WCW Interview: Jamie Ivey

WCW Interview: Jamie Ivey

I am so thrilled to introduce you all to Jamie Ivey. We met in real life at a conference last October and spoke for maybe a total of 2.5 minutes, but she was so freakin’ adorable and kind! When I discovered her podcast, The Happy Hour, late last year, I was in love with the space she was creating for woman to discuss and share. Her interview with Kari Sowers about mentorship and creativity was a game changer for me. I FB messaged her and asked if I could interview her here. She literally responded “YES” within 15 seconds. She is kind, honest and sincere and I think you are going to love our talk this week.

Welcome Jamie.

         Tell us a little bit about yourself? 

My name is Jamie Ivey and I live in Austin, Texas with my family. I’ve been married to my sweet husband, Aaron, for almost 15 years and we have four children who are growing up to be some of our favorite people to hang out with. I spend most of my days working on my podcast, writing for my blog, JamieIvey.com, or preparing to speak somewhere. One of my favorite things to do is travel with people I love, and find new restaurants around Austin, which happens to have some of the best food in the world!

For those who may not be familiar, talk about your podcast, The Happy Hour? 

In 2011 a radio station in town that I listened to had a contest to fill an open spot on their morning show and I decided to try out for the spot even though I had never done radio before. A few months later I found myself as the winner of the contest and the newest co-host of a morning show on a country radio station. It was so much fun, and I realized I had found something that I truly loved and was actually kinda good at. Unfortunately after a few months I decided to step down because of the strain that the job was putting on my kids. My family was suffering, and so I made the hard decision to leave the job that I had grown to love. It was one of the hardest and best decisions I have ever had to make.

After that job I told myself that I was going to eventually be back on the radio one day and instead of getting back on the radio I decided to start my own podcasts. I had not one clue as to what I was doing, but jumped in and figured it out along the way. My show is called The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey and a new show releases every Wednesday. Each week I invite a girlfriend on and we talk about the big things in life, the little things, and everything in between. Past guests have included Jen Hatmaker, Korie Robertson, Emily Lex, Jessi Connoly, Jessica Honneger, Jennie Allen, and many more.

It’s a super fun show and my hope for my listeners is that after each show they are encouraged and inspired a bit more than they were before they listened.
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You and your husband adopted from Haiti, can you describe that process and what led your hearts toward adoption?
When Aaron and I got married we weren’t the couple that always knew they would adopt. We never discussed this option until after we had our first child and were attending a church where we were surrounded by families adopting from China. It was there that God began to stir something in our heart that we never knew was there. We adopted our second child domestically in November of 2005, and about two years later we found ourselves ready to add to our family again. I had been on a trip to Haiti the year before and when we planned on adopting again, we felt that Haiti was where our child was.
We started the process of adopting our son, Amos, in September of 2007, and that November our daughter, Story, was born and we began the process of adopting her as well. Over the next two we traveled to visit them a few times a year and finally in October of 2009 our daughter was able to come home. We were beyond excited about that, but it was tainted with sadness because our son was still stuck in the adoption process. Then the earthquake hit Haiti and everything changed for the country and our process. Ten days later our son was able to come home on humanitarian parole and finally on January 23 our family was complete forever.
We’ve been talking on the blog this month about doing something even though you’re scared and how sometimes this can mean you’re running in the direction you think you need to go but there is still LOTS of fear. How has this played out in your life? 
Doing something in life that scares you to death  might be the story of my life the past two years! From starting a podcast, to speaking to women about God’s love for them, and dreaming of writing more, all of those things are where I am certain I need to be, but scare me so much. I constantly struggle with feeling inadequate, and under qualified. I fear doing them all wrong. I fear falling flat on my face and looking dumb. I fear saying the wrong things. I have so much fear, but yet I’m learning that having fear is okay, it’s what you do with it that makes a difference.
My kids counselor is always telling them that it’s okay to have two contradictory feelings, and be okay with it. You don’t need to have one dominating, you just need to know how to sit with both of them. My being fearful is okay, it’s also okay for me to take that fear and allow God to be my comfort and my strength in those. Acknowledging the fear is good, it’s also good to keep putting one foot in front of the other and allowing God to give you the strength you need in spite of that fear.
At this point in my life I’m learning that I can feel the fear and let it paralyze me, or I can feel the fear, acknowledge it and keep moving through it. I’m choosing to keep on moving!
               In your talk with Kari Sowers a few weeks ago, she discussed believing everyone is a                                  creative. How have you wrestled with this notion and is it changing the way you think                                about yourself and creativity?
When Kari Sowers and I discussed “creativity” on The Happy Hour this past year it literally stopped me in my tracks. I had never one time before then thought of myself as a creative person. I’m married to a creative person. He writes songs, he sings, he creates recipes …. he simply creates so much in his personal and work life. I can’t sing, can’t read music, don’t like to cook, and couldn’t draw a cat if you asked me to. Therefore I would never have labeled myself as a creative person.
After the conversation with Kari, I have changed my thoughts on what a creative person is, and I would for sure call myself a creative. I may not create a physical piece of art, or develop a new song for the church to sing, but I am creating. I created a podcast that I’m proud of and women are encouraged and inspired by when listening. I create words that when put together people enjoy reading. I am part of creating an event that raises money for victims of sex trafficking. I create an organized pantry for my husband that loves to cook!!
I think that by owning this title of being a creative person has given me a bit more drive to create a podcast that people love and are changed through. It makes me want to not just record a podcast each week, but actually create something that I can be proud of. By owning your creativeness it inspires you to put out the best art you can no matter what you are doing.
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                Is there a favorite saying or Bible verse that comes to mind when you’re thinking about being                scared in the direction your faith is taking you? 
Many years ago when I was embarking on a season that seemed completely overwhelming for me, and I felt as though I didn’t deserve the opportunity ahead of me I was paralyzed by fear. I dreaded each day because I knew it was too good to be true. I felt as though I couldn’t live up to what was asked of me, and basically I was just living in fear each day. I read a verse about a week into this unbelievable exciting opportunity that was so scary to me and I have thought on it many times since then. Psalm 27:1 says, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
The Lord is all of those things for me, so whom shall I fear? It was like a lightbulb went off in my head and I realized I have God on my side, so fear doesn’t have to paralyze me anymore.
What’s your favorite way to seek God out while you’re waiting for him to answer you?
Prayer and His word. I have yet to find the exact answer to my petitions to Him in His word, but when I am in the word regularly He speaks to me clearer. When I’m investing in spending time with Him, getting to know Him more through His word, and admiring the grandness of Him, in those moments I feel things clearer about my world.
What is something about womanhood that no one told you that you wish they would have? 
I never imagined that womanhood would be such a complex idea. That the world would use parts of my womanhood to define me so much and that in turn I would trust what the world said about me. I wish that someone would have told me that the struggles of teenage years don’t go away they just get bigger. I wish that I would have learned earlier in my motherhood, married life, womanhood how much my value matters to God and that he’s the only voice I need to worry about. The world doesn’t give me my value, but instead that only comes from God.
Womanhood may be hard, but it is beautiful and valued.


You can find Jamie at her blog at http://www.jamieivey.com  She tweets and Instagrams @jamieivey You can also subscribe to The Happy Hour podcast at JamieIvey.com/iTunes.

Thank you so much friend for joining us this week!

Hugs and Love,


Lindsey Andrews
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