Holding Hands Across Time

grandmaToday is my grandma’s 90th birthday. This milestone is bittersweet because while her physical body is still here on Earth, it feels like her soul has been gone for many years. She has dementia, and if I called she most likely wouldn’t even know who I was. The last time we spoke, I was trying to figure out a way to get back home to see her. She said that I had better hurry because she didn’t know how much longer she would be around. I had no idea how true this was – I sort of just assumed that she and my grandpa would always be there (like they always had been). I never took the trip due to life circumstances that were beyond my control. And if I sit in this space for too long, it’s easy to spiral into sadness – for what her life has become and also for the grief those of us who love her feel.

Instead, though, I’ve decided that today I will celebrate all of the wonderful memories that we’ve shared together. I believe that in one form or another, her soul is with mine. We are so much more than our physical bodies, and I have no doubt that she can hear me and see me and knows how much I love her. So we’ll celebrate together – we’ll have a soul party where she is the guest of honor.

When I was 11, we moved to the small South Dakota town where my grandparents lived so my mom could help my grandpa who had been diagnosed with cancer. I had grown up outside of Denver, and I had no idea how to relate to the other kids or fit in at school. Their way of life was completely foreign to me: I knew nothing about farming or small towns. My clothes were different. My experiences were different. I was different. While I did my best to adjust to this new life, it definitely wasn’t easy. And my grandparents’ home became a safe haven for me to retreat to – a place where I always knew that I would be loved unconditionally.

Going to their house every day after school for snacks and a game quickly became the routine. Their house was stocked with more food than I had ever seen: mini pizzas and push-up pops from the Schwan’s man; butterscotch cereal bars, Rice Krispie treats and homemade pie; a candy cupboard that was continually stocked to the brim with chocolate and licorice; and a fridge in the basement that was filled with pop of all kinds.

I would get myself a snack and then the three of us would sit at the kitchen table. After we talked about the day and caught up with each other, my grandma would always ask if I wanted to play a game (which I always did). The games rotated between Rummy, Triominos, and Racko – sometimes Scrabble. My grandpa would usually just watch or would eventually retreat into the livingroom to watch sports on TV. When the game was finished, I would walk back home, do my homework, and get ready for the next day.

We lived there for eight months until my grandpa’s health improved, and being able to spend each day with both of them is something that I will forever hold close to my heart. We moved just a couple of hours away, and so I was able to continue to see them often until I graduated from high school and moved across the country. (I even ran away to their house at 17 when my parents got divorced – it truly was a safe haven for me. I only stayed for the weekend, but it was so nice to know that their door was always open for me.) After moving away, we saw each other much less frequently but our connection remained. The last time I saw them was just after I graduated from college, and my grandpa drove to see me with his head looking sideways due to only being able to see peripherally and my grandma navigating – letting him know if he was about to hit anything. (Seriously!) We stayed in touch regularly by phone after that, and I’m happy to say that my grandpa lived for about 25 years after he was first diagnosed with cancer, which was such a blessing for all of us.

I was looking at my hands the other day and saw my grandma’s hands – the same lines and wrinkles beginning to form. We have shared so much throughout my life – so many memories. And now, I love knowing that each time I held her hand, a piece of her stayed with me. And each time I look at my hand, I see hers holding mine still. We are together – not in this physical world, but in a world that is eternal and a world that holds only love. The love that she showed me during our time together is just a blip of the love that we hold for each other. And I’m so grateful for that.

So today, I’m celebrating her life and her infinite love. And Dan and I will play a game of Racko tonight in her honor, too. :)

I love you, Grandma.

Hugs,

jodi

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Discover Your Soul’s Purpose (A Gift for You!)

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I believe that we are all born with a purpose that is the same and also unique. I think that we are all here to love, to expand, to shine our light, to enjoy our life to the fullest, and to align with our highest self. What’s really neat about our journey here on Earth is that there are so many ways to do these things – so many ways to be happy and feel at peace within our soul.

We are all completely unique, and so it makes perfect sense that how we go about living our soul’s purpose would be unique, too.

