Hey, you. Come here. Sit down. I'll scooch over. 

Here's some coffee; I brought a thermos. Let me tell you something. 

I know you're tired. I know you're wondering where you fit. Why these people think you're too church-y and these people think you're a scandalous sinner because you have leggings on. I know if one more person says "modest is hottest" you will literally punch them in the face in a very un-ladylike fashion. 

I know you're tired of women's talks where they remind you playfully that being a wife is your highest calling, and make too many jokes about clothes. Clothes? Really? People are dying, but sure, let's pretend I have any idea what gauchos are. I know you're tired of feminists telling you you can't march, can't write, can't stand next to them in solidarity. Who mock your beliefs in witty think pieces and memes. They don't want you, either. Nobody does.

(God does. I do.) 

That's why I started this podcast. I was--am--tired; tired of people saying there wasn't room for me. I am so bone-dead tired of it all.

I want to wrestle hard truths with women who are seeking the true, good, and beautiful. I want to sit in the discomfort of tough questions and wrestle with wisdom. I want to scream to the sky that there is room for you, and me, and all of us, here. 

Catholic women who have been livin' that fiat life:

Audrey Assad
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Jiza Zito
Valuing Jesus and the Sacrament of Marriage in Your Pinterest-Perfect Wedding

Jane Voelker
How Women Can and Should Utilize Leadership Skills

Meet your hostess: 

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Hi! I'm Claire. I'm a writer living in the Milwaukee burbs with my Polish husband and wiggly baby. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!) in 2013 and spent two years as a missionary with FOCUS inviting college women into a relationship with Jesus. I moved back home to the northern tundra, started writing, and didn't stop. I've written for The Washington Post, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Mom.Me, Woman Getting Married, Veil, Bridal Guide, Bride & Groom, Redbook, Vox, Fusion, and a whole bunch more. I've also been featured as an expert on all things Catholic Feminism on Catching Foxes, How-to Catholic, The Jennifer Fulwiler Show, Girlfriends with Danielle Bean, The Catholic Hipster Show, and Pantsuit Politics. 

I eat a lot of burrito bowls, spend way too much time on Instagram, and cry over Humans Of New York posts. Sometimes I dance to Beyonce to make my son laugh. Sometimes I convince my husband to go on shopping sprees for clothes to donate to undocumented immigrants. I pray a lot, and I'm still figuring it all out. Wanna join? 

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Shout outs, old-school AOL profile style: Many of the photographs on this site were taken by Elissa Voss and are being used with her express permission. I know--she's amazing. Please don't use these photos without asking her. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook to see more of her stunning, God-honoring photos. Our family photo was snapped by East Elm Photography. To launch this podcast, I used a ton of resources from the ever-so-helpful Amy Porterfield