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2017 Christmas Party Episode 5: Gifts For Your Enneagram Type with Seth Abram

on December 15, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with no comments by

Y’all know I have so much love for the enneagram. So you KNOW I’m talking about it at every Christmas party I’m going to in real life, so obviously we needed to talk about at THIS party too.

My friend Seth Abram is one of the smartest dudes I know, and he’s particularly put a lot of time in the last few years into the study of the enneagram. HIS KNOWLEDGE GOES DEEEP, Y’ALL. So I asked him to come on the show and help us sort out Christmas gifts for our friends based on their enneagram number.

Get ready, whether you know a little or a lot, this episode is going to blow your mind a bit. It’s awesome.

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Seth Abram

Jon McLaughlin’s new Christmas EP!

Samaritan Ministries

– TedTalk | Amy Cudding: Your body language may shape who you are

Church of the City | East Nashville

Beth McCord (@yourenneagramcoach) on Instagram

That Sounds Fun Podcast Episode 41: Chris McClarney

That Sounds Fun Podcast Episode 53: Beth McCord + the Enneagram

Annnnd…all things Enneagram 🙂

  • Type One: The Reformer
    • Practical suggestions: Gym memberships, cooking classes, or a Home Depot gift card.
    • Deep dive: Consider giving the ones in your life a gift that’s related to improving themselves or the world. A gift that helps them continue advancing with what they are, who they are, and what’s important to them. Ones often feel as though they can’t really do the things they want to do until after all of what should be done and needs taking care of first is finished. A gift that aims to relieve the weight of this perceived responsibility is a great place to start!
  • Type Two: The Helper
    • Practical suggestions: Gifts they can re-gift, a spa day, or experiences that you can share with them.
    • Deep dive: One thing that most people don’t know about twos is that they tend to believe that in order to be loved, they must be meeting the needs of others. They always have to be giving something to receive love in return, which leads them to be out of touch with their own wants and needs. Knowing that twos often forget themselves in the pursuit of helping others, a well-purposed gift speaks volumes -relationships are everything to a two. Consider a gift that helps them uncover some of their own wants and needs -one that helps them attend to themselves.
  • Type Three: The Achiever
    • Practical suggestions: Backstage passes, technology, time-saving gadgets, or anything to promote productivity.
    • Deep dive: Threes are success oriented and always on the move. They can tend to believe that who they are is defined by what they do. They can think that love is more about what they do than who they are. Consider a gift that helps them slow down, engage, and simply be. This could look like acknowledging things you love about them apart from productivity, achievements or results. Do something together that has no value other than the act of doing it -dinner to a nice restaurant they’ve never been to, seeing sunrise, or a nature hike.
  • Type Four: The Romantic
    • Practical suggestions: Unique and thoughtful gifts, something rare or hand-made, or a meaningful, well-planned experience.
    • Deep dive: Fours tend to believe that there is something inherently missing about them that everyone else seems to have. They want to stand out, be special and unique. Consider a gift that shows you were thinking about them -something that helps them experience meaning and depth. Take note of the ways in which they tend to express themselves to the world, and help them live into that. A gift that helps them give themselves to the world will be of immense value to them.
  • Type Five: The Observer
    • Practical suggestions: A library card, books, clothes that match their specific style, or things that don’t add clutter to their lives.
    • Deep dive: Information is everything for a five – the more they know, the better. Knowledge is power. One way to help them gather this information is to gift them books pertaining to their “obsession.” Consider giving them something that doesn’t clutter their home, but adds knowledge and information. The strategy of a five is to get through life by not asking much of it. All the while, they’re hoping that in return, others won’t ask too much of them. A gift that encourages them to reinhabit their physicality – something like a gym membership, a bicycle, a kayak – anything that gives them the opportunity to be active will be of enormous value to this type.
  • Six: The Loyalist
    • Practical suggestions: A road-safety kit, alarm system, pepper-spray, or something safe yet spontaneous.
    • Deep dive: Sixes look toward authority to know security. While everybody else seems to be asking, “Are you going to love me?”, sixes are asking, “Am I safe?” Since security is their guiding principle, they tend to desire predictability that life can’t really offer. Any gift that helps them come to peace with all the things that are out of control, a gift that helps them trust themselves and their instincts is a great place to start. Give a gift that helps them manage the things in life that feel uncontrollable or encourages them towards spontaneity – but doing it with them, of course.
  • Seven: the Enthusiast
    • Practical suggestions: Anything that goes fast, fun generating, or deliciously distracting. New experiences, an event, concert, or these crazy awesome around the world plane tickets.
    • Deep dive: Sevens have a tendency to become dissatisfied with whatever it is they’re doing or currently experiencing -the grass is always greener somewhere else. This type is often convinced that another event or activity will be the solution to their problems – thinking becomes anticipating. They don’t stay with anything long enough to experience it deeply or to get any real satisfaction. Consider a gift that keeps them present to the moment, something that helps them stay. Maybe that’s a mindfulness app, or a watch with pre-programmed alarms that say “be here” every hour.
  • Eight: the Challenger
    • Practical suggestions: Boxing lessons, martial arts, tickets to anything that’s intense to watch, or a puppy!
    • Deep dive: Eights are powerful and strong -people you want on your team. Intensity and control are at the top of their lists. They get things done. It can be difficult for them to trust people because of their fear of betrayal. Vulnerability doesn’t come easy. Help them reengage their innocence, the softness that they don’t want others to see. Become a safe place and practice being vulnerable with them yourself. Consider a gift that proves your commitment.
  • Nine: the Peacemaker
    • Practical suggestions: A recommendation letter for an internship at the UN, something that adds to their collections (what they consider valuable), or boxing gloves and a punching bag.
    • Deep dive: Peace is everything for a nine. They tend to avoid reality to maintain their inner peace, which lends to avoiding conflict at all costs. Find out what it is that they collect and add to their collection -they’ll be the happiest person in the world.  Nines are afraid to rock the boat because if they stand for something too hard, it might cause conflict or disconnection. Consider helping a nine find their voice -anything that helps them wake up and become the fullest version of themselves. Boxing gloves and a punching bag aren’t a bad idea!

