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The Happy Hour #197: Amena Brown

My guest for The Happy Hour # 197 is Amena Brown. Amena is a poet, speaker, author, and event host. Named one of Rejuvenate Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 Changemakers, Amena is the author of five spoken word CDs and two non-fiction books. She has performed and spoken at events across the nation, and she and her husband, DJ Opdiggy, live in Atlanta. On the show today, Amena and I talk about everything from grief, infertility, ministry, and the creative process she goes through to bring a poem...


The Happy Hour #196: Rachel Henry

My guest for The Happy Hour # 196 is Rachel Henry. Rachel is wife to her high school sweetheart, Simon, and they have six beautiful children whom she’s home-schooled for the last two years. Rachel and her family reside in Florida where they like to live like they’re on vacation every day! Friends, I’m going to get straight to it – today’s show is difficult to listen to. It’s difficult, but incredibly powerful and full of hope and healing amidst tragedy. A few warnings: in the episode today...


The Happy Hour # 195: Amy Hannon

My guest for The Happy Hour # 195 is Amy Hannon. Amy is the owner of Euna Mae’s, a kitchen boutique that is not only is a special place to locals, but has also become a destination shop for many around the country. You can also find Amy on her cooking show on Northwest Arkansas’ NBC affiliate, a food blog, and her recently published “Love Welcome Serve” cookbook. I know many of you are familiar with Amy’s super cute shop Euna Mae’s – and don’t worry if you thought her name was Euna Mae...


The Happy Hour #194: Ruth Chou Simons

My guest for The Happy Hour # 194 is Ruth Chou Simons. Ruth is an artist, writer, entrepreneur, and speaker. As author of the bestselling book GraceLaced and creator of the GraceLaced online shoppe, blog, and Instagram community, she shares scriptural truths daily through her hand-painted artwork and words. Ruth and her husband, Troy, live in Colorado and are grateful parents to six sons—their greatest adventure. Today’s show was one of those conversations where we could have kept talking...


The Happy Hour #191: Christine Caine

My guest for The Happy Hour # 191 is Christine Caine. Christine is an Australian-born, Greek-blooded activist, author and international speaker. Christine has a passion for justice, and together with her husband, Nick, founded the anti-human trafficking organization, The A21 Campaign, which received The Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice in 2017. In 2015, they founded Propel Women, an organization designed to honor the calling of every woman, empower her to lead, equip her for...


The Happy Hour #190: Jackie Hill Perry

My guest for The Happy Hour # 190 is Jackie Hill Perry. Jackie is a writer and artist whose work has been featured on such publications as the Washington Times and The 700 Club. Since being saved from a lifestyle of homosexuality, she has been compelled to use her speaking and teaching gifts to share the light of the gospel of God as authentically as she can. She is signed to Humble Beast Records and released her debut album, The Art of Joy, in 2014. At home, she is a wife to Preston and...


The Happy Hour #189: Tova Sido

My guest for The Happy Hour # 189 is Tova Sido. Tova is a Jesus lover, author, speaker, and mom who lives in Dallas. Tova is passionate about helping others see God’s incredible healing power for their lives and encourage them to become the people God created them to be. When asked what Tova wanted to be when she grew up, she always knew her answer: Mom. On today’s show, Tova shares her story of becoming mom to six children – three children who are in heaven, and three children she adopted...


The Happy Hour #188: Layla Palmer

My guest for The Happy Hour # 188 is Layla Palmer. Layla is a storyteller/photographer whose passion is sharing home and lifestyle inspiration. She is a contributor for HGTV.com, and her home and work have been featured in numerous publications including HGTV Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, and Good Housekeeping. Layla starts out the show telling us how in efforts not to fall for her now husband Kevin while they were working together, she kept herself quietly busy in a corner painting...


The Happy Hour #187: Courtney Wetzel

My guest for The Happy Hour # 187 is Courtney Wetzel. Courtney is a senior at Texas A&M University and believes in empowering, equipping and encouraging individuals even in the mundane. Through her gift of storytelling, she is able to empathize and rally behind her generation. Courtney is the youngest guest I’ve had so far on the Happy Hour, and I loved our conversation, her energy, and enthusiasm, and I know you will too. Courtney and I talk about her current season of transitioning from...


The Happy Hour #186: Carrie Rozema

My guest for The Happy Hour # 186 is Carrie Rozema. Carrie is co-author of ‘The Least of These’, a personal testimony of the redemptive power of Christ in the face of her husband’s heroin addiction. Carrie and her husband Neal share their personal testimonies in hopes of bringing insight and freedom to those held captive by drug abuse and incarceration. In today’s episode, Carrie says “God is in the business of redeeming broken people”, and throughout our conversation today, I know you’ll...


