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.