The Next Right Thing

By with Emily P. Freeman

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 Sep 28, 2021
When Emily speaks, you'll want to listen. Her podcasts are time well spent.

 Jan 8, 2020
My absolute favourite podcast - Emily's words are kind, grace-filled, and continuously point me back to Jesus

 Nov 23, 2019
lovely, concise, kind

Beth W.
 Aug 23, 2018
These short podcasts are my favorite way to start a Tuesday. Emily challenges me to slow down. in a world that seems to speed up every year this space is a breath of fresh air and encouragement to pursue God and implement self-care.


For the second-guessers, the chronically hesitant, or anyone who suffers from decision fatigue, best-selling author and host Emily P. Freeman helps create a little space for your soul to breathe so you can discern your next right thing in love. Because out of the thousands of decisions you make everyday, chances are a few of them threaten to keep you up at night. If you're in a season of transition, waiting, general fogginess or if you've ever searched "how to make a decision" on the internet, listen in.

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210: What if You Could Trust Yourself?

When I asked readers to send in their episode suggestions related to discernment and decision-making, one common thread ran through them all. Today we'll take a step back and imagine what we want even more than a right decision. Listen in.

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Jan 25, 2022
209: Find Life After the Death of A Dream with Scott Erickson

What do you do when you feel like your life hasn’t turned out the way you thought it would or the way you wanted it to? How do you keep going in the face of personal or vocational disappointment? My guest today has spent a lot of time not only thinking his way through the answer to that question, but he’s lived his way through it and has brought us along through his own stories, questions, humor, compelling art and now, his brand new book, Say Yes. I'm delighted to sit down with Scott Erickson, an artist who is working to give us a new visual vocabulary for the spiritual journey we're all on. Listen in.


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Jan 18, 2022
208: Hold the Tension Longer

What do we do when our next right thing is to wait for an indefinite amount of time or to hope in the face of what seems to be an impossible situation? Listen in.

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Jan 11, 2022
207: The Prayer of St. Francis

One of the most helpful spiritual practices I’ve found in the last several years is borrowing the prayers of others when I can’t find words for my own. Today I’ll share one of my favorites and maybe it will be a favorite of yours too. Listen in.

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Jan 04, 2022
206: What Worked in 2021
At the end of every year, I write down a list of what worked and what didn’t work that year. I’ll share my list of what worked for me this year as well as a few tips and resources for you if you want to make your own list. Listen in!

Want help looking back before moving forward? Download these 10 Questions for Reflection and Discernment.


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Dec 28, 2021
A Christmas Blessing
A blessing for you and yours on this week of Christmas. You may recognize these words from last year’s version of The Quiet Collection and I hope they extend a welcome to you on this Christmas, when we mark the day God moved in and everything changed. Now, God is making all things new, in you and in me. Amen. Listen in.

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Dec 21, 2021
205: 5 Strong Ways to Finish Regular

There are as many ways to approach the end of the year as there are people. Still, it’s easy to be fooled into thinking there’s just one right way to finish — Finish strong! they say. For anyone who feels like they might not be able to finish strong this year, your next right thing might be to just finish regular. Listen in.


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Dec 14, 2021
204: A Soul Minimalist's Guide to Christmas

A minimalist asks, "What am I holding on to?" A soul minimalist asks, "What has a hold on me?" Let's ease some of the decision fatigue that can come along this time of year with another Soul Minimalist’s Guide, this one specifically for Christmas. Listen in.


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Dec 07, 2021
203: Introducing The Quiet Collection 2021

Chances are at some point during the next four weeks, you'll find yourself feeling extra frazzled, lonely, or distracted despite your best intentions. Here's the simplest way to quiet your mind during one of the busiest months of the year: the 2021 edition of The Quiet Collection is here and ready for you! I'll tell you all about it. Listen in.


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Nov 30, 2021
202: Abuelita Faith with Kat Armas
What if the greatest theologians the world has ever known are those whom the world wouldn’t consider theologians at all? I'm glad to welcome theologian and author of Abuelita Faith, Kat Armas, who tells the stories of unnamed and overlooked theologians in society and in the Bible--mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters--whose survival, strength, resistance, and dedication to the next deeply right thing teach us the true power of love and faith. Listen in.

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Nov 23, 2021
201: Your Decision-Making Starter Kit
Our lives are endlessly complicated and our decisions are almost always laced with layers of nuance which is why it's always a challenge (one I love!) to create episodes about decision-making. Is it possible to share principles, perspective, and simple frameworks that are helpful no matter who you are or what decision you have to make? I say it is, or at least I try.
Today I've curated the top 10 episodes to listen to if you're carrying a particular decision right now and could use some practical help to make it; a decision-making starter kit if you will. Listen in.

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Nov 16, 2021
200: Ask Emily Anything! Celebrating 200 Episodes
Today’s conversation is between me and you—because today we celebrate 200 episodes of The Next Right Thing! What a gift it has been to be a small part of 200 of your Tuesdays. For the first time, I'm hosting an Ask Me Anything where you asked questions and I say words about my dream guests, my limited parenting advice, what the P stands for, and if I've ever thought about quitting. Listen in.

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Nov 09, 2021
199: Psalm 27

May this simple reading of Psalm 27 be a reflection you can return to as you discern your next right thing in love. This reading is from the Common English Version of the Bible. Listen in.

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Nov 02, 2021
198: Be Present Not Perfect with Shauna Niequist

Today I’m joined by a writer who deeply understands what it means to live life on autopilot, chugging through the day "on fear and caffeine." As it turns out, that life is a train to nowhere and Shauna Niequist decided to get off. I’m happy to sit down with her to talk about writing, connection, and her next right thing. Listen in.

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Oct 26, 2021
197: For Us, As Our Faith Changes

A lot of us are looking for our truest words these days. We’re taking the hymns and choruses of our childhood faith, the verses we have memorized, our adolescent optimism, our adult commitments, our 2020 cynicism and our 2021 exhaustion and we’re holding them all up to the light. We have thrown some things out. We are holding on for dear life. In the sifting, there's sure to be some mix-ups. If you can relate, this episode is for you. And for me. Listen in.


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Oct 19, 2021
196: Why Your Pro/Con List Isn't Working

It's the list we all know to make when we're stuck in the decision-making process. There are helpful things about the pro/con list but we all know they don't work all by themselves. This type of list could be a good starting point, but what do you do next? I dedicated The Next Right Thing to anyone who's ever made a pro/con list in the middle of the night. If that's you, listen in.

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Oct 12, 2021
195: Be Your Own Friend

What do we do when we wish we were different but struggle to make a change? What do we do when a thing we’re good at (that is sometimes good) is also a thing that is sometimes trouble? Every strength has a shadow side and sometimes gifts come with burdens to bear. If you wonder what to do when your best gets the best of you, listen in.

