Episode #30- Lysa Terkeurst

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I’m with the amazing Lysa TerKeurst today talking about how God sees us and strengthens us even in our darkest days, how the enemy may be vicious but God is victorious, and how to rise strong out of the ashes of a shattered season.


In this episode we discuss:

1. How God takes our pain and uses it for His glory.

2. Why Lysa wrote her new book, It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way

3. The importance of dust to God and the importance of it in our life.

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Favorite quotes:

1. I feel like I've been in a season where I have literally licked the floor of hell. But the good news is that I am still standing. I am still believing. I am still trusting that God has and will continue to do good things in the midst of this.

2. I don’t want to minimize the pain because it was very real, very deep and more horrific than what I’ll ever be able to really explain to people. I Definitely will never minimize it because it affected me in the deepest ways possible, but I also don't want to maximize it and make it seem like I cornered the market on pain or anything like that.

3. The enemy is vicious, but he is not victorious in the end because we know the end of the story, the end of God’s story is always good.

4. Dust happens to be God's most favorite ingredient or at least the one of his most favorite. Out of all the things on earth he had access to, and he had access to everything when he chose to make man, He chose the dust of the earth from which to breathe into his new creation of life called human.

5. When we are shattered because of life circumstances, God can take those broken pieces and even if he chooses to let the shattering continue He knows how to do it all just right so that in the end the dust from our shattering experiences can help us be bigger and better and stronger and more beautiful.

In this episode I answer these questions:

1. You finally convinced me to give the enneagram a try. Where do I start? (43:26)

2.  I have a hard time staying focused and consisted in prayer. What do you do? (47:26)

3.  What is the biggest mistake you see when people start their own business? (53:38)






Links to great things we discussed:

1. Lysa Terkeurst

2. Proverbs 31 Ministries

3. It’s Not Supposed to be This Way

4. Mack Brock – Into Dust

5. The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists by Eleanor Payson

6. The Road Back to You

7. Band-aid Hydro Seal

8. First 5 app

9. The Enneagram

10 This is Us

11. The Year Of Living Happy Podcast






Hope you loved this episode! Be sure to subscribe in iTunes and slap some stars on a review! :)

And a big thank you to Adrienne for the wonderful help with show notes!





xo,

Alli


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Episode #30- Ellie Holcomb

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I’m with Ellie Holcomb talking about creativity, the power of music, and how to walk through tough seasons well.

In this episode we discuss:

1. The creative process.

2. The power of worship as we fight fear.

3. How walking through tough seasons strengthens us.

Listen now:

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Favorite quotes:

1. Something about music taps into the human story and the story that all of us are made to be at home with the one who made us.

2. God flips hard and suffering on its head and says, “Yeah, it’s actually out of this pile of rubble and ashes that I’m going to breathe life and beauty.”

3. It’s almost always through the hard things, that the really beautiful things that seem to resonate with people, are born.

In this episode I answer these questions:

1. I love the Year of Living Happy. Do you have any extra strategies that didn’t fit in those short chapters? (46:28)

2.  I saw that you were preaching on unfulfilled ambition at a church recently. How should we view our ambition as Christians? (51:27)


3. I have never even heard of a business coach. What do you do? (55:44)

Links to great things we discussed:

1. Ellie’s book and EP Who Sang the First Song

2. The Jesus Storybook Bible

3. Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing

4. Ellie’s Song on Repeat - Jess Ray Too Good

5. Ellie’s Movie -  Won’t You Be My Neighbor, The Greatest Showman

6. Ellie’s Reading - Every Moment Holy

7. Ellie’s Thing - ABLE, Unker’s Therapeutic Products

8. https://www.ellieholcomb.com/

9. Rachel Hollis Episode with Alli- The Benefits of Hiring a Business Coach

10. Alli’s message on Unfulfilled Ambition.

11. Alli’s Song - Red Sea Road


Hope you loved this episode! Be sure to subscribe in iTunes and slap some stars on a review! :)

