Happy Resources

by Tammy Strobel on December 4, 2012

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

Today, Susannah Conway released an awesome gift! In her words:

“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.

Everyday Magic

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.

Give the gift of time and space to yourself or someone you love. We’ve packaged up our Make Time and Create Space course with merry extras for the holidays. For all the details, click here.

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.

Happy Books

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 GreatlyI’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.

Be well,
Tammy

1 Dan Garner December 4, 2012

Almost done with “You can buy happiness” and it’s great. Keep up the good work!

Dan @ ZenPresence

2 Tammy Strobel December 6, 2012

Yay! Thanks Dan.

3 lai December 4, 2012

hi, tammy.
i love the calendar and workbook.
thanks for sharing. =)

4 Renata December 4, 2012

Just signed up for the photo course! So excited ;-)

5 Tammy Strobel December 4, 2012

Renata – Yay! I’m looking forward to seeing your pictures! :)

6 Jeannie December 4, 2012

I’m pretty much sold on taking your photography course as well! Just need to figure if my budget will allow it for this holiday season (no worries, your course is greatly well priced for what you’re offering!); I just happen to recently become aware about how prudent I should be with money :P. And I’d just like to say that I feel it’s wonderful how much you celebrate your father’s life although he’s not here physically, I bet he’d be very proud of your love (that you give to us readers, too!). And, I always enjoy your photos – in fact, you’re one of the bloggers/photographers who inspired me to recently acquire a digital SLR. I started with film, which I love, but it’s not very cheap to make mistakes on haha (once again, my money management! hah). Hopefully there’ll be space left for me to join this course!

7 Tammy Strobel December 6, 2012

Hey Jeannie – Thanks for the sweet comment. I will be offering the course in the future. So if you can’t join this time, that’s okay. Like you said, it’s important to be prudent with money. :)

8 Janine December 4, 2012

If you haven’t seen the documentary called “Happy” I highly recommend it.
It’s streamable on Netflix and probably available on DVD from the library or even maybe on You Tube.

9 Anne-Marie December 4, 2012

Just signed up for your photo course. Will be really exciting to learn more about taking pictures and seeing the magic in life in a new way. :)

10 Tammy Strobel December 6, 2012

Anne-Marie – Super! I’m looking forward to seeing your photos and I hope you enjoy the course. :)

11 Diana December 4, 2012

Hi, Tammy. I just bought your book for my Kindle. Thanks so much for the link! I am really looking forward to reading it. Cheers!

12 Tammy Strobel December 6, 2012

Thank you Diana!!!! :)

13 Cluttered Mama December 4, 2012

I’m so excited about these resources– especially the workbook!! I’m going to have to look into the ecourse on blogging from the heart. Thank you for posting these great resources!!!

14 Tammy Strobel December 6, 2012

Right on! I loved “Blogging from the Heart.” It’s a fantastic ecourse.

15 Mohamed Tohami December 5, 2012

I would like to add the Midway Simplicity ebook. It features YOU and 15 top simplicity experts :) Thanks a lot for your invaluable contribution to this ebook.

16 Tammy Strobel December 6, 2012

Mohamed – Thanks for including me in your lovely book! I really appreciate it. :) It’s a fantastic resource.

17 John December 6, 2012

I am watching you & Logan on TV, ordered your book,found out about this blog, great!!!

18 Tammy Strobel December 6, 2012

Hi John – Super cool! Thanks for stopping by and for ordering the book. I really appreciate it.

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