The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

143-01My guest for The Happy Hour #143 is Angie Smith. Angie is married to Todd Smith, of the Christian group, Selah, and mom to five daughters. In 2008, the Smiths received news that their 4th daughter, Audrey, would not survive, and Angie began blogging as a means of communication with friends and family during those difficult days. Angie now writes books and Bible studies, and teaches around the country, but the heart of her ministry is the same as it was when her fingers typed the very first words on her blog years ago: Angie's greatest passion is to make the Bible feel accessible and relevant and to encourage others in their faith journey. Angie holds a Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University and is a best-selling author of multiple adult and children’s books. She and Todd (and their house full of daughters) live in Nashville, TN.

I have known and loved Angie for a few years now and am way overdue on having her join me on The Happy Hour. In today's conversation, we talk about the loss of her newborn daughter just hours after she was born. She writes about her story in her book, I Will Carry You, which will captivate you from the very beginning.

And finally, we talk all about Compassion International and the trip that I am able to take with them to Kenya. If you're not familiar with Compassion, they are an incredible organization offering child sponsorship all over the world in third-world countries. Angie and I have both been supporters of Compassion for a long time, and we're excited to introduce you to them and good work they are doing. For just $38, you can change a child's life forever - offering them all of their basic needs, education, and access to the gospel. If you are interested in sponsoring a child, please use this link.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Compassion International

S-Town + Missing Richard Simmons + Up and Vanished

Angie's Books: I Will Carry You

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While the City Slept by Eli Sanders + The Sacrament of Happy by Lisa Harper

DeannArt

Happy Hour Summer Book Club

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Angie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

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Sponsors:

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Sock Club

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One of my all-time favorite guests, Bianca Juárez Olthoff, is back today for episode #32 of The Happy Half Hour. If you missed Bianca's first appearance, you must catch up here

Bianca is back to fill us in on the latest happenings in her life - including a pretty major life transition with prison ministry. She also answers the how she recharges, where she'd live for a year, her biggest pet peeve and how she defines success. You're going to love catching back up with her.

If you're interested in prison ministry and how you might be able to link arms with Bianca, make sure you check out her site here.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Bianca's Book: Play With Fire

Bianca's Prison Ministry Initiative

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13 Reasons Why

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Bianca

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsor:

PrepDish

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Prep Dish wants to help you with mealtime sanity this summer! Chef Allison created a fun 21-Day Meal Prep Challenge to motivate and encourage you to get started meal prepping and gain control of healthy meals for the summer. When the Challenge starts, you will get an easy-to follow guide for prepping all of your meals- breakfast lunch dinner & snacks for the full 21-days. They’re throwing in lots of goodies too! Checklists, bonus recipes, a guide to eating out, a Facebook group page for accountability, and more. For only $1/ day, you can delegate the worry and stress of mealtime this summer...your sanity is worth $21! The 21-Days start June 3rd. Register today at prepdish.com/happyhour21

 

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My guest for The Happy Hour #142 is Cheryl Scruggs. Cheryl is a Biblical counselor with her husband, Jeff. She is the mom to adult twin daughters - Brittany Morgan and Lauren Scruggs Kennedy (who joined me for episode #132). She's also the co-author of I Do Again and Still LoLo. Cheryl and her husband live in Dallas, where they run a marriage ministry called Hope Matters Marriage Ministries.

I have been so anxious to get a chance to chat with Cheryl. You may remember part of her story from Lauren's interview a few weeks ago. After her own extramarital affair, Cheryl filed for divorce from her husband. She shares about the Lord saving her in the years of their divorce, and calling her to restore her marriage. After 7 years of divorce and a beautiful story of reconciliation, Cheryl and Jeff got remarried. They are now passionate about marriage ministry and helping couples to find hope in their marriages.

I absolutely loved hearing Cheryl's story. Marriage is hard, really hard. There are marriages all around me that are in hard places. Cheryl's story is evidence of how our marriages are never without hope with the gospel as a foundation.

In today's show, I also had a short chat with Kristin Schell, the author of The Turquoise Table. Her book will be our first read for our Happy Hour Summer Book Club! For more information on that, please click here.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Hope for Marriages

Guarding Your Heart in Marriage Series

Cheryl's Podcast: Thriving Beyond Belief

I Am Second: Jeff and Cheryl's Story

Story Brand Podcast

Fascinating Womanhood by Helen Andelin + Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Happy Hour Summer Book Club

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Cheryl

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Lily Jade

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For baby years & beyond! Full-grain leather, backpack diaper bags that are organized with the original patented Insert. Designed by a mom for mom's. Your diaper bag dollars go the distance to help moms all across the globe. Lily Jade believes in elevating the life-giving, more-challenging-than-you-ever-imaged, glory filled role of motherhood. Check out or pre-order SALE for popular styles and new colors!

