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Celebrate June (What I’m Learning, Loving, and Reading)

Here we are again, another month swiftly fading behind us, making room for the next one to come. Here I am again, recounting what the last thirty days have brought me.

 

What I Learned:

The quantity of books read doesn’t define the quality of your summer. 

I read thirty books last summer. Thirty! It was lovely and I wanted to replicate this number again this summer. I ordered dozens of books from the library and have a whole shelf of titles waiting to be read. But each year is different and I’ve given up a little on reading copious amounts of books and am contenting myself with the few that do get read.

Wonder Woman is by far my favorite super hero. 

I was entirely mesmerized by this movie from start to finish. Marvel created a beautiful character that inspires and delights. You don’t want to miss this movie. (But you will want to bring tissues.) This is one of the few movies I’ve seen lately that made me want to rewatch.

My ability to get up early is entirely based on my husband’s presence. 

I pretend I’m this early bird rockstar, but then my husband goes out of town and I rediscover the snooze button. I am truly better with him in my life.

French Braids work better in my hair than Dutch braids

So I’ve dubbed it the summer of the french braid.

I want to procrastinate less so that I can linger more. 

I want to have the time to sip my coffee slowly in the morning, to journal a little while longer, to take my time on a hike and enjoy the view, to sit and watch the sun sink behind the mountains, to read a few more pages in bed as the evening breeze comes through my window. But this slow paced lifestyle must come at the sacrifice of something. So I’m trying to eliminate the snooze button, the facebook scrolling, the checking of my email for the fiftieth time, and all other ways I put off doing what I actually care about.

 

What I Loved:

Frozen Grapes

The perfect replacement for afternoon popsicles and evening munchies.

Pride and Prejudice Soundtrack

I play it on the piano when the morning is starting and I let it play on my phone each evening and it’s like summertime personified in music.

Halo Top Ice Cream

YOU. GUYS. I’ve always been an eat the entire pint of ice cream kind of girl, but for the first time in my life there is no guilt. This is a light, almost sherbet-y type of ice cream and the entire pint is only 220 calories. I may or may not have eaten one each night last week.

Evening Hikes

With our month of backpacking across Colorado Trail quickly approaching I figured it was a good idea to train a little. So every day after work I’ve strapped on my back and headed up the Midland hill on the edge of town. I never get tired of the mountains or the birds eye view of our sweet little town.

Iced Water with Lime

Nothing is more refreshing, especially in the evening after a long day.

 

 

What I Read:

Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way by Shauna Niequist

When your kindred spirit sends you a book and a note that reads I can’t wait to hear what you think of this, you drop every other book and read it. I love Shauna Niequist’s writing and this was no exception. It is a collection of beautiful and heart-stirring essays as she recounts a year of hardship and the good things wrapped up inside of it.

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

Because I’m on a Gilmore Girls kick this seemed like an appropriate title to pick up. I was surprised at how engaging Lauren Graham’s writing was and how it still sounded just like Lorelei Gilmore. This is a realistic novel of one girl’s journey to making it in the acting world.

Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes

I picked this one up one day while watching the kids at the library. A sweet, summery children’s novel – dealing with heavy issues such as childhood death, first loves, and aging grandparents. Bonus: the cute pre-teen heroine wants to become a writer.

Simply Jesus by N.T. Wright

N.T. Wright is one of my favorite theologians to read. He is thorough but not unnecessarily heady. This book broadened my understanding of who Jesus truly was, the culture in which he lived, and how his life and death and purpose should impact how we live.

Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self by Richard Rohr

This turned out to be more in the mystic genre than I was hoping. Though I appreciate any effort to get into the human soul and pursue our deepest self, I felt like this was slightly contrived and the scriptural basis he claimed to be coming from seemed to be bits and pieces of verses that worked for him rather than an exegetical understanding of what the Bible teaches about our ‘true self’. Perhaps I didn’t understand fully what he was saying, or perhaps I am not a mystic, but I don’t see myself coming back to this book.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

The movie adaption of this book was what first inclined me to the idea of through hiking. This is a biographical account of a hike through the Appalachian Trail and I loved hearing all the stories of an extended backpacking trip as I prepare to hike the Colorado Trail.

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

This is the true definition of a beach read. Light and breezy. Nothing substantial here, but lots of fun as we join a American girl as she falls in love with the Prince of England and navigates through the complications of marrying into royalty.

 

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Friends! TOMORROW my husband and I set out on a month-long backpacking endeavor. I am excited (as I wrote about over here) and thrilled to be doing something like this with my wild and precious life (read about that here ). I will be gone from my spot here for a little while, but I’ve gathered together a tribe of beautiful women who will be sharing their own stories of uncovering their true identity. So don’t go far, I think you’ll be encouraged and inspired by their words.

 

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