Monday, November 12, 2012

What I'm Reading

I just finished "Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life" by Gretchen Rubin, author of "The Happiness Project." I highly recommend it. I have a feeling if you loved "The Happiness Project" like I did, then you will adore this book too. It's more of the same. However, it's a more focused project, another one full of resolutions.

Even though we're different people with different interests, I greatly admire this conscientious woman who truly challenges herself to accomplish a lot. I aspire to be productive and happy and actually achieve all those idealist daydreams of mine and, most important of all, appreciate the little things in life. Life is too short not to. (Note to self: show how I appreciate life's beauty more in this blog!) I like that the author actively pursues happiness in small, concrete often imperfect ways. (You mean... it doesn't have to be perfect?? Revolutionary!) I also value that she appreciates everyday life, down to its scent, everyday, now. And that she strives to be true to herself, which is easier said than done.

This book serves as practical motivation. For example, the author "somewhat" conquered her great fear of driving and tackled the immense task of keeping pictures (in photo albums for her, scrapbooks for me). I really should deal with these two particular things in my own life! Heck, I might even employ her techniques, when I'm ready. Additionally, now that I'm thinking about it... I need to become a better penpal to B and a better godmother to J. Perhaps I will create my own resolutions and post progress about each one in the future... I have some thinking to do. Plus, upcoming January 1st would be a perfect time to start my resolutions!

Read it and see if you don't consider a happiness project of your own!

The two books I ordered finally arrived in the mail this past week!

"Lessons from Madame Chic" by Jennifer L. Scott was just re-released by another publisher on November 6th, I believe. I can't wait to read this edited version of one of my favorite books. 

I also can't wait to start planning my trip to Europe to mark my 30th birthday in 2014. Rick Steves' guidebooks are my favorites. I might not be able to afford to backpack through Europe for a month, but I could at least visit a few cities over a week in like March at the minimum, right? Perhaps... Paris and Verona and Venice? This guide will help me make an educated decision. Stay tuned!


  1. Have you ever been to Torino? It's a beautiful city, IMO, and not very expensive overall. It's also easy to navigate on foot and with the tram or metropolitan.

    1. No, I haven't. I will consider it. So far, I am set on Paris and an Italian city to be determined. Thank you for the suggestion!