While a lot of folks like to look at the annual review at the end of the year, I like to do mine the beginning of the new year…why kill the magic of what could happen the last few hours of a good year anyway!
2016 has been a year of highs and lows with my writing and editing work. Some surprises thrown in – good and bad. But, I like to look at the positive more than the negative and use that energy to glide into the New Year.
I love reading. I know that has helped in part in my being a writer, editor and proofreader. I have moved away from that hobby in the past few years but this year I decided to read at least two books a month if not more. This is tied to my year-long objective of making this year - 2013 - my year of 'happy'. So all the books I am reading have one pre-requisite - it does not matter what genre they belong to as long as the title has the word 'happy' or some form of that word in it. And so it came to be that The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin was my first book to read. I am not really trying to do a book review here as much as just sharing my thoughts on it and seeing what you think, maybe this would be something you'd like to read. The author has discussed how she decided to take on happiness as a project for a year and divided her year into twelve months of different aspects of her life that she wanted to witness more happiness in. Accordingly, she chose 4-5 conscious steps to carry out every month that she thought would help her achieve that happiness in those aspects. If this is something you want then this is a great read with a very specific way of tackling the issue on hand. Some of the things she talks about, I am already doing like keeping a gratitude journal. I just have a word document on my laptop that I type out what I am grateful for every night before I hit the bed. Some of the things she talks about do not pertain to me, such as parenthood since I do not have children. But the basic understanding of what she is trying to achieve and how should be universally applicable. I enjoyed reading the book and seeing how she was able to practice what she wanted or had to give up on some of those points. If you have read the book then please share your thoughts here.