Make Your Heart Happy
This blog post isn’t going to have much to do with marketing or design, but more about making sure you make time for yourself — especially if you’re in any type of job or position in life that eats up a lot of your time. For me — the time suck is my company. I absolutely love what I do, but I’m not always so great about making time for myself — time to make my heart happy. What’s that thing that you miss doing that you don’t have time for anymore? For me, it’s reading. The only time I really have to read is when I’m on a plane. I used to read like a fiend, but now all that time seems to be replaced with returning a quick email or cruising my phone if I have down time.
What I’ve started to do is position myself to make time for this pastime that brings me so much joy. I got a little overzealous and bought too many books over the past few months, but at least I’ll be stocked for a while! What I’m attempting to is replace a few times in my day with reading where I would normally be doing other meaningless tasks. For example, in the morning with my coffee, instead of going through all my various personal social media channels, I read my book. At night, instead of spending an hour on my phone, I try to read. Noticing a pattern here? But most of all, I try to actually set aside a small chunk of time here and there to only do this one thing that makes my heart happy. But the laptop away, put the iPhone down, and pick up that book.
I seriously want you to acknowledge what that thing in your life that you miss doing is. Is it yoga? Cooking? Making time to watch your guilty pleasure TV show? Figure out ways to make your heart happy and do that thing! Watch your show while you do cardio at the gym. Get up an hour earlier in the morning to make that yoga class. Stop eating out and try some new recipes! Your heart will be happier for it, and so will you.
Part of making my heart happy with reading means I want to share the books on my bedside table with you! Here’s the few books I’ll be working my way through in the coming months:
“From Here To Eternity” by Caitlin Doughty
It might sound a little morbid to some, but I absolutely love the topic of how our country treats their dead. One of my favorite TV shows of all time is HBO’s Six Feet Under and ever since I watched that show for the first time as a teenager, I’ve always had a curiosity about the funeral industry. And even more so since my mom died a couple years ago and I went through the process myself. I randomly saw this book on the shelf at Barnes & Noble one day and had to buy it. Caitlin Doughty is an author and a mortician. In From Here To Eternity she explores how other cultures care for their dead. Let me tell you — our Western world is so afraid of death and dealing with it, its ridiculous. Death is a part of life and the way we honor our dead could use some changes. I’m only a few chapters in and I’m already hooked. Everyone should read this book. I can’t wait to grab her previous novel, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, which focuses on the topic of cremation.
“Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antionette” by Sena Jeter Naslund
I am obsessed with Marie Antionette. I think the obsession stemmed from the Sophia Coppola film about her. There is something so tragic and beautiful and unfair about her life and I just couldn’t be more fascinated by it! This particular rendition of her life, brilliantly penned by Sena Jeter Naslund, is absolutely riveting. It’s written in the first person and reads like a historical fiction novel. There’s obviously some imagination and liberties taken by the writer when it comes to what Marie Antionette was thinking, but guided by history and the facts we do know about her life, it’s a pretty accurate picture of what could have been. She did live a life of abundance, but it was the only life she knew. And to think that starting at the age of 14, so much of France and Austria’s happiness and progress somehow fell on her shoulders. Maybe I’m so fascinated by her life because I am a woman myself and can see so much of any woman in her. Either way — I’m almost done with this one and I have loved every single word!
“Girl Logic: The Genius and the Absurdity” by Iliza Shelsinger
Arguably one of my favorite comics, Iliza Shlesinger has such an awesome outlook on the female side of the species. She spends her stand-up specials making fun of the ridiculousness that we women can be, while at the same time fully admitting that she falls into those ranks too. Again, only a few chapters into this one, but I love the anecdotes she shares to demonstrate how our sometimes-crazy girl minds work, how we’ve been conditioned to think and act the way we do, and how we can be stronger women. Iliza is my favorite kind of feminist — the kind who has a no-bullshit outlook on things. She calls ‘em like she see’s ‘em — we’re an emotional bunch with a lot of our own crap to get over. And I love me a book thats smart and makes me laugh out loud while I’m reading it.
“Sharp Objects” by Gillian Flynn
This book represents my favorite kind of read — a novel that’s been adapted to the screen. I actually almost exclusively read books that have been adapted to the screen, whether its television or film. When there’s a show or movie that I’ve enjoyed and I learn that it started as a book, its just a joy to delve even deeper into the world of that story by reading it. Now, I haven’t seen any of the HBO series Sharp Objects yet, but I really enjoyed the film Gone Girl (have get to read the book, it’s on my list). I absolutely love the cast of the HBO series, so I decided to switch things up a bit and read the book before seeing the series. I’ll tell you what I think once I start and finish it!
“The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern
I came across this book on Amazon one day while I was searching for a novel about magic for adults. There are plenty of witchy books out there telling stories for teens, but I wanted something for grown-ups — if I can call myself that. I came across The Night Circus and was drawn in by a review written by another favorite author of mine, Audrey Niffenegger, who wrote The Time Traveler’s Wife (another book adapted to the screen). She writes, “Erin Morgenstern has created the circus I have always longed for and she has populated it with dueling love-struck magicians, precocious kittens, hyper-elegant displays of beauty and complicated clocks. This is a marvelous book.” How could I not want to read it after that review?! I set out for witch-magic and got circus-magic, but one of my favorite reads is Water For Elephants and I have a fascination for the era of big top circuses. I seriously cannot wait to read this one!
Books aren’t the only thing that make my heart happy, but it’s definitely one of the pass times I’ve been neglecting more and more as I’ve become successful in my career pursuits. Whomever may be reading this, I hope you take my words to heart and find a way to make time for something that makes you and your heart happy. Or at the very least, maybe I’ve helped you pick out a new book to read! Cheers!