When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”~ Paul Coelho

"Some Mad Hope..."
A young and vital child knows no limit to his own will, and it is the only reality to him. It is not that he wants at the outset to fight other wills, but that they simply do not exist for him. Like the artist, he goes forth to the work of creation, gloriously alone.
Jane Harrison

Jude Harzer Artist/Art Educator

Jude Harzer Artist/Art Educator
My art is a reflection of my effort to recognize and embrace the beauty in the world around me, even when it seems most difficult to find. Contact me at judiharz@aol.com or visit my website at http://www.judeharzerfineart.com

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"Most of us have two lives- the life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands resistance."Steven Pressfield

"The greatest freedoms are freedom from regret, freedom from fear, freedom from anxiety, and freedom from sorrow."
Thich Nhat Hanh

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Gretchen Ruben's Happiness Project

Happiness Project
I have tried my entire life to find and "see" beauty, even when it seems most difficult . I am an artist. My greatest and most treasured sources of subject matter are children, (especially my own). I am also inspired by "true" love, tragic loss and the belief in the goodness and potential of most people. Despite a challenging and "noise" filled childhood, my life has been rich and abundant....and yet there are still times when I struggle and find myself fearful and lost.

On one particularly "dark" morning, many months ago, I actively sought inspiration. As many of us do, I   waded through a wealth of websites, videos and blogs online, expecting little other than to find an inspiring quote or two or something of interest to distract me from my own useless  and self-defeating thoughts. I perused major media sites about current events, theological and spiritual blogs and scanned through fine artist and art historical websites, desperately searching for a way to emerge from this rut! And then I accidentally happened upon Gretchen Rubin's "Happiness Project" blog. I was interested, engaged and encouraged. I dropped her a quick email thanking her for the much needed inspiration. Surprisingly, she promptly responded . I was hooked! I read. I laughed. I rediscovered myself and my objectives vicariously through Gretchen's own personal journey and I have since  become a "SUPER FAN!"

It was no surprise to me on New Year's morning when I saw Gretchen's book, The Happiness Project, was listed on Oprah's top 10 books to read in 2010! This morning Getchen emailed and thanked her fans for all of our support.Her book just debuted world wide and appeared on the New York Times best seller list at #2! Congratulations Gretchen Rubin! It is much deserved! To read more about Gretchen's work, to become a fan , purchase her book, or begin your own happiness project, check out her site! I wrote to Gretchen to let her know that her efforts and her sincerity are greatly appreciated and that her positive impact is more far reaching than she could have ever imagined:) I think she is going to have an unbelievably awesome year!

"Gretchen Rubin is a best-selling writer whose new book, The Happiness Project, is an account of the year she spent test-driving studies and theories about how to be happier. On this blog, she shares her insights to help you create your own happiness project."

From Gretchen's site:
Newsflash! THE HAPPINESS PROJECT Hit the New York Times Bestseller List! #2!
I'm in shock. I just found out. My book, The Happiness Project, hit #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, its first week out in the world.
This is one of the HAPPIEST moments of my professional career! I'm beyond thrilled!
Thank you, my dear readers, for your enthusiasm and everything you've done to support The Happiness Project. Thank you!
Now I'm off to jump around the room with joy!

 Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
~Mahatma Gandhi

1 comment:

  1. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.




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