Monthly must-reads (and having an attitude of gratitude)

Hey friends!

I hope this week is treating you well so far. Before we go any further I’ve got a confession to make. It’s been churning me up inside and making it very difficult for me to sleep at night. I’ve started something terrible and now I can’t stop. I’m so embarrassed to admit it, but here goes…I love the golden oldies radio station. It’s my new guilty pleasure. I flicked it on one day by accident and I’ve been jamming along to Whitney Houston, The Eagles and Billy Joel ever since. 

I’ve tried to quit but I’m hooked. Apparently now not only do I dress, act and talk like a 90 year old…I also like the same music. I guess I should just accept that I’m never gonna be cool and move on. 😛

I’d love to know though…is it just me?

Am I the only one who can’t resist belting out the old classics? Is it your guilt pleasure too?

Anyway, if you need me I’ll be here knitting and watching East Enders (cause that’s what old ladies do.) But if you’re looking for some excellent reads, let’s take a look at what goodies I’ve found this month…
Adulting:

Where to find your purpose

Because I’m in my final semester of college, my purpose/the future/my complete and utter lack of solid plans is literally all I can think about.

For someone who loves structure, planning and always knowing what’s next it’s pretty darn difficult to be floating along trusting that God is going to open some doors at the right time.

If you’re in the same boat then take a read of this post.

I answered the questions at the end and made it into a little journaling exercise and they were so helpful for narrowing down what I love and what my strengths are.

Why you should step out of your comfort zone and take risks

One of my favourite things is encouraging people to live boldly (hello, it says it right there in my tagline) so this post makes me wanna jump up and start fist pumping.

Because hell yeah you should be stepping out of your comfort zone and taking risks my friend. It might seem scary but it’s where the magic happens. It’s in the stretching that you really grow.

 

Self care:

95 ways to practice self care throughout your day

What I love about this post is that these are little ways to incorporate self care throughout your entire day. Often we think we need to schedule this big chunk of time and dedicate it to pampering ourselves but self care doesn’t always mean bubble baths and bullet journaling.

These are some excellent, small ways of making self care a part of your everyday life.

How to get out of a rut

Ugh isn’t it just the worst when you find yourself stuck in a rut. The same-old, same-old gets real tiresome after awhile. It can be really hard to push through that feeling of ‘meh’ (ask any writer who’s suffered writer’s block.) 

I’m currently trying to write a billion essays so this post is much needed on my end.

These are some neat ideas for mixing things up and making yourself feel motivated again.

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Encouragement:

A self doubters guide to being confident 

If you are one of those people who often doubts them-self and struggles with feeling inadequate then this is the encouragement you need.

I wish I could snap my fingers and be filled with confidence but unfortunately (as with most things in life) it takes a little more work than that. I have found that my confidence comes from knowing who I am (or to be a cheesy Christian…whose I am.)

I’ve said it before; when you love yourself…you become unstoppable.

10 ways to cultivate happiness

Alongside confidence, happiness is something we are all chasing after. We try to cheer ourselves up with sprinkled donuts and scented candles but I think true happiness requires a little bit of self reflection.

Take a look at this post and see what I mean.

4 steps towards living a full life

I’m a sucker for a great metaphor and Christina weaves this one into her post so wonderfully. Also I love the little self reflection questions throughout this post.

Faith:

How an all-loving God can allow so much hurt

One of the most difficult questions a christian has to face is this. How can a God who supposedly loves us so much allow such suffering and pain in this world? It’s something I’ve wrestled with and still cannot fully give an answer for.

I love how Emily puts it though…God let’s us realize that through the pain, He is a source of peace. 

Confessions for a broken heart

I’ve had my heart broken once or twice and in those moments I really felt the worst I ever have in my life. It’s such a kick in the gut. It makes you feel so incredibly weak and small. And it feels like you might never feel okay again.

But I have found that the verse about God being close to the brokenhearted and saving those crushed in spirit is true as true can be.

This is such a beautiful testimony of witnessing just that.

For the laughs:

7 things introverts are tired of hearing

This post is brilliant and delightfully sassy. Any introvert will be able to relate to these struggles. And I firmly believe this should be mandatory reading for extroverts.

Because we love ya but please stop asking us why we are so quiet. 

Megan’s moment:

If you subscribe to the Weekly Whimsy then you would have heard this story already but I wanna share it again for those folks who missed out.

On Saturday I had plans to meet my friend for brunch but I was in a bit of a bad mood for no particular reason.
And things got a whole lot worse before they got better. Auckland weather has been bonkers lately. One minute it’s sunny, the next it’s pouring with a side of hurricane winds.

As I was walking it began raining so I put up my umbrella and within two seconds the wind had snapped it.

I arrived at the cafe all disheveled and hangry. I was so irritated and wind-swept I almost wanted to just go straight back home.

And it reminded me of the importance of our attitude.

Our attitude changes everything.

We can choose to laugh when inconvenient things happen. We can choose to find the positive on the worst days. We can choose to take delight in the unexpected and spontaneous.

We can’t control our circumstances…but we CAN control how we respond to them. 

Life isn’t always rosy, vanilla-scented and covered in glitter.
Some days in rains and some days it pours.
But having an attitude that is determined to find joy makes those kinda days still worth living.

Next time you’re in a funk remember that you have a choice.

Are you gonna let your feelings control you? Or are you gonna choose to rise above them?

Now tell me…

Did you like any of these posts?

What’s your musical guilty pleasure?

 

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22 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing my post! Also, I love the story you shared at the bottom – our attitude really does change everything. 🙂 Now I gotta go check out the rest of these posts, haha!

  2. I too often find myself just reacting to something instead of being proactive about a really hard situation instead of being reactive to the situation with a bad attitude. It’s so true that perspective is everything, and especially I’ve found that I’m learning that the joy of the Lord truly is my strength.

    1. Oh yay I hope you enjoy all of these posts! They are so great. I really loved the self care tips. It’s cool having ideas for incorporating things like that into your everyday life.

  3. Thanks for including me in your list again, girl! 🙂
    I love your story at the end about having gratitude, even when our days say we should feel otherwise. This is something I really want to start working on and being more mindful of!

    As for your music tastes, short story: One of my favorite television shows is set in the 60s, and throughout the show, they’re always playing a lot of oldies hits that were popular at that time. Through watching the show, I know SO MANY older songs, and I realized I actually really like them!

    So, you’re definitely not alone in that, haha!

    1. No problem <3 ooh what's the tv show? I'm so glad I'm not the only one haha. It's my dad's fault really. I grew up listening to all of his old music and now it's hardwired into me to love it.

  4. 00s pop music has my heart. Old school Rihanna (think Shut up & drive and Pon de replay) or early Lady Gaga days (Just Dance!!!).

    As someone who has plans for post-graduation, sometimes too much planning is terrifying too. The future is all I can think about. And second guessing it constantly. Nguhh.

    Still making my way through that self-care one but know for sure it’ll be one that resonates with me

    1. I love Gaga and old school music too. Mostly cause it brings back memories of being a kid. Ooh what are your post-grad plans? At least you have a plan!

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