February 27th, 2017

[podcast] Getting Past Perfect with Kate Wicker #060

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This week I’m sharing an inspiring conversation I had with the awesome Kate Wicker, author of the newly-published Getting Past Perfect: How to Find Joy and Grace in the Messiness of Motherhood.

Kate shares beautifully about her own struggles in motherhood, along with what ultimately inspired her to write this important book. Tune in and let us know what you think!

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In this week’s show, we also share some reader suggestions for podcasts to listen to. Let me know if you have more to add to our list. Comment here, or send me your feedback by email or voicemail.

Thank you to listeners Laura, Melissa G., and Aliza for sharing their thoughts with us this week as well. I love hearing from you!

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7 comments to [podcast] Getting Past Perfect with Kate Wicker #060

  • Jessica L.

    I wanted to leave my feedback on the negative feedback you had received from a listener. First – PLEASE keep the chit chat going at the beginning of the podcast. I enjoy it and feel like we get to know you better that way. Second – the patreon plugs don’t bother me. Keeping it to one announcement per podcast seems reasonable. Thanks for continuing to provide such a great podcast!

  • Thank you so much, Jessica. Your encouragement means a lot! <3

  • Lauren Landon

    I agree with Jessica! I don’t mind the chit chat! If I really want or need to get to the point, I skip forward. Also, the thing I love about podcasts is that I don’t feel guilty for not listening to them (as opposed to a book, where I feel like I *have* to finish), so for me I don’t mind chit chat.

  • Thanks so much, Lauren! I appreciate your encouragement and your feedback. I love that about podcasts too. 🙂

  • Barbara

    Hi Danielle,
    Please do not listen to the suggestion that you get rid of your opening monologue! I love that part! It’s my favorite!
    Every time I start your podcast, I feel like I’m catching up with a good friend and finding out what she did in the past week. It makes your podcast very personal.
    I’ve been a loyal listener this past year, and I first heard about you when you wrote columns for the Register. (I personally think they should have used one of your articles every week.) I feel like we began our motherhood journey together (married in ’95, baby in ’96, 7 kids total) and your articles really made me able to handle the stresses of those early years and laugh at so many of my mess ups.
    Keep up your awesome work. I don’t know how you do all you do, but I am glad you do it.
    God bless,

  • Vikki Neumeier

    First, God bless you for your ministry to women through your “Girlfiends” podcast! I am a recent ‘addict’ [LOL] and I cannot tell you how it has touched and impacted my life. After struggling with undiagnosed PTSD for two years, I was finally diagnosed and I spent about 100 hours in counseling over the course of 10 months using EMDR and CBT to reprocess memories of childhood abuse, neglect, and trauma that I did not even realize was there until it came bubbling to the surface as PTSD when my oldest daughter left for college (among many other overwhelming and crazy life events during this same time!). I believe it is difficult for most women to find close friends who are willing and able to be vulnerable and talk about the hard stuff of life. I have found that the PTSD makes it even more difficult to feel ‘safe’ with others–even people who have been closest to me in my life. I love your podcast because I feel that you always touch on the ‘stuff of life’, in many ways it feels like talk therapy to me, and I find great blessing in feeling connected to you and others through the podcast.

    That being said, I would like to comment about the Patreon ‘ads’ and the input of a listener who wished for less ‘chat’ at the beginning of the show.

    1) I personally do not feel that you over-advertise the Patreon link. In fact, I have listened to probably 15 podcasts so far and every time you plug it, I think to myself, “I should go online and spend that $1 per episode because getting to chill with you each week is SO worth the cost of ONE coffee each month!” and because I usually listen to your podcast while driving, I am unable at that moment to go online. After finally going online to subscribe on Patreon last Sunday, I was shocked and saddened that there are not many people who have joined on Patreon to support this podcast. So, no. Keep your ads. Keep reminding and placing the request on the hearts of your listeners and if they feel like God is calling them to contribute, that’s great. And if they do NOT feel like God is calling them to contribute, then they will have peace in that decision and not feel pressure or insult at the mention of the website.

    2) I can sympathize with someone anxious to hear the podcast content and feeling frustrated at a long introduction of simple chit-chat, although I do agree that is kind of the platform you are aiming for at Girlfriends….maybe you could put a link in the show notes after recording the episode that the episode begins at 7:17 on the time clock if people want to forward past the chit-chat. For every episode, on your phone, it shows a time-lapse as the show starts and continues to clock each second as it progresses to the end. This seems like an easy solution for those who want to skip ahead and just get right to it.

    Just wanted to share!

    Thank you again for everything! I am greatly blessed by your generosity and your love for God and women.


  • Thank you so much, Vicki! I appreciate your encouragement and good ideas. I will share some of our email on next week’s show if that is OK with you. 🙂

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