That Sounds Fun Podcast

That Sounds Fun Podcast Episode 5: Jessica Turner

on February 17, 2015 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with 5 comments by

Okay, you guys? I just can’t even pretend like this isn’t my NEW FAVORITE THING EVER. I am having the very best time making podcasts. Like, seriously. Can you feel my excitement? But for real. Can you?

This week, we get to talk with my friend Jessica Turner. It’s a fun day for Jess because her book, The Fringe Hours, releases today! Jess and I have been friends for such a long time and I have loved watching the birth of this book.

Here’s an embarrassing story. So last week I went to Jessica’s house to record this podcast. We did it, it was soooo good and so fun. And then I got home and I had screwed up the recording. LIKE MAJORLY. Like you each out have fired me 100 times for what a terrible job I did recording the HOUR with Jessica.

I called an SOS to a recording friend and I went to his house and he tried to fix it and he was all, “Uhhh. Annie? You need to redo this.”

So can you believe I had to make Jessica do this again?

Yes. Being my friend is a bit of a nightmare.

But the end result is super super fun.

(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 links to things we discuss on the podcast:

— The Fringe Hours (the book)

The Fringe Hours (the website)

— Jessica Turner

Nish Weiseth’s book Speak

Jessica’s viral blogpost “Put on that Swimsuit”


— Snapfish App for printing photos off your phone 

— American Girl Dolls

The Fringe Hours Bloom Book Club

Emily Freeman’s post “How to Stay Sane on the Internet”

— Review/rate this podcast

— Subscribe

Do you know a woman who could really benefit from thinking through her Fringe Hours? Send her a link to this podcast and grab her a copy of Jessica’s new book!

And just in case I haven’t said this out loud to you yet, a new episode of the podcast gets released every other Tuesday. So the next one is March 3!

Help me, friends!

Are we talking about what interests you? Seriously. This podcast is for YOU, my friends. So I want to make sure we are talking about things that you think are fun. If there is a topic or a person or a theme you want me to cover, please please tell me! Really. <3


That Sounds Fun Podcast Episode 4: Nashville’s Best Eats

on January 20, 2015 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with 6 comments by


Well I am home from Ecuador and I cannot wait to tell you all about it.

But first?


And in the spirit of all things fun, we are talking about fooooood. Particularly? The best restaurants in Nashville.

I asked my friend and Nashville expert Matt Niehoff to talk with me about his favorite eats all around town. And y’all? WE TALKED FOR AN HOUR. I can’t apologize for it because we had the best time and I think you are going to LOVE it. But prepare your heart- this ain’t no 30 minute thing. And ALLLL the restaurants we discussed are linked below. For better or for worse.

We are four episodes in to the podcast now- I hope you have enjoyed the first three! (Here’s a link to download this episode! You can also subscribe and it will show up in your podcast app!) And I’m still trying to perfect the volume situation. Sorry bout it. It’s always amateur hour over here, people. 🙂

Links for days and days and meals and meals…

(Seth Philpott’s song “Nashville”)

Matt Niehoff





Higher End Nashville


Family Friendly



So what do you think?? Hungry yet? 🙂

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That Sounds Fun Podcast Episode 3: Word for 2015

on January 7, 2015 in SABBATH, That Sounds Fun Podcast with 16 comments by


Oh we had the best time recording this episode yesterday! Episode 3 of the That Sounds Fun podcast is with my favorite (only) assistant Sarah. We sat down at the dining room table and talked about our words for 2015. You know mine is SABBATH, and it is infusing most of my conversations right now, including this one.

Literally. Here we are. At the dining room table. Yesterday.


That’s me, using a computer program that might as well be in Chinese to me and literally every podcast takes me three times the amount of minutes of a normal person with a brain and knowledge of GarageBand. And the microphone is far closer to Sarah because MY VOLUME IS A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH.

All that said :), I hope you enjoy this episode! (You can listen here or hop over to iTunes and download it!)

