Over the last few months, I’ve gotten to know author Annie Downs through social media and now, as real friends through private conversations.
At the beginning of our friendship, she asked me if I wanted to preview her new book Let’s All Be Brave and I was like, sure. It came and I put it on my desk next to a stack of other books. After about a week, I picked it up one morning as I was finishing up my work to open it and read a few pages. A few pages turned into a few chapters and by the end of the day, the book was finished (my laundry, dishes and a little work was not…but the book, finished).
It is one of those life changing books.
The book is about being brave in life. How we’re all called to make brave decisions (many times whether we want to or not). I loved every single page.
While reading the book, I started thinking about my own brave decisions and then also times in life when I wasn’t brave.
Like Annie says, so many times, it’s not picking option B over option A…but it’s not picking option A when you don’t even have an option B in sight. It’s that faith that even though you don’t see your option B, you know it’s worth waiting for.
Listen, there have been many, many, many times in my life when I didn’t make the brave choices. For instance, I really wish I would have been brave and gone off to college. Instead, I picked a university close to home and even though I received a great education, I didn’t have the experience of moving away, meeting a lot of new people and being forced to find my way in a new city. I should have been more brave.
There have also been times when I have made brave choices…sometimes, they worked out and sometimes, they didn’t. Looking back though, I’m really glad I was brave.
This Shade of Shay isn’t about how brave I am (or how not brave I can be)…it’s really about how blessed I was to read Annie’s book…and I really want you to be blessed too! I asked Annie if she would give away a few copies of the book and she totally agreed, so today, I’m giving away 3 copies of this great book.
If you do not win (winners announced tomorrow!), then I hope you purchase a copy for yourself! I think you will be touched no matter how old you are, if you’re married or single, if you’ve made brave choices or not…I think you will fall in love with the way she writes and the way she can really speak to your heart.
Let’s all be brave together.
And speaking of brave…as silly as it sounds, deciding to start a food blog three years ago was brave for me. I knew I loved to cook and bake but I had never before documented my recipes or taken photographs of food…now that I’m three years out, I am so grateful that I decided to be brave and create the Mix and Match Mama brand. I’m truly thankful for all of you who serve my recipes to the ones you love.
Gap is still 40% off today (including denim!), so if you have kiddos who need back to school clothes or you need a great pair of jeans (my favorite are the Always Skinny!), you better hurry and go now! The promo code is BIGTIME :).