“Grace is free – For imperfect and unworthy people like you and me. Did you catch that? You don’t have to be perfect! I don’t either!” Excerpt from Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley.
And I don’t either.
Photo by The Simplified Planner
I spotted this bright pink book at Barnes and Noble and just from the brief skim of the back and quick flip through the pages, I knew this book would be right up my alley and something I would want to read in the new year, so I asked for it for Christmas from Jordan. Aaannnnnd I got it for Christmas. 🙂
Little did I know that my heart would pick Grace as my word for the year when being prompted to pick one at our church on New Years Day.
I finished this book by the end of January and loved it. I related to it so much.
“We run on adrenaline and lattes. If we’re not busy, then we’re not measuring up. At least that’s what we’ve told ourselves.” page 2
Countless times I have felt that my busy schedule means purpose, impact, hard work, and all sorts of good stuff. And there have been times where I felt like I should be busier because so-and-so seems to be working more hours and involved in more activities and I think they are more successful or the reason why they are so successful is from having a busy schedule. Isn’t it crazy?
I should also note, Emily Ley is creator and founder of the Simplified Planner and after reading this book and discovering this, my planner loving self is itching to get my own!
Emily also touches upon the highlight reels we put up on social media. A subject that’s gotten a lot of attention for causing damage to women. A game of comparison.
I loved how she tied personal stories of her own to relate to each lesson that she went over in the book. And what I loved even more was how interactive the book is!
There are a lot of parts to the book that ask questions and provide space for you to answer them. There are also instructions and step-by-step actions you can take to make your life more organized, time efficient, and whole lot less cluttered. The type of interactive learning style I try to incorporate into The Extra Sprinkles!
There were great tips I learned and I was happy to see some of the decluttering steps and habits I was forming in January were things she was suggesting such as cleaning up your email inbox, unsubscribing, unfollowing, and spending less time on social media in general.
“By simplifying our lives, we’re making space for what matters – to hear God more clearly, to give more wholeheartedly, to place our energy in people and hearts rather than in things.” page 199
Another section of the book that was powerful to me was her ideas of cultivating contentment. She touches on the subject of people wanting “more, better, faster.” chapter 14 This seems very relevant to me as we live in a society that is used to over-consuming. I mean I have 100 nail polishes! Do I really need that many? I don’t think so.
“Imagine what life would look like if we were truly content with just the objects we own. Sit on that for a minute. All you have now is all you’ll have. That thought makes the kitchen table I want to replace look pretty good.” page 201
I know I have felt this before and still experience it today. The want for more…things. It’s hard when our culture is consumed. I’ve been learning to practice contentment and hope others will give it a whirl too even if it’s for a set amount of time; a week, month, year, whatever it may be.
A big step to contentment is changing your perspective to a grateful attitude. “It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful. – Brother David Sterindl-Rast” page 147
I recommend this book if you are wanting good personal development material that is practical, interactive and has easy step-by-step actions you can take to make your life simpler and better.
“God’s grace is all around us if we choose to see it. Put on the glasses of gratitude, and you’ll be surprised how much your attitude is changed by a new perspective.” page 194
With extra sprinkles on top,