I never gave much thought to any of this for most of my life. I never thought about why I was here (if there was a reason) or what I was meant to share with the world (if anything). I was very skeptical about everything spiritual, and if I couldn’t prove it, I didn’t want to know about it. Everything changed when my first love died in 2010 and began communicating with me from the other side. What I realized (after about a year of asking for proof, proof, and more proof) is that there’s so much more to our existence than what we can see, touch, and experience here in the physical world. So much more. He shared with me that we all create a contract before we are born where we state what sort of things we would like to experience and how we would like to grow. It’s an outline, and we have complete free will to fill it in however we would like to.

Many of us don’t remember that we have this soul contract. And many of us (including me) live for years and years feeling like something is missing – like we want to have a purpose and like we know on a deep level that there is more to it all than what we’re experiencing, and yet we aren’t sure how to uncover the missing pieces.

That’s when it gets extra important to begin consciously opening up to the universe and to willingly start communicating with our soul to see what it is that we’re meant to know/remember. There are so many wonderful ways to do this. One way that I find absolutely fascinating is connecting with the Akashic Records, which are a sacred compilation that carry information about your soul. Everything that you’ve ever thought and every experience that you’ve ever had is stored within these records. And they are available to you at any moment.

I’ve had some beautiful experiences and really healing insights come up while connecting with my own records. I’ve learned that I am a teacher, and that one of my biggest strengths is to shine light on others so that they can see how amazing they truly are. I’ve learned that by shining my own light I give others permission to shine their own. And I’ve learned that the more of my authentic self I share with others, the more at peace we all feel. I’ve also learned that part of my journey includes knowing that I deserve my own care and my own love, which is something that I’ve been honoring extra over this past year.

I love finding tools that can support us along our journey. They are all around us, and sometimes it’s just a matter of us being guided along the way and introduced to new techniques.

If you’re just now learning about the Akashic Records and would like to learn more, I highly recommend connecting with my friend Jennifer Longmore from Soul Journeys®. She’s a beautiful soul who has helped over 20,000 people tap into their Akashic Records and discover why they’re here. Wow, right? We met a couple of years ago online and immediately hit it off. She’s a sweetheart, and if you’re looking to learn more about why you’re here and find out how to align with your soul, she’s a great place to start!

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Have you accessed the Akashic Records before? If so, I would love for you to share your experience in the comments below. I always love hearing and seeing how unique our purposes truly are. But what I love even more than that is seeing us actually being aligned with them and living them. That’s when everything just sort of gels together and starts to make sense, which is always a good thing.

Here’s to each of us living on purpose!

Hugs,

jodi

Deciphering the Signs

signsIn my last post, I shared about how I’m reading E-Squared, which has me looking for signs of universal love, energy, and miracles that are all around me. It’s been exciting to open up to these signs and to really be aware of them. And what I’m seeing is that every single thing can be a sign – depending on how we look at it. And we get to decipher for ourselves what each sign means.

As many of you know, we lost our beautiful dog-ter, Xena, just over a year ago, which was followed by an intense period of grief and almost paralyzing sadness.

Everyone grieves differently. For me, it became as much a physical journey as an emotional one. I cried deeply every day for a year. I couldn’t sleep. After taking care of her and watching her vigilantly in the two years from when her health began to decline until she passed away, I found myself to in a state of complete exhaustion. My adrenal glands had been on full alert for years, and my mommy circuits were always plugged in. My body informed me that it could no longer continue in this way, and all I have been able to do for the last many months is rest and relax and heal.

jodi and xena (2) Xena is a member of my soul family, and I felt (and still feel) such a strong connection to her. I’ve received so many beautiful signs from her since she’s been on the other side. Some have been the “hit you over the head” kind, and others have been more subtle yet just as powerful. I love knowing that she’s still here loving and protecting us.

We knew after she died that we wouldn’t adopt another dog. We needed to grieve. Our bodies needed to recover. And after losing 17 furry kids in 17 years, my heart needed time to heal. I felt like this was my time to take care of myself. I’m just about to turn 40 and have been caring for animals since I can remember. I was always the one that strays found. I was the one who took them in and loved on them and gave them everything I had. And it’s been so rewarding to do that, and it’s not something that I would change. But something inside of me has been whispering over the past year or so that it’s time for me to give some of that love to myself and to honor this space of fatigue by actually resting and unplugging any circuits that aren’t absolutely essential.

