|The Happiness Project|
i always find it funny when you pick up a book and can't get into it. but then come across it again a few months later and adore it! that happened with me and the book the happiness project by gretchen rubin.
i'm reading lots of memoirs these days to help me write my own book on my creative journey this year, so i picked up the happiness project again to research writing i don't like. i'm not quite sure why i didn't like the book initially, but something i can never get enough of is hearing other peoples's stories, especially when it's a journey of healing and figuring out ways of better being. and that's just what the happiness project is all about.
the book is divided into chapters that each focus on a different section of life (work, relationships etc). and something it propelled me to do is create my own list of 6 Things I'd Like To Better Balance In My Every Day...
wellness (walking, yoga, meditation)
service and kindness to others
leisure/ down time
it always seems like one of these things (or more) falls short in my every day. and for me, they're all really a priority. so making this list and being conscious of including a bit of each thing in my every day has helped me find and maintain more balance.
|the bluebird effect|
i've also loved reading the bluebird effect.
this book is like spending a day in the flower garden. it completely brought relaxation and peace of mind. and, as a bird lover, i learned so much behind the scenes details about caring for birds!
there are lots of illustrations too. so, if you have a bit of a short attention span like me, you can move through this book slowly, reading each section as a short story and enjoying all of the pictures too!
|made from scratch|
made from scratch is one of the most inspiring stories i think i've ever read.
i'd never heard of sandra lee before, but read a short article about her current life in a magazine and the hook that caught me was that she'd gone from rags to riches in a few short years...then lost it all and made it back again!
i wanted to know more about this woman...and her story is incredibly inspiring. not just from a business perspective (i learned so much from this book about making deals with big companies and product launches), but i also fell in love with her perseverance and incredible story.
What Inspiring Books Have Your Read Lately? I'm always looking for a new read and would be delighted to know what you're loving too! AND if you have any questions that you love to know about people or think would be fun to see answered in my own book...please let me know!
ps. both HOW TO PAINT AN OWL and HOW TO PAINT A GIRL will be available as self-paced, instant-access classed this summer! sign up for my newsletter for details! i can't wait to paint together!