I am inviting myself over.

on March 19, 2012 in AnnieSpeaks with 33 comments by

I have this bad habit [you can ask Nester or Emily] of deciding that when I want to see my friends, I just invite myself over.

So I have a crazy idea. Today, I’m going to invite myself over to your house. Because I want us to be friends and hang out and stuff.

Here’s what.

I wanna come to your house [or your local coffee shop or whatevs], meet your friends,Β hang out, talk about stuff, and laugh about everything.

See that blue circle? If you live in that blue circle, I am officially inviting myself over.

. . . . .

Here’s what you DON’T have to do:

– you don’t have to pay a speaker’s fee or anything [just pay for my gas from/back to Nashville]

– you don’t have to give me a place to stay [if you are in the circle, I’ll just drive home that night!]

– you don’t have to be a teenager [I want to meet you and your friends- so I don’t care what age y’all are!]

. . . . .

Here’s what you DO have to do:

– Have at least 15 gals there [you can have as many as you want, but 15 is the minimum]. Maybe you lead a small group of girls at your church? Or you have a book club? Or you work with a college ministry? Or you just have a group of girls who grab dinner together once a month? Invite those girls!

– Provide dinner for us [or lunch/brunch or whatever]

– Allow me to bring a friend and set up a table to sell books to folks who don’t already have them

– Let me know what you want us to chat about – teen stuff, college stuff, single stuff, writing stuff…. whatever!

– Find a day in April, May, or June when we can hang

. . . . .

I just think it would be a super fun way to spend a few nights this spring… hanging out with you guys, talking about life. I have a few fun ideas in my head- maybe we make a recipe together or talk about our favorite books or sit outside on your back patio and talk about God?

I dunno. We’ll figure out the details when we schedule. It just sounds like tons of fun. So get your friends together and plan a fun Saturday brunch or dinner party during the week and I’ll be there!

. . . . .

But Annie, I live outside of the blue circle! Uncool.

a. How far outside of the circle? We could work something out. The cost will just be a bit different and you may have to let me and my travel buddy snoozle at your place.

b. You can always plan a retreat and bring me in — here are those details.

c. Atlanta peeps, don’t panic. I know you aren’t “in” the circle, but since my parents live down there, you can pretend you are in the circle.

. . . . .

So if you live in the blue circle and think this would be a good time, just email me (annieblogs [at] gmail [dot] com) and tell me:

  • your name
  • where you live
  • 3-4 date options in April, May, or June for when you’d like to come come hang
  • who will be coming [youth girls, your book club, a bunch of single friends, etc.]

. . . . .

Sorry if you are offended over the whole “Annie invited herself to my house” thing. It’s very un-Southern ladylike of me.

Another [more polite] way to say it…. Let’s be real life friends. Cool?


  1. posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 5:30 AM  |  reply

    What a great way to meet peeps. That blue circle would have to double in size plus a little more to get to me. Bummer.

    • Annie
      posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 4:44 PM  |  reply

      Hopefully in the fall when Perfectly Unique comes out the blue circle will be much.much. larger. πŸ™‚

  2. posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 8:08 AM  |  reply

    How cool are you? I’m about four hours outside the blue circle. Sad. I’ll have to see what I can do about planning a retreat for our area and having you come out.

    • Annie
      posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 4:45 PM  |  reply

      Jennifer, I would love that!

  3. anne
    posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 8:57 AM  |  reply

    LOVE this idea! I live a little outside the circle but that’s definitely not going to stop me from thinking of ways to make this happen. I *might* find myself in Nashville later this year for work and will need food/ice cream recommendations.

    • Annie
      posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 4:45 PM  |  reply

      Let’s do it! πŸ™‚ The blue circle is somewhat of a suggestion. I can break my own rules. πŸ™‚

  4. Susan
    posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 9:12 AM  |  reply

    You rock, Annie! Love your creativity. I might just have to steal this sometime!
    Love you,

    • Annie
      posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 4:45 PM  |  reply

      Thanks, Susan! πŸ™‚

  5. posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 9:23 AM  |  reply

    Annie, Thank you for serving Him and being faithful to what He has called you to do. Mentoring young woman is a blessing! I have been at this for many years and now a move has given me a season of quiet with God… waiting on Him to show me what is next.
    Your journey is young and praying God continues to open the doors for you to touch fragile lives.
    dale coleman

    • Annie
      posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 4:46 PM  |  reply

      Your words mean so much, Dale. Thank you.

