Alright, the cat is out of the bag I suppose. I am a giant book nerd. In the last year and a half, I have read 160 books. I always get asked 2 questions:
1. “How do you find the time!?” You can find the answer to that here.
2. “What books do you recommend?” I could recommend SO MANY books, but I’ll start with my recommendations for one of my favorite genres: Self help. Self help books can get a pretty bad reputation of being corny, but I find them to be a helpful map to finding happiness and peace in the midst of chaos. Here are some of my must reads:
- You Are A Badass
- The Untethered Soul
- Present Over Perfect
- The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
- Girl, Wash Your Face
- Self Compassion
- Unf*ck Yourself
Although I love these, one book to me stands out above the rest, possibly because I love challenging myself and setting goals. That book is “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin.
I’m sure you’ve seen the cover of this book at every Barnes and Noble, and I’m sure, just like I did, you’ve passed it by without giving it a good look. I’ve made my way through a lot of self improvement books, so I finally caved and decided it was time to give this one a try.
Gretchen decided that for each month of the year she would focus on one goal that she believed might enrich her life. She would spend that month putting her time and energy into that one area. At the end of the year, she wanted to see if she was any happier. Spoiler alert: It worked. She found happiness.
It’s one of those books that makes you feel like you can do anything. Start over. Pursue your dream. Become the person you’ve been trying to be. I am still picking my monthly goals for 2019, but here are some ideas that I am considering.
- Overall Wellness(mind, body, soul)
- Try new things/hobbies
- Get involved in the community
- Positive words
If you have limited time and can only read one self improvement book, I highly recommend reading this and investing in yourself. Whenever a new year rolls around, many people make a long list of things that they want for the coming year. Somehow we are confused as to why we become resolution drop outs within the first month. Perhaps, it’s because we are trying to tackle 20 things all at once. We finally give up and say, “Eh, there is always next year.”
I love Gretchen Rubin’s approach because it is about focusing on one thing at a time. It is about pouring all of yourself into whatever month you are in.
Let’s Do This!
Throughout 2019 I will be updating you all on my personal Happiness Project! I have found that connecting with others who are also pursuing their goals is helpful, so I have created a Facebook group where we can share our wins and progress.
Also, if you haven’t read The Happiness Project yet, you can find it here.
What are some of your dreams for 2019? Will you take the challenge and start your own happiness project? Comment and let me know what some of your monthly goals might be!