Last weekend, my sister Haley, flew out from Washington State to visit us. We had the best time together! We did a mini-food crawl through our charming downtown, caught a movie mid-day (pure bliss), and spent lots of time talking and re-connecting.
Several times we’d arrive at yet another restaurant or store, and we would end up just sitting in the car continuing our conversation as if time was standing still. I told my hubby mid-way through Haley’s visit, that my heart was full. This was the best way that I could describe the feelings I had of being real and authentic with someone whom I love deeply.
Authenticity and being real with others are two of my most favorite things.
One of my highlights during Haley’s visit was when we were enjoying our lovely brunch at a hipster breakfast place, and Haley said to me, “Oh, I just read this great quote on the plane, let me share it with you.”
She dug into her oversized Granny purse (which we made fun of all weekend) and whipped out this book.
I glanced at the cover and realized that I too, was currently in the middle of reading the very same book! She then, shared this quote with me from the book. “It’s a beautiful moment when somebody wakes up to this reality, when they realize God created them so other people could enjoy them, not just endure them.” Donald Miller, author of Scary Close (also a great book).
Bekah Jane Pogue’s book, Choosing Real, is a comforting and encouraging read that reminds you that the connection between real life and faith are one and the same. I love her writing style and heartfelt message. I found myself relating to her time and time again.
Bekah’s words are helping me to look for the beauty that is already sprinkled and layered in my life, especially when things seem unplanned and unexpected. Isn’t this always more of our reality?
I also loved her chapter, titled “Undie Therapy.” (That got your attention!) She talks about true beauty and shares a precious story. Bekah writes, “True beauty is letting God be strong when you feel done.” These words are the heart of her message. I recommend this book and encourage you to embrace the unplanned and unexpected in your own life.
Choosing real, is where it’s at! You can also connect with Bekah on her site. (Bekah Jane Pogue – Real is the new perfect.)
I’m giving away a FREE copy of Choosing Real, to US residents, winner will be notified in one week via email. Please leave a comment below, tell me how you respond when things are unplanned and unexpected OR just type the hashtag #realisthenewperfect – then claim it!
I’ll be back next week sharing some more real organizing projects with you that I’ve been working on around our house. This whole moving – settling, decorating, and organizing – is a ton of work, but I love it! I’m also working through the Spring Organizing Challenge, if you haven’t joined with me yet, make sure that you do. Have a great weekend, I know it will be tough for me to top last weekend.