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Joy

I started listening to podcasts not too long ago, so I was behind on episodes from some. One podcast I subscribe to is Annie Downs – a speaker and author I have come to love. I just listened to one of her episodes from the beginning of the year when she talks about choosing a word for the year. This is something I had never heard of before but found very intriguing.

I realize we’re 3.5 months into 2015 already, but that leave 8.5 to go! So I’m going to do it. This word could be anything. Something that will help you change an attitude or outlook, something to remind yourself when you get in certain situations, something to just focus on for the rest of the year.

After thinking about it for a few days, I have decided that my word for the rest of the year will be JOY. I don’t think I am an overly negative person, but I am known to get overwhelmed and anxious sometimes about things. I think JOY can apply to so many things in life – something didn’t go your way. someone is mean to you. you feel lonely. The outcome of any situation is in how you react to that situation. Many situations and the feelings they produce can be overcome by JOY. Sure it sounds easy, and maybe for some people it is. I’m envious of you. But for the rest of the year, when I am sad, disappointed, lonely, mad, anxious, upset – I am going to do my darndest to choose JOY instead of feeding into those feelings.

Check out Annie’s podcast and challenge yourself to choose a word!

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Let’s All Be Brave

We recently had Singles Series at Buckhead Church and they invited Annie Downs to speak. She was energetic, hilarious, and very well-spoken. The series was called Dateable and I highly recommend watching all 3 parts (Annie’s is Part 2). Annie’s talk focused on living life well – living for today – not living your life waiting on certain things to happen and watching other things pass you by.

I enjoyed her talk so much I ordered her book the next day: Let’s All be Brave. Living Life with Everything you Have and finished it in about a week. I have a confession: part of the reason I fell in love with this book and feel such a connection to this woman is what we have in common. We both grew up in metro-Atlanta and we both lived part of our lives in Nashville – I moved there to attend Vanderbilt and stayed 4 additional years and Annie currently lives there. She constantly talks about Nashville: the coffee shops where she wrote chapters, her favorite restaurants, the Vanderbilt baseball players she knows by volunteering with college students at a local church. We also have very similar tastes in music, including a number of Nashville artists. But apart from our “connection”, I enjoyed the message of her book and she is a strong, inspiring woman.

Annie’s book is made up of stories of her life, and the lives of others in her life, when they have learned to be brave – and being brave looks different for different people in different situations. Sometimes it’s brave to say yes. Sometimes it’s brave to say no. And it’s always brave to take the path that God has laid out for you, whether it’s what you expected/wanted or not. You may not always choose the right path, but that’s ok – no one gets it right every time. For me, being brave right now simply looks like living each day to the fullest, loving those around me, and not worrying about the future. I am focusing on each day and the joys that each one brings. I know, I know – corny times ten – but it really is crazy how much better I feel when I just focus on the things that make me happy and enjoy life. Duh – right? But I tend to get anxious about the future and that’s just silly because it’s completely out of my control.

I highly recommend this book. If you’re single, in a relationship, or married. If you’re lost in life or feel like you’re in the exact right place. If you’re hoping for something or you’re content. Wherever you are, you can probably take something away from this book that will help you live a more courageous life and live life to the fullest.

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