Annie F. Downs
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Annie F. Downs is a bestselling author and nationally known speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee. Her most recent books include 100 Days to Brave, Looking for Lovely and Let’s All Be Brave. Read more at and follow her at @anniefdowns.

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  1. Annie,
    I needed this reminder (permission slip) and I’m sure others do too – to take life, and ourselves a little less seriously at times. I tend to live life passionately, but perhaps a little too intensely. One need only to look at a giraffe, or hippo to see that God has a sense of whimsy and humor. If I’m made in His image…and I am…I, too could use a good dose of looking for the joy and levity He’s so graciously placed and staged all around me. Great post to start my week!

    • Hippos and giraffes, what good examples Bev. they both have a way of making you smile.
      Have a good day.


  2. Love this! I don’t paint my nails nearly as often as I used to, but when I was in college and law school, I’d pick out my lucky color and wear it all through exams. I tend to be both introverted and shy, so picking something vibrant, like sparkly emerald green, is one of my little “live out loud” moments.

    You’re so right. Life needs to be seasoned with laughter and levity. Not everything has to be serious.

  3. Annie,
    This post had me smiling. Thank-you so much for posting it. I am so keen on things being matched that when my older children purposely wear mismatched socks I cringe (almost). So when my son recently had a baby boy I gave him and his fiance a pair of blues socks, one for each of them. As silly as it seems it was my way of saying, “I support you.”

    It’s time again for me to be more lighthearted and enjoy the Lord’s finer moments.


  4. I loved it when I got my toenails painted blue. Shocked my younger friends. Shock and awe can be a good thing. We take ourselves way too seriously. An epidemic. Thanks for this. Now to prep my kale. I may need to repaint the toes. 82 here today – I may even get to show my toes.

  5. Annie,
    I needed this hugely today! Life has been way to serious since the beginning of the year! My aging dad is going through tough medical issues. I’m dealing with these and the other personal issues for him! Yes I do need to laugh and have fun in there sometimes! Life can be very very hard!
    Blessings 🙂

  6. I like your style! I don’t paint my nails but I have two secret giggles. When I drive over one of those cords fixed to the street that counts the traffic, I do an arm pump and yell, YES. Being a homemaker and mother doesn’t get me any accolades but at least someone knows I was here. The second secret giggle is when I take my daily Tums for the calcium. I dump two into my hand and when I get two of the same color, I say bingo. Silly things but they make me smile.

  7. Shaking my head and amen-ing THIS: “I need that. I need little uplifting moments that have no eternal consequence and no real impact on the planet or my life. I need little blinks in my day that are just for kicks.”

    Why in the world am I so serious ALL the time? There are moments that call for it – but one doesn’t need to be all clammed up 24 hours a day.

    I needed this sweet reminder. Many thanks, Kate 🙂

  8. There is a street named after me in my town (ok, maybe it wasn’t named after me. I like to think so anyway) and whenever I drive by it, I do a silly wave or serious salute to the street sign. It makes me feel awesome!