A Home Filled with Music: Part 1

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I have been blessed (like knock my socks off blessed) to be a part of the book launch team for Rachel Hollis’ new book Girl, wash your face. If you follow me on social media (@cupplace), you can find lots of posts about it, and there will be more to come. You can read my review of her book here. If you preorder the book before it’s release on February 6th, you get some free goodies, including access to Rachel’s online seminar 5 Things that Changed Me and will Change You Too. I took about 10 pages of notes through it and it is literally changing my life, one step at a time.

Rachel talks about staying motivated, and physically moving, and asks “What song makes you get up and move?” Think about it. Can you think of one, just one song that you could put on right now that would get you out of your chair, off you sofa and get you moving? Your song might be a classical piece, a soulful Clappton song or a modern rock tune. What is that one song you would play?

Music plays a large role in our family home. If music isn’t playing, someone is singing. We play music to help our children go to sleep at night. We play music in the morning to get everyone moving and ready for the day. We play praise music to get our hearts ready to head to church on Sundays. We play music on quiet afternoons when everyone is reading. We play loud fun music when we’re having a hard day and we have a family dance party in the kitchen. We belt out show tunes, the best of the 80s and silly children’s songs. Music is just part of what it means to be in our family.

So, you would think it would be easy for everyone in the family to answer Rachel’s question. “What is one song that makes you get up and move?” Everyone discovered their song. It took my husband 24 hours to pick his song, and he still wanted to change it. He gets 50% of the credit for why music is so important in our home.

Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is my song. This song is on my running playlist and every time it comes on, I want to get up and dance. It has a great beat, fun lyrics and is pretty motivational. It’s not my favorite song. I don’t put it on all the time, though I do love Macklemore, but it’s the one I can’t sit still listening to.

Here are our other “get up and move” songs:

The Almost 2 Year Old – Believer by Imagine Dragons (He’ll be two in March and literally sings along with this song and has perfect rhythm.)

The 6 1/2 Year Old – My House by Kids Bop (He wanted to be sure it was the Kids Bop version and not Flo Rida.)

The 8 1/2 Year Old – The Happy Song by Jamie Grace (Because it’s happy!)

The almost middle schooler – Thunder by Imagine Dragons (She loves anything with a strong drum beat.)

The heading into high schooler – Don’t Stop Believing by Journey. (It’s also her school song.)

The husband who couldn’t decide – Prove it by Crowder – American Prodigal (He just switched his answer to this song 30 seconds ago and if I asked him again, he would have a different answer.)

So, what song gets you up and moving?

 


 

If you would like to pre-order Girl, wash your face by Rachel Hollis, there is still time. Head on over to Amazon and order it today. The book releases on February 6th!

Writing Your Dreams

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When I was little, I dreamed about being a ballerina, singing on broadway, becoming a lawyer and going to an Ivy League school. These dreams played out in my imagination, my make-believe and even played a role in the decisions I made. My dreams changed as I became a high school student and again when I went off to college (at a wonderful, but non Ivy League university). My dreams were still there, although different, as a young adult, a new wife and as a mother. But, somewhere along the way, I lost sight of those dreams and forgot to make new ones.

As adults, we forget to dream. It’s as if we don’t have permission to dream anymore. I don’t believe that God ever wants us to stop dreaming. God has amazing plans for us and for our future. I still have some amazing, God-given dreams that I am dreaming.

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Last night, I spent some time writing down a dream I have for the future. I put it down on paper and made a plan on how to move towards that dream. I actually numbered my page. I love checklists, but it also gave me a chance to be practical about this dream. Simple, basic, baby-steps to move toward my big, amazing, dream. It was hard and freeing to put it down on paper. It made my dream that I have rarely shared, real. I could see my words right before me in black and white. It became alive.

I am claiming it and praying about it and thanking God for it and MOVING on it! Nothing happens when we just sit on our dreams, and no one has permission to tell you your dreams aren’t good, or worthy, or are too big for your britches. They are yours to dream!

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2018 is my year of “becoming.” You can read more about my one word in my blog post One Word: Become. Claiming my dream is part of it. I’ve been reading some great books that are encouraging me and moving me forward. I encourage you to read them.

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What is your dream? Claim it! Write it down! Make a move, no matter how small, on your dream today!

 

Here are the amazon.com links to the books listed above:

“Girl, wash your face” by Rachel Hollis

“The Dream of You” by Jo Saxton

“100 Days to Brave” by Annie F. Downs

 

 

January Book Love

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“Between the pages of a book is a lovely place to be.”

As usual, I am in the middle of several books. Here are my January reads, for now. It’s only January 12th, so you never know what I might add to the list by the end of the month. Plus, I’ve already finished several of these. Here is a little snip-it about each one.

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Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

My mom sent me this book for Christmas, and Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite fiction  authors. It is an engaging, riveting, hard and beautiful novel about parental love, friendship, privilege, prejudice, race, the justice system, compassion and loss. It was published in 2016 and is very fitting for the current times we are in.

 

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkaneh

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher and have been helping launch this book. The Wife Between Us is a fast and fun psychological thriller. In similar fashion to Gone Girl, The Wife Between Us has the reader connecting to the characters in the first half of the novel without knowing the twists and turns that suddenly take place at the half-way point. This book had me guessing up until the final twist at the end of the novel. It is also being made into a movie by the same company that did Girl on a Train.

 

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I just started this book today. Goodreads says “Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.” It’s also been turned into an award-winning show on HBO staring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Durn and Shailene Woodley. Sometimes, we just need a fun read!

 

Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker

I just finished re-reading this book last week. I was on the launch team for Of Mess and Moxie and received an advanced reader copy. With her wit and southern Texas charm, Jen Hatmaker reminds women how to find their moxie in the middle of thier mess. It’s a fun, inspirational read filled stories, recipes  and the connectedness that happens between women. I’m hosting a book club for this book later this month and Jen is doing some Facebook live videos for groups to join in. She makes me laugh out loud!

 

Girl, wash your face by Rachel Hollis

I love this book! It has been and continues to be such a blessing to be on the launch team for this. Rachel Hollis is the best friend I’ve never met in person! Girl, wash your face is like a letter from a best friend who see the God-given potential in you, and only wants the best for you. Rachel Hollis’ heart, passion and encouragement ring out pure and true in the pages of her new book. I just wrote a review for this book and you can read it here: Book Review: “Girl, wash your face” It is a perfect book to start in the new year.

 

The Dream of You by Jo Saxton

I am in the middle of this wonderful book. I also received an advanced reader copy of this book (Can you tell that I like to launch books?). Jo Saxton takes the reader on a walk toward our true identities and the dreams that we were created to live. She examines biblical figures and share her personal story as she invited the reader to turn to the One who know you intimately and love you deeply. Another perfect book for the new year.

 

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

I read this book in middle school, I believe, and our family read it together last summer as one of our summer reads. (We all read the same book, but on individual reading levels. Full novel, junior novel, graphic novel, easy reader book, picture book) I want to read it again before the movie comes out in March.

 

100 Days to Brave by Annie F. Downs

I am currently 12 days into this 100 day devotional. It’s all about unlocking your most courageous self. Annie encourages the reader to embrace the path and plan that God has for you. I started this book on January 1st and it’s been a great encouragement. I love the short chapters and the “Be Brave” moments at the end of each chapter, giving you something quick and practical to write down or to do.