Happier at Home book cover

By Melanie Hedgespeth Ι April 30, 2015

I had marked this book to read during my vacation coming up, but as usual, I couldn’t wait and jumped ahead in my plans. This is one of many books I have added to my “must read list” that I thought could teach me important lessons about life. I love books that help me learn me how to live better and Gretchen Rubin’s “Happier at Home” definitely opened my eyes.

As a working mom, I am always on the move, either getting something done for work, for my business, my kids or taking care of not so fun things at home like laundry and cleaning. We all know that every day life can become stressful and not enjoyable for anyone. I realized by reading this book, to appreciate and concentrate on all of the little things no matter what “job” I am taking care of.

I was reminded through this book that:

  • Sleep is the main caveat to a successful day. Sleep deprivation doesn’t make for a great mom or employee, thus I have generously guarded my hours of sleep and take pleasure in a lovely weekend nap often.
  • Exercise is important to feel good. Taking the time to exercise maintains health which then gives my children a wonderful parent. Letting go of the guilt of using time for myself, is of utmost importance.
  • I must concentrate on the moment I am in. The author stated, “I always have the feeling that I should be working.” I was so glad to see someone else in the world has that problem. 😉 I often think I could be getting one more thing done, rather than concentrating on what I am doing or who I am with. My children are even good at telling me when I am in my own world, worrying about something, or “thinking it through” as I like to say. So I now put away my cell phone, ignore the beeping, listen when my children tell me I am worrying too much and pay attention to the moment I am in.
  • I don’t have to make big resolutions. Every year I make many resolutions and goals to accomplish for myself, my career and my family. To simplify, choosing one word, to have a resolution for the year is easier, less stressful and fun to implement on a daily basis. Words such as health, fun, enjoyment, adventure, laughter and more could provide so much in one year. Now to just figure out which word best describes my resolutions for the year!
  • If I don’t like it, just work on it for 15 minutes. No matter what is heavy and weighing on me, I can work for 15 minutes on a project, cleaning up an area or talking to someone. That short time, each day can help me complete those things that just sit there staring at me to finish one day!