This seems to be the time of year when all of the good intentions we had set for ourselves fall away. Go down the shitter is probably more appropriate, but one of my goals for myself is to swear less so . . . .
Anyhow. Resolution Fade. It happens to all of us.
Here are a few books that will hopefully keep you (and me) on track.
If you want to be more adventurous, read:
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
After an off-handed comment by her sister Shonda, of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal fame, decided to push herself out of her introverted shell and say yes to everything; from playing with her children to having dinner at the White House. Spoiler Alert: It changes her life for the better.
If you want to create good habits, read:
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen, who researched her way to happiness in The Happiness Project, delves deep into the scientific and antidotal evidence of habits. Why do some habits stick and others do not? Part of the journey to good habits is a bit of soul searching. You will need to know yourself honestly to create habits to make positive changes in your life.
If you want to live more mindfully, read:
Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenrider
Tsh changed the way I thought about living simply in the years that I have read her popular blog The Art of Simple. This book, which part travel memoir and part guide to living life at a slower pace, follows her from Kosovo to Bend, Oregon with her family searching for the life that works best for them and their values.
Even if it means paddling upstream.
If you want to get rid of clutter, read:
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Marie Kondo is taking the world by storm with her quirky take at decluttering. A little bit practical and a little bit woo-woo this little book will make you think differently at what you bring into your home (and what you get rid of). Don’t worry, you don’t need to thank you socks to get a lot out of this book.
If you want to eat more healthfully, read:
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
When Barbara and her family move from the southwest to a farm in hills of Virginia they decide to challenge the food system and only eat food that is grown locally (with a few exceptions) or learn to do without. So they plant and garden, raise poultry, can tomatoes, make cheese and learn a bit more about turkey sex than they probably ever wanted to.