR SPONSORS

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Alka Calm

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When to Walk Away by Gary Thomas

Sep 16, 2020

Welcome to the Live Well Anyway Podcast (formerly Cultivating the Lovely) with MacKenzie Koppa! Today on the show, MacKenzie chats with Myquillyn Smith about her newest book, Welcome Home. They talk about creating a home that you can use to welcome people in and make them feel seen and loved. Myquillyn shares her story of finding ways to honor the seasons in her home without going overboard with consumerism. MacKenzie brings in the idea of hygge for all the seasons, not just winter. They both talk about using all five senses to shift the environment and atmosphere of the home. Myquillyn encourages us to do a few little things to get ready for each season so that we feel confident in hosting people.

LINKS MENTIONED

Find Myquillyn at thenester.com

Follow Myquillyn on Instagram @thenester

Sign up for MacKenzie’s newsletter “Well, anyway…”

Follow MacKenzie on Instagram @mackenziekoppa

Live Well Anyway Facebook Group

Find MacKenzie’s favorite Infinity Waterproof eyeliner at Thrive Causemetics

WHERE TO FIND THE SHOW

Apple Podcasts

Google Play Music

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JOIN US ON PATREON

Live Well Together! Patreon Community

VISIT OUR SPONSORS

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Welcome Home by Myquillyn Smith

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Sep 9, 2020

Today on Live Well Anyway (formerly Cultivating the Lovely), MacKenzie is back on with Katie to talk about an episode that they did a few weeks back and how it surprisingly helped Katie shift perspective on some big things. They talk about the peaks and valleys that are a natural part of life and how to submit to those changes while still choosing to live well instead of getting stuck. Katie talks about where she had been placing her identity and how she remembered that the purpose of education in her home was to reach her children’s hearts for Christ. MacKenzie and Katie share the practical ways she is implementing this philosophy of putting relationships and hearts first.

LINKS MENTIONED

Sign up for MacKenzie’s newsletter “Well, anyway…”

Sign up for Katie’s newsletter “Moving Into Light”

Follow MacKenzie on Instagram @mackenziekoppa

Follow Katie on Instagram @katiemduckett

Katie’s website coming soon at KatieDuckett.com

Live Well Anyway Facebook Group

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WHERE TO FIND THE SHOW

Apple Podcasts

Google Play Music

Spotify

Player FM

JOIN US ON PATREON

Live Well Together! Patreon Community

VISIT OUR SPONSORS

BetterHelp- Visit BetterHelp.com/Livewell for 10% OFF your first month of counseling.

GiveWell- Donations will be matched up to $100 for first-time donors at GiveWell.org/livewell. Select “Live Well Anyway” at checkout.

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Happy Planners

Welcome Home by Myquillyn Smith

The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi

Sep 2, 2020

Welcome to the first episode of the Live Well Anyway Podcast with MacKenzie Koppa! If you came here from the Cultivating the Lovely podcast community, you are in the right place! In this introductory episode, MacKenzie has her dear friend (and new business partner!) Katie Duckett on the show to talk all about this relaunch. MacKenzie explains more about how and why this rebrand came about, as well as what you can expect from the podcast and the whole Live Well Anyway platform. Katie shares how she came to be part of this venture and a little about what her role will be on the podcast and in the Patreon community.

LINKS MENTIONED:

Sign up for MacKenzie’s newsletter “Well, anyway…”

Sign up for Katie’s newsletter “Moving Into Light”

Follow MacKenzie on Instagram @mackenziekoppa

Follow Katie on Instagram @katiemduckett

Katie’s website coming soon at KatieDuckett.com

Live Well Anyway Facebook Group

WHERE TO FIND THE SHOW

Apple Podcasts

Google Play Music

Spotify

Player FM

JOIN US ON PATREON

Live Well Together! Patreon Community

VISIT OUR SPONSORS

School Mask Pack-  schoolmaskpack.com/LOVELY

Plan to Eat- Free 60-day Trial- plantoeat.com/lovely

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The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Aug 26, 2020

This week on Cultivating the Lovely, host MacKenzie Koppa chats with Chrystal Evans Hurst. Chrystal is a wife, mom and grandmother who ministers to women and writes in the margins whenever she can. Today’s episode is a conversation centered on prayer and Chrystal’s new book The 28-Day Prayer Journey(Affiliate links are used in this content.)

