i’m taking my day off slow and sweet🥰 journaling and reading with a snack and some tea is my absolute favorite way to de-stress! i’m pairing my read with the new KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Volcanic, which come in three flavours and is made from some of the world’s rarest cocoas!🤤🍫✨ they all have the most unique taste! my favorite has got to be The Philippines - the spicy kick makes it so addictive!😍 this collection is now available at the Melbourne KitKat Chocolatory and nationwide on kitkat.com.au!🧡 what’s a snack you love to have when you read?☺️ #kitkatchocolatory#ad@kitkatanz
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During a recent conversation with a couple at church I discovered that they had just moved to my town in the last few months and one of the first things I said to them was, “Oh I’m so sorry you had to move here.” Basically just rolling out the welcome mat to this newly transplanted couple. Good job Rachael. The problem was that I genuinely believed what I had said because I was honestly sad for them that they had to move to my city. As the days went by I could not get this comment out of my mind because I felt awful for what I had said, and I felt sad because my dislike for my city was building and I was now placing it on others. I needed a push to find some joy where I lived. Not joy in my house because I love my home, but rather joy in the city that I live in. I don’t want to live here forever, but there is no end date on the calendar so I need to find joy in this place now before the bitterness starts to set in. This book found me exactly when I needed it.
This week I made it my mission to start finding some joy in my city. I wrote down things that I could be doing locally but wasn’t because those things weren’t as “cool” or whatever I wanted them to be. I realized I was missing out on stuff because I had made up my mind that my town had nothing to offer me. My first order of business was to take the advice laid out in one of the chapters in the book and bike somewhere. I pulled out my bike from the garage and took her on an adventure. My destination you ask, the library, a local coffee shop, and a locally owned flower shop. How in the world could you hate where you live when all of those gems are in biking distance you might be asking? Easy, you make up your mind to dislike it and ignore anything your city has to offer because you decided it wasn’t worth liking in the first place. I noticed so many things on my bike ride that I had previously missed while I was zipping around town in my car, and each of my stops offered an added dose of fun because of how I got there.
I don’t often read books that are “life changing” but this one changed my perspective in such a profound way and it reminded me again how powerful books can be.
It wasn’t until this past summer that I truly learned what it meant to have to love yourself before you can let anyone else love you.
I mean, I’ve always heard the phrase and preached it to those who needed to hear it but it was never something I could fully grasp my head around.
Then one day it just hit me.
One day it clicked and made sense.
Suddenly I was here, in this mindset, at a place where I could finally feel myself at a more strong, healthy mindset.
I realized that acquiring validation from someone other than myself drains the energy I have left.
I never understood that no amount of love and affection could compare to what I could give myself - that even an ounce of self-love was worth more than I could imagine.
For a moment, I felt sad and frustrated that I was the one standing in the way of my own happiness - by consistently seeking comfort and validation from another instead of focusing on the core of the problem located within myself.
Then I felt relieved...and a bit more clear..because at this point I had the ability to understand the next step I had to take.
It’s selfish to depend on somebody for your own happiness.
Your happiness is not another person’s responsibility.
Read that again.
Whether you like it or not, that’s my opinion. It’s not healthy and it’s unfair to the other person just as much as it would be unfair to you if they did the same.
We all need to learn how to swim and tread water to keep ourselves afloat. Using each other as life rafts would only drown one another.
Books can reveal the world to you- they can show you what’s out there and even help determine the future roads you’ll travel. This fantastic read about our National Parks includes maps, flora, fauna, and illustrations that set your wanderlust on high alert. I can’t wait to share it with the JKSIA readers ( after I build my bucket list....) #nationalparks#read#booksforkids#elementarylibrary#wanderlust#buildingmybucketlist
Ministers of the New Covenant “Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some, letters of commendation to you or from you? You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was, how will the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory? For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory. For indeed what had glory, in this case has no glory because of the glory that surpasses it. For if that which fades away was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory. Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away. But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”
2 Corinthians 3:1-18 NASB
Happy publication day to L.C. Warman.
A Death at Eastwick.
When John Eastwick Jr.'s father dies, he finds out about one family secret that will change his life forever. But a murder the night of the memorial service raises the question--what else was his beloved father hiding?
21-year-old John Eastwick Jr. has lived a charmed and cozy life. The sole heir of the Eastwick family fortune, John is on the cusp of graduating from the renowned Montvale University out east before returning home to run his family business. But in late fall of his final year, John's father dies of heart failure. Days later, his father is named as one of the disgraced moguls who bribed John's way into his prestigious college.
