Life & Leisure is the little book shelf where I share thoughts about blessings, lessons, tender mercies, favorite quotes and other uplifting things that I stumble across. I also share some of my favorite things, places to visit, and since it’s a bookshelf and I’m a self-diagnosed bibliophile, BOOKS!
I believe in the principle that you ought to act "as if" you were the person you would like to become. As you do that, you will grow into that kind of person. Ultimately your very actions, your attitude, will lead you into being the kind of person that you want to be. -- Elder M. Russell ... Read More about Using the Power of Pretending
“The gospel of Jesus Christ is simply beautiful and beautifully simple” - Elder Matthew Cowley Almost an Artist I wasn't always an artist. I wasn't terrible in art classes, and I've always loved crafting and creating, but there was nothing very special about what I did and I was always less than ... Read More about The Basics of the Gospel Bring Perspective
“How I hate the sight of an umbrella!” ― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey Desert Rain I've loved English authors since I was a young reader. I remember reading the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, Dickens and others and being enthralled by the scenery and situations that they painted in my ... Read More about Experience Leads to Understanding
Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb. - ... Read More about Joy in the Journey
Once upon a time Rebecca and I were inseparable. Literally, for about three months in the city of Torino, we spent all of our time together as missionaries. We used to dream of owning a book and gift store together someday where we would read and chat all day long. Instead, she wrote a book ... Read More about The French Impressionist – Dreadful Secrets, Desperate Lies, & Love
Sometimes you just need a fresh new start. It's a new year! For me it's also a new semester at school, and I recently started a new job. As Lucy Maude Montgomery once wrote: "Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it!" So many fresh starts. And so many new directions to be pulled. To ... Read More about 5 Free Tools That Will Make This Year More Productive and Pleasant