Saturday, May 5

My Serendipity Journal

I am not sure how I came across this book, Living a Charmed Life, but it was one day when I was looking at ordering something on Amazon and it was one of those "You might also like this..." type suggestions at the bottom of the page. So, I clicked on it and read some reviews, thought it sounded good, had no idea when I would ever read it, and bought it just for the heck of it.

It arrived a couple of weeks ago and one night, I don't know what came over me, I think it was probably midnight and Dylan was finally in bed and Mark was watching some stupid pawn shop or hillbilly show that I wasn't interested in, so I opened it and started reading it. It had just been after dealing with several complaints from my Etsy shop that night, which, by the way, were out of my control and taken care of. Anyway, I ended up making Mark pause the T.V. to start telling him about something in the book that I just read. I really liked it. It has been an easy read and I think it is because the chapters are so short! I can read one chapter in like five minutes. What I really like about it, is that she tells you something to actually do right then to start living a better life. I am over halfway through it and that only took two nights, maybe an hour max to get that far. For some reason, I haven't set aside time to pick it back up again. I think we have just been that busy with other things going on, like birthday parties, etc. However, I got a little bummed on the chapter about what I needed to do to lose weight, get fit, etc. chapter. I don't like reading about that stuff. I even get terribly annoyed at all of the 'workout' posts on pinterest all of the time. It's a personal thing. I do need to try some of the suggestions in the book, though, and anyway, I think I stopped reading after that chapter because I didn't like it. lol

One of the very first chapters tells you to keep a "Serendipity Journal". It sounds cheesy at first, but basically you're supposed to write down things that happen throughout your day that made you happy. Even little things that might seem dumb to others, if you liked it, write it down. The more you write it down and start to notice those things, you being to feel more grateful and start noticing all of the great things happening around you all of the time. I don't have a journal, so what did I do? Um, I ordered myself a cute little monogrammed one, of course! It arrive a couple of days ago and I have now started writing in it. Hopefully it goes good.

 Some other things I remember that were fun things to do to live a more charmed life:
1. wear red (just a touch, like nail polish) I'm wearing it right now.
2. wake up an hour earlier than you normally do and you will have a better day (yeah, haven't tried that one yet!)
3. Give something away (anything!) everyday

My favorites...

4. Dress for every occasion
5. Slow down
6. Wash the dishes with all your heart

Those are my favorites because I have always thought you should dress for every occasion and I feel that is getting less and less with each generation. For example, the churches that advertise you should come to their service because you can wear jeans, or the people that wear jeans to a wedding or funeral. I could keep going, but you get the idea. It drives me crazy, so I love that she addresses this in the book.

Slow down. When I read this, I thought, "Yea right! I won't get anything done! I move 90 mph constantly!" Well, that afternoon I was starting to sort laundry and found myself taking extra time to separate each and every piece of clothing into different, more elaborate, piles. I have always said that I need to wash Mark's clothes separate from mine because they are literally so dirty. He works in dirt, so of course they are dirtier than mine. I all of a sudden noticed myself slowing down and taking the time to separate his clothes from mine, etc. Then, once I was in the laundry room, I stopped and started cleaning the laundry room up. After cleaning it, I found myself going back in there to peek at it and admire how clean it was. Did you see it? I did it! I was able to slow down and "wash the dishes clothes with all my heart." I enjoyed what I was doing, even though it's something I hate to do, and was doing it how it was supposed to be done. It made me happier that I took the time to do it correctly. It's a simple thing that you don't notice, but I noticed it happening and that is what this book is about.

Enough of my ranting on about this book. I suggest it. To everyone. Here is my Serendipity Journal...

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