The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

By Jamie Ivey

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Emily O'Leary
 Nov 1, 2018
Sweet to hear and encouraging to the soul, while being super down to earth. A podcast for the woman who wants to hear stories of Godly women doing real life, with Jesus.

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The Happy Hour Podcast is hosted by Jamie Ivey. Each week she brings a captivating woman to be show. During the happy hour they discuss the little things, the big things, and everything in between. It's just as if you were around the table with your own girlfriends. Their conversations include issues of faith, parenting, marriage, failures and successes in life, as well as anything else you could imagine! Jamie loves to connect with women and encourage them as they journey through life. These conversations will make you laugh and cry all in one hour. The Happy Hour will be something you look forward to each week. You will be encouraged as you listen to other women talk about the simplest things in life to the grandest. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the conversation!

Episode Date
Happy Hour #223: Julianna Zobrist
54:47

My guest for The Happy Hour # 223 is Julianna Zobrist. Julianna is an author, speaker, music artist, fashion muse, social media influencer, and wife of Chicago Cubs World Series MVP Ben Zobrist. Zobrist has performed at numerous charity and professional events nationwide, and has been featured in Forbes, PARADE, CBS, and Sports Illustrated. She divides her time between Nashville and Chicago, traveling through life with her husband and three kids.

Julianna starts off telling us the crazy (and I mean crazy!) story of how her husband's team won the World Series, they unexpectedly had to move, she released a single, and her baby was born pretty much all at the same time. We talk about her journey of discovering what it truly means to be created in the image of God, and how that has transformed her entire perspective on life.

Julianna and I then talk about how we all have the tendency to deny or hide who we are, and can tie our identity to something or someone. I loved hearing her speak about how we need to stop apologizing for who we are, and stand confidently in our identity in God. In the last part of the show, we get to hear about life on the road for Julianna and her family, and how they set boundaries and fight for quality time.

{You can listen to the show HERE, and make sure you never miss a Happy Hour by subscribing through your favorite podcast app (ie. iTunes, Stitcher).  And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends!}

Links from the Show

Julianna's Website

Pull It Off

What Julianna is loving: reading, being outside in the Fall and watching the leaves change, her fireplace

What Julianna is reading: Consolations by David Whyte, Phaedo by Plato, The Emperor's Handbook by Marcus AureliusMan's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl

The Happy Hour Store - Last Week to Order before Christmas!

Connect with Julianna

 Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie + The Happy Hour

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube

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If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey

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Dec 12, 2018
Happy Hour #222: Mary Beth Chapman
54:37

My guest for The Happy Hour # 222 is Mary Beth Chapman. Mary Beth is President and Co-Founder of Show Hope, wife to Steven Curtis Chapman, a New York Times Best Selling author, speaker, advocate, and momma. Steven and Mary Beth reside in Tennessee and have six children: Emily, Caleb, Will Franklin, Shaoey, Stevey Joy, and Maria.

Mary Beth and I start off the show talking about Mary Beth's current season of life and she is living my dream - her kids and grandkids all live in the same city as her! Mary Beth shares the story of how they came to adopt three of their children as well as creating Show Hope, a non-profit that seeks to care for orphans by engaging the church and reducing barriers to adoption.

In the second half of the show Mary Beth opens up about the pain and grief she and her family have walked through in losing their daughter Maria. I appreciated her honesty so much as she described her relationship with God as knowing she fully trusts Him while simultaneously having the emotions, questions for God, and pain. Mary Beth and her family have endured a terrible tragedy, but amidst the pain, you'll hear Mary Beth describe so many ways God has continued to pursue them, shown such kindness, and brought hope and encouragement.

{You can listen to the show HERE, and make sure you never miss a Happy Hour by subscribing through your favorite podcast app (ie. iTunes, Stitcher).  And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends!}

Links from the Show

Show Hope

Maria's Big House of Hope

Colony House

What Mary Beth is loving: Wild Ginger (sushi restaurant), her grandbabies, antique shopping, continuing to work with Show Hope

What Mary Beth is reading: Love Kindness by Barry Corey, Daily Light Devotional by Thomas Nelson, A Grace Disguised by Jerry Sittser

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Connect with Mary Beth

 Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie + The Happy Hour

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube

Want to stay connected to The Happy Hour? Subscribe to The Happy Hour Newsletter!

If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey

The Happy Hour Store

Do you love The Happy Hour? If so, I'd love if you'd leave a review!

Sponsors

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Fab Fit Fun - Code: IVEY for $10 off your first box!

Grove Collaborative - $30 Mrs. Meyer's Gift Set FREE with order of $20 or more

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Dec 05, 2018
Happy Hour #221: Melissa Radke
01:08:11

My guest for The Happy Hour # 221 is Melissa Radke. Melissa is a singer, speaker, author, and momma. Melissa and her family will soon be featured on a reality show that, in her words, "will probably horrify her mother". Melissa and her husband David live in Lufkin, Texas with their two kids, Remi Hope and Rocco Cooper who they fought so hard for during 12 years of infertility. 

Friends, get ready because on today's show you're going to laugh, cry, and love hearing my conversation with Melissa! We start off the show talking about being brave while also feeling anxiety and fear. Melissa discusses how we learn so much through taking self-inventory and fighting the urge to point the finger outward instead of looking within ourselves. She also talks about how the reality tv show came to be and never in a million years did she think this would be part of God's plan!

Melissa then shares the story of how she and her husband started out in Nashville and wound up in Texas, and faced infertility, loss of dreams, miscarriages, and broken trust in their marriage. She tells us how vulnerably sharing both sides of the story of her marriage brought healing. She says, "our most vulnerable stories are our most powerful thing", and I couldn't agree more. Hearing her story brought me to tears, but Melissa brings such encouragement as she talks about how our God is always faithful, and how He is constantly, always working for our good. 

 

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Melissa's Website

Eat Cake. Be Brave.

What Melissa is loving: The Calm appHere Again by Elevation Worship

What Melissa is reading: Love is a Choice by Robert Hemfelt and Frank Minirth, & Paul Meier, Soul Keeping by John Ortberg, Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

What Jamie is loving: AllbirdsLook Up Child by Lauren Daigle

The Happy Hour Store {all of Jamie and Aaron's book will be signed with customization available through the end of the year!}

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Connect with Melissa

 Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube

Sponsors

The Seven Deadly Friendships by Mary DeMuth - take the Deadly Friendship quiz

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Nov 28, 2018
The Happy Hour Holiday Gift Guide 2018
49:26

The Holiday Gift Guide is always one of my favorite shows, and this year did not disappoint! Amy and I had so much fun chatting about these fabulous companies and products and I'm pretty sure we'll help you knock out some of your Christmas shopping. All the company info, links, and special offer codes are listed out for you down below, so enjoy and happy shopping!

 

ABLE

ABLE is a lifestyle brand on a mission to end generational poverty by providing economic opportunity for women. Their product line of jewelry, apparel, shoes, and leather goods are made locally in Nashville and globally in partnership with entrepreneurs in Ethiopia, Mexico, Peru, and Brazil. In August 2018, ABLE became the first company to publish their lowest wages because they believe complete transparency is the only way to protect and empower the industry's vulnerable workers, most of whom are women.

Use code HAPPYHOUR for 30% off, valid through 11/30

The Shop Forward/Espwa

The Shop Forward® is a way to get all your holiday shopping done with fun + unique gifts while knowing that you are paying-it-forward with each purchase. Since launching a few years ago, The Shop Forward has partnered with various causes to raise over $2.7 million dollars. The Shop Forward is the home of the CHOOSE JOY tees + hoodies that support cancer care, 'mama.' tees that help out moms-in-need, and Espwa® products that spread hope in Haiti including our Born Year hats or custom 4 Things® Tote bags (w/ YOUR favorite 4 things on them!). The iconic #4ThingsTote has become our most in-demand item & most fun gift-giving item! Shop + Pay-It-Forward!

Euna Mae's

Euna Mae’s is the retail expression of Amy Hannon’s biblical hospitality brand. Euna Mae’s, a one-of-a-kind kitchen-y boutique, came into being following Amy’s growing awareness that women had gotten away from opening their homes and hearts to others. She felt the Lord stir her to encourage and equip women to embrace the simple-yet-significant hospitality commands of 1 Peter 4:8-11 - Love. Welcome. Serve. The Euna Mae’s store features pretty and purposeful kitchen and home goods with a select few best-sellers featured online, including Amy’s comfort food cookbook “Love Welcome Serve”! Amy uses every opportunity — whether hosting events, speaking to groups, visiting inside her store, in her cookbook or on social media — to share her Love Welcome Serve ™ message of intentional kitchening so that in all things God may be praised.

Waterloo Style

At Waterloo Style we love our products and know that once you put our earrings on and feel how comfortable they are, it's hard to wear anything else! Our earrings are made from top quality leather and they come in a variety of styles and colors. We make it easy for you to rock yoga pants and a baseball cap, your favorite jeans and boots, or a dressed up evening out on the town. We also have a heart to cheer our tribe on to see beauty in yourself and in others...and to speak that truth to each other. Whether it is how we feel physically or how we see people & circumstances in our lives, we have a choice to make... we can choose to see BEAUTIFUL! We hope as your wear your Waterloo Style earrings, you are reminded of your beauty and you take courageous adventure to see BEAUTIFUL in your own life and those around you! #adventuresinbeautiful

Use code HAPPYHOUR for 15% off

Scout & Cellar

Scout & Cellar offers clean-crafted, organic, bio-dynamic, vegan, no sugar added wine hand picked by a Level 3 sommelier. The wine is sourced from boutique wineries around the world and have been tested to ensure no pesticides or chemicals have been added. The wine is clean and you can truly tell the difference. It's a great gift for those who have everything, for clients, and for lovers of all things organic! Holiday packages, gifting options and gift cards are available as well as wine clubs or individual bottle purchase.

Club members receive 5% off their purchase

Cultivate What Matters

With an ever-growing list of to-dos, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and dispassionate by the tasks on your plate and disappointed you're not spending enough time doing the things you love and caring for the people you love. The ladies at Cultivate What Matters want to press the reset button! For seven years, the PowerSheets(R) Intentional Goal Planner and their best-selling tools have helped thousands of women across the world live the life they want and can help you do the same, too! Cultivate What Matters was created to give you the community, resources, and encouragement to realize that you can make great things—big or small—happen!

Check out their website on Black Friday to see their special deal!

Primally Pure

Primally Pure handcrafts skincare products that are truly natural and non-toxic, using ingredients like tallow from grass-fed cows, organic and fair trade coconut oil and organic essential oils. In addition to being safe to use, their products also provide users with real, noticeable results. Primally Pure offers everything from their best selling natural deodorant that actually works, their incredible blue tansy beauty cream, and so much more including a baby line and a bundle of products to gift the men in your life too!

Use code HAPPYHOUR for 10% off your purchase

Starfish Project

Starfish Project is a nonprofit jewlery company serving victims of human trafficking and exploitation. At Starfish Project, trafficked women experience freedom, establish independence, and develop careers. Women at Starfish Project grow to become accountants, photographers, and managers. When you purchase jewelry from Starfish Project, more women get to experience freedom from sexual exploitation.

Use code HAPPYHOUR for 25% off all necklaces through 12/31

Grace Notes

Most people think it's hard to read the Bible every day. Grace Notes makes it easy to surround yourself with Bible verses so you can transform your mind with the power of God’s Word! Our beautifully designed monthly subscription includes a 5x7” print, a small print, and a sticker that feature the same design and verse. Our subscribers use their these to read, study, memorize, meditate, and be encouraged! We also include a card that you write on: one side what you’re praying about that month and the other side to write out the verse to help with retention. As a fun surprise we include a coordinating paper clip. It costs $10/month and the design and verse change every month so it’s always a surprise!

Use code HAPPYHOUR for 20% off your first envelope subscription

Go Rings

Go Rings was originally created as a way to fundraise for an 11-month mission trip to 11 countries. We’re committed to creating handcrafted, ethically-made jewelry, while equipping those who are going out and spreading some light across our world. Our collection is handmade in both Haiti and Austin, using high-quality metals that won't turn, tarnish, or react with your skin. 30% of each purchase goes to individuals & organizations who partner with us monthly, raising money to "Go make disciples" (Matt. 28:19). We've teamed up with over 500 women who have used Go Rings to fundraise for mission trips, unpaid internships, and other ventures to Go Do Good.

Use code HAPPYHOUR for 15% off through 12/15

Mercy Candle Co.

Mercy Candle Co. is a small business with a heart for savoring the beauty in life’s everyday moments. On each candle you’ll find scripture or an inspiring message to serve as a reminder to take time out for what matters most. At Mercy Candle Co, we believe that details matter, and you will see our dedication to detail all the way from our quality, non-toxic ingredients to our thoughtful packaging. Your purchase makes a difference: Fifty cents from the purchase of every mason jar candle is donated to help fight the battle against human trafficking.

Use code HAPPYHOUR for 20% off through 12/31

laurelbox

 

laurelbox is an online gift shop offering beautiful sympathy gifts for the modern woman, propelled by the mission to help women acknowledge loss and start conversations that facilitate healthy grieving. Co-founders Denise Wolfe and Johanna Mutz were inspired to start laurelbox when friends of theirs lost children, siblings, and parents. Many items in the laurelbox shop are handmade, and each laurelbox is hand packed and customized with premium packaging. Each purchase includes a hand-written gift message on a complimentary card. A portion of the proceeds from the In Memory Feather ornament benefit High Risk Hope, an organization that provides support to women and families who are experiencing a high risk pregnancy.

Use code HAPPYHOUR for 20% off 11/23-28; 10% off after 11/28

Purpose Mercantile @ Blue Sky

PURPOSE Mercantile is part of Blue Sky Therapeutic Riding & Respite. Blue Sky provides weekly individual therapeutic horseback riding lessons, in a structured learning environment, to special needs citizens. These handmade tic-tac-toe game bags are created by the special needs citizens who participate in the PURPOSE program (Providing Unique and Realistic Possibilities and Opportunities for our Special Needs Equestrians). Not only our special needs citizens accomplished equestrians, they are also skilled artisans. The PURPOSE program gives them the ability to create and find their purpose while being in community with their friends. Your purchase supports a program that is providing high quality opportunities for special needs children and adults.

The Happy Hour Shop

 

The Happy Hour Shop is ready and stocked with so many fun things! You'll love our new items such as the Be Kind sweatshirt which is super soft and what you'll want to wear all winter long, our new Wild Kind of Beauty baseball tee, and the When I Grow Up I Wanna Be a Podcaster baseball tee for the favorite kiddos in your life. We've also restocked all of your Happy Hour faves including koozies, t-shirts, and the Jesus Is Better necklace from ABLE. You can also purchase my book If You Only Knew, and through the end of the year, I'll be signing all copies purchased through the Happy Hour Store.

Use code HOLIDAY2018 for free shipping through 12/31

Nov 23, 2018
Happy Hour #220: Tara-Leigh Cobble
01:09:18

My guest for The Happy Hour # 220 is Tara-Leigh Cobble. Tara-Leigh is the founder of D-Group, an international network of weekly Bible studies that meet in homes and churches around the world. Today she is launching a short, daily podcast called The Bible Recap to help people not only READ the Bible but LOVE reading it!

On today's show, I'm catching up with Tara-Leigh since she last visited The Happy Hour in 2016. One thing I hear from so many listeners is how they were encouraged to read their Bible after listening to Tara-Leigh on the show. Well, you're going to love this news, Tara-Leigh is launching a new podcast called The Bible Recap where she will take listeners chronologically through the Bible, and summarize and highlight the day's reading. And you guys, Tara-Leigh is about to celebrate 10 years of D-Group!

Tara-Leigh then opens up about the suffering and trauma she's been through in the last few years including emotional and physical wounds. She shares how God has been faithful and kind and stayed so near even when she withdrew. Tara-Leigh also talks about how she's heard God call her to lay down her dream of marriage, and how she has changed her perspective to actively pursue singleness - including her Nunnymoon!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Tara-Leigh's Website

Learn About D Groups

The Bible Recap Podcast

YouVersion Bible App

The Happy Hour #112 with Tara-Leigh Cobble

What Tara-Leigh is loving: MyMaps function of Google Maps (for her trip!), Prison Podcasts (70 Million, Serial Season 3, Ear Hustle), and mushroom coffee

What Tara-Leigh is reading: Gospels, Free of Me by Sharon Hodde Miller, and Unpacking Forgiveness by Chris Brauns 

 Jamie's recommendations: Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror podcast,  Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Connect with Tara-Leigh

 Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

D Group Links: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

The Bible Recap Links: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube

Sponsors

The Seven Deadly Friendships by Mary DeMuth - take the Deadly Friendship quiz

Light Box Jewelry

Grove Collaborative - $30 Mrs. Meyer's Gift Set for free with $20 order!

Nov 21, 2018
Happy Hour #219: Blythe Hill
01:01:03

My guest for The Happy Hour #219 is Blythe Hill. Blythe is the CEO/Founder of the Dressember Foundation and is passionate about ending human trafficking. What started as a personal style challenge in 2009 to wear a dress each day for a month, Dressember grew beyond her immediate circle and five years later, thousands of people across the world have helped raise over $5M toward the fight to end human trafficking.

Blythe and I start off the show talking about how Blythe's eyes were opened to human trafficking. She describes how she felt an overwhelming sense of urgency to do something combined with an overwhelming feeling of powerlessness. Blythe describes how she even considered going against her internal "wiring" to start a new career in hopes to make a difference. But, instead she put the talents God gifted her with to use and started Dressember.

I loved hearing Blythe talk about how Dressember took off. Her first campaign goal in 2013 was $25k, but you guys they reached that in just 3 days! And now Dressember 2018 hopes to raise $3 million to fight human trafficking - how incredible is that? We get to hear about the amazing partners she works with and how they fight trafficking from so many angles.

Blythe also shares her own story of abuse and how Dressember and #metoo has all intersected for her. I really appreciated hearing her discuss the spectrum of consent, the shame women feel, and how we have to be women who believe and trust each other and not be afraid to get help.

Friends, I loved my conversation with Blythe for so many reasons, and I am so proud of the work she's doing. I've included resources below that can help in educating yourself more about human trafficking - it truly happens everywhere. And there are so many ways to be involved with Dressember - join a team, wear a dress, raise awareness, and more!  I also hope that if you have an idea or feel God nudging you in a direction, you feel encouraged to follow that nudge - God can do so much more than we could ever imagine.

{You can listen to the show HERE, and make sure you never miss a Happy Hour, subscribe using your favorite podcast app (ie. iTunes, Google Play).  And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends!}

Links from the Show

Dressember Website: find resources, start a fundraising team and more!

Dressember 2018 Dress Collection

Dressember's Partners: International Justice MissionA21, McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center, BEST Alliance (Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking), Love146, pathfinders, Saving Innocence, Cast (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking), Restore, youthSpark, Olive Crest, Thorn

Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd

What Blythe is loving: her dog Friday, The Good Place (tv show), Raven + Lily's journals,Rosario necklace by Noonday Collection

What Blythe is reading: Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Connect with Blythe

  Facebook // Twitter // Dressember Twitter // Instagram // Dressember Instagram

Connect with Jamie + The Happy Hour

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube

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If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey

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Nov 14, 2018
Happy Hour #218: Myquillyn Smith
53:04

My guest for The Happy Hour #218 is Myquillyn Smith. Myquillyn, also known as the “The Nester,” has been encouraging women to embrace their home—imperfections and all. Her home has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Cottages & Bungalows and Ladies’ Home Journal. She’s the author of The Nesting Place and was chosen by Christianity Today as one of the top twenty creatives in 2016. Myquillyn lives in a fixer-upper on 12 acres with her husband Chad, their three teenage boys, two cats, a dog and a rooster.

Friends, it's time to get cozy! Myquillyn and I start off the show discussing imperfect hospitality, and how we get so stuck on our homes being "perfect", that we never even invite anyone in. Myquillyn sums it up so well when she says if we instead "set up our houses to foster connection, perfection isn't even part of the story."  Myquillyn then shares how she started inviting hundreds of people to her home through Nest Fest - even though she's an introvert! We also talk about saying 'no' at the right time. Myquillyn suggests finding a "no" mentor to help us see what it looks like to say "no", so that we can say "yes" to others.

In the last part of the show, Myquillyn tells us how moving so much (13 times!) taught her so much about design. Money, time, creativity, and limitations are the most common barriers she hears from women. But, instead of waiting until we have it all, she says, focus on what you have the most of, and go for it!

Friends, I just loved my conversation with Myquillyn. I hope you feel encouraged that your home doesn't have to be "perfect", but that it's the imperfect hospitality that brings people together. And you guys, I had never thought of having a "no" mentor before, but I love the perspective that can bring!

{You can listen to the show HERE, and make sure you never miss a Happy Hour, subscribe using your favorite podcast app (ie. iTunes, Google Play).  And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends!}

Links from the Show

Myquillyn's Website: Nesting Place

Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff

The Nesting Place

Nest Fest

Emily P. Freeman

hope*writers

What Myquillyn is loving: Nellie Taft T-shirts, Poldark (tv show on Masterpiece), EOS Organic Stick Lip Balm

What Myquillyn is reading: The Wondering Years by Knox McCoy, Remember God by Annie F. Downs, The Ministry of Ordinary Places by Shannan Martin

Connect with Myquillyn

  Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie + The Happy Hour

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube

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If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey

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Nov 07, 2018
Happy Hour #217: JJ Heller
01:02:49

My guest for The Happy Hour #217 is JJ Heller. JJ is a singer/songwriter committed to spreading a message of hope and peace to women in an increasingly complex, competitive and confusing world. JJ has developed an iconic and unmistakable style of her own, and her music inspires listeners to embrace the beauty and brokenness of life with a whole heart. JJ and her husband Dave reside in Nashville with their two daughters.

JJ and I start off the show talking about comparison. Friends, we all do it and we all know we need to stop! God gave JJ a new perspective to consider when the internal comparison talk starts, and it's something we can all remember and use. JJ then shares how the life and dreams she had as an athlete suddenly came to a close. Feeling unsure of what was next for her, God planted the seed in her heart for music while she was singing a song washing dishes in the bush of Africa!

JJ then opens up about suffering from panic attacks and anxiety. JJ speaks about how it was difficult to share her story, but God nudged her to use her voice - and in a big way! She speaks about the freedom she felt after telling her story, and you will absolutely love hearing the many ways she has seen God use her story of brokenness to bring healing to others. In the last part of the show, we hear more about JJ's music and how a conversation with Bob Goff (yes, THE Bob Goff), changed her view on what success looks like.

Friends, I absolutely loved talking with JJ and could have talked with her for hours. If you are struggling with fear and anxiety, my hope is that you heard that you are not alone, and that God can bring healing and use our brokenness for good. I also hope you feel encouraged to share your story with a trusted friend and together we can support each other on our journeys.

{You can listen to the show HERE, and make sure you never miss a Happy Hour, subscribe using your favorite podcast app (ie. iTunes, Google Play).  And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends!}

Links from the Show

JJ's Website

Your Hands (song)

JJ's New Album: I Dream of You (Volume II) (save this link! - it releases November 2)

JJ's Blog Post "You're Not Going Crazy"

I Dream of You Album

What JJ is reading: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes, Green Dolphin Street by Elizabeth Goudge, Road Back to You by Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile

Connect with JJ

  Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie + The Happy Hour

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube

Want to stay connected to The Happy Hour? Subscribe to The Happy Hour Newsletter!

If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey

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Oct 31, 2018
Happy Hour #216: Landyn Hutchinson
50:26

My guest for The Happy Hour #216 is Landyn Hutchinson. Landyn is a lifestyle influencer/blogger and creator of Living With Landyn. Landyn is an expert on home aesthetic, beauty, and fashion and provides her followers with genuine, authentic recommendations. Landyn has created an incredibly engaged community and her passion is to help women feel confident, empowered, and inspired.

Landyn and I start off the show talking about her life's journey including working as a nurse, momma, wife to an NFL pro, and now business owner of Living with Landyn. We talk about the changes that happened as her husband retired from the NFL and her role from stay at home momma transitioned to working momma and now traveling momma with her Hey Landyn Live tour. As many of you know, Landyn gives great tips about recipes to home decor and entertaining, and skin care - including shaving your face! Yes friends, I'm serious - just check out the link below!

I appreciated Landyn's honesty when she spoke about how she and her family have managed this transition, including a really challenging time she faced. Landyn shares how she's learned to let the village help and that we can't do it alone. We also chat about the looks we both get when we say that we love our husbands more than our kids! Ladies, we have to invest in marriage and continue to date our husbands!

Landyn was a joy to talk to and just like chatting with the best girlfriend you didn't know you needed. I hope you enjoyed our conversation as much as I did!

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Links from the Show

Living With Landyn

Hey Landyn Live Tour

Landyn's post and video on shaving your face!

ABLE

Oprah Master Class podcast

What Landyn is loving: ABLE jean jacket, Fall, athleisure wear

What Landyn is listening to: How I Built This, Serial Podcast, The Goop Podcast

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Oct 24, 2018
Happy Hour #215: Dorena Williamson
41:37

My guest for The Happy Hour #215 is Dorena Williamson. Dorena is a bridge builder and author of ColorFull, ThoughtFull and GraceFull, children's books that celebrate God's diverse kingdom. This series is inspired from twenty-three years as first lady of Nashville's Strong Tower Bible Church, a multiracial faith community Dorena and her husband Dr. Chris planted in 1995. Dorena and her husband have four wonderful children.

Dorena and I start off the show talking about how a move to Nashville to further her husband Chris' rap career, ended up leading them to found a multi-racial church in a civil war rich town! Dorena  shares how she had no idea that God would use all her years raising kids and leading worship to combine her passions and experiences into something bigger down the road. When we're itching to jump to the finish line because we want to know where God is leading us, Dorena encourages cultivating faithfulness, and describes how this can bring renewal of faith.

Dorena and I then discuss the importance and value of having honest conversations about race, and recognizing the diversity of colors God created vs. being "colorblind".  We also talk about how we as parents should be the first voices to talk about race with our kids, and the different ways we can make this happen.

Friends, my hope is that through the show today you feel encouraged and empowered to have conversations about racial equality and bridge building. Check out the resources below, including Dorena's fantastic books, and connect with Dorena and me as well!

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Links from the Show

Dorena's Website

Dorena's Books: ColorFull, ThoughtFull, Pre-order: GraceFull

Strong Tower Bible Church

Be The Bridge

What Dorena is reading: The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray HintonProphetic Lament by Soong-Chan Rah

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Oct 17, 2018
Happy Hour #214: Alex Seeley
46:40

My guest for The Happy Hour #214 is Alex Seeley. Alex is a passionate communicator who speaks the truth in love. Alex is the Lead Pastor of The Belonging Co Church, and author of Tailor Made.  Alex and her husband Henry have two children, Holly and Taylor, and reside in Tennessee.

Alex and I start off the show talking about her across the globe move from Australia to Tennessee knowing that God was leading them, but not knowing what would come next. Alex describes how she was convinced she was done pastoring churches, but God had other plans. What started out as simply inviting 5 friends to their home on Tuesday nights, became an "accidental" church plant and has grown into the church Alex and her husband lead today. I loved hearing Alex share the way God reminded and encouraged her of how we can be the bride He's coming back for.

In the second half of the show, Alex and I talk about the lies we encounter in our daily lives that distract from the truth of what God says. Alex reminds us that it's a choice we must make every day to "pick up His word and actually believe it." We also talk about those times we are in the wilderness. Alex provides so much encouragement when she speaks of the wilderness as an opportunity for more: in the wilderness God shows us what we truly believe about Him when there is nothing else, and this true presence of God can change everything.

Friends, my hope is that every one of us will go to God and ask Him to show us the lies we are believing, and be reminded of the truth of what He says. Seek out a trusted friend, share what you learned in your time with God, and together we can help point each other to Jesus.

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Links from the Show

Alex's website

Alex's book: Tailor Made

The Belonging Co Church

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Oct 10, 2018
Happy Hour #213: Jessica Turner
53:01

My guest for The Happy Hour #213 is Jessica Turner. Jessica is the author of the newly released Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter, and Thrive and The Wall Street Journal bestselling book The Fringe Hours. She is also an award-winning marketing professional and speaker, and the founder of the lifestyle blog The Mom Creative. She and her husband, Matthew, live with their three children in Nashville, Tennessee.

I am so happy to welcome my friend Jessica back to the show! Jessica and I start out talking about books, which if you love books you need to follow her Instagram profile where she shares about what she's reading! We then dive in and talk about the concept of mental load.  Friends, I know we all suffer from the stress of mental load - coordinating, managing, analyzing, and juggling in our minds ALL THE THINGS, am I right? Jessica shares practical tips for managing mental load and reminds us that self-care is not selfish, it's necessary. We also discuss how we need to stop separating ourselves based on where/what/when we work. I love how Jessica says whether you're a stay at home mom or a working mom, "we are all moms who love our kids"!

In the second half of the show, Jessica shares the story of when her husband Matthew (a  published author) wrote his first children's book, he was turned down a dozen times. Instead of letting that stop them, Jessica and Matthew self-published the book, it sold out, and now it's sold 100,000 copies!

You guys, I loved talking with Jessica today and I know that through our conversation I was reminded of the grace God gives us every single day, and how we can extend grace and care to each other and to ourselves.

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Links from the Show

Jessica's website: The Mom Creative

Jessica's Books: The Fringe Hours, Stretched Too Thin

Questions for Stretched Too Thin

Jessica's Other Happy Hour Episodes: The Happy Hour #30, The Happy Half Hour #5

When God Made You, When God Made Light

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

HARO (Help A Reporter Out)

A Quiet Place (movie)

Jessica's Instagram focused on books

What Jessica is loving: Pumpkin chocolate chip banana bread, Draper James, Fall TV (especially The Walking Dead, Outlander, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

What Jessica is reading: A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza, Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith, The Wildling Sisters by Eve Chase

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Oct 03, 2018
Happy Hour #212: Nicole Zasowski
01:07:34

My guest for The Happy Hour #212 is Nicole Zasowski. Nicole is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Connecticut where she lives with her husband, Jimmy and her son, James. As an old soul who wears her heart proudly on her sleeve, Nicole also enjoys writing about her story and the way she sees God moving and molding her through it. Her first book is due to come out in January 2020!

Alright friends, get your hearts ready because on today's show Nicole and I talk about feelings. Whether you're cringing or leaping with joy at this news, I promise this show is for you and you will be encouraged by her words. As Nicole shares at the start of the show, we can't believe the lie that no one can understand our pain because we all at some point experience pain ... and, we all have strategies we use to try protect ourselves from pain.

Nicole shares her own story of how she realized her self-protection strategies were no longer working. It started with a cross-country move 7 years ago, and since then she has also had to walk through 5 miscarriages in just 4 years. She admits that it was hard to face that her strategies weren't the answer, but when she was truly honest with herself and others, she started to "find a way through, not a way out" of the pain. Nicole also offers specific advice on how to walk along side a friend going through hard times.

In the second half of the show, Nicole explains more about the Restoration Therapy model she uses that focuses on how we each have encountered love and trust. She also fills us in on what those protection strategies we use can look like.

