Episode #56- Carlos Whittaker

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I’m with the amazing Carlos Whittaker to talk about his dramatic career shift from leading worship to becoming a best-selling author and speaker.

We'll also discuss what it means to kill the proverbial spiders in our lives and how we can truly pursue a life of freedom and abundance. You are going to love this one!


In this episode we discuss:

1. His dramatic career change

2. How he landed his first speaking gig at the White House

3. How to really change our behavior and our lives

4. How to kill the proverbial spiders in our life



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Favorite quotes:

1. I felt like God was telling me it was time to stop leading worship and singing and start writing a book. And, for me because I did all the work ahead of time with my blog—I had spent years building a tribe of people that were used to reading what I had to say, that wasn’t going to be a hard transition for them. But, for me, it was scary. How in the world was I going to do the speaking and the writing thing?

2. I feel like a lot of worship leaders come up to me and say, “I think I want to do something else.” I always say, “Awesome. How have you been building into what that next thing is? That is what you are going to need to do right now and it’s going to take a little time.”

3.  My father said to me, “Carlos, I’ve watched you your entire life clean the cobwebs of sin. You can no longer clean the cobwebs. You must kill the spider, the root of your behavior.”

In this episode I answer these questions:

1. I saw you taught on “mom guilt” for Mother’s Day. Can I watch the sermon anywhere and can you share some wisdom from it? (47:33)

2. What version of the Bible do you use? My church uses NIV and NLT and my Bible Study uses ESV. I want to make sure that I’m using the right versions and I trust your opinion.  (55:40)

3. Did you have a mentor who taught you how to communicate professionally from the stage and on your show? (57:15)



Links to great things we discussed:

1.  Kill the Spider

2.  Moment Maker

3.  21 Day Detox- Dr. Caroline Leaf

4. The OA on Netflix

5. Walking With God by John Eldridge

6. The Samsung Frame

7. Prime Time Primer from Bare Minerals

8. Blissdom

9. FABFITFUN- use promo code ALLI

10. Mother’s Day Message (I start about 33 minutes in!)


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


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



xo,

Alli

Episode #55- Jordan Lee Dooley

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On this episode, we are joined by the young and wise Jordan Lee Dooley. Jordan shares the amazing backstory of how she started her online business and turned a college hobby into a thriving business.

She also shares her raw and real story of dealing with body issues and her journey to complete freedom.  

In this episode we discuss:

1. How she turned her side hobby into a thriving business.

2. How we can overcome an unhealthy “pressure to prove”.

3. Setting boundaries around our goals.

4. Her struggle and victory in finding a healthy body image.


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Favorite quotes:

1 I’ve found a lot of times the reasons we don’t do things or step into new things or start small is really a mindset problem and not a skill-set problem.

2.  What we take from social media—what we choose to do with it is actually up to us. And what we choose to internalize is up to us. There is a lot of external pressures, but it is our responsibility as to how we handle those.

3.  When you are so focused on what you are missing out on, you are missing out on where you are, what you can actually do, and the power you have.



In this episode I answer these questions:

1.  What is your favorite beauty splurge this month? I know how you love your makeup. (33:33)

2. My son is in pre-school. We can’t decide whether we should send him to public school, Christian private school, or homeschool. What is your advice for us as Christian parents? (35:55)

3. Would you rather hire a nice fool or a reliable jerk? (39:10)



Links to great things we discussed:

1.  Hold My Girl by George Ezra

2. Cody Johnson (musician)

3. Good To Great Jim Collins

4. Bosch on Amazon Prime

5. Primally Pure Deodorant

6. Dry Shampoo from Moroccan Oil

7. Own Your Everyday  

8. Avenger’s Endgame

9. Blissdom Conference

10. Fab Fit Fun use code ALLI


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

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


xo,

Alli





Episode #54- Audrey Roloff

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On this episode, we are joined by the lovely Audrey Roloff to talk about her new book co-written with her husband Jeremy led A Love Letter Life.