  • Chrystal talks about prayer in terms of prioritizing communication
  • The goal of The 28-Day Prayer Journey as a way to build a habit and a relationship
  • Taking time several times throughout the day to pray and talk with God
  • Doing the thing you need to do in order to learn to love doing that

You learn to communicate with God by communicating with God.

Chrystal Evans Hurst
  • The power of prayer to change how you interact with your family and friends
  • How Chrystal decided what aspects of the practice of prayer to include in the book
  • Dealing with disappointed hopes and unanswered prayers
  • Choosing to believe even when you don’t understand God’s ways
  • The effectiveness of journalling and writing down your prayers
  • You have to do the work to build the relationship with God
  • A typical day for Chrystal currently

Current Lovelies-

Chrystal: listening to music and burning candles to set a warm atmosphere

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

The 28-Day Prayer Journey

Movies:

Pretty Woman

Find Chrystal-

You can find Chrystal on her website ChrystalEvansHurst.com. You can also follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

Today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely is sponsored by Shapermint. Save an extra 10% on top of their already discounted prices at Shapermint.com/LOVELY when you use code LOVELY.

Today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely is sponsored by Magic Spoon Low Carb Cereal. Visit MagicSpoon.com/LOVELY to order a variety pack, and use code LOVELY get free shipping!

This episode of Cultivating the Lovely is brought to you by Plan to Eat meal planning service.Visit PlanToEat.com/LOVELY to start your free 60-day trial instead of the normal 30-day trial.

Today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely is sponsored by Theragun. Try Theragun risk-free for 30 days with this special offer for CTL listeners. Go to Theragun.com/lovely to get your own Generation 4 Theragun today.

Aug 19, 2020

On today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie talks with her good friend Katie Duckett about the challenges and changes of heading into the school year amidst the pandemic. They talk about being honest with what the school year is going to look like and how to make the best of difficult situations while valuing relationship with your children.

  • How Katie’s school year is changing this year from what her family was expecting
  • Check out MacKenzie’s Lovely Homeschool Course for help scheduling in the way that Katie talks about
  • Katie’s struggle with burnout and changing seasons in her homeschooling journey
  • MacKenzie talks about making the adjustment to public school with her kids
  • Learning to trust God with your children when everything feels out of control

Even now, with all of this being out of our control, we know that God is in control.

Katie Duckett
  • Watching your children rise up and learn resilience, fortitude, and perseverance
  • Katie talks about watching her boys deal with the disappointment of team sports being delayed
  • The challenge of setting a tone of love and joy at home when you don’t really feel it
  • Taking care of yourself and using some shortcuts to save your sanity
  • Katie shares the verses that centered her homeschool in the past and that she wants to be the focus going forward:
    • Philippians 2:12-13
    • 2 Timothy 1:14

Find Katie-

You can find Katie Duckett on Instagram @may_these_arrows_fly.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

Cultivating the Lovely is sponsored by GiveWell. When CTL listeners become first-time donors at GiveWell.org/lovely, you can have your donation matched up to $100. Be sure to select “Cultivating the Lovely” at checkout.

This episode of Cultivating the Lovely is brought to you by Freshly. Get $40 OFF your first 2 orders when you go to Freshly.com/LOVELY.

CTL is also sponsored by BetterHelp private online counseling. Visit BetterHelp.com/LOVELY for 10% OFF your first month of counseling.

Aug 12, 2020

This week on Cultivating the Lovely, host MacKenzie Koppa chats with Kendra Adachi. Kendra is a writer and podcaster, as well as a wife and mother to three beautiful children. Today MacKenzie talks with Kendra about her new book The Lazy Genius Way and what it means to make it easier to do the things that bring you to life. (Affiliate links are used in this content.)

  • What the basis is for the “Lazy Genius Way”
  • Figuring out what matters to you and what you need to make the most of your time
  • What MacKenzie loves about this book and why she thinks you need to read it
  • Letting ourselves be honest about what it means to be a person with unique needs and wants
  • Recognizing and naming what matters to you

If you don’t name what matters underneath it all, you are just going to keep trying and being tired.