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Oct 05, 2021
194: Being Human with Kate Bowler

She believed that life was a series of unlimited choices, until she discovered at age 35 that her body was wracked with cancer. In the years that have followed, Kate Bowler has wrestled honestly with the reality she has been handed and the terrible advice she’s received along the way, like that everything happens for a reason.

Hers is a voice I never want to stop listening to and in her new book, No Cure for Being Human, she is honest, vulnerable, and delightfully human, saying the words we all know but are sometimes afraid to say: that life is beautiful and terrible, full of hope and despair and everything in between. I’m delighted to sit down with Kate to talk about that and the truths we need to hear. Listen in.


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Sep 28, 2021
193: A Soul Minimalist's Guide to Autumn

If you need to get in that autumn state of mind, today's episode is for you. Maybe the season has caught you by surprise or you're feeling a little off but don't know why. It's time to clear the summer mind-clutter and move into fall like a soul minimalist. Listen in.


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Sep 21, 2021
192: Hold On To Hope

It’s a short trip from helpless to hopeless, just a shuffling of a few letters and you’re there. If you've been struggling to hold on to hope over the last few weeks (or years), then today's episode is for you. Listen in.

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Sep 14, 2021
191: What We're Learning

We don't learn just from experience. Transformation happens when we reflect upon our experience. Of all the lists we keep, the most important isn't a to-do list but a list of what we're learning. Because you're not just doing things, you're becoming someone. Who? And what are you learning along the way? Listen in.

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Sep 07, 2021
190: Psalm 139

May this simple reading of Psalm 139 be a reflection you can return to as you discern your next right thing in love. Listen in.

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Aug 31, 2021
189: How to Use The Next Right Thing Guided Journal
I've been meaning to do an episode like this for months now and the time has come. Whether you already have The Next Right Thing Guided Journal or if you didn't even know it existed, this episode will tell you everything you need to know about how to use it for your life, all in one place.

You don't have to wait until the end of the year to reflect on your life and this journal makes it easy to start today. I'll share tips and instruction as well as how I use this resource in my own life. Plus, I'll tell you what I wish was different about the journal. You can begin or jump back into this reflective practice and discern the life that wants to be lived in you today. Listen in.

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Aug 24, 2021
188: You Are Here (And It Matters)
Invisible things are real and it all matters. As we move through this month, if you’re feeling swept along, hurried up, or even passed on by, this episode is for you. It’s time to recalibrate a bit, to pay attention to what’s happening on the inside so we can do our next right thing in love. Listen in.

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Aug 17, 2021
187: State of the Podcast 2021: The Next Right Thing Turns 4!
This month marks the 4 year anniversary of The Next Right Thing! Today I'll share the state of the podcast using a simple framework I follow for reflecting on everything - what's been life-giving and life-draining, what I'm grateful for, what questions I'm holding and what arrows I’m following.
In addition to sharing some of your favorite episodes, I’ll also pull out some key pivots over the last four years of hosting this podcast. I’ll do that because I know that you come from a variety of backgrounds, professions, interests, and hopes, I also know that you are probably making something of your own right now and you wonder if you’re doing it right, if it’s working, if it’s worth it, and if it’s time to make a change. Listen in.



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Aug 10, 2021
186: A Late Summer Reflection

We’ve been wearing our burdens like thick, heavy furs. Summertime stepped up beside us, whispering kindly, May I take your coat? I hope you've let her. No matter what this season has looked like for you, there's no wrong. Here's a short reflection to help you look back before moving forward. Listen in.

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Aug 03, 2021
185: Why Makers Struggle to Get Things Done

If you are in a season of decision fatigue because your work, church, schooling, parenting, or just life circumstances, in general, require you to work in a way that disrupts your natural rhythms, this episode is for you. Listen in.

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Jun 29, 2021
184: The Next Right Thing in Marriage with John Freeman

In honor of 20 years of marriage, I've invited John to join me today. We'll talk about life together through various transitions, griefs, fears, and personality quirks. We'll also share about how we met and what the Enneagram has taught us in marriage. Listen in!


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Jun 22, 2021
183: Real Talk About Overfunctioning

How can you know when responsibility and being a caring grown up turns into overfunctioning? Is this exhaustion and overwhelm just a season or has it become a pattern? Today I'm sharing honestly what this looks like for me. As always, our next right thing starts with naming what is really going on. Listen in.

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Jun 15, 2021
182: One Fun Decision (The Shoe Episode)
For all the talk about decision fatigue, chronic hesitation, and the important practice of doing the next right thing, it could be easy to overlook some areas in life where overthinking isn’t something to avoid, but something to indulge. It's time to make one fun decision. Listen in.

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Jun 08, 2021
181: A Soul Minimalist's Guide to Summer
Author Joshua Becker says that “Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it.” We could say the same thing about soul minimalism, except instead of focusing on our external life, a soul minimalist does this for her internal life. What do I value most for my inner life this summer and what can I remove that will distract me from it? I've got 5 steps to consider for a simplified summer. Listen in.

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Jun 01, 2021
180: Use Your Voice
If you’ve been doing the sacred work of watching, listening, and paying good attention, we're grateful for your hard work. You don't have to be in the spotlight to make a difference, I know that full well. But what if now is the time to tell us what you see, hear, and notice? What if now is the time to use your voice and let us hear how it sounds? Listen in.

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May 25, 2021
179: Stop Overworking with Megan Hyatt Miller

Years ago, Megan Hyatt Miller found herself at a crossroads where she felt like she had to choose between being present with her family and present at her work. It felt like an impossible choice until she created a third way. And that’s where we’ll start off. Listen in.

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May 18, 2021
178: How to Find A Spiritual Director

Are you curious about meeting a spiritual director but don't know how to find one? A spiritual director is a person who holds prayerful space for someone else to help them discern what God is up to in and around them. If you want to know more about what spiritual direction is, check out Episode 167: Spiritual Direction for Beginners. Then listen to this one, where I'll share questions to ask, where to look, and what to look for in a spiritual director.

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May 11, 2021
177: The Next Right Thing for People Pleasers
We all have the capacity to live our lives in such a way that we forget to remember who we are, we hurry through our minutes looking for the next important thing, we are overly attentive to what people think of us, and we are addicted to our own press.
So what is the next right thing for those of us who are so aware of other people’s opinions that we have a hard time knowing our own, making wise decisions, or doing our next right thing in love? Listen in.

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May 04, 2021
176: What to Do When You Can't Find God
For generations, people have wandered through the wilderness and the valley of the shadow; they have navigated life in the midst of difficulty, loss, and seemingly impossible circumstances. If you are walking through your own wilderness right now, you are not alone even if you feel alone. Listen in.

