Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Feel good stuff!

Good morning everyone. I got up early to get some work done, but I had the urge to read your blogs and comments that were left on mine. I am so grateful for all the supportive words you wrote. My cyber buddies are there for me more than my real life buddies. I realized it's taking the time to check in, and that's the beauty of the internet. It would take alot of time if we all called each other every day. But a few comforting, uplifting words written in a comment section can really make the difference in one's mood, and let them know you are there for them. It's a beautiful thing!  It helps me keep my eating plan at the forefront, and just checking in with others who support me can make all the difference.

I realized with all the stress I am feeling these days, and a mile long too do list, that I have to find ways to check in daily with myself and my faith in order to keep life in perspective and realize all the good things that are going on. I have a few books on my kindle that help me keep checked in and focused on the real important things in life.  Those are not the piles of paperwork, the mile long to do list, or the slew of emails and phone calls I have to respond too. The real things are my family, friends, my health and the beauty and goodness of the world around me.

The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have [Book]There are three books I have on my Kindle, that are daily motivational books.  I really try to take the time to read them daily. On the mornings I have to hit the ground running, I try to catch up at night. And on those nights, when I just fall into bed exhausted, I'll spend any time I can get, to catch up on the readings.

The first is The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo. You may have seen this talked about on Oprah. It has a spiritual component to the daily readings, but is in no way preachy. It's deep at times, but gives you a lot to think about it a short page of reading.
Ending Your Day Right: Devotions for Every Evening of the Year [Book]
Starting Your Day Right: Devotions for Each Morning of the Year [Book]I also have 2 books on my kindle by Joyce Meyer. One is called Starting Your Day Right, and the other is Ending Your Day Right. These have wonderful motivational daily sayings. There is a scripture verse at the end, but I don't feel you have to be overly religious to get the messages they give. I find them very comforting.

 Lastly there is a book, not for everyone, but Christian centered, that is called Jesus Calling. I love this book, and it is written as if it was Jesus talking to us in the first person. There is a passage for every day of the year. You would be amazed at how comforting this one is. I feel as if the messages are coming through those pages directed at me personally.Some days is is uncanny how the message seems to be written just for me and what's going on in my life. Jesus Calling: Seeking Peace in His Presence [Book]

This post is not meant to be a push on religious readings in any way. I'm just sharing  what comforts me. There are many books, music, meditative programs out there that will calm you down, bring what's important into focus and relieve stress. There are many ways to relieve stress and calm one's inner self. I wish I had time to do a full hour of yoga everyday,  get a relaxing massage, have the stress relieving end of the day hot bath, a nap in the middle of the day, or  spend some time in a meditative state.  It's not going to happen at this point in my life.

But I find I can grab my Kindle, even if it's while waiting for an appoinment, or during a lunch break, and read these daily passages that comfort me, and give me a moment to pause and focus on all that's going right these days! Just like checking in often with my cyber buddies, checking in often with these readings make me feel good!

Until next time, hoping you all find some time to do something that makes you feel good and calms your mind!

Thought for the day:  Our real blessings often appear to us in the shapes of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience, and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.
- Joseph Addison


  1. Thank you for sharing your book list, Pattie! I have on the back of my mind to post the books I currently have on my nightstand as well. I think it's helpful to share what we are enjoying with others.

    I also was thinking about how nice it is that I have you guys - I wouldn't ever have time to keep up with everyone In Real Life! I love this! Have a great day!

  2. Another wonderful post and a great list to head to the Christian book store with. I have daily devotionals on my night stand and sadly I don't grab them enough. Then I wonder why I can't find the joy in things??? Ugh!!! I drive myself crazy!
    I hope your interviews go well and you find yourself some help so you can do some of those things on your relaxing list!

  3. HI Pattie,
    I really do love the support we all get on these blogs. It really does help. I don't have a kindle but when I read it's fun books like the kind of movies I watch. scary, sci-fi, thriller, fantasy.
    Have a great day girl :-)

  4. Did you see you can get Kindle books from the library now? Im a big library user and have been really trying to use the audiobooks from them. Use your library website and see if they have it too! I love to read when I can find the time!

  5. Hey Pattie, I am sure glad I have you and the other bloggers too. I find comments uplifting and very supportive. Which Kindle do you have? I have been wanting one. Thanks for sharing your reads I will have to check them out. We can all use a little positive reading everyday.

  6. I agree with you about this blogging community. It is such a nice way to connect with people even when we are super busy! Sometimes life is so stressful and full that it's hard to fit a social life in, but here we can always find some part of our day or week to connect and find support! I never thought I'd want a Kindle since I love books SO much, but than my husband and boys gave me one for my 50th birthday. I can't believe how much I love the convenience of it! Getting new books in a minute and fitting it into my purse to take places with me is really nice!