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October 8, 2019
In nearly every major and sometimes not-so-major decision, I’ve prayed for clarity. I’ve shared here before how in times of cloudy decision-making frustration, I’ve even Googled how to make a decision. More and more, though, every time the word “clarity” comes out of my mouth, I hesitate. I’m realizing for me, clarity can be a more acceptable word for control. If I could just see the future, I could make a good decision about this part of my life. Today's practice is to take a 10 minute timeout and consider a few simple questions in the presence of God. Listen in. Links + Resources From This Episode: Episode 27: Stop Rushing Clarity John 14 Group Spiritual Direction by Rose Mary Dougherty Recapturing the Wonder by Mike Cosper Grab a copy of my book, The Next Right Thing Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman Download Transcript
October 1, 2019
When the problems of life feel big and the way through seems impossible, the last thing we want to do is to consider what we most want or to look desire in the face. But what if clues to our next right thing are embedded in the last place we feel free to look? Instead of talking yourself out of your crazy ideas, maybe it's time to listen to them. I’m not here to say listening to your crazy idea will lead to big things. But what I truly believe is that at least listening to your crazy idea is often the thing that will lead you home - to your greatest contribution and the place where God wants to meet you. Listen in. Links + Resources From This Episode: Holy Listening by Margaret Guenther  We’ve opened the doors to hope*writers for the last time this year. If your crazy idea has been to become a published writer, join us before the enrollment period ends on Friday, October 4th Grab a copy of my book, The Next Right Thing Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman Download Transcript
September 24, 2019
For a few minutes each Tuesday, our directive is to do the next right thing, not to think about doing the next right thing. Of course thinking is a part of doing. But they at least have to work together to bring about meaningful change. We practice what we want to improve and certain things lend themselves well to our idea of practice - playing piano or a team sport, learning to paint, draw, dance or sing. In elementary school we practiced math problems, cursive letters, how to share our toys. As adults, we may still practice some of those things, but we also practice in more nuanced ways, things that have to do with our faith, our identity, and our relationships. Listen in. Links + Resources From This Episode: Troublemaker, a memoir by Leah Remini Andrew Peterson and The Rabbit Room The Rabbit Room's conference Hutchmoot The High Five, a 3 minute documentary about Andy Gullahorn and Gabe Scott’s practice of meeting each other for a simple high five Shirt of Flame by Heather King Grab a copy of my book, The Next Right Thing Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman Download Transcript
September 17, 2019
It’s often the simplest phrases that have the power to change our lives. Like “I love you” and “I’m sorry” and “You’re not alone.” Since adults make over 35,000 decisions every single day, it’s no wonder that this idea of simply doing the next right thing feels like such a relief. My goal in these few minutes we have together on Tuesdays is to make one simple suggestion that could help ease the load of your own daily decision-making. If you’re feeling stuck, confused, hesitant, or overwhelmed today, maybe it will help to ask and answer the second question. Listen in.  Links + Resources From This Episode: Shattered Dreams by Larry Crabb Episode 32: Stop Collecting Gurus Episode 33: Gather Co-Listeners Becoming a True Spiritual Community by Larry Crabb Grab a copy of my book, The Next Right Thing Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman Download Transcript
September 10, 2019
We’ve been told not to borrow trouble and to be careful borrowing money, but when is borrowing okay, even welcome? Listen in. *Content warning: This week's episode references the events of September 11, 2001.  Links + Resources From This Episode: And still, I remember. As if It happened yesterday by Brambleberry Grace Faithful Presence: Seven Disciplines That Shape the Church for Mission by David Fitch The Way of The Heart by Henri Nouwen The Book of Common Prayer To Bless the Space Between Us by John O'Donohue Guerillas of Grace by Ted Loder Grab a copy of my book, The Next Right Thing. Each chapter ends with a prayer you can borrow. Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman  Download Transcript
September 3, 2019
Sometimes it’s the simplest things that help to ease our decision-fatigue the most. Links + Resources From This Episode: Atomic Habits by James Clear When a Simple Gesture Prevents 85% of Workplace Errors Episode 22: Embrace Your Limits Episode 90: Start With This Simple Rhythm Grab a copy of my book, The Next Right Thing Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman Download a transcript of this episode
August 27, 2019
If you’re in the ellipsis in your own life right now, you might have more questions than answers, more furrowed brows than nodding heads. But there are some things you can still choose - like making a place where roots are lacking, like believing for sure that God is with you, like doing your next right thing in love. Links + Resources From This Episode: The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson A Million Little Ways Episode 24: Look for Arrows (Not Answers) Placemaker by Christie Purifoy All things Christie Purifoy Grab a copy of The Next Right Thing Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman Download Transcript
August 20, 2019
I talk a lot about the importance of creating space for your soul to breathe. One question I often hear is how? What does it look like to create space for your soul? Practically, on a Tuesday, in the middle of your regular life? Links + Resources From This Episode: Episode 76: Create a Simple Morning Routine Simply Tuesday Get the Simply Tuesday audiobook for free in August courtesy of Christian Audio A Million Little Ways Invitation to Retreat by Ruth Haley Burton Guerillas of Grace by Ted Loder Placemaker by Christie Purifoy Whistling in the Dark by Frederick Buechner Grab a copy of The Next Right Thing August 20th Only: Get The Next Right Thing 50% off at Barnes & Noble Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman Download a transcript of this episode
August 13, 2019
In our last episode I shared about my plan to take a six week sabbatical, but going away to plan, pray, and create is only helpful if you return. Today I'll share about the equally important task of coming back.  Links + Resources From This Episode: Episode 88: Come Away For Awhile Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain Astronaut Scott Kelly walking on Earth after a year in space on the Verge Rob Maddock on Atmospheric Reentry on PhysOrg How Astronauts Return to Earth by Beth Wilson Whistling in the Dark by Frederick Buechner Grab a copy of The Next Right Thing book Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman Download a transcript of this episode