Sock Club

sc_logo_smSock Club is delivering the perfect gift experience. Quality American-made socks are sent straight to your loved-one’s door, featuring different designs and a personal note every month, making it the gift that keeps giving all year long. These socks are premium quality, American-made socks, and use cotton sourced from the Southeastern United States. They’re designed in Austin, Texas and knit in North Carolina. (You can tell the difference when you put ‘em on). Go to sockclub.com and get 15% off subscriptions using discount code “HAPPY” at checkout.

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Amber Newberry is my guest for The Happy Hour #141. Amber embraces her calling as wounded healer and seeks to show all people that they are beautiful and beloved. Through sharing her story, Amber hopes to begin to free people that have been living in the bondage of shame in their own stories. You can find Amber at beautifulandbeloved.com where she shares not only her stories, but the ways that God has given her redemption and healing through meditation, yoga, oils, and prayer.

In today's show, Amber shares her story of sexual assault and rape as a teenager, leading her to an abortion at the age of 19. She talks about hearing the gospel for the first time when she was 24 - learning that the love and forgiveness of God through Jesus was available to her. And she tells about her passion now to see men and women set free from the bondage of shame and secrecy by sharing her story first.

On a lighter note, our conversation closes with talk about essential oils, the perfect concoction for allergies and Holy Yoga.

My heart (and Amber's heart) for today's show is that if you have experienced sexual assault or have an abortion in your history, that God would start to bring healing to your heart through our conversation. You are not alone, and you are not beyond the reach of God's grace and mercy towards you.

Also, in today's show, I announced that we are started a Happy Hour Summer Book Club! For more information on that, please click here.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

The Wounded Healer by Henri J.M. Nouwen + Little Bee by Chris Cleave + The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk + Boundless by Bryan Bishop + The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron + The Gift of Second by Brandy Lidbeck

Save the Storks

Austin LifeChange

Center for Relational Care

The Austin Stone Counseling Center

Holy Yoga

The Gift of Second

What Amber is loving: Newberry Final Fridays, Lacrosse season and Enneagram

Happy Hour Summer Book Club

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Amber

Facebook // Instagram // YouTube

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Lily Jade

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For baby years & beyond! Full-grain leather, backpack diaper bags that are organized with the original patented Insert. Designed by a mom for mom's. Your diaper bag dollars go the distance to help moms all across the globe. Lily Jade believes in elevating the life-giving, more-challenging-than-you-ever-imaged, glory filled role of motherhood. Check out or pre-order SALE for popular styles and new colors!

Kopari

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Kopari is a line of products that moisturize skin and hair, smell great—but without any sulfates, silicones, GMOs or parabens. Instead, Kopari products are made with 100% organic coconut oil. Kopari searched around the world for an oil of the highest quality, with a great aroma and a non-gritty texture, that you can apply head to toe. Say Aloha to the best skin and hair of your life with Kopari. Go to koparibeauty.com/jamie to receive 20% off your order!

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My guest for The Happy Half Hour #31 is my friend, Alli Worthington. Alli is the author of Breaking Busy and Fierce Faith, business coach, advisor and Executive Director of Propel WomenAlli’s no-nonsense, guilt-free take on business, family, and balance has lead to appearances on The Today Show and Good Morning America. She loves to speak at women's conferences and business events. Alli, her husband, Mark, and their five sons live outside of Nashville, TN.

Alli was on The Happy Hour for episode #114. If you missed her then, make sure to catch up here, as she was one of our most popular guests in 2016. 

She's back today to catch up, report back on her personal mantra, the advice she loves to give out, her personal goals for the year and her pet peeve.

Alli is also graciously giving away her 52 Ways to be Happier, Healthier and Enjoy Life More Series. Make sure you check that out here.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Alli's 52 Ways to be Happier, Healthier and Enjoy Life More Series

The Way Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron

Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Common Sense Media

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Alli

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsor:

PrepDish

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. Allison is offering listeners one month for just $4! You can't beat it. Check out PrepDish for this amazing deal! Use code: happyhour

 

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The Happy Hour is THREE! To celebrate, I invited some of my closest friends and biggest encouragers to join me for a real life happy hour. We met at Chicon, one of my favorite restaurants in Austin and celebrated all that The Happy Hour has become over the last three years. In today's show, you'll get an inside peek into the celebration and my relationships with some of my favorite people. I pull a few friends in to ask me a few questions that you sent in. We cover my tattoos, the best conferences I have been a part of, my indecision of being an introvert or extrovert, and of course, my eyelashes. We really cover the good stuff.

