Something to ponder…

I don’t know about you…but… do you find yourself not living your life?  I sometimes feel like I’m attached to my phone, my iPad, my fitbit, way too much…and I feel like I am missing out…I don’t mean I’m going to ditch this stuff but what about making sure I step away from it all briefly each day…

While exploring the Historic Third Ward in Milwaukee the other day I was boutique shopping and I went into a book store…I love book stores…the smell of paper, all the writing utensils..and I stumbled upon this…It was perfect for how I have been feeling lately..

The Introduction is here…

Inside…there are 365 things to do…one a day…and you don’t have to go in order…just pick one…and do it!!! They also have a spot to reflect on it and the date you completed it…here are some of the pages…

I’ve found it here on Amazon if you want to join me in this daily detox….Click here and order yours on Amazon: Unplug Every Day

I also bought this book too… I will be doing a post on this one soon too!!!  But as long as you are on Amazon…you may as well get this one too!!!


One Good Deed A Day  Here is the link for it…but they are in the frequently bought together on Amazon too!

The books are about 4″x6″ and very nicely done…and will fit in your purse!!!

So lets start living a better life…

My best,





38 responses to “Something to ponder…”

  1. laddnlori Avatar

    You must have been reading my mind Lisa! I have been thinking about this same thing. Thank you friend!

    1. Shelby Avatar

      omg.. I really needed this today. My nerves are frayed ! I’m going to shut everything down and go for a nice long walk and feel the wind in my face. Shelby in the U.P. of Michigan (Natures gift)

  2. Rhonda McCray Avatar
    Rhonda McCray

    I LOVE THIS! I love book stores too.

  3. Carolyn vogel Avatar
    Carolyn vogel

    Good idea. Just a reminder that your and my life is full and if you add in something, and I know you have already thought of this, plan on what you are giving up. Sort of like wanting to do every block and every project we see, and realizing that your life only has room for maybe one of them. I like the good deed idea, and the be thankful for one thing every day too.

  4. Lily Pinarello Avatar
    Lily Pinarello

    As l grow older, l am more aware of how l spend my time….and unplugging from tech is important. I am with you Lisa!
    Thanks for sharing the journals.

  5. Cathy Avatar

    You are pulled in soooo many directions always benefiting us and others. Breath.

  6. marie Avatar

    Is there a copyright on this book?

  7. kitchenambrosia Avatar

    Lisa, Please unsubscribe me to these email updates. I am changing my email address and will no longer be using this one.

    Thank you. Barb


  8. Rose Bullen Avatar
    Rose Bullen

    Girl, you sure hit the nail on the head today! My computer was recently corrupted! Now trying to set it up again and sometimes that is like banging my head on the wall. I want my sewing machine or Valdani threads in my hands. Going to Amazon NOW!

  9. quiltedcrow Avatar

    Thanks, I was just saying this to Mike and Jared last night at dinner. Books ordered, Shawn

  10. Lissa Rogers Avatar
    Lissa Rogers

    Thanks so much for sharing this, Lisa!

  11. Suzanne Jarvis Avatar
    Suzanne Jarvis

    And please look at the art and inspiration of Katie Daisy, who drew the cover of one of the books you saw. I love Katie’s messages and her art. She is creative, like you, Lisa. I have sometimes looked at Katie’s art and quotes and have thought how to appliqué her work. Maybe you two could collaborate. And, as an aside, I suggested to your son some time ago that you do another wool mat with California and/or tropical flowers. I hope you do that someday . But, maybe that is all more work, and not in keeping with the message of slowing down and living life! I think I need those books!

  12. Geri Sherwood Avatar
    Geri Sherwood

    I am right there with you. I just ordered three of her books. I won’t be in Paducah this year. First time in 30 years. We are going to Dear Jane in Shipshewana for a retreat with Rosemary Youngs group. It is Jane’s 200 birthday. So we are going to celebrate!!
    I can’t wait for the books. I think they will help me tremendously
    Geri Sherwood

  13. Sharon Avatar

    As a quilter and librarian, I love your post!! Will definitely be looking into these two titles. Thanks for sharing, Lisa.

  14. anne Avatar

    Thanks for sharing. Need to buy this book!!!

  15. Nancy Dumeny Avatar
    Nancy Dumeny

    Great email today and I like those cute succulents in the picture.

  16. Lisa J Avatar
    Lisa J

    Great post!

  17. Lauren Devantier Avatar
    Lauren Devantier

    Isn’t it funny that they sell a kindle version of “Unplug Every Day”? Still, I love the idea – the paper version should be unplug #366!

  18. Deborah Thomas Avatar
    Deborah Thomas

    Thanks so much for sharing. I had been thinking I spent too much time with my devices. I just ordered both books from Amazon. It said only one left. Lucky me.

  19. Jane Avatar

    Absolutely love this. I will buy as gifts too.

  20. Liz Sampson Avatar
    Liz Sampson

    I feel the same way about disconnecting. Thanks for the book recommendations.