June 25, 2019
Is there a difference between a vacation, a sabbath, and a break? How can we tell and why does it matter? Links + Resources From This Episode: Episode 87: Create Space Subversive Sabbathby AJ Swoboda The Power of Introverts: A Manifesto for Quiet Brillianceby Susan Cain Episode 40: Keep Your Rest Invitation to Retreatby Ruth Haley Barton The Gift and Necessity of Time Away With God: Renovare Podcast with Ruth Haley Barton Faithful Presenceby David Fitch Meeting God In Scripture by Jan Johnson Grab a copy of The Next Right Thing book Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman  
June 18, 2019
Creating space for the soul is part of being a healthy human. For some of us that phrase sounds delightful. But for others, not so much. What does it mean to create space for the soul and why does it matter? Links + Resources From This Episode: The Solace of Open Spacesby Gretel Ehrlich Soul Keepingby John Ortberg Episode 7: Faithfulness, Fame, and the Gift of Obscurity Holy Listeningby Margaret Guenther #LiteraryLondon+ #TravelsWithTsh Grab a copy of The Next Right Thing book! Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
June 11, 2019
The second most often quoted phrase from this podcast is one I didn’t even say. The first phrase people repeat the most is obvious, do the next right thing. Want to know the second most often quoted phrase? Well it comes from James Bryan Smith and here's where he'll share the story behind it. Links + Resources From This Episode: Apprentice Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation The Apprentice Gathering September 26-28 Wichita, KS Hidden In Christby James Bryan Smith The Apprentice Seriesby James Bryan Smith Grab a copy of The Next Right Thing book! Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
June 4, 2019
Grief descends as a permanent part of our rhythm of life, coloring everything, reshaping the narrative, changing us in ways we would never ask for but there it is anyway. Death changes every part of life, including our ability to do our next right thing. Links + Resources From This Episode: Will Smith Remembers the Last Conversation with Prince No Wonder They Call Him the Saviorby Max Lucado The Year of Magical Thinkingby Joan Didion Rachel Held Evans A Grief Observedby C. S. Lewis Grab a copy of The Next Right Thing book! Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
May 28, 2019
This is a practice that has changed my life and, I believe if you do it regularly, will change yours as well. Here's a step-by-step explanation of how I reflect on my life and some questions I ask that make it both simple and meaningful. Links + Resources From This Episode: Episode 04: Record What You Learn Episode 61: Look Back - How Reflection Can Help You Make Better Decisions Discern + Decide: An online course to help you discern a personal and communal rhythm of life Grab a copy of The Next Right Thing book! Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
May 21, 2019
Today I’m stepping away from the daily nuts and bolts of decision-making to remind us what it’s all about. Yes, we want to make better decisions. More, we want to make decisions in a better way — but what does that mean, exactly? Links + Resources From This Episode: Visions of Vocation by Steven Garber Episode 82: Find the Beginning in the Ending The Sovereignty of Good by Iris Murdoch Writers: hope*writers is open for enrollment through May 24! Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
May 14, 2019
Are you facing the end of something but find yourself dragging your feet to the finish line because you aren't sure what will come after? Today I'll offer 3 things to consider just before or right after an ending as you discern your next right thing.   Links + Resources From This Episode: The Next Right Thing book Episode 03: Make The Most Important List To Bless This Space Between Usby John O'Donohue Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
May 7, 2019
Today I’ll offer a short blessing for all the mamas everywhere - both the newest ones, the most experienced ones, the ones who are still waiting as well as those who don’t think of themselves as mothers but they mother us in their own ways. Maybe you'll see yourself in a few of these lines or maybe you'll see a friend, a sister, a cousin or a daughter. We all need to be mothered and this is a small celebration of the mother-work all women are doing in the world. I raise my coffee mug to you. Find me at emilypfreeman.com or on Instagram @emilypfreeman.
April 30, 2019
If you are a graduate, have a graduate, or love a graduate, this episode is for you. It's help for that question people keep asking: So what will you do after graduation? Here are 3 things to remember as you respond and plan your next right thing. Links + Resources From This Episode: The Next Right Thing book A Blessing For The New Year Episode 50: Go Forward - Why I went to grad school Jamie B. Golden - The Popcast Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
April 25, 2019
Do you have a no mentor? Someone who helps you find both your brave yes and your life-giving no? If you’ve been around here for any amount of time, you know my sister Myquillyn is my No Mentor and today I’m thrilled to host her as my guest. Get your copy of The Next Right Thing Take the decision-making style quiz Where to find Myquillyn: On Instagram Her website Cozy Minimalist Home The Cozy Community
April 23, 2019
  If you feel like you don't have enough time in the day, here's one way to open up some space: Refuse to take offense. It's not easy, but it is interesting. Let's get curious about it.  Links + Resources From This Episode: Bonus! Kendra Adachi The Next Right Thing book Colossians 3:3 A Million Little Ways byEmily P. Freeman The Way of the Heart by Henri J.M. Nouwen Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman Find me on Twitter @emilypfreeman
April 18, 2019
Do you prefer to make decisions quickly, acting first and thinking later?  This episode is part of a short series we’re doing this month to celebrate the release of my new book, The Next Right Thing. Today's guest is sitting my dear friend Kendra Adachi and I’m sitting down with her to talk about her decision-making habits, regrets, quirks, and questions.  You may know her as The Lazy Genius and she hosts a podcast by the same name where she teaches us all how to be a genius about the things that matter and lazy about the things that don’t. Links from this episode: change-your-life chicken do your laundry shop at Costco clean your bathroom Find Kendra at thelazygeniuscollective.com and if you just can't get enough of the two of us together, you can listen in to another conversation on The Lazy Genius Podcast episode 102. Want to know your decision-making style? Join over 15K people who have taken our decision-making style quiz: It's short, it's fun, and from what we've heard, it's pretty accurate. Go here and click on "quiz" at the top of the page to get started.
