Melissa Beaver is a mother of three, home educator, and co-owner of the online shop Willow + Burl, which sells beautiful handcrafted wood products.
When she is not spending time with family or creating pieces of wooden treasures, you'll find her reading or running, her two favorite ways to decompress.
In this episode, Mel and I get real about everything from faith and religion to education, the struggle of allowing yourself to change, and navigating non-mainsteam life choices. She shares stories of motherhood (and talks about how she didn't think she wanted to be a mother), goes into detail about how and why she homeschools her children, and so much more.
This conversation was exactly what I love about Real Talk Radio - just two people sharing stories and talking about life together. No "magic answers" and a whole lot of honest uncertainty. I hope you love Mel as much as I do!
Listen to this Episode
Connect with Melissa
Selected Links From This Episode
Books, Resources & People Mentioned
- Pema Chödrön
- Charlotte Mason
- Harry Potter, by JK Rowling
- Homegrown, by Ben Hewitt
- Accidental Saints, by Nadia Bolz-Weber
- Sermon Podcast – House For All Sinners & Saints
- Thich Nhat Hanh
- Rob Bell
- Being Human, by Steve Chalke
- Love Warrior, by Glennon Doyle Melton
- Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, by Karen Armstrong
- Do Your Om Thing, by Rebecca Pacheco
Psst, want access to bonus behind-the-scenes content?
Join the Real Talk Radio support squad over on Patreon (just $8 per 8-episode season) and get immediate access to over 20 hours of bonus content, with more content added every other month. This includes personalized Q&As (where I’ll answer any question on your mind), exclusive long-form conversations and interviews with wonderful guests that aren’t aired publicly, and it even includes access to the SquadPod, a shorter version of Real Talk Radio where the guests are, well, YOU, the members of the community. And that’s only the beginning!
To support the show, keep it ad-free and sponsor-free from now on, and get access to all kinds of fun bonus content, simply head over to patreon.com/nicoleantoinette to make your pledge.
Thank you so much for your support!!