Brave at (in)courage

on July 25, 2014 in (in)courage, Let's All Be Brave with no comments by

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That’s it.

That’s what I want my life to be about- sharing with anyone who will listen that they were made on purpose, by a loving God, and made to be brave.

Today I hopped over to (in)courage to write about it. I’d love for you to join me there. We’re asking a hard question in the comments, but one that I hope will encourage people to identify courage in their own lives.

(And yes. This graphic is by the beautiful and wonderful Lindsey Letters. She’s my hero.)

 

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Are you new around these parts? Well welcome!

Hi. I’m Annie.

My job is awesome.

I get to write books and speak to groups around the country.

My new book is called Let’s All Be Brave and people seem to like it.

You can read more about me here.

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I love connecting with new friends, so find me all over the internet:

https://twitter.com/anniefdowns

http://www.facebook.com/anniefdowns

http://www.instagram.com/anniefdowns

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I have to tell you about flitter.

on July 24, 2014 in (in)courage with 12 comments by

After writing for (in)courage for the last five years, I finally saw the mothership. Over the weekend, I got to travel with some friends to northwest Arkansas to the home of (in)courage- Dayspring. (Hence my bloggy silence all weekend. Apologies.)

Dayspring makes really beautiful faith-based products and cards and such. We got to attend their devotionals that happen each Monday and then get a full tour of the office.

It. Was. Fascinating.

Besides 500 Days of Summer and Holley Gerth, I don’t know very much about making greeting cards…. except, of course, I love them. So we got to hear the marketing side and the seasonal side and the word side and the design side.

SO. Here was my favorite part.

The design gal is teaching us all about how a card goes from words to a beautiful thing you see in the store- the layers of design and pictures and fonts and then she talks about the extra accouterments. Like glitter.

Well, you know me well enough to know that my ears perked up at the reminder that cards often have glitter on them. Because, as you know, glitter is my favorite color.

BUT THEN.

FLITTER.

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I’m standing there, discussing and drooling over a drawer of glitter, and the designer says, “oh, it’s not glitter. It flitter. Glitter, but finer.”

GLITTER BUT FINER.

FLITTER.

It’s like I was born all over again into a happy place full of very very very small pieces of sparkle.

Just look how fine it is!

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I literally was starstruck with all this beauty of flitter. Particularly this “sand” shade. It made me really happy and I wanted to put it on my nails and in my hair and on my friends.

AND there are TWO FULL DRAWERS of it.

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I got lost in those drawers for a while, you know- the available flitter, the ones that can be used in future cards, and the discontinued flitter. (It took all the self-control my life has ever known to walk away from that discontinued flitter drawer without pocketing a few containers. Oh, I thought about it. But then I knew Jesus would see, especially at Dayspring.)

But here is the discontinued flitter.

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Also beautiful. Hello pink flamingo, I want to be your friend.

So there’s today’s takeaway, friends. There is glitter, and there is

FLITTER.

 

Happy Thursday.

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What I’m doing today.

on July 18, 2014 in Let's All Be Brave with 2 comments by

Well, friends.

What a fun few days we have had. I just don’t know how to express to you what it means that people are buying and actually reading and LIKING Let’s All Be Brave.

Do you remember when I was too scared to write this book? Or how this book was a catalyst that put in counseling?

And now, to hear that God is using it in lives and it’s been the #1 HOT NEW RELEASE on Amazon all week long?

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It’s just a little much for me.

(There’s lots of great places to grab the book, FYI. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, CBD, Dayspring, and I don’t have a place that starts with the letter E….)

Also, I’m on day 3 of a juice cleanse, so I’m low on food and high on emotion. As you can imagine.

I know. Ridiculous to plan a juice cleanse the week of a book release, but here’s the sitch: my eating and my body have not been in good form lately and I badly needed a reset. It’s easy for me to tell when things are whackadoodle because of my PCOS symptoms, so when they were raging, I knew it was time for a change. Also, besides the book launch, there are some other things I’m praying about and asking God to speak to me about, so I wanted some additional focus.

And nothing will remind you how much you turn to food for comfort like a juice cleanse. Good gravy. Feed me.

My wonderful intern Sarah and I are sitting at the dining room table now, with all the doors open because the weather in Nashville is crazy perfect and we are BLASTING the MoodBooster Playlist on Spotify (there’s a 2-strike-you’re-out on the cussing in songs, so we’ve skipped 2 so far, just so you know). I’m wearing my favorite pink cardigan and jeans and it’s just a super fun Friday in the office, y’all.

And. I have a 6am flight tomorrow, which is leaving my house at 4:30am… and that already hurts my feelings just thinking about it. Woof.

Speaking of this weekend- if you haven’t yet, would you mind telling your people about Let’s All Be Brave this weekend? That would be rad.

Okay, friends. Have a great weekend!! What are you up to this weekend? I’m traveling, but would love to hear what your plans are! 

(Thanks again. Your support this week has been overwhelmingly kind. I”m so grateful.)

 

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