April 16, 2019
What if you try to do the next right thing but later you look back and realize it wasn’t the right thing after all? What do we do when our next right thing turns out to be wrong? And how do we handle regret? Links + Resources From This Episode: Bonus! Annie F. Downs The Next Right Thing book Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter by Various Authors Romans 6: 5-7 A Family Shaped by Grace by Gary Morland Scary Hope by Gary Morland Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
April 11, 2019
If you've ever felt unable to move forward because you’re worried there’s only one right answer and you don’t know what that right answer is, today’s episode is for you. This is part of a short series we’re doing this month to celebrate the release of my new book, The Next Right Thing. I’m sitting down with a guest to talk about their decision-making habits, regrets, quirks and questions. Today I’m thrilled to talk with my dear friend Annie F. Downs, bestselling author, nationally known speaker, and podcast host based in Nashville. Her recent books include Remember God and 100 Days To Brave and you may also know her from her fantastically entertaining That Sounds Fun podcast. Listen in to more Emily + Annie here: Episode 131 of That Sounds Fun.
April 9, 2019
If you set a goal and haven’t been able to meet it, it doesn’t mean you set the wrong goal. Maybe it means you’re measuring it the wrong way. Instead of starting over, here's how to start again. Links + Resources From This Episode: Bonus! The Next Right Thing Live Show I Finally Figured Out How To Have A Book Launch Party Gretchen Rubin James Clear The Last Alaskans The Next Right Thing at Barnes and Noble or Amazon Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
April 4, 2019
Listen in as we gathered in my hometown the night before The Next Right Thing book released into the world! You can now grab a copy of the book wherever books are sold - learn more at NextRightThingBook.com. With special guests Kendra Adachi (The Lazy Genius), and  Myquillyn Smith (The Nester).
April 2, 2019
You never know how your simple next right thing could have an impact on people 100 years from now. Today is the official US release of The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions -- and it all started with a little poem written 122 years ago. Links + Resources From This Episode: When you order or purchase The Next Right Thing anywhere you choose before April 5, 2019,claim your bonuses here Ye Nexte Thynge by Eleanor Amerman Sutphin Elisabeth Elliott - Gateway to Joy Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
March 26, 2019
Where is your fixed point in the midst of life transitions? I want to suggest that fixed point can be found in the morning and it's simpler than you might think. Links + Resources From This Episode: Pre-order The Next Right Thing and claim your free gifts! - One week until the book releases! Pre-order from anywhere through 4/1 to get Discern + Decide and the audiobook - FREE 58: The Lazy Genius Morning Routine- The Lazy Genius Podcast with Kendra Adachi The Practice of the Presence of Godby Brother Lawrence One Line A Day Journal Hello Mornings with Kat Lee Join us at The Next Right Thing: Book Release + Live Show Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
March 19, 2019
On Tuesday March 12, 2019, fifty people in six different states were accused by the Department of Justice of playing a part in a major college admission scandal.   Our belief informs our action. What we believe will always direct our next steps. So what happens when we believe something that isn’t true? Links + Resources From This Episode: Parents Charged in U.S. College Entry Fraud Faithful Presence - David Fitch Holy Longing - Ronald Rolheiser Life Together - Dietrich Bonhoeffer Don't miss these! The Next Right Thing Pre-order Bonuses: Get Discern + Decide and the audiobook for FREE before April 2 Join us at The Next Right Thing: Book Release + Live Show - Greensboro, NC
March 12, 2019
We all approach our decisions from our own unique point of view, our own set of personal filters, and a particular posture that’s baked in to our personality. Today’s episode will narrow all of that uniqueness down to three simple categories we’ll call your decision-making style. Take the quiz to find out yours! Links + Resources From This Episode: Take the Quiz! The Next Right Thing Book and Pre-order Bonuses: Discern + Decide class and audiobook - FREE Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
March 5, 2019
Today’s episode is all about the one thing I’m doing in my work that is saving my life this year. Links + Resources From This Episode: The Next Right Thing Pre-order Bonuses: Discern + Decide and audiobook for free! Michael Hyatt hope*writers Recapturing the Wonder by Mike Cosper The Writing Life by Annie Dillard Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
February 26, 2019
If we want to make life decisions in a better way, then we can’t wait to start with the decision. We actually need to start with the life. That’s what a rhythm of life is for. I’d love to help you create one. Links + Resources From This Episode: Discern + Decide - Here's how you can get this brand new class for free Episode 71: Let Time Be Your Friend Faithful Presence by David Fitch Preparing for Jesus by Walter Wangerin Jr Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
February 19, 2019
If you’ve ever felt like you could make better decisions if only you had more time or wished for time to stop just for a while so you could catch your breath, today’s episode is for you.  Links + Resources From This Episode: Join The Next Right Thing Book Launch Team - through 2/22 The Dusty Ones: Why Wandering Deepens Your Faith by AJ Swaboda Big Ben  Hebrew Parallelism in the Psalms from Oblate Spring Episode 49: Collaborate Psalm 16 Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
February 12, 2019
Being a good decision maker has a lot to do with timing. When is the best time to make a decision? Research has some actual answers. Listen in. Links + Resources From This Episode: Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue?- John Tierney for The New York Times Magazine Extraneous Factors In Judicial Decisions Episode 33: Gather Co-Listeners The Next Right Thing book coming April 2! Pre-order on Amazon+ Barnes & Noble Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
February 5, 2019
One life-giving choice I’ve made when I’m feeling overwhelmed with indecision is to decide not to walk through it alone. Links + Resources From This Episode: Episode 49: Collaborate Laura Tremaine's 10 Things to Tell You Episode 33: Gather Co-Listeners Sign up for One Last Thing:a relentlessly helpful and mercifully short Saturday email Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
January 29, 2019
If your fear of making a wrong choice is keeping you from making any choice at all, this episode offers 3 simple things to remember. Links + Resources From This Episode: Episode 05: For the Love of Good Change with Jen Hatmaker A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman Order The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
