A Home Filled with Music: Part 1

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I have been blessed (like knock my socks off blessed) to be a part of the book launch team for Rachel Hollis’ new book Girl, wash your face. If you follow me on social media (@cupplace), you can find lots of posts about it, and there will be more to come. You can read my review of her book here. If you preorder the book before it’s release on February 6th, you get some free goodies, including access to Rachel’s online seminar 5 Things that Changed Me and will Change You Too. I took about 10 pages of notes through it and it is literally changing my life, one step at a time.

Rachel talks about staying motivated, and physically moving, and asks “What song makes you get up and move?” Think about it. Can you think of one, just one song that you could put on right now that would get you out of your chair, off you sofa and get you moving? Your song might be a classical piece, a soulful Clappton song or a modern rock tune. What is that one song you would play?

Music plays a large role in our family home. If music isn’t playing, someone is singing. We play music to help our children go to sleep at night. We play music in the morning to get everyone moving and ready for the day. We play praise music to get our hearts ready to head to church on Sundays. We play music on quiet afternoons when everyone is reading. We play loud fun music when we’re having a hard day and we have a family dance party in the kitchen. We belt out show tunes, the best of the 80s and silly children’s songs. Music is just part of what it means to be in our family.

So, you would think it would be easy for everyone in the family to answer Rachel’s question. “What is one song that makes you get up and move?” Everyone discovered their song. It took my husband 24 hours to pick his song, and he still wanted to change it. He gets 50% of the credit for why music is so important in our home.

Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is my song. This song is on my running playlist and every time it comes on, I want to get up and dance. It has a great beat, fun lyrics and is pretty motivational. It’s not my favorite song. I don’t put it on all the time, though I do love Macklemore, but it’s the one I can’t sit still listening to.

Here are our other “get up and move” songs:

The Almost 2 Year Old – Believer by Imagine Dragons (He’ll be two in March and literally sings along with this song and has perfect rhythm.)

The 6 1/2 Year Old – My House by Kids Bop (He wanted to be sure it was the Kids Bop version and not Flo Rida.)

The 8 1/2 Year Old – The Happy Song by Jamie Grace (Because it’s happy!)

The almost middle schooler – Thunder by Imagine Dragons (She loves anything with a strong drum beat.)

The heading into high schooler – Don’t Stop Believing by Journey. (It’s also her school song.)

The husband who couldn’t decide – Prove it by Crowder – American Prodigal (He just switched his answer to this song 30 seconds ago and if I asked him again, he would have a different answer.)

So, what song gets you up and moving?

 


 

If you would like to pre-order Girl, wash your face by Rachel Hollis, there is still time. Head on over to Amazon and order it today. The book releases on February 6th!

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One Word: Become

Every year, toward the end of December, I get asked the same question. “Any resolutions for the New Year?” Resolutions have always felt like an impossible to-do list that I am most certain to fail. I often feel defeated before the year even starts.

A few years ago, my husband and I were introduced to the book One Word: that will change your life by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton and Jimmy Page. Their little book leads the reader away from resolutions and to one word, a theme, for the new year.

“one wordcreates clarity, power, passion and life-change. The simple power of One Word is that it impacts all six dimensions of your life – mental, physical, emotional, relational, spiritual, and financial. Simply put, One Word sticks. There is a word meant for you and when you find it, live it, and share it, your life will become more rewarding and exciting than ever.”

Every year, our family takes time to pray, think, talk and share about our words. To us, they are more than just a theme. We ask God to guide us to a word that we can focus on for the year. Some of my words in the past have been: Faithful, Restore, and Abide.

We make something visual, so we don’t forget. We have reminders in our home of our past words. Art work, or words painted on old barn wood. They are a testament to how far we have come, what we have accomplished and what God is doing in our lives.

This year, my word is: Become. I am turning 40 in a few months, which seems to be a good turning point. My children are getting older, I’ve been in my career for years, my husband and I have been married for 17 years. But with all of that, the dreams shouldn’t go away or fade. They should become bigger. So this year, in 2018, I will become so many things. Many of them I already am, I just need to live into them.

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Our family spent time on New Years Day to create our One Word vision boards for 2018. I love that all of our words are different, and personal, and challenging, and beautiful. Our family likes to include key Bible verse for the year as well.

I encourage you to think of a word for your 2018 and live into it!

If you would like more information on the One Word book, you can check out the website at: http://getoneword.com/

Turn Your Family Rooms Into Libraries

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“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

Cicero

Growing up, our house didn’t have a TV Room or a Family Room. It had a Library. Now, there was a television in that room, but it was still called the library. On either side of the television, were rows and rows and rows of books. There was a smaller bookshelf that was full. Books on the coffee table. Book in the bedrooms. Books!

I grew up looking at copies of Twain, Hemingway and Fitzgerald long before I could understand their works. Shakespeare, Frost, Whitman introducing me to poetry and language. Books with fine print far smaller than my Babysitter Club or Sweet Valley High books. Books with old cloth binding and gold lettering. Encyclopedias, anthologies, history books. A giant red atlas that I couldn’t lift. There were more books than I could possible read; but I wanted to. Books!

When I got married, out first apartment was filled with books. The simple bookshelf made from cinder blocks and particle board was one of the first things we put together. Filling it with books, mostly from our childhoods and from college. Many date nights were spent exploring Barnes and Noble, with Starbucks in hand. A few years later, when we moved to Princeton, NJ, we bought three tall brown bookcases from IKEA and quickly filled them. Books!

We have downsized out book collection over the years only to replenish it again. I think the only reason we downsize is so we can purchase mimage3 (2)ore books. Just like my childhood home, we have books on our bookshelves, on the coffee table, on the side tables, in all the bedrooms. Our children loves books and get excited to explore a Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Books are gifts at every birthday and every Christmas. Books!

We take huge tote bags to the library on Saturday mornings and fill them so full no one can lift them. The children devour them, sometimes finishing a book before we get home. Books!

My love of books and reading has gifted me the opportunity to be a part of several book launch groups. I get to read books before they hit the bookshelves and share about them. I didn’t even know this was a thing until a couple of years ago when I responded to an email, and a book arrived in my mailbox a few weeks later. These days I usually find myself reading 3-5 books at a time. Here are just some of the books I’ve been reading lately. All different. All great! So many books!

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I am about to start two new books for launches. One of the books arrives tomorrow and the other soon after! The Power of Positive Leadership by Jon Gordon comes out on April 24th and Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker comes out in August. I will be sharing all the scoop about these books and there will be more books to come. Someday, my book.

So, get thee to a library or bookstore and start reading! Fill those shelves, then fill them again. Turn your family rooms and TV rooms into libraries. Stack books next to your bed. Feed your children’s imagination with books and then set them free.

“They are the books, the arts, the academes,
That show, contain and nourish all the world.”
William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost