Finally, a Great Fashion Coloring Book

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I've got about 3 adult coloring books since the whole trend started.  It's therapeutic and an easy thing to multi-task while watching TV or something.  But then, I feel like if I'm spending this much time on it, I wish that it was something nice that I could put on my wall.  That's where New York Street Style comes in.

Despite the title, it's got a good variation of not just fashion pages but prints and city street shots too.    There is no perforation so you have to rip out the page carefully and cut the rough edge.*  The paper is thick so you don't need to worry about pages bleeding if you wanna use markers instead of colored pencils.  In the future, I may wanna use water color on these, but I'm not sure how the paper will react to water.

* Just a note if you have the same idea I do to color and post them in frames.

Winning All the Time

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In case you didn't know already, I have moved to Cincinnati for the year as part of a church internship.  There are four other interns besides me, not to mention staff and lay leaders.  Being around so many people, I wanted to educate myself on how to better interact with them.  I believe, and have been affirmed, that I am a very direct person.  I definitely don't care for fostering relationships when it comes to getting things done.  In the beginning, I was apologizing to teammates pretty regularly because of something I had said.

This book has helped tremendously in that I actively seek to make interactions win-win now.  I am trying to not boss people around and thinking more logically about how can we achieve a solution.

This isn't a book I could rush through.  There were so many tactics provided and it was supremely helpful that there was an example and counter provided for each tactic, whether the negotiations pertained to business or personal.  The index in the back is helpful as well for a quick refresher since there were some tactics that were recommended time and time again.

Seven-Mile Miracle

I got this book a little before Easter and was hoping to finish it in time for Easter Sunday.  It was a novel concept to me to study Jesus' last words.  Unfortunately, I found this book hard to get into.  I stopped somewhere in chapter 3 and only recently picked it back up again.  It's written in an informal tone (sometimes unnecessarily so).  And I thought the font change in between chapters was a little distracting.  I'd recommend parsing out a chapter a day but reading it within a week or two.  It puts into perspective Jesus' sacrifice and fulfillment of the prophecies.  It would be a great book for beginning believers.  There are questions posed at the beginning of every chapter too so it would be a good read for a book club as well.


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Emotional Baggage

I recently met someone very open and intense.  He hinted about things in his past that were ugly and dark.  We had only talked 5 times total.  And I wondered, "Why are you telling me this?"  Perhaps I should have been flattered.  That he'd trust me with these intimate details about his life.

But mostly, it made me think about how much I keep to myself.  My emotions don't fit in a dainty little purse, but a sack as big as the one Santa carries over his shoulder.  I probably carry more emotional baggage than the average person.  Not because I've had a traumatic childhood or that hard a life but because I've never gotten good at lightening my load.

I am too much of an introvert.  An internalizer.  Only when asked and even then, I might decline to answer the questioner.  Because I didn't want to burden anyone or let them come too close to me.  For I remember a dinner I had with a boy.  In which he asked about my family.  And I answered honestly.  And he looked surprised and said that I was surprisingly cheerful considering what I'd been through.  I smiled, but I didn't know my history had been so tragic until he had said it.