The way we wind down at night and begin a new day, which activities relax and rejuvenate us, and our personal styles are all reflected on our bedside tables.
The things that sit on top of, and within, my nightstand are a pretty good representation of who I am...a reflective, creative, dreamer-type who thrives on quiet moments to read, write, plan and recharge. Each morning, I start the day by reading from (currently) two books:
I'm sure many of you are familiar with Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach. This happens to be my second year of reading it daily in succession. It's a compendium of wisdom on everything from living with grace, love and beauty to finding our passions and recognizing our blessings and gifts.
Also, this Al-Anon daily reader (for families and friends of alcoholics) is one of the many pieces of literature that has dramatically changed my life for the better! As an ACOA (adult child of an alcoholic) I am now learning how much my life had been affected, and the ways in which I can reconcile my past and improve the future. This coin (or "chip") represents my 4 years of involvement and healing in the Al-Anon program.
See, I told you we were going to get personal ;)
Another therapeutic and helpful thing I do daily is journal. I do this at night and jot down what I accomplished during the day to further my goals, and also one or two things I am grateful for. By doing both of these, it's easier for me to stay focused on where I want my life to go and how much I am already blessed. It's fun at the beginning of each year to choose a new journal with fresh pages for a fresh start, and some new pens. This simple little notebook includes quotes from Buddha on each page for positive inspiration like, "We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world."
I also like to include random images when I see something that gets my creative juices flowing. Plus, it pretties-up the pages.
Though I don't consider myself very sentimental, I display gifts from each of my children that are especially meaningful to me...a sweet message on a plaque from my daughter, and roses that were presented to me on Mother's Day from my son that have dried. They are daily loving reminders of my favorite people :)
I also don't consider myself to be an avid reader, but there is always a book or two that I'm currently dipping into. Book Club keeps me reading at least a book per month, and I usually have another one going as well. Right now, my nose is in "Better Than Before" by Gretchen Rubin (author of The Happiness Project.) After this one, I plan to read "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen (can you believe I've never ready any of her work?) One of my dear friends gave me this beautiful copy from Anthropologie for my birthday. Don't you just love it? I'm hoping to get the whole set while they are still available.
It's nice to have at least one drawer in your bedside table for storage. The drawers of mine
That's probably a good place to stop and announce the giveaway that I promised! In the spirit of what's on and within our nightstands, I am offering this collection of gifts to one lucky reader:
All you need to do to be eligible is leave me a comment about your nightstand and how the items on it reflect your personality. I can't wait to learn new tidbits about my readers! I'll randomly select a winner on September 1st.
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