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The Talking Story Podcast

By Kelsey Waliszewski

The Talking Story Podcast absolutely knows that there is a reason for YOU being here on this planet. We all have purpose and a reason to be! Join father and daughter, Bob and Kelsey Waliszewski, as they travel the world talking with ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things. We hope these conversations will give you tools to live into your purpose, because we KNOW you are extraordinary and can make this world a better place. 2021 we begin a series called "Picking up the Pieces", where we bring to the table practical tools to help rebuild a life of purpose after significant set backs.
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We are back, after an almost 2 year hiatus and SO much has happened!!!

The Talking Story PodcastSep 30, 2023

We are back, after an almost 2 year hiatus and SO much has happened!!!

We are back, after an almost 2 year hiatus and SO much has happened!!!

New theme, new guest speakers, new tools, new inspiration!
Sep 30, 202332:26
Purpose in Anxiety?
Dec 22, 202122:31
How is the "You do you" working out?
Dec 06, 202141:10
Altruism: Someone Somewhere is Depending on You to do what God has Created YOU to do!

Altruism: Someone Somewhere is Depending on You to do what God has Created YOU to do!

Someone somewhere is depending on you to do what God has called you to do. 

This is God's way. He puts extraordinary tasks on the plates of ordinary people so that ordinary people can see what an extraordinary God can do. 

We refer to episodes:

The Story Behind the Children's book: Season 4 Episode 1

Dr. Dobson is a VERY... Season 3 episode 25

Dallas Jenkins: Season 3 Episode 14

Forgotten Children: Season 3 Episode 12

The Four Letter Word: Jenny Nuccio Season 1 Episode 25

I'll Push You: Season 1 Episode 27

Over 140 plus women: Jenny McGee- Season 1 Episode 12/13

Nov 11, 202122:54
The Story Behind the Children's Book: Supporting Generation Alpha to Live Altruistically
Nov 02, 202132:27
Dr. Dobson is our VERY Special Guest, and Personally a Hero of Mine; He Has Used His Life to Truly Make a Difference in the Lives of Others

Dr. Dobson is our VERY Special Guest, and Personally a Hero of Mine; He Has Used His Life to Truly Make a Difference in the Lives of Others

Dr. James Dobson even  in his eighties continues to live his life to help others. His heart to  help the family has been influential throughout the last 5 decades. As  he shares in this podcast, his journey to a life of purpose begins with  his faith in Jesus. He truly believes that if we operate in God's  original design of family, we would see a healthier society and world.  He believes this wholeheartedly that he has devoted his time, energy,  resources, and money to building organizations that offer free support  to help support and sustain the family.

Bob Waliszewski and Dr Dobson have a huge respect for one another, and we appreciate  the opportunity to be a fly on the wall in this conversation. The wisdom  we glean from Dr. Dobson is very inspirational, and we would encourage  you to share this episode with friends and family!

Also check out his daily podcast called Family Talk for 20-30 minute episodes that give you the tools to become a better  parent, husband, wife, grandparent, friend, and more. We all have room  to grow right? In order to grow, we must water and think of his podcast  as the daily watering system you and your family need to walk into God's  plan for your life!

Jul 26, 202125:01
Feeling Stuck? Exploring the Enneagram and How it Can Help Us Find Purpose: Amy from Simply Wholehearted

Feeling Stuck? Exploring the Enneagram and How it Can Help Us Find Purpose: Amy from Simply Wholehearted

We are so excited to announce Amy Wicks from Simply Wholehearted Enneagram as our next podcast guest!  She is a wife, mother, and life coach passionate about  helping an  individual find freedom IN their God given personality! As we pursue  tools to help you continue a purposeful life, Amy helps us explore the  enneagram as a tool to understand our strengths and weaknesses and walk  with an understanding of both. She helps us eliminate the shame that  often we feel in this journey, and uncovers nuggets of wisdom in how to  live our best life.

We encourage you to check out her FREE hour of coaching and her FREE  seminars that will give you the tools you need to continue to succeed!

Jul 19, 202155:55


Show Notes Coming Soon

Jul 13, 202112:22
Aloha Ke Akua: Using Culture to Reach People with Daniel Kikawa

Aloha Ke Akua: Using Culture to Reach People with Daniel Kikawa

OH WOW, this conversation with Daniel Kikawa, founder of Aloha Ke Akua, is eye opening and thought provoking. We talk about new ideas in how to share the gospel using what is already established in other people's culture vs forcing the western way. Daniel the author of books God of Light and God of Darkness and Perpetuated in Righteousness, a well known speaker, pastor, husband and father takes the time to share with us using personal stories hoping to inspire change in how we relate to others whether in our backyard or across the globe.  This conversation took place right before I, Kelsey, went to Africa and I believe it is a must listen for ANYONE planning to travel overseas. You will be blessed, encouraged and inspired. 

Jul 06, 202101:05:27
Debrief on Africa and Feelings of Being Inadaquate

Debrief on Africa and Feelings of Being Inadaquate

Show notes coming soon
Jul 01, 202131:54
The Next Big Thing: How Little Choices Can Make a Big Impact: Danny Lehmann

The Next Big Thing: How Little Choices Can Make a Big Impact: Danny Lehmann

Today's podcast is for those who are feeling stuck. For those who feel a Big call on their life but can't seem to figure out the how. To those who want to do and be a part of BIG things, this conversation is one you don't want to miss.  What a privilege to have Danny Lehmann on The Talking Story Podcast! Danny is an international speaker who has been featured at  numerous Christian conferences and taught at Youth With A Mission (YWAM)  schools worldwide. He is also the author of several books about  evangelism, spiritual discipline and the Christian life, including  "Beautiful Feet," "Before You Hit The Wall," and "The Next Big Thing." (which is the book we discuss on today's podcast).  He has provided leadership within YWAM at the local level and globally  through his roles within its academic arm, the University of the  Nations. Danny lives in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, with his wife, Linda.  We discuss how little choices can really lead to a BIG impact. It is easy to get discouraged in the day to day; being intentional and faithful in the "smaller" things can really be investment into greater things.  We talk about community and positive Gossip inspired by his wife Linda. 

