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Hi! My name is Emily and I'm a writer, a wife to Nick and mother to two very sweet little girls named Daisy and Ella. We live in a quaint little town outside Philadelphia, PA, with our two black lab sisters.

 

I started this blog as a way to stay connected with friends and family after Daisy was born and it has now become a home for musings on everything from our favorite family recipes, books, travel destinations and, ultimately, my quest to balance work, life, self-care and family - all while staying grateful. Happy reading!

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Self Care: Reading

February 22, 2017

I come from a long line of writers, readers and librarians and I have always loved the written word. My parents encouraged reading from a very young age and my childhood bedroom was filled with books. When I was a little girl, my Dad read to me every night when he got home from work. When I learned how to read, we would alternate reading to each other. And eventually, I read on my own, every night, late into the dark, with a flashlight under my blankets. And everywhere else. Restaurants, playgrounds, dressing rooms, parking lots, the bathtub.

 

As an adult and a professional writer, for many years I found it hard to make time for pleasure reading, given that nearly all of my workday is spent reading, writing and proofing. When I was pregnant with Daisy and started to get sick, I desperately needed to be transported from the physical pain I was in, and found that books were just the escape I needed. During the two months she spent in the NICU, Nick and I brought a bag of books into her room twice a day and read to her - children’s books, nursery rhymes, short stories and even pages from the books we were reading ourselves. When Daisy came home, she would fall asleep on my chest and I loved the feeling so much I didn’t want to move - so I read.

 

Now, I have incorporated reading into my every day life as part of self-care. I read every night, without fail, before bed and during the day on the weekends whenever the mood strikes. I joined a book club for moms in my neighborhood this fall and it’s been a terrific way to connect with other new moms and read books I might not have selected for myself.

 

For me, reading is therapeutic, no matter where I do it or what time of day. It transports me to other times, faraway places, puts me in the minds of other people, forces my "problems" into harsh perspective, challenges my values and makes me think. Reading keeps my writing skills sharp and my imagination wild. It is, perhaps for me, the most important form of self-care there is. 

 

Here are some of the best things I've read in the past year or so - if you haven't read them, please do. I promise these will delight you (each title links to the book so you can buy on Amazon - or ask me, I'll mail them to you!):

 

The Underground Railroad

The Time In Between

Crossing to Safety

The Shoemaker's Wife

All The Light We Cannot See

The Nightingale

The Light Between Oceans

The Girls

The Language of Flowers

The House of Spirits

 

I am also thoroughly enjoying the process of building Daisy's personal library and introducing her to the world of books. She is very fortunate to be the beneficiary of a very generous family with a love of books - my mom bought us her first bookshelf and we've since had to purchase two more and are already out of room! We'll be set to open a neighborhood library in a few months at the rate we're going. Right now, she is mostly interested in trying to turn the pages herself and/or trying to eat her books, but, we have found there are some she really enjoys hearing over and over. I also love these for the messages they introduce about feminism, friendship, adventure, individuality and imagination.

 

Rosie Revere, Engineer

Ada Twist, Scientist

Cherries & Cherry Pits

Imaginary Fred

Olivia

Ollie & Claire

Uni the Unicorn

Daisy & Josephine

Miss Rumphius

A Chair for My Mother

 

Photography by Grace & Ardor Co. 

 

 

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