Book of the Week || February 2019: History Collection

Week #5 - January 27th through February 2nd
Night by Eli Wiesel

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Week #6 - February 3rd through February 9th
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

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Week #7 - February 10th through February 16th
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

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Week #8 - February 17th through February 23rd
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Book of the Week || January 2019: Spiritual Connection + Self Love Collection

Week #1 - January 1st through 5th
Love Does by Bob Goff

Love Does is a 2012 Christian non-fiction book by Bob Goff and is a collection several essays about life stories and experiences learning the power of love in our daily actions.

Week #2 - January 6th through 12th
Everybody Always by Bob Goff

Everybody Always is also by Bob Goff and is written in the same style as his New York Times Best Seller, Love Does. These collection of stories discuss the importance of loving people, including ourselves, in the most difficult and darkest times and what it looks like to love everybody, always.

Week #3 - January 13th through January 19th
Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist

This amazing New York Times Best Seller talks about growing through change with grace and love - to those around us and ourselves. It discusses the value of trusting in God and acknowledging the Bittersweet moments - those that are blissfully beautiful and equally challenging.

My Favorite Chapter: Things I Don’t Do

Week #4 - January 20th through January 26th
Packing Light by Allison Vesterfelt

2019 Goals

Each year instead of resolutions I set goals for myself. Yesterday I realized I hadn’t thought about any 2019 New Years goals because I just didn’t have time. Then it hit me that THAT was my goal - to slow down, take pause, and LIVE in the moment so much more.

For me that means creating time to reset and recharge, reading more, prioritizing mental health and fitness, and learning to say no. It means putting my phone down when I am with a friend and loving the quite moments of sitting together on the couch. It is endlessly loving and connecting with people. Maybe it’ll even mean being better at texting people back (but I make no promises ). But most of all it means creating time to reflect on this beautiful life and slowing down to appreciate all it has to offer.

In order to help me reach my goal of slowing down, here are my action steps:

  • Read at least one book per week

  • Put my phone away 20 minutes before bed to read and pray

  • Attend church at least once a week, and if I miss it re-watch it on my computer

  • Talk more, text less

  • Stop comparing myself to others

  • Cap my to-do list at 10 items per day and accomplish what is most important FIRST.

  • Be okay with the silence and alone time

  • Not being afraid to step outside of my comfort zone

  • Write down 3 things I am most grateful for each day

  • Workout at least 30 minutes each day (from a quick ab workout in the living room to a long hike- just do SOMETHING that gets me moving)

  • Love more authentically and deeply

These are my goals and action steps for 2019! I can’t wait to share how I live these out on a daily basis. What are some of your goals for 2019?