Monday Motivation: Being Brave, Pancakes for Dinner and French-inspired living

Via the Culinary Bee

I love this letterboard quote from the Culinary Bee, Anna Mae H. Worth.

Here are some ideas to inspire you for the first day of the week…

Start a daily journal with this new book I got:

This past weekend my church hosted a program from their Women at the Well series for our women’s ministry.  It was facilitated by author, counselor and life coach Kelly Johnson.  She has a new book entitled Being Brave:  A 40-day journey to the life God dreams for you.  I can’t wait to start day one tomorrow.

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7 ESV)

God has made us brave, not fearful beings. In a forty-day devotional format, author and blogger Kelly Johnson invites you to consider a new way of thinking about what it means to be brave and challenges you to seek a greater intimacy with God and the people God has placed in your life. 

Through Scripture, stories, prayers, and thought-provoking questions, you will recognize the seeds of divinely inspired bravery and learn the strength found in community. Using letters of the word brave as a guide, Being Brave highlights what God’s Word has to say about the characteristics of bravery: Bold, Resilient, Authentic, Vulnerable, and Engaged and Empowered by the Spirit. Banish the fear that holds you back.

Eat pancakes this week.

National Pancake Day is September 26.  One of my favorite memories of cooler weather was when Mother would make breakfast for dinner.  This weekend I bought a bottle of Trader Joe’s vanilla bean infused maple syrup.  There are two big vanilla bean pods floating in the bottle and when you pour it out over your pancakes, you can see the flecks of vanilla bean.  Drop whatever you are doing this week and stock up on these bottles.  I bought the last one on Friday, it’s that good folks.  Even the butter on my cakes formed a heart shape!  A bottle of this and TJ’s Pumpkin Spice Pancake Mix would make a wonderful gift this season.

Listen to this podcast:

The Simple Sophisticate podcast is from the Simple Luxurious Life blogger and author Shannon Ables.  Do yourself a favor this week and take a coffee or hot tea break and listen to her podcasts or read her blog.  It’s beautiful.  “If you are someone who is trying to live their best life, reach their full potential if only you could figure out which one of your many strengths to tap into, all the while love and appreciate simplicity, but a welcoming home and well-stocked kitchen are a must, oh and don’t forget the style quotient: if you are someone who loves to dress well, but could do without the fuss and confusion with the trend, let’s just say it, if you could dress like the French women that appear effortlessly chic, yep, life would be complete, then this blog is for you.” 

This is Shannon walking her dogs….

This is Shannon’s breakfast…

I want to be Shannon for a day and dip my toast points in a poached egg…

Have a blessed week y’all!

2 thoughts on “Monday Motivation: Being Brave, Pancakes for Dinner and French-inspired living”

  1. A. That syrup looks sounds amazing!

    B. I want to listen to this podcaster while I force myself to walk this week.

    C. I saw your Instagram video where you tried to peek in your daughter’s window. You cracked me up because that’s the kind of thing I would do! I’m sure we could be friends. 🙂

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