7 Quick Takes

Once upon a time I did these most every Friday and I thought, hmmm, this might be fun to do again. At the end of the post I’ll tell you how quick I was getting this done!

  1. Happy New Year! It’s still January so I can say that. Did you make resolutions? Plans? Goals? Pick a word? A saint? So many options, possibilities, ways to grow and learn and change. I picked a word, Intentional; if you’d like to read more about that, here’s a post for you. I also picked a saint, St. Edith Stein or Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. She was a Jewish convert to Catholicism who became a nun and was then killed in Auschwitz. I also set 19 goals for 2019. Some of those are already happening!
  2. I have a favorite podcast, Abiding Together. I highly recommend it. When I went out walking today I wanted to listen to something but I’d already listened to this week’s episode. Then I remembered that there are many episodes I haven’t listened to yet. Score! I listened to an interview with Fr. Dave Pivonka about the Holy Spirit. It was a trifecta of fun – favorite podcast, a great priest and the Holy Spirit. Go listen to it now. No, wait, finish reading this and then go :).
  3. I’m not happy with the WordPress changes, though I’ve noticed it’s not on all the sites I post on.
  4. This is a laundry reveal: I don’t use laundry detergent. Now my friends are thinking, “she looks clean when I see her” and “John’s alb looks white to me.” My friends, prepare to be amazed. I use a product called “Eco Nuts” to clean my clothes. There is no smell, no huge bottles or boxes to lug and then dispose of, it’s all good and quite economical and good for the environment. Win-win all around. Try them.
  5. I have a goal to read 52 books this year. I started a list:
    Always Discerning: An Ignatian Spirituality for the New Millennium by Joseph A. Tetlow, SJ – this has been in my “to read” basket for 2 years!
    What is Ignatian Spirituality? By David L. Fleming, SJ – This has only been in the basket for a year, but I need to read it for upcoming coursework in Spiritual Direction.
    You Are Enough, What Women of the Bible Teach You about Your Mission and Worth by Danielle Bean – this is a very recent addition!
    Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood by Pat Gohn – recent addition, the chapters titles are intriguing!
    The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation by Rod Dreher – on loan from my son-in-law
    Be Brave in the Scared by Mary Lenaburg – not out yet but will be in May. I follow her on Instagram and I am always entertained or edified or both!
    Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt – bought this last year for 2018 and did not get to it.
    Merton’s Palace of Nowhere by James Finley – currently reading this with friends and we won’t finish until next year.
    Seeking Spiritual Direction: How to Grow the Divine Life Within by Thomas Dubay, SM – also for upcoming coursework
    Daily Reading/Reflection: Sacred Reading: The 2019 Guide to Daily PrayerThe Examen Journal: Finding God Everyday by Mary Williams. Do you have any more suggestions? I like fiction, religion, how-to books about life, personal growth, autobiographies, pretty much anything interesting!
  6. And speaking of books, now that the Magic of Tidying Up is a Netflix show, it seems Marie Kondo has a 30 book max recommendation. I will tell you, I don’t like clutter and do a fair amount of getting rid of things I no longer use or want. However, I regret giving away books. Not college textbooks, but all those anthologies from literature classes and even paperbacks from high school. I miss them. Those words meant something to me and in some way shaped me and opened my mind to a broader world than the one I lived in. I miss them. I am much more careful about giving away books now.
  7. I live close to the beach and last weekend, after being sick for way too long, my husband and i went walking by the beach.

More Quick Takes over at This Ain’t the Lyceum.

This post took me 47 minutes including uploading the picture, linking to the link-up and answering texts that had nothing to do with this post at all.

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