Jun 14, 202150:20
Experiencing the Jitters before Heading to Africa: How do I Cope with Uncertain Things?
Jun 07, 202135:18
Friendshipping 102
May 31, 202158:38
Friendshipping 101 (that's now a word:) with Rachael and Jacque
May 24, 202148:29
Altruism: Foster Care and Adoption with Loving Shepherd Ministries

Altruism: Foster Care and Adoption with Loving Shepherd Ministries

We are so excited to share this podcast with you all from Blufton,  Indiana! I tell you, great things are coming out of Blufton. Refer back  to our podcasts Season 3 Episode 3 and 12.  However, we feel that this blog needs to direct attention to their blog... Read "Small Decisions with Big Outcomes"  as an encouragement that you don't need to have the whole plan figured  out, but altruism takes one step of going outside your comfort  a time.

Enjoy the blog and enjoy the podcast with Doug Isch.

May 17, 202101:03:34
To You Mommas Out There (Announcements and Rebroadcast)

To You Mommas Out There (Announcements and Rebroadcast)

May 9, 2021 was Mother's Day. And in honor of Mother's Day and reminding you, if you are a mom, have one of the most important jobs on the planet! So be encouraged, be inspired, know you are not alone and that I'm in awe of you each and every day!

Thanks for raising our next generation of leaders...well!



May 10, 202101:11:50
Season 3 Ep.14. God Can Be Trusted in ANY Season- our interview with Dallas Jenkins, Director of The Chosen.

Season 3 Ep.14. God Can Be Trusted in ANY Season- our interview with Dallas Jenkins, Director of The Chosen.

What a fabulous way to launch The Talking Story Podcast after a month long hiatus by interviewing Dallas Jenkins, the Director of The Chosen, a TV series about the life of Jesus.
We get it, you are probably rolling your eyes and thinking "not another Jesus film", but ya'll let me tell you, this TV series is life changing, exceptional, inspiring, heart-provoking. It's a must watch. Still not convinced? Well, watch the first 2 episodes, and if it doesn't hook you by then, I'm not sure what will. I was the biggest skeptic, but after 2 seasons in, this series has literally changed my life.
We are honored to bring Dallas Jenkins, the director of The Chosen, to the table to talk about the "behind the scenes". It's easy to look at someone like Dallas and say, "Sure looks like he's got his life together", but that's the thing we don't understand, life was/is not easy and in fact he suffered from a huge Hollywood embarrassment with his Box Office flop, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (which I liked by the way). How do you recovery from something like that?
Well Dallas shares his story and his advice on The Talking Story Podcast today.
1) Prayer- he and his wife went to their knees and the word to get answers and direction
2) Paid attention to Peace- what was on his heart that he couldn't shake?
3) Trust- Believed God could take him, in his obedience, and do more than he ever thought was possible
4) Gave God the Glory- He saw that God created this opportunity in his life, took his "loaves and fish", and did more than anyone could imagine. As I write this there have been more than 144 million views! Dallas points to Jesus in all his success, as most of it can be contributed as miraculous!

So first listen to this podcast. Find @thetalkingstorypodcast on social media and DM us your thoughts.
Then go find The Chosen APP and watch Season 1 and the first few episodes of Season 2
And support our sponsor today and

May 03, 202156:50
The Biggest Decision in my Life...and how it has Changed my Life

The Biggest Decision in my Life...and how it has Changed my Life

Show notes coming soon
Mar 29, 202122:36
Forgotten Children? A conversation with Matt Hartsell and Kody Kumfer
Mar 24, 202101:09:07
New and Exciting Things on the Horizon: Our Conversation with Terry Linhart from Bethel University
Mar 16, 202135:60
I'm Broken Inside... inviting you into a real and deep conversation with a friend

I'm Broken Inside... inviting you into a real and deep conversation with a friend

Want to join this conversation? Start a message with us here or email me, Kelsey, at

Mar 08, 202159:42
“When Four Gunmen Started Toward My Family...” Our Chat with YWAMers Kevin and Sue Prins about how to Find Direction after Dealing with Hard Things
Mar 01, 202149:23
Finding Purpose...
Feb 22, 202156:40
How to Impact Others by Using Your Story

How to Impact Others by Using Your Story

Donna and Dawn Glass, a mother/daughter team, has devoted their lives in helping others share their stories. Their ministry, Life Unwrapped-
Empowers believers to be courageous, confident, and committed as active witnesses in their journey... for God's glory.
We are the only credible witness to share our life-altering moment with Jesus, that took our story and became our life-changing testimony.
They share with us the difference between a testimony vs. a story. We love the acronym they use. A.T.V (Authenticity, Transparency, and Vulnerability)
"You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone." 2 Corinthians 3:2 NIV
These gals are passionate about what they do and more information about Life Unwrapped can be found here:
Workshops and Get-A-Ways - Empowering believers with "The Change Project" The hope that brings change starts withIN each of us. Two approaches: "Plan, Act, Change" (PAC Your Life), and "I'm All IN"

