So I have certain go-to books to help me when I’m in a funk. And, granted, I’ve read a lot of self help stuff, but these ones I come back to on a somewhat regular basis.
- The Happiness Project and Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin — Gretchen left her job in law to become a full-time writer, so that immediately got my attention. But the amount of work and study she has put into what happiness is (and isn’t) has really opened my eyes to figuring out what that means for me, too. Her book on habits has also been very, very helpful for me in figuring out how to set new desires in motion.
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert — The Eat, Pray, Love author brought out this fantastic book last year that focuses on the creative spirit and combined both memoir and advice, making it both an entertaining read and also very enlightening.
- Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work by Austin Kleon — More books on creativity and how to be true to yourself. I also follow him on Tumblr. Very smart and interesting guy with, hands down, the least offensive weekly newsletter.
- How to Be Interesting by Jessica Hagy — a fun read for the Venn diagram lover in everyone that somehow manages to also remind me that I’m not as boring as I think I am.
What are your favorite self help books that have got you through difficult times? Tell me about it on the Facebook page or in the comments!
Watching: The Leftovers – So far, I’ve only watched the pilot, and I’m at least intrigued enough to keep going some more. Although this cult has been dubbed The Most Boring Cult in the World. And they follow around Some of the Most Boring People in the World. But, like I said, I’m going to keep watching a bit. It could all end up being the Misadventures of the Interesting People and an Interesting Cult!
Loving: Baseball – I went out and played softball on Saturday. I had so much fun, you guys. I felt like a kid again. It brought back a lot of old memories of playing baseball with my Dad, and it honestly made me miss doing sports. How do adults even do sports?
Reading: How to Be Interesting by Jessica Hagy – This topic is very important to me! Can you imagine how awful I would be if I were boring? I’d be the worst.
Hearing: Sparks by Imogen Heap – I have been a diehard IH fan since I graduated in 2007. A friend of mine gave me the soundtrack to the Last Kiss with Zach Braff, and I was hooked. This album is a great continuation of the style from Ellipse, but with some awesome electronic sound to it. Favorite track: The Listening Chair.
Doing: Poetry – No matter how serious I am about poetry, there’s a part of my brain that just imagines Dot from Animaniacs in the Dot’s Poetry Corner skits. But no, listen, I’m getting in the mode for this event on September 14 in Pittsburgh. City of Asylum will be hosting their fifth annual all day outdoor reading, “I Don’t Know What I’d Do, If I Couldn’t Speak My Mind” and I’ll be actually reading stuff. You should keep an eye out on my Facebook page and click that Like button so you can find out the deets. To get ready, I am dedicating my writing work for the next few weeks to poetry. Cool, right? I hope so.
It’s Monday. What are you doing?