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ARDL 216: Holiday Survival Guide: Family Dynamics

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Join us as we discuss the hard topic of family dynamics in the holiday season. No matter if you’re together in person or on Zoom, there’s bound to be some family tension surrounding your holidays. So how do you survive–and thrive–when everyone doesn’t share all the same opinions or emotions or preference for cranberry sauce??

One of our best tools for figuring out how to handle family dynamics is the Enneagram. Some of our favorite resources for using the Enneagram as a tool to understand people’s motivations:

  • The Art of Growth
  • @enneagramandcoffee on Instagram (Sarah Jane Case)
  • this article on flourishing during the holidays

Edit Your Life With Us

Name your absolutes for the holiday season and commit to walking away when the family dynamic might be too much. 

Maybe your absolute is …

  • time together
  • maintaining family ties
  • one good meal
  • opportunity to see extended family
  • safe gathering

These don’t have to be big, but they are the motivators you have for keeping the family dynamic from melting down if someone brings up the three Ps: politics, pandemic, pumpkin pie. 

If you don’t think pie is controversial, Lindsey invites you to her family Thanksgiving.

When in doubt, you can always play this.

We are thankful for our listeners!

Be sure to follow us on our socials @aroughdraftlife on Instagram and Facebook as we share our own Christmas traditions as well as how we’re surviving the holiday family dynamics, scheduling, and gifting. 

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.

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ARDL 215: Holiday Survival Guide: Gift Giving

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Ah, gifts. They can be one of the most joyous and stressful part of the holidays. 

Do you shop early like Kristi or last minute like Lindsey? (We suggest avoiding last minute to avoid a little stress.)

How do you decide who goes on the list? (Hint: Just say no works on this as well.)

Once you have that list, how do find a gift that fits the budget and the recipient? (Think a little bit outside the gift box.) 

We discuss all things gift planning related as well as why books make the best gifts and our ongoing Most Annoying Christmas Song voting bracket on Instagram. 

Come enjoy the fun! 

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Top of our gift list is Lindsey’s new Christmas novella that’s just right for stocking stuffing.

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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.

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ARDL 214: Holiday Survival Guide: Schedules

There’s no question your 2020 holiday schedule will look different than it normally does. Kristi and Lindsey discuss how you can use that to your advantage to make next year even better and how you can make this year awesome in the meantime. 

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Brought to you from our make-it-work basement offices where Lindsey is launching a new book. Magnolia Mistletoe is available everywhere in print and ebook November 10!

You can celebrate with us and fellow author, Elizabeth Musser, at the live launch party on Facebook. 

Holiday schedules are tough. That’s why we’re here to help you PRIORITIZE, PLAN, and PONDER how you can keep from being a Schedule Scrooge. To keep us all from being Scrooges, be sure to follow us on Instagram for some fun stories next week!

Episode Highlights

PRIORITIZE
Decide what you most desire out of the holiday season. If relaxed meals are your priority, spread out the travel. If everyone on Thanksgiving is your priority, spread out your meal with dessert here, brunch here, etc. Forget everything that doesn’t align with your priority.
 
PLAN
You need time to rest and maintain your routine. Keep in touch with normalcy by marking off days on your calendar. Protect your rest. If you can’t do full days, find moments like meals or bed times or something like that.
 
PONDER
When the season is over, decide what you want to keep for next year. Put EVERYTHING on the table. You don’t have to eat turkey. Kristi’s family is okay with everything changing as long as her mom makes dressing. 

Edit Your Life Challenge

Determine your priority and put it somewhere you can see it and remember it.
 
 

Tell us how you’re making life up as you go along by following @aroughdraftlife on Instagram and Facebook. As always, find us individually @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.

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ARDL 213: Escape with Teresa Tysinger

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How do you find a way to give your thoughts and emotions a little rest? In these stressful, noisy times, how do you find little moments to escape? We discuss the power of books, drives, walks, and mental jaunts to our happy place (Kristi apparently doesn’t have one). 

Welcome guest Teresa Tysinger as we discuss the power of escaping. 

Meet Teresa

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Teresa Tysinger is an author of Southern Contemporary Romance inspired by grace. She writes on the fringes of being a wife, mom, and full-time communications and public relations professional. Her acclaimed debut novel, Someplace Familiar, released in 2017. Teresa is a member of ACFW, the Association for Women in Communications, and the Religion Communicators Council. She loves coffee, traveling, and prides herself in knowing and loving almost every genre of music. Born in Hawaii, raised in Florida, and educated in North Carolina, she now resides in Texas with her husband, daughter, and dog.

Connect with Teresa on Facebook or Instagram or join the reading communities over at Bookbub and Goodreads!

Escape with a Good Book

Get a copy here!

On the outskirts of Laurel Cove, North Carolina sits a quiet lake tucked into gentle mountains carpeted with the brilliant colors of autumn. Grief binds the lake’s only residents into an unlikely family, where old and new love build a bridge between loss and hope.


For years, best-selling author Cora Bradford has worked tirelessly to tread the unrelenting waves of grief in solitude. That is until a new neighbor moves in down the road and threatens to disrupt what she’s carefully preserved of the life she once knew. Will God ever answer her prayer for peace and calmer waters?

