Valerie was the only daughter of missionary parents, Elisabeth and Jim Elliot. They were missionaries to the Quichua Indians of the Amazon jungle and in 1956, while attempting to reach the Waodani Indians with 4 other missionaries, Jim was speared to death in January of 1956. Elisabeth and Valerie continued to live with the Quichuas until miraculously they were invited to live with the Waodani tribe that had killed Jim. They lived with these Indians for 2 years in safety and contentment, as Elisabeth and another missionary, Rachel Saint learned to speak the language and translated the story of Jesus to them.
It was such an honor to have Valerie on the show to share her testimony and the story of her parents Jim and Elisabeth. You're not going to want to miss this episode! We also talked about her new book, Devotely, that includes letters that she found that her parents exchanged during their courtship. It's a beautiful book and, if you've read any books by the Elliots, you'll love having your hands on these letters and getting to read more about their lives!
Buy Devotedly by Valerie Elliot Shepard here!
This week's interview is just so much fun! Emily Ann Roberts and I met a few years ago and I couldn't hardly WAIT to sit down and talk with her. She was a finalist on Season 9 of NBC's The Voice (Team Blake, duh) and is originally from my favorite place- Knoxville, Tennessee. Her EP Someday Dream came out last year and ya'll, it's so good. She lives in Nashville now, she just got engaged, she loves Jesus and she's just too much fun. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did!
Visit Emily Ann's website!
Purchase from her Merch Shop!
I met John when he spoke at a conference in Washington DC many years ago. I loved his story and was so inspired by him! Years later, I was so blessed to have the opportunity to sit down and talk with him about his story, writing books and how his platform has grown over the years. You're going to love this conversation and John's books!
In 1987, John O’Leary was a curious nine-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, John created a massive explosion in his home and was burned on 100% of his body. He was given 1% chance to live. This epic story of survival was first showcased in his parents’ book, Overwhelming Odds, in 2006. Originally printing 200 copies for friends and family, his parents have sold 70,000 copies, most in back-of-room sales at John’s speaking events. It was this book that first invited John to embrace his miraculous recovery and share it with the world.
John inspires nearly 75,000 people at 100+ events each year. He speaks to companies and organizations across industries, such as: sales, healthcare, business, safety, marketing, financial services, faith, education and insurance. Consistently described as “the best speaker we’ve ever had,” John receives nearly 100% of his engagements from referrals. His schedule is a testament to the power of his message and who he is as an individual. His emotional story-telling, unexpected humor and authenticity make each of his presentations truly transformational.
John’s first book ON FIRE: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life was an instant #1 National Bestseller; 120,000 copies have sold and it has been translated into 12 languages. John’s Live Inspired Podcast is a top 20 for business on iTunes & Inc. Magazine. His online community is 200,000 strong. John considers his greatest success to be his marriage to his wife Beth, their four children and his relationships with friends and family.
John O'Leary Live Inspired Website
Live Inspired Podcast
John's book On Fire
Preorder John's book In Awe (releases May 5, 2020)
Kristine Cordts currently serves as Karama’s Executive Director. Through Karama, God gathers
his resources of artisans and volunteers, creating handmade masterpieces. When sold,
proceeds send kids to Young Life camp in the same impoverished communities where artisans
live and work.
Prior to joining Karama’s team of world-changing women, Kristine was privileged serve with
nonprofit organizations in the areas of healthcare, human services, housing, community
development, workforce development, education and literacy. She cherishes her time with
Scott, her husband of twenty years, and her three teenage children.
I met Karama years ago at a conference and they've partnered in the past with authors such as Lysa Terkeurst and Lynn Cowell. They exist to end poverty. They partner with small business owners in Africa + Haiti to create and purchase beautiful, handmade products. You share dignified work with every purchase, while allowing to create individual, economic, social, and spiritual impact.
I want YOU to be in their Swirl of Good and, thanks to their kindness, they've given Do The Thing Movement Podcast listeners twenty percent off their products for the month of January!
Check out the Karama Collection website! Our coupon code DOTHETHING is available for 20% off throughout the month of January!
Joey Hodges is an author and certified life coach who is obsessed with living and working on purpose. After experiencing a devastating bout of burnout that led to a breakdown that inspired her to sell her first company, Joey has dedicated her career to helping others purposefully design their lives and businesses to protect their well-being, productivity and joy with systems, processes and boundaries.