Kendra Adachi
 
  • Observing your own life and noticing what works and what doesn’t work for you
  • Stop using levels of order or messiness as a measure of morality
  • How the book is broken down into principles for every situation
  • Navigating this season in our lives with grace and a teachable spirit
  • A typical day in the life of Kendra and her family

Current Lovelies-

Kendra: painting her nails almost daily and loving it for the first time in her life

MacKenzie: curating her family’s playlists for different times of the day

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

The Lazy Genius Way

On the Bright Side

Stand All the Way Up

Podcasts:

Tsh Oxenreider and The Good List

The Lazy Genius Collective Podcast

Kendra’s episode: How to Make the Perfect Playlist

The Popcast

Music:

Penny and Sparrow

Movies:

Sense and Sensibility

Find Kendra-

You can find Kendra on her website The Lazy Genius Collective. You can also follow her on Instagram.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

Today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely is sponsored by Magic Spoon Low Carb Cereal. Visit MagicSpoon.com/LOVELY to order a variety pack, and use code LOVELY get free shipping!

Cultivating the Lovely is also brought to you by Crayola School Mask Pack. Get your family a mask pack today at schoolmaskpack.com/LOVELY.

 

Aug 5, 2020

On today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie Koppa goes solo to give us all some coaching on how to get ready for a crazy new season heading into this fall. We know here at CTL that everyone’s routines are looking very different this year, so MacKenzie wants to help you get planned and prepped up to make the best of whatever situation you are facing. And if you want an even deeper dive into what this can look like for you, head over and join the CTL Patreon supporters to get daily content to guide you through your fall planning.

  • What MacKenzie and her kids are going to have to deal with for schooling this year
  • What are “the givens” you have to consider when planning?
    • Meal planning

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  • Take some time on the weekends to plan out the coming week
    • Using Trello as a planning tool
  • Creating good routines for yourself and your family to add predictability to your days
  • Consider the work spaces and other places you need to prepare to make them more conducive to getting things done well
  • Have a back-up plan for when things don’t go so well

If I put in the work on the front end of things, it is going to make my day to day life a lot easier.

MacKenzie Koppa
  • Take a look at your own personal logistics in scheduling and self-care
    • What things can you prepare in advance each week to take the stress off your daily routine?
    • What helps you feel more centered throughout your day?
  • Tips for staying on top of things and not losing your mind this fall:
    • Give yourself and those around you lots of grace
    • Be willing to cut some corners in certain areas
    • Get up and get dressed and presentable for your day
    • Help facilitate independence in your children
    • Create time and space for everyone to have some alone time daily
    • Foster friendships and community for yourself and your children

CTL is also sponsored by Postmates delivery service. Download the Postmates app, and use code LOVELY100 for $100 FREE delivery credit!

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Jul 29, 2020

On today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie sits down, live and in person, with her best friend Rebekah Sacran. They chatted about how their friendship began, how they grew their relationship online, and what has been going on in each other’s lives since the last time Rebekah was on the podcast. Sit back, relax and enjoy this encouraging episode all about friendship.

  • How MacKenzie and Rebekah met through Periscope
  • The difference it makes to meet an online friend in person
  • Why MacKenzie and Rebekah decided to get together, even in the middle of the pandemic
  • The extra challenges Rebekah’s family faced during the height of lockdowns
  • Dealing with her husband’s bipolar and side effects of treatment

Sometimes you need to have an intervention for your friends.

MacKenzie Koppa

Find Rebekah-

You can find Rebekah Sacran on Instagram @jaybeksacran.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

This episode of Cultivating the Lovely is brought to you by BetterHelp private online counseling. Visit BetterHelp.com/LOVELY for 10% OFF your first month of counseling.

Jul 22, 2020

This week on the Cultivating the Lovely podcast, MacKenzie chats with her friend Sara Henkosky. Sara is a wife and mom to 3 children 4 and under. She and her husband love to serve people through hospitality and are now looking forward to a new adventure as missionaries to Vanuatu.