January 22, 2019
So much of our lives are filled with waiting but no one really ever teaches us how to do it. How do we know when we need to wait? How do we know when it’s time to move? There’s several kinds of waiting, today I’ll share four: the kind we talk about, the kind we don’t talk about, the kind that sneaks up on you, and the kind that needs to stop. Links + Resources From This Episode: John O'Donohue Episode 65: Take Off Your Crown hope*writers: If you're a writer who's been waiting to take your writing seriously, let today be the day things change. Open through 1/25 Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
January 15, 2019
When an ending is difficult, it's easy to color the entire reality through the lens of how it ended, whether it's a relationship, a job, a dream project, or a life. The ending does not get to define the whole story. Maybe it's time to take back the narrative. This could be a life-giving part of your healing. This could be your next right thing. Links + Resources From This Episode: Budder on Emily's Instagram Stories Psalm 37: 23-26 Psalm 27:14 A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live- ebook sale on 1.59! Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
January 8, 2019
One question can make the difference between living with all consuming daily stress and a lighthearted sense of hope.  Links + Resources From This Episode: The Welcoming Prayer by Father Thomas Keating Things Above Podcast by James Bryan Smith Preorder The Next Right Thingbook - coming April 2! Luke 17: 20-21 Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
January 1, 2019
Before you make any major decisions in the new year, here's a 3 minute blessing to start things off.
December 18, 2018
We don’t want to wait until the other side of Christmas to finally pause and say, hello soul. I’ve missed you this month. Instead, we work to create space now. For a few minutes today, we’ll make room, we’ll take a moment to acknowledge our soul and remember the miracle of God With Us. Links + Resources From This Episode: Renovation of the Heartby Dallas Willard The Art of Everyday Living - Emily's keynote from The Breath and The Clay 2014 Tickets: The Breath and the Clay / March 22-24, 2019 / Winston-Salem, North Carolina Top Ten Books for 2018 Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
December 11, 2018
During Advent, it’s true we wait expectantly. It’s also true we’re preparing for an arrival.  What does preparation look like for you today? Might it include creating some space? Making some room? Clearing some clutter - and not just the kind you can see? Links + Resources From This Episode: The Quiet Collection for Christmas - Learn more here Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman Joy to the World  
December 4, 2018
If you want to find relief from seasonal anxiety, I would love to help.    Links + Resources From This Episode: The Quiet Collection for Christmas - Available through 12/11/18 The Ordering of Love: The New and Collected Poems of Madeleine L'engleby Madeleine L'Engle Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
November 27, 2018
Our choices define our lives - not just the ones we’re carrying now about our future, but also the ones we’ve already made in our past. Wouldn’t we do well to bring them to mind and see what they have to teach us? In this episode I’ll share my own simple rhythm of reflection in hopes that it could inspire you to come up with your own. Links + Resources From This Episode: Last week’s Episode 60 + Big Announcement Earth Crammed With Heaven: A Spirituality of Everyday Life by Elizabeth Dreyer One Line A Day: A Five-Year Memory Book by Chronicles Book Staff Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer Seasonal Reflectional Lists Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman And here’s that big announcement from last week, just in case you missed it! The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions 
November 20, 2018
Starting before you’re ready moving even when you’re not sure where you’re going is only possible when you have a next-right-thing mindset. Today I'll share a story from my own life and, in the process, offer what I hope will be as fun an announcement for you to hear as it is for me to give. Links + Resources From This Episode: The Weight of Glory by C. S. Lewis Episode 27: Stop Rushing Clarity Marie Forleo Seven Days of Still Moments The Quiet Collection Waiting List Simply Tuesday: My last book Blue Sky Period B J Novak talks about his creative process The Monthly Letter - sign up for first word news And here's that big announcement! The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions by Emily P. Freeman
November 13, 2018
It’s possible to be surrounded by silence everyday and completely miss the point. It’s also possible to lead a full, loud life and still receive the gifts God has to offer us in the pockets of silent time we can find. You can be busy and soulful at the same time. The key is in paying attention. Links + Resources From This Episode: Episode 58: Welcome Silence The Monthly Letter Let Your Life Speak: Listening to the Voice of Vocationby Parker Palmer Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God's Transforming Presenceby Ruth Haley Barton Have  One Last Thing delivered to your inbox on Saturday mornings To Bless The Space Between Us: A Book of Blessingsby John O'Donohue What's your next right thing today? Share it using #mynextrightthing + tag @emilypfreeman! Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
November 6, 2018
In 2012 singer John Mayer had surgery on his vocal chords and was ordered not to speak for two months or sing for six. His healing depended on his silence.  While his need was physical, perhaps silence is required for all kinds of healing: the wounds of the body and of the soul. Today's episode offers a short practice to help ease into silence, one small moment at a time. Links + Resources From This Episode: Shattered Dreams by Larry Crabb Psalm 62:5-6 (The Message) Episode 57: Don't Dread Your Weird Life Sharing Silence by Gunilla Norris What's your next right thing today? Share it using #mynextrightthing + tag @emilypfreeman! Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
October 30, 2018
To take action and make a decision requires something of you. But make no mistake — putting decisions off require something too, and that may be even more expensive.  Links + Resources: The Prayer of Saint Patrick What's your next right thing today? Share it using #mynextrightthing + tag @emilypfreeman! Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
October 23, 2018
Focus is hard because there’s both so much going on and often not enough information. When you have a big idea but aren't sure where to start, listen in.    Links + Resources From This Episode: Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith The Nester Cozy Home Tour  - I'll be at the Greenville, SC stop on Nov. 4! Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
