On My Bookshelf, Soul Food, Uncategorized


Hi! Yeah, that’s in capital letters, because I’m excited!

I’ve read Gretchen Rubin’s “The Happiness Project” approximately four to six times over the last few years, and it never ceases to change my outlook. I’ve toyed with the idea of starting my own happiness project (she even gives you the tools to do so), but never thought it was the right time, never knew how, etc.

Well, NOW, I’ve decided there’s no time like the present. Starting this blog was a gift to myself to start exploring more things that truly make me happy, and I’m going to do it again by starting a legitimate happiness project.

Gretchen Rubin’s happiness project went from January to December, twelve months. I rather like the idea of taking an entire month to devote to one purpose, although I also feel like I’m the kind of perosn who just wants to leap into everything.

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A screenshot of the resolution chart that Gretchen Rubin offers on her website to help you stay on track! 

While I still have to iron out all the exact kinks for when I start, I did already come up with my own 12 commandments (well, hers are 12, mine are 13) and Secrets of Adulthood. Some of these are from the book and some are my own, but I’ll just post them all together.

My 13 Commandments:

  1. Be Kate
  2. Act the way I want to feel
  3. Enjoy the process
  4. Spend out
  5. There is only love
  6. Let go, let God
  7. Be the bigger person
  8. Don’t put it off
  9. Be honest
  10. Stay present
  11. Remember whose opinions matter
  12. Don’t overthink
  13. Be a person who makes everybody feel like somebody

Secrets of Adulthood

-It’s okay to ask for help.
-No one actually cares what you’re doing.
-If they do, that’s their problem.
-Do good, feel good.
-Your gut is usually right.
-By doing a little each day, you can do a lot.
-It’s important to be nice to everyone.
-Bring a sweater.
-Keeping your space clear keeps your mind clear.
-What you do everyday matters more than what you do once in awhile.
-You can’t help what you like.
-You can do anything, not everything.
-And you won’t be good at everything.
-Over the counter meds are helpful.
-If you think someone might appreciate something, they probably would.
-To be happy, I need to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right in an atmosphere of growth.
-The days are long, but the years are short.
-One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy, and vice versa.

I’ll be posting periodically about this, and I’m hoping it might inspire some of you to start your own happiness project, and then we can be happiness project buddies, and everyone will be pleased.

That’s about it for me today! Talk to you soon!



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