what i'm into :: november 2014

A day late and a dollar short?  Never.  This month’s What I’m Into post is a wee bit late, but I’m finishing it nonetheless!  Because here’s what I have to say: with three speaking engagements and a trip across to the south with two little ones, life has been full and crazy and I’m ready to enter into a slower time of Advent reflection.  In the meantime, be sure to come back tomorrow and enter the giveaway for A Very Foodie Christmas – you won’t be sorry, I promise!  

This picture does not do the event justice: we went to an SEC football game (Ole Miss v. Miss State), and WOW.  Those Rebels know how to celebrate.  Hotty Toddy!
This picture does not do the event justice: we went to an SEC football game (Ole Miss v. Miss State), and WOW. Those Rebels know how to celebrate. Hotty Toddy!

I’ve read some books…

The Enneagram (Rohr, 5/5) – While the beginning was a bit slow, I was soon ENTHRALLED to learn more about myself (and how I relate to the world) through this ancient typology. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy.

The Preaching Life (Taylor, 5/5) – I’m such a huge fan of BBT, both the old and the new.  Both the writing that screams Jesus, and that which still screams the Christ, but in a far less obvious way.

Jane Eyre (Bronte, 5/5) – Even though I read this ten or so years ago, my book club decidedly picked this because there is no better a book to devour in the month of November.

Orange Is the New Black (Kerman, 4/5) – We love the television show, so I was eager to see if the book fit the bill.  While Hollywood certain added their own flair, I appreciated Kerman’s call to justice and reform for our nation’s prison system.

Learning to Walk in the Dark (Taylor, 5/5) – Yes, I read two BBT books this month …because can you blame me?  The third in her self-proclaimed trilogy, she looks at every facet of darkness, and with that special storytelling lens then bravely examines her own journey.

I’m currently reading…

Babyproofing Your Marriage; Committed; Outlander; How Language Works; Light Upon Light – and if you’re looking for a book to enter into the Advent, Christmas and Epiphany seasons with, I can’t recommend this last book any more.  My friend, Sarah Arthur, has organized daily sets of written prayers, poetry and scripture to help the reader enter into the week’s theme.  (If you’ve read or used A Guide to Prayer, it’s similar).

This show: yay or nay?
This show: yay or nay?

I’m staring at the boob tube…

Baby Brother was sleeping through the night for a week or so there (Glory, glory!), but we’re back to 2 am feedings – so Gilmore Girls continues to be the middle-of-the-night show of choice.  Will Lorelei and Luke ever get together?  Wait, wait, don’t tell me!  Otherwise we’re watching Blackish, How to Get Away with Murder, Scandal and Criminal Minds.  Oh, and Curious George.  Lots of “Monkey!  Monkey!”

And I can’t wait to see this in the theaters soon (as it was one of my favorite books of 2013):


I’m consuming calories…

I just have one word for you: Thanksgiving.  Okay, one more set of words: In the South.  Need I say more?  Turkey, brown gravy, white gravy, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, collard greens, green beans, mac & cheese, rolls, cranberry sauce, apple pie and sweet potato pie.  My sister-in-law wins for Best Feast Forever & Always (and she didn’t even pay me to say this).

And I’m writing…

As previously mentioned, I ended up having three speaking engagements in the month of November; for me, when I write a talk – or a sermon, if we want to be fancy about it – preparation involves research and getting all my words out on paper.  Then, when it comes to the actual speaking event, I operate best if I’m given the freedom to then speak without notes …because most likely, whatever’s supposed to be said will be said, but by that point the message is so engraved on my mind, that the original point generally makes itself clear.  If you’re a speaker, what’s your process?

So, that’s about it!  What about you?  What did you read or watch or DO in the month of November that caught your attention?  And what buttery goodness filled your plate last Thursday?  

8 thoughts on “what i'm into :: november 2014

  1. Hey! I’m curious about the speaking engagements–how did you started seeking out gigs? Any advice for a newbie? It’s something I’m thinking about trying in the new year (probably starting with MOPS groups), but I’m a little daunted. Thanks for the help! heather

    1. Hi friend! They’ve all been through previously held contacts; I used to be in full-time ministry, so there were a lot of contacts made there, but otherwise I started putting myself out there as an option. I’d connect with people, then send them my speaking resume and ask that if they ever hear or or have speaking gigs that they think I might be a good fit for, to think of me. I’ll email you my resume now so you can see what I did.

  2. Hotty Toddy back to you! My dad was an Ole Miss graduate (back in the day) so I’ve always pulled for them, even though my own family is mainly Auburn graduates (War Eagle). 🙂

    I’m glad to hear more about The Enneagram. I’ve been curious about it but haven’t heard anyone who has actually read it. I’ll keep it on my to-read list. Oh, the Learning to Walk in the Dark–that’s definitely on my list too! I love Barbara Brown Taylor.

    1. Hi Lisa! Hotty Toddy – who knew? Yes, my father-in-law went to Ole Miss back in the day as well – James Meredith, ’63. Crazy crazy.

      And as you can see, I HIGHLY recommend The Enneagram; I haven’t read any of the other books, but hope to, eventually. The list is rather long though. Otherwise, I might need to get to all those BBT books!

      Cara Meredith

      writer, speaker, musician. carameredith.com

  3. So sad it didn’t work out to see you last week. 🙁 But I’m glad you had a good time! I am totally hooked on How to Get Away With Murder! I can’t wait for the winter hiatus to be over.

    1. Someday. We’ll meet up ….in SF! I’m loving How to Get Away With Murder, although I sometimes don’t feel near brilliant enough to be watching it. So many hidden nuances!

      Cara Meredith

      writer, speaker, musician. carameredith.com

  4. Hey there – we are having parallel travels! We went to Mississippi for Thanksgiving too! (to be with my husband’s family in Tupelo.) He’s a Miss. State alumni, and BIG football fan. We almost went to that game! (But settled for watching it on tv, b/c of the crowds.). And here, we were just in your neck of the woods for a friend’s wedding! I hope one of these trips we get to meet in person, friend! LOVED, your ‘Writing Down the Bones’ post at SheLoves – I’m so sorry I wasn’t able to give you good ideas. (My brain has been mushy, with all of the doc visits I’ve been having in preparation for IVF at the beginning of the year). Love your books here – I’m currently reading Leaving Church by BBT. Congrats on speaking as well! Blessings, friend!!

    1. Sarah, HOW funny! MS and then CA …indeed, someday our paths will cross! It was fun seeing all your pictures here, by the way – even in the fog, I love where I live. 🙂 I’m actually preparing a BBT post for later this week; she’s my author of the year (as I’m sure you can attest). And thanks always for your encouragement. xo.

      Cara Meredith

      writer, speaker, musician. carameredith.com

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