Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Go Ahead & Like It

We live in a world that revolves around "likes." How many "likes" did my status get on Facebook? Do you like my new hair cut? Which boy do you like? Like, totally! Do we really like those things? Are we faking it? What do we really like?

Jacqueline Suskin, in this artistic, fun, and beautiful book, challenged me to think about things that I like & jot them down. Simple things like "reading outside on the grass" and "warm sunshine," to more meaningful things like "my husband who takes pictures of me when I ask." She says that the simple act of jotting down a list of likes during stressful times can lift the spirit. Sharing your list at as an ice breaker game at a party can help you get to know a group of strangers. Sending a list in the mail to an old friend can rekindle a forgotten relationship. 

Have you ever read the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp? I read that one first a couple years ago. Very similar concepts, except this one is less faith-based. Though while I was writing down my list of "likes," I realized that I was thanking God those things as well. It's all in having the right perspective. 

Right now, as we are preparing to move out of the country to live in Zimbabwe for a year, we find ourselves making a lot of lists! To do lists. To buy lists. To blog lists. Lists for days!!! All those lists can make a girl (and a couple) stressed out to the max! I found that switching gears & writing a list of things I like, puts me in a better mood and I can go about my day with a little less stress & a bit more pep in my step. 

The author Jacqueline Suskin seems like such a beautiful & whimsical woman. The pictures she chose to include in her books should be included in one of my "lists of likes." and instead of using typed words & sentences, she hand-wrote everything, for a very unique & appreciated effect. Plus, a snippet from the Amazon page says she "is best known through her work with Poem Store, a public performance project in which she composes custom verses on a manual typewriter in exchange for donations." Say what?? So fun!

This was a short, quick book that I was able to read on a sunny afternoon. I left feeling inspired to make lists of things I like, sharing my real likes with my friends, and find positives in every situation. You'll probably find this book on our coffee table, if/when we ever have our own coffee table. 
So tell me what you think. Do you think you would like this book? 
Leave a short list of "likes" in the comments. We'd love to read them!
 Although I was not paid for this post, I received this book from Blogging for Books. All thoughts, photos, and reviews are my own. Some links on this post are affiliate links, so if you purchase something from these links Toews Adventure receives a small commission.

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