Here are links to the things we discuss or share in this podcast:

Episode 1 of That Sounds Fun

Episode 2 of The Sounds Fun

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

MomentMaker by Carlos Whittaker

One Word 365 (This website is REALLY cool! I’m so impressed!)

The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan

Review/rate this podcast


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By the way, here are some other books I’m going to read about SABBATH, if you are interested:

Sabbath by Dan Allender

Sabbath As Resistance by Walter Brueggemann

Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren Winner

24/6 by Matthew Sleeth

Breathe by Priscilla Shirer

Let me know if you have any other suggestions- of things I should read OR books Sarah should read about “explore” as her word for 2015 OR conversations you want to hear on the podcast OR people you want me to interview! I’m all ears, you guys!

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That Sounds Fun Podcast Episode 2: Ted Dekker

on December 9, 2014 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with 3 comments by

Here we goooooooo!

Episode 2 of the That Sounds Fun podcast features the second half of my interview with Ted Dekker. (And no kidding, that is still a sentence that makes me almost giggle with amazement that I even got to speak to one of my writing heroes.)

In an effort to continue to improve this little podcast experiment, I’m going to be sharing links below the podcast player to the people and topics and products we discuss. I saw my friend Jamie Ivey do it, so I copied her. Obviously.

Hope you enjoy this episode!

Here are links to the things we discuss or share in this podcast:

Episode 1 of That Sounds Fun

Dave Barnes

Dave Barnes’s song Good

Blog post from this week: When singleness feels like a mess

Ted Dekker

Ted Dekker’s book AD30

Ted Dekker’s Circle Series

Real Simple Magazine

Serial Podcast

Dave Barnes’s album Very Merry Christmas

Review/rate this podcast


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Okay, friends. So we’re two episodes in and while we’ve got tons of ideas swirling of who else to talk with and what else to discuss, I definitely want to talk about stuff you care about and interview people you want to hear from! So if you’ve got ideas or thoughts, drop them in the comments! 

And the volume thing was better, right? I found this one little switch and another little level slider thing that I think really did the trick. I’m sure they have real names to sound engineers, but. you know. I’m not that.

Next episode will be probably be January 6th unless my assistant Sarah and I can’t resist making one next week. 🙂

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That Sounds Fun Podcast Episode 1: Ted Dekker

on November 25, 2014 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with 21 comments by

I dunno, you guys.

I just decided it was time.

Here’s how I decided.

Author Ted Dekker said I could interview him. And I was all “YES PLEASE uhhhh…. where do I put it?”

Literally. That’s how it went. And now we have a podcast.

Yes, I had talked with friends forever about wanting to do a podcast and yes I think it is a good idea and yes I think it will be great fun. So I had planned to jump in this podcast pool, but Ted Dekker kind of shoved me off the diving board…. is a sentence I never thought I’d write.

Soooo anyways! Here’s the first podcast of many I hope. The goals for the podcast are simple (here’s the description):

Christian author and speaker Annie F. Downs shares with you some of her favorite things: new books, faith conversations, restaurants, travel stories, musicians not to miss, interviews with friends. Pretty much, if it sounds fun to Annie, you’re gonna hear about it.

So I just mainly can’t wait to share my life with you in a new and hopefully fun way. (And obviously I’m new at this, being that the volume is wacky at the beginning and there are a few silent minutes at the end. OOPS. I’m learning, people. 🙂 )

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The bulk of this first episode is Ted Dekker and I discussing AD 30. It was soooo awesome, y’all. Like whoa awesome. And the stuff he says? Yeah, you’ll want to quote him. Seriously. I took notes the whole conversation.

If you are new to podcasts, just think of a radio show that you can listen to at your convenience. You can listen through your computer or phone or iPad. And you can subscribe to podcasts so that every time a new one is posted, it pops right into your iTunes. (The folks at the Serial Podcast created a great video/explanation of how to listen to a podcast if you need a quick tutorial.)

Here is the iTunes link!

Or you can listen here or you can just press play below!

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So what do you think, guys!?!?

What would you like me to talk about in future episodes?

Who would you like to see me interview?

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