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2017 Christmas Party Episode 4: Hallmark Christmas Movies + Alicia Witt

on December 13, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with 5 comments by

Ask and you shall receive, friends! An entire episode about our favorite Hallmark Christmas movies, past and present, with a few of my best friends who happen to be legit experts on the subject. (Like, way more expert than I was even expecting.)

And a surprise INCREDIBLY fun special guest appearance by Alicia Witt, amazing actress and star of my VERY FAVORITE OF ALL TIME Hallmark Christmas movie, A Very Merry Mixup.

This may end up being your very favorite episode. It kinda is mine. 🙂

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Alicia Witt

Jami Crockett

Jennifer Colquitt

Jon McLaughlin’s new Christmas EP

Hallmark Channel

Video of 2 guys jumping off a cliff (without a parachute) and landing INTO a plane. INSANE.

the Exorcist TV Series

Zuleikha Robinson

Ingrid Michaelson

Alicia’s music, check it out!

Candace Cameron Bure

Hallmark’s Fan Favorites

-article from The Wall Street Journal, How the Hallmark Channel Became a Christmas Movie Machine

Our Favorites:

Hallmark Christmas Movie Bingo

Year-Round Favorites

Cheesiest?

Lifetime Movies

Netflix

^^Megan Markle + Prince Harry = real life Love Actually…Mind. Blown.

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2017 Christmas Party Episode 3: Melanie Shankle

on December 8, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with 1 comment by

I have been dyyyyyyying to get Melanie Shankle on the podcast, and there’s no better time than during this year’s Christmas party! Mel’s new book, Church of the Small Things, was one of my favorite reads this year. Get ready to laugh, learn, and wish you had a whole bunch more time with Mel. She’s just the best.

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Here are links to a few things we talked about on this episode!

Melanie Shankle

Church of the Small Things (Melanie’s newest book!)

Jon McLaughlin’s new Christmas EP!

Lisa Whelchel (Blair from the Facts of Life)

That Sounds Fun with Lisa Whittle

“Even Steven” Seinfeld episode

Nordstrom + Nordstrom Rack

Anthropologie

Free People

Madewell

J. Crew

Ann Taylor Loft

Recreational Shrimping

Abercrombie

Kimonos

Melanie’s Podcast!

