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Reading Gretchen Rubin

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What I’m totes J’adoring this week is reading Gretchen Rubin. During the start of my summer school holiday I have made my way through her first two books, ‘The Happiness Project’ and ‘Happier at Home’ and am now eagerly awaiting getting my hands on the third title, ‘Better Than Before.’ I’ve also poured over her fascinating website entries and Twitter feeds and I’m seriously smitten with this lovely red headed American lady. What I find fabuloso about her work is that she has created a sparkly world of self-help without intending to or wanting to be classed as that category. She is not claiming to try and teach people how to lead happier and more fulfilling lives, which so many life coach authors do, but then fail to anchor it to reality. Instead she makes simple observations about her own normal, everyday and ordinary life, and what resolutions and techniques she can employ within it to make her generally feel in a happier state of mind. Of course we should all be happy all of the time and with the huge gratitude I feel for my own life, I very often am. But realistically, we all know that caught up in the daily grind it can be far too easy to fall into grumpy moods, snap at people you love dearly, and take for granted the wonderful things by which you’re surrounded. Gretchen reminds us to appreciate the power of NOW and not let the days go by so fast without fully enjoying the experience of all the small things they have to offer. She writes in a fun-loving, yet intelligent straight-talking way, which I completely warm to and identify with. She writes a lot about being a wife and mother and home owner, so I understand that younger readers may not yet be able to fully appreciate her books, but at my time of life I’m finding it quite poignant to have stumbled across her words of wisdom. She has taught me a lot of things already which I’m soooooo loving incorporating into my own glittery world. My favourite is about knowing and understanding your true self. You should embrace your own personality and your own human nature, just as you are, without feeling ashamed or apologetic for this. Know what you like and what you don’t like, what you want and what you don’t want, and stay completely true to that. Other things I’m trialling are; ‘The One Minute Rule.’ Ask yourself, can this task that I want to avoid and put off be done in less than one minute? If the answer is yes, then you have just got to do it right away. The other is to undergo ‘Fifteen Minutes of Suffering’ each day to work your way through the chores that you just don’t want to tackle. A lot can be accomplished by doing just a little every day and it makes you feel far happier in the long run. If you’ve never heard of Gretchen and her ideas on happiness, I urge you to check out her blog and you can even find information on there to start your own Happiness Project, which I am doing. You start by answering some heartfelt questions which unearth the things that matter most to you and then from here you can build ways to ensure you make more time to enjoy and recognise these important personal truths. Three cheers for Gretchen Rubin. She is deffo now one of my inspiration heroine girls.
Peace, love and happiness projects to you all ? xoxo

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