I have carried this knowing in my heart for the past year, and I have begun my year of silence with this intention in mind: to rest, to relax, to recharge, and to heal – both emotionally and also physically. I’ve gotten really strong in this knowing and really secure with it. It feels right in every way.

I don’t believe that the universe tests us to see how strong our conviction is. But I do think that things happen in our life that we can grow from and learn more about ourselves in the process of experiencing them. 

daisy mae1I am currently in one such experience, and it’s been really heart and soul opening for me to go through. Last weekend, my husband and I found a sweet dog in the field behind our home. She was emaciated and couldn’t use one of her legs. She was scared and starving and exhausted. Animal services came and were going to take her, but we couldn’t imagine her going to stay in a kennel when she had already gone through so much. And so we volunteered to foster her and cover any vet bills while we looked for a forever home.

She is a sweetheart. And my heart strings started to feel tugged at each time I looked into her deep brown eyes. I completely forgot about my self-care journey and just thought about her needs and making sure she felt safe and loved and comfortable. I began to wonder if maybe we could adopt her – maybe I could somehow find the energy to take care of her – maybe she came into our life for a reason – maybe it was a sign from the universe that we were meant to be part of her family. So many maybes!

But the longer she was here, the more the maybes cleared away and I once again became clear in my own need to take care of myself. If anyone were going to sway me to adopt another animal, it would be Daisy Mae. (When I asked her what her name was, this is what I heard.) And yet, my body and my heart are absolutely certain that this is not her forever home and reminded me that sometimes I can help others in small ways without having to go all in. I realized that I could foster her for a little while and make sure she’s safe, but still honor my own needs and energy level by not making it a long-term commitment.

So here’s what I’m learning about signs: they are all around us. Everywhere. All of the time. And it’s up to us to stay on the lookout for them and then decipher their meaning. No one else can tell you what they mean. So many have told me that because Daisy came to me that it’s a sign that she is meant to stay with me. And believe me, I can see how this looks like what’s happening. But, when I’m able to span out my perspective a bit, I can see so clearly how her coming into my life was a loving reminder of how important my own self care is and a beautiful gift of remembering that I can help others while still taking care of myself.

That’s really huge for me.

And this sweet beautiful dog has given me this gift. It’s my hope that I will in turn be able to give her the gift of a forever family. 

I just love learning more about how our universe works. And I love seeing how we truly are the interpreters of our destiny. We get to sit with the signs and determine what they mean for us. That feels really empowering and loving to me, and I hope it does for you as well.

So the next time you receive what feels like a sign, please sit with it for a little while before determining what it means. And maybe refrain from asking another what they think it means until you have gotten some clarity around it first. You are truly the only one who can decipher it. You are the only one who can know how each experience feels within your own heart. That’s such a miracle.

Hugs,

jodi

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16 Prompts to Help You Connect with Your Soul

inner-voiceI love journaling. It’s such a great way to get in touch with our soul. When my husband and I designed journals during our gift-business years, we always had requests from our customers to write some prompts to help them get started. (This is how our Soulful Journals series was born!) We both love to write, and it’s been such a treat to get to share these prompts with so many people through the years.

I was just sitting down to write this post, and I never know what’s going to come through. It’s never planned – I just close my eyes, put my hands on the keyboard, and begin to type. I was surprised to see these 16 prompts pour out, and I trust that they are meant to be shared.

Here they are: 

  1. I’m so grateful that…
  2. One old belief that I’m letting go of is…
  3. One new belief that I’m embracing is…
  4. I honor my own needs by…
  5. One way that I’ve grown is…
  6. My fear is helping me by…
  7. My body is asking me to…
  8. I take responsibility for my life by…
  9. I am brave because I…
  10. My dream is to…
  11. I feel pure joy when I…
  12. One spiritual tool that I can begin using to deepen my connection with myself and with the universe is…
  13. One way I can consciously raise my vibration is…
  14. My loved ones can best support me by…
  15. The universe supports me by…
  16. My soul wants me to know that…

Feel free to answer all of them or just any that are calling to you. You can answer them all at once or one a day. You can be as detailed or as brief with your answers as you would like. This is about you getting in touch with your soul. As long as you’re going in with that intention, you can’t go wrong! You can feel free to copy and paste them into Word and then print them out and write your answers. Or you can paste your answers into the comments below.

