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Sister Interview: Emily P. Freeman

Author Emily Freeman was paralyzed by a decision. Not because the consequences were dire, but because both options were relatively good. The weight she carried around from her unmade decision made her examine the process. This is where The Next Right Thing podcast, and now book, were birthed. A decision making framework that focuses less on the decision itself, and more on how it is made.

When making a decision most of us lead with our head, heart, or intuition. Each of these approaches presents unique strengths and challenges in the decision making process. Most of us deal with input clutter, but don’t have a regular source of output. Silence, solitude, and stillness can offer intentional output if we remember God’s presence with us in them.

No wonder Emily’s podcast and new book are so popular! We all suffer from some level of decision fatigue. You will be affirmed and reminded that every large decision is made up of many small ones. When overwhelmed with the task in front of us, sometimes the best thing is to zero in on the next right thing and do that.

You can connect with Emily on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Listen to this episode on iTunes.

Some things you heard mentioned on the podcast:

Emily’s new book: The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice to Making Life Decisions

The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions by [Freeman, Emily P.]

Alex’ first book: The Artist’s Daughter: A Memoir

Emily’s podcast: The Next Right Thing

Alcoholic Anonymous

Mother Teresa

Martin Luther King Jr.

Anne Lomott

Brennan Manning

Emily’s book A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Meant to Live



One line a day five-year journal

Emily’s sister Myquillyn

Tidy Mom Panera wild rice soup

Ortega taco seasoning


Some things Emily said:

“The input is automatic. The output is something we have to remember.”

“Output looks like silence, solitude, and stillness.”

“So much of spiritual formation is not what we do, but what we let God undo in us.”

“Any meaningful thing I’ve ever created…has come from some combination of frustration and desire.”

“Every decision weighs something. Even the small ones weigh something.”

“The decision is rarely the point. The point is becoming fully ourselves.”

“Yes we want to make better decisions, but what would it look like to make decisions in a better way?”

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