Episode #35- Francesca Battistelli

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I’m with the Grammy-winning, Artist of the Year, and all around phenomenal Francesca Battistelli and she shares with us what it’s really like to be a mom of four little kids while balancing a big career. She is funny, down to earth, and wonderful!


In this episode we discuss:

1. Balancing her life at home with four young kids and balancing that with touring and creating albums.

2. The real behind-the-scenes of songwriting.

3. The song I voted will be released next for radio play :)

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Favorite quotes:

1. I’m in the thick of it with motherhood. I’m in the thick of it career wise and I can be frustrated about how stressful it is or I can just step up to the plate and ask the Lord to help me and get over myself.  

2. That’s the Lord. He takes your plans and goes, “Yup, nope. We’re gonna alter that a little bit but nice try!”

3. Jesus paid the biggest price for you and you are literally worth the best and don’t settle for anything less in any part of your life.   

In this episode I answer these questions:

1. How do you handle Christmas with a big family without going crazy? (34:30)

2.  What type of church do you go to? Do you prefer a certain denomination, if so why? (39:40)

3. What is Blissdom? (41:20)

Links to great things we discussed:

1. Francesca Battistelli on Social Media: Facebook , Instagram
2. Own it on Spotify
3. Sufjan Stevens Christmas playlist
4. The Green Ember
5. Cocokind Highlighter
6. Ralph Breaks the Internet
7. Crowder’s Hundred Miles
8. Blissdom Conference
9. The Year of Living Happy


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 and Beth for the wonderful help with show notes!

xo,

Alli




Episode #34- Andi Andrew

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I’m with the dynamic Andi Andrew discussing the great leap of faith she took with her family, life in NYC with lots of little kids, and liberty.

We are giving away a copy of her book. Be sure to take a screenshot as you listen, upload it to Social Media, and tag me to enter to win!

In this episode we discuss:

1. How Andi and her family took a massive leap of faith

2. The possibility of misplaced worship

3. The story behind Fake or Follower

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Favorite quotes:

1. We misplace our worship whether that’s of self or fame, or more modern culture, or our jobs, or relationships, or emotional highs and addiction above God and we start bowing down to these things and forget to surrender our lives to God and they take over.

2. I wanted to control everything. Control every circumstance and situation and feel safe and to go on an adventure. We say we wanted adventure. We said, "God, I surrender to you. Take me wherever, to do whatever you want." Then when he does, were like, "No not like that. I have this other way that you should do it."


In this episode I answer these questions:

1.  What is your best advice for raising siblings that actually like each other? (35:55)

2. What do you do when you feel overwhelmed by what God has asked me to do? (43:13)

3.  How can I get comfortable with the concept that I need to build my platform for myself and my business? (46:09)  

Links to great things we discussed:
1.  Andi Andrew
2. Fake or Follow
3. Defender by Upperroom
4. Madam Secretary
5. The Next Evangelicalism
6. Savor Beauty
7. Fantastic Beasts
8. Praise Before My Breakthrough by Brian & Katie Torwalt
9. The Year Of Living Happy

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 #33- Ruth Schwenk

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I’m with the wonderful Ruth Schwenk, also known as The Better Mom, and we dive into family, parenting, marriage, anger, and what not to say to God.

I’m giving away 6 of her books this week! Take a screenshot while you are listening and upload it to social media and tag me and you’ll be entered to win!

In this episode we discuss:

  1. The common struggles of all moms.

  2. The truth about mom anger.

  3. What not to say to God.




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Favorite quotes:

1. I think it’s okay when we can come to the place where we are saying, “You know what, I am really struggling with this.” That’s how we move forward and grow and learn and change.

2. If you are struggling with anger it's okay, there is a way out, there's a way to grow through this.

3. He calls the Unqualified.  He can use us to the best of our ability in those spots where we feel the weakest.




In this episode I answer these questions:

1. You seem so organized, how do you keep up with everything you do?  What's your secret? (35:17)

2.  How can I encourage my husband in his spiritual maturity without pushing? (41:23)


3.  How do you force yourself to do the boring stuff in business? (44:13)


Links to great things we discussed:

1. The Better Mom
2. The Better Mom Devotional
3. Mack Brock “Christ is Risen”
4. When Calls the Heart
5. Open to The Spirit
6. Forgotten God
7. DERMA E Rejuvenating Sage & Lavender Face Oil
8. The Power of a Praying Wife
9. The Grinch
10. Crowder “Crushing Snakes”



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 Adrienne for the wonderful help with show notes!

xo,

Alli








Episode #32- Johnny Baker


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I’m with Johnny Baker, National Director of Celebrate Recovery talking about overcoming our hurts, hang-ups and our habits with Celebrate Recovery.

We talk about his own powerful story of recovery and the truth that God wants us healthy and doing the work of getting healthy is some of the most important work we’ll ever do.

In this episode we discuss:

1. What exactly is Celebrate Recovery.

2. How we need Jesus and each other in order for recovery to happen.

3. How finding freedom takes action.

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Favorite quotes:

1.  There is nothing wrong with reading your Bible. Its an important part of our Christian life and it’s an important part of Celebrate Recovery, but so many of us need more than just that sort of band-aid approach. We need a step-by-step process to help us get closer to Jesus.

2. The truth about Celebrate Recovery is that it’s a discipleship process. It helps us get closer to God, closer to Jesus through this step by step guide. For so many of us, it's really hard to take that first step but its such an important part of the journey.

3. The Bible tells us in James 5:16 to confess your sins to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed. There’s such power in telling someone else what’s going on in your life. If we want to be forgiven, we tell God. If we want to be healed, we tell and pray for each other.

4. No change happens until the pain exceeds our fear of change.

5. Pain gets our attention and it prepares us to help other people who are struggling.

6. If you are going through a hard time, there is a reason for it and Jesus cares about it.

7. We want microwave results but recovery is like a crockpot...it takes time.

8. There’s a desire for us to appear normal. We have it all together, we’re in control. I don’t need recovery, I don’t need therapy. Thank you very much. Leave me alone.  And it’s normal to protect yourself and not talk about things. There’s this idea in recovery that “those poor people who need help, I’m so glad I’m not one of them”. The truth is, we’re all “those people.”

9. We need to do whatever it takes to get healthy because God wants us to live an abundant life.

In this episode I answer these questions:

1. What is your all-time favorite podcast to listen to? (33:50)


2. Is it true that God never gives us more than we can handle? (35:48)

3.  I want to start a side business to bring in income for the family, but I don’t know if I have the personality for it. How do I know if I can make it work? (39:33)

Links to great things we discussed:

  1. The Year of Living Happy

  2. Celebrate Recovery

  3. The Road to Freedom

  4. Johnny’s Recommendations:

    1. Song - Beautifully Broken by Plumb

    2. Movie - The Empire Strikes Back

    3. Book - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

  5. Instagram @Johnnybaker

  6. Twitter @JohnnybakerCR

  7. Donald Miller - StoryBrand Podcast

  8. Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast

  9. Keeping up with the Joneses Podcast

  10. Gainful Growth (You’ll find the half off code is programmed for you this week!)

  11. Alli’s Recommendations:

    1. Movie - The King’s Speech

    2. Song - Defender  



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 and Lindsay  for the wonderful help with show notes!


xo,

Alli





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.


Listen now:

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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