Donna's dad lived by this truth: If I CAN and I DON'T, What will I use for an Excuse?
So join us today on The Talking Story Podcast to learn more about how you can use YOUR story to impact the lives of others. They say an average person can influence 10,000 people in a lifetime...that's a huge and exciting responsibility. Let's begin together, today!
“About Dawn and Donna Glass and Life Unwrapped: These two amazing women are cut from the same cloth. They are kind and compassionate, great listeners, discerning in the Spirit, gifted in exhortation and encouragement, and devoted to prayer. To spend time with them is to see their passionate desire to help women to know their identity in Christ and to give them a voice to share their unique stories, and in the telling to allow the Lord to heal and breathe courage into them. Dawn and Donna facilitate God’s healing touch in the lives of women; they are a like a fresh breeze in the Spring–exquisitely refreshing and life giving.”
– Susan Evans
Feb 15, 202151:20
Sustainable Living in Uncertain Times and What to do When you don’t see Eye to Eye with Your Spouse

Sustainable Living in Uncertain Times and What to do When you don’t see Eye to Eye with Your Spouse

This week we are so excited to talk to Ryan and Dani McAfee on The Talking Story Podcast. Dani and Kelsey were inseparable when interns on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2007 as juniors in college. Despite being in very different seasons of life, Dani and Kelsey have continued to cultivate a beautiful friendship over the last decade.
After spending almost 10 days on Ryan and Dani's farm in 2020, Kelsey walked away very inspired. The McAfee's have used their farm to grow their family (physically, spiritually and emotionally) and help others. Listen in as Ryan and Dani share their joys and struggles of sustaining a marriage and growing a family of 4 in a way that they believe God has called them to.
And as someone who has always had a black thumb, both Bob and Kelsey, are inspired to re-try gardening using some of Dani and Ryan's practical "how tos".
-Grow what you eat (no duh, right) but how many times have a tried to grow pumpkins when really, I don't eat pumpkin that often. Now what I do eat often is let's grow some cilantro, tomato, and onion?
-Start with what you have. Don't feel like you need to own a giant farm to begin...use what you have
-Be Faithful. Wherever you start, be faithful. Tend to the soil. Water it. Don't forget about it. Food, real food, needs our help and faithfulness to grow.
-Learn the spiritual lessons. Watch nature and figure out how it relates to your spiritual journey.
Feb 08, 202155:55
3 Things to do When You Hit Bumpy Times

3 Things to do When You Hit Bumpy Times

Hey TTSP tribe,

Happy February 1. I felt this week that I should get on and share  with you in real time, some things I'm learning in my life as I'm in the  process of "Picking up the Pieces" after a very difficult 2020. If I'm  being open, which I try to be on this platform, 2020 was a year of loss.  I lost a dear family member, I lost my job, I lost an opportunity to  travel to Uganda, I lost a relationship, and I truly lost life as I had  known it.

This isn't a pitty party, in fact, looking back I can see a lot of  silver linings in a very dark season, and I will be the first to confirm  that God is faithful. But that doesn't mean I don't feel all the  feelings, and even in 2021 I'm still feeling all the feelings. I have  good days, and I have bad.

Some days I want to crawl into a hole and never come out, can anyone relate?

But here's the deal. It is human to feel the feelings: hopelessness,  sadness, pain, anger, depression, hurt, betrayal. So yes, I give you  permission to feel. We must, we have to.

However, we can't stay there.

Once we start to feel these feelings, we are at such a vulnerable  state to allow fear and doubt to creep in. And when that happens, and  isn't dealt with, our lives look pretty grim.

Let's take a look at Joseph in the Bible. Put yourself in his shoes  (that's empathy by the way, a gift/tool essential to have in this life).  Yes, he was a bit cawky.  And yes it was probably his arrogance and  pride that started off the chain of events: oh you know being sold into  slavery to a foreign country, being accused of rape when you actually  ran away, being thrown in prison for the rape that you didn't do, and  then forgotten by the guy who promised to help get you out.

Yea, I could imagine that Joseph felt all the feelings.

I could imagine Joseph's struggle. I could imagine the hopelessness Joseph must have felt.

But what I love about this story, is we know that God used EVERY  season of Joseph's life to help cultivate him into the man God had  intended him to be. God doesn't waste a season. God doesn't waste pain.

How do I know this?

Well Joseph's story starts off at "Look at me brothers" as he showed  off his beautiful coat to a jealous group of brothers, who yes, then  took their jealousy to the extreme. Pretending your brother was murdered  by a wild animal when you actually sold him instead is never a good  idea.

But when Joseph, after years in prison falsely accused (remember?),  was called into Pharaoh's court to interpret Pharaoh's dream, Joseph had  grown, he matured. Old Joseph would have responded..."Pharaoh, my man,  it is I, Joseph son of Jacob, that interprets dreams and they come to  pass, pretty cool right?". Or he could have been bitter Joseph,  "Pharaoh, it's about time. Before we get to your dream, let's talk about  all the ways I've been wronged..."

But instead we see the "new" Joseph. "Pharaoh, it is not I that interprets dreams but God".

Read more here

Feb 01, 202132:38
Family Economics: It Takes a Village to Live a Thriving Life

Family Economics: It Takes a Village to Live a Thriving Life

At the age of 31, I moved in with my parents. I had a successful  career, I had been on my own for 16 years, I was an adult living my best  life...yet here I was, moving in with the parentals.

It was very humbling, very humbling.

Why  would I do such a thing... one may ask in this western-  individualistic- society we live in? Well the simple answer, I felt God  was telling me to and I have wonderful, giving, generous parents who are  also open and led by Jesus.

It was  suppose to be for just 6 months, helping them adjust since they just  moved to Hawaii and allowing me to save a little. The house that was  "mine" became "theirs" overnight. It was tough.

My  stuff went into boxes, theirs came out. Now mind you, they were anxious  to nest because they had just lived with my dad's mom for 7 months and  they are in their mid-sixties.

