Oh friends. Forgive the tardiness of this podcast. The vocal rest thing really messed up my schedule. But here is a new podcast for you- and boy do I love it.
I loved getting to chat with my friend and one of my favorite authors, Shauna Niequist. Her new book Savor has found its way into my daily readings and I’m all the better for it.
Here are the links to things we discuss on the podcast:
– Shauna Niequist
Happy Tuesday, friends! If you’re enjoying the podcast, share it, rate it, review it, and keep listening!
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Here’s a weird thing.
I have bacterial laryngitis.
It happened like this: I thought I was just having bad allergies all of last week. I was blowing my nose all day and coughing all night. Like literally, Good Friday was my last full night of sleep. And it wasn’t like I was waking up and falling back asleep- starting the night before Easter, I was waking up and coughing/sneezing/face exploding for HOURS. Like, long enough that I watched the cartoon version of Robin Hood. Two nights in a row.
(Which, by the way, have you ever heard Mumford & Sons cover “Not in Nottingham”? Wowie zowie. I’ll just put the video right here and you can play it as you keep reading.)
Anyways. So I watched the whole cartoon movie. Twice.
Friday came along and I realized that my voice was almost totally gone. And I just keep feeling worse. Like I would go to a work meeting, come home and crawl into bed for an hour, then go to the next one. “These allergies ARE KILLING ME!” I would think.
I’m a dummy.
So on Saturday, I went to the doctor. Because I should have gone a week before.
The doctor was all, “you should have come in here a week before; what started simple is no longer simple. You dummy.”
No, she didn’t actually call me a dummy. But her eyes did.
And then she said bacterial laryngitis, and then she put a steroid shot in my butt, then she said “don’t talk for some days.”
Hi. I’m Annie. If I’m not sleeping, THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE I AM TALKING.
It’s been a weird few days, to be sure.
And here is what I’ve learned:
I’ve been told this before, but I have re-learned I’m a filler. If a quiet moment is happening, I will fill it with words. When no voice comes out of my voice, the spaces don’t get filled. And it was good.
I also have learned that when I don’t throw out my problem-solving ideas, someone else solves the problem.
I’ve learned that I’m not as important as I think I am.
It’s been humbling. Clearly.
And good. Clearly.
You know my word for 2015 has been SABBATH and I have done terrible at it. I mean, TERRIBLE. The Lord majorly got onto me about it yesterday when I was journaling and praying. Like, there’s nothing impressive about working a lot. There’s nothing “cool” about not making time for what we are commanded to make time for. The first third of this year I have missed time with God that would have made a difference in my life because I don’t make space. I’m no busier than you or him or her. We all have the same amount of hours in a day. I just waste more.
So without a voice, without the ability to get coffee with friends or call people back or talk to anyone who will listen, I sat quietly for two days.
Also. I’ve gone through a significant amount of cough drops and I had no idea a steroid shot in your butt could make you feel like a super hero (with no voice) the next morning.
These are the things I’ve learned from a forced Sabbath.
I hope I choose it from now on.
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So in two weeks, I’m going to be in Boston and I totally want you to come as well.
I can’t wait to go to Boston. There’s just something about Quincy Market and those cannolis from Mike’s Pastry are a blessing… says an Annie who used to eat dairy.
I get to go to Boston in 2 weeks because I am attending Q Boston.
You know I love Q. You know I loved speaking at Q Women.
What I haven’t really told you is that I really REALLY love Q Women. I love the questions they are asking and the way they engage culture and how they streeeeeetch my brain. So a few months ago, I said to Gabe and Rebekah Lyons, “um, I love all of this, can I get all up in your bizzzzzz and help with Q Women stuff?”
And they said YES so, that starts in 2 weeks with Boston! The conference is Thursday-Saturday, April 23-25, and we have a really great Q Women Reception on Thursday night.
Do you live near/kinda near/sorta near Boston and want to come? Do you love Boston (y’all. I LOVE BOSTON.) and think it would be fun to do a last minute trip? Check out the video below because I can help with that!
And remember the code is qwomen (all lowercase) and you get 50% off your ticket- so you’re only paying $312.50 for the full event and our Q Women Reception with me, Rebekah, Ann Voskamp, and Jennie Allen.
and it’s only for the FIRST 20 GALS who buy a ticket!
Seriously I hope you will come. We are excited that 400 women are already planning on attending and I’d love to be a part of making it 420ish.
(PS- if you have a gal pal living in or near Boston and you think you’d like her to experience this, send her this info… but do it QUICK before the 20 tickets are gone!)