because i'm into you, may

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books i read :: 

Unravel Me - I can't even. When someone writes lines like I want to trust but it scares the skin off my bones and I don't know how to be a verb, an adverb, any kind of modifier. I'm a noun through and through...you're gonna pull me in and I'm going to fall in love with your characters and become a fangirl of your writing. Not maybe. Definitely. Read this series. 

The Name of the Star - I was looking for another good fiction read, and this book was suggested when I took the question to my facebook community. I'm so glad I followed through with the recommendation. Haunting, funny, smart and wickedly addicting. I'm going to be purchasing the follow up book soon so I can read it. I need to know what happens with Rory.

The Prophetic Imagination - Last month I mentioned I was still reading The Prophetic Imagination and that I had a feeling this would be an important book for me. I was right. Loved it. Loved. 

Why I Wake Early - Because I love poetry, and Mary Oliver, this book goes on my bookshelf for a repeat read. Adored it. 

tiny beautiful things - I kept hearing about this book and I finally checked it out from the library and OHMIGOSH it's amazing. I can't really describe it, but I'm absolutely transfixed by how Sugar speaks truth into so many people's lives. It's...beautiful. 

Lit - Haunting. I've heard so much about this book, and finally picked it up last month to read. Ohmigosh I am SO glad I did. Karr's story will stick around in my heart for awhile.

still reading :: 

Journal of Solitude - I've realized this month that this book will be one of those slow, languid reads. Don't misunderstand me: this book is amazing. I just want to read it slowly and make sure I don't miss any of her wisdom. 

The Liturgical Year - Another slow read, but mostly because I'm only reading a chapter a day - maybe. It's good. So rich. 

The Rock That is Higher - If you know me, you know how I feel about Madeleine L'Engle. I have every belief that I'll wolf down this book as much I have any of her others. 

television :: 

Okay. So. Pretty Little Liars. It's true and I'm so not ashamed. "A" creeps me out and even though I watch this in the middle of the day sometimes I cover my eyes because I can't handle the suspense. I'm a wimp but it's so good. And the second season finale? WHOA. Hurry up, Netflix. I need Gossip Girl and PLL updates stat.

Also, people? SYTYCD is back and I can't handle my excitement. Time for the tears. 

Mindy Project, New Girl, and SMASH (ohmigosh KYLE) are still current favorites and I'm a little sad it's already time for season finales. I'm in denial that SMASH won't come back in the fall. It's perfectly fine. No it's not. 

Brief confession: started watching Arrested Development. I'm laughing. I am. But not as much as the original series. (Please don't hate me)

music :: 

I am constantly listening to this song by Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell. And I can't get enough of Lana Del Rey's haunting Young and Beautiful (from the Gatsby soundtrack). As for playlists, I've been frequenting Jubal Vox and anything with Daughter's new album. 

the internets ::

A "Real" Job (A Rant on Misogyny from Other Women) on The Hipster Housewife had me standing and cheering. Favorite line? "I work my ass off for my students and to help provide for my family. I am a feminist. Get over it." 

Yes and amen.

On the same day, I read Sarah Bessey's In Which I've Got a Song to Sing and the whole time I was crying because yes - I want to live prophetically somehow too. And there are things that rile me, things I can't stay silent about, but I want to speak in love and story, ushering in Truth and the Kingdom come. Favorite quote: 

I long to offer real gritty grace that enters into the mess and complexity while valuing people and choosing tough love – not fake grace that masquerades as apologism or silence. I long to worship. I long to live prophetically, somehow, into a reality of Jubilee and Kingdom Come – and I have babies to raise, and a husband to love, a house to keep, bills to pay.
So I’d rather write a better and real story than a point-by-point defense, and I long to really see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. I want to live out an embodiment of the Love I’ve experienced and know. I can’t live – let alone write – a better story if I’m being swept up in a million comments and expectations and Twitter mock-fests and Facebook debates and frustrations and whirlwinds of offense.

Also, this post from my dear-friend-stepping-into-her-warrioress-shoes :: "because, far from scaring me into inaction, when i realize the dark forces at play, it ignites something in me. i find a fight in me i didn’t know i had. i discover this part of my heart that refuses to allow the ultimate liar-thief-destroyer to have his way in the hearts of people i love, people i see. myself." 

And this? From Magic Mandy? I can't even tell you just how much I love these words - (here's a hint: it's almost as much as I love her) - 

But if you’d asked me what changed, what was the exact moment that things turned around, how precisely it was that I was able to finally will myself to “just get better,” I’m afraid the voice inside my head that I’d choose to respond is the one that’s saying, “I don’t know.” It’s the same voice that is saying calmly, “Why you’ve just got to ride it as long as it takes and trust where it’s taking you.”

best video :: 

I have been on a non. stop. kick of Macklemore recently, and my husband sent me this video early in the month and well...I've been watching it constantly. He's so talented y'all. SO TALENTED.

on the blog ::

I launched my motherhood+creativity series in May with for this, I will write. Outside of a brief break in June for my own built in maternity leave, I hope to post every Saturday about what it looks like as I pursue creativity within the new framework of motherhood. I'm excited. And nervous. Mostly excited.

Also, guys? The third round of Story101 starts July 1. What? So unreal. I'm so excited about this group of women who will join us and the community is growing daily. It's humbling. Breathtaking. 

I want you to be part of it.

Registration is still open and half of the seats are already filled so if you're even thinking about it, take the leap. It's going to be incredible. 

everything else :: 

  • Roadtripping five hours both ways to sit on the beach for thirty minutes so I could watch my littlest sister get engaged.
  • Hanging out with Antonia, JR and Shaney and laughing over drinks and jalapeno ranch.
  • Watching Gatsby on the big screen. Perfect. Absolutely perfect. Leo was born for that role, ol' sport.
  • Pacing the apartment as our countdown to Little Lion Man approaches the "zero" mark. As I'm typing this, we're at 8 days, 14 hours, 35 minutes and 20 seconds until the due date. Yes I'm specific.
  • My new favorite color from my new favorite nail polish, Julep. It's gold and shimmery and absolutely fantastic. See? ----->

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And so with that, I bid you goodbye until July. I have some incredible women from my Story Sessions community writing for me in June and I just can't wait for you to read their words. 

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Posted on May 27, 2013 .