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  • Happy Hour #162: Ellie Holcomb

    · 00:57:18 · The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

    My guest for The Happy Hour #162 is singer-songwriter Ellie Holcomb. Ellie is a Nashville native, and began her musical career by touring the country with her husband in Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors. After 8 years, and with the birth of their daughter, Emmylou, she opted to step out of the role of heavy touring. From that space came her debut solo album, As Sure As The Sun, which charted at #1 on the iTunes Christian chart and helped deem her the “Best New Artist” at the 2014 Dove Awards. Since her first album, Ellie has been walking an unexpected path, one of suffering and loss but also peace and joy. And it is from that place—of finding God in the dark and unexpected—that she wrote and recorded Red Sea Road released earlier this year. In our conversation today, Ellie and I talked about going through tough seasons in marriage and seeking counseling. No matter where you are, I think you will be encouraged by our conversation. The context for us was marriage, but regardless of your marital status, I think you will be able to relate to our tendencies to avoid conflict and avoid a mess.  Ellie and I have a very real and vulnerable conversation about depression, and what life is like in a family with two traveling musicians. Finally, you're probably going to need to grab a tissue when Ellie talks about such a sweet moment with her daughter wanting to call God on the phone. {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 Ellie's Latest Album: Red Sea Road The Happy Hour #76: Sally Lloyd Jones The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones + Abide in Christ by Andrew Murray + Love Lives Here by Maria Goff What Ellie is loving: slower seasons with her family, her new salad recipe Connect with Ellie Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube Connect with Jamie Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube Sponsors littleBitsRingVirtueLabs // Code: HAPPYHOUR

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  • Happy Hour #161: Lisa Whittle

    · 00:55:35 · The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

    Lisa Whittle is my guest for The Happy Hour #161. Lisa is a leader, author and speaker with a heart and passion to communicate one thing: Jesus is everything. Her love runs deep to see people pursue Jesus for life, grow deep roots of faith, and walk strong in the midst of a world that so often seems to have gone crazy. She is the author of seven books, including her latest Put Your Warrior Boots On and Five-Word Prayers, and a sought out Bible teacher for her wit and bold, bottom line approach.  She is a wife and mother of three who currently resides in North Carolina. Lisa and I kick off our conversation talking about The Office's best episodes. Duh. From there, the conversation naturally transitions into parenting older children, keeping our marriages a priority while dedicating time spent as a family. We chat all about her newest book, Put Your Warrior Boots On, and how the Lord birthed in her a desire to see women that were stronger in what God says than what culture and news say. And finally, I think you'll love hearing her story about trying to orchestrate a date with her son and Harry Connick Jr.'s daughter. You know - normal mom stuff. {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 Lisa's Newest Book: Put Your Warrior Boots On The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls + The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron What Lisa is loving: white nail polish, California and Jeannine's pineapple coconut scones and spending time with her entire family Connect with Lisa Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Connect with Jamie Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Sponsors littleBitsVirtueLabs // Code: HAPPYHOUR ZipRecruiter

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  • Happy Hour #160: Osheta Moore

    · 00:59:28 · The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

    Osheta Moore joins me today for The Happy Hour #160. Osheta is an pastor’s wife, a mom of three kiddos, and the author of Shalom Sistas: Living Wholeheartedly in a Brokenhearted World. She believes everything is better after a nap, brunch with her girlfriends is a necessity, and nothing beats a good Netflix binge. She’s passionate about encouraging women to be peacemakers in their everyday lives. In our conversation today, Osheta and I talk about when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and how it shifted their entire lives. We get into a funny slash serious conversation about strangers asking us questions about our families since we both have families that look a little different than the average American family. We both agree that we used to get angry over silly questions and comments, but now we feel differently - now we both feel like it’s an opportunity to educate and help them know how to talk about a child's birth parents, or interracial family. I even shared with Osheta the comment that used to drive me crazy. Osheta and I also have a serious conversation about raising our black and biracial kids in a predominately white area. We joke about it, and not in a disrespectful way, but in a way that we both get because we both live it. Osheta opens up about her own journey with being a black woman, and I was thankful for her honesty and willingness to be vulnerable. And of course, like any good happy hour, we cover body image and sex. {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 Osheta's Book: Shalom Sistas Shalom Sessions #18: Jamie Ivey The Happy Hour #154: LaToria Wilson LaToria Music Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist + The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale + Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner + A View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman Happier Podcast What Osheta is loving: bulletproof coffee, Sporkful Podcast, having a signature color Go Getter's Getaway Connect with Osheta Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Connect with Jamie Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Sponsors ZSupply // Code: JAMIE Reading PeopleRXBar // Code: HAPPYHOUR

