Friday Five

1. Smile, You’re Speaking Emoji: The Rapid Evolution of a Wordless Tongue. Listen, this is a very long article. That’s why I’m putting it first. I recommend you read for a while, take a break and watch/read the next thing on this list, then go back. As many times as you need. Because, it’s an intriguing article. It covers everything from why we like talking in pictures, to why the poop smiles, to what the shrimp can mean (apparently someone has written an entire essay on the shrimp emoji), to why millennials embrace emojis and what that means about us. And if you see me soon, I will probably be bringing all of this up because it is fascinating.

2. Ready for your first break?  

3. How to Make Your Last Name Plural. PLEASE READ THIS. It is so important that I do not get any Christmas cards from the Smith’s or the Jones’.

4. I know it’s not time for Christmas music (please ignore that tree in the corner). But is this technically Christmas music? It just talks about being cold outside and it IS cold outside right now. This version is adorable and not at all creepy-OMG-did-he-just-roofie-her-drink questionable which I appreciate. 

5. Finally, Christian Girl Instagram. 



Friday Five

OK, here we go.
1. Let’s talk about Serial. Here are some theories. And then here is a post that reflects what I’ve been thinking about when I hear people say, “I bet the twist at the end is…” It’s real life.

2. What Should I Do When Prayer Makes My Anxiety Worse?  This article is great for those dealing with anxiety and those who know people dealing with anxiety.

3. This is precious. 

Also? I love that kids are still watching that movie. My sister and I loved it growing up.

4. When Healthy Eating Calls for Treatment. I have erased about 10 sentences regarding how fascinating I find this from various angles. But I’ll just leave it at that—fascinating. Let me know if you’d like to discuss further. I have some thoughts, obviously. 

5. Do you need a Thanksgiving playlist? Of course you do. #NoChristmasMusicYet


Phone Tips



Erin and MeLissa went on tour and all they brought us was this video.


Friday Five

1. Have you seen the latest OK Go video yet? You need to.

2. Every Pixar Movie in 140 Characters or Less (via The Wardrobe Door). 

3. Rad – Cliffe.

4. To Siri, With Love. A sweet story about a boy becoming BFF with Apple’s Siri. 

5. The Internet Is Awesome.

BONUS: My friend Lizette on what she loves and hates about being single. I love it.  

Um, also. It’s Halloween. Happy Halloween! If you need a last minute costume idea, check out the Coffee Shopper’s Guide. There are several procrastinating options. 


Friday Five

1. This is what happens when you send Tinder guys the emails from You’ve Got Mail. I love that someone thought of this.

2. Marcel The Shell With Shoes On is back:

3. This is the kind of music you should listen to while you work. I noticed neither “rap” or “banjo” were mentioned, which are two of my go-tos. What music do you listen to while you work?

4. Speaking of people who are back AND music [what a terrific segue!], Lydia and I made a new video featuring music.  

5. Still speaking of music, Relevant compiled this list of 14 New Songs from Worship Artists You Need to Hear. I’m loving the new John Mark McMillan and the Steffany Gretzinger stuff. 


Friday Five

1. Average bedtimes in the U.S. per county [via Knox]. I found this fascinating. I go to bed at least an hour before the average person in my area. What about you? 

2. The iOS Predictive Text Song. He let the phone predict the words and it’s actually kind of catchy (even if it makes no sense whatsoever).

3. The Literary United States [via Mary Beth]. I am ashamed to say I’ve read very few of these. Also, when did we accept Washington D.C. into the Union?

4. Drew Holcomb.

5. How to Die Beautifully. I love this perspective on Autumn and sanctification. 

Shameless Self-Promotion: Top 6 Coffee Shops in TV and Movies over at Coffee Shoppers. 


Friday Five

1. Showing Grace in the Era of Cultural Outrage. I’ve had many of these same thoughts. 

2. All About the Books. How much do I love this? Let me count the ways: Nashville, library, books, All About That Bass. [via Jenna]

3. If Coach Taylor Quotes Were Motivational Posters

4. Pretty much everyone is in this video. 

5. The Lord is with you. In prison, in valleys, in stormy waters, in fire- I can’t stop thinking about the fact that when things are bad, the Lord is with me.”




Friday Five

1. To celebrate it being on Netflix, here are 12 Things You Never Knew About Gilmore Girls. I love the show, and only knew 2-3 of these things. 

2. I want this book. Also, if you can watch this without smiling, what’s it like to be a robot? 

3. Giving Singles Land to Till. I thought this was great by Lore Ferguson, bringing up several points that many of these sorts of lists leave out.

4. I’ve posted this theory before, but for those of you who are video people, here’s the Pixar Theory:

5. This is the cutest. There’s a whole documentary happening, too. (Via Lydia)


Friday Five

1. The Camp Counselor vs. The Intern. I went the camp counselor route and always thought it was the best choice for me. Therefore, I loved this article.

2. One of my favorite bands? Check. Favorite state? Check.

3. That Moment You Knew He Was NOT the One. You’ve heard the stories of people falling in love. Katy gathered some stories of the moment people knew they weren’t falling in love (or even in like).

4. John Mark McMillan + Bear Rinehart.

5. Y’all. I heard about the Skimm from Jamie and Knox and signed up this past week. It is wonderful. Basically, it sends you an email each day that gives you the scoop on major world events, but in simple language and a little bit of humor. I feel much more informed now.

Bonus: I want to be friends with these people.


Friday Five

1. Can you guess where people are from based on their accents? I got a 7/12. Also, I don’t remember where I found this, or I’d link to you (sorry about that).

2. Erin and MeLissa are coming to Nashville! If you aren’t familiar with Erin and MeLissa, you’re obviously new around here (welcome!). Here’s a video: 

3. Place “Only” Anywhere in This Sentence. This is just a fun little word trick for writers and actors (I once had to do this in an acting class when I thought I still had a shot at being a Disney channel star [that didn't pan out]). 

4. Meghan Trainor sings “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift. Also, I like her rap better. Sorry, I couldn’t get the video to embed. 

5. On Holding Pieces of Each Other’s Hearts. This is a beautiful piece on community, love, and friendship (via Laura). There is a language warning, though.