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Monday, April 16, 2012

The Happiness Project

I just started reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.

My sister-in-law read it and said how much it motivated her to get organized. I love the idea of being organized, although I'm not always very good at maintaining it.

So, I borrowed it from Leanne and started reading, excited to get that motivational kick in the butt to tackle the things I long for most, but hate doing: organizing and being disciplined.

I have to admit, I'm only in chapter 2, but I am a little bogged down by her writing. She's uber educated, and it shows in her choice of vocabulary and the references she makes (I've never read Tolstoy or Chaucer and I definitely don't allude to them in casual conversation). I can relate so much better to Family Circle or Parenting Magazine. I find myself wishing she could write a dumbed-down version for me so that I can concentrate more on the meat of what she's saying rather than the flowery, many -syllabled words she uses.

I find I prefer a writing style that is more "layman" and "real" than buttoned up and proper. But that's just me. I'm choosing not to throw out the "baby with the bath water."

Despite feeling a little under-pedigreed to read this  book, I am learning a lot from it already. It IS motivating me to get down and dirty and dig into the ares where I most need organization: our pantry, my closet, the attic... So that's a plus.

It would be MUCH easier to do this if winter ever decided to officially be "over."

So, have you read this book? What is your take on it? Did it motivate you to create your own "Happyness Project"?
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