Samaritan Ministries

The Real Housewives

Andy Cohen

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2017 Christmas Party Episode 2: Sharon Hodde Miller

on November 30, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with 2 comments by

Sharon Hodde Miller joins us today as we continue our 2017 Christmas party! We talk all manner of things including her family Christmas traditions, what I didn’t know about the day we met, and her new book Free Of Me. She’s just the kind of friend you want to bump into at a big party, pull over to the side, and chat for a good long time.

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Here are links to a few things we talked about on the podcast!

Sharon Hodde Miller

CSBible.com

-Get your copy of 100 Days to Brave here at Barnes and Noble online!

Jon McLaughlin

Free of Me by Sharon Hodde Miller

IF: Gathering

Jennie Allen

Docent Group

Passion Conferences

Francis Chan

Christianity Today + Sharon!

Samaritan Ministries

Ann Voskamp

Crosspointe Church in Cary, NC

The Official 2017 Hallmark Christmas Movie Schedule

A Very Merry Mixup (my favorite Hallmark movie!)

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2017 Christmas Party Episode 1: SheReadsTruth + Advent

on November 24, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with 1 comment by

It’s time to kick off our 2017 Christmas party! And who shows up at the door first but our faithful friends from SheReadsTruth and HeReadsTruth, ready to talk all things Advent! There’s so much more to this season than December 25th. I’m so so excited about it.

Remember to use the code ANNIE15 to get 15% off your order from shopshereadstruth.com between now and December 3!

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Here are the links we talked about on the podcast!

CSBible.com

SheReadsTruth

Raechel Myers

Russ Ramsey

Amanda Bible Williams

Harry & David Fruit + Cheese

Download the HeReadsTruth App

Download the SheReadsTruth App

Isaac Watts

the meaning of the X in Xmas!

Cross-stitch

Angie Smith

Jenny Acuff

Andrew Osenga + the Pivot (his podcast!)

Popovers

Why it’s Important to Pre-heat your Pans…

Seared muffins

the Official Historical Timeline of Egg Consumption

Monkeybread

a detailed photo of Meat Crust (it’s not that bad, don’t worry..)

10 Facts About Deception

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That Sounds Fun Podcast Episode 61: Mark Lee

on November 18, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with 2 comments by

Mark Lee, guitar player in the amazing band Third Day, is also now a published author of Hurt Road (a book I’ve read and really enjoyed). SO MANY TALENTS I AM FULL ON JEALOUS. I grew up in the town where Mark lives, we’ve known each other for decades, and I’m such a huge fan of him as an artist and a human.

And don’t you know he brought up the enneagram SO WE WENT THERE. 🙂

You’re gonna love this conversation and this dude!

Here are links to a few of the things we talked about:

Mark Lee

CSBible.com

Hurt Road

Third Day

Marietta, GA

Positive Hits Tour

Tauren Wells

Family Force 5

Marietta Square

Blackwell Elementary

Britt Nicole

Skillet

C.S. Lewis

War and Peace

Patti Smith

T.D. Jakes

The Sacred Enneagram by Chris Heuertz

Georgia Tech

Stoking the Creative Fires by Phil Cousineau

Madeleine L’Engle

R.E.M.

Wilco

Willie Nelson

Bob Dylan

Chastain Park

CBN 700 Club with Mark Lee

–Ellie Holcomb’s Red Sea Road

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That Sounds Fun Podcast Episode 60: Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

on November 10, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with 2 comments by

Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is one of the wisest guests we’ve ever had on the podcast. We talk a lot about communication, specifically about his new book Before You Hit Send, but also dive deep into the theology of God’s kindness and the power of asking God “why?” and singleness and the whole episode feels like a good long talk around the table with a father-figure. I’m so thankful for this conversation.
Here are a few links to some things we talked about on this episode!

Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

100 Days to Brave

CSB Bible Translation

Joy Eggerichs Reed on Instagram!

Before You Hit Send

The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch

Billy Graham

George Beverly Shae “I’d Rather Have Jesus”

Los Angeles Crusade (1949)

New York Crusade (1957)

The Illumination Project

– Ellie Holcomb’s Red Sea Road

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That Sounds Fun Podcast Episode 59: Luke Norsworthy

on November 4, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with no comments by

My pal Luke and I continue the conversation we started on his podcast episode… we jump in all about church leadership and giving gifts to friends and Austin vs. Nashville and podcasting and how to get Luke to come on a trip. (It’s too easy.)