A year and  half later, I finally moved out...right in the middle of COVID. I just  lost my job, and now was the time to move out? Doesn't make sense right?  Don't ask me to explain, it still doesn't make sense, I just feel what I  believe is the Holy Spirit telling me what to do, and I often go by the  peace I feel in my heart.

But I tell you,  if I didn't take that 18 month season and humble myself to live in  their basement, 2020 would have looked extremely different for me. But  because I had the opportunity to save, I entered a scary season of  unknown a bit more confident and peaceful.

The  Clapback Couch Podcast ladies join us on today's podcast to talk about  family economics. How does God's design of the family look in seasons of  struggle, uncertainty, and pain. How can family help each other within,  and how can a family be a source of help to those outside the familial  circle.

We loved our conversation with these New York gals, and would encourage you to check out their podcast and website here

Jan 25, 202154:09
In a Crisis? We Talk about ALL the Things: Men in crisis, where to go in a crisis, abortion, and...

In a Crisis? We Talk about ALL the Things: Men in crisis, where to go in a crisis, abortion, and...

Guarantee all of us have experienced a crisis in our lives. In fact, maybe some of us are currently in a crisis. In our conversation today, we talk to Brandy from Helping Hands who shares her beginnings on starting a crisis pregnancy center. It doesn't matter what your crisis is, the application from this interview applies to anyone at anytime no matter the situation.  

We discuss so many topics: 

What to do when God takes your dream and gives it to someone else?

Men in Crisis

Where to Go in Crisis

What to do if you are contemplating abortion

What if you already have had an abortion

What to do if a friend has had an abortion

Pro Life vs Pro Choice

Living in Community

Coming Alongside someone in Crisis

Starting a Crisis Pregnancy Center

I promise you, there is something in the conversation for EVERYONE!

And if you want to participate with the amazing things at Helping Hands, then we encourage you to use your time, resources, and/or money to help continue on the great things taking place through this organization in Blufton, IN. 

Jan 18, 202157:40
Need Help in Finding Your ‘Why’??

Need Help in Finding Your ‘Why’??

Sex Trafficking Awareness DAY...January 11, 2021

Easy things you can do to combat the issues of Sex Trafficking

1) Educate yourself

Listen to a The Talking Story Podcast episode each day this week that talks about sex trafficking (or re-listen if you are a TTSP avid listener). 

Season 1 Episode 3- Hoolanapua

Season 1 Episode 9-Thistle Farms

Season 1 Episode 20- Becca Stevens

Season 1 Episode 25- Fair Trade/Exploitation in Kenya

Season 1 Episode 33- Fashion combating Sex Trafficking in South Africa

Season 1 Episode 13- Starfish Project, Sex Trafficking in Southeast Asia

Season 1 Episode 37- How to Generate Hope

Season 2 Episode 6- Victor and Eileen Marx, Sex Trafficking in Syria and Domestic Trafficking

Season 2 Episode 9- Women's Shelter in Israel

Season  2  Episode 12- Covered Colorado

Season 2 Episode 14- A Coffeehouse that combats Sexual Exploitation

2)  Help Educate a Friend

-Screenshot and post on your social media

-Send a link via text or email to a friend

-Go out to coffee and bring it up in conversation, point them to TTSP and/or the brands and businesses that are doing amazing things!

3) Support a Brand or Organization that helps provide hope and healing for individuals who have been sexually exploited. 

This month's fundraiser is below, and we are giving 25% back to Covered Colorado. Contact us at to sign your non-profit up for a fundraiser.

Article about Finding Purpose and your WHY

"First, define what success means to you personally.

Second, create a vivid mental image of you as a success. This image should be as vivid as you can you make it.

Third, clarify your personal values.

Getting clear about what you want is a process of  trial and error! Try something. Then ask yourself: Do I like this? Yes.  No. Get a journal and start putting down your feelings, thoughts,  actions, and behaviors.

Use what you write as a way to pinpoint areas you  are constantly exploring. Evaluate your results constantly."

Jan 11, 202116:01
2021 Picking up the Pieces: Starts with Forgiving the Hurt

2021 Picking up the Pieces: Starts with Forgiving the Hurt

Happy New Year and welcome to our series "Picking up the Pieces". Many of us probably never want to visit 2020 again. 2020 brought significant trials: job loss, broken relationships, financial crumbling, health deterioration, and/or a death of a loved one. So here we are, a new year, and where do we go from here? The Talking Story Podcast has been pointing to finding purpose in life, but so many are just trying to figure out how to get back to a "life". So what do we do when we experience significant trials? How do we find a purpose-filled life again? Is there hope from the pain? This year, we want to bring to the table conversations that help us "pick up the pieces" of a broken life. But our hope is that by having these deep, hard conversations YOU will find once again a beautiful, healthy, purposeful, and joyful life.  Our first conversation is with Kent Whitaker, author of the non-fiction book called Murder by Family. Back in December 2003, Kent experienced an atrocity that not many of us could fathom. Kent walks us through his journey of getting his life back on track after losing EVERYTHING! Personally, we gleaned so much wisdom from this conversation, and ultimately it made us take a good look into our lives. Kent's key to healing is forgiveness, but not just any forgiveness... a divine forgiveness. We encourage you to listen in to learn more, and join us on this journey of "Picking up the Pieces". 

Jan 04, 202155:20
Christmas in 2020, shall we Reset that Too?

Christmas in 2020, shall we Reset that Too?

