Taking the lead from Modern Mrs. Darcy (who took the lead from Emily Freeman) to talk about seven things I learned this last month – some are rather brainless, while others might speak to you on a deep soul level. Either way, enjoy!
Hamilton really is that amazing. When my best friend asked if she could take me to Hamilton as a birthday present and for finishing my manuscript, I was like, wait, um, yes, what, YES! So, last week I trekked down and back to Portland for a quick twenty-four hour trip, and sitting in Keller Auditorium to breathe in the story, the music, the meaning, the takeaways did not disappoint. I’m still processing the experience, but one thing is true: I’m holding my babies tighter than ever. After all, they’re my greatest legacy.
Jumpsuits are kind of magical. I was skeptical for awhile, believing the clothing item a bit too reminiscent of the 80’s and shoulder pads and entire outfits that didn’t look good then, but I quickly changed my mind after I tried one on. Although most of my days are spend in cozy jeans or yoga pants, you’d better believe I’ve been sporting jumpsuits to various speaking engagements. Here’s one of my favorites from Evereve (pictured above), and here’s another favorite I don’t own but sure do like from Nordstrom.
The body really does keep the score. I’ve shared a little bit about this, but lately I’ve been reminded to listen and take heed of and care for my body. Our bodies are always speaking to us, but we don’t always listen. For me, when I’m so tired I can’t do anything but lay on the floor and binge watch episodes of Homeland, I know my body’s launching a missile attack of messages. Too often, though, I ignore the signs and just keep pushing through. Right now, I’m listening, I’m resting and eventually I’ll pick up a book like this or this for more answers.
A little bit of dirt is good for your soul. I always have high hopes for becoming one with the earth, and this spring is no exception. A couple weeks ago the boys and I got our hands dirty with kale, Swiss chard, tomato varietals, basil, cucumber and squash seeds and starters. Because of the cold Pacific Northwest climate, we’ll leave most of these plants inside until at least May or even June, so for now, our dining room has become a greenhouse of sorts. I couldn’t be happier.
Sometimes self-care looks like binge-watching Homeland. Claire Danes is my spirit animal, mostly because I’ll never be able to rid myself of how much I loved her as Angela Chase on the woefully short-lived show, My So-Called Life. She’s all grown up now, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to be just like her. CIA, here I come!
Talking about writing really fires me up. For me, one of the signs that it was time to leave the high school English classroom and then full-time ministry came when I didn’t want to talk about either the classroom or ministry outside of work. As much as I loved it, I’d also grown sick of it to an extent. Well, folks, the good news is that I AM NOT SICK OF WRITING AND ALL I WANT TO DO IS TALK ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME. Thank goodness the Festival of Faith and Writing starts in just two short weeks, so I can relish in its shop talk to my heart’s desire. (PS: Are you going to be there? I am delighted to be on two panels this year, and would love to say hello to you there!)
She bangs, she bangs. Maybe this one should instead be called, “Listen to your gut” or “Ignore the advice of your hairstylist” or “See what keeps popping up on your Pinterest board.” I’ve asked for bangs the last three times I got my haircut and my stylist finally succumbed to my pleas. And people, I just can’t get enough.
Well friends, there you go: seven things I’ve learned this last month, from the deepest of deep to the shallowest of shallow …but really, all of them pack the punch in one way, shape or form. So, what say you? What would be on your list?
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