SO. This blog got off to a great start for me. As I admitted from the very beginning, I have huge focus issues, so no surprise, my weekly reading goal hit a big ol' bump. I've taken a month off from updating this blog and that's because I have also taken a month off from reading. Why? Well. Life is fucking stressful. And my mind has been all over the damn place. But now here I am, back to blogging, and more importantly back to reading. Since I missed a month of books and blogs, I'll be reading two books every week for the next month. Not as a punishment, but as a reward. To myself. Because all the reasons I like reading are totally selfish, and the true impetus for me starting this book was to treat myself better. Because for the last year I haven't been treating myself very well at all.
The most fitting book for my return to readingblogging is Rob Bell's How To Be Here. This book isn't one of the many that I've hoarded, however, this year's Mother's Day gift to my beautiful Mom. One day about a month or so ago she made me watch an interview with him on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday (ps- I really love saying the words "Super Soul Sunday"). It was there he talked about his ikigai (Japanese for "reason for being"). My ikigai has been constantly called into question this past year, so I for sure was intrigued. "THAT'S what I want for Mother's Day" my Mom subtlety hinted.
She read the book super quick and told me I HAD to read it. So here I go. The book deals with your purpose and also about being present. I resent that we as a society have gotten to the point where we need to read books to learn how to be present, as that should be a pretty natural thing. But when your body is literally releasing a chemical every time you hear a text message sound, I guess we need to read a fucking book about chilling the fuck out and getting reacquainted with being here.