It is a gorgeous Saturday here in Northern Virginia. I have spent a lot of time on the porch. But did manage to get some cleaning done. Totally off schedule with my cleaning, but that’s cool, right?
I wanted to share with you some of the things I am reading, studying, using in my daily life. I thought it might be easiest to just label each item and tell you a little about each one and maybe post a link for easy access. Just FYI, the Amazon links are affiliate links which means you pay the same price as you normally would, but I might get a small bonus from Amazon. If my affiliate stuff is even active anymore. It’s on my list of things to check on/work on but I haven’t gotten to it yet. So here we go.
- Sacred Ordinary Day Planner. This is my favorite planner. Why I like it: It is a liturgical planner and follows the rhythms of the liturgical seasons along with corresponding bible readings. It has monthly planning as well as daily. And lots of prompts and space for reflection and ideas. I believe they are currently not print the bounded/book version but you should be able to purchase the PDF and download/print from there.
- Vera Bradley Journal. This was a gift from my long-time friend, Beth. She is a life coach at Fresh Focus Coaching, LLC. She and I are working together on a number of things…mostly me. If you are interested in working with a life coach, give me a shout and I will hook you up. The journal, by the way, is lovely. The paper is smooth (always a number one priority for me and my bestie, Jill, and both pen and pencil flow easily over the lined pages. I highly recommend.
- Gym Gypsy Workout Planner. I have to confess that I purchased this workout/nutrition planner and then completely forgot I had it. It runs for three months and I totally missed using this Spring version. So, because I am currently not working and am saving every penny, I am going to spend the day tomorrow turning my March, April, May workout planner to a June, July, August workout planner and pick up the fall planner.
- Hebrew-Greek Key Word NIV Study Bible. This is the bible I pull out when I am getting too comfy in my morning bible reading. Not that there is anything wrong with having a comfy bible reading schedule, but I’ve felt the longing to go deeper with my readings and studying. This is the bible for that. Pretty sure Beth Moore was the one that suggested this bible. This link is for the hard copy. I have the leather bound, and there are different translations available, but this will get you started.
- Crafting a Rule of Life. A recommendation from a good friend, SD. What is a personal rule of life? According to Stephen A. Macchia, the author, “Your personal rule of life is a holistic description of the Spirit-empowered rhythms and relations that create, redeem, sustain and transform the life God invites you to humbly fulfill for Christ’s glory.” “A rule of life allows us to clarify our deepest values, our most important relationships, our most authentic hopes and dreams, our most meaningful work, our highest priority. It allows us to lie with intention and purpose in the present moment.”
- How to Style Your Brand. I am so excited about this particular book. One of the things I am hoping to help people with is their branding and all that encompasses: logos, styles, colors, social media accounts, websites, and my personal favorite, stationary and business cards. I’m currently working on my own branding and my fave son-in-law, Travis and I have just begun discussing some ideas for his photography business. I am also meeting with a friend next week to begin working on hers as well. I don’t talk much about my creative life, other than writing, but I was always drawing and painting, including water colors. I let it all go a long time ago, when depression and anxiety ruled my life but, I’m starting to pick it all back up again. Rediscovery the creative side of me is one of the ways I’m taking better care of myself.
- Do It Scared. All of that creativity and sharing of it has me all freaked out. So I headed straight over to Ruth Soukup. She is super encouraging and honestly, she makes it all seem doable. She has several other books, so check her out. I haven’t begun reading this one yet but will start it tomorrow afternoon. Forgot to mention that another way I am taking better care of me is by dedicated reading time throughout the week. Maybe I’ll write a post on how I am taking better care of me and how you can also…thoughts?
- Visions of Vocation. Pretty sure that Emily P. Freeman gave me the idea to purchase this one. Another one I haven’t begun reading yet, but that will also happen tomorrow or Monday. Which begs the question…does anyone else have multiple books going at the same time? I am also reading a fiction book as part of a monthly book “club” with a friend. Really, it’s just an excuse to get together for brunch and mimosas and to chat, but we truly do discuss the book we spent the month reading. It’s not in this particular stack or list, but the fiction book we are reading is Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain. Really good.
- Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Another recommendation from my friend, Beth, when we were discussing my new life and business. Clearly creativity and fear are biggies in my life from the looks of this list.
There you have it. Nine, well ten actually, books in my reading/planner/ journal pile. If you have any questions about any of the books or anything I chatted about, comment below or send me an email.