The Best Yes and a Go To Cowl

I know I'm on vacation when I can't remember today's date or what day of the week it is.  Suddenly, I'm Appolonia in The Godfather:



Luckily, I live through each summer to relearn the days of the week in order come September!

In the week since school ended, I cast on and completed a simple cowl knit with incredible, one of a kind yarn and read a book that contains incredible, one of a kind advice:



The FO is the Oats pattern by Tin Can Knits, my go to pattern when I want to show off the beauty of a small amount of yarn (in this instance, 178 yards) using a simple yet elegant pattern.  I bought the yarn from Siobhan Crafts this past January and knew as soon as I received it what it would be.  This handspun silk and mohair blend is so incredibly soft and light with a gorgeous drape yet warm enough for an event during the holidays.

The book is The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst that I ordered on the same day school ended and had in hand last Friday (go Amazon Prime!).  In my most recent podcast, I share my thoughts on the first half of the book, and this morning, I turned the last page.

So many feels!

Over the past week, I've spent a lot of time with my adult daughter.  I've lost count of how many times she's said, "Wow, I can't believe your so chill about hanging out with me!" (or words to that effect). During the school year (especially this last one), I get so wrapped up in what needs to be addressed that I neglect who needs to be addressed.

Like my daughter.  And my son.  And my parents. And my friends.
Connecting with those we love is like soul food.
I drew a dark line under those words; I don't want to loose sight of them when I step back in to the classroom.  TerKeurst's "Best Yes" includes saying yes to the people you love and no to tasks that won't enrich your life or theirs.  I explain in detail in the podcast why I chose this book so I won't go in to it here other than to say if you
  • - find it difficult to manage all your commitments
  • - don't know how to say no when you know you should and feel guilty when you do
  • - say yes based on the perceived opinions of others
  • - know you don't see your loved ones enough because of all those committments
  • - need a clear, Biblically based strategy to make an informed decision
read this book!


7 comments:

  1. This sounds like a book I need to read! Will be giving your podcast a listen! :)

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  2. Your cowl looks soft and pretty. I'm listening to your podcast now. :) Thanks for providing the easy link.

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    1. Thank you so much & glad you are enjoying the podcast!

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  3. sounds like your are reading the book at the right time and place! My son is home for a few weeks visiting (in between grad school switching....moving closer!!!) I have abandoned my little quite unassuming life and enjoying his company and doing things together. Beautiful cowl!

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    1. Enjoy! Summer is truly a time for family, and you are correct - that book was placed in my way for a reason!

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  4. I listened to this as a audio book on a long drive last week and want to get the print copy to revisit a few of her ideas. Are you planning another study group for the Facebook page this fall?

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    1. I'm not sure what the direction the Facebook group will take at this point. I would like to do another study but am unsure what approach to take or if Facebook is the right platform. September is a crazy month for me, so I'm giving myself until October to figure things out. I welcome any and all suggestions because I would like that group to become an active study group!

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