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Jan 24 2018

CTL Episode 49- Being Authentic with Emily Thomas

episode 49

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Show Notes-

On this week’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie talks with Emily Thomas of the Mom Struggling Well Podcast. Together they chat about all kinds of topics related to planning, mothering, podcasting, and just being real, including:

  • For a fun dose of Emily’s real life, check out her Instagram stories!
  • The hair cut that Emily is rocking for curly hair is called Ouidad. Look for it at a salon near you! 😉
  • What January goal setting looks like for them both: choosing a word of the year, planning while still living your day-to-day life.
  • Emily’s idea for a planning retreats throughout the year.
  • How you know you’ve chosen the right word for the year, even if you don’t like it.


  • Behind the scenes of podcasting life:
    • Why Emily started Mom Struggling Well
    • Balancing being real about your struggles with being encouraging and positive
    • How God used podcasting to teach Emily to be a better mom while also helping other moms
    • MacKenzie’s own reasons for starting CTL to help her bring more loveliness to her parenting
  • The not-so-glamorous side of podcasting:
    • The joys of using your closet as an office/recording studio
    • Vulnerability of not knowing how people are going to respond when you put your podcast out there.
    • Bringing honesty about your real life into the public eye
    • The nitty gritty of podcast editing and producing
    • Being creative in keeping the shows fresh and bringing new content
    • Challenges of interviewing guests

Current Lovelies-

Emily: reframing her expectations and not putting so much on her to-do list so she can focus more on her kids.

MacKenzie: tracking her finances with the budgeting app, EveryDollar.

Resources Mentioned-


Reading People by Anne Bogel


Steffany Gretzinger

Ellie Holcomb

Sara Groves

Sandra McCracken


Hello Mornings with Kat Lee

The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

God-Centered Mom with Heather MacFadyen

Find Emily-

You can find Emily on her website,, as well as hear her on the Mom Struggling Well Podcast. You can also visit the Mom Struggling Well Community on Facebook and Instagram.

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