Book talk times three

I am fortunate to live in a place that has so many opportunities for book lovers. Last week was a particularly rich week with three author talks.

The first event was Jasper Fforde talking about his newest book. I haven’t read any of his books but my daughter loves them so we went together. He is a wonderful speaker and I do plan to read him one day.

The following night I played hookie from a meeting to hear Dani Shapiro. She was also talking about her most recent book. I have read a lot of her work and it is amazing how this story connects so many of the questions in her writing. She is also a good speaker.

I ended the week with an author event that I helped organize at church. Our pastor’s family knows the author of a book that had been recommended so we encouraged the congregation to read a book. Then the author agreed to come and talk about her book and her family’s journey. I read this book a few months ago and thoroughly enjoyed. This author is also a very good speaker.

The photo above has nothing to do with this post – just a little glimpse of what the day is looking like over here in the Pacific Northwest. Hope your day is much lovelier. Off to join Carole today.

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Three on Thursday – a reading life

Last year, I read more books than I expected. But at times, I felt like I was rushing through some of those books. Reading Carole’s post this morning has me thinking about the importance of being authentic and tending my reading life.

I want to read to learn. My library has a 10 to Try challenge happening this year. The categories are challenging me to consider some new titles that will engage my brain and my heart.

I want to read really good books. When I was in NYC, I saw posters for Subway Reads. I went home and looked it up and then forgot about it but it seems like a great resource.

I want to read what I already own. I found this blog and I like her unread shelf project. I own so many books that I really do want to read. I would love to make a dent in that stack.

Three things

A few years ago, I read about bullet journaling and thought it sounded like a good idea. Suddenly I saw bullet journal examples EVERWHERE! And they we so pretty. Beautiful lettering and stickers and sketches. I tried it for awhile but all those decorations made my head spin so I quit and declared this was not going to work for me. But, never say never. Here are 3 things I have learned that are making me rethink bullet journaling:

  1. Ryder Carroll designed the bullet journal to help him “live intentionally.” His idea is about gathering and tracking and learning how to stick with what is really important to you.
  1. Simplicity is an essential element of the system. If you look at Ryder’s examples, they are bare bones. In his book he says you only need to be able to draw a fairly straight line to practice this system.
  2. The extras like collections and goal setting don’t need to be set up before starting the basic system. In his book, he recommends starting with the monthly/daily/weekly tracking and tasks. Get that part down as a routine and the other pieces will grow out of that foundation.

So, I grabbed a blank notebook, numbered the pages, and set up the first of those pages. I am only a week in but it feel much more do-able. I did buy a sticker pack that has the months and lots of numbers but I’m only working on one week at a time with tasks and a daily review. I recommend Carroll’s audio book.

3 things

Carole and I have been chatting about the one little word idea. We both want to have a word and make it more visible in our lives but we are ready for something new. So, here are three things I want you to know:

1. Choosing a word. Some years a words jumps out at me, other years I need to search a bit. I thought I had my word until about a week ago and now I am letting a few ideas rumble around before I commit. If you are new to this idea, do a search for One Little Word. I have taken Ali Edward’s online class a number of times but I am less inclined to do the making piece, wanting to focus on writing and reflections this year.

2. On January 1, you are invited to write about your word. I will figure out how to host a link-up so come back here to join in. After this initial post, we will make the last Tuesday of each month our one little word day. You are invited to share how your word is showing up in your life – good, not so much, kinda-sorta. I will have a monthly link for the last Tuesday posts too.

3. Your word, your way. I won’t be providing prompts but I’m sure you will find lots of those when you search One Little Word. I am also sure you will get ideas and inspiration from what others are doing. The idea is to nurture the community and friendships that come from sharing our individual practices.

I am grateful to Carole for pursuing this idea with me. Be sure to visit her today and every Thursday for the Three Things posts.

What a fun year it has been connecting with so many of you.

3 random things

I unraveled a shawl last night to make time in my knitting life to work on the Project Peace cowl. When you have short hair, these winters mornings leave you with a very cold neck so a cowl will be a welcome addition.

This book is going on my 2019 reading list (and the Kindle edition is only $1.99 right now).

You know how much I like golden milk. Lately I have been adding it to a morning smoothie: 2 cups spinach or kale, 1/2 cup frozen mango, small piece of fresh ginger, 1 scoop of golden milk powder, 1 cup of whole milk yogurt, water to achieve your preferred consistency. Yum!

Three on Thursday

It’s hard to pick just 3 things – my life is full of blessings – but today I am grateful for:

My husband, who is making the house smell scrumptious with his Thanksgiving Day cooking,

Our daughters (and their lovely families), who share their lives with me,

My dad, who tells me all the time how grateful he is that I am in his life.

To all my blogger friends: I am unable to comment on your blog posts these days but know that I read and treasure all of your lovely posts.

Three on Thursday

I love that first cuppa coffee each morning. On days I need to wait (fasting blood work for instance) are miserable! I have been know to start complaining about such mornings days in advance. And every time I make a gratitude list, you can be sure that first cuppa coffee make the top five.

The last few years I have been learning to drink more tea. I know that these herbal infusions are not really tea. But my reason for turning to tea after 10 am is to avoid caffeine so they make the cut. A few weeks ago, my grocery story had a big sale on tea and I picked up three new to me teas.

Pukka teas come in the most lovely boxes. I first received a box of the Revitalize tea as a gift. I am excited that this tea is now more available in my local stores.

I am sure many of you are familiar with the Yogi tea brand. I see a lot of the tea tags with words of wisdom in my Instagram feed. Both of these are lovely warm but I also drop one in my water bottle to liven up the hydration practice. And I have been known to add some of the mango ginger to my homemade bone broth. But that might be a post for another day.

Off to visit Carole for my ThreeThings posts.