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79. Read a faith/spiritual based book. – COMPLETE!

27 Feb

When I lived in the country, I had an awesome church and an even more awesome group of ladies in my Sunday school class. I definitely miss them all and I know that I feel a bit of a void without the conversation and being surrounded by people with such a strong faith on a consistent basis. Don’t get me wrong, I have AMAZING friends here and am more than thankful for them. All relationships are different and I do miss the ladies from church.

So, I have added a few faith-based items on my 101 list, for many reasons. For this task, I read Fresh Start by Dough Fields. Overall, I enjoyed it. There was some humor that I didn’t really enjoy, and a few examples that sort of sat weird, but nothing major. I am glad I read it.

One of the major things I got from the book was having an action plan if you will. Pretty much, figuring out what your triggers are, what it is that gets to you. For me, some things my mother says and does send me into a downward spiral. The next step, Fields explains is to look beyond the main emotion (typically anger) and see what it is that is bothering you. Most of the time, I feel hurt and that I’m not good enough. Obviously there are over 200 pages in the book, so my explanation will come up short, but Fields suggests a few things. Analyzing those emotions and defining them and then working with them, much better than just blowing up obviously. Also, developing this plan I spoke of. These situations usually don’t occur only once (ah yes, 26 years with my mother, I know) so develop a plan on how to better deal with it next time something happens. Diffusing the situation if you will. This is going to take some work, but lends itself to a few other goals.

Another point that I really took away from the book was living with intention. Fields even prays in the book, “God, help us identify the true values in life – what matters most – and then give us the power to spend our time on those values.” Um, hello, thank you for summarizing the theme of my 101 project. Striving to live life with a calm sense of purpose is something that I am constantly working for. I fail, miserably, pretty much daily, but this book really brought a lot of things into perspective and gave me some ideas toward making this work in my life.

So yeah, the book will be staying on my shelves, and I foresee me going back to it on occasion. I don’t think this is the only faith/spiritual based book that I will read during the duration of this list, but I am marking it complete today. What books have you read that have really spoken to you?

Where to Start?

5 Jan

Starting a new year and a new 101 list bring some serious feelings. So exciting, so overwhelming. I have a lot invested in this list and I have some serious support and motivation behind me in the form of some great girl friends. I also have 101 raw tasks set before me. I can’t wait to get started, to become a better friend, a better sister, a better employee, and just a better me.

So the question is, then, where to start? I picked all these tasks, so each carries a certain value and interest to me. Knowing where I am right now, here are a few of the tasks I intend on focusing on first.

7. Keep a blog documentation of this list. I intend on marking this complete when I am completely satisfied with my blogging product. I work with social media every single day, so I have incredibly high expectations for what I should be offering to the blogosphere. On the flip side, I work with social media every day, so at times the last thing I want to do when I get home is work on my blog. This list is important to me and I want to share with the best blog possible.
23. Finish decorating my apartment. A New Year’s Eve trip to IKEA with my mother put me on the path to finally getting my apartment decorated. I have lived in this apartment for over a year, so the time has definitely come and I can’t wait to get everything up and organized.
79. Read a faith/spiritual-based book. This one is a coin toss. For Christmas, my grandmother gave me Fresh Start by Doug Fields. My sister has been reading this and I was interested in what he had to say. I also am hoping to finish Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. C.S. Lewis became one of my favorite authors during a course in college, and reading his thoughts on the subject is incredibly inspiring.
84. Take the GRE. I have changed my mind so many times, and have made drastic alterations to my career path over the past few years. I am now in a job where I love what I do, who I work for, and want to continue to grow and move up. A Masters degree would help me not only do my current job better, but also give me a boost when the time comes to move up in the organization. And so, I have been preparing for the GRE. Grad school, here I come!