What I’ve Been Reading Lately

I sit by the pool, legs tucked in close to me, 3 towels on my right and 3 kids in the water. I read with a pen in hand, circling, starring and underlining everything that jumps out to me. I look up and my youngest is kicking across the pool, her tummy resting on a floating board and a big smile on her face. Our eyes meet and I smile back and then I dig back into my books.

I’ve been challenging myself to read when I have down time, like at swim lessons, after bedtime or in the car line. Truth is, I’ve felt dry lately, with not a lot to pour out and it’s hard when I feel like I always need to have something amazing to say, write or share. I feel like I don’t fit into the “constantly plugged in world”. But it’s no surprise to me, because too much time online sucks the light right out of me and leaves me feeling like I have nothing to give. So I disconnect, I read, I look at the faces right in front of me and it all becomes really clear to me. Being connected all the time, pouring out words, pictures and sharing leaves me totally emptied, if I’m not careful.

So, I thought I’d share what I’ve been reading and encourage you too to find time to fill your soul back up. Life is too good and too short to go day to day on empty. I am convinced you are beautiful, kind and there’s an incredible person inside of you. Don’t let her be tired and hidden. Do whatever it takes to nourish that person.

A few good reads I’ve been loving lately:

The Magnolia Story, by Chip and Joanna Gaines: After I read this, I had my husband read it next. It’s just so good and such an easy read. These two are my favorite!

 When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi: This book was unlike anything I’ve ever read and now I want more like this one in my life. I won’t spoil it—all I can say is that it made me really consider what matters.

My MOPS devotional. Are you a MOPS Mom? Sometimes our devotional books get tucked away and we forget about them, right? Don’t forget about this one. It’s filled with goodness. 

Rising Strong, by Brene Brown: I read this book for awhile, until I was about 3/4 of the way done, then I set it aside for a few months and recently picked it back up. In my opinion, the whole thing is good, but the last few chapters in particular are like gold.

What have you been reading lately? Please share below!


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About Angela Strand

Angela is a wife, mama to three little ones and a lifelong Washington State resident. Besides facilitating the NW Healthy Mama website, she loves being involved in her kids' school, hiking with her girlfriends, growing all the things, writing, reading and taking photos.