ARDL 202: Fruits of the Spirit: Self-Control

We often think of self control as something that happens in the moment but what if there’s something more we can do to set us up for a win?

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.

Galatians 5:22

We think of self-control as being in the moment. But what if it’s actually something you plan for?

Lindsey and Kristi discuss self-control for everything from chocolate cake to Old Navy shopping–with a side chat about starting school, talking with boundaries teens, and

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As always, find us @lindseypbrackett and @kristiannhunter on Instagram or Facebook. Find out more about Lindsey’s and Kristi’s books on their websites,  lindseypbrackett.com and kristiannhunter.com.

Fruits of the Spirit Intro: Season 2!

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Welcome to Season 2! We’ve got goals like becoming more involved in our Facebook community and finding genuine connection as we all edit our lives together.

We’re kicking off Season 2 with a deep dive into a discussion about the Fruits of the Spirit. If you know the song, we’d love to hear you sing it! Be sure to tag us @aroughdraftlife on all the socials.

We’re starting off with a series looking at each individual fruit of the Spirit. In the introduction we talk about why we’re doing this series and establish where we are coming from as we enter this discussion. And because Kristi and Lindsey can’t seem to stay on track, we may also discuss hand sanitizer caddies, new books, and Hamilton. 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22 NASB

Hope you’ll join us for this discussion about each of these traits the Holy Spirit can help you exhibit in your daily life. We want this to be a practical discussion in terms of right now. So we won’t be going in order as we discuss these characteristics.

Next week we’re diving into self-control as our first discussion–in what we hope is a real life application as your own season shifts back into a school mode–no matter how school looks for your family this year.

We hope you’ll contribute to the conversation whether as part of our Facebook community or through social media comments. We know exhibiting these traits is hard, but that’s why they are considered fruits of the Spirit–you need the Spirit in order to practice these characteristics. Which takes off some of the pressure, right?

Don’t miss Kristi’s new book Vying for the Viscount out this week!

https://www.kristiannhunter.com/BookPage/VFTV

If you enjoy A Rough Draft Life please share with a friend and/or leave a review.

Follow us on social media @aroughdraftlife on Instagram and Facebook or join our Facebook community group and join in the conversation (or start it because full transparency, we’re a little overwhelmed right now).

As always, find us @lindseypbrackett and @kristiannhunter on Instagram or Facebook. Find out more about Lindsey’s and Kristi’s books on their websites,  lindseypbrackett.com and kristiannhunter.com.

Something New Summer: Kayaking

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For our last Something New Summer Experience, Lindsey and Kristi both went kayaking! Separately, in different places, so of course they had pretty different experiences. Listen to the episode here:

Takeaways from this experience:

  • Follow the water and just keep paddling.
  • Kayaks are more maneuverable, especially if you’re used to a canoe or a whitewater raft.
  • If you mess up, it’s all on you. There’s no collective group of opinions like when whitewater rafting—and we had no guide.  
  • We’re all in the same river right now, but we’re not all in the same boat. Maybe you’re in a canoe taking on water, a raft skimming along with plenty of friends, or a kayak that you can steer by yourself, but sometimes you get stuck.
  • Sometimes a guide doesn’t make the trip–especially if he leaves you behind. Life is really stressful when you’re trying to keep up with someone else’s pace. We don’t all interpret our trips the same way.
  • Your past experiences can help you make decisions.
  • We expect our experiences to be similar even when they are different trips. Too many expectations can set you up for failure.

Places/People Mentioned:

Wildwood Outfitters on the Chattahoochee (yes, it’s way down yonder)

Shakespeare’s List of Invented Words

Chassahowitzka River in Florida for Manatee Viewing

Recommended Whitewater Rafting

Sometimes people tell you something is no big deal and it turns out to be a really big deal for you.

Lindsey Brackett

Don’t miss our other Something New Summer episodes!

Upcoming excitement!

Don’t miss our new season focused on the Fruits of the Spirit, debuting August 10.

Kristi has a new book! Vying for the Viscount, the first book in Hearts on the Heath series, releases August 4. Join us that night for a fun Facebook Live with prizes, trivia, and plenty of Lindsey and Kristi talking over one another.

