Monthly Archives: March 2017

A Few of My Favorite Things: March

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A Few of My Favorite Things: March

I love connecting people with resources to improve their lives. I’ve discovered some new favorites that inspire me, keep me organized, grow my faith, and are just plan fun. There’s so many that I couldn’t post them all at once, so periodically I will share cool new finds here. My #hope is that you too might find a new favorite!

NPR’S HOW I BUILT THIS PODCAST

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As a lover of all things podcast, I learned about HIBT from one of my besties who also enjoys a great podcast. One listen and I was hooked! In one week’s time, I listened to seven interviews with Guy Raz. So far I’ve learned about the creation of Instagram, Airbnb, Radio One, Honest Tea, Atari & Chuck E. Cheese’s (both created by the same person) and more!

Guy Raz is an amazing storyteller/developer. I love how he gets the interviewees to open up about their idea development, funding, life philosophies and how they handled the curveballs when things didn’t go as planned. The well-timed music brings you into the story with them.

A good failure is good for your soul. There’s nothing worse than feeling like you are invincible and really cool and entitled…The cure? Getting out of your comfort zone. – Nolan Bushnell, Founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese’s

If you are an entrepreneur who is in the process of building something, this podcast is for you. It shares the ups and downs of how entrepreneurs and business leaders who seem “larger than life” got their start in building their empires. If they can do it, so can we!

Whether you’re a podcast beginner or connoisseur, I recommend you give How I Built This a try. #trypod  You can subscribe to How I Built this using the Podcast app on your smartphone, or here.

TOOLS OF TITANS by Tim Ferris

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Photo Credit: Goodreads

Tim Ferris of The Tim Ferris Show, compiled this book of golden nuggets from the interviews he conducted on his show. Tools of Titans is divided into three sections: healthy, wealthy, and wise, with additional non-interview sections written by Tim.

I read that making your bed everyday begins a chain reaction of success for your day, and that you return to that at the end of the day. Since then, I have made my bed daily for the past three months, and it truly does make a difference in the starting and ending of my day. Hooray for that small but powerful changes!

I am still processing Paulo Coelho’s advice to “throw away the notebook and let the essential things remain.” Say what?! I am the Queen of Notetaking! However, I take notes now, I ask myself what’s most important to remember – and maybe that’s the essence behind Mr. Coelho’s advice.

If you aren’t a super fitness buff, the healthy section might throw you for a loop, as a lot of the advice seems to be advance level. Don’t let that stop you from reading this gem! It doesn’t have to be read the same way as a traditional book. I like to select interviews at random, then check off the completed chapters on the table of contents. Feel free to skip around at your pleasure – consider it a buffet of wisdom.

On a final note, this collection of interviews is massive, and therefore is not commuter friendly. I recommend this being an at-home read, which works for me. To learn more about Tools of Titans and where to buy it, please visit https://toolsoftitans.com/.

THE DAILY GRACE CO. BIBLE STUDY: HIS LOVE NEVER FAILS (HOSEA)

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God put it on my heart to study the book of Hosea, and I’m enjoying The Daily Grace Company’s study. Each week’s section begins with a full page scripture for memorization. Each day of the study shares a correlating scripture about God’s goodness and redeeming love.

There is a written devotional that correlates with each chapter of Hosea, and sometimes the chapter is broken down over multiple days for deeper study. A section for journaling thoughts and prayers is included. The verses of Hosea are written out, so make sure you have your Bible!

It is mind-blowing to read about God’s steadfast, unfailing love for His people, even when we reject Him and put others in His place. It is a beautiful story of God’s pursuit of us. The pages bring to the surface God’s emotions about his faithless people, but it also reveals love, #hope and redemption as God calls our hearts back to Him, the True Lover of our souls.

Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her. And there I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth, as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt. – Hosea 2:14-15, ESV

If you are in a season where you need refreshing or just a reminder of God’s goodness, mercy, and unfailing love, I recommend reading Hosea and this study. Find His Love Never Fails and other great Bible resources here.

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for the next My Favorite Things post! If you check out any of these resources, please share your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!

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Observing Lent

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Observing Lent

This year for Lent I will do the Whole30 Plan with a group of friends. What’s funny is that when I came across Whole30 at the beginning of the year, I saw all of the “restrictions” and said oh no, this is not for me. There’s no way I can give up “all the things.” Well as usual when I say I am not doing something, God simply says, “Oh really?  Well, we will see about that.”

I love God’s sense of humor.

Except when it involves me giving up carbs and all forms of sugar.

Fast forward a few weeks later, and I found myself at brunch with some friends, one of whom had just completed her third Whole30 and said she felt great. Everyone was curious about it so we asked her tons of questions about her process and any changes she noticed before and after. We were all so intrigued.

Friends, I should have known that Papa was up to something.

But I was too busy enjoying my Star of Africa tea (ahem, with honey, not allowed on Whole30) and my amazing Greek dish (with feta cheese, also not allowed on Whole30) to notice what was happening.

I am sure you can guess what happened next. Somewhere in the midst of conversation we all decided that we would do the Whole30 together beginning March 6 (after our girl’s birthday of course, no one is giving up sugar and dairy on their birthday!).

I said yes…with excitement. What had happened to me? Where was my resolve that I would not give up all the things? Friends, it is probably floating in the Jamaican waters along with my resolve to not go snorkeling with my mission team…which I ended up doing haha! You can read about that experience here. So much for my resolve.

 

Photos courtesy of whole30.com

But truthfully I was excited. I was excited to try a new challenge for Lent, and knowing that I wasn’t alone made me more excited for the journey. Life was truly meant to be done in community. I found resources to help me with meal planning, along with It Starts with Food, the book that explains the science behind the Whole30 plan. And thanks to Instagram, I’ve found some recipes that are Whole30 compliant. YAY!

Part of tackling the scary things is equipping yourself with resources and support. I’ve since shared my plan with three other friends and now they are on board too! From March 6 – April 6 I commit to a Whole30 eating plan, as well as sustaining my fitness plan (currently at the end of a 21 day fitness challenge woot woot!).

I asked myself what do I hope to learn, and how do I hope to grow through this process? As I sacrifice these things, I want to grow in intimacy with Christ. Grower closer to God is always the desire regardless of what I am fasting. I anticipate that God will give me new eyes to see the abundance of good, healthy choices I have instead of focusing on what I think I am missing. I anticipate noticing changes in the way my body runs based on the “fuel” that I give it. It’s my hope that I will also make some long term changes for the better after this process is done. These are just a few things I am praying will happen as I am on this journey.

I look forward to sharing snippets of the journey here with you.

So in a few days, I must bid my new favorite bagel place and beloved cups of honey-laced tea adieu. Excited about how I will learn, grow, and be challenged to leave my comfort zone. And thanking God that I can still have BACON.

Do you have a special way of honoring the Lenten season?

How can you incorporate community this season?