October 16, 2018
There’s a skill to walking in the dark: you have to go slow, trust what you know, and take it one step at a time. After the winds and rain of hurricane Michael knocked out power in the city, we navigated our way through our dark house, not a beam of light from a street lamp or a night light or even the moon. Whether darkness comes as an absence of light or a waning faith, the way to walk through it is by doing the next right thing. Links + Resources From This Episode: Ten Best Books I Read in 2017 Ten Best Books I Read in 2016 Ten Best Books I Read in 2015 Ten Best Books I Read in 2014 Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor Four by Sleeping At Last Christa Wells on Instagram  Psalm 23 Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
October 9, 2018
In a world that seems to only value a twisted kind of angular strength, let’s find ways to receive the curves, to be nurtured by God and one another. Links + Resources From This Episode: The Ministry of Ordinary Places: Waking Up to God's Goodness Around You by Shannan Martin The Ministry of Ordinary Places - That post I mentioned I wrote because I can't stop talking about this book Episode 53: Allow the Present to be Imperfect Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
October 2, 2018
The rest from decision fatigue doesn’t descend upon me when my work is finally finished. Instead, it comes slowly as I'm willing to allow the present to be imperfect.   Links + Resources From This Episode: Choosing Rest by Sally Breedlove Rhythms of Rest by Shelly Miller Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman The Lazy Genius Podcast Episode 77: The Lazy Genius Rests The Next Right Thing Podcast Episode 40: Keep Your Rest Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
September 25, 2018
Decision fatigue can creep into our life for any number of reasons, but one isn’t as obvious as some others. When change rises slow or comes up from behind, it can turn your life a different color so gradually you don’t realize it until you compare things to this time last year.  Discover what slow change might be happening within or around you and see if that might help clarify your next right thing. Links + Resources From This Episode: Episode 58 - Girls Night - My conversation with Stephanie May Wilson about life choices, decision-making, and more. The Holy Longing: The Search for A Christian Spirituality by Ronald Rolheiser Thanks @erinhmoon and @terrancedjackson for that delightful IG story review of The Next Right Thing! Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
September 18, 2018
If you are feeling overwhelmed, carrying a heavy decision, or live with what seems to be a growing imbalance between the work you do during the week and the rest you’re supposed to be doing on the weekends, choosing a pastime could be a worthy next right thing. Links + Resources From This Episode: Churchill's Tribute to King George VI Painting As A Pastimeby Winston Churchill Hearing Godby Dallas Willard Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
September 11, 2018
Last year I decided to enroll in grad school. But first, I lost sleep, asked everyone's opinion, and made myself crazy. Here's what happened next. Links + Resources From This Episode: Things Above Podcast The Apprentice Series by James Bryan Smith Visit hope*writers to learn more about our membership Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
September 4, 2018
Making the decision to move forward with an idea is hard enough, but one thing that can keep us feeling especially stuck is trying to move forward with a decision alone because we are afraid. When it comes to collaboration it takes a certain amount of courage to say yes to an invitation. But for some of us it takes courage in even greater measure to extend the invitation in the first place.   Links + Resources From This Episode:  Literary London on Simple  - episode 141  Literary London Interest Waiting List  At Home In The Worldby Tsh Oxenreider The Lazy Genius Goes to London Learn more about hope*writers Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman  
July 31, 2018
As we continue to make our way through an ever changing set of circumstances, the seasons will keep rolling on, bringing with them both dreaded and hoped-for hellos and goodbyes. You may be holding on to a hopeful vision for your future, but perhaps you're questioning what that means for today. What do we do while we wait for seeds to grow? Listen in. Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman Download Transcript of this episode
July 24, 2018
When someone around us is struggling, what is our next right thing? Listen in.  
July 17, 2018
Both the light and the shadows have an important role in our lives and embracing them both helps us grow towards our next right thing.   Links + Resources From This Episode: Psalm 139: 5-18 My Summer in (20) Books - A list of books on my shelf this summer Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
July 10, 2018
We want see evidence of growth in our lives, but it can be discouraging when we can't figure out how to release old habits. Perhaps true maturity and a growing faith show up not in our ability to stand up straight and blameless, but in our willingness to turn, again and again, back to the face of God. Links + Resources From This Episode: Lamentations 3:19-32 On Making Friends and Partial Solutions by Tsh Oxenreider Ten Favorite Things of Summer by Emily P. Freeman Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman  
July 3, 2018
If you know you need to make a move but something is holding you back, listen in.   You can read the transcript to this episode here. Instagram: @emilypfreeman Website: thenextrightthingpodcast.com
June 26, 2018
Psalm 139 is a familiar chapter, but what does it take to let your heart be searched by God and be led in the everlasting way? It sounds lovely, maybe a little terrifying, but mostly out of reach. Maybe it isn't as hard as all that. Maybe we just need a little bit of silence. I hope these few minutes will lead you right to it. Links + Resources From This Episode: Psalm 139:23-24 My friend, Kendra Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman Visit The Next Right Thing for a transcript of this episode
June 19, 2018
Studies show our brains process spoken and written language differently.  We may often sit to read scripture, but how often do we allow scripture to read us?   It might be surprising how a small amount of intentional time can begin to smooth out the chaotic edges of your soul. This continues our summer series of still moments. Today's reflection is from Luke 5: 12-16 Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman visit The Next Right Thing for a transcript of episode 42
June 12, 2018