You guys, I think we can all identify ways we stuff our feelings or protect ourselves from pain. But, as Nicole said, our short term solution is just creating long-term pain. God does not love us any less when we grieve or hurt. He loves us through ALL of it, and He already knows our hearts. I loved talking with Nicole today, and I hope that you feel encouraged in the freedom you can experience when we are honest with God, ourselves, and each other!

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Links from the Show

Nicole's website

The Hideaway Experience | Marriage Intensives

Therapists trained in Restoration Therapy

What Nicole is loving: The seven year ballpoint pen, University of Washington Husky Football Team

What Nicole is reading: She Reads Truth BibleThe Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan, Forgiving God by Hilary Yancey

Educated by Tara Westover

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Sep 26, 2018
Happy Hour #211: Sanya Richards-Ross
59:18

My guest for The Happy Hour #211 is Sanya Richards-Ross. Sanya is a 4-Time Olympic Gold medalist in track and field, NBC Sports Analyst, Nike brand ambassador, entrepreneur, speaker, and author. Sanya still holds the fastest American record in the 400!

If you've listened to the show for a while, you guys know my love of sports. But, you may not know that I was in the Olympics for track and field... ok, ok, so it was the Junior Olympics in 9th grade, but still! You can imagine my excitement to have Sanya on the show today - I was so giddy I even showed her my Junior Olympics medals!

Sanya tells us about what it was like to be a professional athlete and compete in 3 Olympic Games. Sanya also tells us how she made the decision to retire at the Olympic Trials before Rio due to injuries. Sanya speaks of God's faithfulness in how she was still able to be a part of the Rio games as a sports analyst, and became the first woman in the commentator booth in 20 years.

Sanya and I then talk about her walk with Jesus including the day she crossed a line she never thought she would and had an abortion. Sanya shares how she felt unredeemable and completely broken. She then describes a bus ride where she ended up lost and alone in China at the Beijing Games, and Jesus met her exactly where she was and helped her know He still loved her and that He forgave her.

I enjoyed talking with Sanya today so much, and I hope that through our conversation you see how God loves His children, and through the giftings He gives as well as in our brokenness, He is always faithful and always good.

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Links from the Show

Sanya's book: Chasing Grace

Sanya's website

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Sep 19, 2018
Happy Hour #210: Taylor Nichols
01:09:58

My guest for The Happy Hour #210 is Taylor Nichols. Taylor is one of the kindest friends I know, and I'm so honored to have her on the show today. Taylor is momma to two boys and a girl, with another sweet baby girl on the way! Taylor will soon be launching a podcast called Speak Life with Taylor Nichols so be sure to keep an eye out for that.

You guys, I have been wanting to bring my friend Taylor on the show for a while now. She has an incredible story and speaks such hope and encouragement - I just know you're going to love our conversation.

Taylor and I start off the show talking about her beautiful family, and how their daughter through adoption and her baby girl will be just 11 months apart! Taylor then shares her story of her childhood church experience that resulted in a great deal of hurt for her and her family. Taylor speaks of the challenges she dealt with regarding faith and the church once she was able to leave. Taylor admits that her walk with God has been hard, but she is so thankful for the gift of faith in Him that has remained throughout.

In the second half of the show Taylor opens up about losing her father. Taylor talks about learning to have grace in grief and the importance of walking through every part of it. I loved hearing her describe how her dad never missed a chance to "love big" and share his heart, and how that has impacted how she lives her life today. Taylor offers such wise encouragement when she says, with grief, "you don't get over it, you learn to walk through it.".

I am so proud of my friend and am so thankful to her for sharing her story. Life is messy and it's hard, but what stands out to me in all of the stories is that when we look closely, amidst the mess, God is always there, with us and for us.

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Links from the Show

Taylor's website

Speak Life with Taylor Nichols Podcast // coming soon, sign up for updates through her website

Alena Pitts' Instagram post

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Sep 12, 2018
Happy Hour #209: Jenna Kutcher
48:43

My guest for The Happy Hour # 209 is Jenna Kutcher. Jenna walked away from her corporate office job with nothing more than a camera from Craigslist, and turned that investment into a 7-figure photography and education business. Jenna also runs and hosts the Goal Digger Podcast, an authentic, business-focused show that caters towards women entrepreneurs. Her biggest passion is to invest in entrepreneurs so that they have the tools to authentically grow their businesses.

On today's show Jenna shares with us how she bought a camera, claimed her new title of "wedding photographer", and pursued her dream to spend her time doing what her heart valued. Jenna dispels the myth that work and passions can't align, and encourages us to find what inspires and energizes us and go after it!

If you don't follow Jenna on Instagram, you should. Jenna has beautiful pictures that aren't just a highlight reel, but walks through the ups, downs, and everything in between! Jenna tells us why she decided to post pictures that show her in real life and how she hopes to encourage women to embrace and love who they are, just as they are.

In the last part of the show, Jenna opens up about her walk through infertility, miscarriages, and her current pregnancy. Jenna describes the anger she felt after the miscarriages and how she realized her need to surrender and trust God. I think we can all think of a situation where you "knew there was a bigger plan, but it's sometimes hard to believe" amidst the circumstances.

I loved my conversation today with Jenna and her encouragement to pursue what we value, embrace who we are, and to surrender and trust God!

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Links from the Show

Jenna's Website

The Goal Digger Podcast

Aerie // #AerieREAL (interview with Jenna)

What is Jenna is reading: books by Kristin Hannah, Ann Voskamp, Jodi Picoult

What Jenna is loving: being at home and making her new house a home

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Sep 05, 2018
Happy Hour #208: Katie Davis Majors
52:44

My guest for The Happy Hour # 208 is Katie Davis Majors. Katie is an author, speaker, blogger, and founder of Amazima Ministries, an organization that cares for vulnerable children and families in Uganda. Katie moved to Uganda over a decade ago with no idea that this would be the place that God chose to build her home and her family. Today, she is a wife to Benji and mama to her fourteen favorite people.

Katie and I start out the show talking about Katie's journey to Uganda and adoption of her 13 girls. When Katie was 18, she made her first trip to Uganda and knew she'd be back. Katie tells us how 80% of East African children are in orphanages not because of lack of family, but due to poverty. Katie learned that in some cases simply paying for school would allow those children to stay with their families. Katie kept sponsoring more kids, and more and more people joined in to support these kids and Amazima Ministries was born!

Katie then shares how she came to know and foster 3 girls. When it became clear that there was no family for these children to be reunited with, they became Katie's daughters through adoption. The stories continued and by age 23, Katie was now mom to her 13 beautiful girls.

We then talk about the difficult season she walked through facing multiple losses. Katie speaks about the loneliness, pain, and questions she had and describes how near God was to her in that time. She reminds us, "we can bring our hearts to God, He sees them anyway, and He loves us regardless." I also appreciated her honesty in talking about challenges that can happen in adoption with connecting with your children.

In the last part of our conversation, we get to hear the story of Katie and her husband Benji and their family of 13 daughters and a son. You guys - it is the sweetest and includes both of them declining dates with each other at one point!

I loved my conversation with Katie so much. I was encouraged, inspired, and reminded of how when we say yes, whether it's moving overseas or sponsoring a child's education, God does amazing, incredible things!

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Links from the Show

Katie's website

Amazima Ministries

Katie's Books: Daring to Hope and Kisses from Katie

What is Katie is reading: The Way of Abundance by Ann Voskamp

What Katie is loving: this season of having teenagers all the way down to her 2 year old - so much fun!, taking a break from social media

Connect with Katie

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Aug 29, 2018
Happy Hour #207: Liz Vice
46:07

My guest for The Happy Hour # 207 is Liz Vice. Liz began her career in film and video, only to accidentally find herself behind the mic. Liz' signature soulful sound is deeply rooted in spirituality and she released her sophomore album Save Me in June. A Portland native, Liz now resides in Brooklyn.

Liz and I start off the show talking about how she never intended to be a musician. Liz' background was in film and video and she even had a full ride to film school. Due to a variety of factors, she declined the scholarship and continued work in tv/film. But, she kept feeling nudges toward music. Liz describes how she was certain that becoming a musician was not for her, but that God pursued her and how she said yes to her new path.

In the second half of the show Liz and I talk about how her new album Save Me, and what it's like to share her music with the world. She describes her shows and music as the story of her testimony, and that it is a sacred time for her when she's on stage. I loved hearing her share stories of people she's met and how Jesus has guided her and the songs she creates.

You guys isn't it so amazing - so many times on the show we've heard women tell us how God has nudged them into things they would have never expected or originally said yes to! Then, we get to hear how He continually pursues us and does such incredible things like in Liz' story today - I love it!

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Links from the Show

Liz' Website

Liz' albums: There's A Light and Save Me

What Liz is loving: having more things revealed to her about empowering women, getting to create  music her way, meeting people that are excited to be a part of the empowering women movement

What is Liz is reading: Fashioned to Reign by Kris Vallotton

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Aug 22, 2018
Happy Hour #206: Jessica Honegger
56:35

My guest for The Happy Hour # 206 is Jessica Honegger. Jessica is an award-winning social entrepreneur with a passion for catalyzing others to step outside their comfort zones and live lives of purpose. Jessica is the founder and co-CEO of Noonday Collection, a social impact fashion brand dedicated to designing and selling an inspired collection of jewelry and accessories made by Artisans in vulnerable communities. Noonday Collection was featured in Inc. magazine’s 2015 list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in America at number 45. Jessica won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for central Texas in 2017.

You guys know I am a fan of all things Noonday, and I'm so happy to welcome Jessica back to The Happy Hour as we discuss leadership, showing up for each other, being more present, and celebrate the launch of her first book!

Jessica and I start off the show talking about leadership. Jessica talks about how leadership can happen in the everyday. Friends, this means each one of us has the capacity to lead. Leadership is about recognizing what we see in others and helping each other feel seen. This is such an encouragement -  every single one of us has the power to lead, every day. Whether it's a note to a friend recognizing what they're doing or telling your neighbor or co-worker what you appreciate about them, we can all do this for each other!

We talk about the struggle in our culture to be present, and the need for time to rest. Jessica shares her own challenges with finding balance. I think we can all relate to feeling like it's impossible to take a break, and it seems like the answer should be to work harder to get it all done, right? But, as Jessica describes, what we actually need, and what can help us truly be more productive is if we take time to rest.

Jessica and I also talk about her hopes and desires for her book Imperfect Courage. We talk about handling criticism, and I appreciate Jessica's strength in creating spaces to have meaningful dialogues where it's okay to disagree. In the last part of the show, we have a ton of fun doing Q&A from you!

As always, I loved having Jessica on the show and know you'll be encouraged by our conversation. And I'm putting forth a challenge: let's ask ourselves, how can we show up for someone this week? We all can do it - so let's make it happen!

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Links from the Show

Jessica's website

Jessica's Book: Imperfect Courage

Jessica's Podcast: Going Scared

Noonday Collection - Shop, Host a Trunk Show, Learn how to be an Ambassador!

Listen to Jessica on other episodes of The Happy Hour: Episode #5, Episode #55, The Happy Half Hour #20, and Episode #08 of the If You Only Knew Mini-Series

Books by Brene Brown

The Hard Break: The Case for a 24/6 Lifestyle by Aaron Edelheit

What Jessica is loving from the Noonday Collection Fall Line: the Rosario necklace, all the fun hoops earrings

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Aug 15, 2018
Happy Hour #205: Suzanne Stabile
01:00:55

My guest for The Happy Hour # 205 is Suzanne Stabile. Suzanne is an internationally recognized Enneagram Master, author, and speaker. As an Enneagram Master, she has conducted over 500 Enneagram workshops over the last 25 years to many audiences including churches, colleges, and hospitals. Suzanne is mom to four, and grandmother to seven, and when she's not on the road teaching, she resides in Dallas with her husband Rev. Joseph Stabile.

Friends, I am so excited and honored to share today's show with you. Suzanne is so gracious and full of wisdom - I know you're going to love our conversation as much as I did!

Suzanne starts off the show sharing some history about the Enneagram including how it can be most helpful and ways to utilize it most effectively. She shares her thoughts on the prevalence of the Enneagram lately and reminds us that the Enneagram is a tool to help understand the motivations of our own and others' behaviors and "offers us nine ways of seeing the world."

Suzanne and I then talk about the Enneagram with children, parenting, and adoption. She is often asked about using the Enneagram in parenting. Suzanne tells us that a person's number can be well determined by just 5 years old, but she urges caution and believes it should not be taught until 16. But don't worry if you're wondering, but what can I do now? She gives us wise advice and encouragement for a place to start: "If you want to use the Enneagram for parenting, then be the healthiest person in your number."

Suzanne also shares that she was adopted, and how that has influenced her work. Suzanne speaks truth when we talk about adoption, trauma, and how wounds can heal, but we must recognize they are always part of the person.

You guys, there are so many great things in this show that I want to include it all! So go back and listen again or better yet, learn more by checking out the links below. But one last thing - it came up a few times during the show - Suzanne stresses the importance of doing the work to figure out your Enneagram number, and don't rely on simply taking a test. As Suzanne states, "There’s no reason to take a shortcut with something that is so valuable."

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Links from the Show

Suzanne's website

The Enneagram Journey Website // The Enneagram Journey Podcast

The Road Back to You // The Path Between Us

Study Guides: The Road Back to You // The Path Between Us

What Suzanne is reading: Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman, The Soul of Shame by Curt Thompson, Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon

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The Happy Hour Summer Book Club's August Book: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson AND we're extending the club - join us for September!

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Aug 08, 2018
Happy Hour #204: Elyse Fitzpatrick
42:27

My guest for The Happy Hour # 204 is Elyse Fitzpatrick. Elyse is an author of nearly 2 dozen books on the gospel and Christian living, renowned speaker, and hosts a podcast with her family. Elyse is passionate about delivering the gospel to women and helping women see Jesus' love everywhere in the Bible. Elyse is mom to 3 marrieds, and mimi to 6 grands, and she and her husband Phil reside in Southern California.

I am so happy to welcome Elyse back to The Happy Hour! Elyse is always a joy to have on the show and I know you will be so encouraged to dive into the Word after our conversation today.

Elyse and I start off the show talking about her motivation to write her most recent book: Finding the Love of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation. Elyse describes how she wants women to see how every part of the Bible is pointing to Jesus and His love for us. Elyse gives us several great examples of how we can see God interacting with women right from the beginning in redemptive ways - you guys, there were definitely parts of our conversation where I just had to take a moment because of the awesomeness and love God shows us through His word!

In the second part of the show Elyse and I talk about how women may have felt dismissed or that theology was just "for the guys". Elyse explains how Jesus not only tells us the Word is absolutely for all of us - women and men-, but she also points out specific ways Jesus calls us to know and love the Scripture as He did. We also talk about seeing women leaders rise up in the church and that no matter if you're in a full-time vocational ministry or not, that we can know and love the Scripture - and as we do, we will understand more and more of Jesus' love for us!

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Links from the Show

Elyse's Website

Elyse's latest book: Finding the Love of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation

More of Elyse's books

Check out Elyse on previous episodes:  The Happy Hour #89 and The Happy "Half" Hour: #16

Elyse's daughter, Jessica Thompson has been on the show too! Check out The Happy Hour #25 and The Happy Hour #38

Front Porch with the Fitzes Podcast

What Elyse is reading: Old Testament with various commentaries, i.e. Daniel commentary by Iain Duguid, Isaiah commentary by Ray Ortlund, Jeremiah and Lamentations commentary by Philip Ryken. Publishers to check out for commentaries: P&R Publishing, Crossway Publishing

What Elyse is loving: The Complete NIV Bible read by David Suchet, Earl grey decaf tea, Home Chef

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Aug 01, 2018
Happy Hour #203: Jamie Grace
49:50

My guest for The Happy Hour # 203 is Jamie Grace. Jamie is a 2-time GRAMMY nominated  singer-songwriter who started out sharing a mixture of improv comedy, cover songs and sharing her life story on YouTube at just 14 years old. At the time, Jamie was newly diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, OCD, ADHD and Anxiety. Twelve years later, Jamie is a touring artist as well as podcaster, and author. But Jamie says at the core of it all she's still an awkward kid on YouTube hoping to inspire others -- and make friends :)

You guys have been asking and asking and it's here!!!  On this week's show I get to talk with the amazing Jamie Grace and I know you are going to love this Happy Hour.

Jamie and I jump in and start talking about how it all started - she tells us about when she was 14 years old, she posted a video on YouTube as a way to channel her energy and creativity. Between the ages of 9 -13 years old, Jamie struggled with her emotions, friendships, and the diagnoses of Tourette Syndrome OCD, ADHD, and Anxiety. She realized creative outlets were a path to freedom and discovery about God's purpose for her, and how she could rebuild her life. Of course, I had to ask her what her parents thought of her posting videos on YouTube when she was just 14! Jamie tells us how they immediately shut it down, but that when they rebooted it, and to this day, her parents are her managers!

In the last part of the show, we get to hear the love story of Jamie and her husband Aaron. You're going to love hearing her describe how she knew she was going to marry him the night she met him (even though she didn't even get his name!), and how they didn't reconnect for a year!  As many of you know, Jamie has shared so much on being single and living in a season of waiting, such as on her podcast Wait It Out, and she talks openly about what was challenging.  Jamie reminds us that no matter what your season of waiting is for, and no matter what the outcome, we can remind ourselves and each other of the joy, peace, and promises that God has for us.

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Links from the Show

Jamie's website

Wait It Out podcast

Jamie's new album: '91

Jamie's single (and video from her wedding!): Wait It Out // Download Wait It Out

What Jamie's reading: Loveology by John Mark Comer

What Jamie's loving: marriage and the grace Aaron gives her, and black beans!

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Jul 25, 2018
Happy Hour #202: Brittany Price Brooker
51:11

My guest for The Happy Hour # 202 is Brittany Price Brooker. Brittany is mom, widow and remarried, singer, and speaker passionate about making Jesus known! Together with her husband Daniel, they are raising five children and they've come to be known as the Brooker Bunch!

Brittany starts out sharing with us how when she was 25, she lost her husband Patrick and was left a widow with three young children under the age of 3. It was unimaginable, but Brittany describes how even starting with the night before Patrick died, she can see how God was preparing the way for her to be able to walk through her worst nightmare.

Brittany tells us about the pain of not only losing her husband, but having to see her children grieve. She so honestly shares her cries out to God. You guys - it will give you chills as you hear how God answered prayer after prayer, and people kept showing up. It is such an encouragement to all of us that we can show up for one another -- even what may seem too small or too crazy can actually make a huge impact in someone's life.

In the second half of the show, Brittany describes how God brought her to meet her husband Daniel, who is also a widow. After about a hundred emails they finally had their first phone conversation -- which of course lasted 5 hours! Brittany talks about the tender navigation of bringing two grieving families together. She stresses the importance of grace, therapy, community and allowing everyone to process their feelings and know it's okay to feel sorrow and joy at the same time.

Brittany has gone through much suffering in her short life, but in her story you can so clearly hear how Jesus continually brings hope and provision, and that we all have opportunities to show up for each other!

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Links from the Show

Brittany's website

Brooker Bunch

What Brittany's reading: Choosing Marriage by Debra Fileta

What Brittany's loving: concealer & mascara, Daily Audio Bible App

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Jul 18, 2018
Happy Hour #201: Priscilla Shirer
41:44

My guest for The Happy Hour # 201 is Priscilla Shirer. Priscilla is a wife, mom, and Bible teacher. She and her husband, Jerry, lead Going Beyond Ministries through which they provide spiritual support and resources to the body of Christ. They count it as their greatest privilege to serve every denomination and culture across the spectrum of the church.

Friends, Priscilla is a joy to talk to and you are going to love hearing her speak about her ministry, her family, and how God has led her down paths she never would have imagined (such as how she flat out said No! the first time she was asked to be in a movie!)

We start out the show talking about family and ministry - you guys have heard Chrystal and Wynter on the Happy Hour before, and it's awesome hearing how they do life together and support each other. Priscilla and I talk about trying to teach our kids the importance of those daily tasks we all need to do (i.e. cleaning, cooking!) and being ok when maybe it's not quite how we would have done it - the struggle is real!

Priscilla then shares how she started writing The Prince Warriors series - can you imagine if your 4 year old came up to you and asked, "Mom, will I be in a battle one day?" This is what happened to Priscilla and you are going to love hearing what happened from that question.

In the last part of the show Priscilla shares how she came to act in movies. I think we can all relate to feeling afraid, intimidated, and unequipped to succeed. But, I know you will feel encouraged as you hear Priscilla describe how God led her and made what felt impossible, possible, and expanded the reach of the ministry greater than she could have imagined.

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Links from the Show

Going Beyond Ministries

The Prince Warriors Series

*Giveaway!* Find me on Instagram to enter to win The Prince Warrior Trilogy!

War Room

I Can Only Imagine

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Jul 11, 2018
Happy Hour #200: Jamie and Aaron Ivey
01:15:07

My guest for The Happy Hour # 200 is my all-time favorite guest on The Happy Hour, my husband Aaron Ivey. Friends, I cannot believe that The Happy Hour is celebrating its 200th episode!!! I want to thank each and every one of you for listening, sharing the show, joining us in Book Club or Happy Hour Live, and supporting If You Only Knew. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm honored and humbled to be able to share so many women's stories. These stories made us laugh and cry -- sometimes at the same time! -- and have encouraged, inspired, and most importantly pointed us to the Gospel.

On today's show Aaron and I share some favorite moments from The Happy Hour. We hear a little bit from twelve different episodes and we get to talk about everything from the single life, married life, kids, how men and women look at approval, diversity, creativity, and more. I would have loved to share clips from every single episode, but if you want to catch up on any shows you missed, maybe a Happy Hour podcast binge is in order!

Thank you again to each and everyone of you for listening, sharing your stories, giving feedback, and building this community. I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart and here's to the next 200 shows!

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Links from the Show

The Happy Hour #39: Aaron Ivey

The Happy Hour #58: Jalessa McCreary

The Happy Hour #112: Tara-Leigh Cobble

The Happy Hour #5: Jessica Honegger

The Happy Hour #194: Ruth Chou Simons 

The Happy Hour #44: Tasha Morrison

The Happy Hour #154: LaToria Wilson

The Happy Hour #108: Beth Moore 

The Happy Hour #76: Sally Lloyd-Jones 

The Happy Hour #185: Holly Christine Hayes

The Happy Hour #68: Jami Nato #68 

The Happy Hour #162: Ellie Holcomb 

 

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Jul 04, 2018
Happy Hour #199: Liz Curtis Higgs
52:21

My guest for The Happy Hour # 199 is Liz Curtis Higgs. Liz is an author, speaker, and has three abiding passions: encouraging her sisters in Christ, exploring the stories of women in the Bible, and writing novels set in Scotland of old. Liz has written 37 books and travels around the world speaking and encouraging women. Liz is mom to Matthew and Lillian (recent college grads!) and when she's not traveling she loves being home with her husband Bill and her twin tabby cats Boaz and Samson.

Friends, I am so excited to share today's episode with you and I know you are going to love hearing from Liz about her story, how she came to write about the "Bad Girls" in the Bible, and her current fight with cancer. No matter what the circumstance, Liz brings hope and encouragement for us all.

Liz starts off the show sharing how she came to know Jesus and how He saved her from a life she knew was leading her towards a dead end. She tells us how a couple who had newly come to know Jesus "loved her into the Kingdom" by simply sharing what they had so recently learned. I love that so much because it affirms that we can't know it all, but that doesn't mean God can't use us in ways that impact others.

We also talk about shame and how it can stop us from telling our stories or truly experiencing freedom. Liz tells us how she never intended to write "Bad Girls of the Bible" and how God led her down a path that opened more doors than she ever could have imagined.

In the last half of the episode, Liz talks about her current fight with cancer - her "annoyance" she calls it. She candidly talks about what it's like to face less than promising news and how even amidst this suffering she sees God's faithfulness each day. She says "no matter what tomorrow brings, God will not be shaken."

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Liz' website // Monthly Bible Study Posts

Bad Girls of the Bible \\ Really Bad Girls of the Bible \\ Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible

Liz' podcast: Word by Word

More of Liz' books!

What Liz is reading: Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free by Tullian Tchividjian, More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us by Steve Leder

If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey

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Jun 27, 2018
Happy Hour # 198: Michelle McKinney
45:50

My guest for The Happy Hour # 198 is Michelle McKinney. Michelle defines herself as a Dream Architect and she brings her 20-years experience working alongside senior executives at companies such as Starbucks, American Express, Fannie Mae and Zion, to help women design, construct and bring their God-given dreams to life. Michelle and her husband, Tony, reside in Maryland with their 4 children - Caleb, Mekhi, Anthony and Selah.

I knew Michelle and I would get along when I saw her dance onto the stage at Shine, and she brings her joy and energy to the show today - I know you're going to love it.

Michelle believes that every woman can fulfill her God-given purpose, and on today's show we talk about how women can discover those dreams and move through the restlessness, yearning, and transition of when God is transplanting us to something new. We discuss the struggle of finding contentment in a season instead of only focusing on what's next. I love her idea of keeping a journal to write down your wins each day - it's such a great way to celebrate and look back and see how God has been working in your life.

In the second half of the show we discuss one of my favorite topics - marriage. Michelle speaks about marrying for love and purpose. She says, "marriage is about partnership and being able to build something to advance God’s kingdom even more than what you could do alone." Lastly, Michelle tells us about what is now my new favorite idea for a party - a bridal shower reboot for her 20th wedding anniversary!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Michelle's Website: Dreams Unleashed

What Michelle is loving: painting her nails

What Michelle is reading: If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey, Always Enough, Never Too Much by Jess Connally and Hayley Morgan

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Jun 20, 2018
Happy Hour #197: Amena Brown Owen
46:36

My guest for The Happy Hour # 197 is Amena Brown. Amena is a poet, speaker, author, and event hostNamed one of Rejuvenate Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 Changemakers, Amena is the author of five spoken word CDs and two non-fiction books. She has performed and spoken at events across the nation, and she and her husband, DJ Opdiggy, live in Atlanta.

On the show today, Amena and I talk about everything from grief, infertility, ministry, and the creative process she goes through to bring a poem to life on stage. One thing's for sure - I could never do her job!

Amena and I dive right in and start talking about the feelings of living a life you didn't think you'd live. Amena shares how she learned to grieve the loss of expectations, and how she realized, "to experience joy most fully, I had to also experience the grief." We also talk about the importance of finding those people who will walk beside you and be truly present with you amidst different seasons of life.

In the second half of the show Amena describes her creative process as a poet and you guys, it's incredible. We talk about performance as a craft and ministry, and she tells us how we can find spoken word in our own communities. Amena then discusses her involvement in international ministry. Amena reminds us how important it is to really know the organizations you're going with, what they represent, and most importantly who and how they're partnering and led by those in that country.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Amena's website

Amena's podcasts:  HER with Amena Brown, How to Fix a Broken Record (10 episode mini-series), Here For the Donuts

Amena's Books: How to Fix A Broken Record, Breaking Old Rhythms

What Amena is loving: Beyonce, Real Housewives of Atlanta, Cardi B

What Amena is reading: Turner House by Angela Flournoy and When the Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd

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Jun 13, 2018
Happy Hour #196: Rachel Henry
01:09:05

My guest for The Happy Hour # 196 is Rachel Henry. Rachel is wife to her high school sweetheart, Simon, and they have six beautiful children whom she's home-schooled for the last two years. Rachel and her family reside in Florida where they like to live like they're on vacation every day!

Friends, I'm going to get straight to it - today's show is difficult to listen to. It's difficult, but incredibly powerful and full of hope and healing amidst tragedy. A few warnings: in the episode today Rachel talks about the night that her home was broken into and she was raped. I encourage younger ears to have an adult listen first. Also, if you struggle with fear around these topics, have a trusted friend listen first and guide you on if you should listen and/or any parts you should skip.

What Rachel has experienced is absolutely horrific. As you listen to her share her story, you will also hear loud and clear the hope she carries, and how God has been with her and her family through their journey. I was floored listening to her describe the trial and how she faced her attackers and told them she forgave them, and how she's prayed for them.

In the last part of the show, Rachel talks about her journey of healing and how crucial it was to find the right therapy. Rachel describes the effectiveness of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) with traumatic experiences and how it could help others.

I am incredibly grateful to Rachel for her vulnerability and sharing her story so that others would be encouraged and have hope.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Rachel's website: Broken2Brave

What Rachel is loving: Fabletics leggings, corkscrew hair spirals, naps!

What Rachel is reading: Triggers: Exchanging Parents' Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses by Amber Lia & Wendy Speake

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Jun 06, 2018
Happy Hour #195: Amy Hannon
55:54

My guest for The Happy Hour # 195 is Amy Hannon. Amy is the owner of Euna Mae's, a kitchen boutique that is not only is a special place to locals, but has also become a destination shop for many around the country. You can also find Amy on her cooking show on Northwest Arkansas' NBC affiliate, a food blog, and her recently published "Love Welcome Serve" cookbook.

I know many of you are familiar with Amy's super cute shop Euna Mae's - and don't worry if you thought her name was Euna Mae (she gets that a lot)! Amy and I begin today's show talking about the bittersweet emotions that come when your kids begin to leave the nest. Amy is momma to three and she shares about her youngest graduating just this past weekend!

We then talk about what hospitality means to her. Amy has never met a stranger and and that "hospitality is making people feel like they matter" - I love the way she describes that. Amy and I also discuss how in our culture we can get the meaning of hospitality wrong and shift the focus inward instead of serving others from the heart.

In the last part of the show, Amy shares how she never intended to be a shop owner, cooking show host, or write a cookbook. But, when she asked herself what her God dream was, God answered her prayer in big ways!

I had so much fun talking with Amy today. She shows that we all can show hospitality to anyone and everyone, and her story is an encouragement to ask ourselves what our dreams are and not be afraid to go to God with those dreams.

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Links from the Show

Amy's Shop: Euna Mae's

Amy's books: Love Welcome Serve Cookbook

What Amy is loving: spending time with her husband, black and white mocha at Starbucks, and savoring the home stretch of having her kid at home

What Amy is reading: If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey, New Morning Mercies Devotional by Paul David Tripp

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May 30, 2018
Happy Hour #194: Ruth Chou Simons
55:59

My guest for The Happy Hour # 194 is Ruth Chou Simons. Ruth is an artist, writer, entrepreneur, and speaker. As author of the bestselling book GraceLaced and creator of the GraceLaced online shoppe, blog, and Instagram community, she shares scriptural truths daily through her hand-painted artwork and words. Ruth and her husband, Troy, live in Colorado and are grateful parents to six sons—their greatest adventure.

Today's show was one of those conversations where we could have kept talking for hours. Many of you may know Ruth from her beautiful art and from Instagram, and you're going to love her even more after listening to today's show.

Ruth and I start out the conversation talking about how she got her name when she immigrated to America - you may not believe this but, it came from a man who didn't even know her and he named her parents at the same time as well! We discuss the importance of teaching culture to our children, and making sure it doesn't get in the way of learning about God's grace.

Ruth then shares the amazing story of how her mom came to know Jesus and how a woman she barely knew invested in her mom. It's such an encouragement that our actions can make a bigger impact than we may ever realize!

In the last part of the show, we discuss the different strategies Ruth follows in how she runs her business and how she decides what gets posted on Instagram. We also talk about fighting for our marriages. No matter what the situation, we always need to remind ourselves of what is true and tell ourselves the Gospel.