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Apr 27, 2021
175: How to Find a Mentor with Natasha Sistrunk Robinson
How do you know if you're in the right place with the right people at the right time? And how can we find mentors to help us discern our next right thing? Natasha Sistrunk Robinson is a leader we all need in our lives and her voice inspires me to be the leader I'm meant to be. May she do the same for you. Listen in.

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Apr 20, 2021
174: Is it Time to Quit My Job?
When it comes to the decisions we make in our lifetime, questions about our job and vocation top the list as the ones that can cause the most decision fatigue. For 15 minutes, let’s consider the question beneath the question and see if we can uncover more information that could help you discern your next right thing. Listen in.

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Apr 13, 2021
173: How to Journal Using One Word

If you want to incorporate journaling into your daily rhythm but don’t know where to begin, here's how to use just one word to get started. Listen in.

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Apr 06, 2021
172: Make These 2 Lists Now
When you have a decision to make, the first place to start is not with a pro/con list. Instead, start with a Q+A list: questions and arrows. I’ll use an example from my own life so you can see how this simple next-right-thing practice can help you discern your way through complicated, nuanced decisions. Listen in.

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Mar 30, 2021
171: What to do When the World Opens Up
We've had a year of hearing about closings, shutdowns, and cancelations. We've become somewhat expert at navigating those last minute change of plans. But now that a new season is upon us and hope is creeping toward the door, maybe you're wondering why you still lack motivation and can't seem to get anything done? We've learned what to do when the world shuts down, but how are we supposed to move forward as it opens up again? Listen in.

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Mar 23, 2021
170: Try Softer with Aundi Kolber
As restrictions lift and the season changes, you might be facing more decisions now than you have all year. Instead of trying hard to move through decision fatigue, what if trying softer is your next right thing? I'm talking with author, counselor, and kind human Aundi Kolber. Listen in.

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Mar 16, 2021
169: Create Your 10 Minute Evening Routine
From dinner time to bedtime, evening can often feel like a mad dash to end the day. Instead of closing the day with intention, we have more of a hurry up and rest mindset. Rather than giving you guideposts to design your entire evening, I'll offer a framework to help you personalize a 10 minute evening routine to help you transition from the day into the evening that you can do anywhere, in any season, no matter where you are, who you’re with, or what’s gone wrong. Listen in.

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Mar 09, 2021
168: Is it Time to Dream Again?
Of all the things we lost in the last 12 months, one that has taken the longest for me to name is a sense of possibility. Maybe 2020 was the year the dreamers stopped dreaming. So much felt impossible for so long (and some things still do) — but a question is rising up in me and I wonder if it would be helpful for you too: is it time to begin to dream again? Here are three things to consider. Listen in.

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Mar 02, 2021
167: Spiritual Direction for Beginners
What is spiritual direction and how is it different from counseling, discipling, mentorship, teaching, coaching, soul care, or friendship? We'll answer this and more in today's episode, including how spiritual direction can be a helpful practice in discerning our next right thing. Listen in.

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Feb 23, 2021
166: How to Cope With Disappointment
What is our next right thing when we’re confronted with disappointment? What do we do when someone else’s next right thing leads to our own broken heart? What if their win is our loss? What if their freedom leads to our grief? We’re asking some difficult questions and not demanding answers but remaining open for the arrows. Listen in.

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Feb 16, 2021
165: Journal Your Seasons
One way to make more confident decisions for your future is to reflect on decisions you've made in the past. I do this on a seasonal basis, but the goal is not to obey the calendar. The goal is to pay attention to your life. Here are three ways to practice seasonal reflection even if you are in the middle of a season. Listen in.

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Feb 09, 2021
164: Start With the Punchline in Mind with Michael Jr.
When it comes to finding your purpose and knowing your why, many of us have mixed feelings. On the one hand, it's inspirational and motivating. But there is another hand, and that's the one filled with anxiety and questioning: how do we know if we're on the right track? What if we don't have a clear sense of purpose? Author and comedian Michael Jr. helps us discern our next right thing without making things complicated. Listen in.

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Feb 02, 2021
163: Reflection as Activism

When we witness dissonance in the world around us, when we see people make terrible choices on live TV or in the parking lot of a Starbucks or in the sanctuary of our churches or in the halls of a federal building and then we still have to decide what to make for dinner that night, it’s disorienting at best, traumatizing at worst.

Many of us want to know: What can I do? What is my next right thing in this? It's an important question and it's not rhetorical. Listen in.

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Jan 26, 2021
162: Is it Time to Move On?
It's one thing to change your mind when you're sure of your decision. But how can you know if it's time to move on when circumstance, desire, and opinions are mixed? Here are 8 questions to ask yourself to find some clarity. Listen in.

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Jan 19, 2021
161: Change Your Mind
You are allowed to change your mind. In fact, this might be the most courageous, spiritually forming thing you could do. If we want to participate in true transformation, we may have to be willing to let go of what we’re good at, to move away from what we once knew for sure (or thought we knew for sure), and take a step into the mysterious shadow of unknowing. You might be surprised what you find there. Listen in.

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Jan 12, 2021
160: The Welcoming Prayer
This time of year encourages a new start, a letting go, a shaking loose of old skins and embracing a new kind of strength. Maybe growing and maturity means releasing. But what if part of releasing is allowing? What if shaking it off without first holding it out only means it will come back around again (and maybe not in very kind ways next time.)
What if letting go starts with letting in? That's what The Welcoming Prayer from Father Thomas Keating is all about. Listen in.

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Jan 05, 2021
159: What We Made in 2020
From favorite foods to honest confessions, 2020 has been a year of making beautiful things. In our final episode of the year, I'm sharing seven categories of things I made and encourage you to reflect on the significant memories, confessions, decisions and more that you made this year as well. Listen in.

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Dec 29, 2020
158: 5 Favorite Things I Listened To This Year
This episode is part of a mini-series where I'm sharing my favorite things I read, watched, listened to, and made this year.
If your year had a soundtrack, what would be on it? Today I'm sharing a few of my favorite things I listened to this year. Listen in.

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Dec 22, 2020
157: 10 Favorite Things I Watched This Year
Today’s episode brings us to another level of our relationship because I’m going to share with you shows I watch and in doing so, you will learn something about me for better or for worse.
I tried to be super honest and share with you things I watch and love that came to mind immediately (and not just things that might impress you - these will not, I assure you) so some will be basic and mainstream TV and others aren’t TV at all because we have all kinds of ways we watch things these days. Maybe your next right thing is to kick it on back and find a new-to-you show!
This episode is part of a mini-series where I'm sharing my favorite things I read, watched, listened to, and made this year.

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Dec 15, 2020
156: 5 Favorite Books I Read This Year
In our brand new The Next Right Thing Guided Journal, we'll have one page per month dedicated to A Happy List: a place to record the things we read, watched, listened to, and made. In the spirit of celebrating my next right favorite things from this year, today I'm sharing 5 books I read and loved this year. Listen in! 