  21. Cathy Rasmussen Avatar
    Cathy Rasmussen

    Lisa Thank you so much for all your posts but especially this one. I have been at too many occasions where cell phones are whipped out constantly and the viewer is not enjoying the moment. I have been trying to unplug and I think this book will be the catalyst to finish it. God bless you for always thinking of other people. Cathy

  22. Angele Avatar

    I love this idea. I will look for it in book stores

  23. crowsystr Avatar

    promoting local book stores is as important as frequenting your local brick and mortar quiltshop. my local book store matches Amazon prices:-)

  24. Kimberly Anne Brandt Avatar
    Kimberly Anne Brandt

    I don’t have a phone or a TV but do spend time on my computer once a day for emailing my kids, FB snooping and a bit of news. Otherwise I read the paper ( NY Times) everyday and sew or garden…it is a fantastic retirement and find I don’t mind being out of the main stream by NOT having the gadgets. I sadly watch my granddaughter competing for attention from her folks who are hooked to their phones. Happy Sewing and thanks for the reinforcement not to get the electronics!

  25. Fran Bianchi Avatar
    Fran Bianchi

    I can’t tell you how many hours, days, etc I’ve wasted, playing games on my iPad, or trolling Facebook. The only downside to disconnecting is that I might miss something wonderful you have posted!

  26. Jakey Avatar

    Hi Lisa, so funny you should mention this… I was in a bookstore last week to pick up my son’s book for school and found myself meandering around and stopping by a table filled with inspirational small books such as these. I was tempted to buy one but waited. Many times I feel I am living someone else’s life, and it is sometimes a bit overwhelming. Though lately I have been comparing myself to my father…. who had all the creative tools… but not the time… and now he can no longer do his carpentry for medical reasons. Then I think of you and am inspired. Hugs, Jakey

  27. Julie Scott Avatar
    Julie Scott

    If only the whole world felt this way! But I guess we start with one person and hope all will follow. Thanks for stepping up Lisa!

  28. needleminder Avatar

    Love This! Thanks so much for sharing. Put it on my wish list to get on my next order. One thing I found sadly ironic though was the availability of this book as a kindle book through Amazon.

  29. mary h Avatar

    There is a great article that floats around the internet about the addictive nature of devices and how the responses we get to posts are like endorphins, they act like drugs, alcohol, chocolate, etc.

  30. Rita Nichols Avatar
    Rita Nichols

    So far I have resisted getting a smart phone for that reason. I do have a flip phone from trac phone that lives in my purse for emergencies only. I do spend more time checking e-mails and facebook than I should. It’s easy to have a love hate relationship with technology. I love these little books, how easy it is to forget to stop and smell the roses.

  31. Jill McCaughey. From Calgary, Alberta, CANADA and Phoenix, AZ Avatar
    Jill McCaughey. From Calgary, Alberta, CANADA and Phoenix, AZ

    Thanks for the reminder to live our lives without so much technology. As an “older chick” who refuses to get caught up in Facebook or continual texting and being glued to a device, I find it hard to grasp the immediacy some people feel is necessary. Yea for you to encourage us to get back to a slower, more personal life. Some of my best moments are face to face with people, or just sitting and reading an actual book, though I understand why e-books are useful, especially when travelling, where space is limited for hard copies of books. After hearing a speaker at our Rotary explains how our lives, and privacy, are tracked by the devices we use, and wear, I have less desire to attach anything more to myself which will threaten my bank account, and privacy.

  32. Kevin & Selena Gerst Avatar
    Kevin & Selena Gerst

    Dear Lisa- thank you so much for this post. You can’t believe how much this has spoken to me. I hope you have a great day. Selena Gerst

  33. Lynne Blackburn Avatar
    Lynne Blackburn

    Thank you! Thank you for taking your precious time to tell us and show us your awesome find. Your email notes are one of the few that I read everytime. I’m usually not a “commenter” but this touched me in a profound way. You are appreciated in many ways, and many we don’t know until you post something extra special – maybe just to you and one other person, but that’s enough. Again, thank you.

  34. askada1 Avatar

    Great ideas on this book

    I try to find time for a yoga practice 2 or 3 times a week and slip in a few Asanas (postures) when it feels right during the day. It’s a great way to focus on being in the moment which always helps me disconnect

    Sent from my iPhone


  35. masonmarlene Avatar

    Lisa, You are spot on! I particularly like the One Good Deed book. How many of us go through each day thinking of all the things we need to do and want to fit in and be plugged in – because we don’t want to miss anything – and thus, we are missing the most important things. Thanks for the nudge into reality. Hugs and many thanks.

  36. MaryMarge Avatar

    I’m in! Bought my books today.

  37. Claire McKiernan Avatar
    Claire McKiernan

    I have an ‘old fashioned’ flip phone that lives at the bottom of my purse. I use it for emergencies only. Yes, It bugs people that they can’t get hold of me 24-7, but it does not bug me…I have no desire to upgrade and be wired in all day long….and I can’t you how many times I have gotten lost, but I am so enjoying this journey of life.

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