The Happy Hour #185: Holly Christine Hayes

My guest for The Happy Hour # 185 is Holly Christine Hayes. Holly is an author, world-renowned recovery ministry expert, and founder/CEO of Sanctuary Project, a social enterprise bringing hope and healing to survivors of trafficking, violence and addiction. Holly was recently chosen as a new Voice for Women of Faith and is passionate about sharing her radical salvation story in safe houses, churches, conferences and recovery communities all over the world. I know that after listening to my...


The Happy Hour #184: Marshawn Evans Daniels

My guest for The Happy Hour # 184 is Marshawn Evans Daniels. A former sports attorney, Miss America finalist, and competitor on The Apprentice, she left a high-powered law firm and turned her passion for people into a multimillion-dollar enterprise. Marshawn is a reinvention strategist and life coach mentoring women to live bolder in the areas of faith and business and turn ideas into income and faith into action. On today’s show, Marshawn shares the story of how living out faith in her...


The Happy Hour #182: Emily Thomas

My guest for The Happy Hour # 182 is Emily Thomas. Emily is the host of the Mom Struggling Well podcast where she employs humor and candor to share the encouragement from God’s word and her personal motherhood misadventures in an effort to build up worn-down moms everywhere. On today’s show, Emily and I start off talking about parenting challenges and Emily shares her story of infertility that led her to adoption. I appreciated Emily’s honesty so much as she tells us about the difficulties...


The Happy Hour #181: Jennifer Allwood

My guest for The Happy Hour # 181 is Jennifer Allwood. Jennifer is a wife, a mother and a creative turned business coach. She is “Facebook famous” according to her teenage boys with over 300K followers on that platform and she teaches women how to create a beautiful home and build a creative business. If you have been feeling God nudge you to do something new but you’ve felt afraid or uncertain, then this show is for you. No matter what stage of life you’re in, I know you’re going to be...


The Happy Hour #180: Sonja Overhiser

My guest for The Happy Hour # 180 is Sonja Overhiser. Sonja is an author, recipe developer, podcast host, and healthy and sustainable food advocate. She and her husband Alex have created the A Couple Cooks website and the A Couple Cooks podcast that together provide recipes, conversation, and inspiration for healthy and sustainable eating. Sonja and I start off talking about how she discovered her passion for cooking through trying out recipes from cookbooks with her husband. We talk about...


The Happy Hour # 179: Candace Payne

My guest for The Happy Hour # 179 is Candace Payne. On the show today, you’ll get to know the woman behind the Chewbacca Mask whose video became a viral sensation and the most-viewed Facebook Live video to date. Candace is a speaker and author of Laugh It Up: Embrace Freedom and Experience Defiant Joy, and the small-group curriculum, Defiant Joy: What Happens When You’re Full Of It. Candace and I start the show discussing all things movies by playing “Skip It or Ticket” and you’ll learn...


The Happy Hour #178: If You Only Knew

We’re switching things up a little bit today on The Happy Hour. My husband and best friend, Aaron, is guest hosting and interviewing ME. My very first book, If You Only Knew, released yesterday and I am feeling every possible emotion about the whole thing. On today’s show, we talk about the book writing process and my heart behind the message of the book. Aaron also asks me about the most vulnerable chapter in the book, where I share a recent struggle. I’ll be the first and last to say...


The Happy Hour #177: Kat Harris

Kat Harris joins me today for The Happy Hour #177. Kat is a Brooklyn-based photographer, educator, and Co-Founder of the online magazine The Refined Woman. Her mission is to empower women to embrace their beauty, identity, and value through the art of story telling. As you’ll hear in our conversation today, Kat believes life happens in the in-between, and that there is no such thing as having ‘arrived’. We talk about the idea of sustainable transformation and how she believes every...


The Happy Hour #176: Candace Cameron Bure

My guest for The Happy Hour #176 is Candace Cameron Bure. Candace is an actress, producer, New York Times bestselling author, and loved by millions worldwide from her role as D.J. Tanner on the iconic family sitcoms Full House and Fuller House, Hallmark Channel movies, former co-host of The View, inspirational speaker and Dancing with the Stars Season 18 finalist. Candace is both outspoken and passionate about her family and faith. Guys, if you thought you loved Candace before, you are...


The Happy Hour #174: Mica May

My guest for The Happy Hour #174 is Mica May. Mica is the Founder and CEO of lifestyle brand, May Designs. She believes every day life should be lovely, and is on a mission to make all of life’s normal activities just a little bit more magical – from paper goods to her new apparel line. Her notebooks just launched in Target stores nationwide, were named one of Oprah’s favorite things and have been featured on The Today Show and Good Morning America. Mica lives in Austin with her best...