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Monday, April 11, 2016

Finding my Best Yes

You may have noticed that I haven't been blogging much lately.  To be completely honest, my life has been more chaotic than usual lately, and I've found myself being completely overwhelmed and exhausted by things that I typically love, like blogging.  To combat this, I've tried to really strip things down a bit.

For starters, I've been throwing myself into God's word.  I want that to be the foundation of my life.  God is better to me than I deserve, and my last set of biopsies was the perfect reminder of that. Easter is a big day of renewal and reflection for me each year, and as soon as I came home from mass on Easter morning, I was thirsting for knowledge.  I immediately pulled The Best Yes off of my book shelf and dived into it.  I read three chapters right then and there, and as soon as I wake up each morning, I look forward to doing my study that evening.  It's so relevant to my life right now, as it talks about how an overwhelmed schedule can lead to an underwhelmed soul.

The concept of the book is discovering how to give your "Best Yes."  Not that impulse yes that you immediately regret or the yes that you give when you aren't interested, but aren't sure how to say no.  It's about saying yes to your passion projects, and as a blogger, I think we can all relate to wanting to have a little bit more time to dedicate to blogging.

Along with reading The Best Yes, I've been working through the workbook.  I take my time, and try to finish a segment each night.  I have started reading a Proverb a day along with the study, and it feels good to be doing a "challenge" and sticking it out.  I'm learning a lot about God's word, and I'm also learning a lot about myself.

Since I haven't felt very inspired to write, I've been doing a lot of reading.  I picked up After Alice at the library this week (along with a really exciting book on street and city planning that I'm sure y'all would love a review of ;) ), and I randomly found a copy of When God Winks in my car, so I'm excited to start on that one, as well.  As a writer, I think reading is one of the most important things you can do.

One last thing - I have started to look into graduate programs!  (Cue all of the confetti emojis!)  I've pretty much got my heart set on one program, but I'm attempting to keep my options open.  If any of y'all are graduate students or have your graduate degree, I'd love to hear more about your experience - what you studied, where you attended, what you thought of the program, etc.

Happy Monday, y'all!  Hope your day is going well and your week is off to a great start!

(PS - Have any book recommendations for me?  Leave them in the comments!)


  1. Ahhh, the juggle! Balancing work, family, friends, and hobbies can be so tough at times. Being empowered to say no, and find that best yes is key! Take your time figuring it out!

  2. Wow, so much happiness! I can't wait to hear more about your graduate studies, yay yay yay! I also think reading is a critical component of writing, when I don't read much it really does affect how I write.

  3. How fun that you've gotten to do so much reading lately despite your busy schedule!! I love it when a book is able to bless your life so much. :-)

    xoxo A

  4. Exploring graduate options is so exciting! It's a great idea to keep your options open, but having your eye set on one in particular will really drive you! Good luck!! Xoxo Mindy

  5. A few bloggers have been raving about this. Glad to hear it's helping you too!


  6. Ugh, I need to start reading all my books again! The pile of books on my bedside is getting too high, but I'm still adding this!

    Alix |

  7. I would love to read this book. Thank you SO much for the recommendation!

    xo Ashley

  8. this is awesome! I have never heard of a book like this. x, kenz

  9. You need to put yourself first and take all of the time you need to feel refreshed. Put your faith in God's hands and foster that relationship. He will guide you and lead you in the path you are meant to take.

    La Belle Sirene 

  10. Good luck! No worries on pulling back from blogging for a while to reconnect and recenter. Excited to hear about going back to school! I have a JD and loved law school.

  11. Girl, I loved this post. :) Thank you for being so honest! I think everyone goes through ruts with the activities they love... I know I do! Like you, I feel refreshed after taking a break. Just remember that there's nothing wrong with stepping away for a little while! Often we come back better as a result. :)


    Kelly | Kelly in the City