(This is part nine in a series about The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin. To start at the beginning, click here. )
Gretchen Rubin “pursued her passion” of books during her happiness project, and reading about it simultaneously depressed and inspired me. This chapter, by far, was the hardest for me to read. While she takes the love of reading and writing to a whole other level (where does she find the time?!), I myself have–at various times in my life–been an avid reader and writer as well. Seeing how ardently she chases her dreams, as well as a select few of my own friends, leads me to question my own dreams. More often than not, I’m left feeling like a failure (least professionally) because I haven’t really done anything ‘of note.’ Especially in light of the fact that I’m not working outside the home right now, what am I doing to further my own dreams?
Which, of course, begs the question: “What ARE my dreams?”
Continue reading “Do What You Love (or, THP: Chapter Nine)”
When Andrew and I found out Rick Steves’ book on Sicily–the first ever–wouldn’t come out in time for our BABYMOON, we were dumbfounded. How would we plan our trip? (OK, who am I kidding? Andrew plans the trips.) Should we scrap the Sicily idea in favor of returning to a favorite destination, like Paris or Florence? In our 12 years of traveling, we’ve never gone to Europe without a Rick book, and I’m not about to start now. I furiously emailed Rick’s people and publisher, detailed our plight and even attached the photo of ourselves with Rick when we met him in Civita in 2013. I
begged politely requested an advance copy of the book in exchange for a review on the blog…and within days I had a link to the rough draft in my inbox. All the praise hands!
If you’ve never used a Rick book (that’s what Andrew and I call them) for planning and on your European travels, you are MISSING OUT, my friend. Continue reading “Book Review: Rick Steves’ Sicily 2019”
What!? Yeah, I know–not exactly something ANYONE would ever dream of me doing. And no, I didn’t just get it, it was about a year ago. But, there’s a story behind it, and I’ve been waiting quite awhile to blog about it, as I couldn’t have written about it without also talking about our struggle to get pregnant. Continue reading “I got a tattoo!”