I am back today with my January chapter of “Happier at Home” by Gretchen Rubin. This chapter was all about “time”. It was fitting seeing how I ran around the entire month of January like a crazy person doing too much or absolutely nothing at all. There was no in between for that entire month. I look back now and see that I spent a lot of energy stressing about things that were out of my control which left me deflated. I watched a ton a Netflix shows, renovated and organized in the house. I did not use my time very wisely and often found myself frustrated with the housework that needed to be done. I would get so upset I would end up doing nothing. I am happy to find out I am not the only one as Gretchen says in the book:
As you know this year I am working on this book “Happier at Home” by Gretchen Rubin. I have been doing a chapter/month and November’s Chapter 3 is on “Parenthood”! Being a Mom of two this was a great chapter for me to read. Obviously I want minshouse.ca/y children to be happy and grow up in a happy home. Who doesn’t want that? When my kids are happy I am happy and vice versa.
Oh sigh, so picture perfect cute! Ugh…so not the case! Lately I have been a less than a stellar wife. Gosh what this man puts up with, haha! I have been putting off writing this post because October was truly sucky wife month for me! What can I say? Every dog has it’s…month!? I was late in the month finishing this chapter and I definitely needed it much earlier.
It is no secret that I love my podcasts. If you do not listen to podcasts please, please, please try one today!!! I listen to them when I’m driving, doing chores around the house, and even in the shower. Jordan and I both are podcast fans. There are so many great ones out there and I find it way more enjoyable then tunes…unless it is Christmas tunes, haha. One of my favorite bloggers and author started a podcast recently and guys she has so much goodness to share! It is Stephanie May Wilson.
This school year I am reading Happier at Home a chapter per month and blogging about each chapter when I am finished. For the month of September I read Chapter One on Possessions. I will admit I was a little afraid of this first chapter I pictured Gretchen Rubin telling me to simplify my life by getting rid of everything I didn’t need. It seems like every book on the shelf lately is telling us less is more. Spoiler alert: she did not say that!
This will be the first year our family has ever followed a school schedule. With Miss Charlie going into kindergarten, we lose out in the freedom to just go and do as we please. Remember, last fall we went on a Family Vacay to PEI while everyone else headed back to school. Since my Hubby works shift work and I all night shifts we have not ever followed much of a daily schedule as it is always changing day to day. School is a great way to get on schedule though and I have been thinking up lots of goals for my “new” year. Gretchen Rubin has often said on her podcast: “Happier” that September in a lot of ways is like January in that you are beginning a new year. Now that Miss Charlie is off to school, this really rang true to me this year. So hear are some goals I have for myself for our “new” year this Fall:
Make time for the things you love, because I believe that will bring you true happiness. When it comes to reading people often tell me “I don’t have time” and I am answer them by saying “same, but I make time”. I don’t think everyone loves reading and it shows BUT if you do love reading then put down that smartphone and pick up a book! I get the majority of my reading in at times when others would normally be scrolling through their phone. At times I may only get to read two or three pages but I fit in when I can and right now I am reading my 16th book this year! Follow me on my Goodreads account if you want to read along with me. Here is an overview of the books I have read recently:
I am fully aware that not everyone gets this excited about my book reviews, but I am and that is what counts, right!? I am happily patting myself on the back right now because I am halfway through my reading challenge. I have read 8 out of my goal of 16 books so far this year! Do you follow me on goodreads? If not click here. If you do not have an account I highly suggest getting one. Trust me when I say if I have the time to read so do you! #priorities
A quiet lazy weekend is where it’s at. Am I right!? Jordan worked all weekend so I was on my own with the kiddos. Instead of planning anything or going out, we just stayed in. Sometimes that is just what we all need to do is just chill for a weekend!
So excited to get my read on this year. I joined the goodreads book challenge again. If you haven’t done this and you have a love for reading you really should! It has made reading more of a priority for me and there is no better feeling than when you accomplish that goal. You can make your goal any number, last year I read 12 books, this year I am aiming for 16!