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I feel as though I’ve been in a fog these last three weeks. My heart is heavy and aching, and I’ve been feeling as though I am merely existing. For those of you who don’t know, almost three weeks ago my dad died. That was the hardest day of my existence. I’m still trying to make sense of it all.
But, I have a family who needs me. A dog. An employer. Clients. Friends. My beloved blog I’ve been neglecting. I can’t forget to mention seminary grad school, either. While I’ve been granted an extension on homework–that just means more homework the following week. It’s like drinking water through a fire hose. Pure chaos all around me, when all I want to do is just grieve. Scream. Cry. Mourn. Share one last cookie with him.
I’ve been trying to make sense of this all. Everything is just…a mess.
I needed to pick up the pieces of this life–to get used to this new normal. I read Nourished: A Search for Health, Happiness, and a Full Night’s Sleep to help me get out of this funk that grief has me in. It’s no secret I’m under a tremendous amount of stress right now, and this book addresses some of the major stressors women face:
•Cluttered Surroundings – This has REALLY gotten to me since my dad died. All of these material things mean so little to me now that he’s gone.
•Exhaustion of parenting – Kirk has been taking on a lot more parental duties while I cope with my loss.
•Time-starved marriages – ^^^ resulting in less time together with him.
•Feeling like a spiritual slacker – I haven’t been able to devote as much time to seminary classes as I need to.
•Crowded Schedules – THIS. There are never enough hours in the day!
•Negative Body Image – I haven’t been near as strict in my eating since he’s passed, and it shows, or at least I feel it shows.
Your marriage may be perfect, your kids may listen to you, you may feel fit and confident, and have a stress-free life…or…you may be like me, and are going through a season in your life where your burdens weigh heavy on your heart and shoulders. Wherever you’re at, I want this book to bless you like it has blessed me in my time of need. I’ve slowly been applying the ideas in this book to help get things back to normal.
You can win one below.
About the book:
Order-loving, thirty-something Rachel, and her laid-back, messy mother, Becky, are opposites in many ways. But they both believe that women long for a life that nourishes them inside and out. In this book, the mother-daughter duo will help you make that dream a reality by tackling the “Top 10 Stressors.”
Following a series of trial-and-error experiments, Becky and Rachel share laugh-out-loud stories, fascinating research, and practical tips to design and a nourished life that fits your personality. By learning how to embrace “nourishing compromises,” you’ll never put happiness on hold again. If you are feeling drained, discontent, or discouraged, join a couple of understanding, entertaining companions on the journey from overwhelmed to nourished.
About the Authors:
is the author, coauthor, or collaborator of more than forty books. She’s a natural storyteller who has inspired and entertained audiences for years. Most recently she co-authored We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook
alone with a blog by the same name with her daughter, Rachel Randolph. She and her husband, Greg, live in Denver, Colorado. Website/blog: www.laughcrycook.com
Rachel Randolph writes and speaks with humor and honesty about parenting a toddler, young married life, and her mostly plant-based cooking adventures. Rachel is married to Jared, a high school football and baseball coach. They live near Dallas, Texas with their son, Jackson. Nourished is her second book.
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