Melanie Dale is a minivan mama and total weirdo who stinks at small talk. Her laugh is a combination honk-snort, and it’s so bad that people have moved away from her in the movie theater. She adores sci-fi and superheroes and is terrified of Pinterest. Author of Women Are Scary: The Totally Awkward Adventure of Finding Mom Friends and It’s Not Fair: Learning to Love the Life You Didn’t Choose, she’s also a monthly contributor for Coffee+Crumbs, and her essays are featured in their book, The Magic of Motherhood. She’s a panelist for MomsEveryday TV, an advocate for Children’s HopeChest, and a speaker for churches, conferences, and events across the country. Living in the Atlanta area, she enjoys recording her podcast, Lighten Up with Melanie Dale, blogging at Unexpected.org, and raising her three kids from three different continents.
Today Melanie Dale talks about loving the life you didn’t choose. We have a great discussion about how we deal with challenges, find joy in our circumstances, find support from others, support others, and laugh through it all.
One part I really enjoyed is when we talked about keeping your relationship strong while going through hard times. Every week Melanie and her husband schedule time to talk. Two questions they ask each other each week are:
- How have you felt loved by me this week?
- How can I love you better?
This episode is perfect for anyone who has ever had any struggle in their lives…and we have all had PLENTY! Listen to this episode for some advice, motivation, tips, and laughs.
Melanie’s Mom Squad Challenge:
One of the best ways to help you feel more grateful is to serve others. This week Melanie challenges us all to be intentional, look around your community, and take your family out and serve.