  • MacKenzie asks Sarah how this journey to becoming missionaries began
  • How Sarah and her husband are preparing to go to Vanuatu
  • Sarah describes the island situation and where they will be living
  • Language learning and travel preparations
  • Considering homeschooling and what supplies she needs to take

It’s so exciting to know that we can just trust God and watching Him work and do what He does best.

Sarah Henkoski
  • Waiting and watching God work out the details
  • How Sarah feels about being a mom and missionary at the same time
  • Bridging the disconnect that can happen between overseas families and friends
  • Visit IGOVanuatu.org to learn more about the mission
  • A typical day for Sarah and her family

Current Lovelies-

Sarah: listening to podcasts, drinking more tea and getting outside

MacKenzie: enjoying the new puppy coming into the family

Resources Mentioned-

(Affiliate links are used in this content.)

Music:

Mr. by Leslie Odum, Jr.

Movies:

I Still Believe

Thanks to Our Sponsors- 

This week’s episode is brought to you by Freshly. Get $40 OFF your first 2 orders when you go to Freshly.com/LOVELY.

Find Sarah-

You can find Sarah Henkoski on Instagram @sarahkhope.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

 

Jul 15, 2020

Today on Cultivating the Lovely the Podcast, MacKenzie Koppa sits down with her dear friend Katie Duckett to talk about some of the things they are loving this summer. In order to take their minds off the craziness going on in the world, they are both finding some small lovelies to hold onto and stay joyful in the midst of challenging times.

  • Of course, this conversation wouldn't be complete without MacKenzie talking about her love for Hamilton 
  • Katie talks about her family's newfound love of the show Lost
  • MacKenzie talks about her reaction to watching The Morning Show 
  • What MacKenzie has been reading and enjoying
  •  Katie shares what she has been reading lately
  • Giving ourselves grace to consume and produce different content in different seasons
  • Making sure we have balance in what media we are consuming and paying attention to how it affects us
  • Katie and MacKenzie talk about some of the things they miss about their pre-pandemic schedules
  • Katie talks about her gratitude for Alexa 
  • Katie's current favorite drink addition: lavender simple syrup
  • MacKenzie's story about caring for her neighbor's flowers

Resources Mentioned-

Affiliate links are used in this content.

Books:

All Things Reconsidered by Knox McCoy

The Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid

The Reluctant Royals series by Alyssa Cole

Beach Read by Emily Henry

The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jennifer Morgan

The American Royals by Katharine McGee

Barbara O'neal

The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi

Music:

Hamilton

Jazz Morning Playlist Cafe 

Podcasts:

The Popcast

Thanks to Our Sponsor-

This episode of Cultivating the Lovely is brought to you by Postmates. For a limited time, CTL listeners get a $100 free delivery credit for the first 7 days when you use code LOVELY100 in the Postmates app. 

Find Katie-

You can find Katie Duckett on Instagram @may_these_arrows_fly.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Jul 1, 2020

On today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie talks with her good friend Chelle Bruzas about making a house a home and creating spaces that minister to your family and friends. Chelle and her family have moved houses several times, and she has some great ideas to share with us about how to invest in your house and make it truly your own. (Affiliate links are used in this content.)

  • Asking questions on how to make your house a place of ministry to others
  • Chelle talks about accepting the gift that is their new home
  • MacKenzie asks Chelle to explain her process of embracing a space
    • Thinking about what styles she likes
    • Learning how different details change a space’s appearance
    • Pinning room photos that strike her as appealing and curating those boards
    • Chelle mentions the paint color “Agreeable Gray” by Sherwin Williams
    • Thinking about how to best use the space functionally for doing what they love

How do I make those people who come through the doors of our home feel welcome and love, seen and known?

Chelle Bruzas
  • What MacKenzie has discovered by creating a special space on her back patio
  • Choosing to live your life now and not always being in a state of waiting
  • Balancing trends and classic styles in decor
  • Chelle explains the 80/20 rule for white and color
  • Knorpp and South’s RV renovation videos on Youtube
  • Chelle’s story about hearing the bells and having her special roses at their new house
  • Chelle’s Pinterest Board for “Birdsong”

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith

Find Chelle-

You can find Chelle Bruzas on Instagram @chelle_bruzas.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

This episode of Cultivating the Lovely is brought to you by Plan to Eat meal planning service. Visit PlanToEat.com/LOVELY to start your free 60-day trial instead of the normal 30-day trial.