Hey ya'll!
Merry Christmas! This will be the last podcast of 2020. We can't wait to launch a new series called Picking up the Pieces in 2021!
Here are the links we mentioned in the podcast. As always, we would LOVE your feedback. Join us in conversation on our instagram @thetalkingstorypodcast
Dec 21, 202039:09
What!? There's a Coffeehouse...with Purpose? Coffeehouse Ten24

What!? There's a Coffeehouse...with Purpose? Coffeehouse Ten24

A stream of chattering neighbors and friends filing into the local barbershop after the big game. Families gathering at the diner to plan and discuss an upcoming event. We’ve seen them in the movies, or maybe even experienced them ourselves: community meeting places. They’ve forever been the focal point of small towns, but as populations and individualism have grown across the U.S., many of these treasured spaces are becoming a novelty of the past. But not in Eaton, Colorado, thanks to the guests of today’s podcast, Dorris and Colette.

As the town faced a time of tragedy and loss, born-and-raised resident Dorris felt her heart for global missions turning to local ones. The family-owned marketplace which had served as the communal heart of the town for years had closed down, and the town needed a new meeting space— a place to gather and grieve, find encouragement and fellowship, to strengthen and keep alive the ties of community; a space to stir up one another to love and good deeds. That’s what Coffee House Ten 24 is all about. Established in 2018, it not only sells coffee (or chai!) and provides a building for all of those things, but it also functions as a non-profit and gives back generously. Via the profits of Ten 24, help and resources are provided for the town’s single women and their children, survivors of sex trafficking, and donations are made to several wonderful causes like The Tabitha Center and Saruni International (tune in or visit their website below to learn more!).

Great steps of faith were taken by Dorris, Colette and many volunteers in the planning and building of this beautiful coffee shop, but it all began with two very simple questions: “What are we doing for the people of Eaton?” And “What do they need?” From there, everything truly fell into place. “God has intervened again,” Dorris remembers thinking. God can intervene in your town, city, neighborhood or village. What do the people around you need, and what can you do about it? We must not be afraid to ask that question, and then to act on it.

Press that play button to hear the rest of this exciting story! You can “visit” the coffee house or learn more at, and can also find them on Instagram and Facebook.

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not forgetting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Hebrews 10:24
Dec 14, 202059:34
Guy Talk

Guy Talk

It's not often that you get a group of guys around a microphone to talk! This interview is such a treat as we listen to the raw and real of men exploring the idea of why it's important to care how you spend your dollar. Colin, from Bought Beautifully, guests hosts on TTSP, and brings 2 other guys to the table to talk about ethical and purposeful purchasing! It's so great that we can sit at the table and listen. And don't forget, you can always share your feedback on our Instagram HERE

Colin mentions a couple things and links can be found here:

Here's a link to the laptop article...very interesting!

And here's the other clothing company I mention

Dec 07, 202001:05:60
The Beginning to Life Change and Transformation: Our Interview with Jen from Covered Colorado

The Beginning to Life Change and Transformation: Our Interview with Jen from Covered Colorado

For 9 years we have heard about Giving Tuesday, as it started in 2011. It is a global movement that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.  In the midst of the pandemic, nonprofits across the country are  struggling with fundraising. Even the American Cancer Society says it  will have to cut its funding for cancer research by 50%, which would  represent the organization's lowest investment this century.

We  have interviewed over 50 non-profits and social enterprises here at The  Talking Story Podcast that do what they do because they are passionate  about changing the WORLD. And they do that by making a difference in the  lives of others. How?

Number 1: Investing in relationship. Taking the time to get to know a person/community and their needs.

Number  2: Addressing those needs, a common factor that we have seen is thru  providing employment, but there are other ways like maintaining  and  building water wells in central Africa, building schools, and offering  horse- back riding lessons as a form of therapy and healing.

For more show notes click here

Nov 30, 202057:50
3 Things You Need To Know Before Traveling to Hawaii

3 Things You Need To Know Before Traveling to Hawaii

It's Kelsey here, at your service, with a blog that is quite  different than the norm. But yet, it very much relates to the work we  are doing thru Moi Moi Market. How so? Well bear with me and read on. I  want to help with some questions that have been coming at me...and that  is HOW DO I TRAVEL TO AND FROM HAWAII?

Why am I potentially the qualified individual to talk on this  subject? Well in this season of pandemic uncertainty, I have traveled to  and from Hawaii 3 times since March, and let me tell you the rules have  changed EVERY TIME. So what I share is from my personal travel  experience, but everything should be verified on the state's website.

(to see the updated rules to enter the state of Hawaii and/or inter-island travel click here)

Let me preface this blog to say I never realized how tourist  dependent Hawaii really is. And for many of us to get back to work, it  will require the arrival of tourists...safely. For countries, economies,  and communities to thrive people need to work. For poverty to be  fought, jobs need to be created. Over the last decade, as a society, we  have made some ground in this area of employment worldwide. However,  even with 2 steps forward, this pandemic has made us go 10 steps back.

And Hawaii has definitely felt the affects of economic shut down in  ways most of the mainland has not, due to its very strict 14 day  quarantine upon arrival. Who wants to spend loads of money to sit in a  hotel room? I mean, an individual can't even go out and shop for food  and it isn't like we have Uber Eats on the islands, well maybe in Oahu.  My point is that 200,000 residents live below the poverty line, and in  order for than number to NOT increase, Hawaii needs to safely resume  tourism soon because the devastation will not be from the virus but the  economic crumble of small businesses. We are seeing the same devastation  in places like Kenya, Indonesia, and other countries who have made  progress of fighting poverty through tourism, and when tourism stops  people's livelihood stops; from tourist companies to small market  businesses. And most of these countries don't have "stimulus programs"  to keep families fed. Starvation is more of a fear, than the virus  itself.

Hawaii needs you. Other countries and communities need you! People, worldwide, need to get back to work.

