Do What You Love (or, THP: Chapter Nine)

(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?”

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work work work (or, THP: Chapter Three)

(This is part three in a series about The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin.  To start at the beginning, click here. )

After boosting her energy and loving better, Gretchen addressed the topic of work.  She had recently gone through a change in career that made her more happy, so she had to find other ways to increase her happiness in her current state.  She did so by challenging herself (creating a blog), enjoying the fun of failure, asking for help (she formed a small ‘writers’ group), working smart (by being more efficient with her time) and enjoying ‘now.’

It’s interesting that I’m writing about work at a time in which I’m unemployed.   Continue reading “work work work (or, THP: Chapter Three)”