Living Wholehearted

May 16, 2023

Ep. 181 : Mental Health for Mamas – Finding Time for You in the Margins of Motherhood with Ashlee Gadd

“God did not create us to be mere spectators, watching on the sidelines inhaling popcorn while He does all the work. Rather, He invites us to be active participants, co-laborers in making the invisible Kingdom visible. The act of creating is part of our calling as image bearers,” writes Gadd. “There is no better permission slip than this: to know and believe with your whole heart that the God who made you, the same God who designed blueprints for the galaxies and poured the foundation of the earth, designed you in His likeness, on purpose, for a purpose.”


Have you ever felt a calling, but felt tethered by your role on the homefront? Well, mom to mom, I am so excited to connect with our next guest Ashlee Gadd. As a mom of three she has created a warm and inviting community of other mamas who want to do great things while also being called to shepherd their kids well. As we know, we all have a following, ESPECIALLY on the homefront, so I am uniquely excited to connect with Ashlee today to talk about all things Leadership in this very practical place of the homefront.


Ashlee is a writer, photographer, and the founder of Coffee + Crumbs—a beautiful online space where storytelling and motherhood intersect. When she’s not writing or vacuuming Cheerios off the carpet, she loves making friends on the internet, eating cereal for dinner, and rearranging bookshelves. She is the author of, Create Anyway: The Joy of Pursuing Creativity in the Margins of Motherhood.

To connect with Ashlee Gadd, visit the following:



Pinterest- @ashlee_gadd

Instagram – @ashleegadd



Create Anyway: The Joy of Pursuing Creativity in the Margins of Motherhood


Coffee + Crumbs




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About Jeff and Terra Mattson

Jeff Mattson (MA ORL) and Terra Mattson (MA LPC, LMFT) are Christian Parenting spokespeople and the co-hosts of the Living Wholehearted Podcast in the Christian Parenting Podcast Network.


After two decades studying and working in leadership and trauma-informed therapy, Jeff and Terra are bridging the gap between Biblical, clinical, and relational wisdom to help leaders live with integrity in the home, work, and community.


They are the co-founders of Living Wholehearted, a professional counseling and organizational development firm. Terra is the author of Courageous: Being Daughters Rooted in Grace and together they co-authored Shrinking the Integrity Gap: Between what Leaders Preach and Live. Jeff and Terra have skin in the game as they raise their two daughters just outside Portland, OR on five acres of old growth woods. There is never a dull moment in the Mattson home!


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