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Dec 08, 2020
155: Collect the Quiet

This year has led us to places we would rather not go. But here we are anyway, waiting for relief, praying for healing, and holding on to hope the best we can. To help usher us into the Advent season and companion us to the finish line of 2020, I've created a brand new version of The Quiet Collection for Christmas and it's available now. In today's episode, I'll share the story behind it and I hope you'll listen in.

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Dec 01, 2020
154: Remember Who You Are
Today I want to talk about Jesus. I can’t talk about the importance of remembering who you are without talk about who I am. And to talk about who I am, I have to talk about Jesus.
It’s funny when you do the kind of work I do,  some people think you don’t talk about Jesus enough and others think you do it too much. I’m not trying to strike any kind of balance here y’all, I’m just trying to be a person.
I mention our friend Jesus every now and then. You may be used to that by now. I want you to know you’re welcome in this space no matter what you believe about Jesus and I hope you’ll stick around for the conversation. Listen in.

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Nov 24, 2020
153: Keep Advent Simple (with Tsh Oxenreider)
In today’s episode I’m sharing about one decision I’ve already made for the holidays and I have a special guest to share the news with. Listen in.

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Nov 17, 2020
152: Say Words With Your Out Loud Voice
Most of us long for clarity -- in our decisions, our relationships, and our vocation. As Brene Brown has taught us, "Clear is kind. Unclear is unkind." Sometimes the simplest way to offer clarity is one we often overlook: saying words with our out loud voice. Listen in. 

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Nov 10, 2020
151: 3 Steps to Restart Your Life-Giving Rhythms
No matter what happens in our elections, our churches, our families, and relationships we still have work to do, people to care for, places to go, dinner to make, homes to clean, proposals to write, losses to grieve, appointments to schedule, small wins to celebrate, emails to write and decisions to make. We still have life to live and if there’s one thing I know about you, it’s that you truly want to live your one life well.
I want that too and I’ve found this next right thing posture to be most helpful when this life begins to feel like a Rubik’s cube in the hands of a toddler. Having a rhythm to count on is key, but how to get there?
Let's return to 3 simple steps to help you restart your life-giving rhythms. Listen in.
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Nov 03, 2020
150: A Guide for Personal Reflection
One common mistake we make when we have the desire to make good decisions is that we try to peer into the future to discover what it might hold, what the outcomes we want to achieve are, and what roadblocks we wish to avoid.
The only problem is the future hasn’t happened yet, so how can it possibly teach us? Instead of looking ahead and guessing about outcomes, there’s something to be said for looking back and gathering information. Today I'll share about my weekly practice of reflection and a brand new resource I created to help! Listen in.

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Oct 27, 2020
149: How to Stay Grounded During Election Season
With an important Presidential election coming up in the United States in just a few short weeks, we are preparing to make decisions that don't only impact our own households but also the people who live all over this beautiful country and all over the world. No matter how you choose to vote, chances are you've experienced a fair amount of anxiety, frustration, and relational conflict during this season. What are some ways to stay grounded and clear-headed as we do our next right thing? Listen in. 

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Oct 20, 2020
148: Remember the Medium Picture
When the big picture is impossible to grasp but the next thing feels inconsequential, it can help to remember the medium picture instead. If you're questioning if your daily decisions are adding up to something good, holding on to the medium picture can be a relief. Listen in.

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Oct 13, 2020
147: Be Anti-Racist

It’s been four months since we all put black squares in our Instagram feeds. While the messaging and origin of those blackout Tuesday posts may have become confusing and some of the initial intentions of that initiative was lost in the frenzy of the fast-paced nature of social media, I remain grateful for that day in early summer of 2020.

For some of us, it marked a beginning, or a maybe a new beginning — a moment we can point back to and say: “That was the day I made a decision to be more than not racist. That was the day I decided to be anti-racist.” Here's a personal update of what has happened since and what it could look like to be anti-racist in our everyday lives. Listen in.

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Oct 06, 2020
146: Life With God: Start With Your Senses
In this final episode in our senses series, today we'll discover the role our senses might play in our life with God. One of the most life-giving discoveries I've made over the past decade or so has been to understand that our expression of faith doesn’t have to look just one way. Listen in.

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Sep 29, 2020
145: When You're Afraid: Start With Your Senses
Fear can be our friend because it helps us to survive by telling us to avoid dangerous things. But when fear works too hard, it's easy to lose our context. We can become hyper-focused on certain cues while ignoring other ones. When fear starts to work overtime, it can help to engage in this simple practice to bring us back to center again. Listen in.

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Sep 22, 2020
144: When You’re Feeling Stuck: Start With Your Senses
Questions of timing, next steps, and which path to take can consume our thoughts, causing us to be distracted, lose sleep, or make a decision in haste just to have it behind us. That’s because unmade decisions hold power. If you find yourself stuck in the decision-making process, it could help to re-engage in the world around you in ways that have nothing to do with the decision. Maybe it’s time to get out of your head and into your body. 

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Sep 15, 2020
143: At Home: Start With Your Senses (with Myquillyn Smith)
In an attempt to disrupt the cycle of overthinking and get out of my own head, I'm working to pay attention to my body, namely my five senses. This is not my most natural way. If you can relate, I hope that intentionally seeing, touching, smelling, tasting, and hearing might prove to be a grounding practice as we consider our next right thing in several areas of our lives. Today I'm glad to have my sister, Myquillyn Smith (The Nester), join me for a conversation about how to start with our senses at home. Listen in.

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Sep 08, 2020
142: Start With Your Senses

If you have decisions to make but feel like you’re just circling around the same thoughts, fears, ideas, and possibilities in your head but can’t find an out to take action, I want to invite you to journey with me over the course of the next several episodes toward discovering better decision-making habits by engaging our bodies, particularly our five senses. Listen in.

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Sep 01, 2020
141: Redo Your Morning Routine

Sometimes we create routines and other times, we have to break them down. Today's episode is an encouragement for anyone who feels stuck because the routines you had before aren't working anymore. Solidarity, sister. Listen in.

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Aug 25, 2020
140: Do The Opposite

In the fifth season of Seinfeld, Jerry's friend George Costanza decided to do the opposite of his instincts and as a result, he had the best day of his life. Ignoring your instincts may not be good advice, but there's still something to learn from doing the opposite. Listen in. 

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Aug 18, 2020
139: Decide Once (with Kendra Adachi)

I have invited one of my best friends in the world, author Kendra Adachi, to sit down and talk with us about simplifying our choices by deciding once (when we can) and remembering that we are the boss of our decisions and not the other way around. Listen in.