I went ahead and answered them, too! Here are my answers:

I’m so grateful that…my life is my own. That I have created a life that is filled with love, that feels authentic, and that nurtures my soul. I am grateful that I get to spend almost each moment of each day with my sweetie. I am grateful that my cats do something silly every day, which always makes me laugh. I am grateful that I have such a loving relationship with my mom. I am grateful for all of the nurturing friendships that surround me. I am grateful to be surrounded by so much beauty. I am grateful for my soul, my spirit guides, and the universe who always help me along the way. I am grateful that I am here – in this moment – sharing from my heart.

One old belief that I’m letting go of is…to feel that things will only work out if I push myself and work really hard to make them happen. 

One new belief that I’m embracing is…that I can let go, and my life will flow much more easily. I am so used to holding on so tightly, and I’m getting so many messages that it’s time to release this tighthold and simply allow myself to go with the current of life. To remember that I can trust the universe, and that I don’t have to be in the driver’s seat.

I honor my own needs by…no longer working as much. But setting boundaries with myself and also with others. By making sure that I spend some time each day connecting with my soul in whatever way feels right: sitting in the sun, journaling, writing, spacing out, having quiet time, reading, taking a bath, etc. 

One way that I’ve grown is…that I stop when I am tired – rather than pushing myself. I listen to my body much more. I have opened up spiritually and am embracing universal love. I trust myself and love myself enough to share my truth lovingly and authentically.  

My fear is helping me by…letting me see what I’m afraid of. It’s through awareness that brings change, and so this is a helpful first step. 

My body is asking me to…listen to its whispers when it’s asking me to slow down and be silent and step away from it all. To know that it’s on my team, and we both want the same thing: to be happy and joy-filled and vibrant and strong. It’s also asking me to start drinking green smoothies again, which is something I used to do every day but have gotten out of the habit of doing. It’s asking me to laugh more and walk more and get the energy flowing more.

I take responsibility for my life by…knowing that I create my own reality. I can’t pass the buck onto anyone else. If I see something about my life that I love, I can take in the good feeling of knowing that it’s here because I created it. Conversely, if I see something that I don’t love, I can consciously decide to change it. For much of my life, I gave away my power to others because it just seemed easier. But I love how empowered it feels to make my own decisions and to create my own world that’s a result of my thoughts, feelings, and desires. It feels really wonderful.  

I am brave because I…listen to my heart. I said yes to opening my heart fully to my husband and took the leap to be in a relationship with him, and it’s been an amazing 13 years! I wasn’t fulfilled with working for others and being away from Dan for hours each day, and so we started our business together 11 years ago. That definitely took bravery (and still takes it each day). I’m brave because I have gradually shed the layers of skepticism that were covering my connection to my soul and to this magical universe, and it’s been such an amazing experience to live in the light! I’m brave because I show up authentically in the world, which isn’t always easy. Being vulnerable and honest can oftentimes feel so scary, but it’s also so worthwhile.  

My dream is to…move to the beach and spend each day walking along the shore. To continue listening to my soul and deepening my connection with the universe. To share my love each day with Dan and other loved ones. To continue slowing down and honoring my body and energy. I would love to continue writing books that speak to others and hopefully inspire others. My dream is to feel content, joyful, and at peace the majority of the time. 

I feel pure joy when I…am at the beach, playing with our cats, laughing with Dan. Sometimes joy sneaks up on me, and I find myself in a moment where I am completely at peace. That, to me, is joy. Sometimes it’s when I’m writing or when I’m creating something, and sometimes I’m not doing anything at all. Sometimes it’s when I’m shopping and looking at objects to bring into our home. And sometimes it’s when I’m eating a great meal. I love not knowing when I’ll feel it, and I love recognizing it when it comes.

One spiritual tool that I can begin using to deepen my connection with myself and with the universe is…grounding myself. I’m very sensitive to energy, and this is a practice that I would love to actually put into practice more often. I have several tools already to support me with this, and I am going to get better about using them.