More importantly, I want to thank YOU, the listener. You are really the ones that make this show possible. You're the ones that keep listening and keep us going. I can't believe this life, and am so thankful that you have helped to make it possible. From the bottom of my heart, thank you SO much.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Chicon

Philip Ellis's Vlog - Watch Me Live My Life

Kim Takes over Philip's Vlog - Here and Here

Honeycomb Babygoods

Noonday Collection

Camp Well

Sparrow Conference

IF Gathering

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Sightbox

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Dear Mushka seeks to create quality + affordable jewelry… on a mission. Every piece is crafted with a specific verse in mind and comes paired with a corresponding verse card meant to keep by your bathroom mirror, store in your heart, and then think on throughout your day. Each piece is designed to “tell the story with beauty” and can act as a gospel conversation starter to share God’s truths with those you interact with daily.  Art prints, apparel, scripture packs, and jewelry available– all meant to comfort hearts & share truth in a way that feels authentic, doable, and beautiful.  All jewelry comes packaged in an individual box ready for gift giving! Use code JAMIE for 10% off all orders until June 1.

 

 

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It's May y'all! I don't know what it's like where you are, but May is starting off beautifully in Austin, TX. The weather is perfect, every thing is green and baseball season is in full gear. To kick the month off, Megan Tietz is joining me for episode #139 of The Happy Hour. Megan served as the soothing voice and spirited pen behind SortaCrunchy – blog hub for all things faith, family, and natural living from 2006-2014. She is also co-author of Spirit-Led Parenting: From Fear to Freedom in Baby’s First Year.

In 2015, she launched Sorta Awesome and discovered she was born to host a podcast what with having that unique creative chemistry that thrives on in-depth analysis of pop culture, all things intentional living, and the next big thing you didn’t know you couldn’t live without.

On today's show, we talk all about podcasting, which we're both obviously passionate about. Megan shares her latest favorites and we discuss the newest podcast craze, S-Town (don't worry...no spoilers this time). Megan is also a personality guru and shares her assessment of my personality type, and explains why she has found personality types fascinating and helping in interpersonal relationships.

And finally, we talk about Megan's travels to Lebanon, the refugee crisis and how her perspective has shifted after her travels. There are a lot of links below if you are interested in learning more about how you can be involved.

Enjoy your week, and make sure to join us next week for a very special edition of The Happy Hour as we celebrate our third anniversary!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Sorta Awesome

Smartest Person in the Room

S-Town + Serial + The Popcast + The Simple Show + Shalom in the City + NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour + Reply All + Missing Richard Simmons + The Splendid Table + Spilled Milk + The Daily + What Should I Read Next

The Enneagram Institute

World Vision's Refugee Work

Supporting World Vision in Syria

UN High Commissioner on Refugees

Preemptive Love

Reading People by Anne Bogel + Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson

What Megan is loving: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld, La Croix Sparkling Water and the return of sandal season

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Megan

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

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Sponsors:

Halo Top

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When it comes to food, pleasing the whole family can be a task, to put it lightly. When it comes to dessert, it's easy to please, but hard to keep it healthy, until now. Halo Top is a low-calorie, high-protein, and low-sugar ice cream that tastes like the real thing, because it is. Don't take our word for it, try it yourself, just know that there's no going back once you do because nothing tastes better than not having to compromise.

Dear Mushka

TheHappyHourBlog

Dear Mushka seeks to create quality + affordable jewelry… on a mission. Every piece is crafted with a specific verse in mind and comes paired with a corresponding verse card meant to keep by your bathroom mirror, store in your heart, and then think on throughout your day. Each piece is designed to “tell the story with beauty” and can act as a gospel conversation starter to share God’s truths with those you interact with daily.  Art prints, apparel, scripture packs, and jewelry available– all meant to comfort hearts & share truth in a way that feels authentic, doable, and beautiful.  All jewelry comes packaged in an individual box ready for gift giving! Use code JAMIE for 10% off all orders until June 1.

Direct download: 139.HappyHour.Tietz.mp3
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