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It’s already the middle of January…are you still keeping up with your New Year’s resolutions? It seems like many blogs are all about the resolutions, goal making, bucket lists – declarations about what they’re going to accomplish, how they’re going to grow and where they’re going to go in 2014. I still haven’t managed to come up with Christmas gift ideas for half my family … so I’m a bit behind on planning out how I want this year to go…
That said, I do appreciate a new year and a fresh start.
If you’re feeling the same, the books I’m sharing this month can provide a little extra inspiration, reflection, and entertainment. Also – scroll down to the end – there’s a giveaway at the bottom!
Divided into five segments – “Departure,” “Motives,” “Landscape,” “Art,” and “Return” – The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton doesn’t wax poetic about a favorite trip, but looks into the process, both mental and physical, of travel weaving in examples and anecdotes from de Botton’s own experience as well as other famous travelers and writers throughout history. Why do we go? How do we feel? How do we handle it all? While it’s not a difficult read, it’s not an easy one either with dense sections and the habit of prodding the reader to think about their relationship with travel.
Writer, Gretchen Rubin, took a look at her life, wanted to appreciate it more and went about making it happier in a systematic manner. Published in 2009, The Happiness Project is part memoir, part science experience and part study on what makes us happy, why and how. It’s a light read though packed with anecdotes, statistics and examples from studies, and in the end makes the argument for how to change your happiness level without having to turn your world upside down or running away to ‘go find yourself’.
Without being too New Age-y, Danielle LaPorte’s The Desire Map tries to change our way of thinking about success and goal making by focusing on how we want to feel rather than what we want to accomplish. Though the two end goals may be the same, going about achieving them, i.e., I want to feel calm and secure so I’m going to practice yoga three times a week instead of than I have to go to yoga practice because it’s supposed to be healthy for me, makes a world of difference in our intentions, and often, sanity level. There is some talk about chakras and manifestations, but really the book is simply filled with straight talk about tuning into what you truly desire to feel and having that focus lead your life rather than outside pressures or expectations.
Now the fun part – want to get your hands on some new reading material? You can click on the images or titles above which lead to where to buy each book on Amazon…or you enter to win one!
Update: Congrats to Abby C. for winning!
I’m giving away one of these three books to one lucky winner who will be able to choose which book they want to receive.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Which would you choose if you win?