One way I can consciously raise my vibration is…to focus on what makes me feel good and what is working rather than sadness, negativity, or what isn’t working. It’s a shift that can be made at any moment of the day, and it’s truly so easy. It’s just about creating a new habit. If something doesn’t feel right, or if I feel that I’m in a low vibration, I can instantly focus on something that makes me happy (such as Dan, my cats, a book I’m reading, a meal I recently ate, the beautiful weather, the birds outside, etc.), and I will immediately begin to feel my vibration raise.

My loved ones can best support me by…loving me for exactly who I am. That’s all. 

The universe supports me by…always having my back and by loving me unconditionally. I feel the love always, and it’s amazing. It also supports me by lovingly nudging me when I’m moving away from my purpose or from my own connection with my soul, and that is a gift as well. 

My soul wants me to know that…I am doing such a beautiful job of navigating my way along this journey. It wants me to know that everything is working out exactly how it’s supposed to in exactly the way that it’s meant to. It wants me to continue staying open to its loving messages and to continue taking them into my heart and sharing them with others. 

I hope that these questions help you connect with your soul as much as they helped me connect with mine. I’m feeling much more grounded after responding to them. It always amazes me how little time it takes to bring ourselves back into alignment with our soul. I love that so much.

Feel free to share some of your answers below! I always enjoy reading your comments. :)

Hugs,

jodi

5 Books that Are Speaking to My Soul

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I love books. I always have. Some of my favorite early memories consist of completely immersing myself in whichever book I happened to be reading at the time. I would read for hours and hours – never wanting to put the book down and feeling both gratified and saddened when I reached the final page. Thankfully, though, there was always another book to pick up and begin.

Over the past few years, I haven’t read nearly as much as I wanted to. It wasn’t something that consciously happened – I just got busy. Work took center stage. Life took center stage. And reading for pleasure somehow seemed just a bit too decadent. It just didn’t seem like there was time. That all changed last summer when I found myself spending most of my time on the couch – my body was completely exhausted from adrenal fatigue, and my mind wanted nothing more than to soak up some healing words. 

So I started reading again. And since then, I have become a sponge – reading, reading, and reading some more. I have stacks of books next to me at all times. I finish one and immediately begin another. And it has been such a blessing for my soul. I have found my home again among all of these loving, healing words.

I wanted to share just a few of the books that have especially spoken to my soul over the past few months. They have become very personal to me – books that speak to where I currently am and where I am wanting to go.

 
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The Joy of Burnout: How the End of the World Can Be a New Beginning – Dina Glouberman

I love this book immensely. So many books about burnout feel dark and negative. So many sort of make burnout to be somehow a bad thing, rather than a blessing. This book shows how reaching a state of burnout is truly a beautiful thing – it means that we are hearing our soul’s message and are ready to do something about it. It’s that space in between feeling completely powerless and embracing our true power. It’s that space where we give ourselves permission to stop, to breathe, and to listen.

I’ve written candidly about my own journey through burnout here on Soul Speak, and I completely am in alignment with this book’s message. It has been one of the best experiences that I’ve ever gone through because it’s bringing me back home – back to myself. And that is such a beautiful thing.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from it:

“Burnout is ultimately positive if we are open to its message. This is because it asks us to become more of who we really are.”

“Burnout is the result of having become better able to hear our soul but not yet daring to listen. Burnout demands that we listen.”

“Burnout could be defined as joylessness. Yet burnout forces us to take a step towards joy. We won’t stop, so burnout stops us. We won’t make space for ourselves, so we burn out and all we have is space. And it is out of that space that the joy eventually comes.”

You can learn more about it by clicking here.

download (1) 2. Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires – Esther and Jerry Hicks

For years, I had such a strong aversion to the Abraham-Hicks’ teachings. As a skeptic, I thought it was all just a hoax, and I truly didn’t want to be anywhere near their books.

I now know that I simply wasn’t ready for this message and these teachings. And, thankfully, they kept circling back around my life until I was ready to open up and truly hear them.

That happened last August when we read one of their books in the Soulful Life Sanctuary. I couldn’t believe how much it resonated with me at such a deep level. I was in awe of how everything I knew to be true was right there on the pages. Since then, I’ve gotten all of their books and all of their DVDs and have completely immersed myself in their teachings.

