This is the story of the labels people pin to us – to our bodies or our lives, or our families or our homes – and that we sometimes start to believe must be true.

This is the story of starting to say that we will not be accepting those labels today, thank you very much. 

Today Christie and Lisa-Jo each share stories about labels they had unknowingly accepted about themselves since they were teenagers. As if they were a shameful secret. As if they should apologize for who they are. Do you know what we mean? Do you have a memory, a throwaway sentence, an insult, a note, a casual, cutting observation that you tucked into your soul and allowed to grow up alongside you as if it was always part of you? So that now that lie is grafted into your DNA and you can’t tell the difference between the label and the reality of you?

Today is the day to toss that label in the trash, friends!

Join us as we speak truth and laughter and reality to the labels that have embarrassed us in the past. That we choose instead to name our lives and our homes and ourselves with the words spoken on the sixth day, “very good” (Genesis 1:31).

Out of the Ordinary

The podcast for anyone who’s ever felt the nagging frustration of wondering if her life is too small, too boring or too ordinary to make a difference. Lisa-Jo Baker and Christie Purifoy, longtime friends and bestselling authors, explore the surprising ways that cultivating ordinary life leads to extraordinary stories.

Visit our official podcast page!

Christie Purifoy

Christie Purifoy

Co-Host

A writer and gardener, her favorite ordinary things include strawberry jam, homegrown flowers, and old books with someone else’s notes in them.

Find Christie’s books here.

Lisa-Jo Baker

Lisa-Jo Baker

Co-Host

A reader and writer, her favorite ordinary things include hot tea with milk and sugar, a good movie, her mom’s hand-me-down books and Sunday afternoon naps.

Find Lisa-Jo’s books here.

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I had eggs for breakfast. My hands are stained with pollen. This vignette looked so beautiful. Because I have a camera, and Instagram, I can share it with you.
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I am grateful, content.
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I’ve been a bit sick with allergies/asthma but summer cosmos are good medicine. I find I cut more flowers in July and August because it’s hot and sticky and the garden as a whole feels a bit overwhelming. Playing with flowers indoors helps me focus on the gifts of the garden rather than the griefs (there are always griefs).
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There’s quite a bit about cosmos in my book. Hopefully that means a few more of you will be picking cosmos with me next summer! 🌸
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I don’t typically share on my personal IG feed about each month’s new issue of Paper&String, the digital care package I help make with a whole community of artists, writers, pastors, cooks and bakers, and … well, I could keep going. It’s a wonderfully creative group. But this month’s issue?? I pretty much read the whole thing with my jaw dropped and open. The theme for this July issue is enchantment, and WOW. It worked. I am freshly filled with joy and wonder and light. ✨ Friends, If you don’t yet subscribe, this one is too good to miss.
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There’s a link in my profile where you can learn more or subscribe. It’s only $5.99! Are you already a subscriber? If so, I’d love to hear your favorite thing from this month’s care package. Or maybe you are only getting started? This is definitely one to savor.
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Thank you @kimberlyacoyle @kriscamealy @lisajobaker @annakocherart @serendipimoose @elrenaevans @tonyasalomons and everyone else who lent your love and voice and talent to this special issue. 💜
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I’m a less-is-more kind of girl, and summer is too much in every way.
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Too much heat. Too much humidity. Too many gorgeous garden flowers asking to be cut.
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Too much pollen dropped on all the furniture. Too much sun on our cheeks, too many fire flies late at night. Two many watermelon drips. Too much time together.
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And I’m trying to keep up. Trying to open my mouth wide. And wider. (Psalm 81:10)
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