When we take a deep breath, it sends our body a message: You're going to be okay. In the beginning, God breathed life into mankind -- breath was the beginning. So it makes sense this is the first step to decluttering the soul, especially in the midst of transitions as we learn what it means to begin again. Today I'll share how I am working to maintain the integrity of my own offering to you by creating some space for my own soul to breathe. Links + Resources From This Episode: Episode 1: How to Become a Soul Minimalist Genesis 2:7  Episode 40: Keep Your Rest The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways that Jesus Is the Way by Eugene Peterson Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
June 5, 2018
Beneath our hectic schedules, our proud accomplishments, and our self-sufficiencies, we simply long to be loved and cared for right where we are, no strings attached. Maybe in these few minutes we have together, our God will father and mother us in all the ways we need the most. Links + Resources From This Episode: Psalm 23 Choosing Rest: Cultivating a Sunday Heart in a Monday World by Sally Breedlove Soul Keeping: Caring For the Most Important Part of You by John Ortberg Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World by Shelly Miller The Dusty Ones: Why Wandering Deepens Your Faith by AJ Swoboda Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight In Our Busy Lives by Wayne Muller Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
May 29, 2018
The voice of the critic can keep us from our next right thing. But not all critical voices are created equally. Here's help to discern who to listen to and who to ignore.  A few links from the episode: A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman Little Goat Diner - Our breakfast place! Christine Caine Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman Get the monthly letter: emilypfreeman.com/letter
May 22, 2018
This one simple sentence from a New York pastry chef could help you shift your perspective and take your next right step. Listen in. Links + Resources From This Episode: How Milk Bar Founder Christina Tosi Went from Momofuku Employee to Bakery Chain CEO Chef’s Table: Christina Tosi (Season 4 Episode 1)via Netflix To Bless This Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings by John O'Donohue Download Your Seasonal What I Learned Lists Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
May 15, 2018
With our full schedules and daily concerns, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with even the slightest disruption to our routine. With that in mind, today’s suggestion might seem counter-intuitive:  disrupting our routine can sometimes be exactly what we need to get unstuck. Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman Let's connect! I send out a letter once a month with a list of recommended reads. Get this month's letter here.
May 8, 2018
Two things guaranteed to make your day more complicated: unawareness of your current situation and exaggeration of your future inability to handle it.   Here's one simple practice to help you stay in today and simply do the next right thing. Links + Resources From This Episode: Psalm 118:24 Get One Last Thing every Saturday in your inbox Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman Get the monthly letter here
May 1, 2018
When you're on a roll in Hollywood, you don't leave the industry. But that's exactly what actress, producer, and author Candace Cameron Bure decided to do. In the midst of the fear and second-guessing, one character trait remained certain throughout her life and career transitions - kindness. Listen in as she shares her story, because when you're in the midst of making a big decision, it helps to hear the decision-making process other people go through.    Links + Resources From This Episode: Be Kind To One Another by Brian Morykon The Burning Edge of Dawn by Andrew Peterson Be Kind to Yourself by Andrew Peterson Candace Cameron Bure Kind Is The New Classy by Candace Cameron Bure A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman Get the monthly letter here
April 24, 2018
The decisions that add to our fatigue aren't always big and significant ones. Sometimes things in life that are meant to be fun and delightful - choosing a paint color, wrapping a present, picking out plants - turn out instead to be one more decision we feel incapable of making. What is the next right thing in situations that overwhelm us but shouldn't? How can we move forward as a beginner in areas where we may not feel a lot of confidence but wish we did? Links + Resources From This Episode: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert Begin Again by Leeana Tankersley Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman Get the monthly letter here Find a complete transcript to this episode right here
April 17, 2018
If you are facing a big decision that could lead to a new start, perhaps you don’t need a collection of gurus as much as you need a a group of co-listeners. Here’s how I found mine.   Find show notes and a complete transcript at thenextrightthingpodcast.com Find me on instagram @emilypfreeman  
April 10, 2018
At a time when I felt pulled in many directions, I realized I was looking outside myself for a plan when I needed to look inside for a vision. My email inbox told me the story and this time, I had the good sense to pay attention. Links + Resources From This Episode: Episode 27: Stop Rushing Clarity The Inner Voice of Love: A Journey Through Anguish to Freedom by Henri Nouwen Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman Get the monthly letter here Visit The Next Right Thing for a complete transcript of this 12 minute episode.
April 3, 2018
It's one thing to experience a new beginning, to usher in a time of new roles, new adventure, and new season of life. No matter what kind of new beginning a transition might bring, it also brings a new identity for us: a beginner. I've discovered I don't love being a beginner. I'd rather be an expert, thank you very much. But being a beginner is an unavoidable part of life transition. Let's close the gap between the joy of a new beginning and the dread of actually being a beginner by simply doing the next right thing. Find a complete transcript at thenextrightthingpodcast.com Begin Again: The Brave Practice of Releasing Hurt and Receiving Rest by Leanna Tankersley Too Small To Ignore: Why the Least of These Matters Most by Wess Stafford Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman For Writers! Check out hope*writers before the doors close
March 27, 2018
The way we move through our days is a lot more instinctual than we care to admit. We like to think we have clear reasons for things when in fact, most times we are feeling our way through. Do I feel safe? Do I feel seen? Do I feel heard? Do I feel in control? Do I have what it takes? On the surface, the decision could be as simple as deciding to join the PTA or not join the PTA. But deeper down and further in, it isn’t always quite so clear cut. Today rather than tell you one of my own stories or the story of someone who has inspired me, I want to guide you through telling yourself your story, particularly as it relates to a decision you’re carrying. New! Grab the free downloadable Practice Guide: How to Make One Decision at A Time right here. Prefer reading to listening? Find a complete transcript right here.
