“The Gift of Forgiveness”, Self-Care, and Green Dresses

March Reads

The Gift of Forgiveness: Inspiring Stories from Those Who Have Overcome the Unforgivable Book by Katherine Schwarzenegger

The Gift of Forgiveness

New York Times Bestseller

“The act of forgiveness is both a gift you give yourself
and one you can offer to another person.”

“A fresh, inspiring book on learning how to forgive – with firsthand stories from those who have learned to let go of resentment and find peace.”

I appreciate how Katherine chose to include unique stories that voice a variety of perspectives and experiences on forgiveness. Some of the stories are more well known than others, but each one spotlights a different facet of forgiveness amidst hardship, horrific circumstances, or significant relationships. It is a book that I read with an open heart of empathy and reflection as a quick read. Now, I am enjoying reading one story per day once again to let the gravity of each situation speak to my current moments. I try to imagine what living each person’s life would be and how the choice or steps to forgive set them free or set them further along their journey.

I also appreciate how Kathrine reveals her own heart and discoveries in the introduction, conclusion and at the end of each chapter. You can buy the book online through  Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Target.

Hourglass Timers: Erin Condren Designer Hourglass Trio. I love to “unplug” and use a timer to monitor the length of a reading or exercise break. Enjoy 3 hourglasses in increments of 10, 20 & 30 min. Functional and Fashionable!

The Gift of Forgiveness Inspiring Stories from Those Who Have Overcome the Unforgivable Book by Katherine Schwarzenegger, Green Moto Jacket by Lauren Conrad, Weiss Flower Cluster Antique Rhinestone Pin Brooch
The Gift of Forgiveness Book by Katherine Schwarzenegger

Journals and Self-Care

What’s On My Bookshelf – March – Green

This beautiful lined journal has the word “rooted” in a script gold font with intertwining leaves. Whenever I  use this journal to record pearls of wisdom, I remind myself to stay rooted and grounded in truth and love. I want to continue to grow deep roots that will prevent me from being swayed by the wind of fear.

The GROVE is a gathering in Atlanta and a podcast led by Shelley Giglio. Listen to the podcast here.

Think Deeply
Live Kindly
Dance Freely
Love Truly
Speak Gently
Laugh Daily

I hope to live out kindness and do these 6 actions every day. This lined notebook is perfect for your observations of wonder, discovery, reflection, and words to remember.

Good Mornings by Linnea Dunne is an inspirational guide “that shows how building a life-affirming ritual into your morning routine is an act of self-care.”

“Whether it’s a dedicated yoga practice at sunrise, mindfulness meditation just after waking, journalling while you sip your morning coffee, or listening to birdsong in the back garden before you tackle your daily tasks, a morning ritual can enhance your health and wellbeing, and bring increased contentment, clarity and purpose.”

You can greenify your mornings by going outdoors in nature or bringing nature inside with indoor plants.
One of my favorite indoor plants is the peace lily that you can get on Amazon!

Unshakeable: 365 Devotions by Christine Caine is one of my go-to daily books for my quiet time. I was so blessed to get this book as a gift and appreciate the wisdom, truth, and encouragement that strikes chords of peace, strength and deep joy. There is a verse, insight/short antidote and application with a closing prayer for each day.

Especially now, I need to fill my mind with the truth that will sustain me through the toughest times.

Christine Caine is an international speaker, activist, and author. Together with her husband Nick, she leads the anti-human trafficking organization A21 as well as Propel Women.

Color: Green

Spring, Growth, Renewal, Harmony, and Health

Lauren Conrad Green Moto Jacket, Michael Kors Jill Wedge Sandal in Acorn, Olivaceous Floral Front Tie Top, Anthropologie Flower Beaded Clutch
Green Moto Jacket by Lauren Conrad, Olivaceous Floral Tie Top, Anthropologie Floral Beaded White Clutch, Weiss Antique Floral Cluster Rhinestone Brooch
Green Moto Jacket by Lauren Conrad, Michael Kors Jill Acorn Wedge Sandals

Self-Care: Take a solo walk around your neighborhood or at a deserted local park to take in beautiful nature full of life and hope. (Please keep up to date on your local government’s recommendations for parks etc.) I like to unplug from my music and podcasts to hear the songs of the birds while I look up and out. There is always so much to be grateful for.

Jacket: LC Lauren Conrad Green Moto Jacket in Juniper Bay Color. I love how light-weight and soft this jacket is to help transition my wardrobe into Spring.

Top: Olivaceous Floral Front-Tie Blouse. Similar Top Here.

Shoes:
 MICHAEL Michael Kors Jill Espadrille Wedge Sandals in Acorn.

Purse: Anthropologie Farin Beaded Clutch in White. This clutch can be worn with or without the strap and holds all your essentials like your phone, hand sanitizer wipes, lipstick, keys, and cards.

Brooch: Weiss antique floral cluster rhinestone pin. Find some new statement brooches to add to your style at Macy’s Online and  Banana Republic Online.

LOFT Petite Buttercup Puff Sleeve Flounce Dynamic Green Dress, Anthropologie Farin White Floral Dress, Daisy Pin
LOFT Petite Buttercup Puff Sleeve Flounce Dynamic Green Dress, Anthropologie Farin White Floral Dress, Daisy Pin
LOFT Petite Buttercup Puff Sleeve Flounce Dynamic Green Dress, Anthropologie Farin White Floral Dress, Daisy Pin

Dress: LOFT Petite Buttercup Puff Sleeve Flounce Dress in Petite 00

Purse: Anthropologie Farin Beaded Clutch in White. This clutch can be worn with or without the strap and holds all your essentials like your phone, hand sanitizer wipes, lipstick, keys, and cards.

Francesca's Raye All Over Lace Green Dress, Farin White Beaded Flower Clutch
Francesca's Raye All Over Lace Green Dress, Farin White Beaded Flower Clutch
Francesca's Raye All Over Lace Green Dress, Farin White Beaded Flower Clutch
Francesca's Raye All Over Lace Green Dress, Farin White Beaded Flower Clutch

Dress: Francesca’s Raye All Over Lace Dress in Green for only $14.98 (originally $58)
Earrings: Francesca’s Jocelyn Pavé Abalone Teardrop Earrings (2 for $25 Jewelry)
Purse: Anthropologie Farin Beaded Clutch in White. This clutch can be worn with or without the strap and holds all your essentials like your phone, hand sanitizer wipes, lipstick, keys, and cards.

Be Kind, Be Safe

I hope these books will be a positive source of self-care, inspiration, and self-reflection during this challenging time of social distancing and isolation. I took these fashion photos before our current circumstances with a plan of creating a March Spring fashion post. Out of respect for our present conditions with COVID-19, please continue to take care of yourself and each other and be wise in what you wear and where you go. Kohl’s, LOFT, and Francesca’s online ordering and shipping seem to be still up and running. I look forward to sharing some of my favorite self-care tips, recipes, food sources, and discoveries in future posts.

Be a source of kindness and encouragement where you can share and connect with others through texts, video conferencing, or social media. A kind word or a smile can change someone’s day!

“May your heart be kind, your mind at peace and your spirit brave.”
Courtney Elise Signature

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