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Links from the Show

Ruth's Website: Gracelaced

Ruth's books: Garden of Truth and Gracelaced

When Sinners Say I Do by Dave Harvey

Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick

What Ruth is loving: pork belly sliders, trying things that are out of her comfort zone, no cell service at her house

What Ruth is reading: The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch, You Are What You Love by James Smith

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May 23, 2018
Happy Hour #193: Lynsey Kramer
58:04

My guest for The Happy Hour # 193 is Lynsey Kramer. Lynsey is a photographer turned farmer and lives in Fayetteville, TX a tiny town of 200 people. Lynsey and her husband Jason work together on their farm, Yonder Way Farm, with their four daughters.

You guys, I'm going to warn you now - after you listen today's show you're going to want to pack up your things and start a farm! Lynsey and I start out our conversation Lynsey giving me great advice on how I can be a better mama to my mama cat and her new kittens.  It turns out that I may have more kittens at my house than I thought!

Lynsey shares how she and her husband Jason went from firefighter and photographer to full-time farmers. For any of you thinking of starting something new or following a dream, you're going to be so encouraged as you hear her describe how they started from scratch, had many failures, and then mastered the ways of farming (You Tube may have been involved!).

At the end of the show Lynsey tells us about her amazing barn and the supper club events they will be hosting at the farm. You're going to want to take part in one of these events so be sure you follow Lynsey on Instagram!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Yonder Way Farm

To find more information about supper clubs and farm days at Yonder Way Farm, follow them on Instagram!

What Lynsey is reading: The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon, The Energy Bus for Kids by Jon Gordon, and The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile

Old World Antieks in La Grange

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May 16, 2018
Happy Hour #192: Mo Isom
01:02:09

My guest for The Happy Hour # 192 is Mo Isom. Mo is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, blogger, and former All-American goalkeeper for the Louisiana State University soccer team. Mo has been featured in Sports Illustrated, appeared on ESPN SportsCenter Top-10 Plays, Ellen, ESPN, CBS, The 700 Club, and countless other platforms. She, her husband, Jeremiah Aiken, and their two children live in Atlanta, Georgia.

When I received Mo's new book, Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot, I wasn't sure what to expect. But you guys, I loved this book and the message she brings. A little note about the show today - we discuss the issues of sex and pornography so mommas, you may first want to take a listen to the show on your own.

Mo and I dive right into the hard stuff and start talking about sexual sin. In Mo's book she discusses her past and struggle with sexual sin. At 19, she felt Jesus calling her to an intimacy fast. Mo describes how the fast reset her heart, but also when she started dating again (her future husband!), she saw how quickly the temptations could set back in and we must continually fight against our sins.

We then discuss the problems of pornography and the truth that so many women are silently struggling with this addiction. Mo describes the problem so well when she says, "it fulfills our instant urge, our instant want, but it never satisfies."  Mo and I both get fired up talking about having this conversation with our children. We both believe so strongly in the importance of heart transformation and relationship so we can be ready when the world throws out all its "false sexpectations".

I could have talked with Mo for hours and I know you're going to love our conversation too!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Mo's Website

Mo's books: Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot and Wreck My Life

What Mo is loving: Quay sunglasses, Uber, Instagram stories

What Mo is reading: Exploring the Prophetic Devotional by Shawn Bolz

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

If You Only Knew

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May 09, 2018
Happy Hour #191: Christine Caine
45:48

My guest for The Happy Hour # 191 is Christine Caine. Christine is an Australian-born, Greek-blooded activist, author and international speaker. Christine has a passion for justice, and together with her husband, Nick, founded the anti-human trafficking organization, The A21 Campaign, which received The Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice in 2017. In 2015, they founded Propel Women, an organization designed to honor the calling of every woman, empower her to lead, equip her for success, and develop a sense of purpose. Christine and her family make their home in Southern California.

Christine has been one of the most requested guests for me to have on The Happy Hour, and I am so excited for you guys to hear the show today. Christine's passion is contagious, and I know you will be encouraged, energized, and inspired!

Christine and I start off talking about what it means to speak truth in love, and how proclaiming the truth with boldness should not be out of the ordinary. Christine shares her story including how, at 33, she found out she was adopted, and the impact of enduring 12 years of abuse. She vividly describes the moment when Jesus began the transformation of her life. She says, "Jesus saved my soul...the Word renewed my mind and changed my life."

Christine and I then talk about how our lives look when we live with an orphan spirit instead of truly believing our identity as daughters of a king. We talk about how we react to the unexpected shows truth about our faith. She reminds us as we all face hurt and troubles in our life that what Jesus did for us is bigger than what people have done to us - Jesus is better!

You guys, there is so much good stuff in this show that you'll want to jot down - so grab your pen and paper and get ready to hear some powerful truths!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Christine's Website

Christine's book (releasing May 8): Unexpected

The A21 Campaign

Propel Women

What Christine is loving: parenting teenagers, her upcoming trip to Europe, and studying for her Masters in Evangelism and Leadership with her Propel cohort

What Christine is reading: Life Without Lack by Dallas Willard

It's my 40th birthday this weekend and my goal is to have 40 kids sponsored through Compassion International. To learn more about Compassion International, listen to The Happy Hour #146 with Sophie Hudson as we talk about our trip to Kenya seeing the amazing work that's happening with Compassion.

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May 02, 2018
Happy Hour #190: Jackie Hill-Perry
01:02:03

My guest for The Happy Hour # 190 is Jackie Hill Perry. Jackie is a writer and artist whose work has been featured on such publications as the Washington Times and The 700 Club. Since being saved from a lifestyle of homosexuality, she has been compelled to use her speaking and teaching gifts to share the light of the gospel of God as authentically as she can. She is signed to Humble Beast Records and released her debut album, The Art of Joy, in 2014. At home, she is a wife to Preston and Mommy to Eden.

For two years I've been working on getting Jackie on the show, and I am so excited to share our conversation with you today. On today's episode we cover some challenging topics: racial issues and homosexuality. I know these topics can bring us into uncomfortable or tense spaces, but I believe talking about hard issues is valuable and important, and my hope is that we can all be listeners and learners in these spaces.

Jackie and I begin the show talking about gospel diversity and the power of indifference. She describes how we can gain knowledge about the issues, but not take that knowledge and change how we live out our lives. The perspective she gives about the impact of indifference and inaction is powerful.

In the second half of the show, Jackie shares her story of how she was living a life of homosexuality and how God pursued her and saved her in a way only God could.  You are going to love hearing her talk about how her public ministry began just FIVE months after she decided to follow Jesus - her first public testimony was all because she wanted a free t-shirt! You guys, Jackie is bold and she speaks some powerful truths. When I asked her if she was afraid to fail, she said "Either I trust God or I don't... If I fall, then I fall and I get up and trust God some more".

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Jackie's Website

Pre-order Jackie's book: Gay Girl, Good God

Pre-order Jackie's album Crescendo + download a free song

Rosario Butterfield on Russell Moore's Signposts podcast

What Jackie is loving: oranges!

What Jackie is reading: 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup and Beloved by Toni Morrison

Lifeway ABUNDANCE Events 

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Apr 25, 2018
Happy Hour #189: Tova Sido
01:10:54

My guest for The Happy Hour # 189 is Tova Sido. Tova is a Jesus lover, author, speaker, and mom who lives in Dallas. Tova is passionate about helping others see God's incredible healing power for their lives and encourage them to become the people God created them to be.

When asked what Tova wanted to be when she grew up, she always knew her answer: Mom. On today's show, Tova shares her story of becoming mom to six children - three children who are in heaven, and three children she adopted from Ghana. As you can imagine, Tova's story of becoming a mom did not unfold as she expected.

Tova talks about the births and losses of her three beautiful children and when it seemed the sadness would overwhelm her. Tova speaks honestly about how she felt isolated - she wasn't sure how to interact with the world, and the world didn't know how to interact with her. But, an unexpected job offer at the end of what she thought was simply a counseling session with her pastor, started her on a path to regaining her joy. At the end of our conversation, we hear how a mission trip to Ghana became the starting point for how Tova brought home three of her children.

You guys, listening to Tova's story today was such an encouragement when we feel like we just can't make it through. Tova tells us "If you allow it, the joy will always supersede the pain", and with the Lord it will truly be a peace and joy that surpasses all understanding.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Tova's website

Tova's Book Borrowed Courage

What Tova is loving: green smoothies, collagen vitamins, and This Is Us

What Tova is reading: Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

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Apr 18, 2018
Happy Hour #188: Layla Palmer
58:55

My guest for The Happy Hour # 188 is Layla Palmer. Layla is a storyteller/photographer whose passion is sharing home and lifestyle inspiration. She is a contributor for HGTV.com, and her home and work have been featured in numerous publications including HGTV Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, and Good Housekeeping.

Layla starts out the show telling us how in efforts not to fall for her now husband Kevin while they were working together, she kept herself quietly busy in a corner painting pictures of cartoon cats (yes, you read that right). After they got married, Kevin started passionately seeking Jesus, and she talks about how watching him simply being a child of God made her take notice. I love her story of the moment she felt changed everything when in the darkest season of their marriage, she and Kevin encountered Jesus in the drive-thru of a Krystal Burger.

Layla and I both have adopted children from Haiti, and at the end of the show we talk about some of the challenges we've seen our children face - including wanting them to recognize their preciousness and the difficulty in establishing that feeling of permanence for them.

I loved my conversation with Layla and also love following her on Instagram - her intention of educating, entertaining, and encouraging comes through all of her stories and posts. And speaking of Instagram, come find me @JamieIvey!  I've partnered with Starfish Project to host a contest that will begin April 12 where five winners will receive a signed copy of If You Only Knew and $100 gift certificate to Starfish Project!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Layla's Blog: The Lettered Cottage

Kevin's Testimony

What Layla is reading: Surprised by Motherhood by Lisa-Jo Baker

Happy Hour Live! Event Tickets On Sale Now!

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

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Apr 11, 2018
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Apr 06, 2018
Happy Hour #187: Courtney Wetzel
01:00:51

My guest for The Happy Hour # 187 is Courtney Wetzel. Courtney is a senior at Texas A&M University and believes in empowering, equipping and encouraging individuals even in the mundane. Through her gift of storytelling, she is able to empathize and rally behind her generation.

Courtney is the youngest guest I've had so far on the Happy Hour, and I loved our conversation, her energy, and enthusiasm, and I know you will too.

Courtney and I talk about her current season of transitioning from college and how important it is for women to cheer each other on. Courtney is speaking my language when she talks about the importance of women saying to each other "I'm on your team".

Courtney then shares how she developed the habit of looking for "dimes", or unexpected joys in each day. It started with a writing assignment during a season where it seemed joys would be few. I love how she has committed to finding her "dimes" in each day and that you can always "fight to find what was good about today".

At the end of the show, Courtney will prove anyone who has preconceived notions about millenials wrong, because this gal is doing great things to develop community and creativity! But, we also talk about the danger in this age of hustle, and feeling like we need to keep pace with those we see around us instead of remaining grounded in where our true identity lies.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Courtney's Blog

Passion City Church: Boost or Bury Sermon

Annie F. Downs Podcast "That Sounds Fun" - series on rhythms

What Courtney is loving: her ABLE wallet, Counting Every Blessing by Rend Collective,
her home, "The Treehouse"

What Courtney is reading: If You Only Knew, Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge

What Jamie is reading: No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert, Why I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray

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Apr 04, 2018
Happy Hour #186: Carrie Rozema
58:22

My guest for The Happy Hour # 186 is Carrie Rozema. Carrie is co-author of 'The Least of These', a personal testimony of the redemptive power of Christ in the face of her husband's heroin addiction.  Carrie and her husband Neal share their personal testimonies in hopes of bringing insight and freedom to those held captive by drug abuse and incarceration.

In today's episode, Carrie says "God is in the business of redeeming broken people", and throughout our conversation today, I know you'll hear so many examples of how God will pursue us no matter what the circumstances.

Carrie begins by sharing how God rescued her from an unsafe marriage, and how she came to know God through His Word. As Carrie was healing and growing more in her faith, in walks Neal - the exact opposite "type" of man Carrie thought God would pick for her. You guys, she even told him on the first date that she wasn't the girl he was looking for.

Carries describes how a few months into the relationship, he admitted he was on parole. She tells us how she finally learned the truth about his heroin addiction when he was sent to prison. She first told Neal to lose her number, but instead throughout Neal's years in prison, God continually pursued both of them, and they ended up married just ten days after Neal was released.

At the end of our conversation, Carrie gives a convicting challenge to the church: she encourages us to step out and welcome people who come from hard situations such as abuse, addiction, or prison.  I loved how she said even if it seems messy or hard, we should "roll out the red carpet".

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Carrie and Neal's Testimony: The Least of These

Carrie and Neal on The 700 Club

What Carrie is loving: her 100 year old farmhouse,
dark chocolate, and the Beachwaver curling iron

What Carrie is reading: If You Only Knew, Dressed to Kill by Rick Renner, Killing Kryptonite by John Bevere

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Mar 28, 2018
Happy Hour #185: Holly Christine Hayes
01:04:29

My guest for The Happy Hour # 185 is Holly Christine Hayes. Holly is an author, world-renowned recovery ministry expert, and founder/CEO of Sanctuary Project, a social enterprise bringing hope and healing to survivors of trafficking, violence and addiction. Holly was recently chosen as a new Voice for Women of Faith and is passionate about sharing her radical salvation story in safe houses, churches, conferences and recovery communities all over the world.

I know that after listening to my conversation with Holly, you are going to love God more and be affirmed in how much God can redeem in our lives. Holly and I start out the conversation talking about what it means to hit rock bottom, and no matter what your story is, pain is pain. Holly shares her story of abuse, addiction, abortion, and trafficking that led her to the moment when she prayed the words, "God help me."

Holly shares her journey of becoming sober and getting to know the God that saved her. I cannot stop thinking about when she told me the amazing story of how God met her in the Word when she sought to know Him better by opening up her Bible.

At the end of show, we talk about her passion for helping women gain freedom from shame and her new nonprofit, Sanctuary Project. Be sure to come find me on Instagram tomorrow (3/22) because we will be giving away a necklace from Sanctuary Project!

A note about our conversation today: we discuss several mature topics including abortion, abuse, trafficking, and addiction which may not be appropriate for young ears.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Holly's Book: From Basement to Sanctuary

Sanctuary Project // Follow Sanctuary Project on Instagram and Facebook

Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd

What Holly is loving: LeTote, the Passion translation of the Bible, marble jewelry

What Holly is reading: If You Only Knew

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Mar 21, 2018
Happy Hour #184: Marshawn Evans Daniels
01:00:48

My guest for The Happy Hour # 184 is Marshawn Evans Daniels. A former sports attorney, Miss America finalist, and competitor on The Apprentice, she left a high-powered law firm and turned her passion for people into a multimillion-dollar enterprise. Marshawn is a reinvention strategist and life coach mentoring women to live bolder in the areas of faith and business and turn ideas into income and faith into action.

On today's show, Marshawn shares the story of how living out faith in her daily life led her to where she is today, coaching and empowering women. Marshawn tells us about how she competed in Miss America, The Apprentice, and discovered her talent for business. After launching her own book on business and creating a successful sports agency, Marshawn faced crisis: the week she was set to be married, she called off her wedding. Marshawn describes this as her "split rock" moment and that God used this crisis to move her through what she calls divine reinvention.

I know that Marshawn inspired me when she said that we should all believe bigger and be awakened in boldness to use the gifts that God has given us, and I hope that you are inspired too!

A note about our conversation today: you may want to be aware of little ears that are listening when Marshawn and I discuss the topic of infidelity.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Marshawn's Book: Believe Bigger

Marshawn's website

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

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Mar 14, 2018
Happy Hour #183: Andi Andrew
01:02:29

My guest for The Happy Hour # 183 is Andi Andrew. Andi is the author of She Is Free, and cofounder and copastor with her husband, Paul, of Liberty Church. In 2015 she launched the She Is Free Conference in order to equip and activate women to walk in freedom, spirit, soul, and body, and see others set free in their sphere of influence. A frequent speaker all over the world, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Paul, and their four children.

You guys, I am so excited to share with you my conversation with Andi. Her message of freedom and replacing lies with truth aligns so much with what I am passionate about. We cover so many topics from the lessons learned from sharing rooms with your siblings, to how the lies we believe will alter our perspective on the world.

Andi also shares her story of moving to Australia where she unexpectedly met and married her husband, and the amazing story of how God led her and Paul to start Liberty Church in NYC. We then dive into the lies we cling to that disconnect us from God and each other. Shame, anger, control - do those sound as familiar to you as they did for me? Andi and I talk honestly about how these can manifest in our own lives and how we can work to dismantle the lies and live in the truth.

One note about our conversation today: Andi and I do talk about some mature topics related to marriage, so you may want to be aware of little ears that are listening.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Andi's Website

She Is Free Conference

Liberty Church

Andi's Books: She Is Free and Fake or Follower (available for pre-order)

What Andi is loving: Fixer Upper, the Passion translation of the Bible, full-fat cream (for coffee, tea, anything!)

What Andi is reading: The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

Happy Hour Live! Event Tickets On Sale Now!

 If You Only Knew

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Mar 07, 2018
If You Only Knew #09: Jenn Jett
22:47
Mar 02, 2018
Happy Hour #182: Emily Thomas
42:50

My guest for The Happy Hour # 182 is Emily Thomas. Emily is the host of the Mom Struggling Well podcast where she employs humor and candor to share the encouragement from God’s word and her personal motherhood misadventures in an effort to build up worn-down moms everywhere.

On today's show, Emily and I start off talking about parenting challenges and Emily shares her story of infertility that led her to adoption. I appreciated Emily's honesty so much as she tells us about the difficulties she faced in connecting with her daughter and how they are fostering a healthy relationship together.

Emily then shares the incredible story of her first marriage that began with an engagement after the first date, moving overseas, and ended with Emily fleeing for her safety.

I loved the end of our conversation when Emily and I talk about the importance of recognizing when how we feel about God doesn't line up with what is actually true about God. This is such a great encouragement for all of us that no matter how unusable by God we may feel, the truth about who God is and how He loves us is greater!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

MomStrugglingWell.com

Emily's Podcast: Mom Struggling Well

What Emily is loving: Madewell jeans, Anything with thumb holes (i.e sweaters), Better Life Bags

What Emily is reading: Silence and Solitude by Ruth Haley Barton

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

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 If You Only Knew

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Feb 28, 2018
If You Only Knew #08: Jessica Honegger
20:24
Feb 23, 2018
Happy Hour #181: Jennifer Allwood
58:21

My guest for The Happy Hour # 181 is Jennifer Allwood. Jennifer is a wife, a mother and a creative turned business coach. She is “Facebook famous” according to her teenage boys with over 300K followers on that platform and she teaches women how to create a beautiful home and build a creative business.

If you have been feeling God nudge you to do something new but you've felt afraid or uncertain, then this show is for you. No matter what stage of life you're in, I know you're going to be encouraged by our conversation today to get out there and use your giftings.

Jennifer and I begin the show by discussing the joys and challenges of raising teenage boys including the new freedom she's loving with having a teenager in the house that can drive.

Jennifer then shares how she transformed her painting business to a successful online platform. Through this shift, Jennifer has been able to reach an even broader audience than before, and she now also coaches thousands of women on how to maximize their talents through social media. She shares some of her tips with us and I know that I learned some things today that I'll be implementing ASAP!

What I loved most about our conversation today was her encouragement for all of us. She reminds us that we all share the feeling of being afraid, but that doesn't release us from our calling. God has given us giftings and He has equipped us to use them, so don't let fear stop you when you feel him giving you a nudge!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

JenniferAllwood.com

The Magic Brush

Jennifer's Podcast: The Jennifer Allwood Show

Passion City Church: Boost or Bury

What Jennifer is loving: the color cobalt blue, Netflix (Stranger Things!), and Instagram stories

What Jennifer is reading: If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey, Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis, and Beth Moore daily devotionals (Beth Moore Airport Story Video)

Jessica Honegger's Going Scared Podcast

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

Happy Hour Live! Event Tickets On Sale Now!

 If You Only Knew

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Feb 21, 2018
If You Only Knew #07: Bailey Heard
22:30
Feb 16, 2018
Happy Hour #180: Sonja Overhiser
01:01:35

My guest for The Happy Hour # 180 is Sonja Overhiser. Sonja is an author, recipe developer, podcast host, and healthy and sustainable food advocate. She and her husband Alex have created the A Couple Cooks website and the A Couple Cooks podcast that together provide recipes, conversation, and inspiration for healthy and sustainable eating.

Sonja and I start off talking about how she discovered her passion for cooking through trying out recipes from cookbooks with her husband. We talk about the power of sharing a meal with others, and the walls that come down and community built up by breaking bread together.

You'll be moved by Sonja's journey to becoming a momma as she takes us through her cancer diagnosis, infertility, and the road to bringing home her son. She shares about the difficulty of being in a "liminal space" where you're in transition, waiting and uncertain what God is leading you to next.

Sonja and I got to chat about so many things on the show today from how what we eat connects to our faith, to the amazing and bittersweet moments that can happen in adoption. I'm so excited to share our conversation with you and know you're going to love it.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

A Couple Cooks

A Couple Cooks Podcast

Sonja's Cookbook: Pretty Simple Cooking

What Sonja is loving: Monstera plants, Asana for managing to-do's, Google Home Mini

What Sonja is reading: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and Sourdough by Robin Sloan

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

 If You Only Knew

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Feb 14, 2018
If You Only Knew #06: Alli Worthington
16:32
Feb 09, 2018
Happy Hour #179: Candace Payne
57:36

My guest for The Happy Hour # 179 is Candace Payne. On the show today, you'll get to know the woman behind the Chewbacca Mask whose video became a viral sensation and the most-viewed Facebook Live video to date. Candace is a speaker and author of Laugh It Up: Embrace Freedom and Experience Defiant Joy, and the small-group curriculum, Defiant Joy: What Happens When You’re Full Of It.

Candace and I start the show discussing all things movies by playing "Skip It or Ticket" and you'll learn how much I know about Star Wars (hint: I may have fallen asleep during one of the movies!).

Candace shares how posting her Chewbacca Mask video changed her life literally overnight, and what it has been like to experience fame so quickly. Candace opens up about struggles her family has endured, including a time when they were homeless. Candace reminds us that through God we always have access to joy and freedom no matter the circumstances, and it's up to us to choose to fight for it.

Candace will make you laugh and encourage you to embrace and experience joy, and I know you'll love my conversation with her.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Candace's Books: Laugh It Up: Embrace Freedom and Experience Defiant Joy, Defiant Joy: What Happens When You're Full of it

Trying on the Chewbacca Mask Video

Candace's single: Heal the World

Candace's Website

What Candace is loving: her pugs, breakfast tacos (egg whites, pico de gallo, avocado and lots of cheese!), and her iPad Pro

What Candace is reading: The Gift of Being Yourself by David G. Benner

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

 If You Only Knew

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Feb 07, 2018
If You Only Knew #05: Ginger Swann
17:01
Feb 02, 2018
Happy Hour #178: If You Only Knew, and Interview with Jamie Ivey
51:32


 

We're switching things up a little bit today on The Happy Hour. My husband and best friend, Aaron, is guest hosting and interviewing ME. My very first book, If You Only Knew, released yesterday and I am feeling every possible emotion about the whole thing. On today's show, we talk about the book writing process and my heart behind the message of the book. Aaron also asks me about the most vulnerable chapter in the book, where I share a recent struggle. I'll be the first and last to say vulnerability is hardly ever easy, but always worth it. 

Guys, I really can't believe this book is finally out into the world. I cannot thank you enough for your support and you cheering me on. This has been such a labor, and such a joy, and such a rollercoaster and you guys have been amazing through it all. I am so so grateful. And if you haven't already, I would love for you to pick up a copy of the book today for you and a friend. You can do that right now right here!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

If You Only Knew

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Jan 31, 2018
If You Only Knew #04: Shawn Osmond
25:47
Jan 26, 2018
Happy Hour #177: Kat Harris
01:01:51

Kat Harris joins me today for The Happy Hour #177. Kat is a Brooklyn-based photographer, educator, and Co-Founder of the online magazine The Refined Woman.  Her mission is to empower women to embrace their beauty, identity, and value through the art of story telling. 

As you'll hear in our conversation today, Kat believes life happens in the in-between, and that there is no such thing as having 'arrived'.  We talk about the idea of sustainable transformation and how she believes every opportunity is an opportunity for growth if we choose it to be. 

Kat shares all about being single and a virgin In New York City and how she fights to trust God in her singleness. She talks about her conviction to abstain from sex until marriage, what the Bible says, and how she plans to endure in a culture and city where it's not celebrated.

I loved my conversation with Kat so much, and I just know you will too. 

 

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

The Refined Woman

Kat's Blog Series: Sexless in the City

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling + A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle + A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L'Engle

What Kat is loving: Justin Baldoni Ted TalkRumble Boxing and her plants

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

Pre-Order If You Only Knew

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Jan 24, 2018
If You Only Knew #03: Lisa Whittle
20:39
Jan 19, 2018
Happy Hour #176: Candace Cameron Bure
45:52

My guest for The Happy Hour #176 is Candace Cameron Bure. Candace is an actress, producer, New York Times bestselling author, and loved by millions worldwide from her role as D.J. Tanner on the iconic family sitcoms Full House and Fuller House, Hallmark Channel movies, former co-host of The View, inspirational speaker and Dancing with the Stars Season 18 finalist. Candace is both outspoken and passionate about her family and faith.

Guys, if you thought you loved Candace before, you are going to love her even more after listening to our conversation. She is as warm and genuine as we all imagined her to be. In our conversation, we talk about growing up on screen, taking a 10 year break to focus on her family, and the challenges of living a life of faith in the TV and film world. You'll hear about how she makes decisions on roles she plays in an effort to stay true to herself and honoring to God.

We also talk about her book writing career and her newest book, Kind is the New Classy, releasing on April 24. Make sure to head over to Amazon to pre-order and reach out to Candace to let her know how much you loved hearing her on The Happy Hour!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Fuller House

Candace's Books

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

What Candace is loving: being home, microblading eyebrows and her Gucci slides

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

Pre-Order If You Only Knew

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Jan 17, 2018
If You Only Knew #2: Heather MacFadyen
18:23
Jan 12, 2018
Happy Hour #175: Alisa Keeton
48:04

My guest for The Happy Hour #175 is Alisa Keeton. Alisa is a leading certified wellness professional with more than 20 years of experience.  She is passionately dedicated to serving the Lord and is the founder of Revelation Wellness, a nonprofit ministry dedicated to educating and inspiring people to live healthy and whole lives in Christ.

I just know you guys are going to love my conversation with Alisa. We talk about how her relationship with Jesus began and took a serious toll on her marriage. Alisa shares how God redeemed her marriage and how she and her husband are both living lives surrendered to Jesus. You'll also hear about Alisa's decision to have her breast implants removed. If you want to read more about that story, you can do so here. We talk all about holistic health and what motivates us and what drags us down.

In her new book, The Wellness Revelation: Lose What Weighs You Down So You Can Love, God, Yourself, and Others, Alisa takes an in depth look at what it means to be transformed by God’s love, from the inside-out. After our conversation, I know you'll want to go check that out.

 

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Revelation Wellness

Alisa's Book: The Wellness Revelation

Alisa's Podcast: Revelation Wellness - Healthy & Whole

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk

What Alisa is loving: Apple Watch, scarves and kombucha

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

Pre-Order If You Only Knew

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Jan 10, 2018
If You Only Knew #1: Melanie Dale
23:41
Jan 05, 2018
Happy Hour #174: Mica May
01:03:14

My guest for The Happy Hour #174 is Mica May. Mica is the Founder and CEO of lifestyle brand, May Designs. She believes every day life should be lovely, and is on a mission to make all of life’s normal activities just a little bit more magical - from paper goods to her new apparel line. Her notebooks just launched in Target stores nationwide, were named one of Oprah’s favorite things and have been featured on The Today Show and Good Morning America. Mica lives in Austin with her best friend and husband, Jonathan and their three kids.

On today's show she tells us exactly how her love for pretty paper transformed into the company that we know and love today! Mica shares candidly about the moment she had to make the decision to keep moving through the hardships of starting a business, or deciding to throw in the towel and quit. On behalf of all of us that love our May Designs books, we're glad she continued moving forward with her business.

The final part of our show was powerful as Mica and I discussed the moments when she was told that her son had Down's Syndrome. Her thoughts on borrowing grief and guilt were moving to me, and I'll never forget our conversation. I know that you'll love the show!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Jennie Allen's 2018 Dream Guide

StrengthsFinder

The Happy Hour #132: Heather Avis

Essentialism by Greg McKeown + High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard + Leading on Empty by Wayne Cordeiro

What Mica is loving: Spanx leggings, calendar planning and Unite Texturiza Spray

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

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Jan 03, 2018
Happy Hour #173: End of Year Recap with Jamie & Amanda
46:17
Dec 27, 2017
Happy Hour #172: Rachel & Polly
58:00

My guests for The Happy Hour #172 are Polly Conner and Rachel Tiemeyer from Thriving Home blog, where they write about parenting, recipes, and most importantly freezer cooking. They've just released their first cookbook, From Freezer to Table. After listening to our conversation, I just know you're going to be so inspired to go grab a copy and take a good swing at this freezer cooking movement. 

I was so intrigued with these ladies for a few reasons. First, they are women just like you and me chasing their dreams and making them happen. They have real lives, families and normal hurdles that we're all trying to navigate. Secondly, they are providing great recipes with whole foods that you will feel confident in serving your family. And lastly, freezer cooking - tell me more! In today's show, you'll hear all about freezer cooking - the myths, the advantages, and how to start a freezer club. 

At the end of our conversation, Polly and Rachel share about walking through suffering within their families and with their kids. If you are suffering or know someone that is, I think our conversation will be such an encouragement to you.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Thriving Home Blog

Polly & Rachel's Book: From Freezer to Table

Making Oprah

What Polly & Rachel are loving: a new bike, barre, How I Built ThisAldi chips, Homeland and A Chef's Life

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

Pre-Order If You Only Knew

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Dec 20, 2017
Happy Hour #171: Jena Holliday
39:47

 

Jena Holliday is my guest for The Happy Hour #171. Jena is a full-time artist, wife and work-at-home mother who loves Jesus and storytelling. She has a heart for encouraging women and mothers to go after their God-given dreams in whatever season they are in.

On today's show, Jena and I spend a little time reminiscing on mix tapes, nokia phones and AOL dial up. Jena shares about growing up in the church and walking away until God called her to Himself intimately and individually. We talk about creativity, staying in your lane, and embracing the gifts that God has uniquely given you.

Jena is giving Happy Hour listeners a generous discount from her shop using the code JIVEY30. So, make sure to go poke around her shop to make your last minute Christmas purchases!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Jena's Shop :: Coupon JIVEY30

The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines + Creative Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco & Joy Deangdeelert Cho

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

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Dec 13, 2017
Happy Hour #170: Tricia Goyer
53:36

My guest for The Happy Hour #170 is Tricia Goyer. Tricia is a USA Today best-selling author of 70 books, a wife, mom of 10, and host of her podcast Walk It Out. Tricia lives near Little Rock, Arkansas where she leads a teen mom support group. 

