Book Review – He Calls You Beautiful by Dee Brestin

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Every woman longs to hear those words, “You are Beautiful”. In this book Dee takes us through the “Love Book” –  Song of Solomon – and shows us how our Savior wants to Romance us. It is great for personal or group study with though provoking questions at then end of each chapter to help you go deeper. Whether you are single, happily married or otherwise…this book will help you remember that His love is enough for you.

 

**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review**

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The End of Summer

It is September and Summer is coming to and end (although it will still be in the high 70’s and low 80’s for a while here in Texas) The last 3 months have brought more “adventure” than I ever thought I would want to handle in one Summer (and I used to do a lot in the summers when I was in college). May 1st I made the choice to better myself and the life I can give my son by getting sober. I am currently 124 days sober and half way through the 12 Step Program. May 12th on my way to work, I was in a very bad car accident that left my car totaled and my back injured in several places. Later that afternoon I received the call that my husband had lost his job because of poor choices the CEO of his company had made and they now had no way of paying their employees. We had to pull Little Man from Playcare and I began Physical Therapy for my injuries. In June the stress of dealing with a special needs toddler, running a Cafe, and being in constant pain (and having to go to doctors 30 min from my work 4 times a week after working 10 and 15 hour days) all while trying to work my recovery program and stay sober, was too much. I could not give 100% to work, 100% to my son, 100% to my physical recovery, and 100% to my sobriety anymore. Something was going to suffer, and I knew where I needed to put my priorities. I choose to give my Cafe to someone else so they could give it the time and attention it needed. I stepped down from being General Manager and moved to a Cafe closer to home to support a new GM in her transition. Also in June Little Man turned 3! In July we traveled to Maine to visit family and be a part of my Best Friend’s wedding. It was beautiful and the most relaxing retreat I have had in a while. Little Man was able to spend time with Grandparents, Great Grandparents, Aunts, and extended family we hadn’t seen in over a year. He also saw a moose, bald eagle, and other amazing animals as we visited the Wildlife Park that I used to go to as a kid. August brought more challenges when we found out that we no longer had CHIP and Little Man lost his Speech Therapy and Insurance.

Currently I am learning what “One day at a time” truly means and surrendering every little thing as my anxiety overwhelms me. I never thought that at nearly 30 years old I would be putting my career on hold, in chronic pain, a special needs parent, and almost to my 6 month chip. Alas, I am. I am learning to:

Stop looking for the REASON something happened and begin realizing the REVELATION of who HE is in me.

That sometimes a MISTAKE and a MIRACLE are the same situation.

Sometimes the pressure is not from WHAT you are handling, but from HOW you are handling it.

I am far from perfect and this journey is far from perfect, but this week I decided to embrace the rain instead of trying to hide from it. ❤

 

 

Book Review – My Rad Life, a Journal

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This journal has lots of space to write, draw, put inspirational quotes and get inspiration from amazing women who stood up and lived their lives despite any limits society put on them. It is the perfect gift that young woman in your life who is going to be a World Changer. Be Inspired!

 

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**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review**

Book Review – Beauty Begins by Chris Shook & Megan Shook Alpha

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This book digs into the thoughts, issues, and setbacks that every woman has. “Making peace with your reflection” is a challenge that few women seem to conquer in today’s society. How do we become and feel beautiful in a world that embraces “pretty”? How do we see the most accurate reflection of who we are when there are distorted “mirrors” all around us?  We live in a “Selfie” obsessed world, yet when the make up is washed off and the door is shut, most women do not even like the person they are. “Beauty Begins” helps the reader discover the answer to these questions and realize how to find their own true beauty that will not fade with age. Whether you are 15 or 45, I encourage every woman to read this book and find the balance between loving your self and being selfless.

 

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**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review**

Own It – The Power of Women at Work by: Sallie Krawcheck

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It isn’t easy being a woman in the working world. The children’s needs, laundry, monthly cycle, cooking, and relationships don’t just STOP and WAIT as we run our businesses and pursue our dreams. It can feel like a balancing act, with never enough hours in the day.

 

Sallie Krawcheck shows women how to play to their strengths and use the way the business world is evolving to their advantage. Technology and being able to work from home is enabling more and more women to be able to perform jobs at a capacity that they may not have been able to before. Networking and emphasis on gaining gender equality are also things that our mothers and grandmothers didn’t have in the professional work environment, and we can now bank on. Today, more than ever, women are taking control of their finances and their future. That is a good thing! For themselves and their children.

There is one chapter, “The Flexibility Without Shame Conversation”, that hit home for me. I cannot tell you how many times I felt guilty that I had something else in my life to do besides work on a weekday (or weekend). In the last few months I have learned that I can be a mom, a boss, and a wife at my own pace. If I am 100% when I am in each role, then I can do all of them well. Blending and balancing every aspect and taking the day as it comes.

 

 

 

**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review**

Packing in a Carry-on for a 5 day Trip

 

I leave for Nashville in ONE WEEK! I am far from ready, but at least my clothes are packed. I’d like to start off this post with a shout out to the man who bought me these amazing Steve Madden shoes 😍 they are a dream! So comfortable and sexy and versatile 👠 

 

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I built my wardrobe for this trip off of this piece. A simple black blazer. It can go with just about anything. My formal dress, a pair of skinny jeans and my new shoes, a pair of dress pants and my flats…it’s going to be my “layer” for all those unpredictable temperature conference session rooms. 

Accessories: one belt, one pair of heals, one pair of flats, it’s Nashville…so brown boots 👢 and minimal jewelry. I usually wear the same 4 things everyday anyways. 

2 cardigans, 1 pair of jeans, 1 pair of slacks, 1 pair of dress pants.

I put my socks and underwear in the shoe box to save room. 

Layers. Layers. Layers.

A pair of comfy flats and my wallet where I can easily access them.

Traveling day outfit. Lularoe! 

My not even close to being packed personal item bag 😟

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Roll the shirts. Layer the blazers and dress.

A whole week away from this kid. I’m gonna miss that face ❤❤❤

 

Update: The trip went GREAT! I had way too many clothes, I only wore about 2/3 of them. I also acquired a new pair of shoes while in Nashville.

Love Unending – Rediscovering your Marriage in the Midst of Motherhood

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This book was worth the wait. 21 days to rediscovering why you fell in love with the person you’re currently trying to balance the craziness of life, work, and children with.

Something they don’t often cover in marriage counseling or “what to expect” books, is how having a baby (or 2) will change you and your relationships. From hormones to body shape to adding another person to the family and more items to the “To Do” list, Children take a toll on our lives that we often do not prepare for or realize. In the midst of all that, friendships and relationships often get pushed to the wayside and deprioritized.

Becky takes 21 days of encouragement, challenges, thinking, remembering, and praying to bring us back to that place where our marriage is a priority. Love and intimacy is often replaced by duty and occasional sex, in Love Unending she challenges us to move beyond our selfish thinking and see through HIS eyes to rekindle romance and intimacy that you had when you first met, as well as deepen it as you grow together.

**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review**