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  • Happy Hour #159: Amanda Jones

    · 00:52:15 · The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

    Amanda Jones joins me for The Happy Hour #159. Amanda is a Jesus-loving gal from Texas, married to a preacher boy from Missouri. She's the daughter of Beth Moore, and mom to four kids. Amanda first joined me for episode #66. If you missed that, you can catch up here. She's back today to catch up and talk about Hurricane Harvey and the devastation it caused in Houston. Amanda and her husband help to lead Bayou City Fellowship, a church that has been hugely instrumental in the disaster relief in the areas affected. She shares the most pressing needs they have and how you can be a part. Amanda also shares briefly about her struggle with depression - shedding light on a topic that can be so taboo, especially in the church. My hope for today's show is that you feel encouraged to do what you can, wherever you are, to serve the people devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Whether that means getting on a plane to serve on a demolition crew or by sending money and supplies, please consider how you can help today. {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 Bayou City Fellowship: Hurricane Harvey Relief Austin Stone Story Team: Overwhelming Grace Go Getter's Getaway Join my Launch Team Connect with Amanda Twitter Connect with Jamie Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Sponsors Spice Islands // Lola // HelloFresh

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  • Happy Hour # 158: Raechel Meyers

    · 00:53:53 · The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

    Raechel Myers is my guest for The Happy Hour #158. Raechel is the co-founder and CEO of She Reads Truth, and leads the She Reads Truth community and staff out of her deep love of God’s Word and the firm conviction that all of Scripture is good news. She is the co-author of Open Your Bible: God’s Word Is for You and for Now and She Reads Truth: Holding Tight to Permanent in a Word That’s Passing Away. Raechel lives south of Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and their two children. In our conversation today, Raechel and I chat about how she's leading a Bible study for the first time with the ladies in her neighborhood. We also talk all about She Reads Truth - about how quickly it's grown and how one of their employees is now Raechel's husband, making her his boss (which would never work in the Ivey household, but Raechel makes it sound like a dream). And finally, we talk about God's faithfulness through good times and hard times and how to be a friend to someone walking through the trenches.  In the show, Raechel and I talk briefly about the She Reads Truth Bible. Y'all, I can't recommend this Bible enough. It's so beautifully put together. Because of it's crazy popularity, the Bible sold out very quickly, but the reprint has recently been released and you can grab your copy here. I promise, you will LOVE it.  {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 She Reads Truth She Reads Truth Bible Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist What Raechel is loving: her new New Balance shoes, having a giant computer monitor, VitaMix Go Getter's Getaway Join my Launch Team   Connect with Raechel Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Connect with Jamie Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Sponsors HonestTea // ZipRecruiter

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  • Happy Hour #157: Catherine Lowe

    · 01:15:27 · The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

    My guest for The Happy Hour #157 is Catherine Lowe. You may recognize her from a little show called The Bachelor. Catherine met and fell in love with her now husband, Sean Lowe, on season 17. Millions (self included) tuned in to watch them tie the knot on national television in 2014. They now live in Dallas with their adorable son, Samuel.  On today's show, Catherine and I visit in person and cover so very much. We cover all things related to The Bachelor - how she was casted, her journey of falling in love and getting engaged while the world watched. She gives some behind-the-scenes scoop - like how you might find some of the women doing Bible studies, instead of running around in their tiny bikinis. But, somehow, that kind of drama doesn't make the final cut. Catherine shares about how difficult it was transitioning from finally being publicly engaged to watching her fiancé dance on Dancing with the Stars. You'll love hearing her story of following Jesus, after Sean made an 11th hour visit to her hotel room the night before he proposed. As a bonus, we also talk TV and movies, and what it's like to have an angel for a mother-in-law. You are not going to want to miss this show. {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 Lowe Co. Shay Shull on The Happy Hour #82 and The Happy Half Hour #28 Fellowship Church Connect with Catherine Twitter // Instagram Connect with Jamie Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Sponsors Spice Islands // Winc // Away // Education a la Carte

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  • Happy Hour #156: Andrea Lucado

