Book Club

How to Fix a Broken Record

By Amena Brown

I’m not gonna lie. I started this book awhile ago. I don’t know what’s wrong with me lately but I’ve been a slow reader. And actually, this book took me awhile to get into. First off, I felt like we had nothing in common. Right away she told me she had saved herself for marriage, and I commend her for that. I was and am seriously impressed with her dedication and commitment. She made a promise, and unlike me, she actually kept it.

But immediately I was like, ‘Oh man. We have nothing in common. She’s a better person than me.’ A few chapters in I started to realize something about Amena. Though she had saved herself for marriage and done all the right things in the right order and at the right time, she still had ALL the same issues I had in my twenties. She was still just as messed up as I was, AND she still struggles/struggled with the same intimacy issues I thought had stemmed from my many, many, many, (that’s too many many’s,) poor choices. She, simply because she is a “she”, had all the same issues women face today. She simply kept a promise, but she wasn’t protected from the scars this world can leave on a young girl’s heart, sexually active or not.

I was intrigued, so I read on, and I found myself reaching for my ever-trusty highlighter. I’m a prose person, so anytime you can get me on some poetry, you’ve just overcome a huge hurdle. (Insert applause here. Much deserved.) This part isn’t poetry but it is something I have said about and to my daughter constantly:

“I hope to say to young girls what I continue to say to my little girl self: You can be your own version of a Disney princess or a comic book hero. Be unique. Be different. Be weird. Be a nerd. Whether you wear a tutu or Chucks, have freckles or rock an Afro, are shy and soft-spoken or bold and blunt, be yourself… God doesn’t write fairy tales, but He is always writing a good story. He’s taking your best and you worst moments and incorporating them into the story He was writing for you before you were born.”

It’s amazing to me that God has given her the perfect words to speak over her future daughter, though she has no children yet. (Of which she talks about in her book, with extreme vulnerability.) Me, I’ve just been making this stuff up as I go along…don’t tell my kids.

In her chapter, Ministry of Disappointment, she talks about the struggles she has faced in her prayer life, and I feel like I can totally relate:

“My relationship to God and my feelings about prayer became tumultuous. I found myself wincing in my faith, praying cautiously because I don’t want to deal with asking God for something when I think He will disappoint me.”

Ugh. Girl. No truer words.

I related to Amena being raised by her grandmother and single-parent mom. Raised by two strong women. So I KNOW exactly where this mentality comes from. It comes from the lie that we don’t believe we are deserving of the love and the grace and the mercy and ALL the good gifts from our loving Father. We can’t perceive that “good life” that seems to be reserved for that four-person family, two kids, two parents, Golden Retriever, and a big house in the suburbs, (with a pool, clearly.) So when good things come our way or God gives us this dream of what our life can be like, and should be like, we almost can’t trust Him at His word, even though He never lies, and He never fails. It’s almost too much.

In the last two chapters is where Amena really got me. (I call her Amena like I know her, cuz I’m sure we’d be friends.) She posed the question at one point, “Had I come to believe that if my work was honoring God, I had to be invisible?”

This is such an important reminder to any writer, any artist. So many times, we feel like the whole “die to self” thing really means that we have to become these pious, pod people, who can never utter the words “happy” or “lucky” because we have to use the Christianese words of “joy” or “blessed” instead. So many times, I see people just shed off the very best parts of themselves all in the name of “following Jesus.” I’m sorry to disappoint, but that’s not Christianity. That’s a cult. Where everyone walks and talks and dresses the same. God made us ALL unique and special and different and with flaws that we will of course have to work through, but that doesn’t mean that your loud laugh, or bold voice, or contagious laughter, and sarcastic personality has to go with it. You are uniquely you and God can and will use all those gifts that are uniquely person to your very DNA to bring Himself glory. You’re cheating Him out of His creation, His masterpiece, which is YOU, by trying to shove those innate complexities down and make them disappear. As Amena puts it, “God’s voice doesn’t need my invisibility to shine.”

She goes on to summarize, “In my journey with Jesus, I’m learning that, like many marginalized women He encountered, Jesus sees me, and that God’s ability to be seen isn’t dependent on my ability to diminish who He made me to be.”

Amen sister. Amen.

 

 

 

Imperfect Courage

by Jessica Honegger, founder of Noonday Collection

 

I’m not going to lie. I’m a great procrastinator. I’m excellent at it. I’m really good at prioritizing many other, less important, things over other things that really mean a lot to me. Like making kids dinner. Ugh. Who has time for that noise?!

