Here’s the deal. This place, this blog, it’s not just about your physical health (or my physical health) — because that’s not all there is to the story. To be fully healthy is a total view of physical, mental, and spiritual health. This week, I’ve been all about the spiritual growth and I’ll tell you, I feel inspired in a new way after even just these last few days of diving in.
I am so blessed to have friends and family who also understand the importance of spiritual growth and personal development and have awesome books to recommend as well. Specifically speaking to this week: thanks, GVZ, for recommending Looking for Lovely by Annie F. Downs — that book spoke to me as if it were my own words and life, it’s crazy. And thanks, KM, for the recommendations to read Annie Downs’s other book, Let’s All Be Brave and Rebekah Lyons’s You Are Free (starting that soon!) — and, the podcasts!! I’m getting into them and thankful for recommendations because what I’ve listened to so far is so good.
If you haven’t read any of these books, please check them out. You’ll be so glad you did.
Here are the 3 quotes from Looking for Lovely that spoke to me the most, and give you an inkling of what it’s about and how it will transform you.
- “Who would I be if I had pushed my mind past the place where it said all the things I couldn’t do?” (!!!!!)
- “TRUST THE PATH.”
- “Be the same person on the surface that I am at the depths of me” — Bob Goff (talking to the author, Annie Downs)
I am so bad at pushing through things that are hard. I don’t do things I’m not good at. I’m afraid to fail. I’m afraid to disappoint. And that’s what this book spoke to — looking for the lovely in the hard, in the pain, in the suffering.
When I say I feel inspired in a new way, it’s real. These books have helped awaken my soul and help me push along the journey of what I’m meant to do, what I want to do, feeling free to make mistakes, and not be afraid of the desires and callings I’ve pushed way down deep because I’m afraid of failing. I knew that I was in a place of disillusionment spiritually and that my soul felt unsettled and untouched lately, but I didn’t realize how much I had quieted my spirit until this week and these books and podcasts brought it all to the surface.
If you want to chat about those quotes/these books and what they’ve meant to me, or what they meant to you if you’ve read them, don’t hesitate to reach out! I’m all about connecting over a good book. And, if you’ve got any recommendations, send them over!
*I promise not all posts will be this long — but I had to share about these!