Audrey and I chat about life as a reality TV star, how to stay creative and flexible as an online entrepreneur, and how to discern the right season for our callings.


She also shares advice for young couples and how she and her husband learned to approach conflict in a healthy way.



In this episode we discuss:

1. Transitioning from Reality TV to entrepreneur

2. Finding your lane in the season you are in

3. Balancing work and family life



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Favorite quotes:

1. At the end of my life, I don’t want to be known for doing 10 things just kind of okay. I want to be known for doing one thing really really well and leaving a legacy in it.

2. Our gifting doesn’t outpace our maturity.

3. We may be gifted in something but God still has some maturing to do in that area, or it just may not be the right time and we need to be patient. And even though we may be qualified on paper to do something or have the skills to do something, doesn’t necessarily mean that we should.

4. So many people spend all this time preparing for and planning an epic wedding but then they don’t prepare or plan for an epic marriage. The wedding day is just a day but your marriage is forever.



In this episode I answer these questions:

1. I want to learn more about body language, what can you teach me? (42:33)

2. What do you do when your spouse is saying no to what you think God is calling you to do? Would God give me a dream and not put my husband on the same page?  (48:49)

3. I feel uncomfortable building a platform for myself but I keep hearing that I have to have one. Help! (54:47)



Links to great things we discussed:

1. Audrey Roloff

2. A Love Letter Life

3. Phil Wickham- Song of my Soul

4. Sheldon Vanauken- A Severe Mercy

5. Black + Decker hand vacuum

6. FabFitFun, Use code ALLI for $10 off

7. The Crown

8. Kristene Dimarco- Take Courage

9. Blissdom Conference



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



PS- If you want to checkout FabFitFun don’t forget to use code ALLI for $10 off! It makes an amazing Mother’s Day gift!










Episode #53- Michelle Myers

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I’m with the brilliant Michelle Myers today. She is the founder and CEO of She Works His Way. Michelle talks about the problems she saw that inspired her to start her company, gives tools to help women boldly pursue their calling, and helps us examine our metrics for success.

Michelle also shares about her experience in direct sales and gives some insight into how to stand apart in a saturated online market.


In this episode we discuss:

1. Being good stewards of God’s grace.

2. The truth of mom guilt.

3. Why convenience can’t outweigh community.


Listen now:

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Favorite quotes:

1. Our businesses were never meant to satisfy us because God loves us too much so he will never allow us to be satisfied with something other than Him. That dissatisfaction is always going to grow as we pursue something other than Him.  

2. Am I pursuing success for myself or am I pursuing a purpose that God has put inside of me to do?

3. God has purposely given you life experiences and gifts, talents, and abilities for the purpose of bringing Him glory and serving others.

4. We are being poor stewards of his grace when we lock up the gifts, talents, and abilities he has given us.

5. Guilt is this feeling that weighs you down but it’s a feeling, it’s not necessarily true. Conviction is with a goal of correction from the Holy Spirit. Anytime we feel guilty, we have to ask ourselves is this guilt or is it conviction?


In this episode I answer these questions:

1. What’s a quick happiness tip that I can use every day? (38:42)

2. Does God still do miracles?  (41:45)

3. I know you love online calendars and your remind app, but give me another tip on managing my time. (44:22)


Links to great things we discussed:

1. Michelle Myers

2. She Works HIS Way,  Instagram

3. Carrollton- Shelter

4. 24

5. Francis Chan- Letters to the Church

6. Missio Hair

7. Women in Leadership Coaching Intensive

8. Blissdom Conference



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 #52- Mandy Arioto

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I’m with the wonderful Mandy Arioto, the CEO of MOPS International. Mandy shares about her latest book Have More Fun and the journey that took her from an achievement driven life to a life of richness and enjoyment.

Mandy also shares why she painted a soldier pink and why we should muster up one audacious "ask" a week.