Y’all know where the cereal is! I have a post to write!

Don’t worry, all is well at the Olson household. It’s not even dinner time yet as I write this.

So, I joined this book launch tribe a few months back which gave me one awesome new friend (Hi Erin!) AND a free advanced copy of Imperfect Courage by Jessica Honegger, founder of Noonday Collection. I finished this book in July and I’m JUST now getting to the review for Book Club. I had to write to write a review for Goodreads, which I did because I am a good student, but of course I neglected to write one here… So here it goes. Better late than never.

First off, I love Jessica Honegger. I first saw her at World Mandate earlier this year and she was not what I expected. I didn’t expect that out of this San Antonio girl with a valley-girl accent to come such wisdom and inspiration. Who knew! I didn’t expect to be completely floored by such profound knowledge and insightful, kick-you-in-the-pants language to come vomiting out of her mouth at, which seemed to be, uncontrollable speed.

I may or may not have mentioned this on social media, but she made me cry in the introduction. She talked about adopting her son from Rwanda, and as we were praying on whether or not adoption was something God wanted for our family, the country of Rwanda had come up. And then there it was, right in front of me. I knew I’d like this book.

It actually took me longer to read than normal, although I’m not entirely sure why. Maybe I’ve had readers fatigue (is that a thing?) from reading like 15 books in such a short amount of time. But don’t let that fool ya. This was an amazing book.

She is very candid in the book about her journey through financial struggles, uncertainty about herself, her body image issues, her ok-ness with being naked. Hmm. I find her very interesting. I think we would be friends.

She talked about not being afraid to speak up and use your voice. She encourages us all to follow our dreams because our dreams are God’s dreams placed in our hearts, not by accident or coincidence. And she explains how she might not have even been able to bring her son home had she not stepped out of fear and spoken up to a judge in Rwanda, where women don’t tend to speak in public.

“To refuse to act just isn’t an option. We simply MUST move.”

She talked about how we let fear win and overtake our every decision in the process.

And then she talked about committing to something whole-heartedly, and not doing something half-assed. (My word, not hers.)

“I couldn’t just give this thing half an effort while keeping my other eye on the emergency exit.”

This was easily one of my favorite quotes because as women we tend to downplay the projects we are working on, or the other things we do other than raise our humans. More often than not my businesses, my side hustles, or whatever you want to call them have been talked about more as hobbies. When people ask me what I do, I tend to say, “Oh I’m just a stay-at-home mom…” Maybe I’m embarrassed to admit I do something other than tend to those chitlins. Maybe I don’t think much of myself or my blog or my podcast. Maybe I think those things don’t have merit and if they fail then no one knew about that anyway so, I pretend they don’t really matter. They are just something I do when my kids go to bed, before they get up in the morning, and all day on Mondays if I can get the time to produce great content and plan out my posts for the week. No big deal.

Ha! My “no big deal” happens to take up a lot of my time and my energy and it is the ONE thing I’d rather be doing than math with my 13 year old on a Tuesday afternoon. Give me something to drink, some snacks handy, and a laptop and I will write my heart into an oblivion. Nothing fills me with more joy than creating: creating content for you all to enjoy, writing my life’s story, writing a blog post, producing, recording a podcast. I love it all. And it is one of the greatest joys in my life. It brings me peace and resolve and makes me feel like I’m finally where God wants me to be. When I feel like I’m failing at motherhood, I come here and feel like I’m doing at least one thing right. (Your messages and comments mean the most to me. Don’t ever think I don’t treasure every single one.)

So, take Jessica’s words to heart here and store them in the forefront of that brain of yours. If you have a passion, you need to pursue it. If you just stop to think how many people’s lives were forever changed because Jessica Honegger pursued Noonday Collection with all she had, figuratively and literally, it might just light a fire under your butt. Because the truth is, she’s just a mom, and a wife, and someone’s daughter. She wasn’t famous or rich, in fact they were struggling through the mortgage crisis of 2008 when she started her Noonday business. And she started it in someone’s living room. She’s just like you and me. She’s just someone who had a passion for something, who knew God had called her to adopt this one little boy and change his life, but in the process, in order to get there, she ended up changing thousands. And now, some little boys don’t end up in orphanages because their mothers have reliable, sustainable income. And all because one woman just kept showing up, day after day, and trusting God to provide and show her the next step.

