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Shonali Bhowmik and Christian Felix

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Christian Felix and Shonali Bhowmik became fast friends while working as temporary workers at a huge law firm in Manhattan. They share a love of laughing and giving each other hell. They may be called hipsters, old school, mainstream, irreverent, classic, country, gangster, or rock n' roll. All labels apply. Special guests, music, and attitude every episode. Past guests include: Jeremy O. Harris, Chelsea Peretti, Hannibal Buress, Keisha Zollar, H Jon Benjamin, Amber Tamblyn, JD Samson, Sanji ...
 
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This week I speak with Heather Jeffery. She is a Christian writer, a mom, and a full-time physical therapist. Her blog, “Straighten Your Crown”, is a place to find encouragement. Heather writes to share hope with others who are walking through difficulty and defeat with the goal of redirecting focus from our circumstances onto God’s promises. Heath…
 
This week I speak with Peyton Garland. Peyton is the author of "Not so by Myself” which was released during the pandemic to find an audience ready and waiting to embrace its authentic message. In this episode, we discuss her struggles with OCD, loneliness vs solitude, faith, and being open to the miracles in the everyday moments that God offers us.…
 
This week I speak with Andrea who is an artist, an author, and a book illustrator. But more than all of these accomplishments, Andrea is an overcomer and a survivor. Join us as we speak candidly about her life, the unforeseen battles, and the ultimate triumphs thanks to her faith in the power of Jesus to heal and give her freedom. You won’t want to…
 
It's September! Fall has arrived and WDEK is not looking forward to the pumpkin spice lattes signage that will soon be everywhere! Justin the Intern joins us from Duluth, Minnesota. Christian and Shonali have just returned from visiting their parents in Chicago and Nashville. They discuss the Jedi mind tricks of their respective parents. The brilli…
 
This week I speak with Rachel Mains. She shares candidly about her life. Rachel’s honest introspection is encouraging and refreshing. She has worked in Christian TV and Radio is a singer-songwriter and is currently the co-host of a show with international guests. She shares freely about her traumas and her triumphs. You won’t want to miss this inte…
 
September is NICU awareness month which makes a commitment to inspire hope and to honor families experiencing a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit and the health professionals who care for them. In line with this effort this week I am sharing Sarah Ward’s incredible story! Sarah has three children all of whom had a stay in the NICU. Her first…
 
This week I speak with Laura Mendenhall, an author, coach, wife, and mother. You won’t want to miss this amazing heartfelt conversation about so many aspects of her life. We talk candidly about how the church needs to find ways to help families with special needs children, about laying down what you thought life would be like to help your child liv…
 
This week I speak with Mary. Mary is a wife, a mom, a grandmother, but there was a time when she wrote books and spoke on stages sharing her deep struggles with Anorexia and her victory through Christ to become a personal trainer who experienced the gift to not only keep her body healthy but to help others to do the same. As life went on she had to…
 
Justin The Intern is the father of a month old baby! Whoa! Christian was mask shamed in Justin's home state. Shonali learns what "bussin" means. It's US Open Tennis Tournament time in NYC and we needed this! Our guests are comedian, performers, writers Merrill Davis and Táhlia Audrí! Merrill currently lives in Los Angeles. She generously shares her…
 
Meet Candice Reyes a new upcoming Speaker, Podcast Host, Author, and Educator. In our interview, she shares some of the difficult struggles in her life in order to share the beautiful ways in which God redeemed them! Candice wrote two books both highlighting 3 Biblical Practices to ignite our relationship with God. Her first book, A 15 minute "Date…
 
Hannah Schaefer is a compelling Contemporary Christian Music artist. She is a passionate speaker & a multi-international award-winning singer/songwriter who has opened for Christian artists such as Matt Maher, Matthew West, Fr. Rob Galea, Mac Powell, Building 429, and more touring internationally and playing over 500 shows across the United States.…
 
Meet Tania. Statistics show us that one in every four women suffers alone in the chaos of domestic violence. Tania found her way out of that dark place and into a healthy life for herself and her children. She is currently married and a mother of 5. Tania serves on 2 boards, as a co-chair for the Violence Injury Trauma Action Team, and as a member …
 
Meet Danielle McAlpine Johnson who lives by the words: “Where passion meets pain, we find purpose”. Having been a model, TV show creator, cast member, film director, and producer, Danielle knows the industry from both sides of the lens. She and her husband (singer-songwriter) Chico Johnson formed CheekyMac Productions together. Recently they produc…
 
Meet Christie Browning. She is an award-winning author, a TEDx speaker, an inspiring coach, a motivational speaker, and a podcast host. If you’re reading this, this brave and vulnerable interview is meant for you!! When Christie found her life spiraling away from her lovely Christian upbringing it took her by surprise and when she one day found her…
 
Congratulations to Justin the Intern and his fiancée Laura on the birth of their baby boy Zachary! While Justin is having a baby, Jason Lam takes over introduction honors. Within a month, tides have turned and Covid-19 (Delta variant) is back. The "normalcy" we discussed last month is no more. Shonali attended her first super spreader event and Chr…
 