And a big thank you to Lindsay and Beth for the wonderful help with show notes!

xo,

Alli

Episode #29- Tyler Reagin

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I’m with Tyler Reagin talking about leadership, growth and using our influence well

In this episode we discuss:

1. What a life-giving leader looks like.

2. How your influence is your leadership.

3. What it looks like to build a lasting legacy of influence.

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Favorite quotes:

1. As followers of Jesus, that's a pretty clear thing, that we would follow and are connected to the source of life, which is Jesus the Holy Spirit. Is that overflowing to the people around us or are there things in our lives that are hindering the flow of life?

2. What we do with our leadership is our influence.

3. How you steward that influence is what matters. And for me the concept is, is it life-giving? Are you bringing life to people that you have been entrusted with to steward? If you don’t, guess what? You probably won’t grow; your influence will not grow.


In this episode I answer these questions:

1. What can you do if your friends seem to be threatened by your goals and your dreams in life? (29:28)

2.  Is it okay to ask God for clarity for things in my life? I heard a Bible teacher say that God gives us wisdom and we don’t need to ask for more clarity.  (34:43)

3.  I need to have tough conversations with my employees that are under-performing. Do you have any advice? (37:21)


Links to great things we discussed:

1. Tyler Reagin

2. Catalyst

3. Portugal. The Man – Feel it Still

4. Hillsong- New wine

5. Poldark

6. Hope in the Dark by Craig Groeschel

7. IPad Pro

8. A Star is Born

9. Sleeping At Last- Seven


Hope you loved this episode! Be sure to subscribe in iTunes and slap some stars on a review! :)

And a big thank you to Adrienne for the wonderful help with show notes!


xo,

Alli








Episode #28- Myquillyn Smith

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I’m with the artist formerly known as The Nester, Myquillyn Smith, on her brilliant decorating framework, the early days of blogging when we met 10 years ago, and how to have a happy and cozy home no matter what your budget is.




In this episode we discuss:

1. Why your home doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

2. How to decorate beautifully without it being complicated, intimidating, or expensive.

3. What is cozy abuse and how to avoid it.


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Favorite quotes:

1. Decorating is all about working one room at a time, with an order and making smart decisions based on what you like or don’t like and what inspires you.

2. Shopping second hand is so fun if you have a little bit of time and if you have more time than money. It's such a great use of your time to find second hand things.

3. I have found some methods and some steps and an order of making decisions when it comes to decorating a room in our house and attacking that room and making it look the way you want that really really works for anyone even if you are not design-ery.




In this episode I answer these questions:

1. I heard you mentioning protecting your kids online. I heard you say you removed the App Store from their phones. How do you do that? (45:15)

2. What is God teaching you right now? (47:15)


3. I need to start making money to help the family finances. What is the fastest way to bring in income and where do I start? (52:58)



Links to great things we discussed:

1. The Year of Living Happy

2. Nesting Place

3. Cozy Minimalist Home

4. The Cozy Minimalist Classes

5. Myquillyn’s Song on Repeat - Jess Ray “Water Wind Fire”

6. Gungor Creation Liturgy  Spotify

7. Myquillyn's Show - Victoria on BBC, Broadchurch on Netflix

8. Myquillyn's Reading - Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

9. The Polygamist Daughter by Anna LaBaron

10. The Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren

11. Plant Nanny

12. Myquillyn’s Instagram

13. Gainful Growth

14. Alli’s Song - All Sons and Daughters "Rising Sun"

15.  Worship for Fierce Faith

16. Glitter Pens




Hope you loved this episode! Be sure to subscribe in iTunes and slap some stars on a review! :)

And a big thank you to Lindsay and Denise for the wonderful help with show notes!



xo,

Alli






Episode #27- Candace Payne

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I’m with the hilarious Candace Payne on living a life of joy, what it’s like being known as “Chewbacca Mom”, and finding your burn in this world

In this episode we discuss:

1. What it’s like being forever known as “Chewbacca Mom”

2. The truth about joy

3. How to discover what you are supposed to do in life

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Favorite quotes:

1. There was something that happened to me personally in my twenties when I realized not everybody was thinking about me as often as I was thinking about me.