As Bob Goff says, “Don’t worry about all the steps. Begin.”

 

Inspired, by Rachel Held Evans

What do you do when your whole faith has been upended and you don’t know where to turn?

You pick up and book, or twelve, and get down to the business of figuring this whole thing out…or at least you try.

Inspired came to me after listening to a podcast by Jen Hatmaker featuring the lovely Rachel Held Evans. I loved everything this woman said and how she gave permission to ask questions and wrestle out our faith. To quote her in this book, “I’ve often said that those who say having a childlike faith means not asking questions haven’t met too many children.”

Yes.

Rachel Held Evans, not that you will ever read this, but here is where I call you an a-hole. But in a good way. Anyone who knows me knows I would say that with a smile, and it is a term of endearment for me. She had me crying in the introduction you guys. The freaking INTRODUCTION!!

“…for as any artist will tell you, true inspiration comes not to the lucky or the charmed but to the faithful—to the writer who shows up at her keyboard each morning, even when she’s far too tired…Inspiration is not some disembodied ethereal voice dictating words or notes to a catatonic host. It’s a collaborative process, a holy give-and-take, a partnership between Creator and creator. Inspiration, on both the giving and receiving end, take practice and patience. It means showing up even when you don’t feel like it, even when it seems as is no one else is there. It means waiting for wind to stir.”

Grab the tissues ladies. I just started bawling again. It’s like she’s in my head! This is literally the words I would use to describe what it’s like to be a creator, to be a writer, to be anyone who has ever given anything over to be put out there, critiqued, judged, just hoping that someone else would be as inspired by what you created, as you were inspired to first create it.

Another one of my favorite chapters talks about her asking the question, “why Christian,” as if to say, why are you choosing Jesus. She says for herself, “I am a Christian…because the story of Jesus is still the story I am willing to risk being wrong about.” And later, “We are storytelling creatures because we are fashioned in the image of a storytelling God. May we ever neglect the gift of that. May we never lose our love for telling the tale.”

I’ll admit this book took me almost a month to finish, which is rare for me. I grappled with some things. I would put it down and ponder for a while. I was challenged. And to be honest, it kind of wrecked me, and I allowed it to.

While she admits to wrestling with some key theological points and even claims herself as a skeptic, I didn’t relate. But I loved her raw honesty about who she is and appreciated her for that, because just because I believe, doesn’t mean my kids won’t run into some of the same issues she’s had with her faith, or have some of the same questions and doubts and fears. It is one that I could easily recommend to the next generation and to the daughter whose faith in constantly in question as she can’t quite find her place here. I would recommend it to anyone who has grown up in church. For me, I feel like I’m at a disadvantage. While my husband didn’t grow up in church he has a much easier time of just “getting it”. Me? I’m slower. I’ve been so ingrained with so much of the not-so-great-stuff-about-church that I forget that it hasn’t always been good and it hasn’t always been right. That I haven’t always been right. And as Rachel says, our faith walk needs to be something we need to be ok with being wrong about.

 

 

7.17.18 Party Girl, by Rachel Hollis

 

So, I have to admit something: I haven’t read a fiction book since Twilight. Actually, I take that back. I read the Hunger Games when I was pregnant with my daughter. Sue me. I love Young Adult.

So, when I went to pick up Party Girl, by Rachel Hollis, I was like, ‘Look girl. I’m a fan of your work. I’m gonna read this because I like you, and we’ll see where this goes.’

And that is what I did. I admit the first chapter I was like, ‘Ugghhhh. I hate fiction!!!’ But then she got me all intrigued and hooked on the story and I was like, well Landon isn’t that bad. Being an almost native, (I wasn’t born here. Keep that in mind always!) Texan, I might be offended by the allegations of big blonde Texas hair, but I’m neither blonde, nor Texan really, nor do I like my hair big. Soooo moving on…

Honestly because I knew the genre was that of The Devil Wears Prada, I just pictured the main character as Rachel Hollis. Problem solved.

I actually really got into the story line and couldn’t put it down. I kept trying to figure out which celebrities were which and who did almost call off their wedding..? I’m almost positive the young couple who got drunk at Sundance and crashed their Hummer was or is Justin Bieber. Still, to this day, I love the Biebs. My son is a die-hard. I will be a die-hard then too.

So, yea, I actually really liked it! Look at that! A fiction book that wasn’t Y.A.!

I would recommend this book to anyone who just needs a fun, easy read and something to escape their lives for a day or two.