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Aug 11, 2020
138: Leave It Behind
When it comes to the decisions we have to make, the choices we carry and the many potential roads we could walk down, its important to remember that we don’t face these decisions neutrally or at zero every time. Like a good novelist begins her story with the story already happening, that’s how we arrive at every decision we make. And that means we're carrying some things we may need to leave behind. Listen in.

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Aug 04, 2020
137: Remember What You Know
From the scientists to the school board, no one really knows for sure what the next best step is in the midst of this continuing coronavirus epidemic — and those who thought they knew for sure before keep changing their minds.
We have to make decisions without all the facts, with a rapidly changing landscape of advice, and with fewer certainties we’ve come to rely upon. Now more than ever it’s essential to remember what we already know and practice doing just the next right thing. Listen in.

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Jul 28, 2020
136: Decision-Making for Slow Processors
Today’s episode is inspired by a few comments I received after I shared on Instagram that I am a slow processor. Several of you raised your hand and said you are slow processors too and it’s good to hear from someone like me who continues to put content out weekly and seems to be a functioning human adult person but that I too am someone who thinks slow.
Is there room for slow processing in this fast moving world? How can we make thoughtful decisions when everything moves so fast? Listen in.

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Jul 21, 2020
135: Fill The Vault

For the last few years, I've created some intentional space to slow down a bit on purpose around the same time every year. In today’s episode I wanted to share with you what that looks like practically and a few ideas that could help you do the same. Listen in.

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Jul 14, 2020
134: How to Pray When You're Sad

How can we continue to move forward when so many things seem like they’re standing still? When we're still carrying grief? When our hearts are broken? Sometimes our next right thing isn't to solve a problem, it's to carry it longer. It's called lament and I'm learning it is my next right thing. Maybe it's yours too?

Listen in.

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Jul 07, 2020
133: Learn The Art of Asking Questions

American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer John Dewey once said, “We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.” At the end of every month, I take some time to reflect because in order to discern my next right thing, it's important to learn from the past. If you would like to practice refection but don't know where to start, asking and answering questions is a solid beginning. Today I'll show you how. Listen in.

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Jun 30, 2020
132: Why is Decision-Making So Hard?
In the United States, we place a high value on our independence, on our ability to choose for ourselves, and to have things the way we want them when we want them. And while I know I’m speaking in broad strokes and this doesn’t necessarily describe every US citizen, it does in many ways describe us as a whole. But this is not necessarily a shared value around the world. Why is it so hard for us to make decisions? Listen in.

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Jun 23, 2020
131: Start Where You Are

What can I do? This is a question many of us are asking as we're learning more about what it means to work towards hopeful change and justice in this country. And in that question, it can become quickly overwhelming to know where to start. Speaking as a fellow journeyer without easy answers, I still believe what we talk about here every single week is as relevant now as ever - do the next right thing. Listen in. 

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Jun 16, 2020
130: Do What Sounds Fun

I'm used to asking what sounds smart, wise, kind, or thrifty. But when it comes to making decisions, one question I often forget to ask: what sounds fun? Here’s a personal story of how I’m learning to give that question some attention in my own life and how it's impacting my business and ministry. Listen in.

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Jun 09, 2020
On Racism: Learning to Speak and to Listen

This episode may seem a bit disjointed, last minute, and scattered. That’s because it is all of those things. But if we wait to speak out until we feel polished or impressive, I fear we’ll be silent for far too long. I confess that’s been true for me.

Sometimes our next right thing is to stumble forward together, not because we know exactly what we’re doing but for the sake of love and justice.

May we know when to speak up and when to stay silent. When we are silent, may it be because we are learning and listening and not because we are afraid.

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Jun 02, 2020
129: Where Are You At Home in The World?

Months of stay-at-home orders or even safer-at-home campaigns can drive even the most homebody among us to find ways to at least want to get outside or find a change of scenery.

But since travel might not be in the cards for us anytime soon, what might be a next-right-thing posture we could practice today? Inspired by Tsh Oxenreider's book At Home in the World, lately I’ve been thinking a lot about books and about home so today you’ll get some reflection on both.

Perhaps you, like me, could use a bit of reframing as it relates to this place called home. Listen in. 

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May 26, 2020
128: Use Your Reimagination

At the beginning of the year, you may have imagined what 2020 would bring. I feel sure no one imagined what we would end up getting. Today I want to invite you to join me in an exercise of reimagination. And here’s a hint: you’re already really good at it. Listen in.

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May 19, 2020
127: Don't Try To Be Great

In his book based on a commencement speech he gave at Dartmouth College in 2011, Charles Wheelan tells a story about advice he never forgot and wants to pass on to graduates: Don't try to be great. Let's put the pandemic aside, discover the freedom in that counter-intuitive advice, and give three cheers to the students, teachers, and families of the graduating class of 2020. Listen in.

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May 12, 2020
126: Being Consistent Is Not The Goal

These days, we all are making decisions with less awareness of what’s going to happen next, with less dependence on a predictable life rhythm, and with less solid information. It’s no wonder our daily decisions feel so hard.

Should we clean or rest? Watch the news or avoid it? Be strict with the kids or lighten up? Should we use this time to be productive or take a break? Work hard or calm down? See friends from a safe social distance or not at all? Celebrate now or wait for when we can all gather?

What is our next right thing and how can we know? That’s today’s episode. Listen in.

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May 05, 2020
125: Read Psalm 23

The six verses in Psalm 23 do more than comfort us in death. They guide us in life. And if we’re paying attention, these six lines can teach us how to walk into every room every day of our lives.

Psalm 23 is a next right thing kind of psalm and I will never get over it. Listen in.

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Apr 28, 2020
124: Reimagine Your Work Day

Today I’m revisiting a topic we’ve talked about here before but with a bit of a new spin in light of the world having changed and everything. I hope this will be especially helpful if you worked from home before the pandemic and now you have to find new ways to do that thing you’ve always done —  listen in.

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Apr 21, 2020
123: Practice Your Life

From Halley's comet in 1986 to the Total Solar Eclipse in 2017, I've been fascinated with sky things my whole life. Earlier this month it was the full April moon that reminded me of the truth I hold most dear: that in every transition, in every grief, in every goodbye, disappointment, offense, breakup, misunderstanding, and ending, there is mysterious potential. Listen in.

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Apr 14, 2020
122: Speak A Good Word

Sometimes the words we speak when we're afraid sound like fear. Other times, they sound like control, irritation, confusion, manipulation, ambivalence, shame, discipline, guilt or research. Fearful words come out naturally in all kinds of ways.

The fearful words find us. But good words are found by us. Let's find some good words together. Listen in.

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Apr 07, 2020
121: How to Discern and Decide

How can we trust ourselves to make wise decisions during an uncertain time? I have a couple of tools I hope will help. Listen in.

