Reading list

Reading list

I love to read! I am currently behind in a bunch of books and I am constantly picking up new titles. I have a reading goal every year and this year is no different. However I came across something that I though was fascinating and have modified it for my year of reading. I hope it encourages you to pickup a book!

A book recommended by a librarian – An audio book A book involving travel -A book of letters….(I’m working on one personally and should be complete by mid-year if your interested contact me and you can be one of the first to look at the first drafts! A book published this year -A book on career advice -A book you loved as a child -A book of pictures – A book set about time -A self help book -A book of the Bible -A book that has a character with your name -A book that’s becoming a movie – A book that’s been on your shelf for far to long – A book with a subtitle – A book about food -A book you’ve read before but always brings a smile

If this list isn’t helpful ask someone you admire to give you their reading list of favorites and start there.

Right now mine are (not in any order): 

Anne of Green Gables (reading again)

Fresh Brewed Life

Women Are Scary

Pursuit of God

James (book of bible)

Redeeming Love

Next Generation Leader

Eat More Chicken, Inspire More People

Move Toward the Mess

Talking as Fast as I can

The Magnolia Story

Present Over Perfect

The Life giving Home

Seven

Dancing Through Life

+ as you can see I am focusing a ton on home life, personal development and relationships.  There are some fun reads in the mix and this is just my list for the last few months and not “the reading list”. The list is ever evolving….as I think it should.

Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything. – unknown

More with less

More with less

I have always been someone who loves to clean out a junk drawer and to purge a closet. So the focus I have been in is not a new concept for me. It is more of a prominent place at this point in my life due to some strategic people and events. I love feeling neat and tidy. I love knowing that our Heavenly Father is a God of order and that He had a plan for us from before time began, and continues to do so.  Recently, I keep going back to the fact that so often we are searching for things that when we really dig deeper are, in fact, not what is best for us. They are in essence clutter and someone elses dream.

Now let me make a disclaimer here: I am NOT a minimalist. I like things. I like a stack of books and I am known for my massive collection of high heels. I am a bit southern in my decorating – which means I enjoy flowers and cute old-fashioned knickknacks placed purposefully. What I am not on board with is uselessness, extra space just because and anything that is not adding value. If I don’t love it, if my kids aren’t playing with it, If my husband doesn’t receives value from it, it is wasteful. It is forsaking whats really important. I am all about adding value with less.

I am writing about simplifying not depriving. Having max value. Having peace, order, margin.

We have rooms in our houses where we don’t use and clothes we don’t wear and yet we are working longer hours and cutting vacation days so we can buy bigger and more. Things we don’t utilize or need or enjoy fully. Something is out of whack and most of us don’t even realize it.

Are you living life to accumulate more stuff versus contributing to actually living life?  It’s a big problem. And a problem many people don’t see is right in front of us.

Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.

– John Maeda

So today as we focus on de-cluttering and maximum living I ask you a few questions in the name of simplifying and gaining greater value.

  • What no longer serves a purpose in your life?
  • What are you doing with your everyday?
  • What makes you happy?
  • What is toxic in your life right now?
  • What do you need to eliminate?

Debt? To much work? To many clothes? To many junk drawers? To many  “yes’ ” to life’s extra activities? To much drinking? To many unhealthy meals? To many self-care products? To many pairs of socks? To many toys? To much phone time or tv? To much, of what I call, screen time? To many books, or file cabinets? To much square footage not in use? To many pens?

To many….to much…..

These are all things that are distractions from what really matter. If not cleared out, cleaned out, and eliminated our life becomes clogged with things that aren’t relevant. At the end of the day it is wasteful of what God has given us.

May we be consumed with the creator of all things rather than with things created. Romans 1:25