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I first heard of Kristin Schell through Jamie Ivey and her Happy Hour podcast. Jamie is hosting a summer online book club on Facebook and The Turquoise Table is the book to read for the month of June! As soon as I pulled the book out of the box, I was already intrigued and just jumped right into reading it. And I finished it within two days. It was an easy read AND so good!
Kristin Schell communicates the importance of building a community and in her case, she built a community of "Front Yard People" through the turquoise table. A physical picnic table that she painted bright turquoise. What is the big deal about the turquoise table? Well, Kristin decided to put it in her front yard.
Her front yard!
As an introvert, I had to read that twice.
Here's the thing. By doing so, Kristin was able to find community among her neighbors. She built friendships. She built relationships. Neighbors and friends alike were always welcome at the turquoise table. It was a place where people could fellowship without the pressures of "is my house clean" or "am I being a bother." She really built authentic friendships and a lasting community by simply having this turquoise table in her front yard.
I really appreciated Kristin's story and tips on building authenticity in friendships and relationships because that is what we are missing today. I'll be the first to admit that when I'm in public or when I feel uncomfortable, I automatically reach for my phone to scroll through Bloglovin', Instagram or Facebook. In today's world, we've really lost the idea of true communication and building relationships with each other. We don't know our neighbors. We don't know the people who sit on the other side of the church. We don't know the mom who drops off her kid at the preschool the same time each day. We have truly forgotten what it's like to just start a conversation with someone and live like it's 1995 for a moment.
Kristin gives great tips on starting your own turquoise table and shares ideas on hospitality. Her hospitality tips are SO simple which is great! She also shares several simple recipes throughout the book. She shows that we don't have to be extravagant when hosting and that simplicity is always the best.
There are so many great takeaways throughout this book. I've been inspired to create my own version of a turquoise table and am excited to see where that goes one day. ;-)
Aesthetically, The Turquoise Table is just gorgeous! I may be slightly biased because any shade of teal, aqua, or turquoise is my favorite color. But, this book is just so pretty and vibrant. It would make such a great coffee table book and it's a great conversation starter.
You can find this book on Amazon or where ever books are sold! I highly recommend this!
Do you have a "turquoise table"? Tell me about it! I'd love to hear how you form community.