Kicked out of school, John returns home to his distraught mother at their lakeside mansion to bury his father. There, John's world continues to crumble beneath his feet: the will that the family lawyer reads bears no resemblance to the last version that the late John Eastwick Sr. created. In fact, John Eastwick Sr. has divided his estate not only between his son and wife, but the family chef, their loyal lawyer, his young secretary, and his estranged brother.
John wonders, is his father trying to atone for past mistakes--and what other secrets might he be keeping?
But that night, after the reading of the will, one among the group is murdered. And John Eastwick Jr. must not only piece together who the threat is, but also face what else his beloved father might have been hiding.
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1011 minutes ago
Happy publication day to Betty Rowlands.
Death at Clevedon Beach.
A Sukey Reynolds Mystery Book 10.
A seaside town, scrumptious ice cream… mysterious murder?
Sukey Reynolds is back from holiday, feeling happy and relaxed. She and a friend have been touring the French coast, enjoying the wine and cheese, and soaking up the sun in Brittany. She has barely unpacked her bags when she is sent back to the seaside but, this time, not for fun.
Sukey arrives at the charming coastal town of Clevedon, where a woman’s body has been washed up on the sandy beach. Her identity is a mystery, but Sukey is determined to find out how she ended up there and who exactly she is.
The police are at their wits’ end, and with no leads or suspects, Sukey decides to leaf through old cases. She is shocked to realise this woman is not the first to turn up on the shore and even finds a link between the cold cases: several of the murder suspects had the same decorative tattoo inked on their skin. After some further investigating, she realises the distinctive symbol means ‘death’.
Her superiors scoff at her theory, so it’s up to Sukey to prove them wrong and find the devious killer herself. From tattoo parlours to the music halls, she has no shortage of places to investigate. But can she uncover the true culprit, and the identity of the mystery woman, before they strike again?
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1011 minutes ago
Happy publication day to Elle Adams.
Witches and Words.
A Library Witch Mystery Book 4.
It's the new year in Ivory Beach, and Rory is nursing a broken heart after the Reaper's abrupt departure from town. A distraction comes in the form of a batch of new tourists visiting the library, but when a holidaying stranger returns a rare book to her family and is then found dead, Rory finds herself in hot water again.
Handling rare books is second nature to Rory's family, but this one has a little more personality than Rory is used to. Not only is it refusing to divulge its secrets, the killer might still be lurking among the hotel's other guests. When Rory meets fellow witch Blair Wilkes, visiting from the town of Fairy Falls with her boyfriend Nathan, Blair offers to use her unusual magical talent to help Rory to get to the bottom of the mystery.
Complicating matters, the Reaper returns to town along with his terrifying boss. Working with the Reaper again might be the only way for Rory to solve the murder, but more than her heart is in danger this time.
Can Rory solve the mystery, repair her relationship with Xavier and stop the killer before he strikes again?
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Is there anything better than an amazing book and puppy snuggles!? 📖🐾💙 Currently Reading: The Flight Girls
2119 hours ago
⚠️WARNING: SURPRISING RANT AHEAD⚠️ I am absolutely shocked at how little I cared for this book as it was one of my most anticipated of the year. 😭 The cover is great, the hardcover itself has gorgeous foil stamping, the previous book was amazing, so I was READY to be in love with this. Her first novel was so explosive, I expected a follow up in the same world to be just as great. Unfortunately this was not the case, and what we have here is little to no world building, two underdeveloped characters with a barely there plot, and the added reminder every two seconds that these characters are fated for each other despite having little interaction. The entire book is essentially a lead into a single battle, and it was so so boring. 💀
Again, I say it with the deepest regret that I just didn’t find really anything enjoyable here. I have ended it with a feeling of nothing. You could skip entire chapters here and still not miss anything. 😴 With a book that’s only about 350 pages long, every page counts to build the story and this was just wasted across the board. I honestly could have quit this book multiple times, but kept on in the desperate hope that it would gain any traction in any way. My overarching question at the end of this book was “What was the point of this?” 🤦🏻♀️ Book Pictured: The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young 🌟: 1.5/5
I know, I know I have not appeared in a long time, surely you remember the super book, ps you will not believe that I left it forgotten or yes ?, instead every night before resting I try to #read a few pages and it is very very interesting content, it keeps me awake for hours, after all the academic topics in the day, I like it...and I stayed right here 🙌