Hi friends! How is your Monday? Mine is dirty. And unorganized. But not bad.
Right now Marlowe is doing a bit of homeschool next to me while I get a bit of work done on the computer. Trying to still find the balance of getting everything I need to get done, done. You know? I thin I’m actually going o put together a little FAQ page specifically for c. diff. As most of my emails have unfortunately shifted from single mom-dom to c. diff recovery. And I totally don’t mind getting emails– I do enjoy it, you guys know this, but it might be easy to have a place to point to all the information. You know? Usually I just ramble on about all the things that help me and link a few books that helped me along the way.
One of the perks of getting sick was finding my love for reading again. My reading life paused for a bit of time– but it picked up a lot in the past two years. I mostly read books on nutrition or self help type books, but every once in a while I mix it up with something else.
My bedside table usually only has a three book queue on it, but I found some books that made me VERY excited during some recent bookstore stops 🙂
10% Happier —
I read through half of this book within a day or two, then got caught up with life and projects and slowed down bit. But then I forced myself to get off the computer last week and really start reading again– and this was the first book I went back to. It’s basically a story on how Dan Harris (tv reporter) found his way from hectic overthinking to a calmer, more focused life through meditation. I feel like I’m not doing this book justice in my description of it, but I have to say this was a book I thoroughly enjoyed. Not only could I relate to the story, anxiety break downs, constant self criticism, process of wanting to find usefulness in meditation, etc. but I would think it would be a helpful tool for anyone wanting to discover meditation for themselves. This was also in some way or another the start of me working on conquering more fears/ advancing even more in terms of completely overcoming my anxiety.
Some Thoughts On Relationships —
A really good, common sense (that we often forget) book on relationships. All types, not just romantic. A good read for people who might struggle to really flourish in the world of intimate relationships.
Creative Schools —
I am SUPER excited to dive into this book. I think it might be the next one I pick up. I squealed when I found this book in the bookstore a few weeks ago. I had no idea Ken Robinson had written it. If you haven’t heard of Ken Robinson, he is the guy who gave the most popular Ted Talk to date— one of my absolute favorites. The whole talk is on whole schools kill creativity and we need to re-think our schooling process. I can’t wait to start this one.
The Homeschooling Handbook —
I started this book when I knew I was ready to pull Marlowe out of school and homeschool. I got about an 1/8th of the way into this book and then pulled her out of school, haha. So we might not actually homeschool her next year. It’s complicated— but in a good way. More on that later. But regardless, I’m looking forward to finishing this book during the summer. Whether we homeschool next year or not, we plan to do it again in the future and do it part time at home, just like we always have. We’ll see. But yeah, if you’re considering homeschool, (from what I’ve read so far) this is a good, straight to the point, easy to read book on the process. Breaks it down by types of homeschooling, laws by state, common sense things to think about when it comes to homeschool, etc.
Burma Superstar —
A cookbook! Do you guys read cookbooks? Haha, I do! When I have time to spare– it’s like a magazine for me. Something casual to enjoy reading through in my spare time. Burma Superstar was my favorite stop in San Fransisco. I dream of going back. I should mention that this cookbook is not a vegan book– which for me is fine, I like the challenge of veganizing things 🙂 And/but there are vegan recipes if you guys want those too 🙂
Alright friends! I’m off to keep organizing this house. I moved Marlowe’s room around for the third time this month. But I think I finally like it! Going to get this house in shape today and tomorrow so that I can hopefully kick my feet up and read some more by the end of this week 🙂 If you guys are reading any good self help type books or homeschooling books that you’d recommend, please comment and let me know! I’m always looking for more books to read! Andddd I’m actually going to go buy this book right now (per suggestion) to add to my must read soon pile 🙂
ps. Speaking of meditiation/mindfulness/self help/whatever– I am going to do a post on self help stuff soon. How I started working out/my goals for meditation/ etc soon. (Many of you were surprised I’m going to the gym now, haha. I don’t blame you!) If you have specific questions, do feel free to ask! K, bye!