Present Over Perfect

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Such a popular book right now. Or maybe it was, and I’m late to the party. All the hype definitely played a part in me picking it up and checking it out. Not so much because I thought it was something I needed/wanted to read, but because it seemed to have a following and I was intrigued by the cool people around me that had great things to say about it.

With that being said, I downloaded the sample on my Kindle before I decided to purchase the book (add to the ever-growing list of reasons I love my Kindle). Not only because I wasn’t sure I would actually read it, but also because it cost more than I generally like to pay for books. Upon reading the sample, I quickly realized this would be an easy book to get through as it is broken down into tiny little ‘chapters’. Perfect for someone who wasn’t sure they wanted to read the book in the first place.

The book felt like a blog. Being that I am a blogger, I didn’t necessarily hate that. Being that I enjoy books and blogs as separate things, I didn’t love that. The author touches on a lot of subjects in an almost, thoughtful without answers way. I find this intriguing in that it created a mental environment for readers to think and process alongside rather than offering a quick fix, 10 step program, type of read. The author does not go into many details as to the specifics of the change she implemented in her life. This allows the reader to make it what they will and to somewhat translate the message for themselves.

There were a lot of things that I take away from the book. There were a lot of things I needed to hear and think through in my own life. The biggest thing being that it is okay to say no. And also, to be reminded that it is pride to think everyone needs you all the time. It created small, safe opportunities to self evaluate.

Even though this was an easy read, it took me a long time to get through. This became my “waiting in line” book. Rarely was I able to sit down for long periods of time and read as it was hard to get into being that it is not written as one cohesive, continuous thought. So I read bits and piece in lines or waiting rooms or pre-meeting at  coffee shop. And it definitely worked well for that and offered good bits to think over, and just enough to mull over and process during those 15 minute segments of the day.

Have you read Present Over Perfect? What did you take away from it?

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The Art of Travel

If we find poetry in the service station and the motel, if we are drawn to the airport or the train carriage, it is perhaps because, despite their architectural compromises and discomforts, despite their garish and harsh lighting, we implicitly feel that these isolated places offer us a material setting for an alternative to the selfish ease, the habits of confinement of the ordinary, rooted world.

The Art of Travel, Page 58

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Florida, You Sunshine State, You

Time spent at the beach is time well spent. Watching the sun rise and set on white sand beaches was a treat. Eating some of the most delicious food poolside was a highlight. Taking long afternoon bike rides was invigorating. Reading on the beach until it got too dark was an escape. Having recently picked up another job, I was not sure until the last minute if I would be able to make it on the trip, but I am so very glad I did. It was exactly the break I have been needing with no agenda Continue reading “Florida, You Sunshine State, You”

Why Am I Writing a Blog?

This is a question I have mulled over and audibly asked myself and wrestled with and laughed at and pushed to the back of my mind until the process repeats itself, more times than I can count. Do I just believe I have so much to offer readers? Certainly not. Is it because I need an outlet? Maybe. It will be a lot of work, but it is worth it, right? Yes. Yes. That answer has always been yes.

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Resolute

Firmly resolved or determined; set in purpose or opinion.

Actions of 2015:

  1. Get a passport {take the next step}
  2. Birthday location {I have previously resolved to spend every birthday in my 20’s in a different state or country}
  3. Run a half marathon {see also number 7}
  4. Good things jar {remember and record}
  5. Be intentional about monthly goals {step by step we climb entire mountains}
  6. Go to a new country {this should be number 1, because it is forefront on my mind and in my heart}
  7. Run more {because I love it and do not make enough time for it}
  8. Do more yoga {because we need balance}
  9. Read 20 books {more reading time, less screen time}
  10. Blog {check}

Words of 2015:

  • Minimalist — After moving away from a fixed life for 3 months, I downsized a lot. I want to continue considering the value the things around me hold and not be tied down by them.
  • Driven — The opposite of passive. Don’t sit back and let life and opportunities pass by. This goes right along with setting monthly goals. Don’t lose site of what taking the next step looks like, and take time to evaluate.
  • Intentional — In relationships, in time, in life.
  • Spontaneity — Something that I believe characterizes my life already, and I do not want to lose site of it.
  • Balance — To not be driven to the point where of losing site of those around me. To not be spontaneous to the point where a sense of responsibility is lost. So all things must be done in balance.

Ultimately, these are areas where I hope to see growth.

I look forward to looking back.