Sunday, January 24, 2016

Winter Reads

Been reading some good books lately! Here's a few of my favorites:

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
It's been on the New York Times best seller list as the best way to purge and organize your stuff. It was a pretty quick read with some very actionable tips. As Matt and I plan to merge our stuff, I've been using the idea of asking if each item brings me joy. It's not only helped me get rid of some items, but its also helped me realize the sheer amount of stuff I have. Super helpful. 

Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
A little late to the party on this one — it came out over ten years ago, but Donald Miller's thoughts and questions about spirituality and being a Christian in America are still relevant. I found myself thinking "YES, someone else feels like this!" so many times.

Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book I
Pretty sure this is actually geared towards young adults, but I picked it up on my trip to Portland. It's written by one of the members of the Decemberists and tells an adventure story about a girl that goes into a fantasy world to save her brother. It deals with pretty complex themes and has some very charming characters.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
This book has been on my list for awhile and I feel like I read it at a time that I needed it. I used to consider myself an ambivert — I feel like an introvert, but can easily act like an extrovert when needed. This book really helped answer the questions I've had about fighting myself (and stressing myself out) to be more extroverted. It helped me understand that its ok to be introvert in an extrovert world and that there are even some great advantages. Obviously, I'll never stop needed to turn on my extroverted side, but it helped me accept that its ok to be sensitive and its not a sign of weakness to need time to yourself. 

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