It struck me the other day that I have so many wonderful books just sitting idly on my bookshelf. And while it gives me some pleasure to know that they are there in case I ever want to read them again, for the most part, they are simply gathering dust. Which brings me to a new effort I’m going to be making this year:
Each month, I’m going to purchase a book that I’ve been wanting to read, and then once I’m done with it, I’m going to give it away to one lucky reader.
I figure that this will ensure that I’m sharing these wonderful reads with others and it will help me do my part to support the world of books!
To kick this off, I’m going to share my copy of Gretchen Rubin’s Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life. I picked up this book at Anthropologie when we were in Philadelphia over the holidays because it sounded like a good way to start my new year. Gretchen takes us through a school year’s worth of monthly resolutions as she attempts to make herself (and her family) happier at home. I’m not sure that I will take on the same methodical approach to my home life, but I did pick up a few really helpful tips including:
The days are long, but the years are short.
The only person I can change is myself.
Now is now.
By doing a little bit each day, you can get a lot accomplished.
What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.
There are a lot more of these helpful nuggets and I fully plan to follow her suggestion to stop checking my phone while I’m going places (while a passenger in the car, while out on walks, etc., which is a terrible habit). Plus, just hearing about Gretchen’s experience was really a lovely way to spend a few hours. It’s empowering to think (remember?) that we have the power to shape our lives, to make ourselves happier, and generally to be better at being ourselves!
So here’s your chance to read the book. Simply leave a comment sharing one thing related to your happiness by Friday January 18 at 10 am CST for your chance to win the book. I’ll randomly choose a winner and will then promptly mail out the book to you. Good luck and happy reading!