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Mar 31, 2020
120: What to do When The World Shuts Down

Doing the next right thing has been a life-line for me in parenting, schooling, work, relationships and all manner of decision-making. But these last few weeks navigating the rapidly changing situation in our world as we fight to slow the spread of Covid-19, doing the next right thing has taken on an entirely new level of meaning.

As we move forward together I want to walk along with you as you navigate your next right thing - for yourself, in your families, with your friends, and as you carry so many question marks as it seems the world has shut down.

Listen in.

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Mar 24, 2020
119: How to Help Children Make Decisions

Today’s episode is for parents, caregivers, or anyone with children in your life who may need help with their next right thing.

Though this episode was recorded just a few days ago, a lot has changed in the world since then as our global community continues to try to slow the spread of COVID-19. I only address the pandemic for a moment at the top of the episode and then continue with the regularly scheduled conversation about helping children navigate their own decision-making posture.

Perhaps more than ever before this is a good time to talk with kids about keeping our minds on just the next right thing in front of us. Listen in.

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Mar 17, 2020
118: Start Small

Today’s episode is for anyone who has let something go and is now considering what it might look like to re-invite that thing back into your life in a new way. If you’ve been thinking about returning to something you left behind but aren’t sure where to start, listen in.

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Mar 10, 2020
117: Don't Look At The Wall

Weighing our options is important. But overthinking options and possibilities can keep us from actually making a decision. It's possible to be so distracted looking at the wall that we spend all our time there and we forget where we’re going and why we’re on the road in the first place. Here's a 10 minute reminder to keep your eyes on the road. 

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Mar 03, 2020
116: See Through the Fog

In our last episode, I talked about the HALT method and how using that can help when we have big decisions to make. In summary, try to avoid making big decisions when you’re hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. Instead, do the next right thing - eat, breathe, find a friend, or go to bed

Today I've come up with another acronym to help us consider other states of being that could skew our ability to think clearly about decisions: FOGI (pronounced foggy - Are you annoyed with me yet? Hang in there!)

Listen in.

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Feb 25, 2020
115: Before You Decide, HALT

If you’re listening to this episode and you’re well-rested, well-fed, clear-headed, at peace, happy, even-tempered, and feeling basically great about life then this episode might not be for you today.

For the rest of us? The halt method could save us from making decisions more complicated than they need to be simply by asking these four simple questions. Listen in.

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Feb 18, 2020
114: Welcome Your Loneliness

In my letter to my readers last week I mentioned some loneliness I’ve been experiencing lately and a reader wrote back and asked me to share more about that.

My first response in my head was a sharp no way but then my second thought was maybe. And the ellipses that follow that maybe? Is today’s episode.

When we’re feeling lonely, what’s our next right thing? I can’t say I really have answers to that question, but I do have words and I do have stories and sometimes when you’re feeling lonely, words and stories land better than answers anyway.

Listen in.

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Feb 11, 2020
113: Decide to Decide

As I pay attention to my own life and the life of people around me, I’ve come to the conclusion that we can trace a lot of our anxiety, stress, and feelings of overwhelm back to a single or a series of unmade decisions. It’s not always because we are putting those decisions off. Sometimes It’s because we don’t even realize we’re carrying them.

Today’s episode is a simple practice in uncovering decisions that need to be made and doing the next right thing to make them. Listen in.

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Feb 04, 2020
112: Two Words to Avoid

A lot of what we talk about here isn’t necessarily about the specific decision you’re holding like which job to say yes to or whether or not you ought to marry that person. Instead, we talk a lot about mindset, posture, and cultivating a listening way of life so that when tough decisions come our way, we’re better equipped to move through them.

Today I’ll share two words we can eliminate from our vocabulary, especially when we’re talking about our roles, our work, or the roles and work of others. Listen in.

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Jan 28, 2020
111: Never Believe Anything Bad About God

We all want to make our choices with wisdom, courage, and discernment. Today we come back home to one of the most foundational truths I hold on to when making decisions. On the surface it may not sound like it has to do with decision making at all. But these six words from Dallas Willard have changed the way I make decisions.

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Jan 21, 2020
110: Build for the Years You Can’t See

Since adults make over 35,000 decisions every single day, it’s no wonder that this idea of doing the next right thing feels like such a relief. But there are also times when doing the next right thing doesn’t seem like enough.

Maybe you’ve been practicing this simple discipline for a while now and still, it’s not leading to where you thought it would lead or bringing results you hoped to see by now.

If you can relate, listen in.

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Jan 14, 2020
109: Wait Until The Morning

Back in Episode 70 we talked about The Best Time to Make A Decision. Spoiler Alert: Being a good decision-maker has less to do with having a certain kind of magically decisive personality and more to do with timing.

In today’s episode, I’ll share one simple practice that has helped me this very week to make better decisions for my own life. Listen in.

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Jan 07, 2020
108: Walk at Your Own Pace

Because I talk a lot about reflection and intention regularly throughout the year, when December/January come around and everyone else talks about it too, I find myself leaning forward to hear what they have to say.

So here on the last day of the month, the last day of the year and the final day of the decade, I’m asking myself as I share these words with you: do I have anything to add? I've decided that I do.  It’s a simple observation that I hope will encourage you to walk at your own pace in freedom.

If you want a little no-shame companionship as you stand between the year you’ve just lived and the one you’re entering into, listen in.

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Dec 31, 2019
BONUS: For Anyone Waiting for Home

Today’s episode is a bit different than our usual format so I’m offering a brief introduction to welcome you to it and give a bit of background.

Every year my church here in Greensboro creates one of my favorite offerings called Lessons and Carols. It’s a service of music, both original compositions and familiar favorites, as well as a collection of readings from scripture that tell the story of Jesus, this year it was told through the lens of home, both the one we have here and the one we continue to long for.

Advent is a season of waiting and this night of lessons and carols is a time to remember how God’s people waited many years for the Messiah, how he chose to make his home among us, and how we wait still for him to come again.

This year, my friend and pastor Michael Van Patter asked if I would be willing to write a short piece to end the night, a reflection to close our time together. It was an honor, as a writer, to hold space for this idea of home, to listen for the ways my own longing mixes with my current reality and how joy and sorrow coexist for all of us. That can be especially true at Christmas.

I wish I had the rights to broadcast the entire night right here on the podcast so you could hear how the creative image of God is so beautifully reflected in the music of some of my dearest friends at Hope Chapel. That would be my first choice.

Instead, I’ll settle for my second choice which is to simply share with you that piece I wrote to close Lessons and Carols service.

Whether you’re surrounded today by friends and family who know you well or if you find yourself in an unknown place this Christmas, I hope these words will bring a bit of comfort and clarity as you continue to honor the tension you may feel between being where you are and longing for a home you miss.

And Merry Christmas to you.