2. Most people are afraid to take the first step in self discovery.

3. I never thought about what is that one truth, the one thing that makes you feel like you can’t live this life without knowing this more and also teaching others about it. That question is something I think a lot of us need to ask because within it, you are gonna find out who you are. It’s gonna leave margin for joy. It’s gonna leave space for you actually feel like you’re doing what your supposed to do.

4. I believe the best way to find your burn is to look at what is the opposite. What absolutely is something that you can’t stand, that you feel is an injustice, that you feel like “ughh” every time you see this you wanna war against it, in a good way.

In this episode I answer these questions:

1. What is your best advice for raising sons that respect women? (39:38)

2. If you can ask God to change one thing about you, what will it be? (48:22)

3. I feel like comparison is killing me. I know I’m supposed to keep an eye out on my competition. How do I do it without falling into the comparison

trap? (50:35)



Links to great things we discussed:

1. There is no striving- Rita Springer

2. From Hot to Not

3. Learning to speak to God from scratch- Jonathan Merritt

4. GNL tour

5. Pop sockets

6. Ratatouille

7. Jesus we love you- Paul McClure:

8. Simple Joys


Hope you loved this episode! Be sure to subscribe in iTunes and slap some stars on a review! :)

And a big thank you to Adrienne for the wonderful help with show notes!

xo,

Alli

Episode #26- Hayley Morgan

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I’m with the delightful Hayley Morgan on the power of our thoughts, stepping into all God has for us, and Fall fashion


In this episode we discuss:

1. How to step into God’s plan for your life with bravery

2. Keeping a healthy view of self in an often unhealthy Instagram world

3. Closing the integrity gap between what you know to be true in your head and what you feel in your heart



Listen now:

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Favorite quotes:

1. Negative self-talk is the one thing that holds us back. It is something that we do to ourselves that we would never allow someone else to do to us or to talk to our children that way.

2. We’re empowered to do things because of the power of the Holy Spirit and the faith that we have. If we just assumed we couldn’t, it would be like negating the thing we say we know is true.

3. If you don’t nip it in the bud at “I can’t do this”, it goes from “I can’t do this” to “I’m not enough”. If you feel like you’re not enough and you don’t nip that in the bud you feel like nothing is ever going to change. And when you feel like nothing is ever going to change, that is the definition of hopelessness.


In this episode I answer these questions:

1. What do you think of the advice that we should just follow our passion? (48:22)

2. Why do Christians say they love Jesus and still act like horrible people? (54:19)

3. When you are working with your business coaching clients, what habits or beliefs are the ones that make some of them unable to succeed? (57:53)

 


Links to great things we discussed:

1. The Year of Living Happy

2.  Preach to Yourself

3. Hayley’s Song on Repeat - Maroon 5 Girls Like You (?)

4. Hayley’s Show - The Americans on Netflix

5. Hayley’s Reading - The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah

6. Nellie Taft Boutique

7. Hayley.e.morgan on Instagram

8. Jack Ryan on Netflix

9. The Great Alone

10. Lauren Daigle Spotify




Hope you loved this episode! Be sure to subscribe in iTunes and slap some stars on a review! :)

And a big thank you to Beth and Lindsay for the wonderful help with show notes!


xo,

Alli






Episode #25- The Year of Living Happy

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This is a special episode of the show because it is launch week for my new book, The Year of Living Happy.

I like to think of this show as “everything you ever wanted to know about happiness but didn’t know who to ask!”

