Today, I struggled to get out of bed. However once I took a shower and had a cup of tea, I was bounding around my mom’s house with joy because I’m so excited about my upcoming projects. To share my joy, I created a list of resources to help make your new year a bit brighter.
Unraveling the Year Ahead: 2013
“I’ve put together a workbook to help me say goodbye to this year and prepare for the new one. The workbook’s been updated and expanded and I’ve also created a month-by-month planner so I can really plot out the next 12 months. I got so many emails last year thanking me for the workbook, it was crazy! So it’s my very great pleasure to give you this gift today.”
After dealing with so much loss this year, I’m ready to move onto a brighter 2013 and these tools will be really helpful.
Click here to download her free calendar and workbook.
Susannah’s ecourses — Blogging from the Heart and Unraveling — will also be open for registration tomorrow. I’ve taken both courses and wholeheartedly recommend them. Susannah’s words and amazing courses inspired me to continue taking photos everyday and infuse photography into my little business.
When I started taking pictures, I was disappointed by my shots because they were horrible; 99% of the images were blurry and the composition sucked. As I snapped photos, I kept a quote by Henri Cartier-Bresson in mind. He said, “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
In my experience, I’ve found Cartier-Bresson’s wisdom to be true. If you want to get better at photography, keep taking pictures and learn about the craft.
Yesterday, registration for my photography ecourse opened and I’m super excited about this class. I’ve poured my heart into the course and I hope you’ll consider signing up.
Click here to learn more.
A Lovely Gift of Time and Space
Holiday gift giving is an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming if you are trying to live with less stuff or if spending the day at the mall isn’t your idea of a good time.
If that’s you or you are buying for the person who has everything or the person who wants nothing, Your Lovely Life can help with this lovely gift idea. Instead of giving a gift that sits on a shelf, give the gift of experience. Elizabeth W. Dunn, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia, is at the forefront of research on consumption and happiness. In recent papers, Dunn and her colleagues explained that income is not a strong predictor of happiness once our basic needs are met. The studies they reviewed suggested that money can buy happiness, but it depends on how you spend your disposable income.
You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap)
Amazon reduced the price of the Kindle version of my book to $2.99! My book is now the #1 best seller in the happiness, sustainable living, and the personal growth/inspiration categories on amazon.com.
Thank you for purchasing the book. I’m so grateful for your support. I couldn’t do this without readers like you.
Other than food, one of my biggest expenses is books. I absolutely LOVE to read and I’ve had the pleasure of reading a lot of amazing books on happiness, vulnerability, and hope during 2012. If you’re looking for a few good reads, I recommend checking out:
- this i know: Something that’s helped me process loss and hold onto hope is an incredible book, called this i know: notes on unraveling the heart, by Susannah Conway. I’ve read a lot of wonderful books this year, but I have to say this i know is one of the best books of 2012. I don’t say that lightly because I read a lot of books. It’s a book that won’t leave my library because it’s given me hope and comfort over the last few months.
- Tiny Beautiful Things: This book is a lovely compilation of letters from Cheryl Strayed’s advice column at The Rumpus. I’m a huge fan of Cheryl’s writing because her words are so real and honest. Strayed’s columns reminded me that it’s important to hold onto love and hope, especially after experiencing hardship and loss. By holding onto those things it’s possible to find beauty in everyday life.
- Daring Greatly: I’m reading Brené Brown’s book, Daring Greatly, for the second time because there is so much to learn from Brené’s research. I’m about half way through the book and I keep coming back to a wonderful section in Chapter 2. In this section of the book, Brené discusses vulnerability myths and betrayal. For more on that read this post.
For more book goodness, check out my 2012 reading list here.
Additional Happy Resources
If you have happy resources you’d like to add, please leave a note in the comments section.