Jun 24, 2020

We have something a little different for you on Cultivating the Lovely the Podcast this week. Today MacKenzie is doing a solo show and sharing with us how she is handling the hard things in life right now. She also wants to personally invite you to join in with “Take Back Your Life July” and the accountability groups coming up in Patreon next month. (Affiliate links are used in this content.)

  • Why MacKenzie decided to do this particular episode at this time
  • What working through the attributes of God in Sara Hagerty’s Adore study has done in MacKenzie’s heart
  • If you haven’t listened to it yet, you can go back and listen to Sara’s interview on CTL Episode 160

When we can allow our doubts and fears to be exposed to Him, God is gentle with us.

MacKenzie Koppa
  • MacKenzie reads Psalm 37 and Psalm 73
  • Keeping a long-range perspective and remembering God's truth
  • Ways that MacKenzie has been dealing practically with hard times:
    • Journalling thoughts and prayers
    • Leaning into counsel from trusted friends
    • Tapping into her emotions through music
  • MacKenzie sings "It Is Well" to close out the episode

Thanks to Our Sponsor-

This episode of Cultivating the Lovely is brought to you by Little Passports. As a CTL listener, you can get 15% OFF the price of any subscription when you use coupon code LOVELY at checkout.

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

Adore by Sara Hagerty

Music:

Bethel Music

Hillsong Worship

Rend Collective

Lauren Daigle

Nicole Nordeman

Jennifer Knapp's Kansas album

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Jun 17, 2020

On today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie talks with her good friend Katie Duckett all about the little things they are doing to recapture that sense of who they are as individuals. This episode is all about recovering from challenging times, and even thriving in the midst of them. We hope this conversation will leave you encouraged!

  • MacKenzie shares about writing a list of the things that make her feel like herself
  • The value of this time to re-evaluate what aspects of our lives are really important to us
  • Katie and MacKenzie share the little “vanities” that they had to grapple with when they were taken away
  • The importance of regular anchor points to fill our souls
  • What makes us each feel alive is unique and different
  • MacKenzie tells how she recognized how important it is to her to have outside activities
  • How a sort of home church has developed among MacKenzie’s group of friends

We have a God who loves to give us good gifts, and He knows our hearts and what we need.

Katie Duckett
  • The little things that MacKenzie and Katie like to do to feel like the best versions of themselves
  • Taking the time to ask the questions about what is important to your family
  • Setting up a new tone or structure for the summer to help rest and regroup
  • The ways that appreciating and noticing beauty transforms us
  • Finding ways to intentionally create spaces that give you room to breathe
  • “Have you heard about pasta salad?”
  • Katie’s self-tanning regimen

Resources Mentioned-

Affiliate links are used in this content.

Books:

The Royal We

The Heir Affair

Music:

Hamilton

Thanks to Our Sponsor-

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Find Katie-

You can find Katie Duckett on Instagram @may_these_arrows_fly.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Jun 3, 2020

On today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie talks with her good friend Chelle Bruzas about joy, hope and creating fun in the middle of really hard stuff in our current world. This is not meant to trivialize the huge issues going on right now, but to encourage you to find the light in the darkness and give your mind a break from the stress. So listen in, stop scrolling, maybe take a walk, and listen in to this uplifting conversation. (Affiliate links are used in this content.)

  • Chelle talks about checking in on others and loving on new neighbors
  • Looking back and seeing how God has given us grace for the hard days
  • Holding our vision of the future loosely and surrendering to the Lord
  • Doing something out of the ordinary to shake up the monotony
  • Make it a priority to build community and be the friend you need
  • Taking in beauty in the out of doors
  • Find ways to have a gentler routine and a reward at the end of the day

Joy will make us stronger and more capable of dealing with all the heavy things around us.

MacKenzie Koppa

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

Try Softer by Aundi Kobler

Podcasts:

The Popcast

Find Chelle-

You can find Chelle Bruzas on @chelle_bruzas.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

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CTL is also brought to you by Little Passports. As a CTL listener, you can get 15% OFF the price of any subscription when you use coupon code LOVELY at checkout.

