Welcome to Issue 3 of the Better Guide!
This is my monthly guide-- a most-random resource list of all things food, drink, faith, fitness, and fun. I publish this guide at the end of every month (consider it a wrap-up of the last 30 or so days) and I am making a single promise to you in creating and curating the resource list: I promise to seek the better. I promise to gather resources, apps, news, and test them out first. I’ll be the guinea pig, ready to report back my findings. I promise not to report things that are fake, way too much money, or will ultimately do nothing for your life but distract you. Life is precious and I ain’t toying with your hours nor could I ever, in good conscience, recommend a $600 gym bag to you. I promise to be fair, real, transparent, and ultimately focused on the better. Better health. Better work. Better relationships. All the better.
Thank you for your patience (I know I am 4 days late to publishing this guide)! I've been under the weather and fighting off the pollen here in Atlanta but I'm happy to be back on my feet and feeling better.
- This book has been around for the last year and a half but I am just picking it up. And y'all- every chapter preaches to me. If you've ever felt left out or uninvited, rejected or looked over, then I would recommend this read. It will be a healing balm to your soul.
- I am about 100 pages into this book and currently LOVING it. It's worth the rage (everyone seems to be talking about it)! I am looking forward to a weekend in Savannah reading this book and getting to finish it off.
- My girlfriend just sent me this link to Refinery29's 2018 book list and there are just so many good reads listed here. I am definitely going to be referring to this list throughout the year whenever I want to read a book that is profound, impactful, and fierce!
- This January and February, I wrote my first Bible study. It's been a longtime goal of mine. I wanted to create something free for my readership and this is the result: a 15-session study on following Jesus in a follower-obsessed culture. I hope you enjoy!
- This is a really good read. I am someone who uses and advocates for medication for those who need it but I think we all can take something away from getting a little exercise into our day-to-day routines!
- Okay, maybe it seems as if I am on the Caroline Leaf train but the woman knows her stuff. If you're wanting a podcast to learn more about the brain and just what social media is doing to it... check out this one and then follow up with this one. You'll learn so much in just 20 minutes.
- Our pastor Ben gave this message last Sunday on shame and Y'ALL... it preaches. Dig in and move forward!
- I don't read many blogs but I am heavily invested in a few of them. One belonging to this girl. She recently paired up with Target to create a luggage line for families and I'm a few pennies away from buying two of the suitcases. Finally, luggage that is stylish but not too expensive!
- I've been scheduling out my social media lately. I still use social media to engage with others but I can attest to feeling like I've gotten a chunk of my life back by using this tool. I'm still able to lift & encourage others without feeling like I always have to be posting on the fly. I went ahead and invested in a year subscription and so far it has been the best office subscription of 2018!
- Has anyone tried these? I would love your opinion! I'm thinking of investing in these for my workouts and would love to know what you think.
- I'm loving this easy hack article about how to make a cheese plate on a budget. This article is a game-changer for the party hosts reading!
- All the yum! We still love to cook Whole30 style meals even when we aren't doing some crazy food diet!
- This is my go-to. I find myself craving it on a weekly basis.
- If you love cooking hardboiled eggs + have an Instant Pot then this recipe will blow your mind! Easy-to-peel eggs! Finally!