Thank you, Switchfoot.

on April 28, 2014 in Sounds good to me. with 4 comments by

Last week, after I had bemoaned a few situations going on right now, my friend Jennie said, “so… what’s fun right now?” Trying, I think, to help me focus on the positive.

I panicked. Because I couldn’t think of anything.

I have to tell you. If there is one thing I prioritize, one thing I absolutely seek out and love, it is FUN. I want to have fun all the time and in every situation. And yet, here I was, unable to think of a fun thing. It was very un-Annie and I did not like it.

I never planned for this to be my life. I never thought I’d run my own business where I have to put on my big girl panties every day and make big decisions that involve money and people and future and in the last month, it has gotten harder than I know what to do with.

And lately, fun has eluded me.

Then last night? Switchfoot.


I’ve been a fan of this band for a while, but the last six months have been different. Switchfoot’s label hired me to write some devotionals to go along with their documentary Fading West. So I’ve watched the documentary about 11 times, front to back, and I feel like these are my dudes, my people. And the album (also titled Fading West) is moving. Writing for this band is one of my favorite jobs I’ve been hired to do in ever.

So when they were headed to town, the label was kind enough to give me a ticket to the concert at one of my favorite venues, War Memorial Auditorium.

Four minutes into the show, I felt fun. I breathed deep. It was almost like a scent that wafted up from the stage. So. Much. Fun. It hit me and I was almost overwhelmed. Tears came to my eyes and I found myself, even in the first minutes, wishing this night would never end.

I set my phone down, rolled up my sleeves, and started to dance and sing at the top of my lungs. Even though I had a seat, I stood for most of the show. I sang loud until my voice was sore, it was hot and everyone was sweaty, but I couldn’t quit smiling.

I had so much fun.

It didn’t make my work problems go away and it didn’t change the situations that are giving me stress, but man oh man did I feel peace and joy and fun and relief for about 100 minutes on Sunday night.

Thank you for that, Switchfoot. Someday, if we ever get to be real life friends, I owe ya big. Remind me.


  1. Heather
    posted on Apr 28, 2014 at 11:58 AM  |  reply

    Glad you found a chance for fun, Annie! I too run my own business and can relate to the busyness and various issues that arise. I could sense your frustration last week when you couldn’t get the Speak Lovelies videos out and I’ve been meaning to let you know – don’t worry about it! It’s so much fun to know that you are recording (and uploading) the videos each week rather than having everything prerecorded and just automatically sent out each week by a robot. It makes the experience so much more authentic.

    My fun last week? Taking time to watch the (in)RL videos. So much great info there and even though I didn’t get to meet up with anyone, the stories touched me deeply. (And such fun watching you and Emily together!)

    Hang in there!

  2. posted on Apr 28, 2014 at 12:19 PM  |  reply

    Absolutely adore this. One of my go-to questions to anybody I chat with is “what’s the most exciting thing going on right now?” because I think we need to remember the things that make our fingers tingle with excitement, our eyes tear up with the good type of big emotion, and the songs that make our bodies sway.

  3. Merideth
    posted on Apr 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM  |  reply

    Love this. I feel ya with having a hard time coming up with an answer to the question of what’s fun in your life. I have a hard time with those days when there isn’t an answer to that question. Some times in life are just full of so much struggle it’s hard to see the fun or exciting, and if we can’t think of something like that currently in our life we need to put it back in. We should make sure to make time for fun and exciting things. You are reminding me that I need to plan some things to look forward to and exciting things to do and take opportunities like that when they come along. Thanks for the reminder Annie. Love you.

  4. posted on Apr 29, 2014 at 8:14 PM  |  reply

    Thank you Annie for your authenticity. I can totally relate to what you are saying with finding fun. I don’t own my own business but I do work a full time job that involves a lot of energy and heart. I too find great peace, joy, and relaxation in worship. Congrats on your new gig with Switchfoot!

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