Easy read. Good writing. Fun Where’s Waldo-esque in the celeb department. PS I’m also almost certain one of the people she was talking about was Kate Hudson.

Rachel, call me! Let’s chat over who is actually who is in tale!! Your secrets are safe with me!

 

 

 

 

6.24.18 Everybody Always By Bob Goff

So if you didn’t already know, I’m a Bob Goff fan.

I read and reviewed his book Love Does, and I’ve listened to just about any podcast he’s been on. His laugh is awkward and infectious, (who can master those two things?!?) and he’s full of wisdom and joy, and I’m convinced sugar. You just can’t help but love his spunk.

So I was seriously looking forward to Everybody Always, because, hello, Love Does was hilarious and insightful, and yea just read the review on that one.

I won’t re-hash.

And Everybody Always delivers.

If you follow me on Instagram…which you should…you know I went a little overboard on the Bob Goff quotes last week. But I’m about to go off some more.

First, I was highlighting in the introduction!! I highlight in all my books, but very few get the introduction highlight. So far only this one and The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Here Bob talks about how most of us are all fine and dandy with just “agreeing” with Jesus instead of “being like Jesus”. It is easier for us to just agree with everything the bible says than to actually live it out.

Guilt as charged.

And considering Bob is a lawyer, this euphemism makes more sense.

He says “We are all just rough drafts of the people we’re still becoming.” I feel like if we took that not only to heart, but to the gas station, the grocery store, the line at the DMV, and definitely Back to School shopping with us, the world would be a more patient place.

One of my favorite things he says is that we ought not be telling people what they SHOULD be doing, in other words don’t be “should-ing” on yourself or others, but we should (there’s that word again) be telling people WHO THEY ARE. People will very likely not do what you tell them to do, but if you are constantly reminding them who they are and whose they are, they are more likely to figure their junk out on their own. Don’t be afraid to build people up with your words and your encouragements…make some up if you have to about who they WILL be, even if they’re not that right now. Get down and look at the core of people. Don’t just be feeding at the surface. That’s what sharks do.

And lastly, I heard Bob share this on a podcast and it has really propelled me forward this year in pursuing my passions:

What delights you? What fires your imagination? What fills you with a deep sense of meaning and purpose? What draws you closer to God? What is going to last in your life and in the lives of others?

Do those things.

When everyone is pointing at themselves and saying “look at me, look at me”, let’s remember to take the attention we get, and point them to the others they should see as well. And always be pointing back to Jesus.

Share the space. Share it well.

Buy this book.

It will change your life.

6.12.18 “Where Can I Find your Bible?!?!”

I’ve gotten several requests as to where I purchased my bible from an Instagram post on 6.11.18. The bible I have is called The Wayfinding Bible, and I love it! I found it on clearance in a Lifeway store back in 2014. It has pages you can actually highlight on and it does not bleed thru! It also has several routes you can take to read through the entire bible, without getting lost, and extras in the text that help you understand what the heck they were talking about. I put the link down below. It is on Amazon even cheaper than what I paid for it!

The Wayfinding Bible

***(I do not receive any compensation for any books I recommend and/or link on this page)

 

 

6.1.18

First off let me just say, Bob Goff is either the most interesting man in the entire world, or an outright liar. I can’t be sure. But having heard this man’s genuine laughter on the other end of many podcasts, I’m inclined to believe my first assumption.

So there I was, poised before Amazon, as any good book-buyer should be, deciding what to read next. Now I started off the year with my “To Read” list, but it has totally gone off the rails and now looks like etchings of a yeti or the ranting of an asylum alum. Anyone that knows me would guess it could go either way.

I had written down that I eventually wanted to read some Bob Goff because everyone said I should. Everyone meaning all the people I feel like I know from podcasts and Instagram that give me sage advice while I’m doing my dishes.

Honestly, I chose Love Does because it was on sale. This is actually how I whittle down my massive Wish List book list. Oh, look, a tfive year old book I should’ve read years ago is on sale: welcome to my porch step!

I took it with me to read while my son was at youth. I was into chapter eight by the time the youth pastor came to me after service and asked what I was reading.

Bob Goff catches people off guard, but I’m pretty sure that’s his MO. Someone like me even, I’m like ‘He’s old. He’ll probably tell me to be a subservient wife and quote commentary I can’t pronounce,’ but the fact is he isn’t even really that old. He’s old-er. I mean he’s not old enough to be my father or anything, but that being said…Bob, will you please adopt me!?! You are seriously cooler than anyone I’m actually related too!

