Own Your Everyday: You Need to Read This, Sis

Own Your Everyday: Overcome the Pressure to Prove and Show Up For What You Were Made to Do Book Review

Have you ever read something that you felt was written just for you? Something that speaks to you where you are, at the exact moment you needed to hear it? Other than the Bible itself, I don’t often experience this with “self help” type books. Even a lot of self-touted Christian books comes across as either preachy or whiny to me. Worse yet, some seem more about seeking glory for yourself rather than for God.

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For me, Jordan Lee Dooley’s book Own Your Everyday: Overcome the Pressure to Prove and Show Up for What You Were Made to Do hit that sweet spot of being outward (and upward) focused, but not pushing my own agenda at the expense of God’s plans. In today’s post I’m sharing a few of my favorite quotes and takeaways from the book so you can see why you need to read it. Many thanks to Jordan Lee Dooley and Waterbrook & Multnomah for the free book!

Key Takeaways

Own Your Everyday isn’t just a book about how to live your faith and find God’s purpose for your life. Dooley says at one point, “I want to preface this by telling you that while I’m not here to impose my faith on you, I’m also not going to hide it from you. So if this makes you uncomfortable, well, maybe that’s good. Growth comes when we leave our comfort zones.” I related to that because it’s kind of how I view my role as a teacher as well.

One of my favorite things about this book is that it’s all about letting God work in your life to reveal his plans for you. The book’s full of simple things you can do to, well, get out of your own way. The “Declaration” is something I’m going to print and keep handy as a reminder.

Own Your Everyday Declaration by Jordan Lee Dooley

What I Loved About Own Your Everyday

  • Dooley’s reference to you, dear reader, as sis, sister, girl, and friend is so relatable. It makes you feel like you and she are just having a coffee and chatting.
  • She addresses perfectionism and comparison how exhausting they can be. She gets it.
  • She encourages looking for ways to connect with and help others, not promote yourself.
  • The book has a simple, everyday, in-the-moment emphasis (you DON’T have to do allllll the things).

Favorite Quotes

Jordan Lee Dooley’s writing packs lots of profound one-liners. Here are just a few of my favorites.

Try stuff before it makes sense, because it doesn't need to all make sense in order for God to use it. Jordan Lee Dooley
Focus on loving people more than on getting them to like you. Jordan Lee Dooley
When we show up to do what we think we can't do and reach out to those we don't understand, everything changes. Jordan Lee Dooley

The Bottom Line

Own Your Everyday reminded me that I don’t have to have a big dream-slash-goal or 10-year plan complete with specifics: I just need to be present in the moment and look for those people and experiences that God gives me, every day. It’s God’s purpose for me that matters, not the one I thought I wanted. As Jordan says, “Yes, girl. I hope you do big things and go after your wildest dreams. But guess what? You can’t do the big, cool, extraordinary things until you learn to show up for the not-so-cool, everyday things.”

The perfect addition to your summer reading list: I can’t wait to read it again!

One regret I have after reading the book is that I’ll never get to meet Dooley’s amazing Nana (you’ll get what I mean if you read the book). The biggest truth I took from the book was this: I already am where I need to be: I just need to show up, really see the people around me, and not be afraid to let things get a little awkward. All things I can do, now, where I am. Without a logistics plan. What a relief.


“Stop tripping yourself up, sis. It’s really so, so simple. Keep your heart, mind, and eyes open. You never know when your next yes will be the best step you’ve ever taken.”


–Jordan Lee Dooley
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Spring Teacher Outfit Ideas

Spring Outfit Ideas for Teachers to take you through the end of the school year

Outfit Ideas for Teachers Who Want to Wrap Up the Year in Style

A lot of teachers tell me they have a hard time coming up with spring outfit ideas for the last few months of the school year. Even though the calendar says it’s spring, the temperatures could be more like winter, or even summer. My Midwest teacher friends know this type of temperature swing often happens all in one day. Today I’m sharing a few of my go-to teacher outfit formulas for spring to help get you through the end of the year in style.

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Teacher Outfit Ideas for Spring

Spring Teacher Outfit Formulas

Here are a few go-to formulas I use day after day to be stylish, but still comfortable, in my classroom in April and May.

  1. Layers — Jackets, cardigans, and kimonos are how I stay warm in the morning and then remove to cool off in the afternoon.
  2. Sandals — Even though it’s chilly in the morning sometimes, sandals just make everything feel a little more like spring.
  3. Short sleeve tees — Tees are the perfect layering piece, and you can usually find them for under $10, so they’re not a big investment. I go with solid white, black, and gray tees, as well as a few fun graphic tees and striped ones.
  4. Fun colors + prints — A bright pop of color or a print (I love gingham, camo, stripes, florals, leopard, and polka dots this spring) always adds an element of the unexpected. A mix of prints is also a great way to add interest.

All of the outfits below have various mixes of the 4 elements above. And they also all meet my strict criteria of being both comfortable and somewhat casual. You can shop any of these looks, and I’ve lined both exact items I’m wearing in addition to similar items. Most of what you’ll see here are items that fall in the teacher budget friendly category. The exception is shoes: I have achy feet, so I do spend a little more to get shoes that will comfortably support my feet through a long, active day of teaching.

Teacher outfit featuring gingham popover top with white jeans and sandals
Teacher outfit featuring plaid boyfriend blazer, black jeans, and sandals
Teacher Outfit featuring faux jumpsuit that is actually a black top and joggers with snake print sporty sandals
Teacher outfit featuring denim jacket, gray tee, white jeans, and birkenstocks
Teacher outfit featuring leopard print skirt, graphic tee, and denim jacket

Even More Teacher Outfit Ideas

There are a few looks to get you started here, but if you want even more spring teacher outfit ideas, or outfit ideas for any other season, you can check out @EverydayTeacherStyle on Instagram where I post my real outfits daily, visit my Shop My Instagram page, or access shoppable looks at Everyday Teacher Style on ShopStyle.

How many weeks (or days?) do you have left in the school year? I’ll bet you’re not even counting. 😀

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