May 27, 2020

This week on Cultivating the Lovely, host MacKenzie Koppa chats with Rebecca Smith, founder of Better Life Bags and the author of the brand new book A Better Life: Slowing Down to Get Ahead. Rebecca and her husband live in Michigan with their four children and their dog Mojo. Together MacKenzie and Rebecca talk about building a business, podcasting and writing a book, plus so much more. (Affiliate links are used in this content.)

  • Rebecca shares a little bit about her “Problem Solved” podcast episodes with Emily Thomas
  • Rebecca talks about how she came to write this book, from starting a blog in her college days to getting asked by Zondervan to publish the story of her business
  • What Rebecca hopes readers will glean from A Better Life
  • How Rebecca and her husband met and had to let God lead their relationship
  • Learning the cherish the life you are living right now, instead of always looking ahead to the next thing

I think I have an idea of where my life is going, but God is the One who is making the decisions, and it’s kind of an adventure for us.

Rebecca Smith
  • How Rebecca’s vision and mission for Better Life Bags grew out of a desire to have certain boundaries in place
  • Recognizing our limitations and bringing other people on board to balance out our weaknesses with their strengths
  • Giving our children more responsibility for things around the house
  • Being willing to turn around and get back on track when we have stepped out of God’s plan
  • How Rebecca’s business has been affected by the pandemic
  • A typical day in Rebecca’s life now in contrast to before the pandemic

Current Lovelies-

Rebecca: relaxing in a hammock in the backyard

MacKenzie: dressing up for her birthday at home

Resources Mentioned-

Podcasts:

Mom Struggling Well – Problem Solved

That Sounds Fun

10 Things to Tell You

Young House Love

Crime Junkie

Find Rebecca-

You can find Rebecca on her website Better Life Bags. You can also follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

Today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely is sponsored by True Botanicals. CTL Listeners can get 15% OFF their first order from true botanicals.com/lovely and use code LOVELY at checkout.

Want a little extra loveliness in your life? Join our Patreon community this month and enjoy the camaraderie with other ladies who are trying to do more than just survive in these crazy days. We can’t wait to see you there!

May 13, 2020

Today on Cultivating the Lovely, host MacKenzie Koppa talks with Joy Eggerichs Reed, founder of Punchline Speakers. Joy and her husband Matthew live and work in Paris, France with their daughter Millie. MacKenzie and Joy just have a fun chat covering a wide range of topics including Joy’s fun Instagram stories, home birth and living in France during the pandemic. So sit back, relax and enjoy this lively conversation! 

Want a little extra loveliness in your life? Join our Patreon community this month and enjoy the camaraderie with other ladies who are trying to do more than just survive in these crazy days. We can’t wait to see you there!

  • Joy talks about how she and her husband ended up in Paris and what life is like there
  • MacKenzie talks about her experience being a single working mom while doing school at home as well
  • Joy shares how the quarantine has affected her family in Paris
  • How Joy has navigated not speaking French and having her babies in France following a more natural approach
  • MacKenzie shares a little about her own birth experiences and how she decided to have home births

If you don’t move to a place and have a posture of trying to laugh at things or try to understand them, then you will go crazy.

Joy Eggerichs Reed
  • Joy talks about making up an alter ego and voice for her daughter
  • How and why the Reeds chose to announce pregnancies later than most
  • The way the pandemic has changed Joy’s working life
  • How the Reeds ended up in their fantastic location

Current Lovelies-

Joy: spending time with Millie and making funny videos with her

MacKenzie: enjoying the flowers dropped off by her friends on May Day

Resources Mentioned-

Affiliate links are used in this content.

Movies:

Hook

Little Women

Podcasts:

The New York Times The Daily

Find Joy-

You can find Joy on her website PunchlineSpeakers.com. You can also follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

Today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely is sponsored by Little Passports. As a CTL listener, you can get 15% OFF the price of any subscription when you use coupon code LOVELY at checkout.

This episode of Cultivating the Lovely is also brought to you by Literati. For a limited time, go to Literati.com/lovely for 25% OFF your first two orders.

