One of the activities I was looking forward to the most, was having a lot of time to read. For various reasons, besides the obvious time constraints, I was not able to devote much time to reading. My favorite part of living such a simple lifestyle now, is getting to read as much as I want! It really feeds my soul.
As you read through my list, you’ll notice a theme so I’ll try to explain why.
“How a Leap of Faith and a Fifth Wheel Brought Us Closer Together”
That is the subtitle of this website. Without going into too much detail right now, let me just say that doing what we did was a very big deal. The Leap of Faith had to do with the fact that we slam shut the door to our old life completely and, without much a plan, we mutually agreed to take an adventure to see where we would end up.
Why? Hmmm. I really want to describe our situation, but I’m not quite ready. I AM working on it, so stay tuned. For now, let’s just say that we knew instinctively that our time in California had come to an end. There was little keeping us interested and we had become reclusive and discouraged with the way things were going. We were happy together, but we had been reduced to spending our days working in our home office, then our evenings and weekends, maintaining our house, re-arranging furniture both inside and outside and shopping for more “stuff” to make our home more like a resort with the intention of creating an inviting place for our loved ones to hang out and feel appreciated and serene. Lather, Rinse, Repeat. We made it so nice, WE didn’t ever leave it. We made it beautiful, but there was never any feeling of completion. We just kept doing it over and over with no real personal satisfaction.
At some point, we finished it. All that was left was moving some walls, and some other major construction. So with that, we were content to work, save up for the renovation and enjoy each other’s company. Which we did, until things began to “fall apart”.
I was then that we realized we had to make a big change. So we discussed it, made an exit plan, agreed on a vague destination: the southeast, and went about executing the plan.
We found ourselves excited and terrified all at once. But we mutually agreed to be completely open and honest about any emotions that would undoubtedly arise, and took responsibility for our own personal part in this decision, so as not to blame the other for anything. After everything we had been through up to that point, this was a huge accomplishment.
So with that setting in mind, here are the books I read that helped me to relax, find inner peace in the unknown and find the known inside. All of these changed the way I see my life and I mean literally SEE. Colors are more vivid and every person, animal and plant matter more now. That childish wonder I wrote about previously, is essential to living a full life, I have learned.
I had been referred to this book years ago, while our lives were in turmoil. It would’ve helped a lot, but I wasn’t in a good place at that time. Not open to it. Now, in my time of searching, it resurfaced in my memory so I bought it on Kindle. It had such an amazing impact on me that I have started reading it again. And it’s still super inspiring.
Being present in everything every day is the only thing we are supposed to do! From there, we will see everything we need to know… NOW. I highly recommend it.
This is the next logical step to The Power of Now. The first book left me wanting more so I immediately purchased this one. I don’t want to give anything away but I will say that it’s not what I expected. I always thought that finding one’s life purpose means that there is a specific job or cause that we were meant to do. But it isn’t. Read it and it will help you to see things in a whole different way.
“There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind – you are the one who hears it.” “That voice talks because you’re not okay inside, and the talking releases energy.”
Intrigued? It’s so much better than you can imagine. Read it!
Caroline Myss has has the gift of being able to “see” a person’s illness and the spiritual, as well as the physical causes of different ailments. We are all energy at our core and when the flow of that energy is interrupted, it manifests in the physical body as illness. Once that flow is cleared through introspection and some personal work, the energy continues the flow and the illness dissipates. Her book explains what affects us where in our body and how. It’s fascinating. I am currently studying each area and found things that affected me that I wasn’t even aware of. It’ very powerful.
This Is Only a Partial List
There are a few more that I will write about in the near future. I feel that these all have a theme, personal growth. They were such help to me while I was in a state of limbo in my life ( and still am ) that I wanted to share them with you in the hope that they awaken something in you as well. Overall, they helped me to find some peace of mind that, in spite of the unknown that we face now, we will be okay. As the matriarch of my crew, I have created new lives and possibilities for my entire family with the wisdom gleaned from these. I now feel more blessed than ever, in spite of starting over with very little.