In working on self care…

I’ve always loved to read. Sitting on the porch rocker, balmy summer breeze or crisp autumn day, getting lost in a good mystery, improving my professional game, traveling the globe by virtue of turning a page, trashy romance novels while digging bare toes in warm sand, the sound of surf crashing in the distance.

The last time I read something just for me was before I was pregnant. Because let’s be real – once that baby was growing in my belly I wanted to know all the things happening in there! I read pregnancy books, books on nutrition, and then came our first diagnosis – a critical congenital heart defect.

That’s when everything – everything – changed.

From that day on, every piece of literature I read was medical. Case studies, white papers, medical websites, medical forums, medical blogs, books on human anatomy, how to heal our physical selves, and on and on and on.

I never really thought about it, never realized what was actually happening. I was (and still am) a mom on a mission! The difference today is, I now recognize how important it is to preserve my interests, the things that bring me joy.

This little Kindle is a step to my getting back on track and nurturing my soul.

I can’t say I’ll never download medical books (let’s be real here) but I CAN tell you, there’s 30 books on there already and not one is tied to a disorder, therapy, or defect. And it feels really, really good.

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Grit & Grace Rising

Hi, I’m Laurel… I am a wife. I am a mother to Luke, born prematurely due to HELLP Syndrome. Luke was born with a congential heart defect and a kidney defect. I work in education. And I am gritty. I write the blog, Of Grit & Grace. It’s my space, my outlet and my way of working through some of life’s challenges. It’s my healing. I believe in living each moment to the fullest because tomorrow is promised to no one. I believe in seeing the blessing instead of the burden, giving hope to the hopeless, and walking by faith. I believe there is purpose in pain – we have to find it.

One thought on “In working on self care…”

  1. Hi Laurel, I was very pleased to receive your recent “Of Grit and Grace” entry. Glad you are back to some pleasure reading for your own self care. I am always glad for what nurtures your well-being and strengthens you on your journey through life. My good thoughts are always there for you. Thanks and blessings, Brenda

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