Tricia and I cover just about everything today. We talk about abortion, teen pregnancy, how she had a 2-week-old baby on her first date with her husband (!!!!), adoption, mothering 10 kids, writing an unbelievable amount of books, feeding 11 people every day and somehow managing all of it with a lot of grace. 

Finally, we talk about how easy it is to believe that our experiences and sin define us and disqualify us, but Tricia has been so faithful to use her experiences with abortion and teen pregnancy to now minister to other women in similar circumstances. 

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Tricia's Books

Steal Away Home by Matt Carter & Aaron Ivey + Such Good Girls by R.D. Rosen

Pre-Order If You Only Knew

What Tricia is loving: Instant PotLuLaRoe, and Christy Nockel's Be Held 

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Dec 06, 2017
Happy Hour #169: Kat Lee
53:05

My guest for The Happy Hour #169 is my friend, Kat Lee. Kat is passionate about teaching others how to jump-start each day with a grace-filled, life-giving morning routine. She and her husband, Jimmy, live in Waco, Texas, with their three children. She is a writer, speaker, podcaster and founder of HelloMornings.org.

On today's show, Kat and I talk about podcasting, our new favorite shows and how she has earned the title of being my Podcast Mom. Kat shares about her new book, Hello Mornings. She's super passionate about waking up for your life, rather than to your life and she's taken the time to write about it. If you're anything like me, this conversation might be a tiny bit convicting to a comfort idol that begs for me to stay in bed as long as possible. Kat shares about her experience in learning to wake up earlier than she had to, to meet with God and get her head on straight. Her book tells of her journey and about getting the most out of your sleep.

I am such a big fan of Kat and the work that she is doing. Make sure to hop over and pre-order a copy of Hello Mornings for you and a friend.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Kat's Book: Hello Mornings

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

The Happy Hour #27: Kat Lee

Kat's Podcast: Inspired to Action

The Glorious in the Mundane

Online Marketing Made Easy Podcast

Dirty John Podcast

The Big Boo Podcast

Unoffendable by Brant Hansen

Pre-Order If You Only Knew

What Kat is loving: playing tennis with her daughter, sugar snap peas and Little Men & Heartland

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Nov 29, 2017
Happy Hour #168: Abbie Kampman
01:11:41

My guest for The Happy Hour #168 is Abbie Kampman. Abbie is a Midwestern "city" girl and mother of four boys just outside Des Moines, Iowa. She's a bookworm, a coffee snob, a mountain-lover, and a passionate pursuer of deep relationships built over shared stories.

Abbie joins me today to share her story of losing her mom and stepsisters in a tragic drunk driving accident. The accident happened when she was 13 years old, and she is finally feeling freedom to share her story. I am over-the-moon proud of her for having the courage to share. It may not be anything like your story, but I am confident you will love hearing how the Lord has used and redeemed her story, and may just see a little bit of yourself in her as well. 

I will warn you that today's interview may not be appropriate for the the children in your life. Abbie shares some details about the accident that you may want to wait to listen to without any little ears. 

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

The Happy Hour Facebook Group

The Happy Hour #14: Jen Wilkin

The Happy Hour #112: Tara-Leigh Cobble

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas + Jesus Outside the Lines by Scott Sauls

 

Pre-Order If You Only Knew

What Abbie is loving: This Is UsNoonday Mariposa BraceletD-Group

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Nov 22, 2017
Happy Hour #167: Holiday Gift Guide Episode
45:38
Nov 15, 2017
Happy Hour #166: Kathie Lee Gifford and Aaron Ivey
01:00:49
Nov 08, 2017
Happy Hour #165: Bri McKoy
55:35

My guest for The Happy Hour #165 is my friend, Bri McKoy. Bri serves as the visionary and leader for Compassion International’s blogger program. She writes regularly at OurSavoryLife.com, a food blog with recipes and stories from around her table, and is a regular contributor to the award-winning Compassion blog and GraceTable.org, a community blog about food and faith. Bri and her husband Jeremy live in Hermosa Beach, California.

On today's show, we talk all about gathering people around the table. Bri and I are both big believers in opening our home to share a meal and our lives with one another. Bri is a pro at this and writes all about it her new book, Come & Eat. We talk about how she started cooking with an onion casserole dish, and started hosting people at our house - moving from a late night meeting to a dinner time gathering and the doors it opened for honest and vulnerable conversation.

Bri shares about being a military wife and what transition is like for her and her husband after his return from deployment. She shares the most helpful advice she has been given about transitioning together. Finally, we chat all about Compassion and the blogger trips that Bri leads all over the world. Bri shares how you can be involved in a trip or by sponsoring a child.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Bri's Book: Come & Eat

Compassion International: Sponsor a Child

Compassion Blogger Trips

The Happy Hour #143: Angie Smith

The Happy Hour #146: Sophie Hudson

International Justice Mission

Into Thin Air by John Krakauer

Ear Hustle Podcast

What Bri is loving: enneagram, potty breaks, Code Switch podcast

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Nov 01, 2017
Happy Hour #164: Lisa Lloyd
56:48

My guest for The Happy Hour #164 is Lisa Lloyd. Lisa is a charismatic actress, speaker and writer, dedicated to helping women break free of the lies that convince us we don’t have a purpose, when in fact God has created us to herald His fame. She is the author of the new book, Chasing Famous.

On today's show, we cover it all. We talk about our deep rooted desires for fame, and how God created us that way - not for our own fame, but for the name of Jesus. We talk about messy pasts - sex and abortions - and how God was relentless in his pursuit of us in our worst messes. We talk about parenting and the challenge of keeping our cool when our kids come to us with something big.

I think this show has something for just about everyone. I hope you enjoy it and make sure to listen next week when I chat with my friend, Bri McKoy.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Lisa's Book:Chasing Famous

The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman + The Help by Kathryn Stockett + The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins + Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

What Lisa is loving: Dear Evan HansenSwan Creek candlesExperiencing God

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Oct 25, 2017
Happy Hour #163: Sharon Hodde Miller
55:51

Sharon Hodde Miller joins me today for The Happy Hour #163. Sharon is the author of Free of Me and speaks regularly on topics ranging from leadership to motherhood to Scripture. She’s a pastor's wife and mother to two small boys. In addition to earning her PhD, Sharon has blogged at SheWorships.com for nearly ten years, making God's Word accessible to women everywhere. She lives with her growing family in the Raleigh/Durham area.

In our conversation today, Sharon shares her hilarious story about meeting her husband at a date auction - which includes a mechanical bull, a shirtless man and push-ups. She shares about getting her PhD, which I feel automatically makes her the smartest woman we've ever had on the show. And we talk about what Sharon does best - supporting women in ministry and cheering others on in their unique giftings.

You'll love Sharon's favorite things, and I'm guessing you'll be making a stop at a Starbucks this week with a new order. I hope you love the show today, and make sure to pop over to wherever you like to buy your books and grab a copy of Free of Me

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Sharon's Book: Free of Me

As Kingfishers Catch Fire by Eugene Peterson

Sharon's Pumpkin Spice Latte Order: tall latte + 1 pump of pumpkin + 1 pump of white mocha

What Sharon is loving: all things pumpkin spice, YMCA, PinkBlush maternity clothes

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Oct 18, 2017
Happy Hour #162: Ellie Holcomb
57:18

My guest for The Happy Hour #162 is singer-songwriter Ellie Holcomb. Ellie is a Nashville native, and began her musical career by touring the country with her husband in Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors. After 8 years, and with the birth of their daughter, Emmylou, she opted to step out of the role of heavy touring. From that space came her debut solo album, As Sure As The Sun, which charted at #1 on the iTunes Christian chart and helped deem her the “Best New Artist” at the 2014 Dove Awards. Since her first album, Ellie has been walking an unexpected path, one of suffering and loss but also peace and joy. And it is from that place—of finding God in the dark and unexpected—that she wrote and recorded Red Sea Road released earlier this year.

In our conversation today, Ellie and I talked about going through tough seasons in marriage and seeking counseling. No matter where you are, I think you will be encouraged by our conversation. The context for us was marriage, but regardless of your marital status, I think you will be able to relate to our tendencies to avoid conflict and avoid a mess. 

Ellie and I have a very real and vulnerable conversation about depression, and what life is like in a family with two traveling musicians. Finally, you're probably going to need to grab a tissue when Ellie talks about such a sweet moment with her daughter wanting to call God on the phone.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Ellie's Latest Album: Red Sea Road

The Happy Hour #76: Sally Lloyd Jones

The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones + Abide in Christ by Andrew Murray + Love Lives Here by Maria Goff

What Ellie is loving: slower seasons with her family, her new salad recipe

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Oct 11, 2017
Happy Hour #161: Lisa Whittle
55:35

Lisa Whittle is my guest for The Happy Hour #161. Lisa is a leader, author and speaker with a heart and passion to communicate one thing: Jesus is everything. Her love runs deep to see people pursue Jesus for life, grow deep roots of faith, and walk strong in the midst of a world that so often seems to have gone crazy. She is the author of seven books, including her latest Put Your Warrior Boots On and Five-Word Prayers, and a sought out Bible teacher for her wit and bold, bottom line approach.  She is a wife and mother of three who currently resides in North Carolina.

Lisa and I kick off our conversation talking about The Office's best episodes. Duh. From there, the conversation naturally transitions into parenting older children, keeping our marriages a priority while dedicating time spent as a family. We chat all about her newest book, Put Your Warrior Boots On, and how the Lord birthed in her a desire to see women that were stronger in what God says than what culture and news say. And finally, I think you'll love hearing her story about trying to orchestrate a date with her son and Harry Connick Jr.'s daughter. You know - normal mom stuff.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Lisa's Newest Book: Put Your Warrior Boots On

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls + The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron

What Lisa is loving: white nail polish, California and Jeannine's pineapple coconut scones and spending time with her entire family

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Oct 04, 2017
Happy Hour #160: Osheta Moore
59:28

Osheta Moore joins me today for The Happy Hour #160. Osheta is an pastor’s wife, a mom of three kiddos, and the author of Shalom Sistas: Living Wholeheartedly in a Brokenhearted World. She believes everything is better after a nap, brunch with her girlfriends is a necessity, and nothing beats a good Netflix binge. She’s passionate about encouraging women to be peacemakers in their everyday lives.

In our conversation today, Osheta and I talk about when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and how it shifted their entire lives.

We get into a funny slash serious conversation about strangers asking us questions about our families since we both have families that look a little different than the average American family. We both agree that we used to get angry over silly questions and comments, but now we feel differently - now we both feel like it’s an opportunity to educate and help them know how to talk about a child's birth parents, or interracial family. I even shared with Osheta the comment that used to drive me crazy.

Osheta and I also have a serious conversation about raising our black and biracial kids in a predominately white area. We joke about it, and not in a disrespectful way, but in a way that we both get because we both live it. Osheta opens up about her own journey with being a black woman, and I was thankful for her honesty and willingness to be vulnerable. And of course, like any good happy hour, we cover body image and sex.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Osheta's Book: Shalom Sistas

Shalom Sessions #18: Jamie Ivey

The Happy Hour #154: LaToria Wilson

LaToria Music

Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist + The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale + Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner + A View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman

Happier Podcast

What Osheta is loving: bulletproof coffee, Sporkful Podcast, having a signature color

Go Getter's Getaway

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Sep 27, 2017
Happy Hour #159: Amanda Jones
52:15

Amanda Jones joins me for The Happy Hour #159. Amanda is a Jesus-loving gal from Texas, married to a preacher boy from Missouri. She's the daughter of Beth Moore, and mom to four kids. Amanda first joined me for episode #66. If you missed that, you can catch up here.

She's back today to catch up and talk about Hurricane Harvey and the devastation it caused in Houston. Amanda and her husband help to lead Bayou City Fellowship, a church that has been hugely instrumental in the disaster relief in the areas affected. She shares the most pressing needs they have and how you can be a part.

Amanda also shares briefly about her struggle with depression - shedding light on a topic that can be so taboo, especially in the church.

My hope for today's show is that you feel encouraged to do what you can, wherever you are, to serve the people devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Whether that means getting on a plane to serve on a demolition crew or by sending money and supplies, please consider how you can help today.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Bayou City Fellowship: Hurricane Harvey Relief

Austin Stone Story Team: Overwhelming Grace

Go Getter's Getaway

Join my Launch Team

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Sep 20, 2017
Happy Hour # 158: Raechel Meyers
53:53

Raechel Myers is my guest for The Happy Hour #158. Raechel is the co-founder and CEO of She Reads Truth, and leads the She Reads Truth community and staff out of her deep love of God’s Word and the firm conviction that all of Scripture is good news. She is the co-author of Open Your Bible: God’s Word Is for You and for Now and She Reads Truth: Holding Tight to Permanent in a Word That’s Passing Away. Raechel lives south of Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and their two children.

In our conversation today, Raechel and I chat about how she's leading a Bible study for the first time with the ladies in her neighborhood. We also talk all about She Reads Truth - about how quickly it's grown and how one of their employees is now Raechel's husband, making her his boss (which would never work in the Ivey household, but Raechel makes it sound like a dream). And finally, we talk about God's faithfulness through good times and hard times and how to be a friend to someone walking through the trenches. 

In the show, Raechel and I talk briefly about the She Reads Truth Bible. Y'all, I can't recommend this Bible enough. It's so beautifully put together. Because of it's crazy popularity, the Bible sold out very quickly, but the reprint has recently been released and you can grab your copy here. I promise, you will LOVE it. 

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

She Reads Truth

She Reads Truth Bible

Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist

What Raechel is loving: her new New Balance shoes, having a giant computer monitor, VitaMix

Go Getter's Getaway

Join my Launch Team

 

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Sep 13, 2017
Happy Hour #157: Catherine Lowe
01:15:27

My guest for The Happy Hour #157 is Catherine Lowe. You may recognize her from a little show called The Bachelor. Catherine met and fell in love with her now husband, Sean Lowe, on season 17. Millions (self included) tuned in to watch them tie the knot on national television in 2014. They now live in Dallas with their adorable son, Samuel. 

On today's show, Catherine and I visit in person and cover so very much. We cover all things related to The Bachelor - how she was casted, her journey of falling in love and getting engaged while the world watched. She gives some behind-the-scenes scoop - like how you might find some of the women doing Bible studies, instead of running around in their tiny bikinis. But, somehow, that kind of drama doesn't make the final cut. Catherine shares about how difficult it was transitioning from finally being publicly engaged to watching her fiancé dance on Dancing with the Stars. You'll love hearing her story of following Jesus, after Sean made an 11th hour visit to her hotel room the night before he proposed.

As a bonus, we also talk TV and movies, and what it's like to have an angel for a mother-in-law. You are not going to want to miss this show.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Lowe Co.

Shay Shull on The Happy Hour #82 and The Happy Half Hour #28

Fellowship Church

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Sep 06, 2017
Happy Hour #156: Andrea Lucado
01:03:55

My guest for The Happy Hour #156 is Andrea Lucado. Andrea is a freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. As the daughter of bestselling author and pastor Max LucadoAndrea inherited an obsession with words and their arrangement. She has a master’s degree in English literature from Oxford-Brookes University and contributes regularly to online and print publications such as Relevant magazine and SheReadsTruth.com. She recently released a book, English Lessons.

In our conversation, we chat about Andrea growing up as a preacher's kid. She shares about her journey in owning her faith - not because it was what was expected or what was culturally acceptable, but because she had a personal, authentic relationship with Jesus.

Andrea also shares about her routine to abstain from social media on the weekends - taking apps off her devices on Friday and re-d0wnloading on Monday. You'll hear about how social media can trigger some major sin struggles in both of us. And if you can relate, maybe you'll consider joining us in creating some boundaries around time spent on social media.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Harvey: Disaster Relief

Andrea's Book: English Lessons

Andrea's Preaching at Oak Hills Church

Broken Spoke

Night Driving by Addie Zierman + Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng + The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

What Andrea is loving: outdoor grilling, Camp Gladiator and voice lessons

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Aug 30, 2017
Happy Hour #155: Sara Hagerty
50:51

Today, Sara Hagerty joins me for The Happy Hour #155. Sara is wife to her best friend Nate, and a mother of six, including four children adopted from Africa and two through natural childbirth. Her first published book, Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet, found her a worldwide audience, drawn to the authentic voice heard in her emotive and Scripturally-based writing style, as she searches to find God in the midst of questions and brokenness. Her second book, Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World that Loves to be Noticed, comes out next week.

In today's show, Sara and I chat about how God built their family after a long journey of infertility. She shares how that and other pieces of her story left her feeling alone and how that became the impetus for her new book, Unseen. Sara talks about her fight to believe that God sees her, understands her, knows her, hasn't forgotten her - and how that truth is better than being seen by anyone else.

Sara's newest book is available to pre-order today. Make sure you grab a copy here. You will not regret it.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Sara's Book: Unseen

Allume Conference

The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge + Steal Away Home by Matt Carter & Aaron Ivey + Proverbs: Wisdom that Works by Raymond C. Ortlund Jr. 

What Sara is loving: Aspire Ankle PantHashtag Wall Art and Pilates

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Aug 23, 2017
Happy Hour #154: LaToria Wilson
59:31

My friend, LaToria Wilson, joins me today for episode #154 for of The Happy Hour. Let me tell you - her amazing hair and big personality aren't all she has to offer. LaToria has an energy that's all her own and brings an eclectic feel to the hip hop music she makes. Through her music, LaToria aims to offer hope, light, and truth while providing an unforgettable experience. She was nominated for Christian Female Hip Hop minister of the year in 2016. Her latest single Pushin Light is now available, and she's set to release her next project, volume 2 of her The Long Walk series, later this year.

In our chat today, we talk about how she started pursuing the music industry. We chat about strong female influences and what it was like for her to grow up without her father present. I teetered on the line of talking politics on The Happy Hour as we discussed what this year has been like for her - living in America as a woman of color. And she gives me some great advice, that I think any parent could benefit from, for raising a strong daughter. 

This interview was recorded several months ago, and the timing couldn't be better in light of this weekend's events in Virginia. I hope you're able to listen and soak in LaToria's story, her experiences and her perspectives. 

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

LaToria Music

Sparrow Conference

The Red Couch Podcast

Be The Bridge

How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind by Thomas C. Oden + Steadfast Love by Lauren Chandler + Oneness Embraced by Tony Evans + The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas + Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson + Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

The Happy Hour #44: Tasha Morrison

The Happy Half Hour #29: Tasha Morrison

What LaToria is loving: Truth's Table Podcast, head wraps and King Spa

Happy Hour Summer Book Club

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Aug 16, 2017
Happy Hour #153: Shauna Shanks
57:46

Shauna Shanks joins me for a special live edition of The Happy Hour - recorded in my backyard in the sweltering July heat for our Summer Book Club. Shauna is the author of our second book, A Fierce Love. She's also a wife, mother, and entrepreneur. Shauna and her husband, Micah, have been married for more than a decade, and they're currently building a house out of shipping containers with their three boys on an Ohio farm.

A Fierce Love is Shauna's story of fighting for her marriage through her husband's infidelity. In our conversation, we chat about how her journal entries became the framework for her book and the processes through which she went to get her story published. Shauna also graciously answers some of the questions our book club members and I had about her story. She shares about how she and her husband are fighting for their marriage today and the sacrifices they're making to connect with each other.

And finally, we chat all about their latest venture and what Shauna describes as marriage bootcamp - building a house out of shipping containers. She describes their house, but I thought a picture was the best way to go. Check out their awesome new digs.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Shauna's Book: A Fierce Love

She Speaks Conference

How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird by Amy Lively + The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

The Happy Hour #68: Jami Nato

What Shauna is loving: leather leggings, 31 Day Create by Jenny Randle

Happy Hour Summer Book Club

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Aug 09, 2017
Happy Hour #152: Crystal Evans Hurst
56:37

My friend Chrystal Hurst joins me today for episode #152 of The Happy Hour. Chrystal is a writer, speaker, and worship leader in addition to serving as the chief executive operating officer in her home as a wife, mother of five and grandmother to one. Chrystal is co-author of, Kingdom Woman and her second book, She’s Still There coming out next week. She also blogs and podcasts regularly at Chrystal’s Chronicles where she poignantly reflects her thoughts about her faith and day-to- day experiences.

In our conversation today, Chrystal and I talk about her new role as a grandmother and how she still doesn't have a grandmother name (!!!). We chat about the sacrifices she has made to pursue her calling and gifts. She shares such valuable nuggets of wisdom about being present in the season you are in and not chasing after someone else's story. We talk about her new book, She's Still There - a book about rescuing the girl that is still inside of you. I have read every page and I can't wait for you to get a hold of it. And Chrystal does a fabulous job explaining why pre-ordering a book is important. 

This conversation was so good for my soul, and I hope it is for you too. 

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Chrystal's New Book: She's Still There

Building a Story Brand #51: Molly Fletcher

What Chrystal is loving: Black Woman Oil, her heating blanket and a newly detailed car

Happy Hour Summer Book Club

Music from Jason Poe

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Aug 02, 2017
Happy Hour #151: Angela Lanter
49:47

Angela Lanter is my guest for The Happy Hour #151. As one of the hot new trendsetters in the beauty and fashion blogging community, Angela has established a credible reputation and sizable social media following in a short period of time. The founder of Hello Gorgeous blog and Youtube channel, she was named a finalist for the Allure magazine’s Beauty Blogger of the Year Award and was honored with the “Spotlight Award” for Blogger of the Year by PopSugar. She has served as brand ambassadors for brands such as Paul Mitchell, Laneige and Garnier. Angela enjoys DIY crafts, cooking and spending time with her husband, 90210 and NBC’s Timeless actor Matt Lanter, at their home in Los Angeles, CA.

In today's conversation, Angela and I chat about her life being married to a Hollywood actor, walking the red carpet, moving all over the country for acting jobs and their recent surprise cancellation-turned-noncancellation of her husband's hit show, Timeless. Angela shares about Hello Gorgeous, how she got started, how she and Matt work together and how she incorporates her faith into the work she does.

And finally, we Angela shares a little of her story and struggle with endometriosis - a disease that affects countless women, but one that is rarely talked about. 

If this is your first introduction to Angela, be prepared to get sucked into hours of her YouTube channel and feel like you have a new best friend and makeup artist. 

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Angela's Blog: Hello Gorgeous

Timeless

90210

Pitch Perfect 3

The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines + The Proper Care & Feeding of Marriage by Dr. Laura Schlessinger

What Angela is loving: Apple Watchbeautyblender and Wayfair

Happy Hour Summer Book Club

Music from Jason Poe

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Jul 26, 2017
Happy Hour #150: Christy Wright
49:57

My guest for The Happy Hour #150 is Christy Wright. Christy is both entertaining and inspiring, and presents messages that educate and give hope to audiences all over the country. As the creator of Business Boutique and through her podcast and sellout live events, Christy has equipped thousands of women to successfully run and grow a business so they can make money doing what they love. Since joining Ramsey Solutions in 2009, she has spoken to audiences across the country at women’s conferences, national business conferences and Fortune 500 companies. Her new book, Business Boutique, released April 2017.

Y'all, I so loved my conversation with Christy. I get so many emails from women all over the country with dreams - some of them new and exciting ideas, and some of them have been growing and evolving for years. If that's you, I just feel so confident that this conversation is going to help you to feel more confident making the next step towards that dream. Christy is so inspiring and such a cheerleader for women following their passions and working within their gift sets. She does such a great job of helping to reframe moments of failure to being an event, rather than an identity. And she helps to combat some of the most common fears and lies that keep women from taking steps towards their dreams.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Christy's Book: Business Boutique

Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson + Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg + The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

How I Built This

What Christy is loving: L'Oréal High Lift Creation Spray, Revlon Pango Peach Lipgloss, Kate Spade Licorice Shoes

Happy Hour Summer Book Club

Music from Jason Poe

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Jul 19, 2017
Happy Hour #149: Virginia Cumberbatch
58:14

Virginia Cumberbatch joins me today for The Happy Hour #149. Virginia serves as the Director of the Community Engagement Center and Social Justice Institute at The University of Texas at Austin and is a co-founder of HUX STORYHOUSE, a creative strategies collective that uses culturally relevant storytelling to help organizations engage thoughtfully and authentically with markets across the Black Diaspora. Her first book, As We Saw It: The Story of Integration at The University of Texas at Austin will be released in 2018.

In today's conversation with Virginia, we chat about the intersection of culture and social justice. She shares about her family life when she was growing up, and how her family modeled an integrated life for her. We talk about the importance of storytelling to personify issues and policies that may feel so distant. And finally, we hit a very light and noncontroversial topic - feminism!

I hope you love getting to meet Virginia and enjoy our conversation. Do yourself a favor today and call a friend and grab a happy hour. It's hotter than heck and we need to stick together.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Be The Bridge

The Happy Hour #44: Tasha Morrison

Kirk Franklin

What Virginia is loving: traveling, family and 70s style fashion

Happy Hour Summer Book Club

Music from Jason Poe

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Jul 12, 2017
Happy Hour #148: Lisa Harper
49:07

My guest for The Happy Hour #148 is Lisa Harper. Lisa is a master storyteller with a masters of Theological Studies from Covenant Seminary. She’s lauded as an engaging, hilarious communicator as well as an authentic and substantive Bible teacher. She’s been in vocational ministry for thirty years and has written fifteen books and Bible study curriculums but says her greatest accomplishment by far is that of becoming Missy’s (her adopted daughter from Haiti) mama! They live on a hilly farmette south of Nashville, Tennessee, where they enjoy eating copious amounts of chips, queso, and guacamole. And then diving in the pool immediately afterwards instead of dutifully waiting the recommended thirty minutes.

Oh my gracious, getting to talk with Lisa was such a delight. You guys are going to love her so much. Other than the fact that I forgot to press record at the beginning of our conversation and missed 15 minutes of chatter, this is such a fun episode.

Lisa and I chat about her newest book, The Sacrament of Happy, and the misconceptions surrounding happiness for Christians. We talk all about her adoption of her sweet little Missy from Haiti. And you'll hear her tell a story that I am certain is going to make you want to punch someone.

Lisa is the best, and I know you'll love to getting to know her. Make sure to grab a copy of her book. You will not regret it.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Lisa's Book: The Sacrament of Happy

What Lisa is loving: fresh guacamole with pomegranate seeds, TOMS boots, 1980s power ballads

Happy Hour Summer Book Club

Music from Jason Poe

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Jul 05, 2017
Happy Hour #147: Kristin Schell
01:04:54

My guest for The Happy Hour #147 is Kristin Schell. Kristin is an established speaker and blogger on the subjects of food, faith, and hospitality. As founder of the Turquoise Table and Front Yard People movement, Kristin travels the country speaking at conferences and events with an encouraging word on how to open our lives and homes to others. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Tony, and their four children. Kristin and the Turquoise Table has been featured in a wide variety of media outlets including the The Today Show, Austin American-Statesman, KEYE-TV/CBS Austin, MOPS International. 

Today's show is a little different with a live recording of our summer book club. Kristin and 50 other ladies joined me in my back yard for a conversation about The Turquoise Table. We chat about opening our lives up to the people around us and loving where we live. We talk about practicing hospitality in every life stage and no matter what your space looks like.

I absolutely loved Kristin's book and loved being able to chat with her in person about how she champions the front yard people movement in her life. If you haven't already read her book, make sure to grab one here. You won't regret it. 

 

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Kristin's Book: The Turquoise Table

What Kristin is loving: Mexican dresses, FlashTats and celebrating her parents' 50th wedding anniversary

Happy Hour Summer Book Club

Music from Jason Poe

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Jun 28, 2017
Happy Hour #146: Sophie Hudson
01:01:35

The very hilarious Sophie Hudson is back today for episode #146 of The Happy Hour. Sophie joined me for episode #54 and for The Happy Half Hour #8. She's one of my favorite guests and she's back today to chat about our recent travels to Kenya with Compassion International.

On today's show, Sophie and I recount several of our favorite stories from Kenya and how they impacted our lives. We chat about visiting the slums (you'll find some pictures below), meeting our sponsored children and their families and seeing how Compassion is changing the lives of children all over the world through the local church.

And of course, we can't talk to Sophie without a few hysterical moments - so you'll hear her story of monkeys robbing her pistachios, a van ride neither of us will soon forget and my inability to control my bladder. It's a show you won't want to miss.

And again, I strongly encourage you to consider sponsoring a child through Compassion. For just $38 a month, you can change the course of a family's lives forever. Go here to sign up today.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Compassion International: Sponsor a Child

Sophie's Newest Book: All in All

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas + The One by Kiera Cass + The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Happy Hour Summer Book Club

Music from Jason Poe

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Find out today why ZipRecruiter has been used by businesses of all sizes to find the most qualified job candidates with immediate results. And right now, you can post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE. Just go to ZipRecruiter.com/HH.

 

 

 

Jun 21, 2017
Happy Hour #145: Maria Goff
56:45

Maria Goff is my guest for The Happy Hour #145. Maria has made a career out of loving her family and neighbors, raising her children, and turning houses into homes. She is married to national bestselling author of “Love Does” Bob Goff. Together, they operate Love Does, an organization dedicated to helping kids in conflict areas around the world including Uganda, Nepal, India, Iraq, and Somalia. The Goffs have three adult kids who are starting families of their own. They live in San Diego, where they continue to dream about and plan new adventures yet to be had with their growing family. Maria’s first book, Love Lives Here, was published in earlier this year.

In our conversation, we chat about raising children and how fast the little years fly. Maria shares about her book and how she works to make her home comfortable, inviting and a place of peace. She talks about how she views her role in supporting her husband, Bob, in his very successful career. And finally, Maria shares about the fire that consumed their property in Canada and how they are moving forward.

I know many of you are probably familiar with Bob Goff, but I just know you're going to fall in love with Maria. She was such a joy to chat with and I was so encouraged by her and her wisdom in being a helper to her husband, parenting and taking on new challenges.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Maria's Book: Love Lives Here

The Puppy Primer by Patricia McConnell + The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron + Spark Joy by Marie Kondó

What Maria is loving: Petsmart's Puppy Toys, living her pins from Pinterest and gardening

Happy Hour Summer Book Club

Music from Jason Poe

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Sponsors:

 Kammok

Located in sunny Austin TX, Kammok is an outdoor company focused on high performance gear for hammock camping. Texas tough and featherlight, Kammok gear is designed for backpackers, campers, and travelers who want comfort without the weight. From hammocks to sleeping bags, tents to trail quilts, Kammok gear is built to outlast your wildest endeavors and covered by a lifetime guarantee. As a 1% for the Planet company, Kammok gives one percent of annual revenue to Explore Austin, a nonprofit providing outdoor education, leadership training, and mentorship to youth. Use the code HAPPYHOUR25 for 25% off all orders through the end of June.

Sock Club

sc_logo_smSock Club is delivering the perfect gift experience. Quality American-made socks are sent straight to your loved-one’s door, featuring different designs and a personal note every month, making it the gift that keeps giving all year long. These socks are premium quality, American-made socks, and use cotton sourced from the Southeastern United States. They’re designed in Austin, Texas and knit in North Carolina. (You can tell the difference when you put ‘em on). Go to sockclub.com and get 15% off subscriptions using discount code “HAPPY” at checkout.

