$10K Purpose Project update: DONESKI!

on July 31, 2014 in Mocha Club with 5 comments by

I am not going to cry while I write this post.

I am not going to cry while I write this post.

I am not going to…. forget it. I’m teary.

You may remember back in February when we had a big fat goal for our month to raise $10,000 through Mocha Club for the New Dawn High School in Nairobi, Kenya. The classrooms in the school had no interior walls or ceiling and the cement floors were cracking.




So we gathered together and managed to raise $12,355.

And a few weeks ago, I got the pictures of the classrooms totally redone. (I showed you a mid-construction update in May.)

You guys. Like, we really did this. We really each made small sacrifices so that one month of our combined donations could lead to a massive change for the students at New Dawn!




I MEAN YOU GUYS!! Look at those walls! ceiling! GORGEOUS floors!! It’s AMAZING!

And that hugging picture between our staff and theirs? Get outta here. I cannot deal.

All four classrooms are now temperature controlled so those poor high schoolers aren’t just baking away in the heat of the metal walls and ceiling.

Friends, THANK YOU.

I hope these pictures show you a tangible view of exactly what you did to help New Dawn High School!!

And it doesn’t have to stop there!

You can still be a part of what we are continuing to do for New Dawn, like helping fill the classrooms with supplies and raise teacher salaries, by joining my Mocha Club team! If you donate $9/month, I’ll send you an autographed copy of Let’s All Be Brave. If you join at $18/month, you get a whole lotta stuff.

I’d be honored if you would join us. I love love love the stuff we get to do to help this high school and I think you would love being a part of our team.

(By the way: Our trip to see the classrooms in Nairobi was delayed in May due to safety concerns, but we are hoping to reschedule.)

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Brave at (in)courage

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


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:




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I have to tell you about flitter.

on July 24, 2014 in (in)courage with 18 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.




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.”



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!


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.


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.


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

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



Happy Thursday.

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