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Dec 24, 2019
107: 8 Books for Soulful Decisions

Today I'm sharing some trusted books I've turned to multiple times over the years. If you’ve been listening for any amount of time, these recommendations probably won't surprise you. But it seemed fitting to have them all in one place and dedicate at least one episode to some of the books I’ve turned to over the years that have helped to shape my own decision making process, path, and posture. Listen in.

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Dec 17, 2019
106: Let's Talk About Disney's Frozen 2!

Spoiler Alert! Today's episode will have spoilers about Disney’s new animated film Frozen 2. Months before the movie released previews of some of the songs were made available and one of those songs was called The Next Right Thing.

As the host of The Next Right Thing podcast and the author of the book, many have wondered what I think about Disney publishing a song with the same title as my own work. Well today I'll share my response to that question and more; like what we can we learn from an animated princess about love and sorrow? And where did the songwriters find their inspiration for The Next Right Thing? Listen in.

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Dec 10, 2019
105: How to Manage Holiday Decision Fatigue

Is there a way to enter this season thoughtfully with our whole hearts? How can we manage the holiday decision fatigue that seems inevitable? Is there a way to remain centered even in the midst of lots of activity? If you’ve had these questions too, listen in.

Plus: The Quiet Collection for Christmas is available starting today! Visit to learn more.

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Dec 03, 2019
104: Make Soup (And Eat It, Too)

For those of us in the US, this is Thanksgiving week which for many may mean a shorter workweek, a few days off school, lots of travel and/or preparation for the arrival of friends and family.

Whether this holiday comes as a welcome pause or an unwelcome interruption, or if you’re listening during a regular week with regular routines, I hope these few minutes we have together can be for you like a deep breath and a kind friend.

This week I’m carrying a question with me: In what ways has my experience at the table ministered the gospel to me? How can I participate in sacred table moments in the midst of everyday life? Can our time around the table really change the way I see myself, my family, my decisions, and the world around me?

Listen in.

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Nov 26, 2019
103: Look for the Children: Mister Rogers and Decision-Making

Sometimes decision-making is a straightforward choice between two things. Those things may be both great things, both not great things, or one is greater than the other but the choice is nuanced and not as simple as it seems it should be.

But then there are other times where choices are clouded by the personality and demeanor of other people, where this one thing looks great on the surface but you know this situation isn’t so simple and you wonder how to move forward in a situation that is clouded by interpersonal conflict or relational tension.

If you can relate, listen in.

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Nov 19, 2019
102: Say Short Prayers

If your concerns, decisions and complicated problems feel like they need an extra complicated solution, I hope you’ll listen in and find some relief.

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Nov 12, 2019
101: Read Your Own Headlines

In the midst of what might be a busy schedule, a life transition, a big decision, or the constant demands of everyday life, it can be easy to lose the thread of the story our lives are telling. That may not seem like it matters . . . until it does. And that’s what today’s episode is all about. Listen in.

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Nov 05, 2019
100: Tell Me About You (and I'll Tell You About Me)

As we celebrate 2 years, 100 episodes and 5 million downloads, it seems like a good time to learn more about who you are and to share a personal update about my own next right thing.

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Oct 29, 2019
99: Tear Down the Old, Make Room for New

I am not a tear it down kind of person. But keeping things intact is not a character trait. It’s a decision, and it’s not always a good one.

The painful truth is that sometimes in order to experience wholeness, first we have to tear something down. It sounds counter-intuitive, and you’d better believe it often feels that way, too. But God himself understands the necessity of being torn down to be remade.

We don’t want to be people who shut our eyes to reality, hiding in comfortable corners and declaring the world is not our problem. We also realize every story has nuance and there’s no such thing as an “issue.” It’s all people and stories of people and I’m learning to pay attention. If you’re learning too or at least want to learn along with me, listen in.

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Oct 22, 2019
98: Don't Preach to Your Emotions

Making a decision is hard enough. But add the unpredictability of emotion to the mix and making a confident decision can feel nearly impossible.

What do we do when we have a decision to make but we have such strong emotions surrounding that decision that we feel paralyzed to move one way or another? It’s a great question and I can’t say I have a clean, linear answer. But I do have thoughts and I hope you’ll listen in.

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Oct 15, 2019
97: Take a 10 Minute Timeout

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.

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Oct 08, 2019
96: Listen to Your Crazy Ideas

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.

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Oct 01, 2019
95: Practice Friendship

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.

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Sep 24, 2019
94: Ask the Second Question

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. 

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Sep 17, 2019
93: Borrow Prayers

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. 

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Sep 10, 2019
92: Point and Call

Sometimes it’s the simplest things that help to ease our decision-fatigue the most.

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Sep 03, 2019
91: Be A Placemaker

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.

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Aug 27, 2019
90: Start with this Simple Rhythm

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?

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Aug 20, 2019
89: Come Back With Peace

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. 

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Aug 13, 2019
88: Come Away for Awhile

Is there a difference between a vacation, a sabbath, and a break? How can we tell and why does it matter?

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Jun 25, 2019
87: Create Space

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?

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Jun 18, 2019
86: Decision-Making with James Bryan Smith

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.

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Jun 11, 2019
85: Hold Space When Someone Dies

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.

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Jun 04, 2019
84: A Beginner's Guide to Self-Reflection

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.

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May 28, 2019
83: Remember What's More Important Than Your Decision

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?

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May 21, 2019
82: Find the Beginning in the Ending

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.


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May 14, 2019
A Blessing for the Mothers

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 or on Instagram @emilypfreeman.

May 07, 2019
81: Listen to This Before Graduation

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.

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Apr 30, 2019
Bonus: Myquillyn Smith, The Nester

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.

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Apr 25, 2019
80: Don't Take Offense


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. 

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Apr 23, 2019
Bonus: Kendra Adachi, The Lazy Genius

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.

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Find Kendra at 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.

Apr 18, 2019
79: Find Relief From Regret

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?

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Apr 16, 2019
Bonus: Annie F. Downs

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.

Apr 11, 2019
78: Feeling Stuck? Start Again

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.

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Apr 09, 2019
Bonus: The Next Right Thing Live Show!

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

With special guests Kendra Adachi (The Lazy Genius), and  Myquillyn Smith (The Nester).

Apr 04, 2019
77: Do The Next Right Thing

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.

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Apr 02, 2019
76: Create A Simple Morning Routine

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.

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Mar 26, 2019
75: Tell Yourself the Truth

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?

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Mar 19, 2019
74: What's Your Decision-Making Style?

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!

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Mar 12, 2019
73: Design A Rhythm of Work - Theme Days

Today’s episode is all about the one thing I’m doing in my work that is saving my life this year.

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Mar 05, 2019
72: Design A Rhythm of Life

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.

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Feb 26, 2019
71: Let Time Be Your Friend

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. 

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Feb 19, 2019
70: The Best Time to Make A Decision

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.