For the first half of this conversation, head to Newsworthy with Norsworthy …. and once you’ve listened through BOTH, tweet us (@lukenorsworthy and @anniefdowns) between now and December 1 and we’ll get a little prize to you (until we run out)!

Here are links to some of the things we talked about on the episode!

Luke Norsworthy

Richard Beck’s The Authenticity of Faith

Sarah Bessey

Jasonpalooza: Annie F. Downs, Aaron Neiquist, Johnathan Merritt, and Jason Miller

West Oak Coffee Bar

Foo Fighters in Austin – HBO Documentary

John Ortberg’s All the Places to Go: How Will You Know?

Crossfit

Becca Stevens’ Love Heals

Nadia Bolz-Weber

Brené Brown

Reba McEntire

Pat Green

John Green

Al Green

A.C. Green

A.C. Slater

Called to Create

Sean Kelly + Temper Grille

IF: Gathering

Evernote

Contemplative Prayer

Mark Batterson’s The Circle Maker

Jonathan Merritt

The Bible Project

Mindhunter

Jeni’s Ice Cream

Newsworthy with Norsworthy (Brad Lomenick: H3 Leadership)

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That Sounds Fun Podcast Episode 58: Jess Connolly + 100 Days to Brave

on October 27, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with no comments by

Jess Connolly and I have been friends for years. Like, heart friends. Like, see each other barely but dive RIGHT IN THE DEEP when we do. And you cannot imagine how excited we were to learn that our new books released out into the world on the same day.

So to celebrate Dance Stand Run and 100 Days To Brave, we decided we needed to laugh and cry and talk about everything and then record it. 🙂

Make sure you pick of Jess’s book- it is a real gift to any woman in your life.

Here are links to some of the things we talked about on the podcast!

Jess Connolly

Influence Conference

Wild and Free

the Enneagram

That Sounds Fun Podcast with Carlos Whitaker 

Downtown Charleston

New Frontiers

Kings Church in Edinburgh 

Pruning

Looking for Lovely

Talkspace.com\downs for $30 off your first month!

All Good Things Collective <– Jess’ artwork 🙂

Target

Jen Hatmaker

Gilmore Girls

Husk

Bastion

Sudio Sweeden Headphones “The Tre” 

  • Discount Code: ThatsSoundsFun15 for 15% off your purchase!

The Pink Ribbon Foundation

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That Sounds Fun Podcast Episode 57: Barrett Ward + fashionABLE

on October 19, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with 2 comments by

My friend (and former boss) Barrett Ward founded fashionABLE, a company that creates beautiful fashion pieces and employs women around the world to help them overcome. I’m ADDICTED to their leather bags and am headed out today to get a new pair of their jeans. Barrett and I talk about the start of the company, what they are doing that NO ONE else in the fashion industry is doing (yet), and why you have to drive a squirrel over a river. (Seriously.) I think you’ll love this conversation and LOVE all things fashionABLE!

(Use the code ANNIE20 until the end of October 2017 for 20% off your purchase! HUZZAH!)

To hear our conversation, you can either subscribe and listen on iTunes, or feel free to listen on the player below!

Here are links to some of the things we talked about on the podcast!

Barrett Ward + fashionABLE

Mocha Club

Southwestern Company

“Knee High by 4TH of July”

Carmel, Indiana

West End Community Church

Mark Wiggins

African Leadership

Dave Barnes

Northern Region, Uganda

Talkspace.com\downs – $30 off first month!

Minka Kelly x Fashionable

Alem Weekender (Annie’s new bag!)

Mandy Moore

Olivia Wilde

Julianne Hough + her Mamuya Leather Tote

Drew Barrymore + her Mamuye Leather Tote

Curiosity Habit Podcast with Matt Wertz

Living with Landyn

Acts 5

Prayer hands emoji

MAFIAoZA’S Pizzeria & Neighborhood Pub

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Dance, Stand, Run: The God-Inspired Moves of a Woman on Holy Ground by Jess Connolly

100 Days to Brave Pre-order!

Red Sea Road

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