What I'm loving lately!

I LOVE the back to school/work feeling of September!!! Feels like so much MORE pressure to get all the things done you’ve wanted to this year & hit the grind haha! One of the most inspiring things keeping me going has been the growth mindset, “committing my plans to the Lord,” and remembering Coach Wooden's words, “there is no substitute for work. Worthwhile results come from hard work and careful planning.” He reminds us how hard the apostles had to work: “Don’t you remember, dear brothers and sisters, how hard we worked among you? Night and day we toiled to earn a living so that our expenses would not be a burden to anyone there as we preached God’s God News among you,” 1 Thessolaonians 2:9. Whatever you are working toward this season, don’t let your failures fad you, keep filling your cup with inspiring thoughts and pick yourself back up! Quoting Wooden’s favorite poem, “When I look back, it seems to me, All the grief that had to be, Left me when the pain was o’er, stronger than I was before!” If you’re feeling behind, feeling swamped, feeling failure…keep going, keep praying and listen or read something inspiring :)

Although my beloved reading/podcast time has been limited since I started back to work as an NP, began teaching 1st grade/pre-K to our boys, adding in some NFP & BIS ministry here and there, phew!!! (Couldn’t do ANY of it without my amazing husband who literally helps me with basically everything!) I wanted to share with you some inspiring reads & listens that I’ve recently been loving:

Books from the past few months:

Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success - currently highlighting every single page, like the ultimate prep talk book of life! Here’s a great bible quote from the industriousness chapter, “Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3 & “You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.” Proverbs 19:21. This speaks SO well to this season of the year when we make so many plans…BUT then the Lord surprises us as two of my dear friends reminded me this past week :)

How to Raise Kind Kids - WOW. LOVING this one, please check it out!!!

The Catholic All Year Compendium - Another wow. Thanks to my friends for raving about this book, has amazing ideas for living liturgically in your home!!!

Defending Boyhood - for any boy mom please read this.

The Birth Order Book - for any fellow personality guru like me, please read this & consider it therapy.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - WOW. If you want to walk away inspired with a completely new growth mindset, ready to turn your failures and feelings of less than to gold, please read this.

Podcasts from the past few months:

The Boy Mom Podcast - enough said!

Crazy Cool Family - amazing inspiration on sibling relationships. Thanks to an amazing friend’s recommendation!

Parenting Great Kids - by a Catholic pediatrician, wow amazing insights into raising healthy kids.

Personality Hacker - found some great listens from the old episodes.

The Sports Mom United - highly recommend! For our first seasons having the kids in youth sports there was some great advice on this one.

Practicing Catholic Medicine - amazing inspiration for any Catholic healthcare professional!

Please share with a friend you think would like my recommendations! I’m hoping to get more time to blog this year & share my inspirations! Brought to you from my pictured new coffee/blogging/reading corner in my living room!!! Thank you Nick!!! Happy weekend ya’ll!

~Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically!~Romans 12:11

In Joy,


Alex DeRose