Embracing the Slow Burn with Thea Larsen [episode 34]

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I’m very excited to have my friend, Thea Larsen, on the podcast today!

Thea is a working ranch wife and mom to two little cowboys, and the founder and host of all things Cowgirls Over Coffee. She’s on a mission to help women quit ‘white knuckling it’ through their days, and navigate a life that can get a little Western. Thea and I have known each other for several years now – we both live in Nebraska, and will (finally) be meeting each other in person soon! Thea followed the ‘typical’ college path, obtained multiple degrees, and worked as a CEO in executive leadership, administration, and marketing for over a decade. Add in getting married, having babies, raising a family, and more during this time – it was a LOT, which ultimately led Thea to experience not only burnout, but a major loss of identity too. 

Thea was ready for something completely different in her life; she longed for deeper connections and authentic conversations with other rural and western women, which led to the creation of Cowgirls Over Coffee. In today’s conversation, Thea and I talk about the importance of embracing the slow burn, instead of feeling like we have to Amazon prime everything in our lives in order to be successful. We also discuss what it looks like to embrace the chaos and believe that you really CAN have it all (once you discover what your ‘all’ is), why you must continually pour into your own cup and ruthlessly take care of yourself,  the power that comes from complete self-awareness, trust, and belief in what is possible for your life, and more.

It’s easy to get caught up in feeling like you have to go, go, go and do #allthethings all the time, but if you really think about it, that’s not possible, and it’s NOT how we were meant to live. Life is a journey, not a destination; your growth and ‘inner work’ is never completely done, which is actually a beautiful thing. This was such a fun conversation with Thea, and she shared so much relatable wisdom. I hope it reminds you about the value that comes from good movement, and embracing the slow burn in your everyday life! 

Thea Larsen is the founder and host of all things Cowgirls Over Coffee. She’s a working ranch wife and mother to two little cowboys. She’s also an ex-CEO with over a decade of executive leadership, administration and marketing experience. Shortly after taking a 180-degree turn away from being a bit of a workaholic career woman into a work-for-yourself, middle-of-nowhere, ranch mama; she realized she needed a whole new approach to doing all the things; and Cowgirls Over Coffee was brought to life. Thea strives to encourage and equip rural and western women to do more of what really matters, while navigating a uniquely high-demand lifestyle, balancing multiple roles between the ranch or farm, home, small business and our personal goals. She is on a mission to help you quit white-knuckling it through your days and navigate a life that can get a little western.

In this episode, Embracing the Slow Burn with Thea Larsen, we cover:

  • The major identity shift and whirlwind journey Thea experienced with marriage, career changes, and having children + how this led her to create Cowgirls Over Coffee
  • Choosing to embrace the chaos instead of embracing mediocrity + believing that you can have it all, once you understand what YOU specific ‘all’ is in your life
  • Why you have to continually pour into yourself and do the not so ‘fun’ or ‘flashy’ things, in order to live a fulfilling life you’re actually excited about
  • Fostering joy in the ‘slow burn’, everyday things, instead of staying in that instant gratification, Amazon prime mindset our society is so accustomed to
  • Why good movement should be flexible, purposeful, and bring more ease into your life vs. keeping you ‘stuck’ and stopped up
  • Understanding it’s YOUR responsibility to ruthlessly take care of yourself and do so consistently + the incredible impact that comes from being committed to your growth
  • Having self-awareness, trust, and belief in what you’re doing + being open to the plan God has for your life
  • Learning from your ‘screw-ups’ in life + choosing to spend more time focusing on your wins and joys in life

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More about the Good Movement Draws Good Movement podcast:

In stockmanship (the art and science of handling cattle in a safe, effective, low-stress manner), we have this phrase . . . good movement draws good movement. 

It’s this thing that happens when we ask a small group of cattle, maybe a cow, or a pair to move out in a certain direction and their movement draws the whole herd into moving in the same direction.

Good movement happens when we approach the cattle with a positive attitude, read and really listen to what they’re telling us, and communicate accordingly. 

We don’t approach the aware, flighty cattle the same as we do the tame, docile cattle. We adjust ourselves, our energy, and approach, and communicate with each differently.

These adjustments help us effectively draw good movement from each, which then draws good movement from the herd. But it starts with us.

The same is true for humans. Good movement starts with us.

Welcome to Good Movement Draws Good Movement, the podcast where farmers, ranchers, and rural folks can grow relationally through awareness, understanding, and effective communication.

Hey, it’s me – T. I’m your host, and I, along with my guests, will be covering topics related to drawing good movement – things like self and social awareness, brain science, positive psychology, extending grace, and so much more. 

We’ll share tools that can help you understand why you are the way you are, why others are the way they are, and how you can use that to step out of self-told lies with grace and compassion to draw good movement in conversations, relationships, and life in rural America. 

Tune in every Tuesday and make sure to hit subscribe so you never miss an episode! Let’s go draw good movement!

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