Meet Emily Rogers. Emily is an artist in the Philly area. Four years after graduating from studying fine arts in college, she is now balancing a photography business, a 9-5 job, serving at her church, and finding time to have community. Throughout the past few years, Emily has struggled with anxiety and depression, but through putting her trust in …
 
Meet Natalie Hixson. She is a wife, mother, and certified professional life coach who helps discouraged Christian moms overcome destructive anger and burnout. After learning to thrive in motherhood and process anger in a healthy way, Natalie became convicted to help other moms process their anger, learn to identify their triggers, and ultimately co…
 
This week I speak with Nalini. She shares her story because she believes everyone is born with dreams for the future then reality strikes its hurdles and before you know it, the dream is a distant childhood fantasy, not suitable for adults. You have to go on a journey of self-discovery that leads to molding and shaping like you never expected to th…
 
Happy Pride Everyone! We celebrate our friends and our fashion icon former guest Jack Dwyer! June was the first month in a year and a half that we were social in a seemingly "normal" way. Shonali's exhausted already. Our first guest is Cisco Bradley! He's an Author, Professor of Cultural & Social History, Free Jazz & and Experimental Music Aficiona…
 
You won’t want to miss this week's episode! We end Season One of “A Cup of Gratitude” talking with Jasman Rolle. He is an encourager and a catalyst in the lives and careers of so many. Everyone I have ever met that knows him has stories to tell about how he has blessed them (myself included). Jasman is a Christian creative coach with a heart to see…
 
This week I speak with Stephanie L. Jones. She is an author, a keynote speaker, a TEDx speaker, a life coach, a podcast host, a wife, and always a giver. Her life’s work challenges us all to serve others and to live a life of gratitude in everyday moments. You won’t want to miss this amazing story of how God took an introverted young girl with a bi…
 
Meet Viktoria Taylor-Richardson. She has served our country in the military, planted churches in both America and Africa, started a business, published books, received a Masters of Divinity in global studies alongside her existing Masters of religious education. She is CEO of Precious Jewels Mentoring Program for girls in Kenya and is building a sc…
 
This week we speak with Vita Panico. You won’t want to miss this honest and inspiring story. Have you ever had to push forward through times you didn’t understand? Have you been knocked over when you were blindsided because you expected everyone to be like you? I think we have all been through such things, but we are called to keep on keeping on, t…
 
This week we talk with Jackie Wrede. You won’t want to miss this heartfelt and candid look at her family’s journey navigating adoption and the foster care system. There are unforeseen twists and turns and a system that sometimes fails to prepare one for reality. Jackie felt a strong calling to adopt children from a very young age, but she never cou…
 
It isn’t often you meet someone like Ronald Morrell Jr. - Ronald is a husband, a father, a Jesus follower, an entrepreneur and so much more! It would have been easy to keep his eye on the prize in business as he naturally excels there, but when Ronald saw the needs and the struggles of impoverished youth it moved his heart to help and he turned his…
 
The warm weather has arrived, masks are slowly coming off and Christian comes out HOT. Shonali is in Nashville, Tennessee doing yard work and Justin The Intern is prepping for his role as a new father. George Floyd's murder was a year ago to the day. We discuss the importance of the moment surrounding the pandemic and social justice. Will we be for…
 
This week we speak with Eric McMahon. Eric has been in vocational ministry for 16 years as a missionary, youth pastor, and church planter. He is currently serving as pastor of a church plant called Watershed Church. Having fought for Racial Reconciliation within the church his entire career, he is a charter member of the Culture Ethic and Justice C…
 
This week we speak with Jenna. Jenna candidly shares her journey of navigating life with a child on the spectrum. She gives an honest and vulnerable voice to the experience of seeking a diagnosis for her child and finds herself always advocating for her son Isaac. This beautiful story allows us to see God’s presence and loving provision all through…
 
Today we talk with Tischa van de Reep. You won't want to miss this episode. Have you been through painful loss and trauma? Have you felt restless? Have you tried filling your emptiness with anything you can find (and everything you can think of), and yet, you’re still feeling unfulfilled? Have you struggled under the weight of it all? I think we ca…
 
When running away from everything brought Billy face to face with a grim reality, God met him in that desolate place. Billy Ballenger is a Christian Music Artist with a story that leads him to jail and to Jesus! He emerges a new man and shares his story to help others. He will be in the “Light The Way Music Festival” this summer, and his new single…
 
This week I am talking with Karen Stacy, an author, Jesus follower, wife, mother, and grandmother. She is an indie author of a children's book. We talk about real life, our struggles, messy moments, beautiful surprises, living purposefully with the fruit of the Spirit, loving those around us well, and the gift of having gratitude for all that we ha…
 
Shonali got her wisdom teeth pulled. Justin got a sun tan and Christian shares new (not exactly accurate) CDC guidelines. As more of us are vaccinated and we start to venture out more often, nature is not ready for us. We warn Christian not to watch last week's viral rabid bobcat video in which this brave husband in North Carolina rescued his wife.…
 