If you enjoy A Rough Draft Life please share with a friend and/or leave a review.

Follow us on social media @aroughdraftlife on Instagram and Facebook or join our Facebook community group and join in the conversation (or start it because full transparency, we’re a little overwhelmed right now).

As always, find us @lindseypbrackett and @kristiannhunter on Instagram or Facebook. Find out more about Lindsey’s and Kristi’s books on their websites,  lindseypbrackett.com and kristiannhunter.com.

Now go, edit your life, and make tomorrow better than today!

Something New Summer: Grill a Perfect Steak

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Plenty of guest grill masters featured in this episode.

If you’ve hung around at all, you know Lindsey loves to cook–but not follow recipes. Even if they’re from The Pioneer Woman.

Exception to this rule is pizza dough. It’s 100% Ree Drummond’s.

Lindsey has never grilled because–spoiler!–she’s scared to light the gas grill. But since that grill recently died, she’s feeling better about charcoal. Don’t worry she has an 8 year old grill master to help.

Links:

Grill a Perfect Steak recipe from Food Network

Instant Pot–Lindsey’s intuitive nemesis.

The Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Pizza Dough

You need a cast iron skillet.

The more often you use something, the more comfortable you are with it.

Lindsey P. Brackett

Join us this summer in trying something new! Follow us on social media @aroughdraftlife on Instagram and Facebook or join our Facebook community group and join in the conversation (or start it because full transparency, we’re a little overwhelmed right now).

As always, find us @lindseypbrackett and @kristiannhunter on Instagram or Facebook. Find out more about Lindsey’s and Kristi’s books on their websites,  lindseypbrackett.com and kristiannhunter.com.

Now go, edit your life, and make tomorrow better than today!

Something New Summer: Pretty in Pink

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For this week’s Something New Summer, Lindsey and Kristi deep dive on a classic eighties movie. We’ve seen Dirty Dancing, Back to the Future, and ET. But we’ve never experienced the Molly Ringwald universe (and it’s not as extensive as Marvel’s in case you’re wondering). So using our fabulous scientific method of movie choice (i.e. streaming for free), we spent a night indoctrinating ourself on this iconic actress and one of her well-known films.

Armed with popcorn, M&Ms, and the presence of our teenage daughters, we attempt to make sense of why this was such a popular film–and whether or not it stands the test of time. For context when Pretty in Pink released over three decades ago … we were in kindergarten.

Our takeaways/questions:

  • There’s no story? What’s Andie’s goal?
  • We DID NOT LIKE her remade prom dress.
  • The clothes might have been the most interesting part of the film.
  • Was she trying to be her mom?
  • No one was very likable–who were we supposed to cheer for?
  • Sometimes it was more a movie about Duckie then Andie.
  • Blane and Andie have no relationship development and awkward kissing (and we both write romance so we’re authorities on this situation).
  • As much as Lindsey adores a friends to lovers trope, we did appreciate that Andie didn’t wind up with Duckie.
  • As a character, Duckie was interesting but he didn’t feel like a romantic hero.
  • Blane took WAY TOO LONG to stand up for Andie to his friends.
  • Are these kids really supposed to be in high school?
  • Annie Potts was the helper character, but it was still weird she hung out with the kids so much.

But the eighties rom-com, cliches and all, did give rise to a great library of teen movies in the late 90s and early 2000s. For example, a much better version of a similar story is A Cinderella Story starring Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray from 2004.

In conclusion, we thank John Hughes for starting a trend that allowed film makers and authors to examine what we really want out of entertainment. We want more than the ingenue, more than a Juliet who will give up everything for her man. We want to see a story that gives us a young woman who has agency for herself and her future but is able to build a relationship founded on more than good looks and great dancing.

Off to DM the Popcast now because a Knox and Jamie deep dive on Pretty in Pink is exactly what the world needs.

As always, find us @lindseypbrackett and @kristiannhunter on Instagram or Facebook. Find out more about Lindsey’s and Kristi’s books on their websites,  lindseypbrackett.com and kristiannhunter.com.