    · 01:03:55 · The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

    My guest for The Happy Hour #156 is Andrea Lucado. Andrea is a freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. As the daughter of bestselling author and pastor Max Lucado, Andrea inherited an obsession with words and their arrangement. She has a master’s degree in English literature from Oxford-Brookes University and contributes regularly to online and print publications such as Relevant magazine and SheReadsTruth.com. She recently released a book, English Lessons. In our conversation, we chat about Andrea growing up as a preacher's kid. She shares about her journey in owning her faith - not because it was what was expected or what was culturally acceptable, but because she had a personal, authentic relationship with Jesus. Andrea also shares about her routine to abstain from social media on the weekends - taking apps off her devices on Friday and re-d0wnloading on Monday. You'll hear about how social media can trigger some major sin struggles in both of us. And if you can relate, maybe you'll consider joining us in creating some boundaries around time spent on social media. {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 Harvey: Disaster Relief Andrea's Book: English Lessons Andrea's Preaching at Oak Hills Church Broken Spoke Night Driving by Addie Zierman + Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng + The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead What Andrea is loving: outdoor grilling, Camp Gladiator and voice lessons Connect with Andrea Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Connect with Jamie Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Sponsors ThirdLove // Honest Tea

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  • Happy Hour #155: Sara Hagerty

    · 00:50:51 · The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

    Today, Sara Hagerty joins me for The Happy Hour #155. Sara is wife to her best friend Nate, and a mother of six, including four children adopted from Africa and two through natural childbirth. Her first published book, Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet, found her a worldwide audience, drawn to the authentic voice heard in her emotive and Scripturally-based writing style, as she searches to find God in the midst of questions and brokenness. Her second book, Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World that Loves to be Noticed, comes out next week. In today's show, Sara and I chat about how God built their family after a long journey of infertility. She shares how that and other pieces of her story left her feeling alone and how that became the impetus for her new book, Unseen. Sara talks about her fight to believe that God sees her, understands her, knows her, hasn't forgotten her - and how that truth is better than being seen by anyone else. Sara's newest book is available to pre-order today. Make sure you grab a copy here. You will not regret it. {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 Sara's Book: Unseen Allume Conference The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge + Steal Away Home by Matt Carter & Aaron Ivey + Proverbs: Wisdom that Works by Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.  What Sara is loving: Aspire Ankle Pant, Hashtag Wall Art and Pilates Connect with Sara Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Connect with Jamie Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Sponsors PrepDish // Noonday Collection // ThirdLove // Spice Islands

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  • Happy Hour #154: LaToria Wilson

    · 00:59:31 · The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

    My friend, LaToria Wilson, joins me today for episode #154 for of The Happy Hour. Let me tell you - her amazing hair and big personality aren't all she has to offer. LaToria has an energy that's all her own and brings an eclectic feel to the hip hop music she makes. Through her music, LaToria aims to offer hope, light, and truth while providing an unforgettable experience. She was nominated for Christian Female Hip Hop minister of the year in 2016. Her latest single Pushin Light is now available, and she's set to release her next project, volume 2 of her The Long Walk series, later this year. In our chat today, we talk about how she started pursuing the music industry. We chat about strong female influences and what it was like for her to grow up without her father present. I teetered on the line of talking politics on The Happy Hour as we discussed what this year has been like for her - living in America as a woman of color. And she gives me some great advice, that I think any parent could benefit from, for raising a strong daughter.  This interview was recorded several months ago, and the timing couldn't be better in light of this weekend's events in Virginia. I hope you're able to listen and soak in LaToria's story, her experiences and her perspectives.  {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 LaToria Music Sparrow Conference The Red Couch Podcast Be The Bridge How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind by Thomas C. Oden + Steadfast Love by Lauren Chandler + Oneness Embraced by Tony Evans + The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas + Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson + Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson The Happy Hour #44: Tasha Morrison The Happy Half Hour #29: Tasha Morrison What LaToria is loving: Truth's Table Podcast, head wraps and King Spa Happy Hour Summer Book Club Connect with LaToria Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Connect with Jamie Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Sponsors ZipRecruiter // HelloFresh

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  • Happy Hour #153: Shauna Shanks

