Reading Pretty: Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin

Happier at Home

Happier at Home. A perfect book for the start of a new year. But how do you make that true when it’s July and nothing seems to be going right? It’s simple. It’s a choice. That’s how I’m looking at another year to begin again. One of my big complaints is the weather here in DC. I don’t work well with the cold anymore. I just don’t. I realize that I am 3 years past my DC expiration limit. But, I have another person to consider when deciding it’s time to jaunt to the west coast. A husband. I finally finished this book yesterday and decided that right now I can’t move. I just need to be happy that I do have a warm home, health, family, friends, and a really supportive husband.

What will make me happier at home? Being happy with myself and to do that means I need to start planning some trips. There is nothing like setting goals of travel – the planning, plotting, and realizing the joy in just doing that. I am going to add some road trips to my travel list, figure out my annual Hawaiian getaway (Aloha!) and plan a major trip to Asia for 2016. In 2010 The Don and I spent 3 weeks in Africa. It was amazing, exhilarating, life-altering (got engaged), and expanded my views of the world and myself. It’s time I put energy into another trip like Africa and we might as well continue with the first letter of the alphabet. Why not 2015 you ask? That travel calendar is already 90% complete. That’s how I roll.

I’m happier at home because I’m happy with myself. Also, planning makes me a very happy girl. How are you happier at home?

This post was inspired by Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin where she runs a nine month experiment to create happier surroundings. Join From Left to Write on January 6 we discuss Happier at Home. You can also chat live with Gretchen Rubin on January 7 on Facebook! As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.



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1 Comment on Reading Pretty: Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin

  1. Melinda
    January 6, 2014 at 9:31 am (2 years ago)

    I love a good road trip! Even a day trip can be inspirational and a welcome break from the routine. However, on the long haul, I’m happier at home because I can dabble in all my creative endeavors on a whim – all my supplies and equipment are readily at hand. The garden beckons from the window and the dog is ready to accompany me at a moment’s notice. I’m definitely adding this book to my reading list.


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