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Feb 12, 2019
69: Tell Someone

One life-giving choice I’ve made when I’m feeling overwhelmed with indecision is to decide not to walk through it alone.

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Feb 05, 2019
68: If You're Afraid of Making the Wrong Decision

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.

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Jan 29, 2019
67: Wait Now Go

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.

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Jan 22, 2019
66: Don't Let the Ending Define the Whole Story

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.

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Jan 15, 2019
65: Take Off Your Crown

One question can make the difference between living with all consuming daily stress and a lighthearted sense of hope. 

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Jan 08, 2019
A Blessing for the New Year

Before you make any major decisions in the new year, here's a 3 minute blessing to start things off.

Jan 01, 2019
64: Acknowledge Your Soul

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.

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Dec 18, 2018
63: Make Room

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?

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Dec 11, 2018
62: Sit Down on the Inside

If you want to find relief from seasonal anxiety, I would love to help. 


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Dec 04, 2018
61: Look Back - How Reflection Can Help You Make Better Decisions

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.

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Nov 27, 2018
60: Start Before You're Ready (PLUS A Big Announcment!)

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.

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Nov 20, 2018
59: Find A Quiet Space

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.

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Nov 13, 2018
58: Welcome Silence

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.

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Nov 06, 2018
57: Don't Dread Your Weird Life

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. 

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Oct 30, 2018
56: Focus on One

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. 


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Oct 23, 2018
55: Learn to Walk in the Dark

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.

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Oct 16, 2018
54: Find Someone to Mother

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.

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Oct 09, 2018
53: Allow the Present to Be Imperfect

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.


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Oct 02, 2018
52: Grow as You Go

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.

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Sep 25, 2018
51: Choose A Pastime

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.

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Sep 18, 2018
50: Go Forward

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.

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Sep 11, 2018
49: Collaborate

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.


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Sep 04, 2018
48: Receive the Waiting Time

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.

Jul 31, 2018
47: Receive One Another

When someone around us is struggling, what is our next right thing? Listen in.


Jul 24, 2018
46: Receive the Shadows and Light

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.


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Jul 17, 2018
45: Receive a New Beginning

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.

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Jul 10, 2018
44: Receive Healing

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.

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Jul 03, 2018
43: Receive Silence

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.

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Jun 26, 2018
42: Receive Peace

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.

Jun 19, 2018
41: Take A Breath

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.

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Jun 12, 2018
40: Keep Your Rest

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.

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Jun 05, 2018
39: Don't Give Your Critic Words

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. 

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May 29, 2018
38: Zoom Out

This one simple sentence from a New York pastry chef could help you shift your perspective and take your next right step. Listen in.

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May 22, 2018
37: Take a Hometown Tour

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.

May 15, 2018
36: Stay in Today

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.

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May 08, 2018
35: Be Kind (with Candace Cameron Bure)

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. 


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May 01, 2018
34: Pick What You Like

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?

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Apr 24, 2018
33: Gather Co-Listeners

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.


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Apr 17, 2018
32: Stop Collecting Gurus

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.

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Visit The Next Right Thing for a complete transcript of this 12 minute episode.

Apr 10, 2018
31: Be A Beginner

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.

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Apr 03, 2018
30: Hold One Thing at A Time

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.

Mar 27, 2018
29: Remember the Real Art

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.

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Mar 20, 2018
28: Stand on Your Head

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.

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Mar 13, 2018
27: Stop Rushing Clarity

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.

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If you prefer reading to listening, download a transcript of this episode right here.

Mar 06, 2018
26: Choose Connection

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.

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Feb 27, 2018
25: Come Home to Yourself

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.

Feb 20, 2018
24: Look for Arrows (Not Answers)

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.

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Feb 13, 2018
23: Release Your Agenda

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. 

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Feb 06, 2018
22: Embrace Your Limits

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.

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Jan 30, 2018
21: Find A No Mentor

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.

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Jan 23, 2018
20: Ignore With Intention

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.

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Jan 16, 2018
19: Choose Your Absence

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.

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Jan 09, 2018
18: Wait With Great Hope

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.

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Dec 05, 2017
17: Let It Count

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 for a full transcript and a copy of today's prayer.

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Nov 28, 2017
16: Walk Slow and Carry Questions

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.

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Nov 21, 2017
15: Name the Narrative

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 for resources mentioned + a full transcript.

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Nov 14, 2017
14: Know What You Want

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 for resources mentioned in this episode + a full transcript.

To connect beyond the podcast, join our little tribe at for weekly reminders to help create space for your soul to breathe so you can discern your next right thing in love.

Nov 07, 2017
13: Quit Something

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.

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Oct 31, 2017
12: Practice Presence

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: and find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman.

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Oct 24, 2017
11: Wear Better Pants

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 and click on episode 11 to download a copy of today's prayer for self-acceptance.

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Oct 17, 2017
10: Be Where You Are

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.

Oct 10, 2017
09: Listen for Specifics - Moving Forward After Tragedy

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.

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Oct 03, 2017
08: Expect to Be Surprised

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 and tell me so I can thank you directly!

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Sep 26, 2017
07: Faithfulness, Fame, and the Gift of Obscurity

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 for show notes + a full transcript. Find me on instagram @emilypfreeman

Sep 19, 2017
06: Know the Power of Naming

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 for show notes + resources mentioned. Find me on instagram @emilypfreeman.

Sep 12, 2017
05: Offer Your Work With Hope

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

Sep 05, 2017
04: Record What You Learn

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 for resources, a transcript and a free gift. Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman

Aug 29, 2017
03: Make the Most Important List

There's at least one major flaw with the typical pro/con list. In today's episode, I'll share how you can make a different kind of list that will help inform all future decisions.

Visit for show notes + a full transcript. You can find me @emilypfreeman on Instagram + Twitter.

Aug 22, 2017
02: Do This Before Every Hard Decision

Is there a decision you know you need to make but you keep putting it off? There could be many reasons why this particular decision is giving you trouble, but I want to offer one question you can ask that could help you move forward.

Access show notes + a full transcript at and find me on Twitter + Instagram @emilypfreeman

Aug 15, 2017
01: Become A Soul Minimalist

When a decision requires the deep work of discernment, it can be difficult to move forward when our minds and souls are filled with clutter. Let's talk about what it means to be a soul minimalist and how it can help clarify the decision-making process in just 5 minutes a day.

Visit for show notes + a full transcript of this episode. Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman

Aug 15, 2017
Introducing The Next Right Thing

Created for anyone who struggles to make decisions, it's a brand new podcast! Because I'm never more open to advice, guidance, direction, and discouragement than when I have a decision to make. Maybe you too? Inspired from the commonly quoted advice to simply "do the next right thing," let's move forward together to discern what that might mean. To learn more and download a transcript, visit

Aug 07, 2017