    · 00:57:46 · The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

    Shauna Shanks joins me for a special live edition of The Happy Hour - recorded in my backyard in the sweltering July heat for our Summer Book Club. Shauna is the author of our second book, A Fierce Love. She's also a wife, mother, and entrepreneur. Shauna and her husband, Micah, have been married for more than a decade, and they're currently building a house out of shipping containers with their three boys on an Ohio farm. A Fierce Love is Shauna's story of fighting for her marriage through her husband's infidelity. In our conversation, we chat about how her journal entries became the framework for her book and the processes through which she went to get her story published. Shauna also graciously answers some of the questions our book club members and I had about her story. She shares about how she and her husband are fighting for their marriage today and the sacrifices they're making to connect with each other. And finally, we chat all about their latest venture and what Shauna describes as marriage bootcamp - building a house out of shipping containers. She describes their house, but I thought a picture was the best way to go. Check out their awesome new digs. {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 Shauna's Book: A Fierce Love She Speaks Conference How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird by Amy Lively + The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom The Happy Hour #68: Jami Nato What Shauna is loving: leather leggings, 31 Day Create by Jenny Randle Happy Hour Summer Book Club Connect with Shauna Facebook // Instagram Connect with Jamie Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Sponsors Noonday Collection // Rover // Third Love

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  • Happy Hour #152: Crystal Evans Hurst

    · 00:56:37 · The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

    My friend Chrystal Hurst joins me today for episode #152 of The Happy Hour. Chrystal is a writer, speaker, and worship leader in addition to serving as the chief executive operating officer in her home as a wife, mother of five and grandmother to one. Chrystal is co-author of, Kingdom Woman and her second book, She’s Still There coming out next week. She also blogs and podcasts regularly at Chrystal’s Chronicles where she poignantly reflects her thoughts about her faith and day-to- day experiences. In our conversation today, Chrystal and I talk about her new role as a grandmother and how she still doesn't have a grandmother name (!!!). We chat about the sacrifices she has made to pursue her calling and gifts. She shares such valuable nuggets of wisdom about being present in the season you are in and not chasing after someone else's story. We talk about her new book, She's Still There - a book about rescuing the girl that is still inside of you. I have read every page and I can't wait for you to get a hold of it. And Chrystal does a fabulous job explaining why pre-ordering a book is important.  This conversation was so good for my soul, and I hope it is for you too.  {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 Chrystal's New Book: She's Still There Building a Story Brand #51: Molly Fletcher What Chrystal is loving: Black Woman Oil, her heating blanket and a newly detailed car Happy Hour Summer Book Club Music from Jason Poe Connect with Chrystal Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Connect with Jamie Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Sponsors Casper Mattress // Rent The Runway

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  • Happy Hour #151: Angela Lanter

    · 00:49:47 · The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

    Angela Lanter is my guest for The Happy Hour #151. As one of the hot new trendsetters in the beauty and fashion blogging community, Angela has established a credible reputation and sizable social media following in a short period of time. The founder of Hello Gorgeous blog and Youtube channel, she was named a finalist for the Allure magazine’s Beauty Blogger of the Year Award and was honored with the “Spotlight Award” for Blogger of the Year by PopSugar. She has served as brand ambassadors for brands such as Paul Mitchell, Laneige and Garnier. Angela enjoys DIY crafts, cooking and spending time with her husband, 90210 and NBC’s Timeless actor Matt Lanter, at their home in Los Angeles, CA. In today's conversation, Angela and I chat about her life being married to a Hollywood actor, walking the red carpet, moving all over the country for acting jobs and their recent surprise cancellation-turned-noncancellation of her husband's hit show, Timeless. Angela shares about Hello Gorgeous, how she got started, how she and Matt work together and how she incorporates her faith into the work she does. And finally, we Angela shares a little of her story and struggle with endometriosis - a disease that affects countless women, but one that is rarely talked about.  If this is your first introduction to Angela, be prepared to get sucked into hours of her YouTube channel and feel like you have a new best friend and makeup artist.  {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 Angela's Blog: Hello Gorgeous Timeless 90210 Pitch Perfect 3 The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines + The Proper Care & Feeding of Marriage by Dr. Laura Schlessinger What Angela is loving: Apple Watch, beautyblender and Wayfair Happy Hour Summer Book Club Music from Jason Poe Connect with Angela Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube Connect with Jamie Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Sponsors Third Love // ZipRecruiter

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  • Happy Hour #150: Christy Wright

