Thanks so much for your kind words on my last post!!! I could just hug you all! And I feel so free to write more now knowing that I’ve just put it out there!
I know I’ve talked about books before, so I guess that makes it the easiest to start there- with what I’ve been reading lately. I tend to read in spurts and get distracted easily, but I love to read. For me its usually a mix of fiction and non-fiction, lately leaning a little more toward non-fiction. I read a ton on our drive to Disney a few weeks ago and finished two books and got halfway through another.
First up is An Unhurried Life by Alan Fadling. The tagline is “Following Jesus’ Rhythms of Work and Rest.” He starts the book off describing Jesus as a relaxed guy. Hmmm, I’ve never heard that before but I’m totally down with it. He reminds us of Jesus’ patterns of early rising and prayer, of intentional communion with the Father, His “unhurried abiding,” and the evidence that he was never in a rush. I feel like I underlined practically the entire book. It also has questions at the end of each chapter that really allowed me to reflect on what I was learning. This is one that I didn’t want to end and I know I will go back to it.
The second one was a much lighter read, in fact I read it in one long day in the car. Ever After by Vicki Courtney is “life lessons learned in my castle of chaos.” Any of you other young moms out there relate to that tag line? She talks a lot about how our expectations and dreams of being the princess in the castle and having Prince Charming along with the perfect home, perfect husband, kids, etc set us up for disappointment and frustration. Those things were never meant to fulfill and satisfy. Its a funny and quick read, but still has some really great stuff.
Next on my list is the one I haven’t finished yet- a fiction book called The Distant Hours by Kate Morton. I’ve loved everything else I’ve read by her and this one is no exception. Her stories are usually set in some old home in England (think Downton Abbey) and span generations of families. There’s always a little romance and mystery. I haven’t picked it up again since our trip, but I still really want to finish it! For some reason I feel like I’m wasting time reading fiction and that I can only read it when I’m on vacation. Anyone else like this? So we’ll see if I finish it by summertime…
Lastly, have I talked about Big Magic too much for you yet? Seriously, extremely inspiring if you’re doing any kind of creative work. Or even if you’re not. It has helped me think so much more lightly but also bravely about blogging and and about my design work. I know I quoted her the other day but here’s one more, this time on fear… “It isn’t always comfortable or easy… but its always worth it, because if you can’t learn to travel comfortably alongside your fear, then you’ll never be able to go anywhere interesting or do anything interesting.” So interesting for me especially as someone who has battled fear and anxiety in a lot of ways for a long time. Living a creative life isn’t about squashing your fear or even necessarily living fearlessly. That gives me a lot of hope.
What are you reading lately? I’d love to hear! I’m always looking for new suggestions!