May 6, 2020

This week on Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie Koppa and Chelle Bruzas sit down and have a little real talk about how to have a better Mother’s Day in this season of lockdown by setting realistic expectations. We want to encourage you during this challenging time in your parenting journey to be gracious with each other, look outside of yourself and find the bright side.

  • Talking to your family about what you would like for them to do
  • Making your own backup plans for food and treating yourself
  • Prepare yourself with realistic expectations of behavior
  • Celebrate your children’s efforts to do things for you
  • Chelle shares her heart for women for whom Mother’s Day is painful

The most perfectly worded Hallmark card will never hold a candle to personal words from someone.

MacKenzie Koppa
  • Some idea for gifting yourself and the other mothers in your life:
    • Flowers, of course!
    • Gift cards
    • Printed photos
    • Candles from a small business
    • Locally roasted coffee
    • Support small business
    • Books
  • Making time to say and write about your love for your mom
  • Plan for lighthearted fun and not take yourself so seriously
  • Be encouraged!
  • Giving and receiving forgiveness

The special deal to get in on all the online Patreon goodness for only $5/month is still going! Join now and enjoy being part of our rich, supportive online community!

Find Chelle-

You can find Chelle Bruzas on @chelle_bruzas.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

This episode of Cultivating the Lovely is brought to you by Embr. Save $70 off your own Embr Wave when you go to EmbrWave.com/lovely.

CTL is also brought to you by Plan to Eat meal planning service.Visit PlanToEat.com/LOVELY to start your free 60-day trial instead of the normal 30-day trial.

Apr 29, 2020

On today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie talks with her good friends Katie Duckett and Chelle Bruzas about clinging to celebrations and loveliness amidst the coronavirus crisis. This is a grace-filled, honest conversation that we hope will help you see the lighter side of life in a challenging season.

  • Katie shares honestly how she is doing amidst coronavirus struggles
  • Chelle talks about what it is like to parent with transparency during this season
  • MacKenzie shares the challenge of being forced into schooling at home again
  • Katie shares the analogy of a pot boiling over to talk about stressors and emotions
  • MacKenzie talks about dealing with “parenting whiplash”
  • Making the intentional effort to pull out of your own emotion and love on your family
  • The kindness of communicating your needs with each other as a family

We have to be creative, but those small efforts pay big dividends in the hearts of our kids.

Katie Duckett
  • Setting healthy boundaries for ourselves and our kids
  • Celebrating birthdays amidst social distancing
  • Join in celebrating with us #lovelypandemicbirthday
  • Katie's new family tradition and how it came to be
  • The simple luxury of taking a flower bath or pedicure
  • Other simple ways to bring some loveliness into your day
  • Share how you are doing to celebrate the little things with us #cultivatingthelovely

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

Affiliate links are used in this content.

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Find Katie-

You can find Katie Duckett on Instagram @may_these_arrows_fly.

Find Chelle-

You can find Chelle Bruzas on @chelle_bruzas.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

This episode of Cultivating the Lovely is brought to you by Embr. Save $70 off your own Embr Wave when you go to EmbrWave.com/lovely.

Apr 22, 2020

This week on CTL, host MacKenzie Koppa has a fun chat with Leeann Dearing and Michelle Fortin, the dynamic comedy duo known simply as Leeann & Michelle. Both wives and mothers having backgrounds in acting and television, Leeann and Michelle are passionate about using comedy to bring a smile to the faces of those in their audience. We think their conversation with MacKenzie will do that for you, as well!

  • How Michelle and Leeann met and immediately formed a deep friendship
  • How they started turning their parodies and sketches into a business
  • The way their backgrounds helped them have success
  • What got Leeann and Michelle into doing Enneagram type comedy
  • What it is like playing their own types as well as the others
  • How they each handle filming in public locations
  • Michelle talks about how they divide up the work
  • MacKenzie talks about the fun she remembers from her time in a theatre troupe
  • Michelle and Leeann try to narrow down their videos to one favorite
  • Leeann talks about what it is like doing live shows
  • What it has been like creating content during the corona crisis
  • The value of getting feedback in creating content
  • A typical day for Leeann and Michelle in their own families and work

Current Lovelies-

Leeann: having an impromptu “distance picnic” with Michelle and their kids

Michelle: painting rocks with her kids and placing them around the neighborhood for others to find

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

(Amazon affiliate links are used in this content.)