    · 00:49:57 · The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

    My guest for The Happy Hour #150 is Christy Wright. Christy is both entertaining and inspiring, and presents messages that educate and give hope to audiences all over the country. As the creator of Business Boutique and through her podcast and sellout live events, Christy has equipped thousands of women to successfully run and grow a business so they can make money doing what they love. Since joining Ramsey Solutions in 2009, she has spoken to audiences across the country at women’s conferences, national business conferences and Fortune 500 companies. Her new book, Business Boutique, released April 2017. Y'all, I so loved my conversation with Christy. I get so many emails from women all over the country with dreams - some of them new and exciting ideas, and some of them have been growing and evolving for years. If that's you, I just feel so confident that this conversation is going to help you to feel more confident making the next step towards that dream. Christy is so inspiring and such a cheerleader for women following their passions and working within their gift sets. She does such a great job of helping to reframe moments of failure to being an event, rather than an identity. And she helps to combat some of the most common fears and lies that keep women from taking steps towards their dreams. {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 Christy's Book: Business Boutique Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson + Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg + The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau How I Built This What Christy is loving: L'Oréal High Lift Creation Spray, Revlon Pango Peach Lipgloss, Kate Spade Licorice Shoes Happy Hour Summer Book Club Music from Jason Poe Connect with Christy Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Connect with Jamie Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Sponsors Rent The Runway // HelloFresh // Third Love

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  • Happy Hour #149: Virginia Cumberbatch

    · 00:58:14 · The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

    Virginia Cumberbatch joins me today for The Happy Hour #149. Virginia serves as the Director of the Community Engagement Center and Social Justice Institute at The University of Texas at Austin and is a co-founder of HUX STORYHOUSE, a creative strategies collective that uses culturally relevant storytelling to help organizations engage thoughtfully and authentically with markets across the Black Diaspora. Her first book, As We Saw It: The Story of Integration at The University of Texas at Austin will be released in 2018. In today's conversation with Virginia, we chat about the intersection of culture and social justice. She shares about her family life when she was growing up, and how her family modeled an integrated life for her. We talk about the importance of storytelling to personify issues and policies that may feel so distant. And finally, we hit a very light and noncontroversial topic - feminism! I hope you love getting to meet Virginia and enjoy our conversation. Do yourself a favor today and call a friend and grab a happy hour. It's hotter than heck and we need to stick together. {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 Be The Bridge The Happy Hour #44: Tasha Morrison Kirk Franklin What Virginia is loving: traveling, family and 70s style fashion Happy Hour Summer Book Club Music from Jason Poe Connect with Virginia Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Connect with Jamie Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Sponsors Crane & Canopy // Use code JAMIE to receive 10% off your order Barkbox // Get an extra premium toy every month when you sign up for a 6 or 12 month subscription Noonday Collection // Join as an ambassador and receive three free pieces to add to your starter kit

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  • Happy Hour #148: Lisa Harper

    · 00:49:07 · The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

    My guest for The Happy Hour #148 is Lisa Harper. Lisa is a master storyteller with a masters of Theological Studies from Covenant Seminary. She’s lauded as an engaging, hilarious communicator as well as an authentic and substantive Bible teacher. She’s been in vocational ministry for thirty years and has written fifteen books and Bible study curriculums but says her greatest accomplishment by far is that of becoming Missy’s (her adopted daughter from Haiti) mama! They live on a hilly farmette south of Nashville, Tennessee, where they enjoy eating copious amounts of chips, queso, and guacamole. And then diving in the pool immediately afterwards instead of dutifully waiting the recommended thirty minutes. Oh my gracious, getting to talk with Lisa was such a delight. You guys are going to love her so much. Other than the fact that I forgot to press record at the beginning of our conversation and missed 15 minutes of chatter, this is such a fun episode. Lisa and I chat about her newest book, The Sacrament of Happy, and the misconceptions surrounding happiness for Christians. We talk all about her adoption of her sweet little Missy from Haiti. And you'll hear her tell a story that I am certain is going to make you want to punch someone. Lisa is the best, and I know you'll love to getting to know her. Make sure to grab a copy of her book. You will not regret it. {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 Lisa's Book: The Sacrament of Happy What Lisa is loving: fresh guacamole with pomegranate seeds, TOMS boots, 1980s power ballads Happy Hour Summer Book Club Music from Jason Poe Connect with Lisa Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Connect with Jamie Facebook // Twitter // Instagram    

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  • Happy Hour #147: Kristin Schell

