I’m currently alternating between three books right now:
- Painting Blue Water by Leigh Fossan
- Blind the Eyes by K.A. Wiggins
- The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya
Sometimes I do this when I have multiple different genres on my TBR list and by alternating them each day it allows me to think more deeply about each one and keeps them fresh in my mind.
Today’s post is inspired by one of my current reads: Painting Blue Water. It’s about a very successful woman who sells real estate and is married to the quintessential handsome husband. But in the opener, her husband is leaving her and filing for divorce and her entire world feels like it’s crashing. Hard.
Within the first few chapters (which are available on Amazon as a sample) we’ve learned that her husband wasn’t the nicest man, her relationships are artificial at best and consuming her happiness, and she gave up the one thing in her life that made her truly happy: art.
As I was reading the first few chapters it is easy to see that Katherine Ross allowed herself to become what every one around her wanted her to be. But all that did was draw her further and further away from the things that made her happy and appreciate herself. She was lacking one huge thing – A SUPPORT SYSTEM!
Hence, today’s prompt. The importance of having support systems in our lives can make the difference between true happiness and a feigned existence of doing what others want of us. A true support system encourages us to stay involved in the things that make us happy and are constructive for our development, while also offering the challenging discussion of reminding us when we’re doing something that is toxic for our own well being.
So I must ask that we all take a look around us and evaluate whether we are being brought up or pushed down.