To keep in touch with Joey:
Follow her on Instagram @heyjoeyhodges
Visit her site at https://www.joeyhodgeswrites.com/
Buy her book Yeah, Maybe on Amazon
Buy an autographed copy of her book Yeah, Maybe on her site
Joey's Life Coaching Certification info can be found here!
All Things New is an old band reborn. Although the group began their career ten years ago, who you see now is not who you saw when they first began. In 2016, as the four-piece prepared for another national tour, three of the band members abruptly stepped down, leaving Garrett Hornbuckle completely blindsided. What Hornbuckle learned was that although the stage offered a platform to amplify God’s goodness, it also offered a platform to amplify his insecurities. His identity was dictated by fame, and the way he lead his band became less about God’s kingdom, and more about his own.
The sudden dissolution of the group was staggering, and although Hornbuckle wanted to rid
himself of all things music, he’d made commitments he had to keep. The next year was
humbling and metamorphic, and it changed the trajectory of his life. All Things New dissolved as a band and transformed into a ministry. Now, years later with a supportive wife and a newborn daughter by his side (and all three former band members rooting him on), Hornbuckle’s investment is in proclaiming the gospel across the nation. He leads worship at various churches, encourages and coaches worship teams, and reminds everyone he can that there’s newness in Christ. When he isn’t singing for a congregation, he’s writing music with a new outlook—to build the only Kingdom that matters.
Boy, do I have some news to share with YOU. I’m so excited my heart might just burst! I've really missed being in your inbox sharing regularly with you about what God's doing in my heart. I promise it's going to be worth it. Do The Thing Movement, come 2020 (so in two weeks), will be a podcast!
I can’t believe it any more than you can.
It will be live Thursday, January 2nd at 5 AM (by now you should know I'm an early riser) and I’m basically counting down the hours. The website will become the site where we host shownotes and other fun ways to keep us all connected and chasing after our God-sized calling!
I’ve wanted to do this since I launched the blog over a year ago and this past fall I felt God nudging my heart a million times over to take the step of faith (which I’ll tell you all about in Episode 0). So, here we are!
I do have a huge favor to ask but there is absolutely no pressure! If you want, I would love if you helped me get the word out. I’m giving you advanced access to my first FOUR episodes! It would mean the world to me if you’d consider doing the following:
My heart is to get in the hands of as many people as possible to be an encouragement as they make God known in pursuit of their unique calling. Please don’t share via social media until Thursday, January 2nd but I just couldn't wait ANY LONGER to tell you. I would love if you would share with your people on launch day (only two weeks away)!
Thanks for being one of “my people”. It means the world to me - especially when taking a big step like this. This is a journey and I'm learning a lot in the process. My prayer is that He uses it in an immeasurable way to be an encouragement in the lives of each listener!
Cheering you on,
Rebecca Dotson George
Host of the (soon to be!) Do The Thing Movement Podcast
Guys - I'm so pumped to share this month's giveaway with you from my new friend Angie Brown and her Etsy shop called Gracefully Giddy! She made an exclusive Do The Thing item for us and I'm so excited for you to both learn more about Angie AND see the giveaway!
Ok Angie, tell us a little more about yourself!
HI! I'm Angie Brown and I am a firefighter wife, homeschooling Mama to two precious kids, stillbirth mama to our first precious baby waiting for us in Heaven, and we live on a small farm in Texas! This is our third year to homeschool and we love spending as much time outdoors as possible. We spend a majority of our days working together taking care of our animals. We currently have dogs, cats, a lizard, goats, a rabbit and a horse, but don't worry we always add more! I also have a blog Gracefully Giddy that I share all of our family adventures, faith, favorites and more. When I began my journey sharing on my blog I was in the deepest part of my grief after losing our baby. I didn't want to be a part of the world at the time but I wanted to share our precious story with the world. It flourished into our family blog when our family grew and a platform to share the ways that God has worked in my life.
Tell us about the season when you started Gracefully Giddy. When/how did you decide to "do the thing"? What support did you have?
