“Keep It Real” with Rachel Sinclair
Rachel is all about loving people and sharing stories. In the “Keep It Real” podcast, she sits down with fascinating guests to enjoy laughter, thoughtful conversations and the occasional no-nonsense bit of advice. Learn more at rachelsinclair.net.
EPISODE 10 – SHRUTHI PARKER (“THE HONEST SHRUTH”)
WRITER / BLOGGER / INFLUENCER
Oh friends, what a treat this episode is! Shruthi Parker is a beautiful person inside and out, and I can’t wait for you to meet her. Shruthi is a lifestyle blogger and writer based in Austin, Texas who focuses on travel, food, fashion, faith and relationships. On this episode, we talk about creativity, our shared LOVE of the city of London and the global kingdom of God. Shruthi was raised in a Hindu household, and perhaps my favorite part of this episode is when she shares her story of how she became a Christian. (“I feel like every day when you consider being within the kingdom of God and being part of His family, it still takes your breath away.” AMEN!)
EPISODE 9 – MALLORY MARCUS (FRIENDSHIP)
MY BEST FRIEND SINCE 6TH GRADE
On this episode, my guest is Mallory Marcus, my best friend of 13 years and counting! We talk about what goes into a lasting friendship, how to make new friends in different seasons of life and how we’ve learned from mistakes in our relationship (cue the Latvian hat story!). And don’t worry––we definitely share some embarrassing stories from our tween years 😜. We also touch on the Enneagram and the benefit of recognizing personal strengths and weaknesses. I hope this conversation encourages you to hug your friends tighter and open your heart for wonderful, new friendships waiting to happen!
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EPISODE 8 – Melissa Radke (Author of “Eat Cake, Be Brave”)
AUTHOR / PODCASTER / USA NETWORK
Guys––this podcast has my heart overflowing with ALL the laughs, feels and hope. If that’s too cheesy for you, I dare you to listen and disagree! 😜 Melissa Radke is amazing, and interviewing her felt like catching up with a dear friend. Her heart is pure, she is KIND and this conversation is packed with her sass & sparkle.
For those of you who don’t know, Melissa is the author of “Eat Cake, Be Brave,” a podcast host, a nationally acclaimed speaker, a hilarious online personality, and the star of her VERY OWN REALITY SHOW, “The Radkes,” premiering Tuesday, June 4 on USA Network. I know you are going to love her as much as I do!
EPISODE 7 – SUSANNAH B. LEWIS (“WHOA! SUSANNAH” BLOGGER, AUTHOR OF “CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP”)
author / BLOGGER / speaker
Buckle up for episode with 7 with Susannah B. Lewis! You may know her as “Whoa! Susannah” from her viral Internet videos that have brought laughter to millions of fans around the world. Her recently published memoir “Can’t Make This Stuff Up” is a hilarious and heartfelt bestseller that you are going to want to add to your summer reading list right now. In this episode, we talk about everything from “The Golden Girls” to writing, from addiction to chipmunks in basements, and everything in between. She is precious, and I know you are going to love her!
P.S. — The word is “breathtaking!” 😂
EPISODE 6 – MADDI LUPUL (NUTRITION GRAD STUDENT, FOOD BLOGGER)
For March, we’re tackling a topic that everyone loves and has probably struggled with at some point or another––FOOD! I chat with the soon-to-be registered dietician and excellent food blogger, Maddi Lupul. One of the reasons I enjoy following Maddi is that she is REAL when it comes to talking about nutrition and health. Here you won’t find extreme opinions or strict dos and don’ts. As Maddi says, nutrition is truly individualistic, and there is no one right way to be perfectly healthy. (That’s impossible, and that’s okay!) As a side note, I also play a goofy game of self-discipline where I have to donate $1 to charity whenever I say “like” or “um” 🙃. I chose the organization Girls Inc., which you should definitely check out!
EPISODE 5 – Rachel Hauck (New York Times Bestselling Author)
AUTHOR / SPEAKER
It’s the month of love, and I got to chat with NYT bestselling romance novelist Rachel Hauck! If you love books, stories, characters, plots, etc., you will eat up this episode. It was so fun to jump inside Rachel’s brain and learn about her writing process, including discipline with time management, finding inspiration, editing (and cutting characters when necessary! 😭) and more. PLUS, Rachel shares her own love story, which is just as cute and picturesque as you’d imagine. (She says she wouldn’t write it into a book because it would be too unbelievable!) Follow Rachel on her blog, rachelhauck.com, and look out for her upcoming novel, “The Memory House,” releasing April 2.
EPISODE 4 – SHANNAN MARTIN (“THE MINISTRY OF ORDINARY PLACES”)
AUTHOR / SPEAKER
My guest for episode 4 is Shannan Martin, author of “The Ministry of Ordinary Places,” and MAN does she have a lot of wisdom to share! She talks about her journey of moving her family to a neighborhood on the “wrong side of the tracks,” so to speak, and how God turned her idea of community upside down in the best way. We talk about sharing life with people who come from different backgrounds, who carry heartbreaking struggles and who are beautifully made in the image of God.
End the end, Shannan encourages us to
- Ask God to see our place and the people around us the way He sees them.
- Pay attention to what God’s already doing and choose to be a part of it.
I adore this conversation, and I know you will too!
EPISODE 3 – JANELLE ARTHUR (“RUNNIN’ FROM MY ROOTS”)
COUNTRY ARTIST / SONGWRITER / ACTRESS
On episode 3, I have the honor of talking with the lovely and talented singer, songwriter and star of the new film “Runnin’ From My Roots,” Janelle Arthur! Janelle shares about her lifelong love of singing, performing, telling stories and simply connecting with people. She also talks about her experience filming a movie and playing the daughter of Deana Carter (singer of the #1 country classic, “Strawberry Wine”). Lastly, we have a heartfelt conversation about what it means to shine the light of Jesus in a secular world.
“Runnin’ From My Roots” the song is available on iTunes, Spotify and anywhere you listen to music. (Watch the music video on CMT here!) The movie is available online and will be exclusively in-store at Walmart beginning Dec. 11. Go follow Janelle, download her music and purchase “Runnin’ From My Roots”! (Learn more at runninfrommyroots.com.)
EPISODE 2 – ANGIE SINCLAIR (MY MOM!)
FOOD STYLIST / RECIPE DEVELOPER
Can I just say that I LOVED recording this podcast?! I interview Angie Sinclair, a former Oxmoor House kitchen assistant, food stylist, recipe editor… and oh! She’s my momma too 😃. We talk about food, working in a test kitchen, my culinary skills (or lack thereof), her Granny Tressie and Granny Fern, blue bathrooms in the 70s, magic roast pans, the difference between yams and sweet potatoes, sweet potato toppings… and so much more. We laughed a lot, and I hope you will too. I’ve included links in the show notes below. If you like what you hear, subscribe, give us a rating and SHARE! Thanks for tuning in!
EPISODE 1 – LYDIA LAIRD ON SONGWRITING
WELCOME to the podcast! For the very first episode of “Keep It Real,” I sit down with singer-songwriter Lydia Laird to talk about her journey in the music industry, inspiration behind the songwriting process, why it’s okay to say “thank you” when using your gift for the Lord, and so much more. Plus, if you hang onto the very end, you’ll get to hear an impromptu acoustic version of one of Lydia’s new songs, “Where Your Heart Is.” You can find Lydia on her website, lydialaird.com, and on all social media @lydialaird. Enjoy!