    · 01:04:54 · The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

    My guest for The Happy Hour #147 is Kristin Schell. Kristin is an established speaker and blogger on the subjects of food, faith, and hospitality. As founder of the Turquoise Table and Front Yard People movement, Kristin travels the country speaking at conferences and events with an encouraging word on how to open our lives and homes to others. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Tony, and their four children. Kristin and the Turquoise Table has been featured in a wide variety of media outlets including the The Today Show, Austin American-Statesman, KEYE-TV/CBS Austin, MOPS International.  Today's show is a little different with a live recording of our summer book club. Kristin and 50 other ladies joined me in my back yard for a conversation about The Turquoise Table. We chat about opening our lives up to the people around us and loving where we live. We talk about practicing hospitality in every life stage and no matter what your space looks like. I absolutely loved Kristin's book and loved being able to chat with her in person about how she champions the front yard people movement in her life. If you haven't already read her book, make sure to grab one here. You won't regret it.    {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 Kristin's Book: The Turquoise Table What Kristin is loving: Mexican dresses, FlashTats and celebrating her parents' 50th wedding anniversary Happy Hour Summer Book Club Music from Jason Poe Connect with Kristin Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Connect with Jamie Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Sponsors: Noonday Collection You know I'm a Noonday fan, so this summer we're teaming up to do a little 'join with jamie' promotion!  Go to  jamieivey.noondaycollection.com  and you will see all the fun, FREE Noonday products added to your starter kit this summer just because you're a listener! If you've heard of Noonday and are wanting to become an Ambassador, now's the time! ZipRecruiter Are you hiring? Do you know where to post your job to find the best candidates? Finding great talent can be tough. Thankfully, with ZipRecruiter, you can post your job to 100 plus job sites with just one click. Then, their powerful technology efficiently matches the RIGHT people to your job—better than anyone else. That’s why ZipRecruiter is different. Unlike other job sites, ZipRecruiter doesn’t depend on candidates finding you; it finds them. In fact, over 80% of jobs posted on ZipRecruiter get a qualified candidate in just 24 hours! Find out today why ZipRecruiter has been used by businesses of all sizes to find the most qualified job candidates with immediate results. And right now, you can post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE. Just go to ZipRecruiter.com/HH.      

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  • Happy Hour #146: Sophie Hudson

    · 01:01:35 · The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

    The very hilarious Sophie Hudson is back today for episode #146 of The Happy Hour. Sophie joined me for episode #54 and for The Happy Half Hour #8. She's one of my favorite guests and she's back today to chat about our recent travels to Kenya with Compassion International. On today's show, Sophie and I recount several of our favorite stories from Kenya and how they impacted our lives. We chat about visiting the slums (you'll find some pictures below), meeting our sponsored children and their families and seeing how Compassion is changing the lives of children all over the world through the local church. And of course, we can't talk to Sophie without a few hysterical moments - so you'll hear her story of monkeys robbing her pistachios, a van ride neither of us will soon forget and my inability to control my bladder. It's a show you won't want to miss. And again, I strongly encourage you to consider sponsoring a child through Compassion. For just $38 a month, you can change the course of a family's lives forever. Go here to sign up today. {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: Sponsor a Child Sophie's Newest Book: All in All The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas + The One by Kiera Cass + The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein Happy Hour Summer Book Club Music from Jason Poe Connect with Sophie Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Connect with Jamie Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Sponsors: Zip Recruiter Are you hiring? Do you know where to post your job to find the best candidates? Finding great talent can be tough. Thankfully, with ZipRecruiter, you can post your job to 100 plus job sites with just one click. Then, their powerful technology efficiently matches the RIGHT people to your job—better than anyone else. That’s why ZipRecruiter is different. Unlike other job sites, ZipRecruiter doesn’t depend on candidates finding you; it finds them. In fact, over 80% of jobs posted on ZipRecruiter get a qualified candidate in just 24 hours! Find out today why ZipRecruiter has been used by businesses of all sizes to find the most qualified job candidates with immediate results. And right now, you can post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE. Just go to ZipRecruiter.com/HH.      