Let me share some of my travel experiences with you in hopes you can  make the best decision for you and your family of when and how to  travel.

As of October 15, 2020 Hawaii has "opened" but with requirements if  you want to avoid the 14 day house arrest...I mean quarantine. (It's all  about changing the narrative, right?)


Nov 26, 202009:33
Financially Anxious? Join the Club.

Financially Anxious? Join the Club.

Hey Ya'll! Gosh am I learning a lot this week about 1) being the hands and feet of Jesus and 2) trusting in Him for my daily bread. This week I received correspondence from a Kenyan friend. His trials are "immense" but he is trying to understand the lessons to glean from the current hardships and see opportunities to help people even though he is in need himself. He described a situation, where he had just enough money for some food for lunch. However, instead of buying food for himself to relieve his hunger pains, he felt prompted by God to use what little he had and buy a beggar some cakes and a soda. Did that mean no lunch for him that day? Yep! But he wouldn't have it any other way. What he did gave him an indescribable joy, a joy that no one, no circumstance, can take away. Well, that has got me thinking and I think I'm on my way to an emergency spiritual surgery. This man's text, which can be found on my Instagram (here) has started me down this thought journey. I truly believe that my friend John was the hands and feet of Jesus that day. In fact, if Jesus was physically present walking the same streets and encountering the same beggar, I believe not only would Jesus have given him food to meet his physical needs, but I believe that Jesus would have healed the man from his physical ailments as well. Did you know that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, is the same spirit that lives inside of us today (those that confess with their mouth and believe in their heart that Jesus is Lord). That power comes from the Holy Spirit. The spirit of the LIVING GOD lives in US!! (How cool would it be to see the western church to begin to walk in faith and power of the Holy Spirit? I sure hope that's in my lifetime, and I want to be a part of that!) So no wonder we have opportunities to be the proof that God exists! I think of sunsets. It is one of my favorite times of day. I believe a sunset makes me realize how little I am and how little control I have. I believe a sunset points to a Creator, something greater than ourselves. The Bible says that creation testifies that there is a God. However, watching a sunset does not show us that same Creator actually cares about us. He gives us, human beings, that opportunity. We get to reflect the characteristic of God. We are proof of God's love. When we have an encounter with the Living God, how can we not go public and display the transformation that has happened in our lives. Isn't it only natural to love others, to sacrifice our lives for the sake of others? Isn't that what Jesus did on the cross for us? John's text inspired me to trust in God's provision. Although what may be considered as little, John gave EVERYTHING! It was all that he had. Imagine giving all that you had? Right? Not an easy thing. What if you lived day to day not knowing where your "bread" would come from? That is a faith I have not experienced, but I want to. John gave when it hurt. Not sure I can say that I've done that. But that, that is true altruism. That shows that He trusts in Jesus to not let him down, and provide for his daily needs. Luke 21:1-4 shows a woman, a widow, who gave 2 small coins to the temple. That was everything she had. And Jesus said that those 2 coins meant more than the 100 coins given by others, because she gave everything and others gave only a dent of their wealth. Where do you fall on the spectrum? Where is your heart today? These are the very questions I'm asking myself. "There is no other work in life that will fill you with more joy and purpose than seeing God's promises fulfilled. " " ;
Nov 23, 202042:19
Dog Lover? Spoil Your Pooch while Transforming Lives

Dog Lover? Spoil Your Pooch while Transforming Lives

Aloha TTSP Listeners!
Calling all Dog Moms and Dads! Moi Moi Market is now selling artisan made dog collars from Chiapas, Mexico. I'm in LOVE! But what I love more than the product is the mission of Amor Handmade.
"Our project aims to address socioeconomic problems within artisan communities. For the majority of artisans, work is only seasonal and dependent on tourism. Due to these meager seasonal earnings, the next generation of artisans is abandoning their cultural arts for alternatives such as strenous work on farms or factories. This takes them on dangerous journeys far away from their homes for little gain. This results in the loss of culturally significant techniques, great personal risk for each artisan, and no way to improve their quality of life or economic situation.
To tackle these issues, every sale at AMOR supports artisan women with steady local employment. With AMOR, they can work from the safety of their homes and not worry about when or where they can sell their wares. We pay upfront because their financial security comes first. We hope to preserve their arts and create a brighter, safer future for their families and culture."
Bob Waliszewski, a former Focus on the Family Plugged In Movie Critic, talks with Chris about his journey of Amor Handmade and how it impacts artisans. What Bob found fascinating, was the alternative employment for these people...a modern form of slavery. So by purchasing a dog collar, dog leash, bracelet, and/or earrings you are empowering individuals to earn a fair wage while doing something they LOVE!
Chris's mission is to increase the quality of products while using the artisan's craft and skill. Amor Handmade is focused on modern and practical products which is what is needed to help a small community break into a western market.
It's exciting to pamper your pooch while using your dollar to change lives. And that's what Moi Moi Market is all about.

Nov 16, 202050:48
Bought Beautifully: A Family Using Business to Fight Global Injustice
Nov 09, 202047:43
What to do with the Inner Nudge? Our Conversation with Mama Rita from with Africa's Heart located in Israel

What to do with the Inner Nudge? Our Conversation with Mama Rita from with Africa's Heart located in Israel

It's  easy to look back and see how God put the pieces of life together and  understand why the bad things happened, why one's heart felt a certain  way, and why the outcomes of situations were the outcomes. But the  concept of looking forward and discerning the inner nudges of the heart,  navigating the pain, and questioning the questionable outcomes, well  that's just hard. Our conversation with Mama Rita, from Africa’s Heart in Israel, will inspire us that the pain, the nudging, the questions are worth it!

