The Friday Recliner ~ July 9th


The Friday Recliner

Here’s to a lovely weekend !

Anyone else feel like Friday arrived awfully fast. Have no idea what I’ve done this week apart from go to work and walk back to my car to get a mask every time I was halfway anywhere – good times

Anyhoo the weekend is here and I hope some resting, relaxing and enjoying things you love is on the menu.

Lets start right here

A Good Word

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Shauna Niequist

A Good Look

What a very good idea. See more of this gorgeousness here

A Good Idea

from Meredith Barnes

Slow Moments

When  you slow down some people will feel threatened by your pace

Sometimes slowing down may offer you less:
Less stress
Less distractions
Less moments missed.

And with each less you might start to find more comes in a shape you weren’t expecting.
More time with those you love.
More moments of true joy.
More feelings of fulfillment.
More willingness to hear God’s voice.

As a mom I know how hard it is to slow down with young children. Sometimes it can seem that time is no longer in your control. And while I struggle with this, I am determined to find ways for slow moments in my busy days.

Some mornings this means getting up early to give myself more time. To find time for my desires before the time suckers descend. To spend slow moments in the Bible or to carve out space to move my body without interruption.

Some days it means accepting not everything will get done and focusing on a card game with the kids. Or just watching each of them closely, allowing their faces to show me the magic of their world.

It may feel like slowing down is beyond your control but not every moment has to be slow. If you invite a slow rhythm into moments of your day, you will bring more appreciation to the rest of it.

A Few Good Reads

How To Take a Vacation Without Leaving Home

It’s one thing to know you should take a vacation, and it’s another to actually take one, especially when just a simple trip to the grocery store can be a daunting experience. For those of us who don’t feel safe to venture forth right now (and with a newborn at home, I’m definitely in this camp), a staycation can provide some of the same benefits: a chance to rest, a break from usual routines, opportunities for freedom and play. Sometimes, a staycation can be even more relaxing than a regular vacation. Think about it: No crowded airports, no jet lag, no jostling for the best lounge chair at the beach or a spot in line at the museum. With a staycation, you get to maximize the time you spend recharging your batteries.

There’s plenty of advice out there for how to make the most of a staycation. Unplug from your devices. Take a break from the news. Change your schedule, so that you’re creating a clearly different rhythm on your vacation days. Yet while these ideas might help you have a restorative week, I’m not sure they really capture the joy of getting away. It strikes me that one thing that’s hard to find on a staycation is adventure, especially if your staycation occurs entirely within the four walls of your home. And adventure is one of travel’s greatest delights. Shaken out of our usual surroundings and plunged into a different world, our ears filled with the sounds of a foreign language, breathing in unfamiliar scents — the potential for joy is all around us. Adventures break the monotony of the everyday, restore senses that have become numbed by long hours staring at screens, and help us build new memories.

So what I’ve been wondering is: Is it possible to have an adventure without leaving home? And if so, how? – – – keep reading

Coming Home Dinners

Maybe it’s because my daughter just came back from college last week…

…but I’ve been thinking a lot about Coming Home Dinners, i.e. the meals we make for ourselves and each other that shout WELCOME BACK the loudest. In her book, Always Home, Fanny Singer writes, “There are a few things, or, I should say, a few dishes, that I associate with coming home after a long period away. The main one, of course, is Coming Home Pasta. Whenever my family left for a stretch of weeks…we would come home to our strange-feeling house and immediately set about orienting ourselves through food.” – – – keep reading

It Always Comes Back to You

Years ago, I came across this sentence written by the Sufi mystic and poet, Rumi: “Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” At that point, I was in the throes of heavy grief because I had been rejected by every Ph.D. program I had applied to and my aspiration of becoming a scholar and professor felt completely out of reach. I remember getting a massage shortly after receiving the last rejection letter and weeping on the massage table during my session. There was lots of blubbered apologizing between blowing my noise and crying – – – keep reading

That’s all for now friends. Enjoy the reads and have a beautiful weekend, rest up, do something you love xx

4 thoughts on “The Friday Recliner ~ July 9th

  1. Hmmm. An adventure at home. I have thought of exploring the storeroom and see what treasures can be rediscovered but alas the journey is too daunting. I have thought of attacking the jungle in my backyard- but again too massive. Have found this lockdown more impacting than last time. Missing my people!

    Regards Inge

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  2. Hi Tracey, hope you’re all well and surviving the lockdown. Just a quick note of thanks for your weekly musings, which this week really spoke to me, especially the ones about adult friendships and about coming home food. My childhood coming home food was shepherds pie – yummo with all that lovely melted cheese on top! Thinking of you and hoping we can see each other in person soon.

    Nerida xx

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    1. Glad your enjoying my weekly posts Nerida. I do love putting it together. Ahh shepherds pie – it’s long been the kids favourite comfort meal from when they were little. My mum always made a baked dinner for any special occasion big or small so that would be my coming home dinner. Always amazed how she could have so many elements ready at the same time. I haven’t mastered it yet. Thanks for reading and cheering me on Nerida xx

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