March 20, 2018
When you hold a dream – to craft a song, write a book, open a shop, get a degree – it can be hard to let it go even when the dream no longer fits. It feels like more than a loss, it feels like failure. But it doesn’t have to. In fact, what if the letting go was actually a making room? The real art isn’t the song, the book, the shop or the degree. The real art is something more, something deeper, something good.  Today I'll share a story of a couple who realized their next right thing was to let a long-held dream go. But because they understood the real art, the dream lives on. Download a complete transcript at thenextrightthingpodcast.com Links + Resources From This Episode: 7 Antiques We Found at the Chartreuse Barn Sale from Our State Magazine A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made To Live by me, Emily P. Freeman Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman Get the monthly letter here
March 13, 2018
Any de-clutterer knows the only way to make room is by letting stuff go. It's true for your house and equally true for your soul. Today I'll share 3 ways standing on your head can make room for something good - even if you never physically get upside down. Links + Resources From This Episode: The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways that Jesus is the Way by Eugene Peterson The Next Right Thing Podcast Episode 01: Become a Soul Minimalist Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker Palmer Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman Get the monthly letter here Download a complete transcript here
March 6, 2018
If you are distracted and overwhelmed by a particular decision and you just can't seem to move forward, you might feel like either something is wrong with your process or something is wrong with you. Neither one of these has to be true. In today's episode, I'll share two things you can let go of today that will help you take your next right step. Links + Resources From This Episode: The Quiet Collection Marie Forleo A Soul Minimalist's Guide to Relationships Psalm 37: 23-26 Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman If you prefer reading to listening, download a transcript of this episode right here.
February 27, 2018
Doing the next right thing in relationships starts with how we enter a room. It can mean the difference between connecting with them or comparing ourselves to them. Fair warning, today’s episode is brought to you by some healthy self-reflection and a dash of narcissism. It's for a good cause. I hope you'll stick with me. Links + Resources From This Episode: Shauna Niequist Faith and Culture Writing Conference The Office (Season 5, Episode 16 "Lecture Circuit, Part 1") Jan Johnson Enneagram 4 Guerillas of Grace: Prayer For The Battle by Ted Loder A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L'Engle Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman Get the monthly letter - emilypfreeman.com/letter
February 20, 2018
The only person you’re guaranteed to be with every day of your life is you. Maybe your next right thing is to make some peace with yourself and come back home. For a complete transcript of this episode visit the show notes right here. Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman + get the monthly letter here: emilypfreeman.com/letter
February 13, 2018
When I have a question, the first thing I want is an answer. Sometimes answers are fairly easy to come by – How do you make pizza? What should I wear today? Who can drive to piano practice? But so often, the questions we have in life that give us trouble are the ones that aren’t so linear. In my experience, these usually have to do with things like faith, vocation, and relationships. Today I'm sharing about a time in our life when my husband John and I desperately wanted answers but what we got instead was a series of arrows. This is a story of where they led. Links + Resources From This Episode: What Now? by Ann Patchett Episode 14: Know What You Want Grace Discipleship|| John Freeman A Million Little Ways: Uncover The Art You Were Made To Live by Emily P. Freeman The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God by Dallas Willard Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman Get the monthly letter! emilypfreeman.com/letter
February 6, 2018
How can we discern our next right thing when we're confronted with unpredictable people? Today we'll explore the difference between a loving intention and a fear-based agenda.  More From This Episode: Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman Get the monthly letter here: emilypfreeman.com/letter Download a transcript of episode 23 at The Next Right Thing Podcast
January 30, 2018
When you finally find, name, and move toward the things you feel most called to, you will quickly discover some roadblocks in the form of some kind of limitation like time, money, fatigue, or support. Instead of fighting those, perhaps your next right thing is to embrace them. Links + Resources From This Episode: Let Your Life Speak by Parker J. Palmer Gary Morland, my Dad Psalm 23 Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership by Ruth Haley Barton My books, A Million Little Ways + Simply Tuesday (+ the Simply Tuesday small group leader guide) A Creative Liturgy of Everyday Life: Makers & Mystics Podcast - A further conversation I had about embracing limits with Sarah and Stephen Roach Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman Get the monthly letter here: emilypfreeman.com/letter  Visit The Next Right Thing Podcast show notes to download a complete transcript of this episode.
January 23, 2018
What do you do when you can't make a decision and you’re too close to even know what you want and don’t want? You need to find a No Mentor and eventually, learn to be your own. Links + Resources From This Episode: The Nester, my sister (my No Mentor) The Lazy Genius Collective Kendra Adachi (my other No Mentor) Bonita Lillie To Bless This Space Between Us by John O'Donohue Find me on instagram @emilypfreeman Join my monthly list
January 16, 2018
With computers in our pockets, the truth is we all have low-grade anxiety that messes with our ability to discern our next right thing. Today I'll share practical steps to take to eliminate of one of the most common anxiety triggers: the ones that show up in our feeds, our follows, and our online accounts. Mentions in this Episode: John Freeman - my husband The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology In Its Proper Place by Andy Crouch The Monastery of the Heart: An Invitation to a Meaningful Life by Joan Chittister Instagram: @emilypfreeman Get the monthly letter here: emilypfreeman.com/letter Find a complete transcript for this episode right here.