In this episode we discuss:

1. Why we all need to learn to have more fun

2. The difference between fake fun and real fun

3. A key to learning to have more fun as a mom



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Favorite quotes:

1. Isn’t that kinda how our lives work? It’s like taking that next step, saying yes and having no clue where that will take us but it will always turn out in remarkable ways.

2. What I recognize over the course of choosing to have more fun is that one of the most important things I can do as a parent is to enjoy my kids and to really embrace all the nuances in any given season they are in.

3. A really essential part of me being a more fun mom was loving whatever stage we were in.

4. When we’re not afraid to ask, doors open for us that never would have before.

5. I think it’s really important to differentiate between fake fun and real fun because real fun restores our body, rejuvenates our soul and fake fun really depletes our reserves.

6. We really need to differentiate for ourselves and determine what do we enjoy.



In this episode I answer these questions:

1. I have terrible social anxiety. Can you help me feel more confident around others?  (38:49)

2. If someone wanted to start reading the bible for personal growth, where would you have them start? (46:00)

3. How do I balance the work I need to do now with my creative dreams for future projects? (48:28)



Links to great things we discussed:

1. Mandy Arioto

2. Have More Fun

3. Pink- Walk Me Home

4. Younger

5. Chris Voss- Never Split The Difference

6. Free Fierce Faith video study

7. Personal Growth Reading Plan

8. Shazam!

9. Blissdom Conference blissdomconference.com

10.Fierce Faith playlist




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 #51- Melissa Radke

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I’m with the hysterical Melissa Radke today and she shares her powerful story from depression to freedom and tragedy to purpose. She also shares how God used her unfulfilled career ambitions to give her a platform that offers hope to millions. We also cover important topics like glitter, murder, and bra sizes.

This is definitely one of the funniest episodes yet and Melissa will leave you in stitches.

In this episode we discuss:

1. Her story of overcoming depression

2. How tragedy can turn to purpose

3. How God uses our unfulfilled career ambition


SPECIAL LINK JUST FOR US:

Melissa gave us a special link to her INK course that will remain open for just a few days.  www.melissaradke.com/alli.  The course closed its doors on 4/15, but she is giving you an extra 3 days join if you want to! :)

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Favorite quotes:

1. I decided that if I was going to live, I was going to figure out why and what I had been put on this earth to do and who I was because there had to be more than this. There just had to be. Surely I wasn’t a wasted life. Surely he didn’t create me to put me on earth so I can have heartbreak and die. Surely there was more. I started to search. I started to search who I was and what I was meant to do and that changed my life forever.

2. My purpose isn’t to be popular. My purpose is to be influential. I wanna be a person of influence and I wanna help people find who they are.

3. Anytime we say ‘Here I am Lord, send me,’ in whatever way that looks, he freaking takes us up on it so be careful.


In this episode I answer these questions:

1. Should I let my son play with toy guns? My husband says yes, I’m not so sure. (1:05:23)

2. Is it wrong for Christians to watch rated R movies? (1:08:10)

3. What’s a favorite social media tip you like to give your business clients? (1:11:14)




Links to great things we discussed:

Melissa’s course is now closed to the public but she is leaving it open just for us this week!  Go to www.melissaradke.com/alli to check it out!!


1. Melissa Radke , Facebook , Instagram

2. Eat Cake. Be Brave

3. The Belonging Co - You’re Not Finished Yet

4. The Backstreet Boys - Shape of My Heart

5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

6. The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann

7. The Comfy

8. Dumbo

9. Jeremy Riddle - It Is Well


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 #50- Scott Sauls

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I’m with Scott Sauls talking about calling, irresistible faith, and building grace-filled communities


In this episode, senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian in Nashville, TN, Scott Sauls shares about his latest book Irresistible Faith. Scott shares how intimacy with Christ allows us to imitate Christ and gives insights into life-giving and grace-filled communities. He also shares how our faith can be a natural part of our relationships and conversations.