  6. merideth
    posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 9:38 AM  |  reply

    Annie, I love this idea. I think it’s such a great way to minister to people and make new friends, etc. I wish I had a group of girls to get together to bring you to us(if that changes I’ll let you know, though), but I don’t. But, hey, next time you are here in Atl. let me know so we can have lunch or coffee or ice cream or something. Love ya girl!

    • Annie
      posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 4:46 PM  |  reply

      Thanks, Merideth!

  7. Andrea
    posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 9:46 AM  |  reply

    I’ve been dying to get you to come and talk to my athletes, but we live in TX and the blue circle doesn’t quite reach the Red River. I have a group of 45 soccer players all between the ages of 14-17. They would love you. And you would love them. But I’m serious. I’m gonna email you annie-ways (see what I did with that!).

    • Annie
      posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 4:47 PM  |  reply

      You’re punny. I’m in. πŸ™‚

      I heart Texas. Let’s figure something out!

  8. Louise
    posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM  |  reply

    It would be so cool for you to come and speak to the teenagers I minister to. But unfortunately I live near Paris in France, slightly outside the blue line there!

    • Annie
      posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 4:47 PM  |  reply

      Someday…. πŸ™‚

  9. Angelica
    posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 11:34 AM  |  reply

    I mean i don’t live too far out that circle πŸ˜‰ but i am going to be in GA in June but i don’t have a group of girls to do this with, sad times!

    • Annie
      posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 4:47 PM  |  reply

      I will see you when you are here. That is for sure. Love you!!!

  10. David Scott
    posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 1:26 PM  |  reply

    I’m slightly outside the circle, but this will be happening

    • Annie
      posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 4:47 PM  |  reply

      Amen and amen. πŸ™‚

  11. Amaris Kress
    posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 1:37 PM  |  reply

    Anyone living in Greenville, SC interested in collaborating to bring Annie to us?

    • Annie
      posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 4:48 PM  |  reply


      (That’s a rap song. About North Carolina.)

      Seriously- anybody around Greenville wanna buddy up with Amaris? Let’s do a city-wide thang!

  12. caren
    posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 2:17 PM  |  reply

    1. Caren Dilts
    2. Dallas, TX
    2.a. it’s a little far out I know.
    2.b. I’ll even give you my bed and I’ll take the guest bed.
    2.c. Does athens or albany count too? Cause we could also make that happen if so!
    3. Everyday
    4. Everyone I know

    • Annie
      posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 5:10 PM  |  reply

      I need SMU Wesley in my life.

  13. Harry
    posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 3:29 PM  |  reply

    You can’t ‘invite yourself’ to our house, because you have permanent, open invitation!

    • Annie
      posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 5:10 PM  |  reply

      On my way. πŸ™‚

  14. posted on Mar 20, 2012 at 7:15 AM  |  reply

    I’ve got a group of all stars in the blue circle. Whom you already love. I say we have a cooking party at my house some Saturday in June when the 5th grade girls rise to join our student ministry greatness.

    • Annie
      posted on Mar 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM  |  reply

      5th graders are the jam. Let’s do it.

  15. posted on Mar 20, 2012 at 6:35 PM  |  reply

    Oh what a fun idea. I’m in the blue circle! Yay. Emailing soon.

    • Annie
      posted on Mar 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM  |  reply


  16. posted on Mar 21, 2012 at 6:31 PM  |  reply

    I’m in Birmingham…just barely inside that blue circle. Now to find a date that I can make work!

  17. posted on Mar 21, 2012 at 8:34 PM  |  reply

    Good Gravy!!! Could you make that circle a bit bigger. Like big enough to come to Texas?! πŸ™‚ That is the most awesome idea ever, and so very generous of you!

  18. posted on Jun 22, 2012 at 5:22 AM  |  reply

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