What I’m Into: March 2015 Edition

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Birthday Things!

March is my birthday month!

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And my 27th birthday was my absolute, hands-down, best ever! It was filled with so many flowers and kind words, my room still smells like roses!

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My friend Kesha threw me a fabulous wine and roses party, where I got to hang out with so many of my friends all in the same room! I felt so loved and celebrated, and cherish this picture of so many of my favorite women together.

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I got to go to lunch with my family on Saturday, and then on Sunday, my actual birthday day, I had brunch with the world’s best roommates. Finally, I got to go on the perfect birthday date to the Huntington Library, and a few other surprises that really blew me away! 🙂 Finally, my roommate Melissa took me to Glen Ivy spa for the day on Thursday, and what a delightfully relaxing treat that was!

I have some HIIIIIIGH hopes for my 27th year, if it’s anything like how it started out.

Everything else has been a little sparse, but here’s the monthly list of what else has been going on…

What I’m Watching:

As I mentioned last month, Kesha hadn’t seen any of the Star Wars movies, and so this month we finished up the original trilogy and then went through and watched the more recent additions of the prequels. She has now seen the whole story, albeit in the order they were released, rather than the one they are intended to be watched. We are starting on Indiana Jones soon!

First movie I’ve seen in theaters in 2015 was Cinderella. I went in with pretty low expectations, because this classic story has been done so many times, and there have been so many that I’ve loved (and others not so much). However, I was so pleasantly surprised by Kenneth Branagh’s take on the story, some fantastic acting and casting, and some much-needed modernization of an antiquated and gender-limiting romance. I have recommended this movie to pretty much everyone since we saw it. Granted, it is still a movie for kids, so expect that, but walking away from that movie, I was so moved to know that young girls and boys who see the film are learning, instead of that the princess is helpless until the prince comes, that the most important mantra to keep is “Have courage and be kind.”

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What I’m Reading:

I already mentioned Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest by Bonnie Gray, finished that one at the beginning of this month, and it sure has come up in conversation a lot!

I also finally completed The Knowledge of the Holy by AW Tozer, which my sweet friend Emily sent me to read, and

I devoured Scary Close:Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy by Donald Miller, and immediately started reading it again. Miller’s writing style is easy-to-read and relate to, but his content is deep and challenging. He talks about the subject of intimacy and approval addiction in a way that I certainly always need to hear. I’ve already seen the benefits of this book and his wisdom in my life and relationships, and have recommended it to many friends!

My friend Kaley sent me Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals by Dinah Fried in the mail, and I was so excited to read what this beautifully photographed book is.

Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are by Shauna Niequist is Shauna’s most recent book, or more accurately, a devotional, which is also beautifully bound and written, but not quite my usual Shauna fix because it’s meant to be read one page a day for a year.

Plus, thanks to some delightful Amazon gift cards for my birthday, I ordered these four and have jumped into each of them already! (Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne LamottDaring Greatly  by Brene Brown, The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison, and Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor)

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On the Internets:

23 Struggles Only Book Nerds Will Understand – fun and silly and perfectly applicable

How To Connect With Anyone – a great short video about the power of eye contact, I would HIGHLY recommend watching it all the way through, what the different pairs share is really incredible

Ashley Judd and Sexism on the Sidelines – very important read about what March Madness stirs up for many women, including me!

Meet Becky Hammon, the NBA’s First Female Coach – a role model and inspiration, Becky Hammon is the woman!

What I’m Writing:

The incredible folks over at You Are Here Stories let me write about life and seasons – “Seasons Don’t Change on Time

Laurel Magazine is a name you are sure to hear about in the coming months as they launch, and I got to write about one of my very favorite topics, Sabbath Rest, for them! “How It’s Possible to Rest In the 21st Century

I also had the opportunity to preach for the high schoolers in our youth group. Sunday I taught on Matthew 4:1-11 – the Temptations of Christ and Tuesday on John 11:17-44 – I am the Resurrection and the Life.

 

Thanks for reading, and for celebrating with me. April, here we come!

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