I love that their message is so simple, so loving, and so filled with truth. It speaks directly to my soul, and I am so happy to have this beautiful connection. Basically, their teachings are that we are here to feel good; we are here to expand and grow; and we can have everything we want if we are a vibrational match to it.

While I love all of the books that I have read by them, I chose to feature this one because it’s the most accessible and a great one if you’re just being introduced to their writing for the first time.

Here are two of my favorite quotes from it:

“Once you begin to understand the correlation between what you are thinking, what you are feeling, and what you are receiving, now you have it. Now you hold all of the keys that are necessary to get from wherever you are to wherever you want to be, on all subjects.”

“Be easy about all of this. You tend to take life so seriously. Life is supposed to be fun, you know.”

You can learn more about it by clicking here.

download (3)3. Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome – James Wilson

When I first found out that I had adrenal fatigue last summer, I wanted to find out everything I could about it. My doctor gave me some information, but I wanted to know more – to truly understand what was happening in my body.

While I have read several books on adrenal fatigue since then, this book is the most comprehensive and helpful by far. It helped me see how this happened, why it happened, and then laid out a realistic program to help me recover.

Healing from adrenal fatigue isn’t just about taking some supplements and getting more sleep. It’s a lifestyle change, and this book covers every aspect of it – from diet to supplements to movement to sleep to emotional factors to so much more. It’s a truly holistic approach, which I love.

You can learn more about it by clicking here.

download4. Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder – Arianna Huffington

I love Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, and last fall I watched an episode where Arianna Huffington was sharing about her brand-new book.

Everything she said spoke to me, and I began to read it shortly after.

In it, Arianna writes about success and shares in such personal and loving ways how the true definition of success must include what she calls “the third metric,” which includes our own well-being, our intuition and connection to our soul, our sense of wonder, and our ability to give.

She weaves together her own personal stories along with scientific research – helping us see just how important this new measure of success truly is.

It came into my life at the perfect time: while I was recovering from burnout. I had been measuring my own success from a more traditional sense without even realizing it. I had forgotten in many ways about honoring my own soul, making sure I made time to rest and replenish, and having downtime to simply BE.

I truly think every single person should read this book. It helps us redefine our own version of success and embrace a more holistic version that includes time for all that matters so much that we oftentimes forget about.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from it:

“We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.”

“Like airlines, we routinely overbook ourselves, fearful of any unused capacity, confident that we can fit everything in. We fear that if we don’t cram as much as possible into our day, we might miss out on something fabulous, important, special, or career advancing. But there are no rollover minutes in life. We don’t get to keep all that time we “save.” It’s actually a very costly way to live. My heart is at ease knowing that what was meant for me will never miss me, and that what misses me was never meant for me.”

“Bring ourselves back to that place of stillness, imperturbability, and loving—until it becomes second nature to return quickly to what is our true nature.”

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download (4) 5. Gift from the Sea – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I first read this book many years ago when someone gave it to me as a college graduation gift. At the time, I was in a very different place in my life: excited to get out into the world and start my first real job. Slowing down and reflecting just weren’t part of my vocabulary at the time. Fast forward many years later, and this book is exactly what I needed, and I’m so happy that it circled back around again so that I could fully appreciate its wisdom.

It was written in 1955 – before the internet and cell phones and all of the other ways that keep us connected to technology and each other 24/7. And yet, even then, Lindbergh was feeling pulled and scattered and needed to get away to embrace solitude and stillness. Lindbergh gave herself permission to go away to the sea for a brief time and simply allowed herself to write, be still, and explore her innermost thoughts.

It speaks to me so deeply right now because I’m in such a similar place. I, too, have taken time away from the outside world in order to be able to hear my soul’s whispers. And I, too, have a strong longing to be at the sea. I know that I will get there sooner rather than later, and I partly have Anne to thank for this loving reminder.

Here are two of my favorite quotes from it:

“If one is out of touch with oneself, then one cannot touch others.”

“What a commentary on our civilization , when being alone is considered suspect; when one  has to apologize for it, make excuses, hide the fact that one practices it – like a secret vice!”

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How about you? Have you read any of these books? Did they speak to you as well? If so, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. And if you haven’t read them yet, I highly recommend you check them out. I would also love to hear about any books that are currently speaking to you. Feel free to share them below!

Hugs,

jodi