 

 

Jun 14, 2017
Happy Hour #144 : Sarah Harmeyer
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Sarah Harmeyer is my guest for episode #144 of The Happy Hour. Sarah is the founder of Neighbor’s Table, a concept born from her personal passion for gathering people, and her desire to get to know her own neighbors. She has personally witnessed how lives are transformed when people gather around the table and share their stories. Sarah asked her father to build a cedar farmhouse style table big enough to seat 20. They placed it under the oak tree in her backyard in Dallas, dropped chandeliers overhead, and started inviting. Sarah set a goal to serve 500 that year, one dinner party after another. The 500th guest walked up her driveway on Thanksgiving Day. Now five years later, more than 2500 people have celebrated at the original Neighbor’s Table. The power of community that now regularly happens at the original Neighbor’s Table has spurred a desire to launch a movement – a love mission, if you will. Sarah’s vision is to have tables in backyards across the US, placing them in every state by 2020. Together, Sarah and her father are building more than custom handcrafted tables. They are growing a Neighbor’s Table family nationwide.

Sarah and I met several years ago on a trip to Uganda. I love so many things about Sarah, but the thing that I love most about her is how comfortable and important she makes people feel. In every conversation I have had with her, she makes me feel like I am the only person in the world at that moment. In our conversation today, you'll see her giftings naturally flow right out of that quality. She has an amazing knack for making people feel cared for, seen and important.

We talk all about community, gathering people, and her secret undercover restaurant in college. We also chat about the barriers that keep us from hospitality. To make hosting maybe just a skosh easier for you, Sarah is offering 10% off her shop using the code HAPPYHOUR. So, make sure to check her site out and snag you a few hosting goodies.

And as you may have heard, I am currently galavanting through Kenya with Compassion International, you can follow my trip here.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Neighbor's Table

Love Lives Here by Maria Goff

What Sarah is loving: Special Books by Special KidsPS22 Chorus, Thomas Csorba's From the Foxhole

Happy Hour Summer Book Club

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Sarah

Facebook // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

 Sock Club

sc_logo_smSock Club is delivering the perfect gift experience. Quality American-made socks are sent straight to your loved-one’s door, featuring different designs and a personal note every month, making it the gift that keeps giving all year long. These socks are premium quality, American-made socks, and use cotton sourced from the Southeastern United States. They’re designed in Austin, Texas and knit in North Carolina. (You can tell the difference when you put ‘em on). Go to sockclub.com and get 15% off subscriptions using discount code “HAPPY” at checkout.

Story Worth

Everyone has that family member who tells the best stories. - Whether they are antidotes from their childhood or stories passed down for generations, they are timeless treasures. Now, they are easier than ever to preserve, thanks to StoryWorth. StoryWorth safeguards your narratives so that future generations can enjoy them and brings families together as they get to know each other better. Simply purchase a subscription for someone you love and each week StoryWorth will email them with questions about their life. They reply their stories via email or phone, and after one year, their stories are bound in a beautiful keepsake book. Visit StoryWorth.com/happyhour for $20 off your first order.

Kopari

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Kopari is a line of products that moisturize skin and hair, smell great—but without any sulfates, silicones, GMOs or parabens. Instead, Kopari products are made with 100% organic coconut oil. Kopari searched around the world for an oil of the highest quality, with a great aroma and a non-gritty texture, that you can apply head to toe. Say Aloha to the best skin and hair of your life with Kopari. Go to koparibeauty.com/jamie to receive 20% off your order!

 

Jun 07, 2017
Happy Hour #143 : Angie Smith
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143-01My guest for The Happy Hour #143 is Angie Smith. Angie is married to Todd Smith, of the Christian group, Selah, and mom to five daughters. In 2008, the Smiths received news that their 4th daughter, Audrey, would not survive, and Angie began blogging as a means of communication with friends and family during those difficult days. Angie now writes books and Bible studies, and teaches around the country, but the heart of her ministry is the same as it was when her fingers typed the very first words on her blog years ago: Angie's greatest passion is to make the Bible feel accessible and relevant and to encourage others in their faith journey. Angie holds a Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University and is a best-selling author of multiple adult and children’s books. She and Todd (and their house full of daughters) live in Nashville, TN.

I have known and loved Angie for a few years now and am way overdue on having her join me on The Happy Hour. In today's conversation, we talk about the loss of her newborn daughter just hours after she was born. She writes about her story in her book, I Will Carry You, which will captivate you from the very beginning.

And finally, we talk all about Compassion International and the trip that I am able to take with them to Kenya. If you're not familiar with Compassion, they are an incredible organization offering child sponsorship all over the world in third-world countries. Angie and I have both been supporters of Compassion for a long time, and we're excited to introduce you to them and good work they are doing. For just $38, you can change a child's life forever - offering them all of their basic needs, education, and access to the gospel. If you are interested in sponsoring a child, please use this link.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Compassion International

S-Town + Missing Richard Simmons + Up and Vanished

Angie's Books: I Will Carry You

U2

While the City Slept by Eli Sanders + The Sacrament of Happy by Lisa Harper

DeannArt

Happy Hour Summer Book Club

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Angie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

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Sponsors:

BarkBox

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BarkBall, Poo York City, or Brooklyn Hipster, to keep dogs engaged, interested, and happy! Please go to barkbox.com/HappyHour and get an extra premium free toy in your BarkBox every month when you subscribe to a 6 or 12-month plan and select “Yes, Please!” when asked if you “Have a playful pup?”

Sock Club

sc_logo_smSock Club is delivering the perfect gift experience. Quality American-made socks are sent straight to your loved-one’s door, featuring different designs and a personal note every month, making it the gift that keeps giving all year long. These socks are premium quality, American-made socks, and use cotton sourced from the Southeastern United States. They’re designed in Austin, Texas and knit in North Carolina. (You can tell the difference when you put ‘em on). Go to sockclub.com and get 15% off subscriptions using discount code “HAPPY” at checkout.

 

May 31, 2017
Happy Half Hour #32 : Bianca Olthoff
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One of my all-time favorite guests, Bianca Juárez Olthoff, is back today for episode #32 of The Happy Half Hour. If you missed Bianca's first appearance, you must catch up here

Bianca is back to fill us in on the latest happenings in her life - including a pretty major life transition with prison ministry. She also answers the how she recharges, where she'd live for a year, her biggest pet peeve and how she defines success. You're going to love catching back up with her.

If you're interested in prison ministry and how you might be able to link arms with Bianca, make sure you check out her site here.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Bianca's Book: Play With Fire

Bianca's Prison Ministry Initiative

13th

13 Reasons Why

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Bianca

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsor:

PrepDish

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Prep Dish wants to help you with mealtime sanity this summer! Chef Allison created a fun 21-Day Meal Prep Challenge to motivate and encourage you to get started meal prepping and gain control of healthy meals for the summer. When the Challenge starts, you will get an easy-to follow guide for prepping all of your meals- breakfast lunch dinner & snacks for the full 21-days. They’re throwing in lots of goodies too! Checklists, bonus recipes, a guide to eating out, a Facebook group page for accountability, and more. For only $1/ day, you can delegate the worry and stress of mealtime this summer...your sanity is worth $21! The 21-Days start June 3rd. Register today at prepdish.com/happyhour21

 

May 26, 2017
Happy Hour #142 : Cheryl Scruggs
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My guest for The Happy Hour #142 is Cheryl Scruggs. Cheryl is a Biblical counselor with her husband, Jeff. She is the mom to adult twin daughters - Brittany Morgan and Lauren Scruggs Kennedy (who joined me for episode #132). She's also the co-author of I Do Again and Still LoLo. Cheryl and her husband live in Dallas, where they run a marriage ministry called Hope Matters Marriage Ministries.

I have been so anxious to get a chance to chat with Cheryl. You may remember part of her story from Lauren's interview a few weeks ago. After her own extramarital affair, Cheryl filed for divorce from her husband. She shares about the Lord saving her in the years of their divorce, and calling her to restore her marriage. After 7 years of divorce and a beautiful story of reconciliation, Cheryl and Jeff got remarried. They are now passionate about marriage ministry and helping couples to find hope in their marriages.

I absolutely loved hearing Cheryl's story. Marriage is hard, really hard. There are marriages all around me that are in hard places. Cheryl's story is evidence of how our marriages are never without hope with the gospel as a foundation.

In today's show, I also had a short chat with Kristin Schell, the author of The Turquoise Table. Her book will be our first read for our Happy Hour Summer Book Club! For more information on that, please click here.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Hope for Marriages

Guarding Your Heart in Marriage Series

Cheryl's Podcast: Thriving Beyond Belief

I Am Second: Jeff and Cheryl's Story

Story Brand Podcast

Fascinating Womanhood by Helen Andelin + Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Happy Hour Summer Book Club

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Cheryl

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Lily Jade

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For baby years & beyond! Full-grain leather, backpack diaper bags that are organized with the original patented Insert. Designed by a mom for mom's. Your diaper bag dollars go the distance to help moms all across the globe. Lily Jade believes in elevating the life-giving, more-challenging-than-you-ever-imaged, glory filled role of motherhood. Check out or pre-order SALE for popular styles and new colors!

Sock Club

sc_logo_smSock Club is delivering the perfect gift experience. Quality American-made socks are sent straight to your loved-one’s door, featuring different designs and a personal note every month, making it the gift that keeps giving all year long. These socks are premium quality, American-made socks, and use cotton sourced from the Southeastern United States. They’re designed in Austin, Texas and knit in North Carolina. (You can tell the difference when you put ‘em on). Go to sockclub.com and get 15% off subscriptions using discount code “HAPPY” at checkout.

Zip Recruiter

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Are you hiring? Do you know where to post your job to find the best candidates? Finding great talent can be tough. Thankfully, with ZipRecruiter, you can post your job to 100 plus job sites with just one click. Then, their powerful technology efficiently matches the RIGHT people to your job—better than anyone else. That’s why ZipRecruiter is different. Unlike other job sites, ZipRecruiter doesn’t depend on candidates finding you; it finds them. In fact, over 80% of jobs posted on ZipRecruiter get a qualified candidate in just 24 hours!

Find out today why ZipRecruiter has been used by businesses of all sizes to find the most qualified job candidates with immediate results. And right now, you can post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE. Just go to ZipRecruiter.com/HH.

May 24, 2017
Happy Hour #141 : Amber Newberry
01:01:40

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Amber Newberry is my guest for The Happy Hour #141. Amber embraces her calling as wounded healer and seeks to show all people that they are beautiful and beloved. Through sharing her story, Amber hopes to begin to free people that have been living in the bondage of shame in their own stories. You can find Amber at beautifulandbeloved.com where she shares not only her stories, but the ways that God has given her redemption and healing through meditation, yoga, oils, and prayer.

In today's show, Amber shares her story of sexual assault and rape as a teenager, leading her to an abortion at the age of 19. She talks about hearing the gospel for the first time when she was 24 - learning that the love and forgiveness of God through Jesus was available to her. And she tells about her passion now to see men and women set free from the bondage of shame and secrecy by sharing her story first.

On a lighter note, our conversation closes with talk about essential oils, the perfect concoction for allergies and Holy Yoga.

My heart (and Amber's heart) for today's show is that if you have experienced sexual assault or have an abortion in your history, that God would start to bring healing to your heart through our conversation. You are not alone, and you are not beyond the reach of God's grace and mercy towards you.

Also, in today's show, I announced that we are started a Happy Hour Summer Book Club! For more information on that, please click here.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

The Wounded Healer by Henri J.M. Nouwen + Little Bee by Chris Cleave + The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk + Boundless by Bryan Bishop + The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron + The Gift of Second by Brandy Lidbeck

Save the Storks

Austin LifeChange

Center for Relational Care

The Austin Stone Counseling Center

Holy Yoga

The Gift of Second

What Amber is loving: Newberry Final Fridays, Lacrosse season and Enneagram

Happy Hour Summer Book Club

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Amber

Facebook // Instagram // YouTube

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Lily Jade

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For baby years & beyond! Full-grain leather, backpack diaper bags that are organized with the original patented Insert. Designed by a mom for mom's. Your diaper bag dollars go the distance to help moms all across the globe. Lily Jade believes in elevating the life-giving, more-challenging-than-you-ever-imaged, glory filled role of motherhood. Check out or pre-order SALE for popular styles and new colors!

Kopari

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Kopari is a line of products that moisturize skin and hair, smell great—but without any sulfates, silicones, GMOs or parabens. Instead, Kopari products are made with 100% organic coconut oil. Kopari searched around the world for an oil of the highest quality, with a great aroma and a non-gritty texture, that you can apply head to toe. Say Aloha to the best skin and hair of your life with Kopari. Go to koparibeauty.com/jamie to receive 20% off your order!

May 17, 2017
Happy Half Hour #31 : Alli Worthington
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My guest for The Happy Half Hour #31 is my friend, Alli Worthington. Alli is the author of Breaking Busy and Fierce Faith, business coach, advisor and Executive Director of Propel WomenAlli’s no-nonsense, guilt-free take on business, family, and balance has lead to appearances on The Today Show and Good Morning America. She loves to speak at women's conferences and business events. Alli, her husband, Mark, and their five sons live outside of Nashville, TN.

Alli was on The Happy Hour for episode #114. If you missed her then, make sure to catch up here, as she was one of our most popular guests in 2016. 

She's back today to catch up, report back on her personal mantra, the advice she loves to give out, her personal goals for the year and her pet peeve.

Alli is also graciously giving away her 52 Ways to be Happier, Healthier and Enjoy Life More Series. Make sure you check that out here.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Alli's 52 Ways to be Happier, Healthier and Enjoy Life More Series

The Way Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron

Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Common Sense Media

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Alli

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsor:

PrepDish

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. Allison is offering listeners one month for just $4! You can't beat it. Check out PrepDish for this amazing deal! Use code: happyhour

 

May 12, 2017
Happy Hour #140 : Three Year Anniversary
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The Happy Hour is THREE! To celebrate, I invited some of my closest friends and biggest encouragers to join me for a real life happy hour. We met at Chicon, one of my favorite restaurants in Austin and celebrated all that The Happy Hour has become over the last three years. In today's show, you'll get an inside peek into the celebration and my relationships with some of my favorite people. I pull a few friends in to ask me a few questions that you sent in. We cover my tattoos, the best conferences I have been a part of, my indecision of being an introvert or extrovert, and of course, my eyelashes. We really cover the good stuff.

More importantly, I want to thank YOU, the listener. You are really the ones that make this show possible. You're the ones that keep listening and keep us going. I can't believe this life, and am so thankful that you have helped to make it possible. From the bottom of my heart, thank you SO much.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Chicon

Philip Ellis's Vlog - Watch Me Live My Life

Kim Takes over Philip's Vlog - Here and Here

Honeycomb Babygoods

Noonday Collection

Camp Well

Sparrow Conference

IF Gathering

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Sightbox

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Sightbox is the best way to make being a contact lens wearer more affordable. After you sign up, we book and pay for your eye exam, then deliver 12-month supply of contact lenses right to your door. You can even get color lenses or toric lenses for astigmatism as part of all memberships. Give your eyes the love they deserve and visit Sightbox.com/Jamie to receive one month for free!

Dear Mushka

TheHappyHourBlog

Dear Mushka seeks to create quality + affordable jewelry… on a mission. Every piece is crafted with a specific verse in mind and comes paired with a corresponding verse card meant to keep by your bathroom mirror, store in your heart, and then think on throughout your day. Each piece is designed to “tell the story with beauty” and can act as a gospel conversation starter to share God’s truths with those you interact with daily.  Art prints, apparel, scripture packs, and jewelry available– all meant to comfort hearts & share truth in a way that feels authentic, doable, and beautiful.  All jewelry comes packaged in an individual box ready for gift giving! Use code JAMIE for 10% off all orders until June 1.

 

 

May 10, 2017
Happy Hour #139 Megan Tietz
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It's May y'all! I don't know what it's like where you are, but May is starting off beautifully in Austin, TX. The weather is perfect, every thing is green and baseball season is in full gear. To kick the month off, Megan Tietz is joining me for episode #139 of The Happy Hour. Megan served as the soothing voice and spirited pen behind SortaCrunchy – blog hub for all things faith, family, and natural living from 2006-2014. She is also co-author of Spirit-Led Parenting: From Fear to Freedom in Baby’s First Year.

In 2015, she launched Sorta Awesome and discovered she was born to host a podcast what with having that unique creative chemistry that thrives on in-depth analysis of pop culture, all things intentional living, and the next big thing you didn’t know you couldn’t live without.

On today's show, we talk all about podcasting, which we're both obviously passionate about. Megan shares her latest favorites and we discuss the newest podcast craze, S-Town (don't worry...no spoilers this time). Megan is also a personality guru and shares her assessment of my personality type, and explains why she has found personality types fascinating and helping in interpersonal relationships.

And finally, we talk about Megan's travels to Lebanon, the refugee crisis and how her perspective has shifted after her travels. There are a lot of links below if you are interested in learning more about how you can be involved.

Enjoy your week, and make sure to join us next week for a very special edition of The Happy Hour as we celebrate our third anniversary!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Sorta Awesome

Smartest Person in the Room

S-Town + Serial + The Popcast + The Simple Show + Shalom in the City + NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour + Reply All + Missing Richard Simmons + The Splendid Table + Spilled Milk + The Daily + What Should I Read Next

The Enneagram Institute

World Vision's Refugee Work

Supporting World Vision in Syria

UN High Commissioner on Refugees

Preemptive Love

Reading People by Anne Bogel + Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson

What Megan is loving: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld, La Croix Sparkling Water and the return of sandal season

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Megan

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

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Sponsors:

Halo Top

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When it comes to food, pleasing the whole family can be a task, to put it lightly. When it comes to dessert, it's easy to please, but hard to keep it healthy, until now. Halo Top is a low-calorie, high-protein, and low-sugar ice cream that tastes like the real thing, because it is. Don't take our word for it, try it yourself, just know that there's no going back once you do because nothing tastes better than not having to compromise.

Dear Mushka

TheHappyHourBlog

Dear Mushka seeks to create quality + affordable jewelry… on a mission. Every piece is crafted with a specific verse in mind and comes paired with a corresponding verse card meant to keep by your bathroom mirror, store in your heart, and then think on throughout your day. Each piece is designed to “tell the story with beauty” and can act as a gospel conversation starter to share God’s truths with those you interact with daily.  Art prints, apparel, scripture packs, and jewelry available– all meant to comfort hearts & share truth in a way that feels authentic, doable, and beautiful.  All jewelry comes packaged in an individual box ready for gift giving! Use code JAMIE for 10% off all orders until June 1.

May 03, 2017
Happy Half Hour #30 : Wynter Pitts
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Apr 28, 2017
Happy Hour #138 : Lauren Casper
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My guest for The Happy Hour #138 is Lauren Casper. Lauren is the author of It's Okay About It: Lessons from a Remarkable Five-Year-Old about Living Life Wide Open, and founder of the internationally read blog laurencasper.com. Lauren is a top contributor to the TODAY Parenting Team and has had numerous articles syndicated by The Huffington Post, the TODAY show, Yahoo! News, and several other publications. She and her family live in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. 

Lauren is an adoptive momma of two kiddos from Ethiopia. On today's show, she shares about her adoption journey, including their struggle with infertility. She also shares about the unique experience of adopting from Ethiopia and how they decided to keep their children's birth names.

Lauren's son was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 years old. In our conversation, she shares about that life-changing diagnosis and how she has learned to reshape her expectations and see the beauty in the brokenness.

Lauren's book about the lessons she has learned from her son is coming out next week, so make sure you scoot over and grab a copy here.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Lauren's Blog

Lauren's Book: It's Okay About It

Anne Bogel's Podcast: What Should I Read Next 

Start With Amen by Beth Guckenberger + Love Does by Bob Goff + Love Lives Here by Maria Goff + Love Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos

What Lauren is loving: Spring, all things dog and donuts

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Lauren

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Taking My Life Back

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On April 15, 2013, Rebekah Gregory and her five-year- old son waited at the finish line of the Boston Marathon to support a friend who was running. When the blast of a homemade bomb packed with nails and screws went off three feet behind her, Rebekah’s legs took the brunt of the explosion. Seventeen surgeries and sixty-five procedures later, she made the decision to have her left leg amputated. This stirring memoir tells of Rebekah’s remarkable recovery—including her triumphant return to Boston two years later to run part of the race and her participation in the trial of one of the terrorists.

Dear Mushka

TheHappyHourBlog

Dear Mushka seeks to create quality + affordable jewelry… on a mission. Every piece is crafted with a specific verse in mind and comes paired with a corresponding verse card meant to keep by your bathroom mirror, store in your heart, and then think on throughout your day. Each piece is designed to “tell the story with beauty” and can act as a gospel conversation starter to share God’s truths with those you interact with daily.  Art prints, apparel, scripture packs, and jewelry available– all meant to comfort hearts & share truth in a way that feels authentic, doable, and beautiful.  All jewelry comes packaged in an individual box ready for gift giving! Use code JAMIE for 10% off all orders until June 1.

 

Messy Beautiful Friendship

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With engaging true stories and guidance drawn from Scripture, Christine Hoover offers a fresh, biblical vision forfriendship that allows for the messiness of our lives and the realities of our schedules. She shows you how to deepen relationships, overcome insecurity, and revel in the beauty and joy of everyday friendship. This book makes a perfect companion for every season of life. Pick up your copy here.

Apr 26, 2017
Happy Hour #137 : Lauren Scruggs Kennedy
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Happy Half Hour #29 : Latasha Morrison
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My guest for The Happy Half Hour #28 is Latasha MorrisonTasha is a bridge-builder, reconciler and a compelling voice in the fight for racial justice. A native of North Carolina, Tasha attended East Carolina University, earned a Masters in Business from Liberty University. She has served as Children’s and Next Gen Director and recently joined staff at Gateway Church Central in Austin, Texas as the Director of Operations. In Addition to her church positions, she has simultaneously cultivated Be the Bridge; a ministry to equip and provide tools for those who are actively involved in taking the next steps toward racial solidarity.

Tasha first joined us for The Happy Hour for episode #44. It was one of the very best shows from the early days. So, if you haven't listened to it, make sure to catch up here.

Today, Tasha is back to catch up on what's new in her world, an update on Be the Bridge and to share what she hopes her legacy will be, the advice she loves to give out and what her definition of success.

I am such a huge fan of all the things that Tasha has her hands in, and am so thrilled to have her back today. I hope you enjoy the show and have an incredible Easter celebrating the resurrection of our King.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Good Friday Service with Kirk Franklin

Sparrow Conference

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah + Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

My Blog Post: Raising Black Boys

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Tasha

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PrepDish

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. Allison is offering listeners one month for just $4! You can't beat it. Check out PrepDish for this amazing deal! Use code: happyhour

 

Apr 14, 2017
Happy Hour #136 : Lisa-Jo Baker
01:01:05

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My guest for The Happy Hour #136 is Lisa-Jo BakerLisa-Jo has been the community manager for (in)courage, an online home for women all over the world, for nearly a decade. She is also the author of Surprised by Motherhood, and her most recent book, Never Unfriended. She lives just outside Washington, DC, with her husband and their three very loud kids, where she connects, encourages, and champions women in person and through her blog, lisajobaker.com.

Lisa-Jo is a dear friend of mine, and I have been so anxious to have her on the show for a while now. I am so thrilled to have her today, after her recent release of her newest book, Never Unfriended.

Before we get to the book talk, we chat about Aaron Sorkin, movies, Ryan Gosling and his Girl Scout Cookies escapade. We also discuss my family's media fast, and her family's media feast.

Finally, we talk about Lisa-Jo's new book and the lengths to which God went to be a friend to his enemies. Lisa-Jo discusses the impact of championing the people around us.

I know you're going to love this interview and if you'd like to join me and a handful of others for an online book club for Never Unfriended, it's going to be a real party. You can find more information here.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Lisa-Jo's Book: Never Unfriended

Never Unfriended Book Club

IJM Prayer Gathering

Aaron Sorkin's Masterclass

Wayward Pines

Off Camera with Sam Jones: Elijah Wood

Ryan Gosling Interview about Girl Scout Cookies

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling + The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien + Courtney Walsh books + Dear Mr. Knightly by Katherine Reay + Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

What Lisa-Jo is loving: Snickers Bar from the freezer, Aaron Sorkin's Masterclass and kittens

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Lisa-Jo

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Connect with Jamie

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Sponsors:

Taking My Life Back

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On April 15, 2013, Rebekah Gregory and her five-year- old son waited at the finish line of the Boston Marathon to support a friend who was running. When the blast of a homemade bomb packed with nails and screws went off three feet behind her, Rebekah’s legs took the brunt of the explosion. Seventeen surgeries and sixty-five procedures later, she made the decision to have her left leg amputated. This stirring memoir tells of Rebekah’s remarkable recovery—including her triumphant return to Boston two years later to run part of the race and her participation in the trial of one of the terrorists.

Africa New Life

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Africa New Life Ministries exists to help children escape the cycle of poverty in Rwanda. Key to this intervention is making sure children receive the food they need to succeed. Consistent, nutritious food is vital for children to not only have healthy bodies, but to also learn, grow, and thrive. Food is the first essential in establishing stability. For $.83 a meal, you can provide the gift of food this Christmas. Help release a child from poverty today at www.foodisrwanda.org

Messy Beautiful Friendship

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With engaging true stories and guidance drawn from Scripture, Christine Hoover offers a fresh, biblical vision forfriendship that allows for the messiness of our lives and the realities of our schedules. She shows you how to deepen relationships, overcome insecurity, and revel in the beauty and joy of everyday friendship. This book makes a perfect companion for every season of life. Pick up your copy here.

Apr 12, 2017
Happy Hour #135 : Jenny Randle
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My guest for The Happy Hour #135 is Jenny RandleJenny is a Creative Ninja, a speaker, art director and Emmy-winning video editor. She’s collaborated on billion dollar franchises in the heart of Hollywood and currently specializes in design and advertising. Jenny has a passion for empowering others to understand their God-given identity, purpose and creativity. She lives in Upstate New York with her husband, Matt, and two young children. Jenny’s preferred creative fuel is Jesus, lattes and freestyle rap battles with her family.

In our conversation, Jenny and I chat about how adults seem to let their creative sides fizzle, and how she's committed to bringing that back to life. She does that through some creative exercises that she subjected me to. I won't spoil the big moment, but I'll just say I think you're going to love my impression of a household appliance.

Jenny also talks about her husband's battle with depression - how it started, when they sought help and where they are now. I am always so grateful for women share stories like this, because I know how lonely stories like this can feel. Jenny does such a great job of talking about their journey and offering hope to those that are in their own fight.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Pre-Order Jenny's Book: 31 Day Create

Dotcom Secrets by Russell Brunson + Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson + A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

What Jenny is loving: This Is Us, Sage Harvest Jerky, and Creative Couples Course

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Jenny

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Taking My Life Back

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On April 15, 2013, Rebekah Gregory and her five-year- old son waited at the finish line of the Boston Marathon to support a friend who was running. When the blast of a homemade bomb packed with nails and screws went off three feet behind her, Rebekah’s legs took the brunt of the explosion. Seventeen surgeries and sixty-five procedures later, she made the decision to have her left leg amputated. This stirring memoir tells of Rebekah’s remarkable recovery—including her triumphant return to Boston two years later to run part of the race and her participation in the trial of one of the terrorists.

Africa New Life

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Africa New Life Ministries exists to help children escape the cycle of poverty in Rwanda. Key to this intervention is making sure children receive the food they need to succeed. Consistent, nutritious food is vital for children to not only have healthy bodies, but to also learn, grow, and thrive. Food is the first essential in establishing stability. For $.83 a meal, you can provide the gift of food this Christmas. Help release a child from poverty today at www.foodisrwanda.org

Messy Beautiful Friendship

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With engaging true stories and guidance drawn from Scripture, Christine Hoover offers a fresh, biblical vision forfriendship that allows for the messiness of our lives and the realities of our schedules. She shows you how to deepen relationships, overcome insecurity, and revel in the beauty and joy of everyday friendship. This book makes a perfect companion for every season of life. Pick up your copy here.

Apr 05, 2017
Happy Half Hour #28 : Shay Shull
23:35

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My guest for The Happy Half Hour #28 is Shay Shull. Shay is a cookbook author, blogger, world traveler, baseball lover and mom to four. With her husband, Andrew, they live in McKinney, TX, where they each own their own businesses, drink way too much coffee and argue over whose baseball team is superior (she loves the Sox, he's a Yankee fan). Shay's passionate about food, family, faith, travel and adoption.

Shay was on The Happy Hour exactly one year ago for episode #82. If you missed that show, make sure to catch up here. Since then, she and her husband have adopted another baby and she's written a second cookbook: Mix-and-Match Mama Kids in the Kitchen.

In our chat today, we talk about the latest goings on of the Shull family, resolving that we should catch up more than once a year.

Shay shares her newest obsession - her Sleep Number bed. And she answers what she'd like her legacy to be, the advice she loves to give out and where she'd love to live for a year.

I know you'll love catching back up with Shay. Make sure to keep an eye out for her on the next Sleep Number Bed campaign.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Shay's Cookbooks: Mix-and-Match Mama Eats + Mix-and-Match Mama Kids in the Kitchen

Sleep Number Bed

Gossip Girl

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Shay

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

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Sponsor:

PrepDish

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. Allison is offering listeners one month for just $4! You can't beat it. Check out PrepDish for this amazing deal! Use code: happyhour

 

Mar 31, 2017
Happy Hour #134 : Tsh Oxenreider

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My guest for The Happy Hour #134 is Tsh Oxenreider. Tsh is the author of Notes from a Blue Bike and Organized Simplicity, and is the founder of the community blog The Art of Simple. She’s the top-ranked podcaster of The Simple Show, and her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, CNN, Real Simple magazine, and more. A graduate of the University of Texas, where she studied English and anthropology, Tsh currently lives near Austin, with her family and eats tacos several times a week. A girl after my very own heart.

I hate to tell you this, but I think listening to this show might end up costing you some dollar bills. I am pretty sure you're going to want to renew that passport and hop on the next international flight to experience the world. Tsh and her husband are avid travelers and value showing their kids the world. In 2014, they started a journey around the world (with three kids!) and lived to tell about it. On today's show, she shares about traveling with kids, their decision to live low and slow all over the world, and the challenges surrounding re-entry to their normal lives. 

Tsh's memoir about their travels is releasing next month, and I can't wait to dig in. You can pre-order your copy here. And if you love traveling, share a photo on Instagram and tag Tsh and me! We'd love to see where you've been and what you loved. 

Also, I have a big favor to ask of you. In order to support the show, we are looking for some great advertisers. To get the best advertisers for our listeners, we need to gather a little bit more information about YOU. Will you please take just a couple minutes to fill out this survey? As a bonus, you'll be entered to win a $100 Amazon giftcard and some other goodies I'll be giving away!

 

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Tsh's Book: At Home in the World

The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell + Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

What Tsh is loving: Stephen Colbert, Spotify's Discover Weekly Playlists, and plantain chips

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Tsh

Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Taking My Life Back

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On April 15, 2013, Rebekah Gregory and her five-year- old son waited at the finish line of the Boston Marathon to support a friend who was running. When the blast of a homemade bomb packed with nails and screws went off three feet behind her, Rebekah’s legs took the brunt of the explosion. Seventeen surgeries and sixty-five procedures later, she made the decision to have her left leg amputated. This stirring memoir tells of Rebekah’s remarkable recovery—including her triumphant return to Boston two years later to run part of the race and her participation in the trial of one of the terrorists.

