As I read about healthful eating or sustainable agriculture, I can't help but think about how I'll use this in my job and then I start to wonder why I'm reading this in my spare time. Then I put it down and pick up a mystery novel. And a cup of tea. And a cat.
But the truth is, I like reading these non-fiction books and I want to keep learning. So instead of relying on my own motivation to pick up these books, I joined a this book club.
We started out with Your Body's Many Cries for Water, which made a rather in-your-face argument for chronic dehydration being the root cause of every major illness in modern society. It felt a little like being recruited into a cult, but at least the cult only encourages drinking 8-10 cups of water a day. Cheap, easy and definitely worth a try before heading over to the doctor. Overall, though, the author came across as a wing-nut. But I'm still drinking more water and feeling good.
This month's book is The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I had read this one before, but could probably read it a few dozen more times- or maybe just every December/January in preparation for new year's resolutions. In the spirit of all things happy, here's my current list of things & activities that make me happy (by no means a complete list).
Herbal hot tea (specifically, Lemon Ginger Yogi Tea with lots of lemon and local honey)
Pilot gel pens- bold
Watching the cats snuggle together
Gardens. Any kind. Any where.
Taking pictures of food
Having a clean house
Listening to music while driving
Jam with cheese and crackers
Pure beeswax candles
Wednesday nights by myself when I watch New GirlA new project or challenge
Canning jars of all shapes and sizes
Power walking and yoga, while listening to Young Jeezy, Kanye, T.I. and Lil Wayne
Slightly alcoholic mini-milkshakes
Getting things in the mail
Making lists & budgets
Crossing things off lists
Just like Julie Andrews says, sometime you just have to remember your favorite things and then you don't feel so bad.