Now go, edit your life, and make tomorrow better than today!

Sushi: Something New Summer

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We’re trying four new things this summer! Join us every other week for a fun dive on something small from Lindsey and Kristi’s bucket lists. Up today? Kristi tries sushi for the first time–and Lindsey’s husband makes a guest appearance.

Why sushi? Because Kristi wants to feel confident when out with friends and sushi is suggested. Why not sushi? Y’all. Kristi doesn’t like fish. Send great salmon recipes STAT.

We ordered from this local place in Helen, Georgia. If you’re visiting the North Georgia mountains be sure to tag us if you check out sushi at Spice 55!

Join us this summer in trying something new! Follow us on social media @aroughdraftlife on Instagram and Facebook or join our Facebook community group and join in the conversation (or start it because full transparency, we’re a little overwhelmed right now).

What’s your favorite sushi? Soy sauce or no? Jump in on the debate!

As always, find us @lindseypbrackett and @kristiannhunter on Instagram or Facebook. Find out more about Lindsey’s and Kristi’s books on their websites,  lindseypbrackett.com and kristiannhunter.com.

Now go, edit your life, and make tomorrow better than today!

Transitions

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If it’s actually about self-discovery, then it’s okay to discover you were wrong.

Kristi Ann Hunter
Kristi and Lindsey discuss the transition to summer and how it looks different this year.

Change does not mean you were wrong.

Join us every other week this summer for SOMETHING NEW SUMMER! We’ll be trying some things we’ve never tried before and of course, we’re open for suggestions!

As always, find us @lindseypbrackett and @kristiannhunter on Instagram or Facebook. Follow @aroughdraftlife on Instagram or Facebook and join the community! Find out more about Lindsey’s and Kristi’s books on their websites, lindseypbrackett.com and kristiannhunter.com.

Now go, edit your life, and make tomorrow better than today!

Books and Bees with Neena Gaynor

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A Rough Draft Life with Neena Gaynor.

Meet Neena

When not chasing after my two joyful little boys, I enjoy beekeeping, a good cup of coffee, and writing. I write for my local newspaper, The Clarion, the online magazine Kentucky Today, and on my blog Words Like Honey.

I’ve spent much of the last decade traveling with my husband, Wade, a former professional baseball player. Throughout the 29 changes of address and the stresses of moving a young family, I’ve learned to embrace the peace that only comes from the steady accompaniment of Christ. I hope to lead others to a grace-filled life with Jesus through stories of our baseball adventures, my Appalachian upbringing, and beekeeping.

Thanks for reading! Let’s connect on Facebook or Instagram!

About the Book

When Larkin Maybie buries her mother in the foothills of Appalachia, she is left all alone. Her only inheritance? A crazy aunt, a mountain of debt, and a run-down, secluded cabin left by a mysterious benefactor. While Larkin thinks an escape to a cabin miles from anything familiar might be exactly what she needs, the quick answer to her problems only leaves her with more questions… Questions concerning her true identity. 

As Larkin searches for her link to the Lewandowski Estate, she begins to accept the kindness of strangers on Presque Isle and the affection of professional baseball player, Ketch Devine. Charged with caring for the cabin’s honey bees and haunted by past choices, Larkin struggles to move forward in a new direction and is running out of time. With summer and baseball season coming to an end, she must decide: what is the value of true love?

Find The Bird and the Bees wherever you buy books or on Neena’s website. Be sure to follow Neena and us on social media for the chance to win this fabulous book bundle from our debut author guests! Click the link below to catch up on our fun chats with each of these fabulous women.

  • A Mosaic of Wings by Kimberly Duffy (historical fiction, Bethany House Publishers)
  • Strength of a Woman by Lauren Crews (Bible study, New Hope Publishers)
  • This Wandering Heart by Janine Rosche (contemporary romance, Berkeley)
  • The Bird and the Bees by Neena Gaynor (contemporary romance, Mantle Rock Publishing)

As always, find us @lindseypbrackett and @kristiannhunter on Instagram or Facebook. Follow @aroughdraftlife on Instagram or Facebook and join the community! Find out more about Lindsey’s and Kristi’s books on their websites, lindseypbrackett.com and kristiannhunter.com.

Now go, edit your life, and make tomorrow better than today!

This Wandering Heart with Janine Rosche

We’re delighted to discuss boy bands, MASH, and wandering hearts with debut novelist Janine Rosche on today’s episode!

Meet Janine

Prone to wander, Janine Rosche finds as much comfort on the open road as she does at home. This longing to chase adventure, behold splendor, and experience redemption is woven into her Madison River Romance series. When she isn’t writing or traveling, she teaches family life education courses to college students,
takes too many pictures of her sleeping dogs, and embarrasses her four children and husband with boy band serenades.

Even a wandering heart needs a home …

No one in the quaint town of West Yellowstone, Montana, knows that unassuming geography teacher Keira Knudsen moonlights as sensational travel blogger Kat Wanderfull. No one, that is, except for her first love, Robbie Matthews, who has just discovered the woman he is falling for online is the same one that broke his heart five years ago.
But Robbie has another problem: the mother of his daughter, Anabelle, has resurfaced after a three-year absence determined to rip Anabelle away from him. Robbie needs a steady paycheck for a chance at custody, and now, on the eve of a grand adventure that could give Keira a chance to flee her old, troubled life once and for all, she is in need of assistance.
With so much broken trust between them, Keira and Robbie must keep an arms-length away to make this partnership work. But the more time they spend together, exploring majestic places and sharing new experiences, the closer they get–until their secrets and dreams threaten to cost them everything.

Find Janine’s debut contemporary romance
anywhere books are sold!

Links Mentioned

Edit Your Life

Try something new! During this time of quarantine, we’ve all had time to reflect on what’s important and what we wish we had time to do. What’s your goal, and what do you want to accomplish if you have more time? Share with us and Janine!

You can find Janine on Facebook and Instagram and sign up for her newsletter (Love, Wander, Read Journal) here.

Don’t Miss these Debut Author Episodes

As always, find us @lindseypbrackett and @kristiannhunter on Instagram or Facebook. Follow @aroughdraftlife on Instagram or Facebook and join the community! Find out more about Lindsey’s and Kristi’s books on their websites, lindseypbrackett.com and kristiannhunter.com.

Now go, edit your life, and make tomorrow better than today!

Strength of a Woman with Lauren Crews

This week we welcome debut author Lauren Crews to A Rough Draft Life! Lauren won us over with the tagline for her new non-fiction, Strength of a Woman, which “ain’t your momma’s Proverbs 31!”

Lauren is an award-winning author and holds an MDiv from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. With twenty years’ experience in women’s ministry, she dives deep into God’s word. She loves to explore our Jewish roots as believers and is eager to share the many layers with women in all roles of life. She resides in Jacksonville, FL with her husband and two brown labs who have their humans well trained.

Lauren tells us how this book is different from other Proverbs 31 books.

 Strength of a Woman looks at the Proverbs passage through the original Hebrew language. It is an acrostic poem of the Hebrew alphabet. Hebrew letters hold imagery and the images of each letter relates to the verse. Add to that word studies from the verses and we see interesting new insight. For example the passages has multiple references to warfare and the duties of the tabernacle priests. We begin to see the Proverbs woman sift from a homemaker to a warrior.

Order a copy for yourself or the strong women in your life this Mother’s Day. Visit Lauren’s website to purchase and she’ll ship you a personalized copy.

Don’t forget to follow @aroughdraftlife on Instagram and Facebook where we’ll be giving away a bundle of books from all our debut authors!

  • Kimberly Duffy, A Mosaic of Wings (be sure to listen to the interview!)
  • Lauren Crews, Strength of a Woman
  • Janine Rosche, This Wandering Heart (May 11)
  • Neena Gaynor, The Bird and the Bee (May 18)

As always, find us @lindseypbrackett and @kristiannhunter on Instagram or Facebook. Follow @aroughdraftlife on Instagram or Facebook and join the community! Find out more about Lindsey’s and Kristi’s books on their websites, lindseypbrackett.com and kristiannhunter.com.

Now go, edit your life, and make tomorrow better than today!