PrepDish

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. Allison is offering listeners one month for just $4! You can't beat it. Check out PrepDish for this amazing deal! Use code: happyhour

Mar 29, 2017
Happy Hour #134 : Tsh Oxenreider
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Happy Half Hour #27 : Logan Wolfram
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My guest for The Happy Half Hour #27 is Logan Wolfram. Logan would give you full access to her pantry if you lived next door. She is a plate-juggling mom and interior decorator turned author, speaker, and host of the Allume Conference. She is a passionate leader who desires to see women live fully in Christ. Logan is the author of Curious Faith; Rediscovering Hope in the God of Possibility. She is currently working on her second book which is set to release in Fall 2018. Along with her husband, Jeremy, she divides most of her time between wrangling two inquisitive boys and a 175-pound dog named Titan. 

Logan was first on The Happy Hour for episode #57. If you missed her then, make sure to catch up here.

In our conversation today, Logan shares about traveling to China with her young kids and consequently, a truancy report. We also talk about our Voxer mastermind group, which we both use to bounce ideas off each other, ask questions and encourage one another in our work. 

And Logan gets the usual Happy Half Hour routine, with questions like what advice she likes to give out, what success means to her and where she'd like to live for a year.

Y'all enjoy catching back up with Logan, and have a great weekend!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

Logan's Post: A Life Hack That Saves My Sanity (and my leftovers!)

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Logan

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsor:

PrepDish

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. Allison is offering listeners one month for just $4! You can't beat it. Check out PrepDish for this amazing deal! Use code: happyhour

 

Mar 24, 2017
Happy Hour #133 : Kate Merrick
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My guest for The Happy Hour #133 is Kate Merrick. Kate is a writer, speaker, pastor’s wife, mama of a teen and a toddler, surfer, part-time cowgirl, and self-proclaimed chicken whisperer. She has been married to Britt for 19 years, and they live in Carpinteria, California, where they founded the Reality family of churches.  In 2013, she endured the death of her daughter, Daisy Love, after suffering through cancer treatment for three and a half years. Kate is making her way back toward laughter, and finding life to be filled with good things.

In today's show, Kate and I chat about her new book: And Still She Laughs. I have read through most of the book already and was so impressed and surprised by the approach she took to write it. Instead of it being primarily the story of her grief, she details the stories of several women in the Bible who have suffered and persevered.

We also talk about her decision to get off social media preceding her daughter's death, and what led her to that decision. We chat about the tension between perspective and comparison - and how comparison robs us of our joy in living the life God has planned for us.

And finally (because what happy hour would be complete without it?), we discuss shark attacks and my paralyzing (and very rational) fear of being devoured by a shark.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Kate's Book: And Still She Laughs

Soul Surfer

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis + A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

What Kate is loving: Spring, making flower bouquets and her Magnolia Journal

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Noonday Collection

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Noonday Collection is a fair trade jewelry and accessories company that provides meaningful opportunities around the world. To create a marketplace for the Artisan Partners they work with, they invite women in the United States to launch their own businesses through the Ambassador Opportunity.  For the month of March only, Noonday is offering you exclusively some of my personal favorite products when you join.  Just click here to see exactly what those products are and how you can join the Ambassador Community today!

PrepDish

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. Allison is offering listeners one month for just $4! You can't beat it. Check out PrepDish for this amazing deal! Use code: happyhour

Mar 22, 2017
Happy Hour #132 : Heather Avis
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My guest for The Happy Hour #132 is Heather Avis. Heather is wife to her man Josh, and mother to the adorable Macyn, Truly and August. After working as an Education Specialist she found herself as a full-time stay-at-home mom when she and her husband adopted their first daughter, Macyn, in 2008. Shortly thereafter, in 2011, they adopted their second daughter, Truly. And in 2013, their son August was born and came home to be theirs. Heather currently resides in Southern California where between oatmeal making, diaper changing and dance parties, she just finished writing her first book and uses her hit Instagram account @macymakesmyday, to share the awesomeness of all things Down syndrome and adoption. 

In my conversation with Heather, I learn all about the journey that God took Heather and her husband on to bring home their three gorgeous children. Heather shares about how God changed her heart to pursue adopting a child with Down Syndrome. She talks about some of the misconceptions and the language people use when talking about children with special needs. And she also shares the staggering statistics on doctors recommending aborting babies with Down Syndrome. It took my breath away, and I imagine it will for some of you too.

This was my first time meeting Heather, and I absolutely loved getting to know her.  She cares fiercely for and advocates for the underdog, and she believes God's goodness and beauty are found in the seemingly uncomfortable places.

Coming up next week, on World Down Syndrome Day, Heather will release her very first book. I can't wait to read it, and I know you'll love hearing more of her story as well. Make sure to pre-order your copy here.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Heather's Book: The Lucky Few

World Down Syndrome Day

Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon + I See Red by Amy Piers

What Heather is loving: Amazon Echo and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Heather

 Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Noonday Collection

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Noonday Collection is a fair trade jewelry and accessories company that provides meaningful opportunities around the world. To create a marketplace for the Artisan Partners they work with, they invite women in the United States to launch their own businesses through the Ambassador Opportunity.  For the month of March only, Noonday is offering you exclusively some of my personal favorite products when you join.  Just click here to see exactly what those products are and how you can join the Ambassador Community today!

PrepDish

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. Allison is offering listeners one month for just $4! You can't beat it. Check out PrepDish for this amazing deal! Use code: happyhour

Mar 15, 2017
Happy Hour #131 : Haley Robison
01:08:21

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My guest for The Happy Hour #131 is Haley Robison. Haley Robison is the CEO at Kammok, a outdoor gear company that designs technical, performance gear for the everyday adventurer. Haley believes in the power of well-designed product to enable life changing experiences, and she aspires to increase outdoor engagement by building a brand that encourages a city-to-trail lifestyle and makes the outdoor experience accessible for everyone.

In today's conversation, Haley and I talk about what it's like to be a 31-year-old CEO of a very popular and successful company.  Haley shares a bit about the pressures of being a young female executive. We share about our very similar (insert eye roll) experiences camping and brushes with death. She explains the differences between Type 1, Type 2 and the dreaded Type 3 fun.

Haley also opens up about singleness and her contentment in this life stage. Finally, you'll hear about the newest Kammok gear that you're going to want to get your hands on! Kammok is offering 20% off using the code HAPPYHOUR for listeners. So, make sure to hurry over and grab some gear! Offer is good until March 31.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Kammok

Kammok: The Roo

Kammok: The Sunda

Green Acres

Video: Sam Allberry on Jesus's message about marriage

We Shall Have Spring Again by Andrée Seu + Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

How I Built This

What Haley is loving: googly eye stickers, trail running and cast iron skillet

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Haley

Instagram // Twitter

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Easter Story Egg

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The Easter Story Egg™ is a family activity that explores the story of Holy week from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. This new tradition includes a hardcover book and 7 wooden nesting Eggs. Each Egg in the set has a story within the book that relates to a particular day in Holy Week. As the children open each Egg they will discover the story of Easter. Finally, on Easter Sunday they will find the smallest Egg empty and they will be reminded of the true meaning of this special holiday!

Noonday Collection

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Noonday Collection is a fair trade jewelry and accessories company that provides meaningful opportunities around the world. To create a marketplace for the Artisan Partners they work with, they invite women in the United States to launch their own businesses through the Ambassador Opportunity.  For the month of March only, Noonday is offering you exclusively some of my personal favorite products when you join.  Just click here to see exactly what those products are and how you can join the Ambassador Community today!

Mar 08, 2017
Happy Half Hour #26 : Aaron Ivey
33:33

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My guest for The Happy Half Hour #26 is my husband, the one and only, Aaron Ivey. Aaron is the only man allowed on the show, unless one of you can connect me with George W. Bush. Aaron is making his fourth appearance on The Happy Hour. You can listen to his previous interviews here: #39, #70 and #100

In today's show, we give you some sneak peaks into The Happy Hour LIVE! You're not going to want to miss. We have some really fun surprises and an unforgettable night planned for you. You have just a couple more hours to snag your ticket. So, go go go right now and grab one

We also hear Aaron's latest recommendations on TV and podcasts, the advice he loves to give and what he's aiming for in 2017. We also get an earful of his pet peeves - he's pretty peevey.

Peeves and all, he's my favorite guest of all time, and I am pretty sure he's gotta be yours too. Y'all enjoy the show and make sure to hurry over and grab one of the last few tickets for the live shows!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Aaron's Upcoming Book: Steal Away Home

Chef's Table

How I Built This

Sleeping At Last

Silence by Shusaku Endo

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Aaron

Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsor:

Noonday Collection

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Noonday Collection is a business that uses fashion to create meaningful opportunities around the world. When you purchase Noonday accessories, you create a marketplace for artisan businesses, enabling them to provide dignified jobs in vulnerable communities. They develop artisan businesses through fair trade, collaborative design, responsible financing, capacity building and long-term partnership. On February 16, Noonday releases their newest line! If you host a Noonday Trunk show between February 16-28, you could earn gifts from some of their partners over at Lindsay Letters and The Object Enthusiast. Plus, with a qualifying show you'll be entered to win a trip for 2 to Austin! Contact your local Ambassador to book a show today. If you don't have an Ambassador, go to the here and you'll find a match with someone in your area!

 

Mar 03, 2017
Happy Hour #130 : Joy Eggerichs Reed
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My guest for The Happy Hour #130 is Joy Eggerichs Reed. Joy is the Founder of Punchline Speakers, a new agency connecting communicators to opportunities, and vice versa. Joy has also been a speaker herself over the last decade. Between 2005 and 2015 Joy worked as Conference Director for her parents Love and Respect marriage conferences. Then she created the Love and Respect Now website and The Illumination Project small group study as resources for her generation on the topic of singleness, dating and marriage. In 2014, Christianity Today named Joy one of 33 leaders under the age of 33 shaping the next generation.

In our conversation today, we chat about Joy's love for the art of improv, while she educates me on some of the theater lingo. We talk all about her latest venture, Punchline Speakers, and where they're heading and how you might be able to be a part. Joy and her husband are in the process of moving to Paris, France, so she shares what she has learned about French culture and American perceptions. We also chat about our possible diagnoses of Worst Case Scenario Disorder (WCSD) and our mutual experienced fear of sharks in swimming pools. Oh, this conversation has it all.

We end with one of my favorite dinner table questions - would you rather be rich or famous? Joy tried her best to wiggle herself out of that question, but she finally caved after some pressure.

I loved loved loved having Joy on the show. I think you will love hearing from her, her contagious laugh and what she's up to these days.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Punchline Speakers

Off Camera with Sam Jones

Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman

What Joy is loving: being a plant mother, being married and home decorating

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Joy

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // YouTube

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

EM Jewelry+Design

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EM Jewelry+Design is a woman owned and operated company that makes jewelry by hand from start to finish. By creating high quality jewelry we encourage women to invest in fewer pieces that will last longer. Our hope is to inspire confidence in women, by looking and feeling great in what they are wearing. Learn more at emjewelrydesign.com and use code 'HAPPYHOUR' to save 10% on your purchase! 

PrepDish

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. Allison is offering listeners one month for just $4! You can't beat it. Check out PrepDish for this amazing deal! Use code: happyhour

Mar 01, 2017
Happy Hour #129 : Rebekah Lyons
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My guest for The Happy Hour #129 is Rebekah Lyons. Rebekah is the author of Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning and now You are Free: Be Who You Already Are. She is a mother of three, wife of one, and dog-walker of two living in Franklin, TN. Alongside her husband, Gabe, she serves as co-founder of Q Ideas, a nonprofit organization that helps Christian leaders winsomely engage in culture. When she's not busy writing killer books, you can find her reading and sipping a discriminating cup of coffee.

In today's show, we cover it all. We start where all happy hours should start - a review on jumpsuits. If you don't know, Rebekah can rock a jumpsuit better than just about anyone out there. I later learn that one reason she can pull them off so effortlessly is because she's riding a bike with her son for about an hour every day. So, if you need a new goal, there you go. Riding a bike may just earn you a jumpsuit.

In less trivial conversation, Rebekah shares about her newest book, You Are Free, which was just released yesterday. Y'all have heard me (at nauseam) talk about book covers, and this one is one of my favorites. It even feels good. Rebekah talks about the process of writing the book and battling the lies of the enemy to walk in obedience and write her story. She also shares about her family and their move to New York City with three kids, and how her son very cleverly caused himself to be sick at school day after day to communicate to his parents that it was time to move on.

I am majorly inspired by Rebekah, and I hope that you are too. Make sure you hurry over and grab a copy of her latest book.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Rebekah's Book: You Are Free

The Broken + Free Tour

Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta by Mother Theresa

What Rebekah is loving: Hourglass Makeup Palette, wearing hats and This Is Us

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Rebekah

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

EM Jewelry+Design

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EM Jewelry+Design is a woman owned and operated company that makes jewelry by hand from start to finish. By creating high quality jewelry we encourage women to invest in fewer pieces that will last longer. Our hope is to inspire confidence in women, by looking and feeling great in what they are wearing. Learn more at emjewelrydesign.com and use code 'HAPPYHOUR' to save 10% on your purchase! 

PrepDish

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. Allison is offering listeners one month for just $4! You can't beat it. Check out PrepDish for this amazing deal! Use code: happyhour

The Heart of Marriage

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With beautiful photographs and poignant prose, Dawn Camp invites you to reflect on the heart of marriage. This collection is perfect for the good days, the hard days, and all the days in between. With stories from Crystal Paine, Lisa-Jo Baker, Alexandra Kuykendall, Holley Gerth, Shaunti Feldhahn, Renee Swope, Richard Paul Evans, Kristen Welch, Mo Isom, and many more. Pick up your copy here.

Feb 22, 2017
Happy Half Hour #25 : Jennie Allen
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My guest for The Happy Half Hour #25 is my friend, Jennie Allen. Jennie is a speaker, author, teacher and the founder and visionary of IF:Gathering. IF: Gathering has since become one of the fastest growing conferences and movements in the world, empowering women across continents and denominations to live honestly and deeply. Just a few weeks ago, Jennie published her highly anticipated third book, Nothing to Prove. Jennie lives with her husband Zac and their four children in Austin, Texas.

Jennie has made previous appearances on The Happy Hour #12 and The Happy Half Hour #4. She's back today to catch up, chat about her newest book and the latest IF: Gathering. She also answers our newest half hour questions, including her favorite meal, what she'd tell her 30-year-old self and the advice she usually gives.

Y'all enjoy catching back up with Jennie. Hope you have a great weekend, and have a happy hour with a friend!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Jennie's Book: Nothing to Prove

IF: Gathering

Beth Moore's LIT

Grit by Angela Duckworth

The Crown

Lush's Bath Bombs

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Jennie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsor:

PrepDish

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. Allison is offering listeners one month for just $4! You can't beat it. Check out PrepDish for this amazing deal! Use code: happyhour

 

Feb 17, 2017
Happy Hour #128 : Julie Manning
01:02:33
Feb 15, 2017
Happy Hour #127 : Sally Clarkson
52:54

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My guest for The Happy Hour #127 is Sally Clarkson. Sally is the mother of four wholehearted children, a popular conference speaker, and champion of women everywhere. She is the best-selling author of numerous books and articles on Christian motherhood and parenting, including her most recent release, Different, written with her son. Sally lives in Monument, Colorado and loves Jesus, her family, reading, music, tea, traveling, long walks, and her golden retriever, Darcy.

On today's show, Sally and I chat about writing her newest book with her son, Nathan. Growing up as an out-of-the-box kid with OCD and ADHD, Nathan writes about his experiences and thought patterns, and Sally writes about her journey in parenting him (mistakes and all). In our conversation, Sally shares more about the book - how it came to be, what it was like to write with her son, and what she learned along the way. Her wisdom in parenting kiddos with different personalities, different strengths and weaknesses is so valuable.

Sally and I also chat about disciplining children based on their personalities. Finally, she talks about how she is passionate about making sure she is filled up, so that the people that draw from her, draw riches and not poverty.

Whether you have been following Sally for a long time, and getting to know her for the first time, I hope you find our conversation to be inspiring no matter what stage of like you are in. Today's conversation is parenting-heavy, but I hope you're able to glean a little nugget or two for your life.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Prayer by Philip Yancey

Renew Your Heart Conferences

What Sally is loving: strong cappuccino, being with her children and New York City

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Sally

 Twitter // Instagram // YouTube

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

EM Jewelry+Design

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EM Jewelry+Design is a woman owned and operated company that makes jewelry by hand from start to finish. By creating high quality jewelry we encourage women to invest in fewer pieces that will last longer. Our hope is to inspire confidence in women, by looking and feeling great in what they are wearing. Learn more at emjewelrydesign.com and use code 'HAPPYHOUR' to save 10% on your purchase! 

Noonday Collection

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Noonday Collection is a business that uses fashion to create meaningful opportunities around the world. When you purchase Noonday accessories, you create a marketplace for artisan businesses, enabling them to provide dignified jobs in vulnerable communities. They develop artisan businesses through fair trade, collaborative design, responsible financing, capacity building and long-term partnership. On February 16, Noonday releases their newest line! If you host a Noonday Trunk show between February 16-28, you could earn gifts from some of their partners over at Lindsay Letters and The Object Enthusiast. Plus, with a qualifying show you'll be entered to win a trip for 2 to Austin! Contact your local Ambassador to book a show today. If you don't have an Ambassador, go to the here and you'll find a match with someone in your area!  

 

The Heart of Marriage

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With beautiful photographs and poignant prose, Dawn Camp invites you to reflect on the heart of marriage. This collection is perfect for the good days, the hard days, and all the days in between. With stories from Crystal Paine, Lisa-Jo Baker, Alexandra Kuykendall, Holley Gerth, Shaunti Feldhahn, Renee Swope, Richard Paul Evans, Kristen Welch, Mo Isom, and many more. Pick up your copy here.

Feb 08, 2017
Happy Half Hour #24 : Debra Parker
25:34

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My guest for The Happy Half Hour #24 is Debra Parker. Debra is all about freedom and wild pursuits. She follows Jesus and manages the her party of six. She's a self-described beach dweller and anywhere adventurer. She is also the Founder of Wildfire Collective: Podcast + Happenings + Justice Initiative.  

Debra first joined me on The Happy Hour for episode #10, when we talked about sex trafficking, her adoption story and celebrity crushes. She's back today to catch up and fill us in on the latest going ons in her life. We chat about what success looks like for her, what she would like her legacy to be, and what she would tell her 20-year-old self. Sage advice there, y'all. I hope you love catching back up with Debra. 

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

For Her Prayer Initiative

Wildfire Collective Podcast

Wildfire Collective Happenings

This Is Us

Half the Church by Carolyn Custis James

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Debra

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsor:

Noonday Collection

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Noonday Collection is a business that uses fashion to create meaningful opportunities around the world. When you purchase Noonday accessories, you create a marketplace for artisan businesses, enabling them to provide dignified jobs in vulnerable communities. They develop artisan businesses through fair trade, collaborative design, responsible financing, capacity building and long-term partnership. On February 16, Noonday releases their newest line! If you host a Noonday Trunk show between February 16-28, you could earn gifts from some of their partners over at Lindsay Letters and The Object Enthusiast. Plus, with a qualifying show you'll be entered to win a trip for 2 to Austin! Contact your local Ambassador to book a show today. If you don't have an Ambassador, go to the here and you'll find a match with someone in your area!  

 

Feb 03, 2017
Happy Hour #126 : Sazan Hendrix
01:02:28

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My guest for The Happy Hour #126 is the incredibly gorgeous Sazan Hendrix. Digital media influencer and fashion/beauty/lifestyle icon, Sazan was born to inspire others. As one of the most recognizable and leading young beauty entrepreneurs, she is transforming the professional business of social and digital media all around the world with nearly one million loyal followers across her platforms in addition to the millions of views on her blog and YouTube channel. She has also become an exclusive digital media ambassador for Maybelline, and most recently has launched her very own monthly box subscription called Bless Box

On today's show, Sazan and I chat about what her days look like as a fashion and beauty blogger. If you have ever wondered what a day in the life of someone who lives in the digital world looks like, Sazan does a great job of describing it. She shares about how she and her husband work together and how they make it work. She also tells about her Kurdish background, and the costs and challenges with her decision to follow Jesus and marry an American man. She recently travelled to Israel, and shares about her experience and the digital backlash she received.

If you don't already know Sazan, trust me, you'll probably find yourself binging on her YouTube videos for the next few hours. That's how we met, anyway. Sazan is the kind of beautiful that's an itsy bit intimidating to me. But, I was so impressed by her, and how relatable and personable she is. I think you will love getting to know her...and now I suspect I have lost you to perusing her YouTube channel. If you can break away, come back on Friday for another episode of The Happy Half Hour!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Together for Israel

Sazan's Be Wild

Bless Box

What Sazan is loving: Downton Abbey, brown matte lipsticks and indoor cycling

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Sazan

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Noonday Collection

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Noonday Collection is a business that uses fashion to create meaningful opportunities around the world. When you purchase Noonday accessories, you create a marketplace for artisan businesses, enabling them to provide dignified jobs in vulnerable communities. They develop artisan businesses through fair trade, collaborative design, responsible financing, capacity building and long-term partnership. On February 16, Noonday releases their newest line! If you host a Noonday Trunk show between February 16-28, you could earn gifts from some of their partners over at Lindsay Letters and The Object Enthusiast. Plus, with a qualifying show you'll be entered to win a trip for 2 to Austin! Contact your local Ambassador to book a show today. If you don't have an Ambassador, go to the here and you'll find a match with someone in your area!  

PrepDish

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. Allison is offering listeners one month for just $4! You can't beat it. Check out PrepDish for this amazing deal! Use code: happyhour

The Heart of Marriage

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With beautiful photographs and poignant prose, Dawn Camp invites you to reflect on the heart of marriage. This collection is perfect for the good days, the hard days, and all the days in between. With stories from Crystal Paine, Lisa-Jo Baker, Alexandra Kuykendall, Holley Gerth, Shaunti Feldhahn, Renee Swope, Richard Paul Evans, Kristen Welch, Mo Isom, and many more. Pick up your copy here.

 
Feb 01, 2017
Happy Hour #125 : Renee Swope
01:14:39

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My guest for The Happy Hour #125 is Renee Swope. Renee is a Word-lover, heart-encourager, story-teller and grace-needer. She’s the best-selling author of A Confident Heart and A Confident Heart Devotional. Renee served as Executive Director and as radio co-host at Proverbs 31 Ministries for 20 years. She is a writer for (in)courage and contributor to (in)courage’s first book Craving Connection: 30 Challenges for Real-Life Engagement. Married to her favorite person on earth, Renee and J.J. live in North Carolina making memories with their three kiddos: Joshua, Andrew and Aster (their adopted daughter from Ethiopia). Renee loves pouring into, praying for and loving on women, in real life and online at www.ReneeSwope.com .

I first met Renee by interviewing her for The Influence Network Podcast and fell in love and immediately invited her to join us on The Happy Hour. If I could describe Renee and this conversation with one word, it would be wisdom. This is the kind of interview that you'll want to grab a pen and piece of paper and take some notes. She shares some really valuable wisdom on using her gifts and skill sets in her home and with her family, when she was so used to using them in the workforce. Renee recently stepped away from her job to focus on her family, specifically her daughter with special needs. She shares about that decision and what she has learned along the way. 

Most of our conversation focused on Renee sharing about a difficult season with their middle son, as he shocked his parents by claiming atheism. Renee's wisdom and her patient self-control completely blew me away. I know some of you are right in the middle of these seasons, or for some of you, they are coming. The Spirit of God in Renee is so illuminating and inspiring. But, what I realized as I have thought more about this conversation is that it's easy to listen to people like Renee who are good with words, good with people, and think "I could never do that with my kid." And I want to encourage you that if you are in Christ, the same Spirit lives in you. My heart feels heavy today for those of you that are hurting because of difficult seasons with your kids. I hope Renee's experience and her wisdom is like water to your soul today.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

The Influence Network Podcast #49: Jamie Ivey & Renee Swope

Proverbs 31 Ministries

Fly A Little Higher by Laura Sobiech + Love Does by Bob Goff + The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp + Ridiculous Faith by Shelene Bryan

What Renee is loving: Tazo Tea Zen Green Tea with Lemongrass & Spearmint, her new dog, Writing Down to the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Renee

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Stephanie May Wilson

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Having just moved to a new city, and busy with work and family, author Stephanie May Wilson knew there had to be an easier way of creating deep friendships as a busy adult. So she wrote out some questions, invited over a few girls she barely knew, and as they answered the questions, they began to share their stories. That first night they laughed, cried, and spoke God’s truth into tender areas of each other’s lives and before they knew it, strangers became friends, and friends became best friends. Those questions became a 6-week small group guide that has achieved the same friendships in communities all over the country. Whether you're looking to start a cooking club with old friends, to go deeper with new friends, or to help a group of girls you lead connect in a deeper way — our lives are so much richer when we have best friends to share them with, and this guide is the perfect way to get there! Click here to download a free copy of the first week.

PrepDish

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. This month only, Allison is offering listeners a 50% off flash sale! You can't beat it. Check out PrepDish for this amazing deal! Use code: HH50

There(4) Gathering

jamie-ivey-happy-hour-banner THERE{4} Teen Gathering is a weekend conference designed to inspire high school girls to boldly live out their identity in Jesus Christ. Teen girls have fears, insecurities, and passions. THERE{4} addresses these in a real, honest way through amazing speakers (such as Annie Downs and Amena Brown Owen), interactive experiences, and powerful worship. Join us for the 2017 conference February 17-18 in Fort Worth, Texas. Use promo code: jamieivey to get $10 off the regular price of $59. To learn more visit www.there4gathering.com.

Jan 25, 2017
Happy Half Hour #23 : Kat Armstrong
27:18

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Kat Armstrong is back as my guest for The Happy Half Hour #23. Kat is the creator of Baby Bow Tie, which she recently announced she is selling (you can find out more from the link below!) and the founder of Polished, a ministry sharing the gospel with women in the workforce.

Kat is back today with a little update on what's going on with Polished and their goals for the new year. They are hoping to launch Polished North Austin and Polished Southeast Dallas and a second Polished Houston chapter, but to do so they need to find sponsors and volunteers. If you are interested, you can email Kat directly with the subject line: Polished Houston 2, or Polished North Austin, or Polished SE Dallas.

She also shares about what God has been teaching her through her word search of bread in the Bible. You'll love it and can check out more from the link below. We also chat about what she would tell her 20-year-old self, what she wants her legacy to be and how she recharges.

I am a huge fan of Kat and everything she has going on. I know you'll love catching up with her again. And make sure to check out the event that we are partnering up for February 2. Tickets are on sale now here.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Baby Bow Tie: For Sale

Polished Austin // The Happy Hour Event

Polished Podcast

Kat's I.Love.Carbs Bible Study Blog Series

Hidden Figures

The Power of the Other by Dr. Henry Cloud

Connect with Kat

YouTube // Instagram // Twitter

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Sponsor

Stephanie May Wilson

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Having just moved to a new city, and busy with work and family, author Stephanie May Wilson knew there had to be an easier way of creating deep friendships as a busy adult. So she wrote out some questions, invited over a few girls she barely knew, and as they answered the questions, they began to share their stories. That first night they laughed, cried, and spoke God’s truth into tender areas of each other’s lives and before they knew it, strangers became friends, and friends became best friends. Those questions became a 6-week small group guide that has achieved the same friendships in communities all over the country. Whether you're looking to start a cooking club with old friends, to go deeper with new friends, or to help a group of girls you lead connect in a deeper way — our lives are so much richer when we have best friends to share them with, and this guide is the perfect way to get there! Click here to download a free copy of the first week.

Jan 20, 2017
Happy Hour #124 : Anne Bogel
01:11:09

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Anne Bogel is my guest for The Happy Hour #124. You might know Anne from her blog (affectionally called "a lifestyle blog for nerds"), Modern Mrs. Darcy, or her podcast, What Should I Read Next? 

In our conversation today, we chat about the podcasting world and starting new ideas. But, I gotta tell you, most of our conversation is surrounding our latest and most favorite books. So, if you're looking for your next good read, you've come to the right place. Anne and I have some different tastes, so you'll get a lot of recommendations for all kinds of preferences. We also chat about our favorite podcasts and episodes. You'll find a lot of links below to help you find what you're looking for. Hope y'all enjoy the show and make sure to leave a comment if you read any of the books, and tell us what you think!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Anne's Podcast: What Should I Read Next?

Anne's Post: Gift Guide for Readers

The Martian by Andy Weir + The One-In-A-Million Boy by Monica Wood + When We Were The Kennedys by Monica Wood + Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave + The Course of Love by Alain de Botton + The Outsiders by SE Hinton + Space at the Table by Brad & Drew Harper + Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple + Wild and Free by Jess Connolly & Hayley Morgan + She Reads Truth by Raechel Myers & Amanda Bible Williams + Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante + This is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick + News of the World by Paulette Jiles + Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides + The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell + Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis + Coming Clean by Seth Haines

Off Camera with Sam Jones + Pantsuit Politics + The West Wing Weekly + RadioLab's More Perfect + Smartest Person in the Room + In the Dark + Reply All + StartUp

What Anne is loving: fountain pens, Blackwing Pencils, Trader Joe's Hot and Sweet Jalapeños and Louisville, KY

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Anne

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Stephanie May Wilson

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Having just moved to a new city, and busy with work and family, author Stephanie May Wilson knew there had to be an easier way of creating deep friendships as a busy adult. So she wrote out some questions, invited over a few girls she barely knew, and as they answered the questions, they began to share their stories. That first night they laughed, cried, and spoke God’s truth into tender areas of each other’s lives and before they knew it, strangers became friends, and friends became best friends. Those questions became a 6-week small group guide that has achieved the same friendships in communities all over the country. Whether you're looking to start a cooking club with old friends, to go deeper with new friends, or to help a group of girls you lead connect in a deeper way — our lives are so much richer when we have best friends to share them with, and this guide is the perfect way to get there! Click here to download a free copy of the first week.

PrepDish

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. This month only, Allison is offering listeners a 50% off flash sale! You can't beat it. Check out PrepDish for this amazing deal! Use code: HH50

There(4) Gathering

jamie-ivey-happy-hour-banner THERE{4} Teen Gathering is a weekend conference designed to inspire high school girls to boldly live out their identity in Jesus Christ. Teen girls have fears, insecurities, and passions. THERE{4} addresses these in a real, honest way through amazing speakers (such as Annie Downs and Amena Brown Owen), interactive experiences, and powerful worship. Join us for the 2017 conference February 17-18 in Fort Worth, Texas. Use promo code: jamieivey to get $10 off the regular price of $59. To learn more visit www.there4gathering.com.

Jan 18, 2017
Happy Hour #123 : Lisa Bevere
01:02:30

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My guest for episode #123 is Lisa Bevere. Lisa believes in women and empowers them by weaving the practical with the profound truth of God's Word in award-winning curriculums and her best-selling books. Her heart breaks over social injustice. As an advocate for change, she rallies others to be an answer to desperate problems near and far. She and her husband John co-founded Messenger International, an organization established to teach, reach, and rescue. Lisa is the mother of four sons and grandmother of four.

