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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

Photo by Aleksandr Eremin on Unsplash

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

Photo courtesy of Neena Gaynor
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!

Traveling Dreams with Kimberly Duffy

We are so excited to introduce our Rough Draft Life community to our dear friend and fellow novelist, Kimberly Duffy. In this episode, Kimberly discusses her lifelong dream of writing, her heart for India, and what it’s like when your traveling dreams come to a screeching halt during a global pandemic.

Meet Kimberly

Kimberly Duffy enjoys writing historical fiction that takes readers back in time and across oceans. Her books often feature ahead-of-their-time heroines, evocative settings, and real-life faith. When not writing or homeschooling her four children, she enjoys taking trips that require a passport and practicing kissing scenes with her husband of twenty years. A Long Island native, she currently resides in southwest Ohio.

About the Book

Nora Shipley has one goal–to carry on the legacy of her late father by taking over the scientific journal he started. To that end, she’s fought to be taken seriously among her male classmates and graduate as valedictorian of Cornell’s entomology program. When pressures to settle down rise to a fever pitch, she impulsively joins a research expedition in Kodaikanal, India, to prove herself in the field and win a scholarship. 
But India holds several surprises–she is impressed not only by the beauty of its natural wonders, but also by the gentle nature she discovers in the rival classmate who accompanied her, Owen Epps.
Instead of exploring, however, she is forced by the expedition leader to stay at camp and illustrate exotic butterflies the men of the team find without her. During the many quiet days, Nora befriends Sita, a young Indian girl who has been dedicated to a goddess against her will.
In this spellbinding new land, Nora is soon faced with impossible choices–between saving Sita and saving her career, and between what she’s always thought she wanted and the man she’s come to love.

A Mosaic of Wings is available for pre-order and releases everywhere May 5, 2020.

Edit Your Life

Kimberly is working on embracing the unknown and being okay with taking things day by day. We highly recommend you embrace at least one known thing–reading this fabulous novel.

Find Kimberly Dreaming of India …

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!

Good versus Should

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Also, anyone else feeling like their year has not gone according to plan? Yeah, we thought so.

When it feels like the world is shouting DO THIS, STAY, STOP, DON’T DO THAT, YES, NO, PIVOT HERE it’s okay to turn it all off and just “be still and know that I am God.”

Instagram and Psalm 46:10

Do you feel like there are things you should be doing right now?

  • wiping down all the groceries
  • attending all the Bible studies and church services available online
  • saying yes to all the Zoom invites
  • renovating your house
  • cleaning your closets
  • cooking big family dinners

Maybe it’s enough to just take care of the people inside your circle.

Look at what is good instead of what you should.

Ask yourself–what do you value?

“Our values drive our decisions.” Anne Bogel, Don’t Overthink It

Why Values Thinking Works with David Allison

You don’t have to do what “everyone else” is doing. Everyone usually means a few loud people in case you don’t remember middle school.

Links Mentioned:

Some Good News with John Krasinski

Lindsey’s Newsletter (you’ll get a free book!) and Kristi’s Newsletter (you’ll be inspired)

Free Audible Stories for Kids

Lindsey’s Exercise Plan (recommend one for Kristi! She likes to dance.)

Upcoming Author Visits:

April 27: Kimberly Duffy, world traveler and debut historical A Mosaic of Wings

May 4: Lauren Crews, teacher and debut non-fiction, Strength of a Woman

May 11: Janine Rosche, social media ninja and debut contemporary romance, This Wandering Heart

May 18: Neena Gaynor, beekeeper and debut women’s fiction, The Bird and the Bees

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!

Joy and Fun

Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.

Mr. Rogers

Kristi and Lindsey chat about finding the joy in our current global situation. While we can’t tell you when the pandemic will end, we can share that all around the internet people are making tomorrow’s life better than today.

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:11-13 NIV

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!

Pause

This Easter the church may be empty, but so is the grave.

Social Media Meme
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We are pausing for Holy Week.

Here are some ideas for how to make this week special, even though most of us are sheltering in place and won’t be able to participate in the typical Easter traditions.

Celebrate Easter at Home

How to Make Resurrection Eggs

How to Make Communion Bread (recipe courtesy of Well Read Beth)

Mix 2 1/2 c. Flour (I use 1 1/2 cups all purpose and 1 cup wheat), 1/2 tsp. salt, 3/4 c  + 1T olive oil, and 1/2 c. Ice water. (You may not use all the water.) Divide into 4 sections. It makes a very wet dough that will roll out better once it’s been chilled. Roll out 1/4” thick. Salt the top to taste after you roll it out or after you bake it. Cut into small squares.
Bake at 375 for 15 min.
This recipe makes 4 weeks worth – each section is a week- just freeze the other 3.

Have Your Own Sunrise Service

Enjoy a true Sabbath Day of Rest

Hot Cross Buns for Good Friday

Annabelle’s Amazing Scavenger Hunt for Easter

Resurrection Rolls for the Cooks like Kristi

Lauren Denton Books

This is the abundant life He has given us right now.

Lauren Denton

Coming Next Week

Be sure to follow us on Instagram as we show off our best “coronication”#coronaconfident outfits and have a little bit of fun. Get your ideas ready for:

Monday: #coronaconfident Show us the outfit that helps you take on the work week (i.e. homeschooling while emailing while podcasting while writing while video conferencing while lunching)

Tuesday: Conference Call Ready! How do you conference call? Pretty on top? Dressed from head to toe? Zoom bomb ready?

Wednesday: I Ate All the Quarantine Snacks outfit–we want to see those stretchy pants!

Thursday: Style that Face Mask! Who knew 2020 was such a fashion trend year? And you though the 80s were back …

Friday: Occasion Commemoration Day! Did you buy a new outfit for a special event that’s not happening anymore? Or is your spring wardrobe just hanging forlornly in your closet? Show us the outfit you want to show off.

Be sure to tag your posts @aroughdraftlife and we’ll share in our stories on Instagram and Facebook!

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!