Today, I'm reviewing the second book I finished in my book challenge. It's called Letters to Saint Lydia by Melinda Johnson. Okay, not going to lie... I read this book in 5.5, maybe 6, hours on the same day I finished The Holy Angels and LOVED every minute of it. Yes I was then up way too late and was very tire the next morning, but I still think it was worth it.
Yesterday Ian and I were working on our budget as we do every month and we were talking about how we need this and we need that and next month we are going to need xyz. By the time we were done I was exhausted. We have so many expenses and a really young business and trying to buy a house and wanting to deepen our faith, the "I wants" and "I needs" far exceed each paycheck. It leaves me wondering is all this really necessary?
Twenty-one days in and I finished my first book of the year. I am so excited not just because I love reading but because my first book was great. I have so many books that I want to read I actually let John pick which one to start with. He chose The Holy Angels by Mother Alexandra, which I was very excited about since Ancient Faith announced it's publishing.
Earlier this week my Aunt departed this earthly life. She had only been really sick for a few short weeks, we knew she was in rough shape but had hoped her strength would pull her through. So even though we knew it was a possibility is a little warning that someone may die ever enough?
This morning as I was planting some seeds for the garden this year. You know January is a great time of year to start seeds, especially herbs, which I use a lot of both in cooking and in my soaps. Even though I enjoy winter, I know that spring is coming quick and snow, sun, or rain the more I get started now and growing well, the easier the transition will be.
This morning I listened to a podcast interviewing Filled with Less leader Molly Sanbourin and so much of what they talked about hit me on a deep level. What started for Ms. Sanbourin as a personal journey to de-clutter her home, became a movement to spruce up other avenues in her live. Working with a health coach and professional organizer she realized that they could help others who are drifting because their life, whether in the home, spiritually, mentally or medically, has become too congested to function.
While I may not know a lot about parenting and take most decisions one day at a time, I am so happy that Ian and I went all out this year. Even if it was just for a moment, we filled John's world with dinosaurs and made a dreams come true.
When I sat down a few days ago to actually start the purging process, I was shocked I had 7,952 unread emails. Talk about a lot of junk.
So I'm going to push myself this next year. I chose 20 books that I have purchased, been given, or heard about and just want to read to read in 2020 (with 3 bonus books... you know in case I find more spare time). And I invite you to join me. Push yourself to read anything and everything. I put no stipulations on what book or topics you have to read other that your goal has to be at least 5 books. You can't start the books on your list before January 1, 2020 and you have to finish by December 31, 2020.
It started nearly 10 years ago when I was researching something (I can't remember what any more) and I came across a bunch of articles about the chemicals in commercial soaps and how it can be made at home just as effectively.