In our conversation, you'll love hearing Lisa share about how she started walking with Jesus, her first discipleship relationship and how the church first reacted to her. Lisa travels a lot, and she shares her wisdom in how she stays connected with her husband with intentionality during those seasons. She also talks about her four boys, and how she and her husband relate to their adult children and grandchildren. Finally, Lisa shares about her newest book, Without Rival, and what God is teaching her about how He loves his children.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Lisa's Newest Book: Without Rival

Campus Crusade

Preemptive Love Coalition

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

What Lisa is loving: Winter, all things flannel and her current season of life

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Lisa

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Stephanie May Wilson

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Having just moved to a new city, and busy with work and family, author Stephanie May Wilson knew there had to be an easier way of creating deep friendships as a busy adult. So she wrote out some questions, invited over a few girls she barely knew, and as they answered the questions, they began to share their stories. That first night they laughed, cried, and spoke God’s truth into tender areas of each other’s lives and before they knew it, strangers became friends, and friends became best friends. Those questions became a 6-week small group guide that has achieved the same friendships in communities all over the country. Whether you're looking to start a cooking club with old friends, to go deeper with new friends, or to help a group of girls you lead connect in a deeper way — our lives are so much richer when we have best friends to share them with, and this guide is the perfect way to get there! Click here to download a free copy of the first week.

PrepDish

banner_620x350

Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. This month only, Allison is offering listeners a 50% off flash sale! You can't beat it. Check out PrepDish for this amazing deal! Use code: HH50

There(4) Gathering

jamie-ivey-happy-hour-banner THERE{4} Teen Gathering is a weekend conference designed to inspire high school girls to boldly live out their identity in Jesus Christ. Teen girls have fears, insecurities, and passions. THERE{4} addresses these in a real, honest way through amazing speakers (such as Annie Downs and Amena Brown Owen), interactive experiences, and powerful worship. Join us for the 2017 conference February 17-18 in Fort Worth, Texas. Use promo code: jamieivey to get $10 off the regular price of $59. To learn more visit www.there4gathering.com.

Jan 11, 2017
Happy Half Hour #22 : Amanda Brown
22:32

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My guest for the Happy Half Hour #22 is my friend, Amanda BrownNot only is Amanda one of my favorite friends, she's also my assistant. Which is kinda weird, but also 190% awesome because I get to work with one of my best friends.

Amanda made her first appearance on The Happy Hour on episode #3. She's back today with a review of her favorite episode from 2016, and some new happy half hour questions for 2017. You'll hear her favorite music, meal, and advice. She also shares what she would tell her 20-year-old self and where she'd love to live for a year.

You may not know you love Amanda, but trust me, you do. Without her The Happy Hour would be a little less happy. Y'all enjoy catching up with Amanda, and make sure to tune in next week for my conversation with Lisa Bevere.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

The Tallest Man on Earth

Man in the High Castle

Founding Farmers Cookbook

Connect with Amanda

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Sponsor

Stephanie May Wilson

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Having just moved to a new city, and busy with work and family, author Stephanie May Wilson knew there had to be an easier way of creating deep friendships as a busy adult. So she wrote out some questions, invited over a few girls she barely knew, and as they answered the questions, they began to share their stories. That first night they laughed, cried, and spoke God’s truth into tender areas of each other’s lives and before they knew it, strangers became friends, and friends became best friends. Those questions became a 6-week small group guide that has achieved the same friendships in communities all over the country. Whether you're looking to start a cooking club with old friends, to go deeper with new friends, or to help a group of girls you lead connect in a deeper way — our lives are so much richer when we have best friends to share them with, and this guide is the perfect way to get there! Click here to download a free copy of the first week.

Jan 06, 2017
Happy Hour #122 : Rachel Cruze
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Happy 2017!! I am so excited to start off the year with Rachel Cruze as my guest for Happy Hour #122 is Rachel Cruze. As a #1 New York Times best-selling author and seasoned communicator, Rachel helps Americans learn the proper ways to handle money and stay out of debt. She’s authored two best-selling books: Love Your Life, Not Theirs and Smart Money Smart Kids. The daughter of Dave Ramsey, she joined Ramsey Solutions in 2010 and uses the knowledge and experiences from growing up in the Ramsey household to educate others.

In today's conversation, we talk about what it was like growing up as a Ramsey, and the lessons she learned in a money conscious family. We chat about teaching our kids about the finiteness of money, and not letting our past mistakes with money keep us from making better choices in the future. Rachel also shares about her newest book about being content with your own life, and not coveting the lives around you. She shares how covetousness affects our finances and how she fights it with gratitude.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Rachel's Books: Love Your Life, Not Theirs and Smart Money Smart Kids

Rachel's Wallet

The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni + The Residence by Kate Andersen Brower + The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom + Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom + Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner + The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Making Oprah Podcast

What Rachel is loving: Gel manicures, Crockpot with liners, and her daughter's age

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Rachel

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube

Connect with Jamie

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Sponsors:

Stephanie May Wilson

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Having just moved to a new city, and busy with work and family, author Stephanie May Wilson knew there had to be an easier way of creating deep friendships as a busy adult. So she wrote out some questions, invited over a few girls she barely knew, and as they answered the questions, they began to share their stories. That first night they laughed, cried, and spoke God’s truth into tender areas of each other’s lives and before they knew it, strangers became friends, and friends became best friends. Those questions became a 6-week small group guide that has achieved the same friendships in communities all over the country. Whether you're looking to start a cooking club with old friends, to go deeper with new friends, or to help a group of girls you lead connect in a deeper way — our lives are so much richer when we have best friends to share them with, and this guide is the perfect way to get there! Click here to download a free copy of the first week.

PrepDish

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. This month only, Allison is offering listeners a 50% off flash sale! You can't beat it. Check out PrepDish for this amazing deal! Use code: HH50

There(4) Gathering

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THERE{4} Teen Gathering is a weekend conference designed to inspire high school girls to boldly live out their identity in Jesus Christ. Teen girls have fears, insecurities, and passions. THERE{4} addresses these in a real, honest way through amazing speakers (such as Annie Downs and Amena Brown Owen), interactive experiences, and powerful worship. Join us for the 2017 conference February 17-18 in Fort Worth, Texas. Use promo code: jamieivey to get $10 off the regular price of $59. To learn more visit www.there4gathering.com.

Jan 04, 2017
Happy Hour #121 : Erin Loechner
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My guest for Happy Hour #121 is Erin Loechner. Erin is the founder of Design for Mankind, and has been speaking and blogging for more than a decade. Her heartfelt writing and design work has been showcased in The New York Times, Lucky, Parenting, Dwell, Marie Claire, Elle Decor, Huffington Post, and a two-season HGTV.com web special, garnering more than one million fans worldwide. She has spoken for and appeared in renowned international events for clients such as Walt Disney World, IKEA, Martha Stewart and Home Depot. Now nestled in a Midwestern town, Erin, her husband, and their children strive for less in most areas except three: joy, grace, and goat cheese.

If our conversation sounds like a personal counseling session, that's probably because it was. God has been doing a lot in my heart about where I find my approval, and my conversation with Erin was so timely and therapeutic. We talk about social media - the benefits, but also the pitfalls and dangers. We also chat about her upcoming book, Chasing Slow, and her thoughts and pursuits of a slower lifestyle. I read her book earlier this fall and highly recommend it. You can pre-order today for it's January 10 release.

Y'all, let me just take a quick minute to say thank you so much for an incredible year. 2016 was a great year for The Happy Hour with more than 3 million downloads! I'm so thankful for you listening to the show, loving it and sharing it with your girlfriends. You make this show possible and I am so grateful. We have some exciting things planned for 2017, so make sure to stay tuned. Enjoy your New Year's, have a happy hour with a friend, and we'll see you on the other side!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Erin's Book: Chasing Slow

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger + Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver + Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion + Blue Nights by Joan Didion + A Mile Wide by Brandon Hatmaker + She Reads Truth by Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams + Falling Free by Shannan Martin+ Wild in the Hollow by Amber C. Haines + Wild and Free by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan + Rare Bird by Anna Whiston-Donaldson+ Eight Twenty Eight by Ian & Larissa Murphy

What Erin is loving: Mrs. Meyer's Iowa Pine Candle, candied pecans, and her slippers

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Erin

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Connect with Jamie

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Sponsors:

Out of the Spin Cycle

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Out of the Spin Cycle: Devotions to Lighten Your Mother Load by Jen Hatmaker helps moms step out of the ‘spin cycle’ of everyday life to sit down with Jesus every day. Following Jesus shouldn’t be just one more thing on our to-do list. Jen helps us understand, through 40 devotions, that creating space and time for focusing on our relationship with God is as important as making sure our kids eat breakfast or we get them to school on time. You can find this book online at amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com.

Africa New Life

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Africa New Life Ministries exists to help children escape the cycle of poverty in Rwanda. Key to this intervention is making sure children receive the food they need to succeed. Consistent, nutritious food is vital for children to not only have healthy bodies, but to also learn, grow, and thrive. Food is the first essential in establishing stability. For $.83 a meal, you can provide the gift of food this Christmas. Help release a child from poverty today at www.foodisrwanda.org

Dec 28, 2016
Happy Half Hour # 21 : Danielle Walker
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My guest for the Happy Half Hour #21 is Danielle Walker from Against All Grain. Danielle first joined me for episode #74, earlier this year. She's back today after the recent release of her newest cookbook, Celebrations

 

On today's show, we catch up about Danielle's latest Netflix binges, the qualities she values in her best friends, how she recharges with naps, massages and quality time with her kids and the dream of being a never-realized dream of being a ballerina.

I loved catching back up with Danielle, and I know you'll love hearing from her again. And from The Happy Hour team, very Merry Christmas to you and your family! We're praying the Lord would be near to your family this season and that you would experience the glory and grace of Jesus.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Downton Abbey

This is Us

Instagram

Beddit App

Connect with Danielle

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Connect with Jamie

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Sponsor

Noonday Collection

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Noonday Collection is a business that uses fashion to create meaningful opportunities around the world. When you purchase Noonday accessories, you create a marketplace for artisan businesses, enabling them to provide dignified jobs in vulnerable communities. They develop artisan businesses through fair trade, collaborative design, responsible financing, capacity building and long-term partnership. Together Noonday is building a flourishing world— come join!

Dec 23, 2016
Happy Hour # 120 : Kennesha Buycks
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My guest for Happy Hour #120 is Kennesha Buycks. Kennesha is a Southern transplant from Alabama to the Pacific Northwest. She and her family now live in the Seattle area. Kennesha has a heart and passion for connecting others, gathering, and seeing those around her flourish in ways they could never imagine. She often expresses this passion through various creative mediums, including inspirational styling and design. When Kennesha is not busy being a wife or a mama to her four kids, she spends her time writing, blogging, and encouraging others.

Kennesha and I have been trying to connect for nearly a year, and the time has finally come! In today's episode, we chat and commiserate about being old enough for a 20 year high school reunion and our anxieties about actually attending. Kennesha shares about her life before Jesus, and her journey to following Him even at the potential cost of sacrificing a relationship.  And you'll hear about her work with Restoration House and the balance and challenges of running a ministry and business. Finally, you'll love learning about Kennesha's children and how she and her husband are working hard to break generational cycles in their family.

I hope you enjoy the show today. Make sure to tune in for the last two shows of the year - this week's Happy Half Hour and next week is episode #121 with Erin Loechner.

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Links from the Show

Restoration House

Expression Church

How's Your Soul? by Judah Smith + Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst + Living with Pattern by Rebecca Atwood

What Kennesha is loving: Shopping, Winter in the Pacific Northwest, and watching her children build memories together

Music from Austin Stone Worship

Connect with Kennesha

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Connect with Jamie

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Sponsors:

Out of the Spin Cycle

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Out of the Spin Cycle: Devotions to Lighten Your Mother Load by Jen Hatmaker helps moms step out of the ‘spin cycle’ of everyday life to sit down with Jesus every day. Following Jesus shouldn’t be just one more thing on our to-do list. Jen helps us understand, through 40 devotions, that creating space and time for focusing on our relationship with God is as important as making sure our kids eat breakfast or we get them to school on time. You can find this book online at amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com.

Africa New Life

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Africa New Life Ministries exists to help children escape the cycle of poverty in Rwanda. Key to this intervention is making sure children receive the food they need to succeed. Consistent, nutritious food is vital for children to not only have healthy bodies, but to also learn, grow, and thrive. Food is the first essential in establishing stability. For $.83 a meal, you can provide the gift of food this Christmas. Help release a child from poverty today at www.foodisrwanda.org

Dec 21, 2016
Happy Hour #119 : Ginger Ravella
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My guest for Happy Hour #119 is Ginger Gilbert Ravella. Ginger is a military wife, mother of five, stepmother of two, widow, writer and national speaker.  At 36 years old, she faced the sudden tragic loss of her husband in Operation Iraqi Freedom and the horrors that followed. He left behind five beautiful children, all under the age of 9 years old.  Her late husband, Major Troy Gilbert, an Air Force F-16 pilot, gave his life while saving twenty Special Operation soldiers, defining a true American war hero. Ginger now shares her heart-wrenching story of loss and hope and is the Director of the Speakers Bureau for The Folds of Honor, a non-profit charity who raises educational funds for fallen and wounded soldiers’ families.  She travels internationally and speaks on behalf of the foundation.  She is remarried to another widower, Colonel Jim Ravella, who lost his wife to breast cancer.  Together, they share their testimonies at churches and have recently written an upcoming book, “Hope Found”, to encourage anyone who seeks peace in life’s times of suffering. Ginger and Jim currently live in San Antonio with their children.

In our conversation, Ginger shares about learning the devastating news that her husband had been killed and his body taken. She tells about the days and months following his death and the depression that gripped her, but how God rescued her and taught her to not waste her story. In an unexpected twist, Ginger tells about meeting her now husband, their short dating relationship and quick marriage and how they've learned to mesh two different families with similar stories of grief and loss.

Grab your tissues because this episode had me in tears. Ginger's honest testimony of wrestling with God in her despair and depression resonated with me so much. If you have faced tragedy or extreme suffering, I think you'll feel like you have a friend in Ginger, and feel encouraged by her vulnerable transparency.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Folds of Honor

Jim and Ginger's Blog: Our Journey to Healing

Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist + American Wife by Taya Kyle

What Ginger is loving: This Is Us, The Mom Agenda, and Brett Young's EP

Music from Austin Stone Worship

Connect with Ginger

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Sponsors:

Out of the Spin Cycle

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Out of the Spin Cycle: Devotions to Lighten Your Mother Load by Jen Hatmaker helps moms step out of the ‘spin cycle’ of everyday life to sit down with Jesus every day. Following Jesus shouldn’t be just one more thing on our to-do list. Jen helps us understand, through 40 devotions, that creating space and time for focusing on our relationship with God is as important as making sure our kids eat breakfast or we get them to school on time. You can find this book online at amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com.

Lily Jade

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Lily Jade makes incredible bags at incredible prices. Normally, full grain leather premium totes would retail for hundreds more, but thanks to their unique e-commerce model, they able to get their gorgeous pieces into even more women’s hands. Every bag comes with a removable, washable 14-pocket organizer to protect your investment, and to organize your gear. Not only that, the heart of Lily Jade is to give back, supporting all women, and especially moms. Make sure to check out Lily Jade here.

Dec 14, 2016
Happy Half Hour # 20 : Jessica Honegger
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My guest for the Happy Half Hour #20 is my friend Jessica Honegger, founder and CEO of Noonday Collection. Jessica is old fave around here at The Happy Hour. She's been on episode #5, #55, and one of the guests for the very first live event

Jessica and I were able to get together and record in the actual flesh at her office here in Austin. We make our rounds through our normal half hour show questions, but I think you'll love hearing her dream of a communal life that she's having to let die, the quality of vulnerability that she values in her best friends and the best advice she's every received.

I know you'll enjoy today's show and hope you feel inspired by my conversation with one of the very best business women I know.

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Links from the Show

Telemachus

Playing God by Andy Crouch + Strong and Weak by Andy Crouch + The Soul of Shame by Curt Thompson + The Anatomy of the Soul by Curt Thompson + Sacred Rhythms by Ruth Haley Barton

Ian Cron's Enneagram

The Center of Being Known

Connect with Jessica

Instagram // Twitter

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Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Sponsor

Noonday Collection

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Noonday Collection is a business that uses fashion to create meaningful opportunities around the world. When you purchase Noonday accessories, you create a marketplace for artisan businesses, enabling them to provide dignified jobs in vulnerable communities. They develop artisan businesses through fair trade, collaborative design, responsible financing, capacity building and long-term partnership. Together Noonday is building a flourishing world— come join!

Dec 09, 2016
Happy Hour # 118 : Emily Ley
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My guest for Happy Hour #118 is Emily Ley. Emily is the Founder and Creative Director of Emily Ley Paper & Gifts. She is also the creator of the bestselling Simplified Planner—a daily agenda for what matters most— and author of Grace Not Perfection. Raised in Pensacola, Florida, Emily graduated from the University of West Florida with degrees in English, creative writing, and public administration. She later became the executive director of the city ballet. From there, she worked in nonprofit management and public relations before launching her brand in 2008. Following the success found at its online home, the Emily Ley brand quickly grew to be carried in retail outlets across the United States and around the world. Emily has been recognized with numerous awards, including Best New Product at the National Stationery Show as well as being named a Top 10 Designer to Watch in 2015 by Stationery Trends Magazine. Emily lives with her husband and three children in Tampa, Florida.

Emily shares about growing her business from the ground up, all while remaining a debt-free company. She talks about difficult learning curves and decisions that she has had to make to maintain the company values - including a recent decision to cut down on wholesale to be able to better connect with the customer.

Because of the recent release of Emily's first book, we chatted about the book writing process, how her book was born and the painstaking decisions of a cover design. And Emily also shares some of her family's easy and totally doable holiday traditions.

I loved getting the chance to get to know Emily. I know you're going to love her, and feel inspired by the way that she has grown her business, while staying true to her initial goals and values.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Emily's Book: Grace Not Perfection

Ballet Pensacola

University of South Florida: Women in Leadership & Philanthropy Program

The Lifegiving Home by Sally & Sarah Clarkson + Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist+ For the Love by Jen Hatmaker + Wild and Free by Hayley Morgan and Jess Connolly

Walk in Love

What Emily is loving: The Profit, Scarlet and Gold and naps

Music from Austin Stone Worship

Connect with Emily

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Sponsors:

Out of the Spin Cycle

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Out of the Spin Cycle: Devotions to Lighten Your Mother Load by Jen Hatmaker helps moms step out of the ‘spin cycle’ of everyday life to sit down with Jesus every day. Following Jesus shouldn’t be just one more thing on our to-do list. Jen helps us understand, through 40 devotions, that creating space and time for focusing on our relationship with God is as important as making sure our kids eat breakfast or we get them to school on time. You can find this book online at amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com.

Lily Jade

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Lily Jade makes incredible bags at incredible prices. Normally, full grain leather premium totes would retail for hundreds more, but thanks to their unique e-commerce model, they able to get their gorgeous pieces into even more women’s hands. Every bag comes with a removable, washable 14-pocket organizer to protect your investment, and to organize your gear. Not only that, the heart of Lily Jade is to give back, supporting all women, and especially moms. Make sure to check out Lily Jade here.

Dec 07, 2016
Happy Hour # 117 : Becky Kiser
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My guest for Happy Hour #117 is Becky Kiser, founder of Sacred Holidays, a small business connecting the heart of women to the heart of God during the holidays they celebrate. She is also a MBTI Certified Personal & Executive Coach with orbitingnormal.org and loves working with women, small business owners, non-profits, and teams. Becky, her husband and three beautiful girls live in The Woodlands, TX and are a part of Church Project. She’s addicted to ice tea, loves Texas summers, and is usually reading three books at once (although it’s a lot of picture books these days). 

 

In our conversation, we chat about how Becky created Sacred Holidays, including the vision behind it and her dreams for the future. She shares about her experience as a life coach – which is obviously now going on my Christmas list. We walk through the rough start to her marriage, leading her and her husband to discovering their unique personalities and learning to give grace to one another along the way. Becky also shares about her recent health issues, how she’s responding and what’s next in the unknown. And finally, if you have extra time on your hands, you’ll get a good dose of Netflix recommendations.

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LINKS FROM THE SHOW

Camp Well

Myers Briggs

StrengthsFinder

LifeWay

LIT: A Beth Moore Event

Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper + Love Does by Bob Goff + Love Lives Here by Maria Goff + The Lipstick Gospel by Stephanie May Wilson + I Said Yes by Emily Maynard Johnson

Gilmore Girls + Reign + The Crown + This Is Us

Tickled

What Becky is loving: Building a Story Brand Podcast, Sacred Holidays in the hands of women in prison, Netflix binging

Music from Jason Poe

CONNECT WITH BECKY

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CONNECT WITH JAMIE

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SPONSORS:

SACRED HOLIDAYS

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Who wants a 10% OFF code? This year, Sacred Holiday’s Advent study, He Is: The Attributes, will focus your heart on Christ and less on the chaos this Christmas! They have options for women, families, men, and teen girls too! Each day we study a different attribute of God. The attribute is the same across all four studies to create a common point of focus for communities, families, and churches, but content is unique for each study. Go to sacredholidays.com/shop/ to check out the shop.

PINE COVE

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If you’ve been thinking about sending your child to overnight camp, but aren’t sure if they’re ready for a full week away, Pine Cove has the perfect option for you! Winterfest is an awesome weekend of camp at Pine Cove in Tyler or Columbus, Texas. They’ll get to experience all of the fun activities, Bible studies and excellent college staff that Pine Cove has to offer, at a fraction of the cost of summer camp. It’s just like summer camp… only cooler! Winterfest is December 16-18, for kids in 1st-12th grade. Register online here!

Nov 30, 2016
Happy Half Hour #19 : Jo Saxton
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My guest for the Happy Half Hour #19 is Jo Saxton. Jo is a pastor, missional leader, speaker and leadership coach. She is the co-host of Lead Stories podcast and is the board chair of 3DMovements. Jo is the author of More Than Enchanting and High Heels and Holiness. She loves Starbucks, the gym, her people, and the everyday stuff, like good music, good food, and good books. And Target. She really, really loves Target. She spends her days dreaming big dreams, and making big plans. Jo lives in the  Minneapolis area with her husband Chris and their two daughters.

Y'all loved Jo on her first appearance on the Happy Hour for episode #83, so it was a no-brainer to have her back today. We chat about our favorite apps, how Jo recharges, the best advice she's ever received and her pet peeve.

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and enjoy this episode with a full belly and a happy heart.

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Links from the Show

This Is Us

Starbucks App

Voxer

Connect with Jo

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Sponsor

Mercy Candle Co.

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Mercy Candle Co. is a small business with a heart for savoring the beauty in life’s everyday moments. On each candle you’ll find scripture or an inspiring message to serve as a reminder to take time out for what matters most. At Mercy Candle Co, they believe that details matter, and you will see our dedication to detail all the way from our quality, non-toxic ingredients to our thoughtful packaging. Your purchase makes a difference: Fifty cents from the purchase of every mason jar candle is donated to help fight the battle against human trafficking.

Nov 25, 2016
Happy Hour # 116 : Ann Voskamp
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My guest for today’s episode is Ann Voskamp. Ann is the wife of a down-to-earth farmer; a book-reading mama to a posse of seven; and the author of the New York Times bestseller One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Arewhich has sold more than one million copies. Her latest book, The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life released in October 2016.  Millions do life with her at her daily photographic online journal, one of the top 10 most widely read Christian websites:  www.annvoskamp.com

Admittedly, I was a little nervous about chatting with Ann. She has a sophisticated and incredibly intelligent aura about her that intimidated me from afar. But, gracious, I loved talking with her and getting to know her a little bit. In our conversation, Ann shares about the heart behind her newest book, The Broken Way. We chat about the temptation to present a polished life, but how God uses our brokenness to bring healing to our own hearts and perseveres the hearts around us. 

We chat about everything from their adoption journey to the refugee crisis to living modern day Esther lives. If you need a hug and a good kick in the pants, this is your episode. I think you'll feel so encouraged by Ann and also a push to use your influence to be a minister the oppressed around you. 

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Ann's Newest Book: The Broken Way

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson + Upstream by Mary Oliver

What Ann is loving: Hot Soup, Rend Collective, Eugene Peterson books, Jason Gray

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Ann

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

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Sponsors:

Sacred Holidays

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Who wants a 10% OFF code? This year, Sacred Holiday's Advent study, He Is: The Attributes, will focus your heart on Christ and less on the chaos this Christmas! They have options for women, families, men, and teen girls too! Each day we study a different attribute of God. The attribute is the same across all four studies to create a common point of focus for communities, families, and churches, but content is unique for each study. Go to sacredholidays.com/shop/ to check out the shop.

Pine Cove

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If you've been thinking about sending your child to overnight camp, but aren't sure if they're ready for a full week away, Pine Cove has the perfect option for you! Winterfest is an awesome weekend of camp at Pine Cove in Tyler or Columbus, Texas. They'll get to experience all of the fun activities, Bible studies and excellent college staff that Pine Cove has to offer, at a fraction of the cost of summer camp. It's just like summer camp... only cooler! Winterfest is December 16-18, for kids in 1st-12th grade. Register online here!

Nov 23, 2016
Happy Hour #115 : Holiday Gift Guide
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May We Fly

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The artist and designer behind May We Fly, Leana Fischer, creates artwork to bring delight into the homes of each customer. She loves to share those things that resonate with us all; glimpses of beauty, natural rhythms, and every day wonders. All May We Fly products, from greeting cards to calendars, are crafted with care, using high quality materials and made in small batches. Leana believes that giving a piece of artwork is an investment that can bring moments of delight for years to come as it becomes a fond, familiar part of its home. Use code HAPPYHOUR for 15% off all items.

May We Fly on Instagram

Mama Owl Shop

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Mama Owl Shop is a high quality handmade shop for comfortable and classic headwear. It was established when a mama didn’t want to leave her baby to work anymore, so she came up with the original Knot Turban Headband, for gals of all ages. This is Knot Your Average Headband. Made in Texas, built to last, and worn all over the world.  Use code HAPPYHOUR for 15% off all items.

Mama Owl Shop on Instagram

Dear Mushka,

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Dear Mushka seeks to create quality + affordable jewelry... on a mission. Every piece is crafted with a specific verse in mind and comes paired with a corresponding verse card meant to keep by your bathroom mirror, store in your heart, and then think on throughout your day. Each piece is designed to "tell the story with beauty" and can act as a gospel conversation starter to share God's truths with those you interact with daily.  Art prints, apparel, scripture packs, and jewelry available-- all meant to comfort hearts & share truth in a way that feels authentic, doable, and beautiful.  All jewelry comes packaged in an individual box ready for gift giving! Use code HAPPYHOUR for 15% off all items until December 1.

Dear Mushka on Instagram

Free Day Popcorn

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Free Day Popcorn invites you to share in their harvest and reinvent movie night. Before the movie, watch the excitement and anticipation on your children’s faces as the popcorn pops off the cob! Grown on their small family farm, Free Day Popcorn sells the freshest popcorn you can buy without growing it yourself! Free Day Popcorn takes you back to a simpler time where you can buy fresh popcorn directly from the farmer.  Get to know-your-grower and learn about the growing process on their website and social media. Free Day Popcorn is non-GMO, naturally gluten-free, and a 100% whole grain snack with no trans-fat.   Use code HAPPYHOUR for 20% off online orders until December 15.

Free Day Popcorn on Instagram

Africa New Life

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All fine art prints from the Beauty of Rwanda collection were originally taken in Rwanda by the renowned Austin Mann. (Professional photographer for Apple.) 100% of the proceeds from the Beauty of Rwanda collection benefit Africa New Life’s hospital in Kigali, Rwanda. The self-sustaining hospital will serve the capital city of Kigali and extend its reach to patients in all of East Africa and will additionally serve the 8,000 sponsored children in our programs. The Landscape Fine Art Prints will come in all shapes & sizes that will leave you in awe of the Beauty of Rwanda. These gorgeous prints are the perfect holiday gift that give back to the people of Rwanda in a deep & lasting way.

Africa New Life on Instagram

Anchored Press

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The Anchored Press Devotional Planner is a Christian planner filled with tools to keep you organized AND daily Bible verses and devotions making it easy to meet with God everyday. It was created for women with full schedules who want a daily quiet time with God, but just struggle to make it happen. Anchored Press believes a full plate does not mean you have to sacrifice the things that have an eternal impact in your life. Their heart's mission is to bring more women into God's Word on a daily basis. Give the gift this Christmas season that brings peace to the endless demands of life and transforms hearts in 2017. Use code HAPPYHOUR to get (1) free "Be still" Quiet Time Journal with the purchase of an Anchored Press Devotional Planner (make sure you add the Quiet Time Journal to your cart for the code to work). Offer good through December 15th.

Anchored Press on Instagram

Mercy Candle Co.

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Mercy Candle Co. is a small business with a heart for savoring the beauty in life’s everyday moments. On each candle you’ll find scripture or an inspiring message to serve as a reminder to take time out for what matters most. At Mercy Candle Co, we believe that details matter, and you will see our dedication to detail all the way from our quality, non-toxic ingredients to our thoughtful packaging. Your purchase makes a difference: Fifty cents from the purchase of every mason jar candle is donated to help fight the battle against human trafficking. Use code HAPPYHOUR to receive 20% off until December 31.

Mercy Candle Co. on Instagram

Penguino Travel

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Penguino Travel sells curated Travel Boxes for kids ages 3-12. Each handpicked box contains toys, activities, art supplies, snacks and essentials designed to make family travel fun, relaxing and purposeful. Travel Boxes make life easier for busy families and are a great gift for kids who will be traveling over the holidays! Penguino Travel is partnering with World Relief Fort Worth to welcome refugee families to Texas. For every 10 Travel Boxes they sell, Penguino will give one Welcome Box to a refugee child who is new to our community. Use promotion code HAPPYHOUR to get $5 off every Travel Box in your order at penguinotravel.com.

Penguino Travel on Instagram

Readerly

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Readerly is an online shop devoted to the words and stories that change us. Whether it’s a quote from a classic book or an excerpt from a beloved hymn, our products celebrate the impact books and reading have on your life with t-shirts, prints, and more. Readerly was created by Alison, an extroverted reader, mother, and pastor’s wife, who wanted beautiful products that connected people with each other and the words and books they love. A portion of all our profits go to Alfalit, an international ministry that works to eradicate human suffering caused by illiteracy. Use code HAPPYHOUR to receive 10% off your order.

Readerly on Instagram

Sock Club

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This holiday season, Sock Club is delivering the perfect gift experience. Quality American-made socks are sent straight to your loved-one’s door, featuring different designs and a personal note every month. This is the gift that keeps giving all year long. These socks are premium quality, American-made socks, and use cotton sourced from the Southeastern United States. They’re designed in Austin, Texas and knit in North Carolina. (You can tell the difference when you put ‘em on). Sock Club offers gift subscriptions for men, women, and children, so all feet can partake. You can give Sock Club to your best friend, your kid’s teacher, the barista at your favorite coffee shop, your 70-year old dad, your daughter, or even your crazy uncle. Go to sockclub.com and get 15% off subscriptions using discount code HAPPYHOUR at checkout. Give Sock Club this holiday season.

