#Grattitude – Week of Nov 15th, 2019

Here’s this week’s #Grattitudes – a list of what I’ve enjoyed, appreciated, or discovered:

1. this reminder-

Earlier this week, this post popped up on my Instagram newsfeed and I thought it was the perfect reminder for those moments when I feel overwhelmed or in lack. 

2. this show I’m *really* enjoying-

I started watching Schitt’s Creek on Netflix earlier this year but I could not get past the first few episodes because I absolutely couldn’t stand the character Roland (not kidding, he made me feel kinda sick haha.) 

This show is about a wealthy family that suddenly becomes broke and has to move to a small town called Schitt’s Creek, which the family purchased as a joke years ago.

I recently decided to give the show another try, and now I am hooked! Season 1 got poor reviews, but according to Brandon’s research seasons 2-5 got really good reviews. Each episode is about 20 minutes long, which is the perfect length for me to enjoy over a meal. I find myself laughing out loud quite frequently at the ridiculous (but also sometimes relatable) stuff that comes out of the characters’ mouths.

I’m almost done with Season 2, and I recommend this show if you can push through Season 1. And fun fact: this Canadian sitcom was created by father and son, Eugene and Dan Levy, who also play father and son in the show.

3. this curry dish-

Last week for Brandon’s birthday, we went to a restaurant called Maui Thai Bistro with our friends.

We ordered the Panang curry with macadamia nuts and beef short ribs and OMG it was so good we went back to the restaurant on Tuesday for date night. I realized I didn’t take a photo of it, but the one I’m including on top is one that I screenshotted from Yelp. The curry was spicy, the meat was tender, and the dish was loaded with veggies.

Because we don’t eat out often, it’s such a treat when we do and even more amazing when the food exceeds expectations.

4. this podcast-

I had an awesome call with my friend Kim this morning.. she’s an upcoming guest on my Live with #Grattitude video series :). Her episode will be up in a few weeks so keep an eye out!

We chatted about her faith, her decision to homeschool her kids in Queens, NY (where it’s not the most popular option), and how God has shown up BIG in her life over the past year even in tough times.

One of the resources she shared with me is the Bible reading plan she’s currently following. Reading the Bible is something I’ve always struggled with. I want to WANT to read it, but man has it been tough. I discovered the podcast, The Bible Recap, that accompanies this reading plan and I dove into it immediately while running errands yesterday.

In the first 5 or so “prep” episodes, the host shares similar struggles she’d had with reading the bible, how she learned to love reading it, tips on what to look for when reading, etc.. I like how she explains things and I’m excited to see how I can build this into my daily routine. She suggests reading the recommended daily portion (which takes around 12 minutes) and then listening to the podcast episode for the recap (~5 minutes). 

5. this book I’m reading-

I have a goal of reading 12 books this year, and I’m so happy to share that I am on my 12th book!

After finishing The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown, I picked up When the Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd from the library. This book was transformational for Brene Brown, so I knew I wanted to get into it ASAP.

It’s a collection of the author’s personal stories of shedding old beliefs about herself, meeting God during sticky times, and the magic that happens when we learn to wait and trust “the process”. This book arrived at the perfect time and I’m savoring every word.

Highly recommend if you’re feeling stuck, stale, or overwhelmed. 

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