This Weeks Book Review – Remember God

I am so excited to tell you about this weeks book review! The first time I had ever heard of Annie Downs, was sometime after I started attending Crosspoint Church, here in Nashville. We had begun attending the Bellevue campus, and for the first time in a while, I felt like we might have actually found a church home. We had struggled for several years to find a place, and even without a lead pastor, Crosspoint felt like a place I could feel good about attending.

It had been a long time since I felt that way!

One Sunday, during our season without a pastor, Annie was preaching and I wondered how I hadn’t heard of her before!? (Also, I was pretty thrilled that there was a woman preaching at my church!!) She had this great message and so of course, I had to check out her books and podcast! What I found is that her books and messages really speak to me. There are things that Annie has in her professional life that I want for myself, and there are things that I have in my personal life that she writes about wanting in her life.

So, when I saw on her Instagram story that she had a new book available for pre-order, Remember God, I was excited to go and get it! But what I was super excited about was the free audio version that came with it. If you have read any of my book reviews, you know I love audio books. I feel guilty if I sit down to read a book, but if I can listen to a book and fold laundry? Perfect!

Yesterday was the first day I had off in a while, so it was a great day to listen to an audio book while I cleaned the house. What I didn’t know is that I would be done with the book in a day, I would tear up while cleaning the bathroom sink, and again while I folded the laundry.

By the end of this book I felt UNDONE, in a good way!

I love how in this book, Annie gets really honest about disappointment, and how it relates to our relationship with God. I am in a season right now, that I am asking God a lot of questions. Why am I where I am? Why am I not where I thought I would be? What have I done wrong? Am I being punished? Do you even care? Do I matter to you? These are not easy questions, and they don’t always feel safe to ask God. But if God is who he says he is, doesn’t he know all of this before we even ask?

To listen to a book, written by someone who seems to really have her spiritual life together, and hear that she struggles with the same things that I do: It was so comforting. It was emotional, and it spoke to me in ways that I didn’t even know that I needed to be spoken to.

Remember God is a book that you need to read!

I don’t want to spoil the book for you, but what I know now, is that God is always kind. Even and especially when it really doesn’t feel like it.

You can preorder on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Audio, or Target.

Four Weeks to A More Productive Life

Do you feel like you are not living up to your full potential? Do you have so many things you want to accomplish but don’t even know where to start? Are you overwhelmed by all that you have to do? If so, you need to check out the course I am taking right now. Four Weeks to A More Productive Life, by Crystal Paine of Money SavingMom, will give you actionable steps to increase your productivity in ways that work for your life.

Stop Feeling So Frazzled All the Time!

In this course, you’ll get the tools and cheerleading you need to: Stop the excuses and get up and change your life — one baby step at a time. Get hands-on help to know what you need to do over a 4-week period to start doing less and getting more done. AND have time, energy, and breathing room to invest your time and life into the people you love and the things you are passionate about.

When you sign up you get: Lifetime access to the course. Weekly lessons with tips, strategies, and encouragement to go along with the coaching video! Also, there will be hands on projects to practically apply what you are learning!

The price of this course is AMAZING!

The great news is that through midnight tonight you can get this course for only $7. I promise you it will be worth your time, but there is a 7 – day tuition back guarantee! If you enroll and decide it’s not for you, let them know within 7 days for a full refund. No questions asked!

So what do you have to lose? If you decide to take the course, let me know and we can help keep each other accountable on my Facebook page!

Four Weeks to A More Productive Life

 

 

 

This Weeks Book Review

When Caleb was a baby, I had been working full time for many years. So, you can understand how antsy I would get while sitting there and breastfeeding. I had sworn off soap operas after I had Maya, because I would  become obsessed with watching them. So, I had little to do except sit there. (this was before I had a smartphone, iPad, etc) Every week, I had started taking Maya to the library story time, and one day I decided to get myself a book. So I randomly selected a book by JD Robb, called” Survivor In Death.”

From the first page of the book, I was absolutely hooked into this book. It was so, so good. And that was when I rediscovered my love for reading books. I also discovered that this was book # 20 in the series, so I went back and read every single In Death book. Needless to say, I was never bored while breastfeeding again! 

This weeks book…

But I am actually not here today to talk to you about that series (although it is awesome, and you should definitely check it out). I am here to tell you about a book that I read last week ” Girl, Wash Your Face“. I had seen it in the store, but I wasn’t really sure what it was about. Then, another blogger who had just finished reading it was telling me that I had to read it. So, as soon as my Audible credit for August was ready, I bought the audio book. 

This book was so good, that I went back and listened to some of the chapters already. The author, Rachel Hollis, does such a great job articulating the lies we tell ourselves all the time. She gets deeply personal, and you can actually hear the passion in her words as she reads the book. This book has really gotten me thinking about so much in my life, and has really convicted me to make some changes in my life.

Chapter 2 is a Game Changer

 It is entitled, “The Lie, I’ll Start Tomorrow”. In this chapter, Rachel talks about breaking promises to yourself. It can be something as small as hitting the snooze button when you decided to wake up early the night before. Or deciding you are going to exercise 3 times a week and never doing it. She points out that by breaking promises to yourself, you train your brain that you are not to be believed. It gets easier and easier to not do the thing you told yourself you would do. 

This really blew my mind, because I am the worst about really wanting to do something, but never quite getting around to it. I didn’t realize that it was having such a profound effect on my life, my ambitions, my dreams, etc, until she pointed it out in this way. It’s only been a week since I finished this book, but I have gotten up with my alarm every day this week. It’s a small change, but keeping this small promise to myself is a really good start. 

I could go on for days…

Listen, I could go on and on and on about this book and the profound wisdom that Rachel has shared in it. But then, I might ruin the book for you, so I will just say: YOU NEED TO GET THIS BOOK! If you can’t afford to buy it, go to the library, and you can actually get the audiobook from the library. You can also find it on Amazon here: “Girl, Wash Your Face“.

This post contains affiliate links, read my disclosure policy here.

 

Want to Start a Blog?

Have you ever thought about starting a blog?

When I first started blogging in 2012, It was really just a way to connect with my friends and family after moving away. It quickly turned into something that I loved and I got a lot of response from my friends about what I was writing. I knew then that people were making money blogging, but I really didn’t fully understand how.
For years now, I have blogged on and off, but this year I decided to get serious about turning my blog into a business. One of the best things about starting a blogging business is that there is not a lot of overhead. Usually you can get your site started with a fairly minimal investment.

This last year, I started a completely new blog, and moved to a new host. I did a little research and decided to go with Siteground this time around. I was really nervous about moving all of my content over from Blogger, but they did everything. If I had a question, it was quickly answered, and they had my blog completely transferred and up and running in no time at all.

Of course that was just the first step! I had so much more to learn, and still do. Thankfully there are many successful bloggers out there that are willing to share their knowledge with you. I recently took a blogging class with Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom, and her insight was invaluable. Her class completely changed my outlook on blogging, and has helped me to begin to be better organized. Also, the encouragement from other bloggers about all of the unpaid hard work upfront has been very encouraging to me.

Blogging is not easy, but it is yours, it belongs to you and no one else. That is what keeps me coming back and showing up, even after I try something that hasn’t worked or just kind of flopped. That and knowing that it is possible to make a good income from your blog.

With that being said, I want to tell you about a bundle that expires tonight. I wasn’t going to post about it, because I have so much going on right now, but I think the content in this bundle is an awesome way to help you start a successful blog. I am really excited to share all that is in the bundle with you! There is so much in there it is almost overwhelming, but you can start slow and go through the information as you have time.

I can tell you it is worth having the knowledge that these bloggers provide, it could save you a lot of time and frustration. If I had known these things a long time ago, I might not have felt so lost and discouraged. So if a blog is a dream of yours, read on for more information.

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If this is a secret dream of yours like it was for me, what are you waiting for??

Pantry Boy

This week has been extra busy and fun for me. I was able to get a really cool deal to share with my blog readers. Pantry Boy agreed to send me a their weekly meals and let me try them out for free, so I could share it with you. So let me start by saying that this is the first time I have ever used a fresh meal delivery service.

First, I went to their site www.pantryboy.com and chose a meal plan. There are 3 to choose from Carnivore, Omnivore, and Vegetarian. Carnivore is $62.34 per week for 2, Omnivore is $58.14 per week for 2 and Vegetarian is $53.94 per week for 2. Now, if you need meals for 4, you would double those prices. For that you get 3 fresh, fully prepped, ready to cook meals delivered to your door.

I will say that some of the salad options have been a little different this week, but the food has been really good. The Garlic Lemon Chicken and Mashed Potatoes was so delicious, and it took me about 30 minutes to make that. Most of the time was spent letting the potatoes boil, but the mashing part was so easy. The only thing we didn’t love was the celery in the salad, but I don’t like celery unless it is cooked, so I wasn’t too disappointed. (Side note: The kids really liked this meal)

The next meal was Baked Harissa Chicken. I looked it up and harissa is a Moroccan “condiment”, that is used there like ketchup, mustard, and mayo here. This dish used chicken thighs that were also premarinated, red potatoes, and a Morroccan salad mix. I thought it was all delicious, but my husband wasn’t a huge fan of the salad. (Side note : Kids liked all but the salad.)

Tonight we are having Slow Cooker Coconut Beef Stew. It has been cooking all day and smells absolutely delicious! I taste tested it and I think it is really good. I was honestly a little worried about the coconut part, because the taste can be a little strong, but there is a good bit of other flavor mixed in. The meat was really tender and the potatoes had so much flavor. We mixed the rice pilaf in with the stew and it was really good. I would not have personally paired those things together, so I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was.

All in all, I have really liked Pantry Boy. The meals have been easy, convenient, and delicious. I don’t know that I would do this every week, but I love it for busy days and nights. My son with Autism didn’t try any of the food that I made, but that is normal no matter what I make. My daughter, Kate did try and like most of what they sent, so for me that makes it a success.

 

Check it out here : www.pantryboy.com

If you try it out, let me know in the comments how you liked it!

 

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