Own YourLife: Living with Deep Intention, Bold Faith, and Generous Love by Sally Clarkson
A mentor at heart, Sally warmly invites women along on a journey of basic discipleship, covering everything from the theoretical (the purpose of beauty, cultural imagination, God’s transcendence, etc.) to the practical (like the spiritual disciplines, handling past hurts, and marriage advice). Her work dismantles mediocrity and stirs up a desire for excellence in every aspect of life. She peppers the text with personal stories, quotes, questions, and prayers with her typical tone of gracious hospitality. Reading Sally’s words feels like an afternoon of sharing sweet tea and great conversation on a porch swing with a trusted friend.
I always get excited about switching over to a new calendar, but there’s an extra special feeling about it this year: things are getting real around my house. Back in October, I hatched an idea to begin strategically building family culture in 2021. Values were chosen. Books were purchased. And then I waited.
The waiting is now over, and we’re off to the races! January’s focus has our planners out and our eyes up.
I recently wrote about my family’s plans for a home makeover from the inside out. I’m so excited that I almost can’t wait until January to sink myself into it. As a Type A girl, though, the extra time is coming in handy for brainstorming ideas on the front end. And as a lifelong bookworm, many of those ideas are specific materials I’d like to read. Here’s my list so far:
Culture is a funny thing. It can make you chase bulls or hang up socks once a year, leave food at the cemetery or throw a tree. Nations have cemented certain customs that depict who they are as a people, and the sheer diversity of it all is breathtaking.
I’ve recently encountered the concept of family culture: the mix of rituals, rules, habits, and priorities unique to each household that creates a distinct group identity. Every family has one whether they try to or not. Now that Riley and I are parents of a three-month-old, we figured it would be a good time to sit down and hammer ours out, starting with the values we feel best reflect who we want to become together. Here are the results, along with some ideas for putting them into practice.