The Week in Words

Yesterday, I was reading through the latest newsletter from Ann Handley of Marketing Profs and was struck by her introduction.

She titled the section, “Pushing Buttons,” and it talked about getting your hands in a project and being the one who pushes the button to send it out.

That’s supposed to be a good thing. That’s the way success works, right? You hire other people to push the buttons.
But it comes at a cost. The farther you get from pushing the buttons, the farther you get from the making.
You start to lose some muscle tone that comes from creating stuff. And maybe you aren’t as clued in to the nuances of some technology. Or maybe you lose touch with the people you love to talk to.
There’s a joy in making. But there’s a humility and vulnerability in it, too.

That got me thinking—while I do still write these days, I spend the majority of my time strategizing, editing, and polishing, rather than pushing the button. So here’s the result: I’m going to try to commit myself to blogging.

Energized and encouraged by Amanda McDowell, whose weekly blog I LOVE, this blog will be a bit of everything that touches my heart and my mind during a given week. So here goes!

Best bite

Each week, I’ll drop in a pic and description of my favorite sip or bite—and a recommendation, too!

First up, the breakfast nachos from Bar Louie. Decided to treat myself to a cheat meal for brunch yesterday—and these were pure deliciousness! Bacon, eggs, chorizo, salsa, and queso for the win.

Favorite Reads

Earlier this week, I finished my latest from Fredrik Backman, “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry.” I listened to this one on Audible, and it was a delight for the ears!

I’m currently also listening to John McCain’s “The Restless Wave” in small segments and just began “The Baker’s Secret.” Audible is my go-to when I’m walking the neighborhood, at the gym on my own, or driving home to the Smokies.

Actual book-wise, I’m making my way through Elin Hilderbrand’s “The Perfect Couple,” which is riveting. Once I’m finished with it, I have another Backman book on tap, “Britt Marie Was Here.”

My favorite article this week was “31 Ways to Be Happier — Or at Least a Little More OK.” I found that it had some really great tips on seizing a bit more joy.

Auntie’s baby

Now surely, you didn’t think I’d create a blog without my baby love in it, right?! 

Questions I’m pondering…

These things are on my mind—if you know the answer, please share! Sometimes these will be light-hearted, other times they will not.

  • What’s the right amount of rest when you’re working out regularly? This whole fitness thing is still so new to me, but these days I love to move and feel like a slug when I force myself not to. But I’m thinking I need at least one exercise-free day a week.
  • If you’ve drifted away from talking with God (outside of church), how can you find your way back? I’ve always prayed constantly and consistently, but sometime in the last year, that’s changed. And I want to change it back, but am not sure how.

Quote of the week

“Growth demands the temporary surrender of security.”

Wrapping things up

So that about does it, sweet friends. I’ll likely add segments as we go along, but these seem like a good fit for now!

See you next week.

 

3 thoughts on “The Week in Words”

  1. Hi Angela,
    I’ve also found myself struggling to consistently be in conversation with God. One thing I’ve been doing for the past few months that’s helped me to pray is subscribe to and read a social justice devotional called Verse and Voice (https://sojo.net/daily-wisdom). It gives me something to think and pray about each day. You might be interested in checking it out (if you aren’t already familiar with it). Love you!

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