The Road Back to You by Ian Crohn

The Honest Enneagram by Sarajane Case

Movies:

Gone with the Wind

The Sound of Music

The King and I

Dumb and Dumber

Podcasts:

Typology

Jen Hatmaker

The Popcast

The Dearing Studio

Find Leeann and Michelle-

You can find Leeann and Michelle on their YouTube Channel Leeann & Michelle and their website LeeannandMichelle.com. You can also follow them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

Today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely is sponsored by Theragun. Try Theragun risk-free for 30 days with this special offer for CTL listeners. Go to Theragun.com/lovely to get up to $150 off your device.

This episode of Cultivating the Lovely is brought to you by Literati. For a limited time, go to Literati.com/lovely for 25% OFF your first two orders.

Apr 15, 2020

On the Cultivating the Lovely podcast this week, MacKenzie Koppa talks with Jennifer Fulwiler about her new book Your Blue Flame. Jennifer is a wife, a mother of six, and also stays busy hosting a radio talk show, doing stand-up comedy and writing! Together MacKenzie and Jennifer talk about embracing your amazing gifts to bless those around you. This is an encouraging and fun conversation, so sit back, relax and enjoy! (Amazon affiliate links are used in this content.)

  • Jennifer talks about what a “blue flame” even is and why she wrote this book
  • How the concept of finding your blue flame is a blessing to others
  • Each of us has a gift that we can use to brighten someone else’s day
  • How using your blue flame can free your ego
  • Be willing to take risks and embrace your failures
  • Jennifer talks about what it is like doing stand-up comedy

You have this God-given gift, and you have a duty to give it back to the world.

Jennifer Fulwiler
  • Your blue flame is not about you, and you have a duty to share it with the world
  • How the Enemy tries to attack when you are using your gifts
  • You weren’t meant to do this alone
  • What Jennifer’s current typical day versus what is a normal day

Current Lovelies-

Jennifer: watching YouTube makeup tutorials and playing with new looks

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

Your Blue Flame

One Beautiful Dream

Movies:

Office Space

Galaxy Quest

Podcasts:

Starting Greatness

Find Jennifer-

You can find Jennifer on her website JenniferFulwiler.com. You can also follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

Today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely is sponsored by YogaSleep. Go to YogaSleep.com/LOVELY to get 20% OFF your next order of a sound machine for your family.

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Apr 8, 2020

On today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie talks with her good friends Katie Duckett and Jenny Wilcox about holy habits. Together they explain what that means and why they are so important, especially in challenging or uncertain seasons of life. We think this will be an uplifting conversation, so sit back, relax and be encouraged! (Amazon affiliate links are used in this content.)

  • Katie introduces the topic of holy habits
  • MacKenzie talks about the difference between legalistic habits and making lifestyle changes out of real desire
  • How the habits Jenny and Katie cultivated grounded them in their faith
  • Jenny talks about the joy of self-sacrifice and the goodness of having a God who is the caring Creator
  • The great value in being faithful and consistent with a discipline

One of the things that creating healthy habits requires of you is that every day you die to self. You start to say “yes” and do something you don’t want to do.

Jenny Wilcox
  • Jenny talks about habits as tools that help us re-center our souls
  • Sourdough as an illustration of a practical holy habit
  • Katie talks about the value of doing something slow
  • MacKenzie is tapping into her homemaking skills again
  • Jenny and Katie tell about how they got their special sourdough starter
  • The value of making something beautiful with your hands
  • How beholding beauty points us to God
  • Being present in the small things is so crucial in these times

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

Mudhouse Sabbath by Laura F. Winner

Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot

Mother Culture by Karen Andreola

Find Katie-

You can find Katie Duckett on Instagram @may_these_arrows_fly.

Find Jenny-

You can find Jenny Wilcox on @philovesjen.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

This episode of Cultivating the Lovely is brought to you by Grove. As a CTL listener, you can get a FREE 5-piece Sustainable Home starter set at Grove.co/LOVELY, plus free shipping and FREE 60-Day VIP trial with your first order.

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