Hey Friends,

I wanted to share a few of the things I’ve been engaged with lately. I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to.

As far as books go, I’ve read some fun ones this winter: The Little Book of Hygge by Miek Wiking, The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted by Gary Chapman, The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp, The Dry by Jane Harper, and Childhood Disrupted by Donna Jackson Nakazawa. I wrote about the last book here.

The book I’m loving right now is the The Music of Silence by Andrea Bocelli. It’s his autobiography that deals with his childhood, family, blindness, growing up, dating life, and his rise to fame. It’s a beautiful book and when you finish you’ll feel like you know the man. The Music of Silence has brought me to tears several times.

Last night I dreamed about his music and the little village where he grew up.

Just for kicks I googled his little town of Lajatico, Italy—right there in the middle of Tuscany—and found out he does an annual concert back in his hometown at the Teatro del Silenzio. Of course it’s an extravagant fantasy to imagine myself there, but I did it anyway. Beauty in any form is something that drives my life. It didn’t cost me a penny to dream.

Last September, when John and I were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary we were in Volterra. That was part of the Rick Steves Villages of Italy tour. They told us Volterra was near where Bocelli grew up. I’ll never forget our bus driver putting the song Time to Say Goodbye on the stereo as we wound up the hill into town.

I go through through these phases where I suddenly wonder about a person or an issue and then I research it to death. Right now I’m in my Andrea Bocelli phase. It’s kind of sweet how my husband supports my fascinations. Last night he put us to sleep with Bocelli on the Sonos speakers. Maybe that’s why I dreamed about it.

 

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I would like to recommend a podcast a lot of people are listening to. It’s The Glorious Mundane by singer Christy Nickels. They don’t pop onto my podcast app very often but when they do I am delighted. Christy is authentic, deep, tender. I’ve listened to her music for a decade or two, but only recently started listening to her podcast.

My husband John has been working non-stop since New Year’s Day. Every other year he gets super busy. Last Sunday was the first day he has taken off in three months! So I’m looking forward to a getaway soon. In a couple weeks we’re going to Mexico. I don’t think we’ll do anything except read, swim, sleep, and connect.

Boy do we need that self care.

What’s been touching your soul?

Warmly,

Lucille

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Lucille Zimmerman is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Littleton, CO and an affiliate faculty teacher at Colorado Christian University.

She is also the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. Through practical ideas and relatable anecdotes, readers can better understand their strengths and their passions—and address some of the underlying struggles or hurts that make them want to keep busy or minister to others to the detriment of themselves. Renewed can help nurture those areas of women’s lives to use them better for work, family, and service. It gives readers permission to examine where they spend their energy and time, and learn to set limits and listen to “that inner voice."