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Remember last month when I had grand plans to read five books? I thought because Spring Break was coming up I’d have oh-so-much time to get more reading in? Well, that did not happen. I felt super busy all month long, constantly playing catch up. I did read most mornings before anyone got up (unless little V got up at 4:50 as she occasionally does!). I also spent some time one Saturday being lazy and reading. It felt great and I was able to finish up one of the books on my list in 2 sittings.
In case you need a reminder, March’s reading list is here. What I actually finished reading:
I read this one a few chapters at a time and finished it on a Saturday morning halfway through the month. Talk about inspiring! The author lived and worked in Japan and has organized quite a few homes. She walks through the psychology of ‘tidying’ and her main point was – If it doesn’t bring you joy the minute you see it or put your hands on it, get rid of it. Talk about a revelation! I started walking through rooms identifying things that were not bringing me joy. Those 2 pair of yoga pants I keep because, well, I need some, even though they ride up or ride down or don’t breathe very well- gone to Goodwill. Same with blouses and socks and anything else in my path. It was SO much easier to get rid of things once I could say ‘You do not bring joy, you are gone.’
My closet can breathe and it is cleaner than I have ever seen it.
*As of today (4/2/15), this book is #1 on Amazon’s Zen Philosophy book list! *
From the Amazon description: “In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living—a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.”
I spent a week reading this book, about 20 minutes each morning while I drank coffee and slowly eased into my day. I found it deep in places. I needed to reread and digest. In the end, I got some needed insight into being perfectly imperfect AND some great book recommendations for further reading (one of these will be on my April reading list!).
As I promised last month, I did watch Brene’s TED talk, “The Power of Vulnerability”. (Find it HERE). I thought she was incredibly insightful and strangely funny (she IS a researcher, you know). We shy away from being vulnerable in every day life as if it reflects a weakness. Openness = weakness. Right?
Actually, just the opposite is true. When you allow yourself to open up and be vulnerable, the result is authenticity that breeds deep relationships. Vulnerability allows us to connect with one another on an entirely new level. These relationships are the real deal.
I highly recommend that you watch this TED talk! It’s 20 minutes long and can play in the background while you’re washing dishes or doing another mundane task. Let me know what you think about this one!
Oh, how this book moved me! I spent an entire Saturday morning reading the first half of this book and stole moments here and there over the rest of the weekend to finish it.
Alice is a 50 year old Harvard psychology professor who has Early Onset Alzheimer’s disease. The details and progression of this disease were heart wrenching. I cringed for her on more than one occasion. My chest tightened for an entire chapter as the realization came that she could not predict how fast this disease would take over nor could she tell herself, now, now is past the line in the sand I had drawn for myself when first diagnosed.
I haven’t seen the movie yet but adored the book. I highly recommend it!! Now, who wants to be my movie date??
What I didn’t get to read in March:
I will be moving these two into my April reading and adding a few to the list! I know, I know. I am not finishing my list each month, but the goal of 4 or more books pushes me to read more! I am so happy I decided to focus on reading more this year. It has really rounded out my efforts to invest more in myself!
These characters, both real and fictional, have resonated with me and I’m excited to share what I find with you! xoxo
Want to read along with me? Find all of these books at Amazon below: