May has become the new December/August. Actually, I’m not quite sure which months are supposed to be the slow ones any more.
My mind is running in too many directions with one graduation and one college child home for a few days before an internship begins. Are you feeling the weight of the end of spring and the not quite yet of summer?
If you are feeling pulled in too many different directions, here are some things providing me a pause lately. I hope you discover something new.
A well timed pause always brings refreshment to your soul.
If you feel like you are running faster than your guardian angel can fly, you might enjoy this book. I listened to it after borrowing it from the library and found a few nuggets that made the listening worthwhile. Didn’t See It Coming by Carey Nieuwhof, a Christian pastor from Canada gives practical advice for how to prevent, spot, and recover from burn out. (Caveat, if you read or listen to this book, the author does not yet appreciate the beauty of a good soul cleanse in the confessional. Other than that, I really liked what he had to say.) He is honest about his personal struggle with depression/burnout and it would be a good read before you reach that point.
I am inspired. This quote from Edith Stein, an intellectual convert from Judaism who died at the hands of the Nazis during World War II:
“God is there in these moments of rest and can give us in a single instant exactly what we need. Then the rest of the day can take its course, under the same effort and strain, perhaps, but in peace. And when night comes, and you look back over the day and see how fragmentary everything has been, and how much you planned that has gone undone, and all the reasons you have to be embarrassed and ashamed: just take everything exactly as it is, put it in God’s hands and leave it with Him. Then you will be able to rest in Him — really rest — and start the next day as a new life.” St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
Grateful for an outside expert. I am feeling a lot of gratitude for my husband pushing me to get stronger by working out with a personal trainer. After my ski debacle, I needed to prepare for the pilgrimage on the Camino. A friend recommended someone who helped her stay on the court and continue playing tennis when doctors has recommended surgery. Working with David, I am now stronger and actually feel better. Getting older is not for wimps and we need to maintain whatever muscle we currently have by applying resistance. Which is just a fancy way of saying, lift weights now!
Sometimes you need a good Instagram follow. Here are some great IG’ers: I love the t-shirts from @brickhouseinthecity, Rachel’s poetry and eye for design always stop my scroll @rachelhallpoetry, and @timlaman goes places with his camera which make me want to hop on a plane right now to witness the birds he captures and shares with the world.
As we were walking through Spain, I grew to love coffee with steamed or frothed milk. I know I am very late to this game, but bear with me. My friend Michelle has tried in the past to convert me with her spectacular machine, but I did not want to fall in love with something that I could not duplicate myself. A few weeks ago I discovered there was an easy and inexpensive way to (almost) make the same coffee/tea at home when I found this hand held milk frother.
To go with the frother, I found this Adorable frothing pitcher with flower spoons. They make me want to jump out of bed in the morning to use them. It is super easy to add the steamed milk to your coffee. I was so excited about my frother and pitcher that I gifted them to my mom for Mother’s Day. Mom, here is the recipe I promised to send you for iced earl gray tea that pointed me to the frother.
What are you loving this month?