I always love Anne's monthly posts on what she's into this month. Here's her post from March, and it has inspired to me to start my own of this kind. I'm not sure I'll do it every month, but I will as I come across fun stuff to share. I usually don't feel very inclined to share these types of things because I'm usually the last one to discover the cool stuff, but I'll give it a go anyway!
What I'm listening to:
- This album by Bethel Music. Seriously, I can't count how many times I've played this. In my moments of feeling completely inadequate to do what God is calling me to do (which happens often with my boys), I've been putting myself in time out for a few minutes and listen to "In Over My Head" from this album. It helps me realize that being in over my head is exactly where I need to be, because it keeps me needing Jesus.
- This podcast with Jeff Goins and Shauna Niequist. Jeff interviews Shauna about her new book, Savor, her writing/life/motherhood balance, and how she considers herself a writer of books through and through, although she also has a blog, but is a horrible "blogger." It has had me reconsidering where I should be writing. My strengths and what I love to do is casting vision, developing content, and the craft of writing stories. Designing graphics, figuring out the technical aspects of blogging, and that whole monetization thing that just gives me a headache is more of a nuisance to me that gets in the way of writing. It's had me thinking that I might make a better book writer than blog writer. I do really enjoy doing this for this season of life, so I'm definitely going to keep at it.
What I'm watching:
- Can I just say clear the air and let you all know I'm not a huge TV/movie watcher, so if I ever recommend something, you know it will be the cream of the crop? Since time alone is a HIGHLY precious commodity for me, I don't like to spend that time flipping through channels or watching something that doesn't help me or fill my soul. I know, I'm weird. But since what I do is pretty emotionally and spiritually draining, I need to spend the little time I do have doing something that fills me up to pour out again. With that said, I have to "to watch" recommendations that are totally opposite of each other. The first is Moving Works films. Moving Works is a film making ministry started by and run by people at my church. Some films are really short, some are a little longer, all of them point to Jesus and the Gospel. I especially enjoyed watching, "The Foremost." It is such a beautiful story of God's ability to redeem anyone from the darkest pit. When I get done watching their films, I feel like my soul is filled and inspired, so I highly recommend checking them out!
- Like I said, my next recommendation is NOT something that I would say fills my soul, but it is something that helps me is also funny and entertaining! It's Essie Button's youtube channel. She primarily vlogs about beauty products, but lately she's started vlogging about healthy living, fashion, the book club she started, and lots more. Most of all, she's hilarious! I feel like I'm hanging out with a friend, chatting about the lighthearted little things when I'm watching her videos. It's a fun to watch her videos when I don't think my brain can take in anything too serious at the end of the day.
What I'm reading:
- I'm about 25% though about 4 books right now... So I've been reading but I don't think I've read enough of them to give a full review, but I am enjoying Simplicity Parenting, which had me ruthlessly editing the toys I keep available to the kids about 100 pages in. A lot of it its geared towards school aged children, so mine are a little young, but is still good to have in mind for later.
- I'm also reading Scary Close by Donald Miller. I have a completely opposite personality from Donald Miller, at least how he describes his in the book, so I don't really feel like I can relate to him on that level, but overall it's been a fun and inspiring read about living authentically, and lessons he learned from the challenges he went though to get there and ultimately have closer relationships.
- The Art of Work by Jeff Goins. I'm a huge fan of Jeff Goins, who has a blog for writers, a podcast for the writer/dreamer/do-er/entrepreneurial type. The Art of Work is a book about finding out your calling. I feel like I have grip on what I'm called to do, right now it's being a full-time mom, but I'm hoping this book brings into focus some other things I feel called to do in the future.
- Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist. YOU GUYS, how am I the last person to discover how wonderful a writer Shauna Niequist is?! Her fourth book, Savor, just came out, but I decided to read some of her older books first. I could not put down Bittersweet. As a person who has also gone though a lot of changes, I felt like this book was a big hug from someone who gets me. I promptly ordered the rest of Shauna's books after about 2 chapters into this one. I heard Shauna speak at IF: Gathering, and some other speaking engagements of hers, and loved each one, so I don't know why it took me so long to pick up her books, but I'm sure glad I did!
What I'm cooking:
- I'm craving all the spring produce and trying to make what I call "special salads." Not just whatever veggies I have lying around plus whatever salad dressing I have, but pretty special ones like this one from one of my favorite food blogs, Nutrition Stripped.
- Since its been so warm here, I've been craving a more refreshing beverage than just plain water. I've been making my healthy lemonade every single day. Salem and Judah even love it, and since it's sugar free, I feel good about giving it to them! All it is is juice of 1/2 a lemon + 8 ounces of water + 2 droppers full of liquid stevia. If you like sweetened beverages but try to reduce sugar as much as possible in your diet, you NEED liquid stevia. It tastes like the real thing, but doesn't actually have sugar or raise blood sugar. It's a staple around here!
Articles from Around the Web:
- This artice from The Better Mom called, "When you want to do great things for God... And he asks you to keep on being a mom." So much of this resonated with me. I often ask and pray, "God will you just give me the ideas to write world changing stuff? Will you help me be a doula NOW, and help me help women bring babies into the world?" And he looks at me and says, "Someday. Hey, here's the wipes, can you go change another diaper first?" Ouch, okay, God. I get it.
- Minimalizing Kid's Toys from The Art of Simple by Tsh Oxenreider. More motivation to ruthlessly edit toys.
- I also loved these thoughts from Tabitha on looking for Jesus in all moments of life, past and present.
That's about all I'm into. Other than trying to think of stuff I can put in Easter baskets that aren't full of sugar or miscellaneous junk that will clutter our house. What about you guys? What are you into right now?