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Mar 27 2019

CTLP Episode 109- The Next Right Thing with Emily P. Freeman


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Show Notes-

Today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely features a conversation between MacKenzie Koppa and Emily P. Freeman, author of The Next Right Thing and host of a podcast of the same name. Emily and her husband live in North Carolina with their teenage twin daughters and middle school age son. MacKenzie and Emily talk about school, listening, travel, and decision making and how all those things relate to doing “the next right thing,” including:

  • Emily’s story of going back to school 
  • Learning to be silent and wait during the in between times
  • Emily’s experience with meeting with a spiritual director
  • Having a listening posture in our relationship with God and with other people
  • The trip Emily took to London with Tsh Oxenrider and friends
  • Making decisions between two good choices
  • How the decision-making process can actually bring us closer to God
  • The integral relationship between Emily’s podcast and the book
  • Emily’s hopes and goals for The Next Right Thing podcast
  • The different style and format of this book compared to Emily’s previous work


  • Emily talks about “soul minimalism” and practicing silence and solitude
  • Getting comfortable being a beginner instead of an achiever
  • A typical day in the life of Emily

Current Lovelies

Emily: trying to embrace the practice of a simple morning routine with prayer, silence and exercise

MacKenzie: doing the Morning Show on Instagram and getting her extrovert energy going early

Resources Mentioned:


Grace for the Good Girl 


A Million Little Ways

Simply Tuesdays

The Next Right Thing


Becoming Minimalist

Shows and Movies:


Wizard of Oz

Find Emily-

You can find Emily on her website,, or listen to her podcast, The Next Right Thing. You can also follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on Instagram, Facebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! You can also listen to her family-friendly podcast The Same Page!

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