Rita did not have a plan to help severely traumatized women, nor did she  ever think she’d be running a shelter on the top of Mt. Carmel.  As a  Jew who had a true encounter with the Messiah, her journey took her on a  different path than she could have ever imagined.  She realized that in  following God, her life needed to demonstrate His love through serving  others,  and in seeking to do that, her own aspirations would need to  aligned with a much greater plan.

The condition of the African women, smuggled across Israel’s border with the Sinai, was heart wrenching for Rita and her team. "Many of them [were] stripped of their identity and both  physically and emotionally broken, [they] recognized that there was a  tremendous need to build their sense of self worth and value." There was  no option to turn away, pretend it wasn't happening, and go on living  life. Rita, after being exposed to the need had  to do something about helping these women find hope, healing, and  purpose and *walah* Africa's Heart was born, well not quite…

"As a number of the women were pregnant or with newborn babies and, in  most cases, unable to work outside the shelter, the project had to take  place on our property and without extensive training. One of our staff  asked the interested women what kind of handicraft they were already  skilled in doing. She then purchased the necessary materials and began  meeting with the project participants on a regular basis to oversee  their work. Within weeks, the women were producing creative and unique  pieces of handiwork – crocheted, embroidered, and assembled by hand."  This project allowed these women to create, find purpose, and support  themselves. This form of empowerment truly brings healing in a woman who  has been battered and abused.

But like with any product, but especially one that comes from purpose (Starfish Project is also a great example of that), there’s a need on the other end, the buyer *cue YOU*.

Nov 09, 202046:53
Business can be a Tool to Do Good in the World!

Business can be a Tool to Do Good in the World!

North Dakotan couple Mariah and Derek were excited to begin building their dream family home, until they saw the price tag. After praying it over and wondering what direction they should take, Mariah woke up one morning with a curious thought on her mind, one that could only be from God- “build a home there.” In Ethiopia. 

A call to missions had bloomed in Mariah’s heart as a teen, and some years later a simple google search had led her and her best friend on a journey to Ethiopia to work in an orphanage in the village Harbu Chulu. It was a short 9 days of an “emotional roller coaster” ride. The poverty was heart wrenching, while God’s presence and light in the orphanage joy giving. Mariah knew she wanted to continue serving these orphans even after she stepped off the plane home, and God’s word to her that one morning after a night of prayer was the answer. Well, three cheers for supportive husbands! Derek jumped on board and together they started a brand new business that pours 100% of its earnings into the orphanage Mariah visited! 

Agape Co. sells a variety of quality leather bags and other accessories made in Ethiopia to help fund the expansion of HOPEthiopia. HOPEthiopia is not just an orphanage— they also work to conserve and reforest Ethiopian land, they’ve opened a trade center where they teach skills such as hand making goods, and they serve the whole community of Harbu Chulu with access to clean water at the well dug on their property. 

Tune in to learn the full story of Agape Co., and to hear how love can make us capable of anything! 

Visit, and stay tuned for some awesome new products coming in 2021 (genuine leather Bible covers are on the list!). Your guest hosts Collin & Emily will also be stocking their marketplace Bought Beautifully with some Agape Co. products this month, so keep checking back for that as well! 

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Nov 02, 202026:32
Tips on How to "One Another": Google it, it's a Thing.

Tips on How to "One Another": Google it, it's a Thing.

Social media has been a discouraging place as of late. What was a  place that would connect the human race, has now become a tool to tear  apart friendships and relationships. Yes, I understand that there are a  lot of opinions surrounding this political election in 2020, and my  goodness, how privileged we are to live in a place that we can express  those opinions, kinda, although censorship is on the rise. But friends,  my plea to you today, even in the heat of the political battle, is that  we not lose sight of this truth: that we ALL are still human deserving  of love, dignity, and respect, WHY? Because of the fundamental truth  that we are created in the image of God.

And even if the current leadership does not always exemplify kindness  and respect toward others (although one must always look at context, as  many things now a days are taken out of context), it does not give us  permission to treat others in the same manner.

It doesn't matter to me how you've participated: Victim or  Instigator. My argument is what matters now is how we move forward to  build into and up future relationships.  How do we Hooponopono (reconcile) these relationships, because at the end of the day, we will  still be neighbors and have opportunities for friendship. Is what  happening now really worth breaking relationship over? What would Jesus  Do? What did he call us to do? What did he show us by how he lived his  life?

I've just finished reading a book by Andy Stanley called Irresistible. It's a must, especially for one struggling with their Christian faith or wrestling with the world of 2020.

I believe we need to get back to the fundamentals that Jesus preached  as he walked this earth. I believe for us to have a full relationship  with God, it starts by how we treat our neighbor. And who is our  neighbor?

"Our neighbor is thus anyone in our proximity with whom we can share God’s love. We  are called not only to love those who are similar to us or with whom we  are comfortable, but all whom God places in our path. In fact, Jesus  said, “I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute  you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his  sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous  and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will  you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet  only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even  pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is  perfect” (Matthew 5:44–48)."

My heart is to have a better world. And in order to have a better  world, it's not about who is in office. It's about each one of us and  the condition of our heart.