Sock Club on Instagram

The Adventure Project

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The Adventure Project is a female-founded, non-profit movement dedicated to lifting people in developing countries out of extreme poverty by creating transformative jobs. In nearly six years, they've created almost one thousand jobs in India, Haiti, Uganda, and Kenya. These entrepreneurs are now impacting over one million people every day with life-saving services. This holiday season, they are supporting fuel-efficient stove entrepreneurs in Kenya through the sale of organic charcoal soap gift boxes. Each $20 bar of soap purchased will provide a woman in Kenya with a charcoal efficient stove, allowing her to save money on fire wood, send her kids to school, and breathe easier.

The Adventure Project on Facebook

Ziyada

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In the language of their artisans, Ziyada means more. Ziyada exists to provide more help, more jobs, more training, more child care, more safety, more health care, and more nutrition for beloved artisans in North India. At Ziyada, ancient Indian art forms are mixed with modern, creative designs allowing Ziyada artisans to take pride in their rich cultural heritage, while enabling them to offer unique and beautiful products to customers. They focus on producing high quality, small batch products, like hand-spun silk yarn, hand-embroidered pillows, hand quilted patch work blankets, and colorful aprons. So, if you see something you like on the website, buy it today while supplies last! Use code HAPPYHOUR to receive 15% off your order through December 1st.

Ziyada on Instagram

Waterloo Style

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Waterloo Style was established in 2015, but Tiffany Wade and Jana Cofield have been dear friends for more than 12 years. After many years of friendship, raising babies, fostering, adopting and an overseas move, they decided to go for it. They love to design jewelry that make a statement for any outfit. Whether you are wearing a baseball cap with yoga pants or getting ready for a night out on the town Waterloo Style helps complete the look. They are creating timeless, comfortable and versatile pieces. Waterloo Style wants to remind you of your beauty. Use code HAPPYHOUR for 15% off your order through December 16.

Waterloo Style on Instagram

 

 

Nov 16, 2016
Happy Half Hour #18 : Laura Kelley
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My guest for Happy Half Hour #18 is Laura Kelley. She and her husband, Josh, currently lead a tribe of 5 little ones...soon to be 6...in Nashville, TN.  Laura loves Jesus, color, creativity, being a momma and foster mom and believes baked goods might possibly change the world.  Laura spends her free time flexing her artistic muscle, creating and sewing.  She teaches a Bible journaling class anywhere, everywhere and online.  

Laura was first on the Happy Hour for episode #16! If you haven't listened, you can do so here. But, Laura is back today to catch up on the latest with Kelley clan, including their fostering and adoption journeys. And of course, she shares her childhood dream of being an ice skater, what she values in her closest friends and her pet peeve.

 

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Falling Free by Shannan Martin

This Is Us

The Good Place

The Branded Collective

Revlon Bubble Curling Wand

The Beachwaver Co. Curling Wand

Kristy Yamaguchi's Books

Connect with Laura

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Sponsor

Mercy Candle Co.

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Mercy Candle Co. is a small business with a heart for savoring the beauty in life’s everyday moments. On each candle you’ll find scripture or an inspiring message to serve as a reminder to take time out for what matters most. At Mercy Candle Co, they believe that details matter, and you will see our dedication to detail all the way from our quality, non-toxic ingredients to our thoughtful packaging. Your purchase makes a difference: Fifty cents from the purchase of every mason jar candle is donated to help fight the battle against human trafficking.

Nov 11, 2016
Happy Hour # 114 : Alli Worthington
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Alli Worthington is my guest for Happy Hour #114. Alli is the author of Breaking Busy: Finding Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy, speaker, and the Executive Director of Propel WomenHer goal is to help women live the life they were created to live. Alli co-founded multiple companies and has helped individuals, small business owners and Fortune 500 companies be more successful. Her no-nonsense, guilt-free take on business, family and balance has lead to appearances on The Today Show and Good Morning America. She has written for Huffington Post, Fox News, Redbook and more. She, her husband, Mark, and their five sons live outside of Nashville, TN. 

In our conversation, Alli shares about her life as a working mom with a household of boys. She's a big advocate of personal freedoms - which goodness, I think we could all learn a thing or two from - like, taking the pressure off ourselves to do the things that don't fit within our natural giftings or capacity. Alli and I chat about our strengths and the sexy strength of woo that neither of us possess.

If you've ever questioned your giftings and if you should pursue them, make sure to stick around for the last few minutes of the show. I felt so encouraged by Alli's motto to show up, love people, be herself and not quit.

And just in case you're wondering, I made a promise in my conversation with Alli to read the Screwtape Letters before this episode aired and of course, I haven't done it. But you should. And maybe send me a summary.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Alli's Book: Breaking Busy

StrengthsFinder

Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis + A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

Inside Out

What Alli is loving: Pete's Dragon, 1 Second Every Day App, Play with Fire

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Alli

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Sacred Holidays

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Who wants a 10% OFF code? This year, Sacred Holiday's Advent study, He Is: The Attributes, will focus your heart on Christ and less on the chaos this Christmas! They have options for women, families, men, and teen girls too! Each day we study a different attribute of God. The attribute is the same across all four studies to create a common point of focus for communities, families, and churches, but content is unique for each study. Go to sacredholidays.com/shop/ to check out the shop and use code HAPPYHOUR to get 10% OFF your total order. (Discount code expires Nov 15.)

Pine Cove

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If you've been thinking about sending your child to overnight camp, but aren't sure if they're ready for a full week away, Pine Cove has the perfect option for you! Winterfest is an awesome weekend of camp at Pine Cove in Tyler or Columbus, Texas. They'll get to experience all of the fun activities, Bible studies and excellent college staff that Pine Cove has to offer, at a fraction of the cost of summer camp. It's just like summer camp... only cooler! Winterfest is December 16-18, for kids in 1st-12th grade. Register online here!

Nov 09, 2016
Happy Hour #113 : Sarah Rodriguez
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My guest for Happy Hour #113 is Sarah Rodriguez. Sarah is an author, speaker, blogger at www.journeyofsarah.com and also the Huffington Post. She is the creator of the Choose Joy Project, a random-acts of kindness initiative to honor the life of her late husband Joel. Her life's greatest role is that of Mommy to Milo and Ellis. Sarah is a one time NYC transplant who now makes her home in Oklahoma, where the best sunsets on earth are found. 

On today's show, Sarah shares her personal story of struggling with infertility, only to be followed by her husband's cancer diagnosis. She shares the painstaking three year journey of his diagnosis, treatment, cancer return and finally his passing. The details of Sarah's story are heartbreaking, but I think it's her perspective and response that will leave you feeling speechless and inspired. She describes how her suffering afforded her a relationship with God that she wouldn't have had otherwise, quoting Job 42.5 "I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you."

You're going to need your tissues for this one. And to learn a lot more about Sarah's story, you can grab her book From Depths We Rise here.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Sarah's Book: From Depths We Rise

A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken + Wild Things by Stephen James & David Thomas

What Sarah is loving: Fall (sweaters, the State Fair and college football), Fitness Blender and Iced Chai Tea

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Sarah

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Sacred Holidays

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Who wants a 10% OFF code? This year, Sacred Holiday's Advent study, He Is: The Attributes, will focus your heart on Christ and less on the chaos this Christmas! They have options for women, families, men, and teen girls too! Each day we study a different attribute of God. The attribute is the same across all four studies to create a common point of focus for communities, families, and churches, but content is unique for each study. Go to sacredholidays.com/shop/ to check out the shop and use code HAPPYHOUR to get 10% OFF your total order. (Discount code expires Nov 15.)

Pine Cove

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If you've been thinking about sending your child to overnight camp, but aren't sure if they're ready for a full week away, Pine Cove has the perfect option for you! Winterfest is an awesome weekend of camp at Pine Cove in Tyler or Columbus, Texas. They'll get to experience all of the fun activities, Bible studies and excellent college staff that Pine Cove has to offer, at a fraction of the cost of summer camp. It's just like summer camp... only cooler! Winterfest is December 16-18, for kids in 1st-12th grade. Register online here!

Nov 02, 2016
Happy Half Hour #17 : Kari Sowers
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My guest for Happy Half Hour #17 is Kari Sowers, a consultant to creatives and companies. She is an Intellectual Property attorney who helps her clients protect and license what they create. Kari is the host of Manifest Collab, a podcast and community for builders, makers, entrepreneurs and creatives. 

Kari first appeared on the Happy Hour for episode #64. It was one of those special episodes where I had this a-ha moment, realizing that maybe (just maybe) I was creative. It was never a word that I had assigned to myself, and Kari helped me to rethink that word and identity. You can listen to that show here.

But today, Kari is back to catch up after adding another member to the Sowers family. We chat about the advice of making the habit before you buy the gear. Which, hello, I would have a lot more money if I had not bought 4 pairs of running clothes trying to make myself a runner.

She shares about her dream to be a Rockette, her pet peeve involving clever spelling for businesses and what she values in her closest friends. I loved catching up with Kari, she's one of the most personally encouraging guests I've had and I know you'll love hearing from her again.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Kari's Podcast: Manifest Collab + Create

Break the Twitch: Are You Taking the False First Step?

TED Talk: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

The More of Less by Joshua Becker + The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Connect with Kari

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Sponsor

Prep Dish

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. And, Allison is offering listeners a special rate of $4 for the first month - that's only $1/weekly meal plan! You can't beat that. Check out Prep-Dish for this amazing deal! Use code: HappyHour

Oct 28, 2016
Happy Hour #112: Tara Leigh Cobble
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My guest for Happy Hour #112 is Tara-Leigh Cobble. She's an author and musician that possesses a unique trio of gifts: as a conference keynote speaker, worship leader, and singer-songwriter. She has spent the past decade touring internationally and has contributed to more than 2,000 events for singles, college students, women's groups, and youth groups. 

Although she has been standing on stages for more than a decade, her passion in recent years has been behind the scenes, planting and developing a network of discipleship groups. Nearly 200 men's and women's D-Groups (Discipleship Groups) meet in homes around the world to memorize scripture, study theology, and pray together. "We like to call it the CrossFit of Bible studies," she says, alluding to the intensity, accountability, community, and ultimately the joy of being in D-Group. 

In our conversation, Tara-Leigh shares how D-Group got started out of a deep desire to know God and His Word. It started as a small group of strangers studying the Bible together and has grown exponentially in the years since. She shares about praying for authority in her life (who prays for that!?) and how God answered by letting her live with Matt and Lauren Chandler. 

I was so convicted and encouraged by my conversation with Tara-Leigh. I think you'll walk away wanting to know the God of the Bible better. She does such a great job of describing the dangers of worshipping a god of our own making, and the treasure of knowing God's true character as it is revealed in His word. 

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Tara-Leigh's Music

Tara-Leigh's Books

D-Group

Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon + The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Serial Podcast

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What Tara-Leigh is loving: OJ Made in America, Squatty Potty and Soda Stream

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Tara-Leigh

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Lily Jade

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Lily Jade makes incredible bags at incredible prices. Normally, full grain leather premium totes would retail for hundreds more, but thanks to their unique e-commerce model, they able to get their gorgeous pieces into even more women’s hands. Every bag comes with a removable, washable 14-pocket organizer to protect your investment, and to organize your gear. Not only that, the heart of Lily Jade is to give back, supporting all women, and especially moms. Make sure to check out Lily Jade here.

Sacred Holidays

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Who wants a 10% OFF code? This year, Sacred Holiday's Advent study, He Is: The Attributes, will focus your heart on Christ and less on the chaos this Christmas! They have options for women, families, men, and teen girls too! Each day we study a different attribute of God. The attribute is the same across all four studies to create a common point of focus for communities, families, and churches, but content is unique for each study. Go to sacredholidays.com/shop/ to check out the shop and use code HAPPYHOUR to get 10% OFF your total order. (Discount code expires Nov 15.)

Oct 26, 2016
Happy Hour #111: Jen Bricker
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My guest for Happy Hour #111 is Jen Bricker. Born without legs and placed for adoption at birth, Jen is an aerialist, acrobat and a state champion in power tumbling. She has appeared as a headliner at the prestigious Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas, New York’s Lincoln Center, the Shangri-La Hotel in Dubai, and the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. In her new book, Everything is Possible, Jen writes about her faith, drive, and determination, and continues to prove to herself and others that nothing is impossible.

I loved talking with Jen so much. I think this episode may have more surprises in it than any before. I won't spoil them all, but I will tell you she casually mentions being on tour with a very famous popstar and she tells the story about discovering that an iconic American Olympian is her biological sister. How's that for a teaser?

I just know you're going to love this episode, love learning about Jen, and love hearing how God was so purposeful in Jen's circumstances to weave together such an amazing and powerful story. Jen has been so faithful in recognizing God's hand in her life and is using her story to make His name great.

To learn more about Jen and her journey, determination and perseverance, you'll want to grab a copy of her book: Everything is Possible.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Jen's Book: Everything is Possible

Home by Elyse Fitzpatrick

What Jen is loving: It Cosmetics, aloe vera plant, real cocoa and loose leaf green tea

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Jen

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Lily Jade

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Lily Jade makes incredible bags at incredible prices. Normally, full grain leather premium totes would retail for hundreds more, but thanks to their unique e-commerce model, they able to get their gorgeous pieces into even more women’s hands. Every bag comes with a removable, washable 14-pocket organizer to protect your investment, and to organize your gear. Not only that, the heart of Lily Jade is to give back, supporting all women, and especially moms. Make sure to check out Lily Jade here.

Sacred Holidays

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Who wants a 10% OFF code? This year, Sacred Holiday's Advent study, He Is: The Attributes, will focus your heart on Christ and less on the chaos this Christmas! They have options for women, families, men, and teen girls too! Each day we study a different attribute of God. The attribute is the same across all four studies to create a common point of focus for communities, families, and churches, but content is unique for each study. Go to sacredholidays.com/shop/ to check out the shop and use code HAPPYHOUR to get 10% OFF your total order. (Discount code expires Nov 15.)

Oct 19, 2016
Happy Half Hour #16 : Elyse Fitzpatrick
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My guest for Happy Half Hour #15 is Elyse Fitzpatrick. Elyse is a retreat and conference speaker, bestselling author and Director of Women Helping Women Ministries.  She has been married for more than 40 years and has three adult children and six grandchildren.

Elyse first appeared on the Happy Hour for episode #89 where she stole the show and became one of my all-time favorite guests. If you're in some need of some free counseling, scoot on over and give it a listen.

Today, Elyse is back after the recent release of her newest book, Home, where she writes about the idea of longing for heaven and how (praise God) things are not now how they will one day be. Elyse is one of my favorite authors, and I am so anxious to get a chance to read her latest work.

We also chat about how her childhood dream that had to die because she got pregnant, what she values in friendships and how much she hates cats on planes and dogs in restaurants. You know, the usual. I know you'll just love hearing from Elyse again.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Elyse's Newest Book: Home

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Suits

Better Late Than Never

Typorama

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Connect with Elyse

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Sponsor

Prep Dish

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. And, Allison is offering listeners a special rate of $4 for the first month - that's only $1/weekly meal plan! You can't beat that. Check out Prep-Dish for this amazing deal! Use code: HappyHour

Oct 14, 2016
Happy Hour #110: Amanda Bible Williams
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My guest for Happy Hour #110 is Amanda Bible Williams. Amanda likes words and books more than just about anything. She holds bachelor’s degrees in English and psychology, nearly a master’s in religion, and a deep love for a farmhouse east of Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and their three children. Chief Content Officer of She Reads Truth, Amanda spends her days happily rearranging sentences and explaining that her maiden name really is Bible.

Amanda was such a delight to chat with on today's episode. She and Raechel Myers have something really special going on over at She Reads Truth, where they're making Bible study approachable and accessible for everyday women. Her love for the Bible is seriously contagious. If you're anything like me, after listening to our conversation, you'll want to make yourself a fresh cup of coffee, grab your Bible and a journal and spend some time in God's word.

She and Raechel have just published their first "book book". I cried all the way through Chapter 7, and was so encouraged at the same time. She Reads Truth is on shelves now, so make sure to grab a copy.

You know we try to keep things real around the Happy Hour, so pardon my weepiness in this episode. We'll be back with lots of giggles in the shows to come.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

She Reads Truth

She Reads Truth Book

She Reads Truth Shop

Kids Reads Truth: Advent 2016 Table Cards

GoodReads

The Writing Life by Annie Dillard + Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott + Humility by Andrew Murray + The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd + Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple + Love That Boy by Ron Fournier + Talk Like Ted by Carmine Gallo

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Amanda

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

JellyTelly

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JellyTelly is the only streaming video app designed just for kids - where God is real and his word is true! With more than 100 shows for Christian kids including VeggieTales, Friends and Heroes, What’s In The Bible, and more - JellyTelly gives you safe screen time for your littles to help them grow in their faith! If you want to do devotionals with your kids but you’re not sure where to start, JellyTelly has a fun and easy way for your family to experience devotionals together - the 5 Minute Family devotional - 16 video devotionals that make it easy to talk to your kids about Jesus. You don’t have to subscribe to JellyTelly to get the devotionals - you can sign up for free at jellytelly.com/devotionals.

WestRock Coffee

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Westrock Coffee is a brand that is changing lives by providing coffee that you'll be proud to choose for your home. Their focus is to be a catalyst for real change in the lives of farmers and their families by paying a fair price for the coffee in their delicious blends and offering farmers training to enhance the quality and quantity of their crops. Most of us will enjoy a cup (or two, or three) of coffee each day, some of us without even knowing which brand we chose. Choose Westrock Coffee's delicious coffees that are truly changing lives. Find Westrock Coffee at your local Kroger or go to Westrockcoffee.com to find out where you can add Westrock to your grocery list.

Oct 12, 2016
Happy Hour #109: Jana Magruder
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My guest for Happy Hour #109 is Jana Magruder. Jana serves as the Director of LifeWay Kids and offers a wealth of experience and passion for kids ministry, education, and publishing.  She has written award-winning curricula, both interactive and traditional in nature, for the state of Texas, IMAX films and international authors, as well as churches and ministries.  She is also the author of Kids Ministry that Nourishes and co-author of Life Verse Creative Journal, which she wrote with her teen daughter.

Jana and her husband, Michael, along with their three kids made the journey from their home state of Texas to Tennessee where they serve in their local church and enjoy exploring the great city of Nashville! 

In today's conversation, Jana and I chat about her role at LifeWay, creating curriculum for children's ministries across the country. She does a great job defining and explaining gospel-centered parenting and what that looks like in her family. We talk about the Austin Stone's new children's album releasing this Friday (you can pre-order here!). And of course, we have to chat about Willie Nelson, Coldplay, Ke$ha and a quick review on some Nashville restaurants.

Make sure to check out Jana's books listed below and her podcast with LifeWay Kids. And don't forget to pre-order Only Jesus today!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Austin Stone Community Church

LifeWay

Only Jesus

Jana's Podcast: LifeWay Kids Podcast

Happy Hour #76: Sally Lloyd Jones

Life Verse Creative Journal Set by Jana Magruder & Morgan Grace Magruder + Raising Grateful Kids in An Entitled World by Kristen Welch + Talk Like Ted by Carmine Gallo + Kids Ministry That Nourishes by Jana Magruder + Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones + The Story of God's Love for You by Sally Lloyd Jones

Nashveille Restaurants: Red Bicycle, Silo, Barista Parlor and Butchertown Hall

What Jana is loving: Being over 40 years old, La Croix Cucumber Blackberry, and teaching 4th grade girls

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Jana

Twitter

Connect with Jamie

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Sponsors:

JellyTelly

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JellyTelly is the only streaming video app designed just for kids - where God is real and his word is true! With more than 100 shows for Christian kids including VeggieTales, Friends and Heroes, What’s In The Bible, and more - JellyTelly gives you safe screen time for your littles to help them grow in their faith! If you want to do devotionals with your kids but you’re not sure where to start, JellyTelly has a fun and easy way for your family to experience devotionals together - the 5 Minute Family devotional - 16 video devotionals that make it easy to talk to your kids about Jesus. You don’t have to subscribe to JellyTelly to get the devotionals - you can sign up for free at jellytelly.com/devotionals.

WestRock Coffee

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Westrock Coffee is a brand that is changing lives by providing coffee that you'll be proud to choose for your home. Their focus is to be a catalyst for real change in the lives of farmers and their families by paying a fair price for the coffee in their delicious blends and offering farmers training to enhance the quality and quantity of their crops. Most of us will enjoy a cup (or two, or three) of coffee each day, some of us without even knowing which brand we chose. Choose Westrock Coffee's delicious coffees that are truly changing lives. Find Westrock Coffee at your local Kroger or go to Westrockcoffee.com to find out where you can add Westrock to your grocery list.

 

Oct 05, 2016
Happy Half Hour #15: Kirsten Dickerson
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Kirsten Dickerson is my guest for Happy Half Hour #15. Kirsten is the CEO and founder of Raven + Lily, and a thought leader in the social business and ethical fashion industry. She and her filmmaker husband live in a “tiny house” in the country outside of Austin, Texas on Green Acres, a boutique retreat for artists, families and sojourners. They have a minimalist lifestyle, and are enthusiasts of slow food and slow fashion, and the positive impact they have on people and the planet. Kirsten is a frequent speaker on the topic of ethical fashion, empowering women,  and social entrepreneurship.

Kirsten joined me for Happy Hour #52 and is back to catch up on what she's been up to since we chatted last. She shares about Raven + Lily's newest storefront, a dream that unexpectedly came true, her pet peeve and the tyranny of the urgent. You'll love catching back up with Kirsten and hearing the latest goings on in her life.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Raven + Lily

Slow Fashion by Safia Minney

Happy Hour #101: Hayley Morgan

Sing Street

When Jack Went Glamping

Yellow Conference

Green Acres

Connect with Kirsten

Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Sponsor

Prep Dish

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. And, Allison is offering listeners a special rate of $4 for the first month - that's only $1/weekly meal plan! You can't beat that. Check out Prep-Dish for this amazing deal! Use code: HappyHour

Sep 30, 2016
Happy Hour #108: Beth Moore
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My guest for Happy Hour #108 is the amazing Beth Moore. Beth is a dynamic teacher and a prolific Bible–study author whose public speaking engagements take her around the world to challenge tens of thousands. A wife and mother of two adult daughters, Beth lives in Houston, where she leads Living Proof Ministries and teaches an adult Sunday school class. Her first book with Tyndale House, So Long, Insecurity, was a NYT bestseller. Her debut novel, The Undoing of Saint Silvanus, released on September 20th.

It was my joy and honor to interview Beth. The Lord used her ministry in 1999 to draw me to Himself, and I was able to share that with her and thank her for being faithful to the call God had given her. She was so encouraging to me, and I hope to you too, to remind me that the call that God had on my life far exceeded my dreams and expectations.

In our conversation, Beth also shares about the process of writing her first novel, keeping it a secret, and finally sharing the draft with her youngest daughter. We chat about what she's reading and how much she adores her daughters and husband.

This episode is a little shorter than the typical shows, but I promise you every minute is worth it. It was a dream come true to finally chat with Beth, and I hope you are as encouraged as I was.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

The Undoing of Saint Silvanus

Happy Hour #66: Amanda Jones

Living Proof Ministries

Passion Conferences

Strong and Weak by Andy Crouch

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Beth

Facebook // Twitter

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

JellyTelly

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JellyTelly is the only streaming video app designed just for kids - where God is real and his word is true! With more than 100 shows for Christian kids including VeggieTales, Friends and Heroes, What’s In The Bible, and more - JellyTelly gives you safe screen time for your littles to help them grow in their faith! If you want to do devotionals with your kids but you’re not sure where to start, JellyTelly has a fun and easy way for your family to experience devotionals together - the 5 Minute Family devotional - 16 video devotionals that make it easy to talk to your kids about Jesus. You don’t have to subscribe to JellyTelly to get the devotionals - you can sign up for free at jellytelly.com/devotionals.

WestRock Coffee

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Westrock Coffee is a brand that is changing lives by providing coffee that you'll be proud to choose for your home. Their focus is to be a catalyst for real change in the lives of farmers and their families by paying a fair price for the coffee in their delicious blends and offering farmers training to enhance the quality and quantity of their crops. Most of us will enjoy a cup (or two, or three) of coffee each day, some of us without even knowing which brand we chose. Choose Westrock Coffee's delicious coffees that are truly changing lives. Find Westrock Coffee at your local Kroger or go to Westrockcoffee.com to find out where you can add Westrock to your grocery list.

 

Sep 28, 2016
Happy Hour #107: Deidra Riggs
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My guest for Happy Hour #107 is Deidra Riggs, author and speaker, and the visionary behind life-changing events for writers, artists, entrepreneurs, and other fabulous people who have an amazing dream. Through her engaging and relatable talks, practical and inspiring books, and first-class events, she works to cross cultural boundaries, build bridges with those who are different, and create more peace in the world while making it all feel like a fabulous celebration of life. When she’s not inspiring women to live life to the fullest and push past invisible boundaries, you can find her frolicking in the ocean, dancing to loud disco tunes, or hosting a group of her closest friends around the dinner table.

In today's conversation, Deidra shares what it's been like for her and her husband to embrace empty nesting. She shares that somewhere along the way while raising children, they decided to start building an empty nest. I love her perspective, and Aaron and I really try to make our marriage the top priority in our family, so that when our kids leave the nest, we still know each other and love each other. Deidra shares practical tips on how they've been successful and are still madly in love after 30 years.

She shares about loving her children through difficult circumstances and choices, her love for disco, her cartwheel regimen and her online book club for open discussion on all things hush hush. I absolutley loved my conversation with Deidra and I really hope you will too.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Deidra's Book: One: Unity in a Divided World (available for pre-order now)

Deidra's Book Club

Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman + Healing the Heart of Democracy by Parker J. Palmer + Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson + The Yada Yada Prayer Group by Neta Jackson + Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates + The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Equal Justice Initiative

The Get Down

Primal Pit Paste

What Deidra is loving: Olympics, The Great British Baking Show and Crystal deoderant

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Deidra

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Lily Jade

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Lily Jade makes incredible bags at incredible prices. Normally, full grain leather premium totes would retail for hundreds more, but thanks to their unique e-commerce model, they able to get their gorgeous pieces into even more women’s hands. Every bag comes with a removable, washable 14-pocket organizer to protect your investment, and to organize your gear. Not only that, the heart of Lily Jade is to give back, supporting all women, and especially moms. Make sure to check out Lily Jade here.

WestRock Coffee

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Westrock Coffee is a brand that is changing lives by providing coffee that you'll be proud to choose for your home. Their focus is to be a catalyst for real change in the lives of farmers and their families by paying a fair price for the coffee in their delicious blends and offering farmers training to enhance the quality and quantity of their crops. Most of us will enjoy a cup (or two, or three) of coffee each day, some of us without even knowing which brand we chose. Choose Westrock Coffee's delicious coffees that are truly changing lives. Find Westrock Coffee at your local Kroger or go to Westrockcoffee.com to find out where you can add Westrock to your grocery list.

Sep 21, 2016
Happy Half Hour #14: Shannan Martin
35:03

My guest for Happy Half Hour #14 is Shannan Martin. Shannan is a blogger, speaker, and writer who found her voice in the country and her story in the city. She and her jail-chaplain husband have four funny children who came to them across oceans and rivers. Having sold their dream farmhouse, they now enjoy neighborhood life in Goshen, Indiana. Shannan's first book, Falling Free: Rescued From the Life I Always Wanted releases today!

Shannan was on the Happy Hour back in the stone ages on episode #45. If you missed that interview, make sure to catch up here. But on this episode, Shannan and I catch up on our latest reads, the best advice she has received and now gives to her children, the dreams she had for herself as she was growing up and her pet peeves.

You'll love hearing from Shannan again, and make sure to grab a copy of her book today!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Falling Free

The Good Story

Assimilate or Go Home by D.L. Mayfield + Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle + Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson + Subversive Jesus by Craig Warren Greenfield + For the Love by Jen Hatmaker

Meet the Patels

Connect with Shannan

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsor

Prep Dish

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. And, Allison is offering listeners a special rate of $4 for the first month - that's only $1/weekly meal plan! You can't beat that. Check out Prep-Dish for this amazing deal! Use code: HappyHour

Sep 17, 2016
Happy Hour #106: Christa Black Gifford
50:30

Christa Black Gifford joined me as my guest for Happy Hour #106. Christa is a dynamic worldwide speaker, worship leader and bestselling songwriter. She is a popular blogger, writes for The Huffington Post, and was the keynote for Women of Faith’s Revolve Tour. Her life goal is to provide resources for those broken by the pain of life, leading them into wholeness of heart and intimacy with Jesus.  She’s married to the love of her life, Lucas Gifford. They live in Nashville, with their son, Moses Grae Lionheart, a daughter in heaven, Luca Gold, and their newest addition, daughter, Birdie James. Christa and Lucas are expecting their fourth child in November.

In today's show, Christa and I chat about everything she has going on - from songwriting for a movie to growing another baby to moving houses. She shares how she and her husband endured a difficult season losing a child. I interviewed Christa last month for the Influence Network where she shares more about that experience. If you are interested in hearing more about their loss, you can check that out here. But in today's conversation, she shares about the powerful moment about how the final verse of one of my favorite worship songs, One Thing Remains, became even more true in the moments after her daughter's passing.

Christa also tells about a hilarious experience while touring with the Jonas Brothers, which she talks about like it's totally normal...like who doesn't tour with the Jonas Brothers? I'll let you hear it straight from her, but it involves a crazy fan and a 6th floor hotel room. That's all I am going to say.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Christa's Book: Heart Made Whole

Academy of G.O.D.

The Shack Movie

The Shack by William Paul Young + The Knowledge of the Heart by Phil Mason + The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel von der Kolk M.D.

What Christa is loving: Asos, Forgiveness and Acceptance essential oils

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Christa

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Restore Women's Conference

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Need a weekend away to be refreshed? Restored? If so, consider attending Restore Women’s Conference next March in Orange County, California. This weekend conference is designed for women to experience God's grace and rest in an authentic and uplifting environment. Conference admission includes: an unforgettable speaker line-up (Allison Allen, Alli Worthington and me!), worship, Bible journaling, Holy Yoga, three meals, a swag bag and access to our handmade market and mocktail social event. Grab your ticket today at www.restorewomensconference.com and use the promotional code HAPPYHOUR to receive $50 off your admission. The promotional code is good until the event sells out; however, early bird pricing ends September 1st . Invite your girlfriends, sisters, mothers, and aunts; this is an event you don’t want to miss! Restore Women’s Conference is part of R3 Women’s Ministry, Inc. R3 was created to provide fellowship for women through annual conferences, mentorship, outreach, and discipleship. R3’s mission is to encourage and equip women in all seasons - whether they are experiencing a RUT, RESTORATION, or REVIVING in their walk with Jesus Christ. For daily devotions and more information follow @RestoreWomensConference on Instagram and Facebook.

Pine Cove

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Pine Cove is an amazing Christian summer camp with youth camps and family camps in East Texas, Central Texas, and opening Summer 2017- a brand new family camp in South Carolina! If you’ve ever dropped your kids off at camp in the summer and wished you could stay- Pine Cov