In this episode we discuss:

1. The significance of our calling
2. How to live out our irresistible faith
3. The importance of our local church



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Favorite quotes:

1. Anyone and everyone can get in on the mission of God.
2. Being a life-giving representation or aroma of Christ in the world is about seizing the moments we’ve been given and the opportunity we’ve been given, the influence we’ve been given whether it’s with 10,000 people or 10 people or one.
3. Anyone who is restoring a broken person, broken place, a broken thing in any capacity is doing the work of God just as much as a pastor is doing the work of God.

4. I think we can be encouraged that God isn’t calling us to be awesome. We don’t have to get all of our act together before we can make a difference in the world.

5. Our primary call is to be loved and forgiven. And from there to go out and serve as best we can, but to realize that when we fall on our face we been given the grace to get back up and start walking again.

6. Do everything you can to get close to Christ to know him personally because that’s where your fuel, that’s where your energy, that’s where your power is going to come from to make a difference.  
7. Here’s the thing about the local church, it enables you to participate in things you can’t imagine doing on your own.   

 


In this episode I answer these questions:

1. How can I motivate myself to make changes in my life? (36:33)

2. Did God create evil if he created everything? (44:14)

3. How do you keep your email from getting overwhelming? (45:49)


Links to great things we discussed:

1. Scott Sauls

2. Irresistible Faith

3. Andrew Petterson- Is He Worthy?

4. Educated by Tara Westover

5. John Newton

6. Palomino Blackwing Pencils

7. A Few Good Men

8. UPPERROOM Surrounded

9. Gmail Tips




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 #49- Emily Freeman

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I’m with the always wonderful Emily P. Freeman talking about how to do the next right thing, writing, and why we need to wear better pants.

In this episode, Emily shares a fresh perspective on hard decision making and the underlying hope and power that can be found in the process.

She also shares her extensive experience as a writer and entrepreneur and what her creative process looks like when she’s exploring a new book idea.

In this episode we discuss:

1. What it means to be a “soul minimalist” and how to make space for things that really matter...and how to let go.

2. How our own inner critic can hold us back and why we should refuse to give our critic words.

3. Writers are Entrepreneurs.  Emily discusses writing for yourself verses writing for readers…and why all authors need to think like entrepreneurs.


Listen now:

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Favorite quotes:

1. Frustration is actually a fantastic catalyst for creativity.

2. Do we need more books in the world? Do we need more great speakers? I don’t know, maybe. But I think what we need more than that is people that have come alive. So, if writing that book makes you come alive, than we absolutely need it in the world because that is what we are missing. You.

3. I think we live life so much with some of those narratives that happen beneath the surface and we don’t take the time to recognize where they are coming from or whether or not they’re true.

4. The only voice the critic has in our life right now is our own voice, whether that’s the critic that lives in our head that came as a result of our imagination, or if its a critical voice from our childhood or an actual human person in the world but the only power they have now is the power that we give them. But what if we didn’t give them words? How would it change our decision making?

5. Sometimes you have this vivid imagination of what you know the art can be and the fear is what if I can’t get to it. If I can’t find the pathway to get to the story I know this wants to be and that’s where really faith comes in, trusting the process, knowing you are going to have to go through the dark underbelly of the mess to get there.

6. Our bodies have something to tell us and our emotions have something to tell us and if we don’t let them speak, they will speak out of turn.

 

 

In this episode I answer these questions:

1. With your specialized diet, how do you handle family meals? (43:08)

2. What are your favorite Christian podcasts? (45:33)

3. Is Blissdom just for business women? I’m an aspiring author and speaker, would it be right for me? (47:56)



Links to great things we discussed:

1. Emily Freeman

2. The Next Right Thing

3. The Wailin’ Jennys- Old Churchyard

4. Survivor

5. Anne of Green Gables

6. Blissdom Conference




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