Following a scandal, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Luke Bassett escapes to the one place in the world he’s ever experienced peace—his mother’s cabin on the lake where he spent childhood summers. But the memory of her and the mistakes he made are hardly peaceful. To make matters worse, he gets off to a rocky start with his bitter, but breathtakingly beautiful, neighbor. Was running away from the life he’s always known the biggest mistake of all, or the beginning of something he never knew he wanted?

Spunky, opinionated, and recently widowed Ina McLean is alone for the first time in over ninety years. When Cora and Luke come together to care for their only other neighbor, Ina’s belief in God’s goodness through life’s ups and downs works to restore their hope in learning to live—and love—again.  

Get Something Borrowed featuring Teresa and Toni Shiloh
right here!
Magnolia Mistletoe comes to
paperback on November 10!

More Tips for Escaping

  • made-for-TV Christmas movies
  • walks
  • drives with a good cup of coffee
  • music
  • podcasts
  • close your eyes, deep breaths, visualize your happy place (real or imagined)
Start a new Kristi Ann Hunter
regency series!

Coming Soon!

Join us here!

Facebook Live Author Party with Elizabeth Musser and Lindsey P. Brackett, November 10

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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.

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

ARDL 212: What We’re Loving – Fall 2020

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Lindsey and Kristi wanted to share all the wonderful things they’ve been loving for the past few months. Books. Music. Food. Gadgets. Podcasts. Get a rundown of our current fave things and hear two big new announcements. 

Books We Love

  • Magnolia Mistletoe, Lindsey’s Christmas novella, releases November 10
  • The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate
  • Kristi’s Regency Reads Rundown: Abigail Wilson, Erica Vetsch, Carolyn Miller, Kasey Stockton, Julia Klassen, Sarah Ladd

Shows We Love

  • Warehouse 13
  • The Librarians
  • Big Brother, Masked Singer, America Ninja Warrior

Music We Love

Recipes We (Lindsey) Love

Podcasts We Love

New Habits We Love

  • daily walks
  • Kristi’s everyday eggs in the shaker for breakfast and protein smoothies for lunch

Gadgets We Love

Games We Love

Coming Soon!

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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.

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

ARDL 209: Fruits of the Spirit: Gentleness

Thanks to my sister for sharing this sweet photo.

We often think gentleness means being meek and mild. Kristi and Lindsey discuss why that’s far from true as we look at past uses of the word and a different way of executing gentleness. 

Don’t miss Kristi’s regency novels which examine what it means to be a gentleman both in status and in heart.

having or showing a mild, kind, or tender temperament or character.

Dictionary definition of Gentle

Edit Your Life Challenge

Consider your position of power–at your job, within your family, in your decisions. How do you execute this position with gentleness even when you have to make the hard choices? Am I making this choice out of what’s easiest for me or out of what’s best for the whole?

In Lindsey’s house, we’re making some tough choices about media, television (i.e. Netflix) and phones.

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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.

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

ARDL 208: Fruits of the Spirit: Peace with guest Rachel McMillan

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Rachel McMillan joins Lindsey and Kristi to discuss how our definitions of peace have changed during the pandemic, how we’re learning to find it, and how Rachel’s travel book that didn’t do well and her WWII novel–that’s doing amazing–have given her a new understanding of finding peace in knowing herself and God. 

Meet Rachel McMillan

Rachel McMillan is a keen history enthusiast and a lifelong bibliophile. When not writing or reading, she can most often be found drinking tea and watching British miniseries. She is the author of the Van Buren and DeLuca Mysteries, the Herringford and Watts Mysteries and the Three Quarter Time series of Viennese contemporary romances. In 2020, she released her first work of non-fiction, Dream, Plan, Go: A Travel Guide and her latest historical fiction, The London Restoration. A Very Merry Holiday Movie Guide releases October 6, 2020 just in time for Christmas movie watching season!

Find Rachel hanging out and gushing about books on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Show Links and References

  • Episodes in which Lindsey and Kristi discuss the pandemic can be found here and here.
  • Remember Psalty?? Yes, we’re dating ourselves.
  • Listen to Rachel offer wisdom and insight into publishing during the pandemic over at this bonus episode of Friends and Fiction.

Finding peace is not about finding balance–as Kristi referenced with this quote it’s more about knowing that you actually can’t always juggle everything.

Edit Your Life Challenge

You can use this graphic organizer or make your own, but take some time this week to really think about what you can and cannot control. Rather than letting the things you can’t control offer you anxiety, we encourage you to ponder on the fact that knowing you can’t control much is actually PEACE. Because it means that ultimately, life is not completely up to you.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, PEACE, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.
Galatians 5:22

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.

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

ARDL 207: Fruits of the Spirit: Faithfulness

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Faithfulness. It’s something profoundly connected to God but much more difficult to see manifested in the fallible humans around us. How can we find faithfulness when it feels like there’s none to be had? How do we ensure that we ourselves are working towards faithfulness? 

How long will Kristi let Lindsey ramble? 

All these answers and more in this week’s episode.