on April 23, 2013 in AnnieSpeaks, Girls of Grace with 18 comments by

loved it

It’s late on Monday night and I took a nap today so this is always how my nap-nights go. My emotions are high and I don’t want to go to bed and I just made a strawberry banana almond milkshake because all I wanted in my life today was a Coke Icee but I resisted because I don’t want to put that junk in my body anymore.

But trust me. I wanted to. I left Young Life and all my heart wanted was a Coke Icee.

But a fruit smoothie- while high in sugar – is still better for my bod than a Coke Icee. Unfortunately. 🙂 And if you care, I did one frozen banana, about five frozen strawberries, one scoop of almond milk vanilla ice cream, and about half a cup of almond milk. It was great.

Speaking of great, DALLAS, TEXAS.

Y’all, I just plain had the best time.

For starters, I spent Friday night at dinner with one of my dearest friends from college, Caren. Caren works in college ministry at SMU and she drove me around the campus and then we grabbed dinner.

YAY Caren

I got back to my hotel room and two other Texas-livin’ besties, Marie Claire and Betsy, had arrived and were enthusiastically grateful to Zondervan and Girls of Grace for the fancy hotel room.

jump jump

[Just kidding. I totally said, “Y’all jump on the bed so I can take a picture for the internet.” So, there’s the behind the scenes to being real life friends with me.]

And then Saturday was Girls of Grace and sometimes I just want to pass out because I love my job so much. As you see from the top picture, it was a full house and the girls were PUMPED to be there. It is always soooooo fun when the crowd is as excited as we are. And those Dallas gals showed up in all the best ways. And it was the first event that featured my sweet friend Jamie Grace [and her sister Morgan on the left]. The crowd loved her so much. Understandably. She’s adorbs.

the gals

Such a fun fun day. It is amazing to talk with girls who attend and listen to them and know that while I am living a normal Girls of Grace Saturday, all the girls in the audience are having a life-defining kind of day with Jesus. It’s incredible.

We have one more event for this season themed “The Beautiful Truth” in San Antonio in a couple of weeks. Then we take the summer off, and then? We start a new season and y’all, the fact that Girls of Grace is letting me be a part for the next season could just get me all emotional. I cannot wait.

But it’s coming. “Girls of Grace: Live. Love. Lead.” is about to rock 2013-2014. Here’s the preview video. [By the way, what does a new season mean for me? New speaking shirt, new talk, new merch, all very exciting.]

[Hey subscribers… there’s a video here. Click on over, yo!]

I’ve updated my speaking calendar to show you where all the Girls of Grace dates for 2013-2014 are, as well as some other pretty awesome events I get to be at in the new few months. Like Hawaii. Like Rock The Universe. Like whoa.

I still have a few weekends available in 2013 if you or your church are looking to bring in a speaker. It’s like my favorite thing- having a microphone, talking about Jesus, and hanging out with people. So contact us if you wanna bring me to your event.

How was your weekend?


  1. posted on Apr 23, 2013 at 8:57 AM  |  reply

    What an awesome thing! I was also in Dallas this weekend for a conference at Gateway Church. (Pink Impact) God is doing good stuff!!

    Have a great week!

    • posted on Apr 23, 2013 at 7:54 PM  |  reply

      Heard Pink Impact was awesome!

  2. posted on Apr 23, 2013 at 9:39 AM  |  reply

    Knowing how you love what you do, I can’t help but love this post and all the smiling faces.

    • posted on Apr 23, 2013 at 7:54 PM  |  reply

      Thanks, friend. 🙂

  3. posted on Apr 23, 2013 at 11:25 AM  |  reply

    Annie Downs, I live in Hawaii now and New Hope is MY church! I can’t believe you’re going to be here!!

    • posted on Apr 23, 2013 at 7:55 PM  |  reply

      YAY! Come to the conference and bring some friends! Should be a really amazing weekend.

      • posted on May 21, 2013 at 4:08 PM  |  reply

        My daughter’s only 9 1/2 and I’m, um, a few years post-college so we’re on either side of your target audience, I’m afraid!

  4. Kat
    posted on Apr 23, 2013 at 11:58 AM  |  reply

    So excited you’ll be doing GOG in 2014. Any idea if they’ll come to Texas again then?

    • posted on Apr 23, 2013 at 7:55 PM  |  reply

      We’re coming to Houston, but I think that’s our only TX stop next season. That’s a serious haul for y’all, right?

      • Kat
        posted on Apr 23, 2013 at 8:46 PM  |  reply

        In Texas terms that’s not too bad, only 4 hours or so and we have family there so it can be a double bonus trip. Thanks for the info!

  5. Kim
    posted on Apr 23, 2013 at 12:24 PM  |  reply

    Annie, I love following along and watching all these amazing things come true! Just awesome.

    • posted on Apr 23, 2013 at 7:55 PM  |  reply

      Thanks, Kim. That means a ton.

  6. Megan
    posted on Apr 23, 2013 at 6:03 PM  |  reply

    You’re going to be at Rock the Universe? YES! 😀 Praying I’ll be in Orlando in September.

    • posted on Apr 23, 2013 at 7:56 PM  |  reply

      YES! I can’t wait. Speaking on Sunday morning, but excited to be there the whole time.

  7. Kristi Kay
    posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 12:57 PM  |  reply

    DC? May 2014? Don’t mind if I do 🙂

  8. Hannah
    posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 4:45 PM  |  reply

    I had so much fun! You did a GREAT job speaking! It was so great to meet you! 🙂

  9. posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 6:03 PM  |  reply

    Let’s talk about how cute your hair looks with that little braid pinned over to the side. Oh, and I’m so friggin proud of you, etc etc.

  10. Lauren M
    posted on Apr 25, 2013 at 8:11 AM  |  reply

    Small world! I know Caren here in Dallas!

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