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  • Happy Hour #145: Maria Goff

    · 00:56:45 · The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

    Maria Goff is my guest for The Happy Hour #145. Maria has made a career out of loving her family and neighbors, raising her children, and turning houses into homes. She is married to national bestselling author of “Love Does” Bob Goff. Together, they operate Love Does, an organization dedicated to helping kids in conflict areas around the world including Uganda, Nepal, India, Iraq, and Somalia. The Goffs have three adult kids who are starting families of their own. They live in San Diego, where they continue to dream about and plan new adventures yet to be had with their growing family. Maria’s first book, Love Lives Here, was published in earlier this year. In our conversation, we chat about raising children and how fast the little years fly. Maria shares about her book and how she works to make her home comfortable, inviting and a place of peace. She talks about how she views her role in supporting her husband, Bob, in his very successful career. And finally, Maria shares about the fire that consumed their property in Canada and how they are moving forward. I know many of you are probably familiar with Bob Goff, but I just know you're going to fall in love with Maria. She was such a joy to chat with and I was so encouraged by her and her wisdom in being a helper to her husband, parenting and taking on new challenges. {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 Maria's Book: Love Lives Here The Puppy Primer by Patricia McConnell + The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron + Spark Joy by Marie Kondó What Maria is loving: Petsmart's Puppy Toys, living her pins from Pinterest and gardening Happy Hour Summer Book Club Music from Jason Poe Connect with Maria Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Connect with Jamie Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Sponsors:  Kammok Located in sunny Austin TX, Kammok is an outdoor company focused on high performance gear for hammock camping. Texas tough and featherlight, Kammok gear is designed for backpackers, campers, and travelers who want comfort without the weight. From hammocks to sleeping bags, tents to trail quilts, Kammok gear is built to outlast your wildest endeavors and covered by a lifetime guarantee. As a 1% for the Planet company, Kammok gives one percent of annual revenue to Explore Austin, a nonprofit providing outdoor education, leadership training, and mentorship to youth. Use the code HAPPYHOUR25 for 25% off all orders through the end of June. Sock Club Sock 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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  • Happy Hour #144 : Sarah Harmeyer

    · 00:58:06 · The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

    Sarah Harmeyer is my guest for episode #144 of The Happy Hour. Sarah is the founder of Neighbor’s Table, a concept born from her personal passion for gathering people, and her desire to get to know her own neighbors. She has personally witnessed how lives are transformed when people gather around the table and share their stories. Sarah asked her father to build a cedar farmhouse style table big enough to seat 20. They placed it under the oak tree in her backyard in Dallas, dropped chandeliers overhead, and started inviting. Sarah set a goal to serve 500 that year, one dinner party after another. The 500th guest walked up her driveway on Thanksgiving Day. Now five years later, more than 2500 people have celebrated at the original Neighbor’s Table. The power of community that now regularly happens at the original Neighbor’s Table has spurred a desire to launch a movement – a love mission, if you will. Sarah’s vision is to have tables in backyards across the US, placing them in every state by 2020. Together, Sarah and her father are building more than custom handcrafted tables. They are growing a Neighbor’s Table family nationwide. Sarah and I met several years ago on a trip to Uganda. I love so many things about Sarah, but the thing that I love most about her is how comfortable and important she makes people feel. In every conversation I have had with her, she makes me feel like I am the only person in the world at that moment. In our conversation today, you'll see her giftings naturally flow right out of that quality. She has an amazing knack for making people feel cared for, seen and important. We talk all about community, gathering people, and her secret undercover restaurant in college. We also chat about the barriers that keep us from hospitality. To make hosting maybe just a skosh easier for you, Sarah is offering 10% off her shop using the code HAPPYHOUR. So, make sure to check her site out and snag you a few hosting goodies. And as you may have heard, I am currently galavanting through Kenya with Compassion International, you can follow my trip 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 Neighbor's Table Love Lives Here by Maria Goff What Sarah is loving: Special Books by Special Kids, PS22 Chorus, Thomas Csorba's From the Foxhole Happy Hour Summer Book Club Music from Jason Poe Connect with Sarah Facebook // Instagram Connect with Jamie Facebook // Twitter // Instagram Sponsors:  Sock Club Sock 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. Story Worth Everyone has that family member who tells the best stories. - Whether they are antidotes from their childhood or stories passed down for generations, they are timeless treasures. Now, they are easier than ever to preserve, thanks to StoryWorth. StoryWorth safeguards your narratives so that future generations can enjoy them and brings families together as they get to know each other better. Simply purchase a subscription for someone you love and each week StoryWorth will email them with questions about their life. They reply their stories via email or phone, and after one year, their stories are bound in a beautiful keepsake book. Visit StoryWorth.com/happyhour for $20 off your first order. Kopari 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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