This book is filled with eye opening stories, accounts from his actually life, which is why I stated the question about his sincerity in the beginning, because seriously, how the hell is this guy still alive…let alone his three kids. They are off the rails crazy, but inspiring all in the same breath. I clearly need to start living a life more like Bob.

He says this like, “I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.”

Can I get an amen, and can you please take this knife out of my stomach…?

This is seriously my nightmare.

And this:

“I once heard somebody say that God had closed a door on an opportunity they had hoped for. But I’ve always wondered if, when we want to do something that we know is right and good, God places that desire deep in our hearts because He wants it for us and it honors Him. Maybe there are times when we think a door has been closed and, instead of misinterpreting the circumstances, God wants us to kick it down. Or perhaps just sit outside of it long enough until somebody tells us we can come in. Words can launch us.”

The whole book is full of wisdom and insight and head-cocking moments where you really question your existence up to this point and think steadily in the dark, ‘What the hell am I doing with MY life?’

I could go on and on about this book. It was another page turner for sure, and one I’d buy a million copies to give away to a million lost and searching people inside AND outside the church. When you think you’ve got it all figured out, give this book a read. He’ll turn your worldview completely upside down.

Sound like someone else we might know…?

 

5.14.18

I may have just read another book in less than three days. Amazon is loving me right now. Ha. Who am I kidding? Amazon is my Sancho who delivers during the day before noon.

Jamie Ivey writes the story of her life, and I have to say, I didn’t think I wanted to read it

at first. I figured her to be a little vanilla for me. Sorry Jamie! I actually love your Podcast!

I was at a bookstore when her book caught my eye.

Actually, it was the cover. Did I just say that I judged a book by its cover?!?! Yes, I sure did. The book’s cover might be one of the coolest I’ve seen in a long time. It’s kind of vintage-y. It’s a hardcover that has the designed printed right on it. No slip covers.

Ps I hate slip covers. Ugh. I usually just throw them away.

So I judged this by its cover and did what any good american does…I went home and ordered in on Amazon. What am I, a prince who can afford retail?

Nah.

If You Only Knew really surprised me, and I was actually surprised how quickly I read it. Who can say why…maybe it’s because I’m a girl and I’m nosey and I like the low-down on how people used to be these really messed up people and then became awesome, ’cause you know, Jesus. Mess ups usually like other mess ups. We make each other feel normal.

Jamie goes into where she came from and even the details of her sexual background, listing all her shortcomings and failures. She just puts it all out there and even encourages those of us who still feel the sting of judgemental judys in the church. She even gets on a couple soapboxes about “sin shock” and how we shouldn’t be surprised that other people sin!

Hold for hand to mouth and huge gasp…

I love her candor and her willingness to share how she STILL struggles with pornography. I love that she puts the devil to shame by telling the truth and doesn’t care where it leaves her. She is intent on helping other girls find healing and freedom through her story and I truly admire that.

And I love a good soapbox. You go girl!

She also recently did a series on her podcast with other people-you-need-to-know, called If You Only Knew. They’re twenty-ish minute segments where other people in the public eye admit their struggles. Out loud. And talk about their failures and their triumphs. It’s not just all down and dark because they talk about what helped them and how they overcame. Check out her Podcast here.

And now go order If You Only Knew!

5.7.18

I may have just discovered my next favorite book. Make that, next favorites! First up, we’re going to talk about The Very Worst Missionary. Written by Jamie Wright, this straight forward memoir of sorts walks us through the life of a former missionary and bad girl and do-gooder. As if that couldn’t strike your fancy, Jamie’s snarky and cynical storytelling is what grabs you from the get-go, not to mention her use for “bad words” which is right up my alley. Sometimes you just need a well place F word to get your story going. She’s funny and smart and totally crazy and I loved every bit of it!

Some of my favorite quotes from this book are:

“I can tell you that, as I’ve walked along with God, I’ve experienced growth and development in areas I never thought possible. I’ve received forgiveness for things I once thought unforgivable. I’ve been healed of emotional wounds that might have killed me, had I never come to know this love. But-Spoiler Alert!-a life of faith is not the happy, clappy Valtrex commercial some would have you believe. God will not be swallowed like a pill to cure the herpes of your soul so you can run in a field of sunflowers with your hot boyfriend.”