I’m answering your questions, and I don’t hold anything back! You’ll learn why I believe some popular sayings about happiness that are shared on Pinterest and from the pulpit are unbiblical, my own struggles with overcoming depression and finding happiness, and why as women of God we have the responsibility to invest in our happiness.

In this episode I share-

Why I think the statement “Do more of what makes you holy not happy” is unbiblical.

The answer to the debate on if there is a difference between happiness and joy.

My own struggles with depression and hope for those who live with it.



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Questions I answered in this episode-

1. Can you please settle the do more what makes you happy versus holy debate! (2:58)

2. What is the difference between joy and happiness? (7:08)

3. Is contentment the same as happiness? (12:15)

4. Do you believe that those struggling with depression can be happy again? (14:40)

5. I’m a stay at home mom, something I’ve prayed for but I lost my joy. How do I fight back? (17:49)

6. I’m obeying God but what He’s asking me to do isn’t making me happy. What do I do? (25:19)

7. How do you find happiness when all doors close and everybody claims its God’s will? (26:36)

8. How do I find happiness when I don’t think God is answering my prayers? (26:45)



Quotes from this episode-

1. The statement that God wants you to be holy and not happy is unbiblical.

2. There is no happiness on this earth. No real, authentic, long-lasting, meaningful happiness outside of God's will for us.

3. There is nothing in the bible that separates the concept of joy and happiness. They have one in the same meaning according to the original languages of scripture.

4. When we separate God from our happiness and from our longing for happiness, we undermine the Christian worldview. -Randy Alcorn

5. We need to trust that God is good. Even when things seem bad, that God puts us on a path and a journey that may not be especially happy at the moment, but He has good for us. That His desire for us is happiness in Him.


I hope you love this special solo episode and run out to Target this week and pick up The Year of Living Happy. Get one for yourself and 9 of your friends. :)


xo,

Alli








Episode #24- Jennie Allen

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I’m with the delightful Jennie Allen today talking about the IF:Gathering, seasons, and the importance of saying yes.

In this episode we discuss:

1. How to start doing what God is calling you to when you don’t know the master plan

2. Making your days count

3. How to deal with difficult seasons


Listen now:

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Favorite quotes:

  1. I never felt like I had to have it all together, I would have liked that, but that’s not the story that God has ever given me.

  2. The “But God” parts are the best parts of life. We miss the “But God” parts when we are trying to measure up and achieve. We’re looking for self-esteem but we really just need the supernatural power of God.

  3. The greatest way to get over ourselves is to think about other people and to fix our eyes on Jesus. How do you that in the greatest form? Take risks.

  4. Until you know that God catches you, it’s harder to jump. Once you know that He catches you, you jump more readily and take a higher cliff.

  5. I am a mistake maker. It’s what I do. However, God has given me my worth, not that mistake maker place in my soul...I don’t let it become my identity and my worth.

  6. If something is from God, you can know that all of Hell will come against it.


In this episode I answer these questions:

1. Do you ever feel extra pressure to not ever feel busy, worried, or unhappy because you write books on how to overcome it? How do you balance living what you teach? Whenever I try to teach on anything, I feel like a hypocrite because I can’t walk it out perfectly. (48:10)

2. How can I help my kids develop their own faith and not just depend on my faith? (51:07)

3. How do you know when it’s the right time to quit your job and go full in on your running your own business. (54:0)




Links to great things we discussed:

1. The Year of Living Happy

2. Jennie Allen

3. If Gathering

4. Tim Keller - The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness

5. Noonday Collection

6. The Road Back to You- Enneagram

7. Quantico

8. What Jennie is reading - Imperfect Courage, Dr. Caroline Leaf’s books, Dr. Curt Thompson’s books

9. Umberto Dry Shampoo

10. Citizen Way Wave Walker



Hope you loved this episode! Be sure to subscribe in iTunes and slap some stars on a review! :)

And a big thank you to Denise and Lindsay for the wonderful help with show notes!


xo,

Alli