In this episode, we talk with Nancy Martin. You won't want to miss this vulnerable and down-to-earth conversation. Nancy shares with us some of the ways that she sees the Lord working in a season colored with disappointment, waiting, and hope in God's purpose. If you want to hear how God is so present in the midst of our disappointments, seasons of…
 
You won't want to miss this amazing transformative story! This week we talk with Sara Broyhill Anderson. Sara is a wife and a mother of five, a Christian apologist with her Juris Doctorate and Masters of Divinity in Apologetics as of May 2021. She founded Fruits of Faith Ministries in 2016. She is a speaker with Women of the Well Communicators and …
 
I spend so much time sharing other people’s stories that I thought I’d share some of my own. Episode 12 is a solo episode celebrating my 20 years of being born again. I share with you candidly from one of my books “Crumbled A Place for Broken People”. I talk honestly about the skeletons in my closet as I begin to realize that they are actually a va…
 
You won't want to miss this vulnerable, down-to-earth story about life, love, grief, and grace. We speak with Dola who runs a non-profit called "Project Bear" which extends comfort and love to many mothers who have experienced sudden infant loss. Her candor and honesty shine through as she recounts hope in the midst of mourning sharing her own pers…
 
We are officially now a year into the pandemic! We are thankful for vaccines, our health, friends, family and this show. Catching up on the heavy: Anti-Asian Hate, Chauvin trial, voter suppression & the good stuff: seafood enchiladas, the beach and puppy time! Check out StopAAPIHate.org for ways to support the Asian American community now. Our firs…
 
Meet Michelle who shares her story of trusting God even in the times when she wasn't sure what He was doing. We can all relate to that! You won't want to miss this down-to-earth conversation where you will see how Michelle's faith in God, despite not understanding her circumstances, in the end, brings her straight to her purpose one beautiful mirac…
 
In today's episode, we meet Melissa and hear her story of trust in the valleys, hope in the waiting, and faith despite her sometimes overwhelming circumstances. You won't want to miss this amazing story of God's faithfulness in the twists and turns of life. Her story will resonate with your own in the times of doing everything you can to hold on an…
 
In Episode Eight, we meet Danielle, a stay-at-home mom, and maker who has a passion to minister to and connect with Moms. She is funny, creative, intelligent, and warm. She also has been dealing with postpartum depression behind the scenes. So many people we respect and admire are dealing with unexpressed trauma and struggle. Settle in and listen t…
 
To be honest, I am a bit nervous about sharing this episode because I share about my own struggles. We don't like to share our icky stuff, our traumas, our perpetual sins, our broken places, so we hide those places in our lives from others and cut ourselves off as we wrestle with God. In this episode, we look at some of my "junk" and what God has t…
 
We are celebrating a full month of having a new POTUS in the White House, Shonali's new jumpsuit, expectant father Justin the Intern and comedian Anuvab Pal guest joining us all the way from the UK where it is 2AM. Anuvab is a comedian, screenwriter, playwright, author among many other things. We discuss finding humor in the complicated history bet…
 
In this episode, we talk with Jonathan a grad school student, social media influencer, and a combat veteran. He enjoys helping others and talking about life. You won't want to miss this! Jon's story is a story of hope and victory against all odds. He shares honestly about his experiences and it is refreshing to see how he has turned his challenges …
 
Almost 21 million Americans have at least one addiction, yet only 10% of them receive treatment. Drug overdose deaths have more than tripled since 1990. About 20% of Americans who have depression or an anxiety disorder also have a substance use disorder. More than 90% of people who have an addiction started to drink alcohol or use drugs before they…
 
This week's episode is a reflection on finding gratitude in the work of pouring into the next generation. I share from personal experience, give helpful suggestions, and take a look at what God's word has to say about this. Several young ladies whom I have mentored have shared what this experience has meant to them. You won't want to miss this epis…
 
Happy New Year! We survived 2020 y'all! Sure 2021 has already brought us an insurrection and an inauguration BUT here's some joy for you! Christian got a new 2021 couch (see couch background filter) and Shonali is resolute in her plan to make no 2021 New Year's resolutions. She insists you do the same! To start out 2021, we introduce you to a brigh…
 
Join us for a candid conversation with Jacqui a kindergarten teacher who was about to start her own business when Covid struck her family and they found themselves in an impossible situation. In desperation, she shared their story in a Tik Tok video that went viral, and now she finds herself with a platform of nearly 64 thousand followers. As she f…
 
A down-to-earth conversation with Lauren Bittner, who is a licensed psychotherapist and psychology professor, about finding gratitude: Lauren specializes in anxiety and panic, trauma, and addiction. She is passionate about finding freedom through being authentic, vulnerable, and messy. She will share how gratitude changes brain chemistry and gives …
 
We end this grueling 2020 year with two awe-inspiring guests & Covid-19 survivors: Activist for the Homeless & Writer Shams DaBaron a.k.a. Da Homeless Hero and drummer extraordinaire & style guru Ramsey "Satellite" Jones with a special introduction by Jason "the Elf!" He discusses his flex spending account issues. Justin The Intern is here but is h…
 
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