Hey there! I'm Linda! I was born and raised in Maine, spent the last 6 years in Portland, and now call the Boston area my home!
Most days you can find me playing on the floor with my daughter, writing love letters to my husband, and reading with a cup of tea!
I am mostly known for being able to find all the things my husband has lost, making as much food as I can from scratch, my obsession with chips and salsa, and my mad organization skills.
It’s time for another round up of Good Reads today! I’ve kind of fallen behind in sharing about books I’ve been reading, but that’s okay! Grace, not perfection, right?!
Anyway, these two books I read were unlike any of the other books I typically read. They were BOTH about creating a home that is functional and life-giving!
The Life-Giving Home by Sally + Sarah Clarkson // This was a neat book to read because it sort of reaffirmed everything I love about having a home and not a house. It also really helped me think about how I can create this kind of atmosphere and environment no matter where I am! I also really like that this book was written from a faith-based standpoint. One thing this book did for me that I wasn’t expecting was giving me a brand new appreciation and outlook on my childhood home, and I think that’s actually super neat!
One of my favorite passages from this book says: We may not get to choose the story into which we are born, but we do get to choose what part we will play within it. Daily we have the creative choice to respond, to make, to give, to love. As the wizard Gandalf said to Frodo when Frodo wished he had not lived to see evil times, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
Cozy, Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith // This book was really cool because it was more of an actual “how to” guide to having a cozy home that is also not overbearing! I’m excited for when we own our space again because I’m definitely going to check this book out from the library and follow all the steps when we redecorate! So many wonderful tips that are so practical and totally make sense! It was definitely an eye opener!
I love how in this book, she shares this definition of minimalism: “Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from them.” At its heart, according to Joshua, minimalism isn’t about getting rid of stuff and doing without; it’s about focusing on the right stuff.
What do you think, would you read either of these books?!
Linda is a Boston-based photographer specializing in weddings and creating family legacies. You can see more of her work online at lindabarryphotography.com, on Instagram, or on Facebook. If you want to reach out directly: firstname.lastname@example.org. To sign up for the monthly newsletter full of encouragement and real life, click here!
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