I am linking about again this Friday with Erika, Narci, and Andrea for another Friday Favorites. I really enjoy the freedom yet a little guidance on these Friday Fundays link-ups. I am posting today about a book I am currently reading. #backonthereadingwagon
I love when friends give you a book and tell you to read, even if you weren't currently looking for a book to read. #youknowitsgood She says "this book spoke to me and I think it will speak to you as well." Alrighty then- give me a cup of coffee, a babysitter, and a rainy day and you have a deal. #iwish
the Nesting place : Where do I even begin...I am LOVING this book. It really is speaking to me. I am not finished with it but thought I would share a few of my favorite parts/words of wisdom I have read so far.
"With enough money, anyone can create a pretty house. But it takes intention to create a beautiful home."
1. First and foremost: "It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful." I am not one who feels pressure to always have a perfect home but I admit to having pressure to having a that feels welcoming. The Nester writes, "Creating a beautiful home is a journey, not a destination."
I grew up in a home me lived in...like truly lived in. My mom always made our house feel like a home. We always had the door open, to anyone. It always looked like someone was home. It never felt "cold"...ever. To this day my parent's have a revolving door...not a door anyone takes advantage of but a door where other come to "get warm." (enjoy a cup of coffee, sneak a cookie, take a dip in the pool, sit down for an amazing dinner)
2. The Nester discusses money, time, lack of experience, and many more excuses we all make about our home (or in any area of life). She talks about giving up on trying to control and being content...isn't that what we all need in certain areas? Contentment?
*I should note she is writing mostly in reference to our homes in this book but it's speaking to me in other areas of my life as well.
3. No one feels comfortable around around the "seemingly perfect" person or home. Everyone knows no one is perfect. Imperfections play an important role: they put people at ease. She discusses that she isn't talking about being slobs but allowing imperfections to bear witness to the fact that we are normal, real, approachable people. Imperfections are a sign of maturity. #afridayfavoriteforsure Let's open our eyes and use imperfections as signs of life...not as thorns in our flesh.
4. What may work during one season in our life may not work the next. Each season requires different services from our homes. The purpose will always be less about the stiff and more about the people.
5. The last quote I am going to leave you with on this awesome Friday Favorites is: Embrace the limitation, recognize it for what it is, and consider it a dare to overcome it. Look around and choose to see the possibilities.
"Whatever's in front of my, help me to sing Hallelujah."