Advent in August

Advent is 109 days away from today.  During my daily prayers this week, I really needed to think about the promise and hope of Advent.

Did you need a little Advent this August too?

I came across the following Ralph Waldo Emerson quote today and I thought I should share….

What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.Read more at_ https___www.brainyquote.com_quotes_quotes_r_ralphwaldo386697.html

For many, mid-August is the time to think about that end-of-the-summer bucket list.  OK, most summer bucket lists involve making sure I had a Lobster Roll, headed to the shore, read a book that I was hoping to all year long, got a tan or relaxed with friends.  It is not too late for that kind of list, but maybe we can go a bit deeper this August.

What did I hope to accomplish this summer?  

Here are some questions to ask before the end of the summer:

  1. How did I make a difference in someone’s life this summer?
  2. Did I reconnect with someone special that made a difference in my life?
  3. What about saying thank you to someone who helped me when I needed it?
  4. Where can I go to get inspired this August?

A few items on my deeper bucket list this summer needed some courage to accomplish and I looked to books, podcasts and articles for inspiration.  Please share in the comments section if you have a good addition to add to a summer of inspiration.

  • Brown, Brene.  Daring Greatly:  How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.  (Avery, reprinted 2014).
  • Bareilles, Sara.  Sounds like Me:  My Life (So far) in Song.  (Simon and Shuster, 2015).
  • Quindlen, Anna.  Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake.  (Random House, 2013).
  • Be Amplified: The Podcast by Bri Seeley + Thais Sky who interview influential women around the world.   Click here to join Be Amplified…
  • Gretchen Rubin Podcasts (My Experiments in the Pursuit of Happiness and Good Habits)  Click here to join Gretchen’s podcast…
  • Here is a great place to find articles of inspiration from the workplace.  The Muse’s Inspiring Women Pages
  • 5 Inspiring Talks

Is there something on your bucket list that asks you to be bold and courageous? There is still more time this summer to take that first step.  Be bold and courageous my friends…

I hope you can find some Advent this August.





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I have enjoyed working for over 20 years in the education and publishing spaces creating accessible learning environments for all students. My teaching experiences led me into supporting schools in need of improvement and creating and delivering professional development to teachers and leaders. And then I moved into selling educational materials, programs, technology, and services. Most recently, I have been developing content for innovative learning programs in K-12 and museum spaces. For the past 17 years serving on the board of the Collegiate Corporation, I have led initiatives in women's leadership, stewardship, development, virtual strategy, and educational programs for youth and families. Outside of the learning and non-profit spaces, I enjoy blogging about faith and inspiring women. I have a passion for travel, where you might find me exploring national parks, museums, and finding the best local restaurant to eat. I capture my adventures digitally with my camera. My photography has appeared in exhibitions throughout Europe and Australia in 2019 and 2020, on television in the United States, and was chosen from over 100,000 entries to appear in a well-known photography magazine.

3 thoughts on “Advent in August

  1. Marcie, dear Marcie!

    This blog was so timely and I am so glad that I am on the list! I love that quote from Emerson and I absolutely love Anna Quindlen, so now have a book to add to my reading list.

    I hope you are well! How is Pearson? Heard a rumor that they were 3000 people go – will be you affected?



    On Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 5:41 AM, Marble Women’s Ministry Advent Blog wrote:

    > marciedoll posted: “Advent is 109 days away from today. During my daily > prayers this week, I really needed to think about the promise and hope of > Advent. Did you need a little Advent this August too? I came across the > following Ralph Waldo Emerson quote today and I though” >

  2. Hello, Thank you so much for sharing this. I am going to read the book by Anna Quindlen – Lots of Candles. It is always helpful to be reminded with lovely quotes and messages throughout our daily lives. They are like mini inspirations. May you continue to enjoy these last weeks of summer with sunshine and love in your heart. Peace, MaryAnn

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