Yes, sister! So much yes!

“We must show up as safe havens, not as mini saviors. We must bravely show up in our everyday lives to do our best with what we have, listening carefully, serving sensibly, and loving fully as active participants in the story of who God is and what God does.”

Seriously. I just want to be this girl’s friend. Call me!

I’m totally not going to spoil any of it for you because you just have to read it yourselves. No seriously. Go read it. Right now. I DARE YOU!

 

NEXT Up…

I just finished reading Rachel Hollis’ new book, Girl Wash Your Face. I could’ve cried. I finished it, also, in three days. I’m not a speed reader by any means and I will stop and highlight the crap out of a book, so three days is a big deal people! I loved it. I honestly didn’t think I would, and that is why I’ve waited this long to read it, but I loved everything about it and I want to buy it for everyone I know because, literally, EVERY one should read this book. My personal title would’ve been more like, “Get Your Head Out of Your Ass,” but I like hers much better. She has that sweetness about her only a girl from the country could. But she doesn’t let her sweet demeanor hold her back from saying ALL THE THINGS. She’s inspiring and motivating in the best way. Think your strong, black grandma, not your best friend/cheerleader.

Here are some of my take-home favs:

“Every day you’re choosing who you are and what you believe about yourself, and you’re setting the standard for the relationships in your life. Every day is a chance to start over.”

“Nobody–not a voice of authority, not your mama, not the foremost expert in your arena–gets to tell you how big your dreams can be. They can talk all they want…but you get to decide if you’re willing to listen.”

“Don’t tell me you don’t have it in you to want something more for your life. Don’t tell me you have to give up because it’s difficult. This is life or death too. This is the difference between living a life you always dreamed of or sitting alongside the death of a person you were meant to become.”

MmmmmMMmmm. Preach it, girlfriennnn.

One of my parts was when her first book didn’t get published because it didn’t have enough “sex” in it. So she went ahead and published it herself. It is now a series and a best seller. Suck it, publishing world! I feel like I would’ve inserted a middle finger in there, but that’s just my NYer talking.

And if I could tattoo this one on my body…

“Stop waiting for someone else to fix your life!! Stop assuming that someday it will magically improve on its own. Stop presuming that if you only had the right job, the right man, the right house, the right car, and the right whatever that your life will become what you’ve always dreamed of. Be honest about who you are and what you need to do to make change.”

So let me just say this: Girl. Yes. I get you. I loved loved loved this book! I loved how she even shared close, intimate details from her actual life and not her online life, AND how she talks about her faith. I just can’t get enough.

And when you’ve finished her book, check out her website and her podcast, because seriously, she will leave you wanting more…

Dais Podcast on iTunes

The Chic Site

 

5.6.18

I wouldn’t consider myself a book nerd, but I do love to read. I love to get up earlier than everyone else, which is sometimes hard with a nosy five year old, and enjoy the peace and quiet and read to my heart’s content. You will likely find me at my dining room table filled with all sorts of books, if you stop by, uninvited in the wee morning hours. Ps don’t do this. I’m not a morning person. I will not be nice to you.

I start out by reading some chapter in the bible. My favorite bible is my Wayfinding NLT version. I’ve had it for four or five years and it is well-worn and loved. I’ve in fact read the bible cover to cover three times in my life. I usually find a book I just really need to sink my teeth into when I’m struggling with something, or wherever God leads me that day, week, or month.

And then I have my day planner. Oh yes. An honest to goodness, paper planner that I write and organize my days in. I actually have three planners. One that goes with me everywhere I go, one on my phone, and a huge one on my wall of my kitchen, marked with sticky notes.

I’ll also have my bullet journal out. I technically now have two: my everyday one and my business one. I started doing a bullet journal in 2017 and I love every bit of them! Everything I ever write down is in these books. Because my memory is so darn awful, it’s become my saving grace.

Lastly I’ll have my book of the month, or week, depending on how good it is, which depends on how long it takes me to finish reading it. I LOVE lending out my books. Love love love it!!! Except when I don’t get them back…if you or anyone you know borrowed my Brennan Manning book, I would really like to have it back…please.

So needless to say, I love recommending books! I will recommend the crap out of my latest favorite, or all time favorite, or the book I read that I know that YOU need! I plan to post pics of books, because pics are more fun that words sometimes, and my recommendations on this page.

Stay tuned! I’ve been reading like a crack addict lately…wait. That doesn’t sound right…does it?