January 9, 2018
In January it's tempting to search the horizon for what might be next and open ourselves up to new opportunities. But decision fatigue can set in when every opportunity that comes our way seems to have potential. How can we choose which opportunities to take and which ones to pass up? That's today's episode. Links + Resources From This Episode: Myquillyn Smith, The Nester Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung Receive Book Recommendations in the Monthly Letter Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman Visit The Next Right Thing Podcast show notes to download a transcript of this episode
December 5, 2017
Astronaut Scott Kelly was the first American to spend 340 consecutive days in space. But the night he returned home, the news cameras were looking in another direction. In our last episode of 2017, we'll take a few moments to consider what it means to wait with great hope during one of the busiest months of the year. Mentions in this Episode: The Quiet Collection for Christmas (available until December 12) Find me on instagram @emilypfreeman
November 28, 2017
When it comes to discerning your next right thing, maybe this one small word will make a difference for you as it has for me. Visit thenextrightthingpodcast.com for a full transcript and a copy of today's prayer. Mentions in This Episode: My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text For Writing and Life by Marion Roach Smith Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living In A Fast-Moving World by Emily P. Freeman It's Simply Tuesday: A Coloring Book by Emily P. Freeman To Bless This Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings by John O'Donohue Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman #itssimplytuesday Receive my monthly letter
November 21, 2017
During the holidays, the transition from our regular schedule to extended time with family can be great in theory but more difficult in practice. Here's one simple step you can take to help you be a sane person with your people this week. Mentions in This Episode: Soul Keeping by John Ortberg Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman Join my letter list Instagram @emilypfreeman Find complete transcripts at thenextrightthingpodcast.com
November 14, 2017
In 2014, Nancy Writebol was one of the first Americans diagnosed with the Ebola virus infection in West Africa. What happened after that could provide surprising comfort for anyone who feels stuck or discouraged in the midst of a hard time. Visit thenextrightthingpodcast.com for resources mentioned + a full transcript. Join our little tribe at emilypfreeman.com/join and say hi on instagram @emilypfreeman.
November 7, 2017
Knowing what you want is not selfish; it's actually crucial to making decisions. It builds confidence, hastens healing, and is a gift to the people you love. Visit thenextrightthingpodcast.com for resources mentioned in this episode + a full transcript. To connect beyond the podcast, join our little tribe at emilypfreeman.com/join for weekly reminders to help create space for your soul to breathe so you can discern your next right thing in love.
October 31, 2017
We usually save this conversation for January, but maybe we need it now more than ever. If you feel busy but not productive or rushing to get somewhere but never feel like you’ve arrived, it's time to focus on what is essential. To connect beyond the podcast, join our little tribe at emilypfreeman.com/join and find me on instagram @emilypfreeman Mentioned in This Episode: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction by Adam McHugh A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live by Emily P. Freeman  
October 24, 2017
Scattered and rushed doesn't have to be the norm. Listen in for one simple way to gather yourself and practice presence today. Come join our little tribe for even more help to create space for your soul to breathe: emilypfreeman.com/join and find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman. Mentioned in This Episode: The Jesus Way by Eugene Peterson Guerillas of Grace by Ted Loder
October 17, 2017
Perhaps today, your next right step is simply to release something you no longer need so that you can move one step closer to becoming who you already are. And no, this episode title is not a metaphor for something else. Today, we need to have a talk about pants. Visit the thenextrightthingpodcast.com and click on episode 11 to download a copy of today's prayer for self-acceptance. Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman or here: emilypfreeman.com
October 10, 2017
If your to-do list feels never ending, here is one action and one question to help you take your next right step today. Visit The Next Right Thing Podcast for show notes + full transcript + more resources to help you create space for your soul to breathe today. For weekly reminders to do your next right thing, join our community right here.
October 3, 2017
This week, our country grieves after the horrific mass shooting Las Vegas. We belong to each other. But how do we move forward together without losing hope or becoming overwhelmed that we can't do anything at all? One way to discover your next right step in the aftermath of tragedy is to push away blanket statements and generalities and instead, start to be specific. To print out today’s prayer and/or a complete transcript of this episode, visit The Next Right Thing Podcast. You can also find me on Twitter + Instagram. Mentions in this episode: A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L'Engle Sandra Peoples Heart Wrestling by Shannan Martin Here and Now by Henri Nouwen
September 26, 2017
Fear of choosing wrong or missing what's best can lead to an obsession with clarity and the quick fix. Today’s collection of stories shows how often the best parts of life can't be planned and how God often works in small surprises in the midst of the long haul. If you’ve left a review or just want to say hello, visit thenextrightthingpodcast.com and tell me so I can thank you directly! You can also find me on Twitter + Instagram. Mentions in this episode: Sarah Masen Hutchmoot The Rabbit Room Simply Tuesday
September 19, 2017
Fame is messing with us, interfering with our ability to discern our next right thing because maybe we're waiting for the next big thing. What a singer, a cyclist, and a make-believe boss have to teach us about faithfulness, fame, and the gift of obscurity. If it seems like the people around you are taking big steps while all yours feel small and inconsequential, listen in. Visit thenextrightthingpodcast.com for show notes + a full transcript. Find me on instagram @emilypfreeman
September 12, 2017
Sometimes indecision is the result of a busy schedule or a hesitant personality. Other times, though, it's because there is something within us that remains unnamed. In today's episode: what a robocall and a New York chef have to teach us about the power of naming to help us take our next right step. Visit thenextrightthingpodcast.com for show notes + resources mentioned. Find me on instagram @emilypfreeman.
September 5, 2017
It can be easy to dismiss our work as ordinary or even unimportant, especially when we consider all the pain and heartbreak in the world around us. How can we simple do the next right thing in our work when it doesn't seem like enough? That's today's episode. And here's that offer I mentioned to help you have a sane September: The Quiet Collection - set your mind before you start your work. Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman + show notes at thenextrightthingpodcast.com
August 29, 2017
Indecision is often a direct result of overwhelm. Even the most grounded and professional among us can suffer from decision fatigue given the right circumstances. In today’s episode, we’ll take a look at what happens in otherwise sane people when we are hit with unexpected overwhelm and I'll share a few tips to ease the burden of hustle when it comes. And it always comes. Visit thenextrightthingpodcast.com for resources, a transcript and a free gift. Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman
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