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Monday, September 24, 2018

Weekend recap vol 4

This week has been exhausting.

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My daughter took this photo of me yesterday and I really love it.


What I've been thinking:

This week was my brother's birthday. In the years since he died, I expected that the loss would grow easier. Instead, it's been harder. I have been grieving for all of the things he missed in all of the years he has been gone. I found myself wanting to rush through the grief - like it was a lake I had to cross -and I wanted to speed-boat my way across the lake. I wanted to say to myself "self, I will give you one day to be sad about this but tomorrow you've got to move on." Yeah, that totally didn't work. Instead, I had to simply let myself be sad for as long as I was sad. I had to go more slowly and work harder to be gentle. Eventually, the week got better. I feel better and ready to move forward.

What I've been reading:

I'm still reading my pre-release copy of The Ministry of Ordinary Places and I don't want it to end. It's been so good. So challenging to my ideas about poverty and privilege. It's exposing my discontentment, insecurity, and big fears.  It's been one of my favorite books of this year so far in the women's Christian living category. Check out the pre-order gifts and download the first chapter here.

A Man Called Ove - has surprised me with how much I have enjoyed it. I'm late to the party on this one but I can see why these novels are so beloved. It's unlike anything I've usually read. It's hard to describe. I love how simple the writing is. Sensitivity warnings: it's got quite a bit more language than what I usually read or recommend, however, I feel like it's consistent with the character and I haven't found it offensive though I feel like some readers will. Also, one of the main themes of the book is the main character plotting his suicide. So far each attempt has been thwarted and my general feeling about this story is that he will rediscover his desire to be alive, but I could be wrong. I'm still only 1/3 of the way through it.

What I've been listening to:

Lady Antebellum's new album Heartbreak. Blame it on Annie Downs mentioning them (again) on Instagram and a piece of my heart that never moved on from my love for country/pop music. This album has been so fun to listen to and I especially love the song Big Love In a Small Town. Especially since they are from my "small town" and while some of the details of the song are countryfied it's still so heart-wrenching.
Most of the week I've been listening to Sleeping at Last's collection of songs based on the Enneagram types. I've also been listening to their album "The Spring"
I've also been throwing it way back with a little bit of Simon & Garfunkel. My favorite album is "Parsley Sage, Rosemary and Thyme" mostly because it's the album my dad played when I was little.

Self-Care:

This week I've been taking care of myself by buying pre-packaged salads and smoothies -  I could make them, I know, but sometimes a good choice is better than nothing.
I've also been enjoying the #10thingstotellyou Instagram challenge.


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