Summer is upon us, and I have three big things to tell you about today!
(And I realize that for all my Australian, South African, and New Zealand friends it’s winter? So glad you’re here too! Did you know that even though I’m Canadian, Australia is just as represented on this blog, even with 1/3 the population? It’s actually kind of interesting.)
First, make a “splash” and a statement with these beach towels!
We’ve got some new LIMITED EDITION merch in our store, just for the summer.
We’ve turned three of our popular designs into beach towels, so that you and your daughter can make statements when you’re out at the beach!
We’ve got our “Be a Biblical Woman” merch.
Here’s our amazing design listing all the things that women did in the Bible–like Set Boundaries like Vashti, or Win Battles like Jael.
Next, we’ve got out beach towels based on all the “She Should Knows” headings in our book She Deserves Better.
She should know…
- She is not a walking temptation to be used by Satan.
- Compliance does not equal consent.
- Disagreement is not rebellion.
And so many more! (I’ve got a list of the 32 things your daughter deserves to know).
We have this beach towel in two designs: One with bubbles, and one where it’s a list of all the sayings.
They’ll make a statement at youth group parties! Or just at the beach with your family (although it does say words like “virginity”, etc., so be warned).
I’m loving Emily and Amelia Nagoski’s book Burnout!
One of the fun things about writing the post last week about your favourite self-help books was that I heard of some I hadn’t read yet. So I picked up Burnout, and wow, it’s good. I’m only about halfway through, but their explanation of the problem of stress makes so much sense.
Basically, stress is felt in your body. It is a physiological thing, not a mental thing. So when you experience stressors (outside things that make your heart increase, makes your stress hormones increase), your body needs to resolve that stress.
The problem is that most of us don’t have ways to do this. So we try to relax instead. But that doesn’t signal to your body “it’s safe to stop being stressed, the danger is gone.” That just tells your body, “I’m ignoring the danger,” which isn’t actually that great.
So they actually tell you how to complete the stress cycle–even if the stressors are still there. That’s just a small part of the book, but it was a major lightbulb moment for me! I’ve been too focused on how to reduce stressors, rather than how to handle stress.
But along those lines, I decided earlier this year that I would do something I’ve never done before: I’m actually going to take a month off from the blog and podcast.
Usually when I go on vacation I still check in a lot, or I still schedule a full roster of posts to go up when I’m gone.
That means that before leaving for vacation I’m busier than ever, and I do want to slow down a bit.
So I’ve decided that this summer I’ll be posting twice a week: Once on Thursdays, where I highlight one of my favourite Bare Marriage podcasts from the last year, and several others that I’ve been a guest on, and once on Tuesdays.
Let me tell you about the Tuesday posts I have coming up:
I want to introduce you to some kindred spirits.
I have met some amazing people on Twitter. Twitter, of course, is right now falling apart, and I’m hoping that Threads will pick up the slack (I’m there too if you want to follow me!)
But on Twitter I have met some amazing women who are saying some really insightful things. On Tuesdays I’m going to be introducing you to some of these women, running excerpts from their posts so you can get to know them.
One of my dreams is to work myself out of a job. I want, when I retire (whenever that may be), that no one will notice because so many others have been raised up in this space.
So I’m thrilled to introduce you to some of these amazing women. Stay tuned tomorrow, when we start!
Have a wonderful summer (or winter!) everyone.
I’m starting off with a week long camping trip with my extended family. My cousin from British Columbia is coming in with her kids, and my aunt from Oregon is flying in, and together with Rebecca and Connor and the kids and another cousin who lives locally we’re all going camping. I’m super excited!
Then I’ve got a week at home before we fly out for an Alaskan cruise we booked super cheap at the last minute. My mom and my younger daughter Katie are coming on that one too.
I’ll still be checking in on social media, because sometimes I have thoughts I just have to share.
But we’ll be back the week of August 14 for a new season of posts and podcasts!