Ok, a lot of items on the list are craft related, but still.
After I calmed down, I took project inventory. My dresser renovation awaited knobs from Home Depot and liner paper, easy peasy. The toddler dress I started for the KnitReadPray Children's KAL was going gangbusters (and I have until September 30th for that one). I finished my cross stitch gift for my daughter's new apartment, just have to get it framed.
Here's my progress so far:
And then there's the next test knit I just agreed to, a really cool fall bag ... but I'm getting ahead of myself (breathe, don't freak).
In book news, I finished Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker this morning. I read her book 7 last week and was blown away by it. (You might remember I was less than enthused about her most recent book, For the Love). If you are one of the few, like me, who has yet to discover 7, go get yourself a copy right now, we'll wait.
At the outset, Hatmaker decides to focus on 7 areas and limit herself to 7 things that relate to each subject for 7 months. Her 7? Food, clothes, possessions, media, waste, spending, and stress. While I know there's absolutely no way I could exist on only 7 foods for a month, I'm starting to get the whole "work uniform" a la Steve Jobs (although I look awful in turtlenecks). I found the next 2 easy since every summer for the past 3 years I've celebrated Cleaningpalooza. Sadly, each summer, I still have SO MUCH STUFF TO GET RID OF!
And that media chapter? Going an entire month without social media, and limited myself to essential emails and texts for a month is probably the most beneficial fast for me, tough as it is to admit it.
My takeaway from this book? Do your best not to slide back in to your old ways after you've addressed one of these topics. Here's looking at a much smaller cleanup summer 2017!
I also picked up what she calls the "prequel" to 7, Interrupted about how the Hatmaker family left their cozy insulated American Christianity for Missional Christianity. This book came out around the same time as Shane Claiborne's Irressistable Revolution and books like that. Yes, I did the shoe thing and went on mission, but that didn't stick either. My mom tried to make me feel better by telling me my mission is my kids (and there's a whole book about missional motherhood these days), but towards the end of this book, the author writes
Are you a teacher? Your school is a mission field, plain and simple.Yes, I teach in a public school, but that doesn't negate this statement, and this book isn't a "how to" but more a "why you". This book was put in my way for a reason, and it just might be the book you're looking for too! If you haven't read either of these books, I highly recommend them; I'm glad I read her most recent one first, or I would've been even more disappointed. Hopefully this author has another truly inspirational book in her.
Have you read either of these books? If so, what was your reaction?
Today, I'm linking up with Nicole and Keep Calm Craft On. On Wednesdays, I participate in the Yarn Along on Ginny Sheller's blog. Please join us either by contributing a link to your fibery work in progress and current read and / or by checking out the posts to the link parties. You may find your next book or project waiting for you!