That Sounds Fun Episode #17: Jeremy Cowart + The Purpose Hotel

on August 11, 2016 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with no comments by

Before I was a writer here in Nashville, I was a nanny. Like, a full-time Mary Poppins kind of nanny. Like five days a week, let’s go on adventures, should I just move in here? kind of nanny.

AND I LOVED IT.

Jeremy Cowart and his family quickly became like family to me and I have loved knowing them and seeing as God has grown their family and influence and dreams in the last few years.

Most recently, Jeremy has launched an incredibly awesome (and crazy!) idea called The Purpose Hotel. And- one of the parts I love- we get to be involved. Like, you can be a co-founder of a hotel chain.

Seriously.

So I brought Jeremy on the podcast this week because I wanted you to meet him and hear about the hotel. Hope you’ll enjoy it and be a part!

Here are the things we discussed on the podcast:

— Jeremy Cowart

Help Portrait

— Shannon Cowart

Kyle Chowning

Evernote

The Purpose Hotel

Kickstarter

See University

Garth Brooks

Trisha Yearwood

@thepurposehotel 

Compassion International

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Here is The Purpose Hotel video that I love so much:

Hope you’ll support the kickstarter and tell your friends about it!

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Resources I Find Helpful.

on July 8, 2016 in Culture Matters with 9 comments by

Friends.

I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that this week has been disturbing and heartbreaking and sadly culturally shifting. Even now, as I type, the interstate in Atlanta is shut down with protestors.

And I don’t know what to do. I don’t know how to help. It feels so big and scary and out of control. I don’t know how to help heal a nation of centuries worth of racism and systemic preferences and to make our black friends feel heard and safe and loved AND make our police feel safe and respected and…. sigh. It’s all so hard, y’all.

Luckily, there are a lot of good people on the planet who are smarter and braver than me having conversations that I want to listen to and be a part of. And all I’ve known to do is read and learn and connect with people that are different than me.

So here’s what I wanted to do tonight and share with you, friends. I’ve tried to collect up the resources that I have found really helpful this week and that I know can be trusted. It doesn’t mean you have to agree with every single tweet or line of an article, but all are worth checking out if you, like me, are so deeply saddened and ready to be a part of the change.

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Each of these people are helping lead the racial reconciliation conversation and have, in the last week, taken even more important steps to helping make things different. Black, white, police families. These are voices I trust and think you should be following:

Michael Wear

Adam A.T. Thomason

Michelle Higgins

Deidra Riggs

Ashley Noelle

Propaganda

Trip Lee

Latasha Morrison

Also, you can follow the #solidarityispower hashtag to be connected with the conversation about what we can do to move forward, with Christ, towards healing and helping.

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Here are three recorded conversations that you should make time for as soon as possible:

Priscilla Shirer’s periscope

Adam and Michael’s recorded call

IF:Gathering conversation 

HopeMob panel discussion

Andy Stanley with Sam Collier & Joseph Sojourner

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After listening to the call with Adam and Michael (and many other wise voices), I loved that they gave us actual action steps to be a part of the solution. Here they are.

  1. Find your state representatives at openstates.org.
  2. Call or email your state reps and tell them that it matters to you that they act on racism in law enforcement. Tell them it’s a voting matter to you. When I composed my emails, I asked my two reps if they had a suggestion on how I could be a part of the solution for my area.
  3. Then share on social media when you do so that your followers will know a legitimate action step. Use the hashtag #solidarityispower.

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I like these organizations and what they are doing to continue this conversation:

Campaign Zero

Q Ideas

Be The Bridge

Police One

HopeMob

ANDCampaign

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Just to be clear. I really want you to hear this. I called friends today that are connected to police departments for some resources and asked how we can partner with them as well. The answers were the same- because police aren’t really allowed to talk about any of the things that are going on, there aren’t many blogposts or websites or movements. The reason there aren’t more links to that is because they don’t exist (at least, not that I was told about by trusted friends).

But I want my Nashville police to feel like I love and support them as well. So at the suggestion of a policeman’s wife, next week I’m going to deliver a card and some treats to my local police department.

So maybe there is some way you and your kids and your friends could thank your local police?

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I don’t know very much about how to help this situation, people. But I promise you I’m committed to this conversation in ways I haven’t been before. Forgive me for that. Forgive me for letting this issue swirl around me and staying quiet about it, but I can’t anymore. I’m not full of the answers, but I’m asking a lot of new questions, making new friends, and jumping into conversations I was afraid to engage with before.

I felt like this was hopeless and America is too big for me to make a difference. But then I heard Michael Wear say, “You are not powerless. You have an awesome God who is on the side of justice.” And then I thought, “I may not be able to change every city in the nation, but I bet I can get involved in some small way in my town of Nashville.” So I’ll take treats to police and pray for my black friends and our churches and keep reading and learning and talking to new people and seeing what it looks like for me to be a part of changing the trajectory of this story. We must, y’all. We must get involved.

Do y’all have resources that you have found helpful this week?

People to follow?

Articles to read?

Please leave the links below.

Guide us, O thou great Jehovah.

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That Sounds Fun Episode #15: Tim Shaw

on June 23, 2016 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with 2 comments by

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When I was writing Looking For Lovely, there was one story I knew I wanted to tell. Before most of the chapters were even outlined, I knew I wanted Tim Shaw in the book.

He’s so funny, y’all. I mean, you are going to laugh your guts out on this one. And he’s wise. And he doesn’t mind saying the hard thing to me which I love and hate all at the same time. He’s just great.

If you haven’t read Looking For Lovely yet, here’s a quick bio of Tim- former NFL player, now retired and battling ALS, Tim and I became friends a few years ago through church and he will hate me saying this, but it truly is an honor to share life with him and cheer for him as he fights hard against this disease.

He’s also a freestyle rapper and you’re gonna get two raps in this episode. So prepare your heart for THAT. 🙂

(You can download the episode here, or if you subscribe to the That Sounds Fun podcast, every new episode will drop into your podcast app. Or you can listen below!)

Here are the things we discussed on the podcast:

— Tim Shaw

Cross Point Church

— Tim’s college roommate Tamba Hali

ALS

Atlanta Falcons

Tim Tebow

Keith Brooking

Patrick Kearney

Georgia Dome

Nashville Predators

Connor’s episode (forgive the TERRIBLE quality of the sound… it’s not Connor’s fault, it’s mine.)

Hard Knocks on HBO

Devonta Freeman

ALSATDI (als.net)

TShawStrong t-shirt

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Hope you enjoyed this episode!! 🙂 Make sure to send Tim a shout out today on social media. It’ll make his day.

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