Happiness.





Forever 21 maxi dress re-made as skirt, necklace, hat; American Eagle top

It's about to get serious up in here...

This weekend I finished reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Initially I picked the book up because of it's pretty cover - yes, I judge books by covers. First impressions matter, kay? Then I read the summary and I was intrigued. Since I finished school in December, my life has gone through some pretty big changes. Over the past few months, I've been thinking about happiness and whether or not I was appreciating enough in my life.  Then I found this book, written by a woman who asked herself the very same questions and actually did something about it. She started a "Happiness Project".

The book was an inspiring read. Not everything applied to me - I'm not married and I don't have children - but I feel like I've learned a lot from her experiences. I've become much more aware of my negativity and criticisms. There are certain things I definitely take for granted and I'm trying to do more to appreciate them. Also, I tend to get easily annoyed and I'm realizing that it isn't good for me, or the people around me. I've also found a few pretty great quotes from the book:
  • "Enjoy the fun of failure" 
  • "One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy; one of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself"
  • "The days are long, but the years are short" 
I'm sure this will be one of those books that I keep on my shelf and revisit when times are tough or I feel stuck in a rut. It's made me re-evaluate a number of areas of my life and I'm inspired to make some changes for myself.

What did you do this weekend? 



13 comments:

  1. I've been waiting for that book to be ready at the library for *forever*. So glad to hear you liked it and found it useful and inspiring! Can't wait to get my hands on it!
    p.s., very chic ensemble!

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  2. That actually sounds like an awesome book - love the little quotes! And absolutely love that skirt - so cute :)

    Annie

    The Other Side of Gray

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  3. Your weekend sounds much more reflective than mine. I keep hearing people talk about that book though so maybe I need to pick it up. You look beautiful in this outfit. I especially love the hat.

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  4. I love the floppy hat paired with the asymmetrical hem of your skirt :) I'll have to check out that book, it sounds very inspiring!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  5. I love the quote, "Enjoy the fun of failure." It really made me think for a minute. Have you ever read "A Gift from the Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh? I think you might really like it. It is the book that made me have many "a-ha" moments like you had with "The Happiness Project."

    Hannah Tattoos and Pearls

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  6. 1. You pull off a hat quite well!
    2. I really love the simplicity of this look.
    3. You just added another book to my ever-growing book list! Sheesh.

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  7. love the black and white. very beautiful/
    kw, ladiesinnavy

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  8. This outfit looks very Parisian for some reason. I think it's the hat. At any rate, you look wonderful :)

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  9. The days are long but the years are short- that's so true and a good motto to keep in mind when the hours are dragging by at work! Simple but elegant look- love the floppy hat! I went to a roller derby this weekend- random but fun!

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  10. super cute look! I might just have to add the Happiness project to my books to read:)

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  11. This is a great look for you Kel. The hat is the cherry on top. Love, cousin L.

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  12. This outfit is very much up my alley! I adore the hat as well! And the book sounds like a prospective summer read for me!-Jessica

    THEJESSICALBLOG.COM

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