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Oct 28, 202030:14
All Things Are Possible: Find Out How with Victor and Eileen Marx

All Things Are Possible: Find Out How with Victor and Eileen Marx

Isaiah 61 speaks of one being “sent to heal the broken hearted.” This is the message Victor Marx, a man who knows the ins and outs of trauma painfully well, carries to fractured hearts and minds around the world: God made us to heal. It is a desperately needed hope as violence, abuse, and trafficking continuously shatter lives, and it is one we can put our faith in. The severe abuse Victor endured as a very young child and his journey of forgiveness and healing have culminated in a heart dedicated to rescue and equip the vulnerable. When he and his wife Eileen began working with incarcerated youth, the discovery in a girls facility that every one of them had experienced sexual abuse in their young lives lead the couple to eventually open up a self defense training facility for men, women and children of all ages and backgrounds, to combat and prevent such abuse. They have also produced two films on trauma, garnering a reputation for themselves that ultimately brought them an invite from the Kurdistan government to enter ISIS ravaged areas. What they saw there drew and expanded their ministry from domestic to international work. Victor and Eileen’s 32 years of marriage, 5 children, and far-reaching, life-saving ministry stand as evidence that you can overcome the trauma you’ve experienced and live a very fruitful life. Whatever your past, whether fresh scars or excruciating memories that you’ve tried to bury ten feet under, You. Can. Heal. Don’t wait to cry out to God until you’re better; He uses the broken in mighty ways. “What the enemy meant for evil, God has worked for good.” Tune in to hear more about All Things Possible Ministry, to gain wisdom on walking alongside someone who has experienced trauma, and to find out how you can combat sex trafficking— the best place actually being within your own home. Find Eileen’s new book Imperfectly One here: Finding-Grateful-Meaning-ebook/dp/B08BTWLB8Z 

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Oct 19, 202056:27
Hands Producing Hope: Calling YOU!

Hands Producing Hope: Calling YOU!

A twenty minute cab ride followed by a forty five minute hike into Costa Rican wilderness finds you on the reservation of the Guaymi, an indigenous tribe who have faced great discrimination and hardship throughout history. Guaymi coffee pickers are paid half the wages of non-indigenous Costa Ricans, for example, and education opportunities for women and girls are rare. 

On remote islands situated on a large Rwandan lake, meager job opportunity resulting in an 80-90% unemployment rate wreaks poverty on villagers. Families are often left with a heart-rending choice- which one of their children to enroll in the feeding program. 

Stories like these leave us saddened and angry, but often unmoved to action because we just don’t know what we can do about it. The descriptions above belong to communities whom today’s guest, Rebecca Gardner, had the chance to visit (and now work with) herself. Burdened with “holy anger” by the disparities and utter poverty she witnessed, Rebecca founded a transformational program to help disadvantaged women around the world gain empowerment, employment and education. 

Hands Producing Hope is igniting sustainable change in communities where women largely have no work or cannot even read or write. Artisan training, literacy programs, maternal health centers, and caring relationships are all providing skill, knowledge, camaraderie and income that will see impact on these people groups for generations.

Rebecca, interviewed in this episode by Bought Beautifully founders Colin and Emily (be sure to check out episode 51 if you haven’t yet!), is here to tell you how you can get involved in real communities and real issues like these from your own home, through your own product choices. Also tune in for some encouragement towards cultivating your own unique and potentially life-changing ideas, which too often never make it past the brain or notebook they originate in. Rebecca says to “ignore the fear and start somewhere; ask for a lot of help and guidance…don’t let the bigness or scariness of the dream hold you back from starting that dream…the most dangerous thing is to just not do anything”! 

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Oct 12, 202055:12
Psalm 23 says that God is Invested in You, He has a Stake in What Happens in Your Life
Sep 28, 202018:34
Need a Pep Talk for 2020, This is Your Podcast
Sep 21, 202052:37
Help! I'm now Homeschooling

Help! I'm now Homeschooling

An unlikely opportunity has rolled in with 2020, one that many  parents may not have otherwise considered: homeschooling. Do chills run  up and down your spine at the word? Or, had you already committed to  educating your kiddos at home, pre-pandemic? Either way, and even if  you’re not a parent, listen on!

We welcome Leesa Waliszewski back on the podcast for this episode (go  check out episode 30 to hear some of her words of wisdom on  motherhood!) to discuss what being a life-long self-learner looks like,  and to glean some tips for those moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas who  may be forced to homeschool their children during this season. Leesa has  worked in the education system for decades, implementing a philosophy  that brings more life into learning (see resources). Here she sheds  light and positivity in sharing how now could be the perfect time to get  back in touch with your child’s education. Because ultimately, you are  the one person(s) present through every new teacher and grade level  change. Moms and dads, you can make a HUGE difference by taking this  chance to get more involved!

Sometimes, the curiosity and passion to discover knowledge is killed  in the place we’d least expect it— school. Stressing over good or bad  grades, pleasing mom and dad, test-taking, and info-cramming can really  take the spark out of learning. Kids (and adults!) need to be fed with  ideas, not just information. Tune in to learn how to step it up a notch  with something as simple as reading with your child and on your own  (books can change us, big time). This is the time of “becoming more  aware of what our kids’ minds are being fed on”…and stepping into the  learning journey with them. You may even end up learning a few things  from them!

Come follow us, share your thoughts, and start a conversation with us on Instagram!

Kelsey Waliszewski

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Plugged In book reviews at Focus on the Family

Charlotte Mason, practical ideas and resources for home education

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Sep 14, 202052:41
Labor Day!

Labor Day!

Hey tribe,

As discussed on last week's episode, once a month we are going to take a break from being on air. Here's why:

1)We want to demonstrate the health and importance of taking breaks, rests and sabbaths.

2)If you are really missing our voices, then we encourage you to go back and re-listen to an episode. This week we recommend Episode 30, 27, and 26 as our favorites. There are so many wise tools of truth, that we guarantee you will glean more by listening to episodes again.
Sep 07, 202007:29
Vacation is to the Mind as Vitamin D is to the Body
Aug 31, 202030:31
How I'm Learning to Step out of my Comfort Zone
Aug 24, 202029:22
Making Friends is HARD!
Aug 17, 202032:39