Hello to those old and new! I hope you are all having a lovely morning. I hope everyone has their book ready because today is day one of reading Girl, stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis.
A few things I like to do along the way while I read is simply underline, or circle anything that catches my eye. I also transfer quotes on to a blank journal that I keep nearby to go back and reread when I need a little inspiration.
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Week One | Reading Schedule
+ Wednesday 3/ 6
Introduction: What if . . . . XI
+ Thursday 3/7
- Part I: EXCUSES TO LET GO OF
- Excuse 1: That’s Now What Other Women Do . . . 3
+ Friday 3/8
- Excuse 2: I’m Not a Goal – Oriented Person . . . 16
- Excuse 3: I Don’t Have Time . . . 20
- Excuse 4: I’m Not Enough to Succeed . . . 29
+ Sunday 3/10
- Excuse 5: I Can’t Pursue My Dreams and Still Be a Good Mother . . . 41
Present over Perfect: Living Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living By Shauna Niequist
“Present is living with your feet firmly grounded in reality, pale and uncertain as it may seem. Present is choosing to believe that your own life is worth investing deeply in, instead of waiting for some rare miracle or fairytale. Present means we understand that the here and now is sacred, sacramental, threaded through with divinity even in its plainness. Especially in its plainness.”
“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and look back and realize that the best thing about me was I was organized.”
This is just but one of the many wonderful phrases in this book. The author talks about the things that drag people down and back, leading to a busy, frenzied life with lots of motion and activity on the outside, but a grueling emptiness on the inside.
This book is an invitation to remake our life. Maybe we feel disconnected from our soul and the people we care about. Maybe our life is full, and have lost our balance. Niequist dares us to be present over pretending to be perfect, to allow others to love us in all our imperfection.
This stunning book leads the reader on a journey of seeing grace, joy and to simply slow down. She encourages us to lay down our burdens in exchange for a life of simplicity, both physically and spiritually. Have your highlighter, pen, and journal ready as you read!