The night before Blogher in NYC, I was fortunate enough to hangout with Gretchen Rubin. Gretchen is one of those women who, when she speaks, you listen. And listen intently while taking mental notes for later reference. She is super intelligent (just check out her page here and you will see what I mean) down to earth and makes you want to stand next to her whenever she’s in a room. If you are ever given the chance to meet her or be where she is, go!
The reason for the gathering that night was to launch her latest book, Happier At Home. It’s the second Happiness Project for Gretchen and takes us through nine months, beginning with September and ending in May, of how she created a happier home. Each month she takes on a new project ranging from interior design and parenthood to marriage and time.
The week after getting an advanced copy at the party, I started reading and found I zipped through the first month titled Possessions, in no time at all. Then something happened when I flipped the page to begin October. I realized I wasn’t ready to move on. I needed to work on my own home and sorting through my own possessions in a similar manner Gretchen had described. A shelf at a time. With a purpose while mindfully selecting and sorting.
My conclusion? I needed to DO this happiness project! I put the book away and with September looming a few weeks away, I decided I would wait to start my project. Talk about great timing! With the beginning of a new school year and a new school too, this idea became even more appealing. I love new beginnings along with new notebooks, pens and folders! With a month for each chapter project, to read and work through, I figured I would be able to handle this undertaking. There is a specified timeline and a little project management help along the way. Perfect! I didn’t want it to feel like homework and I knew this way it wouldn’t. Read a little. Do a little. Baby steps are all I can take these days.
Then, I got even more excited after I made this plan with the thought of having someone do this along with me!! Kind of like when you join a gym and need a workout buddy so you don’t talk yourself out of going. Although I have tried that tactic and it never worked.
My question to you is, do you want to be part of this project with me? I promise to be supportive along the way with no pressure, only positive encouragement.
I have an extra copy that I grabbed on my way out the door that evening intended for my mom (sorry Mom!) and will give it to you if you tell me one thing that makes you happier at home. I’ll start.
What makes me happier at home: reading to my children
I’ll leave comments open until Wednesday at 12:00 noon EST but don’t over think this! I’m going to pick a random number but I would still love to hear what makes you happy too. It’s a great way to get thinking about your own happiness and what you need to get there. See what I mean about Gretchen? She gets you thinking!
Also, if you don’t win a copy of the book this time, you will have several other chances. I will be giving away one copy at the end of each month to get on board with us the following month! That’s nine copies in all! Thank you Random House and Gretchen, for helping me share the happiness!
Or, if you can’t wait, pick up a copy and start with us this month. Heck, pick up two and give one to a friend to be your support buddy!
The winners are announced here!