I've been reading a lot of books lately, books that have really made me switch gears and make some big changes. I'll tell you about some others, but for starters: In September I picked up a book I had heard about earlier in the year- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.
When I think or talk about this book I absolutely want to do cartwheels. It's the kind of book that I know wouldn't appeal to everyone to the same degree, but there are some great nuggets of knowledge and ideas tucked in there to benefit anyone. Think Eat, Pray, Love in a not-so-self-absorbed, realistic kind of way. Gretchen Rubin simply wanted to maximize her potential, strengthen her weaknesses, and enjoy her life more fully in a way that was practical and didn't require her to escape to some exotic place for an extended period of time.
I know the reason it appealed to me so much is that I found that her and I shared many of the same weaknesses and much of what she wanted to try and learn/change I do also. It was so motivating to read about what she did to make changes in her life and how she overcame things. It was like for the first I could say to myself my name is Jodi and I am _______ (insert a control freak, procrastinator, indecisive...the list goes on but I won't expose ALL of my shortcomings to you) and it felt so good!
I started my own Happiness Project for 2012, and I have already been able to make changes that I have been "trying" to change for years (I say "trying" because I know I'm not really trying very hard when nothing changes).
I already feel like SUPER WOMAN!
For the sake of keeping this post from being too long, and because I have a whiny baby tugging at me, I will post tomorrow about what I've done so far and how I made it work.
You can check out The Happiness Project blog here