Gracefully Giddy Designs began a few years ago when I was wanting to wear jewelry that I could use with my essential oils and I made my very first MAMA bracelet. I had started using essential oils for anxiety when I was struggling through grief and when I was pregnant with my subsequent pregnancies. I began with bracelets and now I love creating custom word bracelets (which are my favorite), leather earrings, a few necklaces and lots of beaded bracelets. I love working with natural wood beads, jade, amazonite beads, and leopard prints. My passion is to create word bracelets with mama's baby names, encouraging words, strength and hope words, and anything personalized for my customers. When it comes to earrings, my favorite is the big boho style earrings which I personally love to wear. I do not like heavy earrings so I use buckskin leather for tassels (which is super soft), leather pieces, faux leather, feathers and cork materials. My husband and my children have always supported my creative side and my amazing sister and sister in laws have been a part of my journey since day one.
Since I run my business and Etsy shop from home they help me share all of my social media posts and wear all of my pieces. When I have the opportunity to set up at market shows and festivals they all help me pull it together if needed.
What inspired your name for Etsy shop?
Gracefully Giddy Designs name was established from my blog name. Gracefully was a reminder to always have Grace and be humble and Giddy was to always find joy plus I tend to get pretty excited over everything! I have had the blog for so many years I decided to just leave the same name and add designs to it for the creative side. I currently have an Etsy shop and I share all of my designs and custom orders on Instagram and Facebook. It has been a blessing to stay home with my children and this shop has helped me keep that creative side of myself and my passions alive. I took a season off when we relocated our family this past year and during the transition from public school to homeschool. During those seasons I missed it terribly but I also needed the time off. I am so thankful this last year I was able to commit myself back to my shop and create pieces that I love that I can share with my family and friends.
What 3-4 pieces of advice would you give someone thinking about starting their own Etsy shop (or similar business)?
When I decided to start my Etsy shop a few things I am grateful for is the support I had and believing in myself. If I could help anyone that wanted to start a small shop mu biggest piece of advice would be follow your heart and find your passion. It is a business but it is also who you are. When I create designs I put the thought into every piece. I want my customers to feel beautiful putting on a pair of earrings for the day. I want mamas to see their sweet babies names on their bracelets and smile. I want each and every customer to know that I appreciate their support. Be humble, be patient, be passionate.
Keep up with ALL things Gracefully Giddy here:
Ok, it's time for what you've all been waiting for...what are the giveaway rules? Here you go:
1. Go follow @gracefullygiddydesigns and @rebeccadotsongeorge on the 'gram.
2. Comment on the post from today on my page (@rebeccadotsongeorge) and tag atleast 3 friends who would LOVE these pieces of jewelry from Gracefully Giddy.
3. Post the same picture on your stories and tag @gracefullygiddydesigns and @rebeccadotsongeorge so we see it!
The winner will be announced on Monday, October 28th - best of luck!
Cheering for you,
Rebecca Dotson George
I'm excited to be sharing this week about one of my new favorite topics - best practices for working remotely! It's such a privilege to get to work from home and I find that I'm one MILLION times more productive. I've gotten a lot of questions about it, so I thought I'd share some things I've learned. Here goes!
Morning routine is everything.
I've found since it really helps me to be consistent with a morning routine. I'm now getting back in the swing of working out in the mornings and I feel so much better and have way more energy when I do! I try to get up around 5:45 so that I'm home to start my workday by 7.
Create a plan for each day.
At the beginning of each work day I will make myself a bullet pointed list of everything I'd like to accomplish that day. It helps me stay on track and "time block" my calendar accordingly. I also find that there are tasks that are easier for me to tackle in the morning when I'm fresh so making a list allows me to see my day at a glance and prioritize those things.
Determine what will replace the margin that you've gained.
Most likely if you are new to working remotely that means that you USED to work in an office. That means that you had to get ready, fix your food for the day and commute who knows how long to reach your final destination. Congratulations, you don't have to do that anymore! You will have so much more time in your day and I think it's important to determine what you need to be focusing on that your current season of life requires right now. For me, my priorities are spending time with my husband, writing and planning for my book.
Make it a priority to get out and about.
If you read research on working remotely, one thing you'll find is a lot of people struggle with loneliness! It's very important to get out and about, work from a coffee shop occasionally and put lunch dates on your calendar so you don't get cabin fever (especially if you're extroverted like me)!
I was so honored to share on Well Watered Women this week about my testimony, 818 Ministries, Do The Thing Movement, etc. Well Watered Women is home to the Give Me Jesus journal and they have an amazing Advent study that is about to release. Make sure and check out their shop. Click below to read the guest interview!